Robert Bork: A Pass on Watergate, Not ‘Original Intention’

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Stanley Kutler: Bork inevitably opposed judicial decisions favoring contemporary values and desires, readily attacking judges who found ample constitutional support for ruling on behalf of second-class citizens, whether they wanted to eat at any lunch counter or get an abortion.

Mitch McConnell and the Art of Dysfunction

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Stanley Kutler: McConnell wanted the president not to propose his own agenda and policies, but to offer “solutions” that would satisfy Republicans — and undoubtedly on their own terms.

Ignore George McGovern’s Message at Your Peril

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Stanley Kutler: The New York Times downplays his impact, but we’re desperate for McGovern-like critics of reckless foreign policy

Who Is the Client State?

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Stanley Kutler: Will Netanyahu now force American Jews to choose between the stakes and interests of their own government, or his own political needs and ambitions? Who can doubt the outcome?

Remembering Watergate

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Stanley Kutler: After the myths of journalism, after the president’s men, and even after the president’s “enemies” inevitably fade deeper into the mists of history, we will still have Richard Nixon—to remember or to “kick around.”

How Not to Commemorate 9/11

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Stanley Kutler: To perpetuate the deceits of George W. Bush and Richard Cheney is only to delude ourselves. The attack on America did not legitimate the foreign policy debacles that have hobbled us for much of the past decade.

Michele Bachmann: A Serious Candidate?

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Stanley Kutler: Bachmann is so obviously an off-the-wall politician, one deservedly dismissed as a fringe candidate. But ironically, the liberal media have propelled her rise from well-deserved mediocrity to suddenly a “serious” candidate

Say It Ain’t So, O!

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Stanley Kutler: Our problems with governance lie far beyond the character of Obama, or with the Lilliputians who run Congress. Our “leaders” will not lead; worse yet, they refuse to honestly confront the nation’s interest or needs.

Who Says It’s Not About Destroying Unions?

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Stanley Kutler: For those with a historical animus against the organizating and advancement of labor, the current strife in Wisconsin and other states offers a happy prospect for the resurrection of a dismal past of exploitation and the re-creation of a downtrodden working class.

Obama’s Libyan Quandary

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Stanley Kutler: Imagine if Obama had seized upon the news from the Arab League’s Cairo headquarters and urged our Arab “allies” to themselves impose a no-fly zone over Libya. “Yes you can,” the president might have said.

Gov. Walker Does ‘Something Big’

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Stanley Kutler: Walker told the “Koch” caller he was elected “to do something big,” and it is clear he intends to make further challenges to undermine Wisconsin’s more than century-long tradition of leadership in progressive public policies.

What Governor Walker Won’t Tell You

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Stanley Kutler: There is a kernel of truth in Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s claim of a “budget shortfall” of $137 million. But Walker, a Republican, failed to tell the state that less than two weeks into his term as governor, he, with his swollen Republican majorities in the Wisconsin Legislature, pushed through $117 million in tax breaks for business allies of the GOP. There is your crisis.

Activist Judges Strike Again

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Stanley Kutler: Thomas sometimes seems more comfortable with the Articles of Confederation, the failed authorization for a national government that had preceded the adoption of the Constitution in 1787. If conservatives are said to look backward, then Thomas clearly owns the longest view.

Every Man His Own Historian

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Stanley Kutler: The right’s twist of history to please its backers and fuel its agenda is a vigorous enterprise. Serious history, serious scholarship and serious discussion of facts and ideas are dismissed with tunnel vision.

The Company We Keep

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Stanley Kutler: Once again, we have bet the mortgage on one leader, no matter how inept and corrupt he might be. Karzai is playing off various sides, eagerly accepting the largesse and patronage of at least two governments, each with its own interests.

Tea Party Robber Barons

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Stanley Kutler: The media repeatedly invoke grass roots and other code words to describe the tea party. Tell a lie often enough and it is believed. Our media wizards must realize that with the revelations of high-powered funding and the involvement of Republican operatives, the characterization of the tea party as a spontaneous, ground-up movement does not fit; nagging facts nevertheless must bow to pursuing the “colorful.”

What Obama and the Democrats Have Not Done

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Stanley I. Kutler: For the past year, the media, reflecting disenchantment with Barack Obama, their very own rock star, have “predicted” huge Democratic losses for 2010. Like blackbirds who fly off the line (as Eugene McCarthy once said), the media follows in lockstep.

Obama’s Afghanistan Dilemma

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We will not hear much dissent among the political elite from McChrystal’s recommendations, aside from the usual array of war critics. But what is at work here is that vague, almost incalculable force: public opinion.

Lesson of Vietnam Lost in Afghanistan

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As with the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese army, chances of our destroying the Taliban are slight. Eventually, the Afghans—Taliban or otherwise—will inherit their land and have to assume responsibility for governing.

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