In naming retired Gen. Eric K. Shinseki as veterans affairs secretary, President-elect Barack Obama made what may be the most politically and morally significant choice of his transition.
He knew he was a big deal -- he had a healthy ego and an accurate sense of his accomplishments. But I'm confident that he would be stunned at the magnitude of the reaction to his death, especially among people who never met him.
It would be unfortunate if Obama's words were read only as an attempt to win white votes. It actually matters that a presidential candidate is taking the costs of fatherlessness seriously.
Stephen Colbert rips Clinton insider Terry McAuliffe, who recently told Tim Russert that his father, Big Russ, was probably looking down from heaven cheering Hillary Clinton on. One problem: Big Russ is alive.
Everyone from Tim Russert to Time magazine seems to have decided that there's absolutely no way Hillary Clinton can get the nomination. What happened? Sure, her chances of winning enough pledged delegates are nearly impossible, but wasn't that true after Pennsylvania? Wasn't it true before Pennsylvania?
As the Democratic convention draws closer, the candidates are making their cases more and more directly to the superdelegates. On the Sunday before the Indiana and North Carolina primaries, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton each made hour-long appearances on morning talk shows that few voters actually watch. It's the party insiders who never miss a "Meet the Press" who probably will decide the nomination, and the candidates know it.
Tim Russert and his merry band of super pundits debate whether superdelegates will decide the Democratic nomination and where Hillary Clinton went wrong. (Hint: Bill's name comes up.)