Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows

Clinton CashPolitico reports that Fox News and the New York Times have both cut exclusive deals for early access to the anti-Hillary research to be published in Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich by Peter Schweizer. The book is due out on 5 May and can be pre-ordered here.

Martin O’Malley, Liberal Impersonator

That’s the message of this piece over at Slate. It points out that O’Malley, who is trying position himself to the left of Hillary Clinton for the coming primaries, is actually somewhat closer to the political center than she is.

However, O’Malley’s big problem isn’t his lack of leftism. It’s his record as Governor of Maryland. His eight years in Annapolis resulted in one of the bluest states electing a Republican as his successor. To overcome that, he’ll have to impersonate a competent leader, and those of us who suffered under his misrule in Maryland are unlikely to let him get away with it.

Running Against the Press

Andrew Klavan has a piece up at PJ Media suggesting that the Republican who can win the next presidential election is the one who realizes that he is running against the press. He uses his answers to four “gotcha” questions as examples of how to respond to a press corps that is a bunch of Democrat operatives with bylines.

Do you believe in evolution? Is Barack Obama a Christian? Does Barack Obama love America? And soon to come: Do you believe in abortion in cases of rape and incest?

His answers to the questions about Barack Obama hit the bullseye. However, I believe that his answer on evolution could be punched up a bit and that his answer on abortion, while defensible, needs work.

Do you believe in evolution? Of course, and I’m concerned about harmful mutations such as [fill in the blank with the liberal cause du jour].

Do you believe in abortion in cases of rape and incest? Neither rape nor incest is a capital crime any more, so we should not allow the death penalty for one of the victims.

Read the whole thing.