The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 32, No. 6, June

Gore & Lieberman
JOSEPH LIEBERMAN The Lord rested on the Sabbath, but it's impossible to imagine Al Gore doing so. The man is a political Clydesdale, his eyes straight ahead, pushing his way forward. As his handlers have discovered, his manner makes him effective...
Gore & Miller
ZELL MILLER By choosing former Georgia governor Zell Miller as his running mate, Al Gore could add intellectual brainpower, rhetorical firepower, and lots of plain old populist piss-and-vinegar to this staid election. Miller is widely and rightly...
Gore & Norquist
JOHN NORQUIST Political devolution has brought stardom to many Republicans at the state and local level. Regional officials with national marquee value include Rudy Giuliani, Stephen Goldsmith, Tommy Thompson, and the Brothers Bush. But what many...
Gore & Rendell
ED RENDELL At one of his final news conferences as mayor of Philadelphia, Ed Rendell was asked if he might like to be vice president of the United States. A few seconds passed. His eyes glistened. Maybe he was thinking back to a time when the...
Gore & Rubin
ROBERT RUBIN He's smart and he's rich. He knows Wall Street and Washington. He helped build the longest economic boom on record. Even Republicans revere him. Yet the real reason Al Gore should pick Bob Rubin to be his vice president goes beyond...
Greenspan? Gipper? Gates?
Republicans can't bear to give Clinton creditor the economic boom. But they should. IN THE EIGHTH INNING OF THE FIRST GAME of the 1954 World Series, the New York Giants brought in Don Liddle to pitch to Cleveland Indians' slugger Vic Wertz. Liddle's...
Letters
No Pinocchio? There has actually been more exaggeration about Gore and Love Story than Robert Parry's article states. At one point in his piece, Parry refers to "Gore's expressed belief that he and his wife Tipper had served as models for the lead...
Reasonable Doubts
Crime's down but the systems broken: The Monthly's guide to criminal justice rearm CRIME MAY BE DOWN BUT THE CRIMINAL justice system remains something of a mess. If you've ever spent time on a jury, if you've worked in a criminal court, or if you...
Substance Abuse
Faking, flubbing, and cramming with the media's talking heads IT'S A DRILL THAT VETERANS OF THE Washington press corps know all too well. The booker from a highly-regarded talk show calls you four hours before air time. They're doing a story on...
The Lost Village
How the suits took over the last small town in America: Washington, D. C. WASHINGTON IS THE CITY THAT people scrape and claw to get to, and then make a career of disparaging. In no other city that I know of, do people--important people at least--feel...
Tilting at Windmills
The Beresford's Backyard * Mandy Does It Right * Cracking the Cynic's Code Switching in South Carolina * The Cruelty of Markets * Eyes on the Prizes WHY DO THE RICH WANT TO GET richer? A new television commercial for the Scudder Fund explains a...
Who's Who
According to The Hill's "Open Secrets" column, Sen. Bob Graham removed himself from Al Gore's vice presidential list when he accused Bill Clinton of lying by promising Graham that the feds would not use a night-time raid to snatch Elian Gonzalez. (For...
You Still Need A Blackboard
What's right and wrong with the charter schools A FEW MONTHS AGO, BILL CLINTON stood before Congress and the new millennium to deliver his State of the Union address. Turning to the subject that now seems to trump all others--education--he noted...