December 4, 2006 | The Nation

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December 4, 2006

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Democratic gains in Statehouses around the country validated Howard
Dean's "50-state strategy" and set the stage for a long process of party

We welcome Lakshmi Chaudhry and Christopher Hayes as contributing
writers to The Nation and to The Notion, our online blog. Both have
appeared previously in The Nation.

Remembering Ellen Willis, William Styron and Richard Gilman.

Beset with financial woes, a labor-management power struggle and an
aging leftist readership, the legendary French newspaper is on the
brink of extinction.

Claire McCaskill's victory in Missouri proves that moral politics is growing more expansive--and less Republican--as values voters waken to the moral bankruptcy of the religious right.

Democratic Congressional leaders are taking the first steps toward
real reform to clean up corruption, rein in lobbyists, limit earmarks
and insure greater transparency in government.



President Bush has said many dumb things in defense of his Iraq policy. Citing the Vietnam War as a model is his most ludicrous.


It's always a bad idea to rely on your opponents to be knaves and fools.
It worked for the Democrats this time. But what about next time?

The party of permanent war--which includes lawmakers like Biden, Emanuel
and Lantos--is regrouping for a counterattack, their numbers refreshed
by a phalanx of incoming Blue Dogs.

As the two top-ranked college teams clash on Saturday, the world stops, vote-counting is halted in a tight Congressional race and cities brace for violence.


Republicans in Congress have set aside $20 million for a gala in Washington to celebrate victory in Iraq and Afghanistan. The party may be postponed for a while, but the program has been drafted--and we've got a copy.

The Democrats won the House and the Senate because the Republicans lost
the garage. How Nascar fans helped turn the tide of the election.

Economic populism was the most underreported story of the midterms and
will be the cornerstone of any new Democratic majority.

Maureen Dowd's political analysis is devilishly smart and viciously funny--but the New York Times columnist really should spend less
time on the couch.

A mainstream media legal analyst dismissed efforts to prosecute Donald
Rumsfeld and others for war crimes as ridiculous. They're not.

Last week's walkout at the Smithfield Packing Company was a significant victory for labor organizers and exploited undocumented workers at the North Carolina plant.

Jimmy Carter's bold new book on the plight of Palestinians has piqued
Congressional Democrats who tailor their views to the Israel lobby.

While there may be something great about winning a war, the United
States must learn there is something much greater about using the tools of peacemaking to build a better world.

The Pennsylvania Democrat's opposition to the Iraq War and Pelosi's endorsement couldn't match
Steny Hoyer's seniority, experience and connections to House Democrats.

Right-wing culture warriors gathered in LA to praise
ABC for its flawed 9/11 docudrama, talk up a conservative version of
The Daily Show and release a thriller fueled by a nativist

Although the United States itches to do away with Hugo Chávez, his socialist
policies are alleviating poverty and earning the people's trust. To
Bush's chagrin, the Venezuelan leader is here to stay.

It's time for Democrats to break out of their risk-averse habits and
blaze a new trail--if they can only remember how.

Books & the Arts


Reviews of films from the vulgar to the magisterial: Borat, Flags of Our Fathers, For Your Consideration, Our Daily Bread and Fur.


In The Lay of the Land, the final work in Richard Ford's
acclaimed trilogy, Frank Bascombe picks up where he left off in Independence Day--taking road trips, describing houses and foreclosing at once on whomever he meets.


An ambitious two-volume history of the novel explores its evolution across
continents and centuries.