To support his assertion that Democrats who oppose President Bush's possible plan to increase U.S. forces in Iraq risk "sound[ing] like ill-informed dilettantes," Joe Klein attacked The New York Times' Paul Krugman for not mentioning, in a recent column, that retired Gen. Jack Keane, among others, supports a troop increase. However, Keane recently appeared to support plans to send "[a]n additional 20,000 troops" to Iraq, despite having asserted, less than two weeks earlier, that adding "at least 30,000 combat troops" was the "only" option to "[b]ring security to Baghdad."
Two weeks after gushing over John McCain's likely presidential bid, the host and panelists on The Chris Matthews Show concluded that some of Hillary Rodham Clinton's greatest perceived strengths as a presidential candidate were really weaknesses.
Chris Matthews and Time columnists Andrew Sullivan and Joe Klein heaped praise on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, never mentioning that Rice, in her current capacity and previously as national security adviser, repeatedly made false or misleading statements about the administration's use of intelligence in advance of the Iraq war and pre-9-11 intelligence.
Time columnist Joe Klein continued his pattern of denigrating liberals while praising conservatives, this time reviving a quote from Washington Post columnist Michael Kinsley who, in purporting to characterize politics in the 1980s, said that while "liberals hunt down heretics ... conservatives happily chase converts." However, in 1996, Klein used the same Kinsley quote but argued that "[i]t's been the opposite in the '90s."
On MSNBC's Scarborough Country, Time columnist Joe Klein asserted that former President Bill Clinton will be "a tremendous millstone around [the] neck" of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) if she runs for president in 2008, adding, "Not because of tomcatting, but because of the fact that he's been president for eight years." Klein also stated, "I'm not entirely convinced that she's even going to run" and stated that the Republican consensus that Clinton will be the Democratic presidential nominee is "[b]aloney, baloney, salami." Joe Scarborough then observed that a Hillary Clinton presidency would mean "a Bush or Clinton as president or vice president from 1980 to -- I guess it would be 2016," to which Klein replied: "Gag me with a spoon."
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On CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight, Time columnist Joe Klein praised President Bush's proposed immigration reforms, claiming that Bush's position on immigration is "deeply held," that while campaigning for the presidency in 2000 Bush would "take essentially the same position he took last night," and that Bush is "going up against the conservative base of the Republican Party on a matter of conscience." However, Klein ignored the White House's reported advocacy of an amendment to Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner's (R-WI) controversial immigration bill that would have facilitated criminal prosecutions of illegal immigrants -- a position nowhere to be found in Bush's recent speech on immigration.
Time columnist Joe Klein -- the magazine's "most liberal commentator" -- continued a pattern of attacking Democrats, the "Democratic left," and liberals. While purportedly critical of White House senior adviser Karl Rove, who he said will launch "another nefarious" campaign against Democrats in the run-up to the 2006 elections, Klein argued that Rove will "be aided by those on the noisome left" and singled out three prominent African-American House Democrats as particularly susceptible to such attacks.
In his Time magazine column, Joe Klein advocated drilling for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR) as a means of lowering gasoline prices. Contrary to Klein's suggestion, however, a U.S. Department of Energy study found that oil production in ANWR would have a relatively insignificant impact upon crude oil prices.