70 Bryant Gumbel, interview with Hadassah Lieberman, The Early Show, CBS, August 16, 2000.

  71 Bryant Gumbel, interview with Whoopi Goldberg, The Early Show, CBS, August 17, 2000.

  72 L. Brent Bozell III, “Nobody Runs Against Hollywood,” Creators Syndicate, November 2, 2006.

  73 Patty Onderko, “Married vs. Single Moms: Who's Got the Better Deal?,” Babytalk, September 2007.

  74 President Bush Delivers Commencement Address at Miami Dade College, Miami Dade College—Kendall Campus, Miami, Florida, Office of the White House Press Secretary, April 28, 2007.

  75 Timothy Malcolm, “Sen. Kerry Draws 5,000 at Boston Rally,” Daily Free Press, September 4, 2003.

  76 Dick Feagler, “Political Embarrassment Comes from Ignoring Reality,” Plain Dealer (Cleveland), August 19, 1994.

  77 Bill Walsh and Joe Darby, “Mom Arrested After Clinton Visit,” Times-Picayune (New Orleans), August 17, 1994.

  78 Editorial: “Crime Bill Tragedies—and Follies …,” Washington Times, August 18, 1994.

  79 Renaldo Smith, “ ‘Phenomenal’ Tribute Paid to Mothers,” Miami Herald, April 10, 2008.

  80 David D. Kirkpatrick, “Bush Allies Till Fertile Soil, Among Baptists,” New York Times, June 18, 2004.

  81 Terry Gross, “David Cay Johnston of the New York Times Discusses Taxes,” Fresh Air, NPR, January 7, 2004.

  82 Cheryl Meyer, Michelle Oberman, Kelly White, and Michelle Rone, Mothers Who Kill Their Children: Understanding the Acts of Moms from Susan Smith to the “Prom Mom” (New York: NYU Press, 2001), p. 106.

  83 Palm Beach Post (Florida), January 19, 2001; Anna Maria Della Costa, “Death Penalty Sought for Mother, Boyfriend,” Jupiter Courier (Jupiter, FL), December 24, 2000.

  84 Kevin McDermott, “Outrage, Relief After Verdict in Drowning of 3 Guilty? Yes. Murder? No.,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri), December 13, 2006.

  85 Gabriel Margasak, “Mother Says ‘Spirit’ Tricked Her to Kill Baby,” Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News (Stuart, FL), September 16, 2001; Pat Moore, “Judge: Mom Who Killed Son Was Insane, Found Not Guilty,” Palm Beach Post (Florida), February 6, 2003.

  86 “Colorado Woman Gets 32 Years in Fire Deaths of Children,” Associated Press, January 14, 1999; Mike Patty, “Mom Pleads Guilty in Kids’ Deaths,” Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO), December 3, 1998.

  87 “Mother Convicted in Deaths of Two Toddlers Denied Parole,” Associated Press, October 22, 1999; “Jail for Mother Who Let Sons Die in Car,” Advertiser,November 11, 1995.

  88 Wendy Hollway, Mothering and Ambivalence (Routledge, 1997), p. 115.

  89 Barbara Barnett, Medea in the Media: Narrative and Myth in Newspaper Coverage of Women Who Kill Their Children (SAGE Publications, 2006).

  90 CP-SouthamStar, “Autistic Son Dies, Mother Charged,” Toronto Star, November 8, 1996.

  91 “Waiting for What?,” In These Times, July 2006.

  92 “NWSA Looks at Resistance to Empire,” Off Our Backs, April 2006.

  93 Amy Harmon, “First Comes the Baby Carriage,” New York Times, October 13, 2005.

  94 Patty Onderko, “Married vs. Single Moms: Who's Got the Better Deal?,” Babytalk, September 2007.

  95 Harmon, “First Comes the Baby Carriage.”

  96 Ibid.

  97 Ibid.

  98 Ibid.

  99 Lisa Rosen, “Dating in a Family Way,” Los Angeles Times, May 7, 2002.

  100 Ibid.

  101 “And Baby Makes Two,” Marie Claire, March 1, 2008.

  102 Hacker, “ ‘In Trouble’ in Black and White.”

  103 Harmon, “First Comes the Baby Carriage.”

  104 Ibid.

  105 U.S. Census, Table FM-2. All Parent/Child Situations, by Type, Race, and Hispanic Origin of Householder or Reference Person: 1970 to Present (2003). Available at:

  106 Bonnie Angelo, “The Pain of Being Black: Interview with Toni Morrison,” Time, May 22, 1989. Available at:

  107 Peter Schweizer, Makers and Takers (New York: Doubleday, 2008), p. 37. Steinem fish quote in feminist anthologies everywhere.

  108 Barbara Ehrenreich, “Oh, Those Family Values,” Time, July 18, 1994.

  109 Ibid.

  110 Ibid.

  111 Ibid.

  112 Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S., Victims, Nonfatal Intimate Partner Victimization Rate Per 1,000 Females by Marital Status, 1993–2005.

  113 Ehrenreich, “Oh, Those Family Values.”

  114 Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S.

  115 Ehrenreich, “Oh, Those Family Values.”

  116 Barbara Ehrenreich, “In Defense of Splitting Up,” Time, April 8, 1996.

  117 Irving Kristol, Neoconservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea (New York: Free Press 1995).

  118 Maggie Gallagher, “No Stigmas for People Like Us,” Newsday (New York), June 7, 1994.

  119 G. K. Chesterton, “A Defense of Humilities,” The Defendant, 1901.

  120 Kristol, Neoconservatism.

  121 Fred Siegel, The Future Once Happened Here (New York: Encounter Books, 1997).

  122 Felicity Barringer, “Hillary Clinton: From Lawyer to Mother; Now, Both of the Above,” New York Times, October 30, 1992.

  123 Susan Chira, “Conversations/Patrick T. Murphy: A Defender of Chicago's Children Refuses to Be Polite About Abuse,” New York Times, January 30, 1994.

  124 Cynthia Tucker, “Solomon and Modern Adoption,” San Francisco Chronicle, May 15, 1995.

  125 Michael Sneed, “Boy's Parents Bring More Discomfort,” Omaha World Herald, August 6, 1997.

  126 Moriarty v. Greene, Nos. 1-99-0277 and 1-99-0409, Consolidated, 1st District, June 28, 2000.

  127 G. K. Chesterton, Daily News, July 29, 1905.

  128 Stephanie Coontz, “Illegitimate Complaints,” New York Times, February 18, 2007 (discussing the sordid business of three “unsavory men who partied with her mother” fighting over the right to custody of Anna Nicole Smith's daughter).

  129 Out-of-wedlock births “decline as women's IQ increases.” See Robert Gordon, “Everyday Life as an Intelligence Test,” Intelligence, January 1, 1997 (citing Herrnstein and Murray, The Bell Curve [1994], p. 183).

  130 Harmon, “First Comes the Baby Carriage.”

  131 Sarah Ebner, “Lone Stars,” The Guardian (London), February 22, 2001.

  132 Ruthe Stein, “Mommies Dearest: Mothers Raising Daughters Alone Is a Popular Theme in Hollywood,” San Francisco Chronicle, November 7, 1999.

  133 Onderko, “Married vs. Single Moms.”

  134 Ibid.

  135 Susan S. Lang, “Unwed Mothers’ Prospects for Marrying Well, or At All, Are Greatly Diminished, Cornell Study Finds,” Cornell University News Service, September 26, 2005.

  136 Nancy Jo Sales, “Sex and the Single Mom,” Vanity Fair, June 2005.

  137 “Sex and the Single Mom,” People, March 22, 2004.

  138 Michelle Tauber, Alison Singh Gee, and Kwala Mandel in Los Angeles and Jennifer Longley, “New Meg: Not So Nice,” People, November 3, 2003.


  1 Laurie Goodstein, “Serenity Prayer Stirs Up Doubt: Who Wrote It?,” New York Times, July 11, 2008 (quoting Niebuhr biographer Charles C. Brown on recently discovered evidence that Niebuhr did not write the Serenity Prayer: “It is now well established beyond the shadow of any doubt among knowledgeable and fair-minded people,” Mr. Brown said, “that Niebuhr did compose it, probably in 1941 or ’43.”).

  2 Patrick Condon, “Republican Blogger Has Al Franken's Senate Campaign Reeling,” Associated Press, May 2, 2008.

  3 Bill Kownacki, “A Challenge for Republicans,” The Oregonian (Portland), May 22, 2008.

  4 Lateline ABC Transcripts (Australia), February 5, 2008.

  5 American Morning, CNN, April 17, 2008.
  6 “Democratic Debate Wrap-Up,” Larry King Live, CNN, April 16, 2008.

  7 “Blogometer; At What Cost?,” The Hotline, April 2, 2008.

  8 Patrick Healy, “Clinton Treats Obama Pastor with Extreme Caution,” New York Times, March 21, 2008.

  9 Anthony Lewis, “Playing with the Court,” New York Times, November 8, 1987.

  10 Lauren Collins, “The Other Obama,” The New Yorker, March 10, 2008.

  11 Editorial: “Pot, and Public Pieties,” New York Times, November 11, 1987.

  12 Richard D. Friedman, “Sorry, Judge, Maybe in 20 Years or So,” Washington Post, November 10, 1987.

  13 Gerry Braun, “Real Doctors—Not Spin Doctors—Heal Demo Wounds,” San Diego Union-Tribune, July 16, 1992.

  14 Live with Dan Abrams, MSNBC, February 27, 2008.

  15 Anderson Cooper, 360 Degrees, CNN, January 4, 2008.

  16 Tim Reid, “Insults Hit a New Low as Rivals Face Crucial Showdown,” Times (London), April 22, 2008.

  17 “Voices as Diverse as Their Backgrounds,” Washington Post, February 10, 2008.

  18 Maureen Dowd, “Brush It Off,” New York Times, April 20, 2008.

  19 Maureen Dowd, “Inside the Times,” New York Times, April 20, 2008.

  20 Charles Bakst, “Clinton in Battle for R.I. Voters,” Providence Journal, February 24, 2008 (quoting Obama supporter Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island).

  21 60 Minutes, CBS News, February 10, 2008.

  22 Rick Pearson and Mike Dorning, “Clinton Blasts Obama's Tactics,” Chicago Tribune, February 24, 2008.

  23 Keith Olbermann, Countdown, MSNBC, May 1, 2008.

  24 Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, CNN, September 5, 1999.

  25 Interview with former president Bill Clinton, Today, NBC, September 21, 2006.

  26 Jonathan Chait, “Is the Right Right on the Clintons?,” Los Angeles Times, January 26, 2008.

  27 Todd Purdum, “The Comeback Id,” Vanity Fair, July 2008.

  28 Today, NBC, December 14, 2007.

  29 Interview with presidential candidates, Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, CNN, January 13, 2008. (John McCain does not seem to have been on Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer—at least not during the Republican primary.)

  30 Ibid.

  31 Ibid.

  32 Interview with presidential candidates, Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, CNN, May 18, 2008.

  33 Interview with presidential candidates, Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, CNN, May 11, 2008.

  34 Michael Saul, “Bam Tries Blue Collar On for Size,” Daily News (New York), May 18, 2008.

  35 Obama's Controversial Comments and Impact on the Election,” Charlie Rose Show, April 14, 2008.

  36 H.R. 4892 [106th Congress], Scouting for All Act. Available at:

  37 Brian Ross and Rehab El-Buri, “Obama's Pastor: God Damn American, U.S. to Blame for 9/11,” ABC News, March 13, 2008. Available at:

  38 Barack Obama, “On My Faith and My Church,” The Huffington Post, August 16, 2008.

  39 Patrick Healy, “Clinton Clearly Outduels Obama,” New York Times, April 23, 2008.

  40 Countdown, MSNBC, April 23, 2008.

  41 Editorial: “Guns and Bitter,” New York Times, April 16, 2008.

  42 American Morning, CNN, March 21, 2008; “McCain Suspends Aide in Video Flap,” Newsday (New York), March 21, 2008.

  43 Frank Rich, “Shoddy! Tawdry! A Televised Train Wreck!,” New York Times, April 20, 2008.

  44 Jennifer Vanasco, “Author, Former Offender Among Speakers,” University of Chicago Chronicle, November 6, 1997.

  45 Catrin Einhorn and Susan Sauln, “Ex–Obama Fund-Raiser Is Convicted of Fraud,” New York Times, June 5, 2008.

  46 Transcript: “Obama's Remarks on Wright,” New York Times, April 29, 2008.

  47 Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate, Moderated by Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos, Federal News Service, April 16, 2008.

  48 Dinitia Smith, “No Regrets for a Love of Explosives,” New York Times, September 11, 2001.

  49 Hope Reeves, “The Way We Live Now: 9-16-01: Questions for Bill Ayers,” New York Times, September 16, 2001.

  50 Peter Wallsten, “Allies of Palestinians See a Friend in Barack Obama,” Los Angeles Times, April 10, 2008.

  51 Andrew Sullivan, “Goodbye to All That: Why Obama Matters,” The Atlantic Monthly, December 2007. Available at: (Italics added by author for emphasis.)

  52 Katharine Q. Seelye and Julie Bosman, “Ferraro's Obama Remarks Become Talk of Campaign,” New York Times, March 12, 2008.

  53 Ibid.

  54 Robin Abcarian, “Ferraro Quits Clinton Campaign After Obama Remarks,” Los Angeles Times, March 13, 2008.

  55 Michael Luo, “Ready to Attack Obama, if Some Money Arrives,” New York Times, June 21, 2008.

  56 Hardball, MSNBC, June 12, 2008.

  57 Ibid.

  58 Robin Roberts and Chris Cuomo, “The Bottom Line: Fair or Unfair Tactics?” Good Morning America, June 13, 2008.

  59 “History of Negative Political Advertising,” Weekend Edition, NPR, October 31, 2004.

  60 Ibid.

  61 Roberts and Cuomo, “The Bottom Line.”

  62 Ibid.

  63 Joshua Muravchik, “Kerry's Cambodia Whopper,” Washington Post, August 24, 2004.

  64 See, e.g., Zev Chafets, “Tough Audience: If Kerry Can't Win Over Vets, He's in Big Trouble,” Daily News (New York), September 1, 2004; Michael Barone, “Democrats Take It on the Chin—as Do Their Barkers in the Old Media,” The American Spectator, December 1, 2004.

  65 Michael Dobbs, “After Decades, Renewed War on Old Conflict,” Washington Post, August 28, 2004.

  66 Laura Blumenfeld, “Hunter, Dreamer, Realist: Complexity Infuses Senator's Ambition,” Washington Post, June 1, 2003.

  67 Editorial: “Politics as Usual,” New York Times, August 19, 2004.

  68 Michael Getler, “Swift Boat Shootout,” Washington Post, August 29, 2004.

  69 Jessica Vascellaro, “Kerry's Medals Were Deserved, Says Widow of Slain Comrade,” Boston Globe, August 27, 2004.

  70 Media Matters for America, “The Lies of John O’Neill: An MMFA Analysis; Swift Boat Vets’ Founder Has Told Repeated Untruths About Himself, Swift Boat Vets, Unfit for Command,” August 24, 2004. Available at:

  71 Tahman Bradley, “Bush Swift Boats Belgium, Congress,” ABC News, April 4, 2007.

  72 Sam Wang and Sandra Aamodt, “Your Brain Lies to You,” New York Times, June 27, 2008.

  73 Jim Rutenberg and Julie Bosman, “Book Attacking Obama Hopes to Repeat ’04 Anti-Kerry Feat,” New York Times, August 13, 2008.

  74 Ibid.

  75 Hardball, MSNBC, August 19, 2004.

  76 Thomas Lipscomb, “Did Kerry Write Own Report of Disputed Vietnam River Clash?,” Chicago Sun-Times, October 1, 2004.

  It was written by someone designated “TE”

  An operations order by Admiral Hoffman two months earlier set the format for the designation. The operations order procedures, originated by the operational commander of the Coastal 11 An Thoi unit Kerry served with, Cmdr. Adrian Lonsdale, was the basis for the terms of designation used in this kind of report subsequently. Upon seeing the report, Lonsdale, a Swift Boat Veterans for Truth member, recognized it and recalled the procedures it required as being followed in his command.

  “TE” refers to a “task element,” which is defined by the numbers to the right, which show the command structure over the task element in action. “194” is Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, commander of U.S. naval forces in Vietnam; “5” is Hoffman's swift boat command; “4” is Lonsdale's command and the last “4” is Capt. George Elliott's swift boat base at An Thoi, where the boats on this mission were based. The last “1” indicates someone other than the commander of the mission. If the report had been submitted by the mis
sion commander, in this case Thurlow, according to the operations order, it would have begun with a “C” for commander of the Task Element, and the sender would have been “CTE”

  According to a Navy communications expert, Chief Petty Officer Troy Jenkins, who has examined the message traffic, the report in question was sent from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, Lonsdale's command ship, at 11:20 that night.

  Only three of the officers on the mission that day were on the Spencer, John Kerry, Dick Pease, and Donald Droz. Droz took the wounded from the mine explosion to be examined and treated at the Spencer, including the third officer, the severely wounded Dick Pease. Since the Spencer had no helipad for the evacuation of the wounded, Droz then had to return to the USS Washtenaw County, stationed about 25 nautical miles away, leaving only Kerry aboard the Spencer at the time the message was sent at 11:20 P.M.

  Could Droz have somehow written the report? Lonsdale says command precedence of days in swift boat service alone rules this out. “According to the command procedure I set down, Kerry would have been the only logical candidate. Kerry had been in Vietnam since November. Droz just arrived at An Thoi in February.” Thurlow adds, “I never liked the paperwork anyway. I was happy to have Kerry write them up.”

  77 David Warsh, “Behind the Hootch,” Boston Globe, October 27, 1996.

  78 Ibid.

  79 John O’Neill, Unfit for Command (Washington: Regnery, 2004), p. 81.

  80 Ibid., p. 81.

  81 Jim Rutenberg, “A Billionaire Finances Ads Hitting Obama,” New York Times, August 23, 2008.

  82 Patrick Healy, “Let's Call a Lie a Lie … Finally,” New York Times, September 21, 2008.

  83 Maureen Dowd, “Mud Pies for ‘That One,’ ” New York Times, October 8, 2008.


  1 From the French, “Cet animal est tres mechant: quand on l'attaque, il se defend.”

  2 Kathleen Parker, “Palin Should Step Aside,” Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA), September 29, 2008.

  3 Judy Mann, “A Report on the GOP's War Against Women,” Washington Post, January 17, 1996.

  4 Dick Polman, “Women Find Fault with GOP and Opt to Sit Out Primaries,” Philadelphia Inquirer, March 15, 1996.

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