About Daniel Koffler

Daniel Koffler is a Clarendon Scholar and graduate student in philosophy at the University of Oxford.

Huckabee Vows Theocracy

By January 15, 2008

Christian Right leaders generally insist that the Constitution isn't a secular document, and that separation of church and state, as Pat Robertson inimitably put it "is a lie of the Left and we are not going to take it anymore." … Read More

Kucinich Wins! (A Lawsuit)

By January 14, 2008

Here's the backstory: NBC came up with a set of criteria for admission to the Democratic debate in Nevada tomorrow that they hoped would exclude the lovable little gremlin. Unfortunately for them, he qualified. So, naturally, NBC changed the criteria … Read More

Hitchens’ Case Against Hillary Clinton

By January 14, 2008

As Andrew Sullivan would say, money quote: Indifferent to truth, willing to use police-state tactics and vulgar libels against inconvenient witnesses, hopeless on health care, and flippant and fast and loose with national security: The case against Hillary Clinton for … Read More

Mary J. Blige: Roidmonkey?

By January 14, 2008

With Roger Clemens due to testify before Congress in February over his alleged use of performance enhancing drugs — because what could be more appropriate for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee than to spend its resources on a … Read More

CIA Chief: Waterboarding “Would Be” Torture

By January 14, 2008

Michael Hayden, Director of the CIA, says waterboarding "would be torture." It's an interesting use of the subjunctive, since there isn't actually any debate over whether we waterboard. Echoing President Bush, Hayden insists, "we don't torture." But this is weak … Read More

The Huckabee Fallacy

By January 11, 2008

At the GOP debate I didn't see last night, Mike Huckabee said this: “The Air Force has a saying that says if you’re not catching flak, you’re not over the target,” he said. “I’m catching the flak; I must be … Read More

Giuliani Vows Genocide

By January 11, 2008

From the Tampa Tribune undorsement of Rudy Giuliani: In a conversation with this editorial board, he said the way to end terrorism is: "You get rid of the nation states that support it," opening the door to a host of … Read More

Why Crazies Heart the Gold Standard

By January 11, 2008

Matt Yglesias posts an email from a reader pointing out that Ron Paul's obsession with gold-backed currency was a sure indicator of conspiracist nut-jobbery, long before the newsletters came to light. Matt asks how the gold standard went from being … Read More