The Rush To Syria
December 15, 2006

Do you recall when, as children, we played "doctor and patient?" It was quite titillating really. Now, Senator Bill Nelson, Democrat from Florida has already been to Damascus to consult with Bashar Assad. And following on Nelson's footsteps will be John Kerry (who's always playing president), Arlen Spector, Republican from Pennsylvania, and Chris Dodd, Democrat from Connecticut.

No Sense In Trying
December 15, 2006

From the looks of things, printouts of the Baker Commission are being used as toilet paper in the White House, and the Bush administration plans more-or-less to stay the current, too-marvelous-for-words course in Iraq: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday rejected a bipartisan panel's recommendation that the United States seek the help of Syria and Iran in Iraq, saying the "compensation" required by any deal might be too high. She argued that neither country should need incentives to foster stability in Iraq. Well, who knows?

In Today's Web Magazine
December 14, 2006

Ryan Lizza has the skinny on Mitt Romney's links to porn; Eve Fairbanks watches the congressional class of 1994 waddle tearfully into unemployment; Jonathan Cohn shows how the Democrats' push for universal health care is already underway; Oriana Skylar Mastro says that Washington is deluding itself to believe Beijing will pressure Kim Jong Il; and TNR Online republishes a 1996 holiday diarist by Martin Peretz about Christmastime commercialism. --Adam B. Kushner

Obama And The Right, Cont'd
December 13, 2006

Following up on (the dashing and debonair) Isaac's post, there's another tactic conservatives will likely use to combat Obamamania. They'll launch a savage and despicable whispering campaign against the guy (Barack Hussein Obama, etc.) and then blame it all on Hillary.

Bad Analogies
December 05, 2006

It's fun, if predictable, when pundits make bad analogies between current political trends and historical circumstances. But White House stenographer Fred Barnes's book review in the new Weekly Standard sets a high (low?) water mark. The book under discussion is Jennifer Weber's history of slavery-friendly Northern Democrats who opposed Lincoln's war policy, known as Copperheads. Here's Barnes:   They undermined the war wherever they could. ... More broadly, the antiwar faction's vituperative opposition hurt the ability of the Union army to carry out the war effectively. ...

"santa Isn't Fat By Accident"
December 04, 2006

It's so hard to escape the PC Police these days! As the venerable Dylan might put it, they'll stone you when you call a bad thing "gay," they'll stone you when you fete Columbus Day, they'll stone you if you love foie gras and veal, and now they'll even stone you if you want to skip a meal! This from this week's National Review (sus req): Get ready for Fat Studies. ... The University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee is offering a course titled "The Social Construction of Obesity." There is no such thing as being fat, you see; "fatness" is just a figment.

Rashomon, Conservative Pundit Style
December 01, 2006

Yesterday, George Will weighed in on the Bush-Webb brouhaha. He blasted Webb, writing: Wednesday's Post reported that at a White House reception for newly elected members of Congress, Webb "tried to avoid President Bush," refusing to pass through the reception line or have his picture taken with the president. When Bush asked Webb, whose son is a Marine in Iraq, "How's your boy?" Webb replied, "I'd like to get them [sic] out of Iraq." When the president again asked "How's your boy?" Webb replied, "That's between me and my boy." [snip] Webb certainly has conveyed what he is: a boor.

Widening The Gap
November 24, 2006

The other day I posted a Spine noting a New York Times article explaining why "China Poor Worse Off While the Rich Get Richer." This is in a "successful" communist society.

Hot House
November 21, 2006

"Time is running out, and we need to move forward on this," Senator Barbara Boxer declared in a conference call with reporters last week, referring to global warming. The California Democrat will take over as chair of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee in January, and she has already vowed to make climate change a top priority, reversing a decade of inaction by congressional Republicans.

An Opportunity For Genuine (and Selfless) Leadership By Nancy Pelosi And Robert Byrd
November 20, 2006

by Sanford Levinson I have on several occasions railed against what I regard as basic defects in our constitutional order. Here I want to focus on a decidely "non-constitutional" defect that is every bit as serious, which is the present Succession in Office Act establishing who would succeed to the presidency in case there is no vice president.