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August 14, 2007
August 13, 2007
The Wall Street Journal editorial page on Barney Frank:
It's a favorite cause of the plaintiffs bar, and Mr. Frank has manfully assisted their cause with hearings at his Financial Services Committee.[Italics Mine]
Karl Rove tells the WSJ's Paul Gigot that he's leaving the White House on August 31. He also predicts that the "fatally flawed" Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee, and that President Bush's approval ratings might just hit 40 percent.
I happened to be reading Josh Green's big, excellent Atlantic Monthly story about Rove last night, and obviously the timing for the piece turns out to be fantastic. I believe the article is subscription-only so I don't want to lead on any non-subscribers.
Anyway, I thought the most interesting anecdote in the article reflected on President Bush, not Rove:
Today's Washington Post has a fun story about Linda Chavez, the conservative movement aparatchik and President Bush's original choice for Labor Secretary. These days, Chavez is a conservative fundraiser, running the Republican Issues Committee, the Latino Alliance, Stop Union Political Abuse and the Pro-Life Campaign Committee.
Except, the Post reports, these aren't what you would call highly effective organizations:
When I hear the word "refugee," the image that comes to mind is a figure bent under the weight of impossible poverty, showing bones through the skin, huddled in a dusty tent in a mass camp somewhere in Africa. For good reason: Those are the ones whose plight is the worst, and they seem practically and morally simpler to help -- they need clean water, food, and a safe place to lay their heads, versus the restoration of lost cars, maids, or some more abstract notion of psychological wholeness.