The group blog of The New Republic
October 3, 2007
Although Harry Reid didn't make it far with his promise to work with Republicans on Iraq this fall, his strategy appears to have moved over to the House, where a bill requiring Defense Secretary Gates to present Congress his plans for withdrawing combat forces passed 377 to 46 yesterday. So many Republican yeses constitute a surprising loss for Republican leader John Boehner, who's kept his troops marvelously well-marshaled up to now.
In response to Chris's post on the upcoming NBA season, commenter vcolatrino writes, "No offense, Chris, but the baseball postseason begins today, and we're getting posts about what may happen in the NBA playoffs nine months from now? ... I would love to see someone at the Plank resurrect the baseball playoffs blog."
During yesterday's Blackwater hearing, Republicans kept complaining that everyone was ignoring all the good news about private military firms in Iraq. They were especially high on CEO Erik Prince's argument that Blackwater guards "only" discharged their weapons 195 times in more than 16,000 missions in Iraq since 2005--"barely" one percent.
As expected, President Bush today vetoed a proposed expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP). By now, faithful readers of this website are familiar with the administration's arguments--and the many flaws they contain.