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July 6, 2007
More fallout from the Libby commutation? According to this American Research Group poll, 54 percent of Americans now think the House should begin impeachment proceedings against Cheney.
Update: Which must make Bush feel relatively good, since the same poll finds that only 45 percent of Americans want to impeach him.
I've never quite understood the fixation so many liberals have with the Valerie Plame leak, but the passion mustered by Scooter Libby's defenders simply astonishes me. While I was on vacation, James Kirchick called Libby's conviction a "show-trial." Of course, a show trial is not a trial at all, but a pseudo-judicial proceeding with a predetermined outcome. The Libby trial, with its GOP-appointed prosecutor and GOP-appointed judge, hardly qualifies.
Dave Weigel, Reason's indefatigable political reporter, reveals the true extent of a) John McCain's decline and b) Ron Paul's rise. Texas's finest Congressman (despite his heresies) has more cash to spend than McCain. Does this make Paul a "first tier" candidate or is it time for the GOP to try and stop McCain form participating in debates too?
A big scoop in the Los Angeles Times: It seems that in the early 1990s, Fred Thompson accepted lobbying work on behalf of a family-planning group. At the time, the organization was urging the Bush 41 White House to loosen a rule that forbade abortion counseling at federally funded clinics. More:
July 5, 2007
Considering that Dick Gephardt is now a Washington lobbyist, and therefore can't even donate money to the Obama campaign, and considering that he passed up the opportunity to endorse John Edwards back in 2004, this press release just sent out by the Clinton campaign is hardly a surprise:
Hillary Clinton will receive a campaign endorsement from Former Congressman Richard Gephardt on a conference call today (Thursday, July 5, 2007) at 1:00 p.m. EDT.
Michael Ledeen is unhappy. He has a "very bad feeling" about Gordon Brown. Well, in many respects so do I, though not, I suspect for the same reasons. Anyway, like his fellow happy warriors at The Corner Mr. Ledeen is appalled by Brown's "Orwellian" preference for trying not to give the impression that the United Kingdom is locked in a holy war against every Muslim living in Britain.
We had a problem with the rise of Islamist terrorism before September 11th and we would still have a problem with it even if we had never deployed a single G.I. or Squaddie to Iraq.
Nonetheless, this week of all weeks, forgive me if I treat the President's remarks today with a certain degree of bitter scorn: