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July 3, 2007
My word, they're a creative bunch at The Corner. Today's debate is on whether or not socialised medicine is a breeding ground for terrorism.
Apparently it's also the case that the presence of foreign-trained doctors is further evidence that Britain, like the rest of godless and thus godforsaken Europe, is beyond saving.
Here's Stanley Kurtz:
Outraged by the Libby commutation, Andrew says of Bush:
"It's good to be the king!"
Well, yes, it is. Then again, the power to pardon--like that of patronage--is an ancient Royal prerogative and the American presidency is in many respects simply an elected monarchy (right down to the fact that respect and loyalty is due to the office, not the holder).
In the aftermath of the thwarted attack on Glasgow airport, one man has emerged as the hero of the hour. Step forward baggage handler John Smeaton who, while enjoying a sly cigarete break, witnessed the attack and rallied to help the police take down the terrorists. You may well have seen him on CNN or Fox.
The always entertaining Mark Levin weighs in on Scooter's fate:
The way I see it, Lewis Libby was about to become a political prisoner and the president prevented that.
Is Mr. Levin actually saying that but for the wisdom and restraint of President Bush the United States would be some kind of crackpot banana republic? Why, yes he is.
For all the Cassandras warning about the impending downfall of our Republic, via Mike Weiss comes this cool-headed analysis from Slate's Tim Noah ("surely another beetle-browed agent of Dick Cheney's master plan," in Mike's sarcastic words) explaining why Judge Reggie Walton's sentencing of Scooter Libby--irrespective of whether or not one believes he is even guilty of perjury--was wildly unjust.
Garance Franke-Ruta reports that people in Iowa have more pressing concerns than how Mitt Romney treats his dog. This is a shame since, as with Bill Clinton's need to cheat at golf, I'd hoped people might consider this an interesting and not entirely trivial character indicator.
July 2, 2007
I'm loathe to link to it, but thanks to Daniel Larison, I now see that Taki Theodoracopulos, the "descendant of a titled family from the Ionian island of Zante" and all-around bigot, has a new online magazine. As if his wretched drivel in The Spectator and The American Conservative were not enough.
The analogy that came to mind when I read today's Obama-Clinton fundraising stories was of Kerry v. Bush in Ohio in 2004. Like Clinton, the problem with Kerry's effort there wasn't execution per se--the Kerry campaign, working alongside Democratic GOTV groups like America Coming Together, exceeded its own registration and turnout targets by a fairly significant margin. The problem was that they were working from what turned out to be the wrong paradigm.