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May 24, 2007
Apologies if someone has beaten me to this, but how long before we're using "Goodling" as a common noun meaning hyper-partisan hack? To wit: The Bush administration cleaned house at FEMA and repopulated it with a bunch of goodlings. Or: The Bush administration canned several U.S. attorneys in order to install a bunch of goodlings. Or: The White House dispatched a bunch of goodlings to run the CPA in Iraq... You get the idea.
May 23, 2007
Well it seems as if the Democrats have dropped their demand that the next war funding bill set a deadline for withdrawing American servicemen and servicewomen. Since, as everyone knows, setting a date for surrender would have demoralized the troops, logic dictates that the defeat of such a proposal will boost morale!
I've been reading through an advance copy of Bob Shrum's memoir and have a story online today about how harshly Shrum treats his former client, John Edwards. But the book, which goes on sale June 4, is filled with dishy and revealing moments, a few of which I'll post on the Plank today.
That Pew poll [PDF] about Muslim attitudes in America has been getting a lot of press for the fact that 13 percent of those surveyed think that suicide bombings can be justified "often/sometimes" or "rarely" to "defend Islam." On its surface this seems disturbing, although I wonder how many Christians or Jews would say that similar actions are justified to "defend" their faith.
Joe Biden has come out in favor of sending the U.S. military to Darfur. Let's see if any of his competitors in the primary (who actually have a chance of winning the nomination) support him on this necessary proposal.
It's running in Iowa, New Hampshire, and on national cable:
ANNOUNCER (Voice Over): "In the most liberal state in the country, one Republican stood up and cut spending, instead of raising taxes.
"He enforced immigration laws, stood up for traditional marriage and the sanctity of human life."