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January 23, 2007
At long last, a quantitative analysis of Dick Vitale's extreme case of A.D.D. If only the powers that be at ESPN would take notice and bring an end to college hoops fans' long national nightmare.
From last week's looong New Yorker profile of an American jihadi:
Gadahn may be the first Al Qaeda operative to lace a religious threat with a reference to Monopoly. ("If you die as an unbeliever in battle against the Muslims, you're going straight to hell, without passing Go.")
Boy, was he good. That response could do for Webb something akin to what Barack Obama's 2004 convention speech did for the Illinois senator. Maybe not on quite the same scale. But I can't think of another Democratic speech since Obama's that was half as good. Even Brit Hume and Fred Barnes on Fox were praising it.
If Bush's speech had contained more of fresh substance I might not resort to this, but... I never thought I'd hear a State of the Union applause line praising someone who "borrowed some equipment, and began filming children's videos in her basement." As a friend writes: "I can't believe no one found that phrasing awkward or evocative." Heh.
January 22, 2007
I'm hesitant to get into a full-blown debate about Iran and Israel because I don't want to preempt Yossi Klein Halevi and Michael Oren, whose upcoming piece addresses the subject thoughtfully and in great detail. Unlike me, Yossi and Michael actually know what they're talking about. So I'll leave the big questions to them.
A few weeks ago Ryan wrote about Brian Cameker and the difficulties he--and, more importantly, his 10,000-word report titled "The Mitt Romney Deception"--were causing Romney with social conservatives. Now the Boston Globe reports that Cameker's penned a sequel: "The Mitt Romney Deception, Volume II."
Roll Call [sub req] says Mitt Romney's picked up the support of House Minority Leader John Boehner and that Minority Whip Roy Blunt may soon follow. A reminder that, even as he tacks right, John McCain is still hardly beloved by fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill.