Saturday, October 22, 2005

The Drumbeat Continues...

George Will succintly makes the point many of us have been trying to make over the Miers nomination:

In their unseemly eagerness to assure Miers's conservative detractors that she will reach the "right" results, her advocates betray complete incomprehension of this: Thoughtful conservatives' highest aim is not to achieve this or that particular outcome concerning this or that controversy. Rather, their aim for the Supreme Court is to replace semi-legislative reasoning with genuine constitutional reasoning about the Constitution's meaning as derived from close consideration of its text and structure. Such conservatives understand that how you get to a result is as important as the result. Indeed, in an important sense, the path that the Supreme Court takes to the result often is the result.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Kaus On The NYT

The essential mistake was thinking you could replace a centralized, dictatorial regime with a looser decentralized regime and not have old power centers rise up and sow mischief and chaos--resulting in something close to civil war. ... But I've written enough about the New York Times under Bill Keller...


Brooks And The Republican Base

From behind the wall of Times Select, brought to you by The New York Times, (now with 52% less profit and exclusive web content!!), David Brooks:

Republicans are not panicked. They know that if the election were held today, their base would stay home, but they look over at the Democrats and say: Thank God for Nancy Pelosi. Thank God for Howard Dean. They see that Dean refers to his base as ‘’merlot Democrats,'’ and it confirms their suspicion that the opposition party is really run by imbeciles.

The odd thing is that the Democrats, who have the self-assurance of a beaten dog, feel this way about themselves. Most sense, in their heart of hearts, that they are the Palestinians of American politics: they’ll never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. The most common word I hear from Democratic partisans to describe their own party is ‘’pathetic.'’

All true, but as I have written before, Republicans can't run against the establishment any more and the slogan "we're not as bad as the other guy" isn't too inspiring.

Dead Air America

Also from the Washington Post:

Air America, the liberal talk network carried on WWRC-AM (1260), went from bad to nonexistent. After WWRC recorded a mere fraction of a rating point in the spring with syndicated shows from the likes of lefty talkers Al Franken, Janeane Garofalo and Stephanie Miller, Arbitron couldn't detect a measurable listenership for the station this time around.

Interestingly, the same is true of an EEG hooked up to Franken or Garofolo.


More Miers

Well, as if this nomination wasn't already taking on water and listing to one side, now the WaPo reports this.

It seems as though Miers doesn't even completely understand the Constitution. At this rate, any confirmation hearing is going to be deeply embarrassing for both Miers and the Bush Administration, especially when contrasted with John Roberts' performance, in which he never referred to a note, had trouble placing or expounding on a particular case, or conferred with any colleague.

Some day the behind the scenes story of how this airball of a nomination will be told but for now it is time for pull it. The only possible explanation for Bush's intransigence is that it has been a rough few months and he may be inclined to dig in his heels. This would be a mistake.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


I have no idea who, if anyone, is going to be indicted over the Valerie Plame leak, but the rumors are flying in Washington. The latest has Cheney resigning and Condoleezza being appointed Vice President.

Look, if anyone of any importance in the White House is indicted it is bad news and that person needs to resign. Yes, even if those accused in this country are innocent until proven guilty; a higher standard is called for here. On the other hand, resigning is not an admission of guilt.

The problem with the "who is getting indicted" game is that if for some reason Patrick Fitzgerald doesn't name Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, or Dick Cheney, then it will appear that they "got off" because all three have already been indicted by the court of public opinion. Even without an indictment, many on the Left will still call for resignations.

As this story has been evolving I have avoided writing about it because so much press coverage was based on rumor and innuendo but we are getting to the point now where Fitzgerald is going to have to do something by October 28th, when the grand jury disbands. More to come...