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  • Squeeze the Right

    You should read Ed Kilgore's comments on the latest salvo in the abortion battle, wherein Carol Tobias of the National Right to Life Committee firmly rejected Hillary Clinton's call for compromise. As Ed notes, hardcore anti-choice folks don't see a moral difference between birth control and abortion procedures, forcing them to explain that publicly drives a wedge in their colaition. But at the end, Ed writes that: Hillary Clinton has just given us all a textbook case of what it really means to "seize the center": it does not mean "moving to the right," it means moving to higher and stronger ground. I'm starting to think that it's the whole concept of a "center" that messes up progressive politics. Conceptually, you can only occupy so much ground, so if you're seizing the center you're not covering the left. But Hillary's not seizing the center, she's squeezing the right. Her framing pushes them out of a whole range of positions they formerly inhabited and leaves room only for those...
  • Such Innocence

    Now be honest. Is there anything cuter than a freshman Republican Senator? Because Isakson's adorable comments sure make me want to tickle him under the chin.
  • Outsourcing's Next Target

    Well this is brilliant . We're outsourcing the war to incompetent soldiers from poor countries with shoddy human rights records. And, just like with regular outsourcing, the manpower is being massed through a byzantine web of contractors and subcontractors and no one can figure out what country's laws, if any, these guys fall into. In addition, our contact point was Custer Battles, the same Custer Battles that defrauded us out of $15 million by, among other shenanigans, providing security to an airport that wasn't in use. Excellent.
  • The Carter Agenda

    Matt's asking the big questions: If Jimmy Carter is truly a traitor, yet as an ex-president he still gets top-level intelligence briefings, is the Republic safe? I expect that George W. Bush is feeding him misinformation so Carter will mislead his superior (code name: Jesus), but how can we know the tricky devil isn't seeing right through it? Indeed, are we giving him access to confidential memos on CIA agents? If so, has he done anything to blow cover, like pose nude for homosexual websites or offer his services as a male prostitute? Has anyone looked into that Sunday school Carter has been teaching for decades? Maybe he's a pedophile! These questions must be answered, and quickly. While the Democrats stonewall, Jimmy Carter plots and Americans slumber on, dangerously unaware of the 80-year old ex-president and his similarly aged wife massing on their border.
  • Campus Progress

    If you haven't been already, you should really be checking out the newly-launched Campus Progress . As the kids say, it's the shizzle. Update : While you're there, you really have to check out " So Speaks Some Guy With a Website ". Brilliant.
  • In For Out

    This may be a blessing in disguise . The Muslim Scholars Association, a hardline, highly-influential Sunni group, has offered their participation in the government if US troops set a timetable for withdrawal. It's a demand we obviously can't meet as is, but were the Shi'as and Kurds to announce that the path was now for the Iraqis to chart and a united, clearly-autonomous Iraq was necessary for that, it'd leave us with no choice in the matter. Indeed, the best thing that could happen to us would be for the democratically-elected government to offer us a dignified withdrawal in the context of proving their autonomy, maybe pairing a timetable (for Sunni dignity) with conditions for implementation (for American dignity). We're too hardheaded to leave any other way, and the Sunnis are too defensive to join a government that we're involved in, so it may fall to the Iraqi-elect to chart a middle path between our competing egos. That, after all, is what governments are for, right? I should...
  • Horrible Hugh

    So I thought it was a good idea. You know, a fun one. I'd write a review of Hugh Hewitt's new book, Blog , get a byline and a check, go home happy. I mean, the book isn't really long or anything, is it? Well, no, it's not. But it certainly the most distasteful piece of waste I've handled since maturation imbued me with the good sense to stop handling garbage. I think I was three years old, then. Why is Hugh so bad? Well, aside from the towering egotism and the blistering partisanship, the guy is constantly lying. Here are three, just from the introduction: On October 1, 2004, more than 130,000 internet users visited HughHewitt.com. They did so because the first presidential debate between George W. Bush and John Kerry was conducted on the night of the thirtieth, and folks wanted my take as well as my continually updated analysis of the debate that took place. I believe George W. Bush had won the debate, and that John Kerry had committed incredible blunders. Very few pundits agreed...
  • The Flight of the Consultant Class

    Well this is positive : Sen. Harry Reid (Nev.) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), the Democratic leaders of the Senate and House, plan to shake up the Democratic political consulting community and break the grip that a small number of consultants have had on strategy and contracts, party sources say. The Democratic leaders want to bring in new people with track records of success and innovation and look beyond the Beltway for message smiths to help guide the party. ... A Democratic leadership aide said, “There’s general agreement in both chambers and at the House and Senate political party groups that we need to rethink our relationships with consultants [and have] more accountability for results. Amy Sullivan should be proud .
  • Iran and the Bomb

    Justin's thoughts on my post arguing the merits of the EU's lead role in Iran deserve a quick response. The world, he argues, is more complex than I give it credit for, mainly because the EU has no credible military force nor the appetite to introduce sanctions and our threats don't matter because they've been spoken aloud. I'll grant him the EU's military impotence, but nobody's talking about an invasion of Iran. The most violence being considered are surgical air-strikes, and even they're out of favor given the spread and secrecy of Iran's nuclear facilities. With America straining terribly to occupy Iran's weaker neighbor, there never was a credible threat of our force in the first place, so I wouldn't worry so much about that. Sanctions are a bit trickier. As Justin rightly notes, Europe has shown no interest in sacrificing trade to punish Iran during past transgressions, what reason is there to believe they'll behave differently now? This, in a sense, was the point of my original...
  • Waiting for Wampum

    Hosting the Koufax Awards has obliterated Wampum's server. If they don't get some scratch, a good deed they tried to do for the lefty blogosphere is going to end up backfiring and driving them off the net. That'd really be a shame, we should support our own better than that. So if you can chip in a bit to help them back up, do so .

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