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Bill Bennett In the Morning



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I’m scheduled to be on in about 15 minutes (7:30ish). FYI

Iranian Walesa Re-Arrested



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The International Transport Worker’s Federation and the International Trade Union Confederation report that Mansour Osanlou, the Iranian Lech Walesa, has just been re-arrested.  Osanlou organized the first independent union in Iran in over 20 years.  When workers demanded basic rights at Gdansk, Reagan stood on principle against the the State Department which suggested that any support for Solidarity would undercut prospects for détente with the Soviet Union.  Today, the same arguments occur within the administration, but George W. Bush is silent.  Rather than stand for the freedom and liberty of ordinary people in Iran, his silence gives tacit approval to the actions of their tormentors.

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Polygamy Posted



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The Washington Post has a front-page story on polygamy.

Includes:

Polygamy has deep roots in Utah’s history and in the history of the Church of the Latter-day Saints. Many mainstream Mormons once believed, and many fundamentalists still believe, that only men in plural marriages will get to heaven. But, to ensure Utah would get statehood, the Mormon Church swore off polygamy in the 1890s.

Even so, polygamous communities continued to exist through the American West and in Canada and Mexico. And in recent years, authorities in the state adopted a “don’t ask, don’t tell” stance, Shurtleff said.

One reason was that the politically powerful Mormon Church, while officially opposing polygamy, did not want the bad press strict enforcement might bring. Another reason was that law enforcement was worried that isolated polygamist communities would erupt in violence if raided. An internal memo at the Arizona attorney general’s office in 2002 spoke of a “Waco-level problem” among the polygamous communities along the Utah state line.

Shurtleff said he decided to confront polygamy’s darker side and leave the more mainstream communities alone…

The piece doesn’t mention the presidential elephant in the room. Instead it references Big Love as helpful in practicioners’ “quest to decriminalize bigamy” (Is the HBO show really helpful to polygamists?)

Anyway, the Romney camp ought to be happy about it. Get this stuff out in the open early. Then jump to the increasingly famous Irish Catholic view:

The First Wives’ Club [Kate O'Beirne]

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Governor Mitt Romney’s great-grandfather had multiple wives and two great-great grandfathers had 10 wives each.  The article allows that Romney “is a confirmed monogamist of nearly four decades and polygamy has been absent from his family going back two generations.”  While some might note the upside of generously sharing those handsome Romney genes in the past, current history is noteworthy.  Should Mitt Romney join a 2008 race that included John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich and George Allen, the only guy in the GOP field with only one wife would be the Mormon. 

Web Briefing: September 30, 2014

re: block that flop buzz!



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For the record: Though Mrs. Hillyer was impressed it wasn’t only women Quin was talking about.

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block that flop buzz!



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E-mail from my friend Quin Hillyer, a senior editor at the Spectator:

Subject: No flop at all!

Rich – PLEASE quote me on this. I have no idea where you heard that Romney “flopped” at the Spectator dinner, but from where I sat, that was absolutely, positively NOT the general consensus. Indeed, just the opposite: Everybody at my table seemed absolutely enthralled and impressed by Romney, and so did the people I heard talking on the way out of the dinner. My wife, in particular, who is not very political, pronounced herself tremendously impressed. It should also be noted that I am NOT a Romney partisan; I have no favorite yet for 2008.

THE HASTINGS CASE: THE CLINTON ANGLE



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I have another new story on the Alcee Hastings matter.  This one is about William Borders, the man who was charged, along with Hastings, with conspiring to solicit bribes from defendants seeking lenient treatment in Hastings’ courtroom.  Borders was convicted, disbarred, and sentenced to prison.  Later, Borders went to jail twice for contempt rather than testify against Hastings.  But even with all that, did you know that Borders received a full pardon from President Bill Clinton as part of that infamous batch of pardons Clinton rushed out during his last hours in office? 

A Final Word About Whipping



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When Trent Lott got elected minority whip last week, there was some grumbling that Rick Santorum was the reason he did — that Santorum’s support put him over. Save for a few blog items that got a lot of attention though, I have no sense that was the case. Around D.C. last week I kept asking the question and again and again I got the same answer, which closely tracks with Jonathan Martin’s piece today: The biggest factor in Lott winning was the reality that Lott knows how to whip up votes — and there was a real sense Lamar doesn’t. And so there we are — with Lott as whip. Sorry if that disappoints anyone’s Santorum-as-convenient-enemy framework.

ALL JOHN DERBYSHIRE’S BIGOTRY, WITH NONE OF HIS CHARM”



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I’ll have to work harder on the charm part. In the meantime, subscribers to NR are able to read my latest in the current issue of the magazine.

re: RE: FOOTBALL YOUTH LEAGUE ATROCITY



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Rudy and the Dem Voter



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I think the whole Rudy phenomenon is fascinating.  All we ever talk about–understandably–is how he’ll do with Republicans, whether he really has a shot at the nomination.  There’s one other thing that needs saying about Rudy as a presidential candidate, though:  He’d take LOTS of votes from Democrats.  Just how many would depend of course on the strength of their candidate–but in any case, lots more than any other GOP candidate in sight.  A northeastern Republican might in fact be the mirror image of those Southern Democrats–the only Dems to have won the presidency in the last 42 years.

RE: HAECCEITY



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Last word on my Word of the Week (though it’s mis-spelled here ).
 
[Thanks to Rebecca over at New English Review for that link.]

RE: Leadership Races



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Um, Derb…the job of whip is to be a vote counter. Seems an excellent reason to vote for him to the whip job.

Thanksgiving in Miami



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I will be celebrating this Thanksgiving with my family in Miami, which is always great because the general attitude of Cuban-Americans towards the United States tends towards adoration.  So they take Thanksgiving VERY seriously. 

On behalf of my family, I wish all of you the happiest Thanksgiving. 

Btw, I’ll be having a cocktail at the incredibly cool rooftop bar of the Tiffany Hotel (8th & Collins I think) on Saturday night — and you’re all invited. 

Leadership Races



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Rich:  Just to fill you in on those House leadership races: 

I caught some Congresscritter (from Texas, I think) on the telly explaining his support for Blunt:  “He’s a great vote counter.”

That pretty much sums up the state of the congressional GOP for me.

Land Lubber



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Kate:  The “right side of the ship”?  Oh, I see–you needed to say that to make the political pun work.  Even so…

Rudy and the Dem Voter



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I think the whole Rudy phenomenon is fascinating.  All we ever talk about–understandably–is how he’ll do with Republicans, whether he really has a shot at the nomination.  There’s one other thing that needs saying about Rudy as a presidential candidate, though:  He’d take LOTS of votes from Democrats.  Just how many would depend of course on the strength of their candidate–but in any case, lots more than any other GOP candidate in sight.  A northeastern Republican might in fact be the mirror image of those Southern Democrats–the only Dems to have won the presidency in the last 42 years.

The personal is political



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Don’t miss Jonathan Martin’s wrap-up on the leadership races on the homey.

more Shadegg/Hayworth…



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…from Arizona Republic:

When Rep. John Shadegg, R-Ariz., agreed to be interviewed by the Wall Street Journal for a front-page story on Nov. 3 that cast Rep. J.D. Hayworth as something of a symbol of how Republicans elected in 1994 had lost their way, Shadegg was unaware it would single out his fellow Arizonan, says an aide.

GOP Rep. Jeff Flake, who like Shadegg this year had the luxury of not having a competitive re-election race, also was quoted in the same article as supporting its premise that many once-idealistic congressional conservatives had abandoned their ideas and promises.

Neither is quoted as specifically mentioning Hayworth.

How much that article in a national newspaper may have contributed four days later to Hayworth’s close election defeat by Democrat Harry Mitchell on Nov. 7 may be fodder for debate.

But House GOP members who are sympathetic to Hayworth were asking him last week in Washington about Shadegg’s and Flake’s involvement in that article, especially given its negative pre-election depiction of congressional Republicans in general, and him personally…

My understanding is that Shadegg submitted a letter-to-the-editor in defense of Hayworth after the Republic refused to endorse him.

BSG



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I managed to catch it for free on On-Demand last night. I thought in terms of drama it was excellent. But my respect for Adama dropped a notch. Will discuss in the AM.

Speaking of Uncivilized



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I see it was mentioned earlier, but  Michael Richards’ meltdown is just depressing beyond words.

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