re: what a drag
I’m happy that I’m not a political consultant who has to pick a guy to make a living. It’s early, as JPod says, and I’m happy to see horses race and see what happens — hopefully the guy who’s best for conservatism and America will finish first when all is said and done. But I don’t have to pick between John McCain and Rudy Giuliani today and I’m not going to.
Here’s a list of the top 50 “progressive” rock songs of all time — and, no, it’s not a list of Pink Floyd, ELP, and King Crimson tunes. It’s “progressive” in the “imagine there’s no heaven, image no possessions” sense of the word. The author has ties to Jim Webb’s Senate campaign in Virginia. Free advice for the Webb campaign: Don’t make “I Wish I Had a Rocket Launcher” your theme song.
What a Drag
Yes, it’s early. But I’ve said it 50 times before and I’ll say it again. Rudy and McCain have been at 30 percent in the polls for more than a year. These are solid numbers, not full of air. They are the kinds of numbers that make it difficult for other candidates to raise money, find a substantial following or get a load of endorsements. So the question for Kate and others is: If it’s down to Rudy and McCain, and there’s a distinct likelihood that this is the scenario we’ll be facing, then what?
In today’s NY Post, Ryan Sager writes that “it’s becoming undeniable: Rudy Giuliani will run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 — as the clear frontrunner.” In the current issue of NRODT, I acknowledge Giuliani’s first-place standing in the polls repeatedly cited by his boosters but argue he will take a big tumble when conservative fans focus on his liberal views and record. And much of what bugs conservatives about John McCain is likely to bother them about Giuliani when they learn more about Manhattan’s own maverick. I also predict that primary voters are unlikely to dismiss his operatic personal life as former GOP chairman Rich Bond did in 2000 in the midst of a tabloid-fest over the battling mayor and his missu s — “I would tell him to do whatever he wants with his personal life because life is too short to not be with the one you love.” (There’s a reason why no one looks to “Dear Abby” for political advice). I do agree with Ryan that “it’s early in the game yet” — but believe it’s too late for Rudy Giuliani to make a credible transformation that demands more than make-up and a wig.
Re: For Better or for Worse: The Right Guide to Summer Vacations
Just for the record, the book and the necessary vacation research were a joke (more than a few authors have scolded me for going on “book leave” before getting back to them about their pieces). I’m here and counting my blessings I don’t live in Queens.
Now This Is Funny
And it’s not even a joke! (Hat tip: Rod.)
over at Sixers
Greg Pollowitz has great coverage of Saturday night’s (untelevised) Jim Webb-George Allen debate (do Dems realize Webb says he would have voted for John Roberts?)..
Over at Bench Memos
Ed Whelan takes apart the ABA’s new report on presidential signing statements.
To counter that image of Rudy in drag, we really need a picture of Hillary Clinton doing a male-impersonation routine, in the style of Vesta Tilley. Any of Hillary’s old classmates/friends/enemies got anything suitable? Or, would anyone really deft with Photoshop like to fake something? We’re not fastidious about authenticity….
Israeli Shell Graffiti
Note to these Israeli kids:
Mind doing one for me? Just “THIS ONE’S FROM DERB. HAVE A NICE DAY!” will do fine.
They’re all over the Rush-Hannity talk-radio hours in D.C. too, in case anyone was wondering. Apparently news/political junkies need dates.
Or….better spin: News/political junkies make the most fascinating date..and that’s why eharmony is targetting those audiences, to enrich their pool.
OK in the UK, apparently. The London Times has the details:
The lives of young women might be ruined by the Government’s failure to make forced marriages illegal, a senior police officer has warned. Commander Steve Allen of the Metropolitan Police said that a decision by ministers last month to drop proposed legislation had been greeted by some ethnic minorities as a signal that forced marriage was acceptable. His concern about the about-turn, which was partly prompted by fears that the new law would stigmatise Muslims, is shared by a Crown Prosecution Service director and the head of Scotland Yard’s Homicide Prevention Unit. The head of a South Asian women’s charity said yesterday that girls were already suffering the consequences of the decision. Between 2003 and 2005, 518 forced marriages were recorded in London, and in 2005 more than 140 in Bradford. Campaigners say those are merely the tip of the iceberg.Words fail me.
Re: re: “sustainable ceasefire”
Jim, Andy: I think everyone–at least everyone who thinks like we do–would prefer to see Hezbollah destroyed. But is it going to happen? I’m not a military expert, but I haven’t talked to any American or Israeli officials who thinks it’s going to happen. Hezbollah is probably going to survive, which means it has to be dealt with in some form or another–preferably in a way that makes a ceasefire sustainable by having it disarm and cutting it off from foreign re-supply. That’s easier said than done, of course. The problem is if Israel’s not going to be able to destroy/disarm Hezbollah, the Lebanese army’s not going to do it and an international force is not going to do it either. My guess is you’re going to see the limits of the stick here at some point, and a carrot inevitably is going to be dangled in front of Hezbollah in some form or other. So if you’re dismayed and grinding your teeth now, just wait…
I actually WATCHED the Miss Universe kitsch-fest. My womenfolk made me. They were all over it, ooh-ing and aah-ing and Oh No!-ing. I favored Miss Japan from the start, though she didn’t look the least bit Japanese.
But what’s with “Miss Puerto Rico”? That’s NOT A COUNTRY. If there’s a Miss Puerto Rico, why wasn’t there a Miss Guam, a Miss Gibraltar, a Miss Falkland Islands, a Miss St. Helena, and so on? Seems to me Puerto Ricans are on to a nice thing. They get to be U.S. citizens when it suits them, and a “country” when it doesn’t. Aren’t there any RULES?
The Donald looked bored out of his skull.
The Mosque of Paris, the largest in France, has now filed suit against Charlie-Hebdo, the French satirical magazine that published three cartoons of the prophet Mohammed, including two of those pesky Danish efforts. What, I wonder, will the courts of the land of Voltaire have to say about it?
Re: Collapse of the Doha Round
Don Boudreaux has some thoughts, but I wish he’d tell us what he really thinks…
Aiming At Those Not Yet Making Separate-Vacation Decisions
Has anyone else noticed the seemingly exponetial increase in eharmony.com commercials during daytime cable news? I have CNN or FNC or C-SPAN on as background way too often, and it seems everytime I look up it’s Bill Hemmer or eharmony.com.
Of course, if Bill Hemmer used eharmony.com, that would be a boon for business…
From the Australian:
NOBEL peace laureate Betty Williams displayed a flash of her feisty Irish spirit yesterday, lashing out at US President George W.Bush during a speech to hundreds of schoolchildren.
Campaigning on the rights of young people at the Earth Dialogues forum, being held in Brisbane, Ms Williams spoke passionately about the deaths of innocent children during wartime, particularly in the Middle East, and lambasted Mr Bush.
“I have a very hard time with this word ‘non-violence’, because I don’t believe that I am non-violent,” said Ms Williams, 64.
“Right now, I would love to kill George Bush.” Her young audience at the Brisbane City Hall clapped and cheered. …