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Predictably, I guess, we’re taking Mike Bloomberg’s advice (a first and last!) and taking a blackout day. Actually, as it happens, we posted some extras right before the lights went out yesterday, so you can get your Friday dose of Victor Davis Hanson, plus novelist Nidra Poller on the French Laci and Scott Peterson, James Bowman on why the Left hates the Bush flight-suit toy so darn much (I do need to get myself one of those!), and more. Make sure you read Thursday’s lineup, too: Ledeen, O’Sullivan, and more, all must-reads. Those of us with power will be in The Corner today, so check in now and again if you have yours.
Amazing How They Always Get Israel in Their Sights
From an offshoot of the U.N. human-rights commission: condemnation if Israeli’s (survival-motivated) marriage law. Naturally coming from nations like Saudi Arabia. (Ask Pat Roush about their marriage-related laws!)
Witchy in The Corner?
A number of readers think I needed air conditioning when I wrote that “not Bush’s finest hour” post. Here’s one: “Wow! K Lo… Seems like you are feeling a bit testy tonight, eh? Must be the blackout affected you adversely. Take a deep breath. It really isn’t all the Prez’s fault.”
Goodness, I certainly didn’t say the blackout was his fault (has Howard Dean, though?). But the public face of the White House did leave something to be desired last night. Among other things, as Robert suggested in the wee hours, people are going to be asking security questions for a long time about this (both legitimately and non), and at the very least the guy who is supposed to make sure the president’s lighting (he looked years older, didn’t help matters) is decent at a press event on the road should get a stern talking to by the political folks. At the least.
Meanwhile, Somewhere Out West
The lights throughout the Northeast suddenly go black, and what’s the first thought of your faithful correspondent in California? At last, an event big enough to bump Arnold Schwarzenegger to second place on the evening news.
This Is a Big Story
K-Lo, the reader who dismissed the coverage as overkill can go hide in dark cave — or just walk through midtown Manhattan right now (2:05 a.m. EST, as I write).
He moans, “Sometimes it seems like people in the NE think the world turns around them. Pardon me if the rest of us decline to agree.” Oh, yeah? Well, in case you didn’t notice the blackout also hit the Midwest and Canada too. This was the biggest blackout in history — and just because the cause wasn’t terrorism (how confident should we be on THAT score? Until there is an official inquiry, we don’t know that there couldn’t have been some computer hacking that might have caused this) doesn’t mean that the event doesn’t have many implications from a “homeland security” perspective.
Didn’t Have to Happen
The Wall Street Journal: “The breadth of the energy disruption suggests that some major rethinking deserves to be done about the vulnerability of America’s power grid. If an accident can shut down an entire U.S. region for half a day, imagine what well-planned sabotage could do. The U.S. has grown complacent as the memory of California’s blackouts in 2000 has faded. But especially in the Northeast, the U.S. is still operating on an energy supply and with a load-sharing grid that has very little room for error.”
Re: The Blackout
I had to do nearly three hours of “it’s an energy crisis!” radio Thursday in Richmond–utterly untouched by the blackout. It was one of those strange media moments where clearly the national story was the surge on the Northeastern energy grid, and yet it had absolutely no impact on any of my listeners. Our microwaves and TV sets were working just fine, thank you.
It was a reminder to us Red Staters of just how much our media diet is controlled by the people who live in NYC and LA. For example, look at the volume of coverage for the CA recall. Yes, the recall issue has some reach, but for the vast majority of Americans, this is a story about California that literally has no connection to their lives.
But Hollywood is in California and CNN has a bureau there and so I, Joe Shmoe American, am forced to listen to the political theorizing of Gallagher and Gary Coleman.
What a great reminder the northeastern grid story is of the difference between reality and what appears on my cable news channel.
Are Democrats More Principles Than Democrats?
“To understand the conservatives’ dilemma, consider the situation turned on its head. If Democrats suddenly had a presidential candidate who led President Bush in every poll, they’d be bursting with enthusiasm. If that candidate turned out to be pro-life, pro-gun, and anti-gay rights, they’d be hard pressed not to abandon him or her in an instant.”
So writes Mark Sandalow in the San Francisco Chronicle. Is he right? Would Democrats reject a “Schwarzenegger Democrat?” who was a shoo-in? And if so, doesn’t that show Republicans to be less principled as a party?
I am a “big tent” guy most of the time, but shouldn’t there be a line somewhere that is not crossable inside a political movement? After all, there’s a name for Republicans like pro-abortion, pro-gun-control, pro-homosexual adoption Arnold Schwarzenegger:
They’re called Democrats.
Enough With New York, Etc. They Say
A little backlash from some readers:
You ask where was the current energy sec? Do you think he might have been a little busy coping w/ the current crisis?
By the way, most of us here in the rest of the US were getting very tired of all the coverage for Pete’s sakes. After it was obvious there was no terror attack and that it was just a matter of time to fix it, the saturation of coverage was quite boring and most Americans turned to other things.
Sometimes it seems like people in the NE think the world turns around them. Pardon me if the rest of us decline to agree.
Miss You Guys
Everybody here in Dallas said to me this afternoon, “I bet you’re glad you’re not in New York today.” Well, yeah. But my wife and I admitted to each other tonight that there was a part of us that wishes we were back home in Brooklyn. You just don’t want to be away in a time of danger. I got all emotional watching people walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, en masse, on TV this afternoon. Call me crazy and sentimental, but I feel guilty being here, with my lights and TV and computer and air conditioning, and not there with the people and the city I love so much.
Not Bush’s Finest Hour?
The president seemed hugely distracted during his little press conference a little earlier, during a disturbing shutdown of the northeast–hours after it started. A look at the Drudge report would have given Americans more information. If you have Fox on now, you see him at a campaign fundraiser in California (well lit, thank you very much). If you switched on CNN earlier, you got former energy secretary Bill Richardson (who seems to be everywhere) and Hillary Clinton. Where exactly is the current energy secretary, Spencer Abraham? Really not a good public face from the White House during this. Americans with power left wondering why they are listening to the governor of New Mexico explaining U.S. energy to them (Richardson), disturbed by a president who looks like he was caught by surprise and unprepared. (As parts of NYC started getting power back, they got Bush on CNN joking at the fundraiser after a replay of his terrible press conference.) No matter how much money is raised tonight, you know the folks with the reelection campaign are not smiling.
Re: Get Over It
That is so Midwestern, Wisconsin boy.
Get Over It.
Those of us who are not affected can’t believe Koppel is still carrying the ABC network with this Eastern-centric story. I’m sticking with football!
(Some of The) Lights Back On!
Didn’t even get dark….and Bill O’Reilly is on. It’s like nothing ever happened. (KLo needs sleep.) Where are my Corner colleagues? Surely the first thing you think of when the lights get on….
…we’ve definitely got some technical problems now!!!! (Um, Jonah, we picked a perfect time to move part of NRO to Alaska.) K-Lo’s battery use is going to be rationed here, so excuse some of the silence here. (And if you have power ONLY email me at [email protected]–I’m buying stock in AOL if it continues to come through for me!)