You say potayto and I say potahto! The deal is one that perpetuates a practice that should not be perpetuated. It was struck by people who revere themselves and their legislative body more than they revere their country. Making a majority and a minority equal destroys the fabric of democracy, and in doing so, lowers the public’s confidence in an already flawed system. The defection (I almost typed “defecation” — how about that for a Freudian slip?) of the Republican senators is, in reality, a surrender to the MSM. Knowing that they could make themselves be presented as “statesmanlike” in the major dailies was a temptation too juicy for these towering egos to resist.
Perhaps the only good to come from this debacle is the fact that Senator McCain has most likely scuttled his presidential aspirations. I for one certainly hope so. He has an enviable resume that displays his physical courage, but it also displays his massive ego. In my opinion, the latter cancels the former. As a national figure, he stands for self-aggrandizement with a capital “self.” As for the others, I am not familiar with any except Senator DeWine and Senator Voinovich, who happen, to my dismay, to be my senators.
Whether the Republican Party is able to make gold out of dross is not the issue here. Rather, unity, support for a sitting president from one’s own party, and coming down on the right side of the present conflict between those who would have our laws made by judges, and those who would have the people make them; these are the issues in play here. The seven Republican senators who offered up their majority status, whether out of honest belief that it was the right thing to do, or out of a cynical desire to curry favor with the liberal establishment, deserve to leave the Senate, either for their poor judgment or for their nihilistic cynicism. I would be willing to wager that not one of them can look me in the eye and tell me that the judicial candidates who will be dumped are unfit for the appointments to which President Bush nominated them.p>Compromise is certainly a vital ingredient in politics, however, there are some things which are too important to be compromised. Whether we live in a representative democracy or a judiciocracy is much too important an issue to be compromised. And these seven should have known that!
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?