The Spectacle Blog
My favorite line about hypocrisy (another idea that gets a bum rap) is by La Rouchefoucauld, "Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue." In The De-moralization of Society, Gertrude Himmelfarb skillfully employed this notion to show the moral advantage that Victorian morals had on modern culture -- they may not have behaved, but at least they acknowledged how they ought to behave.
The second biggest disappointment with the Miers nomination was the missed opportunity for a brawl in the Senate. Conservatives wanted badly to pull the nuclear/constitutional/whatever-word's-in-vogue-this-week option, and choosing a cipher with Harry Reid's support effectively ruled that out. So you can bet many folks are of the same mind as the Wall Street Journal today:
The best way Mr. Bush can counter the "capitulation" charges is to show that he's not afraid of a political fight. He said yesterday that he will act quickly to name a new nominee, and we hope he'll select someone who can't be challenged on grounds of credentials--even if it means a Senate battle over judicial philosophy.
Let's have it out. Be unafraid, Mr. President.
Dave: Not just a conspiracy. The conspiracy my dear chap. Last night was proof that the VRWC is not only alive and well, but thriving. And, after last night, reinvigorated.
Which is good timing, considering the likely events of today. Two, maybe three indictments from Fitzgerald, possibly including a senior White House official not before mentioned in this context. Stay tuned.
"Conspiracy" really gets a bad rap. I mean, really, let's go to its root words. Literally, it means "to breath together." And what better company for conspiring than American Spectator writers and editors, current and former, and assorted "hangers on," an Justice Scalia put it. Best of all was a tribute to the man who makes this website possible everyday, who is at the heart of TAS, and mentored so many young writers, Wlady Pleszczynski. Bill McGurn had affectionate words for Wlady, remembering his early days in Bloomington. Bob Tyrrell warmly thanked Wlady for his 25 years of 12 hour days and fighting the good fight "through all these thins and downs, these thicks and these ups."
Word inside the White House late Thursday night was that Judge Samuel Alito was once again the leading candidate to be nominated to the Supreme Court. Recall that prior to the Miers nomination, Alito was considered the leading candidate.
Word is that the nomination could come as early as Friday morning. Judge Michael Luttig also appears to be in the running.
For timely advanced political thinking from the University of Chicago, check out this announcement, sent out yesterday by the U.C. Dems -- who for some reason take their orders from the comrades at DePaul:
Bush Bash! The DePaul Dems are throwing a Bush Bash tomorrow night that will celebrate (hopefully) the indictment of some of our favorite Bush Administration personalities. Dress up as a Republican and party with Democrats uptown.
Come dressed as Inmate #021051020624 otherwise known as Tom DeLay. Don a flight suit and pretend you too served in the National Guard,like our dear President. Or perhaps you could be what Harriet Meirs [sic] couldn't: an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court.
A whole troupe of us will be taking the 173 Northward at around 9 PM on Friday....
Don't miss that bus!