California rejecting Prop 73, Virginia and New Jersey staying Democratic, where's the good news? At least Texas voters approved a marriage amendment by 76%.
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That's right, the activists of the National Association for Gals (aka the National Organization for Women) are swarming the Senate to nag senators into towing their abortion-on-demand line. You'd think an organization of gals in this day and age would want to avoid sounding so shrill, but I suppose not.
Potentially good news from Lyle Dennison of SCOTUSblog:
The death of the Supreme Court's "federalism revolution" might have been pronounced prematurely. The argument Wednesday in two appeals from Georgia, testing disabled inmates' use of the Americans with Disabilities Act to challenge prison conditions, indicated that protecting state sovereignty has not become a forgotten cause for a number of the Justices -- including, it seems, the new Chief Justice, John G. Roberts, Jr.
Fahri writes that "Microsoft Word cannot reproduce the exact typography of the Killian memos, at least not to a trained eye." I guess "trained," in this context, means "insane." It's not just possible to recreate the Killian memos with Word -- they matched what you'd get by typing with the default settings.
Christopher Hitchens' lecture on Jefferson's role in the American founding was a delight. Hitchens broadly outlined Jefferson's contributions to the American experiment in the areas of the Enlightenment, internal nation building, the projection of national power, and the separation of church and state. The writer entertained a substantial Q&A period, followed by lunch and a lengthy discussion with the Witherspoon Fellows.
Don't ride that hobbyhorse too hard, George. I don't think it makes sense to read this election as case of failing by moving left; if anything, Arnold & Co. blundered by taking on too many liberal interest groups at once.
St. Martin's Press has hit upon a novel advertising strategy for its release of Mary Mapes' book, emphasizing that she is now flying with even less of a net below her than before. "No One's Censoring Her Now," reads the ad in the New Yorker.Â Now she's got no editor, it exults: "Get the clear, unedited picture of the biggest news stories in the run-up to the 2004 election."
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, in an interview with a German newspaper a while back, instructed his fellow Republicans to move leftward. This, he said, would result in endless political victory. The newspaper quoted him as saying that the "Republican Party currently covers only the spectrum from the right wing to the middle, and the Democratic party covers the spectrum from the left to the middle...I would like the Republican party to cross the line, move a little further left and place more weight on the center. This would immediately give the party 5% more voters without it losing anything elsewhere."
When is this formula going to start working? Perhaps the country-clubbers will argue that the solution is to move even farther to the left. But why stop there? Why don't they just go all the way and merge Schwarzenegger Republicanism with the California Democratic Party? That way in a one-party state they could win everytime.