The Spectacle Blog
Bernie Kalb's brother and old media diehard Marvin Kalb hosted another of his Kalb Reports events at the National Press Club last night, the first since his conversation with Dan Rather on Sept. 27. His guest was Associated Press honcho Tom Curley, who to his credit resisted seconding Kalb in his renewed, clueless efforts to blast blogging as such. I only caught some of it on the radio, and haven't seen a transcript. But what came through loud and clear is that Kalb is incapable of understanding the market mechanics of blogging -- in which expert opinion and insight easily check, expose, or supplant inferior efforts, no matter how credentialed (and in which uninformed blogging quickly vanishes into the ether). Curley is not intimidated at all by newer forms of competition, nor does he share Kalb's view that the news business is in a crisis because of new, unfettered participants. If Kalb wants a sympathetic ear, he'll have to have Dan Rather back.
Set aside your political depression for a minute and read my interview with the new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Marine Gen. Peter Pace, from Monday's Hugh Hewitt show. Before we got to the heavy stuff, I asked a series of questions to help America get to know more about a guy we only see in the most serious of circumstances. The fun stuff, and the serious, show the new CJCS is someone we should have a lot of confidence in.
"We gave up," said Harriet Miers in a speech to the Executive Women of Dallas,Â according to the Washington Post, "legislating religion or morality" a long time ago. It is hard to imagine that someone who thinksÂ on such a lame level, accepting the tired fallacies of the left,Â couldÂ defend the original meaning of theÂ Founding Fathers' words. This line from theÂ speechÂ should set off alarm bells too:Â "The ongoing debate continues surrounding the attempt to once again criminalize abortions or to once and for all guarantee the freedom of the individual women's [sic] right to decide for herself whether she will have an abortion." O'Connor's replacement was supposed toÂ end jurisprudence by liberalÂ cliche; Miers willÂ reinforce it.
Yep, that's what the hyperlibs -- here and abroad -- are calling the occasion they expect to receive political gifts from Patrick Fitzgerald: "Fitzmas." Their salivary glands are working overtime. The UK Guardian newspaper is typical in its view of the libs' most wished-for outcome. Today, speaking of Plamegate and comparing it to the case of suicided UK intel analyst David Kelly, columnist Jonathan Freedland writes:
"Now there is a chance to discredit not just Bush's presidency but the ideology which led to the disastrous adventure in Iraq. Plamegate itself may seem arcane, but that outcome is one in which we all have a stake."
We all do, indeed, Mr. Freedland. Whether we continue to fight the global war against terrorism is not something that should be decided by prosecutors or courts.
Okay, admit it, how many of you stayed with Game 3 to the bitter/sweet end? Fourteen innings used to equal a minor league Sunday double-header. Both teams had their chances; the team that finally got the ball over the fence won. A laser home run hit by a little known player in his first World Series at bat. That's why you stay up. It goes without saying this is a great country. Good night.
If you don't have the time or culinary skill to follow the recipe in Lawrence Henry's mouthwatering column, make a beeline to beignet-central, the Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans. They just reopened last week, and the Big Easy can really use your tourist dollars. Wear something you don't mind spilling powdered sugar on.
(And if you do want to make 'em at home but want to skip the measuring cups, order some mix.)
I'm not sure I agree. The Miers debacle itself plays into the hands of the opposition. What the Withdraw Miers and Americans for Better Justice people are trying to do is end it as fast as possible. Their efforts do hurt the president as long as he resists them; maybe they can't succeed in pressuring a withdrawal before the hearings, and if so they shouldn't be trying. But judging from Bush's non-answer when asked if he was considering withdrawing Miers yesterday, they do have some chance of success.
Why would conservatives demand the payment of tribute by the president to gain our loyalty in his time of need? Rod Dreher suggests just that. "Show us some love," he demands, at a time when -- by Dreher's own formulation -- conservatism is in an unhappy place and a difficult time. It is true that Mr. Bush needs conservatives more than conservatives need him, especially at the tail end of his annus horribilis (or, perhaps, at the beginning of his next). But we must not put a price on our loyalty to principle, and spend it as deserved in support of the president.
We can -- and must -- continue to sound off long, loud, and continuously against the Miers nomination. But if, as appears likely, Patrick Fitzgerald comes out with politically tinged indictments, this is a time when conservatives must all hang together -- and with Mr. Bush -- or we can all hang back separately and fail to achieve what our country must before 2009. Sound corny? Sure. But show me where it's wrong.