The Spectacle Blog

Lieberman Says Promised Seniority

By on 10.3.06 | 11:04AM

The Hill reports that Lieberman said the Democratic Party's leadership has assured him that he would keep his seniority even if he beats Lamont as an Independent. If this is true, it's significant, because it reveals that Democrats have accepted the fact that Lieberman probably will win and that keeping Lieberman's seat Democratic is more important that appeasing the Kos wing of the party. The further interesting wrinkle is that if Democrats win control of the Senate, Lieberman, the most pro-Bush Democrat, would become chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs panel, which is primarily responsible for investigating the executive branch.

Re: Foley Ugliness

By on 10.3.06 | 10:48AM

This is a huge blow to Republicans because any scandal that involves sex will reach a broad audience. After all of the hubub surrounding the Abramoff scandal, it had a relatively small amount of political fallout (if any). The Randy "Duke" Cunningham and Bob Ney resignations over bribery didn't have a widespread effect becuase people discount for politicians being corrupt. But the Foley story has tabloid appeal and should continue to generate headlines. If the trail about how much Republican leaders knew and when they knew it runs dry in the next few days, the damage may be limited to Foley's congressional district. But if revelations start coming out in dribs and drabs over the next few weeks suggesting Hastert knew more than he's saying he did, this could be the final nail in the coffin for Republicans. Democrats may have in the Foley scandal the perfect symbol of Republicans becoming too arrogant with power, adding more force to the "Throw the bums out" argument.

Looking Increasingly Ugly for Entire GOP

By on 10.3.06 | 9:06AM

The Foley fallout has prompted some strong language from fellow conservatives, some of it published today in The Washington Times. Many of you undoubtedly have seen (because Drudge highlighted it) the newspaper's call for the resignation of House Speaker Dennis Hastert, but in a news report other conservatives are similarly outraged, like Richard Viguerie:

"This isn't an isolated situation," he said. "It is only the most recent example of Republican House leaders doing whatever it takes to hold onto power. If it means spending billions of taxpayers' dollars on questionable projects, they'll do it. If it means covering up the most despicable actions of a colleague, they'll do it. They've lost their moral rudder."
Tough to argue with that, isn't it?

Re: Woodward Magic

By on 10.3.06 | 12:22AM

Reid: I haven't read Hubris, but I find David Corn's defense of his anti-Bush narrative re: the Plame kerfuffle rather underwhelming. You can see Corn debate Byron York on that topic here.

Woodward Magic

By on 10.2.06 | 6:36PM

President Bush should thank his lucky stars for the Woodward book! The media love for the author assures its continual coverage, up to and including the refutations to come. Meanwhile, eclipsed by the Woodward work is a book more devastating to the Bush legacy, more complete a brief, more compelling an account. It is Hubris, by Isikoff and Corn, destined for the back shelf by the Woodward mystique.

FRC’s Ridiculous Foley Response

By on 10.2.06 | 5:45PM

The Family Research Council steps out of bounds in its response to the Mark Foley scandal. It blames the homosexuals. Even if there is a link between homosexuality and child sexual abuse, as FRC's Tony Perkins writes, save it for another day. To blame an ideology rather than the responsible actors is cheap politics at its worst.

T’row Da Bum Out

By on 10.2.06 | 5:05PM

No, we're not talking about Brooklyn baseball. We're talking Albert Haynesworth of the Tennessee Titans. Yesterday, with malice aforethought, Haynesworth spiked an opposing player in the aftermath of a touchdown. The injured man -- Dallas' offensive center Andre Gurode -- was slashed by Haynesworth's spikes. The wound reportedly required 30 stiches to close.

Set aside the irony that despite the fact Terrell Owens was on the field, the worst offense was committed by someone else. There's no humor in this thuggery. The NFL will decide what punishment to impose on Haynesworth this week. Anything less than permanent expulsion from the game is too little.

Re: Murtha

By on 10.2.06 | 4:26PM

Fox News' teaser for "Hannity & Colmes" tonight:

It's a John Murtha shocker! Find out the secret tape he tried to keep hidden for 20 years!