The Spectacle Blog

Re: Conservative Case Against Giuliani

By on 8.29.06 | 11:37AM

The Hawkins' post that David linked to has absolutely nothing new to say about Giuliani's record -- it's just a rehashing of what has been said over the past several years about his liberal stances on social issues making him unelectable in a Republican primary.

As I have argued before, while all of those issues may be obstacles for Giuliani, ultimately the issue of terrorism is going to dominate the Republican primary season, and Giuliani is the best positioned on that issue. 2008 will be the first contested Republican primary since 9/11, so while pundits have been focusing on Giuliani's lack of social issue bona fides, what they should spend more time focusing on is the fact that Mitt Romney and George Allen (the theoretically "conservative" options) have very few credentials on the defining issue of our time.

Perfidious Quotation Games

By on 8.28.06 | 6:12PM

Maureen Dowd famously did it. So have many other intellectually dishonest so-called journalists. Now some dude in Maine--L. Sandy Maisel the director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College--has done it in a local paper up there, probably making my name mud (unfairly) at the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport. If I get time tomorrow, I will try to track down the columnist to demand a retraction in person. Meanwhile, here is a public demand for the same.

By "it," I mean deliberately and dishonestly leaving words out of a quote in order to completely skew the intention of the person being quoted.

Here's the story: Eight days ago, I was quoted by the Wash Post's excellent Peter Baker in this article. Baker got the quote correctly, and like a good reporter he tried to put it into proper context. Baker was quoting this column of mine from this very AmSpec web site. Baker put it thusly:

Derb on Deroy

By on 8.28.06 | 5:42PM

NRO's John Derbyshire has an amusing and appreciated blog post on The Corner concerning our September cover story by Deroy Murdock. To all you non-subscribers out there, the excellent story by Mr. Murdock provides one more good reason to subscribe to our mag. See the "Subscribe" link on our home page to do so! Meanwhile, it's worth noting that Giuliani is as Reaganite as they come when it comes to taxes, spending, unions, political correctness (i.e., he's not), law-and-order, and leadership. On the social issues, though, we still await solid promises from him that no matter what his policy preferences, he will appoint strict constructionist/originalist/textualist judges. If believable, such promises might reassure conservatives at least a little bit.....

Re: Emmy Plane Crash

By on 8.28.06 | 5:40PM

Hear, hear. I read about the plane crash and then watched the Emmys, and didn't even make the connection between the Lost parody and the news until I looked at the Drudge Report afterwords. I understand why the Lexington affiliate would have rather put a test pattern over part of the opening skit, and maybe the producers slipped up by not thinking of warning them. But I wouldn't have thought of it, either.

Speaking of the Emmys, kudos to Edie Falco and James Gandolfini: When the Sopranos leads took the stage to present, they gave a shout-out to our men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. They were the only ones who thought to do that.

Re: Zogby Poll

By on 8.28.06 | 5:08PM

That Zogby poll isn't a traditional phone poll -- it is the "Interactive" version, a self-selected sample of junkies through email. Zogby defends the methodology, but I will wait for the next SurveyUSA poll to weigh the extent of the Macaca damange.

Webb Statistically Even With Allen

By on 8.28.06 | 4:25PM

Latest WSJ/Zogby poll has Webb at 47.9 percent and Allen at 46.6 percent. If that's the Macaca effect alone, I can't see those numbers holding come November. Then again, I'm surprised that Macaca-madness made such a splash in the first place.

Emmy Plane Crash

By on 8.28.06 | 4:01PM

As much fun as it is to make fun of Hollywood liberals, I'm not going to join the pile on over the plane crash skit at the Emmy's that came hours after the real plane crash in Kentucky. It may have been less-than-desirable timing, but I don't see a need for conservative bloggers to create a whole controversy out of it -- that's what liberals are supposed to be for.