The Spectacle Blog

Specter Defends Santorum

By on 3.3.06 | 7:51PM

Dave Holman's cover story today on the efforts of an anti-prolife group calling itself Republican Majority for Choice (RMC) to undermine Sen. Rick Santorum's re-election chances in Pennsylvania caused a nice little brouhaha, with coverage in such outlets as the Huntington Post, Human Events, and RealClearPolitics. It also put on Sen. Arlen Specter on the spot, given that he is a member of the RMC's advisory board. Was this the payback Santorum deserved for his support of Specter's re-election two years ago, which saw Santorum having to choose Specter over true conservative Pat Toomey?

Evidently embarrassed by this turn of events, Senator Specter issued this letter today. A copy was e-mailed to us by one of his staffers earlier this evening, after everyone had gone home:

March 3, 2006

Republican Majority for Choice

1660 L St, NW Suite 609

Washington, DC 20036

To Ms. Stockman and Ms. Merrill:

Re: Chertoff

By on 3.3.06 | 7:26PM

Quin: If Chertoff gets the boot, which he should, there should be a housecleaning. Removing him isn't enough. And his replacement shouldn't be a spec ops guy. The whole idea is to get someone who can plan things on a large scale or small, is used to thinking in C3I terms -- command, communications and intelligence -- and has real operational experience in senior command levels. Time to separate the staff weenies and academics from the TACAMO crew. Take charge and move out, people.

Eye On Pence

By on 3.3.06 | 6:16PM

Word has been building about Mike Pence for some time now, and for good reason. While keeping himself in the background during the post-DeLay power jockeying, Pence has quietly been raising his national profile. On Wednesday he delivered an address to the Leadership Institute just outside Washington, and after several days of reflection it seems safe to say that the politicking conservative will find Pence's prescription for changing the tide in Congress at once bracingly potent and refreshingly delicious.

At the center of his speech was a quote from Dick Armey -- "We do what we ought not to do, in order to get elected to do what we ought to do but never get around to doing." Pence wants a reckoning, and isn't afraid to lay out his reasoning. I consider more of his zingers here.

Who’s Number One?

By on 3.3.06 | 5:59PM

Quin, Dr. Prowler: The Prowler knows less than he/she/they/it lets on. As I see it, Vince Young has to stay in Texas. So New Orleans has two choices. It can hope Houston takes him first, or it drafts him but moves permanently to San Antonio. Meanwhile, I don't know how Leinart can possibly go to Tennessee. San Francisco is bound to file a grievance and hope to reclaim him based on its intentions last year. Why have neither of you mentioned Reggie Bush? Is the Bush name suddenly dirt?

I wouldn't draft him, simply because he's too good. No way in the most brutal of sports can he escape the fate of a Gale Sayers. The saddest moment in Brian's Song comes when we see a clip of lowly 49er Kermit Alexander destroying Sayers' knee. There's never again been so gorgeous a runner as Sayers. Bush comes close. Soon enough, football always snuffs out brilliance.

OOH… Mean, But Appropriate!

By on 3.3.06 | 5:05PM

It is true, however, that they need somebody LIKE Kerik was advertised to be: somebody with actual manpower-organization experience, somebody who actually has dealt with big mobilizations in times of crisis. That means a successful big-city police or fire chief, or a ex-military, rapid-response guy. A former Ranger or SEAL chief, perhaps, or a retired general. Oops, just as I write this, a fire alarm is going off in our building. Yes, seriously. Gotta run!

Re: Chertoff

By on 3.3.06 | 4:58PM

If Chertoff's taking the fall, maybe the White House can return to its top choice, the erstwhile paramour Bernie Kerik.

Chertoff as Latest Fall Guy

By on 3.3.06 | 4:24PM

Human Events is reporting that Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff's days are numbered in the job.

Granted, Chertoff's role in the Katrina disaster -- particularly in light of the videoconference tape that was leaked by Democrats on Capitol Hill -- continues to put him in a bad light. But how is it that the President's own Homeland Security Adviser continues to skate off scott free in this controversy? Don't let the Chanel outfits fool you -- Frances Townsend is one tough cookie and clearly an experienced street fighter. She deserves at least as much blame for the DHS debacles as Michael Brown and Chertoff, particularly given that it is her input that the President receives far more often and directly than that of others in these kinds of situations.

One More Clinton Question

By on 3.3.06 | 4:17PM

There is a federal statute that requires that anyone -- even a former U.S. President -- doing political or public affairs work on behalf of a foreign principal (country, official, etc.), must register as an "Agent of a Foreign Principal" with the Department of Justice.

Has former President Clinton done so? If not, why? His spokesman today confirmed "one phone call" that Mr. Clinton received, and by way of doing that confirmed that the former President was doing work for the United Arab Emirates on the Dubai Port Deal.

With Young, Not Restless

By on 3.3.06 | 4:08PM

I could accept Young. He wouldn't make me restless at all. Thanks for the info, Prowler.... can I hold you to it?

With the No. 2 in the 2006 NFL Draft …

By on 3.3.06 | 4:02PM

The New Orleans Saints select ...

Vince Young, Quarterback, University of Texas.

That's assuming Houston doesn't trade with NYJ for their 4th and 29th pick (assuming Denver deal goes through).

That allows Tennessee to pick Leinert.