Two interesting things in Howard Kurtz today. He agrees with Power Line's John Hinderaker's "fault[ing] The Washington Post for not front-paging" the Kerry stuck-in-Iraq story. (Not that Kurtz's clout at the Washington Post could compel it to run the bias-testing "Halp Us Jon Carry" photo in today's edition.)
The Spectacle Blog
In the late seventies, Rep. Al Gore Jr. was the leader in pushing for the elimination of any kind of buy/sell market in the United States for human body parts. While there are obviously two sides to this ethical question, it is also obvious that many people have died in the last 40 years who would have lived with a purchased kidney, etc.
Now - in 2006 - Tennessee has an embrionic stem cell measure that will empower women to sell their eggs for research. Who - other than the economically least fortunate - will participate in this?
So - does Al Gore support the embrionic stem cell initiative in his home state?
Robert Kagan has a thoughtful piece in today's Washington Post arguing that whether or not Democrats win, the U.S. probably won't withdraw from Iraq or back off from international entanglements in general. Among the points he makes:
Indeed, the preferred European scenario -- "Bush hobbled" -- is less likely than the alternative: "Bush unbound." Neither the president nor his vice president is running for office in 2008. That is what usually prevents high-stakes foreign policy moves in the last two years of a president's term.
I have always taken that into account when considering whether or not the U.S. would take military action against Iran. Under the circumstances that Kagan lays out, it's possible that with nothing to lose in 2008, President Bush would authorize air strikes on Iranian nuclear sites.
The New York Times reports today that some Republican candidates are trying in their advertisements to invoke the idea of boogeyman Rep. Nancy Pelosi as the next House Speaker. Some interviewed for the article -- including Pelosi herself -- say it is a likely-to-fail strategy, because few people in the country know who she is.
But they know what San Francisco is, which is why it just might work.
George Will may think Mitt Romney "will emerge from this bruising (election) season with enlarged prospects" (no, not a Mark Foley line) for the presidency because of Sen. George Allen's missteps on the campaign trail, but the Massachusetts governor got booed in his home state yesterday at a Red Auerbach tribute.
I know, I know, it happens all the time to politicians at sports-related events...
Also, said friend told me he was at a party for GOP volunteers where the mood was quite glum. Lots of dispirited people complaining about Iraq, gay marriage, immigration, and spending. Some were declining to volunteer this time around on election day. Others were looking foward to 2008.
The party ended early.