Once in blue moon an op-ed can open readers' eyes. Wade Zirkle's in today's Washington Post is one such. Congressmen John Murtha and Jim Moran don't come off too well, as in this description of a MoveOn.org backed anti-war town hall meeting that Virginia congressman Moran sponsored and Iraq war critic Murtha spoke at earlier this year:
The Spectacle Blog
Tonight's episode of South Park was the conclusion of a two-parter dealing with the Inkifada, free speech, and the merits of the show's cartoon competition. Last week the show strongly implied that an image of Mohammed was coming, and ended with the question, "Will TV executives fight for free speech, or will Comedy Central puss out?" Well, when the pivotal scene came, it was censored out with the note that Comedy Central refused to air it -- even though The Prophet has appeared before without incident. Pathetic.
Fitz: Chesty also said, "You don't hurt 'em if you don't hit 'em." Which is as good advice in the political arena as it is in the military. Pete, there are plenty of alternatives on Iran. But I see what you mean. Those who claim there aren't any want to ignore the problem. These people, being fungible, can be labeled either Democrats or French.
I almost mentioned this earlier in this space after receiving an email from Herman about the diagnosis, but wasn't sure how widely that email was sent...
Now that it is "out there," let me say:
Herman Cain is one of the most important players on the scene when it comes to the future of our movement, as anyone who has spent 5 minutes with the guy I am sure can attest.
Captivating. Genius. A true inspiration.
I love the guy, and he is in my prayers.
Having said that, I am entirely confident that he will come out of this just fine.
If you don't know Herman, start to get to know him by clicking here.
Jed -- That was exactly my point in writing the column. You, of course, said it much more pithily. Well done!
Quin and CJ: I agree. Things look pretty bleak, and are likely to only get worse as the year goes on. Especially when you consider the accelerating