The Spectacle Blog

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!

Murtha: Deal or No Deal

By on 10.2.06 | 10:47AM

I will be on Hannity and Colmes tonight around 9:30 (eastern) discussing Jack Murtha's willingness to make a deal with undercover FBI agents offering bribes.

Real College Rankings?

By on 10.2.06 | 8:44AM

This new ISI study puts Colorado State at #2 and Berkeley at #49, among other revelations. What's the criterion? "Learning added or subtracted," meaning how much more or less students know after they're run the course of their education -- relative to before they began it...