The Spectacle Blog

Breyer’s Living, Randomly Mutating Document

By on 10.25.05 | 11:36AM

The New Yorker's profile of Justice Breyer underscores the need for another unflinching originalist on the court. Breyer, according to the piece, has written an ambitious manifesto designed to stamp out originalism. He asserts on the one hand that originalism is wrong because the justices couldn't possibly know what the Founding Fathers meant, then on the other hand that they would approve of his ad hoc free-wheeling. Breyer smugly grinned when informed by the New Yorker that a lower court judge had called his jurisprudence "utterly standardless." He is enjoying his unchecked power to call the shots, to make things up as he goes along.Â

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Re: Attacking the Prosecutor

By on 10.25.05 | 11:26AM

I'd be tempted to second Mark Corallo's strong words on behalf of Patrick Fitzgerald except for one little thing -- why has his office been leaking like a New Orleans levee? The result is a White House specifically and a political capital generally waiting for the guillotine to drop. The heads at stake are not Al Qaeda's, but an administration's that was re-elected to keep our nation safe from it. We'll know soon enough whether Fitzgerald is a heroic figure.

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An 007 Only Schumer Could Love

By on 10.25.05 | 11:02AM

The new 007 -- Brit actor Daniel Craig -- has declared himself opposed to guns in general and handguns in particular. He said, "I hate handguns. Handguns are used to shoot people and as long as they are around, people will shoot each other." The only remedy for Craig would be to cast Cindy Sheehan as his love interest in the forthcoming "Casino Royale."

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Hewitt Holds Firm

By on 10.25.05 | 10:04AM

Hugh Hewitt continues his admirable anti-anti-Miers campaign in the face of growing and more organized opposition to the President's SCOTUS nominee.

We say admirable because while we have strong doubts about the nomination, Hewitt is filling the necessary balance to what amounts to an ideological tussle among like minded ideologues. We just happen to be approaching this specific area of debate from different angles.

His most recent defense presents an interesting point, that perhaps the negative whispering campaign about Miers' performance in murder boards and private meetings is being fed in part by a White House and supporters trying to lower expectations to a point where the bar is barely above sea level.

There may be some truth there. For example, last night we received an anonymous tip that Sen. Tom Coburn had met with Ms. Miers yesterday, but had declined to take a photo with her. The intimation being that Coburn was giving her the big brush off. Nice tip. Thanks!

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Attacking the Prosecutor? Bad Idea

By on 10.25.05 | 9:39AM

Message to Republicans: Whoever is generating the "Attack Pat Fitzgerald" talking points needs to cease and desist. This veteran (and some might say "victim") of the Impeachment in '98, finds it highly hypocritical to hear the same attacks that the left leveled at Ken Starr now being floated by the right to discredit Pat Fitzgerald -- Sen. Kay Baily Hutchison called perjury a "technicality." What has separated US from THEM is our adherence to intellectual honesty and principle even when it costs us politically. The Ds made excuse after excuse for Slick Willie while demonizing Ken Starr. If Fitzgerald indicts anyone, not for violating any of the statutes governing the handling of classified information, but for obstruction or perjury, Republicans must refrain from trivializing the charges or defending the indicted.

All should be thoroughly mindful of the FACT that Pat Fitzgerald is arguably the best prosecutor in the country. Nobody knows more about Al Qaeda, their methods and the way they finance their operations. America is safer from terrorism because of him.

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Washington Aplame?

By on 10.25.05 | 9:34AM

In Reader Mail, Greg Richards says, "This entire thing arose from a query by Cheney to the CIA as to what they knew about reports from abroad that Saddam tried to buy uranium in Africa." Not quite, comrade. Mr. Cheney never asked the CIA to send anyone to Niger. It was a CIA affair from the beginning. Which raises a very important question. Or five or ten.

Who sent Joe Wilson to Niger? Who would have hired him to perform a sensitive intelligence task when: (a) he had no expertise in WMD and hadn't been in Niger for any length of time since the 1970s; (b) his personal history was so checkered he couldn't qualify for a security clearance; and (c) he wasn't trained in intelligence-gathering? Who was agreeable to Valerie Plame's suggestion that Wilson be sent, and why?

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“Bush Still President,” News at 11

By on 10.25.05 | 8:30AM

Speaking of "darkest days," the Washington Post adopts that phrase for its page one splash, breathlessly reporting that President Bush will go on governing despite the Miers/Plamegate troubles. C'mon. It looks bad if you're a Beltway news hound. But darkest days? A crisis? Eh.

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Rooting for Death

By on 10.25.05 | 8:15AM

You'd think it was a football score or something worth celebrating. But it's the number of deaths of U.S. servicemen in Iraq. We knew the hard lefties would commemorate the number reaching 2000. Cindy Sheehan's been planning it as her comeback. So we get Post headlines like, "Iraq war foes ready for 2,000th military death." Now that one was a Reuters story on the WaPo website, but the paper and the press reveal themselves with this AP head: "U.S. Military Death Toll Hits 1,999." As the press and the left count 'em up to 2000, don't miss LGF's "grim milestone" watch.

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Darkest Before the Dawn

By on 10.24.05 | 5:41PM

Drudge has had a shot of the cover of today's N.Y. Daily News up all day. It features a photo of a maudlin looking President Bush, gazing downward, biting his lower lip. The headline blares 'DARKEST DAYS.' Very dramatic, indeed. You'd think he was about to board the chopper and wave the double "V" sign. I am curious, though…if one were to search the archives of NYDN, would one come across similar 'DARKEST DAYS' headlines and photos for every president who has served, consecutively, throughout the paper's history? Of course one would. This gets to why I posted the Newt transcript earlier. Are major corrections needed? Absolutely. Is it too late? Absolutely not. Not even close.

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