As usual, Jed, the consolation is that at least we're not France -- where Chirac and Villepin, for the trouble of trying to salvage the national economy, have been handed by le mob a most degrading and hopeless defeat. The head of that employment reform law now lolls in the basket of the guillotine. But our own susceptibility to mass protest -- and our paralysis in its leering face -- casts an ugly light, too: sovereignty is peeling away in the USA only less quickly than in France. I see a bad moon rising.
The Spectacle Blog
The huge demonstrations expected today in Washington and elsewhere are a form of intimidation that the Congress is almost sure to cave in to. And the rhetoric of the left is adapting to maximize its presumed advantage in this fight.
Juan Williams's op-ed in today's WaPo is a very important escalation in this political war. He characterizes the demonstrations as evidence of an Hispanic "civil rights" movement. Williams is painting the illegal immigrant protests with the most invulnerable and inviolable label in American politics. To say that the illegals are demanding civil rights now as the blacks did in the 1960s and 1970s is Williams's attempt to label any opponent of illegal immigration a racist. This is both false and libelous. Williams is guilty of more than just rhetorical excess. His column is nothing more than another attempt at intimidating the wobblies in Congress. And it may work.
Larry: The right to keep and bear arms was long since lost in the UK. It's a pity, but it's a dead issue there. The animal rights types have killed fox hunting and they're next on to shooting. Freedom of speech is dead there, and more and more freedoms dissolve as the EU sinks its claws into the economy. I love Britain and the Brits. But I couldn't live in a nation that so limits its peoples' freedoms.
Forget the giant rabbits. Back when mad cow disease was panicking the UK, British veterinarians were not even allowed to use single shot pistols to dispatch diseased cows.
On Meet the Press John Kerry just lamented the lack of international diplomacy once practiced by Henry Kissinger and James Baker.
Somewhere Madeleine Albright is stewing...And she could very well be upset about Kerry's comments, too.
Britain: Tony Blair -- doomed by cash-for-peerages taint. David Cameron -- useless and nightmarish "new Conservative."
France: Jacques Chirac -- dinosaur in tar pit. Dominique de Villepin -- approval ratings lower than Bush's.
Spain: Socialists widely recognized as unprepared for government; post-3/11 blush off rose in time for next elections.
Italy: Silvio Berlusconi -- more like Berluscrony; his tentacles wriggle over 0% growth. Challenger Romano Prodi -- center-left economics professor not the man for the job.
But since no one else is willing to predict it, even this late in the game, I'll call the Italian election. Berlusconi out. Eurodemocracy is a recipe for paralysis in action -- but only west of the Rhine. Power trio for the new Europe: Denmark, Germany, Poland?
As I wrote earlier today, the breakdown of the agreement on the immigration bill gives the GOP a huge opportunity: Blame it on the Dems for opposing the amendment on alien felons. BRING THE AMENDMENT TO A VOTE!!!! Put them on record on the amendment. Really, it ought to be child's play to turn this issue into a winner!
I wish I could believe the president this time. Until proven otherwise, though, a threat of a veto from this president is like a promise from Bill Clinton that he'll be faithful to Hillary. If Bush had used his veto power before now, the budget wouldn't be anywhere near as bloated and the GOP base wouldn't be anywhere near as restless and downright furious as it is.
President Bush once again spoke at that National Catholic Prayer Breakfast held this morning in Washington, D.C. While his speech was excellent and what a good social conservative would expect, the real star of the morning wasn't the President, but the man he nominated to serve as Chief Justice of the United States. Chief Justice Roberts sat literally front and center and accepted the standing ovation he received with humility. Across America, as pictures of the event are beamed about, liberal heads will be exploding.