Dave: Yes, but Alito is a New Jersey Italian, a fact of which the states's two senatorial clowns will be reminded frequently in the coming months and years. Not only did Menendez and Lautenberg vote not to confirm, but they voted against cloture in the 72-25 vote that will really go down as the true measure of Alito's victory.
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After his wistful yearning for Harriet, Harry Reid is nearly re-reading Ted Kennedy's Center for American Progress speech from two weeks ago. Pal, the gig is up. Now's the time for grace. You could use all the good will you can engender with your lobbying ties under such close scrutiny (see today's Prowler report).
UPDATE: This is really the kitchen sink approach: throw everything at Alito -- he's not a woman, he's not Hispanic. Make up your mind!
Strangely, Pat Leahy and Harry Reid are still singing the praises of Harriet Miers. Ah, yes, the days of nominees who needed to cram on Con law for their hearings.
So the party of inclusion deems it necessary to give two responses to the State of the Union: one for English speakers, and one for Spanish speakers. Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine will deliver the main event, if you will, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will address the rest.
What's the strategy here? There has been some consternation among the left that Tim Kaine is too moderate. So perhaps the party is diluting his message. But regardless, shouldn't the Democratic Party have a message for the entire country, instead of segregating it? Gov. Kaine knows Spanish -- he could have delivered both speeches. But the Democrats are still judging Americans by the color of their skin, not the content of their characters. They figure Hispanic Americans are as narrow-minded as they apparently are. So they send an envoy, an ambassador, to this foreign group to deliver a message they can only understand from "one of their own." It's nothing but a stunt, and a shameful one at that.
Puzzle if the American public was educated to see the commander-in-chief as an unambiguous warrior long before the soap-opera slow and unusually claustrophobic "24." Note "Air Force One", the 1997 Harrison Ford thriller, as a brief for omniscient presidential powers in wartime. Mass murder, betrayal, threats, assassination, causus belli like raindrops, and deliberate distortion of the facts to keep the delightfully compliant media as agog as the movie going audience. And the bad guys are terrorists with a credible cause, an inspirational sense of self-sacrifice, and discipline like Russian airborne. Still, the national security apparatus of the United States in a one-man attack dog who shoots and shoots and shoots and shoots. Can guess the Harrison Ford approval rating was 105%. Ask who is a better model for the Ford character. Boy Clinton, who is not known to have fired a weapon in anger nor committed US riflemen to more than retreat? Or the cowboy?
Loose Canons regretfully announces that we have lost all patience with Fox's "24." In last night's episode: (1) we found out that the missing nerve gas was America's (and, lest we forget, had been stored at a small California airport where terrorists could get to it conveniently). Never mind the fact that we don't have such stuff; (2) the president's chief of staff convinced his idiot boss to be quiet about the assassination of a previous president of the US and the nerve gas's destination because it could be used to prove the presence of WMD in SW Asia; and (3) Our Hero took time, in the middle of threatening torture, scorning the president and Saving the Day to negotiate his love life with two ladies.
Yes, it's fast-paced. Yes, it's relatively well acted and directed. But no, it's not bearable. Jack Bauer is morphing into Dirty Harry as rewritten by Michael Moore.
Count on Larry King to ask all the hard questions regarding Bob Woodruff's condition:
KING: ...Now there are rumors, as there always will be in cases like this, about disfigurement. What do you know?
RADDATZ: I'm not going to go beyond anything that ABC News has released but I don't think that is the case here....
Or to bring on a guest like the fellow-traveling Peter Arnett, whom he introduced as "formerly with CNN." Formerly of CNN? How about telling us he was fired by CNN in 1999 for cooking up a story? (Or for that matter that NBC fired him three years ago for something equally flagrant?) As you can see, Peter was in fine form last night:
Jerusalem source reports that Hamas chief and Damascus-Tehran chimp Khaled Meshal is close to a deal with Cairo to transfer his operation back into Gaza City.
Egypt Secret Police Chief Suleiman, the heavy duty factotum of aging, despairing, betraying Mubarak of Egypt, has negotiated a deal to give Meshal triumphant return travel package back through Cairo to the Sinai and through the open Rafah crossing.
Israel says it will stop the return of the notorious Mr. K. No such luck is available since the EU claims to be the guard poodle of this now smuggler-open border.
Meshal is an arch villain. Terrorism with a ghoulish face. IDF will want to target his tonsils as soon as he provides opportunity, and this time, overpraised Mossad geniuses, no oafish, over-clever subtlety, just use a Hellfire.
And does Dr. Rice know all this subterfuge in plain sight? Roger. And what is she going to do about it? Cut off Hamas's money. How? Ask Prince Bandar please don't give any more charity to Gaza?
Spoke with Walid Jumblatt, leader of the British connected and MI-6 blessed Druze of Lebanon. Jumblatt condemns the al-Assads of Damascus as terrorists and says that they are playing a waiting-out Bush game -- stalling the UN in hopes of regime change in Washington. Even a congressional setback in November would brighten Damascus's eyes.
Jumblatt was also consistent that he will negotiate and cooperate with Hamas-run Palestinian Authority as soon as the PA government is formed.
Jumblatt knows there is no down side to him if he supports Hamas. Europe, and the EU councils, and the MI-6 money and support, will not go away because Jumblatt is anti-Israel.