The Spectacle Blog

Charlie Wilson’s War

By on 5.3.06 | 11:23AM

Democrat Charlie Wilson won his primary race in Ohio’s 6th Congressional district as a write-in candidate on the backs of more than $1 million in Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee funds and more then $1.5 million in AFL-CIO money being poured into the district.

Wilson himself spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to get out enough votes to win. By AFL-CIO estimates, labor loaned Wilson more than 300 volunteers to get Wilson into the November election. In total, more than $3 million was spent to get Wilson on the ballot. This show just how desperate Democrats are to take a chunk out of the Republican majority. But it also shows the silly lengths they are willing to go. That’s two million bucks more than the Democrats should have had to spend to get their boy on the ballot.

This election cycle is going to be fun to watch. Especially if you’re in a business that makes money off of campaigns.

Clueless DeWine

By on 5.3.06 | 10:26AM

Whatever happened to the principled, conservative, smart Mike DeWine who first was elected senator from Ohio? As I noted in today's web column, DeWine (who has been a disappointment on many levels) failed last year to give assurances that the judicial nomination of brilliant White House aide Brett Kavanaugh would be filibuster-proof by "Gang of 14" standards. Now, the Sulla Institute reports that at a campaign party last night in Ohio, DeWine appeared utterly clueless even about who Kavanaugh is, even though the Senate leadership has very publicly announced that Kavanaugh's will be the next nomination pushed to a floor vote. But wait, it gets a little worse: Sulla's "Lucius Cornelius" reported to me via e-mail that even after DeWine "nodded his head" when reminded that Kavanaugh was a judicial nominee, it appeared that "he probably still could not place the name."

Rosen on Roe

By on 5.3.06 | 10:12AM

In this interview in The Atlantic Online, center-left law professor Jeffrey Rosen gets into a fascinating discussion about Roe v. Wade and its effect on American politics for the past 33 years. Rosen's thesis that the Supreme Court should somehow function as "the most democratic branch" of government is sheer nonsense, but Rosen at least maintains some intellectual consistency within that rather untenable argument, and meanwhile his other insights are acutely perceptive. Oh, and by the way, Rosen, who considers himself pro-choice, has always said that Roe was wrongly, or at least poorly, decided.

Louisianans For Life

By on 5.3.06 | 9:38AM

Pepper Bryars, a former colleague at the Mobile Register, has a pro-life blog that he updates almost daily. Today's topic is legislation from my home state of Louisiana; Pepper makes some excellent points. Give it a read!

Re: Guilt, Culture, Death of the West &c.

By on 5.3.06 | 9:09AM

Want a brilliantly done capstone to yesterday's conversation on guilt and western culture -- and a cornucopia of sorrowful facts to boot? Commentary runs George Wiegel's piece on "Europe's Two Culture Wars." Wiegel takes the ball from my March scrum on the fathered civilization and runs for a TD.

Lone Coburn

By on 5.2.06 | 10:35PM

Speaking of senators good and bad, it's a shame that Tom Coburn is the lone crusader on earmarks in the Senate. (John McCain is his "Sancho Panza" -- sidekick suits him well.)

The Party of Specter

By on 5.2.06 | 5:48PM

It should come as no surprise that Sen. Arlen Specter is supporting the liberal Republican leadership in the Pennsylvania statehouse against their conservative primary opponents. Again, we ask, what hath the GOP wrought in supporting Snarlin' Arlen in 2004?

Those legislators are the ones who voted themselves and the Pennsylvania judiciary an unconstitutional pay raise last year, detailed here.

Re: White guilt

By on 5.2.06 | 4:43PM

Shelby Steele left out something important -- the source of even worse white guilt in Europe. Imagine what it must have been like to see one of your fellow countries, a renowned source of sophistication and artistic achievement, the country of Goethe and Beethoven and Schiller, succumb to the tribal barbarities of Nazism -- and then do its best to conquer the world under that savage banner.

No surprise that Europe as a whole reacted against the Nazi plague by turning its back on nationalism, tradition, religion, and Western philosophy. Today, in Germany, some 35-40 percent of Germans believe George Bush plotted and executed the attacks of 9/11. Those who purport to believe in nothing will believe anything.

The End of McCain?

By on 5.2.06 | 3:35PM

Conservatives have had many reasons over the years to differ with Sen. John McCain: his opposition to tax cuts, campaign finance reform, and his tendency to act like a Democrat on anything not related to defense or earmarks. Bottom line: most conservatives with memories don't trust the man.

But now all voters have a chance to rally against the man. D.C. Examiner goes after the Senator today for his arrogance.

Apparently his intemperate side cropped up last week, and he had this to say about free speech versus "reform": "I would rather have a clean government than one where, quote, First Amendment rights are being respected, that has become corrupt. If I had my choice, I'd rather have the clean government."

That, my friends, is why John McCain shouldn't be president, in principle. And why he may not make it, practically. This quote will come back to haunt him.

Re Race Case AND White Guilt

By on 5.2.06 | 1:43PM

I think y'all's discussions on guilt, etc., actually fit right in with my post earlier today on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. How else to explain its continued existence, and the vow from Bush and Specter and company to renew it, except with reference to misplaced guilt?

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