The Spectacle Blog

Post Gets Truth Without DeLay

By on 6.9.06 | 10:50AM

Sometimes those writers at the Washington Post get the truth, quite pithily and quite directly. Here, from a feature on Tom DeLay leaving Congress, is a sentence that is, sadly, all too accurate: "In the end, DeLay probably achieved more for conservative politics than conservative government; he attacked big-government liberalism in his farewell address, but the growth of government and special-interest spending accelerated under Republican rule."

Kos’s Record

By on 6.9.06 | 10:44AM

Kos has posted his keynote address at the first "YearlyKos" convention.

It's one thing to talk about people-powered politics. It's another to see it in action.

And these have been heady days for the people-powered movement.

We're only four years old, from the early days when bloggers like Atrios and Jerome Armstrong at MyDD inspired bloggers like me and countless others to stop railing at Fox News and our so-called-"liberal" pundits, and start publishing those rants on the web.

And we've come a long way since then.

We were born in 2002, and sort of gingerly set out into this brave new world. None of us expected to be more than a lonely voice shouting into the wilderness. But liberal blogs grew rapidly, proving there was a desperate need for strong progressive voices in this country. That was 2002.

2003 was the year of Howard Dean, where an unknown governor from a small, remote, and usually forgotten state was propelled to front-runner status on the strength of netroots activism.

2004 ... well, let's forget 2004.

Got Bricks?

By on 6.9.06 | 10:40AM

Yesterday over lunch, an administration official pointed out to our small group that U.S. Border patrol caught and returned to Mexico over 4,000 illegal border crossers in one day last week. What's worse, the recidivism rate with these people is somewhere around 75%.

I am no immigration expert, but it seems to me that if this is in fact true, how can any rational person argue against building a fence? Discuss...

Points of View

By on 6.9.06 | 10:30AM

So Mullah Omar and the Talibans don't have the same viewpoint as Jay and the Americans. As I recall, Jay's group sang about how only in America - land of opportunity - could a poor boy grow up to be president. In a statement attributed to Mullah Omar on the death of Zarqawi, Omar says:

It is the peoples' resistance, and every youth can become Zarqawi...Many, many, many more young men can become Zarqawi. The successors...can be even stronger than him.

So, young men of the world, which do you want to be? President of the United States or a dead terrorist?

We're in an ideological war against radical Islamists. With Omar manufacturing ammo for us, why aren't we fighting this battle more energetically?

The Left’s Dilemma

By on 6.8.06 | 12:58PM

They can't admit that the Zarqawi hit is a major victory, for fear of saying that we're succeeding in Iraq. But they also can't fail to say -- as Pelosi and Kerry have - that this proves we can cut and run, bring all the troops home by the end of the year. It's satisfying to see them squirm. But not nearly as much as to see how our troops are getting the job done in Iraq. Let's see if the Iraqis can make the most of this and get their government really settled.

I'll be on Kudlow & Company (CNBC) about 1700 EDT talking about this and more.