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Cowardice All Around

By on 4.13.06 | 1:45PM

Brett Kavanaugh deserves an up or down vote.

Hillary Clinton should stop using the likes of Dick Durbin to hide behind (her staff organized a rolling hold on Kavanaugh's nomination so that she could not be fingered as the main culprit, and her leadership of Harry Reid and Durbin obliged).

Republicans in the Senate should force a change of rules that reveals who has put a hold on judicial nominations so the American public knows what games are being played. And why. They know it is a problem. Why don't they do something about it?

The White House should once again put the judiciary front and center on its agenda this summer. The President speaks passionately about the issue (good) and the voters eat it up (better). And conservatives win on the issue (best).

ABA’s Political Hacks

By on 4.13.06 | 1:06PM

If anybody needed any more proof that the ABA is little more than just another heavily politicized liberal lobby group, witness its new rating of DC Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a superbly credentialed and highly liked and respected lawyer who just so happens to work in a top job in the Bush White House. Because of Democratic stalling tactics, he has been rated by the ABA not once, not twice, but three times. The first time, the ABA committee by a "substantial majority" gave him its highest rating of "well qualified," while a minority rated him "qualified." The second time he was rated, he earned the exact same designation. This time, though, after being subject to a senatorial "hold" because, indirectly at least, Hillary R. Clinton seems to have a Whitewater-related personal vendetta against him, his ratings suddenly changed. Now a "substantial majority" rate him "qualified," while only a minority rate him "well qualified."

Not Ready to MoveOn

By on 4.13.06 | 11:17AM

Once in blue moon an op-ed can open readers' eyes. Wade Zirkle's in today's Washington Post is one such. Congressmen John Murtha and Jim Moran don't come off too well, as in this description of a backed anti-war town hall meeting that Virginia congressman Moran sponsored and Iraq war critic Murtha spoke at earlier this year:

McCain Watch: Conservatives Remember Well

By on 4.13.06 | 10:17AM

ABC News found no shortage of conservatives in Iowa with good memories and grave concerns about the senior senator from Arizona.

If You Needed a Reminder

By on 4.13.06 | 10:16AM

Of the horrific evil committed on 9/11, or if you're even a casual student of history, don't miss reading the transcript of the flight recorder on UA Flight 93.

Cowardly Central

By on 4.12.06 | 11:11PM

Tonight's episode of South Park was the conclusion of a two-parter dealing with the Inkifada, free speech, and the merits of the show's cartoon competition. Last week the show strongly implied that an image of Mohammed was coming, and ended with the question, "Will TV executives fight for free speech, or will Comedy Central puss out?" Well, when the pivotal scene came, it was censored out with the note that Comedy Central refused to air it -- even though The Prophet has appeared before without incident. Pathetic.

One of Their Own

By on 4.12.06 | 10:19PM

At least someone in the media isn't apoplectic about McCain's re-evolution into a conservative: Slate editor Jacob Weisberg assures libs that he'll be back. And he will.

Re: Bad News and Count Me In

By on 4.12.06 | 9:37PM

Fitz: Chesty also said, "You don't hurt 'em if you don't hit 'em." Which is as good advice in the political arena as it is in the military. Pete, there are plenty of alternatives on Iran. But I see what you mean. Those who claim there aren't any want to ignore the problem. These people, being fungible, can be labeled either Democrats or French.

Re: Wish Herman Well

By on 4.12.06 | 7:28PM

I almost mentioned this earlier in this space after receiving an email from Herman about the diagnosis, but wasn't sure how widely that email was sent...

Now that it is "out there," let me say:

Herman Cain is one of the most important players on the scene when it comes to the future of our movement, as anyone who has spent 5 minutes with the guy I am sure can attest.

Captivating. Genius. A true inspiration.

I love the guy, and he is in my prayers.

Having said that, I am entirely confident that he will come out of this just fine.

If you don't know Herman, start to get to know him by clicking here.

Wish Cain well

By on 4.12.06 | 5:42PM

Herman Cain, that is. Southern Appeal alerted us to this. Herman Cain is a terrific American. Let's wish him a speedy recovery!