The Spectacle Blog

Smearing Their Fans

By on 5.26.06 | 3:26PM

Even the New York Times Arts page is finding it difficult to defend the snotty Dixie Chicks. The classy Reba McEntire is publicly teasing them. The Chicks have responded to the backlash by casting all of their critics as rednecks:

The Nashville establishment is not politically monolithic. The most depressing thing about this whole episode is the way the Dixie Chicks have conflated politics and culture, Bush supporters and "rednecks." The unintended implication is that only sophisticated city folk oppose the war in Iraq, and only "rednecks" support the president....

The Dixie Chicks are still a joy to hear, and they'll have plenty of fans no matter what. The Nashville game is hard work; it brings out the best in some singers and frustrates others. If the Dixie Chicks don't want to play that game, that's certainly their prerogative. But they might at least acknowledge that they've been playing it for years, and reaping its rewards. And they shouldn't be too surprised if some fans jeer - angry, but also disappointed - as they walk off the court.

Re: George Galloway

By on 5.26.06 | 3:07PM

John Tabin linked below to a sufficiently informative rendition of the Right Honorable George Galloway's latest manifestation of fugacity.

But the AP version is enriched by these two gems. 1) It quotes "Blair's official spokesman, who speaks only on condition of anonymity." 2) Delightfully enough, the AP's stringer is named... Stringer.

Roll Breakdowns

By on 5.26.06 | 1:55PM

The vote for Kavanaugh, incidentally, was 57-36, comparable to the 58-42 vote by which Samuel Alito was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Four Democrats backed Kavanaugh, two of whom, Carper and Landrieu, had opposed Alito. Conrad, who backed Alito, sat this one out; Johnson, who supported Alito, voted against Kavanaugh. Meanwhile, Carper backed Alito having opposed Kavanaugh. Only Byrd and Ben Nelson voted for both.

Meanwhile, Michael Hayden had an easier time of it in winning confirmation to head the CIA by 78-15. Arlen Specter was the only Republican to vote against him; Hillary Clinton joined a strong liberal cohort to oppose him. Schumer, Leahy, Mikulski, Harry Reid did not. Barbara Boxer abstained -- okay, that's cheap; she was merely absent, one of seven senators who did not participate in today's voting.

Capitol Incident

By on 5.26.06 | 1:52PM

If you've been watching the news, you'll know that shots were reported in the garage of the Rayburn House Office Building about 10:30 am. The Capitol was locked down briefly, and Rayburn remains so while a room-by-room search continues. There are no reports of injuries except one young lady who was evacuated after suffering an anxiety attack.

The search of the Rayburn building is a non-trivial affair. What the television coverage isn't telling you is that the whole Capitol complex -- the Capitol itself, the House and Senate office buildings -- are all connected by a network of underground tunnels. Searching them, if it is to be done, would take many hours.

Capitol Police are supposed to have a news con in a couple of minutes. Not much news is to be expected.

Judge Kavanaugh

By on 5.26.06 | 1:11PM

Finally, finally, Brett Kavanaugh has won Senate confirmation to serve on the mightily influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Now it can be revealed. He's long wanted Congress to do the right thing and not evade its responsibilities. Here's what he wrote in a post-Clinton impeachment and acquittal symposium in The American Spectator's April 1999 issue:

Virginia Senate Race

By on 5.26.06 | 9:25AM

SurveyUSA has new poll numbers out on Sen. George Allen, Jim Webb, and Harris Miller. Of registered voters with a margin of error of 4.6% (pretty high), 47% have a favorable opinion of Allen. That's nothing to write home about, but neither are the numbers for his Democratic challengers, Miller and Webb, Kilo writes. While most Virginians know who they are, the majority also has an unfavorable opinion of them.

NR’s Top Fifty Makes ABC

By on 5.25.06 | 6:23PM

Shet mah mouth. A 30-second feature story just appeared on the nationwide top of the hour ABC radio news report (6:00 p.m. EDT). Subject: National Review's article in the current issue on the top 50 conservative rock songs of all time. Congrats to the magazine and to John J. Miller.

There's a moral in here somewhere...

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