Here we have another liberal getting red-faced and dogmatic as Intelligent Design scientists expose the pretensions of Darwinists. Jacob Weisberg likens ID'ers to segregationists; KurtÂ Andersen likens them to "Holocaust deniers."Â Neither of theseÂ guys could explain evolutionary theory. But what they can do is repeatÂ the DarwinistÂ creed over and overÂ again and hope that their Leninist smears (LeninÂ said never engage your critics, justÂ call them "traitors" to good causes and people will know "what's what") will dissuade too many people from questioning it.
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"This is gonna get real ugly." Jed, you mean what's happened the last 10 days has been ugly, but not real ugly? The Bush coalition has split, Democrats and libs are doing victory dances around the campfire, and no one even remembers what they did to Tom DeLay's scalp.
When you mentioned "the president's statement that he hadn't sat down with Miers and discussed Roe v. Wade," it reminded me that when asked at his October 4 press conference whether he'd ever discussed abortion with Miers, Bush prefaced his reply with the Clinton-era standby, "Not to my recollection." Richard Cohen may have been right again when yesterday he surmised that Bush talked to Miers about abortion only while standing.
Is anyone other than me puzzled by the continuing revelations by Focus on the Family's James Dobson on the Miers nomination? And the White House's total silence on whether Dobson's claims are true? The transcript of Dobson's radio broadcast yesterday indicates pretty clearly Dobson's claim that he was told Miers was almost certain to be the nominee days before the President announced it:
"And what I was referring to is the fact that on Saturday, the day before the President made his decision, I knew that Harrier Miers was at the top of the short list of names under consideration. And as you know, that information hadn't been released yet, and everyone in Washington and many people around the country wanted to know about it and the fact that he had shared with me is not something I wanted to reveal."
Worse still, Dobson claims that Rove explained to him Miers's "judicial philosophy":
Re Dave's post,Â now Bush's selection of Miers looks like flat-out religious cronyism. Why did I select her? Well, we're both evangelicals ... That's basically his answer.Â The White House has managed to combine hereÂ hopeless PC pandering -- witnessÂ Laura Bush's inane feminist defense ofÂ Miers -- with bone-throwing to the Religious Right.
You wouldn't know from domestic coverage, but Angela Merkel accession as German chancellor is a big victory for U.S. foreign policy. In its editorial today, the New York Times suggests that the "grand coalition" arrangement Merkel had to agree to in order to become chancellor cost her "half the seat in her government, including foreign affairs..."-- the implication being that she'll have weak impact on foreign policy and that Germany will continue as before in its anti-U.S. drift.
Not so, if you read John Vinocur in the International Herald-Tribune. Vinocur, an excellent former Times foreign correspondent and then editor of the Times-owned IHT for which he continues to cover Europe as a senior correspondent, has never succumbed to the temptations of European neutralism and easy anti-Americanism. Which might explain why his work is so rarely if ever seen in the New York Times itself these days.
Here, straight from the top, in a story emphatically headlined, "A Coalition It May Be, but Merkel Has Won," is Vinocur's take:
The Washington Post, evidently irritated that Pat Leahy calledÂ its account of his meeting with Harriet Miers "not really all that accurate" on This Week, runs a little follow-up story today in an attempt to vindicate its reporting that Miers said "Warren," before saying "Warren Burger," in answer to Leahy's question about her favorite justices. Leahy, according to the Post, had told the story loudly to several aides who heard "the senator describe Miers as stumbling over Burger's name, at first calling him 'Warren'."
Neither Leahy nor the White House disputed the Post's account of theÂ story last Friday. But for some reason Leahy felt the need to changeÂ his story on Sunday morning. The White House, no doubt thrilled that the newÂ version of the story was less damaging toÂ Miers,Â quickly said it agreed with Leahy's new account of the conversation.
The link between the murder of former Lebanese PM Rafiq al-Hariri and Bashar Assad has now been identified, at least by the best of circumstantial evidence. Former Syrian Interior Minister and intelligence boss Ghazi Kanaan reportedly has suicided. Kanaan had been questioned by UN investigators looking into the Hariri assassination and, after making a rather despondent phone call to a radio station, killed himself at 11 am. The tongue-in-cheek Al-Jazeera report says that, "It was not clear whether he shot himself." Apparently, they haven't yet determined how many times he did so, or whether he was shot trying to escape.
Rhode Island's favorite criminal, Mayor Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci, Jr., came to the end of the road in his appeals yesterday when the Supreme Court denied him certiorari. Serving time at Fort Dix, N.J., until July 28, 2007, Cianci was convicted in 2002 on federal corruption, bribery, and racketeering charges.