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Yesterday's Guardian reported that
The resident Cominternist at the Washington Post, Harold Meyerson, scoffs at talk that Joe Lieberman's defeat in Connecticut means the Democratic Party has moved left. But then he happily informs readers that not only Ned Lamont is anti-free trade, but so are other key Senate candidates Bob Casey, Sherrod Brown and Bernie Sanders.
Another Ned Lamont endorser: Michael Schiavo, the devoted husband who couldn't wait to pull the plug on his wife last year in order to remarry. He's devoting his free time to opposing every politician who sided with his wife's parents in the case. Thus, he's backing Democrat Angie Paccione in a Colorado congressional race. In welcoming his support, Paccione chose language that was, shall we say, unfortunate. "We need more individual citizens like him to step up and put an end to it."
I have a good friend who is a reporter for a big station in a big market. He wrote me a few days ago complaining about the explosion of blogs and net sources who reduce his work to just one small voice among the multitudes. As a frequent net writer, I had to tell him my sympathies were in favor in the democratization of discourse.
But you know who is really threatened by blog work? Film critics, that's who. Think about it. Bloggers have a tough time competing with news outlets when it comes to actual reportage, but they have no similar trouble with film review. It's a skill, not a matter of resources. If you have the ability to review film intelligently, you can compete head-on with Mr. Ebert or Entertainment Weekly.
Is Club for Growth about to chalk up another win? The latest poll results for the GOP primary in Nevada's 2nd House District show Dean Heller and Sharron Angle (the Club's candidate) tied at 32%. Late in July, a different poll showed Angle down by 16 points.
As the article notes:
Eric Herzik, a University of Nevada, Reno political science professor, said he was surprised by the latest poll results.
He said Angle has clearly benefited from television ads, paid for by the Club for Growth, that portray Gibbons and Heller as liberals.
The group, which favors limited government and taxes, is credited with helping conservative Tim Walberg defeat moderate incumbent Rep. Joe Schwarz in Tuesday's Republican primary in Michigan.
"The ads have just hammered them (Heller and Gibbons), and she (Angle) has pointed out she is the most conservative candidate - and she is," said Herzik, a Republican. "They are running negative ads because they work."
Will Angle win? We'll know later this evening.
Dave, I have to second your post. My sense of it, after watching the video and through my experience with Allen, is that when he shoots off his mouth, it is not out of malice but carelessness. He thought of a quick name for the guy, when a name was unnecessary to make his point.
Allen often speaks without thinking, best typified by his response to the question of what Thomas Jefferson (his political hero) would have thought of the prescription drug benefit: Allen hadn't considered that in voting to expand drastically the federal government.
Over at The Corner, Tim Graham blogs on Senator Allen's Macaca remark. I agree with everything Graham said. The press blows up every GOP racial screw up, but Biden's Dunkin Donut remark or Hillary Clinton's gas station remark, barely a whimper.
Nevertheless, I have to add that this incident makes me question very seriously Allen's judgment. First, Allen's past on racial issues has long been fodder for the Democrats and the mainstream media (but I repeat myself.) Second, surely Allen must be aware of The New Republic's scurrilous article from earlier this year--so he should be on high alert for anything that even smacks of racial insensitivity. Finally, Allen made these remarks to a gent who was running a video camera!
Golda Meir was forced to resign as Prime Minister of Israel in the wake of 1973's Yom Kippur War, should the current Olmert government face the same fate in the wake of its failure in the war against Hezbollah? Writing in the Jerusalem Post, Caroline Glick answers a resounding Yes. I'm inclined to agree.
Just a reminder, this evening the America's Future Foundation will hold a roundtable featuring Tim Carney, author of The Big Ripoff: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money. Admission is only $5 for non-members.
And remember ladies, Tim is the posterboy for American conservative male hotness!