Native Hawaiians loses cloture by four votes. 56 to 41.
A presidential campaign is saved (for now).
Chafee no. A little primary pressure can be helpful.
Lieberman, Snowe, Collins: aye.
Few surprises, but one question answered: McCain votes aye.
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.
The House did a little-noticed good thing yesterday in passing a bill aimed at boosting domestic refining capacity by streamlining the excessively bureaucratic permitting process for new or expanded facilities. Unfortunately, reports the Wall Street Journal, the Democrats in the Senate are expected to block the bill. Unbelievable. Gasoline prices have more than doubled in three years in large part because of a lack of refining capacity (combined with Demo-inspired bans on drilling in many, many places). Yet even now, even when the bill in question would not RELAX environmental regs but instead only help force regulatory agencies to stop their foot-dragging, the Senate Dems apparently remain too in thrall to the environmental extremists to approve such a necessary and commonsense measure. Read the story on page A-8 of the WSJ. The Dems really are outrageous.
Amidst the understandable brouhaha about Ann Coulter's criticism of certain 9/11 widows, what gets lost is that her GOOD one-liners are often SO good that nobody else can compare. In an interview yesterday with Robert Stacy McCain of the Washington Times (also mentioned in his blog "Donkey Cons," named after the book by the same name he co-wrote with Lynn Vincent), Coulter came up with this humdinger:
A (from Coulter): Actually, to be fair, the facts were hostile to liberals first.
Gotta love it.
Which proves that she doesn't actually have to be outrageous to make a very sharp point, with humor.