The Spectacle Blog

Re: Kennedy Crashes and Other Golden Oldies

By on 5.6.06 | 3:08PM

Most of us seem to have been stunned into silence by the awful spectacle of another Kennedy having trouble self-medicating. And just as we wrangle that ghost of headlines past, Francis Fukuyama is back, with another re-reconsideration of The End of History. He's not too coy to tell us what it is he didn't tell us then. But, please -- enough of the known unknowns. Tell us something we don't know we don't know!

Kennedy’s Binge Drinking Problem

By on 5.6.06 | 9:47AM

The Projo rode with Patrick Kennedy to the airport yesterday afternoon. They lead with this quote: "I've got to do total abstinence, period.... From now on, obviously, I'm a very public face with addiction and alcoholism written on my head." Kennedy acknowledged that he has a long-standing binge drinking issue, though he denied that he was drinking Wednesday night. But not to worry -- his unnamed girlfriend "validated" that claim .

Patrick Kennedy to Rehab

By on 5.6.06 | 3:04AM


"I am deeply concerned about my reaction to the medication and my lack of knowledge of the accident that evening," he said during a brief news conference at the Capitol. "But I do know enough that I know I need help."
Wait, I thought it was a drug interaction. You just discontinue the meds when that happens. You go into rehab when you're taking more pills (or more of something else) than you should. Kennedy said before that he'd taken "'the prescribed amount' of Phenergan and Ambien."

I hope the good doctors at The Mayo Clinic can help Rep. Kennedy with his addiction to lying.

Re: Goss Out

By on 5.5.06 | 4:16PM

Kudlow & Co cancelled my booking for today. Instead, I'll be on the Hugh Hewitt Show (Salem Radio Net) talking about the Goss resignation about 1805 EDT.

Hearing an Opportunity

By on 5.5.06 | 4:09PM

Notwithstanding all the points I made in the two posts below, this new hearing for Kavanaugh may not be a terrible thing. First of all, word is so strong on the Hill that there is some sort of wink-and-nod agreement from the Democratic Seven NOT to filibuster Kavanaugh -- so strong that the first AP story actually said the pledge was specified in the letter written by the Demo Seven to Specter, before later stories dropped that incorrect claim -- that I'm assuming there must be something to it. One very solid source of mine in the Senate or Senate staff, very well placed, assured me flat-out that the deal for another hearing absolutely would not have been made if there weren't some VERY strong reason to believe, based on Member conversations, that a new hearing would make it easier for Kavanaugh to get confirmed rather than more difficult. Frankly, it sounds awfully fishy to me -- similar assurances sure seem to have been made and broken by the Dems in the past -- but the proof will be in the pudding.

Insight of the Day

By on 5.5.06 | 3:55PM

RE: Kennedy the younger's driving (and prescription drug? and drinking?) troubles, this from James Taranto's "Best of the Web" this afternoon:

Still, you have to wonder why these people don't just hire a driver. Surely they can afford it.
As they say at MasterCard, Priceless.

Re: Goss Out

By on 5.5.06 | 3:14PM

This is very bad news. Goss was on the road to reforming CIA. His resignation brings those reforms to a crashing halt. It threatens progress in cooperation of intelligence agencies. It leaves in charge the pre-Goss crowd, those who brought ius the WMD failure in Iraq, the Wilson/Plame nonsense, and the leaks of Mary McCarthy and the rest.

The Praetorians won. Castra Praetoria Langley rules, notwithstanding Negroponte or, for that matter, Bush.

Goss Out

By on 5.5.06 | 2:10PM

There are other shoes that will drop in light of the resignation of CIA Director Porter Goss. We're hearing that Goss was growing increasingly uncomfortable with his role in light of the elevated role of chief intelligence official Amb. John Negroponte. Recent leaks and ongoing black eyes resulting from relevations of deputy misbehavior, and Goss was taking all kinds of flack internally from career staff there. That he took flack from careerists should be taken as a badge of honor.

The Specter of Kavanaugh

By on 5.5.06 | 1:57PM

In explaining his decision to allow another hearing on the nomination of White House aide Brett Kavanaugh to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter had this to say: "I do not want to place the Senate in the position where we were a year ago this time when were having filibusters on the Democratic side and the Republican side was posing the constitutional, or nuclear option.I want to avoid that."