The Spectacle Blog
Quin, Wlady, et al:
Jack Nicklaus has had at least two spasms of very serious money/business troubles, near bankruptcy. So personal and business history might reveal some skeletons, and Nicklaus himself would probably recoil from the idea of self-financing.
Don't forget he lives in two states, Florida and Ohio. In which does he vote?
The Prowler's latest report certainly sounds like the Katherine Harris I know. If she does indeed take this course, conservatives everywhere should applaud -- and open their wallets. If I had a nickel for every good conservative candidate cowed out of a race due to threats from the GOP suits...let's roll, Katherine!
Finally, the insufferable Mike Wallace has decided to hang it up. Excellent news.
I've never been a fan of Wallace's, but my distaste turned to loathing a few years back when, while serving as emcee of a dinner for the pro-gun control Brady Center (at the French embassy, natch), Wallace mocked Charlton Heston and actually made fun of the fact that the legendary actor and activist had developed Alzheimer's disease.
(Of course, the NRA protested this and received an assurance from CBS News that Mr. Wallace would from that point forward never be allowed to cover 2nd Amendment issues for the network again -- a promise it seems to have kept.)
National Review Online is reporting that they hear Rep. Katherine Harris does not intend to step out of the Florida Senate race, and to underscore that point, she will resign from the House.
They only have part of the story, according to Harris sources we speak to. Late last week, Harris was approached by both senior Senate Republicans and intermediaries from the White House about stepping out of the race for the good of party.
According to one Senate official we spoke to, Harris very bluntly told them to forget about it. When told they had strong interest from a well-known, respected former Florida elected official in jumping in, her response was that she welcomed the competition. When they responded that the GOP would begin to make fundraising more difficult, she revealed nary a frown.
Wlady -- Over the course of his career, Nicklaus learned how to turn on the charm at will, and I've seen him, up close, on more than one occasion, suffer fools incredibly well, with a big smile on his face. And he is unfailingly polite with the press corps, even when the reporters don't deserve it. Meanwhile, he and Barbara have engendered a tremendous amount of good will through their work in the community in Florida and through their enthusiasm for and approachability during the many school athletic contests their five children have been a part of. Finally, no worries about Russia: Russian bears are red or pink; Jack is golden!
It appears the prosecutors have made a hash of the Moussaoui death penalty trial, or at least one of their team - a lawyer from TSA - may have. Judge Brinkema doesn't like the death penalty for Moussaoui anyway. The question is not whether Moussaoui will ever be released. It is what damage he can do behind bars.
Though it cannot be a factor in deciding his sentance, Moussaoui imprisoned may be able to do more damage than he ever did while free. Charles Colson first reported it (if memory serves) in the Wall Street Journal more than three years ago. Imams preaching Wahhabi radicalism to state and federal prisoners under the guise of catering to prisoners' religious needs has become a significant threat. What better place to recruit terrorists than from among criminals disaffected with society?
Look for Moussaoui to be sentenced to life without parole, and then look for him to be suddenly proclaimed an imam to preach to his fellow prisoners.
If our politics were more serious, I could see Jack Nicklaus emerging as its master. But what about his obvious inability to suffer fools gladly? He never charmed galleries the way Arnold Palmer did without even trying. Could he maintain a smile to attract voters when in no mood to? Outside of Russia, is a political career possible for anyone nicknamed a bear?
Re Claude Allen: I am glad you wrote this. I have met Claude on a few occasions and have found him to be uncommonly kind -- and utterly brilliant. Friends who have spoken with him since the news broke report that he remains in good spirits and looks forward to telling his side of the story.
Re Nicklaus: An outstanding idea to be sure -- but do you have some sort of inside knowledge of how he feels about running for office? Recall the draft Ditka movement in Illinois last cycle. An incredibly exciting idea for sure -- to everyone but him, as it turned out…