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Re: Terrorist Surveillance Program

By on 1.31.06 | 11:15PM

The President's state-of-the-union speech has given us a new term with which to define warrantless electronic surveillance conducted in violation of a federal law: "terrorist surveillance program." And here all along I thought it was "NSA spying."

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By on 1.31.06 | 9:51PM

After a moment's reflection (during this lull courtesy of Citizen Kaine), the most important word of the night emerges to me as "marginalized," contra the word "defeated." Terrorists are to be defeated, but insurgents marginalized. This cuts several ways, but the central message is that defeating the non-terrorist insurgents is not necessary to America's vital interests. By inference, absorbing them into democracy is.

Most important phrase on the domestic front: "we must never give in to the belief that America is in decline, or that our culture is doomed to unravel." Our culture is not doomed but it is unraveling. Building a professional army of scientists and mathematicians is precisely the wrong kind of educational emphasis required for unmarginalizing anywhere but along the bottom line.

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Tim Who?

By on 1.31.06 | 9:50PM

The best way to grade Kaine's speech is the reaction it bestirs in the Dem-friendly media. They tuned out in less time than it took to run a commercial break. No follow-up, no instant stardom. Sorry, Tim. No national candidacy for you. You spoke for a while, and nobody heard you say anything worth remembering for the 11pm broadcast. I'm betting you get less than six column inches in the WaPo tomorrow.

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Gingrich: A Great Job

By on 1.31.06 | 9:43PM

What?! Somebody check Newt's pulse. He gives Governor Kaine "very high marks." Decent text. Atrocious delivery.

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By on 1.31.06 | 9:40PM

It's so sad to remember: Jerry Kilgore lost to this guy. Sigh...

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A Marine view on Kane

By on 1.31.06 | 9:37PM

I am IM-ing with my Marine brother, who is not a political junkie, so is not familiar with Kaine. He asks: "Who is this churchboy? Their sop to the red states?" Maybe he doesn't need to follow politics any more than he does.

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Re: Hello, Boys and Girls

By on 1.31.06 | 9:35PM

John: By process of elimination, you're not crazy. Kaine only won because he faced an awful campaign. Dems will rue this choice. It's good on paper, but the man's a goof.

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Tim Looks Shifty

By on 1.31.06 | 9:35PM

John: He does resemble a Mr. Rogers gone bad. I've seen that smile before on some used car salesman. He keeps saying there's a better way. But he never says what it is. Or did I miss something?

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