That's why they play the game. Late Sunday I wrote to a friend about UCLA, "Because they're deep and play with confidence, I assume they could shut down Florida too, or at least faster than Florida can shut down them." What a blithering idiocy! Florida turned the tables on UCLAns from the get-go, dominating them on both ends and winning almost as one-sidedly as UNLV did in 1990 when it humbled Duke, 103-73. In 1991 Duke came back and got its revenge against UNLV (in the Final Four semifinals). Right now I don't see history repeating itself next year.
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John: In David Brooks' rendition, Bill Kristol's "yahoos" are "blithering idiots, frankly" -- that's what Brooks called the people around Rep. Tom Tancredo on the Lehrer NewsHour last Friday. (He also rather dismissively called Tancredo, not a congressman, but "one of the anti-immigration guys in the House.") Right after this Brooks joined in with Mark Shields to praise Andrew Card's niceness.
That's the word, in spite of remaining sanguine in the face of strong Democratic challengers and the Abramoff scandal.
UPDATE: Via Drudge, Time's Mike Allen has more: says he didn't want to risk the seat and that he could accomplish more outside the House than inside.
For such a formerly effective operator, that goes to show how far he'd fallen on the Hill.
John, Great point. To add to that, Kilgore hardly mentioned the day laborer centers. (Kristol omits that it was a day laborer center -- and not some philanthropic shelter as he implies.) And polling data showed that the issue was probably a winner for him.
Eric Berlin does a really good job parsing out legitimate dismay over recent immigration protests from xenophobic fears, as a reaction to this much-ballyhooed post over at Daily Kos from earlier today. It should be read in its full conext, but here's a taste:
...I find sealing off the border, or deporting or jailing 11 million illegal immigrants, to be completely irrational ideas. I'm more of an open borders person. That said, it is neither crazy nor racist for Republicans to react as they have been to this weekend's protest. (Although I don't doubt that some of the loonier ideologues on talk radio have taken their vitriol to racist levels.) I was put off by those signs, and I largely support the protestors. Or thought I did, until I saw those signs. To pretend this is only about the flying of the Mexican flag is disingenuous.
My old paper in Mobile, newly renamed the Press-Register, ran this thoughtful editorial on Friday. In some ways it resembles a creative plan from the Kreible Foundation. Both call for slightly different spins on President Bush's "guest worker" ideas for immigrants. Frankly, I have no use for ANYbody who comes here illegally, although I like the idea of expanding LEGAL immigration and/or legal guest worker programs... but only AFTER we control our borders better. If that means a double-tiered fence, so be it. One question, though: How is a "guest worker" program different from an ordinary green card? I admit my ignorance here, but it seems to me that the green card program ALREADY is a guest worker program. And if people ignore that legal process and come here by illegal means, I think we ought to send them to Singapore for punishment. All that said, I'm open to having lawmakers look into the Press-Register AND the Kreible proposals...
Those of us who study the UN and write about its failings owe a lot to the ground-breaking reporting of Claudia Rosett of the Wall Street Journal. The April edition of Commentary has yet another article by Claudia that answers, definitively, the question of How Corrupt is the UN. We really ought to be starting a Claudia for Secretary General campaign. On second thought, I wouldn't wish it on her. She's much too good a person to thrive in that environment.