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Weak in NoVA

By on 11.8.05 | 2:25PM

Possible good news for Virginia Republicans: There is some word of depressed turnout in Northern Virginia in the VA blogosphere. When I voted in the Courthouse area of Arlington this morning, the poll workers seemed pretty bored and my number was in the 200s -- not exactly stellar turnout.

Jim Bacon reports heavy turnout in Henrico County, a very "red" area outside Richmond.

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More Subpoenas for Reporters?

By on 11.8.05 | 2:19PM

Dana Priest may wish she had never written the "black sites" story last Wednesday. The revelation of that information has real world consequences for American and Allied personnel overseas, as well as for the innocent citizens of those nations whose governments are cooperating with the U.S. in the War on Terror. Think a federal judge is going to quash a subpoena and give her a pass knowing full well that the story could be all al Qaeda needs to target a bunch of innocent Thai citizens? Considering recent precedent, do you think DOJ will be able to stop a prosecutor from seeking a media subpoena in such an investigation?

If the Justice Department investigates the leak -- and judging by the highly classified nature of the information, DOJ will have no choice but to launch an investigation -- then Dana Priest is either going to be doing the full Judy Miller or coughing up a source to avoid an extended stay at the Jailhouse B&B (okay, Judy did both). Stay tuned...

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In Case You Missed It…

By on 11.8.05 | 2:08PM

Thank goodness for Sen. John Cornyn, one of the few Republicans willing to stand up and push back against Democratic prevarication. On the floor yesterday he hit Sen. Harry Reid where it hurts:

SENATOR CORNYN: I wish to ask my colleagues, did President Clinton lie when he discussed the intelligence that led him to support the forced ouster of Saddam Hussein? Did he manipulate intelligence to justify his bombing in Iraq? Or did he rely upon the same intelligence that this administration and this Congress and our allies did when they came to the same conclusion that Saddam was a threat to the region and to the world? Are there Senators who today would renounce their vote to remove Saddam by force in October of 2002? Out of the bipartisan 77 who voted to authorize the use of force to remove Saddam Hussein, I have only learned of two who have said they regret that vote and would renounce it.

Before the war, a leading Democrat -- in fact, the Democratic leader -- clearly stated his position in Iraq. As of this morning, his quotation was still on his Senate Web site. It says:

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Investigating the Post Leak

By on 11.8.05 | 1:43PM

Interesting that in recent stories that dealt with the seeming diminished influence of Vice President Dick Cheney within the Bush Adminstration and on Capitol Hill, one of the key unattributed anecdotes deals with Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who also happens to serve as ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

As this new investigation into serious intelligence leaks moves forward, look for the staff of Rockefeller to be mentioned prominently in stories.

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Les Insufferables

By on 11.8.05 | 1:12PM


Sorry, but les personnes insupportables -- the French, of course -- are once again fair game, regardless of their troubles. Our self-imposed moratorium on the abuse of France is hereby ended because -- as I am informed -- their self-defense website is picking on Jay Leno.

Their complaint, as it always is against any of us, is that the offender is being, well, offensive to the French. But in the evidence they cite, they prove Leno's innocence, at least of slander. Hilariously, with a compendium of Lenoisms going back a couple of years. To wit:

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Thanks, George…

By on 11.8.05 | 1:01PM

I just learned from that Quinnipiac has Hillary Clinton's re-elect at 64% -- and 32% among Republicans. There is no doubt in my mind that she will be re-elected next year with possibly well over 60% of the vote when all is said and done, giving her even more momentum and credibility heading into 2008. Mrs. Clinton has played it pretty smart in the Senate, but not that smart. So who do we have to thank for the impending blow-out? Governor George Elmer Pataki and his lazy minions who, when given an opportunity to field a serious candidate against her, chose instead to cash in with the liberal, unqualified, and increasingly embarrassing District Attorney from Westchester County, Jeanine Pirro. Very, very unfortunate.

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Nice Try

By on 11.8.05 | 12:57PM

A friend in Los Angeles e-mails:

I'm standing in line at the polls this morning and these union thugs show up, walk right past the line and go up to the registration table where some diffident 90 year old woman is stationed. She tells them that the records show that they voted absentee already…

The union guys respond, "We never actually voted. We lost our ballots. So we're here to vote today."

The old woman, clearly flustered, was about to give them ballots when the supervisor swooped in and stopped her. The supervisor says, "You guys have got to be kidding." She flatly refused to let them vote and they stormed out bitching about being "disenfranchised."

Shouldn't they have been arrested?

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On His Way Out

By on 11.8.05 | 12:44PM

Are you getting sick of Democratic pols whining and dining out on all the usual talking points and distortions? Consider this one:

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