The Spectacle Blog

Claude Allen’s Comeback?

By on 3.14.06 | 9:17AM

Okay, I am SO glad to see the Prowler's note on the Claude Allen case, to the effect that maybe, against what seemed like all the evidence, Allen may actually be innocent. I have read about Allen for a number of years of course, and had heard nothing but great things about him. So it was that I was absolutely delighted last Wednesday, as I was being led to a table at a Union Station restaurant, that I saw my friend, the incomparable John Gizzi of Human Events and, when saying hello to him, was introduced to Mr. Allen himself, who was dining with Gizzi. I had never actually met Claude Allen before, but just about the first words out of my mouth were: "I STILL think you should be a judge!" As Gizzi reported in that column linked above, Allen showed no signs whatsoever that any sort of boom was about to be lowered on him. He was relaxed, cheerful, friendly, engaging -- and that was just in the two minutes I spoke with them before moving on to my table.

Our Bet …

By on 3.14.06 | 7:58AM

If the Treasury Secretary post opens up, our bet on the nominee would be current OMB director Josh Bolten.

Other names you'll see floated: former Commerce Secretary Don Evans, current Treasury officials Robert Kimmitt, and, of course, current White House chief of staff Andrew Card. There are several other dark horses, including a couple of current Treasury officials.

Let It Snow …

By on 3.14.06 | 7:50AM

Hmm. Four days after we report that Treasury Secretary Snow might be on the way out, word is leaking out that Snow has cleared his calendar for the end of the week, and has had meetings in the West Wing with White House Presidential Personnel. This follows word that he has canceled an overseas trip.

Snow is a good man, who has served this President well. Let's hope that if he has decided to leave, he is given a good sendoff.

While we hope he stays, we also can't help but look forward to the infighting that should ensue for the job. By our count, there are at least three current senior Treasury officials who have their eye on the top job. And at least one very senior White House officials who is in the running. Stayed tuned ...

The Evil Twin

By on 3.14.06 | 7:39AM

We know that Quin is going to be writing about Claude Allen, but this is just too rich to avoid posting about. For all the movies we've seen involving an evil twin, who'd have thunk there would actually be such a true-life case? And that it might involve a senior White House official?

Hat tip must go to Josh Marshall and "Talking Points Memo" on this one. For just the shock value, and to bring a little ray of hope into ever Republican's heart, hit this hyplink and bask in the glory of what appears - literally on the face of it - to be yet another MSM blunder of remarkable proportions.

It's still unclear where this story is going, but it always pay to not jump to conclusions, like so many conservative web sites did in this case.

Hollywood Knows America?

By on 3.14.06 | 7:28AM

So George Clooney likes "being a little out of touch."

Hollywood in general doesn't care just how out of touch it is. The latest example is "V for Vendetta," produced by the same brother team that made the "Matrix" films a few years ago. Based on what used to be called a "comic book," now called a "graphic novel" by the geeks and fan boys who buy them up, the movie has been turned into a left-wing marketing tool not so much against Operation Iraqi Freedom, but against the American government and its honorable attempts to prevent terrorist attacks here at home.

The movie (its website is here), has been getting awful reviews, so there is hope that it will quietly disappear without much noise. But think about this. An anti-American screed (set in London, so we won't be able to make the connection, we suppose) released on St. Patrick's Day. It doesn't so much show a lack of understanding of the American people, it shows disrespect.

Feingold’s Folly

By on 3.14.06 | 7:09AM

One thing that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has learned in his time in leadership is that if nothing else, Democrats are essentially legislative bullies.  Always have been, always will be.  Sure Democrats talk a good game, rolling out a Byrd or a Kennedy for indulgent floor lectures.  But when it comes time to put their money where their mouths are, they rarely back it up.

Re: Fund on the Yale Taliban

By on 3.13.06 | 6:45PM

Dear Andy DeP and Katherine: Beats me how the Yalies figure this slug -- with a 4th-grade education -- is somehow a better catch than the national honor student whose dad I spoke to last week on Hugh Hewitt's show. And the answer to who's paying the Talibanista's freight is revealed by Fund's piece of last week. A filmmaker named Hoover is paying the bills. I wonder: is NSA listening to his cell calls? I sure hope so.

Briar Patching McCain

By on 3.13.06 | 6:08PM

What's wrong with this picture? A Republican presidential contender being revealed as a - shudder -- conservative by one of the New York Times's worst hyperlibs?

Senator John McCain -- the only Republican capable of losing to Hillary in '08 -- was called all sorts of names today in Paul Krugman's column. According to Krugman, McCain is a "man of the hard right," "no moderate" and -- perhaps worst of all -- actually ranks as the third most conservative member in the Senate by one vote ranking outfit.

The problem with Krugman's analysis is that McCain is no conservative. His track record of legislation -- McCain-Feingold, the "anti-torture" amendment with his apostle, Lindsey Graham, and too many positions on too many issues make it clear that McCain is careless with the Constitution. His ill-considered wavering on social issues makes him no conservative.

Dear Readers:

By on 3.13.06 | 6:07PM

Topics on which I want to blog on Tuesday, so please remind me to do so: Florida Senate race. Congressional ethics. Claude Allen. That's it for now. Thanks.

Still The One

By on 3.13.06 | 5:02PM

Defying expectations, Moqtada al-Sadr is the man in Iraq on nationalism and anti-terrorism. He has every opportunity to spark a catastrophe, but commands calm -- again -- and criticizes al Qaeda. Stay tuned.