Kornheiser is headed to Monday Night Football. Yes, yes, it's hard to argue with success, it's good work if you can get it. I'm sure Kornheiser will boost MNF, attracting those who like a constantly high level of shouting about sports. Kornheiser The Brand is great for radio, a short sound-bite show on ESPN (PTI), and even a corner on page 2 of the Post sports section. But let's hope that the bar-argument style of sports broadcasting is the exception rather than the rule.
The Spectacle Blog
Never fear, James. Bill Clinton stole the show, his nodding Hillary doll smirking with approval at his every word. Most incredible was the following passage, which not only doubled as a plug for his wife's candidacy but reminded everyone of his unscotchable hankering for women of all ages:
We're here to honor a person.
Fifty-four years ago, her about-to-be husband said that he was looking for a woman with character, intelligence, personality and beauty, and she sure fit the bill.
And I have to say, when she was over 75, I thought she still fit the bill pretty good....
(Check his Oscar-worthy performance among the videos that accompany this Washington Post story.)
Transcript courtesy of USA Today:
Years later in Oslo I said, The Nobel Prize profoundly magnified the inspiring global influence of Martin Luther King Jr., the greatest leader that my native state, and perhaps my native country, has ever produced.
And I was including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and the others.
I'm on again this morning for Laura Ingraham. Tune in. We'll be talking to Laura in Baghdad, to Sen. John Kyl on the NSA surveillance program and about the Corretta Scott King funeral. Heavy news day. See ya on the radio.
The Washington Post today commends Middle Eastern newspapers for "bravely" republishing the offending Muhammad cartoons, yet chides European newspaper for doing the same in journalistic solidarity. (The Post still hasn't published the cartoons for its readers, as a letter writer points out -- fortunately, there's the Internet.) The Post's reasoning is a bit silly: the freedom of the press isn't threatened in Europe, so newspapers should restrict themselves. Further, the Danish prime minister should have met with Muslim ambassadors to defuse the controversy, when he has no control over these free newspapers. In other words, by the Post's understanding of freedom of the press, freedom isn't free.
Report from most trusted intelligence source re the sudden removal, exit, hatcheting of veteran CIA officer Robert Grenier, chief of Clandestine Services the last year.
This is evidence of profound turmoil at a wounded enterprise. Grenier is said to be an accomplished secret war fighter, working in Pakistan in the early part of the war after 9-11, later working in the Iraq Issues Group. There is mention of poor relationship with superiors; there is mention of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center now rudderless, demoted, dejected.
Langley now qualifies as the Anti-24.
DCI Porter Goss is either cleaning house of institutional memory or is recruiting from an unknown deep bench that is not obvious. Morale, never strong since 9-11, since Tennant's unexplained departure, since the WMD story got lost in an Agency drawer, has now matched the ratings for the put-on-hiatus Commander-in-Chief.
John: Thank you for the plug. Claiborne's book is better than you might be given to believe, though one's religious background will certainly come into play in forming conclusions. His commitment to service seems utterly genuine, whatever one thinks of his political conclusions, which do tend to be unswervingly left-wing. The world is a better place for having him.
And doesn't it tell us something about the times in which we live that "radical Christian" denotes a benevolent pacifist like Claiborne, and radical Islamist denotes.... well, something else.
The political unseemliness was not restricted to Bush-bashing. Clinton, as usual, delivered the best lines from the highest heights of dizzying hypocrisy. Unreported has been Carter's promotion of MLK above every American leader to have ever existed. On the left there couldn't be a more noble gesture -- but Carter piled subterfuge on subterfuge with a well-placed, chickening-out "perhaps"...
Drudge is reporting that some phony whacko liberal preacher identified as former prez Carter and a real lib preacher, one Joe Lowery, seized the occasion of Coretta Scott King's funeral to bash W, who was dutifully in attendance. Shades of Wellstone?
The 2002 funeral of Paul Wellstone was a politcal circus that marked what most people of taste and discretion thought would be the low-water mark for liberalism. But, instead, it marked the beginning of a fashion trend. The libs' performance at the CSK funeral today is just another development in the fashion line. Will the next lib funeral be a dinner/fundraiser? Could this be their secret plan to evade the lobbying reforms sure to grow out of the Abramoff scandal?
Political funerals, we must admit, didn't begin with Wellstone. And they won't end with King. But we are permitted a small wish that the oratory be more to the standard of Marc Antony at Caesar's than Jimmuh at Coretta's.