The Spectacle Blog

Woodward Magic

By on 10.2.06 | 6:36PM

President Bush should thank his lucky stars for the Woodward book! The media love for the author assures its continual coverage, up to and including the refutations to come. Meanwhile, eclipsed by the Woodward work is a book more devastating to the Bush legacy, more complete a brief, more compelling an account. It is Hubris, by Isikoff and Corn, destined for the back shelf by the Woodward mystique.

FRC’s Ridiculous Foley Response

By on 10.2.06 | 5:45PM

The Family Research Council steps out of bounds in its response to the Mark Foley scandal. It blames the homosexuals. Even if there is a link between homosexuality and child sexual abuse, as FRC's Tony Perkins writes, save it for another day. To blame an ideology rather than the responsible actors is cheap politics at its worst.

T’row Da Bum Out

By on 10.2.06 | 5:05PM

No, we're not talking about Brooklyn baseball. We're talking Albert Haynesworth of the Tennessee Titans. Yesterday, with malice aforethought, Haynesworth spiked an opposing player in the aftermath of a touchdown. The injured man -- Dallas' offensive center Andre Gurode -- was slashed by Haynesworth's spikes. The wound reportedly required 30 stiches to close.

Set aside the irony that despite the fact Terrell Owens was on the field, the worst offense was committed by someone else. There's no humor in this thuggery. The NFL will decide what punishment to impose on Haynesworth this week. Anything less than permanent expulsion from the game is too little.

Re: Murtha

By on 10.2.06 | 4:26PM

Fox News' teaser for "Hannity & Colmes" tonight:

It's a John Murtha shocker! Find out the secret tape he tried to keep hidden for 20 years!

Murtha: Deal or No Deal

By on 10.2.06 | 10:47AM

I will be on Hannity and Colmes tonight around 9:30 (eastern) discussing Jack Murtha's willingness to make a deal with undercover FBI agents offering bribes.

Real College Rankings?

By on 10.2.06 | 8:44AM

This new ISI study puts Colorado State at #2 and Berkeley at #49, among other revelations. What's the criterion? "Learning added or subtracted," meaning how much more or less students know after they're run the course of their education -- relative to before they began it...

Foley Fallout

By on 10.1.06 | 5:06PM

The scuttlebutt in DC is that any candidate who received money from Mark Foley's Florida Republican Leadership PAC is going to face some heat. If you or the candidate you work for appears on this list, you'd better return those contributions ASAP.

Still More Dobson

By on 10.1.06 | 10:01AM


I thought I might put you off disputing the religious reason question and I apologize for any offense given. Nevertheless, it is a red herring.

In working toward refutation of my argument, you note that Dobson said God wanted him to intervene on Toomey's behalf. That's not the same thing as supporting a specific policy position by adverting to scripture or personal revelation from the Almighty. It's one thing if Dobson says, God wants me to oppose abortion. It's another if Dobson says, "God doesn't want you to allow legalized abortion" and leaves it at that. The latter instance would be what I think you were talking about earlier when you said he failed to offer public reasons in favor of restricting abortion.