The Spectacle Blog

Jim Webb Misses FEC Filing Deadline

By on 6.7.06 | 3:43PM

Is Jim Webb's campaign in a tailspin? It's not the whole shootin' match, but they missed the June 1 Federal Elections Commission pre-primary filing deadline. You would think that is basic stuff. Here's the FEC letter.

Will this race turn out to be what James Taranto has termed "another angry left anticlimax"?

Also, Chuck Schumer endorsed Webb today, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee emails. In Virginia, that may amount to, "with friends like these..."

Blogger "Not Larry Sabato" still predicts the race is leaning Webb.

UPDATE: Bob Novak's weekly letter predicts Miller: "Democrats will have a hard time pulling the lever for a former Reaganite."

Gay Marriage Ban Fails

By on 6.7.06 | 12:34PM

Yawn. It was difficult to muster any energy for passage or failure of the gay marriage ban. Perhaps because both sides were using a legitimate issue in such a ham-handed way.

Collateral Damage?

By on 6.7.06 | 9:42AM

It's a wondrous thing to awake to the New York Times. Especially on the web for those of us who refuse to line Pinch's pockets. Today is an especially good day.

One of today's headline stories is about how some Senate Republicans -- read "Senate Liberal Republicans" -- are worried about the ideological bent of issues being raised, such as the gay marriage ban. Whines Lincoln Chaffee, "I'm collateral damage."

What LibLink forgets is that collateral damage, while unfortunate, is sometimes unavoidable. In his case, it's not unfortunate. Grade it desireable.

California-50 Stakes

By on 6.7.06 | 9:40AM

NPR reported yesterday morning that if Bilbray won the special election, the Senate's version of immigration reform would be dead in its tracks. I wonder if they'll revive that story line again today?

Mickey Kaus declares it a victory for the House enforcement version.

Native Hawaiians Debate Today

By on 6.7.06 | 9:12AM

Senate Republicans have scheduled three hours of debate for Native Hawaiians today following the marriage amendment.

The Honolulu Advertiser reports (linked above) that two Republicans are still on the fence: Susan Collins, and one surprise, Sam Brownback. If Brownback in his wildest dreams hopes to be treated seriously as a presidential candidate, he will vote against cloture.

Re: Results Tonight

By on 6.7.06 | 7:10AM

Looks like Bilbray has edged out Busby, 49.49% to 45.24%, with 90% of the precincts reporting. Bilbray said, "I think that we're going back to Washington." Busby is expected to make a statement later this morning.

And the Pearl Jam/netroots-backed Jon Tester won over John Morrison for the Democratic Senate nomination in Montana.

Re: Results Tonight

By on 6.7.06 | 2:28AM

No link yet, but I'm hearing that local news out west has called for Republican Brian Bilbray in CA-50.

UPDATE: This report might have been wrong, as in someone misheard the TV; it's been an hour and I can't find any indication that anyone called the race. But given the way the count is going -- 56.6% of precincts are in as I write, and Bilbray has been at least 4 points ahead every time I've looked -- it will be quite surprising if Bilbray doesn't come out on top in the end. (LATER: It's official, Bilbray wins.)

Senate to Vote on Racist Bill

By on 6.6.06 | 6:27PM

Ed Meese and Todd Gaziano, both of the Heritage Foundation, have an excellent article up at Human Events today on the Native Hawaiians bill.

The term "racist" is too often tossed around in politics, but it should be reserved for pieces of legislation like this.

Though the Supreme Court already rejected a similar scheme in 2000 that Hawaii had instituted, Daniel Akaka still wants his way: the Native Hawaiians Government Reorganization Act would create a separate, race-based government.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights considers (pdf) the legislation discriminatory on the basis of race.

The amazing thing is, as Mary Katherine Ham reports, a vast majority of Hawaiians are against it. Polls of Native Hawaiians are about split. Daniel Akaka and the Senate may impose this race-based system on Hawaii against its will.