The Spectacle Blog
Sen. Bill Frist, in his economic briefing, just said the Senate will focus on spending "like a laser beam." With fiscally responsible Republicans like these (yes, Frist called the budget "fiscally responsible"), who needs Democrats?
I (temporarily) withdraw carping about the White House's PR effort: the President is scheduled to celebrate the strong economic performance in the Rose Garden at 10:45 -- in 10 minutes (our clock is fast).
Having had their ears pinned back on Iraq by the president's speech at the Naval Academy, the Dems are oscillating back to the only other issue they care about: abortion. In this case, the cause du jour is the 17-page memo on Roe that Judge Alito wrote in 1985. Why, thunders Ted Kennedy, didn't you mention this when you answered the Judiciary Committee's questionnaire?
Alito's memo outlined a strategy to whittle away at Roe instead of attacking it head-on. Which, regardless of anyone's strategy, is the likely course of events. State after state will, as the New Hampshire parental notification law did, take pieces of the abortion issue and return it to the states' legislative processes. More and more of them are likely to be upheld by the Roberts court, and almost assuredly would were Judge Alito to become Justice Alito. Which is why the pressure on the Dems to filibuster the nomination is growing daily.
The Labor Department reported this morning that American payrolls grew by 215,000 jobs and unemployment held steady at 5 percent. Today would be a great day for a good-economic-news White House PR offensive. For more on the baseless economic pessimism, see TAS economic editor Brian S. Wesbury's column in the Wall Street Journal. Daniel Henninger makes similar, though more general, points about the White House's failure to communicate effectively.
The Washington Post has outdone itself in disingenuous reporting. Today's front page, above-the-fold headline "Justice Staff Saw Texas Districting as Illegal" is the one of the most agenda driven news stories of the year. Dan Eggen only finds news at the Justice Department when career employees complain about decisions made by their political appointee superiors. Funny, these stories never appeared when the Clintons were in the WH and Janet Reno was opening day-care centers and stopping FBI criminal agents from talking to the intelligence folks who could have clued them into terrorist plots. Why? Because the majority of "career" employees at DOJ are Democrats who agreed with the radical liberal Clinton policies and who are opposed to all things Republican/conservative. And the Civil Rights Division is the worst of the lot. It is populated with the most activist, liberal Democrats in the federal government -- acolytes and former staff of John Conyers, Henry Waxman, Pat Leahy, Ted Kennedy, etc.