The Spectacle Blog
The anti-Miers crowd picked up a key member of the conservative movement yesterday, the Concerned Women for America. The Washington Times also reports that Leonard Leo is no longer lobbying for Miers and that internal GOP polling shows 70 percent support for her among self-identified conservative Republicans. In other words, the D.C. crowd's support is eroding while the base doesn't seem to mind her. How does that affect those who really matter, the senators? That's a tough call, but it seems that those who knock on doors and write the checks number far fewer than 70 percent support.
In all the uproar over the Bush administration's conservative credentials in recent months -- from Katrina to Harriet -- there was one bright spot. No longer.
Following Hurricane Katrina, the White House suspended the rules of the Davis-Bacon Act, which mandates that local union shops set the "prevailing wage" for federal construction projects. This inflates the price of federal projects by up to 30% and puts labor unions in control of the projects' price. And its history is shady at best. David Bernstein wrote in Human Events that the 1927 law was intended to bar those from federal projects whose labor was cheaper than union members' -- in other words, blacks and other minorities. Rep. Robert Bacon worried about the "outfit of negro laborers."
Calling them a "shameless display" and "cake taker," Tina Brown becomes the lastest Clinton groupie and liberal admirer of Patrick Fitzgerald to blast Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison for her comments on Meet the Press last Sunday. "Hutchison had the gall to blandly rabbit on about overzealous prosecutors and perjury just being an itsy-bitsy crime," Brown writes.
Of course, that's not what Hutchison said at all. Listen for yourself:
George Neumayr begins his column today with this:
"I can't see this nomination going forward," says a Judiciary Committee staffer to TAS. "The hearings would be so ugly." What will sink Harriet Miers, he predicts, is the "evidence that she can't write and think."
As luck would have it, that last quality could end up having Joe Biden feeling a lot better about himself.
Castro won't be the only one upset by the White Sox' win. Manager Ozzie Guillen in his post-game comments repeated over and over that his is a huge win not just for Chicago but his native Venezuela too -- noting that the country could use some happiness now. Not exactly an endorsement of dictatorial Hugo Chavez. Fortunately for American baseball, Venezuela's baseballers don't yet have to defect to America the way the White Sox' Cuban pitchers had to.
In case you missed it, the latest reasonableness from new Iranian moderate president Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad is quoted in Financial Times to have said, "...on Wednesday declared that Israel should be 'wiped off the map' and warned Arab countries against developing economic ties with Israel in response to its withdrawal from Gaza."
The FT report goes on: "Anybody who recognises Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury." I guess that means us. Look for the French to decide Israel is the next Taiwan. (And to get an inkling of how that works, take a look at the list of the world's nations on the website for the CIA World Fact Book. Taiwan ain't listed.)
On another touchy matter, look for some movement on the Miers nomination front in the coming couple of days. There are whispers on Capitol Hill that some Republican Senators may be getting ready to make clear their positions on the Miers nomination ... and they are not supportive.