The Spectacle Blog

Rational Exuberance

By on 3.7.06 | 5:52PM

After Knopf publishers paid out an estimated $8.5 million advance to former prez Bill C. for his so-called memoir, and Simon & Schuster gave away an easy $8 mil to wifey Hill for details of her life, former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan has just inked what Publishers Weekly is describing as "$8 million+ deal" to tell all. Being the only Fed Chair most of us can remember, he's bound to provide lots of hot currency.

And who's the lucky publisher this go 'round? None other than, Penguin, of formerly Penguin Putnam.

Does this news signal that Andrea Mitchell will soon retire also? And how come she didn't collect as much for her recent book?

Clarity From the Bench, Continued

By on 3.7.06 | 5:27PM

Here's some background on Leif Clark, the Billy Madison-citing bankruptcy judge.

Impeach Pro-Gay Marriage Judge?

By on 3.7.06 | 4:41PM

That's what some Maryland legislators have in mind this week. We just received an email over the transom from Delegate Don Dwyer's office reporting that he introduced an impeachment motion against the judge who overturned the state's gay marriage ban, Judge M. Brooke Murdock. Keep on eye on that situation as a key front in this nationwide battle.

Kept or Liberated?

By on 3.7.06 | 4:34PM

Women, that is. America's Future Foundation takes up the topic of "What does the Right want from its women" for its roundtable discussion Thursday night. Our friends there hope you D.C. working stiffs can make it.

Re: Bush’s Unpopularity

By on 3.7.06 | 4:30PM

John, What's implied in that article, but left unsaid is the rehabilitation of these sometimes political stinkers into history's heroes. President Truman is consistently ranked by historians among the top ten and even top five presidents.

Bush’s Unpopularity, In Perspective

By on 3.7.06 | 3:20PM

Bill Sammon at The Examiner takes a glass-half-full approach:

Although President Bush is suffering through the lowest job approval ratings of his presidency, most of his predecessors had ratings that were just as low or even lower.

Eight of the 10 presidents who preceded Bush had ratings at least as low as 37 percent - the current president's nadir, as measured by Gallup. Some were dramatically lower.

Harry Truman once had a job approval rating of just 23 percent, the lowest ever recorded since Gallup began taking such polls in 1938. Ronald Reagan bottomed out at 35 percent.

"All presidents but two have been in the 30 percent range since Gallup began measuring in World War II," Gallup Editor in Chief Frank Newport told The Examiner. "The two that never got below 40 are JFK and Eisenhower."

Move the judges!

By on 3.7.06 | 3:17PM

Over at Confirmthem, Andrew makes a great post: It's time to start cracking the whip on the appeals court nominees again. Just because Alito and Roberts were confirmed is no reason to rest on our laurels. Let's get the ball rolling on this!

Today on the Hugh Hewitt Show

By on 3.7.06 | 12:06PM

Just what did Vice President Cheney have in mind when he said today that Iran would face "meaningful consequences" if it continued to defy the international community's attempts to block its nuclear weapons program? Tune in to the Hugh Hewitt Show today (6-9 EST on the Salem Radio Network). We'll be dissecting the Veep's words and much more, including the latest developments in Meatheadgate: the Rob Reiner ad scandal.

Bush Comes Around?

By on 3.7.06 | 9:27AM

After some thorough soul-searching, President Bush came to his senses about spending yesterday: "We can't be all things to all people when it comes to spending the taxpayers' money." Ok, so it's not fiscal conservatism at its roots, but it's apparent progress from No Child Left Behind and the prescription drug bill. Next step in therapy: "The government isn't the solution."

While the President is taking a solid step in pushing for the line item veto (I'm really not sure how a tailored version gets around the unconstitutionality of the first go 'round... something not one news report about yesterday's announcement explained), that is hardly an adequate explanation for his spending record. Legislative scapegoats won't do -- and since Bush hasn't vetoed a spending bill, chances are Congress won't take him seriously here.

UPDATE [10:30]: A helpful reader explains the constitutionality of the Bush proposal:

Clarity From the Bench

By on 3.7.06 | 8:53AM

Ann Althouse praised John Roberts yesterday regarding FAIR v. Rumsfeld, the Solomon Amendment case:

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