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Qualifying Wallace

By on 5.11.06 | 10:28AM

(This was just posted on the main page -- reposting here in case you miss it there.)

At least five of the 15 members American Bar Association qualifications review panel who evaluated the legal background of Mississppi's Michael Wallace, a former legal aide to Sen. Trent Lott, were charter members of the American Constitution Society, the liberal knock-off of the Federalist Society.

The panel has garnered attention in the past 36 hours after rating Wallace, nominated to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, as "unqualified."

"This is a guy who is extremely bright and talented as a legal mind," says a former classmate of Wallace's at the University of Virginia Law School. "He clerked for a Supreme Court justice [Rehnquist]. He's served our nation in positions of responsibility and performed well [Wallace was appointed to head the Legal Services Corp. by President Reagan]. This is not a case of the President nominating some ambulance chaser. This is a highly qualified individual."

USA Today Adopts Yale’s Taliban

By on 5.11.06 | 8:08AM

If former Taliban spokesgoon Sayed Hashemi is tossed out of Yale - where he's trying to upgrade into a degree-granting program - he can probably get a job as an editorial writer at USA Today. That's a fair guess based on their editorial today.

The editorial is a gooey morass of liberal psychobabble, decrying America's lousy diplomacy in the western world. It says -- and I'm not making this up -- that allowing Hashemi to stay at Yale is a "...rare opportunity to promote mutual understanding..." that might be "...torpedoed by shortsighted opposition."

The editorial labels the Taliban regime "bizarre" without adding any other facts or adjectives. Terrorist and murderous come to mind as some essentials USA Today omits. It also apologizes for the unapologetic Hashemi, saying some of his widely publicized remarks were "naive."

The Da Vinci Code & Its Discontents

By on 5.11.06 | 7:45AM

Oh, that cheeky film poster, asking of us that we "Seek The Truth..."

WaPo Newsflash

By on 5.11.06 | 7:39AM

Who knew? "Bush Suffers Erosion in Conservative Base." Oh, and lefty blogs are angry, the economy's chugging along, and terrorism is still a threat. Major newspapers learn -- and report -- something new every day.

A.M. Rosenthal, RIP

By on 5.11.06 | 12:33AM

The New York Times has just reported that Abe Rosenthal died yesterday in Manhattan. He was 84. The story won't tell you that he was its last great editor, its last honest liberal and genuine defender of freedom, standards, and intellectual rigor. He's been missed for years. Now he'll be even more greatly missed.

Judicial Watch

By on 5.10.06 | 6:29PM

Talk about going around the bend. Judicial Watch released the Secret Service visitor logs that it had fought to receive related to the number of visits made to the White House complex by Jack Abramoff.

Turns out Abramoff visited twice. It's important for everyone to remember that while those visits were going on -- all two of them -- Abramoff and his crew of merry influence peddlers were shopping their wares much more often up on Capitol Hill. And they were selling a lot in the offices of Democrats. Two visits to Dems? Hardly.

Now there may be other White House visits, and there may be more to all of this. But the language that Judicial Watch uses to describe the situation is just embarrassing and the kind of overheated, hysterical hype more befitting Howard Dean and It identifies the visits as by "convicted felon" Abramoff. Well, he wasn't a felon when he made the visits.

Fellow Shawn

By on 5.10.06 | 6:16PM

We would be remiss not to mention the events of last evening when our very own Shawn Macomber was awarded a full-time Journalism Fellowship from the Phillips Foundation. He gave a delightful acceptance speech, which incidentally had the audience rolling with laughter and admiration.

Congratulations, Shawn!


By on 5.10.06 | 4:36PM

Wallace received a poorer rating than Brett Kavanaugh, and for the same reason that Kavanaugh has been suffering through delays: his role in the impeachment proceedings of President Bill Clinton.

The Clintons now exert a remarkable amount of influence, particularly during election cycles. The Democrats feel they can attack these Republican nominees with impunity.

NBC Scams Allen

By on 5.10.06 | 4:09PM

Some folks may have seen the NBC report last night about members of Congress using private or corporate jets for travel purposes.

The report almost exclusively attacked Republicans, and particularly targeted Sen. George Allen's use of corporate jets. How did NBC arrive at attacking Allen, particularly when Democrats such as Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Dick Durbin often use corporate facilities for travel?

From what we hear, NBC congressional reporter Lisa Myers picked Allen after she learned that the Senator (who is up for re-election this year) took a corporate jet from Memphis earlier this spring to get back to Washington. In fact, cameras were present at the Memphis airport to film Allen's boarding the plance.

How did Myers know about Allen's travel plans? Because Allen was coming to Washington to attend the Gridiron Dinner.

And who had invited Allen? Why, none other than Myers' boss, Washington Bureau Chief Tim Russert.

Asinine Bar Association

By on 5.10.06 | 4:03PM

The ABA, which stands for the Asinine Bar Association, proves once again that it is no more than a left-wing interest group with no integrity. It has now rated Fifth Circuit Judicial nominee Michael Wallace, unanimously, Not Qualified. This looks like a sick joke. Take a look at this man's resume. If he isn't Qualified, then Bart Starr wasn't a quarterback and Ray Charles wasn't a musician. Somehow, somebody has to clip the ABA's wings -- and SOON.