The Spectacle Blog

Kaplan Exuent

By on 6.7.06 | 9:36PM

Today's resignation of MSNBC president Rick Kaplan is one of the few facts that has burdened the GE-sponsored cable news network in its past few years. The unremittingly liberal programming -- so laughably biased that many conservatives have boycotted it for years -- has driven its ratings down to Air America levels. Kaplan's departure is the inevitable result of pluperfect liberalism interrupted only by brief glimpses of Monica Crowley and Joe Scarborough.

When will liberals ever learn that pretentious, tendentious, doctrinair programming is as commercially unsustainable as liberal policies are electorally unsupportable?

The ABA’s Liberal Hacks

By on 6.7.06 | 4:59PM

I've been meaning for days to link to a series of superb reports by Ed Whelan outlining the horrible liberal biases of the ABA judicial selection review committee members, but because it would require so many links, I've been too lazy to do it. But now Ed has collected them in one easy-to-access link, so I urge everybody to read closely. It pretty much proves the point Ed (and I and many others) have made repeatedly, including on these pages: that the ABA is owed no deference whatsoever, because it is not a "professional standards" group but rather a left-wing lobby.

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.