The Spectacle Blog

Of Starr and Ashcroft

By on 6.1.06 | 6:32PM

At the White House today to see young Brett Kavanaugh be sworn in as the newest federal appellate judge, in this case the important DC Circuit Court of Appeals, I had the chance to speak to a number of the stars of the conservative legal firmament, and was reminded again just what good and decent people we have on our side -- starting with a real Starr, former judge and independent counsel Kenneth Starr. What a warm and gracious gentleman he is! The media caricature of him as a modern-day Grand Inquisitor is so far off the mark, so almost-criminally unfair and removed from reality, as to condemn that caricature's purveyors (if there is any justice) to at least severe danger of long-term residence in one of the realms (or circles) about which Dante wrote. The truth is that Judge Starr is a great American who took on a very tough job and did his duty with honor and care. Sure, critics can carp that he did not always handle the political side well in what became a sickeningly politicized investigation -- politicized, mind you, not by Starr but by his critics.

O’Reilly Factor tonite: The Haditha Story

By on 6.1.06 | 12:52PM

The military is handling the Haditha incident in precisely the right way. Though the Pentagon can't speak about the investigation, the media wants to corner it in a "damned if it does, and damned if it doesn't" position. (see my column in RealClearPolitics today).

I'll be on the O'Reilly Factor tonight about 8:30 or 8:40 to talk about Haditha. Hope you can catch it.

Still a Good Catholic School or Two

By on 6.1.06 | 9:12AM

Despite Notre Dame's apparent retreat from its Catholic identity with Fr. Jenkins's decision this spring to allow the Vagina Monologues, a committed core is still carrying the torch for distinctly Catholic education. Icarus Fallen has more.

Staying Home This November?

By on 5.31.06 | 10:26PM

Some conservative bloggers and many of our readers have suggested that they will stay home from the polls this November as retribution for the Republicans' shameful showing in Congress.

As an apparent answer to that argument, the guys at RedState took a look at who would chair Congressional committees if Democrats were in charge. It is enough to make you vote for Mike DeWine.

That said, I think some very smart people on the right are falling into the trap of looking at these local and state elections through such a national lens. Yes, national events and Congressional actions impact those races. But ultimately, what will matter, is how your guy voted. Urging Republicans to hit the polls or stay home is largely futile -- if they have a good candidate, who well represents his district, they will turn out. If he is a RINO representing St. George, Utah, he will be sent packing.

Radioactive Champagne?

By on 5.31.06 | 10:09PM

According to this report in the FT, the French region of Champagne may be threatened by groundwater containing nuclear waste. Champagne, according to Churchill, is bottled sunshine. Maybe it'll glow in the dark.

Knock Yourself Out, Mr. President

By on 5.31.06 | 5:48PM

Hastert Hits Milestone

By on 5.31.06 | 5:17PM

When I wrote today's column, I did not realize that tomorrow, Thursday, Hastert becomes the longest-serving Republican Speaker of the House in history. More reason for him, after tomorrow, to rest on his laurels and announce that this will be his last term -- not in Congress, but as Speaker.

Bring in the Right Hander

By on 5.31.06 | 4:13PM

The CNBC just called the bull pen to talk about the new initiative to talk the Iranians out of their nuke program. Sigh. See ya on "On the Money" tonight about 1900. Should be another slugfest.

Paulson’s Chilly Reception

By on 5.31.06 | 1:59PM

Between Henry Paulson's chairmanship of the Nature Conservancy, his wife's financial support for Democrats, and his donations to Bill Clinton, Chuck Schumer and Emily's List, some conservatives are finding plenty disappointment in his nomination.

Back to Eminent Domain Abuse

By on 5.31.06 | 1:12PM

Pejman at Red State does us all a service by keeping alive the discussion about the horrible Kelo case that amounted to such an abuse of the power of eminent domain, so that now, apparently, private land can be seized by the government for other private, not public, use. One addendum to the wisdom in Pejman's blog post: Eminent domain abuse is one of the primary reasons why, if Republicans want to fight on judges, they won't please merely the conservative "base" but also will win over lots of converts from voters in the middle.

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