The Spectacle Blog
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.
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 MoveOn.org. It identifies the visits as by "convicted felon" Abramoff. Well, he wasn't a felon when he made the visits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I've spent the day with Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, a new operation based in Norfolk. There is much to tell.
Before that tale can be told, I'll be subbing for Hugh Hewitt today (6-9 pm on the Salem Radio Network.) Hope you can listen in.
Florida House Speaker Allan Bense has announced that he will not challenge Rep. Katherine Harris for the GOP Senate nomination. This virtually assures the GOP of a lost opportunity down in Florida.
Harris is a disaster, but fundraising sources we've talk to, who know Bense's thinking in the matter, say that his decision had less to do with the mess that Harris has made of the race against Sen. Bill Nelson, and more to do with Bense's concerns in general about the state of the Republican Party nationally.
Bense's public statement cites family concerns. But we're hearing that Bense was also concerned about the Republican Party's commitment to pushing him over the top, and then challenging a well-financed and well-rested Nelson. "You got the sense that the RNC thought that Allen would run and that they could leave him alone to fight this out successfully," says one source we talked to earlier today. "Coming into the race this late, he would have needed a lot more help. It wasn't clear given all the other things Republicans are trying to do nationally and in other races that he would have gotten the help he needed."