The Spectacle Blog
Best Israeli source reports that the decision to send in mounted and billy club tough guys at Amona settlement on West Bank was Olmert, acting as a poll reading pol. Olmert sees that he can get no more votes from the right, so he is zipping left to attract the vote that despises the settlements, specially the outpost temp settlements.
Olmert with sweaty palms. Polls show seat count between 33 and 45, and this swing illustrates how the public does not know how to read him
Read Olmert uncertain.
Powerline posits the motivations and sources of information that had Sen. John Rockefeller spluttering over CIA Director Porter Goss's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee today.
Goss did a couple of things today that should have some folks sitting up and paying attention.
First, he outlined in fairly strong language just how damaging the leak of the NSA international eavesdropping program was. It made his job harder, froze ongoing programs and placed American operatives and assets in danger.
Second, by detailing the severity of this leak, he placed in clear context the Valerie Plame case. Only Democrats and former intelligence community members sympathetic to Plame and her husband Joe Whatshisname and antagonistic toward the Bush Administration have claimed damage was done by the release of her name. Rockefeller in particular has made such charges with no evidence to back them up.
McCotter 75 (Boehner guy)
Donald Powell, the Gulf Coast recovery coordinator for the White House, had an op-ed in the Wash Post this morning on the "Baker bill" that would set up a revolving loan fund called the Louisiana Recovery Corporation to help New Orleans and surrounding parishes get back on their feet. There is no nicer way to say it than to say that Mr. Powell is either extremely dim-witted or else duplicitous. Volumes could be written refuting the nonsense in his column, but the upshot of it is this:
Rep. Roy Blunt's staff may be saying he is staying on as House Republican Whip, but don't place a lot of money on that bet just yet. We're hearing that while Blunt wants to keep his leadership post, and many caucus members are saying the right things just an hour after defeat. But it is far from certain that Blunt is the long-term or even mid-term answer to the Whip post.
One of the reasons Blunt failed to gain traction -- and a point we humbly point out we've been making here for some time -- is that the Whip operation has declined badly over the past 18 months. Just how badly was evident yesterday in the deficit-cutting legislative vote.
We should be clear, we've received no indication from our Boehner sources that there is a move afoot to push Blunt out of his post, nor does Boehner as Majority Leader have the stated ability to push Blunt out. But generally what a Majority Leader wants, a Majority Leader gets.
And what a third party who ensured the election of that Majority Leader wants, that third party usually gets. As Drudge says ... Developing ....
Have to disagree with you, SallyVee. This is not "taqiya", which is "precautionary dissimulation." There's no dissimulation here, just a blunt-force attempt to impose Islamist censorship on the media. And I do agree that it's no longer just a "kerfuffle." There are Palestinian terror groups, such as Al-Aqsa "martyrs" brigade, threatening to kill Danes and others if there's no apology by the Danish government.
If this continues, it could build into a watershed for Europe and for us. Just how much censorship of the news, op-eds and editorial cartoons will we stand for? This is an outrage against freedom, and it shouldn't be tolerated in any degree or form.
What happens when there is a revolution in your neighborhod? The mob gets itchy.
Pelosi will need a food taster. Same for Hoyer. And Reid is wise to start shredding his family-documented cooperation with casinos, Indian and non-Indian.
Dave, James: Shadegg's dropping out for second round wasn't unexpected. See the Washington Prowler's account that ran on Monday morning on our main page. It would appear that Boehner and Shadegg had some arrangement... Of course, it's also possible that Shadegg dropped out because he just didn't have the numbers.