Monthly Archives: March 2007

Should he stay or should he go

Alberto Gonzales takes a double hit today as both the National Review and The Examiner call for his resignation. Both stipulate that there’s been no showing of wrongdoing in connection with the underlying decisions to remove the eight U.S. Attorneys. The argument against Gonzales is that he was either too detached from the process or that he lied in saying how detached he was. If Gonzales lied, he should go. »

Meet Stephen Smith

National Review’s John Miller profiles University of Virginia Law Professor Stephen Smith and dubs him “Fighting Steve.” He’s a remarkable guy and he’s our candidate for Dartmouth’s board of trustees. »

The John Doe Manifesto

Michelle Malkin prefaces “The John Doe Manifesto” with a Note that summarizes events we’ve been tracking: Earlier this month, six publicity-seeking imams filed a federal lawsuit against US Airways and the Metropolitan Airports Commission in Minneapolis/St. Paul. The Muslim clerics were removed from their flight last November and questioned for several hours after their suspicious behavior alarmed both passengers and crew members. Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist Katherine Kersten reported last »

Meet Wladyslaw Bartoszewski

Barbara Dillon Hillas reports on last night’s ceremony at the American embassy in Warsaw recognizing Wladyslaw Bartoszewski with the »

Hillary on track

Tony Blankley expresses my view of the dynamics in the competition for the Democratic Party presidential nomination: With every passing week it becomes more likely that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic Party nominee for president. This thought, alone, should provide the strongest possible motivation to the Bush administration and the Washington Republicans to get their acts together so that the eventual Republican nominee for president doesn’t start the general »


Cox and Forkum seize on yesterday’s Jerusalem Post report as the perfect metaphor: “At least six dead in flooding in Gaza sewage breach.” The Fugs had a song about it: “Wide, wide river.” Ed Sanders, call your office. In its own gentlemanly way, today’s New York Sun editorial notes that Secretary Rice is spewing it too: “Rice’s amnesia.” Via Little Green Footballs. »

To our readers in Iraq

On Tuesday, John McCain was a guest on Wolf Blitzer’s Situation Room. McCain and Blitzer were discussing the war supplemental and then the following dialogue occurred: BLITZER: Here’s what you told Bill Bennett on his radio show on Monday. MCCAIN: Yes. BLITZER: “There are neighborhoods in Baghdad where you and I could walk through those neighborhoods today.” MCCAIN: Yes. BLITZER: “The U.S. is beginning to succeed in Iraq.” You know, »

A Steep Hill to Climb

The Harris Poll that came out today is getting a lot of attention; Harris’s headline says that 50% of U.S. adults would not vote for Hillary Clinton if she ran for President. A huge caveat, though, is in order: while the poll’s sample size was quite large, over 2,000, it was an online poll in which people apparently answered demographic questions about themselves, and then responded to a series of »

Meet Evan Sayet

On March 5 the Heritage Foundation turned its podium over to comedian/commentator Evan Sayet for his talk “How Modern Liberals Think.” I’d never heard of him before, but I’m glad I have now. The video of his talk is 48 minutes long. The talk is brilliant and worth every minute of your time. Thanks to the friend who alerted us to the video, whom I’ll credit by name later if »

Protecting John Doe

Audrey Hudson has filed a breaking news report on the latest developments in Rep. Stevan Pearce’s bill to protect John Does reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement authorities: House Republicans today surprised Democrats with a procedural vote to protect public-transportation passengers from being sued if they report suspicious activity — the first step by lawmakers to protect “John Doe” airline travelers already targeted in a lawsuit by Muslim imams that »

Democrats Resist Effort to Strip Deadline from Appropriations Bill

This afternoon, the Senate voted down an amendment to the supplemental Iraq/Afghanistan appropriations bill that would have deleted the language calling for troop withdrawal from Iraq within 120 days, and complete withdrawal by March 31, 2008. The vote was 50-48, as Ben Nelson and Chuck Hagel voted against the amendment, despite earlier votes against a timetable. John McCain said in Florida that he had to get back to Washington, D.C., »

Save the last dance for me

Last Sunday’s New York Times carried Alan Light’s review of the new biography of Doc Pomus by Alex Halberstadt. Doc was one of the true characters of the Brill Building era of pop songwriting. In the immediate aftermath of his death in 1991, the late New Orleans soul singer Johnny Adams produced a stirring tribute to him in “Johnny Adams Sings Doc Pomus: The Real Me.” Until reading Light’s review, »

It’s Official, We’re Winning

That’s what Blog of the Week–rapidly turning into Blog of the Spring–Jules Crittenden says, anyway: »

Our Deepest Sympathies…

…to Tony Snow and his family, and our hope for a full recovery from the cancer that has now reappeared. Tony is truly one of the world’s nicest people, and an effective spokesman that the administration can ill afford to lose. Get well, Tony! »

Repeal McCain-Feingold

Mark Tapscott marks the fifth anniversary of McCain-Feingold Act with a call for its repeal. Not only does the Act constitute “a frontal assault. . .against the First Amendment’s guarantee of every American’s right to express political opinion without official restraint,” its promises have been unfulfilled. As Mark observes, “The ‘corrupting influence of money in politics’ is as strong as ever and there is no evidence that the law has »

Say it ain’t so, Condi

It’s been a while since we last checked in with columnist Caroline Glick of the Jerusalem Post. Her column today looks at Iran’s seizure of Britain’s sailors and marines, Secretary Rice’s prospective Middle East visit and the feeble Israeli government: “Condi’s embrace of jihadist ‘peace.'” To comment on this post, go here. »

Bob McNaney, problem reporter: A footnote

In “Bop McNaney, problem reporter: A case study,” I wrote about the hit piece by KSTP Eyewitness News reporter Bob McNaney this past Thursday on the investiture ceremony of United Attorney Rachel Paulose. The theme of McNaney’s hit piece was that the event was extravagant, even though it cost only $225. The cost was held down in part by the use of the University of St. Thomas Law School’s atrium »