Spot-on advice for the UAW: “Consider how a lower-paying job beats no job at all.”
Is it a “sharp move” for Ken Blackwell to ride to the defense of Chip Saltsman or does it simultaneously encourage the worst paranoid tendencies within the GOP base and highlight the perception that the RNC is “out to lunch”? Jim Geraghty tries his level best to explain the matter to those who seem puzzled that anyone could be offended by the “Barack the Magic Negro” CD.
Charlie Crist, hailing from a state where Republicans still win some elections, explains via Jim Greer why Republicans shouldn’t offend minorities.
But Saltsman keeps digging. Yeah, it’s all the liberal media’s fault. Just like McCain’s campaign manager said. Oh, well, I guess that didn’t work out so well either. (Others don’t think much of this tactic.)
This report seems to think Saltsman got a bump from the incident, but then the reporter cannot find more than a handful of people who came to Saltsman’s defense. Then it is incorrectly stated that Michael Steele offered no comment on the incident. In other words, the usual probing coverage one has come to expect of the MSM.
Some people seem to care an awful lot about the number and types of meetings the RNC is having before selecting its chairman. When your party is obsessed with such trivialities, it’s a good sign that things aren’t going well.
Did Hamas misjudge Israel? It is hard to tell — bringing on the slaughter and suffering of their own people is a tried-and-true tactic.
Bret Stephens sums up: “Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert likes to point out that no Hizballah rockets have fallen on Israeli soil since August 2006 — never mind that Hizballah is both politically and militarily more powerful today than it was before the war. A similar outcome in Gaza would be equally disastrous. This is not a counsel of restraint, of which Israel has shown more than enough through years of provocation. It is merely to point out that no ingenious conceit can disguise the fact that war offers no outcome other than victory or defeat.”
I’m not sure the juxaposition of scenes of the President-elect playing golf and the raging war is a good one for him. Granted, he is not yet President, but it does bring back memories of the Russian invasion of Georgia, when he also was on vacation. And also seemed to be hiding from the media to avoid comment on world events.
Grover Norquist nails the problem (or one of them) with the zillion dollar stimulus plan: “There have been demands by some Democrats that Congress pass the $750 Billion Bailout (it grows by the day) ‘right now’–as soon as the new Congress convenes. This sounds suspiciously like aluminum-siding salesmen that want to you buy now–don’t bother to read the fine print–sign now. It’s a good deal. This Democratic Congress was elected in 2006 swearing to stop the earmark racket. Stringing 1100 earmarks together and calling this money chain a ‘Bailout’ changes nothing.”
This update on Coleman-Franken tussling doesn’t sound like we’re headed for a quick, amicable resolution.
You didn’t think the Bush administration could do more damage in fostering bailout mania? Think again. Another $6B for the car companies.
Sen. Mitch McConnell wants to know where all the stimulus money is going. A good starting point: “We should have a simple test: will the yet-unwritten, reportedly trillion-dollar spending bill really create jobs and grow the economy — or will it simply create more government spending, more bureaucrats and deeper deficits?”
The New York Times eggs on President-elect Obama to push for “card check” legislation (the Orwellian-named Employee Free Choice Act). I’m sure the Republican base would be delighted to have a knock-down-drag-out fight that derails any hope of bipartisan cooperation. Somehow I doubt the Obama administration is going to fall for this, but we’ll see just how indebted the Democratic party is to Big Labor.
Indeed, this suggests the Employee Free Choice Act may be on the back burner for now.