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Posts For: June 19, 2009

Flotsam and Jetsam

Michael Goldfarb makes an excellent point: “All the pictures show protesters holding signs in…English. To what end? Why would they want to galvanize support for their movement in the outside world if the only thing they want from the outside world is silence?”

James Taranto asks whether we are all — minus the president – neocons now. Well, when Stephen Hayes  sounds like Marty Peretz, who sounds like Charles Krauthammer, who sounds like David Ignatius, who sounds like Paul Wolfowitz,  who sounds like Congressmen Howard Berman and Mike Pence then perhaps we are. And interestingly, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden want it to be known they don’t agree with Obama’s stance.

And  Congress may choose to distance itself from the president’s moral equivocation: “The House will vote Friday on a bipartisan resolution expressing support for Iranian protesters who have been subject to violence in the days following that country’s presidential election. House Foreign Affairs Chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.) introduced a resolution on Thursday condemning the violence against the protesters, the suppression of independent electronic communication — like cell phones — within the country, and affirming “the universality of individual rights.”

Trying to prepare for the confirmation hearing for Sonia Sotomayor, Senators Leahy and Sessions press the liberal civil rights group PRLDEF (for which Sotomayor actively worked and served in executive leadership roles for 12 years) for documents. You don’t think they are dragging their feet, do you?

Meanwhile, Judicial Watch puts out a report on PRLDEF and its agenda, which is devoted to identity politics and quotas. One can see then why they might drag their feet in responding to the Senate’s requests for documents.

Card check seems to have lost Sen. Jim Webb. BNA (subscription requires) reports: “Webb would not support a cloture vote, according to a Webb aide. ‘I can tell you that he doesn’t believe this is the appropriate time to introduce this legislation or to be debating it,’ the aide said. ‘He’s always been a strong supporter of the right to collective bargaining, but as written, he would look towards improving the legislation in a way to make it more fair and equitable.’”

Michael Kinsley doesn’t think any better of Sotomayor’s excuses for belonging to an all-woman’s club than I do.

Darwin would be proud: Kirsten Gillibrand continues to “evolve” — on guns and gay rights.

Cliff May details the efforts of the New York Times and The American Prospect to slander him as “anti-Muslim.” But then we live in a time when the head of the CIA accuses the former vice president of the United States of hoping for a terror attack on America. It’s all about de-legitimizing the administration’s critics.

From the “governing is hard” file: “Even as House Democrats started reaching out to Republicans to back a climate change bill, they faced a regional divide between some Midwest and Northwest Caucus members over the allocation of electricity credits. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) has been passing out maps contending that most states would lose out under the cap-and-trade bill crafted by Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Energy and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Ed Markey (D-Mass.). Other Democrats, including Rep. Tim Walz (Minn.), have been trying to negotiate changes to the bill to diminish the regional disparities.”

And another one: “The House’s two most conservative caucuses, the Blue Dogs and New Democrats, are banding together to come up with shared principles on healthcare and counter a process many see skewing to the left.The two groups, which combined have 131 members — more than half the House Democratic Caucus — have been holding meetings to see where they can agree on a healthcare plan. . . .’You have a bunch of crazy liberal chairs and their crazy liberal staffers, and they want to lay down a marker,’ said a senior Democratic aide.” And that’s what a Democratic aide has to say.

Good to know: “Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he has ordered additional protections for Hawaii just in case North Korea launches a long-range missile over the Pacific Ocean.” What about missile defense for the rest of the country and our allies?

Michael Goldfarb makes an excellent point: “All the pictures show protesters holding signs in…English. To what end? Why would they want to galvanize support for their movement in the outside world if the only thing they want from the outside world is silence?”

James Taranto asks whether we are all — minus the president – neocons now. Well, when Stephen Hayes  sounds like Marty Peretz, who sounds like Charles Krauthammer, who sounds like David Ignatius, who sounds like Paul Wolfowitz,  who sounds like Congressmen Howard Berman and Mike Pence then perhaps we are. And interestingly, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden want it to be known they don’t agree with Obama’s stance.

And  Congress may choose to distance itself from the president’s moral equivocation: “The House will vote Friday on a bipartisan resolution expressing support for Iranian protesters who have been subject to violence in the days following that country’s presidential election. House Foreign Affairs Chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.) introduced a resolution on Thursday condemning the violence against the protesters, the suppression of independent electronic communication — like cell phones — within the country, and affirming “the universality of individual rights.”

Trying to prepare for the confirmation hearing for Sonia Sotomayor, Senators Leahy and Sessions press the liberal civil rights group PRLDEF (for which Sotomayor actively worked and served in executive leadership roles for 12 years) for documents. You don’t think they are dragging their feet, do you?

Meanwhile, Judicial Watch puts out a report on PRLDEF and its agenda, which is devoted to identity politics and quotas. One can see then why they might drag their feet in responding to the Senate’s requests for documents.

Card check seems to have lost Sen. Jim Webb. BNA (subscription requires) reports: “Webb would not support a cloture vote, according to a Webb aide. ‘I can tell you that he doesn’t believe this is the appropriate time to introduce this legislation or to be debating it,’ the aide said. ‘He’s always been a strong supporter of the right to collective bargaining, but as written, he would look towards improving the legislation in a way to make it more fair and equitable.’”

Michael Kinsley doesn’t think any better of Sotomayor’s excuses for belonging to an all-woman’s club than I do.

Darwin would be proud: Kirsten Gillibrand continues to “evolve” — on guns and gay rights.

Cliff May details the efforts of the New York Times and The American Prospect to slander him as “anti-Muslim.” But then we live in a time when the head of the CIA accuses the former vice president of the United States of hoping for a terror attack on America. It’s all about de-legitimizing the administration’s critics.

From the “governing is hard” file: “Even as House Democrats started reaching out to Republicans to back a climate change bill, they faced a regional divide between some Midwest and Northwest Caucus members over the allocation of electricity credits. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) has been passing out maps contending that most states would lose out under the cap-and-trade bill crafted by Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Energy and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Ed Markey (D-Mass.). Other Democrats, including Rep. Tim Walz (Minn.), have been trying to negotiate changes to the bill to diminish the regional disparities.”

And another one: “The House’s two most conservative caucuses, the Blue Dogs and New Democrats, are banding together to come up with shared principles on healthcare and counter a process many see skewing to the left.The two groups, which combined have 131 members — more than half the House Democratic Caucus — have been holding meetings to see where they can agree on a healthcare plan. . . .’You have a bunch of crazy liberal chairs and their crazy liberal staffers, and they want to lay down a marker,’ said a senior Democratic aide.” And that’s what a Democratic aide has to say.

Good to know: “Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he has ordered additional protections for Hawaii just in case North Korea launches a long-range missile over the Pacific Ocean.” What about missile defense for the rest of the country and our allies?

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