NY Times Op-Ed Contributor:
Putting faith before politics. “Why might such an idea get traction among evangelicals? [snip] Evangelicals are beginning to see the effect of their political involvement on those with whom they hope to share Jesus’ eternal message: non-evangelicals. Tellingly, Beliefnet’s poll showed that nearly 60 percent of non-evangelicals have a more negative view of Jesus because of Christian political involvement; almost 40 percent believe that George W. Bush’s faith has had a negative impact on his presidency.” My italics.
The NY Times Editorial Page
Later: WaPo, Novak, Pelosi’s first mistake.
NY Times Politics:
After Win, Democrats Revert to Finger-Pointing. Beware national media making local judgments. Last paragraph, make no mistake. It was Madrid’s debate performance against Wilson, not Kerry’s comment. Wilson cleverly responded immediately after the debate by using Madrid’s performance in ads shortly before the election, and Madrid made no ad counter-campaign. Overconfidence? Lack of money? We’ll probably never know. In my view, Madrid simply was not fast enough with counter-ads in the brutal and negative campaign. Albuquerque’s a military town (Kirtland AFB shares the Sunport’s runways), but from everyone I’ve talked to, the widely-broadcast ads of Madrid’s hesitancy and dour presence at the podium rebuffed support. Wilson filled the vacuum. Barely.
SF New Mexican:
‘Divine Strake’ will explode in Nevada, not in NM.
SF New Mexican:
Wilson’s lead narrows, county still counts provisional ballots. Water-drop torture, this.
SF New Mexican:
Residents question checkpoint project. Los Alamos gets more secure. And, incidentally, seems to echo my analysis of the other day ... a truck bomb is the real threat, a car can’t hold enough explosive to be truly effective at building destruction.
NY Times Military Analysis:
Get Out of Iraq Now? Not So Fast, Experts Say. If we withdraw from Iraq on the Democratic Congress’ recommend and violence flares or ‘democracy’ fails ... more than just 2008 is lost. Some facts and figures from the BBC.
Does the presence of occupying troops inflame rather than pacify? Hussein was a military dictator, after all, and ruled in this fashion. How much democracy can you have, with armored vehicles still tooling about? Democracy has to be embraced, desired by the populace. But not at the end of a gun. That is all too familiar to the Iraqis ... isn’t it?
One hell of a gamble to have to contemplate.
An excerpt from David Kuo’s new book, “Tempting Faith.”
The Left complains of Gates and his Iran-Contra links. The Right complains of Murtha and his Abscam links. How about, in the interest of moral consistency, dump both and move on? Just a thought.
NY Times Opinion:
Sit Down and Legislate for a While. Freshmen Senators should really be barred from running for President (unless they have other significant political experience). Otherwise, they just waste ink on ballots, and effort in the polling places.
“I had rather be right than be President.”
- Henry Clay, esteemed Representative and Senator, both.
On Afghanistan, “In Kabul many remember the years of the Communist strongman President Najibullah with open nostalgia.”
In Iraq, “The prime minister is constantly under attack from Shia radicals who have no interest in pleasing either the Sunnis or the Americans, and even now worry that Mr Hussein’s Baath party is planning a comeback.”
More charges against B2 bomber designer accused of spying. Looks like Administrations and their ‘security’ don’t matter, China [and others] will continue to mine our military technology. China sells tech to Pakistan, who will sell it to ... ?
Gates reopens old wounds in Washington. Pragmatic as he may be, I don’t trust him. Not when hired by this Administration.
Watch it before it’s gone.
I had mentioned this Richardson advertisement during election season, but couldn’t find it on the ‘net. Here it is, in all its glory.
Noone in NM can pass the dairy aisle without uttering those famous words.
wishes the Democrats had run on a platform with specifics.
Republicans look back to Reagan era for inspiration. They’re getting confused between the Contract with America agenda, and the Reagan agenda. Here’s a look at the Reagan ‘limited government’ ... which is just what they were already giving us, just not as steep an increase. So please, don’t say you’re going ‘back to the Reagan agenda.’ Bring your party’s fiscal conservatism back ... not that anyone will trust you to perform such if you do attain office. You have to earn our respect this time around. “Won’t get fooled again”, to echo Mr Bush.
Wall Street Journal:
Redistricting: Home to Roost. If you maximize your supporters’ effectiveness ... don’t ignore your base.
Muted Tones Of Quiet Authority: A Look Suited To the Speaker. Armani, always a good choice. Before the more conservative of you jump to conclusions, remember that Brooks Brothers is probably not yet a women’s fashion choice for one in authority.
Then again, that suit might cause the insurgents in Iraq to surrender ...
Only a Minor Earthquake. Hey, I think Mr Krauthammer is onto something here.
Listen to this:
“The fact that the Democrats crossed midfield does not make this election a great anti-conservative swing. Republican losses included a massacre of moderate Republicans in the Northeast and Midwest. And Democratic gains included the addition of many conservative Democrats, brilliantly recruited by Rep. Rahm Emanuel with classic Clintonian triangulation. Hence Heath Shuler of North Carolina, antiabortion, pro-gun, anti-tax—and now a Democratic House member. The result is that both parties have moved to the right. The Republicans have shed the last vestiges of their centrist past, the Rockefeller Republicans. And the Democrats have widened their tent to bring in a new crop of blue-dog conservatives.”
My italics. Do you get what I’m pointing at? The Republicans are too extreme right for the populace. The Dems are not yet center enough, but closer than the extreme right. The minority of “Blue Dogs” are approaching the new ‘center’ that the country desires. Whoever gets there first, wins 2008. In a ‘best’ strategy for ‘08, the new majority should be ‘letting the Dogs out’ in the new Congress. Any perception of bait-and-switch, electing Blue Dogs and getting far Left agendas, will lose us ‘08.
Better Pelosi purchase a long leash for her doggies, and not leave ‘em locked up in the House.
NY Times Middle East:
Focused on the job, not on politics. What better way to say “Happy 231st Birthday” to the Marine Corps, than to dump an stiffnecked Secretary of Defense? The Continental Congress created them on November 10, 1775. If you’re up there listening, Dad, “Semper Fi.”
Removal of Rumsfeld Dates Back to Summer. One can hope that in spite of hysterical webloggers, history writes truthfully that it was the Bush Administration, and not Democrats, who disposed of Rumsfeld. The choice of Gates seemed long premeditated. Nice that Mr Gates says he’s talk to ‘moderate Republicans’, but what about the other 9/10 of the country’s leaders?
Addendum: Thought about it, changed that fraction above from 2/3 to 9/10. I mean, how many moderate Republicans could there be in the 109th?
Related: Bipartisanship on hold. Remember who laid the first shot over the bow of the new Democratic Congress.
SF New Mexican:
Wilson declares victory in tight House race. If you read the comments, it gets rather ugly. Clear that Madrid’s debate performance hurt her, and her subsequent inability to counter that swiftly in any effective manner with PR. Net-net, we get the short female version of Jimmy Stewart for two more years [her manner of speech brought this to mind]. With a Democratic majority, she’ll be of less use to us than a Dem would have been ... no matter how brashly optimistic she pretends to be.
Just like old times: realists from the first Bush era return to power. Shoulda listened to Daddy, Junior.
London Review of Books:
The Least Accountable Regime in the Middle East. Not a book review, more of a historical comment.
Meet the Blue Dogs: pro-gun, anti-abortion - and Democrat. Democrats have enlarged their ‘tent’ more than the Republicans have, and ‘ideological block votes’ don’t come naturally to this party. Passing legislation may not be the breeze we all believe. The two independent senators will find themselves wooed and pursued like Scarlett O’Hara at her daddy’s plantation.
Thinking further, the Republicans have to change their spots now, too. Not being mentioned in election coverage is the large number of Republicans who crossed party to vote Democrat, in addition to the wide numbers of independents who ignored the GOP. The GOP has to encourage the moderates back into their tent, or they will stay out of power indefinitely. Historically, all elections are won by capturing the center. This election was no different. No more ‘moonbats’ or ‘idiotarians’ ... the ‘94 Gingrich ideological lockstep trick worked once, never again. Talk radio characterizes the Democratic Party as being unrecoverably extreme ... but America knows the blue tent has more moderates. The election proves it.
The traditional right-wing outlets have lost their connection to the people, their power. Even Rush admits, on his site, that he’s been gilding the lily (unrepentantly, of course) for the 109th. They will regain power as opposition, their favored strategic position. Many are gleeful at the new invigoration. But broadcasting contrarianism day in, day out ... it doesn’t win you the center.