Obama Run Looking More Likely By The Day

I’m on the record as saying it’s too soon, and I stand by that.  Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Tribune says, however, that Obama will go for it: Bottom line: I think Sen. Barack Obama, who is seriously considering a run for president, is going to jump into the 2008 race. I predict the freshman [...]

Why I’m Thankful For A Stubborn President

With all this talk of Iraq Study Group recommendations, and a new Democratic congress with its own ideas, it’s worth remembering that it is the Commander-In-Chief that largely calls the shots, and thank God this president is not going to give any traction to the idea of a larger role for Iran and Syria. Today, ABC [...]

Texas And Tennessee Pickin’ Cotton?

So predicts MSNBC; if so, that would be a nice bowl matchup.  The same analyst has my Red Raiders going to El Paso to play Oregon State in the Sun Bowl…biggest dog of the bowls has to be Oklahoma versus Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl…for a BCS matchup, that’s pretty weak… UPDATE 3:07 p.m.: [...]

My Cup (Of Joy) Runneth Over

The NY Times is reporting that the Huffington Post will soon have ‘original reporting’ on its blog: The Huffington Post, which started about 18 months ago as a political Web site for celebrity bloggers, is preparing to venture into original reporting, with plans to cover Congress and, already, the 2008 presidential campaign. Arianna Huffington, who [...]

Poisoning Scandal Threatening To Turn Into International Incident

If Moscow is shown to be involved with this (and I suspect it is), look out: Britain is monitoring five planes for radiation in an ever widening probe into the poisoning of a former Russian spy that has heightened tensions with Moscow. British Home Secretary John Reid told parliament on Thursday that radioactive traces had been [...]

The Story Of The Day…

…is again Iraq, as the New York Times leads with a story on the Iraq Study Group’s recommendation for a gradual ‘pullback’ of troops: The bipartisan Iraq Study Group reached a consensus on Wednesday on a final report that will call for a gradual pullback of the 15 American combat brigades now in Iraq but [...]

Will On Webb: Define ‘Jackass’

George Will on the new senator-elect from Virginia: That was certainly swift. Washington has a way of quickly acculturating people, especially those who are most susceptible to derangement by the derivative dignity of office. But Jim Webb, Democratic senator-elect from Virginia, has become a pompous poseur and an abuser of the English language before actually [...]

Kerry Tells Non-Botched Joke: Still No Laughs

What a card: Enough with The Joke, John Kerry says. The Massachusetts senator and former Democratic presidential nominee said Wednesday night that it’s time to move on from his botched attempt at humor before the midterm election. Kerry had said young people might get “stuck in Iraq” if they do not study hard and do [...]

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Boundless Anti-Semitism

Whoever Ahmadinejad was aiming his most recent missive towards, it certainly wasn’t the ostensible targets, the American people, because only the most rabid anti-Semites would respond to rhetoric like this: What has blind support for the Zionists by the US administration brought for the American people? It is regrettable that for the US administration, the [...]

Today’s Must-Read: The Hadley Memo

Leaving aside the question, for the moment, of whether there exists anything the New York Times WON’T print (a letter in praise of Bush, perhaps?), I must admit that the leaked Stephen Hadley memo is quite remarkable, and should be considered required reading. A few highlights.  The bad news first: We returned from Iraq convinced [...]

As Bush Meets With Maliki, Sadr Block Boycotts

I’ve been quite harsh (brutally so) with Iraq’s Prime Minister, so let me say that I’m glad to see he withstood this pressure and went ahead with the meeting with Bush: A bloc of Iraqi lawmakers and cabinet ministers allied with militia leader Moqtada al-Sadr launched a boycott of their government duties Wednesday to protest [...]

Bottom Story Of The Day*…

Bill Frist is out: Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist will not run for president in 2008, Republican officials said Wednesday, as the field of White House contenders continued to shrink more than a year before the first convention delegates are chosen. Frist’s formal announcement was expected later in the day. You don’t say…  *As always, [...]

3Q Economic Growth Better Than Forecast…

…but still somewhat anemic: Business growth slowed to a 2.2 percent pace in the late summer, a much better performance than anticipated and an encouraging sign that the housing slump hasn’t been too much of a drag on the economy. The upgraded reading on gross domestic product, released by the Commerce Department Wednesday, was considerably [...]

The Bush Cult? Try The Cult of Greenwald

I didn’t post much on my own blog last night because I was busily engaged in the ultimate exercise in futility: trying to convince Glenn Greenwald’s sycophantic followers that their hero might, in fact, be wrong, as he clearly was when he stated that Nancy Pelosi never considered Alcee Hastings for the chair of the [...]

House Intelligence Chair Will Probably Go To Reyes, Says WaPo

It’s not Harman, but thank God it’s not Hastings: House Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has decided against naming either Rep. Jane Harman (Calif.), the senior Democrat on the House intelligence committee, or Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (Fla.), the panel’s No. 2 Democrat, to chair the pivotal committee next year. The decisions came despite lobbying by [...]

This Is Called Landing On Your Feet

Some guys have all the luck: The O.J. Simpson book debacle seemed like an unmitigated disaster for media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his maverick publisher Judith Regan. In fact, Murdoch’s empire had reaped a financial windfall before the embarrassed mogul cancelled pub­lication of the “If I Did It.” Newsweek has learned that ABC’s Barbara Walters [...]

Headline Of The Day

From CNN: Wesley Clark Wants To Avoid ’04 Mistake In ’08 I take it, then, that he’s not running?…

End Of The Road For Hastings Appointment?

It looks that way; both Congressional Quarterly (via TPMmuckraker) and Fox News have stories suggesting that Alcee Hastings and Nancy Pelosi met today to close the door on his ill-starred bid to chair the House Intelligence Committee.  If so, then let me just say well done to Pelosi.  This was a big early test of her leadership, and it [...]

Our New ‘Allies’

There is no more dangerous idea in the air right now than the notion that we must bring Syria and Iran into our planning for Iraq.  Three stories today illustrate the folly of this notion.  First, take heed of what the Iranian Supreme Leader had to say about Iraq: Iran’s supreme leader on Tuesday blamed the [...]

Olive Branch Extended – Then Spat Upon

The L.A. Times calls on Hamas to ‘get real’: WHETHER THE impetus was a shaky cease-fire in the Gaza Strip or President Bush’s visit to the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday unexpectedly extended an olive branch to the Palestinians. If the Palestinian Authority — including the Islamic party Hamas — doesn’t [...]