It’s Down To This…

…with the Final Four here at last! Yay! Should be two great matchups here.  My predictions: both #1s advance.  My preference is for both #2s, because it’s the only way I’ll win my pool… But my real preference is for two great games.  Here we go, with #1 seed Ohio State vs. #2 seed Georgetown [...]

As Iran Continues To Defy Britain Over The Captured British Troops…

…it may be of interest to you to note that the ‘cold’ conflict with Iran already turned hot, as far back as September 7th of last year, when U.S., Iraqi, and Iranian troops were involved in a firefight that left at least one Iranian and several Iraqis dead.  TIME has the details: The soldiers who [...]

Are Pigs Flying?

The Wall Street Journal editorial board praises…Charlie Rangel??!!?? On trade???!!!??? Believe it: How’s that bipartisan thing going in Washington? Not very well, despite those January promises. But Congress and the White House still have a chance to work together on something important–namely trade. The outcome may hang on who runs trade policy in the House: [...]

Rosie O’Donnell Implicity Accuses The Government Of Involvement In 9/11…

…and Popular Mechanics, a magazine that has been exemplary from day one in exploding 9/11 conspiracy myths, puts her right in her very low place.  First, Rosie: Recently, Rosie O’Donnell, a co-host of ABC talk show The View, made comments on the show that renewed controversy over the collapse of World Trade Center 7. While [...]

Lest I Be Accused…

…of sugarcoating and pimping for a candidate I am undeniably fond of, today wasn’t the best of days for Rudy G. as his relationship with Bernie Kerik took center stage.  Typical of the fairly wide coverage is this piece in the NY Times: Rudolph W. Giuliani told a grand jury that his former chief investigator [...]

The “Hill And Bill” Factor

I love the fact that certain anti-Giuliani forces are trying to make his past marriages an issue when they seem to think Hillary has no problems with her current one.  You can wish in one hand and – ah, you know the rest.  Anyway, Jill Lawrence takes a look: Hillary Rodham Clinton has no more enthusiastic [...]

Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll: Rudy Slips A Bit…

…but holds 16-point edge over McCain, while Thompson outpolls Romney before he even declares…read about it here…

The Russian Bear Is The Fool Of The Animal Kingdom

As there any decency to Russia’s foreign policy? Even a shred? Read along with me: Prime Minister Tony Blair said Thursday that Britain would not negotiate over British sailors and marines held hostage by Iran. In an interview with ITV News, Blair again called for the unconditional return of the 15 Royal Navy personnel who [...]

This Is Why People Distrust Old Media

Perfect example of an MSM storyline: Five-and-a-half years after the September 11 attacks, President George W. Bush’s war on terrorism has emerged as a wasteful, misguided exercise that poses its own threat to U.S. national security, experts say. Experts say? Not SOME experts, but experts? With no qualifier, I’m left to believe that ALL experts [...]

Forbes Endorses Giuliani…

…and joins the campaign as National Co-Chair and Senior Policy Advisor: The Rudy Giuliani Presidential Exploratory Committee today announced that Steve Forbes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Forbes and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes magazine, has endorsed Rudy Giuliani for President of the United States. Mr. Forbes will serve as a National Campaign Co-Chair and Senior [...]

On The Other Hand, We Like Mickey Where He Is

Maybe I should withdraw my suggestion below that Mickey Kaus be considered for the New York Times Public Editor spot.  If he took that job, we wouldn’t get gems like this: “Los Angeles Times Continues Editorial Transformation”! The paper has announced “several editorial changes designed to meet the evolving needs of readers.” The “Current” section, [...]

Calling All Ombudsmen!

Jack Shafer notes the New York Times will soon need a new Public Editor, and is asking for suggestions. Hmmm…let’s see.  How about Michael Kinsley? He’s always struck me as a reasonable voice from the left – or – since Shafer himself opens the doors to bloggers, how about Tom Maguire or Mickey Kaus?…

Senate Bill Is A Porker, Too

Dana Milbank details more vote-buying waste in the Senate’s version of the Iraq Surrender bill: Midway through the Senate debate yesterday over the “emergency” spending bill for Iraq, Barbara Boxer rose to speak in favor — of strawberries. “There’s a song called ‘Strawberry Fields Forever,’ ” the California Democrat declared on the Senate floor, as [...]

Good To See The President Can Still Laugh At Himself…

…after all he’s been through. From this year’s Radio and Television Correspondents’ Dinner: “A year ago my approval rating was in the 30s, my nominee for the Supreme Court had just withdrawn, and my vice president had shot someone,” President Bush said Wednesday night during the annual gathering. “Ah,” he said, “those were the good [...]

A Bleg For An Old Friend

Since you read Decision ’08, you’re undoubtedly all fabulously rich and devastatingly good looking, so you’ll be in a position to help our old friend Academic Elephant.  Even if you’re not (rich and beautiful, that is), considering giving what you can.  RedState wants to send former frequent commenter (hey, we miss you!) AE, now known [...]

Contrast This To The Socialism, Er, ‘Populism’ Espoused By The New Democrats

Here’s our good friend Rudy G. on capitalism: KUDLOW: In your book, “Leadership,” you talk several times about the benefits of a free economy. You talk about capitalism. I want to ask you, do you regard yourself as a free market capitalist? Do you regard yourself as a supply sider? GIULIANI: I regard myself as [...]

Making The Right Enemies

I’ve been very vocal in my praise of Mitch McConnell’s performance in the minority, and this only raises my estimation: A tip for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: The liberal blogosphere wants you out in ’08. They despise your loyalty to President Bush. They loathe your support of his Iraq war plan and your ability [...]

Hillary Breaks Fifty Percent!

The problem is, that’s fifty percent of American who completely rule out voting for her…details here…

I’m Sure You All Heard The Bad News Yesterday…

…but if you didn’t, Tony Snow’s cancer has returned and it has spread. Not what you want to hear, but our prayers and thoughts are with him and his family (and of course, with John and Elizabeth Edwards, as well). Politics and partisanship must stand aside in place of human decency at times like this. [...]

More On The Upcoming Veto

I don’t know what else to call it, since the Senate will apparently keep the withdrawal language, as we discussed below; basically, the Senate and House have voted for a veto. Fair enough, a veto they will get: The Democratic-controlled Senate narrowly signaled support Tuesday for the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq by [...]