The garden gnome will be to 2004 what the pirate was to 2003.
Perle and Frum on Morning Edition
Scary stuff. Richard Perle and David Frum on NPR this morning
with Juan Williams. Some suggestions from Perle and Frum:
- The US should withdraw from the UN
- The US should issue national ID cards
- The PATRIOT Act should be expanded to give the government the power to rescind citizenship from anyone involved with a terrorist group
And for super-duper- holy-crap-that's-fucking-scary-for-Frum-to-say (approx 2:04 in)
Williams: Is President Bush responsible for not selling the case that we have to do more in this war on terror?
Frum: I don't know that anybody could have done more. I mean, he has been eloquent and he has pushed, but he also bumps up against the limits of Presidential power
Woowee, I almost want to get their book to see what extra Presidential powers Frum thinks Bush should have. And nice calling Bush "eloquent"--I bet Frum particularly likes the speeches that he himself wrote.
The TNR Gambit
thinks that the TNR endorsement of Lieberman cements their irrelevance. Clearly, a Dean endorsement is out of the question, but Clark seems like the obvious choice to me.
My feeling is that they want to pick someone who will definitely lose the primary and then hold out for a general election loss by the Democrats. It only works as an "I told you so" moment if they constantly warn that any other choice than theirs has no chance.
This will further two goals of TNR: (1) sabotaging the Dem chances in the general (they are, after all, Republicans) (2) gaining more influence in the Democratic party. The problem with endorsing Clark is that he might win the primary, and then they'd be stuck having to help him, and their fortunes would be tied to his -- if he lost, they'd have to explain why Dean would not have done better.
Now that TNR has endorsed Lieberman, the worst thing that could happen to them is that he actually wins.
No Respect for the Wounded
points to this NPR piece about the solidiers wounded in Iraq
It's gotta drive these people nuts that they're coming home with their legs blown off, expecting to be treated like heroes, and they're just totally ignored.
It's gotta be better than having your face morphed into Osama Bin Laden on your local TV stations like Max Cleland got.
Sorry, but No
I am steadfastly against reinstating Pete Rose. Keeping Rose out of baseball stops player gambling for another 50+ years. He's a marquee player and no one can expect better treatment than him. His permanent ban will be for baseball what the 1919 White Sox ban did and will last until he is forgotten. He put himself before the game, and that cannot be tolerated.
Plus, I don't believe he didn't bet on the Reds, and I don't believe he wouldn't do it again. If either of those turn out to be true, baseball suffers.