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A couple Tony Snow related thoughts

1) The tightrope being walked between “the new press secretary was critical of Bush!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” and “Fox News is full of Bush lapdogs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” is really quite interesting to watch.
2) Keith Olbermann is an arrogant prick. He’s like Bill O’Reilly only he likes to pretend its not political and he thinks he’s funny. I figure at some point Olbermann got a dictionary where the definition for “condescension” was mislabeled as “humor”.

Is it 2008 yet?

My votin’ finger’s just itching to press the button next to the words “Newt Gingrich”.

If you think the national Democratic Party’s dysfunctional…

You should take a gander at the Ohio Democratic Party…

Paul Hackett, an Iraq war veteran and popular Democratic candidate in Ohio’s closely watched Senate contest, said Monday that he was dropping out of the race and leaving politics altogether as a result of pressure from party leaders.

“This is an extremely disappointing decision that I feel has been forced on me,” said Hackett, whose announcement comes two days before the state’s filing deadline for candidates. He said he was outraged to learn that party leaders were calling his donors and asking them to stop giving and said he would not enter the 2nd District congressional race.
“For me, this is a second betrayal,” Hackett, 43, said. “First, my government misused and mismanaged the military in Iraq, and now my own party is afraid to support candidates like me.”
DDN

And on that note….

Would it be too much to ask for sanity in the debate over these secret wiretaps? From the uproar you’d think it was Harry Reid, Michael Moore and Al Franken who were being surveilled and not people with suspected terrorist ties who are communicating internationally.

1984

What would civil libertarians, or those finding it politically expedient to don the civil libertarian mantle, have done if Orwell had never written 1984?
They might have had to actually think of a reasoned argument when the question of civil liberties was raised rather than just reflexively running through the town square screaming “BIG BROTHER, BIG BROTHER, BIG BROTHER!!!!!!!!!
A similar post could be written about the Ben Franklin “those who would give up freedom for security deserve neither” quote.

Schmidt beats Hackett in the 2nd CD

52-48
Yes, let’s all pretend that this is a good sign for the Democrats, that it shows they have a shot in Southwest Ohio and are strong nationally. Let’s pretend this is a portent of the Republican party’s downfall. Never mind that this was the perfect storm for them and they still failed. They had a Republican opponent with very little name recognition, an unenergized Republican base, strong support from the national party thanks to it being the only race in the country and a Democratic candidate doing his very best to hide his Democratic tendencies and present himself as a Republican… and they still failed.
(None of this is meant to take away from Hackett… he was the best candidate the Dems could put up there and he ran the best campaign he could. He just couldn’t win.)
Yeah, yeah, the Democrats’ defeat is all because of the racists and the bigots and the homophobes and the misogynists… blah, blah, blah… Is it any wonder the Dems keep losing when so many of them can’t cotton to the idea that reasonable people can oppose them and not be stupid, racist, red-necked bigots?

Whether meant that way or not, this is good satire.

A man has submitted a request to start the process to take Justice Souter’s home by eminent domain and build a hotel on the site.

It seems banning guns wasn’t enough.

Doctors in Britain now want to ban pointed kitchen knives. Because apparently pointed knives are used in most stabbings.
You’re never going to be able to eliminate murder. So long as somebody has the inclination to commit it they’re going to be able to find a way. People were killing each other well before pointed kitchen knives came along and people’ll keep on killing each other if they get rid of them.

The real convergence of TV and politics

What do you get when you try to blog while watching both 24 and political news updates?

UPDATE: Senator John McCain (R – Arizona) has terrorist mastermind Habib Marwan in a headlock. Wait, this is getting confusing.
UPDATE: Foxy terrorist chick was bluffing. She intends to push through a vote on parliamentary procedure after all. Harry Reid (D – Nevada) just flipped open his cell phone.

UPDATE: Edgar and Chloe were able to triangulate the constitutional position of judicial nominee Janice Rogers Brown, and she was shot down over Los Angeles at the last second.
Spacetropic

Silly Republicans trying to be more bipartisan…

“What [the Republicans are] trying to do is distract,” [Minority Leader Pelosi’s spokeswoman Jennifer Crider] said. “They’re choosing to pass legislation that is bipartisan.”
Washington Times