Archive from January, 2006
31 Jan
2006
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Punting

Governor Tim Kaine will be giving the Dems response to the Prez’s address tonight. That’s right, one month in to his first term Virginian Kaine will be giving the speech seen (though I like many I imagine, don’t intend on having the sound on) by millions of Americans. Could one ask for a better depiction of the dearth of leadership on the issues most important to the American people offered by the opposition party? What will Kaine speak to? Alleviating traffic on the Beltway?One could willingly get sucked into the faux intrigue I suppose: Is this a way for Dems to highlight former Gov and ’08 wannabe Mark Warner? A slight to Hillary? to Kerry? (hey, his fax machine still works from Switzerland) What, exactly, are they up to?
Absolutely nothing. Cindy Sheehan is the face of the Democrats and even they aren’t stupid enough to give her a prime time microphone. They are adrift, a few months from being electorally slammed yet again by a second term President that is the personification of Evil one moment, and too stupid to know which fork is for what the next.
And Mr. Justice Alito will be there, seated with his colleagues on the nation’s highest court tonight. Sweet stuff.

31 Jan
2006
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Re: Goodbye Greenspan

Nick, I know you’ve read The Economist’s take on Alan Greenspan’s legacy, which certainly demystifies the man who was Planet Earth’s economic guru for nearly two decades. I just wanted to post it to give the blog some more background.

Whatever opinions others may hold of him, I don’t believe anyone else could have shepherded America’s economy into this era of globalization as smoothly as Alan Greenspan. We live in a world now where threats to economic stability can pop up at a moment’s notice. Yet at the same time the opening of brave new frontiers of commerce (China and India for example) can offer growth beyond our wildest dreams. Thanks to Greenspan, we’ve been able to lay the ground work to prepare for the uncertain road ahead.

31 Jan
2006
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Goodbye Greenspan:

At midnight tonight Allan Greenspan will officially end his 19-year reign as Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Through both Republican and Democrat administrations he’s done a great job steering us out of recessions and keeping our engine running. If anything, he always gave the markets that psychological comfort that it needs.

LA Times has a great editorial on Greenspan that’s a good read.

31 Jan
2006
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Manufacturing a Cronkite Moment

There’s no dearth of bad news that is reported from Iraq. Many of the field reporters who give us up-to-the-minute updates are never at a loss to report how many Americans were wounded or killed today, or how many IEDs (improvised explosive device) were blown up, or how many Iraqi civilians were killed. We never see any stories about how many bad guys got bagged this past week, or how a new electrical power station or water treatment plant went online. We’re never bothered by those trite little stories about kids going back to school, communities being rebuilt, or the Iraqi economy slowly but surely chugging into motion. In fact, if one didn’t know any better, one would think that Iraq is misery and nothing besides. Only good guys die there, and only everything America touches ever turns to pot. Evil flourishes. It is a black hole.

In fact, that is precisely what CNN foreign correspondent Christiane Amanpour said this week. Amanpour is one of a gaggle of correspondents who have taken to referring to Iraq as a quagmire, a hopeless situation, a cauldron of bloodshed with no end.

Why is it that the men and women doing the actual fighting don’t see it that way? Could it be because these correspondents are getting caught up in the drama? Most likely, yes. Our reporters are movie stars these days. They’re entertainers who wax poetic about the sorry state of affairs, hoping to hit that magic mark that will be recorded for all time, like when Walter Cronkite supposedly single-handedly changed our strategy in Vietnam when he said that the war was unwinable after the Tet Offensive. Of course, the truth was a lot more complicated than that.

And the truth of what is taking place in Iraq is quite underreported. No one ever said it would be easy. No one ever said it would be short. So, why when it turns out to be neither, is the Left so surprised? Could it be because they’re impatient for victory? Or is it because they are impatient for failure? Only they truly know.

31 Jan
2006
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On your way to SotU Watching

Sort of. If you map it a certain way.

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3 West 51st Street
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31 Jan
2006
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Tom Golisano Says No – Cue the Violins

Billionaire entrepreneur and all around political upstart Tom Golisano has decided against chasing after the Republican, Conservative, and Independence party endorsements for NY State Governor in 2006. He ran against George Pataki in ’94, ’98, and ’02, all the while slinging as much mud as he could toward our Governor and the Republican Party.

When Golisano announced back in October that he was considering pursuing the Republican line for Gov, there were many Empire State pachyderms, myself included, who felt that such a move was ill-suited at best. The guy did nothing but trash-mouth Republicans up and down the boards, and then he wants to be taken in by the very same party? People say a lot of things in politics, this is true. But there are ways to do things and ways not to do things.

However, in New York State, nothin’ says lovin’ like the words “self-financed campaign.” So, Golisano was given more attention and respect than he quite frankly deserved. Sure, he has a fat wallet, but it’s only half the size of his ego, and a hundred times larger than his political instinct.

But now that he has bowed out, we have nothing to worry about. Well, almost nothing. There’s still that Eliot Spitzer guy out there. But we’ll work something out.

31 Jan
2006
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It’s Official!

Judge Alito has been confirmed to the Supreme Court by a vote of 58-42.

Four Democrats crossed party lines to give Judge Alito a thumps up: Sens. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Kent Conrad of North Dakota. No surprise there, considering those states have become very conservative voting overwhelmingly for Bush in 2004.

None of those guys want to become the next Tom Daschle.

31 Jan
2006
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Fred Barnes to Speak at February General Meeting

Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of the Weekly Standard and co-host of FNC’s Beltway Boys, will be the featured speaker at the New York Young Republican Club’s February general meeting. Barnes is the author of Rebel in Chief: How George W. Bush Is Redefining the Conservative Movement and Transforming America.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, February 16 at the Union League Club, 38 East 37th Street, New York, NY. The meeting will begin promptly at 7pm. Business attire required

31 Jan
2006
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Oscar Nominations Announced

A brief look at this year’s Oscar nominations helps explain why 2005 was a sub-par year at the box office. There are a couple of gems here and there, but overall it’s a pretty paltry selection of nominees. And for the first time ever, a Star Wars film was not nominated for Best Visual Effects. Doubt I’ll even watch the bloated, overblown, underfunny Academy Awards show knowing that.

31 Jan
2006
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Well at least some Democrats get it:

To the anger of many liberals, an attempt to filibuster the nomination of Judge Alito, led by Ted Kennedy and John Kerry failed miserably as 19 Democrats, including my favorite Joe Lieberman, voted against the filibuster.

Despite Ted Kennedy’s rant about how the future of the world was at stake and that the progression of every group in the country would revert back to the days of the British Empire, a number of Democrats seemed to understand what is really at stake.

Those 19 Democrats were able to understand that though they might not like Judge Alito and probably will vote against him during the up and down vote, President Bush’s overwhelming victory in 2004 was because millions of people, mainly Evangelical Christians, wanted a Republican to pick the next Supreme Court nominee(s). Those Democrats know with the 2006 mid-term election right around the corner, it didn’t make sense to enrage those voters with a filibuster, giving them reason to come out once again in mass against the Democrats. I personally was hoping for the filibuster, to give us the ammunition we need to get the hard right out in November.