It’s usually not good to be known as a “one-trick pony.” And a recent offering proves that New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has become just that. He’s finally ridden his lone pony off into the sunset while chanting his mantra: “Everything is Bush’s fault.”
Add now the name Janice Brown to the lengthening list: Miguel Estrada, Priscilla Owen, William Pryor, Charles Pickering, Claude Allen, Carolyn Kuhl, Henry Saad.
Senator Charles Schumer went on television on October 22nd to announce that he was prepared to urge his fellow Democrats to filibuster, in order to prevent a Senate vote on the nomination of California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown to become a federal judge on the Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington.
No, no, this isn't prelude to an apology for being the earliest and biggest popularizer of the Simpsons' nom de French: "cheese-eating surrender monkeys." Rather, what I was wrong about is that the French are even worse than I thought.
President George W. Bush traveled through the Pacific Rim nations this week, trying to build support for measures to protect us from radical terrorists. While he was gone, legislators in Washington, D.C., and Tallahassee, Fla., acted to protect the most fragile of lives from those intent on taking them.
On the same day The New York Times reported that the Senate had approved a federal ban on "partial birth" abortions, the paper carried a full-page ad in support of the federal ban on "assault weapons."
In an emerging scandal, NBC News has produced tapes proving beyond deniability that the new deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence is ... a Christian. Lt. Gen. William G. "Jerry" Boykin has been captured on a series of grainy tapes, attesting to his faith at churches and prayer breakfasts.
Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin, deputy undersecretary of Defense for intelligence, ignited an international firestorm. Addressing a religious group in June 2003, Boykin said radical Muslims hate us 'because we're a Christian nation, because our foundation and our roots are Judeo-Christian . . . and the enemy is a guy called Satan.'
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has refused to stay executions for those judged guilty of capital murder, has stepped into a political and moral controversy involving an invalid whose parents want her to live and the woman's husband who wants to let her die.
It's clear that one of the major news stories of the generation is the developing schism within the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Nearly every treasury secretary since George Shultz (1972-'74), with the notable exception of Robert Rubin, has made some effort to negotiate or talk the dollar down. This was always due to misplaced anxiety about trade deficits and misplaced confidence on a weaker dollar as a means of fixing that phony problem.
Republican strategists no longer consider California so clearly Democratic that it will end up as a "red" state only in the unlikely event of a re-election landslide by the president. On the contrary, Bush may need California's 55 electoral votes to eke out a second term win.
The Texas State Board of Education will decide early next month whether to require textbooks to include a pinch of criticism in their pages of pro-evolution teaching. But many journalists feel no need to balance Darwinian theory with Intelligent Design perspective, since they see the latter as educational arson.
Some economic research services have stirred up the worry pot over recently sluggish money-supply growth. As the logic goes, the money slowdown reflects a liquidity shortfall from the Federal Reserve that could slow both the stock market and economic growth.
The lynch mob atmosphere that has prevailed during confirmation hearings for judges who believe in upholding the Constitution is already in evidence among the special interest groups who are more concerned with their own political agendas than with anything as abstract as the rule of law.
The dismal performance of black students translates into at least two devastating consequences. First, glaring racial double standards are needed if more than a handful of black students are to attend the nation's most prestigious universities. Second, if one hasn't mastered high school pre-calculus, high-paying careers such as engineering, medicine and computer technology are hermetically sealed for life.
National Public Radio is properly understood, even by the media, as radio by and for liberals, not the general public. As Washington Post media reporter Howard Kurtz puts it, the media landscape stretches "from those who cheer Fox to those who swear by NPR."
What seemed like exotic hocus-pocus to the elder George Bush was the idea that if you cut taxes, people might work more, and hence earn more, which would then result in higher tax revenues. I never understood why Bush thought this was akin to Haitian head-shrinking and black magic.
While his critics concede that he has a right to express his religious views, they argue that his expressed opinions of the Islamic and Christian religions make him unfit to perform his duties of helping to lead in the war on terrorism. I am inclined to believe that he is splendidly fit for such combat, and I thank God that we have such a man as General Boykin in our midst.
If the state of Florida had not acted, Terri Schiavo would soon be dead. She would have died because liberal secularists value death over life.
The Left regards American nationalism as dangerous, is more comfortable celebrating world citizenship and prefers that America follow the lead of international organizations such as the United Nations.
Is there hope for Wesley Clark to rescue the Democrats from likely disaster in the 2004 presidential contest? Only if he runs to his nearest bookstore before he digs himself a hole just as deep as the one his Democratic opponents are stuck in.
U.S. Rep. Peter Deutsch is awfully proud of his Florida Marlins, so much so that he has stepped onto the floor of the House to observe that at the beginning of the 2003 baseball season his team was not expected to be a factor in the postseason, let alone batting against the New York Yankees in the World Series.
Even though it represents only a very small part of the total revenue loss from the 2001 and 2003 tax bills -- and isn't really repealed, anyway, since it comes back in 2011 after disappearing for just one year -- left-wing activists have focused inordinate attention on the estate tax.
The problem with the antiwar elite -- and by that I mean most of the Democratic presidential candidates and their assorted liberal "wise men" -- is that political attacks on the president's war on Islamic terrorism won't always be enough to satisfy them.
Today it is just 51 months until the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary -- the 2008 caucuses and primary -- and some Republicans are looking to the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains for a possible candidate to become the 44th president.
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