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Observations from the Cheap Seats

  • It appears that my prediction last week, in Specter Worth Is Not Proved, that Arlen Specter will be viewed as poorly by the Democrats, as he was the Republicans, is coming true.  Not only did Specter vote against the Administration in his first two votes as a Democrat Republican Democrat, he is now being vilified by Democrat blogs for his unprincipled moderation.  Shazzam!! Pigs do fly – I agree with the left-wing blogosphere about something.
  • Is it just me or is it more than a touch ironic that the man, who gave us the Single Bullet Theory, also gave us “Not Proved?”
  • With all due respect to our fearless leader, Mr. Erickson, I disagree with the summary conclusion that those who found fault with Jeb Bush’s recent statements regarding the Reagan administration and future GOP direction were completely off base.  If it’s possible, perhaps, the criticism and the counter-criticism both miss the point.  What makes Jeb Bush’s comments suspect is not the substance of what was said – I would agree that there were elements of his speech which are not inherently disagreeable – but the window dressing which accompanied the comments, in particular, John McCain.  I believe John McCain to be an American hero and I revile those who minimize his bravery and that of his fellow servicemen in circumstances we can’t begin to understand, but the fact that John McCain is a great American doesn’t make John McCain a great Republican.  Certainly, it doesn’t, sua sponte, entitle him to play any significant part in shaping the direction of tomorrow’s GOP.
  • I intend to write about this in substantially more detail soon, but the essence of the problem with today’s GOP is not blind adherence to the Reagan ideal, or so-called traditional conservatism. The problem is two-fold: 1) Republicans haven’t acted as Republicans – there is no bold, bright distinction between congressional Republicans and Democrats and Bush Administration spending, despite Karl Rove’s best efforts to spin it positively, was atrocious.  Why vote for Republicans who spend big, if you can vote for Democrats who spend big?  It’s as simple as that; and, 2) Republicans have no – I repeat NO – known, charasmatic and principled leadership.  We need to worry far less about the message, than we do about finding a principled messenger.
  • The Where’s Hillary? bathroom wallpaper sales continue at their brisk pace in Bethesda and Chevy Chase.  I am not sure that it is possible for Hillary to have done more to eliminate herself from the public arena than she has in accepting the ignominious position at Foggy Bottom.  When the former first-lady and junior senator, and current Secretary of State, is being overshadowed by an utterly incompetent Janet Napolitano at Homeland Security, Hillary has to have more second thoughts than there are ladies in Chappaqua.
  • Did I hear it correctly from the great Rahmbo – taking out Iranian nuclear facilities is tied to whether the Israel-Palestinian two state solution is moving forward?  Please tell me I’m wrong.  American, indeed, world security is being linked to whether Fatah, Hamas and Hezbollah can claim Ramallah as their own?  You’re ____’n me.  This president is clueless, but more significantly, he’s dangerous.

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