Random Musings

The Democrats are worried the Surge may work:

Democratic Congressman James Clyburn of South Carolina admitted that he is worried that the Surge may work in Iraq and ruin Democratic Party plans to impose a timetable for a surrender.

If certain Democrats had as much animosity against Islamic terrorists as they do towards George Bush, the war against terror would probably be over. 


Update from the Party of Hate (or was it rage).  From Wonkette:

Chief Justice John Roberts has died in his summer home in Maine. No, not really, but we know you have your fingers crossed.

Remind me about hate speech being a problem only on conservative blogs.

Meanwhile, a New York Times “journalist” speculates that Justice Roberts may repent now that he has been hospitalized:

Or to dig deeper, might this encounter with illness even change the way John Roberts sees himself, his job or the world?. . . .Could adversity temper a jurisprudence that critics of the chief justice have discerned as bloodless and unduly distant from the messy reality of the lives of ordinary people who fail to file their appeals on time?



The Congressional Democrats seem to have brought a new and higher level of corruption and cynicism, and the Republicans don’t seem to care!  Why the Republican leadership won’t use earmark reform as a campaign issue is baffling.  They once were the party of fiscal responsibility.

The persistence of this consensus is therefore puzzling, especially when Republicans have few other issues working in their favor, thanks to the Iraq War. To date, Republican leaders have been very reluctant to upset the bipartisan consensus on earmarking. Between the parties and across regions of the country, lawmakers remain, by and large, steadfastly supportive of every congressman’s right to perform “private charity” with other people’s money. Senate leadership of both parties has been indifferent and even hostile toward Senators Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) for pursuing this issue with vigor.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has sought at every turn to weaken reforms that have already passed the Senate almost unanimously. He has succeeded. The bill the Senate will see next is the one that passed the House yesterday with only eight votes in opposition. It significantly weakens Senate rules on earmark transparency, earmarks benefiting family members, and threats made against members that they will lose their earmarks if they do not vote for bills.

Because their leadership has not cared for this struggle from the start, Senate Republicans will likely be forced to vote for this weak bill simply because they will otherwise look like they are obstructing reform.

Would someone tell the Congressional Republicans that standing for Republican principles may help them win elections. 


Bonus Feature: Atlas Shrugs attended Cindy Sheehan’s campaign kick-off.  She’s got some great pictures.  What an irony if she beats Pelosi!

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