Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Morning news

Headline of the Day

Passenger At Orlando Airport Had Bomb Materials, Literature In Bag

Plastic explosives and Chaucer?

Sid Vicious strikes again

Fresh out of rehab and on a book tour:
. . . According to Sidney Blumenthal, a senior adviser for former President Bill Clinton and current adviser to Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton, at one point [Sen. John] McCain was going to leave the Republican Party and caucus with Senate Democrats.
“And although he doesn’t want to talk to reporters about it now, there was a time and I was privy to some of those who were involved, did conduct negotiations through third parties about whether or not he would leave the Republican Party and become an independent more or less aligned in the Senate with the Democrats,” said Blumenthal on April 1. Blumenthal did not say when those negotiations took place.
Blumenthal made the remarks before an audience at a Barnes & Noble bookstore to promote his book, “The Strange Death of Republican America: Chronicles of a Collapsing Party.” . . .
Background: Blumenthal has been predicting the death of the GOP for more than 20 years. He was a key White House aide during the Clinton administration, and published a memoir that was unreadable. The day before the New Hampshire primary he was busted in Nashua, N.H., for drunk driving, doing 70 mph in a 30 mph zone.

Smart-aleck kids . . .

Episcopal High School student Katelyn Halldorson gives some lip to alumnus John McCain:
“I think judging by the amount of press representatives here and also by the integration of your previous political endorsements in your earlier personal narrative, we can see that this isn’t completely absent – er political motivation isn’t completely absent,” she said. “Yet we were told that this isn’t a political event. So what exactly is your purpose in being here – not that I don’t appreciate the opportunity, but I’d just like some clarification.”
“I knew I should have cut this thing off. This meeting is over,” McCain joked, before launching into a long description of his biography tour…
McCain concluded the visit by saying, “I hope that attendance here was not compulsory…I apologize if you were unwillingly in attendance here.”
According to one EHS staff member, attendance was required.
Tuition at Episcopal High School is $38,200 a year. The common man will relate to that ...

Hillary who?

Obama in Pennsylvania:
In his town-hall session Tuesday, and in other campaign appearances in recent days, Obama has sought to frame the race as a general election matchup between him and McCain.
Of course, there's the little matter of a Pennsylvania primary on April 22, and Clinton's double-digit lead in recent state polls.
Campaigning in an uncontested primary?

The R-word

Jon Henke predicts the predictable:
Democrats - whether due to paranoia or calculation - are going to see racism under every rock, and they're going to exploit the hell out of it. This, as long as political points can be scored for it, will be our "conversation about race."
That won't exactly help heal, ease or erase racial problems, but that doesn't seem to be the goal of such accusations.
I hope I'm wrong, but I fear the paranoia is just too deep and the temptation just too much to avoid that sort of thing. There is, of course, real racism in America and it deserves our swift public scorn...but "racist" is not a term to be thrown about lightly and without substantial evidence. Its overuse can only exacerbate real racial problems.
The Democrats' leading candidate belongs to a church whose founding creed calls for "the destruction of the white enemy," but they're pointing fingers at Republicans?

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