Archive for May 10th, 2005


My apologies for all the multiple posts – Blogger was bouncing
back most of my attempts to post by mail, but I have been
informed that it was posting them anyway. So many thanks to
Blogger for making me look like a compulsive dumbass…

Will clean up the mess when I get home – I wonder why Blogger
is trying so hard to persuade me to stop blogging by mail…

7 comments May 10th, 2005 at 12:39pm Posted by Eli

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Nothing To See Here, Part II

From today’s NYT lead editorial:

Senator Corzine’s persistent efforts to upgrade chemical plant security have been thwarted by the chemical industry and by the Bush administration’s lack of support. He is now working on a new bill, in collaboration with Senators Susan Collins and Joseph Lieberman, that is likely to make some concessions to the chemical industry to improve its chances of passage. If Congress and the White House are serious about protecting the nation, they will make sure that his bill becomes law in the strongest possible form. There is an urgent need for greater security at the plant sites. The industry should also be required to replace dangerous chemicals with safer alternatives. These steps may sound like common sense, but they have run into entrenched political opposition. The Bush administration’s antiregulatory philosophy makes it reluctant to impose rules on private industry. And the chemical industry, a major campaign donor, seems intent on not spending the money that a strong safety law would cost it. Christie Whitman, the former E.P.A. administrator, became so frustrated by her inability to make any progress that she asked to be relieved of responsibility for chemical plant safety.

Tough on terror, my ass. Democrats need to hammer at this. Kerry should have hammered at this. If the Democrats had followed Rove’s gameplan of attacking an opponent’s supposed strengths, we would have had a Democrat landslide last year, gamed elections or no.

2 comments May 10th, 2005 at 12:11pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Politics,Republicans,Rove,Terrorism

March Along, Nothing To See Here…

In other news, John Tierney tells the news media to ease up on reporting suicide bombings, they’re soooo 2003, plus they really mess up that whole freedom-is-on-the-march narrative thing.

Why, if they keep this up, people might not realize what a peaceful democratic paradise Iraq has become!

1 comment May 10th, 2005 at 12:10pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Iraq,Media,Republicans,Terrorism,Wankers,War

No To Democratic Neuterality!

E.J. Dionne explains why the Democrats are being such bad sports by not letting the Republicans have absolutely everything they want.

“The Republican Party is a permanent majority for the future of this country,” DeLay declared. “We’re going to be able to lead this country in the direction we’ve been dreaming of for years.”

Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform and a leading figure in both the DeLay and Bush political operations, chose more colorful post-election language to describe the future. “Once the minority of House and Senate are comfortable in their minority status, they will have no problem socializing with the Republicans,” he told Richard Leiby of The Post. “Any farmer will tell you that certain animals run around and are unpleasant. But when they’ve been ‘fixed,’ then they are happy and sedate. They are contented and cheerful.”

If you wonder in the coming weeks why Democrats are so reluctant to give ground, remember Norquist’s jocular reference to neutering the opposition party. Democrats are neither contented nor cheerful over the prospect of being “fixed.” Should that surprise anyone?”

Some thoughts on Dionne’s piece, which also addresses tit-for-tat over judges and Social Security/Hillarycare:

1. Even assuming that the Republicans can’t maintain a permanent majority, eliminating the filibuster’s requirement for broad consensus would lead to courts composed entirely of far-left and far-right judges, with court rulings determined solely by which side holds majorities on which courts. Does anyone in their right mind really want this? Would it really be such a tragedy to “stack” the courts with moderates who are excellent jurists, trust their judgment, and let the chips fall where they may? I know it’ll never happen, but I would love to see the judiciary excluded from the obsessive struggle for partisan advantage – it’s too important, and its membership is too permanent.

2. I hope the Democrats are as determined to fight for their political relevance as Dionne seems to think they are. I think they’re still pulling a lot of punches, and I have the sense that most of them still have no idea what’s at stake here. Even supposedly wild & crazy loose cannon screamer Dean has been alarmingly quiet since being elected DNC chair.

3. Has anyone noticed that Norquist has a really disturbingly creepy way with words? First he talks about drowning government in a bathtub, then he compares bipartisanship to date rape, now he gleefully talks about neutering Democrats. This is a man with some serious unresolved issues, and he’s leading the charge to reshape our country into, well, I’m not entirely sure what – somesort of laissez-faire social darwinist theocracy, I think.

3 comments May 10th, 2005 at 12:07pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Judiciary,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Ugh. Just Ugh.

I think it’s pretty safe to say that these are not criminal

May 10th, 2005 at 08:46am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Iraq,Torture,War

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