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Quote Of The Day

From an NYT story on LA Angels leadoff man Reggie Willits and his family, who actually live in a batting cage:

When he wants to bat, he pushes aside the sofas to form his personal playing field. He steps inside the net, suspended from the ceiling. If Amber is busy, he hits off a tee.

If she is free, she feeds balls into the pitching machine. Amber stands behind an L-Screen, the kind used to protect batting-practice pitchers. Still, line drives sometimes rip through the screen.

“I know she’s taken a few in the helmet,” said Mickey Hatcher, the Angels’ hitting coach. “But that’s part of the game.”

Now that’s devotion.

2 comments July 1st, 2007 at 10:10pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Quotes,Sports

Operation Run-Out-The-Clock Begins

I wish there were another (faster) way…

The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman said Sunday he was ready to go to court if the White House resisted subpoenas for information on the firing of federal prosecutors.

”If they don’t cooperate, yes I’ll go that far,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. He was asked in a broadcast interview whether he would seek a congressional vote on contempt citations if President Bush did not comply. That move would push the matter to court.

”They’ve chosen confrontation rather than compromise or cooperation,” Leahy said. ”The bottom line is in the U.S. attorney investigation, we have people manipulating law enforcement. Law enforcement can’t be partisan.”


Separately, the Senate has subpoenaed the White House and Vice President Dick Cheney’s office for documents related to the administration’s warrant-free eavesdropping on people in the United States.

Legal experts have been somewhat divided over the scope of a president’s power to shield information and ensure candid advice from top aides. The dispute, if it does head to court, could take months and ultimately outlast the remaining term of Bush’s presidency, which ends in January 2009.

Last week, White House counsel Fred Fielding said Bush was claiming executive privilege in refusing to turn over documents. Bush also was invoking the privilege to prevent Harriet Miers, the former White House counsel, and Sara Taylor, the former political director, from testifying publicly under oath.

The White House has urged the House and Senate Judiciary committees to withdraw the subpoenas and accept Bush’s offer to provide information in private briefings with lawmakers without a transcript.


On Sunday, Leahy dismissed the White House’s proposal for private briefings because, he said, it forecloses Congress’ right to subpoena additional information should officials fail to provide meaningful information.

Leahy said he might be open to an offer in which White House officials were to agree to private briefings that were both sworn and committed to a transcript. But ultimately, the public have a right to hear what’s been done, he said.


”The president and vice president are not above the law anymore than you and I are,” Leahy said.

I think that’s news to them, Pat.

So here’s my question: If BushCo. does successfully run out the clock, and assuming the Democrats retain control of the Senate, what then? Does Leahy drop the investigation or keep going? He should still be able to pursue criminal charges, right? I’m thinking perjury, obstruction, Hatch Act, plus the violations of FISA in the wiretapping case. It would actually be easier to prosecute an ex-president and/or ex-vice-president, yes?

But would the Democrats have the nerve to do it in the face of all the Republicans screaming “Witch hunt!” and all the Broderpundits soberly intoning that “We must move forward and put all of this unpleasantness behind us”?

4 comments July 1st, 2007 at 12:30pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Constitution,Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Politics,Republicans


Three stories I’ve seen in the past few days which all seem to bode very badly for the Republicans in terms of emerging and potential trends:

Item 1: The “Millenial Generation” is huge, even bigger than the Baby Boomers, and they’re overwhelmingly Democratic. And they’re just starting to reach voting age. Of course, this assumes that they stay Democratic, which is not guaranteed.

Item 2: The Republicans are getting older, and the small-government, anti-tax wing is shrinking fast. (On the other hand, conservatives who want authoritarian government for social and/or terror reasons appear to be on the rise…)

Item 3: Hispanics are not happy about immigration reform getting shot down, and they know who killed it. Remember when Pete Wilson pushed for the anti-immigrant Proposition 187 in California? How did that work out for the CA GOP? It is also worth noting that when the Republicans won in 2004, they got 40% of the Hispanic vote, and when they got crushed in 2006, they only got 25%.

How’s that Permanent Republican Majority looking now, fellas?

(Cross-posted at Greatscat!)

July 1st, 2007 at 11:23am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Polls,Republicans

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