Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Boxer Boxes Herself In -- Round 2 

Captain Ed has about the same opinion of Sen. Boxer as I do, but he expresses his reasons better. As an aside, Sen. Boxer may share another characteristic with Sen. McCarthy -- a reptuation for being one of the dullest knives in the Senate's drawer.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Get Over It! 

John Kerry gave a speech in South Boston to commemorate Martin Luther King day. Here's some of what he said:

"My friends, this is not a time to pretend. We're here to celebrate the life of a man who, if he were here today, would make it clear to us what our agenda is. And nothing," Kerry said, his voice rising in anger, "would he make more clear on that agenda than, in a nation that is willing to spend several hundred million dollars in Iraq to bring them democracy we cannot tolerate that, here in America, too many people are denied that democracy."

Pure demagoguery. The primary location where the Dems are claiming that Black voters were disenfranchised is in Ohio, specifically Cleveland. Cuyahoga County is a Democratic Party stronghold, and all the election officials are Democrats. I wonder how many Wisconsin voters were disenfranchised by election fraud.

Kerry is still a small man.

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Observation on Condi Rice Confirmation Hearing 

I just watched the first exchange between Sen. Boxer and Ms. Rice. I was struck by how much Sen. Boxer's demeanor and tactics resembled some that I have seen on film. I refer to footage showing Sen. Joe McCarthy railing against the State Department back in the early 1950s.

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Thursday, January 06, 2005

Boxer Boxes Herself In 

So I hear on the news this morning that Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Marin County) is joining Rep. John Conyers (D-Motown) in challenging the electoral college's election of G.W. Bush for a second term.

The challenge is nothing but showboating, and will have no effect on the election. Outside of fulfilling the need of some (most? all?) politicians to hear themselves talk, the only effect I can see from this is that it drastically increases the probability that sometime during this Presidential term, the administration will allow a situation to develop that will cause Sen. Boxer to make herself look like more of an idiot than she actually is. (This will be difficult, because I am sure that my potted geranium would give Sen. Boxer a run in a comparative IQ test.)

Sen. Boxer purports to belong to a party that is always crying about the dearth of bipartisanship in Congress and bemoaning the "mean spiritedness" of the Republicans. If this is an example of Democratic "bipartisanship" and "noble-mindedness," I guess their dictionary must be different from mine. Perhaps Sen. Boxer hopes to take up the mantle of that famous bipartisan hero, Sen. Daschle.

My only hope is that Sen. Boxer's hyperpartisanship will not compound California's already massive problems. Sen. Feinstein, with whom I rarely agree but who at least regularly demonstrates common sense, will have her hands full repairing the damage her colleague has done.

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