Archive for November, 2008

Public Disgrace


Should the Obama’s be criticized for putting their daughters in a good school instead of in the Democrats’ schools? No, says Rich Lowry, and he’s right. It would be negligent to send them to public school In Washington, we have these arguments every time a rich Democrat sends his kids to private schools, which is […]

Killing Hope


Barack Obama is the early-bird president, taking control of the government in a gradual transfer that predates his receipt of the actual authority. His folks don’t have the offices and the titles yet, but as his team forms around the economic meltdown, the Bush administration is slipping quietly to the background. …in doing so he […]

How would you like to have California in charge of the nation? Not only will House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco preside over a bigger Democratic majority with a friendlier president, but Californians will chair four House committees, more than any other state. We generally mock California as an oddity, as if its goofy […]

Thus far, it looks as if the government’s response has been running behind the economic crisis. Even the $700 billion bailout, as extravagant as it seemed when first proposed several weeks ago, underestimated the scope of the problem. Listen to economist Robert Kuttner talk about how deficit spending is not something we should be bashful […]

Success Or


Senator Robert Byrd is getting along in years. He’s also in line to become president if something were to happen to the President, Vice President and Speaker of the House. Which would be a scary thing. United States Senator Robert Byrd, (D-WV), will remain the President Pro Tempore in the next Congress. Byrd recently announced […]

Calm before…


…The storm. It is coming – you can feel it in the air. Yet, still, it’s not here – it is only coming. Peggy Noonan writes about the odd, ominous sensation.: …One of the weirdest, most perceptually jarring things about the economic crisis is that everything looks the same. We are told every day and […]

They’re wondering what Barack is up to. Not normal people, so much. It’s liberals, mostly, who are concerned about the direction that Barack is taking in forming his management team. “I’m not in the camp that says, ‘Give him a chance, because his vision will dominate,’ ” said Tom Hayden, a high-profile liberal and antiwar […]



Hope and Change.

Jazz Man


It was a rock and roll night in Gloucester last night. We went to the Rhumb Line to see Fly Amero and David Brown play. Oh, Susie Q, Oh, Susie Q Oh, Susie Q, Baby I love you, Susie Q They’re playing Suzie Q, and a friend leans over and says, “This song captures the […]

For the bailout blues.

Barack Market


Barack held his third press conference in as many days on Wednesday, and the stock market took a big jump, again. A stock market gaining confidence in the nation’s financial system bolted higher Wednesday, propelling the Dow Jones industrials and Standard & Poor’s 500 index to their first four-day advance since last spring. The market […]

It’s fun to get the liberal perspective on what the GOP needs to become relevant again. So what do you do with a sunken party, one whose base has been whittled down to the South, the Plains, and parts of the interior West? Mostly though, it’s best to ignore folks like Scot Lehigh, writing on […]

The thinking of Junior. President Barack Obama will soon have to make a judgment to reform the nation’s “wall” if he is, as he so often says, to build a more perfect union. The wall I refer to is the U. S. Constitution. Jesse Jackson, Jr. thinks Barack will have to “tear down that wall,” […]

Budget Rooter


Barack warned today that bad times are here, and smarter government is necessary. He spoke like an old-fashioned conservative guy. “We can’t sustain a system that bleeds billions of taxpayer dollars on programs that have outlived their usefulness or exist solely because of the power of politicians, lobbyists or interest groups. We simply can’t afford […]

On the radio this morning, we had the house minority leader for the State of Massachusetts as a guest. He’s a good guy – Brad Jones is his name – but I was putting him through the ringer over the inability of Republicans to do anything but lose ground in a state where there are […]

The Danger Zone


With Bill Richardson heading to Washington, who will replace him as Governor? The decidedly quirky Val Kilmer is toying with the idea of running for governor of New Mexico. Now, that WOULD be something. He talked to via cell phone earlier: “There’s sort of a rumor around that I’m maybe thinking about running to be […]