"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it."-Winston S. Churchill

"The wandering scholars were bound by no lasting loyalties, were attached by no sentiment of patriotism to the states they served and were not restricted by any feeling of ancient chivalry. They proposed and carried out schemes of the blackest treachery."-C.P. Fitzgerald.

Thursday, July 22, 2004


A roundup of the Sandy Beger scandal can be found on Instapundit.

Bottom line: the Democrats outed Sandy Berger to damage him now and get him out of the way. I also suspect that some of the Kerry people were receiving classified material from Berger and are trying to cover themselves. I don't believe John Kerry when he denies knowledge of Berger's activities. The Kerry people are trying to paint the Bush people as the leakers, in order to set up an alternative storyline. My thinking is that it won't wash. The collapse of Joe Wilson shows that there are too many alternatives to the mainstream press and their outriders in the Democrat-friendly cable networks for such an effort to work.

Somewhere, the Clintons are back behind this, of that I'm sure. Meantime, let's see if Ashcroft has the balls to go for an indictment.

Monday, July 19, 2004

Joe Wilson, bon vivant and Man about Town.... 

...continues to twist slowly, slowly in the wind.

Poor Josh Marshall, so willing to defend a source who lied to him, so far from God. Today's nail in Wilson's coffin, and yet another internment in the larger graveyard that has become the "BUSH LIED, THEY DIED!" meme, comes by way of Michael Barone, one of the editors of The Almanac of American Politics. He neatly summarizes the intellectual callowness of Bush's opponents and concludes the following:

 Yale historian John Lewis Gaddis has argued that George W. Bush has transformed American foreign policy, in response to the threat of Islamist terrorism, more than any president since Harry Truman transformed our foreign policy in response to the threat of aggressive communism.

 But there is one big difference. In the late 1940s, Truman got bipartisan support from Republicans like Arthur Vandenberg and Thomas Dewey, even at a time when there were bitter differences between the parties on domestic policy, and received generally sympathetic treatment in the press. This time, George W. Bush has encountered determined opposition from most Democrats and the old-line media. They have charged that "BUSH LIED" even when he relied on the same intelligence as they did; they have headlined wild and spurious charges by the likes of Joseph Wilson; they have embraced the wild-eyed propaganda of the likes of Michael Moore.

 They have done these things with, at best, reckless disregard of the effect their arguments have had on American strength in the world. Are they entitled to be taken seriously?

Again, it is instructive to note the following. Had Albert Gore or Bill Clinton been President on September 11th of 2001, and had they been confronted with the same intelligence that George Bush had been, I strongly suspect that either Democrat would have taken similar action to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. The difference, of course, is that the war's most opportunistic opponents would have been entirely in support of the war and our troops.

Most of the liberal opposition to the Iraq Campaign in particular, and the War on Terror in general is not principled. It is partisan.

UPDATE: Safire puts the Boot In on the Op-Ed page of today's New York Times. I strongly suspect that there is much more to this story than the conclusion that Joe Wilson was an unprincipled con man. I suspect, but cannot prove, that Safire does, as well.

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Dead Cat Redux 

Well, Scotty Rasmussen came out with his latest day by day poll of the Bush-Kerry race. It appears that the Prettyboy Effect has become a certifiable
Dead Cat Bounce. Edwards doesn't appear to have allowed Kerry to build any kind of sizeable lead. The two candidates remain tied at 46% each. Kerry has fallen back from a four point lead in Rasmussen after the Edwards announcement.

Take Scott Rasmussen with a grain of salt. We at FreeRepublic.com were very excited at Rasmussen's projection of a solid Bush victory in 2000, only to be surprised by the fact that it was Zogby who got the Gore surge right.

However, two of Scotty's internals are somewhat disturbing. A slightly greater margin of respondents believe that Kerry will win, and President Bush's lead over Kerry on national security issues has shrunk to 51% to 44% for the junior Senator from the Bay State. How and ever, President Bush's numbers in the all-important economic question appear to be heading north.

Again, it's the summer. Pay no attention until after Labor Day.

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