AFTER-WORD – Friday, November 5, 2004

  • UPI Reports that Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvania) "is facing a possible battle for the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee."

    Unless the Senate GOP rules have changed recently, seniority trumps everything and Specter is the next chairman of the committee provided he wants it. They might be able to talk him into taking Appropriations if Thad Cochran of Mississippi waives his seniority. (The current chair, Ted Stevens of Alaska, is term limited from his spot.)

  • Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi at a lunch with European Union this week urged the "spectator states" in Europe to become engaged in Iraq. French President Jacques Chirac got up and left.

    Allawi called it "unfortunate" that Chirac didn't stick around.

  • RealClear Politics puts the head-to-head spread, the average of the major opinion polls, between President Bush and JF Kerry at Bush +2.0-percent.

    Rounding off the percentage of the actual vote received by each candidate, the President won 52% to 48%. It was more like 3%, actually, and that might be the only bit of "conventional wisdom" which held true this election: if a candidate wins the popular vote by more than 1%, he will win the Electoral vote.

    Another bit of conventional wisdom which held true was that when a sitting President goes into the year of an election with an approval rating of over 50-percent, he wins.

    These are thing which I was taught, though I could never figure out how they correlated with reality other than by happy coincidence.

  • Speaking to the Urban Land Institute think tank in DC, former President Bill Clinton instructed Democrats, despite Kerry's defeat, not to "sit around and whine." Mr. President, it's what you [Democrats] have been doing since 1980.

  • I am listening to some piano sonatas by Beethoven tonight, and I wonder about Fallujah. I'm anxious for our soldiers. A few moths ago, as I posted in this space, I read on the Iraq the Model blog that reports in Iraq were that the resistance did not expect to win the battle of Fallujah. Rather, they wanted to force the United States to level the place and kill tens of thousands of people. Initially, they had hoped that it would influence the election in the United States, but they also wanted it to affect Iraq's elections.



    On that last one, aren't you confusing Clinton with Carter with the 1980 quip? Clinton might well have been whining that long, but the crack would seem to better fit Carter, given that he was voted off the island in 1980.

    By Blogger Mark, at November 6, 2004 at 7:47 AM  

    Mark... The "You" was for "you Democrats," not "you. Clinton." They have been whining since our government shifted to the Right. They had a brief, celebratory reprieve in the early '90s, but they've been whining steadily since the end of '94.

    I've cleared up the ambiguity by putting a bracketed Democrats after "you."

    By Blogger Mark Kilmer, at November 6, 2004 at 12:20 PM  

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