• The international voting rights characters whom the State Department invited inside our borders to monitor our elections Tuesday are ready to condemn American Democracy. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said Thursday that they received numerous complaints of fraud and abuse before the election but were unable to substantiate any of them. They didn't go became to Europe without lodging a complaint, though: "The damn lines were too long!"

  • After warning President Bush not to nominate conservatives to the federal courts, income Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter was questioned by his constituents and others. He issued a press release, saying in part:
    “Contrary to press accounts, I did not warn the President about anything and was very respectful of his Constitutional authority on the appointment of federal judges.

    [ . . . ]
    “In light of the repeated filibusters by the Democrats in the last Senate session, I am concerned about a potential repetition of such filibusters. I expect to work well with President Bush in the judicial confirmation process in the years ahead.”
    He claims to be warning the President to surrender to the Democrats' filibusters without a principled use of the his nominating prerogative.

    Arlen Specter is not a good man.

  • Here's a piece from the New York Times News Service describing the reluctance of the networks to call the race for President Bush in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. It concentrates on FOX News calling Ohio for the President and freezing him a 269, one short of 270. (They even rushed in Alaska immediately as polls closed to get to that number, though the piece does not mention this.)

    They note that FOX News is often called "a broadcast annex of the White House," attributing that sentiment to "liberal bloggers." But the lefty bloggers, they ought to add, take their cues from the New York Times' lefty columnists.

  • I am listening to Martinu's Fourth Symphony. I had a feeling, for a quickly passing second, that might life might now get back to normal. A foolish thought, as this is normal. The drama of the campaign will be replaced by the drama Senate Banking Committee hearing if it's left to that. This is politics, m'friends, and there is never a dull moment. Only dull people. (That actually doesn't mean anything, but I thought it sounded good.)


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