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PRE-FACE – Sunday, November 28, 2004
Reflecting on something posted yesterday evening, I can't believe OBL is not In the Waha subdivision of Waziristan, the happenin' place for dying terrorist leaders to hide. But that's what Pak Prez Pervez Musharraf must think ,what with reports that he's pulling the Pak troops out of the mountainous tribal zone. Then again, according to PTI out of India, Pakistani Defence Spokesman Majo. General Shaukat Sutansays that they're not going anywhere.
I'll leave it to Russert to get to the bottom of this.
The Washington Post has published a piece with different experts saying different things about whether their beloved "50-50 split" has given way to a conservative majority. I'll argue that the results of this past election cannot inform us either way, in that it was primarily about the leadership of President George W. Bush. It could have been about more, but the Democrats did not have the candidate to change the focus of the election from the President.
In several ways and on several issues, this President is not a conservative. Conservatives know this, but we also know that in a lot of important ways and on some crucial issues, he is.
Dunno about a realignment, though. It didn't happen overnight. This nation is much further to the right than the MSM would like to believe.
The New York Times in editorial this morning suggests that Republicans in the Senate work with Democrats on the matter of judges, rather than ending the time-honored filibuster on "a few far-right judicial nominees." The filibuster is not an old tradition with judicial nominees, and it will not be ended for legislation.
The Republicans would have a weak case. The Constitution expressly authorizes the Senate to "determine the rules of its proceedings." That is precisely what it has done.
WRONG. The paper has a weak case. The Constitution expressly authorizes the Senate to "determine the rules of its proceedings." That is precisely what they might have to do.
posted by Mark Kilmer : 11/28/2004 08:09:00 AM [permalink]