PRE-FACE – Sunday, December 19, 2004

Good morning!

  • Michael Kinsley, who "know[s] something about the blog phenomenon," opines with surprise that the bloggers to whom he wrote -- Sullivan, Kaus, etc. – took one of his ideas dropped on them and gave it digital life. None of the print pundits would give him a moment.

    There's the Old Punditry and now there is the New Punditry. (That might be a tad Rumsfeldian, but it is glaringly simple and accurate.)

  • The New York Times mentions a "secret and evolving" DOD plan for the military to assume "a more prominent role in intelligence-collection operations," right in the face of the 9-11 Commission Law just inked by the President.

    One idea, the paper reports, is "fighting for intelligence," or initiating combat for the express purpose of gathering intelligence. The left would love that one! So might have Machiavelli.

  • Here's California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger from an interview with Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung paper:
    [T]he Republican Party currently covers only the spectrum from the right wing to the middle, and the Democratic Party covers the spectrum from the left to the middle.

    I would like the Republican Party to cross this line, move a little further left and place more weight on the center. This would immediately give the party 5 percent more votes without it losing anything elsewhere.
    He's wrong, of course. Few lefties would vote Republican no matter what the party said or did. Probably well over 5-percent of current Republicans would desert if the party veered left.


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