To continue my own personal Instapundit day, here is a useful compilation of the Bush administration’s pre-war talk of democratizing Iraq as a reason to go to war. It’s true that a lot of people on the left ignore this history in order to focus on where Bush turned out to be wrong. On the other hand, reading through these comments confirms to me that before the war, a democratic Iraq was a side benefit and not the central, compelling reason to go to war, which is how it gets painted today.
TVNewser reports that Fox News has experienced a significant ratings drop since November ’04. Not surprising really, and of course the bulk of the drop happened from November to December. Even so, Fox has continued a small, erratic, but still discernible slide in 2005. Intriguingly, so have the President’s approval/disapproval numbers. Mickey Kaus notes this, and Instapundit offers the likely explanation.
We’re either getting better at counting terror attacks or worse at stopping them.
In 2000, an 18-year-old developmentally delayed boy gave a 14-year-old developmentally delayed boy a blowjob. He was sentenced to 17 years in prison.
I hadn’t heard of this. Apparently when a medical student, Bill Frist would adopt cats from the humane society so he could experiment on (and in the process, kill) them. Yikes. He now condemns his behavior. Gosh I hope.
Frist-posturing aside, as well as Dobson-rambling (I was happy to see the Post giving helpful context about who appointed the judges Dobson is so angry with), I personally learned something new by seeing Charles Colson’s name in the article. Fine, I admit that I just saw All The President’s Men in the last year, and I noticed because I can clearly hear Robert Redford saying his name.
So now I know that one of the Watergate conspirators has become a prominent Evangelical. To freshen up my knowledge, I read this excellent Watergate summary on rotten.com.
Colson’s own story is that after Watergate he was born again and redeemed forever from his life of dirty politics. He spent 7 months in prison for obstructing justice and wrote a book about it (Born Again), which was made into a movie. Looks like the movie might not be awesome. After prison, he admirably devoted to himself to prison outreach and founded Prison Fellowship, which has its own version of Colson’s redemption (Although, PF and the Wikipedia disagree about whether Colson pleaded guilty or no-contest to his Watergate charges.)
It’s interesting that through personal redemption, Colson has kept step with Conservative influence. You can read all about his ideas at Town Hall and Break Point.
Cheney swears on the blood of his forebears to hold the Democrats responsible for blocking judicial nominees – Love the overblown headline and opening paragraph. Basically Cheney just confirmed that he’d do something that everyone always assumed he’d do. In fact, without his consent, the nuclear option doesn’t exist (it amounts to him ruling as president of the Senate that filibustering judicial nominees is unconstitutional), so this isn’t very surprising or exciting news. But I guess Cheney’s media character as the tough guy lends itself to this kind of storyline.