GIVE ALAN KEYES A BREAK: HE WOULD STILL LOVE A SELFISH, SINNING LESBIAN DAUGHTER

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I AM ON MY WAY TO CHICAGO TO ATTEND THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION MEETING TOMORROW, and Alan Keyes just moved to town to run for the U.S. Senate here. I would love to run into him. Apparently, while I have been traveling and in meetings, most of the world has heard that he accused Mary Cheney of being a selfish hedonist. To be fair to Keyes, he now says that the reporter added Mary Cheney’s name to the discussion,…

ENRONIZATION OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION

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PERHAPS I SHOULD REFER INSTEAD TO THE ENRON-IZED BUSH ADMINISTRATION. I was impressed today with the “Progress Report” of the American Progress Action Fund that offers a roster of truth and fraud items about Bush economic policy claims. The fraud list (the lower part of the roster) is the most compelling as the first part of the list is trying to assign blame to Bush for denying that the 2001 recession was his recession. I don’t care that Bush is…

JOHN McCAIN OFFERED VP SLOT WHEN CHENEY STEPS DOWN?

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ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER THOUGHT HE HIT A FUN CHORD WHEN HE CALLED the Democratic National Convention, “True Lies.” Clearly though, the convention we have been watching this week is piling a mound of duplicity on a foundation of mistruths. Enough have made an issue of this Republican Party disingenuously leading with personalities like Giuliani, Schwarzenegger, McCain, and even Laura Bush. So, I’ll leave that alone. But where is John Ashcroft? Jerry Falwell? Don Rumsfeld? Tom DeLay? Where is the real face…

THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE: KEEP OR ABOLISH?

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IN THE FEDERALIST PAPERS NO. 68, ALEXANDER HAMILTON writing as Publius defends the Electoral College. Hamilton wrote: “A small number of persons, selected by thir fellow-citizens from the general mass, will be most likely to possess the information and discernment requisite to such complicated investigations.” In other words, don’t let the mob rule. Like the New York Times has recommended in its editorial, “Abolish the Electoral College,” I agree that since “the majority does not rule and every vote is…

BUSH’S CHARACTER PROBLEM: SEBASTIAN MALLABY SCORES

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I USED TO THINK THAT SEBASTIAN MALLABY WAS A MANIC NEOLIBERAL. I have always respected the former Economist magazine writer and thinker who now writes as an editorial writer at the Washington Post, but much of his writing years ago was so heavily on the go-go globalization side that I wondered whether he ever thought seriously about the costs and adjustments, and real train wrecks in some societies, associated with high speed neoliberal style globalization. I was wrong because Sebastian…

WASHINGTON POST POLITICAL BLOG CONTEST

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THE WASHINGTON POST IS TAKING NOMINATIONS for the best political blogs. Obviously, I think that Josh Marshall’s www.TalkingPointsMemo.com ought to sweep the categories, but I think that there may be a couple of sections that www.TheWashingtonNote.com might be competitive in. Also, Matthew Yglesias and a great number of brilliant bloggers are out there whom you might want to nominate. Did you know that if you Google just the name “Matthew” the first item that comes up is not Matthew the…

SPYING FOR IDEOLOGY & CONSCIENCE? OR SPYING FOR MONEY?

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THE POST’S BRADLEY GRAHAM AND THOMAS RICKS also finger Pentagon staffer Larry Franklin (confirmed to me by two sources as well) as the FBI’s spy probe target in an article today. About Franklin and his background, they write: The name of the person under investigation was not officially released, but two sources identified him as Larry Franklin. He was described as a desk officer in the Pentagon’s Near East and South Asia Bureau, one of six regional policy sections. Franklin…

WHO IS LARRY FRANKLIN? MORE ON THE ISRAELI SPY PROBE

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A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE ASKING ABOUT LARRY FRANKLIN in the next few days. Josh Marshall has been working on a related story for a long time and will be offering a lot on this — so do check what he says about this when he posts. However, I have spoken this morning to someone this morning who has confirmed what CBS, CNN’s David Ensor, and Knight Ridder’s Warren Strobel and John Walcott have reported. No one…

HEATHER LOCKLEAR & HOMELAND SECURITY: GETTING THE BRANDING RIGHT?

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TWO YEARS AGO, LE MEMORIAL DE CAEN INVITED ME TO DEBATE RICHARD PERLE on the conduct and direction of U.S. foreign policy at a star-studded event attended by about 4,000 people. The entire meeting was terrific, and on another day I will share some of the juicier moments of the exchange. However, today is my birthday and I want to keep today’s commentary somewhat festive. One of the other speakers at this assembly in Caen, France was former Polish President…

TAILHOOK PARTICIPANT NEEDS TO BE VOTED OUT OF CONGRESS

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DID YOU KNOW THAT REP. RANDY “DUKE” CUNNINGHAM (R-CA-50) was an official attendee at the scandalous 1991 Tailhook Association Meeting in Las Vegas? I had no idea that this repugnant ideologue in the House of Representatives was part of that misogynist mess. I just received a powerful and very informed email from Chalmers Johnson, author of the best-selling books Blowback: The Costs and Consequence of American Empire and Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy and the End of the Republic, that…