October 3rd, 2005

die now

Things I don't want to see with my morning coffee

There are some days when I really do wonder what's going through the President's mind, and this is one of those days. With all the top-drawer, originalist judges out there, the best he could do was Harriet Miers? Personal loyalty is all well and good, but man...he could have gotten Priscilla Owens or Janice Brown. Why does he keep reaching out to people who have missed no opportunity to pimp-slap him over the last five years?

Update: Hugh Hewitt seems to think she's okay. I guess we'll see.

Update II: Beldar also encourages the restive pachyderms to chill. Hmm. Professor Bainbridge, on the other hand, is livid.
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The thing in the bathtub

My goal is to cut government in half in twenty-five years, to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.
-Grover Norquist

One of the things I don't do often enough is sit down and talk politics with windelina. The reason I say that is because in spite of the fact that we're both fairly partisan people, we do sometimes agree on some fundamental things...such as the Federal government being way too rich and powerful. I have to admit I was surprised, as we chatted over the quesadillas and burritos, to hear this sort of thing from her. Isn't the default DFL position that bigger government is better, and that the cradle-to-grave welfare states of Europe are the model we should be following? Isn't the default GOP position that we should be wedging dynamite under the cornerstones of the Energy, Education, and Transportation Departments after giving all the bureaucrats their pink slips so they can join the Amtrak and CPB employees in the private sector?
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