May 15th, 2006

HALO

Across the great divide

Austin Bay points to a Ken Allard op-ed in today's San Antonio Express-News about the asinine criticism of General Hayden's appointment to head the CIA. Austin recommends that you read the whole thing, as do I; those of you who have read James Webb's Born Fighting will recognize what's going on almost immediately. Fact is, the military culture has been Scots-Irish for quite some time, and that's precisely the subculture the press and academics in the Blue States most loathe. Most of the time that's okay, it's all part of the ongoing dynamic tension that makes the country stronger, but there 's a war on and this is no time for Pinch Sulzberger's snobbery. Hayden has demonstrated that he has two things badly needed at Langley these days: enormous brass balls, and a squeaky-clean background that'll keep him from being japped by some dirt-digging Congressional staffer or Washington newshound.

Besides,there's no way Hayden could possibly be as bad as the last uniformed officer in charge at the CIA. God, what a bozo he was - and is.

Via Instapundit.
wombat

Quote of the day

Cathy Seipp wrote:
But conservative opinions are now like the old one-drop rule in the Jim Crow South; one drop is all you need to need to lose your standing with respectable white people.

One of many enjoyable things in a piece on Caitlin Flanagan's To Hell With All That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife; the essay compares Flanagan to Sandra Tsing Loh and cocks a snook at overinvolved Dads who are, according to Seipp, even worse than overinvolved Moms. Didn't run with that crowd so I can't say, myself.

Via Instapundit.
hardcore

Going off half-cocked?

Well, that didn't take long. No sooner did this AP report on the President's speech than some conservatives went ballistic. Me, I dunno. I'm willing to wait and see what W actually says. While folks seem to be in a mood for pitchforks and torches for a lot of reasons, Jim Geraghty at NRO points out that the "sit this one out" crowd stands a distinct chance of losing some of the more conservative House and Senate Republicans while not even touching the worst Senate RINOs, since they're not even up for election this year.

The cure for the RINOs is defeating them with conservative primary opponents. Nothing else works, as we've seen with Arlen Specter. Sitting home in November because W acted exactly the way he said he would instead of being the Second Coming of Ronald Reagan is petty and childish, and hopefully people will come to their senses before the polls close later this year. The downside, as Geraghty points out, is pretty damn grim.