Hot Dang! Jamie Gorelick for Atty General

Outstanding choice. I mean it. This is wonderful news.

Please, oh please fellow bloggers in the Right-o-sphere, go easy on this.

Hear me out.

Preznit Obama can choose whomever he wants in his Cabinet.

Hold your fire until the confirmation hearings, then embarrass the heck out of Goreleck, Obama, and the whole sordid crowd.

Sharpen your rhetoric. Play the game. And this time, play to win.

Here is an outline of Jamie’s questionables:

gorelickCarries as baggage: Her work at Fannie Mae, which had to be bailed out by the government in September as part of a $200 billion deal. Ms. Gorelick left the company just as it was coming under attack for huge accounting failures. She has also drawn criticism for her role at the Justice Department, in which she allegedly created an intelligence “wall” that hindered counterterrorism agents in the years before the Sept. 11 attacks. Conservatives called for her removal from the Sept. 11 commission, but her fellow members rallied around her and said critics were distorting her record. The criticism grew so heated that the F.B.I. investigated a death threat against her family, and President Bush had to intervene personally to stop the Justice Department from releasing sealed reports involving her. Some conservative bloggers have already begun trying to derail Ms. Gorelick’s possible nomination as attorney general, pointing to her experiences at both Fannie Mae and the Sept. 11 commission.

Attacking Sarah Palin: A familiar ring

The anonymous attacks on Gov. Sarah Palin have a familiar ring to me.

I was thinking about this after hearing Carl Cameron’s report on Fox, and after reading several other kneecap-recaps as reported in the blogosphere. I have no way of verifying my suspicions, so I haven’t commented on it. But, since the stealth attackers probably won’t be identified any time soon, I might as well go ahead and put forth my thoughts. If proven wrong, I’ll admit it — unlike those faceless cowards who started this.

I started noticing the similarities after reading and re-reading M.O.R.’s post-election rant. Following one of his links led me to the adjective “odious” which was used to describe religious conservatives. I couldn’t help but wonder about that, as I am one of those very same “odious” voters (who, incidentally supply about 40% of the Republican turnout). I wasn’t too terribly surprised by the animosity: it is really nothing new. Tolerating religious conservatives as a necessary part of the voting coalition is something that other conservatives have learned to become accustomed to, if not become altogether comfortable with, since Mr. Reagan cobbled together a winning strategy in 1980.

Neither are we altogether comfortable with them. But, there are enough interests in common to remain a viable political coalition.

A great example came in the last round of primaries, when moneyed interests within the Republican party decided to inject themselves into primary politics, not that there’s anything wrong with supporting one’s self interest. There isn’t. But, their tactics were, to use M.O.R.’s description, odious. Their preemtive and innuendo-laced attack destroyed the candidacy of the only religious conservative in the fold. It seems that this group would much prefer to continue to occupy a position of influence within a significantly smaller Republican coalition rather than have a religious conservative at the helm.

Interestingly enough, these people were completely silent in the general election; their money and advertising budgets unused. They did not get their candidate in the primaries, so they sat out the general election, only to emerge in the aftermath to attempt the same innuendo-based attacks on the next promising religious conservative. The preemptive attack on Sarah Palin is of the same tenor, tenacity, and calumny.

Sources in the McCain campaign? Bah, this smells like The Club for Growth.

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Let the disarmament begin

Early in his campaign, Barack Obama pledged to end missile defense. He made a video stating the goal quite clearly.

Perhaps the wishful thinkers who have been telling us that Obama would govern as a centrist might want to provide an interpretation of the latest weasel words of the preznit-elect, from the Beeb,

US President-elect Barack Obama has not given a commitment to go ahead with plans to build part of a US missile defence system in Poland, an aide says.

He was speaking after Polish President Lech Kaczynski’s office said a pledge had been made during a phone conversation between the two men.

But Mr Obama’s foreign policy adviser, Denis McDonough, denied this.

Russia opposes the US scheme and has announced plans to deploy missiles on Poland’s border as a counter-measure.

“His position is as it was throughout the campaign, that he supports deploying a missile defence system when the technology is proved to be workable,” said McDonough.

I think it’s important to note that the preznit-elect didn’t sit down with the Polish leader without any preconditions. He did it by telephone. And, he’s not an enemy, he’s an ally, so screwing them over is perfectly acceptable. Plus, this ought to make the Rooskies love us. What could be more important than that.

Besides, the Poles sent troops to Iraq. The bastids deserve to be punished.

Sheesh.

Hello, Republican Party? Sharpen up your rhetoric and get in the game, please.

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