Wednesday, May 18, 2005


Various updates

Since enough of my day has been spent flipping between the various hearings and the debates on the floors of the Senate and House (I have enough CSPANs, but I don't have enough TVs or streaming feeds), I thought I might post a few updates on stories since time doesn't permit many in-depth posts today.

1) Governor Bredesen has seemingly responded to my initial post that I highly doubted that he would be writing his own blog posts and that duty would instead fall upon the shoulders of an unfortunate staffer. Bredesen probably wrote this post, because it has a politician's feel to it. He leaves himself a way out of posting that would close down the blog for good if his posts become politically damaging, as well. I doubt that Representative Stacey Campfield feels the same way, especially given his defense of his blog against Representative Ulysses S. Jones from Memphis. With all due apologies to my readers in Memphis, but are there any Memphis politicians that aren't devoid of ethics, integrity, or a clue?

For more on Bredesen's first blog post, see Bill Hobbs.

2) Updating a previous story, The Tennessean has embraced my position against Senator John Ford's forced school volunteerism bill.

3) Watching the filibuster debates today (which the Republicans have managed to keep to the proper subject of Priscilla Owen, while the Democrats talk about everything from gas prices to how much Teddy Integrity loves North Dakota) may be pointless if John McCain hijacks the issue and undermines Bill Frist's authority. This is a decent political move for McCain, because, as I posted a month ago, Frist has to come through this issue as a strong leader in order to have any chance in 2008. By leading a mutiny against Frist and avoiding the "nuclear option," McCain shows leadership (like him or not) and simultaneously eliminates Frist. Of course, if he and his family are secretly supporting RINO Bob Corker, as Adam Groves has written, maybe Frist is intent on eliminating himself. Then again, Frist seems to have no trouble strong-arming Harry Reid, but can he handle a rift with the White House over the timing of the debates?

McCain is trying, once again, to play the "Moderate Republican" role which he has been hoping for years would some day get him a nomination to the presidency. It won't work, of course, because the only way he can play that role is by abandoning the Republican base (i.e. conservatives). If he ever does get the nomination, he'll go down in flames worse than Bob Dole in '96.
Post a Comment

<< Home

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?