It’s Not Selling, Tom

The latest Opinion Dynamics Poll is out at Fox News. It’s mostly good news for the Republicans–other than the environment, health care, and social security, they have the confidence of the poll respondents. On military affairs it’s overwhelming–only 16% would trust the Democrats more. So unless they can make those three issues the dominant ones this year, hopes for taking back the House (and maybe even retaining the Senate) look dim for them right now.

But the worst near-term news for the Dems is that it looks like a majority sees through the demagoguery.

35. Do you agree or disagree with those who say Democrats would rather use the economic downturn as an election issue than work to improve the economy?

Agree: 52%

Disagree: 30%

Not Sure: 18%

I think that Plurality Leader Daschle is playing a losing hand here…

It’s Not Selling, Tom

The latest Opinion Dynamics Poll is out at Fox News. It’s mostly good news for the Republicans–other than the environment, health care, and social security, they have the confidence of the poll respondents. On military affairs it’s overwhelming–only 16% would trust the Democrats more. So unless they can make those three issues the dominant ones this year, hopes for taking back the House (and maybe even retaining the Senate) look dim for them right now.

But the worst near-term news for the Dems is that it looks like a majority sees through the demagoguery.

35. Do you agree or disagree with those who say Democrats would rather use the economic downturn as an election issue than work to improve the economy?

Agree: 52%

Disagree: 30%

Not Sure: 18%

I think that Plurality Leader Daschle is playing a losing hand here…

It’s Not Selling, Tom

The latest Opinion Dynamics Poll is out at Fox News. It’s mostly good news for the Republicans–other than the environment, health care, and social security, they have the confidence of the poll respondents. On military affairs it’s overwhelming–only 16% would trust the Democrats more. So unless they can make those three issues the dominant ones this year, hopes for taking back the House (and maybe even retaining the Senate) look dim for them right now.

But the worst near-term news for the Dems is that it looks like a majority sees through the demagoguery.

35. Do you agree or disagree with those who say Democrats would rather use the economic downturn as an election issue than work to improve the economy?

Agree: 52%

Disagree: 30%

Not Sure: 18%

I think that Plurality Leader Daschle is playing a losing hand here…

The Dam Is Cracking

According to my sources, Judy Woodruff just announced on CNN that Teddy Kennedy is going to call for a repeal of the tax cuts.

And please, no sophistry about how this is not really a tax increase, because it happens in the future. If changing the legislation so that the cuts don’t take effect isn’t a tax increase, then the original legislation didn’t constitute a tax cut. Sorry, you can’t have it both ways.

Darling, I Just Love Your Hair

Swiss dairy farmers have been banned from using hair spray to improve the looks of their cows.

…the head of the Cattle Association, Hans Siegentahler, now says: “Styling cows has been perfected in such a way that even experts couldn’t judge any longer whether a cow is a natural beauty or just made up. Cattle breeders should stick to the beauty ideal without deceiving anybody.”

When we can’t coif our cattle, the terrorists win.

Why Goldberg’s Book Is Numero Uno At NYT

Nice catch by Andrew Sullivan (or whoever pointed it out to him). And quick thinking by Shelby.

Exchange on CNN?s NewsNight, December 18:

Aaron Brown: “Some conservatives jumped on [Taliban fighter John] Walker, saying he is a product of cultural liberalism ? the California kind ? helping to turn an impressionable kid against his own country. Joining us from Salinas, California, one of those conservatives, Shelby Steele of the Hoover Institution. Mr. Steele wrote a provocative article the other day in The Wall Street Journal ? a column in the Journal. And here in New York, a columnist who thinks Mr. Steele is making an awfully broad generalization: Richard Cohen of the Washington Post. It?s nice to have both of you here.

Mr. Steele.”

Shelby Steele: “First of all, let me interrupt you just a minute. Is Richard Cohen a liberal?”

Brown: “Yeah, Richard Cohen?s a liberal. I think he would say that, wouldn?t he?”

Richard Cohen: “On this issue.”

Brown: “Okay. Everyone is now branded, I guess.”

Steele: “Great. If I?m going to be, everybody?s going to be.”

Why Goldberg’s Book Is Numero Uno At NYT

Nice catch by Andrew Sullivan (or whoever pointed it out to him). And quick thinking by Shelby.

Exchange on CNN?s NewsNight, December 18:

Aaron Brown: “Some conservatives jumped on [Taliban fighter John] Walker, saying he is a product of cultural liberalism ? the California kind ? helping to turn an impressionable kid against his own country. Joining us from Salinas, California, one of those conservatives, Shelby Steele of the Hoover Institution. Mr. Steele wrote a provocative article the other day in The Wall Street Journal ? a column in the Journal. And here in New York, a columnist who thinks Mr. Steele is making an awfully broad generalization: Richard Cohen of the Washington Post. It?s nice to have both of you here.

Mr. Steele.”

Shelby Steele: “First of all, let me interrupt you just a minute. Is Richard Cohen a liberal?”

Brown: “Yeah, Richard Cohen?s a liberal. I think he would say that, wouldn?t he?”

Richard Cohen: “On this issue.”

Brown: “Okay. Everyone is now branded, I guess.”

Steele: “Great. If I?m going to be, everybody?s going to be.”

Why Goldberg’s Book Is Numero Uno At NYT

Nice catch by Andrew Sullivan (or whoever pointed it out to him). And quick thinking by Shelby.

Exchange on CNN?s NewsNight, December 18:

Aaron Brown: “Some conservatives jumped on [Taliban fighter John] Walker, saying he is a product of cultural liberalism ? the California kind ? helping to turn an impressionable kid against his own country. Joining us from Salinas, California, one of those conservatives, Shelby Steele of the Hoover Institution. Mr. Steele wrote a provocative article the other day in The Wall Street Journal ? a column in the Journal. And here in New York, a columnist who thinks Mr. Steele is making an awfully broad generalization: Richard Cohen of the Washington Post. It?s nice to have both of you here.

Mr. Steele.”

Shelby Steele: “First of all, let me interrupt you just a minute. Is Richard Cohen a liberal?”

Brown: “Yeah, Richard Cohen?s a liberal. I think he would say that, wouldn?t he?”

Richard Cohen: “On this issue.”

Brown: “Okay. Everyone is now branded, I guess.”

Steele: “Great. If I?m going to be, everybody?s going to be.”

Why Are Funerals News?

I’m listening, with half an ear as I work, to the funeral of the guy killed in hostile fire in Afghanistan, on Fox News. It seems to have turned into a lengthy sermon. It sounds like I’m listening to something on Sunday morning on some double-digit VHF or UHF channel, instead of Friday afternoon on FNC.

I have no objection to such a thing at the funeral, if the family want it, but do the non-Christians among us really have to be subjected to it (yeah, I know, I can switch the channel)?

I just think that funerals are not news, at least not any more. I thought that Barbara Olson’s service was beautiful, but I still questioned its being telecast live. We’re only making a big deal about this one because there have been so few casualties, and none due to hostile fire, until this one. But if this were a real war, we wouldn’t have enough television bandwidth to broadcast all the funerals. The fact that he died is news. I’m sorry for his family, but his funeral isn’t.

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