Saturday, July 04, 2009
Thought on Palin
Maybe she finally realized that she was never going to be President, so she just quit.
Now she can do "dollars for speeches" before another 16 months of Governor-ing dims her star even further. The crowds will be always be friendly, the money will be good, to her people, she will be a sympathetic figure, and, in a little time, she can be a "FoxNews contributor." (Screw the people of Alaska.)
(On the other hand, the "hasty" nature of the thing, with no written speech and no coordinated rollout does feel like something forced by scandal or opportunity.)
Maybe she's going to be the highly paid figurehead president of the NRA, Right to Life, or some other righty group where she can fundraise the maroons?
Oh, and check out enemy Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski's one line statement.
"I am deeply disappointed that the governor has decided to abandon the state and her constituents before her term has concluded," she said in a one-sentence statement.
PS. I'm still "fishing," but Palin's resignation deserved some mention.
Friday, July 03, 2009
Sarah Palin resigns?!?!?!?
I haven't had time to dig into it yet, but my first reaction is that something's fishy. Maybe some scandal, some investigation coming down the pipe.....
I mean, why not just serve out your term? And why release this bombshell on a holiday weekend, Friday off, tomorrow being the 4th. That's the best news dump ever unless you're willing to kill Michael Jackson.
There's something else here. You know the blogging hounds are running like crazy right now.
I'll check back in later, hopefully with more...
(Hey, maybe we'll get a press conference with a shamed and dejected husband for one...)
Later: Andrea Mitchell has the most flattering "to spend more time with her family" article ever.
Later: Read the statement. She's quitting because she doesn't want to not work hard as a lame duck. (No rule says she can't work hard as lame duck.)
And so as I thought about this announcement that I wouldn't run for re-election and what it means for Alaska, I thought about how much fun some governors have as lame ducks... travel around the state, to the Lower 48 (maybe), overseas on international trade - as so many politicians do. And then I thought - that's what's wrong - many just accept that lame duck status, hit the road, draw the paycheck, and "milk it". I'm not putting Alaska through that - I promised efficiencies and effectiveness! ? That's not how I am wired. I am not wired to operate under the same old "politics as usual." I promised that four years ago - and I meant it.
Later: So it's either President or scandal. (If it was the FoxNews host, you'd think they would want her to serve out her term rather than just appearing to sell out.)
And, if it's a move for Presidential ambitions, don't you think her camp's statements and the rollout would be a little smoother? (Plus, do you really think you can run with "quitter" on your resume?)
This might be scandal, and it might not, but it does have the feeling of something decided on suddenly.
One more: I watched her all of her announcement. In the first section, I was convinced she was hinting at 2012, and then she started rambling semi coherently which seemed insecure and made me wonder.
Who doesn't pre-write a statement on something this major? If it's planned with any advance. (And a planned announcement would have proxies out there pushing positive spin, not surprised allies speculating across the spectrum.)
And, she doesn't take questions?
I may shoot in a post or two if N. Korea shoots its missile or Lindsey Graham comes out or I see a really good picture, but otherwise I need to be free of the blog for a few days. It's gotten a bit heavy lately, and I think I need a few days away.
Meet you back here Tuesday.
(PS. I've tried this before and it didn't last til dinner. We'll see how it goes.)
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Fighting hard to lose in 2012
Quote: Smart Guy
"There's something in Hillary as a model for me, because Hillary, well she came in with a different kind of celebrity obviously. But there was a kind of skepticism where she had to prove herself a certain way and also prove not to be a kind of a show horse, but to be a work horse. And so I want to... put my head down and get to work when I get there.".
The longer term Iranian struggle
As the furor over the stolen election dies down and the protesters pull back from the streets, will Moussavi's criticism still have the same impact in 6 months? Will they be able to transition the passion of their movement?
Say a little prayer....
Still... Say a little prayer....
The CIA's history
Famously wrong on the collapse of Russia, and the Indian nuclear tests. Despite the August briefing, virtually blind over 9/11 with no real pre-9/11 assets in Al Qaeda. Institutionally wrong or manipulated on Iraq. Still haven't found Bin Laden.
It might be argued that their successes don't get published, and I think to some degree we have to accept that, but they have also made some huge misses over the years that have cost the US dearly and would seem to force questions over their overall operation.
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Maybe it's time to try something else
His only "big" win was a below 50% squeaker for Senate in the (post Sept. 11) 2002 Republican peak year. (Remember? Walter Mondale stepped in very late after Paul Wellstone died, and Coleman only won by 2%.)
Bush v Nixon
This is now the first time since the 95th Congress (1977-1979) that one party will have had 60 or more votes in the Senate.
Kinda puts the verdict on the Bush presidency in perspective.
A total of 150 U.S. bases in Iraq have been shut down or turned over to Iraqis in the past nine months, according to Pentagon and military officials.
How much crap do you think was left behind?
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Perhaps the best bit is McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt hitting Bill Kristol over one of his career lowlights,
Asked about the accusation, Schmidt fired back in an email: “I'm sure John McCain would be president today if only Bill Kristol had been in charge of the campaign.”
“After all, his management of [former Vice President] Dan Quayle’s public image as his chief of staff is still something that takes your breath away.”
(If you want alot of Republican infighting, it's a fun read.)
N. Korea loses "chicken"
Coleman press conference at 4PM EST, Franken at 5:15. I'm sure the Coleman presser will be filled with "I only wanted to fight for the voters" BS.
Franken fundraising for 2014 starts tomorrow.....
Marc Sanford's self exceptionalism
Logic twists to self-justify.....
Monday, June 29, 2009
Surprise, surprise, surprise.....
Another way: Guardian Council says Guardian Council is right.
Franken-Coleman may soon be over
I'm sure Pawlenty will first allow Coleman a disgusting "just fighting for the voters" concession speech.
(I keep thinking about the reception when Franken first enters the Senate chamber.)
Later: Politico points out that the NRSC has sent a million dollars to Coleman just in the last three months.
(And, no, it's not a Stimulus project.)
Thought for the Day
The US "test fires" back
The US is making a point to say that all three multiple warheads off the missile hit their targets while the N. Koreans can't even make a nuke small enough to fit on a missile.
In international military terms, I think this is termed "Mine is bigger."
US troops leave Iraqi cities
It's amazing that this step is passing with so little notice.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Good luck, boys. Fight hard.
A Cuban missile crisis in N. Korea
But, I do fear we're approaching a danger point where tensions and weapons systems are so stacked that a mistake or miscalculation could lead to a very ugly incident.
(Reuters) South Korea getting U.S. missiles to boost defences: report
(AP) N. Korea threatens to shoot down Japanese planes in its air space
With so many players in the dance and so little distance, if one missile goes astray, or a ship or plane gets damaged in an accident, or someone reads the wrong thing on their screens, things could get dangerously out of control very quickly.