Monday, May 17, 2010

Cruising the Web

Steve Huntley of the Chicago Sun Times writes that the real lesson of low polls for the Democrats is that people are just fed up with profligate government spending. Sure President Bush pushed up deficits, but the Democrats have just taken the deficit into overdrive and people are getting fed up.

Everyone seems to be coming out of the woodwork to knock on Jon Meacham and Newsweek. But don't despair. Apparently, some investors are interested in buying up Newsweek so it can continue to bore us on its road to world domination of irrelevance.

The IMF is impressed with the United States' budget deficits - and not in a good way. Check out the scary tables in this report by Edmund Conway.

Politico notes that quite a few of the candidates that Sarah Palin is endorsing are women. Imagine that. And some of her targets to defeat are also women. Oh my! Democratic women don't think that is quite nice. They would prefer that she buy into some sort of imaginary sisterhood and refrain from criticizing other women politicians. As if Democratic women wouldn't knock her if she declared for the presidency. Shouldn't feminists be happy that they can be treated just like male politicians?

Democrats in D.C. still wish that Obama would stop bashing Washington and just concentrate on bashing Republicans. I always think it's funny to think of a president and leader of huge majorities in Congress trying to sell himself as he's the one who is the outsider.

Some civil rights organizations are a tad uneasy
about Elena Kagan's nomination because she hasn't been vocal about their issues. They don't like that she was part of Bill Clinton's domestic policy staff who were recommending that the Clinton administration focus on race-neutral policies such as fighting poverty rather than looking at poverty as a racial issue. Horrors! And while working for the first black president! What's funny is that is just the sort of language that they would be up in arms about if it came from a Republican. They'd regard "race-neutral" as code language for a racist agenda. But now they have to swallow and take it because she's the nominee of the real first black president.

And we'll all get more to read about what she was saying in those years now that the
White House has asked the Clinton Library to expedite the release of the documents from her time working in the Clinton White House.

The WSJ points out how charter schools' chances of real reform are being hobbled by legal restrictions in many states. States are putting all sorts of regulations on charters that don't allow them to enact true reform policies.

For people who didn't think it would make a bit of difference whether McCain or Obama won, look at what he's been able to sneak through using executive authority alone to help unions without having to bother with trying to push such changes through Congress.

Joe Queenan is frighteningly funny as he looks at the shock this year's college graduates will be facing. They're going to find that working in a office is a lot more like scenes from "The Office" than they could have imagined.

Gee, independent groups are spending huge amounts of money in this year's primaries. And some of them don't even have to let voters know who is funding the group. And this isn't due to the Citizens United case. It was what was legal before. And then there is the union money being spent in these races. But that isn't what President Obama nd Elena Kagan are all passionate about. That spending is fine by them.

L. Gordon Crovitz points out that Elena Kagan might have deplored the vacuous quality of today's judicial confirmation hearings. But she approves the event that precipitated this change: the Robert Bork hearings. By twisting and mischaracterizing Bork's position in order to get the most inflammatory headlines as possible, the senators insured that no future candidate would ever again engage in an intellectual discussion of judicial interpretation.

Don't be fooled by Senators Kerry and Lieberman's new climate bill. They might not call it "cap and tax" but that is what it is, just disguised by the exceptions put in to please industries that successfully got subsidies after some impressive lobbying.

Some of the most vulnerable Democrats are those who shifted from first opposing the health care reform bill to voting for it in final passage. As things stand now, they may well have to find a different career as a result of that vote.