Tuesday, January 10, 2006

A Great Injustice

Perhaps it is not on the level of the Trail of Tears or the 2000 election in Florida, but Jim Rice deserves to be in the baseball Hall of Fame.

Monday, January 09, 2006

That Was Quick

Not so long ago, you would think that Junior and Tom DeLay were working hand in hand for the betterment of the country (or at least the GOP and her supporters). Now it appears that the President never though too highly of the bug man:
Even before DeLay's announcement that he would abdicate his leadership post, top Bush advisers tell TIME, the President's inner circle always treated DeLay as a necessary burden. He may have had an unmatched grip on the House and Washington lobbyists, but DeLay is not the kind of guy in background and temperament the President feels comfortable with. Of the former exterminator, a Republican close to the President's inner circle says, "They have always seen him as beneath them, more blue collar. He's seen as a useful servant, not someone you would want to vacation with."

That's loyalty for you!

Saturday, January 07, 2006

DeLay Bows to Reality

Realizing that his days as the most powerful man on Capitol Hill are behind him, Tom DeLay has announced that he will not seek to regain his old position as Majority Leader. There could be a very interesting battle between, the current acting Majority Leader, Roy Blunt, and John Boehner, who has been openly lusting at the job for about 10 years now. But I am sure that there will also be a wild card, certainly a true outsider Conservative or possibly even a pragmatic moderate who could run on his ability to appeal to some Democrats. (Nah, the latter option won't happen.)

But it this will serve as the opening salvo in the battle for the "heart and soul" of the GOP that will continue through the 2008 election. One interesting question is whether Junior gets involved, and if he does, how much weight he still has.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

The Other Shoe

Although a great number of Democrats are enjoying the Jack Abramoff scandal, the real fun will be when he starts talking and future indictments begin rolling out. It is the chickens coming home to roost after 10 years of blurring the lines between government and the interests of private businesses and interest groups.

From news reports, the numbers of potential indictments seem to be from a low of 1 or 2 Congressman to as high as 30. Only time will tell, but the important part is that Democrats take advantage of an issue where (unlike national security) they would seem to have a natural advantage. So far that hasn't been seen in the polling numbers, but then again, so far only 2 Members of Congress have been indicted, and neither for the Abramoff mess.

But the real effect may not be seen until Election Day, when moralistic Republicans will have to decided if they are going to go to the polls to vote for a Republican Party, especially in Congress, that seems to have lost its way. The key in 2006 for Democrats is to play up those fears and keep those usually reliable GOP voters at home.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Can Running for Governor Increase Ratings?

We may be about to find out. That is if, The Donald is serious about running for Governor of New York.
Then again, maybe it would add some needed zip to The Apprentice. See the contestants mucking around upstate New York trying to convince your average Utican that the Donald is really concerned about them.

Of course, we went down this road in 2000 with the Presidency and the Reform Party, and it seems to me that this is just Joe Bruno, who is not a Bill Weld fan, casting about for anybody else to run.

But if they do convince The Donald to run, maybe they can get also Martha Stewart to run for the Senate against Hillary. It might be a ratings blockbuster.