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The Tally Ho

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Back for a Day

I have not posted in a long time, and this will continue until early June. Simply put, I have taken on more than I probably should have. I have not decided if I will keep up the Tally Ho or create something new. Either way, it will never be a personal diary kind of blog. Some things that I am keeping track of:

Tom DeLay is not going down quietly. This just seems to be causing more partisanship and while Democrats think that this is going to cost the GOP marginal swing seats in the House - I'm not sure that this just doesn't make moderate Republicans in the Northeast, Great Lakes, and Pacific West coast easier targets to defeat. But does this bring a majority? I wonder how different the GOP would be acting right now if states decided to not create mostly safe districts. But it obviously is having an effect as Texas Governor, err, President Bush has openly backed DeLay and Hastert has caved to the mounting displeasure regarding the change in ethics rules. For more Texas fun, check out this Daily Show Clip. However, hope comes from his poor political decisions on the Shiavo media spectacle and GOP leadership's decision to purge the House ethics committee - just as they did to Chris Smith (R-NJ) on Veterans Affairs. Democrats will run on 1) being the party of adults 2) the party that represents moderates, thus protecting America from radical conservatism 3) and that the GOP will exploit everything possible to get what they want. Anyone else think that the Dr. Frist's media spectacle last week will be looked at negatively by the population as a whole, or does he simply think this will help his certainly lack luster 2008 run for the Presidency? It is amazing that the majority, Republicans, are still harping on about how they are the victims of a vast left wing conspiracy against conservative Christians - especially when 7 Supreme Court Justices were nominated by Republicans. Living in New York I don't think I have a feel if people really believe this victimization talk, or if they recognize that it is just politically expedient - The War on Judiciary. Even Senator Salazar has called them out.

Sen. Chafee. He is beatable. He isn't raising a great deal of money. The White House is not running a candidate against him. This is pragmatic, you have you 55 votes in the Senate, taking out the moderates, who will vote against ending the filibuster on judicial nominees, will only decrease the GOP hold on the Senate. In perhaps the most liberal state in the US, there is no way a Bush or club for growth puppet candidate will retain the seat after winning the primary. This is not any different than the DNC's breadth of Senate representation from very GOP leaning states. DKos seems to think that Mr. Chafee isn't interested in retaining his seat, but Josh Marshall of TPM says that Mr. Chafee made a campaign trip recently with Dr. Frist. So obviously he isn't being passive. My gut tells me that Mr. Chafee will vote to confirm Mr. Bolton as UN Ambassador - either a gesture to the White House or on merit if he thinks the evidence isn't strong enough. On the other hand, the DNC pushed seemingly their best candidate, Jim Langevin, out because he is not pro-choice. Of course has not sat well with many, and leaves the winner of the Matt Brown and Sheldon Whitehouse primary to challenge Chafee in November 2006. Bob Casey, Jr. in Pennsylvania didn't back out because he is anti-choice. Then again, he is running against Sen. Santorum. This raises the question, is there a litmus test on Senate Democratic candidates in the so called blue states? If so, how can one group get so much power to sink a candidacy that as close to a sure thing as possible? As I see it, the two biggest issues facing the judiciary in the next generation are personal rights to privacy (from both corporations and governments - which includes pro-choice issues) and environmental protection.

On John Bolton... lets let Bill Mahr take this one
"I don't understand why they are defending this guy. He is a raging diplomat. That just seems like a contradiction. I think this guy would be perfect as head of Homeland Security. If you need a 'rip off your head and shit down your neck' kind of guy, why don't we put him head of making the airports better? But as far as our top diplomat, it seems insane that this is the guy they want for this job."
Ah, but Bolton is just another typical Bush nominee... take the most controversial person you can find and ram them down our throats. Thank you Senator Voinovich. While I still think he could win his nomination - perhaps this is the time for the GOP led Senate, or those dedicated to the separation of powers to tell the White House they can't get everything they want. They got their War in Iraq. How is that going? They got their expensive Medicare bill. How much did that cost again? They decided to not fund NCLB. How many states have already opted out? By the way, what are those poll numbers on Bush, Congress, the Social Security bamboozle, and their filibuster bamboozle? Not well I see.

The Red Sox need to bat Edgar Renteria in the two spot and Nixon in the sixth - or stop changing Renteria's spots in the order. I also think the Red Sox are going to wish that they would have stuck with Scott Williamson for another year. In any case, their starting pitching is shaky thus far - but hey, the Yanks are hardly better. The Cubs needed to trade Kerry Wood while he is still worth something - pretty soon his hype and reality are going to meet and the Cubs will be stuck with a big contract and take the risk of losing Zambrano or Prior. The Cubs made a mistake by letting the inning eating Clement leave. Only the Cubs seem to think Burnitz can make up for both Alou and Sosa. I would have signed Clement and traded Wood - and made Carlos Beltran or Mags Ordonez off season priorities. I know Mags is down for two months, but it makes sense on paper. Ah, the Yankees. I loved their mid-90s teams, but this one isn't going to win the World Series either. I am still not sold on bringing in Sheffield and A-Rod last season. I thought making Vladimir Guerrero their number one target and Miguel Tajada their number two (to play third) would have had a great long term return. I also thought they should have kept David Wells or added another left handed starter. In the end, I am assuming that the Yankees post season hopes rest more upon Carl Pavano and Jaret Wright pitching a lot of innings. But at least A-Rod can get 10 RBIs in a game wasn't close.

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