Saturday, July 2, 2005

This and That

  • Gimmee yer dough: reports that Gary Bauer, that little right-wing toad who ran for president in 2000, is already sending out fund-raising e-mails so he and his pals on the right can back a Supreme Court nominee that will “restore balance” to the court. Balance? Out of the nine on the bench, seven were appointed by Republicans. And while Mr. Bauer seems to think that “[t]he public is increasingly disturbed by a Supreme Court that says it is OK to seize private property; that issues contradictory opinions on the Ten Commandments; that finds partial-birth abortion to be a cherished right; and which looks to foreign opinion for guidance in interpreting our own Constitution,” a flash poll from CNN (via Atrios) indicates that 65% want a justice who will uphold Roe v. Wade, including 47% of Republicans. So really all this is right now is a chance to hit up the donors. Yeah, I’ll bet I’ll get e-mails from the left asking for money, too. Opportunity is open-minded.
  • There’s buzz going around that Lawrence O’Donnell told his colleagues on The McLaughlin Group that the Time magazine notes turned over in the Valerie Plame case will name Karl Rove as the source of the leak to Robert Novak. How Mr. O’Donnell, a Democratic party advisor and co-producer of The West Wing, would have this information is for higher beings to know, but it would be a lot of fun if it was true. It’s already got the carnival started over at AMERICAblog.
  • The FBI raided the home and the yacht used as residences by Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-CA) to seize evidence — some already shredded — in an investigation of the Congressman’s relationship with a defense contractor. Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo has been on this story from the beginning, and it has more twists and turns than a David Lynch movie. Cunningham’s lawyer said that the Congressman would cooperate fully with the investigation and that the FBI is trying to “generate headlines” by using “strong-arm tactics.” No, I’d say it was the shredding of the documents that instigated the raid, but hey, lawyers get the big bucks to say stuff like that.
  • Third-rate burglary? The Ohio Democratic headquarters in Columbus were broken in to the other night. The computer and a BlackBerry belonging to the party chairman were stolen. Other computers and equipment were untouched. This just as the investigation into the Coingate scandal involving the highest levels of the Republican party and Governor Bob Taft is heating up. (For those of you under the age of forty, “third-rate burglary” was the term used by the White House in June 1972 to dismiss claims that the Committee to Re-Elect President Nixon was behind the break-in at Democratic Headquarters in the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C.)