'Loyalty is a cardinal virtue,' Part II
More evidence here
that loyalty is an overrated virtue. David Frum on Bush's loyalty tests:
(The) combination of the demand for personal loyalty, the bullying and the ensuing compensatory love-bombing was to weed out strong personalities and to build an inner circle defined by a willingness to accept absolute subordination to the fluctuating needs of a tense, irascible and unpredictable chief.
If you recall, the Clintons' Chief Dynastic Enforcer for Life
was recently lecturing one and all about the virtue of loyalty. ... I'm NOT saying loyalty is bad. Loyalty to a noble cause is good. Loyalty to a noble person is good. But loyalty for loyalty's sake is where it gets tricky. The Bulgers were big on loyalty -- as long as it flowed toward them. Heck, even Jeremy Jacobs
learned the hard way that loyalty has its limits. ...
'Doubts, there were always doubts'
Hub Blog had doubts
-- and I'm glad I was wrong.
... Quickly to the LA-Celts showdown: 1.) BS
says it's going to be the Lakers. But it could be a reverse-psychology ploy by Bill. 2.) The experts
unanimously pick the Lakers. But Boston fans are pushing back in the comments thread. 3.) The LA Times
makes a good point: The Celts-LA games earlier in the season are irrelevent. The Lakers didn't have Pau Gasol then. 4.) Paul Pierce has 'torn loyalties'
my ass. 5.) I hope Doc pulls a Bill Belichick and throws all the prediction clippings at the Celts. I can see Kevin Garnett steaming already. ... Great summary of the past year from Bob
This is a team stitched together on the fly, a team that is a brief year removed from praying for the first pick in the lottery, and that is now going to play for the world championship.
More on the Celts ownership team here.
It's a who's-who of the Boston financial world (with a few deftly placed Left Coast spies thrown in). ... Great retro photo(s) at Bunko Squad
. ... Bert writes in about my Kendrick doubts:
I’ve got a friend who would lend a sympathetic ear to your Perkins rants. Maybe he wouldn’t today, but in general he would. His biggest beef is when Perk grabs an O rebound and then tries the power dribble-gather-go up strong sequence, but can’t make it work.
OK, Hub Blog's predictions. Well, really not predictions. I'm tilting toward the Lakers. All the experts say I should. But I can see the Celts getting pissed at all the Lakers-are-so-good pronouncements -- and coming out mad. I've also stumbled upon a superstitious routine that's going to be hard for the Lakers to overcome.
'This is never seen in the private sector,' Part II
had their own reactions to the hackerama on display this past week. The Globe and Herald chipped in with editorials here
. ... Just providing updates to everyone. Got to have an educated electorate for this November's 'dumb' ballot question, right? ...
'In terms of the larger arguments, believing him'
doesn't care much for Scott McClellan, but she believes him. I liked her reaction to the reactions:
The left, while embracing the book's central assertions, will paint him as a weasel who belatedly 'fessed up. They're big on omertà on the left. It's part of how they survive.
The right will — already has — pummel him for disloyalty. But those damning him today would have damned him even more if he'd resigned on principle three years ago. They — and the administration — would have beaten him to a pulp, the former from rage, the latter as a lesson ...
There's the word 'principle' again. Hub Blog has gotten a kick out of those who long ago abandoned principles and who are now lecturing others on the importance of following through on principles. What a bunch of partisan hacks. ...Update
-- Here's a fun 'Tell-all Tally.'
They're all there: McClellan, Feith, Tenet, Sanchez, Bremer. I enjoyed the 'debacles discovered' category. Even Dougie Feith disclosed some whoppers. Are they all traitors? ... Getting back to Peggy's central question -- 'But is it true?' -- I'd just recommend 'Fiasco.'
The administration still hasn't knocked down 99.9 percent of its assertions. They don't even try. It's too damning. ...
'No one fails'
Outraged Liberal notes that it took a sad tragedy to bring about 'long overdue scrutiny'
of T practices. Check out the training requirements
for trolley operators. I honestly thought it took years to become a driver. Silly me. ...
'The National Geographic's publicity machine'
, here's more evidence
that the scholarship surrounding the 'Gospel of Judas' was a little, well, suspect. ... Past rants on the issue here
. ... They really should make a movie about the behind-the-scenes rollout of the 'Gospel of Judas.' Similar to The Insider's
story behind the story. Maybe they could just use Irving Wallace's The Word
as a script blueprint. Or they could always use Bill Myers' 'Automatic Movie Script Treatment Generator.'
I did. This is what the generator came up with after I plugged in the necessary info:
The Lost Gospel
An original screenplay concept by
Mystery: A genetic researcher teams up with a unemployed writer to find the lost treasure of Cheops.
As the story unfolds, the genetic researcher falls in love with a helpful prostitute who has mob connections which they use to their advantage.
Through tricks and deception they manage to burn down 2 key government data, find the treasure and win the respect of computer hackers.
Think Mission Impossible meets Matrix.
Not bad. ...
'In a thriller'
The best part(s) about last night's game: Kendrick
. ... I've recently been badmouthing Kendrick to anyone who would listen (and there were very few who actually listened). I'll hold my tongue after last night's performance. ... Does anyone really think there won't be a Game 7 at the Garden on Sunday? I'd love to see it over by tomorrow night. But patterns are patterns for a reason. ...
'The fall of conservatism'
Hub Blog missed this pre-Memorial Day essay
by George Packer on the fall of conservatism. Disagree with the first sentence's assertion that the conservative political era began in 1966. But that's a minor quibble. The piece is otherwise long and insightful. ... Liked this George Will line: "It would be a sign of maturity if conservatives would stop using the phrase ‘conservative movement.'" ... Hub Blog is no longer a fan of National Review. But I'll have to check it out more often as long as its current editor mutters things like this:
Most of the right was in lockstep with Donald Rumsfeld. We didn’t want to admit we were losing (in Iraq) and said anyone who said otherwise was a defeatist. One thing I’ve loved about conservatism is its keen sense of reality, and that was totally lost in 2006.
Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan rips
into his old boss and colleagues who put hack partisanship ahead of principles:
Like many Americans, I am concerned about the poisonous atmosphere in Washington. I wanted to take readers inside the White House and provide them an open and honest look at how things went off course and what can be learned from it. Hopefully in some small way it will contribute to changing Washington for the better and move us beyond the hyper-partisan environment that has permeated Washington over the past 15 years.
Extra Packer reading here
, via Andrew Sullivan
, who admirably posted Packer's biting critique of Sullivan's support for Obama. ...
'This is never seen in the private sector'
Of course it's not seen
in the private sector. ... Some are calling for reform of the state's pension systems. Lawmakers are talking about fattening
pension systems as part of their 'union-friendly, election-year maneuvers.' Loved this Claribel Ventura-like quote from a union chief: "It's $10 a damn month; that's all it is." ... Think the new Animal Farm ruling class has a clue about that 'dumb' idea on the November ballot? ... More on public-sector and private-sector disparities here
Post holiday odds and ends ...
Emerging from a secure undisclosed location in New England, Hub Blog will dispatch with a few lingering holiday-weekend issues. ... First, Hillary's June-assassination
comments. I'm sorry. I can't cut her much slack on this one. Even before she opened her mouth on Friday, I and many others were privately thinking: Is she staying in the race partly because Obama might get knocked off? Then her words spilled out -- and the dreaded thought was out in the open. Maybe she wasn't thinking what others were thinking. But keep in mind she used the word 'assassinated' in her remarks. She also fibbed
about what prompted her to make the RFK reference -- for we know she said roughly the same thing in March (i.e. before Ted Kennedy's brain-tumor revelation). She's playing the slim odds by staying in. We know that. She knows that. The Clintons cover every angle. And no Hubert Humphrey is going to slip by her, damn it. ... You see? I thought of the Humphrey angle too. So I'm pretty sure the Clintons have as well. ...
... After the Celts won Game 3 in Detroit (I had a hunch they'd win one on the road), Hub Blog actually entertained the thought that the Celts might go up 3-1 before returning to the Garden. Wrong
. I don't know where the series is headed from here. I'm tilting toward a Celts victory in seven, based on the awesome performance in Game 3. ...
Overheard at Hub Blog's secure undisclosed holiday location this weekend: A lot of people are hanging around New England this summer due to the weak dollar, not high gas prices. We tend to forget that a lot of young people travel to Europe after high school or college graduation. Not this year. I saw more young people this past weekend than in holidays past -- and I heard a few early 20-somethings discussing their dashed Euro trips this summer. I assume many adults are also hesitant about plopping down $400 for hotel rooms in Europe. ...
'So it has come to pass'
So the Celts finally lose
one at home. Disappointing. But the loss could change their road mindset. There's a part of me that isn't upset by last night's loss and prefers them returning home tied 2-2, having finally won an away game. I'm tired of the win-at-home/lose-on-the-road pattern. That's all they need. One game in Detroit. I have a hunch they're going to do it. ...
'For years, the argument was that government workers ..'
that most private-sector workers can only dream of having the perks and now even the salaries of public-sector workers:
For years, the argument was that government workers got rich benefits to make up for lower pay. But according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, public employees in eastern Massachusetts now earn 15 percent more than their private sector counterparts who perform comparable work, and that number is exclusive of more generous government benefit packages.
Turns out some 'retired'
Turnpike employees get to use the Turnpike for free. Quotes are put around the word 'retired' because we don't know if they're Turnkpike-defined 'retired' or private-sector defined 'retired,' i.e., 'senior citizens.' ... More on the Pike here
. ... More on the general unfairness of public-sector perks here
. Strange, they still haven't fixed it now. ...
'We expected some resistance ...We found the exact opposite'
It's sort of like taking one step forward after taking two steps back. But the Iraqi Army's takeover of Sadr City
is still encouraging. ... Nouri al-Maliki has turned out to be a big -- and welcome -- surprise. ... No, I won't use the word 'victory' to describe the retaking of a neighborhood more than five years after the start of the war. We are managing a form of defeat in Iraq -- not victory. But I'm beginning to believe that the degree of defeat won't be as stinging as once feared -- and it looks like we can thank the surge and Iraqi army for that. ...
'Obama's Scots-Irish problem'
looks at 'Obama's Scots-Irish problem.' I suppose there's some validity to the theory. But the last time I heard so much about the Scots-Irish was during the run-up to the Iraq war. I.e. those who pumped themselves up with Andrew Jackson and fighting-spirit lore -- and look what that got us. Maybe James Webb can explain the nuanced macho differences. ... If I was Obama, I'd be more concerned about the 'leading practitioner of opposition research'
just hired by his Scots-Irish opponent. ...
'To applause from onlookers'
Good news: Ted Kennedy is out of the hospital.
... I liked Dan's column
about how much Kennedy's meant to Massachusetts in particular. The thing that amazes me is how long he's been in office -- and how I and so many others have taken his historic presence and clout almost for granted. The Hub Blog brain was barely blinking into consciousness when he was first elected to the Senate. I was watching first-run episodes of I Dream of Jeannie, Get Smart, Star Trek, Boomtown etc. while he was serving out his first term. That's a long time ago in my own little universe. It's why Kennedy's illness is such a shock to so many here. He's a major part of the state's cultural and political DNA. ...
'An already storied career'
Jon Lester blanks out
KC -- and nearly blanks out Celts coverage this morning. Impressive on both fronts. Makes you feel good that Theo hung tough to keep Jon and Clay. ... As for the Celts, I'm sure they don't mind being overshadowed this morning. They're a classy bunch. ... BTW: Hub Blog feels roughly the same way I did before Game 7 against Cleveland: The Celts should take it tonight, but I have doubts. They have to pull off complete team games to beat Detroit -- and that's where my doubts begin. There's this sinking feeling that someone will have a terrible night, requiring others to pick up the slack. Not a good formula for winning championships. ... I'm tempted to say Detroit in six. But I liked what I saw on Sunday. The balls were dropping for a change. ...
'A terrible, terrible picture for that reason alone'
Cambridge's Errol Morris, who last explored whether Roger Fenton's famous Crimean War photo
was staged or not, now tackles an infamous photo from Abu Ghraib.
... I still can't quite accept her explanation for smiling in the photo. But I do accept the argument she's being used as a 'bad apple' scapegoat in the sordid affair. ...
'Appeasement,' Part II
is also tired of the Hitler/Nazi/Munich analogies. Unfortunately, the Nazi name-calling never ends.
... 'Aha! You calling me a fascist? You're the fascist! Aha!'
... Ah, the leading thinkers of the 'conservative movement.' ...
President Bush adds
to the growing body of evidence that we're in the middle of the Worst Historical Analogies Ever War.
Charles has already diagnosed the problem as the 'Bullshit Multiplier Effect.'
... I mean, 'Hitler' and 'Nazis' and 'appeasement' are so 2002-2003 -- and we all know where those analogies got us. ... President Bush's key quote:
We have an obligation to call this what it is: the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.
He's clueless that what's been discredited by recent history is his past false citing of the appeasement argument. ... By pure coincidence, David Ignatius, hours before the president's speech, wrote a column
about the administration's blown diplomatic opportunities over the years. ... BTW: Hub Blog recently read David's new book 'Body of Lies.'
Pretty good. Not great. Pretty good. I could have gone without the protagonist's blubbering over his girlfriend at the end. ...Update
-- Watch this
. The guy literally doesn't know what 'appeasement' means, but, God damn it, he's against it. ... Go to halfway point for the fun stuff. ...
Have I missed a major media story
this week? Yes! Glenn Reynolds
has moved his blog over to Pajamas Media
. ... Seriously, I'm not touching you-know-what, as Dan aptly
describes it, with a ten-foot pole. I'm officially declaring my right to Unofficial Rule No. 1 of blogging
on this one. ... Nothing here. Move along. Nothing here. ... Oh, look, hey, the Celtics play tonight
'All these men in black,' Part II
Better late than never -- a major U.S. media outlet finally confirms that the battle for Basra was a surprising success.
: Hub Blog is not saying the media was conspiring to downplay the good news. The coverage delay, I suspect, was more a function of available resources. ... P.S. -- OK, yeah, I'll admit there was probably a little bias at work too. But I still say the media has done a better job accurately portraying what's happening in Iraq than the happy-talk fantasies pushed by right-wing media critics. ...
Here's a profile of Barney Frank.
The article rightly notes he can be 'amusing but also downright mean.' I've seen him rudely dress down people who innocently ask stupid questions. I've also seen him wow audiences with blunt, witty talks. At least he's seeking bi-partisan compromises on complicated issues -- something that can't be said for most of the clowns in both parties. ...
Bandwagon and fair-weather, Part II
They're bums. They're losers.
Back to the Sox and Pats. ... Notice any tension between the players and Doc? Garnett on Doc's handle-stress-better comment: "In a situation like ours, we are trying to do everything that Doc wants us to do. He makes all the calls. He gives us direction. For the most part, we pretty much try to do what he wants." Translation: Don't blame us. Blame him. Not good. ... One can almost feel at the start of a game that they're going to have an putrid offensive night -- missed easy shots, no inside game, blown passes, general confusion and paralysis. ... Still expect them to win Game 5. But they won't convince me they're championship caliber until they win on the road. ...
Bandwagon and fair-weather
The Celts are a very frustrating
team. ... I always liked Delonte
. ... OK, so there are a lot of fair-weather Celts fans
these days. But I'd submit A.) there are many different shades of fair-weather fans. B.) Mike Bibby was wrong to say Celts fans were fair-weather in the way he meant it. The fact is that the Celts, even at the lowest of their lows, were still drawing bigger crowds than, say, oh, Bibby's Hawks. Here are the NBA attendance records.
There's definitely been a fair-weather attendance increase this year, to an average 18,624, 12th best in the NBA, up from 16,843, 20th best, last year. But it's not that big of a difference. Granted, there would have been more fans this year if the Garden was bigger. And, granted, they were practically giving away tickets last year. But my point is that core Celts fans, by and large, hung in there over the gloomy M.L Carr/Pitino/Phase One Trader Danny eras. The crowds were thinner, quieter and younger. But it was still pretty amazing that anyone bothered to show up during last year's fight-to-the-bottom debacle. ...
BTW: The Celts were the No. 1 road draw in the NBA this season. Guess there's a lot of fair-weather Celts fans in Detroit, Chicago, LA etc.
BTW II: Who are the biggest bandwagon fans in Boston? Patriots fans. Sorry. But where were they all during the Clive Rush/Harvard Stadium/Joe Kapp/Chuck Fairbanks/Sullivan-Kiam etc. eras?
BTW III: Who are the best fans in Boston? Bruins fans. Despite the Curse of the Jacobs and despite the loss of so many blue-collar residents, it's remarkable how core Bruins fans still dream on.
BTW IV: Sox fans are in a league of their own. But let's admit it: They have even more fair-weather fans than the Celts. Look at the numbers
in the '60s, '70s and '80s. Hell, the end of WWII did more for Sox attendance, percentage-wise, than anything else over the course of their history. ...
Hard to figure out what's going on in Lebanon. But I do know one thing: Hezbollah is not engaging in 'civil disobedience.'
... Whether Hezbollah withdraws or not, I like Armchair Gen. Brigher Center's theory, as explained to me yesterday. 'It's a dress rehearsal,' he said of Iran-backed Hezbollah's challenge to the government in Lebanon. 'They want to know how far they can go. They may not win this time. But they'll be back.' ... He added that Iran is pressing on all fronts in the Middle East, perhaps in preparation for a showdown over its nuke plans or over the Straights of Harmuz. Don't know about that. But I do know one other thing: Iran is not on the defensive (see 'Bush has a two-header now' below). ... Michael Totten
has more. ...
'A lot of people are going to try to add things up'
. ... I'm trying to figure out how Sal gets out of this mess. Right now, the strategy seems to be a combination of pleading ignorance, sweeping it under a rug, letting a pal hang out to dry. ...
'Bush has a two-header now'
RE the turmoil in Lebanon
: Actually, Bush has a four-header problem if you read the quote in question. But who's counting at this point? So many disasters on this administration's foreign-policy watch. ... Check out this post
from Michael Totten's otherwise excellent blog
. It quotes the former Middle East adviser to Vice President Cheney saying "Iran has suffered some pretty serious defeats in Iraq" and could be on the verge of suffering "a heavy blow" in Lebanon. I had to read the post twice to make sure I read what I thought I had read: Iran is on the defensive. As one commenter put it: "These people live in some alternative reality." Yep. They do. ...
'Let’s not get carried away now'
. Now let's see them win on the road. Then I'll start believing. ... Bob rightly notes
the second team won it for the Celts. Their stellar play was the most encouraging aspect of last night's win. First team comes out flat? Send in the second wave. Second team tires out? Send the first team back in. Wear 'em down. Overwhelm 'em with assault waves. ... Why are people picking on Doc
? He's made some mistakes. But I like what he's done. And stop picking on Rondo.
has other bloggers' reactions. ...
'They got their losing in early'
Random thoughts: I'm not quite sure why, but the photo at the right really struck me. There's something about it that reminds me of Serbian death squads from the 1990s. Except they're Iran-backed Hezbollah thugs now in the process of seizing Lebanon
. Not the type of fellows you want running a country, right? ... The Hub Blog mind then drifts to this Tom Friedman column
bemoaning, among other things, our energy policy that boils down to begging Saudi Arabia to alter its oil-production policies. ... Finally, I liked this David Brooks column
on British conservatives -- and I liked the following line in particular: "They got their losing in early, and, in the wilderness, they rethought modern conservatism while their American counterparts were clinging to power." ... Clinging to power by implementing Democratic-like pork-barrel politics, running up deficits, fighting truly irrelevant battles
, playing footsie with Hillary
etc., etc., etc. ... Photo via NYT/AFP. ...Update
-- Michael Totten
has much more on Lebanon. Via Glenn
'In the end'
John Ellis calls it.
... The tip-off wasn't the results. It was Hillary's plea for more money. ...Update
-- More money to pay off another loan
'No, not pretty in the least'
An ugly win.
But I'll take it. Liked this observation
on the Celts-Cavs game last night:
But there were two ways to look at this one. Despite limiting Cleveland to 30.7 percent shooting and basically shutting down James, the C’s still managed to win by only four. On the other hand, they won despite four total points from Pierce and Allen.
“If you’re Cleveland, you’re thinking you almost won with LeBron playing that way. And if you’re us, you’re thinking we won with Paul and Ray playing that way,” Rivers said. “So it’s probably a wash.”
The Celts are developing a pattern here: inconsistency. It's unnerving. ... Quickie Cleveland perspective here.
... Of course, lots more at CelticsBlog.
... Boston Sports Media has full coverage roundup
'Obama wrang-wrang Deval Patrick'
Reacting to Jon Keller's piece
yesterday in the WSJ, Mickey
tries to uncover the key analytic difference between Obama and Deval. A GOP source supplies an answer. ... FYI: Definition of wrang-wrang here.
The Pioneer Institute's blog
is pleasantly policy-wonkish and timely in general. Check it out. ...
Quebecois comfort food
I once tried Poutine
and practically gagged. Maybe it was a bad batch. Never tried it again on subsequent trips to Montreal. ... Of course, I eventually developed a taste for horseshoe sandwiches
, so I suppose one day I might end up liking poutine
. They even look alike. Horseshoe sandwiches and Poutine: Long-lost culinary cousins? ...
'A locomotive, on champagne-glass ankles'
I wouldn't equate horse racing with dog fighting
. But Bob's right to start asking questions in the wake of Eight Belles's tragic death
yesterday after the Kentucky Derby. Questions are already being asked, here
, in the MSM as well. ... The Eight Belle tragedy was probably caused by many things -- but breeding should be at the top of everyone's causes list. Race horses are simply being overbred. It's not unlike the overbreeding of Labrador Retrievers.
The former have delicate legs, the result of genetic over-tinkering by humans. The latter have delicate hips, also the result of genetic over-tinkering by humans. The answer sounds simple: Stop overbreeding. But society has a hard enough time as it is when it comes to trying to monitor/influence/regulate performance enhancement in human sports and entertainment (think 'steroids' in MLB and 'anorexia' in Hollywood). How do you stop abusive performance enhancement, i.e. overbreeding, in horse racing when the goal is to produce ever faster and stronger horses? ... I'm no expert on horses or horse racing. But there comes a time when participants in sports/entertainment events become physical freaks of nature -- and we need to address that physical component of a problem. I tried to do so when it comes to the obscene size of football players
today. But no one listened to Hub Blog on that score. ... P.S. -- I'm not in favor of banning horse racing. I'm also not in favor of banning football. I am in favor of addressing the problems in both sports. ... Photo via NYT/AP.
'An Exceedingly Strange New Respect '
Reader No. 1, who I met up with last night to talk politics, sports and lots of other good stuff while watching the Celts game, sent in an email this morning with a header 'The Circle Game':
Two columns this morning that resonated with conversation last night and for some reason reminded me of an article you wrote many years ago about right and left being flip-flopped and often indistinguishable. If some folk can see Margaret Thatcher in Hilary Clinton, I guess anything is possible.
While Carl Bernstein clarifies McCarthyism: Another opportunity for Obama, but will he capitalize on it?
I don't think Noemie Emery (see first link) understands the irony of conservatives now acting like liberals in the 'strange new respect' category, sort of the way conservatives bemoan liberals who hurl charges of 'fascism' and then hurl charges of 'fascism' right back. The two sides really are 'often indistinguishable.' Reminds me of the old line about how one should choose an enemy well, for you often end up resembling them. ...
Anyway, Emery's piece is a conservative's attempt to explain what Hub Blog now calls the Clinton-Conservative Convergence, a sympton of which is the 'exceedingly strange new respect' conservatives have for Hillary. Don't buy into Emery's alleged admiration for Hillary's grit (the same could be said about any presidential candidate's grit -- including Obama's). But do pay attention to her any-enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend explanation. It's quite Leninish. So I'll add that to my growing list
of the root causes of the Clinton-Conservative Convergence: part any-enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend, part generational, part Operation Chaos, part Iraq (Hillary's more moderate -- something Emery points out), and part mirror-image triangulators' respect for a fellow triangulator. ... Reader No. 1 and I last night hashed out two more obvious explanations that I forgot: part natural ganging up on the front-runner Obama and part sincere concern about Obama's competence. ...Update
-- I'm pretty sure this is not the post
Reader No. 1 referenced above. But it does use Star Trek to explain how hard-core liberals and conservatives end up resembling each other more than they care to admit. ... Of course you can always fall back on a two-scorpions-in-a-bottle analogy.
-- From Reader No. 1:
I don't think we discussed this, but one more reason on the part of some conservatives to support Hilary is that she is genuinely seen as the least objectionable alternative. A truly conservative temperment knows even near-perfection is impossible, so inclines to the least bad option, or at least what is perceived as such. This view aggregates many of the other reasons cited for conservatives to implicitly back Hilary.
The other key point, which is a problem with the Emery piece, is viewing the conservatives as a block when the movement is now in fact many a collection of many subgroups...
One Hub Blog note: But in the unlikely event she wins the nomination, the 'least objectionable' love-fest would instantly be over. It would be back to partisan culture wars that Hillary's already said she's ready, able and willing to fight. My fear is that conservatives -- by propping up and/or embracing Hillary -- are creating potential blowback for themselves in a general election that I'm convinced she'd win. Obama is the best, and perhaps last, line of defense against a Clinton restoration. ...
'The Scariest Part of Three Losses to the Hawks'
but not surprising
. So it's Game 7 tomorrow at 1 p.m. ... Disagree with Bob
that tomorrow's showdown is the 'most unanticipated' Game 7 in Celts history. I'd say it's the most frustrating Game 7 in Celts history. I'm still looking forward to it. But everything else he says is spot on, starting with the first sentence: 'OK, it is now time for Celtics fans to get annoyed.' ... Lots of good stuff over at CelticsBlog
. Steve: "The Scariest Part of Three Losses to the Hawks...is the fact that the Celtics have been playing hard throughout this series -- or at least they seem to have been." Put another way: If they're playing hard, then they're not as good a team as their regular-season record suggests. Jeff: 'How did this happen? Lets start with the fourth quarter.' He notes Ray's telegraphed 3-point shot that shouldn't have been shot. I'd note the six missed shots in a row under the hoop toward the end. Bottom line: They weren't clutch. ... I'm looking for a win tomorrow. I'm also anticipating them getting their act together against Cleveland. ...
'In a sign of the growing chaos in the chamber'
More drips updates here
. John Rogers is using Tom Finneran's old playbook to win the speakership, i.e. courting Republicans. ... Why isn't Sal cracking down on DeLeo and Rogers? Is he too nice? Is he too detached? Is he really thinking of leaving? Sal looks as vulnerable as any sitting non-indicted speaker since Tom McGee in 1984, when George Keverian ousted him in a coup. But here's the difference between then and now: Rogers and DeLeo aren't jockeying to overthrow Sal. They're jockeying to fill a void. ...
'This was a fascinating interview'
: Charlie Rose and Harvard's Meghan O'Sullivan
, former deputy national security adviser on Iraq. I was struck how she'd take one step forward in her arguments about Iraq, then retreat one step back. Or as one viewer wrote in the comments section: "SHE HAS MADE A CAREER OF HIDING BEHIND HER INTELLIGENCE." ... The video isn't up yet. But watch for yourself after they post it. ... Keep in mind: She was one of the brighter bulbs in the White House. ...
'Open for Business!'
reports that a new blog
is keeping customers informed about the status of their favorite eateries in the water-logged Financial District. Great idea. ....
'Mission Accomplished,' Part II
Gen. Ricardo Sanchez outlines
the catastrophic mistakes of five years ago -- and how Rummy later tried to weasel out of taking responsibility. ... Notice the references to Sanchez's pension and a post-retirement DOD job offer. It's more than a little disheartening to realize that the Pentagon, in terms of securing loyalty, basically operates by hack Mass Turnpike and MBTA rules, something we got a glimpse
of last week. ... Sanchez item via AS
'For hypochondriac, futurist, medical fetishists'
The IV drip cafe.
... Via Armchair Gen. Brighton Center, who adds, 'There will always be a Japan.' ...
'Austria, that lovely little Alpine republic ...'
is wondering whether the rest of the world is wondering if there's something unique about his native Austria that produced the likes of Josef Fritzl. Gee, well, I don't know, let me think, this is a tough one. ... 'Bunker' and threats to 'gas' victims and 'furnace' for a corpse and
... I guess this is the type of 'pat case'
that Wray was talking about. ...
'Whispers of a regime change,' Part IV
How many drips in a tsunami? Anyway, more drips updates here
It's more than just May Day today. It's "Mission Accomplished" Day
too. ... They're still spinning the banner that won't go away. ...
'Whispers of a regime change,' Part III
-- Outraged Liberal
: 'May Day!' ...Update II
on Sal: 'The ex-powerful'?Update III
: They're counting votes over at Ruth's Chris Steak House. ... DeLeo denies he's interested in a clerk-magistrate job in Malden District Court. Well, at least this week. ...
'Faced with a frantic public and a brave opponent'
The Celts came through
last night. But it wasn't only about defense.
Their shooting was better as well. They weren't falling away on their shots. ... Now back to Atlanta, where shooting stats for both teams will probably flip again. I see a Game 7 at the Garden this weekend. ...Update
-- More over at CelticsBlog.