Friday, April 15, 2005
SLOWLY HE CREEPS BACK TOWARD BEING SEMI-REASONABLE:The EU isn’t all bad. It has acted as a democratic magnet for many other countries on its periphery; its democratic values have helped goad national governments into adopting more liberal economies and more inclusive societies.Gee, where was this sentiment in 2002-03 when he was giving the U.S. conservative base the red meat it wanted?
Such as:The plucky Spanish and Poles stick to their guns and help derail a new constitution for the EU. Good news for the U.S. But the process isn’t over. Old Europe will try to put it back together again. Instant analysis: the 25 state EU is unmanageable. It either has to become a far more integrated political and economic unit or it will fracture. Given the fact that even France and Germany cannot abide by the fiscal rules they themselves insisted upon only a few years ago, the chances of a real unraveling are not as low as they once were. Here's hoping.(Emphasis ours)
posted by Sully 4/15/2005 05:42:00 PM
IF SULLIVAN WERE PREGNANT, THERE WOULD BE NO UNDERPOPULATION PROBLEM:
Sullivan finally admits the obvious: his trip to rehab has failed (We just had this cleverer punchline than that worked out, but then we are Bloggers Anonymous).
So, it seems like we’re back on the job, too. Anyone want to give us some money? It would be appreciated.
posted by Sully 4/15/2005 05:37:00 PM
WE SUPPOSE THAT ON HIS INTELLECTUAL PLANET, THIS IS SUCH THE KNOCKOUT PUNCH IT DOESN’T EVEN NEED TO BE, LIKE, SUBMITTED TO A REFEREED JOURNAL OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT:The whole idea of “super-AIDS” was a punch-line on South Park last night.
posted by Sully 4/15/2005 05:34:00 PM
Sullivan returns to the same snippily dismissive form he adopted long ago in response to the Plame and Harken allegations when defending Tom DeLay on the substance of (some of) the allegations against him:I’m not that impressed with the ethical complaints against him. His sleaze doesn't seem to me to be that unusual. Having his wife work for him is almost routine in Congress.
Yeah, but, Matthew Yglesias points out over at TAPped, it’s a bit more complicated than that.There’s a pretty clear distinction here between Rhonda Rohrabacher getting paid a non-extraordinary sum of money to perform the genuine job of campaign manager and what Christine DeLayseems to be into, which is getting a very large sum of money to perform an ill-defined task. On the one hand, you’ve got some harmless nepotism — hiring family members to do jobs for you. On the other hand, you've got a pretty transparent effort to take bribes. If I’m a member of Congress and ACME Corp. wants to put some money in my pocket, that’s illegal. But they can donate the money to my PAC, and my PAC can give it to my wife for her work providing “strategic guidance,” and my wife can deposit it in our joint checking account.
posted by Sully 4/15/2005 05:18:00 PM
Thursday, April 14, 2005
SILVER NIB WATCH:But so once did Howell Raines.But so did Howell Raines once.
But Howell Raines did once, too.
Precious Anglicism or not, one expects better of an Oxford graduate.
posted by Sully 4/14/2005 03:53:00 PM
BUT WHO ARE WE TO TALK?:
Eddie Vieira’s pro-Stalin remark, Robert George’s blog ... all of this as usual broken days before on other blogs.
posted by Sully 4/14/2005 03:48:00 PM