/*PenDragn: Quick News and Views Thursday Morning September 21, 2006*/

9.21.2006

Quick News and Views Thursday Morning September 21, 2006

George Allen only learned about Jewish Heritage last month. That seems a little hard to believe, but more power to the family.

The most suspicious part of the report is the perfect little dialogue here:
When I told Georgie, I said, 'Now you don't love me anymore.' He said, 'Mom, I respect you more than ever.'
Please, this really didn't happen except in one of Karl Rove's focus groups unless the Allen family members think they're living in a soap opera.

Knowing George Allen's loose use of facts in the past... well you make up your own mind.



A twisted ad in Maryland disparaging Democrats on Civil Rights is even too dirty for Republican Senate candidate it favors.

You would think that after the revelations of the Republican Southern Strategy in which they promoted racism and other forms of bigotry and which are still being used today in some Congressional races and acknowledged by Ken Mehlman in front of black groups around the nation, they wouldn't dare tell lies like this.

Statement from the Michael S. Steele for Senate (opposing Democrat Benjamin L. Cardin) campaign.
"NBRA's current radio ad is insulting to Marylanders and should come down immediately," the statement says. "Although they may have had good intentions, there is no room for this kind of slash-and-burn partisan politics in the important conversation about how to best bring meaningful change to Washington, D.C. and get something done for Maryland."
And yet, Steele knows that a certain number will still fall for the lies.



House Panel Supports Tribunal Plan, 20 to 19

Look at this dirty work:

Republicans control the Judiciary Committee, 23 to 17. But early yesterday, three GOP members were absent and two others backed the rival legislation written by GOP Sens. John W. Warner (Va.), John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.). Had a couple of Democrats not also been absent at the time, the Warner bill might have won the panel's endorsement. It fell just short, but so did the Bush version, which was temporarily voted out of the committee with an "unfavorable report."

Democrats tried to end matters there and turn out the lights. But they narrowly failed to adjourn the meeting and deny the committee a quorum.


That gave Republican leaders time to round up two of their missing colleagues, Reps. Henry J. Hyde (Ill.) and Elton Gallegly (Calif.). Over strenuous Democratic protests and shouts of "point of order," the Republicans used a series of 20-to-19 votes to overturn the previous decision and to favorably report Bush's bill to the House floor. Republican Reps. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Bob Inglis (S.C.) joined all 17 Democrats in opposing the efforts.

But the Post assures us not to worry, because the Senate will take care of this.
But wait, Bill Frist is going to have his people fillibuster the Democratic version in the Senate even though he has maintained over and over again that the fillibuster is antidemocratic even when done by the Democratic Senators who actually represent more Americans. One asks what that means for a Republican fillibuster when the whole kit and kaboodle of them represent a minority of Americans. Well, I guess I can think it, even if I can't say it on a family friendly blog.
One thing I can say though:
More Democrats needed in House, Stat!
Voter, it's up to you!

David Broder comments on the civil rights issue that most of the Republicans are caving in to the Bush administration over:
but the moral scale of the issue -- torture -- and the implications for both constitutional and international law give it an epic dimension, even if it is ultimately settled by compromise.


Holes Examined in Bush's Freedom Agenda


What did your mama tell you about those holes in your briefs, Georgie.