08 February 2010

Saturday and Monday

... but not yet Sunday.

Gail Collins was at her acerbic best on Saturday:

This time storm warnings came just as the Senate had hit a point of uncommon productivity. In a single week, it managed to not only confirm two U.S. marshals, but also to approve a couple of nominations to the Obama administration. Finally, we can sleep easy in the knowledge that the Labor Department has a No. 3 person.
Read the entire column.

Here's a really fascinating analysis of the continuing travails of Toyota

Whenever I
read Paul Krugman, I simultaneously hear a certain Lady of the South making a "wah-wah" sound.  I bet Krugman hears the same thing as he types.
We’ve always known that America’s reign as the world’s greatest nation would eventually end. But most of us imagined that our downfall, when it came, would be something grand and tragic.


After the dissolution of Poland, a Polish officer serving under Napoleon penned a song that eventually — after the country’s post-World War I resurrection — became the country’s national anthem. It begins, “Poland is not yet lost.”

Well, America is not yet lost. But the Senate is working on it.
William Rhoden fails to get me excited and/or worried about a potential labor disturbance in the NFL.  What about you?  The result would be more baseball news, no?

Whenever there's a favorable story on priests in the Times, I take notice. 
Consider notice taken.

Peggy Noonan is correct.  Questions for the President is a foolish idea.  In fact, it is so entirely foolish that I worry about such an idea gaining traction. 
The crux of Noonan's argument however, points in a sensible direction:

I think sometimes of the suburbs around Washington, which are planted thick with knowledgable veterans of government—old national-security and foreign-policy hands, patriots of both parties who've served within government, in and out of the military. How painful it must be for them to watch all this, knowing what they know and understanding that political party, at a time like this, means nothing. There is so much experience to share, and so much wisdom, from both parties. I wish those old hands had more say.

The biggest historic gain of this administration may turn out to be that Democrats in the White House experienced leadership in the age of terror, came to have responsibility in a struggle that needs and will need our focus. It wasn't good that half the country thought jihadism was some little Republican obsession.

But both parties should sober up. The day after the next bad thing, we will all come together, because that is what we do. Republicans and Democrats will work together, for a while.

It would be better to do it now. It is their job to do it now.



Anonymous said...

are you testing our vision?

chris j

mtjofmcap said...

Funny things going on with the format. I'll blame the snow, I think.