An Open Thread
by Jonathan Singer, Tue Dec 26, 2006 at 09:36:43 AM EST
A few things in this relatively quiet period between national holidays:
- A judge in Missouri has written a largely political tome bashing what he sees as the liberal attack on the judiciary. Left out of this equation, of course, is the fact that when judges, like the one in question, take overtly political stances, as this judge does with this book, it debases our entire American judicial system.
- According to a Northern Virginia Imam, Muslims in the state backed Jim Webb over George Allen by roughly a 47,000 to 3,000 margin. These numbers appear to be anecdotal -- exit polling does not include Muslim among the religion choices, but the 7 percent in the "other category" did vote for Webb by a 78 percent to 22 percent margin -- but they nonetheless raise some interesting questions worthy of further examination.
- Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, Republican from Alabama, writes today in The Washington Post that the Democrats should embrace a bipartisan plan to "fix" Social Security with private accounts. This is just the type of "bipartisanship"I have warned about and that Congressional Democrats must stay away from.
- Joe Biden, the incoming Senate Foreign Relations chairman who has an eye on the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, is pledging to block any move by the White House to further escalate the violence in Iraq by sending more American troops.
- By the time of the next census, Florida may have as many congressional seats as New York. This prospect indicates that the Democrats need to get straight to work at strengthening the party infrastructure in the state so that Republicans are not able to indefinitely capitalize on the population shift away from so-called "blue states" to the so-called "red states."
- The battle over robo-calls continues as the state of Nebraska moves to investigate voter suppression using prerecorded phone messages. This could mean that the National Republican Congressional Committee is in their sights.