The conventional wisdom is that Howard Dean is going to pivot to the center, but his best chance may be a lurch to the left.11:00 PM, Dec 30, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
HOWARD DEAN has survived a bad month. Saddam Hussein was captured. The Democratic party appears to understand that Dean isn't electable. Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman and Congressman Richard Gephardt all have warned that Dean means certain electoral doom. They aren't exaggerating. Even the Washington Post has filed its objections to his candidacy. Dean is clearly out of the mainstream.
The online world of the Dean campaign has convinced itself that there's something big going on. Are they right?11:00 PM, Dec 17, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
HOWARD DEAN may have jumped the shark with his declaration that "the capture of Saddam has not made America safer," but don't tell that to the online world that the Dean campaign has built for itself.
By giving voice to nutty conspiracy theory, Howard Dean is bringing the political fringe one step closer to the center.11:00 PM, Dec 10, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
THE WORLD is full of interesting theories.
There's the theory that FDR was warned of the attack on Pearl Harbor, but allowed it to happen in order to enrage America and bring us fully into World War II.
There's the theory that LBJ had JFK knocked off on the orders of Texas oilmen.
There's the Raelians' theory that ancient space travelers planted people on Earth; and there are the very interesting theories contained in "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" along with the theory that the Bilderberger Group is secretly running the world.
Why won't American Catholic bishops defend public figures who believe in the Catechism?11:00 PM, Dec 3, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
CATHOLIC BISHOPS have been making noises about disciplining Catholic politicians who advocate for policies opposed to Church teaching. If you are an observant Catholic, don't get your hopes up.
Howard Dean cogitates on the merits of American justice versus international justice in the war on terror.3:20 PM, Dec 2, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
HOWARD DEAN wants Osama bin Laden to get 30 years to life. No hanging by the neck until dead. No firing squad. Not even a lethal injection for being the mastermind behind the deaths of more than 3,000 Americans.
That's the upshot of Dean's exchange with Chris Matthews last night, an exchange ignored--and in one case glossed over--by a Dean-friendly press.
MATTHEWS: Who should try Osama bin Laden if we catch him? We or the World Court?
DEAN: I don't think it makes a lot of difference. I'm happy . . .
Two new books paint damning pictures of administrations loyal only to themselves.11:00 PM, Nov 25, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
SOME BOOKS should be read in tandem. One pair for parallel reading: William Manchester's second volume in his life of Churchill, "Alone," and Rich Lowry's fine new effort: "Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years."
Manchester's book chronicles the wilderness years of the greatest man of the 20th century, and it is thus obliged to follow the doings of the not-so-great men who held power in Britain through most of the '30s, including Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain.
Calling Governor Romney and the elected representatives of Massachusetts.11:00 PM, Nov 19, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
"JOHN MARSHALL has made his decision," Andrew Jackson is said to have remarked in the aftermath of a Supreme Court decision he disliked, "now let him enforce it."
Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney would be well advised to ponder that line long and hard over the Thanksgiving holidays.
It is an interesting time for the Massachusetts Supreme Court to have seized control of the elected branches in its state, given the connection between Thanksgiving and the Bay State.
The reason the mainstream media is downplaying the Democratic Senate Intelligence Committee memo is because it implicates mainstream journalists.11:00 PM, Nov 12, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
SEAN HANNITY'S big scoop is not generating the headlines it ought to.
Everywhere you look this fall the left's spinning is coming undone.11:00 PM, Nov 5, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
THE VERY BEST ASPECT of the decision by CBS to cancel its network showing of the Reagan miniseries was the first paragraph of CBS's statement explaining its decision:
CBS will not broadcast "The Reagans" on November 16 and 18. This decision is based solely on our reaction to the final film, not the controversy that erupted around a draft of the script.
Sure. And New Coke really did taste great. And Michael Dukakis is glad he rode in that tank. You can hear Jon Lovitz in the background going, "Yeah, yeah. That's the ticket.
A decade and a half of species protection planning helps bring on a species disaster in the fires of California.11:00 PM, Oct 29, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
THE STEPHEN'S KANGAROO RAT was listed as "endangered" by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on October 31, 1988. This little-noticed action launched a revolution in land use in southern California that has culminated in the fires that have now claimed at least 17 lives, destroyed close to 2,000 homes, and consumed more than 600,000 acres throughout the region.
A look at the Greenpeace activist cum L.A. Times military affairs columnist who's taking after Gen. Jerry Boykin.12:00 AM, Oct 23, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
WHO IS WILLIAM ARKIN?
For starters, he is the scribbler who launched the assault on Lt. Gen.
The Los Angeles Times strikes back at its critics, and gets rung up by the blogosphrere (again).12:00 AM, Oct 16, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
LIKE MOST CALIFORNIANS, I am sick of discussing the Los Angeles Times.
I had intended to write this week about the sudden crystallization of the Democratic party around the campaign theme "Higher Taxes, Lower Defenses." This combination of Mondale economics with McGovernite foreign policy is without precedent in American political history and deserves close examination. The appearances of Joe Biden and Jay Rockefeller on the weekend talk shows presented even more opportunities to ruminate on the collapse of coherence within Democratic ranks.
But the Times keeps asking for more.
Democrats think the recall revolution was about incumbents and the economy. Their reaction last night suggests they're in for a surprise in 2004.8:07 AM, Oct 8, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
WITHIN MINUTES of the release of exit polls from California last night, Democrats had wheeled as one and began the hopeless attempt to spin the disastrous verdict. Senator Dianne Feinstein led the charge, but the refrain echoed throughout the party: This was a verdict on Davis's handling of the budget, a handling very similar to the fiscal mismanagement on the national level.
Howard Dean had the message on his website 18 minutes after the polls closed:
"Today's recall election in California was not about Gray Davis or Arnold Schwarzenegger.
What a Schwarzenegger victory will mean for the Democratic party.8:00 AM, Oct 7, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
THIS IS THE PART in the movie when the battering rams smash through the besieged town's much-reinforced-but-nevertheless-crumbling wooden gates, and the outsiders pour through the breach and then over the walls to loot and pillage at will.
Arnold and his forces are at Sacramento's gates. Think Alexander and Thebes. The gutter politics of the last few days won't make the hand-over pretty.
The Los Angeles Times is no longer just part of the story on recall, they're now part of the election.12:00 AM, Oct 6, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
SUDDENLY Tuesday's election is more than a recall. It has also become a referendum on the Los Angeles Times.
In an astonishing story from page A34 of Sunday's Times, Readers Angry at The Times for Schwarzenegger Stories, the paper struggles to report the damage done to its reputation over the past three days while at the same time offering a lengthy apologia from editor John Carroll.