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.
The real reason Democrats are crying McCarthy on questions of patriotism.12:00 AM, Oct 2, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES for the White House, Senate, and House face a huge difficulty in 2004: They are on the wrong side of the national security gap. The public doesn't trust their party's collective judgment on the key issues of war and terrorism.
A look at the different flavors of editorial sin.12:00 AM, Sep 25, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
THERE ARE EDITORS and there are editors.
After a quarter century of punditry, I have come to appreciate the best of editors and to refuse to work with the second team. The second team seems intent on substituting their ideas for yours and dulling the sharpest points. The first team polishes and will rarely, if ever, steer away from controversy.
A March recall may wind up frustrating California liberal interest groups and putting Gray Davis in a sticky situation.12:00 AM, Sep 18, 2003 • By BILL WHALEN
FOR GRAY DAVIS, old habits die hard.
A day after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals postponed the October 7 recall, the California Association of Highway Patrolmen donated an estimated $50,000 to the governor. That was four days after the legislature approved a new contract--negotiated by the Davis administration--giving CHP officers one extra day per month of vacation or personal leave instead of a 5 percent raise.
California's housing market has been in high gear for the last few years. What will happen to the state's already rocky economy if it tanks?1:15 PM, Sep 4, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
AS THE RECALL rocks along, reporters continue to ignore the underlying causes of widespread voter disgust, including Gray Davis' the tripling of the car tax this past summer, and the tidal wave of special interest legislation that ranges from workplace protection for cross-dressing employees to the bestowal of land use authority on California's Indian tribes over sites they determine to have sacred significance.
The Indian tribes haven't decided if they're going to stay, hit, or double down on the recall. But once they put their big stack on the table, it could change the picture.12:00 AM, Aug 19, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
HOW MUCH would you spend to protect and expand a business with $5 billion in annual revenues and no significant local competition? Is that protection worth 2 percent of one year's income? Or 5 percent? Maybe even 10 percent? Whether California's Indian tribes spend $100 million, $250 million, or even $500 million in the next 50 days is the biggest question in California's recall.
Sixty-one tribes already have deals with California on the specifics of their gambling operations. More such deals are on the way.
Catholics, Saudi oil, MagLev, and more.8:55 AM, Aug 11, 2003 • By
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Kudos to Irwin M. Stelzer for The Oil Mirage. The more said about the spread between competitive vs. market price the better.
However, there was no quid pro quo for the Saudi agreement to "pump enough oil to keep prices from spiking when strikes . . . political unrest . . .
Big media has been avoiding the new Democratic religion test, but the blogosphere has answered the bell.12:00 AM, Aug 7, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
CHARLES CHAPUT, the Archbishop of Denver, issued a stinging rebuke to Catholic senator Richard Durbin and concluded that "a new kind of religious discrimination is very welcome at the Capitol, even among elected officials who claim to be Catholic," and the national news media barely took note. A single Washington Times story cited Chaput's column on the William Pryor nomination, and the sole mention in the Washington Post was contained in a letter to the editor from C.
Big-time strategists, a jungle recall/election, and Democrats scheming over a live microphone. You won't believe what's happening in California.12:00 AM, Jul 24, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
GEORGE GORTON, Ken Khachigian, and Sal Russo are the three best Republican political consultants that California has produced over the past quarter century. Today they work for Arnold Schwarzenegger, Darrell Issa, and Bill Simon, respectively.
All three have played the part of key strategist to one or more of the California GOP's legendary big names. Each knows every serious money man and county party operative by their first name, and every newspaper and television station from Eureka to Chula Vista.