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.
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.