Would it be uncharitable of me to point out that Joe Klein is paid to follow the vagaries of the federal government while most of us aren't? Wouldn't complaining about the idiocy of those who've rendered the government incomprehensible be better than complaining about how poorly informed people are who are just trying to scrape together a living doing something other studying the federal government?Comment Posted By Dave Schuler On 25.01.2010 @ 15:05
It remains to be seen whether the bill that emerges is the worst of your lifetime. The Interstate Highway Defense Act is pretty hard to beat. Was that within your lifetime?Comment Posted By Dave Schuler On 28.12.2009 @ 14:56
I have no sympathy for them. They're just going to have to deal with living in Illinois like the rest of us. 'Round about January they're going to start dreaming nostalgically of the good old days at Guantanamo.Comment Posted By Dave Schuler On 17.12.2009 @ 19:17
Rick, you really ought to debate this with my fellow associate blogger at OTB, Alex Knapp. Alex won't even accept that Hamas are Iranian proxies even though they obviously fit the dictionary definition of the word.Comment Posted By Dave Schuler On 8.01.2009 @ 18:08
the art of politics which works by persuasion and not by compulsion
Oh, Rick, you're showing your age. That is, like, so 1960. Today's politics is about power and only about power. Government by enumerated powers? Puh-leeze. You get enough votes, you do whatever you want.
Heh. I may be long in the tooth but getting elected still requires a little persuasive rhetoric. Afterwards, not so much.
ed.Comment Posted By Dave Schuler On 28.07.2008 @ 06:55
You're missing the humor of the situation, Rick. Sen. Obama's first posture was that his position against the invasion of Iraq—before he was in the Senate and while many Democratic Senators voted in support of the invasion—qualified him for the presidency. That was the basis on which he opposed the surge.
Now his position is that the success of the surge makes his eagerness to withdraw from Iraq just that more possible. That's not a pivot, it's a pirouette, a veronica.Comment Posted By Dave Schuler On 15.07.2008 @ 17:01
You've got to admit, Rick, that it does give a new meaning to characterizing a dinner as being from soup to nuts.Comment Posted By Dave Schuler On 11.07.2008 @ 19:17
Rick, I think you've got my phone number. If there's anything I can do—call me.Comment Posted By Dave Schuler On 25.08.2007 @ 08:54
Rick, what Obama said has been the prevailing wisdom in the non-pacifist Left for quite some time now. There's no dearth of examples. The general scenario is invade Pakistan (where the real war on terror is) and go after the al-Qaeda folks there. You see it's not invasion if we don't plan on removing the present Pakistani government.
My own view is that the plan is, well, not particularly bright. At the very least such an incursion will weaken the Musharraf government which is already teetering. It risks our troops having nuclear weapons used against them or nuclear weapons falling into the hands of Pakistan's radical Islamists.
The plan has almost no upside. Al-Qaeda in Pakistan will be free to flee to Tajikistan, India, or China, just as they were free to flee to Pakistan from Afghanistan. Logistical issues aside I can't imagine our forces chasing al-Qaeda through most of central Asia.Comment Posted By Dave Schuler On 1.08.2007 @ 13:28
It's actually very, very simple. All that schools need to do is use poverty rather than race as their method for classifying students for purposes of balancing. That's it.
I can't help but feel there's some unstated problem here, a ghost at the feast. I don't know what it is. Concerns that support for funding the education the children of all the people out of the public purse will evaporate? Concerns about stratification within African American society? That's already happening, too.
My mom used to say that the schoolroom was the last kingdom. Could that be it? Are school administrators just accustomed to getting their own way?Comment Posted By Dave Schuler On 1.07.2007 @ 06:13