A Straight Shot of Politics

A blog from a gentleman of the Liberal political persuasion dedicated to right reason, clear thinking, cogent argument, and the public good.

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I have returned from darkness and quiet. I used to style myself as "Joe Claus", Santa Claus’ younger brother because that is what I still look like. I wrote my heart out about liberal politics until June of 2006, when all that could be said had been said. I wrote until I could write no more and I wrote what I best liked to read when I was young and hopeful: the short familiar essays in Engish and American periodicals of 50 to 100 years ago. The archetype of them were those of G.K. Chesterton, written in newspapers and gathered into numerous small books. I am ready to write them again. I am ready to write about life as seen by the impoverished, by the mentally ill, by the thirty years and more of American Buddhist converts, and by the sharp eyed people [so few now in number] with the watcher's disease, the people who watch and watch and watch. I am all of these.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Joe Claus Is Left Nearly Speechless

Nearly, but not quite. Which I hope my good readers appreciate. Steve Soto over at the Left Coaster has one of the most elegant summaries of the whole matter, which may well be the most momentous moment of the second half of the Bush Presidency:

Just when Bush was hoping to get wall-to-wall weekend news coverage of the latest "purple finger" election in Iraq, he instead has to dance away from the crash and burn of the Patriot Act extension and his own illegality in authorizing domestic spying by the NSA...By the way, how inept is Bill Frist anyway? Did he not know that at least a half-dozen of his own caucus were going to barf up opposition to the Patriot Act today? Did he or his staff not read the NYT this morning and see that it was the wrong day to push through anything that pissed on the Bill of Rights?

Go read the whole thing. Have you ever seen any summary so elegant? How can anybody say more? Then check out the action at Kos, Captain's Quarters, My DD, and Atrios. Ed Morrisey of Captain's Quarters deserves a special intelligence and integrity medal for taking the matter head on in a quarter of the Blogsphere which has so far been very quiet, even about the purple finger victory of the Iraqi people, which, so far, appears to be lasting and real. Godspeed to them.

Democracy has won a victory in Iraq. Do you think that finally it might win one here?


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