Friday, May 27, 2005
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne writes of Pope Benedict XVI, nee Joseph Ratzinger:
[PB16] developed a mistrust of the left because of the student revolt of the 1960s. He once said that "the 1968 revolution" turned into "a radical attack on human freedom and dignity, a deep threat to all that is human."Addressing fellow cardinals, Dionne reports Cardinal Ratzinger saying: "We are moving," he declared, toward "a dictatorship of relativism …that recognizes nothing definite and leaves only one's own ego and one's own desires as the final measure."The modern world, Ratzinger insisted, has jumped "from one extreme to the other: from Marxism to liberalism, up to libertinism; from collectivism to radical individualism; from atheism to a vague religious mysticism; from agnosticism to syncretism* and on and on."
John McCain (Arizona) #18 - 5.7 millionDemocrats:
John Warner (Virginia) #12 - 7.5 million
Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) #26 - 4.2 million
Susan Collins (Maine) #40 - 1.3 million
Olympia Snowe (Maine) " "
Lincoln Chaffee (Rhode Island) #43 - 1 million
Mike DeWine (Ohio) #7 - 11.5 million
Ben Nelson (Nebraska) #38 - 1.7 million
Robert Byrd (West Virginia) #37 - 1.8 million
Joseph Lieberman (Connecticut) #29 - 3.5 million
Mark Pryor (Arkansas) #32 - 2.7 million
Ken Salazar (Colorado) #22 - 4.6 million
Daniel Inouye (Hawaii) #42 - 1.3 million
Mary Landrieu (Louisiana) #24 - 4.5 million
TOTAL POPULATION REPRESENTED BY THE FURTIVE FOURTEEN SENATORS: 51.3 million PEOPLE. Or, ONLY 15% OF THE TOTAL POPULATION OF THE USA. (Except for DeWine of Ohio, NOT A SINGLE SENATOR COMES FROM A "TOP TEN" STATE.)
As a general matter, I think that the deal helps show why no sitting U.S. Senator has been elected president since 1960. Senators value arcane and democracy-curbing traditions. They come across as members of a secret club or cult. They pride themsevles in being less pragmatic than other public officials. They pride themselves, period. Usually, none of this plays very well outside of Washington and other MSM strongholds. This deal will confirm the perception that Senators are clubby, timid, and self-congratulatory. In fact, most Senators on both sides weren't clubby or timid this time. But I don't think that will matter.
Monday, May 23, 2005
Sunday, May 22, 2005
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder says he wants a general election this autumn - a year early - after his party lost a key powerbase in local polls. Mr Schroeder made the announcement after his Social Democrats (SPD) lost the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which they had held for 39 years. [...] Mr Schroeder's Social Democrat-led government not only lost its traditional powerbase on Sunday, but it now has so few seats in the upper house of parliament that its ability to actively govern is massively diminished, our correspondent says.
If the Germans bring back the Christian Democrats to lead the national government - and if France defeats the EU constitutional referendum (as is now likely), and if Pope B16 can revitalize Christianity in Europe - then there is hope for Europe.
Iran's election watchdog has disqualified all but six of more than 1,000 candidates for the presidential election, state television reports. Among those eliminated are Mostafa Moin, who was the choice of the country's largest reformist party. Elections for the presidency will be held on 17 June.