MCCAIN SAYS THE DARNDEST THINGS … That’s a clip of John McCain claiming that he has voted in favor of every investigation into the levee failures after Hurricane Katrina. The only trouble is, it’s not true. Here’s one investigation he voted against; here’s another. (H/t) McCain seems to be doing this a lot. Recently, McCain… Read more »

A SMALL REQUEST… During the next Presidential campaign, could we please, please, skip the part, in the fall before the primaries, where we are subjected to a rash of stories about whether one candidate or another is inevitable? I would have thought that the media might have figured out the stupidity of this back in… Read more »

BAD MOVIES… Over at Crooked Timber they’re having a discussion of Movies To Avoid Watching Before You Die. The discussion there leads me to three conclusions about the commenters: (1) They are, for the most part, young, as witness their focus on movies like Starship Troopers. If they were more antiquated, as I am, they… Read more »

PHIL GRAMM: THERE’S MORE… Recently, two more articles about Phil Gramm, “McCain’s Economic Brain“, have appeared. MSNBC had reported a week ago that Gramm was a paid lobbyist for UBS, one of the banks most heavily involved in the subprime scandal, until six weeks ago. Now Newsweek adds this: “NEWSWEEK has learned that UBS is… Read more »

UMMM….. I briefly considered driving down to DC to check out the protests at the DNC meeting, but thought better of it. But Eve Fairbanks was there: “Howard Dean may hope that the “healing will begin today,” but two blocks away from the northwest Washington Marriott where the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee is meeting… Read more »