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I switch shifts at work and the world caves in. Forget about the summer movie season, let's discuss these issues:
1) Senator Obama invades Pakistan!: Let us recap: President Bush went to Congress to get war Powers enacted against Iraq, then went to the United Nations to get a coalition and then a second time to help Prime Minister Blair. Right before the invasion, President Bush warns Saddam Hussain and then goes in. Senator Obama just wants to move troops to Waziristan even though (as per the book list), Pakistan is a fragile democracy and America has no ground intelligence. Going in without the UN or Congress' approval? Isn't that what President Bush is accused of?
2) The House Democrats remember the lessons of Speaker Wright: Back in the old partisan days of 1988, Speaker Wright passed the Guaranteed Deficit Reduction Act through the House by creating two legislative days in one calender day. Last night, Speaker Pelosi had the vote closed and then changed it -- and then blamed it on the voting machines. At least Wright had the courtesy of being open about looking for new votes. Remember "The Bloody 8th" and Speaker Wright's disenfranchisement of the Minority begat Speaker Newt. Democrats, if you don't want radical republicans, don't create them -- oh, it's too late. The next Republican Speaker will come from last nights voting shenanigans.
3) All Fall Down -- Say a prayer for the survivors and family of I-35 bridge disaster in Minnesota. All I ask is that you donate to the American Red Cross for the survivors.
4) This one's for Aurora and Jason: I get busy a few days and cannot Blog and the conversation breaks down?! I read both comments and posts. Instead of working on a post about my political "conversion", instead I need to have both of you visit my next post. We are all adults here, none of us are Kossites (like the Heathlander) or LGF'ers. Expect a personal email from me regarding this. But someone has to extend the hand across the aisle, who will it be?