Posts about Politics


It’s election day in New Jersey. I’m voting for Jon Corzine and I will have the rare chance in my Republican enclave of a town to vote for Democrats for the local board, which has been dominated by the GOP — and a lot of snippiness — for years. The problem is that even if they our Republicans, our town fathers and mothers spend like drunken Democrats. Power corrupts. Absolute power gets us parks that are lit like Nascar tracks, road projects that look like Donald Trump’s driveway, open-space purchases that are utterly unnecessary, cars bigger and nicer than mine for town bureaucrats, and more ways to waste tax dollars. In politics and money, competition is good.

From the mouths of dogs…

Triumph the Insult Dog said it on Howard Stern’s show:

Liberatrians are just conservatives who like porn

Suddenly, everything is clear.

Mr. Blogger

As promised, Dennis Hastert has started his blog.

Most of you know me as a coach by nature so I hope this gives you some inside access to the Republican playbook.

The internet is changing the way we share information. My office has been talking a lot about some of the conversations going on in blogosphere. So I thought, hey, I should start one and give you unfiltered updates on Capitol Hill.

So the man two heartbeats away from the Presidency is blogging. (Oh, Mr. Speaker: How about some RSS?)

So long

It’s so entertaining watching spin spun. Bush on why Miers withdrew:

“It is clear that senators would not be satisfied until they gained access to internal documents concerning advice provided during her tenure at the White House — disclosures that would undermine a president’s ability to receive candid counsel,” Bush said.

See no blog. Hear no blog.

Well, you won’t see Trent Lott on Blogspot:

Beltway politicos, famously slow to adopt technology, are wooing blogs – all but Trent Lott.

“Bloggers claim I was their first pelt, and I believe that. I’ll never read a blog,” says the former Senate majority leader, who forfeited that title after bloggers Joshua Micah Marshall and Glenn Reynolds picked up a racially charged remark, drawing the attention of mainstream media (MSM) and his Senate colleagues….

Last week, House Republicans convened the first ever “Capitol Hill Blog Row.” In a small committee room in the Capitol, a dozen bloggers, selected by an informal poll of GOP staff, were provided soft drinks, a high-speed Net connection, and access to top Republican figures for half a day. Issues discussed ranged from how to cut government spending to the future of the GOP.

As a follow-up, Speaker Hastert is launching his own blog. “Blogging is the new talk radio,” says Hastert spokesman Ron Bonjean. “People listen to talk radio because the mainstream media is too liberal for them. It makes sense for the Speaker to get the Republican message out to them.”