“George Bush let people die on rooftops in New Orleans because they were poor and because they were black.”
That’s Claire McCaskill speaking, Democratic nominee for the United States Senate in Missouri.
Time to donate to incumbent Jim Talent –who has done a great job in the Senate on Armed Services– especially as Bill Clinton will be arriving in town to help McCaskill today. What Clinton needs to do is deliver a double Sister Souljah moment, condemning McCaskill’s deep nuttery and his party’s lurch into high censorship mode vis-a-vis “The Path to 9/11”.
An excellent round-up on many of the Senate races is here at RealClearPolitics.
It is also the time to break out the checkbooks –actually, the Visa or Mastercard for an online contribution– to help out Tom Kean, Jr. in New Jersey and Michael Steele in Maryland as well as Talent. Each weekend I’ll try and highlight one incumbent and two challengers, and right now Kean and Steele are among the best opportunities to turn a blue seat red. Both come from Democratic machine states where there is building disgust with entrenched corruption. Both have built campaigns on national security and reform. Both deserve your support today, whether it is $50 or $2,000.
As you can see from the McCaskill insanity and the Democratic senators attempt to bully ABC, a Democratic majority in the Senate would be a disaster on many fronts. Give up dinner and a movie this weekend and help keep the Senate in responsible hands.
As for “The Path to 9/11,” I was traveling yesterday –to Dallas, to prepare to get relief to Texans certain to be depressed by tomorrow’s Longhorn thumping delivered by the Buckeyes– and so missed the chance to talk to Mark Steyn about the thought police’s attack on ABC. But Jed Babbin did raise the subject with Mark. The transcript is here. Key excerpt:
[ABC} supposedly spent years working on it to get it absolutely right, to get the absolute truth, and then they’re frantically staying up late the night before it broadcasts snipping out ten minutes here and there, because Bill Clinton and Sandy Berger and various other Clintton apparatchiks object to this or that line here and there. I mean, that makes them look pathetic, it makes ABC, I think, look ridiculous, in fact, because there’s hundreds of these tapes out there. People are going to know exactly what lines were cut and what weren’t cut, and I don’t even think it works for the Democratic Party, because it reminds people that in fact, when…if you’re of a conspiratorial bent about 9/11, and a lot of people are, the only guy who’s actually been discovered to be destroying evidence is old Sandy Pants himself, Sandy Berger.
Insatpundit links to a speculation that ABC cooked up the controversy to raise ratings. After a three hour interview with Cyrus Nowrasteh, I can guarantee that isn’t the case.
ABC risks builidng themselves a wing in the broadcast hall of shame, and earning a chapter in every media studies text for the next few decades about independent news networks caving to political pressure. (I wonder what Jay Rosen will write about this lefty bit of “rollback.”) While it was just Berger and Albright complaining that they’d been ready for their close-up and it had all gone awry, ABC could be seen to be reviewing a scene or two for fairness to a particular person or two. With the Senate’s Democrats now campaigning on a platform of shuttering networks that don’t deliver the official Clinton version of history, the network faces a John Peter Zenger moment.
As does the electorate. McCaskill’s outburst and the Senate Democrats’ diktat to ABC outline what a return to Democratic majority in the upper chamber means. (One more foreshadowing: Patrick Leahy’s incoherent but certainly obstructive response to the president’s appeal to the Congress to move quickly on national security legislation necessitated by court decisions.)
So dig deep for Talent, Kean and Steele.
UPDATE: Scottish Right has a round of key links. (And a fine, fine castle.)