Major Howdy is back from Iraq though the homecoming was a rough one. Thanks for your service, Major.
The Cobra pilot Howdy was thinking about a career in politics before he deployed last year. If he’s still interested, the Ohio GOP ought to be thinking of a role for this veteran given Paul Hackett’s likely appearance somewhere on the Democratic slate in 2006. Hackett, also an Iraq veteran, was the Dem nominee in the special election for Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District, and though he lost his denunciations of W made him the darling of the Kos kids and a likely return participant in Buckeye State elections. Ken Blackwell and the other new leadership of the GOP should look past the usual suspects in assembling their team for next fall.
The Washington Post and the Houston Chron’s SciGuy have fresh stuff on Rita, and the bottom line is that Texans should keep driving. The “slight weakening” the Post’s article doesn’t seem of significance at all. More at PrariePundit on the projected storm surge.
It seems certain that by this time next week, the strain on relief agencies will be overwhelming, so I am hoping Instapundit will again suggest a date, and NZ Bear clear the boards for a blogger fundraiser in support of the relief effort’s new front. Bloggers and their readers might consider a new feature in addition to straight donations. How about a Bloggers’ Days at E-Bay. We put up some unusual stuff for auction with the proceeds going to the relief effort of our choice, and our readers do the same. Direct donations are still the greatest need, but auction item buzz could generate some additional notice and momentum. If Lileks donates one of his Hummels, I am going to have to learn how to bid. If Fraters come through with their vast collection of neon Bar Art, the need will not be so pressing. Note to Mitch and King: Guns aren’t allowed, and Econ texts don’t bring in much.
I also hope that institutions and communities in the potential path of the new storm take a moment to familarize themselves with Bear’s ReliefConnections.org, a great site to bookmark for post-storm relief need broadcasting.
Daniel Drezner sees dead people. It is the sort of thing I recall from the 1986 Iran-Contra period in the Reagan years, when the Gipper’s approval rating hit 46%. The Soviet Union collapsed in 1989. So, it is more than premature to be dancing on W’s political grave. It is absurd. Especially as the Senate Judiciary Committee votes to recommend confirmation of a 50 year old Chief Justice and there is every sign of another strong nominee in the wings.
My WeeklyStandard.com column, “The Reporters Who Didn’t Bark” asks about the near media blackout in DC on the California same sex marriage bill.