Saturday, January 07, 2006

My senator, ladies and gentlemen...

   I missed this tidbit from yesterday's WaPo:

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), hosting a morning roundtable with reporters, had nothing nice to say about Alito. "We here in the United States are not going to stand for monarchial tyranny," he said, protesting Alito's support for "unfettered, unlimited power of the executive." He faulted Alito for belonging to a group that was "anti-black and also anti-women." Kennedy wondered if "the average person is going to be able to get a fair shake" under Alito.

Briefly, Kennedy rewrote the outcome of the 1964 election. "This nominee was influenced by the Goldwater presidency," he said. "The Goldwater battles of those times were the battles against the civil rights laws." Only then did Kennedy acknowledge that "Judge Alito at that time was 14 years old."

(emphasis mine, via The Corner and The New Editor)

Uncle Teddy seemed to forget that Goldwater lost that election in a landslide to the man who had been Vice President to his then-late brother, Jack, whose senate term he was elected to finish in 1962.

I am led to conclude (in the common practice of today's politics) that, when making this statement, he was at best inebriated, at worst delusional. (In light of the fact that this was a morning press conference, this assessment could arguably be reversed.)

And yet, the Social Democratic Democratic Party of the People's Republic Commonwealth of Massachusetts, while celebrating the most minor Bushism as evidence of unfitness, has to date made no move to retire the last of the Kennedys' greatest generation.

Well, at least we have John Kerry... Yeesh!
Thanks to all who posted kind wishes in response to my engagement announcement! The Lady Exile and I greatly appeciate each of them.

Beyond that, though, I have not had much to say over the last few days. I could say I have been busy, but that would only be half-true. Over the last few days, my interests have been "not blogging". I don't intend to shut down The Exile, because I know that I would be back at it within a week or two, but I have been taking time to pursue other interests and they, of necessity, are not as easily shared, at least not here. The Project has been coming along over the last few days, and I expect to be devoting more time to it in the coming days and weeks.

For all I know, I may be back here blogging up a storm later today or tomorrow. I know I still owe the Midamerica Progressive some thoughts on Johnny Damon's acquisition by the Evil Empire. I'll have those soon.

But then, the Alito hearings start this week. I could post some general thoughts on the People for the American Way's "report" on him. (The short version: even by my low standards for that organization, I'm underwhelmed.)

And I suppose part of it is just getting back in the habit of returning here on a regular basis.

More: I know I've been MIA for a few days, but does anyone know what happened to News from Davison? As of this writing, it appears to be down.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006


Look for posting to resume usual frequency today or tomorrow. Things have been pretty busy around here since returning from Michigan in light of the following news:

On New Year's Eve, The Lady Exile and I were engaged to be married! We expect the wedding to be in the summer of 2007, and I'm sure that we will need any extra time we can get to plan a Michigan wedding (both of our families -- immediate and extended -- are there) from here.

This is one of those increasingly rare occasions when I am at a bit of a loss for words in light of my jubilation. She is my best friend and has been for what feels like forever. This next step in sharing our lives with each other is something that we are both excited about.

More later...