Hi. Politics and policy today, with new rumblings from the Christian right that Giuliani might not be an acceptable nominee, the S-CHIP fight ends in a win for the White House, but at what cost? Also, the netroots have a new hero, and his name is Dodd. And Snowball rocks, but the Backstreet Boys-- how about something from this decade?
Salon's Michael Scherer reports that some potential "We'll Defect if Giuliani is the Nominee" Republicans are meeting in Washington Saturday, shortly after his remarks to an anti-abortion group. Steven Stark of the Boston Phoenix says a third-party run will sink the GOP. And Sam Brownback is out, which many bloggers think will help either Huckabee or Romney.
This morning's NYT editorial page foresaw the House vote to override President Bush's children's health insurance program (S-CHIP) veto, which indeed failed, by 13 votes. The GOP might be gloating that they are "on offense" on this, but maybe it's the wrong thing on which to be playing offense. Bulldog Pundit thinks the "victory over socialized medicine" is temporary. And the WSJ notes that Democrats will try again with a bill that will presumably cover fewer kids. Senator Mitch McConnell's hometown paper notes some lingering political fallout. (Hat tip: Cursor.org) And Ann at Feministing finds it odd that the National Right to Life Committee doesn't support the S-CHIPexpansion.
Salon's Glenn Greenwald posts about conservative calls to give the President unlimited power to eavesdrop on calls into and out of the U.S., and wonders how that squares with their long-professed political values of small, restrained government. Which brings us to the Democratic hero/Republican goat of the day: Senator Chris Dodd, for putting a hold on the bill that would grant retroactive immunity to phone companies that turned over customer records to federal authorities withoutt warrants. John Aravosis sums up. And Kagro X at DailyKos posts about what a hold is and how it works. ThinkProgress points out that Judiciary Chairman Leahy is furious about the FISA bill. And a Greenwald follow-up on neoconservative nepotism.
Slate's Fred Kaplan notes the chorus of general critiquing the Iraq war and concludes that if President Bush orders an attack on Iran, any generals who are opposed should resign.
Digby listened to Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey yesterday compare torture of terrorism suspects and the behavior of the Nazis during World War II, and it rang a bell. She notes the different reactions. Hmm but Mukasey today won't say whether waterboarding is torture, as RawStory notes.
And for all you bird lovers out there.. thanks to the Hotline's Last Call for this. Go Snowball.