Feb. 1, 2005

Great fun on the show today:

I have decided to commandeer the conservative revolution, such as it is, by declaring that conservatives ought to walk the earth with a smile on their faces and a spring in their steps.

I will begin advancing the key principles of a philosophy that closes the Hypocrisy Gap — the chasm measured by the distance between words and deeds — and provides a ruthlessly optimistic framework for battling slackers and bad guys of descriptions. This means I will take on the president when it comes to such things as federal spending, and the left when it comes to such things as acknowledging the indispensability of traditional morality and personal virtue.

I got underway today. Here were the key topics and guests:

1) The Democratic Exit Strategy: Judging from yesterday’s “pre-buttal” by Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi to the president’s State of the Union Address, Democrats have crafted a strategy designed to hasten their exit from political relevance. The party of FDR and JFK now finds itself hurtling toward the Howard Dean Zone, where unbanked flaming rage counts as an acceptable alternative to intellectual coherence. Democratic leaders have failed the first test of common sense by failing to heap praise upon the president and the people of Iraq for a Sunday election notable for its courage and idealism. Instead, Sen. Reid is kvetching about body armor and Rep. Pelosi is grumbling about the viciousness of the Republicans. This may have sounded sensible around the water cooler at Harry Reid’s War Room, but it sounded tinny and unpatriotic in public. Charles Krauthammer, a Fox News contributing genius, seconded the notion

2) Hillary: Can this woman be president? I argued she couldn’t — and that you didn’t even have to get to such things as her back-and-forth record on some issues or the seamy tales of Team Clinton in its Little Rock days or the more recent allegations of slick fundraising in the HRC 2000 campaign. The problem is that she comes across as humorless — and that, I argue, can be a fatal political flaw. I heaped gasoline on the fires by citing a National Review Online column by Warren Bell, who argues that women are, on average, several orders of magnitude less funny than men. Not only that, they never forget — which most guys consider deeply un-funny. Dick Morris, who joined us, disagreed. He says Hillary has a better sense of humor than her hubby (something her staff has told me in the past) and that all the signs point to her winning the Democratic nomination easily — by virtue of locking up the black vote, the women’s vote, the liberal vote and some moderate votes, not to mention just about every loose farthing of campaign-contribution cash.

3) I also began unfurling my position on immigration, which I will explicate at length tomorrow. If you have a chance, listen to the audio clip featuring James. It’s great! The short version: The controversy is overrated. Listen up tomorrow as I take on all comers — and in the process, defend the president.

What’s Going On with the Democratic Party?
Today former Rep. Martin Frost (D-Texas) informed party leaders that he is dropping out of the race to chair the Democratic National Committee...bringing Howard Dean to the forefront. And lonely in the middle, Senator Hillary Clinton is now trying to find her right” goal. But will she succeed? See Topic #2 (above).

And Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown sees the light at the end of the tunnel:
"...after watching Sunday’s election in Iraq and seeing the first clear sign that freedom really may mean something to the Iraqi people, you have to be asking yourself: What if it turns out Bush was right, and we were wrong? Its hard to swallow, isn't it?"

Finally, the blogosphere mourns the loss of Andrew Sullivan, who is giving up his blog to write a book.

Stay tuned for more!

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