How cynical am I when it comes to Rod Blagojevich? This cynical:
I can't help but imagine that Blago was fist-pumping yesterday when he heard the news
that his former top adviser and confidante, Christopher Kelly, died in
an apparent suicide just days before he was to enter prison for his
part in l'affaire Blagojevich. Many were expecting Kelly to testify
against Blago in exchange for leniency. Federal prosecutors say
that the death of Chris Kelly doesn't affect their case against the
former governor. Of course, that's what they would say. And, of course, Blago issued a public announcement of his sadness over the death of Kelly.
From feigned sadness to feigned outrage.
I couldn't get worked up about Joe Wilson's outburst during Obama's speech. I, too, remember the booing when Bush addressed congress a few years ago. I thought it was rude then and I think that kind of thing is rude now, but it's about what I expect from members of congress today. Wilson should not be admired for acting like a punk, but the outrage over his behavior is over the top. If a congressman had shouted liar during a Bush speech, he'd have found no shortage of admirers on the left.
For those who are interested, Jake Tapper takes a closer look at the question of health coverage for illegal immigrants.
Obama's Really Stupid Idea: Tire Tariffs
The Persistent Trauma of 911:
Shrinkwrapped offers some thoughts.
A few days ago, as I was leaving the gym, the young man working at the counter told me that someone had found a credit card I dropped in the parking lot. I hadn't even noticed that it was missing. Petty theft is an ongoing problem at our gym. It's nice to be reminded that decency is also alive in a place where wallets, cell phones and ipods are frequently stolen.