Quick Hits For Feb 3, 2005

— A mini-meme that has begun developing is that, “Conservatives are taking a 2nd look at McCain.” That seems extremely doubtful. As the Right-Of-Center Bloggers Select The Most & Least Desired 2008 Republican Nominee (2006 Edition) poll showed, McCain is despised by much of the right side of the blogosphere and is even less popular than he was in 2005, so it’s hard to see how he could be getting more popular with conservatives on the whole.

— There are apparently a few people on the right concerned because Alito broke with Roberts, Scalia, and Thomas in his first case. They shouldn’t be. Although the conservatives on the court usually agree on the big issues, they don’t always vote in lockstep. Plus, the reason Alito was such a great pick was because he had a long record that let conservatives know exactly where he stood. That’s why there’s no need to worry.

— Sony has a kid’s movie coming up later this year called Open Season which features a bunch of cutesy animals banding together to attack human hunters and drive them out of the forest. That may be the first children’s movie ever where I’ll be rooting for the protagonists to get shot and hung on someone’s wall.

— Now this is a great coffee mug:

The Libby trial isn’t going to start until January of 2007? Wow. Liberals have to be hating that because the mainstream media would have loved nothing better than to cover every detail of the trial so they could use it to smear Republicans all the way through the 2006 elections. Now that’s off the table.

— Interesting reaction to the Danish cartoons from Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the biggest Shiite poo-bah in Iraq:

Iraq’s leading Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, condemned the publications as a “horrific action.”

But in remarks posted on his Web site, al-Sistani referred to “misguided and oppressive” segments of the Muslim community whose actions “projected a distorted and dark image of the faith of justice, love and brotherhood.”

Understandably, he’s not happy with the cartoons, but he is also ripping radical jihadis. Not bad!

— One other thing about the Danish cartoons that people should keep in mind is that Muslims who are upset, unhappy, angry, and calling for boycotts over these cartoons are not bad people. Certainly those of us who are Christians sometimes do the same things when we get offended. The point of publishing these cartoons was to show the bad actors out there, the radical Islamists, that they can’t intimidate the press with threats. As you follow this story, it’s worth keeping that in mind so that Muslims — who aren’t acting much differently than we Christians would under similar circumstances — don’t get painted with the same brush as the thugs.

— Hillary’s stock has dropped enormously in the last year. A year ago, she probably had 80%+ chance of wrapping up the Democratic nomination in 2008. Now it seems like she’s below 50% and still dropping. Just look at this poll at the very influential Daily Kos. Hillary is tied for 7th place with John Kerry and Bill Richardson at 3%. Granted, the views of that crowd aren’t uniform across the Democratic Party, but there are a lot of grass roots libs who work on campaigns, donate money, and vote in the primaries whose opinion it does represent. Of course, most of them are a little kooky, too, but they still have pull and they don’t like Hillary at all.

— Speaking of Kos, isn’t it a little ironic that John Kerry very publicly delinked the Daily Kos from his website when he was running for President because he thought it might lead to bad publicity, but now he’s actually posting there? On second thought, isn’t that actually typical of liberals? They move to the middle when they run for office and then when the election is over they slice way back to the left.

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