Friday, November 05, 2004

Friday 11/5 posts

You want a dramatic headline? How about this one, from the World Tribune: "Sharon learned of Arafat's death from French intelligence."

More from the World Tribune: Yasir Arafat is brain-dead, but before he died he stole $2-3 billion and salted it away in Swiss bank accounts--without telling anyone how to access those accounts. So his so-called "wife," Suha, is keeping him on life-support while they try to figure out what to do. Their dilemmas: (1) how do they get to the money; and (2) even if they do manage to get to it, how do they grab it without admitting that Arafat was the biggest thief in the history of the world?

Syndicated columnist
David Limbaugh decodes the Democrats' latest bit of lexicographical trickery: "Their post-election demand that President Bush extend a bipartisan hand to heal the nation's wounds really means that he should adopt major parts of their agenda or greatly dilute parts of his own."

Washington Post columnist
Charles Krauthammer observes that "later than most two-term presidents, George Bush got his mandate."

Will 55 seats be enough to overcome Democratic filibusters in the post-Daschle Senate? Wall Street Journal senior editorial page writer
Kimberley A. Strassel supplies some clues.

Victor Davis Hanson concludes that "despite losing the majority of state legislatures and governorships, the U.S. Congress, the presidency, and soon the Supreme Court, our anointed elite still doesn't quite get it. Middle America can be amused by, but still despise, Michael Moore. It can be uneasy with the pessimistic reporting from Iraq, but still be very much willing to finish the war and win at all costs. It may enjoy a trip to Europe, but does not wish to emulate the French, Germans, or Greeks."

Syndicated columnist
Emmett Tyrrell patiently explains to Democrats "What went wrong": "The Democrats and their secretarial staff at CBS, The New York Times and elsewhere in the media ignored Kerry's every botch and every flight into bizarre pretentiousness. Thus, they still cannot understand how the president won."

This time in the London Spectator,
Mark Steyn is chortling: "They don’t seem to understand the point I’ve been making for years now — that the Democrats and the media reinforce each other’s delusions."

London Times Washington correspondent Gerard Baker reassures the civilized world that Pres. Bush's reelection is not quite the end of the world: "Life did not end on Tuesday."

In a Tech Central Station guest column, Instapundit Glenn Reynolds asserts: "It was a make-or-break election for the Old Media. And they broke. Back in January, I noticed a sudden shift in tone on the part of many news outlets -- from vague anti-Bush bias to very intense anti-Bush bias and even misquoting. It only got worse as the elections approached."

The Weekly Standard's
Stephen F. Hayes describes "The Other Losers Tuesday Night: The failed media effort to oust George W. Bush."

Syndicated columnist
Thomas Sowell: "The oldest [political] fraud is the belief that the political left is the party of the poor and the downtrodden."

London Daily Mail columnist
Melanie Phillips observes that Pres. Bush won because morality is a key issue that is not addressed by the UK political class: "In Britain, the mainstream feel instead utterly disenfranchised and have lost trust in an entire political class which refuses to represent their concerns."

New York Post columnist
Collin Levey predicts a clash between the evangelicals and conservative Jews who support Israel, and the "allies" such as Tony Blair who want Pres. Bush to lean on Israel.

Belmont Club blogger "
Wretchard" waits for the Palestinian civil war.

Barry Rubin attempts to explain the various factions that will collide in post-Arafat Palestine. Lotsa luck.

"Longtime Mideast Envoy
Dennis Ross" (it's all part of his name, isn't it?) in the Washington Post: "After Arafat, What?"

Wall Street Journal columnist
Bret Stephens writes the eulogy for "A Gangster With Politics": "None of his deputies can possibly fill his shoes, which are those of a personality cult, not a political or national leader. There is nothing to unite Palestinians anymore, either: their loyalties to the cause will surely dissipate in his absence. Arafat was remarkable in that he sustained the illusion he created till the very end. But once the magician walks off the stage, the chimera vanishes."