P.P.S.: After the GOPs make a fuss about the fence during the midterm campaigns, voters may reasonably expect that it will actually be built--despite whatever hidden hopes or promises lurk beneath the surface of yesterday's vote.
P.P.P.S.: Anti-fence Democrats should maybe be careful about the arguments they make. Here's Sen. Durbin:
"You don't have to be a law enforcement or engineering expert to know that a 700-mile fence on a 2,000-mile border makes no sense."
P.P.P.P.S: If Bush and Rove were this out of touch with public sentimentin the United States, are we surprised that they weren't exactly on top of public sentiment in Iraq? ...
Note to The Note: Don't pay any attention to this fence business. It will have no effect on the election. There's no parallel at all with, say, welfare reform--that was an issue ignored by the elite media for years, except for respectably compassionate think-tanky bipartisan "reform" proposals** that it turned out actual voters not only disagreed with, but cared intensely about, and despite being dismissed as simplistic racists were right about! This is nothing like that! This is just ... what's that WaPo said? "Busywork." We really want to know more about The Way to Win!
**--Nixon's Family Assistance Plan, a bipartisan guaranteed-income scheme that almost passed. ... The same way Bush's bipartisan semi-amnesty scheme almost passed! 1:47 P.M. link
All Hands On Deck! Tom Maguire notes the way Time's Michael Duffy described that Presidential Daily Briefing:
Sen. Clinton said her husband would not have sat on his hands if he had seen, as Bush did, an intelligence estimate in August 2001 suggesting that bin Laden might try to run some jetliners into skyscrapers. [E.A.]
This isn't misleading, like the New York Times' description ("intent on striking the United States using hijacked planes"). It's just false. Again, here's the briefing in question. It talks about hijackings, but in the traditional ransom context. It says nothing about running jetliners into skyscrapers. ... 1:30 A.M.
Friday, September 29, 2006