Don't tell Glenn Beck: Obama favors nuclear power. Now he's taking his orders from the Port Huron Statement . ... 8:53 P.M.
Mark Krikorian and Polipundit note that the immigration module in the SOTU was encouragingly weak . I don't think amnesty for illegal immigrants is something Democrats are going to be able to sneak through under the radar, so if Obama can't bring himself to utter the words "path to citizenship" or "comprehensive"--itself a euphemism designed to allow pols to avoid saying clearer words like "legalization"--it probably isn't going to happen. ... It's all going according to plan! At least that part. ...
You can see why Obama might be allergic to "comprehensive" at this point, since it was the "comprehensivist" fallacy that led him to think he should tackle all the health care system's problems--i.e., both coverage and long-term cost control--in one bill
, as if that made it more
likely to pass. ... Hello? Did "comprehensive" sell immigration reform? Sell anything, ever? ... Alternative view:
"Comprehensive" = unpopular. Voters wonder what you are hiding under that word. ... Update:
Obama did call for a "comprehensive energy and climate bill." In this case, "comprehensive" was apparently a euphemism for
"not comprehensive"--i.e., not including 'cap and trade.' ... 8:36 P.M.
Gawker Buries the Lede ... well, the second lede, anyway:
Up until he discovered the DVD, says one of our sources, Young's devotion was typical of the "cultish" fervor Edwards brought out in his staffers. This is why, says our source, who is close to Hunter, major media organizations could not stand up the affair story despite well-intentioned efforts. "They [staffers] would do anything to stop it coming out — they lied, they bullied, they called reporters' editors and bad-mouthed them, they exchanged access ."
There's your story! What aides told what lies and bullied and bad-mouthed whom? Names please. It wasn't only John and Elizabeth who lied. ...
Update: Gawker unimpressively gets an interview with "an Edwards staffer ":
Our staffer says Edwards' lies fooled most everyone:
We all bought the spin. Until the pregnancy stuff surfaced, it wasn't that crazy a story, just a report that he had an affair with a videographer.
This seems like BS . I do not think "most everyone" on the Edwards staff "bought the spin." I've probably written this before, but at the time I had two acquaintances who thought it was maybe ill-advised to push the story of Edwards' affair and who contacted friends of theirs in the Edwards camp. Both times the word came back, to paraphrase, 'It's true, but keep mum about it.' Lots of Edwards staffers knew about this. It's mighty convenient for them to now say they didn't. ... Gawker , in its desperation for Edwards items, seems to have become a happy purveyor of disinformation. Sort of like People. ... 8:32 P.M.
Unlike Glenn Reynolds , I have not changed my view of Andrew Sullivan! But then, I knew him better. ... 8:22 P.M.