OpinionJournal has a lengthy article by Richard Miniter worth reading regarding the possibility of suitcase nuclear bombs. Miniter's conclusion is that at this point it is quite unlikely. He also defuses the "myth" of the hundred suitcase bombs.
Bench Memos at the National Review has an excellent roundup of Alito comments and backgrounders. He is a U.S. Court of Appeals Judge in the Third Circuit, and was unanimously approved by the Senate. Alito sounds very much like Roberts in personality and approach. However, he does have a long record of decisions and work experience for the Senate to go through. Underneath Their Robes has a more up-close-and-personal look at Alito. I'm glad to see that he likes good coffee!
John Leo does a nice job of outlining how the Democrats today are a straight-line development from the McGovernites of thirty years ago. The problem is, as Peter Beinart of the New Republic has been trying to advise the party, that they have now disenfranchised themselves from the elements of the party that have historically supported the Democrats. It has become the party of radical elites, led by George Soros and Moveon.org, the New York Times, Howard Dean, and the Hollywood movie stars. The radical elites have no idea how the typical American lives, what the typical American believes, or what the typical American aspires to.
David Brooks' column today, summarized by DrudgeReport (recall that the NYT requires us to pay to view their prized columnists' work in their entirety), discusses how the Democrats have become unhinged and why. Interesting reference and quotes to forty-year old Hofstadter article. The Anchoress has the citation to the seminal Hofstadter article and to a similarly-themed piece by Dick Meyer of CBS (who recognizes that there is also a paranoid right). The Anchoress has also written on this subject.
The country needs two vibrant political parties. Can the more "regular" Democrats take their party back? Can the Republicans keep the radical right from taking over?
Michelle Malkin has a nice example of the New York Times providing a quotation from a dead Iraq soldier's letter that is not the full story. The NYT leaves the reader with an impression that matches their political orientation. I suppose the good news is that with the web and blogosphere we now have a way to correct the record quickly and broadly. Did the NYT admit it made an error? NotExactlyRocketScience provides a letter that author Lisa Huang Fleischman wrote to the NYT.
Random Jottings has a fascinating vignette about Scooter Libby, the recently indicted Vice-President's former Chief of Staff. Evidently, Scooter Libby was one of the last Americans to leave South Viet Nam, and was there several years after the military withdrawal. He apparently managed to find boats to transport 20,000 South Vietnamese to the Phillipines, saving them from whatever the North Vietnamese had in mind for them. A heroic deed.
The big news of the day is Prosecutor Fitzgerald's indictment of Scooter Libby for perjury and other counts related to the "outing" of Valery Plame as a CIA agent. He does not indict Libby under the Espionage Act for the "outing," but rather for his lying under oath. Memeorandum has connections to all the key articles and commentary in the blogosphere on this. I agree with Andrew Sullivan in his "Wow" entry that Fitzgerald was most impressive in his press conference yesterday: concise, honest, and fair. So far I have been pretty bored with this story, but now I am interested to see where it goes.
Belmont Club does a nice job of summarizing how ineffective the UN sanctions were. Saddam seemed to have a magnetic ability to pull those dollars in from a variety of interesting sources, right down to the Australian Wheat Board. Wretchard also points to a New York Times article on the subject.
I think that Hugh Hewitt's article in the New York Times pretty much sums up the situation from my perspective. There were very few critics of Miers that were principled and civil. It was not the best nomination he could have made, but no nominee deserves the treatment that she got. In fact, it appears that the treatment our current nominees get, whether for the Supreme Court or other appointed positions can be so personal and accusatory that many are just unwilling to put themselves and their families through the process. As a result, the "cream" that rises to the top has to be able to withstand slander and unfounded allegations not only about themselves but their family. For some time, primarily the "far left" have played this game, but now it seems that the "right" is not immune either. How do we get off of this merry-go-round? See Hugh's further reflections here.Captain Ed has thoughts as well and suggests that gloating is inappropriate.
I am, in fact, not so sure that Harriet Miers didn't decide to withdraw because of the other crises that the White House is dealing with. Scooter Libby's indictment is expected today, according to Powerline. She was a reluctant nominee to start with; and the aggravation of fighting off demands for White House documents far more contemporaneous than those John Roberts had, is a serious and time-consuming problem.