In praise of Obama and Specter today.

6:40 a.m. In favor of lack of convictions?

6:45 a.m. Palin was a two week freak show?

7:07 a.m. “Perhaps we should have reasoned with these people.”

7:08 a.m. How come Schultz is so normal on this show?

7:26 a.m. Stay away of Planes Trains and Automobiles; gotta love that Biden

7:35 a.m. I guess Sestak is running for that seat?

7:53 a.m. I’ve never cared for the Scowcroft Brzezinski school of realpolitik

8:20 a.m. Steele is hitting it out of the park, what a difference a month or two makes.

8:27 a.m. Signed copy of the book for Steele, somehow Levin’s book managed to get to 1,000,000 in print without ever being talked about on Morning Joe.

8:33 a.m. Their little bankruptcy?

At the American Papist a poll went up concerning the best solution to the Notre Dame situation. I left the following comment:

The actual best solution would be for the Whitehouse to find a reason why they can’t attend and pull ND’s fat out of the fire.

Imagine my surprise to see Kathleen Parker echo me:

Obama might consider following Glendon’s lead. Although he supports choice, the president also recognizes the moral complexity of those decisions. Out of respect for pro-life Catholics and their beloved institution, he should politely bow out.

This of course assumes a respect for something beyond his own self importance. Parker seems to be very taken by Glendon’s act:

Here on planet “What About Me,” principled people are so rare as to be oddities. Thus, it was a head-swiveling moment Monday when Mary Ann Glendon, the former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, quietly declined Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal.

Kathleen Parker hasn’t been very right lately, but she recognizes an act of principle when she sees one.

Politically the president must be thanking his lucky stars for Sen Specter, the 100 days to distract public attention from Mary Ann Glendon. There is nothing like the shock of reality (planes over NY) to make people see things for what they are, and reality is the biggest danger to the political future of the current administration.

…because this column is one of the best things I’ve read on the role of government in a while:

“…To keep the pace of the game (to maintain “flow” and allow the market to regulate itself)” – This one is important. A hockey referee keeps the pace of the game not only by enforcing the rules, but more importantly by KEEPING HIS WHISTLE IN HIS POCKET. See, that’s key. The referee is not supposed to hover, or have the whistle permanently clenched between his lips in an attempt to intimidate the players. As a matter of fact, the referee isn’t even supposed to call any minor penalties that don’t pertain to direct action around the puck. In hockey, if it’s an “incidental” penalty (ie: a victimless crime or bad personal choice) then it’s of no concern to the referee. This is of course why I picked hockey for my analogy and not a sissified sport like baseball. How a “man” can be a baseball fan, I’ll never know.

If our government were to put its “whistle in its pocket” (or in our case, just stop blowing it for one second), the market would be able to find its groove and eventually establish a quick pace and efficient flow.

Well the baseball line is full of it but other than that, read the whole thing.

…is the inability of Democrats to use his as a sign of “bi-partisan” support for the president’s positions.

Over and over when Specter voted for things the media referred to it as a sign that a measure was “bi-partisan”. Granted it’s not as if the media is going to become any more honest but it does remove that fig leaf.

Here comes the republicans have to change business.

6:44 a.m. The 60th vote makes it harder says Dean

6:46 a.m. Joe echos what I was saying, about who now has the responsibility.

7:11 a.m. Just ran a errand and came back in time to see Tina Brown pretend there is no difference between a 1st term and a 3rd term abortion.

7:16 a.m. They play the Specter quotes from 2001.

7:17 a.m. You and pat get me all riled up.

7:19 a.m. Does she know any other word than delighted?

7:22 a.m. Good line: “You wouldn’t have wanted to be in the room”, Obama knows that flyover is very painful for him.

7:23 a.m. There are no more excuses: Chuck Todd totally echos me on the problems of the Democrats, but plays the republicans are doomed game. He does point to the region rather than the positions.

7:34 a.m. It’s the gloat squad!

7:37 a.m. You are going to use Maxine Waters as an expert? When she runs a statewide campaign and wins in California then tell me how her views have large appeal.

7:41 a.m. TEMPERAMENT? This from the Bush is evil crowd? And the global warming myth business is just funny.

7:42 a.m. The likability factor is very true.

8:07 a.m. Specter has just illustrated another advantage of his departure that I will expand on in another post.

8:31 a.m. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t know that Thacher was opposed to the re-unification of Germany.

8:34 a.m. More of the running gag about Joe and Mika’s dad

8:39 a.m. Haines is very funny today.

8:50 a.m. I don’t think we will see anyone ask Courtney about that “acknowledged grandchild” business today.

It might this week. We started with a a game of Robo Rally. Frank won that one, but we finished a tad early so we needed a 2nd game, so we decided to play Nuclear War and Nuclear Proliferation as they are usually rather quick to play.

By an odd coincidence in the middle of the game my nephew Dominic got a call from his kids in Minnesota. He was telling his daughter that he would soon be on a plane from Boston, at the same time the background talk was launching missiles, millions dead and so many megatons and bombs.

If anyone was monitoring that call and not familar with the board game they much have gotten rather excited. If the monitoring is done via computer programs then the alarm bells should be ringing off the hook.

I’ll let you know if the men in dark suits show up.

I think that Apple might actually be a business out for profit:

Reports of cracked hinges on the laptop are nothing new, but we always assumed Apple would eventually ‘fess up to the problem and comp those repairs. Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be the case, and we just got another report of a hapless MacBook Air owner who has a broken hinge that Apple says will cost $800 to repair, despite the fact the laptop is under warranty. Our own MacBook Air Rev. A had the exact same problem — the hinge becomes loose over time, then suddenly catches and cracks from normal use, it’s not from undue stress — and Apple did the repair for free, but only after we escalated the issue to a manager, who let us know how very nice of them that was. From reading various reports, that seems the exception to Apple’s repair policy, which lists this sort of damage as “accidental,” and we’re wondering how widespread this issue may be.

This would make a very interesting Mac vs PC counter ad.

Via Glenn.

To me the value of a house is as a place to live and to raise my children. The actual price never really mattered to me.

So this story doesn’t bother me in the least:

A widely watched housing index shows home prices dropped in February, but for the first time in 16 months the decline was not a record.

The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index of home prices in 20 major cities released Tuesday dropped by 18.6 percent from February 2008, slightly better than the 19 percent in January. The 10-city index slid 18.8 percent, compared to 19.4 percent the month before.

For decades I have heard the cry of “affordable housing”. If prices drop doesn’t that mean that housing is more affordable? Isn’t that a good thing?