Dan Chmielewski

Its Hard to Toe the Right Wing Party Line in Iraq

Chris and I had a pretty good debate with Matt Cunningham last night about our policy in Iraq. Matt is still towing the Republican Party line that the bill to fund the troops put forth by the Democratic congress amounted to the Democrats being unwitting morale officers for Al Qaeda. He didn’t all us “defeatocrats”…

A Message from the Chairman

President Bush has hit a new low — and I’m not talking about his 28% approval ratings. Today, he ignored the majority of Americans and he defied the majority of Congress. And what’s worst, he told our brave men and women in uniform that they will be the ones to pay the price. I’ve said…

Mission Accomplished — Four Years Later

Excerpted from the Washington Post. “…In a news briefing on board Air Force One en route to Florida, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino bristled when asked about Bush’s veto of a bill that Democrats are sending him on the fourth anniversary of a speech in which he prematurely declared an end to major combat operations.…

Sex Scandal Brewing in DC

On Friday, ABC News will air a report on prostitution ring that seems to cater to the power brokers in DC. The madam has stacks of phone records and will be naming names.  While this revelation has already caused one Bush administration official to resign (like Ted Haggert, he only got massages), this story will…

The Right Wing Turns on Greenhut

The predictable “you’re with us or you’re against us” mentality of those on the right wing is rearing its head in the form of backlash against Steve Greenhut.  On Sunday, Greenhut announced his decision to leave today’s GOP borrowing a line from Ronald Reagan on “I didn’t leave the party, the party left me.” Matt…

Greenhut’s Dear John to the GOP

An excellent column by Mr. Greenhut in Sunday’s OC Register.  Steve took issue with my hopeful comment that he will be an equal opportunity basher on both major parties.  And while increasingly, I am seeing more negative columns and Ornage Punch blog postings by him, I think the rest of the editorial page staff needs…

Experts on Partisan Witch Hunts

With the news the Sec. of State Condi Rice may not honor a congressional subpoena which Republicans are decrying as “Partisan Witch Hunts,” Randi Rhode shad an interesting stat to report today: Number of subpoenas issued to the Clinton administration:  1,058 The number issued to the Bush administration: 5. Which party is more likely to…