A Capital View


May 2007


Tightknit Republicans? Dream On

It is a new day in Washington when the usually unified and tightknit Republicans are fighting one another.

Newt Gingrich, the self-styled intellectual of the right, is a recent case study. In an interview with the New Yorker, the former speaker of the House unloads on President Bush and his "brain,"

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Murtha Goes Overboard

Too many old bulls in the House of Representatives consider themselves masters of all. They regard their seniority as a right to dominate and bully others.

Such is the case of 18-term Democratic Rep. John Murtha of Johnstown, Pa.

Jack Murtha, who represents a small city and environs in the western ...

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A Proud South Africa

CAPE TOWN--For a stunning example of a young democracy on the rise, South Africa is a nation to behold.

In the short 15 years since apartheid was abolished and Nelson Mandela took over as president in a free election, the country has experienced a remarkable boom.

Here at the more touristy Cape Town ...

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Broken Nomination System May Worsen

The 2008 presidential primary process is already a mess. And it could get even worse.

Too many states continue to jockey for position to try for more influence in the decision. They are making a mockery of selecting our leader and run the risk of turning off voters long before anyone casts a vote.

My ...

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The '08 Flood of Money

The unwieldy field of candidates in both parties has already raised tens of millions in dollars. That figure will balloon into the hundreds of millions before year's end.

How much money is too much?

For the top three in each party, there is no limit. They will have little trouble raking in the cash ...

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Chuck Hagel: Moving the Party

What a shame President Bush doesn't listen more to GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska instead of Vice President Cheney and his obstinate advisers on Iraq.

Hagel has largely been a voice in the wilderness in his party, but his views on Iraq are spreading to other worried Republicans in Congress. They ...

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Let's Not Go Overboard

Some journalists, bloggers, and even news organizations are beating their chests about reporters and editors mingling with politicians at a few fancy dinners in Washington.

Common sense dictates some more thought here of right and wrong. Journalists should not be socially chummy or even close to ...

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A Murmur for Fred Thompson

The battle cry for former Sen. Fred Thompson to save the Republican Party from its current field of candidates could dwindle to a murmur soon.

Although the Tennessee Republican is managing to attract a lot of free publicity these days, he is starting to get some scrutiny. The reviews are hardly ...

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At Long Last, Mr. Cheney

On June 5, Lewis "Scooter" Libby will face a probable prison sentence of around two years. He should not stand alone.

As the apparent fall guy in the perjury case over the outing of a CIA agent, he deserves a personal and forthright appearance by his former boss, Vice President Cheney.

Cheney's ...

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Nixon and Agnew: the Strangest of Bedfellows

Historians, young and old, can't get enough of trying to understand the mind of President Richard Nixon. He is perhaps the most complicated and then loathed figure to ever occupy the Oval Office.

Combine that with his vice president, the later admitted bribe-taker Spiro Agnew, and you have even more ...

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