- A speaker at the Council on Foreign Relations says the Bush administration has "failed the country" and deserves "the lowest grade of any I've known." The speaker? Republican Senator Chuck Hagel.
- At Blue Hampshire, Elwood has a poll: How should we pay for Republican adultery. Right now, "just borrow from Social Security" is winning, with capital gains taxes in second.
- Last night, Mitt Romney made a big deal out of being a real Red Sox fan, not like that panderer Rudy Giuliani. Problem being, he flubbed his big claim: He said Red Sox fans waited "87 long years" for a World Series victory. It was 86.
- From what Atrios says, it sounds like financial reporters are about as awesome as political reporters.
- And speaking of awesome political reporters, one of Joe Klein's sources has outed himself and it's Pete Hoekstra.
- Gail Collins:
Every sign points to the party nominees being chosen by the first week in February. (If given the choice, would you prefer to see your Christmas stocking filled with a lump of coal or 10 months of Clinton vs. Romney?) But on the Republican side, it’s not hard to imagine the poor voters veering from one to the other. (Him? — Oh, god no. How about — him! No, wait, what were we thinking? )
Maybe they’ll vacillate until the bitter end, leaving it all up to the final primary in South Dakota in June. And that would be great. Finally, instead of allowing a few thousand corn farmers to decide the fate of the nation, we could place the power where it rightfully belongs, with a few thousand wheat farmers.
- The Right's Field points out that if Rudy Giuliani wants to take credit for reduced snowfall in NYC, he has to take credit for the city's bedbug problem too.
- A chronological coincidence? Trent Lott's brother-in-law and nephew have been indicted for bribery just days after he announced his resignation.
- Carson Daly is a picket-line crossing piece of scum.
- The December 10 Democratic debate on CBS has been canceled given the lack of resolution of labor issues there and the refusal of candidates to cross a picket line to debate.
- Former Representative Henry Hyde is dead.