Friday, April 27, 2007

The Daily Dose

The Concord at a barge in Manhattan

Perhaps the real scandal at the World Bank is not the nearly $200K salary of Paul Wolfowitz's ex-girlfriend, but that, as Bloomberg's Amity Shlaes reports, the bank pays "girlfriend salaries for everyone."

No wonder McCain is a darling of the mainstream media: he recently told them, "Ninety-nine percent of the press corps reports what they observe in as objective a manner as possible." I suspect the Media Research Center would disagree.

Cho Seung-Hui snuffed out 32 lives on Monday, April 16. Slate's Will Saletan asks, "Do you know how many people got blown up in Baghdad [two days later]? More than 170. A single bomb killed 140 of them. This happened at the same market where a bomb had killed more than 125 people two months ago. That's four times the body count at Virginia Tech, in a flash."

Whoever's ghostwriting for Fred Thompson is excellent. Whether it's a radio spot, blog post or op-ed, each piece has a beginning, middle and end (think this is easy? try it), and is eloquent, cogent and interesting.

In the current issue of the American Conservative (May 7; not online), Dave Weigel (pronounce the "ei" as "y") surveys the online efforts of the second-tier GOP candidates. (Here's the YouTube video of Fred Thompson Dave mentions, which I put online only six weeks ago and which, as of this writing, has been viewed over 15,000 times).