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Friday, May 16, 2003

Midday Musings--The king is dead. Long live the Pistons. The Mid-Atlantic governors look to be forcing the reallignment issues, plugging for Virginia Tech to be the third school in ACC expansion rather than Boston College. Will this be a stare-down between Donna Shalala and Mark Warner? Ben pointed to an interesting piece on DLC politics. However, this got a chuckle out of me
The memo took a milder shot at Rep. Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.) for his proposal to guarantee universal health insurance coverage, which From and Reed deemed far too costly. "Every primary season unleashes the pander virus," they wrote. Gephardt spokesman Erik Smith said the criticism is a good sign. Gephardt's plan "has been attacked from the left and from the right. We must be onto something."
There are two reasons why someone get slammed from both sides. One is that they have a sensable, centrist solution. The other is when they're so bogus that everyone but the clueless target knows it. Unfortunately, Gephardt's plan falls into the second catagory, being a payoff to factory workers and their employers at everyone else's expence. They have a tax cut bill through the Senate with a temporary dividend tax exemption. Let's see that the conference committee does with this bad boy. The AWOL Texas state reps are back in state, now that they can block passage of the redistricting bill and still be in Austin. Are they mature legistators? No, but they stayed at a Holiday Inn last night.

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