Political Posturing: Como Se Dice "Geneva Conventions"?

the spy who came in from the goldGonzales, longtime associate of Bush, likely to be confirmed as first Hispanic attorney general; Bush chose loyalty over ideology; Gonzales described Geneva Convention treatment protocols as "obsolete" in war on terror. Leahy hopes Senate and public can use hearings to press administration on "its use of the Patriot Act, the lack of cooperation with Congress on oversight, and the policies that have been rejected by the courts on the treatment of detainees." [WP, WP, NYT, NYT, WSJ, LAT, BG]

Bush sees Arafat's death as opportunity to create moderate leadership in Palestine that could herald new era of peace: "The vision is two states, a Palestinian state and Israel, living side by side in peace. I think we've got a chance to do that, and I look forward to being involved in that process." [WP]

Evangelical Christians set priorites: limits on abortion; ban on gay marriage; and appointments of conservative judges. Response to Specter seen as indicator of Bush's conservatism. [WSJ]

Republican attacks on Specter viewed as revenge for defeat of Bork. Republican consultant: "I would be shocked if conservatives don't extract a pound of flesh from Senator Specter." [NYT]

GOP advisor calls Bush's faith-based election strategy divisive: "From now on, anyone who belongs to the Republican Party will automatically find himself in the same group as the opponents of abortion, and anyone who supports abortion will automatically be labeled a Democrat." [NYT]

DNC flack steps on fire of conspiracy theory that Kerry actually won. [WP]

Bush asked to intervene on intelligence reform to break deadlock. [WP]

Frank Rich: Democrats "should wake up and smell the Chardonnay" because blue has upper hand on moral values. Rich: "If the Republican party's next round of leaders are all cool with blue culture, why should Democrats run after the red?" [NYT]

New organization called Third Way directed at fostering moderate Democratic messages. Bayh: "The answer to the ideological extremes of the right has to be more than rigid dogma from the left." [WP]

Falwell establishes new coalition to expand "values voters." [WT]

Bush received largest number of votes ever but the fifth smallest margin of victory by percent since 1920. [WP]

Tenet grosses $500,000-plus on off-the-record speaking tour; multi-million dollar advance expected for book. [NYT]


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