THE "PORKBUSTERS" DODGE. Ramesh Ponnuru has an excellent critique of the "Porkbusters" crusade, noting that it "places an enormous amount of political energy in the service of trivial goals." As he points out, even the modest reductions in federal spending actually being claimed are largely illusory:
THE ARGUMENT FROM TRADITION.Thers take on the first half of the Scalia quote approvingly cited by Ann Althouse. I'd like to deal with the second:
"What Shakespeare is to the high school English student," Scalia said, "the society's accepted constitutional traditions are to the prudent jurist.
"He does not judge them, but is judged by them. The very test of the validity of his analytic formulas -- his rules -- is whether, when applied to traditional situations, they yield the results that American society has traditionally accepted."
THE FECKLESSNESS OF CHRISTINA HOFF SOMMERS.Garance, Matt and zuzu have already amply demonstrated the bad faith, distortions, and selective evidence of the latest manifestation of Christina Hoff Sommers's feeble "American feminists don't care about the suppression of Islamic women" routine.
HAWKS STICKING THEIR HEADS IN THE SAND (OF IRAQ).Ezra reminds us of one of the more bizarre manifestations of pro-Bush's-war liberalism, Paul Berman's attempt to fit Islamic terrorism seamlessly into the WWII and/or Cold War models of conflict, as a fight waged against totalitarianism.