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The Good, the Bad, and the Holder

It was a good week for conservatives, more or less: Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts, thereby putting Obamacare on indefinite hold; the Supreme Court’s decision for the First Amendment in Citizens United vs. FEC, which was correct in upholding the Constitution  (though we’re thinking this could benefit statists, since big business (along with unions, ironically),  is actually not conservative. But again, the law is the law); and the bankruptcy of Air America — no more Ron Reagan, Jr.? Perish the thought. (though one could argue that this will just be another excuse for the Left to pass the Fairness Doctrine) .

So about what can we be gloomy?

How about Eric Holder’s Justice Department? They have just announced the release from Gitmo of Hassan Zumiri, a guy who wanted to bomb Los Angeles Airport in 2000. To Algeria. Gee, that sounds like a great idea. And let’s not  forget that this is the same Justice Department that has decided that those who plotted 9/11 — like the mastermind of it all Kalid Sheik Mohammad — should be tried in civilian court. Even though he already confessed and said he wanted to be executed. Military commissions are apparently okay for lesser-known terrorists, but the big guys deserve respect.

Here are former Bush official John Yoo’s comments about what the U.S. Constitution will now offer our enemies::

The Constitution requires that we have an open public trial for any criminal defendant tried by our government, and one of the rights that every defendant has is to force a government to open up its files and provide all the information it has on the defendant.This is going to be terrible for our efforts against al-Qaeda because we will have to explain, for example, how we knew where Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was, how we were able to intercept his cell phone calls, how we were able to read his e-mails, and how we captured him. All of this is going to have to be made public.

Feel better? Let’s not rest on a couple victories, friends.

Gregg Withdrawal and the Census

Good for Senator Judd Gregg to withdraw his nomination as Commerce Secretary. As a fiscal conservative, a New Englander, AND a Senator, he is needed more (than ever) now on the Finance Committee.

And as a matter of principle, we are opposed to the frankly unconstitutional desire of the Obama administration to move the Census to the Chief of Staff’s office, and away from the duties of Commerce. It’s already politicized enough, isn’t it? We imagine Judd Gregg did not want to be part of that, either.

Conspiracy theory: Perhaps Obama folk just wanted Gregg removed from his position as ranking member of the Finance Committee and then in a couple months he would be forced out of the Commerce area, or his duties there would be piece-meal taken over by the Administration.

Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution says: The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.

Law directs that the Census Bureau is under jurisdiction of the Commerce Secretary.

So yeah, Obama can just nominate someone else who doesn’t mind White House interference in the Census. But now that Gregg is out, is seems less likely that Obama’s team will find that necessary. After all, they made noise about doing this mainly because some folks believed Gregg, as a conservative, wouldn’t “push hard” for a count of Hipsanics (and other traditionally solid Democrat groups).

But this is boring. Statisticians at Census take their job seriously, right? And why are conservatives always so quick to jump to conspiracy theories anyway? Geez, relax.  (And why are we so sarcastic?)