November 15, 2004


Bush to name campaign chief to head GOP (RON FOURNIER, November 15, 2004, AP)

President Bush on Monday tapped the chairman of his re-election campaign, Ken Mehlman, to head the Republican Party.

Mehlman, a protege of chief White House strategist Karl Rove, is Bush's pick to replace party chairman Ed Gillespie who is returning to the private sector. The Republican National Committee formally selects the party chair early next year, and Bush's recommendation holds enormous sway. [...]

While Rove is considered the driving force behind Bush's political strategy, Mehlman is widely credited as the organizing genius who turn White House orders into action. From the campaign's headquarters in Arlington, Va., he oversaw an Amway-like political organization that recruited tens of thousands of volunteers, assigned them political tasks and held them accountable.

It's downright frightening to see the Stupid Party act as smart as the GOP has over the past five years.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 15, 2004 11:03 PM

You ain't just whistling Dixie there Mr. Judd. A well oiled machine.

Posted by: Tom Wall at November 15, 2004 11:23 PM

"Permamentizing"? Good grief... there's got to be a better word... maybe just saying "making the majority permanent" or "permanent majority"... "Entrenching"? "Securing"?

Posted by: Just John at November 16, 2004 1:40 AM

Major weakness as most everyone knows: out of control immigration.

English-only laws need a Phyllis Schlafy, too. (She who single handedly broke the back of the dreadful ERA.)

And isn't it time to end, not mend, affirmative action?

Posted by: Brent Anderson at November 16, 2004 2:52 AM

America does not need 'English-only' laws because the free market here demands English proficiency outside of a few ethnic ghettos.

Posted by: Bart at November 16, 2004 5:11 AM

It appears that the free market is also elevating Spanish to near equal status with English as the "un"official language of trade, education & government.

I have a vague recollection of learning somewhere in my distant educational past that our Founding Fathers flirted w/making German the official language of the young republic.

Posted by: Dave W at November 16, 2004 3:32 PM


The notion that outside of a few ethnic ghettos that Spanish is becoming a national language co-equal with English is laughable. The key to economic advancement all over the world is English-fluency as anyone who reads scientific journals or goes to a European business school or attended seminars loaded with foreign techies can tell you.

Where there is elevation to equal status in education, that is merely a political sop not a market choice. I doubt there is a single class of Quantum Mechanics in the US being taught in Spanish.

If you want to watch the free market in action, you might want to observe that there isn't a subway car in NYC that doesn't have a Spanish-language sign for Spanish speakers to attend private adult schools that teach English, the infomercials on Spanish language TV selling home courses which facilitate the learning of English, or the fact that Hispanics give their American born children English rather than Spanish names for the most part.

Hispanics intuitively understand that being a non-English speaker in America means that you are forever consigned to the food service, house cleaning and landscaping industries.

There was an attempt in Pennsylvania, which until the 1930s had as many as a half million people who spoke only German in their daily affairs, to make German co-official with English but this was voted down by the anglophone majority in the 18th century.

Posted by: Bart at November 18, 2004 7:00 AM