November 20, 2006


Hastings, in line for key House role, comes under fire: Critics oppose the possible appointment of U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings of Miramar to chair the House Intelligence Committee. (LESLEY CLARK, 11/20/06,

After a checkered career that has seen both disgrace and redemption -- impeachment and removal as a federal judge followed by election to Congress seven times -- Rep. Alcee Hastings is poised to claim a position of considerable clout.

At 70, the Miramar Democrat may well become the next chairman of the House Intelligence Committee when Democrats take control of the U.S. House in January.

But an ever-widening chorus of critics is slamming the possibility that an expelled federal judge with millions of dollars in legal debt could be tapped to lead the committee that oversees U.S. intelligence programs.

Nothing could do the Democrats more damage headed into '08 than the exposure of their leadership to public scrutiny. President McCain is likely to carry in the biggest GOP majority in the House since the '20s.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 20, 2006 8:29 AM

Should we take that prediction along with the one that stated that there was no way the house and senate would go Democratic.

All we need in the US is an anti-immigration/trade candidate to rise from the backlash of Bush's Amnesty bill to set the Republicans back to post-1974 status.

Scenarios abound. Many things could happen.

Posted by: Bruno at November 20, 2006 10:58 AM

The Democratic takeover was invetable when the President not only left the troops in Iraq but then called attention to it.

Posted by: oj at November 20, 2006 11:20 AM

Or how about this old chestnut:
"It's going to be a landslide for Bush! I can feel it!"
Orrin Judd
October, 2000

Orrin's deal is that he always makes these grandiose predictions before the election, knowing that if he's right he'll be lauded as the new Criswell and if he's wrong nobody will remember. It's amusing and best not taken seriously. I knew the GOP was screwed this time around when Orrin started hedging his bets.

Posted by: Bryan at November 20, 2006 1:22 PM

There was no way W could have won a landslide in 2000 against a sitting VP in a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity after McCain bloodied him and made him run so far Right that he alienated Catholics.

2004 could have been a landslide had he just gotten out of Iraq in timely fashion. He deserved to be punished this month.

Posted by: oj at November 20, 2006 2:19 PM


Why shouldn't OJ receive the same courtesy as Paul Krugman, Maureen Dowd, et al? No one ever holds them responsible for their predictions, either.

Posted by: Rick T. at November 20, 2006 2:58 PM

Absent the drunk driving story and some better work during the last week, Bush might have won over 50% in 2000. The real negative was losing 4 Senate seats the GOP should have kept.

2004 wasn't going to be a landslide after the first debate, even though Kerry screwed himself for good with the 'global test' baloney.

Iraq was a drag, but the story of 2005/6 will be one of GOP inertia. The Dems beat basically nothing with basically nothing.

Posted by: ratbert at November 20, 2006 3:13 PM

2006 was all about Iraq. There's a new age of Aquarius, so just get with the program. No more foreign adventures......unless Al Queda/muslims types do something real dumb. Which they will.

Posted by: h-man at November 20, 2006 4:18 PM

Congress can't stop a president from waging the next war.

Posted by: oj at November 20, 2006 4:55 PM