The End Of The World As We Know It

In discussing Rutgers (!) win last night over number three Louisville, Peter Schrager points out at least two changes more shocking than the Dems win on Tuesday:

If you were frozen in 2002 and brought back to life this weekend, I’m not sure what you’d be more shocked by — the fact that Britney Spears is now twice-divorced with two kids or that Rutgers football was undefeated and in the BCS Championship Game picture. Both are startling. Both are somehow true.

Rutgers is undefeated. Say it again. Wow. Think Greg Schiano is going to get some phone calls this winter?  

On guy who won’t be getting any calls is Spencer Bachus, his party’s loss means his dreams of chairing the House Financial Services Committee are now over. Other changes at home are described here, here, and here. There will be fewer buildings named after Richard Shelby, as he’s going to lose his appropriations committee chairmanship. Artur Davis says he might run against Jeff Sessions for senate in 2008. Sheila Smoot will then run for Davis’s vacated seat.

And if all that doesn’t make your head spin, get a load of this:

On Iraq, Sessions predicted a deep re-evaluation of the strategy.

“I’ve come to be concerned that in Iraq, we’re not managing as effectively as we can,” Sessions said. “The Army and military are trying to maintain order and train troops, and we’re not where we need to be in terms of having an effective functioning American presence there.” 

What a difference a year makes:

MATTHEWS:  Welcome back to HARDBALL.  We’re joined now by Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama.  I was wrong.  It’s Alabama, not Mississippi.  He’s a member of the Armed Services Committee. 

Senator Sessions, I began the broadcast by saying I heard the president with clarion clearness tonight.  He’s talking about changing the direction of the Middle East, reforming it, democratizing it, reducing the threat of terrorism to us by transforming Iraq into a democracy. He has accepted the full philosophical tenets of what is called neoconservativism.  Do you share that faith? 

SEN. JEFF SESSIONS (R-AL), ARMED SERVICES CMTE.:  This is what the president has said from the beginning.  He said it at the time we debated whether or not to authorize military action in Iraq and it is his vision for the world. 

I don’t know who else shares it, but I’ll tell you George Bush believes that we have an opportunity to make Iraq a better place, a stable place.  We are going to have an election—while you all were quite negative I thought just a while ago, we are about to have an election in Iraq to elect a constitutional government by the people of Iraq for the time in its history. 

This is a big deal.  We had 10 — eight million people vote in January, 10 million people vote in October.  I think we’re going to have more vote this time.  The Sunni leaders are urging all their leaders to go out and vote this time.  I think we’re going to have a nice election.  I believe we’re going to work through the difficulties that Senator Levin expressed concern about. 

You know, whatever good stuff you achieve, some of our colleagues on the other side who want to blame President Bush always point out some danger in the future.  But timetable after timetable after timetable have been met. 

We have 130,000 Iraqi soldiers making sure the January election this year was safe.  We’re going to have 225,000 this time, 95,000 more.  They are taking over whole areas of the country now under Iraqi control and if we stay the course, if we keep our poise, we don’t look like we’re dictating to them how this sovereign nation should establish its government, but work with them to help them in every way possible, I think we can be successful and I do support the president’s view.

Senator Sessions, welcome to the reality based community. We look forward to working with you.

And finally, speaking of fuzzy minded idealists, I like U2, I really do. Even so, just once I’d like to hear someone say “that Bono, what a jerk that guy is.” He’s just too admired. I mean, surely Mr. Wonderful has at least stiffed a waiter or something. Oh well, probably not gonna happen. But maybe someone will agree with Dan Kois that whatever their respective merits today, back in the eighties REM was better than U2.

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One Comment on “The End Of The World As We Know It”

  1. Himself Says:

    What’s the difference between God and Bono? God doesn’t walk around Dublin pretending he’s Bono.


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