Friday, March 26, 2004

Another AP Internet report
Chet Brokaw has another AP report on the effect of the Internet on South Dakota politics:

South Dakota candidates and political parties still make phone calls, send letters, run television ads and hold rallies, but they are increasingly using the Internet to raise money and communicate with voters.

In the U.S. House and Senate races, all the major candidates' Web sites allow supporters to make campaign donations with credit cards.

And Democratic House candidate Stephanie Herseth and Republican Senate candidate John Thune have advertised on sites frequented by people sympathetic to their causes.

SDP has more regarding the impact from Brokaw’s earlier report.

Daschle threatens more obstruction
Fox News reports on Daschle’s latest threat:

Schumer's release followed a statement by Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle D-S.D., on the Senate floor Friday, in which he vowed to make life difficult for the president's nominees as long as Bush keeps using his recess appointment power to install the ones Democrats oppose.

"This White House is insisting on a departure from historic and constitutional practices," Daschle said. "At no point has a president ever used a recess appointment to install a rejected nominee onto the federal bench, and there are intonations there will be even more recess appointments in the coming months.

"We will continue to cooperate in the confirmation of federal judges, but only if the White House gives us the assurance that they will no longer abuse the process, but it will once again respect our Constitution's essential system of checks and balances," Daschle said.

The report ended with this little covered fact:

Bush's use of the recess appointment is not innovative. President Clinton used his executive power in the same way, giving Roger Gregory a seat on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in December 2000. In a very controversial move, Clinton used it one other time to name Bill Lann Lee to be assistant attorney general.

I don’t remember Daschle complaining about Clinton’s “abuse of power”. Daschle also as a problem with "abuse of power".
Daschle Losing Native American Support
Jeff Gannon has a Talon News report covering Tim Giago’s challenge to Tom Daschle. Here is an excerpt:

"On the Pine Ridge Reservation alone, the place of my birth, unemployment runs as high as 60 percent," Giago noted. "This is unconscionable."

He added, "Pine Ridge, Shannon County, was proclaimed in 1980 and 1990 by the U.S. Census Bureau, as the single poorest county in the United States of America."

"Our two state senators, Tom Daschle and Tim Johnson, have done little or nothing to bring economic development or jobs to these very depressed areas," he stated.

Giago continued, "One has to wonder why this is so when we supposedly have two senators working so hard to improve our lives."

Giago dismissed the legendary "Daschle clout" when he said, "Although there are many homeless people on Pine Ridge [and the other reservations] neither Daschle or Johnson have had the influence to bring badly needed housing to this severely depressed region."

Also see DVT's post on this issue.
Web blogs in the news
SDP has a post regarding an AP report covering Stephanie Herseth's use of blogs to raise funds (check out SDP's analysis at the end of that post). That same AP report was on the front page of today's Mitchell Daily Republic (they did not put it online). Makes me wonder if this letter to the editor, I sent the Mitchell paper three days ago regarding a David Kranz column that was reworded into an AP news report, had impact on the decision to put the Herseth report on the front page:

March 21, 2004

The New Journalism

To the Editor of The Daily Republic:

On page 3B of your 3/8 issue appeared an AP report titled, "Senate race heats up behind the scenes". What the casual reader may not know was the report was a slightly reworded op-ed column written by a partisan Democrat that appeared in another paper the day before.

The report did not cover any relevant issue, but was full of political rhetoric without the facts to support the innuendo. An example is this excerpt:

"Still, Thune has a campaign presence, including a message on a Web site blog with a his logo and the words, 'Stop Tom Daschle's obstructionism.'"

This is referring to the InstaPundit web site where there was a link set up to raise money. Stephanie Herseth is also using blogs to raise money, but that wasn't pointed out. The innuendo was meant to blame the Thune campaign for negative name-calling.

If conservatives point out the liberal voting record of Tom Daschle, we are labeled 'negative' and our message is then downplayed as 'anti-Daschle'. This is unfair and not conducive to an effective democracy.

What should be considered negative is the distortion or lying about your opponent's record or your own record. Just by mentioning a vote a candidate made, doesn't mean it should be considered taboo by the media, even when it puts the candidate in a negative life. Discussion of voting records is essential for citizens to become informed voters.

The story contained no information about web blogs. I have found web blogs offer the opportunity for the free speech that provides the dialogue necessary for freedom to be preserved in a democracy.

For South Dakotans, the web site South Dakota Politics (southdakotapolitics.blogs.com) provides an excellent alternative to the mainstream media. There is even a blog (daschlevthune.typepad.com/daschle_v_thune/) that is specifically setup to provide in-depth coverage on the upcoming Senate race. There is also my own web site (www.sibbyonline.blogspot.com).

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Media bais…CBS and CNN
A Tom Marzullo column exposes more bias regarding the Richard Clarke issue:

It turns out that Clarke's book is published by Simon and Schuster, a subsidiary of VIACOM, as is CBS, which broadcasts "60 Minutes" and which used their network to hype the show that hyped the book.

The "60 Minutes" venue chosen to hype the book is also quite interesting in a number of ways. "60 Minutes" was the program that pioneered the "cut and paste" technique of airing interviews that has been widely emulated by a variety of programs over the years in an ever-increasingly bold manner that culminated in story of the 1998 CNN-TIME "Tailwind" journalistic disaster that was broken via the Internet by Joseph Farah.

Media bias…New York Times
Bob Kohn author of "Journalistic Fraud: How The New York Times Distorts the News and Why It Can No Longer Be Trusted", exposes the bias of the New York Times regarding democratic partisan Richard Clarke:

Because the New York Times refuses to print it (or even refer to it) and in case you missed it elsewhere, the following are excerpts from a conversation that former counterterrorism chief Richard A. Clarke had with several news reporters in August 2002 about the Bush administration's efforts to combat terrorism prior to 9-11:

Clarke: "I think the overall point is, there was no plan on al-Qaida that was passed from the Clinton administration to the Bush administration."

"[T]he Clinton administration had a strategy in place, effectively dating from 1998. And there were a number of issues on the table since 1998. And they remained on the table when that administration went out of office ... And in January 2001, the incoming Bush administration was briefed on the existing strategy. They were also briefed on these series of issues that had not been decided on in a couple of years."

"[T]he Bush administration decided then, you know, in late January, to do two things. One, vigorously pursue the existing policy, including all of the lethal covert action findings, which we've now made public to some extent. ... The second thing the [Bush] administration decided to do is to initiate a process to look at those issues which had been on the table for a couple of years and get them decided."

"[T]hat process which was initiated in the first week in February, uh, decided in principle, uh in the spring to add to the existing Clinton strategy and to increase CIA resources, for example, for covert action, five-fold, to go after al-Qaida."

[T]he newly appointed deputies [in the Bush administration] – and you had to remember, the deputies didn't get into office until late March, early April. The deputies then tasked the development of the implementation details, uh, of these new decisions that they were endorsing, and sending out to the principals."

"Over the course of the summer – last point – they developed implementation details, the principals met at the end of the summer, approved them in their first meeting, changed the strategy by authorizing the increase in funding five-fold, changing the policy on Pakistan, changing the policy on Uzbekistan, changing the policy on the Northern Alliance assistance.

"And then changed the strategy from one of rollback with al-Qaida over the course of five years, which it had been, to a new strategy that called for the rapid elimination of al-Qaida. That is in fact the timeline."

Clarke is a partisan Democrat
DVT posted on Daschle and Clarke…now WorldNetDaily in conjunction with Insight Magazine exposes Clarke’s democratic partisanship:

Former counterterrorism czar Richard A. Clarke insists his attacks on President Bush have nothing to do with politics, but an Insight check of Federal Election Commission records shows his only political contributions in the last decade have gone to Democrats.

HB 1191 still making news
WorldNetDaily has a report today on the controversy surrounding the demise od HB 1191, the bill that would have banned most abortions in South Dakota:

In a news release, the More Center quoted a bewildered 25-year member of Right to Life and director of an abortion counseling service, Leslee Unruh.
"We were shocked, saddened and dismayed that National Right to Life lobbied against this bill," she said. "In effect, they aborted the right to life bill."

Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the More Center concluded, "One thing we know for sure, Planned Parenthood and NARAL could not be happier with National Right To Life."
In response, National Right to Life called the charge of joining forces with pro-abortion groups "absurd, untrue, and unproductive."

"In fact," the group said, "National Right to Life called for no grassroots action against the bill, sent no one into South Dakota, sent no letters to the South Dakota legislature, issued no press releases and spoke only to one South Dakota state senator who is also South Dakota's representative to the National Right to Life Committee board of directors."

The More Center said state Sen. Jay Duenwald led "behind-the-scenes opposition" when the bill reached the State Affairs Committee.

"Together with pro-abortion senators, Duenwald's lobbying efforts succeeded in removing the ban and replacing it with an informed consent measure, something already covered by South Dakota law," the law center's release said.

Democrats hypocrisy on guns
AS SDP compares Tom Daschle's votes yesterday on the Unborn Victims of Violence Act to the votes he made on guns, WorldNetDaily reports on the Democrats hypocrisy on guns:

Though the Democratic Party is known for its aversion to weapons and has pushed legislation limiting firearm rights, ex-Presidents Carter and Clinton joined a star-studded fund-raiser last night featuring the rap duo Outkast, which promotes itself with an image of one member of the group brandishing a handgun.

The event at the Washington, D.C., nightclub Dream was to feature Ginuwine, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Q-Tip, along with Outkast, the New York Times reported.

Before the club event, Democrats were to gather at what was billed as one of the largest party fund-raisers off all times, with an anticipated net of $11 million. Besides Carter and Clinton, luminaries planning to attend were former Vice President Al Gore, presidential candidate John Kerry, most of the other Democratic presidential candidates and former candidates Eugene J. McCarthy and George McGovern.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Kennedy’s credibility challenged
Today’s Mitchell Daily Republic editorial challenges the credibility of Ted Kennedy, who is sending a four-page letter to South Dakotans attacking President Bush:

Kennedy’s hyperbole and demagoguery are well known, by both Democrats and Republicans, and his personal and untruthful attacks on Robert Bork during that judge’s hearing as a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court still stand as the worst example of blatant partisanship and conduct unworthy of a U.S. senator that Congress has ever witnessed.

Though we cannot agree with Kennedy’s more caustic accusations, we readily concur that the extended war effort in Iraq has placed a worrisome drain on the economy, driving up budget deficits and keeping the stock market in a state of unease. Kennedy doesn’t indicate how a war could be fought with huge expenditures; we are left to assume that his position now is that the war with Iraq was a mistake because Saddam was never a threat to anyone. Tell that to Kuwait, which was overrun by Saddam’s thugs in 1991, and to the relatives of the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who were murdered during his reign of terror. And yes, even though no weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq, no one disputes that evidence shows he had all the elements and components of those weapons in his possession.

Concerning the United Nations, few place the kind of confidence in that body that Kennedy does. Over the years, it has become an inert, highly political institution whose main purpose is to hold meetings that lead to inaction.

We share Kennedy’s concerns about the economy and about jobs creation. However, to attack a sitting president in such vitriolic tones while our country still has troops abroad strikes us as unnecessary and irresponsible – but certainly not un-Kennedy like.

Tom Daschle must have forgot to tell Kennedy that the far-left rhetoric of the Democrat party doesn’t go over well in South Dakota.
NRA Banquet TODAY!!!
Thursday, March 25th, 2004

The Tri-State “Friends of NRA” Annual Banquet and Auction will be held at
the Oaks Hotel Banquet Room on March 25th 2004, at 5:30PM. The Friends of
the NRA Dinner will feature door prizes, bucket raffles, auctions, silent
auctions, a "Table of Guns" prizes, and other raffles and drawings that
allow almost everyone who attends to win something. Some of the prizes
· Remington Model 572 BDL Deluxe Fieldmaster .22 Cal.
· Smith & Wesson Model 629 Classic .44 Magnum
· Beretta ES 100 Slug Combo 12 Gauge
· Weatherby Vanguard Synthetic .300 Weatherby Magnum
· Ruger New Model Single-Six Revolver NR617 .17 HMR
Since its inception in 1993, Friends of NRA has raised millions to support
programs like youth firearms safety and education programs; hunter
education; range development and improvement; support materials for training
classes; women's safety classes; and many wildlife conservation efforts.
Recognizing that America's young people represent the future of the shooting
sports, these grants frequently target youth programs, allocating more than
50% of grant monies to this important area.
Friends of NRA is an exciting grassroots fund-raising program that fosters
community involvement, raises money and gives 100% of the net proceeds to
qualified local, state and national programs. NRA membership is not required
and money raised is not for any political purposes. In 2002, over
$65,000.00 went to South Dakota groups like the Paralyzed Veterans Trap
Shoot to the Youth Hunter Education Challenge in Mitchell.

What can I expect at a Friends of NRA Event?
Food, fun, family and fund-raising. Whether you are a hunter, competitive
shooter or just a proud gun owner, Friends of NRA events have something of
interest for the entire family. Events include dinner followed by exciting
auctions and special drawings for unique and collectible merchandise.
Attendees will bid on items from the standard Friends of NRA merchandise
package, as well as special products and services donated to specific events
by local businesses and community members. "Friends of NRA” merchandise
includes very desirable limited edition firearms, wildlife art from popular
artists and shooting sports, hunting and outdoor equipment. Events offer
every participant an opportunity to take home valuable merchandise and
enjoyable memories.
More CBS News bias
Ann Coulter’s latest column exposes another CBS News bias in regard to the Richard Clarke book:

Are you sitting down? Another ex-government official who was fired or demoted by Bush has written a book that ... is critical of Bush! Eureka! The latest offering is Richard Clarke's new CBS-Viacom book, "Against All Enemies," which gets only a 35 on "rate a record" because the words don't make sense and you can't dance to it.

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South Dakota missed the boat
Joseph Farah has an excellent column on Row vs. Wade. Here is the beginning:

If you're sitting in a leaky boat, you have a choice: Row vs. wade.
If you row, you have a chance to get to your destination before the boat sinks. If you don't, your only other choice is to sink, swim or wade to your destination.

There's a lesson here for one of the greatest issues of our time – abortion and the Roe vs. Wade decision that thrust it upon this nation in 1973.

The pro-abortion crowd has managed to set the terms of debate. They have intimidated the U.S. Senate and a series of presidents into making support of Roe vs. Wade a litmus test for approval of Supreme Court justices and federal judges.

And now the ending:

Roe is bad law, and it's time to take it on, to challenge it, to overturn it. It's time to appoint justices to the court who say it is wrong and know how to defend their positions. It's time to elect legislators who understand judges can't tell them what to do. It's time to elect governors who will be champions of the rights of unborn children. It's time to follow the Constitution, not rewrite it. It's time to stand up for what's right – boldly and unashamedly.

It's time to get back in the boat and start rowing.

UPDATE: Checkout this SDP post.
Scandal at the United Nations
The New York Post has a disturbing report regarding the United Nations and a French bank. Here’s an excerpt:

March 24, 2004 -- WASHINGTON - U.N. bureaucrats are stonewalling requests from Iraq's new government for records from the scandal-plagued oil-for-food account set up in Saddam Hussein's handpicked French bank, officials said yesterday.

The mysterious activities over the handling of the U.N. account at the French banking giant BNP Paribas, where $100 billion worth of oil-for-food transactions flowed until the war, has emerged as a central focus of several investigations in the wake of the massive bribery-kickback scandal that has rocked the world body at its highest levels.

United Nations custody of the account was so secretive and unusual that even Saddam, who stole $10.1 billion from the program and bribed sympathetic pols with some of the proceeds, pressed unsuccessfully to have the account transferred out of the bank he originally insisted handle the program, said Claude Hankes-Drielsma, the British businessman advising Iraq's Governing Council on the issue.

"The key question in this investigation is, what was the relationship between the U.N. and this French bank?" Hankes-Drielsma added.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

More Daschle hypocrisy?
SDP has a post on Tom Daschle’s statement regarding “Attacking Good People for Telling the Truth”. Let’s not forget...Daschle had a problem with good people attacking those that lie.

Based on a Fox News report, perhaps the latter statement applies to Richard Clarke, whose words in 2002 do not reflect what he is saying today. Perhaps Daschle is not a hypocrite...he just trying to support someone's misleading statements...just like Bill & Monica all over again.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Media bias…this time CNN
CNN has a report that puts a pro-Kerry spin on his involvement in a 1971 plot to assassinate pro-war Senators:

Kerry's break with VVAW came at the end of 1971 during a four-day convention for VVAW national coordinators.

The organization's minutes record that Kerry and three other fellow moderates "resigned" their posts.
But before that gathering adjourned, there was some discussion about the idea of assassinating American leaders who voted to prolong the war, said Nicosia and three veterans who attended the gathering.

Scott Camil, a Florida vet who put forward the idea, says the notion didn't get very far.

"If people considered our plans to be so bad, we would have been charged, and they would have made a big stink about it."

Camil, who was later tried and acquitted with seven other vets for plotting an assault on the 1972 Republican National Convention, said Kerry's opponents are "trying to blacken him with my brush and my ideas, and that's not fair."

Here is an earlier report on Camil that discloses Kerry’s campign plans that was not covered by the CNN report:

That the VVAW debated killing members of Congress is not a new revelation. The plot was reported in Gerald Nicosia's 2001 book, "Home To War," that one of the key leaders of the organization, Scott Camil, "proposed the assassination of the most hard-core conservative members of Congress, as well as any other powerful, intractable opponents of the antiwar movement." The book reports on the Kansas City meeting at which Camil's plan was debated and then voted down.

In a cover blurb on the book, Kerry said it "ties together the many threads of a difficult period." Kerry hosted a party for the book in the Hart Senate Office Building that was televised on C-SPAN, according to the Sun.

Camil, never prosecuted for the plot, plans to accept an offer by the Florida Kerry organization to become active in the presidential campaign, according to the report. Camil's plot, involving eight to 10 Marines, targeted the Southern senatorial leadership including John Stennis, Strom Thurmond and John Tower.

DVT posted a link to a New York Sun report that shows the degree to which the Kerry campaign tried to cover up this embarrassing story:

A Vietnam veteran who said he remembers John Kerry participating in a 1971 Kansas City meeting at which an assassination plot was discussed says an official with the Kerry presidential campaign called him this month and pressured him to change his story.

The veteran, John Musgrave, says he was called twice by the head of Veterans for Kerry, John Hurley, while a reporter for the Kansas City Star worked on a follow-up piece to a New York Sun article about the November 1971 meeting of Vietnam Veterans Against the War at which a plot to kill U.S. senators was voted down. Asked by The New York Sun if he felt pressured, Mr. Musgrave said, “In the second call I did.” Mr. Musgrave said Mr. Hurley said Mr. Kerry had told him “he was definitely not in Kansas City.”

According to Mr. Musgrave, Mr. Hurley said, “Why don’t you refresh your memory and call that reporter back?”

Daschle Slams Possible Ban on Gay Marriage
The AP reports on Tom Daschle's reaction to the constutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage:

Speaking in highly personal terms, a gay member of Congress on Tuesday challenged supporters of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages, asking "who are we hurting" when homosexuals want to express the same emotional commitment as other Americans.

"All we are saying is, 'Please, can't we in our lives do this?'" said Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass. "When I go home from today's work and I choose because of my nature to associate with another man, how is that a problem for you? How does that hurt you?"

He drew no immediate reply from Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans supporting the proposed amendment.
Frank's appeal was unusual in Congress, where lawmakers clash vigorously on matters of politics and policy, but seldom refer to their personal lives - much less sexual orientation - in an attempt to influence legislation.

His remarks were supplemented by more traditional criticism from Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, who accused unnamed supporters of the amendment of seeking to use it for political gain. "There are those who would like to politicize this issue and they'll use whatever means available to them to maximize whatever value they find politically," said the South Dakota lawmaker. He said he opposes the measure, adding that supporters are "not even close" to having the two-thirds support needed to prevail.

Here is an excerpt from the Reuters version:

"We're not even close to having votes sufficient to pass a constitutional amendment," Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, a South Dakota Democrat opposed to the measure, told reporters outside the hearing. He compared the bid to proposed constitutional amendments after the Civil War to ban interracial marriage.

Abuse of Power
SDP has a post on Daschle charging President Bush with “abuse of power” in regard to the Richard Clarke issue. DVT posted on Daschle’s politicizing the 9-11 commission.

If Daschle beliefs an open discussion on “abuse of power’ is needed, he should review his own past. Scroll down to, “Daschlegate Offers White House Tempting Target”:

Turns out that Daschle and his wife, Linda, have their own sealed case files to worry about: records left over from the 1995 Senate Ethics Committee investigation into the alleged cover-up of the Democrat power couple's role in the deaths of three South Dakota Forest Service physicians who perished in a 1994 air crash.

Monday, March 22, 2004

The bias at CBS News
As CBS News promotes the accusations that President Bush could have prevented 9-11 by Richard Clarke, this report gets ignored:

A third federal aviation-security agent, one still with the government, has stepped forward to say he also warned Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry about security lapses at Boston's Logan International Airport before the 9-11 hijackings there.

Earlier this week, two former FAA agents said the Democratic presidential hopeful failed to take effective action after they gave him a prophetic warning that his home airport was vulnerable to multiple hijackings.

DVT reports on Tom Daschle's effort to politicize the 9-11 commision hearings.
John Thune lobbies for ethanol
The Hill has a report on John Thune’s work on ethanol:

Lobbyist and former Rep. John Thune (R-S.D.), who is running for Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle’s (D-S.D.) seat this fall, is representing the Broin Cos. on “improving EPA support and regulation of the ethanol industry,” lobbying records show.

More On Daschle’s obstruction
The Hill has a new report that reveals Daschle’s continued plan to hold conservative judicial appointments hostage:

Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) is threatening to stall President Bush’s judicial nominees if the president does not take action soon to appoint more than a dozen Democrats to government boards and commissions.

Daschle met privately with Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) shortly before Congress began its latest recess and warned that if ongoing negotiations don’t bring results, the movement to confirm the president’s judicial nominees — already stalled by Democratic opposition — could grind to a complete halt.

The report ended with this:

Even before Daschle issued his threat, swift action on judicial nominees was considered unlikely in a polarized election year.

Asked whether Democrats would hold up judicial nominations to get the Democrats nominated, the Democratic leadership aide said, “All options are on the table.”

Asked whether Democrats might also hold up legislation as well, the aide replied, “All options are on the table.”

As my previous two posts demonstrate, the Mitchell Daily Republic sees the obvious, but the Argus Leader has failed to inform its readers’ of Daschle’s obstruction and its impact on our ability to pass legislation such as HB 1191.
Abortion and the Mitchell Daily Republic
As a followup to my previous post, I would like to point out this Mitchell Daily Republic 11/17/2003 column(I would bet that this would not have made the Mitchell paper if David Kranz was still the managing editor):

HISSES on the continuing conflict between Republicans and Democrats over judicial nominees. The Republicans latest response was a “talkathon” they say was an effort to counter Democrat filibusters. Sen. Tom Daschle’s comment that President Bush and Republicans had “politicized these nominations” can’t be taken seriously. That would be the pot calling the kettle black. The left wing of the Democratic party has made pro-abortion a litmus test for nominees, and are willing to do whatever is necessary to block those judges they believe may be pro-life. In fact, both parties are supposed to vote up or down on nominees based on their judicial qualifications, which determines if they are fit to serve as judges. Whether a nominee can apply the constitution to the law is supposed to be the test – but that has been all but ignored recently. The public has been ill-served by this circus.

Sunday, March 21, 2004

Abortion and the Argus Leader
Today’s Argus Leader has two columns that covered HB 1191, the bill that would have banned abortion in South Dakota. David Kranz’s column had this:

Political fallout still is being sorted out after the state Senate was unable to overturn Gov. Rounds' style-and-form veto on a bill that would have made most abortions illegal in South Dakota.

Some Republican proponents say that Rounds played both sides of the issue and didn't do enough to win their support.

DVT noted the civility of the State legislature regarding this bill as pointed out in today's Randell Beck column:

Duenwald, who has long supported an abortion ban, opposed McCaulley's bill. Like most of us, the Republican from Hoven knew the bill would be challenged on constitutional grounds. He feared the consequences of losing the case on appeal would only solidify Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

"This wasn't a good outcome,'' Duenwald told reporter Terry Woster after the vote. "Nobody won anything.''

Well, I disagree.

In bearing witness to a respectful public discourse on this most sensitive of subjects, the citizens of this state won going away. In today's supercharged political arena, that's worth celebrating.

Let's hope Messrs. Daschle and Thune were watching.

How about the Senator Daschle’s political fallout…Mr. Kranz. Talking about aborting the political analysis! How does Duenwald’s concern (Note Beck also included "Like most of us") regarding the Supreme Court reflect on Daschle’s leadership role in filibustering conservative judges? Here is an excerpt from a Fox News report:

Democrats say Estrada lacks judicial experience and have complained about his refusal to answer questions about specific cases, including abortion rights, and to provide copies of the memos.

"It's simply not right for anyone to be asked to make a decision in the dark," said Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota.

David Kranz, the supposed Dean of political reporters, has no excuse for refusing to point out that the cost of defending HB 1191 is square on the back of Tom Daschle. With his clout, can Daschle get the Senate Democrats to vote on judges that would give HB 1191 a fair hearing?

Both Kranz and Beck failed to hold Daschle accountable for his obstruction of conservative judicial nominations. I would call their columns today regarding the abortion issue...an abortion.

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