October 08, 2005

Links of the Week - Late and Short Edition

I usually do the link round-up on Fridays, but yesterday I didn't. Here are two to get you through the weekend, and while both are basically right I have a quibble with each.

Victor Davis Hanson writes on the consensus view on Iraq. Saying "no mainstream figure is demanding either an immediate withdrawal from Iraq or an imperial build-up" writes a number of US Senators out of the mainstream, though; several liberal Democrats want to bug out, and I believe John McCain still wants more troops sent in (not that I endorse either view).

And Dave Weigel, joining the elite club of those who've written for both The American Spectator and The American Prospect (the only other club member I can think of is Jeremy Lott), points out the White House's problems recruiting 2006 candidates. He sells Conrad Burns a little short, I think, but otherwise Dave's analysis looks sound. (I don't think the Senate is in real danger of flipping, but that's not what Dave is arguing.)

Posted by John Tabin at October 8, 2005 03:59 PM

Thanks for the kind words and the plug. A little more about Conrad Burns - I mentioned him because no Democrat in his shoes (third term, state went for his party's candidate by 20 points) has attracted a top-shelf challenger, but Burns has attracted two of them. He's the kind of senator who'll go down if it's a great Democratic year but hold on otherwise, ie Jim Sasser in 1994.

Posted by: Dave Weigel at October 9, 2005 08:35 PM