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The perfect is the enemy of the good.”  –Voltaire, 1772

Republicans’ least favorite Republican, Sen. Arlen Specter, appears to be in trouble in his campaign for a sixth term.  Former representative and Specter’s 2004 primary opponent, Pat Toomey, is poised for another primary challenge.  Last month, I mused aloud my concerns over whether Toomey could hold Specter’s seat for the GOP in the general election.  Yesterday, Jay Cost at Real Clear Politics analyzed the numbers and the odds are not in our favor.  Who knows, maybe in Pennsylvania, Sen. Specter is the best we can hope to get.


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It appears that our financial woes are compounding.  Drudge‘s headline tonight is spooky; the consequence of four decades of living above our means are finally catching up with us.  While the American financial system collapses around us, instead of taking the necessary steps to ease global concerns about the security of the dollar, President Obama fills out his brackets and Secretary Geithner, well….

UPDATE: Secretary Geithner and Chairman Bernanke respond to our Chinese friends.

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While I want “Much Abides” to be a place for serious discussion, occasionally I like to introduce my readers to the lighter side of politics; this is one of those times.  Presidents have long relied on teleprompters to assist with the delivery of important speeches, but President Obama’s dependence on teleprompters is becoming something of a national joke.  Random journalists observed this predisposition during the campaign, but now this observation has gone mainstream.  So much so that Rush Limbaugh has nicknamed the teleprompter TOTUS (Teleprompter of the United States), suggesting that the president merely says whatever TOTUS tells him without thinking for himself.  When TOTUS is not present, President Obama tends to get himself into trouble.  Even when TOTUS is present, he tends to get himself into trouble.  You can follow the exploits of President Obama’s teleprompter at it’s semi-official blog or on Twitter at BOTeleprompter.  In the meantime, here’s a great cartoon by Investor’s Business Daily’s Michael Ramirez on TOTUS:

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Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”  –John Adams

As a follow-up to “Cross of Gold,” here’s Michael Goodwin in today’s New York Daily News echoing my concern about allowing the populist anger of the moment to blind us to the slippery slope of specific, punitive taxation.  Take away line from Jay Leno nonetheless: “‘Here’s something that kind of scared me…if the government decides they don’t like a guy, all of a sudden, hey, we’re going to tax you and then boom, and it passes.'”  If a late-night comedian can see the potential danger here, why can’t a Yale alum?

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Things Fall Apart

This is the way the world ends/ Not with a bang but a whimper.”  –T.S. Eliot, The Hollow Men

Our runaway spending finally catches up with us.  When will we–Democrats and Republicans–finally learn that we must live within our own means?

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Finally!  Someone asks the five million dollar question: for all of the dire predictions from the left about the catastrophes that might occur if Sarah Palin became president or vice president, how much worse could it possibly have been than what we have now?  Maybe a successful president actually needs more experience than simply managing his campaign.

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Another zinger from Michael Ramirez at Investors Business Daily

Another zinger from Michael Ramirez at Investor's Business Daily

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