An excerpt from James Taranto:
Organized feminism lost much of its moral authority, as no less a personage than Gloria Steinem--in a famous op-ed that is mysteriously missing from the New York Times archives but we found here--explained away treatment of women that she never would have tolerated from a Republican or a private-sector boss.
The independent counsel statute, a post-Watergate abomination that no one thinks made government cleaner, finally went by the boards when Congress in 2000 declined to renew it. (The impulse behind the independent counsel, however, remains alive, as shown by the witch hunt in the Valerie Plame kerfuffle.)
The paranoid style of politics took hold on the left, which blamed right-wing conspiracies for George W. Bush's victory in the disputed election of 2000, the liberation of Iraq, George W. Bush's victory in the undisputed election of 2004, Hurricane Katrina and, on the furthest fringes, the attacks of 9/11. A far-left subculture harbors fantasies of impeaching President Bush and Vice President Cheney as revenge, even though they haven't committed any high crimes or misdemeanors.
In reality, far from being the victim of a "vast right-wing conspiracy," Clinton was caught in a trap set for him unwittingly by the political left, which made sexual harassment both a legal offense and a political outrage, and which hatched the independent-counsel scheme. He was saved only by an exercise of raw, partisan political power in the Senate, where not a single Democrat voted for conviction.
From George Buddy:
One was Hillary Rodham, a classmate, who had a small role in an elaborate high school production of "Showboat," with Steve selected as the lead singer for "Old Man River" and other tunes from the Broadway hit musical. Rodham, later Hillary Rodham Clinton, had a small part as a dancer in the play but always remembered Goodman's rendition of the song. "He just knocked it out of the park," she told Eals.
Besides Goodman and Rodham, other famous alumni of Maine East High School include Karen Black, Hugh Brannum (Mr. Green Jeans), Harrison Ford, Marshall Seese of The Weather Channel, and the Son of Svengoolie himself, Rich Koz.
Steve Goodman was diagnosed with leukemia in 1969 when he was just 20. He died in 1984, just before his beloved Chicago Cubs made post-season play for the first time since 1945. From Goodman's song A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request:
He said, "You know I'll never see Wrigley Field, anymore before my eternal rest
So if you have your pencils and your score cards ready,
and I'll read you my last request
He said, "Give me a double header funeral in Wrigley Field
On some sunny weekend day (no lights)
Have the organ play the "National Anthem"
and then a little 'na, na, na, na, hey hey, hey, Goodbye'
Make six bullpen pitchers, carry my coffin
and six ground keepers clear my path
Have the umpires bark me out at every base
In all their holy wrath
Its a beautiful day for a funeral, Hey Ernie lets play two!
Somebody go get Jack Brickhouse to come back,
and conduct just one more interview
Have the Cubbies run right out into the middle of the field,
Have Keith Moreland drop a routine fly
Give everybody two bags of peanuts and a frosty malt
And I'll be ready to die
From William Katz:
It is the U.S. Capitol, outdoors. Chief Justice John Roberts rises from his seat and takes his place. The president-elect then stands and faces the chief justice. The presidential spouse places a Bible between them.
CHIEF JUSTICE: Please raise your right hand and repeat after me. I, Hillary Rodham Clinton...
HILLARY: I, Hillary Rodham, and, when I need it, Clinton...
CHIEF JUSTICE: do solemnly swear...
HILLARY: do vaguely commit...
CHIEF JUSTICE: that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States...
HILLARY: that I will be President of the United States, and execute whom I please...
CHIEF JUSTICE: and will, to the best of my ability...
HILLARY: and will, with my charm and cash...
CHIEF JUSTICE: preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States...
HILLARY: get Scalia's butt off the Supreme Court, followed by yours, pal...
CHIEF JUSTICE: so help me God.
HILLARY: So help me me.
CHIEF JUSTICE: Congratulations.
HILLARY: Now take off the black dress and sit down.
Cannons fire their salute. The Marine band plays "Hail to the Chief." Bill Clinton cabs to the White House to check the fridge.