By Douglas Holtz-Eakin
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Senate hearings, even confirmation hearings, don't always live up to their billing (except in the movies). Not every committee can deliver Watergate-era theatrics, either from the panel of senators or in a retort from the witness table, as in Joseph Welch's famous question to Joe McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency?"
Wisconsin Republicans seem to have it all. Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney's running mate. Gov. Scott Walker is a national conservative hero after surviving a recall vote. Former Gov. Tommy Thompson is vying to capture an open Senate seat held for more than 50 years by Democrats. Reince Priebus heads the RNC. Now they're focusing on the crown jewel: delivering Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes for Romney.
Former President Bill Clinton defended President Obama's handling of the economy late Monday night, saying he's made progress in spite of "vicious" Republican opposition.
It is not exactly news that the Obama presidency is determined to go to unprecedented lengths to mollify, appease and otherwise pander to what it calls the "Muslim world." But the question has begun to occur: At what point do these efforts cross the line from a misbegotten policy to one that is downright anti-American - hostile to our values, incompatible with our vital interests and at odds with our Constitution?
If California's Republican Rep. Darrell Issa plans on investigating the Obama administration, he needs to read and digest M. Stanton Evans' gripping book "Blacklisted by History: The True Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies" (Crown Forum, 2007).
Knowing a little history is a great time-saver. One need only read the headline over a "news" story to realize it's an old story, and feel free to go on to the sports page.
How about Manny Acta as manager of the year, or at least of the late spring? OK, so it's only mid-June, but this 38-year-old rookie skipper has the Nationals playing better than anybody thought they would or could.
Asked about retaining her notes in the EPA's instant-messaging system, Ms. McCarthy said she doesn't use the system: "If I'm confirmed, I commit to reviewing the agency's policies on this topic."
Mr. McCarthy has noted that the only impediment to such tithing is the prohibition against the sort of material support to terror that is commanded by the Islamic political-military-legal doctrine known as Shariah, which requires one-eighth of zakat to underwrite jihad.