2005 Note Archives

   December 16, 2005 — Ice Fishing: Resolute About 2006

   December 15, 2005 — "Responsible" Seems to (Not) Be the Hardest Word: A Secret Ersatz Timetable

   December 14, 2005 — Gymnastics with George: President to Speak, Do Hume Interview, Hold Presser (?)

   December 13, 2005 — MEDICARE.GOV: After Plan A Comes Plan B

   December 12, 2005 — Electoral Strategy: Purple Fingers in Purple States

   December 9, 2005 — The Rule of Five: Remember, Learn, Acknowledge, Reform, Shop

   December 8, 2005 — Matthew Dowd and the Old Gray Lady: Dim All the Lights, Pour the Wine, Start the Music

   December 7, 2005 — Skies Are Brighter Canary Yellow: Dean's Divided Democrats Debate Defense

   December 6, 2005 — Rooting Interest: Donning the Dons

   December 5, 2005 — Mixed Messages: What Is a President To Do?

   December 2, 2005 — Party On: There's Nothing Lonely About Camp David

   December 1, 2005 — Plan, Plan, Plan: Progress, Progress, Progress (Iraqex????)

   November 30, 2005 — Best in Note, II: Membership Still Has Its Rewards

   November 29, 2005 — Best in Note: Membership Has Its Privileges

   November 28, 2005 — Border Crossing: A Nation of . . .

   November 21, 2005 — Behind the Locked Double Doors: Which Came Out -- the Lady, or the Tiger?

   November 18, 2005 — Rhetoric and Reality: Authenticity Cannot Be Easily Faked

   November 17, 2005 — A Little Hyper: And a Prior Lack of Commitment

   November 16, 2005 — All the Vice President's Men: No Rebuke

   November 15, 2005 — 535 Secretaries of State: And: Does Anyone Want Roe Overturned?

   November 14, 2005 — Sweat the Big Things: While Little Things Affect Little Minds

   November 11, 2005 — "The Hollowness of Their Current Attack": Clear, Hold, Build

   November 10, 2005 — Credit Where Credit Is Due: Mean What You Say

   November 9, 2005 — "God Is Not a Republican:" "In a Word: No"

   November 8, 2005 — Asking for the Vote: Tired, Exhausted, Bushed

   November 7, 2005 — The State of Our Union Is . . . Confused: Or Maybe It's Just Us

   November 3, 2005 — Membership Has Its Privileges, Part III: Enter with Caution

   November 2, 2005 — Adrenaline Rules: The Heart Surgeon and the Boxer

   November 1, 2005 — As Goes Maine: Trenton Makes, the Senate Takes

   October 31, 2005 — "A" is For Alito: Remind Us Again: What Was All That About "Official A"?

   October 28, 2005 — Chapter II, Part I: A Child's Vehicle Consisting of a Long Footboard Between Two Small End Wheels

   October 27, 2005 — "End Game: Miers Out, Fitzgerald On Deck"

   October 26, 2005 — "Yada, Yada, Yada -- and So We Go": http://www.udaytonedu/~grandjur/fedj/fedj.htm

   October 25, 2005 — Lawyers Involved in the Case: Out West, Where You Vacation, the Aspens Will Already Be Turning

   October 24, 2005 — The Raptor and the Three-legged Rabbits: The Storm Before the Storm

   October 21, 2005 — A Lot of Chatter, a Lot of Speculation and Opining: Andy Card "Looks Totally Burned Out"

   October 20, 2005 — Friends Come and Go: But Enemies Accumulate

   October 19, 2005 — Constitution Avenue Freeze-Out: When Scooter and the Big Man Bust This City in Half

   October 18, 2005 — The Owl Flies West (?) (A Mysterious Note Headline for Just One Reader)

   October 17, 2005 — Do a Good Turn Daily: A Scout Can Face Danger Even If He Is Afraid

   October 14, 2005 — Grand Junction: Attack with FAQ

   October 13, 2005 — Take It on Faith: Take It to the Heart

   October 12, 2005 — Life Choices: Harriet, The Sigh

   October 11, 2005 — Very Dignified: If We Had a Hammer

   October 10, 2005 — "Really a Unique Person" (sic): "Hard to Put Into Words Why" (sick)

   October 7, 2005 — Confidence, Man: "A Roaring Reception"

   October 6, 2005 — Friends and Allies: It's Always Darkest

   October 5, 2005 — "Am I a What?: Proudly So, Proudly So"

   October 4, 2005 — "'You'll Be Proud of Harriet's Record, Rush': Trust Me"

   October 3, 2005 — It's a Small World After All: Meet Harriet Miers

   September 30, 2005 — Down Time, Break Time, Summertime: Tuned In, Going Nowhere, Second Wind

   September 29, 2005 — Justice Delayed: Justice ?

   September 28, 2005 — History Will Judge: Prime Time, Cute Kids, Red Herring, Stick to the Eye?

   September 27, 2005 — What Might Come Next: What Might Have Come Before

   September 26, 2005 — Place Your Bets: Seriously, Who Didn't Know That Zach Was Mike's Son All Along

   September 23, 2005 — Q: Is It a Game or Is It Real? A: Outside of Washington, It Is Very Real

   September 22, 2005 — The Streaming Note: Let All the Dreamers Wake the Nation

   September 21, 2005 — "Mr. Reid. . .?": "Mr. Reid, No"

   September 20, 2005 — Everything That Ought to Be Up Is Down: OK: Not Everything

   September 19, 2005 — Pretend It's All the Same: (Not) Everything's Different Now

   September 16, 2005 — Found in the Flood: Is It Quicksand or Mud?

   September 15, 2005 — Not Lowest and Least: Let the Eagle Soar

   September 14, 2005 — Prime Time Live: A Charge to Keep, Part VII

   September 13, 2005 — The POTUS Loves New York: Bushie, Kofi, Freddy, Anthony

   September 12, 2005 — Anger, Management: Dry Heaving

   September 9, 2005 — Ten Minutes from the New New Normal: Iron Triangulation

   September 8, 2005 — Oblivious, In Denial, and Dangerous: A Campaign of Permanence

   September 7, 2005 — Red Versus Blue, Part XXXII: The Absence of the Color Purple

   September 6, 2005 — A Soul, a Spirit Capable of Compassion: Strength and Weakness of Biblical Proportions

   August 16, 2005 — Gone Fishin', 2005: Fall Back, Spring Forward

   August 15, 2005 — Wherever It Leads: "Chee-knee"

   August 12, 2005 — The Note: August 12, 2005

   August 11, 2005 — The Note: August 11, 2005

   August 10, 2005 — The Note: August 10, 2005

   August 9, 2005 — The Note: August 9, 2005

   August 8, 2005 — The Note: August 8, 2005

   August 5, 2005 — Case By Case: Moral Relativism and the Gang of 500

   August 4, 2005 — (Working) Vacation: Had To Get Away

   August 3, 2005 — Just Born That Way: As They Say, It's in Your DNA

   August 2, 2005 — Lede With The Lede: Dick Keil, Call Home

   August 1, 2005 — Finding The Gang: The Lauriol-Plaza-to-Juice-Bar Migration Begins

   July 28, 2005 — Tough Duck: Same Lame Plame Dame Blame Game

   July 27, 2005 — Some Are More Co-equal Than Others: Clogs on the Hill

   July 26, 2005 — Impossible Schemes: You Can Laugh When Your Dreams Fall Apart at the Seams

   July 25, 2005 — Opportunity, Responsibility, Security: We Want Our "Community" Back!

   July 22, 2005 — Walking and Chewing Gum: How Can Josh Gerstein Be in Two Places at the Same Time?

   July 21, 2005 — Still, It Begins: The Needle Threaded

   July 20, 2005 — An Intellectual Feast: Leaving Nothing to Chance

   July 19, 2005 — And You Knew Who You Were Then: Girls Were Girls And Men Were Men

   July 18 2005 — When The Dog Bites: When The Bee Stings

   July 15, 2005 — Somewhere, Rollie Evans Is Smiling: Active and Passive Voice

   July 14, 2005 — "Nervously Watching:" Waiting is Always the Hard Part

   July 13, 2005 — Talking Is Cheap: People Follow Like Sheep

   July 12, 2005 — "Where Does This Go?": "We Can't Know"

   July 11, 2005 — This Cause of Terror: The Re-beginning of History

   July 1, 2005 — Don't Know What It Always Was With Us: We Chose the Words, and Yeah, We Drew the Lines

   June 30, 2005 — The Future Is Now . . . . Is Not Something Bill Frist Says Much

   June 28, 2005 — A Warrior's Ethos: Not His First Rodeo (Part XVI)

   June 27, 2005 — On a Big Roll Now: Except for Monday, Which Was Never Good Anyway; Tuesday I Get a Little Sideways

   June 24, 2005 — "Telling It Like It Is": Rhetorical Retooling

   June 23, 2005 — Manic Moves and Drowsy Dreams: Or Living in the Middle Between the Two Extremes

   June 22, 2005 — They Hold These Truths: See the World Spinning Around

   June 21, 2005 — Taking Stock, Part VI: Moving the Goal Posts on a Fishing Expedition

   June 20, 2005 — Summertime: Frist Is Jumpin' and Joe Biden Is High (in a Good Way, Norm)

   June 17, 2005 — The Last Time a New York Times Poll Write-up Was Positive for Republicans Was . . . : Can We Get Back to You on Monday?

   June 16, 2005 — I Know I Messed It Up Before: But Baby I'm Gonna Change

   June 15, 2005 — Right Time, the Right Place, The Right Body, the Right Face: If a President Falls in the Woods . . .

   June 14, 2005 — Room with a View: Brookings Interns Don't Have Balconies

   June 13, 2005 — Rule Of Three: 1+1+1=?

   June 10, 2005 — Don't Be Offended By Frank Analysis: Think of It As Personality Dialysis

   June 9, 2005 — Over the Line: You Can't Tell the Foot-faulters Without a Scorecard

   June 8, 2005 — The Note for America: Dean for the DNC

   June 7, 2005 — You Can't Always Get What You Want: And that can be a Real Anti-Climax

   June 6, 2005 — June Comes in Like a Lamb: Like Bob Novak at Neil Sedaka's Junior Prom

   June 3, 2005 — Wait Till You See That Sunshine Place: There Ain't Nothin' Like It Here

   June 2, 2005 — One of Those Finger Things. . . : . . . On the Way to the Bank

   June 1, 2005 — Throat Clearing: Revealed Later Today: Did Oswald Act Alone?

   May 31, 2005 — At This Point in Time, Part IV: Complete Naifs or Radical Spinners?

   May 27, 2005 — Extraordinary-Circumstance Purgatory: Quacks and a Quiz

   May 26, 2005 — Fiddle Sixes: Hot on and off the griddle . . .

   May 25, 2005 — Intraparty Love and Warfare: Who Is Your American Idol?

   May 24, 2005 — Holding the Center . . .: . . . Will Require Careful Monitoring

   May 23, 2005 — "Proudly Willing to Say Anything": "The White House Isn't Stupid" (Search For Them Both)

   May 20, 2005 — If Cher Could Turn Back Time: Over Brunch, Kabuki Dinner Theater at Lauriol Plaza

   May 19, 2005 — Rising for Principle: "When Congress Is at Its Most Interesting"

   May 18, 2005 — A Bee to a Crying Face: Nevada Charm and Tennessee Efficiency

   May 17, 2005 — One Minute to Midnight: Neko Ni Koban (Feel Free to Google It)

   May 16, 2005 — A Man Soon Forgets That He Trod on a Lion's Tail . . .: . . . But the Lion Never Forgets the Man

   May 13, 2005 — Bases Support, Splinter, and Close: Put Your Chips Down Now

   May 12, 2005 — The New Abnormal: Free Sound and Pictures

   May 11, 2005 — Freedom's Light Burning Warm: Bush Returns To Filibuster/Bolton Boil

   May 10, 2005 — A Male, Hoarse: POTUS Steals the Spotlight Back From FLOTUS

   May 9, 2005 — Questionable Figures: The Sixth Estate

   May 6, 2005 — Learning to Use Irrationality As a Bargaining Tool: The Turtle on the Fence Post, Part 5

   May 5, 2005 — Special Relationships: The Citizens of an Undivided Nation

   May 4, 2005 — Plot So Fowl: May Becomes a Month of Turducken Fricassee

   May 3, 2005 — Hotter Than a Match Head: Doesn't Seem to Be a Shadow in the Capital City

   May 2, 2005 — Bet the Ranch: And Sometimes a Cigar Is More Than a Cigar

   April 29, 2005 — The First Cut Is the Deepest, Baby I Know: Rod Stewart -- No Benefit Reduction; Not So for Sheryl Crow

   April 28, 2005 — I Made It Through the Night: And That's One in a Row

   April 27, 2005 — "As Strongly As He Ever Has": "Which Is Strongly"

   April 26, 2005 — Do We Feel Comfortable About the Kitchen Test?: "This Was Not a Political Game"

   April 25, 2005 — A Sprint, Not a Marathon: This Is the Week That Is

   April 22, 2005 — Strain on My Face, Sustained Devotion: Not a False Witness

   April 21, 2005 — Just Because Your Composure Sort of Slips: Washington Takes Its Chances

   April 20, 2005 — The Interpreters: Fill 'Er Up

   April 19, 2005 — Smiling Lately, Dreaming About the World As One: . . . Some Day It's Going to Come

   April 18, 2005 — Blessed Is He Who Expects Nothing . . .: . . . For He Shall Never Be Disappointed

   April 15, 2005 — Nothing to Fear . . . : . . . But People Paying Attention

   April 14, 2005 — There are Different Levels of Friendship: DeLay, DeNy, DeBunk, DeFend

   April 13, 2005 — You Would Cry Too If It Happened to You: They Have Not Led; We Will

   April 12, 2005 — Totally Machiavellian and Self-Loathing: (F)POTUS on the Couch

   April 11, 2005 — Mistaking Obstructionism for Progress: Inside Out, Vol. IV

   April 8, 2005 — Everywhere You Want to Be: Truth In Labeling

   April 7, 2005 — Another Seedy Attempt by the (Liberal) Media: Under the Cover of Papal Roadblock . . .

   April 6, 2005 — Courage Mounteth with Occasion: Several Plays in Two Acts

   April 5, 2005 — Delegating Authority: Roman Holiday: Just One Day Out of Life

   April 4, 2005 — Pope Scope: Insiders Cope

   April 1, 2005 — Serenity: In the Midst of Battles, in the Roar of Conflict

   March 31, 2005 — Hanging on the Telephone: "Are You IM'ing While We Talk??!!"

   March 30, 2005 — Flying Pigs: Surprise, Surprise, Surprise, Surprise

   March 29, 2005 — Everybody into the Pool: Safires and Diamonds

   March 28, 2005 — Weekend Update: And Have a Pleasant Tomorrow

   March 25, 2005 — Lessons, Questions, and Choices: Something's Happening . . . Somewhere

   March 24, 2005 — Special Attention on 2.7%: Social Security Horizons

   March 23, 2005 — Kennedy Center: The Highest Court in the Land

   March 22, 2005 — (Un)making a Federal Case: The News Cycle Loop De Loop

   March 21, 2005 — Life and Liberty: Whose Is It?

   March 18, 2005 — Brackets: No Friends or Relations on Weekend Vacations

   March 17, 2005 — Oh, Somewhere in This Favored Land the Sun Is Shining Bright: The Band Is Playing Somewhere, and Somewhere Hearts Are Light

   March 16, 2005 — More Painful and More Drastic: The Business of Social Security

   March 15, 2005 — News Headlines Every 30 Seconds: Make That: "New" Headlines . . .

   March 14, 2005 — The More You Hear: The More You Know

   March 11, 2005 — And the Benny Goes to . . . : Washington -- Like America -- Loves Awards

   March 10, 2005 — Early Action Would Be Prudent: A Force of Nature

   March 9, 2005 — Follow The Money: The More There Is, the Closer One Needs to Follow

   March 8, 2005 — 'Both Hopeful and Precarious': 52% Nation

   March 7, 2005 — Dynamic Scoring: Building a Better Way to Keep Track of Who Is Winning

   March 4, 2005 — Advice and Dissent: There Are Addictions to Feed and There Are Mouths to Pay

   March 3, 2005 — Carving Out the Carve-Outs?: Adding on the Add-Ons?

   March 2, 2005 — The Boy Looking for the Pony: It Is in There . . . Somewhere

   March 1, 2005 — The Long View: "Thank You for Calling the Social Security Information Center"

   February 28, 2005 — Trillions Dollar Baby: What Temperature Is the Bathwater?

   February 25, 2005 — We Read the News Today, Oh Boy: How Many Holes It Takes to Fill the Kodak Hall

   February 24, 2005 — "I Looked into the Soul of the Boy Sitting Next to Me": Bratislava and Crawford Could Well Be Sister Cities

   February 23, 2005 — What Do Mindy and Katie Think About Iran's Nuclear Capability?: And Who Will Have the First Post-Recess, Post-Trip National Poll?

   February 22, 2005 — Astriding Europe Like a Reformer Seeking Results: "Folding Before the Flop"?

   February 18, 2005 — If You Don't Embrace a Duck . . . : . . . Do Your Lips Move?

   February 17, 2005 — On the Table But Not Embraced: The Devil's in the Dusty Details

   February 16, 2005 — Approximately 3/5th of the Gang's All Here: The Beltway Has a Pulse

   February 15, 2005 — There Are No Public Events on the President's Schedule: That Leaves the Charismatic McClellans in Charge

   February 14, 2005 — A Storytelling Festival: Like Two Peas in a Pod

   February 11, 2005 — Pumpin' Up the Volume, Breakin' Down to the Beat: "Never Interfere with Your Enemy While He's in the Process of Destroying Himself"

   February 10, 2005 — Seasons in the Sun: Now That the Spring Is in the Air

   February 9, 2005 — Minister With Portfolio: Sick Days, Office Space, and Flow Charts

   February 8, 2005 — Searching For Light: The Thin Reid of Outrage

   February 7, 2005 — Budgeting Time: The Land Without Magic Asterisks

   February 4, 2005 — Feeling (Anti-)Social: Opportunity, Responsibility, and Security

   February 3, 2005 — Like Going to the Racetrack: Making Some Fair Inferences

   February 2, 2005 — The State of the Union Is Like a Wasabi Sandwich: POTUS SOTU PDQ

   February 1, 2005 — Getting Over It: Much Ado About the Flu

   January 31, 2005 — Elections Are About Choices: So Is Governing

   January 28, 2005 — First Among Equals: Sum Totals

   January 27, 2005 — The More Things Change: Watch the Ripples Change Their Size

   January 26, 2005 — Political S.A.T.: Bush-Clinton-Bush-?

   January 25, 2005 — Meet and Greet: With a Joy That's Hard to Hide

   January 24, 2005 — Peggy Noonan Has Never Met Belinda Carlisle: As Emily Litella and George Bush Say: "Never Mind -- You Can't Make Heaven a Place on Earth"

   January 21, 2005 — Having No Useful Result: Gin and Juice

   January 20, 2005 — A Participant, Not Just an Observer: "We Have Grown in Appreciation for Our Freedom"

   January 19, 2005 — The Head of a Dead Horse: Chairman Thomas Covets the LaHood Award

   January 18, 2005 — Google "Howard-Dean" and "SSMIP" for Three Hits . . . : . . . And "Howard-Dean" and "SMIP" for Only Two

   January 17, 2005 — The Head of a Dead Horse: Chairman Thomas Covets the LaHood Award

   January 16, 2005 — Google "Howard-Dean" and "SSMIP" for Three Hits . . . : . . . And "Howard-Dean" and "SMIP" for Only Two

   January 15, 2005 — What Doesn't Kill You Only Makes You Stronger: Strength in Numbers

   January 14, 2005 — If You Guessed This One Is Not Like the Others . . . : Then You're Absolutely Right!

   January 13, 2005 — The Shrum Primary Color: Is Big Apple Red

   January 12, 2005 — "What I Want to Know Is . . . ": You've Got the Power . . . Until You Don't

   January 11, 2005 — Up Pup, Pup Is Up: The Note Is

   January 10, 2005 — What We're Thankful For

   January 7, 2005 — The Best Little Political Briefing on Television or the Web: "Sue Me, Sue Me, Shoot Bullets Through Me"

   January 6, 2005 — Wise to Resolve, and Patient to Perform: "You Can Hate the U.S., But You Can Still Love Democracy"

   January 5, 2005 — Memories: What's Too Painful to Remember, We Simply Choose to Forget

   January 4, 2005 — Still Believe in a Place Called Kennebunkport/Chappaqua: Second in a Two-Person Race