Executive vs. Legislative: "Democracy," said the French-born, New Zealand historian and surgeon Robert Briffault, "is the worst form of government. It is the most inefficient, the most clumsy, the most unpractical... it reduces wisdom to impotence and secures the triumph of folly, ignorance, clap-trap, and demagogy... yet democracy is the only form of social order admissible, because it is the only one consistent with justice." Mr. Bush evidently stopped listening at the word "ignorance." He is evidently taking us from Democracy to Government-by-Administrative Order.
Troubled Waterboard: The number two Democrat in the Senate says he cannot vote to confirm Attorney General Designate Mukasey, if Judge Mukasey cannot acknowledge that waterboarding is torture.
ODDBALL: Japanese Dogs playing jump rope and a Drag Race with real Drag Queens.
The Horserace: The line of the night at the latest Democratic presidential debate has turned into a fight of words between Senator Joe Biden and former Mayor Rudolf Giuliani. A fight that evidently went one round too many for Mr. Giuliani. His replies today invoked a series of 1987 speeches, in which Biden credited much of his remarks to British politician Neil Kinnock. All save for one, in which he infamously left Kinnock out of it and thus wound up inadvertently plagiarizing the material. Mr. Giuliani rehashed all this today, evidently forgetting that 26 days ago, he was accused by Mitt Romney's campaign of plagiarizing materials from Romney's speeches and ads.
Tabby Time: Britney Spears decides to do Ryan Seacrest's radio show then decides to take a shower half way through the interview.
WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD: John Gibson versus Morton Kondracke versus MLB for top honors.
Political Funnies: Democratic Presidential Debate - October 30th. Halloween - October 31st. Not surprising then that Halloween costumes came up at the debate. But there was also talk of UFOs and extra-terrestrial life. All of it fodder for political impressionist and satirist Jim Morris.