Annotations & Elucidations Grades Are Good When Grading Yourself

In the queue today is the governor. According to the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, he's grading himself on handling the disastrous budget problems, kind of like how some candidates this past spring, during the nominating contests, issued news releases quoting themselves as winning debates. Brilliant.  But isn't Governor Kaine grading himself on the budget something akin to a guy causing a car wreck taking credit for saving his victim's life? Just asking.

Also re: the governor: The Washington Post's look at his unique position during the campaign — "not on the ballot, but on the spot." Clever word play, but no matter how you phrase it, at least as of now, the campaign is a referendum on Virginia and national Democrats who, again according to the Post, still are running against former President George W. Bush. I thought the Dems were the party of the future. Speaking of blame, the policy party also is trying to make something said by Virginia GOP Chairman Pat Mullins into something it's not. Where have we heard something similar? Oh, yeah, yesterday.

In our Commentary section, liberal Richard Cohen decries the "hate crimes bill," with very good sense. The always brilliant Thomas Sowell takes apart socialism and the equally brilliant Walter Williams explains liberty. For his part, David Limbaugh demonstrates that as much as Barack Obama is spending and printing money at our expense (and borrowed Chinese money, too), one thing he can't afford is the truth on "health care reform" —and most Americans wouldn't buy (if we had the money) what he's selling anyway.    

News:

Kaine's Not on the Ballot, Just on the Spot (Washington Post)

Gov. Kaine touts his handling of Virginia's budget cuts (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

Democrats in Va. Still Running Against Bush (Washington Post)

McDonnell Awaits Rest Stop Reply (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)

State GOP leader's remarks decried (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Bell Is The Early Favorite In 20th (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)

National News:

Dems vow health bill with or without Republicans (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Public passions are rising on health care overhaul (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Commentary:

The Folly of Hate-Crime Laws (Richard Cohen/Washington Post)

Utopia Versus Freedom(Thomas Sowell/GOPUSA.com)

Who may Harm Whom? (Walter Williams/GOPUSA.com)

Obama Can't Afford To Tell The Truth On Health Care (David Limbaugh/GOPUSA.com)