In her syndicated column, Ann Coulter claimed that the Democratic Party made "pathetic gains" in the November 7 midterm elections. In fact, the Democrats' gains in the House are just slightly under the average for the party out of power in the White House in the sixth-year midterm elections over the past century, and the Democrats' Senate gains are above the average. Moreover, the 2006 elections were the first sixth-year midterms since 1918 in which control of both houses of Congress switched parties.
In his column, Robert Novak falsely suggested that U.S. District Court Judge Anna Diggs Taylor's decision striking down the administration's warrantless domestic surveillance program was so off-the-wall that it "has been stayed and probably will be reversed," that "Taylor ended up with the case because of forum-shopping," and that professor Jack Balkin had criticized the decision's legal reasoning but nevertheless "rejoiced" over it for "political" reasons.
In his syndicated column, Pat Buchanan likened illegal immigrants to the Goths, a group of Germanic tribes who ravaged the Roman Empire in the centuries preceding the collapse of its western half. Buchanan suggested an analogy between the eastern Roman emperor Valens's admission of Gothic refugees into the Empire and the influx of illegal immigrants into the United States.
In his nationally syndicated column, Robert Novak claimed that Donald Rumsfeld was correct in asserting that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton would have a "dickens of a time" finding examples of Rumsfeld's making "rosy statements" about Iraq. But in making the assertion, Novak limited himself to four examples offered by Clinton of Rumsfeld's testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Clinton in fact cited a total of 13 instances, including the following, ignored by Novak, which Rumsfeld made before the House Appropriations Committee: "My impression is that the war was highly successful."
John Stossel attacked the methodology of a Department of Education study demonstrating nearly identical levels of academic achievement among public and private elementary school students, claiming that "[t]he researchers tortured the data" by using regression analysis -- a universally used statistical tool that even Stossel admitted is "valid."
In her syndicated column, Ann Coulter appeared to respond to charges that her latest book and past columns contain several instances of plagiarism. Coulter wrote simply: "How crappy a newspaper is the Post? Let me put it this way: It's New York's second-crappiest paper."
Numerous conservative commentators joined the Bush administration in arguing that, in detailing a secret Treasury Department program designed to monitor terrorists' international financial transactions, a June 23 New York Times article tipped off terrorists to the U.S. government's ability to track their financial activities -- some going so far as to accuse the newspaper of treason. But the Times report was hardly the first indication of U.S. efforts to monitor terrorists' financial transactions: President Bush himself repeatedly touted the government's capability to track and shut down terrorists' international financial networks.
Cal Thomas characterized the newly elected leader of the U.S. Episcopal Church, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, as a "heretic" for asserting that "homosexual practice is not sin," adding that she might as well "let everyone into the church, including unrepentant prostitutes, murderers, liars, thieves and atheists."
Conservative radio host and columnist Doug Giles slurred feminists as "misogynists with vaginas" and praised "lassies" who "[d]on't want their vagina turned into a sexual turnstile."
In his nationally syndicated column, Cal Thomas contrasted the growing number of retired U.S. generals who have recently called for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld with Zacarias Moussaoui and Iran's generals, suggesting that because Moussaoui and Iranian generals will not question their authority figures, neither should U.S. generals, who "are encouraging the enemy to fight on, believing we will ultimately surrender."