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Tony and Tacky
January 7, 2005

Good taste or bad is revealed in everything we are, do, have. Emily Post


Viktor Yanukovych Parallel Universes
The last time we visited Ukraine the demonstrators in the streets were forcing a re-run of the rigged election. Now the results have been reversed in the new election and the loser is appealing, prompting Daniel Henninger to award him a tacky and to see parallels with U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. "Viktor Yanukovych is now suing the Ukrainian Supreme Court saying the election was fraudulent. Just this week, Barbara Boxer was standing in the well of the U.S. Senate contesting the vote in Ohio which was seen by thousands and thousands of lawyers. I think Barbara Boxer is guilty of American cultural imperialism. We are leading the losers in elections all over the world to think any time that things go badly, sue, challenge, call it fraud."

Middle East Elections Palestinian elections
The Palestinian election campaign to replace Yasser Arafat is winding down to Sunday's election and Robert Pollock sees positive signs in this and other progress toward democracy. "I'd like to give a tony to an old concept called democracy and to everybody who is working to extend its frontiers to the Middle East," says Pollock. "On Sunday we have the Palestinian elections, later in the month we have Iraq. A lot of people think Arabs aren't capable of governing themselves and therefore we ought to just deal with the local strongman. But people said the same things about the Asians and about Catholic countries before that. I think we should all be hoping that this Sunday is the beginning of the pessimists being proved wrong about the Arabs as well."

Students say the Pledge of Allegiance But is it Constitutional?
Michael Newdow, the father who sued to have the words "under God" removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, has renewed his efforts after a initial plea was rejected because he did not have custody of his child. Kimberley Strassel suggests that the Supreme Court might have done better than to throw out the case on a technicality, instead of wrestling with the larger constitutional questions. "I love the Pledge of Allegiance and don't believe, along with most Americans, that there's a constitutional issue. But that being said, courts do exist to give us guidance on these questions. What the court did last year was a pretty major cop out. So a very reluctant tony to Mr. Newdow and his friends for filing this again. My sincere hope that he is in the court room gritting his teeth when the Marshall opens the session with the tradition words, 'God save the United States and this court.'"