Lots going on today and not enough time to talk about all of it. So it's time for a few bullets:
- Fidel Castro has finally decided to make official what's been long suspected; he's no longer running the show in Cuba. While it's quite likely that, at least in the short term, Castro's brother Raul will continue to run Cuba with the same tender mercies that his brother has displayed for the past 49 years, change will be coming to Cuba. The transition to a better Cuba will be a very long slog, but it will happen now. Once Raul is gone, things will be up for grabs. My friend Strolling Amok celebrates the news by bashing President Bush. Well, at least he's consistent.
- It's becoming clear that Barack Obama has used rhetorical flourishes in some of his speeches that are remarkably similar to words spoken by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in his 2006 campaign. Patrick said this and then Obama said this. Yesterday the Clinton oppo people put out another example where Patrick said something that Obama later mirrored. It turns out that both Patrick and Obama both have used David Axelrod as a campaign advisor. Looks like Axelrod was able to sell both of them the same campaign. While I don't think that the Clinton camp is correct in calling this plagiarism, it does tell us something about Obama that we didn't necessarily know before -- a lot of his moral uplift seems to be off the rack. And I'm guessing that Joe Biden is wondering where he can get a refund on his 1988 campaign (HT: The Politico and Instapundit).
- An additional irony in all this -- Deval Patrick was a very loyal Clintonista, working under Janet Reno at Justice. Apparently that doesn't matter much now, a recurring theme for the Clinton campaign.