Continued horrid, frustrating, and painful computer problems.
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Try to imagine courtroom whiz John Edwards one-on-one in a debate with George Bush. It would be the sort of one-sided slaughter the President of Mars so richly deserves. Dean would say two stupid things and 20 brilliant ones. Clark, whatever his other faults, radiates enough crackle to have leaped into national prominence as a TV pundit, for goodness sake.
Kerry would... umm... would... zzzzzzz...
"In New Hamphire last night, Yalie 1 defeated Yalie 2 to secure his hold on the front-runner status in the Democratic nominating contest. Yalie 3 came in fifth but claimed to be tied for third."
"If Yalie 1 wraps up the nomination, he will have a face-off with Yalie 4, the son of Yalie 5."
"Skull and Bones was unavailable for comment."
I’ve realized that it’s impossible not to believe Edwards is going to be the nominee while you’re actually watching an Edwards event. The certainty wears off a while later, of course. But while he’s got you in his crowd you’re under his spell. Tried. Tried again ... No, doesn’t work. There’s some sort of hypnosis. At least in the moment, he's that good.
[Clark]connected with the crowd. He hit the war issue hard --- Bush is someone who “prances around on the deck of an aircraft carrier.”
DEMs could have won in 1988 if we had selected a halfway decent candidate. We could have won in 2000 if we had reached out to the left and forged an alliance. We could even have won in 1984 if we'd had a dynamic candidate. Kerry is NOT DYNAMIC. The general population does not like watching grass grow or paint dry and that is what watching Kerry is like.
It was just... weird. It was all over the place with half-baked ideas and half-hearted, non-specific proposals. There was no flow or cohesiveness. The segues were disjointed and bizarre, like whole pieces of it were missing.........
.........The shocking thing this speech revealed was that Bush has absolutely no coherent domestic policies whatsoever. I wonder if he is even aware of what is going on out here. I was shocked that the GOP missed this opportunity to advance their domestic agenda, whatever it is.
WASHINGTON -- Republican staff members of the US Senate Judiciary Commitee infiltrated opposition computer files for a year, monitoring secret strategy memos and periodically passing on copies to the media, Senate officials told The Globe.
From the spring of 2002 until at least April 2003, members of the GOP committee staff exploited a computer glitch that allowed them to access restricted Democratic communications without a password. Trolling through hundreds of memos, they were able to read talking points and accounts of private meetings discussing which judicial nominees Democrats would fight -- and with what tactics.
My personal favorite, however, is what if Nixon had won in 1960 and had to deal with the pressures of the Civil Rights movement. At the time, the allegiances of African-American voters were roughly split. The GOP in the aggregate was more supportive of civil rights than were the Democrats, but the leading civil rights advocates in the government were northern liberal Democrats. There's a fair chance that the circumstances would have forced Nixon to become a civil rights champion (as they forced Kennedy and LBJ), no Goldwater campaign, and no southern re-alignment. You might have seen northern liberals move into the GOP which then would have become something like a European liberal party dominated by Olympia Snowe types while the Democrats became a vehicle for white class politics.
In short, guns are useless without the will to right wrongs and take risks. Sadly, I think America is at the point where most of us are unwilling to take risks, stand up for what’s right, and speak truth to power.
We sit by while our courts restrict speech; politicians authorize government agencies to snoop through citizen’s records without warrants; police randomly harass motorists; indoor plumbing justifies why police no longer have to knock and announce their presence before entering a suspect’s home; dissenters are quarantined to First Amendment Zones; judges tell people they can’t sell their book; local governments abuse eminent domain; men armed with machine guns parade around our large cities; people are detained without access to legal counsel, sometimes in secret; and the list goes on and on.
As long as Michael Jackson is in the news, Paris Hilton is sucking dick, and the latest reality TV shows are popular, we don’t notice. Or we don’t care.
Or we’re forced to pick two losing sides. Democrats and Republicans have equally deplorable records regarding civil liberties. It just depends which particular civil liberty you’re talking about. We often vote for the lesser of two evils.
It’s up to us to change it by holding politicians responsible. If we can’t do that now with our vote, we won’t have the will to do anything if our last hope turns out to be AK47s.
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Edwards has always struck me as a Clintonesque candidate, and at the very least he should be considered as a great VP on a Wes Clark ticket if Dean tanks.
If Dean wins the nom? Dean/Clark would be the way to go for the best chance of ousting Bush Jr.
This type of dynasty is antithetical to the American political tradition. The presidency is now subject to inherited views, inherited staff, inherited wars, inherited money, inherited loyalties. I'm not talking about particular policies -- I'm talking about a unique evolution of a corrupting institutional process in American governance.......
.......You have to focus on the Bush family itself. They have made the presidency into an office infused with an almost hereditary dishonesty. There's so much lying and secrecy and corruption to it. Just look at the way Neil and Jeb and Marvin and George W. have earned their livings, with all these parasitic operations: profiting from their political connections, cashing in on favors from big corporations and other governments. It's a convergence of arrogance -- the sense that you don't have to pay attention to democratic values. It's happening again with Halliburton. They can't help but let their old cronies in there to make buckets of money off the war.
...any sane person would rather meet the latest gaggle of 'Survivor' contestants than the hopeless crowd in the Washington media.
The first eight questions were largely host Tim Russert quoting back various statements Clark has made in the campaign about Iraq and terrorism. It was more an effort to make Clark respond to imaginary misstatements or express amazement at the fact that Clark has shown the effrontery, while running against Dear Leader, to actually criticize him than to explicate his views.....
.....It was a challenge, but the show managed to go downhill from there, with a panel discussion largely dominated by the spectacurly inane Bill Safire. Safire's meandering ruminations, focussed on his own obsessions with the Clintons and entirely divorced from any reality distinct from his own addled mind, have recently been an embarassment to Alzheimer's patients everywhere.
Like the african AIDS program, this thing is a fantasy, meant to distract and confound. It's not only not going to happen, it's not even going to get a modest legislative push. Think of it as a kind of political daydream.
The business of this administration is raiding the treasury for the benefit of the republican contributors (plus shitting of the constitution to gratify christian reactionaries). Everything else is just blowing smoke.
If you read the fine print you'll see that Bush will be cutting back on science based projects to concentrate on the Moon/Mars fantasy. Like many other of Bush's great ideas it's a cover for destroying the program he's claiming to support. Look for the science cuts to go into effect while the space habitat projects are underfunded.
And if Ralph Nader runs -- if the Green Party makes the terrible mistake of running a presidential candidate -- don't give him your vote. Listen, here's the thing about politics: It's not an expression of your moral purity and your ethics and your probity and your fond dreams of some utopian future. Progressive people constantly fail to get this.