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7/31/2004

 

AFTER-WORD


  • "I'd run over your to see The Who!"

    I was a teenager when, on December 3, 1979, over 17,000 people tried to get into the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati to see The Who, who were already well past their prime. Whoever got in first got the best spot. That's how "festival style seating" works.

    In response, the city banned such seating. Now, it's the only of the top 50 venues with such a ban, and it wants to get rid of it -- with guidelines, etc. The new groups, I assume, don't tour. I just checked Billboard Magazine's concert charts, and the top shows were by dinosaurs Madonna and Prince. You'd think it was 1984.

    Take note of that, John Kerry. You know what happened to Fritz.


  • Positive campaigner JF Kerry mocked the President and one of his campaign mantra, "turning the corner," calling it a "tiny, little, itsy bitsy sound bite." And he again accused the President of being negative.

    It is almost as if he is ignoring what the President is saying, but assuming that the President is doing what he is doing. He's talking of himself.


  • Including cable and its FOX News Channel ratings leader, JF Kerry's speech was supposedly watched by 24.4-million people. An estimated 23.6-percent of them were bloggers affiliated with Blogs for Bush [humor].


  • The Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles today, 6-4. Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield homered for the Yankees, and the bullpen was excellent.

    The game was aired by the FOX broadcast network.


  • The music tonight is William Boyce, a Londoner through and through, as British as one could get. He died three years after "The Colonies" declared their independence, and I have little doubt where his loyalties lied.

    Current Brits are upright members of civilized society, but this Boyce fellow…

    I'm reminded of the treatment of "Arthur 'Two Sheds' Jackson" on the very first episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus [link].


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    The Sunday Morning Talk Shows


    The Democratic National Convention gets to breathe its last.

    On NBC's Meet the Press, host Tim Russert will talk to Senators Zell Miller (D-Georgia) and Joe Biden (D-Delaware). This show could be worth watching just to hear Miller speak of his take on the convention.


    On FOX News Sunday gets John Edwards and John Kerry. Now, MTP has a much larger audience, but FOX probably has a more Republican audience. It appears Edwards and Kerry want to sell themselves to disgruntled Republicans. But those are not the ones who would choose FOX over NBC.

    For good measure, they're throwing in Newton Gingrich and Bush/Cheney strategist Matthew Dowd. "Fair and balanced."


    On CBS's Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer talks to… Edwards and Kerry.


    On ABC's This Week, host George Stephanopoulos talks to Kerry. (Does Edwards have a way-early bedtime?) Then Matalin and Brazile will argue for a while.


    On CNN's Late Edition, host Wolfgang Blitzer talks to… Kerry and Edwards. Then Senate Major Whip Mitch McConnell and "that old Senator," Bob Byrd, Democrat of West Virginia. And Howard Dean, Al Sharpton, and RNC Chairamn Marc Racicot.


    I'll watch them, review and analyze them, and send it out as Sunday's Rightsided Newsletter. I'm in my sixth year with that, and you can subscribe for free by visiting the web site at http://rightsided.tripod.com/, or by sending a blank e-mail to rsn-subscribe [AT] topica.com.


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    Tropical Storm


    There's a tropical depression off the coast of Florida which could strengthen to have winds of 39 mph or higher and be named Tropical Storm Alex.

    In a related story actress/filmmaker Alex Kerry recently told actor Ben Affleck that her dress at Cannes was a conservative one which could "not withstand the impact of 3,500 flashbulbs."
    "Because of the dark world of the Internet, I'm told there are now entire Web pages dedicated to my breasts," the 30-year-old actress and filmmaker is quoted as saying. "You gotta love the Internet."
    Hypothetically asked why she did not wear a bra under her dress, Ms. Kerry hypothetically replied: "My step mom could buy you, sucker!"


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    Europe has spoken!


    The Europeans have spoken, and the next President of the United States is: John F. Kerry. No surprise there, but the New York Times makes some dangerous assumptions in their little story. They take a few commentators in several Europeans papers and declare what "[t]he belief across Europe seemed to be."

    The stories author is Richard Bernstein, and his assumption is probably a safe one, though not universal.

    According to a French historian, Europeans loved Kerry's Thursday speech because it "put the blame where many Europeans see the blame, at the door of the Bush administration." The blame for what, who knows?

    This same French historian, one Justin Vaïsse, added that though Europe appreciated the Bush-bashing, they saw few indications in Kerry's speech that he would be much different from the President:
    Noting the line in Mr. Kerry's speech about not needing a green light from abroad before taking actions to defend its interests, Mr. Vaïsse said: "In France, they don't have overblown expectations. Kerry would be like the second Clinton administration, not as arrogant and unilateral as Bush, but it would be no multilateral paradise either."
    So, while allowing the French historian Vaisse to speak for all of Europe, Bernstein neglected to mention that M. Vaisse is a fellow at the liberal Brookings Institution.

    But if you want to know what European commentators are saying, the Bernstein piece is a good place to begin.

    For instance, he shines some light which proves the lie in a part of the main basis Kerry gives for electing him President:
    There is an element of wishful thinking in the European view of Mr. Kerry, a commentator on Polish radio, Zbigniew Lewicki, said Friday. "The Democratic candidate spoke about his willingness to convince the European Union leaders to share the burden of war with Americans," Mr. Lewicki said. "It's an illusion. If the European leaders prefer Kerry as president, it's not because he wants to throw a part of the war costs on their shoulders."
    So I'm not certain which Europeans Brownstein is averring would prefer a Kerry presidency. The people have not been polled. He cites, as I've said, a few commentators. Of the European leaders, besides Jacques Chirac, we know only what Kerry himself told us several months back that they've told him. (Don't forget that gaffe.)


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    Bush makes 20 recess appointments


    Congress cannot review them until a year into the President's second term, those 20 individuals the President appointed to fill various vacancies in various federal agencies, boards, departments, and commissions.

    Named are people to fill open spots at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Department of Commerce, the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Amtrak reform board, the National Institute for Literacy Advisory Board, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, the United States Sentencing Commission, the Department of Energy, the United States Agency for International Development in the bureau for Asia and the Near East, the advisory board of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp, the Inter-American Foundation. He also appointed ambassadors to the Bahamas, Estonia, and Qatar.

    I thought about lobbying for the job in the Bahamas last winter, but I did not think I would be taken seriously.

    Didn't Al Gore "reinvent government" during Bill Clinton's tenure and eliminate some of the above listed entities? Evidently not. (Of what use was he?)

    Seriously, I've Googled several of the above, and I cannot see their functions contained anywhere but in the funky emanations of the obscure penumbra of our Constitution. Meaning, it's not there.

    I'd like to vote for a President who would eliminate most of them, starting with H.U.D.


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    The Kerry Bounce


    With Nader, it's for points from NEWSWEEK, according to a "web exclusive". In the latest survey, Kerry leads Bush for 7, while three week ago, the lead was three. That's with Nader in the race; otherwise, Kerry's up by 8.

    NEWSWEEK explains the size Kerry bounce by specifying the split polling, with Kerry leading by 2 points before the speech and 10 points afterwards.
    And voters are becoming more likely to predict a Kerry victory in November: Forty-four percent say Kerry will win vs. 43 percent who predict Bush.
    Look, NEWSWEEK seems to think that this is important.

    To me, I wanted to see if my thinking held up and the bounce was negligible. According to this poll, it was slightly larger than negligible. It's also not a true post-convention poll, and the three week swing is what we've been seeing all year.

    I expect to see a slight Bush month-before-convention bounce. The campaign seems to be underway, with the Republican convention being a campaign event.

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    LA Times: voters "swayed" but not "sold"


    According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, a survey of undecided registered voter had determined that this group was swayed by the "forceful tone" of JF Kerry's nomination acceptance speech, but they were "were still wary of his reputation for hedging his bets [flip-flopping]."

    Of those survey's sample, the paper says the group "spans the American mainland from rural central Florida to a small Pacific coast town in Washington state."

    All eight of them.

    But of the eight, a retiree was swayed by JF's speech. Kerry gets the vote of Annie Hurdle of Greensboro:
    "He usually sounds kind of boring. But he was pronouncing those words so good, I have to go with him now all the way."
    We have to select the man who is going to lead our country through probably the most complex threat in our nation's history, and she's going to vote for someone who fails to understand what the threat is because of his pronunciation skills?

    This is frightening.

    -----

    I know few details now, and I'll repeat none, but word is that something will happen beginning in mid-August [correction] which could seriously damage Kerry's campaign. It has something to do with that large segment of Kerry's "band of brothers" which do not want him to be president. For what it is worth, one source told me that Kerry may consider pulling his name from consideration.

    For what that's worth.


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    To Fight the Wrong War



    If you plan to vote in November, read this New York Post column by Amir Taheri: [LINK]


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    Barbie and G.I. Joe and...

    "...you will agree that this is the coolest action figure since G.I. Joe. Each hard plastic Jesus Action Figure stands 5 inches tall with poseable arms to reach toward the heavens and wheels in his base for smooth gliding action. Comes in a illustrated clamshell package with biblical quotes on the back."
    Thanks, Mel.

    [link]
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    The Beantown Bloggers


    Tech columnist Larry Magid has written quasi-review of the bloggers at the Democratic National Convention for CBSNews.com. He covers the expected self-referential "I'm a blogger!" stuff, the utility and speed of the medium, and says he doesn't know if they made a difference.

    One line struck me:
    "[I]t was refreshing to hear voices that we might not otherwise have heard. While not as polished or balanced as the pros, the bloggers did offer some interesting alternative perspectives.
    That's why I began reading blogs about three years ago. It's why I so dig new blogs.

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    Opinion Journal: Zell Miller


    In a piece on today's Opinion Journal, outgoing Senator Zell Miller (D-Georgia) tells us why he did not attend last weeks DNC in Beantown, where the drunk partisans in funny hats were told: "Hope is on the way!"
    No longer the party of hope, today's Democratic Party has become Mr. Kerry's many mansions of cynicism and skepticism. As our economy continues to get better and businesses add jobs, Mr. Kerry's going around America trying to convince people that the roof is about to cave in. He talks about "the misery index" and the Depression. What does he know about either?

    [ . . . ]
    still believe in hope and opportunity and, when it comes right down to it, Mr. Bush is the man who represents hope and opportunity. Hope for a safer world. And opportunity for Americans to work hard, keep more of the money they earn, and send their kids to good schools. All the speeches we heard this week weren't able to hide the truth of what today's Democratic Party has become: an enclave of elites paying lip service to middle-class values. Americans looking for a president who understands their struggles and their dreams should tune in next month, when we celebrate the leadership of George W. Bush.


    It's a worthwhile read, in which he argues that the Democratic Party has changed from what it was when he began his political career. I guess one either changes with the party or gets out. And it's important here to note that the Jimmy Carter we heard speaking last Monday sounded little like the one America elected in 1976. (Yes, he was much less disagreeable back then.)

    Carter seems to have sold his soul for a moment's celebrity. Miller has kept his soul and found his new moment the honest way.
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    The A.C.L.U. and its Money Supply


    In order to continue participating that allows federal employees to donate to it through payroll deduction, the A.C.L.U. has voluntarily agreed not to hire anyone on a federal watch list of terrorists. In April, the A.C.L.U. filed suit against the federal government to block the "no fly" lists of suspected terrorists who cannot get on airplanes.
    "We oppose 'no fly' lists," said Michael Meyers, a member of the group's executive committee. "Now we have a 'no hire' list that we've signed onto. We're in the midst of an organizational cultural crisis of enormous size."
    This should not be a problem for an organization which seeks to selectively protect only those rights it deems worthy of protection. It need only opt out of protesting the no-fly list as it has elected not to defend Second Amendment gun rights and First Amendment religious rights.


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    "Clearing up the Confusion, the Confusion… the Confusion"


    I've put the new column by Dustin Hawkins, Clearing up the Confusion, the Confusion… the Confusion, live on the RSN web site.

    "According to the Kedwards campaign there should be only one America -- but 5 tax plans."

    Read the column HERE.

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    PRE-FACE

    Good morning

  • The increased economic activity spurred by the President's tax cuts has increased government revenue, shrinking this year's federal budget deficit to a mere $445-billion, down from an earlier-projected $521-billion.

    Note to the President: Government "compassion" costs money. Knock it off.

    (That's a critical as I care to be in an election year when the stakes are so high.)


  • The story is that a high-level al Qaeda prisoner, Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, had claimed that Saddam Hussein's Iraq had provided training, poisons, gases, etc., to al Qaeda. This, the New York Times reports, was the basis for the Bush Administrations talk of "links between Iraq and Al Qaeda that involved poisons, gases and other illicit weapons."

    The Qaeda later changed his mind.

    The paper's argument is that the Administration based its entire case on the unsubstantiated word of one man who later recanted his story.

    A few weeks ago, they were blaming Ahmed Chalabi and the Iraq expats.

    I think that if they were to do some serious reporting, of which the paper might or might not be capable, they would find the Administrations information came from a number of sources.


  • If you're interested, there is a discussion beginning below concerning Michael Moore's continued fraud versus Moore's "gift of truth" regarding the President finishing a story to the school children on the morning of 9-11.


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  • 7/30/2004

     

    AFTER-WORD


  • The Voice of America (V.O.A.) reports that, with the close of the Democratic National Convention, the campaign "has entered a new phase, with both major party candidates criss-crossing the country in search of votes."

    But one candidate still has his 4-day commercial coming up. It will be interesting to see if Kerry breaks with tradition and attacks the President during the week of the Republican Convention. He really has to do so.

    He is desperate. He's didn't get his Edwards bounce, he is not getting his convention bounce, and none of the standard rules seem to apply. He has to unseat an incumbant who is extremely popular with half the country, and he himself is extremely popular with none of it.


  • I heard Democrat strategist Robert G. "Bob" Beckel this afternoon on FNC. He was on Neil Cavuto's show opposite former Congressman Rick Lazio (R-New York), and they were chewing on the lackluster growth rate for the April-June quarter: 3-percent. Lazio argued that the economy was still moving along fine, and that the January-March quarter had been revised upward.

    Beckel's reply was curious: "Bush has never grabbed hold of the economy; he's been too focused on foreign affairs and the war." (The last part is a paraphrase from memory.) Beckel was arguing that a healthy economy will not benefit President Bush, as he hasn't done much with it.

    That's as nearly as curious a statement as Kerry's assertion that Bush has no record (see post below). If Beckel's argument is the perception Kerry's team wants to foster, fine. But it's an invention.


  • My wife and I went out this evening, and when we returned, I flipped on the radio. Something called The Michael Savage Show -- a "conservative" radio talk show -- and I listened for a moment. Michael Savage said: "The only way for Bush to get a handle on this is to bring in someone new and dynamic is the V.P. And that person is Colin Powell."

    I didn't hear any more of the show, but his assertion might have been that Kerry now has the incredible momentum and the President has to shake things up. Charlie Cook made a similar argument some weeks ago.

    I'm not going to talk about what should have been done in the past, although I agree with what the President did. I will say that at this point, dumping Vice President Cheney for someone else would be seen as an act of desperation. Because that is exactly what it would be.

    The President is not desperate.


  • The Yankees won a very good game tonight, beating Baltimore, 2-1. Alex Rodriquez evidently hit a home run… that's what they said. Once again, I was unable to listen to the entire game, and this time, I don't have the Democrats to blame.


  • George Gershwin. I'm going American tonight. There's a tendency which I've noticed amongst those who really enjoy this type of music to dismiss American composers to set American composers on a lower tier.

    A friend once joked that the greatest piece of American music ever written was Dvorák's 9th Symphony: From the New World.

    Gershwin was a genius. And he wrote for Americans. While Beethoven wrote primarily for kings and princelings, Gershwin wrote for Americans who wanted to see a show. There is a beauty to a music created for capitalistic reasons that only adds to his merit as a composer.

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    JF Kerry sells the President a little short


    President Bush this morning in Missouri told the audience that JF Kerry "has had thousands of votes [in his 19-year Senate career], but very few signature achievements." Kerry, though, would have none of it:
    Kerry fired back at Bush's criticism, dismissing it with a laugh as "the response to a positive campaign." He said he was behind "a long list" of legislation during his 19-year Senate career, including funding for more community police, improvements to health care and support for fisheries
    That was not the President's point. Plenty of Senators have worked on health care, police, and, of course, fisheries, but are these Kerry's "signature achievements," ones with which he is easily identified? Has he been the fisheries Senator?

    Nope. Kerry has nothing.

    But he dug his hole a little deeper:
    "They don't have a record to run on, so all they can do is attack," Kerry said.
    No track record? Tax cuts, the international war on terror, free trade with Australia, al Qaeda sliced and diced and on the run, the capitulation of Libya's Muammar Qadhafi, the strongest relationship with Britain since World War II, and the liberation of Iraq. He's got something going on, and it is that with which he speech dealt. The dismissal of Kerry was a few lines.

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    Michael Moore: tick… tick… tick… tick…


    Michael Moore's rock is being kicked over. First Chris Hitchins dressed him down, then the 9-11 Commission blew his Saudi-Airplane theory away, then he freaked out at CNN American Morning host Bill Hemmer, then he skipped the showing of his film in Crawford, Texas with no explanation.

    Now a paper in central Illinois, the Bloomington Pantagraph, has demanded an apology from Moore for using a Photoshopped front page in his film.
    A scene early in the movie shows newspaper headlines related to the legally contested presidential election of 2000. It includes a shot of The Pantagraph's front page with the prominent headline: "Latest Florida recount shows Gore won election."

    But the Pantagraph says that headline was never on the front page. It only appeared -- in much smaller type -- above a letter to the editor.
    One would think, when making a documentary he had hoped to be of major import, he wouldn't be so sloppy.

    And while we're speaking of Michael Moore and fraud, we may soon be speaking of Michael Moore and election fraud. The filmmaker has promised a Florida audience that he will have cameras in Florida this November to "guarantee to every Floridian that their vote will be counted this year." We're not sure what role his cameras will play enforcing election law, or even in making sure everyone fills out their ballots properly.

    And in the United States, our votes our secret. We do not allow millionaire film producers to document our votes or to interfere with the conduct of the election.

    He is not stable, and I am serious about that.

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    Saudi Feelings Hurt by a Non-Diplmat


    In his speech last night, JF Kerry ticked off the oil-rich Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The candidate's offensive remarks?

    "I want an America that relies on its own ingenuity and innovation, not the Saudi royal family."

    Kerry knew that would upset the Saudis, as it has upset them in the past, but he opted to throw diplomacy to the wind.
    ``Saudi bashing is not an energy policy,'' an official with the Saudi Embassy in Washington said.
    The embassy is not going to demand a formal apology, the official said, because Kerry is aware of how the Saudi royal family feels about such undiplomatic remarks.

    Someone has to say something sometime to the Saudis, but not for cheap political points and most definitely note from a man who claims to the capable of earning the respect of the world. The Saudis do not forget such remarks.

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    The Democrats in Missouri


    The Kansas City Star (subscription) has run a story about the Missouri Democratic Party being so fractured by a primary battle between incumbent Governor Bob Holden and Democrat state Auditor Claire McCaskill that it might "hurt the party's ability to muster the political resources to help [JF] Kerry win the state."

    The primary is next Tuesday, and, win or lose, both candidates have agreed to attend a "unity breakfast" in St. Louis the next day. The next day, Edwards and Kerry will be in town for what Senator Jean Carnahan says will be a "great love fest."

    Missouri has 11 electoral votes.

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    Michael Novak on the election


    NRO contributing editor Michael Novak has written a gem on what will happen in November and how the losers will react.

    Just like Thomas Paine was certain that his God would not allow George III to win, Novak does not believe "the Creator who gave us liberty will ignore President Bush's willingness to sacrifice his own presidency for the liberation of Afghanistan and Iraq."

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    The Bush Recession


    According to revised GDP data released Friday by the Commerce Department, there wasn't one:
    In the revised data, there aren't two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth in 2001. Two negative quarters of growth is one rule of thumb on what makes a recession.
    If you go this route, President Bush neither inherited a recession nor caused one.

    What we had, according to David Littmann, chief economist at Comerica Bank in Detroit, was "a no-growth situation… [without] the full hallmarks of a traditional recession." {See story from the French wire, AFP.}

    We would have had a recession but for what President Bush calls "some well-timed tax cuts."

    The Democrats' issues are disappearing.


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    Misleading the Misled


    This is from a childish source, Dissident Voices: "[A]n internet newsletter dedicated to challenging the distortions and lies of the corporate press and the privileged classes it serves." In fact, it's from juvenile column worthy only of a footnote to an afterthought but for two points:
    The experienced senator [JF Kerry] asserted, “I will be a commander in chief who will never mislead us into war.” In other words the self-admitted misled now wants to lead.
    If Kerry were misled, then so was the President. If the President misled, then so did Kerry.

    The other:
    At the Democratic Convention Kerry declared, “I defended this country as a young man and I will defend it as president.” Yet his testimony at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on 22 April 1971 belies fighting in defense during the Vietnam War. Kerry then stated, “We found that not only was it a civil war, an effort by a people who had for years been seeking their liberation from any colonial influence whatsoever, but also we found that the Vietnamese whom we had enthusiastically molded after our own image were hard put to take up the fight against the threat we were supposedly saving them from.” Transparent from this statement is that the Vietnamese were no threat and hence the US was not in Vietnam defending the homeland.
    I'll extend that. Kerry said in 1971 that he was not defending the United States or its interests in Vietnam.

    Here's JF Kerry from last night, speaking of his Band of Brothers: "We fought for this nation because we loved it and we came back with the deep belief that every day is extra." That's not what he said in 1971, when he was on and on about wiring genitals and whatnot.

    Last night, Kerry claimed: "I defended this country as a young man and I will defend it as President." In 1971, he said he was pretending to protect the Vietnamese from a "threat" they welcomed.

    It's great that he is now talking of his Vietnam experience in realistic terms, not in those selected by those on the rabid left. Including himself. But at the same time, he continues to assert that he was right to protest the war, claiming that he was objective to the way it was conducted and not to the war itself. Read his comments, and he was objecting to the war in Vietnam. He said we had no business attempting to stop the spread of Soviet communism because the Vietnamese wanted Soviet communism.

    I think JFK was right to start the war, and I think he did so for the right reasons. It was a noble war fought by noble men, and the JF Kerry on the gunboat was one of them. He got his early transfer back to the States, and he began protesting the war as an ignoble one fought by mosters.

    Now he asserts that he sees the experience as noble, yet he feels that he was right to call it ignoble. Last night, I wrote: "There is a contradiction to this campaign." The contradiction is JF Kerry himself.

    On personal matters of grave important, he has misleading the misled -- and thanking them for their support.


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    The President Speaks…


    "We are turning the corner, and we're not turning back."

    In Springfield, Missouri Friday, President Bush told the crowd that the "heart and soul of America" was there. One wonders if, as JF Kerry asserted a few weeks back, Whoopi, Mellancamp, and the boyz spoke for them at the star-studded Kerry-Edwards rally of recent memory.

    I'll see your optimism and double it. If politics were a poker game, that is the President's wager in reaction of Kerry's self-described "optimistic" tones of Thursday.

    He spoke of his tax cuts as driving the recovery, and most economists agree and even Dem politicians agree. The President tells us that he was told: "I think we might see a boom bigger than the '90s." That's optimism, but please no bubble.

    He stressed that the world changed on September 11, 2001. And "since that day, we've changed the world." We didn't hear Kerry mention this, the new governments in Afghanistan and Iraq, the new attitude from Libya, and that "the Saudi government is [today] taking the fight to al Qaeda."

    "We are turning the corner, and we're not turning back."

    He painted a fairly complete picture of Saddam Hussein with descriptions of the man's behavior. He said that the September 11 Commission report discussed the government's "failure of imagination." His Administration looked at the evidence of Iraq's capabilities and realized that "we must not fail to imagine" what Saddam might do.

    Results matter, he said. "When it comes to" a lot of things, he said, "results matter. … And when it comes to choosing a president, results matter."

    His opponent, he said, has had "no signature legislation" and "no significant record."

    Kerry is nothing.

    This should be effective with all but the ABB crowd. He's bursting with optimism over genuine results, not telling us that "hope is on the way," that we have nothing for which to hope until a new regime is in place in January.

    After a week of watching the Democrats do the best they could, the President has shown that, in the parlance, it's no thaang.

    Caveat: It can be argued that it's not fair to measure the President's speech against Kerry's, as the networks didn't force the President to talk over the applause and finish up. Or can it? Really.

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    Dem rage could still carry Kerry


    To many of us, JF Kerry showed last night that he does not have what it takes to displace President Bush. Erick Erickson (Confessions of a Political Junkie), however, throws us a word of caution:
    have to say that I think the Dems could pull it off in November. I hope they don't, but it is possible. With all the money they are pouring into 527 organizations, union supporter, and rage, they could all be motivated to go vote in mass.
    Couple that with the Administration's often frustrating inability to promote itself and correct the other side, he says, and this election could swing the wrong way.

    This cautionary caveat should be well taken.

    "The Republicans can now spend a month attacking Kerry. They should show him to be who he is."

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    PRE-FACE

    Good morning!

  • The Washington Post notes:
    Kerry's speech was to some degree a fight against tyranny -- the tyranny of the clock and the time limits imposed by the commercial networks on the proceedings.
    I noticed last night that JF was talking over the applause, and I assume the drunk partisans in funny hats were told to keep it down.

    This probably contributed to the appearance that the speech was just not a good one. With the networks dictating the cadence for capitalistic reasons, it came out rushed.

    If this were an actual news event, the networks would not be able to set the rules. As it is, the Party is relying on the network for free airtime for their disinfomercial. And I expect it will be no different at Madison Square Gardens in September.


  • Aaron Margolis (Pardon My English) was outside the FleetCenter last night while Kerry carried on inside.
    I was in Boston, holding my "Boston Commuters for Bush" sign, receiving many dirty looks, yells, but also a fair amount of support.



  • The link on Blogs for Bush has provided some traffic, and hello to you visiting from there. Remember, I am one of you; in fact, if memory serves, this was one of the first Blogs for Bush. I'm proud of this affiliation, and I'm damn proud of our President.


  • For Illinois GOP Senatorial candidate Jack Ryana -- bet know for dropping out of the race and, for a time, possibly being replaced by Mike DItka has finally submitted the paperwork to have his name removed from the November ballot.

    No hurry, I suppose. The Illinois GOP still has select a replacement, the candidate to take on the rising star juggernaut Obama (one name).


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    AFTER-WORD


  • This afternoon, a young James Socas -- a House candidate in Virginia's 10th CD -- listed some Founding Fathers from Virginia: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington. His argument was that George W. Bush has taken our country away from those principles, and it's up to JF Kerry to get us back on them.

    Someone spoke to me recently about rereading the Federalist Papers and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. It was great stuff, they argued, but government now has reached a point where it has become a necessary part of our lives. It's become entrenched, in that sense. (This is similar to that argument the Supreme Court used to uphold the principle that States cannot regulate abortion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, that the abortion right is so entrenched we cannot go back.)

    The argument is one of lazy thinking. Just because a bad condition has existed for a certain amount of time does not strip man of his natural rights. Jefferson, Madison, Washington, Hamilton, and Jay are as relevant to us now as they were to our forefathers then.

    I don't know that Mr. Socas was particularly relevant to anyone at any time, even his afternoon speaking slot. He's running against Congressman Frank Wolf, a conservative Republican.


  • A convention post-mortem. These were not serious speeches, they will have little or no affect on much of anything, and they did not justify serious contemplation.

    It was a fun political event. It gives the faithful something to do, and it rallies the troops. We continue having these conventions, I suspect, as habitual symbolism. The initial purpose of these things is not in the minds of any but a few observers.

    The Democratic Party threw a Democratic party. And if JF Kerry loses, he'll at least have had his moment. Mike Dukakis had his moment and Bob Dole had his. I'm not certain either had a chance, though; Dukakis because he was essentially running against Ronald Reagan's proxy and Dole partly because of Ross Perot.

    Is this batch of Dems serious, though?


  • The Orioles beat the Yankees tonight, 9-1. Contreras was bombed again, just like last week in Boston. It's time to put him back in the bullpen where he can hurt no one.


  • I'm listening to Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov this evening; for no reason, other than it is the CD I grabbed. This is a suite from Le Coq D'Or. It's a little lively when I'd sooner go to sleep.


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  • 7/29/2004

     

    JF Kerry's Acceptance Speech


    Have been sat through a night's worth of propaganda, numbed by alcohol, the crowd was ready to burst into tears of joy when they saw their nominee hug his swift boat band as he walked across the stage.

    "I'm John Kerry, and I'm… reporting for duty!"

    That's similar to what Wes Clark told him when he endorsed, but he evidently liked that line.

    "I was born in the West Wing." We'd heard that one from Colorado last week.

    As a child, he rode his bicycle into Communist East Berlin.

    "… and that starts by telling the truth to the American people." I wish they'd leave that nice Bill Clinton alone.

    "I will be a commander in chief who will never mislead us into war."

    He took shots at Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Ashcroft.

    And he's harping on diminishing wages, and that could work to their advantage if repeated loudly and often enough.

    He accepts the nomination. If he cared a white for his party, he'd have refused and begged John Edwards to accept, but he's proud that John will be his running mate. "This son of a millworker is ready to lead."

    He loves his wife. He loves his children.

    His "band of brothers, led by… Max Cleland."

    He's listing and thanking his primary opponents. Thanking them for "teaching" and "testing" him. But they did not test him, or he wouldn't be there; their primary season was truncated, and he strolled to the nomination untested.

    "There are those who criticize me for seeing complexities…"

    He's attacking the President on Iraq with Howard Dean-like half truths. Blind misconstructions. He's ignored or misunderstood the meaning from the words. He's not a complex man; in fact, he's a very simple-minded guy.

    He knows what we have to do in Iraq. "We need a President who has the credibility to bring our allies to our side…"

    He wants to hit the terrorists before they hit us. Pre-emption!

    You know, it was cute to hear the drunken Democrats chanting "U.S.A…. U.S.A…. U.S.A…. U.S.A…." on cue. That was a Dukakis-in-the-tank moment. And all of Kerry's me too-isms about flags and patriotism.


    It's way to early to judge public perception of this, or what they've heard of this, but I don't see anything which the Bush campaign will have to refute directly. The attacks were merely scurrilous and unfounded snipes. It might be best for the Bush campaign to push this convention to the side and say on message. Kerry's not a winner.

    The Vietnam vets onstage and the Cleland intro were powerful stuff, and Kerry should have followed it with a serious and powerful speech. Everything was a cliché designed to attract the attracted. I don't know that he could be a decent commander in chief. Saying you have a plan will make only the hopeless feel better, and Kerry had just gone through a litany of fluff claiming to be an optimist.

    There is a contradiction to this campaign: he wants to be president for a reason, and he wants to be president for no reason. If he were able to eliminate this incongruity, I think he would have. He couldn't.

    He has three months to do it, and since he is accepting federal campaign funds, he'll be trying on our nickel.

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    This Madness


    I found myself doing something which was at once both trying and sickening. It finally got to me when an actress of whom I had never heard, Alfre Woodard, began introducing people in the hall, etc.

    First, she cut to a kindergarten teacher flanked by a group of non-descript people. She read whatever she spoke, and I could swear she sounded like an average 7th grader.

    Next, a group of people of men with weathered faces appeared on stage. A woman, older but not looking ready to be retired, spoke for them. Enthusiastically, but from a script. "I’m from Kentucky! I am a farmer! I am voting for John Kerry! He will fight to keep our family farms in business! He understands!" How do you know this, ma'am? Because he says he does. President Bush owns and runs a ranch. He's not a multi-billionaire from Boston, Brussels, Paris, and Bonn. Someone understands the problems you face, ma'am. It's not Kerry.

    Then they cut to a camera from one of the many locations around the country at which they have gatherings. It got to me. It struck me. This is madness.

    I'm not going to tune in to a late night "program" trying to sell be a gallon of Miracle cleaner that gets substances out of all and sundry, and I get a free pair of nylons if I order now. I'm not going to watch Kerry's infomercial, either.

    The convention itself, this one, seems to be primarily for the believers, for converting the ABB crowd into Kerry supporters. It will probably work on most of the delegates for a while after leaving the event. That much non-stop energy and enthusiasm transports a psyche into another realm of existence, so to speak.

    But when they arrive home, when the noise subsides, some of it will wear off. More if Kerry says or does something foolish in the coming months.

    I'll tune in for JF, but I've had enough of this nonsense for one week. It takes a toll on ones own psyche, firing off reactions to speeches in rapid succession, and I really don't know if these things are read by anyone anyway.

    I'll post next after I've watched enough of Kerry to know what's going on. He's going to sell his energy policy and talk about how he's ready to lead the country. He cannot make a good case for a change, though, without stacking the canards thick.

    Madness, I tell you! (I feel better now.)

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    Madeline speaks…


    It's Clinton's foreign policy lady, Madeline Albright. Her first vote was "to put a courageous Senator from Massachusetts in the White House." She's going to repeat that this year.

    She says Kerry is going to lead not only like Clinton and JFK, "but also America's greatest generation: Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower."

    Madeline, Ike was a Republican.

    "Our adversaries have nothing to offer but hatred, destruction, and death." I hope she's talking about the terrorists. (One would never know after listening to Teddy Kennedy, Sharpton, and Dean.)

    She accused the President of "tweak[ing] intelligence to justify war."

    "Under his leadership, we will persist until we prevail."

    Kerry believes that America must explain our actions to other nations and try to get them to agree, but he "will do whatever it takes to defend America whether others approve or not." (This is not what he has said and demonstrated.)

    Now she's talking about Nazi storm troopers in her native Czechoslovakia. (Not in a MoveOn.org/George Soros manner, thankfully.) She's saying that she loves our country… and that's why she's supporting Kerry.

    She sounds not at all like her appearances on the Sunday shows. Has Shrum castrated these people for "Kerry's night"?


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    Nancy speaks…


    It's Nancy Pelosi.

    She is talking up Kerry and saying that "our work will not be complete unless we elect a Democratic Congress."

    You know, the Kerry people -- who say they wanted a non-bashing convention -- must have thrown her speech in the bin and written a new one. The woman is calm, measured, stayed and… yes, somewhat pedantic.

    She's calmly explaining things. They might not be so -- by a long shot -- but her tone is scary. This is not the Nancy Pelosi we know.

    "Health care is not a privilege. Health care is a right." Derived from what?

    Said calmly: "Democrats have it right."

    Stop it, Nance, you're giving me the creeps.

    "Democrats in the House are more united than any time in the last forty years."

    She's excited about the Dem pickups in SD and Kentucky, and last week in NC.

    "Democrats are leasing the way into turning Red States into Blue." Hmmm.

    This is curious. She's delivering the speech to the crowd of drunken partisans with funny hats littering the convention floor, but she's not trying to fire them up or rally them. Is this the start of a new Nancy Pelosi, or is this a one-off after a Bob Shrum-induced temporary lobotomy?

    I'm speechless.

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    Joe speaks…


    It's Joltin' Joe Lieberman.

    He thanks them for the first Jewish nomination for Veep. Forever grateful to Al Gore

    Barack Obama "proved that the dream is still alive in the Democratic Party."

    "Campaigns are about the future, not the past…"

    "They're not only going to win the popular vote, as Al Gore and I did, they're actually going to take office and move forward."

    He called terrorists as great a threat as the Nazis and the Soviet Communists, the latter of whom some liberals liked a half a century ago.

    He reminded us that the Department of Homeland security was his idea.

    Kerry and Edwards, he said, are "positive, constructive, [and] affirmative."

    He predicts that Kerry and Edwards will pick up the votes of millions of Americans "who wish to cast a vote not of protest, but of promise." He sees a groundswell of non-ABB support for this ticket.

    Bill Clinton's resolve to strengthen our alliances everywhere in this world? President Bush is negotiated and concluding more free trade agreements than did Clinton.

    "Let us go forward from this convention…"

    "Hope is on the way."

    At least he didn't really insult the Administration. Nice guy, that Joe.

    The crowd applauds politely.

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    Wes Clark…


    General Wesley Clark. This should be bizarre.

    He says we're at war.

    "Give 'em a round of applause!" (Our military.) "I want all of America to see our party and how we respect the men and women who serve."

    The Democratic Party is being reinvented tonight.

    Now he's doing a moment of silence for the fallen.

    Now he's talking about war's and his involvement in the various aspects thereof.

    "And this soldier has news for all of you. Any political party that tells you that they have a monopoly in the defense of our nation is perpetrating a fraud on the American people." (Paraphrase.)

    He's talking about the flag, now…

    "This flag is ours. And nobody, nobody will take it away from us!" (They can burn it, though, right?)

    "Enough is enough!"

    He's not convincing.

    "John Kerry has heard the thump of enemy mortars…"

    Navy, prosecutor, Senator. Also protester and Dukakis' lieutenant. (He also started an ice cream store. And he served in Vietnam.)

    He's going to lead us into "beating swords into plowshares." Kerry's the Messiah!

    "He will join the pantheon of great wartime Democrats." Wilson, Roosevelt, JFK (Missile Crisis), and Clinton (Yugoslavia). With the Clinton line, it's obvious that he's speaking to the drunk partisans with funny hats on the convention floor only.

    "America… hear this soldier…!"

    And the crowd roars... to an extent.

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    Joe speaks…



    And Richardson called it to order at 7:47p Beantown time. And he's listing the towns and States with live links. This requires: "YAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!"

    Here's Joe Biden.

    "My name is Joe Biden, and I'm a Democrat."

    "The struggle with radical fundamentalism." He wants to unite the world against terrorism.

    The French ran a headline: "We are all Americans now." Imagine how FDR or JFK were President then and "had seized that moment."

    He wanted Bush to call for a program of national service and a national energy policy that would eliminate the need to be friendly with the Middle East.

    The "opportunity squandered," Joe, was not an opportunity. It was a momentary reaction to tremendous tragedy. Once the shock wears off, things drift back to where they were. That is what has happened.

    "We are responsible for the aftermath [of the war] virtually alone."

    "Because the intelligence was hyped to justify the war…" That's an accusation, refuted by both a Senate Intelligence Committee report and the 9-11 Commission report.

    He's doing the old story about Charles DeGaulle trusting Jack Kennedy that the missiles were in Cuba just because he was the President of the United States. That was a different world, Joe. Then, the civilized world could trust either the United States or the Soviet Union. That was DeGaulle's choice. Get it?

    "It's only leadership if someone follows, and no one is following." It's Statesmanship to do what is right regardless.

    "Kerry will not hesitate to unleash the power of the military against anyone who does us harm, and without asking for anyone's permission."

    "When John Kennedy is… when John Kerry is President…"

    Kerry will keep preemption as an option, Joe says, but will also develop a strategy of prevention.

    "John Kerry, as a student of history…"

    He's quoting the Bible, sort of. "Just as Joshuas trumpet brought down the walls of Jericho… so will [global terrorism] fall to America's swift sword." The walls of Jericho fell because of God. With Kerry, God does not enter into it.

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    John Speaks…


    Ah, the Dem convention. Here goes mercifully the last night.

    John Sweeney of the AFL-CIO said that "John Kerry is a leader. He knows what true courage and patriotism mean. Because he showed it to us most in Vietnam."

    This is before 8p, so it's pre-Prime. I'll never forgive them for dumping Dennis to this spot yesterday.

    "John Kerry and John Edwards are our very best." Most delegates disagree.


    Bland guy.

    And they're playing that Sister Sledge song again.

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    Final Plea for Debt Funds


    This message arrived this afternoon to one of my Inboxes:
    Dear Friend,

    If you've already given to support John Kerry, make this the moment to match your earlier support. And if you've been waiting for the right moment to act, please realize that this is it.

    The Bush-Cheney campaign has five weeks to raise more money. We have just a few hours left. We've already out raised George Bush four months in a row -- give us the big finish we need to show the media and the Bush campaign that we have the strength to beat Bush's August advantage.

    Sincerely,

    Mary Beth Cahill
    Campaign Manager
    It is straightforward enough. She considers me to be her friend, and she wants me to max out my credit card. They're conning the working class into taking on heavy debt.

    Granted, this is the newest way to raise funds -- it is, after all, the Internet age -- but it is what Kerry's team is doing.

    He learned it from Howard Dean. Judging from some of the notes on Blog for America back in February and March, some of the Deaniacs are still paying their creditors.

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    Another Qaeda Captured


    Pakistani authorities have arrested Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a senior al Qaeda terrorist who has been indicted in connection with the embassy bombings (Kenya, Tanzania) of 1998. Pakistani Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayyat told the AP that he has given Pak "very valuable" information. Hayyat said he expected Ghailani to be turned over to the United States authorities once the Pakistani investigations have been completed.

    This indicates that the war on terror is continuing apace successfully with no distractions. This further indicates that the United States is a global leader and is not hated by the known world. That much has been obvious, but this counters the pabulum coming out of Beantown.

    This does not mean that JF Kerry might have to revise parts of tonight's speech. Everything in it is still true in the universe he's invented for himself and his voters.


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    "Lies Cloud Kerry Candidacy"


    I've put the latest column from Jan Ireland, Lies Cloud Kerry Candidacy, live on the Rightsided Newsletter web site. The Democrats have fictionalized "Bush Lies"... and the cloud swirls.

    Read the column HERE.

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    Brit Analysts: Bush loss hurts Blair


    Reuters chatted with some British political analysts who told them that a Kerry victory in November would leave Prime Minister Tony Blair feeling all by his lonesome in the world.

    Britain's Labour [sic] Party his naturally allied with the Democrats in the U.S., but in this case, Blair would be the only one of the "major" war allies, according to Reuters, who would not have been booted by voters. (Spain's erstwhile Prime Minister José Maria Aznar has already been given the boot by voters.)

    There are a few chinks in this analysis. First of all, JF Kerry would remain Blair's ally in Iraqi reconstruction and security, for now. Secondly, life at home is far from perfect for both France's Jacques Chirac and Germany's Gerhard Schroeder. Chirac's UMP Party took a bath in June's regional elections, and Schroeder's LDP Party's popularity rating has fallen to 23-percent.

    One need only feel alone when there are popular kids in your neighborhood.

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    The Kerry Cabinet


    According to this bit on FOXNews.com, some delegates to the convention are pondering who will be in JF Kerry's cabinet: Bill Richardson at State, Max Cleland at Defense, Bob Menendez at Education or H.U.D.

    How're these:

  • Secretary of State: the poet Dominique de Villepin, the former French foreign minister. He knows how Kerry wants to revamp American foreign policy.


  • Secretary of Defense: David McReynolds, longtime activist, former draft evader, and Green Party Senate candidate from New York. "All we are saying…"


  • Secretary of the Treasury: Theresa Heinz. If the deficit seems too large, we can do what Kerry did: take out a loan against one of her houses.

    If selecting Ms. Heinz reeks too much of Kennedy-esque nepotism, how about this fellow who e-mailed me this morning:
    hello
    My name is Simon V. Heinz, a member of Independent Committee of Eminent Persons (ICEP), Switzerland. ICEP is charged with the responsibility of finding bank accounts in Switzerland belonging to non-Swiss indigenes, which have remained dormant since World War II.
    He wants me to give him personal info, then I'll have money wired to a numbered account in the Cayman islands.

    Yes.


  • Secretary of the Interior: Al Gore: Stop drilling, mining, burning, and driving! Candles and horse & buggy worked for Andrew Jackson, dammit! (What is the effect of a Blueberry Muffin Yankee Candle on Al's ozone hole?)


  • Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (H.U.D.): Donald Trump: If Kerry spends the treasury elsewhere, Trump can talk the bank out of a few hundred billion. He's very good a borrowing lots of money to build houses.



  • Secretary of Transportation: Teddy Kennedy


    Okay, I won't go there.

    Hey, feel free to add.


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    Quote of the Day


    At least so far. This one is from a commentary in Britain's Financial Times:

    Once dismissed as a refuge for flag-burning peaceniks, the Democratic party has magically transformed itself into an army of flag-waving patriots at the national convention in Boston. Hundreds of veterans are on parade, including members of Senator John Kerry's Swift boat crew from Vietnam. As the convention unfolds with military precision this week, the message is that the Democrats are spoiling for a fight on national security.
    The image comes to mind of a thousand Michael Dukakises rolling around in a thousand tanks, helmeted heads bobbing back and forth as they grin dopishly.

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    An Independent Editorial


    This paragraph is from an editorial in the Brit paper Independent, reprinted in the Thursday's Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

    This Democratic Party convention is not striking out in any new direction. It is a classic of the genre, with the star-power of the Clintons and the Kennedys raising the curtain in the grand style for the arrival today of presidential nominee John Kerry.

    This convention is no make-or-break gamble in the sense that it could doom or even weigh down Kerry's campaign. It's far too carefully orchestrated for that. …

    [ . . . ]
    To many voters, including many Democrats, this new JFK remains senator for Massachusetts and Vietnam War hero, but otherwise a blank. He has been unable to project an image of himself across the United States as a national leader in waiting, an attractive and forceful personality who has a well-qualified team and a full slate of well-formulated policies for the country.
    That concept could have been lifted from this space except that I complete it. Kerry cannot "project an image of himself across the United States as a national leader in waiting, an attractive and forceful personality who has a well-qualified team and a full slate of well-formulated policies for the country," because he "remains… a blank."

    His only hope is that enough voters believe that a blank is better than Bush. And he'll need more than Clinton's 43-percent.

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    Edwards and the South


    Dems say Edwards puts the south in play. Carl Hulse brings up something to consider in his New York Times "Political Points" this morning:
    "The notion that rural voters and Southern voters are going to vote for someone who's so far outside the mainstream in his voting record because he talks with a drawl is condescending frankly," said Ed Gillespie, the chairman of the Republican National Committee.

    But Democrats think the Republican comments show they are nervous about Mr. Edwards. They believe he can help bring aboard Republican women in particular as well as help energize the crucial African American vote in the South.
    The observation about Republican women is purely sexist. The African American vote in the south, though, is another matter.

    I've heard numerous black commentators explain that they don't want to vote for the Republicans and won't, but that John Kerry doesn't connect with them. How could he? He said he wanted to be the "next black President," but that idea was shot down instantly. His story is not that with which many blacks can identify. Edwards's story is closer to that of Clinton: start poor, strike out, achieve. It's an American story, and it's one with which many blacks (and whites) would like to identify.

    So Edwards could mobilize and motivate blacks to get involved, to vote, to give a damn in much the same way they did about Clinton. If he didn't turn southern States for Kerry, he could at least force the President to spend more of his resources below the Mason-Dixon line. I can see why Chairman Gillespie might be concerned… if Edwards were on top of the ticket. He's not. The Dems are stuck with Kerry, and no one can be his surrogate.

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    Democratic National Depression


    I've put Isaiah Z. Sterrett's latest column, The Democratic National Depression, live on the Rightsided Newsletter web site. He looks at the rhetoric coming out of Boston on wonders: "Why would anyone be a Democrat?"


    Read the column HERE.
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    PRE-FACE

    Good morning.

  • Kerry's the nominee. The Democrats have locked themselves into that choice. They can no longer change their mind.


  • I watched with "interest" as the Democrat delegates last night attempted mimic their forbears who attended conventions which determined outcomes. The roll was called alphabetically until they hit Minnesota. That State gave its microphone to Fritz Mondale, who passed ahead to the State of Ohio. After a bit of banter from a man with dark hair, Ohio gave its mic to John Glenn, who cast the States 159 votes for JF Kerry. By my clock, this was at 11:37p. Kerry had 2,242 votes, with 2,228 needed to nominate. John Glenn put Kerry over the top.


  • Glenn is the man who tricked Kerry into putting on that goofy outfit the other day.


  • There's a song stuck in my mind. It's Smalltown, by Mellancamp, nee John Mellancamp, nee John Cougar Mellancamp, nee John Cougar. He played it in a tuxedo yesterday evening, and I'm only assuming that he's gone the route of stars and selected a single name for himself.


  • The John Edwards sound bites are making their appearance. These are the little clips by which his speech will be judged by the billion-millions.

    For those with tummy aches, "Hope is on the way."

    Indeed.

    I think back to all the other nominees who never were: George McGovern, Fritz Mondale, Michael Dukakis, Bob Dole, and Al Gore. At their convention, people formed such hopeful sound bites. They all were called, "The Next President of the United States." And maybe everyone in the hall at the time believed it, but it all came to naught.


  • For that reason, tonight will be almost sad. John Kerry is a man who has probably spent his adult life thinking of himself as President, just as had Al Gore. His life's dream will end up being a journey to political ashes and dust.

    Tonight marks the beginning of the end of that John Kerry. If he returns to the Senate after defeat, I sense him now as a broken man.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    ADDENDUM: Liked this line from Son of Nixon, re: Edwards's speech:
    Johnny-boy Edwards didn't disappoint tonight, delivering a childish sing-a-long speech that the Romper Room crowd occupying the Fleetcenter just ate up.
    Yeah, it was made from the drunken partisans in funny hats who littered the floor of the hall.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    On a serious note, , here is Steven Taylor's (PoliBlog) "round-up of reaction to Weds at the DNC ." Check it out.
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  • 7/28/2004

     

    AFTER-WORD


  • I did not watch all of John Edwards's speech. Here is this article from Canada telling us what he would do and say before he did and said it:
    U.S. soldiers forever changed by the Iraq war deserve a president who "understands on the most personal level" what they've endured, Senator John Edwards said Wednesday in a prime-time pitch for his boss.

    Edwards, who accepted the party's vice-presidential nomination at the Democratic national convention, playing up John Kerry's decorated Vietnam War service as a swift boat captain who saved his crewmen. "They saw up close what he's made of," the millionaire ex-trial lawyer and rookie senator said in prepared remarks for thousands packing a downtown arena.

    That was filed before 9pm ET. They've got their soothsayers up north, it seems, and they certainly drew a picture of a potential leader south of their border as being a lightweight.

    They do this regardless of who the leader is, and yet Dems claim Kerry/Edwards will give us new respect in the world?


  • From the beginning of the Edwards speech: "Wasn't that a great speech Theresa Heinz gave last night?" Several speakers asked the same question.

    It's obvious that the only speech which could have been classified as "great" by anyone was that of Barack Obama. I think we are seeing some defiance here. Theresa gave a discursive, self-centered, and weightless speech Tuesday, and most everyone knows this.

    By repeating that it was a great speech, they are either trying to convince those listening that it was a great speech, or they are doing damage control on Theresa's feelings. That's important, because a Bush landslide is only a hissy fit away.


  • They made Dennis Kucinich speak early; his speech was over just before the gaveled the convention into session.

    I caught the very, tail end of his speech, and he was screaming about courage.

    Some of his delegates have said they might revolt. It's bigger than Dennis, they say. They want a progressive voice. (I posted on this earlier today.) Not even the liberals are stuck on Kerry.


  • The directive might have come down: "TALK ABOUT ME! IT'S MY [deleted] CONVENTION!"

    This evening, there was a lot of talk about "John Kerry and John Edwards," though I infrequently heard Kerry's name spoken alone. (Edwards talked in terms of what "John and I"/"we" are going to do. His wife talked of how great JF Kerry is then how great Edwards is: "The single most optimistic person I ever knew."

    Everything Kerry-related had to do with Vietnam or was a huge promise. He'll do this, do that, do the other. Almost every other Presidential candidate of recent memory has promised the moon and the stars. Cue the violins, but watch for the wink. (Fingers crossed behind his back.)


  • The Yankees lost to the Blue Jays, 3-2 in ten. Vernon Wells hit a walk off homerun off of the young and inexperienced Scott Proctor, who is currently rated a Prospect rather than a major league pitcher.

    This is disturbing.


  • I'm listening to the work of a composer named Alan Hovhannes: The Ancient Tree. He's a 20th century composer, and he did some things with sweeping sounds that I think were innovative.

    He was born in Somerville, Massachusetts -- Representative Michael Capuano's district now. Capuano is quoted from the floor of the DNC disputing claims that Kerry would institute drug price controls if elected:
    "I don't think there'll be drug pricing. I just don't think that's the way to go," said Rep. Michael Capuano, whose district includes Cambridge, Mass., one of the leading drug development centers in the world.

    "I think the way to go is to have international agreements, enforced international agreements, that make sure we [the U.S.] aren't subsidizing healthcare for people around the world, which is what we're doing right now," Capuano added, referring to the ongoing debate as to why other wealthy nations are paying far less for drugs than the United States.
    We're paying more, in part, because other wealthy nations have price controls for drugs.

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    Jennifer speaks…


    Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.

    She's talking about the American Revolution. The Boston Tea Party. Paul Revere, Samuel Adams… "This dream of democracy. Average families meant as much as kings, lords, and governors." And "Let us now launch the rebellion to choose a new President, John Kerry."

    She's talking about the Freedom Trail, the American Revolution. And another American freedom trail... "which runs back here, through Boston." To nominate JF Kerry.

    "Sometimes it's hard for a man to stop and ask directions, but if the man behind the wheel refuses to ask for directions, it's time for a new driver."

    The jobs in our recovery, she tells us, are paying $9,000 less than the jobs we lost.

    "The bottom line is, Americans are being squeezed." She did the thing with her hands.

    Pride at flying flags, cried when the Towers fell, and reading the paper and wondering if their job is going to China.

    John Kerry will stand up for those who have lousy health plans and "small business owners who proudly stamp 'made in America' on their products."

    We want free trade, she says, but we want fair trade. Talk to the WTO, babe. Clinton signed that one.

    Kerry's going to create "good jobs."

    "John Kerry sees that the same Americans who are being squeezed are the same Americans bursting with patriotism…"

    Expand health care on someone's nickel.

    Affordable health care -- she didn't call it a right.

    Kerry will create 10-million new jobs in the next four years.

    Gawd, I hope the Republicans do better than this.

    She says Clinton's speech made her think of the revolution. And she compared JF Kerry to Paul Revere, riding around waking people up.

    Follow the trail all the way to the voting booth.

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    Bill speaks…


    New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson starting speaking in Spanish.

    In English: "It's time for John Kerry."

    He just equated al Qaeda with past regimes that hate the values of the United States. This is what the President said, but it is what many Democrats dispute.

    "Our standing in the world is at an all time low… we are all alone in a dangerous world." These are lies.

    He's telling us what he could do four years ago, convincing other nations to do things we were strong and respected. "After four years, a lot of that good will a disappeared."

    "Power breeds indifference. And power without respect breeds contempt."

    We're broke, stretched thin, unpopular, and distracted from catching al Qaeda. (We've been finding them apace, with our global allies. Pay attention, Bill.)

    This man needs a rebuttal.

    "It's time for new leadership in America. It's time for a new President. Now more than ever, it is time for John Kerry."

    What is thought formed in a vacuum?

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    Give me Ed…


    Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania…

    "I thought Terry McAuliffe liked Bob Graham and liked me, but putting us after Al Sharpton… I don't know."

    He's going to talk about "energy independence."

    We're squandering the opportunity to build efficient appliances. And we're "forced to deal with tyrants and terrorists" to keep our lights on, etc.

    No kid should die for foreign oil.

    Now, I've read that JF Kerry will discuss this tomorrow.

    "We must declare our independence: Our energy independence!"

    He's setting Kerry up for tomorrow. He says Kerry has a plan.

    Kerry's going "to do whatever it takes" to pipe in as much natural gas as we need. He's going to "roll up his sleeves" to convert coal to gas.

    "Moving towards energy independence means creating new jobs!"

    Sometimes I stop and ask myself: What does any of this have to do with government in a free society? The answer is nothing, but that's not what these folks are talking about.

    Kerry's going to "boost demand for alternative sources of energy by 20-percent!" How?

    Oh, he's going to cut the federal energy bill by $14-billion dollars, by having federal workers turn off lights, etc.

    This is hypothetical and freaky.

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    Bob speaks…


    Bob Graham gets prime time. Where's the notebook?

    He said Florida "has made a difference to me. An Florida will make a huge difference for John Kerry and John Edwards." A smattering of applause followed, barely audible.

    He's voting for the two Johns, he says, because the Preamble of the Constitution calls on the government to provide for the common defense.

    A thousand days after Pearl Harbor, we had landed in Normandy, he said. A thousand days into the war on terror, he adds, we haven't even planted the beachhead.

    This is a different kind of war, Senator. Pay attention.

    As Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, he says, he saw where September 11 "should have been prevented." (He didn't say where.)

    He said the recommendations of the 9-11 Commissions were obvious, and he faulted the President for not having implementing them before they were made.

    "And ladies and gentlemen we know, Iraq did not attack the United States on September 11. It was Osama-been-forgotten…" He wants the war on terror to be solely a war of vengeance and retribution. The President is fighting also to eliminate future terror.

    Kerry and Edwards, he says, will take the war on terror "wherever it needs to be fought." They will have to get French permission first.

    Most of the crowd seems to have left.

    It must be tough to follow Sharpton in front of a crowd of drunk partisans.

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    Al speaks…


    Here's Al Sharpton. He gets prime time, while Dennis was stuck at 7:30p

    Two parts, he says.

    He's going to answer President Bush's questions to the National Urban League.

    "The only choice we have to preserve our freedom at this point in history is to elect John Kerry the President of the United States."

    He says he took part in debates with Kerry and Edwards, and he watched them, and he is "convinced that they mean what they say and say what they mean." (That's not what he said during the debates.)

    He sounded better with his old hairdo.

    "We were told that we were going to Iraq because they had weapons of mass destruction."

    Oh, if he tells us to go outside because there is danger. We get outside and say, "Reverend Al, where's the danger." He says, "Oh, no danger. We just needed some fresh air." If that happens, says Al, "I have misled you."

    "If George Bush had been President in '64, Clarence Thomas would have never got to law school."

    "The promise of America," he says… and he lists several socialist schemes. And government won't regulate our bedrooms; it'll put food on our table.

    He wants a uniform immigration policy.

    He evidently wants us to stop giving Latinos "English tests before we send them to fight in Iraq."

    DC Statehood. We're getting Iraqis the voting franchise, but the people in DC are not allowed to vote.

    He's complaining because, he says, the freed slaves never got the 40 acres and a mule promised them by Abraham Lincoln.

    He's crediting the Democrats with the civil rights act, the voting rights act, and the right to organize. "We got [these things] under a Democrat!" That is enough to warrant support the Democrats forever, he argues.

    Now, he shrieks about how sacred, bathed in precious blood, his vote is. It can't be sold, etc.

    "With all respect, Mr. President. Read my lips, our vote is not for sale!"

    He wants black kids to see him and know they don't have to deal drugs, etc.: "They can run for President of the United States."

    He lives in New York.

    And he remembers hearing Ray Charles sing America the Beautiful. He was blind, Al reminds, and he was not singing about what he'd seen. "He was singing about he believed."

    He's an exciting speaker, but he said exactly nothing relevant or meaningful.

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    Steve speaks…


    Retired Marine Lt. Colonel Steve Brozak, running for Congress from New Jersey. He volunteered to go back on duty after September 11.

    "Up until then [18-months-ago], I was a Republican! But no anymore!"

    He's complaining about deployments being extended. "Without the proper equipment to keep them safe." How hard it is with no allies. "The world looks at them with suspicion."

    This ticked him off, and he became a Democrat. "I didn't change. My beliefs didn't change. … What changed was the direction of the Republican Party."

    "The Republican Party left me behind, so I had no choice but to leave the Republican Party behind."

    "He learned that lesson the hard way, as a lieutenant in the swift boats in Vietnam."

    "This Marine will proudly follow John Kerry into battle."

    "John Kerry has a plan to win the war on terror."

    "John Kerry is someone who means what he says." (Before he is against what he says.)

    He has condemned "hollow rhetoric…" Oh, we've got it here.

    This kind of rhetoric has been used in the past. It sounds relevant to some now, perhaps, just as it sounded so in elections past.


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    Elijah speaks…


    No prophet, he, Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland spoke of the end of slavery and the struggle of his parents.

    He quoted the Bible:

    "And we are committed to restoring America's standing in the world."

    He threatened the people who would keep blacks from voting his November. The threat? They will vote! "And this time, all of our votes will be counted!" Don't screw up the ballot, making it unreadable. It's not a countable vote, Elijah.

    The greatest threat to our national security, he said, "is our failure to properly educate all of our children."

    He wants our tax code to represent "shared sacrifice."

    "Ladies and gentlemen, this is the most important election of our lives!... We will build a bridge to an America that is strong, free, and unified."

    Okay. That's it.

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    Moore Misses His Satirical (?) Movie in Crawford


    As I related several weeks ago, Michael Moore got a guy in Crawford, Texas to show his vid a stone's throw from the President's ranch. He promised to be there, but for no given reason, he has cancelled.
    News of Moore's possible appearance in Crawford had stirred an angry response from some residents who planned a pro-Bush rally on the main street, where several shops sell presidential souvenirs.


    But here's a line for you:
    Moore has said he hopes the satire of the Bush administration would help oust the president from office in the Nov. 2 election.


    Is Moore now claiming his movie is satire, or is that the interpretation of the Reuters stringer?

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    Moore Feels the Strain


    Michael Moore is being besieged with barbs from the fallacies of his film and the clueless hatred of his own statements. Could the intensity of the scrutiny have contributed to the incident described by Byron York in Wednesday's NRO.

    An excerpt:
    The right wing is not where America is at," Moore said. "Most Americans, in their heart, are liberal and progressive. It's just a small minority of people who hate. They hate. They exist in the politics of hate."

    "They're not patriots," Moore said. "They're hate-triots, and they believe in the politics of hate-triotism. Hate-triotism is where they stand, and patriotism is where real Americans stand."
    Moore, who predicted victory for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry — "It's all over but the voting," he said — warned that the Republican Party will do almost anything to keep its hold on power. "They're not going to go without a fight," he said, "and believe me, they are better fighters than we are."

    "I mean, they are up at six in the morning trying to figure out which minority group they're going to screw today," Moore continued. "The hate, they eat for breakfast. They are going to fight and they are going to smear, and they are going to lie, and they are going to hate."
    My best analysis of this is: DING DONG.


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    Blogroll Addition


    New to the A-1 Blogroll is Christopher Cross's LegalXXX. ["Not as dirty as it sounds. Just ramblings from a law student in Los Angeles who should be studying."]

    He has a good eye for stories and a great analytical pen.


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    Kerry and the Goofy Suit


    I've argued that if the in-tank vid of Dukakis from '88 damaged the Dukakis campaign, it was because he was anti-military. I said that the recent Kerry snaps (and vid), while goofy, would not have the same effect, as Kerry was never anti-NASA.

    RNC Research has discovered, though, that Kerry has been hostile to the space program during the Clinton Administration. Follow the link for his votes against such things as the International Space Station, something which combines Kerry's love for space gear with his lust for internationalism.

    The page also talks about Clinton campaign gal Mary Beth Cahill's assertion yesterday that the "someone" (RNC? Bush/Cheney? Space Aliens?) leaked the photo's to the press.

    We'll see what anti-Kerry deeds are done with the goofy photographs.

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    Kerry: 'Fuel Cells will end Terrorist Threat'


    Thursday night, JF Kerry will evidently argue that ending our dependence on Middle Eastern oil will end the threat terrorists from the region poses to our national security. Which means either he thinks that they took down the towers because we buy Saudi oil, or that if we stop purchasing such oil and just ignore the region, our problems will go away.

    Kerry propose paying the auto-makers billions of taxpayer dollars to build more fuel efficient cars and spending billions of taxpayer dollars in an attempt to find another fuel. The Kerry plan was evidently the idea of Rand Beers, a former appointed security advisor to whatever President happened to be in office at the time and a close friend of both Joe Wilson and Richard Clarke.

    According to the Boston Globe article linked above:

    Charli Coon, a senior policy analyst for energy and environmental issues at the conservative Heritage Foundation, is critical of Kerry's plan. She argues that even if all new vehicles have greater fuel efficiency, it will take many years for the current fleet on the road to be replaced.

    In the meantime, the United States will continue to need greater supplies of oil and natural gas while global competition for purchasing the fuel is rising in such countries as China. But the Kerry plan does not call for new exploration in places like Alaska and on the continental shelf surrounding the United States, where drilling is currently forbidden.

    "It plays well, and I think it's politically correct to say we are all going to be energy independent," Coon said. "But energy is a global commodity now, and I think that's naive."


    To rebut Ms. Coon, the paper talked to environmental activist.

    And the line is drawn.

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    Anti-Aborts challenge McCain-Feingold


    Wisconsin Right to Life wants to run commercials urging voters to call the offices of Wisconsin Senators Herb Kohl and Russ Fiengold, both Dems, asking them not to filibuster the President's judicial nominees. The McCain-Feingold campaign finance law forbids ads which mention candidate Feingold's name so close to an election.

    Although the Supreme Court has held McCain-Feingold to be Constitutional, the group thinks they can put it down by their challenge is actual rather than hypothetical

    Here's more from the AP.

    And here's the New York Times' version of the story. For balance, here's a better piece from the Los Angeles Times.

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    Kerry's Not the Man


    Bad news for the Democrats. In fact, this might be the worst news for them since that night in early November, 1984: they are stuck with a dud.

    This Reuters piece from the Reuters site is headlined by Reuters:Many in Boston Will Settle for Boring Over Bush.
    [S]ome [delegates] admitted to wishing another Democrat was at the top of the party's ticket to take on President Bush.

    [ . . .}
    Other Democratic voters interviewed said they would choose Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, former Vice President Al Gore, Kerry running mate John Edwards or Dean ahead of their own senator. None said Kerry was their first choice.
    Although the story did not specify, the language used ("their own Senator") leads us to believe that delegates from Massachusetts preferred Al Gore to JF Kerry.

    That's a problem.

    The nomination has not been formally voted, and the Democrats need a quick revolution.
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    ADDENDUM: Steven Taylor (PoliBlog) has a special edition Toast-O-Meter with a look at the first two nights of the convention. Check out his insight.
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    Welcome to Wictory Wednesday


    Once again, it is time to remember that the Dems have their little commercial this week. Beginning next week, we've heard, Bush/Cheney begins to fire back, and we have to be there to help.

    Click RIGHT HERE to be directed to the page where you can become a Bush Team Leader, an official part of the campaign. You can also join by donating at the campaign's SECURE SERVER.

    This effort is undersigned by WW founder PoliPundit and the entire cast of Wictory Wednesday bloggers (page down to #3).

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    PRE-FACE

    Good morning.
  • Word is that Theresa Heinz talked about herself, women, and herself as a woman; Ron Reagan talked about performing experiments on dead human embryos [text]; and Michael Jackson may have imprisoned a little boy and his family.

    I'm waiting to be introduced to JF Kerry. All that we've learned in two days is that he's no Jimmy Carter, no Hillary Clinton, no Bill Clinton, no Teddy Kennedy, no Howard Dean, and no Barack Obama. Maybe he is a Theresa Heinz or a Ron Reagan. Time will tell.


  • The big deal tonight is John Edwards. How many Americas will there be tonight, and will it be an integer?


  • The Democrats, according to the Washington Times, are ticked about that picture of JF Kerry in a "bunny suit" (their term). I've heard it said that he resembled an Oompa Loompa from the Gene Wilder Willy Wonka movie. (Here, our government provides us with the lyrics to The Oompa Loompa Song.)
    What do you get from watching the DNC?
    A pain in the neck and an IQ of three
    Why don't you try simply reading a book?
    Or can you just not bear to look?



  • Thus said Obama:
    Tonight, if you feel the same energy I do, the same urgency I do, the same passion I do, the same hopefulness I do — if we do what we must do, then I have no doubt that all across the country, from Florida to Oregon, from Washington to Maine, YAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
    Things do not look good for the Dems thus far, but it's really the last two nights which make the convention. That's if you count the running mate's speech as significant, which is arguable.


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  • 7/27/2004

     

    AFTER-WORD


  • That was fun. Speaker, after speaker, after speaker. The message was the same, and it looked like an improper brushstroke on the canvas of reality.


  • The convention got to me at about 7:15p, so I switched to C-SPAN2. Onscreen was a tape of a seated Bill Clinton thoughtfully speaking to an audience at the Club de Madrid on Monday. His voice was soft and soothing, as he spoke of how the governments of the wealthy countries must convince their people to give more money to the poorer countries. The trick, he said, was for the wealthy governments to be "clever enough" to talk their people out of their money without removing their incentive to work.

    Spoken like a true herder of livestock.


  • After Howard Dean spoke this evening, over the loud speakers came the familiar tones of "We Are Family," by Sister Sledge. It's part of this fabricated Unity Amongst Democrats thaang Shrum and the boyz are trying to spread.

    The song was the theme of the 1979 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates. Their team leader was their first baseman, Hall of Famer Willie "Pops" Stargell. I don't suppose Kerry wants to try to emulate that magic…


  • Brit Hume, host of FNC's Special Report, has been making much ado of the photograph of Kerry at NASA in a funky suit, crawling on all fours with a goofy smile on his face. "Is it the next Dukakis in a tank?" I don't think so.

    As I've said, Dukakis looked goofy with the helmet in the tank because it seemed out-of-character for the technocrat. Kerry playing astronaut is a goofy image, but that's it. It's to be expected.

    It won't hurt Kerry, and I do not buy the argument that the tank photo hurt Dukakis in a big way.



  • The Yankees beat the Blue Jays this evening, 7-4. I heard only the bottom of the ninth, during which the Jays scored two runs off Tom Gordon. But I learned that El Duque pulled something and had to leave in the 2nd inning -- probably when Howard Dean was listing States.

    It looks like the RJ deal is going nowhere, and this team needs starting pitching. Please, please not Kris Benson!


  • But now I'm listening to Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand. They call him a "Modern" composer; that's his period. He died in 1937. But do we need to divide our composers into periods? Let's have some unity here, people!
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    Barack speaks…


    Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois introduced candidate Barack Obama, the keynote speaker.

    He told his life story: grandfather a Kenyan cook for the British, his dad came to school in America…

    "They gave me an African name, Barack."

    "My story is part of the larger American story. … In no [other] country on Earth is my story even possible."

    And, he said, they're meeting to reaffirm the Declaration of Independence. Yeah, he's talking about my America. Until… "and our votes will be counted, at least most of the time." He's spoiled what was an eloquent speech with a trendy lie. That's all it is. It's hip for Dems to joke about that; it's their wink, their secret handshake.

    "People don't expect government to solve all their problems…"

    John Kerry, he says, "embodies the best that government has to offer."

    And he's criticizing the cost of war. And accusing the President of lying and of "going to war without enough troops to win the peace and earn the respect of the world."

    "Even as we speak, there are those preparing to divide us…. There is no liberal America; there is not conservative America; there is only the United States of America."

    He talked of federal agents "rooting around in our libraries." I've heard canard after canard this evening.

    But he's wowing the crowd.

    In about fifteen minutes. He had a strong voice, a good cadence, a more non-sequitur than I've heard in a long time. His personal story is wonderful, but his conclusions were based on a patchwork of nonsense.

    That's that. I'm opting out of Theresa's little talk. My mind is a little numb after listening to these mind-numbing chronological sardines, marched onto the stage seemingly at sixty-second intervals.

    But Barack Obama is now a media star and is entitled to go by one name. I wondered if it would be "Barack" or "Obama." The signs said "Obama," so that's it.

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