The Dems countered by saying that when President Bush was the managing partner of the Texas Rangers, he opposed the Wild Card. Schillings' team, of course, was a Wild Card this year, having failed to win their division.
It's also tough, I imagine, when your father was President and you aspire to the same office. Among other things, though, 41 lacked 43's certainty and backbone. And the talent of his advisors.
On a side note, C.P.E. Bach's godfather was Telemann. That means that on at the very least one occasion, J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, and Georg Philip Telemann were in the same room together. I wonder if they talked about my Pittsburgh Steelers. (They've got something going,)
Do Iraqis love the enlightened French?
Not according to Omar at Iraq the Model. He provides a translation of a signed appeal (online petition) signed by 402 Iraqis, as well as his own commentary as a preface. It asks Kofi Annan to "call on the governments of the states neighbouring [sic] Iraq as well as the French government to rectify their negative positions vis-à-vis the Iraqi people and to join the international community in the bid to help Iraq and its people defeat terrorism, realize security and democracy and rebuild their country, thereby restoring peace and security to the Middle East region, key to security and stability in the world."
It is harsh, but methinks the Iraqis are sick of the French attitude towards their liberation.
Blogging Caesar Sees Blowout
Scott Elliot, a.k.a. the Blogging Caesar, sees no nail biting after Tuesday's vote, no Electoral College ties and subsequent decisions by the House of Representatives. There is no Bush v. Kerry on the horizon from his vantage.
The popular vote, he forecasts, will be: Bush 51.9%, Kerry 46.5%.
The Electoral Vote, by his reckoning, will be: Bush 356, Kerry 182.
He breaks it down State-by-State with margins of victory and explanations on his site.
My own opinion, for all that it is worth, is that this scenario is more likely than possible, but I'll have more on that tomorrow.
RSN site: new Cox column
I've put the new column by Judson Cox, Send a Message to bin Laden, Vote Bush!, live on the web site of the Rightsided Newsletter. You can view it on the RSN site: HERE.
Also, you can read Sunday's Rightsided Newsletter, the review of the Sunday Morning talk shows, on the site: HERE. (You can also go on to subscribe, free.)
Daschle's Indian Votes
Oglala Sioux tribal Judge Marina Fast Horse signed an order preventing Republicans from observing the voting at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The U.S. attorney, James McMahon, said that Judge Fast Horse had no authority to issue the order and that anyone who tried to enforce it would be in violation of federal law.
It's a funky story, with concomitant charges that Tom Daschle's people were offering recruiters $10 per voter plus a free meal.
Remember, it has been alleged that Senator Tim Johnson defeated John Thune in 2002 by the margin of 500 dead South Dakota Sioux.
Newspaper Endorsements for October 31
Not many people vote based on whom a newspaper endorses, but such exercises in editorial advocacy are an opportunity for a paper's editorial staff to let the world know what they think. The Associated Press reports 11 endorsements made on Sunday.
Of those 11, JF Kerry managed four, with President Bush receiving the remaining seven. Of the eleven, the most notable is from the Providence Journal, Senator Linc Chafee's hometown paper. Chafee, of course, is the Republican Senator who has said that he would not vote for the President.
Chris Heinz: chip off Mama T's block
Chris Heinz, the son of the late Senator John Heinz (R-Pennsylvania) and Mama T, is acting like a true son of his Mama. According to Philadelphia magazine, as covered in the New York Post:
Heinz accused Kerry's opponents - 'our enemies' - of making the race dirty. 'We didn't start out with negative ads calling George Bush a cokehead,' he said, before adding, 'I'll do it now.' Asked later about it, Heinz said, 'I have no evidence. He never sold me anything.'And here were my first impressions of Chris from last July, in an almost teen mag sense.
(I got the Post link off Drudge.)
The Sunday Shows (review)My weekly review of the Sunday Morning talk shows for the Rightsided Newsletter has been sent to the sundry global Inboxes and is now on the web for you to read.
At the RSN web site: HERE.
The pre-election stuff comes fast and furious.
ABC's This Week with George S.
ABC's This Week this morning was a campaign commercial, and won which I've heard too many times already. ABC anchor Peter Jennings interviewed JF Kerry about the OBL vid. Now, I am not a violent man, but the desire to slap weighed heavy on my psyche. (If he is somehow elected, I will somehow have to temper this or they'll slap cuffs on me for saying it.)
Jennings opened by claiming that Republicans insist that the OBL vid will work in the President's favor this election. (I suppose some do, but none whom I've heard.)
Kerry responded: "I’m outraged." He does not think bin Laden should be a political issue.
Jennings informed him that it was his surrogates who started it, and Kerry said that he had told them not to do so.
Jennings told JF that voters favored the President by a wide margin on the issue of who could best defend the country against terrorism. Kerry rejected the polls and said he had seen different ones which favored him. (What are his people feeding him?)
Kerry said he would "fight a far more effective war against terrorism" than the President. The President "rushed us into war," he alleged. He followed with all the stuff from his campaign speeches and was certain to claim that he would not give contracts to Halliburton.
At that point, the show went off. To whom would he give these contracts? I'd like for him to list some other firms which do the work Halliburton does for their price and with their skill.
Never mind that. Kerry is hurting on the issue of terrorism, and the OBL vid has served to bring that issue further to the fore. The Kerry campaign needed a national forum in which for their candidate to blast the President and inflate his own credentials, and ABC obliged.
Bob Kerry on Meet the Press
"John Kerry and I… were changed by 9-11," Kerrey intoned. This is not was JF Kerry told the New York Times magazine, but Russert didn't push it. He did, however, suggest that Saddam Hussein would still be in power with all his weapons, etc. Kerrey said that he supported the war in
– "the right thing to do" – but he objected to our troops serving as border guards. And he added that there were now 400 tons of weapons "in the hands of terrorists." Iraq
Bob Shrum, appearing on Fox News Sunday, intimated that "we don't know what happened to those weapons."
This is a problem when you have multiple surrogates speaking for a candidate with no clear positions.
Kerry/Edwards vrs. the bogeyman
Here's John Edwards making his case:
"I saw that there's a new Osama bin Laden tape. Let me be very clear about something. Democrats, Republicans, independents, all Americans, we're united and we have a clear message for Osama bin Laden.That sounds good to voters bent on raw revenge, but holding Osama bin Laden responsible for anything will make us no safer and will most certainly not act as a deterrent to other, likeminded mutants. They believe that what they are doing is just and right.
"We're going to find you, we're going to hunt you down, and we will hold you responsible for what happened on Sept. 11," said Mr. Edwards, who spoke at the Ohio National Guard Armory where the Northwest Territory Militia was formed in 1788.
President Bush is changing the conditions in which terrorism breeds, while Kerry/Edwards is talking about running around, finding mutants, and killing them. In time for the next batch?
If they are elected and they govern as they've promised, we are in serious danger.
That is what al Jazeera exists to be.
Take the French report with a grain of salt.
One girl explains that overseas, "there really is a feeling that people think the U.S. has lost its mind." It's what they're fed. And if we add those who worry what Europe is thinking to those in the A.B.B. camp for other reasons, there's not a lot of pro-Kerry sentiment out there. But we knew that.
Many people tend to slide into the mold fashioned for them by the prevailing press, and the foreign press has molded these particular expats well.
This brings a question to my mind: Is attacking a person in a manner reminiscent of Genghis Kahn considered to be free political speech?
RSN Site: New Mina column
Michael Mina, Interim President of the Ohio Republican Assembly, is back with another of his monthly columns: Liberty vrs. Liberals.
Check it out on the RSN site: HERE.
RSN Site: New Stock Column
We've a new column by Barbara J. Stock already, Osama Speaks, as she was moved to speak out.
No, things have not gone well for Bin Laden. Things have not gone well for one reason: George W. Bush.
Read her column at the RSN site: HERE.
The Sunday Talk Shows
I shall watch them tomorrow, copy down what I see, and analyze them. I've been doing that for the Rightsided Newsletter for a frighteningly long time. Yes, but tomorrow is only my second Pre-Election Sunday RSN.
Here's what we'll have:
Meet the Press (NBC): Host Tim Russert will talk toRudy Giuliani, former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey (Dem) – and Charlie Cook, Peter Hart, and Bill McInturff.
FOX News Sunday: Host Chris Wallace chats with Governors Mike Huckabee (R-Arkansas) and Eddy Rendell (D-Pennsylvania). Then Karen Hughes will meet Bob Shrum.
Face the Nation (CBS): Host Bob Schieffer meets with Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) and his idol, Senator Joe Biden (D-Delaware). As always when these two appear together on a Sunday morning, McCain will say a few negative things about the President and Biden will dismiss Kerry as an empty intellect.
This Week (ABC): Host George Stephanopoulos talks to Bill Frist, Nancy Pelosi, Ed Gillespie, and Terence McAuliffe.
Late Edition (CNN): Host Wolfgang Blitzer has Representative Peter King (R-New York); Al Sharpton; White House Chief of Staff Andy Card with former chiefs Ken Duberstein, Leon Panetta, and John Podesta; Dick Holbrooke; former EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman (R); former Gore attorney Larry Tribe and former Bush attorney Barry Richard.
I will review and analyze the shows for Sunday's Rightsided Newsletter, to which 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.
It will arrive if your inbox shortly after it is completed early Sunday afternoon.
It's a good read, whether you missed the shows or not.
BC04 Drops Tune
BC04 had been using the old
"I'm not just some guy that's stoned out and happened to write a song, and even if I were, it would still be a problem, because you should always ask permission to use the work," Hall said.Yeah, man, like, you know.
But they were pretty hot for a while, pumping out workable pop tunes. Hall wrote Still the One, ironically, for a wife he divorced.
Man, like, you know.
I'm not sure what had come over me when I wrote the above. The song was Still the One. CNN accurately reported that it was written by John Hall of the band Orleans. I saw "Hall" and thought Hall & Oates.
The David Kilmer who points out my error in the comments on this post is my brother, who will be a non-stereotypical A.B.B. voter.
No Leukemia for Arafat
Word from Paris is that PLO chairman Yasser Arafat does not have leukemia. They won't say what is wrong with the mutant, though.
Perhaps the baby killing has caught up with him after all these years of murderous cavorting.
Anti-Kerry Rally nixed
There was to be an anti-Kerry rally on the Capitol Steps Sunday at 2p, at which there was to be an announcement concerning JF Kerry's alleged initial Dishonorable Discharge from the Navy. He supposedly received the boot dishonorably for meeting with the Viet Cong in Paris. However, on The Pajamahadeen blog comes word that the rally "has been called off by a 'higher authority.'" Here is the announcement from SwiftVets.com, written by the same "Navy Chief" whom I reported yesterday as having said: "Yes, Kerry did receive an Other Than Honorable Discharge." This message was then removed by this NavyChief from the SwiftVets board.
They are discussing their options on the SwiftVets bb.
If there is clear and convincing proof – undisputable – that Kerry was tossed out dishonorably we'll see it. If there are any holes, they've be best keeping quiet. If the rally was called off by BC04, we have coordination.
Shouldn't 60 Minutes be all over this story? It's a much bigger story than whether or not some guard commanders were soft on a lieutenant.
As I was going to the place to post this, I noted a headline with had a Newsweek poll, post-OBL vid, leading JF by 6 points. Polls is polls.
Polls is Polls: a year ago today
With a tip of the hat to Taegan Goddard, one year ago today (October 29, 2000), Governor George Bush led Vice President Al Gore by seven points in the Gallup Poll: 49-percent to 42-percent.
Of course, the polls last time do not apply to election. The last election was not entirely an election on Bill Clinton, as Gore wisely ran away from him. In this election, it is a referendum of two versions of President Bush, the President and the media-generated image of the man.
Al Jazeera and the Election
Dr. Rusty Shackleford at The Jawa Report draws a stinging indictment of the Arab press in general and Al Jazeera in particular for spreading the story which instigates mutants.
I concur, of course.
New Reuters/Zogby 3-Day
The new Reuters/Zogby 3-day tracking poll does not show a clear surge of momentum for JF Kerry, but he has snagged a 1-point lead, 47 to 46-percent amongst likely voters. They were tied at 47 yesterday.
The poll showed Kerry leading the newly registered voters, 48-41, a figure I find interesting because a lot of the "conventional wisdom" holding that almost all new voters had been registered in an Anybody But Bush frenzy.
They haven't. Chief Justice Rehnquist's illness has put an exclamation point behind what we already knew: octogenarians do not live forever. The "Rivers of Blood" guy is probably a punk talking trash, more at home in an Emminem vid than in the caves of Pakistan or Afghanistan. Bin Laden looked pathetic, and it might be worth mounting a major offensive just to get rid of that loathsome person once and for all. It won't affect the war on terror, though.
If anything, the vids help the President. Most American voters do not want to be seen as part of a giant, European wuss, scurrying behind the counter when we the terrorist talk or act trash. Kerry's plan to combat terror, if such it can be called, is singularly unimaginative and ineffective. "Hunt 'em down and kill 'em" is yesterday's solution to last week's problems, and the American people know this.
The Daschle boyz counter that the poll sucks – showing even Larry Diedrich to be leading a comely Stephanie Herseth in the State's House race – and busing the lawyers and lobbyists into town is standard procedure.
Reuter's thinks it's too close to call.
Labor Department models have Bush winning
Jason Smith at Blogs for Bush tells of some staff at the Labor Department have run some models which show the President winning by more than the polls indicate.
The report says Bush's win of the popular vote could be 57.5 percent, 55.7 percent or 51.2 percent.Hey, it's a decent thought. Kerry reached his maximum threshold of support weeks ago, and the only real swing left is toward the President.
Kerry says he's going to track down and kill Osama bin Laden "and all the terrorists." Bin Laden is yesterday's news. The man we saw in the vid this afternoon acted more like a professor than a chief jihadist. He has been castrated.
How will he find the time and moneyto socialize health care if he's going to put a serious effort capturing and killing "all the terrorists" one-by-one. As new mutants are produced, and we go on the Kerry-go-round?
Osama, "Rivers of Blood" guy…
A former Navy Secretary: "Yes, Kerry did receive an Other Than Honorable Discharge".
This was posted at SwiftVets.com, but it has since become: "Content removed at the request of the author."
This is probably just Internet chatter, but if there is proof and someone knows, we may learn about it, probably, on Sunday or Monday.
Bin Laden Vid
Osama bin Laden is evidently not dead, what with a new Al Jazeera vid in which he talks about relatively recent events.
No one is using this politically, but OBL backs one of Kerry's points: Bush is stupid and slow to repair. The 9-11 attacks, he said on the vid, would have been less severe had President Bush been more alert.
Oh, the White House will respond. BC04 will not.
Pentagon Press Conference
At about lunchtime, the Pentagon held a press conference indicating that they had removed some 200 pounds of munitions from the al-Qaqaa weapons facility in Iraq on April 13, 2003. They weren’t sure whether any of the IAEA reported explosives were removed.
Meanwhile, KTSP-TV in Minneapolis has found vid shot on April 18 of that year – one barrel labeled "al-Qaqass" – showing sealed buckets of explosives.
This allows Kerry to keep blasting away, and it would be a good thing if he does. He's hyperbolized an inconclusive situation, which the President could use to speak to Kerry's fitness to be President.
I'm still doing the thaang with the new machine. Now, it's down to the old one refusing to recognize a USB cable through the XP safety garbage.
RSN site: new Christopher G. Adamo column
In a rare event, Christopher G. Adamo is back with his second column in as many days for the Rightsided Newsletter web site. You can read his Time to Follow Kerry’s Lead? on the RSN site: HERE.
I might be gone for a space whilst I hook up the new machine and do all that stuff. A few hours.
RSN site: new Darr column
The new column by Justin Darr, Laziness is not Disenfranchisement, is now live on the Rightsided Newsletter web site; you can read it: HERE.
RSN site: New Stock column
The new column by Barbara J. Stock, The Death of the Democratic Party, is now live on the web site of the Rightsided Newsletter,.
You can read her column: HERE.
PRE-FACEHey, good morning!
The paper also lambastes Biden for lifting a speech word-for-word from then-British Prime Minister Neil Kinnock during his abortive 1988 run for the Dem Presidential nomination.
Dick Holbrooke then would go to a special Middle East post, says the paper.
Biden is not a team player and has publicly hinted that Kerry hasn't a clue in matters of foreign policy.
Says Dr. Taylor: "[I]f the so-called “security moms” do, in fact, exist, then it will be Bush for four more years."
It sounds like a really impressive operation they pulled off, despite the obvious moral problems.What is immoral to the Russians, of course, is getting caught. That's a marked improvement on the Soviet times, when it really didn't matter if they were detected doing nastiness or not.
La. Could Decide Party Control of Senate in December.Helen Dewar's story is not yet on the page underneath.
I think the South Dakota race will determine control of the Senate, in more ways than one. Like Louisiana, it's a Dem controlled seat and a possible GOP pickup.
Tomorrow, my new machine will be delivered, which will eliminate my last excuse. I'll have to take the leap and begin doing this blog with other software. I'm going to need help and advice, and Erickson will probably charge me $500/hour. (Kidding, Erick!)
A Rock Concert
I was AFTK this evening, as my wife dragged me to a rock concert. I hadn't been to one of those since Genesis did their Invisible Touch tour. (I saw that show in Pittsburgh's old Three Rivers Stadium, which has since burned down, fell over, and sunk into the swamp.)
Tonight's fare was a band my wife has liked for some time, a Christian Alternative band called Jars of Clay. It was a great show, and I needed a few hours away from 3-day trackings and Uncle Eddy Rendell telling us that Pennsylvania's overseas soldiers can vote on the Internet. (They can't, and I'll have more on this tomorrow.)
I'm prepared for the post-Bush victory riots, when the ABB crowd ravages the countryside in a manner reminiscent of Genghis Kahn.
According to the Zog-man, it's all tied in 9 States: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. That's almost half (126) of the 270 electoral votes needed for victory. And as Charlie Cook wrote Tuesday: "Anybody lucky enough to pick the precise outcome of the last half-dozen or so states in this election shouldn't be wasting their time on politics -- they should be playing the Powerball lottery."
The next drawing is Saturday, if you're up for it.
Thursday's says Bush by two, 48-46. "Statistical dead heat," yes, "within the margin."
Says Zogby: "It's close, it's close, it's close."
They're tied against Catholics, Zogby adds. This makes sense. JF is the second Roman Catholic to make it this far, and he is the first specifically anti-Catholic Catholic candidate to be a major Party nominee.
Daschle gets DSCC help
Tom Daschle asked the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) to run commercials for him in South Dakota despite having previously asked them to stay away and pledging to the people of South Dakota that he would not accept outside help.
DSCC spokesperson Brad Woodhouse explained that Daschle opponent "John Thune changed the rules of the game when he started attacking Tom Daschle's wife." (Daschle's wife Linda is a paid lobbyist for the airline industry.)
The truth is, Tom Daschle is in the middle of a difficult campaign against Thune in a Republican State fiercely loyal to a Republican President in an extremely contentious Presidential election. He wants millions of South Dakota Republicans who vote for the President to stop, switch sides, and decide to vote for the man who is often seen as the President's most effective opponent.
His mistake was not understanding that he would need all the help he could find.
New Sterrett column
The new column by Isaiah Z. Sterrett, Bush wins Election—If Kerry Doesn't Cheat, is now live on the web site of the Rightsided Newsletter. You can read his column on the RSN site: HERE.
American will re-elect Bush
That's what Jim Geraghty of NRO's "The Kerry Spot" took from an interview with a "longtime GOP operative."
The thesis is that Truman was not fighting to win the Korean War in 1952, so the American people let him know to opt out of the race. They elected General Eisenhower. In '72, they selected President Nixon over the peacenik candidate, George McGovern. He saw 1984 as a race between President Reagan the cold warrior and Fritz the co-existing Mondale.
This year, the guru said, the race is between commander in chief President Bush and international crime-fighter JK Kerry.
"Remember Reagan's farewell letter. He never lost faith in the American people."
Unfortunately, if the press is to be believed, it might be time to lose faith in half of them. The powers of division seized Bill Clinton and used him to push it to the max.
This is an unconventional election, and relying on conventional models is inappropriate; however, the American people did put aside politics for a moment when we were attacked on 9-11, suggested that there is a core Americanism which transcends the day-in-hand. Perhaps that's what Geraghty's "Obi Wan" was observing.
PoliAnnotation Quote of the Morning
Boston Red Sox Ace Curt Schilling speaking this morning to host Charlie Gibson on ABC's Good Morning America:
"And make sure you tell everybody to vote, and vote Bush next week."I hope someone asks Joe Lockhart to comment.
RSN Site: New Adamo column
The new column by Christopher G. Adamo, Fallout from a Kerry Presidency, is now live on the web site of the Rightsided Newsletter, and you can read it on the RSN site: HERE.
On Monday, I asked of the explosives: "Where are they? Syria?"
"The Russians brought in, just before the war got started, a whole series of military units," Mr. [deputy undersecretary of defense for international technology security John] Shaw said. "Their main job was to shred all evidence of any of the contractual arrangements they had with the Iraqis. The others were transportation units."Wrong war, wrong place, wrong time, simply 'cos the Russians weren't ready.
Of course, this can be dismissed as the pet theory of a member of the Bush Administration.
"The French and Germans are not going to send troops [to Iraq]. Equally any British government would have to work with Washington and much of the policy will stay the same anyway."So Britain is counting on Kerry being a liar; or, rather, the recognize confidently that he is lying.
[T]he group might eventually tackle the question of whether babies should have priority over the elderly in receiving the flu vaccine, or vice versa. Another question the panel might have to decide is whether, in the event of a pandemic, members of crucial professions - perhaps even undertakers - should receive priority.This is insane. The federal government has no moral or Constitutional role in distributing vaccine let alone determining the ethics thereof. There are natural mechanisms for such decisions if they are allowed freely to operate. Interference is an ethical dilemma unto itself.
Boston is legit. Good job, Sox.
Which is something, for a violinist.
ABC's Terror Tape
Matt Drudge has ABC News sitting on a tape from terrorists warning us that our streets are going to be filled with blood and we'll be too busy working on the body count to mourn.
Further claims: America has brought this on itself for electing George Bush who has made war on Islam by destroying the Taliban and making war on Al Qaeda.It is unclear if the terrorists made this tape for the eventuality that the President is reelected next Tuesday, or if this was a general threat and they would kill us all for having elected him even if Kerry were to have won. (It is said to have been made in the past few months.)
ABC is trying to authenticate the tape, Drudge reports, and the CIA is analyzing it. ABC says the fact that they're sitting on the tape has nothing to do with the upcoming election.
Visit the linked Drudge for more details. And more info as he gets it, I assume.
Top 3 Stories on NYTIMES.com
According to their e-mail listing ten, these are the three "Most Read Articles on NYTimes.com over the last two weeks":
1. Without a Doubt
By RON SUSKIND, Published Oct. 17
2. Huge Cache of Explosives Vanished From Site in Iraq
By JAMES GLANZ, WILLIAM J. BROAD and DAVID E. SANGER, Published Oct. 25
3. Editorial: John Kerry for President
Published Oct. 17
All three pieces are anti-Bush articles with documentable mistruths. They failed the global test.
New Redman Column
The new column by Bob Redman, Kerry's Lies Don't Matter, is now live on the web site of the Rightsided Newsletter. The title does have a proviso: "To the 45 and more millions of people who are going to vote for him on Tuesday."
Read his column on the RSN site: HERE.
Quinippiac: Battleground State of New Jersey
The new Quinnipiac University poll for the battleground State of New Jersey (15 ev) shows the President and JF Kerry tied with 46-percent of the vote. (Last week, JF led 49-45.)
Polls is polls, and State polls are problematic. But I'm writing of the battleground State of New Jersey. Al Gore won the State by 16-percent in 2000.
New Hagin Column
The new column by Doug Hagin, "Election Day--VOTE!", is now live on the web site of the Rightsided Newsletter.
You can check it out on the RSN site: HERE.
Iraqis on our Election
Iranian reporter Borzou Daragahi has sold a piece to the Washington Times which purports to give the Iraqis take on Tuesday's election. For the Times, he writes about the Iraqi resistance's Anti-Bush sentiment and their attacks calculated to influence the direction of our election. An Iraqi professor , Mohammad Amin Bashar, even has so pro-Kerry words, saying that the Dem will bring in the U.N. and make everything alright.
Iranian reporter Borzou Daraghi has sold a piece to the San Francisco Chronicle which uses material from his Times story and some new material to make the point that opinion in Iraq about the U.S. election is mixed, and some foreigners in the Iraqi resistance would like for Bush to win for recruiting purposes.
Iranian reporter Borzou Daraghi has a web site: Borzou.com. These two stories show us that one can distort something either which way with a little nuance.
"President Silent About Missing Explosives"
That's what JF Kerry says. The world's at danger, incompetence, silence, alien beings to land on Earth any day now.
The New York Times story has been duly refuted, shown to be a false campaign commercial, a lie on behalf of a crawling candidacy. But as Kerry pulls whatever he can from his nethermost cavity, his chief foreign policy advisor, Dick Holbrooke, says he doesn't know.
Bill Kristol writes:
[T]he Kerry campaign admits that the information that is the basis of Senator Kerry's statements and his campaign advertisement may not even be true. Pressed on Tuesday afternoon about the accuracy of the allegations on Fox's Big Story with John Gibson, Richard Holbrooke, a senior adviser to the Kerry campaign, said: "You don't know the truth and I don't know the truth." He later underscored this point: "I don't know the truth."But JF talks as if he does, as if the President's incompetence is killing U.S. soldiers.
What of it? It speaks miles about the state of the race in the minds of the two candidates. Kerry's campaigning on what he knows to be a lie, while President Bush going positive with a new ad: Whatever it Takes.
IT's… Wictory Wednesday
This is the final pre-election Wictory Wednesday. The W has been for W.
The President is running a positive commercial, while Kerry is complaining of a mess, incompetence, and silence.
There is hope. Let's for now dispense with the nay-saying and the nay-sayers. JF can return to being the mediocre junior Senator from a small, liberal State, distinguished by nothing. We'll soon be able to forget about him and resume where we were before the campaign, ignoring him.
And President Bush has his work cut out for him in the coming term. Godspeed, Mr. President.
Although you can no longer donate directly to the Bush campaign, you can contribute to the Republican National Committee HERE. This will be used for the cause of reelecting the President.
And click HERE (page down to #3) for a list of participating Wictory Wednesday bloggers.
If a candidate does not get 270, it goes to the House. If any liberal Republican Representative were to do the unthinkable and vote for JF, he would not only be expelled from the caucus, but the Republicans – in the majority – would find a way to have him removed from the House altogether. (At least they would try.)
April 10, 2003, only three weeks into the war, NBC News was embedded with troops from the Army’s 101st Airborne as they temporarily take over the Al-Qaqaa weapons installation south of Baghdad. But these troops never found the nearly 380 tons of some of the most powerful conventional explosives, called HMX and RDX, which is now missing. The U.S. troops did find large stockpiles of more conventional weapons, but no HMX or RDX, so powerful less than a pound brought down Pan Am 103 in 1988, and can be used to trigger a nuclear weapon.Kerry says: "Bush was silent." What would Kerry have had him say? I suggest: "When the facts don't fit the model JF Kerry needs to be elected, he or his crew either deny and contradict them or simply invent new ones." Kerry's crew includes the New York Times.
As has been said, JF "has the wrong strategy for the wrong country, at the wrong time."
Where are they? Syria? Disappeared.He's not going to let this one go. Once it is in the public's head, he can simply say that it's no matter when the material was there. "The simple fact is that this Administration did not send enough..."
Are they certain that they are certain that Saddam had no WMD?
I think Kerry's mumbling about General Shinseki again.
Hopefully, he'll be off the stage by the 1st of the year.
Here's a press release from 377 Vietnam Special Forces vets demanding that Kerry do just that: sign the form and let us see what is hidden in his records.
They won't budge JF, but could some of this be ready to leak as an "October Surprise"?
Sometime between Oct. 12 and Oct. 16 unknown suspects vandalized a large Bush/Cheney campaign sign posted in the 700 block of McCray Street, spraying vulgarities denouncing the president, according to a Hollister police report.In a manner reminiscent of Genghis Kahn.
So in daddy's mind, it's criminal for his daughter to get caught trying to lip-synch, but it is standard procedure to shoot her full of steroids.
I like it, but now that I think of it, it shows just how musically out of touch I am. What kind of music does this Ashlee Simpson perform? I think I'll purchase one of her CDs and a bottle of Nexium.
Ralph's Dead in Oh-i-o
The SCOTUS Tuesday turned down Ralph's request to have his name placed on the Presidential ballot in Ohio. The Court had not comment, and far be it from me to offer mine.
RSN Site: New Cox Column
Columnist Judson Cox's new op/ed, Clear Choices, is now live on the Rightsided Newsletter web site. He voted in North Carolina's election last week, and he explains why he voted as he did.
Read the column on the RSN site: HERE.
PoliAnnotation Quote of the Hour
This is political analyst Charlie Cook from Tuesday's "Off to the Races" e-mail column:
Having gone through all of that, I still think it is a fool's errand to try to out-smart the Electoral College. If the margin on Election Day is more than one percentage point, then the electoral vote will follow the popular vote. But if the margin is less than a point, then it means that there are a bunch of states, roughly a half-dozen, that will be basically tied, and no poll, particularly given the lousy quality of most state-level, news media-sponsored polls, can tell you who will win those.
Five states were decided in 2000 by a half-percentage point or less. No poll can tell you who will win those. No poll could tell you who was going to win Florida, which Bush won by 537 votes, or New Mexico, which Gore carried by 366 votes. Anybody lucky enough to pick the precise outcome of the last half-dozen or so states in this election shouldn't be wasting their time on politics -- they should be playing the Powerball lottery.
JF Kerry will win Massachusetts (12). The President will win Texas (34). Europe (0) doesn't get a vote.
The President's National Guard Records
As we near the election without the release of JF Kerry's complete Navy records, we're left with a lot of questions. One is: Was his honorable discharge held until after President Carter declared an amnesty, thus letting him off the hook for having protested the war and met with the enemy while still technically in uniform? We'll probably never know.
AP has uncovered some new Bush docs, which prove, they say, that he was not a deserter and not A.W.O.L. They're left with scads of questions, they tell us, including:
Why did Bush's commanders apparently tolerate his lapses in training and approve his honorable discharge?But wait. These are not new documents. These are the same docs being mentioned again.
Kerry refuses to sign a Form 180, which would allow the release of all his documents. And why doesn't he release the minutes of his V.C. meetings? What about the certificates he received with the medals of which he disposed?
They are curious as to why the President received an honorable discharge when we don't even know how they discharged Kerry when his term was up.
The Original "Vote or Die"
Sean "Puff Daddy" Comes, or P Diddy, is doing his "Vote or Die" thaang Tuesday at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.
I bring this up only because "Vote or Die" is not a slogan that initiated with Comes or P. Diddy or whatever. It originated with a Comedy Central skit for their coverage of the 1992 Republican National Convention.
This memory is a dozen years old.
It opened in a classroom, with a civics teacher and some rebellious students. He was teaching the kids about voting. The first one said, "It sucks." The second said, "It blows." The third added, "It bites." The teacher introduces Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute. Norm's wearing a leather jacket, and he talks to the kids about voting.
The first kid said, "It sucks." The second said, "It blows." The third said, "The American Enterprise Institute bites."
I cannot recall how it transpired, but the third kid leaves. Ornstein follows him outside, call his name, then tosses the kid his keys. Very dramatic, like passing the torch to a new generation of voters.
"Vote or die." It was a send-up of MTV's fledgling "Choose or Lose."
In 1996, we did a "Vote or Die" with the old Prodigy Comedy Connection. We got the name from the skit described above.
As clever and creative as Puffy[*] has been, this one is not his.
[*] - Whatever.
Bush, Kerry, and Mistake Admission
JF Kerry tells voters in Wisconsin that President Bush won't 'fess-up when he's wrong.
President Bush tells ABC's Charlie Gibson that he was wrong to use the word "crusade" to describe the war against terror.
Has anyone heard Kerry admit an error other than voting to authorize the invasion of Iraq? He did later amend himself to say that his vote was not an error; rather, his error was in trusting President Bush to get an okay from the U.N. Security Council (read: France), which the President did get in U.N. Resolution 1441.
PoliAnnotation Quote of the Hour
Retired four-star Air Force General Tony McPeak, speaking of JF Kerry in Exeter, New Hampshire, on a cell-phone to the Exter News-Letter. He had called them unsolicited. Here he is, addressing allegations that Kerry is unfit to be commander in chief:
"I resent them saying that about a man who served his country first in combat in Vietnam, and then served it again in the antiwar movement.We'll all remember the tremendous sacrifices made by Lieutenant Kerry in protesting the war, labeling his fellow soldiers monsters, and consorting with the Viet Cong.
General McPeak, do your country proud and shut your mouth. Quit embarrassing yourself. Please.
The President and Civil Unions
Interviewed by ABC's Charlie Gibson recently, the President said – according to the New York Times' copy of the transcript:
In an interview on Sunday with Charles Gibson, an anchor of "Good Morning America" on ABC, Mr. Bush said, "I don't think we should deny people rights to a civil union, a legal arrangement, if that's what a state chooses to do so." ABC, which broadcast part of the interview on Monday, is to broadcast the part about civil unions on Tuesday.The paper stresses the President's opposition to a plank in the platform, and Gibson was careful to be clear about it, but the bigger story, I think, is his position itself.
According to an ABC transcript, Mr. Gibson then noted to Mr. Bush that the Republican Party platform opposed civil unions.
"Well, I don't," Mr. Bush replied.
He added: "I view the definition of marriage different from legal arrangements that enable people to have rights. And I strongly believe that marriage ought to be defined as between a union between a man and a woman. Now, having said that, states ought to be able to have the right to pass laws that enable people to be able to have rights like others."
It is what I support, but I fear some homosexuals – either to oppose Bush or because the "smell blood" on the issue – will now hold out for "marriage" in a fit of "Call it 'marriage' or get the hook!"
JF Kerry on the Yankees
JF Kerry answered a few sports questions for ESPN.com. One of them deal with preventing Pedro Martinez from signing with the New York Yankees by Executive order. Kerry's answer:
I'd consider an executive order that abolishes the Yankees. We'll have to set up some very strict regulations with respect to Yankee behavior. I think the Red Sox may take care of it. I think there may be an A-Rod backlash this year. I think there may be a reverse curse here.And perhaps we'll see a Yankees Fan backlash in a week.
Call the cops.
Five-percent of the women surveyed selected abortion as their top issue, with that group splitting, 67.5-percent to 27.6-percent, in favor of the President.
It seems more women, according to that survey, adamantly oppose the practice than rabidly support it.
But like with Wagner, I can say: "Good music from a detestable human being."
The Flu Vaccine Crisis
Russell Roberts at Café Hayek found an AP story with a possible explanation for the flu vaccine crisis:
The heart of the problem, experts say, may be that no one person or agency is truly in charge of making sure that the United States has an adequate vaccine supply.So: if there's a problem anywhere in the mechanisms of the United States, it is because the government has not set up proper supervision. Right? Wrong?
With the guys at the Café, the problem is that there is no proper incentive for those in the private sector to do it themselves. Let someone make a few bucks from the process, and everyone would have their vaccine. Plus it would doubtlessly be less expensive.
A lot of people have been criticized for speaking as if government is the enemy, but it's often difficult not to do so.
I would like to have my flu vaccine.
Arnold busts on wife's Uncle Ted
Here's the governor of California:
"My kids just brought home a beautiful pumpkin, but you know what? I'm going to return it because it's a Democratic pumpkin. It has the orange color of John Kerry's tan, and the roundness of Teddy Kennedy," said the Republican governor [Arnold Schwarzenegger].Another two weeks, Maria?
In search of uncertainty in these uncertain times, I note that PoliPundit tells us that since the RealClear average of polls has shown the President at about +3 consistently since the last debate, "this race is over."
Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania. Hawaii, Iowa, West Virginia.
On second thought, I dig the certainty.
I saw this first from Steven Taylor at PoliBlog, and I don't know if it will work out as well here, but we'll try it. If you have been kind enough to link to this little blog, or if you would do so, let me know and I shall reciprocate. Whatever you've got, link to me and give me the URL – in e-mail or in the comments – and I'll link to you. (If it violates the canon of human decency, or some such, then forget it.)
350 Tons of Explosives Floating in Iraq
The story is an old introduced to the public in time for next Tuesday's elections: 350 tons of explosive are gone from a depot in Iraq. The London Daily Telegraph tells us that the material "looted from the al-Qaqaa base near Baghdad after Saddam was toppled by US-led forces and it is feared they could now be in the hands of Iraqi insurgents."
Where are they? Syria? Disappeared.
Are they certain that they are certain that Saddam had no WMD?
I think Kerry's mumbling about General Shinseki again.
Clinton speaks in Philly
Pardon the rhetoric, but dragged from his deathbed and propped up in front of a microphone, former President Bill Clinton was used by the Kerry campaign to appeal to inner-city Democrat black voters, whose turnout is crucial to JF:
Mr Clinton, who has been warned by doctors not to exert himself too much after his surgery, looked well as he walked out onto the stage in the biggest city in Pennsylvania, which is one of the key swing states that will settle the November 2 poll.One could ask, "Was that Clinton or the meds talking?"
His first words on stage were "If this is not good for my heart I don't know what is."
Mr Clinton said: "From time to time, I was called the comeback kid. Well in eight days, John Kerry is going to make America the comeback country."
He said that in four years of a Bush White House, 70,000 jobs had been lost in Philadelphia compared to a growth of 200,000 jobs when the "last fella was president: me".
Seriously, though, Clinton cannot hurt Dem turnout.
No Meetings? Time for Nuance.
Okay, we have 1,200 words in the Washington Times in which there is word that JF Kerry did not meet "with the entire Security Council, and we spent a couple of hours talking" before the vote on 1441 in October of 2002. The paper found that, as far as is recalled, Kerry met with the ambassadors from France, Singapore, and Cameroon. He did not meet with the ambassadors from Bulgaria, Columbia, and Mexico. The U.N. has no record of the U.N.S.C. sitting down with JF. Some ambassadors don't recall having ever met him.
JF Kerry is a liar. If he told the truth about his mother's dying words, she told him: "Integrity, integrity, integrity." He's built much of his campaign around "BUSH LIED," and he's stated as a matter of fact that his Presidency would be remembered for telling "truth to the American people."
The campaign now is dismissing the story as nothing, which must be done until it gains traction. When it grows wings, it's time to nuance. Kerry can say that he met with and talked to representative ambassadors, which is more than President Bush did. Kerry can say he tried to be a constructive part of the process, and the details are not as relevant as the substance. And Kerry can say: "Do you want to talk about being straight with the American people? Where are the weapons of mass destruction?" (Bob Shrum used that line frequently on Sunday morning.)
"Karl Rove... uuuuuhhhh... Halliburton!"
Put this story in the hands of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, though, and you have Kerry going behind his country's back and attempting to conduct bilateral diplomacy with France then lying about it and calling it multilateral talks with the entire security council. And they ought to be able to get an ad out of it.
From this end: When the facts don't fit the model JF Kerry needs to be elected, he or his crew either deny and contradict them or simply invent new ones.
Chief Justice Rehnquist is Cancerous
Mr. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, 80, spent the weekend in Bethesda Naval Hospital, Maryland, treated for thyroid cancer. He'll be back on the Court next month, we're told.
For what this means, read his dissent in the 1972 Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade. JF Kerry could replace the man with another Stephen Breyer.
The stakes are high. Kerry can tell voters that Bush would nominate people who would take away the Constitutional right -- which he, in the first debate, equated with the First Amendment -- to abort. Bush, on the other hand, can invoke the radical agenda of abortion at all times and for whatever reasons. On demand. Partial birth. Abortion mills. There are a lot of almost unthinkable but very real images which he can use.
If anything, this will help the President, but he should use it only if Kerry tries it first.
Reuters/Zogby 3-Day: Bush by Three
George W. Bush - 48%
JF Kerry - 45%
Dunno/Don't Care – 5%
But, we're reminded, Bush held a 3-point lead over Al Gore at his stage in 2000. Of course, Gore soon introduced his last-second "DUI" story to erase that. What does Kerry have?
The poll also showed the President up by twelve with Indies.
I'll look at this story later. Offhand, it looks like Kerry should be able to nuance this one.
The Red Sox have baseball's second highest payroll, though. What of them?
Although flippant and tasteless, his closing comments were intended as an ironic joke, not as a call to action - an intention he believed regular readers of his humorous column would understand.There are some things about which humor is not possible, and Presidential assassination is one of them.
I suggested yesterday that Brooker would not be allowed into the United States for quite a while. I hope this is the case. This stuff is serious. But there are no secret service agents in the United Kingdom, except for Her Majesty's variety.
As I reported in an earlier post, Joe Biden told This Week host George Stephanopoulos not only that he would not say that he thought Kerry would win, but also that he would serve as President Bush's Secretary of State in the President's second term. (The State Dept. comment, to be fair, was in response to a goofy question from Steph.)
My word: If Bush wins Michigan, put a fork in the Dem.
With some, it would work better than "boo."
Once all the linkage has been established, we can pat ourselves on the back for a job well done.
It looks like it'll be a good system.
And I hated the music at the time.
Bush vrs. Kerry on Terror
"Whether or not we can be ever fully safe is up [from terrorists] -- you know, is up in the air. I would hope we could make it a lot more safe by staying on the offensive," he said.
"George W. Bush doubts whether he can make America safe. Well, I give you this pledge: As president, we will find, capture and kill the terrorists. It's not 'up in the air.' We will win the war on terror, and we will make America safer," Kerry said in a statement issued from Boca Raton, Fla.
The two men have fundamentally different views of the terror problem. Kerry sees this as a problem solved with police action, while the President acknowledges a war.
Kerry wants to hunt down individual terrorists after they've acted and punish them with death. More terrorists will replace them, of course, and Kerry will have to keep finding them and killing them. (Unless he thinks death will be a deterrent to the terrorists, which it clearly will not be. Death is of no moment to them.)
With Kerry's process of finding terrorists and killing them, we have a never-ending cycle and we will never truly be safe.
President Bush, on the other hand, wants to eliminate terrorists and its cause. It is a concept Kerry has shown a striking inability to grasp. That new resentments could breed a new terrorists is more a probability than a possibility, thus there will always be a risk of something.
This is precisely why Kerry is unfit to be our President.
Two things I Heard
Howie talked to Bob Schieffer, and they played the clip of the President at the third debate: "In all due respect, I'm not so sure it's credible to quote leading news organizations about -- oh, never mind."
Howie asked Bob if he thought the President were "trying to stick it to CBS News." Schieffer smiled with a twinkle and said: "I suspect he was."
What went unsaid in this exchange, was that CBS News had perpetrated a fraud designed to hinder the man's reelection and he showed the grace to be able to tease them as if it had been a minor affront.
He might be going with the RealClear number, which Fox uses, giving the State to JF Kerry. Their average, though, puts Kerry up by 3.4%, which is within all of the margins used. (Which, I know, do not equal an aggregate margin of error.)
A lot of this, I think, will depend on how effectively Bill Clinton can get out the Democrat black vote in Philadelphia, which is similar to what Kerry is trying with Al Gore speaking to black churches in Florida. It's this kind of class/race "warfare" in which Bob Shrum made his name.
The President wins Florida, of course, but we'll see who wins the lawsuit.
Breyer Admits Bias
Justice Stephen Breyer, part of the Court's minority in Bush v. Gore has tacitly admitted to an audience at the Stanford U. school of law that he voted to continue the umpteenth recount in Florida because he was appointed by Democrat Bill Clinton.
"I had to ask myself would I vote the same way if the names were reversed," Breyer said Saturday at Stanford University Law School. "I said 'yes.' But I'll never know for sure -- because people are great self-kidders -- if I reached the truthful answer."He was speaking for himself alone, I hope. He could be admitting bias in an attempt to project a similar flaw onto the Court's majority.
I hope he's ready for the case of Kerry vrs. All of Them Damn People.
Yesterday's Stars for Kerry
Matt Drudge has Rosie joining Cher in speaking to air. For the benefit of Mr. Kerry:
"You know, there's only like, you know, maybe 38 of us here and maybe we can just like tap a keg and put on some disco, and totally party," O'Donnell deadpanned.She praised the Global Test and intimated that the President had "never passed one."
I'll pass. Everyone else seems to have.
McCain and Biden on ABC's This Week
Picking up where the Rightsided Newsletter left off, host George Stephanopoulos had on as guests two men whom he called the "two straightest talkers in the Senate: John McCain and Joseph Biden." (Biden is, it often seems, McCain's foreign policy guru.)
Steph brought up the Veep's Saturday comments regarding the Soviet Union still existing if Kerry had been President, Saddam still being in Kuwait if Kerry had been President: "I can't believe that you [McCain] would still be friends with Senator Kerry if these charges were true."
McCain fumbled a bit with inaccurate charges being leveled on both sides, but Steph was persistent. He wanted McCain to refute those two specific charges, and he pressed. Finally, McCain said, vaguely, that he wasn't sure but he "couldn't imagine" the USSR still existing if Kerry had been President, but that he didn't know. As for Saddam still being in Kuwait, McCain answered that Kerry had voted against the war to remove him.
Steph asked Joe Biden about Kerry's charge that the President would simply have to institute the draft to do what he wanted to do. Biden said it was either that, or change the policies, "reach out" to foreign governments.
"In four years," Biden said, if we had the same policies and problems, "something has to give." So he's putting his hypothetical draft at least four years in the future. He then argued that the Administration was "divorced from reality" and had refused to take certain advice.
Biden said we needed more troops in Iraq to provide security for the election, like we did in Afghanistan. (A "surge of troops," he called it.) He said that both Kerry and Bush have said that we won't, but we actually will need more troops.
Toward the end, an interesting exchange between Steph and Biden.
Steph: "I know you don't think that this is going to happen, but if President Bush wins…"
Biden: "I never said…"
Steph: [from memory] "If President Bush wins and asks you to be his Secretary of State, would you accept it?"
Biden never said that he thought that President Bush wouldn't win. For the record, Biden said that he would accept the position if this is how he could best serve his country.
Steph asked McCain if he'd serve as Secretary of Defense under a President Kerry. McCain joked that he'd sooner be Undersecretary of State so that he could boss Biden around.
The Sunday Show reviewToday's Rightsided Newsletter -- the review of the Sunday morning talkshows -- has been sent to the sundry global Inboxes and is available for you to read at the RSN web site: HERE.
There iss a lot of good inter-campaign stuff.
Bartlett on FNSThis is from the rough-draft of today's Rightsided Newsletter (in progress):
On FOX News Sunday, White House Communications Director Dan Bartlett, live from the President's ranch, seemed relaxed. (Are they really on vacation?) Kerry's bringing an ailing Bill Clinton to Philly next week in a get-out-the-vote maneuver, causing
to observe: "The fact that Kerry is going to have to roll him [Clinton] off the surgery table and onto the campaign trail shows" that Kerry's in trouble in Bartlett . I don't know about that, but the imagery was blunt enough. Pennsylvania
I'm waiting for Clinton's remarks.
Gillespie on Meet the PressFrom the rought draft on today's Rightsided Newsletter, in progress. RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie was host Russert's guest:
But the President is still under 50-percent [in the head-to-heads]. Convention wisdom, which has been thoroughly trashed this season, says that a President polling under 50 with a week to go is a sure loser. Gillespie dismissed old saws and noted: "People are holding out their vote. They can get information on the Internet, etc."
We'll be here.
Get it? Busch Stadium/President Bush. As my wife deadpans when I mention such things: "That's funny."
The world will endure four more years of idiocy, arrogance and unwarranted bloodshed, with no benevolent deity to watch over and save us. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr - where are you now that we need you?The column was written by a fellow named Charlie Brooker, a British television comedy writer whose TV Go Home website is evidently very popular and can be found HERE.
Methinks he is now ineligible for entry into the United States.
I am quite certain that if Kerry had been president on September 11 he would have reacted more violently than Bush, sending bombers into Afghanistan, not just Special Forces scouts, and demanding immediate co-operation - or else - from Saudi Arabia, not just Pakistan. European anti-militarists have really picked the wrong guy as their hero.Don't laugh. He's making the case for JF Kerry being a ferocious hawk. He is not, to the best of knowledge, a comedy writer. Perhaps he and Mr. Brooker ought to swap positions. Then again, Brooker on a think tank is counterproductive.
The inner perfectionist in Kerry seems compelled to fill in every empty minute and blank spot on a page. Then he crams in more minutes and more pages. The speechmaking prowess that led him into public life three decades ago remains the most daunting weapon in his personal arsenal.From this line of though, one would think the man were Bill Clinton or JF Kennedy. Kerry can fill time because he thinks and speaks in circumlocution. He can spend a strange aeon saying absolutely nothing.
But, if left to his own devices off script – as in the LA Times piece linked, where his notes sail off behind some Haitians – he "says things." There is a certain, milder element of Howard Dean in the man when he tries to break out of the second-rate junior Senator stereotype.
It is a highly meritorious work, to be certain, but it renders concentration next to impossible.
Rumors of a Big Kerry Story
On Power Line this morning, they said they were waiting for a big story Monday AM headlining a major daily. It "relates to a foreign policy issue, and it will call into question--amazingly enough--John Kerry's truthfulness."
It's evidently going to be a Washington Times piece, and the buzz is at Red State, INDC Journal, Blogs for Bush, and even Daily Kos has his little thaang.
I wish I'd have started this rumor.
Erick Erickson relates that the Red Staters were approached by a "dedicated journalist who was willing to work with the blogosphere."
I'd like to think this story has something to do with the scads of foreign leaders from whom JF has claimed to have received private endorsements, but they paper cannot find something to prove a negative, short of a Chirac endorsement of Bush which is not in the cards.
Whatever it is, what is the worst possible outcome for JF's campaign? He has escaped from the truth in the past, call it nuance. The A.B.B. dead-enders are going to cling to him as their last hope to avenge Al Gore and rid the world of a potential Republican "Great President." Members of the MSM, as "individuals," have bought into a group-think line, so they are probably not going anywhere. At worst, it pushes things far enough to give us a landslide without the other pieces falling into place.
If it's anything. (I'd like to know too.)