Calpundit and Howard Dean

Howard Dean was on Meet the Press yesterday, and I was not particularly impressed (I love the fact that they show it again at night on CNBC so I can watch all the Sunday shows). At any rate, Kevin Drum states what he sees as the problem with Dean’s message:

I caught a few minutes of Meet the Press, where he appeared, and he seemed pretty uncomfortable with the subject.

In fairness, I think this really is one of those cases where the liberal position is hard to articulate. Why should we care what France thinks? Still, if Dean’s position is that this is a problem that needs broad international support to be resolved successfully well, he’d better figure out a way to explain that in a soundbite or two. Maybe that’s unfair, but this is the big leagues.

Many times I perceive Dean’s message as incoherent sentimentality for the “Old World Order” rather than anything specific.

Calpundit also takes Tapped to task for a few things (and he provides some recommendations.) Because I love Tapped so much, I have one more suggestion:

Stop the gutless anonymous posting on your weblog.

Or am I just a witless monkey and everyone knows who is writing their weblog?

The Lost Tribe

Welcome and good luck:

Over the next two years, nearly all of the Somali Bantu refugees in Kenya about 12,000 people are to be flown to the United States. This is one of the largest refugee groups to receive blanket permission for resettlement since the mid-1990’s, State Department officials say.

The refugees will be interviewed by American immigration officials in this camp, which is less violent than the camp near Somalia. The interview process has been slowed by security concerns in the aftermath of Sept. 11. Despite the repeated delays, the preparations for the extraordinary journey are already under way.

And, as Atrios noted– ‘Good for us.’

Good for us for doing the right thing for a change, and good for us to have another 12,000 people to make this country better.

Democrat Political Campaigns

As we all know, Democrat Presidential campaigns are all about issues:


The Economy

More bad news on the economy:

Consumer confidence plunged in February to its lowest level in more than nine years, the Conference Board reported today, as concerns about a war with Iraq, rising energy prices and jobs took a toll on attitudes.

The consumer confidence index, a monthly measure, fell to a reading of 64 from 78.8 in January.

Fabulous. FWIW- other than my stocks not doing particularly well (but holding their onw), I just have not felt the pinch yet. I consider myself lucky.

*** Update ***

Scrappleface has the Democrat plan to ease consumer confidence:

With the index of consumer confidence sagging to its lowest level in nine years, Congressional Democrats will introduce a new plan this week to boost it.

Based on a National Education Association (NEA) concept, the plan calls for encouraging consumers by “letting them know they’re really doing well even if they’re not buying anything.”

As part of the proposed program, Americans who cut back on spending because of vague fears about the future will receive a “smiley face” on their checking account statements. Federal employees will stand at the entrances to stores and shopping malls shouting encouraging words to people who leave without making a purchase.

Food For Thought

The folks at Spinsanity explain why Hesiod, NPR, and the rest of the lunatic fringe are wrong again.

In a commentary on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” yesterday [Real Audio], Daniel Schorr cited a proposed change in the federal school lunch program as evidence that President Bush is dismantling anti-poverty programs. But the charge is presented without adequate context, implying that Bush is actually cutting funding rather than changing the verification procedures used to evaluate eligibility.

Expect to hear the nitwits and the ideologues repeat the ‘Bush cut School Lunches” mantra throughout the election, despite the fact it is nonsense.