I am sick with the double whammy- strep throat and bronchitis, which means my tickets to the Steelers on the 50 yard line tomorrow are useless. I want to cry. I don’t know when I will post next.
I feel like the Soviets must have felt like in 1980:
Now here’s a stunner: The defending champion U.S. baseball team will be at home next summer while countries like the Netherlands and Italy compete for an Olympic medal in Athens.
Manager Frank Robinson and his team of mostly minor leaguers were beaten at their own game, falling to Mexico 2-1 Friday — a loss that eliminated them from a qualifying tournament with no second chances.
I am really speechless.
Don’t worry about the Dems, though- even if the economy doesn’t work out in their favor for the elections next year, they will still create all sorts of absurd memes. Witness Oliver repeating the newly created ‘Bush doesn’t go to soldiers funerals’ meme, all the while shilling (‘He’s a General! And a Democrat!’) for Clark.
Here is the Volokh group discussing the issue in detail- although Oliver will surely dismiss it as nothing more than RNC ‘talkig points.’
In other news, none of the members of the Plame Brigade have yet to acknowledge the Democrat malfeasance involving the Senate Intelligence committee. At least Bob Kerrey and Zell Miller understand how awful the Democrat actions are– although it is nothing more than the process that the Democrats started with Leahy and the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Campaign 2004 already seems to be going down thetubes for the Donks:
The nation’s unemployment rate dropped to 6 percent in October as companies added thousands of new jobs for the third straight month, new evidence of an improving labor market.
The Labor Department reported Friday that payrolls grew by 126,000 last month, significantly more than the 50,000 new jobs that economists had predicted. That followed a revised 125,000 new jobs in September, which initially was reported at 57,000.
U.S. companies also added new jobs in August, marking three months of hiring gains following a six-month slump. October hiring occurred across a broad swath of the business landscape, including technical services, temporary employment firms, health care, social work, education and retail.
“We can finally put the nail in the coffin of the jobless recovery,” said Ken Mayland, president of ClearView Economics. “We are back on a rising job track.”
Another issue slips away.
Jonathon Alter is making sense:
Everything was going according to plan- Clark is proving to be a babbling idiot and keeps getting caught in lies, the Democrats are too stupid to actually nominate someone electable like Lieberman or Gephardt, and the rest of the field, other thanJohn Kerry, are distant memories. You are leading Howard- and it looks like you are well on your way to the nomination. If you would just please STFU for a few months, everything will be going precisely according to Karl Rove’s plan. As Dodd Harris notes:
Howard Dean has blown a fuse. There’s no other explanation for the fact that he “told a Tallahassee audience today that southerners have to quit basing their votes on ‘race, guns, God and gays.'” Dean, widely described as extremely intelligent, says he is trying to “reassemble a coalition of conservative southern voters like President Franklin Roosevelt had.”
Dean needs to just be quiet for a few more months until he has the nomination, and then he can say whatever he wants- in fact, I beg him to talk whenever and wherever.
I found it interesting and thought you all might like to know that to date, Kevin Drum has written close to 70 posts about Valerie Plame, including this one titled NATIONAL SECURITY VS. PETTY POLITICS.
Matthew Yglesias wrote 22 posts on the subject. I am not going to bother counting the posts from the always hyperventilang Atrios and Josh Marshall. Searching Oliver’s site comes up with three google pages linking to Oliver posts about Plame.
I am not even goign to bother with Kos or Mark Kleiman or the other ‘moderates’ out there. My point is that these ‘straight-shooters’ wrote a helluva lot about the Plame affair, most of it gaseous eruptions which turned out to be unfounded. Most of them were written with a tone “That this is just outrageous! This is National Security.” They care nothing abuot national security- they care about elections. Remember this, right before Calpundit latched onto the Plame affair as his new battlefront:
If Josh Marshall and Chris Nelson are to be believed, the shit is about to hit the proverbial fan this week. After two weeks of softening up George Bush’s credibility via African uranium and the ever changing explanations for it, we’re now set for brand new battles on two fronts:
Do I really think all of these guys don’t care about national security and are just opportunistic partisan hacks? I doubt it, but it sure looks like it when they manage with all this huffing and puffing about Valerie Plame, and still, three days after the story broke, have failed to even acknowledge this story:
Congressional Republicans were livid yesterday over a staff memo in which Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats lay out a plan to gain politically from the probe into prewar intelligence.
The memo, first revealed by the Fox News Channel, outlines a plan by Democrats to cooperate with Republicans on the Intelligence Committee to squeeze information out of the Bush administration – and then surprise them next year by calling for a new independent probe while accusing the Republicans of foot-dragging.
On the Senate floor, Intelligence Committee member Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said, “I never saw the kind of blatant partisan politics that has apparently emerged as revealed in this memo.
“It is a disgusting possibility that members of the Senate would try to politicize intelligence, especially at a time of war . . . it is reprehensible.”
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), the top Intelligence Committee Democrat, tried to focus on the leak of the memo, claiming it was taken from a waste bucket or through unauthorized computer access.
“The memo clearly reflects staff frustration with the conduct of the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation and the difficulties of obtaining information from the administration,” he said.
I guess leaking classified information and launching partisan investigations is ok if you are a Democrat. How the hell else am I supposed to interpret their collective silence? Why can’t I find one mention of this on any of these ‘moderates’ websites?
The investigation of strip club owner Michael Galardi and numerous politicians appears to be the first time federal authorities have used the Patriot Act in a public corruption probe.
Government officials said Tuesday they knew of no other instances in which federal agents investigating allegations such as racketeering and bribery of politicians have employed the act.
“I don’t know that it’s been used in a public corruption case before this,” said Mark Corallo, a spokesman for the Justice Department.
An attorney for one of the defendants in the Galardi case said he researched the matter for hours Tuesday and came to the same conclusion.
“I have discussed this with lawyers all over the country, and if the government has done this before, then this is definitely the first time it has come to light,” said Las Vegas attorney Dominic Gentile, who represents former Clark County Commissioner Lance Malone, Galardi’s lobbyist.
This is how you lose my vote with lightning speed.
Let’s go through what a ‘biopic’ is supposed to be, why this is not censorship, and what they hysterics are saying.
Part One: The BioPic Itself
According to the Internet Movie Database, a biopic (a Biographic picture) is defined as “A filmed story of a person’s life story.” So we don’t get lost in the words, a biography is generally regarded (at least according to dictionary.com) as “An account of a person’s life written, composed, or produced by another.” Thus, we would assume that a biopic, or at least the final product, would have some semblance of reality, and would be a semi-accurate portrayal of an individual’s life story. Did the “Reagans” pass this smell test? Not according to some informed sources.
According to Michael Reagan, someone we would presume to have a little bit of knowledge on the topic, the picture was a smear job and had no basis in reality:
“I’ve seen eight minutes of the broadcast myself, and I do not recognize the two people who play Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan in this TV miniseries as anybody I’ve ever come in contact with,” Michael Reagan said in the Fox News interview.
Reagan added that California liberals “have always seen my father as a buffoon,” and he said their outrage only grew as Ronald Reagan became governor and later, president.
Michael Reagan said he was particularly upset about CBS putting words in his father’s mouth – including profanity – and making him look like he’s not compassionate. “That’s not the Ronald Reagan I know,” Michael Reagan said.
Another individual we would assume knows something about the personal lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan also stated the portrayal of her parents did not even resemble the people she knew:
Reading the script actually made me feel better in some ways. It is, quite simply, idiotic. Everyone is a caricature, manufactured and inauthentic. My father is depicted as some demented evangelist, going on about Armageddon every chance he gets. My mother is cast as a female Attila the Hun, and I and my siblings are unrecognizable to me. There are absurdities, like depictions of Mike Deaver and political aides camping out at our house during my father
I see that DNC Chairman Terry McAullife’s winning streak continues- the Kentucky governorship has gone to the GOP for the first time in 32 years, and with 82% of the votes counted in Mississippi, Haley Barbour is leading Ronnie Musgrove 53%-45%. And before the Democrats try to claim they were not attempting to make this an election a referendum on Bush, let’s look at what the NY Times has to say about that:
Mississippi Democrats criticized Barbour as a “Washington insider” as President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and other top GOP officials came to campaign for him.
In Kentucky, party activists argued that a vote for Chandler would tell the White House its economic policy is a failure.
State Republican Chairwoman Ellen Williams said Bush helped swing the race in western Kentucky, a conservative Democratic area which both campaigns said was crucial. Bush “lit that district on fire,” she said. “The people in that part of the state are in line with Bush’s conservative values.”
The WaPo filed this report:
President Bush invested his own political capital in yesterday’s two gubernatorial elections a year before he will face the voters himself. Bush, Vice President Cheney and other Republican luminaries raised money for Barbour and Fletcher. Saturday, in a final push, the president appeared at rallies in Mississippi and Kentucky with the two GOP hopefuls at his side.
National party organizations also weighed in. The Republican Governors Association (RGA) donated $4 million to Barbour’s campaign, more than any candidate for governor of Mississippi had ever raised. The Democratic Governors’ Association (DGA) countered by giving Musgrove $2 million. The two campaigns spent almost $18 million, triple the previous record for a gubernatorial contest in Mississippi.
All together now- the reason Democrats are losing is because voters don’t know what Democrats stand for and they just have to do a better job selling themselves. Snicker. Plus, this is the South, and everyone in the South is racist and therefore votes for the GOP. Why, Gosh Durn IT, some Dixiecrats became Republicans! The Democrats are being punished for being so good about Civil Rights by all those damn racist rednecks! If only the Republicans did not have a stranglehold on the Klan vote- why, then Democrats would win in the South!
Personally, I blame the losses on too few appearances from Nancy Pelosi and other national Democrats. That and the fact that they simply did not print enought ‘Bush = Hitler’ or ‘Bush Lied, People Died’ bumper stickers. Maybe they should have promised to rescind the tax cuts more, or tried harder to pin Enron on Bush. I thought they were really getting somewhere with the faux yellowcake scandal. Let’s give Joe Wilson and David Corn a couple more weeks!
Seriously, though. I predict the Democrats will have more success once they get their real message out- withdrawal from Iraq (they dont really want everyone to leave- they just want the UN in! It’s that simple!), raising the minimum wage to $10.00, giving the UN veto rights on the military and national security, abortion on demand, ending the death penalty, adding layers of regulations on landowners to appease the environmental lobby, raising taxes (cuz you don’t pay your ‘fair share’), killing school choice, increasing handgun controls, insisting all southerners are racist, enabling all illegal aliens nationwide to have driver’s licenses, and all their other issues. Once Democrats get the message out- why- the sky is the limit! They might win…. Boston and Manhattan.
*** Update ***
The VodkaPundit comments.
I forgot to mention- Oliver came back this morning after 40 hours missing. I was driving around town looking for him this morning for about an hour, came back, and there he was on the doorstep, sassing me for having the audacity to lock him out.
BONUS- No one has urinated on anything in three days.
In the comments section of a previous post about the economy (yesterday we had good news- today we get bad employment news), it was stated that Bush was never accused of talking down the economy after being elected (yes- he was elected) in 2000. One more time, let’s go through one of the most idiotic charge the Democrats have ever made about Bush.
After being elected on a platform of tax cuts, Bush started to note that not only were Americans overtaxed in these times of huge budget surpluses, but that the bubble had burst, the glow was off the economy and had been for a while, and that tax cuts might be necessary to serve as a stimulus:
Mr Bush has said he sees “warning signs of a possible slow-down”, and has proposed tax cuts of $1.3 trillion over a 10-year period.
“I believe strongly that tax relief is part of the prescription for any economic ill that our nation may have,” he said.
Democrats responded with all the sound and fury that they could muster on an issue as horrifying to them as tax cuts (too bad Hussein didn’t try to cut taxes in Iraq- we might have even had Kucinich and Pelosi onboard), and claimed that Bush was talking down the economy for partisan gain:
On Thursday, US Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers (ed.- under Clinton) rejected bleak Republican predictions, saying the economy was “healthy and poised for moderate growth”.
President-elect Bush and his team are actually talking down our economy, (and) injecting more fear and anxiety
His remarks followed accusations made by Democrats and economists that Mr Bush and his staff were attempting to “talk down” the economy for political ends.
Some commentators suggest Mr Bush is seeking to bolster the case for his proposed $1.3 trillion tax cut and to pin the blame for any further economic downturn firmly on the outgoing administration.
“What you’re seeing is President-elect Bush and his team actually talking down our economy, (and) injecting more fear and anxiety into the economy than is justified,” said Gene Sperling, an economic advisor to President Clinton.
Newsmax had this coverage:
The Clinton White House on Thursday warned President-elect Bush to watch what he says about a possible economic downturn because such statements might become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The White House claimed that most experts predict solid but modest growth and not a recession.
“When most experts are still projecting solid growth and a soft landing, a new president should not be hurting confidence by talking down his economy,” White House National Economic Adviser Gene Sperling said…
“It is important to be guarded and measured in what you say about the economy,” White House Press Secretary Jake Siewart said Thursday. Siewart said that most analysts agreed the economy would grow by around 2.5 percent next year and that statements to the contrary could be detrimental.
“It is important for an economic team that is part of the government to be careful about what they say,” Siewart said. “People take these comments very seriously.”
White House officials said privately that Bush was trying to lower expectations on the economy
Teresa Heinz Kerry screwed up yesterday, and actually spoke the truth about the idiotic Democrat debates (and I have no doubt if there were nine Republicans, it would be just as idiotic):
Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, says nine-way presidential debates are “silly” and a waste of time for the candidates and the voters.
“I don’t think it really helps the American people, I don’t think it helps the candidates,” Heinz Kerry told the Boston Herald in an interview published Tuesday, the same day her husband was to face his rivals in a debate in his home town.
Heinz Kerry said debates have become about scoring a punch with quick soundbites.
“It’s just silly,” she said. “I think those debates are really unproductive and they made it hard for all of them to (get their message across).”
Speak it, sister. These debate formats are absurd, and the winner every time they have held one is George Bush. These formats, as she has stated, are all about souindbites, and that is the only reason every time they have had one of these debates it has been all about the vile Al Sharpton. In fact, it appears the Rev. Al was up to his usual tricks tonight:
A heated exchange between the candidates erupted when Cooper asked former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean to clarify his recent remark that he wanted to be the candidate for “guys with Confederate flags on their pickup trucks.”
“Martin Luther King said that it was his dream that the sons of slaveholders and the sons of slaves sit down around a table and make common good,” Dean said.
The Rev. Al Sharpton said, “First of all, Martin Luther King said, ‘Come to the table of brotherhood.’ You can’t bring a Confederate flag to the table of brotherhood.”
Sharpton went on to address Dean: “You are not a bigot, but you appear to be too arrogant to say, ‘I’m wrong,’ and go on.”
Dean did not back down: “We’re not going to win this country, and even worse, Democrats, if we don’t have a big tent.”
Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina later said, “Unless I missed something, Governor Dean still has not said he was wrong. Were you wrong, Howard?”
“No, I wasn’t, John Edwards, because people who vote who fly the Confederate flag, I think they are wrong because I think the Confederate flag is a racist symbol,” Dean said.
“But I think there are lot of poor people who fly that flag because the Republicans have been dividing us by race since 1968 with their Southern race strategy.”
Those wascally wepublicans and their southern strategy. Actually, idiots, you have been dividing yourself with your own southern strategy for the last 20 years. At any rate, tersea Kerry was right- and her husband will probably pay the price.
BTW- All the candidates were asked if they ever used pot, and Lieberman, Clark, Sharpton(good thing they didn’t ask about any failed coke deals, right Al?) and Kucinich (who I think is on acid) said no, only Mosely-Braun had the dignity to refuse to answer (good for her- and I am as shocked as anyone to be praising CMB), and Dean, Edwards, and Kerry said yes. Assholes- that was the perfect opportunity for all of you to say “It is none of your damned business, and it is none of the government’s business either.”
If the DNC reads this Max Sawicky post, they might be able to stave off their free-fall into irrelvance:
Dean’s comments about seeking the votes of people who put Confederate flag stickers on their trucks are not objectionable; they are praiseworthy. The other candidates are indulging in cheap moral posturing and race politics. As public policy, we can criticize hanging the Stars and Bars on the Courthouse without futile attempts to marginalize individuals for their own choices in this vein.
What’s at stake is whether we are going to have class politics in the U.S. Cultural conservatism, which in the South can include some type of sentimentality for the Lost Cause, or resentment of what is perceived as excess in the name of civil rights, should not be treated as an enemy ideology. I am not talking about adherence to segregation in public accommodations, denial of the right to vote, or other obvious breaches of democracy that nobody in good faith could endorse.
Coalitions are about reaching understandings through dialogue and/or compromise with people of different views. The Democratic Party needs to be a coalition of working people. It needs to ease up on cultural and social liberalism. I mean fetishes about gun control and tobacco. It needs to stop pretending that Southern whites are more racist than other people. It needs to welcome the “seamless web” Catholics who oppose both abortion and the death penalty. It needs to stop overselling rehabilitation and underselling punishment. It needs to find ways of establishing reasonable environmental regulation other than on the backs of workers. What it endorses as a party is ideally the outcome of a rational debate and compromise on these issues. For some, one or another such compromise could be a ‘deal-breaker.’ So be it. That’s the process we need. The constant and lodestar should be an unwavering commitment to the living standards of working people, and opposition to the corporativist, war-mongering ways of the Republican Party.
Granted, I do not necessarily agree with his final remarks about the Republican Party, but if Democrats ever intend to win again, they need to stop acting like the only people who live in the South are the Dixie Chicks and a few former slaves. To show you what Max’swing of the Democrat party is up against, a commenter to this very reasonable post from Max attempted to do just what Max had cautioned against- ‘cheap moral postuing and race politics’- when he said:
Max: you think you can win majority support for your “progressive” economic agenda returning the socially marginal–uppity blacks, feminist women, gays–to their proper places at the back of the Democratic Party bus. To which I can only say, not with my vote you won’t, pal. This is the same game the smart-ass White Boys at the DLC have been playing for years (albeit with a very different economic agenda from yours). Well, here’s a news flash for you *and* the Bubbas: that game’s over.
And I find his empathy, if not sympathy, for the neo-Confederates deeply repugnant. If they are not representatives of an “enemy ideology,” then I don’t know who is.
*** wants to have his/her cake and eat it too. Also his/her pie, sorbet, and chocolate mousse. If the full plate of progressive positions was a going political concern, we wouldn’t be having this discussion. So demanding it embodies a desire for political irrelevance, or some kind of elaborate wishful thinking. Multiple organizing principles mean no principles at all.
The rest of your argument is just inflating my words until they look like something ugly. Sorry but opposition to affirmative action does not equal racism; opposition to gay marriage does not equal homophobia; etc. I don’t have those positions, but making any deviation from liberal orthodoxy on them into a moral indictment is obnoxious and, as we have all seen, spectacularly ineffective politics. If you want to bear moral witness, I suggest joining a monastery or a trotskyist sect.
It just sounds so much better when a limousine liberal is smacked down by a progressive than when they are smacked down by a conservative.