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OMG: How to make a Fox news anchor do a double take

That’s it. I’m done sit­ting around. I can­not believe what I just read. Yes­ter­day, on the Fox News Chan­nel, Den­nis Hastert (R‑IL), who is the freak­ing Speak­er of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, said this to Chris Wal­lace, the host. HASTERT: Here in this cam­paign, quote, unquote, “reform,” you take par­ty pow­er away from the par­ty, […]

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Damn, that man can woo a crowd

We just got done watch­ing the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Nation­al Con­ven­tion: Night of the Elder States­men. Al Gore spoke, and both Tiffany and I won­dered why he did­n’t pull this speak­ing style out when he was cam­paign­ing for Pres­i­dent. So much went wrong with his cam­paign, but so much seems to have gone right for him since […]

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Why Bush will lose

I have a new index by which to mea­sure Bush’s chances of win­ning in the Fall. Bumper stick­ers. Call it the Index of Bumper Cov­er­age. I live in Oma­ha, Nebras­ka. And yet, I see more bumper stick­ers declar­ing that Bush must be beat­en than I see Bush sup­port­ers. Hm. Unless,of course, you include all the […]

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Bush-Powell 04? Run screaming into the woods!

In the car this morn­ing, Tiffany and I were dis­cussing the sug­ges­tions that Cheney may be bow­ing out of this elec­tion. The specter of anoth­er, more mod­er­ate, vice-pres­i­­den­­tial can­di­date scared us sil­ly. Bush-Pow­ell 04? Bush-McCain 04? A tick­et like that would crush Ker­ry-Edwards 04. Some­one I read or heard yes­ter­day (I know, car­di­nal sin of […]

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Good Edwards

Well. Was­n’t that close. Yes, Edwards is inex­pe­ri­enced, at least com­pared to Ker­ry (though not to George W. Bush when he was run­ning for office, Tiffany was quick to point out). Yes, he isn’t all that pop­u­lar even in his home state of North Car­oli­na (approval rat­ings about 40% dur­ing his one term as Sen­a­tor). […]

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Bad Gephardt

Ker­ry is sup­posed to announce his vice-pres­i­­den­­tial run­ning mate on Tues­day or so. Today, I heard on ABC News that in a secret face-to-face meet­ing last night, Ker­ry may have cement­ed his selec­tion of Dick Gephardt. And I’d like to go on the record as say­ing… bad choice. Real­ly bad choice. On par with Gore […]

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Freedom will… um… uh…

Con­di Rice gave George Bush a note today dur­ing a NATO meet­ing that said the Iraq han­dover had gone as planned, two days ear­ly. George Bush wrote at the top of the note: Free­dom will rain rein reign Jon Stew­art called it the world’s first “sneak retreat.” I find myself won­der­ing if the Iraqis know […]

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So Reagan died

Not sure how I feel about Ronald Rea­gan dying this week­end. Okay, that’s not true. I know how I feel, I’m just not sure how much of it is seem­ly to tell. I’m relieved for his fam­i­ly, who can final­ly rest after hav­ing to watch him dete­ri­o­rate so slow­ly and painful­ly. I’m sad that some­one […]

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Why do 50% of the people believe this man?

Tonight, George W. Bush gave a speech that, in a rare show of good taste, the net­works did not deign to cov­er. How­ev­er, NPR did cov­er it, and we lis­tened to a lit­tle of the thing. Our Pres­i­dent spent much of the time asso­ci­at­ing Iraq, both past and present, with ter­ror­ism. What I don’t get, […]