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October 31, 2004

New York Daily News - Politics - Editorial: Right war, right time, right man

Although the NY Daily News is a second tier paper, I was very surprised today when they endorsed George Bush with the phrase: Right war, right time, right man. The Daily News has backed Clinton-Clinton-Gore in the last 3 contests and they have tended to criticize Bush quite a lot.

Take it for what its worth - mildly interesting - but since its a home town paper and everyone else has pretty much acted to form in their endorsements I was surprised and thought I would mention it.

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The Roots of Bush Hating Go Deep

I have heard a lot of people say that the reason they hate Bush is because of Iraq. If only! The democrats have been likening Bush to Hitler since 2000. Instapundit discusses the Deep Roots of Bush-Hating. Reynolds states

Ah, I remember on the morning of September 11th being told by one of my colleagues that the attacks were a response to our withdrawal from the Durban conference on racism. Living in Madison for the last twenty years, I'd grown used to hearing strong left-wing opinion without verbally reacting, but that was the moment when I started to say no. It wasn't a decision I made, but purely instinctive revulsion that this was someone's first assessment of the events of that terrible day.

What the Iraq war has done, Ribstein suggests, is to give the extreme left an issue that works in discussions with more moderate voters. But I would note that the extreme left lost the candidate it wanted in the primaries. Even among the Democrats, a more moderate position was sought, and Kerry got the nomination. Kerry has made a mush of his positions over the months by trying to keep the extreme left segment of the voters, and though he lost me by doing this, I still am somewhat sympathetic to the problem he faced, which is pretty similar to the problem Bush faces on his extreme right. Like Ribstein, I hope Bush wins and I hope, if he does, the Bush haters settle down. But, by the same token, I hope that if Kerry wins, the Kerry haters settle down. There is difficult work ahead for whoever wins, and he's going to need our support. I think reasonable, moderate, sensible people are in the great majority in this country, and passionate as things may feel as the election comes down to the wire, when the election is over, we'll be paying a lot less attention to overheated windbags like Moore.

I sure hope Reynolds is right, but given the type of simple minded hatred that I continue to hear from otherwise extremely intelligent Democrats, I am not so sure.

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Analysis of Florida Turnout Patterns

I have been extremely skeptical about the effect the mass number of new voters that are going to vote one way or another will be. Whenever one of the parties starts talking about a mass of "new" voters that will win them the election, its usually a lot of whimsical dreaming. The Horserace Blog is a good place to see the type of in-depth analysis of polls that the MSM often is too lazy to do. It includes an excellent analysis of the difficulties Kerry faces in winning Florida and why black voters will cost Kerry the Presidency. I do believe that Bush will do better amongst black voters this go around, but I wonder if it'll be as good as portrayed since he has done things like snub the NAACP. We'll see Wednesday morning when the analysis machine starts humming.

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Can GOTV be TOO effective?

I've heard a lot of bragging about how good both campaigns are at getting out the vote. Usually, they boast about x numbers called and y numbers of doors knocked on. But I wonder if this is actually self-defeating. Afterall, how often does someone want to be hounded to death about getting out to vote before they get really pissed. The Corner touches on this:

So I just returned from the phone center at the RNC HQ in Washington.

We called Ohio and Florida pretty much all day. The thing I heard the most was, "you are at least the 20th person to call me today." The people in those states are getting deluged with calls and it appears they are getting more frustrated than anything else. I had a couple of callers even tell me, "I'm a Republican, and if you call me again, I'll vote for Kerry."

My personal opinion is we should have been calling Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. If Bush wins 2 of those, its over, even without Ohio.

I think that all this get out the vote hoopla really is part reality and part fiction that the GOTV specialists use to get themselves hired in the first place.

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October 30, 2004

How Tape Affects Election

Both sides are now arguing over who the OBL tape hurts the most. On blogs everywhere, partisan hackles are up over which candidate is trying to take advantage of it.

Pundits are missing the point - the enemy is not across the aisle but across the ocean. My comment to both sides - flip OBL the bird and vote the way you were going to vote anyway as though the tape never appeared. If you think Kerry has the answers to this country's problems, vote for him. If you believe Bush is on the right track, vote for him. And then on Wednesday, everyone needs to refocus and realize who the REAL enemies are.

Frankly, nobody should give a damn what comes out of that cocksucker OBL's mouth.

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The Osama Litmus Test

David Brooks writes in today's NYTimes:

Here was this monster who killed 3,000 of our fellows showing up on our TV screens, trying to insert himself into our election, trying to lecture us on who is lying and who is telling the truth. Here was this villain traipsing through his own propaganda spiel with copycat Michael Moore rhetoric about George Bush in the schoolroom, and Jeb Bush and the 2000 Florida election.

Here was this deranged killer spreading absurd theories about the American monarchy and threatening to murder more of us unless we do what he says.

As usual, read the whole thing.

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Cronkite Un-friggin Believable

Here are some gems from Cronkite's interview with Larry King last night.

CRONKITE: Indeed. Indeed. And the thing that in bringing this threat to us, there is almost, in the fact that he dressed well, that he looked well, he was clean shaven, nearly clean shaven as those folks get. It seemed almost, to me, that he wanted to enter into negotiations, that he was really up -- he wants to move into a leadership role in international affairs instead of the role of a brigand. And he spoke calmly about this thing. The threat was there, no question about it. He's delivering a warning to us, no question about that. And certainly, I don't think there's any reason to feel that we can take him to our bosom just because this speech at all. He's perfectly capable of blowing us up.

CRONKITE: "I'm a little inclined to think that Karl Rove, the political manager at the White House, who is a very clever man, he probably set up bin Laden to this thing."

I will just let Cronkite's stupidity speak for itself. However, one note about King - he showed why he is a worthless interviewer - he just let those statements hang there.

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October 29, 2004

The Utter Decisiveness of John Kerry

Kerry Says Saddam 'Might Be Gone' Had He Been President
Fri Oct 29 2004 10:02:35 ET

NBCNEWS Brokaw interviewed John Kerry Thursday evening.

Brokaw: "If you had been President, Saddam Hussein would be in power."

Kerry: "Not necessarily."

Brokaw: "You said you wouldn't go to war against him."

Kerry: "That's not true. Because under the inspection process, Saddam Hussein was required to destroy those kinds of materials and weapons."

Brokaw: "But he wasn't destroying them."

Kerry: "That's what you have inspectors for. That's why I voted for the threat of force, because he only does things when you have a legitimate threat of force. It's irresponsible to suggest that if I were President, he wouldn't be gone. He might be gone, because if he hadn't complied, we might have had to go to war, but if we did, we would have gone with allies, so the American people weren't carrying the entire burden. And the entire world would understand why we did it."

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October 28, 2004

The Hairstylist's Choice?

You Choose - too funny!

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Bush asks for Democrats' votes

Bush is sure enough of his base that he is now going after Democratic votes.

"If you're a Democrat, and your dreams and goals are not found in the far left wing of the Democrat party. I'd be honored to have your vote."

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