Marginal Footnotes

April 17, 2007, 10:07 am
Filed under: Politics, Random, Uncategorized


Photo of the Day
March 25, 2007, 10:07 am
Filed under: Photos, Politics, Travel

From Portland

Recent Iraq War protest in Portland, Oregon


Typical Politicians, According to Chuck Schumer
November 29, 2006, 11:36 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Chuck Schumer, a very smart man who engineered the Democratic takeover of the Senate in the immediate past elections, and who often has notable quotables, notes about Jim Webb, Senator-elect from Virginia:

“He’s not a typical politician. He really has deep convictions.”

Follow that to its logical conclusion.


Linc Chafee Gaining in Rhode Island
November 5, 2006, 12:26 pm
Filed under: Elections, Midterm Elections, Politics

The new MSNBC-McClatchy poll shows moderate incumbent Republican Lincoln Chafee surging in the final days of the campaign, a surprising turn around that could be enough to close the door to a Democratic takeover. Not to mention a late, characteristic surge by Mr. Burns of Montana.


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Neo[con] Self-Rehabilitation, Step I
November 5, 2006, 12:12 pm
Filed under: International, Politics

“Our ideas were right, but our enablers screwed it up!”  The meek attempt at apology from the guys who gave us Iraq.


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Dole(ing) out the Horse Feces
November 5, 2006, 12:06 pm
Filed under: Elections, Media, Politics

I’m watching Elizabeth Dole on Meet the Press right now and it’s as though the woman is on crack, high from the huge amout of sugar intake from drinking way too much of the Kool-Aid.

Also, nothing she says makes any sense. It’s almost hard not to feel bad for her.


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Democrats and the Avoiding of Defeat
November 5, 2006, 12:01 pm
Filed under: Elections, Media, Midterm Elections, Politics

After the relatively harmless but momentarily frightening incident of John Kerry’s bad(ly interpreted) joke about the Bush administration, it’s particularly clear that the major challenge for Democrats going into the last 48 hours of this election cycle is to avoid derailing their own gravy train. Democrats are going to win the House; the Senate looks increasingly winnable. The trick is to simply allow the Republicans to destroy themselves, and it’s true that the GOP has been eating its own babies at least since but probably well before the Foley affair. 

Thomas Ferraro has a quick piece in Reuters today demonstrating the new Rovian Democratic strategy for winning elections: Not Losing. His thesis is that Democrats historically fuck it up and have therefore remained in the Minority party on the Hill. I think that’s a wee bit of an oversimplification of electoral dynamics in America, particularly since 1994. But whatever. I think the important point now is that the ground has shifted. Support for conservative ideology is dead, in retreat or in hiding. That all Democrats have to do is to avoid saying something idiotic enough to turn people off is, finally, a positive remark about the American voter.


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