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

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

From Portland

Recent Iraq War protest in Portland, Oregon

–mpd



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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Weird GOP French Bashing
October 8, 2006, 11:11 am
Filed under: Elections, Midterm Elections, Politics

Jim Talent said about his democratic opponent, former prosecutor Claire McCaskill, on Meet the Press today this:

She said to a group of her supporters in Paris. . .

I don’t know what this means but when asked directly whether if he had been told ahead of time that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq would he have voted to invade: he actually said yes.  Yes! “Well, he wanted them [WMDs], Tim.”  What a riot.

McCaskill I thought performed very well, as far as being a terrorist-sympathizing cut-and-runner goes.

–mpd