Friday, September 27, 2002
D-TRIPLE C IN TENNESSEE:
interesting tidbit (2nd item) we missed about Lincoln Davis,
a Democrat running in Tennessee's 4th district against Republican
Janice Bowling. Apparently, the Democratic Congressional Campaign
Committee recently told Davis to "tone down his talk about
God and guns." This sounds like the same brilliant strategy
that cost Al Gore his home state in 2000. Davis is quoted as saying
that no Republican "is going to outgun me, out-pray me or out-family
recent spate of stories highlighting Hollywood movie stars' influence
on prominent Democrats (Reiner
and Gore, Streisand
and Gephardt) is a public relations disaster in the making.
Whether this influence is real or not, the mere perception that
the opinions of Yentl and Meathead on matters of national security
are being given weight by the leaders of the Democratic party
is not going to play well with Independents around the country.
One more "Alec Baldwin Counsels Daschle to Oppose War"
type headline and Dems risk becoming a laughingstock -TB
SHE SAID IT: "He
opposes affirmative action based on race. Well, let me tell you,
slavery was based on race. Lynching was based on race. Discrimination
is based on race. Jim Crow was based on race. And affirmative
action should be based on race." - Kathleen
Kennedy-Townsend at the NAACP-sponsored Governor's Debate at Morgan
KKT may have a reputation as a policy lightweight, but she sure
knows how to race-bait. Teddy must be proud. -TB
is out. The US Attorney's Office said it found "credible"
evidence of corruption in Torch's '96 campaign. The Senate Ethics
Committee was convinced enough to "severely
the Senator last month.
Torricelli's response to this damning piece of evidence? "There
remains no credible evidence, except the allegations of an admitted
perjurer and convicted felon, that any of these matters ever occurred."
Um, okay Senator, if you think the voters of New Jersey are that
stupid. -TB 6:23 am
Thursday, September 26, 2002
PROXY POLL: If
the South Dakota Senate race is really a proxy battle between
President Bush and Senate Majority Leader Daschle, then what conclusions,
if any, can be drawn from this
poll? Bush has an 11% lead over Daschle on excellent/good
job approval, and more importantly for Thune, solid numbers with
Independents. 57% of Independents favor regime change in Iraq.
Oh yeah, and 57% of Indpendents don't think Daschle should run
for president. Sorry, Tom.
- TB 10:52 am
Wednesday, September 25, 2002
Here's another "Where's
the Iraq Debate?" outrage piece. I'm constantly amused,
if not wearied, by the canard that antiwar speech is being "muffled"
and "suppressed" in this country. Just who, exactly,
is doing the suppressing? It's certainly not Republicans - they
would like nothing more than to have antiwar Democrats talking
themselves blue on the issue. Could it be, just maybe, that a
majority of the American public agrees with Bush on Iraq and that
Congressional Democrats are afraid of speaking out against the
war because it will cost them their jobs?
PLAN.... FOR REPUBLICANS: Antiwar
are upset by their party leadership's sudden falling into
line with the Bush administration over Iraq. The Washington Post
reports that some frustrated Democrats "are now looking to
former president Jimmy Carter and former vice president Al Gore
to help generate significant public opposition to unilateral action
in Iraq." Trotting out Jimmy Carter six weeks before a mid-term
election and making him the face of the Democratic party on the
issue of National Security is - I'm going to be nice about this
- not the smartest thing the Dems could do.
IDIOCY: Joe Conason lays a big egg in the
online edition of today's NY
Observer. In addition to making the standard, empty arguments
that 1) Bush is a warmonger, 2) Saddam isn't that dangerous and
3) inspections and containment will work, Conason offers the following:
American media, with our preference for simple stories, the
British prime minister is usually portrayed as a full-throated
supporter of the President’s drive toward war. This restructuring
of reality is similar to the false choice we’ve been offered
by Republican spokesmen and their obedient echoes: multilateral
"appeasement" or unilateral "pre-emption."
can believe that Tony Blair isn't a supporter of Bush's policy
is beyond me. Blair's support isn't some media inspired fantasy
(the man just stood up yesterday and battled his own party over
Iraq) and there are no indications that Blair has been privately
disagreeing with Bush. Furthermore, Conason employs a nice little
rhetorical trick that "restructures reality" to set
up his "false choice." In fact, those who favor moving
against Iraq aren't unilateralist, they're skeptical of the UN's
ability to act and to produce the necessary results: disarmament.
There is an eleven-year UN history on Iraq that merits, even demands,
- TB 7:30 AM
Tuesday, September 24, 2002
DOES THE JOB: As
soon as I finished reading Blair's speech I knew the anti-war
problem isn't that Bush and Blair haven't made the case against
Iraq, it's the burden of proof to which the anti-war left wants
to hold the US and Britain. The argument seems very similar to
the difference between criminal and civil trials in the US: the
doves demands a smoking gun, some indisputable piece of evidence
linking Saddam to terror or weapons of mass destruction "beyond
a reasonable doubt" while hawks, on the other hand, see a
clear and convincing case for action against Iraq based on the
"preponderance of evidence."In a post 9/11 world it seems prudent
to say that a smoking gun, which is by definition evidence of
a crime already committed, is too high a hurdle against action
when evidence abounds - as case after case shows - of men who
harbor evil intent and are plotting crimes against our citizens.
TB 6:32 PM
MORE GORE: Let's
this straight: Gore supported the '91 Persian Gulf War so
strongly that he felt "betrayed" by Bush 41's "hasty
retreat" from the battlefield. Gore supported Clinton's call
for military action against Iraq in '98 and the switch to "regime
change" as formal US government policy. But now, after four
years without inspections and more than a dozen worthless UN resolutions,
Gore doesn't support the call for action against Iraq by this
President because it will "squander" American goodwill
around the globe that resulted from the worst terrorist attack
in US history? Then again, Gore's never been the model of intellectual
honesty or integrity.
- TB 11:32 AM
FOR GANSKE? :
Tom Harkin must be pitching fits. He's got a comfortable double
digit lead in his race with six weeks to go and now this.
Yes, Harkin's campaign manager apologized, but the question about
where the transcript came from remains. Would Harkin's team be
so stupid as to have hired someone to bug the Ganske meeting?
Hard to imagine. Either way, this might be just what Ganske needs
to jump start his rather moribund campaign -
TB 11:15 AM