Thursday, October 28, 2004


War of Words....

Here is an interesting passage from a story in The Washington Post on the alleged screw up in Iraq to secure the weapons depot in Iraq. It mentions in passing on how President Bush is trying to appeal to Democrats:

All this week, Bush has been seeking to appeal to Democrats. He appeared
Wednesday with Sen. Zell Miller (D-Ga.), who said at a rally near Youngstown,
Ohio, that he sees the "ranks growing every day" of Democrats for Bush. Bush
said he, not Kerry, follows the strong-defense tradition of Democrats such as
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy. Bush, who met in
Michigan on Wednesday evening with more than two dozen African Americans,
including boxing promoter Don King, also told supporters he had common views
with Lyndon B. Johnson and Hubert H. Humphrey.

In response to Bush's mention of Democrats, the Democratic National Committee
issued a statement from Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, the late president's
daughter, saying: "All of us who revere the strength and resolve of President
Kennedy will be supporting John Kerry on Election Day."

Analysis: With all due respect to Ms. Schlossberg whom I have great respect for, it is not true that all people who revere her father are voting for John Kerry. That is ugly nonsense. I revere JFK, but I am still undecided in this election. Plus, the words and memory of her great father belong to the ages, not to any one political party. Republicans just as much as Democrats can evoke her father's lasting legacy; the same is true of Lincoln, Roosevelt, etc.

Her choice of words were therefore very poor and telling in an election year.

Saturday, September 18, 2004


Rather: A Democratic Strategist in Journalistic Clothes?

Andrew Sullivan is, by far, one of my favioriate public intellectuals (a.k.a. domes or pundits if you will), but I think he goes too far in this post:

We now all but know that Rather knew that Burkett was his source. To have known
Burkett's obvious bias and not to have listened to the document experts and
still not to acknowledge error when the docs turn out to be fakes is, in
Rutten's words, inexplicable. Well, not quite. Here's an explanation: Rather is
arrogant, out of touch and biased beyond belief. He thinks he's running
a political campaign, when he is supposed to be a journalist.
He's a
dead man walking. When will someone have the decency to pull the plug?

I agree that Rather has a bias, but to say that he is running a political campaign is to stretch what we currently know beyond plausibility when mere negligence explains the mistake. True, maybe Rather subconsciously leaned toward believing the story given his dislike for the Bush family, but I just f find it hard to believe he viewed this as running a political campaign; he is too smart and experienced a journalist for that.

Here is a more plausible explanation: Like any good news org, they wanted a scoop--and this story was perhaps too good to double and triple check regardless of the potential bias in play. Again, only time will tell, but I do agree that the more Rather puts off an investigation, the worse off he is.

Friday, September 03, 2004


Bill Clinton

Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill Clinton who will undergo bypass surgery next week after experiencing some chest pains and shortness of breath. Wishing the 42nd president a speedy recovery. I would expect nothing less from the comeback kid!

Paul Krugman has been one of the most vocerfious over-the-top Bush critics in the press, but his column ("Feel the Hate ") rings true:
Barack Obama, who gave the Democratic keynote address, delivered a message of
uplift and hope. Zell Miller, who gave the Republican keynote, declared that
political opposition is treason: "Now, at the same time young Americans are
dying in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, our nation is being
torn apart and made weaker because of the Democrats' manic obsession to bring
down our commander in chief." And the crowd roared its approval.
Read the whole thing.

Friday, August 27, 2004



Much has been written about the Swift Boat controversy now engulfing Senator Kerry. So it is nice to see an island of sanity in the analysis out there with this excellent piece by Jacob Sullum-- explaining how both candidates are trying to censor their critics ("Political Veterans for Censorship")

Tuesday, August 24, 2004



Read it here.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004


Must Reading

Here is a great piece in National Review Online ("The Reality of Saddam's Threat"). Check it out.

Monday, July 12, 2004


Marshall Spins...

Josh Marshall writes:

There's been a rush of egregious commentary about the Niger uranium story in the last couple days.

I wonder if Josh includes his own commentary on this subject (scroll down)?

I think the most prudent (and responsible) thing to do is to let the investigation proceed without jumping to conclusions....

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