As the 2004 Election Approached Rove Kicked Damage Control into Overdrive

Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo pointed out a very interesting article Murray Waas wrote in the National Journal.

It seems Karl Rove warned the White House team in the summer of 2003 that Bush’s chances for re-election in 2004 could be in severe danger. Damage control spun into overdrive. The truth could not be revealed to the American public. The President had to be protected at all costs. Continue reading

FEC Regulations for Internet Politics

The FEC, under court order to regulate campaign advertising on the Web, has been looking at regulating other political activity on the Internet. The tremendous increase of Netroots political action groups in sparking national attention and debate leading to mass organized intervention activities, on top of the all important fund raising potential; had also come under FEC scrutiny for regulation. Continue reading

How Kerry Overachieved in 2004- and What it Means for 2006

One thing about presidential elections, especially when an incumbent is running, that is often forgotten is that presidents tend to get virtually the exact same percent of the vote as their job approval ratings on Election Day. Of course those who approve or disapprove of a president may not show up at the polls so an even more accurate sense of how voters view the president is to ask those who actually vote. The Exit polls of actual voters in 2004 is a good place to start. At a time when Bush has approval ratings in the mid-30s, it is useful first to remember that at no time in his first term did Bush have a disapproval rating higher than … Continue reading

John Kerry’s 10 Point Plan for Democrats

EDITORS NOTE: On Sunday, GinnyinCo posted about some key talking points that John Kerry spoke of at a recent speech in NH. One of our members, Dotti J noted in the comments in Ginny’s thread yesterday that her local paper, the “Valencia County News Bulletin” in NM, was publishing her LTE on Kerry’s 10 point plan. These points can’t be repeated enough — here’s a copy of Dotti J’s LTE: On March 12th, I had the privilege to view C-Span’s program, “Road to the White House.” I was primarily interested in a speech by Senator John Kerry (D-MA) before the Democratic Parties of Hillsborough County and the City of Nashua, New Hampshire. Naturally, being an avid supporter of Senator Kerry … Continue reading

Labor Unions-The Folks Who Made 2004 Close (and Can Do the Same in 2006)

I’ve been noticing lately all the press being given to liberal blogs and the role they played in 2004 and that they are expected to play in 2006. I have no objection to this, and the more influential The Democratic Daily becomes the better this nation will be. The work people did for Kerry in 2004 and are doing in 2006 is, to quote a top 40 country song, “something to be proud of.” Still, I can’t help but notice that when people in the blogosphere, MSM, street corner, etc. discuss the liberal base of the Democratic Party the one group that seems to almost never come up are labor unions. Some of this is labor’s fault as the unionization … Continue reading

E.J. Dionne Is Only Half-Right

Finally, someone in the MSM noticed the very perceptive analysis “What’s the Matter with Connecticut?” that details how the Democrats do well in certain wealthy areas (e.g. Montgomery County, MD., suburban Los Angeles, suburban Los Angeles, Seattle etc.) while Republicans are still the party of the rich. But E.J. Dionne’s analysis of why Kerry could not tap into this is just wrong. For those who might still harbor the notion that Democrats are now the party of elites while Republicans represent the middle-class “heartland” it should be noted that Bush beat Kerry 56%-43% among voters making $50,000 or more annually. At the same time “Bush won 63 percent of the votes cast by Americans in households earning over $200,000 a … Continue reading

Who Shall Cast the First Stone?

With all the recent post on the recent decisions by a state, to interfere in the abortion ruling of Roe v. Wade, I would like to give my two cents. I call on any right wing fool to answer a couple of questions for me. If you consider abortion to be murder, what could you do, to punish that woman, if it was outlawed? Do you plan have these woman these murderers, as you label them, tried and executed? If a woman goes to have an abortion, do you think she is guilty then of an act that is pre-meditated? Shall you kill a woman for this? If you do, you no longer promote pro-life!! How shall you answer to … Continue reading