The Iraq Approval Number That the MSM Ignored-and Was The Key to Bush’s Victory

At the time of the 2004 election, only 44% of voters (according to CNN Exit Polls) thought the war in Iraq was going well. But while a minority of Americans thought the Iraq War was going well a majority of Americans still approved of Bush’s decision to go to war. When asked in exit polls if they “Approved or Disaproved with the Decision to Go To War in Iraq” 52% of Americans approved, only 46% disapproved. I’ve written before about how in nearly every state Bush’s job approval rating often lined up with the percent of the vote Bush recieved in any that state (and how Kerry managed to in some instances bring Bush’s % vote total below his approval … Continue reading

Washington Post Gets It Wrong Even When It Gets It Right

Leave it to the WaPo to reguritate conventional wisdom about the Democrats and/or Kerry. The conventional Washington widom these days is that Democrats have no new ideas. Finally, Michael Grunwald points out that 1994 and the GOP Contract With America was: “the annunciation moment for the Church of New Ideas, alleged proof that a bold agenda can turn the partisan tide. In recent months, as Reid and Pelosi repeatedly delayed the rollout of their new strategy, pundits repeatedly contrasted their bumbling with the GOP’s mobilization behind the Contract With America. But Republican leaders did not formally unveil the contract until late September 1994, and even then it was only a House of Representatives strategy; the GOP took back the Senate … Continue reading

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