Good for John: Attaboy!

John Kerry’s argument in today’s New York Times hits the nail on the head. As someone who has known him since we both served on Swift Boats in Vietnam, I know that John at his best is a voice of reason and action and conscience. Today he clearly understands that we have allowed ourselves to become referees in the middle of burgeoning Civil War, an untenable and unwinnable position. John calls for the right mix of toughness, diplomacy, involvement of the other Middle Eastern States and the United Nations (all of who have at least as big a stake in a secure, stable, and peaceful Iraq as the United States) to address the situation. Most importantly, he gets tough – … Continue reading

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