Tomorrow’s Newsweek Today

Hell to Pay:

…the insurgents, by most accounts, are winning. Even Secretary of State Colin Powell, a former general who stays in touch with the Joint Chiefs, has acknowledged this privately to friends in recent weeks, NEWSWEEK has learned. The insurgents have effectively created a reign of terror throughout the country, killing thousands, driving Iraqi elites and technocrats into exile and scaring foreigners out. ‘Things are getting really bad,’ a senior Iraqi official in interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi’s government told NEWSWEEK last week.

I wonder if we’ll get any closer to the truth about what’s going on in Iraq after the election on Tuesday. That’s my barometer of how challenged a Kerry administration will be – dealing with the truth on the ground.

Sunday, October 31st, 2004 by Richard Blair |
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Even Republicans Fear Hate Bush (and our media sucks for not reporting it)

Not often do I come across articles that fill me with as much indignation as one today did. First, it illustrated the sad state of the mainstream media in this nation as servants of the major parties’ political campaigns. Second, it did so by pointing out the disgusting lack of attention paid to longtime traditional Republicans endorsing Senator John Kerry for President. The article is entitled “Even Republicans Fear Bush“, and was written by John Nichols of The Nation.

If the United States had major media that covered politics, as opposed to the political spin generated by the Bush White House and the official campaigns of both the Republican president and his Democratic challenger, one of the most fascinating, and significant, stories of the 2004 election season would be the abandonment of the Bush reelection effort by senior Republicans.

Nichols is quite scathing with his words, and I have little to add to what he writes.

The first half of the article is a damning of the mainstream media and an overview of the reasons many of these Republicans have strongly endorsed John Kerry for President. The second half of the article contains 12 forcefully-worded criticisms of our President accompanied by words of support for the Kerry-Edwards ticket from lifelong Republicans. Included in these twelve are Ambassador John Eisenhower (son of Republican President Dwight Eisenhower), former Kentucky Senator Marlow Cook, former Michigan Governor William Milliken, and former U.S. Senator Bob Smith. All but two of the statements are from Republicans who have served in high-level positions in either state or the federal governments.

Nichols concludes by saying:

In the end, of course, the vast majority of Republicans will cast their ballots for George w. Bush on Tuesday, just as the vast majority of Democrats will vote for John Kerry. But the Republicans who plan to cross the partisan divide and vote for Kerry have articulated a unique and politically potent indictment of the Bush administration.

Nichols is completely correct in this statement, but we can still affect some Bush-leaning voters that each of us know. And as Richard said, every vote counts, whether or not you’re a resident of a “swing state”. Here, most of us have passionately believed for a very long time that Bush has been ravaging our nation. Much of the American public is under the impression that the only people who believe as we do are extreme leftists or anarchists. They have a right to know the truth. Make our position unmistakably clear to them. Kerry must win in a landslide, otherwise this victory may not be enough. The only way to do that is to force the media into reporting that Kerry demolished Bush in this election.

For those who don’t have the time to read Nichols’ article, I say make the time, but if its not possible, here’s a couple of the statements that have been avoided most by the media:

  • “Before the current campaign, it might have been argued that at least in affirming the importance of faith and respecting those who profess it the administration had embraced traditional conservative views. But in the wake of the Swift Boat ads attacking John Kerry, even this argument can no longer be maintained. As an elder of the Presbyterian Church, I found that those ads were not at all in the Christian tradition. John McCain rightly condemned them as dishonest and dishonorable. The president should have, too. That he did not undermines his credibility on questions of faith. Some say it’s just politics. But that’s the whole point. More is expected of people of faith than “just politics.”

“The fact is that the Bush administration might better be called radical or romantic or adventurist than conservative. And that’s why real conservatives are leaning toward Kerry.”

– Clyde Prestowitz, counselor to the secretary of commerce in the Reagan administration and an elder of the Presbyterian Church.

  • “George W. Bush has come to embody a politics that is antithetical to almost any kind of thoughtful conservatism. His international policies have been based on the hopelessly naive belief that foreign peoples are eager to be liberated by American enemies — a notion more grounded in Leon Trotsky’s concept of global revolution than any sort of conservative statecraft.”
  • – Scott McConnell, executive editor, The American Conservative.

  • “The current administration has run the largest deficits in U.S. history, incurring massive debts that our children and grandchildren will have to pay. Two and a half million people have lost their jobs; trillions have been wiped out of savings and retirement accounts. The income of Americans has declined two years in a row, the first time since the IRS began keeping records. George W. Bush will be the first president since Hoover to have a net job loss under his watch… President Bush wanted to be judged as the CEO president, it is time to say, ‘you have failed, and you’re fired.”
  • – William Rutherford, former State Treasurer of Oregon

    Sunday, October 31st, 2004 by forrest |
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    Two with Jack, Hold the Mayo

    Family Halloween Blogging

    Boo and Jack (1984)

    Jay and Jack (1975)

    For more recent photos of the jack-o-lantern kids see my first Friday Family Blogging adventure. As election day approaches I keep thinking about the many reasons why activists are activists. Boo and Jay have always been my motivation. There now. I’ve dragged you along in my stroll down Memory Lane AND demonstrated my civic spirit, all in one felled-swoop!

    Your bonus prize for the day is a pointer to Google’s latest holiday logo for Halloween. Have some fun and google at Google their “holiday logos”.

    Sunday, October 31st, 2004 by Kate Storm |
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    Non-Swing State Voters – CRITICAL TO SUCCESS

    The “swing state” fallacy is one I want to destroy right here, right now. Many netizens of Left Blogistan are lamenting the fact that they don’t live in swing states, and therefore won’t have as great of an influence on the presidential election.

    I disagree on so many levels. Here’s why:

    Listening to the media whores, you’d think that the vote of anyone not residing in a swing state is less important. Like it’s only worth 1/2 a vote or something. But this media fixation on swing states does bring up a legitimate question – if someone is not in a swing state, does their vote mean as much this coming Tuesday?

    My answer: you bet. Maybe even more so.

    John Kerry needs more than just a win in the presidential race – in addition to the electoral college, he needs a clear blowout in the popular vote, so that any accusations by the GOP of voter fraud are rendered useless for all practical and operational purposes. Also, a popular vote blowout, in conjunction with a Kerry electoral college victory, confers a strong mandate for change. It’s as important that Senator Kerry hears that message as the neocon movement.

    Lastly, a Kerry administration is going to need a dose of spine in the form of congressional representation – Senate and House. There’s quite a few competitive congressional seats in non-swing states.

    So that’s why, even in states that are (at this time) solid blue need to really turn out the vote.

    I somewhat fault the DNC for not hammering this point home over the course of the past month. It’s not just the swing states.

    Every single vote matters, regardless of where the votes are coming from. The more, the merrier.

    Sunday, October 31st, 2004 by Richard Blair |
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    Sunday, October 31st, 2004 by Richard Blair |
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    Sunday, October 31st, 2004 by Richard Blair |
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    Visualize Winning

    This is too precious and absolutely spot-on. Makes my punky Flash effort below seem, well, punky. ;-)

    Needlenose: Visualize Winning


    Sunday, October 31st, 2004 by Richard Blair |
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    Wow! GOP Chair in DeLay’s District is recommending DeLay’s opponent?

    Thanks to one of our newest linkages, Prairieweather.

    Here’s a good one, too!

    They are disposable lighters. Let’s send them to the trash can Tuesday.

    Thanks to Rooks Rant!

    Sunday, October 31st, 2004 by SpinDentist |
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    There’s Still a Lot of Excitement Out There

    This is DeMoines, IA, but there is excitement going on in Appleton, WI, here in Florida, and even in Cleveland.

    In Cleveland I’ve heard of Kerry Surrogate Paul Newman shaking hands in town, and women now refusing to wash their hands. Dang, he’s still a sexy beast, I suppose.

    Here in Florida I ran across about 40 Kerry supporters blanketing one the intersection of State 520 and A1A. It was stunning, from a boy named Max, nine years old and furiously waving his Kerry sign, to a young robust man waving his which said “Firefighters for Kerry.” From two young schoolteachers imploring cars to honk for Kerry to a little old lady with a peace sign necklace — all for Kerry and and all excited. How do I know? I parked my car and went out and slapped them all on the back and asked some of them their stories.

    Here in Florida there is good news for them to celebrate, also. Kerry has squeeked ahead in Zogby, and there’s even nicer news than that:

    However, pollster John Zogby said much can be learned from the gridlock that seems to plague the race.

    At this stage, incumbent Bush shouldn’t be struggling in key states where 131 electoral votes are at stake, he said. Bush’s struggles, he said, are Kerry’s gains.

    Undecided voters historically break toward the challenger at the end of a campaign, he said.

    That’s why he said he has no compunction about calling the race for Kerry.

    “It’s a hunch,” said Zogby, who is known for his unconventional methods. “I’m looking at the president’s numbers as an incumbent, and they’re not good.”

    Tonight is looking good, and there was none of that predicted “Osama” bounce the pundits were calling last night.

    Sunday, October 31st, 2004 by SpinDentist |
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    Not One

    (The Not One video has been moved here. It was sucking up too much bandwidth on ASZ.)

    –© All Spin Zone, 2004

    Saturday, October 30th, 2004 by Richard Blair |
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