Saturday, March 31, 2007
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Thursday, March 29, 2007
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Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
In half a century, I have not seen a president so isolated from his own party in Congress -- not Jimmy Carter, not even Richard Nixon as he faced impeachment. --Robert Novak
More and more Republicans and conservatives are bailing out on the sinking Bush presidency, as Robert Novak reports in this article. Republican members of Congress are petrified of being swept out of office in 2008 like so many of their former colleagues were last November. The word 'incompetence' has become the term most commonly used to describe the administration.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Senator James Inhofe from Oklahoma is well known for calling global warming a 'hoax'. Amazingly, up until November of 2006, he chaired the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee--which is in charge of legislation regarding global warming and the environment. As this video snipped makes clear in stark relief, the Republicans are no longer in charge in the American Congress.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
What we have, friends, is a remarkably distinguished field of candidates vying in an election system that has become truly insane. --David BroderAll of the candidates for president in 2008 are spending a disproportionate amount of their time these days raising cash. After all, when it's all said and done the next presidential election is slated to be the first billion dollar election in American history. As this Washington Post article reports, in ten days on March 31 we will have the first truly important metric released in the campaign, which is when the candidates by law must release the results of their first quarter fund raising.
On the Democratic side, it's hard to see how Hillary will not come in first place, but then it gets interesting: How big is her lead over #2? Just who will that #2 be? Will it be John Edwards, who without a day job has been scurrying around the country like a hungry squirrel foraging for cash, or will it be Barack Obama, the inexperienced media darling who claims fat-walleted liberals like George Soros and David Geffen as supporters? The pressure to drop out will no doubt mount on lower profile candidates like Chris Dodd, Bill Richardson, and Joe Biden if their number comes in low.
For the Republicans it will be interesting to see if the political obituaries that have been written regarding John McCain were premature or spot on. If his fund raising number is anemic, it would add to the snow ball effect of bad news that has dogged his campaign thus far. It also might very well be the beginning of the end for candidates like Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, and Tom Tancredo. It has been said that cash is the mother's milk of American politics and in the race for the presidency in 2008, those words have never been more true.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Here is the speech Joe Biden gave earlier this week on the Senate floor regarding Iraq . Although by paying attention to the national media you probably wouldn't know it--he, along with Hillary and Obama is running for President on the Democratic side in 2008.
With John Edwards first, then the rest of the Democratic candidates for president following suit and canceling a scheduled debate in Nevada that was to be sponsored by FOX News, their 'fair and balanced' mantra is increasingly being questioned. As any casual FOX News watcher can attest to, there is no question at all that the network uses the explosive issue of race relations in America to get viewers. This video montage speaks to that.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
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Saturday, March 10, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
Thursday, March 08, 2007
This video is important because today Rudy is estranged from the son shown here, and he also went through a very bitter divorce with Donna Hanover, who narrates the commercial. Last week he asked the national media to 'respect his familiy's privacy' regarding these issues. Apparently family privacy was not a concern when he ran for public office in 1989.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Having that kind of cash to carpet the nation's television airwaves would make an orangutan a credible candidate, let alone a highly successful businessman, philanthropist, and mayor of the nation's largest city.
If the nominees from both parties emerge damaged from highly competitive, nasty primaries an opening could arise for a moderate, independent third party candidate with deep pockets and broad crossover appeal like Bloomberg to come into the picture--not unlike Ross Perot did in 1992. Bloomberg is not only much wealthier than Perot was, but much more politically astute and experienced. President Bloomberg? It's probably not as far-fetched as one might think.
Monday, March 05, 2007
To the pure, dyed-in-the-wool "Reagan Republican" conservative all three candidates have glaring warts on them. Giuliani has been married three times, is pro-choice and anti-gun--and to top it all off has dressed up in drag publicly on more than one occasion. That might play well in New York, but probably not so well in places like Alabama and South Carolina. Sure he is "America's Mayor" and all that, but the facts are he is from the northeast and his stance on the major social issues is identical to that of Hillary Clinton. That's a problem.
John McCain is seen as a two-faced fraud by a large number of conservatives, including the crucially influential Rush Limbaugh. They haven't forgiven him for the fierce campaign he ran against George W. Bush in the 2000 Republican primaries during which he publicly denounced the influence on the party of Jerry Falwell and the religious right. Combined with his vote against the first round of Bush tax cuts, and his sponsorship of the McCain/Feingold campaign finance reform bill, he is simply persona non grata among a large tract of Republican primary voters.
Finally there is former Massachusetts (that's right, Massachusetts) governor Mitt Romney. As this video shows there was a guy running around CPAC dressed up as Flipper the dolphin to mock the 'flip flopping' Mitt Romney has done on the issues of abortion, gun control, and gay marriage. Massachusetts will never be confused with Mississippi as a hotbed of conservative values; indeed the home of Ted Kennedy and John Kerry is generally regarded as being the most liberal state in the union. It was therefore necessary for Romney to be liberal on the social issues while trying to win elections and govern there. The problem is that since then he has been scrambling frantically to move back right to woo the social conservatives so crucial to Republican presidential hopefuls: he now claims to be against abortion, pro gun owning rights (he even joined the NRA last year) and against gay marriage. Phew, what a quick metamorphosis!
If the Republicans fail to unite behind one of these three, then the stage is set for a 'true' conservative like Newt Gingrich to toss his hat in the ring late in an attempt to bring the party together. The problem is that Gingrich is perhaps the only politician on earth more divisive and polarizing than Hillary Clinton. With Bush's approval ratings so low, and their presidential field so seemingly weak, Republicans could face an electoral disaster in 2008 that would make the 2006 mid term elections pale in comparison.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
This is a pretty hilarious video, Max Blumenthal is a lefty--a writer for The Nation magazine. He crashed this weekend's big right-wing Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) annual meeting in Washington and shot this video. The following is his promo:
Michelle Malkin goes unhinged and launches a hysterical tirade into the lens of my camera. I ask Ann "John Edwards is a Faggot" Coulter why she isn't the same person on Sunday morning as on Saturday night. Tom Tancredo fanatics lose their cool when asked about connection between race and immigration, then try to conceal their neo-Confederate paraphenalia. A curiously pale black Republican explains why black Republicans can't get elected. Bob Barr, Grover Norquist and "Flipper," the anti-Romney dolphin, discuss the conservative movement. I receive a special gift from David Horowitz...and much, much more!
Saturday, March 03, 2007
The far right must see John Edwards as a serious threat as Coulter's attack was no accident. It happened on national television at one of the year's biggest conservative conferences, the conservative political action committee conference. Dick Cheney and most of the Republican candidates were in the audience. She was even introduced by Mitt Romney.
Friday, March 02, 2007
--On March 21, he’ll star at global-warming hearings in both the House and Senate, testifying before a committee he once served on. He will be the sole witness before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. On the House side, he will testify at a Joint Subcommittee Hearing on Climate Change, held by the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, and the Science and Technology Subcommittee on Energy and Environment.
Political advertising experts estimate that Gore's appearance in such a positive light at the Oscar's last week in front of a billion viewers was worth roughly $15 million in free advertising. The high profile events listed above will provide additional free publicity, and by not officially announcing it enables him to stay above the political fray, and it keeps Democratic primary voters on the edge of their seats, asking themselves, "Will he, won't he???"
--A new book by Gore, "The Assault on Reason: How the Politics of Fear, Secrecy, and Blind Faith Subvert Wise Decision Making, Degrade Our Democracy, and Put Our Country and Our World in Peril," is due out in May.--On July 7 (7.7.07), he will be among the luminaries heading a 24-hour “Save Our Selves” (SOS) concert marathon across all seven continents. The “Live Earth” concert will bring together more than 100 of the world’s top musical acts and is designed to reach more than 2 billion people through attendance and broadcasts. SOS – The Campaign for a Climate in Crisis was founded by Kevin Wall, who won an Emmy as worldwide executive producer of the Live 8 concert marathon.
It should be noted that Gore serves on the board of directors of both Apple Computer and Google--two companies that know a thing or two about marketing, product introduction and brand management. The position that Al Gore finds himself in today seems more and more like the result of a meticulously choreographed and brilliantly executed marketing strategy. All leading up to an announcement later this year or early next that would rock the political establishment to its core.
"Everyone knew he was smoking grass. He was joking about getting the penguins stoned. He threw them his joint and it looked like one penguin gulped it down. It seemed very wobbly."
Thursday, March 01, 2007
In any event, it's clear that part of Hillary Clinton's strategy is to present an aura of inevitability concerning her candidacy due mostly to her fund raising prowess and golden Rolodex--much of it coming from her husband. Essentially she is telling John Edwards and Barack Obama that she will drown them in a tub of cash.
This article in today's The Politico seems to indicate that John Edwards is not planning to roll over and die that easily. It also discusses a clear advantage he currently has over Clinton and Obama--he isn't in the Senate and therefore is free to travel and forage for cash much much more frequently than they are. Let's be clear here: the amount of cash on hand early on for the field of candidates will be the key metric in stacking the candidates up. This frantic, endless dash for cash has already taken the candidacy of one seemingly qualified candidate in Tom Vilsack--and disappointing numbers could quickly multiply the corpses. Edwards seems to be sort of an energizer bunny of sorts, with limitless stamina and energy in raising cash all over the country. And it certainly helps that he doesn't have a day job.