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Friday, November 17, 2006
 
This is a joke, right?
That has got to be what the Vietnamese are saying to themselves after listening to President Bush say the following while having a nice lakeside lunch near Hanoi and drawing parallels between the Vietnam and Iraq wars:

"It's just going to take a long period of time for the ideology that is hopeful — and that is an ideology of freedom — to overcome an ideology of hate. (...) We'll succeed unless we quit."

Perhaps the current Vietnamese government is stunned to realize that this man believes that the US should have "stayed the course" in Vietnam and is willing to say so publicly while he is their guest. Perhaps they thought we got rid of Henry Kissinger as an architect of US foreign policy many years ago. Perhaps they thought that the image of this man as a rigid, uncurious ideologue who can never, ever be influenced by anything other than the manufactured reality of his neocon bubble, was just political caricature.

If so, then they are just now learning what we've known for some time. Welcome to reality, George Bush style.
 
Monday, November 13, 2006
 
Humor is not always needed to make a point
I say let the guy retire in peace... perhaps in Germany.
 
Friday, November 10, 2006
 
Dell. The best TV for watching FOX
Presidential product placement is a relatively new phenomenon in American politics. It's too bad that we didn't have Youtube when these great Presidents said things like:

"Speak softly and carry a big Chapstick®"--Theodore Roosevelt

"All we have to fear is fear itself. I manage mine with Tofranil®"--Franklin Roosevelt

"There is nothing wrong with America that faith, love of freedom, intelligence, energy and quality products from GNC® cannot cure."--Dwight Eisenhower

Luckily, we have it for George:

 
Thursday, November 09, 2006
 
Good.
The House and Senate can start acting like a separate branch of government again. Let's see if they do.
 
Sunday, November 05, 2006
 
The set up.
They don't have to win, remember? They just have to be close.
 
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
 
More like FOX than FOX
CNN has been carrying the Kerry gaffe as its lead story for nearly 48 hours. Kerry isn't running for re-election this year. Kerry is not setting Democratic policy. But for two days, CNN has ignored other stories, like this, and this, and this, and this, so they can keep this one on top.

The executives at CNN have obviously made the decision to bet on Diebold in next week's election.
 
Monday, October 30, 2006
 
Plan Nine From Outer Space
Eight days to go. The GOP is casting about for something, anything at all that will bring their numbers up. In the last few days we've seen a spate of truly vile attack ads-some overtly racist, some accusing Democrats of being pro-child abuse, or pro-rape. We've witnessed an attack on Michael J. Fox for having the bad taste to be public about his hope for a cure to his Parkinson's disease. We've seen "Stay the Course" become "We've Never Been Stay the Course". We've been informed that Iraqis are killing each other and our troops in horrifying numbers because they are interested in our mid-term congressional elections.

And still, the public continues to believe that Democratic control of Congress will result in a safer and more prosperous America. What to do? Remember the GOP election-winning formula: Fear, Smears, and Queers.

The Fear/Iraq/Terror thing is no longer playing well. The Smears have become so outrageous that even Joe Sixpack can't keep a straight face while watching them. The Queer thing lost a lot of momentum with Foleygate. So, what can we look forward to for the last eight days?

More old favorites.

Of course, if it still doesn't look good on election day, the polls for just enough of the critical seats will turn out to be wrong:

 
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“There’s a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people…and on a rough recollection, the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years…We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.” -Paul Wolfowitz

Cost of the War in Iraq
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