Friday, November 24, 2006

Just who is Tony Blair?

This weekend I saw two movies that really made me ponder Tony Blair's pathology.

The first was "Love, Actually" with Hugh Grant playing the Prime Minister. Although I'm aware that Grant's PM is not meant to be Blair, (in fact Grant mentions the previous PM having lots of children running about and a scary wife) it does seem he faces one of the same problems. His staff and cabinet hope he will finally stand up to the U.S. and its boorish toad of a president. He tells them it's in the country's best interest to toe the line. After hand-wringing his way through most of the movie and seeing Billy Bob Thornton (the prez) fondle his girlfriend, he bucks up and delivers a witty and inspirational speech informing the President that he and his country are bullies who will no longer be catered to.

The other movie was "The Queen". Quite a masterpiece of frosty, menacing looks. The PM in this film IS Tony Blair in the week after Diana PoW dies. From the start Blair comes off as a national hero for a witty and inspirational speech while the royals look like clueless, heartless bastards playing upper class twits at Balmoral. Blair's staff, cabinet and wife want him to be a true Labour leader and use the Queen's plummeting popularity to finally toss them out on their asses. While Blair is frustrated and puzzled by the Queen's refusal to acknowlege Diana death to her subjects, he clearly feels sorry for her. He knows the crown killed her father and and he knows that her subjects have turned on her for doing exactly what's been expected of her for more than 50 years.

Should Blair be pilloried for sympathizing and even toadying up to his ideological opponents? Is he betraying his party and principles or recognizing the complexity of power? In the first case, Blair clearly needs to tell Bush to "fuck off." Even before the split government, the only thing Bush would do is shake his head and grin like the trained chimp he is. In the second case, Blair realized after all the emotion cleared, Britain would still need the Queen. They don't need Prince Phillip though. He's a dickhead.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Name for Conservative "Daily Show"

Erin Hart, filling in for Jay Marvin this lovely Thanksgiving morning, suggested coming up with names for the conservative "Daily Show," the working title of which is currently, "This Just In," which sucks (which actually may be highly appropriate, according to Sadly, No!'s research).

How about 20/40. (Because conservative hindsight is blurry). Or Scrub It Now. Tagline for both: Revising yesterday's news today.

Happy Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Jackson Not Directing Hobbit

There is, I think, a well-known tug-of-war between the creative side and the corporate side of Hollywood. A very necessary struggle. I think restraints which the corporate side puts on the creative side has led to much more interesting products at times, forcing directors to come up with clever ways of expressing themselves. Now we can have lots of sex, violence and naughty words, but those films get tiring, and forgotten, real quick.

So, yes, I think corporate Hollywood plays an important part.

However, New Line shouldn't kid themselves that their Armani suits and ability to crunch numbers had much of anything to do with the success of LOTR.

Sure, they made a gutsy move when they threw all their financing into all three LOTR films at once. And hiring Peter Jackson, whose previous movies, while enjoyable for what they were, to me didn't hint at an epic ability. But that was a gutsy move born of desperation. Like Jordan said in Studio 60 last night, they had the freedom of becoming untethered knowing that they were living on borrowed time. Or, as in Risky Business, they said, "What the fuck?"

It wasn't typical corporate bullcrap that caused the success of LOTR. It was New Line's atypically un-corporate final desperate act combined with Jackson's and Walsh's love and respect for the product and their dedication to years of indepth pre-prep. That love and respect was infectious. If you watch the special features, you can see how deep that love went along all levels of production, especially in the details that we viewers would never see.

Now New Line, crazed by the lurid rubbing of rolls of Benjamins against silk-clad buttocks, has decided that the magic that was created in the previous perfect confluence was actually run-of-the-mill. Jackson pissed them off by demanding both he and his wife get paid for their phenomenal work. Contrary to the mythical beliefs about marriage, they are still two people who did two very different jobs. But to non-creative minds who care mostly about a promise of a bottom line based on some formula, they apparently think LOTR was yet another formulaic film that you can plug just anybody into.

And I'm sure they'll feel justified when The Hobbit does indeed make lots of money. But not as much as it could. Writers and directors are individuals, and that individuality comes across. People will flock to the theaters expecting more of what made the first three films so special, but parts will be missing, the director's vision will be different, and it will not be the same.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

New Light Rail

Yesterday was Free Day on light rail to celebrate the opening of the new lines.

Damn, Coloradans like free shit.

Now, you'd think that so many suburban dwellers who are used to wide open spaces or solitary isolation in cars would be a lot more put out at having to touch total strangers, but everyone I rubbed elbows with (and not much else, thankfully) was patient and friendly, including about how messed up the train schedules were.

It seemed whoever was in charge of scheduling the day's festivities figured that most of the free riders would only want a sample, and a trip to Broadway would satisfy. But of course most everyone wanted to go to the 16th Street mall. So most people got off at Broadway to transfer to one of the Mineral lines, which weren't running on their regular timetables.

You know, it's hard enough standing in one spot for a couple of hours. It's a lot harder when you're trying to maintain your balance and keep your eyes on a toddler who likes to crawl through people's legs. I never missed sitting in a car on the freeway so much.

However, on normal commuting days I imagine the trains will be a lot less crowded and the new lines will help a lot.

And I'd just like to go on record as saying how very stupid the previous managers of Park Meadows Mall were for refusing to let light rail share their parking lot. As they say in New England, "Ya cahn't get there from here." Truly, truly asinine and lacking forethought and common sense, which is why they've secured jobs running Iraqi "reconstruction." (For those not from the area, light rail stops right next to the mall, literally a few hundred meters away, yet there is a fence blocking access, no bridge, no sidewalk. You'd have to cross the freeway bridge to the East to maybe catch a bus or walk somehow around to the next freeway underpass and go back West, probably at least a 15-20 minute walk. Truly stupid.)

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Beck ... That's a German Name, Isn't It?

No offense, and I know Germans. I love Germans ... heck, I'm married to a German and my two sons are half German. I really don't believe it's a nation of evil, but that it was hijacked.

With that being said, Beck sounds like a German name, and there are still Nazis around. Just as Muslims have a natural tendency to be terrorists and America's enemies, Germans have a natural tendency to be Nazis and America's enemy.

And I know Glenn Beck is not a Nazi. I'm not accusing him of being an enemy, but that's the way I feel, and I think a lot of Americans will feel that way.

But at least Glenn Beck is a very good icon to show Europe how to integrate into the U.S. -- be white and nominally Christian. You'll blend.

Via Crooks&Liars

Catapult the Propaganda

Lots of admissions coming out theses days. First the President, Rush Limbaugh and Hugh Hewitt admit they purposely and consciously lie to everyone. Then O.J. Simpson writes his "How I Did It" book. Now "Fair and Balanced" Fox News is caught scripting its "journalists" with anti-Democratic storylines. (via Crooks&Liars)

Confession - not just for the repentent.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Bill Will Be Back

I hadn't posted anything about Bill Winter's loss. It was not too disheartening, though. I thought 40% was decent in such a heavily Republican area (and I am a strong advocate of Dems spreading out into these Republican areas). But I didn't realize just how well Bill Winter did, according to an email from his campaign:
... consider that we as a group got 199,000 voters to know about Bill, and with only 102,000 registered Democrats, almost half of our support base came from unaffiliated and republican voters. This may be why Nancy Pelosi called our campaign manager on Tuesday night to see if Bill would run again.
I bet he will. And he'll do even better. Like, by winning.

At least Crazy Tom Tancredo won't have any power in a Democratic Congress ... oh, wait, he was pretty much persona non grata in the Republican Congress, too. So more of the same, which is next to nothing.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Accents

Just got back from a long weekend. Politics and I were incommunicado, so I've got no comments about that.

But how does this GoToQuiz know I'm from the West based on so few words? In what region does someone pronounce "bag" and "vague" the same? (via World Wide Rant)


What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The West

Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.

The Midland
Boston
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Philadelphia
The South
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I did find it weird that people in the major cities of the south, even native-born, just as often talked a lot like me, a Californian.

I have lost a great deal of that accent, though. My voice doesn't go up at the ends of sentences so much anymore; my "R's" aren't quite so hard and in the back of my throat; I don't do the guttural stops in the midst of words so hard (such as in "wa' everrrrr; now it's more wudever). I generally only say "like" when I'm describing something. And I don't talk quite so fast. As I recall, San Francisco has some of the fastest speakers around, whole sentences being contracted into long words, sort of like the Germans do. For instance, I still say Sa'Fra'cisco very fast.

Over the weekend we watched the "Dog Whisperer" visit a Nebraska farm. The farmer had a very countrified accent, and I thought his daughter sounded like she could have been from California (not so much the coast of California, though). It's very interesting seeing what I call the California accent spreading across the country.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Should Dems Try Impeachment?

There were a few times in the past couple of years that I thought it was necessary to impeach the President. He attempted a sort of coup, a power grab, an undermining of the Constitution which was so egregious, blatant and contemptible that I thought not only did he need to be stopped, but a strong message had to be sent to future presidents.

As I've said before, people can get away with whatever they are allowed to get away with. The press, the populace and especially the Congress allowed the President to do everything he's done. I was very frustrated that all three were working together to make the last six years possible. Even though I knew intellectually that the pendulum swings (and it will swing back, guaranteed), I was angry and frustrated.

But as often happens in victory, magnanimity kicks in. Well, it didn't happen when the Repubs took control. They used their power to shut out the opposition and push through an agenda which was too radical for a centrist populace.

Bush just got his ass checked by the populace which gave us a Congress that will further check Bush's ass. And being the lap dogs to power that they are, the press will finally do a better job of helping to check Bush. What happened Tuesday was just as much a political solution to an un-Constitutional situation as impeachment, and one that is a lot less divisive and time consuming than investigations and impeachment.

Of course, with both Houses being in opposition control, investigations and subpoenas must come. They should have been underway all along for the past six years. Contrary to lap dog Norah O'Donnell's opinion, it is the proper and necessary role of Congress to at least issue dozens of subpoenas. Congress has to figure out just how badly the former government screwed up the books or things can't be fixed. If nothing gets done for a few months or a year but investigations, then so be it. We need information to proceed.

Those investigations will not and should not be with an agenda of "getting" the President. However, information may come to light which may make it impossible to not "get" the President.

So Congress should not try to impeach the President. Congress should go about its Constitutionally mandated job of tracking government spending, determining the efficacy of the Iraq Occupation policies and providing oversight, checks and balances on the Executive. Congress should also not shut out the Republicans. This country is centrist, desires two opposing forces providing balance, and that should be reflected.

But ...

Information must not be swept under the rug just because it might cause trouble. If Congress finds proof of impeachable offenses and the population supports it, then let the impeachment proceedings begin.

First things first, however. Right now it's more important to start righting this ship, and that begins with Dems being responsible and reasonable so when the impeachable offenses are found, the country will know it's not just payback time.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The Truth Is Coming Out

Rush and Hewitt have openly admitted they're big fat lying liars. (via Eschaton)

... Bush openly admitted he's a big fat lying liar, too. (ThinkProgress, also via Eschaton)

Are Certain Truths Sinking In?

Just last night, after the Dems had already taken the House, I heard one of the talking heads still say the Dems have no plan (was it Chris Matthews?). Today, the press has noticed that the Dems do indeed have a plan, and have had one for awhile.

Truth number one: The press isn't liberal. It's lazy, corporatist, has a herd mentality, snuggles up with those in power. Now that Dems are in power in Congress, the press will think it worthy to cover the Dems and their plans rather than ignore them.

Also last night, I heard Bill Kristol say something like, "now we can say the country is centrist."

Truth number two: The country is centrist. It was centrist about most of the key issues, the economy, healthcare, labor. As far as national security, the country was scared shitless, and the conservatives played up and benefited from that fear. Now the fear is waning, reason is returning, and it is patently obvious the "conservatives" are more interested in their own self-interest than in protecting the country and promoting its general welfare.

Truth number three: Fear clouds our vision. It gives us something like Beer Goggles. When the adrenaline is pumping and the heart is racing, we see movement in the shadows while we peek over the covers, and our leaders look all butch and manly. Fear Goggles. As the fear buzz wears off, our leaders start looking old and shifty, and we notice the movement in the shadows is actually our leaders in our beds doing unspeakable things to us and our democracy.

What a Lovely Day

The height of fall is past, yet colors are a little brighter, particularly that wide, bright blue sky. Mmmm, smell that fresh fall air. This Pop Tart tastes amazing.

Must be the natural high.

The President had to swallow his bile and invite Speaker Pelosi over for a delightful snack.

Alert: after the meeting, watch Speaker Pelosi carefully for signs of having been replaced with a compliant robot (see Laura Bush for comparison).

Hackers should be on standby for emergency reprogramming.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Elementary School Election

My six-year-old son said he voted today for Bill Ritter. If Bill Winter had been a choice, he said, he would have voted for him, but there was only two choices, Beauprez and Ritter. For months, when speaking, I've been accidentally saying Winter for Ritter or Ritter for Winter. So the similar name thing worked for my son.

He didn't know what his school's election results were. But right across the street from his school is a very Democratic house with lots of signs, including a "Bush lied, thousands died" sign.

And he had voting problems! He said when he folded his ballot in half it wouldn't fit into the box, so he had to unfold it. When will we fix this broken system!?! Think of the children!

Colorado Election Results

CNN.

Glad I Voted Absentee

ColoradoLib has reports of really messed up voting and long lines around Colorado.

National Election Results, Very Well Organized

The Blue State has a lovely, easy to understand list. Senate. House. Gubernatorial.

DailyKos has a clever little box right at the top of the page for an easy reference of the gains/losses for Dems. For more detailed information, also with the clever box: Gubernatorial. Senate. House.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Don't Let Them Take Sunday

That's my fun day, my "I don't have to run day."

Jenny Shank at New West Boulder got a funny call from former Senator, new grandpa and recurring crackpot columnist John Andrews.

Why Rocky Endorsed Tancredo

Not because of his sound economic acumen, but because he never "threatened" a columnist for the Rocky Mountain News.

In 2004, when Kerry was being Swiftboated, Dave Kopel, occasional contributing columnist for the RMN and researcher for the Independence Institute, was helping spread the lies in his columns (see the incomparable Daily Howler for the truth).

Bill Winter took issue with Kopel and wrote him an e-mail. The troubling part was when Winter added, "When the revolution comes, I'll be looking for you, brother!"

Not much of a threat, since first there has to be a revolution, and then Bill Winter has to find the time between stockpiling food and fortifying the battlements to hunt down a columnist. Still, it is worrying, and so Winter rightly apologized for letting it get him so worked up, adding, "We ask if it's the sort of thing that a serious political candidate would say, but nobody seems to question the things Tom Tancredo says." Not to mention all the threats of physical violence which come from the Right every day.

I can't figure out why else the Rocky would endorse Tancredo. Because a few votes for so-called fiscal conservatism really isn't enough to overcome Tancredo's many many problems, the top of the list of which is his neglect of his home district.

Bill Winter Is Economically Well-Informed

I heard Tom Tancredo's ad during Jay Marvin's show just a little while ago. It's the only time I've heard from Tancredo at all, he seems to take for granted his comfortably ensconced seat.

The sickening thing is, a lot of the script for the ad is taken from the Rocky Mountain News' endorsement of Tancredo. Rocky says Bill Winter's budget and economic views are not "terribly well-informed," but after giving specific examples of Tancredo's fiscal conservatism, say nothing specific about Bill. How am I supposed to research a vague accusation like that?

Whatever the Rocky's "principled" and ideological objections to Bill's fiscal policies may be, it is apparent that in concrete, objective reality Bill is more likely to help the economy, as Tancredo is too busy with other priorities:
[Colorado-based defense contractor, EOJT's CEO Jeff] Bell attempted to contact his Congressman, Rep. Tom Tancredo, but never received a response to repeated phone calls and letters. Bell then turned to Tancredo's opponent, Bill Winter.

Bell commented, "As a small business owner, it is a challenge to compete with the larger defense contractors. I was baffled as to why Representative Tancredo would not be interested in the possibility of bringing jobs to his own district while also protecting our troops" adding "Mr. Tancredo is running with a slogan of "Secure America," but if he won't even help to secure the safety of our troops or secure jobs for people in his district, how can we take seriously anything he says about security?"

Bell's company is a small business based in Centennial, CO with a staff of 20. The devices they produce, which mitigate and prevent detonation of Remote Controlled Improvised Explosive Devices (RCIEDs), hold the potential to save lives from what has been identified as one of the most significant hazards to our troops in Iraq. Some estimates indicate that half of all American deaths in Iraq are caused by IEDs.

Bringing business to Colorado while saving a soldier's life and well-being and saving the tax-payers from having to support a severely brain-damaged person who can then go on to contribute further to society throughout his long and productive life seems economically astute. Oh, and moral.

Tom Tancredo, on the other hand, seeks to spend billions of taxpayer dollars to build a wall he admits is nothing more than an empty symbol. How is that fiscally conservative?

The ad also touts a couple of his endorsements, I don't recall who. Here's Bill's endorsements. Bill doesn't need the Rocky's terribly un-informative endorsement.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Reap What You Sow - And By That Pastor Mark Means "A Female Pig"

[Updated below]

Pastor Mark Driscoll* of Mars Hill Church in Seattle blames Gayle Haggard for turning her husband, Ted, to gay "massages." (From Dan Savage of The Stranger via Eschaton)

Most pastors I know do not have satisfying, free, sexual conversations and liberties with their wives.

[...]

A wife who lets herself go and is not sexually available to her husband in the ways that the Song of Songs is so frank about is not responsible for her husband’s sin, but she may not be helping him either.

Here's Gayle Haggard looks alright to me (scroll to bottom of link -- stupid photobucket is giving me problems). But maybe when God said, "Let there be light" he had to tell Gayle Haggard to get her fat ass out of the way. We can't tell from the picture.

Pastor Mark's wife, Grace, is comparatively a hottie based on the tiny picture at this link. Long blonde hair and dressed in generally fashionable black.

All the indications are that Pastor Mark is having lots of satisfying, free, sexual "conversations and liberties" (does that mean she talks dirty and does something nasty to his taint?) with his good lady wife: she hasn't "let herself go" and they have four kids. Plus, Pastor Mark has that rounded, self-satisfied face that says "I enjoy well the earthly sensual pleasures -- eat, drink and 'be merry,' if you know what I'm sayin', for tomorrow we get Raptured." This guy spends every day finding a way to trigger that endorphin rush to feed his need for a rapturous high.

So I'm wondering, for the first time in my life thanks to Pastor Mark, how many megachurch pastors have frumpy wives? We really need to know, because "by their fat wives ye shall know them." And, as New Line Megachurch member Christine Rayes said, ""This doesn't make what Ted accomplished here any less. The farther up you are, the more you are a target for Satan."

Here's a searchable database of megachurches. Loyal followers of Christ must hunt down the Mark of the Beast and rout out Satan's crank-smoking gay minions.


*I believe Pastor Mark's blog post qualifies as the "sin of gossip," a sin specifically talked about by Jesus himself -- unlike homosexuality (Hullabaloo). Really, he shouldn't be talking about other men's wives. Which is why I decided to speculate somewhat graphically about his own private sex life.

Update: The General has a more recent and revealing picture of Mrs. Pastor Ted. Pastor Ted has some high standards if his attractive wife drove him to seek loving comfort from a man.

And here's how much of a bleeding heart liberal I am (like that's a bad thing). I feel bad even for a raving, damaging (Genius Of Insanity) hypocrite like Pastor Ted, and especially for his family.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Bush: Raising Canes

Keith Olbermann's Special Commentaries make me want to cry with pride when I hear them. (Thank you Crooks and Liars for video and transcripts):

On the 22nd of May, 1856, as the deteriorating American political system veered towards the edge of the cliff, Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina, shuffled into the Senate of this nation, his leg stiff from an old dueling injury, supported by a cane.

[...]

Brooks found Sumner at his desk, mailing out copies of a speech he had delivered three days earlier — a speech against slavery.

The Congressman matter-of-factly raised his walking stick in mid-air, and smashed its metal point, across the Senator's head.

Congressman Brooks hit his victim repeatedly. Senator Sumner somehow got to his feet and tried to flee. Brooks chased him, and delivered untold blows to Sumner's head. Even though Sumner lay unconscious and bleeding, on the Senate floor, Brooks finally stopped beating him, only because his cane finally broke.

Others will cite John Brown's attack on the arsenal at Harper's Ferry as the exact point after which the Civil War became inevitable.

In point of fact, it might have been the moment — not when Brooks broke his cane over the prostrate body of Senator Sumner - but when voters in Brooks's district started sending him new canes.

[...]

And also here, we have institutionalized the terrorizing of the opposition. True domestic terror:

– Critics of your administration in the media receive letters filled with fake anthrax.

Braying newspapers applaud, or laugh, or reveal details the FBI wished kept quiet, and thus impede or ruin the investigation.

– A series of reactionary columnists encourages treason charges against a newspaper that published "national security information" — that was openly available on the internet.

– One radio critic receives a letter, threatening the revelation of as much personal information about her as can be obtained — and expressing the hope that someone will then shoot her with an AK-47 machine gun.

– And finally, a critic of an incumbent Republican Senator, a critic armed with nothing but words, is attacked by the Senator's supporters, and thrown to the floor, in full view of television cameras, as if someone really did want to re-enact the intent and the rage of the day Preston Brooks found Senator Charles Sumner.

Of course, Mr. President, you did none of these things.

You instructed no one to mail the fake anthrax. Nor undermine the FBI's case. Nor call for the execution of the editors of the New York Times. Nor threaten to assassinate Stephanie Miller. Nor beat up a man yelling at Senator Allen. Nor have the first lady knife Michael J. Fox.* Nor tell John McCain to lie about John Kerry.

No, you did not.

And the genius of the thing, is the same, as in King Henry's rhetorical question about Archbishop Thomas Becket: "Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?"

All you have to do, sir… is hand out enough new canes.

* (From earlier in the Special Commentary)

"It's always easy," [First Lady Laura Bush] said of Mr. Fox's commercials — and she used this phrase twice — "to manipulate people's feelings."

Where on earth might the First Lady have gotten that idea, Mr. President?

From your endless manipulation of people's feelings about terrorism?

"However they put it," you said Monday of the Democrats, on the subject of Iraq , "their approach comes down to this: the terrorists win and America loses."

No manipulation of feelings there.

No manipulation of the charlatans of your administration into the only truth-tellers.

No shocked outrage at the Kerry insult that wasn't; no subtle smile as the First Lady silently sticks the knife in Michael J. Fox's back; no attempt on the campaign trail to bury the reality that you have already assured that the terrorists are winning.

Middle Class Squeeze

We've been feeling it for several years. Get a new job with a much higher income, but have to move to an area with a similarly larger cost of living. Medical deductions always rise more than raises. And that damn grocery bill. Right now our skinny boys are young and picky -- when they're teens, we may have to take out a home equity loan every year just to feed them -- if we have a home with equity.

So articles about studies like this which describe that Middle Class Squeeze are no shocker to us, nor to members of the reality-based community, which is similarly made up of the middle class.
"Families are being forced to live beyond their means, just to pay for the basics, such as housing and health care," said Christian Weller, a senior economist for the Center for American Progress, which is headed by John Podesta, a former Clinton-administration chief of staff. "They are not only spending their current income but all their future income."

Members of the reality-making community (the Fortune 500 and their best buds), however, feel differently.
"Let's not kid ourselves. The data say we're wealthy. And we're one of the wealthiest nations on Earth," said Tim Kane, a director at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C.

If we're one of the wealthiest nations on Earth, is he saying the wealth belongs to all of us equally? Since that would be Communism, or at best Socialism, then it's fair to say that America is generating great wealth, but not everyone is benefiting from the bounty. In fact, mainly those at the top with their meat hooks in the halls of power are getting it, which he goes on to admit: "You can make a case that there is increased inequality, with the rich getting richer ... ."

Why, that would mean the all-boats-rise-with-the-tide-trickle-down theory is a huge steaming pile of crap. From ancient Egypt to feudal Europe, it always has been. If Tim Kane admits that we don't share at least proportionally equally the wealth of our nation, what exactly does "Let's not kid ourselves" mean?

I think it means "Look over there! Yoink! 'Bye."

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

GOP's Accomplishments: Petty and Personal

Howard Fineman thinks the Bush Administration should be tooting its own horn for its numerous positive accomplishments, which he lists. My mind is mush lately and I haven't been keeping up on all the recent news, but even I could recognize that even a cursory search of each item would probably yield the negative reality behind the positive facades.

At least Fineman tells us something we already knew from intimate personal experience:
Most GOP advertising has been negative and “petty and personal” at that, according to the Annenberg Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lately I haven't seen a single GOP ad that isn't at least partially an attack ad.

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