Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Keep your eye on the Viking Pundit's Kerry Vote Watch. The last tally:
Different week – same story. The Senate was unusually productive last week, holding 19 roll call votes on judicial nominees and defense legislation. Kerry missed them all, even though he was in Washington for a period when the Senate was in session.
Days worked this session: 3
Missed vote percentage: 116/130 = 89%
Sunday, June 20, 2004
Saturday, June 19, 2004
If Kerry couldn't even talk McCain into something good - like having, what looks like now (according to all polls), a better than 50:50 chance at being the second most powerful person in the world; how does he expect us to believe he could talk Chirac, or Schroeder, or Zapatero -and whatever Third World tyrants happen to be on the UN Security Council at the time - into something even bigger - like going to war?
Thanks again to Dan for his contribution.
Best Advice for Kerry: Be Invisible
June 16 - I’ve figured out what Sen. John Kerry needs to do to win the White House this November: wrap himself in Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak. If the Massachusetts senator can only stay out of sight for long enough, George W. Bush’s presidency may sink into the sands of Iraq.
Wishful thinking cloaked as strategy advice. Fat chance Bush will self-destruct, no matter how much people like Fineman hope for it. (They surely won't pray to God, since they think religiousness is a joke) Fineman goes back to the Carter of 1980 line like Business Week was running a few weeks back. There are no gas lines, double-digit unemployment, 20% interest rates, a hostage crisis that the President did next to nothing about, or a gutless leader at the helm blaming the American people for everything. (plus, notice how the "Reagan was lucky" meme gets snuck in there too)
As I see it, nothing much is going to matter in this campaign besides the TV debates—particularly the first one. If Kerry is going to win, the historical analogy to look at is 1980. The American people had had it up to here with Jimmy Carter. They were ready—desperate—for an alternative. They weren’t paying all that much attention to the former governor of California.
In the first debate, they finally looked at Ronald Reagan and decided that, while he certainly wasn’t perfect, he was safe enough—and that was all they needed. Carter’s brilliant polltaker, Pat Caddell, always said that the decision to debate Reagan cost his boss the election. Bush has no choice in the matter, I don’t think. He has to debate. Indeed, there will be three of them.
Liberals like Fineman might be fed up with Bush, but the American people in general surely aren't. Of course they want Kerry to shut up, to keep him from saying dumb things like this, via David Brooks:
Sometimes in the unscripted moments of a campaign, when the handlers are away, a candidate shows his true nature. Earlier this month, Andres Oppenheimer of The Miami Herald asked John Kerry what he thought of something called the Varela Project. Kerry said it was "counterproductive." It's necessary to try other approaches, he added.
The Varela Project happens to be one of the most inspiring democracy movements in the world today. It is being led by a Cuban dissident named Oswaldo Payá, who has spent his life trying to topple Castro's regime. Payá realized early on that the dictatorship would never be overthrown by a direct Bay of Pigs-style military assault, but it could be undermined by a peaceful grass-roots movement of Christian democrats, modeling themselves on Martin Luther King Jr.
No matter how much the media tries to shine up Kerry, more than enough voters will see Kerry for what he is. A zero.
G.O.P. Offensive Puts Small Dent in Kerry's Image
WASHINGTON, June 19 — When John Kerry effectively nailed down the Democratic presidential nomination on March 2, the White House was waiting. With relentless precision, it began a 90-day campaign to weaken Mr. Kerry's candidacy, a blast that included record spending on television advertisements and attacks on Mr. Kerry's credentials and ideology led by President Bush himself.
The Republican spring offensive — unusual in its early timing, its toughness and the decision of Mr. Bush to personally engage his opponent so far before November — effectively ends on Sunday, as the Bush campaign suspends its broadcast television advertising until next month.
Three months and $85 million after Mr. Bush began, pollsters and independent analysts said that while Mr. Bush had raised doubts about Mr. Kerry, he had not scored as much damage as some Democrats had feared — or some Republicans had anticipated — with this unusually expensive and early assault, particularly given the size of the investment and the use of Mr. Bush.
Bush's ads haven't changed my image of Kerry one bit. I think think he is the flip-flopping, conviction-less, one-world Socialist liberal I always thought he was.
This article is nothing more than a morale-booster for those liberal Democrats who, in their heart of hearts, know that they have nominated a dud of a candidate.
Friday, June 18, 2004
Our understanding of the relationship between Iraq and al-Qa’ida is evolving and is based on sources of varying reliability. Some of the information we have received comes from detainees, including some of high rank. We have solid reporting of senior level contacts between Iraq and al-Qa’ida going back a decade.-- George Tenet, 9 October 2002
Credible information indicates that Iraq and al-Qa’ida have discussed safe haven and reciprocal non-aggression. Since Operation Enduring Freedom, we have solid evidence of the presence in Iraq of al-Qa’ida members, including some that have been in Baghdad.
We have credible reporting that al-Qa’ida leaders sought contacts in Iraq who could help them acquire WMD capabilities. The reporting also stated that Iraq has provided training to al-Qa’ida members in the areas of poisons and gases and making conventional bombs.
Iraq’s increasing support to extremist Palestinians, coupled with growing indications of a relationship with al-Qa’ida, suggest that Baghdad’s links to terrorists will increase, even absent US military action.
So President Bush is to be censured for ingoring the 6 Aug 2001 PDB whil eon vacation in Texas, and excoriated for heeding the Congressional testimony of the Director of the FBI.
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The Philly Daily News has always been a liberal rag with a great sports section. But this is possibly the dumbest thing they have ever done. Who could possibly take any story they run seriously now?
However, I am not surprised at this. That paper has been a left-wing fish wrap for years. 10 years ago, I applied for an summer internship there, and was told indirectly, "whites need not apply." (What they actually said was that "I was not eligible for their internship program.") Plus, supporting a Democrat isn't exactly a difficult thing to do in a city that hasn't had a Republican mayor since 1930, and has a Democrat political establishment in hock to the labor unions.
I pray that there is a circulation backlash similar to the one the L.A. Times faced after they tried to bury Arnold Schwarzenegger, especially after this howler:
[T]his newspaper, the first in the nation, endorses John Kerry for president. Unlike the current White House occupant, Kerry can lead America to a brighter, better future. He has shown the personal courage, compassion, intellect and skill to lead this country in a time of war abroad and economic troubles at home. He is a serious man for a serious time.
Serious man? Who are they talking about? Not the John Kerry I know. Plus, read the part titled "The Case For John Kerry." It is full of hilarious nonsense. My favorite part:
He is not the indecisive waffler the Bush team would have you believe. Instead, he is offering a concrete, pragmatic direction for the nation.
Really? What is Kerry's plan on Iraq? I still don't know. Do you? What is Kerry's plan to fight terrorists? Oh, here it is. He plans to make sure that we are ready to respond after another one.
On homeland security, Kerry understands that if we are attacked again, the first to respond will be firefighters and emergency medical teams, which have been largely ignored by the Bush administration. Kerry is proposing recruiting an additional 100,000 firefighters.
Gee, proposing all those new firefighters has nothing to do with the huge support Kerry has recieved from the firefighter's unions now, does it? This country does not need 100,000 new firefighters, unless we relegate ourselves to attack after attack, the product a defeatist attitude that Kerry surely possesses. Or, at best, it would be nothing more than a massive social welfare program. How can anyone take this proposal seriously? And there's this:
On Iraq, there's little evidence that Bush can enlist the international help necessary to bring more of our troops home. There's reason to believe that Kerry, who understands the human cost of war, will.
What are these "reason[s] to believe?" The Daily News doesn't say, because they can't. It is pure wishful thinking.
Because he respects the intelligence of the American people, he rarely talks in sound bites.
He understands that sound bites aren't solutions. Kerry's positions, while sometimes complicated, are grounded in reality, not in doctrines developed in think tanks.
Well, at least they didn't use the word "nuance."
The Philadelphia Daily News has embarrassed themselves once again. This endorsement and their reasoning are both shameful and shameless.
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
TWISTED: LA Times Poll Had Sample With 38% Democrats, 25% Republicans
Sen. John Kerry "has taken big lead," according "to an L.A. Times poll."Just like in the last election I firmly believe that the Democrat's and their willing cohorts in big media are going to play with a lot of numbers this season like polls and the final ballot count. If you think the 2000 election legal challenges in Florida were bad expect the same thing to happen nation wide this fall.
But the Times poll that showed Kerry "beating Bush by 7 points" has created a controversy over whether the poll's sample accurately reflects the population as whole, ROLL CALL reports on Tuesday.
"Not counting independents, the Times' results were calculated on a sample made up of 38 percent Democrats and 25 percent Republicans -- a huge and unheard-of margin," ROLL CALL claims.
Friday, June 11, 2004
Ronald Wilson Reagan had faith in god, faith in himself and faith in his family but what made him one of the greatest President's was his faith in America and her people. He believed in us and he believed in America. Through dark and light that faith in America was unwavering.
Thinking about President Reagan's faith really highlighted the differences in the two candidates running for the Presidency today and their parties and if you look at it you'll find it like I have as being quite striking.
Like President Reagan the Republican Party and President George W. Bush believes in America and more importantly in the American people to make the best choices for themselves. The Democrat Party and their presumptive candidate Senator John Kerry do not hold their faith in the American people but instead in the institution of government to make the best choices for Americans.
I'm going to use the economy as a perfect example to show where each party lays its faith. President Reagan and Bush showed their faith in the American people by giving more of the people's money back to them so that they can make our own choices to get the economy going. On the other side of the political spectrum the Democrats want to increase taxes in good and bad times taking the people's money away from them and increasing the size of government with various programs to tell America how to run our lives. Senator Kerry has so much faith in government and little in the people that he has voted to take more money away from the American People over three-hundred-and-fifty times.
Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or whatever party is out there I want one and a leader that believes in the American people because we truly are what makes this country great.
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Wednesday, June 09, 2004
The U.N. Security Council gave resounding approval Tuesday to a resolution endorsing the transfer of sovereignty to Iraq's new government by the end of June.Do you know what this vote really means? It means that the leaders of Germany and France see the writing on the wall and they're placing their bets that George W. Bush will win his second term in office and their life would be easier with him as a friend rather than an enemy.
The unanimous 15-0 vote came after a last-minute compromise allowed France and Germany to drop their objections to the U.S.-British resolution, which underwent four revisions over weeks of tough negotiations.
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Tuesday, June 08, 2004
by Katherine Mangu-Ward
06/07/2004 5:45:00 PM
SENATOR JOHN KERRY issued a respectful and respectable statement in response to the news of President Reagan's death on Saturday. "Ronald Reagan's love of country was infectious," he said. "Even when he was breaking Democrats' hearts, he did so with a smile and in the spirit of honest and open debate. Despite the disagreements, he lived by that noble ideal that at 5:00 p.m. we weren't Democrats or Republicans, we were Americans and friends." This was an appropriate, even deft, statement--followed by the announcement by Kerry that he was canceling campaign events this week.
But it's worth taking a look back at what Kerry said about Reagan during and after his presidency. Reagan was president when Kerry was elected to the Senate, and their ideological clashes were colorful and frequent. That's to be expected. Occasionally, however, during Reagan's presidency and in subsequent years, Kerry crossed the line into strident invective:
* In November 2002, U.S. News & World Report carried this Kerry assessment of Reagan's presidency: "You roll out the president one time a day. One exposure to all of you [the media]. No big in-depth inquiries. Put him in his brown jacket and his blue jeans, put him on a ranch, let him cock his head, give you a smile, and it looks like America's OK."
He repeated the same sentiments in an interview with Vogue last year, this time drawing a parallel to Bush: "They have managed him the same way they managed Ronald Reagan," Kerry contended. "They send him out to the press for one event a day. They put him in a brown jacket and jeans and get him to move some hay or drive a truck, and all of a sudden, he's the Marlboro Man."
* That's not the only time Kerry has offered unflattering Bush-Reagan comparisons. In an interview last September with the Manchester Union-Leader, Kerry said, "We've seen governors come to Washington, . . . and they don't have the experience in foreign policy, and they get in trouble pretty fast. Look at Ronald Reagan. Look at Jimmy Carter and, now, obviously, George Bush."
* In 1992 Kerry said, "Ronald Reagan certainly was never in combat. I mean, many of his movies depicted him there. And he may have believed he was, but he never was. And the fact is that he sent Americans off to die."
* After his first major political battle in the Senate over Reagan's support for the Nicaraguan contras in 1985, Kerry said "I think it was a silly and rather immature approach," of Reagan's dismissal of a "peace offer" from Sandinista junta leader Daniel Ortega
* Last year Kerry said to the Democratic National Committee: "I'm proud that I stood against Ronald Reagan, not with him, when his intelligence agencies were abusing the Constitution of the United States and when he was running an illegal war in Central America."
In fact, Kerry has spoken at great length about the Reagan administration's "abuse of the Constitution" and "totalitarian" inclinations: "They were willing to literally put the Constitution at risk because they believed there was somehow a higher order of things, that the ends do in fact justify the means. That's the most Marxist, totalitarian doctrine I've ever heard of in my life. . . . You've done the very thing that James Madison and others feared when they were struggling to put the Constitution together, which was to create an unaccountable system with runaway power . . . running off against the will of the American people."
Read the full story here
Cavalier's Guardian WatchBlog
Assemblyman Joe Nation, D-San Rafael, served as master of ceremonies at the Mill Valley Community Center event that included Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, and local luminaries such as Susie Tompkins Buell, founder of the Esprit clothing line.
Both Nation and Heinz Kerry used the opportunity to honor the memory of former President Ronald Reagan. But Heinz Kerry also asked those in attendance to "be kind" to Republicans in their effort to win over people and improve the United States.
"It's not about a party," said Heinz Kerry, a former Republican. "This is about the people and the country."
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., has suspended campaigning and rearranged his schedule in the wake of Reagan's death.
But Heinz Kerry continued on with fund-raising events. After the Mill Valley appearance, she went to another fund-raiser last night in the South Bay.
Read the full story here
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Monday, June 07, 2004
...and no one noticed any difference.
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Friday, June 04, 2004
You'd think John Kerry, who has caught a lot of flak for flip-flopping on whether or not to adequately fund our troops in Iraq ("I actually voted for the $87 billion before I voted against it") would have shown up for a vote for an amendment adding $25 billion in funding for the war effort. But, no, he was too busy giving a campaign speech about helping the military to actually, you know, show up and do his job and vote for legislation to help the military.
Maybe Kerry figured there was no way to vote both for and against the funding, so he just decided to go AWOL from the vote.
And this on the heels of being the only senator to vote against funding to increase the nation's preparedness to cope with a bio-terror attack, two weeks before going out to campaign for increased preparedness for coping with a bio-terror attack.
Does he really think Americans are gonna fall for his two-faced stance?
Thursday, June 03, 2004
DEAF DONKEY EARS
On several occasions, Kerry paused, seemingly expecting applause for his lines. For example, at one point he said, "I will do what I think is best for the country," then waited for applause that only developed after one of his advance staffers began leading a weak round of applause.
His lukewarm reception was so bad that Kerry lost his cool, telling his audience, "I know you don't want to be here anymore."
"That line actually generated more real cheers," says a bemused Florida Democratic Party official. "If this is the kind of response our campaign is getting elsewhere, we're dead. This was awful. He was awful."
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
Kerry, who stood before a banner reading "New strategies for new threats," said the Bush administration had not done enough to work with "our greatest allies" to prevent the spread of nuclear materials. He said the administration had set a bad example by trying to develop new nuclear weapons while asking other nations not to do the same thing.
"What kind of message does it send when we're asking other countries not to develop nuclear weapons but we're developing new ones ourselves?" asked Kerry, who said he would end development of the nuclear bunker-buster bomb.
Read that astonishing statement again. Moral equivalence of the worst order. Can any rational person really think that we would use such weapons nefariously? No one can say the same about Pakistan and North Korea, that's for sure. Doesn't Kerry remember that North Korea agreed in 1994 to stop nuclear weapons production in exchange for bribes, er, aid? And they did anyway? And, doesn't he understand that Russia and China have never adhered to any reduction agreement they ever signed? Kerry has proven once again what we already know. He will go back to the failed Clinton policies of national defense.
The lapdog press knows this, which is why these statements were buried in the story. Instead, they chose to emphasise Kerry riding a Harley. (Gee, I'm sure Bush getting the endorsement of Rolling Thunder, a pro-veteran and pro-Bush biker group had nothing to do with that story angle.)
Kerry is offering up nothing on national security, excpet new ways to weaken the United States, which his entire career has been all about. Without the bunker-buster, all our enemies have to do is build deep tunnels, which they have already done. Our military needs bunker busters, and they surely don't need this idiot as their Commander-in-Chief.
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Nowak remembers returning from Vietnam in 1973 aboard an aircraft carrier loaded with thousands of sailors in their dress whites. "As we passed under the Golden Gate Bridge, there were people waiting for us. And they threw garbage on us," Nowak recalled. "That was about the time Kerry was throwing his [ribbons] away. It's kind of hard to forget either of them."Focus Swings to Vietnam, With a Roar
This was found, along with a few humorous pics, at Instapundit.
Ted Sampley, a former Green Beret who served two full tours in Vietnam, spotted Kerry and his Secret Service detail at about 9:00 a.m. Monday morning at the Wall. Sampley walked up to Kerry, extended his hand and said, "Senator, I am Ted Sampley, the head of Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry, and I am here to escort you away from the Wall because you do not belong here."
At that point a Secret Service officer told Sampley to back away from Kerry. Sampley moved about 6 feet away and opened his jacket to reveal a HANOI JOHN T-shirt.
Kerry then began talking to a group of schoolchildren. Sampley then showed the T-shirt to the children and said, "Kerry does not belong at the Wall because he betrayed the brave soldiers who fought in Vietnam."
Just then Kerry - in front of the school children, other visitors and Secret Service agents - brazenly 'flashed the bird' at Sampley and then yelled out to everyone, "Sampley is a felon!"
Kerry was referring to an incident 12 years ago when Sampley confronted Sen. John McCain's chief aide, Mark Salter, in a Senate stairwell after McCain repeatedly offended POW families at a Senate POW hearing. Sampley, whose father-in-law at that time was MIA in Laos, followed Salter into the stairwell and, when they emerged, Salter had a bloody lip and a broken nose.
Sampley's group, Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry, has garnered huge national attention and has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post and on MSNBC's "Scarborough Country." Tens of thousands of Vietnam vets have registered their opposition to Kerry through Sampley's group.
Clearly Sampley has gotten under Kerry's skin once again.
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