Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

June 13, 2004

by J

Weird things in News Stories

Someone in this comment thread claims that Tenet's son has heart problems (not Tenet himself, which has been reported). They didn't provide a link so I sent searching around for evidence. I didn't find any yet, but I did find a couple of interesting things. First, a quote from Bush in this article:
"I send my blessings to George and his family and look forward to working with him until he leaves the agency," Bush said.
Now, the notion of wishing blessings on people is one thing. Saying "God bless you" or "blessings to you." But, sending your own blessings. Do people (besides the Pope and old-fashioned fathers of suitors) really do that or is ol' Dubya just being his incredibly egotistical self?

Another one was this sidebar of stories on this page, one of which says:
Dean includes Gore among missteps
Umm, no. That is not how Dean characterized the Gore endorsement. Good grief the media is really all about making "you and him" fight among Democrats, isn't it? Related to this, NYCO picked up striking differences in tone and emphasis in the two versions of this interview that are circulating and observes:
But this isn't just something for Dean fans to wonder about; it ought to be something of at least a little concern to all Democrats who support the ongoing battle for the White House and Congress. Once again, real words coming from real people are being packaged in a way to play into the storyline of Democrats fighting with themselves, and ordinary people not really being important in the great narrative of almighty Washington.

This is the reason why ordinary people simply give up and drop out of the process, and leave everything to the loudmouthed, the charismatic, and the unscrupulous. They are constantly being fed the message that their job is to sit down, shut up, give up money and votes mechanically, and have no other relationship with their elected leaders but that.

Posted by J at June 13, 2004 06:50 AM

The report that Tenet's son has a heart problem was from an NPR "All Things Considered" segment. Daniel Shorr made the statement.

Posted by: adaplant at June 13, 2004 04:21 PM

It is generally accepted among religious folk for one to send one's blessings to another. It's a little "Old Testament," I think (people in the OT are always wishing blessings on each other). But if you look up "blessing" in the dictionary, one of the primary definitions is "approval or encouragement." Lots of things wrong with W, but I don't think this is one of them. :-)

Posted by: allen at June 13, 2004 09:24 PM

Must be my taciturn New England protestant fundamentalism, then; we wouldn't presume to do such a thing. ;-)

Posted by: J at June 13, 2004 09:34 PM

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