Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

June 28, 2004

by J

Quick Observations

There's a lot going on, but I don't feel like I have a lot to say about much of it at the moment. I'm suffering from a bout of feeling like we're now at the point of playing out a farce until November. Although, someone said to me yesterday that things look much different in the swing states than what the national media would suggest. Since I don't watch much television (and Tivo away the ads even when I do) and since the papers I read are "national" papers, I guess I wouldn't know. Anyway, the upshot is that I haven't had much VJ-bloggy energy lately. Some quick items that caught my eye, though:
  • Michael Moore's new movie, Fahrenheit 9/11, is getting loads and loads of attention. Its opening weekend per-theatre average was better than that of Return of the King and Harry Potter/Azkaban. I have not yet seen a Michael Moore movie or read any of his books. I am planning to see this film. The most eloquent review I've read so far was this diary at Kos.
    This movie affected me far more than I thought it would. Quite simply put, it echoed my transition from apathetic American to angry Democrat to numbly enraged partisan political junkie during the last 3 years. Michael Moore has captured a truly transformative period of my life. In doing so, he's brought back a tremendous amount of anger, despair, and pain. But he also makes me glad I felt those emotions. That I was not able to sit by in numb self-delusion.
    Some of the commentary that Moore has been receiving from around the country is also fascinating reading.

  • The Bush campaign is comparing Kerry, Gore, and Dean to Hitler in order to.. uhh... hit back at Kerry for hiring someone who worked for an organization that once ran a contest in which they deleted a submission from someone who created an ad that invoked Hitler. Yah. How idiotic. Ken Mehlman's mail about it was particularly creepy.

  • Supposedly we handed over "sovereignty" to Iraq in the middle of the American night last night. I'm sure that'll work out just peachily. Bremer's out. Negroponte is in.

  • Rumor has it that Kerry will announce a VP pick after the 4th. My money's currently on Edwards.

  • Bill Clinton's book is out. I will probably read it within the next few weeks. Since the wingnuts are going so bonkers over it, I'm tempted to buy extra copies and give them away as gifts.

  • Posted by J at June 28, 2004 09:32 AM

    Two things, neither of which is content-related:

    1. "Its" opening weekend, not "it's" opening weekend.

    2. I think you forgot to close a <blockquote> tag.

    If I happen to have hit this post just between edits and you already know this, feel free to delete my comment.

    Your friendly copy editor,

    Posted by: Squelch at June 28, 2004 10:24 AM

    I must really be tired -- I wrote about not watching much television and forgot to insert my usual snark about how Paul Begala believes that makes me ignorant.

    Posted by: J at June 28, 2004 01:07 PM

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