Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

July 2, 2004

by V

Odds, Sods

  • The surprise Monday "handover" of Iraq was the smartest thing the Bush administration has done in a long time - it started off the week with good headlines instead of 'F911 Breaks Records'. Not that it will do them any good in the long run.

    As Get Your War On asks, "Does this mean we'll be bringing the troops home two days ahead of schedule?"

    And given that we're still there in full force, what does 'transfer' mean, exactly?

  • Digby's blog Hullabaloo is one of the best reads there is right now. Jump back a week (or more), read up to now and just savor it.

  • My favorite Scott "Flounder" McClellan line, which I may adopt: "Saddam Hussein is going to say all sorts of things". Nice way to avoid even acknowledging someone else's statements (true or false).

    Kerry (or anyone) should just use it as a stock dismissal of the Right-Wing Noise Machine: "Well of course, [any Republican] is going to say all sorts of things." It sounds like a Republican attitude, but when Kerry says it, it'll be true...

  • The ground is shifting under the GOP's feet - K Street lobbying firms are hiring Democrats again, despite the fact that Grover N. & co. order them not to. Read the article for some amusing sputtering from HandLotion Boy.

  • Krugman writes very well on Moore today:
    There has been much tut-tutting by pundits who complain that the movie, though it has yet to be caught in any major factual errors, uses association and innuendo to create false impressions. Many of these same pundits consider it bad form to make a big fuss about the Bush administration's use of association and innuendo to link the Iraq war to 9/11. Why hold a self-proclaimed polemicist to a higher standard than you hold the president of the United States?

    And for all its flaws, "Fahrenheit 9/11" performs an essential service. It would be a better movie if it didn't promote a few unproven conspiracy theories, but those theories aren't the reason why millions of people who aren't die-hard Bush-haters are flocking to see it. These people see the film to learn true stories they should have heard elsewhere, but didn't. Mr. Moore may not be considered respectable, but his film is a hit because the respectable media haven't been doing their job.

    ...Mr. Bush's carefully constructed persona is that of an all-American regular guy - not like his suspiciously cosmopolitan opponent, with his patrician air. The news media have cheerfully gone along with the pretense. How many stories have you seen contrasting John Kerry's upper-crusty vacation on Nantucket with Mr. Bush's down-home time at the ranch?
    Wow, it's like he's been reading the New York Times!
    But the reality, revealed by Mr. Moore, is that Mr. Bush has always lived in a bubble of privilege. And his family, far from consisting of regular folks with deep roots in the heartland, is deeply enmeshed, financially and personally, with foreign elites - with the Saudis in particular.

Posted by V at July 2, 2004 11:44 AM

Recommended Reading:

The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir
The Politics of Truth... A Diplomat's Memoir

Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush

Against All Enemies by Richard Clarke
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

LIES by Al Franken
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

The Great Unraveling
The Great Unraveling

The Great Big Book of Tomorrow
The Great Big Book of Tomorrow

Clinton Wars
The Clinton Wars

Blinded by the Right
Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative

Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat

Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture

Living History

The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton

John Adams

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace

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