Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

September 30, 2004

by J

Burnt Out

Wow, we've been posting so infrequently that our older posts have finally just scrolled off the page. Gotta' reset some configuration settings.

For myself, I think I'm a bit burnt out and increasingly numb to what will happen during the last few weeks of the campaign. I'm not sure that I'm even going to watch the debate tonight. I'll Tivo it, and if I read about something spectacular happening I could go back and watch it. But, I don't think I can stomach the sheer mind-boggling inanity.

The current leadership of the Republican party is beyond the pale, bordering on evil. Their latest clever idea is to legislate the outsourcing of torture. I don't think much is beyond these guys, including outright theft of an election (again).

In addition, our national media is an embarrassment - complicit in the lies and the extreme trivialization of the political process. They are not serious and they do not deserve the influence they've acquired.

If I had to choose between a Kerry win and a 30-year-long stretch of time in which the media was competent, analytical, accurate, and serious about its job, I might be willing to put up with Chimpy McSmirk for another 4 years. After all, if the media were doing its job he'd already have been impeached.

So, like so many, I am bitter and cynical and don't have a whole lot to say about the strategies or tactics of the campaigns. The Bushies are doing what we expected - lying, cheating, and attempting to keep people from voting. The Democrats still can't convince their precious pundits to keep their 'helpful advice' out of the paper and their noses to the grindstone. Howard Dean is still, remarkably, fighting the good fight for a democratic resurgence in the future.

And I have little new insights to offer at the moment, if I ever had any to begin with.
Posted by J at September 30, 2004 03:41 PM

You're not the only one who's burned out. I may not watch the debates either and I sure as hell am not going to try to get within 50 paces of Daily Kos tonight if I can help it.

Posted by: NYCO at September 30, 2004 05:18 PM

Heh. I figure that and Atrios will be the place to skim for highlights. So many people will post any big deal quotes that they'll pop right out on a quick scroll through.

But, I've pretty much given up on posting at dKos (not that I ever did much anyway) and I have a half-written entry about why. (Nothing dramatic... just a bit meta..)

Posted by: J at September 30, 2004 05:34 PM

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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