I magically found myself with an RNC Guest Pass today (moohoohoohaahaa), and so I made my way toward the Garden, herded along with many, many, hot, pissed-off New Yorkers. Eventually, security stripped away layers of the great unwashed, leaving me strolling along the sidewalk with GOP delegates and other various soul-sucking creatures from the depths of hell.The author of the post uses this as proof of Republican evil. I say ... what kind of dick wheels past GOP delegates yelling "Democrat coming through"? No one's blameless in this. |W|P|109390523208177465|W|P||W|P|
As we waited to get through the final barricade before crossing 7th and going into MSG, a man guiding a wheelchair against the crowd called out.
"Excuse me... excuse me..." he shouted "Democrat coming through."
Now, I don't know if the crippled old man in the wheelchair was an actual Democrat or not, but I do know what the asshole behind me (O'Reilly wannabe pictured at right) shouted back.
"The river's right over there. Why don't you go dump him in for us."
And is it just me, or do many of them seem kind of...dickish? First, it was that all bloggers did was push gossip and innuendo. Now, it's all about how all we did in Boston was provide coverage of who we saw and the celebrities we ran into. Both were (and are) grossly unfair overgeneralizations.Let's go to the tape!
- July 25 - Well, I'm blogging from here as Matt Stoller metapictoblogs (Jesus, the words we come up with) me writing here. It's strange to see these reporters up close, first thing. Many of them are much tinier than I thought - Wolf Blitzer is a short man. - July 26 - Okay, so as virtual nobodies, we've learned a valuable lesson. Knowing about parties does not garner you a way in to parties.Jesse's coverage is all in that link, and it's pretty bog standard. Not awful, but certainly too ordinary to justify a swipe at these RNC bloggers-to-be. |W|P|109354094228172123|W|P||W|P|
Perhaps the most important lesson of this convention, bar none. I really need to get in someone important's pants by Tuesday in order to actually meet people - at this rate, I'm going to be reduced to hoping that someone shows up at one of the events I've already been invited to. I'll even take a Utah Democrat, I swear! ...
This morning there was a blogger breakfast, one of the series of events that has been inexplicably dedicated to the awesome power of the blogger. Barack Obama and Howard Dean spoke (I even got to ask Howard a question, which I'll get to later), as well as an AP reporter now blogging and one of Kerry's old shipmates from Vietnam.
I'm just kind of spaced out now, but a few media impressions - Al Franken literally performs when he does his radio show, even with a media horde in front of him. Sean Hannity is a dick, but Jesus is he an ebullient dick - and he almost bumped into me, which might have started an incident. Actually, from an informal poll of bloggers, I really don't think anyone would have thought that reflected poorly on me. Again, we're excitable gossip-mongers, so take that as you will.
Apparently, there's an interview set up with David Brock at some point - I'm also trying to get a few reporters and Democrats on the tip. There's also some ruminations on the point of blogging at the convention, etc., but right now I just need to do this data dump. - July 27 -
Besides Googling ourselves, the main activity of the day has been trying to set up interviews with people. I was on Michael Signorile's show at about 3:15, and then tried to get over and meet with Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur. She didn't show, nor did Gov. Ed Rendell of PA.
It's the first "serious" day of the convention, with people showing up much earlier. So far, the list of pass-bys includes Bill Schneider, Jesse Jackson, Charlie Rangel, Sean Hannity (a-fucking-gain), Barack Obama, and Bob Graham. None of this really matters since we can't actually get anyone to speak to us yet...but we're working on it.
- July 29 -
The internet just erased my entire goddamn post on the party last night, but suffice to say that I left that party a virtual Goodwill store in footwear, because the shoes and socks were charmed off of everyone in that place.
Okay, I shouldn't say that - I never got to talk to Eric Alterman, so I think I can rest assured he left the party with his tootsies covered and warm. Everyone else was rueing me...but in a genteel, appreciative way. ...
I'll be on the Daily Show tomorrow, most likely, getting mocked by Ed Helms. That was my goal of the convention, and I accomplished it. It's me complaining a bit about the DNC and getting access to people, and basically getting mocked for being a sexless nerd who's not all that important.
In other words, I'll be on the Daily Show. And I will probably look like shit. But I'll have a lot of fun doing it.
Arsenio Hall did not ask tough questions, which Stewart does, we pointed out. If Kerry wants late-night softball questions, might it not be better to book him on Jay Leno's show?Actually, Stewart only asks hard questions of politicians he wants to nail, like Henry Bonilla. When anti-Bush folk come on the show, Stewart is as tough as a sofa bed. Hell, the producer says they're going to ask Kerry why the media is so easy on Bush. For more tough questions, see Stewart's golly-gee Bill Clinton interview. |W|P|109337331617887802|W|P||W|P|
"Unlike President Bush, [Kerry] answers hard questions and, unlike Bush, he's running a positive, issues-oriented campaign and has encouraged young people to vote and not to stay home" on Election Day, the spokesman shot back.
Obama 65% Keyes 25%And what if Jack Ryan was still in the race?
Obama 60% Ryan 31%I voted for Ryan in the March primary and I'd vote for him again if he ran in a primary against Keyes. It's redundant, at this point, to discuss how dumb the IL GOP is. |W|P|109314748259070264|W|P||W|P|
The Coloradoan endorsed Al Gore in 2000. Anyone have internal memos on that they can send to Markos Moulitsas Zuniga? |W|P|109283938108521318|W|P||W|P|
Even in a year when Colorado boasts a competitive Senate seat and John Kerry looks to claim the state in his presidential run, the 4th District has been eerily quiet.
"This remains a very safe Republican seat," Denver pollster Floyd Ciruli said of the district that sprawls across the Eastern Plains and south to the New Mexico border.
Registered Republicans outnumber Democrats by 60,000 in the district, which seemingly has moved to the right over the years.
Now look at that question and answer email again, and try to find where Bonham says or even implies the DCCC "has a different view of which candidates are running winning campaigns". Heck, we clearly have similar views regarding several campaigns, including Schrader, Lois Murphy, Richard Morrison, and Jim Stork (which Weigel completely ignores).Only one of those candidates was mentioned by Bonham, and I didn't write about Ginny Schrader because her case is a one-off - the Republican opponent retired from Congress a few weeks ago, turning her from into a token candidate to a contender. My article was about the DKos8 - none of whom were pumped up by Bonham in this email. More to the point, my article was about some Kos and liberal blog-supported candidates who were running long-shot campaigns. Now, I might have been better off saying the DCCC "SOMETIMES has" a different view. But it's a Mr. Fantastic-style stretch to say I misrepesented Bonham's comment here. Kos is tagging me for not appraising candidates X,Y and Z when I was discussing candidates A,B, and C. I'm not happy with the tone the piece eventually took. But I wasn't writing the "blogs are awesome!" puffery that Kos et al are used to. Not gonna apologize for that. |W|P|109279368083920756|W|P||W|P|
Since the Visitors don't want Earth to work alone in an endeavor meant to serve them, they send down oodles and oodles of troops to help. Pretty brilliant way to get thousands of armed troops in someone else's territory without raising suspicion. Alternatively, humankind in V is 10% trusting and 90% fucking stupid.A good read. |W|P|109277871464625671|W|P||W|P|
They dare to mock your dedication to my campaign (and many other campaigns who you have supported this cycle). They laugh and spit right in the faces of people who send my campaign 20 dollars, comparing it to throwing your money away. The people who have given my campaign a contribution did so because we share common values that will make this country a better place.....and now they're going after you, the people who encourage me to run for Congress. That's low and lacking in class.I've got the feeling that Seemann is just ginning up his DKos donor base, which is fine. I'm also amused at my inauguration into the hate-Clinton conspiracy - I like Bill Clinton. He's a pretty smart candidate, and I'd be surprised if he doesn't run strong for this seat when Regula retires in 2006 or 2008. |W|P|109271606351318122|W|P||W|P|
Just about everyone on the left [has] been urging the voters in swing states to choose John Kerry. Their argument, of course, is that Kerry is the only candidate who can knock George Bush off his perch. He might be about as inspiring as a parking lot on a wet Sunday in Detroit, but his vacuity is better than the president's aggressive certainties ... Under the US electoral system, which is constructed around patronage, corruption and fear of the media, there will always be exceptional circumstances, because it will always throw up dreadful candidates.Here, finally, is an opportunity to rant about something that's been bugging me. How, in the name of all that's holy, is Ralph Nader more exciting than John Kerry? For starters, this is Ralph Nader. Holy shit! Feel the excitement! Steady yourself! Find something to lean on! My observation, as a 2000 Nader voter and veteran of two of his political rallies, is that Nader is one of the most boring men in American politics. This is not hyperbole. Here's his speech from the Madison Square Garden rally of 2000, recognized as the most thrilling moment of his electoral career.
A word about the plight of the small family farmer for New York urbanites and suburbanites.Hot damn, hold on to something!
Our country can ill afford to lose the rural life in this country, in the small-farm economy--for our own reasons as urbanites and suburbanites, as well as small farmers.That - that - is what George Monbiot wants us to elect. He has to remember Michael Foot, who got mauled by Thatcher. Why does he think an exponentially more boring person should be the American president? Ah, there's more.
Clinton/Gore and the Republicans have made sure that these giant agribusiness companies are squeezing the price livelihood out of these farmers who are growing wheat, corn, soybeans, and other products. Thirty, forty percent lower in prices than it was in 1996, and that's not including to us as consumers. It's accruing to build up record-setting profits and executive compensation of the Cargos, the ADMs, the Smithfield Farms, the IDPs, the giant hog farms, and the giant cattle farms that are turning our entire farm economy into peonage, into industrial factory agriculture, laced by increasing encroachments of genetic engineering and all its mischief. The Green Party stands for the preservation of the small-farm economy in this country and of rural America.
Where Bush is active, Kerry is passive.I like that phrasing - the only attempt to break the vicious two-headed corporate political machine. Of course, there are three other third party candidates who will likely be on more state ballots than Nader - Michael Badnarik (Libertarian), David Cobb (Green), and Michael Peroutka (Constitution). Nader - and this is what really gets me - declined to run on a third party ticket, then made thief-in-the-night attempts to seize ballot lines from the minor parties. He's got the nod of the Reform Party, which recently went bankrupt, and which supports a freeze on immigration and the expulsion of all undocumented workers. My point: Nader is not really interested with providing the democracy breakthrough Monbiot, in his lifespan-loathing wisdom, thinks he need. If he was interested, he would have campaigned for the Green Party nomination and tried to build, in whatever way, a third party. He chose not to. Why isn't this getting broadcasted, and why aren't the third party candidates (who I'm not voting for) getting some of this coverage? One last point.
He wants to maintain massive levels of defence spending, but, despite his efforts to assure the media that he is as mad as Bush, he would probably be more reluctant to attack other nations.
He wants to cut taxes, but he is less willing to wage war on health and education. He wants to hold down the price of oil, but doesn't want to help the corporations open up the Arctic Wildlife Refuge.
The question is whether this difference is sufficient to justify the abandonment of the only current electoral attempt to democratise the US political system.
He won't be elected in November, of course, but that's not the point. The point is that if you want to change a system, you have to start now, rather than in some endlessly deferred future. And the better Nader does, the faster the campaign for change will grow.Monbiot must know that this is bullshit. In his UK, there are there major parties - a right-wing Conservative party, a center-left Labour party, and a left-wing Liberal Democrat party. Now, by Monbiot's thinking, the LDs would compete in every district and "change the system." They do not: They target districts and explicitly calculate electoral majorities by trading votes with Labourites. This works, in the way that targeting every district - winning 20% of the vote, say, giving Labour 35%, and letting Tories win with 45% - would not. Monbiot has seen this work - and what? He's too shortsighted to apply the model elsewhere? It's not that I'm so in love with Kerry, exactly. It's that I can't stand bad analysis, bad journalism, and intellectually dishonest defenses of Ralph Nader.
Yes, I know that putting your lover on the payroll (assuming that happened - his lover was on the payroll, though as far as I can tell it hasn't been 100% established that they were lovers before he was put on the payroll) isn't a particularly good thing for a politician to do, though that hasn't stopped many from doing it ... if everything was as it was, except Cipel was female, would McGreevey have felt the need to resign? I don't have the answer to that, but it seems to me the answer is likely "maybe not."If a governor - who had been elected two months after 9/11, in a state that contained hundreds of victim families - had nominated his unqualified FEMALE mistress to run the state's homeland security, would it have made a stink? You tell me. My goodness but Atrios is silly. And I wish people could sober up and stop making excuses for the guy. On one hand, if our society could get over itself and accept gay people, McGreevey might have come out long ago and won the governorship on his own terms. On the other hand - the guy cheated on his wife and acted as the sugar daddy for his lover. Politicians have resigned over less. So it's like a guy was about to be arrested for robbing a bank, and he went to the police and said "I admit it. I am a jaywalker." And he hoped people would think that was his only crime. Looks like a good strategy, in McGreevey's case. |W|P|109241526987898413|W|P||W|P|
- A profile in courage. by Susan S on Fri Aug 13th, 2004 at 00:36:20 GMT - The most forceful acceptance of personal responsibility that I've ever seen in American political life. by Athena on Fri Aug 13th, 2004 at 00:36:13 GMT - But i think he may have just saved his political career with this move.The lesson: If you're going to have an affair and appoint your sextoy to a paid government position, make sure you're gay! UPDATE: Seriously, I admire the guy's eventual honesty, but he deserves absolutely no accolades for this. If you care about gay equality, you should realize that what he did was reprehensible under any circumstance. Take off the blinders. |W|P|109234412399884987|W|P||W|P|
that was just about the most honest speech i've ever heard a politician give about his personal life. there will come a time when what will be remembered about McGreevey will be that honesty.
wow. just, wow.by thirdparty on Fri Aug 13th, 2004 at 00:36:16 GMT - Wow. I am so amazed. A gay governor. America. America. Wow! I am so happy. by DCDemocrat on Fri Aug 13th, 2004 at 00:34:14 GMT
Frankly, we ought to get control of our immigration, as most Americans want. And, frankly, put our troops, if necessary, on the border to stop the one million illegals coming into this country. 250,000 to 300,000 a year could come in. We’d still be the most generous country in the world, but it would give us time to assimilate and Americanize the 30 million who have come here in recent decades.He didn't get 20 million votes, of course. He got less than 500,000. Which leads me to wonder what in the world Mark Kirkorian is talking about. |W|P|109217177333264004|W|P||W|P|
American Research Group. 8/3-5. MoE 4%. (July 21 results)
That is to say, Nader has a net negative approval rating of sixty-six points. He's somewhat less popular than Mr. Burns or J.R. (pre-shooting). Time to do some more whining about dirty tricks, Ralph! |W|P|109180685725121036|W|P||W|P|
Kerry 49 (47) Bush 42 (45)
Kerry 52/44/4 (50/45/5) Bush 45/49/6 (47/48/5) Nader 10/76/8 (9/75/5)
The caption is "celebrate diversity." The colors of the caption are commonly used pan-African colors: red, yellow, and greeen. While, for many, the "joke" (though, I'm not sure why it's funny) is that here diversity is a diversity of guns. Ha ha. But, look, the clear message here is that the way to celebrate diversity, particularly that pan-African diversity, is to buy a bunch of fucking guns. In other words, celebrate diversity by arming yourself.That's fairly silly. Gilliard is sillier still. IMAO's Frank J boosts the shirt, saying "ThoseShirts.com has not only some of the highest quality shirts I've ever seen, but they also deflect bullets, give you super strength, and ward off monkeys. I hate monkeys."Gillard says:
Monkeys? Why not say nigger, because that is what you mean.Or it could be that Frank J thinks monkeys are funny. See? UPDATE: Oh, Frank J saw this, too. |W|P|109173804607938778|W|P||W|P|
By putting their advertisers' interests above their readers', news sites risk alienating their core customers. Without us, there wouldn't be any advertisers to appease. There's no law that says we have to tell them the truth about ourselves, and news is news: I can get it from any number of sources on the Net. But I'm tired of living a lie every time I log on to one of these sites, and am ready to strike a deal. Here's what I propose: Web publishers should get together to set up a one-stop registration process for everybody. We sign up once and would be done with it.Mandatory registrations are a particular pain in my ass because, for work, I read dozens of newspapers every day. Also, my Firefox browser - an otherwise perfect browser - has some sort of safety protocol that erases my saved password information after every few visits.|W|P|109164178126499305|W|P||W|P|