Curley argued that Nader cost Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore the election in 2000 by drawing away valuable votes from the Democrats. A volunteer replied that Nader would have won the election using the Condorset (sic) method, an obscure voting system that allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference.This is untrue. John Tabin applies the Condorcet method as follows:
If all Gore voters' preference was Gore, Nader, Bush, all Nader voters' preference was Nader, Gore, Bush, and all Bush voters' preference was Bush, Gore, Nader, the winner would be Gore (Nader wins match-up with Bush; Gore wins match-up with Nader; Gore wins match-up with Bush). To believe that Nader would win a Condorcet election, you must believe that Bush voters would prefer Nader to GoreThe idea that Nader could have appealed to more Americans than any major party candidate - and would have, if the rules were fair - is a fanciful lie. Nader's popularity, according to the Gallup polls in 2000, was around 40% positive, 34% negative. It's decreased dramatically since then - in March, Gallup pegged him at at 30% positive, 48% negative. In 1954, Joe McCarthy's favorable rating was 35%. |W|P|109518938045299211|W|P||W|P|
Just as GOP efforts to question Kerry's military record in Vietnam helped revive nagging questions about Bush's service in the Air National Guard, the "flip flop" attacks on Kerry could boomerang against an incumbent running on his record and reputation as a straight talker.Boom. By having top supporters (like Biden) push this line, Kerry is making it clear he wants to attack Bush's "I'm a steady leader, and I never fuck up" strategy. I still think the best way of doing it would involve running footage of Bush's dumb on-camera gaffes in TV ads, but this is a start. And so is this Time interview, in which he seems to have mastered, finally, the talking points jujitsu.
"The guy who is the ultimate flip and flop is this sitting president," said Democratic Sen. Joseph Biden (news, bio, voting record) of Delaware. (snip)
If he is a flip-flopper, Kerry has company.
_In 2000, Bush argued against new military entanglements and nation building. He's done both in Iraq.
_He opposed a Homeland Security Department, then embraced it.
_He opposed creation of an independent Sept. 11 commission, then supported it. He first refused to speak to its members, then agreed only if Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites) came with him.
_Bush argued for free trade, then imposed three-year tariffs on steel imports in 2002, only to withdraw them after 21 months.
_Last month, he said he doubted the war on terror could be won, then reversed himself to say it could and would.
_A week after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Bush said he wanted Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) "dead or alive." But he told reporters six months later, "I truly am not that concerned about him." He did not mention bin Laden in his hour-long convention acceptance speech.
"I'm a war president," Bush told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Feb. 8. But in a July 20 speech in Iowa, he said: "Nobody wants to be the war president. I want to be the peace president."
I will fight a more effective war on terror, and over the next weeks the American people will see the phoniness of the Bush efforts.Phony and unsafe: If Kerry paints Bush like that, he can neutralize his lead on national security/terrorism. I think most observers missed the point of Kerry's post-RNC speech. The substance wasn't the chief lesson. The chief lesson was that Kerry is willing to take unthought-of tacks in campaigning and challenge Bush on everything he says, unlike Al Gore (pace SNL: "I uh-GREE with Governor Bush."). This leads me to believe that when he finally shares a debate poduium with Bush, he'll use his time to point out Bush's failures and flip-flops and wait for the media to repeat them. >|W|P|109503689122593473|W|P||W|P|
They haven't done port security; they're cutting cops; they haven't taken assault weapons off the streets. Firehouses are opened in Iraq; they're shut in the United States. Port security: 95% of our containers come in, and they are uninspected.<>The fact is that these guys talk tough, but they haven't done what is necessary to make America as safe as it can be. There have been more terrorist incidents around the world in the last months than any time in recent history. Whole parts of Iraq are under the control of terrorists, and they never were. Afghanistan is exporting drugs like opium like never before, and whole parts of the country are under the control of the Taliban and terrorists again.
Bush forced a smile as the seven interrupted his speech in waves. As the crowd drowned them out with chants of "Four More Years," the demonstrators were led roughly from the room by event ushers as a few attendees shouted "traitors." Outside, plainclothes Secret Service agents, joined by Blake Gottesman, Bush's personal aide, circled the demonstrators.Glenn is usually so concerned about the crushing of dissent. Where is he on this one? |W|P|109484631404427080|W|P||W|P|
One uniformed Secret Service agent complained to a colleague that "the press is having a field day" with the disruption -- and the agents quickly clamped down. Journalists were told that if they sought to approach the demonstrators, they would not be allowed to return to the event site -- even though their colleagues were free to come and go. An agent, who did not give his name, told one journalist who was blocked from returning to the speech that this was punishment for approaching the demonstrators and that there was a "different set of rules" for reporters who did not seek out the activists.
On Labor Day, neither the Republican or Democratic Party candidates focused on the crisis in our workforce—high levels of unemployment and underemployment, low wages, the right to organize undermined, no job security, losing competition to the world market.What did John Kerry focus on?
Over the past four years, America has lost 1.8 million private sector jobs -- while giving tax breaks to companies that send jobs overseas.Politicians are liars. Ralph Nader is a politician. Not a very good one, though. |W|P|109459797660147099|W|P||W|P|
Family income is down by more than $1,500, while health care, energy, and college costs have shot through the roof. Moreover, as America's deficit skyrockets -- threatening Social Security and Medicare -- U.S. taxpayers have been stuck with the bill for our war in Iraq....
This administration just changed the law to deny 6 million workers their right to overtime pay, making it harder for them to pay their bills and get ahead.
In addition, they have withdrawn a rule that would have prevented many workers from exposure to tuberculosis. And they've raised the level of coal dust allowed in mines, a leading cause of black lung disease in our coal miners.At the same time, many businesses are unable to grow and create new jobs because they simply can't afford to pay for the health insurance their employees need.
Cheney had the voice of a rock.The wings of a llama! The gills of a game hen! |W|P|109415360734617119|W|P||W|P|
There was no presidential debate in [the 1968] election. Nixon never debated Humphrey.This is supposed to disprove Arnold Schwarznegger, who said "The presidential campaign was in full swing. I remember watching the Nixon-Humphrey presidential race on TV." You know, Bush and Kerry have not debated yet. By this reasoning, I have not yet watched the Bush-Kerry presidential race on TV. And neither have you, you lying liar who lies. |W|P|109401430824212202|W|P||W|P|