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Saturday, October 02, 2004

So this is, what, the 623rd terrorism czar of one type or another to resign from the Bush administration?

Pretty soon they're going to be down to Sgt. Slaughter and some 17-year-old kid with the handle 'saddammit102' for the terrorism and cyber-terrorism czar posts... everyone else will have quit.
Lowered expectations strike again.

JMM has the full blow-by-blow on this ridiculous fake Fox story about a Kerry campaign stop. But Fox, of course, can get away with it. After all, it's only Fox, right?

Unlike a 'respected' news institution like, say, CBS, who had a reputation that it was possible to tarnish, Fox could run doctored nudie pics of Teresa and no one would bat an eye.

Interesting disparity, no?

Friday, October 01, 2004

Well, this was inevitable. Maybe the Bill of Rights isn't quite obsolete just yet.
Scottie Mac, fibber:

Q What is a global test? Do you know what that means?

MR. McCLELLAN: I think Senator Kerry was talking about how he would leave decisions like this to other countries.


That's bullshit. And McClellan, unless he's clinically insane, knows it's bullshit. Kerry was pretty clearly talking about the US taking actions that could be justified to our allies (not to mention ourselves), not letting them determine our actions.

Terry Holt, Ed Gillespie... the Pub truth-wrecking crew pull this all the time. They say things they cannot possibly believe, not and be capable of dressing themselves in the morning. And nobody ever calls them on it, other than Jon Stewart every once in a while.

If anything's got to stop, it's that.
Anatomy of an irony:

Atrios, among others, are harping on this rather odd statement by Bush regarding Kerry's plans to boost homeland security:

I don't think we want to get to how he's going to pay for all these promises.


but no one seems to be getting just how funny it is.

The biggest mistake Kerry has made in this campaign is his "I voted for the $87 billion before I voted against it" bit of verbal kaka. But the problem with it was simply that it was badly phrased, not that it wasn't true. There were two funding bills before the Senate, and Kerry voted for the fiscally responsible one, not Bush's "we'll figure out a way to pay for it later" one.

Had Kerry just bothered to explain that -- and it's not nearly as complex as the pundits wish it was -- he wouldn't have been such an easy target on the subject for the last six months.

But here's the irony. Kerry takes crap from the Bush campaign for months on end, up to and including in this debate, because he chose to back the fiscally responsible bill to finance the war. Then, in the same debate, Bush tries to paint Kerry as the fiscally irresponsible one for wanting more effort put into homeland security.

Yeah, I know, business as usual for the Pubs. But it's exactly this sort of internal contradiction that should be the final nail in Bush's electoral coffin, if only Big Media would get off its ass and point them out.
And... I'm back.

Post-debate analysis: Kerry, pretty handily. For once the CW and I agree. My favorite bit, though, was Bush acting like a six-year-old when he was able to correctly use the word 'denigrate' in a sentence, and then proudly using it again and again for the next ten minutes. Dubya, in a nutshell.

Really, the turning point in the debate was the brief moment of humanity that crept it when the two candidates talked about their kids. From that moment on, Kerry loosened up and just hammered on poor Li'l Bushie.

Sully gets the line of the night though:

No president who has presided over Abu Ghraib should ever say he wants to put anyone on a leash.


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