Politics: May 2007 Archives

Bush II

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Listening to a talk show program discussing Rudy Giuliani, I hear a long-time NYC journalist describe Giulani as "very clear in his vision, very strong in his will... overly loyal to incompetent cronies and not very good about listening from below but imposing his own personal views down the line."

This is all strangely familiar...

Then I hear, "Donald Rumsfeld has nothing on Bernie Kerik."

Giulani '08: Like Bush, only worse!

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Q of the D

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"[L]ibertarians who actually begin to approach something recognisably like a libertarian view of politics (which might involve some reduction in the size and power of the state) are exceedingly few in number, while those who would like to unite the worst instincts of the parties of greed, sex and death are rather more numerous." - Daniel Larison

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Ron Paul

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The anti-war Republican was profiled by the New Republic here. It's a decent intro if you don't know much about him, but the question I have to ask is: did Michael Crowley really have to waste Congressman Paul's lunch hour just to snare a whopping four quotes? Did Crowley forget to bring his notebook to lunch?

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Rahm

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Meet the rising star of the Democratic Party:

At a Clinton victory dinner in Little Rock in 1992, Emanuel celebrated by reciting a hoped-for necrology of Democrats who had "f***ed" the president-elect. After every name, he stabbed a steak knife into a table and screamed, "Dead man!"

Lovely.

The review is interesting enough, and should give anybody with any convictions nightmares. We got rid of one Tom DeLay, and here comes another.

One qualm I have is the scapegoating of lefty bloggers for Democratic infighting, as in, "liberal bloggers... saw Emanuel as a triangulating sellout.." and, "after the election bloggers would point to a blue wave in state legislatures as an early sign of success."

That sentiment was undoubtedly expressed at the Daily Kos, but it's also the nub of a long-time issue between the "liberal" and "moderate" wings of the Democratic party.

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Tenet, Kissinger, Iraq

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What happened, it seems to me, was that prior to the invasion, Tenet was acting the part of a politician and policy maker, enabling a dumb project with bogus justifications. He was a participant in a fraud. Everybody was on board. Why would any CIA Director be at an Oval Office brainstorming session, trying to make the case for a preemptive war, and proclaim that the effort should be a “slam dunk”? Under any context, this remark is out of context for a CIA director. Afterward, to hear him tell it, he took on the traditional CIA Director’s role as an impartial intelligence gatherer, and reverted to the facts. Quite a change. Did he expect his former co-conspirators to respect the truth and reality post invasion, when they had been consumed with mendacity pre invasion? The same characters were in place and running the show.

The lead-in to an eye-opening article about the war in Iraq. I remember thinking when Woodward's last book came out that finding Kissinger's fingerprints on the war was the worst news for this country in the 6 1/2 years of Bush's presidency. Didn't work out so well for Iraq either.

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The Terrorist of my Enemy is my Friend

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Musty Queers

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I'm not too personally invested in the French elections, but the cartoon at the top of this story is too good to ignore.

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Standing by W

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It could be that Ross embraces some other aspects of the Bush experiment -- for example, long summer vacations. I too embrace this aspect of the Bush experiment.

At this crucial moment in American history, we should all stand by our president.

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