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News & Views, 10/14/04


* The consensus by the talking heads immediately after Debate #3 was that President Bush spanked John Kerry. Now, for those of you out there who have written saying I’m just a Bush cheerleader, take note: I wasn’t impressed. I really didn’t think he did all that great. But I do think Kerry was equally bad. I’d call it a draw overall, maybe a slight Bush edge.

* Regardless, let’s say Kerry won all three debates on points. What he needed was a knockout. He didn’t get one. He missed his shot. Bush didn’t “blow it.” Kerry’s toast.

* The president DID get some darn good shots in though. Referring to Ted Kennedy as the CONSERVATIVE senator from Massachusetts certainly put things in perspective and clearly irritated the LIBERAL senator from Massachusetts. Pointing out that Sen. Kerry has only gotten FIVE bills passed into law in his 20 year career was extremely effective in showing how ineffective Kerry has been. And pointing out that the Gulf War in 1991 met every reasonable “global test” standard”...and yet Sen. Kerry STILL voted against the use of force there was devastating.

* I don’t know if I just never really noticed it before, or if it was simply WAY more pronounced in Debate #3, but John Kerry’s hand movements stirred up enough motion to light a small mid-Western city. Good Lord, it was like watching a Richard Simmons “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” video without the music or the tights.

* The Kerry campaign thinks they really nailed the president on that bin Laden question. Clearly, despite President Bush’s claim to the contrary in the debate, he DID say back at a press conference in 2002 that he wasn’t worried about bin Laden. But it’s the CONTEXT that’s important here, folks. What Kerry has been trying to say is that President Bush gave up on efforts to “get” Osama in order to pursue his “wrong war at the wrong time” in Iraq. Well, there’s no way to sugarcoat this: That claim is a lot of crap. Clearly what the president was saying in that press conference was that bin Laden, as far as being a threat to the United States at that time, wasn’t something to be so worried about because bin Laden was on the run and hiding in caves. And I’m sure all the major media will make sure to report that extremely important distinction in Thursday’s papers. Yeah, right.

* The Kerry folks also think they will be able to make hay over this flu shot problem. Look for them to try to make the point that the president said he was going to try to get additional vaccines from Canada, while at the same time blocking Americans from buying cheaper prescription drugs from...Canada. But this is a double-edged sword which, if the Bush campaign handles correctly, will boomerang on the Kerryites. Recall that the President has specifically said he objects to drug importation which he cannot verify as SAFE. The fact that the flu shortage is caused by a vaccine from England which was found to be TAINTED plays to the President’s favor on this one. Importation can be VERY risky, indeed.

* Why did both John Edwards and John Kerry feel it necessary to “out” Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter as a lesbian on national television in their respective debates? Pretty low. Not surprising.

* Kerry assured the nation that if he’s elected president, nothing will change on Social Security. Which means an already troubled program will move closer to a full-blown crisis under his watch. The senator claimed letting younger workers invest a portion of their own money where they could get a better return would be a “disaster.” No, John Kerry and the status quo is the road to disaster. And you and I will end up paying for it. BOY, will we end up paying for it.

* If you listened to his answer, you’d almost swear Kerry was only in favor of raising the minimum wage for WOMEN. Not that he was pandering or anything. Heaven forbid.

* President Bush really blew an opportunity on that minimum wage question by...pretending it was never asked. His response to raising the minimum wage was to tout his education program. Huh? What about making the point that raising the minimum wage kills entry-level jobs for young people. Or even pointing out that wages should be a voluntary agreement between an employer and an employee...and that government shouldn’t be setting a “minimum” wage in the first place.

* Kerry said he wouldn’t appoint a judge who would overturn a “right.” ‘Tis a shame Bob Shieffer didn’t ask if the good senator considers the right to “keep and bear arms” to be an individual right...or only the right of a state militia. Can you imagine the contortions Kerry would have gone through on THAT one?

* Lastly, John Kerry said that if only we would elect him, THEN all the partisan wrangling and bitterness in Washington would go away. No doubt he has a “plan” to address this problem. Maybe he’d even consider putting together a little “summit.” NOT. If John Kerry gets elected on November 2nd, you’ll see a partisan schism in this country that’ll make the eight years under Bill Clinton and four years under G.W. look like a Sunday school picnic. Kerry would be a uniter alright. He’d unite the conservatives in opposition to him like nobody’s business.

Anyway, that’s how I saw it. The bottom line, again, is that the debates are over. Thankfully. The president’s performances were what we pretty much expected: not very great. Debate is NOT his strong suit. But he didn’t make any major gaffes. And Kerry desperately needed a major gaffe.

There’s still 19 days to go, but consider this. Kerry needed a big “bump” after his convention. He didn’t get it. Bush didn’t need a big bump after HIS convention...but he DID get one. Kerry needed the president to screw up big time in the debates. He didn’t. It’s really pretty hard to imagine what could happen now to change the dynamic for Kerry.

Another terrorist attack in the U.S. before the election would only reaffirm what the president has been saying about how real the danger still is out there and give Americans even more reason to re-elect the guy who they KNOW, not *think,* will kill the bad guys.

Seriously, now that the debates are over it looks like the only hope John Kerry has to win on November 2 is if the Democrats, literally, steal the election. Then again, it wouldn’t be the first time.


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“In a speech in Newton, Iowa, last Monday Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards did not say that John Kerry, if elected president, will raise Christopher Reeve from the dead. But he came close. Sounding more like a faith healing television evangelist--or a shyster lawyer--Edwards promised that ‘when John Kerry is president people like Christopher Reeve are going to get up out of that wheel chair and walk again.’ While he was at it he promised that he and President Kerry together ‘will stop juvenile diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other debilitating diseases.’ He did not, however, mention the common cold.”

- Lyn Nofziger, Musings, 10/13/04


“So, how do you exploit the death of Christopher Reeve for political purposes? You send Super Lawyer to appear before a high school audience to tell them that if John Kerry is elected people like Christopher Reeve, people in wheelchairs, will get up and walk again!

“...But wait! Don't stop there! According to Super Lawyer, not only are quadriplegics going to suddenly arise and head for Starbucks for a latte, but grandma is going to suddenly know who you are and she won't be able to hide her own Easter Eggs! Yes, the great and grand Kerry/Edwards team will cure Alzheimer's. And grandpa is going to stop shaking so much because they're going to cure Parkinson's. And you kids in the audience can put away your insulin too! We're going to cure juvenile diabetes!

“It goes without saying that only an unadulterated idiot would believe that voting for Kerry would mean a cure for all of these diseases and afflictions. The point here is that idiots are exactly the segment of our population that the Kerry campaign is targeting right now! After the ‘global test’ and ‘terrorism as a nuisance’ comments that's about the only place they can still mine for votes. Unfortunately there are a gracious plenty of idiots who's votes are up for grabs.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 1013/04


“Hours after Bill O’Reilly accused her of a multimillion dollar shakedown attempt, a female Fox News producer fired back at the TV star today, filing a lawsuit claiming that he subjected her to repeated instances of sexual harassment and spoke often, and explicitly, to her about phone sex, vibrators, threesomes, masturbation, the loss of his virginity, and sexual fantasies. Below you’ll find a copy of Andrea Mackris’s complaint ( ), an incredible page-turner that quotes O’Reilly, 55, on all sorts of lewd matters.

“Based on the extensive quotations cited in the complaint, it appears a safe bet that Mackris, 33, recorded some of O’Reilly’s more steamy soliloquies. For example, we direct you to his Caribbean shower fantasies. While we suggest reading the entire document, The Smoking Gun will point you to interesting sections on a Thailand sex show, Al Franken, and the climax of one August 2004 phone conversation.”

- The Smoking Gun, 10/13/04 (WARNING: Graphic language is contained in the lawsuit, should you choose to go read it at the website mentioned above)


“Congressman David Wu (D) was already facing a competitive challenge in Oregon's CD-1 from wealthy telecommunications consulting firm owner Goli Ameri (R) before a double-shot of bad news broke for him on Tuesday. The Portland Oregonian reported on a 1976 incident involving Wu and his then-girlfriend. In the incident, Wu was detained by his university's campus police for questioning after an incident in which ‘his ex-girlfriend said he tried to force her to have sex.’

“...Wu quickly responded with a written statement: ‘Twenty-eight years ago, I had 2-year romantic relationship with a fellow college student that ended with inexcusable behavior on my part.’

“...If that wasn't bad enough news for him, the Portland Oregonian also endorsed Ameri for Congress as a candidate ‘with the potential to be a more effective member of Congress.’ The paper previously supported the incumbent. Wu is the first Taiwanese-born person to serve in Congress. If elected, Ameri would be the first Iranian-born member of Congress.”

- Ron Gunzburger’s Politics1, 10/13/04

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Blogger Fred J. Harris said...

Chuck I think you have said it before, Republicans are their own worst enemies. We are always "shooting ourselves in the foot", and your October 14th issue just reminded me of this. The democrats are ruthless, and the republicans are "Mr. Politenessman or woman." We need to take the gloves off and tell it like it is. For instance, the democratic party and their ideology of today is nothing short of Socialism. Why not point this out? Their answer to everything, is raise taxes, or create new ones. Who wants higher and more taxes, not most people. Keep it simple, but explain it like it is, define why the word "rats" in democ"rats" is so appropriate. They do not hesitate tearing down the GOP and its membership, as being a bunch of gun-totin' racist rednecks. Quit spending so much time trying to prove that we are not, and outline the shortcomings of today's democratic party, which is nothing more than a puppet for the Socialist Party of America.

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