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Friday

DC Confidential, 9/3/04


OK, LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE!

The conventions are behind us. The summer recess is almost over. Congress will be back and up to no good on Tuesday. Kerry will desperately be trying to resuscitate his foundering campaign, swinging wildly. And President Bush will continue pushing his expensive, government-expanding non-conservative compassionate conservative agenda. All culminating on November 2 with a presidential election. So there’s a lot to be done in the coming days, weeks and months for limited government conservatives.

Fortunately, I’m tanned. I’m rested. So, “let’s roll.”

First, as you know I’ve been working on some changes in our operation during my August “sabbatical,” changes which will take effect next week. The most difficult problem to resolve has been what to do with News & Views. The problem is: It’s very time-consuming to research and compile on a daily basis...and it’s FREE. And of course, time IS money.

I appreciate all the suggestions many of you sent during the past few weeks on how to resolve this conflict. One suggestion offered by many of you is to start charging a nominal subscription fee for News & Views. And I HAVE considered it; however, after offering it for free for almost ten years now, it just doesn’t seem right to suddenly starting charging for it.

Plus, it DOES serve the overall cause of limited government conservatism by bringing certain issues to the attention of many grassroots activists and voters who simply don’t have the money to spare and won’t get the information anywhere else.

Another suggestion has been to get volunteers to help with the research for News & Views. But the fact is, MANY of the blurbs and issues I include come directly from readers already...and it still it takes time to wade through each article and column and try to find the “money quotes” in them.

The third suggestion has been to simply publish News & Views weekly or bi-weekly rather than daily. And that seems to be the way to go.

However, I’ll still send out News & Views EXTRA editions on specific issues and as circumstances warrant...as well as Muth’s Truths and Brushfire Alerts on a regular basis.

Still, the world of current events and public policy don’t occur just one or two days a week. So the problem with publishing News & Views less often is that “stuff” will continue happening 24/7...and some items may be rather outdated even if reported just a couple days later. This will be fine for many folks, but for other hard-core activists they want it...NOW.

And there’s still one other tinsy-tiny little problem. As our friend Morton Blackwell over at the Leadership Institute says, “You can’t save the world if you can’t pay the rent.” And if anyone out there thinks I’m somehow getting rich off of my political activities, think again. In fact, just the opposite. I’m just thankful they don’t still have Debtor Prisons!

So I’ve been toying with a change to resolve these two elements over the past couple of weeks...which you’ve probably already noticed.

DC Confidential has been a separate weekly e-newsletter sent out to contributors to Citizen Outreach for the past year. It’s a little more “inside” baseball with a little more in-depth analysis and personal (smart-aleck) commentary. It’s targeted more to the political junkie and serious activist than the casual, run-of-the-mill voter who just “can’t be bothered” with politics.

So what I’ve decided to do is turn DC Confidential into a daily subscription-based newsletter rather than a weekly one. It will NOT be posted on a website. It will ONLY be delivered via email, usually every weekday afternoon. The cost will be a nominal $2.95 per month (billed automatically each month to your major credit card through our secure PayPal system)...or you can save ten bucks by signing up for a one-time annual payment of just $25. More fun than a barrel full of monkeys...and for less than 10 cents a day! You can’t beat that with a stick.

I’ve been sending out DC Confidential to ALL News & Views readers for the last week or so to give you an idea of its content. If you like what you’ve read, please take minute to subscribe today by going to: http://chuckmuth.com/onlinestore.htm . I’ll start publishing exclusively to the subscription list right after Labor Day.

And if enough people sign up for DC Confidential, maybe I’ll be able to afford publishing the FREE News & Views more often!

Lastly, we’ve also been experiencing a real pain-in-the-Clymer technical problem with e-newsletter distribution in recent months...thanks to all those confounded Viagra and Canadian drug “spam” messages out there. A lot of ISPs - particularly Juno and Hotmail - have been blocking News & Views from being delivered to your in-boxes from time-to-time, mistakenly identifying us as spam rather than a subscription newsletter. This also results in some of you getting automatically “bounced” off our subscriber list when the newsletter is blocked and/or rejected by your hosting company.

So…

At the advice of my good friend Rodney Helm out in Las Vegas, I’ve finally broken down and set up News & Views as an official “blog.” Not only will you be able to read the newsletter online, forward it to friends and colleagues and post comments directly for all to see...but past issues will automatically be archived so you can retrieve them at any time. And I think they’ll eventually be fully searchable (although I haven’t learned how to set that up yet). Anyhow, you can now access News & Views online at: http://chuckmuth.blogspot.com/

And if you haven’t caught an issue of DC Confidential yet, you’ll find a couple of samples there to take a look at, as well.

These changes ought to put our house, including our financial one, in a little better order just as we get to “crunch time” in this presidential election year. Then again, maybe no one will sign up for DC Confidential...in which case I’ll be forced to shut the whole operation down and take a job scooping ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s.

Do you want THAT on your conscience?!!

Just $2.95 per month or $25 bucks per year keeps you “in the know” about the limited government conservative movement, complete with my patented smart-a** cynicism...and keeps me from having to get a “real” job. So sign up today ( http://chuckmuth.com/onlinestore.htm )...and then relax and enjoy your Labor Day weekend. We ride at dawn on Tuesday!

And here’s a quick little DC Confidential to hold you over...

Chuck Muth
Editor & Publisher

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TODAY’S MONEY QUOTE - I

“After taking a beating all week from the Republicans and the Swifties it looks like John Kerry is going to have to spend the next two months playing ketchup.”

- Lyn Nofziger

TODAY’S MONEY QUOTE - II

“I wish I was over there where I could get a little closer up into your face. . . . If you are going to ask me a question, step back and let me answer. I wish we lived in the day where you could challenge a person to a duel. Don’t pull that kind of stuff on me.”

- Sen. Zell Miller to “Hardball” host Chris Mathews following his keynote address Wednesday night. An MSNBC poll immediately after the interview showed 86 percent of viewers putting their money on Miller coming out on top of such a duel.

THE BLUEBIRDS OF HAPPINESS

Who do you think is the happiest about how the Republican National Convention turned out:

George and Laura Bush…

...or Bill and Hillary Clinton?

WE’RE ALL CONSERVATIVES NOW

“There was one central theme in the Schwarzenegger, Giuliani and McCain speeches,” Rush Limbaugh writes today in the Wall Street Journal about the just-concluded GOP convention. “And that theme was conservatism. They were all unabashed and unashamed advocates of conservative principles and policies.”

Are you listening Randall Terry?

BETWEEN A RIGHT ROCK AND A LEFT HARD PLACE

Talk show host Neal Boortz seems to have captured the thinking of many conservatives to the President’s acceptance speech at the GOP convention Thursday night when he wrote in his blog today:

“It is a lot easier to read George Bush's speeches than it is to listen to them. I was transfixed by Arnold and Zell....but delivering a speech is not Bush's strong suit. The message was very strong on national security and the war on terrorism. It was also loaded with billions in new government spending, as if Bush hasn't spent enough in his first term.”

This is the problem facing many limited-government conservatives. How do they support the president’s re-election and his policies on killing bad guys...while opposing his big-government domestic initiatives and without seeming “disloyal”? If any of you figure THAT one out, let me know.

BIG UPSET IN THE MAKING IN THE BLACK HILLS

Despite spending a staggering $9-12 million so far, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle finds himself in a neck-to-neck race with his GOP opponent, John Thune, in the South Dakota U.S. senate race. Polling by both camps this week shows a statistical dead heat, surprising many who never thought Thune had a chance to dethrone the #1 Democrat in the country...who is certainly in a position to “bring home the bacon” for the local folks. Looks like Daschle could be a goner.

In the immortal words of Eric Cartman: “Sweet.”

THE GOLDWATER DOCTRINE

“I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is 'needed' before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' interests, I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.”

- Barry Goldwater, “The Conscience of a Conservative”

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News & Views, 9/3/04


BUSH’S FLAWS

“In the last four years, you and I have come to know each other. Even when we don't agree, at least you know what I believe and where I stand. You may have noticed I have a few flaws, too. People sometimes have to correct my English. I knew I had a problem when Arnold Schwarzenegger started doing it.”

- President Bush in his acceptance speech at the GOP convention Thursday night

POST-CONVENTION DESPERATION

From what I could tell, the consensus on President Bush’s acceptance speech last night was that he hit a home run. Too much big-government “compassionate” in his “conservatism” for my taste on the domestic side, but if this election is determined on who will make the best commander-in-chief rather than who will make the best federal nanny, Bush takes the gold going away.

The real story from last night, though, wasn’t so much the President’s speech at the convention, but The Two John’s response in Ohio minutes afterward attempting to put the wheels back on their applecart. You could smell the fear coming from your TV set. You can sense the desperation. These guys are getting the snot kicked out of them...and they know it. They just don’t know what to DO about it.

Kerry whined that his patriotism had been challenged even though it never was. It’s not a question of his patriotism, as so many said during the GOP convention, it’s his judgment. Then Kerry called the President a liar and a failure, before launching personal attacks against Dick Cheney’s service to the nation and trotting out Haliburton...again and again and again.

Yawn. Is that the best they’ve got?

Kerry said to “bring it on”? The Republicans did. And now The Two Johns are squealing like...well, girlie men. Apparently they can dish it out, but they sure can’t take it. Might want to consider getting out of the kitchen. (These metaphors were brought to you by Zell Miller for Chris Mathews.)

This is now firmly Bush’s race to lose. The only hope for The Two Johns is if they can change the subject. If this campaign is about who can best protect and defend the nation...it’s over. And in landslide proportions.

Kerry/Edwards needs to convince the country that the terror threat isn’t so bad and that the only thing the country needs to worry about is a higher minimum wage, national health care and a good five-cent cigar. If the American people are that stupid, then we deserve a President Kerry.

But I’m betting the American people are a lot smarter than The Two Johns give them credit for. Which means it won’t likely be a long night for them on November 2.

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GUESS WE’LL SEE IN NOVEMBER

“To hear John Kerry tell it, America is mired today in the worst economy since the Great Depression. How dumb does he think voters are?”

- Columnist James Glassman

FELLED BY A TERRIBLE SWIFT-BOAT SWORD

“What Democrats are having trouble understanding is that the Swift Boat Veterans are not campaigning for George Bush; instead they’re getting even with John Kerry. They’ve waited 35 years for this opportunity and nobody, not Bush, not John McCain, is going to make them go away. For which Bush should thank his lucky stars.

“Every political campaign has its defining moment, usually it comes late in the campaign. This time it came early in the form of the Swifties. If Kerry loses, which now seems likely, it will not be cause of love for or admiration of Bush, it will be because of the hatred, contempt and distrust the Swifties have aroused in legions of combat veterans.”

- Lyn Nofziger, “Musings,” 9/2/04

GOOGLE THIS

“Well, what can we say of Senator Kerry? He was for the war and then he was against the war. He was for it, but he wouldn't fund it. Then he'd fund it, but he wasn't for it. He was for the Patriot Act until he was against the Patriot Act. Or was he against it until he was for it? I forget. He probably does, too. This is a candidate who has to Google his own name to find out where he stands.”

- New York Gov. George Pataki at the GOP convention Thursday night

NOT PASSING THE TEST

“John Kerry's improbable presidential candidacy was already losing ground before the Republican National Convention began this week. The liberal Massachusetts senator — faithfully following the footsteps of his ideological soul mates George McGovern, Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis and Al Gore — was losing public support on who can best protect the United States in the war on terrorism. No Democrat can ever hope to win the presidency without crossing this national security threshold, and Mr. Kerry, at least according to recent polls, has not been able to pass this pivotal test.”

Columnist Donald Lambro

GOLDWATER CONSERVATISM ON DISPLAY

“Four decades after a Republican convention in San Francisco nominated Sen. Goldwater, sealing the ascendancy of conservatism within the party, his kind of conservatism made a comeback at the convention here. That conservatism -- muscular foreign policy backing unapologetic nationalism; economic policies of low taxation and light regulation; a libertarian inclination regarding cultural questions -- is not fully ascendant in the party. But the prominent display and rapturous reception of Rudy Giuliani and Arnold Schwarzenegger demonstrated that such conservatism is not an insurmountable impediment to a person reaching the party's highest echelons.”

- Columnist George Will

FAIR AND BALANCED WINS THE RACE

“Now the broadcast media has to really be scratching their heads. The ratings are out for Tuesday night's coverage of the Republican National Convention, and for the first time in cable history, the Fox News Channel has not only beaten its cable competition, but has actually surpassed all three broadcast networks. That's right...more people were watching Fox News on cable and satellite than watched ABC, CBS or NBC. Now keep in mind those channels are available for free with rabbit ears, yet more people choose Fox. It sure is sounding more and more like the general public is making their choice when it comes to the mainstream media, and they're turning it off.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

THE NEXT AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

“Unless politicians in Washington start cutting government today, Social Security and Medicare will eventually drive the United States into fiscal civil war. It will not be a shooting war, pitting brother against brother. It will be a taxing-and-spending war, pitting grandparents against grandchildren.

“...The Congressional Budget Office estimates the government will take in about $2.4 trillion in surplus Social Security taxes between 2005 and 2014, while indulging in another $4.4 trillion in deficit spending. Our leaders plan, in other words, to put $2 trillion more on the credit card. Anybody for shutting down the unconstitutional federal Department of Education? Without cuts like that now, our kids may be taxed out of sending their own kids to college.”

- Columnist Terence Jeffrey

SURVEY SAYS!

Should at least one of the presidential debates this year include Ralph Nader (Independent), Michael Badnarik (Libertarian) and Michael Peroutka (Constitution Party) as well as Bush (R) & Kerry (D)?

* Yes
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* They should be in ALL the debates
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Thursday

DC Confidential, 9/2/04


ZELL STILL GIVING ‘EM HELL

Sen. Zell Miller, the Georgia Democrat who lit up the GOP convention with his fiery keynote address Wednesday night, also dished it out on MSNBC’s Chris Mathews in a post-convention interview. If you missed seeing this “must see TV” performance live, here’s where you can still catch it online HERE.

But Zell was far from finished. He was on the Imus show this morning and ridiculed Kerry for a number of things, the most funny of which was his derision of Kerry’s windsurfing and cycling attire. While he didn’t specifically call the outfits a sign of a “girlie man,” he came darned close.

In any event and for whatever reason, Zell Miller is mad as hell...and he ain’t backing down.

TODAY’S MONEY QUOTES

“If John Kerry is having trouble walking today it’s understandable after last night, because Zell Miller done tore him a new one,” writes Former Reagan adviser Lyn Nofziger in his blog today. Also this: “Suddenly this election has become George Bush’s to lose. Between the Swift Boat Veterans and Zell Miller John Kerry has been unmasked as a phony, a vacillator, and a weakling unfit to lead this nation as commander in chief.”

All signs pointing to a coming landslide.

FEEL THE HATE

In response to Zell Miller and Dick Cheney’s speeches Wednesday night at the GOP convention, Democrat vice presidential candidate John Edwards said, “There was a lot of hate coming from that podium tonight.”

And he’s right.

We hate the idea that we might return to the days of turning the other cheek every time some two-bit Islamic terrorist anxious to get with his 72 virgins decides to blow up innocent Americans, including women and children. And we REALLY hate the notion that the United States needs a permission slip from the UN or France or any other nation to defend our citizens.

But it’s nothing personal, John. We still love your hair.

OPEN EXCHANGE OF IDEAS

The Arab news network Al Jazeera - which has been particularly hostile to the Bush administration’s war on terror and Iraq - has nevertheless been provided press credentials to cover the Republican convention...and trumpets its presence is highlighted by a lighted sign hanging in front of its skybox at Madison Square Garden. Bush campaign officials say giving Al Jazeera such access shows that Republicans aren’t afraid to have an exchange of ideas.

Try telling that to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

THE MONEY FLOW

The White House has now sued the FEC to try to shut up the 527 organizations in this election cycle. It ain’t gonna happen...and shouldn’t.

Various campaign finance reforms have been screwing up our political system royally for a LONG time. First, putting contribution limits on candidates resulted in the political parties becoming more involved in campaigns. The candidates themselves lost a little bit of control over their message and strategies. But at least the parties were somewhat competent and generally in line with the direction a candidate wanted to go.

Then Congress passed McCain/Feingold in an effort to stop the money from going to the parties. So what happened? The money was diverted to these “527” organizations instead. And the candidates have even LESS control over their message and campaigns then they did with the parties.

As long as the government sticks its nose into the business of its citizens, those citizens - including unions and corporations - have a vested interest in who gets elected. And their money WILL find a way into campaigns, one way or another - at least as long the First Amendment remains a part of our Constitution.

If you shut down the 527s, the next thing you’ll see is wealthy people such as George Soros paying for and running political ads himself. And the candidates will then have practically NO control whatsoever over their own campaigns...and the rich will have a megaphone while the average grassroots activist will be speaking in a barely audible whisper.

Congress will undoubtedly tackle the issue of 527s in the near future. What they SHOULD do is repeal McCain/Feingold in its entirety. In its place, a system should be adopted where any individual or organization can give any amount of money to any political campaign of its choosing providing such donations are fully and immediately disclosed. Then the voters can make the decision whether or not the candidate is “bought” by special interests.

THE GOLDWATER DOCTRINE

“I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is 'needed' before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' interests, I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.”

- Barry Goldwater, “The Conscience of a Conservative”

Wednesday

News & Views, 9/2/04


NOT CALLING A SPADE A SPADE

“If you've been paying attention to the news this morning, you'll know that about 400 people, including 200 children, are being held hostage in Russia. If you listen to most newscasts you'll hear that they're being held hostage by ‘rebels.’ Some newscasters may even go so far as to identify them as ‘Chechnyan rebels’ or ‘insurgents.’ It's what you don't hear that's interesting.

“The ‘rebels’ are Muslims. They're Islamic terrorists. They've been on the attack in Russia for the past few weeks. Bombs in Moscow. Exploding airliners. It is just another front on the Islamic radical's war against everything not Islamic. Why is the media so petrified of identifying these terrorists as Muslims? Is there some new unwritten rule out there which says that you cannot identify terrorists as Islamic?”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 9/1/04

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR

A couple of observations before getting into this special GOP Convention issue of News & Views:

1.) For months, Kerry has been taunting Bush and the Republicans to “bring it on.” Well, they HAVE...in the immortal words of Dick Cheney...big time.

2.) The likelihood of a November landslide victory by President Bush is becoming a safer and safer bet every day. I actually heard some talking head on some cable channel suggest a 58-42% crushing of the Two Johns. That doesn’t sound so crazy after all these days.

OK, on with the fun...

TAKING OFF THE MITT

“Senator Kerry now tells us he has a clear position on the war on terror. He voted NO on Desert Storm in 1991 and YES on Desert Shield today. Then he voted NO on troop funding, just after he had voted YES. He's campaigned against the war all year, but says he'd vote YES today. I don't want Presidential leadership that comes in 57 varieties! I want a strong President who stands his ground.”

- Masachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at the GOP convention Wednesday night

WORDS NOT TO BE HEARD

“(John Kerry) also recently said that he doesn't want to use the word 'war' to describe our efforts to fight terrorism. Well, I don't want to use the words 'commander in chief' to describe John Kerry."

- Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, GOP convention speech, 8/31/04

ZELL - TAKE ONE

“Now, while young Americans are dying in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, our nation is being torn apart and made weaker because of the Democrat's manic obsession to bring down our Commander in Chief.”

- Sen. Zell Miller, Georgia Democrat, in his keynote address at the GOP convention Wednesday night

ZELL - TAKE TWO

“Motivated more by partisan politics than by national security, today's Democratic leaders see America as an occupier, not a liberator. And nothing makes this Marine madder than someone calling American troops occupiers rather than liberators.“Tell that to the one-half of Europe that was freed because Franklin Roosevelt led an army of liberators, not occupiers. Tell that to the lower half of the Korean Peninsula that is free because Dwight Eisenhower commanded an army of liberators, not occupiers. Tell that to the half a billion men, women and children who are free today from the Baltics to the Crimea, from Poland to Siberia, because Ronald Reagan rebuilt a military of liberators, not occupiers.“Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier.”

- Sen. Zell Miller, Georgia Democrat, in his keynote address at the GOP convention Wednesday night

ZELL - TAKE THREE

“It is not their (Democrat leaders’) patriotism -- it is their judgment that has been so sorely lacking. They claimed Carter's pacifism would lead to peace. They were wrong. They claimed Reagan's defense buildup would lead to war. They were wrong.“And, no pair has been more wrong, more loudly, more often than the two Senators from Massachusetts, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry. Together, Kennedy/Kerry have opposed the very weapons system that won the Cold War and that is now winning the War on Terror.”

- Sen. Zell Miller, Georgia Democrat, in his keynote address at the GOP convention Wednesday night

ZELL - TAKE FOUR

“I could go on and on and on (about defense systems John Kerry has opposed): against the Patriot Missile that shot down Saddam Hussein's scud missiles over Israel; against the Aegis air-defense cruiser; against the Strategic Defense Initiative; against the Trident missile; against, against, against. This is the man who wants to be the Commander in Chief of our U.S. Armed Forces? U.S. forces armed with what? Spitballs?”

- Sen. Zell Miller, Georgia Democrat, in his keynote address at the GOP convention Wednesday night

ZELL - TAKE FIVE

“Kerry would let Paris decide when America needs defending. I want Bush to decide. John Kerry, who says he doesn't like outsourcing, wants to outsource our national security. That's the most dangerous outsourcing of all. This politician wants to be leader of the free world. Free for how long?“For more than 20 years, on every one of the great issues of freedom and security, John Kerry has been more wrong, more weak and more wobbly than any other national figure. As a war protester, Kerry blamed our military. As a Senator, he voted to weaken our military. And nothing shows that more sadly and more clearly than his vote this year to deny protective armor for our troops in harms way, far away.”

- Sen. Zell Miller, Georgia Democrat, in his keynote address at the GOP convention Wednesday night

ZELL - TAKE SIX

“George Bush wants to grab terrorists by the throat and not let them go to get a better grip. From John Kerry, they get a ‘yes-no-maybe’ bowl of mush that can only encourage our enemies and confuse our friends.”

- Sen. Zell Miller, Georgia Democrat, in his keynote address at the GOP convention Wednesday night

GIVE ‘EM HELL, ZELL!

If you thought Zell Miller ripped off a barn-burner in his keynote address Wednesday night - and boy, did he ever! - you didn’t see nuthin’ compared to his fiery MSNBC interview with Chris Matthews afterward.

Man, it was a sight to see, including what was probably the first political challenge to a duel since the days of Andrew Jackson...and I’m not sure Zell was only half-kidding. Do yourself a favor and tune into MSNBC to watch the replay if you get a chance. It is definitely “must see TV.”

CHENEY - TAKE ONE

“I'm sure glad Zell Miller's on our side.”

- Vice President Dick Cheney in his acceptance speech at the GOP convention Wednesday night

CHENEY - TAKE TWO

“I am also mindful now that I have an opponent of my own. People tell me that Senator Edwards got picked for his good looks, his sex appeal and his great hair. I say to them: How do you think I got the job?”

- - Vice President Dick Cheney in his acceptance speech at the GOP convention Wednesday night

CHENEY - TAKE THREE

“Even in this post-9/11 period, Senator Kerry doesn't appear to understand how the world has changed. He talks about leading a ‘more sensitive war on terror,’ as though Al Qaida will be impressed with our softer side.”

- Vice President Dick Cheney in his acceptance speech at the GOP convention Wednesday night

CHENEY - TAKE FOUR

“On Iraq, Senator Kerry has disagreed with many of his fellow Democrats. But Senator Kerry's liveliest disagreement is with himself. His back-and-forth reflects a habit of indecision and sends a message of confusion. And it's all part of a pattern. He has, in the last several years, been for the No Child Left Behind Act and against it. He has spoken in favor of the North American Free Trade Agreement and against it. He is for the Patriot Act and against it. Senator Kerry says he sees two Americas. It makes the whole thing mutual. America sees two John Kerrys.”

- Vice President Dick Cheney in his acceptance speech at the GOP convention Wednesday night

ARNOLD - TAKE ONE

“Speaking of acting, one of my movies was called ‘True Lies.’ It's what the Democrats should have called their convention.”

- Arnold Schwarzeneggar in his GOP convention speech, 8/31/04

ARNOLD - TAKE TWO

“I finally arrived here in 1968. I had empty pockets, but I was full of dreams. The presidential campaign was in full swing. I remember watching the Nixon and Humphrey presidential race on TV. A friend ... translated for me. I heard Humphrey saying things that sounded like socialism — which is what I had just left.

“But then I heard Nixon speak. He was talking about free enterprise, getting government off your back, lowering taxes, and strengthening the military. Listening to Nixon speak sounded more like a breath of fresh air. I said to my friend, ‘What party is he?’ My friend said, ‘He's a Republican.’ I said, ‘Then I am a Republican.’ And I've been a Republican ever since.”

- Arnold Schwarzeneggar in his GOP convention speech, 8/31/04

ARNOLD - TAKE THREE

“If you believe that government should be accountable to the people, not the people to the government, then you are a Republican. If you believe a person should be treated as an individual, not as a member of an interest group, then you are a Republican. If you believe your family knows how to spend your money better than the government does, then you are a Republican. . . . If you believe this country, not the United Nations, is the best hope of democracy, then you are a Republican. And, ladies and gentlemen, if you believe we must be fierce and relentless and terminate terrorism, then you are a Republican.”

- Arnold Schwarzeneggar in his GOP convention speech, 8/31/04

HOW TO SPOT A GIRLIE-MAN

“I don't pretend to know all the ins and outs of this phrase, but it seems safe to say that one sure sign you are a girlie man is that when you're called one, you whine humourlessly about it."

- Columnist Mark Steyn

FREE MARKET AT WORK

“I want to make it very clear: USA Today has the right to publish any authors they want. And we have the right, as consumers, to buy or not to buy."

- Rep. John Shadegg, Arizona Republican, urging his state delegates to cancel their subscriptions to USA Today in response to the paper hiring Bush-hater Michael Moore to cover the GOP convention in New York

SWIFTLY DECLINING IN THE POLLS

“(Recent polling results showing a surge in support for President Bush) are STARTLING numbers. They suggest the charges of the Swift Boat veterans and Mr. Kerry's weak response in his first major trial by fire have rescrambled the election deck chairs and may have completely blown the lid off the race.

- Columnist Lawrence Kudlow

WHEELS COMING OFF THE CART

“Sen. John Kerry is angry at the way his campaign has botched the attacks from the Swift boat veterans and has ordered a staff shakeup that will put former Clinton aides in top positions. ‘The candidate is furious,’ a longtime senior Kerry adviser told the Daily News. ‘He knows the campaign was wrong. He wanted to go after the Swift boat attacks, but his top aides said no.’ "

- The New York Daily News, 9/1/04

A REAL LEMON OF A CANDIDATE

“…(T)he Republicans are hitting Kerry where he is weakest, which is almost everywhere. He is the most nothing candidate since the Republicans gave us Wendell Willkie back in l940. His only strength lies in the widespread hatred among Democrats for President Bush. The question now is, will the Bushies stay on the attack when the Democrats and the mainline news media, who are one and the same, begin charging foul?”

- Lyn Nofziger, “Musings,” 9/1/04

THIS AIN’T REAGAN’S GOP

“The (Tuesday night GOP convention) began with a series of speeches trumpeting vast increases in federal spending: on education, healthcare, AIDS, medical research, and on and on. No, these were not Democrats. They were Bush Republicans, extolling the capacity of government to help people, to cure the sick, educate the young, save Africans from HIV, subsidize religious charities, prevent or cure breast cancer, and any other number of worthy causes. The speakers were designed to target certain demographic and interest groups, just as the Democrats used to. The notion that these things are best left to the private sector, or that spending needs to be slashed in the wake of rising debt, or that the race of a speaker is irrelevant: all these are now Republican heterodoxy.”

- Blogger Andrew Sullivan

IS REAGANISM DEAD?

“Although the memory of (Ronald Reagan) is not receding for most members of his party, his principle of limited government that once animated the GOP appears to be fading. . . . As Republicans here (at the GOP convention) recall, George W. Bush once frequently cited Mr. Reagan's maxim that government is the problem, not the solution. But not lately.

“...In a cover story for (the New York Times’) Sunday magazine that greeted thousands of Republican delegates assembling here, (columnist David) Brooks wrote that just as socialism will no longer be the guiding goal for the left, reducing the size of government will no longer be the dominant philosophy for conservatives and the GOP. Those are fighting words for traditional Republicans and conservatives. ‘Over my dead body’ was the way (veteran conservative activist Richard) Viguerie responded yesterday to the New York Times arguments of Mr. Brooks…

“From intraparty divisions over the war in Iraq to the ‘new way’ Republican endorsement of big government, traditionalists are incensed and ready to fight.”

- Ralph Hallow, Washington Times, 9/1/04

REALITY CAMPAIGNS

“Regarding your survey question about including third party candidates in the presidential debates: In this era of reality TV, why not have a debate between the third party candidates-- with the winner decided by public voting (with the usual website, phone-number, text-message options). The winner would then be in the first or second debate with the two major party candidates!”

- News & Views reader D. Eric Schansberg

SURVEY SAYS!

Should at least one of the presidential debates this year include Ralph Nader (Independent), Michael Badnarik (Libertarian) and Michael Peroutka (Constitution Party) as well as Bush (R) & Kerry (D)?

* Yes
* No
* They should be in ALL the debates
* Not sure

Cast your vote by clicking the “Survey Says!” tab at www.citizenoutreach.com

KEEP FREE SPEECH

“Stopping the so-called 527 groups would be a big mistake. As long as financing is disclosed immediately on the Internet, why shouldn't Americans have the right to say and fund anything they want?”

- Columnist Lawrence Kudlow

ALAN KEYES IS MAKING A MESS

“Whatever remote chance Alan Keyes had of defeating Barack Obama in the race for Senate in Illinois has now evaporated. I'm not sure where he's getting his political advice, or if he's even listening to anyone, but he's said something really stupid again. . . . The latest? He has called Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter Mary Cheney a ‘selfish hedonist’ because she is a lesbian (http://www.illinoisleader.com/news/newsview.asp?c=19149).

“That's nice. Mr. Keyes apparently is aiming for 15-20% of the vote in this race. Contributing to the Alan Keyes for Senate campaign just might be the biggest waste of money since the pet rock --- or Bill Clinton's legal defense fund.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

IT’S THE UNIONS, STUPID

“As I sit at my desk in a non-union American factory rebuilding starters and alternators, it's obvious why Delco moved their remanufacturing facility overseas. There's no UAW in China. Thank the unions for those job losses.”

- News & Views reader Jim Cox

OLDIE BUT A GOODIE...WITH AN UPDATED CAST

On a tour of Texas, the Pope took a couple of days off to visit the coastal area for some sightseeing. He was cruising along the sea wall on Galveston Isle in his Pope-mobile when suddenly he notices a frantic commotion just off shore.

There was John Kerry struggling frantically to free himself from the jaws of a 25-foot shark. As the Pope watched, horrified, a speedboat came racing up with two men aboard. One of the men, President George W. Bush quickly fired a harpoon into the shark's side while Dick Cheney reached out and pulled the bleeding, semi-conscious John Kerry from the water. Then using (autographed Round Rock Express) baseball bats, the two heroes beat the shark to death and hauled it into the boat.

Immediately the Pope shouted and summoned them to the beach. "I give you my blessings for your brave actions," he told them. "I heard that there was some bitter hatred between President Bush and John Kerry, but now I have seen with my own eyes that this is not true."

As the Pope drove off, President Bush asked Dick "Who was that?"

"It was the Pope," Dick replied. "He is in direct contact with God and has all of God's wisdom."

"Well," President Bush said, "he may have access to God's wisdom, but he doesn't know squat about shark fishing. How's the bait holding up?"

DC Confidential, 9/1/04


COMING UNGLUED


The Kerryites are really losing it over these ads by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

The group launched a new ad this week reminding folks that John Kerry threw his medals (or someone else’s) over the White House fence. They also haven’t been shy about reminding folks how John Kerry slimed fellow veterans by accusing them of war atrocities in his congressional testimony back in 1971. But the response to the attacks by the Kerry campaign is incredible. “These guys are a proven pack of liars,” campaign spokesman Chad Clanton said on Tuesday.

All of them? First Kerry calls Vietnam vets baby-killers...and now his campaign calls them liars? Wonder how veterans and families of veterans are going to take THAT! Well, stupid is as stupid does.

SIMPLE CHOICE

I caught Kerry’s speech to the American Legion convention this afternoon. He certainly used a lot of words to say...well, nothing really. He Monday Morning Quarterbacked the Iraq war and promised a Santa Claus bag of new benefits for vets if he’s elected. Applause was tepid at best. Not a very good reception for a veteran by fellow veterans. But the speech DID help to boil the differences between Kerry and Bush over Iraq down to something along these lines:

BUSH: I opened a can of Whoop-Ass on Saddam Hussein.

KERRY: Iraq was a miserable failure.

Who do YOU think the American voters are going to side with?

A PLATFORM TOO FAR

The other day our friend Lyn Nofziger suggested that the GOP platform should be no longer than one or two sentences affirming our support for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and our commitment to oppose any efforts to trample upon these rights. It sounded like a good idea then...but an even better idea now that we’ve discovered the 2004 Republican Party platform comes in at a whopping 48,000 WORDS!

Good grief. The GOP’s first platform, in the heat of the slavery debate, was just over 1,000 words. But this year’s document includes planks on Burma and “vital sea lanes of the Indian Ocean.” Couldn’t today’s Republicans at least be “conservative” in the number of words they use to convey the party’s core beliefs?

DAVID AND GOLIATH REDUX

The swift boat guys reportedly have raised around $2.5 million. By contrast, the top three anti-Bush 527 organizations have raised over $64 million...so far. And the Kerry campaign announced yesterday that it intends to spend another $45 million on television commercials. So let’s add it up: That’s $109 million vs. less than $3 million. And the $3 million ads are KILLING the Kerry campaign.

Not only can’t money buy you love; it can’t buy you support either.

WHAT TO DO ABOUT JUDICIAL ACTIVISTS

A growing and dangerous problem in this country is the propensity of some activist judges legislating from the bench. One constitutional remedy is for Congress to impeach and remove them; however, anyone grounded in political reality knows that ain’t gonna happen.

But Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, is floating an idea which not only might help improve the situation and bring some accountability back to the bench, but which might actually be doable. King proposes bringing activist judges before the House Judiciary Committee to explain their constitutional basis for their rulings. Boy, what a civics lesson THAT would be!

Now if we could just get Congress to do the same thing in front of the American people about some of THEIR legislation...

FOLLOWING THE RULES

The Republicans hauled out the Big Gun on Tuesday night to roll out the red carpet to immigrants and sell the American Dream. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggar did a bang-up job articulating exactly what it means, or is supposed to mean, being an immigrant to the USA and the boundless opportunities afforded to those who come here. This was supposed to counter the objections by many conservatives to President Bush’s guest worker/amnesty proposal for illegal aliens.

But let’s not miss the key point here: Arnold Schwarzeneggar followed the rules and came to this country LEGALLY to obtain the American Dream. That is an important and critical distinction in this debate.

HABLA INGLES? NO? NO PROBLEMO

A group of doctors in San Diego are suing Health Secretary Tommy Thompson and the Department of Health and Human Services challenging a Bill Clinton executive order being implemented by Thompson and HHS which requires that federally-funded hospitals, doctors and clinics provide translation services for patients who don’t speak too good English.

Good for them...and good luck. Where in the Constitution does the right to a native-language translator in your doctor’s office appear in the Constitution? And where does the federal government derive the power to mandate such? I can’t seem to find it in my copy.

THE GOLDWATER DOCTRINE

“I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is 'needed' before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' interests, I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.”

- Barry Goldwater, “The Conscience of a Conservative”