George W. Bush scribbled on American flags at a rally in Michigan, July, 2003.


Saturday, January 31, 2004


We think Tom Schaller is an excellent writer and he makes sure everyone noticed how GE Brokaw tried to beat up Al after GE referred to Islamic nations as the Nation of Islam and Al made GE Brokaw look like a fool.


It probably won't be long before the Damfacrats have to watch Clark spin down the drain. The undecided voters are still out there and we all know that anything can happen. The most favorable polls show Clark as follows:

Oklahoma - 1st, ahead of Kerry 25-22

Arizona - 2nd, behind Kerry 29-22, Clark leads among Hispanic voters.

Missouri - Kerry running away, Clark nowhere

New Mexico - Dean 18, Clark 16 (1/18) "[Gov.] Richardson, who's remaining neutral in the New Mexico contest because of his party leadership role, said in a telephone interview last week that the race in his state appears to be shaping up as a hard-to-predict contest between Dean and Clark, followed closely by Kerry and Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina. ----- Richardson hailed Clark as "the next president of the United States" in Spanish to the gathering of some 300 Clark supporters.

Delaware - Kerry in front of Lieb, Clark nowhere

SC - Edwards 28, Kerry 21, Clark 13

ND - Kerry 31, Clark 15, Undecided 40


Politus noted that it is pretty ridiculous for Dean to point to Kerry as a slave to lobbyists because he has taken quite a bit of cash from HMO's. They are both insiders, let's be for real.

Dean has also decided to smear Kerry along with Clark. Outrageous: "It turns out we've got more than one Republican in the race," Dean said.
A review of FEC and other data by The Washington Post found that Kerry has raked in millions from U.S. corporations, especially financial companies such as Citigroup and telecom firms, including Rubert Murdoch's News Corp., which also flew one of his Senate staffers to California for a meeting.

In the presidential race, Kerry has accepted contributions from the same "special interests" he accuses Bush of being too cozy with: HMOs, drug companies and energy firms. He has raised nearly $27,000 from oil and gas companies, tops of the remaining Democratic candidates; $34,000 from health maintenance organizations, second to Dean; and $18,500 from pharmaceutical companies, third behind Dean and Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (Conn.). Even after subtracting money Kerry has raised for his presidential campaign, he ranks in the top four Senate beneficiaries of lobbyist cash, the CRP found.

One of Kerry's biggest -- and perhaps most controversial -- donors has been the Boston-based law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo. The group, which lobbies on behalf of the telecommunications industry -- and employs the senator's brother, Cameron -- is his single largest contributor over the course of his Senate career. David Leiter, Kerry's former chief of staff, is vice president of a lobbying company affiliated with the Boston-based law firm.


We're waiting Mr. Oh Really.


Paul Krugman discussed O'Neill. "something very wrong" - 227K wav file (plusgood) --- Not this gotcha stuff" --- "damning indictment" --- "Intimigate" - 207K wav file (plusgood)

Parliament laughs out loud at the Resident. Click here.

mp3 We have the Power (Stand up for America), Faulkner remix

Limbo Fox Football video at this address --- Unofficial Clark v. Rove

Joe Trippi crying over spilled millions. - audio wav file, 30 sec. ---- Wes - the true outsider. --- Whiffleball shamed himself again. - wav --- Governor Dean infamous.

Tom Delay being interviewed by Wolfie boy on CNN, pre SOTU. Audio bug spray:
Tom Delay claiming Bush is "warning" judges not to rule wrong on gay marriage.---Lying about the Kaye Report WMD non-finding Blitzer can't ask a simple question without apologizing all over the place for Shrubya. --- Delay don't dwell on WMD---Claiming "8 bad choices" in Iowa and Iowa to "re-elect" Bush,
Bush Damfaudio - "A Hundred Planets" - 2MB wav - 1:04

Ann Coulter Damfaudio - "The Clown" - 1.8 MB - 1:00

Damfacratic Video - "Frontlines of Freedom" - 1.5 MB - 1 min. - Windows Media (Right-Click and Open in New Window)


An excellent piece by Eric Alterman, with room to dig deeper. Fear not, Dems, this is our issue. Buzzflash.


A Party member lives from birth to death under the eye of the Thought Police. Even when he is alone he can never be sure that he is alone. Wherever he may be, asleep or awake, working or resting, in his bath or in bed, he can be inspected without warning and without knowing that he is being inspected.
- George Orwell, 1984

Friday, January 30, 2004


Here's an honest call to arms that was written seven months ago. Guess it didn't take. From Sick of Bush.


In The Guardian, courtesy of Incoming Signals. We put it in the margin too.


Watching a candidate event in South Carolina on C-SPAN. Al makes the following point:

A reporter might ask Kerry "name a maritime disaster" and Kerry says "the Titanic."

A reporter might then ask John Edwards "how many people died?" to which Edwards replies "over a thousand."

Then the reporter asks Sharpton: "What were their names addresses and phone numbers?"

The crowd went berserk.


Call everybody.
Further steps could be taken to ensure a safe general election in November, the report concludes. But ultimately, the report says, Diebold election software has to be rewritten to meet industry security standards and called for limited use of paper receipts to help verify voting. ...

... In a statement released today, Bob Urosevich, president of Diebold Election Systems, said this report and another by the Science Applications International Corporation "confirm the accuracy and security of Maryland's voting procedures and our voting systems as they exist today."


Instant Audio - Joe Trippi crying over spilled millions. - audio wav file, 30 sec.

Bonus audio - Wes - the true outsider. Al is another and we like him and we don't care what you say about him.

Thursday, January 29, 2004


It could happen to anyone. Plus the quite real possibility that Trippi got 15% of all that money, which may or may not have been the 40 million they claimed. It's a tough world out there, especially for idealists. Let's not allow the Dean bat-to-the-head spoil the moment. We're taking the White House in November.


Choked up on Grover Norquist's new show on MSNBC. He settled down some and stayed loyal. He's probably upset because he knows Dean is done, not because he had to resign.


Chris Matthews gave himself away tonight. His tone was so obviously poisonous when he blamed the whole sham on Democrat dunces who couldn't design a better ballot. Whiffleball shamed himself again.

Audio supplement - wav


It's attack John Kerry or go home. Knuckle under and do what is necessary. Sorry John Forbes. On MSNBC.

These questions are horserace nonsense so far. Get to the issues and differences between the candidates.

Tom "GE" Brokaw ... what an asshat he is being tonight. Why is he acting like David Kay is the high priest of truth?

Kerry is being artful as hell...someone had better take aim or it's all over.

They tried to call Clark crazy when he said that 9/11 was a pretext to go into Iraq. It was "common knowledge in Washington," exactly. Now everyone with half a brain knows it.

Any political blogger who prides him/herself on calling out unfair media had better acknowledge that GE Brokaw wants to stomp on Wes Clark.

The Democrats need to replace every RNC spin word with their own word. It's not preemption, it's attacking.

Forget all that hateful talk/blogging. Speak on it Al! GE is concealing Edwards, the fix is in.

"The terrorists have already won." (????) It's another field day for the hacks. Of course Dean is right, in a way, because the administration's fraidy cat routine and destruction of civil rights is the wrong reaction to terrorists. In reality, though, Americans are brave. It's the Bushies who are little baby cowards, especially when it comes to honest debate.

Clark did great with Medicare. Four solid points: bulk bargaining for the government, stop giveaways to the HMO's, stop competition between HMO's and Medicare (which unfairly causes all the monied seniors to go private and defund Medicare, cherry-picking), close the donut hole in drug benefits. Not that we actually understand Medicare.

Dean took a weak shot at Kerry and kind of fumbled it. Have to do better than that.

"We're coming," says JFK. Not a good slogan.

Local missing MLK day got the most applause.


"Maybe people elsewhere trust machines more than they trust humans, but that would be totally out of the question here," said Secretary of State Bill Gardner, one of the longest-serving elections officials in the country. "I'm aghast that other places are considering touch-screen computers."


Damfacrats finally found the post that best expresses the correct primary emotional status.

Additionally, this post and the links it contains address what no one in the fancy blog world cares to: Kerry is getting a free pass because the RNC and media sluts want him to be the nominee. Meanwhile, they are killing Clark but the blogs won't acknowledge either truth because they, too, want Clark to fail.

Dean-O-Phobe closes up shop as moot but not without some words of warning:
Indeed, if there's anybody who could make Dean attractive, it's Kerry.

Kerry is a miserable candidate, bereft of political skills, and possessing of a record and a persona tailor-made for Karl Rove. The Republicans will merely have to say about Kerry what they said about Gore--that he wants to be on every side of every issue, that he's culturally out of touch with mainstream America, that he's a pompous bore--and this time the sale will be easier, because all these things are far more true of Kerry than of Gore.

I'd love to see the Democrats nominate Wes Clark, who still has great potential as a general election candidate, or John Edwards, who has great potential not only as a candidate but as a president also. ... Failing that, I'd take Kerry over Dean, but it's a choice of defeat over disaster, akin to--as my colleague Frank Foer puts it--the Republicans selecting Bob Dole over Pat Buchanan in 1996.
As usual, it is difficult to contradict Mr. Chait.

Kerry is not the same campaigner he was in 2003 (although he lapses back into it when he begins to feel overconfident). Kerry projects far more warmth than Gore and enjoys an underdog's scrapiness that the VP did not.

He hunts and he voted for the war. Damfacrats don't like hunting or war-voting, so this is a good sign in regard to electability. Senator Kerry is not the safest nominee but he can fight Rove a hell of a lot better than Al Gore. Threshold credibility.

Wednesday, January 28, 2004


No other way to make it hurt for the non-breathers.


Too little, too late. Got the link from Steve at iliketowrite. Sorry it's a Nedra story but the pictures strike a chord.


Unless you are running for President. Let's not get crazy.

Good catch at Naked Furniture. Related posts at Kamikaze Kumquat and George W. Bush Will You Please Go Now?.


This is because he cares nothing for his duty as a journalist. For example, he was on PBS NewsHour acting like David Kay's assurance that no WMD misleading occurred was all people needed to know. He used Kay's words, calling Saddam a "radioactive regime" - how utterly clever.

Kay was asked to look for weapons, not determine whether anyone was pressured to fabricate a reason for war. He told us all what he did not find. He can shut up after that.


So why do it? On PBS NewsHour, a clip showed Edwards claiming he came back from "20 points" behind Clark to "tie for third." Jim Lehrer, one of the few credible voices left in the media, went out of his way to say "Edwards actually was fourth in NH. Here are the facts: Clark came in third by a few hundred votes."


He fluffs Bush's pillow while pretending to have individual integrity. He has none.

He knows damn well that all the evidence points to a WMD intelligence disaster, at the very least, and yet he continues to parrot the Cartel line. At least he expects an investigation on it but he sounds like Sean Hannity most of the time.

The WMD claims were ALL lies. Fuck McCain. We said it. We feel better now.


The right-wing press is deliberately misreporting an incident involving Franken. Al joined security guards to subdue a spastic crowd member and they claim he attacked a heckler and body-slammed him. Brit Hume was doing it last night and Damfacrats hope there is a place in hell for his pansy ass.

P.S. If Clark hadn't pulled out third, the whole world would be writing "Clark distant fourth." Instead, it's a tie, virtual tie, vying for third. Win, place, SHOW, by a nose or not, our late-comer, no experience, less money guy - he placed third, with 13%, not 12%. At least give us that. OK, 12.4%, we admit.


Two GOP media shills are looking bad, Novak for assaulting someone in The Shire and Howard Kurtz, for selling his wife through his column. Limbo can't get a plea deal that does not include the word "felony," Frist and his crew have been Watergating Dem computer files and Dennis Miller admitted he will give Dubya "a pass" on his Arnie-produced telescreen show.

David Kay, the go-to WMD inspector in Iraq, has resigned and told us there is nothing there, as he already did four months ago. Ron Reagan Jr. called Dubya's robotic response "dementia" and even Powell had to put away the shovel for the most part.

Meanwhile, Cheney cited sources for Iraqaeda that his own crew had discredited. He blamed his wife for imperialistic notions. Rumor has it that Cheney may be off the ticket - "health reasons."

Human beings continue to get killed in Iraq.


You damn right we are angry. "Half the voters said they were angry at Bush, while one-third said they were dissatisfied." Thank Jebbie for 2000, because we are also going to be voting in unprecedented angry droves.

Tuesday, January 27, 2004


Michael Reagan is more hideous than Ron Reagan, Jr. is cool but Ron Jr. is really pretty cool. He is a great voice and name for the Democrats. Great on MSNBC tonight.

Link from The Celebrity Athiest List. Some of the "evidence" is fudged but not Marlon Brando's: "At his son Christian's murder trial a few years ago, Brando refused to take a religious oath, stating that he is an atheist." Nice.


When you are in fifth place by four to five percentage points, it's not a "split decision" for third. You lose. Go away.

UPDATE: Clark in third by 700 votes with 90% reporting. Maybe the Damfacrats' visit to The Shire helped make a difference.


Tonight's early results from The Shire get us leaning toward the latter. Our guy looking for third.

Even the Pope took time out to bless some break-dancers today. At Incoming Signals.

Well done, John Kerry people, you earned it. Way to go!


Now that's thinking.


"I'll vote for the person who says things forcefully, whatever it is, because those less vehement people must not really believe what they say."


"I don't care what they have done as long as they have done a lot of it. That's who gets my vote."


"Electability? Who cares? I want to vote for someone who will blow smoke up my ass while attacking other candidates for being so negative."


But what a stellar crowd," Bush said. "It looks like the index of Paul O'Neill's book. Let me say something about that book. Paul said I was disengaged because he talked to me for 45 minutes and I didn't say a word. I wasn't disengaged. I was bored as hell and my mother told me never to interrupt. . . . "

" 'Boy, that speech in Iowa was something else,' Bush said, referring to Howard Dean's field holler after placing third in the caucuses Monday. 'Talk about shock and awe. Saddam Hussein felt so bad for Governor Dean that he offered him his hole.'

" 'Then we have Senator Kerry. I think Kerry's position on the war in Iraq is politically brilliant. In New Hampshire yesterday, he stated he had voted for the war, adding that he was strongly opposed to it.'


DIXVILLE NOTCH, N.H. (Reuters) - Wesley Clark captured eight of the 15 votes cast for Democrats in the first balloting of the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday in the northern hamlet of Dixville Notch, giving his candidacy a symbolic boost before the rest of the state goes to the polls.

"I'm grateful to be here and for the support here at Dixville Notch. This is a big step for me," said Clark, who is making his first bid for any elective office. ///

/// The first votes were cast in ritual fashion shortly after midnight in the northern hamlets of Dixville Notch and Hart's Location. Clark had 14, Kerry eight, Edwards and Dean four each and Lieberman one.


NH -------- JK: 34 HD: 23 WC: 18 JE: 16 JL: 6 DK: 2

Like our prediction is worth anything. Good luck to all the Democrats, their people, and thanks for caring about America.

Looking further, under a three-part theory: 1. Kerry has inferior money and people in Feb states; 2. Dean has to win a couple liberal states 3. "Red states" will pick a southerner. The system ignores the fact that candidates keep the individual delgates they win in each state.

(revised 2/4)

FEB 3, 7
Kerry could get Delaware and Missouri (with Gep help), giving him total of 161. (245)
Clark can win OK, AZ, NM, ND, giving him 135. (79)
Dean might take Michigan and Washington, for 204. (121) Edwards gets SC, 45. (102)

FEB 10, 14, 17
Clark gets Tennessee and Nevada, up to 172.
Edwards wins Virginia, to 184
Kerry, Wisconsin, D.C., to 328 249

FEB 24
Kerry, Hawaii - 348
Clark, Utah, Idaho - 314

In the numbers above, one could easily replace Clark with Edwards, as "red" and red-like states go for a Southerner. And/or, Dean could steal WI and then be ahead of Kerry going for the 1,151 (mostly blue state) delegates on Super Tuesday.

This is all, of course, meaningless, because momentum from NH will probably win everything for Kerry after all - and his TV ads.

Monday, January 26, 2004



Thanks to Oliver Willis for directing us to a site full of Dean remixes, some of them funny but most of them very bad and certainly unoriginal. It is odd that a Dean supporter would want to post all of these.

However, this mp3 We have the Power (Stand up for America), Faulkner remix, does justice to the good doctor. What a great speaker he was before he lost his nerve.


Audio (Wed) - Ever wonder what it sounds like when your closet ally's legislative body laughs out loud at your President? Click here to find out.
It confirms what I have said for a long period of time, that we were misled — misled not only in the intelligence, but misled in the way that the president took us to war," Kerry, a White House contender, said on "Fox News Sunday." "I think there's been an enormous amount of exaggeration, stretching, deception."


If you are going to be our nominee, please correct the following:

Bush never said "bring it on." He said "my answer is bring 'em on."

Sunday, January 25, 2004


This is what we have be saying for a long time: "Scala said the recent polling suggests that the mantra of the Kerry campaign - 'dated Dean, married Kerry' - may well accurately describe this year's voters"


Returning to Damfatown, there is too much about the whirlwind in "The Shire" to report all of it. Met too many NYC/D.C. high-rollers to count.

After hours of canvassing n Saturday, the Damfacratic gang left HQ to get a drink or two before returning for stragglers and heading out for dinner. The nearest place was a bowling alley where the strange rule at the bar was to form a line to get drinks.

Suddenly there was a stir and the word came around that Wes was in the house. He had arrived with Gert and his posse to do some bowling. Got to shake the General's hand and say hello again, with the likes of Ed Wyatt from the NY Times and Paul Schwartzman from the Washington Post looking on. The General rolled the rock and wore goofy bowling shoes. It was great.

Another rally in Nashua on Sunday, as reported in the Post:
Clark stirred the most intense emotions on a wintry day by turning over the microphone at Daniel Webster College in Nashua to Gail Kruzel, the widow of Foreign Service Officer Joseph Kruzel, a longtime friend of Clark and a key member of the team that negotiated the Bosnian peace accords in 1995. Kruzel died when the armored vehicle in which he was traveling went down a mountain ravine near Sarajevo and burst into flames. Clark, who was traveling in the same caravan, managed to reach Kruzel and retrieve his wedding ring, which he brought home to his widow.
More audio problems for Wes. This was maddening. At both rallies, the General's microphone was not loud enough, such that when the crowd began to freak out with enthusiasm, his remarks got drowned. It was like those Dead shows when cheering deadheads would drown out Jerry's solo at the best moments because the sound was spotty that night.

This defines his campaign - amateur hour. Wes is no politican and it has been hurting him.

It would be nice if Damfacrats could return to the blog with all-out optimism but the fact is that the General has slipped in the polls a lot. This may be for many reasons but the truth is that he had better get at least third or he is in big trouble. Next week's states are a whole different ballgame but probably not different enough to boost him without a strong showing in NH.

Next stop: South Carolina?

Saturday, January 24, 2004


Blogging from the HQ in Manchester. Met Wes Clark today in a coffee shop. Shook his hand and told him to take care of himself. Went to the rally and he was good but his mic was messed up so his tech folks better get it together. Ted Danson and Mary Steenbergen introduced him. Charlie Rangel will be up here tomorrow.

Pretty exciting up here. Went door to door and it's amazing how many people are still undecided. One nice guy listened and said hey anybody but that guy in the white house, that "squirrel face." That was a new one.

Wes seemed so exhausted but when he walked over to the rally at the Music Hall he was joking around with reporters, asking one of them "is that a mitten on your head?" He's the man when he can relax and be himself. He's the man anyway.

More blogging when possible. Walt from NYC didn't get a picture yet but Raven demands the Wes with Damfa photo. We'll see.

Friday, January 23, 2004


Anyone who says blogging has peaked is wrong. The world has changed. Granted, Josh gets pro writing gigs but, hey, "45,000 is comparable to a medium-sized newspaper."

He's right about the NY Times, too.


We promulgate thirty Damfaudios in five months and then decide to be nice to Howard. So everybody else gets the remix airtime. Oh well.


Presidential Address: Lowest Rated Since 2001

President George W. Bush's State of the Union address, the last of his current term, drew a 28.0 rating and 43.4 million viewers 2-plus on the eight networks that carried it live: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, CNBC, FOX News Channel and MSNBC. It was the lowest rated address since the 27.6 for Bush's first on Feb. 27, 2001.

Michigan Betty

An ethics lawyer at Justice decided to let the media know that she didn't care for the interrogation of Johnny Lindh without counsel. Listen to the audio story from NPR.

Thursday, January 22, 2004


OK, one more time, is it not obvious that Kerry is getting a free pass on Hardball, for example, and Clark is getting completely abused? Matthews brings up Chris Lehane at every opportunity, brings up the junior officer thing all the time, mocks the General, exhorts Kerry and has a firefighter on the show to pump Kerry some more.
MATTHEWS: You know, what is this story? We had Chris Lehane on, who is working now for General Clark, attacking his old candidate he was fired by or whatever when he left his campaign - that's Kerry - saying that Kerry ought to release his financial records.

MATTHEWS: But isn't this kind of a pissant campaign, to spend your time saying who had the higher rank in the military and who is the richer or the poorer of the candidates? Is this what it's come down to?
That was last night. Tonight, Kerry's campaign was on and said Lehane was not fired.

It would be nice to see Wes win just to make Chris Matthews' forehead all red and sweaty. Let him lay awake at night muttering Bill...Hillary...Bill.... Clinton ... Hillary...


The war, therefore, if we judge it by the standards of previous wars, is merely an imposture. It is like the battles between certain ruminant animals whose horns are set at such an angle that they are incapable of hurting one another. But though it is unreal it is not meaningless. It eats up the surplus of consumable goods, and it helps to preserve the special mental atmosphere that a hierarchical society needs. War, it will be seen, is now a purely internal affair.
- George Orwell, 1984


It was a little surprising to see Peter Jennings take that cheap shot at Kucinich regarding the chart on the radio. Maybe he wants to cull the herd.

At one time it looked like it would be Dean v. Clark. That might have been better for the general as a more obvious alternative. With Sen. Kerry seeming military and electable compared to Dean, Democrats have to make a more subtle choice.

Wes did well tonight even though he was asked some very tough questions. Maybe NH will reward him in the polls. He was attacked for not defending Shrub against Michael Moore's charge of desertion and then attacked for once saying something nice about the poor chimp. Wes can still be nominated if Kerry wins NH but it will be no small feat.

In a shallow but valid sense, didn't NH already reject Kerry? Doesn't NH want to be different from Iowa? They have had decades to look at him. Do they really want to help Mass. continue to overshadow NH? Why isn't a liberal general/outsider a post-9/11 dream candidate?

The folks in NH need to remember that Kerry has always been NE-suspect when it comes to electability and that, as stupid as it sounds, is enough reason to go with Wes or at least John Edwards.


That's 100 days, not months. Ineffective, Daschle. Yeah, we were just praising judicial discretion yesterday ...


Wes has only been going up and we could not have hoped for a better setting than this. If it was to happen, it would happen this way.

His numbers look buoyant in this daily ARG poll, with Dean falling behind to 18%. Top three statistically tied. Link here and scroll down a little. Damfacrat loyalists from NYC to join party leadership on the ground in NH this weekend. We'll try to blog from there.

Anybody notice how the corporate media hacks have been giving Kerry a free pass but wailing on Clark? We smell fear.

UPDATE: Clark in second place, 3-day tracking: Kerry 31, Clark 20, Dean 18. Looks like 10% went from Dean to Kerry. Unfortunately, Zogby tracking has Clark at only 15%.

Momma said knock you out ...


They held him 79 days. This guy, Luigi, his endorsement could put someone in the White House. Read and watch the video.

See, this is why we need strength in the judiciary: Judge D'Angelo "also found that Garofano's request for dismissal met the federal standard for special compelling or humanitarian factors."


We said we wouldn't mention it again but this is just a stunning and masterful catch by an Atrios reader, one pd.


Honeymoon over.
"I like John Kerry. I consider him a patriot," said Clark. "It's up for the voters to decide." ...

As a former Massachusetts resident, however, [John Walt] found much to agree with in Hardy's criticisms of John Kerry. "If you want anything done in Massachusetts, you went to Kennedy's office, you didn't go to Kerry's office to get it done."
During our second week of blogging, back in August, we said the following:
Kerry can't win because he seems aloof and again, he's from New England. Also, his military credentials, although admirable, include an episode where he returned from Vietnam and threw his medals at the capital. Unfortunately, it also turns out that he actually threw a friend's medals and his turned up later on his office wall. This will confuse his image.
He actually threw his own ribbons and some reports say he keeps his medals in a desk drawer, not on the wall.

Kerry is great, and a hero for working against the Vietnam War. His personality has really shined lately, not to mention his wife, a very cool lady. Has America ever had a divorced President?

Damfacrats are as caught up as anyone lately, but we don't need this problem on the campaign against Shrubbie. New Hampshire should at least know about this before they decide the electability question.

From the Kerry site, such an awesome, shattering quote from John Kerry:
In April 1971, testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he asked the question of his fellow citizens, 'How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?
It hurts to have to do this but this is the way it is. Wesley K. Clark will be the next President of the United States.


Yeah, like Bush isn't short-tempered? Ever watch one of his so-called press conferences? Well, at least Dean drew attention from the State o' Conclusions, which we shall not mention again, uck. Lisa: "voodoo doll."


Tom Delay being interviewed by Wolfie boy on CNN, pre SOTU.

Audio bug spray:

Tom Delay claiming Bush is "warning" judges not to rule wrong on gay marriage.

Lying about the Kaye Report WMD non-finding Blitzer can't ask a simple question without apologizing all over the place for Shrubya.

Delay don't dwell on WMD

Claiming "8 bad choices" in Iowa and Iowa to "re-elect" Bush, although they have been Democrats for Prez for two decades and there were only 6 people running BTW. Yeah, we can dig scrappin too, Hammer, look the fuck out.

Wednesday, January 21, 2004


The public has been BANGING down the Damfacrats' door, looking for the infamous Dean outburst on search engines: "Howard + Dean + yelling + states + wav + audio, goes crazy, funny caucus, arizona, Howard Dean screaming speech iowa tirade"

Since we are allegedly some form of journalistic outlet, all you snickering NeoCon idiots can find it here, but just remember, George aWol Bush sat with children and did nothing when he got the word about 9/11, which makes him a pussy. Governor Howard Dean, M.D. has balls. - (257K audio wav file)

As for the stand up Democrats/other who arrived here, welcome and peace on ya. Vote for General Wesley Clark and no more Bush, war, corruption, spoiling the land and bankrupting the nation.


Here is the story. Great photo and caption someone caught on CNN:


Looks just like Mt Marcy. All that lobbying by the Damfacratic Splinter Group finally paid off.
NASA's Spirit rover has successfully driven to its first target on Mars, a football-sized rock that scientists have dubbed Adirondack.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004


So Damfacrats blogged a streaming SOTU but it takes up a lot of space.

Skip past it with this or start here and scroll up or read others who did likewise, such as Mary or Kevin. Also, snarkiness encouraged, with 600+ obliging.


Teen STD "Prevent them from ever becoming parents, cough, abortion, ahem." "Negative influence of culture." New. Bad.

"Gay humans don;t deserve human rights because they are not humans."

Slamming the judicial branch. (NOW Damfacrats are pissed). This seems new...some prisoner help - but it's faith-based... the right wing may not like this talk...compassion dialing

IT"S LIKE 9/11 SUDDENLY NEVER HAPPENED!! could he be getting to it? hinting at it

...letter from a "2" year old child ...who doesn't like that? uh, 9/11? ...talking to Ashley ...sounds like that was the penultimate section...wrapping it up...God talk

that was below average. General Clark will be talking on ABC soon. UPDATE: No, it's Senator John Kerry.


Immigration reform. Crickets. Amnesty bad. "Out from the shadows??" That's a David Brooks Column! Weak response.

oh, OK "dramatic progress" Drug Co. lobby, HMO lobby. Medicare, he better not fuck it up.

Health Savings Account, damn if the Damfacrats know, ask Bloviator.

Empty brandishing of veto. Health Care is great unless someone is negligent, so we just won't let patients collect any money and it will all be great!

Our values never change? This stuff is new ... hmmm drugs, very retro. "I propose throwing money at drug testing." hey, slamming athletes, that's new...figures he would find a way to glom onto the Superbowl, which people actually enjoy.


Kids, hang in there, we are making progress towards excellence. Vote for me or you have no common sense. "shuffling children" that's new. Did he just say "chillun?"

John Lee Hooker, "Boogie Chillun." He has mentioned this Community College thing before. Mediocre education for all. Clapping FOR tax cut expiration. WOW boos!

Some permanent tax cut supporters, if not, you are an Increaser! Tort Reform lobbyists. Energy lobbyists. Exactly HOW do we become less dependent on foreign energy GW?

He's confusing people with the Social Security. GOP trying to buck things up after those boos. WOW he is flailing through this part.


The terrorists and their allies declared war and war is what Iraqis got. They were not guilty for 9/11 and they are better off from our war. Bush knows where some other places are. This sounds like Howard Dean with countries instead of states.

The question is what percent is international? How many thousands?

oooo UN "permission slip," the corporate media just wet their pants.

Reform through war. Nation building. White man's burden but we'll deny it.

The Republic of America, Inc. Grave and gathering economy. YOU (the Congress) cut a lot of taxes. Actual argument but specious.

Jobs on the rise. Viagra lobbyists. YOU (the Congress) were right to borrow all that money and give it to rich people.


We're honored to be the friend of Afghanistan. With friends like these ... people. free. ("Pee-ance Free-ance") oooo progress.

Got Saddam. (props). 45 cards (our TROOPS rock), actual argument.

thugs and assassins, where's the new stuff? peeance...freeance.

The question is WHEN did Libya decide this? when?

"I promised to fuck everything up and I did." Don't doubt my word!

troops, no doubt, give it up for them Dubya...give them flak jackets and good food, don't build nukes


Perpetual war. Bush proving he knows the names of places. How to say them.

We are to accept every tool. Ashcroft boost. "If these methods are important for hunting criminals they are even more important for hunting terrorists."

Clapping FOR Patriot act expiration! Need to renew the Act.

State of the CONCLUSION (All conclusory language, no argument). Nuke Chem and Bio (not the same as "WMD," of course).


Entrance: A small child is conveniently placed. But it's not a political speech, says the White House all week. Tommy Daschle smiling as he follows immediately behind Dubya.

Introduction smirk. Ted Kennedy clapping (polite).

Amazingly short "thank you" section. Iraq. Violent Justice. Examining passenger lists.

Domestic. tax cuts work.

Vote for me or you are ignoring terrorism.

State of OUR union is confident and strong. (Certainly not "civil")


Only six joints a day? Freak occurance, if that. Must have been some real schwag. From Turn That Shit Up.


Shawn at Upper Left and Steve at iliketowrite get the props. Their guy has been John Kerry since who knows when and they never gave up hope. Governor Dean's people could learn a lot from these two.

Thanks to those who have blogrolled the Damfacrats recently, including Oliver Willis, Drastic Verge and, hey, American Politics Journal (-"cool audio stuff too!").


From Center for American Progress through The Hamster:

THEN -- "Any appointment of a federal judge during a recess should be opposed."

- Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) opposing the appointment of an African American judge, December 2000

NOW -- "Judge Pickering's record deems this recess appointment fully appropriate."

- Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS), 1/17/04

Get your "bonus" two-face audio here. Find it if you can stomach it.


[I]t is also necessary that he should be a credulous and ignorant fanatic whose prevailing moods are fear, hatred, adulation, and orgiastic triumph. In other words it is necessary that he should have the mentality appropriate to a state of war. It does not matter whether the war is actually happening, and, since no decisive victory is possible, it does not matter whether the war is going well or badly. All that is needed is that a state of war should exist.
- George Orwell, 1984

Through here.


Speaking to a crowd of about 1,000 people on the grounds of the South Carolina State Capitol, where the Confederate battle flag waves atop a flagpole at the entrance to the grounds, General Clark called the flag a divisive symbol.

"I've seen that flag, I've seen it all my life," said General Clark, who grew up in Little Rock, Ark. "It's a flag of the past."

Then, pointing behind him to an American flag, he added: "This American flag is our flag, and that's the flag of the future. And I want to recommend to all the people of South Carolina, come together under the American flag and honor it." ...

Earlier Monday, at a commemorative service at Zion Baptist Church in Columbia, the Rev. Dr. Sheila B. Koger delivered a fiery sermon about equal rights and Dr. King - and also took a shot at homosexuality. "God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve," Dr. Koger said to applause from some of the several hundred people attending.

General Clark, who sat through the sermon, later told reporters: "I don't support those views. I believe we have to have equal rights for every American regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation or any other discrimination."

Monday, January 19, 2004


So the RNC and corporate stooge media thought they could parade Dean around, step on him and make Dems reflexively support him? Nah, not happenin. They shot themselves in the foot by going so negative that they purged Dean support. Poor Howard. If anyone can sew up a come-back it's the Governor. Wes had better be ready to triple up his game for next week. He is.


Screaming Points has been rockin' lately. Lots of great stuff.


We say seven RNC says dwarves. They'll get their's.


Good. These are AMAZING results at 9:21 - Kerry 38, Edwards 33, Dean 18, Gep done. If this Mo thing is real, Dean will get cut back in NH, Clark can stay close with K and E there, move South and maybe make it between Edwards and him. At this point, there's no telling what will happen.

Gov. Dean's supporters put folks off, it seems...?


So, let's see. Justice Scalia went hunting with Cheney even though he has to preside over the case seeking disclosure of information on secret energy policy meetings. Bush is scrapping the glorious Hubble telescope, he humped Pickering past Congress, he wants the 9/11 investigation to be herniated and he wants huge people to stay huge. We missed plenty but the caucuses have begun.

See our predictions here, which were made before we knew that Edwards and Kuc cut a deal. Pure guesswork. That was a surprise but it shows that Dean is not everyone's cup of soy milk. Go Dennis!


UPDATE: The NY Times reported it would be Daschle and Pelosi...

The NH Clark site is reporting that Wes will be giving "THE Democrat response" to the State of the Union tomorrow night. The main Clark 04 site doesn't seem to have it. Is this possible?

An interview afterwards, at some point, with Peter Jennings, that seems confirmed, but the official Dem response? Talk about an accelerated curve, not to mention anointment ... Damfacrats are sensing an invisible hand at work ... will confirm or dispell this ASAP.


From where does Bill Safire get the idea that there have been 250,000 new jobs created since August? If this is true, the Damfacrats were unaware. Does it count jobs lost along the way? Does it include part-time/temps? Can anyone direct us to this information?

Safire's new column is a know-it-all but judge-not piece, allowing him to appear cynical without having to confront the impending SOTU hot air. He predicts Pelosi and Daschle will "sit on their hands" while the rest of Congress bores us with endless applause. That would be great.


The basics, through The Hamster.


Sunday, January 18, 2004


Damfacrats do not usually plug a TV show but this A & E show looks pretty good. The trailer is here. We've all been there.


Real Video. Joe was actually pretty respectful, although he kept acting like Stinson was representing It's called Take Back the Media, and Joe will remember it when he has to hit the bricks because people are sick of his Bush cheerleading.


1972 presidential candidate, Nixon's opponent, George McGovern, endorses Wes Clark:
There are a lot of good Democrats in this race. But Wes Clark is the best Democrat. He is a true progressive. He's the Democrat's Democrat. I've been around the political block - and I can tell you, I know a true progressive when I see one. And that's why he has my vote.


Young Republicans storm a Dean rally.


Gephardt said part of terrorism's cause is worldwide poverty and hopelessness. Russert pretended to act perplexed because Osama is rich and the other hijackers were "middle class Saudis."

Tiny Tim is the first string tool of false dichotomy, false ignorance, and other craven tactics.

UPDATE: Brokaw just said "ABB"


We'll say this. No Democrat should clap. Trust the most the ones that do not.
According to Bush advisers, this is the gist of his speech, which will have solemn passages with an overall tone of optimism:

We are a nation at war. My bold decisions have made America safer, but we are not yet safe. At home, my administration's policies have made us better and more prosperous. But I am not satisfied, and Congress must pass more of what I have proposed.


So NH wants John Kerry now? His support has sprouted while Wes has declined slightly. Out of the Dean frying pan and into the fire?

All this blogging by all these bloggers and nobody knows what the hell is going to happen, in Iowa tomorrow or NH next week. Here are the Damfacratic predictions for Iowa, with the latest De Moine Register poll (MoE +/- 4) in parenthesis:

Dean 30 (20), Gephardt 26 (18), Kerry 23 (26), Edwards 19 (23), no vote 2%. Also, turnout will shatter all records, say, 145,000.


So much for keeping it light. The CNN TV coverage is like a horror show. They are saying 18 dead, 28 wounded. That's it, the Damfacrats are taking control.

UPDATE: 25 dead, over 130 wounded. OK, now it's 20 and 60. Does it really matter anymore? It's hell on earth.


Information Junk informs us that Dean said this of his speeches: "It's like going to a Grateful Dead concert. Some new songs are OK, but if I don't do a few of the old favorites you people will be cross." Dark Star!

Also from there, triplets. Woah.

As long as we are discussing eclectics from the blogroll, Iceblog might appreciate Obscure Store noting the #1 "fascinating urinal" at Urinal Dot Net. It's difficult to believe it beat these or this frightening one for women. They are all surprisingly intriguing.


There are only four ways in which a ruling group can fall from power. Either it is conquered from without, or it governs so inefficiently that the masses are stirred to revolt, or it allows a strong and discontented Middle group to come into being, or it loses its own self-confidence and willingness to govern. These causes do not operate singly, and as a rule all four of them are present in some degree. A ruling class which could guard against all of them would remain in power permanently. Ultimately the determining factor is the mental attitude of the ruling class itself.
- George Orwell, 1984

Saturday, January 17, 2004


The hottest hottie of corporate media, Kelly O'Donnell.


Concerning the Bush administration, he notes:

"Indeed, they often use Orwellian language to disguise their true purposes. For example, a policy that opens national forests to destructive logging of old-growth trees is labeled Healthy Forest Initiative. A policy that vastly increases the amount of pollution that can be dumped into the air is called the Clear Skies Initiative."
BTW, when that dickhead from the NY Post discussed Howard Dean in Nazi-ish terms, he tried to reference Orwell and mentioned Doublespeak: "Dean never deals in specifics on security issues. Because he doesn't know the specifics. It's all Big Brother Doublespeak."

As far as Damfacrats know, and we even searched an online text, it's either Doublethink or Newspeak. Ha! This confirms it too. Ralph Peters, total dickhead.


Link and scroll down to see how.


TBogg linked to this. Note the tiny sign and the Oceania sign.

Damfacrats have been wondering aloud about the location of that soccer-mom-inducing Wes Clark photo and Mary got us the coordinates.


Bartcop linked us to a staggeringly comprehensive commentary on the truth about the people currently in power. Who do we "admire?"
Nor, finally, is it in any way a "theory" that the one, single name that can be directly linked to the Third Reich, the US military industrial complex, Skull and Bones, Eastern Establishment good ol' boys, the Illuminati, Big Texas Oil, the Bay of Pigs, the Miami Cubans, the Mafia, the FBI, the JFK assassination, the New World Order, Watergate, the Republican National Committee, Eastern European fascists, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the United Nations, CIA headquarters, the October Surprise, the Iran/Contra scandal, Inslaw, the Christic Institute, Manuel Noriega, drug-running "freedom fighters" and death squads, Iraqgate, Saddam Hussein, weapons of mass destruction, the blood of innocents, the savings and loan crash, the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, the "Octopus," the "Enterprise," the Afghan mujaheddin, the War on Drugs, Mena (Arkansas), Whitewater, Sun Myung Moon, the Carlyle Group, Osama bin Laden and the Saudi royal family, David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, and the presidency and vice-presidency of the United States, is: George Herbert Walker Bush.




Democratic UndergroundNew Damfaudio - "A Hundred Planets" - 2MB wav - 1:04

It's a good thing the moon "might be harvested and processed into ... breathable air" because there's a real shortage of it when Bush starts talking. Nor are his environmental policies helping.

All Music GuideIn a speech borrowed from real presidents, including his own father, Dubya promised to spend a trillion dollars invading barren wastelands and enriching Halliburton, and to wrap it all up in two or three decades. It's the perfect White House plan - unprovable, unaffordable and of no use to anyone on this planet.

Music: Raven experimenting with his new keyboard.

Friday, January 16, 2004


In any case, sixty-two millions was no nearer the truth than fifty-seven millions, or than one-hundred-and-forty-five millions. Very likely no boots had been produced at all. Likelier still, nobody knew how many had been produced, much less cared. All one knew was that every quarter astronomical numbers of boots were produced on paper, while perhaps half the population of Oceania went barefoot. And so it was with every class of recorded fact, great or small. Everything faded away into a shadow-world in which, finally, even the date of the year had become uncertain.
- George Orwell, 1984

Through B3.


Katherine Harris says she won't run for Bob Graham's Senate seat. This is good because we won't have to replace so many monitor screens cracked by her countenance.

It is bad because her campaign might, just maybe, would have dredged the truth about Florida 2000, and it certainly would have sngered and inspired the good guys to get out and play strong for the team.


As long as his conjuring includes this sort of thing, no problem:

In 2000, researchers for the Gore campaign uncovered a Bush advertisement that, for one-thirtieth of a second, flashed the word "rats" on the screen. Michael Feldman, then a senior adviser to Mr. Gore, recalls how Mr. Lehane went about offering the story, first to The New York Times and then to the networks.
Also, through Media Whores Online, RNC wrongdoings by Eddie Gillespie. He's running scared.

Always read Paul Krugman. He knows that Clark gets it:
"Wesley Clark had some strong words about the state of the nation. "I think we're at risk with our democracy," he said. "I think we're dealing with the most closed, imperialistic, nastiest administration in living memory. They even put Richard Nixon to shame."

"The real division in the race for the Democratic nomination is between those who are willing to question not just the policies but also the honesty and the motives of the people running our country, and those who aren't.

What makes Mr. Dean seem radical aren't his policy positions but his willingness - shared, we now know, by General Clark - to take a hard line against the Bush administration."

Thursday, January 15, 2004


Retired General Wesley K. Clark gets Americans to fall in line.When he spoke at Dartmouth College last week, Betsy Neslin, 51, asked the retired general whether he is "a Republican in sheep's clothing."

"Oh, I don't consider Democrats sheep," Clark replied. - W. Post


General Clark has attracted backers as different as Madonna and Sherron Watkins, the whistleblower in the Enron scandal. Other "Clarkies" include Alan Alda and Christopher Guest.
Oh, and Wes is Karl Rove's Nightmare.


A Zogby poll says John Kerry leads Iowa and you know what? He's OK, that John Kerry:
At a house party thrown by Story County Democrats, Yarrow summoned Kerry to the living room where he had just started playing "Puff the Magic Dragon." At one point, as Yarrow sang the word "puff," Kerry quickly gestured as if he was smoking pot.
Countdown had the video and, of course, one night after we said it was halfway credible, had to throw around a lot of tabloid stuff.


White House: Give Industry Greater Voice Damfacrats almost never use sarcasm but - this sounds like just what folks need.


At Across the River, Marine's Girl notes a string of important realities in the form of consecutive quality posts. Real families in pain and in the dark. She is absolutely right to mention Senator Edward Kennedy's Iraq Policy speech because it was so unbelievably good. Everyone should watch the video at C-SPAN.

Here's a man that could talk with precision for a good half hour, quoting the lies of the Bush administration from memory and slamming every key point along the way. Bush fumbles nearly every line and it's all written down in front of him. The President is a slave to his notes and an assinine phony.

Something about the way Kennedy says "AHnswered" or "AHsked" - it spans the decades. The speech is golden.


For the essential Wes Cl a.r. k. defense and truth. He's on it, always.

One of these days it will dawn on the GOP hack media that the best they can do is convince people Clark was in favor of the Iraq war. If this falsehood is believed, how can they condemn him for agreeing with them? How can they win with this tactic? They cannot.


A statistical tie, given the margin of error. The sky is the limit. Man moving.


Maybe she'll get that cabinet spot.

Damfacrats had said that Bob Graham would go first and she would go next. It's not like it's a big prediction come true but it's nice to be correct occasionally.
Carol Mosely-Braun also motivates the Black vote but particularly, she bends the ears of women who feel strongly about the female pursuit of real power in America. She has made some bad gaffes, including frank misstatements of the law and contradictory policy positions. She was the first and only Black female Senator. She will be the second to go.
Looking back, wow, we were tough on John Kerry. He has really shown a more warm and genuine personality these last few weeks.


Raven sent this one. The Journal published a wildly repetitive, unoriginal and shallow rehash of the same suggestive and unsupported attacks on Governor Dean and General Clark. It would be nice if it credited an author.

"You can't trust 'em if you didn't know who they were until now." If it was Kerry in the lead, they would simply say "it's the same old same old."

Here's a few crumbs the narrow-minded and greedy readers of WSJ will snorkle down with satisfaction:

Mr. Clark, a political rookie of no discernible ideology who is running entirely on his military resume. ... There is also his -- let's be kind -- mercurial temperament. Mr. Dean often shoots from the lip ... Mr. Clark, who has never held office before and until recently was a Republican ... This puts him well to the left of Mr. Clinton, but above all it reveals a candidate who simply hasn't thought about very much.

Dean and Clark are the angriest Democrats in the race, the ones who will say the nastiest things about President Bush and Republicans. Mr. Dean has floated the "theory" that Mr. Bush knew about September 11 in advance, while Mr. Clark insists the President could and should have stopped the attack.
"Mr." Dean - what intellectual slobs.

Knew or should have known. That's called negligence. When the danger is reasonably foreseeable and the harm is massive. Actual or Constructive notice, WSJ.

National Security failed on 9/11 and Dubya was reading a goat story with children. He failed to protect us. Americans will get it and Dubya will be history.

Wednesday, January 14, 2004


Kind of difficult to argue with his view. Got it from Naked Furniture ("Wes Clark on abortion: 'Eh, fuck it.'"). She's back!


So, we hinted that we would like to see Incoming Signals post a little more often and sure enough, we were rewarded with "Nine drawings done as part of a 1950s U.S. government test on the effects of LSD" and the issues that arise when dining on tarantula.

Also noted there, the ominous disappearance of Spalding Gray. Newsday wonders if he jumped from the Ferry and we sure hope not.


Instant Audio - Paul Krugman was a guest on Countdown, which appears to be the most credible primetime news show on corporate cable. He discussed O'Neill. Highlight: "There's something very wrong with these people."

"something very wrong" - 227K wav file (plusgood)
"Not this gotcha stuff" - 230K wav file
"damning indictment" - 90K wav file
"Intimigate" - 207K wav file (plusgood)


Credit Oliver Willis for linking to this story: a Boston Herald poll shows Clark at 20% in NH with Dean at 29%.

ARG Tracking: Clark 22, Dean 32. This means that Clark, in 7-10 days, has gone from 12 to 22, with Dean dropping from 39 to 32. A 27 point lead is now a 10 point lead. But look at the details: "The daily trends show Wesley Clark closing in on Howard Dean. There was a 13 percentage-point gap between Clark and Dean on January 11, an 8 percentage-point gap on January 12, and a 4 percentage-point gap on January 13."


Damfacrats can't recommend the Wash. Times but there are some vivid excerpts from this article. Dean 42, Sharpton 36, CMB 12 DK 8. The vote counts in February but this warm-up draws attention to D.C.'s need for representation in Congress.
Meanwhile, volunteers for Mr. Kucinich were handing out leaflets at the Judiciary Square Metro Station, urging people to vote.

But few probably heard Mr. Kucinich's volunteers, because supporters for candidate Lyndon LaRouche, packed into a cargo truck cab and parked about 50 yards away, were shouting their message into a megaphone that could be heard for four blocks.


Instant Audio - Paul Krugman was a guest on Countdown, which appears to be the most credible primetime news show on corporate cable. He discussed O'Neill. Highlight: "There's something very wrong with these people."

"something very wrong" - 227K wav file (plusgood)
"Not this gotcha stuff" - 230K wav file
"damning indictment" - 90K wav file
"Intimigate" - 207K wav file (plusgood)


Bush has held only eleven solo press conferences, fewer than almost any modern President. Over a comparable period, his father held seventy-one and Bill Clinton thirty-eight. The Bush White House claims that they have answered thousands of press questions, but the bulk of those answers come from the handful of questions allowed a couple of times a week after photo opportunities, and from joint press conferences, where the President gets only one-quarter the number of questions and few follow-up questions are permitted.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004


When Damfacrats consider the presidential race, we recall Elaine, complaining that someone told her boyfriend she considered the relationship "hot and heavy." Elaine's irritated response was something like this: "I'm trying to get a little squirrel to come over to me...I don't want to make any big, sudden movements."

With the majority of Americans angry at Dubya about the immigration proposal, a window on the ugly Bush truth has opened. People are open to the idea that he, unlike his father, as Dean recently said, is more interested in re-selection than trying to be a good president. It could be the springboard to change. Still, the revolution won't come easily and it won't come all at once.

One of the reasons the hardcore Dean supporters seem to favor him is that he allegedly does not pander to the middle/traditional. This is only partially true, as Dean seems torn between maintaining his heartfelt presentation and being cautious. Regardless of what he says, the cumulative Governor Dean is a strong cup of tea for middle America.

His wife, Judith Steinberg Dean for example. She seems to be a great lady, a modern female doctor who is not going to be a prop. Good for her, truly. Bad for the revolution. Middle America, sadly, still expects to see a new version of Jackie O or Hillary come trotting. They'll think it's odd that Judith remains independent.

Her absence is not campaigning as usual but, by itself, her attitude means little or nothing.

It's the combination of quirks that might chase away the squirrel. Civil unions are long overdue and gay marriage should be a given. By itself, it might catch on, but tack on a lukewarm religious view (again, great! but...where'd everybody go?) the courage to oppose the war despite ill-gotten majority support, the economically sensible but unpopular defiance (until recently) of middle class tax-cuts, and we've got a tough sell on our hands.

Before Dems get all "hot and heavy" in the backseat and start writing a new American love anthem, which badly needs to be written, they need to hold hands with America. Maybe don an old-fashioned sweater, share a malted with two straws, feed some ducks, meet at the Church in their Sunday best.

Steal a kiss or two at the door and start making moves only after the trust is completely there and that jerky Biff guy, the rival for America's affections, has shown up drunk and tried to cop a cheap feel, earning himself a punch in the mouth.

OK, metaphor out of control but isn't that how it's supposed to work?


So says Whiffleball and it makes sense, based on his comments today, all wishy-washy and backtracking.

In regard to the prompt White House "investigation" of O'Neill possibly disclosing secrets, The Left Coaster takes time to note that 1) flashing a cover page is not revealing anything 2) the document was actually posted on the web at one point; 3) O'Neill cleared the document with Treasury legal counsel and BTW 4) the Cartel was happy to release reams of private info to Bob Woodward when he wrote his pro-Bush book.

Still, the Cartel can always fall back on empty smears about his personality and motives. O'Neill's revelations probably won't go anywhere now, after all, the royalty disagrees, so all of America must cower before them. Truly sickening.


At the new polyblog American Street, the ever-excellent Kleiman discusses the Canadian who was shipped off to Syria and tortured. Catman called the Damfacrats' attention to it a month ago. We realize that this doesn't mean much but we have to continuously acknowledge Catman's prowling abilities.


That's perhaps the pre-eminent character trait that elevates the blogging of Josh Marshall. Damfacrats don't really share it, so we won't comment on this total shitpile of devious illogic regarding General Clark.


Here's how a spokesman for the Dept of Dubya put it:
We're disappointed that our efforts to increase the efficiency standards of air conditioners by 20 percent was overturned. We are currently reviewing the court's opinion."
Here we have the classic misleading statement. A misleading statement is not a lie, however, it fails to provide sufficient information to determine its true meaning.

The Dubya Energy squad was hoping to roll back a 30% efficiency standard enacted under Clinton - trying to make AC less efficient than it will be when the Clinton standard becomes effective.

The result of the court's decision is easier to understand, and certainly more reliable, when it comes from Spitzer, our hero:
This is a vindication of good energy policy, good environmental policy" and shows that a new administration "can't simply ignore" rules that already have been put in place, said New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, one of those who challenged the Bush standard.


Wes hovers at 20 in NH tracking poll, Dean falls to 34. One poll shows Wes leading in Arizona, others show its a national tie with Dean. This and other good news at the Clark blog.


"I am so petrified about writing something inane and offensive again that I will stick with this: Bush polls still show high approval ratings."

He is loathed.


The Court restored Clinton's ban on them, foiling the Dubya clan, so the Dubya clan preserved their appeal. How is that "rethinking," as the AP headline suggests?


Is this a law firm thing? Good-bye.


An out-of-date CNN graph apparently reflecting a period some time after the third quarter. Wes Clark had spent about $100K. Dean, at about $13 mil, trailed only Bush.

Rat Dodger

My webpage for those that got bushwacked. Alphabetical.



Yet a faint air of disreputability always clung to him. He said things that would have been better unsaid, he had read too many books, he frequented the Chestnut Tree Cafe, haunt of painters and musicians. There was no law, not even an unwritten law, against frequenting the Chestnut Tree Cafe, yet the place was somehow ill-omened. The old, discredited leaders of the Party had been used to gather there before they were finally purged.
- George Orwell, 1984


Damfacrats noticed he was calling for a new President after the immigration announcement.

This evening we noticed Mike is calling for impeachment. He seems sincere.

Now, where's that leash, hmmm, just can't seem to find it. Guess we will just have to let him run loose ...


Don't think so. Now where's that Newsweek by-the-pool photo, dammit?

Monday, January 12, 2004


Well, this is pretty disappointing. Not discovering an old "buy into it" quote from the General. It was the partial response his handlers seemed to copy from the Bush spin when addressing it. It goes: "It's not inconsistent, we were saying AQ generally, not 9/11." That difference is real but irrelevant to any reconciliation of conflicting statements about AQ specifically. Taken in context, there is no real semblance of a contradiction but that becomes confusing quickly.

It is better to stick with this part:
The 2002 comments, he said, were based in part on a letter to Senator Bob Graham, Democrat of Florida and chairman of the Intelligence Committee, from George J. Tenet, director of central intelligence, which said that the C.I.A. had credible reporting that Al Qaeda leaders sought contacts in Iraq who could help them acquire weapons of mass destruction. The content of the letter was reported in a front-page article in The New York Times on Oct. 9, 2002, the day that General Clark made the comments at the New Hampshire endorsement.
While there is precious little evidence to support an Iraqaeda "link" (whatever that means) it cannot be definitively disproven. Regardless, any such minor indetectible "connection" was no justification for the war and Wes never said or thought that it was. Let's also add that Clark's push for strategic intervention in Kosovo, avoiding active genocide, is no indication that he would have blundered into Iraq.

If Howard Dean or Wesley Clark or any of the candidates had been President, we would not be in Iraq. Whatever they said, supported, voted for, whichever war amendment they supported, we all know that none of the candidates would have cowboyed into Iraq under the totality of the circumstances. Even Senator Harkin voted for the war resolution. Does anyone think Tom Harkin would have led us to war in Iraq?

This misadventure is unique to the particular occupants of the White House. They are the loose affiliation that gave America Iran-Contra. They are the pro-invasion Gulf War sub-set under Bush I, once deprived of their dream, a somewhat Nixonian crew. The temptation of fringe benefit oil and reconstruction contracts is inapplicable to the Dem crew. This is a Bush-Cheney exclusive.

Clark was always fundamentally against the war, as was Gov. Dean, and neither had to vote on anything, but a candidate's previous stance about Iraq matters about 1% as much as what they say about it now.

All the polls suggest that most Americans believed the war was proper. A candidate who has wavered, whether genuine or not in context, or was briefly "taken in" or "trusting" of the government, cannot be discounted. Demagoguing it all over the place like Joe Lieberman is another thing but that's not the point of this post.

The point is that if Democrats are going to win, they have to gently convince about 10 or 15 million people that America has been royally hoodwinked. It's easier to accept when it comes from someone who seems to relate - as opposed to someone who wants to say, "I told you so."

'SHOULD HAVE CHECKED' UPDATE: Hullabaloo, Kleiman and Poor Man, also for the defense.

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