October 10, 2003

So I head over to the Federal Election Commission site to print out some mail-in voter registration forms. Getting ready for another round of do-it-yourself-voter-registration-drive. I click on the link and find this message: The FEC is updating the National Mail Voter Registration Form to reflect recent changes in Federal law. The new form will be available shortly. "Recent changes in federal law?" Why does that sound so ominous these days? And will "shortly" be before, or after November 2004? Read more

October 9, 2003

Maybe it's just a coincidence, but Turner Movie Classics is showing A Face in the Crowd. I'm not suggesting that newly elected California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is like "Lonesome Rhodes" — the megalomaniacal entertainer played by Andy Griffith. But the Patricia Neal character sure does remind me of Maria Shriver. (Bonus points to Kathleen Sharp for slipping a quote from A Face in the Crowd into her Salon article on Schwarzenegger's hazily documented history of harassing and humiliating women.) Read more

October 9, 2003

"I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center." — National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, September 2001 "Will the United Nations serve the purpose of its founding, or will it be irrelevant?" — President George W. Bush, September 2002 The subtlest change in New York is something that people don't speak much about but that is in everyone's mind. The city, for the first time in its… Read more

October 8, 2003

TBogg, on why the Schwarzenegger recall victory is not, perhaps, the best news for Golden State Republicans. Read more

October 8, 2003

Jimmy Breslin, who is not easily perplexed, seemed perplexed yesterday by the voters of California, who seemed intent on electing: … Arnold Schwarzenegger — who has to deny he admired Nazis. Anytime you're in a political campaign in America and you have to deny Hitler, that is a good time to check into someplace for a rest. What Breslin didn't account for is that political elections — and actual, day-to-day governance and statecraft — are not merely broadcast on TV…. Read more

October 8, 2003

The following is an unofficial rough transcript. RECEPTIONIST: Majority leader Tom Delay's office? CITIZEN: Hi. Do you have Prince Albert in a can? RECEPTIONIST: Excuse me? CITIZEN: Do you have Prince Albert in a can? RECEPTIONIST: I'm sorry. I don't know what you're talking about. CITIZEN: I was just reading in Salon about Representative Delay's prank-call tactics with Moveon.org over the FCC debate, and I thought it might be fun to call the majority leader's office and ask if you… Read more

October 8, 2003

Two of the wisest people in California weren't on yesterday's ballot. But, fortunately, they have blogs. Kevin Drum is urging his fellow Californians to channel their energy and anger into replacing George W. Bush, not into recalling the newly anointed Schwarzenegger. Jeanne D'Arc explains why the "groper" factor is not just a minor character flaw, but a deeply troubling cruelty at the heart of the frat-boy electorate. I'm just grateful to be here in the Keystone State, Edward G. Rendell,… Read more

October 8, 2003

The sun on the meadow is summery warm The stag in the forest runs free But gather together to greet the storm Tomorrow belongs to me The branch on the linden is leafy and green The Rhine gives its gold to the sea But somewhere a glory awaits unseen Tomorrow belongs to me The babe in his cradle is closing his eyes The blossom embraces the bee But soon says the whisper, arise, arise Tomorrow belongs to me Now Fatherland,… Read more

October 7, 2003

As the networks cover returns from California, you can be sure they'll offer projections, even after only a small percentage of precincts have reported. Imagine, hypothetically, that California had 130 precincts. Imagine if, after returns were in from 10 of these, 100 percent of those returns showed voters in favor of the recall, with 0 percent opposed. There's little doubt, in such a scenario, that the news networks would (appropriately) inform us that: "With 7.6 percent of precincts reporting, 100… Read more

October 7, 2003

Julia at Sisyphus Shrugged takes issue with the conclusion to Dana Milbank's article in today's Washington Post. Milbank writes: No Credit Where Credit Is Due Polls have shown public opinion toward President Bush souring over his handling of the economy and Iraq. But an item tucked away in last week's CBS News/New York Times poll adds insult to injury. Despite three tax cuts in as many years, only 19 percent said Bush's policies made their taxes go down. Forty-seven percent… Read more

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