So Which Is It?

Remember the uproar the Republicans were in last fall when they were wastefully keeping Congress open through all hours of the morning babbling on about how unfair it was that their activist judicial picks like Pickering weren't getting a vote on the floor? Well, well, well. So what has Bush gone and done? Unfairly subverted the judicial process?

And ... to add insult to injury, he nominates the racist the day after he lays a wreath on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s gravesite.

Today, sitting at work, we were talking about a section in the Chronicle that asks regular citizens a question of the day. Today's question was, "What do you think King would say to Bush?" You know what I think he'd say? "Get the hell off my grave."

Bush said a lot of things to get elected. Very few of them have turned out to be true. Wonder how Pickering feels getting there the way he did? He'd better enjoy it, because I'm sure it's not going to last. Who's next, Roy Moore?



Reagan was a Democrat

With Wes Clark taking five percentage points out of Howard Dean's hide since January 9th, the good doctor is again accusing Clark of being ... gasp! ... a Republican.

Yes, the general voted for Reagan in 1980 and 1984, and Bush in 1988. So did ALOT of other Democrats. But if those votes made him a Republican and he has since switched party allegiances, then I say "welcome General!" (My friends, it's a rare day when a white military guy from the South moves from the GOP camp to the Democrats.)

Ronald Reagan was a Roosevelt Democrat in his early years. It didn't keep him from winning the governor's mansion in California and later the presidency (twice in both cases) as a Republican.

Wes Clark voted for the Democratic presidential ticket in 1992, 1996, and 2000. That alone should take this issue off the table.


Trooper-gate 2: Smearing Dean

Watching ABC News last night, I couldn't help but wonder: What is the relevance behind this piece? Answer: None. I'd expect this type of report from Fox. ABC should have known better.


Carol Moseley-Braun will drop out of Dem race; endorse Dean

MSNBC is reporting that Carol Moseley-Braun, the former U.S. Senator and Ambassador to New Zealand, will formally withdraw from the race for the Democratic presidential nomination and will endorse former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.

Ambassador Braun's impressive resume made her an ideal candidate for the presidency. She was experienced and well seasoned; a true patriot and a class act. (The remaining 8 weren't worthy of sharing the same stage as Ms. Braun.) She would be a wonderful choice for a high-profile cabinet post in a Democratic administration.

My full take on her candidacy can be read here.


Kerry leads in new Zogby survey

From WHO-TV in Des Moines: New numbers are in from a Zogby Poll. It shows that John Kerry is now in the lead at 22 percent. Howard Dean and Dick Gephardt are tied at second place with 21 percent. And John Edwards is coming in at 17 percent. So if the poll holds, it would show that times are changing for the campaign. The Margin of error is +/- 4.5%

A large percentage of undecideds have kept this race fluid, but I never expected Kerry to surge like this. Iowa was always supposed to be a Gephardt vs Dean race. Should Kerry pull a win out of his behind in Iowa, who knows what can happen going into New Hampshire.



Stupid, stupid, stupid

Two sound rules of political discourse:

1. When your opponents are, in your view, committing suicide, stay the eff out of their way. This is why the Club for Growth -- with their anti-Dean ads (conspiracies aside) -- are the dumbest bunch of crooks on the continent.

2. When your opponents are making points against your team, do not, ever, ever, ever, hand the opposing team's cheerleaders a megaphone.



The Grand Ol' Party of Hypocrisy

Talk about hypocrisy! The Republican National Committee - never a friend of campaign finance legislation - reportedly plans to ask the Federal Election Commission to ban pro-Democrat groups from raising hundreds of millions of dollars in "soft money." Democrats want to use that money to pay for voter mobilization and TV ads in this election year, the Washington Post reported. Democrats say the Republicans' shift on the issue stems from the GOP's belief that tougher regulation might work to the Democrats' disadvantage.

So, let's see... They hijack voter registration rolls in Florida; they contract with GOP-friendly corporations for new touch-screen voting machines (corporations whose CEOs promise the President they'll "deliver Ohio" to the Republican ticket in 2004); now this.

As their 1996 presidential nominee used to say: Where is the outrage?


Blind Loyalty

I had planned to post a brief comment this afternoon on the lightening quick turn around at the White House regarding the Paul O'Neill matter. But then I see Josh Marshall was thinking along the same lines. Amazing. Absolutely freekin' amazing!



Abortion, Meet World

Let me say in advance, this post may get me kicked out of all the clubs -- however, I am as sick and tired of NOW dictating reproductive policy to Dems as I am of the AARP dictating senior policy.

I'm an adoptee, born in 1970, adopted at 3 months old by a loving couple in a small California town by two people who feared they could not have healthy children. This was three years before Roe v. Wade, and had that decision been made sooner, I simply could not be typing this. If I was ever so much, just, slightly, younger. My biological mother was sixteen years old. I am, by all accounts, a person born of an unwanted pregnancy.

Nonetheless, I am pro-choice -- however, I am strongly anti-abortion. Where do I fit? And, can Howard Dean, a doctor, change the way we view things?

Both parties have acquiesced horribly on this score and America loses overall on the issue of abortion. The knee-jerk liberal response -- "Pro-Choice" -- and the knee-jerk conservative response -- "Anti-Abortion, Outlaw it All" -- have failed, miserably.

Listen, abortion simply sucks. Outlawing it entirely is stupid. Preventing it is key. I completely support the morning-after pill (which I hear prevents fertilization) and if Republicans put their money where their mouth is, they will wake up and support any effort to provide both this drug to more women and greater access to birth control.

Perhaps I digress. Let me say it again: I hate abortion. Had it been legal in 1970, I would not be alive today.

In a nation that has embraced open adoption, and with so many infertile parents wishing for children, I must ask: why?

The so-called Republican high-ground is gone, and Democrats need to step up to the plate and tell the truth. Will Dean? He's attacked the regressive payroll tax, will he attack a culture -- on both sides -- that are doing nothing, NOTHING, to prevent abortion in America?

I've been shy to discuss this, because, after all, a gay man who does not face the challenges of heterosexuals should be shy, but I will no longer be silent. I would not be here if I were (poised to be) 29 rather than 33 -- and if you were me, what would you think?

If you wish to send me hate-mail, send it to MissivesWest@yahoo.com. Again, I am STRONGLY pro-choice. However, we need a new, bi-partisan solution to the abortion crisis in America. Dump the rhetoric, I want solutions.

Crossposted at Dean Nation



Oh, Blake!

Howsa! Yup, he's a liar, and much much more...
Four generations of the dynasty have chased profits through cozy ties with Mideast leaders, spinning webs of conflicts of interest

WASHINGTON — Dynasties in American politics are dangerous. We saw it with the Kennedys, we may well see it with the Clintons and we're certainly seeing it with the Bushes. Between now and the November election, it's crucial that Americans come to understand how four generations of the current president's family have embroiled the United States in the Middle East through CIA connections, arms shipments, rogue banks, inherited war policies and personal financial links.
Crystal, please baby, smack him!

Crossposted at Dean Nation and Daily Kos.

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