Sunday, December 03, 2006

Miscellaneous Political Thoughts

John Kerry’s “stuck in Iraq” gaffe probably helped the Democrats – by narrowing the field of 2008 contenders.

It’s appropriate that McCain is the perceived Republican front-runner, since he represents probably the only literally red state in the country. (Ever flown over Arizona?)

Obama’s stock has got to be rising now that the “charismatic black guy” formula tested so well in the Massachusetts governor’s race. (Deval Patrick shot way ahead in the primaries and then trounced the current lieutenant governor despite some significant negatives.) But…

Romney is positioning himself as the real conservative in the Presidential race? The current governor of Massachusetts? Yes, I said Massachusetts. Hello?

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Anonymous Bruce Wilder said...

John Kerry’s “stuck in Iraq” gaffe was a vivid demonstration of the awesome power of the Republican Propaganda Machine to take a completely innocent and trivial event and turn it into a major news event.

It will have helped the Democrats, if they are helped to realize that the corporate right-wing Media is a dangerous monster that Democrats in power must ruthlessly undermine and, ultimately, destroyed.

Blaming the incident on Kerry marks you as a tool of the fascist ascendancy. Congratulations on that.

Sun Dec 03, 09:21:00 PM EST  
Blogger knzn said...

If I’m a tool of the fascist ascendancy, then so are CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, and every other news organization that ran the clip. I don’t blame Kerry for a minor slip of the tongue, but I blame his advisers, after watching the clip, for not making him apologize sooner. You can’t just refuse to play the game. If the Republicans make a sleazy move, you have to make your next move based on the actual state of the chessboard, not the way you think it ought to be if your opponent weren’t cheating.

Sun Dec 03, 10:15:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Changing the subject said...

Sometimes it takes someone with years of finishing school and Zen training to recover from such incidents - of course with such training you might not have gotten yourself into that spot in the first place.
I've always been tempted by the idea of entering politics, but seeing the zoo that reporters make out of it, it's a scary place to be indeed, particularly if all your mistakes are plastered on the front page of the newspaper.
It's certainly important and not that difficult to apologize for your mistakes, and I'm sure I've done a lot of that and have no problems apologizing on an on-going basis, as I make mistakes all the time.
It's unfortunate that politicians have to pay such a high price for their mistakes, even after they apologize.
Now, how about that Stephane Dion?

Mon Dec 04, 10:22:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Bruce Wilder said...

knzn: "If I’m a tool of the fascist ascendancy, then so are CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, and every other news organization that ran the clip."

Duh. I thought I said that.

The whole "controversy" turned entirely on an insistent misunderstanding by Republicans of both what Kerry said, and clearly intended to say. And, the Media facilitated it.

This has been going on for a long time. It began with Whitewater, and continued with the shameful campaign against Gore ("invented the internet" "earth tones" etc.), and, of course, the Swift Boating of Kerry in the last election.

Mon Dec 04, 02:06:00 PM EST  
Anonymous just listenin' said...

Oh that Media can sure be a real problem.
You two are in agreement then?

Mon Dec 04, 11:13:00 PM EST  
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