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Thursday, March 04, 2004


From the Department of Crikey!

I hear tell that Kerry's about to pick a running-mate. Smart money's on Gephart or Graham. I wouldn't be surprised if it went to Edwards, but don't see it happening.

For an interesting piece on the wisdom of (not) picking a running-mate right away, see this TNR piece.
For an assessment of various veeps, go here.

posted by mango  # 1:03 PM

From the Department of Disliking Kerry

Mickey Kaus writes:

" Here, then, in handy Super Tuesday printer-ready format, is an attempt to gather together in a sober and coherent form the serious considerations against the probable Democratic nominee. My target demographic niche is Democrats who may only now be entering the "don't tell me anything bad about Kerry, he's better than Bush" phase of self-deceptive doubt-suppression. It's about time I got this off my chest!"

Read it, especially if you're one of those Democrats. (Kaus a Democrat, by the way)

posted by mango  # 12:54 PM

From the Department of Eggo

In Slate, Michael Grunwald writes a fun piece to the effect of "If you don't like the Democratic nominee's views on something, just wait a week!" This is exactly my problem with him. Also he resembles Herman Munster without the jocularity.

Money Quote:
"Last week, President Bush offered a wry critique of his Democratic challengers. "They're for tax cuts and against them. They're for NAFTA and against NAFTA. They're for the Patriot Act and against the Patriot Act. They're in favor of liberating Iraq, and opposed to it. And that's just one senator from Massachusetts." Now that John Kerry is the presumptive Democratic nominee, Republicans are sure to focus the spotlight on his history of flip-flops. Kerry did vote for the Patriot Act, the No Child Left Behind Act, and the war in Iraq, even though he constantly trashes the Patriot Act, the No Child Left Behind Act, and the war in Iraq. He voted against the Defense of Marriage Act, which limited marriage to a man and a woman, but he now says marriage should be limited to a man and a woman. (Although he also points out that he once attended a gay wedding.) And those are just the better-known issues on which Kerry has "evolved.""
posted by mango  # 12:12 AM

From the Department of Gifted Advocacy

Over at Resplendent Mango, I have posted my response to an article about cuts to gifted education. Go read it. Fun anecdotes of childhood trauma. You know you wanna...
posted by mango  # 12:05 AM

From the Department of Bummer!

So John Edwards is gone. This is a pity. I can no longer play the "well, I'd at least consider voting for a Democrat" game. I don't think I'd have voted for Edwards, but could at least stomach the idea of him being president. Kerry, no. I absolutely loath Kerry. Lots of reasons, many of which relate to his insistance on having anything both ways. Bush I don't always agree with, but he makes decisions and follows through with them and I can respect that. Kerry's spent the last jillion years in the Senate, and still hasn't managed to accomplish anything, not even any legislation worth speaking about (there were three bills, altogether, and they were all something in the "create national shoelace awareness day" vein). Maybe my sensibilities just come from the "Don't just stand there and panic, SING SOMETHING!" school of musical theatre, but for the most part I'd prefer a president who is decisively wrong than a president who does nothing. And for the record, I still don't think Bush is wrong on Iraq. It's not perfect, but 26 million people are free, and it's getting better. When you're on stage, you have to commit to everything you do and do it with all you have. If you do half-hearted jazz-hands, you're gonna look like a moron. If you commit though, you look like you know what you're doing, even if you're doing something completely wrong. Don't think I'm so naive as not to realize there are lives at stake here, but I think more harm can come through indecision than through incorrect decisions.

There are plenty of other things I dislike about Kerry (and Bush), and I'm sure I'll have plenty of time to talk about it in the next 8 months. That's it for tonight though.

posted by mango  # 12:01 AM


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