Spanish Contrasts

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March 15, 2004

If terrorists draw the lesson from Spain that mass murder can change an election, then the United States, among other countries, could be in for a terrible October surprise. But it seems likely that a terrorist act in the United States aimed at defeating President Bush at the polls would instead ensure his reelection.

The Spanish immediately reacted to the bombing in Madrid read more

Making Peace Normal

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March 11, 2004

The marches and demonstrations against the Iraq war have apparently not yet altered the course of that war. I plan to march on March 20th in hopes that we finally can change the behavior of the U.S. government. But marching alone will not do it.

Already we have, of course, impacted the content of the U.S. mass media, in particular through the positions taken by various presidential campaigns, including to some extent those of candidates who read more

ReDefeat Bush Condoms Prevent Transmission of Illegitimate Presidencies

March 5, 2004

Democrats are lovers, not fighters. We’re the party of disarmament, and we’re disarming at parties. We understand that all politics is intimate and that abstinence is not the answer., the website of the Committee to ReDefeat the President, is working to register a million new Democrats in swing states, and is funding the project in part through the sale of high quality condoms labeled “ReDefeat Bush – Don’t Get Screwed Again!”

The read more

Note to a Religious Republican

March 5, 2004

I’ve heard Democrats say that Republicans are too religious. In fact, I’ve said it myself. But that’s kind of silly when you think about it, since almost all Republicans and Democrats and Independents in the United States are religious, and Republican politicians take a backseat to nobody in disrespecting religion.

I myself speak to God on a regular basis, and He told me recently that He did not approve of a plaque He saw hanging in the Oval Office with these words read more

Dean Campaign Now At Its Best

March 4, 2004

I’m convinced that the Howard Dean campaign is now at its finest. Yes, I know he’s out of the race, but that’s part of what I mean.

I actually went to my first Dean MeetUp last night. It’s not that I’m so slow to get involved. It’s just that I was working as press secretary for the Dennis Kucinich campaign until a few weeks ago.

I still think Dennis would make by far the best candidate to go up against Bush, and by far the best president. That hasn’t read more

Candidates Get Uppity at Audience With Media Royal Family

Feb. 29, 2004

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“Well, I’m not going to be addressed like this.” — Elizabeth Bumiller

The headline about today’s CBS debate on the CBS website is “Dems Get Feisty In NYC Debate,” and it’s followed by an absurdly dishonest article suggesting that the four remaining Democratic candidates for president engaged in unusually spirited disagreement with each other over read more Plans to Register a Million New Democrats

Feb. 25, 2004

The thought of four more years of President George W. Bush — and the possibility of seeing him actually winning the title of president in an election! – sends chills up the spines of many Americans. The passion with which people oppose this unelected president has helped to create a wild ride of a Democratic nominating process. We’ve seen some good candidates generate a lot of activism, bring new people into politics, and then lose out.

The nominee will be the favorite read more

Bush Afraid of Kucinich

Feb. 24, 2004

President Bush made a speech yesterday about how badly he is frightened by even the remote possibility of a Democratic nomination for Dennis Kucinich. Here is how David Shribman, Executive Editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reported on the speech today:

“The last Bush re-election effort, having succeeded so well in portraying Gov. Michael S. Dukakis of Massachusetts as a doctrinaire liberal, tried the same tactic on Clinton. It didn’t work because Clinton wasn’t read more

Stop Nader With Kucinich: A Note to Terry McAuliffe

Feb. 23, 2004

Dear Terry,
Did you get the check? There’s a lot more where that came from. We’ve put together an informal little band of brothers and sisters called Sane Leaders Against W, and we’re loaded. I’m talking about over 150 executives on a mission, Terry, each of whom can fill a $2,000 per plate gig. But we’re thinking bigger than that. Soros hasn’t figured this one out. Do I have your attention?

But listen, Terry, before we roll this machine out, we read more

John or John

Feb. 19, 2004

Is there a substantive difference between John Kerry and John Edwards? You wouldn’t know it from the issue-free media coverage. CBS touches on issues in 21.4 percent of its campaign coverage, 33.4 percent for ABC, and 32 percent for NBC, according to a study by, which must have been extremely generous in defining a story as dealing with issues.

Still, you might know that Edwards is younger and better looking, and you might get the impression that the media has read more