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October 31, 2006

Calm Before The Storm

It's just over a week till the midterm elections, which could change everything, nothing (which would, in its way, change everything), or something in between. We've all been focused on these for months, and the polling suggests real hope and potential. And yet, and yet, things feel oddly calm, no? I mean, not at The Corner, where they're freaking out and publishing every GOP press release and piece of Casey oppo they can find, but everywhere else. It's as if no one has anything left to say.

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I think you just spoke too soon. We're going to get a weekend full of "Democrats hate the troops" on talk radio, and perhaps "do Democrats hate the troops?" in mainstream news. At the moment only on ABC is running the story prominently. But it's early.

The obvious interpretation of the quote is that Bush didn't study harm, do his homework, or make an effort to be smart."

Posted by: Nicholas Beaudrot | Oct 31, 2006 1:36:13 PM

Seems to be all Kerry, all the time right now. Which seems kind of...um...silly and futile.

Posted by: Tom Hilton | Oct 31, 2006 1:37:12 PM

I was thinking about that last weekend, when I only posted twice. I guess there haven't been any big changes (like Foley) recently, and things are basically where we thought they'd be a couple weeks ago.

Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | Oct 31, 2006 1:39:06 PM

Some of this is because the parties go into extreme message discipline mode, so no news is created. But it does feel eerily quiet right now.

Tom, I think you're gettin a distorted view. Check the front pages of CBSnews.com, ABCNews.com, CNN ... it's not that large at the moment.

Posted by: Nicholas Beaudrot | Oct 31, 2006 1:41:57 PM

Nicolas,

The obvious interpretation of the quote is that Bush didn't study harm, do his homework, or make an effort to be smart.

Perhaps, but he was in the same "secret society" Kerry (I suppose that is who you were referring to in the ABC story), got better grades than Kerry, learned how to fly a fighter jet.

Kerry, on the other hand, was the highest decorated Naval Officer on both sides of the same war.

As for what is coming up, on election night the broadcast networks will be predicting, even reporting, Democrat landslides all across the nation, even in States where 20% of the voters cast their ballots early at a polling place, or on paper by mail. None of these voters met an exit poller.

Later, one by one, numerous elections will flip to the other side and the cries of Republican trickery will emerge. Accusations that will have all of the validity of rumours that Rove and Bush started the fires in California to keep Democrats from voting, the hurricane in Mexico was a Bush plot to kill Mexicans after he sealed the border to keep them from escaping, etc.

This, sir, is my election prediction.

Posted by: Guy Montag | Oct 31, 2006 1:45:35 PM

Tom, I think you're gettin a distorted view. Check the front pages of CBSnews.com, ABCNews.com, CNN ... it's not that large at the moment.

Oh, yeah...I should have been clearer: I meant at The Corner it's all Kerry all the time. They seem to be working overtime to turn it into something big, and not having a whole lot of luck.

Posted by: Tom Hilton | Oct 31, 2006 2:00:37 PM

I'm not sure why but I found this post unsettling.

Isn't there something to talk about?

Ezra, your prediction about the attack on Webb's fiction backfiring seems to be correct, although his traction may be due to his money--he's spending a million more than Allen on TV every week.

And Ford seems to be falling behind: is it a coincidence that his slide has coincided with the racist attack ads?

Still, I'll take a Senate that includes Brown, Tester, and Webb and doesn't include Allen and Santorum. Which state am I missing? Oh, Missouri. That might be the deciding race. McCaskill and Fox v. Talent and Limbaugh.

And please don't forget about the announcement of Saddam's death sentence, scheduled for Sunday. Bush: "This is a great day for Iraq and for free people everywhere. If these Dems had been in charge, Saddam would still be in charge of Iraq."


Posted by: david mizner | Oct 31, 2006 2:01:16 PM

... and now, CBS has it as their A1 story as well. Not MSNBC or CNN. We'll see if this lasts more than a day. Probably depends on whether or not it makes it into Bush's stump. My money is it does.

As for chatting about Webb, I think the difference maker is that Mark Warner is running ads for him, not that Allen's attacks are backfiring.

Posted by: Nicholas Beaudrot | Oct 31, 2006 2:29:29 PM

david mizner,

What racist attack ads by or against Ford are you talking about?

You certainly can not be talking about this one by the RNCC (NOT the RNC). He seemd to get a bounce from that one while Corker was asking stations not to play it.

I was in Knoxville this weekend, voting. Did not see any racist attack ads but saw plenty of STUPID ads, mostly from RNC supported groups.

Posted by: Guy Montag | Oct 31, 2006 2:37:45 PM

Well, I guess it makes sense that the Republicans would rather run against Kerry again than run on their record.

Posted by: Nick | Oct 31, 2006 2:39:39 PM

Nick,

If Kerry would stop getting up and saying crazy crap the Republicans would not have anything to say about him. He just did it again a few moments ago, accusing people who quoted him directly of distorting what eh said.

Apparently nobody is smart enough to understand the man. Such a shame when that happens to the smartest person in the room . . .

Posted by: Guy Montag | Oct 31, 2006 2:47:10 PM

Teh Kerry

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLuMWiQ6r2o

Posted by: Fred Jones | Oct 31, 2006 3:29:49 PM

If the Democrats gain control of the House or Senate, they will boast that the people, the voters, put them there! Power to the people!!

Of course, when they lost the last few elections, it wasn't that the voters rejected them. They always had some excuse why they wuz robbed. It was either a crooked Supreme Court, voting irregularities, minority vote suppression, Diebold, etc.....it was always SOMETHING!

I would like to let you know now that if the Republicans lose control, I will not whine and stamp my feet and blame someone else.

Posted by: Fred Jones | Oct 31, 2006 3:42:57 PM

Fred,

I am with you brother! I won't do any of that either, even if the Dems cheat like they always have, because we know demz da rulz.

I wonder if they still fix Chicago?

Posted by: Guy Montag | Oct 31, 2006 3:47:34 PM

Kerry, on the other hand, was the highest decorated Naval Officer on both sides of the same war.

Errr.... Despite what the Freds of the world might say, Kerry compiled quite a good record as a combat officer. But he wasn't anywhere close to being the most highly decorated naval officer of that war. Actually, I don't know who was, but I'm pretty certain that, at a minimum, there were some Navy Crosses and Medals of Honor awarded to naval aviators.

Posted by: sglover | Oct 31, 2006 4:40:15 PM

I am with you brother! I won't do any of that either, even if the Dems cheat like they always have, because we know demz da rulz.
Posted by: Guy Montag

Oh absolutely, Guy, you are so right. If the Rethuglicans lose, it will have nothing to do with endless lobbying scandals, a years long losing war in Iraq, the looting of the US Treasury, the lies about WMDs, the shameful response to Hurricane Katrina, GOP page sex scandals, none of that at all - it will be some kind of cheatin at the polls, I tell ya!

Posted by: sprocket | Oct 31, 2006 5:21:57 PM

I would like to let you know now that if the Republicans lose control, I will not whine and stamp my feet and blame someone else.

Until the orders to do so come down from Central Committee.

Posted by: tatere | Oct 31, 2006 5:41:19 PM

My father voted Republican until the day he died......Now he votes Democrat.

Posted by: Fred Jones | Oct 31, 2006 5:46:57 PM

"And there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women,"

John Kerry on US troops in Iraq, 2005.

"they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks,"

John Kerry on US troops in Vietnam, 1971.

"You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."

John Kerry on US troops in Iraq, 2006.

John Kerry doesn't think much of US troops.

Posted by: Captain Toke | Oct 31, 2006 6:40:56 PM

He saved one of their lives, Toke, and perhaps more. Which is a heck of a lot more than you or Bush will ever do.

Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | Oct 31, 2006 7:12:55 PM

What's unintentionally funny and sad about Kerry's failed joke is that his grades were only slightly better than Bush's.

Posted by: Sanpete | Oct 31, 2006 7:41:38 PM

If Kerry had been talking about the troops and not Bush, Toke would be stuck in Iraq by now.

Posted by: pseudonymous in nc | Oct 31, 2006 7:42:09 PM

That gives him the right to repeatedly call them murderers, rapists, terrorists and stupid?

Why do military people respect and vote for Bush over Kerry?

He also aided the enemy with his testimony in 1971. His testimony was used on captured US servicemen

"Paul Galanti, captured in 1966 after ejecting from his fighter jet about 100 miles south of Hanoi, said on the Sean Hannity radio show yesterday he first heard Kerry's testimony in late 1971 when it was broadcast by his Vietnamese captors over the public address system in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" prison.

The broadcast on Radio Vietnam by "Hanoi Hannah" was used to reinforce the message of his captors during torture sessions, said Galanti, 64, now retired in Richmond, Va.

"We were not prisoners of war, we were 'war criminals,' they would say. 'You are going to be tried, you will never go home.'"

I'd say, and I bet most military people believe, Kerry has done more harm than good to the military, and this country.

Posted by: Captain Toke | Oct 31, 2006 7:48:03 PM

"What's unintentionally funny and sad about Kerry's failed joke is that his grades were only slightly better than Bush's."

sanpete,
you are a liberal hack.

" Senator John Kerry's grade average at Yale University was almost identical to that of President Bush, his rival in the 2004 presidential campaign.

Mr. Kerry had a cumulative average of 76, The Boston Globe reported Tuesday......

It showed that Mr. Bush, who graduated in 1968, had a cumulative grade average of 77"

Get you facts straight.

Posted by: Captain Toke | Oct 31, 2006 7:54:00 PM

Sure enough, Toke. My liberal brain must have deceived me. Thanks for the correction.

I don't think Bush has done any great favors for soldiers. This whole Iraq war was his mistake, and many soldiers have paid dearly for it, for the lack of proper preparation and equipment, and so on. That's no joke.

Posted by: Sanpete | Oct 31, 2006 8:40:34 PM

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