Archive for June 15th, 2005

Bring ‘Em On!

Ugh. I guess it was inevitable that Bush would try to paint the Democrats as obstructionists who don’t stand for anything, and make them the scapegoats for his own failed and unpopular policies.

For now, I’ll just pretend to ignore the fact that the Democrats have been forced into the unpleasant role of that killjoy who’s always trying to take the drunk’s car keys away. If preventing someone from driving off a cliff or mowing down pedestrians is obstructionist, well, we need more of it.

At any rate, I think Bush may have unwittingly given the Democrats an opportunity, if they’re smart and aggressive enough to take it.

From some fundraising dinner for rich people and porn stars (thanks for the reminder, A. Scott!):

On issue after issue, they stand for nothing except obstruction, and this is not leadership. (Applause.) It is the philosophy of the stop sign, the agenda of the roadblock, and our country and our children deserve better. (Applause.)

Political parties that choose the path of obstruction will not gain the trust of the American people. If leaders of the other party have innovative ideas, let’s hear them. But if they have no ideas or policies except obstruction, they should step aside and let others lead. (Applause.)

Okay, now, I seem to recall that Harry Reid offered up a very compelling Democratic version of the Contract With America earlier this year, but of course there’s no chance at all that any of it could pass a Republican Senate.

So with that in mind, I would love to see Reid call Bush’s bluff on this. Remind him that the Democrats do have ideas and plans, remind everyone what they are (and that they’ve been out there for months, and any specific examples of the Republicans shutting them down), and challenge the Republicans to stop blocking them. Oh, and also point out that blocking bad policies and nominees protects America, and is what Congressmen are supposed to do; when the Republican agenda is no longer toxic, the Democrats will be happy to wave it through.

I know there’s a school of thought that says you shouldn’t dignify this sort of smear with a response (and look how well that worked out for Kerry last year), but I think this is a winner: It gives the Democrats a platform to promote their own agenda while essentially calling Bush a divisive, partisan liar at the same time. And perhaps even more importantly, not responding would be an implicit admission that Bush is right,and that is just not acceptable.

One minor tactical point: I think the most appropriate way to publicize this would be an initial response from Reid (or a joint response by Reid and Pelosi), followed by a Dean address calling attention to it, in order to assure media coverage.

Here’s hoping the Democrats fight back on this. Dean seems to have found his voice after a fairly quiet start, so I’m cautiously optimistic.

6 comments June 15th, 2005 at 02:13pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Democrats,Media,Politics,Republicans

Awesome!

Remember that girl who pitched an all-strikeout perfect game?

Now, the National Baseball Hall of Fame wants to put her jersey on display in the same shrine that includes items which once belonged to legends such as Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Hank Aaron. In fact, the hall will host a program for Katie and her Dodger teammates on July 7, during which the young pitcher will donate her jersey.

Way cool.

3 comments June 15th, 2005 at 11:53am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Sports

Ooo, Good Question!

Letter to the NYT about Krugman’s national healthcare column:

I find Paul Krugman’s column disturbing. If 72 percent of Americans want a national health insurance program but insurance companies have the power to override that majority, what does that say about the health of our democracy?

I wish that question applied only to healthcare, but it seems like it applies to, well, pretty much everything these days.

2 comments June 15th, 2005 at 09:29am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Politics,Polls,Wankers

Kindred Spirits

Argh.

At a time when Pakistan is supposed to be going after Al Qaeda terrorists who make merry within the country’s borders, our colleague Nicholas Kristof reports that Mr. Musharraf’s government has instead arrested a victim of sanctioned gang rape for planning a visit to the United States. Mukhtaran Bibi was sentenced by a tribal council to be gang-raped because her [12-year-old] younger brother supposedly had relations with a woman from a higher caste. After the rape by four men, she was forced by village leaders to walk home nearly naked in front of a jeering crowd.

They’ve also released the rapists for no apparent reason.

Tell me again about President Bush’s deep and abiding love for freedom and democracy and human rights, and how that led him to oh-so-reluctantly invade Iraq?

Oh well, at least it’s not like we’re friends with anyone who boils people alive – Oops. Never mind.

1 comment June 15th, 2005 at 08:54am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Iraq,Wankers

Random Photoblogging

Just ‘cuz. I think I’ve been slacking on the photos a little lately.


I liked this in B&W as well.


This came out a whole lot better than I expected… Posted by Hello

1 comment June 15th, 2005 at 12:06am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh


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