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Basking In The Glow

Yes, I am a happy happy blogger today. Not only did the WSJ release the most encouraging poll numbers ever, not only was my blog the number one Google search result for both an althouse batshit crazy and hot liberal blogger, but The All-Seeing Eye Of Froomkin has winked kindly upon me. The very last item in his WaPo online chat session this afternoon:

Pittsburgh, Pa.: Longtime huge fan — your column is one of my favorite reads.

My question is, as all these revelations [come out] about how the administration gamed the intelligence used to justify the invasion of Iraq, why haven’t the Downing Street Memos resurfaced? Not necessarily as a story in their own right, but as more of a data point, or an old story that has now been vindicated? I haven’t see any mention of it in either the conventional media or the blogosphere.

Dan Froomkin: I do think it’s about time for a retelling of the whole story, and from what I can tell, most of the facts support the Downing Street Memo version of things. (I have yet to see a single piece of evidence that Bush or his aides were, privately, even contemplating not going to war, for instance.)

Senator John Kerry mentioned the memo the other day, actually, which I suspect was a first for him. So maybe that’s a sign.

Woohoo! Okay, I’m done grinding my wee axe. I think. For now.

I’m pretty sure I’ve also set a new personal record for most links in a single post. Huzzah!

5 comments November 23rd, 2005 at 06:20pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Downing Street Memo,Eli's Obsession With The Google,Iraq,Media,War

Poll Lotta Trouble For The Republicans

Wow. Maybe we really have turned the corner. Latest WSJ poll, by way of The All-Seeing Eye Of Froomkin (more on him later today):

“A majority of U.S. adults believe the Bush administration generally misleads the public on current issues, while fewer than a third of Americans believe the information provided by the administration is generally accurate, the latest Harris Interactive poll finds.”

Overall, 64 percent of Americans believe the Bush administration “generally misleads the American public on current issues to achieve its own ends” — including 91 percent of Democrats, 73 percent of independents and 28 percent of Republicans.

The Journal also reports: “When asked about former Vice Presidential Chief of Staff Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby, who has been indicted on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements, more than half of U.S. adults say the situation indicates ‘a larger problem in the Bush administration,’ while 35% say it was an ‘isolated incident.’ About 82% of Democrats say it indicates a larger problem, while 70% of Republicans feel the Libby case is an isolated incident.”

This really is huge. Public perceptions that the Bushies or Republicans in general are lying on a specific issue are damaging, but as long as they’re seen as isolated incidents rather than part of a pattern of Republican behavior, the damage can be contained. But now, even without any high-profile Democratic effort to frame each scandal as part of an underlying pattern of Republican dishonesty and incompetence, that message is clearly getting through to all but the most diehard and unreachable of the Kool-Aid drinkers. I think it’s telling that these questions were even asked, and by the WSJ, no less.

I can’t understate this enough: Even as Bush’s approval rating slouches toward 30%, this is the most encouraging poll result I’ve seen in the 5 long years of the Bush II Dynasty. There is one last remaining step that I am eagerly awaiting: for the cancer on the presidency to metastasize and begin rupturing red cells outside the White House. It would be the first time cancer ever made its host healthier.

6 comments November 23rd, 2005 at 03:21pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Downing Street Memo,Libby/Plame,Politics,Polls,Republicans

Apolitical Patheticness

Maybe there’s more to this story that Tim Smith is leaving out, but this sure does sound pretty weak:

When the fund-raisers were soliciting contributions to help build the new Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, they contacted prominent professional athletes – Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal. The answers all came back the same: “Sorry, but I’m all tapped out.”

It was one of the few disappointments for Lonnie Ali when she talked about the long road to getting the center for her husband completed.

…What does it say about the modern American millionaire athlete that he can’t reach into his pocket and peel off a couple thousand for a good cause? These guys spend more money settling bets on the golf course.


…I’m sure they get hit on for charitable contributions all the time. And I know they all have their own foundations that do charitable things. But when someone calls from the Muhammad Ali Center you take the call. You do some homework. Then you write a check. It’s tax-deductible.

Come on! It’s Muhammad Ali, for crying out loud.

I could see if you disagree with his politics or his religion and you didn’t want to contribute on moral grounds. The athletes who didn’t contribute don’t fall into this category. They’re just cheap.


How many of them would take the kind of stand for a moral principle and sacrifice financial gain the way Ali did in the prime of his career? Perhaps the same number that contributed to his center.

“If Muhammad Ali didn’t stick by his goals and his religion, a lot of athletes wouldn’t be where they are today,” [boxer Lennox] Lewis said.

Lennox Lewis was the only athlete who contributed, and he isn’t even American.

1 comment November 23rd, 2005 at 01:15pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Sports,Wankers

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