Archive for May 25th, 2008

Libertarian Party Bellies Up To The Barr

Awesome:

Former US congressman Bob Barr was chosen Sunday to be the Libertarian Party’s candidate for November’s presidential election, a move that could hurt Republican presumptive nominee John McCain.

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The 59-year-old told reporters earlier this month that he was running because no other presidential candidate understood the principles of fiscal conservatism and basic principles on which he said America was founded.

Barr appeared unconcerned about damaging McCain’s support among conservative voters.

“If Senator McCain … does not succeed in winning the presidency … it will be because Senator McCain did not present, and his party did not present, a vision, an agenda, a platform and a series of programs that actually resonated positively with the American people,” he said.

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Barr said Sunday that he did not intend simply “to make a point” but to win, and party spokesman Andrew Davis said he was “one of the strongest candidates in the party’s 37-year history” and would make an “enormous impact.”

“Republicans and Democrats have good reason to fear a candidate like Barr, who refuses to accept the ‘business-as-usual’ attitude of the current political establishment,” Davis said.

“Americans want and need another choice, and that choice is Bob Barr.”

There’s a real good chance that Barr will be to McCain 2008 what Ralph Nader was to Gore 2000.  Hopefully even more so.

May 25th, 2008 at 07:15pm Posted by Eli

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Quote Of The Day

From an amusing NYT story about China’s efforts to enhance its English skills before hosting the Olympics – this is a sample from an “Olympic English” manual:

I have made a reservation for tonight through the telephone. My name is Cable Guy.

Now I want to go to the Beijing Olympics just to talk to people…

May 25th, 2008 at 02:47pm Posted by Eli

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Your Objective Media

I found this while looking for something completely different.  I wish I could say it was surprising…

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich drops a little aside in a blog post on campaign styles that gives a revealing, behind-the-scenes glimpse of what passes for political discourse these days. We know the producers of the Sunday talk shows and “reality” shows generally are lurking in the background, egging on the actors and often distorting what’s happening. Rarely do we get to find out about it, however. Reality-show contestants sign contracts not to spill the beans, and talk-show guests also are silent because they know they won’t be invited back if they squeal. Here’s Reich:

I was on television recently, debating a conservative. It’s something I do fairly often. During a commercial break, the producer spoke into my earpiece. “A bit more energy,” he said.”What do you mean?” I answered, slightly hurt. I thought I’d been doing a fairly good job scoring points.

“Rip into him. Only three minutes in the next segment and we want to make the most of it.”…

I asked the producer who was talking into my earpiece why I had to rip into my opponent. “We see viewership minute by minute,” he said, hurriedly (the commercial break was about over). “When you really go after each other, we get a spike.”

It’s the spike I’m worried about. I chose not to rip into my opponent but, then again, I’m not running for president.

This is the larger point to be made about right-wing blowbag Kevin James’ embarrassing appearance on Hardball last week. Sure he made a total fool of himself because he was indignantly against “appeasement” but didn’t know who Neville Chamberlain was or how appeasement got such a bad rap. But, hey, who cares? Hardball’s Chris Matthews “ripped into him.” Matthews and James “got a huge spike.” Isn’t that what matters most? The hell with substance! We want to be entertained. Making himself a global joke was probably a great career move for James.

In case anyone was wondering why the discourse in this country has degenerated into yelling and namecalling.  What’s even more outrageous is that these same media then turn around and bemoan the loss of civility (primarily among Democrats, of course) that they themselves have promoted. Brilliant.

2 comments May 25th, 2008 at 12:06pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Wankers


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