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Presidential Election 2004

The 2004 presidential election is has come and gone. The nation is deeply and starkly divided on the road ahead on any number of issues. We will continue our running compilation of our election-related posts – watch it unfold here and come back often for updates.

Government of Business, by Business, for Business – Part II
The land sharks are in a feeding frenzy, leaving a bloody trail – where’s Teddy when we need him?
Posted in Blogcritics on November 15, 2004 03:31 PM

Red and Blue Reality
Fear not the great cultural/political clampdown, for it isn’t coming.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 15, 2004 03:25 PM

Much Ado About Silence
Was the Kerry campaign helped or hurt when major papers ignored the Swift Boat controversy in early August?
Posted in Blogcritics on November 15, 2004 10:44 AM

Shuffling The Deck
Secretary of State Colin Powell will be leaving the Bush cabinet, as widely anticipated. The recent departure of the Attorney-General and the Commerce Secretary from the Bush cabinet is the beginning of a reshuffle of the entire cabinet, with upto half the team slated to go or change posts.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 15, 2004 10:39 AM

Stacking the Court: We’re all the Poorer
Now is the winner of our discontent, made gloomier still by the inevitable abduction of our Court… The Founding Fathers, the majority of them, feared Party politics and for good reason. One of the worst outcomes of partisan politics is…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 14, 2004 10:09 PM

Dowd disses conservative Christians
Nothing scares secular lefties more than an election where some 60 million Americans cast a vote for — gasp! — a President who finds great comfort in his faith. Beltway blasphemy! Republicans call it winning an election. Maureen Dowd calls…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 14, 2004 03:25 PM

Government of Business, By Business, For Business – Part I
That’s not quite what the Founding Fathers had in mind, but that’s the way it is. During his first administration, President Bush appointed over a hundred industry lobbyists and lawyers to oversee the industries they lobbied and lawyered for. Like…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 14, 2004 02:10 PM

The Dignity of Difference – by Jonathan Sacks
This is an important book about big issues. It is subtitled “How to avoid the Clash of Civilizations” which implies, correctly, that the author is weighing in with Fukuyama and Huntington on the End of History, the Clash of Civilizations…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 14, 2004 09:56 AM

The Whine Heard Round the World
It is unbelievable how pathetic some liberals have become in the aftermath of their election-day losses…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 14, 2004 01:23 AM

On The Wire
A blogospheric parable of sorts… founded on The Wire
Posted in Blogcritics on November 13, 2004 06:43 PM

Blogs flunked Election 101
Political blogging is like Ralph Nader.
— Frank Barnako
Posted in Blogcritics on November 13, 2004 05:56 PM

Washington Dems call provisional voters
Good news for Democrats.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 13, 2004 04:57 PM

Are you liberal?
During the past election year I have spent a lot of time determining if I am conservative or liberal. I am finding that I reside somewhere in the middle at this point. I came across a post today about being…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 12, 2004 04:40 PM

The Librarians Are Right
As a writer, author and editor I often do research into wherever my interest, the news, or curiosity take me. This should be my and every American’s fundamental right without fear of being regarded suspiciously by my government. I therefore…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 12, 2004 09:27 AM

Open Letter to the Washington Post
Dear Editors, Instead of covering the numerous reports of bizarre voting irregularities–including an Ohio machine that allegedly registered negative 25 million votes at one point–most major media outlets have spent the last week telling us how the Democrats need to…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 11, 2004 07:45 PM

Brother, can you spare a couple of hundred votes?
We’re having some issues here in Franklin County, Indiana, seemingly stemming from new voting machines or software from Fidlar Election Company. The general election last week was our first time using them. All the Libertarian Party candidates got in the…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 11, 2004 05:58 PM

Mormon Democrat may lead
Mormon and Republican fit together like a hand and glove to followers of electoral politics.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 11, 2004 04:19 PM

Investigate the vote!
Regardless of whether there was fraud committed during this last election we need to ensure that our election process is safe, fair and honest as we go forward. Should we have a paper trail coming from each and every voting…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 11, 2004 03:51 PM

Why I Rule, pt 73
I wrote this Monday about budding conspiracy theories regarding the election: Unexpected, jarring events — such as Sen. John Kerry’s relatively decisive loss to President Bush in last week’s election — can cause a cognitive dissonance that some seek to…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 11, 2004 11:01 AM

Inappropriate Apology
Sorry seems to be the smuggest word. Hee hee hee (takes a while to load). Haa haa haa: Some of us — hopefully most of us — are trying to understand and appreciate the effect our recent election will have…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 11, 2004 10:13 AM

The Next Member Of The US Supreme Court: Miguel Estrada!
Watch the Left go nuts!
Posted in Blogcritics on November 11, 2004 04:09 AM

America is Fired Up Over Voting Fraud!
The two finalists square off in the first of three debates Investigate the Voting Process! The result was rigged. The numbers don’t add up. Thousands of votes weren’t counted. And millions of Americans are standing up to demand justice!…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 11, 2004 03:42 AM

Got governor?
Each time a candidate seemed to have momentum, a new round of vote counting changed that perception.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 11, 2004 12:39 AM

On the Border
Usually the immigration debate revolves around the issues of economics, respect for law, social services, civil liberties, and the like as armies of illegal Mexicans slip across the border looking for work and a better life. But there is…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 10, 2004 04:17 PM

Nightmare
Just after election day 2004, George W. Bush woke the next morning to a bright sunny day. It was a stupendous day and he — even at 58 — had a morning wood! It was a fabulous feeling. He was…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 10, 2004 04:04 PM

Next
So now the American Democrats and literati have mostly finished licking their little wounds and apparently have decided not to migrate up here after all due to a little cold and snow in Ottowa, one supposes. Eventually, the question…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 10, 2004 10:48 AM

Walk Away With Your Head Held High! PLEASE!?
Some people just never know when to hang it up.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 10, 2004 10:31 AM

Proud To Be A Upstream Downstream American
Funny, I kind of look and feel like a mainstream American.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 10, 2004 01:26 AM

Why did Bush Flip/Flop in the gay marriage issue just before the election?
For those of you that don’t know this, Bush has changed his stance, so would call it a Flip-Flop, on the Gay Marriage issue. Recently he said it should be a state issue. This goes against the Republican party platform….
Posted in Blogcritics on November 10, 2004 12:03 AM

Embryonic stem cell research gets shot in arm
Proposition 71 passed was approved by nearly 60 percent of the voters.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 9, 2004 10:17 PM

Interview with Douglas Rushkoff
Frontline’s The Persuaders airs Tuesday on most PBS stations and will be online later this week. The first hour focuses on consumer advertising and the last half hour on political persuasion. Douglass Rushkoff who also did the Merchants of Cool…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 9, 2004 04:21 PM

The Myth of the Religious Right
Leftists are spinning President George Bush’s re-election that the United States is about to be taken over by Christian fundamentalists. Not only is this claim bogus, but it is a facile excuse to cover-up the electoral shortcomings of the Democrats….
Posted in Blogcritics on November 9, 2004 03:12 PM

History
As U.S. and Iraqi forces push through Fallujah in the second day of a major offensive to retake the town from insurgents, there is legitimate and deep concern over the conduct of the war, and certainly the “winning the peace”…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 9, 2004 11:04 AM

ON THE ISSUES: Stem-Cells
ON THE ISSUES: Stem-Cells Since the passage of proposition 71 — which mandates $3 billion for stem-cell research in California — the outlook for progress and research continuing in this field looks highly positive. About stem cells (why we care)…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 9, 2004 09:52 AM

B.S. quotes T.J.
The Thomas Jefferson quote Barbra Streisand used for her November 8 statement regarding Bush’s re-election first appeared on Democratic Underground by a poster claiming to be Elizabeth Edwards: “A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 9, 2004 09:50 AM

More Post-Election Lunacy In San Fran
Muslim students at SFSU attack the College Republicans
Posted in Blogcritics on November 9, 2004 05:37 AM

FEEDING TIME AT GITMO
The big news at Guantanamo Bay is that a federal judge in Washington shut down the “military commissions,” otherwise known as tribunals, being held on the U.S. base in Cuba. Proceedings were halted against a former driver for Osama Bin…
Posted in Straight Up on November 9, 2004 01:07 AM

Hopelessly Average
I am just like you – hopelessly average. Don’t kid yourself either, you too are hopelessly average, in fact 99.9% of the world is hopelessly average.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 8, 2004 08:31 PM

Is that an echo I hear…?
The crushing disappointment felt by countless people after the US election has led many to question how left-leaning media pundits were so frequently and disastrously wrong in their predictions. Disillusionment with the mainstream media saw a massive rise in the…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 8, 2004 08:14 PM

I’m asking you to make a moral judgement
I really meant to leave you all alone, at least until the weekend. But I couldn’t pass this up. Consider. Several months ago George Bush championed a constitutional amendment banning marriages where the partners were gay. A month and a…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 8, 2004 07:16 PM

Making Progress: 11/8/04
For progressive minded people the election was a dark day but the election results were not all bleak. There were a few positive results from the election which I’ll provide below. Let’s try to stay focused as we go forward…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 8, 2004 04:18 PM

Straws Grasped: The Election and Cognitive Dissonance
Unexpected, jarring events — such as Sen. John Kerry’s relatively decisive loss to President Bush in last week’s election — can cause a cognitive dissonance that some seek to explain by denying “apparent” reality rather than coming to terms with…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 8, 2004 12:20 PM

News at the Speed of Light: CBS Taunts the Blogosphere
Must be remnants of sour grapes from the Rathergate debacle. What the big media dinausaurs don’t understand is Blogging is not a one-way monologue…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 8, 2004 01:59 AM

Is it possible that the vote was hacked?
Is it possible that the vote was hacked? You know… I’m not being a sore loser here so don’t even suggest it. I would be asking this question regardless of who won the election. I want my vote to be…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 7, 2004 11:52 PM

Watch out Bush… the kooks are comin’!
Welcome to monday. I know some of us are very distraught about the latest political atmosphere lately — OK, WE’RE FRIGGIN’ PISSED!. There, I said it. Anyway, we are recovering and getting on with our lives, planning, and thinking of…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 7, 2004 10:39 PM

Why Bush Won: The Ingrate States
You know how some people react to being helped. They’re in need so you give them a hand up and they’re grateful at the time. But from then on …
Posted in Blogcritics on November 7, 2004 04:07 PM

THE GREAT BLACK HOPE?
Did he really say it? Yes he did: “This is no longer George Bush’s war. This is America’s war.” — Barack Obama, speaking this morning about the war in Iraq on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopolous.” Too bad what…
Posted in Straight Up on November 7, 2004 02:48 PM

THE DEBATES? WHAT DEBATES?
The Blessed Reverend Repulski writes: “Dropped into the Albany town library and there noticed Hunter Thompson’s name on the current Rolling Stone cover. Guess what? He fell for the shoe-in Kerry jive too. Some forecasts are too painful to consider….
Posted in Straight Up on November 7, 2004 02:41 PM

What’s so bad about Alan Keyes anyway?
I was one of the many progressives that had to reassess things a bit after the last election. The comments made about that reassessment…okay, they weren’t about the reassessment but they attached to the post…make need to ask the question…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 7, 2004 07:28 AM

Election Reaction
From the pundits…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 6, 2004 11:41 PM

A Few Extra Thoughts on 2004 Elections
I choose to wait a few days before commenting on the 2004 elections. After this, then it is on with the rest of my life. Polling I am not going to dwell on the exit polling fiasco but instead review…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 6, 2004 11:06 PM

Two Maps
Two Americas?
Posted in Blogcritics on November 6, 2004 11:05 PM

Reforming the Democratic Party
I came into Election Day more confident than I had been than I had been at most points in the campaign. Polls were showing Kerry leads in Florida and Ohio. I’m not going to try to figure out what went…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 6, 2004 04:53 PM

The “Ownership Society” – Part 0
A portion of the American populace now seems to think it was an invasion not an election.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 6, 2004 03:44 PM

KERRY’S CATEGORY
Few political analysts were more blistering about the Boy King before and during the 2004 election campaign than Kevin Phillips, the former Republican who identified and crafted the “Southern strategy” back in the late-’60s, which was exploited by Nixon and…
Posted in Straight Up on November 6, 2004 11:12 AM

Heard in the DC Metro
I heard this conversation in the DC Metro last night as I was returning home from gallery hopping around Dupont Circle. Two young girls in their 20s, wearing Bush Kicked Ass buttons were talking to each other and one said…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 6, 2004 10:13 AM

The Duke Watches “Outfoxed – Rupert Murdoch’s War On Journalism”
Also – Why Murdoch is a fiendish fiend, in an impartial manner, of course.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 6, 2004 09:49 AM

Liberals just wanna be liked
I guess it all comes down to the fact that they don’t understand why we don’t like people like Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, and others who attack something so important to us, and something that makes up the fabric of who we are.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 6, 2004 09:34 AM

DAY AFTER TOMORROW
by kAble & vOya “I like Bush because he’s decisive, even when he’s wrong…” John Doe >> American Voter. kAble..And so it came to pass… In the year of our Neo-con Lord, 2004… The New World Order: Act II… >>…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 6, 2004 03:10 AM

Concert Review: R.E.M. at Madison Square Garden, NYC
This would be R.E.M.’s first show after the election. I can’t even imagine how the band, as well as any other musician involved in the Vote For Change Tour, were feeling, two days after the election. So I wasn’t expecting…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 5, 2004 11:44 PM

Democrats Respond to Bush’s Re-Election
Democrats Respond to Bush’s Re-Election By Art Green Writer of Conservative Eyes In John Kerry’s concession speech, he offered an olive branch to Republicans and George W. Bush. We talked about the danger of division in our country, and the…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 5, 2004 08:58 PM

I aks you, what be up wit dat Joan Baez?
In the classic early ’60s novel A Confederacy of Dunces there was a rebellious young Jewish heiress named Myrna Minkoff. Perhaps the funniest thing in a very funny book was the back story description of the Minkoff character. College girl…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 5, 2004 04:36 PM

OF MORONS AND MORAL VALUES
The dust from the election of the chief ignoramus has not settled. May it never. Others are saying that, too. Straight Upper Joan Daniels, a regular reader, writes: I have come to the conclusion that the “majority” of Americans are…
Posted in Straight Up on November 5, 2004 12:44 PM

The Economy Is Booming
Another liberal lie debunked
Posted in Blogcritics on November 5, 2004 10:39 AM

Fire DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe
I agree with this Los Angeles Times editorial: Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe has to go. It doesn’t matter if he’s a rainmaker, filling the coffers of DNC with enough funds to choke a donkey. What does matter, though,…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 5, 2004 09:36 AM

The Left Goes Nuts In SF
A sickening display…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 5, 2004 02:56 AM

Woe is Dem
Right-wing totalitarianism threatens a cafe in Portland, Oregon.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 4, 2004 10:25 PM

You just don’t get it!
You just don’t get it, do you? I keep reading all these rants about George W. Bush and his Christian beliefs and on and on and on. That’s not what this was about. Just about everyone I know voted for…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 4, 2004 08:43 PM

The Sun Will Come Out
President Bush won fair and square, and while the outcome may be disappointing to many of us, this is democracy. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 4, 2004 08:37 PM

Terry McAuliffe: Democratic Party Strong?
Terry McAuliffe: Democratic Party Strong? By Art Green Writer of Conservative Eyes In 1964 when Lyndon Johnson crushed Barry Goldwater in the Presidential Race, the Republicans were at a crossroads. They knew they were in trouble and had to reassess…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 4, 2004 07:26 PM

An Open Letter from an Ohio Voter to the Democratic Party
An Open Letter to the Democratic Party: As I watch the pundits do post-mortems on the 2004 election from my home state of Ohio, I can’t help but be somewhat bemused. I’m located in a strongly Republican county in Northeast…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 4, 2004 05:17 PM

Democracy Now!
Democracy Now! is an independent media television and radio program available across the United States and Canada.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 4, 2004 05:06 PM

Another stolen election?
Bush supporters will think this is sour grapes, but try to imagine it the other way around: Kerry won…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 4, 2004 04:31 PM

THE NEW AMERICA: NO-GO ZONES FOR GAYS?
Now that 11 states have voted by overwhelming margins for amendments to their state consitutions to ban gay marriage — Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Montana, Utah, Ohio, Michigan and Oregon — lending huge support to seven other…
Posted in Straight Up on November 4, 2004 03:25 PM

Is there moral value in truth?
At this moment I am having great difficulty feeling a part of the mainstream society in the United States of America. I don’t feel threatened; I don’t see any issues arising that I’d be personally incapable of handling. But I’ve…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 4, 2004 01:49 PM

Morality
Approximately 1 of 5 voters on Tuesday named moral issues as their top concern in the Presidential election. Almost 80% of those people voted for George Bush. This is astounding. How does George W. Bush have “better morals” than John…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 4, 2004 12:05 PM

Just one more (brief) point…
One of the least talked about, but most alarming aspects of the Bush administration is, in my opinion, its complete antipathy towards science. The fact that the US president – the most powerful man in the world – said during…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 4, 2004 11:04 AM

Senate Races…In 2006!
I’m ahead of the curve…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 4, 2004 11:03 AM

Disdain for gays decisive
But, the reliance on racism of the GOP has become the norm.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 4, 2004 10:33 AM

WORDS OF WARNING
Annie J. writes a blog called anniej’s livejournal, which was brought to my attention by a friend. Subtitled “the moon & antarctica,” it lives on a popular online publishing site. Annie J.’s journal is a pop culture fandom diary about,…
Posted in Straight Up on November 4, 2004 10:33 AM

The assassination of John Kerry
I feel like I’ve lost my leader. After a year of hope and a positive agenda to help this country rise from the ashes via stronger education, health care, security and pride, our leader is gone. Without warning over half…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 4, 2004 09:37 AM

Diaries of political tourists
Alexandra Pelosi’s Diary of a Political Tourist will show one last time Thursday, Nov. 4 at 4 pm on HBO Signature East and 7 pm on HBO Signature West (and may eventually be out on DVD). Pelosi followed Dean,…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 4, 2004 08:05 AM

DON’T WORRY, BE SNARKY.
Ah, the election. While it turned out pretty much as I expected it to, I’m still disappointed in the way it turned out. (At least here in Colorado we were able to prevent that tool Pete Coors from buying his…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 4, 2004 01:00 AM

Rigging Electronics
Was the election rigged? Well, we will probably never know. The issue we need to address is for our citizens and the media to start a full fledged investigation into how these electronic voting machines work. We need paper trails…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 11:35 PM

Bush: ‘America has spoken’
BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) — President Bush declared victory in his race for re-election Wednesday, telling his cheering supporters that “America has spoken.” “America has spoken, and I’m humbled by the trust and the confidence of my fellow citizens,” Bush said….
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 09:38 PM

An Opportunity For America
An Opportunity For America By Art Green Writer of Conservative Eyes Since we now know that the President has wrapped up a solid victory over Senator Kerry, we are now presented with a great opportunity for America. With solid gains…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 09:25 PM

No 44th President for us yet!
As the far Lefties squawk, Bush prepares for a second term in office.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 08:21 PM

“A Covenant With Death and an Agreement With Hell”
William Lloyd Garrison–the guy’s still pretty relevant, don’t ya think? If more Americans understood that “[their] country is the world”, we’d be looking at different headlines today… You don’t get to be the superhero and the insular nerd holed…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 05:43 PM

NBC’s Cheap Shot
I am a fan of NBC. This probably stems from our local news affiliate, WGAL, who blows other news stations out of the water. Forget about FOX, who’s news cast seems forced and unnatural. In my world it’s all about…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 05:18 PM

Bummer
America lost yesterday …
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 05:16 PM

Bush and the Supremes!
People are worried about the make up of the Supreme Court. If who the president nominated mattered so much the current make up of the court would be 7-2. A democratic president appointed only 2 of the current Justices. Clinton…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 05:10 PM

The Day After…
America has become a nation I no longer recognize or understand. How did this happen? It has gone from a country that was once a leader of the world in terms of courage, tolerance and civility to one that seems…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 04:47 PM

Kerry Concession Speech – A Revealing Moment
Hopeful and strangely revealing concession speech by John Kerry. Here are some highlights and thoughts. John Edwards went first: “We will fight for every vote, even though the outcome won’t change.” “John Kerry is a great American” “Your cause…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 02:40 PM

We The People
The Bush Administration’s enormous unpopularity overseas leads me to worry that the rest of the world will infer from this result something dark about the American people.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 01:55 PM

Time For Terry McAullife to “Move On”
According to Brokaw, this election was a “bloodbath” for Democrats. Will the DNC finally ask Chairman McAuliffe to step down?
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 01:52 PM

Republican Country
Bush wins. Decency and intelligence lose. What choice remains for progressives? Fight or flee.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 01:49 PM

World Reacts
Interesting reponses from around the world on the Bush victory. The positive: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi saw Bush’s victory as bolstering the U.S.-declared “war on terror.” ….Putin said victory for Bush meant the United…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 12:28 PM

Kerry Concedes
Kerry concedes, Bush wins, the next four years begins: Kerry’s decision was relayed to NBC News by a senior adviser, who said the senator had phoned Bush to concede and would make a concession speech at 1 p.m. Wednesday. According…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 11:59 AM

You Say It’s My Birthday?
For my 37th birthday I’ve received the re-election of Dubya to the White House. People complain about it if their birthdays are near Christmas. I know, my Mom’s is, and while she’s never said a word, I’m pretty sure it’s…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 11:35 AM

What anagrams teach us about this election
There is truth in anagrams dear friends, and we would be neglectful bloggers not to to open our eyes to it. An anagramical dissection of “early exit polls” may indeed reveal what went wrong. Perhaps we should have “let a…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 11:29 AM

Morality and American politics
From the inside flap of “Moral Politics” by George Lakoff “Lakoff argues, the issues dividing Americans are not mere matters of partisanship, but arise from radically different conceptions of morality and ideal family life-meaning that family and morality are at…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 10:41 AM

Gay Marriage Goes 0-11
The people have spoken…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 10:36 AM

Four more years? Blame Dave Matthews.
Now that four more years is all but in the bag for Bush, it’s time to do what all right-minded citizens of the world are, or should be, doing this morning. Laying blame. I guess I could blame the neo-con…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 10:29 AM

Bush Wins, Barely – Edwards 2008?
Okay, so Bush wins. What should have been a cakewalk — a sitting president mid-war — was very close because no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq, because the insurgency has been more potent than we had hoped,…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 10:11 AM

To Concede or not to Concede
Last night I went to bed around 2:30 central, confident that George Bush had won reelection. I was off by 14 – I missed both Wisconsin and Hawaii (my underdog), but over all, this election went pretty much how the…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 09:36 AM

Bush Defeat Not Numerically Possible
Here are the real-time numbers in Ohio: PRESIDENT CANDIDATE VOTE TOTAL PERCENT WINNER Bush (Rep)* 2794346 51% Kerry (Dem) 2658125 49% % of precincts reporting: 100 margin: 136,221 Official provisional ballot count: County Number, County Name, Provisional Ballots Issued 1…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 09:22 AM

INFINITE NONSENSE
A majority of Americans stuck its head up its ass yesterday and, by 58,154,413 to 54,616,818 votes (with 99 percent of all votes in), proved daredevil columnist Jimmy Breslin wrong, to say nothing of daredevil pollster John Zogby. Unless things…
Posted in Straight Up on November 3, 2004 04:37 AM

CNN math
How does CNN call Wisconsin and Nevada when they’re not comfortable calling Ohio?
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 04:11 AM

Exit Polling a Sham?
I certainly don’t know what is going to happen in Ohio in the coming days, but I do feel something important happened last night that lets us in on the mood of this country. Exit polls apparently were inaccurate across…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 03:59 AM

Roll on 2008! Clinton-Obama vs Cheney-Schwarzenegger
Well, what the hell happened? I went to bed in the good old UK safe in the knowledge that, thanks to collective punditry the vote was in the bag for Kerry. True, I wouldn’t have believed it had you told…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 03:31 AM

Challengers violate Voting Rights Act
Nor are their allegations of massive voter fraud by minority voters legitimate.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 02:57 AM

Moral of the Work
Thinking about yesterday…and the days ahead
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 02:46 AM

Pop Culture Protests
Where once political protesting through music was relegated to angry punk rockers or pudgy folk artists, everyone is getting into the game now. Green Day, Eminem, A Perfect Circle, Bruce Springsteen. Thanks to George W. Bush, who is bringing back 80s style anti-Reagan level hysteria.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 01:58 AM

Thinking About Why Bush Lost (even if he really doesn’t)
Sober thinking about why Bush might have lost…even if he wins
Posted in Blogcritics on November 3, 2004 12:12 AM

It’s a Helluva Nail-biter
The day has finally dawned. The US Presidential Election. Oh me, oh my. My stomach is in knots, I have a caffeine induced headache, and I’m prowling the flat virtually glued to the internet for any news.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 2, 2004 09:43 PM

Electronic voting machine problems
The Electronic Frontier Foundation held a conference call to report on problems in the 39 states using electronic voting machines. Sixty lawyers have been working with EFF as part of the Election Protection Network. The biggest problems have been with…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 2, 2004 09:15 PM

THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW
Tonight I dream… of Freedom and Democracy… of Flag and Flame… >> of a million strangers casting their die >> Of baby-boomers… Wall-Street-predators… Welfare freaks… Submissive housewives… College kids botoxed-on-daddy’s-dreams… Felons-on-a-bum-rap… Crack-addicts… Prozac-Sorority-Row-Sisters… Of a Destructive Man Holding Our Future…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 2, 2004 08:45 PM

ZOGBY JUMPS
It’s two-hour-old news by now, but here it is anyway: John Kerry will be the next president of the United States, according to daredevil pollster John Zogby. He had it right the last time when everybody else had it wrong,…
Posted in Straight Up on November 2, 2004 08:03 PM

You think American Political Culture Has Degenerated?
I have news for you my friends–the “golden age” of enlightened democratic participation has never existed. It’s just been one damned “log cabin and hard cider campaign” after another. So get out there and support your team! After all–the only…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 2, 2004 07:16 PM

election day blues, from a non U.S. citizen
As a non U.S. citizen without any legal right to vote, it’s been interesting these days to watch as the election unfolds all around me and I hear opposing sides, and yes, have opinions but not a damn thing I…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 2, 2004 04:49 PM

Chief Justice Mario M. Cuomo?
Last Wednesday I said in no uncertain terms that U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist would not be back on the bench when the Court returned yesterday. He wasn’t. And he will probably never return. It it almost…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 2, 2004 04:33 PM

ZOGBY: Virginia tied, NC within 3%
At 11:43 am this morning John Zogby posted the following message on Zogby International’s site: “Watch Colorado, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. There may be some big surprises!” Everyone knew Florida, Pennsylvania, and Colorado were going to be pretty close, but…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 2, 2004 03:57 PM

JOKING MATTERS
Voting was a snap in my election district. So I’m back earlier than I expected, and happy to see a joke called “The Balloonist” about Republicans and Democrats, which is making the email rounds. It’s being attributed to Garrison Keillor….
Posted in Straight Up on November 2, 2004 03:56 PM

Mission Accomplished
Ballot cast, volunteering done, we await the result and contemplate the future.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 2, 2004 03:28 PM

VOTING IS A GAS.
(“Book of Joe’s” recent entry on the Flatulence Deodorizer provides the perfect intro to this piece.) — Well, I did it. Something I once swore I’d never do again: I voted for the Democratic presidential candidate. (Of course, since Colorado…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 2, 2004 03:19 PM

Polls Schedule
From ABC News’s The Note, today’s polling place schedule. Please don’t say you have more important things to do. TODAY’S SCHEDULE (all times ET): (Earliest poll open ing and latest poll closing times listed) —6:00 am: Polls in Connecticut open…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 2, 2004 02:44 PM

The Presidency: “crown jewel of the American penal system”
Why would anyone want to be president, especially now? Two words: action and power.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 2, 2004 02:06 PM

Thanks, and VOTE!
Joan Vennochi illustrates the blind faith of zealous campaign finance reformers
Posted in Blogcritics on November 2, 2004 12:07 PM

Endorsements, Such As They Are
I admit to being caught off guard and not a little nonplussed at Christopher Hitchens’s apparent endorsement of Kerry in Slate last week. He now tells us he meant to endorse no one: The late Lillian Hellman was a ghastly…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 2, 2004 12:02 PM

Nice to Know – The Crap is already Flying
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Tuesday allowed Republicans to challenge voter qualifications at the polls in Ohio, a key battleground state that could determine the presidential election. Nice to know the crap is already beginning…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 2, 2004 11:51 AM

Voting Observations
I voted this morning and the line was really long. I was thinking about a few things while I was in there. I wonder who Colin Powell is going to vote for today? After being ignored for much of the…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 2, 2004 11:31 AM

A Bush/Kerry Split on Google?
In studying the Google stock message boards at Yahoo, Clearstation, and MSN, I find there is a pattern of pro-Bush long traders on Google and pro-Kerry shorters. I can’t imagine Google has really all that much to do with politics,…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 2, 2004 11:19 AM

GONE VOTIN’
The bookies are still giving shorter odds on Bush, which means bettors continue to favor the Ignoramus. But Kerry backers are closing the gap. There may be evidence that crowd wisdom under the right circumstances are smarter than the smartest,…
Posted in Straight Up on November 2, 2004 10:59 AM

Questions for the Bush & Kerry Supporters
One thing I value is consistency, so I’m very interested to see the reaction to a reversed repeat of 2000.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 2, 2004 10:57 AM

Hundred Acres endorses itself for president
Saying its more entertaining than the other candidates, it becomes an unofficial candidate in the 2004 presidential election.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 2, 2004 10:49 AM

First election results
Two tiny towns in New Hampshire are the first to close their polls, and the results look good: while Bush is ahead, he’s not as ahead as much as he was in 2000 – there’s a 5% shift in favor…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 2, 2004 10:36 AM

What Happens When Libertarians Win High Office?
Myth: If a Libertarian is elected, government will devolve into anarchy and chaos.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 2, 2004 10:34 AM

Florida Voting Machine Broken
One out of five voting machines not working as Precinct 4068 in Delray Beach, Florida opens.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 2, 2004 10:18 AM

Election day and cell phones
Congratulations reader, we made it to election day. You probably know that the They of the world say the election will be a dead heat and drag on for months. Here is why they are wrong. For whatever reason, and…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 2, 2004 05:40 AM

Courts: Stay away from voters, GOP
Federal courts in the battleground state of Ohio have handed the Republicans a setback in using the third scheme in this election.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 2, 2004 02:08 AM

My Final State-By-State Presidential Election Predictions
And the winner is…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 2, 2004 01:33 AM

Bin Laden–Why Do We Listen?
I have no time for Bin Laden’s video, and I wish Republicans felt the same way.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 2, 2004 12:09 AM

The Wasted Vote Syndrome
What’s the bigger wasted vote? One for a third-party candidate or the Democrat or Republican you detest least?
Posted in Blogcritics on November 1, 2004 10:34 PM

SNL Presidential Bash Tonight on NBC
By 10pm tonight pretty much everything that is going to be said about tomorrow’s election will have been said, and it will be time for a little condensed levity to clear the air before the tension ratchets up throughout the…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 1, 2004 09:18 PM

Osama: Vote for Kerry
Osama: Vote For Kerry By Art Green Writer of Conservative Eyes Well, you have all probably heard about the Osama bin Laden tapes that surfaced a couple of days ago. As you also know, many other blogs have talked about…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 1, 2004 08:25 PM

I’m not Osama, but I play him on TV: A New Religion is Born
As the civilized world holds its breath, hoping against hope that yesterday’s bloodless Unity Tele-op will not be followed with another of a more “robust” nature, in the US a man who is not Agent Osama bin Laden (CIA, sabbatical)…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 1, 2004 08:16 PM

Calm down and vote, Beavis!
No matter what, you should go out and vote without fearing the consequences. Contrary to what it sounds like on TV and across the bloggernetisphere, this is not the end of the world. If the Red Sox winning the World…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 1, 2004 07:43 PM

My ballot and me
I could not vote for Wu. Neither could I vote for either of the other two candidates.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 1, 2004 05:42 PM

Bush’s Brain
Sundance is running the documentary on Karl Rove and it is availalbe on DVD.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 1, 2004 05:09 PM

Blog the Vote
As I mentioned here, the actual logistics of voting are just as important as intent and rationale: if you don’t know how to vote or where to vote, your voice won’t be heard. That’s why a site like MyPollingSite.com is…
Posted November 1, 2004 02:49 PM

My visit with Bush and Osama
I have to tell you folks that I think president Bush’s strategy to keep us safer is failing. This was my first thought when our buddy Osama — the bearded boogie-man — reared his twisted head last week in my…
Posted November 1, 2004 01:57 PM

The Time of the Season
This is the time of the season I am most proud to be an American: the day before an incredibly close and hotly contested election poised at a pivotal nexus with the future, when voters are more energized and polarized…
Posted November 1, 2004 12:53 PM

The Christopher Hitchens Factor
It’s no fun having a blog if you can’t make wild, unscientific predictions about the election.
Posted October 31, 2004 09:56 PM

Vote the George Bush / Al Qaeda ticket in 2004!!!
I was reading ‘Bush and Al-Qaeda: A Symbiotic Relationship’ and ‘Win-Win Spin-Spin’. These articles are both great at explaining the ‘joined-at-the-hip’ relationship between Al Qaeda and George Bush. But, in the true spirit of blogging I’m going to regurgitate in…
Posted October 31, 2004 08:38 PM

TAKING BETS ON THE ELECTION
Here, at a glance, are the bookmakers’s betting lines. At the moment Paddy Power is giving odds of 4 to 7 for Bush, 5 to 4 for Kerry. The line at Littlewoods betdirect is 4 to 6 for Bush, 11…
Posted October 31, 2004 05:34 PM

‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend’ – Why the CIA, Pentagon and NSA will make Kerry President
This past Thursday, I wrote a post titled “Why John Kerry Will Win the Presidency.” After sleeping on it the past few nights, I’m even more convinced it’s a done deal. As I read an item in yesterday’s Washington Post…
Posted October 31, 2004 03:49 PM

Bush & Skynyrd vs. Kerry & Young
Is it really possible to connect the dots between Neil Young, Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Kerry and George Bush?
Posted October 31, 2004 12:59 PM

About Those Atrocities…
I didn’t know there was a journal at Journalspace called “bushatrocity”, but now that I am aware of it, by all means, let’s find out what that means.
Posted October 31, 2004 03:36 AM

Eminem’s limp SNL attack on Bush
In short, then, Eminem doesn’t have anything to say about Iraq, Bush or politics in general
Posted October 31, 2004 01:49 AM

Democratic Voter Intimidation In North Carolina
According to FoxNews, there have been some improprieties in North Carolina: Diane Thomas, a self-employed author and Web site builder who is a registered Republican, said she voted at the Steel Creek Library (search) in Charlotte on Tuesday. A poll…
Posted October 31, 2004 12:52 AM

THE ROAD FROM ABU GHRAIB TO ELECTION DAY
When it comes to the Abu Ghraib torture scandal, the editorial page of The New York Times has been especially strong in condemning the White House and the Pentagon. My take was that “nobody has said it better.” Well, maybe…
Posted October 30, 2004 01:21 PM

Bush officials hold hunger report
Over eleven percent of households lacked sufficient food in 2002, up from over ten percent in 2001.
Posted October 30, 2004 11:42 AM

Vicious Sheep
Print popup The “Bush Conservatives” – I can’t call them Republicans because that would be a slander on a respectable party and on friends of mine – have no morals, no ethics, no compassion – nothing matters except that they…
Posted October 30, 2004 11:07 AM

Spinning Bin Laden
The Boston Globe ignores the major thrust of the tape by Osama Bin Laden
Posted October 30, 2004 10:59 AM

Hydrogen power and Bush
Let me first say that caring about your environment does not make you a leftist. Not caring about it simply makes you an idiot. Second, 1.2 billions dollars toward developing hydrogen fueled cars is like having enough money to buy…
Posted October 30, 2004 09:11 AM

The Bin Laden tape
The Bin Laden tape I feel compelled to speak on this issue, but you will hear it spun every which way this weekend. What we see in the tape is that Bin Laden is alive and well. His arms are…
Posted October 30, 2004 02:50 AM

National Polls (10/29/2004)
Bush leads in most polls, and is behind in none…
Posted October 30, 2004 01:30 AM

Leftists Blame Bush…For Hurricanes!
Why not? They blame him for everything else…
Posted October 30, 2004 01:01 AM

New Michael Moore Video Surfaces!
New video throws US Presidential election into chaos
Posted October 29, 2004 11:34 PM

Osama tells us how to beat terrorism
Does anyone see the problem here? See, there are two lines of thinking when it comes to our “war” on terror. Bush is for bringing the fight to the enemy — on their soil — with tanks, guns and 100,000…
Posted October 29, 2004 09:46 PM

Is it 1948 All Over Again
In 1948, Harry S. Truman was a considerable underdog. The previous congressional election saw Republicans taking over the Congress and now Truman appeared besieged. Within his own party, many Southern Democrats left the party due to Truman support for integration…
Posted October 29, 2004 07:56 PM

Battle of the Bulge
I’m tired of presidential bulges, frankly.
Posted October 29, 2004 07:04 PM

Inarticulate GOP Voters
So, I have a question: Are all of the children that were “left behind” now Republicans? It doesn’t seem to me that should be the case, but with all these polls I have to wonder??? I pose this question for…
Posted October 29, 2004 05:11 PM

This Election and the Success of Iraq Are Intertwined
The Vietnam era taught us a lot. Whether we remember that knowledge on Tuesday, is a question that remains to be seen. I touched on this very briefly in one of my posted called Thank You Mr. President. In that…
Posted October 29, 2004 04:42 PM

If you live in Ohio, Penn., or Florida pay attention!
Today I stumbled over some stats provided by The Progress Report that details the impact this president has had on Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. If you live in one of these states you might want to pay attention. Why anyone…
Posted October 29, 2004 03:28 PM

Ashcroft May Win This One For the Gipper
This is the first time in history the Justice Department has gone to court to side against voters who are trying to enforce their right to vote. But Kerry may win by at least 6%, anyhow …
Posted October 29, 2004 01:17 PM

Al Qa Qaa Explosives Update
Important new information regarding the missing explosives at al Qa Qaa.
Posted October 29, 2004 01:10 PM

John Kerry for President 1.2
The Case Against Bush Part 2: The Florida Recount
Posted October 29, 2004 12:01 PM

Flick-off America!
Some people are not what you think they are. Some people you can even sense it laying just behind their eyes and below their skin — a dark, quiet evil maybe. Maybe it is just stupidity or a closet desire…
Posted October 29, 2004 10:54 AM

an important election?
I received this in an email this morning and it is a MUST READ!!! Written by Mathew Manweller… Central Washington University political science professor… “In that this will be my last column before the presidential election, there will be no…
Posted October 29, 2004 08:29 AM

Bush’s Wire or: Does This Tinfoil Make Me Look Fat?
Via Kos, one finds this at Salon.com: Oct. 29, 2004 George W. Bush tried to laugh off the bulge. “I don’t know what that is,” he said on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday, referring to the infamous protrusion beneath his…
Posted October 29, 2004 07:36 AM

Partisanship and November 2nd
I’ll come out and admit that I believe voter supression did indeed affect the outcome in Florida in 2000. Whether or not it was done as a part of a wide Republican conspiracy is immaterial — it could have been…
Posted October 29, 2004 02:00 AM

Iraqi Officials May Have Overstated the Amount of Explosives – ABC News
ABC News obtains confidential IAEA documents showing far fewer explosives than what was reported at al Qakaa.
Posted October 29, 2004 12:27 AM

Edwards: Bush Did Not Do His Job in Iraq
Edwards: Bush Did Not Do His Job In Iraq By Art Green Writer of Conservative Eyes Well, it looks like John Kerry and John Edwards will not let these missing explosives go. Even though there is more than enough…
Posted October 28, 2004 11:12 PM

Laura Bush Endorses Kerry
A respected, nationally circulated newspaper has revealed Laura Bush admits she intends to vote for John Kerry next week: “I’M VOTING for John Kerry for President because sooner or later, when it becomes politically expedient, he shares my views on…
Posted October 28, 2004 06:04 PM

Administration REALLY Rooting for Redskins on Sunday
Since the Redskins became the “Redskins” in 1933, the result of the team’s final home game before the presidential election has correctly predicted the White House winner: if the Skins win, the incumbent wins; if they lose, the incumbent loses:…
Posted October 28, 2004 04:51 PM

Thank You Mr. President
Regardless of what happens in this election, this President will go down as one of our best. The partisans of today will use this President as an example like they like to use Ronald Reagan now. This Presidency is defined…
Posted October 28, 2004 03:03 PM

Why John Kerry will win the election
Note: I didn’t say I wanted John Kerry to win; I said, “Why.” I’m far more interested in “why” than “what.” “What” is dross; it fills the airwaves and newspapers, and I consider it all white noise or, as Bob…
Posted October 28, 2004 01:46 PM

IS KERRY THE ANTICHRIST?
All signs point to yes….
Posted October 28, 2004 12:46 PM

THE ONE-FINGER VICTORY SALUTE
Today cannot pass without acknowledging the lead editorial in this morning’s New York Times, which spotlights one of the most important reasons to turn the Ignoramus in Chief and his thuggish minions out of office: When the Abu Ghraib prison…
Posted October 28, 2004 12:31 PM

MADNESS REIGNS
Now hear this: “A political candidate who jumps to conclusions without knowing the facts is not a person you want as your commander in chief.” When the Ignoramus in Chief defends himself with those words against John Kerry’s charge that…
Posted October 28, 2004 12:27 PM

Call In The UN?
Voter fraud probably takes place in all 50 states. Here is my experience with it in 2003.
Posted October 28, 2004 08:00 AM

Brothers in Arms (2004)
Directed by Paul Alexander Brothers in Arms is a documentary that tells the story of the crew of Patrol Craft Fast 94 as they worked the Mekong Delta in early 1969, and the reason their story is being told is…
Posted October 28, 2004 01:35 AM

Top Protest Songs Ever
In honor of the upcoming political election, and the current state of affairs, I offer up my list of the top political/protest/anti-war songs ever. 1. Fortunate Son–Creedence Clearwater Revival The best fuck you to the government establishment EVER. Money lyric–“Yeh,…
Posted October 27, 2004 10:19 PM

Violence Watch 2004 – (AKA Thugs For Kerry)
Angry rhetoric from DNC leaders fuels a surge of aggression and assault from its members.
Posted October 27, 2004 04:31 PM

The blame game
I’m dying here — I’m simply being crushed by the horse apples falling on my head right now! How in the world do you spin something like this MIA bomb fiasco? Well, the president is not sure but he is…
Posted October 27, 2004 03:51 PM

FEIRSTEIN LOBS SOME LOL
In the funniest column of the week, Bruce Feirstein imagines the highlights of Election Night 2004. Here’s a sample excerpt from his “Pundits Go Nuts”: 10 p.m., NBC: Andrea Mitchell reports that Mount

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