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|Friday, November 28th, 2008|
|Thursday, September 4th, 2008|
|The Democratic response to the Palin speech
I love you, Dems, but you're not impressing me so far. Responding with robotic talking points about health care and new jobs aren't enough. That's part of the debate, but not enough. If that's all the Dems have, they're giving the election away. Yes, Karl Rove probably wrote 15% of her speech. But to respond with "Her speech sounds like more of the same from George Bush..." isn't going to work. As bad as things are for Americans, the people are ultimately distracted by shiny objects (ie. aggressive speeches and attack ads.) I need to see some genuine anger, not this above-the-fray attitude. This newcomer came in last night, barked loudly and yet did nothing to show the public why she's qualified (Don't even get me started on the Repubs' elitist attitude towards community organizers.)
Dems need to go out and blatantly state why Governor Palin is bad for America. Fire her own record back at her. Point out how she was almost recalled from the Wasilia mayor position, leaving that town in debt. Mention the earmarks she attached for Alaska and how it contradicts McCain's positions. Point out how bad it looks that she had to hire an attorney to overlook the State Trooper scandal. Even throw her own words at her about not knowing what the Vice President does. None of this is sexist. This is all fact-based, and it can be effective. You know what? Yes, use the community organizing comments. Point out how inexperienced it makes her look to mock people that fight to find employment and housing for poor communities. It makes her look bad during economic turmoil AND in a week where hurricanes strike (yes Mrs. Palin, community organizers will be needed to help those areas McCain took you to visit.)Joe Biden's interview with Matt Lauer reminded me way too much of John Kerry, which is very unlike him. Show me some fight, Joe. Don't wait until next week's poll numbers are out.
And then they send out someone like Kathy Sebelius? Fine, counter the female governor image, we'll probably see Janet Napolitano too. But I need to see the Richardsons and Wesley Clarks too. I'd love to see some punches thrown by Hillary too, but for some reason, my guess is she'll back off from Palin.
In Karl Rove's America, there are no high roads to the White House sadly
. It's going to take more substance than talking points of "universal health care" and "creating new jobs" to win this fight. The Obama campaign wasn't above-the-fray to use McCain's 7 Houses gaffe against him, and that's exactly how Palin needs to be fought.
|Friday, August 29th, 2008|
|Saturday, August 23rd, 2008|
Props to John King for breaking the story 2 hours before those fucking text messages started going out
I can't wait to see how Biden fires back at the GOP who are already using his primary quotes saying Barack wasn't ready to lead.
|Tuesday, August 19th, 2008|
|Monday, August 18th, 2008|
|All signs point to Joe Biden
The recent trip to Georgia, his lack of appearances on the stump or talk shows, his Foreign policy credentials
The NY Times seems to suggest the announcement will be this Wednesday.
Steve Clemons of the Washington Note seems to have sources indicating that Evan Bayh is out after outcry among Democrats, as are Tom Daschle and Wesley Clark (were those two ever on the shortlist?) This article was posted roughly 24 hours before Drudge reported (see what I did there?
) that the NY Times discovered that Obama's decision was finalized during his trip to Hawaii. Ie: Trip to Hawaii = Crisis in Georgia... Where Biden just came back from
Sunday, Aug 17 2008, 5:52PMI won't post sources on this, so any folks are welcome to consider this my fanciful speculation. But sources close to Obama report to me that after the "surge of concern" on the net about Evan Bayh, he has not been selected as Obama's VP running mate.
I have been informed that the decision has been made, and I don't know who that person is.
I also have been told that Tom Daschle is not the running mate. I also happen to know that it is not Wesley Clark.
I just received word that it is not Senator Jack Reed either, though Obama thought very highly of him.
In my estimation, that leaves Joseph Biden, Chuck Hagel, and Sibelius. I don't think that Tim Kaine would be the nominee given the elevation of Mark Warner as the keynote speaker at the Dem convention.
As much as I would love Hagel to be the nominee, I don't think that will happen. . .and while I could be wrong here, I have heard next to nothing about Sibelius.
That leaves Joe Biden. Could Warner be a head fake -- and it's Tim Kaine after all? Not sure. . .circumstantial evidence points to Biden.
Of all places where Biden is now, he's in Georgia -- the one in the tangle with Russia.
One well placed political expert just told me on the phone that we may all be wrong and that Obama could come out with something completely unexpected -- a Hillary Clinton or even (and this shocked me) Al Gore or John Kerry. I don't have any info on such surprising possibilities as these.
We may know Monday or Tuesday.
I won't defend or go into my sources. Discount this as you like.
-- Steve Clemons
|Monday, August 11th, 2008|
|Saturday, August 9th, 2008|
|The Edwards Interview
The typical reactions to the John Edwards scandal need not be repeated. We all feel terrible for Elizabeth Edwards and are disappointed in John. But that Nightline interview just made me sad.
Sad because he was clearly lying and squirming through the whole thing. He visited Rielle Hunter at the Beverly Hilton to "ensure the story wouldn't become public?" He called Elizabeth the morning after he was caught because "she deserved to know?" He had no idea of the money being paid to Hunter or Andrew Young, or the fact that both are currently being compensated with California mansions?
It's just sad to watch someone you had respect for grow slimier and even more deceptive AFTER he admits his guilt.
"I have no idea who that baby is" is the new "I did not have sexual relations with that woman."
|Wednesday, July 30th, 2008|
|At least he's being vetted...
So four years, I was on the Evan Bayh bandwagon (it was a small wagon... smaller than RadioFlyer.) Then Bayh dropped out. Damn
Then he endorsed Hillary. Damn
But now, he's on the Shortlist for Obama's VP alongside Governor Tim Kaine and Senator Joe Biden. I'll take that. Should be noted that Bayh was also on John Kerry shortlist... but then again so was John McCain (funny how the media ignores that one.) Anyway, even if Bayh doesn't get the VP slot, I'll take the serious consideration of him as enough reason to say "TOLD YA SO." Final 3 isn't fucking bad at all. Evan Bayh is already the Elliot Yamin of the Vice Presidential search. ABCNews
The Washington Post reported that Kaine has provided documents to Obama's campaign so that the governor's background can be thoroughly examined.
The newspaper reported that Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., and Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., are also being "seriously vetted" by Obama's campaign staff, according to sources with knowledge of the process.
I know nothing about Tim Kaine, but then again, no one else does. He's a first term governor who is only in serious consideration because Virginia is the new Florida. By the way, brilliant move by the Obama campaign for restructuring the crucial states. If he wins the Presidency WITHOUT Ohio and Florida, it just might be viewed as a stroke of genius. Having said that, I hope he doesn't lose Ohio and Florida.
Anyway, back to old white men. Joe Biden would be a terrific VP. Truth be told, Biden and Bill Richardson were the most qualified candidates running for the Democratic nomination. Biden would certainly be a strong attack dog, especially on National Security. He comes with baggage though (Remember his "That's Bullshit!" outburst
?) and probably won't be selected. But again, I've gotta state that Biden & Richardson were the most qualified candidates for President. But people don't want qualified (see: Kerry, John Forbes), they want candidates with fancy commercials ("Yes We Can... answer the red phone at 3am.")
And then there's Evan Bayh. He's soft spoken (which is why he won't be picked), but very experienced. Comes from a celebrated political family, and has been elected Senator AND Governor TWICE in Indiana, a strong Red State. The fact that Indiana is even up for grabs shows the enormous potential for Bayh. He's the VP if the Obama campaign decides they can win Virginia with or without Tim Kaine.
So basically: I'm just looking for every possible reason to shout Told Ya So.
|Saturday, December 16th, 2006|
|So much for following his campaign
Just a couple weeks after forming an exploratory committee, Evan Bayh has decided to NOT run for President, despite already raising $10 million.
|Tuesday, August 15th, 2006|
|Saturday, July 8th, 2006|
2008 is a lot closer since my last political blog Sen. Bayh seeks edge in Democratic field
By MIKE GLOVER, Associated Press Writer
Sat Jul 8, 4:15 AM ET
JOHNSTON, Iowa - In a quiet, methodical style reflecting his Midwestern roots, Sen. Evan Bayh (news, bio, voting record) is laying the foundation for a presidential campaign and prompting some Democrats to talk about a candidate with a realistic shot.
"The chatter that you hear is that he's a good guy and nice and he has that honest, Midwestern feel to him, kind of like Harry Truman," said veteran Democratic strategist Dane Strother. "That's all appealing."
In his fifth trip to Iowa in the last year, the centrist Indiana Democrat opened a three-day swing Thursday with a fundraiser in downtown Des Moines for legislative candidates. He mingled easily with about 50 party activists for more than an hour and made a point of chatting with everyone in the room.
"He's a Midwesterner and that will help him in Iowa," said state Senate Democratic leader Michael Gronstal. "It's up to him to sell himself, and so far he's been fairly impressive."
As he makes his way around the state, which launches the primary process with caucuses, Bayh sets aside ample time for private meetings with top Democrats, introductory sessions in which he often trades stories about campaigning for his father, former Sen. Birch Bayh.
The elder Bayh served from 1963-81 and spent time in Iowa in his unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1976. The son finds that the campaign war stories are an effective way of building ties, particularly with older Democrats who remember his dad.
While New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton looms as the front-runner for 2008, other Democrats are fighting to distinguish themselves from the pack. Bayh has the distinction of having won statewide election five times in one of the most Republican states in the nation, serving as secretary of state, governor and senator.
"I don't think you can get elected five times in a state that hasn't gone Democratic since 1964 without learning how to campaign," said Anita Dunn, a Democratic media consultant who has signed on with Bayh.
Bayh has assembled a solid team of advisers operating under the auspices of his political action committee, the All America PAC. He's tapped a former Democratic National Committee fundraiser, a onetime pollster for Howard Dean's presidential campaign and a chief of staff to the late Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan.
Dunn was a top adviser to former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley during his 2000 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Bayh has $9.8 million in his campaign account, according to March filings. His All America PAC had $967,453 cash on hand.
Bayh, 50, casts himself as a centrist who can win over independents and moderate Republicans, and his political resume is his base appeal.
"I have a proven track record of doing something this president said he would do and never did, and that's being more of a uniter than a divider, reaching out to independents, reasonable Republicans as well as all of our Democrats," Bayh said.
There's plenty of competition for the backing of moderate Democrats. Bayh is seeking to separate himself from rivals like former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner by focusing on his national security resume, which includes membership on the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence committees.
"One thing we need to do is prove to this country that we can be tough and smart," said Bayh. "We need to take Karl Rove and this administration on this issue. We know they are going to attack us on this."
"Warner does have a paucity of foreign policy experience," said Democratic consultant Steve Murphy, who said the jury is still out on the competition. "We have elected a one-term governor in the recent past. It all depends on Warner's performance in the campaign."
Warner spokeswoman Ellen Qualls dismissed the notion of a competition.
"If Governor Warner decides to throw his hat in the ring, I don't think he's going to be fighting for a label. He's going to be asking folks to look at his record," said Qualls.
Bayh's close attention to retail politics has earned him high marks as Iowa Democrats head into a competitive election with an open governor's race, toss-up House races and a legislature that's virtually tied. Bayh planned to attend eight events raising money for local candidates.
"He is making inroads here," said former Iowa Democratic Chairman Gordon Fischer. "He is doing what it takes to be successful in the Iowa caucuses, and that is a lot of retail politics."
Tom Courtney, a state senator from Burlington, Iowa, was getting some help from Bayh.
"When I'm around town, I'm starting to hear Bayh's name mentioned," Courtney said. "Democrats are looking for somebody who is new and fresh."
Though Bayh is making an impression in some early states, he remains little known around the country.
"Honestly, there's only one person on anybody's radar screen and that's Senator Clinton," said Democratic strategist Chris Lehane, who is not working for any candidate. "None of these other folks have begun to register in a meaningful way."
On the Net:
Sen. Evan Bayh: http://bayh.senate.gov/
|Tuesday, December 27th, 2005|
So I think my New Year's resolution is to be less bitter.
|Tuesday, August 30th, 2005|
|My last night in the apartment
Tomorrow will officially conclude the great four years of my life (thus far.) Tonight, we moved all of my wooden furniture back to the house. I just finished vacuuming the living room, and am about to start packing the shitload of clothes left in my room. To be honest, I'm very scared of whatever the future holds in store for me. I put the job search on hold about two weeks ago, figuring I might as well wait until I get back home. So that will start up again in the next couple of days. Now, my dad has been mentioning that we should sell our house within the next 30 days, since Greenspan was on the news saying there might be a crash in the home-buying market. Anyway, that's fine and dandy, I can't wait to get out of the area we live in now. However, recently my mom has been mentioning the possibility of her job moving to Arizona (or the even worse possibility of getting laid off.) I hope to God that neither of those two things happen. First of all, my mom has (kinda) been working for the same company for over 30 years. She's been through so many mergers and takeovers, and I'm so grateful that's she's kept her job this long. My mom has seriously been the financial backbone of my family. I don't even want to think of where I (or my father) would be if not for her.
Now, my mom told me that if for some reason she and my dad moved to Arizona, she knows that I want to stay in L.A., which she believes is what would happen. Gosh, I've been so spoiled these past four years, having my parents just a few miles away from school. Ugh, thinking about what could happen just freaks the heck out of me. Anyway, that stuff aside, just as my dad wants to sell the house, I also plan on landing a job in this next month. Also, it's time that I finally learn to do what I'm too embarassed to admit I still can't (and for those of you who know what I'm talking about.... well, I have nothing to say that you already don't know.) Oh, and I plan on starting the "diet" next Monday. Man, do I need it.
So, back to moving out of this apartment. The past two years have been great. While I still maintain the belief that this place may not be worth the price of rent, I'm glad I had the opportunity to have a decent little place so close to campus. A lot of great things happened here; some of those involving alcohol, some involving friends, and a select few that have involved academic activities (keyword: FEW.) I'm a sap when it comes to nostalgia, and I sure will miss the college years. I mean, man, I knew it had to end some time, but I just wanted to cling on as long as possible. Probably just like when I cried in the car on the way to my first day of Kindergarten... but without the crying... and the bowl haircut. Anyway, I've got to start packing my clothes (which are currently scattered across the floor in my room.) In the morning, I'm sure I'll wish my last LJ entry from the apartment was a little more meaningful. But then again, I suppose the same could be said for my last year of college. So, I'll leave it at this: at the risk of being cliche, I'm glad I spent these past four years with some very special friends. Thanks for the times you guys put up with the smelly hallway to come up and visit me at this apt. And for the times when you invited me to hang out, thanks for getting me away from the smelly hallway.
And now, the next chapter of life begins.... Current Mood: melancholy
|Saturday, June 11th, 2005|
I remember falling and scraping my knee. However, I don't remember when or how... which is interesting considering that I only walked across the street.
|Friday, May 13th, 2005|
|Fuck the jury system
I was on call for a whole week, checking in everyday, and I never had to report anywhere. The one day I forget to check (last night), and they schedule me for today. Had I made it past today with just being on-call, my service would be complete. These sons of bitches really know how to stick it to you, and the guy I spoke to on the phone was a fucking prick. So I call to postpone it, and he asks me when school is done. That cuntrag scheduled my for June 20th, my final commencement is the day before that. They fucked me up because that prohibits any celebrating I had planned that week, such as supposedly going to Vegas on the 21st. I should've finalized those plans so I could've said I'd be out of town. Jeez, I might as well have lied. I didn't expect them to be so immediate. I swear, if I get called in, I will be very open about my disdain and lack of interest in whatever they have going on. If I'm on a trial, I will just say guilty, no matter what. Well, I'd probably just agree with the rest of the jury to get the fuck out of there.
|Thursday, March 3rd, 2005|
|Tuesday, February 15th, 2005|
So Valentine's Day isn't such a bitter day when you're smoked out. Good times
|Wednesday, February 9th, 2005|
So I've seen/downloaded a lot of movies within the past couple of months, trying to catch up before the Oscars. Here's what I thought were the best of 2004:
1. Million Dollar Baby
3. The Aviator
4. The Incredibles
5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
8. Garden State
10. Fahrenheit 9/11
Honorable Mention: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Collateral, Kill Bill Vol. 2
Guilty Pleasures: Anchorman, Mean Girls
Overrated: Finding Neverland (I will see it again, I just can't see what everyone was raving about)
I still plan on seeing Hotel Rwanda, Kinsey and Spanglish, so the top 10 could easily switch
|Friday, February 4th, 2005|
One midterm down, two to go.
I had my Math 2 midterm this morning, and it was surprisinly easier than I could've imagined. Perhaps I'm not used to walking out of an exam feeling confident (let alone in math, of all subjects), but it's kinda like I felt cheated. Whatever, I won't complain, I think it went well.
I'm a little annoyed with my burned VCDs of Sideways. For some reason, these burned with really fucked up audio. Two different tries and that shit was fucked up. My copy of Closer burned perfectly. I do remember this happening a few years ago though. I burned several movies, but for some reason, Adaptation also came out with similar audio problems. Moral of the story: nothing's for free... and go see Sideways, it's awesome.
As usual, I'm glad the weekend's here. Looking forward to a few drinks too many and the Super Bowl should be great. Fuck the Eagles
And for those of you not living in Los Angeles, recently we've been warned to not drink any unboiled or unbottled water for the past three days. Apparently some construction work contaminated the city's water supply. Everything is supposed to be fine by midnight tonight, but the whole thing just seems to be irritating. It's like part of me want to believe its all just bullshit. And part of me doesn't want to drink water because... it's contaminated with bullshit.