Archive for February, 2004

First Do No Harm

Why the "lesser of two evils argument" is wrong

So Nader’s ego has finally thrown his hat into the ring. Well, as he’s said, it’s certainly his right to do so. (Let us pray that said right still exists in 2008.) It is also my right to call him a blind, self-righteous idiot for entering the race.

The problem with Nader is not so much that he might draw hard core liberals and progressives away from the Democrat as that he doesn’t seem to see that as a problem. While he’s no longer claiming that the two parties are exactly identical, he’s willing to blur the lines between the two. Nader gives the Republicans a “D-minus” and the Democrats a “D-plus,” as clear a case of damning with faint praise as I’ve ever seen.
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Campaign Jiujitsu

It seems that some Freepers have been complaining that Dubya’s AWOL problems are getting all the press, while charges that Kerry had an affair are not being investigated equally. (Strangely, some of them are levelling such charges on Calpundit, who — to the best of my knowledge — never claimed to be a non-partisan observer.)

Well, if they want to go into the “inconsistencies” of the right-wing slime attack, I say — bring it on!

In a separate statement in the US, her parents, Terry and Donna Polier, dismissed the “completely false and unsubstantiated” allegations about their daughter.

Read more on the Justice Log, 2/18/2004 05:41 PM

Intelligence Inquiry Explodes

Bush is now officially in for a world of hurt:

WASHINGTON – In a blow to the Bush administration, the Senate Intelligence Committee said Thursday that it planned to investigate whether White House officials exaggerated the Iraq threat or pressured analysts to tailor their assessments of Baghdad’s weapons programs to bolster the case for war.

Read more on the Justice Log, 2/13/2004 01:40 PM

He Who Fights Monsters

“He who fights against monsters should see to it that he does not become a monster in the process.” — Friedrich Nietzsche, “Beyond Good and Evil” (as translated in the Columbia World of Quotations).

What is a neoconservative?

Given what we face in this election, that is a very important question. There has been considerable argument on this topic, with definitions ranging everywhere from neo-imperialists to — according to defensive neocons trying to smear their opponents — a code word for “Jewish conservative.”
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Drubbed Drudge

Conason annihilates Drudge sludge peddling (note: Salon articles require either subscription or ad view for day pass):

“The comments attributed to me [Craig Crawford — R.X.] are from a private email to television news associates based on conversations with Democratic campaign operatives. I did not consider any of it confirmed enough to report or publish. I can only verify that Chris Lehane’s rivals in other Democratic campaigns made these claims and I have found no independent source to confirm it. Which is why we did not go with the story. But then someone sent my email to others, which is the only reason it got into the public domain.” In other words, there is no proof that Lehane circulated the rumor, let alone that the rumor has any basis in reality.

Read more on the Justice Log, 2/13/2004 11:34 AM

More defending Kerry

Via Counterspin, this is the sort of activity the right-wing is trying to smear Senator Kerry for:

I would like to talk on behalf of all those veterans and say that several months ago in Detroit we had an investigation at which over 150 honorably discharged, and many very highly decorated, veterans testified to war crimes committed in Southeast Asia. These were not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command. It is impossible to describe to you exactly what did happen in Detroit – the emotions in the room and the feelings of the men who were reliving their experiences in Vietnam. They relived the absolute horror of what this country, in a sense, made them do.

Read more on the Justice Log, 2/11/2004 11:31 AM

Defending Kerry

Hopefully, this will help persuade my fellow Deanies to stop throwing fits about Kerry. I’d rather spend my time promoting Dr. Dean than defending Senator Kerry’s reputation.

Nevertheless, as long as our front-runner is being attacked by our own — and let’s be honest, he is under attack — I am going to defend him. Let’s start with the basics: Kerry is a moderate liberal (yes, Virginia, there is such a thing) with a firm grounding in social justice and the importance of civil rights, as well as a stellar record on abortion, the environment, and education.

Read more on the Justice Log, 2/07/2004 08:33 PM

Word of the Day

Demonstrably. Adverb. That which is capable of being demonstrated and/or proven.

Someone get RNC chair Gillespie a dictionary:

“This is a demonstrably false and malicious charge that would be slanderous under any ordinary circumstance.”

Read more on the Justice Log, 2/04/2004 10:52 PM

Pass it on

Kos posts the following message:

Message to Blog Community from DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe

As we get closer to the day that our Democratic nominee for President emerges from the primaries, I wanted to give you an update of what we’ve been building, doing and creating at the DNC to help defeat the Republicans on November 2 and win back the White House for ordinary working families.

Read more on the Justice Log, 2/03/2004 11:27 AM

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