Archive for August, 2004

The Still-Conservative Media

[television finger] Conservative Media Owners for Swift Boat (and other) Bullshit

It’s time to stop pussy-footing around and speak truth to power. They’re not the “so-called liberal media.” That’s being too kind. Anyone watching the Swift Boat Veterans for Bile coverage knows that it’s time to call them what they are: the conservative voice of corporate America.
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Why We Must Win

I turned 35 today.

Now, my birthday has nothing to do with why we have to win. It’s going to take me a bit to get there, so please bear with me.

I went to work this morning fully expecting my co-workers to spring something on me, but I was totally unprepared for the outpouring I received. Several nice presents, a delicious double-chocolate birthday cake, a wonderful lunch, and decorations all around my cubicle. From the moment I arrived, my team — my friends — went to considerable efforts to make sure I enjoyed my day, especially with several painful changes taking place.

Unfortunately, none of us, except for our supervisor, knew just how painful one of those changes would turn out to be.

Read more on the Justice Log, 8/12/2004 08:55 PM (and on Daily Kos)

Who’s the REAL Flip-Flopper?

Flips, flops, and flounders by President Bush

In a presidential campaign filled with unintended ironies, perhaps the greatest is Rove’s attempt to paint John Kerry as a “flip-flopper,” an obvious attempt to blur his image with Clinton’s in the eyes of the base. The irony in this is particularly poignant because Bush has reversed himself more times than a manic-depressive swing voter.

Now as a dedicated liberal who believes in matching policies to facts and evidence, I don’t think that this is a bad thing in and of itself. Entirely aside from the hypocrisy, however, many of the administration’s flips were based entirely on self-serving political interests. Worse, some of his reversals were on moderate stances the Bush campaign took in 2000. It would be easy to get the impression that Bush wasn’t being — could it be? — entirely honest.

While there are a lot of liberal sites out there that cover Bush’s, er, imperfect record on “staying the course,” I believe that one of the best is Flip-Flopper-In-Chief by the excellent Center for American Progress. Here are a few of my favorites:
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