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This blog used to be about politics. Not so much anymore as I have worked through my fascination with that subject. It now seems appropriate that with a new president and the end of the Bush nightmare that I move on to new subjects that are more in line with my current interests. I may still occasionally express an opinion about political matters but for the most part I will be commenting on music, photography and personal observations. Thank you for reading.

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The Best Way to Shoot Yourself in the Foot

Raise your hands if you've ever taken advice from your opponents in the middle of a heated contest.

"I wouldn't move my pawn there if I were you.. bad idea... baaaad idea... !!"

Mona Charen: End of year reflections:
"What seemed so clear to outsiders -- that the Democrats' best bet was a war-supporting liberal like Gephardt or Lieberman -- did not seem to sway the nominating wing of the Democratic party. They are thirsting for a Bush-bashing, small America liberal -- someone who will genuflect before the United Nations. But Dean is more than a liberal, he is a liar and a narcissist. So if he is nominated, it's going to be long, long year."

Ah yes, the logic goes that since Mona Charen likes George Bush then all people would like Bush. Therefore it stands to reason that the best bet that the democrats have at winning is to run a candidate that resembles Bush, but as a democrat. Makes perfect since to me.

"Mind if I move this Bishop here?"

Of course you never heard the Republicans saying that they needed to run a candidate that was like Clinton in order to beat Clinton. They, rightfully so, thought it best to run a candidate that appealed to their base, stark raving mad righties and hope to win by voting in a low turnout race. A small group of heavily mobilized voters have the ability to affect the outcome of an election if and when the general tone of the election keeps most people home.

Right now, Dean's supporters are a mirror image of the Bush crowd, die-hard, mobilized around their candidate and willing to work their asses off to get their man in the Whitehouse. And this is bad because the Democrats should have supported a less cohesive candidate that would have never inspired people to volunteer and vote?

"So I can clearly not choose the cup in front of me!"

I, contrary to conventional wisdom among other liberals, think that Dean has a better than even chance of beating Bush in the election if he gets the nomination. I judge this by the depth of froth gathering at the feet of right wing Bush lovers. You can check the levels at Unix Music and Far Right Politics where Jim has become adept at passing on any and all right wing propaganda. Dean is the target.

You don't become a target in politics by being benign. The GOP OR (opposition research) machine has already turned its sights on Dean and has begun blasting away in the same method that it took aim at Gore. We'll hear lies, misinformation and quotes taken out of context used against Dean. He'll most likely get the McCain treatment:

"Word was spread among South Carolina voters that McCain had fathered a black daughter out of wedlock (McCain had, in fact, adopted a Bangladeshi girl), that McCain was a homosexual, that McCain's wife had a drug problem and so on."

And this was a member of their own party, a Vietnam Veteran and a long standing Senator with a track record of public service! There are clearly no bounds for their bully behavior. Mona Charen warns us that nominating Dean will result in a "long, long year", and she's right. The Bush campaign is your typical schoolyard bully, at the first sign that you might fight back, they'll tighten the screws, crank up the heat and get as nasty as they can. They need to protect their soft underbelly... George W. Bush himself.


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