Fear and Voting on The Strip…The Ice Queen Cometh…What Would Woodrow Wilson Do…Romney to the Rescue…
I spent the fall of 2004 working in
The Republicans were up to serious mischief then. First, they adopted the name of one of our partners, America Votes, registering people in poor communities. They then took all the registration forms of people who had registered as Democrats, shredded them, and tossed them in a dumpster. It took a young Republican whistle-blower to reveal they had done this to at least several thousand people, who were now going to show up to polls thinking when they were registered, when they weren’t. If that wasn’t enough for Republicans, they generated an automated robo-call that went out to the greater Las Vegas Hispanic community, telling them their polling locations for ‘Wednesday, November 3rd,’ the day after the actual election. And of course, after this and a thousand and one other ‘Election-related irregularities’, Republicans figured they’d get to the heart of the matter with stricter ID requirements for voters, leaving the Dems to fight once again to uphold the Voting Rights Act.
That’s what’s jarring about this Vegas poll controversy- it’s not just undemocratic, its unDemocratic. Last year a unanimous Democratic committee (including two supporters currently suing to stop what they voted for from happening) allowed for additional polling locations to be set up on The Strip, with all voters who work in the area eligible to vote there. Enter the Nevada Teacher’s
But, as Obama-backer John Kerry once said, “The
Witness Robert Johnson’s cocaine references last week. Didn’t I just write last time about how odd it was that an uber-scripted
Bush and his cronies campaigned the same way, but at least they had some balls once they were actually in power. At least Bush could look the nation in the eye and say, “I know there’s not a goddamn person who thinks this is a good idea, but I’m going to do it anyway.” He ignored the Courts, lied, cheated, invaded foreign countries and destroyed our reputation around the world, but you know what, he’d do it again. He couldn’t even admit to EVER making a mistake during the 2004 debates (“Nothing comes to mind, Jim…”).
As for Bill Clinton? Mark Penn says ‘jump’ and he’s out of there. That’s the fairy tale, Bill, the fairy tale was that we even had a Democratic president in the White House, as opposed to a drowning man thrashing for dear life in a swimming pool, blaming liberals for not making the pool shallower and the lifeguard he banged in the locker room for not rescuing him.
But back to Hillary- nothing grinds my gears more than the “35 years of experience fighting for change” that she’s always touting. Which years are we counting, Hillary? Would that be counting your 16 years as a corporate lawyer at Rose Law Firm? Would that be counting the six years you spent on the Wal-Mart board of directors? Would that be counting the time you spent as a centrist senator, cheerleading the war in Iraq and spouting bellicose rhetoric on Iran? Indeed, being alive doesn’t automatically count towards service of progressive causes- otherwise Ron Paul would be the most progressive person in the race.
Contrast her ‘experience’ with Obama, who has spent his entire adulthood working for the very change he’s now accused of being too inexperienced to enact. Of all the comparisons and precedents to Obama, perhaps the most useful one is Woodrow Wilson.
On McLaughlin Group this Sunday, Eleanor Clift said of John Edwards, “He’s become a sideshow, and everyone seems to know it but him.” Putting aside the irony that the McLaughlin Group is itself a circus act in the eyes of everyone except its insane host and regular guests, Edwards needs to do well in
This sentiment was unfounded, as Kerry beat Clark and Edwards’ combined totals in
Another guy who knows about downsizing is Mitt Romney. A recent Huckabee ad asks whether voters want their president to be “Like the guy you work with, or like the guy who laid you off?” In
Friday I head off to