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Dan Bartlett: Right wing bloggers are regurgitators.

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I mean, talk about a direct IV into the vein of your support. It’s a very efficient way to communicate. They regurgitate exactly and put up on their blogs what you said to them. It is something that we’ve cultivated and have really tried to put quite a bit of focus on.

Actually, that’s a nicer thing than he might have said. He might have just gone ahead and used words like mindless, bigoted, unthinking, morons…but he’s just a nice guy…

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Bob Herbert, Jeffrey Feldman on the trivial reporting on political candidates UPDATED

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The fate of Al Gore offers a window into our condition as a country and the future we are doomed to repeat–soon–if we do not wake up to this problem and fix it.

Gore, whom Herbert calls “one of the most intelligent, thoughtful, talented men in America and remarkably well-equipped to lead the nation,” is the exact opposite kind of leader that America has chosen for the past decade. Herbert blames journalists for what history will mark as one of the monumental failures of all time in that profession:

In the race for the highest office in the land, we showed the collective maturity of 3-year-olds. Mr. Gore was taken to task for his taste in clothing and for such grievous offenses as sighing or, allegedly, rolling his eyes. It was a given that at a barbecue everyone would rush to be with his opponent. We’ve paid a heavy price. The president who got such high marks as a barbecue companion doesn’t seem to know up from down. He’s hurled the nation into a ruinous war that has cost countless lives and spawned a whole new generation of terrorists. He continues to sit idly by as a historic American city, New Orleans, remains wounded and on its knees. He’s blithely steered the nation into a bottomless pit of debt. I could go on.

UPDATE: I almost missed Bob Somerby’s rant on the state of the Washington Post.

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GOP presidential candidates all approve Bush veto of children’s health insurance

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It’s striking, then, that Bush’s would-be Republican successors all agree with the ridiculous White House line.

If you’ve been following the debate, you no doubt know that practically everything the Bush gang has said about the bipartisan S-CHIP compromise is wrong. If you need a refresher, the WaPo’s usually-mild-mannered Eugene Robinson slammed the president pretty hard today, saying Bush’s veto “should shock the consciences of every American.” He added that the White House’s rationale on the policy is “a pack of flat-out lies.”

But they’re lies that Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, and John McCain happen to believe.

The four leading Republican presidential candidates have aligned themselves with President Bush’s veto on Wednesday of an expanded health insurance program for children, once again testing the political risk of appearing in lock step with a president who has low approval ratings and some critics of the veto within their party. […]

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Bob Cesca: America used to be really goddamned awesome

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On watching Ken Burn’s The War:

One day long ago, it was okay to wish for an end to a war, without being accused of hating the soldiers who were fighting it. It was once a given that socialized public education, police, fire departments, roads, parks, national defense and the constitutionally mandated General Welfare & Domestic Tranquility were simply a part of the American way of life and would always be there.

And when our nation had to go to war, we would be there for her.

Conversely, when we crumble to the pressure of our reactionary and authoritarian elements, we get Japanese internment camps, the rise of the military industrial complex, and men turned away from service due to the color of their skin. Some of our greatest failures have been conceived when our irrationality, fear and lust for power overrule our traditional American ideals — even during our finest hours as a nation.

And now, 50 years later, in our lives and times, we get President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney.

The Bush Years have been a monumental, cataclysmic failure on most fronts due to its inattention to what has, historically, made American great. The president and his thinning ranks of fawn-eyed Hannities don’t understand this yet. They don’t understand it mostly because they’re too ignorant — blinded by sloganeering — to the very basic reality that Bush Republican style government, in practice, is about as successful and practical as a paper condom. It always has been.

Nowhere is this more apparent than when they compare the Bush Wars to World War II. It’s a desperate notion, one that seeks to conflate our current president with greatness he doesn’t deserve and an historical legacy he will never achieve. It’s also meant to inflate our current “enemies” to Hitler status, and thus proving the case for war.

The comparison is pure horseshit.

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The Republican Party: sex crimes r us?

Family values? don’t make me laugh.

you want the list? I’ll give you the list.

And that doesn’t include multiple marriages and adultery. Yes, Rudy, Fred, John, I’m lookin at you.

and it doesn’t include the “alleged” and indicted situations recently in FL, or the Foleys who get off because Republican authorities shield them.

There’s something seriously wrong there, people.

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James Dobson sees Fred Thompson as he is

It turns out that Fred Thompson, who was wooed to enter the race by social conservatives unhappy with the other candidates, can’t even remotely count on any help from Mr. Social Conservative himself, James Dobson of Focus on the Family.

Dobson wrote in a private e-mail obtained by the Associated Press; “Isn’t Thompson the candidate who is opposed to a Constitutional amendment to protect marriage, believes there should be 50 different definitions of marriage in the U.S., favors McCain-Feingold, won’t talk at all about what he believes, and can’t speak his way out of a paper bag on the campaign trail?”

“He has no passion, no zeal, and no apparent ‘want to.’ And yet he is apparently the Great Hope that burns in the breasts of many conservative Christians? Well, not for me, my brothers. Not for me!”

A spokesman for Focus on the Family confirmed that Dobson wrote the e-mail, which was apparently provoked by Thompson’s admission that he does not attend church regularly.

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Karl Rove leaves the US in deep kim shee

As the US standing in national health statistics continues to tumble, and public and private indebtedness rise, the presidential campaign is dominated by politicians who want more failure: war and patchwork “private” health insurance. Financial Times reports that the US Comptroller General is worried:

The US government is on a ‘burning platform’ of unsustainable policies and practices with fiscal deficits, chronic healthcare underfunding, immigration and overseas military commitments threatening a crisis if action is not taken soon, the country’s top government inspector has warned.

David Walker, comptroller general of the US, issued the unusually downbeat assessment of his country’s future in a report that lays out what he called “chilling long-term simulations”.

These include “dramatic” tax rises, slashed government services and the large-scale dumping by foreign governments of holdings of US debt.

Drawing parallels with the end of the Roman empire, Mr Walker warned there were “striking similarities” between America’s current situation and the factors that brought down Rome, including “declining moral values and political civility at home, an over-confident and over-extended military in foreign lands and fiscal irresponsibility by the central government”.

The comparison between our expenditures on destruction and our flagging healthcare record is inevitable and telling. The US, alone among the world’s powers, spends a massive amount of time and money creating havoc, instead of trying to solve the problems of its citizens.  We are indeed facing the greatest crisis in this nations history, and it’s not going to be solved by doubling the size of Guantanamo or bombing Iran. It’s not going to be solved by a Congress who can’t even be bothered to read the laws it passes, and which continues to give idiots like George W. Bush, Karl Rove (thank god he’s gone) and Alberto Gonzales free rein.

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