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Head Cases

Category: US Politics
Posted: 08/21/07 11:49

by Tom Hammond

World opinion overwhelmingly condemns the policies of George W. Bush. In country after country, American prestige is plummeting and American leadership is in decline.

Here at home, 7 out of 10 Americans believe that the country is headed in the wrong direction. Iraq is a disaster, Katrina was a catastrophe, we?ve had record budget deficits, an exploding national debt, torture at Abu Ghraib, illegal wiretaps, the suspension of habeas corpus, and scandal after scandal.

These matters seemingly haven?t influenced right-wing conservatives and Christian Evangelicals one bit. They are unwavering in their support of the president. He is their champion.

This blind loyalty has motivated some people to wonder just what is
going on inside their heads. I believe an even more fundamental question is appropriate: Is there anything, anything at all, going on inside their heads?
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Norm Coleman: Needing An Aura of Invisibility

Category: Norm Coleman
Posted: 08/20/07 19:02

by Dave Mindeman

Going into the 2008, the evidence is pretty strong that the Republican party has no message to offer....especially in Minnesota. The Star Tribune article about the Bush fundraiser for Norm Coleman had this little tidbit:

GOP strategy calls for a relentless focus on Coleman's ultimate opponent -- particularly if it turns out to be former "Saturday Night Live" star Franken. Normally, reelection campaigns are referendums on the incumbent. But some Republicans say privately that a Franken candidacy would give them the chance to turn the race into a referendum on the DFLer's Hollywood connections and edgy comedic antics.

We are over a year out from the elections and the Republican strategy consists of one long negative campaign focusing on the opponent.

If I remember right, Norm still is the incumbent, right? The usual idea is for the incumbent to proudly display his or her record and let the electorate decide whether they want the status quo or change.

The Minnesota Republican Party is so scared of that record, that they are begging for an opportunity to talk trash about an opponent. It is their only strategy, it is their only hope.

Why talk about the Iraq War when you can raise doubts about Hollywood fundraising? Why talk about veteran's benefits when you can point fingers at the foul language of a 1994 SNL skit? Why talk about environmental failures, infrastructure neglect, corporate greed, or budget deficits when you can cast shame on "fart" jokes?

And don't think Mike Ciresi will be spared. They don't have another strategy and so, Mike's wealth will be the new issue and lawyer/malpractice topics will be front and center.

Anything to avoid talking about the Bush/Coleman record.

So, go ahead Norm. Take that Bush Cash. You will need every cent you can muster because you not only have to pay big time to constantly assault your opponent...... you will also have to pay bigger to make yourself invisible.

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Ready, Set, Fire

Category: US Politics
Posted: 08/20/07 11:37

by Alan Anderson

A while ago we read that the commander of Walter Reed Army Medical Center was fired because he had lost the trust and confidence of his superiors and the Army. Such action is warranted when a leader fails to do his duty and demonstrates levels of incompetence through mistakes and unacceptable performance. Being fired is the consequence of loss of confidence and bad leadership.

American voters should take heed of this action and realize, as Paul Krugman recently suggested, that voters need to take their responsibility seriously to elect leaders who are qualified, competent, and worthy of trust and confidence. Many politicians serving in office have demonstrated incompetence and loss of trust, from a bungled war in Iraq, to a slow and corrupt rebuilding of the Katrina ravaged Gulf Coast, to providing inadequate support for our returning veterans, to mismanaging the supervision of our bridges and roadways. Members of Congress who failed in their oversight and those in federal and state administrations who have admitted making serious mistakes must be held accountable for their actions. Perhaps it is time for the American electorate to get ready, set, and fire.
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