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The Partisan Massachusetts Legislature Abuses Its Power

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The Massachusetts legislature has overridden Governor Romney’s veto. This changes the law regarding the how a vacant US senate seat is filled:

Under the Democratic plan for filling Kerry’s seat, the post would remain vacant until a special election is held between 145 and 160 days after he is elected president. The proposal scraps the current system, which gives the governor the power to appoint an interim senator until the next biennial election, which would be in 2006 if Kerry wins this November.

So, the way that’s been good enough for years isn’t good enough when a vacancy might occur on a Republican governor’s watch. But that’s not what the Dems said:

“One person, whoever happens to be the governor at this particular time, will not make the decision for you,” Straus said.

Democrats in the Senate offered the same argument.

“We have always felt that this position is significant enough that no one person should make that determination,” Senate President Robert E. Travaglini said after the vote in that body. “It should be decided by the people.”

Always? Really?  Then why now Bob? Surely it couldn’t be that you think Kerry might actually win this thing, and – shudder – MA might actually be sending a Republican to Washington? Oh, no.  You guys in the legislature are all fine, upstanding public servants.  The idea that you might stand and end up going to the US Senate yourself never entered your mind.  Meanwhile, your plan – which you tout as the people deciding – is quite disingenuous.  An informed voter already knew that Governor Romney would fill a vacancy when he or she voted for – or against – him.  The people have spoken on this issue – when they elected Mitt Romney governor.  They most certainly did not elect the partisan cogs in the legislature to muck around with the system for their own petty game.

I have no objection to special elections to fill vacant seats – if that’s what the people of MA want.  I have an objection to ambitious pols manipulating the system for their own personal gain.  This law, enacted in the afterglow of the DNC and rooted in partisan greed and self-interest, will be with us a long time.  I don’t happen to believe it will come into effect for Kerry next year, but it will eventually.  Maybe it will be a good thing at the time – but more likely it will be used for one of the people who railroaded it through the legislature over the Governor’s veto to further their own political career.  There’s a word for that – corruption.

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July 31, 2004 at 11:25 am

Now You Tell Me!

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Maybe they can sue?

There is no conclusive evidence that sex change operations improve the lives of transsexuals, with many people remaining severely distressed and even suicidal after the operation, according to a medical review conducted exclusively for Guardian Weekend

Update

More in the Captain’s Quarters …

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July 30, 2004 at 9:49 am

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Saddam and al Qaeda – Dots Connected

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It has been a staple of discourse on the left that there was no evidence of any connection between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda.  Nope, nothing. And if we ever thought there might be, well Richard Clarke put a stop to that. Michael Moore assured us just the other night of this in case we were going wobbly on the subject.

But I’ve just finished a book called, The Connection: How al Qaeda’s Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America, by Stephen F. Hayes of the Weekly Standard.It certainly gives one reason to go wobbly on that argument.  It turns out there’s a lot of evidence that Saddam and Osama were doing the dance. Here’s an excerpt:

Iraqi intelligence documents from 1992 list Osama bin Laden as an Iraqi intelligence asset. Numerous sources have reported a 1993 nonaggression pact between Iraq and al Qaeda.  The former deputy director of Iraqi intelligence now in U.S. custody says that bin Laden asked the Iraqi regime for arms and training in a face-to-face meeting in 1994. Senior al Qaeda leader Abu Hajer al Iraqi met with Iraqi intelligence officials in 1995. The National Security Agency intercepted telephone conversations between al Qaeda – supported Sudanese military officials and the head of Iraq’s chemical weapons program in 1996. Al Qaeda sent Abu Abdallah al Iraqi to Iraq for help with weapons of mass destruction in 1997.An indictment from the Clinton – era Justice Department cited Iraqi assistance on al Qaeda “weapons development” in 1998. A senior Clinton administration counterterrorism official told the Washington Post that the U.S. government was “sure” Iraq had supported al Qaeda chemical weapons programs in 1999. An Iraqi working closely with the Iraqi embassy in Kuala Lumpur was photographed with September 11 hijacker Khalid al Mihdhar en route to a planning meeting for the bombing of the USS Cole and the September 11 attacks in 2000. Satellite photographs showed al Qaeda members in 2001 traveling en masse to a compound in northern Iraq financed, in part, by the Iraqi regime. Abu Musab al Zarqawi, senior al Qaeda associate, operated openly in Baghdad and received medical attention at a regime – supported hospital in 2002. Documents discovered in postwar Iraq in 2003 reveal that Saddam’s regime harbored and supported Abdul Rahman Yasin, an Iraqi who mixed the chemicals for the 1993 World Trade Center attack – the first al Qaeda attack on U.S. soil.

Then, on March 21, 2004, Richard Clarke, a former top counterterrorism official with access to all this information, made a stunning declaration: “There’s absolutely no evidence that Iraq was supporting al Qaeda, ever.”

Now I don’t mean to give the ending away for those of you still in suspense thinking there might actually be no evidence, but this passage comes towards the end of the book, afterHayes has expounded on all this evidence.  He himself admits it’s not conclusive, there is no smoking gun, and that the evidence for an operational relationship is weak.  But there is definitely evidence for financial, technical, and logistical support of al Qaeda by Saddam Hussein.  For some reason, Michael Moore doesn’t want you to know that.

I highly recommend this book.

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July 30, 2004 at 8:56 am

Not Good Enough

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Just heard Kerry deliver his speech, and I’m watching him stagger about the stage.

First impression – red meat to the crowd, but not gonna play in Peoria.

I think Kerry squandered a major opportunity.  He said he’d do a lot of things differently from Bush, but he failed to articulate how he would do them.  In this climate of danger, that was a requirement.

Kerry failed to rise to the challenge.

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July 29, 2004 at 9:56 pm

Election Prognostication

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American Digest says it’s basically over, and the only question is the size of the Bush victory:

As far as I can see it is going to be massive: a Tsunami of rejection; a battering of the Bozos with no ref to stop the fight in the sixth round; a comet impacting dead center in the Democratic Fantasy World and smothering all but the deepest burrowing small rodents in a layer of ash half a mile thick; a landslide in which the entire north face of Mount Everest decides to take a vacation on the shores of the Indian ocean; a blowout equal to the hotspot under Yellowstone deciding to displace Krakatoa as the loudest implosion heard in recorded history; an “L” branded on the forehead of the Democratic party so large and so deep that travel agencies from Japan will divert a whole season of Grand Canyon tours to the nearest Kerry Compound just so they can marvel and photograph themselves standing at the brink.

Did I say the Democrats were going to lose? Why, yes, I think I did.

It’s another must read.

Via Instapundit

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July 29, 2004 at 8:06 pm

Posted in 2004 Election, Politics

Sussing the Liberal Mind

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Protein Wisdom pulls a key passage by John Derbyshire. I won’t quote as it’s a must read.

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July 29, 2004 at 7:38 pm

The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis

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Not quite six decades ago tonight, a US Navy warship, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine in the waning days of World War II.  Germany had already been defeated, and in July, the Allied Forces were preparing for the invasion of mainland Japan. Although everyone knew that Japan had been beaten, no one expected them to surrender less than a month later.  At Iwo Jima in February 1945 the Japanese had fought bravely and tenaciously to the death.  More than 20,000 of them perished defending a tiny sulfurous rock that they considered Japanese native soil against the US Marine Corps. Planners for Operation Downfall expected American casualties in a battle to take the Japanese home islands to be numbered in the hundreds of thousands, and General Douglas MacArthur’s intelligence chief anticipated a million killed or wounded by the fall of 1946.  The invasion was considered necessary to bring about the surrender of Japan, which few believed could be induced to surrender on a blockade alone. Accordingly, in July 1945, President Truman ordered the new atomic bomb to be used against Japan. The first was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6 and the second on Nagasaki on August 9. The USS Indianapolis carried both bombs to Tinian Island in the Mariannas, from whence the B-29s were launched.

The Indianapolis was what was known as a ‘treaty cruiser.’ After World War I, the victorious powers had agreed to limit their fleets.  Heavy cruisers, like the Indianapolis, could be no more than 10,000 tons displacement for example.  When she was commissioned in 1932, the 9950 ton Indy was one of the most modern cruisers in the world – fast and sporting 9 eight inch guns in three turrets.  She would gain fame when she served as the conveyance for President Roosevelt on numerous occasions, and was involved in many battles during the war. Additional information in her career can be found here.

This is the Indianapolis shortly before she was lost:

On her return from Tinian, the Indianapolis had been ordered to rendezvous with the battleship USS Idaho to engage in gunnery practice.  The radio communications to the Idaho had been garbled, and she did not know to expect the Indianapolis, and so no one seemed to notice when the cruiser failed to show up.

Instead, she had run afoul of a Japanese submarine, I-58, commanded by a veteran of the Pearl Harbor attack, who launched a half a dozen torpedoes at her just after midnight.  At least two of the torpedoes hit home, one tearing the bow off the cruiser and the other striking her amidships and causing multiple explosions which knocked out electrical power and split the ship down to her keel.  Less than fifteen minutes later, the Indianapolis had sunk beneath the waves, taking more than 300 of her 1196 man crew with her.  The remaining 900 or so ended up in the oil-choked water with very few life rafts, no food, and only a few in life jackets.  And no one knew they were there.

Many of the wounded did not survive the night, and with the coming dawn came sharks.  Massive numbers of Great White Sharks circled the defenseless sailors and marines who bobbed in the water.  The sharks picked off stragglers, and those unfortunate enough to become detached from the main group.  With no water, many drank the sea water, and began to go mad.  All of them prayed as the sharks swam around the periphery and a few feet below.  No one could know when he might be the next one eaten alive. It was estimated that by the third day, there were only 400 or so left.

On Thursday, a Navy bomber was flying over the area and its commander noticed a large oil slick in the water.  Moving in for a closer look, he spotted the men in the water, and radioed his base in Palau.  But it was three hours before anyone believed it was more than a prank and dispatched a Catalina PBY to investigate.  As the PBY approached, it flew by a destroyer, the USS Cecil Doyle, and Lt. Marks, in command of the PBY, radioed his mission to the tin can whose Captain diverted to the position of the ‘men in the water.’ Meanwhile, Lt. Marks in his PBY arrived at the site where the survivors of the Indianapolis were.  His crew dropped them rafts and supplies, but when Marks saw that they were still being attacked by sharks, he made the decision to land his PBY and pick up as many survivors as possible.  This risky move saved at least 56 sailors and marines who were hauled aboard and even climbed onto the wings of the PBY. Marks repeatedly radioed for help, and the Doyle steamed towards them. Eventually the Doyle and other ships saved 317 sailors and marines – all that remained of the crew of the Indianapolis.

Link to the USS Indianapolis Organization

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July 29, 2004 at 3:56 pm

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Might Want to Get that Gaping Hole Sewn Up

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Drudge is reporting on a new book by John O’Neill who took over command of Kerry’s swift boat after he left.

“Only 2 of John Kerry’s 23 fellow Swift boat commanders from Coastal Division 11 support his candidacy today.”

That would appear to be a gaping hole in the argument Kerry is making about his fitness for command.  He might want to address that, but I doubt he’ll know how.

Update

Well, it seems this was an accurate statement.  Last night on the podium there were only two other swift boat commanders from Kerry’s division.  And no surprise, no mention of the other 21 in the speech.

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July 29, 2004 at 9:58 am

John Kerry, the Missing Years

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Moxie has discovered the whereabouts of John Kerry during the missing years after Vietnam.

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July 29, 2004 at 9:28 am

As the Left Unravels II

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David Frum has some thoughts in the Daily Telegraph on what passes for strategy in the modern Democratic party.  He thinks they may be a touch off-track:

Mr Kerry was a pragmatic choice for Democrats. They chose him because they assumed that the 2004 election would turn on national security issues – and because they are counting on his record of bravery in Vietnam 35 years ago to bullet-proof him against Republican charges of weakness on defence today.

The belief that a good military record can compensate for weak policies is an old Democratic delusion. It explains why they nominated General George McClellan (the Union’s first commander-in-chief) in 1864 and Winfield Scott Hancock (the hero of Gettysburg) in 1880; why the Vietnam protesters rallied to George McGovern (who flew bomber missions during the Second World War) in 1972 and why so many of them thought that John Glenn (a Korean war ace and the first American in space orbit) could beat Ronald Reagan in 1984. They were wrong all four times.

I might add it did Bob Dole no good in 1996, and George H. W. Bush no good in 1992 (although it probably helped him in 1988). The real problem is who is doing the thinking:

the Democrats’ unexpected defeat in the 2002 congressional elections maddened members and leadership alike. Since then, Democratic opinion has not been led by the party’s generally level-headed elected leaders, but by outside groups such as MoveOn.org.

Those groups have incited rage and paranoia in party ranks. (Last week, Democrats were frothing about an imaginary plot by Mr Bush to postpone or cancel the presidential election – this based on a remark by a federal emergency management official that his bureaucracy was preparing contingency plans in case al-Qa’eda attempted to disrupt the vote.) And the Democratic leadership has indulged and even encouraged this incitement.

The true voice of this year’s Democratic Party is not the jolly chuckle of Bill Clinton, but the strident ranting of Mr Gore.

And that rant will become totally unhinged should Bush win in November.  Indeed, should it be a squeaker like last time, I expect we’ll seee lawsuits on behalf of Kerry in any state deemed close enough for an endless recount.  Real damage could be done to the social compact of the Republic under those circumstances, but I don’t hear a single person on the left voicing such concerns.  Maybe because their only concern is defeating Bush by fair means – or foul.

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July 29, 2004 at 9:16 am

The Savages Turn on Their Own

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Soon there will be no place to hide.

The savages in Iraq have slaughtered two Pakistanis: hostages Azad Hussein Khan and Sajjad Naeem. My condolences to their families.

These men were not westerners.  They were not Christians.  They were Muslims.

Azad Hussein Khan and Sajjad Naeem, an engineer and driver, were reported missing in Iraq last Friday.

Their kidnappers had threatened to execute them unless their Kuwaiti employers left Iraq.

Foreign ministry spokesman, Masood Khan, said the killings had devastated the families of the victims and the Pakistani nation.

President Musharraf said the captors had “caused harm to humanity and Islam”.

Although the BBC believes this will make it difficult for Pakistan to aid the war effort with troops in Iraq, I don’t believe Musharraf will kowtow like Arroyo did.  The lines are hardening even in the Dar al-Islam, and soon, the savages will have no place to hide.

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July 29, 2004 at 9:03 am

Posted in GWOT, Iraq

Religion of Peace My …

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Another Muslim convert has run afoul of the law with some very interesting items in his possession:

Iowa State Patrol Trooper Kenneth Haas found a gun, three bulletproof vests, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a flight simulator and a bag of flight manuals dating to 2001.

His name is apparently Michael Wagner, and he and his wife – also in the vehicle when he was pulled over for not wearing a seat belt – are converts to Islam.  The media continues its disingenuous practice of avoiding using the convert’s Muslim name.

Meanwhile, this fine, upstanding citizen with all the gear for a sniper attack in his back seat had this to say after he was cuffed:

“I told you I should have killed him,” Wagner said when his wife entered the trooper’s cruiser.

He mentioned getting his gun so he could “kill all three” officers looking through his vehicle, Haas testified. Then, Haas said, Wagner told his wife, “Find a handcuff key, get up here and run them over.”

His lawyer suggests he was upset that police dogs were stepping on his stuff.  Meanwhile, this convicted child molester and convert to Islam, appears to know about people involved with the Taliban and Al Qaeda.  Nice. 

So what is it about the ‘religion of peace’ that causes people to turn into whack jobs?

A glass raised to Michelle Malkin.

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July 28, 2004 at 6:26 pm

Ted Kennedy, Hatriot

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Fisking Kennedy is too easy, but I would like to highlight a few choice lines from his speech last night:

In the depths of the Depression, Franklin Roosevelt inspired the nation when he said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Today, we say the only thing we have to fear is four more years of George Bush. 

Apart from the obvious absurdity given 9/11, how clearly this shows the degradation of the modern Democratic party, diminishing both the speaker and the paraphrased in the same breath.

We hear echoes of past battles in the quiet whisper of the sweetheart deal, in the hushed promise of a better break for the better connected.

Presumably, this refers to Halliburton.  I won’t belabor the fact that there are basically three companies in the world truly qualified to handle a task like this.  (They are, for the record, Bechtel, a private American company, Halliburton, a public American company, and Schlumberger, a French company – which alone put them out of the running.) But it’s not this supposed sweetheart deal to the better connected but all the ones Kennedy and his ilk prefer. Like better access for environmental groups to certain senior senators to influence judicial decisions.  Like buying pardons from soon-to-be-ex-presidents.  Like making a hundred grand off a buck investment.

We hear them in the cries of the false patriots who bully dissenters into silence and submission. 

No Republican senator, no Republican member of Congress, of the Administration, or in office anywhere has ever questioned the patriotism of the Democrats.  Not Kerry’s, not Max Cleland’s, not even Ted Kennedy’s. The statement is a lie. But here we have Kennedy not questioning the patriotism of the other side, but stating that it’s false.  The call has been made.  Oh, and who’s bullying dissenters into silence?

Is it any wonder they put Kennedy on the least watched night of the convention?

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July 28, 2004 at 10:07 am

Democrats Attempt to Cloak Themselves in Reagan

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Just heard Mary Beth Cahill, Kerry’s campaign manager speaking with Brit Hume on Ron Reagan Jr. She says RRjr is “crossing party lines on behalf of science.” Uh, no.  Wrong.  For him to cross party lines he’d have to be speaking at the Republican convention. RRjr has been a liberal since before his father was in office.  RRjr has no right whatever to speak for his father’s politics given his consistent opposition to them.  This is a Democrat speaking to Democrats.  Move along now liberals – there will be no theft of the Reagan mantle for you people.  The very idea is ludicrous.

Crossposted at Red State

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July 27, 2004 at 5:27 pm

Woody Kerry

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This was the first thing that came to mind when I saw the picture of Kerry at the Cape Kennedy yesterday, but I couldn’t find a picture that good!

Glass raised to Outside the Beltway.

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July 27, 2004 at 3:56 pm

Activists Sue to End Free Lunch

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Well, not really, but almost as dumb:

Two civil rights groups filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority from randomly inspecting passengers’ bags, saying it’s an unconstitutional violation of personal privacy. …

The random inspections began Thursday, just in time for the Democratic National Convention, which started Monday at the FleetCenter. The policy is the first of its kind in the country.

The groups say the searches violate the Fourth Amendment because they don’t require information that the person searched is suspected of criminal activity. They’ve urged customers not to consent to the searches.

‘’There is no way the MBTA can implement this policy in a constitutional manner,’’ said National Lawyers Guild national president Michael Avery.

MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said the bags aren’t opened. Instead, they are run through a machine that detects if explosives are inside. Pesaturo said so far no one has objected to having their bags inspected.

You know – this is a good idea activists. Bombs and other nastiness aren’t typically carried in pockets.  I haven’t been asked, but I would run my briefcase through the machine no problem.

Oh, and if it’s unconstitutional, how is it that the airlines have been getting away with it all these years?

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July 27, 2004 at 2:43 pm

Doesn’t Bode Well for Thursday

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The Wall Street Journal Poll ($) today asks who will deliver the best speech at the convention this week. The results so far are not promising for John Kerry:

Bill Clinton – 47% 
John Edwards – 14% 
Someone Else – 10% Al Sharpton – 9% 
John Kerry – 7%

OK, these are readers of the WSJ, but three points behind someone else?

Update

Two hours later, Kerry is at 6% and Clinton at 48%.  All others are unchanged.  So Kerry is now four points behind Someone Else but the good news is he’s five points ahead of poor Al Gore.

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July 27, 2004 at 12:40 pm

Clinton and Clinton Support John and Johnner

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The Clintons both spoke at the DNC yesterday, the first day, and the only one it seems in which they will appear.  They followed Jimmy Carter and Al Gore.  I missed Gore, but it seems he was somewhat toned down from his trip to the fever swamps a few weeks back.  Carter, on the other hand, spoke as if he had been the toughest president on Islamofascism we’d ever had and by the way, he won the Cold War.  Poor old codger is awfully confused. I also noted that Walter Mondale was on the floor, but someone apparently forgot to get him up there and out of the way early too. Or maybe it would be too embarrassing to have the only politician to ever lose every single state speaking.

The Clintons were very supportive of Kerry, lining up behind him.  Neither one of them mentioned Bush by name. Hillary’s speech was shorter, since she was theoretically only introducing her husband, and it was on point.  She gave a strong endorsement to Kerry:

We need John Kerry. John Kerry is a serious man, for a serious job. So let’s work our hearts out and send him to the White House in 2004. And I’m optimistic we will because I know a great leader when I see one. And so does America.

Bill gave the better speech of course, and one could see the delegates on the floor firing up – the old days of the 90s were back.  I understand that – I miss Reagan the way they miss Clinton.  And the man delivered.  He carried them on waves of oratory and spoke to their fears in terms that made them feel strong.  He diverted them from their hatred of Bush to the way they perceive his policies and beliefs. To a conservative, the speech was filled with ad hominem attacks, projections, and liberal shibboleths. But to the crowd on the floor, it was red meat. There’s still an ‘aw shucks’ quality to the man, and, like Reagan, he knows how to employ self-deprecating humor to great effect. He also gave them a big campaign soundbite:

Strength and wisdom are not conflicting values—they go hand in hand

He gave them rhetorical flourish with a Ciceronian tricolon crescendo of John Kerry saying “send me!” They’ll be using that one in commercials for sure.  He gave them another with “a more perfect Union.” Mostly I think, he gave them what he has always given them – hope. A powerful moment, one that I doubt that Basset Hound Kerry will be able to exploit for long.

So what are the Clintons up to?  They don’t really want John Kerry to win in November. Indeed, a Kerry/Edwards victory would spell the end of the Clinton dominance of the Democratic party. A sitting president is basically the automatic head of his party, and it’s hard to imagine that Kerry would keep Clinton crony Terry McAuliffe as head of the DNC.  Patronage in the party would flow from Kerry, and the Clintons would be sidelined.  Kerry has been in public life for more than two decades: the gravy train will be long, and his people are not their people.

The next go-around is a tough one too.  Supposing they win and President Kerry and Vice President Edwards are sworn in in January.  Looking ahead to 2008, one sees Kerry running for reelection and not likely to be vulnerable to an intra-party challenge.  Now we’re off to 2012, and whether Kerry wins or loses in 2008, Veep Edwards will have all the momentum going in.  Not much room for Hillary who will be a touch long in the tooth in 2016 or 2020 – assuming, that is, that anybody remembers who she is that far out. If they lose to Bush this year, then Kerry is history and Edwards, while giving it a shot next time will likely be easily shoved aside in the primaries by Hillary. She knows 2008 is her year.  There will be no incumbent as Bush will be under the 22nd Amendment at that point.  Cheney will not be running.  The field will be wide open, and indeed, at this juncture, it’s hard to imagine who the Republicans will be nominating.  Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton will be a very real possibility. But for that to happen, Kerry needs to lose. But the Clintons still had to support Kerry because the madding crowd will have it no other way.

I believe the strong show of support from Kerry on the part of the Clintons flows not from party solidarity, and real enthusiasm for Kerry, or even a Clinton desire to see the back of Bush.  Rather, it flows from a cold, shrewd, calculated Realpolitik.  The Clintons believe Bush will win, and not a by a close margin, but by a substantial one.  They see Kerry vs. Bush as a rerun of Dukakis vs. Bush. Which means that they can afford to support Kerry loudly and publicly at the convention.  I very much doubt that they will be stumping hard for him through election day, but they’ll play their balanced, even nuanced part.

I could be wrong about this, of course, and the Clintons were both being genuine and honest with the American people last night.  And Hillary Clinton doesn’t want to be president.

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July 27, 2004 at 10:55 am

Bill Clinton Punts

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Up until tonight, Bill Clinton had refrained from criticizing his predecessor successor – a venerable presidential tradition.  However, as I listen to his speech before the DNC, he’s broken with that and come out.

I wonder what this means for the Clinton support for Kerry.  It will bear watching to be sure.

Update

Slip of the keys pointed out by Scott, an observant reader.

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July 26, 2004 at 9:45 pm

The DNC Welcomed

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SoxBlog welcomes the DNC.

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July 26, 2004 at 9:21 pm

Posted in 2004 Election, Politics

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