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While We’re at It

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Can we finally ignore Zogby? A stopped clock is right twice a day, a record Zogby has yet to equal. Of all the pollsters, surely this ridiculously overrated guy should warrant no more attention than the vaunted ‘exit polls.’

Exit, stage left …

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November 3, 2004 at 5:37 pm

Posted in 2004 Election, Politics

For the Winners, We Have a New …

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Like the losers, there are some who won bigtime:

Tony Blair, John Howard – these guys put it on the line for Bush and his defeat would have weakened them severely. Blair goes into his own election with the gratitude of the American President – no small chit.

Iraq – the Iraqi people won huge yesterday. There’s no chance we’ll cut and run now, and they have a real shot at building a functioning democracy and a better future for themselves and their children.

The Blogosphere – blogs were a geeky hobby before 9/11, began to mature as we went to war with Iraq, and came of age in this election as they became the watchdog of the MSM. They’ve become a factor no politician will ignore in the future, and the MSM has yet to figure out what hit them.

The American People – our democracy works, 228 years and counting …

George W. Bush – beyond merely winning the Presidency, which wouldn’t count here, Dubya has won something more – undisputed legitimacy. He’s also won a much more powerful position with gains in Congress, the defeat of his senate thorn Daschle, and the likelihood of a long-term legacy on the US Supreme Court. (Oh, and if you want to terrify the ABB crowd, take their claim that Bush was not the true President first time around and remind them that if that’s true, then his first term didn’t count against the 22nd Amendment and thus he’s free to run in 2008.)

Michael Moore – what? Michael Moore? Wasn’t he on your losers list I hear you cry? He was – that was the private Michael Moore, this is the public one. The one who made millions of dollars off a propaganda film and will no doubt be able to bilk the Angry Left for years to come.

The Allies – in Britain, Australia, Japan, Italy, Poland, Bulgaria, and all the others. The American people are grateful to them and showed they disagreed with the idea that they were coerced or bribed.

Israel – will not be fobbed off as a bargaining chip to the Europeans or the Palestinians. Israel’s staunchest ally remains so.

Stephen Green – don’t think so? Have you seen how his hit counter has been spinning?

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November 3, 2004 at 5:28 pm

Posted in 2004 Election, Politics

What Do We Have for the Losers Johnny?

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Apart from the obvious loss to John Kerry and John Edwards, there were some huge, HUGE, losers in this election. A sampling:

Terry McAuliffe – this old boy is toast. He’ll be dropped over the side of the DNC like a bilge rat very shortly. He’s now led his party to defeat in three elections and diminished power in Washington. His rabid partisan hackery and mouthing off whenever a camera is in sight has failed to overcome his gross incompetence as a party leader.

Ted Kennedy – the lion in winter roared one last time and it came out “meow.” Throwing it all behind Kerry, his organization, his energy, and his sanity, he comes up dry. Having also lost seats in the senate, his ability to influence judicial appointments is severely curtailed. And Bush has no more need to work with him on anything …

Michael Moore – Bush is still the president, ’nuff said.

George Soros – that’s a lot of money to spend with butkus to show for it. Not to mention a lot of people who had never heard his name now think he’s a kook.

Moveon.org – say anything, do anything, smear anything is not a recipe for winning. They proved they can raise a lot of money, but pathetically unable to deliver the goods.

Hollywood and the Entertainment Establishment – a lot of these people now need to pack up and leave the country like they threatened to do four years ago. Entertainers may be shocked to realize they have so little influence outside their core competency of acting, singing, etc.

Dan Rather and CBS – they took their best cheap and dirty shots at a sitting President and they blew it. Right up until Sunday night they were still looking for ways to bring Bush down, and they did it in the open where everyone saw it. When one expends that much credibility by using forged documents and committing the journalistic equivalent of a drive-by shooting, a ratings free-fall is the least one can expect.

New York Times et al. – Blew it almost as badly as CBS but to a smaller audience than is generally supposed. Yellow journalism is back and the bad news is that it hasn’t changed a bit.

Jacques Chirac, Gerhard Schroder, and the Euroweenies – these guys have no clout with the American President for four more years, and must be satisfied with the scraps he deigns to throw them. Their slide into irrelevancy just accelerated.

Osama bin Laden and the Terrorists – the sheriff kept his job and he’s gunning for you.

Iran, Syria, and North Korea – do the words ‘free hand’ mean anything to you?

Andrew Sullivan – watch the readership drain Andrew. You’re the Jim Jeffords of the blogosphere, forfeiting the respect of both sides.

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November 3, 2004 at 5:26 pm

Kerry Concession Speech

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Kerry has arrived at Faneuil Hall for his concession speech. He and Edwards are together on the podium. Heh, John Adams is behind Kerry. I bet that old boy would have some choice words for the senator.

Edwards begins, and he’s apparently the man designated to take the wormwood – “it won’t change the outcome, but we’ll continue to fight for every vote.” Had to be said. Edwards is talking about the battle raging on — to 2008, perhaps? He’s not being terribly conciliatory and it’s pretty clear he plans to be back.

Kerry’s turn. “The danger of division, and the desperate need for unity in our country.” Let’s hope those words sink in where most needed. Family, friends, kids, puppies, etc. The usual stuff. Some talk of coming together to bridge the partisan divide, and a request for his supporters to do the same, but it quickly trails off into his talking points.

We need more than this. The Left needs more than this. Kerry has done the right thing by conceding, and we should be grateful to him for that, but he did not rise to the level of a statesman. But then, if he could do that, he would probably be giving a victory speech.

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November 3, 2004 at 2:30 pm

Kerry to Speak

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The latest is that Kerry will speak at Fanueil Hall at 2pm EST.

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November 3, 2004 at 12:42 pm

Posted in 2004 Election, Politics

Nevada

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Fox is calling Nevada for Bush which is enough to give him 274 electoral votes, and the Presidency for a second term.

Congratulations President Bush!

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November 3, 2004 at 11:31 am

Posted in 2004 Election, Politics

Kerry Does the Right Thing

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Fox is reporting that Senator Kerry has called President Bush to concede the election.

Standing by for the announcements …

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November 3, 2004 at 11:15 am

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