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Wingnuts Still Searching for Cause of Dubya's Debate Defeat
By Brad Friedman on 10/3/2004 2:37pm PT  

If you've missed the latest buzz, the wingnuts, having gone frame-by-frame over last week's debate searching for Bush's credibility, have now decided that Kerry cheated by pulling "something that appears to be white and appears to have a straight edge" from his pocket at the top of the debate in violation of the agreed upon debate rules.

Never mind that Dubya was the only one to clearly break the rules the other night (by talking directly to Kerry), but now thanks to Yelladog who seems to have been able to use some advance technology to zoom in with great detail on the video, the mystery is now over about what Kerry actually pulled out of his pocket.

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...or the Price of Freedom.
By Brad Friedman on 10/3/2004 1:41pm PT  

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By Brad Friedman on 10/3/2004 1:23pm PT  

A couple of fun videos for an easy Sunday...Click and enjoy...

"HOW BUSH DID - The essence of his performance, in strict chronological sequence". A hysterical compilation from last week's debate. Click to view. (Requires Windows Media Player)

"How do you run a convention on a record of failure? 9/11 baby!" The Republican Convention and GOP Platform summarized in one swell compilation. Click to view. (Requires QuickTime)

Bush/Cheney '04: Don't forget Poland!

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Got something to hide, boys?
By Brad Friedman on 10/2/2004 8:34pm PT  

Can you spot the picture of George W. Bush on the front page of the GOP's website?

How about here at George W. Bush's own official website?

Ironically, the Right has been charging for months that the only thing Dems have going for them is that their candidate is not Bush. Yet, what do those two graphics tell you about how the Republicans hope to defeat Kerry? It certainly ain't by publicizing their candidate!

(Feel free to compare to Kerry's official site, or that of the DNC.)

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Think Again.
By Brad Friedman on 10/2/2004 7:46pm PT  

I realize it's somewhat "off-message" to raise expectations for this Tuesday's Veep Debate in St. Louis, but I try to call 'em as I see 'em.

While the Lamestream Media has been carrying the water for the Right by echoing the "Where's John Edwards?" mantra of late, the fact is Edwards has been out there campaigning every day. But the Media has chosen to show pictures of John Kerry's tan, Dick Cheney's smarm and George W. Bush's misleading ads instead.

I had the good fortune to tune into ABC News Now last night (this morning) at around 4am where they were carrying a John Edwards rally in Ohio uncut and unedited. And lemme tell ya, it was a stemwinder! Edwards had the facts down hard and the crowd leaping to their feet every three minutes.

Anybody who thinks Edwards' is an empty suit with nice teeth is likely gonna be in for yet another surprise this Tuesday. He absolutely knocked the cover off the ball in that rally.

Unfortunately, I was unable to find a link to the video of rally over at C-SPAN. If anyone has it, feel free to share.

(REMINDER: Once again we'll be having an Open Thread here during the debate on Tuesday! Please join us to toss in your play-by-play impressions during the big show!)

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Honoring the Dead
By Brad Friedman on 10/2/2004 6:58pm PT  

A few months ago, I reported on the obit I'd found while in Washington state of a WWII veteran whose last request was to defeat George W. Bush this fall.

Looks like it's now officially a trend. The obituary of a Wisconsin woman, Jane Buffett, has just done the same:

"Jane was outraged that any politician who would cut back cancer treatment options for Social Security recipients, who would invade a foreign country and then expect her grandchildren to pay the bills, could claim to be a 'compassionate conservative.' Once he became the nominee, she saw John Kerry as the candidate who would most conserve everything she valued. Jane fought to live long enough to be able to vote this November. To honor her memory, please do everything you can to elect John Kerry."

And while researching the story, I came across the story of another woman in Wisconsin who did similarly and who was apparently an inspiration for Ms. Buffett. Sally Baron's obituary from August of 2003 concluded:

"Memorials in her honor can be made to any organization working for the removal of President Bush."

Let's remember to properly honor the dead this November 2nd, shall we?

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By Brad Friedman on 10/2/2004 6:22pm PT  


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By Brad Friedman on 10/2/2004 6:06pm PT  

A few moments from the debate the other night were just bizarre. Here's just a few that I recall:

Bush on Parental Advice...

KERRY: ...I acknowledge that his daughters --- I've watched them. I've chuckled a few times at some of their comments. And...

BUSH: I'm trying to put a leash on them.

KERRY: Well, I know. I've learned not to do that.

Bush on the widow of a man killed in Iraq (is the woman an OB-GYN, by any chance?)...

BUSH:...You know, it's hard work to try to love her as best as I can...

Bush on Iranian mullahs...Transcript modified here to demonstrate Bush's actual pronunciation of the word...

BUSH: ...On Iran, I hope we can do the same thing, continue to work with the world to convince the Iranian mooo-lahs to abandon their nuclear ambitions.

We worked very closely with the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Great Britain, who have been the folks delivering the message to the mooo-lahs...

And finally, Bush accidentally tells the truth...(thanks Amir for this one!)

I understand everybody in this country doesn't agree with the decisions I've made.

Got any other favorites? Share 'em in Comments. Here's the official Debate #1 Transcript for your reading pleasure.

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By Brad Friedman on 10/2/2004 5:47pm PT  

As Kerry whips past Bush in the polls, it's certainly no thanks to the supposedly "Liberal" media who have stacked everything against the Democrat as usual. I'm catching up on a few items today from this week when our server went down. So, with all the media bias (read the previous 9 or 10 items here!) against Kerry, here's one take on that from an E.J. Dionne column last week:

There is one good thing about President Bush's new advertisement showing John Kerry windsurfing: Kerry does enjoy windsurfing.

That alone puts the ad on a higher plane of truthfulness than many of the statements the president regularly makes on the campaign trail. A press corps that relentlessly nitpicked Al Gore in 2000 in search of "little lies" and exaggerations has given Bush wide latitude to make things up. I guess the incumbent benefits from the soft bigotry of low expectations.

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By Brad Friedman on 10/2/2004 5:27pm PT  

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Debate Performance Begins to Set the Record Straight!
By Brad Friedman on 10/2/2004 5:25pm PT  

The first full post-debate poll is in. From Newsweek. Kerry up 49% over Bush's 46% in a two- man race. And Kerry 47% over Bush's 45% in a three-man race with Nader factored in.

In the previous Newsweek poll, Bush had led Kerry by 5 or 6 points (depending on Nader in the question) and now Kerry leads Bush by 2 to 3 points. You can do the math.

Of course, the "Liberals" over at MSNBC, who run the Newsweek website, have the headline on their front page "KERRY BOOST: Poll Shows Democrat Even with Bush after Debate". Sigh...

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Elections Chief Glenda Hood Gets Busy for George W. Bush
Pay Attention!
By Brad Friedman on 10/2/2004 3:38pm PT  

After reading this Fox News story on "Gaffs Could Prevent Voting in Florida" as Jeb Bush's hand-picked Election Surpervisor Glenda Hood gets to work, please keep in mind last week's statement from Jimmy Carter.

The esteemed former President Jimmy Carter, who's Carter Center has monitored some 50 elections under difficult circumstances around the world, was asked after 2000 to head a Blue Ribbon commission with Gerald Ford to study what went wrong in Florida, and how to fix it.

The Carter/Ford recommendations were made, but yesterday he said in The Washington Post that the recommended reforms have still not been implemented.

As well, he pointed to continued rampant bias from top Florida Election officials who are also a part of the Bush/Cheney campaign, the purging of thousands of ballots in 2000, and the "fumbling attempt" that was "made recently to disqualify 22,000 African Americans (likely Democrats), but only 61 Hispanics (likely Republicans), as alleged felons."

Read the whole piece, it's short and to the point. But his final words, are certainly of note:

Jeb Bush, naturally a strong supporter of his brother, has taken no steps to correct these departures from principles of fair and equal treatment or to prevent them in the future.

It is unconscionable to perpetuate fraudulent or biased electoral practices in any nation. It is especially objectionable among us Americans, who have prided ourselves on setting a global example for pure democracy. With reforms unlikely at this late stage of the election, perhaps the only recourse will be to focus maximum public scrutiny on the suspicious process in Florida.

Consider the "maximum public scrutiny" under way, Mr. President. And thank you again for being a great --- and honest --- American! Now prepare to be disparaged, disrespected called a liar and an America Hater by anyone who doesn't like what you had to say.

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Cuticle Carl Cameron Keeps Shoveling Roger Ailes Horseshit
By Brad Friedman on 10/2/2004 3:27pm PT  

It's really unbelievable. If you've read anything here of late on the many out and out lies of Fox News, it's incredible that not only are they not held accountable as a "news organization" for those lies (not mistakes, mind you, as in the Rather case, but simply bald-faced lies) that they are never held accountable for anything. Even by those folks who were so "outraged" by the Rather case and called for his resignation and suggested that CBS no longer has credibility about anything.

Well, guess what? Even after Carl Cameron (Chief campaign correspondent for Fox, wife works for George W. Bush, and assigned by Fox to cover Kerry's campaign) simply made up fake Kerry quotes and posted them to the Fox website yesterday, he's still at it today as Atrios notes.

Yes, a known 527 parody group set up by Republicans is calling themselves "Communists for Kerry" was interviewed by Cuticle Carl who filed a report today filled with quotes from this fake group such as: "Even though he, too, is a capitalist, he supports my socialist values more than President Bush ... The North Koreans are my comrades to a point, and I'm sure they support Comrade Kerry, too."

It's just amazing. See the Atrios story --- especially you Rightwing hypocrites who dare read this Blog and yet still offer your bullshit mock outrage about Rather --- for full details. Anything to win. No moral compass necessary.

Are there any wingnuts here with the stones to publically call for the immediate resignation of Carl Cameron who has been allowed to continue covering Kerry even after both of these stories?

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By Brad Friedman on 10/1/2004 3:31pm PT  

...As it might have sounded if George W. Bush had been a Democrat and Karl Rove was in charge of the Fox News broadcast.

Very funny. Give it a look. (Thanks to Amir for the link.)

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By Brad Friedman on 10/1/2004 3:22pm PT  

As a sidebar to the previous item, I'd add that C-SPAN rocks. We were able to view the entire debate again last night in re-run via C-SPAN's "Debate Podium Watch", a single split-screen shot of both candidates at the same time throughout the entire debate without cut-aways.

C-SPAN has that version of the debate online via this link if you care to watch. On a second viewing, with this split-screen, it was instructive to be able to watch the body language of both men. Dubya's continuous drinking throughout the night from the same empty water glass was a hoot. As was his continued "blinking like a baby bird", as the Jimmy Kimmel Show referred to it.

Watching C-SPAN's unedited cuts and open mics from Spin Alley afterwards, without media commentary, was also rather addictive. Most notably, watching Karl Rove repeatedly attempting to sell his planned pre-debate spin ("Kerry was inconsistent, a flip-flopper, incoherent, has no clear beliefs" etc.) to the stultified media guppies was informative. The lines he was attempting to sell, in light of the reality of the debate and the very clear positions expressed by Kerry, became simply inoperable after the debate. Yet Rove, surprisingly, didn't yet have anything else to sell.

One other point to watch in the next debate; Fox News was in charge of the pool cameras this time around, and they managed their camera angles so that both Bush and Kerry appeared to be the same height as they stood at the podiums in close-up. Kerry is about four inches taller, yet the split-screen view from C-SPAN clearly shows how the framing of the two candidates was different in order to make them appear the same height. Watch for the tiny mic that Bush had versus the long one that Kerry had (fill in your own joke here). It'll be interesting to see if the framing is similarly skewed in the next podium debate when Fox isn't manning the cameras.

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