Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Why I am in love with Jon Stewart

Pat Buchanan: The thing about the President is, he exudes confidence. He exudes certitude.

Stewart:....So does Mr. T! It's like, "He drove us into a wall, but he didn't blink!"

-The Daily Show, tonight
The way Jon Stewart cuts through the bullshit of the political arena continues to take my breath away. He can say things that other people can't, because he has the cover of comedy. But the other part of it is, he actually says them.

Monday, September 13, 2004

Just a thought

Maybe if political weblog writers and Sunday morning pundits spent a little less time debating the history of typewriter design and a little more time on the real problems this country faces, we'd be in slightly better shape as a nation.

One man's opinion.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Bush Wins! Bush Wins!

My best-case scenario for this year's election? Bush is Nixon.

I still would put money on Bush winning the election, and possibly by a significant margin. We're just too crazy right now to get off this horse. We're too afraid, and we've endured entirely too much cognitive dissonance to change course now. (He's a great President! He protects us! The economy is getting better! He's not book-smart, but who wants that? He's honest. He's compassionate. His advisers know what they're doing. Deficits don't matter. Iraq was necessary. He held a bullhorn at Ground Zero!)

Still, I have a sneaking suspicion that in his second term, Bush's house of cards will come tumbling down. Plame, Halliburton, Abu Ghraib, Iraq, deficits, TANG coverup - not to mention 12 other scandals I can't think of right at the moment - will finally collapse the shaky foundation of this administration. Of course, that would mean focusing on Bush's implosion for months or years, and not dealing with the real problems this nation faces. But we should be used to that by now. (John Kerry looks French!)

At this point, Bush could still stab a small girl in the neck on live national TV and suffer no ill effects. But how long can his luck hold? All it will take is for a modest amount of people to wake up from their 9/11 comas, and buh-bye, Mr. President.

One can hope.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Anger of the enfranchised

His adoptive party is already backing away from Zell Miller's Emperor Palpatine act at as the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

Miller, let us not forget, praised Kerry as recently as 2001, calling him "a great friend" who has "worked to strengthen our military." Flip-flopper, liar, or opportunist? Or all three? (Watch out for that minor mention of Max Cleland - it'll blow your mind.)

Memo to Zell: If your party left you, then why not return the favor? Please. I think I know the reason - because if you became a Republican, you would be lost among the chest-thumping conservatives. They would have absolutely no use for you. They're just using you now to be their Righteous Anger Poster Child, and after the election they'll toss you away like a snotty Kleenex without a second thought. They're already doing it, and your remarks aren't cold yet! (Well, challenging Chris Matthews to a duel probably didn't help matters any.)

I think the best comment on Zellpalooza '04 came from, big surprise, Jon Stewart on The Daily Show tonight:
I can understand with the protestors, it's like the anger of the disenfranchised. But I've never seen the anger of the enfranchised before.
Stewart '08! Stewart '08!