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03/10/05 :: By S.M. Dixon
The "Mandate Myth" and Social Security
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Social Security

Dick Cheney is claiming that the administration has a "mandate" for privatizing Social Security, but nothing could be further from the truth.

01/12/05 :: By Stu Finkel
Man Date Update
Categories :: Election 2004

In her latest update, the Librarian once again refutes the mandate myth.

01/10/05 :: By Stu Finkel
Bush Ever Less Popular
Categories :: Election 2004

Dubya's current popularity puts him squarely in last place among second term presidents.

12/31/04 :: By Bonnie Yarbrough
Small steps correcting the Wrongs of the “Right”
Categories :: Election 2004

On this last day of a long, grim year as frustrations still swarm around Ohiogate, it’s important to note some small victories.

12/30/04 :: By William Hare
The 2004 Popular Vote Needs Thorough Investigation
Categories :: Election 2004

With so much current focus on the outrageous fraud perpetrated by Republicans in Ohio relative to the 2004 presidential election, including the current move on the part of Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell in eluding the issuance of a subpoena, it is important also to direct attention to the popular vote.

12/24/04 :: By William Hare
Thank You, African American Progressives!
Categories :: Election 2004

My name carries roots extending back to early America. My relatives migrated to the South and many currently live in Texas and South Carolina as well as other states in that region. With my basic wasp fraternal ancestry I have been incensed at the voting patterns in the last three decades by white males toward the Republican right and away from American progressivism.

12/22/04 :: By Delton Murphy
John Conyers Urges Release of Exit Poll Data
Categories :: Activism :: Discrimination :: Election 2004 :: Elections

As the mystery of the supposedly inaccurate early exit polls indicating that Senator John Kerry was beating President Bush in several key states including Ohio in last month's election begins to fade from our memory, at least one Congressman is refusing to ignore this blatant irregularity.

12/15/04 :: By Bonnie Yarbrough
"The Others": Marching Backward
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Framing 101 :: Hypocrisy :: Outrages :: Progressive Strategy

With Republicans smugly observing that Democrats seem to be in disarray these days, some suspect that we are both living in a parallel universe with two separate realities. Pundits have said that while Democrats were in angst at Disney World, “Glibs” were on the ground in Ohio, and bloggers from all over are still trying to figure out where the front is. For most of us, the sound of marching boots is hard to ignore and our compasses are working. . .
Here are 20 preliminary points for drafting the rules of engagement:

12/15/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Ohio Voting Suppression and Irregularities Hitting Mainstream Media
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Media

Apparently having a congressman in Ohio actively investigating voting suppression and irregularities is what it took to get more active mainstream media attention to what occurred there (and did not occur there) on November 2nd.

12/14/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Librarian's Man Date Up Date
Categories :: Election 2004

The Librarian has checked in with her Mandate Update:
President Popularity Update 12/14/04: new numbers again today, and Bush II's margin of "win" over Kerry continues to shrink, now to 2.47%

12/14/04 :: By Peter Perkowski
The Real Vote For President
Categories :: Election 2004

December 13 came and went yesterday and was little-noticed by either the public or the media. Yet it was a crucial day in the Presidential election, as presidential electors met around the nation to cast the real votes for President. But one screwed up....or did he?

12/11/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Man Date Update
Categories :: Election 2004

As the votes get counted, Dubya's margin of victory continues to shrink. Mandate? Hell, no!

12/10/04 :: By Bonnie Yarbrough
December 12th is the National Vote March
Categories :: Election 2004

Those of you ready for action, here is your opportunity, and an important reminder: Tomorrow at noon is a nationwide protest/call for action regarding the 2004 Election, vote theft, and protecting voters’ rights. On Federal and state captial steps everywhere, citizens are urged to take part in this first, public expression of outrage over the voting suppression, irregularities, and vote fraud surrounding Election 2004.

12/09/04 :: By Bonnie Yarbrough
Hearing on Vote Suppression and Election Fraud Demand National Action
Categories :: Election 2004

The House Judiciary Committee's hearing on voter suppression and election fraud demands citizen action and brought to light several proposed legal and constitutional solutions.

12/08/04 :: By Stu Finkel
The View From the End of the Witness Table
Categories :: Election 2004

DC Poli Sci, a Daily Kos regular, was the official reporter (transcriber) at the Conyers hearing today on Ohio vote suppression and irregularities. He gives an excellent first hand account of the proceedings and a few personally snapped photographs, and it is more than worth a read.

12/06/04 :: By Tom Ball
Civil Rights Voting Records Spotlight the Stealth Bigots
Categories :: Civil Rights :: Election 2004 :: Race :: Republicans

In the wake of the latest election season, charges of voter suppression by Republicans have been flying without mitigation, gaining momentum with each passing day. In response, Republican's couldn't scoff loudly enough, "How dare the Democrats make such baseless accusations. We are a party of compassion and high morals. We are the party of inclusion and tolerance. Just ask Condi and Colin...and also ask that gay fellow who heads up the AIDS office." -- or something like that. As usual, the Republicans' talk is the virtual antithesis of the Republican's walk. To illustrate, we need go no further than the politicians' votes to see who's walk matches their talk.

12/06/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Action Alert: Help Bring Democratic Elections to America
Categories :: Election 2004

The tragic truth of the matter is that an Ohio recount may not change a thing. If the same provisional ballots still end up not being counted then it seems we will merely end up repeating the mistake. Also, it's quite hard for me to imagine George W. Bush actually abdicating the throne.

So what's the point?

12/01/04 :: By Tom Ball
Evidence of Voter Fraud Grows
Categories :: Election 2004

Those who mock the idea of vote fraud in the 2004 election are quick to point out that the possibility of a coordinated, systematic attack on the vote, accross hundreds of districts, and using disparate methods of processing is beyond the laugh test. True, any particular instance of irregularity by itself seems unsufficiently compelling to foster the current groundswell of suspicion. Taken en masse, however, the evidence seems to suggest an incomprehensible conclusion -- at least to the uninformed and those in denial.

11/30/04 :: By Bob Kendall
The Best Congress Money Can Buy: The Republican Victory Celebrated by Big Business
Categories :: Election 2004

Democracy implies “The will of the People”. But this concept of Democracy disappeared when the Democracy in the United States morphed into “The Will of Big Business!”

11/29/04 :: By William Hare
How The Bush Gang Stole Its Third National Election in a Row
Categories :: Election 2004

The 2004 election theft marks the third in a row for the Bush Gang. While much has been written about 2000, unfortunately the pivotal 2002 mid-term elections came and went in a torrent, which was the way that Republican strategists wanted it. The one thing they fear is sober reflection followed by solid investigation. Fortunately they have the complaisant mainstream corporate media looking the other way.

11/27/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Red and Blue and Ukraine
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Foreign Policy

The supposed Red-Blue division in America pales in comparison with the stark regional divisions in Ukraine.

11/26/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Voices from Ohio
Categories :: Election 2004

Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman have published more transcripts in The Columbus Free Press from the sessions in Ohio detailing experiences in voting (and in observing voting), and they are once again horrifying.

11/23/04 :: By Stu Finkel
"Moral Values" or Simple Fear?
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Framing 101 :: Progressive Strategy Thankfully, the SCLM has already begun to back off of the monochromatic "Moral Values" explanation for what happened on November 2nd. When 116 (or more, the tally continues) million people go to the polls, the reasons why a particular candidate...

11/21/04 :: By William Hare
It's up to Progressives to Lead the Movement to Impeach Bush Following Another Stolen Election; Do You Agree?
Categories :: Election 2004

Should any of this come as a surprise? The Cheney-Bush junta has an insatiable lust for power and does not care what it takes to achieve and sustain it.

11/18/04 :: By Tom Ball
Updated: Berkeley Study Says Bush Received up to a Quarter Million Undeserved Votes in Florida
Categories :: Election 2004

Currently Bush is ahead in the official vote tally 3,964,522 to Kerry's 3,583,544, a difference of 380,978 votes. So this issue alone, if it were allowed to be addressed and corrected (Ha!), would not cancel Bush's lead.

11/15/04 :: By Tom Ball
Zogby Website Asserts 'Massive Voter Fraud'
Categories :: Election 2004

However, with each passing day, with gathering evidence and increasingly compelling evidence, I began to become less and less of a skeptic. And now we have an absolute must read article on the Zogby website that clearly implies that Zogby feels the election was stolen!

11/14/04 :: By Delton Murphy
To The World
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Patriotism :: Reader Interaction

As the death toll continues to rise in Iraq and our civil liberties continue to erode, many Americans are still in a state of disbelief that Bush will be in power for at least another four years. A new website tries to express the myriad of emotions at least half of America feels.

11/12/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Kicking The Ass Into Shape
Categories :: Activism :: Democrats :: Election 2004 :: Kerry-Edwards 2004 :: Reader Interaction

Donkeys are famously known (and revered) for their stubbornness. When they detect danger they watch it. They do not run from it and they certainly cannot be forced towards it. The similarities between donkeys and democrats are almost eerie.

11/11/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Action Alert! Ohio To Be Recounted
Categories :: Activism :: Criminal Acts :: Election 2004 :: Elections :: Reader Interaction

Yesterday Green Party Presidential Candidate David Cobb confirmed that he would demand a recount of all the votes cast in the Presidential Election in the state of Ohio. Since David Cobb's name appeared on the Ohio ballot, it is his legal right to ask for a statewide recount.

11/10/04 :: By Delton Murphy
A Brother Speaks
Categories :: Election 2004

Just because John Kerry conceded the election doesn't mean we have to concede defeat to the racist right running the country. The following is a letter from John Kerry's brother about the election results and what the Democrats are currently planning to do about it.

11/08/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Who Let The Bush Win?
Categories :: Discrimination :: Election 2004 :: Elections :: Polling :: Progressive Strategy :: Reference

In order to effectively frame the dialogue and shape the language necessary for progressive change, we must first take an introspective and honest look at both who and how America voted in last week's election.

11/08/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Riddle Me This
Categories :: Criminal Acts :: Election 2004 :: Kerry, John :: Polling :: Theories

Theories are thriving in the middle of all the turmoil and uncertainty surrounding the Presidential Election. Some argue the obvious: Kerry knew he didn't have the votes so threw in the towel. Other more imaginative theorists surmise that the Skull and Bones Duo and distant cousins staged the whole thing from the beginning. Will we ever find out what really happened?

11/06/04 :: By Tom Ball
'Error' Gives Bush Thousands of Extra Votes in Ohio
Categories :: Election 2004

An error with an electronic voting system gave President Bush 3,893 extra votes in suburban Columbus, elections officials said.

11/06/04 :: By Bonnie Yarbrough
Political Strategy: A Real, Virtual, and Compassionate Conversation with America
Categories :: Blogging on Blogging :: Conservatives :: Election 2004 :: Progressive Strategy

Reality sets in. . . . The American electorate may have been a bit bloodied in the months leading up to the final fray, but the search for an authentic, healing march toward democracy remains unbowed

11/04/04 :: By Tom Ball
Don't Believe the Hype
Categories :: Election 2004

It's a sequel...

11/04/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Lay of the Land
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Campaigns :: Criminal Acts :: Election 2004 :: Elections :: Humor

We all know how much the Republicans love redistricting. So welcome to the United State of Texas bordered by the newly succeeded bordered Canadian regions of Baja Canada, Michigan, Mini Willinois and New America!

11/03/04 :: By Tom Ball
The Mourning After: Where Do We Go From Here?
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Framing 101

How could we have been so wrong? Regardless of what happened in Ohio, Kerry still lost the national popular vote by 4 million votes. My best answer points to a matter of nation-widel thought processes and framing. Simply put, many people don’t think like we do. They just don’t. We can present them with the facts, we can give them what we think are the most compelling arguments, and yet they just don’t get it. They simply see the world differently. Their priorities are different. Their fears are different. Their logic is different.

11/03/04 :: By Tom Ball
Kerry Concedes
Categories :: Election 2004

Kerry concedes U.S. Presidential race in a telephone call to Bush.

11/03/04 :: By Stu Finkel
John Edwards Speaks
Categories :: Election 2004 "We will fight for every vote." No conceding. And CNN just projected Michigan for Kerry....

11/03/04 :: By Peter Perkowski
Whither Ohio
Categories :: Election 2004

Are the media rushing to judgment again with their calls of Ohio and Florida?

11/03/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Kerry Campaign Not Giving Up Quite Yet
Categories :: Election 2004

Kerry campaign claiming it can still win Ohio despite network projections.

11/03/04 :: By Peter Perkowski
Categories :: Election 2004

An electoral college tie is frighteningly possible.

11/03/04 :: By Peter Perkowski
More Good News - OH
Categories :: Election 2004 IL-8. Melissa Bean (D) is projected the winner against incumbent Phil Crane (R). More to come....

11/03/04 :: By Peter Perkowski
Some Good News - PA
Categories :: Election 2004 56% Reporting Statewide: President: Kerry: 1,773,818 Bush: 1,324,039 Senate: Hoeffel (D): 1,364,469 Specter (R): 1,424,542 House: PA-6: Lois Murphy (D) ahead of incumbent Jim Gerlach (R): 36,000 to 26,000. PA-13: Allyson Schwartz (D) ahead of Melissa Brown (R): 112,000 to...

11/03/04 :: By Tom Ball
Poll Suggests Youth Stayed Home
Categories :: Election 2004

MSNBC exit poll indicates that the youth did not vote. The 18-29 bracked voted the same this year as in 2000, while 30-44 group was down.

11/03/04 :: By Stu Finkel
The States They Aren't Calling
Categories :: Election 2004

Attempts to look at the exit poll totals in four key states.

11/03/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Messy in Michigan
Categories :: Election 2004

The afternoon turned a little ugly at the Greater Emanuel Church of God in Christ voting poll in Detroit, Michigan proving racism is stronger than I have ever seen in the United States.

11/03/04 :: By Tom Ball
Why Does Bush ALWAYS Take the Early Lead as States' Precincts Check In?
Categories :: Election 2004

The Answer is: The less populated, rural precincts, because they have fewer votes to tally, are typically the first to report their vote totals. Of course these precincts tend to go for Bush -- thus the early lead for Bush.

11/03/04 :: By Tom Ball
Sources: Mongiardo will Take Kentucky Senate Position
Categories :: Election 2004

Bob Novak just said, on CNN, that his sources believe Republican incumbent Governor Jim Bunning will Lose his seat to the Democratic Challenger.

11/02/04 :: By Bonnie Yarbrough
Polls Stay Open in NC
Categories :: Election 2004

Polls Staying Open Late in NC

11/02/04 :: By Tom Ball
Categories :: Election 2004

Exit Polls as of 7:30 PM EST.

11/02/04 :: By Tom Ball
Kentucky Senator
Categories :: Election 2004

With 31.8% reporting:

11/02/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Beginning of the End
Categories :: Election 2004

A lot has been said about the 'Vote or Die' phrase that has been bantered about for the past couple of months. The irony of that slogan is quite fitting for the current climate because a vote for Bush is actually a vote for death.

11/02/04 :: By Stu Finkel
6pm Eastern Exit Polls
Categories :: Election 2004

6pm ET exit polls according to Kos

11/02/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Zogby Calls Kerry Electoral Landslide
Categories :: Election 2004

Zogby predicts a Kerry electoral landslide

11/02/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Second Round Exit Polls
Categories :: Election 2004

2nd Round Exit Polls

11/02/04 :: By Bonnie Yarbrough
Ten More Reasons Kerry will be outside the "Margin of Litigation"
Categories :: Election 2004

"Let me be clear." . . . Regardless of all the legal activity, all the evidence points to a staggering participation by the American electorate. That benefits Democrats.

11/02/04 :: By Stu Finkel
More from Milwaukee, Cleveland
Categories :: Election 2004 Following up the earlier report from my sister-in-law, who is working as a Democratic poll watcher (i.e. ready to "challenge the challengers") in Milwaukee: of the 1000 names in their precinct, more than 470 have voted, and it isn't even...

11/02/04 :: By William Hare
A Zogby Shocker – Virginia a Tie!
Categories :: Election 2004

In the latest Zogby Electoral College survey, which he has currently deadlocked at 252 votes apiece, two states are in the tie category. While Pennsylvania is one of the states, my belief based on my knowledge of the state and my many family ties to it, is that it will break for Kerry if he is going to win. If he does not then other Eastern and Midwestern Bread Basket states should also fall to Bush. Especially with the huge turnouts, and long lines in Democratic stronghold Philadelphia, Kerry should ultimately be in a better position than Al Gore four years ago. Gore scored a 4-point victory, aided by an Election Day get out the vote effort in Philadelphia’s African American precincts.

11/02/04 :: By Tom Ball
Bush Futures Plummet on Early Exit Polls
Categories :: Election 2004

For those familiar with the presidential futures markets at Trade Sports, prior to the release of the early exit polls, Bush was bid at 58 (People were 'buying shares' of bush at 58), implying that there was a 58% chance of a Bush win. However, after the release of the exit polls...

11/02/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Report from Cincinnati (Inner City)
Categories :: Election 2004

A close friend of my wife and me is a lawyer. She took the day off to work in the inner city precincts of Cincinnati. She said that she is working one polling area with three precincts that are overwhelmingly African American. There have been no challenges from the Republican observer. There are two Democratic observers. They have had a number of people lined up for the wrong precinct but they have been able to solve that problem. She even took one of the persons to the correct precint. They have phone lines direct into the Kerry Ohio campaign to solve registration problems. Voting as of 1 O'clock eastern time has been very heavy. One precinct had 500 voters by 1 o'clock which would normally have about 275.

11/02/04 :: By Tom Ball
EARLY VNS EXIT POLLS: Kerry Solid in Early Voting
Categories :: Election 2004

Kerry looking solid!

11/02/04 :: By William Hare
Russert Report Highly Encouraging
Categories :: Election 2004

While NBC’s Tim Russert was shrewdly diplomatic in not forecasting a winner, his report in an interview with Katie Couric on this morning’s edition of Today essentially bore good news for John Kerry and bad tidings for George W. Bush.

11/02/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Report from Nashville
Categories :: Election 2004

Hello from a Red State or that is what they say. However Zogby's last poll on Tennessee had Bush with a 3 point lead. As you may or may not know a third of Tennessee registered voters have all ready voted in the early vote period. My wife and I have already voted-I did it on the second day available. I have checked on a number of precincts in the area and there is a heavy turn out. In 2000 Al Gore got 60% of the Nashville vote and I expect that Kerry will get close to the same. Early the early vote in Knoxville was heavy which should be a positive sign for Bush but there have been so many sightings of Kerry/Edwards signs in Knox County that it opens the question. There has been heavy voting in Montgomery County-Ft. Campbell-home of the 101st that has done several tours in Iraq. The rain is out west and moving north and east. In the early vote Memphis/Shelby County was not as heavy as it could have been-lets hope they make up for it today.

I sure would love to turn this Red State BLUE.

11/02/04 :: By Tom Ball
Right-Wing Ohio Judges Suppressing the Vote
Categories :: Election 2004

It is very important that we all understand who the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals judges were that decided to allow challengers to hold up the voting process in minority-heavy Ohio counties this morning?

11/02/04 :: By Peter Perkowski
Anecdote #2 - Santa Monica
Categories :: Election 2004

Encouraging voter turnout report from the People's Republic of Santa Monica.

11/02/04 :: By Bob Kendall
Four More Years of This?
Categories :: Election 2004

You’ve got to be kidding!

11/02/04 :: By Tom Ball
Exit Polls and Mind Games
Categories :: Election 2004

Some words of wisdom from Josh Marshall:

11/02/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Report from Milwaukee
Categories :: Election 2004

So far there have been few challenges in one Milwaukee precinct.

11/02/04 :: By Peter Perkowski
Anecdote #1 - Virginia
Categories :: Election 2004

An anecdote of heavy voting in Virginia warms my heart.

11/02/04 :: By Tom Ball
OHIO in Legal Turmoil
Categories :: Election 2004

The latest developments...

First, the Republicans decided to send 3,000+ paid workers to polling stations in minority-dominated precincts in Ohio for the purpose of challenging the voters and causing delays. 2nd, 3rd, 4th...

11/02/04 :: By Tom Ball
Expect the 'Called States' to Come a Little Later This Election
Categories :: Election 2004

Despite the correctness of the 2000 Election exit polls that showed Gore winning Florida, this year the networks are likely to wait before calling a state for either candidate.

11/02/04 :: By Tom Ball
Bush's Inner Circle are Worried
Categories :: Election 2004

Word from Bush insiders is that fear of a Bush loss is the only thing that has gained momentum within the campaign in recent weeks.

11/02/04 :: By Tom Ball
Daschle Stops Thune Voter Intimidation
Categories :: Election 2004

The South Dakota Federal Courts ruled that the Thune campaign must put a halt to voter intimidation on Indian Reservations. Specifically, the Republicans are forbidden from writing down license plate numbers of Indian voters or follow them home from the polling places.

11/02/04 :: By Tom Ball
Early Reports out of NY and NJ
Categories :: Election 2004

From over two dozen anecdotal reports that I've received as of 7:30 AM EST, polling stations in both NY and NJ are completely overwhelmed!

11/02/04 :: By Tom Ball
First Votes Awarded: Dixville Notch Presents some Interesting Trends
Categories :: Election 2004

Bush won an early Election Day victory in the small New Hampshire hamlet of Dixville Notch, which is renowned for casting the country's first ballots in US presidential elections. Check out these trends.

11/02/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Are You Safer Now Than You Were Four Years Ago?
Categories :: Criminal Acts :: Election 2004 :: Iraq

The vision of our country hanging in the balance on the backs of a few indecisive voters in a handful of states is enough to alert the majority of Americans that our 17th century Electoral College needs to be abolished. So much has been said on this topic (as well it should), that even the most obtusely obstinate among us can comprehend the need to nix this system.

11/02/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Reversal in Ohio: Repub Challenegers Allowed
Categories :: Election 2004

Bad news on the legal front. A last minute reversal by two Republican appointed judges will allow Republican "challengers" to contest the validity of up to 23,000 new voters in Ohio.

11/02/04 :: By Stu Finkel
An Election in Doubt: Greg Palast Weighs In
Categories :: Election 2004

Greg Palast declares that John Kerry is down a million votes before a single one is cast -- thanks to voter suppression, spoiled ballots, and other malfunctionings of Democracy.

11/02/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Dr. Stu's Humble and Completely Unscientific Predictions
Categories :: Election 2004

Dr. Stu provides his entirely unscientific and cautiously optimistic/optimistically cautious predictions for a Kerry victory.

11/02/04 :: By Drew Johnston
Observations Made O'er FREEPville
Categories :: Blowhards :: Election 2004

An outline of a post-election contingency plan for a Bush victory, or a cheap attempt to dovetail some random quotes into a quick November 1st post? You decide.

11/02/04 :: By Tom Ball
Drudge and the GOP: Despicable Liars
Categories :: Election 2004

The mindless media is once again trying to outdo themselves by reporting that the DNC is calling people with a false endorsement from General Schwarzkopf.

11/02/04 :: By Bonnie Yarbrough
Outside the Margin of Litigation
Categories :: Election 2004

A good hint of how unreliable the current polls may be is wafting through mainstream media newsrooms and virtual communities . . . but a pattern is emerging.

11/01/04 :: By William Hare
Bill Hare Prediction: Kerry With a Sweep of America's Bread Basket
Categories :: Election 2004

While I offered a basic formula for prediction in my previous article I failed to crunch numbers and provide a numerical electoral vote figure and a comprehensive breakdown of states. I forward this view with one disclaimer. In that so much of this is guesswork I want anyone who might take me more seriously than I would take myself by putting my cash where my mouth is to look away. Otherwise, having been warned, please do not send me a later telegram from Las Vegas scolding: “Stranded in Vegas! Out of money! Your damned fault!”

11/01/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Touch Screen Turmoil
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Elections :: Humor

Humor can be a good prescription for whatever ails you. And what better place for it than amidst the excitement and trepidation of Election Day, especially with the world watching with baited-breath what the Americans will decide.

11/01/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Country or The Man
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Conservatives :: Election 2004 :: Iraq

I fail to comprehend the rationale that makes Bush supporters and undecideds leaning toward Bush conclude that we are safer and this is a course worthy of pursuing. So much yakety-yak has been given to the absurd notion that you "don't change horses in the midst of a war." It's not about changing horses; it's about changing direction. Anyone who can look at what's going on all around us and agree that this is what America is all about, is both misinformed and delusional.

11/01/04 :: By Tom Ball
Litigated Election Might Meet a Tied U.S. Supreme Court
Categories :: Election 2004

At one point, soon after his emergency tracheotomy, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist said he would rejoin his colleagues on the bench by November 1st. This would allow him to oversee any judicial involvement in the 2004 presidential election. By default, Rehnquist's presence preserves the conservative majority in the court and ensures proper installation of their candidate back into the White House. Now it seems that's not going to happen:

11/01/04 :: By William Hare
The Big Contest May Start on November 3
Categories :: Election 2004

After America’s Constitution was ratified a crowd assembled outside the convention hall approached Benjamin Franklin, the august body’s elder statesman. He was asked what the instrument’s framers had delivered. “A republic if you can keep it,” the wily Franklin replied.

11/01/04 :: By Stu Finkel
An Election in Doubt: The Day Before
Categories :: Criminal Acts :: Election 2004 Update Meteor Blades over at Kos has more on how we're not going to take it any more. The good news this morning is that two judges in Ohio have banned Republican operatives from challenging voters at the polling place,...

11/01/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Dr. Cary’s Official Predictions
Categories :: Election 2004

We have the predictions of Peter and Tom. Now I am ready to enter my two cents.

11/01/04 :: By Tom Ball
Tracking Polls Looking Great for Kerry
Categories :: Election 2004

Bush can't even break 46% in the Fox News tracking poll. Keep in mind that if an incumbent fails to consistently poll over 50%...well...BC04 is in DEEP trouble.

11/01/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Today's Thoughts for Tomorrow
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Polling

Will Kerry win in a landslide or eke by in what the pundits and polls call a 'statistical dead heat'? Or, will the unspeakable happen? Here are a few thoughts about tomorrow today.

11/01/04 :: By Tom Ball
Tony Blair Backs Kerry
Categories :: Election 2004

Bush's 'Coalition of the Willing' finds themselves more willing if Kerry is the next president. In particular, Tony Blair, as a seeming matter of self-preservation, privately supports a Kerry presidency.

11/01/04 :: By Tom Ball
Tom's Official Prediction
Categories :: Election 2004

In 2000, I don’t recall feeling very confident about a Gore victory going into Election Day. The Republicans were incredibly fired up, waiting with bated breath to unleash 8 years of pent up Clinton hatred. Their resources far outstripped ours. And the nation seemed fed up with Monica and impeachment.
In 2004, the story is quite different. This time, the democrats are not possessed of unprecedented enthusiasm this election cycle, but they are also united like never before. In short, because of things like:

11/01/04 :: By Tom Ball
The Redskins Put the Nail in Bush's Electoral Coffin
Categories :: Election 2004

Superstitions have always had a loving place in our society, especially those that seem enduringly correct with each passing year. Now that we are just hours away from perhaps the most important presidential election in the history of humanity, I would be doing society a disservice if I did not address some related electoral superstitions.

10/31/04 :: By William Hare
Clergy Challenge View That "God is a Republican"
Categories :: Election 2004

One of the bright spots of the closing sprint of the marathon 2004 presidential campaign is that members of the clergy are now taking aim on the Bush effort to monopolize religious values. As many of us have previously pointed out, the Christian values the Bush religious right claims a monopoly are antithetical to the teachings of Christ himself. Jewish progressive observer Al Franken noted this recently.

10/31/04 :: By Tom Ball
Word on the Ground in New Mexico
Categories :: Election 2004

Reports on the Ground in New Mexico seem to be consistent with what I'm hearing from Ohio, Florida and Iowa.

10/31/04 :: By Peter Perkowski
Pete's Predictions
Categories :: Election 2004

Pete goes out on a limb - a day early.

10/31/04 :: By Tom Ball
Must Read Excerpts from a Dem Strategists Conference Call
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Polling

The Kerry Campaign brain machine got together and spilled its guts on the OBL tape, battleground states, and Kerry's chances on Tuesday. Lot's of great stuff, so I included all the interesting tidbits.

10/31/04 :: By Tom Ball
Kentucky Wildcats Indicator Says Kerry Wins on Tuesday
Categories :: Election 2004

"...if you look at the last two times an incumbent president has won re-election, we found that the Kentucky Wildcats had made the Final Four. This is in 1996 and in 1984. In the last two times incumbent presidents have lost re-election, a Kentucky team was not in there. So not sure if two is a trend, but if it is, George W. Bush better be rooting for the current No. 1-ranked team in the country, Kentucky, to make it to the Final Four if he wants to win re-election."

10/30/04 :: By Tom Ball
The Irony of Bin Laden
Categories :: Election 2004

If the tape was of anyone other than Bin Laden, I might be worried. As it is, I actually think the footage will be a mild plus for the Kerry camp. The thinking is this. Bush supporters would naturally want some sort of 'October Surprise' that reminds the voters of the need for Bush. Given that he polls strongest on the issue of fighting terrorism (for some reason), their ideal surprise would be some sort of terror warning. What these supporters would NOT want is something that reminds the voters of Bush's failures in fighting terrorism.

10/30/04 :: By Tom Ball
BREAKING NEWS: Bin Laden Alive and Well and Spreading Terrorist Propaganda While Bush has Our Troops Locked up in Iraq
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Terrorism

Until now, everyone I associate with, on the left and the right felt quite sincerely that Osama Bin Laden had been turned to dust by some daisy cutter in the Afghan desert. Surprise. Bin Laden lives, and he felt compelled to appeal to the American population just days before the election. So what is the effect on the election?

10/30/04 :: By Stu Finkel
GOP Strategy: Obfuscate, Obstruct, Create False Equivalency
Categories :: Election 2004

The constant cries of fraud from the GOP and its minions is already making clear what is going to happen on election day

10/30/04 :: By Tom Ball
Kerry and the Democrats Enter the Pre-Election Weekend with the BIG MO!
Categories :: Election 2004

This is it folks. The weekend begins tonight and Monday will be all about the election process. And correct me if I'm wrong but EVERYTHING (no jinx allowed) seems to be flowing either in the Democrats' favor or at least out of the Republicans' favor.

10/29/04 :: By Tom Ball
Pentagon Suggests Some Explosives Might Have Been Removed by US Soldiers
Categories :: Election 2004

As I write this, the Pentagon has rolled out a soldier in a press conference on CNN claiming to have removed 200 to 250 tons of munitions from some bunkers in the area of Al Qaqaa.

10/29/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Reclaiming Humanity: A Progressive Pep Talk
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Elections

Many of us have been literally counting the days to November 2, 2004 and we must not let the onslaught of problems occurring at the polls across the country break our stride. None of this should be surprising. They did it last year and most of us knew they were going to do it again this year. We've come much too far to let the devastating reports of deliberate disenfranchisement overwhelm us. Don't let "Defeatism" on our part be Bush's October Surprise!

10/29/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Voting Wrongs of the Right
Categories :: Criminal Acts :: Discrimination :: Election 2004 :: Elections :: Republicans

This year's election theft tactic isn't limited to illegally purging Black voters from the voter rolls. This time the Republicans are challenging the federally guaranteed use of provisional ballots. This is crazy because the reason some voters are requesting a provisional ballot is because they were erroneously purged from the voter rolls in the first place!

10/29/04 :: By Stu Finkel
An Election in Doubt: Follow-Up
Categories :: Election 2004

Several days ago I posted an entry entitled "Shot Across the Bow: An Election in Doubt." In it I detailed all of the abuses and questionable situations that have already, ahead of time, thrown this presidential election in doubt. To add to that list, here are just a few of the things that have come up in the last several days. While the long lines and glitches in early voting have received much attention (if it all has you down, see the Daily Show's Election 2004: Fiasco Preview [video link]), today we'll focus on the various Republican efforts at voter suppression. And, yes, despite the fact that the GOP loves to say that provisional ballots are just a-okay, and no should be alarmed, this of course is not the case. As the NAACP noted on Thursday:

10/29/04 :: By Tom Ball
ABC News Picks up Affiliate's Al Qaqaa Story
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Iraq

Finally, the Network has picked up its affiliate's bombshell story. So far I have only seen the online article. Let me know if you see it mentioned on Television or in other media. Strange, Drudge seems to be avoiding this story like the plague.

10/28/04 :: By Tom Ball
Pressure ABC News to Air its Affiliate's Exclusive on the Missing Explosives at Al Qaqaa
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Election 2004 :: Iraq

It is critically important that ABC News air the story and video of their affiliate, KSTP in Minneapolis. We can make that happen: Email ABC World News Tonight at:

10/28/04 :: By Delton Murphy
It's The War, Stupid
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Election 2004 :: Kerry, John :: Progressive Strategy

Despite what the pundits, the corporate media and the Bush Administration continue to proclaim, it's not the economy, it's not same sex marriage, and it's not unemployment. The biggest concern on most people's mind is the war. The anti-war protest at the Republican National Convention in New York, (the largest in US history), and the recent presidential debates prove that war and terrorism is of primary concern to most American voters.

10/27/04 :: By Tom Ball
Battleground Polls
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Polling

Looking at three independent pollsters: Have to say, I'm feeling pretty good about all of these! Don't understand the Zogby numbers though...showing Kerry in the lead in Colorado -- an outlier. Hmmm. Also, even if Zogby is correct with the OHIO numbers, it doesn't bode well for Bush if the best he can pull is 46% of the vote. Remember, undecideds break for the challenger and all that.

10/27/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Shot Across the Bow: An Election in Doubt
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004 :: Criminal Acts :: Election 2004

The results of the Presidential Election of 2004 are not yet in, but they are already almost irreversibly tainted by fraud, irregularities and uncertainty. Unless the margin of victory for one of the two candidates is more than polls are currently suggesting then the legitimacy of this election has already been cast into doubt.

10/26/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
I Didn’t Know that I (was) UnAmerican
Categories :: Election 2004

It is truly remarkable how creative the progressive side of the brain can be. Please listen and support. I only wish it could play on every tv station.

*I Didn’t Know that I (was) UnAmerican*

10/25/04 :: By William Hare
Rasmussen Now Has Kerry Ahead, Gallup Does Some Spinning
Categories :: Election 2004

The Scott Rasmussen poll, which has had Kerry trailing since August 23, reveals a 2-point edge for the Democratic candidate in today’s poll, 48 to 46 percent. Also significantly, for the first time today Rasmussen records a negative rating for Bush on whether the U.S. is winning the war on terror. If Kerry can chip away on “the emperor has no clothes” argument that the claims on the part of Bush propagandists that American is safer under his command then he is likely to triumph.

10/25/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Black Faces in High Places: Top 31 Reasons Why Ethnic Communities Will Vote For John Kerry
Categories :: Civil Rights :: Discrimination :: Election 2004 :: Polling :: Reference

Let's leave the land of delusion for awhile and highlight a few unpleasant facts of life under Bush over the last couple of years by taking a look at how George W. fares with civil rights and ethnic communites across the county. So before you start contemplating life as a Canadian just in case the unspeakable occurs on election day, arm yourself with the facts.

10/24/04 :: By Tom Ball
Media Preparing for a Kerry Win
Categories :: Election 2004

With only days left to the Election, it seems the pollsters are trying to prepare the electorate for another electoral win by the popular vote loser -- only this time, they predict the Democrat will be the electoral winner.

10/23/04 :: By Tom Ball
UK Guardian Speaks for the World?
Categories :: Election 2004

Holey Moley! Charlie Brooker of the UK Guardian wrote an alarming assault on Bush -- like none I've read or heard before in the mainstream media, international or otherwise.

10/23/04 :: By Tom Ball
Democrats Lead in Early Voting: Vote Now!
Categories :: Election 2004

If you live in one of these states, then you can vote before election day, November 2nd. Bank your vote now and avoid all the potential pitfalls of waiting till the final day -- long lines, glitches, technical breakdowns, voter intimidation, and general GOP voting fraud designed to invalidate your vote.

10/22/04 :: By William Hare
60 Reasons Why George Bush Must be Defeated
Categories :: Election 2004

With November 2 rapidly approaching, it is time to set forth some basic reasons why George Bush has been a past disaster with an even more calamitous future awaiting us should he remain in the White House.

10/20/04 :: By Tom Ball
Kids Pick Kerry to Be the Next President
Categories :: Election 2004

Kid power! Democrat John Kerry is the winner, and the rest of the country should pay attention because the vote on Nickelodeon's Web site has correctly chosen the president of the United States in the past four elections.

10/20/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Power of Positive Poll Projection
Categories :: Election 2004

While it's true there exists a noticeable amount of division in America right now, there is also an equal, if not greater amount of unity.

10/20/04 :: By Tom Ball
Top 35 Trends that say Kerry will Take the White House in November
Categories :: Election 2004

This election is not just any old presidential election. To Progressives, this is literally a matter of life and death. This 'do or die' perception is what is going to drive progressives and moderates to the polls in record numbers to end the madness. This is why the traditionally apathetic 18-24 year old demographic is going to put down their cell phones long enough to pull the lever for Kerry. But don't take my word for it, check out these 35 trends that point to a Kerry victory on November 2nd.

10/19/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Touchdown for Incompetence
Categories :: Election 2004

The local Nashville Sinclair Broadcasting Company affiliates, Fox 17 and UPN 30, announced that they will show the controversial film, Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal, on Friday, October 22, 2004, at 8 p. m. The anti-John Kerry film has drawn national attention and may be considered the October surprise of Karl Rove. Since Sinclair announced what they plan to do, there has been considerable outrage about this blatant attempt to influence the election and ignore basic rules of campaign fairness. Locally, there is a new group called Nashville’s Citizens For a Democratic Media that plans to protest the stations with pickets.

10/19/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Between Reason and Faith
Categories :: Activism :: Election 2004 :: Kerry, John :: Progressive Strategy :: Tactics

With more than half of the country now against the war in Iraq we are faced with the uncanny dilemma of choosing between two pro-war presidential candidates in the midst of an unpopular war based on forged documents, fear tactics, manipulation, and misinformation.

10/19/04 :: By William Hare
Corporate Media Pollsters Seek to Swing The Election to Bush
Categories :: Election 2004

Some more polls were released today. In the two conducted by independent pollsters, John Zogby and Scott Rasmussen, John Kerry pulled even. In the others released by the corporate media it was concluded that momentum is on Bush’s side since what the media, with reluctance, has now acknowledged were three losing debate efforts against Kerry.

10/18/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Honky Tonkers for Truth
Categories :: Election 2004

I am not a big fan of country and western music and I live in Nashville. I am more a bluegrass fan but this song helps take some of the sting out of living in right wing world Tennessee. Listen and enjoy if you can. If not then I have included the lyrics of the song and I think you get the idea. Also if you get a chance visit Music Row Democrats

Taking My County Back

10/16/04 :: By Bob Kendall
Death, Destruction, Debt -- That's The Record Bush is Running On
Categories :: Election 2004

“He can run but he can’t hide,” Bush triumphantly lashes out at Kerry, while Republicans, all handpicked for these photo ops, cheer. Strangely, these are almost the identical words Bush used when lashing out against a former C.I.A. source, Osama bin Laden. Osama bin Laden did run, and sadly successfully did hide when U.S. service personnel in Afghanistan were placed in charge of catching him. They “outsourced” the job to Afghanistan warlords, who until shortly before that had been protecting the international terrorist. He escaped from the caves of Tora Bora and tragically has not been found.

10/16/04 :: By Tom Ball
Charlie Cook Sounds off on the 2004 Election
Categories :: Election 2004

Love him or leave him, Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report is one of the most well respected voices on electoral politics among the media masses. Thus, it is a good idea to know what the Cookster is thinking about this election season. Recently, Cook gave an online interview to discuss his views of the 2004 election cycle and politics in general. Some points are well worth noting:

10/15/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Instead of Blogging I Voted and a Few Other Things
Categories :: Election 2004

My intentions were to write a long blog but instead of writing I voted. It gave me a nice warm feeling to put one in the bank for Kerry and Edwards. Here in Tennessee early voting started on Wednesday, October 13. Reports from the various polling stations say that early voting in Tennessee is heavy but not just in the major urban areas. The Republican parts of the state are also experiencing record early voting. Unfortunately this does not help clear up the picture in Tennessee. Most people expect Tennessee to go for Bush but the question is by how much. If on election night the reports are that Tennessee goes for Bush but by a lower margin than 2000 then you will know what the rest of the night has in store- a Kerry win. Oh by the way my voting precinct is only three precincts over from Al Gore.

10/14/04 :: By Bob Kendall
Which is Worse, Clinton's Adultery or Bush's Plunging the U.S. into the Iraq War on False Information?
Categories :: Election 2004

Has the morality of the members of the United States Congress become so twisted that they rate adultery as an impeachable offense? In contrast, is plunging the United States into the horrifying Iraq War and breaking international law acceptable? Is this a matter that does not demand impeachment?

10/14/04 :: By William Hare
The Debates Gave Kerry His Opportunity to Shatter Soundbite Myths
Categories :: Election 2004

The ideal campaign for Karl Rove and his team was the one that evolved prior to the first debate between his candidate George W. Bush and challenger John Kerry. The soundbite campaign chock full of vivid imagery and fabled Rovean Doublespeak provided the perfect opportunity to frame an opponent in the highly unflattering manner the Bush campaign sought to accomplish.

10/14/04 :: By Peter Perkowski
Shorter Presidential Debate (Part Trois)
Categories :: Election 2004

Third presidential debate, nickel version.

10/14/04 :: By Drew Johnston
Presidential Word Count the 3rd - The Final Smackdown
Categories :: Election 2004

Kerry introduces Bush to the backside of his hand yet again, and I'm there to report on it.

10/13/04 :: By William Hare
Quote of the Day From Congressman Tim Ryan
Categories :: Election 2004

Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio is a proven comer who was sworn into the 108th Congress as the body's youngest member. He had previously served in the Ohio State Senate.

10/09/04 :: By William Hare
Kerry Once More in Command
Categories :: Election 2004

It was previously noted how effusively certain corporate media elements emphasized the idea that George W. Bush would do much better in the second debate, bolstered by the town hall format and interaction with voters, reputedly an event suitable to his style. It was therefore simple enough for these pundits to credit themselves with prescience following the debate by proclaiming how well Bush had been done, which so many did. The question that arises is whether that was what really happened.

10/09/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Pinky and the Brain
Categories :: Election 2004

As Bush barked incessantly about staying the course and attacked John Kerry's lengthy senate record, all I could think about watching this was who the hell are the undecided voters? The callous incompetence of this entire administration has been obvious for years but it is never so apparent as when Bush speaks. No wonder he's held fewer press conferences than any president since the invention of Television.

10/09/04 :: By Drew Johnston
The Presidential Word Count Part Deux
Categories :: Election 2004

The Presidential Word Count for Debate #2 - Now with 75% fewer al Qaeda agents!

10/09/04 :: By Tom Ball
Longer Presidential Debate
Categories :: Election 2004

Kerry was loose and brilliant. He knows his stuff and he gave up nothing in this debate, the one with a format most suited to Bush. Of course there is absolutely no way in this or any other reality that Bush could have done as pathetically or pitifully or terribly as he did in the last debate. He did better here but Bush is still a giant loser!! Now hit the online Polls!!!!!!!!

10/08/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
Categories :: Election 2004

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

Those famous words from one of the greatest boxers of all time Mohammed Ali should be the theme of tonight. John Kerry needs to be light on his feet. He needs to be warm, personable and yes funny. At the same time he needs to land zingers at Bush that sting.

10/08/04 :: By William Hare
Palast Outlines the Political Rise of George W. Bush
Categories :: Election 2004

Greg Palast during the personal interview phase of his hard hitting new DVD documentary “Bush Family Fortunes”, which he adapted from his penetrating bestseller “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy”, explains what it took to enable him to provide his insightful commentaries into the current political scene. He had to move out of the country.

10/08/04 :: By Bob Kendall
Any Republican Who Has Witnessed What Bush Has Done to America and Will Still Vote for Him is a Masochist
Categories :: Election 2004

In the first place, let’s get this straight. George Bush is not a traditional Republican conservative. No Republican president ever plunged this nation into the colossal debt he has achieved in four years. No Republican president before him other than the disgraced Nixon and McCarthy equated disagreement with U.S. policy alongside giving aid and comfort to the enemy apart from Bush with his arrogant announcement, “You are either with us or with the terrorists.”

10/08/04 :: By Tom Ball
How do We Know Zogby is Right?
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Polling

Guess which polling outfit has the number one, best-of-the-best, hang-your-hat-on-it accuracy over the last two presidential election cycles? And why does it matter to Democrats in 2004? Give up? Okay, I'll tell you...

10/08/04 :: By William Hare
The Media Wants You to Wait Before Deciding What You Saw
Categories :: Election 2004

I’ve always loved police dramas and enjoy current real life documentaries on the subject as well. I like to see how crafty officers using modern technology solve crimes. One of the cornerstones of police work has been to interview witnesses to crime scenes as soon as possible. The rationale is that with the event fresh in mind a greater tendency exists for an accurate recitation of what happened, particularly in the realm of personal identification.

10/07/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Bush’s Slip Is Showing
Categories :: Election 2004 The recent survey of battleground state polls by Zogby shows a remarkable thing. It shows that Kerry is consolidating his gains, locking down needed states and moving back into competition in other states. Zogby Battleground States Poll WEST: The three...

10/07/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Veeps Go Deep
Categories :: Cheney, Dick :: Edwards, John :: Election 2004

Dick Bruce Cheney may have actually set a new record for lying as he immediately launched into the very familiar Iraq war mantra many of us have heard so much that we're able to recite in unison right along with him. But this time as the angry, irritated 63 year old man from Wyoming continued to drone on, John Edwards provided no wiggle room and elucidated the popular, happy lies of Mr. Halliburton.

10/06/04 :: By Tom Ball
Friday's Payroll Numbers Could Sway the Election
Categories :: Economy :: Election 2004 :: Propaganda/Spin

Regardless of Friday's release of payrolls and the unemployment rate, one of the candidates will be touting it as proof of their assertions...either Kerry, "I told you Bush's economic policies suck." or Bush, "I told you my economic policies don't suck." Also regardless of this data release's outcome, Kerry will be right.

10/06/04 :: By William Hare
More Than 180 Former U.S. Ambassadors from Republican and Democratic Administrations Endorse Kerry
Categories :: Election 2004

John Kerry has been decrying throughout his run for the presidency the dangerous foreign policy posture of the Bush Administration toward unilateral action. He has outlined the tragic result by indicating the tremendous prestige drop the United States has suffered on the international scene, including nations that have been strong allies.

10/06/04 :: By William Hare
Republican Spinners Thwarted Again as Projected Strong Job Growth Prediction Fizzles
Categories :: Election 2004 Last night before the debate the Republican spinners were deriding the Kerry-Edwards ticket for projecting gloom in the face of alleged continuing good news on the job front. A snippet in today’s Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel punctures yet another balloon for...

10/06/04 :: By Peter Perkowski
It's Not Just A Debate, It's An Election
Categories :: Election 2004

Slate article lays it out flat: Edwards won, and here's why.

10/06/04 :: By William Hare
Edwards Extends Kerry's Momentum
Categories :: Election 2004

Pundits generally concluded that John Kerry benefited from his first debate with George W. Bush, generating pressure on both Vice President Dick Cheney and Senator John Edwards to respectively halt or extend earlier momentum. It was the veteran Cheney who was said to possess that important quality of gravitas, experience and substance, and for that reason many gave him an edge going into the encounter over the one-term North Carolina solon.

10/06/04 :: By Tom Ball
Take the Post Debate Online Polls
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Polling

Post debate analysis of Edward's debate win over Dick Cheney.

10/06/04 :: By Peter Perkowski
Shorter Vice Presidential Debate
Categories :: Election 2004

Vice Presidential debate, nickel version.

10/05/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Paranoia of the Thief
Categories :: Books :: Discrimination :: Election 2004 :: Media :: Progressive Strategy

We consciously live in an era where fiction substitutes for fact, lies become misstatements, justice is now revenge and war is quickly becoming the norm. The unholy alliance between the Republicans and the Right Wing has just intensified as we enter the homestretch of the presidential election. The fact that they are resorting to these tactics is evidence that they are running scared. Gone is the Bush strut and swagger. Absent are the Haiku-laced press conferences of Donald Rumsfeld, who just yesterday had to admit that he has "seen no evidence of a Saddam Hussein-Al Qaeda connection". And Dick Cheney hasn't attempted to unite the country through fear in almost two weeks. Uh-oh. It seems that finally after four years, the paranoia of the thief has kicked in.

10/05/04 :: By William Hare
Media Snake Oil: The View Before and Projections After Cheney vs. Edwards
Categories :: Election 2004

Last week’s prediction that Kerry would dominate, predicated on a wide edge in public policy knowledge, with corporate media spinners projecting a different view was validated. One major element was destroyed, however, in the attempt to make Bush look presidential. The latest mantra about Bush being “comfortable in his own skin” had to be abandoned because he looked so uncomfortable on camera with his frequent grimaces and painfully halting manner.

10/05/04 :: By Bob Kendall
George Bush's Arrogance and Ignorance Flashed Through The Entire Debate
Categories :: Election 2004

What a pathetic display the White House resident George Bush revealed when he appeared on stage with John Kerry in Coral Gables, Florida for their first debate. I was on my debate team in high school, and frankly I don’t think George Bush would have made that group.

10/03/04 :: By Tom Ball
Newsweek Poll: Kerry 47%, Bush 45%
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Polling

After 62.5 million voters were able to see Kerry and Bush side by side discussing Bush's 'strongest' issues, They came to one conclusion...John F. Kerry should be our new president.

10/02/04 :: By Tom Ball
Sighs and Scowls: Then and Now
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Hypocrisy

Karen Hughes enters the realm of hypocrisy (Where Republicans are most comfortable) as she attempts to rationalize Bush's sighs and grimaces at Thursday's debate.

10/02/04 :: By Peter Perkowski
Spread This Meme
Categories :: Election 2004

Fun with the English language: Spin the following jaw-dropping statement made by George Bush during the debate.

10/02/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Battle of the Bonesmen
Categories :: Campaigns :: Election 2004 :: Foreign Policy

It is insulting that this president and his administration assume that the majority of Americans are shortsighted, inattentive and totally incapable of independent thought.

10/01/04 :: By Peter Perkowski
Shorter Debate
Categories :: Election 2004

Debate summary, nickel version.

10/01/04 :: By William Hare
Kerry's Strong Showing Will Necessitate a Tactical Switch
Categories :: Election 2004

John Kerry’s strong showing in last night debate will necessitate a tactical switch. That loud sucking sound you heard was that of the Republican spinmeisters losing a tactical framing that they had worked long and hard to build at a tremendous cost.

10/01/04 :: By Tom Ball
John Kerry Kicks Ass in Debate
Categories :: Election 2004

Kerry did an outstanding job. He introduced himself to millions of voters for the first time and gave one Hell of a first impression.

10/01/04 :: By Drew Johnston
The Bush Word Count
Categories :: Election 2004

Bush stumbles through his first debate, and I have the scoop . . . sort of.

09/28/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
There is No There There!
Categories :: Election 2004 As we all bide our time for the first debate and its possible impact on the election, we are torn as to what John Kerry should do in the debate. Ann Richards has some important insights into George Bush. I...

09/28/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Prisoner of Hope
Categories :: Anti-War :: Books :: Discrimination :: Election 2004 :: Philosophy :: Progressive Strategy :: Terrorism

It's difficult to begin to heal the deep-seated wounds of 9/11 with Osama Bin Laden still at-large. As someone who lost a friend during the World Trade Center attacks, the capture of Saddam Hussein and the assassination of his sons along with over 11,000 Iraqi civilians and countless Afghanis, didn’t make me feel any better nor did it bring me any closure.

09/26/04 :: By Tom Ball
Bush Might Pull Out of Presidential Debate
Categories :: Election 2004

Bush seems to be thwarting the debates by presenting ridiculous demands that will never be met. Reality: If he dumps out of the debates, it will be the stupidest decision of Karl Rove's career.

09/22/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Anybody But Bush Bus
Categories :: Anti-War :: Campaigns :: Election 2004 :: Tactics

With just 40 days until this year's presidential election, many liberals and progressives like myself are terrified that George W. Bush may actually get a second term. Whether you believe the polls, the press, or the pundits really doesn't matter because there is only one bottom line concerning this election: we're in serious trouble.

09/02/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Cowardly Lion: See Arnold Run
Categories :: Economy :: Election 2004 :: Hypocrisy :: Schwarzenegger, Arnold

Arnold gets to spoof a line that was used on Saturday Night Live to spoof him over a decade ago. How clever. How ironic. How typically Arnold.

07/20/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Demons of Disenfranchisement: America's Dark History of Voter Purging
Categories :: Discrimination :: Election 2004 :: Elections :: History

The purging of felony voters from voter rolls across the country reminds us that even in the 21st century African-Americans continue to fight for the right to vote.

06/04/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Voting Wrongs: How Touch Screen Voting is a Catastrophe in the Making
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Elections :: Government :: Republicans :: Tactics

If the Canadians can use paper ballots in their presidential election and count their votes in four hours, why are we having such a difficult time counting and deciding how to count our votes in the United States? When did this become so hard for us to do?


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