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Saturday, August 30, 2003
 
HE CAN’T THINK THIS WILL WORK, CAN HE?

In possibly the worst political strategy in the history of elections, I can’t get over Arnold’s response to questions concerning his ‘racy’ interview with Oui magazine:

“…I have no memory of any of the articles I did 20 or 30 years ago."

I doubt it will work, but if it does, Arnold may have created an out for every politician in all future elections. Imagine if President Clinton could have gotten away with “I have no memory of getting a hummer from that woman, Miss Lewinski."

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BOY, JOSH MARSHALL IS SMART

Over at Talking Points Memo, Josh Marshall looks into the future to see how the pro-war folk are going to blame the utter lack of success in Iraq on the anti-war types.

Now, I don’t know if Josh is right, but I’m always impressed by how bright Marshall is. It almost makes me wish that when I was in college I didn’t skip all those classes. Or smoke all that pot. Or drop acid during finals week of my junior year. Or get the Dean’s daughter pregnant. Or punch that cop during a fraternity party that got out of hand.

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Thursday, August 28, 2003
 
WHAT ILL-ADVISED CELEBRATION IS ON THE HORIZON?

Let's see, it's coming up on September, what's the most idiotic celebration being planned? Hitler's Birthday Bash? Atilla The Hun Day?
Actually, in London they are planning on celebrating the "Magnificent 19", the highjackers who killed about 3000 people 2 years back.

Seriously.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2003
 
WHAT THE HELL AM I READING?

Braun to Enter Presidential Race Sept. 22

I thought this had to be an inexplicable joke from the mirth-filled LA Times. It turns out that Carol Moseley Braun is going to ignore all political signs and actually run for president.

It sure must beat working for a living.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2003
 
MODESTY BECOMES HIM

Priorities & Frivolities has an excellent breakdown of the Arnold/Independent snafuu, but this one sentence uttered by Arnold to Hugh Hewitt speaks volumes:

"...And I'm, like I said to my wife, I'm more than happy to give up my movies and the monies and the millions of dollars that I could make instead, and all this and that -- the best life anyone can dream of."

What more is there to say?
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Monday, August 25, 2003
 
DOESN’T PASS THE LAUGH AND/OR SMELL TEST(S)

The GAO report into Dick Cheney's energy task force has been stymied by the lack of cooperation of the administration. There’s no reasonable doubt that Cheney would have let me write half of the report to the president if I was the C.E.O. of some energy outfit that had found new, and substantial ways to make sure the RNC wanted for nothing.

What concerns me is the utter lack of creative deceit on the part of Cheney, et al.

Here’s a nugget from MSNBC:

Administration officials did not account for much of the money spent on the task force and could not remember whether anyone took official notes during the 10 Cabinet-level meetings the group held in 2001, the investigators said.

They don’t remember? Really?

Of course, the vice-president accepts the GAO’s apology, and is willing to forgive and forget:

Cheney spokeswoman Jennifer Millerwise advised critics to put the dispute behind them. “Now that the courts have dismissed the GAO lawsuit and GAO has issued its final report, we hope that everyone will focus as strongly as the administration has on meeting America’s energy needs,” she said.

…and the horse you rode in on.

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TIME TO FIND A NEW LINE OF WORK

The Sacramento Bee recently fired sportswriter Jim Van Vliet, for the ethical violation of reporting on a San Francisco Giants game that he actually watched on TV. Further, Van Vliet included in the story some quotes that had been given to other reporters in days previous.

Now reasonable people can certainly disagree as to whether the punishment of dismissal was too severe. On one hand, Van Vliet has been with The Bee for 34 years, starting as a high school correspondent. On the other hand, as Bee Ombudsman Tony Marcano correctly pointed out, “Readers have to be able to trust every word that's in an article, dateline included.”

While Van Vliet is “shocked and dismayed” that he got fired, and feels the Bee’s editors over-reacted, I’m shocked and dismayed by Van Vliet's behavior.

There are a whole lot of journalists that would love to be a ‘beat’ writer for a major league team, and they would show up to every game early, stay late, and love every minute of it. If Van Vliet got to the point that he’d lost the tingly goose bumps that every male gets when he walks into a major league ballpark, and this must be true if he’s watching games on TV, then he owes it to himself and his readers to start doing something else.

Instead of sounding like he’s campaigning to get his job back or laying the foundation for a lawsuit, Van Vliet should take pride on a lengthy career and look forward to his next challenge.

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HOW DARE MCCLINTOCK?

You really have to admire the logic of the California Republican Party. Here’s an AP story that pretty much sums things up in one passage:

“Arnold Schwarzenegger's top remaining Republican rivals refused to drop out of the gubernatorial race despite a new poll showing Schwarzenegger trailing the leading Democratic hopeful…”

So, the GOP thinking goes like this: Arnold’s our man. Polls show he’s gonna be the next governor! Three cheers! Wait, new polls show Arnold losing to Bustamante. Damn you Tom McClintock, get out of Arnold's way!

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