Friday, May 14, 2004
I DON'T BELIEVE IT FOR A MINUTE
According to the new poll from the American Research Group, Senator Kerry has a small lead in the Buckeye State.
In an odd bit of accounting, we are led to believe that 3% of Ohio's 'likely voters' are aware of Ralph Nader, but not Senator Kerry.
THE 2000 ELECTION REVISITED
From The Accidental President by David A. Kaplan:
On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Walter Dellinger paid a visit to the vice president at his residence. Dellinger, a past solicitor general in the Clinton administration, was close to Gore’s brother-in-law, Frank Hunger, as well as a confidant of (Ron) Klain and other guns in the Gore campaign. Gore and family wanted Dellinger’s take on the litigation. Things weren’t looking up for the candidate. Just the day before, the U.S. Supreme Court had decided to hear Bush’s appeal. Tomorrow, (Katherine) Harris was expected to certify Bush the winner of Florida’s electoral votes. Hunger picked Dellinger up and they headed for the Naval Observatory.
The meeting with Gore, Tipper, and two of their daughters, along with Bill Daley, was uneventful and Dellinger was on his way to leave when Tipper stopped him at the door. She had heard from and about Democrats who thought it was time for her husband to be exiting the race. She could read newspaper editorials and hear the incessant chanting from protesters across the street from the residence, “Get out of Cheney’s house!” The catcalls unnerved some of Gore’s children, who sometimes felt like prisoners in their own home.
“Do you think we’re doing the right thing in pursuing this?” she asked Dellinger, according to someone else in the room. “Should Al be staying in?”
The vice president, who had been talking to someone else nearby, overheard the exchange and wandered over. “What do you think, Walther?”
“I think the presidency is not yours to give away.”
“That is a very powerful thought,” Gore said.
“Just because it might be better for you or the party---it’s not something you own. A hundred million people voted in this election, and I don’t think you have the right to give the presidency to someone else just because this is a difficult process.”
“When does it end? asked Tipper. “When do we end it?”
At the earliest of two moments, Dellinger advised: when Gore became convinced that he had not won or when he wouldn’t be able to prevail even if he had won. “That,” Dellinger said, “is when you ought to bring it to an end.”
Dellinger says he didn’t have the impression that Gore was on the brink of pulling out, but was thinking through the choices---a contrast to the public view of a candidate obsessed only with winning. “I was impressed throughout the process that he was showing his skills as a leader,” Dellinger says. “It was crisis management in the best sense.”
If Gore had been able to get across those abilities during the general campaign, he might not have been behind by 537 votes in Florida.
Thursday, May 13, 2004
CAT FIGHT! CAT FIGHT!
If you read one well-written cat fight this week, make it this one.
That was one thrilling second.
BOOK BANNING ALIVE AND WELL
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, a novel about censorship, has been banned at Federal Way's Todd Beamer High School.
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
HOW DESPERATE CAN YOU GET?
This is just sad.
Monday, May 10, 2004
DESTINED TO HOIST LORD STANLEY'S CUP?
Do you get the feeling that the Calgary Flames are in the middle of one of those magical runs to The Cup?