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Monday, August 02, 2004


That's the kind of title you get when I stop even pretending to put together a coherent blog post. Try to follow along, as the topic shifts repeatedly below...

The Kerry-Edwards plan for America: a 263-page PDF. Enjoy. For the less ambitious, there's an executive summary on the Kerry site (via Meteor Blades). Shockingly, it reads a lot like the rhetoric we're all rather familiar with from the convention last week.

Lawrence Kaplan (via Andrew Sullivan) eloquently makes a point I've been making less eloquently here since back in the primaries: that Kerry's military service has nothing to do with whether he'll be a good president or not:

To Kerry supporters who argue otherwise, is it really necessary to point out that Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt never saw combat before going on to become America's greatest wartime strategists? Or that the very men who dispatched Kerry to Vietnam were themselves decorated veterans? To be sure, politicians who have served in war have an essential understanding of the horrors of war. But what does it tell us about their strategic wisdom or their fitness to be commander-in-chief? In truth, very little.

Paul Waldman has a pretty good post-convention column arguing that Kerry's campaign theme should be healing the divisiveness in our politics.

Jeff Jarvis seems to be serious about fleeing to Canada in the event of another terrorist attack (and what's up with the "bestiality" reference?).

Via Jarvis, I see Microsoft's answer to Google News is now up and running. I also saw in today's Globe business section that Microsoft is aggressively going after Google's search business. I wonder if some day I will remember back to Googling everything like I now remember the old days of using Netscape and AOL.

Spencer Ackerman says Kerry needs a new Iraq plan since counting on European help isn't enough. I would suggest an additional emphasis on how Bush has ignored the military leadership's recommendations, presided over Abu Ghraib, etc. Message: I won't mess up the unforeseen future challenges like Bush has bungled those he's faced to date. Other than that, there's no magic solution to be had. I agree with Bob Herbert that, "Neither the president nor Mr. Kerry knows what to do about this terrible misadventure that has cost more than 900 American and thousands of innocent Iraqi lives." That's why conservative sniping about how Kerry has no plan for Iraq is so infuriating. It's Bush's fault that it's so blasted to begin with.

Steve Gilliard offers a spirited defense of Kerry from criticism on the left, asserting "there are a lot of Americans who will die if Bush gets a second term." (via Ezra Klein) Good fightin' words. This brings to mind the underappreciated Dennis Kucinich speech from last week, exhorting, "Courage, America," that was tragically overshadowed by Al Sharpton's bombast the same early evening. Kucinich is an excellent example of a real lefty who knows well enough to get behind Kerry.

I understand that people don't like the terrorists one bit, but is an editorial headline of "Don't let the bastards get us down" really necessary, New York Daily News? (via RCP)

For the record, my post on Jesse Jackson from last week was echoed by Adrian Walker in today's Globe. This is the best work I can remember seeing from Walker, in fact, a target of my derision in this space historically.

Dancing to disrupt the Republican convention!?

The Illinois GOP is still looking for a sucker to get destroyed by Barack Obama, says Newsweek (via The Hamster). "Essentially, they've got to find a very wealthy person with a big ego," says Paul Green, a Chicago political insider, 'who's willing to spend a lot of money to lose big.'" The ending to the article is beautiful too:

Republicans in Illinois say they'll survive. They've been through worse ordeals. In the mid-90s, scrambling to find a GOP candidate to face the powerful Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, they settled on Ray Wardingly, who was known professionally as "Spanky the Clown."

Closer to home, Adam G links to a rumor on Political Wire that Ben Affleck may be interested in running for Senate. Since I scorned suggestions of Affleck for governor and president last week, you know how I feel about this one.

A partial list of bloggers credentialed by the RNC--strange how we haven't seen complaints about their ideological leanings similar to those lodged about the DNC list, isn't it?

Oh, and Doug Feith suggested striking South America--since that would be a surprise--in a September 20, 2001, memo. Christmas.