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February 1, 2006
By: Kevin Drum

FRIENDLY FIRE....National Review provides us with a dictionary-worthy example of how to damn with faint praise:

Whether you love or loath George W. Bush, you can not deny that he has learned how to read a teleprompter.

OK, fine. He can read a teleprompter. Happy?

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Depends what's written on it. Keep it around 7th grade level, he's golden.

Posted by: HeavyJ on February 1, 2006 at 5:00 PM | PERMALINK

I've noticed also that he's grown quite adept at standing on his hind legs and wearing suits when he plays at being "people."

Posted by: Flux on February 1, 2006 at 5:01 PM | PERMALINK

And IIRC, "loathe," the verb, is spelled with an "e." "Loath" is an adjective.

If they can't think straight, they could at least learn to spell.

Posted by: bleh on February 1, 2006 at 5:03 PM | PERMALINK

I'm not saying Carter is/was great, but do you really think W is a better public speaker?!

Posted by: Mark L. on February 1, 2006 at 5:05 PM | PERMALINK

i'm actually more impressed that he's not smirking after each sentence he successfully completes. that bothered me almost as much as all the ones he screwed up.

Posted by: matty on February 1, 2006 at 5:05 PM | PERMALINK

Agreed, we should expect far more.

But keeping the praise/criticism to the relative levels he deserves - he did stumble far less last night, keeping stutters and gaffs to a new low.

Posted by: wishIwuz2 on February 1, 2006 at 5:13 PM | PERMALINK

He seems to be able to feed himself too, most of the time.

Posted by: Dan on February 1, 2006 at 5:16 PM | PERMALINK

is the all the NR has to glorify Dear Leader these days? What a shame to be a republican, to sit on your hands and sell out everything the party used to stand for, all for Dear Leaders Eternal Glory and Praise

Posted by: Driller on February 1, 2006 at 5:16 PM | PERMALINK

Another thing -- his ties are usually snazzy, without being too overbearing.

Posted by: sglover on February 1, 2006 at 5:18 PM | PERMALINK

Mark Kleiman has the best take . . .

Yesterday was the State of the Union. Tomorrow is Groundhog Day.

Curious, isn't it? Two national rituals, both built around the theme of frustrating, meaningless repetition, only two days apart.

One ritual involves our pretending to trust a stupid little rodent to tell us about the future.

The other involves a groundhog.

Posted by: Advocate for God on February 1, 2006 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

He did well on the parts he'd practiced more. The national security stuff was clean, but he stuttered as soon as he got to the science stuff.

Posted by: Dave Munger on February 1, 2006 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

I wonder if it's actually possible for someone to expire from terminal bitterness.

Posted by: tbrosz on February 1, 2006 at 5:20 PM | PERMALINK

Since when has being an incompetent idiot that can finally manage to read a TelePrompTer become a positive attribute ?

If they lower the bar any lower for this moron they might trip over it.
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Posted by: VJ on February 1, 2006 at 5:23 PM | PERMALINK

It's a darn good thing he's got Democrats to run against or else he'd never win an election!

Posted by: rdw on February 1, 2006 at 5:26 PM | PERMALINK

He seems to be able to feed himself too, most of the time.

He actually hasn't choked on a pretzel or fell off his bike in some time now.

Posted by: Bud on February 1, 2006 at 5:27 PM | PERMALINK

I think it would be impossible to parody an article with lines like these:

Bush exuded confidence through his steady eye contact and his lack of head jerking. He conveyed emotion without seeming exasperated. For once, he seemed to have spent more hours in a week rehearsing his speech that at the gym.

Bush is an inspiration for all late-bloomers in life, but his new rhetorical skills may have come too late to alter his second-term political landscape.

Are you sure the article wasn't a parody of another article?

Posted by: 2.7182818 on February 1, 2006 at 5:28 PM | PERMALINK

tbrosz: I wonder if it's actually possible for someone to expire from terminal bitterness.

Let us know if that ever happens to you.

You know, because of your own bitterness for liberalism constantly expressed in these threads.

Perhaps you should let Clinton go.

You've already been caught falsely claiming that only Democratic ex-presidents like Clinton criticize later presidential administrations.

That seems like something that would spring from bitterness, no?

Posted by: Advocate for God on February 1, 2006 at 5:30 PM | PERMALINK

rdw: It's a darn good thing he's got Democrats to run against or else he'd never win an election!

No, its a darn good thing he's got butt-kissing, asscheek-hugging lemmings like you working night and day to spread his lies.

Just like Hitler had his brownshirts.

Posted by: Advocate for God on February 1, 2006 at 5:35 PM | PERMALINK

That seems like something that would spring from bitterness, no?

Too say nothing of his consistent ranting about how the Democrats are "on the other side" in Iraq.

Kevin, this is one of the best post-SOTU blog posts I've seen, yet.

Posted by: Constantine on February 1, 2006 at 5:35 PM | PERMALINK

He's also mastered the art of eating a pretzel without killing himself. And he can stay upright on a Segway for a whole minute now.

Posted by: Stefan on February 1, 2006 at 5:36 PM | PERMALINK

Yikes! Talk about lowering expectations!

Posted by: Cyn2 on February 1, 2006 at 5:38 PM | PERMALINK

I see Bud beat me to it....

Posted by: Stefan on February 1, 2006 at 5:39 PM | PERMALINK

With the NSA domestic spying scandal and Pesident Bush's 2006 State of the Union Address, the past week has seen another shake-up in the list of Top 10 GOP Sound Bites.

Posted by: AvengingAngel on February 1, 2006 at 5:44 PM | PERMALINK

Oh great, what are you Kevin? A Republican now?

Why you've even stooped so low as to praise George Bush's teleprompter skills.

Obviously you've moved to the Other Side.

Hrrumph!

Posted by: Dr. Morpheus on February 1, 2006 at 5:48 PM | PERMALINK

Goals for the next five years: mastering a(ny) three-syllable word, getting through the sad part without smirking, refraining from winking at war widows.

Posted by: shortstop on February 1, 2006 at 5:48 PM | PERMALINK

It actually takes a certain sort of intellect to read a teleprompter without letting one's mind wander. Stephen Colbert seems to have trouble but the local news anchor does quite well.

Posted by: B on February 1, 2006 at 5:52 PM | PERMALINK

...refraining from winking at war widows. Posted by: shortstop on February 1, 2006 at 5:48 PM


Salaciously, I might add.

Posted by: Dr. Morpheus on February 1, 2006 at 5:54 PM | PERMALINK

Well, at least he's learned something. All that Yale education is finally starting to show.

Posted by: Hemlock for Gadflies on February 1, 2006 at 5:55 PM | PERMALINK

His mother must be very proud. What a good boy.

Posted by: CT on February 1, 2006 at 5:59 PM | PERMALINK

"Whether you love or loath George W. Bush, you can not deny that he has learned how to read a teleprompter."


Well, that was money well spent.

Posted by: cld on February 1, 2006 at 6:09 PM | PERMALINK

AFG: "Yesterday was the State of the Union. Tomorrow is Groundhog Day.

Curious, isn't it? Two national rituals, both built around the theme of frustrating, meaningless repetition, only two days apart.

One ritual involves our pretending to trust a stupid little rodent to tell us about the future.

The other involves a groundhog."

You have made my day, sir!
roflmao!

Posted by: sheerahkahn on February 1, 2006 at 6:10 PM | PERMALINK

I didn't watch the SOTU because I really can't bear to watch Bush speak. I used to, but I can't take it any more. So I read transcripts to find out what his handlers have put out each time.

Since I didn't see it, can someone tell me if he's still got the tendency to smile (or even chuckle) when he makes a statement about something very grave? That always did me in more than his bumbling and stumbling and inability to pronounce words properly. The discordant affect of smiling when presenting bad or sad news is just too creepy.

Posted by: Emily on February 1, 2006 at 6:10 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps his only skill, other than fleecing investors and the public.

Posted by: K on February 1, 2006 at 6:17 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, but he still needs to work on pronouncing nuclear. He said nucular atleast twice last night. Still, he's come on very well in the last 5 years considering. Makes me proud to think how far a dry drunk with learning disabilities can make it. Talk about a good luck story! I was going to say 'rags to riches' story, but that wouldn't work.

Posted by: Yallerdog on February 1, 2006 at 6:30 PM | PERMALINK

A 6th grader can read from a teleprompter. However, 6th grader's also learn from their mistakes, so Bush has a ways to go yet.....

Posted by: Stephen Kriz on February 1, 2006 at 6:31 PM | PERMALINK

emily, watching him isn't so bad. it's the listening part that's painful. i use the mute button.

Posted by: mudwall jackson on February 1, 2006 at 6:31 PM | PERMALINK

Bush has always been able to read from a teleprompter -- mechanically, clumsily and unconvincingly.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on February 1, 2006 at 6:32 PM | PERMALINK

The mute button doesn't help with the smirks, the lateral jaw motion (medication??), or the way he shrugs one shoulder when trying to indicate that you're the stoopid one. Also, it doesn't help with the cross eyed furrowed brows look when he gets annoyed at actually having to think about something.

Posted by: Yallerdog on February 1, 2006 at 6:35 PM | PERMALINK

Hmmm, what was it that Bush said a while back? Something about low expectations, I think. And bigotry came into it somehow. Ah well, never mind, it's gone.

Posted by: Ginger Yellow on February 1, 2006 at 6:40 PM | PERMALINK

I was reading the transcript last night while the speech was playing, and the quality of most of it was ... well, as Kevin said, he's learned to read a teleprompter. Whee.

But a moment right at the very end struck me powerfully. The final line of the speech was supposed to read: "... confident of victories to come. Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless America." He got through "victories to come," the penultimate applause line, and as folks started clapping, he threw in "God bless America" and practically leapt away from the podium.

Whether or not he's learned to read teleprompters, he still really doesn't want to be behind them.

Posted by: Baxil on February 1, 2006 at 6:41 PM | PERMALINK

"I wonder if it's actually possible for someone to expire from terminal bitterness."

Tbrosz - don't under estimate terminal bitterness - It's what propelled the Republican jihad....

Posted by: Truth to power on February 1, 2006 at 6:51 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps you should let Clinton go.

Speaking of whom ... the story goes that one time he got to the podium for one of these deals, and the Teleprompter had the wrong speech cued up. Big Dog didn't even blink -- just started the correct speech, from memory.

You think Miserable Failure could do that?

Posted by: Thlayli on February 1, 2006 at 6:51 PM | PERMALINK

Did he have the jaw working last night?

Posted by: Hoyt Pollard on February 1, 2006 at 6:54 PM | PERMALINK

Great! First, My Pet Goat, now teleprompters. If only we could have gotten him to read that August 6 PDB....

Posted by: Irony Man on February 1, 2006 at 7:00 PM | PERMALINK

You think Miserable Failure could do that?

Actually, yes, since he only gives the same speech every time.

Posted by: craigie on February 1, 2006 at 7:02 PM | PERMALINK

'Thlayli' posted:

"Speaking of whom ... the story goes that one time he got to the podium for one of these deals, and the Teleprompter had the wrong speech cued up. Big Dog didn't even blink -- just started the correct speech, from memory."

Quite true.

It was the healthcare speech. He went on for about 15 minutes before they got the correct speech up in the TelePrompTer.

Then there was the time he ad-libbed for about 20 minutes right in the middle of another SOTU speech. The Republicans were going crazy flipping through their pages of pre-printed text trying to find what he was saying.

Utterly seamless both times.
.

Posted by: VJ on February 1, 2006 at 7:04 PM | PERMALINK

NRO Bashes Bush: "most fiscally irresponsible President in the history of the world"

The column went a lot farther than faint praise, and described Bush in a surprisingly frank and accurate fashion for NRO:

Bush requesting Congress to give him the line-item veto was as pathetically amusing as watching Linus hoping for the arrival of the Great Pumpkin. Did Bush think this fantasy gimmick would fool conservatives into thinking he wasn't the most fiscally irresponsible president in the history of the world?
Posted by: Catch 22 on February 1, 2006 at 7:12 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, the soft bigotry of low expectations.

Posted by: Chris O. on February 1, 2006 at 7:34 PM | PERMALINK

I am surprised he didn't mention that the Line Item Veto was STRUCK DOWN BY THE SUPREME COURT IN 1998!!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/supcourt/stories/wp062698.htm

Posted by: Tiparillo on February 1, 2006 at 7:35 PM | PERMALINK

>"I wonder if it's actually possible for someone to expire from terminal bitterness."

God if that was the power Bush had when it came to making people dead.

Posted by: doesn't matter on February 1, 2006 at 7:46 PM | PERMALINK

Damnit: "only" power

Posted by: doesn't matter on February 1, 2006 at 7:48 PM | PERMALINK

Gee and there I was thinking that "The American People" were paying him $300+ K per/annum to actually run the country with some measure of competence. And goody, he's learnt how to read aloud at a 7th grade level. Heck, pay me $3K and I'll learn to do the same. And I could probably learn to run the country about as well while I was about it.

Posted by: bottle on February 1, 2006 at 7:53 PM | PERMALINK

Fucking brilliant. The only thing wrong with that quote is that I didn't think of it first. Damnit.

Posted by: Global Citizen on February 1, 2006 at 7:53 PM | PERMALINK

Actually, Bush always sounds like he's reading from a teleprompter, even when he isn't.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on February 1, 2006 at 8:27 PM | PERMALINK

Whether you love or loath George W. Bush, you can not deny that he has learned how to read a teleprompter.

Unless, of course, he had that mysterious bulge on his back again.

Posted by: Oregonian on February 1, 2006 at 8:42 PM | PERMALINK

Wow, Bush can read from a teleprompter, but Clinton could memorize a speech.

One day we may have a President who could do impromptu like on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

Posted by: Frank J. on February 1, 2006 at 8:47 PM | PERMALINK

Does anyone get it that we were worried about domestic spying (Americans spied on by NSA) when in fact it is interrnational surveilance (everyone who has a phone, computer or postal address. Great we are not alone!We hope the Dems will grow a pair and put an end to NSA spying on us all but I'm hoping a sovereign democracy will defend their citizens.

Posted by: fingerkish on February 1, 2006 at 11:16 PM | PERMALINK

Unless, of course, he had that mysterious bulge on his back again.

I can't believe it took that long for someone to mention this.

Posted by: Vladi G on February 2, 2006 at 12:00 AM | PERMALINK

Gee whiz, he has mastered the teleprompter... If only he could manage a 2 wheeled vehicle, swallowing snack foods, or pronouncing the word 'nuclear'.

Posted by: Eric Paulsen on February 2, 2006 at 12:11 AM | PERMALINK

Once again Bush has proven that in America anyone can be president.

Since being president is an un-skilled position, it's amazing that it hasn't been outsourced yet.

Posted by: Michael7843853 G-O in 08! on February 2, 2006 at 1:27 AM | PERMALINK

Given the number of times Bush has practiced reading a teleprompter, my CAT could learn to read it at least as well - and with more understanding of the words she would be mouthing.

Posted by: Rick B on February 2, 2006 at 1:31 AM | PERMALINK

Anyone else sense a whiff of desperation?

Q - Did he have anything important to say?

A - "Well, no - but he didn't smirk" (..too much. He never stops and isn't it nice of them to admit that he's well-known for it, at long last.) "Didn't clench his jaw but a couple of times. Didn't go tic-crazy for once. Mentioned a man-animal hybrid, whatever the hell that is, just one time..."

Geezus. So he can finally read a damn teleprompter. He didn't stop him from sounding falsely bi-partisan, didn't stop from sneering at his critics again and it didn't stop him from saying things that aren't, in a memorable phrase, "literally true".

My question - will conservatives ever, EVER talk frankly about Bush without having to throw in a pandering, inaccurate comment about liberals? Do they need us that much?

Tough times in Bushville, from the looks of it.

Posted by: Lucky Ducky on February 2, 2006 at 1:36 AM | PERMALINK

Anyone else sense a whiff of desperation?

Posted by: Lucky Ducky on February 2, 2006 at 1:36 AM | PERMALINK

Sure.

The Democrats are so pathetic they have lost 2 presidential elections, 1 set of midterms and two Supreme Court nominations to a guy who took 6 years to learn to read a tele-prompter.
Which means McCain or Gulliani would own your ass in 2008.

You could migrate to Canada. But they only take the rich migrants. And they are Conservative.

Move to France. There's an immigrant banlieu where your car will be safe parked outdoors...not.


Posted by: McA on February 2, 2006 at 1:41 AM | PERMALINK

Unless, of course, he had that mysterious bulge on his back again.

Now he has the newer flat-panel model designed and built in China. Doesn't run Linux, though. His handlers fear they can't deal with a real and modern operating system. Conservatives, you know. Stick with the older, buggier, more familiar system.

Posted by: Rick B on February 2, 2006 at 1:47 AM | PERMALINK

McA>You could migrate to Canada. But they only take the rich migrants. And they are Conservative.

124/308 seats. The other 204 are held by, in order, the Liberal party, the NDP (social democracts), and Frenchman. Nice try, though.

Posted by: Bruce the Canuck on February 2, 2006 at 3:12 AM | PERMALINK

sh!t. 184. I shouldn't post after midnight.

Posted by: Bruce the Canuck on February 2, 2006 at 3:14 AM | PERMALINK

sh!t. 184. I shouldn't post after midnight.

Posted by: Bruce the Canuck on February 2, 2006 at 3:14 AM | PERMALINK

Denial.

Posted by: McA on February 2, 2006 at 4:36 AM | PERMALINK

Isn't the subliminal message that he isn't wired anymore? Of course this wasn't a debate and he didn't have to think or anything.

Posted by: reason on February 2, 2006 at 4:46 AM | PERMALINK

Had to go for "man-animal hybrid" 'cause no one could keep a straight face as he repeatedly tried and failed to pronounce 'chimera'...

As for 'anybody can be president', well, see ,the real Reagan 'revolution' consisted of figuring out that they just needed a good frontman who could portray "President" while all the important business of the nation removed itself to corporate boardrooms. That's why Clinton pissed them off - the gall to think the actual POTUS had any say so in actually setting priorities for the country.

May have overreached (is that one word?) themselves with W.

Posted by: CFShep on February 2, 2006 at 8:34 AM | PERMALINK

It was the healthcare speech. He went on for about 15 minutes before they got the correct speech up in the TelePrompTer.

Bill Clinton is truly an amazing man and quite possibly the brightest mind ever to occupy the White House. Why do you suppose he was so God Awful as party leader? Let's agree, looking at Congressional representation, he was the worst Democratic President in over a century.

Few Presidents present more enigmas than William Jefferson Clinton. Has there ever been that much pure talent and pure weakness in one leader? Historians will have a field day.

Posted by: rdw on February 2, 2006 at 9:22 AM | PERMALINK

rdw: Bill Clinton is truly an amazing man and quite possibly the brightest mind ever to occupy the White House.

Brightest mind? For my 2 cents that could be Jimmy Carter - or FDR, Jefferson, or possibly Wilson - but since when has this been a country which admires or rewards genuine intelligence?

Posted by: CFShep on February 2, 2006 at 9:40 AM | PERMALINK

Rasmussen bump from the SOTU starts off with a whimper: negative 1 percentage point in the "approve" column.

If the trend continues, maybe conservatives will want to rethink their strategy of having Bush lead the charge to improve the GOP's flagging political fortunes.

Bush speaks; people don't listen.

Posted by: Advocate for God on February 2, 2006 at 9:43 AM | PERMALINK

Hey, look at it this way: now that Bush has spent 6 years, billions upon billions of dollars and thousands upon thousands of lives, he's really been able to hone those speaking skills! Think how much fun he's gonna have, and how much money he's gonna make, on the lecture circuit!

Posted by: Wonderin on February 2, 2006 at 10:06 AM | PERMALINK

And he might be able to have his own show on Animal Planet - they have marvelous programs showing animal tricks, birds "speaking" - had one on Tuesday night showing Bonzo reading a teleprompter - loved it when he would stop and jut his chin out to the side and smirk - and he did the entire show without once peeling a bananna.

The White House has a new sign on the front lawn - It shows the number of days without Twiggie falling off his tricycle - Sort of an industrial safety sign.

Posted by: thethirdPaul on February 2, 2006 at 10:19 AM | PERMALINK

For sheer laugh-out-loud fun, this statement from that article beats all:

Of course, Bush isn't perfect on technical grounds yet. He got thirsty and his tongue was hanging out of his mouth too often

So yes, he can actually read off a teleprompter, but unfortunately he looks like an overheated Chihuahua while he doing it.

Comedy gold!

124/308 seats. The other 204 are held by, in order, the Liberal party, the NDP (social democracts), and Frenchman.

And the first thing the "Conservative" leader of Canada did upon taking office was to thumb his nose at George W. Bush. But that's what the neocons have been reduced to these days...

Posted by: tam1MI on February 2, 2006 at 10:22 AM | PERMALINK

The White House has a new sign on the front lawn - It shows the number of days without Twiggie falling off his tricycle - Sort of an industrial safety sign.

Outstanding, Paolo!

And the first thing the "Conservative" leader of Canada did upon taking office was to thumb his nose at George W. Bush. But that's what the neocons have been reduced to these days...

That's why conspiracy nut hangs out here trying to impress the cool kids. Even his own kind at home can't stick him at any price.

Posted by: shortstop on February 2, 2006 at 11:03 AM | PERMALINK

"thumb his nose at George W Bush"

Well, by God, George is no wuss like Polk - Had Polk stood by Fifty Four Forty or Fight, BC would be ours, by "Divine Right" and manifest destiny.

Saint George will lead us on the eternal search for Sir John Franklin and his crew - I say, anything from the 70th parallel to the north is ours, ours, ours. Sir John must be found.

Posted by: thethirdPaul on February 2, 2006 at 11:08 AM | PERMALINK

'rdw' posted:

"Bill Clinton is truly an amazing man and quite possibly the brightest mind ever to occupy the White House. Why do you suppose he was so God Awful as party leader? Let's agree, looking at Congressional representation, he was the worst Democratic President in over a century."

Actually, the Democrats picked up 10 seats in the 1998 elections. The last time an incumbent President accomplished such a feat six years into his term was more than a century earlier.
.

Posted by: VJ on February 2, 2006 at 11:15 AM | PERMALINK

Brightest mind? For my 2 cents that could be Jimmy Carter - or FDR, Jefferson, or possibly Wilson - but since when has this been a country which admires or rewards genuine intelligence?

Forget FDR. Great politician. Great personality. Fabulous communicator. No one ever confused him with a brain.

Jefferson and Madison are in a class by themselves. Brilliant AND accomplished.

Jimmy and Wilson were brilliant only in an academic sense. When William F Buckley uttered his famous quote, which I think we all agree with, "I'd rather be governed with the 1st 100 names in the Boston Phone book than the Harvard Faculty". Wilsons failures at the end of WWI created the scenario for WWII. Jimmy was much worse. He'll always be defined by 444 days.

Jimmy and Bill are terrific examples of the limits of intelligence and the specific reasons why Americans DO NOT reward intelligence and NEVER WILL unless the intelligence is accompanied by success.

How can anyone explain Clinton thinking Arafat was anything other than a butcher? How can a man with such impressive thinking skills get duped so completely, so easily by smoeone so obviously evil?

Stupid is as stupid does.

Posted by: rdw on February 2, 2006 at 11:26 AM | PERMALINK

VJ:

1992 Sen Dems 56 House Dems 267
2005 Sen Dems 44 House Dems 202

Bill Clinton remained as the leading DNC strategist and fundraiser thru the last election. He gets full credit for the loss of 12 Senate seats and 65 House seats. The last shift of this magnitude was FDR starting in 1932.

This is the lowest number of Democratic Senators since 1927.

This is the lowest number of Democratic reps since the two years starting in 1948 and then 1929 before that.

Bill Clinton has been a total disaster as Party leader. And remember this, you are losing to a man you consider stupid and inarticulate.

I would argue Bill's got at least one more disaster up his sleeve. Hillary will have 2x's as much cash as the next two challengers combined, amazing name recognition and certain demographic groups (minoritoes & females) such that she's probably unbeatable for the Democratic nomination. At the same time she's unelectable nationally.

If you nominate Hillary the GOP will nominate McCain. He's not their 1st choice but they know he crushes Hillary. In 2010 we have another census and the blue states lose 7 to 10 electoral votes. In 2012 liberals are screwed. The electoral college math will preclude all liberal candidates. They simply won't be able to win.

If you let Clinton screw up 2008 the country will without question move to the right. Even if Stevens and Ginsburg hang on after Bush they won't last thru 2012. McCain, a solid conservative on the judiciary will replace one or both of the most liberal justices with conservatives or moderate conservatives. McCain is strongly pro-life.

Lose 2008 and everything moves right. By 2012 at least 50% of all Federal judges will have been appointed by GWB (35%) or McCain (20%)

Posted by: rdw on February 2, 2006 at 11:47 AM | PERMALINK

And the first thing the "Conservative" leader of Canada did upon taking office was to thumb his nose at George W. Bush. But that's what the neocons have been reduced to these days...


Not exactly.

Consider this:

Lynn Swann is running ahead of rendell in the polls for gov of PA.

Lt-Gov Steele is running ahead of the opposition in MD (with an ugly democratic primary).

Lt-Gov Blackwell is well ahead of the opposition in OHio for gov.

Gore lost carrying 92% of the black vote.
kerry lost by 3.5M with 89% of the black vote.

What's McCain going to get with Colin Powell, Condi Rice, Swann, Blackwell and Steele in his corner. Can he get the 10% he needs?

Can you keep him under 20%?


Enjoy Canada. What else is there for you?

Posted by: rdw on February 2, 2006 at 11:56 AM | PERMALINK

rdw: How can anyone explain Clinton thinking Arafat was anything other than a butcher?

Why would we want to explain a lie.

So, in the same vein, why don't you explain why Bush 41 thought Saddam was anything other than a butcher.

rdw: Stupid is as stupid does.

You are certainly living proof of that!

rdw: Bill Clinton remained as the leading DNC strategist and fundraiser thru the last election.

Saying it doesn't make it true.

That's one of your many problems: your conclusions are based on false and dishonest presumptions.

rdw: By 2012 at least 50% of all Federal judges will have been appointed by GWB (35%) or McCain (20%)

Didn't work out that way for Reagan and Bush 41, but you always are full of delusions of conservative grandeur.

rdw: Enjoy Canada. What else is there for you?

Bush: 39% Zogby approval rating; 47% Rasmussen approval rating, down 1% after the SOTU.

Enjoy November 2004. There is nothing else left for you.

Posted by: Advocate for God on February 2, 2006 at 12:09 PM | PERMALINK

rdw: Lt-Gov Blackwell is well ahead of the opposition in [Ohio] for gov.

Yet another outright lie.

You are so consistent with mendacity as a standard operating procedure!

Rasmussen (who you yourself trumpet as the most accurate poller):

Democratic Congressman Ted Strickland enjoys a four-to-sixteen point lead over possible Republican opponents in the Ohio governor's race, according to our first survey to include all three Republican candidates to emerge to date. (Deadline to file in the primaries is February 16.)

Posted by: Advocate for God on February 2, 2006 at 12:17 PM | PERMALINK

pollster

Posted by: Advocate for God on February 2, 2006 at 12:18 PM | PERMALINK

February 2, 2006: Dow down 100 points, Nasdaq off more than 1% as productivity drop stokes inflation fears, profit-taking . . .

Bush's SOTU really gave investors confidence!

Bush is a genius!

Bush's proposals are such an economic bonanza that investors are falling all over themselves to reap the potential benefits!

Not. To all three.

Kiss Bush's butt harder, rdw. It's like Tinkerbell clapping her hands. If you do it hard enough, all good things will come to pass!

Posted by: Advocate for God on February 2, 2006 at 12:23 PM | PERMALINK

rdw: Gore lost carrying 92% of the black vote.

Gore won.

The Supreme Court stole the White House from him.

See, I told you mendacity follows you like sh*t on a pig!

Posted by: Advocate for God on February 2, 2006 at 12:26 PM | PERMALINK

Woodrow Wilson was brilliantly prepared to address this country's domestic issues.

It was his (our) great tragedy to have his administration overwhelmed by events set in motion in, where else, the Balkins.

As far as I am aware he never had any association with Harvard. He was a graduate (PhD. in Poltical Science) of and president of Princeton, despite the fact that he mostly probably suffered from fairly severe dyslexia.

Posted by: CFShep on February 2, 2006 at 12:32 PM | PERMALINK

rdw: Has there ever been that much pure talent and pure weakness in one leader?

Has there ever been more crass hyperbole in one sentence?

Posted by: Advocate for God on February 2, 2006 at 12:47 PM | PERMALINK

rdw: How can anyone explain Clinton thinking Arafat was anything other than a butcher? How can a man with such impressive thinking skills get duped so completely, so easily by smoeone so obviously evil?

Excuse me, but you were the one touting him as "the brightest mind ever to occupy the White House," not me. I think I begin to see the Mobius strip thinking going on here.

As to Madison. Take James Monroe by a field goal.

As to Dear Leader. Smarter than Fillmore? Or possibly Harding? Or just better dressed?

Posted by: CFShep on February 2, 2006 at 1:20 PM | PERMALINK

'rdw' posted:

"How can anyone explain Clinton thinking Arafat was anything other than a butcher?"

Ah, after President Clinton invested in the Palestinian Authority and built up it's security forces, there wasn't an Israeli killed by a Palestinian for almost three years, until Sharon kicked off the intifada.

The Israeli RightWing always claimed that IF ONLY the Palestinians would stop, they would end the illegal military occupation. Sharon showed their true colors.

The Palestinians have no partner for peace with the Israeli RightWing.

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"Bill Clinton remained as the leading DNC strategist and fundraiser thru the last election. He gets full credit for the loss of 12 Senate seats and 65 House seats."

Why would you blame the large losses suffered in 1994 on him ? First, you had a number of DINOs who switched parties, but they were never real Democrats anyway. Second, the majority of Democrats who ran away from President Clinton and campaigned as "Me Too Republicans" LOST.
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Posted by: VJ on February 2, 2006 at 11:04 PM | PERMALINK

Why would you blame the large losses suffered in 1994 on him ? First, you had a number of DINOs who switched parties, but they were never real Democrats anyway. Second, the majority of Democrats who ran away from President Clinton and campaigned as "Me Too Republicans" LOST.

Bill was the party leader AND President. His 1st two years were exceptionally inept with a chaotic WH featuring repeated cabinet staffing problem, scandals, tax increases and a disasterous healthcare reform. Bill had promised middle class tax cuts. He created the atmosphere that allowed Newt to craft his historic campaign.

Even after his term was up Clinton dominated party strategy with his best bud Terry Maculiffe. Clinton was actively involved in the 2002 races in GA and FL including a horrendous decision to transfer money and assets from GA to FL in hopes of defeating Jeb Bush. 'One Bush at a time' was their theme. Jeb won by 14% and Max Cleland was upset in stunning statewide losses for Democrats. Bill had a lot of help but as the QB of the team he gets the credit.

In of his great examples of spin he often gets touted as this shrewd political strategist. It's a joke. He's pitiful.

Posted by: rdw on February 3, 2006 at 9:40 AM | PERMALINK

As far as I am aware he never had any association with Harvard. He was a graduate (PhD. in Poltical Science) of and president of Princeton, despite the fact that he mostly probably suffered from fairly severe dyslexia.

I never suggested Wilson went to Harvard. Buckleys quote was a putdown of the suggestion those in academia have any talent for governing and that high IQ has any correlation with common sense or sound decision making. The quote is famous and repeated so often because it is so wise yet concise.

It's a liberal trait to confuse high IQ or ivy league degrees with actual accomplishment. That's why the sharpest attack phrase for conservatives to use is 'liberal elitist'. It's well known and accepted as a true but obnoxious trait of the Democratic Party. Clooneys message movies are designed to offset that term. It's why when talking about Kerry's filibuster conservatives always included the fact John made the 1st call from Davos. Davos is shorthand for liberal elitist snob. Americans hate snobs.

There is no better example of high intellect combined with chroncially bad decision making than Jimmy Carter held hostage for 444 days by students.

Posted by: rdw on February 3, 2006 at 9:59 AM | PERMALINK

As to Madison. Take James Monroe by a field goal.

No agrument from me.

As to Dear Leader. Smarter than Fillmore? Or possibly Harding? Or just better dressed?

Odd selections. Fillmore was never elected and Warren won 60% of the vote. Neither served a full 4 years. Does it matter anyway?

GWBs primary talent seems to be to drive liberals wild and cause them to do silly things. Like constantly misunderestimate him while losing 4 straight elections to him. He wins. You lose. And he's the dope. Makes perfect sense. For someone from Harvard maybe.

We found out one of the reasons Kerry would not release his military records. He knew Howell Rains, editor of the NY Times, had very publically stated, "Does anyone seriously doubt John Kerry is far more intelligent than GWB?" John knew the correct answer was far difference than liberal conventional wisdom. Smart people doubted it and they were correct. He's NOT. Neither is Al Gore.

It's just another classic example of liberal elitism. Everyone knows you're smarter than eveyone else. Ask any lib!
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Posted by: rdw on February 3, 2006 at 10:13 AM | PERMALINK

Bush: 39% Zogby approval rating; 47% Rasmussen approval rating, down 1% after the SOTU.

Enjoy November 2004. There is nothing else left for you.

I'm not one to watch SOTU's but I did catch the beginning. My favorite part was the two new guys in Black Robes. There's always something left.

While I didn't see it live I did see reaction shots of Hillary. She really has little sense of the camera. From what I read she received very poor reviews. What a daunting task for liberals. Before you can beat the GOP candidate in 2008 you have to defeat Hillary. I can tell you know she's the conservatives best hope for 2008. If she wins the nomination we win the election. We can nominate happy the clown, again if you will!

Posted by: rdw on February 3, 2006 at 10:18 AM | PERMALINK

Employers stepped up hiring in January, boosting payrolls by 193,000 and lowering the nation's unemployment rate to 4.7 percent, the lowest since July 2001.

The fresh snapshot of the jobs climate, released by the Labor Department on Friday, suggested that the economy started the new year on fairly good footing.

The economy is on ever more sounder footing. The 4.7% is very good political news and the pattern of revising prior months data suggests more good news will be coming. It's very possible unemployment will be in the 4.2% range in time for the November elections. Democrts who could not use 6.3% unemployment to their advantage will not be using 4.3% to their advantage either.

Posted by: rdw on February 3, 2006 at 10:57 AM | PERMALINK

The Palestinians have no partner for peace with the Israeli RightWing.

Blame Sharon all you wish. Thanks to Clinton Sharon was elected in the biggest landslide in their history and was given free reign to crush Arafat and create separate states on his terms. Gaza is fully separate and the West Bank soon will be.

Sharon proved terror can be defeated and provided the model. Within a decade Israel will have easily defensible borders and a secure state. To the extent the arabs use terror they will pay an increasingly severe price. As it now stands without peace GAZA and the West Bank can never be more than ghettos dependent on Arab and European largess. At the same time the Israeli economy is booming and becoming far more integrated into the global trading economy. Every day they become wealthier as the Paletinians become poorer. Every day they are better able to defnd themselves and kill those who wish to harm them.

If you get the military channel watch the reports on drones. The technology seems to advance daily. Taking out terror leaders has become a video game played safely from anywhere on the planet. The fence will provide protection on the one side but not the other.

Posted by: rdw on February 3, 2006 at 11:24 AM | PERMALINK

And remember folks, a thread is not truly dead until the Drexel Hill Dimwit posts seven consecutive inane posts.

Posted by: thethirdPaul on February 3, 2006 at 11:39 AM | PERMALINK

While Dean sleeps

2006 Wisconsin Governor Race


The same poll also shows a tight race for Governor next year. I have argued, even during the 2004 Presidential campaign, that the key to establishing a GOP lock in the United States is to detach Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin, with their 27 electoral votes, from the Democratic column. Right now, it appears that the GOP incumbent will win re-election in Minnesota and that the Republican candidates in Iowa and Wisconsin have an excellent shot of winning.

Posted by: rdw on February 3, 2006 at 11:59 AM | PERMALINK

woo hoo!

RDW's inane posts rock!

Ptto--you normally have to pay for this kind of insight. They hide this stuff behind subscription walls!

Posted by: Pale Rider on February 3, 2006 at 12:33 PM | PERMALINK

pale rider,

nothing inane about a 0.2% drop in the unemployment rate. JP Morgan also was so optimitic on the recent sharp drop in weekly unemployment claims the already predicted very strong hiring for february and raised 1st Qtr growth projections to 5%.

Weekly claims are down an average of almost 40K since November and the unemployed insured rate dropped to 1.9%, it lowest rate in 5 years.

This is big stuff

Posted by: rdw on February 3, 2006 at 1:31 PM | PERMALINK

"This is big stuff"

Reminds me of scenes from "Raid on Entebbe" with Yaphet Kotto playing Amin, walking around speaking to the hostages, "Now, this is really IMPORTANT...."

Posted by: thethirdPaul on February 3, 2006 at 2:17 PM | PERMALINK

John Podhoretz reviews all the bad press that Hillary has gotten recently and the possibility that she still wouldnt get the nomination in 2008.

Hillary in trouble? You should have such trouble.

In survey after survey, she is running 20 to 30 points ahead of all other Democrats when it comes to asking whom they will support in 2008. She has already raised $10 million for her Senate run this year without even trying. Since she'll clearly have no credible competition, she won't have to spend much of that $10 million or the $70 to $80 million that may follow it by the time the November election rolls around.
Every cent she doesn't spend in her Senate re-election campaign will go straight into her Hillary-for-president coffers. Which means she will begin the primary cycle as much as $100 million ahead of any other Democrat.

And nothing could make her journey to the nomination easier than getting into trouble now with the right and with centrist Democrats. The Netroots will rally to her side for that alone, and there will be no room for any Democrat to challenge her.

Don't buy the hype about former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner. He's being graded on a curve because half the Washington press corps lives in Virginia and knows him. He's a possibility for vice president, and that's about it.

Perhaps, Ill be eating my words in 2008, but the GOP are probably praying that Podhoretz is correct. Running against an unlikable, strident Hillary would be a lot better than writing the recently beatified Mark Warner.

Posted by: rdw on February 3, 2006 at 2:25 PM | PERMALINK

My friend and Pj advisor Adam Bellow handed me a book he just published for Doubleday, only an hour or so before I caught my flight home. Title: While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying Europe from Within by Bruce Bawer.


hope it will get wide distribution and stir up a lot of other people as well. Otherwise the prediction being worn on t-shirts by Muslim youths in Stockholm will certainly come true. "Don't worry. Sweden will be ours by 2030

Posted by: rdw on February 3, 2006 at 2:36 PM | PERMALINK

3rd paul, pale rider,

I am trying to help you out here. I see so many lib carrying around so much emotional baddage and I know it can't be good health wise.

The frustration of knowing you are superior in every way to conservatives except at winning elections can eat at one insides if they let it get to them. I can only wonder what it must be like to be John Kerry and muse, "How can I be losing to this idiot". He must scream every morning.

I am hear to take the mystery away. I know why. I can exlpain. I can provide details and facts. I can help you prepare for more of the same and it's especially important I do so now.

Why, because we're started the bi-annual predictions of amazing election victorys. Every other year about 1 year away from the last election the Democratic leadership starts with talk of getting congress back. It's part of the fund raising cycle. What else could they say? But the comical thing is no matter how absurd the faithful always believe.

I can help you keep it real. You were devastated when Kerry lost. You really didn't know how bad 2004 was going to be just as you didn't know about 2002. Now we have Justice Alito. GWBs polls are 39% and we still have Justice Alito.

BTW: The report was actually a bit better than I knew and I didn't realize yesterdays weekly jobless claims was so strong. On Dec 17 the 4 week moving average of claims was 325K. Now they're 285K and will be 280K next week. That's a 45K drop in 6 weeks. That is a very strong move. That's one reason why JP raised their 1st Qtr GDP forecast to 5% and said next weeks jobs report will also be very strong.

In this report the Dec number was revised from +107 to +140 and Nov from +305 to +340. Add the revisions to this months +193K and we're up over 250K. We can expect a strong number in the next report and more upward revisions.

I know you're currently thinking Speaker Pelosi sounds good. Not this November.

BTW2: The 5% GDP forecast will have a very positive effect on earnings and tax payments. The budget deficit everyone is so gaga over is intentionally inflated. Look for Govt tax receipts to be at least 10% above projections.

Posted by: rdw on February 3, 2006 at 2:55 PM | PERMALINK

There are better tout sheets at Philadelphia Park than any mentioned by wITLESS supra.

Posted by: thethirdPaul on February 3, 2006 at 3:11 PM | PERMALINK

3rd Paul,

Average job adds last 3 Months = 225K.

If this trend continues the unemployment rate as of the November elections will be below 4.0%.

Posted by: rdw on February 3, 2006 at 3:54 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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