October 29, 2004
I got 5 out of 7 right. I got #3 and #6 wrong. Let me know how you do.
I’m watching Tom Daschle on CSPAN right now and he’s talking about things that are wrong with South Dakota and I realize his point is ‘re-elect me, I can fix all that’ but hasn’t he been Senator forever? Why would he talk about all that is wrong in SD and then ask to be reinstated to his job? Hasn’t he had enough time to make things good? If I was his speechwriter, I wouldn’t let him talk about the problems, I would get him talking about what he’s done with his years in the Senate. Because, right now, he seems like he’s done zero. It’s also interesting because he really can’t criticize Bush, seeing as SD will be a landslide for the president. Funny.
Update: They just showed two ads from the race. Who knew John Thune was so good looking? I would say he’s the best looking candidate running this season, right ladies?
And, it’s funny, again because SD is so Republican, that Daschle’s ad features him standing next to Trent Lott.
Nice. That’s only a little under a year after Afghanistan signed theirs.
We got a call into Republican headquarters today that was just out of this world. The woman that called, sounding very shaken, has a son in Iraq. This morning she got a call and someone said ‘your son has been killed in Iraq.’ This was followed by a long pause and then ‘these are the words we’ll all be hearing more often if George Bush is re-elected.’
Update: Just so I’m clear, these calls are hoaxes and the fact that this woman has a son in Iraq is a coincidence.
Fall Classic (By Guest Blogger Peter)
As if I didn’t dislike him already. Predictably, John Kerry is latching on to Manny Ortez and the Boston Red Sox, trying to siphon whatever life he can out of their historic win into his own campaign. The Man With No Shame was bounding around the country Thursday, proclaiming the Red Sox to be “America’s Team.” This is certainly news to Angels, Yankees, and Cardinals (is Missouri a swing state?) fans who had their hearts broken this month by the hated Sox.
In an apparent case of the SF Chronicle imitiating the Onion, a Kerry spokesman even tried to blame George Bush for something, somehow. Says David Wade, “Sox fans know that if George Bush had his way, the `Curse of the Bambino’ would be alive and well. George Bush was the only owner to vote against creating the wild card for baseball playoffs.”
He is, of course, referring to that disastrous decision made by Major League Baseball back in 1993 (when George Bush owned the Texas Rangers) which lead to the creation of the Central Divisions, Division Series, and wild card teams.
Kerry shouldn’t get too excited about a Boston win, though, as history shows us that the World Series does a pretty decent job at predicting presidential elections. In years when the American League team wins, so does the Republican candidate; likewise, the Democrat tends to win following a National League victory. Mind you, this is strictly correlational and has no basis in scientific proof, but it was 100% accurate from 1952 through 1976. If you factor in all the World Series played in election years (1908-2000), it still works about 60% of the time.
Maybe some good can come out of the Red Sox win after all.
How do we know? Because Andrew Sullivan will make sure of it.
I will ask the question I always ask, and tire of asking: Why, oh why, are black Americans never offended by such suits, such claims? Oh, how I long to hear, “How dare you. How dare you say that basic voting requirements somehow disadvantage blacks more than other Americans. What do you think we are, stupid? You think we can’t show I.D.? You think we can’t punch a ballot? How dare you!”
White-liberal racism — or racialism — is one of the most ignored, and maddening, phenomena of our time.
-Jay Nordlinger on a lawsuit by Democrats in Florida alleging a conspiracy to disenfranchise black voters (by making them follow the same procedures as everyone else).
The November list of political happenings in NY is now up over on my NYC Events page.