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Live Blogging 17

July 29th, 2004 - 8:29 pm

“I will wage this war with the lessons I learned in war.”

To get out in three months?

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Live Blogging 16

July 29th, 2004 - 8:28 pm

“It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us.”

Now that’s good stuff, and it included a (throw-away, admittedly) tribute to George Bush. Then Kerry says, “How we wish it had stayed that way.”

Again — smart. But completely unrealistic. Politics has never stopped, not even during war, in this country’s history.

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Live Blogging 15

July 29th, 2004 - 8:25 pm

“We still know how to fight for our country…”

Now that we’ve almost forgotten how we once accused it’s entire armed forces of being war criminals.

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Live Blogging 14

July 29th, 2004 - 8:24 pm

“She’s down to earth…”

Kerry on Heinz-Kerry.

Now, I like Teresa. But “down to earth” is about the last way I’d describe her, unless the two of us were getting drunk on Bloody Marys some Sunday morning, being all ironic and cursing the servants.

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Live Blogging 13

July 29th, 2004 - 8:22 pm

Finished the wine. Time to go pour a martini.

Amuse yourselves in the Comments for a couple minutes, and let me know if I missed anything.

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Live Blogging 12

July 29th, 2004 - 8:20 pm

Paging Dan Drezner — Kerry went on the attack on outsourcing.

On the other hand, “We can do better” is a pretty damn good tag line.

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Live Blogging 11

July 29th, 2004 - 8:20 pm

“I will appoint an attorney general who will uphold the Constitution…”

Oh, boy. You know I’m know John Ashcroft fan, but the AG has simply been enforcing the lousy PATRIOT ACT that Kerry voted for.

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Live Blogging 10

July 29th, 2004 - 8:18 pm

“I will restore trust and credibility to the White House. I ask you to judge me by my record.”

That just opened a senatorial can of worms Kerry had best leave closed.

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Live Blogging 9

July 29th, 2004 - 8:17 pm

“We did [change the world], but we’re not finished.”

If the Baby Boomers want to keep changing the world, I’m booking myself a one way flight on SpaceShipOne.

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Live Blogging 8

July 29th, 2004 - 8:16 pm

“I am determined to restore that pride to all who look to America.”

Translation, please.


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Live Blogging 7

July 29th, 2004 - 8:14 pm

“Full equality for women…”

And he’s trying to unseat a wartime president whose National Security Advisor is female?

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Live Blogging 6

July 29th, 2004 - 8:14 pm

“I was born in the West Wing.”

Oh, boy.

His delivery so far is pretty good. But we’ve already seen (the video) and heard (from everyone) his biography. Let’s get to the meat.

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Live Blogging 5

July 29th, 2004 - 8:12 pm

“Home… home… home…”

He rushed that part, but I blame it on nerves. And “rushed” is better than “sonorous.”

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Live Blogging 4

July 29th, 2004 - 8:11 pm

“I’m John Kerry, and I’m reporting for duty.”

Not only was that cheap and tacky (like his tie, which is at least expensive), but he delivered a limp-writsted salute.

Wish I were TiVoing this, because I’d love to provide a screenshot.

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Live Blogging 3

July 29th, 2004 - 8:10 pm

A man shouted “ooooh!” and spit flew out of his mouth.

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Live Blogging 2

July 29th, 2004 - 8:09 pm

Hermes ties just ain’t what they used to be.

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Live Blogging 1

July 29th, 2004 - 8:08 pm

Kerry looks good. He looks loose.

This might not be as bad as I feared.

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Bad Timing

July 29th, 2004 - 8:01 pm

So much for my traffic tonight — InstaPundit has an open comments thread for the Kerry speech.

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July 29th, 2004 - 7:59 pm

We’ve got thunder and lightning.

If we do lose power here, even momentarily, I make this solemn vow:

I’ll light some candles, sit in my Dad Chair with a martini, and ask myself, “What convention speech?”

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Good Question

July 29th, 2004 - 7:53 pm

One of Kerry’s former boatmates says, “When your whole future, your life, depends on the decisions of one man…”

Whatever happened to multilateralism?

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Buzz Blogging

July 29th, 2004 - 7:41 pm

I gotta admit, hearing Kerry’s boatmates speak well of him is pretty moving.

Those two must have been the two Kerry never said committed any war atrocities.

NOTE: I’m still on the wine. Wait’ll we get into the martinis.

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Buzz Blogging

July 29th, 2004 - 7:37 pm

“Kerry was born in 1943 — the world was at war.”

That’s Morgan Freeman, lending his always-stirring voice to the Kerry bio movie.

“Green was born in 1969 — America was embroiled in Vietnam.”

That’s a non sequiter. How’s it different from Morgan Freeman? I don’t type nearly as well as Freeman speaks.

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Here It Comes

July 29th, 2004 - 7:30 pm

Glenn Reynolds launches a small shot across the bow of Andrew Sullivan…

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Buzz Blogging

July 29th, 2004 - 7:26 pm

One of the Kerry Girls is talking. Not a bad “Here’s Why I Love Dad” speech, really. Just one complaint: Did the opening have to be so… breathless?

For a minute there, I thought I was listening to a romance novel on tape.

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July 29th, 2004 - 5:55 pm

I’m going to try liveblogging Kerry’s acceptance speech tonight.

Also, I’m asking forgiveness in advance for all the typos — the laptop keyboard and I just don’t get along.


Stacy asks, I deliver:

I officially request you drink first.

A lot.

I’ll have a nice red wine buzz going before Kerry starts to speak in an hour. Then we hit the martinis.



Anyone can play the Acceptance Speech Drinking Game.

(Hat tip, Spoons.)

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Required Reading

July 29th, 2004 - 4:04 pm

Eric Morisset found a (mostly, modified, but not very mushy) pro-Bush article in — wait for it! — the new issue of Esquire. Here’s something from the first page to get you started:

I have to admit to feeling a little uncertain of my disdain for this president when forced to contemplate the principle that might animate his determination to stay the course in a war that very well may be the end of him politically. I have to admit that when I listen to him speak, with his unbending certainty, I sometimes hear an echo of the same nagging question I ask myself after I hear a preacher declaim the agonies of hellfire or an insurance agent enumerate the cold odds of the actuarial tables. Namely: What if he’s right?

What if, indeed.

Print this one out and read it before bed tonight.

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Oh, That Liberal Media

July 29th, 2004 - 3:08 pm

Dick Cheney is the GOP’s “hitman.” Or so says Dan Rather.

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An Open Letter To Max Cleland

July 29th, 2004 - 2:12 pm

I tapped the following together early this week after reading yet another media eye-roller about the alleged ill-treatment of a former senator from my home state (and trust me, you’ll hear these tall tales again tonight, as he’s introducing John Kerry in Boston), and sent it in to the Atlanta paper as an op-ed. They’ve run my stuff on occasion in the past, but as Cleland’s “smearing” is apparently an article of faith among the editorial staff, I didn’t expect to see this one in print, and to date, I have not been pleasantly surprised to the contrary. At any rate, here it is:

An Open Letter To Max Cleland

Dear Mr. Cleland,

I’ve been seeing your name in the news a lot lately, and much of what I’m reading is very disappointing. Your public statements regarding the end of your political career (“Republicans attacked my patriotism”) and the current Presidential race (“[President George W. Bush] decided to be Mr. Macho Man”) are unworthy of both you and your previously-honorable record of public service.

Nobody ever questioned your patriotism, Mr. Cleland. That was an old Dukakis-campaign straw man your flunkies cooked up to smear your opponents; even the liberal web site Slate admitted as much after an examination of your complaints.

What we did question was your good sense–and judging by your recent descent into the leftist fever swamps, those questions were well-founded. Just two years ago, you were running campaign ads that proclaimed, “Max Cleland supports President Bush on Iraq,” but today, out of power with no hope of being elected again, you’re parroting conspiracy theories that don’t pass that laugh test.

The bitterness in your comments since being defeated are difficult for us to hear, particularly given the sacrifices you made for your country, but that doesn’t make your recent wild claims any more accurate, or your removal from office unjustified. The voters’ decision on you was based on how you served in the Senate, not how you served in Vietnam.

You seem to believe that your lost limbs entitled you to that senate seat. They didn’t, any more than Bob Dole’s WWII wounds entitled him to the presidency. Come to think of it, I must have missed it when you endorsed Dole and fellow war heroes George H. W. Bush over Bill Clinton based on their combat records.

You weren’t cheated out of your seat by George W. Bush, Mr. Cleland. You were removed by us, the Georgia electorate, because you chose to represent Tom Daschle and the Democratic Left instead of Smyrna and Macon and Bainbridge. If you really need somebody to blame for your defeat, you can blame us. Or better yet, you can take a look in the mirror.

You were defeated because you talked like Zell Miller in Georgia, but voted like John Kerry and Ted Kennedy in Washington. You were defeated because we didn’t trust you any more, and we didn’t want you wielding power in our name.

You lost, Mr. Cleland. You lost because like your new best friend, Senator Kerry, you are simply too liberal for Georgia. You need not like those facts, but you do need to accept them, for your own well-being.

According to OpenSecrets.org, one of your most generous campaign donors in 2002 was California musician Don Henley, of the Eagles. Regarding your electoral defeat, you should take Mr. Henley’s advice and, at long last, “Get Over It.”

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Mail Bag

July 29th, 2004 - 10:47 am

Scott Canty writes:

I don’t know what happened to him, but Andrew [Sullivan] is in the weeds and he desperately needs help. Can you slap some sense into him? I’ve been reading the slow disintegration this week, but I knew he had lost it when I read this:

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “As few as five people in black robes can look at a particular issue and determine for the rest of us, insinuate for the rest of us that they are speaking as the majority will. They are not.” – Rep. John Hostettler, the Republican who authored the bill that would strip federal courts of the right to consider the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. But, of course, it could also be said about the five Supreme Court Justices who made George W. Bush the president of the United States. The Republicans love courts when they reach the right decision; they just despise them when they don’t.

If he’s parroting the “selected, not elected” line, he didn’t just drink the Kool Aid, he free based the powder.

I saw that last night — at about the same time I decided I’d rather drink beer than blog. Go figure.

Anyway. This one time, I’m willing to give Sully the benefit of the doubt. I think he’s simply making the case that, when it comes to judicial activism, Republicans can be hypocrites just like the Democrats.

I think.

But if Sullivan brings it up a second time, then we’ll both know for sure that he’s done something with the Kool-Aid.

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That Shitty Little Country

July 29th, 2004 - 10:31 am

Yet another story requiring no comment:

Just 10 days after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon enraged French leaders by urging France’s Jews to leave for Israel, a group of 200 French Jews arrived to start a new life in the Jewish state, with Sharon at the airport to greet them.

As one

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