Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Forged Documents 

Look who's worried about forged documents now:
For example, journalist Dan Rather left the anchor chair at CBS News after Internet reporters revealed he had used forged documents to criticize Bush’s military record in September 2004. The forgeries, which Bush now calls a conspiracy, ended up helping his reelection campaign, he acknowledged in the Oval Office interview.

“It looks like somebody conspired to float false documents,” the president tells author Bill Sammon. “And I was amazed about it. I just couldn’t believe that would be happening [and] then it would become the basis of a fairly substantial series of news stories.”

He added: “Then there was a backlash to it. I mean, a lot of people were angry that this could have happened. A lot of Americans are fair people and they viewed this as patently unfair. So in a funny way, I guess it inured to our benefit, when it was all said and done.”

The episode, known as “Memogate,” inoculated Bush against further scrutiny of his National Guard record for the duration of the presidential campaign.

I kind of remember a forged document that was a basis of a "series of news stories", and even a State of the Union Address. Nice selective memory there. 34%


Sunday, February 26, 2006

Santorum/Casey Jr. 

Also from that dinner with my RNC/Catholic outreach friend, came this revelation: Santorum's campaign people just met with the RNC/Catholic outreach people, and they all agreed that Santorum can't take the Catholic vote against Casey Jr. Casey's name/Catholic background are too well known in Pa., for even Santorum, one of(if not THE) most Catholic politicians around, to top. Look for a lot of moderate Republicans to cross over and vote for Casey Jr. They wanted to do that in 2000, but Santorum's opponent was terrible. In addition, Rendell is on the ticket, which will bring out Philly voters to vote a straight Dem ticket. What's that I hear in the distance? Landslide?


So it Begins.... 

The "Hillary can win the primary, but not the general election" meme. From Drudge:

**World Exclusive**

President Bush and his top strategist, Karl Rove, say Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will be tough to beat in the Democratic presidential primaries of 2008 -- but not in the general election!


Reporter Bill Sammon, who joins the WASHINGTON EXAMINER as Senior White House Correspondent, is set to launch his new book, STRATEGERY.

In the Book, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned, Rove is quoted on the-record and is unleashed on Hillary:

There is a “brittleness about her” that could prove a weakness in November 2008.

But Rove added that the “hard-driving” Clinton will easily vanquish Democratic primary rivals like New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, who are merely “preening for the vice presidential slot.”

I have heard it already, but just wait to hear that over and over from the "liberal media", then expect to hear the self-fulfilling prophecy from your local democrats.

For one thing, I don't believe that Rove (maybe Bush, because he's an idiot) would diminish Mark Warner so easily. I just had dinner with a good friend of mine, who's head of Catholic outreach at the RNC, and he says they are SCARED TO DEATH of Mark Warner. What scares them is that everyone has already accepted that Warner is a "moderate" and works "with both parties", but also, Warner's blank slate in foreign policy. Some may take that as a weakness, but with a blank slate, he can say whatever he wants. I like Richardson, and once used a urinal next to him (that's probably too much information), but even with his experience, I don't know if I see him as anything more than VP. Warner on the other hand, watch out Hillary.


Wednesday, February 22, 2006

New and Improved? 

I apologize for the complete lack of posts over the last few weeks. I've had major wireless connection problems with my laptop, and I've also recently started a new job, thus causing me to focus on "work", and not "blogging". The good news is: I've started a job in a lobbying firm on Capitol Hill, and should have some good inside info on what's going on in DC. Stay tuned.


Thursday, February 02, 2006

Why We Fight 

Thanks to Steve Clemons, last night I had the opportunity to attend a pre-release premier of Eugene Jarecki's brilliant film Why We Fight.

The film works off of Eisenhower's eye opening farewell speech , where he warns us that we must "guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex". If you haven't heard/read the speech before, you should. It's hard to believe those words come from a former 5-Star General. Eisenhower seems to have wanted to make sure that Americans do not rely on the military to supply all services (Education, health care, etc.).

Anyway, the names below, are featured in the film. All, except for Vidal, Lewis, and Sekzer, are/were practitioners of the "Military Insustrial Complex".

Wilton Sekzer -- Officer, NYPD

Fuji & Tooms -- Stealth Fighter Pilots, U.S. Air Force

Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski -- Officer, Pentagon Middle East Desk

William Solomon -- New Recruit, U.S. Army

Anh Duong -- Explosives Expert, Indianhead Naval Center

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff, Department of State (attended the screening)

Senator John McCain (R-AZ)

Chalmers Johnson, CIA 1967-73; President, Japan Policy Research

Joseph Cirincione, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Gore Vidal, author

Charles Lewis, Center for Public Integrity

Richard Perle, Pentagon Advisor; American Enterprise Institute

William Kristol, Editor, The Weekly Standard

Col. Richard Treadway, Commander, Stealth Fighter Squadron

James Roche, Secretary of the Air Force

John S.D. Eisenhower, Son of Dwight Eisenhower

Susan Eisenhower, Granddaughter of Dwight Eisenhower; Eisenhower

Gwynne Dyer, Military Historian

Donna Ellington, President, Raytheon Missile Systems

Col. Wally Saeger, U.S. Air Force Munitions Directorate,

Franklin "Chuck" Spinney, Pentagon Systems Analyst (ret)

Dan Rather, CBS News

Personally, I think Mr. Sekzer (son killed on 9/11), Lt. Col. Kwiatkowski (former "architect" of the Iraq War, who now seems to bitterly oppose Rumsfeld's Pentagon), and Chalmers Johnson (former CIA agent) were the interviews that stood out. The film istelf, is very powerful as well as depressing-what can we do to change things? Go watch it, and decide.


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