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Found here: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2004_08/004461.php
#24216: It's their incompetence, stupid.
The Republicans (or specifically the current Bush administration, to be fair) have demonstrated their incompetence time and time again. The latest? Revealing the identity of, as I understand it, our best source on Al Qaida information. Sweet!
Read more here:
#24217: It's their candidates, stupid.
Ok, I'm sure you've all heard that Alan Keyes was the best they could find to run against Barack Obama for Senate, right? Here's a choice quote from Keyes:
"And I deeply resent the destruction of federalism represented by Hillary Clinton's willingness to go into a state she doesn't even live in and pretend to represent people there. So I certainly wouldn't imitate it."
Ok, so he's a hypocrite. That's fine, most politicians, from either side, are. Well, at least he's got the full support of his party.
MR. RUSSERT: [I]t gives the impression that Barack Obama, a black state senator from Illinois, Democrat, you went to Maryland to find a black to run against the Democratic black.
REP. HASTERT: Well, I tell you what, I was out of town when that happened. That -- sure. But I went [through] five levels [of candidates]. I've been working for five weeks trying to find a candidate. Here we are.
Um. Well, ok, so he wasn't his first choice, but it can't be that bad, right?
"I spent five weeks trying to find good people," said Mr. Hastert, who said he approached state legislators and the former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka and Gary Fencik, an Ivy Leaguer who was a hard-hitting safety.
"I got down into last week interviewing a 70-year-old guy who was a great farm broadcaster in Illinois," Mr. Hastert said. "He decided because of his health problems he couldn't do it. You know, we were down — we needed to find somebody to run, somebody who wanted to run. And, you know, Alan Keyes wants to run, and I hope he's a good candidate."
From here: http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/week_2004_08_08.php#003256
and here: http://www.prospect.org/weblog/archives/2004/08/index.html#003454
and a million other places. I watched the interview (even commented on it briefly yesterday), and it really was that bad.
#24218: It's their honesty, stupid.
Or lack thereof.
Let me sum it up: Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Three quick points.
1.) Of the 13 members featured in their latest attack ad on Kerry - none of them served with him. So the whole "saw him with my own eyes" concept - eh... well... maybe... not so much.
2.) Of the 254 members, 253 didn't serve with him. One did. But hey, at least they found ONE person who'd stab him in the back.
3.) Of the $158,750 they raised, $150,000 was from three men - two Texas Bush backers, one known opponent of Kerry.
Hmmm. And the Bush administration failed to disassociate themselves from these people, why...? Well, if you don't specifically denounce them, a lot of people will think you support them, and if you support them, why, it must be true, right? Well... maybe... eh... no. Just ask John McCain.
and here: http://www.prospect.org/weblog/archives/2004/08/index.html#003453
and... oh hell, you can't NOT find info on this one online.
#24219: It's the hypocrisy, stupid.
I know, more examples? Yes, more examples.
In 2000, Senator Richard Shelby, one of the strongest proponents of legislation that would make it a felony to leak information, regardless of whether the leak was intentional or not. There was a lot of concern that it could be used against journalists who were reporting stories, got into some ugly First Amendment issues, and Clinton veto'd the bill.
In 2002, that same Senator Shelby leaked information.
"My position on this issue is clear and well-known: At no time during my career as a United States Senator and, more particularly, at no time during my service as Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have I ever knowingly compromised classified information."
Good thing Clinton veto'd that bill or Shelby would be serving time now.