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What Me Worry?Civilian massacres in Iraq, riots in Afghanistan, stagnant job growth turning negative and gas over $3 a gallon. The world’s going to hell in a handbasket, so what critical issue will George be talking about next week? That’s right: gay marriage.

There’s reason to think that not even the Red Staters will be taken in on this one. The [LA Times] quotes conservative activists expressing suspicion of the president’s real committment to one of their pet issues, and others say outright that the real burr under their saddles is fiscal irresponsibility and runaway spending. Well, they’re hardly going to get any action on that in an election year, are they? Hence the gesture toward denying Adam and Steve the honeymoon special at Sandals.

Rove may have finally lost his deadly touch. All the swift boats in the world won’t hold back the tsunami that seems to be heading for the GOP in the fall. John Zogby, using [Michigan as an emblem] says that he’s never seen such negative public sentiment and suggests tectonic shifts in political alignment on the way. Data on the Zogby site shows that the trends are definitely heading in the wrong direction for the Repubs:

Zogby chart

Still, don’t underestimate the remarkable ability of Democrats to walk into walls. As Zogby also points out, “The Democrats have no program on any issue, they have nothing to say that matters to anyone in the United States today.”

Devil in a blue dress

Hillary as Devil

Will you vote for President Hillary come 2008? According to the conventional wisdom, it’s practically a done deal that Hillary Clinton will not only run for president in 2008, but will be the Democratic candidate. Karl Rove has already started [beating the drum] about the dangers of this coming to pass and early polls seem to give her the nod. Clinton is certainly playing coy about her plans, while amassing a huge war chest. Looks like a done deal alright. But there’s something interesting hidden in the polls that neither Hillary nor Karl nor the mainstream media will talk about. Read the rest of this entry »

Remembering andrewsullivan.com

I’ve been tracking the decline of Andrew Sullivan’s once-popular[blog] over the past few months. Using the ranking system at [Technorati], I’ve watched him fall from his once-stable seat in the top 10 to his present place well below the top 100. The way Technorati rates a blog’s popularity is by tracking the number of other sites that link into it. Around last summer, Sullivan was getting about 2,500 other sites linking to his. Today, that has dropped to a little less than 2,000. Granted, not a huge drop — but the key is that there has been a real decline in a period when blog readership has exploded. For example, the most popular political blog, Daily Kos, has almost 11,000 sites linking to it. Today, Sullivan’s site is less popular than sites like “Stuff on My Cat”, wherein a guy posts pictures of his cat with things placed on it and “Yarn Harlot”, a site that explores the intricacies of knitting. Why has this happened? Read the rest of this entry »

The Trouble with Dick

Last night I watched a [documentary] on PBS about Watergate that went over the entire timeline of those days. It was scary how similar some things were to today. So much of what led to the cover up grew out of the dirty tricks campaign against Nixon’s perceived “enemies”. And today the Washington Post has a [front pager] describing Cheney as the force behind leaking classifed info in an effort to “discredit, punish or seek revenge against” opponents of their Iraq policy. We’ve been here before…

Nixon saw dissent as treason. Sounds very close to “You’re either with us or against us.” Will Libby will turn out to be their Dean?

UPDATE 5/14: Andrew Sullivan [comments] on news that Cheney is our (badly aimed) smoking gun…

Nixon Cheney

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