Sunday, October 31, 2004

Liberal NY Daily News Endorses Bush

The Daily News endorsed Bill Clinton (twice), Al Gore in 2000 but now they are endorsing George W. Bush in 2004.

New York Daily News Editorial

Tested severely by 9/11, Bush recognized it was not enough — it had never
been enough — to treat Islamic terrorism as a criminal-justice matter, or just
to hunt down Osama Bin Laden and his henchmen. The President had two crucial
insights: First, that rogue states were a grave threat in that they could
provide weapons of mass destruction to terrorists as a force multiplier. And,
second, that the Mideast's backward, repressed societies were generating
virulent, homicidal hatred of the U.S.

And so Bush led the country to invade Saddam Hussein's Iraq, enraging some allies and alienating half the American people. We supported the President and we continue to believe he made the right decision.

At this critical juncture, America cannot afford such a lack of clarity
— or even a hint that a President would revert to playing defense rather than
staying on the offensive. Nor would it be wise to change commanders midbattle in
Iraq and around the globe, replacing a tested leader with a man who would have
to learn on the job under the most difficult circumstances. With so much at
stake, that's a transition not to be wished for.

Returning Bush to office is the wise course, The News believes, despite
our sharp disagreement with his domestic policies. Those pale in comparison with
the overarching challenge of securing the nation and preserving New York's vital
way of life. Of the two candidates, Bush has the clearer vision for
accomplishing the goal, as well as the greater experience. He gets our
endorsement.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Ten Worst Media Distortions of Campaign 2004

The Media Research Center has put together a list of the Top 10 Media Distortions of Campaign 2004. Can you imagine chosing only ten?


No matter who wins or loses this year’s presidential election, Campaign 2004
will be remembered for the unprecedented partisanship of the so-called
mainstream media, as the Media Research Center has documented all year.

Here are our awards for the ten most-biased episodes in Campaign 2004,
along with commendations for those instances when journalists rose above their
bias and approached their craft in a fair and balanced way.

The Ten Worst Media Distortions of Campaign 2004

Two great letters in The Weekly Standard

In the Oct 18 Weekly Standard Bill Kristol wrote an article tited, Never: Never have the American people elected as president a candidate with a record on national security issues resembling that of John Kerry

This week, two readers have terrific letters to the editor,

THE CHALLENGE for William Kristol's succinct editorial "Never"
(Oct. 18) must have been how to choose among Senator John Kerry's many unique
negatives. I therefore must add another "never before" item, because it still
stuns me.

Last year, Kerry described the 30-plus nations who comprise our coalition in Iraq as a "trumped-up, so-called coalition of the bribed, the coerced, the bought, and the extorted."

I have a history question for WEEKLY STANDARD readers: Has any American politician--never mind presidential candidate--ever managed to heap more brazen contempt on more close allies with fewer words?

G. Kendrick Macdowell
Washington, DC

WILLIAM KRISTOL missed one on his "never before" theme: Never before has the
United States elected a president whose speeches were once piped into the cells
of American POWs for the purpose of demoralizing them.

Kirk O. Kolbo
Minneapolis, MN

Saddam's idea of philanthropy

Deroy Murdock, a syndicated columnist, has put this together to illustrate Saddam's ties to terrorists. Well done.

Missing weapons, missing dignity

John Kerry continues to repeat an easily provable lie day after day on the campaign trail, showing his true character, or lack of it, for the entire world to see. Ralph Peters drops a daisy cutter on John Kerry's and Big Media's October Surprise.

THE MYTH OF THE 'MISSING EXPLOSIVES': A SHAMELESS LIE
BY RALPH PETERS

October 28, 2004 -- SHOULD the United Nations decide who be comes our
president? Sen. John Kerry wouldn't mind. He's shamelessly promoting the lies
that the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency is telling about Iraq.

A devious IAEA report suggests that 400 tons of explosives were spirited
away by our enemies under the noses of our Keystone-Cops troops after the fall
of Baghdad. The document just happened to be released in the closing days of our
presidential election. Purely a coincidence, of course. Brought to you by those
selfless U.N. bureaucrats who failed in Iraq and are now failing in Iran.

Sen. Kerry knows this is a bogus issue. And he doesn't care. He's willing
to accuse our troops of negligence and incompetence to further his political
career. Of course, he did that once before.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

The game is over

If the mainstream media is going to continue to put out stories that can be so quickly and easily proved false, misleading, or worse, what are we left to conclude other than,

The Game Is Over. Capitulation Time.

The front page NY Times story about missing weapons in Iraq was breathtaking, especially in the wake of the Dan Rather phony document controversy. In each case, the shoddy reporting was trashed within hours. Don't miss our interview with Scott Johnson of Powerline about the Rather controversy on the Pundit Review Radio Archives to the right.

Despite everything that has changed around them, the mainstream media is still working out of the old playbook. The New York Times drives other media outlets to repeat a story which becomes a national sensation for a few news cycles. With one week to go, the intention here is clear. Having seen this play before, John Kerry is following the script, repeating this claim even though it has been proven to be a fraud.

Noemie Emery wrote a great piece in The Weekly Standard (10/11/2004) titled The Myth of the War Room that looks pretty smart right now,

The Democrats planned to capitalize on the now-notorious Dan Rather 60 Minutes
"scoop" of September 8, and prepared a film, "Fortunate Son," that carried on
the charges of dereliction of duty made in the program, and even incorporated
footage from the show (although not of the phony memos that had been used to
document the accusations). But they kept the film up for days after it had
become clear that the entire Guard issue was tainted and toxic, that Rather's
claims had been based on obvious forgeries, and that the controversial name at
the heart of the scandal had become Rather and not Bush.

THE KERRY CAMPAIGN is so enamored of the rapid response that it is given to attacking by reflex, even when the response is doomed to be counter-productive or so dissonant that it makes people wince.

How right she was. The Kerry campaign released an instant response ad to the now discredited New York Times story in which he said,


The obligation of a commander in chief is to keep our country safe. In Iraq,
George Bush has overextended our troops and now failed to secure 380 tons of
deadly explosives. The kind used for attacks in Iraq, and for terrorist
bombings.

Cliff May has an interesting observation on The Corner tonight,


RICHARD HOLBROOKE TO JOHN GIBSON On Fox just now re the missing explosives: “John, you don’t know what happened and I don’t know what
happened.”

But the Kerry campaign is making ads placing the blame?

Deacon at Powerline comments on John Edwards taking this ball and running it with,

These are exactly the kind of explosives terrorists want. They're the dangerous
weapons we wanted to keep from falling in the hands of terrorists. And now these
explosives are out there, and we have no idea who's got them.


So Edwards is now acknowledging that when we invaded Iraq Saddam Hussein possessed "exactly" the kind of "dangerous weapons" that "terrorists want." Does Edwards still believe that this was "the wrong war at the wrong place at the wrong time?"

Noemie Emery gets the last word,

Master politicians such as Roosevelt, Kennedy, and Reagan were tough, but
they could also inspire, and none ever pulled stunts such as these. They were
too self-protective, as well as too sensible: Since Kerry took up his pugnacious
persona, his ratings have dropped like a rock. None of this seems likely to
deter other Democrats, who, believing as they do that Republicans only win by
mud-slinging, will want to sling more mud themselves.

The war-room obsession has serious drawbacks. It helps to be tough, and to
press your case strongly. But first, you need something to say.

Monday, October 25, 2004

Pundit Review Radio: Interview with Citizen-Journal.net

This week we spoke with Bill Lalor, the man behind Citizen-Journal.net. Bill is a lawyer by trade and we spoke to him about the Florida fiasco in 2000, the Bush V. Gore court battle and what to look for in this election.

We also touched on Michael Moore's appearence at Bill's alma mater, Penn State, the crushing defeat of his Yankees at the expense of our Red Sox (he was in the stands for game 7) and his great web site, Citizen-Journal.net.

We thank Bill spending part of his Saturday with us on Pundit Review Radio.


Pundit Review Radio: October 23

This week we talked Red Sox baseball, the flu vaccine shortage (who's fault is it?), the real reasons behind the high price of oil (it's not SUV's, Iraq or Bush's relationship with the Saudi's), and John Kerry's continuing mis-adventures as a 'sportsman' trying to solidify his 'regular guy' credentials.

Our advice, stick with the $6000 bicycle and windsurfing.


Wednesday, October 20, 2004

When the man comes around

This takes a minute to load, but it is well worth it. Enjoy.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Pundit Review Radio: Interview with Bill from INDCJournal

In the second half hour we interviewed one of our favorite bloggers, Bill from INDCJournal.com. We talked to Bill about his blog and the impact that bloggers are having on traditional media, the debates, the election, the Swift Boat Veterans and even talked about John Edwards Bunny fetish, you don't want to miss it!


Pundit Review Radio: October 16

Sorry for the delay in getting this posted. In this week's show we discussed the debates, the DNC dirty tricks campaign, taxes, The Duelfer Report on WMD, John Edwards miracle healing power, Kerry's draft canard and MTV's Vote or Die Campaign. That was all in the first half hour!


Gen. Tommy Franks: Kerry Outsourcing Truth About Tora Bora

War of Words
By TOMMY FRANKS
President Bush and Senator John Kerry have very different views of the war
on terrorism, and those differences ought to be debated in this presidential
campaign. But the debate should focus on facts, not distortions of history.

On more than one occasion, Senator Kerry has referred to the fight at
Tora Bora in Afghanistan during late 2001 as a missed opportunity for America.
He claims that our forces had Osama bin Laden cornered and allowed him to
escape. How did it happen? According to Mr. Kerry, we "outsourced" the job to
Afghan warlords. As commander of the allied forces in the Middle East, I was
responsible for the operation at Tora Bora, and I can tell you that the
senator's understanding of events doesn't square with reality.

First, take Mr. Kerry's contention that we "had an opportunity to
capture or kill Osama bin Laden" and that "we had him surrounded." We don't know
to this day whether Mr. bin Laden was at Tora Bora in December 2001. Some
intelligence sources said he was; others indicated he was in Pakistan at the
time; still others suggested he was in Kashmir. Tora Bora was teeming with
Taliban and Qaeda operatives, many of whom were killed or captured, but Mr. bin
Laden was never within our grasp.

Second, we did not "outsource" military action. We did rely heavily on
Afghans because they knew Tora Bora, a mountainous, geographically difficult
region on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is where Afghan mujahedeen
holed up for years, keeping alive their resistance to the Soviet Union. Killing
and capturing Taliban and Qaeda fighters was best done by the Afghan fighters
who already knew the caves and tunnels.

Third, the Afghans weren't left to do the job alone. Special forces
from the United States and several other countries were there, providing
tactical leadership and calling in air strikes. Pakistani troops also provided
significant help - as many as 100,000 sealed the border and rounded up hundreds
of Qaeda and Taliban fighters.

Contrary to Senator Kerry, President Bush never "took his eye off the
ball" when it came to Osama bin Laden. The war on terrorism has a global focus.
It cannot be divided into separate and unrelated wars, one in Afghanistan and
another in Iraq. Both are part of the same effort to capture and kill terrorists
before they are able to strike America again, potentially with weapons of mass
destruction. Terrorist cells are operating in some 60 countries, and the United
States, in coordination with dozens of allies, is waging this war on many
fronts.

Monday, October 18, 2004

Kerry Desperation Tactic #6742; Bush's October Surprise for Social Security

Oct 18 MSNBC
Kerry: Bush planning ‘January surprise’ on social security

"The last thing America's seniors need is the president's 'January surprise,' "
Kerry said, speaking at Mount Olivet Baptist Church, a black congregation in
Columbus, Ohio. "That's a surprise we can all live without."

so is the truth apparently,

Oct 18
FactCheck.org
Kerry Falsely Claims Bush Plans To Cut Social Security Benefits
It's not Bush's plan, and it wouldn't cut benefits

Doesn't President Bush frequently talk about reforming social security? He mentioned it in the debates, he mentions it at every campaign stop. What kind of surprise is that? Kerry's October surprise has been available on GeorgeWBush for a year or so,


President Bush will strengthen and enhance Social Security, guaranteeing no
changes in benefits for current retirees and near-retirees, while giving younger
workers the opportunity to use their Social Security payroll taxes to build a
nest egg for retirement that can be passed on to their families.

President Bush has proposed voluntary personal accounts for younger workers
that would allow them to build a nest egg for retirement that they would own and
control, and could pass on to their families.

President Bush has proposed to expand savings opportunities through the
creation of Retirement Savings Accounts (RSAs) and Lifetime Savings Accounts
(LSAs). RSAs would provide all Americans with an easy, tax-preferred way
to prepare for retirement. LSAs would give all Americans the opportunity
to save tax free to pay for job training, college tuition, the down-payment on a
first home, a car to drive to work, or their retirement.

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Originally uploaded by punditreview.

Charles at Little Green Footballs makes this observation,

"You don't even need to Photoshop the pictures of sportsperson/Senator John F. Kerry, showing his decisive manliness personliness on the field of dreams. They're beyond parody."

Foreign leaders on the US election

Russian President Vladimir Putin

“I consider the activities of terrorists in Iraq are not as much aimed at
coalition forces but more personally against President Bush. International
terrorism has as its goal to prevent the election of President Bush to a second
term. If they achieve that goal, then that will give international
terrorism a new impulse and extra power.”

The Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath

The Palestinian Authority made its first open statement Monday expressing
support for US democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. Shaath
said that the future of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is unsure if
George W. Bush is re-elected to office.

Meanwhile, New Republic owner Martin Peretz is wondering,

By now, to be sure, Kerry thinks that Arafat’s “support” for terrorism has
already rendered him unfit as a partner for peace. And his votes in the Senate
(like all but a handful of senators) have been routinely friendly to
Israel.

So why am I still exercised about John Kerry?

It’s the ramifications of his foreign policy in general, especially his
fixation on the United Nations as the arbiter of international legitimacy,
proctor of that “global test.”

I’ve searched to find one time when Kerry — even candidate Kerry —
criticized a U.N. action or statement against Israel. I’ve come up empty. Nor
has he defended Israel against the European Union’s continuous hectoring.
Another thing that bothers me about Kerry is the deus ex machina he has up his
sleeve: the appointment of a presidential envoy. It’s hard to count how many
special emissaries have been dispatched from Washington to the Middle East to
solve the Arab-Israeli conflict. What’s easy to see is that none of them has
gotten to “yes.”


Problems with audio blog

Sorry for the delay in posting this weekend's show with Bill from INDCJournal. We are having some problems with audio blog which should (hopefully) be resolved soon.

Friday, October 15, 2004

Pundit Review Radio: This Week's Guest is INDC Journal

Don't miss Pundit Review Radio this Saturday, October 16th at noon EST when our guest will be Bill A. from the excellent blog INDC Journal

You can listen to Pundit Review Radio live on Boston's business station, WBIX AM1060

The shows are archived on this site.

If you have any questions for Bill from INDC Journal, you can reach us toll free at 877.711.1060

We will cover such topics as the debates, election, Swift Boat Vets, Teresa, taxes and the Mary Cheney controversy.

Don't Miss It!

Krauthammer Unloads On Miracle Man Edwards

Charles Krauthammer has long been one of our favorite columnists. As a medical school student he suffered a serious injury and has been a quadriplegic ever since.

He unloads on John Edwards ridiculous and frankly revealing assertion that when John Kerry becomes president, people like Christopher Reeve will be getting out of their wheelshairs and walking again.

Anything To Get Elected

In my 25 years in Washington, I have never seen a more loathsome display of
demagoguery. Hope is good. False hope is bad. Deliberately raising for personal
gain false hope in the catastrophically afflicted is despicable.

Politicians have long promised a chicken in every pot. It is part of the
game. It is one thing to promise ethanol subsidies here, dairy price controls
there. But to exploit the desperate hopes of desperate people with the promise
of Christ-like cures is beyond the pale.

There is no apologizing for Edwards' remark. It is too revealing. There is
absolutely nothing the man will not say to get elected.


Thursday, October 14, 2004

Democrat Strategy: Destroy the Republic in order to rule it

Hugh Hewitt was on Pundit Review Radio last week talking about his book If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat. Hugh talked to us about the increasingly desperate Democrats and what they have done and what they are willing to do to win elections. You can listen to the interview, it is linked to the right. John Fund of the Wall Street Journal also has a new book out titled Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy

The first sign of the Democrats coordinated campaign came on September 27 when Jimmy Carter penned a pre-emptive column warning about voting irregularities and the need for international monitors for the United States elections.

Blogger Bill Hobbs is keeping a running tallly on voter fraud stories. If you doubt what the Democrats are doing, check this out.

VodkaPundit Stephen Green is in full fury,
The rules don't matter. The reputation of the country doesn't matter. The
political health of the nation doesn't matter. Power matters.

I don't mean to say that Republicans haven't used dirty tricks, or won't in
the future. But I have yet to see them pull anything as crass as replacing a
losing candidate with a more-popular one just weeks before election day, and in
violation of state law. I have yet to see Republicans calling on the world's
most corrupt international organization, run largely by apparatchiks from the
world's most brutal dictatorships, to pass judgment on how we run our elections.
I have yet to see the Republicans encouraging their own to commit fraud by
shouting "Fraud!" where none yet exists, putting at risk everything we've built
here in the last 228 years.

Because, in the end, that's what the national Democrats are doing:
They're trying, however inadvertently, to destroy the Republic in order to rule
it.


Sunday, October 10, 2004

Pundit Review Radio: Interview with Hugh Hewitt

We want to thank Hugh Hewitt, nationally syndicated talk show host and best selling author of If It's Not Close They Can't Cheat, for spending part of his weekend with us on Pundit Review Radio.

We had a great conversation with Hugh about his wonderful new book, the current state of the Democratic Party, John Kerry and how the remainder of this election is shaping up.


Pundit Review Radio: Interview with Don Luskin

We want to thank Don Luskin of Smart Money Magazine, National Review and PoorandStupid.com for spending part of his weekend with us on Pundit Review Radio.

Don gave us his insight on the second presidential debate, the election, economic issues and don't miss his comments on Paul Krugman.


Articles we enjoyed this weekend

UN: Saddam’s Sugar Daddy, By Claudia Rosett

CIA chief weapons inspector Charles Duelfer may not have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but he sure found information enough to blow the lid off the simmering scandal of the United Nations Oil-for-Food program. As it turns out, Oil-for-Food pretty much was Saddam Hussein's weapons program.

Scott Johnson of Powerline On Senator Kerry's G-8 spot

Here's a new web site that captures the groundswell of support for John Kerry

Never: By Bill Kristol in the Oct 18 Weekly Standard

NEVER HAVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE elected as president a candidate with a record on national security issues resembling that of John Kerry. Consider some of the distinctive national security choices Kerry has made over the years.


CBS still parsing the truth, By Michael Goodwin, NY Daily News

Rathergate be damned, CBS News still doesn't get it. A month after it embarrassed itself with the discredited story about President Bush's National Guard service, the network continues to send mixed signals about the mess it created. Most shocking, top brass apparently are allowing the same team that screwed up the initial report to keep working on the story. Note to CBS: The first rule of holes is, when you find yourself in one, stop digging. Step away from the shovel!

David Brooks on the Duelfer Report

I have never in my life seen a government report so distorted by partisan passions. The fact that Saddam had no W.M.D. in 2001 has been amply reported, but it's been isolated from the more important and complicated fact of Saddam's nature and intent.

He was the menace, and, as the world dithered, he was winning his struggle. He was on the verge of greatness. We would all now be living in his nightmare.

Friday, October 08, 2004

New Flash Fun From JibJab.com

Remember the hillarious parody ad that spread across the web a few months ago featuring Bush & Kerry singing This Land Is Your Land?

The guys from JibJab.com are back with a new one titled, "Good To Be In DC". Enjoy.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Kerry's Imaginary Allies Continue To Trash U.S.A.



French President Jacques Chirac warned Thursday of a "catastrophe" for global diversity if the United States' cultural hegemony goes unchallenged.

Speaking at a French cultural center in Hanoi ahead of Friday's opening of a summit of European and Asian leaders, Chirac said France was right to stand up for cultural and linguistic diversity.

The outspoken French president warned that the world's different cultures could be "choked" by US values.

This, he said, would lead to a "general world sub-culture" based around the English language, which would be "a real ecological catastrophe".

Citing Hollywood's stranglehold over the film industry as an example, Chirac stressed that only with government assistance could countries maintain their cultural heritage.

Vietnam is a former French colony, but only around 375,000 of its 81 million people speak French. English is considered by most people a far more valuable and practical second language, particularly among businessmen.

Interview with Scott Johnson of Powerline

On October 2nd Pundit Review Radio interviewed Scott Johnson of Powerline. We had a wide ranging discussion about the Dan Rather controversy and the impact it is having on the mainstream media.


Interview with Dean Esmay of Dean's World and Operation Give

Blogger Dean Esmay of Dean's World was a guest on Pundit Review Radio on October 2nd. Dean spoke with us about his involvement with the blogger driven charity Operation Give. Dean told us about the great work military blogger Chief Wiggles is doing to bring a sick Iraqi girl to the U.S. for a life saving operation and he lets our listeners know how they can help in this very worthwhile effort.


Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Pundit Review Radio this Saturday

Pundit Review Radio can be heard every Saturday between noon-1pm EST on www.wbix.com

Pundit Review Radio highlights the work of bloggers and other leaders of the new media and discusses the impact they are having on politics and the press.

The show is archived on this site. Our interviews from last week with Dean Esmay of Dean's World and Scott Johnson of Powerline will be posted tomorrow. Our interview with Mattt Margolis of BlogsforBush is posted below in an audio blog link.

This Saturday we have a great show lined up for you. Our first guest will be Don Luskin of Smart Money, National Review and PoorandStupid.com

We will also be speaking to Hugh Hewitt, blogger, nationally syndicated talk show host, columnist and best selling author of If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat

If you want to ask a question to Don or Hugh, the number is 877-711-1060.

We appreciate the support we have received from the bloging community and we ask that you let your readers know that this new show is out there promoting bloggers and the new media. Thanks for your support.


The Boston Globe: speaking with one voice

How's this for diversty of opinion on the Boston Globe editorial page today. Pathetic.

The understudies onstageVICE PRESIDENT Dick Cheney could have come across as the Bush administration hatchet man, too mean-spirited to deserve reelection, but he didn't. Senator John Edwards could have come across as young and inexperienced, too callow to serve a heartbeat from the Oval Office, but he didn't.

Neither can claim a clear win(By Scot Lehigh, Globe Columnist)
CALL THIS ONE a tie, a polite but pointed debate in which each of the two number twos did reasonably well.

Cheney proves his irrelevance(By Thomas Oliphant, Globe Columnist)
CLEVELAND THE COUNTRY doesn't need Dick Cheney any more. After his 90 minutes on the stage last night, it is clear he is no longer an essential person in politics and government. What he brings to the table are liabilities.

Consider this debate a draw(By Cathy Young, Globe Columnist)
THE VICE presidential debate ended without a clear winner. In terms of style and demeanor, there was nothing like the clear contrast between John Kerry's strong presence and George W. Bush's apparent lack of self-confidence. Vice President Dick Cheney came across as more mature (not just in the sense of actual age) and more authoritative, but he also seemed rather ...

A defensive vice president(By Joan Vennochi, Globe Columnist)
DON'T LET today's headlines get in the way of yesterday's arguments for war with Iraq. Dick Cheney stuck to that principle during last night's debate with Democratic challenger John Edwards. The vice president's overall debate strategy appeared to be very simple: Say it calmly, say it with authority, and hope that people in battleground states continue to believe Bush-Cheney can ...

A downward spiral(By Derrick Z. Jackson, Globe Columnist)
LOS ANGELES GIVEN NO chance to play grandpa, Dick Cheney was the grump. Hunkered down and grimmacing through his answers, the vice president must have lived up to Republican strategists' greatest fears.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

VP Debate Pre-Cap

Tomorrow's news today...

If John Edwards can leave the stage tonight without sounding like Pedro Martinez,
"I have to tip my hat and say Dick Cheney is my daddy"

then he will be declared the winner in the mainstream media.

In the past 48 hours, the press has positioned this as the experiecned, tough as nails Dick Cheney versus the good ol boy southern charm of inexperienced John Edwards. Edwards has been taken down a few pegs so that even a solid defeat can be spun as a victory. "It wasn't as bad as some unnamed Kerry campaign officials had feared"

This will represent quite a feat for the Kedwards ticket. They will have been declared the winners in two debates for doing nothing more than speaking within a certain timeframe and not getting embarrassed.

The more one examines what John Kerry said, the harder it is to rationalize his near unanaimous victory in the media and in the initial polling. As people take a closer look at the never ending list of contradictions in Kerry's remarks, his poll numbers are again slipping. His debate bounce was about as profound as his convention bounce. The only thing they have in common is that the conventional wisdon displayed by the media elites was wrong both times.

This is precisely what Evan Thomas of Newsweek was referring to when he said recently,
Let’s talk a little media bias here. The media, I think, want Kerry to
win. And I think they’re going to portray Kerry and Edwards - I’m talking about
the establishment media, not Fox, but - they’re going to portray Kerry and
Edwards as being young and dynamic and optimistic and all, there’s going to be
this glow about them that some, is going to be worth, collectively, the two of
them, that’s going to be worth maybe 15 points.

All Edwards has to do is have one exchange with Cheney in which he does not back down and says something harsh. If he does this, he will have "stood up to Cheney" and "shown a toughness he had not shown on the campaign trail". Edwards was "surprisingly strong" and "not intimidated". Cheney on the other hand will be described as "dour" and "not willing to listen to criticism". He will be viewed as an effective advocate for the President, even "making the President's case better then the President".


Polish President Slams Kerry

Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski has slammed Dem president hopeful John Kerry, aka Mr. Diplomacy, for not recognizing Poland's contributions and sacrifice to the war in Iraq.

"It is sad that a senator with 20 years of experience does not recognize
Polish contribution. This is immoral. It is sad that a senator with 20
years of experience underestimates Polish sacrifice, this is sad."


Sunday, October 03, 2004

These are the people Kerry says will help us...

John Kerry lives in a fantasy world. He continually holds up the United Nations as a place of virtue rather than corruption. His demeaning and insulting attitude toward the new Iraqi Prime Minister and our 'bribed and coerced' allies in Iraq has been disgraceful and yet he claims that he is going to bring the world together.

France, Russia and Germany choose corruption over cooperation, they viewed Saddam Hussein's regime not as a threat to global security in a post 9/11 world, they saw it as a profit center. The suffering of the Iraqi's and the instability in the region was the price of doing business. Only now are the layers of corruption being unpeeled. Kerry wants the American people to believe he is going to get these governments to send troops and money to this 'disaster' in Iraq, this 'catastrophe' this 'wrong war at the wrong time' this 'diversion from the war on terror'.

What does it say about Kerry's judgement? He would never act in our defense if he didn't have enough cover from his friends in the capitals of Europe.

Here are some Kerry comments from the first debate,

"First of all, he made the misjudgment of saying to America that he was
going to build a true alliance, that he would exhaust the remedies of the
United Nations and go through the inspections"

"He also promised America that he would go to war as a last resort. Those
words mean something to me, as somebody who has been in combat. "Last
resort." You've got to be able to look in the eyes of families and say to
those parents, "I tried to do everything in my power to prevent the loss of your
son and daughter." I don't believe the United States did that. And
we pushed our allies aside. "

"But this president hasn't even held the kind of statesman-like summits that
pull people together and get them to invest in those states. In fact, he's
done the opposite. He pushed them away. When the Secretary General Kofi Annan offered the United Nations, he said, "No, no, we'll go do this alone."

And here is what these allies have been saying recently,

A French official said Saturday that even if Sen. John Kerry defeats
President Bush in November's election, his country won't provide troops to help the U.S. in Iraq - the same policy France has under President Bush."If Kerry is elected, we wouldn't send troops either," the unnamed official told the New York Daily News.

No German troops for Iraq, says Schroeder
BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Wednesday again ruled out sending troops to Iraq prior to the arrival of Iraqi President Ghazi al-Yawr for high level talks in Berlin. "What I have said remains valid: we are not sending troops there," said Schroeder in a speech to parliament greeted with strong applause from government benches.

No troops is one thing. Surely they would help with debt relief?

(AP, 10/4) On Iraq, the United States tried to rally support for wiping out up to 90 percent of the Arab nation's $120 billion in foreign debt. However, France and Germany say they are only willing to provide 50 percent debt relief for Iraq this year.

Here is Kerry on Iran,

In response to a question about whether sanctions and diplomacy can curb North Korea's and Iran's nuclear ambitions, the Massachusetts senator said:

"I think the United States should have offered the opportunity to provide the nuclear fuel, test them, see whether or not they were actually looking for it for peaceful purposes. If they weren't willing to work a deal, then we could have put sanctions together. The president did nothing."

Iran's response,

New York Sun - The regime in Iran is rejecting Senator Kerry's proposal, floated last week in his debate with President Bush, to provide the mullahs with nuclear fuel in exchange for dismantling their atomic fuel cycle. The spokesman for the foreign ministry in Tehran told reporters yesterday,

"We have the technology and there is no need for us to beg from others."
Entering such an agreement, the spokesman, Hamid Reza Asefi, said, would be irrational. What guarantees are there? Will they supply us one day and then, if they want to, stop supplying us on another day?"

Here is what Kerry is ignoring when he speaks so highly of the U.N.,

Sunday Times

A LEAKED report has exposed the extent of alleged corruption in the United
Nations’ oil-for-food scheme in Iraq, identifying up to 200 individuals and
companies that made profits running into hundreds of millions of pounds from
it.

The report largely implicates France and Russia, whom Saddam Hussein
targeted as he sought support on the UN Security Council before the Iraq
war. Both countries were influential voices against UN-backed action.

The report says oil was given to key countries: “The regime gave
priority to Russia, China and France. This was because they were permanent
members of, and hence had the ability to influence decisions made by, the UN
Security Council. The regime . . . allocated ‘private oil’ to individuals or
political parties that sympathised in some way with the regime.”

The report also details how the regime benefited by arranging illegal
“kickbacks” from oil sales.

April 18, 2004, Oil-for-Terror? There appears to be much worse news to uncover in the Oil-for-Food scandal. By Claudia Rosett

If there is a silver lining to all this, it is that those contract lists and
bank records could be a treasure trove of information — an insider tour of what
Saddam's regime knew about the dark side of global finance. There are plenty of
signs that the secret U.N. lists became, in effect, Saddam's little black book
(papered over with a blue U.N. label). Though perhaps "little" is not the
correct word. The labyrinth was vast. The wisest move by the U.N., the U.S., or
any other authority with full access to these records, would be to make them
fully public — thus recruiting help from observers worldwide, not least the
media, in digging through the hazardous waste left by Oil-for-Food. The issue is
not simply how much Saddam pilfered, or even whether he bought up half the
governments of Russia and France — but whether, under the U.N. charade of
supervision, he availed himself of the huge opportunities to fund carnage under
the cover of U.N. sanctions and humanitarian relief. We are way overdue to pick
up that trail.

Kojo & Kofi: Unbelievable U.N. stories. By Claudia Rosett

Not only was Kofi Annan the boss, but he was directly involved
from thebeginning. Kofi Annan's official U.N. biography notes that shortly
beforehis promotion to Secretary-General "he led the first United Nations
teamnegotiating with Iraq on the sale of oil to fund purchases of
humanitarianaid."It was Annan, who in October 1997 brought in as Oil-for-Food's
executive director Benon Sevan, reporting directly to the Secretary-General,
toconsolidate Oil-for-Food's operations into the Office of Iraq Program. Andit
was shortly after Sevan took charge that Oil-for-Food, set up by KofiAnnan's
predecessor, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, with at least some transparencyon individual
deals, began treating as confidential such vital informationas the names of
specific contractors, quantities of goods, and prices paid.

  • The leaked report mentioned above says this about Kofi's pal
    Benon Swvan,

"Benon Sevan, director of the UN oil-for-food programme, received
9.3m barrels of oil from the regime which he is estimated to have sold for a
profit of £670,000. Sevan has always denied any improper conduct."

The Heritage Foundation, April 2004

The links between Saddam Hussein's regime and leading European
companies and politicians were extensive. The Pentagon was correct to bar
companies from countries that had opposed regime change in Iraq, such as France
and Russia, from bidding for U.S.-funded contracts for the rebuilding of Iraq.
Russian and French companies, in particular, benefited from the exploitation of
the Oil-for-Food program.

The Oil-for-Food fiasco reinforces President Bush's point that the
U.N. is in danger of becoming an irrelevance on the world stage. The United
Nations continues to decline as a credible international force and will go the
way of the League of Nations unless it is radically reformed and
restructured.

The U.N.'s reputation has been heavily scarred by its handling of
the Oil-for-Food program and its failure to support Saddam Hussein's removal
from power. The United Nations as an organization will have to work extremely
hard in the coming years to mend its battered image and restore the faith of
both the Iraqi and American peoples, as well as that of the wider international
community.

The UN Let Him Do It, New York Times, August 2004

Multiple investigations now under way in Washington and Iraq and at the UN all center on one question: How did Saddam amass so much money while under international sanctions? An examination of the program, the largest in the UN's history, suggests a straightforward answer: The United Nations let him do it.


Friday, October 01, 2004

My TV was apparently showing a different debate in my home last evening. I thought that Bush won the debate, easily. I think I have a pretty good 'Middle America Meter' and I think Bush's principled, determined, strong and clear message resonated with 'the folks' as Bill O'Reilly would say.

Kerry was able to talk within the time limits and that seems to be enough for the old media establishement to declare victory. I don't get it. He still sees the cures to world's ills at the United Nations, he held up Koffi Annan on multiple occassions as someone who wants to help the United States (please), he scoffs at Bush's alleged unilateral apprach to Iraq and then criticzes his multi-lateral approach in North Korea.

Kerry's claim that Bush has hurt 'first responders' here in the states because of the war in Iraq strikes me as a big loser politically. According to Kerry, we have to strengthen first responders so when we get attacked again they have the resources they need, to do this we should bring our troops home from abroad because we are wasting $$ over there that could be spent here, we stay home and wait...wait...wait for that next attack. Essentially, he is asking us to drop into the fetal position and wait to be kicked in the balls again. Doesn't sound very appealing to me.

The big media want a tight race. John Kerry did not hurt himself last night so he has been declared the winner. I don't see the polls moving much at all over this.

I really enjoyed listening to the debate and then reading the liveblogging at Powerline (where they got 70K hits during the debate!) Vodka Pundit , Captain's Quarters and BlogsforBush.

Speaking of Powerline, don't miss Scott Johnson, aka Big Trunk, on Pundit Review Radio this Saturday at noon. You can stream the show at www.wbix.com and call us with questions for Scott at 877-711-1060. We will also have Dean Esmay from Dean's World.

VodkaPundit offered some great insight and agreed with us that the debate won't change much, outside of the media fawning all over themselves talking about the new comeback kid.

Neither guy scored any big hits, although Kerry landed more jabs. That's
disconcerting (although not very surprising) since Kerry left himself wide
open for three or four knockout uppercuts.

Kerry annoyed me more than Bush did - and that's saying something.
Kerry won on points, which probably was enough to shore up his weakened support in New Jersey, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. But I doubt it was enough to make much (if any) headway in former Blue States like Wisconsin or Iowa. In national polls, the race will probably tighten, but electorally we probably won't see much
difference.

Powerline's John Hindraker,

SCORING THE FIGHT: I have Bush by 107-103, with no knockdowns. But, candidly, I don't think it went that well for the President. I think Kerry helped himself tonight. He came across as a credible candidate, and he was usually on the
offensive. Bush's demeanor while Kerry was talking wasn't good; anything but
commanding. Kerry's was better, in an odd reversal of what happened four
years ago. I think Kerry made headway, and there is plenty of material there
for the mainstream media to proclaim the beginning of Kerry's comeback. An
unknown is how Kerry's pompous style will strike people who haven't had to
listen to him for more than a few seconds at a time, until now.

On the whole, though, I think Kerry helped himself tonight.

BlogsforBush has a great day after coverage and Matt Margolis came to this conclusion after liveblogging,

John Kerry showed us who is really is: a 9/10 Democrat lost in a post 9/11
world. He wants to protect America if it "passes the global test." Bush on the
other hand has the attitude that "you take preemptive action in order to protect
the American people, that you act in order to make this country secure."

Bush won the debate with that line alone.

Captain's Quarters was liveblogging and said this,

Another thought -- one of Kerry's problems is that Bush has a number of home
runs he can hit, thanks to Kerry's vacillations over the past nine months, and
Bush hammered on Kerry for his policy flip-flops all debate long. Kerry's
counter is that Bush is too resolute, which hardly damages a leader during
wartime. ...

I missed the Republican spinmeister, but Joe Lockhart claims that the debate
will be all about the "annoyed smirk". Eh? Actually, I think that sells this
debate short. It actually produced substantive policy statements and differences
between the candidates, and they both behaved in respectful and professional
manner. Is Lockhart really that desperate? ...

Last thought from the Fox panel - Bush may have edged Kerry, but the polls
will narrow slightly, and Kerry lives to fight another day. About what I'd say,
too. But I think Poland will continue to dog Kerry, and now that I think about
it, he forgot Australia, too. Kerry still has the same problems that he had
going in, and expect Bush to hammer on those more in the next couple of
weeks.

Mickey Kaus says, "Man-tan works!" and gives the debate to Kerry

Hugh Hewitt says nonsense,

Overall: Bush gets a big win, by hitting all his messages over and over
again. He wins on substance. Biggest mistake by Kerry: "The Global Test."
Sorry, the American voters aren't interested in passing any global tests. Bush
stresses steadfastness and resolve. Kerry firmed up the hard-left vote,
but you can't win on this.