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September 01, 2004

Random Thoughts

A bit of realtime blogging for the fun of it.

Geez- Elaine Chao gave one of the worst speeches I've seen. She promotes such evil policies, but can't even say anything interesting. Which I guess is the point. Unlike Ashcroft, who is a lightning rod for criticism of the actions of his department, Chao is so unassuming that she has promoted bad policies in the Labor Department with almost no attention. I so wish Linda Chavez, the original nominee for the Labor Department, had made it through to confirmation-- she was so loudly and outrageously anti-labor that she would have kept Bush's anti-labor policies in the public eye.

Russ Feingold took a lot of flack from liberal pundits for supporting Ashcroft for Attorney General, but he probably did a great favor for civil liberties. If Ashcroft had been knocked out, they probably would have found some unassuming former prosecutor to promote the exact same polices with less controversy. Sort of like Chao.

Update: Okay, the tribute to Reagan made me want to retch. I continue to see giving Reagan credit for the fall of Soviet client states as a deep insult to the dissidents who challenged the regimes. And what's the idea-- that Reagan somehow engineered Gorbachev's rise to power? It's clear that the Soviet Union was heading for a political and economic crash-- that's why Gorbacheve instituted Perestoika and Glasnost. The idea that the US wasting trillions of dollars on weaponry speeded that process has no reasonable basis in reality.

On Zell: What a piece of crap. I couldn't go to Madison Square Garden tonight because I couldn't bear the stink from him. He wonders what happened to the Democratic Party? It got rid of the segregationists Zell Miller has such praise for.

It's amazing he has the guts to talk about politicization of foreign policy and evokes Roosevelt, when Roosevelt went out of his way to include members of the other party in the leadership of the wars he fought. And he shelved his domestic policy initiatives in order to build bipartisanship. Bush has rammed partisan policies on both foreign policy and domestic policy down the opposition throats-- from stripping union rights from Homeland Security government workers to tax cuts for the wealthy-- and then Zell complains that the Dems haven't played nice.

Well, this is the read meat from the last of the old South Democrats. Notably, he slipped and talked about the Democrats who no longer leading the party, citing to Richard Russell, the leader of the filibusters against Civil Rights laws in the 1950s and 1960s. Here is the "Southern Manifesto" that Richard Russell led the drafting of in opposing civil rights:

We regard the decision of the Supreme Court in the school cases as a clear abuse of judicial power. . . It is destroying the amicable relations between the white and Negro races that have been created through 90 years of patient effort by the good people of both races. It has planted hatred and suspicion where there has been heretofore friendship and understanding. With the gravest concern for the explosive and dangerous condition created by this decision and inflamed by outside meddlers.
This is the example of the Democratic leadership that Zell Miller misses. Well, he's found the right party tonight if that is the racist leadership he is longing for.

Zell's speech is the biggest pack of lies of any I can remember, accusing Democrats basically of treason and Kerry of handing US sovereignty to France. This from a guy who praised Kerry just a couple of years ago, and then blithely contradicts everything he said then. He's a liar, like Bush, like Cheney.

As for Cheney's speech, he just kept the warm cuddlies coming. "Sensitive war" and blah, blah, blah. Distortion, lies, baiting of Kerry's patriotism. All as expected.

Posted by Nathan at September 1, 2004 08:48 PM