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Michael Ubaldi, October 29, 2003.
The easiest way? Abandon the flagging "Bush said 'imminent'" lie and pretend that the president never offered this clear description of postwar Iraq:
We have difficult work to do in Iraq. We're bringing order to parts of that country that remain dangerous. We're pursuing and finding leaders of the old regime, who will be held to account for their crimes. We've begun the search for hidden chemical and biological weapons and already know of hundreds of sites that will be investigated. We're helping to rebuild Iraq, where the dictator built palaces for himself, instead of hospitals and schools. And we will stand with the new leaders of Iraq as they establish a government of, by, and for the Iraqi people.
The second-easiest way to lose? Let a high-profile defection occur. Moderate Democrat or not, Zell Miller's outspoken support for Bush, Fred Barnes believes, could lay the foundation for a Democratic outreach next November.
MORE: Andrew Sullivan is on the same track, providing even more examples - one of them before the beginning of hostilities. Part of me can't believe that the Democrats and the mainstream press will try to wield this against Bush, but the rest of me can. Yesterday, we saw an example of real debate on Iraq: How do we do it right? But Democrats couldn't care less. What a desperate, depressing bunch. It's their choice - and their fifty-some electoral votes to win in 2004.
Michael Ubaldi, October 29, 2003.
I'm a supporter of public schooling, but decisions such as this one only add to the perception that most education administrations are completely out to lunch:
A 14-year-old New Jersey schoolboy — whose dad and stepdad are in the military — was suspended for five days because he drew a "patriotic" stick figure of a U.S Marine blowing away a Taliban fighter, officials said yesterday. "He's been punished for the drawing," said Tinton Falls school superintendent Leonard Kelpsh. "We felt it was highly inappropriate, and we took it very seriously."
Michael Ubaldi, October 29, 2003.
Cleveland Republicans have had little to offer in November of every even-year since losing Ohio's 10th Congressional District to Dennis Kucinich in 1996. GOP candidates' platforms have been as unremarkable as their name recognition; the latest in these anemic campaigns certainly helped Kucinich's 4-to-1 popular victory in 2002.
That could change. Meet Ed Herman: he's young, smart, moderately conservative (perfect for Cleveland's Reagan Democrats) and an inspiration to patriotism:
A native of Fairview Park, Ed attended Saint Ignatius High School and was a scholarship student at Fordham University. He is also a graduate of the Defense Language Institute and the United States Army Intelligence Center. While in military service, Ed served at the United States Mission to the United Nations. In addition, he spent a year teaching English to children in the United Arab Emirates [no doubt aided by his fluent Arabic]. Ed's father, Ed, is a retired Cleveland police officer, and his mother, Diane, is an active volunteer in the community.
After the business meeting we shook hands and, chatting for a few moments, shared some thoughts on volunteerism and generational values. He agreed with my assessment that although thirty- and twentysomethings were behind on their commitments to community activities, they would eventually come 'round and be joined by their youngers - today's college, high school and grade school kids who, through a combination of parentage and September 11th, recognize the need for involvement in both their neighborhoods and nation. America can and will rebuild.
I received an e-invitation this morning for a fundraiser in ten days; I probably won't attend, but he's secured a portion of my political donations for next year. Ed's a fresh face to politics and one of the first representatives of my generation. That he's challenging the Goduncle of wacky, nihilist, dinosaur leftism makes his candidacy all the more important. Dennis Delenda Est!
Michael Ubaldi, October 26, 2003.
Something notable did occur today. My radio alarm clock awoke me this morning at seven o'clock with an ABC News brief - no, ladies and gents, Clear Channel is not a right-wing corporate usurpation. The announcer cheerily spoke of "thousands of protesters across the nation today against the war in Iraq..." Snooze button, extra pressure.
Fume about how overpopulated Fox News is with conservatives all you want; the network presents news fully. ABC practically omits more content than they report. Who was protesting? Crypto-Stalinists from the Workers World Party again. How was their little October Revolution? Anna the Dutch, who lives in or near D.C., was on the sorry scene and schweethaht, she's done it this time.
Michael Ubaldi, October 23, 2003.
A continuing decline in jobless claims is an excellent long-term sign, certainly good enough news to offset the recent spate of down days at the stock market. More on the positive trend from National Review.
Michael Ubaldi, October 16, 2003.
U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan commended the council members for having reached a "significant agreement on what obviously is an important resolution to address a complex situation in Iraq.
WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS: According to Jerry Bowyer, the deficit is falling, with balanced books not too far ahead.
Michael Ubaldi, October 14, 2003.
In this case, it would be the contents of an entire silo. Scrappleface takes issue with the classic Democrat argument of education funding neglect sought, hoped for and attempted by Republicans.
Michael Ubaldi, October 13, 2003.
U.S. stocks surged to fresh 16-month highs on Monday after mobile phone maker Motorola Inc. MOT.N delivered better-than-expected results and an upbeat sales forecast, reinforcing investors' faith that corporate America will deliver strong earnings reports this week.
The other bit of wisdom we can glean from the turn of events is this: whenever Bush stays locked in the Ivory Tower on Pennsylvania Avenue and speaks through advisors, he stiffs. When he goes on the road to communicate with the American people, he gains esteem.
Michael Ubaldi, October 11, 2003.
I'm still trying to work out the physics of Armed Liberal's seamless analogy between the California Democratic Party's withdrawal from realistic politics and the ursine slaying of an irresponsible naturalist. But it works.
Michael Ubaldi, October 10, 2003.
A Chicago-based acquaintance of mine recently lamented the conformity one must endure to join a party. He considers himself an "independent," one of a growing political class otherwise known as moderates. Historically, their collective beliefs draw them to the softer, leftbound side of things - but often swing in either direction, for Reagan in the Eighties and for Clinton in the Nineties. They're the coveted, race-winning grab bag electorate for both Democrats and Republicans. Care of California, however, America's new moderate may be well right of center but attractive to much of the entire spectrum, and Arnold is the prototype:
Something weirdly attractive was coming off the Schwarzenegger camp's victory stage on TV round about midnight Tuesday - Arnold, Maria Shriver (a get-out-of-jail-free card for many centrist Democrats feeling trapped in an inhospitable party), Jay Leno's funny introduction, Rob Lowe nearby, Eunice and Sargent Shriver, the extended Shriver clan, and a sea of young, attractive faces.
Great taste, less infighting; Daniel Henninger opines on the future of GOP politics. I know for a fact that "Dee Snider at a key Republican rally" was an oxymoron in my mind before last week. We may have a home for you, strangers.