Saturday, April 29, 2006

Defining the November Campaign Slogan

In an article published in the New York Times today, author Tim Roehmer asks what the pussilient Democrats will do to show some leadership and define the issues instead of once again letting the Republicans take the ball and run as they sit back and react, eyes blinking like lizards in the sunlight.

He suggests giving them a campaign slogan and writes:
In January, President Bush's adviser Karl Rove outlined the issues he believes will lead Republican candidates to victory in November: national security, the economy and taxes, and the courts. Democrats cannot allow Republicans to define the terms of the debate. Instead, they should take a page from history and from a different Karl.

In 1946, Karl Frost, an advertising executive, suggested a simple slogan to the Massachusetts Republican Committee: "Had Enough? Vote Republican!" Frost recognized that these simple words could unite his national party and blame its opponents, who controlled Congress, for causing or failing to solve the many problems facing the country, including meat shortages, economic difficulties and labor unrest. The strategy worked: in 1946, both houses of Congress flipped.

Sixty years later, Democrats would be smart to turn Karl Frost's slogan on Karl Rove's strategy.
He goes on to suggest the slogan, Had Enough? Vote Democratic! It sums up the feeling of the country right now.

The Demos need to get back in the ring and come out swinging instead of being on the defensive.

Here are some "variations on a theme"campaign ads that I would like to see.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

What happened to Those Accused of Abusing Detainees?

From the NY Times

Was Karl Rove Wiretapping Fitzgerald??

According to the Seattle Times, Karl Rove testified yesterday for more than three hours before leaving a federal courthouse unsure whether he would be indicted, according to a source close to the presidential aide.

Recently, Josh Bolten came in and started cleaning White House staff. Rove's reduced--but still influential--portfolio at the White House was initiated amidst a flurry of other beheadings and ax in the back demotions, layoffs and buh-byes. Were some of the other "Don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out" firings a cover to distance him from the president? Did Bushcamp know something was brewing because they were covertly listening in on communicaions from Fitzgerald's office?

One has to wonder if those who brought us the NSA wiretapping have been keeping tabs on correspondence and communications out of Prosecutor Fitzgerald's office. Did they gather information this way and know he was about to be called in again or possibly indicted soon? Or was the timing of his demotion and consequent testimony brfore the grand jury yesterday just "co-incidence?"

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Tony Snow or Herman Munster?

Tony Snow, named as the new White House press secretary, is no stranger to lying.

An outspoken conservative presenter for Fox News radio and television, he is the first Washington commentator to be appointed to the White House role, proving that the press is not part of the liberal media, as charged by Crush Limbaugh and other conservatives. He is used to lying as the press and will now do an excellent job of lying to the press.

Having worked as chief speech writer for President George W Bush's father when he was president, Mr. Snow can claim to straddle both press and politics. Well, he straddles something, could it be Bush himself?

He replaces Scott McClellan, who announced his resignation under pressure as part of a staff shake-up. With unfortunate apologies to Fred Gynne, who did nothing to merit this slander upon his good looks.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Give Left of Center a Big Round of Applause

Do you know how rare it is for a stranger to reach out and offer help to another person?

Left of Center has just been awarded a permanent citizenship award in OZ. Thanks, friend.

Clashes in Athens as Rice visits

Athens police have fired teargas during a clash with anti-war demonstrators protesting against a visit by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Some protesters hurled petrol bombs, sticks and stones in return. Athena, the goddess of wisdom and military victory, and also the patron of the city of Athens, rose from the rocky ground and was seen hurling lightning bolts at Condi as she held on tightly to Bush's head. Condi remained unperturbed during the entire event, but then Athena did not know that the vampire Condi is invulnerable to lightning bolts.

"We were just trying to bring Democracy to Greece, but these people don't even know the meaning of the word.....Oh, you say this is a Greek word?" Condi quipped to reporters.

Ms Rice is also meeting Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis as part of a five-day trip to Europe that also includes Turkey and Bulgaria.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Republicans urge Bush to fight high gasoline costs

WASHINGTON (Rotters) - Republican leaders urged Bush to fight back and investigate whether oil companies are gouging consumers. They also wondered aloud whether by invading Iraq and failing to institute an oil-conservation policy they themselves had worsened the problem. If the latter proved to be the case, they urged Bush to bitchslap himself.

U.S. retail gasoline prices are forecast to keep rising as no one in the government wants to offend the oil lobby... Republicans fear they could lose the Senate and House of Representatives in this November's congressional elections if voters retaliate against them for the high fuel prices and for all their other screw-ups, and especially for starting the War in Iraq.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a frist-class jackass who is exploiting this situation for his own gain and possible run for the presidency and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, the guy who failed tp deliver his promise on the lobbying disclosure bill, wrote President Dubya and asked him to direct the U.S. Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission to crack down on price gouging.

"Go get ‘em, tiger,” they said. “Anyone trying to take advantage of this situation while American families are forced to make tough choices over whether to fill up their cars or sell their children should be investigated and shot," the lawmakers said in their joint letter to Bush. Bush put on his boxing trunks and waded in swinging.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Josh Bolten Breaks Away

Well, the latest in the string of shuffle-ups at the White House includes new chatter that Harriet Miers may be removed from her job as President Bush's counsel. Scotty McClellan was axed recently, showing the way Bush repays years of loyalty and lying under fire and ex-Kommander Karl Rove recently woke up to find a horse's head on his pillow.

Republicans said that Tony Snow, a commentator for Fox News and a former speechwriter for Mr. Bush's father, was in negotiations for the job of White House press secretary. Experts say his ability to lie to the press and to the public far exceeds that of Scotty McClellan and that Josh Bolten welcomes a true professional in the ability-to-lie arena.

"Lying is a must in the War against Terrorism," Bolten was quoted as saying by an unnamed source. He added. "The immigration problem can only be solved by lying. We must pretend that we are recruiting Mexicans to vote for us, while secretly building a VERY BIG wall across the border with detention camps spaced every 10 miles or so. We also must continue to pretend that the economy is robust, the the War in Iraq is making progress and democracy is making headway there, while denying the fact of a civil war. In fact, I have a laundry list of lies that I want John Snow to polish as soon as he comes on board.

Josh Bolten then broke into a gleeful breakdance and spun around a few times, thinking about who to fire next.