Month: July 2004

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Matt Yglesias has (justly) come under fire for his recent posts arguing against civil rights protections for gay people on the basis of conservertarian bromides that weren’t persuasive when the Supreme Court used them to strike down maximum hours laws in 1905, and for his criticism of John Kerry’s acceptance speech for not being a Brookings Institute position paper […]

Kerry’s Speech

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On July 30, 2004
I didn’t watch all or even most of it, just catching most of the major speeches. From where I sit, this was a success–tight, organized, on message, and the speakers were very good. The response to Kerry’s speech around the blogs is interesting. Over-the-top enthusiasm from Digby, Pandagon and Kos, shulder-shrugging from Kevin Drum, and denunciations from Matthew Yglesias.Digby […]

Kerry

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On July 29, 2004

Well, I think this is going pretty well. He’s still not a great orator, but he can be good, and I’d say he’s close to the top of his game. While I can’t help but think theyR

Picking Rehnquist

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On July 29, 2004

Erik asks in the comments if Rehnquist’s nature was known when Nixon appointed him. As it happens, John Dean wrote a good book on the subject.  Essentially, Rehnquist was a last-minute choice;

Afghanistan

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On July 28, 2004
Conservatives like to complain that the media insists on covering on the bad news in Iraq (like car bombs blowing up dozens of people) while ignoring the good news (a fresh coat of paint on a school!). Well, given what news we get about metatrends in Iraq (for example, we’re still well behind our planned […]
About Obama, I have little to add to the blogger consensus; at least as it sounded on the radio, it was great. Ever the glutton for punishment, after Reagan’s speech I watched to the Fox Panel.  After the first Beltway Boy–the Trotskyite compared to centrist Fred Barnes, presumably (or is it the other way around? The hardest things […]
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