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Monday, June 30, 2008

The Full Impotence Of Daily Kos/MoveOn/Code Pink In 8 Minutes And 14 Seconds

"A New Direction In Iraq"

Does anyone else remember that Democratic campaign slogan from the '06 cycle?

The NewsHour's Kwame Holman sure does, and he did a piece on Friday's show about it (click on "War Funding" to hear the segment).

So ask yourself, what did President Bush not get in the latest war funding bill that he signs today.

Nothing. Because he got everything.

As usual.


The Democratic House & Senate Leadership has broken the central promise of their 2006 campaign platform, again.

Absolutely shocking. Not.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Look At The Baby! Oh, Look At That Cute Baby! Wait, What?!!??

Shameless. And not even accurate.

Aka, "Un mal doble."

There are good (and smart) people who work (volunteer) for Unfortunately, those people ain't running the show.

The "crazier than a shithouse rat in August" folks are. And that's why MoveOn is (and probably always will remain) easily dismissible.

We're just saying.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Obama Move(s)On From The Usual Politics... To The Usual Politics

Marc Ambinder seems to think so.

And so do we.

The new ad:

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Clinton &

First, in 2008 (and forever more) if there are more than three people in a room, no candidate is ever not on-the-record. This goes double if the people in the room are "voters" who don't have an editor or a vested interest in making sure the candidate stays happy with them.

Welcome to the Digital Information Age everyone.

Second, yes, the Huffington Post article makes Clinton look like a panderer/hypocrite on the subject of And, Senator Clinton almost certainly is in this instance.

But what Hillary Clinton said about MoveOn at the fundraiser is no different than what we've heard serious policy/political Democratic staffers say to us on several occasions in the past (those same staffers have similar complaints about Daily Kos and Kos satellite websites).

That is, the Democratic Party helped empower certain activist groups and now those groups have become Frankenstein, pulling the Democratic Party too far to the left and out of the mainstream.

We agree. And we think the Republicans have a similar problem with talk radio.

Now, while we think that Republican talk radio/Daily Kos/MoveOn are powered (more than less) by absolute nuts who don't really represent anybody but the other nuts, those groups would argue that their politics represent a "purer" strain of Republican/Democrat values, which is why they seem to connect with lots of voters.

Maybe, but we doubt it.

In any event, Republican talk radio/Daily Kos/MoveOn are political forces (anger and partisanship writ large usually is), especially in primaries.

so are a lot of other things. And those "other things" don't carry the general election baggage that those other three almost certainly will.

Candidates might want to think about that moving forward.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Extra, Extra - Read All About It! Going Into "Investigative Journalism"!


Hold the phone...

Our mistake. It's not that's going into investigative journalism.

It's ProPublica.

From ProPublica's website:

ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that will produce investigative journalism in the public interest. Our work will focus exclusively on truly important stories, stories with “moral force.” We will do this by producing journalism that shines a light on exploitation of the weak by the strong and on the failures of those with power to vindicate the trust placed in them.
Hmmm. "Independent".

But isn't Propublica financially backed by Herb Sandler?

Why yes it is. In fact, Herb is the Chairman of the board.

So, it really is like is going into "investigative journalism"?

Maybe yes. Maybe no.

Time will certainly tell.

Noted: This story was brought to our attention just today, but it looks as though Slate's Jack Shafer was all over this back in October.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Tom Matzzie Is A Tone Deaf Clown

Tom Matzzie, the man behind MoveOn's "General Betray Us" ad, will play a key role in determining how the Democrats will spend soft money in the 2008 cycle, Ben Smith and Chris Cillizza report.

It's a big job managing $100 million dollars.

And, by hiring Matzzi, it's a job going to a tone deaf clown.

Matzzie is so blinded by his hatred of Bush (and by his self-perceived self-importance) that he's lost all sense of how to communicate effectively.

Question: Does anyone other than Matzzie and his merry band of morons believe that General Betray Us? was anything other than a colossal failure?

But hey, at least it's not our money.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Rudy, Pleased As Punch Over New MoveOn Ad Attacking Him, Releases Companion Ad In NH

Don't get us wrong, Rudy is vulnerable on the Iraq Study Group issue.

Just not from In a Republican Primary.

Jon Martin has the details.

Here is the ad:

And here is Giuliani's companion ad highlighting the military experience Rudy draws upon when attacking Hillary Clinton.



Wednesday, September 12, 2007

McCain Slams Hillary Clinton Over Petraeus Ad

From the McCain campaign:

"Senator Clinton said that believing General Petraeus' testimony requires a 'willing suspension of disbelief.' I think it willingly suspends disbelief to not repudiate an advertisement run by a radical left wing organization that impugns and dishonors the integrity of a man who has served his nation with dedication all of his life. If you're not tough enough to repudiate a scurrilous, outrageous attack such as that, then I don't know how you're tough enough to be President of the United States."
We just don't get Clinton/Edwards/Obama's willingness to cozy up with the and Daily Kos (see Yearly, Kos) set.

The two organizations are high profile and can raise money. We get it.

But at the end of the day these candidates will have to ask whether their association with these two organizations helps or hurts their chances in the 5-10 states in play during a general election.

And we think that these two organizations hurt Clinton/Edwards/Obama's general election chances. Terribly.

And we don't buy that the "hurt" exists because of right-wing smear attacks.

The "hurt" exists because and Daily Kos are not where the country is.

And their media campaign sucks.

Sucks hard.

We're just saying.