Monday, April 2, 2007

By the Numbers

Not much posting today. The big political news, though, is the first-quarter fundraising numbers for the presidential candidates. The Hotline's Marc Ambinder gets it right in evaluating the pundits' favorite horse-race stat:

Candidates who exceeded first quarter fundraising expectations
--Sen. Barack Obama (probably)
--Gov. Bill Richardson

Candidates who met first quarter fundraising expectations
--Sen. Hillary Clinton (barely)
--Ex-Gov. Mitt Romney (we kind of knew he'd be number one from his $6.5M first day)
--Ex-Mayor Rudy Giuliani (a strong March augurs well for the 2nd quarter)
--Sen. John Edwards (where he needs to be)

Candidates who failed to meet first quarter fundraising expectations
--Sen. John McCain (probably)
--Sen. Chris Dodd (banking + insurance + general chairman of the party = $4M?)
--Sen. Joe Biden (lawyers + Chicago money = $2M?)

Candidates who did not set, -- or did not evoke any set of -- expectations
--Ex-AR Gov. Mike Huckabee
--Sen. Sam Brownback
--Rep. Dennis Kucinich

I tend not to obsess over these all-important figures--because everyone else does and the story is usually obvious. Only big surprise--though it's not much of a surprise at this point--is that McCain didn't do too hot. Does that mean anything? We'll know by the end of next quarter.

GORE WINS. The Supreme Court screwed Al Gore in 2000. But now the Court is on his side when it comes to global warming, ruling 5 to 4 against the Bush administration on a key climate change case. Too bad, the court handed George W. Bush the presidency in 2000. The five justices who ruled for Bush back then are partially responsible for years of Bush administration neglect regarding global warming. Let's call this decision Justice Anthony Kennedy's make-up call.

Posted by David Corn at April 2, 2007 12:27 PM


Robert S said...

The five justices who ruled for Bush back then are partially responsible for years of Bush administration neglect regarding global warming. Let's call this decision Justice Anthony Kennedy's make-up call. - David Corn

Considering that the majority of Floridians who voted voted for Mr. Gore, considering:

[That u]nder the Bush administration, however, all that changed. Over the last six years, this Justice Department has ignored the advice of its staff and skewed aspects of law enforcement in ways that clearly were intended to influence the outcome of elections.
It has notably shirked its legal responsibility to protect voting rights. From 2001 to 2006, no voting discrimination cases were brought on behalf of African American or Native American voters. U.S. attorneys were told instead to give priority to voter fraud cases, which, when coupled with the strong support for voter ID laws, indicated an intent to depress voter turnout in minority and poor communities. At least two of the recently fired US attorneys, John McKay in Seattle and David C. Iglesias in New Mexico, were targeted largely because they refused to prosecute voting fraud cases that implicated Democrats or voters likely to vote for Democrats.

Let's not.

David B. Benson said...

Saladin --- You earlier asked how something could cost $3.00 if the energy to make it only cost $0.25. Got it now?

capt said...

U.S. Congress says Bush is misleading public

The U.S. Congressional Research Service has released a report saying President George W. Bush is misleading the public on Iraq war costs by saying funds are insufficient.

Non-partisan budget experts at CRS informed U.S. Congress that the Army could maintain its wartime operations well into July 2007 with funds already provided, UPI reported.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said, "This study confirms that the president is once again attempting to mislead the public and create an artificial atmosphere of anxiety."

Senator Reid added that Bush is even using scare tactics to defeat bipartisan legislation that would change the course in Iraq.

"Instead of holding press events to score political points, I call upon the president to tone down his rhetoric and stop the veto threats of a bill he has not yet seen," said Reid.


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Why would Bunnypants lie?


capt said...

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Seymour Hersh gives keynote address at 3 rd Annual Al Jazeera Media Forum in Doha, Qatar. April 1, 2007

Excerpt from his speech:

"As the world collapses around us, as leadership collapses, as we're driven more by the price of oil than the price of integrity, we have a role [as journalists] to play. And to me, that's what it's all about. I complain bitterly. I was just talking earlier today-we have so many terrible shortcomings in our profession. We're very bitchy to each other. We're competitive. We're very narrow.

"/*There is a young journalist here, Dahr Jamail, whose stuff has been very prescient,*/ and I've four or five times included the brave accounts of some of his work in my stories and editors. It's not just at the /New Yorker, /it's at the /New York Times /where I worked very happily for a decade. The first thing you [editors] cut out is any mention of anybody else. That's such a disagreeable aspect of our profession, the competition. Rather than credit a competitor we'll ignore the story. This is general. You all know what I'm talking about."

Audio of Excerpt of Seymour Hersch regarding Dahr's work<HERE>

Audio of Seymour Hersch's full speech<HERE>

David B. Benson said...

On Live Science, a short piece on bitublock, which needs less energy to make than concrete buildin block andd is six times as strong. Made from waste materials bound together with heated bitumen, this seems to be actual progress in providing homes...

O'Reilly said...

So many posts about the presidential campaign! Everyone loves a horse race. And everyone loves this one, with its cult of personality.

I sure would like to see David Corn roll up his sleeves and do some investagitive journalism.

It's clear there is a lot of unethical and illegal activity being conducted by BushCo, not to metion policy that benefits the few at the expense of greater good. Our rights are not secure. Our nation's wealth is not either. The same can be said about the health of our planet.

Here are some ideas for some investagative work.
o The politicization of the DOJ and US Attorneys.
o Have DOJ employees or US Attorneys been asked to take loyalty oaths
o CIFA contracts
o Tactics employed in pursuing a permanent Republican majority
o Investigation of Jerry Lewis and Dusty Foggo
o The purpose of the appointment of RNC Opposition Research staff to high positions in the DOJ
o Privitization of IRAQ oil
o Niger uranium forgeries
o Anthrax letters

capt said...

"Ask the American public if they want an FBI wiretap and they'll say, 'No.' If you ask them do they want a feature on their phone that helps the FBI find their missing child they'll say, 'Yes.'" -- Louis Freeh - (1950- ) FBI Director (1993-2001) Source: Testimony on the Digital Telephony bill, 13 September 1994


"Every man should know that his conversations, his correspondence, and his personal life are private." -- Lyndon B. Johnson: (1908-1973) 37th US President (1963-1969) Source: Remarks, 10 March 1967


"Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities.": -- Zbigniew Brezhinsky National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter and advisor to 4 other presidents, Executive Director of Trilateral Commission Source: from his book, Between Two Ages


"When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered." -- Dorothy Thompson (1894-1961)


Thanks ICH Newsletter!

capt said...

New Thread!

Aveline said...

Good words.