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Mike Schilling

Not being a Californian, Lance, you probably didn't hear it become common media wisdom that the recall of Gray Davis wouldn't become a serious campaign unless Arnold Schwarzenegger entered it.


LOL! Rudolph Ghouliani is far too left for the Republican or Independent parties. Once his real history is revealed, not the one the MSM invented, his days of consideration are all but over. If you want to learn about Rudolph;
Guns and Rudy; The Whole Story by Michael Gaynor
Why Rudy Giuliani Really Shouldn’t be President by Jim Sleeper
Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11 by Wayne Barrett and Dan Collins
The Full Rudy: The Man, the Myth, the Mania by Jack Newfield

Once you're thoroughly disgusted as I am, start really looking at stable candidates who truly want to hand our country back to its citizens.

That can be found here;
Fredipedia -


Mr. Mannion,

This essay was perfect! You nailed it!
Man, you are a great writer.
If the MSM cretins like Joe Klein had the talent, intellect,
integrity and courage that you possess, America wouldn't be
in this current nightmarish mess.
Keep making my day!


Poole, Thanks. Much appreciated. I'm just summarizing what the likes of Bob Somerby, Eric Boehlert, Atrios, Eric Alterman, the gangs at Crooks and Liars and Media Matters, Bill Nothstine, digby, Will Bunch, and others have been saying for a long time. And, although I forgot to put it in the post, I think the idea that the Beltway Insiders think of politics as just a big game should be known as Shakespeare's Sister's Theory of Insider Media Notions of Consequence-less Government.

mac macgillicuddy

It's worth noting that a previous issue of Time focused on how "presidential" Mitt Romney looks. To Time and others, what's interesting is the fund raising and image building, and that's why they've made their story front-page news so far in advance of any serious candidate emerging or articulating any cohesive policy.

Meanwhile, as they cover the campaign to be the leader of fundraising, the current "leaders" are doing this, in plain sight:

Kevin Wolf

I've commented previously, over at Shakes I think, that the coverage of the presidential campaign is going to be nothing but painful for any thinking person. It will focus on backstory and narrative and "types" and not on policy. It's easier that way and can be blamed on the general population who "want" it that way.

ken Houghton

If Fred Thompson is truly the Republican candidate, the commercial to run is that clip from In the Line of Fire right after the balloon/gun incident, where Eastwood tells Thompson's White House Chief of Staff, "Well, at least I wasn't a frightened chicken the way you were." (Paraphrase; someone with the disc or access to Showtime On Demand probably could find the moment and provide the actual quote.)

Jim Robinson

During his eight years in the Senate, Thompson won his free trade credentials with his votes to extend the president's fast-track trade promotion authority and to approve permanent trading relations with China. One right-wing critic in a widely circulated internet column called Thompson a "neocon globalist" for his immigration, free trade, and foreign policy positions.
Social conservatives are also likely to question Thompson's "liberal" voting record on immigration. Although Thompson has recently written and spoken out about the need for strong border control, while in the Senate he voted to increase visas for skilled foreign workers and to increase permits for unskilled foreign farm workers. Overall, Americans for Better Immigration, an anti-immigration lobbying group, gives Thompson a career grade of C for his mixed voting record. Thompson will likely come under withering criticism from anti-immigrant candidate Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), who mixes his social conservatism with a heavy dose of nationalism and anti-corporate populism.

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