The Good with The Bad

This week’s eWeek column is about all the good things that President George W. Bush’s re-election means for tech folks. It’s a good-sized list that focuses on personal income. Basically if you’re rich – and that’s most of Silicon Valley with your money in stocks and real estate – you’re going to do better. If you invest in companies, if you run one, if you own one, you’re going to do very well.
But if you’ve got a job that pays less than $150,00 a year, well, things are a little different. The various programs the Bush administration is proposing to let wealthier folks defer taxable income aren’t going to be as easy to access.

Reality Bites

Can we stop with the bullshit, please?
Can we stop with the emails and the queries and the ‘whatdoyou’ think notes circulating the paranoid fantasy that the exit polls released Tuesday at 3 p.m. were accurate and the final voting tallies were not? This isn’t true. And even if it is, there’s nothing to be done about it. Kerry conceded. Please read what MysteryPollster has to say about polls and polling and remember that since you didn’t take a statistics class because you “aren’t good at math” you really don’t know what you’re talking about. To quote tough guy Barry Diller: “They won, we lost. Next.”

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Having Faith

Over at the Washington Monthly, Amy Sullivan has a very good post about religion and morality, Republicans and Democrats and how you can’t assume one is necessarily the other.
She is urging – and I want to join her – that those of us over here on the Left to stop lumping religious folks together in one big politically conservative stereotype that’s out to set the clock back. It’s condescending. Not to mention inaccurate and wrong.
To be religious is not necessarily to embrace the belief that you must foist it off on others. The teaching and support of religion – proselytizing, using the state to enact laws to hold one set of beliefs as superior to the other, the instruction of those belief in public institutions – is not, by the laws of this country, acceptable. But religion has a place in public life in this country and it always has. The anti-war and civil rights movements started in churches and were led by religious men: William Sloan Coffin and Martin Luther King. The 18th Century Abolition movement was run by northern preachers. Clearly, President George Bush has a conservative Christian’s view of the world and his role in it and I am one of those who believe that his faith reinforces his personal and familial arrogance. That makes him a bad president, not necessarily a bad man. The idea that religion can provide solace and refuge for people in times of trouble — which is how Bush uses it when he campaigns — is not one we should unanimously condemn because it’s not the way we see the world.

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Finishing in Style

I believe we can call the past few days around here the triumph of hope over experience. That’s how Dr. Johnson described his second marriage so it’s doubly appropriate.
Make no mistake: John Kerry had to concede. If he had won after all the legal wrangling it would have been a hollow victory. If he had lost it would have been a disaster for the Democrats, one they’d never get over. His horribly inappropriate campaign — this is not a well-liked man — hurt the party, a long, draw-out defeat would have demolished it.

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Baby, It’s You

The New York Times didn’t ask me – hard to believe, no? – but if it had, I would have told them that the most important story of this election isn’t the 60 Minutes memo or the way John Kerry belittled Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi. It’s not the pronunciation of Lambeau Field or the Republican’s failure to dump Vice President Dick Cheney.
No, the biggest story of this election is the increased attention and interest that Americans are showing in politics. That attention has done wonders for stand-alone journalists like me. Without you – and your interest in this stuff – I wouldn’t be here. Nor would any of the folks whose opinions appear in today’s Times.

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Go Vote

There is no excuse.
None whatsoever.
Go now. Go vote.


Think politics is easy? Think again.
And, as food for thought, read what the nice young gentlemen at are writing as they canvas votes. Precinct walking ain’t for the faint of heart or the fashionably shod, that’s for sure.
This is very good, forgive the pun, shoeleather reporting from political neophytes (I mean that in terms of on-the-ground experience, nothing more). Reward their posts over the next few days with your full attention.
Oh, and Fontana, you don’t like precint walking because, well, because you’re a decent guy who doesn’t think strangers should tell other poeple what to do. And you and Ogg probably watched too much TV as children. It’s a passive activity.

On Little Cat Feet

Quietly, oh sooooo quietly, the Democrats are acknowledging that they may be winning.
“Kerry’s gonna win,” one poll-happy San Francisco pol remarked in passing Friday.
Party insiders reading deep into internal polls – these are not the surveys done and released to the public, by the way – say Democratic nominee John Kerry will take Pennsylvania and Ohio but probably not Florida. Wisconsin maybe. Another swears there’s an internal poll that show Kerry with a healthy – one went as high as 55 percent – lead over Bush. That, coincidentally is what pundit and critic James Wolcott says, citing Nickelodean’s polls of its (child) viewers, too. And kids generally do what their parents are doing, no?

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Clued In

This week’s eWeek column is about a little bit of buzz that was making the rounds on the George W. Bush official campaign site.
Seems the bright lights in Arlington, Va. (campaign HQ) shut down the site to viewers at domains outside the U.S. Which is kinda clueless. Makes them look like they don’t get the web. Which, well, they don’t.
I’ve already gotten hate mail so I know it’s a good column. But my first irate reader has a good point: I over-reached with the use of the word “nefarious.” I should have instead asked if the campaign was being “deliberate” or some other less charged word in describing the shut-down.
Forgive me. It’s hard being a Liberal.