Thursday, November 04, 2004

Inside the Campaigns

Here's an interesting excerpt from an article that will run in TIME magazine shortly (or maybe on their website, I'm not entirely sure)...

"TIME goes behind the scenes of the Bush and Kerry campaigns and reveals a series of untold stories and crises as well as the key moments that changed the race for President. Bush and Kerry weren’t only battling each other -- in the hunt for every last vote, each man had to rediscover his own instincts as well, TIME’s Karen Tumulty, John Dickerson, Perry Bacon and Jay Carney report."

Among the key issues: How Bush laid a trap for Kerry on Iraq, How the Bush Team's reaction to the bin Laden Videotape helped the president and hurt Kerry, How Bush pulled McCain into his camp, and How Kerry was furious when word of ‘Strategy Call’ with Clinton was in newspapers shortly before Clinton's heart surgery...

Check out that excerpt...Nothing major is unearthed here, but still pretty interesting stuff. Well, actually, the last part about the Clinton phone call is fairly groundbreaking.

Bad day for the Edwards family...shortly after conceding the election, John's wife Elizabeth was diagnosed with breast cancer. It's been a very Favre-ian week for the Edwards family, and we here at Slack wish Ms. Edwards a speedy recovery (see, I can be nice sometimes).

In other news, Dallas elected a new sheriff, the first Democratic sheriff since the mid-1970s. But that's not it...Lupe Valdez is also the first woman to hold the office, the first Hispanic to hold the office, and the first openly gay person to hold the office. Naturally, the headline of this article is "First gay Hispanic woman elected as Dallas sheriff." I'd give Dallas a ton of credit if she was the second gay Hispanic woman to be elected sheriff, but nah, she's the first. By the way, notice I said "gay person" there. If I hear one more person use the McGreevey-phrased "gay American" I may go apeshit. What the fuck does being gay have to do with being American? Does that make any sense? That phrase enrages me beyond belief, especially when the Governor fails to lube up my Jewish ass.

This guy got naked in protest, I'm just not entirely sure what he's protesting. The man "was charged with trespassing after he stripped naked, scaled a airport fence, ran across the tarmac and climbed into a plane's wheel well before firefighters talked him out..." Great stuff. Maybe naked protester guy was cracked out on liquid heroin, who the hell knows. Why liquid heroin? Well, apparently it's not just for adults anymore. Liquid heroin, now for kids!

On the coaching ballot, it's no on Spurrier, yes on Wave 'Em In Willie, yes on Charlie Manuel. I say, bad move, bad move, good move. Willie's a good guy and I'll always love him for being a part of six World Series pinstriped champions, but this guy is not the manager the Mets are looking for. He's not turning around you ballclub so soon, fellas. I mean, I guess it's good for the Yanks, maybe now we can bring in Northwestern alum Joe Girardi, who will be a major league manager within five years (tops). Also, good riddance to Mel Stottlemyre. I tip my cap to the man and I'll also love the guy for what he's done for the Yanks, but we need some new blood in the bullpen...this guy probably did more harm than good over the past two seasons. Let's go get a Leo Mazzone or a Rick Peterson and get our guys to start being nasty again.

And to my friends out on the Left Coast, get used to this headline from last night: "Kobe scores 38 in loss." Left Coast Bobby, aka ChipotleBob, just sent this hilarious link to me, so thanks for that. Sorry 'bout your basketball team, that sucks.

7 Comments:

At 3:00 PM, Blogger ricklestein said...

good explanation for the election results for those of you dumb-founded by the results:

http://strongwords.org/

 
At 3:21 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Wow, that's pretty crazy stuff right there...and definitely says a lot about the current state of affairs in America.

The only caution I'd urge is that it might be just as dangerous if only "smart" people got to influence the vote. While I tend to agree that many uneducated folks are responsible for the awful outcome of this election, discounting someone's vote on intelligence is just a bad game to play. A red stater with an IQ of 85 has every right to cast his vote in the same manner as an educated elitist from New England. Ya know? That's democracy for ya...it sucks, but that's the way love goes.

 
At 3:36 PM, Blogger poophopanonymous22 said...

damn, thats the definition of craisins!!!

 
At 3:39 PM, Blogger ricklestein said...

I'm not saying you should not be able to vote if you're dumb. However, when this election was determined by evangelicals who voted for "moral" reasons (ie, throwing out science in favor of religion), who also happen to have low IQs, it gives us some clarity. Clearly not every Bush supporter is stupid, but for the rest of them, perhaps we can get them on the right track if we were to improve their education. Too bad I have no idea how to do that. Also, Republicans know this, and they are in power, and it seems as long as the dumb stay dumb, they will remain in power.

 
At 3:49 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

That chart is definitely the definition of craisins, good call poophop.

Ricklestein, I'm really not disagreeing with what you said. I think this election definitely taught us a lot about the make-up of our country. But charts like that are exactly the reason why Bush won -- they don't want us "liberal elitists" picking the next president any more than we want those "gun-totin' rednecks" to do it. So there's always two sides to every story (coin? how does that expression go?), all I'm saying. We call them dumb, they call us snobs, we say they lack intelligence, they say we lack real life experiences. It's all just a amtter of perspective.

I do think that chart is craisins though, simply Lenny Krayzelburg on that one...

 
At 3:57 PM, Blogger Don Fiedler said...

Funny how the IQ drops as you move further west (until hitting the coast). Makes sense though. You move across the Atlantic to this country, realize you can't figure shit out with so much going on around you in a major East Coast city, there's too many distractions, too many contingencies, too much interaction with other people (& ideas & religions & languages & colors & abortions), so you decide to get the hell out and move West where you can be all by yourself and not rely on anyone else to help you make a living. Thus, you're not challenged to think anymore, only to survive. Doesn't take a high IQ to realize you need to eat and build shelter. So, in sum, Kansas is hella dumb.

 
At 4:15 PM, Blogger More Cowbell said...

I think we may have missed the big picture here. Forgetting about "that whole election thing" for a minute, can we take a minute to discuss the naked-guy airport thing. Let's recount: A naked man scales an 8-foot barbed wire fence and makes it all the way into the wheel well of a plane before he is caught. At fucking LAX, not some airpirt like that little airstrip in a bumpkin town where they have a carnival like in Passenger 57. Hmmm - another scenario, yet not quite so funny is one in which a terrorsit, dressed in the less conspicuous camouflage and protective gloves, hops the fence and hangs out in the grass for a while until he decides it's time to use the rocket launcher a la Commando. (Remember when the black chick fired it the wrong way? That was so classic!) I mean, if it took them that long to get naked, crazy guy, it's a little scary to think what couldv'e happened.

 

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