Sunday, June 6, 2004

Sunday headlines ... and questions:
I am going to be busy today so instead of posting the usual weekend rant, here are some headlines for everyone to peruse:

What is going on in Bush's mind?: ["Bush's Erratic Behavior Worries White House Aides"]. Holy sh*t:

"President George W. Bush's increasingly erratic behavior and wide mood swings has the halls of the West Wing buzzing lately as aides privately express growing concern over their leader's state of mind. In meetings with top aides and administration officials, the President goes from quoting the Bible in one breath to obscene tantrums against the media, Democrats and others that he classifies as 'enemies of the state.'"

Very interesting. There is also this, a pretty good overview of Bush's flip-flops by consultant Dan Payne: ["'Steadfast' Bush's amazing flip-flops"].
Why are liberals worried about Kerry?: Here's why: ["Liberal activists lukewarm on Kerry"]. I meant to post this earlier in the week but I have been busy. Simply, the wrong Democrat is the nominee.
What's going on with Nader?: Nader's press coverage hasn't been bad considering this time four years ago there was practically nothing. Here is a pretty good piece by William Safire: ["Who's a 'spoiler,' and who's not?"]. Worrying about Kerry's energy policy is a legitimate issue these days, with gas prices where they are and no one calling Kerry on his positions: ["Nader skeptical about Kerry on energy"]. Though Nader doesn't mention it, people forget that Kerry was advocating new nuclear power plants in early 2001. But then, there is this: ["Candidates Risk 'Glum' Label for Criticism"]. Sure, this is a "news article" but is also soaked with opinion. The point shouldn't be lost however: Candidates opposing a popular incumbent need to get a bit more positive and allow the surrogates to be negative. Other articles include this one, about efforts to get Nader on the ballot in Mass.: ["Nader supporters crash graduations: Backers want enough signatures to put candidate on ballot"] and this one from New Jersey ["Nader's aim on a viable third party"].
Why isn't this guy mopping up floors somewhere?: ["Rome on $12,000 a Month: The Return of Cardinal Bernard Law"]. So, this is what the Pope thinks should be done to people who don't protect the most innocent among us? The holy father goes on and on about the unborn. Yet, when priests were raping boys, over and over again, for years and years, and Law did nothing but attack those who were being raped, the Pope rewards the man. This is a disgrace.

Sunday polls:
Alabama: Bush 57, Kerry 36, Other 4, Not sure 4 [Rasmussen].
California: Kerry 49, Bush 41, Other 5, Not sure 5 [Rasmussen].
Connecticut: Kerry 46, Bush 36, Nader 8 [Qunnipiac, Without Nader, Kerry gains 4 points, Bush gains 2 points].
Georgia: Bush 51, Kerry 39, Other 5, Not sure 5 [Rasmussen].
Georgia: Bush 49, Kerry 32 [Insider Advantage].
Illinois: Kerry 54, Bush 38, Other 2, Not sure 6 [Rasmussen].
Illinois: Kerry 53, Bush 37, Nader 4 [Market Shares Corp.].
Louisiana: Bush 48, Kerry 42 [Marketing Research Institute].
Maine: Kerry 54, Bush 35, Other 3, Not sure 7 [Rasmussen].
Michigan: Kerry 47, Bush 43 [Survey USA].
Minnesota: Kerry 48, Bush 43, Other 4, Not sure 5 [Rasmussen].
Missouri: Bush 44, Kerry 43, Other 5, Not sure 8 [Rasmussen].
New Jersey: Kerry 51, Bush 39, Other 4, Not sure 6 [Rasmussen].
New York: Kerry 57, Bush 34, Other 4, Not sure 5 [Rasmussen].
North Carolina: Bush 48, Kerry 44, Other 3, Not sure 5 [Rasmussen].
Ohio: Bush 46, Kerry 44, Other 5, Not sure 6 [Rasmussen].
Oregon: Bush 46, Kerry 45, Other 6, Not sure 3 [Rasmussen].
Pennsylvania: Bush 45, Kerry 44 [Rasmussen].
South Carolina: Bush 49, Kerry 39, Other 3, Not sure 8 [Rasmussen].
Texas: Bush 55, Kerry 38, Other 3, Not sure 4 [Rasmussen].
Virgina: Bush 47, Kerry 45, Other 3, Not sure 5 [Rasmussen].

Election Projection has the race Kerry 337, Bush 201: [].
Samboni now has it at Kerry 312, Bush 226: [].
David Wissing has it at Bush 307, Kerry 231: [].
MyDD Blog has it Kerry 316, Bush 222: [].

Rasmussen comments on why they aren't including Nader in their polls here: ["Why We're Not Including Ralph Nader"]. Here is an interesting quote: "These polls have caused some to conclude that Nader will once again play the role of spoiler for the Democratic contender. We respectfully disagree."

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