On December 4, 2008, at NYC's Symphony Space
's Intelligence Squared
program conducted an Oxford
debate. As their future debate schedules in Australia
, and America
show, the propositions of such debates are routinely phrased strongly to provoke debate, and this was no exception. The motion that was put forward was: "Resolved, that Bush 43 is the worst President of the last 50 years.
" [mp3, 23 MB, 50 min.]
What lifts this above the reams of media and multimedia
already spent on this issue is that, moderated by ABC's John Donvan
, this premise was debated — under formal debate guidelines — by Jacob Weisberg
, Sir Simon Jenkins
, Bill Kristol
, and ... Karl Rove
. [more inside]
Bush had Karl Rove
. But the original wiretapping President needed brains too. Introducing Kevin Phillips
. He predicted the prolonged Republican dominance of Washington 1970-present
and advised the Ford and Reagan presidencies. He predicted a more liberal 1990s
and when the Bushies killed his party he became uttery disgusted
Recently he spoke
about the influence of the christian right, our addiction to oil, and America's debt (public and private) at the University of California Santa Barbara. [more inside]
Karl Rove Resigns.
The man known as “Bush's Brain
” and whom Frontline called “The Architect
” will leave office at the end of August.
Network Hosting Attorney Scandal E-Mails Also Hosted Ohio's 2004 Election Results
--...more than ample documentation to show that on Election Night 2004, Ohio's "official" Secretary of State website -- which gave the world the presidential election results -- was redirected from an Ohio government server to a group of servers that contain scores of Republican web sites, including the secret White House e-mail accounts that have emerged in the scandal surrounding Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's firing of eight federal prosecutors. ...
: In opening arguments today
in the Plame investigation perjury case against Vice President Cheney's former Chief of Staff I. Lewis Libby, the prosecutor portrayed Libby as an agent of a Cheney-driven media offensive
. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day came from Libby's attorney, who portrayed his client as a White House-chosen scapegoat for Karl Rove's misdeeds
. A conservative reporter saw in Libby's emerging defense a "dramatic split inside the Bush White House
." An MSNBC host asked whether
this hullabaloo could lead to Cheney's resignation.
Background on the case. Liveblogging of today's arguments from an anti-administration perspective.
Half of America apparently still thinks
so, a new poll finds, and experts see a raft of reasons why: a drumbeat of voices from talk radio to die-hard bloggers to the Oval Office, a surprise headline here or there, a rallying around a partisan flag, and a growing need for people, in their own minds, to justify the war in Iraq.
So much for Karl Rove's claim that it's wrong to think of U.S. voters as [uninformed and gullible
.] Or "There are practitioners of politics who hold that voters are dumb, ill-informed and easily misled
, that voters can be manipulated by a clever ad or smart line
," Rove said. Previously discussed here
. Thank you Fox News
Remember the 2003 study
(PDF) by the University of Maryland's Program on International Policy (PIPA)? It found that "Fox News viewers were "significantly more likely to have misperceptions
" about the Iraq war than all other media consumers."
Also the study found that "[t]hose who receive most of their news from Fox News are more likely than average
to have misperceptions." For instance, of the "three key misperceptions" -- which the study listed as "the beliefs that ... links between Iraq and al-Qaeda have been found, that WMD have been found in Iraq and that world public opinion approved of the US going to war with Iraq."
NewsFilter: Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the chapel, teh gay menace strikes again. The GOP-dominated Senate Judiciary Committee backs the Constitutional amendment to prohibit states from recognizing same-sex marriages
. In a fractious hearing, Republican chairman Arlen Specter shouted "Good riddance!
" when Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wisconsin) walked out. Laura Bush recently advised her party's candidates not to campaign on this issue and to handle it with "great sensitivity
." Maybe next time.
Former GOP senior strategist Kevin Phillips wrote the political Bible of the New Right, The Emerging Republican Majority
. He coined the term "Sun Belt." He voted for Reagan twice and still considers himself a staunch Republican. But now Phillips, the author of a new book called American Theocracy
, is warning that the party of George Bush and Karl Rove ("W brand Republicans," in the phrase of GOP pollster Jan van Lohuizen) has become "God's own party
" -- the champion of a convergence of "petroleum-defined national security; a crusading, simplistic Christianity; and a reckless credit-feeding financial complex." Phillips also cautions that the W-brand party's "sense of how to win elections comes out of a CIA manual
, not out of the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution." [Phillips was also discussed here
Karl Rove, President Bush's chief political adviser, cautioned other White House aides in the summer of 2003 that Bush's 2004 re-election prospects would be severely damaged if it was publicly disclosed that he had been personally warned that a key rationale for going to war had been challenged within the administration. Rove expressed his concerns shortly after an informal review of classified government records by then-Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley determined that Bush had been specifically advised that claims he later made in his 2003 State of the Union address -- that Iraq was procuring high-strength aluminum tubes to build a nuclear weapon -- might not be true, according to government records and interviews
Intrigues at the White House: Andrew Card
, Bush's longtime chief of staff -- the guy who briefly interrupted the President's reading of The Pet Goat
one rough morning in 2001 and took heat for the Katrina and Dubai debacles -- is out
, replaced by budget director "Yosh" Bolten, the one-time founder of a club called "Bikers for Bush."
Meanwhile, is Rove rolling over for Patrick Fitzgerald
, and if so, what's the angle
What unites hardliners like Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, and Rush Limbaugh -- their uncompromisingly conservative take on politics? In a provocative blog post titled Do Bush followers have a political ideology?
, Glenn Greenwald persuasively argues otherwise. He believes that the conservative movement -- traditionally
against big government
, excessive spending
, and federal intrusion into the private lives of Americans
-- has been hijacked by something much more dangerous: an authoritarian cult
, or as Greenwald puts it, "a form of highly emotional mass theater masquerading as political debate."
Is your name James Moore? If so, you may be a terrorist. Or at least the NSA thinks so
, having added that name -- which also happens to be the name of the author of Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential
-- to its mysteriously targeted
and infamously mismanaged
"No-Fly" list [previously discussed here.
Bush in the Bubble. Newsweek's
analysis of the man who is possibly "the most isolated president in modern history."
Why outing Plame mattered.
If you wonder what's really at stake behind all the media buzz around the Fitzgerald indictments, read this lengthy and cogent analysis by Stratfor's
no-nonsense George Friedman. "Rove and Libby had top security clearances and were senior White House officials. It was their sworn duty, undertaken when they accepted their security clearance, to build a 'bodyguard of lies' -- in Churchill's phrase -- around the truth concerning U.S. intelligence capabilities... The minimal story -- that they talked about Plame with a reporter -- is the end of the matter."
Did Dick make him do it?
The Huffington Report claims that both the Wall Street Journal and Bloomsburg News are working on stories indicating that Vice President Dick Cheney is the target of the special prosecutor's investigation into Plamegate
. George Stephanopoulos also recently claimed
that a source close to the investigation told him that Cheney and Bush were involved in discussions on how to handle the Wilson affair that may have led to the leak. Meanwhile, Cheney's chief spokesman has left the country until October 26th
, two days before the conclusion of the grand jury investigation.
David Corn is claiming
that Newsweek is going to nail Karl Rove tomorrow. Not that anyone's surprised, I'm sure, but nevertheless -- where's that popcorn? (via tpm
Attorney General Is Closely Linked to Inquiry Figures Karl Rove, President Bush (news - web sites)'s top political adviser, whose possible role in the case has raised questions, was a paid consultant to three of Mr. Ashcroft's campaigns in Missouri, twice for governor and for United States senator, in the 1980's and 1990's, an associate of Mr. Rove said on Wednesday. Jack Oliver, the deputy finance chairman of Mr. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, was the director of Mr. Ashcroft's 1994 Senate campaign, and later worked as Mr. Ashcroft's deputy chief of staff.
No wonder 69% of Americans
think that an independent counsel
should conduct the investigation.
A SERIES OF ADS
"Consider the following scenario: a series of TV ads begin to appear nightly immediately after the Republican convention is over next year. They will be negative ads. They will promote no Democratic candidate. They will therefore not be under the tight restrictions of the Federal Election Commission.
Each ad will begin with a video clip of President Bush's "Bring 'em on!" challenge. Then the screen will shift rapidly to the burned-out remains of a building or a Humvee. Underneath will be these words: a date, a location, and a death count.
Then a black screen with white print will announce: America needs a new policy.
There will be an ID of some kind: "Citizens for a Lasting Peace" or "Mothers to Stop the Bloodshed."
There will be no bodies on screen. There will be only bombed-out buildings and equipment.
Each ad will last no longer than 15 seconds.
There will be a new ad every night