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April 04, 2005

Okay, the DLC says we're delusional if we think getting our voters to the polls will win elections. I guess we know who's feeling threatened these days, don't we?

"To win back the White House in 2008, our party must change. We must be willing to discard political strategies that may make us feel good but that keep falling short. We must finally reject the false choice between exciting our base and expanding our appeal, because unless we both motivate and persuade, we'll lose every time," said DLC founder Al From and President Bruce Reed in a new manifesto for their party.

For the record? The reading I've ready says most non-voters are actually a lot more Left than Centrist or Right. So the DLC should lead us where we want to go or, you know, shut up. Advising us to become watered-down Republicans is a sure-fire losing strategy.

I've discussed Blackwater in unfriendly terms even before I knew they advised employees that it's fun to shoot some people. I do not approve of private armies, even when our government is using them to shore up the seeping violence in an untenable war.

Zimbabwe. The "election" is over but the regime change might still occur. (Kristof's column.)

If you read to the bottom of this article, you'll see it's already started. The legalizing of bigotry in the USofA.

You should be aware of the pressure on universities to conform to the neoconservative agenda. The "Liberal Arts" are under attack. (Anyhow, Jacoby wrote, "patina of plausibility," a phrase that tickled my alliterative funny bone, so he gets a link.)

Ethically and morally, I can't eat foie gras and haven't for years. But back when I did, before I knew how it was created, it was gorgeous stuff. Fortunately, garlic is still okay.

Posted by AnneZook at 02:26 PM