The Daily Brew

Thursday, July 18, 2002:

Gephardt finally gets a clue.

"House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) has told senior Democrats that the party could pick up as many as 40 House seats if the continuously unfolding corporate scandals can be kept on the political radar screen until November, according to sources."

This is THE game, fellow web warriors. If the Democrats can keep the GOP on defense with the corporate scandals, we are in fat city.
Common Sense // 7:52 PM


Common Sense // 7:38 PM


Tuesday, July 16, 2002:

Two years ago, when Al Gore spoke at the Democratic National Convention, he switched rhetorical gears and embraced a populist message. "I will fight for you." As any of you who might have been reading the brew at the time might remember, I cheered. I wrote that this was the message that would carry him to victory, and I was right. Gore saw an immediate pop in the polls that put him ahead of Bush, and as we all know, he eventually won only to have Florida and the election stolen from him by the Supreme Court.

But not everyone agreed with me, particularly guys like Al From at the DLC. Thankfully, the Economist has written a
piece that points out that Gore's populism was not only effective, but prescient as well, which will serve him well when he kicks Bush's ass in 2004. I strongly suggest anyone who cares about the direction of the Democratic Party read it. I also suggest that anyone who thinks Joe Lieberman ought be on the ticket with Al in 2004 had better think about it some more.
Common Sense // 7:29 PM


Sunday, July 14, 2002:

Is 9/11 far enough in the rearview mirror that we can reflect on the motivations of terrorists without being branded one ourselves?

I certainly hope so, because there do seem a few points worth mentioning that haven't really been given much press.

Remember when Bush said that the terrorists "hated us for our freedom"? Well, if that's true, then they ought to love Bush, because between the hearingless and lawyerless detentions of various US citizens at military bases and the take-away-your-freedom PATRIOT Act, the Bush administration has done more to destroy freedom in the US than anyone in a long time. On the other side of the coin, the US in general, and the Bush's in particular, have also been instrumental in destroying freedom in Saudi Arabia, which is either the most fertile ground for breeding terrorists or a close second.

Consider for a moment that Saudi Arabia is one of the most brutal and oppressive places to live on the planet. The ruling family condones criminal punishments ranging from public beatings to amputations and beheadings for crimes ranging from petty theft to drug use. Women in particular are harshly abused in the Kingdom, where they are not allowed to do anything as simple as driving a car.

Obviously, religious fundamentalism has a great deal to do with these aspects of Saudi life, but only a fool would believe that moderate forces do not also exist within Saudi Arabia. How is it that these forces have not been able to make a dent in Saudi society? Well, that is pretty simple. In exchange for cheap oil, the ruling family of Saudi Arabia has been propped up for years by the US. The Bush family are longtime business associates of the ruling family, so Bush's claim that they "hate us for our freedom" must ring pretty hollow to your average Saudi intellectual.

Common Sense // 6:55 PM


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