Friday, April 13, 2007

Rove's Email 

Ever want to write to Karl Rove, you know, to give him your thoughts on his continued value to the gene pool, or perhaps to recommend a good lubricant should his next condo be part of a U.S. Government correctional facility?

You remember those email accounts that anyone who is anyone has been using to conduct business out of the White House, the ones supplied by the Republican National Committee for those emails that have now somehow mysteriously disappeared?

Try kr@georgewbush.com. Have fun. Remember now, lots of people want to look at those emails.

h/t to Josh Marshall.


MoveOn Dem Candidate Poll 

MoveOn.org has published the results of their latest poll on the Democratic presidential contenders, which followed on the heals of MoveOn's Virtual Town Hall on Iraq.

While I can't find the poll results on their website, they did send them via email to the MoveOn mebership. I think the results are interesting. Here are the overall numbers (remember, this does not imply a MoveOn endorsement):
Sen. Barack Obama 28%

Sen. John Edwards 25%

Rep. Dennis Kucinich 17%

Gov. Bill Richardson 12%

Sen. Hillary Clinton 11%

Sen. Joe Biden 6%

Sen. Chris Dodd 1%
Don't know how many votes were counted, but I'm guessing that Obama and Edwards are pretty close to a statistical dead heat.

Where the poll really gets interesting is the voting among those who actually viewed the Virtual Town Hall:
Sen. John Edwards 25%

Gov. Bill Richardson 21%

Sen. Barack Obama 19%

Rep. Dennis Kucinich 15%

Sen. Joe Biden 10%

Sen. Hillary Clinton 7%

Sen. Chris Dodd 4%
Edwards and Richardson (surprise!) vaulted ahead of Obama. Senator Clinton (and all her million$) faded even further back into the pack.

Now, MoveOn members tend to be both knowledgable and motivated. Those who sign on for the Virtual Town Hall are probably more so. So, I'm not sure how much to read into this. But I think it is significant that Edwards and Richardson moved up based on the power and clarity of their actual words.

Sounds like a ticket to me.


Monday, April 09, 2007

Then they came for me 

Balkinization via Attaturk:
"When I tried to use the curb-side check in at the Sunport, I was denied a boarding pass because I was on the Terrorist Watch list. I was instructed to go inside and talk to a clerk. At this point, I should note that I am not only the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence (emeritus) but also a retired Marine colonel. I fought in the Korean War as a young lieutenant, was wounded, and decorated for heroism. I remained a professional soldier for more than five years and then accepted a commission as a reserve office, serving for an additional 19 years."

"I presented my credentials from the Marine Corps to a very polite clerk for American Airlines. One of the two people to whom I talked asked a question and offered a frightening comment: "Have you been in any peace marches? We ban a lot of people from flying because of that." I explained that I had not so marched but had, in September, 2006, given a lecture at Princeton, televised and put on the Web, highly critical of George Bush for his many violations of the Constitution. "That'll do it," the man said. "
I try not to fly anymore. The last time I did, we couldn't get an online boarding pass for my daughter. Apparently her name was on the Terrorist Watch List. She was 6 years old at the time.

Might as well move on. The fucking terrorists have won.


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