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November 1, 2004

Outrun by the Campaigns

It is increasingly clear that the election will have come and gone before I manage to find time to offer substantive commentary on the links that have been accumulating in my bookmarks. So, while the fever is high, I thought I'd just unload them all in one post.

The Command Post is going all out to define election coverage, blog-style.

You've surely seen it already, but Mark Steyn's piece predicting (banking on) a Bush victory is truly must-reading. (By the way, what's up with the "contains nuts" cartoon that accompanies it?)

As I noted on Into the Ether in the left-hand column, I recall reading somewhere that John Lennon, as radical as he was, often voted for the conservative candidate — or whichever would allow him keep more of his riches. I thought of that while reading Jay Nordlinger's continuing ponderation of the likelihood that some proportion of Kerry/Edwards-button wearers will actually be voting Bush/Cheney. Jonah Goldberg wondered something similar the other day; maybe people are just uncomfortable talking about their Republican intentions, even to anonymous pollsters. Jonah also reminds readers of the roar that never came from Howard Dean's legion of young voters. (Wouldn't it make your year, though, to catch Kerry in a similar primal scream to Dean's?)

On the lighter side, two more links that you've probably come across and should click if you haven't yet are the Daily Recycler's Bush v. Edwards hair-styling video and Frank J.'s illustrated argument for Bush.

The Providence Journal backs Bush! All that really matters is the War on Terror, and as Glenn Reynolds points out it's simply wrong to see the Bush administration as a failure and/or a potential Kerry administration as a likely success in this regard.

On the Bush side, Charles Krauthammer argues that U.S. actions in Afghanistan and Iraq were the top two "most astonishing geopolitical transformation[s] of the last four years." Difficulties and errors are inevitable when you're trying to change the world for the better, because such a change isn't agreeable to those who profit from the pain of others.

On the Kerry side, Jeff Jacoby describes the sparkling mirror that is John Kerry's character.

I can't help but wonder what the conversation and the polls might be like, right now, had the Democrats put forward somebody like Gephardt or Lieberman. What they seem to have tried is to put forward a Howard Dean who could fit into Lieberman's rhetorical wardrobe. I don't think it's going to work.

I loved this AP headline a few days ago: "Bad News Dogs Bush As Election Nears." Gee, I hadn't noticed. Wonder why that is...

For a little media assistance, James Robbins suggests some good stories that are there for the taking in Iraq, specifically. I like the one about "the Iraqi contractor who brought his irrigation project 25-percent under budget and returned the unused money."

Posted by Justin Katz at November 1, 2004 2:07 PM

Regarding the 'contains nuts' cartoon. I read it as an understated satirical reference to the increasing prevalence of lawsuit-averting notes on food products that 'contain nuts'. The incidence of nut allergies, particularly peanuts, has grown considerably (at least in the USA, don't know about the UK). Sorting through the candy has become a post-trick or treat routine at our house - we've learned, for example that plain M&Ms are made on the same equipment as peanut M&Ms, so out go the plain.* Since even packets of nuts now bear the warning 'CONTAINS NUTS', the joke becomes obvious - the tree itself has to be labelled.

*This is not faddishness, by the way - our son's peanut allergy is severe enough that we keep an epinephrine injector kit on hand at all times. It's call the EpiPen Junior - you know, for kids.

Posted by: Robert at November 1, 2004 3:25 PM


Yeah, I got it at that level. I was joking about its association with that specific piece of writing.

Posted by: Justin Katz at November 1, 2004 6:03 PM