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July 24, 2007
This Washington Post photo of George W. Bush doing ... something ... cries out for a caption contest. Post your entries in the Comments, and the funniest and most accurate one will be selected by a blue-ribbon panel of body-language experts (or Plank writers) at the end of the day. So get to it!
(Picture taken from the WP.)
According to the ARG poll Mike noted earlier, they're basically aren't any:
Among Democrats (37% of adults registered to vote in the survey), 1% approve and 97% disapprove of the way Bush is handling his job.
He's not doing a whole lot better with independents, for that matter:
Among independents (33% of adults registered to vote in the survey), 18% approve and 79% disapprove of the way Bush is handling his job as president.
I agree with Mike and Eve that the YouTube debate was (snowman aside) refreshing. However, it's not much of a surprise that regular old Americans have a more genuine approach to the issues that matter-not to mention a better sense of humor--than the usual cast of overpaid and self-serious newscasters. At least Anderson Cooper didn't burst into tears at the Darfur camp video.
Like Eve, I thought Bill Richardson had some impressive moments last night (he had some bumbling ones too, recalling Ryan Lizza's profile of the candidate). I particularly liked his honest answer on gay marriage: "Well, I would say to the two young women, I would level with you--I would do what is achievable."
The votes are in: commentators mooned over the format (this will change all Presidential debate forever!), identified some mistakes (both gun nut- and blouse-related), appreciated Edwards' boldness, and were pained, pained to declare Hillary the winner.
July 23, 2007
From New York mag:
The senator further angered conservatives by becoming an early supporter of the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance-reform legislation. Although Thompson has recently tried to minimize his enthusiasm for the bill, his Senate papers include a handwritten note from Senator Russell Feingold after the measure passed the Senate in 2001 reading, "You were essential to our success from the outset!"
I'm not a big Bob Novak reader over here, but this morning's incredibly incoherent and intelligence-insulting offering deserves a mention: Billed with the sexy title "Reid's Anti-Reform Maneuvers," Novak's column consists of a harangue against a single earmark offered by Senator Ben Nelson -- debate over it was scuttled to make space for the all-night Iraq debate, a switchoff that Novak concedes was "mere coincidence," not the result of Reid's disclosure-suppre