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Saturday, October 16, 2004  

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October 16, 2004

Snatching at Kerry's Coattails? [*]
What's Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) up to, if anything, in his ever-tightening race against challenger Rep. Joe Hoeffel (D-Pa.)? Will Bunch takes a closer look.

More On Lynne Cheney
I hate to even raise the subject because it's not worthy of anyone's attention, but to the extent voters care about Mary Cheney, here are a few articles worth reading: "Outrage That Rings False," by Hilary Rosen in the Washington Post, and "Outrage Over an Outing," by Margaret Carlson in the Los Angeles Times.

(A few comments about the Carlson piece: I'm not sure why Carlson thinks "outing" is an appropriate term here given Mary Cheney's career and I wasn't surprised to see Carlson put on her anti-Clinton/anti-Gore hat to say that Kerry was "talking honestly -- and for once, it seemed, from the heart." Some tigeresses never change their stripes.)

Where's the Outrage Watch
The White House chief of staff is hauled before a federal grand jury and the right wing heaves a collective sigh of "So what?" (The Washington Post has Susan "Steno" Schmidt on this story.)

Scowcroft Still Skeptical
Former national security adviser Brent Scowcroft may be, as he claims, a supporter of President I'll Do What I Want, but he doesn't seem very enthusiastic about it, calling the war on Iraq a "failing venture," and taking the Bush administration to task for its misguided Mideast policy. Pull quote regarding Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (as reported in the Washington Post):

"Sharon just has him wrapped around his little finger," Scowcroft told the Financial Times. "I think the president is mesmerized." He added: "When there is a suicide attack [followed by a reprisal] Sharon calls the president and says, 'I'm on the front line of terrorism,' and the president says, 'Yes, you are . . .' He [Sharon] has been nothing but trouble."

As if President Tiddlywinks were even paying attention.

[* Note: Additional items may be posted to “Political Notes” after initial publication but only on the day of publication, excluding post-publication addenda. Such items, when posted, are designated by an asterisk.]

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