Archives November 2004

More on that “consultants who repeatedly lose” thesis

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Excerpted from a letter to Joshua Micah Marshall:

It’s is a depressing fact that for a candidate to become credible in Democratic politics, they have to hire from among a group of consultants who give them credibility with the fundraisers on K St… It’s the same group of consultants who have been running Dem. campaigns ...

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“Insanity is continuing to do the same things over and over again and expecting a different result.”

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Nineteen November 3rd Theses on the way forward for the Democrats. Highlights:

The 2004 presidential election was not lost by John Kerry over the last several months but by the Democratic Party over the last several decades…

Renovating Democratic politics is not a question of moving to the right or talking more about G–d. It ...

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The cyan and the————-

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Last year, some clever folks at MassINC devised a map, based on demographic data and county-level Presidential election returns, that divided the US into ten regions of roughly equal population. The party that can win six regions can get the White House without resorting to lawsuits. (In 2000, Bush only got five.)

Every time you ...

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The operation was a success, but the patient died

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Remember how, in the second debate, Dubya refused to acknowledge that he had made any mistakes? He’s got his counterparts on the Democratic side, too. According to the New York Times, Kerry adviser Robert Shrum (a gentleman discussed before on this site) “suggested that there was little they could have done differently to change the ...

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Lessons learned, lessons to be taught

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Suppose you’re a teacher, and you give your class a test, and they don’t do as well as you had hoped. Of course, you have to mark which answers are right and which answers are wrong. But grading is not teaching. If you take your craft seriously, you have to pay attention to your students ...

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Four Moore years?

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

As many of my comrades in Blogovia have observed, the mainstream press’s obsession with “balance” has made it hard for the reality-based community to get its message across. As Brad deLong quipped, if the Republicans say the world is flat and the Democrats say it’s round, the next day’s headline will read “Opinions On Shape ...

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What we are up against

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Mark Kleiman, quoting TNR’s election blog:

This year, the GOP opted out of using challengers, instead installing party-affiliated poll workers at as many sites as it could. One site, deep in the west end of the city (a heavily African American area), was Shawnee High School. There, a Republican poll worker reportedly challenged a number ...

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What is to be done?

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

“The fact that today we know more than yesterday is good news about today, not bad news about yesterday.” —Ilja Preuss

Both the Democrats and Republicans had strategies for winning the 2004 Presidential election. Yesterday, we did not know which strategy would be more effective. Today, we know.

If you, in the past couple ...

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My party is full of wimps

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

For the past year, cynical Democrats have anticipated that Karl Rove, evil genius that he is, would lock up the election with an “October surprise” to push up Bush’s approval ratings and win the election. The most popular October-suprise theory predicted a conveniently-timed announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death or capture. Surely, the cynics said, that ...

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