Good grief! The most dramatic result to come out of the poll, which is based on telephone interviews with 1,408 registered Iowa voters on Dec. 5 and 6, is Huckabee’s emergence from the shadows of the GOP race into the front runner’s spot in just two months. The ordained Southern Baptist minister now leads Romney by a two-to-one margin, 39 percent to 17 percent, among likely GOP caucus-goers. In the last NEWSWEEK survey, conducted Sept. 26-27, Huckabee polled a mere 6 percent to Romney’s 25 percent, which then led the field. An outlier? Possibly — no other poll has shown results like these. But it’s also possible that things are moving quickly in Iowa, and that the trend remains all Huckabee all the time. This poll was taken just before and just after the speech. But I continue to be dubious that the speech is going to have much of an effect in Iowa. The survey was completed on the day of the former Massachusetts governor’s much-heralded speech in College Station, Texas, addressing his religion, though most respondents probably had not heard it. Still, only a small number of the 540 Republican voters surveyed in Iowa (10 percent) said they [...]
The National Steering Committee of America For Gore, www.americaforgore.org sent out the following press release this morning by Press Officer Eric Schiller.
America for Gore Expands Agenda for 2008
Energized by a series of polls showing that many Democratic and independent voters prefer Al Gore to be their next president and taking into account recent political developments, America for Gore is expanding its efforts to promote Al Gore’s agenda as national policy through the political process. Gore’s agenda includes, according to his videos posted at Current.com: Immediate actions to limit Global Warming, immediate withdrawal from Iraq, universal, single-payer health care and restoration of the Constitution as the basis for American Democracy, law and policy.
“Anybody has to be really careful in a situation like this. This is a small state, and the governor or his supporters can make life uncomfortable not only for someone with a career in public life, but also in private business.” –Arkansas Parole Board Member Candidate Romney’s Willie Horton moment happened when a Massachusetts judge released a prisoner a couple of days early and refuse to hold him on charges that the convict had assaulted a couple of prison guards. Blaming Romney for the murder was unfair; he appointed a judge who, he thought, would be tough on crime. Besides, it turned out that if anyone had dropped the ball, it was the prosecutors. The only revelation that came from the news moment was the speed at which Romney tried to throw his appointee’s career under a bus calling for her resignation. His Expediency on the national stage. Reverend Mike Huckabee should be so lucky. Investigative reporter Murray Waas, the guy who broke the Plamegate story, did a little digging. It turns out Huckabee rammed the parole of convicted rapist Wayne Dumond through the parole process. Dumond’s victims had pleaded with the parole board not to release Dumond, But Huckabee, [...]
Earlier today I spoke on the Senate floor about startling news from today’s newspapers:
The Central Intelligence Agency in 2005 destroyed at least two videotapes documenting the interrogation of two Qaeda operatives in the agency’s custody, a step it took in the midst of Congressional and legal scrutiny about its secret detention program, according to current and former government officials.
The videotapes showed agency operatives in 2002 subjecting terrorism suspects — including Abu Zubaydah, the first detainee in C.I.A. custody — to severe interrogation techniques. The tapes were destroyed in part because officers were concerned that video showing harsh interrogation methods could expose agency officials to legal risks, several officials said.
Originally posted on Citizen Orange
I’m proud to have another link in the pro-migrant blogroll, today. T. Don Hutto is a blog “dedicated to providing information on the growing movement to shut
down Hutto and prevent this model of immigrant detention from spreading
The “Don Hutto Family Residential Facility“, was the first prison designed specifically for immigrant families. It is run by the Corrections Corporation of America, the U.S.’s largest for-profit corrections company. If the thought of profiting from one of the largest prison populations in the world isn’t sickening enough, check out the information the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has on the Hutto Detention Center. The letter I’ve pasted here, from a detained child identified as Kevin to the Canadian Prime Minister, has haunted my dreams. I will quote it below.
(Picture from the American Civil Liberties Union)
It’s overly simplistic, but I can’t resist continuing to compare the first years in office of Governors Patrick of Massachusetts and Spitzer of New York. The occasion this time is a lengthy article (is there any other kind?) in this week’s New Yorker provocatively entitled “The Humbling of Eliot Spitzer.”
The article is a good and worthwhile read on its own merits, and Governor Patrick is not mentioned. Nonetheless, I thought a couple of passages resonated with local events.
“Day One, everything changes,” Spitzer pronounced during his campaign for governor, as though he’d be taking over the Knicks, instead of one cog in a sprawling and intransigent political mechanism. The extent to which he has delivered (or, more fairly, will be able to deliver) on this promise depends on whom you talk to and what your definition of “change” is. As one lobbyist told me, “Day One, everything changes. Day Three Hundred, nothing moves.”
I’d say it’s fair to tag both Spitzer and Patrick with what might be called an overly-optimistic sense that their elections would be irresistible forces that would set in motion the previously-immovable objects of their respective state legislatures. To recall some of Patrick’s words along these lines,
At a Sept. 7 debate, Patrick said: “I have no obligations, no debts to the political establishment on Beacon Hill. If you want the same old same old, the politics of money and connections, I’m not your guy. But if what you want is the politics of hope and a change of culture on Beacon Hill, I am your guy, and I want your vote.” When he won the Democratic primary Sept. 19, he exulted, “Let them hear that on Beacon Hill.” He has since aired a television commercial linking Healey to “the failed politics of Beacon Hill.”
The state must also confront the “Big Dig culture” on Beacon Hill — which is one of neglect and inaction, where politics is more important than governing — because that culture created the conditions for last week’s calamity.
I’d also allow that I (and probably others) were overly optimistic about changing the “Big Dig culture,” right along with our candidates. But I’m still glad Patrick (and Spitzer) talked the way they did. If the State House culture is going to change, someone has to want it to change — preferable someone whose voice will be heard. Yeah, yeah, now they’re on the inside so they have to play ball. All well and good. But I hope they keep some of that
rage against annoyance with the machine. The rest of us have still got it. It’s all of a piece with this quote, from later in the New Yorker article:
“Here’s a guy who came in on a wave of reform. He challenged the status quo, and the status quo didn’t like it. He ran into problems,” [Spitzer aide Bruce] Gyory told me. “It’s so much easier to be a go-along, get-along governor than it is to confront.” But, he added, “the power of the chief executive is the power to persuade. I have told him, the operative word in bully pulpit is ‘pulpit.’ ”
Sound advice. More after the flip.
Infuriatingly, I’m feeling rather inarticulate just now. I’m reasonably intelligent, I’m well educated and moderately well read, and I have very definite views on a number of subjects, especially in the realm of politics. Right now, though, I can’t martial these forces to make a logical, fact-based argument, so am thrown back on impressionism. My apologies for such fuzziness; but it may spark a discussion anyway, which is the main thing on a blog, I suppose.
The only Democratic candidate I feel comfortable supporting (abscent Al Gore) is Dennis Kucinich. He *is* the only real Democrat in the race.
Aside: Yes, I do like Mike Gravel, and have no qualms saying so. Principally, I appreciate his honesty, bluntness and enthusiasm, finding him indeed a breath of fresh air. It also greatly annoys (and troubles) me that, in their mad scramble to anoint beauty contest style frontrunners, the MSM does their best to silence all voices, to disappear all candidates but the three they have prechosen. They can’t totally dis sitting senators and representatives, but they have succeeded, to judge by responses here and at democrats.org’s PartyBuilder, in branding Gravel as a clown. And that p!sses me off on general principle.
I feel completely comfortable listening to kucinich. His vision for ending the war, reestablishing economic stability at home and U.S. good citizenship abroad is sound. He conducts himself with dignity, speaks well, and, while the others (apart from Gravel) climb all over themselves and each other to out-Republican the Republicans, Kucinich has no fear of showing that he is a Democrat and indeed a Progressive. He has a solid trackrecord both in Ohio itself and in the House of solving problems and, perhaps more importantly, of not shying away from difficult questions but rather meeting them head on.
UPDATE: Due to family issues that have come up, I will not be collecting signatures today. More updates to come. (Sign his petition, whether or not you plan to vote for him. More democracy. – promoted by Charley on the MTA) Tomorrow (Saturday, December 8th), being a sunny day above freezing, will be a great day to gather signatures. I will be spending time outside Shaws and Johnny’s Foodmaster in Melrose. I’ll be updating the times here later today, but I wanted to get the word out early to keep an eye here. I also have a Twitter feed to the left side of my websites. That will have updates on my whereabouts as it happens. I plan to be at Shaws at noon, though of course that may change. Hope to see you there! Jeffrey Carter Gilson Melrose, MA