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Archive of Articles for October, 2006

BOO!! [Two Terrifying Tales]

[ Posted Tuesday, October 31st, 2006 – 12:16 PST ]

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My 2006 Jack O'Lanterns. Spooky, eh?

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Will 2006 Be The Year Of The Latino Voter?

[ Posted Wednesday, October 25th, 2006 – 14:55 PDT ]

When immigrants are used as scapegoats to win elections, however, they remember it. When they vote -- even years later -- they are inclined to vote against the party that used such tactics.

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Celebrity Candidate Casting Call

[ Posted Wednesday, October 18th, 2006 – 15:05 PDT ]

Finally, there's my favorite choice for a Democratic candidate: Al Franken. Anyone who has seen Robin Williams' new movie Man of the Year is already considering the question: could a comedian win the Presidency? Well... maybe, maybe not. But Franken has set his sights a little lower, publicly discussing how he's positioning himself for a Senate run from Minnesota in 2008. I truly think he could win, and I would love to see Senator Franken in action. C-SPAN meets Comedy Central!

Because he's good enough, he's smart enough, and doggone it, people like him.

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Toss Republicans An Anvil

[ Posted Wednesday, October 11th, 2006 – 14:57 PDT ]

Democrats would strongly promise that immediately after the election they will send a delegation to the White House (from their newly-won congressional majorities) to sit down and create an exit strategy for Iraq; one that "saves face" for America -- and for Bush. Promise that all meetings will be absolutely closed-door, with no leaks. Furthermore, promise that all credit for the plan will be equally shared between Bush and Democrats (this is key). Promise that before the end of 100 days, a plan for moving forward will emerge. By doing this, Democrats would be seen by the electorate as actually being stronger on national defense than Republicans -- just by admitting that something needs to be done.

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Reaching Values Voters And Mastering The Brush-off

[ Posted Wednesday, October 4th, 2006 – 12:03 PDT ]

I don't admire Reagan for much, but I have to admit he perfected the "brush-off" answer. He often did it with humor, he did it sometimes by being insufferably glib or patronizing -- but the result was the same, no matter how he pulled it off: whatever question he was responding to would never be asked again. One of many examples was when his advanced age was seen as an issue in the 1984 campaign, and he quipped during a debate: "I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience." It got a big laugh. And he got re-elected as the oldest President ever. This is a valuable political trait which earned Reagan the "Teflon" title, and it's a shame the Democrats can't seem to master it.

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