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Nov 3, 2006 5:30 pm


A week of hope and despair about American democracy



Two stories this week point in opposite directions. Take your pick as to which you think is more telling about American democracy.

Early in the week the substantive debate the country has been having about the Iraq War was blown off the front pages by a silly dust-up involving Sen. Kerry's poorly-worded joke about President Bush. Until he finally apologized the media wouldn't leave it alone. It almost felt like 2004 all over again. Bush v. Kerry. Help!

Later in the week came the NYT/CBS poll indicating that "80 percent said Mr. Bush’s latest effort to rally public support for the conflict amounted to a change in language but not policy.” This was a relief to hear. For once the public wasn't being bamboozled by the White House.

The question is: which of these two is more representative of the state of our democracy?


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Andrew D. Todd - 11/5/2006

Here's a little "October Surprise!"

I had heard some time ago that the Neil Bush was attempting to do a diddle with No Child Left Behind, but I had not heard that anyone was dumb enough to oblige him. By the time the dust settles, the election will be over.

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Neil Bush's firm gets education act funds
President's brother is head of company; parents own stake
By Walter F. Roche Jr.
Originally published October 22, 2006

Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.bushfirm22oct22,0,3372567.story?track=rss

My understanding is that this has also been published in the LA Times
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http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&;q=%22Neil+Bush%27s+company%2C+Ignite%21+Learning%2C%22&btnG=Google+Search
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Bush family firm benefits from US education funds...No Child Left Behind?

http://www.care2.com/news/member/487122725/209296
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http://www.jerrypournelle.com/mail/mail438.html

letter from Elizabeth A. Strohm, source of the information above.
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HNN - 11/5/2006

I'd love to see some polling that measures the impact of the Kerry mess.


Alexander Wolfe - 11/4/2006

I definitely think the Kerry-hype was more a product of cable news' relentless 24 hour cycle and the obsession of bloggers, and not so much an issue the American people in general care about.