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Where's the Beef, Mr. Kline?

Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 07/21/05 18:12

by Paul Bartlett

John Kline's political resume consists of one dubious qualifying entry: He carried the Gipper's suitcase.

If Kline is qualified to serve in congress because he adeptly handled his porter duties, then Reagan's:

* Air Force One pilot is qualified because he never
crashed the boss's plane.
* chef is qualified because he never poisoned the boss.
* doc is qualified because he never OD'ed the boss.
* limo driver is qualified because he never crashed the
boss's car.

John Kline has set the bar so low that real qualifications have been fully supplanted with PR silliness and pandering. As Tom DeLay's anointed toady, displaced Texan Kline is, in fact, the poster boy for photo-op nonsense. His past campaigns centered around several seconds of film footage featuring him lugging Reagan's suitcase. Kline's "fifteen minutes of fame" have worn very thin. Let's focus on the real John Kline: his acceptance of DeLay PAC money and his support of DeLay's unethical and likely illegal behavior.

As we head into another election cycle, Wendy's 1980 commercial slogan seems fitting: Mr. Kline, "Where's the beef?"
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Timing is Everything...

Category: US Politics
Posted: 07/20/05 18:50

by Dave Mindeman

Timing. It is the essence of politics. When a person decides to run for an office or when he or she retires, it's timing. And timing is important in news cycles. Reporters need to meet deadlines and have time to analyze and follow up sources. They need to file their reports in a timely manner. Timing...

Our appointed President understands timing, too. He has a supreme court vacancy to fill and he could announce his choice at any time. He knows the press and the interests groups will mobilize in force to gather information and opinions. It will be time consuming and all encompassing. Why now?

Because it is an opportune way to divert attention from Karl Rove. The "leak" is suddenly old news. The crime... a back page story. Karl Rove is smiling at the attention heaped upon John G. Roberts, Jr. It is exactly what the doctor ordered. The timing is just right.....
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The Times, They Are A-Changin'

Category: US Politics
Posted: 07/15/05 11:18

by Paul Bartlett

Can you feel it: GOP fatigue? Its palpable; its everywhere. Just look around: Bush's and Pawlenty's poll numbers are sinking like a rock in a sea of GOP lies and hypocrisy; we're hopelessly bogged down in a war of Bush's making; the economy is headed to hades in a handbasket; Social Security is alive and well despite Bush's efforts to stomp-out our most successful domestic program; the American people don't want self-righteous hypocrites in their bedrooms or their hospital rooms; oil has skyrocketed due largely to Bush's disruption of Mideast geopolitics; and our jobs are being outsourced faster than Pawlenty can call a tax a fee. And now, the treasonous Karl Rove.

The nation is finally tiring of Republican lies, deceit, and ineptness. And despite Pawleny's opposition to the appointment of a state poet laureate, the words of Minnesota's legendary word-crafter ring true: "The times they are a-changin".
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