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A Theory of Decreasing Expectations

Primary and caucus results are all about expectations. Candidates spend the weeks before an election day campaigning hard and attacking their opponents, but they suddenly hit the brakes about 48 hours before the vote and begin setting up low expectations for the results. The point of this move is to create the perception of success, [...]

Zap

Kid gets tasered in Florida at a Kerry speech because he talked over his time and resisted police. I’m just going to presume you’ve already heard the story. But what is up with the public outcry over this tasering? Everywhere I look, news agencies are pumping out stories about how this is an egregious violation [...]

Florida Smackdown

The Democratic National Committee voted to take away Florida’s electoral power at the national convention if Florida kept its January 29th primary date. Synopsis: Florida, in an attempt to make the candidates actually care about the state (“put me in, coach!”), moved up their primary date from February to January, hoping to steal the thunder [...]

Once You Go Brown…

Apparently, the United States and India just recently (as in, circa last Friday) agreed on their nuclear energy cooperation deal. This deal has been in the works for at least a year now, and all of the pros and cons have been repeatedly beaten into everyone’s heads. Supporters say the nuclear deal will strengthen non-proliferation [...]

Staying Positive

With the President’s approval rating lower than Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s weight combined, I feel this would be a wonderful time to reflect on the last six and a half years. We’re probably all familiar with the President’s numerous debacles (so numerous, in fact, that DailyWrit’s word count limit won’t permit me to list them), [...]

Pick Me! Pick Me!

When I checked DailyWrit today, I cannot even begin to describe how utterly shocked I was at not seeing any posts about Ann Coulter. I mean, I figured Tex would at least have something hilarious to say. So I quickly rainchecked the topic… Yao: how come nobody has written about ann coulter on dailywrit Yao: [...]

Senator Barack Obama gave a speech at the national meeting of the United Church of Christ on June 23. He talked about the role of religion in politics, and you’ve probably heard something about it via popular news sources. The Associated Press reported that Obama told the church crowd, “right-wing evangelical leaders have exploited and [...]

Preview of GOP Debate

Given I’ll be stuck somewhere up in the proverbial arse of the Continental Divide during the debate tomorrow and consequently won’t be able to watch it, I’ll give my version of a preview for tomorrow’s Republican showdown. Take note that this will be inevitably more offensive than anything CNN or MSNBC will put out. First, [...]

The Democratic Debate

My thoughts on the Democratic debate tonight: First, the frontrunners (Clinton, Obama, Edwards) certainly played it very safe. I suppose you could say that they approached it in classic politician format: not giving any definitive answers. Playing it careful is probably a good idea, but it’s giving too much ground for the fringe candidates to [...]



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