Monthly Archives: August 2004

The Post picks up the scent

So what if the Post is about six months late to the story of John Kerry’s 1971 leadership of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War? And a little tardy attending to his presence at the now infamous Kansas City VVAW meeting at which the assassination of United States Senators was submitted for consideration and taken to a vote? (Kerry voted against.) And so what if the Post fudges the details »

Douglas Brinkley reports for duty

We have been intrigued by the infrequent sightings of John Kerry’s authorized hagiographer Douglas Brinkley since Kerry’s Kurtz chronicles emerged into view. Today the Weekly Standard briefly updates Brinkley’s recent sightings in “Douglas Brinkley reports for duty.” Brief though it is, the Standard piece elucidates the role Brinkley is playing for Kerry. As Kerry plays his faux JFK shtick, Brinkley plays his faux Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., shtick — Schlesinger himself »

What I’m In For

One aspect of the Republican convention that could prove not only entertaining, but potentially important, is the demonstrations planned by leftist groups. They are already underway, and some expect them to be massive and possibly violent before the convention is over. As we’ve noted before, some Democrats clearly intend to re-create the havoc wreaked by protesters at the 1968 Democratic convention. Tactically, this strikes me as a very poor idea. »

Vietnam, Then and Now

Hugh Hewitt has a thoughtful piece on the broader significance of the Vietnam war and its central place in John Kerry’s campaign and in the election. It’s worth reading in its entirety. Here is a portion of Hugh’s conclusion: America then and America now was and is undeniably the greatest force for good in the world. Its troops, then and now, fought and still fight to protect and defend the »

It’s a Glamorous Life

I think that was a song by Sheila E., or somebody, in the 1980’s. Lately I’ve been leading the glamorous life of a media celebrity, one of only 20 bloggers selected to report on the Republican National Convention. I’ve given a number of interviews and have generally felt like I was on the proverbial “cutting edge.” This morning I got a call from a reporter who was on her way »

Waiting for Boydot, day 5


Warning signs for Kerry

Two readers have kindly directed our attention to this column in today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune by columnist Nick Coleman: “No free lunch for John Kerry.” The politics of Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party runs in Coleman’s veins; his father was the DFL majority leader of the Minnesota state senate from 1973-81. When Coleman signals tremors of doubt regarding a Democratic champion, notice must be taken. Coleman reports on Kerry’s stumping yesterday in »


To our favorite Minnesota judge, G. Barry Anderson, promoted this afternoon from the Minnesota Court of Appeals to the Minnesota Supreme Court. And congratulations to Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty on a great appointment. Justice Anderson is the third Anderson (out of seven justices) on the Minnesota Supreme Court. Governor Pawlenty must have hesitated and imagined the cheap shots he will take in the newspapers before he decided to make this »

Dateline: Little Saigon

Power Line reader Pete Peterson has advised us that the American Spectator online site has posted his report from Little Saigon in Orange County, California: “Little Saigon eyes Kerry.” The folks on whom Peterson reports are one more group we’re pretty sure John Kerry doesn’t want you to hear from. »

Two open letters

Given that it is written by Oliver North, this open letter to John Kerry probably won’t have much impact on the Kerry campaign: “Bring it on, John.” But it nevertheless packs a wallop. Here’s Ollie’s conclusion: In 1988, Jane Fonda said: “I would like to say something … to men who were in Vietnam, who I hurt, or whose pain I caused to deepen because of things that I said »

Won’t get fooled again?

I can’t think of a rock song touching on politics that has stood the test of time better than the Who’s “Won’t get fooled again.” It provides Pete Townshend’s remarkably unillusioned view of the radical agitation of the late sixties and early seventies, concluding with the dystopian observation: “Meet the new boss/Same as the old boss.” Reading this Jerusalem Post story brings “Won’t get fooled again” to mind: “Gandhi leads »

Meeting Professor Hewitt

Little Trunk and I met up with Hugh Hewitt at Keegan’s Pub in Minneapolis last night. Hugh is in town to broadcast his radio show from the Minnesota State Fair. Little Trunk had never met Hugh before. But at a critical point in her life as a student controversialist, Hugh came to the defense of Little Trunk against the depredations of a professor who was bullying her in a remarkable »


Among the excellent columns online this morning are several that note patterns observable in the current political circumstances. The opening paragraphs in Charles Krauthammer’s “Going Apoplectic” make the case that the current Democratic apoplexy is a peculiar kind of recurring phenomenon: Upon losing a game at the 1925 Baden-Baden tournament, Aaron Nimzowitsch, the great chess theoretician and a superb player, knocked the pieces off the board, jumped on the table »

Hope Springs Eternal

I missed this article on the Swift Boat Vets controversy by Elizabeth Bumiller in yesterday’s New York Times. Bumiller leads with this astonishing statement: The national counsel for President Bush’s re-election campaign resigned on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after he acknowledged that he had provided legal advice to a veterans group that has leveled unsubstantiated attacks on Senator John Kerry’s Vietnam War record in a book and on the »

Good Chicken (as Opposed to, say, Chicken Boydot)

I’ve never met Glenn Reynolds, but I can tell that we have certain things in common. Like an appreciation of great dinners. Mrs. Rocket, in addition to her other desirable qualities, is a sensational cook. So when she decided to make Glenn’s roasted (sort of) chicken recipe, I figured it must look pretty good. Of course, great chefs never copy recipes slavishly. So Mrs. Rocket omitted the soy sauce, teriyaki »

Oh-Oh, the Artists Are After Us

Today’s New York Times includes a lengthy article titled “Caution: Angry Artists at Work,” by Roberta Smith. The theme of the article is that “The Republican Party’s choice of New York for its 2004 national convention, which has made a lot of people very nervous, may have done the city a favor.” How? The Republican convention has revitalized the city’s art world, which is putting on anti-Bush and anti-Republican exhibits »

The Vets Strike Again

The latest Swift Boat Vets ad is out, and it’s a killer. Stephen Gardner points out that he served on John Kerry’s boat longer than anyone else, and says that Kerry’s claim to have spent Christmas 1968 in Cambodia is a lie. Gardner says the crew was never in Cambodia on a secret mission–not in December, not in January, never. You can see the ad here. One of the most »