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January 2, 2003
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John Hood says in NRO that John Edwards’ vacuousness helps him be a strong candidate. I’m inclined to disagree. Maybe it helped in North Carolina, running against a weak incumbent in a bad year for the GOP (1998) but not in 2004, running against George W. Bush.

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January 1, 2003
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St. Frist saves more lives.

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January 1, 2003
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Here’s a profile of a somewhat obscure, but key, player in the 2002 elections – 72 Hour Task Force director Blaise Hazelwood. Working at the Republican National Committee (RNC) Hazelwood successfully directed the GOP’s Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) operation in 2002, which adopted Democratic tactics such as knock-on-doors volunteers and direct mailings to bump up the...

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January 1, 2003
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Here’s another absurd NY Times story about liberals trying to find a counterpart to conservative media outlets, like Talk Radio: The efforts among influential Democrats, particularly liberals, range from a grass-roots talent search for progressive radio hosts to the creation of research organizations to provide a Democratic spin for the news media, to nascent...

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December 31, 2002
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Jeb Bush is finally getting to appoint some Florida Supreme Court justices and has changed the balance from 7-0 Democratic to 5-2. Keep in mind, though, that these appointments wouldn’t have altered the outcome in Gore v. Harris, since the justices that the Bush appointees are replacing voted the right way in the 4-3...

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December 31, 2002
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Senator Bob Graham (D-FL) is looking increasingly likely to throw his hat into the 2004 presidential sweepstakes. Graham, like most successful Florida Democrats, likes to portray himself as a “moderate.” He was elected governor and then senator largely on his unflinching support of the death penalty. However, Graham is in reality a far-left liberal....

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December 31, 2002
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I heard Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) call for a new draft on CNN, but I couldn’t believe my ears. Now the congressman has made it official with a New York Times op-ed and says he’ll introduce legislation to draft young people into the military. There’s absolutely no chance Rangel’s bill will pass, but it’s...

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December 31, 2002
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Bruce Fein says in the Washington Times that president Bush isn’t being given credit for the legislative successes he has achieved. It’s worth wondering how a Republican president could be so successful in pushing legislation. Traditionally Republicans oppose liberal legislation that expands the size and scope of government, such as Campaign Finance Reform. Inevitably,...

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December 30, 2002
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The GOP is making giant strides among rural voters: Just a decade ago, Democrats were running neck-and-neck with Republicans for the votes of rural America. No more. This year, rural voters supported Republican congressional candidates by a 60 percent to 36 percent margin, according to an analysis of polls done after the November election....

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December 30, 2002
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Goodbye, VNS. And Good riddance.

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December 30, 2002
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I’ve called potential presidential candidate Senator John Edwards (D-NC) a “wildly gesticulating, empty-headed, pretty-boy trial lawyer.” Yet another article, this time in the NY Times, suggests that other people may think so too. Is Edwards’ ego so large that he really thinks he can run for president? Wait, forget I asked.

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December 30, 2002
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How Gore’s withdrawal hurts the Democratic nominee in 2004 Here’s how Al Gore’s withdrawal from the 2004 presidential race could hurt the eventual Democratic nominee. If Gore had stayed in the race and the nominee had beaten him, the nominee would have earned a reputation as a giant-killer. His stature would instantly soar and...

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December 29, 2002
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Young, spoiled South Koreans are protesting at the American embassy, demanding the withdrawal of US troops from South Korea. This after they just elected a “progressive” president who ran on an anti-American platform. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If the South Koreans are stupid enough to yell “Yankee Go Home!”...

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December 29, 2002
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After the Seattle Times editorialized in support of Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), it got plenty of hot feedback from its readers. As you can see on the Letters page, every letter on this issue castigates the paper. Here’s one: Your editorial defending Sen. Patty Murray is the most blatant, partisan editorial I have ever...

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December 29, 2002
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Two good (though biased, of course) articles today in the Washington Post and the NY Times on one of the less publicized items in the Republican agenda – reforming the legal system to the detriment of trial lawyers. GOP lawmakers have been quietly inserting lawsuit limitation clauses in various bills, but next year they...

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