|Tactics and Substance in U.S. Elections||GoogleNews: congressional.election|
First they ignore you
then they laugh at you
then they fight you
then you win.
Syndicate VJ [XML]
or track us via blo.gs
August 2006 .. June 2006 .. September 2005 .. August 2005 .. July 2005 .. June 2005 .. May 2005 .. April 2005 .. March 2005 .. February 2005 .. January 2005 .. December 2004 .. November 2004 .. October 2004 .. September 2004 .. August 2004 .. July 2004 .. June 2004 .. May 2004 .. April 2004 .. March 2004 .. February 2004 .. January 2004 .. December 2003 .. November 2003 .. October 2003 .. September 2003 .. August 2003 .. July 2003 .. June 2003 ..
Howard Dean & DFA
Democracy For America
Sign up at Democracy For America
Dean for America
Blog for America
The real "Dean Scream"
Grassroots For America
Winning Back America
Dean Issues Forum
Meetup for Dean
Republicans for Dean
Women For Dean
Idaho For Dean
Blog for Arizona
Alabama For Dean
Blog for Iowa
Democracy for Virginia
Seniors for America
So Far, VJ $ Have Gone To:
ACT Blog for Victory
Alas, A blog
Back to the Kitchen
Blogging of the President
Change for America
DCCC: The Stakeholder
DNC: Kicking Ass
Fight for the Future/SEIU
DSCC: From the Roots
First Primary Blog
Follow Me Here
Ghost in the Machine
Hunter at dKos
Just a Bump in the Beltway
La Di Da
Liberal Street Fighter
Long Story Short Pier
Mark A. R. Kleiman
NYCO at dKos
NYCO's Blog/100 Days of Rwanda
Of, By, and For
Politics and War
Red State Rebels
Respectful of Otters
Skeptical Notion (Morat)
Talking Points Memo
This Modern World
Media For Democracy
What a Pickler
Not Quite Big Media
The Note (ABC)
First Read (NBC)
The Grind (CNN)
Washington Whispers (CBS)
MSNBC Campaign Embeds:
Clark Dean Edwards Kerry Kucinich Lieberman Sharpton
Wesley Clark / blog
John Edwards / blog/ One America Committee
John Kerry / blog
Bob Graham / blog
Dennis Kucinich / blog
Joe Lieberman / blog
Carol Moseley Braun
Value Judgment is a daily weblog written by two independent voters on the eastern seaboard of the United States. VJ will focus on the 2004 U.S. Presidential campaigns, including strategy, tactics, and substance. The authors supported Howard Dean in the Democratic primary. Accordingly, his activities will be a prominent topic on this site.
V at valuejudgment.org or
J at valuejudgment.org
Link to VJ:
Movable Type 3.33
August 15, 2006
Clinton-42 steps back up
I was pretty annoyed by Bill Clinton stumping for Lieberman, but it wasn't exactly unexpected so it wasn't a huge deal. It didn't turn the tide for Lieberman anyway.
Now that Joe's turned on the Democratic Party, the former President is returning the favor. Via Political Wire:
Clinton Sounds Off on Terror, Republicans [KLTV7]
Lieberman has characterized his loss - and the need for his subsequent independent run - as liberals in the party purging those with the Lieberman-Clinton position of progressiveness in domestic politics and strong national security credentials.Gracias, eh.
He had some other good quotes; they haven't made it very far into the media bloodstream yet according to GoogleNews.
"I don't think the thought in that London bomb plot has any bearing on our Iraq policy," Clinton said.
August 8, 2006
The Democracy Strikes Back: D-Day for Holy Joe
I've been following the Connecticut Senate race (at just about every political site there is) and don't have much to add, except that it would warm my heart to see Joe "I'd say that the Bush recession would be followed by the Dean depression" Lieberman slink away in defeat.
Color me shocked that Lamont's been able to mount a serious challenge at all given the inherent advantages an 18-year incumbent enjoys. The fact that he's actually expected to win today is mind-boggling and speaks to the complete ineptitude and the attitude of entitlement of both Lieberman and his campaign team.
Good luck Mr. Lamont. May all the votes be counted accurately.
August 7, 2006
One last batch of BS from Ohio Rep. Bob Ney
Ney drops out of fall race [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
"I'm doing this for one reason: my family," Ney said in an exclusive interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "My wife and two children have been through enough. I really believe this is the best decision."OK, that last line I believe.
Attaturk @ Atrios has the link where in January Ney vowed to run even if indicted. Oh, Congressman, for shame.
June 28, 2006
I can get behind this - Reid blocks Congressional pay raises
Dems vow to block pay raises until minimum wage increased [The Carpetbagger Report]
[CNN: Reid refused to spell out exactly how he will block a $3,300 pay raise scheduled for January 1 for members of Congress, who currently earn $165,200 annually. He said with 40 Senate Democrats backing the maneuver, "We can stop anything they (Republicans) try to do with a congressional pay raise."]I would agree with the first half of that last sentence.. I'm still waiting for them to getting more things 'right eventually'.
June 23, 2006
"Only a little man"
Still not a Democrat, still forced by circumstances to be a one-party voter...
Funny line from an article on how out-of-sync the Republican-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate are:
House, Senate inject bad blood into relations [ContraCostaTimes.com]
Throughout history, jealously and conflict have been common between the House and the Senate. For example, until 2004, House rules for floor debate banned members from uttering the word "Senate," requiring them instead to refer to "the other body."If you add up all the dissatisfactions I have with all the different Democrats and their weird failures, it still pales in comparison to the utter distaste I have for the Republicans who are running things into the ground and just say it's proof government doesn't work.
They're only a few words off - government by the modern Holy Republican Party doesn't work.
June 21, 2006
Rip Van V
zzzzzz.... snxx? ... Oh. Hi there. ... <creeeeak> <yaaaaaawn> What day is it?
Wow. Jeez. So there are less than 5 months between now & the 2006 midterm elections?
Uh... probably a lot going on, then.
You could say that.
OK, OK, I'm up, I'm up.
September 3, 2005
Following Hurricane Katrina, some New Orleans folk and EPA staffers have taken to calling the flooded part of town 'Lake George'.
That sounds pretty good to me except for a couple of things -- one, there are already Lakes named George; two, Bush alone isn't responsible; there's the Congress which rubber-stamped the various FEMA-gutting budgets, there's lame FEMA chief Mike Brown, there's Homeland Security head Michael "we just now heard about those people!" Chertoff...
But if you want to look deeper into how we all got here, look at the guy who's been working for decades to cut every tax and gut every program:
Grover meets with government bigshots every Wednesday morning to plan ever more budget sops to rich patrons and starving of funds to every part of government. Setting up a screwup this big takes more than a few years, and Grover doesn't just have a finger in this pie, he's been trying to bake it all his life.
'Lake Norquist' would even share the same beginning as 'Lake N'Orleans', which is probably what the media will call it.
But then again, outside the politically obsessive, just about nobody knows the name Norquist at all, no matter how deserving of this blame.
So the Divinely Chosen Guitar-Strumming President will probably win out. The fish rots from the head, etc.
Besides, he's such a Strong Leader that he must surely agree that the buck stops with him. (Joke.) And he has had five years to put his own stamp on FEMA (not to mention DHS).
But if it's going to be His lake, I'd rather skip the ambiguous "George" and go with the very clear 'Lake Dubya'.
August 16, 2005
August 4, 2005
Novak discovers what it takes to get CNN to discipline you
Expose a CIA WMD agent in a column? No.
Change your story when you realize you could be in trouble for exposing a CIA agent? No.
Say a bad word on basic cable and leave the set of a program? Now that's SERIOUS! Hit the showers, Bob!
mediabistro: 'Time Off' For Novak After 'Bullshit'
CNN's not happy about the bullshit Bob Novak just pulled:His other actions? "Yeah, whatever."
UPDATE: How weird.
CNN, which thought it a big enough deal to toss Novak (however temporarily), has posted the video itself!
So, now they're proud of the footage they just apologized for? Or, it's all just so newsworthy they can't help but promote it?
July 21, 2005
Justice! ... Uhh... Some day.... not today, though...
There was a thread running through the campaign that one of the reasons it was important for all of us grumpy and dissatisfied indies and Deanies and Greens to support John Kerry was "the Supreme Court, stupid!" Well we did, and he lost, and here comes Bush's first Supreme Court nomination (rightwing, anti-liberty corporate hack with a nice smile) and the Dems are offering up their usually tepid, appeasing response. Steph Dray wonders whether they're really all damnable cowards after all:
But some of you seem to have forgotten that there are other consequences of losing that election--one of them being that we absolutely must show the public what Democrats stand for. I've been calling for us to pick a fight, and duke it out in public. But all of you here have been saying, "Oh no, save the fight for the Supreme Court."Aside: And, oh I am ill. I started reading the thread and Armando is all upset about being called a coward. WTF.
Archives: August 2006 | June 2006 | September 2005 | August 2005 | July 2005 | June 2005 | May 2005 | April 2005 | March 2005 | February 2005 | January 2005 | December 2004 | November 2004 | October 2004 | September 2004 | August 2004 | July 2004 | June 2004 | May 2004 | April 2004 | March 2004 | February 2004 | January 2004 | December 2003 | November 2003 | October 2003 | September 2003 | August 2003 | July 2003 | June 2003 |
I can get behind this - Reid blocks Congressional pay raises  .. Rip Van V  .. Your Lazy Media: Blown CIA Cover edition  .. Novak discovers what it takes to get CNN to discipline you  .. Site Re-Launch  ..
The Politics of Truth... A Diplomat's Memoir
Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right
The Great Unraveling
The Great Big Book of Tomorrow
The Clinton Wars
Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative
Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat
Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture
The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace