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Woe Is She

Posted by Mike on January 15, 2007

Disturbed that John Edwards would dare challenge her ascension to the throne, She Who Must Not Be Named unleashed her loyal Death Eater, I mean spokesman, Howard Wolfson to rebut Edwards’ recent veiled swipe at those who have not hysterically screamed to strip our troops of the funding they need.

“In 2004, John Edwards used to constantly brag about running a positive campaign. Today, he has unfortunately chosen to open his campaign with political attacks on Democrats who are fighting the Bush administration’s Iraq policy,” said Clinton adviser Howard Wolfson.

This is the crowned jewel of her family’s political playbook. You see, She Who Must Not Be Named usually cannot allow the debate to focus on what she stands for. At this moment, her concern is Democrat primary voters. Those voters are not inclined to support a candidate who would fund our troops. Therefore, she must change the subject. Enter the negative attack play.

First, you accuse your opponent of an unfair negative attack. Then make a non-specific reference to some issue you are allegedly working on, sometimes “for the children.” Here, She Who Must Not Be Named is “fighting the Bush administration’s Iraq policy.” There is no mention of how she is doing so of course, but the commoners have no need for such details. The media will then do their duty and focus on the “unfair negative attacks” while the second coming of Evita “gets back to work for the American people.”

We’ve seen this play before. Although it’s nice to see it used against a snake oil salesman for a change, the GOP should be paying attention. The Dark Lady won’t hesitate to use this play against them.

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Divisional Sunday

Posted by Ryan on January 15, 2007

What a weekend for pro-football!!! I went 3-1 overall in my picks, but each game was either won or lost in the last minute or in overtime. The Patriots pulled a victory out of sure defeat yesterday in their 24-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers. It was as close to a boxing match that pro-football can get. The Chargers looked the better team throughout most of the game, but the Pats kept it close. Both defenses were awesome, and in the end it came down to the fourth quarter and a game of wills. The underdog Pats went to San Diego to face a rested team with the league’s best record and the league MVP in running back LaDanian Tomlinson… and won! However, as a Pats fan I wonder if the victory was too Pyrrhic going into next week’s battle at Indy, who’s newly rejuventated on defense and gets one extra day to scheme.

The Seahawks and Bears also played yesterday. It came down to a field goal in overtime to push the Bears ahead 27-24 in their close-played victory. It was a cold and messy day, as it was a messy game, but good football nonetheless!

So next week the Conference match-ups revolve around what appears to be two more really great football games: the Saints at Chicago and New England at the Colts. I’d love to see a Saints/Pats Superbowl, but I’d also love to see an Indy/Saints Superbowl. Heck, I’d even like to see a Superbowl XX rematch between the Pats and Bears, and who would want to see Manning beat anyone for his first ring!

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