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Mission Finally Accomplished—Four More Years of the Political Right

by WS Editors | Nov 15, 2004 | Books, Politics

You might have thought that, three years after a devastating terrorist attack on American soil, a period which has featured two wars, radical political and economic legislation, and an adjustment to one of the biggest stock market crashes in history, the campaign for the presidency would be an especially elevated and notable affair. If so, […]

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Newspapers Voted Too | Bad Bets | List of Lies | Mercks Misdeeds | Praise to the Max

by WS Editors | Nov 15, 2004 | Books, Politics

The Liberal Press?—Maybe so—a little. The media magazine Editor & Publisher found that 36 newspapers that ran editorials endorsing the election of Bush in 2000 flip-flopped this year and went for Kerry. All told, Kerry led Bush in editorial endorsements, 142 to 123. The pro-Kerry list included the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, thePhiladelphia Inquirer, the Detroit […]

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The Final Election Finish Line May Be Weeks Away

by WS Editors | Nov 1, 2004 | Politics

It was Halloween, and among the trick-or-treaters at the door came a 10-year-old neighbor, masquerading and masked as George Bush. He was wearing a sign that said, “I’m a loser.” My doorway Halloween ration is usually one, but I gave him two candy bars. Then I discovered that he is a politically astute junior high […]

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A Best-Case Scenario | Legacy of Racism | Nixon Strikes Again

by WS Editors | Nov 1, 2004 | Politics

The Outlook—If Senator Kerry wins, George Packer, the essayist and author of the excellent political meditation Blood of the Liberals, says Kerry will inherit a great deal of trouble from the man he replaces. In the October 25 New Yorker magazine, Packer sketches the difficult outlook for the possible new president: “The constraints won’t come only from the […]

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The Debate Season Is Here | Drug Maker Feeling Woozy | $50 Oil

by WS Editors | Oct 15, 2004 | Politics

The Debates—Polemics 1 and 2 left us calling for a rebate. As the New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd put it, “it was obfuscating versus oscillating.” The Washington Post‘s TV critic Tom Shales wrote that “Kerry came off as more presidential than the president”; and a New York Times editorial said that if the question was whether Kerry seemed “presidential,” […]

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