2008 Presidential Debates

McCain, Republicans, and the Movement DeLay criminalized

Originally posted 2008-05-23 13:31:25 -0500; bumped by GH. The best part? This phrase: "...how little life is left in the movement that Goldwater began, Nixon brought into power, Ronald Reagan gave mass appeal, Newt Gingrich radicalized, Tom DeLay criminalized, and Bush allowed to break into pieces."

George Packer in this week's The New Yorker article The Fall of Conservatism details much, much more than what he perceives as the demise of the Republican control.

As one inkling of proof of the descending chaos, Packer writes "Among Republicans, there is no energy, no fresh thinking, no ability to capture the concerns and feelings of millions of people. In the past two months, Democratic targets of polarization attacks have won three special congressional elections, in solidly Republican districts in Illinois, Louisiana, and Mississippi."

Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, the Corporate Media Debates and Presidential Politics in 2008

There are only two houses sporting presidential candidate lawnsigns in this small town of about 6000 residents.

Both signs are for Ron Paul.

One might assume that such tiny anecdotal evidence suggests a wide divide in the support for Paul and the other candidates -- with nary a lawnsign proclaiming support for any of the others, but you would be forgiven for not coming to that conclusion, especially if you made your assessment based on coverage in the main street media or as more and more people refer to it -- the corporate media.

The results from Iowa show Paul garnered 10% of the vote and came in fifth on the Republican side. But as Bill Moyers indicated in his interviews with Kathleen Jamieson (Director of the Anneberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania Anneberg School for Communication), Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul, you would not be faulted for thinking that Paul and Kucinich had dropped out of the race for their respective parties' nominations.