Mourning In America

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Friday, November 19, 2004
David Gergen Speaks Clearly As a communications advisor to presidents of all political stripes, David Gergen has been a master of tailoring messages to put them in the best possible light. But apparently the shock of watching the President claim that a narrow victory constitutes a "mandate," has cost him his spin-doctoring sensibilities.

Witness his op-ed column in today's New York Times, in which he speaks clearly about what he perceives as the Bush Administration's goals with regard to Social Security "reform:"

Mr. Bush is the first conservative whose policies would gradually unwind major commitments like Social Security and progressive taxes. [EMPHASIS ADDED]

Regardless of whether you think personal accounts are a good idea, NO ONE voted to "gradually unwind" Social Security. Regrettably, 51% of the nation didn't vote wisely.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004
CIA Infighting ... Not as Bad as it Looks? Slate's Jack Shafer thinks it's probably worse:
The truth this time, I suspect, is not in the compromise space halfway between the bureaucrats but a point above them on the y axis where every disparaging thing you've read about the agency and every wicked thing written about Goss is accurate.

Every President must demand accountability. This President asks only loyalty.