I was initially worried about Jack Ryan’s withdrawal from the Illinois Senate Race. I feared that someone like Jim Edgar, Pat Fitzgerald or Jim Thompson would step forward to run. After all, Fitzgerald and Thompson have gotten press due to the Plame investigation and 9/11 commission, respectively. But those fears have been put to rest. We’ve got ourselves a pickup!
Much is being made of this interview (transcript here). I personally don’t much care for it, as it doesn’t reveal much about Bush. Even though the questions were sent ahead of time, Bush’s frustration doesn’t seem terribly off the mark. After all, he’s being interrupted left and right! And though he deserved to be interrupted on some occasions in the interview, he didn’t really answer the questions he was interrupted with, which made interrupting him pointless. Not much can be said for Bush, but he is very good at ducking questions.
[H]ow do you think the war in Iraq is going?
There are terrorists in Iraq who have been drawn into that part of the world. Every day we eliminate some of them; that’s one more that won’t be coming here.
What do you mean by eliminate them? Where are the terrorists and insurgents going to go?
Well, they are going to be killed. When they attack our troops, 20 or 30 or 40 at a time are being eliminated.
We can’t kill everyone who hates America!
We can kill a lot of them, particularly when they try to kill us.
You recently created a stir when you defended the interrogation techniques at Abu Ghraib.
Most of the people in Mississippi came up to me and said: ”Thank Goodness. America comes first.” Interrogation is not a Sunday-school class. You don’t get information that will save American lives by withholding pancakes.
But unleashing killer dogs on naked Iraqis is not the same as withholding pancakes.
I was amazed that people reacted like that. Did the dogs bite them? Did the dogs assault them? How are you going to get people to give information that will lead to the saving of lives?
But he clearly gets it on gay adoption.
How do you feel about gay men adopting and raising children?
It’s so important that children have parents or family that love them. There are a lot of adopted children who have loving parents, and it comes in different ways with different people in different states.
I found the phrasing on that question odd. After all, lesbians are adopting as well. But overall, a very revealing interview.
Via DemFromCT, the Green Party has nominated lawyer David Cobb as their presidential candidate. Cobb, a Texas native who moved to California for his presidential bid, has promised to help defeat President Bush by following a “safe state” strategy of only campaigning in non-swing states. Cobb had no opponent for the nomination of the party, but there was pressure from Ralph Nader’s followers to nominate no one, and instead endorse Nader, giving him ballot access in at least twenty-two states. This is being perceived as a huge defeat for Nader. I prefer to see it as a win for the Greens; Cobb’s main goal is to grow the party in a way that doesn’t reelect Bush. I support both of those propositions. Personally, I’m partial to third parties. I think that the two-party system can leave people from the left, center, right, and top (if you have a better analogy for libertarianism, I’d love to hear it) without a voice, and that third parties can help fix that. Thinking more cynically, a large Green party could help steer the Democratic party clear of the DLC, and keep us from doing stupid “centrist” things like trying to use tax credits to cure the health care problem, and trying to use tax credits to cure the daycare problem. Basically, trying to use tax credits to cure everything. Anyway, I’m very pleased with the results of the convention.
So DINO (Democrat In Name Only) Zell Miller will be speaking at the Republican National Convention. And I don’t really care. Zell has barely any positions that even remotely resemble those of the Democratic party. We’ve lost him, and he’s not coming back, either to us or to the Senate. At least we can take solace in the latter fact.