The BuzzFlash Mailbag
October 17, 2002
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Subj: Please, I Beg You
When we feel frustrated with, and down on, Senate Majority Leader Daschle, we need to take a deep breath and recall HOW he came to be Senate Majority Leader. For months if not more than a year, Daschle worked QUIETLY behind the scenes (and off-camera) to bring Jeffords over. If Daschle had not been courtly, patient, kindly and right on the issues, Jeffords would never have bolted. It was precisely the "in your face" tactics of the repulsive Bushites that turned Jeffords off and made him susceptible to Daschle's wooing.
Not every important task in the senate, or in the White House, is done center-front and on-camera.
When John F. Kennedy was put to the test in October 1952, the important work he did was off-camera and secret -- he swapped our air bases in Turkey for Khrushchev's agreement to pull his missiles out of Cuba. We did not know about that deal at the time, nor did we know about it till years later. But that deal -- or that willingness to compromise and cut a deal -- probably saved this world from a nuclear holocaust.
Daschle has an extraordinarily slim margin to work with in the senate. He has the Republicans blowing kisses, across the aisle, at Zell Miller and John Breaux, and he must do everything in his power to keep those two Democratic senators from bolting.
Do you think things have not been as good as you might have liked them to be lately, well I agree. I would like to have more things go my way, our way. But this is the real world and one has to play with the cards one is dealt.
If we can increase the Democratic majority in the senate to a better comfort level, THEN would be the time to hammer at the Democrats.
But, between now and Election Day, I ask all Democrats to please cool the negative talk about the performance of the Democrats. Such negative conversation serves only to DISHEARTEN other potential Democratic voters and cause them to either stay home on Election Day or vote Green. Both of those scenarios are votes FOR the Republicans.
Let's get our team into office and THEN lean on them.
Please. I beg you.
A devoted BuzzFlasher,
Subj: Where was the color chart last week?
Last weeks bombings seemed to be timed around the Cole bombing, an anniversary the terrorists would find popular, so where was the color chart? What was the difference between the vague foreign sites Memorial day warnings and last week? One seemed like a psychological attack leading up to a pResidential speech, the other cost lives. So where was the color chart?
Subj: HYPOCRITES to the media
Dear BuzzFlash,Someone should make a public list of all the TV people pushing for war, on that list telling us which ones have kids in the age bracket they could join the military and if that person was ever in the military and if not how did they get out of it if they were subject to the draft.
This is an original quote from me. You may use it if you wish.
"REPUBLICANS OPERATE ON YOUR BLOOD, SWEAT AND FEARS"
B J Russ
Subj: Harry Belafonte
What a stupendous treat to listen to Harry Belafonte on "Larry King" last night. A brilliantly passionate and articulate condemnation of Emperor Bush et.al..He made the points that the missing-in-action (e.g. Daschle and Gephardt etc.) should be making. A man that Dick Armey would characterize as stupid because Mr. Belafonte has an occupation of the heart. A man that Novak would call a "nut" because Mr. Belafonte opposes war while vicious people such as Jerry Falwell and Ann Coulter would be considered "real people" because they support the war. What would be delightful would be to watch this dignified, compassionate man debate blowhards such as Limbaugh and O'Reilly. Why not invite him to appear on "Crossfire"? Not just for a five minute segment, but for the whole hour. Let him square off against either of the compassionate conservatives Novak or Carlson. On second thought better let Novak AND Carlson debate Mr. Belafonte. That would be more fair.
Lee D. Mockrin, M.D.
The uniter-not a divider- strikes again
- 9/11 Relatives Push for Commission Bush objects to a provision that would allow five members of the 10-person commission, split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, to issue a subpoena. The administration also wants its only member on the commission to be the sole chairperson, instead of being co-chair with a Democratic appointee.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: What Part of Bi-Partisan Don't You Understand?
Dear Scott McClellan,
In a news article at
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=544&ncid=703&e=5&u=/AP/2002 1016/ap_on_go_pr_wh/attacks_intelligence You are quoted as having said:
"Unfortunately there still are some members (of Congress) who do not share the view that this commission should be truly bipartisan," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. "We hope these members will reconsider."
This was in reference to the White House insisting that it's sole appointee be the sole Chairman of the proposed Committee to investigate September 11th and the problem the White House has with 5 of 10 members having subpoena power.
Bipartisan is defined as:
Sir, what part of bipartisan don't you understand? It would be bipartisan to have co-chairmen - one from the Democrats & one from the Republicans. It would be fair & equal to have 5 out of 10 committee members able to issue a subpoena. The White House stance is, like everything else, a unilateral stance. I sincerely doubt you were referring to the White House when you said "We hope these members will reconsider."
Perhaps you would like to explain to the American people what you think bipartisan means?
bush/r-w insanity, continued...
WHAT IS WITH AMERICA these days??????!!!!!!!
bush and the holy-morality right-wing declare "war on terrorism" AND IGNORE NUKE SABER-RATTLING in southwest Asia?
The American press reports for weeks and weeks and weeks on wen ho lee, and the "treason scandal" of China launches of US satellites (approved under the bush 1 and reagan admins, but "treason" only for the clinton admin), but completely, totally BURIES the stories of nuclear, ballistic missile, and bio-wmd proliferation, largely due to the Republican-dominated Senate's repudiation of the nonproliferation treaty?
whew, we are SERIOUSLY into weird, weird, weird territory!
Subj: AWOL and Draft Dodgers
"Bush Lays Down Tough Path for Iraq to Avoid War"
His path was to go AWOL from national guard and the rest starting with Cheney and Lott were able to DODGE it.
Subj: Democratic Rallies Now!
Not really "anti-war rallies," but rather old fashioned "Democratic" rallies!
Local candidates would address the crowds and the issues. Party heavy weights could hit the major events.
Remember the republican thugs that intimidated the vote counters in Florida? Those images were startling.
Democratic Rallies! Think of the coverage on the evening news. These rallies in cities from coast to coast.
Personally, I would attend (in my city.) And, I haven't considered participating in a national movement since the Anti War March on Washington in the early seventies.
The Democratic Party needs to flex it's muscles, NOW!
Work with the party consultants and issue press releases.
START IT! HURRY!
- Bill Stanley
if clinton did it, the murderous right-wing would be screeching "TREASON" - and rightly so....
bush ignores al Qaida funding from Saudi Arabia, just as he ignores anthrax terror attacks on Congress, and sniper in DC.... (and of course the grand-daddy of them all, taking a one-month vacation and telling his anti-terror fbi and cia field agents to "FILE IT!" re their reports of pending attack on America.... all the more outrageous, as he campaigned on the corruption, apathy, and incompetence of "Washington officials.")
It is amazing to me that the terrorist of the Oklahoma City bombing was caught right away during the Clinton administration, yet this Bush administration can't locate bin laden, find the anthrax terrorist, nor can it track down the sniper. They have nobody to blame for their ineptness, but in the true spirit of GOP emotional immaturity, you can bet that they will try. I know two Republicans who have switched parties since Bush took office and vow never to vote GOP again. Their reasoning? They are tired of him blaming everyone else for his messes. They wanted the GOP to be the party of "individual responsibility" it claimed to be and they found it was not. Further, they said that if Clinton did such a supposedly horrible job, then why can't Bush fix the supposed mess he was handed. The answer is that there wasn't a mess that Bush walked into. We handed him an economy on not a silver, but a golden platter, and he messed it up. Even if Bush's fantasy of having inherited a bad economy were true, why can't he fix it? Blamers are saying one thing. They are NOT up to the job. So that is why these two people I know want him out of office.
lo mein mandy
otherwise noted, all original