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Nailing Pinochet

Saturday, July 31st, 2004

Randy Paul at Beautiful Horizons reminds me how the noose is tightening around not only General Pinochet but also about his namesake son. Baby Pinochet got thrown into the clink last week accused of running a stolen car ring (a step up the moral ladder from his miscreant father). Meanwhile. the General himself remains in […]

Post-Convention Score Card

Friday, July 30th, 2004

I’m back at home in L.A. and decompressing after spending the week in Boston at the DNC. I head back onto the road Sunday to report on Southwestern swing states. But in this lull”¦ a few moments of light-hearted wrapping up of convention loose ends. Here’s my personal score card. MOST OVER-RATED SPEECH: Barack Obama. […]

Kind On Kerry

Thursday, July 29th, 2004

I’m a registered, card-carrying, certified Kerry-phobe and my instant reaction is that he performed some sort of miracle”¦ an excellent performance, far better than any expectation I certainly had. I evaluate this, of course, primarily as a TV show because that’s what it is. I’m not talking about any deep politics, because that’s what it […]

Edwards Flinches

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004

(Please continue to check out my Special L.A. Weekly Convention Blog) Boston DNC Wednesday Midnight I’m going to score John Edward’s speech as a clean, stand-up double, but considerably short of the into-the-parking-lot homer he’s capable of. Yes, his delivery was a bit slow and he was having some sort of trouble with his voice”¦ […]

Talking Points Party

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004

My mid-convention report has just been published in L.A. Weekly. An excerpt: With the speakers required to submit their podium copy in advance to party managers eager to homogenize the nationally televised message, who can be surprised that avuncular Jimmy Carter, railing against the “super-rich,” came off “” by midweek “” as perhaps the most […]

Sharpton: “I have a scheme.”

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004

Just heard Al Sharpton address the convention and I was rather astoundedby the glorious reception he received. “Our vote is not for sale,” he thundered. This from the man who leased hiis entire campaign out to a Republican consultant named Roger Stone. The only line missing from Sharpton’s speech: “I have a scheme.” See my […]

We Interrupt This Convention Love-In….

Monday, July 26th, 2004

… to bring you at least one, thougtful dissenting view. Tuesday’s WashPo has this bracing story about SEIU labor leader Andy Stern’s wonderfully contrarian hiccups over the Kerry Democrats. Here are the money graphs: BOSTON, July 26 — Breaking sharply with the enforced harmony of the Democratic National Convention, the president of the largest AFL-CIO […]

Bushless In Boston

Monday, July 26th, 2004

Monday Night 8:45 PM Boston We’re Bushless in Boston. Just heard the New Al Gore give his speech to the Convention and —much as expected– there was a nary a mention of President You-Know-Who. With speakers having to run podium copy by the convention producers and party apparatchik, the discipline coming from the dais is […]

Full Audio Blog….

Monday, July 26th, 2004

…is now up and running The Nation web site…

Listening to the Convention

Sunday, July 25th, 2004

LOOK BELOW AND FIND A HALF-DOZEN AUDIO POSTINGS I HAVE PUT TOGETHER FROM TODAY’S PRE-CONVENTION GOINGS ON AT THE BOSTON DNC. THE RECORDINGS WERE MADE AT A MEMORIAL PANEL DISCUSSION HELD TODAY IN REMEMBERANCE OF PAUL WELLSTONE.. SO LET’S TRY SOME “AUDIO-BLOGGING.” CLICK ON THE GREEN ARROW BUTTONS TO PLAY THE STREAMING AUDIO. REMEMBER I’M […]

Arianna Huffington On Paul Wellstone

Sunday, July 25th, 2004

On Sunday deceased Senator Paul Wellstone was remembered in an event staged in an historic Boston church– all in the name of the "Democratic wing" of the Democratic Party. Arianna’s comments here. Other speakers follow below.

Al Franken on Paul Wellstone

Sunday, July 25th, 2004

An emotional evocation.

Rep. Barbara Lee on Paul Wellstone

Sunday, July 25th, 2004

From the Boston memorial held on Sunday for Paul Wellstone.

Jim Hightower on Paul Wellstone

Sunday, July 25th, 2004

The Texas author and radio commentator speaks.

Frances Fox Piven on Wellstone

Sunday, July 25th, 2004

The radical sociologist recalls the pragmatism and idealism of Wellstone.

Leo Girard on Paul Wellstone

Sunday, July 25th, 2004

The leader of the United Steel Workers on the legacy of Wellstone.

Rep. Major Owens on Paul Wellstone

Sunday, July 25th, 2004

The New York congressman remembers progressive Senator Wellstone at the memorial organized on Sunday in Boston.

Meanwhile…Back in Vegas

Sunday, July 25th, 2004

I continue to post from the Boston Democratic Convention at L.A. Weekly’s new blog site. But before I left for Boston, I knocked out this Sunday Opinion piece for the L.A. Times looking at recent corporate mega-mergers in Las Vegas. What difference does that make? A lot! Read all aboout it. Meanwhile.. today’s schedule on […]

Blogging in Boston: Who’s For Sale?

Saturday, July 24th, 2004

Here I am on the plane between LAX and the Democratic Convention in Boston from where I’ll be posting all week. Bookmark my blog at at L.A. Weekly’s new blog site. You can check out my first post there. I’ll also be mirroring most of the posts here as well. And starting Sunday nite I’ll […]

Boston Braying Party

Wednesday, July 21st, 2004

Remember, starting this weekend I will be blogging from the DNC 2004. Click here for my latest L.A. Weekly column on same. An excerpt: …In this year’s Democratic campaign, nearly all the energy, the political pop and electoral effervescence, has come from the party’s left: from the Deaniacs, the Moore worshipers, the anti-war protesters and […]