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Oct. 5 2002 1:20 AM

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Daily Doses III: Churchill is back, needling Hollywood flack Henry Eshelman in the Diary Fray. This time, he offers an alternative summary of Eshelman’s Thursday:

Post-ironic breakfast with daughter. Cram three days of work into 90 minutes. Over dramatise own stress levels. Patronisingly rebuff creative thoughts designed to satisfy a client need. Lunch with ex-wife. Starfuck. Call 911 for a NOISE complaint? … 11:20 p.m.

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Iraqathon II: Joe Klein defended Gore's speech against the Administration's war campaign and asked "Can Al Gore Rouse the Democrats?" At least Gore can rouse The Fray. Again, not much discussion, but many good posts that can serve as beachheads

Freedom's just another word for: H.L. Mencken (not the real one, silly) gives a cynical (or politically savvy) explanation forGore's guts here:

If Gore steps out on the Iraq issue and is shown to be prescient he will have a political foundation upon which he can build another campaign for President. If he turns out to be wrong, he has lost nothing.

Publius makes a similar point here, and is probably willing to debate it ...

Lyall opposition: Lyall Bush is in fine rhetorical form here  criticizing the apathetic populus:

[T]he country allows Bush and his advisors to bray about a world whose history and politics they haven't learned, simplify the globe's labyrinthine arrangements as if they were the malleable stuff of a Clint Eastwood movie, and puff themselves up as if advertising new communications software -- all the while working to make the world a more dangerous place. And Klein is right to commend Gore for saying why we need to push back at them, too.

Utek, though, finds the problem lies with Democrats in Congress who first failed to oppose the Bush tax cut and are now rushing to support the war. His conclusion?:

So far, the only criticism from the Dems has come from a politician who's not in office. Someone should tell the Democrats that to be the loyal opposition, one needs to start opposing something ...

Drumbeat: Speaking of Democrats in Congress, Gore advocated slowing down the debate on going to war and Klein thought would hurt Democrats who don't want to campaign on the war. But The Bell disagrees here. The crux:

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