Go ahead, blame Rove!

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Nov. 13 2006 4:06 PM

Go Ahead, Blame Rove!

He didn't make small mistakes.

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MICHAEL BARONE: If John Conyers will be chairman of the Judiciary Committee which handles immigration . . . I expect that they would be pushing for something like the bill that passed the Senate this year with guest worker legalization provisions to come before the House. And it would have — it would tend to have a majority of votes in the Democratic House, I think. [On Special Report with Brit Hume]

8:11 P.M.

Patterico 1, Keller 0: The New York Times has corrected the amazing Kate Zernike piece that managed--as Patterico's Pontifications pointed out--to give a false, heavily spun account of a two-sentence John Kerry utterance.

A Political Memo article yesterday about the fallout for Senator John Kerry over what he called a "botched joke" referred incompletely to the differences between prepared remarks and what he actually said about the Iraq war to students at Pasadena City College in California on Monday. Mr. Kerry not only dropped the word "us," but he also rephrased his opening sentence extensively and omitted a reference to President Bush. Mr. Kerry's aides said that the prepared text read: "Do you know where you end up if you don't study, if you aren't smart, if you're intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq. Just ask President Bush." What he said: "You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."

That's OK as far as it goes. But they left out the rest of the correction:

A reference that wasn't 'incomplete' would have vitiated the central premise of the article, which was that Kerry had gotten into trouble "with a single word — or a single word left out of what was supposed to be a laugh line directed at the president ." The Times would have been left with a large blank space on Page A-24 or might have had to confront the possibility that Senator Kerry had badly misread the prepared joke in line with preexisting beliefs about the academic achievements of American military personnel. Several layers of skilled editors instead let the reporter's deceptive ... excuse us, incomplete reference go through rather than confront that issue a few days before an election. The editors in question have been transferred to the TimesSelect-in-the-Schools marketing division. The reporter has been assigned to cover Senator Kerry for the rest of the decade.

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5:44 P.M.

Lou Dobbs just said on CNN that "falling home prices" were a threat to "the American Middle Class." I must be behind. Wasn't it only a month or two ago that rising home prices were a threat to the American Middle Class? The American Middle Class loses either way! It's in worse trouble than I thought. ... A wake-up call! 5:20 P.M.

Frid ay, November 3, 2006

Is "TimesSelect Free Access Week" the sign of desperation I think it is? 4:37 P.M.

Tomorrow's Dick Morris Column Today: The so-called "Incumbent Rule" holds that undecided voters break almost uniformly against an incumbent--meaning that if in the final pre-election polls an incumbent isn't over 50%,** he or she is toast. The 2004 presidential election defied the rule--Bush got his share of the undecideds. But just in case the Rule still has some juice, it's worth applying it to the current hot Senate races. Here's the result:

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