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reading tea leaves from original angles, we've led with uncannily prescient takes on the federal surplus, the dotcom crash, the "Energy Crisis", the Afghan campaign, the federal deficit.
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free agent, loose cannon, pointy stick ...
... gateway to the next Progressive Era?
Some say it's nothing but a train wreck ... roll in the big cranes, clear the track, see what the crew was smoking. If I thought so, I'd not be writing this ... and if they thought so, they'd not be drumming so hard.
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Many thanks to Tony Adragna and Will Vehrs, still shouting 'cross the Potomac at QuasiPundit. Early Camp Enron material can be found in QP's Dispatches department.
Saturday, May 18, 2002
--- Foofaraw Auditions ---Public comment on the suddenly sudsy 9/11 intelligence review will be an early aptitude test for aspiring 2004 Democratic nominees for President and Vice President. You can't avoid comment and still claim leadership. You don't have time to think it all through, you can't wait to see how it comes out, and you can't appear evasive.
Whatever you do, you can't overplay it just for effect, and above all you can't cross the line ... only nobody (with the possible exception of Cynthia McKinney) knows where the line is yet.
You can be sober and circumspect. You can hedge and nuance, and even win points for that. Extra credit for chewy soundbites. Big bonus points for the defining remark that makes everybody think "okay, I never thought of it like that".
CP won't keep score ... plenty of volunteers for that, and whoever stumbles will have video clips thrown in their faces over and over and over.
But this is also an early aptitude test for aspiring 2004 GOP Vice Presidential nominees -- and Presidential nominees.
And yes, I did say exactly what you thought I just said.