Misc Commentary For July 13, 2004

— The Media Research Center brings us the latest comments from Evan Thomas, the Assistant Managing Editor of Newsweek. If you ever needed more proof of the obvious liberal bias of the mainstream media, this is it….

“There’s one other base here: the media. Let’s talk a little media bias here. The media, I think, wants Kerry to win. And I think they’re going to portray Kerry and Edwards — I’m talking about the establishment media, not Fox, but — they’re going to portray Kerry and Edwards as being young and dynamic and optimistic and all, there’s going to be this glow about them that some, is going to be worth, collectively, the two of them, that’s going to be worth maybe 15 points.

The week’s Newsweek, dated July 19, certainly backs up Thomas’ contention. Over a smiling picture on the cover of Kerry and Edwards, Newsweek ever hopefully asks: “The Sunshine Boys?” To see the cover: www.msnbc.msn.com

Is it any wonder that people don’t trust the mainstream media anymore?

— If you haven’t seen the “This Land” video yet, you have got to check it out. There’s a bit of bad language in it, but it’s absolutely hilarious!

— I love this graphic that I found at Aaron’s Rantblog

— Since Jack Ryan had to drop out of the Senate race in Illinois because of embarrassing revelations found in his divorce records, the GOP in Illinois has been desperately trying to find a suitable replacement. Well, say hello to Mike Ditka

“….You think the people in Washington now are the best people for this country? I’m talking about Senators, Representatives. Are they doing the best job for the people who put them there? That’s all I’m asking,” Ditka said to Hill. “If you really believe that then I don’t belong in politics. I don’t believe they’re doing the best job for the people who put them there.”

Then Ditka made a reference to his position on abortion:

“You talk about banning smoking. Okay, why don’t we ban abortion? Let’s talk about things that are really important. You know you talk about well you think one thing can harm your health, the other one takes a life,” he said.

“Come on here, you know you’re talking to a guy that is ultra-ultra-ultra conservative. So you know people who don’t like that, you won’t like me one bit…

Believe it or not, it isn’t as crazy as it sounds. Ditka is wildly popular in Illinois and anybody who can coach a Super Bowl winning NFL team and run his own business is certainly qualified to be a Senator. Moreover, Ditka is certainly generating a lot of excitement and he’s even playing it perfectly, just as Perot did in 1992 with the whole, “Awww, you wouldn’t want someone like me as your Senator” attitude. To tell you the truth, Ditka might be a pretty decent candidate.

Three pieces of advice for “Da Coach” though. If you get in, wait until the last possible second, the longer you wait, the less time you have to make any gaffes because you’re a political novice. Two, talk to some politically savvy people behind the scenes, let people be surprised by how knowledgable you are when you run. Three, prepare for everything you’ve ever done to be brought up, twisted around, and thrown back in your face by desperate Democrats and their allies in the press.

But hey, Senator Ditka? I like the sound of it!

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