National Politics

The 9 Most Catholic States Picked Kerry

By Marc Comtois | November 17, 2004 | Comments Off on The 9 Most Catholic States Picked Kerry

Just to add to the observations that have been touched on here and there at Anchor Rising, the 2005 Catholic Almanac has revealed that 9 of the 10 most Catholic states sent their Electoral Votes to John Kerry, with only Lousianna (#10 overall) in the Bush column. Rhode Island, at 63.5% of its population, is…

Leading by the Force of Example

By Justin Katz | November 15, 2004 |

On the radio, Dan Yorke is talking about the possibility of Condoleezza Rice’s ascension to the post of Secretary of State. Yorke speaks often and forcefully in support of women’s rights and respectful treatment of them, so I’m sure it pains him to say it, but he’s concerned that Condoleezza’s gender will represent a problem…

Our “Un-Serious” Senator

By Marc Comtois | November 15, 2004 |

In Sunday’s ProJo, M. Charles Bakst, erstwhile stakeholder of the political commentariat of Rhode Island, took Sen. Lincoln Chafee to task for his waffling on both supporting fellow Republican President Bush and staying a Republican at all. His flirtation with bolting the party — and, more especially, his decision not to vote for George W.…

Truce Watch

By Carroll Andrew Morse | November 12, 2004 | Comments Off on Truce Watch

Arianna Huffington has an article on her blog nominally analyzing how Kerry’s reluctance to talk about foreign policy contributed to his defeat, yet in her detailed tactical description how foreign policy came to be muted, she doesn’t tell us what she thinks that the Kerry campaign should have been saying. She attributes the avoidance of…

Anti-Specter Details Needed

By Carroll Andrew Morse | November 11, 2004 |

I’d like to offer a suggestion to the conservatives mounting a challenge to Arlen Specter’s chairmanship of the Senate judiciary committee. They need to do a better job explaining what exactly the powers of a committee chair are, and exactly how a committee chair can frustrate the appointment process in a way that any other…

The Dems and National Security

By Carroll Andrew Morse | November 11, 2004 | Comments Off on The Dems and National Security

My latest article for TechCentralStation, on the subject of the Democratic party and national security issues, ran today. As luck would have it (or maybe it’s my vast network of spies in the vast right-wing conspiracy), the article serves as something of a response to blog entries from Kevin Drum and Matt Ygelsias (scroll up)…

Can you Secede From the Bizarro World?

By Carroll Andrew Morse | November 10, 2004 |

And having opened talking about the local roots of this blog, I now move immediately to a national-level post… The (mostly tongue-in-cheek, I think) talk about some sort of red-state blue-state secession has me feeling like I’m living in the Bizarro World. I have a track record on the issue of secession. I’ve written a…

Optimism for Republican Gains in Rhode Island

By Marc Comtois | November 10, 2004 |

As detailed in this morning’s ProJo, Karl Rove went into a deep statistical analysis of where the Republicans gained in the electorate during the recent elections. One of his examples, surprisingly, was the increase the President enjoyed in garnering the vote of Rhode Islanders. Kerry carried Rhode Island with 59.4 percent of the vote. Mr.…

Well, Hem, You Know, Haw

By Justin Katz | November 9, 2004 | Comments Off on Well, Hem, You Know, Haw

U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee (RINO, RI) has promised to remain a Republican, offering the supremely confidence-inspiring declaration: “Yes, at this stage, that is my intention.” In a sad echo of President Bush’s overused phrase in the first debate, Chafee says it is also his intention to “work hard to regain the support” of Republicans. Personally,…

One-Party States

By Carroll Andrew Morse | November 9, 2004 | Comments Off on One-Party States

John Fund documented in yesterday’s Opinionjournal, that more and more states are tending towards one-party rule at the state level. This is an intersting trend. If you believe what people say about voting for “the best candidate” instead of party affiliation, you would expect, at the local level, less dominance by any single party, because…