September 30, 2004


TV exchange leaves Kerry in the mire: '11th position' on war (Sheldon Alberts, CanWest News Service, 9/30/04)

On the eve of a high-stakes presidential debate tonight that could help sink or save his quest for the White House, John Kerry opened himself to new accusations of inconsistency as he struggled to explain his position on the Iraq war. . . .

Republicans, who have hammered Kerry daily with charges that he is a flip-flopper, said it was the Massachusetts senator's "eleventh position" on the war. . . .

Despite escalating violence in Iraq and admissions by high-ranking administration officials that the situation is getting worse, most analysts say the pressure in tonight's debate is squarely on Mr. Kerry's shoulders.

"The debates are absolutely critical for Kerry," said Larry Sabato, director of the Centre for Politics at the University of Virginia. "Without the debates, I can't imagine Kerry winning. All Bush has to do is break even."

The stakes are higher for Mr. Kerry because "he has done a very poor job of running the campaign," said Timothy Lenz, a political scientist at Florida Atlantic University.

So, is the New York Times now officially the newspaper least in touch with American politics?

MORE: As an example, picked almost at random, of the distance between America and the Times, I submit the following:

"I ♥ Huckabees" is a comedy of dialectics, in which opposing dualities slug it out like wounded lovers, but it's nothing if not deeply sincere. Mr. Russell and his co-writer, Jeff Baena, are clearly furious about the state of things (you name it) but, like Jon Stewart, they slide in the knife with a smile. The film's Trojan horse strategy reaches its apotheosis in Tommy, a figure of both comedy and unexpected pathos. After turning to the existentialist detectives following Sept. 11, the firefighter peers through the keyhole opened by the catastrophe and discovers a world of sorrows (child labor, melting icecaps, the works), becoming a man who truly knows too much. Knowledge may be power, but as the history of the post-1968 left in this country suggests, it can also be an excuse for factionalism, impotence, despair.
On a Stroll in Angstville With Dots Disconnected: A review of "I ♥ Huckabees", Directed by David O. Russell (Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 9/30/04).

Posted by David Cohen at September 30, 2004 6:43 PM

After reading that paragraph on "I (Heart) Huckabees" I feel this urge to quote Manuel from Fawlty Towers:


Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 30, 2004 8:54 PM