Look Who's Linking to PoliBlog:
Absinthe and Cookies
Accidental Verbosity
Admiral Quixote's Roundtable
All Day Permanent Red
All Things Jennifer
Ann Althouse
The American Mind
Arguing with signposts
The Astute Blogger
Asymmeterical Information
B-Town Blog Boys
Backcountry Conservative
Balloon Juice
Bananas and Such Begging to Differ
The Bemusement Park
Bewtween the Coasts
Betsy's Page
The Big Picture
Blogs for Bush
Boots and Sabers
The Bully Pulpit
Caffeinated Musing
California Yankee
Captain's Quarters
Chicago Report
Chicagoland of Confusion
Citizen Smash
Collected Thoughts
The Command Post
Common Sense and Wonder
Confessions Of A Political Junkie
The Conservative Philosopher
Conservative Revolution
Conservative and Right
Cranial Cavity
The Daily Lemon
Daly Thoughts
DANEgerus Weblog
Dart Frog on a Cactus
Dean's World Dear Free World
Brad DeLong
Democracy Project
The Disagreeable Conservative Curmudgeon
Down to the Piraeus
Drink this...
Earl's log
Earthly Passions
The Education Wonks
the evangelical outpost
Eye of the Storm
The Flying Space Monkey Chronicles
The Friendly Ghost
Functional, if not decorative
The Galvin Opinion
The Glittering Eye
Haight Speech
The Hedgehog Report
Heh. Indeed.
Hennessy's View
High Desert Skeptic
History and Perceptions
Robert Holcomb
I love Jet Noise
Idlewild South
Independent Thinker
Insults Unpunished
Internet Ronin
Ipse Dixit
It Can't Rain All The Time...
The Jay Blog
Jen Speaks
Joefish's Freshwater Blog
John Lemon blog
Judicious Asininity
Just On The Other Side
The Kudzu Files
Let's Try Freedom
Liberty Father
Life and Law
David Limbaugh
Locke, or Demosthenes?
Mad Minerva
Gary Manca
Mark the Pundit
Mediocre but Unexciting
Mental Hiccups
Miller's Time
Mind of Mog
Minorities For Bush
Mr. Hawaii
The Moderate Voice
The Modulator
Much Ado
Mungowitz End
My opinion counts
my thoughts, without the penny charge
My Word
Neophyte Pundit
Neutiquam erro
New England Republican
NewsHawk Daily
neWs Round-Up
No Pundit Intended
Nobody asked me, but...
Obsidian Wings
Occam's Toothbrush
On the Fritz
On the Third Hand
One Fine Jay
Out of Context
Outside the Beltway
Suman Palit
Passionate America
Brian Patton
Peppermint Patty
John Pierce
The Politicker
The Politburo Diktat
Political Annotation
Political Blog For The Politically Incorrect
Power Politics
Practical Penumbra
Priorities & Frivolities
Prof. Blogger's Pontifications
Pundit Heads
The Queen of All Evil
Quotes, Thoughts, and other Ramblings
Ramblings' Journal
Random Acts of Kindness
Random Nuclear Strikes
Ranting Rationalist
Read My Lips
Reagan Country
A Republican's Blog
The Review
Right Side of the Rainbow
Right Wingin-It
Right Wing News
Right Voices
Rightward Reasonings
riting on the wall
Rooftop Report
The Sake of Argument
Secular Sermons
Sha Ka Ree
Shaking Spears
She Who Will Be Obeyed!
The Skeptician
The Skewed
Slobokan's Site O' Schtuff
small dead animals
Sneakeasy's Joint
SoCal Law Blog
A Solo Dialogue
Some Great Reward
Southern Musings
Speed of Thought...
Spin Killer
Matthew J. Stinson
A Stitch in Haste
The Strange Political Road Trip of Jane Q. Public
Stuff about
Suman Palit
Target Centermass
Templar Pundit
The Temporal Globe
Tex the Pontificator
Texas Native
think about it...
Tobacco Road Fogey
Toner Mishap
Tony Talks Tech
The Trimblog
Truth. Quante-fied.
Use The Forks!!
Vista On Current Events
Vox Baby
Jeff Vreeland's Blog
Wall of Sleep
Weapons of Mass Discussion
Who Knew?
The Window Manager
Winning Again!
WizBang Tech
The World Around You
The Yin Blog
You Big Mouth, You!
Non-Blogs Linking to PoliBlog: - Alabama Weblogs

AJC's 2004 Election Politics Sites and Blogs Campaign Finance
Welcome to World O' Blogs
Yahoo! Directory Political Weblogs
Young Elephant

Who Links Here

Saturday, August 28, 2004
Pre-RNC Toast (Better Late than Never)

By Steven Taylor @ 11:43 am

-Rounding-up, analyzing and handicapping the 2004 election-

Texas Toast or French Toast?
Tracking the race to the White House.



Well, the toast took a bit longer this week than normal, but here is it: the weekly assessment of the race for the White House along with a round-up and news and analysis.

The President goes into the coming week with an opportunity to make a significant impact in the race. While the numbers are still in the “too close to call” category, they have been trending in his favor of late. Can he build on those numbers? Any measurable bump will be huge, and likely will be covered as such. If the President can get a solid 5 point bump at the end of the week, the convention week will be considered a huge success. Further, it could give the President’s re-election campaign a further opportunity to solidify that growth during the upcoming third anniversary of 911.

As we head into the week in New York, we will be able to see not only the GOP’s infomercial, but the sideshow that will be the protestors. It will be interesting to see who is more damaged by the protests: Bush or Kerry.

  • Protest Early, Protest Often: Protests Come Early, and So Do Arrests.

  • New York braces for protests.
  • Not only GOP fears New York protests
    Protesters opposed to President Bush want the attention of the rest of the nation, even the world, and they will get it.

    Just how they do it worries Democrats, who say protesters’ efforts could backfire if supporters of John Kerry are portrayed on the national news as lawbreakers and anarchists.

  • Both parties lay political groundwork in case of violent protests.
  • Poll: Residents OK With Park Protests
  • Protest Early, Protest Often: Protests Come Early, and So Do Arrests.
  • Largest GOP Convention Protests Planned For Sunday.

And don’t forget to check out RNCBloggers to get on-the-ground reporting from Madison Square Garden.

This Week’s Toast-O-Meter reading

Kerry is taking hits from the Swiftees (as evidenced by the fact that he has decided he must defend himself daily, and that he decided to spend money for ads on the subject—money he was originally planning to save). Meanwhile, Bush has seen an uptick in the polls and is poised to add to that number (at least the opportunity is there for the taking). Of course, the econ news gives him some woes that may burn him.

Based at least partially on the potential inherent in this week, coupled with the poll numbers and the Viet Nam issue, Bush comes out ahead in this week’s Toast-O-Meter. Indeed, this is Bushes best ranking to date:


  • Bush courts rural Michiganders.
  • Courted by Kerry, McCain Taking Major Role for Bush. James Joyner has more on the Bush-McCain Alliance.
  • Bush Crams in Ohio, W.Va. Trips Before RNC.


This is where the action is in this pre-convention week. Not only is the on-going flap over Kerry and the Attack of the SwifteesTM, but there is also the related story of the attack on the 527s themselves, that the President has joined. Meanwhile, the Swiftees have a third ad out.

As I have noted on numerous occasions, all of this is simply the messiness that occurs alongside free speech. And trying to regulate it is both wrong and, for that matter, ultimately impossible. The lesson here should be that regulations on political speech are pointless, but instead it is likely to calls for more rules.

  • Presidential Campaign Ads Take No Break
  • Kerry TV Ad Pins Veterans’ Attack Firmly on Bush.
  • Kerry ad calls on Bush to ‘denounce the smear’.
  • Poll: More Believe Bush Behind Attack Ads.
  • Bush Team Rejects Call to Pull Olympic TV Ad. Makes sense to me: it is a terrific ad.

Brewing Issues

It remains to be the case that terror, Iraq, the economy, and (unfortunately) Viet Nam, remain the main brewing issues of the week.

  • Continued Job Troubles Seen in Crucial States.

  • Bush Aides, in Shift, Say Oil a Drag on Economy.
  • Controversial Overtime Rules Take Effect.
  • One thing is for sure: the Viet Nam debate ain’t going away.
  • Economy More Sluggish Than First Thought. The fact that second quarter growth at only 2.8% (less than the original estimates) will give Kerry a further basis for arguing that Bush has not been a adequate manager of the economy.
  • Along the same lines, some powerful numbers for Kerry to utilize: Ranks of Poor, Uninsured Rose in 2003.
  • Bush has attempted, as least, to quell the criticisms from Kerry, that he isn’t acting fast enough on the 911 Commission’s report: Bush Enhances CIA Role as Interim Reform.


  • Poll: Voters Eyeing National Security
    Concern about national security is dominating public attention in the final months of the presidential campaign because of continuing fears of terrorism and unhappiness about the war in Iraq, according to a poll released Wednesday.

    “For the first time since the Vietnam era, national security issues are looming larger than economic issues in an election year,” said Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

  • James Joyner notes the new LAT Poll and Robert Tagorda looks inside the numbers.
  • Arab Americans favor Kerry over Bush, poll indicates-War in Iraq seen as main reason for shift from GOP.
  • Poll: Kerry Loses Ground With Voters.
  • Dave Wissing has the national head-to-head numbers.


  • James Joyner has the battleground numbers and EC estimates. Conclusions: as of right now, it is Kerry’s to lose.

  • CNN: Bush holds slight lead in Electoral College.
  • Scott Elliot discusses the electoral college issue in Colorado as do James Joyner and George Will.
  • Check out the latest at Election Projection - 2004 Edition.
  • As always, Dave Wissing has the state-by-state numbers.


  • Kerry Vows to Reverse Job Losses to Overseas

  • Edwards Unveils Plan to Slow Job Losses.
  • Kerry promises to protect consumers under pressure from banks, credit cards.

    Kerry promises to cut health care premiums.


  • Edwards Criticizes Banks on College Loans.

  • This one fits in two categories (it is listed above under “Promises, Promises” as well): Kerry promises to protect consumers under pressure from banks, credit cards.

WHEN PANDER-BEARS ATTACK!! (Wherein it just so happens that I decided to reveal my plan to promote the greater usage of celery as an alternative fuel at the National Celery Association’s annual meeting).

  • Bush Proposes $2 Billion for Florida, Attacks Kerry.
  • The Command Post - 2004 US Presidential Election linked with Rounding up the Race
  • VodkaPundit linked with Weekend Reading
  • white pebble » RNC: Analysis corner: faith and vodka. linked with a pingback
  • linked with Toast-o-Meter

Click here to go to the main page.


The URI to TrackBack this entry is:

  1. The political impact of the protests in New York will depend on the extent to which mainstream Americans can identify with 200,000 freaks. But as they remind older Americans of the ’60s counterculture, to the extend Kerry is identified with that, it could hurt him a little.

    I saw a sign yesterday on C-SPAN: “More f******, less fighting.” The asterisks were letters, and it reminded me of a cheapened, Clintonized version of the old standard: “Make love, not war.”

    Comment by Mark Kilmer — Monday, August 30, 2004 @ 7:16 am

  2. Good roundup. In regards to protests this week, I think that many of the groups like International ANSWER and Not In Our Name are going to do whatever they can to disrupt the convention. There is every chance that things will get out of hand and a good opportunity for conservatives to remind the rest of the nation that Senator Kerry is one of the founding fathers of this kind of the radical anti-war protest movement.

    I blogged on the topic on my site:


    David Flanagan

    Comment by David Flanagan — Monday, August 30, 2004 @ 9:37 am

RSS feed for these comments.

Leave a comment

Line and paragraph breaks automatic, e-mail address never displayed, HTML allowed: <a href="" title="" rel=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>



Take a Look At This!
  • Tabloid News
  • Word of The Day
  • Chronograph Watches
  • Office Shredders
  • Cash Registers
  • Ricoh Fax Machines
  • IBM Typewriters
  • Copy Machines
  • UNIX Consulting
  • Web Design

Visitors Since 2/15/03

Powered by WordPress