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Introducing FixCam: Is It All About Fred?

By Editors  |  September 6, 2007; 5:05 PM ET
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i get it fix cam
so the camera is fixed and not moving

do you ever show us anything besides what I can already see at the top of the page-
your face ?

Posted by: Mer | September 9, 2007 10:08 PM | Report abuse

I read Dionne when i need a good laugh. And i got one today. Anybody that knows anything about the conservative movement (apparently not Dionne) knows that since 1980 there has been a, shall we say, challenging alliance between fiscal conservatives and social conservatives. Reagan and Gingrich were able to unite the two, although they are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Most others have been less successful at it. Bush, to his discredit, has basically screwed the fiscal conservatives. That said, Republicans have been extraordinarily successful with right-of-center candidates at all levels, especially those that are both fiscal and social conservatives. They don't tend to win with moderates or centrists (except in liberal bastions). The conservative movement's defintion has not and is not changing. The Republican politicians abililty to articulate it and follow through on it is what has failed - this is where there is some truth "that we completely lost our way" - but i think that is much exaggerated. Liberals are constantly trying to suggest that conservative ideas are no longer popular, that the party needs to shift to the center and that centrists are Republicans best shots. That has not really proven to be the case and besides, generally speaking, it is usually wise to do the opposite of what your opponents suggest. It is no surprise that 53% of Republicans said that candidates should focus more on economic issues, given the lack of fiscal conservativism from the current president. It is also not a given that Giuliani would be more likely to pick up those votes over Thompson (or Romney for that matter). What will win votes is a candidate that is a right of center fiscal and social conservative.

Posted by: Dave! | September 7, 2007 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps in future debates moderators can find an experience in the human condition which Rudy cannot use as a pretext to talk about an achievement from his tenure as mayor. Time and again Giuliani answered questions with data-laden examples of how he reduced crime or cut taxes that he said proved he was tested and ready . . .

Posted by: Howie | September 7, 2007 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Guiliani is the biggest fraud in the field...although Mitty and Fred, well, they're all fake, fake, fake, except Huckabee and Paul.

Posted by: George | September 7, 2007 11:15 AM | Report abuse

'Last week, the government announced that the number of Americans who have no health insurance rose to 47 million, or nearly 16 percent of the population, from 44.8 million.

But even people who have coverage through their employers are struggling with health care costs.

According to a new study by Consumer Reports, 4 in 10 Americans can't depend on their health insurance.

"Of the people who had health insurance, some told us they postponed getting tests or treatment, going to doctor, or filling prescriptions because they couldn't afford it," says Consumer Reports senior editor Nancy Metcalf, the report's author. "They could not pay for their share of their health care over and above what insurance covered."

Respondents said they raided retirement accounts, borrowed from friends and family, or ran up credit cards to pay medical bills. Three percent of insured respondents said medical bills forced them to declare bankruptcy.'

the richest country on earth -- and this is the best we can do? we lag behind every developed country in health care.

Posted by: sickening | September 7, 2007 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Weakest Jobs Report in 4 Yrs Sinks Stocks
AP -
Stocks plunged while bonds surged higher Friday after the government reported payrolls in August fell rather than rising as had been expected. The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 200 points.

Employers Cut 4,000 Jobs in August AP

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 11:10 AM | Report abuse

The neocons are radicals who want to turn the entire world into an American Empire. How is that conservative??

Lookie what turned up in the Draper tome on the Bush Administration, on page 223. remember this was written by someone chosen by Bush:

"The CIA had long thought Chalabi was a liar. His outlandish claims that a liberated Iraq would surely recognize Israel and would welcome permanent US military bases on its land soured Powell and Armitage on him as well. Armitage became to wonder how the INC was spending the millions of dollars that State was funneling to it. When Chalabi was unable to produce receipts, Powell's deputy ordered an audit. While the State Department's Inspector General, Clark Kent Ervin, was proceeding with the investigation, he received a call from a Chalabi friend. 'Would Ervin like to come to dinner at the home of journalist Christopher Hitchens and meet Chalabi?' the caller wanted to know."

Well, isn't THAT interesting. Ervin was investigating the INC's failure to produce any receipts for millions of dollars in taxpayer money, and he gets a mysterious dinner invite to Hitchens' home with the head of the very organization he's investigating. Cozy. And Hitchens -- another 'liberal' journalist, who like Judith Miller, is actively employed by this adminisration to dispense propaganda.

Posted by: Sam | September 7, 2007 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Does Giuliani represent a new direction for Conservatism? Certainly his views on social policy appear different than the usual GOP presidential hopeful. But he seems to have support in spite of that rather than because of it.

From what I've seen, heard, and read, though, Giuliani basically represents the neocon worldview. This is hardly a new direction. And the results we've seen so far from that worldview don't argue in favor of it being the path to long-term relevancy.

I think Giuliani's success so far reflects not on his policies, but on his carefully crafted image of "9/11 hero/leader". His campaign is based on this image, and rather less on substance. Even if he were to be elected, I doubt he will leave a lasting imprint on what it is to be a conservative.

Posted by: J | September 7, 2007 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Now that Thompson is in the race the speculators have to focus their attention somewhere else.

Mike Bloomberg perhaps?

Is it time for the Post to do a Bloomberg Watch like they did with Mario Cuomo?

Posted by: NonP | September 7, 2007 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Cmon, CC, don't be lazy, write something!

Posted by: Arthur | September 7, 2007 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Greta Van Susteren had Newt on her Fox show last night. She could not have lobbed a bigger softball when she asked about his bombshell speech coming up at the AEI on Monday.

It might be interesting, especially if he actually is considering getting into the race.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Is Joe Biden ghostwriting for Krauthammer?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 10:05 AM | Report abuse

EJ Dionne picks up on my message, that being that Republicans don't know what they stand for anymore...

"Republicans do not need to debate who is conservative enough. They need to argue about what conservatism is."

To come back to the topic at hand, Fred claims he's the 'real' conservative in the race. As Mr Dionne points out, Fred represents conservatism circa 1994. Is that the conservatism that the country needs today? Or is the Giuliani candidacy indicative of the new direction in which conservatism - or at least Republicanism - must move in order to stay relevant?

Posted by: bsimon | September 7, 2007 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else read Krauthammer this AM? The neo-con has turned realist! He's endorsing the partition plan that Biden's been pushing for months - no, years now...

Posted by: bsimon | September 7, 2007 9:53 AM | Report abuse

The Arctic ice cap is melting faster than scientists had expected and will shrink 40 percent by 2050 in most regions, with grim consequences for polar bears, walruses and other marine animals, according to government researchers.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 9:48 AM | Report abuse

They say that timing is everything. So, is it merely coincidence that the Bush regime's staunchest ally, Osama bin-Laden, is set to release his latest production at the same time that David Petraeus will be testifying before congress? Someone's cranking up the digital video camera. Now, admittedly, it's a bit of a difficult call as to who might be operating the camera. Ayman Muhammad Rabaie al-Zawahiri or Dick Cheney?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 9:44 AM | Report abuse

What was Rudy's biggest failure on 9/11?

too busy doing press interviews

hired cronies instead of professionals

emergency command center in #1 terror target

police and fire department not working together

faulty radios for firefighters

ran away from scene of the disaster

Posted by: | September 7, 2007 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I'm with AndyR, and others. FixCam is OK once in a while, but text is better for this format.

On Fred, like Zed, he's dead (Nice one, Loudon). Where's my watch?

Posted by: bsimon | September 7, 2007 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Stephen Biddle, a member of Petraeus's advisory panel] also said (again, expressing his personal view) that the strategy in Iraq would require the presence of roughly 100,000 American troops for 20 years -- and that, even so, it would be a "long-shot gamble." Holy cats. This is coming from a "key proponent" of the tribal strategy? 100,000 troops for 20 years only gets us a "long-shot gamble" of success? What the hell do the pessimists think?

Posted by: Tom | September 7, 2007 9:38 AM | Report abuse

The job numbers for August were released this morning, and they show that the economy actually lost 4,000 jobs last month.

The 92,000 jobs the economy supposedly gained in July? The Labor Department has just revised that number down to 68,000. And the 126,000 jobs the economy was thought to have added in June? Now the Labor Department says the real number was just 69,000.

The biggest losers: August saw the loss of 46,000 manufacturing jobs and 22,000 construction jobs.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 9:36 AM | Report abuse

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Mounted police charged in to break up a quiet outdoor press conference and demonstration against the Iraq war in Washington on Thursday, arresting three people, organizers and an AFP reporter said.

"The police suppressed the press conference. In the middle of the speeches, they grabbed the podium" erected in a park in front for the small gathering, Brian Becker, national organizer of the anti-war coalition, told AFP.

"Then, mounted police charged the media present to disperse them," Becker said.

It was apparently not even a very large gathering but mounted police charged the crowd, scaring people, and arresting a couple members of Iraq Veterans Against the War. So they got to violate these people's freedom of assembly AND arrest American veterans who have already served in Iraq...and lived to tell about it.

That's protecting and serving, all right...

Three people -- Tina Richards, the mother of a marine who did two tours of duty in Iraq; Adam Kokesh, a leader of the Iraq Veterans Against the War group; and lawyer Ian Thompson -- were arrested, Becker said.'

Remember we had a Constitution once? Remember we had rights and liberties?

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances"


Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Judith Miller, the 'liberal' New York Times correspondent that pushed all the Bush administration spin about the (so-far non-existent) existence of WMD in Iraq, has finally come home. She's taken a job with the friends of "greater economic choice and individual responsibility" at the Manhattan Institute. She's written for their City Journal quarterly before, so look for more stories from her on the cop beat. "The Manhattan Institute is doing pioneering work in policing and counter-terrorism," Miller said in a release today. "As an adjunct fellow, I hope to continue writing about how best to enhance national security and public safety." Or sacrificing her journo ethics -- Neo-Con propaganda goes down much better when it's properly labeled.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 9:17 AM | Report abuse

"Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is filling in the blanks in his proposal to eliminate taxes on interest and dividends for families earning less than $200,000 a year.
....Romney said the proposal grew out of a a mealtime conversation with his sons, when he asked how many of them were saving for retirement through a 401(k) or a Roth IRA. "I looked around the table and no one's hand went up. It's like, 'Why don't you have these things?"' he said....Romney, a multimillionaire venture capitalist, said the plan would not help people like him."

Duh, Mitt, they figure they'll be rich when you die. Why should they care about a relatively piddly Roth IRA?

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | September 7, 2007 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Chris - I'm diggin' the new video feature! Very cool.

Posted by: LA | September 7, 2007 9:08 AM | Report abuse

It took Fred Thompson all of ONE DAY as an official candidate to find himself in a fundraising scandal. Way to go, Freddie. Read all about it:

Posted by: suzenews | September 7, 2007 9:03 AM | Report abuse

I prefer text to video. Most video is blocked on my office network, and I can't easily watch video at work.

Posted by: Blarg | September 7, 2007 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Fmr Emergency Director On Giuliani's 9/11 Record: He's Telling A "Flat Out Lie"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 8:45 AM | Report abuse

You look like a smug little republican, CC. Maybe you are, I don't want to know.

Posted by: Sam | September 7, 2007 8:41 AM | Report abuse

As a lobbyist, he represented firm indicted in Tom DeLay's money laundering scandal: As a lobbyist for Barbour Griffith & Rogers, Barbour represented The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care Inc., "a corporate coalition of 14 of the country's largest for-profit nursing home companies." The Alliance wrote a check for $100,000 "ended up illegally funding Republican candidates for the Texas statehouse" in 2002. The check was eventually used as evidence in the case that led to indictments for money laundering against former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX).

A former tobacco lobbyist, he killed Mississippi's successful anti-smoking program: From 1998 to 2002, Barbour's lobbying firm "was paid a total of $3.8 million by the tobacco companies." As governor of Mississippi, he led an effort to defund and ultimately kill the state's anti-smoking program, considered to be "the nation's most successful anti-smoking programs."

Directed large amounts of reconstruction funds to wealthy homeowners: Barbour and Mississippi's two Republican Senators steered an "unprecedented" $23.5 billion in federal reconstruction aid, but by waiving a HUD requirement that "70 percent of the funds are supposed to be allocated to low- and moderate-income people." Barbour "badly skewed" the funds towards "wealthy homeowners," with only 25 percent reaching "the poorer segments of the population."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 8:40 AM | Report abuse

The AP reports that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani stood with Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (R) yesterday, calling Barbour an ideal running mate:

Responding to the question about a possible running mate, Giuliani said: "Gov. Barbour will be on the top of everybody's list."

Selecting Barbour as a running mate would instantly bring the stain of corruption to any presidential ticket. A former chair of the Republican National Committee and a longtime uber-lobbyist, the Mississippi Governor has a record rife with corruption and cronyism that includes exploiting the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to profit his allies. Here are some lowlights:

Family members and lobbyists profited from Katrina tragedy: "Among the beneficiaries are Barbour's own family and friends, who have earned hundreds of thousands of dollars from hurricane-related business. A nephew, one of two who are lobbyists, saw his fees more than triple in the year after his uncle appointed him to a special reconstruction panel."

Owned controlling interest in 2002 New Hampshire phone jamming company: For nearly two hours on election day 2002, subcontractors for the telemarketing firm GOP Marketplace tied-up Democratic and union phone banks with repeated hang up calls. Multiple GOP officials eventually either pled guilty to or were convicted of criminally violating federal communications law. Barbour's investment group, Helm Partners, was not only a major investor in GOP Marketplace, but it also held a controlling interest in the firm.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 8:39 AM | Report abuse

The GOP presidential field seemed complete last night when former senator Fred Thompson finally announced he was jumping into the race. But apparently the right-wing isn't satisfied with its choices and is hoping that the race may have room for one more candidate -- Gen. David Petraeus.

Today, the New York Sun has an editorial entitled "Petraeus for President?" In the piece, the editorial writers pen the speech they would like Petraeus to give on the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks:

I am prepared, even eager, to command our forces in this battle -- but only on one condition: That you signal that you share my goal of victory. If you think I am mistaken and wish to continue your efforts to undermine me, then I cannot command. Absent that signal, I will resign, effective immediately, and take my case to the voters in a run for the presidency on a campaign to finish the work of winning the war and redeeming the sacrifice of so many Iraqis, allies, and our own GIs.

The Corner's Kathryn Jean Lopez approvingly linked to the editorial this morning, titling her post "Dream Sequence." Last spring, The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol told the Harvard Republican Club that he and other "conservative insider[s]" believe "a ticket of Fred Thompson and David Petraeus might be able to avert electoral disaster for the GOP" in 2008.

It's unlikely that Petraeus would be as warmly received by the American public, which wants withdrawal from Iraq. According to a Rasmussen poll of major political figures, Petraeus has an approval rating of only 24 percent -- a number lower than even Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 8:37 AM | Report abuse

I thought this was about Fred Thompson, not Chris Cillizza. Lose it.

Posted by: Doug K | September 7, 2007 8:36 AM | Report abuse

In NC, Thompson, R- Demagogue, kicks Rudy, R-Prima Donna, out of first place.

Thompson 34%
Giuliani 16%
Romney 13%
McCain 7%

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 8:32 AM | Report abuse

CC, not a huge fan of the webcam idea. I read and write on your blog at work and having to listen to you is distracting to my fellow co-workers. Once in a while is fine but don't make it an everyday thing. Otherwise the fix is doing a great job.

On the topic, CC has said multiple times that Thompson's best day will be the day that he announces. If that is true then his campaign isn't looking to good. For him to really have a viable shot at winning he needed to DOMINATE the new cycle. That just didn't happen. He got the much less press then Obama, or Rudy. I have said before that I think he won't make it to Iowa. He will bow out when his poll numbers stumble and then slowly decline into the single digits.
Also Look for Huckabee to out raise him this quarter. Huckabee/McCain is looking more and more likely to me everyday.

Posted by: Andy R | September 7, 2007 8:30 AM | Report abuse

A top Utah fund-raiser for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign - who has links to an organization facing a civil lawsuit alleging child abuse - is no longer part of Romney's state finance team.
Robert Lichfield of La Verkin, who founded the umbrella group called the Worldwide Association of Specialty Schools, brought in some $300,000 earlier this year for Romney during a single Utah event and has donated tens of thousands to the former Massachusetts governor and other Republicans in recent years.

Lichfield is named in a federal lawsuit charging that students of the "behavior modification" schools with ties to WWASPS were subjected to "physical abuse, emotional abuse and sexual abuse." The suit had 140 defendants at last count.

Posted by: what is it with R's and sex abuse? | September 7, 2007 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Some military leaders, including the head of Central Command, are particularly concerned about such a slow withdrawal because it would greatly reduce the number of troops available to deal with any other problems that could come up, "presumably including any future confrontation with Iran," says the NYT.

Posted by: next: Iran and the real bloodbath | September 7, 2007 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Today, the WSJ says that unless tours of duty are extended, brigades have to begin withdrawing from Iraq in April and senior military officials say "the actual drawdown is likely to begin sooner."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 7:53 AM | Report abuse

The report from the group led by Jones, a former Marine Corps commandant, contended that "significant reductions, consolidations and realignments would appear to be possible and prudent."

The recommendation echoed previous independent assessments on the war, including the high-profile Iraq Study Group.

"We need to start transitioning to an Iraqi lead," no matter the timeframe, said retired Army Gen. George Joulwan, a panel member and former NATO commander in Europe.

"I think the signs are there to do that, and we have to reduce that dependency," he added in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The study sparked ongoing debate among committee members on whether to pass legislation ordering troops home.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 7:50 AM | Report abuse

'WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. forces in Iraq should be reduced significantly, according to a new study on Iraq's security forces.

The report, authored by a 20-member panel comprised mostly of retired senior military and police officers and led by retired Gen. James Jones, said the massive deployment of U.S. forces and sprawl of U.S.-run facilities in and around Baghdad has given Iraqis the impression that Americans are an occupying, permanent force.

Accordingly, the panel said the Iraqis should assume more control of its security and U.S. forces should step back.

Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said he will recommend to Congress on Monday a gradual reduction of forces beginning in the spring and acknowledged that the slow pace of political solutions in Baghdad had frustrated him, The Boston Globe reported.'

This is over. We don't have the troops to maintain the current force level, period--without a draft. And since that would terrify republican voters/chickenhawks, it won't happen.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 7:48 AM | Report abuse

All hail the FixCam! But, you might want to hook-up a collar mic. The sound is a little, shall we say, "web cam"?

Nice feature.

Peter S. Cohl
The Political Brandwagon

Posted by: Peter S. Cohl | September 7, 2007 5:40 AM | Report abuse

"Bin Laden is expected to endorse Hillary Clinton for President at this time, joining Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez."

Eh, it's only fair after his endorsement of Bush in '04...

Posted by: Michael | September 7, 2007 4:48 AM | Report abuse

Fred? Fred's dead. Or was that Zed? Either way, Fred's still dead.

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | September 6, 2007 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Just curious - what do you Paul-heads do when you're not thinking about Ron Paul? For example, do you hold jobs? provide for your families?
Do you laugh? cry? pay bills?
Are you even human?
Just curious.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2007 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Global thought leaders note how the White House shrewdly transforms abysmal progress reports and necessary troop rotation next Spring into "indications that the surge is working" and hence a possible reduction in troops "on our own terms and timeline" in light of said "progress"... most agree that under the spin lies failure (Military experts within and outside US government publicly question Administration assertions that violence is decreasing in Iraq, citing biased and incomplete data)

Posted by: from 'Post Global' | September 6, 2007 10:02 PM | Report abuse

'Gibson radio show executive producer: Edwards "wh*red his wife's cancer as a fundraising gimmick" (08/06/2007)'

you really can't get lower into the gutter than fox... there is no depth too low.. there is no sewage foul enough to deter them--when did America sink to these depths of foulness and depravity?

has the 'conservative movement' made us insane?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2007 7:52 PM | Report abuse

This from the Des Moines Register's political commentator David Yepson about Fred's 2pm appearance today in Des Moines....

"Fred Thompson's announcement speech Thursday in Des Moines was underwhelming.

"The former U.S. Senator and movie actor formally announced his long-awaited candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination at the Des Moines Convention Complex. It wasn't very impressive.

"The crowd of a few hundred didn't seem enthused. Thompson's oratory didn't soar but was somewhat rambling.

"He would have been better off just to repeat the announcement statement he posted on his web site. It is much better written and cogently delivered."

This report by Yepson reinforces things we have already heard about Fred.... poor stump speaker, and, joining the race too late when campaign workers and many voters (Iowans at least) are already committed to someone else.

Posted by: Truth Hunter | September 6, 2007 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Fred is always good as an actor, but wait until he gets around to unscripted debate -- he will wash out. He's nothing but yet another old white warmonger demagogue.

Ron Paul is a real human being.

Posted by: Steve | September 6, 2007 7:46 PM | Report abuse

CC - Don't like the video format... harder to "quote" for poster debating, enjoy your writing much more.

Fred did trump the eight debate, took the oxygen out of the room. Wonder how Thompson will fare when he finally does debate since the others have been able to hone their debating skills.

In the end, Thompson hurts Romney the most, although if Thompson flops, Romney could be the evenual gainer.

Posted by: Truth Hunter | September 6, 2007 7:15 PM | Report abuse

And on the FixCam, mixed reviews from me. Seems something of a novelty that might be interesting once in a while but who knows, you might be on the cutting edge...

Posted by: Dave! | September 6, 2007 7:06 PM | Report abuse


Was the 870th debate this year really going to be a lead story anyway or a "the republicans debated. Now the weather" kind of story? His much awaited and delayeded announcement was the news of the day. Thompson looked good on Leno. He was funny and coherent although he talked A LOT. I liked the discussion on the format of the debates (he thought they were a waste of time, he said why they were a waste of time and yet he would be doing his share of them.). He looked comfortable, willing and wanting to discuss the issues and ready to take on the others. Now the fun begins!

Posted by: Dave! | September 6, 2007 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I was hopping for something more like Ed TV.

Posted by: Carl | September 6, 2007 7:00 PM | Report abuse

zouk, your obsession will Hillary is making you a laughingstock -- although i expect that's what you've been all your life-- but you are a figure of mirth here, a joke, a village idiot.

is that really how you what to spend all day, every day, playiing the clown, being the village idiot?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2007 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Okay, decent introduction, decent topic, and interesting that you're making yourself a one-man media enterprise.

But Chris, Move the camera up. Even if you're operating off a webcam. As it is you talk down to your audience and you look all hunched and domineering. I'd also recommend adding a little more headroom.

But keep it up if you can.

Though I'm a broadcaster, so I would say that...

Posted by: A washington Reporter | September 6, 2007 6:34 PM | Report abuse

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) Terror monitoring group says a new video message from Osama Bin Laden will address the American people
on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks

Bin Laden is not planning to make an endorsement this year, but merely wants to remind everyone how scary and violent he is.

In related news, Rudy Giuliani has been avoiding the media since the announcement of his being endorsed by the kingofzouk. The delusional crackpot, fodder for late night TV, is expected to make a statement later this evening in which he names the former New York mayor "the right candidate to stop Dems and Libs in their tracks." When told of a subsequent fall in his approval ratings, Giuliani quickly disavowed the king's support, and cancelled his planned appearance at the Zoukian "Running of the Libs."

"He had better mend some fences, or he's finished" said Newt Gingrich. Karl Rove was even cruder, saying "The King of --- what? Even I knew when to get off the bandwagon and write a book." When reminded of the king's legendary difficulty with spelling, grammar, and logic, Rove shrugged and popped another Twinkie in his mouth. "Whatever," he said, mouth full, and left to ogle Ann Coulter.

Giuliani looked on, envious, but was unwilling to leave his hiding place behind his desk. "WHY did I put the campaign command center next to the Zouk Embassy?!?!?" he hissed, forlorn. -AP

Posted by: breaking news | September 6, 2007 6:28 PM | Report abuse

god, zouk, what a predictable bore you are... no life, as usual...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2007 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Forget the brown bag lunch. Instead, unload some cash on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and win a chance to be lunching with the ultimate political power couple. The Clintons are offering up the chance to dine at the family's Washington, D.C., home. (snip) "Of all the people I have ever shared a table with, I still learn the most when I sit down to a meal with Hillary," Bill Clinton says in the e-mail. "Although I avoid this like the plague, at least once a year I still sup with her. You won't get me in her bed though. Too thin."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2007 6:17 PM | Report abuse

they will crush Paul, just like they did with Howard Dean......

By not voting for him in the Dem primary. your logic escapes all test of reality, drindl.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2007 6:13 PM | Report abuse

See chris, I told you at least three viewers regularly watch Keith. Here comes one now.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2007 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I enjoy the writing more, but think you do well on TV (countdown) ad see internet video as another fix for my addiction.

Posted by: Sam | September 6, 2007 6:08 PM | Report abuse

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) Terror monitoring group says a new video message from Osama Bin Laden will address the American people
on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks

Bin Laden is expected to endorse Hillary Clinton for President at this time, joining Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2007 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ron Paul!

Q: Who led the isrealites out of Egypt?
A: Ron Paul!

The Video should be named RONPAULEO!

Posted by: Ron Paul | September 6, 2007 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I don't care for the video, thanks CC... I prefer old fashioned writing on your part. I didn't watch it, but I sincerely doubt it is all about that sad, tired old man Fred.

I just listened to Sean Hannity, taking time off from savaging democrats to savage Ron Paul. The corporatists are definiitely afraid of him -- and their own base, the monster they have created, that hates all government.

The Republican party doesn't want any of the things they say they want -- like small government. They just want the flow of taxpayer money to go to crony corporations, not public instituions. You Ron Paul supporters terrify them and they will crush Paul, just like they did with Howard Dean.

Posted by: drindl | September 6, 2007 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, a creation of the new media (a blogger) using two forms of the new media (a blog and the embedded video) to criticize a creation of the old media (a TV star) for his use of both the old (TV) and the new media. I think I still have some ibuprofen in my desk drawer somewhere....

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | September 6, 2007 5:42 PM | Report abuse

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