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Monday, July 05, 2004

Anne Lewis Weekly Rant (DSCC)

The following is this week's rant from Anne Lewis at the DSCC:

Before my Weekly Rant, let's reflect on our Independence and our ideals.

This is a special week in our country as we reflect on our independence and the great Americans who have helped build this country. We are a country born from Revolution and the 4th of July brings to mind a quote from Robert F. Kennedy.

"The responsibility of our time is nothing less than a revolution -- a revolution that would be peaceful if we are wise enough; humane if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough. But a revolution will come whether we will it or not. We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability." [RFK, 1965]

It seems once again this country is on the verge of a revolution, one that will take place at the polls in November. In honor of our founding fathers and mothers, we must act to bring justice to our nation’s courts, peace and a respect for our great constitution and opportunity to those who need it most.

The 4th of July is a time for every American to celebrate our great nation. I hope all Americans, as they reflect on the weekend's fireworks and patriotic songs, remember that real patriotism involves more than celebrating our ideals, but living them by providing hope and opportunity to all Americans. It means supporting our troops overseas and our Veterans at home. It means providing a living wage so every family can seek the American Dream and go to bed at night with dignity and hope for a better tomorrow.

As we kickoff the month and rejoice with family and friends I hope that you will pass this message along to them and share with others what it means to be an American. This month we want to expand our community and we can't do it without your help. We thank you for all the help and support you have given us and now we need you to help us spread the word. All month we want to talk to friends and family and share with them the power of a community. Will you help us grow our community this month and share with the others the importance of being involved right now?

And now on with my Weekly Rant:

Bush Approval rating Drops Yet Again

President Bush's failed leadership has not been lost on voters as his approval rating continues to plummet.

"Mr. Bush's 45% job-approval rating matches Gerald Ford's at a similar point in 1976; since the advent of modern polling, the only White House incumbent who has survived a midsummer rating that low was Harry Truman in 1948." [WSJ/NBC poll, 7/1/04]

From his conduct of foreign policy to his failed leadership on the economy, President Bush has been a miserable failure and the polls and the mood of the country continue to bear out that he has been one of the worst President's to ever occupy the White House.

Polls Keep Senate Democratic Candidates Marching Towards Victory

We continue to see new polls with our candidates leading. Ken Salazar in Colorado is leading his potential Republican opponents Pete Coors (47% - 40%) and Congressman Bob Schaffer (49% - 35%). In North Carolina, Erskine Bowles has increased his lead against Richard Burr to 47% - 39% today versus 45% - 40% in January as his positive ads and popular Jobs Plan resonate with voters as does his Homeland Security Plan.

Zell Miller -- Don't Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out

Zell Miller, the turncoat Democratic Senator from Georgia who is retiring (thank GOD) and has endorsed George Bush, has now shown that there is no limit to the amount of his chutzpah and his traitorous ways. Senator Miller has actually agreed to speak at the Republican National Convention in New York which will re-nominate the dastardly duo of George Bush and Dick Cheney whose policies have wreaked havoc on our nation and damaged our reputation around the world. Zell Miller should be ashamed to call himself a Democrat -- because clearly he is not. His retirement from the Senate could not come too soon.

Even Jesse Helms Thinks Bush's Tax Cuts for the Wealthy Bite the Big One

NEWSFLASH: Even the conservative, Democrats most love to hate, former U.S. Senator Jesse Helms, now thinks Bush's tax cuts for the super rich are unfair.

"I would not have voted for [President Bush's] tax cut, based on what I know. . . There is no doubt that the people at the top who need a tax break the least will get the most benefit. . . Too often presidents do things that don't end up helping the people they should be helping, and their staffs won't tell them their actions stink on ice."
- Former senator Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) [Washington Post, 6/29/04]

This Man Must NEVER Take the Federal Bench

On Tuesday of next week, the Senate is scheduled to hold a vote on the nomination of one of the scariest people to ever be nominated for the federal bench: judicial nominee James Leon Holmes. Holmes is a staunch conservative from Arkansas so far out of the mainstream it is shocking he would be nominated for any position with the federal government whatsoever. Holmes is the former president of Arkansas Right to Life and he has compared a woman's right to choose to the Holocaust. He has no respect at all for women and actually wrote in a newspaper article that, "the wife is to subordinate herself to her husband" and that "the woman is to place herself under the authority of the man." Holmes has gone so far as to deride concern for rape victims, writing, "concern for rape victims is a red herring because conceptions from rape occur with approximately the same frequency as snowfall in Miami." If ever there was a person we should all fight to keep off the federal bench it is James Leon Holmes.

Dreaming of the Senate -- Time Magazine Takes a Look at the Senate Races

These poll numbers, the quality of our candidates and the momentum that people are seeing in the Senate map prompted Time Magazine to take a look. "...Democrats have since recruited credible-enough candidates that the party now has a shot at holding on to three or four of the Southern seats -- in South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and Louisiana. And in the West, Democrats are hoping to nab the open seats left by the retirement of Republican Senators Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado and Don Nickles of Oklahoma, and to take on the vulnerable Lisa Murkowski in Alaska. So suddenly the math has changed: Democrats can see their way to a net gain of two seats, which would give them a slim advantage in the Senate. "We're at the cusp of a victory in November," says Senator Jon Corzine, who chairs the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee." [Time, 6/27/04]

Republican Blooper of the Week

President Bush weighs in this week on his chances in November:

"If you want anything from me, you better ask for it now. I might not be here next year" -- Bush, joking "recently" to Bonesmen, according to author/Skull & Bones expert Toby Rogers (New York Daily News).

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Thinking about the 228th celebration of our nation's birth, I hope you will remember what makes this nation great and share the message with your friends and family. Click here to forward to a friend or family member.

- Bob Brigham
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