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Donation Caps and The Two-Candidate Plan
Saturday August 30th 2003, 4:49 pm
Filed under: indescribable

Assuming someone popular (Clark? Clinton?!) wants to team up with Dean for the presidential race, their best bet is to run against him in the Democratic primary, rather than endorsing him.

Consider the general case of two people running ‘against’ one another in the primary but planning to be on a single ticket once the primary is over. Both get to develop their public image; if one is brought down (say, by an unexpected PR blow), the other still has a chance to win the primary — the one brought down could drop out of the primary and endorse the other, passing on what remained of his public support.

What’s more, large donors could donate to both candidates during the primaries, effectively doubling their contribution limits. This would be particularly effective if the leading candidate didn’t accept matching government funds, making it less difficult for the two to combine their resources after the primary.

Just sayin’.

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Clark puts off announcement
Friday August 29th 2003, 2:42 am
Filed under: null

Clark puts off announcement …

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Wednesday August 27th 2003, 1:30 am
Filed under: chain-gang


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Modern Political Joy
Tuesday August 26th 2003, 3:52 pm
Filed under: popular demand

For all you recall-watchers:  Quotably Arnold.
For all you gamblers:  Tradesports has the political scene covered.
For everybody:  more candidate updates (send me yours!).

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Blood, oil, and more oil
Sunday August 24th 2003, 7:36 pm
Filed under: international

The UN-Baghdad bombing was a sad mess.  Robert De Mello, RIP.
The Prez grants total immunity to oil companies:  Executive Order 13303.
The lasting effects of pipeline sabotage in Iraq.

Blood, oil, and more oil …

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Clark to decide by September 4
Sunday August 24th 2003, 6:14 pm
Filed under: chain-gang

The nomination pre-season is almost over.  Dean finishes his Sleepless Summer Tour Tuesday.  Kerry, recovering from illness and starting to focus on campaigning in earnest, will make his formal declaration Tuesday week, just as Bush returns from his month’s vacation.  And Clark will decide whether or not to run “within the next two weeks“, before the Sept. 4 debates in Albuquerque.  No word yet on when Gore or Clinton will decide. 

Clark to decide by September 4 …

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Come On Over to My Bicycle Shop, Baby!
Sunday August 24th 2003, 5:36 pm
Filed under: chain-gang

“I have a leather mask, and I’m putting it on right now…”

Whatchoo talkin about, Willis?  You say you want me to call 976-GARY?  I don’t know if my libido is up to it…

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Weird Chronicles
Sunday August 24th 2003, 5:30 pm
Filed under: poetic justice

I like J. Scott Wilson.  Fine sense of the absurd.  And he’s from Houston.  Now if only we could combine this with Weird Al, the K Chronicles, and El-Al, to produce Kal-El

Weird Chronicles …

Brace yourselves
Sunday August 24th 2003, 4:44 pm
Filed under: indescribable

Too bizarre for words: fistulated cows

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Liberate what?
Sunday August 24th 2003, 4:04 am
Filed under: chain-gang

Bizarre cult OTD:  the Earth Liberation Front, promoting eco-terrorism online.

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Dean locks in
Sunday August 24th 2003, 3:02 am
Filed under: popular demand

The Falls Church 4000.

I’m still strongly ambivalent about Dean, because he isn’t passionately open, because he and crew are running such a tightly-controlled campaign, because his campaign lacks content beyond simple messages and canonical support- and fund-raising, because there are other wonderful people elbowing for space in this pre-race warm-up.  But these posts by David Weinberger about how receptive he was to discussing his mistakes as Lessig’s first guest-blogger last month, and the subtle rephrasing of news headlines across the reporting spectrum, cinches it in my mind — whether or not a white horse enters the race, Dean has sustainable momentum; it’s his primary to lose.  And given his recent chats with Clark, perhaps it’s a Dean-Clark race to lose.

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ULTRA racing
Sunday August 24th 2003, 2:39 am
Filed under: chain-gang

Doug Anderson, call your office.

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Solar power polar tower
Sunday August 24th 2003, 2:16 am
Filed under: chain-gang

Australia plans th’ world’s tallest structure — a solar tower 1km tall.

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Death comes for the defrocked father
Sunday August 24th 2003, 1:38 am
Filed under: chain-gang

Don’t fuck with the Church.  Father Geoghan was murdered in prison, despite his isolation, around lunchtime Saturday; blame falls on Joseph Druce. Was Geoghan playing hardball?

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Burning Beauty
Saturday August 23rd 2003, 6:48 pm
Filed under: indescribable

All you who are about to go up in flames, I salute you.   Sometimes Art demands nothing less than ultimate sacrifice.

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Just brilliant
Saturday August 23rd 2003, 4:32 pm
Filed under: poetic justice

Check out Bush/Orwell ’04.  They got this site up fast

Just brilliant …

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The Big W
Friday August 22nd 2003, 10:00 pm
Filed under: null

Wesley Willis, Chicago icon, dead at 40.

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