January 28th, 2004


Post NH Blues

Man, is anyone besides me kind of depressed at the thought of John Kerry as a front runner? What's the deal? John Kerry has a lackluster legislative record, and he looks like an undertaker. He's the Democratic Bob Dole. What are voters thinking? Is the fix in somewhere here? Is it just because he's the tallest guy running?

What's up with Joe Lieberman? Does he have no one around him with the guts to tell him that nobody likes him, and he's got as much chance at the nomination as Charles Manson? He was on TV yesterday babbling sentence fragments about "Joe-mentum." WTF?

A more general gripe -- does anyone really want to see an interview with a presidential candidate where every question is answered with a barely-related-to-the-question fragment of the standard stump speech? To his credit, Dean will go off message occasionally and talk like an actual human being, but everyone else reminds me of those dolls that talk when you pull a string. They squawk the same canned phrases over and over.

The only silver lining: Bush does everything wrong. Only so long Fat Carl Rove can spin that into something positive.


From Mediacom:

We're doubling the capabilities of the fastest Internet access available. Now, Mediacom Online is twice as fast, with download speeds up to 3 megabits per second and upstream speeds up to 256 kilobits per second. This upgrade is automatic and will be effective February 1, 2004. All you need to do is sit back and get the low down on the fastest downloads around.

The cynic in me thinks 2 things are happening: 1) They aren't using up all the bandwidth they're paying for. 2) They have customers retention problems. Anyone who actually uses the internet gets frustrated pretty quick with throttled uploads. DSL is starting to be a more viable option in our area. So they have to do something to keep people hooked on the cable modem.


One thing I didn't hear said on any analysis of the New Hampshire Primary vote: More people voted against Kerry than for him. Same thing in Iowa. So its


Fack. Dean + Lieberman = Kerry's percentage.

So the Un-Kerry beat Kerry 61% to 39%. Seems to me that he's got a long fight ahead of him -- a fight in which someone who appears lifelike might have the real advantage.

As soon as any one of the top 5 drops out, I suspect someone besides Kerry will be the beneficiary of their delegates. That is, of course, unless the sheep-like media cram Kerry down everyone's throats and voters in later primaries pile on because they think he's going to win the nomination, anyway.