SharksWithLasers -- Seth Cooper

A CUTTING-EDGE BLOG FOR THE WORLD OF THE 21st CENTURY, Currently operated by Seth L. Cooper, a 27 year-old attorney in Seattle (sethlcooper at comcast dot net)

Thursday, September 02, 2004

THE SWIFTEES, 527s AND (EVEN MORE) ELITE MEDIA BIAS. RealClearPolitics alerted me to an important op-ed by Benjamin Ginsberg that chronicles the massive ties between the Kerry campaign several well-funded 527s that have been so vehemently attacking President Bush. Of course, elite media coverage would have given the average American no idea that such was the case.

Such things can be pretty easy to verify these days. As Ginsberg notes:
When the Bush-Cheney campaign filed a detailed, 70-page complaint detailing illegal coordination by Democrats, the move produced 14 news articles, with no follow-up. When the Kerry campaign filed an unsupportable charge of coordination about the Swift boat ads, there were 74 articles, and the pack swarmed.

(Green Lake--Seattle, WA)
FURTHER, RANDOM THOUGHTS ON THE GOP CONVENTION.

There are many great commentaries on the Governator's terrific speech from Tuesday.

Robert Moran of National Review Online notes the four things that the average American viewer took away from the speech:
(a) Arnold is positively bullish on America and the American experiment,
(b) Arnold believes we can and will win the war on terror,
(c) Arnold is a Republican, and
(d) Arnold supports George W. Bush.

In the Governator's speech we saw the return of the "girlie men" comment, and his timing was perfect. Larry Kudlow of NRO also has a great column about the Tuesday speech, from a primarily economic angle.

As for the Bush twins, they were a little giggly, but they did their job. The young Ms. Barbara Bush looked extremely attractive, too.

I'll be watching the President's speech, accepting the Republican nomination, at Rob McKenna's party in Bellevue. Paying for parking in downtown Seattle isn't exactly fun, but how can anyone pass up the chance to get some good food, listen to the President with fellow Republicans, and chat with Washington State's next Attorney General?

(Green Lake--Seattle, WA)
VP DELIVERS. A low-key but solid speech was given to the Republican Party Convention by Vice President Dick Cheney. I'm watching the repeat as I type this, having watch the live broadcast earlier.

My two favorite paragraphs from the speech went as follows:

In this election, we will decide who leads our country for the next four years. Yet there is more in the balance than that. Moments come along in history when leaders must make fundamental decisions about how to confront a long term challenge abroad and how best to keep the American people secure. We faced such a moment after World War Two, when we put in place the policies that defended America throughout the Cold War. Those policies containing communism, deterring attack by the Soviet Union, and promoting the rise of democracy were carried out by Democratic and Republican presidents in the decades that followed.

This nation has reached another of those defining moments. Under President Bush we have put in place new policies and created new institutions to defend America, to stop terrorist violence at its source, and to help move the Middle East away from old hatreds and resentments and toward the lasting peace that only freedom can bring. This is the work not of months, but of years and keeping these commitments is essential to our future security. For that reason, ladies and gentlemen, the election of 2004 is one of the most important, not just in our lives but in our history.

Next up for tomorrow: President Bush!!!

(Green Lake--Seattle, WA)

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

WAR DEMOCRAT MILLER ENDORSES PRESIDENT BUSH. A solid speech was given to the RNC Convention in New York City this evening by retiring Georgia Senator Zell Miller, author of A National Party No More.

Sen. Miller was direct and stern. His sweeping condemnation of Sen. John Kerry's record over the past 30 years as an anti-war demonstrator and far left legislator really hit home. What would motivate a former Democratic Governor and a Democratic Senator like Miller to endorse President Bush? Simply put, he recognizes the threat our nation faces and he knows that President Bush will defend the country with solid leadership. Thus, he chooses to protect his family rather than advance his party.

Sen. Miller even went so far as to take a shot at former President Carter's appeasement approach to foreign policy, instead endorsing the tough stance against Communism taken by President Ronald Reagan and the aggressive approach taken against international terrorism taken by President Bush. Sen. Miller's speech was by far the toughest I've seen in the convention and served the most direct indictment of Sen. Kerry's record on military issues that I've witnessed so far. The list of military equipment that Sen. Kerry tried to put the kabosh on was itself very powerful, not to mention the ties Sen. Miller drew between Massachusetts Senators Kerry and Ted Kennedy. As Sen. Miller summed it up, discussing the misguided members of his party:

It is not their patriotism - it is their judgment that has been so sorely lacking. They claimed Carter's pacifism would lead to peace.They were wrong.They claimed Reagan's defense buildup would lead to war.They were wrong. And, no pair has been more wrong, more loudly, more often than the two Senators from Massachusetts, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry.

Well put.

(Green Lake--Seattle, WA)
TERMINATING TERRORISM!!! The Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, delivered a *dynamite* speech to the Republican National Convention. He was on fire! And the crowd loved it. The Governator's speech was largely about his dream--the American dream, and how he came to realize it and how America is still the land of opportunity for all. His speech also focused upon the need for strong leadership in this country and how we have strong leadership in our 43rd President, George W. Bush. It was a ringing endorsement and is sure to be a boost to the President.

THE FIRST LADY COMES TO THE FORE. First Lady Laura Bush gave a wonderful address to the Convention, making a strong follow-up to the Governator. She was genuine, down-to-earth, and real. The President introduced her to the audience via the giant screen--which was certainly a surprise to me. The President and the First Lady really showed themselves for who they are, as real Americans whom you'd like and like to meet.

The Convention appears to be off to an EXCELLENT start.

(Green Lake--Seattle, WA)

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

THE CURE! LIVE IN...EVERETT? I'm back at home now, awaiting the repeat of the Governator's sppech to the Republican National Convention. Fortunately, I'll be able to catch the best of both worlds, as earlier this evening I headed back up to my hometown of Everett, WA, to hear the Cure play their make-up show, with their August 21 gig at the Gorge being cancelled.

Arnold is about to speak, I'll continue in a moment...

(Green Lake--Seattle, WA)
BROOKHISER WEIGHS IN ON GUILIANI. For yet another enjoyable read about Mayor Guliani's speech, and about the man himself, be sure to read Richard Brookhiser's article from today, over on National Review Online.

Brookhiser brings to attention the part of the speech that made me laugh the most: He gave a Gotham shrug to John Kerry’s flip flops. “Maybe this explains John Edwards’s need for two Americas — one where John Kerry can vote for something, and another where he votes against the same thing.”

I greatly admire Brookhiser's description of Guliani's engergy as Mayor of New York City in the aftermath of 9/11 as embodying Alexander Hamilton's idea of an energetic executive. Brookhiser is an excellent author, and I love everything he writes--this article is no exception.

(Downtown Seattle, WA)
RUDY, RUDY!!! Last night's speech to the Republican National Convention by former New York City Mayor Rudolph Guliani was SPECTACULAR! I enjoyed the entire speech, from the first minute to the last. Much of Guliani's speech appeared to be extemporaneous, and the crowd was electrified. It was a heartfelt, genuine speech to the gathered Republicans. In fact, I can't remember a single speech in any party's political convention by someone other than the presidential nominee who was as dazzling.

Hugh Hewitt has described Guliani's speech as a "grand slam," and according to Powerline, "Rudolph Guliani was nuclear." Both blogs link to John Podhoretz's "Stemwinder" op-ed from today's New York Post, which I strongly recommend. Lileks spoke of Guliani's "aggressive graciousness."

As Guliani spoke, I couldn't help but think that he is now a serious contender for 2008. On that point, notes Hewitt: 2008 is not that far off, and lined up for the consideration of the amassed national media and the money men and women are those two, plus Governors Owens, Romney, Pataki and Pawlenty, Senators Allen and Frist, and a couple of cabinet members to be announced.

Very intriguing. In any event, Guliani's electrifying presentation has got this convention off to a fantastic start, and I eagerly look forward to seeing the rest. At this point, it looks as if I won't be around to watch the Governator's speech to the convention this evening. Hopefully, I will be able to catch a repeat.

I think Guliani summed it up with a statement he made to his Chief of Police on 9/11: "Thank God George Bush is our president."

(Green Lake--Seattle, WA)

Monday, August 30, 2004

DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ELITE MEDIA & THE MEDIA ELITE. This weekend, I had the pleasure of reading a stellar WorldNet Daily column by Hugh Hewitt entitled "The collapse of America's media elite." The elite media's influence on public opinion and the marketplace of ideas is on a rapid retreat--a reatreat forced by 24 hour cable news and by the blogosphere.

As Hewitt notes, blogs like Powerline have been at the forefront of the bloggosphere, and an excellent excerpt from a recent Powerline post is included in the column, so do check it out.

I was particuarly appreciative of Hewitt's analogizing amateur athletes who give all for the love of the game to the amateur journalists of the blogosphere. Bloggers can't simply rest on their laurels. They operate in an exciting, edgy environment. I have long been looking forward to this year's presidential election because I wanted to see just how much of an impact it would have on the contest. Clearly, the Swift Boat Veterans' campaign and Kerry's questionable post-war stories about his time in Vietnam (and Cambodia, for that matter) have come to the forefront in no small part because of some solid work of journalism by bloggers. (I'll have something more comprehensive to say about Kerry and the Swifties in a future post.)

As a follow up, I recommend another fine post Powerline post from today on the democratization of the media, which makes heavy reference to a new column by John Podhoretz--which is also worth a read.

(Downtown Seattle, WA)