hard heads soft hearts

a scratch pad for half-formed thoughts by a liberal political junkie who's nobody special. ''Hard Heads, Soft Hearts'' is the title of a book by Princeton economist Alan Blinder, and tends to be a favorite motto of neoliberals, especially liberal economists.

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Friday, June 14, 2002
if you ask Republicans why they're voting for W,
they'll say "we need to restore character to the white
house". If you ask Democrats, they'll say "Supreme
Court, prescription drugs, Social Security" The
evidence is that Republicans, much more than
Democrats, have a need to cast their opponents as

Gore's invoking of "3/5 of a person" was
cringe-inducing, but the EITC and McCain-Feingold
"lies" are false propaganda peddled by the National
Review. The Gulf war story is a vile slander that is
also untrue. David Maraniss looked at the allegation
and wrote "the charge evaporates under scrutiny".
Senators Simpson and Dole stand revealed as
contemptible liars willing to falsely accuse the
opposing candidate of treasonous behavior in order to
win an election. Moral corruption doesn't get more
clear-cut than that.