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Democrats: Road Map to Defeat

April 19, 2008

By Bob Herbert
The New York Times
April 19, 2008

The Democrats are doing everything they can to blow this presidential election. This is a skill that comes naturally to the party. There is no such thing as a can’t-miss year for the Democrats. They are truly gifted at finding ways to lose.

Jimmy Carter managed to win the White House in 1976 by looking pious and riding a wave of anti-Watergate revulsion. After four hapless years, he dutifully handed the keys back to the G.O.P.
Bill Clinton tried hard to lose, with sex scandals and whatnot, during the 1992 campaign. But Ross Perot wouldn’t let him. Mr. Clinton won with a piddling 43 percent of the vote. For eight years, Mr. Clinton tried to throw the presidency away (with sex scandals and whatnot), but he was never able to succeed.

That’s been it for the party for the past 40 years. The Democrats have become so psychologically battered by these many decades in the leadership wilderness that they consider the Clinton years, during which the president was impeached and they lost control of both houses of Congress, to have been a period of triumph.

Now comes 2008, a can’t-lose year if there ever was one…

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Pakistan: Post-Election Assessment from Muhammad

February 19, 2008

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom,
Dear Sir

I hope you and your team at the Peace and Freedom will be alright. Situation in Pakistan as usual is still critical.

There will be no denying the fact that President Pervez Musharraf has fulfilled the promise made with the international community about holding fair and free election.

The media has been creating the impression that Musharraf has lost the election, but according to majority of tribesmen he has won as by holding election he defeated terrorists.

Terrorists have tried their best to halt the elections, but they failed in their bid.

Now according to reports, in the backdrop of the election results thus far, no party could obtain clear majority and the alliance governments in centre and three provinces seem imminent, while the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has attained the position of forming its own government.

Unofficial and provisional results showed that PPP has achieved the edge by obtaining maximum number of national assembly seats totaling thus far 88. Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) with 65 seats occupies coveted position, while the former ruling party Muslim League-Q could not obtain clear majority and it has bagged 37 seats.

Among other major parties of the national assembly, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) secured 19 seats, Awami National Party 10, Muslim League (Functional) 4, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) 3, independent candidates and other political parties 27 seats.

Among the provincial assemblies, PML-N has emerged as the largest party in Punjab assembly by securing 102 seats, PPP 78 and PML-Q got 66 seats. PPP has emerged as the largest party in the Sindh assembly and it has secured 68 seats, while MQM got 38, PML-Q 9 and PML (Functional) 7 seats. ANP in NWFP came to the fore as largest party bagging 31 seats, while PPP17 and independent candidates obtained 10 seats in the House here. Previously, MMA government was ruling here, but this time MMA got 9 seats only. PLM-Q that lagged behind all across the country, clinched 17 seats in Balochistan assembly, while PPP 7 and 8 independents reserved their seats in the House.

It is interesting to note that Muslim League-N leader Nawaz Sharif Tuesday called President Musharraf to step down from office.

He said the decision about eligibility of President Musharraf should be taken from the same court that was hearing the case.

Addressing press briefing in Lahore Nawaz said the freedom of judiciary and democracy are the foremost targets of his agenda. He said he was talking with all parties for formation of the government.

The PML-N leader said after restoration of the judiciary it would be decided whether Musharraf’s election as president is legal or not.

He said the judiciary could not regain its freedom without restoration of the deposed judges. He also demanded release of all detained lawyers.

He said the matter of Dr. Abdul Qadeer would also be reconsidered. Nawaz said he would meet the Co-chairman f Pakistan Peoples Party Asif Ali Zardari in a day or two to discuss all concerned matters. He said he was in contact with ANP’s Asfandyar Wali to discuss all options for the formation of the coalition government.

Sharif also his party would lead a coalition government in Punjab and all parties will be consulted on the matter.

He said the PCO of Nov 3, 2007 has to be nullified and the judges will have to be reinstated. On question of the president, he said the restored judiciary can abjudicate over legality of president’s election.

He said he expects the army to abide by the constitution and law.

Nawaz said he is committed to upholding his agenda of upholding democracy, rule of law, sovereignty, independence of judiciary. Lauding media role and its struggle against efforts to gag it.

Responding to questions, Nawaz said PML N is ready to work alongside any political force for stability of Pakistan. All democratic forces must unite on one platform, he said.

Nawaz invited all political parties who have won elections to sit down and struggle against dictatorship. He hinted at taking in the PML Q leaders who want to join their “mother party.”
President Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday dismissed calls by head of PML-N, Mian Nawaz Sharif in which he urged Musharraf to step down.

Presidential spokesman Maj-Gen Retd. Rashid Qureshi told media that Musharraf had already been elected President for five years term. Rashid Qureshi said President was ready to work with the party winning the elections. He said whatever steps that would be taken by the President, would be in the wider interests of Pakistan.

Dear Sir, I want to bring in your kind notice that Pakistan is still needing Pervez Musharraf as the country is still at war with terrorists. Elimination of terrorism in Pakistan is a must for peace in the world.

Again thank you very much,

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,
Tribal Areas Pakistan

Pakistan’s ruling party concedes defeat

February 19, 2008
By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press Writer

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The chairman of Pakistan‘s ruling party conceded defeat Tuesday after opposition parities scored wins in parliamentary elections that could threaten the rule of President Pervez Musharraf — America’s close ally in the war on terror.

Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, head of the Pakistan Muslim League-Q, told AP Television News that “we accept the results with an open heart” and “will sit on opposition benches” in the new parliament.”

Final results were not expected before Tuesday evening, but the election’s outcome appeared to be a stinging public verdict on Musharraf, whose….

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Taiwan nationalists celebrate vote victory

January 13, 2008
by Susan Stumme

TAIPEI (AFP) – Taiwan‘s nationalists on Sunday celebrated their landslide win in legislative elections, setting their sights on the race to succeed President Chen Shui-bian, who headed in defeat to Guatemala.

Taiwan's opposition Nationalist Party supporters watch fireworks ...
Taiwan’s opposition Nationalist Party supporters watch fireworks celebrate the party’s win of more than two thirds in the legislative elections in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008.
(AP Photo/Wally Santana)

The nationalist Kuomintang (KMT), which favours closer ties with China, and its smaller allies captured a total of 86 seats in the new 113-member parliament, to just 27 for Chen’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

A humiliated Chen, who had spearheaded the DPP’s parliamentary campaign, immediately stepped down as chairman….

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War in Iraq: Democratomyopia

July 23, 2007

Mona Charen
The Washington Times
July 23, 2007

I am convinced, based on everything I have read, it won’t be a hell of a lot worse than it is now.
Rep. John P. Murtha

Jack (redeploy to Okinawa) Murtha of Pennsylvania was speaking of Iraq after an American pullout. He’s not worried, nor are most Democrats now urging America to flee Iraq. There really ought to be a name for the “it can’t get worse” fallacy. For the moment, let’s just call it Democratomyopia. …

Echos from Vietnam…..

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Lingo of Failure: How to Decode Washington Political Speak