Election Recycling: Something Interesting to Put There Edition

my_war_didnt_go_so_well Kerry, Edwards kick off four-day tour with optimistic rhetoric; talk of restoring values, raising middle class. Campaign official: Edwards "gives us the option to talk to voters who the party has sometimes taken for granted." [WP, NYT, NYT, LAT, WT, BG, BG]

Bush implies Edwards not fit for presidency, blames Kerry, Edwards for delaying judicial confirmations, says he will win North Carolina again; Republicans cite inexperience. McConnell: "He may have left some footprints on the beaches of North Carolina, but you couldn't find any on the floor of the Senate." [WP, WSJ, NYT, NYT, LAT, WT, USAT]

Kerry-Edwards roll out six new ads to connect with ordinary people; first foray in North Carolina. Professor: "Kerry clearly wants to piggyback on Edwards's high popularity and add some pizzazz to his advertising... He'll lose if he doesn't come across in an empathetic manner, and unemployed workers is a great way to get that across. Most people have jobs, but everyone knows someone who is unemployed or underemployed." [WP]

Analysts wonder how far Kerry-Edwards populism will go. [LAT]

Business leaders see "red flag" in Edwards' history as a trial lawyer. [LAT]

D'Amato calls for Powell or McCain to replace Cheney. [NYT]

Edwards brings strong financial support from attorneys. [WP]

Elizabeth Edwards described as Nancy, Barbara, Hillary in one. Axelrod: "She was very involved in the process and that she had a very strong proprietary sense of how John Edwards was going to be presented." [NYT]

Edwards' appeal in the South unknown. [BG]

Voters generally receptive to Edwards. [NYT]

Parties raise over $100 million for conventions, twice that of 2000. [WP, NYT]

Cheney knew of doctor's addiction; relapse went unnoticed. [WP]

Officials concerned about terrorist attack around the election. [WP]

Bush, Kerry have different approaches to expand health care. [WSJ]

Bush ad featuring McCain and Kerry-Edwards ad designed portray buddy system. [NYT, NYT]

Association of Trial Lawyers of America befriend Republicans with ability to outmaneuver; new bill to limit class-action lawsuits introduced yesterday. DeLay: "Senator Edwards, call your office." [WSJ, WT, BG]

Airline mechanic posted Kerry-Edwards on message board Monday night: "I thought it would be something interesting to put on there." [LAT]

[AFP/Paul J. Richards]

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Great GOP wordsmith Frank Luntz, the guy who gave us the "death tax" and who urged the George W. Bush administration to talk about "climate change" since it was less politically motivating than "global warming," did some more of his characteristic word magic today! While staying at the Hotel Imperial in Vienna, Austria, Luntz offered this cautionary tale about the evils of socialism, as illustrated by the shoddy conditions in a 5-star luxury hotel owned by Dubai's "Al Habtoor" conglomerate and operated by Marriott:

Talk about your grim hellholes! Apparently, there's only one elevator in the entire building, and it's been broken for three days, proving that European-style socialism is a failure that should never be imported to the USA, where -- damn it! -- all buildings work!

As some smartass pointed out, now Luntz may have to take the STAIRS, like a common Bolshevik!

We're still trying to get our heads around how a delay in getting an elevator fixed in a luxury hotel owned by the United Arab Emirati proprietors of Dubai's

  • Habtoor Grand Resort
  • Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
  • Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels & Resorts
  • V Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
  • Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City
  • Metropolitan Hotel Dubai
  • Al Habtoor Polo Resort

as well as

  • Imperial Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna (Austria)
  • Hilton London Wembley (United Kingdom)
  • Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand (Lebanon)
  • Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace (Lebanon)
  • President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (United States)
  • InterContinental Budapest (Hungary)
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest (Hungary)

is an example of the horrors of socialism, but then, we don't earn the big bucks like Luntz does. Austria is among the 14 richest countries in the world, so we're fairly certain it's not a commie hellhole. Then again, there is a very strong social safety net, so maybe people in subsidized housing stole all the elevator parts. Or perhaps the elevator would have been fixed sooner if only Austria didn't have such strong unions. It's a mystery.

Or maybe it's that NATIONAL socialism that's the problem, seeing as it has socialism RIGHT IN THE NAME!

Adolf Hitler, once a day labourer outside the Hotel Imperial Vienna, returned as the Führer and "delivered a speech to a rapturous crowd from [the hotel] suite's balcony, on 14 March 1938", according to

We suppose it's worth noting that the Imperial is decidedly not owned or operated by the Austrian government, where a far-Right coalition has recently imploded -- although maybe Luntz is confused about that, since official state guests are traditionally housed there. In any case, the elevator's busted, it's in Europe, Europe is socialist, and Frank Luntz is homesick for America, where no elevator ever goes unrepaired for an entire weekend. It simply has never happened because of our efficient free market!

Still, Luntz's tweet inspired some valuable reflections on how economic theory shapes the reality of everyday life. This is the kind of Austrian economics we can support.

In conclusion, capitalism always allocates resources efficiently and fairly, although that still doesn't explain why Frank Luntz has a job. And now it would be your DOKTOR ZOOM'S BIRTHDAY PARTY OPEN THREAD, if only the socialists would fix the elevator, the end.

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