Al Gore: recovering politician

October 18th, 2004

The former vice president and winner of the popular vote in 2000 started his MoveOn PAC speech at Georgetown by describing himself as a “recovering politician.” After a few minutes listening to his speech, it’s clear that someone needs to contact his sponsor — he has fallen off the wagon.

Thank you, Jon Stewart

October 16th, 2004

Wonkette is calling it TuckerGate, but I think Jon Stewart’s appearance on Crossfire was not so much about Tucker and his silly tie as it was about someone using his celebrity to call attention to the failings of the media.

I found the story on random($foo) by way of kottke, but it’s making its way around the net. If you haven’t watched it yet, pull down Leonard’s copy or use one of the links in Wonkette’s post. It’s worth it.

Nobody live-blogs a concert

October 11th, 2004

Section 413
From section 413.
From the Washington Post: Hail to the Boss: Springsteen Plays Politics.

11:12 p.m. The slightest hint of something happening on stage results in a deafening shower of “Bruuuuuuuuuuce!”s. I’m guilty, too.

11:01 p.m. The Dave Matthews Band was amazing, best I’ve ever heard them and the highlight of the night. So far.

10:28 p.m. Yup.

10:20 p.m. Dave Matthews indoors is a first for me. I guess balcony seats are the indoor equivalent of sitting on the lawn. There is a lot of energy in here, this should be a great set.

Would Natalie Maines take back what she said about Bush, the comment that sparked all the controversy? “If I did that, Bush would just call me a flip-flopper. So I’m sticking with it.” Good answer.

Advice to undecided voters: “Choose the smart one.” — James Taylor

9:49 p.m. Dixie Chicks join JT on one of the nicest versions of “Sweet Baby James” you could imagine.

“I hate it when they say, ‘Don’t change horses in midstream.’ If your horse can’t swim and he’s in way over his head…” — James Taylor

9:38 p.m. I lived on Copperline Dr. for two years in Chapel Hill, NC. James Taylor alone is worth the price of admission. He can make even a soulless basketball arena sound good.

9:12 p.m. Dude, that’s Bob Roberts! Overwhelming at this point.

New cool guitar accessory: Wellstone! sticker. Got yours?

9:05 p.m. In college, I got free tickets to a Pearl Jam show at the student amoxicillin union but I was unimpressed. Let’s just say I’ve matured. (To be fair, so have they.) I think everyone on stage is instantly more attractive because of why they are doing this.

8:52 p.m. Bruuuuuuuuce. Blogging now ceases.

8:51 p.m. Standing ovation.

As a swing state voter, I’d like to thank the Electoral College for making this tour possible. Even if I had to be in D.C. to see it.

8:32 p.m. Oh, REM has to do “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” Oh, please! It’s too perfect. Michael Stipe and Eddie Vedder? Are you kidding? Wow.

Anybody have a Kleenex? I think my nose is bleeding.

8:13 p.m. Jurassic 5 scares the Jackson Browne fans and rocks the joint!

7:57 p.m. “We can do this, folks.” — Bonnie Raitt.

Outside, as we came in, about a dozen protesters held a sign that announced, “Bruce Springsteen presents Saddam Aid 2004″ — bet it took them all weekend to come up with that.

7:42 p.m. Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne prepare to take the stage. Joined by Keb Mo’. If I stop blogging it’s because it’s a darn good show.

7:36 p.m. Babyface “Change the World”

7:30ish p.m. John Cougar Mellencamp “Little Pink Houses”

It would be ridiculous to blog a concert like the Vote for Change finale. But here I am with a full signal.

My ham sandwich is going to win

September 30th, 2004

Earlier this year, when it became clear John Kerry would be the Democratic nominee, someone asked me what I thought our chances were.

My smartass answer was, “I think a ham sandwich could do a better job running this country than George W. Bush, and I’m voting for the ham sandwich.”

Over the summer, my candidate looked a little weaker than I might have liked, and as the debates approached I was concerned he wouldn’t pull it off.

After seeing who won the debate, I am no longer worried.

John Kerry has been excellent tonight, and Bush has nobody—apart from the split-screen—to blame but himself.

The debate is still going on, but I’m making lunch plans tomorrow. Meet me at the Dirty Deli—I’ll be the guy eating a ham sandwich and smiling more than I have in a while.

Sound Bites for Truth

September 8th, 2004

Question of the Day
Question of the Day
From: Mike Carvalho
Date: Wed Sep 8, 2004 07:48:34 US/Eastern
Subject: Question of the Day: Debates matter

The debates force the two candidates to deliver real answers which we don't get from campaign ads and sound bites. I'm afraid that's why George W. Bush is trying to pull out of one of the debates -- he's doing diclofenac just fine with sound bites and swift boat ads. If debates didn't matter, Bush wouldn't be trying so hard to wiggle out of them.

Mike Carvalho
Chester Springs, PA

Pulling Out the Stops

March 10th, 2004

Following up on my post over at the Change for America blog, there have been additional salvos fired from both sides in the fight over anti-Bush ads.

Most significant is the $5.1 million campaign launched today by former Clinton adviser Harold Ickes’ “Media Fund” group — view the ad here. (The script will sound familiar to anyone who’s heard a Dean stump speech: the narrator speaks about “hope, not fear” and says it’s time to “take our country back.”) CNN reports that the Bush-Cheney campaign will file a complaint with the FEC in an attempt to shut down the ads.

The New York Times examines the fight between the GOP and what they call an emerging “shadow” political party, and the Washington Post takes a closer look at the way groups like the Media Fund and will operate parallel to the Democratic Party and the Kerry campaign to help defeat Bush in the fall.

Meanwhile, the Log Cabin Republicans are hitting at their party from within, running an ad campaign of their own denouncing the Bush-backed Hate Amendment by using the words of a familiar GOP spokesperson — Dick Cheney himself.

Change for America

February 28th, 2004

As a grassroots leader in the Dean campaign I believe the work we have all done and the community we have all built is too important to fall by the wayside. We are all committed to continuing to work for the things that Governor Howard Dean and his campaign stand for. I believe Change for America will provide us all with the resources and focus we need to continue this work.

Below is the founding document of Change for America. Please join us, and pass it on to every American who believes that changing this country is a cause worth fighting for.


For the last thirteen months, we helped build a community that is changing America.  We came together from every background and from every region—and we’re going to stick together—because we believe in the change that Howard Dean’s campaign represented.  And we believe in the power of the American people.  

Today, by signing this letter, we reaffirm our commitment to bringing change to this country, to building the tools that will grow this community and to fighting for the principles that brought us to Howard Dean’s campaign.

More than 600,000 Americans achieved something extraordinary. Although we lost the Democratic nomination, our campaign still won: we changed Americans politics forever.

We awoke the Democratic Party and showed how to take on George W. Bush—and defeat him.
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“Dean, Dean, Dean, Dean, Dean”

September 11th, 2003

Mikes for Dean
Gov. Howard Dean in Philadelphia, flanked by the Philly4Dean driving/web team.
One of the very few people who hasn’t yet given up hope that I’ll eventually post something to this site commented the other day that even if I’ve got nothing to write about other than Gov. Howard Dean, the Dean campaign and local campaign activities, the least I can do is put up some sort of fresh content. She was right, of course—there’s almost as much mention of Dean in my day-to-day life as there is in one of Sen. John Kerry’s press conferences (see the clip here).

So here it is: since the Philadelphia rally a month ago, we’ve continued to build a local/regional organization and I’ve participated in all sorts of activities. Some of the highlights include taking a bus trip to the Sleepless Summer Tour rally in NYC, packing Sec. 505 of Veterans Stadium with Dean supporters to watch the Phillies beat the Mets, and seeing attendance at area Meetups skyrocket as we continue to add new venues. We’ve got bright red Philly4Dean t-shirts now so people can see us coming, and we’re sildenafil preparing more high-profile events like the Sept. 20 Cheesesteaks For America.

I’ve been busy behind the scenes too, and not just on web pages and e-newsletters. On Monday night, local organizers were contacted by campaign headquarters because Gov. Dean was coming to Philadelphia to speak at a fundraising event and would need transportation to and from 30th Street Station. Being underemployed has its perks: along with Mike P., Philly4Dean web designer and creative director, my name was picked out of the hat and we had the opportunity to meet the governor and shuttle him and his staff around town. I tried my best not to gawk, but when Gov. Dean graciously agreed to have his picture taken with us, I unfortunately put on the goofiest face I could.

At least I didn’t get lost—the doctor made it to Maryland for the debate later that night and turned in a performance William Saletan called a “touchdown.” Not a bad day.

What a day

August 14th, 2003

This is the best picture I got from my spot in the middle of the crowd
A shot from the middle of the crowd: Gov. Howard Dean, Councilman Angel Ortiz and Philly4Dean’s Jennifer Powers.
Close to 4,000 people came to the rally we held in Philadelphia for Gov. Howard Dean on Monday, more than at any previous event so far nationwide. Dean was stuck in Washington, D.C. due to bad weather, but the crowd continued to grow while we waited for his flight to land. The forecasts had called for rain, but the worst we got were some ominous clouds that trapped the hot, muggy air. When the Governor arrived, he delivered a rousing speech and then was followed by thousands of supporters up 5th St. where the candidates’ forum was being held. As the crowd outside the Constitution Center cheered, chanted and waved signs, they were clearly visible—and audible—to the media, the attendees and the other candidates inside the glass-walled building.

The event got decent coverage in the Daily News and again in the Philadelphia Weekly, but the Philadelphia Inquirer missed the point—as well as the Governor—because the reporter left early, possibly due to indigestion after trying to eat cheesesteaks with Sen. John Kerry.

Dean and the Phillies jersey
Dean puts on the Phillies jersey and shows it to the crowd.
A collection of photos is available on the official Dean for America website, including a shot of Dean wearing the Phillies jersey we presented him during the rally. What you can’t see in that shot is that “Dean 04” was embroidered on the back by my (supposedly undecided) roommate. Update: Philly4Dean database guru and videographer extraordinaire Christoph grabbed some video caps of the Governor putting on the Phillies jersey.

I’ve been peripherally involved in campaigns before, but nothing on this scale—I even deejayed the rally with Elvis’s “A Little Less Conversation,” the theme song from Rocky, and everything in between. It was an amazing day, and I’m working with an incredible group of people here in Philadelphia. We’re all energized to keep working and building momentum.

Dean comes to Philly

August 5th, 2003

Media darling Howard Dean
King of all media.
Gov. Howard Dean is coming to Philadelphia next Monday at a time when there seems to be a convergence of media coverage and interest in this insurgent, Internet-powered grassroots campaign. This week the doctor is on the covers of all the major newsweeklies, was featured in a high-profile story on the front page of the Sunday Washington Post and has made appearances all over the national news, including last night’s Larry King Live. So far, this has been the summer of Dean, as his candidacy has evolved from that of a quirky outsider to one with a legitimate chance of taking the Democratic nomination and fundamentally changing national politics.

For me, this campaign is about shaking things up in Washington and undoing the damage done by the second Bush administration, both at home and abroad. There is no question that Dean is already making waves in national politics through his principled positions, straight talk and unprecedented use of the Internet. And I believe his fiscally conservative, socially progressive positions are very much in line with the views of a majority of Americans who are not easily labeled by pundits and talking heads.

All the Democratic candidates for President will be in Philadelphia next Monday, August 11th for a forum at the new National Constitution Center. Because of the amount of support for the Dean campaign in this area, the Governor is coming in early for a rally outside the Independence Visitor Center. The event will start at around 4pm, and Howard Dean will be speaking to supporters with the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall as his backdrop while the focus of the national media rests squarely on Philadelphia. We are hoping for a massive turnout—if you are anywhere in the megalopolis from Boston down to D.C., please consider making the trip. If you’ve got questions or need more information, feel free to contact me or visit the Philly4Dean website.
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