January 12, 2004


George W. Bush might be headed for a landslide win, guaranteeing four more years of Stupid White Men best-sellers:

President Bush is in a stronger position with voters than his father or Bill Clinton were at the same stage of their re-election bids, an Associated Press poll found.

Bush is about the same as Ronald Reagan before his landslide re-election victory in 1984.

Ed Koch, Democrat mayor of New York during Reagan’s presidency, is one of Bush’s supporters:

I intend to vote in 2004 to re-elect President Bush. I will do so despite the fact that I do not agree with him on any major domestic issue, from tax policy to the recently enacted prescription drug law. These issues, however, pale in importance beside the menace of international terrorism, which threatens our very survival as a nation. President Bush has earned my vote because he has shown the resolve and courage necessary to wage the war against terrorism.

Koch has been trending towards Bush for some time. In other New York news, Maureen Dowd tackles the big issues:

Is there anything more annoying than argyle?

Posted by Tim Blair at January 12, 2004 12:36 AM

Off hand, I can think of at least two things more annoying than argyle: MoDo for pointing out that she finds argyle annoying and the New York Times for paying her to write such crap.

Posted by: J F Beck at January 12, 2004 at 03:21 AM

I think I will purchase a pair of argyle-patterned socks, just to annoy her.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at January 12, 2004 at 05:18 AM

That's because "It's about the MORAL CLARITY, stupid" - to steal a phrase from Clinton.

Posted by: Joe at January 12, 2004 at 05:22 AM

What do my socks have to do with my morals?

Posted by: Andrea Harris at January 12, 2004 at 05:23 AM

Did I misread this: "Bush is about the same as Ronald Reagan before his landslide re-election victory in 1984."

If I'm not mistaken, Reagan was over 70 then. Bush isn't even 60. "About the same age?"


Posted by: timks at January 12, 2004 at 06:19 AM

Approval ratings.

Posted by: Dave S. at January 12, 2004 at 06:30 AM

Here are a couple definitions from Merriam-Webster's Online dictionary:

Main Entry: dowdy
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): dowd·i·er; -est
Date: 1676
1 : not neat or becoming in appearance : SHABBY
2 a : lacking smartness or taste b : OLD-FASHIONED

Main Entry: pan·dow·dy
Pronunciation: pan-'dau-dE
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -dies
Etymology: origin unknown
Date: 1805
: a deep-dish spiced apple dessert sweetened with sugar, molasses, or maple syrup and covered with a rich crust

But it gets better when we get to synonyms:

Entry Word: dowdy
Function: noun
Text: Synonyms SLATTERN 1, dowd, drab, draggle-tail, ||malkin, slut, ||streel, traipse

Make of these what you will.

Posted by: charles austin at January 12, 2004 at 09:04 AM

Hey, it wasn't a bad Dowd column. She almost made it to the end, almost! without a snide line about Bush. Very close. Very. You have to conquer addiction one line at a time. I don't think she'll succeed but it was a good effort today. Way to go, Maureen!

Posted by: Ron Hardin at January 12, 2004 at 10:06 AM

Do you suppose the general thinks argyle is a kind of camo pattern?

Posted by: Fred Boness at January 12, 2004 at 10:43 AM

As a former democrat voter (I admit to voting for Gore in 2000) I couldn't agree more with Koch. Too bad I've never lived in NYC when Koch was mayor so I'd be able to brag that I voted for him.

sorry for not mentioning anything argyle.

Posted by: random at January 12, 2004 at 02:15 PM

Bike paths are much more annoying.

Posted by: Clem Snide at January 12, 2004 at 07:03 PM

A former state politician from N.S.W., Australia, Barry Unsworth, was called 'The killer in the cardigan' in an (unsuccessful) election campaign. A better line than Maureen Dowd's lame "The Argyle General" for Wesley Clark. With about as much chance of campaign success.

Posted by: Softly at January 12, 2004 at 07:46 PM