Around the Political Web

Just as the Democrats are showing signs of having a spine and coming together (Philadelphia Inquirer) – Nader comes along and wants to steal the spotlight (Yahoo!). I’m disgusted. I look forward to the day of a strong third party, however, Nader will hurt the effort to replace George W. Bush in the White House. If he wanted to be of help – the very best thing he could do is inform the public on why Bush must go and why Kerry or Edwards is the better choice. Instead he is an asshole. Bush is probably having a happy day just by hearing the news.

Kerry and Edwards, instead of attacking each other, have spent most of the campaign focusing on the end goal. That’s why they are still both in the race.

Speaking of Kerry, early on he looked like a goner, but he bet it all on Iowa (Philadelphia Inquirer) and won big.

Doing well makes you a target. If you are looked at as a legitimate threat, you should expect slings and arrows to come your way. So the right wing spent the last week slinging shit (MediaChannel) in Kerry’s direction to see if any of it would stick. From doctored-up photos (Snopes) to spreading false rumors (NYPress) of infidelity (who cares if they hurt someone’s reputation (NY Observer) in the process?), the mouth pieces of the right tried hard last week to bring him down. So far they’ve failed and each time my confidence in Kerry rises. He’s handled the past week with class and dignity.

lost remote has a terrific, sarcastic and honest post on how to cover such rumors on the net. The sad thing is hundreds of webloggers and news organizations were already following the advice.

The job market is always transforming and missing from the statistics are whole classes of job growth (NYTimes). Reminds me of a point made in Fast Company: “Boom-Time Buzz: Free Agent Nation is a utopia. The Brand Called You makes you more marketable than ever. Cold Reality: Free Agent Nation is a jungle. The Brand Called You is the only way to survive.” In any case, according to a study by Council of Economic Advisers, outsourcing actually leads to job growth (NYTimes). That’s when there are new classes of jobs to move to and trained/educated people to fill them. Does anybody have confidence in the current public education system?

Finally tech training schools (AP) that preyed on so many are starting to feel the sting.

The Bush Administration has been trying to censor science findings (NYTimes) in various reports. Scary.