Monday, October 18, 2004

Dictator's Choice: Putin Endorses Bush for 4 more,

CNN brings us the news:

Putin urges voters to back Bush
By CNN Moscow Bureau Chief Jill Dougherty

Monday, October 18, 2004 Posted: 7:08 AM EDT (1108 GMT)

MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says terrorist attacks in Iraq are aimed at preventing the re-election of U.S. President George W. Bush and that a Bush defeat "could lead to the spread of terrorism to other parts of the world."

Putin, speaking Central Asian Cooperation Organization summit in Tajikistan Monday, made his most overt comments of support so far for the re-election of Bush for a second term.

"Any unbiased observer understands that attacks of international terrorist organizations in Iraq, especially nowadays, are targeted not only and not so much against the international coalition as against President Bush," Putin said.

"International terrorists have set as their goal inflicting the maximum damage to Bush, to prevent his election to a second term.

"If they succeed in doing that, they will celebrate a victory over America and over the entire anti-terror coalition," Putin said.

"In that case, this would give an additional impulse to international terrorists and to their activities, and could lead to the spread of terrorism to other parts of the world."

Putin noted that American voters will not decide the election just on Iraq.

"Because of this we must take a realistic approach and be prepared for any development of events," he said. "We respect any choice the American people will make."

Besides the amusement factor, this is seriously creepy. However it is not as creepy as several poll showing Bush holding a narrow but detectable edge. I understand that some of the polls are biased in their sample, and others have unrepresentative samples based upon cell-phone usage, assumptions about voting participation, etc. that won't hold this year ... but it is nerve wracking all the same. Furthermore with vote suppression and rigging attempts ongoing I just don't expect Kerry to be able to open up a surprise last minute lead.

I mentioned in BOP news this morning in a comment that over the weekend I picked up some sentiment showing some momentum for Bush on the margins, enough to make the vote a complete deadlock, and that's what I see now.

Right now Bush is poised to pick up the electoral victory with his buddies ready to "smooth" the way with removing any "inconvenient" results and nobody in the general public would know the wiser.

Undecideds in several polls have come down markedly against Bush, so I'm not really buying this lead business. It is disturbing however to see media organizations and Establishment figures like Alan "Oil will cause no inflation" Greenspan lean over backwards to create a favorable environment for Bush. The polls themselves are if you think about it part of the voter suppression methodology.

A person looks at them, and trained by previous experience to regard them with some validity, becomes discouraged and doesn't bother to go and vote. This takes the edge off of Democratic turnout - some polls have shown Democrats already less enthused than Republicans - and this is just enough to give Bush the advantage in tight race. Polls predicting a Bush edge therefore become a self-fullfilling prophecy.

In such a way the First Ammendment and the media become an electioneering gimmick in the hands of the powerful establishment elite.

It's not over until it's over but there's a lot of handicaps for Kerry to overcome in order to scoop this one.


At October 18, 2004 at 10:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup. To steal an election these days, you need at least one media corporation and two polling outfits in your pocket. It wouldn't hurt to have an exit polling operation reporting your preferred results.

Hell, if you have all that, you can fix EVERY election. The only reason you'd actually lose power is if you lack nerve and imagination.

The GOP is certainly a nervy bunch. That means we are in deep shit.

At October 19, 2004 at 8:42 AM, Blogger Mickslam said...

Finally, someone states the obvious about the polls we've been seeing. Kerry has to win with 52% or more to win this election.

At October 19, 2004 at 1:19 PM, Blogger J Thomas said...

At least the price of gasoline is up.

At October 20, 2004 at 11:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great. Putin, Iran, and al Qaeda have endorsed Bush.

Just great.


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