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Friday, July 09, 2004

John Kerry announced a couple of days ago his running mate. There's been quite a bit of excitement to the announcement because Kerry hadn't made much noise about his decision until shortly before he announced it. There was also the looming notion that whomever he chose would actually be his second choice since he was originally thought to have asked widely respected Republican senator John McCain.
McCain said no, but Edwards is thought to bring a lot of popularity to the ticket, and Edwards is supposed to be pretty left leaning as well. Still, I'm not really sure how much of a difference it will make to the rest of the world if Kerry wins. Everyone is saying that the biggest thing driving Kerry right now is that he the non-Bush option, and Bush is really being hated on. But Kerry likely won't change the situation in Iraq at all. And the growing problem in Colombia and Venezuela likely will still boil over whether Kerry wins or not.
Ironically, in all the anti-Bush revery and the success of Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, some fat loser is making anti-Moore movie. They did a piece on The Daily Show about him and, as usual, made him look like a dumbass (though I doubt they had to try very hard).
Finally, Iyad Allawi, the new comptroller of Iraq, has just passed a bill allowing the government to declare martial law when needed. The paper I read said that Iraqis supported this decision because they want the terror stopped in the country; though I don't think the Iraqi people will be very happy if their new government goes right back to the draconian measures that Saddam used.


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