Cut the crap, Kerry: Debate!
: Edwards is, of course, itching for a one-on-one debate but on the radio this morning, Kerry’s side was still playing coy, saying a debate should include all candidates.
Crap. Don’t play with us. A lot of Americans are now trying to make an earnest and well-informed decision between these two candidates and we have the right to hear them without the distraction of the sideshow candidates.
At this stage in a campaign, nobody with, say, less than 5 percent of votes should be debating.
: A top labor leader calls Howard Dean “nuts:”
One of Howard Dean’s most powerful labor supporters, Gerald W. McEntee, said on Thursday that he had decided that Dr. Dean was “nuts” shortly before he withdrew his support for Dr. Dean’s candidacy and begged him to quit the race to avoid a humiliating defeat.
Mr. McEntee, the president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, defended his decision to abandon the campaign, saying he told Dr. Dean that he did not want to spend another $1 million of his union’s money “in order to get him a couple of extra points in Wisconsin.”
“I have to vent,” Mr. McEntee, the often blunt leader of the nation’s largest public service union, said in a leisurely interview in his office here. “I think he’s nuts.”
The voters figured that out before you did, sir.
Citizens report from Iran
: Hoder is translating Persian weblogs on the election:
Zeitoon: Yesterday at the public swimming pool, two middle-aged ladies were chatting by the shallow end… I had also gone to that area… Near where the filtered water is returned to the pool… People like to stand around there… It feels a bit like a Jacuzzi… The older woman who was also a bit heavier was saying; “I’ll be forced to vote on Friday… because I’m a retiree… I’m worried that if my ID card doesn’t show the election stamp, they may stop my retirement pension… And my daughter is also a university student and it my affect her too…” The other woman who was wearing way too much make-up replied somewhat irritably; “What is all this talk? I’m on a pension too but the section on my card for election stamps, is cleaner than a Mullah’s rear-end” …
: More citizens report here.
: And here is where Iranians are submitting their reports in Persian.
: More citizens’ reporting:
Ramshad Shadman: It’s 16:30 in the afternoon, and I have prepared another report for you. My observations show that the number of voters differ a lot, from one polling station to another. The participation is very low in general; in one polling station
The memorial competition
: The 9/11 memorial jury just put up all 5,201 entries to the competition.
Mine is here.
: Pedram reports sparse traffic in Tehran on “election” day.
: Off to speak (through half a voice) at a panel for a few hundred MBA students this morning. Back later.