Local television stations are saying that Daschle is opposed to multiple debates and many other groups have been left hanging by Daschle. He also refused Thune's offer to have forums in every county in the state. This is absurd. Isn't this guy used to debating from the well of the Senate? What is he afraid of? Maybe it's that he can't filibuster during a live debate.
SDP is back and is featuring a new post on a rather blatant case of Argus bias. SDP also makes reference to a little study he did on how quickly the Argus runs Roll Call stories that hurt Thune but completely ignores stories that hurt Daschle.
Daschle had his gathering in Sioux Falls last night to watch the Kerry speech. I didn't see too much to report about the event. The front page of the Wall Street Journal has an interesting story this morning, however, about John Kerry's first cousin being mayor of French town on the Channel. The story also reports on a poll--if the election were held today in France, Kerry would beat Bush 78%-9%.
I see that the Argus is running an AP piece about some friction between the Thune camp and Russell Means. Here's the double-standard. The AP, and the Rapid City Journal, wrote big pieces last winter about Means' endorsement of Thune and all the things Means has said about the Democrats and the Argus did NOT run them. This really says it all about the editorial decisions made at the Argus: "You say it's not good for Thune?!? RUN IT!" "Is it good for Thune?? Skip it!" For more on who makes the decisions on what political stories run in the Argussee this (note he thinks Republicans are "evil").
Kerry's speech is getting at least one bad review. I watched with a group of people who aren't that political and one asked "did something bad just happen in Vietnam or something?" While I'm very interested in how this race is in some ways the battle of the generations of 1968, some people don't put much stock in such old battles. Kerry is not just fighting the last war, he's making an issue of 5 wars ago. Again, I think it's quite interesting, but I'm guessing many people don't. Another e-mail just came in and said "did you notice how he skipped from Vietnam to 2004 as if he didn't do anything in between?" Fair point. Let's see what others say.