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Tim Looks Shifty

By on 1.31.06 | 9:35PM

John: He does resemble a Mr. Rogers gone bad. I've seen that smile before on some used car salesman. He keeps saying there's a better way. But he never says what it is. Or did I miss something?

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Timmy’s Speech

By on 1.31.06 | 9:32PM

Looks like a yawner. Nothing new here. Here's the text.

UPDATE: Kaine makes Bush look like a regular orator. Sheesh. And... of course, watch the eyebrow.

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Re: “Reduce Dependence on Middle Eastern Oil”

By on 1.31.06 | 9:29PM

Oil is (mostly) fungible. It's not that much of a simplification to say that consumption of any oil enriches everyone who has oil to sell. Of course, this mean that cutting into Middle Eastern oil wealth is a lot harder than a lot of people realize. A reduction in US consumption would put downward pressure on oil prices and hurt petrocrats' revenues, which is good. But the OPEC cartel is designed to support prices, and wouldn't sit still in the face of falling demand. Really, a post-petroleum economy is the only way to permanently break OPEC.

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The “Advanced Energy Initiative”

By on 1.31.06 | 9:25PM

There seems to be only a passing glance at nuclear power. Are the Iranians the only people interested in developing it? Maybe there will be more inclusion of it as the initiative progresses. Sen. Domenici will push it, as may others.

Here's the White House's description of the initiative: 

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I Call for State of the Union Reform

By on 1.31.06 | 9:17PM

To end laundry lists. Stop. Please. It reminds me of sitting in front of the living room TV, trying to total the cost of Bill Clinton's programs for civics class the next day.

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Yo, Gov. Timmy

By on 1.31.06 | 9:10PM

So how many redrafts of his speech has Gov. Kaine done in the past thirty or forty minutes? I'd hate to be his speech writer about now.

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