James Ridgeway

James Ridgeway

In 1965, James Ridgeway helped launch the modern muckraking era by revealing that General Motors had hired private eyes to spy on an obscure consumer advocate named Ralph Nader. He worked for many years at the Village Voice, has written 16 books, and has codirected Blood in the Face, a film about the far right. In 2012, he was named a Soros Justice Media Fellow.

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The Menendez-Kean Seesaw

| Sat Nov. 4, 2006 7:00 PM EST

The well respected WNBC-Marist poll of New Jersey has Menendez comfortably ahead in the New Jersey Senate race. The pros have been all over the map on this one. Here's what Marist says:

"As campaign 2006 heads into the homestretch, Robert Menendez receives the support of 50% of likely voters, including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate, compared with 42% who support Tom Kean, Jr. Eight percent remain undecided. There is an enormous partisan divide. 82% of Democrats support Menendez, and 81% of Republicans support Kean. The majority of independent voters back Menendez. He receives the support of 51% of independents likely to vote on Election Day compared with 39% for Kean."

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Rats Fleeing a Sinking Ship

| Sat Nov. 4, 2006 12:12 PM EST

Vanity Fair's website is running interviews with leading neoconservatives who are trying to jump ship by attacking Bush as a nincompoop.

A few excerpts from the article by David Rose:

Richard Perle: "The levels of brutality that we've seen are truly horrifying, and I have to say, I underestimated the depravity." Perle holds the President responsible.

Kenneth Adelman, another leading neocon, once said taking Iraq would be a cakewalk. But now: "I just presumed that what I considered to be the most competent national-security team since Truman was indeed going to be competent. They turned out to be among the most incompetent teams in the post-war era."

Michael Ledeen, currently at the America Enterprise Insitute: "Ask yourself who the
most powerful people in the White House are. They are women who are in love with the president: Laura [Bush], Condi, Harriet Miers, and Karen Hughes."

Army Times: Sack Rumsfeld

| Sat Nov. 4, 2006 12:10 PM EST

On Monday Army Times (and Navy Times, Air Force Times, Marine Corps Times) published by Gannett, and sold to people in the services, will call for Rumsfeld's removal from office:
"Rumsfeld has lost credibility with the uniformed leadership, with the troops, with Congress and with the public at large. His strategy has failed, and his ability to lead is compromised. And although the blame for our failures in Iraq rests with the secretary, it will be the troops who bear its brunt. This is not about the midterm elections. Regardless of which party wins Nov. 7, the time has come, Mr. President, to face the hard bruising truth: Donald Rumsfeld must go."

The Latest Polls: Burns Picks Up Steam, GOP to Retain Control of the Senate

| Fri Nov. 3, 2006 2:34 PM EST

According to Congressional Quarterly's Poll Track, Conrad Burns is picking up steam in Montana and conceivably could win this race, which was once thought to be in the Dem column. The hottest races remain Missouri and Virginia. Both dead heats. Poll Track speculates that the Dems will take the House, but lose the Senate:

A majority of both Republicans and Democrats responding to National Journal's Insiders Poll this week predicted that Democrats would gain over 20 seats in the House next week, winning them control of the chamber. But in a similar show of consensus, both sides also foresee the GOP retaining control of the Senate, with 91 percent of Republicans remaining optimistic and 63 percent of Democrats conceding their party's uphill battle.

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