Bob Jones

Minority report

| The GOP will likely have to go at least two more years without a single black member of ­Congress
by Bob Jones
Posted 8/21/04, 12:00 am

If Alan Keyes can't make up for lost time in Illinois, the GOP will likely have to go at least two more years without a single black member of ­Congress. For a president committed to wooing minority voters, that's a deeply embarrassing ­statistic.

Before Mr. Keyes rode into Illinois, Georgia was the Republicans' best hope for putting a new face on the party. With a former Bush aide running for the House and a pizza magnate running for the Senate, the Georgia GOP was poised to diversify single-handedly the right side of the aisle on Capitol Hill.

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Summer offensive

Ad Watch | Attack ad by independent ­veterans group nails Kerry but could leave shrapnel in Bush reelection bid, too
by Bob Jones
Posted 8/21/04, 12:00 am

A new ad by an independent, Bush-friendly group hit the airwaves this month, rocking both presidential campaigns like a mortar shell. It's too early to say, ­however, which party will sustain the more serious injuries.

The ad's charges are serious: A dozen veterans insist on-camera that John Kerry lied about his war record as a way to earn medals and an early ticket out of Vietnam. If proven, that would deal a fatal blow to a campaign built largely on a "war hero" image.

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NICE TRY

| Concerned about scaring off swing voters, Democrats - mostly - put on a friendly face at their national convention
by Bob Jones
Posted 8/07/04, 12:00 am

At nearly 11:30 p.m. on July 28, the Democratic Party finally had an official nominee. In the alphabetical roll call of states, Minnesota should have been the one to put John Kerry over the top with 2,162 delegates. But Minnesota passed (with a little arm-twisting by the Kerry campaign) in favor of Ohio, whose 20 electoral votes could well make the difference in November.

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