Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Quotes (and Photo) of the Day

La Prensa Gráfica-- "moderados" of the FMLN try to fight their way into a meeting; "ortodoxos" respond, shouting "¡Fuera, areneros, vendidos, fuera!" and spraying pepper gas

"In the end, it is not a question of who leads the FMLN --since it will be the bases who decide that and the electorate who votes again in 2006-- but rather its democratic institutionality and political stature. The FMLN continues to be kidnapped by its own mistrust, and the channeling of decisions via improvised departmental assemblies without any formal convocation or defined participants, which have had no clear mechanisms of discussion or voting, have done nothing more than aggravate that."
--Editorial this morning from El Faro

NOTE: The national council of the FMLN apparently took a vote yesterday not to move forward to September the internal elections originally scheduled for November. Oscar Ortiz and company had apparently already left the meeting, however, when they made this "unanimous" decision.

"This administration's reliance on smear tactics is unprecedented in modern U.S. politics —even compared with Nixon's. Even more disturbing is its readiness to abuse power — to use its control of the government to intimidate potential critics."
--Paul Krugman's column in today's NYTimes

"This administration is truly scary and, given the times we live in, frighteningly dangerous.... [it has] created the most secretive presidency of my lifetime … far worse than during Watergate."
--John Dean, from his new book, Worse than Watergate, quoted in Robert Scheer's op-ed in today's Los Angeles Times.

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