I Heart Alan Colmes

I've been exchanging e-mail lately with Alan Colmes (namedrop!), the cohost of Hannity & Colmes and his own nightly radio show. This isn't payola; I'm doing this as an expression of love. As a huge fan of talk radio I've wanted to adopt a liberal show on the Drudge Retort, inspired by Matt Drudge's relentless self-promotion of his Sunday night show. Every night as Colmes airs, the Retort will post live links to upcoming guests and a place to talk about them. I don't know how this experiment ... (read more)


Democratic Podcast: GOP Knows No Limits

The Democratic response to the presidential radio address was delivered Saturday by Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid, who compared Republican talk of ending the filibuster to FDR's infamous court-packing plan. Reid, a soft-spoken moderate from a Western state that may be a swing state in 2008, is building a reputation as a tough opponent to Bush's Social Security privatization plan. The transcript of his remarks: I'm Harry Reid from Nevada, the Democratic Leader in the United States Senate. This ... (read more)


Democratic Podcast: Cuts Dishonor Veterans

The Democratic response to the presidential radio address was delivered today by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, who criticized President Bush's proposed budget cuts to veterans' services and a new $250 "user fee" charged to many veterans to qualify for health care. His speech: I'm Ed Rendell, the governor of Pennsylvania. America's governors are united in our commitment to the troops who put their lives on the line in our global fight to combat terrorism and bring peace to Iraq. In fact, we as ... (read more)


Democratic Podcast: We're in Bush's Debt

Today's Democratic response to the presidential radio address was delivered by Sen. Kent Conrad, ranking Democrat on the Senate Budget Committee. Conrad takes President Bush to task for passing the cost of his huge borrow-and-spend budgets to future generations. Deficit spending has become so reckless during the past four years that it's now being described, appropriately enough, as a birth tax. As a radio commercial produced by BuzzFlash puts it, "every man, woman, and child in this country ... (read more)


Democratic Podcast: Return of Deficits and Debt

Saturday's Democratic response to the presidential radio address was delivered by Terry McAuliffe, the outgoing chairman of the Democratic National Committee. McAuliffe's tenure ends on Saturday, when the DNC will meet and choose Howard Dean to replace him. The transcript of McAuliffe's remarks: I'm Terry McAuliffe, chairman of the Democratic National Committee. This week, President George W. Bush delivered his State of the Union address, and though he claimed our nation is strong, he did not ... (read more)


The Revolution Will Be Podcasted

Philippe Boucher: Thank you for providing a podcast of the weekly Democratic address. Where do you pick up the MP3? I asked the governor's staff where I could find it and they were unable to tell me. I started this project after fruitlessly looking for an official source. As far as I can tell, my podcast is the first attempt to distribute and archive the opposition party's weekly response on the Web. I pick up the audio from one of several streaming radio stations that run the speech each ... (read more)

Democratic Podcast: Long Road Ahead in Iraq

This week's Democratic response to the presidential radio address was delivered by Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri. Skelton's a good choice to speak on the weekend that elections occur in Iraq, because he was one of the first in Congress to recognize that the Bush administration's planning for post-war Iraq was not sufficient to the extreme difficulty we would face. He wrote letters to President Bush in September 2002 and a few days before the war began, and in the first warned of many problems ... (read more)


Democratic Podcast: Make Bush Pay

Newly elected Gov. Christine Gregoire of Washington delivered the Democratic response to the presidential radio address today. Gregoire, whose 129-vote margin of victory was determined by a recount, took office Jan. 12. Her opponent, Republican Dino Rossi, is asking courts to overturn the result and call a new election. Selected by the Democratic Governors' Association to give the speech, Gregoire criticized President Bush for shortchanging state funding on expensive federal programs in ... (read more)


Democratic Podcast: Bush Plans Benefit Cuts

Saturday's Democratic response to the presidential radio address was delivered by Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. For the third straight week, the topic is President Bush's plan to privatize Social Security. A transcript of Stabenow's remarks: Hello. I'm Senator Debbie Stabenow. Social Security reflects the best of American values. It's a promise our government makes to all Americans that if you work hard and play by the rules, you'll be able to count on a basic quality of life and dignity in ... (read more)


Democratic Podcast: Social Security Works

The first attempt at public affairs podcasting on Workbench appears to have been popular last week. The audio file of the Democratic response to the presidential radio address was requested 8,400 times. I'm beginning to appreciate the bandwidth requirements of podcasting. One 2.38 megabyte podcast consumed more than 18 gigabytes of traffic. That's not an issue, because I have a great dedicated server on ServerMatrix that allows 1,200 gigabytes a month, but it could become one as listeners ... (read more)