Friday, August 8, 2008

Why is John McCain such an elitist?

Via, Jonathan Martin: He didn't eat a deep-fried Twinkie!!

What was he supposed to do?

Ben Smith reports:
A former aide is more understanding of his deceit: "He was running for president. What’s he supposed to do? Admit it?
Let's think. How about: not run for President? Thus he couldn't sabotage our chances of having a Democratic President with an October Surprise.

Song of the Day

It seemed appropriate:

More nonsense from Michael Crowley

His new post about the Edwards affair includes this statement:
P.S. The coming wave of debate about the relevance of a candidate's extramarital affairs may be an unwelcome development for the McCain team (although the Iseman allegations were of course denied and never proven).
Putting the Iseman allegations aside, John McCain clearly cheated on his first wife numerous times, most notably with his current wife.

Elizabeth Edwards

Elizabeth Edwards will be able to speak truth to power at the Democratic Convention about the need for Universal Health Care and John McCain won't be able to say squat against her. She not only has terminal cancer, but is the "cheated on" wife of a major adultery scandal.

So far between this and the Clinton delegate voting controversy, the Democratic Convention is turning into a major media Event. Just like the Obama team wants it. By contrast, the big "news" at the Republican National Convention revolves around Vice President Cheney. I like that comparison.

Raising your kids to be dumb

California has decided that it's okay to teach your kids even if you have no teaching credentials.

More thoughts on John Edwards

I'm not just happy that he didn't win the nomination, but I'm also happy that he didn't come close like Sen. Clinton. It's very good for the Democrats that John Edwards dropped out of the race in January, instead of June.

John Edwards is a douche

Apparently he did have an affair. Douche. There is never an excuse to cheat. None. Thank God we didn't pick him to be President.

Also, this doesn't make it better:
Edwards made a point of telling Woodruff that his wife's cancer was in remission when he began the affair with Hunter. Elizabeth Edwards has since been diagnosed with an incurable form of the disease.

Sen. Obama can do what he wants

Seriously, I don't know what Michael Crowley at TNR is thinking saying:
More handwringing about Obama's optics: I see that tickets for his acceptance speech at Denver's Invesco Field stadium sold out instantly. In light of the apparent traction Republicans got with their 'Celebrity' meme you have to wonder if the Obama team is reconsidering the wisdom of this move. I would recommend any possible stagecraft to minimize the event's scale.
What traction? With political pundits? I don't see any polls that support this "traction" idea. Why minimize it? Why think small? When was the last time anyone generated this much excitement? The Republicans are just jealous, small, and petty. You are going to have 75,000 people excited about politics. It's not like Sen. Obama is going to get on the stage and sing "I Kissed A Girl" to them - no, he's going to have a serious discussion about the future of our country.

John McCain and his "record"

Ben Smith argues that:
McCain needs to find a way to compete -- which he should be able to do, based on his record -- for Hispanic voters.
This is his record. That's right, he would no longer support that "Amnesty" bill he co-sponsored in 2006. After all, he had to get elected by his race-baiting, immigrant-hating base somehow.

NOLA corruption, what's new

More info on Nagin's core strategy at dealing with the NOAH investigations:
Appearing for about an hour before the council, a defensive Nagin repeatedly reassured members that he had launched an internal investigation, but declined to give details under pointed questioning. Nagin's press secretary Ceeon Quiett later said via e-mail that the investigation would be conducted by the same city office that oversaw NOAH's work in the first place, the Housing Department and Office of Federal and State Programs.
I'm sure they'll get to the bottom of it!

I don't know what to say

Via Wonkette.

Apparently this guy has been listening to too many Black Republicans. For the last time: the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was NOT a Republican. This is worthwhile of all the mockery Wonkette readers give it.

Unitarian Jihad

Via John Cole:

My Unitarian Jihad Name is: Brother/Sister Holy Spike of Wisdom. What's yours?


Thank you

In the wake of another negative, false McCain ad, I salute those in the traditional media who are pointing this out:
But when it comes to promises, it's worth pointing out that, according to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center's analysis of both candidates' proposed plans, Obama would cut taxes for those making in the range of $38,000 to $66,000 three to almost eight times more than McCain would.
If only others would follow this lead.

*sigh* Paul Krugman

After such a promising start:
So the G.O.P. has found its issue for the 2008 election. For the next three months the party plans to keep chanting: “Drill here! Drill now! Drill here! Drill now! Four legs good, two legs bad!” O.K., I added that last part.
Why did he have to slip in a veiled Obama insult? I mean, the primary wars are like so over.
And the debate on energy policy has helped me find the words for something I’ve been thinking about for a while. Republicans, once hailed as the “party of ideas,” have become the party of stupid.
He does make this great point:
Bear in mind that members of the political and media elites were more pro-war than the public at large in the fall of 2002, even though the flimsiness of the case for invading Iraq should have been even more obvious to those paying close attention to the issue than it was to the average voter.

I bet Mark Penn Leaked them

The Atlantic now has access to about 200 internal Hillary Clinton camp emails. I wonder if they reveal anything interesting about her feelings towards Sen. Obama.

Who would I choose?

Time Magazine states:
[Sen. Obama] is arguably already the best-known Hawaiian native ever
I'm willing to argue, just as soon as I finish this glass of wine.

Cheney at the Convention?

According to Mark Halperin, our illustrious Vice President will actually attend his own Republican Convention. And here I thought their "famous hatred" of John McCain would mean that he couldn't make it.

McCain's "ground game"

It's nice that Sen. McCain has a ground game, let's see what it's like:
DuHaime said that, along with the RNC’s Victory operation, they had 130 offices in their targeted states and 300 paid staffers in the field between the campaign and party committee.
Wow! 300! That sounds like such a great number:
A[n Ohio] party official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said he spoke to a member of the Obama campaign who told him that the campaign plans to hire 300 paid organizers for its field work, 25 in Franklin County alone.
And it's just the campaign, it doesn't even include how many will be hired by the DNC. Hooray Fifty State Strategy! Hooray beer!

Times like this

I wish we had some moral authority to prevent Russia from invading a random country.