Sep 302008
 

Today’s question: Who said it?

“He’s got a tremendous amount of experience and you know I’m the new energy, the new face, the new ideas and he’s got the experience based on, uh, many, many years in the Senate and voters are gonna have a choice there in what it is that they want in these next four years.”

Okay, who said it? Was it A) Barack Obama talking about Johnny McCain or B) Sarah Palin talking about Joe Biden?

You can probably tell from the grammar. If not, just imagine fingernails scraping across a chalkboard. If you find yourself in need of further assistance, watch this video:

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(Is it any wonder her campaign managers are having nervous breakdowns? They are, aren’t they?)

BONUS: Is it A) Tina Fey or B) Sarah Palin?

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(John Aravosis has more on the bonus video.)

Tina Fey has got to have the easiest job in the world right now. She doesn’t even have to write anything. All she has to do is repeat what the lady says. Way, way too easy! (Would it really have been all that difficult just to say Anchorage Daily News, Washington Post, New York Times, New York Post, U.S. News and World Report, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Us Weekly, People, Idaho Statesman, Vogue, USA Today, Playboy (for the articles), Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and perhaps a few others? Why did she have to get all defensive about it?)

P.S. Isn’t she cute?

Same Path

 Posted by at 14:07  Democrats, Election 2008, Politics
Sep 302008
 

The Obama campaign released a new two-minute television ad this morning entitled “Same Path.” In it, Senator Obama discusses the ways he which he plans to lead America out of our current economic crisis and how his plans for taxes, etc. differ from those of George W. Bush and John McCain…

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Sep 292008
 

The following video is from this evening’s CBS Evening News

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There is something not quite right about John McCain and Sarah Palin. Separately, they’re just kind of strange. Put them together and they get downright (pardon the expression) weird.

“Gotcha” journalism? Really? That’s their defense?

Just… wrong. (And did he really compare Sarah Palin to Ronald Reagan (a Hollywood actor) and Bill Clinton (a Rhodes Scholar)? I believe he did.)

(Transcript here.)

P.S. Johnny still is not wearing a United States flag pin in his lapel. What’s up with that? Does he not love this country?

See also: “Gotcha Journalism” Or A Double Standard?

Sep 292008
 

“Senator Obama and his allies in Congress infused unnecessary partisanship into the process. Now is not the time to fix the blame. It’s time to fix the problem.” — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaking in Des Moines, Iowa on September 29, 2008.

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A bit of a senior moment perhaps? In one sentence he blames “Senator Obama and his allies in Congress” for the failure of the economic rescue package in Congress today and in the very next sentence states that “now is not the time to fix the blame.” Does he not review the stuff his minions write for him before he stands up and reads it?

We’ve had eight years of George W. Bush already. We not need another four!

P.S. The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 777.68 points today. It now stands at 10,365.45. On Bill Clinton’s last day in office it stood at 10,587.59. So… are you better off today than you were before eight years of Republican administration?

P.P.S. While Senator Obama and his team of advisers were leading (see previous post), Senator McCain and his team were sending out press releases…

Their partisan attacks were an effort to gain political advantage during a national economic crisis. By doing so, they put at risk the homes, livelihoods and savings of millions of American families. Barack Obama failed to lead, phoned it in, attacked John McCain, and refused to even say if he supported the final bill. Just before the vote, when the outcome was still in doubt, Speaker Pelosi gave a strongly worded partisan speech and poisoned the outcome. This bill failed because Barack Obama and the Democrats put politics ahead of country.

It kind of defeats the whole purpose of accusing someone else of partisan attacks if you do it in a partisan attack, don’t you think? Kind of?

Plus, them accusing Senator Obama of phoning it in is simply hilarious. Earlier today top McCain advisor Mark Salter said that McCain had decided to spend his time at home or at his campaign headquarters instead of visiting Capitol Hill during marathon negotiations over the bailout bill over the weekend because “he’s calling members on both sides, talking to people in the administration, helping out as he can. He can effectively do what he needs to do by phone.” In other words, Senator McCain phoned it in. (Besides, everybody knows that Senior Citizen McCain does not work weekends.)

Our Republicans… a laugh a minute.

Sep 292008
 

We had our bit of fun in the previous post. Now it is time to get serious for a moment.

Speaking in Westminster, Colorado today, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama called on Congress to remain in Washington until an agreement can be reached on an economic rescue package. He also advised that now is not the time for panic, that Americans should remain calm. Let’s turn to the tape…

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Meanwhile, Johnny McCain and his minions were claiming credit for the passage of today’s bill before it was even put to a vote…

McCain camp claims credit over bailout changes

CHICAGO (AFP) – John McCain’s presidential campaign claimed credit as Congress readied Monday to vote on an emergency economic package, but Democrats said the Republican’s last-ditch intervention had been no help.

Mitt Romney, McCain’s erstwhile rival for the Republican nomination, said the deal on a Wall Street bailout worth up to 700 billion dollars would never have happened without the Arizona senator.

Speaking on NBC television, the former Massachusetts governor said “this bill would not have been agreed to had it not been for John McCain.”

“That doesn’t mean that he’s the only guy doing that. And there many people … who have been critical to it,” Romney said.

“But, you know, this is a bipartisan accomplishment, a bipartisan success. And if people want to get something done in Washington, they just watch John McCain,” he said.

“He’s been the guy whose name is at the top of major pieces of legislation for a long time.”

What a bunch of hooey, huh? That headline slays me. Anyone who has been paying any attention at all knows that Johnny McCain sat back on his haunches with a confused look on his face until Senator Obama took the lead and suggested the changes needed in the Bush administration’s proposed legislation. That he now is trying to claim credit for those suggestions is laughable. His campaign taking credit for the passage of the legislation before the vote was even taken is even more laughable.

It is easy to see which candidate really has the leadership and the judgment needed to be the next President of the United States of America.

Here is more of Senator Obama’s speech today. In this segment he explains why the United States cannot afford to take a gamble on Johnny McCain at this time in our history…

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Update: Cartoon added for Chris (see comments)…

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Sep 292008
 

Sarah Palin took some time out of memorizing her answers for Thursday night’s debate to go stumping with Senior Citizen McCain in Ohio today….

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Isn’t she just the cutest thing? She never seems to have much of substance to say, but she sure is cute!

She probably should take it easy on the age jokes, though. She says she has been hearing about Senator Biden’s speeches since she was in the second grade. If that is the case, she has been hearing about Senator McCain’s speeches since before she was born. (For those of you who may not be aware, Johnny McCain is several years older (about seven) than Joe Biden. Palin is 28 years younger than McCain.)

But, still… she’s one cute little gal, ain’t she? Never mind that her voice is like fingernails on a chalkboard, she’s just cute, cute and then cute some more. I just can’t get over how dang cute she is. Makes you just want to hug the stuffing right out of her, doesn’t it?

(The Dow Jones industrial average is down about 700 points at the moment. I figured y’all could do with a bit of humor right about now.)

Isn’t Johnny McCain supposed to be in Washington right now “leading” during this economic meltdown? Didn’t he “suspend” his campaign until it is over? What’s he doing in Ohio? Why is he campaigning with Sarah Palin? Is he not a man of his word? (Rhetorical question, that last one. Apparently he is not.) Or… is the Republican defeat of the economic bill today just a set-up so Johnny can come running back to Washington and “save the day?” Hmmm…

Sep 282008
 

A lot of right wing bloggers (and Jake Tapper, who might as well be a right wing blogger) are walking around with egg on their faces tonight. And you know it’s kind of funny… I’ve been waiting and watching for any of them (any of them) to apologize and admit they were wrong, but not a single one has. At least not that I have been able to find.

Soldier’s mom defends Obama’s mention of bracelet

MILWAUKEE – After Tracy Jopek gave Sen. Barack Obama a bracelet in honor of her son who was killed in Iraq, she asked Obama not to mention the bracelet on the campaign trail.

But Jopek told The Associated Press on Sunday that she’s satisfied with how Obama discussed it during last week’s presidential debate.

Jopek gave Obama the bracelet at a Green Bay rally in February. It has the name of her son, Sgt. Ryan David Jopek, and the date the 20-year-old was killed by a roadside bomb, Aug. 2, 2006. “All gave some — He gave all,” it says.

A few days after offering it to the Illinois Democrat, Jopek, of Merrill in north-central Wisconsin, had a change of heart. She realized it could be interpreted as a protest against the war, a statement that made her uncomfortable because other military families who suffered losses still supported the conflict.

“I am a mother, a mother who lost her son. It’s hard to know what’s right, what’s wrong about this war. Very hard,” she said. “And I know there are a lot of families who lost loved ones.”

So she e-mailed the Obama campaign through its Web site asking that he not mention it during debates or speeches.

She never got a reply but said she didn’t hear of him mentioning it after that — until Friday, when Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain appeared in their first debate. In response to a question about Iraq, McCain said a New Hampshire woman asked him to wear a bracelet honoring her fallen son, and asked him to make sure the Iraq mission succeeded so his death would not be in vain.

Obama responded that he too wears a bracelet, one for Sgt. Jopek, but for a different reason — to make sure all American wars are fought for good reason.

“No U.S. soldier ever dies in vain because they’re carrying out the missions of their commander in chief. And we honor all the service that they’ve provided. Our troops have performed brilliantly,” Obama said. “The question for the next president is, are we making good judgments about how to keep America safe, precisely because sending our military into battle is such an enormous step.”

It was an answer that Tracy Jopek said made her proud.

“His response in the debate was exactly that, a response, after John McCain put it out there first,” she said. “I think it was an appropriate response — he was just saying there’s another side to the story, there’s two different viewpoints.”

Will any apologies or retractions be forthcoming? I kind of doubt it. Like pit bulls wearing lipstick, once those people bite into something they are very reluctant to let it go. I’ll keep watching and waiting and let you know if I see any. (Conversely, if you see any feel free to let us know in the comments.)

Sep 282008
 

Saturday Night Light had Tina Fey again portraying Sarah Palin last night (something she says does not enjoy doing and does not ever want to do after November 5). This time she was being interviewed by a very pregnant Amy Poehler, who was standing in for Katie Couric…

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I do not believe this one, though still funny and “spot on,” was quite as good as the first a few weeks ago. “I can see Russia from my house.” (That line is now forever etched into the pages of history.) Besides, Mrs. Palin simply does not have the star power she had a few weeks ago. Her fifteen minutes of fame are quickly fading away.

P.S. If you are looking for something to read while you’re waiting for the Cowboys/Redskins game to start, I’d suggest Frank Rich’s column today: “McCain’s Suspension Bridge to Nowhere.”

P.P.S. CNN reports that Sarah Palin has already been “hunkered down” in a Philadelphia hotel for four days being taught her answers for this coming Thursday’s debate with Joe Biden. Now she is on her to way to one of Johnny McCain’s numerous hideaways in Arizona for another two and a half days of brainwashing preparation.

Poor baby has already earned one slap on the wrist and Johnny McCain threw one of his patented temper tantrums over it…

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Can Thursday get here fast enough? I’m telling you, I’m like a kid waiting for Christmas.

Sep 272008
 

This is absolutely and without question the most frightening web ad I believe I have ever seen…

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For gods’ (or, if you prefer, God’s) sake, if you are a United States citizen who will be at least 18 years of age on November 4, 2008 please be sure you are registered to vote!

Sep 272008
 

Alright, I’ve slept on it and had a little time to think about last night’s presidential debate. My first impression last night (see previous post) was that the debate was pretty much a draw. I thought both candidates played to their bases well, but that neither made much headway with the independent or undecided voters.

I still think my first impression was mostly correct, but now that I look back at the debate and have had an opportunity to watch it again (the wonders of the internet never cease, do they?), I think Senator McCain came off looking a bit angry and out of sorts. He relied too much on recitations from his standard stump speech. Rather than answering the questions put to him, he seemed intent on attacking and belittling Senator Obama. In short, I don’t think he was prepared. (Which was probably to be expected, considering that he had just spent the week “saving the economy” and all.)

I still think the networks should show the candidates at their actual heights, and, as was pointed out in a comment on last night’s post, Senator McCain should have felt enough patriotism to at least wear a flag pin in his lapel. Senator Obama did. (Remember all the screaming from the right earlier in the campaign when Senator Obama did not wear a flag pin in his lapel? You’d have thought he had committed treason.) [Ed.: Maybe Sen. McCain’s suit was rented and he didn’t want to poke a hole in it.]

Senator McCain needed a knockout blow last night. He didn’t get it. Senator Obama just needed to hold his own with Mr. McCain on the foreign policy issues. He did. I think Senator Obama won the night, though not by a huge margin. The next two debates will be the telling ones. Those, and next week’s debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin, to which I am really looking forward.

The Obama camp came out of the gate this morning with a new ad culled from last night’s debate. It’s pretty good…

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Plus, I added a short video to the end of last night’s post (another little segment from the infamous Couric-Palin interview) and the Saturday additions to the Friday night cartoons have been posted. Oh, and EntreCard does not appear to be working at the moment. That is all (for now).

Update: From The Los Angeles Times editorial board (which I do not often quote because, believe it or not, they are most often too liberal even for me, but since they agree with me this time I will quote them)…

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If they traded points on substance, the two men clashed more viscerally on style and on their approaches to one another. Indeed, for all the talk of race and gender in this year’s historic campaign, Friday’s much-anticipated contest was more vividly a contest of generations. It was a debate, mostly civil though occasionally cranky, between a tough old man and a polished young one. McCain revealed more of himself in that arena, wincing and grimacing during the split-screen shots while Obama was speaking.

That dynamic threaded its way through the emotional highlights of the event. Time and again, McCain, who is 72 and would be the oldest man ever elected to a first term, condescended to Obama, who is 47 and one of the youngest ever to win his party’s nomination. “He doesn’t understand,” McCain said repeatedly. Discussing Obama’s willingness to engage in talks with Iran without preconditions, McCain said: “It isn’t just naive. It’s dangerous.”

Obama declined to be belittled. Although McCain refused to address him directly — despite encouragement from moderator Jim Lehrer — Obama looked at and spoke to McCain. Obama often credited McCain on issues — a grace that was not reciprocated — but he did not accept the role of junior candidate.

In the event that you are one of the 22 people in the country who did not watch the debate last night, here it is in its entirety…

(Why does Jim Lehrer have that human head sitting on his desk by his right hand? If you watch closely, you’ll even see it blink! I did not notice that last night… either the head or the blinking.)