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Bush Criticizes Suppression of Dissent

Posted by MEC on August 31, 2008

George W. Bush criticized the Chinese government for rounding up dissenters to prevent unseemly displays during the Olympic Games:

“America stands in firm opposition to China’s detention of political dissidents, human rights advocates and religious activists,” Bush will declare in the marquee speech of his three-nation Asia trip. “We speak out for a free press, freedom of assembly and labor rights — not to antagonize China’s leaders, but because trusting its people with greater freedom is the only way for China to develop its full potential.”

Is anybody going to ask him what he thinks about the police doing the exact same kind of pre-emptive strike against possible protesters in Minneapolis and St. Paul?


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Wrong Decision, George

Posted by MEC on August 31, 2008

Instead of giving his scheduled speech at the Republican National Convention, George W. Bush is now planning to go to Texas on Monday to meet with emergency workers.

George. Even if Hurricane Gustav has passed through the area by that time, the emergency work won’t be done. It will only be beginning. You will be in the way. The security arrangements rquired for your visit will keep people from doing what needs to be done.

And did you forget that you promised during the 2000 presidential campaign that you wouldn’t use other people’s suffering as a photo op?

Send federal assistance if it’s needed, but stay away. Your presence is unnecessary and unwanted.

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An Alaskan Analyzes Palin’s Record

Posted by MEC on August 31, 2008

Andrew Halcro, a former member of the Alaska legislature who ran for governor in 2006, analyzes Sarah Palin’s positives and negatives.

I can only guess that McCain is counting on the so-called liberal media to overlook her negatives.

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Sideshow Bob’s Last Stand?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 31, 2008

The mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis, upon seeing some of the rather overwrought actions by the cops in Denver, promised a more restrained demeanor by our own law enforcers.

They apparently reckoned without Sideshow Bob Fletcher, for whom the boundaries between city and county, or county and other county, are nonexistent when it comes to kicking in doors for fun. When you’re a guy who just lost two of your buddies to a five-year-long FBI investigation that’s coming closer to your own self, and you’re a mindless thug and bully anyway, there’s not much keeping you in check.

Posted in 2008, abuse of power, Minnesota, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, WTF? | 3 Comments »


Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 30, 2008

If Team McCain really thought picking Yukon Barbie would help them with women, they have another think coming:

The first national polls on John McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin yesterday came out today from Rasmussen and Gallup — and contrary to what the GOP probably hoped, she scored less well with women than men.


There is wide uncertainty about whether she’s qualified to be president. In the poll, taken Friday, 39% say she is ready to serve as president if needed, 33% say she isn’t and 29% have no opinion.

That’s the lowest vote of confidence in a running mate since the elder George Bush chose then-Indiana senator Dan Quayle to join his ticket in 1988. In comparison, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden was seen as qualified by 57%-18% after Democrat Barack Obama chose him as a running mate last week.


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They’re Making Perot Look Good

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 30, 2008

The McCain campaign continues its bizarre drunken joyride across the American landscape. Their main strategy seems to be making their rivals laugh themselves to death.

I thought that they’d already vetted Palin, but apparently not, as only now are they sending people up to Alaska to check out the Troopergate story.

One justification for picking Palin: Winning over Hillary supporters. That’s going to be a mite difficult in view of her anti-choice stance, and even more so as more people hear about these comments she made at a Newsweek-sponsored event in March for women politicians:

Once onstage, together with Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, Palin talked about what women expect from women leaders; how she took charge in Alaska during a political scandal that threatened to unseat the state’s entire Republican power structure, and her feelings about Sen. Hillary Clinton. (She said she felt kind of bad she couldn’t support a woman, but she didn’t like Clinton’s “whining.”)

I wonder if they even realize that she backed Romney in the primaries? Or that she laughed in approval as a radio host mocked a colleague of hers who’d survived cancer as being herself a “cancer” and a “bitch”?

This starts to make a perverse kind of sense once we find out that Palin wasn’t McCain’s choice, but was forced upon him because the Fundies that make up the GOP’s base would openly revolt if he went with Lieberman, his favorite by far. (Which is funny as hell, because the Fundies have been spending the last decade or so trying to present themselves as genuine friends of the Jews — or at least of neocon Likudnik types like Lieberman — and not only because they want Israel to be the launching pad for Armageddon.) Ralph Reed is happy as can be, and so is James Dobson, because McCain’s being forced to pick the arch-Fundie Palin over Lieberman, Romney, Pawlenty, or any other top-ranked choice shows once again that the Fundies can vex and control any Republican they choose.

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Has McCain Written Off Michigan?

Posted by MEC on August 30, 2008

Before John McCain picked Yukon Barbie to be his running mate, there was a lot of buzz that he’d choose Mitt Romney. There was one particular reason for Mitt: the state where his father governed and is still remembered as a good man. Mitt Romney won the presidential primary, and the conventional wisdom was that he’d deliver Michigan in the general election.

It’s currently a close race in Michigan, so it’s hard to believe that he thinks he’ll win without Mitt. And Michigan has gone blue since 1992.

So, did McCain decide there are more PUMAs out there for the picking than Michigan voters?

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Palin scrubs her Wikipedia entry?

Posted by Charles II on August 29, 2008

CarrieNYC at DK has the skinny. Or listen on NPR.

This looks like a major embarrassment for McCain may be about to impact the fan. As anyone with minor familiarity with Wikipedia knows, you can find out exactly who edited when and what they did.

(Thanks to Johnny Wendell for the tip)

Posted in Good Things, Republicans acting badly | 5 Comments »

Who Said It?

Posted by MEC on August 29, 2008

Who said this in defense of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin’s foreign policy expertise?

She does know about international relations, because she is right up there in Alaska, right next door to Russia!

No, not Stephen Colbert.

Or The Onion.

It was Steve Doocy of Fox Noise.

I’m not making that up.

I’ve heard the phrase “low-information voter” bandied about a lot the last few days. I think we need to be more concerned about the “misinformation voter”, i.e. Fox Noise’s audience.

(H/T Talking Points Memo)

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Media Plays, Media Ploys

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 29, 2008

File this under “Be Careful What You Wish For”.

John Sidney McCain III’s effort to smother the news coverage given to Barack Obama’s barnburner of a speech (when even racist Republican Pat Buchanan is so mesmerized by a speech by a Democratic black man that he starts reciting it on the air, you know it’s good), is, now that the initial shock is wearing off, not playing that well.

The media is already starting to pick Palin apart. The words “Quayle” and “disastrous” are being bandied about. Worse, the way McCain did it has generated hard feelings among the people he used:

Though it was high in shock value, the Palin pick left bruised feelings among the short-list contenders who were not picked — and infuriated some Republican officials who privately said McCain had gone out on a limb, unnecessarily, without laying the groundwork for such an unknown. Two senior Republican officials close to Mitt Romney and Tim
Pawlenty said they had both been rudely strung along and now “feel manipulated.”

“They now know that they were used as decoys, well after McCain had decided not to pick them,” one Republican involved in the process said.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama’s landmark speech last night was seen by 38 million viewers — more than watched the Oscars, the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics, or the final American Idol — and early indications are that it moved a number of fence-sitting people squarely into Obama’s camp.

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, John McCain, wrong way to go about it, WTF? | 3 Comments »

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