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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)

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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.

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Someone Tell McCain That If He Wants To Distract From Obama’s Landmark Speech…

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 29, 2008

…it’s not really smart to use a besmirched item as your Bright Shiny Object:

It has been forty years since someone as inexperienced as Sarah Palin has been put on a national ticket, and surprisingly enough there are some real similarities between Palin and her unprepared predecessor, Spiro T. Agnew, who also had been governor less than two years at the time Richard Nixon picked him to be his number two and who also had a corruption problem lingering in the background that would end up causing his running mate problems.

Wow. Nothing like somebody that’s both inexperienced and corrupt at the same time. Twofer!

Here’s a taste of her latest shenanigans:

Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday revealed an audio recording that shows an aide pressuring the Public Safety Department to fire a state trooper embroiled in a custody battle with her sister.

Palin, who has previously said her administration didn’t exert pressure to get rid of trooper Mike Wooten, also disclosed that members of her staff had made about two dozen contacts with public safety officials about the trooper.


Meanwhile, it looks like she’s trying to scrub some recent praise she had for Obama from the historical record:

On August 5, she sent out a press release applauding Obama’s embrace of natural gas and his plan to give $1,000 tax rebates to deal with rising energy costs. The link to the press release isn’t working — it looks like it was removed from the site — but Ben reported on it when it happened:

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin — occasionally mentioned as a McCain vice presidential prospect — has put out a press release praising Obama’s energy plan.

Alaska energy politics seem to trump national politics here, though it’s also interesting to see a red(dish) state Republican so willing to associate herself with the Democratic nominee.

“I am pleased to see Senator Obama acknowledge the huge potential Alaska‚s natural gas reserves represent in terms of clean energy and sound jobs,” Palin says in the release. “The steps taken by the Alaska State Legislature this past week demonstrate that we are ready, willing and able to supply the energy our nation needs.”

Scrub a dub dub, Governor Palin!

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Posted by MEC on August 29, 2008

From a report speculating on McSame’s choice for VP:

Jill Hazelbaker, McCain’s communications director, gave nothing away during an interview on CBS’ “The Early Show.”

“John McCain is going to make the choice from his heart.”

We’ve had eight years of a president who makes decisions with his “heart”. Now we need a president who makes decisions with his brain.

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Obama’s Speech

Posted by MEC on August 29, 2008

The beginning of Barack Obama’s speech worried me a little: it sounded like a standard campaign stump speech, and I believed he needed to give us something we hadn’t already heard from him and all the other politicians who spoke at the convention.

It got better.

He showed that he knows the lives of ordinary people.

He demolished the Republicans’ attacks on him, and then wrapped the responsibility for their failures around their collective neck.

He described his specific proposals to address the country’s most pressing problems.

He reminded us of the Democratic legacy of great leadership in wartime and peacetime.

He described a philosophy of government based on American ideals.

He challenged us to live up to those ideals.

As he described his policy proposals, I thought, “This is not a campaign speech. It’s a State of the Union address.”

As he concluded with a call to “keep that promise — that American promise — I thought, “This is, indeed, a president.”

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Happy 72nd Birthday, John McCain

Posted by MEC on August 29, 2008

Will you party with George W. Bush today, as you did three years ago while a hurricane devastated the Gulf Coast?

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Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on August 29, 2008

Posted in Alexander the Great, Friday Cat Blogging, Lady Lightfoot | 2 Comments »

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