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A Yiddisha take on 2008

Posted by Charles II on October 30, 2008

Via Avedon, a truly funny vid.

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The Endgame

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 30, 2008

— Shorter Mistah Kurtz on Obama’s 30-minute sales pitch (which 21.7% of all American households watched, making it a tremendous ratings hit): “I’m Howard Kurtz, dammit! Only I am allowed to define Obama! He sure as hell isn’t allowed to do it himself!” It’s so funny to see his vitriol directed against Obama, especially when compared to his fawning and respectful treatment of unhinged hyper-conservatives like Rush Limbaugh and Michelle Malkin.

— Most other journos (most of whom, unlike Kurtz, probably don’t have significant others who are prominent Republican operatives like Sherri Annis) really liked the Obama infomercial.

— If Mistah Kurtz’ whine sounds familiar, CBS’ Dean Reynolds made similar digs a few weeks ago. Reynolds’ and Kurtz’ whineage, and the entire dynamic of the press coverage of Obama versus McCain, looks an awful lot like the situation that obtained against Al Gore in 2000 (and against Kerry in 2004). As happened back in 2000, the corporate media was for the most part very generous to both Bush and McCain, which is what made it funny when the Bush mudslinging in the 2000 primaries occurred: the MSMers were under obvious orders to Always Back Republicans, but the question then was “Which Republican do we back?” Meanwhile, every little thing Al Gore did or didn’t do (and even some things that existed only in the minds of RNC spinmeisters and the tame stenographer “journalists” who love them) was Fodder For Scandal.

— Meanwhile, the Obama camp has a clever ad gently tweaking McCain over his Palin pick. If all political ads were this clever, the TV watching of the past few months would have been much more enjoyable.

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McCain Should Be Careful What He Asks For

Posted by MEC on October 30, 2008

John McCain warned us there would be fundraising scandals in this campaign.

He’s right, and yet so wrong.

The contributor, Shi Sheng Hao, who is identified in finance records as a resident of Roselle, Illinois, has donated more than $110,000 to Republicans this election cycle, including $70,100 to McCain’s Victory Committee. The committee accepts contributions on behalf of McCain’s campaign, the Republican National Committee and several state Republican parties and is not bound by individual contribution limits.

The Tribune reported that Hao, who identifies himself in the McCain contribution records as president of AAEC, did not appear to reside at the modest Midwestern home listed as his address on campaign documents. There is no record of Hao making political donations prior to this year.


The Tribune … said corporation papers … list Hao as a resident of Taiwan.

And as we know, although it is legal for noncitizens who are legal permanent residents of the United States to make campaign contributions, it’s totally illegal for people who are neither citizens nor residents.

And now for the hypocrisy:

Officials with the RNC said they had not yet looked into the case, but they said they wondered if there would be interest in Hao’s background if his name was John Smith.

Brian Rogers, a spokesman for the McCain campaign, said the campaign has determined that Hao is a registered voter in Illinois and has had a driver’s license there.

This, from the same people who are accusing Barack Obama of taking foreign contributions, who say nothing when their surrogates and followers harp on Barack Hussein Obama’s middle name as a reason to vote against him, and who have been challenging voters by the thousands and tens of thousands because government records (like, you know, driver’s license) don’t match their voter registration information.

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Thursday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 30, 2008

— The big takeaways from this Salon article about the 2008 presidential election:

1) The economy trumps everything else

2) When the economy stinks, even racists, anti-choicers, and anti-gay folk will give up their pet causes to vote for a black guy who looks and sounds far more competent than his white opponent

3) Even Republicans hate Bush

4) McCain votes with Bush most of the time

5) Sarah Palin, far from saving McCain’s butt, turned out to be the final nail in his campaign’s coffin as she scares the poo out of even Republicans

6) The pundits predicting a massive defection of Hillary backers to McCain suffer from recto-cranial inversion.

— Speaking of Republicans hating Bush, Jack Cafferty asks a question for which he already knows the answer, probably just so he could generate lots of interesting comments in the comments thread: “Why isn’t President Bush campaigning for McCain?

— Speaking of Republicans being scared of Palin, a new Obama ad cleverly addresses that without being obnoxious and overbearing.

— The bad news: The Tesla electric-car firm is in deep trouble. The good news: Electric cars overall are still poised to make a big splash in the coming years.

Plans to harness ocean-wave energy are well underway. A recent Oregon State University study seems to suggest that while large-scale wave-power installations may be environmentally problematic, smaller-scale ones placed with a sensitive eye to the enviroment may turn out to be beneficial to marine ecosystems.

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, Bush, economy, eedjits, energy, environment, Good Things, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Republicans, rightwing moral cripples, Sarah Palin | 2 Comments »

An ad worth watching

Posted by Charles II on October 29, 2008

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These Are Very Brave People

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 28, 2008

They walked away from jobs in a bad economy rather than transmit John McCain’s lies:

Some three dozen workers at a telemarketing call center in Indiana walked off the job rather than read an incendiary McCain campaign script attacking Barack Obama, according to two workers at the center and one of their parents.

Nina Williams, a stay-at-home mom in Lake County, Indiana, tells us that her daughter recently called her from her job at the center, upset that she had been asked to read a script attacking Obama for being “dangerously weak on crime,” “coddling criminals,” and for voting against “protecting children from danger.”

Williams’ daughter told her that up to 40 of her co-workers had refused to read the script, and had left the call center after supervisors told them that they would have to either read the call or leave, Williams says. The call center is called Americall, and it’s located in Hobart, IN.

I am humbled by these people — and they live in a place that’s not exactly a liberal stronghold. Even better, the Obama campaign’s been notified — let’s hope that something can be done for these folks.

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Lies and More Lies

Posted by MEC on October 27, 2008

The Associated Press fact-checks McCain’s speeches and concludes that McCain persists in exaggerations. (For “exaggerations”, read “falsehoods”.)

CNN fact-checks Sarah Palin’s accusation that Obama’s tax plan would undermine financial support for special-needs children, and calls it misleading. (For “misleading”, read “false”.)

They persist in lying because they have nothing but lies.

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The (dis)Honorable John McCain

Posted by Charles II on October 25, 2008

OpenLeft, via dday at Digby’s):

Matt Stoller: But that McCain himself ran an honorable campaign [in 2000].

McCain 2000 staffer: Ha! Again, the story is more detailed than that. Rove ran a Rove campaign. So yes, they were dirty. But we were too. I remember the week after NH, we surged in SC polls from something like 10pts behind Bush to 10pts ahead. After a little slipping because Bush was letting surrogates go after McCain’s military history, we went up with an ad that said Bush twisted the truth just like Clinton. The ad aired for one day. The press said McCain was going negative, the Bush people screamed bloody murder, and our campaign went into a tail spin. Had that ad not run, I’m convinced, and if you spoke to people from the SC campaign or Weaver or Davis and they were honest with you they would agree, that ad sank the campaign.

Matt Stoller: What were some of the rumors the campaign was pushing about Bush?

McCain 2000 staffer: I remember talking with reporters after events about Bush’s DUI. I remember senior press staff doing that. I remember them talking about Laura Bush’s horrible car accident, saying that she may have been drunk when it happened. On a funny side note, during a debate Bush held up this flyer we were handing out door to door and at events that said Bush would hurt seniors… it was a really nasty flyer aimed at scaring the elderly. So Bush holds it up and asks McCain about it. McCain looks at Bush and says it isn’t from his campaign. Bush points out that it says McCain’s campaign paid for it. McCain then says well we have stopped doing that. Keep in mind, McCain swore off negative TV ads after the Clinton one failed so badly. So I’m watching the debate and I’m like… is he crazy? We have people in the field handing that out TONIGHT. He blew up at the staff that night over the flyer. Vintage McCain. He doesn’t mind getting deep in the mud when it works for him. But if he gets caught? Hell-to-pay. And then he plays the straight-talking martyr…..

To see the filth he’s been approving [in 2008] is pretty sick, but not unexpected.

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The Hypocrisy is Breathtaking

Posted by MEC on October 23, 2008

McCain’s latest attack on Obama: Obama “will say anything to get elected”.

This from the man whose campaign is accusing Obama of being a socialist and palling around with terrorists.

Maybe McCain’s new strategy is to stun us into catatonia so we can’t get to the polls.

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First Powell, and Now…

Posted by MEC on October 20, 2008

Kenneth Adelman endorses Obama.

Kenneth?!? Adelman?!?

Colin Powell’s endorsement wasn’t much of a surprise. He’s a moderate (relative to the Republican Party), and he has a reputation to salvage.

But why would a lifelong rightwing Republican, a man who campaigned for Goldwater, who worked for Nixon, Ford, and Reagan, who has been friends for years with Cheney and Rumsfeld, publicly announce that he’s voting for a Democrat for president for the first time in his life?

Primarily for two reasons, those of temperament and of judgment.

Like Colin Powell, Adelman cites McCain’s incompetent response to the economic crisis and his inexplicable choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate.

As painful as the mortgage crisis is for the people losing their homes and unable to get credit, it may have saved us from another four years of disastrous Republican misrule.

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