8.31.2008

PALIN-tology: 75+ issues for McCain's VP pick in 48 hours

And this is what has been found in just the first 48 hours. Who the hell vetted this woman? Oh, right. Karl Rove did.

From BoBo2020:

I have organized these issues by category for your reading convenience.

Sarah Palin doesn’t understand the role of the VICE PRESIDENT and is NOT QUALIFIED.

  1. She doesn't know what the Vice President really does.
  1. She apparently hasn't taken a stand on most major political issues
  1. She's still focused on Alaska not the fact the she would be Vice President for the whole nation.
  1. This choice eliminates the "He's not ready" attack on Obama.
  1. She is the least educated Vice Presidential candidate in recent history. (NEED LINK)
  1. The Alaskan legislature only meets 90 days per year. How much has she really had to do in her 18 months in office?
  1. Palin is green – not on the environment but in experience.
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McCain Defends Palin as Some Alaskans Question His Choice

Aug. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Senator John McCain defended Sarah Palin, his vice presidential choice, as a "soul mate''. Is McCain cheating on this wife too?

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Palin is lying about her opposition to "Bridge to Nowhere"

The truth from the Anchorage Daily News:

When John McCain introduced Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate Friday, her reputation as a tough-minded budget-cutter was front and center.

"I told Congress, thanks but no thanks on that bridge to nowhere," Palin told the cheering McCain crowd, referring to Ketchikan's Gravina Island bridge.

But Palin was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it.

The Alaska governor campaigned in 2006 on a build-the-bridge platform, telling Ketchikan residents she felt their pain when politicians called them "nowhere." They're still feeling pain today in Ketchikan, over Palin's subsequent decision to use the bridge funds for other projects -- and over the timing of her announcement, which they say came in a pre-dawn press release that seemed aimed at national news deadlines.

"I think that's when the campaign for national office began," said Ketchikan Mayor Bob Weinstein on Saturday.

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Palin Almost Recalled As Mayor

Did they even do anything CLOSE to vetting Sarah Palin? Yesterday, I wrote about how Sarah Palin was nothing more than a two-bit hack, given the investigation into her abuse of power as Governor. As Mayor of Wasilla, where she was nearly recalled, for firing the Police Chief and Library Director for not supporting her in her 1996 race for Mayor.

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GOP VP pick Sarah Palin laughs at cancer surviving senator

Audio from vpnews:

Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin laughs as cancer survivor Senator Lyda Green of the Alaska State Senate is called a "bitch" and a "cancer" on "The Bob and Mark Show", a radio show on KWHL in Alaska.


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The original story from Anchorage Daily News:
Anchorage DJ Bob Lester unleashed a vicious, mean-spirited, poisonous attack on Senate President Lyda Green last week while our governor was live on the air with him.
[snip]

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial writers demanded the governor apologize. The Juneau and Ketchikan papers also ran the editorial.

The Daily News opinion page addressed the governor's gaffe. They wrote "She came off looking immature herself, almost high-schoolish. It was conduct unbecoming a governor."

It was conduct unbecoming a human being, never mind a governor.

[snip]

I don't buy it. Early on in the conversation before Palin started to crack up, Lester referred to Sen. Green as a jealous woman and a cancer. Palin, who knows full well Lyda Green is a cancer survivor, didn't do what any decent person would do, say, "Bob, that's going too far."

[snip]

Lester questioned Green's motherhood, asking Palin if the senator cares about her own kids. Palin laughs.

Then Lester clearly sets the stage for what he is about to say by warning his large audience and Palin. He says, "Governor you can't say this but I will, Lyda Green is a cancer and a b----." Palin laughs for the second time.

[snip]

But there is more. Lester then describes Green's chair as big and cushy. A clear reference to the senator's weight. Palin laughs a third time. She's just having a grand old time.

Palin was clearly enjoying every second of Lester's vicious attack on her political rival.

[snip]

But there's strong evidence Palin did condone Lester's name-calling. At the end of Lester making fun of Green as a mother, calling her a cancer, twice, and saying she has to go; after calling the senator a b----, making fun of her weight, and accusing Green of being jealous and hateful; after all of that, Lester ends the conversation offering to visit Palin.

Sarah Palin's mother-in-law uncertain about how she'll vote; may vote for Obama

Holy shit.

From the NY Daily News:

WASILLA, Alaska - Sarah Palin's hometown rallied around her as mayor - now Republicans wonder if the rest of America will warm up to the surprise pick from cold country.

Though her mother-in-law has doubts.

Faye Palin admitted she enjoys hearing Barack Obama speak, and still hasn't decided which way she'll vote.

[snip]

"I'm still leaning toward Obama. I think Sarah has been really good for our state, and it would be wonderful to see her in the White House, but she's on the ticket with McCain, and I can't vote for McCain," said Eileen Moe, 33, a second grade teacher at Iditarod Elementary, which Palin's kids attended.

"If it was her running for president, there'd be no question in my mind," Moe said. "The Republicans right now are about big business and big oil. I don't see Sarah as a staunch Republican in that way."

[snip]

Faye Palin said the entire family was shocked by the news on Friday.

"I'm not sure what she brings to the ticket other than she's a woman and a conservative. Well, she's a better speaker than McCain," Faye Palin said with a laugh. "People will say she hasn't been on the national scene long enough. But I believe she's a quick study."

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What A Difference A Bad VP Choice Makes

Interesting take (as always) on how the WaPo might be starting to realize just how bad McCain's choices (let alone the man himself) truly are. Maverick, my ass.

From Jed:

To put it charitably, the WaPo hasn't had the most enthusiastic of editorial pages towards Barack Obama, but now that John McCain has made the worst vice presidential selection in modern history, thing are changing.

On back-to-back days, the WaPo editorial page has slammed McCain, first on his VP choice, and now today on taxes:

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New Obama Ad: Biden Brings Obama to Working-Class P.A.

From Barack Obama:

In "Scranton", Senator Joe Biden talks about growing up in Scranton and the lessons he learned in the Green Ridge neighborhood. On the air...


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Sen. Lindsey Graham: I Dread The Day Obama Becomes President

I hope he's getting his anti-anxiety prescriptions refilled then. He's going to be feeling that dread he fears for the next 8 years.

From Sam Stein via HuffPo:

Tasked with defending Sarah Palin's foreign policy credentials as a vice presidential nominee, Sen. Lindsey Graham instead launched a vicious attack at Barack Obama's capacity to serve as president.

"I would dread the day that Senator Obama took the oath to become commander in chief," the South Carolina Republican and ardent McCain supporter said today on ABC's This Week.

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Palin Booed For Praising Hillary Clinton

So much for the so-called Hillary Voter. LOL!!

From Reuters:

WASHINGTON, Pa. - So maybe saying nice things about Hillary Clinton at a Republican rally isn’t such a good idea.

John McCain’s new vice presidential nominee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, acknowledged the New York senator on Saturday when reflecting on her new found role as a national candidate.

The reaction from a large chunk of the audience: boos.

“I think as well today of two other women who came before me in national elections, and I can’t begin this great effort without honoring the achievements of Geraldine Ferraro back in 1984 and of course, Senator Hillary Clinton,” Palin said.

Boo. Boo. Boo.

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Cindy McCain: Palin knows foreign policy; 'Russia Next Door'

Oh, for fuck's sake.

From Think Progress:

Today on ABC’s This Week, Cindy McCain tried to rebut the criticism that Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) has no national experience by taking a talking point from Fox’s Steve Doocy. McCain pointed to the fact that Palin’s state is near Russia:

STEPHANOPOULOS: But she has no national security experience.

McCAIN: You know, the experience that she comes from is what she’s done in government, and remember, Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia. It’s not as if she doesn’t understand what’s at stake here.

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She's so close she's never been.

Obama Outwits the Bloviators

Frank Rich lays out the reasons why the Obama campaign is a beast that this country has never seen before.

...The New York Times/CBS News poll conducted on the eve of the convention found that the Democrats were no more divided than the G.O.P: In both parties, 79 percent of voters supported their respective nominees. The simultaneous Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll also found that 79 percent of Democrats support Obama — which, as Amy Walter of National Journal alone noticed, is slightly higher than either John Kerry and Al Gore fared on that same question (77 percent) in that same poll just before their conventions.

But empirical evidence can’t compete with a favorite golden oldie like the Clinton soap opera. So when Hillary Clinton said a month ago that her delegates needed a “catharsis,” surely she had to be laying the groundwork for convention mischief. But it was never in either Clinton’s interest to sabotage Obama. Hillary Clinton’s Tuesday speech, arguably the best of her career, was as much about her own desire to reconcile with the alienated Obama Democrats she might need someday as it was about releasing her supporters to Obama. The Clintons never do stop thinking about tomorrow.

The latest good luck for the Democrats is that the McCain campaign was just as bamboozled as the press by the false Hillary narrative. McCain was obviously itching to choose his pal Joe Lieberman as his running mate. A onetime Democrat who breaks with the G.O.P. by supporting abortion rights might have rebooted his lost maverick cred more forcefully than Palin, who is cracking this particular glass ceiling nearly a quarter-century after the Democrats got there first. Lieberman might have even been of some use in roiling the Obama-Hillary-Bill juggernaut that will now storm through South Florida.

[snip]

The main reason McCain knuckled under to the religious right by picking Palin is that he actually believes there’s a large army of embittered Hillary loyalists who will vote for a hard-line conservative simply because she’s a woman. That’s what happens when you listen to the TV news echo chamber. Not only is the whole premise ludicrous, but it is every bit as sexist as the crude joke McCain notoriously told about Janet Reno, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton.

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Vice in Go-Go Boots?

Brilliance from Maureen Dowd:

The guilty pleasure I miss most when I’m out slogging on the campaign trail is the chance to sprawl on the chaise and watch a vacuously spunky and generically sassy chick flick.

So imagine my delight, my absolute astonishment, when the hokey chick flick came out on the trail, a Cinderella story so preposterous it’s hard to believe it’s not premiering on Lifetime. Instead of going home and watching “Miss Congeniality” with Sandra Bullock, I get to stay here and watch “Miss Congeniality” with Sarah Palin.

Sheer heaven.

[snip]

...Enthusiastic Republicans don’t see the choice of Palin as affirmative action, despite her thin résumé and gaping absence of foreign policy knowledge, because they expect Republicans to put an underqualified “babe,” as Rush Limbaugh calls her, on the ticket. They have a tradition of nominating fun, bantamweight cheerleaders from the West, like the previous Miss Congeniality types Dan Quayle and W., and then letting them learn on the job. So they crash into the globe a few times while they’re learning to drive, what’s the big deal?

[snip]

“The P.T.A. is great preparation for dealing with the K.G.B.,” President Palin murmurs to Todd, as they kiss in the final scene while she changes Trig’s diaper. “Now that Georgia’s safe, how ’bout I cook you up some caribou hot dogs and moose stew for dinner, babe?”

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McCain Claims He Supports Minimum Wage Increases

Today on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) why he has voted 17 times against raising the federal minimum wage. (Wallace later corrected himself and pointed out it was 19 times, to which McCain dismissively replied, “Well, or 29 or 49, whatever it is.”) McCain initially attempted to wriggle out of answering

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8.30.2008

Why McCain's VP Choice Just Lost Him Florida

A MUST read:

…if the Obama camp engages in some smart, targeted politicking. It’s the Sarah Palin pick, and it might be the thing that pushes Florida into the Obama camp. Why? Follow my logic here, and you’ll see how simple it is.

In the 2000 Presidential election, Sarah Palin supported Pat Buchanan. Not Al Gore. Not George W. Bush, but Pat Buchanan:

Pat Buchanan brought his conservative message of a smaller government and an America First foreign policy to Fairbanks and Wasilla on Friday as he continued a campaign swing through Alaska. Buchanan’s strong message championing states rights resonated with the roughly 85 people gathered for an Interior Republican luncheon in Fairbanks. … Among those sporting Buchanan buttons were Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin and state Sen. Jerry Ward, R-Anchorage.

Now, political junkies such as ourselves can imagine the messaging: “Sarah Palin apparently didn’t think George W. Bush was extreme enough,” etc, etc. But, really, do most people know enough about Buchanan and his platform in 2000? Not most people…except in one place:

South Florida. And particularly Palm Beach County.

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John McCain's Wandering Eyes: What's he looking at? (VIDEO)

I'm dri-lling in my head. I'm dri-lling in my head. From Jed:

What's John McCain staring at, and why does he keep fiddling with his wedding ring? Take your best shot at giving this video a caption.


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Obama, Biden on 60 Minutes: Obama Explains Biden Pick -VIDEO

HuffPo has the first sneak peak of clip of tomorrow evening's 60 minutes. This is how they'll handle the Palin (by explaining why he chose Biden). No need to attack her in any way. The choice by McCain will speak for itself.

From HuffPo:

In his first reaction to the choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate, Sen. Barack Obama tells 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft that she is an "up-and-coming public servant." Of his own choice for running mate, the Democratic presidential nominee says Sen. Joseph Biden "can step in and become president."


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McCain's Selection of Palin as VP is the Epitome of Tokenism

It is hard to think of a more cynical and contemptuous political act this year than John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate. Having served as governor of Alaska for less than two years -- and as mayor of a small town before that -- her qualifications for national office are minimal.

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Sarah Palin: From the Sublime to the Insulting

Warren Goldstein: The choice is not only cynical -- it's insulting to women, and insulting to the entire American electorate.

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Top Alaska Newspapers Question Palin's Fitness

From Greg Mitchell:

Since yesterday's shocking arrival of Gov. Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate there has been the usual cable news and print blathering about the pick from those who know little about her. But what about the journalists close to home -- in Alaska -- who know her best and have followed her career for years?

For the past 24 hours, the pages and web sites of the two leading papers up there have raised all sorts of issues surrounding Palin, from her ethics problems to general lack of readiness for this big step up. Right now the top story on the Anchorage Daily News web site looks at new info in what it calls "troopergate" and opens: "Alaska's former commissioner of public safety says Gov. Sarah Palin, John McCain's pick to be vice president, personally talked him on two occasions about a state trooper who was locked in a bitter custody battle with the governor's sister.

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Gallup & Rasmussen Polls: Women Don't Like Palin, Men Do

Well, duh. It's only to get worse from here when the media starts asking actual questions. The Obama campaign doesn't need to do anything.

From Editor & Publisher analyzes data from both Gallup & Rasmussen:

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.

Here's a finding from Gallup: Among Democratic women -- including those who may be disappointed that Hillary Clinton did not win the Democratic nomination -- 9% say Palin makes them more likely to support McCain, 15% less likely.

From Rasmussen: Some 38% of men said they were more likely to vote for McCain now, but only 32% of women. By a narrow 41% to 35% margin, men said she was not ready to be president -- but women soundly rejected her, 48% to 25%.

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Sarah Palin VP Choice Stuns Alaska State Politicians

State Senate President Lyda Green said she thought it was a joke when someone called her at 6 a.m. to give her the news. "She's not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president?" said Green, a Republican from Palin's hometown of Wasilla. "Look at what she's done to this state. What would she do to the nation?"

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What are Sarah Palin's views on children out of wedlock?

We weren't even sure we were comfortable posting this because we don't pass judgment on children born out of wedlock, or their parents. Every child is a gift, and we don't believe it's anyone's business. We don't care when Sarah Palin's son was conceived. But Palin and McCain and Dobson care very much about the conception of your children.

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Palin Repeatedly Professed Desire To Renew Federal Funding For ‘Bridge To Nowhere’

Repeatedly.

So basically, her first speech had a whopper of a lie in it. Wonder if she spoke with Cheney before coming on stage. Palin is a liar.

From Think Progress:

During the unveiling of his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) tried to cast her as a “reformer” and “fiscal conservative.” She boldly claimed that with regard to Sen. Ted Stevens’s (R-AK) infamous “Bridge to Nowhere,” she told Congress, “Thanks, but no thanks“:

[snip]

It appears, however, that Palin is lying. As Bradford Plumer first noted, the Anchorage Daily News interviewed Palin during her 2006 campaign for governor. At the time, federal funding for the bridge had been stripped by Congress. They asked if she was in favor of continuing state funding for the project. “Yes,” she responded, noting specifically her desire to renew Congressional support:

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Bill Maher Has A Field Day

Jed posts the two best moment from last night's Bill Maher, I'll post one, click over to his site to see the other:

Love him or hate him, Bill Maher is back, and John McCain certainly gave him some material. You might fight the opening monologue raw at times, but the Tim Kaine interview is sheer brilliance. Kaine has the audience howling at McCain's VP selection just by delivering the facts.

Tim Kaine interview


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ACTION ALERT: Our anti-McCain ads going on the air! (w/your help!)

This is one of the most powerful "people-powered" ads I've seen. This is what people can do when they ban together and say ENOUGH. I just donated $100.

From DK's cartwrightdale

After I posted my little "concept ad" a couple weeks ago...

...I received literally hundreds of emails from my fellow Kossacks and others asking how they could put this ad on the air.

Now we can!

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After seeing the response to my little ad above, and going through other ads of mine (like the Stop Devos series some of you may remember), Eugene decided to restart TruthandHope.org with the express mission of airing a broadcast-quality version of the ad above (with some changes I'm working on now), and at least two other ads this cycle. Our ads will be full 60-second ads -- long enough to actually convey information, not just sound bites -- specifically detailing why McCain is such a dangerous choice. We're confident this approach will stand out from the usual back-and-forth mini-ads, and be heavily promoted online, as well as aired on television as much as financially possible (which, of course, depends on how many donations we receive!)

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The Daily Show: McCain Plays the "vagina card"

Clip via from ptnine:

The Daily Show's Samantha Bee is voting McCain for deep personal reasons.


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Olympic-sized opportunity missed by media's DNCC coverage

The coverage was despicable. They should all take a lesson, or 12, from PBS, or better, C-SPAN.

From Media Matters, Jamison Foser:

You wouldn't know it from watching television this week, but political conventions are about far more than politics. They are about policy, about embracing the successes of the past and preparing for the challenges of the future. They are the parties' best opportunity to share their visions for America with the people who will decide which course we will take. And because a nation is not defined by lines on a map but by the ideals it stands for, conventions are about America itself -- who we are, what we'll do, and what we won't.

[snip] ...Instead, the media treated the convention as purely a political matter -- are the Democrats unified? Should they criticize President Bush and Sen. John McCain more? Was Sen. Hillary Clinton's speech good enough? Too good? (No, really: several journalists suggested that might have been the case.) How many pronouns did she use? Will Sen. Barack Obama get a "bounce" in the polls? ABC's convention coverage actually featured Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts channeling Republican mockery of the stage design for Obama's speech by chanting "Toga! Toga!" Yes, that really happened.

Watching television coverage of the convention, with the relentless focus on what the Democrats should do, whether they did it well enough, what they didn't do but should have, and how people would react to it, it often seemed that many journalists don't really have much interest in journalism; they'd rather play armchair campaign manager.

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Two New Obama Ads Hit The Airwaves

The Obama camps has clearly decided to maintain the campaign against McCain for what it truly is: More of the same (no matter who McCain's V.P. choice is). It's almost as if they're minimizing her like McCain minimized the Vice Presidency.

From the NY Times:

New Obama spots tie Senator John McCain to President Bush and appeal to workers in Michigan.




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New Yorker: Palin Was Excited That Obama Was Edging Ahead Of McCain In Alaska

From the New Yorker:

Before she was running against him, Sarah Palin—the governor of Alaska and now the Republican candidate for Vice-President of the United States—thought it was pretty neat that Barack Obama was edging ahead of John McCain in her usually solidly red state. After all, she said, Obama’s campaign was using the same sort of language that she had in her gubernatorial race. “The theme of our campaign was ‘new energy,’ ” she said recently. “It was no more status quo, no more politics as usual, it was all about change. So then to see that Obama—literally, part of his campaign uses those themes, even, new energy, change, all that, I think, O.K., well, we were a little bit ahead on that.” She also noted, “Something’s kind of changing here in Alaska, too, for being such a red state on the Presidential level. Obama’s doing just fine in polls up here, which is kind of wigging people out, because they’re saying, ‘This hasn’t happened for decades that in polls the D’ ”—the Democratic candidate—“ ‘is doing just fine.’ To me, that’s indicative, too. It’s the no-more-status-quo, it’s change.”

This was two weeks ago, at the statehouse in Juneau...

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6 things the Palin pick says about McCain

John McCain’s pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says a lot about his decison-making.

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Sarah Palin calls Hillary 'Whiner', Who's Raising New Son?

Newsweek article about Sarah Palin, who recently gave birth to a baby boy with Down's Syndrome... yet is leaving him in Alaska with his 4 siblings to campaign with McCain. Also, she said she didn't support Hillary because she was too 'whiney' -- so good luck courting those angry PUMAs!

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Scholars question Palin credentials

Presidential scholars say she appears to be the least experienced, least credentialed person to join a major-party ticket in the modern era.

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Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains 49% to 41% Lead Over McCain

This is good. Not that daily tracking on a national level is "good science," but for trend purposes, they;re a good snapshot. Obama/Biden are maintaining their lead.

And McCain's #'s NEVER make a sizable change. He never breaks 45% (except in outlier polls). McCain doesn't just have to reverse Obama/Biden's lead, he then has to be the one to be 8 points ahead for him to actually have a chance. He needs a 16 point swing to be in Obama/Biden's position.

Yeah. Right.

From Gallup:

Barack Obama maintains an eight percentage point lead over John McCain when registered voters nationwide are asked whom they would vote for in the presidential election if it were held today, according to the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking figures.


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Palin would force her OWN DAUGHTER to have a rapist's child

Sarah Palin would force her own daughter to have a child born out of rape. Sickening.

From the Anchorage Daily News:

The candidates were pressed on their stances on abortion and were even asked what they would do if their own daughters were raped and became pregnant.

Palin said she would support abortion only if the mother's life was in danger. When it came to her daughter, she said, "I would choose life."

Both Knowles and Halcro are pro-choice. Halcro said the government needs to stay out of life-or-death issues.

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Getting to know you by McCain and Palin

From Jed:

John McCain and Palin together at last.


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Sarah Palin Is Against Protecting Polar Bears: "Bearing Up"

THIS is who John McCain put a heartbeat away from the Presidency, in her own NY Times Editorial, Sarah Palin:

"They are worthy of our utmost efforts to protect them and their Arctic habitat. But adding polar bears to the nation’s list of endangered species, as some are now proposing, should not be part of those efforts."

"....there is insufficient evidence that polar bears are in danger of becoming extinct within the foreseeable future...."

"Americans should become involved in the issue of climate change by offering suggestions for constructive action to their state governments. But listing the polar bear as threatened is the wrong way to get to the right answer."

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8.29.2008

Veteran Jon Soltz: 60 Days To Judge a Commander in Chief?

From Jon Soltz via HuffPo:

I'm going to be very blunt, here. I wish Senator McCain a very long and happy life. But, at age 72 with a history of cancer, John McCain may not live through his first term, if elected. That would make Sarah Palin our Commander in Chief. I, and other vets and troops, have about 60 days to determine if she'll grow to be ready.

She's not ready now -- not based on the complete blank resume on global strategic issues and veterans issues. To be fair, Barack Obama wasn't ready to be Commander in Chief when he became Senator in 2005.

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Nowhere to Go

Sarah Palin once supported the infamous Bridge to Nowhere. "I do support the infrastructure projects that are on tap here in the state of Alaska that our congressional delegations worked hard for." She later changed her tune, but only after Congress had already decided not to fully fund the Gravina bridge.

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Fairbanks paper reveals Palin KEPT 'bridge to nowhere' money

From GregMitch:

An editorial posted today on the Web site of the Daily News-Miner newspaper in Fairbanks, Alaska, the state's second largest, surprisingly -- considering she is now the highest profile political figure to ever come from Alaska -- declared her flatly not qualified for the office of vice president. In fact, a read of other Alaska papers shows that the people who seem to know her best have the most doubts about her as a national figure.

The editorial also brought up an intriguing fact. Palin in her speech on Friday -- also a point used by McCain surrogates -- is that she refused to go along with the plan to build the so-called "bridge to nowhere" in her state, wanting to halt wasteful spending. But the Fairbanks editorial points out that the state still kept the money for the project.

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McCain Didn't Even Know Palin Before Picking Her (VIDEO)

Oh, this just keeps getting better and better. From Jed:

According to Andrea Mitchell and Chuck Todd, John McCain had only met Sarah Palin once or twice before selecting her to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

[snip]

So not only is America getting to know McCain's VP, but so is John McCain. That's downright scary. A total lack of judgment.



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Conservatives React to Palin

Real conservatives, not the earth-is-inly-6000-years-old religious zealots, aren't too happy. From cityduck :

We're looking at a full-blown meltdown:

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Mittens Romney and Tim Pawlenty ENRAGED by McCain's VP pick

Oops.Dear ladies and gentlemen of the traditional media: I now expect you -- no, REQUIRE you -- to run 24/7 stories about Republicans being in severe, angry disarray going into their convention next week. Why? Because John McCain's jilted Vice-Presidential candidates are extremely pissed at being used for cover over the last few weeks:

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Obama's speech seen by 38 million viewers

OMG:

Barack Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention was seen by more than 38 million people.

Nielsen Media Research said more people watched Obama speak than watched the Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing, the final "American Idol" or the Academy Awards this year. Obama talked before a live audience of 80,000 people in Denver.

His TV audience nearly doubled the amount of people who watched John Kerry accept the Democratic nomination to run against President Bush four years ago. Kerry's speech was seen by just over 20 million people.

Obama's audience might be higher, since Nielsen didn't have an estimate for how many people watched Obama on PBS or C-SPAN Thursday night.

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Gallup Daily: Obama Stretches Lead to 8 Points

Since this includes polling still from 3 days ago, tomorrow's should be even better when the 3rd oldest day in the average drops off. AND, McCain was up +2 in this poll before the convention. This is a 10 point swing. McCain might be right, Obama might get a 15 point bump from this!

From Gallup:

The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking finds Barack Obama moving to an eight percentage point lead over John McCain, 49% to 41%. Obama's significant lead over McCain almost certainly reflects the effects of the Democratic National Convention. The two presidential candidates were tied at 45% in the last Gallup Poll Daily tracking results 3 days ago.

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Oh, and Conservative Democrats have come home big time:
Barack Obama's gain in support among registered voters from Monday to Wednesday of this week was in part the result of gains among conservative Democrats -- the group among whom the Democratic nominee had lost ground last week as he slipped to an overall tie with John McCain. Obama and McCain were tied 45% to 45% among voters in interviewing conducted last week (Aug. 18-24).



63% up to 77% support in just a couple of days! No Unity here.

Obama Regains Support of Conservative Democrats

From Gallup:

Barack Obama's gain in support among registered voters from Monday to Wednesday of this week was in part the result of gains among conservative Democrats -- the group among whom the Democratic nominee had lost ground last week as he slipped to an overall tie with John McCain.



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Palin: Inexperience We Can Believe In!

If McCain picks Palin as his VP, now that is inexperience we can believe in! She's only been in office for 2 years (Obama has 12+ years in state and national service). That moots McCain's "Obama's not ready" argument. Palin is NOT ready to be president if she has to be.

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The Brief, Corrupt Career of Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin is a new but fast-learning practitioner of two right-wing favorites, corporate cronyism and Rovian vendetta politics.She used state agencies to advance Republican politics, and she wielded her power in favor of family members.

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Sarah Palin: Dems Pounce On McCain Pick

"Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. Governor Palin shares John McCain's commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush's failed economic policies -- that's not the change we need, it's just more of the same."

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Anti-choice, anti-science, and corrupt: McCain's Sarah Palin

Well, Sarah Palin is an outstanding pick for conservatives: she's anti-choice, anti-science, and has a Watergate-style corruption scandal brewing back home. Brilliant!

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Sarah Palin Comes With Prepackaged Scandal

A "prepackaged scandal." Great ring to it from TPM:

Gov. Sarah Palin conceded that someone inside her administration pressured the state's Department of Public Safety to fire State Trooper Mike Wooten, Palin's former brother-in-law, who is now embroiled in a bitter custody battle with Palin's sister. recordings suggest that he was acting at her instigation.

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McCain's VP -- Miss Alaska Loser

Before she was named McCain's Vice Presidential nominee today, no one except for the seven people who live in Alaska ever heard of Gov. Sarah Palin -- or that she came in second place at the 1984 Miss Alaska pageant.

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Day Damn One: Sarah Palin under state investigation

A legislative panel has launched a $100,000 investigation to determine if Palin dismissed Alaska's public safety commissioner because he would not fire the trooper, Mike Wooten. Wooten went through a messy divorce from Palin's sister.D'oh!

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Sarah Palin: Teach Creationism in School

If you value science, the choice is clear. 'Teach both. You know, don't be afraid of information. Healthy debate is so important, and it's so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both.'

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Sarah Palin: "What is it exactly that the VP does?" [Video]

During a recent interview with Larry Kudlow of CNBC’s “Kudlow & Co.", Sarah Palin requests that someone explain to her what the Vice President of the United States actually does. Her confusion can be seen at 2:50.via Metafilter



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McCain’s VP Choice Is Under Investigation For Abuse Of Power

In Dayton, OH today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will announce that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be his vice presidential running mate. Palin, who entered office in 2006 after running as a reformer. But Palin’s reformer image took a hit last month when she was accused of attempting to get a state trooper fired.

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Worse Than Quayle (UPDATED)

Other than Holy Joe Lieberman & Willard Romney, this is the best news imaginable for Democrats.

Can you imagine a former mayor of a town of 9,000 who's now a scandal-plagued governor in just her second year in office and one who believes creationism should be taught in all our schools becuase evolution is only a theory on stage debating Joe Biden.

Big Oil. Creationism. Virulently anti-choice. Scandal-plagued as we speak. A heartbeat away from the Presidency?

LOL.

From Trapper John:

So it's official - John McCain has thrown a Hail Mary and tapped Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. The trad med types are ga-ga about what a game-changing choice Palin is. And they're right. It is a game-changer. The Palin pick takes a race already leaning toward Obama and pushes it further into his corner.

Why? Because Sarah Palin is the most unqualified VP nominee in modern history, with the possible exception of Admiral Stockdale.

She's worse than Quayle.

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UPDATE: The more I think about it, the more I'm starting to believe McCain meant to pick someone else and named the wrong person by mistake. You know how confused he gets.

Olbermann rips AP writer over speech analysis

There was no way this AP hack wrote that article, after careful analysis, within minute of the speech ending. That's how long it took for it to hit the wire. It's pretty obvious this hack wrote the hit piece even before Obama actaully spoke, probably from the 'excerpts that were release just prior to the speech.

Good for you, Keith! Good for you.

From HuffPo:

In an unusually heated attack on a veteran political reporter by a cable news host, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann laced into the Associated Press's Charles Babington an hour after Barack Obama had concluded his speech in Denver on Thursday night.

With rare exception, nearly all of the top commentators and reporters on the three cable news networks had hailed Obama's speech as something new and powerful, and filled with specifics, and predicted it would have a positive effect on his chances vs. John McCain. This hallelujah chorus included conservatives such as Bill Kristol and Pat Buchanan and the longtime Republican David Gergen, as well as Tom Brokaw and Brian Williams. Buchanan called it the best and most important political convention speech he had ever heard, going back 48 years.



"It is analysis that strikes me as having borne no resemblance to the speech you and I just watched. None whatsoever. And for it to be distributed by the lone national news organization in terms of wire copy to newspapers around the country and web sites is a remarkable failure of that news organization.


"Charles Babington, find a new line of work."

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Republicans are trying to back out of their convention

This is simply surreal. I guess, like me, rethugs are dreading having that split screen of a category 3 or 4 hurricane barrleing into the coast on a split screen with the RNC Convention.

I was so looking forward to that imagery (not that I'm wishing anything regarding a hurricane, of course).

From DK's Muzikal203 last night:


Keith just reported on the Washington Post that the Republicans are considering postponing their convention. Their excuse? The Hurricane. Are you serious? This is the same party that 3 years ago basically IGNORED Katrina. I guess you could say they learned their lesson, but honestly. . . this is pathetic.

Keith said it best "well, that's some reaction to the Obama speech."

[snip]

The "funny" thing about all of this was that Republicans were praying for rain to mess up Obama's speech. Again, in the words of Jon Stewart "Why does God Love Barack Obama?"

Speaking of McCain's "record" on caring about a national crisis, I wrote a diary a week or so ago about his record on Katrina, and if THAT is his idea of putting the "Country First" we're screwed.



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Obama Acceptance Speech Pictures & Full Video of Speech

Great collection of photos & of course, the video of the speech. Stunning.

From DK's icebergslim:







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UPDATE:

Here's a great photo from HuffPo:

8.28.2008

Scenes from Denver: Lines into Invesco stretch miles

SIX. MILES. LONG. Chew on that for a while, rethugs. Unfuckingbelievable!

From CNN:

Thousands stood in the warm temperatures in Denver, Colorado, on Thursday to wait in lines that are nearly six miles long, according to local police.

The lines snaked around ramps and onto the Auraria Boulevard overpass, which leads to Invesco Field, site of Sen. Barack Obama's acceptance speech.

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Jennifer Hudson sings a truly stunning rendition of our National Anthem at DNC Convention

Watch the video. It is truly STUNNING.

From carino1986:

Jennifer Hudson sang the National Anthem on the last day of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO, on the night Senator Barack Obama delivers his acceptance speech, and on the 45th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.


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Cindy McCain's Half-Sister & Sister's Son: We're Voting For Obama!

From Huffington Post:

Cindy McCain's half-sister tells Us Magazine that she won't help put her famous sibling in the White House:

"I'm not voting for McCain," Kathleen Hensley Portalski tells Us. "I have a different political standpoint.

"I'm voting for Obama," the Phoenix resident says. "I think his proposals to improve the country are more positive and I'm not a big war believer."

...

Portalski's son Nathan, an aerospace machinist, is also backing Obama.

"I wouldn't vote for John McCain if he was a Democrat," he tells Us. "I would not vote at all before I'd vote for him.

"I question whether Cindy is someone I'd want to see in the White House as first lady," he adds.

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The reviews are in: 'The best hour...of the convention'

These are truly some great reviews from the corp. media (Accept Rachel of course). Wow.

Via Jed:

The following clips were sent out by the Obama campaign.

David Gergen on Joe Biden's convention night: "What I think worked both in the hall and on television was the tableau that unfolded here over the past hour. In that I think the Democrats had their best hour of television of the convention"



Brit Hume on Joe Biden's speech: "Probably though the audience at home listening to this would say that's pretty powerful stuff"



Anderson Cooper and Campell Brown on Biden's speech: "Biden I have to say gave, especially his attacks on John McCain, probably the most effective I think we've heard in any of the speeches given"


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McCain Advisor: There are no uninsured Americans

More on McCain spokesman, John Goodman's belief that there are really no uninsured in this country -- from DK's TexasTom:

How's this for another kick to working Americans who are struggling to get by? According to the guy that helped develop McCain's health care plan, no Americans should be considered uninsured.

His logic? Anyone who can get into a hospital emergency room is able to access health care, and therefore shouldn't be considered uninsured. His solution to the health insurance crisis is simply to define the problem away.

[snip]

So the bottom line is this: McCain's "health care reform" proposal was developed by someone who doesn't think there is any problem with people not being able to get health care. In his world, everything is hunky dory and the only thing that reform needs to do is to lower costs.

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Flashback: Biden's 9/10/2001 "Belly of a Plane" Warning

Before 9/11, the Bush administration’s national security focus was on missile defense, not terrorism. In fact, on 9/11, then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice was set to deliver a speech that focused “largely on missile defense.”

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McCain Campaign: "There are no uninsured"

McCain spokesman, John Goodman, stuns pretty much everyone with his belief that there are really no uninsured in this country. Wow.

From the Dallas News:

Almost one of every four Texas residents – 24.8 percent – were uninsured in 2006 and 2007, based on an average of the rates for those two years. That's up from 23.9 percent for 2004 and 2005.

The national number also increased a bit for the two-year period to 15.5 percent. However, looking at 2007 by itself, the percentage of uninsured in the country fell from 15.8 percent in 2006 to 15.3 percent in 2007. (State percentages were given only for two-year periods.)

[snip]

But the numbers are misleading, said John Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a right-leaning Dallas-based think tank. Mr. Goodman, who helped craft Sen. John McCain's health care policy, said anyone with access to an emergency room effectively has insurance, albeit the government acts as the payer of last resort. (Hospital emergency rooms by law cannot turn away a patient in need of immediate care.)

"So I have a solution. And it will cost not one thin dime," Mr. Goodman said. "The next president of the United States should sign an executive order requiring the Census Bureau to cease and desist from describing any American – even illegal aliens – as uninsured. Instead, the bureau should categorize people according to the likely source of payment should they need care.

"So, there you have it. Voila! Problem solved."

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Bill Clinton Delivers

Did. He. Ever.

From Jed:

Bill Clinton delivers the best speech of his post-presidency, laying out the terms of this election in no uncertain terms, and offering an unequivocal endorsement of Barack Obama and his qualifications to be President of the United States of America.

Here's the full video of Clinton's speech -- if you haven't seen it, it's a must-see.


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Joe Biden Delivers

Real. Personal. And Right. Bush/McCain have been wrong on every major decision while Barack Obama has been right.

From Jed:

Joe Biden delivers a fantastic acceptance speech, deeply personal from the very start. He placed Barack's life story squarely in its true context, America. He laid out the theme of the change we need versus more of the same. And he directly challenged John McCain's judgment on national security and said that 8 years of Bush-McCain policies have made us less secure.



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John Kerry Delivers

Where was THIS John Kerry in 2004?!?!?

From Jed:

John Kerry delivers the best red meat speech of the convention, tearing apart John McCain for his cynicism and bad judgment and his devolution into a clone of George Bush.

Full video now posted (thanks RandyH).


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8.27.2008

Roman and Greek Temples, So UnAmerican, So Audacious

First science, now our media is going to support going after art & architecture? LOL.

A "story" has been circulating today about Obama supposedly having a Greek temple prop set up at the stadium where he will accept the nomination. A couple of AP reporters (AP again, interestingly enough) said that they saw some Greek looking structure, although no pictures seem to be available. According to the Obama campaign, it is a replica of a state capital. The Romans copied the Greek influence, and the modern world copied the Roman influence. The media doesn't believe it of course, I mean, a Greek temple is a Greek temple right? Where else are you going to see a Greek-looking structure? The McCain campaign is taking up their cue from the media, sensing another pile of shit to throw at the wall, and is going off on this, despite the fact that George W. Bush accepted his own nomination in 2004 on a set with a similar neoclassical theme, with columns rising on either side of him.

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Obama Nominated By Acclamation, Accepts Nomination (VIDEO)

Hillary Clinton moved to suspend the roll call vote and nominate Barack Obama by acclamation. The motion was passed, and Nancy Pelosi formally extended the nomination to Obama. Obama accepted the nomination, becoming the first African-American to represent a major party for president.

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A comparison of McCain's mental slips with Reagan's

Sen. Patrick Leahy told Vogel yesterday the media has given McCain a free pass on flubs including mixing up Middle East geography, Shiite and Sunni Muslims, and referring to Russia's relationship Czechoslovakia — a country that hasn't existed for 15 years."It was the same way with Ronald Reagan in the last few years he was president."

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Fox News Cut Off DNC Keynote After 2 Minutes To Talk Ayers

On August 26, Fox News aired just over two minutes of former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner's keynote address to the convention. After returning from a commercial, Alan Colmes shifted the topic to Obama's ties to former Weather Underground leader Bill Ayers. In contrast, both MSNBC and CNN aired the entirety of Warner's address.

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Trust Me

Bill in Portland Maine is the man! Trust me.

"You’re the Republican candidate for president and you want to fix the country's problems even though you don’t know much about the economy, you don’t know how to use the internet, you don’t know how many houses you own or what kind of car you drive, you admit you don’t think clearly when you’re tired, you make frequent gaffes on foreign policy, you think offshore drilling is a short-term solution to high gas prices, you support torture and keeping the Guantanamo prison open, you make rash decisions and statements from which you have to quickly backtrack, you have an explosive temper on a hair trigger, your idea of health care reform is 'wear more sunscreen,' you're for stem cell research except when it's done on stem cells because you consider them all American citizens, and you voted to support the policies of the worst president ever 100 percent of the time this year?"

"Trust me, my friends. I was a POW."

Only in Republicanland.

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Chuck Todd Suggests Closeted Charlie Crist has Sham Marriage

MSNBC pundits this morning discussed potential running mates for John Mccain and whether there is a “glass ceiling” for unmarried individuals in politics. After Andrea Mitchell floated Gov. Charlie Crist (R-FL) as an example, Joe Scarborough noted that Crist is engaged. Chuck Todd suggested the engagement may be staged so Crist can be V.P.

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McCain endorses song about & "fucking" at high school; and the fallout begins

Oh, Keeeeeeeeeeeeeith. I hope you're taking notes for your Friday show.

From Bill Prendergast:

I did a diary on this news item last night. Tonight's diary is a follow up that includes some original research, some more video, and comments drawn from folks on the web.

This is the deal, so far: a Latin music superstar named "Daddy Yankee" appeared with John McCain at a mostly Latino high school in Phoenix. As Kos diarist LeftofArizona pointed out, that McCain appearance was a violation of Arizona state law.

But the story doesn't end there. Before a crowd of giggling, excited Latina teenagers, McCain plugged Daddy's big reggaeton club hit, "Gasolina." What McCain may not have known at the time was that "Gasolina" is a song about "f***ing." (continue)...

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David Shuster Punks Rudy Giuliani on MSNBC's Morning Joe (with Scarborough even joining him).

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From Think Progress:

In an appearance on Morning Joe, Rudy Giuliani tried to stir a fake controversy over former President Bill Clinton’s speech tonight at the Democratic National Convention. “Are they gonna have him on in prime-time?” Giuliani asked, “or are they gonna do to him what they did to Governor Warner and stick him in two slots earlier.” (Clinton will speak in the 9-10 pm hour ET.) MSNBC analyst David Shuster immediately shot back: “Yeah right, as opposed to sticking him on the first night of the convention like what the Republicans are doing with George W. Bush and Vice President Cheney?” Watch it:

Host Joe Scarborough asked, “How strange is it that they’re putting the sitting President of the United States on Monday night, Labor Day? Doesn’t that say all that needs to be said about George Bush’s standing in the country?”

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Boston Globe: Convention Press Coverage is HORRIBLE

Someone's actually noticing? Wow. I've been watching on PBS HD. Beautiful, considerably less (yet better talk). The notworks are an embarrassment.

From dansac:

Last night's best speech may not have been HRC's, but Brian Schweitzer's rousing call to action over the issue of energy and the slamming of John McCain. But almost no one covered the speech except for PBS and C-SPAN. That, in a nutshell, captures the truly mind-numbing horrible-ness of the press coverage of this convention. And the Boston Globe noticed too:

THE BEST way to watch a political convention is on C-Span. That way Americans can make their own judgments unfiltered, without being told what to think by the nattering nabobs of TV commentary.

Indeed. These "nattering nabobs" only cover the speeches that they see as "marqueee" or which fit into their "narratives," doing an enormous disservice to the American people.

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8.26.2008

Bob Casey Calls McCain Bush's Sidekick (VIDEO)

On of the best lines of the night! MUST digg up. Media completely ignored it.

From HuffPo:

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey harshly criticized John McCain during his address to the Democratic Convention. Casey noted that while McCain casts himself as a "maverick," he has voted with Bush 90 percent of the time. Casey then said, " That's not a maverick, that's a sidekick."


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More from HuffPo on Casey:

Casey Shakes Convention Attendees From Torpor With "Four More Months" Line

Sitting up in the nosebleed seats at the Democratic National Convention, one was struck by how utterly distracted the audience was for large stretches of Tuesday night's program. Of course the night ended well, with a boisterous address from Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer and the roof-blowing finale from Sen. Hillary Clinton, though the crowd's attention was first engaged when Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. bent the familiar "four more years" line into "four more months," approximately (but not quite) the amount of time left in President Bush's final term.

The phrase shook the crowd from its collective torpor almost immediately. While other speakers tried to berate the crowd into chanting along with their would-be slogans, Casey's meme took off organically, with the speaker wanting to move on before the crowd did. And after Casey left the stage, the crowd attempted to take up the chant anew -- only to be pre-empted by the convention house band.