9.30.2008

Palin, a journalism major, can't name a single source read

Asked what newspapers and magazines she reads, Palin - a journalism major in college - could not name one publication.

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9.29.2008

Obama: McCain response to financial crisis was Katrina like

From Jed (via HuffPo):

How true is that, a great shot by Obama to McCain.


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9.28.2008

Palin's Favorability Drops To -10 In Tracking Poll

OMG.. While reporting on the new USA/Gallup Daily tacking Poll, DemFromCT had this gem about Sarah Plain's numbers:

Yesterday's polling, the first after the debate, was the strongest Obama day picked up by the R2K tracking poll. He led 51-42, and therefore, Obama had a +9 on Sa to go with +5 Th, +7 Fri (MoE +/- 5.1 for individual days.) Sarah Palin's fav/unfav are now -10 (40/50), and Obama is +27 (his improvement is via dropping his unfav to 32.)

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Plain's numbers have crashed like it's 1929. Oh, wait, maybe I shouldn't joke about that in today's day & age.

Palin Claimed Dinosaurs And People Coexisted

Soon after Sarah Palin was elected mayor of the foothill town of Wasilla, Alaska, she startled a local music teacher by insisting in casual conversation that men and dinosaurs coexisted on an Earth created 6,000 years ago -- about 65 million years after scientists say most dinosaurs became extinct -- the teacher said.

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John Kerry Takes It To McCain On Fox News

Again.... where was this man in 2004?!

From HuffPo:

John Kerry continues to be a better advocate for Barack Obama than he was for his own candidacy in 2004. The Obama campaign is sending out a clip from Kerry's appearance on Fox News Sunday making the case for Obama's leadership during the financial crisis.

Kerry: "Barack Obama was in constant touch with Secretary Paulson almost every single day, sometimes several times a day for the last two weeks. Barack Obama was the first person to speak and lay out at that meeting at the White House for about seven or eight minutes the entire parameters of what we had resolved. John McCain, when offered the opportunity to speak, passed, didn't speak until the very end, and when he spoke, did not offer a solution and did not say what he would support. The fact is that on a Monday of about a week ago, John McCain said the fundamentals of our economy are strong. Within a few days, John McCain was suspending his campaign because of the greatest crisis since World War II. He suspended his campaign and it took him 22 hours to get from New York to Washington, a one-hour flight, had time to go do Katie Couric in an interview, had time to give a speech to the Clinton millennium, and when he got here, he wound up -- I mean, he said he was going to interrupt his campaign to come down and save the negotiations. Most people believe what he did was interrupt the negotiations to come down and save his campaign."
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McCain Camp Can't Get Story Straight On Bailout

The public didn't by his 'suspension', his call for debates to be postponed and before today, understand clearly that McCain was hindering the deal by all witness accounts reported by every major news sources.

They aren't going to by this.

Now is the time to thank God for that D.C. bubble. It's certainly preventing the McCain campaign from understanding the magnitude of the absurdities in their stunts, tactics and wildly unbelievable statements and disinformation.

Thank you.
Thank you.
Thank you.

From HuffPo:

At the same time that Sen. John McCain was saying that he didn't deserve credit for getting a economic bailout package to the brink of completion, his campaign's chief strategist was arguing that the Senator played an integral role.

[snip]

Indeed, news accounts of what occurred during the bailout negotiation suggest that McCain played a passive and, perhaps, even detrimental role in the process. According to an account in the New York Times on Saturday, while officials were working out a compromise, McCain spent most of his day in his home in Virginian and, alternatively, at his campaign office.

[snip]

It was all a very a perplexing rendering of events. The truth was that, at the very moment a final compromise on the package was being reach, McCain and his wife, along with Sen. Joseph Lieberman and his, were caught dining in a posh Washington D.C. hotel.

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Newsweek's Fareed Zakaria Destroys Sarah Palin (and John McCain)

Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International, destroys Sarah Palin in his latest Newsweek article. And he blasts McCain for putting the future of our country in jeopardy.

Palin Is Ready? Please.

Will someone please put Sarah Palin out of her agony? Is it too much to ask that she come to realize that she wants, in that wonderful phrase in American politics, "to spend more time with her family"?

[snip]

This is nonsense—a vapid emptying out of every catchphrase about economics that came into her head. Some commentators, like CNN's Campbell Brown, have argued that it's sexist to keep Sarah Palin under wraps, as if she were a delicate flower who might wilt under the bright lights of the modern media. But the more Palin talks, the more we see that it may not be sexism but common sense that's causing the McCain campaign to treat her like a time bomb.

Can we now admit the obvious? Sarah Palin is utterly unqualified to be vice president. She is a feisty, charismatic politician who has done some good things in Alaska. But she has never spent a day thinking about any important national or international issue, and this is a hell of a time to start....

Obviously these are very serious challenges and constraints. In these times, for John McCain to have chosen this person to be his running mate is fundamentally irresponsible. McCain says that he always puts country first. In this important case, it is simply not true.

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Angry John McCain (VIDEO)

From Jed:

What happens when John McCain is forced to attend a debate he really wanted to skip?

You get an angry John McCain -- and the inspiration for my newest video.

26,000 Virginians Show Up In Rain For Obama-Biden Rally

From Jed:

Here's video from a local NBC affiliate of that huge rally in Fredricksburg, Virginia on Saturday evening. Overall, it's a great report but the brief soundbite from the veteran supporting Obama was particularly awesome. I've also posted another video from another station in the vodpod.


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As Negotiators Worked, McCain Ate at 4-Star Restaurant

From Jed (via HuffPo):

So lawmakers struck a deal on the bailout last night, but where was John McCain?

Was he part of the negotiations that he rushed back to Washington, DC to rescue? Was he valiantly battling the forces of the status quo to get something done for Main Street?

Well, it turns out that he wasn't. Instead, he indulged in a luxury dining experience at CityZen, an icon of haute cuisine in Washington, DC.

Politico reports:

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Tina Fey As Sarah Palin: Katie Couric SNL Skit (VIDEO)

From HuffPo:

Tina Fey returned to Saturday Night Live to reprise her widely hailed impersonation of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

The sketch mocks Palin's recent interview with CBS News' Katie Couric (played on SNL by Amy Poehler), touching on Palin's trip to New York and her comments about Russia and the financial bailout.


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9.27.2008

McCain's Angry Debate Disappoints Morning Joe Panel

From HuffPo:

Mika Brzezinski was particularly put-off by McCain's refusal to look at Barack Obama, which she said was not only rude, but made her wonder how McCain could debate issues if he couldn't even look at his opponent.

Joe Scarborough also thought McCain's demeanor reflected poorly on him, and Mike Barnicle thought McCain looked annoyed.


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The Smirk: Could McCain's Facial Gestures Define Debate?

The GOP nominee was grumpy, mean, and downright contemptuous of Obama, much to his detriment.

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Obama To McCain: On Iraq, "You Were Wrong"

From Jed (via HuffPo):

This was one of the most satisfying moments of the entire debate -- Barack Obama stepping up to the plate and telling John McCain that he was wrong on Iraq.

I know, you know it, everybody in America knows it -- except for John McCain. He was wrong, and that's not the judgment we need.

Here's video:



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The Most Stupidest McCain Ad Ever?

McCain is running a new campaign ad that actually attacks Barack Obama for agreeing with John McCain. This has to be the first time in history that a candidate ever went negative on his opponent for being too agreeable.If the ad had a lighthearted, funny tone I think it could work. But instead, it is angry and sneering, just like John McCain.

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9.26.2008

BREAKING! Missing senior found, sent back to his campaign in

Hilariousness from 23/6:

John McCain will attend the debate in Mississippi tonight. Ever since his disappearance from the presidential campaign on Wednesday afternoon, family and friends were pleading for the missing 72-year-old to come home, phone home or just do Letterman.

McCain had told friends he was leaving for "DC" to "save the economy." He was later spotted wandering aimlessly through a Katie Couric interview at CBS.

We don't know where you went, Grampa John, but we're glad you're back. We love you, no matter what!

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McCain Runs Web Ads Claiming to Win Debate - Before Debate!

This blunder was originally from Chris Cillizza at WaPo:

Although the fate of tonight's presidential debate in Mississippi remains very much up in the air, John McCain has apparently already won it -- if you believe an Internet ad an astute reader spotted next to this piece in the online edition of the Wall Street Journal this morning.

"McCain Wins Debate!" declares the ad which features a headshot of a smiling McCain with an American flag background. Another ad spotted by our eagle-eyed observer featured a quote from McCain campaign manager Rick Davis declaring: "McCain won the debate-- hands down."



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"McCain Wins Debate!"

Mindbogglingly stupid.

From Devilstower:

Barack Obama might as well go back to his suspiciously unsuspended campaign, because John McCain has already won tonight's debate.


"McCain Wins Debate!" declares the ad which features a headshot of a smiling McCain with an American flag background. Another ad spotted by our eagle-eyed observer featured a quote from McCain campaign manager Rick Davis declaring: "McCain won the debate-- hands down."
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McCain Campaign: "Palin Clueless", "Debate Prep Disasterous"

This is what McCain's "suspension" and debate gimmicks are REALLY about.

From Excelscior1:

Talk show host Ed Shultz is reporting that Capitol Hill sources are reporting that McCain insiders are scared shitless of Palin's upcoming debate (or shriek) holding a press conference. The campaign has held a mock debate and a mock press conference; both are being described as "disastrous." One senior McCain aide was quoted as saying.
Breaking News from Big Eddie:

McCain Camp insiders say Palin "clueless"
Capitol Hill sources are telling me that senior McCain people
are more than concerned about Palin. The campaign has held
a mock debate and a mock press conference; both are being described as "disastrous." One senior McCain aide was quoted as saying, "What are we going to do?"
The McCain people want to move this first debate to some later, undetermined date, possibly never. People on the inside are saying the Alaska Governor is "clueless."

http://www.wegoted.com/
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Letterman Attacks McCain Day 2:

From HuffPo:

"Late Show" host David Letterman kept up a verbal assault on John McCain Thursday, saying he felt like an "ugly date" because the GOP presidential candidate backed out of a scheduled appearance on his talk show.

[snip]

The comic was unhappy when McCain sat for an interview with Katie Couric instead of him Wednesday _ and even more perturbed to learn that McCain didn't leave New York until Thursday.

Watch clip.



Watch video of Letterman's monologue mocking McCain:

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VIDEO: John McCain To The Rescue!

From Jed (via HuffPo):

When John McCain came to the rescue...he just made things worse.


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Diverse web coalition asks McCain, Obama to alter debates

From the LA Times:

An informal national coalition of internet pioneers and users with widely divergent political views will issue a letter Friday morning calling on John McCain and Barack Obama to open the remaining debates completely to the public domain.

As Lawrence Lessig, a law professor and letter-signer put it, "Copyright, in my view, is essential and important, in some places. This isn't one."

The letter, which was obtained exclusively by The Ticket tonight, will be signed by such disparate internet names as Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit.com, Craig Newmark of Craigslist, Markos Moulitsas of DailyKos.com and Arianna Huffington of HuffingtonPost.

It will also ask the two major candidates to insist on a new method of choosing debate questions.

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9.25.2008

Firm top McCain aide 'quit' was paid $90K by campaign

John McCain's presidential campaign has become increasingly adamant this week that Rick Davis has had nothing to do with the consulting and lobbying firm he founded since signing on for the White House bid two years ago.So why does it look like McCain's own campaign paid Davis's firm in lieu of putting him directly on their payroll?

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McCain Cancels Letterman Appearance, Olbermann Replaces Him

From HuffPo:

John McCain canceled a scheduled appearance on CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" mere hours before he was slated to tape the show Wednesday as part of the suspension of his campaign, MSNBC reported on air Wednesday afternoon. Keith Olbermann will appear on Wednesday's "Late Show" in McCain's place.

UPDATE
: In addition to repeatedly mocking McCain for skipping out on his scheduled appearance Wednesday, Letterman also devoted, fittingly, his nightly top 10 list to the subject of "Questions People Are Asking The McCain Campaign." Number Five: "Are You Doing All This Just To Get Out Of Going On Letterman?"

Watch the clips:



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John McCain's Keating 5 Problem

From HuffPo:


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Sarah Silverman's HILARIOUS Obama Video: "The Great Schlep"

OK, This is just hilarious. It wouldn't work with my grandfather, but then again, he's just not right if you know what I mean. But, all you other Jews out there go ahead, give it a shot!!

From dansac:

In essence, Sarah Silverman is urging Jewish grandchildren everywhere to fly to Florida and convince their grandparents to vote for Obama. This is part of a larger, real, effort called "The Great Schlep,".

Note: as with all things Sarah Silverman, this is incredibly non-PC, so easily offended beware. In case the Brightcove player doesn't work well here, you can view the video at this link. Enjoy!


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MCain campaign chief Rick Davis remains officer with firm

Michael Isikoff writes that Rick Davis, John McCain's campaign manager, has remained the treasurer and a corporate director of his lobbying firm this year, despite repeated statements by campaign officials that he had ended his relationship with the firm in 2006, according to corporate records.

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Palin Stumped On McCain's History Of Supporting Regulations

I never thought I'd say this, but here goes: Thank you, Katie Couric.

From HuffPo:

Gov. Sarah Palin could not name a single instance in which Sen. John McCain has advocated for more regulation of the market -- a position that, in the wake of crisis in the housing and financial markets, the Arizona Senator has adopted as his own.

Appearing on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, Palin briefly discussed McCain's call for greater oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- the two beleaguered mortgage houses - as evidence that McCain doesn't always shy from a firmer government role in the economy. But when pressed, she could not name an actual instance where McCain supported regulation.

"I'm just going to ask you one more time, not to belabor the point," Couric said. "Specific examples in his 26 years of pushing for more regulation."

"I'll try to find you some and I'll bring them to you," Palin responded.

The reason she was stumped is somewhat simple: McCain, in his 26 years in Congress has been a strict champion of deregulation

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9.24.2008

Right Wing Group Runs Rev. Wright Ad in Michigan

Here come the Rev. Wright ads..

From Talking Points Memo's Greg Sargent:

The Freedom's Defense Fund, a right wing group with ties to Obama slime-ographer Jerome Corsi, is up in Michigan with this ad attacking Obama and starring Jeremiah Wright and his "God damn America" rant...

It's unclear how long the ad has been running, and how big the buy is, but The New York Times reports this morning that the spot is running in Macomb County, Michigan, a stronghold of white, unionized auto workers -- the latest in a wave of very targeted advertising by outside groups that appear to have been set up for the sole purpose of sliming Obama in one way or another.

The Freedom's Defense Fund, for its part, describes itself rather vaugely as devoted to the "principles of limited government" and against the "nanny state," and Corsi is a paid consultant.

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Biden Slams McCain Hard on Foreign Policy In Speech Today

They're taking it to McCain just before the foreign policy debate. Right on!

From Time:

“Our country is less secure and more isolated than it has been at any time in recent history. This administration has dug America into a very deep hole around the world at a time our leadership is needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century.“A central question for this election is which candidate will keep digging that hole…and which candidate will dig us out of that hole – indeed which candidate has the judgment and the vision to renew the promise of America in the world. It won’t surprise you who I believe that candidate is: Barack Obama. But it is equally clear who that candidate is not: John McCain.”

“… the policies he would pursue as president would be wrong for America – nowhere more so than with our security and standing in the world.”

[snip]

“John is more than wrong — he is dangerously wrong. On a question so basic, so fundamental, so critical to our nation’s security, we can’t afford a Commander-in Chief so divorced from reality and from America’s most basic national interests.”

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I ghost-wrote letters to the editor for the McCain campaign

I spent a morning in John McCain's Virginia campaign headquarters ghost-writing letters to the editor for McCain supporters to sign. I even pretended to have a son in Iraq.

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McCain Actually Blocked Creation Of Blackberry

There are just so many things wrong with McCain that I always knew at some point EACH one of them would come crashing down on top of him. I never knew it would be so much fun watching it happen though. It's like one of those tennis ball machines set on too high a setting for the player and they can't keep up.

From Politico:

One thing is certain: McCain’s tenure is not as simple to encapsulate as McCain’s economic adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, tried to make it seem last week, when he held up a BlackBerry and credited its invention to McCain’s work on the committee. In fact, McCain voted against key legislation that paved the device’s way.

“Being the chair of that committee is very, very important,” said former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Reed Hundt, who served for nine months with McCain at the helm of Commerce and now advises the Obama campaign. “And if it were true that John McCain had championed the opening up of new markets or technology, that would be a good thing. It just is not true.”

BlackBerry creation is not the only questionable claim the McCain campaign has made about his work on the committee.

“Under John McCain’s guiding hand,” his website states, “Congress developed a wireless spectrum policy that spurred the rapid rise of mobile phones and Wi-Fi technology.”

But a former FCC senior staffer, who would talk candidly only if not quoted by name, called this a serious overstatement, noting that the nascent wireless spectrum was first made available in 1985, and that the FCC increased its size for “unlicensed national information infrastructure devices” in January 1997 — just as McCain was assuming the chairmanship.

Experts who have worked with the committee or follow its deliberations paint a picture of McCain’s tenure as unremarkable and sometimes contradictory — and often (but not always) fueled by a deregulatory bent.

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Obama Aims To Flip Indiana

He wouldn't be going for it if he didn't believe something was happening. Very cool.

From Huff Post:

Democrats typically skip right over reliably Republican Indiana when plotting presidential campaign strategy.

Not Barack Obama.

The candidate from next-door Illinois is bidding to flip the state into the Democratic column this year.

To that end, he is doing what no presidential candidate has done in decades - spending significant amounts of money and time in the state, while Republican John McCain maintains a low profile.

[snip]

Indiana, with 11 electoral votes, is one of only a handful of states where Obama's advertising has been unanswered by McCain. The Democrat has 32 offices across the state and dozens of paid staffers. His campaign spent about $6 million on television advertising in Indiana leading up to the May primary and has aired at least $1.5 million in TV ads since June.

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BLOODBATH: House GOP rises up against Cheney

From Politico:

There was a time when Dick Cheney could turn back a Republican revolt on Capitol Hill.

That time is gone.

The vice president traveled to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to silence a chorus of GOP complaints about Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s $700 billion plan. But House Republicans who walked into a closed-door meeting with Cheney steaming over the plan walked out just as angry, and they described what happened in between as both “a bloodbath” and “an unmitigated disaster.”

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Barack Obama, John McCain and the Language of Race

Brent Staples at the NY Times understands and explains what African Americans in general and Barack Obama specifically, are dealing with during the campaign - and he makes it clear in no uncertain terms that when the word 'uppity' is used in 2008, those using it mean 'uppity nigger':

It was not that long ago that black people in the Deep South could be beaten or killed for seeking the right to vote, talking back to the wrong white man or failing to give way on the sidewalk. People of color who violated these and other proscriptions could be designated "uppity niggers" and subjected to acts of violence and intimidation that were meant to dissuade others from following their examples.

The term "uppity" was applied to affluent black people, who sometimes paid a horrific price for owning nicer homes, cars or more successful businesses than whites. Race-based wealth envy was a common trigger for burnings, lynchings and cataclysmic episodes of violence like the Tulsa race riot of 1921, in which a white mob nearly eradicated the prosperous black community of Greenwood.
Forms of eloquence and assertiveness that were viewed as laudable among whites were seen as positively mutinous when practiced by people of color. As such, black men and women who looked white people squarely in the eye — and argued with them about things that mattered — were declared a threat to the racial order and persecuted whenever possible.

[snip]

Mr. Obama seems to understand that he is always an utterance away from a statement — or a phrase — that could transform him in a campaign ad from the affable, rational and racially ambiguous candidate into the archetypical angry black man who scares off the white vote. His caution is evident from the way he sifts and searches the language as he speaks, stepping around words that might push him into the danger zone.

These maneuvers are often painful to watch. The troubling part is that they are necessary.

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Washington Post/ABC Poll: Obama Has 'Clear Lead' Over McCain (52% - 43%)!

From the WaPo:

Turmoil in the financial industry and growing pessimism about the economy have altered the shape of the presidential race, giving Democratic nominee Barack Obama the first clear lead of the general-election campaign over Republican John McCain, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News national poll.

[snip]

More voters trust Obama to deal with the economy, and he currently has a big edge as the candidate who is more in tune with the economic problems Americans now face. He also has a double-digit advantage on handling the current problems on Wall Street, and as a result, there has been a rise in his overall support. The poll found that, among likely voters, Obama now leads McCain by 52 percent to 43 percent. Two weeks ago, in the days immediately following the Republican National Convention, the race was essentially even, with McCain at 49 percent and Obama at 47 percent.

As a point of comparison, neither of the last two Democratic nominees -- John F. Kerry in 2004 or Al Gore in 2000 -- recorded support above 50 percent in a pre-election poll by the Post and ABC News.

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Mitchell Compares McCain Press Treatment To N. Korea, Syria

From HuffPo:

Tonight on the Rachel Maddow Show, NBC's Andrea Mitchell drew a line between the McCain campaign's unprecedented avoidance of the press and the restrictive practices in countries like North Korea and Syria.

Watch the video:

"It is standard practice," Mitchell responded. "It's standard for the White House, for the State Department. And often we are in foreign countries where it is not standard practice, like in Pyongyang or in Damascus, and usually the State Department insists upon it and then we are at risk for whatever happens. ... But that's not by by American officials and certainly not by Republican campaign officials running a national election here in the United States."

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Sam Stein: Campbell Brown Rips McCain Camp's

Leave John McCain alone!!

From Huffington Post:

In a fiery commentary, Campbell Brown laid into John McCain for casting a "chauvinistic chain" that ran over his running mate. Punctuated by a call to "Free Sarah Palin," the CNN anchor highlighted the attempt Tuesday by the McCain campaign to ban editorial reporters from covering Palin's visit with world leaders at the UN, as yet another gender-demeaning move in a campaign highlighted by sexist behavior.

"Tonight I call on the McCain campaign to stop treating Sarah Palin like she is a delicate flower that will wilt at any moment," said Brown. "This woman is from Alaska for crying out loud. She is strong. She is tough. She is confident. And you claim she is ready to be one heart beat away form the presidency. If that is the case, then end this chauvinistic treatment of her now. Allow her to show her stuff. Allow her to face down those pesky reporters... Let her have a real news conference with real questions. By treating Sarah Palin different from the other candidates in this race, you are not showing her the respect she deserves. Free Sarah Palin. Free her from the chauvinistic chain you are binding her with. Sexism in this campaign must come to an end. Sarah Palin has just as much a right to be a real candidate in this race as the men do. So let her act like one."

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Freddie Mac continued checks to McCain campaign chief's firm

Since 2006, the federally sponsored mortgage giant Freddie Mac has paid at least $345,000 to the lobbying and consulting firm of John McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis, according to two sources familiar with the arrangement.

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9.23.2008

'Thank John McCain' AD from this weekend going on TV!

This is people powered politics in action:

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9.22.2008

Who's the Elitist Again?

Via Markos [Click for larger image]:


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Dirty Secret Of The Bailout: Thirty-Two Words

Here they are:"Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency."Still think this bailout as proposed is a good idea? Think again.

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McCain Camp Lies About Lying

John McCain’s top aides convened a conference call today to complain of being called “liars.” But the call was so rife with simple, often inexplicable misstatements of fact that it may have had the opposite effect: Deepening the perception, dangerous to McCain hat he and his aides have little regard for factual accuracy.

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Biden: McCain Helped Cripple Labor Movement

Joe Biden on the stump ties McCain to the destruction of the middle-class

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Paulson's bailout is a free-for-all for lobbyists

From AmericaBlog:

This guy can't say no to anyone. The bailout has become a catch all and everyone wants a piece of the action. It's easy though since they're his friends and it's not his money. All of this explains why the Paulson bailout plan has grown from $500 billion to $1.8 trillion and now includes posh foreign banks.
The group said a wide variety of institutions as varied as mortgage lenders and insurance companies should be able to take advantage of the bailout, and that these companies should be able to sell off any investments linked to mortgages.

The scope of the bailout grew over the weekend. As recently as Saturday morning, the Bush administration’s proposal called for Treasury to buy residential or commercial mortgages and related securities. By that evening, the proposal was broadened to give Treasury discretion to buy “any other financial instrument.”

The lobbying became particularly intense because Congress plans to approve a package within just two weeks, without the traditional hearings and committee process.

“Of course there will be fierce lobbying,” said Bert Ely, a financial services industry consultant in Alexandria, Va. “The real question is, Who wouldn’t want to be included in the package?”
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Paulson to the US -- Grab Your Ankles

From bonddad:

There's a plan afoot to screw the US taxpayer. It was proposed by the Treasury Secretary. He will attempt to ram it through Congress this week using scare tactics. The bottom line is this is the worst piece of legislation to come down the pike in a very long time. It should not be passed in present form.

Let me start with a point made by fellow econ blogger Mish:

It was only a month ago Paulson was reiterating to anyone who would listen how sound our banking system is. The fact of the matter is that neither Paulson nor Bernanke saw this coming, yet now Congress is supposed to trust they now "know" the solution.

Damn good point. In fact, everyone who is surprised by what happened over the last few weeks (which is damn well near everybody) should sit down and not even get involved in solving the current problem.

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Obama, Not McCain, Shows Steady Hand in Crisis:

From Bloomberg:

For the first time since 1932 a presidential election is taking place in the midst of a genuine financial crisis. The reaction of the candidates was revealing.

John McCain, railing against the ``greed and corruption'' of Wall Street, won the first round of the sound-bite war. He came out with a television commercial on the ``crisis'' early on Monday of last week, and over the next three days gave more than a dozen broadcast interviews. He and running mate Sarah Palin would reform Wall Street and regulate the nefarious fat cats that caused this fiasco.

It was a great start. It then went downhill as he stumbled over his record of championing deregulation, claimed the economy was fundamentally strong, and flip-flopped over the government takeover of American International Group Inc.

For his part, Barack Obama didn't come across as passionately outraged and wasn't as omnipresent or as specific.

[snip]

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Loan Titans Paid Scumbag McCain Adviser Nearly $2 Million

No wonder John McCain tried to link Barack Obama to the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by claiming he had ties to their chief executives -- calling them advisers based on a five minute conversation no less. This is was a real relationship is with these failed financial giants.

From the NY Times:

Senator John McCain’s campaign manager was paid more than $30,000 a month for five years as president of an advocacy group set up by the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to defend them against stricter regulations, current and former officials say...

...The value that he brought to the relationship was the closeness to Senator McCain and the possibility that Senator McCain was going to run for president again,” said Robert McCarson, a former spokesman for Fannie Mae, who said that while he worked there from 2000 to 2002, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac together paid Mr. Davis’s firm $35,000 a month. Mr. Davis “didn’t really do anything,” Mr. McCarson, a Democrat, said.

[snip]

But last week the McCain campaign stepped up a running battle of guilt by association when it began broadcasting commercials trying to link Mr. Obama directly to the government bailout of the mortgage giants this month by charging that he takes advice from Fannie Mae’s former chief executive, Franklin Raines, an assertion both Mr. Raines and the Obama campaign dispute.

Incensed by the advertisements, several current and former executives of the companies came forward to discuss the role that Rick Davis, Mr. McCain’s campaign manager and longtime adviser, played in helping Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac beat back regulatory challenges when he served as president of their advocacy group, the Homeownership Alliance, formed in the summer of 2000. Some who came forward were Democrats, but Republicans, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed their descriptions.

[snip]

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Obama Ad Hit McCain on deregulating healthcare

Barack Obama hits McCain hard on his latest -- an article in which McCain actually says he'd like deregulation to do for healthcare what it did for the financial sector. Those are his own words, mind you. Imagine what would happen if, God forbid, McCain won this election?

"Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation."
Here's Barack Obama ad hitting him on this:


BARACK: I’m Barack Obama and I approved this message.

ANNCR: We’ve seen what Bush-McCain policies have done to our economy.

Now John McCain wants to do the same to our health care.

McCain just published an article praising Wall Street deregulation...

Said he’d reduce oversight of the health insurance industry too...

Just "as we have done over the last decade in banking"...

John McCain. A risk we just can’t afford to take.

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UPDATE:

Here's what Jed has to say about this ad:

Lord Have Mercy

This ad is just...totally...brutal. Devastating. It takes on John McCain over his plan to do to the health care industry what he did with the banking industry, and it takes no prisoners.

If you're interested in some more information on McCain's radical plans for the health care system, I took a look at them in early July. His basic idea: scrap employer-based health care altogether and replace it with individually purchased health care plans. Every person for him or herself.

Jason Linkins: McCain Campaign Won't Rule Out Gramm

McCain's campaign won't even rule out Phil Gramm, the mastermind behind the financial collapse we are in today, as McCain's Treasury Secretary. Unfuckingbelievable!

From HuffPo:

For those of you who have developed a fondness for Tucker Bounds-themed bondage and domination videos, here's another YouTube where David Shuster chortles his way through a segment in which Bounds cannot or will not bring himself to assure the American people that Phil Gramm - who recently called America a "nation of whiners" but who led the effort for the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act that paved the way for the economic collapses of today - will not, under any circumstances, become Secretary of the Treasury in the McCain administration. If Bounds keeps at these sorts of "explanations," the world's supply of false equivalencies may run out by the first week of October.



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McCain: "I’m glad I deregulated Wall Street"

WOW. Just WOW. McCain actually believes deregulation was goo for the economy.

From Think Progress:

In the wake of last week’s financial meltdown, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has been calling for more regulation and criticizing lax oversight of Wall Street, despite the fact that he and former senator Phil Gramm passed much of the deregulatory reforms that led to the current crisis. Interviewed on CBS today, however, McCain said he does not “regret” championing the deregulation of Wall Street:

Q: In 1999, you were one of the senators who helped pass deregulation of Wall Street. Do you regret that now?

McCAIN: No. I think the deregulation was probably helpful to the growth of our economy.



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9.21.2008

ABC Panel Tears Into McCain: Not Presidential, Age a Factor

When you've lost George Will AND Sam Donaldson, you're done.

From HuffPo:

For John McCain, the panel discussion on This Week with George Stephanopoulos could not have been more brutal.

Minutes after conservative columnist George Will declared that the Senator was decidedly un-presidential is his erratic call for the firing of SEC Chairman Chris Cox, Sam Donaldson, the long-time ABC hand, said that McCain's erratic message on the economy again raised questions about his age.

"I suppose the McCain campaign's hope is that when there's a big crisis, people will go for age and experience," said Will. "The question is, who in this crisis looked more presidential, calm and un-flustered? It wasn't John McCain who, as usual, substituting vehemence for coherence, said 'let's fire somebody.' And picked one of the most experienced and conservative people in the administration, Chris Cox, and for no apparent reason... It was un-presidential behavior by a presidential candidate."

Donaldson then jumped in: "It was two days after the he said the fundamentals of the economy were strong. His talking points have gotten all mixed up. And I think the question of age is back on the table."

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O'Reilly Hacked for Comments about Palin Hack

Wired magazine has the most wonderful news of the week:

A hacker claims to have cracked the web site of Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly and purloined a list of subscribers to the site, which includes their names, e-mail addresses, city and state, and the password they use for their registration to the site.

The attack was retaliation for comments that O'Reilly made on the air this week about web sites that published e-mails obtained from the Yahoo account of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, according to a press release distributed by WikiLeaks late Friday.

The hacker sent WikiLeaks a screenshot of O'Reilly's subscriber list as proof of the deed, which WikiLeaks has posted online.

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Truthiness Stages a Comeback

Sunday morning brilliance form Frank rich:

By using the Rovian political strategies to envelope the presidential race in a fog of truthiness, McCain-Palin is being sold like the White House sold the war.

[snip]

For better or worse, the candidacy of Barack Obama, a senator-come-lately, must be evaluated on his judgment, ideas and potential to lead. McCain, by contrast, has been chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, where he claims to have overseen “every part of our economy.” He didn’t, thank heavens, but he does have a long and relevant economic record that begins with the Keating Five scandal of 1989 and extends to this campaign, where his fiscal policies bear the fingerprints of Phil Gramm and Carly Fiorina. It’s not the résumé that a presidential candidate wants to advertise as America faces its worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. That’s why the main thrust of the McCain campaign has been to cover up his history of economic malpractice.

When a McCain spokesman told Politico a week ago that “we’re not too concerned about what the media filter tries to say” about the campaign’s incessant fictions, he was channeling a famous Bush dictum of 2003: “Somehow you just got to go over the heads of the filter.” In Bush’s case, the lies lobbed over the heads of the press were to sell the war in Iraq. That propaganda blitz, devised by a secret White House Iraq Group that included Rove, was a triumph. In mere months, Americans came to believe that Saddam Hussein had aided the 9/11 attacks and even that Iraqis were among the hijackers. A largely cowed press failed to set the record straight.

Just as the Bushies once flogged uranium from Africa, so Palin ceaselessly repeats her discredited claim that she said “no thanks” to the Bridge to Nowhere. Nothing is too small or sacred for the McCain campaign to lie about. It was even caught (by The Christian Science Monitor) peddling an imaginary encounter between Cindy McCain and Mother Teresa when McCain was adopting her daughter in Bangladesh.

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Anti-McCain ads huge factor in bounce

GoogleBonhoeffer has complied the onslaught of the newest anti-McCain ads and has come to the conclusion (rightfully so I believe) that they are what are propelling Obama's polls numbers:

This week in the TV ad wars saw the Obama campaign deliver punch after punch on a wide range of critical issues from social security to equal pay for women. Staying true to his usual consistent framing of change vs. more of the same, nearly all these hard-hitting, truth-telling attack ads link John McCain to George W. Bush.

If the past week's polls are any indication then Barack Obama is successfully defining his opponent in ways that John Kerry and Al Gore never even came close to.

This weekly roundup (#4) features 30+ anti-McCain ads overall and 8 newbies including 1 potential knock out ad not yet linkable to the Obama campain nor any independent group. Enjoy!

"Thank McCain" (Produced by 'concerned citizen' or more stealth brilliance from Obama???)

"Honor"

"Fundamentals"

"No Maverick"

"My Friends" (Moveon.org)

"Sold Us Out"

"Equal Pay"

"Social Security"

"Dos Caras"


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McCain Flip-Flops on Privatization of Soc. Sec. [w/ video]

Once again modern technology proves the maverick a liar. From the Huffington Post:

...the Obama campaign has begun highlighting John McCain's support for privatizing Social Security, the venerable government institution known as a third rail of politics.

Appearing in Florida on Saturday, the Democratic nominee warned voters that his opponent's plan would leave the retirement security of senior citizens at the whims of an erratic market.

"I know Senator McCain is talking about a 'casino culture' on Wall Street," said Obama, "but the fact is, he's the one who wants to gamble with your life savings and that is not going to happen when I'm President of the United States."

The McCain campaign has responded to these and other attacks by accusing Obama of fear mongering, repeatedly denying that the Arizona Republican ever supported privatization in the first place.

"He's not ever talked about outsourcing Social Security into the private sector," senior adviser Steve Schmidt told reporters Thursday. "What people talk about with regard to personal accounts is giving the American people an ability to have a greater return on an investment -- it could be bond funds, for example."

But a rarely-seen video in a new documentary released by the group Progressive Accountability, a portion of which was handed over to the Huffington Post, shows this simply isn't true. McCain has in fact argued that privatization is necessary to maintain Social Security into the future.


"Without privatization, I don't see how you can possibly, over time, make sure that young Americans are able to receive Social Security benefits," McCain declares at a December 2004 even in New Hampshire.

"Americans have got to understand that we are paying present day retirees with the taxes paid by young workers in American today. And that's a disgrace. It's an absolute disgrace and it's got to be fixed," he declared on the campaign trail this year.

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Maybe the Best Anti-McCain Ad Ever

It truly is one of the best anti-McCain ads out there.

Video courtesy of vote4thefuture (but sweetliberty has much much more about trying to get this ad on the air, so please check out their blog for more information):



Reports to back up the claims:
McCain votes with Bush & Big Corporations:

http://www.factcheck.org/askfactcheck...

Lobbyists Running the McCain Campaign:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...

A Tax Plan for the Rich (LA Times):

http://tinyurl.com/3e98ql

This clip made by a private citizen.
"Information is the currency of democracy."
-Thomas Jefferson

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SNL SKEWERS McCain and His Sleazy Lies in Al Franken Crafted Skit

From DKer Bob Sackamento:

The skit accurately roasts McCain's willingness to sacrifice any shred of decency to win an election with his ridiculously specious attack ads.It evens throws in this likely McCain ad:

"Barack Obama fathered TWO black children IN WEDLOCK."


Inspired by the mendacity of McCain's commercials, Al Franken provided his expertise to the SNL writers:

Al Franken, the former "Saturday Night Live" star now running in a high-profile Senate race in Minnesota, helped craft the opening sketch mocking John McCain that kicked off the NBC comedy show Saturday, according to two well-placed sources inside the network...

Franken, who hasn’t been a staff writer on the show for 13 years, "phoned in" a spoof of McCain recording campaign ads in an edit booth, said an NBC source. Seth Meyers, the show’s current head writer, wrote it, but the sketch was hatched by Franken, a longtime liberal satirist and comedian...

A Franken campaign aide said the candidate had been taping an ad earlier in the week and had wondered out loud how McCain could include the disclaimer candidates are required to include in their commercials — "I’m John McCain, and I approved this message" — when his spots were so "over the top."

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20,000+ come out for Obama rally in GOP stronghold

Would it be immature of me to say, "nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah?"

From the Jed Report:



According to firstcoastnews.com, 8,000 of the more than 20,000 who showed up were turned away. Many of those turned away were able to listen to the rally from outside the venue's gates.

When McCain spoke at the same spot on Monday, 3,000 showed up.

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