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(Once again) Jon Stewart says it best

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

Again, I’m lamenting how it takes a fuckin’ comedian to point this stuff out!


<bashes head on desk>

Peggy Noonan says “It’s Over”

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Tried to embed this video, but it’s not working. Fixed.


Don’t just look, listen.



-Erik the Red

What did they not know and when did they not know it?

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

I initially applauded McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin – however begrudgingly – as a good move politically that stole the spotlight off Obama in the immediate aftermath of his DNC acceptance speech. I also thought it clever that they picked a relative unknown with “solid” conservative credentials to help shore up the support of social conservatives who were,up until then, lukewarm at best towards Sen. McCain.

But what a difference just 3 days can make!

Most notable to me in all the revelations about Gov. Palin is not about her, though. It’s about the McCain campaign. From a variety of sources (some partisan, I admit), it appears that they never even took the time to fully vet her before making this decision.

Here are a few examples:

McCain Camp Didn’t Search Palin’s Hometown Paper Archives

Andrea Mitchell reports GOP lawyers going to Alaska for a “deeper vet” on Sept. 1

George Stephanopoulos reports the same

According to others, however, there’s evidence to suggest that the initial vetting was not really done by the McCain camp at all, but by the Religious Right wingnuts of the CNP :

The Council for National Policy Meets in Minn., vets Palin

Yes, Sarah Palin was vetted

What do you think the public reaction would be if it were reported that Gov. Palin was picked to make the likes of James Dobson happy?

Wait, something’s just coming in…

The AP is reporting that Sarah Palin was indeed fully vetted? And their source? Oh, the guy in charge of the vetting.


So anyway, as I was saying….


Erik the Red

My view on the selection of Sarah Palin

Monday, September 1st, 2008

As I look at the events unfolding today, my first reaction is “That sonofabitch!” It was predicted that the McCain campaign would do this when they did to take the spotlight off Sen. Obama and short-circuit any convention bounce he might get. It appears they might have done just that.

As far as Sarah Palin herself goes, I have to admit that this is an extremely good move on their part. It’s good demographically and good because, as a yet-unkown quantity she doesn’t carrry the baggage of the other potential VP picks. In fact, I can’t really see any downside to choosing her at this time (but you can damn well bet I and others will be looking).

At the same time, I don’t see how she can help overcome the biggest problem the McCain campaign still has, which is that they’re Republicans…IOW, the same party of the current and still very unpopular President. Right now they’re basking in the limelight and feeling good at how this move will likely change the game, but eventually the glow is going to fade and they’re going to have to get down to the business of trying to prove to the country that the GOP deserves to retain control of the White House.

I don’t see how she can do that.

– Erik the Red

Another Anniversary

Monday, September 1st, 2008

There’s been talk of how tonight, the night of Sen. Obama’s nomination acceptance speech in Denver, is the 40th anniversary of Martin L. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Elsewhere on the “tubes” some Cons are pointing out that it’s also the anniversary of something having to do with Bill Ayers.

How many know, however, that tomorrow, when Sen. McCain is supposed to formally announce his VP pick, what THAT is an anniversary of.

On August 30, 2005 here’s what McSame and the Shrubster were up to:

Just something to consider….

What’s with Repubs these days??

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Just thought I’d share this little bit of news:

Snohomish County GOP pulls “$3 bills” smearing Obama from fair booth

The head of the Snohomish County Republican Party apologized Tuesday after the organization’s booth at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe sold “$3 bills” depicting Barack Obama wearing Arab headgear and featuring a camel.

Geri Modrell, the Snohomish County Republican chairwoman, said a volunteer had brought the bills to the fair thinking they were funny.

“I don’t think it’s funny,” said Modrell, who said she ordered the bills removed as soon as she learned about them. “They were offensive. The volunteers are being told very clearly they must not do these sorts of things.”

With all the talk I hear from Republicans how the Obama campaign (and by extension the Dems) is supposedly in trouble at the moment, news like this tells me otherwise.

Keep up the good work, guys

“Ayers” Rears its ugly head again…

Monday, September 1st, 2008

…and the Obama camp responds better than the Kerry camp did back in ‘04 to the Swift-Boat smears:

Obama Response Ad Ties Ayers Swift-Boating Spot Directly To McCain


The Ayers spot and the size of the expenditure make it tougher to dismiss the Obama camp’s warnings about the coming Swift-Boat campaign as mere wolf-crying. And Obama’s response ad is another sign of the Obama camp’s determination to signal that he won’t be Swift-Boated — both because the Obama camp wants to avoid John Kerry’s fate, and because Obama advisers want to signal to jittery Democrats that they’re poised to respond aggressively.

Now if only the Obama camp would do what I’ve suggested

The Halperin-McCain Buzz

Monday, September 1st, 2008

McCain forgetting about the amount of houses he and Cindy own was already pure gold, since it blew to hell the narrative his campaign was trying to construct about Senator Obama being the more “elitist” of the two nominees. As an added bonus, it also started to show the public just how much of a crutch his POW history has become a crutch, since it was all he had to come back with once he got called on it.

Now, along with McCain’s gaffe, the big buzz on the left of the blogosphere is the assertion by Mark Halperin that the Obama campaign is ultimately going to suffer because they jumped all over McCain’s gaffe. Apparently, the McCain campaign wasn’t really getting dirty all this time, but now they are because Sen. Obama’s campaign dared to make fun of St. John. Unfrigginbelievable.

Halperin’s asinine assertion is being ripped just about everywhere one looks. Here’s Digby’s take:

Halperin gets extra points for bringing up Rezko, Wright and Ayers all in one sentence. Mighty efficient. Never mind if there’s little to nothing to these “scandals” — in Halperin’s world, it’s all about what will play and what will stick.It’s interesting how Halperin speaks about McCain and “the way he says he’s going to run this campaign.” It’s as if Halperin hasn’t bothered to watch what the man of honor and his campaign actually have been doing, and remains blissfully unaware of the numerous negative ads they’ve run. Stephanopoulos even brings up McCain’s smear against Obama, that he’d rather lose a war than an election, but Halperin brushes it off. In his world, the macho, aggressive Obama campaign started all this, and it will be their fault when the McCain campaign continues decides to go negative – with great reluctance, I’m sure. Halperin’s always been about the perception game versus the merits of a claim (or heaven forbid, a policy), but it’s a pretty bizarre stance nonetheless. Even Cokie Roberts isn’t buying it.

But apparently, although the main focus has been on Halperin, he’s not the only one to invoke this talking point:

It’s not just Halperin, of course. Tom Brokaw and Chuck Todd recently defended McCain on the houses front, with Brokaw citing an e-mail to invoke — you guessed it – the POW defense. I imagine they heard what Halperin heard — John McCain said he’d run a respectful campaign, and John McCain is an honorable man (so are they all, Rick Davis included, honorable men).


I’m not sure why it’s a ringing endorsement that McCain doesn’t know what’s going on in his own campaign. But still, who’s Mark Halperin supposed to believe, the honorable John McCain, or his lying campaign?

I realize there’s a danger of bullshit becoming accepted as CW by the general public if it gets repeated too often (even if said bullshit is being made fun of), but I hope idiots like Halperin get more coverage of this kind nonetheless.

Update: Oh yeah, Steve Benen also does a great job of ripping Mr. Halperin a new one.

Mark Halperin sure is teh funny!

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Brien just posted about this a while ago. Now, courtesy of TPM and YouTube, here’s the video of Halperin’s appearance on This Week:

Mark Halperin: McCain Gaffe Excellent News for McCain!!!


Update: Halperin has just received an award by John Cole of Balloon Juice!

Trying to get out of the doldrums

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Hello folks, back again

Besides being a bit of a lazy-ass in general, I also haven’t felt quite as enthusiastic about blogging because of recent events. The “events” in question should be obvious, but for those who might question which ones they are, I submit this cartoon by Mike Luckovich:

It’s not just certain stances Sen. Obama has publicly taken in the last few weeks, it’s also the narrative going on in our so-called Liberal Media™. Can anyone reading this see in the above image what I’m talking about?

So Who’s Deperate?

Monday, September 1st, 2008

On another site – which will go nameless – I’ve read a good many posts by Cons (not all of them, mind you….some are actually realistic) saying how the Dems are “desperatee”. Considering how Congress is likely to widen it’s Dem majority next year, considering Sen. Obama’s momentum and fundraising advantage and considering how McCain will have to deal with the Mr. 28% albatross around his neck as a major disadvantage, I don’t see how the Dems should feel a need for “desperation”.

You wanna see desperation? Check this out:

That List Of “Democrats And Indys” Backing McCain? It’s A Bit Of A Sham.

This is a fun one. A few days ago, the McCain campaign proudly released a list of “prominent Democrats and Independents” supporting his candidacy. The idea was to appeal to disgruntled Hillary supporters and others by sending a message that it’s okay to be a Dem and not support Barack Obama.

But there’s only one problem: The list is a bit of a sham. A look at some of these “Democrats and independents” shows that it’s a stretch to tout their support for the Republican as anything at all unusual.

Some of the “Democrats” and “Independents” on the list already have often supported Republicans in the past, suggesting that there’s little if any meaning to their support for McCain over Obama. And others have a history of hostility towards the Democratic Party that makes it difficult, if not impossible, to take them seriously as genuine cross-over supporters.

Click the link to see who many of these so-called Democrats are.


Monday, September 1st, 2008

Well, it’s been over a week since my last post. I’m really on my ass with this blogging thing (That’s a leftover term from the Army, btw. To be “on your ass” means you’re either derelict in your job or screwing it up royally), I can see now where the work comes in for those who do this fulltime. Anyway, what’s brought out of my slump is the oppurtunity to not only share a good piece of Election 2008 snark, but also to once again show off what total rhymes-with-wick Sean hannity is.

Both are are accomplished in this Daily Show clip. Enjoy.

DailyKos writers give their views on why Clinton lost

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Today (Sunday, June 8, 2008) frontpagers at DailyKos (bloggers whose diaries get prominent billing on the front page) posted essays on their views of what went wrong with Sen. Clinton’s campaign for the Democratic nomination. They’re all an interesting read.








Trapper John

Moyers vs. O’Reilly: No contest

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Check out this video posted on Crooks and Liars with Bill Moyers taking down Bill O’s producer Porter Barry.

Ms. Parker hits all the “right” notes

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Besides thinking she’s a pretty lady, columnist Kathleen Parker has usually struck me as one of the more “reasonable” conservative columnists out there; not that there haven’t been exceptions. Today’s column is an especially notable one:

Smiling at Obama is a reflex

WASHINGTON—The history-making moment with which we’re now all familiar seems to have surpassed inevitability and entered the realm of foregoneness.There seems no stopping Barack Obama, not solely because of his obvious appeal but because who really wants to be the one who stands athwart history yelling, “Stop!” when this particular history is so compelling? And so charged.

See where this is going yet? If not, maybe this part will clue you in:

It is hard not to smile when Obama is smiling, but it was more than the animal impulse to mimic. It was simply satisfying to witness the birth of this new political offspring after centuries of labor. Bravo.

It’s too bad John McCain didn’t say something along those lines instead of starting off the general election with a badly delivered attack on Obama. McCain’s performance Tuesday provided a glimpse of the downer aspect of competing with this particular foe.Suddenly, the Old Warrior was grumpy ol’ granddad breaking up the keg party.

McCain will have to fight that bummer rap throughout the campaign as he says what he must to bring down Obama. He will also have to battle something else less tangible, which is the human attraction to momentousness, the desire to be part of the unfolding drama. (Involuntary smiling is an early symptom.)

Ah, it’s the “Barack Obama is just skating on his ‘rockstar appeal’ with no substance whatsoever” talking point. Got any more, Kathleen?

Not everyone’s swooning, clearly. Republicans want to stop Obama for all the right reasons (increased government confiscation of earnings, redistribution of wealth and the prospect of a President Obama empowering enemies through therapeutic chats).

Ah, there’s some more! Senator Obama is everything wrong about those damn Liberals! What else?

Neither candidate has an easy road ahead, but McCain’s ride may be bumpier, not least because he is incorrectly viewed as a Bush clone. But the truth is McCain has differed with Bush on the most important issues, including climate change, torture and the surge, which McCain urged long before Bush ordered it.

Ah, here’s the latest one. Knowing that being associated with the Mr. 28% is not a good thing for Sen. McCain and that’s one of the main angles the Obama campaign (not to mention the DNC) is going to be using against him, the Republicans, and their mouthpieces like Parker, are doing their damnedest to say otherwise. Never mind that McCain fully backs the disastrous Bush foreign policy, supports warrentless wiretapping, supports privatizing Social Security, supports No Child Left Behind, agrees with Bush’s economic policies, and showed the same lack of concern for the fact that our country was experiencing one of the worst natural disasters in our history.

McCain’s success [] may ride in part on whether he can survive his own deconstruction of Obama, through which we will discover the ultimate truth of Obama’s candidacy and the American experiment.

WTF is she saying here?? I get the “ultimate truth about Obama” part, she’s just once again parrotting the “Obama is an empty suit” horseshit. How does this, however, tie in with “the American experiment”?? Is she suggesting somehow that an Obama victory will show something terribly wrong with our system?? The idea that we could have the government run by GOP powermongers who appeared to be doing everything possible to shut down opposition and that the will of the people still prevailed despite this is a sure indicator of how well our system is STILL working. If it can survive 8 years – that’s 8 undeserved years – of Chimpy McFlightsuit and Mr. Sneer running the Executive Branch, there’s every reason to believe it will survive the election of McSame or the Right’s latest incarnation of evil, Sen. Barack Obama.