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Entries from September 2008

GOP: A party of whiners

September 30th, 2008 · 104 Comments

When did the Republicans turn into a bunch of excuse-making cry babies?  Is this the same party that was walking around in cowboy boots post-9/11, bombing terrorists, threatening allies, kicking Democrat butt and taking names?  Just look at the trail of tears over the last 24 hours. First, in what might be the most pathetic excuse ever [...]

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Tags: John McCain · Republicans · Sarah Palin

It’s the economy, stupid

September 30th, 2008 · No Comments

A blogger over at Daily Kos with a background in economics gives the best explanation I’ve read so far of the financial crisis, in a post aptly titled “I’ll speak very slowly.”  Here’s the short of it: The body = U.S. economy Arms and legs = different non-essential sectors (i.e. IT, energy, etc.) The heart = financial [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Economy and Business · John McCain · Republicans · Sarah Palin

Bailout FAIL: Ideology before necessity

September 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know enough about economics to have an expert opinion about whether or not the failure of today’s bailout bill to pass was a good thing, long-term.  But I think the largest single-day drop in the stock market speaks cleary to the short-term effect. Some kind of [...]

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Tags: Economy and Business

Obama campaign plays the fear card

September 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Once again, Barack Obama uses a potential national tragedy to scare up votes: Seriously though, if this doesn’t scare you into action, nothing will. The deadline to register in most states is next Monday, October 6– including in the critical battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Go here to do [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats

Saturday Night Live, Tina Fey step up attacks on Sarah Palin

September 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

From last night’s show: My first thought was, “Why is Katie Couric pregnant?” Oh, yeah, because Amy Poehler is in real life. Sarah Palin is not an unintelligent woman, but– the look, the accent, the life story, the Oh-God-I-totally-forgot-there-was-a-quiz-today-why-didn’t-I-study-last-night interviewing style– she just presents so many comedic avenues. The sad part is that Tina Fey’s [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Bill Clinton · Democrats · Entertainment · Republicans · Sarah Palin

Five things you missed in the first presidential debate

September 27th, 2008 · 4 Comments

My immediate take on last night’s debate: Remarkably serious.  Remarkably newsless.  I’ll spare you the in-depth analysis, you already know who I thought won.  Instead, here’s five things you may have missed. 1. McCain taking subliminal shots at his own age Think McCain is a little insecure about his age? At least three times last night, [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Debates · Democrats · John McCain · Republicans

John McCain blinks, bluffs, flip-flops on debate

September 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment

If Barack Obama doesn’t open the debate with some variation of “John McCain was for this debate before he was against it,” he doesn’t deserve to be president.  It’s a lay-up. Yesterday, I asked what would happen if McCain’s decision to suspend his campaign started to yield actual political risk.  What if John McCain got stuck [...]

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Tags: John McCain · Republicans

What if John McCain’s gimmick turns into a real sacrifice?

September 25th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Just a thought.  What if the bailout deal takes another week to finalize?  Or another two weeks?  Does John McCain continue to sit in Washington twiddling his thumbs and posing for pictures with all his campaign ads pulled off the air?  Does he allow Barack Obama and Joe Biden to use the debate venues, and [...]

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Tags: John McCain · Republicans

“I can see Russia from my house!”

September 25th, 2008 · No Comments

Part two of the Katie Couric interview. Palin really needs to abandon this line of argument. It’s ridiculous. She gets upset that her “I can see Russia from Alaska” comment was mocked (I guess the volume on her TV wasn’t “all the way down” during Tina Fey’s skit), and then takes it one ridiculous step [...]

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Tags: Republicans · Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin flunks second oral exam

September 25th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Just got around to watching Sarah Palin’s interview with Katie Couric. Wow! There’s obviously a reason why the McCain campaign doesn’t want Palin giving interviews. You almost feel bad for her. She’s literally being asked to defend the indefensible. But then you remember the reason why so many aspects of the McCain campaign are indefensible: [...]

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Tags: Media · Republicans · Sarah Palin

David Letterman vs. John McCain

September 25th, 2008 · No Comments

When David Letterman spends ten minutes of his show calling you a quitter (“This is not the John McCain I know”), and stops in the middle of an interview to cut to live video of you caught in a lie (“Hey, John, do you need a ride to the airport?”), your screw-the-media strategy may be [...]

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Tags: Entertainment · John McCain · Republicans

Tomorrow’s headline: Obama rejects McCain’s call to delay election

September 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The economic crisis and raw politics threatened to derail the democratic process as John McCain challenged Barack Obama to delay the November election and join forces to help Washington fix the financial mess. Obama rebuffed his GOP rival, saying the next president needs to “you know, get elected at some point.” Asked how long the election should [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Economy and Business · John McCain · Republicans

Why McCain suspended his campaign and what Obama should do

September 24th, 2008 · 3 Comments

First, here’s why John McCain suspended his campaign today: ABC NEWS/WASH PO National: Obama 52, McCain 43 FOX NEWS National: Obama 45, McCain 39 MARIST Iowa: Obama 51, McCain 41 New Hampshire: Obama 51, McCain 45 Michigan: Obama 52, McCain 43 Ohio: Obama 47, McCain 45 Pennsylvania: Obama 49, McCain 44 FIVE THIRTY EIGHT McCain’s campaign is [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Economy and Business · John McCain · Republicans

Beware the bailout e-mail hoax

September 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

If you receive this e-mail from someone named Henry Paulson asking you for $800 billion, delete it.

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Tags: Economy and Business

The Biden gaffe-a-thon begins

September 23rd, 2008 · 2 Comments

One of the more pleasant surprises of the Obama campaign up to now has been Joe Biden’s ability to mostly keep his foot out of his mouth since being selected as the Democratic vice presidential nominee almost a month ago.  Yesterday, in an interview with Katie Couric, Biden’s history of footoholism reared it’s ugly head, [...]

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Tags: Democrats · Joe Biden