Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The issue isn't her inability to parse language, on one level that could be arguably refreshing. No, the issue is her inability to communicate like a rational, thinking adult in the business of persuasion.
Clearly... she doesn't know what she's saying.Talking Points Memo has a great headline for the video above: Palin: I'm Obama to Biden's McCain
Somewhat Likely 27%
Not Very Likely 21%
Not at all Likely 8%
Not Sure 4%
Monday, September 29, 2008
Snap polls and subsequent polls prove that the phrase was a net negative for viewers. But McCain still pushed it at an appearance today.
It reminds me of the old joke: An old man goes to visit his doctor about a very personal health issue. Doctor, says the man, I am having a horrible time. What is it? the Doctor says. Doctor, says the old man, I'm having horrible silent gas emissions. On Monday I had 17 silent gas emissions. Yesterday I had 30. Why, even while sitting here I've had 4 silent gas emissions! Well, says the doctor after a pause, first, we need to check your hearing.
You can't fix that kind of tone deafness. Not even with lipstick.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Translation: I hope everyone forgets about my tantrum on Thursday.
There's really no way McCain can skip the debate now and not lose face.
If he skips, Obama gets a nationally-televised townhall.
I predict that while Obama goes into the Oxford debate looking steady and ready, McCain will try to upstage the event by bringing along his pal Palin and her bag of Alaskan Distractions.
Mean old twister bearing down on me
Update: So obvious it hurts. Boehner acting like no deal is on the way.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
but the suspending his campaign thing, that's just a little bit much, no?
Time's blog Swampland makes a great point- some states ARE VOTING ALREADY. By the time of the 2nd debate, even more states will have voters sending in ballots. All while those voters have never had a chance to see the two candidates speak back and forth on substantive issues on a non-managed stage.
Why pull your ads? Why say you're "suspending the campaign"? Isn't that somehow an insult to the people working day and night to get you across the line on election day? It is not as if McCain did this a few days ago, you know those olden days when the "fundamentals were strong"? No, he's doing it now, two days before the debate, after his poll numbers wilt and after Congress is nearing a slow-moving solution.
While the entire gamble itself seems more than poised to backfire, I believe the concept of "suspending" your campaign almost 40 days before election day is the most offensive to Democracy. It's a rhetorical over-reach. We have not been attacked on our own soil. Wall Street just got really greedy and messed up and wants bailed out by taxpayers. That's a big darn difference.
Also: maybe McCain's "suspension" would have made more sense after President Bush's address tonight? I don't think most Americans understand what makes this crisis so far reaching and immediate. A post-speech McCain action might have seemed less, well, weird and self-servingly impulsive (which it purely is, from any standpoint).
But even then, injecting yourself as a Senator into the debate is not possible anymore.
McCain is a Presidential nominee for the Republican Party. Every act he takes has added consequence and would slow any solution. I don't suspect Harry Reid wanted McCain to come to D.C., but simply to tell his fellow GOPers to pick a side and work on it. The GOP is all over the place on this "bailout." McCain has not led them in any measurable way. A suspension won't ameliorate that.
What the heck?
Everyone is reporting McCain is suspending his campaign to head to Washington to assist with the bailout. Which is funny, because we already have a President and we already have Democratic House leaders working furiously.
First, the fundamentals are strong. Now, we must suspend our campaign and delay the debate.
It looks desperate and odd. Flailing. Maybe undecideds will agree, maybe not.
Also: doesn't this action make the situation seem more dramatic and won't it cause some sense of panic? How will markets respond?
Obama should call McCain's bluff and demand a debate on the economy Friday.
Even as Obama gains greater message footing and even more poll ground, I've lost the itch. Palin meets with leaders (on what Wanda Sykes calls her "Epcot" trip: a long but Must Watch Clip) and tells Katie Couric we're close to a Depression, and yet, nothing. Bill Clinton shows up on a media tour with weak, petty Obama support and plenty of his trademark-ed selfish, egomaniacal rubbish, and still, nothing. Maybe I need some blog prep while Obama debate preps.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Sarah Palin shows up to hers and recites lines handed to her. For about 10 minutes.
And the media prefers the recited lines? Yes.
On Wednesday evening, Biden drew a crowd of 4,500 people in Wooster, Ohio.
Would you ever know this? Or even know where he was? Nah.
He gave a great speech, too. Here it is, for you weekend enjoyment.
Ever since John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate, I've gotten confused about all the reasons I'm supposed to dislike Barack Obama. The previous reasons, in rough chronological order, were his lack of experience, his empty rhetoric, his flip-flopping, and his "celebrity." But Palin has made each one of those critiques moot. The "celebrity" attack on Obama has a particularly Dada quality right now as starstruck Republicans bask in the charisma of their adorable veep. (Coldest state, hottest governor, read signs at her rallies.) With her hunky husband, touching family life and plucky personal story, she is the candidate of the People. And by People, I mean People magazine.
The flip side for Republicans of losing most of their attack lines was supposed to be a series of virtues Palin would bring to the ticket: She's a reformer, a steadfast opponent of earmarks, a proponent of transparency and clean government. Subsequent reporting has revealed that Palin embodies the precise opposite of every one of these virtues. She appointed unqualified cronies, abused her power to punish personal enemies, and has displayed a Cheney-esque passion for government secrecy. Her boast of having put the state airplane on eBay was undermined by subsequent revelations that she failed to actually sell it on eBay.
The swift disintegration of Palin's anti-pork credentials has been especially amusing. After initially casting Palin as a dedicated foe of earmarks, and then having it revealed that she asked for and received enormous sums of earmarked projects, the McCain campaign has fallen back to the defense that she requested fewer earmarks than other Alaska pols. This is true: Even though Palin took ten times the national per capita average in earmarked spending, in this regard she still rates somewhat below average by the standards of the petro-kleptocracy of the state from which she hails. Yet this defense raises the question of why Ted Kennedy never thought to run for president on the slogan "He Never Took a Drink In His Life," and then, when challenged, point out that other members of his family are less sober than he.
Chait goes on:
Engagement, not experience, is the difference between Palin's qualifications and Obama's. Obama has a longstanding interest in national and (to a lesser extent) international issues, and has answered questions on all those issues in extensive detail. Palin has dealt almost exclusively with parochial issues in a wildly atypical state. (Her fiscal experience, which consists of divvying up oil lucre, offers better preparation to serve as president of Saudi Arabia than the United States.) It's possible Palin has harbored a long-standing, secret passion for policy wonkery, but the few signs available thus far--her convention speech that spelled out "new-clear weapons," her evident lack of familiarity with the term "Bush Doctrine"--suggest otherwise. The Republican intelligentsia is frantically tutoring her while they run out the clock until November 4.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
His name is Barack Obama.
Sarah Palin likes to tell voters around the country about how she "put the government checkbook online" in Alaska. On
Thursday, Palin suggested she would take that same proposal to Washington. "We're going to do a few new things also," she said at a rally in Cedar Rapids. "For instance, as Alaska's governor, I put the government's checkbook online so that people can see where their money's going. We'll bring that kind of transparency, that responsibility, and accountability back. We're going to bring that back to D.C." There's just one problem with proposing to put the federal checkbook online - somebody's already done it.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Now, modern-day Republicans don't care about these things. In fact, they love it if their public servants are dicks. But even the biggest one of all, Dick Cheney, kept his true jerkiness hidden until after the election. And dicks don't govern well. They are the reason why the last 8 years has brought cultural division, war, explosive debt and crumbling, well, you name it (businesses, schools, hospitals, homes, roads, reputation, rights, etc.).
But looking at the recent favorable/unfavorable movement for Palin, it's evident that independents and undecideds don't care for her self-impressed brand of chilly snottiness.
Also: Palin has gone from not blinking when McCain asked her to be VP to now saying she had a family vote. But her son did not vote, since he's going to be in Iraq. Don't you like her even more now?
"Palin's E-Mail Account Hacked, Published on Web Site...McCain-Palin 2008 Campaign Manager Rick Davis: 'This is a shocking invasion of the Governor's privacy and a violation of law. The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession of these emails will destroy them. We will have no further comment'..."
Update: I watched the clip and the Governor clearly says, "verbage" (like "garbage") not the traditional "verbiage". I wonder what "verbage" means? Maybe "workforce"?
Axelrod: “The Battle is Now Joined”
Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
Obama’s top strategist acknowledges “more urgency” behind the Democrat’s campaign, as insiders worry about McCain’s surge of popularity since tapping Palin.*
Just as McCain is now universally known as a guiltless liar, as Palin's unfavorables are steadily rising and as Obama has utterly deflated the McCain "bounce"... it is extremely important the press reminds us about those insiders and their worrying.
And can Halperin please halt all use of the word "tapping" in regards to Palin and Clinton? Really not necessary.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
But don't forget Carly was an even worse business leader. She depressed the stock and morale of a solid corporation, and left with 21 million dollars in "severance."
In a true sense, the Fiorina placed in front of the cameras by McCain's camp has been blessed with a very similar whitewashing of history and thus, myth, to the whitewashing and myth created by McCain's advisors for Sarah Palin.
Look at these Top 10 Reasons People Hate Carly Fiorina, from BusinessPundit.com:
10. She didn’t take the time to build trust.
9. She didn’t provide numbers to back up her promises.
8. She favored market dogma over innovation.
7. During her time in office, she didn’t successfully implement her own vision.
6. She failed to preserve HP’s key cultural assets.
5. She lacked focus.
4. She didn’t listen.
3. She was a bad manager.
2. She was a bad leader.
1. She won’t admit to her own failures.
Shucks-- replace the "she/her" with "he/his" and "HP" with "America" and that's President George W. Bush.
Now compare this list to the New York Times front page article this Sunday, "Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed Foes," examining Palin's very short tenure as Governor.
The Times article suggests, in part: Palin didn't stay around long enough in the state capital to gain anyone's trust, she favored loyalty over competence, she ignored the key components of the legislative process required in a democracy, and she was pretty vindictive, to such an extent it clouded her judgment.
Now add this picture of Palin next to the a few (of the many) contradictory myths pushed by the love-is-blind GOP: Sarah hates earmarks! (she actively sought extreme levels of earmarks both as mayor and Governor, and even kept and spent the millions in Federal Bridge to Nowhere funds), Sarah knows Russia! (it's geographically close), Sarah fought the oil companies! (she raised taxes on them, but McCain would rather die than do this), Sarah is a Reformer! (she made random budget cuts in a room alone with her un-elected husband, and she also supported corrupt Senator Ted Stevens, solely because he had seniority in the Senate and could bring home the pork).
The GOP adores their woman leaders, but only as symbols. Not as fully realized individuals. They cannot wait to transform these women into non-descript fictional characters celebrating personality traits more common to GOP males (Snark, hunting, and flags combined with blind loyalty, blind ideology, and free market first!). Why aren't more women in the U.S. not publicly outraged at the deep chauvinism fueling such "lionization" (lyinization?) of GOP women by the GOP white male elders (i.e., the Republican Party)?
Diageo / Hotline Obama 46, McCain 42Gallup McCain 47, Obama 46
Monday, September 15, 2008
And yet: "61%... feel this way about Barack Obama."
What is the deal?
Friday, September 12, 2008
- "So do you support an Amendment to the Constitution to ban gay marriage?"
- "Do you support civil unions?"
- "Do you support domestic partnership rights, and if not, how is preventing one partner from seeing the other in a hospital room, not judgment?"
-- Joe Klein of the Time blog Swampland, today.
Question: THEN WHY DID PALIN SPEND THE $200 MILLION ANYWAY????
Update: It's not the actual concept of earmarks that kills her, its the abuse! The abuse of it all!
So, students, please note that spending taxpayer money to study the sex lives of crabs is not abuse. Sex with crabs, however...
Speaking of exoskeletons, Senator McCain has decided, per the AP, to support the current highway bill, including all of it's earmarks. That's an $8 billion dollar bill. I'm sure there's no abuse in it though. Definitely, maybe.
So we're back to defintions. The Republicans love them the word play. What is "abuse"? What is "imminent"?
What is the "Bush Doctrine"?
Take it away, Sarah!
Research 2000 Obama (D) 47%, McCain (R) 46%
Gallup Daily McCain (R) 48%, Obama (D) 45%
And speaking of surrogates-- I was home last evening battling the flu (fun) and thus unable to change the channel when MSNBC's "Service" forum came on. Can someone explain to me why, after the forum, not one McCain or Obama surrogate was invited on to discuss the peformances? I was left to watch Andrea Mitchell twitch around like a muppet proclaiming what a hero McCain was, and endure Chris Matthews and David Gregory talk back-and-forth about basically nothing.
Watch Matthews at the 1 minute mark. He rambles for one minute (what is he talking about, seriously?) and then blames Obama for the tone of the campaign. If only Obama had agreed to weekly debates, Matthews asserts, there would be no spitballs. I almost threw up at the bile. And it wasn't because of the flu.MSNBC just plain sucks now. This isn't commentary, it's pure ego-centric crap. Enough.
God Love Him (update 2:37 pst): Obama today to the Florida machinists: "So when American workers hear John McCain talking about putting country first, it’s fair to ask – which country?"
Now we can expect several prominent Republicans to be shocked--shocked!--at the "disrespectful" nature of these remarks. And to someone who is obviously a famous war hero*!!
*(deeply-troubled Track was never deploying on 9-11. Another "narrative" lie. But hey... it sounds cool!)