The Stories

6 Nov

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From Newsweek:

1. Evidently, Palin’s shopping spree was more expensive and worse than previously reported – she outfitted her kids and husband on the RNC’s and Republican Donors’ dimes.

2. A foreign entity hacked into both the Obama and McCain campaign websites.

3. The genius of the Obama campaign:

The Obama campaign’s New Media experts created a computer program that would allow a “flusher”—the term for a volunteer who rounds up nonvoters on Election Day—to know exactly who had, and had not, voted in real time. They dubbed it Project Houdini, because of the way names disappear off the list instantly once people are identified as they wait in line at their local polling station.

It’s easier to get out the vote if you know exactly whom you have to go get.

4. This is what happened when McCain-Palin (but especially Palin) began yelling “fire” in the metaphorical crowded theater:

The Obama campaign was provided with reports from the Secret Service showing a sharp and disturbing increase in threats to Obama in September and early October, at the same time that many crowds at Palin rallies became more frenzied. Michelle Obama was shaken by the vituperative crowds and the hot rhetoric from the GOP candidates. “Why would they try to make people hate us?” Michelle asked a top campaign aide.

5. The candidates, too, get frustrated by just how dumb our domestic media can get, at times:

The debates unnerved both candidates. When he was preparing for them during the Democratic primaries, Obama was recorded saying, “I don’t consider this to be a good format for me, which makes me more cautious. I often find myself trapped by the questions and thinking to myself, ‘You know, this is a stupid question, but let me … answer it.’ So when Brian Williams is asking me about what’s a personal thing that you’ve done [that’s green], and I say, you know, ‘Well, I planted a bunch of trees.’ And he says, ‘I’m talking about personal.’ What I’m thinking in my head is, ‘Well, the truth is, Brian, we can’t solve global warming because I f—ing changed light bulbs in my house. It’s because of something collective’.”

4 Responses to “The Stories”

  1. The Humanist November 6, 2008 at 10:20 am #

    Personally, I think it’s a little bit of overkill for the McCain campaign staffers to unsheath the long knives for Gov. Palin when she already had such high negatives among voters on Election Day (she was a bigger drag on McCain than Bush!). But who am I to get in the way of a post-loss circular firing squad?

    I love this part:

    “The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent “tens of thousands” more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast,” and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.”

  2. Byron November 6, 2008 at 11:10 am #

    Remember 3 months ago when Russy was confidently proclaiming that the Democratic Party was being torn apart by internal strife?

    Quite the prognosticator..

  3. The Humanist November 6, 2008 at 11:40 am #

    The stories are just beginning to leak from the McCain campaign….there must be some bitter folks after having to deal with this buffoon and her family for 2 months.

    It’s going to make anything negative the Democrats said about her during the campaign seem polite and respectful.

  4. Dave A. November 6, 2008 at 11:47 am #

    I’ve read other places that most of these stories are coming from McCain staffers who came over from the Romney campaign, as a pre-emptive strike in the upcoming battle for the 2012 nomination.

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