Tag Archives: John McCain

When Everything Else Has Been Hurled

29 Oct

The New Yorker’s piece begins:

Sometimes, when a political campaign has run out of ideas and senses that the prize is slipping through its fingers, it rolls up a sleeve and plunges an arm, shoulder deep, right down to the bottom of the barrel. The problem for John McCain, Sarah Palin, and the Republican Party is that the bottom was scraped clean long before it dropped out. Back when the polls were nip and tuck and the leaves had not yet begun to turn, Barack Obama had already been accused of betraying the troops, wanting to teach kindergartners all about sex, favoring infanticide, and being a friend of terrorists and terrorism. What was left? The anticlimactic answer came as the long Presidential march of 2008 staggered toward its final week: Senator Obama is a socialist.

Seriously, they accused him of wanting to teach kindergartners sex education, and that didn’t work. Socialism when all we’re talking about is adjustment of the tax brackets? That’s what we call a party that is completely out of ammo, and out of ideas.

The Republican argument of the moment seems to be that the difference between capitalism and socialism corresponds to the difference between a top marginal income-tax rate of 35 per cent and a top marginal income-tax rate of 39.6 per cent. The latter is what it would be under Obama’s proposal, what it was under President Clinton, and, for that matter, what it will be after 2010 if President Bush’s tax cuts expire on schedule

All the baggage that comes with the label “socialism” – expropriation of private property, proletarian revolution, red flags and riots in the streets – you, too can be Rosa Luxemburg if you support the aforementioned adjustment of tax brackets. Idiots.

The Blogosphere Predicts

28 Oct

From PoliticsHome, which invited me to participate in its Online100 Panel over the past several weeks:

The panel predicts a 5% margin of victory to Obama in the overall voting, and an Electoral win for Obama at Obama 338, McCain 200

The PoliticsHome.com Online100 Panel, the daily poll of leading online voices in the United States, has issued its prediction of the Presidential Election result next week.

Each member of the panel was asked to predict which candidate will win, and by what percentage margin. The average prediction was then calculated at 5%. The panel was also given a list of each of the potential battleground states and asked to predict the winner. The majority winner for each state was taken as the result.

Well known names on the Online100 panel include Arianna Huffington, Karl Rove, Joe Klein, Joe Trippi, Gerard Baker, Mike Allen, Mark Halperin, Mark Blumenthal, Charles Johnson, Dana Milbank, Jonah Goldberg, John Fund, Jake Tapper, Chuck Todd, Marc Ambinder and Andrew Sullivan. The survey is anonymous and PoliticsHome does not release individual results.

The Online100 panel consists of 100 leading online voices, weighted evenly between right-leaning, left-leaning and non-aligned, and contains a spectrum of voices from the online mainstream media, big national blogs, and statewide blogs. PoliticsHome launched in the United States in August in association with Pollster.com.

The Electoral Map: Blogosphere Predicts

The panel sees Obama winning the popular vote by a five percent margin, and it sees him coverting that margin into 338 electoral votes, 68 more than the needed 270, and 52 more than the 286 won by Bush in 2004.

The panel presented a list of 19 contested states and were asked to choose who would win on November 4th: “Toss up” or “don’t know” were not options.

The panel predicts Obama will win 11 out of 19 states still in play, with McCain prevailing in Indiana, North Carolina, Missouri and West Virginia. However, Obama sweeps the battleground states of Florida, Virginia, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico; five states carried by President Bush in 2004.


Fox News – Shrill & pwn3d

28 Oct

Evidently, O’Reilly has become the template even for “news” interviews:


Packing them in

27 Oct

A picture from a McCain rally in Ohio today, via Marc Ambinder:

Closing Arguments

27 Oct



Buffalo the Pundit

26 Oct

Today on Meet the Press, McCain called the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee “Joe the Biden”, which inspired today’s pic.

Wassup 2008

24 Oct


Scott McClellan endorses Obama

23 Oct

Former Bush press secretary Scott McClellan tells CNN host D.L. Hughley (D.L. Hughley??!!) that he’s voting for Barack Obama.

From the very beginning I have said I am going to support the candidate that has the best chance for changing the way Washington works and getting things done and I will be voting for Barack Obama and clapping.

Seems to me as if the real PUMA-ism is happening in the Republican Party.

Hi, 911? Yeah, the Traffic’s Really Bad

23 Oct

Awesome. Joe McCain (yes, relation) calls 911 because, aw hell, you listen. I guess Mr. McCain lives in the “unreal” “Communist” Virginia.


Part of the Reason Why I Support Barack Obama

23 Oct

Barack Obama on the “real America”:


With the challenges and crises we face right now, we cannot afford to divide this country by race or class or region; by who we are or what policies we support. There are no real or fake parts of this country. We are not separated by the pro-America and anti-America parts of this nation – we all love this country, no matter where we live or where we come from.

McCain/Palin, on the other hand, spread around this kind of false, divisive crap:


My take is this. Every part of the United States of America is pro-American. Obama gets it. Palin, especially, seeks to widen what divides us. McCain’s selection of this ignorant culture warrior is his express endorsement of those views.