Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Reality knocking the crap out of Republicans

A while back, conservatives were accusing Obama and an allegedly Obama-friendly media of "talking down the economy" for political gain.

Last Monday, John McCain said the fundamentals of our economy were strong.

Today, John McCain says unless he suspends his campaign for a few days, we could be in a depression by next Monday.

The McCain campaign is off the fucking rails.

And somewhere Larry "Goldilocks Economy" Kudlow silently weeps.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Two guys walk into a board meeting

Stanley Kurtz wrote a piece in the Wall Street Journal today called "Obama and Ayers Pushed Radicalism On Schools." Now, I don't usually blame writers for headlines, because they don't usually write them, but Stan seems fine with this one, so it's his problem now.

So, I read the thing and find that the only thing that's lacking is, you know, any evidence that Obama and Ayers pushed radicalism on schools. Instead, Kurtz--obviously stung by the fact he found no smoking guns in the "treasure trove of documentary evidence" he recently whined out of the hands of the University of Illinois at Chicago--just says, for the umpteenth time, that Obama was on a board with Ayers. Whoop. Te. Do.

Then Kurtz has either the lack of self-awareness or the cojones to end like this:
The Obama campaign has cried foul when Bill Ayers comes up, claiming "guilt by association." Yet the issue here isn't guilt by association; it's guilt by participation. As CAC chairman, Mr. Obama was lending moral and financial support to Mr. Ayers and his radical circle.
However, since Kurtz can't actually point to anything in which Obama and Ayers participated together which could remotely be considered "pushing radicalism," then the whole point of the column becomes the continuation of the guilt by association smears Kurtz has been pushing.

But don't just take my word for it. Here's conservative blogger Marc Ambinder's take on Kurtz's sorry showing.
What specific projects -- "radical" projects -- did Obama work on with Ayres? Is there evidence that they collaborated and schemed to ... do anything "radical" together? Ever?

Or just that they served on a board of a fairly well-respected liberal charity at the same time? And that left-leaning charities tend to give money to left-leaning organizations, a la ACORN?

Is the real story here that Obama once served on the board of a liberal education charity?

Monday, September 22, 2008

I hope Barack bought a big enough tank

Shorter Ben Smith:
Steve Schmidt is full of crap and, if you point out his lies, you get accused of being "in the tank" for Barack Obama.
I love this bit:
“Any time the Obama campaign is criticized at any level, the critics are immediately derided as liars,” Schmidt told reporters.

But as he went on to list a series of stories he thought reporters should be writing about Obama and Biden, in almost every instance he got the details wrong.
Audio and more at TPM Election Central.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Another America-hating conservative

Jay Nordlinger has another one of those unverifiable conservative fables True Life Occurrences about a "friend" of his who's just another liberal hatemonger:
I myself have a tale to relate. An episode left me kind of shaken, honestly. Last week, I was talking to a friend of mine — a very warm and humane woman. We’ve been friends for years. I had been away, and we hadn’t talked politics — but then, we never do. We never had. She’s a liberal, of course — virtually everyone here in NYC is. And I never, ever bring up politics (with pretty much anyone — not worth the trouble) (and, of course, I do it professionally).

But she said to me, out of the blue, “What do you think of Sarah Palin?” And while I was drawing breath to answer, she said, “I hate her.”

That kind of took my breath away — because this friend of mine is no hater. But she said it with firm, horrible conviction. She said it with true emotion in her eyes. Frankly, I was too taken aback to reply, other than to say, “Well, my feeling is the exact opposite.”

I can see how you might disagree with Governor Palin — she’s a conservative, after all. I can see how you might find her unprepared even for the vice-presidency. But hate? Hate a woman who rose from a modest background to be governor of her state? Who is obviously a warm, civic-minded, talented mother of five?

Hate?

It must be abortion, religion, and culture. If she were pro-choice, went to a mainline church (only on Christmas and Easter), and didn’t hunt, she’d be okay. At least less attacked. But then, she wouldn’t be herself, would she?
I don't have any real explanation for Nordlinger's alleged friend's alleged hate, but I do know this: Jay Nordlinger is supposed to be a reporter, right? If this event had really occurred, wouldn't a person with a modicum of intellectual curiousity--not to mention a reporter--ask his frien why she hates Palin so much?

I know I would. And, if I were blogging about this question, well, then I'd relate that friend's answer.

But here's the kicker. Because of his alleged friend's alleged comment, Nordlinger joins the ranks of the many conservatives who, when confronted with a differing viewpoint, decide there's something wrong with their country.
I consider myself a very patriotic person, and I have been teased or damned all my life for my pro-American views — particularly in academic settings. But, I’m sorry, this is, in many ways, a sick country.
So, weep not your big, salty tears over Jay Nordlinger's being (allegedly) "teased" all his life for being "pro-American." Be heartened because he's decided to avoid the non-stop teasing by deciding that America is "sick." Just in time, too, since the alleged jackbooted thugs teasers were about to allegedly take him away and allegedly put an alleged cage of alleged rats on his face.

Or give him a nasty phone calling.

Or something.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Those nasty, nasty liberals

There they go again, bashing Sarah Palin's performance during her interview:
"She did not come off as a credible vice president. The McCain campaign knows it, despite their spin..."

"She's under-informed and over-confident."

"The most that can be said in her defense is that she kept her cool and avoided any brutal gaffes; other than that, she seemed about an inch deep on every issue outside her comfort zone...there's no way to look at her performance as anything save supporting evidence for the non-hysterical critique of her candidacy - that it's just too much, too soon..."

"The foreign-policy session was a white-knuckle affair. She barely got through it and showed no knowledge more than an inch deep...She somehow bluffed her way through the Bush doctrine question. Gibson apparently didn't want to go into full 'gotcha' territory by asking flat-out if she knew what it is. And then he muddled things further with his dubious definition of it, so she was never truly nailed and there was enough ambiguity there for conservatives to defend her. The fact still remains that she very likely didn't know any of the possible definitions of the Bush doctrine...Palin seemed weak on economic and budgetary policy too, talking in the vaguest generalities."

"I am disappointed by how little she seems to know about some pretty basic stuff."
Truly, if these partisan liberals can't understand Palin's greatness, then that's their problem.

< /irony>

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Palin's world better than the Matrix

When the movie The Matrix came out, I most enjoyed the conceit which seemed stolen from directly from the mind of Philip K. Dick: the ability of the characters to have knowledge and skill plugged directly into their minds. In a way, it's the idea I liked most in Groundhog Day too. Bill Murray's character, with all the time in the world on his hands, gets to read whatever he wants, learns to play the piano and even gets a basic grasp of medical techniques.

Because human life is limited and knowledge is not, being human is all about opportunity cost. As I tell my sons, every choice you make leads to your next opportunity to make a choice. Even when you make the (ostensibly) "correct" choice, you've eliminated your chance to make another.

That's why I'm wishing today that I lived in the world Sarah Palin seems to inhabit. When Charles Gibson* asked her about national security issues and foreign affairs, she said that Alaska is close to Russia. When asked what insights this might have given her, she responded, "They're our next-door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska."

As one wag over at Balloon Juice said in comments "(W)hen I look out my window I can see the moon. Doesn’t make me a fucking astronaut now, does it?" But this is just sour grapes. This is an exciting world Governor Palin lives in. She can see Russia and she's a foreign policy expert. One wonders if this is the only area in which her power works. Could she, for example, watch a Bruce Lee movie and then Jeet Kune-Do a guy's ass? Could she visit Fallingwater and then cantilever some slabs of concrete over the edge of a waterfall? Inquiring minds want to know...

*Originally wrote Charlie Rose. Oy.

Update: She can see Russia from her house!

To injured to type, but cleared to fly

Dear Jonah Goldberg and dipshit L.A. Times reporters:

If John McCain's hands and arms were broken so badly when he was a P.O.W. that he can't type on a computer would the Navy really have returned him to flight status? Seems unlikely.

John McCain has said he doesn't use the internet or e-mail because he "never felt the paticular need" and his campaign said he travels with a laptop. This is a guy who's just out of touch. Period.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Explanation for the metaphorically impaired

Dear John McCain,

George W. Bush is the pig. You are the lipstick.

The way they talk

Scarborough and his crew of idiots spent wasted way too much time saying that "working class white women" were going to see Obama's "lipstick on a pig" phrase as sexist and vote for McCain. Working class white women beg to differ:
Obama's lipstick line thrilled the crowd in a steamy high school gymnasium in rural southwest Virginia...

JoAnn Vicars, a retired Bristol police employee, thought Obama's remark was great: "Loved it!" She and several friends scoffed at the idea that Obama was talking about Palin.

"That's the way we talk, buddy," Vicars said, in a raspy local accent.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Nice

A reader e-mails Politico's Jonathan Martin:
Mrs. Palin needs to be reminded that Jesus Christ was a community organizer and Pontius Pilate was a governor.
Solid.

Tragic

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Straight from Sarah's mouth

To the Dems who make it on the teevee:

The next time a Republican tries to seriously suggest that running the town of Wasilla should be considered a qualifying factor for Sarah Palin, don't simply laugh. Just say:
Well, being mayor of Wasilla..."It’s not rocket science. It’s $6 million and 53 employees."
Because that's what Sarah Palin said.

Idiots don't get it

I can't believe McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds is this stupid. He actually said, in the video below, that Palin has
been the commander of the National Guard--of the Alaska National Guard that's been deployed overseas. That's foreign policy experience.
Are you friggin' kidding me? Does he really not understand that Guardsmen, when deployed on federal service, no longer fall under the control of their respective governors?



Well, you know who does understand the difference between state and federal service? Major General Craig Campbell, the adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard (that's the highest-ranking officer in the state for civilians).
(Campbell) considers Palin "extremely responsive and smart" and says she is in charge when it comes to in-state services, such as emergencies and natural disasters where the National Guard is the first responder.

But, in an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, he said he and Palin play no role in national defense activities, even when they involve the Alaska National Guard. The entire operation is under federal control, and the governor is not briefed on situations.
McCain's choice is leading to some choice spinning on the part of his surrogates.

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