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  • Party Guy - by Sarah Vowell
    FORMER Senator Fred Thompson, in his folksy and entertaining speech at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night, described his party’s presidential nominee as such a rule-breaking scamp that for a minute there I thought he was nominating Tom Sawyer for president instead of John McCain. When Mr. Thompson described Senator McCain’s progression from Naval Academy cut-up to war hero, all I could think about was a ne’er-do-well West Point cadet bound for military distinction, Ulysses S. Grant.

    In the 1868 presidential election, when the American people voted for Grant, the greatest war hero of the 19th century, they had no inkling they had just chosen one of our worst presidents, a largely clueless chief executive who allowed corruption to flourish in his administration and who offered pretty much zero leadership during the depression known as the Panic of 1873.


  • Greg Palast » Obama Doesn’t Sweat. He should.
    In swing-state Colorado, the Republican Secretary of State conducted the biggest purge of voters in history, dumping a fifth of all registrations. Guess their color.

    In swing-state Florida, the state is refusing to accept about 85,000 new registrations from voter drives – overwhelming Black voters.

    In swing state New Mexico, HALF of the Democrats of Mora, a dirt poor and overwhelmingly Hispanic county, found their registrations disappeared this year, courtesy of a Republican voting contractor.

    In swing states Ohio and Nevada, new federal law is knocking out tens of thousands of voters who lost their homes to foreclosure.


  • Mortgage Giant Overstated the Size of Its Capital Base - NYTimes.com

  • Sue Blackmore: Those who teach our children science have a duty to reveal the workings of nature | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

  • How pro-life absolutism undermines family values. - By Jacob Weisberg - Slate Magazine

  • The Resentment Strategy - Paul Krugman
    Can the former mayor of New York City, a man who, as USA Today put it, “marched in gay pride parades, dressed up in drag and lived temporarily with a gay couple and their Shih Tzu” — that was between his second and third marriages — really get away with saying that Barack Obama doesn’t think small towns are sufficiently “cosmopolitan”?

    Can the vice-presidential candidate of a party that has controlled the White House, Congress or both for 26 of the past 28 years, a party that, Borg-like, assimilated much of the D.C. lobbying industry into itself — until Congress changed hands, high-paying lobbying jobs were reserved for loyal Republicans — really portray herself as running against the “Washington elite”?

    Yes, they can.



 

Comments

Re: Obama doesn't sweat - he should.

In swing-state Florida, the state is refusing to accept about 85,000 new registrations from voter drives – overwhelming Black voters

In swing state New Mexico, HALF of the Democrats of Mora, a dirt poor and overwhelmingly Hispanic county, found their registrations disappeared this year, courtesy of a Republican voting contractor.

Damn. I live in New Mexico. I'll contact my governor, Bill Richardson.

And Palast is right. Obama should be more than concerned. Hell, the latest Gallup poll has McCain 48%, Obama 45%.

From Krugman's article:

But the Democrats can’t afford to be complacent

That's an understatement.

I have been teasing again and again with my, "President John McCain", get used it, and I've been doing so for a good reason. When I saw fellow Democrats attacking Obama, I knew that would hurt him. And know that the Republican base is energized, it makes a McCain/Palin presidency even more likely.

Perhaps next time we can just forgo a primary in the name of unity.

As I've said, I do love Sarah Vowell (I think Assination Vacation was a great book on tape, too, but you have to like her voice - if you haven't heard it she was Violet in The Incredibles). After reading that, I also looked at Frank Rich's op ed piece and thought it was worth a read: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/07/opinion/07rich.html?em On the other hand, reading others, I don't even know why Maureen Dowd has a column anymore.

I liked the Rich piece too. I used to like Maureen and then she just got weird. I'll have to check her out again perhaps she regained some perspective.

Oh no, don't bother checking her out - I had the same reaction. I don't know why she has a column because she's bad - or, actually, you're right - weird because my reaction was whattheh@ll?

I used to have very luke-warm feelings about Rich--sometimes on, sometimes blah. But the past year or so, he's been consistently really good, IMO. I look forward to his and Kristof's columns.

MoDo - Yeah, I too don't see why she has a column anymore. Between her and David Brooks, it's like the Times has given up on any serious commentary whatsoever in favor of ridiculous items like this and this. Or Krugman finding so many indirect ways of trying to say "I told you so" about Barack, which is annoying.

Were items like the above actually funny, that would be something. Jon Stewart did a brilliant version of the Obama bio-pic that preceded his speech that had the same theme as the linked Brooks article--but that was actually funny.

Perhaps next time we can just forgo a primary in the name of unity.

No need for that as far as Democrats and those who lean progessive. The Republicans are unified behind McCain and Palin. YOupee!!

used to like Maureen and then she just got weird. I'll have to check her out again perhaps she regained some perspective.

Do you mean to say that you don't agree with everything that Maureen says? hmmm...

I'll have to check her out again perhaps she regained some perspective.

When Maureen agrees with you, then she will "gain some perspecitve"?

And as far as lipstick goes, we now have a pitbull who wears lipstick. In fact, given the age and medical history of John McCain, our next president may well be a pitbull with lipstick. Wonderful!

Thanks for bringing that up JoAnn because I've been thinking about this line. Since I'm a pitbull owner, I've been wondering if this is at least a positive thing for the breed or just the next step of maligning them...:) Jon Stewart handled it as an opening for a comment about how pits are mischaracterized but, I'm not surprised with that since I know that he has (does?) own two.

I think it's a good thing so maybe I'll owe Palin for that one. I'll happily send her a large thank you just as soon as McCain loses this election.

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