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Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 09:55 PM PDT

Thanks Mr. Kristol!

by Fitzmas Elf

It is a rare day that I enjoy a Kristol column.  In fact, I think that this one is the first.  It is difficult to resist the charms of a column devoted to describing the slow motion implosion of the McPain campaign as it crumbles before our very eyes.  

The McCain campaign, once merely problematic, is now close to being out-and-out dysfunctional. Its combination of strategic incoherence and operational incompetence has become toxic.

 Wow - couldn't have said it better myself.  

Kristol, however, remains - how can I say this nicely?  - delusional.

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Apologies if this has already been diaried and enormous thanks to Josh for the link - I am reading this riveting article Make-Believe Maverick:  A closer look at the life and career of John McCain reveals a disturbing record of recklessness and dishonesty about McCain and I am wondering where the conversation about it is here at DK.  I am also hoping against hope that every undecided reader in America reads it.  

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I have been more than a little horrified by the comments on Troopergate in the blogosphere in the last 12-24 hours or so in response to Neweek's article stating that Palin was "told not to badmouth her sister's ex."  For the record, I think that Palin would be a disasterous vice president and pure nightmare of a president.  I think her conduct in stonewalling the investigation into Troopergate are disgraceful and indicative that she's made in the Cheney/Bush mode of thwarting the rule of law when it comes to the basic administration of government.

All that said . . . the uncritical eye with which the blogosphere is accepting Judge Suddock's disparaging comments on "dispargment" comes as a

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I hope this isn't true, but just wanted to ask what folks have heard on this one - Is Obama shifting his position on off-shore drilling?  Coming so soon on the heals of his FISA vote, if this is true we are in for a rough ride--Rovian attacks from the Repugs and selling out the reality-based community a la Clinton.  I am not sure I have the stomach for this.

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Thu May 08, 2008 at 07:43 PM PDT

George F. Will, Hillary and math

by Fitzmas Elf

When George F. Will is the voice of reason and even my own die-hard Hillary fan mother says it's time for Hillary to let it go, well, it's time.  I know, I know, everyone with basic numeracy skills (other than my mother) has known this for a long, long time, but still . . . the idea that George F. Will is making perfect sense and our would-be (but won't-be) Democratic nominee for president is not, well, it's a scary kind of reality and someone (please, please, please Hillary) has got to make it stop.

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Would have imagined that this would have already been posted, but couldn't find it on a quick search, so here it goes - Stephen Colbert has found an amusing and actually useful activity for those who like to surf the internets (yes, I meant "internets" - isn't that what our great idiot-in-chief calls it?) and express their opinions on the Obama/Clinton Democralypse. As Colbert explains, anyone can go to the Donors Choose web site and "vote" for a candidate by donating money to Pennsylvania schools in honor of his/her preferred Democratic nominee.  Thought it was a good idea and worth a post (or re-post, if already posted).

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Representing the forces of darkness, practically wearing a black plastic helmut and cape, Randy Graf has won the Republican nomination for the 8th Congressional District of Arizona which covers much of Tucson, Arizona, my home town and where my parents still live.  This man is frightening.  A sampling of his views include:
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Levity's excellent diary inspired me to spend oh, about 2 minutes searching for more on the story on Google.  Well, I found a local NBC poll in which 60% of the respondents approved of JetBlue's censorship action!  I checked back a few hours later and while the forces of goodness and light are now winning, the margin is slim - 47% in favor of t-shirt censorship for the offense of wearing a t-shirt with the words, in Arabic and English, "we will not be silenced" on a flight and 53% against.
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Ok, so maybe this has already been diaried and I just did not see it - no need to complain, just accept my apologies. But . . . in case someone reading this has not yet seen it, it was rather lovely to come home and find the following: "In the latest court filing late Friday, Fitzgerald said he intends to introduce at Libby's trial in January a copy of Wilson's op-ed article in The New York Times ''bearing handwritten notations by the vice president.'' The article was published on July 6, 2003, eight days before Plame's identity was exposed by conservative columnist Bob Novak." Read the full AP story on the New York Times online.
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Best guestimate - does anyone in America other than those who have been waiting for Fitzmas since Thanksgiving actually care about Plamegate?

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Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 12:08 PM PDT

Immigration and Monday, April 10

by Fitzmas Elf

As mentioned in yesterday's mid-day open thread, there is going to be a National Day of Action for Immigrant Justiceon Monday, April 10.  

Some of you might be saying, what starts as a mid-day open thread stays as a mid-day open thread.  I will ignore you folks, because Monday's protests merit a few diaries, not just a mention in an open thread.

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Just saw that the Republicans are caving on the PATRIOT Act.  In case anyone was under the mistaken impression that folks in the Senate were finally putting the breaks on our march towards a totalitarian state, think again.
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What does this PATRIOT "compromise" mean?

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Do you find those long lines at airport security irritating?  Have you ever arrived at a busy airport 30 minutes before your scheduled flight and missed the plane because of those long lines?  (I have . . . not that I am bitter or anything.)  Well, there is a solution for you!  

Just spend $140 at the heliport on Wall Street and voila - no more lines!

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Should folks on Wall Street get government subsidies to avoid waiting on long security lines at the airport?

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