This will only be a short diary but I thought I'd share my observations gleaned from spending hours in line at my local unemployment office in a "cattle call" for a handful of jobs at the local Ford plant.
Ironically, this is one of the few times I forgot my camera phone, the pictures would have really helped illustrate how easily more than 2000 people showed up where Ford was accepting 500 resumes. The pictures would also help destroy the right wing memes of people - particularly those brown people - being too lazy and beholden to welfare to go out and try to find a job.
Its been a fun ride. As a person who's voted Democratic in the last 8 elections, it feels damn good to be going into November 4th as the front runner for a change. But, I need to remind you: its not over till its over.
A lot of people have been wondering about the lack of Obama surrogates in the media pushing back against the McCain campaign and Sarah Palin in particular. Well, we just got a scathing analysis of McCain's choice for VP from none other than Jason Bourne himself.
Matt Damon tells it like it is about how absurd and terrifying the idea of Palin being a heartbeat away from the presidency is.
I am guessing this video is taken from the morning talk shows. I'm vaguely familiar with the background but isn't that the set of ABC's "Good Morning America?" If so, wouldn't that be special if Damon was invited onto a Disney owned show and directly compared Palin to "a really bad Disney movie." The ironies abound.
Now that we are into the general election, it occurred to me that although us hardcore political addicts have been intensely following the election since at least January - that's my start date for joining the Obama supporters but some of you have been paying attention for twice as long as I have - there are a lot of people just starting to nose around to find out what the candidates are about. So, I thought it was time we revisit the Brave New Films series of videos exposing the real John McCain.
In this footage recorded today at a campaign event in Flint, Michigan Barack dismantles the McCain/Palin argument claiming they are the only ones who can bring change to Washington.
Barack defines the difference between McCain's idea of change and his idea of change in a pretty forceful way. He points out how he has consistently called for change on all the key issues that matter in this election while continuing to define McCain and Palin as more of the same.
I tried to stay focused.
I tried to remember what this election is really about.
I tried to stop worrying about statistical noise in daily tracking polls.
I tried to remember who Barack Obama is really running against.
I tried to remember the millions of hard working Americans, their diversity and the obstacles they face.
I tried to remember how destructive the last 8 years of Bush's presidency has been, and how John McCain has fought alongside him every step of the way to help put this country in the sorry state it's in today.
I even tried to remember the real issues and where each candidate stands, or of the candidates even had a plan to address them at all.
But I couldn't.
This is not new. Somehow the media ignored it. (Excuse me while I pretend to be shocked.) I don't have the vid, only the audio but in my opinion this is much more damning than forgetting how many houses you own.
UPDATED 6:28 PM CST: Before I go into my diary, I'd like to point you to the new website Barack Obama has started that chronicles all the smears, lies, distortions and false campaigning John McCain has decided to resort to in a desperate attempt to avoid discussing the issues. Its appropriately titled "The Low Road Express."
I just saw this post at TPM. I think its a pretty good response. Take a look:
I just thought I'd take a little time to respond to the raging debate about the New Yorker magazine cover. No, this will not be another diary about who's right and who's wrong, or who will get the joke and who won't, or whether it will be used by the right or not, or anything else that's being thrown about in a diary that has so many comments my PC froze trying to respond. After observing this incident and weighing it against everything else that's occurred in this election cycle, my simple observation is this....
I never wavered, dude. I must be committed or something.