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Thu Sep 25, 2008 at 07:59 PM PDT

Bedtime first, country second

by RKA

If John McCain suspended his campaign to help resolve the financial crisis, you would think that he might be a part of the late night negotiations occurring tonight.

But check out this nugget of info from an AP story:

McCain did not participate in late-night negotiations on Capitol Hill but worked the phones from his Virginia home.

Let's get this straight.  The crisis is so severe that John McCain needs to suspend his campaign.  But as the negotiations go on, John McCain is hanging out at one of his 7 houses!


What's John McCain really doing tonight?

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Wed Sep 24, 2008 at 12:11 PM PDT

Free Sarah Palin!

by RKA

From Politico:

This is what happens when campaigns let reporters into photo ops.  They get all uppity and ask questions.

From the pool report account of what happened after McCain and Palin's meeting with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvilli and Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko:

McCain then looked around the room and gestured as if to welcome questions. The AP reporter shouted a question at Gov. Palin ("Governor, what have you learned from your meetings?") but McCain aide Brooke Buchanan intervened and shepherded everybody out of the room.

Palin looked surprised, leaned over to McCain and asked him a question, to which your pooler thinks he shook his head as if to say "No."

It looks like Sarah Palin needs to get Daddy McCain's permission before even talking!

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You know that a week actually focused on the issues is too good to be true, right?

But since Obama is surging in the polls and, it's time for the corporate media to (drumroll, please)...change the subject to race.  Here's the headliner story on Politico right now:

Racial considerations that have long been palpable in southern Ohio and other crucial regions are again in the foreground. A new poll that accompanied a much buzzed-about Associated Press article on Saturday appears to starkly quantify the cost of racism to Obama: 6 percentage points in the polls.

And Friday's debate will bring the campaign to the Deep South and offer the symbolism of an integrated debate at Ole Miss, the scene of a brutal battle over integration a generation ago. That conversation creates a moment with risks for both candidates — though perhaps greater risks for Obama.

Oh, Lord.  Here we go again.

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There has been criticism from Kos and others here that Barack Obama allowed himself to be interviewed by Bill O'Reilly on Fox News.  

But he went anyway.  And even though O'Reilly subjected Obama to his usual bullying and unfair questioning, Obama held his own.

Does McCain have the guts to face a progressive media questioner?  

I doubt it.

The tough-talking McCoward rarely has press conferences anymore. He probably doesn't want to have to answer for his lies.

So Keith, if you are reading this, why not make an issue of it?


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Sorry folks, this is not about us, it's not about Karl Rove, it's not about Obama, nor is it about McCain.

It's about News Corporation.  It about General Electric.  It's about Viacom.   It's about Disney.  It's about Time Warner.

Barack knows this.  This is why he said the following, as reported by The Politico:

"I think it was Roger Ailes of Fox News who said that the media basically covers four things," said Obama, who held a private meeting with Ailes and Rupert Murdoch in June to clear the air on Fox's coverage, only to see Murdoch's New York Post issue an early, strong endorsement of McCain this month. "[The media] cover polls, scandals, gaffes and attacks. Those are the four things they cover. And so it is very hard to get a focus on the issues."

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As the Republicans gear up for a feeding frenzy about Obama using the phrase "Lipstick on a Pig," Marc Ambinder quotes from The Swamp:

McCain criticized Democratic contenders for offering what he called costly universal health-care proposals that require too much government regulation. While he said he had not studied Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's plan, he said it was "eerily reminiscent" of the failed plan she offered as first lady in the 1990s.
"I think they put some lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig," he said of her proposal.

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Hat tip to Elise for pointing out reporting that Sarah Palin was caught letting her son Trig ride around in a car without a car seat.

Palin held her baby in her arms as the warden drove a short distance around the facility, said corrections director Joe Schmidt, who sat next to Palin. A few days later, the governor got a warning from her public safety commissioner that someone had complained that she did not strap Trig into a car seat for the ride.

Of course,  there is great irony that McCain compared Obama to celebrity Brittney Spears in an attack ad, and it appears that Gov. Palin shares Brittney's aversion to car seats.

But there's an important issue that must be pointed out: car seats are important for all infants, but they are particularly important for infants with Down Syndrome because of their low muscle tone.

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Most of the people in the corporate media are hacks, but I have generally held Tom Brokaw in somewhat higher esteem.  He's a GE corporate guy like all the rest, but his serious demeanor and deep voice make him come across somewhat less biased than the rest.

And so I was a bit surprised that Brokaw veered into Stephanopolis standards of "journalism" on Meet the Press today and asked Joe Biden about whether Palin should be allowed to appear on Oprah (quote from the politico).  

MR. BROKAW: I want to move on in a moment, but there's another headline that appeared in the New York Post. Oprah Winfrey decided not to have Sarah Palin on the show before the election. "No-Prah!" That's the New York Post headline. "TV first lady's Palin insult," as they called it. Oprah did come out for Barack Obama, did have him on the show. Do you think that some people will see that as an elitist position, that in some ways Democrats may be afraid of her, Sarah Palin?


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Sat Sep 06, 2008 at 09:25 AM PDT

The kitchen sink won't work with Palin

by RKA

I am less worried about Sarah Palin than I am the collective response to her by the media and the blogosphere.

The identity of Trig's mother.  Bristol's pregnancy.  The quality of her parenting.  Troopergate.  Earmarks.  Oil industry ties.  Her right wing socal views.  The AIP. Her inexperience.  An alleged affair.  

Some lines of attack are more legit than others, but the problem is that there are way too many of them for any of them to stick to the low-information public.  

Moreover, this kitchen sink "strategy" is only making it easier for her to paint herself as persecuted woman.  If the low-info public buys into the crap narrative of her victimhood, they will put their fingers in their ears and say "la la la la, I can't hear you" when anybody raises a justifyable criticism of her.

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Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 05:47 AM PDT

Open letter to RNC Delegates

by RKA

Dear Delegates,

I want to express my condolences on this bad year for your party.  Bush's approval numbers are low, numerous Republican senators don't want to be associated with your convention, a hurricaine has overshadowed your time to trash Obama, and your VP nominee wants Alaska to secede from the union.

Wow, what a bummer.

Even though I am an Obama supporter, I am starting to feel bad about how pathetic you Republicans have become.  If your party does not retain even an ounce of credibility, it really takes the fun out of political process, you know?  And so as you gather to officially nominate your candidates for President and Vice President, I have some simple advice:

Nominate someone else before it is too late.

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Barack Obama was right to instruct all of us to lay off of the Palins' family situation.

But there is a bigger point her that needs to be raised, and that is the atrocious double standard the media has for personal behavior of Democrats and Republicans.

Why does the media hush up the fact that John McCain once called a teenaged Chelsea Clinton the ugly child of Janet Reno, but there is nothing but good feeling all around for Bristol Palin?

Why is it ok for the National Enquirer to harrass John Edwards after he left the presidential race about his personal life, but any scrutiny of Sarah Palin's family issues -  or John McCain's, for that matter - are off limits?

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Ok, everybody, you've got it all wrong.

People are knocking Sarah Palin for her lack of foreign policy experience.  People are saying that she won't know what she is doing if McCain croaks.

But they've got it backwards.

Has Sarah Palin ever gotten Iraq and Iran mixed up?  John McCain has.

Has Sarah Palin ever said that Iraq and Pakistan share a border?  John McCain has.

Has Sarah Palin ever gotten Shia and Sunni mixed up?  John McCain has.

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