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Hitchens Calls Palin a ‘National Disgrace’

Christopher Hitchens has reached an endorsement by process of elimination. John McCain, he writes, isn’t up to the job, while “the only public events that have so far featured his absurd choice of running mate have shown her to be a deceiving and unscrupulous woman utterly unversed in any of the needful political discourses but easily trained to utter preposterous lies and to appeal to the basest element of her audience.”

Posted on Oct 13, 2008 READ MORE


Barack Obama
Flickr / Allison Harger

Obama’s New Deal

Barack Obama unveiled his $60-billion economic rescue plan on Monday and urged Washington not to wait for a new president to take up his proposals. The Obama plan includes tax breaks for companies that hire new workers, a short moratorium on foreclosures and, with an eye on job creation, federal financing for public works and infrastructure projects.

Posted on Oct 13, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain Campaign Spokeswoman Slams Kristol

You know it’s troubs when McCain campaign spokeswoman Nancy Pfotenhauer turns on The New York Times’ resident McCain campaign strategist, William Kristol—and on Fox News, no less—claiming he’s fallen for the Obama party line. Over to you, Bill.

Posted on Oct 13, 2008 READ MORE



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McCain Changes His Tune

After Team McCain’s negative strategy over recent days seemed to hurt the Republican’s campaign more than help it, John McCain took a new tack on Monday, calling off the attack dogs—or at least reining them in a bit—during a speech in Virginia Beach, Va.

Posted on Oct 13, 2008 READ MORE



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Obama Ahead by Double Digits

William Kristol was becoming apoplectic, Hillary Clinton was sounding optimistic, and the McCain campaign was being perhaps a tad unrealistic—or so read Monday’s political barometer as an ABC/Washington Post poll indicated that the Obama campaign had taken a 10-point lead in the presidential race.

Posted on Oct 13, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Gerald Herbert

America’s Political Cannibalism

It is no longer our economy but our democracy that is in peril. Financial collapses lead to political extremism. The rage bubbling up from our impoverished and disenfranchised working class, glimpsed at John McCain rallies, presages a looming and dangerous right-wing backlash.

Posted on Oct 13, 2008 READ MORE


Campaign Chiefs Do Battle on Fox

David Axelrod and Rick Davis of the Obama and McCain campaigns, respectively, dispensed with the niceties on “Fox News Sunday.”

Posted on Oct 12, 2008 READ MORE


‘I’m Not Going to the Back of the Bus’

America has come a long way, says Democratic strategist and CNN personality Donna Brazile, so if Americans don’t vote for Barack Obama, it had better be because of his policies.

Posted on Oct 12, 2008 READ MORE


Palling Around With Meteorologists

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin went on the attack today, claiming that Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has long-standing ties to The Weather Channel.

Posted on Oct 12, 2008 READ MORE


Christopher Buckley
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William F. Buckley’s Son Voting for Obama

His famous father is now gone, but Christopher Buckley, son of the late conservative icon William F. Buckley, still apologizes to his “pup” directly for—as Matt Drudge would say, “SHOCK!”—deciding to vote for Barack Obama in this year’s presidential election.

Posted on Oct 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Fact-Checking McCain’s ‘Ayers’ Commercial

In this time of confusion and strife, it’s a good thing there’s FactCheck.org to shine a light through the political fog that surrounds us all. Or something like that. Anyway, the FactCheck folks took a close look at the McCain campaign’s shadowy little commercial number, “Ayers,” and found it to be problematic on several counts.

Posted on Oct 11, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain Tries to Cool Anti-Obama Fervor

Here’s the video footage of John McCain attempting to calm his riled-up audience by calling Barack Obama a “decent” person (and also not an “Arab,” as one bewildered audience member claims) during a campaign stop in Minnesota on Friday.

Posted on Oct 11, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Gerald Herbert

McCain Booed at Rally for Calling Obama ‘Decent’

Looks like John McCain is attempting to put a lid on the hostility directed at his rival, Barack Obama, during McCain-Palin rallies, but some of the Republican presidential candidate’s supporters aren’t happy with this suggested change of tone.

Posted on Oct 10, 2008 READ MORE


Barack Osama
Times Union / Michael P. Farrell

Typo Puts ‘Barack Osama’ on Ballot

Election officials in Rensselaer County, N.Y., are caught in the middle of a national embarrassment after a typo on 300 absentee ballots listed the Democratic candidate for president as “Barack Osama.” Both Democratic and Republican officials in “Renassliare County” swear the error was accidental.

Posted on Oct 10, 2008 READ MORE


Gay People Holding Hands
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Conn. Court Overturns Anti-Gay Marriage Law

The Supreme Court of Connecticut joined the ranks of California and Massachusetts on Friday to (finally) legalize same-sex marriage. The decision comes at a potentially prickly time as the presidential election looms, although both John McCain and Barack Obama have, so far, exerted little rhetorical effort to make gay rights a wedge issue in the campaign.

Posted on Oct 10, 2008 READ MORE


This Is No Time for Specifics

Each campaign has given voters ample notice about the inclinations, temperaments, habits, philosophical leanings and advisers they would bring to the White House. That’s enough.

Posted on Oct 10, 2008 READ MORE


Welcome to the Third World, America

Here’s a question I’d like to ask Barack Obama and John McCain: Is the United States destined to look and feel increasingly like a “developing country”? Is this the way it’s going to be?

Posted on Oct 10, 2008 READ MORE



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Obama Buys His Own TV Special

Flush with cash, Barack Obama has purchased air time on at least two networks for a half-hour special to air a week before the election. No word yet on how much a half-hour of prime-time sweeps air costs, but it’s certainly more than Ross Perot paid back in ‘92.

Posted on Oct 9, 2008 READ MORE


The ‘New Multilateralism’

The issues that have fueled Russian-American tensions in Europe in recent months, and European tensions with both Russia and the United States, have suggested a willingness on all sides to reignite tensions that on the face of it serve no one’s real interests. Recent developments could change all that.

Posted on Oct 9, 2008 READ MORE



Citizens Against Government Waste, and for McCain

During the first presidential debate, John McCain gave a high-profile shout-out: “I suggest that people go up on the Web site of Citizens Against Government Waste, and they’ll look at those projects.” The group quickly returned the favor—its political action committee is calling McCain a “taxpayer hero” in TV ads airing over the next two weeks in Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida.

Posted on Oct 9, 2008 READ MORE


Michelle Obama on 'Daily Show'

Michelle Obama, Known Associate of Barack Obama, Visits ‘Daily Show’

Do we really know Michelle Obama? She thinks so, since, as she tells “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, after 20 months on the campaign trail there have certainly been plenty of opportunities to check her and Barack Obama out.

Posted on Oct 9, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Jim Bourg, pool

Third-Party Blues

Ralph Nader is right: The two-party system is failing America. There isn’t time between now and Election Day to create a viable third-party candidate, and so the sad reality is one of two deeply flawed men, the byproduct of a deeply flawed political system, will serve as president for the next four or eight years.

Posted on Oct 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Flashback: McCain Pledges to Run a ‘Respectful Campaign’

What a difference a few weeks and a few polling points can make. Last April John McCain pledged to run a “respectful campaign”—a goal he restated on more than one occasion until around midsummer.

Posted on Oct 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Projectorgate 2008: Astronomers Fact-Check McCain

What on earth was John McCain referring to during Tuesday’s debate when he kept bringing up that mysterious “$3 million overhead projector” that Barack Obama ostensibly supported in Chicago?

Posted on Oct 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Responds to McCain-Palin Attacks

During a sit-down interview with ABC’s Charlie Gibson that aired on Wednesday, Barack Obama talked about the economy and how he’d lead differently from President Bush before addressing the McCain-Palin campaign’s ramped-up attacks of late. “All these statements are made simply to try to score cheap political points,” Obama told Gibson.

Posted on Oct 8, 2008 READ MORE


Honor Won and Lost

Nothing in the presidential campaign so far has been as instructive as its swift descent into the politics of personal destruction. Although voters have probably heard little lately that they did not already know about Sen. Barack Obama, they have learned something very important about Sen. John McCain.

Posted on Oct 8, 2008 READ MORE


What McCain and Obama Don’t Know

Uncertainty is the backdrop for a presidential campaign whose last month is being conducted over the shakiest terrain. What we didn’t know yesterday, last week, last month suddenly reshapes the contours of our lives.

Posted on Oct 8, 2008 READ MORE


The Real Stars of the Debate

In the second presidential debate, the questioners seemed to understand better than either candidate that we are in the midst of a national emergency as grave and possibly more far-reaching than the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Posted on Oct 8, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Madalyn Ruggiero

Obama Leads by 11

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has pulled significantly ahead of Republican rival John McCain, taking an 11-point lead after Tuesday night’s presidential debate, according to the latest Gallup Poll.

Posted on Oct 8, 2008 READ MORE


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A Close Look at McCain-Palin Fans

Wonkette was correct in calling this clip “phenomenal stuff.” It’s also scary stuff—check out this video by Blogger Interrupted, showing supporters of John McCain and Sarah Palin demonstrating how negative campaigning strategies and catchphrases can hit their marks.

Posted on Oct 8, 2008 READ MORE


McCain’s Brain and the Second Debate

Penny for John McCain’s thoughts? Keep it, that’s what YouTube is for.

Posted on Oct 8, 2008 READ MORE


Open the Debates

The reviews are in, and the latest U.S. presidential debate, the “town hall” from Nashville, Tenn., was a snore. One problem is that in a debate it is important for the debaters to actually disagree.

Posted on Oct 8, 2008 READ MORE



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AIG Execs Enjoy Sun and Fun on Your Dime

What’s $85 billion if you don’t get to spend it? Just days after taxpayers saved AIG from ruin, executives of the insurance giant spent $440,000 pampering themselves at the exclusive St. Regis resort in Monarch Beach, Calif.

Posted on Oct 8, 2008 READ MORE


Nashville debate

2008 Presidential Debates, Round Two

Tuesday night marked the second debate between John McCain and Barack Obama, moderated by NBC’s Tom Brokaw at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. While Brokaw struggled to stick to the script, the two candidates fielded questions about the current economic catastrophe and American foreign policy.

Posted on Oct 8, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and McCain debate
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Obama Wins in Nashville

As was the case in the first presidential debate, Barack Obama emerged from Tuesday night’s confrontation with John McCain in Nashville, Tenn., in command of the situation. The Democratic nominee looked calm, confident and presidential as he won their second contest.

Posted on Oct 7, 2008 READ MORE


Nowhere for McCain to Go

Tuesday night’s debate, a town-hall discussion dominated by economic questions, made it clear that John McCain’s effort to change the campaign’s focus to the culture wars of the 1960s is not going to work.

Posted on Oct 7, 2008 READ MORE


What McCain and Obama Just Don’t Get About Central Asia

There are only two real issues left in the foreign policy debate between John McCain and Barack Obama. Yet neither the Iraq nor the Afghanistan issue is within the power of any American president to resolve.

Posted on Oct 7, 2008 READ MORE


McCain commercial

McCain Campaign Ads: Dishonorable Edition

If there was any lingering doubt as to the tone that will characterize these last weeks on the campaign trail, take a look at this disapproving, if vague, McCain ad, in which a disdainful-sounding narrator claims Barack Obama did something dishonorable at some point in the campaign, and also, liberals are bad ... or something like that.

Posted on Oct 7, 2008 READ MORE



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Obama’s Poll Surge Continues

With the campaign headed into the final weeks before the election, new polls pop up every day, and they continue to show a strong trend in favor of Barack Obama. Depending on the survey, Obama is ahead or tied in as many as 10 states won by George W. Bush in 2004, including faux-purple Florida and ruddy Indiana. But just being ahead in the polls doesn’t mean Obama will win. Update

Posted on Oct 7, 2008 READ MORE


Corsi
freedom21.org

Anti-Obama Author Deported From Kenya

Jerome Corsi’s scheduled visit to Kenya to promote his latest book, “The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality,” was cut short after local authorities, who claimed that Corsi didn’t have the right permit, arrested the author and sent him packing on a plane to Europe on Tuesday.

Posted on Oct 7, 2008 READ MORE


Keith Olbermann

Olbermann Turns the Tables on Palin

If guilt-by-association is a game Sarah Palin wants to play, Keith Olbermann is more than happy to go head-to-head. Rev. Muthee, the witch vanquisher, anyone? How about secessionist Joe Vogler?

Posted on Oct 7, 2008 READ MORE


Republican Economic Policies Don’t Add Up

Many Americans believe, despite the current financial crisis, that Republicans are generally better at managing the economy. History tells a very different story.

Posted on Oct 6, 2008 READ MORE


Weapons of Mass Distraction

John McCain and Sarah Palin are going to try their best to make us talk about anything but the big issues facing our country, because most Americans think Barack Obama’s solutions are better.

Posted on Oct 6, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Resorts to Atwater’s Dirty Tricks

To understand where the presidential campaign is heading in the four weeks still ahead of us, look back 20 years. The remarkable transformation John McCain has undergone since 2000 is itself an unsettling tribute to the lasting poison Lee Atwater poured into the political waters.

Posted on Oct 6, 2008 READ MORE


Begala on 'Meet the Press'

Begala: McCain Had Ties to ‘Extremist, Racist’ Group

Former Clinton consultant (Bill Clinton, in this case) and political commentator Paul Begala appeared on “Meet the Press” on Oct. 5, during which he criticized the McCain campaign’s ramped-up attacks on Barack Obama’s ties to former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers, while, according to Begala, John McCain should be concerned about one of his own past associations.

Posted on Oct 6, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Susan Walsh

Dennis Kucinich on the Democrats’ Bailout Betrayal

The passing of the $850-billion bailout pulled the plug on the New Deal. The Great Society is now gasping for air, mortally wounded, coughing up blood. It will not recover. It was murdered by the Democratic Party.

Posted on Oct 5, 2008 READ MORE



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McCain Sticks With Terrorist Claim Despite Media Criticism

“Americans need to ask themselves if they’ve ever befriended an unrepentant terrorist,” says McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds. The AP called similar remarks by running mate Sarah Palin “racially tinged” and Time said the claim was “simply wrong,” but the McCain campaign shows no signs of backing down from its new strategy.

Posted on Oct 5, 2008 READ MORE


Fey plays Palin

‘SNL’ Spoofs the VP Debate

Parody is the best policy, as evidenced by the boost that “Saturday Night Live” has recently enjoyed, thanks to Sarah Palin lookalike (and sometime comedy star) Tina Fey. We kid, but so do Fey, Queen Latifah and Jason Sudeikis—playing Republican VP candidate Palin, PBS’ Gwen Ifill and Democratic VP pick Joe Biden, respectively—in this clip from the show’s Oct. 4 episode.

Posted on Oct 5, 2008 READ MORE


Palin in Colorado
AP Photo / R.J. Sangosti

Palin Goes On the Attack

Sarah Palin went into negative campaigning mode on Saturday during a speech in Colorado, apparently attempting to forge associations in voters’ minds between the name Barack Obama and the word terrorist, thus indicating that the McCain campaign is ready to hit the mat—or the muck—during the last four weeks before the election.

Posted on Oct 4, 2008 READ MORE


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