Archives for October, 2008

Shorter John McCain

Speaking of which: “Sen. Obama, I am not President Bush.” Votes like Bush, walks like Bush, and has no exit strategy, either.

Litmus tests

John McCain last night: Schieffer: But even if it was someone ó even someone who had a history of being for abortion rights, you would consider them? McCain: I would consider anyone in their qualifications. I do not believe that someone who has supported Roe v. Wade that would be part of those qualifications. But…

McCain: Just again, the example of the eloquence of Sen. Obama. He’s health for the mother. You know, that’s been stretched by the pro-abortion movement in America to mean almost anything. That’s the extreme pro-abortion position, quote, “health.” Horrors. “Health.” Let’s mock women don’t want to die, or become infertile. The reality of abortion is…

McCain on autism

Shorter John McCain: I’m such a great advocate for special needs kids that I think autism is the same as Down syndrome. Actual quote: “parents come with kids, children — precious children who have autism. Sarah Palin knows about that better than most.” The rest of John McCain’s debate performance roughly matched that level of…

A chance to see your next President

The campaign tells me: This Saturday, October 18th, please join Barack Obama in Kansas City, MO, where he will talk about his vision for creating the kind of change we need. Change We Need Rally with Barack Obama National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial Intersection of Main St. and Memorial Dr. Kansas City,…

As Greg Sargent observes: Palin’s first instinct was to rebuke these “hecklers” by questioning their patriotism, suggesting completely out of the blue that they might be reluctant to show sufficient gratitude towards our veterans. But then her husband gently let her know that these people weren’t hecklers at all. They were supporters who were yelling…

He’ll raise your taxes

According to a CBS/New York Times poll, voters understand that McCain, not Obama, would raise their taxes: If he were elected President, do you think (candidate) would raise taxes on people like yourself, or wouldn’t he do that? Obama: Would 46%, Would Not 41% McCain: Would 51%, Would Not 38% Given that this has been…

On honor

On Saturday, Rep. John Lewis responded to the wave of violent rhetoric sweeping through McCain/Palin rallies: “As one who was a victim of violence and hate during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, I am deeply disturbed by the negative tone of the McCain-Palin campaign. What I am seeing today reminds me too much…

Due to Sb issues, this post has been sitting unpublished for hours. Paul Krugman, the New York Times columnist, Princeton economist, and author of textbooks, academic treatises and popularizations of economics, was given this years Nobel Prize in Economics. Because of his outspoken opposition to the Bush presidency, this decision will inevitably be treated as…

Heating up

Shorter John McCain: Barack Obama is the “biggest celebrity in the world, but I don’t know “who is the real Barack Obama.” John McCain is dishonest and dishonorable, and he is now crossing into truly dangerous territory. In response to McCain’s own incitement, his audiences are crossing further and further into violent and eliminationist rhetoric.…