Another post-mortem and Obama’s first look at the national diaper
Republicans are now evidently in their second month of moping, gnashing, and wringing about what went wrong with their Presidential ticket in November. Why – tell me! – WHY did McCain-Palin lose that race to Obama-Biden? McCain pollster Bill McInturff tells us. Well, he tells USA Today’s Paul Bedard, who, in turns, tells us: Topping McInturff’s list: Obama was the first black presidential nominee and | Read More »
Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight.
My sister called earlier this evening and asked me of Senator McCain’s chances. Well, he has to win Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Oho… she interrupted me with a giggle, but I stipulated that he can do this. “And he has to win Pennsylvania, so you and [brother-in-law] must vote tomorrow.” They will. My wife and I drove to the mall today, listening to Fox News | Read More »
He’s ashamed to be a “journalist”
[UPDATE: The same media which refuses to look into a d*mn thing regarding Obama's shady character and associates or report a single Biden lie or slur as more than a harmless gaffe now gives us this: AP INVESTIGATION: Palin pipeline terms curbed bids. Read it. There's nothing to the story. This. is. pathetic.] ABC.com’s “Silicon Insider,” Michael S. Malone, wrote on Friday that he is | Read More »
McCain is entertained by “leading conservatives” who trash Palin
Finding a Politico.com story via Google News, we learn of John McCain’s “amazement” at the way Sarah Palin is being treated by some conservatives. Several leading conservatives, including columnists Kathleen Parker of National Review and David Brooks of the New York Times, have questioned McCain’s judgment in selecting Palin. [emphasis my own] Leading conservatives: Kathleen Parker and David Brooks? That’s a bit o’ hyperbole, as | Read More »
Obama’s lead down to two points in Pennsylvania
John McCain and Sarah Palin have spent a lot of time in Pennsylvania of late, and team Obama might have an internal poll showing the race in the commonwealth tightening fast. [M]uch buzz today surrounds the apparently inadvertent leak of an internal poll by Barack Obama’s campaign in Pennsylvania that supposedly showed the Democrat leading there by only 2 percentage points — a much-slimmer margin | Read More »
Bill Ayers will be at tonight’s debate. (Alas, only spiritually.)
Columnist Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune might have finally found the ultimate rebuttal for our “Barry -hearts- terrorists” line of attack: Neither Ayers nor his wife was espousing or practicing terrorist acts in the 1990s when Obama met them. They haven’t committed or advocated violent protest since the early 1970s. Then again, I have not heard the claim that Ayers is a practicing terrorist; | Read More »
Joe McCain: “Free John McCain!”
Joe McCain, the candidate’s brother, wants to fire the campaign’s management because they have kept McCain, and those around him, under wraps, isolated from the media: Joe is particularly critical of top campaign officials (unnamed) who “so tightly ‘control the message’” that they have cut the press off from those who know the candidate best (presumably including his brother). Joe McCain, who notes that he | Read More »
Why is the McCain camp doing what it’s doing?
Tom Bevan at the RCP blog is having trouble with Steve Schmidt’s “strategery” for John McCain. After all, McCain is campaigning in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Iowa – all Kerry States – instead of defending the Bush States in which he’s in polling trouble: Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia. Survey says Obama is coasting in each of those States but Indiana, | Read More »
Barack Obama is a lying hypocrite/hypocritical liar
Lace up the shoes. Game on. A new ad from John McCain intones that Dem candidate Barack Obama is a hypocritical liar. Barack Obama. He promised better. He lied. To wit: Writes ABC News’ Jake Tapper: The criticisms of the Obama ads are all on target. Tapper, God love him, has backed his statement with links. (To be fair, he did not on his blog | Read More »
AP: If elected, McCain will likely drop dead.
The warning to America from the Associated Press could not be more stark: Elect John McCain and he will die, leaving you with Sarah Palin, a woman whom the less-than-impressive David Frum condemns as “not up to the job of being president of the United States” in an interview with the left wing daily New York Times. If John McCain is elected and goes on | Read More »
Some in the media invent a McCain-Palin contradiction
This is media slime. Sarah Palin was in a Philadelphia restaurant when some guy asked her, basically, she thought our government should fight terrorism. Here’s the exchange, according to Jake Tapper: As Palin was glad handling, a man named Michael Rovito, wearing a Temple University t-shirt, approached Palin “How about the Pakistan situation?” he asked her. “What’s your thoughts about that.” “In Pakistan?” she asked. | Read More »
McCain wins, but let’s ask the media
It was impressive to watch John McCain hold his own on issues of the domestic economy while moderator Jim Lehrer lingered for almost the first 40 minutes. I saw McCain smiling and anxious to speak, while Obama alternated between staged confidence, mock impatience, and outright anger. Obama could not shine, but neither could score a knockout. Obama blamed Bush/McCain, but McCain, I think, successfully ejected | Read More »
New Rasmussen Tracking – Obama by 5
The new Rasmussen tracking poll (Friday, September 26)has Obama at 50%, an important number, and McCain five-points back at 45%. New data shows McCain’s lead is down to a single percentage point in Ohio and Florida. He leads by eight in West Virginia while Obama continues to hold a modest advantage in Pennsylvania. A Virginia update will be released at noon Eastern today. It’s stunning | Read More »
Despite Dems’ “bed-wetting whines,” Obama is more negative than is McCain
According to NBC’s First Read, the Wisconsin Advertising Project has discovered that contrary to Democrats’ “bed-witting whiners” [note: their terms for themselves], Obama is going negative more than his Republican counterpart: Campaign ads hitting the airwaves as McCain returned to the road after Minneapolis showed a trend away from positivism, with 77% of ads from the Democratic nominee coding negative, compared to 56% of McCain’s | Read More »
“Biden-like” Carly Fiorina to “disappear”
Shall we call this Carly-gate? Or CEO-gate? Or anything-gate, really, because the media is really into [ ]-gates. McCain advisor Carly Fiorina told a St. Louis radio station, when asked, that though she supported John McCain to be President, she didn’t think he could run a major corporation, as the two jobs require different skill sets. She later told MSNBC, when asked about the comment, | Read More »
There is a McCain commercial in this.
John McCain and Sarah Palin need not wait until they are sworn in to begin ridding our national political scene of hypocrites. They can begin right here, right now. Over at TNR, my friend Soren Dayton argues that the Lehman Brothers story will dominate the news this week, forcing Obama to talk specifics rather than push his ephemeral “change” message. Also, he posits, if McCain | Read More »
For London, for Tehran: Obama’s lead dwindles in PA
According to the RCP blog, the Strategic Vision PA poll being released tomorrow will show Barack Obama with a two point lead over John McCain, 47%-45%, well within the survey’s +/- 3% MOE. (The RCP story doesn’t mention if the sample is of RV or LV, but with this dynamics of this election, I think it is impossible to tell the difference.) Obama had led | Read More »
Election 2008: Is this about issues or personalities?
Jim Vandehei is at it again. The former WashPost-er, now with Politico.com, teamed up with John Harris last week to throw together the inestimably weak 6 things Palin pick says about McCain. (1. He’s desperate; 2. He’s willing to gamble — bigtime; 3. He’s worried about the political implications of his age; 4. He’s not worried about the actuarial implications of his age; 5. He’s | Read More »
McCain/Palin Casting for new voters
Even the Brits, whose politics are not ours, get it, as evidence by this post from London’s Daily Telegraph broadsheet. On Friday night in Sterling Heights, Mr McCain’s selection of Mrs Palin appeared to have utterly transformed his campaign and made easier the task of converting Reagan Democrats to McCain Democrats. Even some Canadians, like Dr. Salim Mansur, an Associate Professor of Political Science at | Read More »
When they spoke, McCain got higher ratings than Obama
According to Nielsen Media Research, 38.9-million television viewers in the United States watched Senator John McCain accept the Republican Party’s Presidential nomination, which tops the short-lived record 38.3-million who saw Barack Obama accept the Dem nomination in front of Styrofoam columns in a football stadium last week by over half a million folks. (Only 37.2-million watched Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s speech on Wednesday.) | Read More »