by Blue Stockings | This is why I try to ignore polls and commentary on polls. What's the point in false reassurance NOW if it means that you are confronted unprepared with REAL reality later? What's the point in making yourself sick with anxiety NOW only to find later that it was all---to quote (partially) Palin---"for naught"?
Marc Ambinder reports on the jazzed up Rick Davis, all in a lather of excitement at the way McCain campaign dirty tricks are bringing it home.
A "jazzed up" Rick Davis enthused that John McCain is the middle of
"the greatest comeback you've seen since John McCain on the primary."
Davis, on a conference call with reporters, said that the campaign has had "the best ten days of polling" since the convention.
think we've shaken off the effects of the financial collapse that have suppressed
our numbers prior to the last debate. Our own data has us dead even in the state of
The dead panned Ambinder remarks, parenthetically, "(Davis said that the Obama campaign's data was also close in Iowa --
although the Obama internal polling gives Obama a double-digit
by Teh Nutroots | Deb C at our sister blog some time ago compared McCain and Obama to Elmer and Bugs. In fact she has been calling wingnuts "Elmers" for the last couple of years. They keep doing the same thing harder, even when it's clear it ain't working. Maybe they are all insane and it wasn't as obvious when everything was going their way. I guess it's an analogy that's occurred to a lot of us.
Presented for your consideration: The Corner at NRO.
Anyway I gotcher snark o' the day right here.
after poll and focus group after focus group reveal that not only have
attacks on Obama's character turned off those vital on-the-fence
independents, but they may be the single biggest reason that the
campaign has squandered what was a close race not that many weeks ago
and is not making headway in the voter-rich Philadelphia 'burbs where
voters are far more concerned about the economy.
there they were referring to Obama as "an old-fashioned liberal" who
would be "redistributionist in chief" if elected, would "lose the war"
in Iraq and, horror of horrors, is "interrupting the World Series for
Yep. While everyone else is gritting their teeth to stiffen the upper lip against the daily assault of bad economic news, they're jumping up and down at Toon Town rallies, scarlet faced and spluttering, "You Wascally Wabbit!" or swearing incoherently while firing their tiny, ineffectual guns. The overgrown kids constituting the 24 percenters--who are the only people who show up for McCain/Palin rallies--laugh uproariously, stomp their feet, and applaud. They're the kids who identified with Elmer and Yosemite Sam.
Meanwhile, Bugs has calmly wandered off the screen and is busy elsewhere. Win, lose, or draw, he's not going anywhere.
This is how come any moderate Republicans or on-the-fence independents out there who are still on the fence and are leaning McCain-ward ought to be very, very nervous.
We've had eight years of an administration that's exploited the anger and fear of the nation's least rational (i.e., "the base") and proved over and over again that when that doesn't work, all they know how to do is to splutter and jump up and down.
Ask yourself this: Do we need four more years of President Elmer and VP Yosemite Sam?
CLAIM - Marc Ambinder Claims He Has Written a Haiku
FACT - A Haiku is 5-7-5, Ambinder dangerously misleads the American people by writing a "Haiku" that is 6-7-5.
- "With only five days until the election this misuse of Japanese
poetry could unravel the very fabric of American democracy. We
immediately demand that the first line be amended to "Joe's with us
today" to comply with the use of syllables that the American people deserve
and expect from The Atlantic."
We've learned repeatedly during this campaign that the ever tone-deaf
McCain drops certain phrases like anvils. From "my friends" to "I'm a
Maverick" to "Joe the Plumber" his ability to turn quaint into quackery
has been a sight to behold.
But the oft turned phrase
"Georgetown Cocktail Parties" that McCain claims to rebel against and
set up as a qualification for Palin is amongst the dumbest.
has been a bigger fixture on "the hot-barbecued sauced weenie on a
toothpick and crab dip circuit" than John Sidney McCain the Third?
one thing we've learned about Palin, if she showed up at a party thrown
by Sally Quinn, you know she'd bring whatever random daughter who isn't
pregnant to go with her and put the whole tab on the State of Alaska.
Oh Cecilia, bless your heart. We have only been at this for two years, sweetheart. There were over
40 debates during the primaries and most recently we have had three
Presidential debates and one Vice Presidential debate. Honey, I trust
you can read. Please do because this is important. And I am not
trying to be mean or dismissive...
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by Blue | Speaking of moms:Man. Why is The New York Times doing these columns anyway?
A third grader's mom discusses her feelings of anger and jealousy and a mix of other things I don't want to think about too closely when she discovers that some little third grade girl has written "I [heart] Oedipus" (<not his real name) on a bathroom wall. When the son finds out, he is--to the mom's relief--devastated.
“Someone wrote my name on the girls’ bathroom wall,” he mumbled. His
little shoulders sagged with the weight of being in the third grade.
“How does that make you feel?” I asked.
He pushed his hair out of his eyes then came to me. His lunch pail
banged into my backside while he leaned his head into my belly...
by The Puppet Mistress | I'm going to agree with Thers:
Pretty much all you need to know about why the GOP is losing this election is to be found in the high-fiving among "conservatives" about this interview
where a ridiculous local TV host from Orlando asks Joe Biden completely
asinine leading wingnut questions about why Barack Obama is just like
Karl Marx. Biden came across like a grownup; the interviewer looked
like, well, someone from the Onion News Network, only not funny and all too real.
The only part where I disagree is this: the self-satirizing interviewer was funny. I doubt it did Biden any harm with non-Republicans.
by Teh Nutroots | Ashley Todd, the McCain volunteer in Pennsylvania who alleged she was mugged by a black Barack supporter at an ATM---and that he carved a backwards "B" on her cheek (backwards like it would have been if someone was looking in a mirror while carving it)---was lying. At least that's what the police say.
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by Blue Stockings |....and hints darkly at condign punishment to be inflicted upon its source. Via Memeorandum:
THE source who told us last week about MichelleObama
getting lobster and caviar delivered to her room at the Waldorf-Astoria
must have been under the influence of a mind-altering drug. She was not
even staying at the Waldorf. We regret the mistake, and our former
source is going to regret it, too. Bread and water would be too good
for such disinformation. (NY Post)
I don't see why they're so upset about this particular piece of disinformation, but anyway. I wonder who told them it and what will happen to him or her? "[O]ur former source is going to regret it too."
Here's what the Murdoch-owned paper had published in its gossip column:
"Though he's battling GOP accusations that he's an Ivy League
elitist, Barack Obama has a lifestyle of the rich and famous," the
report read. "While he was at a meeting at the Waldorf-Astoria at 4
p.m. Wednesday, Michelle Obama called room service and ordered lobster
hors d'oeuvres, two whole steamed lobsters, Iranian caviar and
champagne, a tipster told Page Six." (Salon)
Which....come on. As Alex Koppelman says at Salon, really? Iranian caviar? Lobsters and champagne? That is so lame. It's like the person who made the story up picked the most obviously expensive food on the planet. (No arugula?) It's like...we all know we can't afford the lobster or the imported caviar. That's just dumb.
by Blue Stockings |DDay: "Sarah Palin, proving that even local interviewers can make her look bad."
Christ, couldn't someone have taken her gently aside and read the Constitution to her by this time? Though I get the impression that with Palin, it wouldn't help much: facts that aren't compatible with her preconceptions probably slip right out of her consciousness again...or such is my preconception. As Senate majority leader Harry Reid told Think Progress, this is the second time she's said it. "While the Vice President presides over the Senate, he or she is not in charge of it," he amplified. (Think Progress)
Civics is hard!
Yesterday, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) sat for an interview
with KUSA, an NBC affiliate in Colorado. In response to a question sent
to the network by a third grader at a local elementary school about
what the Vice President does, Palin erroneously argued that the Vice
President is “in charge of the United States Senate“:
Q: Brandon Garcia wants to know, “What does the Vice President do?”
PALIN: That’s something that Piper would ask me! … [T]hey’re
in charge of the U.S. Senate so if they want to they can really get in
there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will
make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom. (Think Progress; emphasis in original)
Hilarious. Obviously, Palin didn't give Piper a chance to explain it.
by The Puppet Mistress | Boris Johnson, the conservative Mayor of London, has come out in support of Barack Obama in a Tory newspaper and his ingenuous arguments in support are a treat. Has anyone told Limbaugh?
He starts off with a Wildean crack at W, though the follow-through is a bit weak:
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