Less than a week after she and John McCain lost their bid for the White House, a combative Sarah Palin on Monday night launched a full-scale media blitz that strongly suggests she's already on to Plan B...
by The Puppet Mistress |Blue Texan points out that the right wingers have suddenly raised the bar for what constitutes a mandate. All things considered, Obama's historic win was...historic.
I think a "landslide" probably should be reserved for any EV count over 400. By that measure, it wasn't a landslide. But...
Obama received the most votes of any presidential candidate in history -- over 63M, besting W's 62M in 2004.
received a higher percentage of votes (53%) than George W. Bush in '04
or '00, than Clinton in '96 or '92, and more than St. Reagan in 1980
(50%). He matches George HW Bush's mark in '88 -- and posted the
highest percentage by a Democrat since LBJ's 61% in 1964.
received more electoral votes (364) than George W. Bush in '04 (286)
and '00 (271), more than Carter in '76, and more than Nixon in '68,
Kennedy in '60, and Truman in '48.
Obama brought with him
increased gains in the Democratic Senate and House -- the first time
Democrats have extended their majorities in back-to-back elections
since the 1930s.
Bottom line: the size of Obama's win crushes
either of W's, who posted two anemic, 1-state wins, and lost the
popular vote in 2000. And this is the guy who they chriped for years
about having a "mandate" and was going to remake the country with
permanent majorities for the GOP and Peggy Noonan was savoring.
Three days until the election, in arguably the biggest and most important swing state, Republicans held a rally and forgot to highlight their presidential nominee.
Uh...oops? CNN [via Memeorandum] on a Palin rally in Polk City, Florida.
[O]n closer inspection, the GOP nominee’s name was literally nowhere to be
found on any of the official campaign signage distributed to supporters
at the event.
[M]embers of the audience proudly waved “Country First” placards as
Palin delivered her stump speech. Those signs were paid for by the
Republican National Committee.
The other sign handed out to supporters read “Florida is Palin
Country,” but those signs were neither paid for by the Republican
National Committee nor the McCain campaign.
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."
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.
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 Teh Nutroots | As Jon says, Mahoney's old school. His dangerous liaison was a woman who worked as his, um, "staffer."
Thanks so much, Mahoney, for proving---as if John Edwards hadn't taken care of that---that Dems can be hypocrites just as much as Republicans. I'd say the whole thing was stupid, but if you make a selling point of your faith and virtuousness, you got to stand behind it.
Possibly it is bad form for me to acknowledge this reality....Perhaps it is our job at NRO is tell our readers only what they want to
hear, without much regard to whether it is true. Perhaps it is our duty
just to keep smiling and to insist that everything is dandy - that John
McCain's economic policies make sense, that his selection of Sarah
Palin was an act of statesmanship, that she herself is the second
coming of Anna Schwartz, and that nobody but an over-educated snob would ever suggest otherwise. (Frum)
Glad you worked that out, David Frum.
Frum is waking up to the same reality as other conservatives: that the Corner is a blog for pushing Republican talking points and Republican propaganda with the sole goal of keeping a discredited regime (which Frum helped enable, and then turned on) in power.
Sarah Palin has taken a "big blow to her credibility," but also her
"campaign promises," stated Monegan, the man Palin fired who is at the
center of "Troopergate." So much for "the maverick."... But on Sarah Palin drones, oblivious to the fool she has made of
herself, not to mention the disastrous professional damage she has done
to herself by being ill-equipped, under qualified, and overly arrogant.
seems to me that the Republican Party has invited not just defeat but
discredit this year, and that both its nominees for the highest offices
in the land should be decisively repudiated, along with any senators,
congressmen, and governors who endorse them.
While it's hard for me to take in, Hitchens---like Buckley---has always been one of the conservatives I've always liked as a personality (shut up) and I'm feeling ever so slightly vindicated as a result for going on liking him even though he's so very wrong in so very many ways. Hitchens says:
Hey McCain-Palin campaign: not to say “we told you so,”
but in fact to say “HA HA TROLLOPS, we told you so,” Sarah Palin was
not received well by Philadelphia hockey fans tonight when she dropped
the ceremonial first puck at the Flyers’ season opener. Liberal gotcha
journal the New York Timesdescribes the chorus of boos as “resounding (almost deafening).” This video is staggering. We’re fairly certain that the arena music is turned up louder in a vain attempt to drown out the SONIC WALL of booing.
But then...John Cole kind of put it into perspective. I hate it when that happens.
For the record, I would not read into anything regarding the booing. This is Philly. Remember this?
Anyway, as everybody knows Philadelphia fans boo everyone. How much
Sarah Palin's booing was political (as in, we hate Palin), how much of
it was just booing the injection of politics into the game, and how
much was simply booing because that's what Philadelphia fans do I have
no idea. The point is that from the moment it was announced everyone
knew she was going to be booed.
Whatever, there is now footage all over the internet of what sounds like every hockey fan in Philly booing Sarah Palin. So ha ha ha anyway. I felt kind of bad for the kid. Like Atrios said, Palin shouldn't have dragged her into it.
A legislative investigation has concluded that Gov. Sarah Palin abused
her power in pushing for the firing of an Alaska state trooper who was
once married to her sister, or by failing to prevent her husband Todd
from doing so.