Ugly Stuff

The McCain campaing has been pulling some really ugly stuff out of the old Rovian playbook in the past couple of days. The NY Times Editorial Board explains more: The presumptive Republican nominee has embarked on a bare-knuckled barrage of negative advertising aimed at belittling Mr. Obama. The most recent ad compares the presumptive Democratic nominee for president to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton — suggesting to voters that he’s nothing more than a bubble-headed, publicity-seeking celebrity. The ad gave us an uneasy feeling that the McCain campaign was starting up the same sort of racially tinged attack on Mr. Obama that Republican operatives, some of whom work for Mr. McCain now, ran against Harold Ford, a black candidate for … Continue reading

Obama Short List Not So Short?

Sen. Barack Obama’s vice presidential vetting process “has moved into a new stage in which a larger than previously reported group of candidates is being exposed to a ‘deeper dig’ into their backgrounds,” according to the Washington Post. “The hard vetting involves follow-ups to lingering questions about candidates’ backgrounds and clarifications of their stands on issues. While the process is intensifying, the fact that the number of potential candidates still being considered is larger than generally believed, suggests that no decision is imminent, just 26 days before the opening of the Democratic National Convention.” h/t Political Wire Personal comment: As I started to say yesterday, and deleted the sentence, I thought all this talk about a truly ‘short’ list was … Continue reading


While the odds of an Obama/Clinton ticket seems to have dimmed in the last few days, my own opposition to this ticket is well-known. I believe a guest post by psychodrew at Taylor Marsh is, if not ‘definitive’, a least more detailed than most. The Case Against An Obama-Clinton Ticket

McCain’s Smear Campaign

Yesterday, I posted here about a NY Times editorial on John McCain taking the “low-road,” in his attacks on Barack Obama. The Times isn’t the only editorial board noticing: The Straight Talk Express has taken a nasty turn into the gutter. Sen. John McCain has resorted to lies and distortions in what sounds like an increasingly desperate attempt to slow down Sen. Barack Obama by raising questions about his patriotism. Instead of taking the Democrat down a few notches, these baseless attacks are raising more questions about the Republican’s campaign and his ability to control his temper. The tactics McCain and “several of Karl Rove’s acolytes” who recently “took the wheel” of McCain’s campaign are truly those of a “classic smear … Continue reading

Dems Call for Contempt Charges Against Rove

Some of us think this is long overdue: Democrats on both sides of the Capitol assailed the administration’s handling of the Justice Department yet again on Wednesday, and a House committee recommended contempt charges against Karl Rove, who was President Bush’s top political adviser. The House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines, 20 to 14, to cite Mr. Rove for defying its subpoena to testify in an inquiry into improper political meddling in the department. “Mr. Rove has left us no option,” said Representative John Conyers, the Michigan Democrat who is chairman of the committee. Mr. Conyers expressed regret that the committee had been forced to use its subpoena power. “Today’s vote was an important statement by this Committee that … Continue reading

Here’s At Least One Possible VP

In all the publicity about the ‘veep’ list, a few names continue to surface other then Hillary Clinton. We’ve heard about Tim Kaine (BTW: who the hell is he?), Evan Bayh, a couple of Republicans (screw ’em) and then the one other name that keeps popping up: Joe Biden. My personal take is that Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton can be more effective in the Senate changing the flawed policies of the last 7.5 years. But many of us also want to roll the Republicans in the largerst tidal wave since Johnson beat Goldwater. For many Clinton supporters that means Hillary Clinton has to be on the ticket. Taylor Marsh has a fine post titled ‘Who Will Channel Hillary?’. I’m … Continue reading

Bill Richardson to Host Clinton Fundraisers

Politico reported today that “Governor Bill Richardson is set to announce today that he’s hosting a pair of fundraising events for Hillary Clinton in New Mexico August 17, which is being cast as one of the higher-profile installments of Obama’s effort to help Clinton retire her debt.” This is a gracious move on Richardson’s part as an Obama backer, that “could repair Richardson’s own relationship with the Clintons — some of whose supporters resented his Obama endorsement.” It could also soothe Clinton backers concerns that Obama isn’t raising enough money for Clinton. The move comes amid some rumbling in Clinton’s camp. Clinton held a “thank you” event for Washington, D.C. fundraisers this morning, at which some of her backers expressed … Continue reading

McCain on the Low-Road Express

There’s no more “straight talk express” from John McCain, instead he’s signed up for a one way ticket on the “low-road express” with “disciples of Karl Rove from the 2004 campaign and the Bush White House,” heading up the efforts as the conductors of “low-minded and uncivil” political plays and tactics. Should we have expected anything less? Absolutely not… In recent weeks, Mr. McCain has been waving the flag of fear (Senator Barack Obama wants to “lose” in Iraq), and issuing attacks that are sophomoric (suggesting that Mr. Obama is a socialist) and false (the presumptive Democratic nominee turned his back on wounded soldiers). Mr. McCain used to pride himself on being above this ugly brand of politics, which killed … Continue reading