You’ve got to give McCain credit. By welcoming Palin into his campaign, he sure livened things up quite a bit in this election (and no, I’m not referring to you-know-what, unless you know what is a bridge or something). Truth be told, I don’t blame him for his (apparently) monumental screw-up. There was not much more he could do after Obama pretty much drop-kicked McCain during his awesome speech, last week. McCain can only hope that Palin will continue to be a distraction, especially if his big speech does not get the audience and/or the viewership that Obama’s did. Looks like I got more to dish about Palin in today’s Ten Post Round-Up (after all, forewarned is fore-armed). I heard … Continue reading
There’s a great story about John Kerry mountain biking in Denver during the convention, that is so worth a read: “My Un-Conventional Ride.” The cyclist who road with Kerry was just a little blown away by Kerry’s cycling ability and agility: On to the ride. Immediately he bumped shoulders with me on the first corner and thought nothing of it. Then he took the first 22 mph pull with me, side by side, for a good 10 minutes. I was somewhat impressed, for sure, but of course we still had some hills to go up. so I withheld judgement. Chugging along at a fair clip, about halfway up to Jamestown, he had dropped half the group and started asking me for … Continue reading
Finally back from my much needed summer break. Not sure if anyone really missed me, but I have to send a shout-out to all my chicas (and hombres) who had my back while I had my guard down. Let’s jump right in, to today’s Ten Post Round-Up, why don’t we? The last few days have shed a lot of light on things supposedly known, things we probably wish we didn’t know, and will continuing shining light until November 5th. And, after being out of the loop for the last two weeks, I definitely feel like I am coming out of the dark.
John Kerry was on This Week with George Stephanopoulos today talking about McCain picking Sarah Palin as his VP. Kerry responded to a question from Stephanopoulos about whether he thought the Palin pick would help McCain garner support from women who supported Clinton. As always, Kerry was on the money… calling the pick “insulting to Clinton supporters.” Watch it here: (h/t Osterly Times for the video). TIME Magazine‘s blog The Page also has this from Stephanopoulos: “Stephanopoulos: “The Big Question… What Else Don’t We Know About Governor Palin”.
As if the bombs dropping every day here and elsewhere aren’t enough, pundits Joe Scarborough and Pat Buchanan, who are generally conservative, are talking on their TV show about the possibility of Sarah Palin being named as a VP running mate. They simply said it wouldn’t work and that she was not, in any sense, qualified to be heartbeats away from being Commander-in-Chief. Of course a few hours later she in fact was named the Republican VP candidate. I’m looking for the latest on Morning Joe to see his reaction. This video has not gone ‘viral’ yet. Please visit the original YouTube site and recommend.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – It garnered big applause in her first speech as Republican John McCain‘s vice presidential pick, but Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s assertion that she rejected Congressional funds for the so-called “bridge to nowhere” has upset many Alaskans. [...]When she was running for governor in 2006, Palin said she was insulted by the term “bridge to nowhere,” according to Ketchikan Mayor Bob Weinstein, a Democrat, and Mike Elerding, a Republican who was Palin’s campaign coordinator in the southeast Alaska city. “People are learning that she pandered to us by saying, I’m for this’ … and then when she found it was politically advantageous for her nationally, abruptly she starts using the very term that she said was insulting,” … Continue reading
Once a year, I and a few dozen other reporters and columnists write a Labor Day story. And, like most Americans we don’t remember our history. We don’t remember that the Knights of Labor created the first Labor Day in 1882 and that Congress made it a national holiday in 1894. Almost none of us will write about the personalities of the labor movement. About Mother Jones (1830-1930), the militant “angel of the coal fields” for more than six decades. About “Big Bill” Haywood (1869-1928) who organized the Industrial Workers of the World, a universal coalition to fight for the rights of all labor. About cigar-chomping Samuel Gompers (1850-1924), the first president of the American Federation of Labor, a job … Continue reading
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush will not attend the Republican convention and will instead address the assembly via satellite so he can oversee the federal response to Hurricane Gustav, the White House said on Sunday. “The president and vice president decided not to travel to Minnesota due to the hurricane,” White House spokeswoman Dana Perino told reporters. “We are working on alternate plans.” It’s a near miracle, but I agree with this action. Bush is doing at least one responsible thing during his terms in office. Maybe this time he’ll disprove his photo.