Quote Of The Day

“The reason the Republicans found Joe the Plumber was to find someone hanging around a toilet other than Larry Craig.” — James Carville, quoted by Politico.

Joe Biden Tells 5th Grade Reporter What The VP Does (Video)

This is a great video. An elementary school in Palm Beach, Florida has their own TV news channel, The KEC News Report. They recruit their own grade school reporters, camera people, etc. They really do report the news. The news this day was the speech by Joe Biden at a campaign event. Notice the competence of a 5th grader in getting some good footage while asking questions, and getting some advice from a reporter from the local channel 5. They also get good footage of the opening remarks from the VP nominee. During an exclusive interview with Senator Joe Biden Damon poses a question to Joe Biden: “What does a vice-president do?”  Joe Biden gives a clear explanation of what … Continue reading

Emb-Racism, or Attack of the B-Girls

McCain in Virginia — Getty Images It is not, one supposes, egotistical to note that the story I told you here last Monday (“Holy You Betcha, Batman! It’s the Barracuda!” 20 Oct 2008.) is now confirmed on Saturday, after having become the subject of speculation throughout the bloviating class. To wit: Palin allies report rising campaign tension By: Ben Smith October 25, 2008 02:32 PM EST Even as John McCain and Sarah Palin scramble to close the gap in the final days of the 2008 election, stirrings of a Palin insurgency are complicating the campaign’s already-tense internal dynamics. Four Republicans close to Palin said she has decided increasingly to disregard the advice of the former Bush aides tasked to handle … Continue reading

America’s Buddy-Buddy Campaign Press Corps

by Walter Brasch It’s a little more than a week before the presidential election, and I’m worried about what happens afterwards. I’m not worried about the candidates, the people, or the country. I’m worried about the media. First, I’m worried about the TV ad salespeople. For more than a year they haven’t had to do much other than sit back and open digital files from the politicians. Now, the salespeople will actually have to go to work to fill airtime. I’m worried about the owners of TV stations. Since January, politicians have placed more than a billion dollars of advertising. Most of that has gone to TV ads, at least in Pennsylvania and the other swing states. Revenue is bound … Continue reading

A Numeric Picture Of The Barack Obama Ground Game in Ohio

If anyone needed any more evidence of the extraordinary ground game organization of the Barack Obama campaign check out this numeric. Some numbers from an Obama campaign release on what its doing in Ohio: 340,846 — Number of doors knocked this weekend 483,473 — Number of doors knocked last week 1,098,777 — Total number of doors knocked in October 394,335 — Phone calls placed to fellow Ohioans by volunteers across the state 1,224,684 — Total calls made this month 38 — Farthest distance, in miles, that any Ohioan lives from a Campaign for Change office Now imagine this level of volunteer enthusiasm and professional organization in battleground states and some Red states. This beats anyone’s ground game in any election.

Rep. Bachmann Issues Apology Commercial…But Not Really

Rep. Michelle Bachmann screwed the pooch on Chris Matthews Hardball last week suggesting that the press investigate the Congresspeople who were Anti-American. She was also concerned that Obama himself was Anti-American. (Anti-American members of Congress?) That charge started a deluge of donations for her opponent, Elwyn Tinklenberg, of over $1.4 million cash being now used for advertising. Previously Tinlenberg had raised $533,000. Bachmann, MN-6, had a 13 point lead before the appearance on Hardball. This week she was polled at 3 points down. Yesterday she issued a new commercial. “or we can choose can choose Freedom and Liberty country <>..the blessings of Liberty to remain for our great country.” In the furor that followed her original comment the content of … Continue reading

McCain Campaign, Right-Wing Media Pushed Ugly, Race-Baiting Hoax

So you know that ugly, Fox/Drudge-whipped up story of the young female McCain volunteer who was allegedly mugged and mutilated (with a ‘B’ cut into her face) by a black man at a Pittsburgh-area ATM? Well — surprise, surprise — it was all a hoax. As I’m sure you’ve all heard by now. The woman, Ashley Todd, made it all up. (And now faces charges.) ********** Which should mean, according to FOX News VP John Moody, that “McCain’s quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting.” But this is an exaggeration. McCain’s quest may be over — but not because of its race-baiting and not because of this one ugly hoax. Moody alternative scenario it itself rather ugly. … Continue reading

Make Health Care Like Baseball

New York Times Op-Ed piece yesterday by the unusual triumvirate of Bill Beane, Newt Gingrich, and John Kerry analogized the obsessive nature of baseball statistics to where we should head with health care.  Baseball has left simple batting and earned run averages for a next generation of statistics including WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) and VORP (value over replacement player) and the writers propose medicine take a similar course to elevate its game. At the heart of what they are trying to get at is called evidence based medicine.  Traditionally medical students learned how to practice medicine based on what their mentors learned when they were students.  This is what is sometimes referred to as anecdotal medicine.  At one time in med … Continue reading