Ugliest Republican of the Day: Rudy Giuliani

For robocalling on behalf of McCain-Palin: Hi, this is Rudy Giuliani, and I’m calling for John McCain and the Republican National Committee because you need to know that Barack Obama opposes mandatory prison sentences for sex offenders, drug dealers, and murderers. That’s right, kids, it’s 1988 all over again, and that foreign-looking liberal wants to let liberal judges release all that scum onto your streets and into your homes. This is despicable fearmongering, of course, and yet more vilification of Obama as the dangerous, untrustworthy Other. Who better to spread the slime than a fascist thug like Giuliani? ********** As the National Association of Police Organizations responded: This is one of the most dishonest attacks yet from an increasingly dishonest, … Continue reading

Barbiegate™ Casts Pall Over Election

Whoever Paul is. ruh-roh It seems astonishing that, on the same day, both Alaskans in the news would use, essentially, the same rationalization. From Faux Nooz™: Politico said a McCain spokeswoman declined to answer specific questions about the expenditures, saying “the campaign does not comment on strategic decisions regarding how financial resources available to the campaign are spent.” But a top McCain campaign staff member later told FOX News, “With all of the important issues facing the country right now, its remarkable that we’re spending time talking about pantsuits and blouses. It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign.” So, she BORROWED the clothes? And, therefore it’s OK? (I don’t think you … Continue reading

Republicans Disgusted By RNC Spending At Neiman For Palin

Marc Ambiner, for the Atlantic Magazine writes, “Republicans, RNC donors and at least one RNC staff member have e-mailed me tonight to share their utter  (and not-for-attribution) disgust at the expenditures.” The McCain campaign had previously responded, ” It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign.”-McCain-Palin spokesperson Tracey Schmitt on the Politico story. It gets deeper and deeper as the reactions to the action of spending $150,000 on Palin’s clothes is getting traction in both the progressive blog community as well as the outraged Republican and Rights blogs. To sample the reactions try the links at memeorandum. It’s their number one story and has all the left, right and middle blog links. … Continue reading

Not as Smart as a Third Grader

On Monday, in Colorado, during an interview with NBC affiliate KUSA, Palin was asked a question submitted by a third grader: “What does the vice president do?” In response, Palin said it was a question her daughter Piper, a second grader, would ask her. And then proceeded to get it wrong: “They’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.” Actually… no. As Think Progress points out, the Constitution — you know, the Constitution (not that she knows much about it) — “establishes an exceptionally limited role … Continue reading

Crunch Time

There’s a lot of good news. And, we shouldn’t forget that voting is already underway. I’ve got my Oregon mail-in ballot, and will vote tonight. What most impressed me was something I heard Cokie Roberts say on NPR yesterday: that the Obama campaign is the best-organized, most disciplined campaign she’s seen in her lifetime. And, she gasped, it was from (chaotic) DEMOCRATS! Now, that carries some weight, since Cokie is to the political manor born: Her father was the late Hale Boggs, the legendary House power broker from Louisiana’s 2nd District, and Democratic House Majority Leader in 1972, when his plane vanished over Alaska. (The plane was never found.) He had been the lone dissenter from the Warren Commission’s report … Continue reading

Do as I Do, and Sometimes as I Say, Just Make Sure You Smear Obama

Sarah Palin is against robocalls… while doing them herself. She is also against the “atrocious and unacceptable things” some of her supporters have been yelling out at her rallies, vicious and violent slurs directed at Obama, calling them “unacceptable” (though claiming that she hasn’t actually heard any of them, which hardly seems possible)… while stating, in a friendly interview with CBN, that she would make the “palling around with terrorists” smear again. Charming, as usual. (Hat tip: My friend Shaun Mullen at TMV.)

Simply Unbelievable ‘Witches Against McCain’

The wacko fringe of the ‘Christian’ right is at it again with something so unbelievable that it defies all logic and humanity. Yes, witches in Africa are actively using satanic curses to jinx John McCain and support Barrack Obama. This is so bizarre you have to read it for yourself. Even on the extreme Right this is a fringe sub-culture. We hope. h/t to Andrew Sullivan’s The Daily Dish

McCain Continues Retreating In Three States

George Stephanopoulos, ABC’s Chief Washington corespondent, reports from his brand new blog, George’s Bottom Line, that McCain has pulled out of Wisconsin and New Hampshere. The real news in this report is New Hampshire.  Last week he was campaigning in New Hampshire. While McCain has not pulled out of Colorado, ad buyers report no new ad buys and a stretching out of the old buys. Newsweek reports, via Andrew Romano’s blog Stumper, that McCain, according to aides, has all but conceded Iowa and New Mexico. The shocker is Colorado. With news broke by CNN’s John King, CNN’s chief national news corespondent, reports on the CNN Political Ticker that, Colorado is “gone,” said King’s source. “Most of us have a hard … Continue reading