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

Credible? Incredible!

There are two astonishing liars out there. One of them lasted for 24 hours. The other remains America’s Sweetheart™. And one wonders: what has happened to the old concept of “truthfulness.” (And of “Truth” itself among the self-proclaimed moral mavens of the bloviating class.) “special” wardrobe needs Greg Mitchell, editor of Editor & Publisher (the newspaper industry’s trade magazine) writes on the Huffington Post: (slightly reformatted) by moi):

Republicans In Civil War?

There are many signs of a Republican revolt. It ranges from wide spread dissatisfaction or outright conversion to the Democratic nominee Barack Obama. Yesterday the was the defection of CC Goldwater and her siblings. Even Neo-Con Ken Adelmann has switched reportedly switched to Obama along with Susan Eisenhower , a former constitutional legal counsel to two Republican presidents Doug Kmiec ,former Congressman Jim Leach, former Senator Lincoln Chafee, Congressman Wayne Gilchrist and the list goes on. Now we find a comprehensive story about the apparent Republican civil war at the Politico. According to a dishy piece in the Politico, “One well-connected Republican in the private sector was shocked to get calls and resumes in the past few days from what … Continue reading