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Category Archives: politics

how to solve the nation’s financial and political crises, all at once

26-Sep-08

sell alaska to the russians for $700 billion.

an immodest proposal

19-Sep-08

while we are nationalizing businesses like aig and fannie mae and freddie mac and bear stearns, why don’t we just get it over with and nationalize the health care industry as well? it’s ironically amusing to me that the bush administration now walks into the sunset having accomplished the most socialist acquisitions in american history. […]

sarah palin and her three answers

12-Sep-08

watched her interview with charlie gibson last night. and i can now unequivocally say that charlie gibson is qualified to be vice president. sarah palin? not so much. as kirk and i watched, we kept saying that she sounded like she had been given canned answers to give based on keywords in the question. i […]

all you need to know about republican campaign tactics

04-Sep-08

…is contained in this short post (with accompanying picture) by jake tapper: The McCain campaign tells the media to stop intruding on the private life of the unmarried pregnant 17-year-old daughter of Gov. Sarah Palin while staging a photo op with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and the 17-year-old’s fiance, Levi Johnston. talk about have your […]

laura mcgann

03-Sep-08

here’s a name you may be hearing from in days to come. i learned about her via talking points memo…she has reported on alaska politics in the past and seems to know the lay of the land. she’s now in wasilla and has a series of posts at the washington independent. she’s doing the thing […]

joe klein nails the palin summary

03-Sep-08

in a must-read blog post about the desperately devious inanity of the mccain campaign’s newly-started “war on the media”, joe klein neatly summarizes what’s wrong [so far] with sarah palin: Palin raised taxes as governor, supported the Bridge to Nowhere before she opposed it, pursued pork-barrel projects as mayor, tried to ban books at the […]

obama breaks 50% in polling

02-Sep-08

for the first time, obama has broken through the 50% support barrier, in gallup and other polls. a post-convention bounce that will dissipate? maybe. but given that the polling time period includes the beginning of the paling of palin, i’m guessing that 50% may be a new low water mark for obama’s polling. or at […]

news you may have missed

02-Sep-08

i know i did. del martin, pioneer for glbt rights, died last week. Pioneering lesbian rights activist Del Martin, who married her lifelong partner in June on the first day that same-sex couples here gained that right, has died. She was 87. Along with six other women, they founded a San Francisco social club for […]

quote of the year

30-Aug-08

from the daily show’s jon stewart: “[Michelle Obama] must prove she loves America. As opposed to Republicans, who everyone knows love America…they just hate half the people living in it.” —Jon Stewart thank god we have this man to keep us all sane.

the best speech you missed: john kerry

28-Aug-08

whoda thunk i’d be typing that this morning? you figured bill clinton would be spot-on. but kerry hit on mccain hard, very hard, and more effectively, concisely, and entertainingly than anyone else i’ve seen thus far. and his self-deprecating humor was a bonus. from the huffington post article on the subject: Kerry, his party’s pick […]

hillary does the job

27-Aug-08

to my mind, she did exactly what she needed to do last night. she explained why she was in the race, she hit on the themes that excited her supporters, and she pivoted all that to believably encourage her supporters to support barack obama. it was a great speech, and to my mind laid to […]

the two convention speeches you must watch

27-Aug-08

the best speeches often happen out of prime time. even though i line up pretty well idealogically with dennis kucinich, i’m too practical to delude myself into thinking that someone like this could ultimately get elected. that’s a sad indictment of my crappy attitude and pessimism, but that’s how i feel. but man what a […]

hillary clinton, veep?

22-Aug-08

andrew sullivan thinks maybe, and he’s the biggest hillary hater on the planet: Texting the selection of Hillary at 3 am this Saturday morning would be the coolest campaign gimmick of all time. i’d go even further, and say that given we know that obama has made his choice, if we haven’t heard the pick […]

obama’s veep

20-Aug-08

my dream person? al gore. oddly enough for me, i think that i’d be happy with hillary clinton as well. i’ve calmed down a bit over the last few weeks, and she’d be a great attack dog, which for me is the best quality a vice-president can have. i like joe biden a lot, so […]

mccain unable to stay on message

06-Aug-08

even when the message itself is pretty idiotic: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Wednesday taunted Republican candidate John McCain for agreeing on the importance of keeping tires inflated as an energy-conservation measure after having joined the GOP in mocking the idea. “It will be interesting to watch this debate between John McCain and John […]

obama talks up high speed rail

05-Aug-08

amen to this: “If you think about the Midwest, think about right here, what we’ve got is all kind of towns that we could connect,” Obama said. “All of these cities are, they basically take in the air about 45 minutes to an hour to fly.” “But by the time you get to the airport,” […]

wake me up

05-Aug-08

…when john mccain breaks 44% in a national poll. obama leads mccain 47% to 41% in this recent poll. there have also been some polls that show mccain in the lead. what do they all have in common? obama goes up and down, but i haven’t seen him go lower than 45% in any poll. […]

headline of the day

28-Jul-08

New McCain Ad Bashes Obama for Not Visiting Troops Using Footage of Obama Visiting Troops. via daily kos. there’s not much this guy can do right, is there? there’s something to be said for voting for someone using the effectiveness and cohesion of their campaign organization as a criteria.

petraeus for obama’s v.p.

24-Jul-08

i feel like starting a rumor. or maybe just helping maureen dowd start one. from her column today regarding obama’s overseas trip: The image of John McCain in a golf cart with Bush 41 in Kennebunkport — with Poppy charmingly admitting that they were “a little jealous” of all the Obama odyssey coverage — was […]

vote for obama, who has the best graphics

23-Jul-08

via ambinder, this is the poster advertising obama’s rally in berlin: is this not an absolute triumph of design? perhaps a little too perfect — it’s a bit scarily close to german and russian propaganda posters, and i’m not sure they want to reinforce the “obama as messiah” message, even if subliminally. i’m sure that […]