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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Olbermann: McCain Plays Race Card



Olbermann tonight makes the point that I did earlier today about the McCain campaign's "freak out" over Obama's statements that the GOP will try and say "he doesn't look like those other Presidents on the dollar bills." Mac's group says Obama played the race card and they went to the hilt over this statement.

It was obvious to me, and apparently everyone else as Olbermann led with this, that McCain needed to drum this up into a story even though Obama had said as much weeks ago, in a much stronger fashion. McCain was getting attacked for being racist for his "Celeb" ad showing images of white women (Britney and Paris) juxtaposed with Obama. So they decided to flip it on its head and accuse Obama of being racist. You can watch Keith for the rest of the analysis.

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Colbert Ducks Sebelius Challenge

Nary a peep from Stephen Colbert Thursday night after Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius threw down the gauntlet in response to his trashing of Canton, Kansas. One can only assume he is working on a response. We're not letting him off the hook until he does spend a night in the Canton jail. Remember the FOX News Obama clock? We're starting the Colbert Watch. We'll see how much time passes before he deigns to respond to Sebelius and actually dares to set foot in the Canton jail. If you want to see Colbert in jail add a comment to this post!


Update:

Colbert has now trashed Canton, SD. When will this madness stop? He must be foiled. He still has a lot of Cantons to trash (and then later apologize to). (Number one in my book is Canton, MO. Gotta be a shithole.) We're keeping track!

Canton, GA
Canton, KS
Canton, SD
Canton, MO
Canton, AL
Canton, MS
Canton, TX
Canton, AR
Canton, CO
Canton, CT
Canton, IL
Canton, OH
Canton, IN
Canton, IA
Canton, KY
Canton, LA
Canton, ME
Canton, MD
Canton, MA
Canton, MI
Canton, MN
Canton, MT
Canton, NJ
Canton, NY

I personally think, in honor of the Olympics, he ought to insult Guangzhou, China. According to Wikitravel, this is sometimes called "Canton." They even have a "Canton Fair."

Vote in the poll on the right for which Canton you think Colbert should insult next!

Update:

I kid you not. Right after posting this about Canton, China I find a story about a people eating monster fish that's living in a lake in Canton, China. Holy cow! That's definitely a shithole!

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Lewis Black Flipped Me Off!



Is it wrong that I am honored to have been flipped off by Lewis Black? The Comedy Central Insider offered everyone a chance to post questions for Lewis Black and said he would read some of them as a way to promote his new CD "Anticipation." (The CD comes out August 5th).

I posted this question based on Phil Gramm's "Nation of whiners" comment:

Are you yourself in a "mental recession" or are you a King among whiners?

You can watch the video to see Black's hilarious response.

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Obama's New Website: McCain's Low Road Express

Barack Obama's campaign has launched a new website designed to counter McCain's negative attack adds. It's called the "Low Road Express."

The site features news articles and political commentators attacking McCain for his latest bout of negative campaigning in which he (falsely) accuses Obama of not visiting wounded troops because no cameras could go and his ad that features Obama with Paris and Britney.

h/t: JedReport.com

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Obama: That All You Got?

Obama responds to the McCain campaign's attack on his "celebrity" with an "are you serious?" response.



Obama:

Given the seriousness of the issues. Given the fact that the decisions that we make right now are gonna help determine the future of not just the next generation but perhaps generations after that. Given the magnitude of our challenges when it comes to energy, and health care and jobs and our foreign policy. You'd think that we'd be having a serious debate. But so far all we've been hearing about is Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. I do have to ask my opponent, "is that the best you can come up with?"

Is that really what this election is about? Is that what is worthy of the American people? Even the media has pointed out that Senator John McCain who started talking off about running an honorable campaign has fallen back into the predictable political attacks, the demonstrably false statements. Here's problem. And I'm not interested in getting into a tit for tat.

These negative ads, these negative attacks, spending all this time talking about me instead of talking about what he's going to do, that's not going to lower your gas prices. That's not going to help you stay in your home if you're falling behind on the mortgage. That's not going to help you find a job if it's been shipped overseas. It doesn't do a single thing to help the American people. It's politics as a game, but the time for game playing is over. That's why I'm running for President of the United States of America.

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McCain Camp Stacks Deck, Pushes Race Card Out

The McCain campaign, sighing in relief that they no longer have to pretend that they don't want to make this election about race, accused Barack Obama (the man who could be the first African American President) of using the race card.

From Jonathan Martin:

"Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck," said Rick Davis, in a statement issued from the McCain campaign. "It's divisive, negative, shameful and wrong."

Yesterday in Missouri, Obama predicted McCain and the GOP would use racially-tinged attacks against him.

"What they're going to try to do is make you scared of me," Obama said. "You know, he doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills."

An Obama spokesman denied that the line about "dollar bills" was related to the Democrat's race.
This is nothing new from Obama. He has said repeatedly that the GOP is going to try and make people scared of him. In fact, more than a month ago, FOX News reported him saying this:
“We know what kind of campaign they’re going to run. They’re going to try to make you afraid,” Obama said at the fundraiser. “They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black? He’s got a feisty wife.”
He's also said something similar here. Guess what? He was right! The GOP can no longer afford to not emphasize that he is black. They clearly think his "celebrity" has gotten out of hand and are now trying to play to the very fears Obama predicted they would. To get all up in arms about this statement from Obama shows how desperate they are to start the race debate.

Update:

One more thought, the McCain campaign is also under fire today from some groups charging that his "Celeb" ad is racist because it juxtaposes images of white women with a black man. I think this says more about the people watching the ad than it does about the people who created it. Regardless, Mac has to push back and what better way than to draw attention to Obama's "racist" comments.

Update 2:

Looks like I was right. The McCain campaign, per Ben Smith, tells Andrea Mitchell that their comments on Obama playing the race card were caused, in part, by allegations of the "Celeb" ad being racist:
Rick Davis tells Andrea Mitchell that inquiries from journalists -- spurred, he claimed, by the Obama campaign, as well as claims on liberal blogs tht the 'Celeb' ad had a racial edge, helped prompt his allegation that Obama was playing the race card.
Davis also blames Obama's campaign for the "liberal blogs" coming up with the idea that the "Celeb" ad was racist.

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Colbert Report Insults Canton, Kansas



First Colbert insults Canton, Georgia. Now, he says he really meant to insult Canton, Kansas. This, after a tiny little complaint from the residents of Georgia.

Colbert:

Nation, I have to issue a rare apology. I'm sorry I just don't say that very often. Evidently I offended some people - seems the mayor of Canton, Georgia was none too happy with me.

Why did I call your lovely city crappy? A simple mix up. I actually meant Canton, Kansas. That place is a shit hole. You can smell that dump all the way from Topeka. You know what they say about Canton, Kansas? Nothing. Nobody talks about it. I would say we should convert it to a landfill but that would be insulting to landfills. If Dorothy was from Canton, Kansas she would've wished that the house dropped on her. That reminds me of a joke. How many Canton Kansas residents does it take to screw in a light bulb? None. They don't use lights because they don't want to see where they live. I'm glad I cleared that up because I wouldn't want to offend anyone.
If you're going to call any place a shit-hole it ought to be Canton, Missouri. I've never been, but it's in Missouri. How great can it be?

Update:

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius has thrown down the gauntlet to Stephen Colbert: come spend the night in the historic Canton Kansas jail. According to the AP Sebelius mailed and faxed him the following letter:

My dearest Stephen:

Canton, Kansas is a town of about 800, located in McPherson County. Since you just missed the McPherson County Fair, where we surely could have gotten you bucked off something, and the yearly demolition derby is over, we’d like to invite you to visit the pioneer 1883 jail on Allen Street in Canton. Standard procedure is to view by appointment only, but in your case, the Mayor has assured me, we can get you an overnight booking anytime you are available.

Consider yourself to have a standing appointment. We hope to hear you’re coming for a visit.

Also, it’s funny you avoided picking on Canton, Ohio (population 80,000) and instead went after Canton, Georgia (population 7,000) and then decided to bully the quaint town of Canton, Kansas, picking on its 800 citizens. Next, you’ll surely be headed for Canton, Texas, (population 3,000) which is reportedly home of the world’s largest flea market.

I bet they can’t wait!

With warm Kansas wishes,

Governor Kathleen Sebelius

UPDATE 2

After Colbert failed to respond to Sebelius' challenge last night we've decided to start the Colbert Watch. We'll be counting the days until Colbert is brave enough to set foot in the Canton jail! Click on the Colbert Watch link and add a comment to the post if you want to see Colbert spend the night in jail!

UPDATE 3

Well, he didn't spend the night in Canton's jail, but he did apologize and gave Canton's water towers good air time. Good enough. You can find the video of his apology HERE.

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Daily Show: Songs of CNN

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New Obama Ad: Low Road

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Olbermann: "Obama accused of (gasp) popularity!"



Olbermann:

While the McCain campaign today began to back slowly away from its first dumbfounding TV commercial this week, it also dropped a trail of bread crumbs for when it has to climb down from its newest advertising stretch.

The McCain campaign's operations director selling hardest the bizarre contention that Barack Obama is actually Britney Spears. Just a celebrity, not a leader. He was the campaign manager for the re-election bid of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the man elected governor straight from the ranks of celebrity-tude whose movie "True Lies" runs again this weekend on TBS.

On his website today McCain's official blogger admitting that he got it wrong when he approved this message implying that Obama cancelled his [visit to wounded troops because the media would not be allowed in there with him.]

Quoting the backtrack, "It does now seem that Obama snubbed the troops for reasons other than a lack of photo op potential but the initial reports were not clear." That's right. Attack first. Check facts later. Blame the media last.

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Walking on Water-gate

Well, if you thought "bitterly clinging to their guns" was bad or that "for the first time I'm really proud of my country" was a doozy, just wait until you hear what Obama is being accused of now.

The Washington Post reports that in a closed door meeting with Congressional Democrats Obama said, "I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions."

Come on, dude! We're trying to help you out here in the Midwest and you keep throwing out these softballs for the Republicans to knock out of the park! Geez, it's like you're Barry Zito pitching to Brad Hawpe in Coors Field (yes, Zito sucks now). You're not in Denver, yet!

TPM says the above quote was taken out of context and offers the following explanation from Congressional members who were at the meeting:

A Dem leadership aide who was in the room has emailed me and other reporters this:

"His entire point of that riff was that the campaign IS NOT about him. The Post left out the important first half of the sentence, which was something along the lines of: 'It has become increasingly clear in my travel, the campaign, that the crowds, the enthusiasm, 200,000 people in Berlin, is not about me at all. It's about America. I have just become a symbol ... ."

...and Dem Rep. James Clyburn says this:

"...it wasn't about him. It was about Germany and Europe. And he said that he was a symbol of that hope."
So the quote is accurate, but his "meaning" was misinterpreted. Here are some other things Obama said, but didn't "mean":
  • "I am God." - Obama really meant, "God uses me to accomplish everything he ever intended to be good on earth."
  • "Hillary is a wonderful woman." - Obama really meant, "Hillary is a wonderful woman, who knows how to be a total bitch."
  • "John McCain is an asshole." - Okay, that one is what it sounds like.
Let's "hope" Obama quits prancing around Europe, cancelling troop visits (whatever the reason) and declaring that he is a symbol for the best of America.

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Indecision 2008: Top Five Daily Show Ted Stevens Moments

Indecision 2008, in honor of Ted Stevens indictment, posts the Top 5 Daily Show Stevens Moments. The InDecider has this to say:

Stevens has brought much joy over the years, mostly in the form of virulent, angry outbursts and a complete lack of understanding of how the series of tubes that comprises the internet works.
Here's number 5:



You can see the rest of them HERE. Of course, they didn't include my favorite Ted Stevens moment. That was in 1996 when I interned in the Senate and he gave the all the interns the mandatory ethics lecture which focused specifically on how to report gifts.

Update:

Okay, so I couldn't resist. Here's the #1 Daily Show Moment, Stevens "internet tubes" moment.

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New McCain Ad: Celeb



John McCain compares Barack Obama to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. He shows the 200,000 people who came to hear him speak in Berlin. He says that's great that he's a rock star, but can he lead. I think this falls into the category of placing your competitor's product in the ad: all you take away from it is that lots of people love Brit, Paris, and Obama.

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Video: Obama Note Taken from Western Wall

Drudge Report says this is video taken right after Obama left his prayer note in the Western Wall. You can see several men going up to the wall and taking notes out of it and reading them obviously looking for Obama's.



An Israeli paper ended up publishing the note.

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Daily Show: Rappers or Republicans

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I Didn't Mean an Earthquake!

Yesterday I hypothesized that God was planning another natural disaster to counter McCain's planned visit to an oil rig in Bakersfield, CA. (McCain's earlier planned visit to a Gulf Coast oil rig was scrapped due to Hurricane Dolly and a massive oil spill in the Mississippi). I suggested the top five ways in which God could prevent McCain's visit including #4: "Start earthquake that topples oil rig as McCain arrives."

Now, I'm sure that God checks my blog on a regular basis, but perhaps he didn't catch it until midnight last night and not realizing that McCain's trip had already taken placed caused the said earthquake. I, if I were God, would've chosen the less destructive #2: "Send plague of locusts to eat food provided to McCain campaign workers." I guess God's always going for the dramatic.

God even centered the earthquake in Los Angeles so that only a "mild shaking" would be felt in Bakersfield and it happened early enough in the day that it would've disrupted McCain's planned trip to the oil rig. It was the perfect plan. Oh, well. C'est la vie. Thanks anyway, God.

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New Obama Ad: "Old Politics"

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RNC: 0 for 2 on campaign parodies

Ben Smith finds this RNC produced, self-styled "parody" of what an Obama ad would look like in Germany.



Da, das ist gut joke. Or not. If you don't like that one, the RNC is offering a Facebook parody. Barackbook.com is a "mock" Obama Facebook page.



Face!

Well, let's see. The Republicans are missing, how about Oliver Stone. Surely he can give us a decent Republican parody.



Nope. How can you not make Bush funny? Cleanup hitter Stone strikes out.

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Ted Stevens Indicted for Walking with Coffee

Well, not really, but that's the video MSNBC is playing over and over and over again as the Assistant Attorney General addresses news that Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has been indicted for failing to disclose financial contributions, gifts, debts, etc.

According to CNN:
The indictment says Stevens "schemed to conceal" the fact that Alaska's Veco Energy paid for hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of work on his home.
Ironically, when I interned in the United States Senate, Senator Stevens was the Senator that gave all the interns the ethics lecture.

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Russia to Mac: You Ain't President Yet!

John McCain's attempt to insult Russia has been met with a shoulder shrug and a cocky "talk to us when you're President" response from the Ruskies. According to Reuters:

Republican McCain ... has angered Russia by suggesting it should be excluded from the Group of Eight leading nations for falling short of its high democracy standards.

"Let him first become the U.S. president, and then we will listen attentively to him," the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told a news briefing.

So after Reagan and the first Bush worked their entire Presidencies to end the Cold War and bring about the fall of the Soviet Union McCain now wants to push Russia away from all the other democratic countries in the world, isolate them, and make them angry. Good plan! Hell, even North Korea's off the shit-list. This reminds me of Hillary saying she was going to nuke Iran. Sounds like someone's trying to buttress their foreign policy chops at the cost of future foreign relations.

As an aside, slightly hypocritical of someone who represents the government of the United States at a time when our democratic standards seem to be at an all time low.

Update:

For one more reason why you don't mess with Russia, check out this headline: California to be wiped off Russia's map.

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Indecision 2008: John McCain as Mr. Magoo

Indecision 2008 finds this funny mash-up of John McCain and Mr. Magoo.

See more funny videos at Funny or Die

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Colbert Report: McCain Jealous of Media's Relationship with Obama

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Again with the I Told You Sos..

The other day I was saying how I didn't think middle America liked Obama's tour de force in Europe. It played well to the liberal crowd hungry to see someone other than President Bush look like our leader. Obama got to show us what it would be like to see him as the President, and that's great. But here in the Midwest that's called showboating before you get into the end zone.

Obama is great. He is not an elitist. He will make a fine world leader. He miscalculated on this trip. The first half, the part touring Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, that's fine. We Midwesterners like that sort of thing. Go support the troops, rah rah yada yada. But hanging out with the Frenchies? The Germans? People whose ass we've either carried or kicked? Hmmm... Are you the guy we thought we liked?

Of course, he is. But now Gallup is pointing out what was obvious to me, but not so obvious to the liberal crowd with their head in the clouds: Less than half of all Americans have a positive opinion of his trip overseas. Hello red state, blue state!

From Gallup:

Thirty-five percent had a positive opinion, while 26% had a negative opinion, with the rest -- more than a third -- saying they didn't know enough about the trip to be able to say.

Not surprisingly, there were highly partisan reactions to the trip. Notably, Democrats are slightly less likely than Republicans to have an opinion on the trip at all.

Since the previous USA Today/Gallup poll, Obama's image has suffered to some degree, while McCain's has slightly improved. In the June 15-19 poll, 64% of Americans had a positive view of Obama, compared with 61% today. McCain's favorable rating has increased from 59% to 62%.

While those changes are not large, the most interesting finding is that the change in opinions of Obama has come only among Republicans and independents; Democrats' views of Obama (and of McCain, for that matter) have not changed.

Obama needs to give us more of the guy whose mom is from El Dorado, KS and less of the guy who went to Harvard. If he loses the middle America crowd, i.e. moderate Republicans, he loses the election. Down to earth, common sense backed up by great intelligence, that's the guy we want as President and that's the guy Obama is. We just forget that when he's out there being swooned over by the French and cheered by thousands of Germans. For better or worse, those images bring out negative reactions from Americans. If Obama is lucky the memories of this trip will have faded long before November rolls around.


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Monday, July 28, 2008

Olbermann: Fact Checking McCain's New Ad



Olbermann dissects McCain's latest ad attacking Obama for allegedly choosing to exercise over visiting wounded troops in Germany.

Olbermann:
Now to the swiftboating of Barack Obama, absent the swiftboating part. This is all John McCain and he approves this message.

While it is literally true that Senator Obama cancelled his own visit to Landstuhl, the reason given by that McCain ad as to why, as well as the video used to illustrate its point were entirely false. McCain's attack ad that says, "Senator Obama made time to go to the gym, but cancelled a visit with wounded troops, the announcer adding "It seems the Pentagon wouldn't allow him to bring cameras." The implication being that that is why Obama cancelled the visit because the media would not be allowed in the medical center with him.
When Obama visited the wounded troops at Walter Reed in Washington last month no cameras or reporters were with him and that had been exactly the plan this time, no media, just a visit. As for the claim that Obama went to the gym instead. The footage used in the McCain ad is from his time in Kuwait a week ago, playing basketball, with the troops.
Thanks to the folks at FactCheck.org here are two more misleading statements from the McCain ad: It is literally true that Obama has not held a Senate sub-committee hearing on Afghanistan but the full Senate Foreign Relations Committee has held 3 meetings on Afghanistan in the same span, the last two years, Obama attended one of those. And while it is literally true that Senator Obama has not been to Iraq "in years" he had previously visited in January 2006 so years, yes, two and a half years. The McCain ad giving the impression that it had been like, you know, a century.
Meanwhile, his name is Senator Chuck Hagel and having been to Iraq and Afghanistan with Senator Obama he does not approve that message.

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Video: Stephen Colbert Sings Happy Birthday with John Legend


Stephen Colbert and John Legend Sing Happy Birthday from Jan Michael Vincent on Vimeo.

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McCain To Try Another Oil Rig Visit, God Plans Wildfire

Last time McCain announced he was going to try and visit an oil rig Hurricane Dolly roared through and a huge oil spill made a mess of the Mississippi. Now, McCain has tempted God once again by planning a trip to an oil rig in Bakersfield, California.

I think God is right now thinking of ways in which he can cancel McCain's planned visit. Here's a Top Five List of ways God can ruin McCain's plans:

  1. Start massive wildfire that only burns in and around entrance to oil rig.
  2. Send plague of locusts to eat food provided to McCain campaign workers.
  3. Start massive dust storm so the remaining Great Depression migrants can say, "I haven't seen a dust storm like that since Kansas back in 1930."
  4. Start earthquake that topples oil rig as McCain arrives.
  5. Hell, he's going to Bakersfield. That's punishment enough.
Update:

John McCain's bandage on his face is due to removal of a facial growth, not because any of the above had come true.

Update 2:

Day late on the earthquake, God. Thanks for nothing! (you know I'm just kidding, right? God is great, God is good...)

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Indecision 2008: "Obama to God: Watch Your Back, Sucka!"


Indecision 2008 discovers the REAL note to God that Barack Obama left at the Western Wall. Interestingly, McCain's note was also pulled from the wall. We'll never know what it said as it burst into flames upon touching air.

(You can find the actual Obama note here. No, shockingly, that note above is not the real thing.)

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Best State Campaign Ever - Update

Remember the little state rep campaign that could? Sean Tevis is running in Johnson County, Kansas for state rep, trying to unseat one of the most conservative members of the Kansas house. Tevis started an online campaign asking for 3,000 donations of $8.34 each. Well, he got that and a lot more, raking in more than $95,000!

From the Wichita Eagle:

The comic strip -- at www.seantevis.com/3000 -- was first posted online July 16. Today, when he files his campaign finance forms with the Kansas secretary of state's office, Tevis will report that he has raised $95,162.76 in donations through PayPal, the online service that allows payments and money transfers via the Internet.
That's quite a haul for a state rep campaign! You better win or you'll look like a real idiot! Good luck!

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Ben Stein's Impressive Evildoer Knowledge, Tempts Dole to Write E-mail

Ben Stein in a move that's either (1) designed to insure that John McCain loses the general election or (2) to secretly apprehend Karl Rove so that he can be thrown in jail for standing up Congress, wants McCan't Win to bring Rove back into the fold.

According to CNN:

"I don't discount the possibility that some really smart person at the McCain campaign might go over to Karl Rove, and say 'We will offer you all the kingdoms of the world if you will come and guide our campaign,' " a hopeful-sounding Stein said in a recent interview.

"[Rove] is one of the nicest, straightest-shooting, most heads-up, kindest guys I have ever met. He is a close friend, and I love him.

I guess Stein figured he hadn't done enough to help McCain with the whole "Obama's acting like the Fuhrer" thing. Of course, his suggestion the Mac Camp offer Rove "all the kingdoms of the world" sounds a bit like something Lucifer might suggest. Stein sure knows a lot about those evildoers. I guess he got his info from his time as Nixon's speechwriter...

Anyway, Stein says McCain's campaign is pathetic and that's why he needs Rove.
"Mr. McCain is running the absolute most pathetic campaign I have ever seen in my whole life," Stein said in his unmistakable monotone delivery. "His campaign is just heartbreakingly pathetic. He is a very impressive guy. He is a brave guy, but he is running the most lackluster campaign I have ever seen in my entire life. I would have thought Bob Dole's campaign would have set a record for poor campaigns, but this one is even worse. I mean it is shocking."
Now don't go an knock Bob Dole, Stein. "The Great American" knows how to use e-mail and he will get you back.

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Best of Sunday Op-Eds

Frank Rich: How Obama Became Acting President
IT almost seems like a gag worthy of “Borat”: A smooth-talking rookie senator with an exotic name passes himself off as the incumbent American president to credulous foreigners. But to dismiss Barack Obama’s magical mystery tour through old Europe and two war zones as a media-made fairy tale would be to underestimate the ingenious politics of the moment. History was on the march well before Mr. Obama boarded his plane, and his trip was perfectly timed to reap the whirlwind.
read more.

Maureen Dowd: Stalking, Sniffing, Swooning

After 200,000 people thronged to see Obama at the Victory Column in Berlin, christening him “Redeemer” and “Savior,” it turned out Sarko was also Obamarized, as the Germans were calling the mesmerizing effect.

“You must want a cigarette after that,” I teased the candidate after the amorous joint press conference, as he flew from Paris to London for the finale of his grand tour.

“I think we could work well together,” he said of Sarko, smiling broadly.

read more.

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

McCain Drags Troops Into the Mud

John McCain is out with this ad attacking Obama for not visiting wounded U.S. soldiers while he was in Germany. McCain is airing this ad in Denver, a state where he is gaining ground and has continued to gain ground during this European swing of Obama's.



Obama, rightly, has forcefully responded to this ad saying:

John McCain is an honorable man who is running an increasingly dishonorable campaign. Senator McCain knows full well that Senator Obama strongly supports and honors our troops, which is what makes this attack so disingenuous. Senator Obama was honored to meet with our men and women in uniform in Iraq and Afghanistan this week and has visited wounded soldiers at Walter Reed numerous times. This politicization of our soldiers is exactly what Senator Obama sought to avoid, and it's not worthy of Senator McCain or the "civil" campaign he claimed he would run.
Update:

Sounds the McCain cronies in the Pentagon made sure that Obama didn't get to see the wounded troops in Germany. From MSNBC:


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Methodist Minister attempts Citizens’ Arrest of Karl Rove in Iowa

The Lang Report:

Four Iowans were arrested today while attempting to make a Citizens’ Arrest of Karl Rove in Des Moines, Iowa. Citing Iowa Code provisions for making Citizen’s Arrests as well as citing Federal Statute violations they claimed Rove had violated, the four were stopped at the gate of the Wakonda Country Club in Des Moines where Rove was scheduled to speak at a Republican Fundraiser.

read more | digg story

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Video: Barack Obama in London



Barack Obama, according to First Read:

"It's hard for me to understand Sen. McCain's argument. He was telling me I was supposed to take this trip. He suggested it, thought it was a good idea," the senator told reporters, some of whom were seated on the ground in front of him and or standing on the sidewalk across.

"John McCain has visited every one of these countries post-primary that I have. He has given speeches in Canada, in Colombia, Mexico," he continued. "So it doesn't strike me that we've done anything different than the McCain campaign has done, which is to recognize that part of the job of the next president and commander-in-chief is to forge effective relationships with our allies."

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Barak Obama - as seen by a European

From the London Times:

And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land from the Arabian desert to the shores of the Great Lakes had been laid barren, that a Child appeared in the wilderness.The Child was blessed in looks and intellect. Scion of a simple family, offspring of a miraculous union, grandson of a typical white person and an African peasant.

And yea, as he grew, the Child walked in the path of righteousness, with only the occasional detour into the odd weed and a little blow. In the great Battles of Caucus and Primary he smote the conniving Hillary, wife of the deposed King Bill the Priapic and their barbarian hordes of Working Class Whites.

And suddenly, with the men appeared the archangel Gabriel and the whole host of the heavenly choir, ranks of cherubim and seraphim, all praising God and singing: “Yes, We Can.”
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For Shame! Obama draws large crowds!

In case you haven't heard it, the big new knock against Barack Obama is that he draws large crowds of excited fans. Apparently, this is a bad thing having only been accomplished (according to Republicans) by "evil doers" like Hitler, Mussolini, or non-evil doers such as the Son of God.

Guess that means if you draw large crowds you either have a Messianic complex or you're evil. Which category would you place these people in:

Garth Brooks - 1,000,000 people crowd Central Park to see his concert on August 7, 1997.

Martin Luther King, Jr. - More than 200,000 people witness his "I have a Dream Speech" on the Washington Mall.

Woodrow Wilson: 100,000 Kansans gather to hear him speak in 1919. He's a no-show because he gets sick.

Walter Mondale: 100,000 people (yes, 100,000 for Mondale) gather to see him and Ferraro at an appearance on Election Day.

Boris Yeltsin - Tens of Thousands of Russians rally outside the Russian White House during the August Coup.

First President Bush - 10,000 people attend rally in Oregon at start of his campaign.

Pat Robertson - draws, uh, 1,500 people at an Iowa primary rally in 1987.

Then, of course, there's Ronald Reagan. Who won every state but Minnesota when he was re-elected in 1984, whom 100,000 people came to pay their respects to when he died, and about whom the following was written:

It was David Broder, I think, who used to write about the unusual warmth of the crowds that came to see Reagan and the strange profusion of "We love you, Ron" signs.
I guess the Republicans think they know a demi-god in their midst when they see one.

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Video: Barack Obama in Paris

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Daily Show: Obama Quest - Berlin Speech

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Colbert Report: McCain's Sausage Party

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Israeli paper publishes Obama's Wall Note

I assume Obama had an idea this could happen. The note he left is pretty tame. Ben Smith at Politico has the details if you want them HERE.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Don't Want to Say I told You So...

But I will. I don't think Barack Obama will end up losing the election because of his trip overseas, but it certainly isn't helping him pull away from McCain. In fact, it has cost him ground in at least a couple of key battleground states. Most notably, in Colorado.

New Quinnipiac Polling shows Obama now trailing McCain in Colorado after having held the lead there. According to the Washington Post:
The first in the series of polls, conducted in the four states in mid-June, showed Obama comfortably ahead of McCain in Wisconsin and Minnesota while the races in Michigan and Colorado were closer although Obama still held the lead. The latest polling, showing a much tighter race, was conducted July 14 to 22, during Obama's high-profile trip to the Middle East.
What did I say? I said Americans don't like it when Europeans like something and we sure as hell don't like it when Europeans are telling us what to do. They're falling all over themselves for Obama. Who can blame them? But it only creates a negative backlash in America for Obama. We don't like Europe. We don't like Elitists. "We" being the bread and butter Midwestern folk, the ones he's counting on to overtake McCain. Kerry's elitism cost him the election to beer drinker Bush. McCain, sadly, isn't nearly as likable as Bush so Obama's still looking okay. Especially since Obama is 100 times more likable than Kerry.

Let's just hope the European headache wears off for Americans in time for the Convention. He's going to want that bounce coming out of Denver, and he better hope the Colorado polls reflect an upswing instead of a downswing. Next time, Barack, stick to the Midwest and forget the wienerschnitzel.

UPDATE

Indecision 2008 has this funny bit about Americans disdain for Europe and why the trip isn't helping Obama:

While many in Europe appreciated the speech, others complained it was too vague on key policy points. That's when one French journalist gave this "helpful" quote to the New York Times...

"On the positive side, we can expect somebody who reasons the way we do in Europe," said Pierre Rousselin, the foreign editor of Le Figaro, a French newspaper, after the speech.

Sacre bleu! Non, non, Monsieur Pierre, you are not helping your ami Barack. To Americans, "reasoning the way we do in Europe" means three things, and three things only: socialism, surrender and political suicide.


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Video: 200,000 Witness Obama's Speech in Berlin





Update: Ben Smith reports that the crowd estimate now stands at 200,000.

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McCain Ad Links Obama with Castro

First we had the McCain Internet ad that linked Obama with Ahmadinejad. Now, he debuts this ad with Castro:


Here are a couple of ads that I think Obama should put out about John McCain:


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Colbert Report: ColorofChange.org Petition

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Obama Quest - the Holy Land



Osama or Obama


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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Video: Obama's Trip to Middle East

Obama in Sderot, Israel - Wednesday



Obama's visit to the Holocaust History Museum Yad Vashem, Israel - Wednesday



Obama's speech on Iraq and Afghanistan in Amman, Jordan

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McCain Only Man in America to Not Know Hurricane Happening

Alright, so even they weren't dumb enough to actually go, but somebody was dumb enough to announce McCain was going to visit an offshore drilling rig tomorrow. The only problem? There's a Hurricane out there!

The McCain Camp is desperately trying to come up with something to take attention away from Barack Obama while he is in Europe and the Middle East this week. Obama plans a major speech in Germany tomorrow so the McCain Crazies decided to spice up the photo-ops with a trip to an offshore drilling rig. Hello, Dolly!

From Jonathan Martin:

Just over an hour after finalizing plans to visit an oil rig tomorrow, the McCain campaign has cancelled the visit. “The meeting with Governor Jindal has been postponed and we are cancelling the trip to the rig due to weather," said spokesman Michael Goldfarb.
It's not like Dolly was a mysterious storm that no one knew about. It's making landfall right now for God's sake. I'm really starting to believe all these gaffes are really part of one big plan to draw attention away from Obama. You know, like the little brother that's always getting in trouble at school because big brother is the star football player? It's a shame when children act out.

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McCain to Volunteers: Relocate, Put Your Life on Hold

John McCain is asking for people to volunteer to his campaign, put their life on hold, and relocate. The campaign put out this e-mail asking for help:

Can you put your life on hold for a few months to make history?

If you can relocate to another part of the country as a full time volunteer through the election, please reply to this e-mail or send your resume and cover letter to: McCainVols@JohnMcCain.com

Just pack your bags, hop in the McCain-Mobile and go fight the fight! Of course, you won't be paid, you'll be on the losing side, and your family and friends may hate you. (Is that harsh?) Maybe you'll witness history, right there on the television at the McCain Election night party as Barack Obama gives his victory speech.

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Bush: Wall Street Got Drunk

President Bush, he himself apparently "not" drunk had this to say at a Houston area fundraiser after first asking that the cameras be turned off (shockingly, someone had a camera and ABC 13 in Houston posted video of it)(that video is now gone):

It is uncertain, there’s no question about it.

Wall Street got drunk, it got drunk, (it’s one of the reasons I asked you to turn off your tv cameras.) It got drunk and now it’s got a hangover. The question is how long will it sober up, and not try to do all these fancy financial instruments.

And now we got a housing issue, not in Houston, and evidently, not in Dallas, because Laura was over there trying to buy a house today. (laugher.. Crawford!)

I like Crawford, unfortunately after eight years of asking her to sacrifice, I’m now no longer the decision maker. She’ll be deciding, thanks for the suggestion! I suggest you don’t yell it out when she’s here. Later, telling her “Hey honey, we’ve been on government pay now for 14 years... so go slow!"

It’s uh.. caused me to lose my train of thought. Anyway.

Ah, that mortgage crisis. Sure is funny! I do find it is best described as a "housing issue." It also looks like Laura Bush now gets to be the decider. If only she had taken over seven years earlier...

Not sure why Bush thought people would actually turn off their cameras if he asked them to. It's sort of an invitation to people to sneakily leave their cameras on. His train of thought had apparently gone of the rails.

Update:

You can find the video HERE.

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Colbert Report: The Word - Fight to the Furnish

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Daily Show: Obama Quest - Bethlehem

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Top 5 Daily Show Reunions

From Matt Tobey at the Comedy Central Insider:

After Ed Helms showed up on last night's Daily Show, it got me thinking. What if there was a car that got a million miles per gallon, but it ran on eyelids? Then, after that, I started thinking about past Daily Show reunions, so I decided to make a list of the best ones. Enjoy.
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McCain Hates Media for Loving Obama

The McCain campaign just sent out an e-mail asking everyone to vote on two pieces of video they've compiled showing the media's "love affair" with Barack Obama. Yes, it's another chance to vote in the McCain 2008 Presidential Contest Contest!

Here's are the videos you get to choose from, and the link to take you to the site to vote.





Vote here. (Warning: If you want to vote you have to give your e-mail address in which case you'll be inundated with McCain Contests!)

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SC State GOP Senator Blames New Yorker for His Bad Taste

Maybe this is all just part of McCain's plan to steal Obama's thunder while he's in the Middle East. It's not quite as good as saying there's trouble on the mythical Iraq-Pakistan border, but it will work.

Huffington Post found and posted this photo taken from the website of a South Carolina State Senator who supports McCain:

According to HuffPo State Senator Kevin Bryant had this to say about his post:

"You know, blogs are for satire and whatnot and, um, that's why it's up. It's similar to the New Yorker picture. Maybe that's why this has gotten so much attention, because of that thing that came out a couple days ago."

At the top of the site it says, "Thank you for visiting the Legislature's first blog." I don't think the blog thing is going very well in South Carolina.

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Video: Obama in Jordan

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Colbert Report Video: Obama's Ellitist Summer Abroad

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Daily Show Video: Obama Quest



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Monday, July 21, 2008

McCain's Plan to Steal Obama's Thunder

Cross Your Fingers! McMo May Happen Yet! (For those of you who have no experience living in Utah, unlike some of us poor tortured souls, a "Mo" is a Mormon.) Johnny Mac is thinking about dropping the Veep bomb this week (in no way having anything to do with trying to steal any kind of thunder from the Obamamania Tour of Europe and the Middle East).

This sets up the very real possibility of getting to see John McCain and Mitt Romney standing together in the most uncomfortable moment since Elliott Spitzer's press conference with his wife. However, it probably won't happen this week. This is likely just a small smoke screen to get some buzz away from Obama's trip without actually doing anything.

McCain has a couple of plans he's going to hatch this week to try and divert attention from Obama. Some of them we've already seen:
Here are the other stories (according to an "inside" source) the McCain camp is planning:
  • McCain sits down for a live chat session with the cast of Big Brother 10 to prove his Internet savvy (fireworks explode when he gives away the secret alliances!)
  • An open mic picks up George W. Bush saying to Condi, "Did you see McCain the other day talking down to oilmen with this global warming crap? I wanted to stuff his f-ing nuts up his ass."
  • McCain will tell a Iowa newspaper editorial board that he hopes Obama picks a Veep candidate soon saying, "After all, I remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June before the nomination process was wrapped."
I'm looking forward to the day that Obama speaks in Germany. I have a hunch, and this is just pure speculation, that a gaffe of epic proportions is headed our way that day. McCain's finally figured it out: the press pays attention when you screw up! And boy is he screwing up!

Update:

Indecision 2008 has the following take on McCain's plans to steal Obama's thunder:

That is one cleverly-crafted menu of media bait, for sure. Now the press has no reason to skimp on coverage of McCain's events this week.

To get to the bottom of the buzz, [McCain's] traveling press corps rushed the plane Monday evening. A group of reporters reached beyond the curtain that divides its seating area from McCain and his campaign.

"Go away!" laughed Mark Salter, a senior aide.

"What do you want you little jerks?" McCain said.

...well, I guess they have one reason.


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Best Non-Political Story of the Day

From MSNBC: A New Jersey man trying to exterminate insects in his apartment blew it up instead, the New York Daily News reported on Monday.

Isias Vidal Maceda was unhurt in the incident, but 80 percent of his apartment was destroyed, Eatontown, New Jersey police told the newspaper.

The accident occurred as Maceda was spraying for pests in his kitchen. Somehow the bug spray ignited a blast that blew out the apartment's front windows and triggered a fire that quickly spread, the newspaper said.

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McSenile's New Country: Iraqghanistan

Professor McCain will now begin his geography class. Everyone, who is not in a wheelchair already, please be seated.

Professor McCain:

First, as many of you know, geography can be a tricky subject, but with a little bit of perseverance, you too can learn where all those countries go, just like I have.

First, as I told GMA this morning, there are a lot of problems occurring along the Iraq-Pakistan border:



Some of you have your hands up. I see this is confusing you because you're saying, "But Iran borders Pakistan!" I find it's easier to just pretend Iran is Iraq (you know, like saying Sunni and Shiites are interchangeable) and just move Iraq next to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Hell, we're going to nuke them into oblivion anyway, right? That way, we can combine both fronts of the war on Terror and make Iraqghanistan a new country. See, just take this old map:

And create this new map:

Now you'll notice a couple of different changes. First, I've just gotten rid of Iran. This, surprisingly, opens up the Persian Gulf quite a bit. There's a lot of gulf coast property to invest in for all you Floridians in the audience! Plus, it gives the Saudi's more ports from which to ship their oil. Iraq can now also be a shipping giant for the oil industry and thus, for me, I mean, the U.S.

Second, you'll notice Czechoslovakia has moved to the mid-east. I decided that if I was going to reunite the country I might as well move them on down there. What good were they doing anybody in Europe anyway? Now we have a NATO ally in the mid-east!

It's all coming together. Elect me as President and I will change the world, one geography mistake at a time!

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Court Rips Away FCC Fine for Janet Wardrobe Malfunction

Two dumbasses (Ms. Jackson, if you please and Mr. Timberlake) have their butts saved by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. From the AP:

A federal appeals court on Monday threw out a $550,000 indecency fine against CBS Corp. for the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show that ended with Janet Jackson's breast-baring "wardrobe malfunction."

The three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Federal Communications Commission "acted arbitrarily and capriciously" in issuing the fine for the fleeting image of nudity.

The 90 million people watching the Super Bowl, many of them children, heard Justin Timberlake sing, "Gonna have you naked by the end of this song," as he reached for Jackson's bustier.

The court found that the FCC deviated from its nearly 30-year practice of fining indecent broadcast programming only when it was so "pervasive as to amount to 'shock treatment' for the audience."

Now women can once again begin showing their bare nipples on network television (if only for a fleeting moment). Now maybe the Grammys will be interesting again.

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McCain's New Ad: Blame Obama for High Gas Prices



From Ben Smith at Politico:

"Who can you thank for rising prices at the pump?" the ad asks, answering with an image of a grinning Obama, with the chant "Obama, Obama" in the background.

The point of the ad is that Obama opposes offshore drilling, as McCain used to;

In response, an Obama aide sends over this link to a recent McCain speech: "Let me give you a little bit of straight talk on energy. Our dangerous dependence on foreign oil has been thirty years in the making, and was caused by the failure of politicians in Washington to think long term about the future of the country."

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President Bush Won't Say Obama's Name, Fears Derisive Laughter

After having contemplated his inability to say correctly the words "terrorists" and "nuclear" (among others) it should come as no surprise that President Bush has rarely attempted to say "Barack Obama." From the Huffington Post:

President Bush was asked twice last week about Sen. Barack Obama. In response, Bush never used the Democratic presidential candidate's name.

As it turns out, Bush has uttered Obama's name only a handful of times since the senator from Illinois began running for the White House last year, according to a review of his public statements and appearances by Washington Post researcher Madonna Lebling.

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Update:

Indecision 2008 has this funny take on the President's Baracknophobia:
George W. Bush is no idiot. He knows that if you utter the name of a certain Democratic presidential nominee three times, he will appear in the mirror before you and spit Hope in your face...

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Obama Meets Iraqi Prime Minister in Baghdad

Here's MSNBC's coverage of Obama meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad.



From First Read:

The headline after their photo-op: Maliki’s spokesman said afterwards (in English) that the Iraqi vision is for all US troops to be out of Iraq by 2010. And with this news -- as well as the Der Spiegel interview, in which Maliki seemed to back Obama’s withdrawal plan -- the trip seems like it has already been a PR success for the Illinois senator.

Here's the Today's show pkg on Obama's meeting with troops in Iraq.



And here's John McCain on the Today show wishing he'd never told Obama to go to Iraq. (Well, here's McCain on the Today show).

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Mutton with Hamid: Obama talks with Afghan Prez

From MSNBC:

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama pledged steadfast aid to Afghanistan in talks with its Western-backed leader Sunday and vowed to pursue the war on terror "with vigor" if he is elected, an Afghan official said.

On the second day of an international tour designed to burnish his foreign policy credentials, Obama and other U.S. senators held two hours of talks with President Hamid Karzai at his palace in the Afghan capital.

The Afghan presidency said Obama's message was positive.

"Sen. Obama conveyed ... that he is committed to supporting Afghanistan and to continue the war against terrorism with vigor," said Humayun Hamidzada, Karzai's spokesman.

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Photo courtesy: Getty Images

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Sunday Morning Headlines


THE best thing to happen to John McCain was for the three network anchors to leave him in the dust this week while they chase Barack Obama on his global Lollapalooza tour. Were voters forced to actually focus on Mr. McCain’s response to our spiraling economic crisis at home, the prospect of his ascension to the Oval Office could set off a panic that would make the IndyMac Bank bust in Pasadena look as merry as the Rose Bowl.
Mr. McCain’s fiscal ineptitude has received so little scrutiny in some press quarters that his chief economic adviser, the former Senator Phil Gramm of Texas, got a free pass until the moment he self-immolated on video by whining about “a nation of whiners.” The McCain-Gramm bond, dating back 15 years, is more scandalous than Mr. Obama’s connection with his pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
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Washington Post:

There she is -- no, not Miss America, but the Angela-Davis-Afro-wearing, machine-gun-toting, angry, unpatriotic Michelle Obama, greeting her husband with a fist bump instead of a kiss on the cheek.

It was supposed to be satire, but the caricature of Barack Obama and his wife that appeared on the cover of the New Yorker last week rightly caused a major flap. And among black professional women like me and many of my sisters in the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, who happened to be gathered last week in Washington for our 100th anniversary celebration, the mischaracterization of Michelle hit the rawest of nerves.

Welcome to our world.

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Hartford Courant:
The assaults on the presidential campaign of Obama, the Democrat who campaigned for Lieberman's re-election in 2006, have strained Lieberman's already tenuous relationship with Democrats at home and in Washington. Democratic displeasure has driven his job-approval rating among Connecticut voters below 50 percent for the first time.
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