• McCain, in his big speech last night, vowed to end “partisan rancor.” He made this clear by using the word “fight” 43 times, literally. [New York Times]
  • St. Paul police arrested 250 anti-war protestors — filled, presumably, with now-illegal Partisan Rancor — before McCain’s acceptance speech. [St. Paul Star Tribune]
  • Bob Woodward’s new book alleges that the US spied on the Iraqi Prime Minister and asserts that the Surge didn’t work. Why would Bob Woodward rather win the election than lose the war? [Washington Post]
  • Charles Rangel failed to report the $75k he earned from renting out his $500/night lush Dominican villa. [New York Times]
  • Dick Cheney promised Georgia it would someday be included in NATO, and threw Ukraine in there too while he was at it. [Los Angeles Times]
  • McCain and Obama are tied in the mostly meaningless national polls. [Politico]
  • Ike and Hanna are not the last of the summer’s terrible hurricanes, in fact, hurricane season might last until October-ish. [Tampa Bay Tribune]
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  1. So I’m watching Morning Joe just before leaving for work, and they’ve got this McCain campaign operative on, and he’s being asked to name some of the unfair attacks that the Media have made against Sarah Palin. His response: “I’m not going to go over them. Anyone who’s been reading the press know what I’m talking about.”

    So, in other words, they’ve got nothing, but they’re still pushing the meme because it works.

    Then he’s asked if Sara Palin is going to go on any of the Political Interview shows like, for instance, “Meet The Press.” And he wouldn’t commit, saying only that they’ll make her available if they think it’ll help their campaign. Everyone around him was stunned. After all, how can you run someone for Vice President and not be subjected to scrutiny and not have to answer questions about her positions and ideas?

    It was, of course, a brilliant example of Republican/Karl Rove style, lowered expectations politicking. You’re going to see over the coming calls growing for Palin to appear on some of these shows, with teh insinuation being that she’s a lightweight and couldn’t hold her own. And the McCain campaign’s going to be loving every minute of it, until the moment when they announce, to much fanfare, that she’ll be appearing on “Meet the Press.” And guess what: she’ll do just fine. Because for all their crowing and crying and whining about the savage “liberal media” who “has it in for Republicans” the guys running the McCain campaign know perfectly well that the U.S. media are a bunch of lightweights who get uncomfortable asking tough questions, or… God forbid, following up on an unsatisfactory answer.

    We’re being played folks. Like a well tuned violin. Again.

  2. [re=86683]Serolf Divad[/re]: 100% agree. They’ll do the same with the debates so that as long as she doesn’t completely screw up it will be called a victory.

  3. Speaking of Georgia, I saw a LaRouchie this morning wearing this on a sandwich board:

    “LaRouche: British Empire pushes WWIII from Georgia”

    I really couldn’t figure out which side he was meant to be supporting, especially since he was just handing out old literature from a few months back.

    Why is Obama allowing this shameful chapter in our nation’s history to continue?

  4. [re=86683]Serolf Divad[/re]:
    Only way it will work if someone doesn’t ask:

    “Are you a Dominionist?”
    “Why did you join the Alaskan Independence Party?”
    “Why do you hate America?”

    Jeez, it’s a pretty sad day when the National Enquirer is the best source on Palin info.

  5. [re=86683]Serolf Divad[/re]: I’m seriously wondering if the McCainites have overplayed their hand on this. The press adored McCain pre this pres run, and he loved being lionized. I thought Mika,et al they had their fangs out at Davis a bit.

    Of course, we’re still going to have to deal with the flyover peeps, etc. Yes, as an Over-edujamacated Eastern Elite Liberal Uppity Vagina-American Person (and damned proud of it!) I’m going back to calling them that if they stupidly elect dumb-ass R’s that are “just like them.”

  6. So, CBS, owned by Sumner Redstone, who once said, explaining why he was supporting Bush over Kerry, “I vote for whoever is better for CBS” released a poll which showed a McCain bump.
    And nobody else did.
    I think we can discount that poll. And anything on CBS in the future. They may be more subtle than Fox and CNN, but they’re all playing on the same team.

  7. [re=86689]ManchuCandidate[/re]:

    Those questions will never be asked. For one thing, there’s no record of Palin having joined the Independence party, just her husband. And the press will be worried about being called sexist for trying to tie her political opinions to those of her husband. If she’s asked whether she’s a Dominionist, she’ll reply that she’s a Christian and the reporter will move on, not pressing the point. The last question, well… I’ve never herd that asked outside of a Bill O’Reilly rant interview.

  8. [re=86693]Makeithurt[/re]: Think we are stuck with “Choke” until September 26. At least ‘Secret Diary of A Call Girl’ is on hiatus. That would make a really good worktime background.

    [re=86683]Serolf Divad[/re]: Didn’t the soft prejudice of low expectations used to be a racial thing instead of a Republican trademark?

    I also want to see Sarah’s college transcript and list of extracurriculars. I knew a girl that went to Idaho and she said the white supremacist groups had tables at Activity Day right next to the band and photo club. I can’t wait for the Vandal/Blue Hen debate.

  9. [re=86683]Serolf Divad[/re]: You want unfair media attacks on Palin.

    John Roberts on CNN said: “The role of Vice President, it seems to me, would take up an awful lot of her time, and it raises the issue of how much time will she have to dedicate to her newborn child.”

    Sally Quinn wrote in the Washington Post: “Not only do we have a woman with five children, including an infant with special needs, but a woman whose 17-year-old child will need her even more in the coming months. Not to mention the grandchild. This would inevitably be an enormous distraction for a new vice president (or president) in a time of global turmoil.”

    Andrea Hopkins in Reuters wrote: “Should a 44-year-old mother of five, including a newborn with special needs and a pregnant teenager, take on a job that will keep her away from her home for much of the next two months to eight years?”

    Not to mention the blogger innuendo over whether her child was really hers and The New York Times article that incorrectly claimed that she was a member of the Alaska Independence Party.

  10. [re=86683]Serolf Divad[/re]:
    I think the public sees their schizo behavior. They point their fingers and whine that somebody is teasing them. Meanwhile, everyone is looking at and asking each other “What the fuck are they talking about? Nobody said anything.”

  11. I was pretty floored by the way in which those “are you going to let have her do Meet the Press, oh and by the way McCain, Obama AND Biden are all doing the Sunday morning talkies this week” questions. What? They can’t trust the press to not be mean to her, so they are protecting their precious ice princess from unfair questions? Or, they haven’t found a way to implant the microchip containing the sort of knowlege any qualified VP choice would already have? They’re playing the “sexist” card to cover for lack of ability to handle the tough, legitimate questions.

  12. [re=86683]Serolf Divad[/re]: As always, you bring up excellent points. Too bad I’m totally distracted by your first comment “just before leaving for work.” So the photoshop is on your work computer? And do you use those mad skilz in the office also?

  13. [re=86701]Canmon (the Inadequate)[/re]: Yes, questions like that are sexist. Holding her to the same standard as a male candidate by asking, and expecting answers to, legit policy and ethics questions? Is actually the opposite of sexist. They’re trying to lump all of it together, and it doesn’t work that way.

  14. [re=86705]pondscum[/re]:

    Yeah, believe it or not. But Photoshop isn’t my main thing. I run a media lab and get to play with technology all day.

  15. [re=86700]Mo MoDo[/re]:

    Her transcripts would be VERY interesting. She went to three different colleges in Idaho before getting that journalism degree.

    Why switch so many times?

    That Mudflats blog has a couple of interesting posts about Palin, the second is from a person who knows her from Wasilla:

  16. [re=86701]Canmon (the Inadequate)[/re]:

    Well, for one thing you’re seriously misrepresenting the “msnbc” article’s take on the situation, given that it spends even more time examining the issue of the sexism inherent in such charges. The Newsweek/Washington Post article is a blog. And John Roberts, as much of a tool as he is, is still treating the issue with kid gloves. You want a real attack? You’ve got to turn to someone on the Right like Dr. Laura, who has this to say:

    “really, what kind of role model is a woman whose fifth child was recently born with a serious issue, Down Syndrome, and then goes back to the job of Governor within days of the birth?

    I am haunted by the family pictures of the Palins during political photo-ops, showing the eldest daughter, now pregnant with her own child, cuddling the family’s newborn. When Mom and Dad both work full-time (no matter how many folks get involved with the children), it becomes a somewhat chaotic situation. Certainly, if a child becomes ill and is rushed to the hospital, and you’re on the hotline with both Israel and Iran as nuclear tempers are flaring, where’s your attention going to be? Where should your attention be? Well, once you put your hand on the Bible and make that oath, your attention has to be with the government of the United States of America.

    Child-care facilities are a necessity when mothers and fathers (when they exist at all) are unwilling or incapable of caring for their offspring. Unfortunately, they have become a mainstay of the feminista mentality that nothing should stand in the way of a woman’s ambition – nothing, including her family.”

    Now there’s a vicious, unfair attack of the type the McCain campaign is accusing the media of levelling.

  17. [re=86703]Cogito Ergo Bibo[/re]: when what is truly sexist is assuming that a female candidate should be held to different standards (not asked “mean” questions) and needs to be protected. It makes me (as a Vagina American, myself) want to vomit.

    I had an overwhelming moment of dispair this morning when I thought about McCain winning. I truly love this country too much to see the Constitution, our international standing, our rights and freedoms, shredded further. It is terrifying and depressing to imagine. Just think, three S Ct justices likely to retire in the next few years. We already have a Fed judiciary and Justice Department who think God makes the laws, so I shudder to think what things would look like with a S.Ct composed of multiple Scalias.

    And, hey, how about another war or two?

    Man, I am pretty low this a.m., sorry. I need a dose of Hopey to make me believe he can really win and this country can try to be what it should.

  18. [re=86708]Serolf Divad[/re]: Damn. That sounds like fun. I’m trying to write fundraising copy while surrounded by academics. Thank the baby jeebus for the college students. They keep things interesting.

  19. Last I heard, supposed father Todd is a house husband, taking time off only occasionally to race snowmobiles. What shows that Caribou Barbie is a horrible mother is that she takes Trig to these horribly noisy political events (last night being the worst so far) and allows him to be passed around like a sack of spuds. She is so self-absorbed and stupid, I suppose she figures that because Trig is a tard he has no feelings. It demonstrates she will always do what is politically expedient in any decisions she makes. Sarah Palin is a cunt rag.

  20. [re=86701]Canmon (the Inadequate)[/re]: Just having this same conversation with my hardworking blue collar co workers…. HOw can anyone with a challenging family run the free world? I don’t even have kids and I find and everyday work challenging. You know I think the obvious, but unspoken answer to this question is “White House Nanny 911”. And for the record, this is not sexist bias. This is a question all parents ask themselves everyday; and they aren’t even running for the vice-most powerful position in the land

  21. [re=86715]Doglessliberal[/re]: Seriously. I’d like to have the “Hillary is a little whiner if she can’t mix it with the big boys and answer the tough questions” clip played every hour on the hour, until people realize that Palin herself welcomes being treated as an equal. I still think she’s a brainless twit and a tool of the far right conservatives, but I’d like to think that this protective BS actually does offend her on some level. Either she can answer policy questions on Iraq, Russia, the economy and the GOP platform generally, or she can’t. Calling the press a bunch of sexist meanies, taking your toys and going home does not exactly inspire confidence in the woman.

    /Proud Vagina Americans for Obama

  22. [re=86696]the doctor[/re]: McCain will end the partisan rancor by reaching across the aisle, to the door control panel, and dropping a heavy gate on its head.

  23. “Dick Cheney promised Georgia it would someday be included in NATO, and threw Ukraine in there too while he was at it.”

    Our very first president, coincidently also named George, was want to go about warning others of the dangers of “foreign entanglements” You see, this first President George was worried that we might make a treaty with some government that would tweek it’s neighbors nose, thereby obligating us to a war we did not want, and that was none of our business anyway. What a dumb ass! Our brand new, shiney President George has it all figured out. Besides, this is the 21st century, the age of nuclear power, not the age of muskets and cannons. What could go wrong? I think we should trust the George we have…I mean, isn’t he usually right about this stuff?

  24. On the news this morning they said Hillz and the Dem women are going down to Florida to campaign for Barry and call out this Sarah Palin ploy for the bullshit campaign move it is! Damn, what I wouldn’t DO to see Hillz in a knife fight with Caribou Barbie. Hillz would gut her like a barracuda, and while wearing a snappy pantsuit. Go, Hillary!!!

  25. [re=86729]NoWireHangers[/re]: she will do a lot to redeem herself in my eyes if she does this. She has a lot of damage to undo to Hopey, and this is a start.

  26. [re=86715]Doglessliberal[/re]: i think hopey is on george “hairy butt” stephanopolous this weekend…is that it or will he be on others as well and how long on george — entire show or just a segment or two?

    i could look on the web but i’m too depressed right now!

  27. [re=86701]Canmon (the Inadequate)[/re]: How is that at all sexist? I know this crowd is probably “too good” for Football, you bunch of Ivy League Elitists, you, but go look at the coverage from last season on the Philadelphia Eagles head coach, Andy Reid. His two sons were both busted for drug-related crimes and people were saying he should quit to spend more time with his family when they needed him… Sexists.

  28. [re=86733]whatever_dc[/re]: I am going to be blissfully away from civilization on vacation starting tomorrow, so I just have to hope that everything looks better in a week, and Hopey has made some headway on Hairy Butt TV and otherwise while I am away.

  29. When did you start counting Mccain’s “fight”s? i think he said fight at least a million times! but then i didn’t actually count. i can hardly wait till he’s fighting with i mean FOR us.yeah!

  30. [re=86736]grendel[/re]: Oh, we are not too good for it. Especially not us Iggles fans. And yeah, Andy took a raft of crap over his sons’ “issues”. I am a major baseball fan, too, and so must be an elitist because that is an elitist sport, right? Oh well. Go Nats! In the toilet but still having a good time!

  31. Also, a little off-topic. Here is the recent spontaneous news conference by Hopesman where he is quoted as saying “I’ve been called worse things on the basketball court.” What is important to note is the mien and subtext of his answers which should bring solace to Libtardia after the last week’s trip to Fantasyland.

    Underneath his comment the Hopester is like “wtf?! Are you kidding me? They got nuthin’!” He’s righteously indignant, unswayed, steely, ready to swat these guys down. His basketball comment may have been considered, but it was a toss off, a belly comment. This didn’t come out in the MSM. At the end watch him stalk off.

    Give them more of that Bear-man!

  32. [re=86715]Doglessliberal[/re]: Gad, me too, and [re=86683]Serolf Divad[/re]: didn’t fookin help any, either. My only consolation is going over to 538, where Hopey’s numbers have been getting better all week. Somebody please tell me they are omniscient seers and infallible as the Pope.

    I hope Team Wonkette totally got blitzed at the Liffey last night and had teh Secks with the guy/gal/Paultard/Republican/appendage of their respective dreams. America owes them a vote of thanks for first rate and sanity-saving news and analysis. USAUSAUSA, which is how I will be closing all my utterances from now on.

  33. Why, oh why, wasn’t Sarah invited to tag along with Cheney? I mean, she lives closer to Russia than anyone ever has without crossing a land bridge. She understands that place inside out. Ask her! Okay, that’s not allowed, but imagine if you could!

  34. [re=86742]WadISay[/re]: Good! Glad to hear the Wonketter’s had a good time, since the RNC was otherwise the same old BS. Oh, I forgot, they said “Change” lots. Wonder who they stole that from? I mean, HRC was recycled news? WTF? What the R’s slogan should be, “Just one more chance and we promise we won’t lie or f*ck up!” Excuse me while I puke.

  35. [re=86729]NoWireHangers[/re]: Hillz, Diane, Claire, Barbara, Kathleen from Kansas, go get her! You can call her a lying sack of Republican bullsh*t when the boys can’t.

  36. Hey, you tollop cunt-haters…this is the right change! Damn it! 5 years! 5 friggin’ years! 9/11! THIS is change we can believe in:

    Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a “fiscal conservative”. During her 6
    years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over
    33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the
    City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation
    (1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a
    regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she
    promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they
    benefited residents.

    The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration
    weren’t enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed
    money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it
    with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage
    the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said
    she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a
    new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a
    multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece
    of property that the City didn’t even have clear title to, that was
    still in litigation 7 yrs later–to the delight of the lawyers
    involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the
    community but a huge money pit, not the profit-generator she claimed it
    would be. She also supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that
    could have been done in 5-7 yrs without any borrowing.

  37. [re=86738]Doglessliberal[/re]: well — have fun on your playcation and go nats (cept against the half-asstros!) i need to take a vacation from this stupid election! it’s soooooooooooo life consuming!!!

  38. [re=86700]Mo MoDo[/re]: Plus Ms Palin’s family is from Sand Point, Idaho, which is where all the crazy wingnut cops from LA (e.g. Mark Furman) go to live on their fat early pensions.

  39. [re=86683]Serolf Divad[/re]: I read somewhere yesterday that the likely strategy is that Palin will go on Hannity, O’Reilly and Lary King, places where she is sure to get softballs for which she will be well prepared, in order to blunt an criticism that she isn’t being made available for questioning. I think your analysis is largely sound, however, on how the McCain Campaign plans to handle what is a clearly under qualified candidate.

  40. [re=86767]whatever_dc[/re]: it truly is–I was honestly getting depressed this a.m. thinking about it. A week with no news is just what the dr. ordered.

  41. Nancy Wilson of “Heart,” objecting to that Palin lady and her Grandpa playing “Barracuda” at the GOP convention last night:

    “I think it’s completely unfair to be so misrepresented,” she said in a phone call to after the speech. “I feel completely f—ed over.”She and sister Ann Wilson then e-mailed the following exclusive statement:

    “Sarah Palin’s views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women. We ask that our song ‘Barracuda’ no longer be used to promote her image. The song ‘Barracuda’ was written in the late 70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women. (The ‘barracuda’ represented the business.) While Heart did not and would not authorize the use of their song at the RNC, there’s irony in Republican strategists’ choice to make use of it there.”

    Oh and they told them Thursday afternoon, BEFORE the evening festivities, not to use the song. Niiiiice.

  42. [re=86729]NoWireHangers[/re]: I hope to God she annihilates Glasses!. I want to see that bitch cry. I do not want shit like what AfghanVet was talking about to happen to my country. I want Hillz to crush these idiots so badly that George Dubya Juniah and the Sarahcuda kill themselves out of sheer despair.

    I’m only slightly upset by the campaign poll thing.

  43. [re=86787]Strictly for the Tardcore[/re]: The only poll I saw that showed them even was NBC. Every other one still had Hopey ahead by anywhere from 3 to 11 points. Remember who “owns” NBC? Redstoney. So take Heart! heh

  44. [re=86761]AfghanVet[/re]: i thought alaskans din’t pay taxes taxes onnaccount of da oil. Only the oil people were taxed. At least that’s what I read on da tubes….

  45. [re=86715]Doglessliberal[/re]: Cheer up. Palin’s main strength is that she’s “one of us”: a mother/parent, a wife/spouse, a small-town leader with working class roots, etc., etc. Okay, fair enough. But she’s not running for President, McCain is. Barack Obama can make the same claims of “us-ship” as Palin, and he IS running for President.

    So Obama should be asking: When is the last time John S. McCain bought his own groceries? Filled his own gas tank? Wrote a check to pay his own bills? Used his own keys to open the front door to one of his many houses? What has John McCain done in the last 20 years that would show he has anything in common with ANY of us?

    (Incidentally, Plain’s margin of victory in her 1999 mayoral re-election race was less than stellar: She got 909 votes to her opponent’s 292, with 32 going to some third-party candidate and 2 to a write-in. This is a pretty interesting story, too:

  46. [re=86795]lilblackcorvette[/re]: The argument in Alaska goes: Oil under the ground is owned by the State, which means it’s owned by every resident. Taxes on that oil are basically taxes on the owners. That’s why Alaska gives most of it back to the “owners” each year in the form of a fat dividend. For instance, this year each person gets about $3,300. That means the Breeder families like, say, the Palin Fecund Family, get almost $20,000. Consider it a tax refund. Or an economic stimulus. Or just mad money. But don’t give it the Socialist label….I know they’re close to Russia and all that, but still….

  47. [re=86803]whatever_dc[/re]: The Wiki (if it’s correct) says they grew up in Southern California and Taiwan (?), moving to a Seattle suburb when their Marine father retired.

    I actually turned down an opportunity to see Heart in 1982. Wonder if I missed anything other than unwanted inappropriate touching from a guy on the debate team?

  48. Charles Rangel, me, and colin powell all attended ccny. we can do no wrong.

    speaking of colin powell. we are almost twins:
    1. he lived on kelly st., the bronx — i lived on kelly st., the bronx.
    2. he went to ccny. — i went to ccny.
    3. he was a general. — i was a private.
    4. he spoke to the world. — i went to disneyworld.

  49. [re=86819]greatgooglymoogly[/re]: One of the things you’ll see at that link is a mention from the Halcro blog about Todd Palin’s role in Sarah’s official business. Many of the e-mails sought by investigators but blocked by Palin have a CC to Todd Palin. Sarah relied on “executive privilege” to resist disclosing the e-mails, many of which had subject lines indicating they referred to the “troopergate” imbroglio. Todd Palin is not on the Alaska payroll. His receipt of these e-mails is likely not covered under any executive privilege theory. If disclosed, expect them to be a big layer on the snowball that will run wildly downhill.

  50. [re=86831]The 3-Legged Man[/re]: I’m beginning to think the ultimate issue which will stick is the inappropriate usage of the private personnel files of the trooper. So she applied pressure here or there. He said, she said unless the emails are all released. But the personnel file thing should be much easier to prove.

  51. [re=86834]Cogito Ergo Bibo[/re]: I can’t even find this on the Enquirer’s homepage, or did the threat of “legal action” scare them off? I wonder what the legal action would be; IRS audit, OSHA inspection, labor troubles?

  52. [re=86845]WadISay[/re]: From the HuffPo:
    The allegation would normally be dismissed by political observers as the random musings of a supermarket tabloid — indeed, the McCain campaign said as much in its statements on Wednesday — except that the paper has built up a reservoir of legitimacy following its earlier reporting on the John Edwards affair. In a statement to the Huffington Post, a spokesman for the paper, who promised a larger report next week, tapped into that pool of quasi-respect.

    Guess we wait until next week, for the real feeding frenzy.

  53. [re=86815]Cogito Ergo Bibo[/re]: thanks for that! i remember now. i think my confusion was that they lived for a while in vancouver and the mushroom record label was based there.

    i went to a lot of rock concerts in my youth and did a lot of things (*wink*) at them so the brain cells are a bit on the rusty side…

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