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Tough Questions for Palin September 30, 2008

Posted by Jim Satterfield in 2008 Presidential Campaign, Politics.
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Andrew Sullivan notes the tough questioning the right wing media can be counted on to confront Sarah Palin with.

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Reagan’s Assumption September 28, 2008

Posted by Jim Satterfield in Government, Politics.
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One of my Firefox gadgets is for Quote of the Day. Here is one of the ones that it came up with today.

The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away.
Ronald Reagan

Notice the assumption there that the only value held by anyone is greed. Is there supposed to be no one who might care about something called the public good? Not in Republican Land, apparently.

And…I think we can see where the brilliant minds hired by business have gotten us now, can’t we?

McCain Was Right About Something September 26, 2008

Posted by Jim Satterfield in 2008 Presidential Campaign, Business & Society, Economics, Politics.
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Before the debate ever started McCain looked like he was going to duck out of it, claiming that he had to rush to Washington to help with the negotiations to help solve the financial system meltdown. The Washington Post reports on how much he helped. Well, he managed to help create another meltdown. While complaining about the proposals from Bernanke and Paulson might make sense, backing a plan from the House Republicans that is even worse somehow just doesn’t seem all that helpful. And it is worse, make no mistake. If the problem with a group of companies is lack of cash causing them to not be able to do their part in the economy by providing credit, demanding that they come up with more cash to pay for a whole new insurance system that won’t really help with the basic problem just doesn’t make sense.

What was McCain right about, though? He did make a difference to the negotiations. The House Republicans probably couldn’t have broken them so thoroughly without his help.

About That Vetting Process… September 17, 2008

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If John McCain’s pick of Governor Sarah Palin wasn’t an impulsive shot in the dark to steal Senator Obama’s thunder with little to no thought given to her qualifications and she was in fact thoroughly vetted as the McCain now claims then how did they miss “Troopergate”, an investigation already underway and written up in the Alaskan press? And since they are now scrambling to crush the investigation how can they make any claims to being some kind of reform ticket?

Dickerson Has a Point September 14, 2008

Posted by Jim Satterfield in 2008 Presidential Campaign, Politics.
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John Dickerson of Slate titles his article with a phrase that lots of people are probably thinking. George W. Palin.

Then and Now Redux September 14, 2008

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OK…here’s the McCain ad that I just saw on the tube.

When the newspaper “headlines” go across the screen check out the dates on the majority of the ones concerning McCain. It’s not like they’re about the McCain we’ve seen over the last year or so. All those claims are just so old McCain. And why are so many of the positive ones in their ads from the Wall Street Journal, a paper whose editorial section should be subtitled “A Republican National Committee Publication”?

Look. Someone doesn’t like Palin. Threaten them. September 14, 2008

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Not everyone in Alaska is all that thrilled with Governor Palin. In fact some of them decided to hold a rally. What happened to them? A conservative talk show DJ took the contact information from the press release and read it on the air, telling his listeners to call them. The next day he had this to say.

Burke says he never told his listeners to threaten the women. He is backed up by his boss, Justin McDonald.

“I don’t think Eddie told anybody to harass anybody; he just said, ‘Hey, call and give your opinion,'” said McDonald.

But let’s be honest here. How in the universe would anyone familiar with the real world of these kind of people not expect the calls to be full of hatred, bile and threats when the encouragement to call them was accompanied by this?

“They’re a bunch of socialist maggots, that’s what I’m going to call them — socialist maggots, that’s what they are, a bunch of socialist baby-killing maggots,” said Burke.

By the way, the DJ called for a rally to counter the anti-Palin rally after stepping back a bit the next day, apparently due to bad publicity. The DJ’s crew was out numbered (Depending on your source.) by somewhere between 5 to 1 and 15 to 1.

He-e-e-e-res Sarah! September 13, 2008

Posted by Jim Satterfield in 2008 Presidential Campaign, Politics.
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Here’s a thorough New York Times piece on the new Republican celebrity superstar.

It’s Sad. September 13, 2008

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The current Republican Party says that they aren’t racist. Maybe. But dang, they sure do appeal to racists, don’t they? Here’s an article about the latest “humorous” unofficial merchandise on sale at one of their get togethers. Now, there really isn’t any party official that in any way condoned this. I just thinks it says something about some of their supporters that it was created by them and sold very well at their gathering.

Update: Here is a link to someone with better pictures of what this garbage looks like. Notice the top that has Obama in “Muslim” head wear and “Point Towards Mecca” printed on it.

Be Very Afraid September 13, 2008

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Now, should this frighten the McCain campaign?