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What Passes for Knowledge for Too Many Republicans October 13, 2008

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The NYT writes about the source of many of the GOP claims about Barack Obama. It’s really beyond sad that so many people fall for this stuff.

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Registration Deadlines in Missouri and Kansas October 6, 2008

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The deadline for voter registration in Missouri is October 8th and in Kansas it’s October 20th. Just a little public service announcement.

Striking Back the Right Way October 5, 2008

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For several days the McCain plan to go more negative in his ads and tell even more lies has been in the news. I was really pleasantly surprised to find this article about how the Obama campaign plans to strike back. Their plan? Be straightforward about what the McCain campaign is doing and call them on it in ads.

The Real Crime October 1, 2008

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Ed Brayton of Dispatches from the Culture Wars writes for the Michigan Messenger about the reality of the accusations the GOP makes against ACORN. Let’s face it, the real crime committed by ACORN that enrages those on the Right who vilify them is that they are (whisper it now) liberal. They actually try to do something for the poor in our country instead of just blaming each and every one of them for their circumstances and looking down on them.

Tough Questions for Palin September 30, 2008

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Andrew Sullivan notes the tough questioning the right wing media can be counted on to confront Sarah Palin with.

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

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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.