Monthly Archives: October 2008

Friday McBush/McSame Bashing (Home Stretch Edition)

Despair sets in,

At his Northern Virginia headquarters, some McCain aides are already speaking of the campaign in the past tense. Morale, even among some of the heartiest and most loyal staffers, has plummeted. And many past and current McCain advisors are warring with each other over who led the candidate astray.

One well-connected Republican in the private sector was shocked to get calls and resumes in the past few days from what he said were senior McCain aides – a breach of custom for even the worst-off campaigns.

But let's bash a little bit just in case,

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Cancer-Fighting Beer

Slashdot | Researchers Developing Cancer-Fighting Beer

Oh yes, please.

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This is What History Feels Like

Ben Smith has some really cool early voting stories:

Get your hankie ready.

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Early Voting Takes Determination

Colleagues who have voted early at the Coral Gables library report long lines, and long wait times.

The Miami-Dade Elections Department has posted a list of early voting sites with approximate wait times at each location.   At this writing, the most recent data is for 2pm yesterday, and wait times varied from thirty minutes to two and half hours. I think 30 minutes might be tolerable, but to run a system that makes voters wait two and a half hours is a sign of either poor planning or an attempt to suppress the vote. Being a believer that one should rarely attribute to malice what can be explained by incompetence, I'm prepared to believe it's the elections dept. being its usual wonderful self, but even so….
 
Update — I found the following in my email:

To help students, faculty, and staff take advantage of early voting, the University will be providing free shuttle service to the Coral Gables library election site starting today. Shuttles from Stanford Circle on the Coral Gables campus will be running today, Thursday, October 23 and tomorrow, Friday, October 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; next Monday, October 27 through Friday, October 31 from 12 to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, November 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If the wait times are a couple of hours, seems to me there's a danger anyone who goes out after about noon on these shuttles might get stranded, or will give up and go home. And as for voting on your lunch hour, fuggedaboutit.

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Law School Price Wars Beginning? Not Quite Yet…

ABA Journal, Law School Free for UC Irvine's Entering 2009 Class.

Students who enroll at the University of California’s new law school in Irvine next fall will get their legal education for free.

The law school is giving full tuition scholarships worth about $100,000 to its first 2009 class of about 60 students, the National Law Journal reports.

Charles Cannon, assistant dean of development and external affairs at the law school, told the publication UC Irvine hopes to attract high-quality students with the offer. The free tuition is expected to cost the school about $6 million, he said.

Irvine is a start-up school. It has hired quality faculty, and this should let them get started with a bang.

I presume, though, they won't be making a habit of this. But if they do, it could lead to a wave of discounting in law school tuition which would change the face of legal education (and in the long run, most likely be in substantial part at the expense of faculty salaries since I doubt we or others schools like us could raise the money it would take to replace a third of our tuition revenue).

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I See A Pattern

The GOP stopped being the party careful with public money no later than when they started being the party that told itself government is funamentally illegitimate.

  • Boston Globe, Alaska paid for Palin daughters to travel,
    “Governor Sarah Palin charged the state for her children to travel with her, including to events where they were not invited, and she later amended expense reports to specify that they were on official business.

  • Politico, RNC shells out $150K for Palin fashion,
    The Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August.

    According to financial disclosure records, the accessorizing began in early September and included bills from Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York for a combined $49,425.74.

    The records also document a couple of big-time shopping trips to Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, including one $75,062.63 spree in early September.

If government is illegitimate, if taxes are theft (rather than the price of civilization), why not milk it for all you can get?

That said, Palin is a piker. She should get lessons in how to steal billions from Cheney.

But of course, it's the party elite, not the rank and file, who get the cash. Which is why we read stuff like Republicans Disgusted By RNC Spending On Palin. Tin-eared GOP spokesperson Tracey Schmitt didn't help matters with the implausible claim that, “It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign.” Which makes Palin sound even more like Marie Antoinette.

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Coverage of Taddeo’s Surge

The blogs are noticing what Taddeo has achieved:

Interesting note: the DCCC hasn't done much if anything for Taddeo, even while being very active in neighboring districts. I suspect the hand of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, don't you?

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