I am not real thrilled with the Obama administration this
week month semester, but it's good to be reminded just how much worse it could be.
a man with a failing, or perhaps cynically selective, memory was President?
America doesn't like a loser. Not perhaps our best trait, but there it is.
tech President, Obama Bandwagon Effect on Facebook Kos, McCain Aides Admit Winning Would Be A “Miracle” Digby, The Scooter Paradigm TalkLeft, Karl Rove's Prediction: Obama 338, McCain 200 TMI a little place to whine, McCain = Socialism Political Animal, An object lesson in vetting TPM, Her Sleaziest Moment Yet(Saying A Lot) Political Animal, Dignified The Buzz, Tampa Tampa rally: where is everybody? and Political Ticker, McCain draws small Florida crowd on race’s final day The Buzz, McCain's top Gator switches to Obama
Fallows, Proof that John McCain has reached the 'acceptance' stage Crooks & Liars & Geographers, If the Whole World Could Vote Kos, McCain Gets Confused On FOX News Crooks & Liars & Copyeditors, Still Not Ready To Spell Sam Stein, HuffPost, McCain Did Not Disclose Keating Business Deal To Investigators TPM< Frank Calls Fork Fafblog, Fafblog Interviews: JOHN MCCAIN NBC, The Trouble With Palin Obama Ad, Delighted Times (UK), Republicans try to use Oxford don to smear Barack Obama (More details here)
DeLong, Andrew Sullivan Has Turned Me into a Wingnut Conspiracy Theorist: Where Are Sarah Palin's Medical Records? TPM Microtargeting? (not) Kos, Foreign Policy Is Confusing For Sarah Palin Crooks & Liars & Spellers, McCain's Vetting Crew Strikes Out. Again. Political Ticker (CNN), McCain's name nowhere to be seen at Palin rally Political Animal, A promise made to be broken Sarah Palin Got Pranked
transcript) TPM, Obama On Cheney's McCain Endorsement: Congratulations, John! TPM, Breaking the Law for McCain Bruce Wilson, HuffPo, Palin's Movement Urges 'Godly' To 'Plunder' Wealth of The 'Godless' Sahil Mahtani, The New Republic, McCain First, Second, And Always [ Find Your Polling Place | Voting Info For Your State | Know Your Voting Rights | Report Voting Problems ]
Political Animal Still waiting (for Palin's medical records) TPM, The Buzz, Crowley: Obama will win Florida Forbes.com, Harvard Kennedy School – David M. Cutler and J. Bradford DeLong commentary: Obama Can Cure Health Care's Ills Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sarah Palin speaks on the First Amendment Bruce Wilson, HuffPo, Palin's Spiritual War Network Partners With Homeland Security Chris Bowers, Obama Wins!!! (Yes, I Am Serious) HuffPo, Eagleburger Blisters Palin: “Of Course” She's Not Ready Romenesko, Alt-weeklies endorsements: Obama, 57; McCain, 0 “Doonesbury” strip for next Wednesday declares Obama the winner
Crooks & Liars, Neil Cavuto on John McCain: 'On economic matters, you have no convictions' TPM, McCain's Disgrace Political Animal, Of course it's about race George F. Will, Call Him John the Careless Opinio Juris, Beware of a “Mavericky” America Where Failed Policies are Rewarded, or, Why Francis Fukuyama Endorses Barack Obama Crooks & Liars, Chris Shays gets off the Straight Talk Express Emergent Chaos: For McCain Palin (some endorsement…) WCIV-TV, North Charleston Woman Uses Last Moments In Life to Vote Kos, Plumber Joe's Humiliating No Show; John McCain Gets Stood Up By Joe The Plumber Kos, NH McCain Leadership Committee member endorses Obama Obama Ad, Rearview Mirror Obama Ad, Something McCain Offers Tax Windfall for Cindy the Beer Heiress Crooks & Liars, Obama Infomercial: Reviews and Ratings Joe Klein, TIME, McCain in the Gutter Informed Comment, McCain Racism, Hypocrisy on Khalidi Issue Daily Show, Moment of Zen – Two Mavericks & Goin' Rogue
Mudflats, The Lyin’, the Witch and the Wardrobe – An Alaskan Tale. DNC, More of the Same Anchorage Daily News Endorses Obama TPM, Another GOP heavyweight endorses Obama — former Sen. Larry Pressler (R-SD). Financial Times says Obama is the better choice Kos, A Marginalized Party:
Despite all predictions, this election is not, in fact, about President Bush. He's a non-entity in it all.
That's fairly remarkable. Aagainst the odds, the McCain/Palin campaign has managed to suck entirely on its own. Sure, the Democrats wanted to paint McCain (accurately, when it comes to nearly all actual policy positions) as the second coming of Bush. But McCain resisted the label, and instead found ways to suck that were completely independent of his ties to Bush.
[ Find Your Polling Place | Voting Info For Your State | Know Your Voting Rights | Report Voting Problems ] 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,
Friday Thursday Wednesday HuffPo, Chuck Todd On McCain-Palin: No Chemistry, No Trust, Possibly No Chance HuffPo, Another GOP Senator Decries Ayers Robocalls Crooks & Liars, Countdown: McCain's Voter Registration Fraud Kos, Total Fail: McCain's Own Aides Can't Defend Palin Ilan Goldenberg, Does Palin Know What a Precondition Is? HuffPo, Another GOP Senator Decries Ayers Robocalls Ann Bartow, Feminist Law Profs, “Feminists for Obama” Marc Ambinder, Palin: McCain Supports GOP Abortion, Stem Cell Platform Planks Crooks & Liars, Daily Show Flashback: McCain is a “socialist”, too! Spencer Ackerman, McCain Advisers Freaked Out by Al Qaeda Preference for McCain Political Animal, So much for McCain's outreach to women Kos, McCain Proud Of Brochure Linking Obama To Islamic Terrorism Boston Globe, Alaska paid for Palin daughters to travel Politico, RNC shells out $150K for Palin fashion Mike Murphy, TIME, Zing the Bling… Joshua Green, The Atlantic, Meet the Republican Party's fashion guru TalkLeft, RNC/Palin Expenditures FollowUp WSJ, Nothing is Certain But … Sarah Palin’s Wardrobe & Taxes? Kos, McCain on Palin's “Slush Fund” Kos, Sarah Palin, freeloader. Political Animal, A wardrobe for the Real America Tuesday Monday Sunday Saturday Crooks & Liars, The McCain Plan for Health Insecurity Karen Tumulty, TIME, When You Know You Are Losing Nate Silver, Fivethirtyeight.com, “Real” America Looks Different to Palin, Obama The Washington Note, Anger on the Right at McCain Political Animal, McCain's economic confusion lingers Kos, John McCain Is Proud Of G. Gordon Liddy DeLong, Sarah Palin Needs Professional Help Crooks & Liars, Daily Show: McCain's losing control of the monster he created Political Animal, McCain's robocall problem Political Animal, McCain: Middle-class tax cut is 'welfare' Friday
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Overkill? There's so much to bash, but we don't want a sympathy vote here….
ThinkProgress, Confirmed: McCain To Appear With Virginia GOP Chairman Who Compared Obama To Osama Bin Laden Florida News: TMC, Attack ads backfire against McCain, poll shows Obama Ad, 90 Percent Kos, Palin's Trooper Complaints Grow Still Crazier Debate Reax Obama Campaign, John McCain's 26 lies in the debate Political Animal, It depends on what you mean by 'focused' McCain's bizarre town-hall excuse Democracy Corps, Decisive debate win reinforces momentum for Obama Amy Sullivan, Swampland, TIME, Undecideds Laughing At, Not With, McCain Neil Buchanan, Concurring Opinions, Debate as Debate, the Final Cut: What Now, My Friends? Oxdown, Firedoglake, McCain Repeats Debunked 'Born Alive' Attacks in Debate Jake Tapper, ABC News, Joe the Plumber Eligible for Obama Tax Cut? Joe Klein, Senator Government V. Joe the Plumber Digby, No Guts No Glory
Obama, Barney Smith Ad James V. Grimaldi, WashPo, Exclusive: Verizon and AT&T Provided Cell Towers for McCain Ranch Daniel Cox and Robert P. Jones, Dispatches from the Beltway: God-Gap Flip-Flop WSJ Blog, The Branchflower Report: Hints of a Larger Crime Problem in Alaska TalkLeft, Why Senior Voters Should Vote Against McCain AFL-CIO NOW Blog, McCain & Co.: U.S. Health Care Is Broken. Let’s Make It Worse Get Energy Smart! Now!!!, Obama fact sheet too generous to McCain re renewable energy David Neiwert, CNN, Sarah Palin, and the LA Times: Giving the far right a pass Political Animal, McCain campaign confused about payroll taxes This is amazing — Ben Smith, Politico, Voting for Obama anyway Palin for President is fun. Via Smashed Frog, VoteForOurFuture, Dear John ThinkProgress, Palin: ‘No Abuse Of Power There At All’ In Troopergate Report (Did she read it?) Talk to Action, Palin Put Religious War Advocate On Alaska Suicide Prevention Council The Buzz, GOP frets about McCain in Fla Michael Cooper & Megan Thee, Poll Says McCain Hurts His Bid by Using Attacks
Political Animal, McCain tries to re-reboot David Neiwert, Why does Sarah Palin have such strained relations with minorities? Fred Clark, Slacktivist, Mister we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again Ronald Reagan explains why you should vote for Obama Kos, RNC abandoning McCain, looking to bail out Senators Kevin Drum, Troopergate II: The Reckoning ThinkProgress, McCain's Plan To 'Avoid An Exodus Of Capital' Encourages An Exodus Of Capital HuffPo, Bush Strategist: McCain Knows He Put Country At Risk With Palin Pick HealthCareForAmerica's focus groups' reaction to McCain's health plan: Unbelievable UK Daily Telegraph, Sarah Palin could have been invented by Monty Python, says John Cleese (“John Cleese has accused Sarah Palin of being a 'nice-looking parrot' and said that he and the Monty Python team could have invented her. … 'I used to think Michael Palin was the funniest Palin on Earth.'”)
Kos, Anatomy of Erraticism David Neiwert, Crooks & Liars, McCain, the GOP base, and race: Succumbing to the Dark Side The Buzz, Florida doctors seek more on McCain's health Cooks & Liars, Kristol rips McCain campaign: “it's pathetic” Pfotenhauer says: 'He has bought into the Obama campaign’s party line'. David Neiwert, What Palin's '90s dalliances tell us now Kos, Some Unanswered Troopergate Questions Christopher Hitchens, Vote for Obama. McCain lacks the character and temperament to be president. And Palin is simply a disgrace. Progressive Accountability, McCain same as Hoover same as Bush The Hill, Conservatives: McCain alienating base on economy Brian Camp, A Brief Analysis of Governor Palin's Tax Returns for 2006 and 2007 Political Animal Fred Grimm, Miami Herald, For Fox News, local nut case a good source
TPM gets snarky, Which Crash is Steeper? Global Finance or John McCain? Barry Sussman, Nieman Watchdog, Anybody read the L.A. Times? Rolling Stone?
Assertions have been made against John McCain that, if true, could persuade many people that he is unqualified to be president. The charges go to his judgment, character and honesty. They deal with his time in the military before, during and after the 5-1/2 years he was a prisoner in Vietnam.
The charges have not been sufficiently aired in the press. Indeed, they have been mentioned so rarely that most Americans aren’t aware of them. In fact, instead of airing the charges, one could well conclude that the press has been withholding them—hiding them. Almost all the leading news organizations, instead of reporting or following up on stories which by themselves could swing the election, are running away from them.
ABC News, Palin Makes Troopergate Assertions that Are Flatly False TIME, What the Troopergate Report Really Says Crooks & Liars, McCain's Supposed Adviser John Lewis Calls Him Out Kos, Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition: Sarah Palin's Extremist Ties Down With Tyranny, McCain Having Buyer's Remorse Over Palin Already? Organized hate Political Animal Frank Rich, NYT Op-ed, The Terrorist Barack Hussein Obama
Kos, This Has To Stop Hilzoy, Obsidian Wings, The Palin Report Crooks & Liars, Sarah Palin's Email: A Crime Used To Expose A Crime? DeLong, John McCain: Desperate, Despicable, Dishonest, Dishonorable, and without the Character We Need in a President – Steven Waldman Washington Monthly, McCain-Palin First Ticket in U.S. History With Both Candidates Cited for Abuse of Power TalkLeft, McCain Campaign Attacks Obama For Speaking Out Against Anger and Division Political Animal,
Obama Knew It Was Coming All Along TPM, Weird. Sad. Surreal He says it has to be the headline: Christopher Buckley, William F. Buckley’s Son Says He Is Pro-Obama. TPM, George Wallace McCain Boingboing, Panel finds Palin abused power; Judge orders email from her private accounts be preserved Crooks & Liars, McCain booed by rabid supporters for defending Obama as a “decent person” Talkleft, Newseek: Palin May Cost McCain a Win in Florida YouTube – Who is John McCain? TPM, McCain Campaign Now Attacks Michelle Obama Over Ayers HuffPo, 'Economists For McCain' Trash McCain's New Mortgage Plan Va. Doctors Urge McCain to Release Medical Records Salon, Meet Sarah Palin’s radical right-wing pals AFL-CIO NOW Blog, McCain Would Slash Medicare
News about the Hate Talk Express.
ArchPundit, Good on LaHood — retiring GOP Congressman slams Palin HuffPo, Obama Called “Traitor” Again At McCain Rally HuffPo, Congressional Republicans Have No Opinion On McCain Mortgage Plan Crooks & Liars, This is what the hate from Right wing talk radio, bloggers and FOX News creates Political Animal, Hate, fear, and ignorance Jonathan Adler, Volokh, “McCain 2 Old”: TPM, Which Is It? (Palin's stories on Troopergate) Political Animal, They know no limits, they have no shame Political Animal, Troopergate endgame David Weinberg, Joho the Blog, Obama on McCain on buying up bad mortgages Political Animal, Temper, Temper knagenga, mlive.com, Former governor Milliken backs away from McCain
David Neiwert, Orcinus, Sarah Palin's dalliances with Wasilla's own extremists Boing-boing, If It Walks Like A Duck and Talks Like a Duck Dept: The McCain-Palin Mob Serge F. Kovaleski, NYT, In Dozens of Calls, Palins and Aides Pressed for Trooper's Removal McCain questioner complains of McCain's condescension Kenneth P. Vogel, Politico, McCain didn't report ties to Contra group CNN, Poll: 47 percent concerned McCain wouldn't finish first term HuffPo, McCain Co-Chair Calls Obama “A Guy Of The Street,” Raises Drug Use Greg Sargent, TPM Election Central, McCain Supporter Rants About 'Hooligan' Obama And 'Socialist' Takeover — And McCain Agrees ThinkProgress, Keating to McCain in 1986: ‘I’m yours til death do us part.’ Crooks & Liars, McCain Media's Collective Yawn At McCain's Big “News” Romanesko, What NYT's Brooks really thinks about Palin Crooks & Liars, The Palin-McCain Mob Kevin Drum, Sarah's Airplane & Sarah Palin's Foreign Policy Cred TPM, The Cowardice Issue AFL-CIO NOW Blog, McCain’s Claims on Veterans’ Issues Don’t Match Reality The Buzz, Obama ad aims to make McCain look shady DeLong, Can't Anybody Play This Game? The McCain Campaign Defies Belief Tech for Obama TPM Presents a Collection of John McCain's Worst Attacks… McCain's World of Sleaze Political Animal, Crooks & Liars, John McCain lowers himself into the Ayers bathwater with Sean Hannity TPM, Real Piece of Work (Todd Palin) Obama Blog, “The Record,”, McCain’s Disastrous Mortgage Bailout Pulverized Around Nation Obama Ad, Tested
Obama Ad, Taketh Crooks & Liars, Nina Easton: John McCain Sank the Free Market Republican Ship Last Night South Florida Daily Blog, “Off With His Head” TPM, Truth in Advertising Political Animal, McCain's bin Laden vow Political Animal, The measure of mendacity Jackie Calmes, NYT, Taxpayers, Not Lenders, Would Bear Costs of McCain’s Mortgage Proposal Boing-Boing, Note to McCain: Overhead projector is not a planetarium projector Mary Jacoby, WSJ, McCain Supporter Had Own Ties to Radical Protesters Political Animal, The septuagenarian issue Obama TV Ad: 'Country I Believe In' Brave New Films, John McCain's Rage is a National Security Concern Eric B., Michigan Liberal, State GOP bleeding internally over McCain early pullout Political Animal, Again? HuffPo, McCain's Trumpets Endorsement From Figure Of Foundation That Established Ayers Board Jeffrey Feldman, Frameshop: The McCain-isms that Lost the Debate, If Not the Election AmericaBlog, McCain taking “energy” supplement also used for Alzheimer's and dementia WashPo, New Anti-McCain Spot Appeals to Veterans Mary Hershberger, Investigating John McCain’s Tragedy at Sea David Weinberger, Joho the Blog, That one
Bob Geiger, Vets Group Gives McCain Failing Grade On Supporting Troops HuffPo, Palin Attacks Biden While He's At Mother-In-Law's Funeral Jack Turner, Jack & Jill, Palin Supporters Hurl Obscenities At Media. Tell Black Sound Man, “Sit down, boy!” McCain-Palin, Unfit To Lead David Neiwert, Sarah Palin And The AIP: Not So Fast With The Exonerations, Please The Company He Keeps Obama Ad, The Subject Political Animal, Crushing an invaluable brand wasillaproject, Sarah Palin: The rape kit controversy Reuters, Maverick family to McCain: No way are you one of us!
Joe Klein, Swampland (TIME), Embarracuda Firedoglake, Sarah Palin and the incredible disappearing accent TalkLeft, Palin Ignores Supporter Who Yells “Kill Him” After She Insults Obama James Fallows, The Atlantic, Our capacity for self-government nhavey, The McSame Trillogy FactCheck, McCain-Palin ad distorts Obama's remark on Afghanistan and support for troop-funding bills. Kathryn Lofton, John McCain: No God But Country Crooks & Liars, McCain’s Macaca Moment Political Animal, Touchy and angry] TPM, Who They Are, What They're About Kos, Mocha Political Animal, Context matters TMP, Appealing to Our Lesser Selves Campaign Silo, Obama Has Double-Digit Lead In Virginia Talk to Action, Palin's Churches and the Third Wave series McCain reneges on his confession of guilt in the Keating 5 scandal Emptywheel, New Proof On Longtime McCain Lie About Threatening Official Orcinus, Palling with extremists, indeed Politico, Taxes show Palins' Joe Six-Pack lifestyle (“The Palins passed up the opportunity to direct $12 from their 2006 and 2007 taxes to the presidential public financing system through which the McCain-Palin campaign received $84.1 million for the general election”) WSJ, McCain Plans Federal Health Cuts (“John McCain would pay for his health plan with major reductions to Medicare and Medicaid”) Political Animal, The company that he keeps & Guilt by guilt AFL-CIO NOW Blog, Republican Dirty Tricks, Secret Purges Aimed at Suppressing Votes Have you visited KeatingEconomics.com? Retired Generals of the Israeli Defense Forces and high-ranking Mossad officials on Barack Obama… LAT, Mishaps mark John McCain's record as naval aviator
McCain was on his 23rd bombing mission over North Vietnam when a surface-to-air missile struck his A-4 attack jet. He was flying 3,000 feet above Hanoi.
A then-secret report issued in 1967 by McCain's squadron said the aviators had learned to stay at an altitude of 4,000 to 10,000 feet in heavy surface-to-air missile environments and look for approaching missiles.
Obama Ad, Keating Economics: John McCain and a Financial Crisis Kos, Polls, Political Animal, Yes, Palin can get worse & Cheney's heir Eye on Miami, Palin/ Tillerson 2012 … by gimleteye TalkLeft, McCain and Palin: Palin Is the Greater Threat South Florida Daily Blog, McCain's Latin Experience Legendary Bluegrass Artist Ralph Stanley Endorses Barack Obama Political Animal, Obama tackles McCain's 'radical' healthcare plan TPM, Desperate Obama Ad, Job Loss: The Price of More of the Same WashPo details upcoming McCain Mud-throwing campaign Saturday Cartoons
HuffPo, Palin Smears Obama With Year-Old Discredited Attack Top Ten McClain clips of last week from the Issue Alliance. McSexist Says Town Hall 'Emotional' Because It's All Women (Town Hall; Denver, CO 10/02/08) McCain: ‘We Need A President Who Will Always Tell The American People The Truth’ (Rally; Columbus, OH 09/29/08) Psst, Who's Gonna Tell McCain Hugo Chavez Isn't A Middle Eastern Leader? (Roundtable; Des Moines, IA 09/30/08) McCain Praises Truman For ‘Stay[ing] The Course’ (Speech; Independence, MO 10/01/08) McCain: There Will Be ‘New Rules’ To ‘Shrink, Sell And Clean House At Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac’ (Speech; Independence, MO 10/01/08) McCain Blames Financial Crisis On ‘Failure Of Oversight’ (Town Hall Meeting; Denver, CO 10/02/08) But McCain Says People Are Rightly Cynical Because ‘We Want Government Least Involved In Our Lives’ (Town Hall; Denver, CO 10/02/08) On Day of Bailout Vote in House, McCain Says A Leader Shouldn't ‘Phone It In’ (Rally; Columbus, OH 09/29/08) McCain Bashes The Media vs. McCain Lets The Media Off The Hook (Town Hall; Denver, CO 10/02/08) vs. (Town Hall; Denver, CO 10/02/08) Obama (Web-only) Ad, 477 TPM, Palin Out Of The Loop On Decision To Pull Out Of Michigan From Patriotboy: Crooks & Liars, Will McCain hide Palin from the media for the rest of the race? TalkLeft, McCain Abandons Promise to Run Respectful Campaign Jack Balkin, Balkinization, Palin becomes irrelevant; McCain prepares his endgame Crooks & Liars, Does John McCain’s Campaign Own VotefortheMILF.com? Dave Neiwert, Orcinus, Sarah's scary answer to that question Political Animal, All negative, all the time David Post, Vokokh Conspiracy, The Debate Crooks & Liars, VP Debate: The night’s most powerful moment Political Animal, Pre-surge levels Obama Ad, Can't Explain Gary Farber, Amygdalag, THEIR MOVIE CHOICES SAY IT Sarah Palin Winks At America