Saturday, October 18, 2008
American Battleground: The ugly, the bad, and the good
The Good: Katrina Vanden Heuvel speaks for us
The Good: Katrina Vanden Heuvel speaks for us
Listen to That One:
Don’t underestimate the capacity of Democrats to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Don’t underestimate our ability to screw it up. I want everybody running scared. Over the next 18 days, other than your family and your job, I want you to make a decision that there is nothing more important than bringing about this change that we need.
He’s right. Volunteer at a phone bank. Talk to your neighbors, family and friends. If you don’t have a sign, get one. Slap a bumper sticker on your vehicle. Do whatever you can.
The GOP knows the electorate in aggregate is a beast driven alternately by fear and hate. We might be in the hope column personally, but let’s not forget that fear (about the collapsing economy, the conduct of the war, the loss of American prestige, etc.) is what’s driving the beast leftward right now.
We’re going to see an unprecedented avalanche of sleaze and lies over the next two and a half weeks; it will be an attempt to drive the beast rightward with hate. It has worked before. We can’t let it happen again.
Malkin’s come up with some exquisitely craptacular ideas in her day and “JTPDS” ranks up there with the most craptacular of them. I think the graphic needs some work, though…
Not a lot of time for blogging right now, so please enjoy these pictures of pumpkins until I return.
p.s. If you know of any cool pumpkin photos, drop a link in the comments.
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The loathsome douchebag who included this image in her GOP newsletter…
...actually had the gall to offer up the following “defense”:
The group’s president, Diane Fedele, said she plans to send an apology letter to her members and to apologize at the club’s meeting next week. She said she simply wanted to deride a comment Obama made over the summer about how as an African-American he “doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.”
“It was strictly an attempt to point out the outrageousness of his statement. I really don’t want to go into it any further,” Fedele said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “I absolutely apologize to anyone who was offended. That clearly wasn’t my attempt.” [...]
“I didn’t see it the way that it’s being taken. I never connected,” she said. “It was just food to me. It didn’t mean anything else.”
And this boohooism from a member of Fedele’s group was as delusional as they come:
“It doesn’t even reflect our principles and values.”
The problem is, in fact, that it perfectly reflects the principles and values of the current GOP. No principles. No values. And, hopefully, no future. I want these morally bereft bottom-feeders to rot in it up to their necks (and maybe higher) after November 4th.
It’s funny because it’s not too far from what actually happened...
MORE FUNNY: John McCain vs. Random Animals—Round 1
EVEN MORE FUNNY: Sam from I’m Not Feeling You is now doing an election diary blog called 23 Days in Dayton while he volunteers for the Obama campaign in Ohio. You’ll want to bookmark it for gems like “The cheese oozing over the beef represents America coming together…”
YET EVEN MORE FUNNY: Click around Sarah Palin’s Oval Office
If only he had kept his yap shut and enjoyed his 15 minutes. But then he had to hold a press release in his driveway just now and reveal the raving wingnut beneath that beefy bald exterior:
1. Social Security is a joke that should be abolished. (That scribbling sound you heard was every geezer in FL crossing Joe off their holiday card list.)
2. The citizens of Iraq should be as thankful to the US as Christians are to Jesus. (Even the tens of thousands of dead ones? He didn’t say.)
Campaign tool fail. Maybe the overcompensated media mavens don’t realize it, but it’s absurd to posit a dude who can buy a business that hauls in more than $250K a year as a Regular Joe. Give me a break.
But I expect the desperate McCain-Palin campaign, aswirl as they are in the porcelain vortex, to clutch Joe the Plumber’s broad back and hope he helps them bob to the surface. Just like that hard plastic ball in the toilet tank.
A plumber? Really, that’s all you’ve got? I think I speak for many Americans when I say that most of those butt crack-displaying bastards are merely thieves who wield wrenches rather than guns.
Looks like Joe isn’t really a plumber after all (at least not a licensed or apprenticed one), and he’s had a bit of tax trouble, which may explain the ‘tude. Hmmmm. Poor McCain. He can’t even pick a credible heckler.
The “health” of the McCain campaign has been stretched by the pro-wingnut movement in America to mean almost anything.
And then there’s this:
In politics it is generally not considered a good sign when voters are laughing at you, not with you. And by the end of the third and last presidential debate, the undecided voters who had gathered in Denver for Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg’s focus group were “audibly snickering” at John McCain’s grimaces, eye-bulging, and repeated references to “Joe the Plumber.”
The group of 50 uncommitted voters should have at least been receptive to McCain—Republicans and Independents outnumbered Democrats in the group by almost 4 to 1, and they started the evening with much warmer responses to McCain than to his Democratic opponent, Barack Obama. But by the time it was all over, so few of them had declared their support for McCain that there weren’t enough for Greenberg to separate them into a post-debate focus group. Meanwhile, the Obama supporters had to assemble in two different rooms to keep their discussion groups manageable.
Half of the voters thought that Obama “won” the debate, with 24% giving McCain the victory and 26% seeing no clear winner.
The same party that may have ushered in its own well-deserved demise by making complete asses out of themselves over Terry Schiavo may now be forced to wave balloons in front of their nominee’s campaign to see if there are any signs of life left in it. The McCain-Palin ticket is now officially on life support and on November 4th, in a great display of mercy and reason, America is going to pull the plug.
[both via TPM]
MORE: I didn’t watch all of the debate because one of my bestest buddies in the world is visiting from Prague, but from what I’ve seen so far the best one-word description of McCain’s performance would be “gnarled.”
Redistribute this Fleisher, you economics flunky.
My life is complete now.
(h/t tristero, via Ezra via Josh)
Sorry, John, your campaign doesn’t have a rewind button.
Via the recently de-Buckley-ified National Review, I was made aware of the most jaw-droppingly vapid attempt to sway female voters since John McCain plonked a screechy, semi-literate, witch-banishing, reality-denying pea-brain on the GOP ticket.
The outreach effort is featured on a site called “Team Sarah,” and it offers unintentionally hilarious “dialogues” between “two undecided women voters.” Here’s how the site describes the accidental comedy:
Annoucing Team Sarah’s “Lisa & Kelly Conversations”
Team Sarah’s Lisa and Kelly conversations represent the real concerns of two undecided women voters. Both are working mothers, Lisa is married and Kelly is divorced. They are interested in the presidential race, watching the coverage, and talking with friends and families about their impressions. As close friends, they catch up with one another daily, discussing the issues close to many women’s hearts.
Remember those stupid anti-drug abuse films you had to sit through in high school? You know, the ones that featured absurdly contrived dialogue that went something like this:
MENACING-LOOKING PUSHER IN ALLEY: Hello there, young fellow. Would you like to try some “grass”? It’ll make you wildly popular on the social “scene”! That girl of whom you are so fond who currently declines your attentions will find you irresistible when you “puff the magic dragon!”
One thing that rabid anti-Obama Hillshills like Taylor Marsh and Larry Johnson should realize (besides the fact that there’s more than one hair stylist in the world) is that Barack isn’t just another teflon candidate, he’s the first real Boomerang Candidate. If you hurl shit at him, you’ll find a landslide of it heading back in your direction and most of it won’t be coming directly from him. And that political phenomenon isn’t going away any time soon (including during the general election, if he makes it that far). The media, including several rightwing pundits I never in a million years would have imagined going puppy-eyed for someone as liberal as Obama, are in the tank for him, much more so than they are for St. Maverick, and unless he’s got a skyscraper-sized skeleton or two hiding his closet (which I doubt) or he pulls a Bill [Clinton] and starts wagging his finger at journalists (once again, which I doubt), there’s nothing that’s going to pry that boomerang effect away from him in ‘08. I’ve seen a lot of concern trolling directed at Obama and his followers indicating that we have no idea what the Republicans will throw at him in November. They proclaim that his love affair with the media will eventually wear off and they’ll go all Sweeney Todd on the Chosen One. It ain’t gonna happen.
And with under three weeks to go, it still hasn’t…