A lot of knuckleheads have puffed forth a lot of hot air pushing the notion that the only reason Obama is ahead in the polls right now is because of the financial crisis. That’s an oversimplification of the truth, which Josh Marshall concisely nutshelled a few days ago:
I was on a panel a week or so ago. And I said that I thought most observers were overstating the degree to which an economic crisis automatically advantaged the Democrat. To some degree, sure, especially in the dying days of an unpopular Republican incumbent. But remember, McCain’s sell in this campaign was steadiness, experience, unflappability in a crisis. If he’d convinced voters that that was what he brought to the table, I do not believe the damage he sustained by the economic crisis would have been nearly so great. I continue to think that McCain’s reaction to the economic crisis was the turning point in the election.
There’s no doubt that St. McSame’s hamhanded handling of, well, just about everything regarding the crisis was a major factor, if not the major factor, in pushing Obama (permanently?) out front, but the other prime reason McCain took a hard stumble is that he latched onto the dark underbelly of the Republican base after the convention like a dull-eyed barnacle, perhaps forever tarnishing his carefully-crafted maverick image. Adding Palin to the ticket would have been enough to adhere the knuckledraggers of the GOP to his campaign for the remainder of the election cycle, but McCain made the fatal mistake of letting sweet, sweet Sarah and her devoted flock of seething simpletons drive the message from the bottom (quite literally) up, gorging on their hateful gruel and belching it out in the direction of mystified independents and teetering Democrats who used to hold him in high esteem. He wasn’t the John McCain they thought they knew, he was a new wretched and flailing wingnut-human hybrid. A sneering crank whose rallies are filled with more blood-curdling boos than triumphant cheers; the stark contrast between the audio of McCain’s drool-encrusted, hectoring howler monkeys clogging the air of his half-filled halls with bilious bellows and the hopeful, we-can-do-this acclamation of Obama’s supporters is jarring, to say the least, especially when laid one-after-the-other on cable news. The Republican brand is sinking fast and instead of doing the wise thing (his image was tailor-made for this) and hopping in a life boat and paddling like crazy, pointing and laughing all the way at the dildos who have demonized him for years, he tied himself to the mast and started parroting Sean fucking Hannity, maniacally waving to all of the drowning imbeciles below him and hollering, “You love me now, right?!”
Not a smart move by any stretch of the imagination when you have to at least pretend to play to nearly everyone in general elections and WaPo’s Anne Applebaum, who greatly admires McCain (like Colin Powell, etc. etc.), does a fairly good job explaining why in her column today:
The larger point, though, is that if I’m not voting for McCain—and, after a long struggle, I’ve realized that I can’t—maybe it’s worth explaining why, for I suspect there are other independent voters who feel the same. Particularly because it’s not his campaign, disjointed though that has been, that finally repulses me: It’s his rapidly deteriorating, increasingly anti-intellectual, no longer even recognizably conservative Republican Party. His problems are not technical; they do not have to do with ads, fundraising or tactics, as some have suggested. They are institutional; they have to do with his colleagues, advisers and supporters.
McCain went from respected to repulsing. I think history, if he loses, will show that ultimately that’s what cost McCain this election.
Palin, speaking just nine days before the Nov. 4 election, set a folksy tone from the beginning. Country music star Gretchen Wilson had fired up the crowd with a set before Palin arrived, but Palin invited her to sing one more song, her hit “Redneck Woman.”
“We got any rednecks in here tonight?” Wilson asked, drawing thunderous applause.
As Wilson sang, Palin, wearing blue jeans, a black jacket and white shirt, danced a little on stage, slapping her hip in cue with the song’s lyrics. Palin also had the crowd sing “Happy Birthday” to her mother while she held a cell phone in the air.
Okay, I’m looking for video of Sarah Palin “slapping her hip in cue with the song’s lyrics” and let’s all get a giggle about her burrowing even further down into the base by having her opening act sing “Redneck Woman” (music video here—it’s saucy!), but check out some of the lyrics to the song:
Well their stuff’s real nice
Oh but I can buy the same damn thing on a Wal*Mart shelf half price
And still look sexy
Just as sexy
As those models on TV
No I don’t need no designer tag to make my man want me
You just can’t make this shit up. I’m really gonna miss this numbskull when she’s gone.
UPDATE: Okay, found the video. Yes, Palin really sends it back to Wilson on another stage to sing “Redneck Woman” after briefly addressing the crowd (”...you all deserve much more than just a political talk…”). And she has no rhythm and sucks at clapping, too. You can forward to about the 5:00 mark if you want to bypass her intro.
Murray Clark, the head of the Indiana Republican Party, spoke two years ago before the Gary chapter of the NAACP. He asked the members for their trust and ended with a few words about Lincoln:
A final thought if I may. When Abraham Lincoln finished his Second Inaugural Address—one many consider even more brilliant than the Gettysburg Address—he held a reception at the White House. It was at this reception that Frederick Douglass was denied entry because he was black. When President Lincoln received word that Douglass was refused admission, he immediately sent for him. After greeting Douglass and apologizing, Lincoln said to him, “I saw you in the crowd today listening to my speech. There is no man’s opinion I value more than yours, what did you think of it?” After initially trying to evade answering, Douglass replied “Mr. Lincoln, it was a sacred effort.”
Now, I am not asking for such high praise for the talk I have given here. Remember I started noting that you all have the far worse of the bargain this evening. What I am asking is that the leaders in here tonight know that the Indiana Republican Party has your best interests at heart and we are a resource for you and your great organization. We are changing the way business is done in this state, and African-Americans are an indispensable part of our program.
One of my favorite bloggers in the world Wonk (“Meet the Hill Hags”/“Obama is 44”) has decided she’s going to unplug from blogging after taking a long sabbatical due to a death in the family. Stop by and pass on some kind words. Along with yours truly, the long-retired John Brown, our own Betty Cracker, Cali, bostondreams (gone, too), and a few other folks I’m probably forgetting, she was one of the first noble warriors to do battle with the loathsome douchebags of the Democratic party that bubbled up to the surface of the blogosphere like rancid muck during the grueling primary season, long before they adopted that silly acronym. She’s a wonderful writer, smart as hell and a first-rate snark master (good christ, did her razor-sharp wit provoke many a guffaw in the Rumproast HQ). She’ll be missed, but I fully understand the beautiful benefits of “disconnecting” and wish her bucketloads of the best. Thanks for being there when we needed you, Wonk.
MORE: D’oh! Add ts to the above list. Did I forget anyone else who was on the case pre-Harriet?
Democratic officials on Saturday blasted a since-disavowed Republican e-mail sent to Jewish voters in Pennsylvania alleging that presidential candidate Barack Obama taught members of a community group “to commit voter registration fraud” and likening a vote for him to ignoring “the warning signs in the 1930s and 1940s.”
I know Dan Garcia. I first heard this story from him. I don’t generally agree with his politics, but he’s a stand up guy. He told me Friday morning that he starting to smell a rat with this girl, and when it turned out that he was right, he was deeply hurt that he’d been used by her. Believe me if there was some sort of conspiracy afoot, they would have done it much better then this.
That Garcia was deeply hurt by the girl is believable, and that had there been a conspiracy, they would have done it better, is plausible. Even when it comes to the notion that Dan Garcia is “a standup guy,” there’s a temptation to believe it.
It seems that a couple of years ago down in Brazos County, Texas, the apparently naive Garcia got himself into a little pickle. As an organizer for the Brazos County Young Republicans, he’d invited a fringe element called the Texas Minutemen to attend one of their meetings. The plan quickly went awry:
One thing that’s amazed me in this presidential campaign is how effective Republicans have been at explaining why they’re supporting Barack Obama (Colin Powell’s being the best endorsement I’ve heard coming from anyone this election cycle). Add former Minnesota governor Arne Carlson to the list…
A “restrained and measured” Richard Wolffe eviscerates Sarah Palin over her ill-informed, rambling policy speech…
Am I wrong? Did I miss the McCain team pushing this story? Because I do not remember anything from them on it.
I reported in his comments (hung up in his pesky spam filter—damn you, Balloon Juice!) that in early reports on the Ashley Todd hoax I had seen a clear indication that the McCain camp had been pushing the story, but it looked like the original online articles I had seen had been rewritten (I went through my Firefox history to make sure). Well, via BJ, I see that Talking Points Memo dug up exactly what I was looking for:
John McCain’s Pennsylvania communications director told reporters in the state an incendiary version of the hoax story about the attack on a McCain volunteer well before the facts of the case were known or established—and even told reporters outright that the “B” carved into the victim’s cheek stood for “Barack,” according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions.
And this is the excised text I had read early in the evening on Thursday:
SIDE NOTE: I’m taking a pass on feeling sorry for Ashley Todd due to her alleged history of mental illness because from what I can tell that info came solely from Ashley Todd, who lied horribly about more things than I can count over the last few days. This could just be a contemptible racist asshole’s attempt to court the sympathy vote and take off some of the heat (the media seems to be buying it), so count this skeptic out for the moment.
A Pittsburgh police commander says a volunteer for the McCain campaign who reported being robbed and attacked near a bank ATM in Bloomfield has confessed to making up the story. Police say charges will be filed. More details to follow.
Police have called a press conference this afternoon and are expected to say that the inconsistencies in the story of a McCain campaign volunteer who told them she was mugged by a man who cut a “B” on her cheek when he saw a McCain sticker on her car have led them to believe it is a hoax.
Ashley Todd, 20, of College Station, Texas, is expected to be charged with filing a false police report and may face additional charges, investigators said. She told detectives she etched a backward letter “B” onto her right cheek and then manufactured a story about being attacked at a Bloomfield ATM by a black man who was enranged by her John McCain bumper sticker.
MORE: Here is a copy of the first police update (PDF file).
MORE: Face O’ Spuds is outraged, I tell ya ... outraged!
Assuming this is true—which I do—she really screwed us nicely. She put people like me in a difficult spot as I was forced to defend her on the small chance she was on the level.
Disgrace in spades!
I gotta tell ya, I’ve never done a political hoax myself but I have to think I’d be a little bit smarter about it than this Krazy Kretinous Kow.
That’s fucking precious coming from the guy who wrote this post.
But, can’t argue with this…
It’s not just that she’s corrupt and crazy. I mean—obviously.
It’s also that she’s not even minimally competent at it.
The Republican Party is supposed to be Evil. Not “incompetent.”
Exactly. The GOP has been corrupt, crazy and evil for a long time now, but this year you’re incompetent, too. And that’s why November 4th is going to be one of the best days ever.
Who was the highest paid individual in Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign during the first half of October as it headed down the homestretch?
Not Randy Scheunemann, Mr. McCain’s chief foreign policy adviser; not Nicolle Wallace, his senior communications staffer. It was Amy Strozzi, who was identified by the Washington Post this week as Gov. Sarah Palin’s traveling makeup artist, according to a new filing with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday night.
Ms. Strozzi, who was nominated for an Emmy award for her makeup work on the television show “So You Think You Can Dance?”, was paid $22,800 for the first two weeks of October alone, according to the records. The campaign categorized Ms. Strozzi’s payment as “Personnel Svc/Equipment.”