Saturday, September 27, 2008
“Basketball Jones” by Cheech & Chong
I’m going to a local bar to watch the debate with some chums, but here’s an open thread if you want to weigh in on the festivities or drop any links. Obama!
I wish more members of Our Stupid Media would come right out and state the obvious like Cafferty does here [via TPM]:
If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself.
If Palin’s got nutters like Parker begging her to “bow out for personal reasons,” maybe my very early comparison of her to Thomas Eagleton was pretty prescient. Someone tell the media it’s time to start staking out Casa de Mittens.
MORE: If Palin does drop out (highly possible if this totally believable report is true), who do you think they’ll replace her with? Mittens? Good ‘N’ Pawlenty? Leasherman? The Huckster? Discuss in comments.
My favorite 15 seconds of last night’s political commentary:
I just watched an extended clip of the Couric interview over at Sully’s place and for all of the harping I’ve been doing on Palin, I think she answered the passport question at the beginning of the video really well.
Listen, my parents weren’t world travelers, so I never left the states when I was under their roof. I then put myself through college by taking out loans and working a lot (including two summers shoveling processed human excrement into the back of a truck at my university’s sewage treatment plant—beat that!). I never had tons of money and the only trip I took during my college years was one excursion to Montreal. After I graduated with a degree in English, there were no jobs to be had anywhere and I struggled to get by with a series of thankless and low-paying jobs (no one was “trickling down” on me). I made one more trek up to Canada during that three-year or so period. It wasn’t until I moved to New York with $400 in my pocket and eventually transitioned to a career in the internet (about two years before the gold rush hit) that I could afford to travel. I have since been all over the world, but it took a long time for me to get all of those cool stamps in my passport and they didn’t come cheap.
Sure, there are tons of Americans who are very isolated and/or incurious and have zero desire to travel outside of the U.S. even if they can afford it, and Sarah Palin may well be one of those people (I suspect that she is), but I don’t think chiding her for not backpacking through Uruguay or being carried through the streets of Calcutta in a palanquin is a politically savvy thing to do. I often scoff at charges of elitism directed at Democrats, but if any of my progressive pals want to slam Palin for not having a well-worn passport, you’re asking for some well-deserved trouble. Don’t go there.
This morning on Morning Joe Sen. Richard “Awwwww, Shucks” Shelby said that WaMu collapsed because Hawaiian apparel isn’t as popular as it used to be, Mike Murphy‘s head looked extra “cartoony,” Jowl Leasherman pried John McCain’s cock out of his mouth long enough to pretend that he was a house rep from a deep south conservative district, and Mika Brzezinski, who has one of the smartest fathers in the world, still insisted that Sarah Palin is a woman of keen intellect after they aired the Couric clip about Vladimir Putin’s giant, floating Head O’ Destruction.
So how was your morning?
p.s. Okay, Shelby didn’t say that, but he did say that, even though he’s the ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, John “Save the Day” McCain hadn’t called him at all over the past week and he only spent a few minutes talking to him after yesterday’s White House meeting. Here’s what happened there:
Multiple sources said McCain didn’t say much. Two Democratic leadership aides said he didn’t speak until 43 minutes into the meeting.
More at TPM.
Is there anything duct tape can’t fix? It can come in handy during a terrorist attack. The Apollo 13 astronauts used it to rig up a carbon dioxide filter during their ill-fated 1970 voyage. It’s an invaluable car repair tool—fixing broken tail lights and patching torn upholstery. And it can help the McCain and Obama campaigns too.
Senator McCain, stupid is leaking out of your running mate’s head every time she opens her mouth. I don’t know if it’s because she was always a moron or if your Rove pups stuffed her so full of cue-carded talking points that they just tumble out willy-nilly when she opens her pie hole these days. But in either case, duct tape may be able to help.
Senator Obama, Bill Clinton wants you to lose. Nearly every time he opens his yap, it’s to damn you with faint praise or laud McCain to the skies for his mavericky selflessness. Maybe Bill’s still pissed off about your yanking the First Black President honorific out from under his cracker ass. Perhaps he’s still sulking about the blow-back from his Jesse Jackson dog whistle. Or maybe he just can’t make things right with the missus until she’s back in the White House—this time as president. But there’s a two-word solution: duct tape.
In other news, the largest bank failure in the history of the
US planet took place today while McCain was grandstanding in what he hopes will become his eighth ninth house. I don’t know jackshit about how Wall Street operates. But my guess is the markets will tank tomorrow, and not even duct tape can fix that.
[Cross-posted at Betty Cracker]
Margaret Carlson tonight on Olbermann:
Keith, I don’t want to see a transcript of this interview. However, I think I have nouns, verbs, prepositions, and objects. And when you listen to Sarah Palin, these things are out of order. There are about five things she says: take the fight to them, mission, don’t blink, maverick, and he’s been fighting all these years for you.
And Carlson’s tone was hardly snarky ... I’d say more like omg-type astonishment.
Sweet weeping Jesus in a parka! No wonder McCain is willing to delay a resolution on the financial crisis to keep this woman off my TV! Joe Biden is gonna be on her like a polar bear on a legless caribou!
Saying Sarah Palin is as dumb as a box of rocks is insulting to both rocks and boxes.
MORE: Full video of Palin dressed as a character in Battlestar Galactica added below the fold…
I haven’t seen anyone compile everything that turned sour for McCain and Palin yesterday, so let me take a stab at it. If I missed anything, please let me know in the comments.
Okay, I’m exhausted, but I’m sure I’ll be adding more. In all of my way-too-long adult life, I’ve never seen a presidential campaign have a worse day than what the McCain/Palin camp endured yesterday. Let me know what else I missed (or got wrong) and stay tuned.
Everyone’s talking about David Letterman pummeling John McCain and rightly so, it was great, but in many ways Craig Ferguson’s opening monologue on The Late Late Show was even better. This isn’t all of it (still looking), but these two video clips include most of the spot-on (and controversial) stuff.
So how did the US Treasury Department settle on the $700 billion bail-out figure? Good question:
“It’s not based on any particular data point,” a Treasury spokeswoman told Forbes.com Tuesday. “We just wanted to choose a really large number.”
Well, that’s reassuring. And after watching Preznit Bush’s address last night, we can all rest secure in the knowledge that our economic futures are in capable hands.
[Via Matthew Yglesias]
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