Laughs we’re going to have over John Edward’s $400 haircut from here on out: PRICELESS
The Republican National Committee appears to have 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.
The RNC also spent $4,716.49 on hair and makeup through September after reporting no such costs in August.
... the most remarkable exchange was when Rove tried to claim that the Democrats were being unduly negative in their attacks on Republican standard bearer John McCain.
[Rove] said: “Yesterday, John Kerry, your nominee of your party in 2004, stands up and said, “if John McCain was asked the question of whether he wears boxers or briefs his answer would be Depends” ... I think that is pretty much under the table and pretty nasty.” [link]
Apparently, a cell of subversive, underground musicians have been plotting for years in Charlottesville with a plan to destroy “the fabric of democracy.” Word is the sleeper cell wants to upstage John McCain on October 26th by driving an hour to Richmond to give a “FREE” concert.
The New York Post, original publisher of the Michelle Obama Lobster/Caviar/Champagne Afternoon Delight story has published a retraction.
I sincerely regret repeating and amplifying what turns out to be a shameful attempt to embarrass and undermine Michelle Obama.
I will take better care in checking sources in the future.
Goddamn, Darragh Murphy really is one of the most disingenuous people in America. I guess she didn’t feel the need to “check her sources” after a PUMA pointed out the story had been debunked in the third comment on her original post pushing this easily-dismissed nonsense (good fucking luck getting a bottle of champagne delivered to your room for only $44 at the Waldorf-Astoria—I think that’ll get you a Toblerone bar). Or I guess she didn’t feel the need to check her sources when she saw traffic coming her way from Lawyers, Guns and Money calling bullshit on her.
Taking “Joe the plumber” wordplay to an unprecedented new level, Sarah Palin on Monday dubbed Barack Obama “Barack the Wealth Spender” for his plan to offer tax credits to lower and middle-income wage earners.
Palin revealed the new moniker at an outdoor rally in Grand Junction, Colorado, where she also introduced a new working-class hero into the ever-expanding pantheon of “Joe the plumber”-types who oppose to Obama’s tax plan.
His name? Tito Munoz, christened by Palin as “Tito the builder.” [...]
“Tito explained that he’s an immigrant from Colombia and he also had this reminder for us,” Palin continued. “He says, quote, ‘Everything is possible in America. I made it.’”
Palin said Munoz isn’t the only worker standing up against Obama — other taxpayers like “Phil the bricklayer” and “Rose the teacher” can expect to have their “dreams dashed by the Obama tax increase.”
“So tell me,” Palin asked. “Do we have any Joe the Plumbers in the house? So all these Joe the plumbers in the house, it doesn’t sound like you are supporting Barack the Wealth Spender in this elections.”
Who will McCain or Palin tout next? Thomas the Tank Engine?
MORE: Oh man, I’d love it if someone showed up at a McCain or Palin rally with an “I’m ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’” sign. Anyone wanna make my day? They’ll never rally in New York, so I can’t do it myself. You can make a rally sign at McCain’s campaign site, but so far they’ve rejected everything I’ve submitted.
Normally I can figure out how to grab streaming flash video, but the C-SPAN site has me stumped. Can anyone tell me how to grab this video featuring loathsome wingnut douchebag Mark Levin? I’ve poured through the code and I’m coming up empty. I want to edit down the “best parts” for YouTube. Thanks.
Personal appeal is an intangible element in voters’ decisions. Each voter has a personal reason for connecting with a candidate or not. But the percentage of those who hold a favorable opinion of Mr. Obama is up 10 points since last month. Opinion of Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., Mr. Obama’s running mate, is also up, to 50 percent last weekend from 36 percent in September.
In contrast, favorable opinion of Mr. McCain remained stable, and unfavorable opinion rose to 45 percent now from 35 percent in September. Mrs. Palin’s negatives are up, to 41 percent now from 29 percent in September.
Mr. Obama’s favorability is the highest for a presidential candidate running for a first term in the last 28 years of Times/CBS polls. Mrs. Palin’s negative rating is the highest for a vice-presidential candidate as measured by The Times and CBS News. Even Dan Quayle, with whom Mrs. Palin is often compared because of her age and inexperience on the national scene, was not viewed as negatively in the 1988 campaign.
To recap, Obama’s favorables have gone up ten whole points in under a month, McCain’s unfavorables have also gone up ten points in under a month and Americans really, really don’t much care for Sarah Palin.
And if you drill down in the numbers a bit, you’ll see that her popularity with Republicans is grossly exaggerated as well. While Obama and Biden enjoy very high favorability ratings with Democrats in the latest poll (88 and 71 percent, respectively) and McCain’s favorability is holding steady at 65 percent amongst Republicans, Sarah “Base Bait” Palin has dropped to a 51 percent favorability rating with members of her own party.
What a difference 15 days makes. Here was chief McCain surrogate and all-around douchebag Joe Lieberman on the subject of character attacks and Reverend Wright on October 5, 2008:
Wallace asked Lieberman if McCain would bring up Rev. Jeremiah Wright after condemning state Republican parties for running ads criticizing Obama for his relationship with the controversial figure.
Lieberman responded: “He [McCain] didn’t like that approach. Senator McCain feels that same way about bringing up Reverend Wright through his campaign. And that’s the kind of line drawing that I think John McCain is all about.”
John McCain’s campaign manager says he is reconsidering using Barack Obama’s relationship with Reverend Jeremiah Wright as a campaign issue during the election’s closing weeks.
In an appearance on conservative Hugh Hewitt’s radio program, Davis said that circumstances had changed since John McCain initially and unilaterally took Obama’s former pastor off the table. The Arizona Republican, Davis argued, had been jilted by the remarks of Rep. John Lewis, who compared recent GOP crowds to segregationist George Wallace’s rallies. And, as such, the campaign was going to “rethink” what was in and out of political bounds.
“Look, John McCain has told us a long time ago before this campaign ever got started, back in May, I think, that from his perspective, he was not going to have his campaign actively involved in using Jeremiah Wright as a wedge in this campaign,” he said late last week. “Now since then, I must say, when Congressman Lewis calls John McCain and Sarah Palin and his entire group of supporters, fifty million people strong around this country, that we’re all racists and we should be compared to George Wallace and the kind of horrible segregation and evil and horrible politics that was played at that time, you know, that you’ve got to rethink all these things. And so I think we’re in the process of looking at how we’re going to close this campaign. We’ve got 19 days, and we’re taking serious all these issues.”
Like Joe (Joe the Douchebag, not Joe the Plumber) says, that’s just the kind of line drawing McCain is all about. Tbogg was right—McCain really is becoming the pity fuck candidate, and it’s not a pretty sight.
“So when he left Joe’s neighborhood in Toledo, our opponent didn’t look real happy. Seems that the staged photo-op there got ruined by a real person’s question. So here’s a guy working—standing there in his neighborhood when a candidate for president shows up and he wanted more than just a handshake and a campaign button. He wanted some answers. He—Joe had asked our opponent a simple—a straightforward question, and he spoke for so many other Americans.”
Fortunately, the hypocrisy of Palin’s comments this weekend wasn’t lost on some journalists and Rovito has a few links here (the CBS reporter linked at the top of this post also picked up on it). Still, a lot more members of Our Stupid Media should have called “bullshit” on McCain and Palin the minute those words dribbled out of her mouth this weekend.
Finally, a prominent Republican speaks the truth about how far the party has fallen. Powell rebukes McCain for spreading malicious rumors, and allowing them to stand, and rebukes him for picking Palin. He praises Obama for his intellectual capacity and his steady demeanor.
MORE [From Kevin K.]: Here’s Colin Powell’s press conference after he finished taping his Meet the Press interview. He’s even more forthright here, condemning the McCain campaign’s recent attempts to brand Obama a socialist and Rep. Michele Bachmann’s call for the media to expose who’s “pro-America or anti-America” in Congress.
It’s unlikely that the American media will produce the “penetrating exposé” into whether members of Congress are “pro-America or anti-America” that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) called for Friday, but there has been at least one consequence she may not have expected: Her congressional opponent, Democrat El Tinklenberg, has been showered with cash from all parts of the country — America, that is — as apparently insulted Americans respond to Bachmann’s request.
“I can absolutely confirm that we have had in the last 24 hours donations from hundreds and hundreds of people from all over the country,” said Tinklenberg campaign manager Anna Richey. “It’s coming in so fast I can’t get a hold on it and can’t give a precise number. It’s still coming in.” At minimum, she said, $150,000 has so far been donated and she expects the total, which the campaign will release later today, to be far higher.
“It’s overwhelming,” said Richey. “I’ve gotten 600 e-mail messages into our info e-mail account in the last 12 hours. People are outraged.” She said a number of the e-mails decried Bachmann’s call for the investigation as modern-day McCarthyism. “People shared personal stories of how their parents were discriminated against” during that time, said Richey.
The messages, she said, came from “Republicans, Democrats, people who professed to be out of work and struggling economically but wanted to give what they could.”