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.”
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.
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.
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…”
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.
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.
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.”