Tuesday, September 02, 2008

McCain spent less time with Palin “than one spends hiring an assistant manager at a Target store.”

Pretty great (and harsh) comments from TIME‘s Mark Halperin about John McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin last night during NPR’s On Point.  Here’s a rough transcript by yours truly:

I’m open to the politics of this being smart for McCain.  I don’t they are, I’m open to it. But I’m not much interested in the politics of it. I think when you pick a running mate, you have one obligation. You have an obligation to pick someone who’s manifestly ready to be president. That’s what Bill Clinton did. It’s what George Walker Bush did. It’s what Al Gore did. They all won the popular vote ... umm, at times, because they did the right thing. And I think as impressive as Sarah Palin is, as much as she has credentials that make her a fine young leader in America. It’s impossible to argue that she’s qualified, I believe, and it’s certainly equally impossible to argue that John McCain knows she’s qualified. He spent less time with her, as others have said, than one spends hiring an assistant manager at a Target store. And I think the responsibility that he had to pick someone qualified—then he can worry about the politics—he failed that and I think I think it makes him a significantly less serious candidate for this office and I think that’s [how] the American people will see it, whether or not all of the scrutiny that Nina [Easton] said Sarah Palin is getting right now causes her to blow up in some way.

Halperin called McCain a “less serious candidate” again a bit later in the show and when fellow guest Matthew Continetti (associate editor at The Weekly Standard) tried to roll out some pro-Palin malarkey about “a great divergence between elite opinion and popular opinion,” Halperin was having none of it:

These are dangerous times.  I’m all for listening to popular opinion and not just going with elite opinion, but nothing in her resume suggest she’s ready to be commander-in-chief.  If that’s elitist, then I’ll say I’m an elitist, but I can’t understand that.

The listener calls are pretty great overall, as well (including one fence sitter from MA and one swing voter from NC who are now supporting Obama because of the Palin pick).  Definitely worth a listen (starts at about the 12:00 mark after Gustav coverage).

Posted by Kevin K. on 09/02/08 at 07:43 AM

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Cool campaign trail footage: Obama & Biden inside an Indiana restaurant

Yeah, Barack seems to have a real problem connecting with people…

Here’s a local article about the visit.

Posted by Kevin K. on 09/02/08 at 01:13 AM

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Monday, September 01, 2008

Campbell Brown Takes It Out-of-Tucker’s-Bounds

Bravo. Finally, someone in the national media called bullshit on the Sarah Palin is “commander-in-chief of the Alaskan National Guard” talking point:

[TPM by way of The Bruce Blog]

Saturday I told my lovely wife Chris it would take the media until after the convention to get over their giddy and self-interested delight about the human interest story that is Sarah Palin and start with the inevitable exclamations of “you’ve gotta be fucking kidding us!” I never thought the (dis)grace period would have ended this early. To quote one of my favorite Replacements songs, color me impressed.


Posted by Kevin K. on 09/01/08 at 10:36 PM

Foto funnies

Sarah Palin and Steve Schmidt

Whatever you do, don’t show that blithering (and inordinately creepy) dimwit diarist BellyArcXIX this photo of Sarah Palin with McCain strategist Steve Schmidt…


The drive-through window is on the left. Honk twice if no one shows up to take your order.

MORE: I told you he was a dimwit. Ugh...

The Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has announced that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, in an announcement intended to knock down rumors by liberal bloggers that Palin faked her own pregnancy to cover up for her child. [...]

“The despicable rumors that have been spread by liberal blogs, some even with Barack Obama’s name in them, is a real anchor around the Democratic ticket, pulling them down in the mud in a way that certainly juxtaposes themselves against their ‘campaign of change,’” a senior aide said.

Never mind that exceedingly few liberal bloggers touched this rumor (several more, in fact, openly scolded people for spreading it) and that the only A-list blogger I know of who pushed it out there was Andrew Sullivan, who’s anything but a liberal; here comes yet another manufactured controversy that Obama will have to deal with even though his campaign had nothing to do with it. Of course, the media won’t highlight all of the vicious rumors directed at Barack and his family while they’re mass-producing sympathy cards for the Palin clan.

That said, regardless of how folks feel about Sarah Palin’s views on abstinence and a woman’s right to choose, Bristol’s pregnancy shouldn’t be considered “fair game.” She’s a young woman who, along with the father of her child, made a careless mistake and her situation shouldn’t be used as a campaign prop by either side of the political spectrum.

UPDATE: Maha seems to agree with me (read her comments as well) and Steve M. doesn’t. I think they’re both really wise and politically-savvy folks (as are several of our commenters who have many different takes on this below), so I guess this shows what a difficult subject this will be to juggle going forward. Who knows who’s right?  My gut still tells me I think we should leave this alone, but my gut also thought it was a good idea to pour a merciless amount of Dave’s Insanity Sauce on my hot dog last weekend, so take that for what it’s worth.

Posted by Kevin K. on 09/01/08 at 10:32 AM

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Early Concert Memories

Thanks be to google. Not only can it help you remember the day you saw Led Zeppelin in 1975, it will lead you to an actual audio recording of the concert. Amazing. Something I remember from that night: Robert Plant’s singing was pretty bad, especially on Stairway To Heaven. (The audio recording confirms it.) Something I learned from my googlings, but didn’t realize at the time, or have since forgotten: The show was one month before the release of their smash album Physical Graffiti, so I was hearing songs like Kashmir before the general public. Take a listen below.

Led Zeppelin Kashmir January 25, 1975 from Rumproast Clips on Vimeo.

One month earlier at the same venue (Market Square Arena) I had seen Deep Purple do outrageous songs like Smoke on the Water and Highway Star. Heh-heh. These were the High School years for me.

So what are your earliest concert memories?

Posted by poputonian on 09/01/08 at 10:07 AM

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