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Monday, September 15, 2008

Dipstick on a Prig

I just heard Morning Joe‘s Mika Brzezinski blurt out the utterly false statement that everyone “loves” Sarah Palin. Via a diary at Open Left we can see that Palin is, in fact, running a little low when it comes to favorability:

The Research 2000 poll for dKos released Sept. 11 shows Palin at 52% favorable, 35% unfavorable, a 17-point net positive. Over the next several days look at the trend:

Sept. 11: +17 point net positive
Sept. 12: +14 point
Sept. 13: +9
Sept. 14: +5

Palin’s unfavorables are up to 42 while here favorables are down to 47. Her Charlie Gibson interview and generally bad press for the McCain-Palin ticket are taking a toll. Here are Barack Obama’s net positives for the same four days: 16, 16, 14 and 15 today. Joe Biden: 19, 19, 18 and 16 today. As for McCain, a similar pattern to Palin only not as steep a decline: 11, 13, 12 and 9.

It looks like poputonian’s “The Sarah Palin Hype Cycle” post, one of the most emailed posts we’ve seen here at Rumproast, was right on the money.

The Open Left diary then goes on to make some salient points as to why it’s not a bad idea to keep the focus on Caribou Barbie. We’ll be discussing the pros and cons of keeping the heat on her tonight during the premiere broadcast of Radio Rumproast (11PM ET). Make sure you tune in.

[Open Left link via Daily Kos diary:  “Palin’s $400 dollar haircut?  Private Tanning Bed in Gov Mansion”]

Posted by Kevin K. on 09/15/08 at 08:25 AM

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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

That’s right, the women are smarter

Men are fucking dimwits:

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey out Tuesday indicates that 62 percent of men questioned have a favorable opinion of the Alaska governor, nine points higher than women.

In the poll, conducted Friday through Sunday, entirely after the end of the Republican convention, 23 percent of men have an unfavorable view of Sen. John McCain’s running mate, seven points lower than women.

The gender gap is also apparent when it comes to whether Palin is qualified to serve as president. Fifty-seven percent of male respondents said Palin was qualified, 14 points higher than women. A majority of women polled, 55 percent, said Palin is not qualified.

I believe it was Christine Todd Whitman who indicated during the RNC that Palin was going to have a tougher time impressing women than men. Obviously, she was right. Despite initial reports to the contrary, the Palin pick wasn’t a cheap political ploy to lure Hillary’s supporters to vote for McCain, it was a play for the male meathead set. Obviously, for the short-term it worked, but will it hold until early November? I’d like to think not, but the cynical side of me thinks Obama has to do a lot better than just asserting that “the American people aren’t stupid,” because a lot of my fellow countrymen are incredibly stupid when it comes to voting against their self-interest. Keith Olbermann tried his best to get that point across to Obama during his interview with hin last night and rolled out a great quote by Harry Truman as an example of how to knock some sense into the electorate in a very direct and honest way. Here’s an excerpt of Truman’s wonderful speech from 1948 that Olbermann referenced:

I wonder how many times you have to be hit on the head before you find out who’s hitting you? It’s about time that the people of America realized what the Republicans have been doing to them.

Why is it that the farmer and the worker and the small businessman suffer under Republican administrations and gain under Democratic administrations?

I’ll tell you why. It is the result of a basic difference in the attitude between the Democratic and the Republican parties.

The Democratic Party represents the people. It is pledged to work for agriculture. It is pledged to work for labor. It is pledged to work for the small businessman and the white-collar worker.

The Democratic Party puts human rights and human welfare first.

It’s sad that sixty years later people still need to be reminded of that.

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Posted by Kevin K. on 09/09/08 at 09:46 AM

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Monday, September 08, 2008

Quote of the Day: Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton today in Kissimmee, FL campaigning for Barack Obama:

Choosing a Republican to clean up this mess is like asking the iceberg to save the Titanic.



Posted by Kevin K. on 09/08/08 at 03:06 PM

Saturday, September 06, 2008

American Woman


Which reminds me ...

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Posted by poputonian on 09/06/08 at 11:28 AM

Not Biden his time

Hardly anyone one can beat Joe Biden when it comes to expressing righteous anger.  This Jed Report video has been posted everywhere, but I haven’t seen it picked up widely by the media yet, who are too busy doing reports about how there’s be a run on people wanting to buy Sarah Palin’s shitty eyeglass frames.

[Crooks & Liars has an extended version of the speech—hat tip HumboldtBlue]

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Posted by Kevin K. on 09/06/08 at 07:56 AM

Friday, September 05, 2008

This is how it’s done ... Obama / Biden ‘08 [W/ CORRECTION]

CORRECTION: The Williamsburg Obama fundraiser is TOMORROW NIGHT, Saturday the 6th.  I apologize for any confusion.

Don’t like what you saw for the last three days? Cleanse your palette with this video and make a donation. And if you’re an NYC resident, TOMORROW NIGHT’S Obama fundraiser in Williamsburg (featuring one of my favorite new bands La Strada) is worth checking out.  I’ll be there, so if you plan on attending, drop me a line at kevin—at— (or use the contact link in the top right sidebar) so we can say “howdy” and stuff.

Posted by Kevin K. on 09/05/08 at 09:35 AM

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Good news! Get yer good news here!

Two quick links I want to get out there before I struggle to fix the flat on my bike: one relates to Florida and the other relates to Denver (kinda).

UPDATE: Barack Obama on The O’Reilly Factor tonight (8PM ET). I caught his quick press conference after he completed taping the show and he was on fire, so I think it should be good. I’ll post a video of the presser if I can find a video of it.

Here you go…

Video (and related article) here if the embed doesn’t work for you.

Posted by Kevin K. on 09/04/08 at 01:49 PM

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

“Unprofessional in the extreme”

Brian Williams read this passage on MSNBC following Sarah Palin’s “Petty Woman” speech and normally I don’t pay much attention to Joe Klein because his beard creeps me out, but this was spot on:

There is a tendency in the media to kick ourselves, cringe and withdraw, when we are criticized. But I hope my colleagues stand strong in this case: it is important for the public to know that Palin raised taxes as governor, supported the Bridge to Nowhere before she opposed it, pursued pork-barrel projects as mayor, tried to ban books at the local library and thinks the war in Iraq is “a task from God.” The attempts by the McCain campaign to bully us into not reporting such things are not only stupidly aggressive, but unprofessional in the extreme.

After tonight’s towel-snapping speech Palin is fair game going forward and I think we can also throw away the “Biden has to be nice to her during the debate” meme.  Pat Buchanan, after gushing over her on MSNBC, said they have to keep her away from the press (read: avoid tough questions) and just let her give speeches and raise money. So I guess she’s all prattle, no battle. Let’s see how she handles herself down in the trenches. As I said before, she’s not in Alaska anymore.

Posted by Kevin K. on 09/03/08 at 11:30 PM

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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

Friday, August 29, 2008

Democratic Post-Convention Open Thread—Friday

Republicans, we just opened a massive can o’ whoop ass on you last night.  Game on.

Posted by Kevin K. on 08/29/08 at 07:19 AM

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Democratic Convention Open Thread—Thursday

It’s been a pretty great convention so far, right? Here’s your last DNC open thread.  Get your ROAR on. Be wonderful to each other.

Posted by Kevin K. on 08/28/08 at 06:08 AM

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