Archive for October 16th, 2008

Two bits of advice.

Oct 16, 2008 in We'll post whatever we goddamned want to, WTF?

1. Never put off making love to your wife for video games. Or any other reason.

2. Never put your cell phone in a microwave. Especially don’t turn it on if you do. Or the microwave.

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-jb

WaPo endorses Barack Obama.

Oct 16, 2008 in Barack Obama

Kind of a pleasant surprise, given their history. They had them some McCain love before…and they admit their deviant ways, if you read the full endorsement.

THE NOMINATING process this year produced two unusually talented and qualified presidential candidates. There are few public figures we have respected more over the years than Sen. John McCain. Yet it is without ambivalence that we endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president.

The choice is made easy in part by Mr. McCain’s disappointing campaign, above all his irresponsible selection of a running mate who is not ready to be president. It is made easy in larger part, though, because of our admiration for Mr. Obama and the impressive qualities he has shown during this long race. Yes, we have reservations and concerns, almost inevitably, given Mr. Obama’s relatively brief experience in national politics. But we also have enormous hopes.

Mr. Obama is a man of supple intelligence, with a nuanced grasp of complex issues and evident skill at conciliation and consensus-building. At home, we believe, he would respond to the economic crisis with a healthy respect for markets tempered by justified dismay over rising inequality and an understanding of the need for focused regulation. Abroad, the best evidence suggests that he would seek to maintain U.S. leadership and engagement, continue the fight against terrorists, and wage vigorous diplomacy on behalf of U.S. values and interests. Mr. Obama has the potential to become a great president. Given the enormous problems he would confront from his first day in office, and the damage wrought over the past eight years, we would settle for very good.

-jb

Epic McFailin is at the wrong place in history.

Oct 16, 2008 in Uncategorized

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Now we have a word for them. A funny article on the modern etymology of “fail” here.

-jb

On the merits…

Oct 16, 2008 in Barack Obama, Old Man McCain

Somebody, damned if I can remember who, noted that were it not for the instant polls and feedback from voters, our MSM Beltway crowd would be falling all over themselves to award the debates to McCain “on points.” Fortunately, the people have pushed back and forced them to take a more democratic stance on the debates: Obama won all three, resoundingly. McCain attacked…Beltway says, “Ooh, McCain aggressor, good!” People says, “Bullshit distraction, bad.” Obama rebutted, Beltway says, “Ooh, McCain aggressor, good!” People says, “That response answered my concern.” They were paying attention to the points.

Lessee…

1. Again, if you agree with Obama on the issues, he outscored McCain on substance, and if you agree with McCain on the issues, you’re likely to say he won on points but concede that he was an angry, testy, attack machine who couldn’t ruffle Obama. And if you’re a hoppin’ crazy rightwinger, you saw McCain try to make ayers stick and flop like a wet noodle.

But again, independents and swing voters are handing it overwhelmingly to Obama. More people agree with him, more people see his rational temperament as befitting a president in troubled times, not stuntman hothead contempt-monster McCain. We jumped into one war over a president’s manly issues, should we put somebody as angry and impetuous as McCain in charge of the next crisis?

2. Really, where did McCain land a blow? Ayers failed. Acorn failed. Taxes failed. Health care failed. Obama would answer his questions, and McCain would simply repeat his original charges.

3. McCain not acknowledging Palin as an epic fail is an epic fail. Obama didn’t slam her because he didn’t have to state the obvious.

4. McCain mocking the health of the mother as a factor in abortion, bad bad move.

5. “I’m proud of the people who attend my rallies!” wasn’t really an effective response when so many people are screaming insane shit about Obama. And, as others have noted, he’s very responsible for Palin at the least.

6. “If we woulda done my townhalls I wouldn’t be running such despicable ads!” is weak shit and everybody knows it.

7. Obama said “no fine for small businesses” and McCain looked like he was about to fall out of his seat with shock. Then he repeated that Obama would fine small businesses.

8. “I’m not George Bush!” you told us it would be a great idea to elect him twice. You hugged him. You voted for his policies. You’re coming back with the same ideas peppered with a little bit of McCain flavor. You shared the same philosophies that brought us economic ruin. Obama shoulda ran against Bush in 2004 is a comeback? You tried in in 2000, McCain, and he slimeballed you…and you sucked it up like a good Republican. You’ve spent most of your time trying to get George’s fans to like you, and how dare Obama make the election about George W. Bush?

Even Fox News can’t get their focus groups to go for McCain. There is simply something too big and too real here for them to cover up.

We understand, Beltway-ites. You are scared of rightwingers. You were scared of George W. Bush, and to some extent remain so. You see and hear things with have become ingrained within you as Pavlovian cues to slobber for Republicans, but there’s no meat in the bowl. Epic fail for you, epic win for the people.

-jb

AYERS!WRIGHT!REZKO!ACORN!AYERS!WRIGHT!REZKO!ACORN!AYE…..

Oct 16, 2008 in Uncategorized

The radical right wing are in fits of ecstasy this morning over the invocation of the William Ayers bogeyman and the ACORN “association”. Unfortunately for them their obsession with creating a campaign built on character assassination and guilt-by-association tactics has finally cost them the election. Last night John McCain became the perfect charicature of what it means to be a Republican; angry, paranoid, petty and fiercely defiant of anything resembling sound fiscal policy. What the ditto-heads never realized was that Ayers was more potent as a rumor than it ever would be in a debate. Giving Obama the chance to respond rendered the charge impotent. Barack was aware of this fact and it is precisely why he challenged McCain to say it to his face and just like their heroes Limbaugh, Hannity, etc, their claims are only effective when their opponent is not present to defend themselves. More importantly, independent voters polled by all networks also know a losing angle when they see one.
Right now the wingers only hope is that the Republicans will use their armies of lawyers to abridge democracy once again by bullying local precincts into not counting their votes. The groundwork is already being laid. The Malkins among them are already convinced that poor black people are going to steal the election from them by putting Mickey Mouse on voter registration cards. It sounds hard to believe but when have the wingers ever been averse to conspiracy theories?

-mg

Serves me right for giving McCain credit.

Oct 16, 2008 in Uncategorized

If I had to pick a strong point for McCain last night, it would have been on education. His points sounded like they’d appeal to lots of voters.

I should have known better:

The D.C. voucher program that McCain is so fond of is a complete mess. (It wasn’t, by the way, “requested”; it was imposed on the city by Bush and Republicans in Congress.)

Last fall we learned that after Congress handed over tax dollars to unregulated private schools in D.C. without conditions, taxpayers ended up financing unaccredited schools, “unsuitable learning environments,” schools with no operating permits, and schools where teachers didn’t even have bachelor’s degrees. Worse yet, a report from the administration released over the summer found that students in D.C. who received vouchers didn’t do any better academically, either.

Of course, it’s not just Washington, D.C. As Greg Anrig recently explained in a terrific piece for the Washington Monthly, voucher “experiments” have failed to deliver the results proponents expected, and as a result, a lot of conservative activists are slowly but surely giving up on the idea altogether.

He really is a candidate from decades past, sent here via time machine to be very, very angry. Or just an old man, spouting tired lines and angry that nobody’s listening to him anymore. I can’t wait til I’m like that!

-jb

Hot topic!

Oct 16, 2008 in Barack Obama, Politics, The senility of John McCain

To me, the big question is, after three debates in a row going to Barack Obama, do the rightwingers have the energy to try a “debates don’t matter” meme? They’ve certainly got the manic energy…just listen to one of them speak for longer than ten seconds, and they can cram “Ayers,” “Wright,” “Marxist,” “ACORN,” and “Rezko” into one sentence. And every sentence after that. It’s very impressive…in no way whatsoever.

Here’s a friendly bit of advice to all the diehard rightwingers waiting for the negative attacks to work (of course, some think they are working…this has a lot to do with their ability to see Obama leading by 8-10 points in every poll and conclude that he only has a 4 point lead): Every time you try the Ayers or Wright thing again, normal people simply hear, “We are the Whigs and our greatest days are ahead of us!”

-jb