Politics

October 02, 2008

Another Reason Palin Will Win Tonight
12:00 AM

I think Michelle is spot on in her pre-analysis of tonight's Biden-Palin debate, but I'd add one additional dynamic that's likely to operate in Palin's favor: She is much closer to her floor of support right now than her ceiling. At this point, I suspect, most of the likely voters who are open to being persuaded that Sarah Palin is unqualified to be vice president of the United States have already been persuaded.

527 Watch: Judicial Confirmation Network

An organization called the Judicial Confirmation Network has a new ad up linking Barack Obama to Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers, and Jeremiah Wright. Oddly, the group is not a 527. Rather, they're a "judicial confirmation war room" that publicly consists of two employees, a post box, and a website.

The Palin Chronicles, Continued
12:00 AM

As a few of the commenters on Mike's post noted, what's more disturbing than Sarah Palin's inability to name a second Supreme Court case with which she disagrees is the fact that she's apparently a bit confused over basic citizenship-test type questions about the mechanics of how our system of government works.

October 01, 2008

Cue The Comeback
12:00 AM

There's a memorable exchange in the divinely trashy B-movie The Devil's Advocate in which Al Pacino--well-cast as the head of a Manhattan-based legal empire who also happens to be Satan--is interviewing Keanu Reeves, who is never well-cast, but in this case manages to only mildly embarrass himself as a smooth-talking, Florida defense attorney: Reeves: Are you offering me a job?Pacino: I'm thinking about it. You have the talent. I knew that before you got here. It's the other thing I wonder about.Reeves: What thing is that?Pacino: Pressure. Changes everything.

What Do They Want The Government To Be?
12:00 AM

WASHINGTON--John McCain won the first presidential debate, but Barack Obama probably won the election. McCain was the impatient tactician, Obama the patient strategist. Obama did not set out to debate against McCain so much as to counter the perception that he is a rookie, a closet Muslim radical or a foreigner. His suave demeanor was intended to make people comfortable with him. In the wild, the hungry wolf will always devour the elegant gazelle. In the debate, and perhaps in this election, the opposite seems true. But here is my problem.

With Great Power Comes ... What?
12:00 AM

WASHINGTON--John McCain won the first presidential debate, but Barack Obama probably won the election. McCain was the impatient tactician, Obama the patient strategist. Obama did not set out to debate against McCain so much as to counter the perception that he is a rookie, a closet Muslim radical or a foreigner. His suave demeanor was intended to make people comfortable with him. In the wild, the hungry wolf will always devour the elegant gazelle. In the debate, and perhaps in this election, the opposite seems true. But here is my problem.

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend
12:00 AM

Actually, contrary to early reports, Sarah Palin's answer when Katie Couric asked her what Supreme Court cases she disagreed with other than Roe v. Wade was not "silence." Whether it was better or worse, I'll leave to readers. (Might want to work on that "right to privacy" response, too.) Her comments begin around the two-minute mark.   --Christopher Orr

The Palin Chronicles: Make It Stop!
12:00 AM

Tonight's trip to the Couric chamber may have been the most painful to date. I literally put my hands over my face as I watched. And I don't see how a few days in tranquil Sedona can compensate for her roaring ignorance on such fundamental issues--it's like trying to cram for the bar in a weekend. Tomorrow night could be very painful. My advice to Joe Biden: Be boring, and focus on McCain. Palin should take care of herself.

Live From St. Louis, It's Thursday Night
12:00 AM

"Live from St. Louis, it's Thursday night!" Gov. Sarah Palin isn't likely to open the debate that way, but the public could be excused if they expected her to.  After all, in the last week we have seen more of Tina Fey's "Saturday Night Live" imitation of Sarah Palin than we have of the Governor herself. That will finally change, when Gov. Palin steps out on the big stage and debates Sen. Joe Biden.What must Gov. Palin do to make Americans forget Fey's send-up and demonstrate she is ready to lead? What must Sen.

527 Watch: Vets For Freedom

The 527 group Vets for Freedom is running a new ad accusing Barack Obama of skipping Senate votes and "voting against funding for our troops." The organization, which has been around since 2006, calls itself "a nonpartisan organization established by combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. ...

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