Time For A Do-Over: How The Democrats Can Finally Show Leadership On The Economy, By John B.
Today in New York City, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahamdinejad is giving a big speech at the United Nations General Assembly. Yesterday, Sarah Palin didn't speak at a rally organized in protest of that speech. What's the deal? At 11:45 yesterday morning, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations held a rally outside the U.N. to protest Ahmadinejad's continued defiance of that very body's demands regarding the perpetuation of the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
There's been a big upsurge of conservative commentary lashing Barack Obama for his Spanish-language television spot tying John McCain to offensive statements by Rush Limbaugh.
When I wrote about the sad whipping feminism has taken this election, I thought (hoped) that maybe I was being a bit grim about what Sarah Palin's candidacy would mean. Instead, I've spent the subsequent couple of weeks watching Team McCain drag the entire GOP down into a spiral of whining, victimology, and grievance politics that makes Hillary dead-enders look almost reasonable. The Carly Fiorina clip Jason posted is a particularly laughable example.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is coming to town again. This visit to New York, as last year's and the one the year before, is on the occasion of the annual convening of the United Nations General Assembly, to which meetings many heads-of-state come with enormous entourages eager to get out of their own countries. New York is a special treat for the high politicians of poor countries. They can shop, screw up traffic, eat in the international style at enormous expense. It is also big business for the luxury hotels and the limousine services.
Among the trite bromides delivered by Sarah Palin to the Republican National Convention was this: "We grow good people in our small towns, with honest and sincerity and dignity." Wow, these sure are powerful words, certainly not the verbiage of ordinary people or even ordinary speech writers. Palin certainly didn't write her speech, and even her distinctly dismal assembly of words in her ABC interview with Charles Gibson were probably not hers. Apropos the wisdom about small towns, her staff also did not trust themselves to do a sentence approximating the thought. So they went to...
Barack Obama is slumping. Poll numbers are down. Enthusiasm is down. Democrats, once again, are freaking. So, we asked a few folks, from different walks of life, to offer their opinion on what Obama should do to improve his standing. Here's what Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wrote in response: Obama has fallen into the traditional campaign trap of, "Follow me, watch me, listen to me.
McCain's lipstick ad was topic A on Fox's "Hannity and Colmes" last night, which is always essential viewing for those wanting to witness the GOP id. The two conservative guests at the top of the show were National Review's Byron York and former Ohio Congressman John Kasich. Despite Hannity's best efforts, neither one would defend the lipstick ad as honest. York argued that Obama had made unfair attacks about McCain's houses, so... And Kasich argued that we're in the heat of a campaign and Obama should have known how his remarks would be interpreted.
The first thing you notice out in the early pages of Bob Woodward's The War Within are the showy indictments of President Bush, who leans on poor General George Casey, Jr. like a fraternity pledge-master disappointed with his charge. Casey, who's something of an academic (he studied IR at Georgetown and the University of Denver, and he'd never been in combat) accuses Bush of focusing on body counts, an attitude that Casey identifies with the "Kill the bastards!
Isn't it a little surprising what non-entities Ron Paul and Bob Barr have been here in Minneapolis? I know the McCain team is on guard for Paul-ites causing trouble on the convention floor, but they've got a whip team monitoring that and there's been no evidence of trouble thus far. Meanwhile other journos are reporting that the Paul events in town have been extremely boring. And Bob Barr almost seems to be going out of his way to avoid making news. I contacted one Barr's campaign hands yesterday asking for information on Barr events this week but he never followed up on my request.