Posts Tagged “McCain”

In the wake of Sarah Palin’s revival of the unconscionable smear that Obama is “palling around with terrorists” (and Joe Lieberman’s shameful abandonment of any and all scruples by defending that smear as raising “legitimate questions”—about the candidate who put his own progressive cred on the line to endorse Joe in Connecticut’s 2006 Senate race!)… Continue reading →

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Well, she absolutely had what it takes to win… if this had been an eighth-grade student council debate. Going up against a grown-up, though, Sarah Palin was mismatched. An event like this is all about the image you convey to those inexplicably undecided voters out there—the crowd that hasn’t been following the race closely, beyond Continue reading →

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Another business day, another bank failure. (Excuse me: “stock-swap transaction.”) Yet Congress seems paralyzed, leaving the financial crisis unresolved. This morning John McCain was bragging (prematurely) about how he’d brought House Republicans on board to pass a bailout package. This afternoon, of course, the bill failed to pass… and McCain promptly pointed his finger at Continue reading →

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So, tonight, an estimated sixty million people watched John McCain turn in a debate performance that probably left his campaign wishing he’s stuck to his promise to stay away, and that will surely cost him a few more points in the polls. I write this before having exposed myself to any mass-media spin or blogosphere Continue reading →

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So, what did John McCain accomplish with his grand gesture, as he swept into Washington Thursday to “help” his colleagues in Congress work out a deal on how to approach the economic crisis? Well, he went to the high-profile meeting he’d insisted that Bush call, at which… …he sat silently for more than 40 minutes, Continue reading →

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So the word is that Bush is planning a prime-time address to the nation tonight about the financial crisis. Better late than never in terms of talking to the public, I suppose, but I think it goes without saying that whatever he has to offer might just as well go without saying. His credibility these Continue reading →

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What?  No, not like that!  Ick.  Get your mind out of the gutter. What this is about is her polling numbers. In the past week, to put it succinctly, they have tanked. On September 11, people viewed her “favorably” 17% more often than “unfavorably”; by September 17, that spread had reversed to 1% less favorable Continue reading →

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It’s been interesting times since Sarah Palin was chosen as John McCain’s running mate two weeks ago—political theater at its highest and lowest. Coming in the wake of the Republican Party’s rebuke of any of McCain’s even remotely moderate policy leanings in its hard-right official platform, it was little surprise that the party also pushed Continue reading →

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