Posts Tagged: Politics

Sep 08

Timeline of another McCain publicity stunt


  • McCain announces that he’s “suspending” his campaign, reminiscent of the exact same stunt he pulled in 1999.
  • He pushes for tonight’s debate to be “delayed” and somehow tied in the VP debates and suggested it be “rescheduled” for a much later date to be determined.


  • The McCain campaign announces that they’ve pulled all ads, but most ads will continue airing through Friday morning.
  • Despite the fact that the campaign has been “suspended”, McCain spokespeople are dominating the airwaves, attacking Obama.
  • Despite the fact that the campaign has been “suspended”, fundraising events and day-to-day operations in various states continue, with most workers not aware that the campaign was “suspended”.
  • Despite the fact that the campaign has been “suspended”, the McCain campaign contacts media to tell them to start running ads on Saturday, giving the McCain campaign an almost 24-hr. period of no ads running.
  • The McCain campaign sends out spokespeople to news organizations to say that McCain may attend the debate, they just don’t know…yet.


  • The McCain campaign posts a video online that claims “McCain Wins Debate”.
  • The McCain campaign sends out more spokespeople to news organizations to say that McCain may attend the debate, they just don’t know…yet.
  • Twenty minutes later, the McCain campaign announces that McCain will attend the debates.

This guy is all about the drama that looks more like farce.

Aug 08

Alaskan Governor chosen as McCain’s running mate

Alaska Governor Sarah PalinImage via Wikipedia


I’m super giddy over this y’all.  CNN is reporting that Sen. John McCain has pick Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.  On the surface people will think it’s a cynical pick because he’s trying to catering to nutjob PUMAs. That may be the case, for those PUMAs were never Democrats in the first place, and only come off as cultish children.

But I have another theory:  I think he went with an untested newbie to counteract Sen. Joe Biden.  Picture Biden wiping the floor in debates with Romney, Giuliani and Pawlenty.  Now imagine Biden attacking a woman.  Not a pretty picture is it?  No matter if Biden is factually correct, if he comes off as “attacking” Palin–and you know the kooks that make up the GOP will spin any statement as such,–he’s be painted as a misogynist.

This also puts a stop on McCain’s baseless attacks on Obama of being too young and too inexperienced.  After all, Gov. Palin only has 2 years as a governor under her belt.  She’s younger than Sen. Obama too. Others will go into greater detail into Palin’s experience, or lack thereof, what I just read was this:

In an interview just a month ago, she dissed the job, saying it didn’t seem “productive.”

In fact, she said she doesn’t know what the vice president does.

Larry Kudlow of CNBC’s “Kudlow & Co.” asked her about the possibility of becoming McCain’s ticket mate.  Palin replied: “As for that VP talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day? I’m used to being very productive and working real hard in an administration. We want to make sure that that VP slot would be a fruitful type of position, especially for Alaskans and for the things that we’re trying to accomplish up here for the rest of the U.S., before I can even start addressing that question.”

And I know is that if I was Cindy McCain, I’d be watching McCain like a hawk.  After all he cheated on his first wife to be with Cindy.  And the silly news report in February showed that his aides were worried about his relationship with  lobbyist Vicki Iseman, going so far as to try to stonewall Iseman when she had to work with the Senator.

Jul 08


That’s why I’m ignoring you.  Well, that and the fact that I couldn’t access a damn self-hosted of MU Wordpress blog for the past week or so.  Craptastic stupidity I tell you!

Anyway, I still don’t have much to blog about.  My sister and family have gone back to France.  I got a new phone. I’m crackdicted to plurk. And I still need to use my plane tickets in the next 3 weeks.

To make it worse, nothing of interest has happened politically in like 3 weeks. Not a damn thing.

I’m bored.

I want these fools to pick their running mates already so that I can start mocking the bad choice.  I think that McCain is going to go with Gov. Crist, just based on his most recent stupid shallow comments on
what his VP should look like.  And now that I’ve found that Gov. Crist has gotten engaged to his beard, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a quick wedding before the end of August.

Other than that it’s all McCain saying something stupid, the media ignoring it, McCain surrogate saying something stupid, media almost ignoring it…Media is obsession on how to cover Obama says a lot more about their inherent ignorance and racism than any of the stupid articles from the spring could have.

So, blah, blah, blah….I’ll probably post some of my silly clips out of boredom.

May 08

Constitutional Rights?

ABC Action News is reporting that 3 Florida Delegates are suing the DNC.

“This litigation addresses the view of Howard Dean and the Democratic National Committee that 1.75 million Democrats can be ignored at will,” said Geller. “We believe we’ve found a winning legal strategy that will once and for all force the DNC to not only obey its own rules but to listen to the voices of millions of Democrats in one of the most influential states in the nation.”

My response below:

May 08

My Precious

Or ‘We’re Going Back to the White House One Way or Another’:

In an interview with People Magazine, the former president said he thinks his daughter is a natural campaigner who may one day follow her parents into the family business.

“If you asked me [whether Chelsea would go into politics] before Iowa, I would have said, ‘No way. She is too allergic to anything we do.’ But she is really good at it,” the former president said in the latest edition of the magazine. (Political Ticker)

I have a feeling that Bill would freeze his head and attach it to a machine if that meant he got to get back into the White House.  What we’re looking at is a megalomaniac person who shot his wad way too early and regrets it.

May 08

John McCain and same-sex marriage

You’ve probably heard that the California Supreme Court has overturned the ban on gay marriage (YAY!) and since it’s an election year, we get to hear what the candidates said. I think that the LGBT community will appreciate Obama’s statement:

Barack Obama has always believed that same-sex couples should enjoy equal rights under the law, and he will continue to fight for civil unions as President. He respects the decision of the California Supreme Court, and continues to believe that states should make their own decisions when it comes to the issue of marriage.

Did you hear it? Ha! It was loud, huh?


Back at the nursing home, McCain babbled something into the speakerbox:

John McCain supports the right of the people of California to recognize marriage as a unique institution sanctioning the union between a man and a woman, just as he did in his home state of Arizona. John McCain doesn’t believe judges should be making these decisions.

Uh…the only problem is is that the CA Surpreme Court was responding to a suit. How the hell can a decision be made in a suit without the judges?

John McCain = nitwit.

May 08

ELECTION ‘08: Battle of the pro-choice endorsements

NARAL endorsed Sen. Obama today and in bizarro world that made EMILYs List mad.  They went and played the Evan Bayh card:

“I think it is tremendously disrespectful to Sen. Clinton — who held up the nomination of a FDA commissioner in order to force approval of Plan B and who spoke so eloquently during the Supreme Court nomination about the importance of protecting Roe vs. Wade — to not give her the courtesy to finish the final three weeks of the primary process,” said Emily’s List president Ellen Malcolm. “It certainly must be disconcerting for elected leaders who stand up for reproductive rights and expect the choice community will stand with them.”

You got that? Malcom, president of EMILYs List, is mad that NARAL chose to give an endorsement as things are winding down.

<blank stare>

Are you kidding me?

Maybe Ms. Malcom forgot why EMILYs List is around. Their stated goal is to help underfunded and unknown female pro-choice politicians get elected. Besides being female and pro-choice, exactly how was Clinton underfunded and unknown? Did NARAL put out a statement shaming EMILYs List for not living up to their mission statement?

It’s bullshit like this that makes me glad that I stopped donating to EMILYs List.

Apr 08

ABCNews Philadelphia debate revisited

This morning, I woke up still pissed at the farce that happened in Philadelphia last night. As I mentioned in my previous post, there was nothing of substance touched on in the two hour commercial laden gang up on Sen. Obama last night. I see Clinton supporters who whined when Obama and Edwards “ganged” up on Clinton in New Hampshire, actually say that last night’s debates were fair and refreshing. Yeah…for the GOP. The comments on ABCNews website has reached over 14000 and most of them were negative. The blogosphere is abuzz with the Disaster in Philadelphia and even the MSM is collectively shaking its head.

Over at Booman Tribune, StevenD did the hard work I was just starting; going through the transcripts to summarize last night’s quesions:

1. Will you offer loser the VP – Gibson (G)
2. Obama’s “bitter” comment – G
3. Can Obama beat McCain (to Clinton) – Stephanopoulus (S)
4. Can Clinton win (to Obama) – S
5. Wright question (to Obama) – G
6. Wright question (to Clinton) – G
7. Several Wright questions (to Obama) – S
8. Why don’t people trust you/ Tuzla question (to Clinton) – S
9. Has Clinton been truthful (to Obama) – S
10. Flag question/patriotism (to Obama) – G
11. Flag question/patriotism/Ayers (to Obama) – S
12. Questions on Plan to get out of Iraq (to both) – G
13. Iran questions re attack on Israel (to both) – S
14. Economy questions (Will you raise taxes?) (to both) – S
15. Raise Capital Gains Tax questions (to both) – G
16. Soc. Sec. Taxes (to Obama) – G
17. Guns/2nd Amend. Questions (to both) – G
18. Affirmative Action question (to both) –S
19. Gas Prices/Energy policy questions (to both) – G
20. How would you use Dubya as advisor/other role (to both) – G
21. Undecided Superdelegate question (to both) – G

Do you see anything of any importance to the average American there? It wasn’t until about maybe 90 minutes into the 2 hour debate that George Stephanopolous said:

Let me turn to the economy. That is the No. 1 issue on Americans’ minds right now.

Then it was about taxes and we got to learn that Charles Gibson who proved his cluelessness on income levels of professors back in January, told us that people making $200K a year were middle class. We were also subjected to Gibson’s elitism that the average American cares or will be affected by captial gains tax. Gibson acts as if these debates were his personal interview with the candidates and screw the rest of us, he spent an inordinate amount of time debated Obama, while letting Clinton’s answers slide. He failed, once again, as a moderator.
Charles Gibson, also decided that editorializing was fair game. In a question regarding guns directed toward Sen. Clinton he said:

GIBSON: Well, with all due respect, I’m not sure I got an answer from Senator Obama, but do you still favor licensing and registration of handguns?

This was minutes after Obama had, in fact, answered the question and Clinton and Stephanopolous had a back and forth. It could be that Gibson’s inherent and obvious dislike of Obama denied him the ability to hear anything the Senator said. Maybe it’s the simple fact that when you keep interrupting a person when they’re trying to answer you, it proves that you’re not really listening.

I mentioned in my previous post that this debate was such a joke that it had me agreeing with Jonah Goldberg. No one makes me agree with Goldberg without reprecussions. Last night, Tom Shales posted on Washington Post an article titled: In Pa. Debate, The Clear Loser Is ABC. I recommend you read the entire article, but let me share you some snippets:

For the first 52 minutes of the two-hour, commercial-crammed show, Gibson and Stephanopoulos dwelled entirely on specious and gossipy trivia that already has been hashed and rehashed, in the hope of getting the candidates to claw at one another over disputes that are no longer news. Some were barely news to begin with.


Obama was right on the money when he complained about the campaign being bogged down in media-driven inanities and obsessiveness over any misstatement a candidate might make along the way, whether in a speech or while being eavesdropped upon by the opposition. The tactic has been to “take one statement and beat it to death,” he said.

No sooner was that said than Gibson brought up, yet again, the controversial ravings of the pastor at a church attended by Obama. “Charlie, I’ve discussed this,” he said, and indeed he has, ad infinitum. If he tried to avoid repeating himself when clarifying his position, the networks would accuse him of changing his story, or changing his tune, or some other baloney.


To this observer, ABC’s coverage seemed slanted against Obama. The director cut several times to reaction shots of such Clinton supporters as her daughter, Chelsea, who sat in the audience at the Kimmel Theater in Philly’s National Constitution Center. Obama supporters did not get equal screen time, giving the impression that there weren’t any in the hall. The director also clumsily chose to pan the audience at the very start of the debate, when the candidates made their opening statements, so Obama and Clinton were barely seen before the first commercial break.

Newsday writes:

The morning after the latest Democratic debate, the talk doesn’t seem to be about which candidate — New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton or Illinois Sen. Barack Obama — would make a more-formidable foe to run against Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain.

The talk seems to be about which of the two ABC News moderators — Charles Gibson or George Stephanopoulos — did the worst job, which one was sillier in Philadelphia.

Will Bunch wrote an open letter to the two hosts of last night’s debacle:

With your performance tonight — your focus on issues that were at best trivial wastes of valuable airtime and at worst restatements of right-wing falsehoods, punctuated by inane “issue” questions that in no way resembled the real world concerns of American voters — you disgraced my profession of journalism, and, by association, me and a lot of hard-working colleagues who do still try to ferret out the truth, rather than worry about who can give us the best deal on our capital gains taxes. But it’s even worse than that. By so badly botching arguably the most critical debate of such an important election, in a time of both war and economic misery, you disgraced the American voters, and in fact even disgraced democracy itself. Indeed, if I were a citizen of one of those nations where America is seeking to “export democracy,” and I had watched the debate, I probably would have said, “no thank you.” Because that was no way to promote democracy.

And that’s just a small sampling. You know it’s bad when USAToday, the tabloid that seems to focus of the news of 8 months ago, has a current roundup of criticisms on their pages.

You’ll note the recurrent themes. The candidates themselves were mere props on the stage. To ask who won or lost last night’s “debates” is to ask the wrong question. Neither candidate shined, though the focus group said that Clinton one. Odd one that, since the only time they responded really postively toward her was when she told a joke that didn’t sound scripted. Naturally, the Clinton’s are using that clip as a promo piece. Otherwise, a simple scanning of the transcripts show that Obama’s answers to the most inane questions were intelligent and clear. The focus group responded overwhelming positive to his answers, so it was curious that only 5 of the 22 people thought he won the debate.

It has been estimated that over 10M watched last night’s debates, making it the most watched debate this season. 10 million Americans who care what the next President of the United States has to say and as StevenD mentioned, they didn’t touch on any of the important questions:

Global Warming, New Orleans Reconstruction, Health Care, Veterans Benefits (New GI Bill or Health Benefits), Defense Spending, National Debt, Trade Issues, Environmental issues (not about global warming), Regulatory Agency scandals and problems, Financial markets, Worldwide Food Crisis, Darfur, Pakistan, Somalia, North Korea, NATO, Russia, China, Nigeria, Venezuela, Drugs, Unemployment, Mortgage crisis, Bush administration Crimes and Scandals, Torture, Guantanamo Bay and other detention facilities, Loss of Civil Rights (Electronic surveillance, FISA, Habeas Corpus), Infrastructure issues, Gay Rights, Race (except as it came up re: Reverend Wright), Immigration

Last night’s debate forces us the understand how vested the powers that be are in keeping us uninformed. They say that Americans are turned off of politics, it was the disgusting behaviors of the two “moderators” that turn us off, not necessarily the candidates themselves. ABC, once again, put on a show for the corporate masters and the rest of us could only watch from the cheap seats.

Mar 08

I leave for a few hours….

I took a day to rearrange some things on my blog (did ya notice?) and all kinds of political stuff happens; passports, McCain says something wrong about Iraq, Sen. Clinton only has $3m cash-on-hand vs. Obama’s $30m…Bill-flippin’-Richardson endorsed Obama, the Clinton’s campaign immediately calls him ‘insignificant’…

Man…I don’t even know where to start.  To make it even worse, Chris-freakin’-Wallace of all people take his Fox buddies to take for bashing Obama  AND Mark-friggin’-Halperin actually listed facts about the Clinton campaign in post today.  What’s up with that?  I’m scared to poke around more in case Bill O’Reilly actually said something today that made sense.

Feb 08

On our way to go vote

At the rally on Sunday, some lady stole the sign that was for my daughter.  My kid was pretty upset.  I was at my coffeeshop this morning and some Obama volunteers came in to pick up coffee.  I asked for a sign and they gave me this one.

So, I guess we’re Latino for the day.