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September 10, 2008

STOP THE MADNESS.... As the media continues to find the discussion of lipsticks and pigs fascinating, I'm glad that even Time's Mark Halperin, hardly a reflexive Democrat, has had it. From CNN last night:

"Stop the madness. I think, with all due respect to the program's focus on, listen to David just said. I think this is the press just absolutely playing into the McCain campaign's crocodile tears. [...]

"They knew exactly what he was saying. It's an expression. And this is a victory for the McCain campaign in the sense that every day they can make this a pig fight in the mud. It's good for them because it's reducing Barack Obama's message even more. But I think this is a low point in the day and one of the low days of our collective coverage of this campaign. To spend even a minute on this expression, I think, is amazing and outrageous."

To his credit, CNN's Anderson Cooper did, in fact, change the subject, and began some discussion on the McCain campaign's literally daily lying about Sarah Palin and the Bridge to Nowhere. Amazingly, Halperin took a firm line on this, too.

"It's another thing that, again, I'm embarrassed about our profession for. She should be held more accountable for that. The Bridge to Nowhere thing is outrageous. And if you press them on it, they'll fall because they know they can't defend what they're saying. They're staying it on the stump as a core part of their message, it's in their advertising.

"I'm not saying the press should be out to get John McCain and Sarah Palin. But if a core part of their message is something that every journalism organization in the country has looked at and says it's demonstrably false, again, we're not doing our jobs if we just treat this as one of many things that's happening. [...]

"The other three people who are on the national ticket have been scrutinized for months and in cases, years. We've got less than 60 days to do this. We'd better get about doing it. And if she doesn't cooperate in that more than she has, the public should be told that clearly."

Credit where credit is due -- Mark Halperin's assessment couldn't have been better.

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Knock me down with a feather. Really.

Posted by: Jeffrey Davis on September 10, 2008 at 4:50 PM | PERMALINK

Campaign strategy 101

http://blog.alexwhalen.com/blogarchives/2008/09/for-the-record-i-dont-see-a-2x.php

Posted by: Suburban Paradise on September 10, 2008 at 4:52 PM | PERMALINK

"A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on."
--Mark Twain

Posted by: Quotation Man on September 10, 2008 at 4:52 PM | PERMALINK

Just saw a segment with a blond McBimbo repeating and even justifying the Bridge lie on MSNBC.

We have now established that McCain a sleaze ball. The only question that remains is how much lower in the gutter of lies and deception will he go.

Posted by: gregor on September 10, 2008 at 4:53 PM | PERMALINK

I'm really, REALLY starting to think that the press is pissed with how they've been treated by McCain.

now let's see if it starts to filter through to the masses...

Posted by: neilt on September 10, 2008 at 4:53 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, Halperin is spot on. And CNN will show clips of Palin talking about how she told Washington to keep its money (a lie) while she was stopping the bridge.

The media needs to hold feet to the fire without worrying that they are being as critical of one as they are of the other. (This would apply equally if Obama's campaign was lying in its stump speeches or advertising..)

Posted by: DrDave on September 10, 2008 at 4:53 PM | PERMALINK

Now That's! someone I'd like to buy a drink.

Posted by: absent observer on September 10, 2008 at 4:54 PM | PERMALINK

So last week the liberal blogs were warning Obama to stop repeating the "maverick" label in trying to debunk it (oh wait, that was just a few days ago).

But now everyone is upset that the McCain campaign is repeating the "lipstick on a pig" line.

One thing is for sure: Obama should keep saying it. In fact, each time he talks about the flip flops, the running from Bush, the running from past behavior, he should end with the refrain "lipstick on a pig". Maybe even get the audience to chime in. Like:

Obama: "What do we call that?"

Audience: "Lipstick on a pig!"

So simple, so direct, so true, so fun!

Then when the press asks Obama about it he can say "We are just trying to have some fun with it."

It's all about the fun, right?


Posted by: tomj on September 10, 2008 at 4:55 PM | PERMALINK

Okay, so if Halperin -- with all of the sense God gave a small kitchen appliance -- recognizes this for what it is, can we, on the left, stop obsessing over it? Honestly, this just feeds the beast.

Posted by: junebug on September 10, 2008 at 4:56 PM | PERMALINK

Where's Palin on all this ? She's a mavrick moose-hunting momma, why can't she defend herself ?

I guess she's too busy repeating the same lie about the bridge to nowhere at some rally somewhere.

Posted by: Stephen on September 10, 2008 at 4:56 PM | PERMALINK

If McCain truly loses the talking heads now (no, not the guys who write in newspapers, but the ones who blather endlessly on TV), then he's lost the election for sure. On the other hand, someone has likened the chattering class to abuse victims: they KNOW they're abused, but they spend their time justifying the abuser's actions.

Will we regain the Fourth Estate? The world wonders...

Posted by: FreeProton on September 10, 2008 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

Just saw a segment with a blond McBimbo repeating and even justifying the Bridge lie on MSNBC.

They have been running these segments all day.

But I give Contessa Brewer a point for calling Joe Watkins on McCain's outrageous "Obama wants to teach kindergartners about sex" ad. She didn't let Watkins change the subject and she called the ad what it is: another misleading lie. You could have knocked me over with a feather...

Posted by: on September 10, 2008 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."
–h.l.mencken

Posted by: mellowjohn on September 10, 2008 at 5:01 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, I think that at some instinctual level, the entire Press has had it with this insane charade.

It may have been "fun" at first, and now it's just draining and repulsive.

It's school-yard adolescent bullies and it's clearly not why most went into Journalism.

This barrage from Palin/McCain--oops meant to say
McCain/Palin is demeaning for ALL of us--even moderates with a conscience!

Sooner or later, the human-ness or humane-ness shines through that shouts for and demands facts and substance.

Posted by: on September 10, 2008 at 5:02 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin Drum brought out the art of Bluffing staying focused on the Russians, august ten with Putin and the Georgia stuff.

But McCain and company, in this campaign simply raised the bet in the whole pot. Some call the pick of Sarah Palin brilliant. Others like me see it different, a whole lot different.

Sarah Palin’s pick as vice Presidential candidate is serious social engineering with a huge, huge down side that is completely ignored by the Mainstream Media for good reason, the media is the key player in this dazzling spectacled media wild card.

Sarah Palin is the joker or Sarah Palin’s straight flush that relates the ultimate weapon for a politician, the political bate and switch rhetorical sewer system, with all its back pressure; anyone can guess why Palin is so likeable. All this talk to avoid real issues.

Palin paints a picture for America in the beginning with all the ownership of the best screwed up comment any rookie could have. Sort of like what Papa Bush said “read my lips, I won’t raise taxes”. Here, Palin said “She is a Hockey Mom and the only difference between that and a Pit-bull Dog is lip stick” Here plain and simple she has crafted a huge goof. Plain and simple it sounded like that phrase “YOU WANT A PEACE OF ME”. So its open season on Pit Bull rhetorical trash talk. Palin likely could not tell you who is the greatest hockey legion let alone determine the needs for Universal Health Care.

Actually McCain is converting his Straight talk Bus to “Palin’s Flush Truck “coming to a neighborhood near you. Everything they said before about experience stuff is flushed down the toilet while Sarah hands out free toilet paper.

The stink is getting worse by the minute; the Moose burger back pressure is creating pipe leaks all over and under reported. . Now the tingle Chris Mathews feeling going up his leg is the shit rising. Could you just see Mathews say this stuff doesn’t pass the smell test?

Posted by: Megalomania on September 10, 2008 at 5:02 PM | PERMALINK

Finally folks are learning the difference between mendacity and veracity.

It's important to hammer home the blatant lies about the bridge to nowhere.

'Cause if you are shown to be lying on one thing, whose to say you aren't lying about other things?

Like god telling you to build gas pipelines all over Alaska!

Come on folks, do you really believe god told Sarah to build them or was it a bunch of energy folks. I hope not the kind that The Washington Post reported on today!

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on September 10, 2008 at 5:03 PM | PERMALINK

A picture is worth a thousand words. The Obama campaign should just flood the media with that picture of Palin in the "Nowhere" T-shirt.

Every time she or McCain repeats the lie, release a thousand copies of that pic to the press. Make sure it becomes ingrained into the national consciousness.

Posted by: pwf on September 10, 2008 at 5:04 PM | PERMALINK

Crockodile tears for sure. McPal leads the bleeding heart fascist party.

Why is Obama the only one fighting back? Where is Biden. Where are the surrogates?

That's Just What I Said

Posted by: Dale on September 10, 2008 at 5:06 PM | PERMALINK

Actually the Bridge To Nowhere is a Bridge To The Gates Of Hell that is being walked on and towards by McEvil and his 'babe' ..

Posted by: stormskies on September 10, 2008 at 5:09 PM | PERMALINK

and the lame liberal writers, such as ej dionne, never ever call mccain on his bullshit....want some insite, just go over to thedailyhowler.com for an education on how these people continuously damage the dems......this crap has been going on since bill clinton ran his first campaign.....and i don't even want to start on the faux dem strategists that can't sell their candidate....

Posted by: grumpyoldvet on September 10, 2008 at 5:10 PM | PERMALINK

I always preferred the idiom, "Feed a pig roses, it still comes out smelling like shit." But if we want to remain gender neutral, how about, "You can't polish a turd"?

Posted by: Memekiller on September 10, 2008 at 5:10 PM | PERMALINK

Hook, line, and sinker. Remember Judith Miller.

Posted by: Janet on September 10, 2008 at 5:10 PM | PERMALINK

Has it occured to anyone that the Obama campaign response to the McCain/Palin lies has been deliberately conducted to put the media in the position where they either start calling the Republicans liars or forfeit their personal integrity? I mean, if Obama people were following Begala's advice of "attack, attack, attack", wouldn't that make it pretty easy for political journalists to fall back into that phony role of impartial referee?

Who am I kidding? No Democratic campaign could be that clever.

Mike

Posted by: MBunge on September 10, 2008 at 5:11 PM | PERMALINK

Wow.

When Halperin gets it, you know that the media talking hacks...er...heads are not doing their jobs. I mean, next you'll be telling me that Charles Gibson is going to actually hold Palin to task.

Posted by: Kryptik on September 10, 2008 at 5:11 PM | PERMALINK

Isn't Obama's statement offensive to the police officers Palin fired?

Posted by: Chris Matthews on September 10, 2008 at 5:12 PM | PERMALINK

Chris Matthews is pissed with the web ad "Lipstick on a Pig".

He just brow beat a guy into admitting that Obama didn't call Palin a pig. Hmmm.


Posted by: tomj on September 10, 2008 at 5:15 PM | PERMALINK

I'm with dale @ 5:06 on this: Wher ARE the surrogates? Has anyone heard anything about support for Obama with backing from Biden or the Clintons etc. today after the last 2 or 3 most recent McBushin ads?

Posted by: Little Dick on September 10, 2008 at 5:16 PM | PERMALINK

Obama's should release a new set of ads. "What lie will they say today?"

Point out that McCain gave up on honorable campaigning, fired his staff, and gave the keys to the Roveniks. Footage of McCain and Palin lying. Using Daily Show techniques to illustrate that they're lying.

If accused of something, they should respond "Is that McCain's big lie for today?" It'll work because it's true. They just need to hammer it hard.

The Press is pretty much begging Obama to do this. They're sick of getting lied to, but too wimp ass to fight back on their own.

Posted by: Gene Ha on September 10, 2008 at 5:16 PM | PERMALINK

another reason i would have preferred mrs clinton...she would never let mccain get away with his bullshit.....she would bring a knife to the fight and slice mccain to ribbons.....ah well

Posted by: grumpyoldvet on September 10, 2008 at 5:17 PM | PERMALINK

Mark Fucking Halperin said this?!?!

There might be hope for the media yet!

Posted by: a1 on September 10, 2008 at 5:18 PM | PERMALINK

Halperin said: "I'm embarrassed about our profession ... we're not doing our jobs"

The Obama campaign certainly should be attacking both McCain and Palin, and attacking them hard -- with the truth.

But I think the Obama campaign also needs to start calling out the corporate-owned mass media for not doing "their jobs", which is to say, for enabling, legitimizing and amplifying the Rove-Palin campaign's brazen, sickening, sleazy, preposterous lies rather than impartially reporting the facts.

Halperin says he is "embarrassed." That's good. A lot more of the vapid "on-air personalities" who play journalists on TV, and the dishonest "pundits" of the print media, need to be "embarrassed" -- they need to be subjected to public shaming by the Obama campaign.

Every time an Obama campaign spokesperson is interviewed, he or she should say -- live and direct, on the air, in front of the American people -- "sadly, we expect the Republicans to behave this way, but the news media should be ashamed of themselves for aiding and abetting these sleazy swift-boat politics".

Posted by: SecularAnimist on September 10, 2008 at 5:18 PM | PERMALINK

Was the "foreign policy chops" a reference to Palin?

Doesn't Obama's constant references to "Iraq Hocks" risk alienating women voters?

Posted by: Charlie Gibson on September 10, 2008 at 5:20 PM | PERMALINK

I actually think other Dems (Biden, Clinton, etc.) --not Obama-- should stand firmly behind and even repeat the: "Pig with Lipstick" and "Stinky Fish" comments again and again.

Posted by: on September 10, 2008 at 5:21 PM | PERMALINK

Just saw a segment with a blond McBimbo repeating and even justifying the Bridge lie on MSNBC.

She also justified (or tried to) why she stole drugs from the charity she was helping. It was during the Keating 5 scandal (even though she was stealing and using drugs before then) and said that she could not handle all the stress and scrutiny that her husband was under.

Really now?

Posted by: Katie on September 10, 2008 at 5:21 PM | PERMALINK

Well, Mike (post above), maybe the Obama campaign isn't that clever, but I think that's what's happening.

The press has (willingly) let itself be used like a five-dollar hooker by the McCain forces. Now the McCain campaign is literally telling them, "We don't need you anymore--we're going to construct our own reality of lies, and you can just watch." The media is slowly getting it, and is turning on the McCain campaign as a result, out of outrage and perhaps an awareness that they have helped create this Frankensteinian lying-machine. But will a return to a pseudo-integrity by the media be enough, and in time, to keep McCain's cascade of lies from engulfing low-information voters? Frankly, I doubt it.

Posted by: dougR on September 10, 2008 at 5:22 PM | PERMALINK

All this crap just makes my head hurt. Why are 50% of the popultation falling for this? Are the polls wrong? I sure hope so. I know you shouldn't believe the polls but this brouhaha over lipstick is disgusting. What it does do though, it gets the media's attention away from the fact that Bush is still in office and McCain has no policy difference with him and Palin ran the Governors office the same way Bush runs the White House, with ineptitude. Does the media realize they are being played with and what's worse, do they even care?

Posted by: haveaheadache on September 10, 2008 at 5:23 PM | PERMALINK

another reason i would have preferred mrs clinton...she would never let mccain get away with his bullshit

Nothing is preventing "Mrs Clinton" from doing it, is there?

Posted by: AJB on September 10, 2008 at 5:23 PM | PERMALINK

These cracks in the dam would not be forming if Obama was on the attack right now. This is what an honest and firm defense of the truth gets you.

Another brilliant play by the Obama campaign.

Posted by: doubtful on September 10, 2008 at 5:24 PM | PERMALINK

Saw the Halperin thing last night and . . . you could have bowled me over with with teh feather . . . .

I too think this is taking a toll on the press, it is starting to become a joke, and as Obama says, it would be funny, if it wasn't. . . .

Speaking of the Mavericky one, anyone seen him. Now I know why he only needed fifteen minutes with Princess Sara, the decision to put her on the ticket had already been made for him.

Seems like a long time ago that he tried to rebrand himself as the Original Maverick. One Obama add and a lot of lies put an end to that. Now the Change mantra is starting to deflate, under the weight of its own stupidity. Liar has trumped Change. The lying liars tour. Come hear boy, I got a bridge to nowhere to sell ya. . . The only thing for left for McCain to coopt from Obama is for him to claim that he is actually the true Democrat in the race and Obama's a fraud. LOL

Of course, the bottom of the barrel is race, and you know we are going there. The sex ed add was just the beginning. Obama will be Willie Horton by the time they are done.

Someone make me feel better about these battleground polls showing Independents have moved to McCain. Tell me they move back, please . . . need some good news on the polling front.

Posted by: Scott F. on September 10, 2008 at 5:26 PM | PERMALINK

Daniel at 5:14...

I believe the line is: "The other three people who are on the national ticket have been scrutinized for months, and in cases, years." Does it say specifically Obama was scrutinized for years? To a wise person whose head isn't up their ass, no. To you (who took it out of context)...yes.

Posted by: Katie on September 10, 2008 at 5:27 PM | PERMALINK

Daniel wrote: "does it make sense that McCain would let his VP candidate, whose performance will likely make or break his entire campaign, repeatedly make a claim that is not true?"

Of course it makes sense. It worked for Cheney and Bush. Palin and McCain assume that they can lie with impunity, just like Cheney and Bush have been doing for years. It remains to be seen whether they are right.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on September 10, 2008 at 5:28 PM | PERMALINK

just curious daniel: what did McCain do to stop the bridge?

Posted by: mudwall jackson on September 10, 2008 at 5:30 PM | PERMALINK

If I didn't know any better, I would think that the Republicans picked Palin just to mess with his mind and throw the campaign a major curveball. But since they say they put Country First that can't be.

Posted by: Mike on September 10, 2008 at 5:32 PM | PERMALINK

If the governor didn't end this project, who did?

The US Congress.

Alaska still got the money and Palin could have used it on the bridge but DID NOT.

Pork is pork... Doesn't matter what she spent it on. She is trying to portray herself as someone who is against earmarks while accepting earmarks.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122090791901411709.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Posted by: Stephen on September 10, 2008 at 5:33 PM | PERMALINK

Obama knows that anything he says will be parsed and, if possible, misconstrued. He is a skilled orator and chooses his words carefully. Did he really think the lipstick on a pig comment would do anything other than what it has?

Posted by: jen f on September 10, 2008 at 5:34 PM | PERMALINK

The McCain campaign wants respect and deference from the media towards Sarah (Look Over There At That Shiny Object) Palin. They want to set the agenda and they want the media to go along with their demands. Tough questions about Sarah Palin's background and qualifications are an affront and will not be tolerated.

They twist themselves into pretzels trying to say there is sexism. There is no sexism. Why does Sarah Palin need special treatment? It's not because she is a women, it's because she is not qualified to be Vice President let alone President. She has not said one thing that has not been scripted since the announcement. She has mastered the fine art of lying which fits the McCain strategy perfectly.

The puff piece scheduled with Charlie Gibson Thursday and Friday is a farce. It says a lot about Charlie Gibson that he got the first interview with Palin. He should be proud.

Since when is it sexist to ask questions about a persons qualifications? Women are fighting for equal rights and equal pay for the same work as men. It is an insult that Sarah Palin has to be handled with kit gloves. As Gloria Steinum said in her opinion piece in the LA Times, Palin: Wrong woman, Wrong message.

If the McCain campaign wants to know who is being sexist, they should just look in the mirror. After the latest disgusting display, I have a strong urge to take a shower.

BTW: The media is being played like a drum. You would think there would be some outrage and that maybe some real journalism would break out. There have been a few flickers of hope in the coverage of this latest distraction. And it's great to see the likes of Joe Klein, Andrew Sullivan and Josh Marshall stating the sad truth that John McCain is no longer an honorable man. You can't unring the bell.

Posted by: Ladyhawke on September 10, 2008 at 5:40 PM | PERMALINK

So is Sarah going to give the money back? The money she kept for the Bridge to Nowhere (and part of which is being spent on a Road to Nowhere)? Wouldn't a maverick give the money back? Isn't this a question she should be asked?

Here's a chant: Sarah! We want our money back!

Or a T-shirt.

Posted by: bob on September 10, 2008 at 5:45 PM | PERMALINK

Ladyhawke wrote: "She has mastered the fine art of lying which fits the McCain strategy perfectly"

Sarah Palin hasn't "mastered" anything, even lying. She hasn't even memorized her simple-minded stump speech of strung-together bumper sticker slogans yet. She is still reading it from a teleprompter at every public appearance so far.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on September 10, 2008 at 5:50 PM | PERMALINK

Frankly I've been appalled into muteness.

The shot of Halperin (isn't that a blood thinner) might get my blood flowing again, but I doubt it. This has eroded into something enormously ugly and disgustingly mean.

Right now, I fear for the mental health of this country. Long term damage is being done. The wanton, random, and perverse destruction of a popular and decent man like Barack carries a severe cost.

I am not sure what sort of country McCain imagines he will win with these tactics, but it certainly will not be the one he inherits.


Posted by: koreyel on September 10, 2008 at 6:00 PM | PERMALINK

I don't understand the obsession the Democrats have with the bridge, or these other issues. What exactly are they trying to prove? Do they want Palin to print a retraction, admit she exaggerated her role in the bridge project's demise? Would anybody give a damn if she did? Where is this supposed to go? If it was wrong for her to accept the money, why isn't it wrong that somebody authorized it in the first place? It's her state and she's fighting for her people. That's her job.

I just don't see a crime, a serious breach of ethics here. I see a politician acting like a politician, embellishing her resume. Okay, she's not a maverick. So what? It's a campaign boast, not a criminal act.

If all the Democrats have left is the hope that something is going to bring Palin down, then they might as well concede now. She's not going down, based on what's been revealed so far.

Meanwhile, Obama's campaign has been run off the rails and nearly over the cliff.

Posted by: hark on September 10, 2008 at 6:10 PM | PERMALINK

Daniel said:

...an incredible onslaught against her that I have never witnessed in a presidential campaign...

From who exactly? Please don't be so stupid as to confuse internet rumors with actual reporting. Did CBS and ABC have stories about her knocked up little slut of a daughter BEFORE they told the press?

So tell us, what constitutes an onslaught? Actually checking her record as mayor and governor? Asking questions about her dealings in Alaska?

Posted by: Scratzx on September 10, 2008 at 6:23 PM | PERMALINK

Alaska still got the money and Palin could have used it on the bridge but DID NOT

Uh no, she could not have because there wasn't enough money for the bridge. Perhaps you missed the video of her complaining that Washington would not give her sufficient hundreds of millions of dollars to build a bridge that world benefit fifty people.

Posted by: trex on September 10, 2008 at 6:29 PM | PERMALINK

Daniel at 5:14...

"Maybe it's Obama
But he thinks he's too young" - Neil Young

Close to three years back the scrutiny began. When "Living With War" came out.

I'm seeing now that Barack is doing exactly the right thing. When a bully is trying to attack, you do not participate. Fifty whatever days is plenty of time to showcase the facts and the facts are in Obama's favor. That's the reason McCain keeps lying, but then what am I saying, McCain? Lying? I almost forgot he was a POW, just like the media will.

Posted by: Capt Kirk on September 10, 2008 at 6:30 PM | PERMALINK

Alaska still got the money and Palin could have used it on the bridge but DID NOT.

Yes, if she'd been willing to make up the remaining cost of the bridge out of state funds. She wasn't, and when Congress said "no more," she chose to shut down the project rather than pay the rest of the cost of the bridge out of state funds (and then she kept the federal money). She loved the project when we were all paying for it. When she had to, not so much.

How heroic.

I don't understand the obsession the Democrats have with the bridge, or these other issues. What exactly are they trying to prove?

It's extremely significant because she has made her alleged record of fighting pork and crusading against government waste the centerpiece--not one of many issues, but the core theme (other than being a hockey mom)--of her campaign. That record on which her entire candidacy has been based is a flagrant lie. There's no "obsession" about it. This is about kicking away just about the only leg she's standing on. And she and McCain know it, or she wouldn't be in hiding from questions.

Posted by: shortstop on September 10, 2008 at 6:31 PM | PERMALINK

I don't understand the obsession the Democrats have with WMDs, or these other issues. What exactly are they trying to prove? Do they want Bush to print a retraction, admit he exaggerated the threat of WMDs and may have brought about the United States demise? Would anybody give a damn if he did? Where is this supposed to go? If it was wrong for her him to lie about WMDs, why isn't it wrong that somebody authorized it in the first place? It's his country and he's fighting for his people. That's his job.


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The Bridge lie is part of a rather large mosaic of lies and corruption at this point.

She's running for VP and may take over if McCain dies (20%chance).

Posted by: grinning cat on September 10, 2008 at 6:37 PM | PERMALINK

hark said

...I don't understand the obsession the Democrats have with the bridge, or these other issues...

You're right, what's with all these details and issues and stuff? Come on, man, it's not like she could be #2 in command of the US or something..

What matters is if the slobbering rednecks in Bittertown, Iowa think she's hot because she can shoot a gun. Or the misty eyed old frigid women at the GOP convention who love her because she's pro-life.

That's all that matters to the GOP now, the cult of her personality. Never mind she is a complete liar about her record, or she's such a wuss she cannot handle a simple off the cuff press conference or she doesn't know jack shit about foreign policy.

Why did she leave a small town that previously had no debt $22 million in the red? Why does a tiny Alaska town need a federal lobbyist? Why did she try and muscle out the local librarian?

Posted by: Scratzx on September 10, 2008 at 6:38 PM | PERMALINK

Is anybody watching MSNBC right now? I can't believe what I'm seeing and hearing . . . they're actually telling the truth about the differences between Obama's and mscame's tax policies . . . hey Failin, is it snowing down there in hell?

Posted by: Lori on September 10, 2008 at 6:39 PM | PERMALINK

Well, if I'm not going to be allowed to talk about lipsticks and pigs, then how about Botox and bovines? It would give the idea of "bloated cash-cows" a whole new perspective....

Posted by: Steve on September 10, 2008 at 6:56 PM | PERMALINK

I haven't been a Halperin fan because he does seem to have a deinitive right lean. But he deserves praise for being dead on about this.

Also, remember he is Mort Halperin's son, so there are some good genes going for him.

Posted by: random on September 10, 2008 at 7:08 PM | PERMALINK

the press is coming around Even Chris Mathews is reaming the Repug talking points iincluding clips of Mcsame using the phrase Perfect we have a winner and something to show the repugs. Take this you Purple heart band aid tire gauge wavin' yahoos.
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/215503.php

Posted by: John R on September 10, 2008 at 7:15 PM | PERMALINK

I am still amazed that the media is treating this woman with kid gloves. If She is running for the second highest office in the land she should expect many, many questions. Who wouldn't? Furthermore, the entire affair is extremely offensive to women. Why is she giving the same exact speech everyday? And the campaign spins every question about her as an insult to women? Who are they trying to kid?I've received tougher scrutiny in entry-level job interviews than Palin has recieved in her election for the second highest office in THE FREE WORLD. What kind of joke is this? The media is really insulting our intelligence by not going after her lies and tactics. Even her mother goose bun and glasses look like a costume; she is a puppet to win an election and the media is helping US citizens buy it by giving her attention. The entire media should have boycotted coverage until she gave an interview.

Or is it too difficult to admit that the republican party completely played them with Palin?

Posted by: Jen on September 10, 2008 at 7:22 PM | PERMALINK

I have my doubts. I heard two radio reports on the way from work this evening. CBS news described "lipstick on a pig" as a double entendre! NPR covered a McCain/Palin rally in Fairfax, VA, with along sound bite from aso-called Hillary supporter trashing Obama, and then one from Palin talking about her fights against earmarks. Did Maura Liasson say anthing about Palin's true record on earmarks? Of course not!

Posted by: Beth on September 10, 2008 at 7:43 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks shortstop. Fourbagger... as usual:

It's extremely significant because she has made her alleged record of fighting pork and crusading against government waste the centerpiece--not one of many issues, but the core theme (other than being a hockey mom)--of her campaign. That record on which her entire candidacy has been based is a flagrant lie. There's no "obsession" about it. This is about kicking away just about the only leg she's standing on. And she and McCain know it, or she wouldn't be in hiding from questions.
Posted by: koreyel on September 10, 2008 at 10:07 PM | PERMALINK

Check this from an astute poster at NYT's Caucus blog:

McCain in Iowa last Oct. 11 said Hillary Clinton's health-care proposal was “eerily” similar to the plan she and her husband came up with in 1993.

Then he noted, “I think they put some lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.”

If this pig stuff is so insulting, why didn't MSM talking heads resurrect that McCain quote?

Posted by: LeRoy on September 11, 2008 at 2:20 AM | PERMALINK

NO, NO, NO:

PALIN IS THE LIPSTICK!

Posted by: Pyre on September 11, 2008 at 3:27 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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