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Edwards Cover Up Continues

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 16th, 2008 4:39 am by HL

Edwards Cover Up Continues
A front page New York Times piece investigates an elaborate attempt by John Edwards to cover up his affair with Rielle Hunter, “one that is continuing even after he admitted last week that he had an affair with Ms. Hunter but denied that he fathered her child.”

“The revelations of ties among the lawyers” involved in the effort to protect Edwards “emerged through public records and interviews with people close to Mr. Edwards and Ms. Hunter, which suggested that their affair went on longer than Mr. Edwards admitted and that the effort to conceal it by Mr. Edwards’s inner circle was much more extensive than has been reported.”

The paper says the Edwards “went to unusual lengths” to make a final $14,000 payment Ms. Hunter. As the AP notes, the payment to Hunter “is significant because its source was Edwards’ OneAmerica political action committee, whose expenditures are governed by U.S. election laws. Willfully converting money from a political action committee for personal use would have been a federal criminal violation.”

Several people close to Edwards have told Political Wire that Edwards’ insistence that the affair was over before he announced his candidacy — which photos now call into question — is important to protect him from campaign finance violations.


Obama The Antichrist: It’s All About Scaring The GOP Base

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 16th, 2008 4:38 am by HL

Obama The Antichrist: It’s All About Scaring The GOP Base
Last night CNN aired a segment wondering aloud whether or not Obama is the Antichrist. It’s just the latest step in making what ought to be an outrageous and nonsensical bit of religious nuttery into an actual campaign issue.

cnn-capture.thumbnail.JPGLast night CNN aired a segment wondering aloud whether or not Obama is the Antichrist. It’s just the latest step in making what ought to be an outrageous and nonsensical bit of religious nuttery into an actual campaign issue. Raw Story has the details:

CNN notes that regardless of its intent, though, the ad seems to have spurred increased interest in the baseless speculation. At least one entire blog is devoted to the question and a Google search for “Obama Antichrist” returns nearly 1 million returns.

And regardless of CNN’s intent, it too managed to handle the story in such a “fair and balanced” fashion that the interest of which it speaks will, in turn, ratchet up yet another notch.

The story that inspired the segment — in which “Left Behind” authors Tim LaHaye and Dan Jenkins officially pronounced Obama NOT the Antichrist — was actually a clever bit of politicking: Even though the verdict was negative, it gave the very question a veneer of legitimacy it does not deserve. It made the question seem like a serious theological problem — one that could then be debated further — rather than the scurrilous nonsense it really is.

That story in turn was sparked by the discussion that followed the release of the McCain campaign’s anti-Obama ad, “The One”, which was just chock full o’ nutty images that clearly were intended to lead viewers to wonder whether there was a sinister, even diabolical, side to Obama’s celebrity.

Back when the ad first aired, Amy Sullivan in Time pointed out:

A new TIME poll finds that the most conservative Evangelicals are the least enthusiastic about McCain’s candidacy. Convincing them that Obama does have two horns and a tail might be the best way of getting them to vote. That’s what worries Campolo, who also sits on the Democratic Party’s platform committee. “Those books have created a subliminal language, and I think judgments will be made unconsciously about Barack Obama,” he says. “It scares the daylights out of me.”

obama-nation-v1.thumbnail.jpgIt probably should, because this is yet another component of the larger strategy being planned this fall by Republicans. Like their dog-whistle racial campaign ads, these are in fact very subtle appeals — the kind that let the McCain campaign send messages to their lizard-brain base while giving them a measure of plausible deniability about doing so. As Jane said awhile back, their strategy is to make “implicit” appeals without creating the backlash that would result from more explicit appeals.

The same theme courses throughout Jerome Corsi’s smear job. Indeed, it’s going to be an endless stream of this crap until November. The Obama campaign’s frontal assault on these smears has been somewhat effective, but the subtler appeals have proven a thornier problem — one that ain’t going away.


Friday Cat Blogging

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 16th, 2008 4:37 am by HL

Friday Cat Blogging

Overnight
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How Anti-Intellectualism Is Destroying America

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 16th, 2008 4:36 am by HL

How Anti-Intellectualism Is Destroying America
Sad but true: Intelligence is a political liability in the US. Author of The Age of American Unreason Susan Jacoby explains why.


The World We Live In

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 16th, 2008 4:35 am by HL

The World We Live In
I was an early member of the Post-Autistic movement, the first in Texas, I like to say. A history of it can be found here. My first appearance in the review was a reply to Bob Solow, who had…


An informed observer writes in … Here’s the

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 16th, 2008 4:34 am by HL


An informed observer writes in … Here’s the first reaction from the Obama side to the Wall St Journal article bruiting McCain’s tech plan: It appears he plans to give a $2 billion cash handout to 10 companies (the big…


Musharraf vows to face impeachment

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 16th, 2008 4:33 am by HL

Musharraf vows to face impeachment
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan ? President Pervez Musharraf fought back Friday against politicians who asserted he would resign rather than face impeachment charges, saying through his chief political supporter that he would challenge the charges when they were brought to Parliament…


ExxonMobil owns the media?s convention coverage.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 16th, 2008 4:32 am by HL

ExxonMobil owns the media?s convention coverage.
As ThinkProgress noted yesterday, ExxonMobil is sponsoring CNN’s coverage of both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. We also noted that CBS’s political coverage is sponsored by ExxonMobil. Now, it appears that National Journal has also opened its doors to Big Oil sponsorship, announcing on its website that its coverage of the 2008 conventions will […]

As ThinkProgress noted yesterday, ExxonMobil is sponsoring CNN’s coverage of both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. We also noted that CBS’s political coverage is sponsored by ExxonMobil. Now, it appears that National Journal has also opened its doors to Big Oil sponsorship, announcing on its website that its coverage of the 2008 conventions will be “presented by ExxonMobil”:

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Iraq May Be Stable, But the War Was a Mistake

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 16th, 2008 4:28 am by HL

Iraq May Be Stable, But the War Was a Mistake
Francis Fukuyama, WSJ