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Ferrell Returns to SNL

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 24th, 2008 6:47 am by HL

Ferrell Returns to SNL

The return of Will Ferrell to Saturday Night Live as President Bush last night might be one of the funniest skits ever.


Late Late Nite FDL: Do Something Nice

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 24th, 2008 6:44 am by HL

Late Late Nite FDL: Do Something Nice
Now is the time for all us to remind all our friends and neighbors to get out and vote. Vote early and request a paper ballot if at all possible. Maybe offer a ride to those in need. So how about sending this song along with a nice friendly reminder? Tell them firedoglake sent you.

King Curtis “Memphis Soul Stew”

Now is the time for all us to remind all our friends and neighbors to get out and vote. Vote early and request a paper ballot if at all possible. Maybe offer a ride to those in need. So how about sending this song along with a nice friendly reminder? Tell them firedoglake sent you.

What’s on your mind tonight?


Crisis no reason to cut aid, trade: Bush

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 24th, 2008 6:42 am by HL

Crisis no reason to cut aid, trade: Bush
President George W. Bush said Tuesday that the United States must stay committed to free trade and development aid policies despite difficulties spawned by the global financial crisis…


GOP lawmakers repeatedly call liberals ?anti-American? on House floor.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 24th, 2008 6:37 am by HL

GOP lawmakers repeatedly call liberals ?anti-American? on House floor.
CQ’s Jonathan Allen notes that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Rep. Robin Hayes (R-NC), and Rep. Randy Kuhl (R-NY) aren’t alone in believing that progressives are “anti-American” or “hate real Americans.” In fact, on the House floor on Sept. 17, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) said that Democrats were for “anti-American energy, just as many other things […]

CQ’s Jonathan Allen notes that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Rep. Robin Hayes (R-NC), and Rep. Randy Kuhl (R-NY) aren’t alone in believing that progressives are “anti-American” or “hate real Americans.” In fact, on the House floor on Sept. 17, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) said that Democrats were for “anti-American energy, just as many other things that they support seem to be anti-American power and anti-American control.” In the past year, Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) has called Columbia University and a Los Angeles Superior Court judge “anti-American” for opposing the war in Iraq.

UPDATE: Watch Foxx’s comments here:


McCain Assails Obama’s Plans as Socialist

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 24th, 2008 6:35 am by HL

McCain Assails Obama’s Plans as Socialist
CONCORD, N.C., Oct. 18 — Sen. John McCain and several of his key advisers began sharpening a new line of attack against Sen. Barack Obama on Saturday — likening the Democratic presidential nominee’s tax proposals to socialism and saying they would not be welcomed by average, working-class…


Willie Sutton Goes to Harvard

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 24th, 2008 6:31 am by HL

Willie Sutton Goes to Harvard
“Because that’s where the money is.” — Willie Sutton, when asked in 1934 why he robbed banks WASHINGTON — Washington is having a Willie Sutton Moment. Such moments occur when government, finding its revenue insufficient for its agenda, glimpses some money it does not control but would like to. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., recently convened a discussion of how colleges and universities should be spending their endowments. Grassley, who says more than 135 institutions each have endowments of more than $500 million, says perhaps they should be required to spend 5 percent of their endowments each year. Welch has introduced legislation to require that percentage be spent to reduce tuition and other student expenses.

Long National Nightmare
Last night, I woke up in a sweat. I’d had a very bizarre dream . . . NOVEMBER 5 — There was Wilson over Hughes. And, of course, Truman over Dewey. But there’s never been a surprise in presidential politics like the one that awaited Americans this morning, who woke up to discover that, somehow, John McCain had been elected president over Barack Obama. Not a single poll, tracking or otherwise, had McCain ahead. The articles had all been written: Michael Scherer of Time, “McCain’s Struggles: Four Ways He Went Wrong”; Jonathan Alter of Newsweek, “We’re Heading Left Once Again”; and Joan Vennochi of the Boston Globe, “That’s It for McCain.” To be fair to them, it was hard to find a single major pundit anywhere who predicted McCain would win — though the astute Michael Barone, author of The Almanac of American Politics, did pen a column 17 days before the vote warning that a surprise was possible. Given Barone’s credentials, someone should have listened.


How Safe Is This Election?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 24th, 2008 4:34 am by HL

How Safe Is This Election?
The GOP attack machine isn’t dead yet, but the wheels have started coming off.


US Attorney’s Office Involved In Voter-Fraud Probe in NM

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 24th, 2008 4:33 am by HL

US Attorney’s Office Involved In Voter-Fraud Probe in NM
We’ve got a bit more information on the FBI’s investigation into voter fraud that’s taking place in New Mexico. Last Friday, the Associated Press reported that FBI agents had met with Bernalillo County clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver, “after she notified…


Long Term

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 24th, 2008 4:32 am by HL

Long Term
After it became clear that Obama’s trip through the Middle East was not only error-free but wildly successful (because of Maliki’s gambit), there’s been a third wave of press chatter and fretting to the effect that Obama’s trip may now…


No Map, No Message, No McCain

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 24th, 2008 4:31 am by HL

No Map, No Message, No McCain

The McCain campaign tells the New York Times today how it sees a path to 270 electoral college votes. After talking about holding on the bulk of Bush ’04 states that equal 260 votes:

Mr. McCain’s advisers said they would look for the additional electoral votes they need either by taking Pennsylvania from the Democrats, or putting together some combination of Colorado, Nevada, New Hampshire and New Mexico.

Well, take New Mexico off of that list, since another McCain official told Politico yesterday “We have lost Iowa and New Mexico.”

(Oddly, McCain and Palin will be in Iowa and New Mexico in the next couple of days. Their scheduling has been befuddling Republican consultants outside of the campaign for some time.)

Without PA, McCain would need at least Colorado’s 9 electoral votes to have a shot at 270 (Nevada and New Hampshire together would fall one vote short.)

But McCain is trying to win Colorado on the cheap. Republicans are scaling back advertising there, though it’s not a total abandonment. A local political science professor observed: “As McCain continues to spend money in Colorado, he’ll spend it in the strong Republican counties and leave Denver alone.”

So that’s one longshot bet. The other is Pennsylvania, where two more polls came out yesterday showing Obama with double-digit leads.

Obviously, the hope is that social issues and racial factors can trump the economy.

But that was a winning game plan, McCain would have been more competitive in the similar state of Michigan. Yet the campaign pulled the plug on Michigan weeks ago, which was the first sign McCain needed a stronger positive economic message if he was going to have a chance.

And that remains McCain’s fundamental problem.

He seems to have finally recognized that insinuating Obama is a terrorist sympathizer wasn’t going to take people’s minds off of the economy (though robo-calls still push the smears under the radar.)

But read McCain’s Wed. speech from New Hampshire.

It’s about the economy, but how many paragraphs are dedicated to what McCain himself would do about the economy?

One. And that’s just a short summation of his tax cuts, nothing remotely close to a comprehensive economic vision and plan.

The rest of the speech consists of attacks on Obama with over-the-top false claims, largely about taxes. These attacks are being rejected by the public, as Obama holds a 14-point lead on the issue of taxes.

Sure, when you’re down, you need to take the front-runner down a peg. But it needs to be done with “Straight Talk,” and it needs to be coupled with a compelling message about what you would do differently — than Bush and Obama.

After McCain’s wobbly performance in the midst of economic crisis, strictly attacking Obama just won’t do.

He needs to build trust in his economic abilities, with very little time left. That remains his biggest, and likely fatal, problem.