the first debate- reviews are in.

•September 29, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Deep breath. Try to remain unbiased. Oh fuck it. Obama ruled! On the topic in which many argue to be his clear  weakness- foreign policy, Obama still managed to win the night. His debate experience showed, as McCain fumbled over his words and failed to clearly articulate his position. He spent most of the night smirking as Obama spoke. Tsk tsk. Weren’t manners a big thing in the 1890s?

A focus group of 45 voters with an “unmistakenly Republican tilt” believed that Obama won the night handily: By a 38 to 27% margin, these voters said that Obama had won this debate… A look at the underlying numbers shows that Obama made important gains that could ensure through Election Day. These undecided voters had a strong positive reaction to Obama on a personal level. Before the debate just 40% viewed him positively, yet this skyrocketed to 69% afterwards. He also made large strides on being seen as independent, from 44 percent to 65 percent. And in head-to-head matchups against McCain, Obama made significant gains on who “shares your values” and is “on your side.”

The New York Times editorial board writes that Obama won the discussion of the economy and that McCain seemed out of step with the current moment:

Mr. McCain fumbled his way through the economic portion of the debate, while Mr. Obama seemed clear and confident. Mr. McCain was more fluent on foreign affairs, and scored points by repeatedly calling Mr. Obama naïve and inexperienced.

But Mr. McCain’s talk of experience too often made him sound like a tinny echo of the 20th century. At one point, he talked about how Ronald Reagan’s “S.D.I.” helped end the cold war. We suspect that few people under the age of 50 caught the reference. If he was reaching for Reagan’s affable style, he missed by a mile, clenching his teeth and sounding crotchety where Reagan was sunny and avuncular.

McCain, you old dog!

•September 26, 2008 • Leave a Comment

“At least I don’t plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt.”

~ John McCain, the original Maverick to his current wife Cindy McCain, in front of reporters 1992.

“As long as it’s inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”

~ influential fundraiser for John McCain’s 2008 campaign, Clayton Williams, on the subject of rape; McCain subsequently postponed a fundraising appearance with Williams after scrutiny from the press, but kept the over $300,000 raised by Williams.

John and his Maverick pals. Doing what they do best. Classic McCain. The original Maverick.

katie couric and sarah palin

•September 25, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Oh Sarah. You are soooo plucky and enthusiastic in your incompetance. I guess thats why people think shes charming. Attention McCain camp!!! If you want a chance in winning, you need to keep this woman away from the press, she KNOWS NOTHING. Its glaringly obvious

What exactly is she qualified to do? She isnt schooled on the Bush doctrine, obviously knows little about economics… but hey, she sure is pretty! Is a pageantry record now the only pre-requisite for vice-presidency??

 

fun fun fun!

•September 24, 2008 • Leave a Comment

“we’ll be laughing about how we used to smoke,

all those stupid little cigarettes and drink stupid wine,

cause it was what we needed to have a good time”

 

i am aware that i often post videos without making a greater effort to post some text of substance, but this song is just too good not to post… enjoy!

democrats having difficulty wooing the evangelicals

•September 18, 2008 • Leave a Comment

 

As Obama and McCain move into the final two months of this longest of elections, white evangelical or “born again” Christian voters are being fought over more fiercely than at any time in modern history. Both parties employ evangelical outreach specialists. 

White evangelicals are the most Republican religious group in the country, with 62% of them leaning Republican, compared with 38% of all voters. 

Apparently many evangelicals have long been uncomfortable with Mr McCain, a man who cannot decide whether he is an Episcopalian or a Baptist. But Mr McCain’s biggest coup by far was picking Sarah Palin as his running-mate. Mrs Palin is an evangelical convert—she was born a Catholic—who is deeply-rooted in the evangelical subculture.

Read more here.

sarah palin for mayor

•September 18, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Love it. The feathered hair may be her only redeemable feature!

The Maverick takes on HIV

•September 17, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Q: “So no contraception, no counseling on contraception. Just abstinence. Do you think contraceptives help stop the spread of HIV?”
Mr. McCain: (Long pause) “You’ve stumped me.”
Q: “I mean, I think you’d probably agree it probably does help stop it?”
Mr. McCain: (Laughs) “Are we on the Straight Talk express? I’m not informed enough on it. Let me find out. You know, I’m sure I’ve taken a position on it on the past. I have to find out what my position was. Brian, would you find out what my position is on contraception—I’m sure I’m opposed to government spending on it, I’m sure I support the president’s policies on it.”

via Reproductive Heath Reality Check

Well I’m confident he can tackle the real issues!