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Campaign on Empty

Oct 28, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Opinions, Politics

By Eugene Robinson
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Source Link:
http://www.washingtonpost.com

Probably, John McCain and Sarah Palin will lose this election. Certainly, they deserve to.

With a campaign designed more to play on insecurities than to promote ideas, McCain and Palin have practically framed Barack Obama’s “closing argument” for him. “The question in this election is not ‘Are you better off than you were four years ago?’ ” Obama told an audience yesterday in Canton, Ohio. “We know the answer to that. The real question is, ‘Will this country be better off four years from now?’ ” The Republicans don’t even try to formulate an answer, and with Obama’s lead growing by the day, it’s hard to imagine what might turn things around.

An “October surprise” international incident might end up working against McCain rather than for him, given his all-over-the-map reaction to the financial crisis. The vaunted Republican get-out-the-vote machine looks almost puny beside Obama’s next-generation juggernaut.

There’s always race, of course, and we can’t say with certainty whether there’s some huge, hidden racist vote out there just waiting to emerge next Tuesday. My hunch is that race is already factored into the poll numbers — that it has already been “discounted by the market,” to use financial jargon that’s fashionable these days. I believe that race is a subtext of Republican attack words such as “dangerous” or “socialist,” and that it’s the real substance of the attempt to paint Obama as unknown, mysterious, exotic and somehow alien. My guess is that voters who are responsive to this kind of coded appeal have already responded. (more…)

Chambliss defeat would be justified

Oct 27, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Opinions, Politics

Source Link: http://www.ajc.com
By Cynthia Tucker

When Barack Obama brought his 50-state-campaign plan to Georgia, a bastion of crimson-state conservatism, Republicans scoffed. They dismissed his TV ads and voter-turnout effort as money misspent in a GOP stronghold.

But just as Georgia Republicans were bragging about their hegemony, something surprising happened. As the economy worsened and John McCain lurched from one intemperate outburst to another, the presidential race tightened even in Georgia. Equally astonishing, a little-known Democratic challenger is threatening the once-safe seat of incumbent GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

Many white Georgia voters remain reflexively Republican, so the state may stay out of Obama’s reach. And Chambliss may well hold off the challenge from Democrat Jim Martin. But the Republican senator deserves to go down in flaming defeat.

Generally, Chambliss has been a reliable lap dog to George W. Bush. Chambliss has voted to keep troops in Iraq. He has voted against expanding a low-cost health insurance program for children. He has opposed broader federal support for stem cell research. He broke with Bush only when he shouldn’t have, supporting farm subsidies, the wasteful welfare program for well-off agricultural interests. (more…)

No Ordinary Woman

Oct 27, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: News, Opinions

Source Link: http://www.nytimes.com

By JUDITH WARNER
Published: October 26, 2008

women will truly have arrived when the most mediocre among us will be able to do just as well as the most mediocre of men.

By this standard, the watershed event for women this year was not Hillary Clinton’s near ascendancy to the top of the Democratic ticket, but Sarah Palin’s nomination as the Republicans’ No. 2.

In 1977, Bella Abzug, the former congresswoman and outspoken feminist, said, “Our struggle today is not to have a female Einstein get appointed as an assistant professor. It is for a woman schlemiel to get as quickly promoted as a male schlemiel.”

In other words: women will truly have arrived when the most mediocre among us will be able to do just as well as the most mediocre of men.

By this standard, the watershed event for women this year was not Hillary Clinton’s near ascendancy to the top of the Democratic ticket, but Sarah Palin’s nomination as the Republicans’ No. 2.

For Clinton was a lifelong overachiever, a star in a generational vanguard who clearly took to heart the maxim that women “must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good,” and in so doing divorced herself from the world of the merely average. In that, she was not unlike Barack Obama — taxed by his race to be twice as reassuring, twice as un-angry, twice as presidential as any white candidate.

Mediocrity, after all, is the privilege of those who have arrived. (more…)

Anchorage Daily News Endorses Obama

Oct 27, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Opinions, Politics

Source Link: http://www.adn.com/

Obama for president

Palin’s rise captivates us but nation needs a steady hand

Alaska enters its 50th-anniversary year in the glow of an improbable and highly memorable event: the nomination of Gov. Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential candidate. For the first time ever, an Alaskan is making a serious bid for national office, and in doing so she brings broad attention and recognition not only to herself, but also to the state she leads.

Alaska’s founders were optimistic people, but even the most farsighted might have been stretched to imagine this scenario. No matter the outcome in November, this election will mark a signal moment in the history of the 49th state. Many Alaskans are proud to see their governor, and their state, so prominent on the national stage.

Gov. Palin’s nomination clearly alters the landscape for Alaskans as we survey this race for the presidency — but it does not overwhelm all other judgment. The election, after all is said and done, is not about Sarah Palin, and our sober view is that her running mate, Sen. John McCain, is the wrong choice for president at this critical time for our nation.

Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, brings far more promise to the office. In a time of grave economic crisis, he displays thoughtful analysis, enlists wise counsel and operates with a cool, steady hand. The same cannot be said of Sen. McCain. (more…)

A Makeover With an Ugly Gloss

Oct 27, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Opinions, Politics

By MAUREEN DOWD
Source Link: http://www.nytimes.com

McCain advisers have been scathing about the “sexism” of critics who dismiss Sarah Palin as Caribou Barbie.

How odd then, to learn that McCain advisers have been treating their own vice presidential candidate like Valentino Barbie, dressing her up in fancy clothes and endlessly playing with her hair.

In 1991, with Americans fretting about a shaky economy, Poppy Bush visited a J. C. Penney and bought $28 worth of tube socks and a toddler’s sweat suit in a desperate effort to seem in touch with the common folk. Palin might have followed that example and popped into Penney’s to buy some new American-made duds. She is so naturally good-looking, there is no need to gild the Last Frontier lily.

Instead, with the economy cratering and the McCain campaign running on an “average Joe” theme, dunderheaded aides, led by the former Bushies Nicolle Wallace and Tracey Schmitt, costumed their Eliza Doolittle for a ball when she should have been dressing for a bailout.

The Republicans’ attempt to make the case that Barack Obama is hoity-toity and they’re hoi polloi has fallen under the sheer weight of the stunning numbers: (more…)

Sorry, Senator. Let’s Salvage What We Can.

Oct 26, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Opinions, Politics

By David Frum
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Source Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com

There are many ways to lose a presidential election. John McCain is losing in a way that threatens to take the entire Republican Party down with him.

A year ago, the Arizona senator’s team made a crucial strategic decision. McCain would run on his (impressive) personal biography. On policy, he’d hew mostly to conservative orthodoxy, with a few deviations — most notably, his support for legalization for illegal immigrants. But this strategy wasn’t yielding results in the general election. So in August, McCain tried a bold new gambit: He would reach out to independents and women with an exciting and unexpected vice presidential choice.

That didn’t work out so well either. Gov. Sarah Palin connected with neither independents nor women. She did, however, ignite the Republican base, which has come to support her passionately. And so, in this last month, the McCain campaign has

Palinized itself to make the most of its last asset. To fire up the Republican base, the McCain team has hit at Barack Obama as an alien, a radical and a socialist. (more…)

Posted BY: sagelike
Source Link: http://www.cnn.com/

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (CNN) — With 10 days until Election Day, long-brewing tensions between GOP vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin and key aides to Sen. John McCain have become so intense, they are spilling out in public, sources say.

Several McCain advisers have suggested to CNN that they have become increasingly frustrated with what one aide described as Palin “going rogue.”

A Palin associate, however, said the candidate is simply trying to “bust free” of what she believes was a damaging and mismanaged roll-out.

McCain sources say Palin has gone off-message several times, and they privately wonder whether the incidents were deliberate. They cited an instance in which she labeled robocalls — recorded messages often used to attack a candidate’s opponent — “irritating” even as the campaign defended their use. Also, they pointed to her telling reporters she disagreed with the campaign’s decision to pull out of Michigan.

A second McCain source says she appears to be looking out for herself more than the McCain campaign. (more…)

Don’t Count Him Out Yet – John McCain can still win

Oct 25, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Opinions

By Douglas MacKinnon
Source Link: http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com
Douglas MacKinnon was a press secretary to former Senator Bob Dole.

John McCain can still win.

While Barack Obama is certainly in an enviable position, some Democrats, at least here in Washington, are growing more nervous as Election Day approaches. Mr. Obama echoed that exact sentiment on Oct. 17, when he said, “Don’t underestimate the capacity of Democrats to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.”

Why are some Democrats worried that Mr. Obama may not necessarily be headed to the White House?

For starters, the American people like to have checks and balances. With predictions that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid will grow their liberal power bases in the House and the Senate, more Americans than reflected in various polls may decide to apply the brakes to an Obama presidency.

And I know you’ve heard this before, experience does matter. Joe Biden may have inadvertently made that case for John McCain when he recently said that the world will test Barack Obama in six months. “The world is looking,” he said. “Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.” (more…)

An Observation about Sarah Palin

Oct 24, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Opinions

Am I the only one who thinks that Sarah Palin comes across like a Stand Up Comedian
She goes from one liner to one liner. It seems like nothing of substance comes out of this ladies mouth when she is on the stump, It is just a constant attack, attack, attack. She does it while she is laughing with such a sarcastic tone.

Just one mans observation http://www.brothersandsistas.com/board/images/smilies/hmm.gif

VP

Something About Sarah

Oct 24, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Opinions, Politics

By Kathleen Parker
Source Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com

My husband called it first. Then, a brilliant 75-year-old scholar and raconteur confessed to me over wine: “I’m sexually attracted to her. I don’t care that she knows nothing.”

Finally, writer Robert Draper closed the file on the Sarah Palin mystery with a devastating article in this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine: “The Making (and Remaking) of McCain.”

McCain didn’t know her. He didn’t vet her. His campaign team had barely an impression. In a bar one night, Draper asked one of McCain’s senior advisers: “Leaving aside her actual experience, do you know how informed Governor Palin is about the issues of the day?”

The adviser thought a moment and replied: “No, I don’t know.”

Blame the sycamore tree. (more…)

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