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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 09/2008

Saving the GOP and The Unbearable Lightness of Being Sarah Palin

| Posted 09.01.2008 | Politics

If McCain had picked any of the far more experienced candidates on his short list, they would have come fully equipped with a long paper trail implicating them in the horror show that is the Republican Party of the last eight years.

RNC Video Diary: Reactions to Sarah Palin

| Posted 09.02.2008 | Media

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RNC Video Diary: Mika and Joe Channel Hepburn and Tracy, Moose Stew, and More Palin Reactions

| Posted 09.02.2008 | Politics

At HuffPost's lunch on the new media -- and later at the Xcel Energy Center, where the convention is being held -- I asked people to tell me where they were when they heard that McCain had picked Palin and what their first reaction was. 2008-09-02-rnc_palin_300.jpg

RNC Video Diary: African-American Republicans Weigh in on Obama

| Posted 09.03.2008 | Politics

Walking through the Xcel Energy Center, I encountered a group of African-American Republicans, and asked them for their take on the historic nature of Barack Obama's nomination. Check it out: 2008-09-04-shortenedpull.jpg

RNC Video Diary: Bringing the Bush Years to the Convention

| Posted 09.03.2008 | Politics

Here's my collection of posts from convention week: Watch: Bringing the Bush Years to the Convention Watch: Mika and Joe Channel Hepburn and Tracy, Moose Stew, and More Palin Reactions Watch: Arianna with Larry King on the McCain Speech and the Sarah Palin Soap Opera Watch: African-American Republicans Weigh in on Obama Watch: Arianna on Cindy McCain's Comments Saving the GOP and The Unbearable Lightness of Being Sarah Palin McCain is Running on the Amnesia Platform, But It's Democrats Who Need to Forget Sarah Palin

McCain is Running on the Amnesia Platform, But It's Democrats Who Need to Forget Sarah Palin

| Posted 09.05.2008 | Politics

Listening to the speech, you'd think it was the Democrats who occupied the White House the last seven-plus years and it was time to throw the bastards out.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 09.06.2008 | Politics

In asserting this week that the surge has "succeeded beyond our wildest dreams," Obama was buying into the Republicans' framing on Iraq. As the Shiite-run Iraqi government is rounding up the Sunni leaders of the Awakening who were at the heart of the reduction in violence, political reconciliation -- the actual goal of the surge -- remains a mirage. McCain's amnesia platform holds that the outcome of the surge is the sum total of the Iraq scorecard -- wiping everything else clean. Forget invading over non-existent WMD, taking our eye off al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan, war profiteering and the empowering of Iran. And forget that Gen. Petraeus wants to delay planned troop cuts because he realizes that widespread violence could easily return to Iraq. Success beyond our wildest dreams? Perhaps when Sarah Palin said, "victory in Iraq is finally in sight," she was talking about a PR victory.

Sarah Palin: A Trojan Moose Concealing Four More Years of George Bush

| Posted 09.08.2008 | Politics

Palin and the circus she's brought to town is designed to distract the country from one big truth: the havoc that George Bush and the Republican Party have wrought, and that John McCain is committed to continuing. Read More Video: Sparring With Chuck Norris On Larry King I appeared with Chuck Norris on Larry King Live Wednesday night to discuss the presidential race. When the subject turned to Iraq, the sparks began to fly. Watch the Clip Enough!: Why Obama Should Release His Righteous Rage When I think about what Bush has done to this country -- and what McCain wants to keep doing -- I consider outrage the only rational response. The last seven-plus years demand more than a beaming smile. They demand indignation. Outrage. Fury. Read More

Enough!: Why Obama Should Release His Righteous Rage

| Posted 09.10.2008 | Politics

When I think about what Bush has done to this country -- and what McCain wants to keep doing -- I consider outrage the only rational response. The last seven-plus years demand more than a beaming smile. They demand indignation. Outrage. Fury.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 09.13.2008 | Politics

This week's campaign sleazefest brought to mind G. K. Chesterton's remark: "If there is one thing worse than the modern weakening of major morals, it is the modern strengthening of minor morals." So the media burns up hours of airtime arguing about "lipstick on a pig," while spending little or no time discussing suicide bombings in Iraq killing and wounding hundreds, the unemployment rate surpassing six percent for the first time in five years, another Wall Street institution teetering on collapse, the lack of political progress in Iraq reflected in the imminent postponement of the planned provincial elections, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff declaring we're "running out of time" to get the war in Afghanistan right, etc, etc, etc. In this topsy-turvy media world, it's only fitting that the week's hardest-hitting political interview was conducted by the ladies on The View.

The Palin Doctrine: Why the Neocons Are So Excited

| Posted 09.15.2008 | Politics

Sarah Palin may not have known what the Bush Doctrine was, but we're getting a pretty good idea of what the Palin Doctrine is. And what is it going to look like? Let's just say, it's going to seem familiar.

How Obama Can Demonstrate Real Leadership on the Economic Crisis

| Posted 09.18.2008 | Politics

For Obama to show the kind of transformational leadership the crisis demands, he needs to do what so many of his critics have chided him for not doing: take a stand that puts him at odds with the establishment of his own Party. Read More WATCH: Arianna On The CBS Early Show Discussing America's Changing Perception of Sarah Palin The Palin Doctrine: Why the Neocons Are So Excited Sarah Palin may not have known what the Bush Doctrine was, but we're getting a pretty good idea of what the Palin Doctrine is. And what is it going to look like? Let's just say, it's going to seem familiar. Read More

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 09.20.2008 | Politics

A new poll this week showed Sarah Palin's approval ratings nosediving -- especially among women. It's as if she had been the new guest at a long-running dinner party: at first we were grateful for the new blood and, after oft-repeated tales of fighter pilot heroism and Harvard Law achievement, delighted to hear fresh stories about moose burgers, government jets sold on eBay, boondoggle bridges rejected, and lipsticked pit bulls. But suddenly we couldn't help but notice that the house was on fire. And as amused as they were by all the new stories and new characters, the American people knew that the "Welcome Sarah" party was over. It's time to get serious.

The Bailout Plan: Welcome to Economic Shock and Awe

| Posted 09.22.2008 | Politics

In the battle over the proper role of government, the high priests of the church of the Free Market -- including Bush, Paulson, and the Masters of Wall Street -- have suffered a monumental defeat. So why are we allowing them to dictate the terms of their surrender?

Bailout Bill: Obama Needs to Lead, Not Be One of the Bailout Bipartisan Musketeers

| Posted 09.25.2008 | Politics

If Obama goes along with the latest bill it in the name of post-partisan comity, he's making a big mistake. Washington is not lacking political leaders willing to go along with the flow.

A Good Night for Stasis, a Bad Night for Reality

| Posted 09.27.2008 | Politics

It was a good night for Obama because, when 83 percent of the country believe we are on the wrong track, standing toe-to-toe with McCain on foreign policy is all you need to do. And Obama clearly did that.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 09.27.2008 | Politics

How busy imploding was John McCain this week? Over three crisis-laden days, he couldn't find the time to read Sec. Paulson's original 3-page bailout plan. How not-ready-for-prime-time was Sarah Palin? When pressed to cite an example of McCain pushing for oversight of Wall Street, she told Katie Couric: "I'll try to find you some, and I'll bring 'em to you." How bitter was Bill Clinton? He couldn't stop singing McCain's praises, from Larry King to The View to Letterman to GMA. How much did Joe Biden need a history book? He claimed, "When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on television." How unhinged was Newt Gingrich? He called McCain's campaign suspension gambit "the greatest single act of responsible leadership ever taken by a presidential candidate." How steamed was David Letterman? See for yourself.

Does McCain Still Agree with Reagan that Government is the Problem?

| Posted 09.29.2008 | Politics

Ronald Reagan, in his first inaugural address, famously declared that "government is not the solution to our problem." In the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, this anti-government battle cry should be on trial. But, stunningly, it is not. This needs to change.