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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 10/2008

VP Debate: McCain's Big Gamble Comes Up Snake Eyes

| Posted 10.03.2008 | Politics

After watching the debate, I am convinced that if the country somehow has a collective mental meltdown and elects Sarah Palin, she will be even more dangerous than Cheney.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 10.04.2008 | Politics

When it comes to leadership, this week proved we are living in a moment of mediocrities -- a long moment. Sarah Palin, wearing her ignorance like a beauty pageant tiara, was "annoyed" that she was asked actual questions by Katie Couric. George Bush looked the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression square in the eye...and threw up his hands. Congress stepped into the leadership void and promptly created another one. And the less said about Alberto Gonzales' week, the better. Desperate times cry out for exceptional leaders. It's not a matter of stratospheric SAT scores or Mensa-level IQs. What we need is the one thing in short supply: wisdom. It's in our DNA to fear the evil genius. But we still have to be trained to recognize the dangers of the clueless mediocrity. For those of you in the Pennsylvania area, on Monday I'll be debating Mike Huckabee in Hershey. For more information, click here.

McCain's Desperate Claim: Obama is Dangerous. Vote for Me If You Want to Live!

| Posted 10.06.2008 | Politics

McCain and his hatchet mom VP nominee are desperately trying to expose the "real" Obama to the people of America; but what they are really exposing is how morally corrupt McCain has become. And how complete has been his transformation from a noble reformer into an ignoble hack, willing to abandon his most deeply held values in his lust for the presidency. Read More The Winner of Debate II? "That One" McCain twice laid out the criteria for how the American people should judge the candidates: In tough times, we need someone with a steady hand on the tiller. By that measure, Obama was the clear winner. He was centered where McCain was scattered. Forceful where McCain was forced. Presidential where McCain was petulant. Read More

The Winner of Debate II? "That One"

| Posted 10.08.2008 | Politics

At the end of the debate, Brokaw asked McCain to get out of the way of his Teleprompter. He might as well have been speaking on behalf of the future: Senator McCain can you please get out of the way so we can get on with it?

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 10.11.2008 | Politics

As Wall Street continued its nosedive, and markets around the world shuddered, John McCain's campaign launched an unrelentingly nasty assault on Barack Obama. Sarah Palin accused Obama of "palling around with terrorists." McCain co-chair Frank Keating smeared him as a drug-using "guy of the street." McCain contemptuously called him "that one." Rally speakers repeatedly referred to him as "Barack Hussein Obama." Rabid crowds responded with cries of "kill him!" and "treason." The party of Lincoln has gone from appealing to "the better angels of our nature" to evoking the darkest demons of our nature. Nevertheless, it was Cindy McCain who accused Obama of having "waged the dirtiest campaign in American history" -- a breathtaking display of projection.

October Surprise Update: What McCain May Be Planning and What Obama Can Do to Ruin It

| Posted 10.13.2008 | Politics

As the one arrow left in McCain's quiver -- other than appealing to racists -- national security becomes the likeliest playing field for an October Surprise.

New on Green: Sloan Barnett and Green Goes With Everything

| Posted 10.13.2008 | Green

America is in the midst of an asthma epidemic caused by the explosion of toxins in our environment, an epidemic that has rendered million of children afraid to go out and play without bringing along their inhalers. For many people, the signature image signifying threats to our environment is the disappearing snowcap atop Mt. Kilimanjaro. Sloan Barnett epitomizes the new image. She is a former consumer reporter who became an environmental activist when her son developed asthma. Starting this week, we are delighted to welcome Sloan -- whose book, Green Goes With Everything, has become a best-seller -- as a featured regular on our Green section, blogging about the many ways we can protect ourselves and our families by detoxifying our lives. Check out her first post below.

McCain's Losing Strategy: Double Down on the Anger

| Posted 10.16.2008 | Politics

This debate was won on the reaction shots. Every time Obama spoke, McCain grimaced, sneered, or rolled his eyes. Every time McCain was on the attack, Obama smiled - underlining McCain's need for anger management. Read More New on Green: Sloan Barnett and Green Goes With Everything For many people, the signature image signifying threats to our environment is the disappearing snowcap atop Mt. Kilimanjaro. Sloan Barnett epitomizes the new image. She is a former consumer reporter who became an environmental activist when her son developed asthma. Read More October Surprise Update: What McCain May Be Planning and What Obama Can Do to Ruin It As the one arrow left in McCain's quiver -- other than appealing to racists -- national security becomes the likeliest playing field for an October Surprise. Read More

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 10.18.2008 | Politics

Increasingly desperate, John McCain and the GOP are throwing the kitchen sink at Barack Obama. No wonder they called Joe the Plumber. So this week brought racist mailers, a tidal wave of robocalls, more Bill Ayers, Sarah Palin's love of the "pro-American areas of this great nation," and McCain's outlandish claim that ACORN is "destroying the fabric of democracy." Not unwarranted wiretapping, waterboarding, extraordinary rendition, or the denial of habeas corpus. ACORN. Bringing this toxic collection together in one despicable no-goodie bag was Rush Limbaugh, who charged that Obama -- aided and abetted by Ayers and ACORN -- is "smack dab in the middle" of a 30-year plot to teach black children to "hate, hate, hate" America. It's going to take more than a plumber to pull McCain's -- and his party's -- reputation out of the sewer.

The Internet and the Death of Rovian Politics

| Posted 10.20.2008 | Politics

Age has finally become an issue for John McCain. But the problem isn't the candidate's 72 years; it's the antediluvian approach of his campaign.

McCain Finds Americans No Longer Buying Into the Spec Market on Dread

| Posted 10.23.2008 | Politics
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With time running short, Team McCain wants to cover as many fear bases as possible. Unfortunately for McCain, playing the Be Afraid game has gotten a lot more complicated. A new study published this month suggests swing voter reactions to terror warnings may, in fact, have the opposite impact on McCain than they had on Bush. Read More The Internet and the Death of Rovian Politics Age has finally become an issue for John McCain. But the problem isn't the candidate's 72 years; it's the antediluvian approach of his campaign. McCain is running a textbook Rovian race: fear-based, smear-based, anything goes. But thanks to YouTube, blogging, and instant fact-checking, it is getting harder and harder to get away with repeating brazen lies without paying a price. Read More And thank you to the HuffPost community for our great traffic numbers.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 10.25.2008 | Politics

Lights, camera, politics! The stretch run of the '08 race has unleashed a torrent of citizen-created campaign videos, turning my inbox into a contagious media multiplex, and our HuffPost team into viral video Roger Eberts. Among our favorites: the astounding Obama/McCain dance-off (how did they do that?); the hysterical (and surprisingly poignant) return of the Waaaasup! guys; Opie and the Fonz come out for Obama (so do these alta cocker comedians); the "Change My World" choir; and the powerful sentiments of these Local Voices and these Conservatives for Obama. Plus, our own 23/6 has been knocking it out of the park on a regular basis, with Get Your War On, the Sarah Palin vlog, and SwiftJews for Truth. So break out the popcorn, hit play... then pass them on.

Obama Should Spill a Little Red Ink to Turn a Few More Red States Blue

| Posted 10.27.2008 | Politics

The enduring theme of Obama's campaign has been fundamental change. But, with victory in sight, the question becomes: how much change can he deliver without a filibuster-proof 60 seats in the Senate? Read More The Battle Over CA Prop 5: Special Interests Overwhelming the Public Interest Prop 5 follows a successful model, will lessen prison over-crowding, will save a cash-strapped state billions, will reform a "counterproductive and ill-conceived" parole system, and will shift criminal justice dollars from incarceration to treatment -- an effective approach favored by a majority of the public. Yet our leaders are opposing it, without offering any alternatives. Why? Read More Watch: Arianna Spars with Ben Stein and Michael Medved on Larry King Live over "Spreading The Wealth" Attacks and Khalidi Smears

The Battle Over CA Prop 5: Special Interests Overwhelming the Public Interest

| Posted 10.30.2008 | Politics

The drug war continues to be an electrified third rail in American politics. And political money continues to be a roadblock to real reform. Don't believe the hype. Vote Yes on Prop 5.