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Entries by Jason Linkins from 10/2008

White House Bailout Strategy: Change The Name

Posted 10.01.2008 | Politics

With the Senate set to take up the White House's plan to save our collapsing markets, and the promise of a renewed effort to do the same in the House,...

How Sarah Palin Can Win The Debate

Posted 10.01.2008 | Politics

In the debate rules, Sarah Palin will find her salvation. For while those rules govern the length that each participant may speak, nowhere is it written that Sarah Palin actually has to say anything.

Maureen Dowd Reacts To Being Tossed From McCain Plane

Posted 10.01.2008 | Media

Earlier this week, we learned that the McCain campaign had barred New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd from traveling on their plane, stranding her a...

The Fox News Ethos Summarized In Thirty Seconds

Posted 10.01.2008 | Media

[Via Gawker/Sullivan] Back in 2004, filmmaker Robert Greenwald released a documentary called Outfoxed, which spent seventy-five minutes diving deeply ...

White House Takes 'Rescue' Battle To Facebook

Posted 10.01.2008 | Media

In an exchange that likely "made a little Washington media history," a White House spokesman took time out of his day to register an objection to the Facebook status message of Olivier Knox, White House Correspondent from AFP.

MSNBC's Todd: Race, Polls At 'Tipping Point': 'This Should Really Scare The McCain Campaign'

Posted 10.02.2008 | Politics

On MSNBC this morning, in-house polling guru Chuck Todd told the Morning Joe panel that the race had reached a "tipping point," with tonight's vice-pr...

Time: Colorado 'Could Be Key To Election'

Posted 10.02.2008 | Politics

Colorado, whose capital city played host to the Democratic National Convention (and its complicated and spirit-crushing security perimeters) is shapin...

John McCain Gets Incoherent In Bailout Defense

Posted 10.02.2008 | Politics

Look, I'm just going to level with you. I have not got no explanation for what could possibly be going on in this clip of John McCain on today's Morn...

How The Page Turns Breaking News Into A Painful Annoyance

Posted 10.02.2008 | Media

It can be very hard to describe what it is precisely about The Page that makes it such a toxic annoyance to the many inside-the-Beltway types for whom hating The Page is a shibboleth, bespeaking common sense. But today's news offers an example.

Fred Thompson Throws National Review's Parker Under The Bus

Posted 10.02.2008 | Politics

A few days ago, National Review columnist Kathleen Parker had the temerity to suggest that Sarah Palin lacked a certain level of ... let's say ... qua...

Palin Gets Afghanistan Commander's Name, Strategy Wrong

Posted 10.02.2008 | Politics

Sarah Palin gets wrong both the commanding general in Afghanistan's name and position. Watch: The commanding general in Afghanistan didn't merely...

Biden Lowers Boom On McCain: Not A Maverick

Posted 10.02.2008 | Politics

Presented with the contention that John McCain represented a set of "maverick" possibilities in governance, Senator Joe Biden offered up a spirited an...

Fox Refuses To Carry Brave New Films Ad

Posted 10.03.2008 | Politics

Brave New Films' most recent political ad, detailing the medical history of GOP nominee John McCain and which raises concern about his recurrent melan...

Meghan McCain's Infinite Playlist

Posted 10.05.2008 | Politics

As many of you no doubt know, Senator John McCain's daughter Meghan has turned her father's campaign into something of a hobby to build a blog around,...

If It's Sunday...It's An Explanation Of Football Metaphors

Posted 10.05.2008 | Media

Last Friday, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer rendered his verdict on McCain's chances to win the election - he hadn't any. Obama has ...

Closest Thing You'll Get To Palin Is Her Debate Facsimile

Posted 10.05.2008 | Politics

As vice presidential contender Sarah Palin made her way to the end of her first and only debate of this campaign season, you got the sense that she wa...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 10.05.2008 | Politics

We jump right into the New Negativity and Palin "pallin' around with terrorists." Lieberman says: "It is fair game!"

McCain Flack Says Obama's Criticism Of Bush Policy Is Unpatriotic

Posted 10.06.2008 | Politics

Did you ever think you'd see the day that you'd miss the comparatively reasonable intonations of Carly Fiorina on your teevee, flacking for McCain? I...

Palin: Bad Interviews My Way Of Helping Tina Fey

Posted 10.06.2008 | Media

The McCain/Palin decision to go all-negative, all the time is apparently something of a scorched earth tactic. But while it's one thing to misquote d...

Hannity Quotes Anti-Semite On Obama's "Radicalism"

Posted 10.06.2008 | Politics

Just in time for Yom Kippur comes a reminder of what a world-class ganef Sean "Shonde" Hannity is.

Kathleen Parker: Palin 'Not Stupid' But 'Disingenuous'

Posted 10.06.2008 | Politics

In an online chat with the Washington Post readership, the National Review's Kathleen Parker continued to express her overall vexation with vice-presi...

McCain's Decline In Virginia Not Limited To 'Communist Country'

Posted 10.06.2008 | Politics

Over the weekend, John McCain's brother Joe leveled his best zinger at the residents of Arlington County and Alexandria, Virginia labeling the region ...

Fox And Friends Hosts Grapple With Reality On Ayers

Posted 10.06.2008 | Politics

The McCain campaign has decided that the key issue facing America today is why an eight-year old Barack Obama wasn't Maverick enough to stop William A...

Annals Of Unnamed Sourcery

Posted 10.06.2008 | Media

Late last month, Alex Balk of Radar found, in this Politico article, one of the most hilarious lines of attribution I'd ever read. In an article repl...

Campbell Brown Pleads: 'Don't Let This Devolve Into A Campaign That...We Are Sickened By'

Posted 10.07.2008 | Media

CNN's Campbell Brown mounted a spirited call for a return to some degree of politesse and decorum at the top of her newscast last night. Brown termed Palin's "pallin' with terrorists" line "outrageous."