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Jed Lewison


They Must Know They Are Screwed

October 3, 2008 10:20 PM

Just take a look at their home page, which blares "Governor Palin proved beyond any doubt that she is ready to lead as Vice President."


1. They couldn't bring themselves to declare victory, instead settling for a highly defensive proclamation that she is ready to be VPOTUS; and

2. They couldn't bring themselves to say she was qualfied to be President of the United States.

Here's what the home page looks like, with the key part highlighted:

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Who Is The Biggest Winker Of Them All?

October 3, 2008 08:56 PM

A follow-up to "Winkers In Chief":

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Winkers In Chief: Bush & Palin Salute America

October 3, 2008 08:36 PM

Update: Also see "Who is the biggest winker of them all?"

Keith O. played a funny video comparing the rhetoric Sarah Palin 2008 and George W. Bush 2000, ending with a video of both them winking.

So I did a tiny bit of googling and found a couple of higher-res images of the two of them saluting America with the squint of their eyelids...and wouldn't you know it, they almost look like twins.

Presenting the winkers in chief:

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Stuff I Should Have Blogged

October 3, 2008 07:29 PM

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McCain's Crazy Laughter

October 3, 2008 05:38 PM

John McCain has got himself some really crazy laughter, and those grunts are starting to sound a little bit insane too.

I guess one thing is for sure: La Barracuda really tickles his funny bone.

Jed Lewison


Some Straight Talk, My Friends: By McCain's Standards, He Voted For 477 Tax Increases

October 3, 2008 03:57 PM

The Obama campaign continues hammering McCain on his bogus line of argument about taxes, this time with a new web video that illustrates that by the very same standard that McCain applies to Obama, McCain has voted for 477 tax increases -- far more than the 94 he accuses Obama of having supported.

Here's the new Obama web video:

The ad also points out that during the same period of time that McCain accuses Obama of 94 tax increases, he voted (by his own standards) for 105 increases.

I just have to say once again how awesome it is to have a Democratic candidate who not only fights back, but fights back hard, and fights back effectively.

Jed Lewison


What Sarah Palin Was Reading

October 3, 2008 02:30 PM

So we know that Sarah Palin couldn't -- or wouldn't -- tell Katie Couric what newspapers and magazines she reads to form her world view.

The obvious implication is that she is a ditzy airhead, just like George W. Bush.

But what if -- also just like George W. Bush -- she was essentially playing dumb, to obscure an extreme conservatism that she knows full well is out-of-step with mainstream America?

This is more than idle speculation. Remember that photo -- supplied by her family -- of her days on the Wasilla City Council?

Well, in that photo, she was reading a copy of the magazine of the ultra right-wing John Birch Society.

So we know of at least one periodical that she has read.

What we don't know is what she else reads, and I suspect the answer might be a bit unsettling.

Jed Lewison


This Is Just The Beginning

October 3, 2008 02:05 PM

Now that the bailout, er, rescue, bill has pased, what next? The immediate credit crisis has been addressed, but now what?

John McCain probably thinks that now we can get back to talking about the threat of radical Islamic extremism, or something like that. (As we all know, he hates talking about the economy. Recall that in January when asked about why he was better than Mitt Romney on economic issues, his response was that he was that radical Islamic extremism was the most important challenge facing America.)

But the reality is that this bill -- while necessary -- will only address the credit crisis. That is a serious issue, but the fundamental problem with our economy remains: it just isn't working for enough ordinary Americans. Wages are still stagnant, and unemployment is still on the rise.

For six or seven years, the housing market boomed away, obscuring the reality of that fundamental problem. But now that the housing market is in collapse, we can see the problem plainly. It is real, and it is big, and if John McCain thinks he can ignore it, he's sorely mistaken.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden will be talking about it every day between now and the election. They get it. They see the problem. They know it needs to get fixed. They know a healthy middle-class is the bedrock of a strong America. McCain doesn't.

Jed Lewison


Second Obama Ad Of Day Blasts McCain Health Tax Plan

October 3, 2008 01:42 PM

The Obama campaign is up with their second ad of the day targeting John McCain's plan to tax individual health benefits.

While the first ad focused on Sarah Palin's inability to explain McCain's health tax plan, this ad goes straight at the core issue: that John McCain is proposing -- for the first time ever -- to tax health benefits.

If this message sinks in with voters, it will cause a real problem for McCain, whose health care plan -- including provisions that would gut employer-based health care -- is one of the most radical elements of his agenda.

Jed Lewison


Post-Debate Obama Ad Attacks McCain's Health Tax Plan

October 3, 2008 06:29 AM

The Obama campaign comes quickly out of the gate with the first post-debate ad, focusing on Sarah Palin's inability to explain John McCain's plan to tax health care benefits for the first time:

The thing I like most about this ad is that is shows once again that Barack Obama has no fear: he's not going to avoid talking about taxes just because John McCain is a Republican and Democrats aren't supposed to do that. Nope -- Barack Obama is using the facts and building the case, even if it isn't the type of case you normally see Democrats make. It's just another reason why he's going to win this election.

Jed Lewison


A Sour Verdict For Palin

October 3, 2008 06:14 AM

John Harris and Mike Allen deliver a brutal assessment of Palin's debate performance. It's a definite must-read.

Jed Lewison


Sarah Palin Channels George Bush

October 3, 2008 04:17 AM

After last night's debate, Progressive Accountability compiled a video of the similarities between Bush in 2000 and Palin in 2008. It's pretty incredible. She really is Bush in a skirt.

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The Biggest Fundamental Difference

October 3, 2008 03:52 AM

I thought this exchange on global warming was one of the most important of the evening, not just for what each candidate said about the issue at hand, but also for what their general approach to the issue said about how they would govern.

Sarah Palin explicitly said she didn't want to discuss the causes global warming. Joe Biden, on the other hand, made the obvious -- and important -- response: if we don't understand the causes for a problem, we can't come up with a solution for it.

As he says, that lack of curiosity is the probably the biggest fundamental difference between Obama-Biden and McCain-Palin.

Here's video:

Here's a transcript:

PALIN: I'm not one to attribute every man -- activity of man to the changes in the climate. There is something to be said also for man's activities, but also for the cyclical temperature changes on our planet. But there are real changes going on in our climate. And I don't want to argue about the causes. What I want to argue about is, how are we going to get there to positively affect the impacts?


BIDEN: Well, I think it is manmade. I think it's clearly manmade. And, look, this probably explains the biggest fundamental difference between John McCain and Barack Obama and Sarah Palin and Joe Biden -- Gov. Palin and Joe Biden. If you don't understand what the cause is, it's virtually impossible to come up with a solution.

Jed Lewison


Nielsen: Biden Scores Big On Iraq, Palin's "White Flag Of Surrender" Tanks

October 3, 2008 12:05 AM

According to a Nielsen focus group of undecided voters in Las Vegas, one of Joe Biden's best moments of the debate -- when he talked about ending the war in Iraq -- was also one of Sarah Palin's worst, when she accused Biden of waving "the white flag of surrender" in Iraq.

Watch as the dial meter soars for Biden, and plunges for Palin.

The Nielsen group results were broadcast on CBS. CNN's dial meter also yielded the same results.

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