Monthly Archives: September 2008

The Fall of a Maverick

I was once a McCain admirer. I’m happy to admit it. At that time, I actually thought he was a maverick.

But sadly, that has come to pass. Josh Marshall of TPM has an excellent piece that fleshes out the very same thoughts that I’ve had. So instead of giving you my writing, I will link you to the much better written piece.

Final damning quote: “Perhaps the most telling thing is that McCain was willing flush that reputation down the drain, betray everything he pretended to stand for, all to be president. If he wins, it will all have been worth it. He was happy to sacrifice one for the other. And now he may end up with neither.”




Hold Your Breath, Twins Fans!

Looks like we’ll have to get there the harder way!

Keep your fingers crossed.

News Orgs Sue State of Minnesota

The St. Paul Pioneer Press Reports:

“Several news organizations sued the state of Minnesota today to block a new law restricting access to polling places, saying it would interfere with exit polls.

The Associated Press, ABC, CNN, CBS, Fox News and NBC are challenging a state law that bans anyone but voters and election officials from standing within 100 feet of a polling place. The Legislature passed the law in April.” –> FULL ARTICLE

Are the Wheels Coming Off?

The Anonymous Liberal makes an interesting point about the way the Republican Party has been acting of late:

“For my entire adult life, when it comes to election time, the Republican party has always been a well-oiled machine, with all of is various parts moving in concert to get their team elected.   Disagreements are put aside until after the election.  Talking points are repeated down to the syllable.  All actions are taken with an eye on how they affect Dear Leader’s political prospects.

Well, folks, that machine has completely broken down.”

Check out his/her ENTIRE POST.

Senator Country Last

“It’s that utter power vacuum that gave McCain the opening to pull his potentially catastrophic display of economic “leadership” last week. He may be the first presidential candidate in our history to risk wrecking the country even before being voted into the Oval Office.” – Frank Rich, NYT


Renee & Steve’s Restaurant Reviews

Whenever me and my lady want to go out to dinner, I have to admit that I really do not look for the advice of the local paper’s critics. City Pages finally has a new writer, so it has improved recently.

However, if you’re looking for decent, unpretentious reviews, I recommend that you check out Renee & Steve’s Restaurant Reviews. Their site is quite simple. Every 1-3 weeks, they go to a new restaurant. Their review is divided into two sections: one for Renee’s opinion and the other for Steve’s.

It’s really quite refreshing reading their reviews. It’s from the perspective of two people going out to have a meal (imagine that) rather than some writer trying to win an award or feeding their own creative vanity.

In fact, I must also thank R&S for turning me onto Rooster’s, a little known St. Paul BBQ joint (Look for my own review of that place coming soon). That was some amazing chicken and ribs!!!

Thank you Renee & Steve and keep up the good work!

Fareed Zakaria, Joining the Turning Tide

Not a good sign. Zakaria is a moderate and in the ‘realist’ camp. This is a bad omen for McCain-Palin’s chances with independents:

“Can we now admit the obvious? Sarah Palin is utterly unqualified to be vice president. She is a feisty, charismatic politician who has done some good things in Alaska. But she has never spent a day thinking about any important national or international issue, and this is a hell of a time to start. The next administration is going to face a set of challenges unlike any in recent memory. There is an ongoing military operation in Iraq that still costs $10 billion a month, a war against the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan that is not going well and is not easily fixed. Iran, Russia and Venezuela present tough strategic challenges.

Domestically, the bailout and reform of the financial industry will take years and hundreds of billions of dollars. Health-care costs, unless curtailed, will bankrupt the federal government. Social Security, immigration, collapsing infrastructure and education are all going to get much worse if they are not handled soon.

And the American government is stretched to the limit. Between the Bush tax cuts, homeland-security needs, Iraq, Afghanistan and the bailout, the budget is looking bleak. Plus, within a few years, the retirement of the baby boomers begins with its massive and rising costs (in the trillions).

Obviously these are very serious challenges and constraints. In these times, for John McCain to have chosen this person to be his running mate is fundamentally irresponsible. McCain says that he always puts country first. In this important case, it is simply not true.” – Fareed Zakaria