Daily Archives: October 17, 2008

Props to David Letterman

Is it sad that comedians are now doing the tough journalism that the jokers on the networks were supposed to be doing?

Props to David Letterman for calling out hypocrisy.

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David Frum’s Applebee’s Moment

A couple of days ago on the Rachel Maddow show, writer David Frum criticized Stephen Colbert for making fun of an inaccuracy by David Brooks:

“A few days ago, Colbert scoffed at my friend David Brooks for referring to the “salad bar” at Applebee’s – when Applebee’s doesn’t feature salad bars. An error – how ridiculous! But conscious fabrication? I guess that’s OK, so long as it’s done in the sacred name of comedy.”

That is the whole point!!

Colbert was making fun of a David Brooks statement criticizing Senator Obama for not understanding the “Average American” who uses the salad bar at Applebee’s and feeding into the out of touch elitist image.

Is there no irony lost on Mr. Frum that David Brooks only exposed HIMSELF as the out of touch elitist? It’s amazing how some of these writers like Brooks and Noonan continue to speak for “Middle America” and “Real Americans” but their deserved success has removed them so far from the very people that they pretend to be experts about. Come on!

Washington Post Endorses Senator Obama

“THE NOMINATING process this year produced two unusually talented and qualified presidential candidates. There are few public figures we have respected more over the years than Sen. John McCain. Yet it is without ambivalence that we endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president.

The choice is made easy in part by Mr. McCain’s disappointing campaign, above all his irresponsible selection of a running mate who is not ready to be president. It is made easy in larger part, though, because of our admiration for Mr. Obama and the impressive qualities he has shown during this long race…

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Toles on Economic Trickle Down: “Now you get it…”

Latest Minnesota Poll of Polls

Pollster.com incorporates the Quinnipiac/WSJ polls into the prior Star Trib, U of M and CNN polls:

A Rift Between McCain and Gov. Crist?

Steve Benen of the Washington Monthly correctly notes a getting-off-the-bandwagon by Republican Charlie Crist of Florida:

“Granted, there’s apparently some sort of rift between Crist and McCain right now, with the Florida governor distancing himself from the Republican campaign, but his dismissal of ridiculous McCain/Palin conspiracy theories is nevertheless striking.”

[He also said he is going to Disney World instead of campaigning with McCain]

One has to wonder what brought this rift about.

If you recall, during the primary season, the very popular Governor Crist swiftly endorsed John McCain. McCain took Florida.

Afterwords, McCain spent no advertising dollars in Florida until a vice-presidential nominee was announced. That seemed pretty weird to me. A state that has been such a prize for many elections did not get any of his media buys at the time. It seemed like the fix was in.

Could it be that Crist was promised something that McCain had no intention of giving? Or, even worse, did McCain intend to name him VP (and pretty much put Florida in his column), but was thwarted by the neo-con wing of his cadre that pushed hard (and successfully) for the esteemed Sarah Palin?