Daily Archives: October 20, 2008


The Associated Press reports that “McCain casts himself as middle-class guardian”

“In related news, I’ve cast myself as Jessica Alba’s lover”…-Oliver Willis

Quote of the Day: Nate Silver

“The other irony of Mayer’s [New Yorker] article is that Palin was not the first choice of either McCain (who preferred Joe Lieberman) nor Steve Schmidt (who preferred Mitt Romney). She was the compromise choice after those names were vetoed during the deliberation process — not necessarily the best candidate, but the least unacceptable. Rarely does quality emerge from such a process of elimination — ask yourself why wedding music is so bad, or airline food is so bland — and this was no exception. In certain ways, Palin is the latest manifestation of what I call death-by-focus-group, a phenomenon made infamous by the Ford Edsel and by New Coke. In a post-Wikiepdia universe, in which the quantity of information may too easily be conflated for its quality, such mistakes may be all the easier to succumb to.”

Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight.com

Chuck Todd: It’s All About Seniors; McCain Conceding the Popular Vote

100,000 Stand Up – St. Louis, Mo

Damon Winter/The New York Times

Damon Winter/The New York Times

“Americans’ B.S. Detectors Off Charts with Palin”

“Your broker kept saying, “Stay with the portfolio, don’t jump ship,” and you felt a strong urge to dump the stocks and get into the money market where at least you’re not going to lose your shirt, but you didn’t do it and didn’t do it, and now you’re holding a big bag of brown bananas. Me, too. But at least I know enough not to believe desperate people who are talking trash. Anybody who got whacked last week and still thinks McCain-Palin is going to lead us out of the swamp and not into a war with Iran is beyond persuasion in the English language. They’ll need to lose their homes and be out on the street in a cold hard rain before they connect the dots.”

-Garrison Keillor, FULL ARTICLE HERE.