Monthly Archives: December 2008

Props: Tamron Hall on “Barack the Magic Negro”

Watching Kate Obershain trying to defend this douchebaggery is laughable at best. Props to Tamron Hall for calling her on it.

Are there any true conservatives left in the Republican party? People who believe in limited government, personal liberty, responsibility, and accountability? It seems like the sane people have left the building and all the looney rejects have now ascended to power. What future do they see as being only strong in the former-cotton growing states and arrogantly kissing off the west, southwest, midwest, and eastcoast?

Brillliant strategy, I say!


QoD: Josh Marshall on RNC Chair Fiasco

“I see the GOP’s devious plan to become the party of southern whites over the age of 50 continues apace.

Wholly unable to confirm this, but I’m told the talk is now that Mike Duncan may have to perform in black face at the upcoming RNC meeting to remain a credible candidate for the job.”

Josh Marshall, TPM

Caroline Kennedy, Pt II.

John Cole is a little more sympathetic to Kennedy:

I can understand and support some of the criticisms against her, but there seems to be a real mean-spiritedness directed towards her (and again, maybe that is just me reading into things). Every interview she gives is dissected, stripped of context, and played in the most negative light possible, and every thing she says or does is portrayed as if she has some nasty ulterior motive. From where I sit, she has not spent her entire adult life constantly mugging for cameras, she has not killed a campaign worker, she has not been arrested for drunk driving, and she has not pushed a bunch of execrable bullshit about autism. All she seems to have done is quietly go about her business, do solid charity work, and keep a low profile.

QOD: Matthew Dowd on Bush

“Katrina to me was the tipping point. The president broke his bond with the public. Once that bond was broken, he no longer had the capacity to talk to the American public. State of the Union addresses? It didn’t matter. Legislative initiatives? It didn’t matter. P.R.? It didn’t matter. Travel? It didn’t matter.”

Matthew Dowd, Bush’s pollster and chief strategist for the 2004 presidential campaign.

You Have to Want It. You Can’t Half-Ass It.

obamacarolinekennedyI’m sure Caroline Kennedy has just about the same chance of being a great Senator as anyone else in New York politics. That may or may not be a compliment. And I’m sure she’s a nice person. I certainly appreciate what she did in being crucial for Ted Kennedy endorsing Barack Obama at such a momentous time in the primary season.

However, she has not exactly been setting the world on fire in her open lobbying to get Governor Patterson to nominate her for Hillary Clinton’s seat. She’s been unclear in answering questions. She has, so far, refused to release financial disclosures that ANY serious candidate should do. She has not enunciated why the hell she wants to be a Senator besides platitudes.

If you do not put forth the effort, people will eventually come to feel that you think you just deserve it.

That did not work too well for Senators Hillary Clinton and John McCain when they came up against a supposedly “not ready to lead” Barack Obama. Even if Patterson does appoint her, she will still have to face the voters in two years. Voters remember…

Happy Festivus, Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, Winter Solstice, Feast of Maximum Occupancy, Whatever

Cheers, everybody!

As you can see with the infrequent posting, I’ll be on break for the next week or two. Enjoy your family and friends, if you’re lucky to have them. Curl with a nice pint of Summit Winter Ale and a snifter of your favorite whiskey to warm your spirits even further.


NYT Editorial Praises Minnesota Elections System

So we’re not Florida?:

It’s too early to say whether Mr. Franken or incumbent Senator Norm Coleman will win, but one thing is becoming clear. Minnesota is pretty good at running elections.

The most important thing about this recount is that all votes in Minnesota are cast on paper — mainly on optical scan forms, that get read by computer. That means that when the votes have to be recounted, there are paper ballots that can be inspected. In states that have paperless electronic voting, this cannot be done.

The state Canvassing Board also seems — at least on the information that has emerged so far — to be performing its duties responsibly, and trying its best to figure out the intent of the voters.

It may seem pretty strange that Christmas is nearly here, and Minnesota still has not called its Senate race. But that’s a result of how close the race is — a mere handful of votes, out of some 2.9 million cast.

The deliberate way the state is reviewing the ballots is not a weakness in the state’s democracy, but a sign of health — and of what appears to be a sincere commitment to calling the race for the candidate with the most votes.