My first sentence was going to be something along the line of, well some people have taken to calling Senator Obama an “empty suit”. Then two things occurred to me. We’ve had an empty suit for eight years – rich man’s brat of a son that enjoyed a the family welfare plan as he spent twenty years as a drunk and occasional coke head who narrowly escaped the draft by joining the friendly skies of the Texas Air National Guard. Then again “empty suit” isn’t the only avenue of attack Right is trying against Obama. Much of it is about ethnicity and religion. Republicans like to play like they’re offended that people think of them as the racist or xenophobic party, but they keep reverting to that type of gutter politics when the going gets tough, The Freak Show
Time magazine political analyst Mark Halperin (formerly of ABC and The Note) has a post up dispensing free advice to John McCain on how he can attack Obama. The pearls of wisdom dispensed include:
5. Make an issue of Obama’s acknowledged drug use. 6. Allow some supporters to risk being accused of using the race card when criticizing Obama. … 11. Emphasize Barack Hussein Obama’s unusual name and exotic background through a Manchurian Candidate prism.
Halperin’s clear implication is to avoid making this presidential campaign about the issues because McCain is likely get get hammered if everyone starts acting like an adult. Forgive me for linking to The New Republic, but let’s not punish good writers just because they write for a magazine that has lost its way,The Audacity of Data – Barack Obama’s surprisingly non-ideological policy shop. Plenty moderate stuff that appeals to most Americans, though the kinds of policies that drives the fringe Right crazy. Ezra Klein notes that much of it sounds like Clinton adviser Gene Sperling. Barack only gets progressive on tech and government reform. Obama’s energy policy is greener, but only in shades. If he should be elected president hopefully he’ll take another look at biofuels – they’re a step backward. The point is that for those that haven’t already made up their mind Obama has plenty of solid if not innovative wonk to dive into. American Street describes Obama’s policies as pragmatic. I’ve got my fingers crossed for pragmatic and competent, two things sorely missed the last eight years.
Tech issues, net neutrality have been around for a while now and they’re likely to gain even more important as large corporations dig in, Grassroots Support? Or Astroturf?
How big are the stakes in the so-called network neutrality debate now raging before Congress and federal regulators?
Consider this: One side in the debate actually went to the trouble of hiring people off the street to pack a Federal Communications Commission meeting yesterday—and effectively keep some of its opponents out of the room.
Broadband giant Comcast—the subject of the F.C.C. hearing on network neutrality at the Harvard Law School, in Cambridge, Massachusetts—acknowledged that it did exactly that.
Comcast spokeswoman Jennifer Khoury said that the company paid some people to arrive early and hold places in the queue for local Comcast employees who wanted to attend the hearing.
Some of those placeholders, however, did more than wait in line: They filled many of the seats at the meeting, according to eyewitnesses. As a result, scores of Comcast critics and other members of the public were denied entry because the room filled up well before the beginning of the hearing.