McCain and Palin Circus Ringmasters

There’s a nationwide search underway. The McCain-Palin spin machine is looking for the person or persons that supposedly smeared them, The Obama-Biden attack on Palin’s family?

“I cannot tell you how special last night was for me and how enthused I am to be John McCain’s running mate,” Palin said in the email solicitation, adding: “Unfortunately, as you’ve seen this week, the Obama/Biden Democrats have been vicious in their attacks directed toward me, my family and John McCain. The misinformation and flat-out lies must be corrected.”

Unless we’re mistaken, neither Obama nor Biden nor the campaign has attacked Palin’s family. In fact, Obama said this after it was revealed that Palin’s 17-year-old daughter is pregnant: “I have said before and I will repeat again: I think people’s families are off limits, and people’s children are especially off limits. This shouldn’t be part of our politics, it has no relevance to governor Palin’s performance as a governor or her potential performance as a vice president. And so I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories.”

So far the only person remotely related to the actual campaign staff of Obama-Biden is a guy in Florida that said Palin supported Republican Pat Buchanan. Palins support for Pat seems to be in despute. Other then that they’re still looking. Palin Accuses ‘Obama/Biden Democrats’ of Attacking Her Family, But Campaign Can’t Name One

Incidentally, in 1998 Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, told the following joke at a Republican fundraiser:

“Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?” McCain joked about the then-President’s then-teenage daughter. “Because her father is Janet Reno.”

”This is the bad boy,” he told the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd. “It was stupid and cruel and insensitive. I’ve apologized. I can’t take it back. I could give you a whole bunch of excuses, but there are no excuses. I was wrong, but do you want me crucified? How many days does it need to be a story?'”

The alleged attacks of the Obama-Biden campaign will be news for as many days as it is useful for Johnny to pump the base for bucks. Its going to be more of the same old as Republicans once again claim that to disagree with then is a smear. To point out that Palin and McCain have both lied about the Bridge to Nowhere and been caught, constitutes a smear. We can’t have an honest national debate about policy because Republicans have declared a moratorium on fact checking. Earmarks

John McCain has made earmarks a central theme of his campaign this election but it is just more of the same empty rhetoric.

Nevermind that he can’t name any specific earmarks he would nix, and even admitted he wouldn’t cut off aid to Israel, which is done through earmarks.

McCain is trying to pretend that he hasn’t been part of the problem for the last ten years and hoping that the public hasn’t been paying attention. Palin has already dipped in the McPunch and declared herself a mighty foe of earmarks. I guess pointing this fact out is a angry personal attack on her or maybe its just the simple truth.

Seattle Times: “Palin’s earmark requests: more per person than any other state.”

Just this year, she sent to Sen. Ted. Stevens, R-Alaska, a proposal for 31 earmarks totaling $197 million — more, per person, than any other state.

In fact, Palin supported the “Bridge to Nowhere” during her campaign for governor.

During her first speech after being named as McCain’s surprise pick as a running mate, Palin said she had told Congress “‘thanks but no thanks’ on that bridge to nowhere.”

In the city Ketchikan, the planned site of the so-called “Bridge to Nowhere,” political leaders of both parties said the claim was false and a betrayal of their community, because she had supported the bridge and the earmark for it secured by Alaska’s Congressional delegation during her run for governor.

Palin also supported the Road to Nowhere, a $375 million boondoogle. Quite the reformer isn’t she.

McCain Palin Republican Reforrmers

There is a new web ad running called “90 Percent Bush” about McReformer’s voting record here. What’s Mccain going to reform the other 10%. Its like saying he’s going to put a new taillight on a junkyard wreck  then eclare its just like new.

“In a year when Americans want change, McCain is offering more of the same,” said the DNC’s Brad Woodhouse. “John McCain has voted with President Bush 90 percent of the time, and Americans can’t afford more of the same failed Bush policies for another four years.”

Alaska police union files complaint against Palin

The complaint alleges that the governor or her staff may have have improperly disclosed information from Wooten’s personnel records. The complaint alleges “criminal penalties may apply.”

Pain has been good for Senator Obama, Obama Fundraising Goes Bonkers After GOP’s Day-Long Attack

Barack Obama has raised around $8 million since Sarah Palin’s speech last night. Better than the $7 million McCain got after the Palin pick was announced.

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Woodward Also Reveals That Political Fears Kept War Strategy Review ‘Under the Radar’

The book also says that the U.S. troop “surge” of 2007, in which President Bush sent nearly 30,000 additional U.S. combat forces and support troops to Iraq, was not the primary factor behind the steep drop in violence there during the past 16 months.

The debate about the escalation of troops in June of 2007 is a sucker debate. BushCo escalated troop levels after four years of micromanaging a failed strategy in an invasion that they lied the nation into. Did or didn’t the surge work, the Right keeps shouting. As part of the bigger picture the question is irrelevant. We’re all happy the violence is down, obviously to most of us dying for a lie is not the way most people want to leave this world. Bush kicked out weapons inspectors to topple Saddam. By doing so he let a hundred Saddams run wild for years and since the violence is down, compared to the beginning of the invasion until late in 2007, but some level of violence and political issues remain, it is safe to assume that there are still people jockeying for power.

Paul Krugman notes that Republican’s at the RNC Convention only know one strategy and its based on the same silliness that they’ve been using since Nixon, The Resentment Strategy

Can the former mayor of New York City, a man who, as USA Today put it, “marched in gay pride parades, dressed up in drag and lived temporarily with a gay couple and their Shih Tzu” — that was between his second and third marriages — really get away with saying that Barack Obama doesn’t think small towns are sufficiently “cosmopolitan”?

Can the vice-presidential candidate of a party that has controlled the White House, Congress or both for 26 of the past 28 years, a party that, Borg-like, assimilated much of the D.C. lobbying industry into itself — until Congress changed hands, high-paying lobbying jobs were reserved for loyal Republicans — really portray herself as running against the “Washington elite”?