Conservative web sites are always putting up clocks as they wonder about this and that feigned outrage of the week. I wonder how long it will be before the media starts asking McCain about his very current connections to a domestic right-wing terrorist,

G. Gordon Liddy. Liddy served four and a half years in prison for his role in the break-ins at the Watergate and at Daniel Ellsberg’s psychologist’s office. He has acknowledged preparing to kill someone during the Ellsberg break-in “if necessary.” He plotted to kill journalist Jack Anderson. He plotted with a “gangland figure” to murder Howard Hunt in order to thwart an investigation. He plotted to firebomb the Brookings Institution. He used Nazi terminology to outline a plan to kidnap “leftist guerillas” at the 1972 GOP convention. And Liddy’s bad acts were not confined to the early 1970s. In the 1990s, he instructed his radio audience on how to shoot Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agents (“Go for a head shot; they’re going to be wearing bulletproof vests.” In case anyone missed the subtlety of his point, Liddy also insisted: “Kill the sons of bitches.”) During Bill Clinton’s presidency, Liddy boasted that he named his shooting targets after the Clintons.

What does Liddy have to do with the presidential election? As Media Matters has noted:

Liddy has donated $5,000 to McCain’s campaigns since 1998, including $1,000 in February 2008. In addition, McCain has appeared on Liddy’s radio show during the presidential campaign, including as recently as May. An online video labeled, “John McCain On The G. Gordon Liddy Show 11/8/07,” includes a discussion between Liddy and McCain, whom Liddy described as an “old friend.” During the segment, McCain praised Liddy’s “adherence to the principles and philosophies that keep our nation great,” said he was “proud” of Liddy, and said that “it’s always a pleasure for me to come on your program.”

McCain even backed Liddy’s son’s congressional bid in 2000 — a campaign that relied heavily on the elder Liddy’s history.

To sum up: John McCain is “proud” of his “old friend” Gordon Liddy — an old friend who plotted to kill one of the most respected journalists in American history, and who urged listeners to kill federal agents and advised them on how to do so. McCain campaigned for Liddy’s son, and Liddy has even hosted a fundraiser for McCain at his home.

So McCain’s relationship with Liddy is pretty much a direct parallel to Obama’s relationship with Ayers. Except that McCain and Liddy have apparently spent time together more recently than Obama and Ayers. And Liddy’s extremist activities continued well into the 1990s, at least. And Liddy says he and McCain are “old friends,” while The New York Times says Obama and Ayers aren’t close. And Obama has never said Ayers adheres to “the principles and philosophies that keep our nation great.” Other than all that, it’s a direct parallel.

This is somewhat amazing considering the barrage of false attack ads that McCain continues to run, Obama Up by 10 Points as McCain Favorability Ratings Fall

With just over three weeks until Election Day, the two presidential nominees appear to be on opposite trajectories, with Sen. Barack Obama gaining momentum and Sen. John McCain stalled or losing ground on a range of issues and personal traits, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Overall, Obama is leading 53 percent to 43 percent among likely voters, and for the first time in the general-election campaign, voters gave the Democrat a clear edge on tax policy and providing strong leadership.

McCain has made little headway in his attempts to convince voters that Obama is too “risky” or too “liberal.” Rather, recent strategic shifts may have hurt the Republican nominee, who now has higher negative ratings than his rival and is seen as mostly attacking his opponent rather than addressing the issues that voters care about.

As bad as Bush was in 2000 and 2004, McCain took that same hateful approach and upped the shrillness by a few degrees. In doing so Johnny may have pushed voters to the point where they’re shaking their heads in disbelief. McCain has become the crazy crank that lives down the street, harmless enough as a neighbor, but not exactly someone they want leading the nation through the worse economic crisis sense the Great Depression. Palin isn’t helping much when asked about Bush’s recent agreements with North Korea she not only contradicted McCain, but obviously sounded like someone that was BS-ing her way through – a Mccain spokesperson latter reinterpreted her remarks for us-will Palin require an English interpreter when she’s VP. In a small town everyone can just shrug that nonsense off, doesn’t work too well as the commander-in-chief’s VP.

Congratulations to Paul Krugman for Winning the Economics Nobel. He seems determined to be modest. A rare thing in a culture that has been shown and told for eight plus years that arrogance is the new virtue.

He said that he does not expect his critics to let him off any easier because of his new accolade, though.

“I think we’ve learned this when we see Joe Stiglitz writing,” Mr. Krugman said, referring to the winner of the economics Nobel in 2001. “I haven’t noticed him getting an easy time. People just say, ‘Sure, he’s a great Nobel laureate and he’s very smart, but he still doesn’t know what he’s talking about in this situation.’ I’m sure I’ll get the same thing.”

In 1991 Mr. Krugman received the John Bates Clark medal, a prize given every two years to “that economist under forty who is adjudged to have made a significant contribution to economic knowledge.”

Speaking of the last debate McCain said, “After I whip his you know what in this debate, we’re going to be going out 24/7,”. Whether this is found offensive or not doesn’t matter as much as what it says about McCain’s view of himself, his campaign in general and his performance in the first two debates in particular. Was he holding back on solutions to the economic crisis, holding back on how to get us out of that half trillion dollar quigmire in Iraq. Now, Ok, last debate, I was tak’n it easy on ya, now things are seriiiooouss so watch out. I saw a tape of this and he’s starting to sound like Elmer Fudd.