Automakers Need a Bailout, While McCain-Palin Try to Rescue Their Reputations

Automakers Seek Their Own Federal Bailout

The chief executives of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, and the president of the United Auto Workers union met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Thursday to discuss billions of dollars more in financial help for the companies.

Its exasperating, but the bottom line is jobs and the ripple effect of the U.S. going out of the auto making business. There are a few things probably most taxpayers would like to see discussed. The UAW (United Auto Workers) have have tremendous concessions in light of the current auto maker crisis, what sacrifices are the executives of these companies going to make. Part of the Big 3’s problems are the credit crunch, people are not buying cars. The other problems have been an endemic part of the U.S. auto industry for some time. The resistance to making gas mileage a high priority and not making the adoption of Toyota’s hydrid technology an urgent priority – another string Congress should attach. The less then inspiring models – build quality has improved, but owner satisfaction surveys always have Japan and German cars as their top rated auto makers; and unions are not to blame – Japan and Germany have unionized auto makers. Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm makes an obvious point, the additional $25 billion the car makers might need seems like a bargain compared to the $700 billion for the financial industry – AIG has received $143 billion in federal aid in two months. As Congress likely approves this money they might also consider not providing money for GM to use to acquire Chrysler. Buying Chrysler might actually cost GM jobs – if Chrysler is allowed to go out of business it would likely give the remaining two of the big three some larger market leverage and they would eventually start hiring again. Who knows when we’ll get the financial bailout money back. The auto industry is asking for a loan – one which auto makers, with some Congressional oversight, is capable of paying back. Then there are the approximately  three million jobs directly or indirectly dependent on the auto industry – those people not making their mortgage payments wouldn’t help the economy, taxpayers or the mortgage companies we’re already helping.

The McCain-Palin rehabilitation tour

Palin not ruling out 2012 bid

“Don’t let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is and even if it’s cracked up a little bit, maybe I’ll just plow right on through that and maybe prematurely plow through it, but don’t let me miss an open door. And if there is an open door in ’12 or four years later, and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I’ll plow through that door,” Palin said in an interview with Fox News Monday.

Run Gov. Palin, run, run like the wind. My dream Republican ticket in 2012, Palin as Prez and Mitt Romney as VP. But let’s have some respect for doors. They’re usually private or state property and can’t be put on your Neiman-Marcus charge card. She seems to have preference for revolving doors, first smearing President-elect Obama as someone who “pals around with terrorists” and now says “I’m Comfortable With Barack Obama As Our Commander In Chief”. Is she a person that says what she means and means what she says or someone more then willing to make egregious attacks on a good American’s character to score cheap political points. Her willingness to do so and her history of using attacks of convenience strongly suggests she is no more then the typical back stabbing pol, even as people in her own party describe her.

Transcript of McCain on “The Tonight Show”

Senator John McCain: Well, you’ve got to have a respectful campaign. And that doesn’t mean it isn’t tough. I mean, campaigns are tough, and they should be because you’re seeking the most important position 3 in the world. But there’s a difference between being tough and being personal or angry. And look, America right now — I don’t have to tell you — I don’t have to tell anybody out here, especially those members of the military — that we’re in two wars. We’ve got housing problems. We’ve got economic crisis. We’ve got all these problems. Now it’s time for America to join together and support the man who was just elected President.

“Respectful” campaign? Maybe on McCain’s home planet in the universe of denial. yet another opportunity to apologize to the American people and his political opponents and nada, nothing. McCain and Palin throw everthing, including the kitchen sink,

…what has pumped up the Weimar-like rage at McCain-Palin rallies, is the violent escalation in rhetoric, especially (though not exclusively) by Palin. Obama “launched his political career in the living room of a domestic terrorist.” He is “palling around with terrorists” (note the plural noun). Obama is “not a man who sees America the way you and I see America.” Wielding a wildly out-of-context Obama quote, Palin slurs him as an enemy of American troops.

By the time McCain asks the crowd “Who is the real Barack Obama?” it’s no surprise that someone cries out “Terrorist!” The rhetorical conflation of Obama with terrorism is complete. It is stoked further by the repeated invocation of Obama’s middle name by surrogates introducing McCain and Palin at these rallies. This sleight of hand at once synchronizes with the poisonous Obama-is-a-Muslim e-mail blasts and shifts the brand of terrorism from Ayers’s Vietnam-era variety to the radical Islamic threats of today.

That’s a far cry from simply accusing Obama of being a guilty-by-association radical leftist. Obama is being branded as a potential killer and an accessory to past attempts at murder. “Barack Obama’s friend tried to kill my family” was how a McCain press release last week packaged the remembrance of a Weather Underground incident from 1970 — when Obama was 8.

McCain shouldn’t be allowed in the U.S. Senate much less president of a great country going through hard times. One more from the Leno interview,

Senator John McCain: Joe is one of the finest, most wonderful men I’ve ever known in my life. I have never known a finer man than Joe Lieberman, and I believe I won the nomination because right before the New Hampshire primary — and I know I don’t expect a lot of you to remember all the details — he came out to supported me.

Normal people look up and see the earth’s moon, McCain swears, in his parallel universe that its actually the light emitting from Joementum. Maybe McCain thought he was running for president of Mars. Is he capable of grasping reality?  Lieberman: Obama Has Not Always Put Country First

But as he introduced Mr. McCain at a campaign event here on Tuesday, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut made the attack a lot more explicit, calling the election a choice “between one candidate, John McCain, who has always put the country first, worked across party lines to get things done, and one candidate who has not.’’

McCain has been in Washington almost a quarter of a century and has only excelled at one thing; keeping his identity as Superman a secret from everyone except Joe Screw Loose Lieberman. John and Joe have a lot in common, an egomaniacal love of the bull that comes out of their mouths. Both will best serve the future of the United States when they retire.

Palin and the Right Keep Tripping Over Their Narcissism

Palin’s reality problem

I’m done with ‘em

Supporters of Palin say she’s had it with the campaign staff.

“She’s lost confidence in most of the people on the [campaign] plane,” a Palin insider told Politico. He says she would like to further ignore staff advice and do things her own way.

But CNN reports campaign aides say she’s a selfish renegade.

“She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone,” said this McCain adviser. “She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family, or anyone else.”

Palin blames Bush for GOP defeat

“I think the Republican ticket represented too much of the status quo, too much of what had gone on in these last eight years,” Palin said in an interview with the Anchorage Daily News at Wasilla Sunday afternoon, referring to the Bush presidency from 2000 to 2008.

Alaska Governor Palin made the remarks after former Republican candidate John McCain lost the November 4 election last week to President-elect Barack Obama.

Palin also criticized President George W. Bush’s war policies in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“How did we run up a $10 trillion debt in a Republican administration, how have there been blunders with war strategy under a Republican administration,” she asked.

When asked about her political future, the Alaska Governor did not rule out a run for president or vice president in 2012.

One can see where Palin’s base – the name callers at her rallies and the Republicans that regard her as a “MILF”– might let her get away with being critical of Bush’s strategy or lack there of in Afghanistan, but Iraq. Iraq is the Right’s centerpiece of the neocon’s flytrap theory of preventing another 9-11; Just ask Fox’s Brit Hume who says us mere mortals just show some appreciation for Bush’s policy direction “an amazing one”. Maybe if Palin had made speeches to that effect rather then tossing out the vitriol about President-elect Obama, she might have been able to convince some moderate Republicans and Independents that she really was something other then Dick Cheney in heels. When Palin hasn’t been blaming McCain/McCain’s staff or Bush she’s been blaming the media, a tired old dog that the Right resorts to whipping when all else fails, Palin On Fox News: Couric Annoyed Me

For the record, Couric asked her, among other things, what type of news sources she turns to for information, which Supreme Court decisions she disagreed with, why Alaska’s proximity to Russia gave her foreign policy experience, her opinion of the bailout package for Wall Street, and where she thought Vice President Dick Cheney erred. Which one of those questions was designed to trip her up (as opposed to, say, give viewers a better sense of her character and views) is tough to ascertain.

The only one of those questions that an informed voter might be able to let her slide on was the Supreme Court decisions. Even then, as a college graduate and governor shouldn’t Brown V. Board of Education, or Miranda V. Arizona ring a bell or sense her son is in a modern sexually integrated military, maybe United States V. VMI. I watched a few minutes of the series The Today Show is doing on her this morning – very much a puff piece where she goes relatively unchallenged by Matt Lauer, thus far. She goes on at length defending herself against what she describes as attacks, but which in most cases were/are legitimate questioning of her qualifications, stands on issues and her ethics. She capable of being pleasant, of projecting a public persona, that more substantive qualities aside, one can see where in our acutely personality obsessed culture, she would be someone that low info voters would find appealing. It would be great if everyone on the political spectrum based their vote on something more concrete, but such is the nature of politics since Hamilton and Jefferson battled it out two hundred years ago. The most disappointing and goofy aspect of Palin’s 20/20 hindsight is that she thinks that she will be qualified to be president in 2012 and that she was not the one that dragged down the McCain campaign. October 23, 2008 Sarah Palin dragging down Republican ticket: polls

The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that Americans are less and less convinced she is worthy to serve as the country’s number-two leader.

“Her numbers have plummeted in our poll … what’s more 55 percent think she’s unqualified to serve as president if the need arises, which is a troublesome number given McCain’s age,”

In exit polling Palin didn’t do well, Exit polls: Age v. race

GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin didn’t do well in exit polls. Sixty percent of those polled said the Alaska governor is not qualified to be president, if necessary; 38 percent said she is. That compares with the two-thirds of those polled who said Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden is qualified to be president…

Palin like much of the Right’s political leaders suffers from that peculiar brand of narcissism that just doesn’t allow for inward reflection. Its everyone’s fault, but Palin’s. Her qualifications to lead are, in her mind, spectacular. Her judgment, according to her and her supporters, is never in err and she can see Russia on a clear day, which practically makes her the Alaskan Benjamin Franklin.

Palin does have her defenders, McCain Owes Sarah Some Straight Talk

Where’s John McCain’s honor when we need it?

We’ll find out tonight, when the Arizona Republican appears on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. In the week since the election, Mr. McCain’s campaign team has leaked some nasty stuff about Sarah Palin. These leaks are personal, and they speak more to the character of Mr. McCain and the leakers than they do to Mrs. Palin. So it will be telling if Mr. McCain stands up for his partner and says how offended he has been by what some of his staffers have done to her.

Now the Right questions McCain’s honor. Where were they when McBush thought he could smear campaign his way into the White House.

Democrats are not without problems. Note Democratic ‘centrist’ Mark Penn’s Most affluent voters key to Obama sweep. Those voter’s post secondary education would be the more apt description of that demographic shifting liberal and Liberal Value’s observation that the religious Right has begun to scare educated Republicans and Independents.

Obama to mark Veterans Day with wreath-laying

President-elect Obama planned to honor fallen troops Tuesday, taking a short break from his primary task of mapping out his administration to mark Veterans Day.

The Democrat was slated to lay a wreath in Chicago, accompanied by Tammy Duckworth, a disabled Iraq war veteran and 2006 failed congressional candidate who now is the Illinois governor’s veterans affairs director.

Democrats Ride Wave, Conservatives Clueless

Finally

NYT editorial, The Next President

His triumph was decisive and sweeping, because he saw what is wrong with this country: the utter failure of government to protect its citizens. He offered a government that does not try to solve every problem but will do those things beyond the power of individual citizens: to regulate the economy fairly, keep the air clean and the food safe, ensure that the sick have access to health care, and educate children to compete in a globalized world.

Its not that hard to understand. For almost fifty years the Right has swore by the sweeping lie that liberals want to turn the nation into a nanny state that rewards laziness. That was never the case. Liberals acknowledged our basic humanity, that sometimes people don’t need a free ride, they need a helping hand. Conservatives in corporate America and in Congress got a free ride on corporate welfare and a market tilted by special special interests. They didn’t break a sweat working, they feed like hogs at the K-Street trough. On would think that the beating Republicans got in the 2006 election cycle would have given them a clue – America had been lied to, swindled and used. What kind of campaign do they run, McCain jacked up on Rovian steroids. Mccain, up until the nomination of Sarah Palin as his VP had made seriousness about governing and experience the centerpieces of his campaign. After the novelty wore off and only the idolaters were left she was nothing but dead weight. She was in fact, as McCain’s first major presidential level decision and offered voters some insight into the real McCain, voters noticed,

GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin didn’t do well in exit polls. Sixty percent of those polled said the Alaska governor is not qualified to be president, if necessary; 38 percent said she is.

It wasn’t just that America thought we needed a new executive; they thought we needed a sea change and voted in five new Democratic Senators and 18 new Representatives in the House.

A little reading of the history of the last few decades, a look around and some honest assessment, a reasonable person regardless of partisanship might get a clue and to be fair some Republicans have, but not all,

Republican crybaby

With a documented 175 lies, McCain easily wins the most accomplished liar award. We’re near the end of a Republican administration that lied so much most of America is suffering from outrage fatigue.

“Perfectly timed” housing and financial crisis? Maybe this guy could get together with the 9-11 truthers and buy their tin foil wholesale.

The media did it? Now I’m bored. The Right will be repeating this in a cult like chant into infinity. Much like the shin bone is connected to the knee bone, blaming the media is directly connected to the Right’s allergy to accountability.

We’ve had Nixon, Reagan, Bush One and Bush Two – Conservatism put into action always produces governance that is the antithesis of Democracy. Conservatives suck at being guardians of the economy and the middle-class.

Republican blogger and Bush loyalists AJ Starta demonstrates the extraordinary ability of so many Republicans to deny reality, The Day After, Published by AJStrata at 8:41 am under 2008 Elections, All General Discussions

And please, don’t blame Bush – that is one of those idiotic things that repulses a lot of people and garners zero respect. Bush’s remaining supporters (like myself) are definitely not far right, we tend to sit more towards the middle. Blaming Bush because other conservatives cannot attract voters is a lame excuse of denial. There were upsets yesterday, it can be done regardless of Bush. The Dems failed to get their veto proof senate. Moderate democrats are still beating the GOP. This is not a Bush phenomena.

And pieces of the moon make a great blue cheese dressing.

John Derbyshire at The National Review, Sour Loser   [John Derbyshire], Wednesday, November 05, 2008

What won this election was the packaging skills of David Axelrod, the swooning complicity of the media, the ruthless opportunism of Barack Obama, and the unprincipled thuggishness of his supporters.

What lost this election was the cloth-eared cluelessness of George W. Bush, the timid squeamishness of John McCain, and the deep lack of interest in conservative principles among Republican primary voters.

Derbyshire must take shooting lessons from Dick Cheney. He aims his twelve gauge at the problem and one pellet hits one target, Dubya. Though he can’t get the reasons right. This is not by way of concern trolling, the Right can sit and spin as much as they please – there is a car wreck quality about it all, one can’t help but take a quick look. Its courageous in an odd way of Derby to call voters names, but wasn’t dumping down the national discourse the Right’s stock and trade.

It’s No Joke Fed Hires Failed Bank Executive

Michael Alix was head of risk management for Bear Stearns for two years until the institution imploded this spring, a victim of its (risky) subprime-mortgage related investments.

Last Friday, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York quietly announced it had hired Alix to advise it on bank supervision.

“You’re kidding me,” said economic policy expert Dean Baker, of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Economic Policy and Research. While he didn’t know Alix personally, he said, “You would think [his record] would be a big strike against him.”

Conservatives hate government, except for using it to enrich themselves, so it doesn’t matter if they reward failure, or whether their plans work. They get to say – see government is always, in every situation, bad – we told ya so.

Lincoln Memorial wallpaper.

The GOP’s Equivalence Problem

The GOPs math problem

Conservative Group To Run Anti-Wright Ads On National Networks Through Election Day

The ad, which you can watch  here, features the now-infamous footage of Wright’s livelier sermons, and intones that Obama “never complained” about Wright “until he ran for President,” adding that Obama is “too radical, too risky.”

Previously, the ad was only running in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida, as Ben Smith reported the other day.

I saw this ad twice this morning. Conservatives have been running and governing from the hate fueled right-wing fringe for decades. For the GOP to tell America that one Wright is far worse then all the right-wing pundits that preach the worse sort of radicalism 24/7 on radio and TV jumps the shark by a mile. It would be great if Wright toned it down, but his reach, his influence is rather small. There is nothing on the moderate to liberal side of the political spectrum that weighs in on the national discourse at the vicious daily level of the Right and in such great number. What energized McCain campaign; Sarah Palin who brought out the hate mongers, the eliminationists hard Right. The people that don’t think flirting with secessionism is all that bad.

Fred Barnes warns that the good ship United States might veer away from the hard Right which has brought us all such goodness as never ending wars and a terrible recession, Fred ‘Flintstone’ Barnes Finally Sees The Writing on the Wall of the Cave

Bill, even Fred Barnes sees a “lurch to the left” coming, but don’t expect him to blame himself or his neocon pals for paving the way.

Gee, he weeps, all these left-wingers will come to power — but he wastes not a word on who it was that put them there: it’s Fawning Fred and his “Big-Government Conservatism” allies who gave “The Cheney” to the Constitution and wallowed happily in the Hot Tub, instead of draining it.

Fred probably honestly think the country will swing too far left. Fred has a problem with definitions just like the GOP has a problem with equivalence. Obama and Biden are centrists, but through the Right’s distorted vision of what America is and should be, Obama and Biden are scary leftists.The last eight years, six of which Republicans had a majority in both Houses of Congress have been spectacular in their arrogance, corruption, greed, national security blundering lack of vision, contempt for science and rationalism and craven contempt for good governance. Fred, like so many Republicans might see a few missteps here and there, but on their calculator its been like spending everyday at Wonderland and now the mean Democrats with the help of all those mean voters are going to take away everyone’s cotton candy. Fred, in other words doesn’t do reality. In a back asswards way Fred’s buddies on the Right did America a favor – what America sees now is a badly battered Constitution and the rewards of an any thing goes economy – Ailing economy takes toll on health. Ironic, that like FDR, Obama will be the crazy socialist terrorist loving anti-Christ that rescues capitalism so that forty years from now when everyone forgets this hard lesson, the worshippers of the Great Infallible Free Market  can do it all over again. Given this hacktacular record Fred and his comrades want America to vote for a guy that says he isn’t Bush, but has made himself into Bush redux. McCain’s idealism, for those that have been paying attention, has turned out to be the stuff of faerie tales. How often have we heard this is not the McCain I know, from from Democrats and Republicans. The 2008 election cycle revealed the man behind the mask, whatever he is, he is not the messiah of moderate Republicanism.

The Right’s Last Gaffe – The Big Coal Conspiracy

Drudge, Fox, McCain and Newsbusters rush to warn America that Obama and McCain have made similar statements about clean coal and carbon caps

Newsbusters CNN Spins Obama Wanting to Bankrupt Coal Industry as Old News, By Warner Todd Huston, November 2, 2008 – 21:12 ET

After all, even if they are “months-old comments,” does that make the fact that Obama wants to bankrupt electric producing coal plants any less outrageous or important? Or, for that matter, any less relevant to this election? Whether Obama said it just yesterday or said it 9 months ago is immaterial to the debate here.

The rabid Right Newsbusters and the usual echo chamber have discovered the latest and greatest in conpiracy muck. A Democrat, mine you, has a secret plan to bankrupt the coal industry and leave every American seating in a cold dark room staring out the window waiting for sweet death to release them from the hardships brought about by “The One”. Last I checked it would be political suicide to have such an agenda and, darn, wouldn’t you know it, the Right has mangled the facts beyond the recognition of us average folks yet again. The spectacle of everyone from Drudge to McCain to the Weekly Standard making fools of themselves has its charms, but unfortunaetly some yokels believe them and that might not be in the best interests of the country. The fact that what Obama said is old is material is months old and the Right has in typically sleazy fashion taken one sound bite out of context to perpetuate another smear is material – wishful thinking and faux outrage will not make it other wise. This is a link that opens up the entire Obama interview in Quicktime. The Right thinks publishing something, then making it available on the net for 9 months is the same as hiding something. Call the Oxford English dictionary editorial board – publishing and making news available 24/7 for months means to Hide: verb (past hid; past part. hidden) 1 put or keep out of sight. 2 conceal oneself. 3 keep secret.

Even if the vast liberal conspiracy didn’t hide this information its still shocking, awful and scary!!! Not even close unless you’ve been the victim of an unfortunate industrial accident and have two ten penny nails lodged in your brain. It might be a little spooky how similar statements made by Senator Obama and McBush are McCain And Obama Criticize New Coal Plants — Right Wing Goes Insane,

1. “So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted. That will also generate billions of dollars that we can invest in solar, wind, biodiesel, and other alternative energy approaches. The only thing that I’ve said with respect to coal — I haven’t been some coal booster. What I have said is that for us to take coal off the table as an ideological matter, as opposed to saying if technology allows us to use coal in a clean way, we should pursue it, that I think is the right approach. The same with respect to nuclear. Right now, we don’t know how to store nuclear waste wisely and we don’t know how to deal with some of the safety issues that remain. And so it’s wildly expensive to pursue nuclear energy. But I tell you what, if we could figure out how to store it safely, then I think most of us would say that might be a pretty good deal.

2. And the same approach that brought a decline in sulfur dioxide emissions can have an equally dramatic and permanent effect on carbon emissions. Instantly, automakers, coal companies, power plants, and every other enterprise in America would have an incentive to reduce carbon emissions, because when they go under those limits they can sell the balance of permitted emissions for cash. As never before, the market would reward any person or company that seeks to invent, improve, or acquire alternatives to carbon-based energy. . . A cap-and-trade policy will send a signal that will be heard and welcomed all across the American economy. Those who want clean coal technology, more wind and solar, nuclear power, biomass and bio-fuels will have their opportunity through a new market that rewards those and other innovations in clean energy.

Match Obama and McCain to the correct statements above. Senator Obama said the first and 2 is from a McCain speech. McCain went even further in a Senate floor debate on reducing greenhouse emissions,

Does it involve some sacrifice on the part of the American people? Yes. … This amendment, I am sure, will be attacked–thousands of jobs will be lost, we will find some obscure scientist, some will talk about the dangers of encouraging the use of nuclear power. The fact is, we are going to win on this issue. The reason we are going to win is because every single month there is another manifestation of the terrible effects of what climate change is doing to our Earth.

Unless there’s been a kool-aid shortage the Right generally does not believe that climate change is occurring. They might be encouraged that while McCain has supported cap and trade, much like his views on everything else his follow through has been lacking, Republican candidate’s climate proposals better than expected but still behind the curve,

McCain talks about alternative energy, but between the pandering and flip flops, following his energy narrative is exasperating; ultimately judging him by his Senate votes, he’s mostly talk and little action. McCain likes nuclear power, but as Obama stated we still can’t find a safe way to dispose of the waste – many people are suddenly pro nuke, but it remains a not in my backyard issue – people want it  as long as the plant or waste is not anywhere near their home. Has McCain addressed the waste or location issue; of course not. If the Right had the courage to ell the whole story on Obama, McCain and coal they’d admit that both candidates support cap and trade on coal. That’s the near bottom line to the story (they differ on some details) , not a sound bite that was taken completely out of context.

Then there’s Mccain’s energy policy expert, who recently thought she was on the phone with the president of France, Palin Goes After Obama on Coal Comments. She just repeats the same monumental distortion of the facts that are being made by Newsbusters and Malkin. Fox of all places corrects her,

“After John McCain said he’d like to ‘transition away from coal entirely,’ his campaign is hardly in a position to criticize a coal state Senator like Barack Obama who has outlined a $150 billion investment in clean coal and other technologies to create jobs and build a new energy economy. The truth is, John McCain and Sarah Palin can’t name a single thing they’d do differently on the economy than George Bush, so all they have to offer is last minute, desperate distortions. Hardworking families don’t need more Washington-style political attacks, they need a President who will create jobs and stand up for the middle class – and that’s Barack Obama.”

When I was making the goofy cartoon for the day I almost wrote “the last lie”. As reckless and loose as the Right has been with the truth for the last few decades, expect worse if Obama wins and Democrats have a solid majority in Congress. The propaganda and spin, like today’s’ coal lie is so easy to check and disprove; in this case one that makes them look ridiculous considering McCain’s own pandering on coal, one wonders what purpose it all serves. Some people enjoy spreading falsehoods and smears the way an alcoholic enjoys a drink. The Right is addicted to lying so there’s no reason to believe the Right would have some kind of great epiphany and reinvent itself into the fugal, pro personal freedom, respect the Constitution party of yore. The Republican Rump

Instead, the Republican rump, the party that’s left after the election, will be the party that attends Sarah Palin’s rallies, where crowds chant “Vote McCain, not Hussein!” It will be the party of Saxby Chambliss, the senator from Georgia, who, observing large-scale early voting by African-Americans, warns his supporters that “the other folks are voting.” It will be the party that harbors menacing fantasies about Barack Obama’s Marxist — or was that Islamic? — roots.

Why will the G.O.P. become more, not less, extreme? For one thing, projections suggest that this election will drive many of the remaining Republican moderates out of Congress, while leaving the hard right in place.

From the late fifties to the early seventies we had the Right leaning Dixiecrats defect to thier proper place on the political spectrum. Considering that Mccain-Palin was the last best hope of rescuing moderate conservatism, the moderate Republicans may end up moving to the other side of the aisle. Despite what one reads on sites like the Free Republic or hear at Sarah Palin rallies, Democrats like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are worlds away from being fire breathing lefties. Looking at Obama’s economic and foreign policy team the Right will probably be disappointed to find that President Obama will be another slightly liberal centrist in actually governing. Conservatives seem to thrive on hate, but much of that hate and outrage is usually based on windmills of their own making, something they’ll continue to do.

Harry Reid: Not So Fast Senator Stevens

“While I respect the opinion of Senator Daniel Inoyue, the reality is that a convicted felon is not going to be able to serve in the United States Senate. And as precedent shows us, Senator Stevens will face an Ethics Committee investigation and expulsion, regardless of his appeals process. This is not a partisan issue and it is unfortunate that Senator Stevens has used his longtime friendship with Senator Inouye for partisan political gain.”

Some social scientist have claimed that people have some hard wired tendencies toward their political POVs. In regards Stevens and Palin, and their ethical issues you have to wonder if they don’t have a grotesquely large denial gland.

Ohio Central Railroad wallpaper

In the land of Wingnuttia McCain Doesn’t Know Bush and the Rest of us Have Been Hypnotized

Cheney endorses His buddy McBush

Dick Cheney emerges from his bunker to help out his old pal, John McBush pretends like they were  never clowns in the same circus,

Obama’s really more like Cheney than McCain, they argued, and referenced something Obama used to joke about, the discovery that Obama’s and Cheney’s family trees are distantly linked. “Barack Obama and Dick Cheney aren’t just cousins, they’ve shared support for the Bush energy policy and the out-of-control spending that John McCain has fought to oppose,” said the response from McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds

We’ve been down this road countless times. McCain voted with Bush the vast majority of the time. Absurdly some McCain supporters are trying to make the case that since Bush signed off the three bills that Obama got enacted, Obama thus voted with Bush 100% of the time. Since its beyond doubt that Obama never sponsored a bill pushed by the opposition party’s administration, its more like Bush approved of Obama’s bills 100% of the time.

Part of Senator Obama’s reply,

I’d like to congratulate Senator McCain on this endorsement because he really earned it. That endorsement didn’t come easy. Senator McCain had to vote 90 percent of the time with George Bush and Dick Cheney to get it. He served as Washington’s biggest cheerleader for going to war in Iraq, and supports economic policies that are no different from the last eight years. So Senator McCain worked hard to get Dick Cheney’s support.

But here’s my question for you, Colorado: do you think Dick Cheney is delighted to support John McCain because he thinks John McCain’s going to bring change? Do you think John McCain and Dick Cheney have been talking about how to shake things up, and get rid of the lobbyists and the old boys club in Washington?

Glenn Greenwald takes a look at the Right’s upper escalon pundits and their attempts to portray Senator Obama as a Muslim without actually saying the M word. Which in today’s political climate is the same as trying to otherize Obama.

This came on the heels of one of the tough-guy Powerline warriors deciding (with National Review cheering) that the politician to whom Obama bears the closest substantive resemblance is Rep. Keith Ellison, an African-American who is also the first Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress.  This tactic is more pathetically desperate than it is anything else — it hasn’t worked yet and isn’t likely to

Maybe it is working with some low information voters – Barack Obama warns of last ditch ‘dirty tricks campaign’ to scare away supporters – on the other hand the Right might have reached its smear saturation point. Everyone that wants to believe Obama is whatever – fill in the blank – they are not going to convert anyone new to their flat earth-like theories at this point. One of the Conservative anti-Obama messages floating around the net is that Obama can’t get a security clearance because of his alleged radical associations. I guess that Bush and Cheney are in on the plot to cover up Obama’s Manchurian status, Obama receiving intel briefings

Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell told a public symposium in Nashville on Oct. 30 that the intelligence briefings for Sens. John McCain, R-AZ, and Barack Obama, D-Ill, have been part of an official transition process approved by the Bush administration that has also included briefings for their campaigns.

Should Senator Obama be declared president elect in a couple of days – which seems likely, Senator Obama will start to get excatly the same high level President’s Daily Briefing that Bush gets everyday. Hasn’t Bush heard that Obama has a fake birth certiftcate and pals around with terrorists.

From the experts on national security at the Republican site The Free Republic,

Barack Obama Denied National Security Clearance
Oct 2, 2008 … Barack Obama Denied National Security Clearance Aug.20, 2008 in General Barack Obama cannot be Trusted with Classified Information…

The always reliable American Spectator, who back in the 90s was big on the Clintons murdered Vince Foster conspiracy theory,

The American Spectator: Obama Couldn’t Be Cleared
Considering Barack Obama as a candidate for a top secret security clearance status with a full array of compartmented clearances, one has to be cognizant of …

When you worship at the alter of gutter politics you’re bound to get some major information wrong. While there are too still many people that buy into this stuff, the Right might have put on its Chicken-Little act one too many times. Latest GOP smear plot revealed: Professor paid to try to tie Ayers to Obama biography

The brother of a Republican congressman and a Republican businessman attempted to pay an professor in Oxford to use software he designed to “prove” that 1960s radical William Ayers helped write Sen. Barack Obama’s biography.

The professor, Dr. Peter Millican, teaches philosophy at Hertford College, Oxford. His software is designed to detect when works are by the same authors by comparing the use of similar words and phrases.

The offer was revealed Sunday in a British newspaper.

“He was entirely upfront about this,” the professor said of the Republican businessman (Robert Fox, a California GOP businessman) who made the offer. “He offered me $10,000 and sent me electronic versions of the text from both books.”

Millican said he took a preliminary look and found the charges that Ayers had had a hand in ghostwriting Obama’s book “very implausible.” A deal was agreed for “more detailed research,” the paper said, but when Millican “said the results had to be made public, even if no link to Ayers was proved, interest waned.”

The Republicans sought to allege similarities between Obama’s Dreams of My Father and Ayers’ Fugitive Days.

Que the Two Stooges, The GOP businessman Robert Fox is now trying to lay blame on his brother-in-law, Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UT) who in turn is saying it was all Fox’s idea.

McCain’s campaign manager claims the race isn’t close. Nope McBush has made a comeback that will make the history books, John McCain: The Comeback Very Old Kid

“We believe, with the combination of our base states and the states we’ve been able to put into play this week, we can achieve 270.”

McCain would have to win every non-decided voter plus a few Democrats to win. He has a 2.8% chance of winning. I think, or hope this comment at the link is satire,

Obama’s use of hypnosis in speeches is why:
-nothing sticks to him
-the huge crowds
-the huge money contributions
-the mesmerized effect, especially in young people, who, because of their imaginations are more susceptible to hypnosis (read the document)
-the exorbitant election fraud, rule-breaking and bias in the media
-he gets away with changing every position
-people are calling him the “greatest leader of a generation” with no accomplishments

You have to read this document to understand how his hypnosis works. Logically and rationally, why not get to know this guy a little more before handing the world over to him? Why not wait?

The Mass Hypnosis Axiom. In the Netherland of Wingnuttia that probably does warrant further research. Notice that in keeping with the Axiom, Conservative tin-foil hats with the fold down visors would make them imperious to the Mass Hypnosis.

Obama is having a tough time getting the Jewish vote? Not really, Former World Jewish Congress chairman Edgar Bronfman endorses “tough idealist” Obama

Bronfman, a former head of the World Jewish Congress, wrote in the piece titled “Israel’s Best Interest is a Morally Strong America” that an honest broker was needed to push Israelis and Palestinians toward a two-state solution.

He said the Illinois senator could fill this role, being “a tough idealist who has the courage to imagine an America that may inspire hope, not fear, in the Middle East and around the world.”

Conversely, Bronfman scathingly criticized President George W. Bush’s policies in the region, which he said McCain would continue, as only increasing the dangers Israel faces from its enemies. The philanthropist said the most immediate of them was from a nuclear Iran, adding that, “Under the Bush administration, conversations with the Iranians began only at the end of May 2007 and have been badly mishandled.”

McCain’s Campaign is Hardly “something greater”

Obama isn’t one of us

John McCain’s latest attempt to link Barack Obama to extremism – Rashid Khalidi

WITH THE presidential campaign clock ticking down, Sen. John McCain has suddenly discovered a new boogeyman to link to Sen. Barack Obama: a sometimes controversial but widely respected Middle East scholar named Rashid Khalidi. In the past couple of days, Mr. McCain and his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin, have likened Mr. Khalidi, the director of a Middle East institute at Columbia University, to neo-Nazis; called him “a PLO spokesman”; and suggested that the Los Angeles Times is hiding something sinister by refusing to release a videotape of a 2003 dinner in honor of Mr. Khalidi at which Mr. Obama spoke. Mr. McCain even threw former Weatherman Bill Ayers into the mix, suggesting that the tape might reveal that Mr. Ayers — a terrorist-turned-professor who also has been an Obama acquaintance — was at the dinner.

For the record, Mr. Khalidi is an American born in New York who graduated from Yale a couple of years after George W. Bush. For much of his long academic career, he taught at the University of Chicago, where he and his wife became friends with Barack and Michelle Obama. In the early 1990s, he worked as an adviser to the Palestinian delegation at peace talks in Madrid and Washington sponsored by the first Bush administration. We don’t agree with a lot of what Mr. Khalidi has had to say about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over the years, and Mr. Obama has made clear that he doesn’t, either. But to compare the professor to neo-Nazis — or even to Mr. Ayers — is a vile smear.

Perhaps unsurprising for a member of academia, Mr. Khalidi holds complex views. In an article published this year in the Nation magazine, he scathingly denounced Israeli practices in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and U.S. Middle East policy but also condemned Palestinians for failing to embrace a nonviolent strategy. He said that the two-state solution favored by the Bush administration (and Mr. Obama) was “deeply flawed” but conceded there were also “flaws in the alternatives.” Listening to Mr. Khalidi can be challenging — as Mr. Obama put it in the dinner toast recorded on the 2003 tape and reported by the Times in a detailed account of the event last April, he “offers constant reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases.”

It’s fair to question why Mr. Obama felt as comfortable as he apparently did during his Chicago days in the company of men whose views diverge sharply from what the presidential candidate espouses. Our sense is that Mr. Obama is a man of considerable intellectual curiosity who can hear out a smart, if militant, advocate for the Palestinians without compromising his own position.

All partisans have a tendency to underplay their candidates flaws, but since it is a well known fact that McBush financed Rashid Khalidi’s Middle-East studies, McCain supporters and McCain himself are disparately hoping for the purest of partisan blindness. For Obama, Khalidi was a fellow academic with a point of view. Since when has listening to various opinions been evidence of unqualified endorsement of those opinions. I read Conservative opinion pieces that covers the spectrum of the Right’s takes on polices and issues, that doesn’t make me a Conservative. McCain has claimed that Khalidi represented the PLO. That is an absolute falsehood and McCain knows it, Khalidi was in a delegation sent by the Bush Sr administration to peace talks in Madrid. No wonder McCain is struggling in his home state, Arizonans ae getting a good long look at the real McCain – a shameless modern McCarthyite.

Local GOP Chairman distributes racist e-mail

The head of the Hillsborough GOP, David Storck, distributed an email from a Republican Party volunteer saying the voters are a threat.

That’s because, as the volunteer says in the email, he sees “car loads of black Obama supporters coming from the inner city to cast their votes for Obama.”

It goes on to say, “This is their chance to get a black president and they seem to care little the he is at minimum a socialist and probably Marxist in his core beliefs.” The Republican volunteer says that is because, “After all he is black- no experience or accomplishments but he is black.”

So the head of the Tampa NAACP chapter, a black Republican finds himself embarrassed and asking for Storck to resign. This another McCain campaign legacy, by casting Senator Obama as the radical other, they’ve set back any gains other, less reckless Republicans made in reaching out to the African American community.

WaPo-ABC Tracking: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Half of likely voters in the poll said McCain would mainly lead the country in the same direction as Bush, a figure that has held at about that level for nearly the entire campaign; 47 percent said he would lead in a new direction. It’s an association that cuts straight to the vote: Barack Obama’s support reaches 90 percent among those who believe McCain would continue in Bush’s direction, and more than three-quarters of such voters see McCain as a risky choice.

McCain-Palin toast 2008

McBush is making zero progress in convincing moderate voters that he is not another Bush term. The Economist speels out part of the reason, The Moral of the Maverick Story

That, however, was Senator McCain; the Candidate McCain of the past six months has too often seemed the victim of political sorcery, his good features magically inverted, his bad ones exaggerated. The fiscal conservative who once tackled Mr Bush over his unaffordable tax cuts now proposes not just to keep the cuts, but to deepen them. The man who denounced the religious right as “agents of intolerance” now embraces theocratic culture warriors. The campaigner against ethanol subsidies (who had a better record on global warming than most Democrats) came out in favour of a petrol-tax holiday. It has not all disappeared: his support for free trade has never wavered. Yet rather than heading towards the centre after he won the nomination, Mr McCain moved to the right.

One thing that The Economist does that is wearing thin is the idea that the canidate the public is seeing is not the good old McCain. This allows those moderate Conservatives that were hoping Mccain would rescue Conservatism from the neocons a some after the election rationalizing. If only the old maverick had run. If Mccain was a man of true convictions, he would not have given them up so completely for the presidency. What the public is seeing now is McCain letting his, for lack of a better word, demons out. he’s obviously not trying to win on the issues, he’s hoping like hell he can win by destroying Obama’s reputation. If he campaigns like a hothead, he’ll govern like one. Peggy Noonan who has a fainting spell anytime someone mentions her hero Ronald Reagan almost accidently points out how shallow and fake McCain is in all his maverick glory, The case for Barack Obama, in broad strokes

His self-confessed role model for many years was Robert Jordan in Ernest Hemingway’s novel of the Spanish Civil War, “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” Mr. McCain, in his last memoir: “He was and remains to my mind a hero for the twentieth century . . . an idealistic freedom fighter” who had “a beautiful fatalism” and who sacrificed “for something else, something greater.” Actually Jordan fought on the side of the communists and died pointlessly, but never mind.

Everyone likes Jordan, there’s nothing wrong with that. The problem is that McCain adopted him as a hero like a mindless fan-boy. McCain’s notions about Hemingway’s larger then life heroes served one purpose, to cast himself as a hero in that bigger then life mold. His political life has hardly been about “something greater” from dumping the starter wife to the Keating Five Scandal to his current campaign, his heroism has been more a figment of the way he imagined himself then what he has actually delivered.

”Imagine not taking advice from the geniuses at the McCain campaign”

I can’t believe I’m quoting Roger Simon, who generally has as much insight into politics as Palin has into foreign policy, Politico’s Roger Simon asks this question:

If Palin becomes the McCain campaign’s scapegoat, what does that say about McCain since he picked her? “John McCain’s campaign is looking for a scapegoat. It is looking for someone to blame if McCain loses on Tuesday. And it has decided on Sarah Palin. In recent days, a McCain ‘adviser’ told Dana Bash of CNN: ‘She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone.’”

”Imagine not taking advice from the geniuses at the McCain campaign. What could Palin be thinking? Also, a “top McCain adviser” told Mike Allen of Politico that Palin is ‘a whack job.’ Maybe she is. But who chose to put this ‘whack job’ on the ticket? Wasn’t it John McCain? And wasn’t it his first presidential-level decision?”

Since the RNC convention Mccain has spent his time doing two things. Throwing every outrageous accusation dreamed up by the wing-nuts at Senator Obama – cheapening his brand as a straight talker in the process – and defending his choice of Palin after he had made experience one of the centerpieces of his campaign. The Conservative base loves their smears, but unfortunately for McCain, smears are not solutions to problems. Here in the final stretch McCain is hammering the tax issue. Most Americans simply don’t have much sympathy for people making a quarter million dollars a year paying the same taxes they paid in the 90s. Ultimately Simon might be wrong. Just as Conservatives have reached into the Way Back Machine and visions of the Red Menace to scare voters away from Democrats, they’ll resort to that old reliable its the librul press that did in McCain and Palin. One can sight so called negative news stories about McCain’s negative campaign, but day in and day out for years the Right has owned the media. They’re on TV and radio shoving the Right’s agenda down America’s throat, not to mention newspaper and magazine columns. America got the message and rejected it. Republicans, a word that might have stood for something once veered way too far Right. That librul press makes a nice scapegoat, you know the same press that hounded the Clintons for eight years, but as usual the Right finds looking at themselves and being accountable just too painful.

Sometimes the Right just loves the librul press. Like when they run headlines like this Poll gives McCain lead in Fla. early voting. Which is all some Rightie blogs need to know, except the headline is a little deceptive, a poll has McCain ahead in early voting,

A Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll gave McCain a 49-45 lead over Democrat Barack Obama among Floridians who have already voted.

But wait,

Only a tiny fraction of the Florida respondents reported voting early, leaving McCain’s lead subject to a wide margin of error. A Quinnipiac University poll, released Wednesday, showed early voters favoring Obama 58-34, another small sample with a potentially wide margin of error.

Wanna Know How You Can Tell That Your Candidate Is Doing Super Good in the Polls?

He starts robocalling in his own home state!

John McCain and the Republican National Committee are now running robocalls attacking Obama as weak on terrorism — in McCain’s home state of Arizona, according to multiple readers from the state.

Voters in his home state have reservations about four whole years of a McBush presidency. Republicans have traditionally been better at getting those early mail in votes, but McCain can’t close the deal with those voters that know him the best, so no cause to panic by these early voter polls.

McCain needs some help.  Jack Cafferty asks, Why isn’t President Bush campaigning for McCain? Because America caught up with that maverick baloney, McCain has been as big a Bush tag along as any other Senate Republican. Bush’s record is McCain’s record.

Conservative legacy

OBAMA’S BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hawaii has two major newspapers, the Honolulu Advertiser and the Star Bulletin.

BOTH newspapers include birth announcements, and BOTH newspapers record the August 4th, 1961 birth of Barack Obama.

“Rednecks for Obama – workin’ for the man who’ll do more for the workin’ man.” Great photos.

Obamacons, Jackson M. Andrews, Former Counsel to the U.S. Senate, & 1986 Republican Senatorial Nominee for Kentucky

“Barack Obama is a thoughtful visionary leader who as President will end the decline of American law, liberty, and fiscal responsibility that are the hallmarks of the extremist policies of the current Administration, now adopted by John McCain.”

ABC has the video of John McCain promoting ‘socialism” in 2000,

STUDENT: Why is it that someone like my father who goes to school for 13 years gets penalized in a huge tax bracket because he’s a doctor. Why is that – why does he have to pay higher taxes than everybody else? Just because he makes more money. How is that fair?

MCCAIN: I think you’re questioning, questioning the fundamentals of a progressive tax system where people who make more money pay more in taxes than a flat across the board percentage. I think it’s to some degree because we feel obviously that wealthy people can afford more. We have over the years beginning with John F. Kennedy reduced some of those marginal tax rates to make them less onerous. I believe that when you really look at the tax code the very wealthy because they can afford tax lawyers and all kinds of loopholes really don’t pay as much as you think they do, when you just kook at the percentages. And I think middle income Americans, working Americans, who when you count in payroll taxes, sales taxes, mortgage — all of the, all of the taxes that working Americans pay — I think you would also think that they also deserve very significant relief.

In 2000 McCain was to some degree running on the tax platform that Senators Obama and Biden are now. McCain 2008 is running on Bush’s tax platform, which has obviously turned out great.

Joked Stewart, “that of course was the late Socialist leader John McCain. I believe he passed away during the Republican primaries, he will be missed.”

McCain and Palin Preach the Gospel of Socialism

McCain and Palin’s The Grand Old Socialist Party

Like, Socialism

During the 2000 campaign, on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” a young woman asked him why her father, a doctor, should be “penalized” by being “in a huge tax bracket.” McCain replied that “wealthy people can afford more” and that “the very wealthy, because they can afford tax lawyers and all kinds of loopholes, really don’t pay nearly as much as you think they do.” The exchange continued:

YOUNG WOMAN: Are we getting closer and closer to, like, socialism and stuff?. . .
MCCAIN: Here’s what I really believe: That when you reach a certain level of comfort, there’s nothing wrong with paying somewhat more.

[   ]…For her part, Sarah Palin, who has lately taken to calling Obama “Barack the Wealth Spreader,” seems to be something of a suspect character herself. She is, at the very least, a fellow-traveller of what might be called socialism with an Alaskan face. ….A few weeks before she was nominated for Vice-President, she told a visiting journalist—Philip Gourevitch, of this magazine—that “we’re set up, unlike other states in the union, where it’s collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we share in the wealth when the development of these resources occurs.” Perhaps there is some meaningful distinction between spreading the wealth and sharing it (“collectively,” no less), but finding it would require the analytic skills of Karl the Marxist. ?

When Senator Obama said “I think that when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody,” he was clearly talking about America’s traditional progressive taxation. That shrill noise that has been pouring forth from McCain-Palin and their surrogates is the deeply dishonest and dishonorable assertion that somehow Obama’s view of who should share the largest share of the tax burden is a Marxist dream come true. Our tax system in a small way is supposed to compensate the people that work the hardest from the inequalities that are part and parcel of our market based economy. If Obama is a socialist, he is less so then McCain or Palin, judging by their past statements. Let’s suppose that McCain has not flip-flopped from his tax position in 2000 then is it now his honest intent to have a regressive tax structure where the middle and lower middle income earners bear the largest share of the tax burden. We have already had a shift like that with Bush’s tax policies; Bush with the complicity of a Republican Congress is leaving the economy in a shambles. It was trickle down economics. Difficult for the blinder wearing McCain supporters to believe looking around, but the trickle didn’t make it down for many Americans who’s productivity has gone up, but their wages have stagnated. Does that really sound like the way America’s economy should work- reward those that work the least and neglect those that provide the labor that makes McCain’s wealth possible. In their TV ads and their campaign stops McCain-Palin aren’t hinting at the specter of the “red menace” they are out right accusing Senators Obama and Biden of being socialists. As recently as three days ago McCain explicitly expressed an approval of progressive taxation or Obama’s view of taxation,

Few serious policy makers — including McCain — consider progressive taxation socialist. In fact, on the Oct. 26, 2008 edition of NBC’s Meet the Press, McCain stood by a comment he made in 2000 that “there’s nothing wrong with paying somewhat more” in taxes when you “reach a certain level of comfort.”

“You put into different, different categories of wealthier people paying, paying higher taxes into different brackets,” McCain told host Tom Brokaw, as if to say progressive taxes are a no-brainer.

Indeed, progressive taxation has been a cornerstone of American tax policy since the federal government first collected an income tax in 1863. It was based on the Tax Act of 1862, which President Abraham Lincoln signed, and which imposed a “duty of three per centum” on all income over $600, and five percent on income over $10,000.

A month ago McCain and the Right took up the voter fraud-ACORN-Obama meme, which seems to have quieted down, at least from the McCain camp since someone dug up McCain’s speech praising ACORN – McCain To ACORN: You Are ‘What Makes America Special’. A little embarrassing for McBush and the usual posse of right-wing pundits, but they’re off on the next guilt by association

As Politico’s Ben Smith reported on Tuesday, the McCain campaign is demanding that the Los Angeles Times release video in its possession of a party attended by Barack Obama and Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi.

“A major news organization is intentionally suppressing information that could provide a clearer link between Barack Obama and Rashid Khalidi,” said McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb, citing Obama’s friendship with Khalidi, who is now a professor at Columbia University.

[   ]…A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi’s Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank. (See grant number 5180, “West Bank: CPRS” on page 14 of this PDF.)

The relationship extends back as far as 1993, when John McCain joined IRI as chairman in January. Foreign Affairs noted in September of that year that IRI had helped fund several extensive studies in Palestine run by Khalidi’s group, including over 30 public opinion polls and a study of “sociopolitical attitudes.”

As Seth Walls says there is nothing inherently wrong in McCain financing these studies by Khalidi’s group, but if Obama is guilty by association, then McCain needs to explain his financing of someone the Right claims is a radical.

If McCain supporters like Redstate are going to use the wealth redistributed creation called the internet the least they could do is not embarrass themselves. Their current headline The Seven Reasons McCain-Palin Are a Lock to Win. “Lock”? That’s the kool-aid talking, Today’s Polls, 10/28

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Although the national trackers look slightly stronger for John McCain than they did a couple days ago, Barack Obama once again had an exceptionally good day in the state-level numbers.

RealClearPolitics average of 10 national polls has Obama at 50.1 and Johnny at 44.1

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