Cindy McCain: Now THIS feels like a setup

September 11, 2008

When Bristol Palin’s pregnancy was getting a lot of attention, many bloggers on the left screamed: Stay away, it’ll only backfire! Some even believed the whole pregnancy thing was a Rovian set up. Whatever. I felt it exposed Sarah Palin as a hypocrite of the party of “family values” and exposed McCain as incompetent for picking a hypocrite and liar for a running mate. But what do I know?

Now a “whistleblower” has come out and shared his journal with reporters about how John McCain new more about his wife Cindy’s drug abuse than he let on.

In confessing to her drug abuse in orchestrated interviews with friendly journalists in 1994, Cindy McCain said she had kept her problem hidden from her husband and sought treatment at some point in 1992. Questions remain about the validity of those assurances, and Gosinski’s contemporary journal shares a story suggesting John McCain knew of his wife’s problem earlier than anyone has suggested.

First of all: Who gives a shit? Second: Is it just me, or will this simply look like Democrats, again, picking on “John McCain’s Women”. First Palin and now his wife. Don’t pick on the daughter. Don’t pick on the Hockey Mom. But Cindy is fair game? I don’t get it. I don’t blame the woman for abusing drugs… she’s married to John McCain for Christ’s sake.

I hope Dems don’t run with this one. It feels like a loser.

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Obama: Still Playing Defense

September 10, 2008

It’s Not A Lie If You Believe It’s True

– George Costanza–

Obama talks about the audacity of Hope. He might want to start thinking about the audacity of Karl Rove. The current attack ad by McCain saying that Obama supports sex education for kindergarten kids is the latest in GOP tactical smear. Neither Obama or the left should be surprised by these smears.

This current attack reminds me of a frightening scene in Cormac McCarthy’s “Blood Meridian” where “The Judge” tells a group of church goers that the priest preaching to them is a wanted man… wanted for pedophilia, among other heinous crimes.

The religious crowd turns into a mob. The priest’s protests and claims of innocence do him no good, and he’s catered off by the mob to whatever horrible fate awaits him. When a man asks “The Judge” where he knew the priest from, “The Judge” confesses that he’d never seen the man before in his life, and had no idea who he was

How can we fight the likes of “The Judge” and the likes of Karl Rove? It’s difficult, because when “The Judge” points his finger at you and says you are a child molester, the mob will turn on you, even if they know the claim is untrue, less “The Judge” (Rove) decides to point his finger at them next. Better you than them.

Obama has begun to insert the name Rove into some of his statements now in an attempt to expose the lies. But it is not enough. Constantly being on the defensive against “The Judge” and the mob will not do Obama any good. “The Judge” could not be defeated because he was not really a human being. But Rove is, and so is John McCain. They can be defeated, if you hit them first, and fight fire with fire.

John McCain has hired the same man to run his campaign that tried to destroy him and his family in 2000. (and he did). If McCain had any integrity he has completely abandoned it in the pursuit of power.

Obama has to hit back, and hit back hard. When John Kerry was smeared by the Swiftboaters, his reaction was to not hit back. Why? Because the accusation that he lied about his military service was outrageous. No sensible voter would believe such crap. But voters judge a candidate, not only on how he takes a punch, but how he counter attacks. They wonder if he’s capable of throwing a punch himself, even a sucker punch. If there is no attack, then a voter wonders if the candidate has any fight in them.

John McCain and Karl Rove, just like “The Judge” did to the priest in “Blood Meridian” has called Barack Obama a pedophile. As outrageous as the accusation is, it’s Obama that will have to answer for it, just like John Kerry did in ’04, and all because they couldn’t believe their opponent had the audacity to say such blatant lies.

What sensible voter would believe such a thing?

UPDATE:

Steve Soto is back in the game:

But Democrats should get over the notion now that the truth matters to the GOP. All that matters to the GOP is selling a product long enough to get to mid-October before the truth seeps in, to take advantage of early voting. All Obama can do is point this out, focus on the issues and tell the media what is really going on here, and then rely on his later voters and GOTV to offset what the GOP is doing here


Panic In Year Obama II

September 8, 2008

More and more lefty’s are getting nervous about the election.

Adam McKay

I’m telling you, unless we wake up, we’re gonna lose this frickin’ thing.

Joseph Romm

After watching Obama and Biden on the Sunday morning shows, it is clear they have the wrong message, one that typically loses American elections. If this is their TV message, McCain and Palin will win the national debates and likely go on to victory.

Naomi Foner

We’re in Big Trouble

Politeness is not in order. We need to be scared.

McCain seems to have known just what he was doing. Now the question remains, do we?

Richard Schiff

As My Household Shows, We’re a Divided Natio

My beautiful and loving wife, despite seeing her own small business begin to show troubling signs of downturn after years of worry-free success, despite her passion on women’s issues, despite having a son and daughter who may be conscripted, may vote for the party responsible for the entire mess.

What we on the left are really afraid of is a fight. The GOP picked a fight with Dems by going with Sarah Palin. And now there are two schools of thought on how to approach the fight. Ignore Palin, or attack Palin.

We can’t even agree on why McCain is hiding Palin. Are we to believe that the GOP are so clever that the Palin pick is all going according to plan? That McCain already really knew about Palin’s baggage and is simply using it to bait Democrats? Are we to believe that he picked a running mate he knew nothing about because that’s his strategy? Are we to believe that McCain’s hiding Palin because that’s been his plan all along? Just a clever Rovian bait and hook. So the Dem strategy is: stay away from Palin. It’s all a set up!

Bottom line: We lefty’s are afraid. Afraid of McCain. Afraid of Palin. Afraid of the MSM. Afraid of Karl Rove. Afraid of Obama. Afraid of losing. Afraid of our own fucking shadows.

When you’re afraid, it’s really hard to put up a fight.


Talk Left: Let’s Go After Palin

September 6, 2008

Jeralyn at Talk Left has a great post up. Bottom line: Don’t lay off Palin.

You don’t win elections with one hand tied behind your back. The Democrats need to come out swinging against Sarah Palin, the unqualified, radical right choice of John McCain to occupy the nation’s second most powerful leadership position. The fact that she’s under investigation for abuse of power alone should be enough to disqualify her. Tell her to come back after she’s been cleared and has shown she brings something other than tokenism to the job.

The Democratic strategists and pundits who think Obama should ignore Palin and stick to debating the issues are the best example of why the Democrats lost the last two elections.

The argument made by BDT and Jane Hamsher, in opposition to Jeralyn, is that attacking Palin turns her into a martyr and takes the attention off of McCain and damages Obama. I disagree. Palin has baggage. Baggage that has been festering and causing a stink. 

Just as Dems want to attach George Bush’s stink to McCain, Dems should attach Palin’s stink to McCain as well. After all, Palin was his pick. She’s a horrible choice for VP and potential president. Keep reminding voters how lame she is, rumors and all, and how lame it was of McCain to pick her. Expose McCain for how cynical and incompetent he is.

Don’t let up on Palin!


Palin Put Under GOP House Arrest

September 5, 2008

So now McCain wants to keep Palin under wraps? Why? Her speech at the RNC was a rousing barnburner. Let her loose. Take the leash off this “Pittbull with lipstick”! No? They don’t want to do that for some reason. I wonder why?

Posted by Jay Carney

According to Nicole Wallace of the McCain campaign, the American people don’t care whether Sarah Palin can answer specific questions about foreign and domestic policy. According to Wallace — in an appearance I did with her this morning on Joe Scarborough’s show — the American people will learn all they need to know (and all they deserve to know) from Palin’s scripted speeches and choreographed appearances on the campaign trail and in campaign ads.

There is no reason for them to do this, unless they have something to hide. The whole idea that Dems and MSM are being set up to attack Palin, only so they can look like fools doesn’t play in this situation.

It’s beginning to look more and more like John McCain got played by Sarah Palin and the religious right. There’s no way McCain new about Palin’s teenage daughter’s pregnancy. Why is seventeen year old Bristol’s pregnancy important? Because the GOP is the party of “family values” that’s why. It makes them look like hypocrites and incompetents who can’t keep their own houses in order. How pissed is John McCain right now? If there’s one person John McCain should really be hating… its John McCain.

Bottom line: McCain’s afraid of what else there might be hidden in the Palin closet, and wants to keep a lid on any potential surprises. The only way to do that is to keep Palin away from the press.

Good luck with that.


Brokaw: Obama Better Watch Out

September 4, 2008

I caught Tom Brokaw this morning (rerun from last night) speaking about Palin’s speech. He was very impressed.

“Tonight makes a very auspicious debut as the vice presidential candidate before this hall and a national television audience. She could not have been more winning or engaging.”

As a matter of fact, he had some words of wisdom for Obama and the democratic party. Don’t get too cocky. He said in so many words, that Obama and his supporters are over confident and full of themselves and feel a sense of entitlement. In other words, they’re “elitists”. Palin? She’s “Folksy” and “Down to earth”. Wow. I didn’t think one speech by a completely unknown politician could stir the loins of a guy like Brokaw, but I guess I was wrong.

But it wasn’t just MSM pundits that thought Palin rocked. Several blogs on the left thought she was very successful. I couldn’t watch thirty seconds of her speech. Then again, I didn’t watch Obama’s speech either. There really aren’t any politicians that I want to listen to for more than a minute at a time.

My guess is that Palin gets another week to bask in the sun, maybe go on a few talk shows and chat it up with Matt and Jay. And then the shit is going to hit the fan once again. It’s pretty clear that McCain does not know the first thing about his running mate. I’m sure he’s hoping that the MSM is going to get on board the Sarah Palin express and won’t dig into her past anymore than has already been dug up.

Good luck with that.


McCain and Palin’s War On The Media: Why It Won’t Work

September 3, 2008

McCain is going to beg the American public to feel sorry for him and his running mate, because the “liberal media” is being mean and unfair. The GOP, over a number of years, with the help of talk radio, has been able to fuse the word “Liberal” and “media” into one giant stinking turd that has united conservatives and put a leash on journalist.

But the last eight years have been ruled by the GOP, and they got away with everything, with the help of the “liberal media”, including lying a country into war. The whole “liberal media” narrative has been played out. But McCain is going to dig into that well one more time, and is going to make a claim to the American people that the big bad media, once again, is trying to suppress the ideas and thoughts of real Americans like him and smear the All American girl Sarah Palin.

This is a desperate ploy by McCain. GOP voters feel gas prices, inflation, and the cost of war, just like liberals do. Do they really have the energy to try to fight McCain’s and Palin’s fight, when they know deep down they shouldn’t have to? Will there not be the tiniest bit of resentment towards Palin when she gives her speech tonight? After all, GOP voters wouldn’t have to be spending time defending and trying to rally around a VP candidate that was better known, and had more experience. McCain put GOP voters in the position of cheerleading a candidate they haven’t had a chance to get to know, one that seems less and less qualified the more they get to know her.

McCain, by picking a complete unknown, is now spending all his time and energy, trying to introduce and define his running mate to America, finding himself on the defensive, and improvising during a time when he should be in control of his message. Because he chose poorly and hastily, he and Palin and their party are being defined as incompetent, cynical and hypocritical.

The point of a National Convention is to bring constitutes together. But there is no presentation, there is no message, there is no smokescreen, there is no speech, that can change the fact that Palin is not qualified for the job, and that McCain’s pick is completely reckless.