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.


Joe Biden: The Dean Martin Rules

September 8, 2008

Digby talks about Obama and Jackie Robinson, how she believes that Obama needs to use the Robinson rules, biting his tongue when baited into an argument about race, and always acting like a nice guy, not getting caught or baited into acting like the “angry black man”, that his opponents want him to be. He’s handled it very well in my opinion.

Now that Sarah Palin has been selected as McCain’s running mate, people are wondering how Biden should go about handling her in the debates. Should he attack, be aggressive, get into a shouting match, go toe to toe fisticuffs? Or because Palin’s a woman, does he need to watch what he says, be respectful all the time and watch his attitude and demeanor?

I say Biden should adopt the Dean Martin rules. Not Dean Martin the actual human being, who apparently was a misogynist, but Dean Martin the persona, the guy from the movies and the “Dean Martin Show”. The cool guy, the martini/cigarette guy. The relaxed guy that finds everything ridiculous. The guy that doesn’t get heated under pressure. During the debates, (if Palin shows up) Biden should go into Dean Martin host mode, ignore everything Palin says, and in fact, ignore everything the moderator asks, and simply say stuff like: Hey, it’s great to be here! How’s everybody doin?

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!

Left Strategy for Palin: Kid Gloves?

September 5, 2008

I don’t get it. Playing nice with Republicans never gets Democrats anywhere.

Affirmative Concern Trolling
By: Jane Hamsher

Ross Douthat offers “Free advice for Democrats”:

Behave as though Sarah Palin does not exist. Pray that the media will find some Palin-related scandal even more shocking than the perfervid theories aired this week…

…do not under any circumstances allow yourselves to be drawn any deeper into a debate — over the relative qualifications and accomplishments of Barack Obama and the Republican vice-presidential nominee.

…the Obama-Biden ticket has vastly more to gain from changing the subject away from Sarah Palin than they do from placing her candidacy, her qualifications and her background front and center in this race.

I realize we live in a People Magazine culture (or, as Digby notes, an American Idol culture) but turn this woman into a martyr and the Republicans own the news cycle.

Not letting the Republicans own the news cycle is smart politics, but what makes us believe that laying off Palin’s background, or the rumors, is going to ensure that they won’t own it anyway? They’ve owned it since 2000. It’s only recently the MSM has thrown a few bones to the left with the likes of Olberman and Maddow.

The rumors concerning Palin are exactly where they are supposed to be — not coming out of the mouths of Obama or Biden. Blogs that don’t want the tabloid gossip staining their sites are more than welcome to ban, edit, or delete comments.

But do not lay off Palin. If this “pitbull with lipstick” is fatally wounded, and suffering from scandal, then lets put this pitbull down. Expose Palin for what she is — a hypocritical republican. If that happens to entail behavior by her and her family, that exposes her hypocrisy, and the hypocrisy of the GOP, and the reckless incompetence of John McCain, in picking a VP he didn’t investigate properly, then so be it.

Nothing that’s happened this week has changed the fact that it’s going to be very, very hard for the Democrats to lose a race between Obama and McCain –

So stop attacking Palin.

This happens in sports all the time. A team gets a sizable lead, so big there’s no way they should lose. But then something happens. The other team begins to play hard and aggressive, and the team that’s winning begins to play passively, fearful that they’ll make too many mistakes. They stop being the aggressors, and in the process lose the big lead, and eventually the game, and all because they were afraid to lose.

Democrats are still afraid of the GOP, still afraid of the MSM, still afraid of Karl Rove, giving him and the GOP way too much credit, even after it’s been proven that Rove can’t do “the math”.

Palin is obviously a strong personality, public speaker and formidable politician. But there’s something wrong in camp McCain. Palin isn’t being shipped home to be trained about foreign policy, she’s being gagged, shackled, and put under house arrest. This isn’t a Rovian bate and hook. This is damage control, pure and simple, on a VP pick that has some serious baggage that can sink McCain.

Don’t let McCain off the hook by ignoring his judgment in picking a VP who he doesn’t know, and who isn’t qualified to be VP or President of the United States.

Palin’s War On Books

September 5, 2008

I wasn’t sure if this was going to get anymore play, but it’s revealing for the ugly kind of mentality Palin actually has.

It’s out now that Sarah Palin, while mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, tried to fire City Librarian Dorothy Emmons for not agreeing to remove “objectionable books” from the Wasilla Public Library. Dorothy Emmons, to her credit, and the credit of librarians everywhere, refused. Something about….which amendment was that?….oh, that’s right….the FIRST ONE.

This kind of stuff scares the shit out of me. A huge faction of the population are actually into banning books from public libraries, and politicians like Sarah Palin are leading the way.

Let it be known what kind of mind Sarah Palin has, and the kind of politician John McCain is for picking her as his soul running mate.

Obama on O’Reilly Part II

September 5, 2008

I can’t bring myself to actually listen to it. But what caught my attention was the staging of the interview, the location and shots.

They don’t give Obama a lot of “face time”. He gets a close up, but O’Reilly gets two close ups and the wide shot shows a full three quarter profile of O’Reilly while Obama barely gets a full side profile, we’re seeing a lot of the back of his head.

Compare Obama’s set up with what O’Reilly did with Bush, Hillary and McCain.

I don’t get the strategy of Obama going on O’Reilly. It’s got high ratings in the cable news network world, but it’s watched mostly by Archie Bunker types who will never vote for him.

Murdoch has been trying to get Obama to go on Fox for a while. When Obama met with Murchoch and Ailes, Obama told them why he wasn’t interested in going on FOX:

Obama lit into Ailes. He said that he didn’t want to waste his time talking to Ailes if Fox was just going to continue to abuse him and his wife, that Fox had relentlessly portrayed him as suspicious, foreign, fearsome—just short of a terrorist.

Ailes, unruffled, said it might not have been this way if Obama had more willingly come on the air instead of so often giving Fox the back of his hand.

According to John Amato at “Crooks and Liars” Obama’s concerns were well founded.

Bill attacks Obama with a mean spirited and nasty viciousness that he has never used against McCain, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the rest of the administration that he feels are in good standing. It was sickening to watch him interrupt Obama with a scowl on his face every time Barack tries to finish a point he was trying to make.

After the segment was over—he had a little nasty grin on his face as he berated Jane Hall when she tried to analyze Bill’s question about if she bought the idea that Obama was a terror warrior.


After he cut off Hall and tried to embarrass her, he moved over to winger Monica Crowley and asked is she thought Obama was a terror warrior and the Republican shill gave Bill the answer he wanted. She said “no ” and O’Reilly laughing approved.

Why didn’t Bill straight up ask if Obama was a terrorist? Note to Obama: Stay away from Fox. They’re scum.

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.