As you may recall, Rep. Ruth Balser (along with Rep. Kay Khan) shared some very interesting comments with BMG on the issue of Hillary supporters lining up behind Barack. So when John McCain asked Sarah Palin to be his VP, I asked Rep. Balser what she thought. Here is her response. I suspected that Sen McCain would consider selecting a woman. For us Democrats, we are fortunate that he did not choose any of the better known and more impressive Moderate Republican Senators such as Sens Hutchison, Snowe, or Collins. Had he chosen someone of their stature and views, there may have been some Independents who would have been drawn to the Republican ticket, who might not have been otherwise. Already attracted to McCain’s history as a “maverick” (by ignoring candidate McCain’s swing to the right) and his personality, they might also want to make history by breaking the gender barrier, and would be assured by the presence of a pro-choice candidate on the ticket. By choosing a woman with less impressive credentials and who is extremely conservative, he has lost that opportunity… thankfully! Instead, he has solidified his conservative credentials with the Republican base; but he does not win [...]
Here’s a new must-read blog for your bookmarks. Mudflats. It’s a blog about the mud-encrusted world of Alaska politics. In the latest post, here’s the documentation that Sarah Palin was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it. Today, while I watched her hop out of the “Straight Talk Express” bus, and give the second reading of her acceptance speech, one of my fellow viewers said, “You know, I don’t remember her opposing the Bridge.” And it hit me. I don’t remember that either. A quick double-check with the third member of our watch party confirmed our confusion. We all live here. We all watch the news, read the paper, and pay attention to the local political circus, but none of us connected Sarah with her claims of rebuffing the controversial earmark. If you weren’t watching, here’s the quote from her speech: “I championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. In fact, I told Congress – I told Congress, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’ on that Bridge to Nowhere. ‘If our state wanted a bridge’, I said, ‘we’d build it ourselves’. Reeeeally. Check out these entries from the Ketchikan Daily News: ”People across [...]
From AP: The White House says President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney will skip the Republican National Convention because of Hurricane Gustav. … Cheney is to leave Tuesday on a four-country trip that includes a stop in Georgia. If the Republican Party is the equivalent of the old Soviet Union, then perhaps this is January 1990: On February 7, 1990, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union agreed to give up its monopoly of power. Over the next several weeks, the 15 constituent republics of the USSR held their first competitive elections. Reformers and ethnic nationalists won many of the seats. Update. Thanks to everyone for their comments. I fear that the point of this post was not as clear as it should have been. My argument was that it is a sad commentary on the state of the national G.O.P. that the President and Vice President are so unpopular the Party would rather not have them at its convention, and thus they have found excuses not to attend. I am quite sure that if strategists thought it would help McCain’s candidacy, they would have found a way for Bush and Cheney to be in [...]
Here’s the latest bold, new content at Red Mass Group. Instead, Demolisher is running a collection of Blue Mass quotes about Sarah Palin. You read it here first.
I enjoyed reading Scott Helman’s generally positive Globe sketch about McCain’s leadership stint in the Navy’s largest air squadron; it certainly told me more about McCain’s Navy-related leadership abilities than our vociferous McCain supporters have.
The humanizing piece is devoid of bombshells and plays into the pro-McCain “Maverick” narrative. As a character, I liked reading about this John McCain and I suggest everyone give it a quick Sunday read.
Two paragraphs jumped out at me. First, my favorite anecdote:
For all the growing up McCain was doing professionally, he still loved a good party. At their beach house in Ponte Vedra and their home in the suburb of Orange Park, McCain and his then-wife Carol hosted clambakes, luaus, and cookouts. Pilots recalled that they would schedule training flights to Key West or Brunswick, Maine, just to pick up lobsters and other seafood, which they would keep cold in the planes’ unused external fuel tanks.
This is going to have to stand in for the Weekly Joke Revue this week. The truth really is far more amusing than the jokes. The “Student’s for McCain” pens offered for a while by the John McCain campaign store is the only thing that even comes close. Sadly, they have now fixed the punctuation. Credit: djcn0te, flickr. More pictures of Wasilla City Hall here. Palin has been Governor of Alaska for one year and eight months. She took office on 4 December 2006. Prior to that, she was Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission from 2003-04, and before that Mayor of Wasilla, population 6,714 according to the city’s website, from 1996-2002. Wasilla’s annual revenue is $12.7 million, about like Topsfield — population 6,348, $14 million 2006 tax levy (if someone can make a more precise comparison to a Massachusetts town, please do so). In 2005, there were 11 traffic lights in Wasilla according to the Anchorage Daily News: Today, there are 20 traffic lights in the Mat-Su Borough, including 11 in Wasilla and three in Palmer, according to Scott Thomas, DOT regional traffic engineer. If you have additional nuggets, please add them in the comments.
Alert reader Cannoneo points us to some interesting polling data dug out by Andrew Sullivan from a recent Rasmussen poll: But among the critical undecideds, the Palin pick made only 6 percent more likely to vote for McCain; and it made 31 percent less likely to vote for him. 49 percent said it would have no impact, and 15 percent remained unsure. More to the point: among undecideds, 59 percent said Palin was unready to be president. Only 6 percent said she was. If the first criterion for any job is whether you’re ready for it, this is a pretty major indictment of the first act of McCain’s presidential leadership…. From this first snap-shot (and unsettled) impression, Palin has helped McCain among Republicans, left Democrats unfazed, but moved the undecideds against him quite sharply. I totally understand why. Of course, it’s early. But first impressions matter, and those numbers are fairly dramatic. If unsurprising.
Exhibit A for Sarah Palin’s fundamentalist, pro-life cred is her decision not to terminate the pregnancy when she learned that her child would have Down’s syndrome. But, it’s hard to square using pre-natal genetic testing to determine that your baby will have Down’s syndrome and an openness to teaching creationism. The anti-modernists use of modern science and technology is particularly galling.
Now, I happen to agree with Sen. President Murray that insofar as the Palin choice is an appeal to disaffected female Hillary Clinton supporters, it's damned insulting. But, but, but … [smell of sulphur arises, dim lowlight of fire and brimstone] we all know that demographics are part of the VP selection, don't we? Be it gender, race, region, religion … identity and affinity are all part of the game. It's not a perfect world, my friends … So, let's look at another possibility: Jodi Rell, Governor of Connecticut since 2004, having assumed the office for the disgraced Gov. John Rowland. She's fantastically popular: 65% approval rating. She claims high ethical standards. And, it could be argued that she'd put Connecticut on the map for the GOP, which would be particularly valuable since New England is dumping Republicans like last month's takeout leftovers. Why not this capable, trusted, experienced executive? you might well ask. Well … She's pro-choice. She's pro-stem cell. She's pro-civil-union. She's not reflexively, foamingly pro-gun. And on and on. Ontheissues.org describes her as a “moderate liberal populist” — AAAAAACK! The Limbaugh dittoheads would just stay at home. “Get us a fanatical repressive plutocrat, damn you!” And that's [...]
Crossposted from MY LEFT WING
It is the entirely wrong tack to take.
First — it’s mudslinging, for chrissakes. On a nominee. Does that sound like anyone we know?
Second… she’s a fucking GIRL. Did none of you take PSYCHOLOGY One-oh-fucking-ONE?
Stick to the basics. She’s a supremely unqualified nominee. Let the record speak for itself. SHE SUUUUCKS.