Archive for October 5th, 2008

Troopergate: It’s On!

Looks like the stonewall is crumbling. I guess Governor Palin’s employees aren’t as willing to overlook judge’s rulings as President Bush’s.

Seven Alaska state employees have reversed course and agreed to testify in an abuse-of-power investigation against Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

There is no indication, however, that Palin or her husband will do the same.

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Lawmakers subpoenaed seven state employees to testify in the inquiry but they challenged those subpoenas. A judge rejected that challenge last week. Because of that ruling, Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg says the employees have decide to testify.

Let’s see how Team McCain tries to stall the investigation now.  I think the only card they can play is that it would be somehow inappropriate to let it influence the outcome of the election.  Which would be absurd if it hadn’t worked once already.

2 comments October 5th, 2008 at 09:10pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Palin,Republicans

When The Going Gets Tough, Everyone Go Shopping

This is not the first time I’ve seen the “If this is the most important struggle ever, then why aren’t we investing more effort in it?” argument, but Bacevich does a nice job with it:

From the very outset, the president described the “war on terror” as a vast undertaking of paramount importance. But he simultaneously urged Americans to carry on as if there were no war. “Get down to Disney World in Florida,” he urged just over two weeks after 9/11. “Take your families and enjoy life, the way we want it to be enjoyed.” Bush certainly wanted citizens to support his war — he just wasn’t going to require them actually to do anything. The support he sought was not active but passive. It entailed not popular engagement but popular deference. Bush simply wanted citizens (and Congress) to go along without asking too many questions.

So his administration’s policies reflected an oddly business-as-usual approach. Senior officials routinely described the war as global in scope and likely to last decades, but the administration made no effort to expand the armed forces. It sought no additional revenue to cover the costs of waging a protracted conflict. It left the nation’s economic priorities unchanged. Instead of sacrifices, it offered tax cuts. So as the American soldier fought, the American consumer binged, encouraged by American banks offering easy credit.

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Bush seems to have calculated — cynically but correctly — that prolonging the credit-fueled consumer binge could help keep complaints about his performance as commander in chief from becoming more than a nuisance. Members of Congress calculated — again correctly — that their constituents were looking to Capitol Hill for largesse, not lessons in austerity. In this sense, recklessness on Main Street, on Wall Street and at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue proved mutually reinforcing.

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At a Pentagon press conference on Sept. 18, 2001, then-defense secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld let the cat out of the bag: “We have a choice, either to change the way we live, which is unacceptable, or to change the way that they live, and we chose the latter.”…

But if the administration’s goals were grandiose, its means were modest. The administration’s governing assumption was that the U.S. military, as constituted in late 2001, ought to suffice to transform the Middle East. Bush could afford to tell the American people to go on holiday and head back to the mall because the indomitable American soldier could be counted on to liberate (and thereby pacify) the Muslim world.

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The 2008 election finds the Pentagon cupboard bare, the U.S. Treasury depleted, the economy in disarray and the average American household feeling acute distress. Profligacy at home and profligacy abroad have combined to produce a grave crisis. This time around, telling Americans to head for Disney World won’t work. The credit card’s already maxed out, and the banks are refusing to pony up for new loans.

In other words, the Bush administration’s primary, all-encompassing goal was to keep the voters happy and stay in power.  Sure, defeating terrorism and spreading democracy would be great, but not at the expense of the true primary mission of consolidating their power to the point of invulnerability.

I’m not sure what they planned to do when their financial house of cards inevitably collapsed – either they believed their own propaganda and thought it was infinitely sustainable, that they would be able to spin the damage as inconsequential or someone else’s fault, or that they would be so entrenched as to be beyond retribution.

Or, alternatively, they knew the collapse was coming and are deliberately tanking the election to stick the Democrats with the bill.  As much as I want Obama to win, he’s going to be inheriting a major economic crisis and a crumbling civilian infrastructure and military, and he’ll have precious little budgetary latitude to fix any of it.

October 5th, 2008 at 06:27pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Economy,Iraq,Politics,Republicans

Blown Ifill

Gwen Ifill once again displays her keen journalistic acumen:

During the vice presidential debate on Thursday, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced that she “may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear.” In fact, “On at least 10 occasions, Palin gave answers that were nonspecific, completely generic, pivoted away from the question at hand, or simply ignored it.” On NBC’s Meet The Press today, debate moderator Gwen Ifill said that Palin “more than ignored” her questions. “Blew me off I think is the technical term,” said Ifill.

No kidding, Gwen.  Gee, it’s too bad you weren’t in any position to force her back on topic.  I mean, it’s not like you were the moderator or anything.  Oh, wait…

3 comments October 5th, 2008 at 02:52pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Media,Palin

Macaca Squared

Holy crap.  Bobby May, McCain’s campaign chairman in Buchanan County, VA, actually makes George Allen look like Martin Luther King.  He wrote a “parody” column about Obama’s platform which is composed entirely of right-wing smears and outright bigotry.  (Does The Voice not have editors, or are they all racist crazies too?)  Some highlights, if I can call them that:

REPARATIONS TO BLACK COMMUNITY: Opposes before Election Day and supports after Election Day.

FREEDOM OF RELIGION: Mandatory Black Liberation Theology classes taught in all churches – raise taxes to pay for this mandate.  Put Rev. Jeremiah Wright in charge.  Condemnation of homosexuality from the pulpit will become a Class 1 Felony.

HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE: Raise taxes.  And coddle sexual perverts.  Give tax breaks for NAMBLA membership fees.

DRUG CRISIS: Raise taxes to pay for free drugs for Obama’s inner-city political base.

ABORTION: Anywhere, anytime, for anyone for any reason up to 9 months and send taxpayers the bill.  Encourage Partial Birth Abortion.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Keep buying foreign oil and sending billions to Muslim countries that hate us and want to destroy us. [Wait, isn’t that the Republican platform?]

2ND AMENDMENT: Under Obama will only apply to gang-bangers, illegal aliens, Islamo-Fascist terrorists, and Senator Jim Webb’s aide.

THE WHITE HOUSE: Hire rapper Ludacris to “paint it black.”  Taxes to be increased to buy enough paint for the job plus spray-paint for graffiti.

THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES: Raise taxes to send $845 billion, most of it to Africa so the Obama family there can skim off enough for them to free their goats and live the American Dream.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Change to the “Black National Anthem” by James Weldon Johnson.  And raise taxes.

U.S. FLAG: Replace 50 stars with a star and crescent logo; red stripes changed to green to represent Obama’s tree-hugging radical environmentalism and his lack of experience.  Flag lapel pins, having become a substitute for “real patriotism,” will henceforth be banned.  And raise taxes.

U.S. MILITARY: Confiscate all weapons, substitute water pistols, pea shooters and bows with suction cup arrows.  Replace U.S. flags on uniforms with peace symbols changing uniform color from green to pink and abolishing the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, replacing it with “A queer in every foxhole and a camouflage sex toy in every backpack” requirement.  Condoms will be issues instead of bullets and brotherly love will be encouraged.  Barney Frank will be the new Secretary of Defense (renamed Secretary of Peace and Love) and Rosie O’Donnell, Ellen DeGeneres, Lindsay Lohan, and Rick Boucher will all be made 5-star generals.  And raise taxes.

So, to sum up, if we elect Obama he’ll raise taxes and turn the country over to the blacks and the gays.  Only I’m pretty sure “blacks” and “gays” aren’t actually Mr. May’s preferred choice of words.

This is just incredibly vile and dripping with hate, beyond even Coulter/Limbaugh/Savage territory.  And this isn’t just some talk-radio nut who gets paid to stir shit up, this is McCain’s county campaign chairman.  If Courageous Man Of Super-Integrity John McCain and his fellow Republicans want to maintain the pretense that the GOP is not a party of racists and homophobes, they need to fire and denounce this creep immediately.

Oh, and as Not Larry Sabato points out, the Virginia media might want to think about covering this story rather than leaving it to the LA Times, which buried it at the ass end of a story about Obama and race in VA.

UPDATE: Looks like Bobby May is history.

“I offer a sincere apology to anyone that I may have offended with anything that I’ve written when expressing my personal opinions. Effective immediately, I have resigned my position as McCain Campaign Buchanan County Chair.” — Bobby Lee May

“Bobby Lee May’s comments about Barack Obama are offensive, insulting and have no place in political discourse. Mr. May’s comments in no way, shape or form reflect the views or opinions held by John McCain or his campaign. The McCain campaign wholeheartedly disavows Mr. May’s column. Mr. May is no longer a part of our campaign organization.” – Gail Gitcho, McCain mid-Atlantic spokesman

Moron.

4 comments October 5th, 2008 at 10:37am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: McCain,Media,Obama,Politics,Racism,Republicans,Teh Gay,Wankers


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