Archive for October 6th, 2008

Hillary Vs. Sarah

Well, it’s good to see confirmation that women aren’t buying Sarah Palin’s I’m-just-like-you schtick:

A new poll of 600 female voters found that most view Hillary Clinton as a better mom, role model and leader than Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the first woman to be named to a Republican ticket.

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The random telephone survey of 600 female voters – conducted for Shezoom.com, a new website devoted to topics of interest to women – included both personal and political questions about Palin and Clinton.

Clinton – whose popularity seems to have only risen since she ended her own White House bid – beat Palin in every category.

If somehow Palin and Clinton end up at the top of their party’s tickets in 2012, for instance, the former First Lady would make moose-meat out of the Alaska governor, 61% to 27%

Nearly three times as many women think Clinton would do a better job dealing with the economy and with foreign leaders, and women are twice as likely to say they trust Clinton than Palin.

Clinton even beats Palin, a mother of five, in the parenting department – 35% think Clinton has been a better mother, compared to 24% who picked Palin.

“I think there is probably a Chelsea factor there,” said Shezoom.com CEO Stacey Artandi, noting that many voters see the Clinton’s 28-year-old daughter as a poised young woman “who is very much a reflection of Hillary.”

Beyond that, women say Clinton has struck a better “work/life balance” by a 44%-to-32% margin.

And 53% believe Clinton is a better role model for women, compared to 33% who choose Palin.

I’m not sure how credible this poll is, but those results sure are lopsided.

Also worth noting that when I looked, the NY Daily News online reader poll was running 78-22 in favor of Hillary on the presidential question, and trustworthy sources tell me that the News is a pretty Republican paper.

1 comment October 6th, 2008 at 11:22pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Clinton,Palin,Politics,Polls

What We Can Look Forward To

A Rick Perlstein blast from the past, from the 2006 elections:

Republicans cheat. To what extend did their cheating on Election Day keep the will of the people from being fully registered? Just how close did it come to keeping the new majority from arriving? And what does the kind of cheating we saw Tuesday — and its antecedents in the past and its likely echoes in the future — portend for the project of turning liberalism once again into the dominant force in American politics?

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In California’s 50th District — where Democrat Francine Busby had hoped to win a rematch against incumbent Brian Bilbray in Republican felon Duke Cunningham’s former seat — Busby staffers shut down their phone banks because they were reaching so many callers enraged at the “Hi-I’m-calling-with-information-about-Francine-Busby” deluge. The Washington Post, meanwhile, reported receiving a tearful call from someone in Ohio explaining that she could no longer keep an open phone line to the hospice where her mother was dying on account of the calls. As for the calls’ political effect, a spokesman for Lois Murphy — who ended up going down to a narrow defeat against GOP incumbent Jim Gerlach in Pennsylvania’s 6th District — relayed, “Some of our biggest supporters have said, ‘If you call me again, I’m not voting for Lois.'”

NRCC spokesman Ed Patrus offered the defense of scoundrels, not citizens: they’d checked with their lawyers; they weren’t doing anything illegal. They were “drawing contrasts” between Democrats and Republicans, he told The New York Times…. Another NRCC spokesman said: “We are a federal organization campaigning about a federal race. We feel that New Hampshire law does not apply to what we are doing.” A third added: “Phone banking is used by campaigns of all stripes and all these calls are made between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.” They also said the megavolume was the fault of their contractor, not the party; “It could be some kind of glitch.”

According to federal filings, the NRCC spent about $2 million on these contractors: some glitch. I’m guessing this whole project was the inspiration for President Bush’s eerily confident pronouncement on October 25: “We’re not going to lose.” Or maybe he had a panoply of dirty tricks in mind. In Maryland, homeless men recruited from out-of-state shelters were recruited to pass out flyers meant to trick voters in black neighborhoods into thinking the Republican gubernatorial candidate, Robert Ehrlich, and Senate candidate, Michael Steele, were Democrats…. In North Carolina college students asked voters if they were registered Democrats, and if they said yes, handed them a list of “our” judicial candidates — actually a list of Republicans. A California “information guide for Democrats” told voters to vote “no” on propositions backed by Democrats. Poll watchers brandishing handguns intimidated Latino voters in Arizona — a Republican trick there going back to 1962, when the late Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist was allegedly involved. On election day in Colorado’s 5th District, the campaign of Democratic candidate Jay Fawcett reported finding that their office reeked of skunk, impeding the ability of the staffers and 200 volunteers to do their work. Police looked into the matter and believe that over-the-counter chemicals had been sprayed in the office.

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In Virginia, the FBI continues to investigate calls received by Democrats in the final days of the campaign such as the following, to a man registered to vote there since 1998: “This is a message for Timothy Daly. This is the Virginia Elections Commission. We’ve determined you are registered in New York to vote. Therefore, you will not be allowed to cast your vote on Tuesday. If you do show up, you will be charged criminally.”

How many Democratic votes died aborning thanks to chicanery like this? We may never know…. Calling out one of America’s two major parties for potential election theft is not the preferred activity of a timid media.

That’s a colossal problem. Cheating is by now a constitutive part of Republican culture. Such false-flag harassment was a crucial part of “ratfucking” operations in Richard Nixon’s 1972 presidential campaign — to take just one example, Nixon agents circulated fliers in the Milwaukee ghetto advertising a non-existent “free lunch” sponsored by the Democrats. The Watergate hearings in 1973 and 1974 were full of these kinds of revelations. It didn’t shame Republicans into retreating. It just made them more careful practitioners — more careful, yet at the same time more brazen: consider those NRCC spokesmen. They could have denied the hustle. Instead, they owned up to it.

From now on there should be no excuse: anticipating such inevitabilities has to be made an active part of Democratic strategizing…. The narrative should teach even low-information voters to sniff out the signs of a dirty trick…. That way, the dirty trick boomerangs: “Oh, yes. That‘s what the Democrats mean when they say Republicans cheat. God, I distrust those Republicans. I don’t want them back in power ever again.”

I would love to think that there will come a day when Republican dirty tricks backfire on them, but for now I would settle for aggressive prosecutions and stiff sentencing.  I know, I’m easy to please.

2 comments October 6th, 2008 at 10:05pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,McCain,Politics,Republicans

B&W Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Photoblogging

Here’s the first batch of photos from the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.  I wasn’t really feeling it, possibly because I had already been there and done that, but some of them actually came out pretty well.

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1 comment October 6th, 2008 at 06:29pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Greetings From Afghanada

Um… WTF?

Three days after a mostly gaffe-free debate performance, the Alaska governor fumbled during a speech in which she praised U.S. soldiers for “fighting terrorism and protecting us and our democratic values”.

“They are also building schools for the Afghan children so that there is hope and opportunity in our neighboring country of Afghanistan,” she told several hundred supporters at a fundraising event in San Francisco.

Tina Fey will never be able to keep up.

(h/t Lisa Derrick)

October 6th, 2008 at 11:36am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Afghanistan,Elections,Foreign Policy,Palin,Quotes,Weirdness

Monday Media Blogging – Vice-Presidential Debate Edition

For those of you who missed the SNL version:


I love Israel so much, bless its heart! There’s a special place for Israel in Heaven.

My only minor quibbles are that Tina Fey winks the wrong eye, and she makes only one attempt at emulating Palin’s tortured, meandering syntax, which may be un-emulatable. Pretty damn hilarious overall, though.

I was also amused by Biden trying to simultaneously trash and compliment McCain.

3 comments October 6th, 2008 at 07:21am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging


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