Archive for October 12th, 2008

Editorial Cartoons I’d Like To See

I probably won’t get as lucky as I did with the “Not So Fast, Ace” cartoon, but there are a couple of other ideas I would love to see take shape:

One would be something like a tiny McCain and Palin clinging for dear life to a giant snorting bull (labelled “Republican Base”) and bragging that they’re going to ride it to victory.  There would be a finish line off in the distance, and hoofprints showing that the bull has been stomping around in circles.

The other would be McCain in a tattered Navy uniform, with a Dubya-headed albatross (labelled “19% Approval Rating”) hanging around his neck emanating wavy stink lines, and the caption, “It is an ancient mariner, and he stoppeth one of five…”

How about it?  Anyone with skills want to help me out?  Or know someone who does?

October 12th, 2008 at 07:46pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Comics,Elections,McCain,Palin,Politics,Republicans

Plausible Deniability – Ur Doin It Wrong

So much for the McCain campaign saying that it’s not their fault if some of their supporters get a little worked up and call Obama a terrorist…

According to Time, McCain campaign staffers in Virginia are teaching volunteers to see Barack Obama as having terrorist ‘friends,’ and then providing these volunteers with arguments for persuading voters that Sen. Obama, like Osama Bin Laden, shares responsibility for bombings of the Pentagon.

The report from inside the McCain campaign brings to light an alarming fact: while McCain tells his supporters publicly to refrain from violent rhetoric,  he continues to teach his volunteers rhetoric designed to elicit violent responses.

In the article, Time’s Karen Tumulty recounts her visit to a campaign training session in Gainesville, VA, a strategic center for the McCain ground game in Prince William County.   What Tumulty describes is a training session hosted by by Virginia’s state GOP Chairman Jeffrey M. Frederick in which volunteers were being trained to see Barack Obama as a terrorist.  Tumulty writes:


With so much at stake, and time running short, Frederick did not feel he had the luxury of subtlety. He climbed atop a folding chair to give 30 campaign volunteers who were about to go canvassing door to door their talking points — for instance, the connection between Barack Obama and Osama bin Laden: “Both have friends that bombed the Pentagon,” he said. “That is scary.”… “And he won’t salute the flag,” one woman added, repeating another myth about Obama. She was quickly topped by a man who called out, “We don’t even know where Senator Obama was really born.” Actually, we do; it’s Hawaii. (link)

The report from inside the McCain campaign is disturbing on several levels.   While McCain has begun chiding his supporters at public rallies for using violent rhetoric, his campaign has taken the opposite tack behind closed doors.   Despite the public image of a campaign not responsible for the violent outbursts of a few followers, the Time report reveals a ground operation actually training its volunteers to elicit violent responses in voters–specifically by making false claims about Barack Obama’s connection to terrorist attacks on U.S. military buildings.

The report confirms that the McCain campaign has staked its chances of winning the Presidency on convincing the public that Barack Obama is on the wrong side of the ‘War on Terror’ and, therefore, his victory in the Presidential election would put the power of the White House in the hands of terrorists.

Tumulty’s report raises serious questions about whether or not John McCain is using campaign rhetori that not only depart from recognized moral boundaries, but risk igniting actual violence.

In particular, by teaching his volunteers to see Barack Obama as similar to Osama Bin Laden–and by training his volunteers to convince voters of the same–McCain is using his presidential campaign to tie his Sen. Obama to the mass murders of September 11, 2001.  In this way, McCain is effectively teaching his suporters to believe that Sen. Obama is not only connected to terrorists, but that Sen. Obama deserves the same punishment as terrorists.

In addition to being despicable and dangerous, I just don’t see how this strategy translates into anything but resounding defeat for McCain and the Republican Party.  Yes, it will probably energize the Limbaugh/Coulter/Savage base, but it will repulse everyone else.  How can they maintain their pose as the salt-of-the-earth family values party after everyone gets a good long luck at the fear and hate gibbering behind the mask?

(Let us not forget that VA is also the state where Bobby May served as a county campaign chair up until recently – is there something in the water?)

3 comments October 12th, 2008 at 05:58pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,McCain,Palin,Politics,Racism,Republicans,Terrorism,Wankers

Hoist By Her Own Personnel Board?

Hey, remember when Sarah Palin filed an ethics complaint against herself with the State Personnel Board to try to pre-empt the legislature’s Troopergate investigation?  How her lawyer and the McCain campaign made such a big deal about how her pet investigation was the only legitimate one, and the legislature’s was a partisan witchhunt (despite being dominated by Republicans)?

Um, about that…

Some weeks ago, the McCain team devised a plan to have Palin file an ethics complaint against herself with the State Personnel Board, arguing that it alone was capable of conducting a fair, nonpartisan inquiry into whether she fired Monegan because he refused to fire Wooten, who had been involved in a messy custody battle with her sister. Some Democrats ridiculed the move, noting that the personnel board answered to Palin. But the board ended up hiring an aggressive Anchorage trial lawyer, Timothy Petumenos, as an independent counsel. McCain aides were chagrined to discover that Petumenos was a Democrat who had contributed to Palin’s 2006 opponent for governor, Tony Knowles. Palin is now scheduled to be questioned next week, and the counsel’s report could be released soon after. “We took a gamble when we went to the personnel board,” said a McCain aide who asked not to be identified discussing strategy. While the McCain camp still insists Palin “has nothing to hide,” it acknowledges a critical finding by Petumenos would be even harder to dismiss.


I think the only card Palin can play at this point is to use this as “proof” that filing an ethics complaint against herself was a sign of her high ethical standards, and not a cynical excuse to duck the real investigation.

Which is all well and good, provided that Petumenos doesn’t release anything embarrassing before the election.  Or isn’t allowed to.

(h/t bmaz)

2 comments October 12th, 2008 at 03:04pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,Palin,Republicans

Stay Classy, Republicans!

McCain’s supporters continue to be nasty pieces of work…

CBS News:

As the crowd cheered at a Sarah Palin rally this morning in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, a man in the audience grinned as he held up a stuffed monkey doll with a Barack Obama bumper sticker wrapped across its forehead.

After Palin finished her remarks this morning, the man holding the stuffed monkey seemed to notice that a video camera was pointed at him, at which point he removed the Obama sticker from the doll’s head and crumpling it up in his hand. He then handed the doll to a young boy who was watching the rally from his father’s shoulders. The boy’s parents later told CBS News that they weren’t acquainted with the man who gave their son the stuffed monkey

As I wrote before, this is an extension of the psychotic behavior being injected into our society from right wing talk shows, Malkinite bloggers and movement conservatives. Sadly, it’ll only get worse during the closing weeks of the campaign and will continue onward and upward after the election.

This is the Republican base now.  Charming, isn’t it.  Actually, it might also be McCain himself…

October 12th, 2008 at 11:49am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,McCain,Obama,Palin,Politics,Racism,Republicans

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