1) The Coleman campaign kinda reminds me of the invasion of Iraq. They declared victory prematurely, pissed off the natives, and poured massive quantities of money and resources down a black hole rather than admit defeat. Of course, in this case the only fatalities were Norm’s political career, and maybe Tim Pawlenty’s.
2) Looking forward to the Republicans caterwauling about how the MN Supreme Court engaged in judicial activism by declaring the candidate with the most votes to be the winner.
3) Looking foward to Harry Reid explaining why you just can’t get anything done without 67 votes in the Senate.
Alaska’s lipstick-wearing pit-bull is a “Little Shop of Horrors.”
That’s how one longtime friend and campaign trail companion of John McCain, the vanquished 2008 GOP presidential nominee, described veep nominee Sarah Palin.
In an expansive story in the August edition of Vanity Fair, a slew of senior members of McCain’s campaign team told reporter Todd S. Purdum that they suffer a kind of survivor’s guilt following the 2008 presidential election.
“They can’t quite believe that for two frantic months last fall, caught in a Bermuda Triangle of a campaign, they worked their tails off to try to elect as vice president of the United States someone who, by mid-October, they believed for certain was nowhere near ready for the job, and might never be,” Vanity Fair reports.
During the campaign, there were reports of anonymous McCain aides describing Palin, the governor of Alaska, as a “diva” and a “whack job.”
The Vanity Fair article recounts how strained Palin’s relationship was with the McCain advisers. She maintained “only the barest level of civil discourse” with Tucker Eskew, the operative assigned to be her chief minder, the magazine reports.
She believed Steve Schmidt, McCain’s top strategist, had lied to her about conducting polling in Alaska – that was a “belief she conveyed to anyone who would listen,” the magazine reported.
(…)One McCain aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he “always wanted to tell myself the best-case story about her.”
“I think, as I’ve evaluated it, I think some of my worst fears…the after-election events have confirmed that her more negative aspects my have been there….”
As his voice trailed off, he said, “I saw her as a raw talent. Raw, but a talent. I hoped she could become better.”
I look forward to the inevitable counter-hissy-fit. If Palin goes ballistic about Letterman jokes and a blogger having Photoshop fun with her and Trig, this should make her go nukular.
(I wonder if Sarah feels betrayed that a magazine named after her would say such mean things…)
Unless I’m very much mistaken, Ross Douthat appears to be making the argument that the Republican sex scandals are somehow a good thing, that they simply indicate Republicans’ earthy excess of passion, not like those bloodless effete Democrats.
Leave it to a conservative pundit to figure out a mental contortion that makes adultery sound more admirable than fidelity – reading his column is like watching those Cirque De Soleil girls sit on their own heads.
MR. GREGORY: …Governor Mark Sanford disappeared for five days then announced that, in fact, he’d had a mistress, he was visiting a mistress in Argentina. He misled his staff, he misled the voters. Should he resign?
SEN. GRAHAM: Well, the first thing, I’m the godfather of Mark and Jenny’s youngest child, so I’m just going to put that on the table. My main focus right now is can this marriage be saved? Can these kids have a mom and dad to guide them through life? That is my main focus. I think if Mark can reconcile with Jenny, and that’s not going to be easy, that he can finish his last 18 months. He’s had a good reform agenda. And I do believe that if, if he can reconcile with his family and if he’s willing to try, that the people of South Carolina would be willing to give him a second chance. But he’s also got to reconcile the legislature. If he can get his family back together, I think he can continue out his term and maybe do some good things next year.
…Or maybe it would be easier for Sanford to put his marriage back together and reconcile with his wife and kids if he’s not trying to run a state, fend off calls for resignation and impeachment, and dodge the media spotlight on his affair.
He said he was resigning as chairman of the Republican Governors Association so he would have more time to repair his marriage, but that’s a band-aid on a sucking chest wound. If he really wants to save his marriage, he should make that his full-time job for a while.
Democrats plan a July 4th ad campaign to punish House Republicans who voted against the $100-plus billion Iraq and Afghanistan war supplemental — emulating GOP attacks against John Kerry and other Dems who voted against Bush war bills.
A series of 60-second radio ads will run during drive time from July 1 through July 8, according to a script provided to POLITICO — and they have the support-our-troops ring of GOP spots.
They’ll target seven Republicans seen as vulnerable in ’10, including Reps. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Jim Gerlach (R-Pa..), Dan Lungren (R-Calif.), Mike McCaul (R-Texas), Lee Terry (R-Neb.) and Joe Wilson (R-S.C.).
The Terry script:
Around here, we recognize Independence Day with parades … and picnics … maybe a few fireworks. But July Fourth is about more than that.
It’s about remembering those who fought for our freedoms. And those still fighting today.
Congressman Lee Terry used to understand that.
When George Bush asked, Congressman Terry voted to fully fund our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And, last year he said, quote, “We must give our military every resource it needs.”
Seems like Congressman Terry is playing politics now …
Last month Congressman Terry voted AGAINST funding for those same troops.
It’s true: vote No. 348 – you can look it up.
“Republicans never hesitated to criticize those who voted against the previous supplemental bills that included funding for the troops, but now that they are trying to score political points, Republicans’ votes have conveniently changed,” said DCCC executive director Jon Vogel.
Yes, I appreciate the “Were you lying then or are you lying now” gotcha here, but do the Democrats really want to brand themselves as the Stay-In-Iraq-Forever Party? They could have easily circumvented that pitfall – and secured a lot more progressive Democrat votes – by simply including a withdrawal timeline, but they didn’t, and I still don’t understand why. After all, Obama did provide such a timeline during his presidential campaign, is it no longer operative now? Why raise doubts about his stated commitment to get us out of Iraq, especially when it came so close to making the supplemental unpassable?
Of course, even if the supplemental hadn’t been written by morons ($108 billion to bail out the IMF? WTF?), we’re still left with the Democratic Party embracing the GOP’s voting-against-war-funding/war-prolonging-is-like-personally-shooting-the-troops-in-the-head framing. And while there is some poetic justice to seeing Republicans hoist by their own petard, it’s really not an argument our side should be validating. I can’t wait to see the 2010 campaigns against Terry et al. where the Democratic challengers make a big deal about how the Republicans refused to vote to prolong the war. I’m sure that’ll go over well.
“We can’t count on insurance companies. They are just maximizing their profits. They are sticking it to consumers.
“I am all for letting insurance companies compete. But I want them to compete in a system that offers real health-care insurance. I call it a public plan,” Rockefeller said.
Earlier this month, Rockefeller introduced the Consumers Health Care Act that would give all consumers the option to participate in a government-run plan competing with private plans.
Government-backed programs are big enough to bring medical costs down, Rockefeller believes.
“Back in 1993, all our Veterans Administration hospitals got together and agreed to buy prescription drugs as a group. The next week, the costs of those drugs went down by 50 percent.
“I think the anger against insurance companies is going to spread,” Rockefeller said Thursday. “But a public plan, run by the government, will make sure doctors get paid, hospitals get paid and people get good health care.
“Today, an extra 15 percent, 20 percent or 25 percent [of health-care costs] goes to pay private insurance companies. In a public plan, you just pay for what you get. There are no marketers, no people shuffling paper, no one making television ads.”
“There is a very small chance any Republicans will vote for this health-care plan. They were against Medicare and Medicaid [created in the 1960s]. They voted against children’s health insurance.
“We have a moral choice. This is a classic case of the good guys versus the bad guys. I know it is not political for me to say that,” Rockefeller added.
“But do you want to be non-partisan and get nothing? Or do you want to be partisan and end up with a good health- care plan? That is the choice.”
Understands that insurance companies can’t be trusted and everyone hates them? Check.
Understands that the federal government’s bargaining power will lower prices? Check.
Understands that a public plan without the insurance companies’ administrative overhead will be cheaper? Check.
Understands that Republicans are corrupt amoral monsters who are implacably opposed to any meaningful healthcare reform? Check.
Understands that fixing our healthcare system is the morally right thing to do? Check.
Understands that watered-down “bipartisan” reform is worthless? Check.
Not bad. Not bad at all. Now if he can just convince the Obama administration and the rest of the conservative Democrats who still want to play ball with the anti-healthcare party, maybe we’ll have something.
Weekly World News reporters have tracked down Governor Sanford’s Sasquatch lover for an exclusive interview.
While the Governor has come forward admitting to having an affair, he has attempted to protect the identity of his lover. However the Weekly World News team has tracked down the cryptid home-wrecker.
Maria, an eastern ridgeback Sasquatch, agreed to meet with reporters in a hotel room near her home. Though she cannot speak, she was able to communicate through descriptive grunts and an interpreter.
The two apparently met while Sanford was out hunting with other conservative lawmakers. Sanford snuck up on her in a blind and from the first time their eyes met they knew there was a connection that spanned cultures, language, and species. Sanford left his hunting party almost immediately and spent the rest of the weekend in her cave.
Since that fateful trip five years ago, the two have maintained their affair, seeing each other whenever possible. Mary admits it was not an ideal situation, but the two felt compelled by a love that was larger than themselves. Mary kept in contact with the Governor mostly through email, and frequented the same nearby internet café. Transcripts of their emails are included below:
From Governor Sanford. June 8th, 2008
Dearest Maria. Tomorrow I leave Carolina for those wretched Bahamas. Wretched because they take me even farther away from you. Each morning when I awake to the sounds of tropical beaches, I will be thinking of you: the feel of your kisses, the curve of your hips, the downy softness of your pelt. Though my mind and the great state of South Carolina pull me elsewhere, my heart is always in a cave with you.
My Eternal Love,
From Maria. June 7th, 2008
To my Dearest Mark. It seems like an eternity since I have held you in my arms, although I know it has only been days. Your scent lingers in my fur, and that gives me comfort. I can’t bring myself to bathe in the river and wash it away, not yet. Until fate brings us together again, my heart and my body hunger for you.
Truly a touching tale of a doomed love that could never be.
Famous bad mother Sarah Palin, hot off her successful campaign to fire David Letterman, from television, is now yelling about how some other random person hates or rapes her children. See that photoshop up there of Governor Palin with Bristol Palin’s child, Trig? We thought “Verne Troyer” too, but no, it is the head of conservative Alaskan radio host Eddie Burke, who is in love with Sarah Palin…. Now Palin has denounced the blogger through her evil spokesperson Meg Stapleton….
“Recently we learned of a malicious desecration of a photo of the Governor and baby Trig that has become an iconic representation of a mother’s love for a special needs child,” Palin spokeswoman Meghan Stapelton said in a statement provided to CNN. “The mere idea of someone doctoring the photo of a special needs baby is appalling.”
“Babies and children are off limits,” She said. “It is past time to restore decency in politics and real tolerance for all Americans. The Obama Administration sets the moral compass for its party. We ask that special needs children be loved, respected and accepted and that this type of degeneracy be condemned.”
HAHAHAHAHAA. Yeah c’mon Obama, what the hell man, some lady in Alaska photoshopped a radio host’s head onto one of ten million photos of Trig being used as a campaign prop, when will you condemn these… these Degenerates. A DESECRATION! This photo “has become an iconic representation of a mother’s love for a special needs child,” damnit! It’s art, you fools! Art! Really… really good photo we got goin’ here. National fucking treasure.
Yeah, I think “desecration” is perhaps a little… presumptuous, as if Sarah thinks she’s the Madonna and Trig is the Second Coming. It’s just a throwaway bit of visual snark by a blogger who thinks she’s an idiot – Palin shouldn’t even deign to respond to it, but instead she’s lashing out like it’s some kind of sacrilegious attack on MOTHERHOOD ITSELF.
Epic perspective fail, or desperate attempt to prolong her long-expired fifteen minutes? I don’t really care, I just want it to stop.
Unless she runs for president, in which case I want her to be comically outraged at nothing ALL THE TIME.
This really is amazing, and one of the most bizarre press conferences I have ever seen (“The self of self is, indeed, self”?). After rambling on for two minutes about how awesome the Appalachian Trail is and his love of “adventure trips” and how his valiant struggle against the economic stimulus exhausted him, he then spent another five minutes abjectly apologizing without ever specifying what he was apologizing about.
I can only imagine the bafflement in the audience and in the network studios as they tried to figure out what was going on, reflected in MSNBC’s onscreen captions explaining that Sanford was apologizing to everyone in South Carolina who was worried about where he was, and to his staff for not telling them, and to his wife and sons for, well, something. They even stalled for time with “Gov. Sanford: I have taken many different adventurous trips”, which is my personal favorite, and perhaps more apt than they realized.
MSNBC had to at least suspect what he was apologizing for, since it was all too excessive to just be about going AWOL, but they couldn’t really speculate in the captions… although that could have been kind of fun: “Gov. Sanford: Apologizing for extramarital affair?” “Gov. Sanford: Apologizing for drug habit?” “Gov. Sanford: Apologizing for taking bribes?”
I have a sneaking suspicion that he will not resign from the governorship – after all, he already resigned as chairman of the Republican Governors’ Association so that he would have more time to work on his marriage, and I’m sure that’s much more demanding than running a state.
Dr. Wallace Trantham says he has hypnotized hundreds of subjects and found that a significant percentage of people remember living on another planet before their existence here on Earth.
Based on his experience, he believes that one out of 10 Americans are born-again aliens.
“These people describe experiences on a variety of planets ranging from dry desert spheres to cold, sunless moons to lush, vegetation-covered places somewhat like our Earth,” says Dr. Trantham, a New Yorker who is writing a book on his theories.
“These people have no conscious memory of their space alien lives, but exhibit distinctive characteristics that reveal their alien past.”
People who answer yes to three or more of these twelve questions have almost certainly lived on another planet:
1. Do you have out-of-body experiences and/or a frequent sense of having experienced something before?
Both phenomena are probably memories of your other-world life breaking through.
2. Do you have a great love of animals?
This probably stems from your unconscious knowledge that life comes in different varieties, including the form you took yourself on another planet.
3. Do you love fruit and/or vegetables?
The diet of most aliens excludes meat. In your earthly life, then, you continue to show a preference for the foods you were used to eating as an alien.
4. Do you have a fear of telephones?
Extraterrestrials are used to communicating with mental telepathy and mechanical instruments like the telephone boggle them. You still have this subconscious discomfort with the telephone.
5. Do you suffer from thinning hair or baldness?
Most extraterrestrials are hairless and you carry vestiges of that trait into Earthly life.
6. Do you have dental problems or problems with your tongue and throat?
Extraterrestrials usually have very small mouths, so in earthly life they have trouble with their mouths and throats.
7. Do you dislike wearing clothes?
Are you happiest when you’re stripped down to a bathing suit or nothing at all? That’s because in your extraterrestrial life, you wore no clothing.
8. Are you not particularly wild about sex?
You probably got this trait from your otherworldy life in which reproduction is a sexless process.
9. Do you crave sesame seeds or egg yolks?
Both these foods contain vitamin T, a nutrient that helps born-again aliens in the forming of badly need blood platelets.
10. Are you obsessively clean?
Alien worlds are usually germ-free and immaculate. In earthly life, aliens have a great deal of trouble dealing with dirt.
11. Are you unemotional?
This is a carryover from the super rational, unemotional mentality of the extraterrestrial.
12. Do you snore?
Aliens often make a purring sound much like a human snore.
The illiterate Cherokee known as Sequoyah watched in awe as white settlers made marks on paper, convinced that these “talking leaves” were the source of white power and success. This inspired the consuming ambition of his life: to create a Cherokee written language.
Born around 1770 near present-day Knoxville, Tenn., he was given the name George Gist (or Guess) by his father, an English fur trader, and his mother, a daughter of a prominent Cherokee family. But it was as Sequoyah that around 1809 he started devising a writing system for the spoken Cherokee language.
Ten years later, despite the ridicule of friends who thought him crazed, he completed the script, in which each of the 85 characters represented a distinct sound in the spoken tongue, and combinations of these syllables spelled words. Within a few years, most Cherokees had adopted this syllabary, and Sequoyah became a folk hero as the inventor of the first Native American script in North America.
It may be, as is often noted, that his achievement is the only known instance of an individual’s single-handedly creating an entirely new system of writing.
By some accounts, Sequoyah was a kind of Professor Henry Higgins who enlisted family members who had sharper ears for discriminating distinct sounds. They helped him divide spoken words into their constituent sounds, and to each sound he assigned a symbol drawn mostly, it is said, from an English spelling book….
While working on his invention, Sequoyah the silversmith, teacher and soldier traveled widely from North Carolina and Tennessee into Georgia and Alabama. In 1821, after he reached Arkansas, he and his daughter Ayoka demonstrated the writing to Cherokee leaders, who encouraged its instruction.
A Cherokee Baptist minister translated the New Testament using the syllabary, Dr. Tankersley said, and Sequoyah was asked to use the translation to teach Cherokee boys to write at the Choctaw Academy near Georgetown, Ky., which was run by a Baptist missionary society. Other missionaries in Oklahoma embraced the script in Bible and other book translations.
Within five years, according to the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, “thousands of Cherokees were literate — far surpassing the literacy rates of their white neighbors.”
It really is quite amazing – perhaps Sequoyah didn’t realize that he was trying to do something impossible.
Note to racist wingnuts: If you want to push English as the official language of the United States and ridicule Sonia Sotomayor’s literacy, then you might want to make sure your banner is spelled correctly.
The GOP is the English Literacy Party in much the same way that it is the Family Values Party and the Law & Order Party and the Fiscal Responsibility Party.
After several years of trying to “retake” the Democratic Party and make it more progressive, today I am giving up and becoming a conservative Democrat. Upon careful consideration, the benefits packages are simply too heavily tilted toward the corporate wing of the party. Check it out:
Being a conservative Democrat also makes you far more likely to receive a major cabinet appointment. Not even counting the Republicans, New Democrats outnumber Progressives in President Obama’s cabinet by 7-1.
Finally, if one of those crazy progressives decides to challenge you in a primary campaign, if you are a conservative Democrat you can also count on the endorsements of 95% of your congressional colleagues, the entire party leadership, and virtually every progressive advocacy organization. They will stand by you.
That is a pretty sweet deal. It sure would be nice to be in the wing of the Democratic party that’s calling the shots, that the media and the president and the party leadership actually listen to. And all I have to give up are my convictions.
“This country has been great for over 180 years,” Wurzelbacher said after urging folks to study the Constitution. It wasn’t clear whether something happened in the late 1820s to make the United States great, but other than a few puzzled glances from the crowd, everyone went with it.
Technically, it’s not an untrue statement, of course. Perhaps, not being sure how old America is, he just picked an age that he was sure it was older than, just to be on the safe side.
(To be fair, it’s possible that this is a Math Fail rather than a History Fail.)
The Republicans have been so busy trying to paint President Obama as a socialist, as a radical, as a Marxist, as a Muslim, as the Devil, that they haven’t even noticed that he has become one of them.
Alas, sad but true. As Galloway says, Obama still talks a good game, but he’s not even trying to back it up. He’s playing the same words-and-perception-are-more-important-than-reality game that his predecessor did.