Archive for June 30th, 2009

Franken Musings

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.

2 comments June 30th, 2009 at 09:57pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Elections,Iraq,Politics,Republicans

Phinal Philly Photoblogging

These will probably be the last Philly photos for a good long while. I think this is actually the post office, but I’m not 100% positive.

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June 30th, 2009 at 06:05pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging

More Sarah-Bashing

Heaven help me, I just can’t get enough…

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…)

June 30th, 2009 at 11:47am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: McCain,Palin,Politics,Republicans

Love, Republican Style

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.

June 30th, 2009 at 06:46am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Media,Republicans,Wankers


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