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Ixnay on the irlfriendgay, Brian!

[ 0 ] November 13, 2008 |

Watch the very end of this video; I don’t think that Luke Russert was too pleased that Brian Williams brought up the girlfriend issue.

h/t Macgyver.


Election Night in Juneau

[ 0 ] November 6, 2008 |

I have one final commentary up at MnIndy, whose editors have been kind enough to keep me busy for the past two months. I spent the evening bar-hopping and chatting with folks about the election, Sarah Palin, and assorted other stuff. I describe one of the highlights of the evening here:

Conversation segues to the question of impeaching Palin — hope swims upstream tonight — and then to a prolonged debate about whether our governor is smarter than George W. Bush. Before we can sift through all the evidence, Fox News — officially drawing a curtain on the era of Joe the Plumber — projects an Ohio win for Obama. A light volley of applause fills the room. A guy at the bar announces that he’s going to call his Republican friend in Cincinnati. A few minutes later, he’s gleefully shouting into his cell phone.

“Say it!” he laughs. “Say it with me! Say it! ‘PRESIDENT BARACK — ‘ Say it, you fucker! PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA! COME ON, SAY IT!”

It takes several minutes, but his friend apparently complies. A one-man rapture ensues.

Moving Forward…

[ 0 ] November 5, 2008 |

Fox News:
On the downside, very disappointed in Prop 8 in California. We knew that Franken would be close, but I thought Merkley in Oregon would be a lock. And Alaska… I guess that saving Stevens is the wage of the Palin pick.

Hangover is milder than expected.

Dear PUMAs…

[ 0 ] November 5, 2008 |

Thank you. Thank you for giving us Sarah Palin. If it hadn’t been for your barely literate tirades about how you wouldn’t vote for Barack Obama until he came to your house and personally apologized for that guy who was being a dick to you in the comments at Daily Kos, we wouldn’t have had Sarah. We probably would have won anyway, but nevetheless, this is for you:

And remember; the “kill whitey” tape is still out there!

Preliminary Colorado exit polling data

[ 0 ] November 4, 2008 |

This is weighted by affiliation but doesn’t attempt to incorporate early voting:

Obama 52

McCain 47

Bellwether Battleships

[ 0 ] November 3, 2008 |

The Iowa class battleships (Wisconsin, New Jersey, Iowa, and Missouri) have a chance to go as a bloc this year. This has happened more often than you’d expect; all four went for Clinton in 1992 and 1996, for Reagan in 1980 and 1984, for Nixon in 1968 and 1972, for LBJ in 1964, and for Ike in 1952. In comparison, the South Dakota class (South Dakota, Indiana, Alabama, and Massachusetts) have only voted as a bloc twice; 1980 and 1984.

Here are my predictions:

Obama 378
McCain 160

May God strike me down if I’m wrong on the Presidential call; seriously, it would be a lot less painful than living through four years of McCain-Palin…

We… Uh, We Entrusted This Guy with Our Foreign Policy?

[ 32 ] November 1, 2008 |

This, from Larry Eagleburger, is perhaps the most pathetic walkback that I’ve ever seen:

You are witnessing something quite unique—a man who’s about to talk to you while he has his foot in his mouth. I made a serious mistake yesterday. I was quoted correctly. I wasn’t thinking when I said it—in fact, I was discussing foreign policy, and this was in that context. And I was just plain stupid. And if I have given the flim-flam artist Barack Obama some success with this, I am deeply apologetic. I did not intend it.

In fact, if you look at this carefully, on the question of experience for example, Sarah Palin has been a governor, she has executive ability, she knows energy issues. Now you tell me what Barack Obama has ever done in the way of executive business, doing anything in the executive field. He has been in the Senate for some two years and he has been there half of the time and seldom votes on issues.

I’m sorry, I made a terrible mistake.

Should have claimed that you were off your meds, Larry.

Dude, that’s Harsh

[ 12 ] October 31, 2008 |


Asked by the host whether Palin could step in during a time of crisis, [Lawrence] Eagleburger reverted to sarcasm before leveling the harsh blow.

“It is a very good question,” he said, pausing a few seconds, then adding with a chuckle: “I’m being facetious here. Look, of course not.”

Eagleburger explained: “I don’t think at the moment she is prepared to take over the reigns [sic] of the presidency. I can name for you any number of other vice presidents who were not particularly up to it either. So the question, I think, is can she learn and would she be tough enough under the circumstances if she were asked to become president, heaven forbid that that ever takes place?

“Give her some time in the office and I think the answer would be, she will be [pause] adequate. I can’t say that she would be a genius in the job. But I think she would be enough to get us through a four year… well I hope not… get us through whatever period of time was necessary. And I devoutly hope that it would never be tested.”

Why do Barack Obama and his surrogates have to be so cruel? Obama should call up Larry Eagleburger and say “Thanks, but no thanks for the support you’ve given my campaign thus far.” That’s the only way to deal with out-of-control campaign surrogates who stray off message. Seriously, can you imagine a McCain surrogate saying something like that?

Scariest Halloween Display I’ve Seen This Year…

[ 3 ] October 30, 2008 |

An Army of Pulitzers

[ 1 ] October 27, 2008 |

So many choices…

Well, Now We Have the Flop Sweat Vote Locked Down…

[ 15 ] October 24, 2008 |

Scott McClellan endorses Obama. Scott, you couldn’t carry Ari’s flag lapel pin.

Spin Prediction

[ 0 ] October 22, 2008 |

The McCain campaign’s response to this bit of news will consist of some variation on the following:

Americans should be comforted to know that al-Qaeda’s assessment of John McCain’s temperament as president roughly parallels everything that Sen. Obama has been saying on the campaign trail.

If the McCain campaign won’t run with it, the wingnuts are by all means welcome to have it. In which case, my official response will be some variation on the following:

Wingnuts should be comforted to know that their analysis of al-Qaeda’s analysis of the American presidential election was anticipated by the half-serious analysis of a freedom-hating, nihilistic, left-wing professor who may or may not have been half-drunk when he first thought of it.

This, via Ackerman, will also do nicely:

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