30 Days To Go …

Alright, so it’s been an unpredictable election year. When the primaries began, Hillary Clinton was the heavy favorite and John McCain was all but dead in the water with Fred Thompson’s entry in the race being eagerly awaited by conservative and moderate Republicans alike. And something may yet happen – the oft-cited, much worried about, [...]

McCain the War Hero Has No Clothes

For decades, John McCain actively cultivated the image of a “warrior” and “war hero,” the genuine article, toting that carefully crafted impression around like a Louis Vittuon carry-all. The problem is that the supposedly genuine Vittuon is actually a cheap knock-off, a piece of counterfeit luggage that has no more in common with the genuine [...]

Sarah Palin Lives To Gaffe Another Day

As usual, post-debate bloviating wandered aimlessly through the night with assessments ranging from “she did better than we thought she would,” which is what parents say when their kid doesn’t strike out at a Little League game, to the thoroughly puzzling “America must be surprised.”

“McCain Can’t Afford To Drop Sarah. They Won’t Let Him Anyway”

by Charley James – Despite numerous calls from serious conservative columnists over the last week for John McCain to drop Sarah Palin from the Republican ticket, she’s not going anywhere regardless of her debate performance.

The GOP Must’ve Learned Lowering Expectations from a Master

No, it’s not Karl Rove. I’m speaking of Murray Warmath. And who is Murray Warmath when he’s home? He happens to have been the world’s greatest expert on lowering expectations.

The Financial Meltdown: My Comrades in Journalism Are At Fault Too

Although the Senate is scheduled to vote tonight to save the financial rescue package, there is a massive amount of finger pointing about who was to blame for Monday’s failure in the House vote. Democrats blame Republicans, Republicans blame Democrats, dogs blame cats, and vice versa. Alas, my former brothers and sisters toiling in business [...]

Welcome To Next Great Depression

Buddy, can you spare a Prozac? Oh, wait. This kind of depression won’t be cured with a pill. And a dime doesn’t buy as much today as it did in 1930. Watching the House vote on a package to rescue the economy fall apart this afternoon was as traumatic as seeing Wall Street brokers leaping [...]

Note To Keith: Robert Rector Is Today’s Worst Person In The World

It never occurred to me that being on food stamps because you’re too poor to feed your family is unhealthy. But Robert Rector of The Heritage Foundation believes it is and thinks we should starve the wretches into submission. Rector says food stamps are not helping the poor, claiming that, “The majority of them are [...]

The Morning After The Night Before’s Debate

Living in the Eastern Time zone, it was well after midnight before I got to bed after watching the debate and flipping the dial to see what the Commentariat would pronounce as post-debate truth, wisdom, justice and The American Way.

“McCain Has Become A Walking Disaster”

“As a candidate, John (McCain) has become a walking disaster,” the distraught voice calling from a Washington suburb told me late Thursday night. “As much as I once believed in him, now I’m really worried he’ll be a disaster as president. Maybe even worse than Bush, if that’s possible.” The voice belongs to an old [...]

Congress Passes Wall Street Relief Act of 2008

At a news conference held a short time ago, a bi-partisan claque of Congressional leaders stood before cameras to declare, finally and with great relief, “We have a Pope bailout!” Let the puff of white smoke rise from the Capitol’s chimney. Except none of them said exactly what is in the deal. How much money [...]

Little Sarah Palin: Witchcraft Free At Last!

I’ve finally found a positive quality Sarah Palin might bring to the vice presidency: She would be the first veep guaranteed to be witchcraft-free, thanks to Rev. Thomas Muthee. This would be a refreshing change from Dick Cheney who clearly is a warlock; it’s one of the few things that can explain adequately his darker-than-the-night [...]

The Bailout: The Really Small Print Is Really, Really Scary

Assuming that the Bush-Paulson Wall Street bailout gets changed drastically by the time it’s passed, we can all tip our hat to Mother Jones. With everyone on the Hill screaming about the power grab Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is trying to engineer, the magazine’s Nomi Prins deserves a deep thanks for noticing the really, really, [...]

Paulson, Bernanke, Try Hustling Congress

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Here we go again. As the Bush administration did with the Patriot Act and Iraq War resolution, Henry Paulson and Ben Bernanke spent today trying to hustle Congress into new territory using the familiar administration tactic of hysteria. Fortunately, this time it looks as if more than a few members have read the fine print [...]

From A Dog Named Checkers To The Wholesale Looting Of America

On today in 1952, Republican vice-presidential candidate Richard Nixon went on television to deliver what came to be known as the “Checkers” speech. Appearing on flickering, black-and-white sets across America, his wife seated next to him like the stage prop she’d play for the rest of Nixon’s life, he denied allegations of improper campaign financing.

Is National Masochism Causing The Tight Presidential Race?

I don’t understand. As Juan Cole notes this morning, Republicans came to Washington in 2000 with a solid majority in both houses of Congress and on the Supreme Court, allowing them to steal the presidency. If you ever wanted to know what a pure Republican Party government unhindered by Democrats or anyone else might look [...]

What, Me Worry?

Over the past week, President Bush held a state dinner for Ghana’s president, surveyed Texas hurricane damage, posed with Youth of the Year award finalists and met with Army General David Petraeus.

Another McCain-Palin Lie: Their Health Coverage Plan Has Nothing To Do With Health Or Coverage.

Countdown’s Keith Olbermann is donating $100 to charity for every lie told by or on behalf of John McCain and Sarah Palin during the campaign. McCain invented the Blackberry? $100. Palin says she’ll help special needs kids, not mentioning that she vetoed $250,000 for the Special Olympics? Another $100 from Keith. Every day seems to [...]

Thanks, GOP, For Ruining A Country So Your Friends Could Get Wealthy

Back in 2000, I was warned that the world’s financial markets were heading towards disaster. The warning came from a lawyer whose law firm was helping create the instruments that began imploding a year ago and came tumbling down on Monday.

Is Sarah Palin Racist? “Well, She Ended Our Conversation When She Learned I Was Black”

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Long before Gregory Charles Royal became a judge on America’s Hot Musician, a talent competition airing in 200 US television markets, he was a hot, young jazz trombonist. Today, he is someone confirming from first-hand experience that Palin has always been racist as alleged by numerous sources in my original article on her, “Alaskans Speak: [...]

Is the End Near for the Poorest Rich Nation on Earth?

When I was a kid in Milwaukee, there was a guy who walked up and down Wisconsin Ave., the main drag, wearing a sandwich board proclaiming, “Repent! The End Is Near.” Of course, he meant his warning in a “come to Jesus now” sort of way. But if the fellow is still alive, I hope [...]

Look Whose Pants Are On Fire!

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Not many years ago, John McCain tried reforming political campaigns. But now that he is a presidential candidate, he has morphed into the Kevin Trudeau of political commercials. In 2004, the Federal Trade Commission fined Trudeau millions of dollars and banned him for life from producing or appearing in infomercials promoting a dietary supplement he [...]

When Did God Become America’s Concierge?

Major league baseball has generated more great stories, than any other sport, about the delightfully odd assortment of characters that played the game across the past 175 or so years. Watching a video yesterday of Sarah Palin in her Wasilla church beseeching God to get her pipeline proposal approved reminded me one such story, supposedly [...]

Sarah Palin and Me

nonymous sources are the bane of a reporter’s existence, and have been at least since Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein used them extensively to unmask Watergate and topple Richard Nixon. Frankly, writing as someone who has been covering news since the late 1960s for everything from local newspapers to major market TV and radio stations [...]

Interview Sarah? “Not In The Campaign’s Interest”

OK, so like every other major, minor, would-be and never was journalist in the world, I want to interview Sarah Palin. Yet when I called McCain’s campaign headquarters in McLean, Virginia, this morning I was told, “She’ll be made available for interviews when it is in the best interests of the campaign.”

Alaskans Speak (In A Frightened Whisper): Palin Is “Racist, Sexist, Vindictive, And Mean”

So Sambo beat the bitch This is how Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin described Barack Obama’s win over Hillary Clinton to political colleagues in a restaurant a few days after Obama locked up the Democratic Party presidential nomination. According to Lucille, the waitress serving her table at the time and who asked that her [...]

“Bush Lied, They Died” Draws a Drunken Punch

Only an American would visit a foreign country and even think of doing what three Yanks just did to me. Here’s the skinny.

Placid Lake Woebegon Begets a Nasty Police State

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I grew up in the Twin Cities, a prosperous and bucolic community hard on the banks of the Mississippi, the last major metropolitan area until you Lewis-and-Clark yourself over the Rockies. Minneapolis and St. Paul are filled with wide, tree-lined streets, good schools, close-knit families, a welcoming spirit, pride in a deep civic commitment, home [...]

Edwards The Confessor vs. McCain’s Ongoing Philandering

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Frankly, for decades my view is that if someone wants to fool around on their spouse, it’s their business and we should all butt out. Even presidential candidates are entitled to a sliver of privacy. But we live in an age that craves mixing its puritanical attitude about sex with a voyeuristic demand for celebrity [...]

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