McCain Family Values

At a time when millions of families know that they will be losing their homes to foreclosure, and when hundreds of thousands of people who would like to work to support their families, but can’t find even poverty-level, minimum wage jobs, it might be useful to spend a few paragraphs considering “Family Values.” It seems [...]

An Ol’ Dear at Ol’ Miss

The first televised generational arm-wrestling match is over. For the right was John McCain, the Grand Ol’ Party’s Grand Ol’ Man. An Ol’ Dear at Ol’ Miss. I bet the GOP wishes that Old wasn’t their middle name!

John McCain’s Gambling Past Rolls Craps

“Daddy needs a new pair of shoes!” and the dice cubes fly. John McCain loves craps. It is routine for him to wager and lose $25,000 in a session as to play the “suspend the campaign and return to Washington to save the Bailout” gambit or petulantly select an unknown for vice president as the [...]

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.

The Ole Miss Debate: Whose Opening Advantage?

I’m mixed. Who won? They both did. And didn’t. Here’s what strikes me about the opening round of presidential debate season: the one-liners, the facts (or not), the jabs, the international names and one mispronunciation, the energy, and the eye contact. Or in McCain’s case, the lack thereof. Among other things. I think John McCain [...]

What Leaving Really Means, Rick Davis

McCain campaign manager Rick Davis (at left) seems to have truthiness problems. At least he cannot remember when or if he left the lobbying firm he was or is it still is a partner in. Jill Hazelbaker, the campaign’s communications director, said in an e-mail Tuesday that Davis “left” Davis Manafort in 2006. In a [...]

“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 [...]

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 [...]

Is George W. Bush the Worst President in U.S. History?

In the twilight of his eight-year term, George W. Bush is the loneliest guy in town these days. Remember him? With the economy in the tank, the Iraq War dragging on with casualties at 2004 levels (which we were all horrified about back then), Bush’s popularity is in the cellar and holding. Republican presidential candidate [...]

Fundamentalists and McCain: They Deserve Each Other

Until August 29, one of the things that defined John McCain was his claim to being a straight-shooter. In his book, Faith of My Fathers, he put this claim into religious context: “Glory belongs to the act of being constant to something greater than yourself, to a cause, to your principles, to the people on [...]

Who Builds the Economy? Democratic Presidents Do!

by Richard M. Mathews – I wrote recently about how Democratic presidents create many more jobs than do Republican presidents. What about the rest of the economy? I don’t want to talk down the economy as George W. Bush’s team did when he was running for president in 2000. They insisted that the economy was [...]

A President Needs Good Judgment Rather than Experience

Ivan Eland – In her “I’m just a hockey mom” speech at the Republican National Convention, Sarah Palin—who has rapidly rocketed from an unknown, recently-minted governor of Alaska to Republican Vice Presidential candidate—questioned, with a straight face, whether Barack Obama has had enough experience and accomplishments to be president.

Defeat Prop 8

Proposition 8 on the November ballot would take away the right of same-sex couples to marry. A simple majority (50% + 1 vote) is all that is needed to defeat or pass this dangerous and discriminatory constitutional amendment.

McCain Sold His Soul

John McCain Cartoon

John McCain has reinvented himself. And, the first decision of the born-again McCain was to choose Sarah Palin as his running mate. We now see he is capable of acting quickly – and recklessly – while possibly putting the safety and security of the country in the hands of a political novice. There’s not enough [...]

Petersburg: Race, Religion, and Politics

I’m writing this in Jamestown, Virginia, on a day trip to see the new archeology work on the colony, which was settled here in 1607. I’m staying in Petersburg, a small city south of Richmond. Petersburg is a market town with railroads. It is the city to which Grant chased Lee, at the end of [...]

Have Progressives Lost Faith in America?

As the presidential poll numbers tighten, I have recently heard the following: the American people are stupid, voters have again been manipulated by the media, working class voters will again vote on cultural, not economic, issues, and the United States will never elect an African-American President. This deep-seated distrust of the “average” U.S. voter appears [...]

Look Whose Pants Are On Fire!

bridge to nowhere

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 [...]

A Progressive Foreign Policy for the 21st Century

by John Peeler – The recent crisis between Georgia and Russia, and the ineffectually truculent response of the Bush administration, illustrate the utter bankruptcy of the Bush foreign policy, and the need for a fundamental reexamination. At the same time, there is little in the campaign rhetoric of Barack Obama — and none whatever in [...]

Pit Bulls vs. Terriers

Pit Bull

Amazon.com Widgets Note:  The title of this article, “Pit Bulls vs. Terriers” is a metaphor for the 2008 Vice Presidential race between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden. I watched the Republican pit bull be unleashed in the race and thought, “well here they go again”. As a half Irish Mexican, I get the fight between [...]

When Will We Ever Learn?

by Barbara Mullen – I haven’t cried about Vietnam in a long time but I have lately. I lament the fact that there are war casualties like me and my children everywhere in our country who get up every day trying to act as if a war hasn’t changed their lives forever.

McCain’s Misogyny and Fear Keep Palin on Tight Leash

During Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech when nominated by John McCain for Vice President, McCain wouldn’t leave Palin alone on stage. Rather than give her the momentary limelight, McCain peered over her shoulder and read her speech alongside her. He was visibly nervous and has remained so ever since. Other than Wednesday at the RNC when [...]

Sarah Palin: The Veep to Nowhere?

Well, those old guys certainly know how to shake things up! John McCain surprised everyone by doing something – well- surprising! He yanked into the national spotlight Rush Limbaugh’s favorite female governor, Sarah Palin of Alaska. She’s an attractive, young, schoolmarm, executive type who could be, by age, John McCain’s daughter. A gutsy choice from [...]

Meet The Mockers

After the din of the desperados of defiant manifest destiny had wafted away across the 10,000 lakes of Minnesota. After the air escaped from the red, white, and blue balloons. After the moose gutter and the aerial bomber left the building. When all was quiet as midnight rolled across America. Just then, through the obfuscating [...]

Trying To Make Nice

By Mary Lyon — Dear Senator McCain: Well, gee, look at you, ‘eh? Have we finally met the “kinder, gentler” Republican that Republicans have been teasing us with for 20 years now? And why is my first instinct still to pull away? Maybe because it’s a Republican talking. Pure and simple. Perhaps you’ve heard the [...]

A Connection of Disconnects

One certainly can’t say that the Republican Convention doesn’t bring divergent individuals together. Sometimes, they’re the strangest of strange convention bedfellows.

Hurricane Sarah Palin

The Look-Before-You-Leap presidential campaign is at it again: “Do as I say, not as I do.” It amuses and confuses me as I watch the Republican Party writhe and wriggle around in the mud. It’s not so much the Gulf Coast hurricane wreckage in which they’re mired, but in the dialogue (and probably their own [...]