As Obama's campaign is starting to look like John Kerry's campaign more and more I have to wonder why is it every day that McCain's campaign starts out with some "fake" TV commercial with no air time that leads the news?
Today's abomination is "the original mavericks"...
why doesn't Obama ever release his "fake" commercials? He doesn't ever even try to get free air time does he?
Elections are always about "free media" exposure.
When will Obama go after "the original corruption" of the keating 5 scandal? Or Palin the first wasilla mayor to hire a Jack Abramoff linked washington lobbyist?
This is getting depressing watching Obama not even try to control a media cycle.
where is the ad questioning McCain's temperament and anger problems?
A core Democratic talking point against Sarah Palin is beginning to take shape: she is, critics say, the female counterpart of the current President of the United States, not only in terms of policy and social conservatism, but even personality.
"She's not a pitbull in lipstick," said one female Democratic operative, referencing a line from Palin's convention speech. "She's George Bush in lipstick."
From her hard-right stances on abortion and contraception and the deep affection she engenders from conservative evangelical leaders, to her involvement in a possible "abuse of power" scandal in Alaska and even her charming demeanor, some see in Palin the second coming of the 43rd president.
Obama himself made the Palin-Bush comparison during his Sunday appearance on ABC's This Week, calling her "somebody who may be even more aligned with George Bush - or Dick Cheney, or the politics we've seen over the last eight years - than John McCain himself is."
Cochran said his choice was prompted partly by his fear of how McCain might behave in the Oval Office."The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine," Cochran said about McCain by phone. "He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me."
McCain's run-ins with other Republican senators are legendary. Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa said in an interview that he was so upset by a McCain tirade that he didn't speak to him for two years. Grassley, who said he will make no endorsement, nonetheless says McCain is the most qualified among the five GOP candidates to be president.
the obvious thing to do with Palin is call her out on her past record, her lies about being anti-earmark and how her weak governorship with zero foreign policy experience is just like Bush. And so is the religious fundamentalism so much like Bush.
Today Obama took a swipe at Palin's penchant for pork as mayor and governor yet claiming otherwise.
Obama then opened up rare criticism on VP nominee Sarah Palin, "I know the governor of Alaska has been, you know, saying she is change. And that is great. She is a skillful politician. But when you been taking all these earmarks when it is convenient and then suddenly you are the champion anti-earmark person. That is not change, come on. I mean, words mean something. You can't just make stuff up. You can't just make stuff up. We have a choice to make and the choice is clear."
as the informed know, Palin hired the first ever washington lobbyist for Wasilla (pop. 5,000) and got 27$ million in earmarks, while Alaska is the number one state in earmarks per resident.
Alec Baldwin and many others have come to the same conclusion that Palin = Bush
Palin is Bush. What helped propel Bush into the White House was not only some effective electoral nullification. It was his lack of a record in public office. The governorship of Texas is one of the more ceremonial of all the governorships in this country. The state legislature calls the shots. Bush came into power with less foreign policy experience than Barack Obama has now. And was "elected" to two terms. Bush had no foreign policy record to examine.
The fundamentalist connection between Bush and Palin is scary, with Palin saying the Iraq war is a task from God..
If I'm Obama I'm saying with McCain you get all of George Bush's bad policies, while with Palin you get Bush's executive and foreign policy experience - and we all know how that turned out.
I'll give 100$ to Obama if Biden calls Palin "george bush with lipstick".
I'm a big believer in NOT letting the GOP role out the narrative of Mrs. Maverick.
Palin basically used political opportunism to move up the electoral ladder. First in tiny Wasilla where Mayoral elections were non-partisan and she was running against a republican. However this republican's wife was pro-choice and a Democrat so Palin invoked abortion into a tiny town race that has no jurisdiction over abortion.
Than, once term limited out she wanted a higher office but all the State offices were held by pro-life republicans so she astutely figured out "corruption" was the card to play.
Now we learn she hired a Jack Abramoff lobbyists whose firm employed Ted Stevens' son to get more earmarks per person than anywhere else in the U.S.
She was for the bridge to no where before it became a laughingstock.
Now we learn that McCain had disapproved of three of Mrs Maverick's earmarks.
Three times in recent years, McCain's catalogs of "objectionable" spending have included earmarks for this small Alaska town, requested by its mayor at the time -- Sarah Palin.
Now, McCain, the likely Republican presidential nominee, has chosen Palin as his running mate, touting her as a reformer just like him.
McCain has made opposition to pork-barrel spending a central theme of his 2008 campaign. "Earmarking deprives federal agencies of scarce resources, at the whim of individual members of Congress," McCain has said.
Wasilla received $11.9 million in earmarks from 2000 to 2003. The results of this spending are very apparent today. (The town also benefited from $15 million in federal funds to promote regional rail transportation.)
in unrelated news check out this youtube of Mrs Maverick saying Iraq is a war for God.
Mayoral performance. Palin, who portrays herself as a fiscal conservative, racked up nearly $20 million in long-term debt as mayor of the tiny town of Wasilla -- that amounts to $3,000 per resident. She argues that the debt was needed to fund improvements.
-- Stevens and Young, redux. Palin has distanced herself from the state's two most popular politicians, but both appeared at Palin fundraisers during her 2006 gubernatorial bid.
-- And, maybe, censorship. According to the Frontiersman newspaper, Wasilla's library director, Mary Ellen Emmons, said that Palin asked her outright if she "could live with censorship of library books." Palin later dismissed the conversation as a "rhetorical" exercise.
check out the politico's presidential analysis from presidential historians.
I'm really surprised that Obama isn't hitting McCain on the total lack of judgement McCain has: reckless, impulsive and petty.
(he couldn't do Romney cause he didn't like him personally, couldn't do Kay Bailey Hutchinson cause they also don't get along; the fundamentalists wouldn't let him have Ridge or Lieberman)
"I think she is the most inexperienced person on a major party ticket in modern history," said presidential historian Matthew Dallek.
Palin has no experience in national office. Before becoming governor in December 2006, she served as a council member and mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, which had a population of slightly more than 5,000 during her time in office.
In choosing Palin as his running mate, McCain has reached back to a time when few actually seriously contended that the vice president should be demonstrably prepared to assume the presidency from day one.
If elected vice president, Palin would appear to have the least amount of experience in federal office or as a governor since John W. Kern, Democrat William Jennings Bryan's 1908 running mate, who had served for four years in the Indiana state Senate and then four more as city solicitor of Indianapolis. The Democratic ticket lost to Republican standard bearer William Howard Taft and running mate James S. Sherman by an Electoral College spread of 321-162.