Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Random Political Notes

Trolling the political-news sites and watching MSNBC shows from my DVR, I have a couple of unrelated thoughts of a political nature to share.

  1. I like the idea of a Presidential Debate Drinking Game. Every time Senator McCain utters his verbal tic “My friends,” spit out your drink and yell at the TV, “I am not your friend!” Extra points for adding the South Park Canadian twist, “I’m not your friend, buddy!”
  2. Rachel Maddow Chris Matthews made an interesting observation on The Rachel Maddow Show: Every time McCain’s campaign has seemed to be in trouble, he goes for “razzle-dazzle” to steal back the spotlight and the momentum. So, here are a couple of things he could do to “razzle-dazzle” the debate tonight:
    1. During one of Obama’s answers, McCain could whip out his shriveled old dick and wave it at the audience.
    2. McCain could rebut one of Obama’s arguments by turning his back to the Democratic candidate, dropping his trousers, and mooning him.
    3. For the big finish, after Obama has made McCain look like an idiot on national television, McCain can respond, “Yeah, but can your running mate do this?” Then turn and watch Sarah Palin strut onto the stage and flash her tits.

ETA: Correction for attribution on the “razzle-dazzle.” Thanks to kradical for the correction.

Krugman on McCain

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman published the following item a few hours ago in his NYT blog, The Conscience of a Liberal:

McCain on banking and health

The money quote: “McCain, who now poses as the scourge of Wall Street, was praising financial deregulation like 10 seconds ago — and promising that if we marketize health care, it will perform as well as the financial industry!”

This is beyond scary. Can someone please hang John McCain’s presidential bid with this? Please?

Wall Street’s Woes & Social Security

Here’s a talking point that I think should be spread far and wide:

If John McCain and George Bush had succeeded in their efforts to privatize Social Security, the Wall Street meltdown of the past several days would have dealt a critical blow to the retirement security of millions of Americans, including the majority of its senior citizens whose fixed incomes would be the most vulnerable.

This is why privatizing Social Security — a move that John McCain endorsed when Bush proposed it in 2004, and which he continued to endorse as recently as six months ago — is a really bad idea.

Social Security, as it’s currently constituted, is stable; the stock market, as we’ve just seen, is not.

So why the hell does a slight plurality of voters still say it trusts John McCain with the economy more than it trusts Barack Obama?

I think someone needs to take this talking point and go stab those morons with it.

Advice to Democrats: Fight Dirty

In an article published yesterday on, Glenn Greenwald makes a simple argument for why the Obama campaign needs to take off its kid gloves and start practicing the politics of personal destruction on McCain-Palin right now.

Case in point: Two weeks ago, 67% of Americans had never heard of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Yesterday, according to a Rasmussen Reports policy poll, following Palin’s disgraceful, lie-packed speech at the RNC, she earned a 58% approval rating from surveyed voters. That’s a higher approval rating than either McCain or Obama (both scored 57%) or Biden (48%).

Sixty percent of those queried in a SurveyUSA poll gave Palin an “A” for her convention speech. Fifty-five percent called her an “asset” to McCain. And that same poll showed McCain edging past Obama, 48% to 45%.

Learn the lesson, Democrats: Going negative works. Get ugly. Lie shamelessly. Because in politics, it’s not the truth that matters, or who has the best ideas, it’s all about framing the story, whether it’s true or not.

Now stop playing nice, stop bringing knives to gunfights, get out there, and destroy those fascist, Dominionist, corporatist thugs. Show them no quarter, because I guarantee you will receive none from them.


Why I Voted for Obama in the Primary

As I’ve said to a few of my friends here in New York, I won’t pretend that I voted for Barack Obama in the New York Democratic primary for logical reasons. My motivations were, I confess, chiefly emotional.

First, I have been angered by a number of the votes that Hillary Clinton has cast during her time as my state’s junior U.S. senator. Her claims to be against the war in Iraq ring hollow in light of her votes to authorize it and fund it. Second, she has repeatedly refused to condemn the practice of torture by agents and military personnel of the United States. Third, I do not like the idea of perpetuating the notions of dynasty in American politics. Already we’re saddled with the Kennedys and the Bushes. Enough.

Obama demonstrated against the war. Obama has stated that torture is “never OK”. He repudiates the control of our government by lobbyists and special interests. And most of all, I feel he represents the best chance America has for finding a new and better direction.

That’s why I support Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination, and for President of the United States. I have voted for him once, I gave money to his senatorial campaign in 2004, I have given money to his presidential campaign, and if I am given the opportunity, I will vote for him come November 2008.