Sep 27 2008
Sep 27 2008
The best moment in Friday’s presidential debate, for me, was when John McCain brought up the bracelet he has been wearing during the campaign. McCain gave Barack Obama an opening and Obama came back with a knockout punch.
It was great that Obama had bracelet too, but what made the counter punch so devastating was what Barack did with the opening McCain’s bracelet story provided.
But first, here is some background. McCain has been using the bracelet anecdote on the campaign trail repeatedly. Back in March, ABC News wrote about McCain and the bracelet.
Toward the end of almost every speech he gives or informal remarks he delivers at a town hall-style meeting, Sen. John McCain tells the same story.
If you watch him carefully, you can even tell when it’s coming.
The Arizona senator will shoot his right arm forward in his suit sleeve, revealing a dark metallic band low on his wrist. It’s probably an unconscious gesture. He doesn’t hold up the bracelet. He doesn’t look at it. But very soon he will tell the story. He has told it hundreds of times.
Sep 24 2008
How lovely. Just when we need to hear from the candidates about the “financial crisis”, we learn that McSame’s canceling the Friday debate, urging Obama to do the same. It’s a replay of the Hurricane Gustav “strategy”. Things are, apparently, too important for politics. Too important to thrash it out. No. What we need is to act presidential, and let somebody else figure out what to do.
The NY Times reports:
Senator John McCain said Wednesday that he would temporarily suspend his presidential campaign on Thursday to return to Washington to deal with the financial crisis and the $700 billion bailout package now before Congress.
Mr. McCain said he told Senator Barack Obama that he was asking the Commission on Presidential Debates to postpone the debate scheduled for Friday night.
“I am calling on the president to convene a meeting with the leadership from both houses of Congress, including Senator Obama and myself,” he said. “It is time for both parties to come together to solve this problem.”
That’s what we need. No debates about how we got into this mess and how we get out of it. No debates about who’s paying the tab. No debates about Congressional review, reports to Congress, and judicial review of the plan. No debates about the price of securities and how they’re selected. Oh no. Nothing about the details. When it comes to important issues, and in this case, the singular most important issue facing the country, what does McSame propose? We have a nice meeting with lame duck Bush and the leadership, all of whom are directly responsible on some level for the mess, to make yet another backroom deal.
Give me a break. What we need is a vigorous, no holds barred, forthright, face to face debate on precisely how the present “financial crisis” is going to be resolved. Anything else, I bet, is just another smoke filled room and a rescue to the people who least deserve it.
Obama should say no, the debate must go on. But don’t hold your breath for that.
Update: Another thing. According to Reuters McSame is making the exact, same argument he made about Gustav and the convention:
“It’s time for both parties to come together to solve this problem,” the Arizona senator said. “We must meet as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans, and we must meet until this crisis is resolved.”
He doesn’t get that we’re all Americans and Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and/or third party supporters. The parties are supposed to stand for something, they’re supposed to be involved in finding solutions to problems, in discussing alternatives, in pressing their viewpoints, in debating, in reasoning, in trying to convince others that theirs is the best course. That’s what Americans do. That’s what democracies do. The idea that we drop those viewpoints to solve problems is ridiculous. And it leads to backroom deals in which The People get thrown under oncoming transportation devices.
Mar 20 2008
diary essay here. What a cop-out I am: I’ve nothing
worthy to say, to write. Rather, it seems fitting and proper that
on the 5th Anniversary (beating Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan “only”
took — from an American perspective — 4 – 4 1/2 years, btw) I offer what
one of my countrymen said, rather succinctly, regarding what the U.S.
policy and practice should be, when warring on another nation:
“Soldiers must understand why we’re going. The force must be strong enough so that the mission can be accomplished. And the exit strategy needs to be well-defined. I’m concerned that we’re overdeployed around the world. See, I think the mission has somewhat become fuzzy. Should I be fortunate enough to earn your confidence, the mission of the United States military will be [ blah, blah, blah. . . .].”
George W. Bush
October 17, 2000
I just really don’t think I have anything to add. If I’ve violated a rule here, I hope that, being new to Docudharma, I will be forgiven by the “oldsters” here.
Mu . . .
Feb 04 2008
Note: Originally I’d planned on posting this Friday, but the library was closed due to bad weather. But it’s still current…
Below the fold is how Politico screwed Katrina/Rita/flood survivors in Louisiana and Mississippi, and their supporters, out of having a question relevant to their plight asked during last Wednesday’s and Thursday’s debates.
On Saturday, Jan. 26, on Daily Kos, I diaried a way, per colorofchange.org, to vote on Politico for the following debate question:
Two years after Katrina and Rita and Gulf Coast schools, hospitals, police stations, roads and flood protection still lie in ruins, keeping displaced residents from returning and communities from recovering. Will you support H.R. 4048, the Gulf Coast Civic Works Act, as President to rebuild community infrastructure and create job and training opportunities for residents?
Jan 31 2008
John Edwards recently suspended his campaign for the Democratic nomination for President, saying “It is time for me to step aside so that history can blaze its path” and reminding us all that “We must do better if we want to live up to the promise of this country we love so much.” He ran a strong campaign that influenced the positions of both Obama and Clinton. Naturally his supporters are disappointed. Many of them vote this upcoming Tuesday and are now trying to decide whether Obama or Clinton deserves their vote.
Jan 31 2008
Jan 26 2008
As anybody who regularly watches candidates’ debates knows, questions about Katrina and New Orleans have been extremely rare, even though this is a valid national campaign issue. Here’s a chance to vote for such a question to be asked during either of the two debates, one Republican, one Democratic, which are slated for Los Angeles on Jan. 30th and Jan. 31st, and will be aired on CNN.
Jan 25 2008
Jan 12 2008
Well, the big three only supporters have their wish. The January 15 debate will now be a three centerist candidate confab!
Jan 07 2008
So I’ve been suffering through the Paul-less Thug “Forum” of the Thug Network, Faux Noise, so heinous their open and obvious advocacy of 9iu11ani that even Thugs shun them as biased Beltway bootlickers.
And I’m about to take it apart bit by bit but I suddenly flash on the fact that the fantasy fest is finally exposed anyway, that last night’s juxtaposition of their back to back bizarro and reality world visions seal the deal.
This in studio puff piece of makeuped and lighted comedy cuts to the chase that is the manicured mannequin idiot mouthpieces of the plutocrat class and their Villager serfs. I hope they broadcast it forever- corrupt to the core corporatist cronies of our totalitarian takeover and the surveillance society.
TV watch you.
The reasons they need Do-Overs is they are ashamed and embarrassed by the very nature of the shameless sycophants, racists and greedos that ditto their dubious declarations. A bunch of Bible brandishing brainless twits they seek nothing so much as to openly display their basest biased prejudices to cheers of forced approval.
Clap. Clap. Clap. Clap. All hail the Hypnotoad.
I hope the hypocrisy of anyone who takes this travesty of what used to be a political party and is now nothing more than a cadre of criminals seriously self identifies as Villagers so we can shun them.
Even Hollywood can’t put lipstick on this pig.