I Feel Like Rich Lowry

The first half hour of Countdown tonight was the most fun I have had with my clothes on in years. Watching Shuster, Alter, and O’Donnell chronicle McCain’s attempted walkback of the mob, knowing full well that he once again undercut his campaign, as they just upped the ante on the crowd’s behavior by defending them, and while knowing the RNC has an ad out pushing the Ayers nonsense, was just glorious. These incompetent boobs have themselves twisted up into a knot and backed into a corner, with nowhere to go and the election two weeks out and Independents and moderates looking at the McCain campaign like they are junior brownshirts.

Then, when it was flashed across the screen that the Troopergate report has been released and it was determined Palin abused her authority, it was like David Shuster winked at me and it sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around my living room.

I need a shower and a cigarette.

*** Update ***


“Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda, to wit: To get Trooper Michael Wooten fired,” said the report, which was issued in Anchorage.

A break from the same old politics:

Finding Number One

For the reasons explained in section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) provides

The legislature reaffirms that each public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust.


And might I add, BUSH IN A SKIRT.

I Feel Dumber Having Watched This Video

Proceed at your own peril to watch this, which can only be described as concentrated moron. At the very least, when recording a video of yourself discussing things, you should try to be minimally informed about the topics at hand. For example, you will never see or hear a videotape or audiotape of me discussing theoretical physics and string theory.

Since it is Friday, another pet:

Not The Onion

This is pretty awesome:

Palin pre-empts state report, clears self in probe

On the eve of a report on a legislative panel’s abuse-of-power investigation into Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, campaign officials released their own report clearing her of any wrongdoing.

Palin, running mate to Republican presidential nominee John McCain, is the subject of two inquiries into whether she abused her power by firing her public safety commissioner. The commissioner says he was dismissed for resisting pressure to fire Palin’s former brother-in-law, a state trooper.

Lawmakers are expected to release their findings Friday.

And all this time, I thought Obama was the one pushing audacity. NY Times story here on the background.

Meanwhile, the markets are tanking in Asia.

Another Open Thread

Via the GOS, Jonah brings the night’s HoYay!

That Was Very Nicely Done [Jonah Goldberg]
I thought McCain’s close was about as good as he gets. Honorable. Decent. Serious. Manly.

MMMM. Codpiece. Nom nom nom nom.

Another open thread for post debate babble. Fill me in on the polls, I got tired of the coverage and am watching 30 Rock to unwind.


Via the comments, this “Conservapedia” entry on Obama is pretty priceless. The start of the entry:

Barack Hussein Obama, II (allegedly born in Honolulu,[1][2] August 4, 1961)

Yes, to “conservatives,” whether or not he was even born is suspect. But they are just warming up. Under “Obama and Islam,” this:

Obama is likely to be Muslim because:

* Obama’s background and education are Muslim
* Obama’s middle name remains Muslim, meaning “descendant of Muhammad,” which most Christians would not retain[8]
* Obama recently referred to his “Muslim faith”[9]
* Obama uses the Muslim Pakistani pronunciation for “Pakistan” rather than the common American one[10]
* Obama, in his autobiography “Dreams from My Father” (1995), descibes Muslim Malcolm X as his favorite black leader
* Obama’s claims of conversion to Christianity arose after he became politically ambitious, lacking a date of conversion or baptism.[11]

Who needs the Onion with these guys around?