Rearranging the Deck Chairs

You can almost hear a stirring rendition of Nearer, My God, To Thee as you read this post at Red State:

This is, in fact, the last week for John McCain to, on his own accord, shift the polling trends back in his favor. To do so, he must aggressively begin punching Barack Obama on issues that work to McCain’s advantage.

I think we’ve seen the beginnings of this with Sarah Palin going after Obama’s terrorist ties, which are extremely extensive and barely covered by the media.


It is time for McCain-Palin ’08 to change the narrative by aggressively going after Barack Obama on Fannie and Freddie. Force the issue before the public and an unwilling media. Force the tough questions. Certainly, Obama will push back, but McCain should easily be able to handle those questions — much easier than Obama can handle his questions.

I honestly have no idea why they think they have any credible way of tying Obama to Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, and even beyond that, I have no idea why they think that those two are responsible for the meltdown. Quite clearly, asserting that those two institutions are behind the current economic disaster is silly beyond even Red State standards, but they will attempt to push it anyway. Besides, didn’t they just spend the last six months deriding how long Obama has been in the Senate and how little experience he has? Now their message is that he alone is responsible for the entire economic meltdown by proxy, through his tenuous connections to partial players? The premise is laughable and, once again, reeks of flop sweat.

But if you want to talk about actual factual matters, we should look at some numbers and charts. When the Republicans took over the White House in 2000, the DOW was at around 10,600. Currently, the DOW is 9824. In 2000, when Bush and the Republicans took office, we had a budget surplus of about 230 billion. This year, we are expected to run approximately a half-trillion dollar deficit, and that was before the trillion we have tossed on to the national debt in the last few weeks.

But here is the most startling statistic- all previous forty-two presidents, in the history of this nation, had a combined national debt of approximately 5.5 trillion. George W. Bush and the Republican administration have almost doubled the debt of his 42 predecessors, as our national debt is over ten trillion (and that does not count all the chicanery with social security obligations and the like).

George Bush and Republican rule have been a DISASTER. There is no other term for it. John McCain may think he is being unfairly tarnished with this, but it is important to remember that he has been with Bush all the way on things, and intends to continue the Bush policies that helped to get us where we are. We are on the edge of a cliff, and John McCain wants to keep walking forward (no doubt his running mate things jumping would be a good leap of faith).

So whinge about Bill Ayers. Whine about Rezko. Babble to your heart’s content about Fannie Mae. Scream Freddie Mac and Barney “Fag” all you want. These are silly, last minute desperate distractions, and the American people know who is responsible for this mess. Good conservatives should be welcoming the electoral tsunami that is about to wipe Republicans off the map- after all, they are the ones always preaching about personal responsibility, right?

The only thing I do not understand is how there are still some reasonably intelligent people out the who would vote for Johnny Drama and Bible Spice. It makes absolutely no sense to me, other than raw tribalism.

Paging John Derbyshire- Cleanup In the Gushing Fanboi Aisle

This, from NRO’s Rich Lowry, is just spectacular:

Palin too projects through the screen like crazy. I’m sure I’m not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, “Hey, I think she just winked at me.” And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America.

Rainbowbrite may lite up the screen, but does she shoot starbursts and sparkle like Palin? I think not!

By now you have all seen that Lowry quote (I have seen it at least five places), but as an amateur historian of sorts as a blogger, I felt it was necessary to add to the archives for posterity. I guarantee that Derbyshire poured four fingers of Maker’s Mark into his coffee when he read that baby this morning.

The final word on this goes to Mr. Wolcott:

Good thing Palin didn’t blow a kiss at the camera or Lowry might have fucking fainted. I’m not a licensed psychotherapist but when you think the people on TV are addressing you personally and directly it’s often a sign of incipient dementia.

I confess to being immune to Palin’s contrived charms. Everything about her strikes me as phony–she possesses about as much depth as aluminum siding. And I wasn’t surprised to read that Gwen Ifill was a dud as a moderator–her vaunted reputation is one of those Beltway myths, like David Broder’s mantle of judiciousness.

Stop The Insanity

We have known for a while that many on the far right are unmoored, floating around in a fantasy land of their own creation, but who knew they would not even get their fantasy land correct? In the latest attempt to defend Palin’s utter inability to name any Supreme Court cases other than Roe with which she disagreed, Malkin posts this comment from one of her readers about how Palin should have responded:

Palin: Now, let me ask you a question, Katie. You interviewed Senator Biden recently. So when you asked him this same question, would you care to share with me his answer?

Couric: Well, I didn’t ask him that question.

Palin: You didn’t? Why not? He’s a VP nominee. I’m a VP nominee. Don’t you want to know what Supreme Court decisions he disagrees with? Why are you only interested in my perspective on this?

Couric: …………. (Katie) Crickets chirping…..

That sure would have showed Katie! Take that evil liberal Soros led commie media!

Except, of course, as Malkin later notes, Couric did ask Biden that question. He answered it in full sentences, too, the sexist bastard.

Even in their fantasies to take down the evil liberal media, they still manage to make Palin look stupid. But it was fun for five minutes, right guys? And let me just close with this- if Katie Couric is making you look dumb, the gig is up.

Shorter Red State

Wtf is a lame duck? Does that make them easier to shoot?”

Absolute morons.

Palin’s Email

By now you have heard that Palin’s email account at yahoo has been hacked by those lovable scamps at 4chan. Two quick things:

1.) This merely reinforces how reckless and careless this woman is, and how reckless and careless this choice is. John McCain chose a woman so stupid she runs government business through yahoo.

2.) This response from Malkin is awesome:

“Where are the privacy absolutists now?”

What is the big deal, Michelle? If you haven’t done anything wrong, you don’t have anything to hide, AMIRITE?

Seriously. I would never publish her private emails, but listening to Malkin kvetch about privacy is, after years of listening to her cheerlead the surveillance state, how do I put this… A BIT FUCKING RICH.

*** Update ***

The dumbest thing about this, dumber even than Palin conducting official business on an unsecure email account, is that a world of hurt is going to come down on the jackasses who did this:

FBI Spokesman Eric Gonzalez in Anchorage, Alaska confirms to CNN an investigation is underway.

“We are aware of the allegations and we are coordinating with Secret Service as far as the allegation that someone has hacked into Governor Palin’s personal e-mail account,” he said. “We are going to be working a joint investigation with Secret Service on this.”

Brian Hale, an FBI spokesman in Washington, also confirms the FBI has been contacted about the incident. Two federal law enforcement sources say the FBI and Secret Service would have concurrent jurisdiction normally on a matter such as this, but it remains to be seen if the Secret Service will take the lead on the investigation because Palin is a protectee.

If what I know about the morons at 4chan is accurate, their forte is porn, pedophilia, racism, gaming, and hacking. You would think they would not want to bring attention to themselves.

*** Update #2 ***

Since there appears to be some confusion, “lovable scamps” was sarcasm. Kinda why the whole post was filed under assholes. There really is no love here for folks hacking into people’s personal email.