It makes me cry every time I watch it.
McCain rushed back to Washington to lead his party in supporting the bailout. Today, the Republicans voted down what their President and their candidate supported. If John McCain can’t lead his own party, how is going to lead the country? Just wondering.
They have worked out a bipartisan deal. My guess? At least one of these jokers is going to get crucified.
Maureen Dowd recently arranged a sit down between candidate Obama and America’s smartest former Democratic President –– West Wing’s Josiah Bartlet. God, I love that fictional man!:
OBAMA The problem is we can’t appear angry. Bush called us the angry left. Did you see anyone in Denver who was angry?
BARTLET Well … let me think. …We went to war against the wrong country, Osama bin Laden just celebrated his seventh anniversary of not being caught either dead or alive, my family’s less safe than it was eight years ago, we’ve lost trillions of dollars, millions of jobs, thousands of lives and we lost an entire city due to bad weather. So, you know … I’m a little angry.
OBAMA What would you do?
BARTLET GET ANGRIER! Call them liars, because that’s what they are. Sarah Palin didn’t say ”thanks but no thanks” to the Bridge to Nowhere. She just said ”Thanks.” You were raised by a single mother on food stamps — where does a guy with eight houses who was legacied into Annapolis get off calling you an elitist? And by the way, if you do nothing else, take that word back. Elite is a good word, it means well above average. I’d ask them what their problem is with excellence. While you’re at it, I want the word ”patriot” back. McCain can say that the transcendent issue of our time is the spread of Islamic fanaticism or he can choose a running mate who doesn’t know the Bush doctrine from the Monroe Doctrine, but he can’t do both at the same time and call it patriotic. They have to lie — the truth isn’t their friend right now. Get angry. Mock them mercilessly; they’ve earned it. McCain decried agents of intolerance, then chose a running mate who had to ask if she was allowed to ban books from a public library. It’s not bad enough she thinks the planet Earth was created in six days 6,000 years ago complete with a man, a woman and a talking snake, she wants schools to teach the rest of our kids to deny geology, anthropology, archaeology and common sense too? It’s not bad enough she’s forcing her own daughter into a loveless marriage to a teenage hood, she wants the rest of us to guide our daughters in that direction too? It’s not enough that a woman shouldn’t have the right to choose, it should be the law of the land that she has to carry and deliver her rapist’s baby too? I don’t know whether or not Governor Palin has the tenacity of a pit bull, but I know for sure she’s got the qualifications of one. And you’re worried about seeming angry? You could eat their lunch, make them cry and tell their mamas about it and God himself would call it restrained. There are times when you are simply required to be impolite. There are times when condescension is called for!
Andrew Sullivan exams the unique dynamics and limitations of being Barack Obama:
The one aspect of these events that many seem to ignore is the racial and gender dynamics. Obama’s style against McCain was much tougher and crisper and more forceful than with Clinton. The reason, I think, is that Obama was canny enough not to fall into the Lazio trap with Clinton – with his only slip-up being the “you’re likable enough” quip. With McCain, he could be more alpha male, as he was. But Obama is also a black man against a white man. So he must also be very careful not to get angry and to stay cool and calm. He has to do that to avoid the “angry black man” trap. But then he cannot afford to seem weak either. You realize how hard a balance that is for ninety minutes?
But Sullivan has missed a few. For instance, Obama has very big ears. To avoid drawing attention to this, he has to intentionally pretend he can’t quite hear the moderator’s question. He cannot made people with smaller ears few uncomfortable, or worse, envious. And there is the matter of Obama’s prowess on the basketball court. To balance this, Obama conspiciously avoids B-ball vernacular that other politicians can use whenever they want. Consequently, he cannot describe even the most certain global outcomes as a “slam dunk.” He cannot refer to al Qaeda’s “home court advantage” when America takes the war on terror to their shores. This is quite a tightrope act. And then there is the fact that he was the editor of the Harvard Review which means he can never “edit” his answer down to a succinct soundbite like other politicians. He has to be longwinded and constantly say things like “uh” and “um.” Yup. It’s a bitch being Obama, alright.
It was the closest thing to a real debate that Americans have seen in decades. They interrupted each other. They let no cheap shot go unchallenged. They both seemed presidential and steady. And––this was the fascinating part–– they both use the exact same brush to tar their opponent: George W. Bush. Apparently, a vote for McCain is four more years of Dubya according to Obama. And according to McCain, Obama has a bit of a stubborn streak that is eerily reminiscent of someone currently in the Oval Office. So which is it? Are they running against each other? Or just running away from Bush?
Sarah Palin was John McCain’s secret weapon. She was designed to capture the hearts of women and conservatives all in one fell swoop. Then she opened her mouth. Now Kathleen Parker, both a woman and a conservative, is ready to send Palin packing:
No one hates saying that more than I do. Like so many women, I’ve been
pulling for Palin, wishing her the best, hoping she will perform
brilliantly. I’ve also noticed that I watch her interviews with the
held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button
in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe
reflex is exhausted.
Palin filibusters. She repeats words,
filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there’s not much
content there. Here’s but one example of many from her interview with
Hannity: “Well, there is a danger in allowing some obsessive
partisanship to get into the issue that we’re talking about today. And
that’s something that John McCain, too, his track record, proving that
he can work both sides of the aisle, he can surpass the partisanship
that must be surpassed to deal with an issue like this.”
Couric pointed to polls showing that the financial crisis had boosted
Obama’s numbers, Palin blustered wordily: “I’m not looking at poll
numbers. What I think Americans at the end of the day are going to be
able to go back and look at track records and see who’s more apt to be
talking about solutions and wishing for and hoping for solutions for
some opportunity to change, and who’s actually done it?”
If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself.
Yesterday, Sarah Palin sat down at the UN with a parade of world leaders and the GOP foreign affairs Yoda, Henry Kissinger. Unfortunately, Palin seems to have gleaned little from the experience. On the CBS News tonight she lashed out at Obama for his naivete at wanting to sit down with Iran to conduct unfettered diplomatic talks. Couric, gently queried, “Are you saying Henry Kissinger is naive for supporting that?” Palin’s answer is telling “Oh, I never heard Henry Kissinger say that…!” Well, I guess you can only hear if you actually listen.
“This is an unprecedented crisis. We need more power. And we need it now.” Or in Bushspeak: “Gitter done!” The current financial crisis is being met by with healthy skepticism on both sides of the aisle. Republicans are reluctant, because it goes against their free market sensibilities. Democrats are cautious, because they’ve heard this all before with the Patriot Act and the run up to the war. Thank goodness, John McCain is back in Washington. What this crisis needed was more photo ops.
We don’t need the debates. Just listen to Bill Clinton. This week, he has had glowing remarks for both John McCain and Barack Obama. Apparently, it’s a draw. Clinton also had very nice things to say about his own presidency. Clearly, one of our smartest and most narcissistic presidents.
Whenever a politician says “it’s time to put politics aside” you can be assured of one thing: He is saying it for the political effect. The irony is when John McCain says it at a press conference, a press conference called after Barack Obama initiates a call to McCain recommending that they issue a joint statement on this crazy Wall Street bailout. McCain said he thought it was such a good idea that his people would draw something up. What he failed to mention was, he would be presenting as his idea in front of cameras a few hours later. Yep. John McCain doesn’t mind reaching across the aisle. Particularly, when it means a chance to steal Obama’s thunder. I particularly like the part in the press conference where he looked into the camera and said “it’s time to put politics aside.” Politicians! They are such scum.
The chemistry was better than being called into the principal’s office with Charlie Gibson. But Sarah Palin’s interview with Katie Couric, was every bit as painful to watch. She was all “Golly” and “Gosh.” And clearly faking it. Scary stuff.