Monthly Archives: October 2008

Halloween — Goldfarb, Asimov, Logick & Horror

They aren’t connected, you know, except that I have three observations of an electional nature, and those are them. Or, rather, them are these.

Or somesuch.

Happy Halloween! Three tales of misery and the magi nation. Continue reading


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FLASH! Michael Goldfarb Found!

NOTE: there is a lot of material on Goldfarb, et al, on this blog, with all the links and references you could want. The easiest way to access the library is run a Google search, using these terms (cut and paste the text in RED): “Michael Goldfarb”

(See yesterday’s post,”Gee. Where’s Michael Goldfarb?“)

Goldfarb located on Google radar (@ 11:28 AM, 30Oct2008) …

McCain, Palin demand L.A. Times release Obama video
Los Angeles Times, CA - 18 minutes ago

Asked to comment on McCain’s involvement with the Khalidi institute, campaign spokesman Michael Goldfarb replied, “You all can get a response as soon as you hand over the videotape.”

Gosh. Continue reading


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Gee. Where’s Michael Goldfarb?

NOTE: there is a lot of material on Goldfarb, et al, on this blog, with all the links and references you could want. The easiest way to access the library is run a Google search, using these terms (cut and paste the text in RED): “Michael Goldfarb”

Kristol: Nicht!

i. prologue, incest among the NeoCons

I’ve told you at length about the Rovian Campaign of McCain’s deputy director of communications, Weekly Standard blog writer and editor Michael Goldfarb (on a ‘leave of absence’). And I’ve told you about how William Kristol is so tangled up in the McCain campaign, Fox News and the selection of Sarah Palin that his (less than one year old) column in the New York Times OUGHT to have that small-type slug “Paid Political Advertisement.”

Tom Phillips, Rupert Murdoch, Robert Novak @ 2006 Awards Continue reading


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Diva Id and Conk Her

The Swamp, the Chicago Tribune‘s Washington bureau blog, reports:

A campaign official privately tells the paper: “She’s now positioning herself for her own future. Of course, this is bad for John. It looks like no one is in charge.”

ABC News, among others, notes that, in an interview with CNN, one McCain adviser anonymously called Palin “a diva” who is “playing for her own future” political prospects.

“”She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone,” the adviser told CNN. “She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else. Also she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party. Remember: divas trust only unto themselves as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom.”

Today’s version of the bloviating class was talking about nothing but the “rogue” Sarah Palin. And, one week later, they seemed to eventually get to the points I made seven days ago. Continue reading

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Bad Puns Palin Comparison

I can’t possibly keep up with all the weaselly smears that the GOPpers are throwing out this week. I’m certain they run the gamut from “Obama is a Space Alien!”  to “The Democrats will confiscate your children AND your money.” (And its corollary: “The Liberals want to have sex with your dog!” Don’t laugh, that’s essentially what the former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum said a few years back.)

So, let me give you a lens through which to view the lies, remembering that a party addicted to lies AND desperate to salvage anything from an election in which their disastrous RESULTS are on trial; a party that is never wrong and always Right (in their own minds); a party that has institutionalized the politics of division and hatred … well, that’s a dangerous party wounded and fighting for its life. Nothing would seem to be beyond them: no smear too sleazy, no mud too slimy, no gutter too low.

So, rather than try to anticipate the deceptions, let me tell you a story. Continue reading

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Attack of the B-Girls, or Emb-Racism

Thanks to Crooks and Liars for making this a featured post.

McCain in Virginia — Getty Images

It is not, one supposes, egotistical to note that the story I told you here last Monday (“Holy You Betcha, Batman! It’s the Barracuda!” 20 Oct 2008.) is now confirmed on Saturday, after having become the subject of speculation throughout the bloviating class. To wit:

Palin allies report rising campaign tension
By: Ben Smith
October 25, 2008 02:32 PM EST

Even as John McCain and Sarah Palin scramble to close the gap in the final days of the 2008 election, stirrings of a Palin insurgency are complicating the campaign’s already-tense internal dynamics.

Four Republicans close to Palin said she has decided increasingly to disregard the advice of the former Bush aides tasked to handle her, creating occasionally tense situations as she travels the country with them. Those Palin supporters, inside the campaign and out, said Palin blames her handlers for a botched rollout and a tarnished public image — even as others in McCain’s camp blame the pick of the relatively inexperienced Alaska governor, and her public performance, for McCain’s decline. Continue reading


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So What’s a Girl Gotta Do to NOT be Credible?

There are two astonishing liars out there. One of them lasted for 24 hours. The other remains America’s Sweetheart™. And one wonders: what has happened to the old concept of “truthfulness.” (And of “Truth” itself among the self-proclaimed moral mavens of the bloviating class.)

“special” wardrobe needs

Greg Mitchell, editor of Editor & Publisher (the newspaper industry’s trade magazine) writes on the Huffington Post: (slightly reformatted) by moi): Continue reading

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Barbiegate™ Pushes GOP Collapse

It isn’t often that you see Pat Buchanan and Rush Limbaugh flailing wildly, flecks of foam forming around their political pottymouths. But in the last 24 hours, that’s exactly what I’ve witnessed.

The Party of Lincoln™ bears about as much resemblance TO Lincoln as a grubworm does to a supernova. It is all topsy-turvy: voter suppression, outrageous lies, character assassination, crimes against the Constitution and the vocal aiding and abetting those same crimes. Continue reading

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Barbiegate™ Casts Pall Over Election

Whoever Paul is.

Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaskaruh-roh

It seems astonishing that, on the same day, both Alaskans in the news would use, essentially, the same rationalization. Continue reading


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Crunch Time

There’s a lot of good news. And, we shouldn’t forget that voting is already underway. I’ve got my Oregon mail-in ballot, and will vote tonight.

What most impressed me was something I heard Cokie Roberts say on NPR yesterday: that the Obama campaign is the best-organized, most disciplined campaign she’s seen in her lifetime. And, she gasped, it was from (chaotic) DEMOCRATS! Continue reading

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If Candidates Were Phones (UPDATE)

Final pre-election update of my February 25 post, “If Candidates Were Telephones“:



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