Palin Backlash?

If McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin was intended to peel Hillary supporters away from Obama it may well backfire. If the Clintons weren’t fully on board with Obama they sure are now. There is no way that either Bill or Hillary wants an unknown like Palin (should McCain win) to be in the woman best positioned to be our first female President. The Clintons will fight like hell to preserve Hillary’s place as the #1 female contender. If there is a Democrat who knows how to beat a Republican, it’s Bill Clinton.


McCain’s Gamble

I know that conservatives are probably thrilled about McCain’s choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, but I honestly think the decision will lose McCain the election.

The best argument that McCain has against Obama is that he is too inexperienced to be President. Frankly, the only way McCain can win is to create enough doubt in voters’ minds about Obama. That strategy might have worked, but now it’s severely undercut by the selection of Sarah Palin.

McCain isn’t going to be able to use the inexperience argument very effectively when his running mate’s only experience is a stint as mayor and 1.5 years as Alaska Governor. If that wasn’t bad enough, she has no foreign policy credentials at all.

For a 72 year old hopeful President who has had cancer a couple of times, Sarah Palin in the “heartbeat away” seat is going to be a tough sell. Yes, a lousy pick didn’t cost George H.W. Bush the election in ’88, but this is not the ’88 election.

If McCain hopes to attract disaffected Hillary supporters with a woman he’s going to be sorely disappointed. If he just wanted to shake things up by nominating a woman, someone more credible and experienced like Kay Bailey Hutchison or Elizaeth Dole would have been a far better choice.

Proof of Bigfoot?

Ever since I saw a Bigfoot documentary as a kid way back in the ’70’s, I have wanted to be a believer in the creature. There’s too much circumstantial evidence, too many sightings for all of it to be a hoaxes, lies or cases of mistaken identity.

Granted, there are plenty of pranksters out there, a lot of wackos in the Bigfoot community. The guys who recently claimed to have found a bigfoot corpse probably fit into that category. They don’t seem convincing at all. Maybe they’re after the $1,000,000 reward being offered by Field & Stream magazine. If so they have to be the dumbest people on the planet. Why would they attempt to pull off a hoax in this day and age when it would be so easy to disprove?

“Tax Trickery”

The GAO has just released a report indicating that a majority of corprations doing business in the U.S. pay no federal income taxes.

It’s fundamentally unfair that corporations are permitted to line their pockets at our expense and then not asked to pay their fair share. If they benefit from the infrastructure we put in place to serve the public good, then corporations ought to pay to support it.

To me this is just further evidence that we live in a plutocracy. Corporations, through their lobbyists fund our political campaigns. In return for this “investment” they receive preferential treatment from the government.

This is the kind of stuff that brings out the seething, wild-eyed leftist in me.

Washington’s Biggest Celebrity

I just saw Obama’s response to McCain’s stupid “celebrity” line of attack. Obama’s reply is much more effective than McCain’s clumsy smear ad because it employs actual footage of McCain the hypocrite enjoying his fame rather than using images of vacuous airheads who have nothing to do with his campaign.

I’m so glad to see a Democrat on the attack for once. Keep up the good work!

How W.’s Craptastic Conservatronic Wrecking Machine is Ruining America

P.J. O’Rourke said The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it.”  While I tend to agree with that statement, it’s a rather benign take on the conservative attitude towards government.

I just read an excerpt of Thomas Frank’s new book, “The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule” and I feel like crawling inside a whiskey bottle. Make that a ripple bottle.

The conservative assault on America is no crime of passion, according to Frank. It was premeditated.  Of course this is not a new idea to anyone familiar with Grover Norquist’s desire to shrink government down to the size where it can be drowned in a bathtub.

Frank puts the destruction in a fresh perspective. It isn’t merely the result of an antipathy towards “big” government – it is the byproduct of conservative greed. Since conservatives don’t believe in good government, it follows that their only reason for wielding power is self-enrichment.

“Fantastic misgovernment of the kind we have seen is not an accident, nor is it the work of a few bad individuals. It is the consequence of triumph by a particular philosophy of government, by a movement that understands the liberal state as a perversion and considers the market the ideal nexus of human society. This movement is friendly to industry not just by force of campaign contributions but by conviction; it believes in entrepreneurship not merely in commerce but in politics; and the inevitable results of its ascendance are, first, the capture of the state by business and, second, all that follows: incompetence, graft, and all the other wretched flotsam that we’ve come to expect from Washington.”

The catastrophic subversion of our government has reached has finally reached it’s zenith under George W. Bush. Why on earth any sane citizen would vote to perpetuate the hollowing out of our institutions by casting a vote for a Republican baffles me, quite honestly.

This massive public ignorance can only be due to the constant flow of disinformation from the corporate-controlled media, which conservatives have cleverly tricked millions into believing has a liberal bias.  Combine that with the politics of fear and smear and you have a formula for electoral success.

The problem with that strategy is that it can’t keep working indefinitely. I hope that it fails before the Republicans can complete their reversal of the New Deal. Eventually the public has to realize that it’s been duped. Actually, there are some encouraging signs. When Bush tried to unravel Social Security via privatization there was massive resistance to the plan – proof, I suppose that all is not lost.

Paris For Energy Czar

I love Paris Hilton’s response to McCain’s ridiculous “celebrity” ad.  If I were advising her, I would have made it more of a satirical endorsement of McCain. Paris could have raved about the estate taxes she stands to save under McCain etc. Notwithstanding Hilton’s rejection of my genius idea, her reponse works well. She even proposes a rational sounding energy policy.