Archive for September 2008

Bailout Tanks: Not Enough Repub Votes and You Are NOT Going to Believe Who They Blame

September 29, 2008

The bailout failed. Democrats pulled together more than half of their number (they needed 120 and got 140 votes) to push the bailout through. Republicans were supposed to deliver 100 votes and only delivered 65. Remember, this is why McStunt suspended his campaign for a day two hours on Friday, so he could swoop in and get his folks in line.

Republicans didn’t deliver, but HERE’S the insane part, who does McCain and the buck passing Republican leadership blame? Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. Why? Because she delivered a speech right before the vote was taken stating her disappointment that the bill couldn’t be better, and it evidently hurt the Republicans’ feelings.

House Republican Leader John Boehner said, “I do believe that we could have gotten there today, had it not been for this partisan speech that the Speaker gave on the floor of the House. I mean, we were — we put everything we had into getting the votes to get there today, but the Speaker had to give a partisan voice that poisoned our conference, caused a number of members who we thought we could get to go south.”

So, Boehner, you’re telling me that a bunch of thin-skinned Republican jackholes put their petty irritations with Pelosi ABOVE the needs of the ENTIRE COUNTRY? They would rather punish Pelosi for a toothless speech rather than keep the stock market from falling apart? Really? That oughta play well on Main Street.

Well, McCain, Boehner, good luck talking the voters into believing it was Pelosi’s fault. Oh, and when this doesn’t work, stand by for McCain to blame Obama in 3, 2, 1…HERE you go.

(Update: Below is Barney Frank (D-MA) spanking the Republican cry babies. Hilarious.)

A Good Sign for Legit Voting

September 29, 2008

Last night John got a call from an Obama staffer in New York. John’s name ended up on a list of Indiana attorneys. He’s a professional engineer. We guess maybe a professional affiliations list got merged or something. Anyway, they were calling because they are asking for attorneys to help fight voter suppression efforts in Indiana, which makes me feel a lot better about things, since recently about 31 polling places changed with little media attention and no formal voter notification. Want to find out where you vote in Indiana now? Go HERE. (I would check the day before you go.).

Indiana already makes it hard for some people to vote. Polls are only open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and if you have a jerk boss and kids to deal with, that can count some people out right there. And we have the strictest Photo ID laws in the nation.

But the good news is ANYONE can vote early, and this is what I recommend doing. All you have to do is go to the City-County Building at Market and Alabama between October 6 and November 3.

It’s easy:

1. Be registered. E-mail me and I can help register you if you aren’t or you can do it online by going HERE. Postmark deadline is October 6.

2. Bring a STATE ISSUED photo ID. Must be issued by the state of Indiana. Military ID, that kind of thing, won’t do the trick.

In 2000, Bush “won” Florida by 537 votes after those maddening recounts and a Supreme Court intervention. 537 votes. That’s a very, very tight margin and why the stakes are so high and why “every vote counts.”

I just want to be sure that every vote CAST counts, so I’m glad Obama is lawyering up.

The Great Schlep – When Profanity Meets Profundity

September 29, 2008

Okay, maybe it’s not “profound.” Comic Sarah Silverman takes a NSFW approach to helping Jewish kids convince their grandparents in Florida to vote for Obama in a project called The Great Schlep. When I say NSFW, I mean the language is pretty rough. Still the content was meaningful enough that The Dallas Morning News included it in their religion blog last week. Bizarre.

I checked out the website, and the idea is legit. On Columbus Day Weekend, Jewish grandchildren whose grandparents live in Florida are being asked to go spend the weekend with their bubba and puppa and talk to them about why they feel it’s important for them to vote for Obama. According to Silverman and quite a few newspaper reports in the last few months, there’s bit of a racism problem in the older generations of Jewish voters.

It may seem like a joke (the video is full of sophomoric ones), but I think she’s serious about kids hopping on planes and hanging out with their grandparents to have these conversations. I like that even though TGS is not sponsored by the Obama campaign, it puts into play one of their key strategies, neighbor-to-neighbor, or the notion that you have the best chance of influencing people that you know best, so have the talks.

I suspect that already low opinions of me will lower even more when I admit that I think Sarah Silverman is kind of brilliant even though she has an outrageously bad potty mouth. But I’m a sucker for humor that turns cultural stereotypes on their head, which this video certainly does.

And I’m for anything thing that gets kids spending time with their grandparents.

Jesus Is a Friend of Mine

September 26, 2008

Nothing will make you more thankful for the Mountie that will “zap you any way he can” than this little piece of wonder from a group called Sonseed. Marc sent me this as a conversation starter for thinking about worship at Broadway. Jennie, I know it might be a little fast for your church, but maybe you could toss this into your Sunday morning lineup as a surprise. Zap!

What a Candidate Who Is Not Afraid of Running for President Sounds Like

September 25, 2008

Obama press conference. Clearwater, Florida, September 24, 2008.

What Must Working for this Man Be Like?

September 24, 2008

Jed wonders how McCain can ride the economic crisis from “the economy is fundamentally strong” to “stop the campaign” in a mere ten days?

I’ll tell you how: “Quick boys, I need a way deflect attention away from the fact that my campaign manager is a lobbyist whose firm was on the payroll of Freddie Mac to the tune of $15,000 a month until August!”

Obama is speaking now, making the point that (a) he’s been on top of this situation since the start, in other words — he’s been able to multitask, as a president must; and (b) he reached out to McCain this morning to issue a joint statement, and that McCain had agreed.

Obama is also taking questions at the press conference, and says that we need the debates, and that this is exactly the time the American people need to hear from the person who will be responsible for this mess.

Obama also channels barath, who says that presidents need to be able to handle more than one thing at once.

McCain Campaign: Women Should Be Seen Not Heard

September 24, 2008

Kenneth Vogel at Politico writes about how Palin’s handlers are skating on thin ice with the press these days for courting photographers but refusing to allow print journalists to talk to her.

Long story short, they want cameras because she’s pretty. They don’t want questions from reporters because she’s ignorant.

I’m sorry, but the actuarial tables say there is a one in three chance that this woman could be my president if McCain is elected. As a voter, I think I have a right to hear her unscripted views, especially when it comes to her interactions with world leaders.

Palin’s handlers were happy to have photos taken of her with Afghan President Hamid Karzai (does this mean she can say she’s visited Afghanistan now?) and other world leaders at the U.N. conference, but even the Wall Street Journal’s reporter was denied access to cover it. And the WSJ is known to be pretty friendly toward conservatives.

So what is McCain hiding? Is she really that bad? Palin has basically been relegated to the roll of mic girl for McCain. She delivers the same four or five (inaccurate) lines at every campaign stop, and then hands the mic over to McCain so the crowd can start dribbling out to go about their day.

She has not been allowed to give one press conference. The male candidates, including Biden, God love him, have all given several and speak to the press constantly (*With exceptions, see note below). Unlike the guys, the female candidate is being shoved in front of cameras but held back from speaking to the press. This has prompted accusations that McCain is treating his own candidate in a sexist way, including this rant from CNN’s Campbell Brown. It’s short, but worth a watch.

*All Aboard the No Talk Express: McCain himself hasn’t given a press conference in 40 days. He used to refer to the press as his “base” and his bus as the Straight Talk Express. But for whatever reason, his handlers have been refusing to let him talk to them lately. In Ohio yesterday, after McCain ignored questions about the failing economy, one frustrated reporter yelled after McCain, “Has your bus become the No Talk Express?”