From the daily archives: Monday, October 6, 2008

So on the day they went to “turn the page” from the economy the Dow drops another 369.88. We are under 10,000 now. 60% think a DEPRESSION is likely. Credit squeeze causes SBA loans to drop 30%. September saw a jobs loss of 159,000. Year to date jobs loss is at 760,000.

I doubt Americans will be doing any “page turning” anytime soon. No, wait. They’ll be turning a page alright. Closing the book hopefully on our right wing nightmare.

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Dave Stacey might call it “normal American politics”. I say it’s anything but normal. It’s perverse. It’s obscene:

At 9:29 p.m., I received in an email the sleaziest political press release I’ve ever seen. It came from the Republican Party of Pennsylvania and it’s headlined: “PAGOP: OBAMA – A TERRORIST’S BEST FRIEND.”

I have to agree with the assessment of the journalist who received this PR, Will Bunch:

Seriously, this is the kind of crap that people usually put on people’s car windshields at 3 in the morning, unsigned in crude block letters. The fact that the Republican Party […]

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Jesse over at Pandagon always has an interesting way of interpreting the day’s political events. And why should McCain’s latest attacks on Obama be any different?

Today Jesse points out that while most campaigns try to turn their opponent’s strengths into weaknesses and their own weaknesses into strengths, John McCain’s campaign is now trying to take one of their own weakness and turn it into an Obama weakness. Specifically “a healthy penchant for embracing extremists without remorse.”

“It could theoretically work”, he points out. “But it seems to be done under the presumption that the Obama campaign is going […]

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Remember February? It will go down as the time in this campaign when John McCain had some modicum of dignity and respect. October will be known as the time in this campaign when the soul of John McCain died. In February he said:

“It’s my understanding that before I came in here a person who was on the program before I spoke made some disparaging remarks about my two colleagues in the Senate, Senator Obama and Senator Clinton,” he said. “I have repeatedly stated my respect for Senator Obama and Senator Clinton, that I will treat them with respect. I […]

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This might be the most ridiculously incendiary bit of racism since, well, burning a cross on a black man’s lawn. Bobby May, McCain campaign chair in Buchanan County, Virginia, wrote that “opinion” piece. Here are a few of the ugliest bits of the purported “parody”.

“REPARATIONS TO BLACK COMMUNITY: Opposes before Election Day and supports after Election Day.”

“FREEDOM OF RELIGION: Mandatory Black Liberation Theology classes taught in all churches – raise taxes to pay for this mandate. Put Rev. Jeremiah Wright in charge….”

“DRUG CRISIS: Raise taxes to pay for free drugs for Obama’s inner-city political base….”

“2ND […]

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A Dangerous Road Indeed

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Really dangerous:

“It’s a dangerous road, but we have no choice,” a top McCain strategist told the Daily News. “If we keep talking about the economic crisis, we’re going to lose.”

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This is from mid-summer, but I don’t think we’ve posted it already. It’s a long, but good, clip of the AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Richard Trumka addressing the United Steelworker’s Union about Obama and racism.

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So what’s worse? Knowing of a guy who did it 40 years ago or voting for it within the last 20?

Just sayin’.

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Got this report in from a reader along with some great photos. Here is what the PB reader who attended the show had to say about the event:

Before the show Obama staffers and Volunteers were walking up and down the ticket line making sure everyone was registered to vote and asking everyone to volunteer (the mission of the event).

The show was opened by Chairman Redfern and the congressional candidates (Kilroy, Robinson). Then John Glenn spoke. He was brief and inspirational as always, stressing the importance of the election, honoring Bruce and expressing regret that he wouldn’t get to […]

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