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Sarah Palin Disgusts Me

So she disagrees with Obama’s health care plans eh? So she tells the press to lay off her children eh? Try this on:

Obama yesterday lashed out at critics of his ailing push to provide coverage for America’s 46 million uninsured people by saying that his critics were resorting to “outlandish rumours” and “misleading information” to scupper his plans.

But Sarah Palin, the Republican’s former vice-presidential candidate, raised the temperature in the debate by declaring Obama’s plans “downright evil” and accusing him of introducing a care rationing system that could threaten her own mentally handicapped child.

The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down’s syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide… whether they are worthy of healthcare,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

I think this vapid, uninteresting woman, who didn’t even have the honour to finish out her term as Alaskan governor, shouldn’t be determining the political climate. And any American who agrees with her position disgusts me as much as she does. Obama got himself elected by rising above the Republican smears and lies, but with the right wing now operating formally as a near-terrorist organisation, can he afford to keep doing so? Given that he has a mandate for healthcare reform, I’m going to suggest he stops looking for compromise, stops even trying to be post-red/blue, and merely represents his constituents as president.

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McCain Concedes Defeat

I found it telling that McCain’s crowd booed his congratulation of Obama. It was an odd contrast to see such grace in defeat from someone who ran such a wilfully ugly, negative, racist and deceitful campaign. It spoke volumes that his only speech from the heart, which seemed truly honest, took place after his defeat.

I urge all Americans — (applause) — I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together, to find the necessary compromises, to bridge our differences, and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited.

Whatever our differences, we are fellow Americans. And please believe me when I say no association has ever meant more to me than that. (Cheers, applause.)

It is natural — it’s natural tonight to feel some disappointment, but tomorrow we must move beyond it and work together to get our country moving again. We fought — we fought as hard as we could.

And though we fell short, the failure is mine, not yours.

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It was your failure in recklessly picking Sarah Palin without any vetting, it was your failure to curb your legendary temper in the debates, it was your failure in coming across as erratic when the economic crisis hit, it was your failure in setting loose the very robocalls you despised (and which destroyed you in 2000), against now President-Elect Obama, portraying him as something he was not. You have the ability to make limited amends by living up to your dignified words here, and truly working in a bi-partisan manner in the Senate to help Obama fix the awful problems afflicting America. Calling your opponent a ‘terrorist’ by insinuation or design might have been an effective election strategy throughout the last generation, but no longer.

This election the country decided the problems it was facing were too great and they needed someone who was prepared to move past such meannness. Hillary Clinton campaigned for the Democratic nomination because she believed cynicism would always trump Obama’s message that the old-style politics really could be overcome. In that she was like her even more cynical friend John McCain, who will go down in history as the first white man to lose to the first black nominee for president, who has now won on his very first attempt.

McCain/Palin Are Toast

(via Daily Kos)

Vote McCain – It Pleases Cheney!

Vice-President Dick Cheney endorses John McCain:

“John is a man who understands the danger facing America, he’s a man who has looked into the face of evil and not flinched, he’s a man who is comfortable with responsibility, and has been since he joined the armed forces at the age of 17. He has earned our support and confidence, and the time is now to make him commander in chief,” Cheney told a rally in Laramie yesterday.

The endorsement may help McCain with loyal Republicans but not with those who disenchanted with the Bush-Cheney administration or independents angry over the stewardship of the last eight years.

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“I’m delighted to support John McCain, and I’m pleased that he has chosen a running mate with executive talent, toughness, and common sense: our next vice-president, governor Sarah Palin,” he said.

Two words: game over.

Sarah Palin Tries Demagoguery

Or maybe she’s just plan stupid. It won’t matter past Tuesday I know, but let’s just have a look at the mad Governor of Alaska’s latest gem, putting the worst of George W Bush or even Dan Quayle to shame.

Basically she’s said that being criticised or even identified by the press as ‘going negative’ in her shameless attacks, lies and misrepresentations on/of almost-president Obama threatens her freedom of speech:

“If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations,” Palin told host Chris Plante, “then I don’t know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media.”

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As Garofoli quite rightly says, the First Amendment actually quite simply says she’s allowed to say what she likes about him and the press is allowed to show where she’s wrong or even criticise her for it without fear of retribution. Glenn Greenwald at Slate elaborates:

The First Amendment is actually not that complicated. It can be read from start to finish in about 10 seconds. It bars the Government from abridging free speech rights. It doesn’t have anything to do with whether you’re free to say things without being criticized, or whether you can comment on blogs without being edited, or whether people can bar you from their private planes because they don’t like what you’ve said.

He goes on to show a deeper flaw in her logic:

The Constitution also guarantees freedom of association. Thus, by Palin’s “reasoning,” when newspapers — or Palin herself — criticize Obama for his associations, they’re threatening his constitutional rights.

It’s a typical right wing attack, and one sadly all-too-familiar from the McCain/Palin campaign. They try to repackage their immoral behaviour as legitimate and constitutional by recasting the Constitution as something it is not, and then try to force their opponents to argue against them. McCain and Palin are indeed the ones who are putting Obama’s constitutional freedoms under threat; fortunately the Obama campaign has declined to even respond to this stupidity. It’s terrifying to think that if elected on Tuesday, only a heartbeat away from being the most powerful person in the world, she would believe herself constitutionally protected from criticism. It’s far more alarming than any of even the Bush excesses, but isn’t it strange how only the right wing seem to think this, and only when they’re on the ropes?

Fortunately it’s a moot point, and this sort of politics will contribute to her and McCain losing the election on Tuesday.

Obama and Palin Rallies of Fear

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There is no red America, no blue America. There’s just one scared shitless America.” – John Oliver

Rarely have I seen a better deconstruction of the whole red state/blue state meme. By finding logical parallels which can be drawn between both campaigns, John Oliver adds a barbed satirical edge to the closing week of the American presidential election. Either way there will remain a significant proportion of the country which will indeed remain scared. I don’t believe that this release of John McCain has it in him (as Bush also, despite his protestations to the contrary proved) to reconcile the country to its differences. If there’s anyone in this election process who can it’s Barack Obama:


Palin vs McCain

In the runup to their inevitable defeat a week on Tuesday, things are getting tense between angry John McCain and his crazy running mate Sarah Palin:

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.

“She’s lost confidence in most of the people on the plane,” said a senior Republican who speaks to Palin, referring to her campaign jet. He said Palin had begun to “go rogue” in some of her public pronouncements and decisions.

“I think she’d like to go more rogue,” he said.

It’s hard to see the woman going more rogue to be frank. This isn’t about the wardrobe, this isn’t about the moose shooting or even Troopergate (which hasn’t had anywhere near the impact it should have). This is about a candidate who is utterly unqualified to be president, should the man at the top of the ticket die (and he’s still refusing to release his medical records). She’s memorised talking points, but abundantly clearly doesn’t have a clue what she’s talking about – she still doesn’t even know what the Vice President does. The Republican Party thought Rovian identity/wedge politics would work again this year in their pick, McCain didn’t even give the pick any thought, and the whole strategy turned into a mess. Justin Webb puts it quite well:

The interviews have been awful: that’s not media bias, it’s incompetence, hers to an extent but the party’s for letting it happen.

Anyway, John McCain’s response to the Palin insurgency can be seen in the video below:

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