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Frank Rich Is (Still) Great

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Frank Rich has delivered another great piece in this Sunday’s New York Times. The op-ed takes a harsh look at McCain’s recent campaign suspension and what McCain’s behavior might mean to the country. Full piece here.

Opening with this barn burner, Rich comes flying out of the gate and never looks back:

WHAT we learned last week is that the man who always puts his “country first” will take the country down with him if that’s what it takes to get to the White House.

Moving on to:

When John McCain gratuitously parachuted into Washington on Thursday, he didn’t care if his grandstanding might precipitate an even deeper economic collapse. All he cared about was whether he might save his campaign. 

By the time he arrived, there already was a bipartisan agreement in principle. It collapsed hours later at the meeting convened by the president in the Cabinet Room. Rather than help try to resuscitate Wall Street’s bloodied bulls, McCain was determined to be the bull in Washington’s legislative china shop, running around town and playing both sides of his divided party against Congress’s middle. Once others eventually forged a path out of the wreckage, he’d inflate, if not outright fictionalize, his own role in cleaning up the mess his mischief helped make. Or so he hoped, until his ignominious retreat.

And this gem:

Yet even as he huffed and puffed about being a “leader,” McCain took no action and felt no urgency. As his Congressional colleagues worked tirelessly in Washington, he malingered in New York. He checked out the suffering on Main Street (or perhaps High Street) by conferring with Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, the Hillary-turned-McCain supporter best known for her fabulous London digs and her diatribes against Obama’s elitism. McCain also found time to have a well-publicized chat with one of those celebrities he so disdains, Bono, and to give a self-promoting public speech at the Clinton Global Initiative.

There was no suspension of his campaign. His surrogates and ads remained on television. Huffington Post bloggers, working the phones, couldn’t find a single McCain campaign office that had gone on hiatus. This “suspension” ruse was an exact replay of McCain’s self-righteous “suspension” of the G.O.P. convention as Hurricane Gustav arrived on Labor Day. “We will put aside our political hats and put on our American hats,” he declared then, solemnly pledging that conventioneers would help those in need. But as anyone in the Twin Cities could see, the assembled put on their party hats instead, piling into the lobbyists’ bacchanals earlier than scheduled, albeit on the down-low.

The only way to do the thing justice is to read the whole piece here.

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Sunday, September 28, 2008 at 10:03 pm

Update On: Bitch, Bitch, Bitch– Oh, And it’s Good.

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Couple days ago we talked about how McCain’s camp was crying their eyes out over accurate reporting by the New York Times, by claiming it wasn’t even a “journalistic organization.” (See: here.)

Well, turns out it is a journalistic organization after all— and McCain’s not going to like it any better. The original piece that prompted the McCain camp tantrum was about campaign manager Rick Davis’ ties to Freddie Mac as a lobbyist. (You know McCain’s team is run by lobbyists, right?)

Outraged and shocked by the factual article examining Davis’ ties to Freddie prompted this outburst by McCain himself:

“My campaign manager has stopped that, has had nothing to do with it since and I’ll be glad to have his record examined by anybody who wants to look at it.”

Turns out that was just a lie.

Being journalists, the NYT looked into McCain’s claim, and guess what? Davis’ firm was being paid by Freddie Mac right through last month— to the tune of $15,000 a month! (How much do you make a month?) I wonder, what’s Freddie get for their monthly  $15k deposit to McCain’s campaign manager?

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 2:33 am

Bitch, Bitch, Bitch

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Big time war hero and his “pitbull” sidekick are doing what all war heroes and pitbulls do, crying like little bitches. (Wait, something’s wrong here. Can you tell what it is?).

Anyhow, the war hero and the pitbull, who are going to follow Osama Bin Laden to the gates of hell (but not to Pakistan, which is kinda the same thing) are crying like little girls today that the New York Times is a “pro-Obama advocacy organization.”

Oh and yeah, apparently the New York Times is “not”, as far as McCain-World is concerned ” a journalistic organization.” Which I’m sure comes as news to the hundreds of journalists who work there.

Seems the NYT is incurring the wrath of the cry-baby campaign because it has the nerve to— gasp!— tell the truth. Not very “journalistic” of them at all. Truth telling! Where the fuck do these assholes get off!

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Monday, September 22, 2008 at 11:01 am

Yikes. Krugman Hates “The Plan”

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Allow me to summarize what Paul Krugman has to say about the proposed Bush bailout: It Sucks.

Among his points: That a $700 “bailout” basically consists of the government buying up $700 billion dollars in bad assets (i.e., mortgage back securities). Krugman believes that while that may, emphasis “may”, break the cycle of deleveraging going on on Wall Street, that the real solution is to provide more capital to the system. Under this idea if we are to be providing capital to Wall Street we should get an “ownership” share so that if the plan does work the gains don’t just go to the people who made this mess in the first place.

Interesting point.

Full article here.

Problems is, see this post, here.

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Monday, September 22, 2008 at 2:54 am

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I guess it was inevitable. People are starting to fiddle with the proposed bailout plan of capitalism. The Times is reporting this morning that Democrats, Republicans, and even financial companies are all beginning to lobby for what they want out of the upcoming bailout. Half of it doesn’t sound half bad: Oversight of the Treasury Dept., guarantees that any profits from the new program go directly back to the Treasury, etc.

Problems is, markets, all markets, are tenuous at best right now. If there is even the slightest hint that the Administration and Congress cannot make a deal, or even that a deal may be delayed due to squabbling, it could be devastating to market confidence.

Full story here.

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Monday, September 22, 2008 at 2:43 am

Maureen Dowd has Aaron Sorkin Do Her Homework

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Maureen Dowd had Aaron Sorkin to write her column this weekend. That’s probaly why it’s good:


BARACK OBAMA knocks on the front door of a 300-year-old New Hampshire farmhouse while his Secret Service detail waits in the driveway. The door opens and OBAMA is standing face to face with former President JED BARTLET.

BARTLET Senator.

OBAMA Mr. President.

BARTLET You seem startled.

OBAMA I didn’t expect you to answer the door yourself.

BARTLET I didn’t expect you to be getting beat by John McCain and a Lancôme rep who thinks “The Flintstones” was based on a true story, so let’s call it even.


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Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 8:59 am

Frank Rich Reminds Me: McCain is a Lying Scumbag

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Another excerpt from Frank rich today:

The twin-pronged strategy of truculence and propaganda that sold Bush and his war could yet work for McCain. Even now his campaign has kept the “filter” from learning the very basics about his fitness to serve as president — his finances and his health. The McCain multihousehold’s multimillion-dollar mother lode is buried in Cindy McCain’s still-unreleased complete tax returns. John McCain’s full medical records, our sole index to the odds of an imminent Palin presidency, also remain locked away. The McCain campaign instead invited 20 chosen reporters to speed-read through 1,173 pages of medical history for a mere three hours on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. No photocopying was permitted.

I’m like, “Oh yeah he still hasn’t released his medical records or financial records.” Could you imagine if the Obama’s hadn’t either. Rush Limbaugh, in a drug induced haze, would be claiming that they are hiding money from their sales of crack cocaine to kindergartners.

McCain sucks.

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Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 8:42 am