Charles Gibson channels Al Gore – UPDATED

(via, and via)This is a good video - Palin answering Gibson's question, in one of those Gawd-awful profile shots, on whether or not she is "ready" to lead (and whether or not she shows hubris to dare think so) and then Obama discussing why he is not ready to lead, back when he seemed a lot more authentic.What interests me the most in the tape, though, is the demeanor of Charles Gibson. He condescends, he shifts uncomfortably in his chair like a man who is itching to get away. Look at his … [Read more...]

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Oops! An inadvertant deletion! UPDATED

:::SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE:::While running through my spam filter this evening I accidentally hit 'delete' instead of 'not spam' and wiped out all the spam and a few legit comments as well. Sorry, folks. If you do not see your comment up right now (I've just released all in moderation) it may have been lost in the Great Spam Filter Deletion Debacle of September 13. My apologies.It was an honest error, as I'm a little distracted; we're painting another room over here. But you can find some … [Read more...]

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Palin/Gibson/Obama/McCain; let's party!

Okay, I'm just having too much fun, even though I also feel sick and the insomnia's kicking me in the head. Let's just link around at and watch the fun. I'll keep a running commentary, newest stuff on top!Since we've been talking about the pros and cons of my chanting podcasts, thought you'd like this. H/T Piano Girl who had us howling with The Perfect Fifth (stay with it):Liveblogging Hurricane Ike: Hey, if Dan Rather could stand in the storm into his 70's this young'n can try it from … [Read more...]

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Side-by-side Gibson questions & more…

It is indisputably a good thing to ask a possible future Vice President tough and substantive questions. What is bothering many (my email is bulging) is the seeming unwillingness of the press to subject a possible future President to the same rigorous examination.Bill from Ahwatukee Musings passed this along to me, from a Hillary Clinton forum, of all places. I don't know anything about the writer, Nancy Kallitechnis, but she makes some interesting observations about the difference between … [Read more...]

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Gov. Palin on ABC w/ Gibson

Was out and only saw part of one segment, and my initial thought was "who the hell shot this thing with the weird angles?" Second thought was "who edited this thing, the high school AV club?"Near as I can tell, Gibson did not have to correct her on her own religion, and she did not spatter the place with "uh, uh, uh's". But the segment I saw, an early one, Palin did not look too relaxed.Now that I have watched: Yuval Levin: says Palin did not shine on the Bush Doctrine, and that seems to … [Read more...]

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Does Biden really want the Veep slot? UPDATED

STACLU shot this in an email asking, "what is Biden thinking?"Maybe Biden is thinking he does not want to be veep, after all. Let's face it, he's in a comfort zone. He's been in the Senate for a few decades; it's home. He likes his commute to Delaware - it's probably a peaceful part of his day - and he has his committees, his ways of doing things. For all that his political leanings and ideas are not in sync with mine, I've always had a soft spot for Biden, and I think perhaps he's not … [Read more...]

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Tracey's little cousin meets McCain/Palin – UPDATED

Waiting for McCain/PalinThis is a nice companion to the Michael Gerson piece I had linked to here and tagged at 2:40 PM. It's Tracey at Pale Page, offering an account - with pictures - of one of her cousins making it to a McCain/Palin rally with her four-year old daughter, who has Down Syndrome. It's lovely and touching and you'll want to read it all, but here is an excerpt:As the rally was breaking up, John McCain made his way to their area. My cousin said he approached, greeted them, … [Read more...]

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Election '08: Cartoons, Old tunes, "Change"

This is what I call good-old fashioned American entrepreneurialism, and it is timely and subtle at the same time: The McCain/Palin '08 Lipstick Kiss Button!There is a Bumper Sticker, too!I'm going to order a dozen, because that's just cute and fun. I'm going to keep this at top, and the "running update" begins below, latest stuff first!Read this: Just read it - it's wonderful. (H/T)The baby heard the thud, got scared, turned her head quickly into the side of the stroller and is now … [Read more...]

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Did Obama call Palin a "pig" McCain "stinky old"?

graphic H/TOne myth about Dubya is that he waved "hello" to Stevie Wonder. Doesn't matter whether it's true or not - it's part of the narrative, now - but here is video of Joe Biden saying to a State Senator in a wheelchair: "stand up Chuck, let 'em see ya."Hey, that's an innocent mistake, and the senator, Chuck Graham, was cool about it and Biden appropriately apologetic and decent about it. Also, you sort of have to love Biden a little for it - I do, anyway. I mean, it's not like 2004, … [Read more...]

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Media, Authenticity, Feminism and Election '08

A few days ago I wrote that the '08 election may come down to authenticity. I was specifically talking about authentic service and volunteerism exemplified by John McCain and Sarah Palin in their lives versus the troubling and compulsory "volunteerism" being put forth by the Obama campaign, but the piece touched on the authenticity of the candidates as well.We tend to think of authenticity as having a positive value. But yesterday Kate at Small Dead Animals flew an email my direction with … [Read more...]

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