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September 06, 2008

Wandering around in the world o'blog, I found the media not liking McCain's undeniably boring and content-free convention speech. (Warning: this site has annoying java ads, but they seem to be mostly at the bottom.)

And then there's Krugman's discussion of lies-to-date and Rick Perlstein's book Nixonland, which seems to be some kind of primer for running a hate-filled campaign. (Basically, if you got nothing to offer, appeal to the narrow-minded population who got nothing and need someone to blame.)

Both links via the invaluable Sideshow.

In other news, Cheney takes a swing at Russia again. If he and his defense industry cronies are in danger of losing their war in Iraq, then they'd probably be very happy to have another Cold War start up. (They donít' really care who's getting shot or bombed, just as long as a hefty percentage of the national budget winds up in their pockets.)

And if you were planning on taking a road trip one of these days, you'd better do it soon, before the highways wear out.

Looking across the pond, I find Andrew Sullivan in the Times Online telling everyone that McCain's choice of Palin makes McCain scary. (I couldn't understand some of the stories Sullivan linked to, but after reading them, I say both of them are scary - McCain and Palin. I mean, how weird do you have to be to write letters where you're pretending you're god?)

Before we get to the Palin stories, consider this excerpt from the column in question:

Within hours, the McCain campaign was under siege, as the vetting process the professionals didn't do was done by thousands of bloggers and citizen journalists. Palin's reality show family life, her vendetta against her ex brother-in-law, her endorsement of a mayoral candidate who ran against her own mother-in-law, her attempt to ban books in her local library, her friendship with one of her husband's former business partners, and on and on: this was the first major campaign event that was covered by the underground media before it reached the mainstream. The American mainstream press spent a large part of last week wondering how much truth the public could bear to hear.

I'm thinking, maybe some day the "mainstream press" will take a look at the passion, energey, and enthusiasm of blogs? And realize that "the public" has a gigantic appetite for the truth. And then, maybe, just maybe, the "mainstream press" will start providing us with some.

But, back to the Sullivan column:

And Palin's edcuation? Six colleges in five years ending in a degree in sports journalism from the University of Idaho. That's the background of someone who could be president of the United States at any moment after next January.

Someone who very well could be president, some time in the next four years, if McCain is elected. That is scary.

Coverage of USofA political progress didn't stop there in the Times Online.

Indeed, the Xcel Energy Centre in St Paul was not living up to its name. Across the river in Minneapolis, Congressman Ron Paul was holding a rally for 10,000 libertarian-leaning Republicans but inside the convention hall itself there were rows of empty seats. Denver, where Mr Obama had packed 84,000 into a football stadium for his acceptance speech, seemed along way away.

The article is about an "enthusiasm gap" between the Right and the Left.

And, finally, before I leave you today, I thought you'd like to know that the Wall Street Journal has discovered that lots and lot and lots of people think there's a ton of bias in the media. (I'm not saying they care. Just that they've discovered that "people" think it's a big problem.)

Posted by AnneZook at 10:37 PM


Palin's educational background is going to drive this elitist nuts: she skipped schools the first time after three weeks because she didn't like the weather in Hilo. (In fairness, it has been known to drive people a bit batty, but it usually takes years)

And Journalism? I'm sorry, but that's a minor tradecraft, not the choice of someone with the kind of expansive and organizational mind necessary to work at this level. There's no evidence that she's been doing a lot of reading or thinking since, either....

Posted by: Ahistoricality at September 7, 2008 09:21 AM

The bottom line is that there is simply no level upon which this woman is qualified to run the country.

Add to that the facts that she's a mean-spirited, narrow-minded bigot and you have a potential officeholder who makes Richard Nixon look like a playground amateur.

Posted by: Anne at September 8, 2008 10:20 AM

well, Nixon's problem was that he didn't have control of the media to spin the story properly. The Bush Party has perfected the spin&secrecy cycle so that Nixon, were he alive today and still in politics, would be well-protected and very much at home.

Posted by: Ahistoricality at September 8, 2008 12:21 PM

The more I think about it, the more my head hurts. Someone please tell me there crazy people are not going to be elected!

I mean, I never thought it was possible for Bush to be elected once, much less twice.

Head. Hurts.

Posted by: Anne at September 8, 2008 09:07 PM