Palin Beats Expectations, But Fails To Change Campaign Dynamic

In the days leading up to last night’s presidential debate, I heard many Democrats gleefully anticipating a gruesome self-destruction on the part of Sarah Palin. “The comedy event of the year,” they called it, as they prepared debate watching parties, as if the election of the President of the United States were on a par … Continue reading Palin Beats Expectations, But Fails To Change Campaign Dynamic

Obama: The Liberal Reagan

As I’ve noted several times, Obama is the liberal Reagan…down to the temperament. Here is something that Joe Klein just wrote about Obama’s temperament: I’ve also gotten the sense, in the times I’ve interviewed and chatted with him, that calm is Obama’s natural default position. He is friendly, informal, accessible…and a mystery, hard to get … Continue reading Obama: The Liberal Reagan

Let Palin be Palin

John McCain’s campaign is in disarray. The economic crisis is turning the election into a referendum on the economy…which is McCain’s greatest weakness. The disastrous Couric interview looks to have transformed the Sarah Palin VP pick from a blessing to a curse. And he failed to win a much-needed victory in last night’s debate. So … Continue reading Let Palin be Palin

Line of the Night: McCain, Obama, and the Bailout

“Neither candidate, it seems, has given thought to the fiscal implications of the bailout. Perhaps this is a good thing. If either were to do that, they might wonder if they really want to win.” Ouch. It hurts, because it’s true. I also thought that Crook, an Obama backer, made what is probably the best … Continue reading Line of the Night: McCain, Obama, and the Bailout

US Presidential Debate: A Strategic Victory for Obama

John McCain turned in a relatively strong showing to stem the bleeding after an absolutely disastrous week (The bailout! The Katie Couric/Sarah Palin interview! The debate cancellation fiasco!). But Barack Obama also performed well, landing the sharpest blows of the night with his series of statements about the Iraq war (“You were wrong”). I’m inclined … Continue reading US Presidential Debate: A Strategic Victory for Obama

It’s Over: Obama Will Win The Presidency

In the words of the immortal Chick Hearn, this election is in the refrigerator. The lights are out, the eggs are cooling, and the butter is getting hard. The Jell-O is jiggling. Thanks for playing, John McCain, you can now take your place with Dole (no good reason to run), Gore (inexplicably, ran as a … Continue reading It’s Over: Obama Will Win The Presidency

Is it okay to lie to get elected?

If, in the words of my buddy TK, “the masses are asses,” is it okay to lie to get elected? If you are the best candidate for the presidency, does the good of the country justify immoral electoral tactics? Can you really destroy a village to save it? Discuss. Extra Credit: Interpret the above as … Continue reading Is it okay to lie to get elected?

Daily Political Roundup: Credit Crunch Pandering and Democratic Dumbassery

A quick roundup of some interesting posts:Megan McArdle of The Atlantic tears Obama a new one for pandering to the populists by criticizing the Bush administration for the credit crunch:What, specifically, should the Bush administration have done, Senator? Don’t tell me they should have beefed up SEC enforcement, since this is not a criminal problem … Continue reading Daily Political Roundup: Credit Crunch Pandering and Democratic Dumbassery

What Obama Must Do To Win

After a disastrous two weeks following the Palin announcement, Obama’s campaign finally seems to be recovering from the shock, and fully recognizes the value Sarah Palin brings to the McCain campaign. As I’ve mentioned before, Obama’s strengths in the “ground war” of voter turnout make a McCain victory in November unlikely. But McCain could still … Continue reading What Obama Must Do To Win

What McCain Must Do To Win

Two weeks after the Sarah Palin nomination shook up the presidential race, we seem to be settling into a new campaign narrative, one which should deeply concern John McCain and his advisors. Below is a screen capture of the most popular stories on the New York Times website. I grabbed it today, September 14: Nine … Continue reading What McCain Must Do To Win