Monthly Archives: August 2008


At first, I saw McCain’s pick of Palin as an act of desperation; now, I think it’s just kinda¬†creepy.

David Broder: the mother of all concern trolls

David is shocked, just shocked!


Yes, picking Palin is a game-changing move, but only if you see the election as a game. Can we please put the grownups back in charge?

McCain, on the other hand, keeps his cynicism intact

Given all of her negatives (utter lack of experience, pending abuse-of-power probe, right-wing Christianist (aka Dominianist) convictions, profound lack of readiness to be President), McCain’s choice could have only two goals:

1. Solidify the far-right base.

2. Peel off Hillary supporters who remain on the fence, due to disappointment with the outcome of the primary.

The first is a given; the second shows such extraordinary contempt for the process by which people make these kinds of choices that I can’t imagine it will succeed (I should note that my wife is utterly furious with the presumption that women will automatically vote for another woman).

I’ve read numerous analyses of McCain’s choice today, but the most succinct and cogent so far has to be that of Jeff Fecke at Alas, a blog.

Obama drives a stake in the heart of (my) cynicism

I thought the speech was brilliant– grounded, challenging, passionate. There was even one moment where I got a lump in my throat. If you didn’t hear the speech, please try to find it online.

Update: the full text of his speech can be found at National Journal’s Hotline Blog.

Update 2: the video of the speech.