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2008
  • John McCain "Defends" Mitt Romney

    So, you may have heard this new meme that's been circulating through Democratic pundit class. It goes, as James Carville eloquently puts it

    "The only person who has seen Romney's taxes is John McCain and he took one look and picked Sarah Palin."

    It's kind of a sticky idea until you think about it for a second and then the logic sort of unravels like a True Blood story line.* But it's a funny thing to say.

    The subject of this talking point, however, is having none of it, and is rushing to set things right for the sake of Mitt Romney

    Mitt Romney's tax returns had nothing to do with Sen. John McCain's decision to choose Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008, according to the Arizona Republican, saying he chose the former Alaska governor because she was a "better candidate."

    Asked why he chose not to go with Romney, McCain said: "Oh come on, because we thought that Sarah Palin was the better candidate. Why did we not take [Tim] Pawlenty, why did we not take any of the other 10 other people. Why didn’t I? Because we had a better candidate, the same way with all the others. … Come on, why? That’s a stupid question."

    Hey, um, Senator McCain. I'm sure that everybody over at Romney HQ is really appreciative of your leaping to the… well, defense(???) of their candidate. But could you, uh, maybe… not defend him quite so loudly. Like, maybe save that stuff for the privacy of your closet late at night. Just so long as you've been careful to check all around and make certain that there are no human beings anywhere nearby.

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    * I really just wanted to vent. Why couldn't Tara have just stayed dead? And do we really need to study vampire bureaucracy just to follow a simple dramatic thread. Come on, Alan Ball! What happened to you? Get your shit together! 

    Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: 2008, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Veepstakes
  • The Democratic Party Stumbles Upon a New Sarah Palin Joke

    Hey, look at this. Looks like everybody in the Democratic Party came up with the same joke/talking point* at the same time. What a weird coincidence.

    Democratic strategist James Carville

    "The only person who has seen Romney's taxes is John McCain and he took one look and picked Sarah Palin."

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

    "He has only released one year, to the McCain campaign he released 23 years. And he’s telling the people, 'I'm not going to give you what I gave John McCain’s people in 2008.' And when he gave them 23 years, John McCain's campaign looked at it and went, 'Let’s go with Sarah Palin.' So whatever’s in there is far worse than just the first year."

    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley

    Pressed in an interview at the National Governors Association meeting here whether there would be anything in those returns that would disqualify Romney from the presidency, O'Malley said he doesn't know — and that's why Democrats want to see them. "But why would you pick somebody — why would you pick Palin over Romney?" he asked.

    This shows a nice progression from pithy to snoozzzzzzzzzzy. Democrats should really leave the color commentary to guys like Carville who know how to set it spinning.

    And they can leave the whatever-Martin-O'Malley-is-good-at to Martin O'Malley.

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    * I hope it's a joke, but it's a pretty clever witticism. It's pretty nonsensical as an actual talking point.

    Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images


    Tags: 2008, James Carville, John McCain, Martin O'Malley, Mitt Romney, Rahm Emanuel, Sarah Palin, Taxes
  • From the Pork Barrel: Clinton for Romney

    * Mitt Romney uses misrepresented footage of Hillary Clinton to shame Barack Obama for using misrepresented information to shame Mitt Romney. This, I believe, is call a "Möbius video clip."

    * Slate counts down The Eight Stages of Conservative Grief. "Apoplectic," oddly, didn't make the list.

    * A new poll shows that nearly half of all Americans currently believe that congressional Republicans are putting politics over economic recovery, which is really weird when you think about it. Half of America is never right about anything.

    * Fred Karger — the first openly gay Republican presidential candidate — is officially ending his campaign. Which is kind of a bummer. I feel like he was so close.


    Tags: 2008, Barack Obama, Fred Karger, Hillary Clinton, LGBT, Mitt Romney, Pork Barrel, Primaries, Republicans
  • New Study Finds Racists Voted Racistly Against Obama in 2008 Election

    A doctoral candidate in economics at Harvard (FOX NEWS TRANSLATION: an elitist) conducted a study using Google searches to look at how racism affected the 2008 election. He should have also used Bing to see how racism affected the 2008 election for the three people that use Bing…

    I used data from 2004 to 2007 because I wanted a measure not directly influenced by feelings toward Mr. Obama. From 2008 onward, “Obama” is a prevalent term in racially charged searches…

    Once I figured out which parts of the country had the highest racially charged search rates, I could test whether Mr. Obama underperformed in these areas. I predicted how many votes Mr. Obama should have received based on how many votes John Kerry received in 2004 plus the average gain achieved by other 2008 Democratic Congressional candidates. The results were striking: The higher the racially charged search rate in an area, the worse Mr. Obama did.

    I can't believe it was racism that cost Obama the 2008 election! If only he'd won, right now we'd be living in a post-racial America, where people are not judged by the color of their skin or the foreign-sounding-ness of their name but by the content of their drone attacks.

    What's that? Obama did win? And people are still horrible racists? I'll go back to living under my rock. It's less terrible there.

    Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: 2008, Barack Obama, John McCain, Racism