New Obama ad: Bush is McCain’s real running mate

posted at 1:15 pm on August 30, 2008 by Allahpundit

Not only isn’t Palin attacked, her name isn’t so much as mentioned. That’s a smart play, especially after they came out swinging yesterday morning without so much as a congrats. The more I think about it, the more I find her chief demographic virtue to be not her sex but what her persona communicates about her class: Nate Silver calls her “the most manifestly ordinary person ever to be nominated for a major party ticket,” so much so that any sharp attacks right off the bat will look like Obama and Biden bullying someone in the crowd at a town hall event. Not something Barry can afford when he’s counting on those bitter, clingy, gun-totin’ yokels who voted for Hillary in the primary to put him over the top. That’s also why I think Ace is wrong to want Palin to be the attack dog on the trail. The nastier she gets, the sooner she loses her common-man halo and turns into an ordinary partisan politician and the sooner Obama can go nuclear on her. The trick here, obviously, is preserving the halo while also showing off her political skills well enough to make voters comfortable with her in a leadership position. The way to do that, I think, is to wonk her out and make her the point person on energy policy. That’s an issue McCain owns anyway so she’ll pick up extra goodwill from the subject matter; it’s also high time he flipped on ANWR and he can do that now and boost her at the same time by crediting her arguments with changing his mind. As for Obama, he’d be wise to take Bruce Reed’s advice and go easy for now or simply ignore her altogether. The risk that someone’s going to cross the line in belittling her is too great and the media will do the heavy lifting on her weak points anyway. If she surprises at the debate with Biden and their hand is forced, then they can tear her to pieces.


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Keep on firing Donks….

Bush has a higher approval rating than your congress and ain’t on the ticket….

running against Billy Clitnon worked oh so well for us in 98 and 2000 eh?

sven10077 on August 30, 2008 at 1:18 PM

What no two headed baby bowling balls and exploding single moms feet? LOL!

ctmom on August 30, 2008 at 1:20 PM

That’s also why I think Ace is wrong to want Palin to be the attack dog on the trail. The nastier she gets, the sooner she loses her common-man halo and turns into an ordinary partisan politician and the sooner Obama can go nuclear on her.

She doesn’t have to get nasty. Just come across as “feisty.” A gun-toting, moose-eating, butt-kicking reformer beauty queen mom from Alaska.

Wethal on August 30, 2008 at 1:20 PM

I’ve given up trying to respond submissively to the “McSame” crap, and now I just go for broke: whenever anyone hauls out the “he’ll continue Bush’s term” I just say “and the problem with that is….?”

Instant eruption!

Hannibal Smith on August 30, 2008 at 1:20 PM

Ah, desperation.

We sunk their battleship AND drank their milkshake.

PBoilermaker on August 30, 2008 at 1:22 PM

And McCain returns fire on Nancy Pelosi and Obama for their connections to special interests and business as usual.

Its a wash then.

William Amos on August 30, 2008 at 1:23 PM

BDS – That’s all Obama has.

Connie on August 30, 2008 at 1:23 PM

oh yeah, ignoring the strong woman is gonna attract hillary voters

I hope Gerri Ferrarro tears them a new one

funky chicken on August 30, 2008 at 1:23 PM

That Obama campaign has gone from ridiculous to blatantly stupid. Some of the insane assertions point to early dementia.

rplat on August 30, 2008 at 1:23 PM

So basically, they’ve realised they’ve got no way to attack Palin.

lodge on August 30, 2008 at 1:24 PM

Connie on August 30, 2008 at 1:23 PM

Unfortunately, it’s effective.

lorien1973 on August 30, 2008 at 1:24 PM

I think they had this ad all ready weeks ago. Just fade in the pick, then carry on with the generic attack.
They don’t care who the pick is, it’s preordained hate.

Rodent on August 30, 2008 at 1:24 PM

BTW Id love it if the McCain campaign would slam obama on this by saying “Obama doesnt even know who he is running against do we want someone that clueless to lead america ?”

William Amos on August 30, 2008 at 1:24 PM

The GOP should run this video by Craig Ferguson, a proud new LEGAL (and very proud) immigrant, about Palin bestowing honorary Alaskan citizenship on Ferguson.

Our very human Alaskan governor beats your has-been Delaware Senator hands down.

fred5678 on August 30, 2008 at 1:24 PM

Yawn.

When is Obama going to do something interesting?

frankj on August 30, 2008 at 1:24 PM

BDS – That’s all Obama has.

Connie on August 30, 2008 at 1:23 PM

absolutely 8 years of a cunning self-delusory black PR campaign of “we wuz robbed damn you chimpy” ain’t a pretty thing or a credible reason to be handed power IMHO….

donks 70 years of failed policy with a new 21st century spiel.

sven10077 on August 30, 2008 at 1:25 PM

The Obamabots and Kos Kidz are the only ones with whom this sort of malignant BDS will resonate. The rest of ordinary America understands that George Bush is not running and that McCain is no Geroge Bush. Besides, they will be concentrating their attention on the ordinarily extraordinary Sarah Palin.

And Allahpundit is right to advise keeping her on a short leash as a sweet wonkette: that is where she will shine. Let he be a lightning rod for frenzied, deranged attacks from the Left. They will only boomerang.

I ♥ SARAH’CUDA - and so will most of America if McCain follows Allah’s advice.

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 1:25 PM

I must say, Palin looks great in this ad. Good work guys, keep it up, Obama’s team is on a roll.

El_Terrible on August 30, 2008 at 1:25 PM

Well, probably don’t mention Palin’s name because this has likely been in the can for a week waiting for the announcement.

At this point, all I can do is hope Dick Morris is right that linking McCain to Bush isn’t an effective argument because McCain is already viewed as distinctly not-Bush in the voter’s mind. For me, I think that’s probably at least partly true and also not enough to get people to pull the level for the community organizer*, Barack.

*Has anyone noticed how news reports an lefty pundits refer to Palin as a small town mayor” rather than the governor of a state with a huge land mass, perilous politics, and very complicated policy problems?

Nessuno on August 30, 2008 at 1:25 PM

I am not a big Bush fan, but as near as I can tell, Bush at his worst is far superior to the best that the Dems have shown us the last four years.
They have proven beyond all doubt what soulless vile creatures they have become.

leanright on August 30, 2008 at 1:26 PM

BTW I think the McCain campaign should reverse roles. Let Sarah be the AWACs keeping the mission on Target and McCain be the fighter pilot. It comes more natural to either of them.

William Amos on August 30, 2008 at 1:27 PM

I couldn’t even watch the video. The pic was enough to turn my stomach.

Enough of whiners….get off those steps and go get a damn job you pathetic lump of supposed man! I hear the commercial fisheries are always hiring up in Alaska. Perhaps Todd Palin could help you with your resume.

funky chicken on August 30, 2008 at 1:27 PM

Connie on August 30, 2008 at 1:23 PM

Unfortunately, it’s effective.

lorien1973 on August 30, 2008 at 1:24 PM

How is that? For weeks, on a regular basis, I have been muttering that he isn’t running against Bush, and he had better catch up to the here and now.

But then Democrats don’t do that so well.

Noelie on August 30, 2008 at 1:28 PM

It’s a catch-22. But the best route for them is to ignore her, I agree. But if you don’t interrupt where the opponent has the most momentum, it can be too late when it becomes absolutely necessary. They are between a rock and a hard place.

I don’t think the media has as much power now because that can be dismissed in one line “the old boys club”. Really. They need Hillary to do the undermining of Palin in a calculated way. The question is, will she?

Spirit of 1776 on August 30, 2008 at 1:28 PM

*Has anyone noticed how news reports an lefty pundits refer to Palin as a small town mayor” rather than the governor of a state with a huge land mass, perilous politics, and very complicated policy problems?

But of course! The Drive-By media get their talking points from Obama headquarters. Expect it to get worse and more painfully obvious the closer we get to Nov 4.

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 1:28 PM

*Has anyone noticed how news reports an lefty pundits refer to Palin as a small town mayor” rather than the governor of a state with a huge land mass, perilous politics, and very complicated policy problems?

Nessuno on August 30, 2008 at 1:25 PM

I just watched Olby’s countdown. My God watching him bash Sarah for “Lack of Experience” (COUGH OBAMA) and then slamming her from being from the “47th most populous state’ (COUGH DELAWARE) it was as laughible as Keith always is.

William Amos on August 30, 2008 at 1:29 PM

All she has to do is stay classily on message and let the dems circle around her like a bunch of stinking, sh^t-flinging baboons. They will beat themselves if we allow them to.

whitetop on August 30, 2008 at 1:30 PM

*ouch*

Did the Republicans manage to bar Bush/Cheney from their convention?

alphie on August 30, 2008 at 1:30 PM

They are in deep sh*t and they know it.

elduende on August 30, 2008 at 1:31 PM

get off those steps and go get a damn job you pathetic lump of supposed man!

funky chicken on August 30, 2008 at 1:27 PM

You tell’em, FC!

I laughed outloud at that.

Typhoon on August 30, 2008 at 1:32 PM

Same old, same old. If {God forbid} Obama won I think he would spend his first two years blaming his many and numerous failures and screw ups on Bush. Bush is the handy dandy scapegoat.

But eventually, blaming the other guy stops working.

Terrye on August 30, 2008 at 1:32 PM

It’s a catch-22. But the best route for them is to ignore her, I agree.

nope. see my comment about the effect on women voters.

funky chicken on August 30, 2008 at 1:33 PM

alphie:

Like the Democrats barred Edwards?

Terrye on August 30, 2008 at 1:33 PM

Unbelievable. The cowards can’t even bring themselves to say her name. Like it might just jinx them or something.

It would have been better for them just to say, “The one that shall go unnamed”

Shaken’ in their collective boots they are.

Over.

1GooDDaDDy on August 30, 2008 at 1:33 PM

I see a great Ramirez cartoon coming — McCain and Palin standing arm in arm while a sweaty Obama tries to paste a Bush mask on Palin.

Bush is ancient history. This election is about the future.

rockmom on August 30, 2008 at 1:35 PM

nope. see my comment about the effect on women voters.

funky chicken on August 30, 2008 at 1:33 PM

I’m not saying that ignoring her is a winning answer for their camp. I’m saying they have no good options. I think ignoring her will have an effect on women, I don’t argue that. The effect of attacks on her, I think, would be even worse for them.

Spirit of 1776 on August 30, 2008 at 1:35 PM

Exactly like that, Terrye.

Odds that McCain and Britney Palin will be out of town when Bush speaks at Larry Craig center?

I’m betting 100%.

alphie on August 30, 2008 at 1:36 PM

“the most manifestly ordinary person ever to be nominated for a major party ticket,”

In other words, she IS America. She is everything that Obama isn’t, but pretends to be. She’s the real deal. This choice was absolutely brillant! :)

Marsh on August 30, 2008 at 1:36 PM

This is the Change, huh? “BUSH SUCKS! for eight years and here comes Super Hopey Uniter™ with his new message, “BUSH SUCKS!”.

Bishop on August 30, 2008 at 1:36 PM

Did the Republicans manage to bar Bush/Cheney from their convention?

alphie on August 30, 2008 at 1:30 PM

I am looking forward to watching your head explode when Bush cancels his speech to tend to the hurricane victims, alongside the fabulously effective Republican Governor of Louisiana, who happens to be a dark-skinned man with a funny name,

rockmom on August 30, 2008 at 1:36 PM

If she surprises at the debate with Biden and their hand is forced, then they can tear her to pieces

Nope, they won’t tear her to pieces. They’ll try, but that’s a trap as well. Then they’ll just look like sore losers “bullying someone in the crowd at a town hall event”.

But yes their hand will be forced. She’ll be too dangerous then. She’ll overcome the performance in office aspect that the media is clinging to right now and they’ll have no line of viable attack. It’s going to get nasty.

ZP on August 30, 2008 at 1:37 PM

This is all the Democrats have. They think that driving Bush’s numbers down is some sort of accomplishment. The idea being that no one will notice how lame they are if they can keep slapping Bush around.

On the other hand, since the Democrats took control of Congress they have completely failed to do any of the things they said they would do. But, like they say, the best defense is a good offense.

But Bush won’t be around much longer and everyone knows that McCain is his own man.

Terrye on August 30, 2008 at 1:38 PM

Not only isn’t Palin attacked, her name isn’t so much as mentioned. That’s a smart play…

They can’t deal with her, so they pretend she doesn’t exist?

I’m not sure the word “smart” is the correct psychological term to describe that condition.

logis on August 30, 2008 at 1:38 PM

There was a report last night that Obama had already spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads and materials attacking Mitt Romney. All down the crapper now. “How many houses?” Down the crapper. “No change”? Down the crapper. “McSame”? Down the crapper.

Howard Dean’s vaunted “The Next Cheney” website did not even have a page on Sarah Palin.

rockmom on August 30, 2008 at 1:40 PM

All she has to do is stay classily on message and let the dems circle around her like a bunch of stinking, sh^t-flinging baboons. They will beat themselves if we allow them to.

whitetop on August 30, 2008 at 1:30 PM

she needs to be the calm articulate and polite center of the storm and they will rip Obama to shreds in the minds of the non zealot electorate with their fury.

Judo McCain go Sarah!

sven10077 on August 30, 2008 at 1:41 PM

Barry and Biden are running scared. LOL !!

RobCon on August 30, 2008 at 1:41 PM

Terrye on August 30, 2008 at 1:33 PM

And if it did happen that way, that Bush and Cheney found a way not to be in the room with McCain and Palin, then what? They help kill the “McSame” meme.

In picking Palin, Mac has gotten inside Obama’s OODA loop, now it’s just a matter of time before Baracky goes down in flames.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OODA_loop

Bishop on August 30, 2008 at 1:41 PM

rockmom on August 30, 2008 at 1:40 PM

They spent millions on a trip to Europe that resulted in a negative bounce, this latest money-wasting mistake shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Bishop on August 30, 2008 at 1:43 PM

The trick here, obviously, is preserving the halo while also showing off her political skills well enough to make voters comfortable with her in a leadership position.

As much as Hillary’s fans might flock to her, there’s nothing of the shrillness and anger about her that turns people off about Clinton. I simply don’t think it’s in Palin’s nature, but even if it was, she seems far too sensible to let it out, knowing that it was a failing point.

And with five kids, I’m sure she’s learned to let things roll off. Watching Biden screech at her like a lunatic, while she smiles and nods serenely and then destroys him with her rebuttal? I’m so ready for this.

Tanya on August 30, 2008 at 1:43 PM

alphie on August 30, 2008 at 1:36 PM

Given that Bush is speaking on the first night of the convention and the nominee never appears until the 3rd night; you are right. But not for why you think.

lorien1973 on August 30, 2008 at 1:43 PM

The Liberals and The Mainstream Terrorist Media are Terrified Beyond The Capacity for Rational Thought at the idea of Sarah Palin.

THEY have already tipped their hand – and she is going to hand them their hats!

grtflmark on August 30, 2008 at 1:44 PM

her name isn’t so much as mentioned. That’s a smart play

No that was stupid. All they just accomplished was to show women voters they won’t even acknowledge a women candidate. Can’t even say her name, they just lost votes.

BDU-33 on August 30, 2008 at 1:48 PM

*Has anyone noticed how news reports an lefty pundits refer to Palin as a small town mayor” rather than the governor of a state with a huge land mass, perilous politics, and very complicated policy problems?

Nessuno on August 30, 2008 at 1:25 PM
I just watched Olby’s countdown. My God watching him bash Sarah for “Lack of Experience” (COUGH OBAMA) and then slamming her from being from the “47th most populous state’ (COUGH DELAWARE) it was as laughible as Keith always is.

William Amos on August 30, 2008 at 1:29 PM

Palin represents more citizens in AK than Biden represents as a senator from Delaware. There are TWO sentaors from Deleware, but only ONE govenor in AK. That’s why the Old Media isn’t referring to her present Job. It’s a bigger job than Biden’s and she has a record as a reformer coupled with an 80% approval rating after 2 years in office. Biden is simply out-classed, not to mention Obama. Did I mention she is our VICE-presidential pick?

Mord on August 30, 2008 at 1:49 PM

Sorry, I didn’t look at the ad, but to the extent that it dismisses her, just as Obama’s camp dismissed her in its initial salvo, McCain’s camp should consider a response ad digging up all Obama’s dismissive comments about small-town folk and women and then move to Palin who’d say something like, “You may want to dismiss women and small-town residents, but I’m not going to let you.”

And, largely because Obama, in his acceptance speech, stole too many lines from the Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas) speech in American President, Palin and McCain should close the ad with the remarks, “I’m John McCain.” “And I’m Sarah Palin.” And together, “And we are the Republican nominees for President and Vice President of the United States.”

BuckeyeSam on August 30, 2008 at 1:49 PM

Typhoon on August 30, 2008 at 1:32 PM

I don’t do pity parties very well :-)

But politically, do they really think they will hold blue collar Hillary supporters by airing an ad starring a hapless white collar putz?

Take one look at the guy sitting and moaning on the steps, and just one look at Todd Palin. Who do you think is going to appeal to blue collar voters?

funky chicken on August 30, 2008 at 1:51 PM

Keep her out there.

Keep her positive.

Let them attack.

Eventually they and the MSM will cross a line and alienate average Americans.

Let them make fun of small towns and Alaska. Let them raise her lack of experience. Kirsten Powers is so right about this.

CanadianGuy on August 30, 2008 at 1:52 PM

“McSame”

“Britney Palin.”

The Intellectual Pillars of Obama/Biden’s Bridge to Nowhere.

Loxodonta on August 30, 2008 at 1:53 PM

could the economy have grown by 3.3% last quarter if the economy WASN’T fundamentally strong!?

NOPE.

and the two biggest drags on the otherwise fundamentally strong economy are

THE HIGH COST OF ENERGY

and

THE BURSTING OF THE SUB-PRIME MORTGAGE BUBBLE.

Obama-Biden have no solution for either.

At least McCain-Palin have a solution for the prior:

DRILL HERE NOW!

[BTW: Obama was in the US Senate for 150 days before he started running for the presidency.

He is less experienced at governiong or running ANY organization than Palin.]

VOTE ACCORDINGLY!

reliapundit on August 30, 2008 at 1:53 PM

New Obama ad: Bush is McCain’s real running mate

And Jimmy Carter is Obama’s real mentor.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on August 30, 2008 at 1:53 PM

Sorry, I didn’t look at the ad, but to the extent that it dismisses her, just as Obama’s camp dismissed her in its initial salvo, McCain’s camp should consider a response ad digging up all Obama’s dismissive comments about small-town folk and women and then move to Palin who’d say something like, “You may want to dismiss women and small-town residents, but I’m not going to let you.”

FTW

funky chicken on August 30, 2008 at 1:53 PM

They referred to her as ‘this’, and not by her name.

Try to stay classy, Obama.

Urban Infidel on August 30, 2008 at 1:56 PM

Wait until McCain unveils Tony Rezko as Obama’s real running mate. Republicans are way better at this than Democrats are.

rockmom on August 30, 2008 at 1:56 PM

Another idea for a great video: show a montage of various clips and pics of our lovely Sarah while growing up in Alaska and use John Cougar’s “Small Town” as the background music.

No I cannot forget where it is that I come from
I cannot forget the people who love me
Yeah, I can be myself here in this small town
And people let me be just what I want to be

Got nothing against a big town
Still hayseed enough to say
Look who’s in the big town
But my bed is in a small town
Oh, and thats good enough for me

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 1:58 PM

There was a report last night that Obama had already spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads and materials attacking

Mitt Romney. All down the crapper now. “How many houses?” Down the crapper. “No change”? Down the crapper. “McSame”? Down the crapper.

Howard Dean’s vaunted “The Next Cheney” website did not even have a page on Sarah Palin.

rockmom on August 30, 2008 at 1:40 PM

It’s my guess Mitt was in on the deal the whole time. I want to think so anyway, because he’s smart enough to know that Team Barry would have done just that. And it makes me like Romney even more.

funky chicken on August 30, 2008 at 1:58 PM

John Cougar’s “Small Town”

hard core moonbat. no gracias

funky chicken on August 30, 2008 at 1:59 PM

I heard someone say that since most of what the Congress actually does these days is pass resolutions saluting this and honoring that,even Obama votes “with Bush” 80 or 90% of the time. If that’s true, that would make a funny commercial.

NellE on August 30, 2008 at 2:00 PM

They referred to her as ‘this’, and not by her name. – Urban Infidel on August 30, 2008 at 1:56 PM

“It puts the lotion on it’s skin.” Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 2:00 PM

Odumby will follow the Clinton pattern.

N Korea
Iran
9/11

The monkey Bill saw,heard and spoke no EVIL cause his head was up his arse for 8 uears. That is except for the times his pants were down in the “OVAL OFFICE”
Bill Clinton is a pervert and Hillary knows it.

The Clinton are all million airs now. The sold out the dumb little people that voted for him. Odumby will follow in his path.

Rick007 on August 30, 2008 at 2:01 PM

John Cougar’s “Small Town” hard core moonbat. no gracias – funky chicken on August 30, 2008 at 1:59 PM

LOL. So is Chrissy Hynde – moonbat extraordinaire. That didn’t stop Rush from appropriating one of her signature songs and making it the tune everyone today associates with his radio show. Gotta think outside the box, Funky.

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 2:02 PM

How many of the common democrats voters pay went up 10,000% like the Clinton Gang?

You will see the same with the Odumby elite.

Rick007 on August 30, 2008 at 2:04 PM

Yawn.

When is Obama going to do something interesting?

frankj on August 30, 2008 at 1:24 PM

I heard a rumor he was to run faster than a locomotive and then leap a tall building in a single bound but………………………..

LOL

Old Hippie Vet on August 30, 2008 at 2:04 PM

Theres a simple way to combat this attack… but McCain should not be the one who does it…

Someone else needs to point out that Congress changed hands in 2006….

Prior to 2006 the economy was in pretty dang good shape…

Inflation was low.
Gas Prices? http://zfacts.com/p/35.html spiked after 2006.
Housing crises? Didn’t have one in 2006.
Growth?
Unemployement?

To the casualy voter who does not understand the economy anyway, Pointing out that CONGRESS has much more control of the economy than the President… and pointing out the huge SHIFT after the 2006 election when the Dems took control of Congress, would defuse a LOT of these attacks.

Don’t try to counteract, just point them at a different target, ie, the Dem controlled House and Senate.

Romeo13 on August 30, 2008 at 2:07 PM

John Cougar’s “Small Town”

hard core moonbat. no gracias

funky chicken on August 30, 2008 at 1:59 PM

Agreed. He’d probably sue the campaign. The BO/JB (bo job??) advertisement was boring and same old same old. I prefer McCain’s avertising staff’s work.

HawaiiLwyr on August 30, 2008 at 2:09 PM

Don’t try to counteract, just point them at a different target, ie, the Dem controlled House and Senate.

Romeo13 on August 30, 2008 at 2:07 PM

TV ad with Reid and SanFranNan…showing the economic headlines….start with pics of their corocnations and then a timeline of gas prices and stupid energy policy obstructionism….

could be big

sven10077 on August 30, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Flailing, thrashing, crying,screaming, whining, scratching, clawing, groping for something, anything, everything to throw at Palin’s wall, hoping something might stick.

petefrt on August 30, 2008 at 2:11 PM

HawaiiLwyr on August 30, 2008 at 2:09 PM

Fellas…I was suggesting this as a YouTube video, not an official campaign video. Sheesh…give me some credit for thinking here.

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Connie on August 30, 2008 at 1:23 PM

Unfortunately, it’s effective.

lorien1973 on August 30, 2008 at 1:24 PM

Yes, it is. Which is the reason, bloggers and other responsible journalists should take BDS apart now. Write about it, explain how it began, and who funded it and why.

Connie on August 30, 2008 at 2:11 PM

I’m honestly wondering what the hell Hillary is thinking today.

She was probably wringing her hands in glee, thinking that Barack would stumble and McCain would win. Then comes Palin and now Hillary has the very real spectre of having to run against an incumbent VP in 2012 who is also female.

The plan, such as it was, just fell to pieces all over democrat America.

Bishop on August 30, 2008 at 2:12 PM

could be big – sven10077 on August 30, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Sounds good. So how soon till I can preview the dailies? Chop, chop, Sven. Like it was yesterday.

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 2:12 PM

Yes, it is. Which is the reason bloggers and other responsible journalists should take BDS apart now. Write about it, explain how it began, and who funded it and why.

Connie on August 30, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Connie on August 30, 2008 at 2:13 PM

John Cougar’s “Small Town”

hard core moonbat. no gracias

funky chicken on August 30, 2008 at 1:59 PM

Heh, you want an effective Palin Ad?

Show her as Governor of Alaska talking about getting rid of Pork. Then show the Capitol Building in D.C. while playing the song Barracuda by Heart.

BDU-33 on August 30, 2008 at 2:13 PM

sven10077 on August 30, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Yeah, IMO the RNC is missing a huge opportunity by NOT running against CONGRESS right now…

McCain and Palin will take care of themselves, but Repubs need to hit CONGRESS and their lack of doing ANYTHING on a national level… taint the whole Dem machine… don’t just go after the Head…

Romeo13 on August 30, 2008 at 2:14 PM

Bishop on August 30, 2008 at 2:12 PM

Yeah, which makes her moves from here unpredictable to me. I wonder what she will do now.

Spirit of 1776 on August 30, 2008 at 2:14 PM

Show her as Governor of Alaska talking about getting rid of Pork. Then show the Capitol Building in D.C. while playing the song Barracuda by Heart. – BDU-33 on August 30, 2008 at 2:13 PM

Heh. WAY ahead of you, BDU. I proposed the Heart video in another thread.

SARAH’CUDA.

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 2:15 PM

Yeah, which makes her moves from here unpredictable to me. I wonder what she will do now. – Spirit of 1776 on August 30, 2008 at 2:14 PM

LOL. You, the Obama campaign and the entire DNC. They are going through Depends faster than Michael Moore at an all-you-can-eat buffet.

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 2:16 PM

Yeah, IMO the RNC is missing a huge opportunity by NOT running against CONGRESS right now…

McCain and Palin will take care of themselves, but Repubs need to hit CONGRESS and their lack of doing ANYTHING on a national level… taint the whole Dem machine… don’t just go after the Head…

Romeo13 on August 30, 2008 at 2:14 PM

You got that right. This is a good rime to nail their butts to the wall.

I see one problem though…..some of their butts are real big and the walls might not hold up under the strain.

Old Hippie Vet on August 30, 2008 at 2:17 PM

John Cougar sucks big time. blech

Much better choice if that ad is something you want:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-XfthjK-bk&feature=related

hot chicks too

funky chicken on August 30, 2008 at 2:19 PM

Connie on August 30, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Nope. By defending Bush and explaining BDS, you defend him.

McCain would do far better by attacking Congress – especially on energy and ethical reform. Earmarks have gone up dramatically since Democrats took over. They’ve done nothing. They are against lower gas prices and want to install a 50 cent gas tax. The avenues of attack are all open. Just take them.

If I were McCain, I’d also take up the plank that hillary should be senate majority leader too (see the washington times). Have Obama explain that Reid is incompetent or why he’s the best for the job. Either way, its another fine wedge into the party.

lorien1973 on August 30, 2008 at 2:19 PM

McCain and Palin will take care of themselves, but Repubs need to hit CONGRESS and their lack of doing ANYTHING on a national level… taint the whole Dem machine… don’t just go after the Head… – Romeo13 on August 30, 2008 at 2:14 PM

Not to sweat, Romeo. Fred Thompson is organizing FredPac – a group dedicated to funding conservative candidates at the local level. Plus, he is speaking for 20 minutes at the convention – in place of Ahnold, who ducked out (thankfully) at the last minute.

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 2:20 PM

Someone on topic… I think this is a pretty good analysis by Jonah Goldberg over at NRO The Corner:

I’ve been thinking about it and I think the bottom line on Palin is pretty simple. If she does a good job at the convention and survives about three weeks of serious media scrutiny — no horrible gaffes, no unforgivable I-don’t-knows to gotchya questions (fair and unfair), no botched hostile interviews — she will emerge as the single most inspired VP pick in modern memory and she will give the Democrats migraines for a long time to come, assuming there are no terrible skeletons we don’t know about. But, if she screws up in the next three weeks, gives the press and the late night comedians sufficient fodder to Quayelize her, she’ll be seen as anything from a liability to an outright horrible pick. That’s it.

Paul Begala’s attacks on the Palin pick actually have some merit to them (I listened to a lot of CNN yesterday). He rebuffs the counter-argument that Obama’s experience is no better — and arguably worse — than Palin’s by saying, yeah, but 18 million people voted for Obama to be their party’s nominee. Voters have scrutinized Obama and decided he’s up to the job. That’s how democracy works. Begala argues that Palin has enjoyed no such scrutiny. She’s become the veep nominee based on one man’s vote — McCain’s — and that says a lot about McCain’s judgment. I think that’s a basically fair point. It’s true that judgment is more important than experience (though I don’t remotely buy that Obama’s judgment is better than McCain’s). So, again, it all comes down to whether Palin holds up under intense scrutiny. If it looks like this was purely a stunt, then McCain’s critics will be right that his “country first” mantra rings a bit hollow. If, on the other hand, she proves to be as impressive as she seems, no one will care about how small Wasilla is.

All I can say is I hope McCain’s vetters did their job and that she’s not only up to it, but that she’s doing her homework too.

From what I have seen and read of Sarah Palin, she seems to be the real deal. I am pretty optimistic she will stand up to the scrutiny and win over the general public.

Michael in MI on August 30, 2008 at 2:20 PM

What is a good word for LAME?

I guess lame will have to do.

SARAH’CUDA-2012

TheSitRep on August 30, 2008 at 2:20 PM

Michael in MI on August 30, 2008 at 2:20 PM

That should have been… “somewhat on topic…”

Michael in MI on August 30, 2008 at 2:21 PM

Much better choice if that ad is something you want: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-XfthjK-bk&feature=related hot chicks too – funky chicken on August 30, 2008 at 2:19 PM

Holy sh!t, Funky. Absofreakinglutely great tune. I love it. (Cripes, what rock have I been livng under?). Definitely. And yes…the chick are way hot.

There you go, Sven. Get to it.

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 2:23 PM

BTW Id love it if the McCain campaign would slam obama on this by saying “Obama doesnt even know who he is running against, how many states are in the union or what city he is in
. Do we want someone that clueless stupid to lead america ?”

William Amos on August 30, 2008 at 1:24 PM

FIFY

Mojack420 on August 30, 2008 at 2:23 PM

Odds that McCain and Britney Palin will be out of town when Bush speaks at Larry Craig center?

I’m betting 100%.

alphie on August 30, 2008 at 1:36 PM

I’m betting Bush will be out of town when Bush speaks at RNC.

Texas Gal on August 30, 2008 at 2:24 PM

What is a good word for LAME?I guess lame will have to do. SARAH’CUDA-2012 – TheSitRep on August 30, 2008 at 2:20 PM

Well…I like it. And you repeated it. That’s all that matters.

SARAH’CUDA

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 2:25 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcuYobI05I8&feature=related

live performance. two men, two women

If the GOP has any brains they book this band for the convention.

funky chicken on August 30, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Hey, for once Obama could be right. Something has changed!

Bush Derangement Syndrome [BDS]has changed to…

…get ready for it…

Palin Derangement Syndrome [PDS]!!

My kitty says:

Ugh. That was weak.

Et tu Brute on August 30, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Heheh, this is why Mark Levin is who he is and I am who I am. I should have been the one to think of this, considering I live in the Detroit area. DUH! But again, this is why Mark Levin is the master:

Over at his blog, David Frum asks: “If it were your decision, and you were putting your country first, would you put an untested small-town mayor a heartbeat away from the presidency?” Of course, the question is loaded.

This small town stuff is odd to me. If a candidate is mayor of a large town, does that make her more qualified for the vice presidency or presidency? Don’t we need to know more? Is Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick more qualified than any small town mayor? Is any major city mayor more qualified than any small town mayor? I suppose the question can also be asked: Is a big state governor more qualified than a small state governor, based on the size and diversity of the state alone? Or don’t we need to know more? So, Frum’s line about a small town mayor is by itself useless in analyzing a candidate’s qualifications.

We could take this to the next question and ask if Mayor Daley of Chicago is better than Sarah Palin. I would immediately say no, considering Chicago politics is so corrupt, especially the Daley family.

So a great touche on the ‘small town mayor’ crappy meme by the great Levin!

Michael in MI on August 30, 2008 at 2:27 PM

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