Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Monday Tuesday (afternoon) quick hits - on McCain

(What? I've been traveling on the train that runs to and from Hell!)

I think lots of people are going to tell McSame to stop whining
In an interview today on Fox News, New Mexico Governor and former Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson said McCain is whining and overreacting to the New York Times refusal to run his pro-war screed editorial. He pointed out that the Times rejects a hell of a lot more editorials than it accepts - including from presidential candidates and there is no inherent right to have his editorial published. (How does he feel about the fairness doctrine for wingnut radio, again?) Here is what all the flap is about - last week the Times published an OpEd by Obama that detailed his plans for Iraq and called for timelines. The right wing is all a-dither with the meme that they are trying to force him to comply with Obama's position, but that is bullshit. What they really did was tell McCain that if you are going to pound the table and scream "victory," then you gotta define what victory looks like and resubmit. That isn't media bias, that is responsibility in journalism.

McCain gets a dismal reception in New Hampshire
There was not a single teevee camera on hand to document the absence of supporters greeting McCain at the airport in New Hampshire last night. In Manchester last night, there was just one reporter and one photographer waiting for McCain as his plane -- a white, blue and gold Boeing 737-400 emblazoned with his campaign slogan, "Reform, Prosperity, Peace" -- touched down on the Wiggins Airways tarmac...The Vietnam War veteran limped as he made his way down the metal stairway, a leather briefcase in one hand and a cell phone in the other, and walked straight into an awaiting Chevy Suburban.

McCain's gaffes keep piling up
It's getting embarrassing to watch McCain's Grampa Simpson routine. I'm expecting to be regaled with the tale of the Hellfish any day now.


(Oh yeah - I'm back. Tired and with a lot of dirty laundry and all of the unpacking ahead of me, but blogging resumes today.)

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