- YES WE CARVE | Barack O’Lantern or Jack O’Bama? –
- Can a President Tame the Business Cycle? – Interactive Graphic – NYTimes.com – Today, Americans save less and earn a lower minimum wage — in real, or inflation-adjusted, terms — than at nearly any other time since 1950. Can voters reasonably expect these and other indicators to change significantly after a new president takes office in January?
- House Republican Resurrects ‘Joe McCarthy’s Ghost’ | Listening Post from Wired.com – Can you really be sure of the goddamn time of day?
Can you take the dirt from the fist of a foreigner?
Are you going to fight when they call out your number?
Can you toe the line? Can you repeat what you've been told?
Can you bite the bullet? Can you see the enemy?
Can you point the finger? Can you prove your loyalty?
- Karen Tumulty sees the pattern… – There is now a pattern emerging from the McCain campaign and its surrogates. Instead of trying to persuade Americans who aren't in their camp (the sign of a campaign that thinks it can win), they are trying to de-legitimize them (the sign of a campaign that thinks it can't).
That's what you hear in Sarah Palin's disquisition in Greensboro, N.C., on "these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, very pro-America areas of this great nation." (So what does that say about the rest of the country?) That is what you hear in Nancy Pfotenauer's suggestion that there's a difference between Northern Virginia and "real Virginia." It is what you hear in Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann's crazypants rant about–well, I really don't know what. And it is what you hear in a robocall strategy that is as ridiculous as it is cowardly.