Thursday, September 11, 2008

Lies, Phony Outrage, and Swiftboat Politics

Say it loud and say it proud: LIPSTICK ON A PIG!

I hope Obama uses 'lipstick on a pig' in every speech he gives.

If the shoe fits:


And, could it be, that folks are getting really tired of all this Rovian bullshit?

Conservative Sullivan seems to be sick of it:

The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan:

"For me, this surreal moment - like the entire surrealism of the past ten days - is not really about Sarah Palin or Barack Obama or pigs or fish or lipstick. It's about John McCain. The one thing I always thought I knew about him is that he is a decent and honest person. When he knows, as every sane person must, that Obama did not in any conceivable sense mean that Sarah Palin is a pig, what did he do? Did he come out and say so and end this charade? Or did he acquiesce in and thereby enable the mindless Rovianism that is now the core feature of his campaign?

So far, he has let us all down. My guess is he will continue to do so. And that decision, for my part, ends whatever respect I once had for him. On core moral issues, where this man knew what the right thing was, and had to pick between good and evil, he chose evil. When he knew that George W. Bush's war in Iraq was a fiasco and catastrophe, and before Donald Rumsfeld quit, McCain endorsed George W. Bush against his fellow Vietnam vet, John Kerry in 2004. By that decision, McCain lost any credibility that he can ever put country first. He put party first and his own career first ahead of what he knew was best for the country."

Say it loud and say it proud... SLEAZY GODDAMN LIES.

Talking Points Memo | Unfit for High Office:

"But, let's face it, John McCain is running a campaign almost entirely based on straight up lies. Not just exaggerations or half truths but the sort of straight up, up-is-down mind-blowers we've become so accustomed to from the current occupants of the White House. And today McCain comes out with this rancid, race-baiting ad based on another lie. Willie Horton looks mild by comparison. (And remember, President George H.W. Bush never ran the Willie Horton ad himself. It was an outside group. He wasn't willing to degrade himself that far.) As TPM Reader JM said below, at least Horton actually was released on a furlough. This is ugly stuff. And this is an ugly person. There's clearly no level of sleaze this guy won't stoop to to win this election."

EzraKlein Archive | The American Prospect:

"In a country with a responsible news media, the presidential frontrunner beginning a speech by excoriating American journalism as an institution would prompt deep reflection on the problems in news coverage by every newspaper in the country. Every op-ed columnist and editorial page would endorse more substantive coverage, and newsrooms would switch gears and start reporting Obama and McCain's records and policy proposals on everything from nuclear terrorism to urban policy. This kind of crap would be relegated to paragraph-length articles, if retained at all. When Sarah Palin claimed she opposed the Bridge to Nowhere, the AP headline would be 'Palin Repeats Lie about Infamous Bridge'.

Obviously, this isn't a country with a responsible news media, and so none of that's going to happen. The Times and the Post will repeat the McCain camp's petty lies and slams without an ounce of critical analysis, not because they believe the spin, but because there's a massive conservative infrastructure devoting to working the refs and getting the coverage the right wants."

Say it loud and say it proud.... I'M A LIBERAL AND FUCK YOU IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT!!!

Op-Ed Columnist - Hold Your Heads Up - Op-Ed -

"Ignorance must really be bliss. How else, over so many years, could the G.O.P. get away with ridiculing all things liberal?

Troglodytes on the right are no respecters of reality. They say the most absurd things and hardly anyone calls them on it. Evolution? Don’t you believe it. Global warming? A figment of the liberal imagination.

Liberals have been so cowed by the pummeling they’ve taken from the right that they’ve tried to shed their own identity, calling themselves everything but liberal and hoping to pass conservative muster by presenting themselves as hyper-religious and lifelong lovers of rifles, handguns, whatever."

Jason Bourne has got a really good head on his shoulders. Smart as a whip, too (One has to be smart to write a script like Good Will Hunting).

Nail on head, Bourne, nail on head:


Anecdote for the progressive soul:

Daily Kos: We Are Out Here:

"ROTC Cadet, Air Force Captain, Free Republic diarist, James Dobson quoting conservative, 2 time Bush voter. Church worship leader. These all describe me. And there are more just like me. My evolution to progressive awareness has been a slow one, but is has never gone faster than in the last 3 or 4 months. How do I describe myself now - a progressive conservative, of course (if there is such a thing)!

So why am I and those like me out here? I am out here because I see through the hysteria that the right wing has become. I know the abandonment of principles when we see it. I despise in today's Republican Party what I was always told were the worst traits of the 'left' in years past. I know better these days. I have come to the realization that in many ways I left my brain turned off for far too long. I listened to those I was supposed to agree with, and never tried to be, as Rush Limbaugh says, a 'truth seeker'. Well I am a truth seeker now, I find truth much more often when I listen to Rachel Maddow that I ever did on Rush. I am able to see (on the right) political opportunism, shameless lying, rampant political positioning, and a party leadership that has forfieted all claim to trust."

On Tuesday I posted about my good friend's brother who was running for NY State Senate and was in a primary election yesterday.

Daniel pulled it off and defeated a 30 year incumbent.

More and better Democrats! Congrats, Daniel!

Silver Sidesteps a Challenge, but Other Incumbents Fall in Primary -

"Daniel L. Squadron defeated Martin E. Connor, a former Senate minority leader in office since 1978, in a Democratic primary for a State Senate district that covers parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Mr. Squadron, a 28-year-old former aide to United States Senator Charles E. Schumer, campaigned on a pledge to bring reform and fresh energy to Albany and was endorsed by a number of prominent politicians, including Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg."

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