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They Can Sell A Mil Sayin’ Nothing On A Track

By Jesse Taylor
Monday, July 7, 2008 17:41 EDT

imageWhat a constant contingent of reporters trailing a presidential candidate gets you:

It’s been one week since the Obama campaign agreed to a “protective pool” or “bodywatch” — allowing reporters to follow the Illinois Democrat, not only in his public moments, but his private moments of down time off the campaign trail, as well.

The pool has followed Obama to the gym, to neighborhood BBQ’s, to get his haircut, to his daughter’s soccer game, and even taking his wife out for a date at a hip Italian restaurant in Chicago. When Obama is inside his Hyde Park home, reporters wait for his next movement in a van parked outside. The additional amount of monitoring has left the presumptive Democratic nominee with a certain level of unease about his privacy and the pomp and circumstance of his every move — even after a full week.


For example, pool reporters caught Obama heading to the gym every single day in the inaugural pool week. Reporters also now know the routine of Obama’s grooming schedule. The candidate gets his hair cut on a weekly basis, usually on Sundays in Chicago. The schedule also shows how the rigors of a candidate’s lifestyle spill over to his private life. Reporters caught Obama yawning six times in 30 minutes while watching his oldest daughter’s soccer game, for example.

We can’t get reporting on his Iraq position beyond reprinting RNC press releases, but we know the exact frequency of his yawns and the days he gets his hair cut. I wrote a while back about why it takes so long for the media to start actual fact-checking and I can now propose a solution – stop Yawn Watch 2008 and start checking statements during Obama’s time on the treadmill. While I’m glad he pushed the incline from 8 to 9 during the second ten minutes of his workout, it doesn’t really tell me anything about how he’ll be president.

Well, except for when he visits the independent nation of the ESPNZone and is required to compete with their lord and soverign Dan Patrick in a series of physical feats in order to prove his leadership and get $5 off his total order.

Being a patriot and not a nationalist

By Amanda Marcotte

Fun on the internets: Matt suggests that there’s something juvenile and narcissistic about conservative American patriotism, which extends beyond normal, human levels of sentimentality about home, and fierce defensiveness about it. Conservatives really have convinced themselves, he says, that America really is objectively special, and not just special to Americans. We all know sports fans who feel this way about their home team, and it’s annoying. But it’s worse when it’s patriotism, because then it…


Mike Adams: Pretty Sure A Black Guy Did It

By Jesse Taylor

I sometimes wonder what it would have been like to be educated by a giant douchebag. Would the seeping vinegary smell permeating everything have had a Pavlovian effect on my education, allowing me to keep a small cache of Massengill in my desk drawer, each whiff bringing back a new…


The Patriotism Of The Encyclopedia

By Jesse Taylor

A guy who wrote a whole book about Colonel Bud Day, McCain’s anti-Clark attack dog, says that he wasn’t a member of the Swift Boaters. Said biographer is, of course, lying. The anti-Kerry group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which has spent more than $10 million trying to discredit Kerry’s…


OPEC president is a pastafarian

By auguste
Sunday, July 6, 2008 23:39 EDT

Hard to know how else to explain this claim: Khelil said the weak dollar and geopolitical worries are responsible for 60% of the rise in crude prices, but also said that “the intrusion of bioethanol on the market” was alone responsible for the other 40%. He didn’t explain why more…


Fairies, wishes, and cowboys

By Amanda Marcotte

I’m increasingly convinced all the time that Kathryn Jean Lopez is on the staff of the National Review because she affirms the owners and editors that they’re right to believe that women are mental children. Her ability to mix up politics with reading Teen Beat magazine is legendary, but this…


There Is No Cake

By Jesse Taylor

I bow to you, Jeff Goldstein. You have redefined correctitude in my eyes, other random conservatives. American Thinker, you smell like jasmine and sunshine. However, you are all still idiots. I know that remembering all the way back to five years ago is like super hard and stuff, but let’s…


Video break: defending Daddy D

By pams

Take a look at the latest from the entertainment wing of the Dobson empire. In one of its Stoplight presentations, Stuart Shepard defends the Focus on the Anus honcho’s political tactics. As usual, Dobson is portrayed as a harmless man of God who likes to stay out of the limelight…


What I Learned From Michael Barone Today

By Jesse Taylor

Given a hypothetical polling matchup from 1995, what we can conclude about Barack Obama is that he’s really, really lucky he’s black. What I’m particularly happy about is the apparently wellspring of forgiveness the American people have for black incompetence: On balance I think Obama’s race has been a political…


Fascism Is On The Move

By Jesse Taylor

Not fascism: the media obscuring the grave flaws in the ruling regime’s case for war because it seemed like something all good citizens should trust their leader with. Fascism: good coverage of a candidate who thinks that was a bad idea.…