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More Ribs, Please

By Jesse Taylor
Monday, June 9, 2008 1:40 EDT


Openly frustrated by what they see as an ongoing double standard in the press’s treatment of his campaign, Sen. John McCain and his aides have been aggressively denouncing unfavorable stories as “smear jobs” and “scurrilous attacks,” while the candidate himself has launched a series of stinging attacks on Sen. Barack Obama.

It’s a dangerous posture for a candidate whose political success is intimately tied with his image as an irrepressible happy warrior — equal parts President Ronald Reagan and Vice President Hubert Humphrey, with a dash of his old Arizona buddy Rep. Mo Udall’s sharp sense of humor — and whose appeal to independents owes nearly as much to character and personal narrative as to issues and ideology.

Shorter Politico: I thought we were friends, John! Friends! You even signed my yearbook!
The rest of the article is simply a bunch of theorized ways in which McCain could go crazy and do angry ninja shit, all of which is motivated by the same barely concealed sense of violation – John McCain spent years wining and dining (literally) a press corps from his perch of being Maverick McMaverick. Now that he’s in a position where something’s actually at risk and he’s running as the standard bearer of a party rather than your cool friend with the kickass house and the party bus, he’s got to actually start treating the media like he’s *gasp* a Republican.

If you look at the arc of McCain’s career, the one thing that stands out is that he’s never actually been in danger of…anything, really. He hasn’t been in a truly close race since the 1980s, and he hasn’t had to seriously fight a Democrat in a winner-take-all format since the same time. It was always easy for him to be the media’s best friend (and boy, are they friendly) precisely because he never had anything to lose – either he was so far behind (2000 and most of 2007) that being friendly to the media got him credibility and cachet to carry him through or so far ahead that bad coverage really didn’t matter.

The primary season was effectively a joke. McCain managed to beat a cousin-marrier, a walking corpse, a shiny-haired cultist, a paranoid, elfin obstetrician and a nice guy who used to be really fat (but was still, like all the rest of these guys, broke).

I think John McCain might be an anime character.

This is the first time in more than 20 years that McCain’s faced an actual challenge, and certainly the first time since he defeated the Four Winds of Mesa Hills Country Club and inherited the mantle of Maverick of Mavericks that something’s truly, honestly been this credibly close and in danger of being taken from him. Reporters, I’d stop planning on sharing quiche recipes with him and start planning on hearing how you’re worthless vultures giving a black guy an easy ride because of your liberal guilt.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Or offer up a better dry rub recipe, if you want it.

The patriarchy weighs in on the Democratic primary

By Amanda Marcotte
Sunday, June 8, 2008 21:45 EDT

Jill beat me to it, dammit. The Patriarchy steps in and gives his opinion on who he supported in the primary season. Marc promises a whole series of episodes of Manhood, starring The Patriarchy himself. If Stephen Colbert just wasn’t working under the FCC regulations….. Which is another way to say this is most definitely NSFW.


About those “Present” votes…

By auguste

I don’t want to belabor this point too much, because McCain would have to be a massive hypocrite to bring it up*, but I thought it was worth noting: [T]he Illinois Planned Parenthood Council says Obama’s “present” votes were actually part of a careful strategy to prevent those restrictions from…


Raising visibility and diversity: Obama’s LGBT outreach call and commitment to the community

By pams

On Friday, Barack Obama’s campaign held a conference call for about 1200 bloggers, media and LGBT community members to discuss its outreach efforts for the general election. I was invited to be on the impromptu call, but it coincided right when I was on a flight. The good news is…


OMFG godly plagiarism!

By Amanda Marcotte

OMFG. Echidne posted a link to blinkytreefrog, who found a book from about 1951 called “On Becoming A Woman”. Which is very fortuitous, as the Human Life Alliance has put a PDF of their abstinence-only rags “Just For Girls” and “Just For Boys”, which are similar to this 1951 book…



By Jesse Taylor

One of the dirty little secrets of political campaigning is that every campaign is constantly telling the press bad things about their opponent. It’s to be expected – they’re constantly looking to be spoonfed stories, and the campaign has minions toiling away finding out insidious things about misfiled zoning applications…


“We don’t have an option, now.”

By auguste

Via Kid Oakland at some little orange site somewhere, watch this: It’s long, but worth watching. Kid Oakland has several suggestions for how to get involved.…


Let Us Not Forget

By Jesse Taylor

Even on a day of great unity, where Senator Clinton made a gracious and much-needed overture towards repairing the deep rifts in a great political party, I ask that none of us forget the one overarching lesson of this seemingly endless primary season. Mark Penn really was a loathsome, shit-eating…


My Country, Sweet Land Of Hackery

By Jesse Taylor
Saturday, June 7, 2008 23:13 EDT

There’s a very simple way to explain David Broder. Bill Clinton ruined the moral fabric of his nation. George W. Bush ruined the moral fabric of some other shithole.…


Someone alert the SPLC

By auguste

And no, that’s not a joke. Update: From Mnemosyne in comments: Since I’ve been complaining about nutty websites, let me today point out that TalkLeft has returned to sanity and both Jeralyn and Big Tent Democrat have posted that they will support Obama wholeheartedly now that Clinton has officially suspended…