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This Is So Us

By Jesse Taylor
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 14:52 EDT

Jonathan Martin, showing why the biggest thing McCain has to fear from the press is paper cuts from all the mash notes he’s going to get.

I’ve written about this before and I think it gets to what makes McCain so appealing — he’s really not a typical, wind-up politician.

He did something similar last fall, promising to beat Hillary (!) “like a drum.”

What I wrote at the time:

McCain, of course, is not given to such red meat rhetoric and has pointedly criticized his GOP rivals for ridiculing the senator. So I was intrigued enough to read the story beyond just the opening sentence that included that quote.

And sure enough, McCain couldn’t keep up the joke.

“That’s a line I used frankly in 2000 when I said I could beat Al Gore like a drum,” McCain told reporters after his speech. “It got good coverage then.”

I think it’s sweet how no matter what McCain says, his friends always know who he really is underneath.

UPDATE: Also, when McCain is found to have blatantly contradicted himself on raising the Social Security cap:

ABC’s Teddy Davis and Gregory Wallace find that, despite having criticized Obama for wanting to raise the income cap on Social Security taxes, McCain himself was once open to, you guessed it, raising the income cap on Social Security taxes.

On this and other issues, McCain is a victim of his own accessibility over the years: he’s given so many interviews that oppo researchers and dogged reporters can find contradictions (real or close) in his record.

Only in Maverickland is someone a “victim of their own accessibility” because they just happen to say two things that happen to completely contradict each other. It’s like when I was caught embezzling money that one time – I was just a victim of my checking account’s capacity.

We Got One

By Jesse Taylor

Voter ID laws are stopping voters like this from ruining the democratic process. A 97-year-old Surprise woman who has voted in the past 19 presidential elections said she finds herself a casualty in the voter ID battle. Shirley Preiss cannot register in Arizona for the November elections without proof of citizenship. “I’m a legal American,” Preiss said. “I’m born here. Born and raised in America.” The Arizona law was approved by voters in 2004 as…


There Is No Joy In Mudville

By Jesse Taylor

I find it rather easy to take glee when people who think they’re being smart get caught doing dumb things. It’s much harder to take glee when people who were doing dumb shit get caught, because it’s just so obvious – like watching a baby carriage headed for a pit…


The definitive evidence arrived this morning from Uranus

By Amanda Marcotte

It’s amazing how much complexity there is stemming from what essentially boils down to: They made it all up.…


Also, has anyone noticed all the sex & violence on the teevee?

By auguste

Holy shit: Meanwhile, conservative talk radio, which I have been following with interest for almost 20 years, has become a tornado alley of hallucinatory holograms of Obama…It’s gotten to the point that I can hardly listen to my favorite shows, which were once both informative and entertaining. The hackneyed repetition…


Carl’s Jr. can kiss my ass

By auguste

It’s almost hard to decide what part of this commercial is the most offensive. Is it the haranguing-woman stereotype? The men-shouldn’t-cry bullshit? The idea that the man should be glad he got away with one, even though it involves the woman losing respect for him? The fact that the sandwich…


G*d damn. Can we afford a computer illiterate doofus as POTUS?

By pams

Sorry to bring up this guy again, but this is the living end. After posting about McSame’s idiotic reference to his campaign using “a Google” to vet his VP candidates, I come across this video (from early on in GOP primary) that I hadn’t seen. If anything should disqualify a…


It’s Like Good, But Evil

By Jesse Taylor

Walmart launches a Craigslist competitor. It’s exactly the same, except harder to use, poorly organized, and for some reason, has two different communities for the greater Steubenville area. I predict great things. Image used through Creative Commons license via acloudman.…


I tripped and fell and whoops was a mother

By Amanda Marcotte
Tuesday, June 10, 2008 23:33 EDT

The beauty of blogging is when you get a chance to make those connections that you’d otherwise forget right after they occur to you. Just such a connection happened for me this week. On this week’s podcast (listen today! subscribe!), I interviewed Sharon Camp, the CEO of the Guttmacher Institute,…


The Washington Post Wants To Hear From You

By Jesse Taylor

Just visit their groups, and you can talk about politics and faith with the white moderate liberal, race with the one black dude…or conservatism with Ramesh Ponnuru. You should never have to ask yourself why these people hire Anne Applebaum. (By the way, thanks to the fine folks at the…