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Can a campaign this bad really be in contention?

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The McCain campaign cringe factor spirals ever higher:

[New Hampshire businessman Steve] Duprey trotted out a dizzying array of caps in both bright and muted colors, all sporting unique logos such as “McCain Pirate,” “Keeping America Safe” and “Team Kaleefornia” (in homage to the Arizona senator’s close ally, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger). Most of the time the colors reflect the hats’ message — “Veterans for McCain” is in camouflage, “Another day at the beach” is in lime — but sometimes they don’t, such as the hot pink “McCain Pirate.”

“The sign of an overactive and underutilized mind,” Duprey muttered as he moved on from caps to shirts.

His shirts are just as varied, with matching “Johnny Mac is my Home Boy” and “The McCain Blogettes are my Home Girls” in black, and the simpler “1191” in maroon, which refers to the number of delegates McCain needed in order to secure the GOP nomination…

While searching for a hilarious picture of personalizable flip flops to suggest further swag Duprey may want to produce, I found…well, this:

News reporters on the plane also received yellow-and-blue flip-flops printed with the message “McCain … Another Day at the Beach…”

Isn’t that a rather dangerous form of footwear for a senator who has been accused by some in his own party of changing his positions on issues such as immigration reform and tax cuts?

It would be, if any of the media applied the same standards to McCain as they do to other candidates. But apparently their love of swag extends even to the worst swag in the history of the world.


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Ch-ch-changes…..

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After many years and many server changes and finally landing here at Raw Story, which has taken very good care of us, it's time to say goodbye to Pandagon. I've been blogging under this banner for ten years, after Jesse Taylor asked me to join. He, in turn, had been running this joint since he was in college. A lot has changed since then. I became a journalist, moved from Austin to New York and learned to play Dungeons & Dragons. Jesse became a lawyer and, just this past weekend, a married man.

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Carly Fiorina defends her lie with a whole bunch of lies

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I do like it when Republican candidates sport a resume full of corporate executive work, because it really shows the public how many fools and idiots coast into that position not on merit but on their bullshitting abilities. Donald Trump, Herman Cain, and now we have Carly Fiorina, who just can't understand why her perceived underlings (voters, journalists) won't scurry away, pretending to accept her bullshit like former employees of hers had to do, lest they lost their jobs.

And so it goes that Fiorina, who could make this entire Planned Parenthood controversy go away by saying something like, "I may have misremembered the video, but I still think abortion is wrong," instead is doubling and tripling down. And every time she does, she lies more and more. She was on Meet the Press and, so enamored of the idea that she is perfect and could never do anything wrong, just went to town with the defensive posturing.

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Marco Rubio has an astoundingly low opinion of women’s intelligence

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At RH Reality Check, I covered this story that I wish was getting more press, about how Marco Rubio goes back and forth between suggesting that women who get abortions are greedy monsters who get pregnant for cash:

I just think you’ve created an industry now … a situation where very much, you’ve created an incentive for people not just to look forward to having more abortions, but being able to sell that fetal tissue for purposes—these centers—for purposes of making a profit off it, as you’ve seen in some of these Planned Parenthood affiliates.

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