Gerry Canavan

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Something’s a little off at MSNBC: after last night’s Keith Olbermann Special Comment rant about the Republicans’ exploitation of 9/11, it seems a little strange to hear from Gawker that the network is currently playing its footage from 9/11/01 in real time. What’s the old saying? You can’t put lipstick on that pig. The left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing.

I generally like KO, but the Special Comment segment should simply be taken out behind the barn thrown under the bus retired. The novelty, and thus the power, is gone, and all that’s left is a deeply overused ratings stunt they now start advertising two days in advance. Last night was the worst, I think: the rant turned in the end to John McCain’s non-existent secret plan to capture Osama bin Laden, all but accusing McCain of treason for failing to share this plan with the rest of us. But the point, of course, is exactly the opposite. It’s not that McCain “knows how” to capture Osama bin Laden because he “knows wars” and “knows how to win them”—the point, sir, the point is that John McCain’s tough talk is plainly empty on its face, and therefore worthy only to be mocked.

Good night and good luck.

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September 11, 2008 at 2:17 pm

Nighttime Links

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Nighttime links.

* Weekly retro illustrations of Mad Men episodes. At right: “Joan and the Xerox.”

* Ten things you didn’t know about the Earth.

* Noise Artists for Obama. (via PClem)

* Obama’s on Letterman tonight. He’ll talk about lipstick and pigs.

“Keep in mind, that technically had I meant it this way she would be the lipstick,” Obama said. “The policies of John McCain would be the pig.”

* John McCain isn’t such a good campaigner without Sarah Palin to hold his hand.

* And the Department of the Interior scandal is the perfect story. It’s got everything: oil, sex, drugs, corruption. Drill, baby, drill.

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September 11, 2008 at 1:43 am


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Barack Obama forcefully responds to the lipstick on a pig nonsense today in Norfolk, Virginia. Here’s hoping he says roughly the same thing tonight on Letterman before tearing the McCain campaign apart on the pedophile ad.

Some of you may have — I’m assuming you guys have heard this, watching the news. I’m talking about John McCain’s economic politics, I say, “This is more of the same, you can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig.”

And suddenly they say, “Oh, you must be talking about the governor of Alaska.”

[Laughter from audience]

See it would be funny, it would be funny except — of course the news media all decided that that was the lead story yesterday. They’d much rather have the story — this is the McCain campaign — would much rather have the story about phony and foolish diversions than about the future.

This happens every election cycle. Every four years. This is what we do. We’ve got an energy crisis. We have an education system that is not working for too many of our children and making us less competitive. We have an economy that is creating hardship for families all across America. We’ve got two wars going on, veterans coming home not being cared for — and this is what they want to talk about! this is what they want to spend two of the last 55 days talking about.

You know who ends up losing at the end of the day? It’s not the Democratic candidate, It’s not the Republican candidate. It’s you, the American people. because then we go another year or another four years or another eight years without addressing the issues that matter to you. Enough.

I don’t care what they say about me, but I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and swift-boat politics. Enough is enough.

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September 10, 2008 at 3:35 pm

Morning Newsbits

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Morning newsbits.

* The most recent McCain “ad”—I doubt it’s actually airing anywhere but on cable news—is truly stunningly dishonest. It could not, in fact, be more dishonest: it concerns a bill Obama neither wrote nor sponsored, that never passed, that didn’t do what the ad claims. It’s just amazing. John Neffinger is right: Obama should hit back on this, hard, fast, and viscerally. Don’t explain, attack.

* Is McCain finally hitting the wall on working the refs? Signs of life from the press.

* This Kos diary runs through the different swing-state permutations to figure out what Obama and McCain each need to win.

* Everyone is talking about this “emotional child abuse” line from the judge in Palin’s sister’s divorce, but the fact is Troopergate is a massively losing issue for the left. Taser a kid, you don’t get to be a cop anymore. You can’t put lipstick on that pig.

There are better things for us to talk about—ideally things that don’t involve Sarah Palin whatsoever.

* And Ron Paul will make a speech today in Washington, D.C., urging his followers to support third-party candidates. I wholeheartedly endorse that message: Ron Paul supporters should absolutely vote for third-party candidates, starting with Paul himself in Montana.

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September 10, 2008 at 11:38 am