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More Republicans Switch to Support Obama

October 24, 2008 · 1 Comment

The drip of bad news coming from those who ought to be supporting the McCain-Palin ticket seemed to accelerate this week.  It must feel like a form of water torture, really.  I mean these are the tried and true Republicans, often the moderates, who seem to be the winning future of the party.

We’ve seen former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Press Secretary Scott McClellan come out in support of Obama.  Peggy Noonan, while not actually voicing support, has been highly critical of Palin and of McCain for choosing her.

Here are two more Republicans for Obama:

Combine these defections with a shrinking electoral map, and McCain-Palin face daunting odds indeed.  There’s still a lot of time in the race, and anything is possible, but the signs can’t be encouraging for those within the McCain-Palin campaign.  Let’s take a quick look at some of the key states:

  • McCain-Palin have essentially given up on these key “swing” states:  Michigan, Iowa, New Mexico
  • McCain-Palin are near to conceding:  Ohio, Missouri
  • Toss-up states that should be solidly Republican:  Indiana, North Carolina
  • And one of the two kahunas?  Florida, where McCain-Palin went from a recent 5 point lead to a 1 point deficit as of today.

What does that leave?  The other big kahuna – Pennsylvania.  The electoral math says that Pennsylvania has become a must-win state for McCain-Palin.  And Tom Ridge, after being passed over for the VP slot, is still a McCain-Palin supporter, but he has been publicly speculating that the ticket would be much further ahead had McCain chosen him instead of Sarah Palin.

There’s even a site now for Republicans who are supporting Obama:  www.republicansforobama.com

As I’ve said before, the Palin decision worked great at firing up the hard right base, but not only has it alienated the independents necessary to win, by all indications it has also alienated enough moderate Republicans, including former holders of powerful positions like Governors of big states.  Not a good sign for McCain-Palin at all.

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Everywoman Spends $150,000 on Clothes

October 22, 2008 · Leave a Comment

It turns out that the Republican National Committee has shelled out $150,000 for Palin’s wardrobe since her selection as McCain’s running mate.

Now I’m sure that it’s important that candidates look good, photograph well, and not be caught in the same outfit across multiple nearly concurrent photo opportunities. I’m also sure that it’s more expensive to appropriately outfit a woman candidate than a man, because the reality is that a man can get away with a few good suits, a few shirts, and an extensive collection of snappy ties, while women’s fashion requires greater variety and more special outfits.

The reason that I think this story is interesting is because of what it says about the candidate, and what it says about her party.

As for the candidate, the reality is that you simply can’t have it both ways. You can’t be a person of the people, the common man or woman, and imply, as Palin does, that she is from the “real, pro-America” part of the country, with all of her down-homeisms and appeals to small town virtues, and then blow $150,000 of donor’s money on your outfits while the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression is happening and scaring the beejeezus out of the country.

The second reason is that I think it reveals what a lot of people have come to believe – that the Republicans have been most excited about Palin because she looks good. Clearly they didn’t care about her lack of experience, education or intelligence. But she looks great in a tight sweater (just like Katherine Harris – see http://hatepalin.com/2008/10/sarahs-future/).  And I think that the cynical and sexist Republican party looked no further, and was willing to open the purse strings to make sure she did just that.  Look good.

In all fairness, I’m sure it’s very difficult to find a conservative, attractive, young-ish woman in the Republican party.  Most of the much more qualified Republican women of stature are older, and wouldn’t address McCain’s glaring age issue.  And the Republican party has not been especially welcoming to women or embraced issues of particular importance to women.  As a result, there simply aren’t as many women in the party who have been elected to office.  So McCain and the RNC did their desperate “hail Palin” long pass into the endzone.  Just like in football, it’s high risk, and it fails more often than it succeeds.

But when you’re down and time is running out you take bigger risks.  And, apparently, you need more expensive clothes too.

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Real Americans Don't Travel

October 15, 2008 · Leave a Comment

This post was written by Contributor RJ:


There is arguably no bigger symbol of the American culture wars than Sarah “I can field dress a moose” Palin. As we’ve seen, she is quick to play the populist card at every opportunity, from extolling the virtues of small town America to blasting the “media elite” after she stumbles during interviews.

For Palin–and the architects of her campaign–America is divided neatly into those who bowl on Friday nights and those who head to the latest wine bar. It’s pickup trucks versus Saabs. Wal-Mart versus Whole Foods. God-fearing versus Godless.

Palin’s common-man chauvinism is unapologetic. We first heard it during her acceptance speech when she made it clear that if you didn’t own a firearm, a filling station or a tractor, she wasn’t going to court your vote.

Given her attitude, it should come as no surprise that in her now legendary interview with Katie Couric she suggested that people who travel abroad are also somehow part of the cultural elite.

When Couric questioned Palin about why she only just received a passport last year, the governor offered the following response:

I’m not one of those who maybe came from a background of, you know, kids who perhaps graduate college and their parents give them a passport and give them a backpack and say go off and travel the world. No, I’ve worked all my life. In fact, I usually had two jobs all my life until I had kids. I was not a part of, I guess, that culture.

Translation: Traveling to another country (when not required by military service) is an extravagance for spoiled, liberal, college brats. Real Americans stay home and work.

As someone who did a fair amount of third-class travel back in the day, I can attest that it doesn’t take a lot of money to see the world–just an interest in other cultures.

Palin’s excuse for never leaving the country is another example of the reverse-snobbism that has come to characterize the Republican Party–a party that, ironically, benefits the people who travel first-class on their parents’ tab.

But here’s why Palin’s disinterest in traveling abroad really matters. In a world that is increasingly interconnected, it’s absolutely critical that we elect an administration capable of working with other nations. And visiting one or two of them seems like a reasonable prerequisite for the job. Based on what we’ve seen and heard, it’s unlikely that Palin possesses either the knowledge or the openness necessary to deal with our allies, much less our adversaries. Her campaign performance to date suggests she doesn’t even have what it takes to deal with the other, latte-sipping half of America.

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