Archive for the '2008' Category

Fiorina’s Definition of Sexism

September 15, 2008

From the files of “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means,” I give you Carly Fiorina’s definition of sexism.

She said that Fey’s portrayal was “sexist in the sense that just because she has different views than Hillary Clinton does not mean she lacks substance.” I had no idea that Hillary Clinton was so central in defining what is and is not sexist.

The only way you can interpret her definition of sexism is that Fiorina thinks Hillary is a man.


McCain’s Sad Judgement

September 8, 2008

You can say a lot about McCain’s choice of Palin and all the problems she has with ethics and lying, but really it comes down to a simple question:

Is Palin really the best person McCain could find for the job?

She isn’t, which is evidence enough of McCain’s problematic judgement. We know that McCain’s reasons for this “affirmative action” selection is that the religious right base just wasn’t interested in supporting him, so this selection was an attempt to mobilize them, which it has. Yet, if religious conservatives looked at her critically, they would realize she’s not even the best religious candidate.

Oh, and I find this funny: if Palin has more executive experience than Obama and Biden combined, then she also has more executive experience than John McCain.

McCain’s Haig Moment

August 15, 2008

John McCain isn’t the president, but he thinks if he acts like one, people will think he is. The thing is that this is the as close to being president that McCain will get.

Biased Fox News poll

July 26, 2008

How biased is Fox News? Look carefully at their poll questions, and you’ll see how much of an arm of the GOP they are. When you get past the generic poll questions, you’ll see a pattern when the questions address the specific candidate. I’ve indicated the number of the poll question in parens.

  • (19) Have you heard any of your friends and neighbors say there is something about Barack Obama that scares them?
  • (20) Have you heard any of your friends and neighbors say there is something about John McCain that scares them?
  • (23) Based on the campaign so far, has Barack Obama offered any truly new ideas?
  • (24) Can you please tell me one of Obama’s new ideas?
  • (25) Which presidential candidate–Barack Obama or John McCain–do you think most members of the media want to win the election?
  • (26) Do you think the national press is covering both campaigns objectively or is one campaign receiving more positive press than the other?
  • (27) Some people believe Barack Obama, depsite his professed Christianity, is secretly a Muslim. Others say that is just a rumor and Obama really is a Christian as he says, and point out he’s attended a Christian church for years. What do you believe — is Obama a Muslim or a Christian?
  • (28 ) John McCain was held capture for five years in a North Vietnamese prisoner of war camp. Do you think that experience would make McCain a better president or a worse president?
  • (31) Does Barack Obama’s popularity overseas make you more likely or less like to vote for him for president?
  • (32) Do you think Barack Obama’s trip to Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East is better described as a fact-finding trip or as a campaign event?
  • (33) Do you think Barack Obama had already made up his mind on Iraq before the trip or could this week’s visit to Iraq change his mind?

First, note that these questions are primarily aimed at Barack, which might seem like a positive thing, but the questions address several of the popular conservative attacks on Barack. Is he really a Muslim? Is he experienced enough? Is he a media darling? Does Obama have any substance?

Second, note that while several criticisms of Obama are reflected in these questions, not one criticism of McCain is presented as a question. The one question addressing McCain specifically is about his war experience. I don’t included #20 because, while it addresses McCain, it is actually a question about Obama, making the point that McCain doesn’t have such suspicions. (Also, it makes sense you’d hear fears about Obama since fear is the operating strategy for the Republican Party. Conservatives pundits and bloggers have called Obama a communist, a Marxist, a terrorist, a militant black, and, more recently, a figure reminiscent of Hitler. Why don’t they just call him the bogey man and be done with it?)

Question 27 is perhaps the most blatant piece of propaganda because it is such an obvious lie. There is no question these Muslim Obama rumors are lies, yet Fox News sees problem giving them validity, using such vague terms like “some people” and “others” and leaving the respondents to imagine some credible group making these claims rather than hate radio and their ilk.

The poll is effectively pushing a negative image of Obama with all of these GOP talking points and criticisms of Obama. Getting question after question about Obama makes a clear impression: McCain apparently doesn’t have so much controversy surrounding him.

I find ironic that Fox News uses a poll to question the media bias in favor of Obama when they themselves demonstrate extreme bias for McCain. Obama might have raised more campaign funds than McCain, but that’s not taking into account the Fox News budget.

McCain doesn’t benefit from experience

July 25, 2008

Consider for a moment McCain’s claim that his military experience makes him a better qualified president.

He can’t remember that Afghanistan was the first major conflict after 9/11. (Then again, perhaps that is just indicative of Republicans who didn’t think Afghanistan was a major deal and are content to have Osama bin Laden free.)

He has also confused “the surge” (which was a military buildup in Iraq) with events that occurred prior to that buildup.

McCain also doesn’t know one group from another in Iraq, confusing Sunnis with Shi’ites while calling Iranian extremists al Qaeda terrorists.

Where is the benefit of his experience? Are these just verbal slips? Or do they not indicate a grasp of the details on the most important issue in the McCain campaign? It is one thing to misspell potato, but it is quite another to get the facts repeatedly wrong on the topics on which McCain claims to be more qualified than Obama.

Without being disrespectful, I think it’s worthwhle to consider at least asking about McCain’s mental abilities. I do not toss accusations of dementia out lightly, having a family member currently suffering from it, but it is a reasonable question to ask.

Bush’s White House warming gift: War

June 23, 2008

Bush might attack Iran if Obama is elected: Screw what most Americans voted for.

This would an unprecedented move by an outgoing president, to start a war for the incoming president.