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Joe Biden On Fire

Joe Biden just tears John McCain and Sarah Palin apart for completely ignoring every single major economic issue facing America and for offering nothing but sarcastic personal attacks.

October 18, 2008 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mayor Palin: A Rough Record

John McCain was clear about why he picked half-term Alaska governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate. “I found someone with an outstanding reputation for standing up to special interests and entrenched bureaucracies,” he said in introducing her in Dayton, Ohio, on Friday. Palin was someone, he noted, “who reached across the aisle and asked Republicans, Democrats and independents to serve in government.”

It is a powerful reinforcement of McCain’s own political brand: tough, reform-minded, willing to break with his own party for the right cause. And it’s true that her high-profile crusade against corruption and complacency in her own state party over the past few years has made Palin the Frank Serpico of Alaska politics: she publicly ratted out her state party chairman; whupped the good old boys’ network, as she likes to put it, in a gubernatorial primary; and fought a general election in which the scandal-stained state GOP didn’t lift a finger on her behalf. She won only because she had the enthusiastic backing of independents and grass-roots activists.

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October 18, 2008 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Klein: Obama’s Speech ‘Very Tough’

Barack Obama’s acceptance speech tonight wasn’t what people have come to expect from a Barack Obama speech. It wasn’t filled with lofty rhetoric or grand cadences. It did not induce tears or euphoria. It didn’t have the forced, kitschy call and response tropes — “and that’s the change we need!” — that defaced nearly every other major speech at this convention. At 43 minutes, nailing his dismount at 10:53 pm, it wasn’t even very long. It was lean, efficient, practical and very very tough.

It was the perfect speech for a skeptical nation. In some ways, the heart of it was near the end, when Obama directly confronted a country that has lost faith in government — and an opposing party that preys on that cynicism:

“I know there are those who dismiss such beliefs as happy talk. They claim that our insistence on something larger, something firmer and more honest in our public life is just a Trojan Horse for higher taxes and the abandonment of traditional values. And that’s to be expected. Because if you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.

You make a big election about small things.

And you know what — it’s worked before. Because it feeds into the cynicism we all have about government. When Washington doesn’t work, all its promises seem empty. If your hopes have been dashed again and again, then it’s best to stop hoping, and settle for what you already know.

I get it.” 

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August 29, 2008 Posted by | Politics | , , , | Leave a comment

He Came, He Saw, He Conquered!

 

A record crowd of 84,000 witnessed Barack Obama accept his Presidential nomination.

A record crowd of 84,000 witnessed Barack Obama accept his Presidential nomination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The corporate media built up the expectations for Barack Obama’s speech tonight to a point at which the mainstream pundits were sharpening their scalping knives to proclaim that he didn’t meet those expectations. But once again the media blowhards underestimated Barack Obama’s talent, his oratorical skills, and his heart.

 

What impresses me the most about Barack Obama is his grasp of the engine of history. He knows that FDR’s New Deal was not passed from on high but was an expression of years of arduous organizing by ordinary workers, struggling to form successful industrial unions for the first time in this country.

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August 29, 2008 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment