Sunday, October 26, 2008

In case you missed it

Here's Barak Obama's infomercial from last night:


On the one hand, it's pretty damned Reaganesque (there are amber waves of fucking grain, fer chrissake!). But you know, maybe it's just because I'm the kind of dork who would willingly watch an entire season of the West Wing in one sitting, but I find it impossible not to be moved by this thing, even as I know that's exactly the reaction I'm supposed to have.

Man, I can't wait till next Tuesday.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

David Sedaris on Undecided Voters

...I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. "Can I interest you in the chicken?" she asks. "Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?"

To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked.
There's more.

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Post Endorses Obama

The nominating process this year produced two unusually talented and qualified presidential candidates. There are few public figures we have respected more over the years than Sen. John McCain. Yet it is without ambivalence that we endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president.

The choice is made easy in part by Mr. McCain's disappointing campaign, above all his irresponsible selection of a running mate who is not ready to be president. It is made easy in larger part, though, because of our admiration for Mr. Obama and the impressive qualities he has shown during this long race. Yes, we have reservations and concerns, almost inevitably, given Mr. Obama's relatively brief experience in national politics. But we also have enormous hopes.
There's also this:
...[O]utside of his inner circle, Mr. McCain would draw on many of the same policymakers who have brought us to our current state. We believe they have richly earned, and might even benefit from, some years in the political wilderness.

Go read the rest. Home stretch time, ladies and gentlemen.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Another Reminder

If you live in Maryland, you have till 9:00 tonight to register to vote.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Election Flotsam

Just a couple of things you might have missed.

  • First, if you want to see something really bizarre and pathetic, here's a video of one of the most, well, bizarre and pathetic Freudian slips I've ever seen.

    You and I together will confront the ten trillion dollar debt that the federal government has run up and balance the federal budget by the end of my term in office. Across this country this is the agenda I have set before my fellow prisoners and the same standards of clarity and candor must now be applied to my opponent.
    Presumably, he meant to say "my fellow Americans" instead of "my fellow prisoners." But, you know. He's tired and stressed and frazzled with campaigning, he's no doubt painfully aware of the grievous errors he's made (even as the worst of them is standing proudly behind his right shoulder there), and most polls are incontrovertibly showing his ass being kicked by Obama. Any unresolved post-traumatic stress he's got roiling around in his head is bound to start sloshing out. It's not pretty. Not at all.


  • In light of the McCain camp's blatant pandering to the vile drooling knucklewalkers that make up the current Republican base, David Brooks' column on right-wing anti-intellectualism is a mighty interesting read.
    The political effects of this trend have been obvious. Republicans have alienated the highly educated regions — Silicon Valley, northern Virginia, the suburbs outside of New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Raleigh-Durham. The West Coast and the Northeast are mostly gone.

    The Republicans have alienated whole professions. Lawyers now donate to the Democratic Party over the Republican Party at 4-to-1 rates. With doctors, it’s 2-to-1. With tech executives, it’s 5-to-1. With investment bankers, it’s 2-to-1. It took talent for Republicans to lose the banking community.

    ... [Sarah Palin] is another step in the Republican change of personality. Once conservatives admired Churchill and Lincoln above all — men from wildly different backgrounds who prepared for leadership through constant reading, historical understanding and sophisticated thinking. Now those attributes bow down before the common touch.

  • According to fivethirtyeight.com, North Carolina is polling blue. North Carolina.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Good News Just Keeps Coming

Via FiveThirtyEight.com, a site that's a major source of joy to me these days:

John McCain is in deep trouble. In spite of some incremental gains that McCain has made in some of the national tracking polls, the set of state polling that follows is so strong for Obama that he continues to hit record marks in all three of our projection metrics. We are now projecting Obama to win the election 90.5 percent of the time, with an average of 346.8 electoral votes, and a 5.4-point margin in the national popular vote.
More.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Just a quick reminder...

Today is the deadline for voter registration in DC and Virginia. You wouldn't want to miss all the fun, would you?

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Sonic Circuits

Eh. Let's get that horror off the top of the page. Here's an excerpt from BLK W/BEAR's set Monday at Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring. This was part of the DC Sonic Circuits festival, which is running all this week. This is fantastic stuff.

It Just Gets Worse

I'm sorry, everybody, I just can't help myself. This stuff is fascinating like a car crash.



She can't name one newspaper or magazine she reads. She's RUNNING FOR VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, and she can't name ONE NEWSPAPER OR MAGAZINE SHE READS. Oh, and she was a journalism major.

I love how Katie Couric saying "I'm just curious" has taken on such a threatening tone.

As a side note, here's an interesting perspective on what we might see at the debate tomorrow night.