October 31, 2007

Quote of the Day

Senator Joe Biden:
And the irony is, Rudy Giuliani, probably the most under qualified person since George Bush to seek the presidency, is here - talking about any of the people here. Rudy Giuliani. I mean think about it, Rudy Giuliani, there’s only three things he mentions in a sentence — a noun and a verb and 9/11 and I mean, there’s nothing else. There’s nothing else.

October 12, 2007

Quote of the Day

Paul Krugman :
I’m just a liberal, living in a radicalizing time.

October 11, 2007

Camp Clinton Disingenuous Rhetoric

Yes, disingenuous is the right word for it.
Not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating.
In a pervious diary, I pointed out the Clinton campaign lead by campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson continues to twist the meaning of Senator Obama ‘politics of hope’ into one should not dare to criticize anyone, especially Senator Clinton, if you believe in new kind of politics. Once again, Senator Obama emphasizes a contrast in between himself and Senator Clinton and the Camp Clinton drag out their standard reply.
It's unfortunate that Sen. Obama is abandoning the politics of hope and embracing the same old attack politics as his support stagnates.
I have to credit the Clinton campaign; they are winning the language battle.
The most remarkable political triumph of this campaign was the Clinton campaign effectively defining Barack Obama's "new politics" as "not attacking Hillary Clinton by name." Obama, of course, could have defined the new politics however he wanted, from a focus on transformative policy to a willingness to call out the DC establishment. Instead, he let the Clinton camp define his message in a way advantageous to them.
It’s still very disingenuous, rather than having an actual debate the Clinton campaign continues use Karl Rove type rhetoric to avoid criticism. I don’t fault the Clinton campaign; this is common campaign tactic. I fully except Howard Wolfson to issue their standard reply to Senator Obama new ad.

October 7, 2007

A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request

Steve Goodman

Do they still play the blues in Chicago
When baseball season rolls around
When the snow melts away,
Do the Cubbies still play
In their ivy-covered burial ground
When I was a boy they were my pride and joy
But now they only bring fatigue
To the home of the brave
The land of the free
And the doormat of the National League