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Hilarious

August 26, 2008 · Leave a Comment

From the Washington Wire, about John McCain’s appearance with Daddy Yankee:

Many in the press corps joked about the intersection of the song (with its lyrics, when translated into English, are: “She likes gasoline,” he says. “Give me more gasoline!” a woman responds) and McCain’s energy policy. In fact, Washington Wire is told the phrase has nothing to do with the traditional meaning of gasoline.

And courtesty of Urban Dictionary:

1. gasolina
New spanish slang meaning Sperm (Skeet)

Comes from the reagetton song “Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee

Te encanta la gasolina

As Inigo Montoya tells The Great Vizzini in The Princess Bride: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it does.”

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Joe Biden

August 25, 2008 · 1 Comment

I know some friends who were disappointed with the choice of Biden, but I really like the pick.  I think (and I could be mistaken) that the disappointment was more strategic than ideological… it’s unclear how a Senator from Delaware helps in key swing states, with the possible exception of Pennsylvania.

Still though, Obama’s perceived weakness is the 3am emergency, and there’s nobody in Congress with more knowledge and experience on foreign affairs than Biden.  Not that this helped John Kerry… but I think Biden has a way about him of assuring his expertise and leadership on issues without carrying the ivory tower stigma:

Now, it’s relatively easy to rip into a one-trick pony like Giuliani, but as Joe Klein reports, Biden can take it to McCain as well:

Biden called me in June to express his amazement that McCain continued to insist that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the leader of Iran, even after I pointed out–during a press conference–that the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei controlled Iran’s foreign policy and nuclear program. McCain’s response was that the “average American” thought Ahmadinejad was Iran’s leader…and Biden proceeded to jump all over that in a subsequent interview with Think Progress:

I don’t want an average American as president. I have great respect for average — average Americans don’t want an average American president of the United States of America. I want someone above average. I want someone who knows what they’re dealing with. And it surprises me that John didn’t understand the complexities of the power struggle going on in Iran right now.

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The Final Stretch

August 19, 2008 · Leave a Comment

As Paul Krugman observes, Barack Obama’s lead in the polls is not as dominant as it once was:

This chart is from fivethirtyeight.com, a (very pro-Obama) poll analysis site. The site now warns:

Although Barack Obama remains a slight favorite in this election, his position is more vulnerable than at any point since the primaries concluded, and he no longer appears to have a built-in strength in the electoral college that we had attributed to him before.

I’d like to do my part:  I have created a Grass Roots campaign contribution page through Obama’s web-site with a stated fund-raising goal of $500.

I’d like to STRONGLY urge anyone who cares deeply about the short and long-term trajectory of this country to contribute ANY AMOUNT to this goal.  No amount is too small to usher in the change we need.

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Sing it Through the Hills

July 21, 2008 · Leave a Comment

Sing it far, and sing it wide!

SPIEGEL: Would you hazard a prediction as to when most of the US troops will finally leave Iraq?

Maliki: As soon as possible, as far as we’re concerned. U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama talks about 16 months. That, we think, would be the right timeframe for a withdrawal, with the possibility of slight changes.

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Thought of the Day

July 7, 2008 · 1 Comment

I might be like 5 months late on this, but it seems to me that John McCain admitting he is “not an expert” on the economy, when the economy is the #1 issue, means he won’t ever be president.

I’m also not sure if this video is a positive or a negative for his campaign:

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Inform Your Vote: Tax Edition

June 11, 2008 · Leave a Comment

via CNNMoney.com: (Thanks to Melissa)

BREAKING DOWN THE NUMBERS
Here’s how the average tax bill could change in 2009 if either John McCain’s or Barack Obama’s tax proposals were fully in place.
MCCAIN OBAMA
Income Avg. tax bill Avg. tax bill
Over $2.9M -$269,364 +$701,885
$603K and up -$45,361 +$115,974
$227K-$603K -$7,871 +$12
$161K-$227K -$4,380 -$2,789
$112K-$161K -$2,614 -$2,204
$66K-$112K -$1,009 -$1,290
$38K-$66K -$319 -$1,042
$19K-$38K -$113 -$892
Under $19K -$19 -$567
Source:The Tax Policy Center
So if you’re voting in your self-interest, and the tax rate is a primary concern of yours, it doesn’t make sense to vote for John McCain unless your income is over $161K.
I’m not sure how capital gains is figured in all this but I guess you can go tot he Tax Policy Center to get a better understanding of the methodology.

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Riding Coat Tails

February 8, 2008 · 2 Comments

Let’s frame our political options in the following way, shall we?:

The Republican Party is fractured. The big tent is folding in on itself.

Conservatives, social progressives, fiscal hawks, and the establishment are fighting for the “soul” of the party.

Most Republicans are luke warm on the candidate they have chosen for themselves, John McCain.

McCain therefore represents the candidate who is least likely to lose an electoral blowout, and save the most seats (and face).

McCain’s appeal lies with independents.  Pundits would have you believe he is therefore more a viable matchup against Obama, who also appeals to independents.

Obama appeals MORE to independents.  And he appeals to his party base.  He wins.

Not only does he win, but he brings more Dems into the fold…  Republicans are less likely to “hedge” against Obama… that is, they’re less likely to vote for a Democratic president and a Republican Congressmen.

If Hillary’s the ticket, right-center independents hedge against the perceived establishment.  Gridlock ensues.  No clear mandate is achieved.

Hillary’s coat-tails are far shorter than Obama’s.  She’s not a better candidate against McCain, no matter what conventional “wisdom” might tell you.

Forget the polls.  The fact is, the next President will be a Democrat.  They have too much momentum, too much money, and too much George W.

The real question becomes: who carries the party further?  Who carries the country further?

If you frame it this way, the choice is clear.  Obama for President.

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You Mean, a State of 1.3 Million Shouldn’t Influence a Country of 300 Million?

January 10, 2008 · Leave a Comment

Kevin Drum finds this gem from the exit polls:

Why would voters who disapprove of the war overwhelmingly support McCain? Are they reacting to the fact that McCain is constantly claiming that he “disapproved” of the conduct of the war? Has McCain’s uber-hawkishness not gotten a lot of play? Or what?

Why indeed.  And this after some pretty convincing arguments that people in New Hampshire take their sacred right to first primary very seriously. 

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