The Art of War:
by TKOEd • Monday, Oct 27, 2008 • 2 responses - join us
Shout out to D. Myrie. Thanks for putting me on to this awesome vid.
The power of Hip Hop used for good. Again. Reason #475 why you tube is awesome. This kind of stuff really makes my day. I don’t know anything about being a teacher but I remember who my favorite teachers were. I also remember who my best teachers were, because they were one & the same. I bet this guy is a good teacher. I think a lot of his students will remember him for a long time. Not because he turned something they learned into hip hop song but because for me active engagement & straightforward, simple teaching were the easiest & most fun ways to learn. I can’t know for sure but this kind of thing strikes me as the fruits of that kind of teacher.
by TKOEd • Sunday, Oct 26, 2008 • 2 responses - join us
by TKOEd • Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 • one response - join in
Yes a large part of this has to do with the fact Ayers & Wright came out during the primaries & not during the general. I think Ayers would have pretty much made no difference anyways but Wright depending on the timing would have done moderate to very serious damage to Barack’s candidacy.
I don’t think it would have knocked him out of the box but he would not have the commanding lead he holds currently in polls.
The thought process behind the GOP machine taking him down was not really based around specific attacks though. It was based on the thought that Obama was too naive, too untested to face down what was supposed to be relentless attacks. Obama of course has proved to be the coolest cat to come down the political road in a long, long time. Maybe ever in modern history. He taunted McCain into bringing up Ayers in the final debate & in the process through McCain off what was his best debate performance up to that point (that’s not saying much but still).
This might just be a function of the awful campaign McCain has run. The best they have done so far are the celebrity ads, which I always thought was pretty pathetic. They were also mightly helped along by a pathetic tradmed. The best line of attack I think they had was the experience meme but of course they threw that out the window with the Palin selection.
In a sense Obama is the new teflon don. Especially as it pertains to character attacks. The right keeps trying to paint him as the loony lefty but all people have to do is turn on the teevee & see for themselves. There is nothing about Barack that will strike you as self-evidently radical. Obama & his family are the exact opposite, self-evidently normal & American. They are the stereotypical American family, living the “American dream”. This is why a lot of McCain’s attacks have backfired on him. A lot of folks want to like Obama & have found reasons to.
You can argue if not for the economy these attacks would be more effective but you would be mostly wrong. One of Obama’s biggest gifts as a politician his abililty to swat aside attacks with ease, grace & a bit of mocking indignation. Ayers is the perfect example: “come on I was 8″.
We also have the stench of desparation that pervades every piece of the McCain camp ever since his campaign “suspension”. All your attacks become less & less effective the more desparate the public percieves you to be. So there are many things that contributed to the pathetic GOP attacks against Obama but the biggest problem was Obama himself. The man is unflappable, whip smart & knows how to make lemonade.
by TKOEd • Friday, Oct 24, 2008 • no responses - be the first
Shout out to Yglesias for this one:
McCain is an unbelievable hypocrite. He decided months ago the only thing that matter was winning the presidency. There many reasons not to vote for John S. McCain but one of the biggest has got to be that he will be beholden to the right wing base if he wins. He has already mortgaged his biggest strength, was his maverick persona, in an attempt to win. Why should we believe he will buck the base if they put him in power? Even if you believe McCain was really once a man of principle there is no sight of that man anymore. He’s run a dirty campaign, full of ugly smears & outright lies. He choice for veep is not only unqualified but from also a crazy Christian. A member of the agents of intolerance he once railed against.
This video gave me a feeling of sadness. I remember thinking back in 2000 things would be ok if McCain became president. The video above is the man I remember. A man not ideologically rigid, a man not willing to win at all costs and, most importantly to me, a man of common sense. I do not think I would have not have supported McCain against Obama even if he still seemed like that man in the video but I would have respect for him. I would not have the large fear him becoming president, as I do now.
by TKOEd • Friday, Oct 24, 2008 • no responses - be the first
So a canvasser goes to a woman’s door in Washington, Pennsylvania. Knocks. Woman answers. Knocker asks who she’s planning to vote for. She isn’t sure, has to ask her husband who she’s voting for. Husband is off in another room watching some game. Canvasser hears him yell back, “We’re votin’ for the n***er!”
Woman turns back to canvasser, and says brightly and matter of factly: “We’re voting for the n***er.”
I’m a little late with this one but I wanted to touch on it a bit. The above anecdote was relayed to Sean Quinn of fivethirtyeight.com two separate times, once from straight from the horses mouth. To paraphrase Sean how is McCain going to win this election if people like this are not voting for him? If Obama is acceptable to bigots, you have to assume that he’s become okay with a large swath of voters. A new WaPo/ABC News polls proves it, with 56 percent of voters saying that Obama has the kind of experience it takes to be an effective president. Now that’s not a huge number but it’s his high for the year & 4 points higher than Bush’s numbers on the eve of the 2000 election. If you consider that it’s highly unlikely that Obama will get 56% of the actual vote than that number comes off a lot better.
by TKOEd • Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 • no responses - be the first
Hillary Clinton campaign spokesman Phil Singer on what McCain could do to increase his chances of winning.
by TKOEd • Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 • 3 responses - join us
According to this report from CNN’s John King some of McCain’s top advisers are pretty much writing off Colorado. I find this very surprising. Mostly because Kerry states + Iowa, New Mexico & Colorado = Obama victory. Obama leads by double digits in Iowa. Obama hasn’t led by less than 5 points in any poll of New Mexico in over a month & is currently over 50%.
The McCain camp has pushed back on this assertion:
Two senior aides didn’t deny that Colorado appeared challenging, but pointed to the two key indicators of any campaign’s intent, time and money, to make the case that they were still holding out hope there.
“We didn’t send Gov. Palin there for no reason,” said one, a reference to the vice presidential nominee’s three rallies across the state today.
That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of their chances in CO. Colorado’s numbers over the last month are pretty much the same as NM’s but I always thought it would be an easier win for McCain. Colorado Springs is a base of the religious right & it has a much smaller percentage of Hispanics than NM, which at 43% has the highest percentage in the country.
I have a pollster.com map of PA at the top of this post because apparently the McCain campaign seems to be betting on winning PA if they can’t win CO. Unless numerous polls are demonstrably wrong this line thinking is delusional. In my opinion if McCain does not win CO he’s fucking done sun. According to the same J. Martin post quoted above McCain’s campaign thinks they might able to take MN & WI to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. MN & WI are polling much closer than PA but they are both polling better for Obama then CO or NM. I’ll let you come to your own conclusion on that scenario.
McCain’s camp is grasping at straws. Short of a big unforeseen event happening that overwhelmingly favors him, McCain will lose. Obama isn’t even going to campaign in any Kerry states the rest of the way:
He and his aides appear so confident of his prospects that apart from a brief stop in Madison, Wis., next Thursday, Obama currently has no plans during the next 10 days to return to Pennsylvania, Minnesota, New Hampshire or any other state that voted for John Kerry in 2004.
That tells you all you need to know about what the Obama camp thinks about their chances in PA, MN & WI (The WI event was canceled so Barack could go visit his ailing grandmother). It’s all offense from here on out. Now mind you Barack doesn’t even need to win CO & NM to win the election. Kerry states + VA is another path to victory for Obama. I think most likely this will ebd up being a fairly large Obama win. It ain’t over ’til it’s over but with less than 10 days to go:
by TKOEd • Tuesday, Oct 21, 2008 • 2 responses - join us
Finally we get some people on the GOP side standing up to this bullshit. While I believe that McCain & Palin are waging a subtler smear campaign around the same ignorance. It’s great to see some of his supporters fighting back. It’s mind boggling how complicit the American public & media have been in spreading these smears against Muslims. Colin Powell’s very powerful statement on MTP on Sunday hopefully is the beginning of a turning tide. As Muslims have become a target for racism, xenophobia & religious intolerance too many people on both sides of the political divide have either stood idly by or actively particepated in it. Democrats hold no high on this issue. I’ve seen & heard too many stories with some Dems saying Obama is a Muslim like he was part of evil race from outer space. We are all better than this. Let’s remember what this country stands for.