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Debate Drunkblogging — The Home Game!

January 31st, 2008 - 4:00 pm

Sorry, but no drunkblogging for me tonight. After a long night of no sleep and a day spent tending a baby with a head cold — well, I’d rather put my feet up on the ottoman and watch House and Smallville on the TiVo. But that doesn’t mean you can’t play along at home.

Here’s how.

Have plenty of fixings for your favorite lovely adult beverage. I’m partial to martinis, but this time of year you can’t go wrong with a roaring fire and a brandy snifter the size a bull mastiff’s head. You’ll also need a TV tuned into CNN (sorry about that part), a laptop with a wireless connection, and — this is the tricky part — a blog.

If you don’t have a blog, don’t worry. Skip the laptop, too. But don’t short yourself on the brandy — you’ll need to start your first one a good 30 minutes before the opening bell.

Settled in? OK. Here’s where it gets fun.

Do you have one of those really comfy sofas all covered in those ridiculous little square pillows? If so, sit there. I find the pillows make excellent “(S)he said what???” throwing objects.

Talk back to the TV. Talk loudly. Or, if you’re blogging, type loudly. If you find you’re shy at first, don’t worry; that’s what the booze is for. The volume will, eventually, come naturally.

If the moderator asks a question you’ve heard in a previous debate, drink.

If a candidate answers with a line you’ve heard in a campaign commercial, drink.

Take one drink for every blue shirt.

Take one drink for every red tie.

Take one drink for every red tie/blue shirt combo.

“My opponent…” take a drink.

If Clinton raises one eyebrow more than an eighth of an inch, take three drinks. (You ought to be safe on this one, but only her nip & tuck guy knows for sure.)

If Obama adjusts his tie, take two drinks.

Candidate answers actual question that was asked, take two drinks.

The word “quagmire” is now worth three drinks.

“Surge” is down to two.

“Timetable” is just one.

“Lying about my record…” finish whatever is in your glass.

“George W Bush,” “recession,” “tax cuts for the wealthy,” “targeted,” “middle class,” and “grow the economy” no longer require any drinks at all, on the advice of my personal liability attorney.

There are plenty more rules you can play by, but these should be more than enough to get you started. Far more than enough — they should land you on the floor.


Mail Bag

January 31st, 2008 - 1:13 pm

Generally, email press releases annoy me. Not only am I eager to hit the Junk button, but I even script email-handling rules that send multiple-offenders straight into the trash bin. (Are you listening, Family Security Matters? You don’t even make it as far as my Spam folder. And who the hell is Richard Viguerie and why should I care?)

But here’s one release I’ll share with you:

In the most unpredictable, vibrant election season in memory, SVEDKA® Vodka is entering the fray, inviting America to join Svedka_grl and put the “party” back in party politics. On February 5th, better known as “Super Tuesday,” SVEDKA® will launch a campaign to put a “Fembot in the White House.” Her “Join the Party” platform calls for all Republicans, Democrats and Independents to work—and play—together in order to make the future a better place to party.

“‘Join The Party’ is the first true bi-partisan effort,” said Svedka_grl. “I have chosen Super Tuesday to remind the country to vote first and then raise a glass and celebrate diversity, celebrate freedom of expression and most importantly, to celebrate the right of all Americans over the age of 21 to party!”

There’s also a graphic of a hot fembot, but I won’t post that without some bribes. Preferably, a case of 750ml bribes.

A Million Here, A Million There

January 31st, 2008 - 11:37 am

What did wins in Iowa and South Carolina do for Barack Obama? Just a few little things:

A $32 million month.

That’s how much Senator Barack Obama has raised so far in January, according to his campaign manager, David Plouffe, who announced the first fund-raising tally of 2008. The campaign attracted 170,000 new contributors during the month, he said.

32 million little tiny things.

Bill Clinton Campaigns for the Republicans

January 31st, 2008 - 7:46 am

Maybe the thin air got to him:

Former President Bill Clinton was in Denver, Colorado, stumping for his wife yesterday.

In a long, and interesting speech, he characterized what the U.S. and other industrialized nations need to do to combat global warming this way: “We just have to slow down our economy and cut back our greenhouse gas emissions ’cause we have to save the planet for our grandchildren.”

Hillary’s tax plan ought to do the trick.

There’s Also a 12-Step Program

January 31st, 2008 - 7:36 am

The five stages of grief voting Republican.

Debate Drunkblogging — The Wrap!

January 30th, 2008 - 8:10 pm

While we wait for Loud Dobbs to shut up and go away (and wait and wait), let’s take a look at who’s here tonight and why.

We’ll start with John McCain. War hero. Maverick senator. Keeps winning, although not by huge amounts, and never by better than a plurality. Got endorsed by Rudy Giuliani today. Can raise money, attract independents, and trample the First Amendment in a single bound. Media darling. George Will calls him “Clintonian,” and he doesn’t mean that as a compliment.

We’ve got Mitt Romney, because he has a fair amount of money and delegates, won Michigan, and came in a very close second place last night in Florida. He also is the favorite of self-described conservative Republicans, even if they aren’t exactly enthused by Mitt. Romney is in an uphill battle after losing a close one in Florida.

Way on down the line is Mike Huckabee. Huck hasn’t won anything since Iowa, and Iowa picks almost nothing but losers. Or at best, candidates who you wish had lost. Huckabee is also broke. He was last seen campaigning in Missouri and Kentucky, asking fellow evangelicals for gas money.

Finally we get to Ron Paul, bringing up the rear, refusing to quit despite his 0-8 campaign record. Why does he stay in? Because he can. As the only anti-war Republican (and also the only libertarian) in the race, Paul has a national constituency eager to keep him going. And unlike most libertarians, who thrive in ever-smaller splinter groups, Paul is inclusive. Racists, neo-Nazis, conspiracy nuts, 9/11 “truthers” — they’re all welcome at Camp Paul. (Y’all come back now, y’hear?)

And what did the candidates need to do? McCain needed to keep Romney at bay, while still looking like a frontrunner — and like a future commander-in-cheif. Romney’s job was a bit tougher. He had to expand his appeal beyond his conservative base, without coming off like a McCain Lite. Huckabee needed to suck up to the eventual winner, win enough delegates to make his presence felt at the convention, and keep his supporters from abandoning all hope. He’s only allowed to pick two. Ron Paul’s job was simple: Keep his voice down in the range of non-castrated male human persons, and keep the spittle from flying past the first three rows.

So how’d they do?

Before I answer that, let’s talk about CNN’s performance. Moderator Anderson Cooper seemed to be working under the impression that he was co-host of The Mitt & Anderson Show. I haven’t seen one candidate get that much face time since Bill Clinton debated both sides of the “Definition of Is Is” issue ten years ago.

To be fair, Cooper kept the debate focused on such timely issues as Sandra Day O’Connor, who the candidates imagined Reagan might endorse today (the one willing to dig him up?), and for the 20th time, why McCain voted against some six-year-old tax cuts. CNN — yesterday’s news tomorrow!

Anyway, so how did the candidates do?

McCain looked small. He was hunched over his microphone, making him seem half the size of Romney. And despite a couple zingers, he spent most of the night on the defensive. I said it during the drunkblog and I’ll say it again here: This was not the McCain who won Florida on Tuesday.

If Romney looked good — and I think he did — part of that was due to Cooper stacking the deck in his favor. Then again, I got this comment from Nathan, who wrote:

Romney is just disturbing sometimes. I think there’s a little computer in the back of his mind that triangulates the most politically savvy response to every stimuli, and when he misfires you get to see how fake the rest of his shtick is.

That said — and I agree with every word of it — I think Romney looked and sounded the most presidential of a very weak lot.

Huckabee? Paul? Who cares? Neither one of them had any business at tonight’s debate — or at any future event, either. I think they get invitations so that the MSM can make the Republicans look bad. Kind of like if they kept bringing on Dennis Kucinich long after he ceased to be a factor. (OK, so Dennis was never a factor. But still, at some point a while back CNN said to him, “you’ll have to wait outside, funny small person.”)

So who won? Probably nobody. But if somehow Romney is able to win the nomination, he can probably point to tonight’s debate as the event that pulled him out of the ashes of Florida.

Debate Drunkblogging — LIVE!

January 30th, 2008 - 5:57 pm

5:56pm (All times likely Mountain) I’d have started earlier, but I don’t get paid enough to watch the Lou Dobbs Friend of the Working Man™ Hour. However, I do have most of a martini in me, which makes five minutes or so of Lou almost tolerable.

5:58pm Steve Egg is also blogging, but I don’t know about his alcohol consumption.

5:59pm I’m also not getting paid enough to watch moderator Anderson Cooper. But he’s the moderator. What can you do? I’ve had an idea. Since the candidates don’t answer the actual questions, why listen to the questions? Mr Cooper, meet Mr Mute Button.

6:01pm I think CNN is holding the debate in the “hangar” of the Reagan Library for one reason: To taunt the candidates with that giant Air Force One as if to say, “None of you is ever gonna fly this bad boy.”

6:03pm CNN continues to insist on holding photo-ops during the debate, instead of off-camera before the big show. Why?

6:05pm If you like, you can vote on Politico.com for what questions you’d like to have asked. You can also upload videos of your kitties to YouTube, for all the good it will do this thing.

6:06pm Romney: People were better off after four years of me in Massachusetts, and screw whatever Bush has done. Cooper insists Bush’s record matters to Romney. Again: Why? I’m not yet drunk enough to understand. Also, Romney says he didn’t raise taxes. Untrue?

6:07pm Cooper said “no rules,” and I think he meant it. He let Romney talk as long as he wanted to. That’s promising.

6:08pm This is not the McCain who won Florida yesterday. He sounds medicated. Maybe he’ll wake up as the thing goes on, like he often does.

6:08.5 McCain also looks puny next to Romney, scrunched down over his mic while Romney, the Six Foot Human Male Penis, sits totally erect.

6:09pm CNN’s audio is ever-so-slightly out-of-sync. It makes all the candidates look as otherworldly as Ron Paul.

6:10pm Paul is wearing too much Pan-Cake makeup tonight. Also, he thinks the economy is worse off… and he’s trailed off into accusations of “empire.” And did you know America “used to have a middle class?” So sayeth Ron.

6:11 Romney, so far, is the only one tonight who even looks presidential. Never thought I’d say that.

6:12 Every time Romney says “McCain-Kennedy” or “McCain-Lieberman,” take a shot. Ol’ Mitt is gonna tie McCain up with Democrats but good. Plus, Romney asks what kind of Republican gets endorsed by the New York Times?

6:13pm McCain comes back swinging, pointing out the Romney’s conservative hometown paper, the Boston Herald, endorsed none other than John McCain.

6:14pm First martini is empty. Break time.

6:17pm What’d I miss? Mitt’s talking health care? Man, did I pick a good time to pour another drink. Although I do notice Paul on the side, with that look that says, “Why won’t they talk about the North American Union? It’s a conspiracy!”

6:19pm Huckabee believes in smaller government and lower taxes. Just not for Arkansas.

6:20pm You know what rocks about the 21st Century? I can drunkblog and order a pizza on the internet all at the same time. Of course, I have to rely on somewhat more primitive technology to get the pizza to me from the front door to the bedroom — but Melissa is used to that by now.

6:21pm Romney is talking health care again. If he’s going to tie McCain to the Democrats, I guess it’s only fair he gets tied into HillaryCare.

6:22pm McCain was just forced to take a side between The Governator and Bush. Guess which way he went? Can you guess? Is it too tough?

6:25pm McCain sounds sensible on the environment, almost Instapundit-ish. His theory being, even if the climate isn’t changing, it makes sense to clean things up and act green. Given the times, that’s about as good as we’re going to get from a politician.

6:27pm Romney wants to get us off of foreign oil. And here I was thinking that Huckabee and Paul believed in the fairy tales.

6:29pm “I think California should do what they want,” says Paul. And it’s good to hear him talk about property rights in regards to the environment — but he didn’t tie them together. He just kind of used the words “property rights” as a non sequitur. And then he changed topics again, before getting cut off by Cooper. Why can’t Paul state a thought? Why is Cooper suddenly enforcing rules he said don’t exist? This is a bad debate.

6:31pm Huckabee understands California. And Harvey Weinstein understands Arkansas. Not.

6:33pm Everybody wants to invest in infrastructure. Well, good. Romney can start by getting my cul-de-sac plowed in a timely manner. First candidate to promise that gets my vote.

6:34pm Paul is on his bombing bridges rant again. And his trillion dollar foreign policy rant. And… you know the drill by now.

6:35 Paul is a weird federalist. Isn’t foreign policy one of the few things the Constitution gives the federal government almost unlimited license to pursue?

6:37pm How many times is McCain going to be asked to defend his vote against the Bush tax cuts? I know I’m burned out, having watched almost all these debates… but, jeebus, it’s not like there isn’t news more recent than 2002.

6:38pm I’ll also vote for the candidate who promises free robot livers for everybody.

6:40pm Romney has taken one of the sane pages from Paul’s book (“sane pages?” -ed.), and is talking entitlement reform. That’s always been a losing issue, which says nothing good about the future of the Republic.

6:41pm They’re letting Huck talk again. Isn’t that cute?

6:43pm Everybody has a plan for immigration. Paul wants a wall. Romney wants everybody to form a nice, orderly line back to the border. McCain wants you to ignore the man behind the curtain. And Huckabee wants whatever McCain or Romney wants, depending on who wins.

6:44pm Shhh, Reagan was for amnesty.

6:45pm The lady with the cartoon hair asked McCain if he was maybe kind of hiding his past support for a “pathway to citizenship.” Truthful answer: Yer damn right, sister!

6:47pm Let’s be honest here. The INS can’t handle simple visa requests in a timely manner. Any candidate who claims we have the means to do anything about illegal immigration on a case-by-case basis is flat-out lying. And I’m pretty blasé about illegal immigration, and am a big supporter of greatly increasing legal immigration. Can you imagine what regular voters should feel about these lies?

6:51pm Now we’re talking pro-life stuff, and I’m thinking, “Where’s that pizza?” Honestly, why are we talking about Sandra Day O’Connor? She was appointed 20-some-odd years ago, and no longer sits on the court. She’s retired. If you want a debate about history, buy a couple rounds of drinks at a college bar. Without a doubt, this is the worst debate yet. And that’s saying something.

6:52pm Stephen (no relation) Bainbridge is liveblogging, too. And if I know him, he’s got half a wine bottle of something nice in him by now.

6:56pm What commercial am I watching in prime time? Old people talking about diabetes. Well, I guess we know Anderson Cooper’s real demographic.

6:57pm “30 minutes left to go,” Cooper threatens.

6:59pm “Is the Republican Party better off than it was eight years ago?” That’s Cooper, channeling Peggy Noonan. And it’s a fair question. Romney is tackling it, and kind-of-sort-of defending Bush for “keeping us safe” since 9/11. Mitt uses that to segue into Iraq, and from there into spending. And now there’s a something about the “house that Reagan built.” It started off as a good answer… he needs to learn when to stop talking. (Pot, meet kettle. -ed.)

7:01pm Man, Romney is getting lots of screen time. Although to be fair, he deserves it to defend himself against McCain’s “Clintonian” accusation that Romney supported a timetable on Iraq. I still don’t like or trust Romney, but on this one he’s been wronged.

7:03pm I find it hard to believe that, during the commercial break, McCain’s manager didn’t whisper in his ear, “Sit up straight.” Although I find it very easy to believe that McCain didn’t listen.

7:05pm “Sound and fury, signifying nothing.” McCain and Romney are shouting over who really meant what over the whole timetable issue. It’s like watching Clinton and Obama argue over whose health plan covers that extra .01%.

7:08pm We’re still going on with this? I’d rather hear Paul talk about the Fed, or Huckabee tell the story about that time he gave Jesus a ride to 7-11.

7:10pm “Your negative ads have set the tone in this campaign.” That’s McCain to Romney.

7:11pm Paul… is shouting… about everything… all at once… and the hardcore faithful applaud him.

7:12pm Iraq “never committed aggression,” says Paul. Tell Iran, or Kuwait, or the Kurds, or the marsh Arabs, or the Saudis, or… well, don’t tell them. They know Paul is as crazy as Saddam.

7:14pm “We are succeeding” in Iraq, says McCain. I don’t pray, but I do very deeply hope he’s right.

7:16pm Huckabee doesn’t like Putin, and judges him “by his actions.” For once, Huck doesn’t sound Carteresque. It’s too late, of course, except in an ass-covering make-me-your-vice-president way.

7:18pm The closest thing we have to a real foreign policy thinker on this stage is Ron Paul, and he’s dead wrong on everything past the water’s edge. This is a sad, sad group.

7:19pm It’s the martinis talking, I know. But what I want is the Frankenstein Candidate — half Paul, to cover the domestic stuff, and half Nixon to bomb the crap out of anyone who needs it.

7:21pm McCain doesn’t need any “on the job training.” Hillary is running on “experience,” too. I’m not sure it’s a winning play.

7:22pm I do like Romney when he talks about his business experience. But there’s something about him that strikes me as “First thing we do, consult all the lawyers.”

7:24pm Crap. Earlier, I forgot to actually link to Steve Egg’s liveblog. Also, it’s true: Guys named Steve do the best liveblogging.

7:25pm “He bought and he sold and sometimes people lost their jobs.” McCain, talking about Romney’s business experience. That was a cheap line.

7:26pm Paul: “People are supposed to run the economy… the government should provide solid money and low regulations.” See what I mean about my ideal Frankenstein candidate? Sadly, Paul is a lot more the Creature and a lot less Dr. Frankenstein.

7:28pm Huck wants equal time. But it’s almost time for the final curtain.

7:30pm Four minutes left, threatens Cooper.

7:31-34pm The question is, Would Reagan endorse you?

Mitt: Absolutely. And then a lot of words about how he’s just like Reagan.

McCain: Reagan wouldn’t endorse Romney. But he’d endorse me because I stick with my principles, especially when they include using the word “footsoldier” for the fourth time tonight.

Paul: I’m not sure, but he liked me in ’78, and he also liked the gold standard.

Huckabee: I think it would be incredibly presumptuous and arrogant… but I endorse Reagan.

Huckabee wins the final round.

7:35pm I’ll have a final wrap-up in just a bit, over at PJ Media.

UPDATE: My bad — the wrap will get posted right here at VodkaPundit, and in just a few minutes.

Meet Mike

January 30th, 2008 - 5:33 pm

It was only a matter of time before human bloggers were replaced by self-aware supercomputers.

E-gads Noooo!!!

January 30th, 2008 - 5:17 pm

Not another poseur debate!! Make them stop!! Help Save Steve’s Liver!!

The Smiths: Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before

Debate Drunkblogging? You Bet!

January 30th, 2008 - 3:58 pm

Come back a little before 8pm Eastern for all the fun and games.

Where Are They Now?

January 30th, 2008 - 1:31 pm

Glenn Reynolds observes:

Meanwhile, I have to note that whenever I turn on talk radio I hear a caller lamenting Fred Thompson’s absence from the race. I have to wonder, though, just how many of those people actually donated money or volunteered in his campaign.

VodkaPundit asks: What campaign?

And Then There Were Two

January 30th, 2008 - 8:08 am

John Edwards is dropping out.

I’m surprised. I thought he’d stick around and try to play kingmaker at the convention. Maybe his internal polls are telling him something the rest of us don’t know. Something like, “give it up, bub.”

Random Thought

January 29th, 2008 - 8:38 pm

Now that I think about it, a McCain/Giuliani ticket might be the first Republican ticket without any actual Republicans on it.

Calling it Early

January 29th, 2008 - 6:19 pm

The official VodkaPundit Projection for Florida is:


Full analysis at PJ Media, updated until the real results are known.

UPDATE: Dan Spencer is a bit more optimistic about Rudy than I am. But only a bit.

UPDATE: I must confess I’m glad Rudy didn’t completely embarrass himself by placing fourth after Huckabee. But it’s clear that his Florida First strategy was a failure in concept and execution. Buh-bye.

Good news doesn’t just get ignored when it happens in Iraq:

When it comes to the struggle with terrorists, [Pakistani Ambassador and retired General Mahmud Ali] Durrani is passionate. It frustrates him that every Pakistani setback makes news while successes go ignored. He’d just returned from Swat, a beautiful, remote region where extremists had driven out the local government. We knelt over a map as he detailed a recent multibrigade operation that shattered the terrorists and forced their leader into hiding.

There hadn’t been a whisper about that campaign in the Western media. Pakistan is typecast in the role of shirker.

That’s Ralph Peters reporting, so read the whole thing.

Battered Women “Just Asking for It”

January 29th, 2008 - 11:58 am

Press releases don’t get a whole lot more shrill than this:

In a sharply critical statement, the New York state chapter of NOW took aim at Kennedy Monday for what it called an “ultimate betrayal,” and suggested the Massachusetts Democrat “can’t or won’t” handle the idea of Clinton becoming President of the United States.

“Sen. Kennedy’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard,” said the statement. “Women have forgiven Kennedy, stuck up for him, stood by him, hushed the fact that he was late in his support of Title IX, the ERA, the Family Leave and Medical Act to name a few.”

“And now the greatest betrayal! We are repaid with his abandonment!” the statement continues. “He’s picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive white men who can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton.”

There are two ways to reply to NOW-New York’s statement.

First, there’s the obvious: Dude, he’s a Kennedy, what did you expect?

Second, there’s the equally obvious: Kennedy knew he’d get away with it, after watching NOW stay on its knees for Bill Clinton all these years.

The correct reply? Both.

What Could Have Been

January 29th, 2008 - 11:45 am

Baseball Crank has pretty much written off the Giuliani campaign — but what a sendoff.

Fly the Over-Friendly Skies

January 29th, 2008 - 11:42 am

Coffee? Tea? Something for that rash? Here’s another reason to travel domestic on your next vacation:

German nudists will be able to start their holidays early by stripping off on the plane if they take up a new offer from an eastern German travel firm.

Travel agency OssiUrlaub.de said it would start taking bookings from Friday for a trial nudist day trip from the eastern German town of Erfurt to the popular Baltic Sea resort of Usedom, planned for July 5 and costing 499 euros ($735).

For an extra 50 euros, they’ll throw a blanket over the fat, pale guy in the next seat.

Primary Drunkblogging — SOBER!

January 29th, 2008 - 11:11 am

It’s a little early in the day, even for me. But it’s not too soon to start Florida Primary Day coverage for PJ Media: “This week, it’s All About How It Isn’t All About Bill.”

SOTU Drunkblogging — The Home Game!

January 28th, 2008 - 4:59 pm

Nope, no drunkblogging tonight’s State of the Union Address. I’m saving my liver for the Florida primary tomorrow, and the duel debates in California on Wednesday and Thursday.

Actually, that’s not quite true. After seven years of Bush’s presidential speeches, I think I’ve earned a night with the TV off and the laptop closed.

I’ve also earned a small tumbler of 21-year-old scotch. And even if I haven’t earned it, I’m certainly about to enjoy it.


Visiting Hillary

January 27th, 2008 - 8:47 pm

Looks like Hillary Clinton is moving to change the rules mid-stream on those heretofore unseated delegates from Florida, where she currently is leading in the polls. Quite a brassy move, to say the least. Many of the leading lights in the Democratic Party are not amused by such shenanigans, however.

One evening back in 1993, I had the privilege to be part of a private White House tour with a few work colleagues. We saw pretty much everything, including Hillary’s offices. See pic below. I’m the guy wearing a red tie. Hillary didn’t seem brassy to me. In fact, she hardly said a word.


Bad Shot/Thank God for All Those MSM Editors

January 27th, 2008 - 12:48 pm

The New York Times headline reads, “U.S. Spy Satellite, Power Gone, May Hit Earth.” The story says:

A disabled American spy satellite is rapidly descending and is likely to plunge to Earth by late February or early March, posing a potential danger from its debris, officials said Saturday.

Officials said that they had no control over the nonfunctioning satellite and that it was unknown where the debris might land.

But the debris will land, yes? I’m no expert in orbital mechanics, but I’m pretty sure that a falling satellite is gonna crash somewhere on Earth, eventually. So who wrote that boneheaded headline?

All Things B

January 27th, 2008 - 9:51 am

I’ve never seen a primary like this one. Nobody has. For the first time ever, the voters of a major party will choose either a black man or a white woman as their nominee. The dynamics of this race have never been seen before, and its ramifications will continue to be felt in the general election and long after. Everything has changed.

Well, almost everything. There is one great big constant in the Democratic Party. It’s Bill Clinton.

First up, skippy writes:

coming on the heels of obama’s decisive victory in so.carolina — coupled, in our opinion, with bill “someone get me an intern” clinton’s recent boorish behavior, this endorsement should propel sen. obama into some serious victories come super tuesday.

we are tempted to write “perhaps even the nomination,” but we don’t count the clintons out just yet.

That last part seems wise, especially for folks like me who remain a tiny bit sympathetic to Obama. I’d probably rather have an honest liberal in the White House than a faux conservative, or, in Hillary’s case, a faux everything.

Over at CBS, Vaughn Ververs has this to say:

By injecting himself into the Democratic primary campaign with a series of inflammatory and negative statements, Bill Clinton may have helped his wife’s presidential hopes in the long term but at the cost of his reputation with a group of voters that have long been one of his strongest bases of political support…

The rout came after weeks of racial polarization, much of it involving the former president, who thrust himself into the fray in a manner more reminiscent of backwoods Arkansas politicking than conduct befitting a former commander in chief.

Frank Rich, Patient Zero of Bush Derangement Syndrome, thinks Bill isn’t just hurting Hillary, he’s helping the Republicans in the general election:

What has gone unspoken is this: Up until this moment, Hillary has successfully deflected rough questions about Bill by saying, “I’m running on my own” or, as she snapped at Barack Obama in the last debate, “Well, I’m here; he’s not.” This sleight of hand became officially inoperative once her husband became a co-candidate, even to the point of taking over entirely when she vacated South Carolina last week. With “two for the price of one” back as the unabashed modus operandi, both Clintons are in play.

Rich goes on to say, “People don’t change. Bill Clinton, having always lived on the edge, is back on the precipice.”

TalkLeft, where Jeralyn Merritt and “Big Tent Democrat” seem to be pretty much in the Hillary camp, nevertheless link approvingly to this Josh Marshall piece:

I agree with what TPM Reader JD said last night that, in effect, Bill Clinton holds a de facto office within the Democratic party. And what he’s been doing amounts to an abuse of office. He has come into a primary process between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and used his unique power to jam his thumb down on one side of the scale in a way that I think is very difficult for anyone to overcome.

Newsweek’s Evan Thomas and Suzanne Smalley chime in, too:

In his rope-line interview with NEWSWEEK, Clinton shrugged off the bickering as standard politics. “That’s what elections are about,” he said. “That’s not disrespectful.” One Clinton campaign adviser, who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the subject, says Bill Clinton’s attacks on Obama have not been premeditated or strategic. This adviser did say that the Clinton camp has some concern that the former president’s outbursts in the media could hurt the campaign. “I think you’ll see him dial it back,” says the adviser. But “he’s hard to control.”

All over your TV, the news sites, and the blogs, you’ll see the same two words over and over again — “Bill Clinton.” I’ve barely skimmed the surface here. Somehow, the tightest, most exciting Democratic primary season since at least 1968 has become All About Bill. How does he do it?

Radio Paradise

January 27th, 2008 - 9:04 am

Hey Steve, am I allowed to put in a plug for Radio Paradise, a most excellent (and my favorite) Internet radio station? It’s on my short list of Things I’d Rather Not Live Without, right along with icy martinis and hot showers and warm fuzzies.

Takes one back to the best days of commercial-free FM radio, it does.

Both Barrels

January 26th, 2008 - 7:16 pm

Joe Gandelman, usually the voice of moderation, lets loose on Bill Clinton.

I’m blogging the Democratic primary for PJ Media. First dispatch has been emailed and should be posted any time now. Others will follow all afternoon and evening.

UPDATE: And here’s the direct link. My editor works fast.

ANOTHER UPDATE: I’m totally kidding about hitting on the brunette at Fox. Unless she thinks I’m cute.

ONE LAST UPDATE: Thanks, Roger!

Now this is dirty pool:

If Hillary Clinton and John McCain become their party’s presidential nominees, the general election race is likely to be a love-fest.

At least according to Bill Clinton…

“She and John McCain are very close,” Clinton said. “They always laugh that if they wound up being the nominees of their party, it would be the most civilized election in American history, and they’re afraid they’d put the voters to sleep because they like and respect each other.”

The Clintons must really fear McCain in the general election to say something like that about him.

Mea Culpa

January 25th, 2008 - 12:17 pm

Well I’ll be damned — the Osprey works.

A Great Big Space Rock Is Coming

January 25th, 2008 - 11:56 am

It’s not going to hit us though, so relax. God wouldn’t dare do anything to disturb the electrical grid feeding Al Gore’s megamansion. But still I’d like to watch the thing whiz by during the night of January 29th. Thing is, not one of the articles I’ve found on the Net tells me which way to look.

OK, look up. I got that part. Then what? This article provides a map with lots of microscopic Latin words blurred on it, absolutely no help to me. Anyone know which way to look?

I Almost Always Do

January 25th, 2008 - 11:30 am

This yard sign from reader Paul Keheler is not to be missed.