If you are one of those Democrats or Republicans who, regardless of party, actually liked John McCain once upon a time, and who found that -- until he picked Sarah Palin as his running mate -- he was the kind of fellow inclined to put country before party on important matters, take note. That John ... More >>
At the Voice, we have been regularly following internet policy developments. We figured it would be cool -- maybe even a public service? -- to ID people who keep pushing for web-killing proposals such as CISPA, SOPA, and PIPA in this new, occasional feature: "The People Trying To Ruin The Internet." ... More >>
O: A Presidential Novel is the fictitious telling of the 2012 presidential campaign from an anonymous insider -- or at least "someone who has been in the room with Barack Obama" -- which has been met with a pretty collective "meh" from the media, both when it comes to its mysterious creator a ... More >>
Cindy McCain, the wife of Senator John McCain, is a little less outspoken right now than a couple of days ago. Just the other day, she was part of an all-star anti-bullying video in which she criticized the government's failure to let gays be open in the military.
"Daughter of John McCain Is a Rebel," declares the New York Times on Sunday. She couldn't have said it better herself. The 25-year-old Meghan fancies herself the zany future of the Republican party (loves the gays!), but has made more splash for her image and cultivation thereof than her poli ... More >>
Okay, so this reality television personage known as "Snooki" (a/k/a Nicole Polizzi, you probably know her as "the girl who got punched in the face on the Jersey Shore") said some things about President Obama's proposed, totally bogus tanning tax during the second season's first episode. Well, ... More >>
If John McCain is trying to advocate for (A) Arizona as a state that isn't looked at as the most ass-backwards place in America at this very moment (B) Ageism as something not to be laughed about, but to be taken very seriously. (C) Himself as a political voice who can still speak on a national ... More >>
The supposed definition of insanity is when people do the same things over again, and expect different results.
Campaign finance reform is, after this week's Supreme Court decision equating corporate political spending with first-amendment protected political speech, essentially dead, and the most recent Republican candidate for president has decided that he's not happy about that. John McCain, who was initia ... More >>
We had managed to keep a mercifully vague impression of John McCain's daughter Meghan as a blandly cheerful young woman, and would have been pleased to keep it that way, but someone thrust in front of us this Daily Beast feature she wrote about her dating life, and now we are genuinely concerned for ... More >>
An ailing factory town votes for change
As the Republicans scramble to deal with the death blow of the recent election, all their focus in the last week has been on how Sarah Palin was the root of the party's public demise. And she was! But even with a more seasoned running mate, McCain would have crumbled in defeat since there was such a ... More >>
Should you want to see this bigger, click. So not only did FiveThirtyEight.com nail the outcome of last night's election, this highly scientific Gum Election found by our pals in St. Louis totally picked the winners too! The votes weren't proportional—seven gum dollops to two, and there's some de ... More >>
On Fox News Fred Barnes, decrying the "laughable" bias of the media (from which class the veteran commentator is somehow exempt), calls today's election for McCain, saying that the electorate will split evenly but McCain will eke out a win in the Electoral College. Foremost among his reasons: people ... More >>
In recent days you've probably seen this last big McCain attack ad, which resurrects Reverend Wright to scare nervous honkies. Stef from Daily Kos discovers that the PAC that sponsors it, the "National Republican Trust," was founded by Scott Wheeler, previously a writer for the Unification Church's ... More >>
Give credit to Our Vote Live: They're not letting anything get past them. Their feed is recording trouble tickets such as, "Didn't get his sample ballot, and was worried he wasn't registered. We verified that he was registered, and let him know where to vote." McCain supporters have for the moment ... More >>
Watchman, what of the Right? The current mood: dour and retributive! At National Review the rightbloggers trade optimistic emails. One correspondent says there were fewer black people at her polling place than in 2004, so "there's still hope!!" Kathryn J. Lopez is so in need of affirmation that sh ... More >>
The bobbleheads have called Kentucky for McCain and Vermont for Obama. That means McCain is ahead 8-3, and if the election gets rained out, McCain is our new President. Update: MSNBC is downright weird. When Chris Matthews says South Carolina results are "too close to call," Eugene Robinson (a form ... More >>
South Carolina, the screen-talkers say, is going for John McCain. That mean the Maverick is running up the score on Obama. 16-3, liberal bitches! You're going doowwwwwwn... Hold on -- Obama gets Massachusetts (12), Illinois (21), Connecticut (7), NJ (15) Maine (3; 1 to McCain), Delaware (3) Marylan ... More >>
McCain's concession featured many encomiums to Obama, which might have seemed more gracious were the gang of angry honkies he addressed in Phoenix less frighteningly surly; their truculent response -- boos, grudging applause, and random bellows -- made it seem as if McCain were exercising crowd cont ... More >>
With more and more names added to the stunning list of prominent Republicans who have shunned John McCain and endorsed Barack Obama -- the most notable, of course, being former Secretary of State Colin Powell -- you knew there just had to be at least one Democrat out there crossing lines in the oppo ... More >>
Earlier in the campaign we saw Obama and McCain condoms sponsored by Trojan. Tomorrow through November 11, if you go to Babeland with evidence that you voted ("your word of honor" is acceptable), you will receive free either a "Maverick sleeve" or a "Silver Bullet" mini-vibrator, depending on your p ... More >>
In the final days of the 2008 Presidential Campaign, John McCain is counting on his traditional fan base: celebrities and viewers of late-night television. McCain will appear on Saturday Night Live, marking his third SNL appearance of the election season. Christianity Today has mixed feelings, says ... More >>
Joe "Obama will kill Israel" Theplumber couldn't make McCain's Hanoverton, Ohio rally, so Rudolph Giuliani took his place. AFP reports that the "hero of the September 11, 2001 attacks" told the crowd McCain was "the only one of the four people in the election who has actually fought for you," disreg ... More >>
The next time one of your relatives forward you a mass email about how Obama is a socialist Muslim who won't say the Pledge of Allegiance, you might want to send her to He's Going to Die, a site which reminds us that the 72-year-old McCain will, if elected, "will be the oldest sitting President in U ... More >>
When the Weekly World News alien came out for Obama in August, New York's Daily Intel reminded us that the interplanetary endorser "has accurately predicted the outcome of every presidential election since Ronald Reagan won in 1980." But hold on! WWN has just informed us that the alien has pulled an ... More >>
The current 007, Daniel Craig, is a British subject and so can only support U.S. candidates with witticisms. He tells Parade magazine that Barack Obama would make a better James Bond than John McCain :because -- if he’s true to his word -- he’d be willing to quite literally look the enemy in the ... More >>
The hypocrisy of the war hero
At first glance it looked like another bad week for the rightbloggers. There was a Presidential debate and, as has become customary, they scored it a success for McCain while non-blogger-Americans went the other way. Failing there, rightbloggers milked McCain debate prop Joe the Plumber, expecting ... More >>
"Will the media run with a story of an Obama supporter who went berserk at the sight of McCain signs and repeatedly struck a woman volunteer on the head with a stick?" We're not sure if we qualify, but here goes nothin': at Pajamas Media Oleg Atbashian reports that in September a female McCain volun ... More >>
We just never get tired of saying that. Maybe they're reacting to John McCain's economic plan. Larry Kudlow liked it, so it must be even worse than it looks.
We are watching the aftermath of tonight's debate, and have to ask: are you kidding? Pitting Mike Murphy against Harold Ford on MSNBC may make non-viewers think McCain held his own, but come on: the real winner was Joe the Plumber. We had the opportunity to interview Joe the Plumber after the deba ... More >>
It was a hard week for John McCain: after his lackluster debate performance, an unflattering report on Sarah Palin's trooper business, and continuing turmoil in the stock market, he's down in the polls. His supporters are feeling the desperation: McCain rallies have grown so furious that some of his ... More >>
Be nice to your conservative friends (or, if you don't have any conservative friends, your conservative boss or banker) -- this has been a horrible week for them. First the crash, then Obama's growing lead, then they lost a Buckley, and now gay marriage in Connecticut. The state supreme court has ov ... More >>
Did a felonious ex–Giuliani aide pick up the tab?
With Sarah Palin in attendance, John McCain gave opening remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative this morning. It turned out Bill Clinton was holding McCain's copy of the speech, and there was some humorous byplay between them about the mix-up. Maybe Clinton had read the address and wished to di ... More >>
Appearing via video feed at the Clinton Global Initiative, Barack Obama had a chance to follow John McCain's speech with one of his own. Owing to format, his address was more low key his predecessor's (though Obama was flanked by two American flags), but like McCain's it did not lack for political c ... More >>
John McCain wants to delay/duck the first Presidential debate with Barack Obama scheduled for Friday because "It is time for both parties to come together to solve this problem" of the financial crisis being debated in Washington. Obama replied that "Part of the president’s job is to deal with m ... More >>
Oh yeah, Obama and McCain were at Columbia yesterday. We were too busy with floating lanterns, and didn't have a ticket besides, so we defer to the Columbia J-School site devoted to the forum. Despite their academic background, the cubs find some interesting nooks and crannies. For example, they get ... More >>
How the mogul politician hatched his latest ploy to stay in play
Ah, those talking heads-the TV yabberers, not the guys singing about buildings and food. We've grown a little...