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Wednesday, November 12, 2008


I just noticed that Webb editorial is two years old. Oops! I read a post yesterday that linked to and it looked good, so... well, you got your second chance to read it.

McClellan on the Today Show (vid)
But before you develop a soft spot for the guy, here's a highlight reel of his tenure as press secretary.
I never felt the revulsion towards McClellan that I did for most of his colleagues, but he should still be judged by his actions. I'm glad he's finally come forward, but he's still got a lot to answer for.

But how might this pertain to the upcoming election? Here's how:

In a wide-ranging interview on Wednesday with The Huffington Post, David Axelrod began with a bit of political thunder, accusing McCain of failing to question the White House as it used "deception and propaganda to essentially lead America to war."

"What does all his experience get us?" asked Obama's strategic guru. "What do all those visits [to Iraq] get us?"

He continued: "The fact that he goes to Iraq and gets a tour apparently does little to provoke the kinds of questions that should be asked, and what Sen. Obama has been asking since the beginning. So it is not a question of longevity in government. It is a question of judgment, it is a question of a willingness to challenge policies that have failed. And he seems just dug in."

Axelrod was responding to criticism that Obama had not made a recent trip to Iraq and, as such, lacked the gravitas to navigate the hostile Middle East waters. His counter-argument seemed likely to outline much of the foreign policy debate that will dominate the general election.

"We are talking on a day where the president's press secretary released a book where they frankly acknowledged that they engaged in deception and propaganda to essentially lead America to war. Senator Obama saw through that and raised the appropriate questions. Sen. McCain didn't," he said.

I suppose it should be vindicating, but I just find the press's recent ponderings that perhaps they possibly dropped the ball in the run-up to the war to be maddening. (video clips here and here) For those of us who have been paying attention this is beyond indisputable. Now that Bush's ratings are in the tank some people are finally giving their mea culpas. In an objective sense this is a good thing, but all I can think is "FUCK YOU." (and when I see shit like this I want to rip MC Rove's background dancer's eyeballs out their sockets and force feed them to him. But, you know, in a friendly way!)

Here's another UCC Preacher saying crazy shit. (vid) And this guy's white. The first point he makes about whites needing to take responsibility for their ancestors because they reap the benefits I'm totally on board with. And I'm sure Clinton was shocked to have what she thought was hers grabbed from under her. But because Obama's black? I don't think so. I bet if you're black that church is a lot of fun to go to, but I hope they realize that until this election is over they are in the spotlight in a way they never were before.

This video is sort of humorous I guess.

Obama's got plans:

During a fund-raiser in Denver, Obama — a former constitutional law professor at the University of Chicago Law School — was asked what he hoped to accomplish during his first 100 days in office.

"I would call my attorney general in and review every single executive order issued by George Bush and overturn those laws or executive decisions that I feel violate the constitution," said Obama

Other goals for his first 100 days: work out a plan to withdraw troops from Iraq; make progress on alternative energy plans and launch legislation to reform the health care system.

In regards to the 2000 election (and relevant to the current primary) it should be noted that the real problem with that outcome was not so much that the popular vote winner was denied the Presidency. Rather the electoral college winner was denied his win because the Supreme Court prevented the votes in FL from being counted. Just sayin'...

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