It’s on YouTube, for now.
You know, I enjoy laughing about Nancy Reagan’s being crazy as much as anyone, but it sure seemed odd to see Barack Obama crack a joke at her expense in his first presser as president-elect. That can’t be the way to build a broad coalition with people of all backgrounds, which was a recurring theme on the campaign trail. Having to apologize shortly thereafter shows his advisers realize he was off base. I’d rather Obama spend his political capital on getting his agenda passed rather than on nonsense like this.
Steve Benen says that publishers aren’t too excited about getting Bush’s memoir. I find this curious. Just because a public figure is unpopular doesn’t necessarily mean people won’t want to read that public figure’s memoir, does it? Bush may have been a horrendous president, but he’s still a fascinating guy, in my view.
TPM notes that a GOP group ran an attack ad on Sunday Night Football featuring everyone’s favorite crazy preacher, Jeremiah Wright. I can report that the ad ran on the NBC affiliate in Washington, DC.
It was about what you would expect, including the well-worn sound bites like “God damn America.” I find it curious that they bleeped both the words “God” and “damn” in the ad. It’s presumably OK to say “God” and “damn” on their own, but turn them into a compound word and they become a curse phrase somehow–this has always puzzled me.
Over at Technorati, I noticed that a bunch of right-wing blogs were all excited that McCain had a one-point lead in Friday’s Zogby daily tracking poll. Well, the Saturday poll is now out, and it gives Obama a nearly six-point lead. In his message explaining how this happened, Mr. Zogby writes:
Remember, as I said yesterday, one day does not make a trend. This is a three-day rolling average and no changes have been tectonic. A special note to blogger friends: calm it down. Lay off the cable television noise and look at your baseball cards in your spare time. It is better for your (and everyone else’s) health.
Not that I know a damn thing about polling, but why it seems like having your poll fluctuate like that would be indicative of some sort of a flaw in the poll’s methodology…
Chinese Democracy is now listenable at YouTube, album out November 23.