Bush’s Memoir

November 6, 2008

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.

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Palin Prank Call

November 3, 2008

Sarah Palin chats with “Nicolas Sarkozy.”


The Rev. Wright Ad

November 3, 2008

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.


Uh, Zogby?

November 2, 2008

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…


Senator David Vitter, Family Man

July 10, 2007

TPM Cafe has posted video of David Vitter’s family values-centric campaign ads, filmed after Vitter patronized a prostitute in Washington, DC. It’s not quite a Mark Foley level of hypocrisy, but still pretty high.

By the way, TPM has a sweet redesign that they unveiled today.


Mitt Romney, Dog Torturer

June 28, 2007

Ana Marie Cox extracts a nugget from the Boston Globe series on Romney’s life.


The Metropolitan Opera Wing Can Go to Hell!

June 12, 2007

John Edwards’s rural advisor sure knows how to start a friendly dialogue on Time’s blog, doesn’t he? He has since apologized for that incredibly awful initial post, which read like a parody.