Bizarro Cabinet

November 13, 2008

The NYT has a fun page that lets you pick the Obama cabinet and compare your choices with those of others. I had a good laugh over some of the names that were within the top 20 for various positions, including the following, which would make for some freakishly awesome cabinet meetings:

  • Defense: Arnold Schwarzenegger (18th)
  • State: Noam Chomsky (16th)
  • Homeland Security: Ron Paul (8th)
  • Attorney General: John Edwards (8th) or Eliot Spitzer (14th)
  • Treasury: Ralph Nader (17th)

I think I can say with confidence that none of these individuals are actually in consideration for these positions. The #1 choices are Robert Gates, Bill Richardson, Richard Clarke, Janet Napolitano and Paul Volcker, as of this writing.


We need Senator Palin

November 6, 2008

One part of me is wondering what is wrong with the people in Alaska. Electing a convicted felon to the Senate, despite the fact he’ll be thrown out once his appeal fails? Really? You want to be the first state ever to elect a convicted felon to the US Senate? Then again, when Stevens bites the dust, that gives Sarah Palin the chance to appoint herself to the seat, which gets her back onto the national political scene and primes her for the most awesomest 2012 campaign of all.

And awesome it will be. Sure, she may not fall for the prank calls next time around, but we’ll have ample opportunity to witness more shocking ignorance and inappropriate behavior, the full extent of which McCain advisers are now telling us about:

Sarah Palin spent “tens of thousands” more than the quoted $150,000 on clothes for the Republican campaign, met McCain aides in her hotel room dressed in nothing but a towel, and did not know Africa was a continent, according to new reports.

Fox news has reported that Mrs Palin did not understand that Africa was a continent, not a country, and did not know what countries were in the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Just to review, this was the Republican vice presidential nominee in the 2008 campaign.


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.

Frasier Crane for McCain

November 1, 2008

Looking through the junk emails, I had one from the RNC Wednesday that was a fundraising pitch from none other than Kelsey Grammer:

This is not an easy time to be conservative. In 6 days we might wake up to read that Barack Obama and liberal Democrats have seized total control of Washington.

Take it from me. For 20 years, I played Dr. Frasier Crane on TV, and it is not easy being openly Republican in a Democrat town like Hollywood. But even when the odds are against us, we must never stop fighting for this country.

Will you help stop liberals from seizing total control of our government?

Barack Obama and his liberal allies claim to support the working man. They want us to think they are all Joe and Jane Six Packs. But we all know — that when they think no one is listening — the liberal elite

They ridicule Sarah Palin…they laugh at Joe the Plumber…and they condescendingly refer to middle-class Americans as “bitter.”

Yes, the guy who played the effete Seattle psychiatrist on TV for years is now sneering via email about the “liberal elite.” Alrighty then. (And when did the unwashed masses take up residence in suburbia?

I guess Grammer also played the Republican president in Swing Vote, or so I hear.

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.

Ron Paul: No Longer Quite So Pathetic

May 7, 2007

GOP Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul is currently the #5 search term on Technorati. I wondered what the hell that was about and did a bit of digging to find this ABC article on how some online polls showed a strong preference for Paul after Thursday’s debate. The article does note that online polls aren’t scientific and that these were probably freeped. Even so, they have given Paul more attention.

Here’s what Paul said at the debate on Thursday.

I think it’s fairly obvious that Paul’s opposition to the Iraq war is driving this phenomenon. While the isolationist foreign policy and limited federal government that slashes taxes and entitlement programs is a popular mix with some people — such as Don Luskin and Pat Buchanan, apparently –I doubt that there’s a mass movement behind that broader philosophy. Rather, Paul stood out on that stage of ten Republicans because he was the only one willing to take a strong stand on the war that aligns with the majority of the public today.

Can he win? In a word, no. The Republican Party is all about lining up behind the establishment candidate, and it will beat down any maverick by any means necessary. There’s even talk of Fox News efforts to keep him out of next week’s GOP debate in South Carolina. The Paul boomlet does at least serve as a reminder of the dissatisfaction with the current top-tier Republican candidates, and it may provide an ongoing embarrassment to the others as the war continues to come up at the candidates’ joint appearances.

UPDATE: Donald Luskin links here, wondering why he is mentioned in this blog post as being sympathetic to Ron Paul. The answer is evident if you watch the YouTube clip. The opening of the video is from CNBC.

Larry Kudlow: “Don Luskin, who’s your pro-stock market candidate?”

Don Luskin: “I mean this in all seriousness, Larry: Ron Paul.”

I don’t know if that’s the same Don Luskin as the guy who writes the “Poor and Stupid” blog, so that may be my error. I also may be wrong to equate calling Paul the “pro-stock market” candidate with supporting his overall policy views. Maybe that sound bite is taken out of context and Luskin isn’t such a Ron Paul fan. But anyway, that’s what the Luskin reference is doing there, sorry if it was a little off base.

UPDATE II: I had an email exchange with Mr. Luskin, who explained that his displeasure was in seeing himself lumped in with Pat Buchanan. The juxtaposition of the two names was merely based on the fact that the YouTube clip includes favorable comments about Ron Paul from both Don Luskin and Pat Buchanan, two men who apparently agree about little else. Politics makes for strange bedfellows, as they say.

Romney Won

May 3, 2007

I didn’t like any of the GOP candidates in the debate tonight (and there were ten of them!), but I think Mitt Romney turned in the most polished and “presidential” performance. He didn’t get tripped up or seem on the defensive, as Giuliani and McCain did at times, and the others are just background noise.