We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This was not your usual political TV show. Warren — Pastor Rick, around here — asked big questions, about big subjects; he wasn’t concerned about what appeared on the front page of that morning’s Washington Post. And his simple, direct, big questions brought out something we don’t usually see in a presidential face-off; in this forum, as opposed to a read-the-prompter speech, or even a debate focused on the issues of the moment, the candidates were forced to call on everything they had — the things they have done and learned throughout their lives. And the fact is, John McCain has lived a much bigger life than Barack Obama. That’s not a slam at Obama; McCain has lived a much bigger life than most people. But it still made Obama look small in comparison. McCain was the clear winner of the night.
He did so well, in fact, that NBC accused McCain of "cheating." Saying that is cheating, but I guess it's like AGW: all weather is caused by it, just like anytime a Repub does well it's because of cheating. Betsy discusses this low-life maneuver further. This is getting dirty already.
"A lie can go around the world before the truth can get its pants on" - Mark Twain
Deborah Howell, the Washington Post'sombudsmanombudswoman ombudsperson writes:
Democrat Barack Obama has had about a 3 to 1 advantage over Republican John McCain in Post Page 1 stories since Obama became his party's presumptive nominee June 4. Obama has generated a lot of news by being the first African American nominee, and he is less well known than McCain -- and therefore there's more to report on. But the disparity is so wide that it doesn't look good.
And if 2000 and 2004 are any indication--and they are--it's not like the media will do anything about it, of course.
Well, Ed, wouldn't you expect the Second Coming to be well-covered? But Obama-fatigue may be beginning. He might be a one-trick pony without the substance to go the distance. My theory is that he was originally running for the Vice Presidency.
McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis asked Sunday for a meeting with Steve Capus, the president of NBC News, to protest what the campaign called signs that the network is "abandoning non-partisan coverage of the Presidential race."
I was already thinking that this election is between a naive youngster and an experienced adult man. Obama is a light-weight, with flash. Surber has some comments that sort-of support that view. Never forget that JFK beat Nixon by out-hawking him.
Roger has some thoughts about the "above my pay grade" comment. Mind you, I was on my boat and saw none of that forum, but it sounds to me like a crazy thing for a candidate to say, but having a clear opinion on this is above my pay grade at maggie's Farm.
This weekend, Mr. McCain took his place with the Republican Party's most fervent of supply-siders. "I don't want to take any money from the rich; I want everybody to get rich," he said at Saturday's forum at the Rev. Rick Warren's Saddleback Church. "I don't believe in class warfare or redistribution of the wealth."
"The" wealth? That's a bit lame, and wrong - as if wealth were a zero-sum thing. We all know that wealth is created by energy, creativity, risk-taking - and saving. But at least maybe he's been listening to Larry Kudlow. I hope so. I know what he means. I don't want everybody to get rich, though, unless that is what they desire. I just want them to pursue their goals or dreams, whatever they may be, and to be sturdy and resilient enough to take their inevitable lumps and disappointments. You don't need to be rich to have a great life. I am a good example of that.