Open Thread

There was an interesting chart in Friday's New York Times that compared the number of times certain words were spoken during the 2004 convention vs. this year's convention. Not surprisingly, words such as 'energy' and 'change' were way up while variations on 'terror' were down. But the most telling -- and encouraging -- difference between 2004 and 2008 was the fact that in 2004, per 25,000 words spoken, 'Bush' was said 7 times, while in 2008, McCain was said 78 times.

I'm off to a wedding. What's going on today?

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Re: Open Thread

I am anticipating Sarah Palin's speech at the convention , it would be interesting to see how she performs..

by lori 2008-08-31 11:16AM | 0 recs
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A train wreck would be interesting. I'm more interested in what will have to be a trite and stilted speech coming from McWooden. Will he play to his minority base with bellicosity, bushonomics, and biblism, or reach out to the notcrazy majority of the electorate?

by Obama44 2008-08-31 11:35AM | 0 recs
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She will do better than most people expect.  I am sure that she's a bright woman... She didn't defeat a three term incumbent for governor without some talent...

She will be carefully controlled and scripted... We'll see who she does when she's knocked off of her talking points...

by LordMike 2008-08-31 12:38PM | 0 recs
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That governor was involved in a huge corruption scandal. I'm sure she is smart but she seems to lack intellectual curiosity. She's said things like she's never thought about Iraq and doesn't seem to have any positions on important campaign issues ranging from NAFTA to home foreclosures. I find it hard to believe she is up to speed issues like health care. To be fair, as governor of Alaska you do not need to care about international or domestic issues that don't affect your state, but a vice president should meet a higher standard.

by Lolis 2008-08-31 03:13PM | 0 recs
Some Good News

Hurricane Gustav is not strengthening as much as predicted. There is some speculation that the deep water temperatures in the Gulf is not as warm as expected. In addition, high wind sheer near the coast of Louisiana may weaken the storm. Although the NOAA still officially forecasts Gustav to come on shore as a Cat. 4 storm, it's becoming increasingly more likely to come on shore as only a Cat. 3 storm.

Now for the bad news. Katrina came on shore as a Cat. 3 storm, and Gustav may cause more damage to New Orleans than Katrina because its striking west of the city rather than east of the city.

by Zzyzzy 2008-08-31 11:18AM | 0 recs
Re: Some Good News

I'm seeing footage of bumper to bumper, stop and go, traffic leaving town while the incoming lanes are all empty. It seems like at least some of them could be used to speed up the evacuation.

by Obama44 2008-08-31 11:29AM | 0 recs
Re: Some Good News

My understanding is that the slow traffic is heading E/W, while they WANT people to head North, where all lanes are currently Northbound.  East West doesn't make sense...if the hurricane changes trajectory, you could end up right where it hits.  At least with going north, if it hits you it'll be diminished.

by freedom78 2008-08-31 11:38AM | 0 recs
Republicans Scale Back Tommorrows Convention

McCain just announced that most activities scheduled for tomorrows convention has been cancelled. Only necessary business will be done.

I have to admit that McCain did look presidential in the announcement.

by Zzyzzy 2008-08-31 12:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Republicans Scale Back Tommorrows Convention

Will Lieberman's speech be considered a "necessary activity"?

Poor Joe!  Can't get any love from the dems, and now  mother nature hates him, too!

by LordMike 2008-08-31 12:53PM | 0 recs
Is Common Sense Presidential Now?

I'm not comfortable giving McCain credit for something that any decent, normal human being would do. And something that is also the most politically expedient path, because it's clear that they wouldn't get any news media coverage anyway.

You can believe that he cancelled the first night because he felt it would be morally wrong... or you can believe that he cancelled it because it would look bad to have a party at that time, and there probably wouldn't be much coverage in the news anyway.

You can believe that he's making his speech from the gulf because he wants to call attention to the region... or you can believe that he feels the region will already be getting attention and he wants to call it to him.

You can believe that he is selflessly telling his fundraisers to raise money for the Red Cross instead... or you can believe that he did something only natural given that he gets access to over $80 million in federal funds within the next few days.

He makes a big show, but remember that this is the same McCain that went to Iowa when he was asked not to. It's the same one that made a point to call all governors and the red cross even though there's actually very little he can do. It's the same one that has announced both his decisions and his deliberations to the media every step of the way.

And it's still the McCain who did none of this after Katrina.

by vcalzone 2008-08-31 01:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Republicans Scale Back Tommorrows Convention

Why do you HAVE to admit anything? I saw it too and I have to admit he looked like his usual opportunistic and manipulative self.

by Obama44 2008-08-31 01:45PM | 0 recs
The Importance of the Office of VP

in a Globalized World

With the pick of Sarah Palin as Vice President, there has been a lot of talk about the importance of the Vice President's office. Many pundits and conservatives have claimed it isn't that important. McCain after the 2000 primary campaign made his thoughts clear on the office when he said the main job of the VP was to check every day on the health of the president and attend funerals for dead dictators. And even Sarah Palin asked out loud in an interview "what does a vice president even do?" Well, they do foreign policy.

The notion that the Vice President's office is irrelevant represents a highly outdated view of the world that fails to recognize both the increasing complexity of global affairs since the end of Cold War and the high demand for U.S. involvement in crisis after crisis. In fact,  the Vice President's office is most relevant, not on domestic policy, but on foreign policy - where a Vice President can effectively represent the administration and the country.

more here:

by cChalfonte 2008-08-31 12:17PM | 0 recs
Quote from Sarah Palin...

"But as for that VP talk all the time, I'll tell ya, I still can't answer that question until somebody answers for me, what is it exactly that the VP does every day?" - Sarah Palin, 8/1/08, CNBC, Kudlow and Company

by cChalfonte 2008-08-31 12:19PM | 0 recs
Gustav to Weaken

The NOAA now predicts that Gustav will only come on shore in Louisiana as a weak Cat. 3 storm. It may even weaken to a Cat. 2 storm. In addition, the storm is veering west and New Orleans is now almost outside the cone of uncertainty. There is still a possibility that the storm surge could still breach the levies. But the odds are now looking much better for New Orleans to escape catastrophic damage.

by Zzyzzy 2008-08-31 01:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Gustav to Weaken

It was looking a little better a few days ago, and now it's clear that it will probably not do much more damage than flooding. Glad to see and I'm sure that most people will probably be okay.

by vcalzone 2008-08-31 01:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Gustav to Weaken

where did you get that information , last i heard it was still a strong 3 , a 4 overnight..

by lori 2008-08-31 01:15PM | 0 recs

What's your opinion on the effects of Gustav on the RNC?  I think it's a mixed bag.  First of all this is a holiday weekend.  And then GWB and DC are now no shows.  I think it helps Obama because less publicity for the GOP

by nzubechukwu 2008-08-31 01:22PM | 0 recs
Does Palin Lie?

That great Alaskan blogger Mudflats has a piece out about Sarah Palin and her relationship with "The Bridge To Nowhere" that Ted Stevens tried to get the Federal Government to fund. In fact, Palin's statement in her acceptance speech was:

I championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. In fact, I told Congress -- I told Congress, `Thanks, but no thanks,' on that Bridge to Nowhere. `If our state wanted a bridge', I said, `we'd build it ourselves'.

But Mudflats gives us this piece from the Ketchikan Daily News:
   "People across the nation struggle with the idea of building a bridge because they've been under these misperceptions about the bridge and the purpose,' said Palin, who described the link as the Ketchikan area's potential for expansion and growth.

   Palin said Alaska's congressional delegation worked hard to obtain funding for the bridge and that she `would not stand in the way of the progress toward that bridge'.

   `We need to come to the defense of Southeast Alaska when proposals are on the table like the bridge and not allow the spinmeisters to turn this project or any other into something that's so negative,' Palin said."
    Ketchikan Daily News 9-28-06

Looks like she makes things up. Read the whole article.

Under The LobsterScope

by btchakir 2008-08-31 01:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Does Palin Lie?

AP has shockingly picked up that story, too!!

by LordMike 2008-08-31 01:29PM | 0 recs
Re: Does Palin Lie?

Yo Mike, did you hear the story about Palin's behavior during an interview with a radio show?  She was laughing at a cancer survivor.  I'll find the link.  

by nzubechukwu 2008-08-31 01:36PM | 0 recs
From a Palin supporter no less....

I realize, of course, that she's totally unqualified to be President at this point in time. If McCain were to die in February 2009, I hope Palin would have the good sense to appoint someone who is more ready to be President to be her Vice President, on the understanding that she would then resign and be appointed Vice President by her successor. (Lest anyone say that this is an absurd, unconstitutional or undemocratic scenario, recognize that this is pretty much what would happen in a Parliamentary system where, if the head of government dies, a successor is chosen by the party.) Palin is absolutely not ready to be President now, but that is a problem that is very easily dealt with if she is and the governing party want to do so.

And if McCain dies in February, 2012, who's to say she won't be ready by then? She'll have had three years of being Vice President under her belt. She'll have been a close observer of national governance and will be pretty familiar with the issues of the day. I think a very good case can be made that after three years as McCain's VP, she'll be substantially more qualified to be President than Barack Obama is now. u-experienced

by cChalfonte 2008-08-31 01:51PM | 0 recs
So the McCain campaign is saying

they just brought on a vice president who they'll treat as a national security intern and McCain's supporters are asserting that Palin is so unqualified that if McCain were to die in the next year or two she'd obviously appoint someone else to be president (incidentally, I don't think the VP has the power to "appoint" the president [sorry, to be clearer: The Democratic Senate would have to confirm this person, Palin, couldn't just do this on her own]). With friends like these...

H/T:  Ezra Klein

by cChalfonte 2008-08-31 01:56PM | 0 recs


  1. Hinduism & Buddhism. The total effect of a person's actions and conduct during the successive phases of the person's existence, regarded as determining the person's destiny.
   2. Fate; destiny.
   3. Informal. A distinctive aura, atmosphere, or feeling: There's bad karma around the house today.

by Bob Beard 2008-08-31 02:03PM | 0 recs
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McCain called Palin his "soul mate" on Fox News Sunday.   I wonder how Cindy feels about that?  I guess it's better than being called a c@#t.

by nzubechukwu 2008-08-31 02:05PM | 0 recs
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Dang, he falls in love quick!  How long did he know her... like 15 minutes?

by LordMike 2008-08-31 02:23PM | 0 recs
by minnesotaryan 2008-08-31 02:46PM | 0 recs
Citizens of Minneapolis

With the hurricane coming this suggestion might not be as effective but how about putting signs on all the mens room doors in public areas:

Warning: Be careful with any foot movement.  tThe Republicans are in town.

by prius04 2008-08-31 04:13PM | 0 recs


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