How far behind does Hillary have to be to call the newspapers to insist that she’s still relevant? Or, more likely, how broke does she have to be? Or is she simply trying to stop her campaign staff from tip-toeing quietly to the exits?
McCain has embarked on his “Service to America” tour. He is visiting all the places where he grew up and got started in his career. The idea is that he is re-acquainting Americans with his life story. But see, here’s the thing: I don’t care about McCain’s life story. Fact is, I don’t look up to him. And I sure don’t want to be like him. If anything, I want him to be more like me.
And another thing about McCain: that TV ad. He comes on pretty strong in the opening sequence saying, “Do not yield…We’re Americans and we’ll never surrender.” The problem? It’s the words “yield” and “surrender.” Why say that in a political ad? Yeah, I know, he says “we’ll never surrender.” But you know what? People don’t hear that part. It’s like Nixon saying, “I am not a crook.” All people hear is “crook” or “I am a crook.” As soon as you say “we’ll never surrender,” people unconsciously think, “surrender is up for discussion?” Look — all the Republicans are saying it about all the Democrats. And where has it gotten them? Nowhere. It’s not a smart bit of political rhetoric, using the S-word for any reason.
And speaking of old Vietnam war servicemen: Is it possible that the Green Zone is the new Khe Sanh?
And speaking of Vietnam, Chuck Todd observes that if McCain loses, no Vietnam vet will likely ever be elected president. Think about that.
And now for something completely different: The Supreme Court gave Rep. “Dollar Bill” Jefferson (D-LA) a pretty big victory today, letting stand an appeals court ruling that the FBI was wrong in seizing stuff from his Congressional office. The Feds claim they still have plenty of evidence (think “freezer cash”) in their case against him. Still, it seems to bolster those who believe in the separation of powers. Of course, at this point the score is: Bush Executive Branch 49, Congress 3.
People toss around terms like “cult leader” and “Obamatron” when trying to explain the appeal of Barack Obama, but I say nothing can hold a candle to Rev. Moon, aka the King of America. And people say Scientology is crazy.