Archive for the ‘John McCain’ Category

by Pete Talbot

Dear President-elect Obama,

I’m sorry we couldn’t deliver our three electoral votes to you. You worked hard for them. You visited the state and talked western policy. You set up offices and hired staff and had the best ground game I’ve ever seen. John McCain never set foot in Montana.

You came close — only 12,136 votes separated you from McCain. And compared to the 20-point win that George W. Bush had here four years ago, what you did was miraculous.

I’m still scratching my head, though. In almost every other statewide category, Montana went blue: senator, governor and all four tier b’s (unseating the sole Republican incumbent with a new secretary of state). And two-out-of-three newly-elected PSC commissioners are Democrats.

Another confusing example is Gallatin County. I hoped for better numbers from there. It did, after all, almost go for Sen. Tester in 2006 (Burns won by less than 200 votes). But this year, Obama goes down by over 1400. Perhaps Barack should work on a flattop haircut for 2012. Even Gallatin County voted for you, by a 1609 vote margin.

I don’t believe race was a factor. I think most Montanans who voted for McCain did so because of issues like taxes or defense or the “experience” card or some ingrained conservative Christian belief.

And guns played a role. Even though you came to Montana and assured us you wouldn’t take away our guns, ugly rumors persisted. Next time through, make sure to get that ubiquitous firearm photo op.

We wish you well, Mr. President, and may you bring people together to help solve the numerous problems facing our country. Godspeed.

An unpleasant aside

After saying race wasn’t a factor, well, you still run into this: On my way to Bozeman on election day, I stopped by the Cardwell Store, there between Whitehall and Three Forks, for a cup of coffee and a Slim Jim. Two good-old-boys were at the counter and one said, “I better go vote.” To which the other said, “Yeah, I’d hate to see this election get nigger-rigged.”

I’m not even sure what he meant but I left my merchandise on the counter and walked out. Came up with some really choice things I should have said about five miles down the road.

Now I’m sure that everyone in Cardwell isn’t an ignorant racist pig but I won’t be stopping by again, ever, to find out.

It’s a sad anecdote, but there’s one good thing about it; the guy was old and will soon be dead.

I love Missoula

On a more upbeat note: Missoula delivers. One or two flies in the ointment: that HD-100 race where Willis Curdy is losing by a measly 33 votes to Republican incumbent Bill Nooney (provisional votes still being counted, final results Monday). But that’s democracy; you can choose the anti-education, anti-senior, anti-young person, anti-environment candidate if you want.

Same with SD-7, which has a little bit of Missoula County in it and where veteran lawmaker Paul Clark lost to anti-government zealot Greg Hinkle.

Otherwise it was a sweep: Gutsche over Mood for the PSC, the improbable county commissioner outcome, nine-out-of-ten state reps, and two state senators.

The Emergency Operations Center Bond going down wasn’t really a surprise. With property taxes in the mail and it being a slow economy and all, folks are tightening their belts. In better times, I think it would have passed. It also wasn’t one of the strongest campaigns I’ve seen run in this town.

Ravalli County blues

Is it too harsh to recommend a toll booth at the Ravalli/Missoula County line? Those Bitterrooters should pay extra to come and visit an eclectic town that values education and planning. Maybe we could funnel the toll revenue into preserving Ravalli County open space, while there’s still some left.

I know that there are progressives in Ravalli County but time-and-time again their issues and candidates get hammered.

Both West Fork Blues and Rebecca have excellent comments on the results in the Bitterroot.

Statewide conundrum

Despite Democratic wins in most of the big-ticket races, the Montana House is tied and the senate losses seats (R’s 27-D’s 23). Throw in a Democratic governor and I smell gridlock. But maybe not, lots of talk from candidates of all stripes wanting to “reach across the aisle.” We’ll see.

I, like Jay and others, have to wonder about this split ticket voting. How can our Democratic governor win by an almost two-to-one margin and still have the Montana Senate lose its Democratic majority? Did the Republican Party focus on legislative races because it knew most of the others were hopeless? Any insights?

We’re a two party country

Third parties didn’t fare well. Libertarian Don Eisenmenger received about 7 percent in the OPI race, which I believe was the party’s best showing. Presidential candidate Bob Barr got 0.3 percent. In the U.S. House race, perennial candidate Mike Fellows got 3 percent, and Stan Jones got 2 percent in the governor’s race.

For Constitution Party candidates, Ron Paul got slightly over 2 percent in the presidential race. That party’s best showing was in Missoula County with Kandi Matthew-Jenkins getting a little better than one-third of the votes against Cliff Larson in SD 50 (there was no Republican in that contest). And in the SOS race, Sieglinde Sharbono received around 3.5 percent.

Nadar’s Independent ticket garnered slightly less than 1 percent.

And finally

Who ever thought we’d have a president with a name like Barack Obama? It pales in comparison, though, to the candidate from HD-15 — my favorite name on the ballot — Frosty Boss Calf Ribs. I’ve met some of the Boss Calf Ribs clan up in the Browning area but don’t know Frosty, who was unopposed. Kind of makes our Anglo names like John Smith and Jane Doe seem rather lame. Congratulations, Frosty.

by Rebecca Schmitz

Pete, yesterday I ran into two of those mythical creatures: undecided voters. I know! I didn’t think they really existed either. How could anyone be that confused?

The first was honestly embarassed. He knew this indecision wasn’t right. He asked when I voted and whom I voted for, nodded when I answered, and said he was definitely going to make up his mind before going to the polls today. The second? Well, she’s bagging the whole election. After annoucing that she’s always voted Democratic but thought it was a “drop in the bucket in Montana”, she said the debates didn’t help. She liked McCain’s performance. However, rather than cast a ballot for the Republican, she’s not going to bother to vote at all.

That is sad. Sad.

Vote. It doesn’t matter for whom. Obviously, I’d prefer people vote for Obama, but let’s face it: no matter what Gary Marbut says about gun ownership, voting is the most important right we have. It’s ridiculous to waste it because of temporary indecision and confusion.

Jump in with both feet. Vote.

by Pete Talbot

National Notice

Montana makes the New York Times election news. There’s nothing groundbreaking but it’s a good synopsis of what’s happening here and about Barack Obama’s chances for taking the state. The reporter, Jim Robbins, writes about Montana a lot. I believe he did a number of stories on the Tester/Burns contest in 2006 for the Times. (Sometimes the Times makes you log in to access stories so I’ve also reprinted the piece below the fold.)

Robbins interviewed former Democratic Congressman Pat Williams for the progressive perspective and state Sen. Joe Balyeat (R-Bozeman) for the, eh, conservative perspective. Joe Balyeat! Might as well interview Ghengis Khan if you’re looking for a right-wing nut’s point of view. Of course, Balyeat states that, “his (Obama’s) radical view on guns … ” is the reason Obama will lose in Montana. We’ll see, Joe, we’ll see.

No Dividends

Hope you’re not holding a lot of Lee Enterprises stock and counting on those dividend checks. It’s hard times in the newspaper industry and Lee, which publishes five dailies in Montana, including the Missoulian, has suspended dividends indefinitely.

It has also cut employee benefits and bonuses for executives. All this was dictated by the banks that are restructuring Lee loans.

This is sad news for a newspaper junkie like me and doesn’t bode well for the newspaper reading public. And my heart goes out to those working stiffs at all the papers who are suffering layoffs, reduced benefits and an unsure future.

I also give kudos to the Missoulian for printing the news story about this newspaper chain’s misfortunes. It’s really bad PR and could have been covered up, but wasn’t.

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by jhwygirl

Has anyone seen Missoula Children’s Theatre’s production of Jesus Chris Superstar?

Johnny Beers brings us the news that Stevensville’s Blacksmith Brewing has finally opened. I hope he comes back to tell us how it is.

The nation’s Capitol Christmas tree is being cut this morning down in the Bitterroot National Forest. It’s been quite an affair for the last several months – the scouting of it – there’s even a back-up, just in case – the preparation, etc….there is even a contingent that will travel with the tree to its final destination, with a couple of orchestrated stops along the way. The tree will make its way up the valley, with stops in Hamilton and Stevensville – and then in Missoula at the Wingate Inn, on November 4th, at 5 p.m….like I said, quite the affair.

On top of that, there are 50 trees also being cut, one for each state, to be displayed in Washington D.C., also.

New York State government has set up a wind energy ethics code, as the result of a special investigation into improper relationships between wind energy developers and state government officials.

Ralph Nadar is expecting his best showing out of his past 3 presidential runs. 3%.

Timothy Egan of the New York Times mulls over the $700 billion bailout, giving our own Senator Jon Tester and Montana some love along the way.

McCain is on Saturday Night Live tonight.

Exxon, Shell and Conoco all posted record profits, again, this past week. In Exxon’s case, it was a 58% increase.

by Pete Talbot

It’s the water

For years, I’ve suspected there was something in Ravalli County water. Those wacky Bitterrooters have been voting down school bonds, opposing planning and zoning, and muttering death threats against those who believe ATV’s shouldn’t roam everywhere on God’s green earth.

Montana’s Commissioner of Political Practices, Dennis Unsworth, confirms the funky water. He talked about the flurry of political complaints being filed at his office, half of them from Ravalli County:

“I don’t know if there’s something in the water here … ” he said, while visiting the county and adding that because of explosive growth in the valley, and the age-old Montana battle between private property rights and planning, complaints are flying.

The item on the ballot igniting this furor is the potential repeal of the county’s growth policy.

I thought that maybe they’d cleaned up the water after seeing a couple of sensible commissioners elected in the last go-around and then advancing a reasonable plan to mitigate growth. Guess I was wrong.


Are there really people out there who don’t know who they’re voting for, yet, for President? Maybe you’ve seen them interviewed on the TV news shows, and like me, shake your head in amazement.

Writer David Sedaris wonders about them, too, in this week’s New Yorker:

“I look at these people and can’t quite believe that they exist. Are they professional actors? I wonder. Or are they simply laymen who want a lot of attention?

To put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. “Can I interest you in the chicken?” she asks. “Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?”

To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked.”

The Gazette takes a stand

Jay over at LiTW has already noted the Billings Gazette editorial endorsing Obama. It got me wondering what the other newspapers in the state were doing, so I Googled them — except for Kalispell’s Daily Interlake, because I just don’t care. Helena did some statewide races. The Great Falls Tribune “went out on a limb” and endorsed Baucus and Rehberg. Otherwise, I can’t find a thing. I know the Missoulian quit doing endorsements nearly a decade ago and maybe the other papers are waiting until this Sunday or something.

The Missoula Independent will be endorsing in this Thursday’s edition but not the presidential race. Indy editor Skylar Browning explained that the paper likes to focus on statewide races, ballot initiatives, PSC, etc.

Any endorsements in the Montana press that you, faithful readers, are aware of? Please let me know. BTW, the Associated Press has a list, updated regularly, of what the national papers have been doing endorsement-wise.

(UPDATE: As of Tuesday, October 28, according to Editor and Publisher, 222 newspapers have endorsed Obama and 93 newspapers have endorsed McCain. Wow. No Ron Paul, Bob Barr or Ralph Nader endorsements that I could find.)

(UPDATE #2: Great Falls Tribune Managing Editor Gary Moseman called me back. He said the Trib won’t be endorsing in the presidential race but has been actively endorsing in statewide and local races. He said that the paper quit endorsing presidential candidates in 2000, mainly because it had little influence on how people voted but pissed off (I’m paraphrasing here) a lot of people. He added that the Trib only endorses in races where reporters and editors can interview the candidates.)

by jhwygirl

Nifty little tool.

by jhwygirl

Not where you want to be in the last days of a presidential campaign.

A second McCain source says she appears to be looking out for herself more than the McCain campaign.

“She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone,” said this McCain adviser. “She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else.


by Pete Talbot

I hate polls

“Charles Franklin, a University of Wisconsin political science professor and polling authority, said variation between polls occurs, in part, because pollsters interview random samples of people.”

That quote comes from an Associated Press story and poll that has McCain and Obama basically tied. But talk about “random,” the story continues with these stats:

Obama and McCain were essentially tied among likely voters in the latest George Washington University Battleground Poll, conducted by Republican strategist Ed Goeas and Democratic pollster Celinda Lake. In other surveys focusing on likely voters, a Washington Post-ABC News poll showed Obama up by 9 percentage points, while a poll by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center had Obama leading by 14. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, among the broader category of people registered to vote, found Obama ahead by 10 points.

That’s a 14 point spread. I think I’ll wait for Jimmy the Greek to give odds before really believing any of the numbers I’ve seen.

UPDATE: Latest MSU-Billings poll has Obama at 44% and McCain at 40% IN MONTANA! There’s a 5% margin of error, but still … maybe I’ll forego my cynicism about polls for the evening.

Bait and switch

The Missoula Independent had an interesting piece on the Ravalli Republic. Apparently, Ravalli County Democrats contracted with the paper to put those little sticky ads on the Republic that you see from time-to-time on the front page of many newspapers. These pro-Democrat ads riled up a herd of Ravalli County Republicans, who threatened to cancel their subscriptions. The Republic then moved the stickers to the inside of the paper. The publisher claimed this wasn’t done to placate Republicans but because of a corporate rule that says political ads can’t appear on front pages. Funny thing is, I remember getting my daily dead-tree edition delivered to me in a plastic bag with “Vote for Conrad Burns” printed on it about two days before the 2006 election. So, bags are OK but stickers aren’t?

Here’s hoping nice guys finish last

I’ve heard there are a few “Democrats” out there pushing County Commissioner Larry Anderson’s election bid. The Republican incumbent is running against Michele Landquist for the six-year position. Incumbent is a little misleading, though, as Anderson wasn’t elected to the seat but anointed by retiring Republican Commissioner Barbara Evans.

These folks are endorsing Larry for different reasons but the recurrent theme is, “he’s a nice guy.” That may well be but I want more than a “nice guy” as our third commissioner. I want someone who will be innovative and progressive. Considering Larry served on the staffs of both Rep. Denny Rehberg and Sen. Conrad Burns, I’m guessing he’s neither. And I remember his tenure on city council as being a conservative obstructionist, to say the least.


by Rebecca Schmitz

Let’s end this week on a positive note or two thanks to the New York Times, shall we?

Conservative columnist David Brooks, who correctly noted two weeks ago that Sarah Palin’s anti-intellectualism is a “fatal cancer to the Republican party”, writes a love letter to Obama:

And it is easy to sketch out a scenario in which he could be a great president. He would be untroubled by self-destructive demons or indiscipline. With that cool manner, he would see reality unfiltered. He could gather — already has gathered — some of the smartest minds in public policy, and, untroubled by intellectual insecurity, he could give them free rein. Though he is young, it is easy to imagine him at the cabinet table, leading a subtle discussion of some long-term problem.

Obama supporter (and perhaps our future Treasury Secretary) Warren Buffett has this financial advice: buy American.

A simple rule dictates my buying: Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful. And most certainly, fear is now widespread, gripping even seasoned investors. To be sure, investors are right to be wary of highly leveraged entities or businesses in weak competitive positions. But fears regarding the long-term prosperity of the nation’s many sound companies make no sense. These businesses will indeed suffer earnings hiccups, as they always have. But most major companies will be setting new profit records 5, 10 and 20 years from now. [snip] Over the long term, the stock market news will be good. In the 20th century, the United States endured two world wars and other traumatic and expensive military conflicts; the Depression; a dozen or so recessions and financial panics; oil shocks; a flu epidemic; and the resignation of a disgraced president. Yet the Dow rose from 66 to 11,497.

All of this serves to remind me: who’s having an election night party, and how many bottles of wine or beer should I bring?

by Rebecca Schmitz

Apparently, he’s not even registered to vote.

And with that, can we finally put an end to the most insincere rhetorical device known to politicians? I get it: you guys talk to us, the people. However, I don’t care about Joe the Plumber, let alone Arlene the Hair Stylist, Vijay the Hedge Fund Manager, Tanisha the Travel Agent, and the rest of the characters from The American Economy: A Bedtime Story for Adults.

Just tell me your positions on the issues, okay?

by Rebecca Schmitz

Good news for those of you who are asking the question “Who is Barack Obama?” PBS’ Frontline is airing The Choice 2008 on Tuesday night. It’s an in depth look at the candidates. If after the broadcast, and after four years of being in the national spotlight, two years on the campaign trail, thousands of interviews and speeches, two autobiographies, numerous books both pro and con, and hundreds of websites devoted to the man, you insist you still don’t know the guy, I’m guessing there’s no answer that will satisfy someone with such a startlingly distinct lack of intellectual acumen. Or maybe, just maybe, your question is insincere. Regardless, by all means keep on parroting the subtle race-baiting used by a politician our nation was introduced to just six weeks ago; a person who really refuses to face media scrutiny.

Did you know Johnny Ramone was a Republican? No, really, he was. This profile in today’s Missoulian reminded me of that fun little fact.

Steven Dogiakos hopes his ideas speak louder than his looks. This coming from a 23-year-old with a spiky, multi-tone Mohawk inspired by punk bands such as The Ramones and Stiff Little Fingers.

Look, legendary punk guitarists aside, if you’ve come away from the punk movement with a healthy respect for authority, a desire to stand up for the status quo, support for preemptive military strikes and expansion of government power, a membership in the political party of corporate America and the religious right, and you take the side of the powerful against the powerless, well, I hate to be the first to break it to ya, kid: you missed the point entirely.

Or maybe this is the ultimate use of irony. I don’t know. If so, keep on keepin’ on, Steve, you mavericky maverick you.

by jhwygirl

Orcinus has done some great stuff on domestic terrorists. There’s this: Palling with Extremists, Indeed. There’s also this one, too: Pastor Muthee, Witchhunter All Right.

Keith “My Hero” Olbermann thoroughly – I mean thoroughly – dissected the hypocrisy behind the McCain/Palin attacks on Obama’s association with William Ayers. If Obama is guilty by association, Palin is al-Zawahiri. It is definately worth the read for anyone who wants to be informed.

Hey, if McCain and his Pitbull in Lipstick are going to go back at trying to rehash that domestic terrorist yawn, maybe some light should be shed on the newer story with connections to Iran?

On that note – McCain lost 3 points, in Montana, in just the last week. Yikes. He’s now down to a 5 point advantage – which was double-digit just 2 weeks ago.

OK, how about some fun stuff?

Virgin birth, but some dire results in the end. Just like sharks, huh?

Here’s a way to settle a divorce.

Just in case you were wanting to sprinkle your loved one’s ashes at a baseball stadium, think again.. Hell, if those contractors who were demolishing those stadiums were smart, they’d scoop up that dirt and take it home and put it on ebay. I mean, if the fans are that fanatical, they could make some cash.

Now, if they could set this up in wordpress and in cell phone text messaging…..

Speaking of drunk….

Man, I know sex is fun, but wouldn’t a cold shower have been better?

by jhwygirl

So I head over to hummingbirdminds for my quick daily roundup of favorite blogs and I see he’s posted his McCain lie counter, which reminds me that I should post mine.

It’s broke 3 digits. Ha. Funny.

So I head to the website to get the updated picture to post the link, and I see that the counter is up to 128. I do a double-take. Wasn’t it 107 at hummingbirdminds?


What time did he post it?

7:40 a.m.

It’s what time?

7:30 p.m..


What was it when I last posted October 1st?


And that was how many days ago?

Boy. Old Republican Presidential candidate John McCain must of told some whoppers last night.

To be fair, Fact Check fact checked last night’s debate. Washington Post also has a running fact checker, going way back. ABC News also has one from last night’s debate.

I like how ABC summed it up, though:

Perhaps the biggest exagerration of the night came from the debate organizers, who called the format a “town meeting.” Of the 21 questions asked during the 90-minute debate, nine came from moderator Tom Brokaw, eight from the live audience in the hall and four from Internet users.

Yep. Brokaw put out a snoozer last night. Little substance and lots of great soundbites. I don’t think anyone winked, though. Looked more like campaign stump speeches, and we’ve all seen plenty of that.

Shakespeare live blogged the event. See his take on it.

Tis a shame, with so much at stake.

by jhwygirl

Last time I looked, back on September 17th, the count was 55.

Looks like the McCain/Palin ticket has been busy, busy, busy….

That’s what? 25 new lies in 15 days? 1.67 lies per day…
33 days until the election….that could mean 55 more lies by then.

Yep. Good thing they’ve got space for 3-digit numbers.

Vote accordingly, folks.

by Rebecca Schmitz

For those who reflexively blame the bailout on, let’s see, “clever community organizers“, here’s Bill Maher:

by Rebecca Schmitz

Terrific. The guy hasn’t even been elected yet, and he’s already hanging up a “Mission Accomplished” banner.

by Rebecca Schmitz

It’s not often I find myself agreeing with Rob Natelson of all people, but that’s what the Bush bailout has created: odd bedfellows. I agree with Garth and Jay on the left and, on the right, Carol and GeeGuy; I oppose the bailout. I’m not going to pretend to be an expert in economics, but in the words of James K. Galbraith, the bailout is not “necessary“:

The point of the bailout is to buy assets that are illiquid but not worthless. But regular banks hold assets like that all the time. They’re called “loans.”

After eight years of free market fundamentalism, suddenly the Bush Adminstration has discovered that government handouts are, to paraphrase Martha Stewart, a Very Good Thing. Here’s David Sirota:

Close a factory in socialist Denmark, and workers get immediate government help, along with their free health care. Shutter one in Ohio, and workers get nothing, except politicians saying their jobs are never returning and national health care is “unaffordable.” But if investment banks teeter, those same politicians quickly find billions for bailouts. Of course, socialist revolutions can share key traits. Many feature aspiring dictators like Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, a former Goldman Sachs banker. He is pushing Hugo Chavez-style legislation demanding totalitarian authority to spend the $700 billion “without limitation” or “review by any court of law or any administrative agency.” And surprise — Paulson’s scheme would enrich his Goldman Sachs pals.

Somewhere in Hell there must be a ski slope open for the season, because I’m cheering on the conservative Republicans in the House. They seem to be the only ones listening to the public. Carol and Garth have posted plenty of contact info on their sites for we, the public. Be sure to give Baucus, Tester and Rehberg a call.

As for the Republican presidential nominee, well, pulling a silly–and patently fake–stunt like “suspending” the campaign isn’t “bold” or “masterful”; it only makes you the headline act at the freak show this week. If you’re going to cancel your appearance on Letterman because you have to rush back to Washington to help solve our financial crisis, it might be a good idea to actually leave New York, not wander over to Katie Couric’s studio for an interview, give a speech at the Clinton Global Initiative later that evening, spend the night in the Big Apple, and show up in D.C. a day later with nothing to say.

At the bipartisan White House meeting that Mr. McCain had called for a day earlier, he sat silently for more than 40 minutes, more observer than leader, and then offered only a vague sense of where he stood, said people in the meeting.

Do you think McCain wanted to dazzle everyone with his Clarence Thomas impersonation? Lord knows we all need a little humor right now, because this joke isn’t funny anymore.

by jhwygirl

Well, geez. Here I was working on a healthcare piece about Republican Presidential Nominee Senator John McCain, and here he goes and says it – in his own words!

Via Left in the West, my friends.

Guess I’ll save my piece for some other time…I mean, what’s better than hearing it right from the candidate himself?

Whee! Deregulate!! Whooo hooo!

Any bets on how long it is before the American Academy of Actuaries takes it down off of its website?

by Pete Talbot
This just forwarded to me from an alert reader:

“In April, Sen. John McCain skipped the vote on the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which restores the longstanding interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (overturned last year by a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling). In New Orleans, McCain explained his opposition to the bill by claiming it ‘opens us up to lawsuits for all kinds of problems.’ Later in Kentucky, he added that instead of legislation allowing women to fight for equal pay, they simply need ‘education and training.’

So, Senator John McCain failed to show up to vote for the Equal Work – Equal Pay legislation, and he said that had he been there, he would have voted against it.
That said, since Sarah Palin is less qualified than the other candidate (Biden), and a GIRL, do you think that McCain should ask her to work for less? About 20% less?”
I’m sure Ms. Palin won’t mind.

by jhwygirl

in Michigan. By using foreclosure listings.

“We will have a list of foreclosed homes and will make sure people aren’t voting from those addresses,” party chairman James Carabelli told Michigan Messenger in a telephone interview earlier this week. He said the local party wanted to make sure that proper electoral procedures were followed.

See – they’re even shameless about it.

Michigan is a swing state. Michigan is one of 8 states with an above-average foreclosure rate. The others? Nevada (+1, McCain), Florida ( +5, McCain), California (+14, Obama), Arizona (+16, McCain), Michigan (+6, Obama), Rhode Island (+19, Obama), Indiana (+4, McCain) and Ohio (+3, McCain).

Where are McCain/Palin’s Macomb County, Michigan headquarters? Housed in the office building of foreclosure specialists Trott & Trott – who’s founder, David A. Trott, has raised upwards of $250,000 for McCain/Palin.

The Obama/Biden campaign has joined with 3 affected Michigan homeowners and the DNC in defending the lawful right of families facing foreclosure or who have lost their homes to vote in the November election.

THIS is the Republican Party, folks. THIS is McCain/Palin. THIS is Karl Rove.

Or is it just More of the Same, that being John McCain?

Vote accordingly.

by jhwygirl

You know you’ve gone too far.

As of tonight, McCain/Palin are up to 55 – counted by nonpartisan organizations such as, Wall Street Journal, CNN and Associated Press. Click the pic to get an up-to-date listing.

by jhwygirl

Poor presidential candidate John McCain. He doesn’t get the day-to-day challenges that are the reality for us Americans.

“Listen, mayors have the toughest job, I think, in America. It’s easy for me to go to Washington and, frankly, be somewhat divorced from the day-to-day challenges people have.”

And apparently being President of the United States, for him, is taking the easy way out?


But not surprising. With what? – 8 homes? 11 homes? – hell, even he doesn’t know….but yeah, it probably is hard for Republican presidential candidate John McCain to imagine the day-to-day challenges that are reality for 300,000,000+ Americans.

Vote accordingly, America.

by jhwygirl

West Fork Blues has transcribed a nice huge chunk of ABC News Charlie Gibson’s interview with Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin. I, for one, am grateful. It’s good to see the ludicrous stuff she actually said instead of hearing about it via talk show wonks.

Thanks West Fork Blues!

Vote accordingly, folks.

In fact – you can register to vote or request an absentee ballot right here at this link. So all of you new residents of Montana – I’m speaking to you new University of Montana students, people – click that link and get the job done.

by jhwygirl

If it’s anything that made make me walk away from the keyboard for the afternoon, it was this: U.S. Outlines Fan-Fred Takeover. Or this: U.S. Unveils Takeover of Two Mortgage Giants (and why does James. B. Lockhart look happy in that picture?). Or this: U.S. Announces Takeover of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac.

Hmmm, Sunday’s must be even better than those Friday afternoon news dumps. On the other hand, maybe what they’re trying to do is prevent an all-out run on the market tomorrow morning.

I hope I start hearing some people that work in Washington – like Bernanke and Paulson and Obama and McCain and Pelosi and Boehner and Reed and Mitch McConnell and everyone else start talking reform here real soon. Is there not an urgency to this? How long can the U.S. economy wait?

On Palin

by jhwygirl
I’m beginning to think the whole Palin thing is a Rovian wetdream.

Sure is drawing attention away from McCain and his ineptitude. He’ll sure need it now that the biggest bailout in the history of the U.S. is underway – under his party’s negligent watch.

There’s only 60+ days to the election, and we Democrats are whining about a neophyte and Republicans are feeding those People Magazine flames – and things like healthcare and the economy and an illegal war in Iraq are going by the wayside.

This news over Fannie and Freddie is what we should throw into the focus. Let’s hear both Obama’s and McCain’s thoughts….


by Rebecca Schmitz

From Time’s Joe Klein:

There is a tendency in the media to kick ourselves, cringe and withdraw, when we are criticized. But I hope my colleagues stand strong in this case: it is important for the public to know that Palin raised taxes as governor, supported the Bridge to Nowhere before she opposed it, pursued pork-barrel projects as mayor, tried to ban books at the local library and thinks the war in Iraq is “a task from God.” The attempts by the McCain campaign to bully us into not reporting such things are not only stupidly aggressive, but unprofessional in the extreme.

by Pete Talbot

Palin pregnancy

There are reasons to question John McCain’s VP pick but Sarah Palin’s daughter being pregnant isn’t one of them. And if McCain drops her from the ticket for this, then he is a neo-con shill, not a maverick.

Sure, there’s some hypocrisy involved: the VP candidate’s anti-sex-ed, abstinence-only, family-values rhetoric. But this is still personal stuff — it could happen to any family — and it’s pitiful that the media, Democrats or Republicans would make it an issue.

Let’s compare Sarah Palin to Joe Biden on experience. The differences are stark.

Betcha, Erik

Much has been written, lately, about Montana’s Republican Chair Erik Iverson. I happen to believe that he’s a damn good spin doctor — one of the finest mouthpieces Montana Republicans have ever had. I mean, you’ve got to be good when, in the face of your red state turning blue, you continually crank out positive spin. But this could be the best so far:

“I still believe at the end of the day, McCain wins Montana by eight to 10 points.” Iverson told Lee newspapers.

Now I’ve challenged him before (never heard a peep back from the guy) so I’ll try again. Anything less than eight points and you kick in $100 toward my favorite candidate in 2010. Eight points or over, and I’ll throw $100 toward your favorite Republican.

Prof. Craig Wilson is a downer

And just who is Craig Wilson, the oft-quoted pundit in various print and electronic news organs?

Well, he hails from Missoula, believe it or not, but currently resides in the Magic City and is a professor at MSU-Billings (formerly Eastern Montana Normal School — it was founded as a teachers’ college).

Wilson bums me out. Here are a couple of his quotes:

“Within the state, this may be one of the less interesting election years,” Wilson told Lee Newspapers.

He went on to say that the Obama-McCain race would bring voters out but he disparaged the down ticket races.

Here’s another:

“In my book, McCain still has to be the favorite in Montana,” Wilson said in July.

Craig, if you give me points, as I’m sure Iverson (above) will, let’s do a $100 wager on that race; proceeds going to one of our favorite charities, of course.

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