Blame the media: the national political sport

Sarah does it — blame the media — although her attacks have become so reflexive and removed from reality  that the insults have lost their sting, methinks: Hey Gobsmacked Lamestream Media Bernie does it: And I think if we had a media in this country that was really prepared to look at what the Republicans actually stoodContinue reading “Blame the media: the national political sport”

What Obama has in common w/JFK…and Kurt Cobain

In a recent interview with Franklin Foer of The New Republic, Barack Obama said he liked to shoot: FF: Have you ever fired a gun?  BO: Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time. FF: The whole family? BO: Not the girls, but oftentimes guests of mine go upContinue reading “What Obama has in common w/JFK…and Kurt Cobain”

Translating the G20 “Triumph”

The G-20 meeting in London was widely considered a triumph for Barack Obama and the West. (Even Paul Krugman said so.) The Guardian's George Monbiot sees it differently, He writes: Here is the text of the G20 communique, in compressed form. "We, the Leaders of the Group of Twenty, will use every cent we don'tContinue reading “Translating the G20 “Triumph””

Weirdest Right-Wing Obama Taunt

Lately I've heard a new insult directed at Barack Obama by right-wing outlets…claiming that without his teleprompter, he's lost. Unable to pronounce words. Hopeless in front of a crowd with a mic. No, I'm not kidding. The allegation is that Barack Obama is stupid. Take a look at this genius post from the super-popular right-wingContinue reading “Weirdest Right-Wing Obama Taunt”

Barack, Your Climate Rhetoric Needs Work

I can't claim to be fully objective when it comes to Barack Obama, who is one of the best speakers I've ever heard, perhaps the best. But perhaps my fandom will make the following point a little sharper. Mr. President, when you speak about the climate, you really haven't found your way. When you speakContinue reading “Barack, Your Climate Rhetoric Needs Work”

Barack Obama is Not a Hippie

Which is probably why he won't go for this "White House organic farm" idea. Barack Obama is a liberal Democrat but not a hippie. He prefers jet planes to busses, cuts his hair about as short as a politician can, dresses immaculately but simply, and speaks admiringly of traditions such as faith, hard work, andContinue reading “Barack Obama is Not a Hippie”

Hansen predicts temps to set record in Obama’s first term

At his presentation after his lecture to the scientific masses at the American Geophysical Union, Jim Hansen was asked this week if, given that 2008 was cooler than a couple of recent years, if he would hazard a prediction for the near future of global temps. He jumped at the opportunity to go on the Continue reading “Hansen predicts temps to set record in Obama’s first term”

Why the GOP has Lost the Elites: Michael Barone

Well-known political analyst Michael Barone looks closely at Pennsylvania, concludes Obama will win, and explains why McCain thinks he has a chance. More importantly, he explains (here) why centrist voters  around the country have turned against the Republicans. McCain is running even with or better than Bush in most of Pennsylvania but is running farContinue reading “Why the GOP has Lost the Elites: Michael Barone”