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Debate One Blow By Blow Building All Day

Debate One Blow By Blow Building All Day

The time is 7:36 PM EASTERN. The earlier entries are posted below with times given.

This is shaping up to something huge. I can imagine Barack on a major attack if this really does hit the economy head on. He will HAVE to basically hit McCain with his record. How he can do this and still come off as one who can LEAD the country is the challenge I hope we’ll all say he has met.

My sanity is being massaged by watching KO leading into the debate — 30 minutes to go. Letterman is explaining John McCain to people who do not knw him. I bet Crystal City talks about this campaign in terms we would love to hear and transcribe.

Some stories that Obama Campaign sent out an invite to watch the debate on CNN. Who says it WAS from the campaign?

17 minutes. Barack could be said to have prepared for the Presidency from the moment he moved toward Harvard Law, toward Chicago, toward a political response to human issues. Always a special person and a special track. At every point when he has been aware of needing to rise to an occasion, he has risen to an occasion.

Michelle is with Barack. They walk in.

McCain has prepped since he saw the inside of the US Senate. Whether he got the chance too late, after too much under the dam, he may have the visceral mojo to pull through. But it is a big chance, it would seem.

I say it is Barack’s to lose.

The debate will turn when Barack smashes through the McCain rap. Barack will not address McCain directly without being prompted. Then again Mccain will not look at Barack.

Something has to give.

End of KO. DEBATE. Bare Stage. Sirens out my NYC windows.

First question. Barack first to talk abot where he stands on the recovery plan. He goes off into an effort to make it personal. He needs to answer. He lays out his specific points to be included in the plan. Direct Bush McCain hit. Middle class fair shake.

McCain does a Kennedy nod after Kennedy has been declared OK. But he does establish a more personal feel. We do not wnt Saddlebrook again. McCain is taking implicit savior responsibilty.

Barack is still lecturing. Neither has scored yet.

Now McCain attacks directly. His earmarks rap. Barack does not attack back. On the other hand he may be able to lick him on content.

McCain wants to goad Barack. Barack is not goading back. He needs to hit McCain MUCH harder.

Barack has started LOOKING at McCain. He is doing better, but I am giving this round to McCain. We are 21 minutes in.

The first part of the debate is said to be the most important.

Barack is picking up. Hw is attacking back. Supporters will be happy but he needs more to prevail.

Barack is winning the second — Iraq — round. More passion.

While I think Barack is ahead in round two, he could simply have called McCain a neocon who shilled for the Iraq war a month past 9/11.

Still. I call round two a tie.

Neocon unveiled by McCain in round three. Iran. Will Barack enngage?

I said this ws shaping up to something huge. It would have been much more huge if Barack had come in with a much stronger Iraq War condemnation and a much stronger neocon condemnation.

Will he close with a strong response to McCain’s Russia militancy?

Barack’s answer is strong.

I would say the debate is almost a tie and that it had no knockout blows either way.

Concluding statement by Barack is strong. McCain’s response is somewhat less so.

EARLIER

I do not think McCain went to DC with the intent of passing the compromise worked on by Barack. In his surrogate talking points, put out while his campaign continued through his “suspension”, he specifically says he does not think the compromise will pass. I believe he went down to DC to ensure that it would have more difficulty passing and then to become the hero of a compromise that he would engineer solo. Excellent for a potential Commander and Chief.

Now, skeptics are given a chance to play chicken, if they wish. Though a TIME piece offers what looks like a possible way out.

One solution being floated in the Senate, however, might work precisely because there would be no real winners. The Senate, where the bill has more support among Republicans than in the House, would take the lead and attach the bill to a resolution that continues to fund the federal government through the election. That is a measure members have a hard time voting against, and if the Senate then adjourns, the House would pretty much be forced to swallow the Senate’s single bill. House members would then be forced to vote for or against the budget along with the bailout, giving them a measure of political cover. In the end such an approach may be the only viable way out of a fine mess that has left markets reeling, the economy on the brink of collapse and Washington looking once again like the dysfunctional place that both Barack Obama and John McCain have pledged to change.

At any rate, I am devoting this page to the first debate. Following the debate story hour by hour and posting relevant items, videos and commentary here. Please scroll down for a salient collection of links to news and opinion that is generally the latest and often ahead of the curve.

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I was at the Biden address yesterday and it was extremely well received. There was an overflow crowd in this very Republican area. What struck me most (outside of Biden nailing the subject and putting it in terms that everyone could easily understand) was the make up of the audience – predominently white, older, and with a good number of vocal union members. I think we have an excellent chance to make Ohio blue.

8:34 AM EASTERN

I think an agreement will be hammered out. And pass. McCain only wins if there is no agreement passed, And then, only if there is no financial Armageddon.

Humor Break


9:55 AM EASTERN


Survey of Debate Issues from WAPO


10:07 AM EASTERN

An anti-Obama take on how McCain is playing this:

Mrs. Pelosi now claims she aims to ram through the bill. She is shouting that the GOP must relent and join in. Not a chance. “No deal,” is the way to guard the people’s cash. The Democrats are working with George Bush and Hank Paulson. The Republicans in the House (the Senate crowd is pointless and feckless) are working with the people. It is the world turned upside down — with the Grand Old Party marching arm-in-arm with Main Street, and the class warrior Democrats gamboling with the Wall Street Interest.

Obama fell into the deal ambush, and now he must take the campaign stage claiming that a grotesque, imperial, unprecedented and endlessly ramshackle Goldman, Sachs fantasy of a deal is good for the country. And John McCain can stand on the same campaign stage and mumble sincerely that thrift, cautious, reform, transparency, modesty, honesty are the new day for the McCain administration.

Now What?

Mrs. Pelosi and Harry Reid have by this time realized they have sandbagged themselves into fighting with the president they denounce. Fighting for the arrogant, tone-deaf, bully Hank Paulson (right) and the super rich they want to super tax. Fighting for the Wall Street that gives the Democrats twice as much as the Republicans.

Will they pull back? Or will they risk it, pass the bill, and hope that Obama can defeat McCain in the debate and on November 4 so they can ready their teams to withstand the assault of reformers coming in 2010? More soon, and all eyes on John Boehner, Minority Leader of the cavalry to the rescue.
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11:23 AM EASTERN TIME

From FOX/AP: The head of Ole Miss proposes a Town Hall if McCain finks out (my language) SOURCE

And now MSMBC says MCCain is going to Mississippi. Gosh, John, thanks.

1:03 PM EASTERN

I am not certain the House Republicans are actually on board.

The Expectation Game:

Most voters expect Obama to have the upper hand in the debates, according to a new poll out this morning.

In the CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey, 59 percent of likely voters said they expect Obama to do a better job in the debates, while 34 percent picked McCain. SOURCE

3:19 PM EASTERN

Lieberman on MSNBC defends McCain as predicted. How many wagons does McCain have? Whew.

5:04 PM EASTERN


A View From Across the Pond

A veteran Republican campaigner, who asked to remain nameless, said “it has been a rough week” for Mr McCain, while another said his campaign “can do tactics but can’t do strategy”.

Democrats have delighted in what they describe as Mr McCain’s erratic, hot-headed behaviour, which they said showed signs of desperation amid falling poll numbers.

“You see disorganisation and chaos like this in local campaigns, but I have never seen anything like this on a national level,” said Peter Fenn, a veteran Democrat campaign consultant.

“These guys seem to wake up every morning and say ‘what are going to do now?’ I have known John McCain since the Seventies and he makes decisions by the seat of his pants and he can be rash and brash.”

On Tuesday Mr McCain admitted that he had not read the three-page draft from the White House on saving the economy, which had been published four days earlier.

Claiming he was putting nation above politics, the next day he “suspended” his campaign and announced he was returning to Washington to help Congress agree the terms of the financial package. He also called for the postponement of the debate, a cherished ritual of American political life.

Mr McCain urged George W Bush to call the meeting at the White House with Congressional leaders, Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and Mr Obama that was supposed to present a united front to the country but descended into a slanging match.

Harry Reid, the Democrat leader of the Senate, accused Mr McCain of harming negotiations by dragging the presidential campaign roadshow on to Capitol Hill.

Talks were proceeding well, Mr Reid said, until “guess who came to town, and then things fell apart, the vehicle came off the tracks”.

Mr McCain’s choice of the inexperienced Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate also came under renewed scrutiny after she struggled to answer several questions convincingly in an interview with CBS.

Ed Rollins, the manager of Ronald Reagan’s landslide victory in 1984, said afterwards: “I wouldn’t put her in many more interviews like this.” SOURCE


6:35 PM EASTERN

John McCain rushes to Mississippi for the debate, but may hurry back to D.C. | Main
Behind the scenes on John McCain’s wild Friday campaign ride

John McCain’s campaign is making it up on the fly today, even on the ground.

And in a few hours we’ll see in tonight’s presidential debate how it all plays out.

The result has been what appears to be barely-controlled chaos on the tag-along end at least. The candidate’s seemingly abrupt decision Friday to take part in the debate after 48 hours of public confusion added a nail-biting, cliffhanger element to a presidential contest already infused with high stakes drama.

It is a seat-of-the-pants, adrenalin-charged style that McCain, once an aircraft carrier pilot, apparently enjoys. Or doesn’t mind. But it is a far cry from the carefully scripted, well-planned schedules that most presidential campaigns, not to mention the White House, typically employ and the traveling press corps is accustomed to.

It makes an intriguing behind-the-scenes blog item, however.

Two days ago, McCain unexpectedly announced in New York that he would temporarily suspend his campaign, postpone the debate with Obama, and go to Washington to help the White House, Treasury secretary, head of the Federal Reserve, and the 532 members of Congress who aren’t running for president find a solution to the unfolding financial debacle.

The result, so far at least, has been more finger-pointing than comity.

Democrats insisted that McCain’s presence helped scuttle a deal that was close to agreement, although earlier in the week Democratic Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada suggested the Republican’s presence would help.

Republicans angrily blamed Democrats for putting partisan politics over the nation’s interest, a default attack line for both parties in Washington.

McCain aides claimed that a highly contentious meeting at the White House on Thursday turned into what one called “Kabuki theater,” in which shouting Democratic leaders sought to goad McCain into losing his temper. He did not, they pointed out, instead sitting silently during most of the high-level meeting that he had helped organize.

Whether McCain’s involvement helped or hurt the process, it’s clear he has utterly upended his campaign at a critical point in a contest already moving at warp speed. Aides complained that they did not know where he would spend the next hour, never mind the next day, and that Obama’s campaign cranked up its attacks during the last two days.

“It’s like a bad movie,” one aide said privately Friday. “No one knows what we’re doing. Everything is minute by minute now.”

McCain started early Friday with quick meetings on Capitol Hill with Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Senate minority leader, and John Boehner (R-Ohio), the House minority leader. He soon returned to his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Va., his motorcade racing down the rain-slicked streets and across the Potomac River shortly before 11.

By then, aides said, McCain had decided to attend the Mississippi debate.

Soon after, the campaign issued a statement announcing his decision, and another statement to McCain’s traveling corps of reporters advising them to be prepared to get to the airport within 45 minutes once the departure time was confirmed.

Instead, McCain pulled another surprise. Climbing into his black SUV, his motorcade suddenly took off for nearby Reagan National Airport.

The flight departed so quickly that dutiful Secret Service agents had to inspect one passenger’s bags in the aisle as the plane taxied. Except for the dozen or so reporters and camera crews who shadow him as a pool, the McCain campaign left the rest of the traveling press behind and a separate charter flight was arranged.

In case the rest of working America was worried about them.

— Bob Drogin SOURCE

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McCain Antics Page — Thursday 25 September, 2008

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McCain Antics Page — Thursday 25 September, 2008 The Huff Post version of this page has a comment section.

John McCain is engaged in a hypocritical effort to preempt the narrative of this Presidential contest. Today I shall try to carry on a running account of this, using as few words as possible to describe what I devoutly hope will be, like the rest of the McCain campaign, a transparent and demeaning retreat from even the pretense of civility, wisdom and true concern for the people of this country.

Please scroll down for a carefully selected collection of current links drawn largely from the list of sites on the left.

From Nate at 538:

Americans feel about the debates they way I felt about Bugs Bunny. The cumulative audience between the three Presidential debates will likely significantly exceed that of the Super Bowl. They like watching them, and look forward to them. If McCain denies them that pleasure, they are likely to be angry with him, perhaps in ways they have difficulty expressing.

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Imagine instead if McCain had called on Obama to return to Washington, and also called on him to meet him at Georgetown University on Friday night for a “civil discussion” (a.k.a. a High Noon showdown) on leading America’s economy forward. That could have been brilliant. Obama would probably have had to agree to the change of venue and subject matter. McCain would have needed to follow-through by actually winning the debate, but if he had, that would almost certainly have been a game-changer. But that’s not what McCain did. SOURCE


And Now Letterman Skewers McCain for Nine Minutes

With nearly half a million views at 7:53 AM Thursday, this could be a loss leader for McCain’s idiot campaign. Imagine Dylan singing Idiot Wind — and recall that Blood on The Tracks is among Obama’s favorite recordings.

Juan Cole Weighs In

Mao Zedong announced the adage by which John McCain is clearly living now: “The enemy advances, we retreat. / The enemy camps, we harass. / The enemy tires, we attack.” Mao was describing not a conventional but a guerrilla war, and McCain is now unexpectedly playing the Filipino insurgents of 1899 to Obama’s America. Guerrilla wars are waged by the weak but wily. McCain has all but announced that his conventional campaign has crashed and burned. We do not know if the prepping for the debate was a disaster, or it turns out you really can’t let Palin be interviewed freely by normal people, or whether terror set in that a second great depression will turn the country starkly to the left for the foreseeable future. SOURCE

Much more where this came from, including videos.

Then we hear:

White House Worried McCain Will Vote NO

10:38 AM EASTERN

Barack covers the bases in a TV address to the Clinton to-do, via satellite. Pass the plan with provisions as noted on yesterday’s page. McCain haul down to Mississippi tomorrow, because Barack will be there. Closing doors to a McCain escape. More talk about urgent gloval issues. Barack commits to specifics. Oil, gas, terror, tyranny — time for us to lead by 1. 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Invest in alternatives. 2. Embracing Millennium Goals to halve poverty by 2050. 3. Erase education gap by 2015. Global Education Fund. 4. Ending all malaria deaths by 2015. Manifests global vision and understanding of need to harness all sectors.

11:09 AM EASTERN

Tucker Bounds obviously knows the debate is inevitable so he is revving up for it.

12:12 PM EASTERN

So the Oxford press conference is on and the GOP Governor is avoiding the question on everyone’s minds, though he finally gets around to saying it will be a great debate. Answering questions which we cannot hear, he expects a debate.

The essence of this is not that John McCain wants to help, he wants to control, on the basis of potential political advantage. In a different world this might be called treason. His no deal-no debate posturing is petulance on steroids. The media love it.

So, yawn, an agreement has been reached in principle. With Barack’s principles — the ones he suggested to McCain. Silly season continues.

3:48 PM EASTERN

First Read summarizes main reactions to McCain’s gamble. It almost looks like a catch up ploy — in every way. It would be pathetic if this was not a man who breathes danger — a security risk of the first order.


5:49 PM EASTERN

OK, McCain did not WANT to debate. A perceived loss. So he made up the present game. Then there may not be a deal at all. If McCain rejects the deal that was supposedly agreed on earlier, he keeps the spotlight. But he opens himself to all manner of counterattack. We shall see what Barack has to say.

My guess: McCain will wait for Obama to speak, which is happening now. He will attack Obama and blame anything he can on him. He will reissue a challenge of some sort. He could care less about offending the debate people. He is in desperation mode.

We shall see.

6:15 PM EASTERN

A strong McCain health ad on McCain drawn from a video. It may force disclosure beyond the limited disclosure to date. Palin is not hacking it as a replacement.

8:12 PM EASTERN

McCain has been speechless. The word is he messed up the deal by allowing his conservative Republican colleagues to throw a counter proposal into the WH meeting. His options seem to be diminishing. A great place for a craps player with a large bank account. Only will he be able to fight another day when the stake is the Presidency?

And just in case anyone believed McCain actually suspended his campaign, the Huff Post finds otherwise.

8:41 PM EASTERN

From Bill Burton:

John McCain sought to change the subject from his out-of-touch response to the economic crisis with a big announcement that he was “suspending” his campaign. But the only thing McCain really wants suspended is the American people’s disbelief. In fact, he’s been in full campaign mode the entire time.

Instead of heading to Washington right away, Senator McCain stuck around in New York to do TV interviews, spend the night, and give a scheduled speech. Though the McCain campaign announced yesterday that they were also “suspending” their attack ads, they continued to run Thursday.

When McCain finally arrived in Washington, almost twenty-four hours after his announcement – and after Congressional leadership announced a deal in principle – he huddled with his lobbyist campaign advisors while his running mate held a political rally and his political spokesmen and surrogates were out in full force, continuing to attack Barack Obama.

So make no mistake: John McCain did not “suspend” his campaign. He just turned a national crisis into an occasion to promote his campaign. It’s become just another political stunt, aimed more at shoring up the Senator’s political fortunes than the nation’s economy. And it does nothing to help advance this critical legislation to protect the American people during this time of economic crisis. SOURCE

The following clips are from the Bill Burton source noted immediately above. Is not McCain HANDING this to Barack with every wrong move?

McCain Arrives After Deal Announced by Leadership, Continues to Huddle with Campaign Advisors.

* McCain’s “Straight Talk Air” landed at National Airport just after noon, and McCain’s motorcade sped toward the Senate. But by then, senior Democrats and Republicans colleagues were already announcing that a deal in principle had been reached. [WaPo, 9/25/08]

* “McCain met with congressional leaders earlier today and has now returned to his Senate office. But it’s increasingly implausible to think that what he’s doing is anything different than he’d be doing on the campaign trail, except he’s in person now instead of on his cell phone. Take this latest pool report below from the Trib’s Jill Zuckman, which basically confirms that he’s conferring with his closest political and policy advisers: Sen. McCain left his lunch in the Capitol at 1:50 pm and returned to his Russell Senate office with Sen. Lieberman and Rick Davis. Your pooler asked him if he was making any progress and he said something I couldn’t hear too well, but seemed friendly and basically nonresponsive. So your pooler said that I would be around all day and if there’s anything he’d like to tell me I’d be happy to hear. That got a laugh from Lieberman and a “thanks, Jilly” from McCain. As I type, Sen. Graham and Doug Holtz-Eakin have entered the Senate office.” [Politico, 9/25/08]

McCain Campaign Surrogates Continue to Attack Obama On Television.

* “In the five hours after McCain’s speech, aides Nancy Pfotenhauer, Tucker Bounds, and Mike Duhaime appeared on Fox News and MSNBC five times, frequently criticizing Obama and Democrats.” [Think Progress, 9/25/08]

* “Despite McCain’s claim that he’s put his campaign on hold, two of them directly attacked Barack Obama in political terms on television this morning.” [TPM, 9/25/08]

* “McCain’s campaign cease-fire apparently doesn’t extend to some surrogates and the Republican National Committee… Adviser Nancy Pfotenhauer, responding to the Obama camp taking credit for the bailout deal adopting some of his suggestions, said on Fox News Channel, ‘This is maybe perhaps part of the pattern that we’ve seen before where Senator Obama would claim that the housing bill came out of his committee — and he didn’t even sit on the committee. or that the stimulus package was his package and even his Democratic leader said that it wasn’t.’ The RNC went after Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden after he said in Greensburg, Pa., today that McCain is ‘proposing the largest tax increase on middle-class taxpayers in American history.'” [Boston Globe, 9/25/08]

* “Does a suspension include Nancy Pfotenhauer talking about Biden and Obama’s foreign policy on Fox?” [Politico, 9/25/08]

McCain Television Advertising Continues.

* “Readers in Iowa and Wisconsin emailed to say that they saw seen McCain ads on the air this morning, though he’s said he’s taking them down.” [Politico, 9/25/08]

* “Aside from the trip to Washington, the suspension seems not to take in fundraising or surrogates attacking Obama on television, and the ads haven’t come down all that speedily. A reader reports seeing on in the Tampa area at 12:45 this afternoon.” [Politico, 9/25/08]

McCain Campaign Offices Continue Normal Campaign Activity.

* “The Huffington Post called up 15 McCain-Palin and McCain Victory Committee headquarters in various battleground states. Not one said that it was temporarily halting operations because of the supposed “suspension” in the campaign. Several, in fact, enthusiastically declared the continuation of their work. Others hadn’t even heard that the candidate for whom they were devoting their time had officially stopped campaigning.” [Huffington Post, 9/25/08]

* “So, I called as well, and was told specifically that “volunteer activities are still ongoing” and that people are welcome/encouraged to come in and do so.” [Raising Kaine, 9/25/08]

Governor Palin Held a Press Avail and Campaign Rally.

* “A local Philadelphia NBC News affiliate was reporting Thursday morning that Mr. McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, was to hold a rally at the airport in Philadelphia upon her arrival there this afternoon. The most recent official schedule for Ms. Palin, which the campaign distributed late Tuesday night, did not include an airport event.” [NYT, 9/25/08]

* “Although the McCain campaign said Palin was suspending her activities – McCain on Wednesday called a halt to his campaign to deal with the financial markets rescue plan being negotiated by Congress and the Bush administration – Palin was heading to Philadelphia for a rally at the airport.” [AP, 9/25/08]

* “On Thursday, despite the McCain-Palin campaign saying they would suspend campaigning until Congress had dealt with the financial crisis, Ms. Palin made a campaign stop at ground zero in Lower Manhattan, and finally “fielded” four questions, according to a reporter in the small pool of journalists assigned to accompany her.” [NYT, 9/25/08]

* “The decision to have Palin hold her first avail ever today of all days is either brilliantly cynical or (in my opinion more likely) a sign of how little coordination there is this completely candidate-led campaign. As one senior aide put it recently: “It wouldn’t be a McCain campaign if knew what we were doing.” [Time.com, 9/25/08]

The McCain Campaign Is Still Sending out Top Surrogates For McCain.

* “Mitt Romney Campaigning in Michigan TODAY: Romney’s visit appeared to be on track even though McCain on Wednesday challenged Obama to suspend their campaigns, postpone Friday’s debate and work together to deal with the nation’s financial troubles. By Wednesday evening, Obama had rebuffed McCain’s suggestion, saying the debate should be held, but agreeing to go to Washington to meet Thursday with President Bush to discuss the bailout proposal.” [AP, 9/25/08]

McCain Rapid Response Operation Continues to Attack the Obama-Biden Campaign.

· “Not suspended: McCain rapid response operation.” [The Atlantic, 9/24/08]

* “McCain suspends campaign, but politics still simmer at surface: John McCain may have suspended his presidential campaign as of Thursday morning, but an appearance at President Clinton’s Global Initiative forum and his campaign’s releasing its daily note to reporters gave the Republican candidate a few remaining opportunities to weigh in politically on a proposed Wall Street bailout.” [FOX News, 9/25/08]

The McCain Campaign Continues to Circulate Campaign Press Clips.
“What exactly constitutes a “suspended campaign?” Well, Team McCain is still working away this morning. Joe Pounder, the indefatigable press aide, blasted out his morning email of clips and quips to reporters with just a bit of dissonance.” [Politico, 9/25/08]

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FRIGHTENED Bush tries to sell bailout GO


AS MCCAIN runs for cover, our superpower status wastes away GO


ANDREW SULLIVAN on the smearing of journalists, including himself GO


CNN pushes back on McCain campaign news blackout VIDEO GO


KATIE COURIC Palin interview transcript GO


NO ONE is sure the bailout would work GO


TO MCCAIN — troops do not get time off for a financial crisis (coup de grace) GO


FACT CHECK — More McCain lies GO


FACT CHECK — Wildlife Wolf video has two grisly sides and the whole thing divides Alaskans GO


NOW does the McCain camp want to postpone the VP debate? GO


HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH — UN: Hold Ahmadinejad Accountable for Iran Rights Crisis GO


TAPPED — lightning round — incluing — Does McCain Want to avoid Palin-Biden debate? GO


HIT the JED Report for ongoing videos and parallel reporting GO


MCCAIN’s desperate debate-evasion ploy GO

GALLUP DAILY is dead even GO


MCCAIN put out surrogate talking points to exploit his delaying ploy GO


MORTGAGE CRISIS worsens. Will bailout actually help? GO


FOREIGN INVESTORS stepping back GO


HOWIE KURTZ fails to note McCain ad falsehoods GO


STATE DEPARTMENT brain drain increases GO


DOES Palin change things in New Hampshire? GO


MILITARY Families Join Michael Moore’s Slacker Uprising Tour MOVING VIDEO GO


THE MCCAIN-OBAMA skirmish — a delicate dance GO


SARAH PALIN is no quick study GO


SWING STATE overview GO


DAILY SHOW Bush will have us eating road kill VIDEO and text GO


OBAMA rejected McCain’s blindsiding by revealing the truth GO


TIME take on what crisis says about leadership GO


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Democrats and Republicans Made The Mortgage Crisis — Quit The Blame Game

There are two key pieces of evidence in the maelstrom we are now calling a meltdown — but which began with a mortgage crisis. They suggest that any effort by partisans of Barack Obama to skewer the Republicans for screwing up the regulatory environment is doomed to be met with a substantial number of Pinocchios.

In the case of the mortgage crisis the blame cannot be laid to either party. Democrats and Republicans fed at the same trough and did so for decades. The main role of the Obama candidacy is to offer a way out. But that way does not involve throwing the kitchen sink at the Republicans. It is time for a little ray of common culpability truth.

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Bill Clinton Was Complicit in Repealing Glass-Steagall SOURCE

Bill Clinton and the Wall of Me

Billionaire Sanford I. Weill, who according to Louis Uchitelle made “Citigroup into the most powerful financial institution since the House of Morgan a century ago,” has what I call the Wall of Me leading to his office, which he has decorated with tributes to him, including a dozen framed magazine covers. A major trophy is the pen Bill Clinton used to sign the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, a move which allowed Weill to create Citigroup. Fittingly, Citigroup is a major contributor to guess which current Democratic Presidential candidate?

A Frontline report on the repeal of Glass-Steagall shows how those with money end up with pens from the President of the United States on their walls.

Sandy Weill calls President Clinton in the evening to try to break the deadlock after Senator Phil Gramm, chairman of the Banking Committee, warned Citigroup lobbyist Roger Levy that Weill has to get White House moving on the bill or he would shut down the House-Senate conference. Serious negotiations resume, and a deal is announced at 2:45 a.m. on Oct. 22. Whether Weill made any difference in precipitating a deal is unclear.

Just days after the administration (including the Treasury Department) agrees to support the repeal, Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, the former co-chairman of a major Wall Street investment bank, Goldman Sachs, raises eyebrows by accepting a top job at Citigroup as Weill’s chief lieutenant. The previous year, Weill had called Secretary Rubin to give him advance notice of the upcoming merger announcement. When Weill told Rubin he had some important news, the secretary reportedly quipped, “You’re buying the government?”

When Bill Clinton gave that pen to Sanford Weill, it symbolized the ending of the twentieth century Democratic Party that had created the New Deal. Although the 1999 law did not repeal all of the banking Act of 1933, retaining the FDIC, it did once again allow banks to enter the securities business, becoming what some term “whole banks.”

The repeal of one of the most important pieces of legislation in this nation’s history came about as a result of another Clinton “triangulation,” the wobbling attempt to find the middle of the road that has somehow managed to pass for a philosophy with many Democrats for over two decades. As former Clinton former campaign Richard Morris once described it, you move a little to the left, a little to the right. I’d love to hear Clinton give that explanation to a foreclosed home owner today.

With the stroke of a pen, Bill Clinton ended an era that stretched back to William Jennings Bryan and Woodrow Wilson and reached fruition with FDR and Harry Truman. As he signed his name, in the whorls and dots of his pen strokes William Jefferson Clinton was also symbolically signing the death warrant of Liberal America and its core belief in the level playing field that had guided the Democratic Party. But it was the gift of the pen to Sanford Weill and its assuming an honored place on the Wall of Me that rubbed salt in the wound. SOURCE

EXHIBIT TWO:

As I listened to Barack Obama truthfully skewering McCain for having lobbyists all around. with Rick Davis possibly on the take as late as last month, I began to wonder if John McCain was lying when he said he had warned about the mortgage implosion two years ago. Turns out he was not:

McCain Skewers Fannie and Freddie in 2005

FEDERAL HOUSING ENTERPRISE REGULATORY REFORM ACT OF 2005

Mr. McCAIN. Mr. President, this week Fannie Mae’s regulator reported that the company’s quarterly reports of profit growth over the past few years were “illusions deliberately and systematically created” by the company’s senior management, which resulted in a $10.6 billion accounting scandal.

For years I have been concerned about the regulatory structure that governs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac–known as Government-sponsored entities or GSEs–and the sheer magnitude of these companies and the role they play in the housing market. OFHEO’s report this week does nothing to ease these concerns. In fact, the report does quite the contrary. OFHEO’s report solidifies my view that the GSEs need to be reformed without delay.

I join as a cosponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190, to underscore my support for quick passage of GSE regulatory reform legislation. If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.

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Alright. My point is simply that Barack supporters should acknowledge that on the economy there is little to choose between when looking at the performance of Democrats and Republicans.

The vehemence of those who favor a third party route is justified by the misbehavior of both parties.

Barack should suggest the past is a minefield of errors and work on a way out and the Obama Campaign should walk very softly when trying to hang the crisis on the Republicans.

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Stretch Your Mind A Bit Today

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Here Are A Few Destinations That Remind Us That We CAN Move Beyond Oil and the Dominance of the Private Automobile

Barack Obama’s Apollo Project

The Seminal Site for Grasping the Concepts of Christopher Alexander’s Pattern Language

Is Christopher Alexander’s Pattern Language Dead — Can The Original Pattern Language Survive?

Cascadia Living Building Challenge Challenged

The Timeless Way of Building — A Signpost

Our Crisis is Not Economic

Alex Steffen Hits The Nail on The Head in Business Week

Common Sense on Human Settlements

Christopher Alexander’s Pattern Language

Car Free Communities.

McCain Sendup on SNL — with ad at the start

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ABC panel berates McCain on age AND gravitas GO


PRESIDENTIAL debate ground rules set GO


PPP — North Carolina is tied GO


BAILOUT up for decision in Congress GO


FOURNIER Conflict-of-Interest Campaign GO


THIS BAILOOUT may not fly GO


OBAMA taking counsel PHOTO and text GO


60 MINUTES today: candidates agree we are in a recession GO


MILLENNIUM goals are at risk GO


GENERAL ELECTION state by state match-ups GO


HISTORY of government bailouts — 1970-now GO


VOTER SUPRESSION beaten back in Mississippi GO


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BARACK draws a line in the sand on bailing GO


GALLUP DAILY Barack up 4 GO


PALIN support is eroding in AK in the face of McCain strong arm tactics GO


CBS’ REID not fair and balanced GO


FOR MCCAIN, the impression of populism is what matters GO


PAKISTAN in shock following lethal blast GO


A VETERAN’S CASE against McCain GO


IN DEBATE NEGOTIATIONS McCain forces concede Palin is not ready for prime time GO


CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS — zombies or realists? GO


HOW BLOATED is the bubble GO


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MCCAIN healthcare article roundup GO


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It’s McCain Stupid — Why McCain Is The Issue

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It’s McCain Stupid — Why McCain Is The Issue

(Huffington Post link for this, slightly changed and you can comment there.}

I don’t believe this election will be a nail-biter. It will be closer to a landslide. Barack will win. If not Barack, McCain.

The reason I believe Barack will win is because I credit the electorate with enough wisdom to understand that this year the issue is not the economy. It’s McCain.

And on November 4, the American people will understand that he’s too great a risk just now.

They will vote in unprecedented numbers for a cool head, an energetic guy open to hearing all sides, who will have a gridlock-breaking majority in Congress and is open to a genuinely bipartisan march through the minefield created during the Bush years.

Yesterday I posted what this President will do:

Create a green future — based on renewable sources of energy.

Create millions of new jobs and help the middle class with tax cuts, college subsidies and increased pay for teachers.

Create a foreign policy that’s safe and secure. Repair frayed relationships, initiate tough diplomacy, save billions by ending the war in Iraq.

Create a smart, cooperative campaign to eliminate the terror threat and control nuclear materials.

Create schools that serve all children from birth.

Create a health care system for all Americans at costs all can afford.

Create a good, honest, transparent administration. Accountable to all. Led by one who has thought deeply about our needs and acted for two decades to put his goals into practice. SOURCE

McCain has fought this agenda for almost three decades. He has championed a thoughtless, pandering militarism and a domestic agenda that disrespects women, favors the wealthy and displays only ignorance when it comes to the economy.

He has distinguished himself as a near-compulsive gambler who operates on the false premise that he can bob and weave in all directions and somehow win — when the inexorable odds favor his inability to fool all of the people all of the time.

This inability is what is happening daily on TV.

To vote for McCain, you have to factor in substantial mortality odds and ask yourself if you want to risk our future on a woman Chuck Hagel says is demonstrably ill-prepared. This doubles the reasons why McCain is the issue. And why he will lose.

McCain has shown himself to be not a leader, but a doer of whatever he is told to do. This is not new. McCain did the bidding of Charlie Keating for a long time, until he had to pay back the contributions he had received.

Now McCain follows Steve Schmidt. Perhaps he will fire Schmidt when it appears that the die is cast in Obama’s favor and he must morph once again.

By November 4, I fully expect McCain to be having Fireside Chats with us — with an FDR stogie in his mouth.

But by then it will be too late.

Barack will have done with all Americans what he did with Democrats in Denver. He will have convinced them, with accuracy, that he is a uniter who has carefully considered the options and arrived at an agenda which can indeed capture our imagination and carry us away from the nightmare of the last eight years.

The issue in this election is McCain. His dual nature as McSame and McFlop. And underneath it all, the little boy gambler a mite too dotty now to risk in the White House. The American people can take only so much. The circus is ending.

McCain is the man who crashed five jets, mistreated his wife, opposed Dr. King and would overturn Rowe v. Wade. He favors bombing anyone who does not fit in to the neocon agenda of forcing freedom everywhere while squelching it apace.

To the extent voters see the cool hand, over against this fading relic of a sick Republican era, the election will go to Obama.

The issue is not the economy, or foreign policy, or security — the issue is whether we want to take a chance on another Republican after losing the farm with George Bush.

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MCCAIN’s campaign manager was paid handsomely to lobby against regulation of Fannie and Freddie GO


MIRACLE tree could feed Africa’s hungry GO


MCCAIN Fannie ad distorts big time (WAPO) GO


FACTCHECK says Obama is scaring seniors in McCain ad GO


MICHIGAN voter suppression roundup GO


MCCAIN’s Achilles heel may be social security GO


MCCAIN tries to taint Obama in new ad GO


MCCAIN on deregulating health care GO


PDF of the McCain health proposal GO


ATTACKING the senses — why ads work GO

FINANCIAL worries boost Obama GO


COMING to a screen near you. Independent culture war ads GO


TALIBAN resurgent GO


TROOPERGARE probe could end before election GO


ABC zaps Palin Troopergate claim. GO


EMILY’s List takes some lumps GO


ETHNIC cleansing data complicates surge hypothesis GO


PARSING recent Obama ads GO


ALASKA PHOTO OP — with devastating commentary GO


REPUBLICANS muddy the Florida waters again GO


BIDEN punches on beneath media radar GO


AN EXHAUSTED President bends in the wind GO


MCCAIN’s political junk food GO


CALLING the roll of McCain’s many lobbyists GO

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Three Most Damning Election ’08 Viral Videos

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Three most damning Election ’08 viral videos drawn from the 10 that you can view on Alternet. Too many videos on a page makes loading difficult, so I figured three would do the job.

There are, in addition, salient links on this page if you scroll down a bit. It takes me hours to find them. They come mainly from sites listed on the left. Generally aimed at supporting the Obama forces on our march to victory.

VIDEO ONE: McSame/McBush



DUH Department (I can’t help it — the following just posted to the Obama Blog.)

Stay On The Offense Every Day

There’s a simple reason. The McCain campaign is not paying ANY attention to protests of their lies and underhanded tactics unless it is to throw one of their own under the bus or alter their message to suit. They are playing to win. They are playing hard offense.

We need to do the same. Find the most vulnerable place and attack. Until they are occupied enough in responding that their offense is dulled.

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PS: I think we called it yesterday. A clear WIN day for Barack and Joe.

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OBAMA’s response on AIG GO


BIDEN may have helped Obama to a small lead in VA (PPP) GO


MCCAIN loopholes trump Obama financial advantage GO


NOW we support AIG GO


MICHIGAN voter suppression and true citizen journalism GO


10 most talked about viral campaign videos all on one page GO


CALLING Michelle! GO


STATUS of Congress energy bills GO


MCCAIN’s tall Commerce Committee tales GO


PARSING Palin’s Prevarications GO


BLACKBERRY held to be a McCain achieveent GO


BURSTING McCain’s phony populism bubble GO


MCCAIN’s nuclear energy plan has serious pitfalls GO


MCCAIN court — just what we don’t need GO


PALIN’s Kenya prayer connection GO


CARLY is an endangered McCain surrogate GO


OBAMA smeared by Iranian journalist GO


SEN. BROWN skewers McCain as part of the original Keating Five GO


MCCAIN offers weak response to Obama equal pay ad VIDEO GO


4 PINNOCHIOs for Palin on her energy claims GO


ECONOMISTS for Obama. HT Liberal Values GO


OBAMA takes fight to Beverly Hills GO


MCCLATCHY poll says McCain support is softening GO


MEDIA COMPLICITY in McCain lies strategy GO


AT least 16 deaths in Yemen US embassy attack GO


FROM ALASKA — massive GOP stonewalling and a fading Palin star GO


MCCAIN’s bus driver chimes in VIDEO GO


OBAMA raises $11 million in one night GO


OBAMA should push his health care plan … hard GO


HUGH Hewitt Indicator: Obama On The Upswing GO


MCCAIN should accept earmarks GO


PRO PUBLICA’s Palin file GO


BARACK outlines economic plan in new a two-minute VIDEO GO


RISKING war with Pakistan GO


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