Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Stupid Season

Is there anything more inane than this week's mini-flap over Obama's vacation to Hawaii? I mean, Hawaii is his home state, it is the home of his 85-year old grandmother whom he hasn't since 2006, and it is state. Even Cokie Roberts admits that much:



Myrtle Beach? Myrtle Beach is in South Carolina, where the Confederate flag still on the the state capitol. Foreign and exotic? Hawaii is so foreign and exotic that 8 million Americans visit every year (source: Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism). I won't even get into the idiocy of Cokie Roberts telling the man who beat the Clintons how to run his campaign.

Here's a thought: If things are slow, why not talk about stuff that matters? Cokie, I realize that you don't have to worry about things like health care, your mortgage, or energy independence, but a great many people do and might appreciate some serious, thoughtful commentary on these subjects. I realize that that would mean educating yourself and not spouting off, but -- hey -- try it. You might even find some pride and self-respect...

Ever wonder how John McCain spends his down time? How about throwing a barbecue for the press on his ranch? This would be the ranch where he owns "several cabins" including one with Navaho rugs "worth a lot of money" (his words). I wonder if Cokie Roberts was there...

Paul Krugman of The New York Times is one pundit who manages to spend his time usefully. Here, he explains that not only is national health care necessary and affordable, it will be popular...

Did I say that Obama is from Hawaii? Turns out that he's Irish:

5 comments:

Scrumpy's Baker said...

I winced when I heard he was in Hawaii because I just knew the press was going to jump all over it. Even if he was the wealthiest man in the world, he comes from the party who is far more likely to fight for the economic advancement of the "little people." It makes me sick to think that people buy into this and now its not only coming from the Republicans, it is coming from journalists.

NOLA radfem said...

I looked up Urney in Tyrone (where my family was from) and it turns out that Urney is right on the border with County Donnegal. I'm probably relatived to Obama - who knows (hell, we're pretty much all related).

I read on your profile that you are from Texas but live in the Northwest. I lived in Washington State for fourteen years.

Radish King said...

I am impressed that Cokie knows Hawaii is a state.

Foxessa said...

What McCain's doing is leading a group of U.S. diplomats and other gov types to -- Georgia. He's now the POTUS.

Obama's been accused ever since going to the Middle East and Europe of playing election politics with that visit.

Now that McCain sold his talking head to the puppeteers and has money from the oil companies (which he couldn't get until he came out howling "Drill, drill, drill everywhere in everything!), he's got the Rove team and money to attack all the time.

Which he's done ever since. Obama's been in reaction-defense mode ever since. He doesn't dominate now.

Love, C.

K. said...

Obama doesn't dominate the MSM news cycle because he's not in the process of upsetting the Clintons. But if you look at the trend lines in individual, he's actually performing pretty impressively. Take Virginia:

http://www.pollster.com/polls/va/08-va-pres-ge-mvo.php

Obama trailed McCain there at the beginning of the year by ~10 pts and now has a slight lead. It doesn't mean that he will carry Virginia, but it does signify that he can. The last Democrat to carry Virginia was Lyndon Johnson in 1964, and it hasn't been competitive since 1976.

I'll go so far as to say that if John McCain can't win Virginia, he can't get elected president. On the other hand, it is not a must-win for Obama, but he can and should go for it. Virginia represents McCain's major dilemma: He's going to have to fight for states that past Republican candidates could take for granted.