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I just stumbled across this article in the Washington Post about how the New York Times rejected an op-ed submitted by John McCain. McCain’s piece was a response to Obama’s article detailing the latter’s plan for withdrawal from Iraq. In an email to McCain staffers a New York Times editorÂ conveyed this thought as summarized by The Washington Post:Â
“it would be terrific to have an article from McCain but that the one sent in was not acceptable as currently written and that a new draft should articulate how McCain defines victory in Iraq.”
That’s gotta hurt the old ego. Not only does someone need to edit what McCain says (see his latest geographical gaffe) but now the presidential candidate can’t even get his views in the leading US paper. I wonder what it was? Were his prose old and unimaginative? Did he suffer from a lack ofÂ novel ideas in the face of a changing geo-political landscape? Did he forget to double space? The answer isn’t yet clear, but we’ll certainly keep an eye out for his second draft. As long as it’s submitted by midnight and the margins aren’t more than an inch.
In related news I just noticed that Obama’s slogan is dangling a preposition. Looks like “change we can believe in” should be “change in which weÂ can believe.” I won’t mark him off though, he got the jist of the assignment.
A recent CNN blurbÂ seems to have caught another one of John McCain’s senior moments.
â€œAnd I regret some of the recent behavior Russia that has exhibited, and Iâ€™ll be glad to talk about that later on including reduction in oil supplies to Czechoslovakia after they agreed with us on a missile defense system, etcetera,â€
Not surprisingly this quoteÂ comes from yet another speechÂ byÂ McCain in which he attempts to convince hapless townsfolk he’sÂ the better candidate on foreign policy.Â To demonstrate his acumenÂ the 71 year-old refers to Czechoslovakia, the name ofÂ a country that ceased to exist in 1993. Not only once, but twice did McCain confuse Czechoslovakia with the current states of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.Â The firstÂ incident took place on Monday, and was followed by a corrective statement from the campaign, only to be repeated Tuesday atÂ a town hall meeting (excerpt above). Sunni and Shia, Iran and al Qaeda, and now this. If the Senator doesn’t even know these basics how can he be expected to handle theÂ infinitely more complex challenges he would encounter as commander-and-chief?
Originally,Â McCain had wanted to call it Greater Bohemia with Moravia and Czech Silesia, Dominions of her Excellency EmpressÂ Maria TheresaÂ of the Hapsburgs, Holy Roman Empress, Queen of Hungary, Bohemia, Croatia and Slavonia, Archduchess of Austria, Duchess of Parma and Piacenza, Grand Duchess of Tuscany. After ranting about the danger posed by theÂ Romanov Muscovites McCain switched to the dangers of encouraging Ottoman forays into the Crimea, theÂ ominous return of this “Napoleon character,” and the potential benefits of encouraging the Dole corporation’s adventure in the Sandwich Islands.
Who thought this was a good idea?
Barack Obama has defined himself as the eloquent, charismatic, good-looking inspirational candidate. Not the kind guy who would tool around Chi-town on a Huffy wearing light jeans and a polo. This photo seems so unlike the Obama I’ve seen I had to brainstorm so possible explanations.
1) He’s attempting to woo the helmet wearing, polo-tucking, light jean sporting dork crowd. (Coincidentally my Dad falls into that demographic, and he’s a McCain supporter.)
2)Â All thatÂ campaigning in Iowa, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Ohio has rubbed off onÂ him, and Obama has finally become an average middle-class white subrbanite and is biking to theÂ flea marketÂ because Michelle took the minivan to soccer practice.
3) After a grueling primary season, an exhausted Barack Obama needed a little time to unwind by himself. Unfortunately so did all of his handlers and aides, and no one was there to stand him in front of mirror.
And where’s the Secret Service? Someone needed to jump in front of this fashion disaster. At least loosen the chin-strap, it looks pretty tight.
I came across this little gem in my morning troll of the interwebs.Â It’s a piece from the New Yorker about the decline of Conservatism and the Republican party.
Since I am at work I don’t have the time sit down and read the whole thing right now and write up a summary. Instead, why don’t we have a little ongoing discussion? Sorry I can’t bring anymore insight up front, but I’ve got a serious case of the Mondays.
I was cruising the Dems website while procrastinating on a paper and I stumbled across this photo in the “White House 2008″ section.
I’ll start with Dennis Kucinich. It looks like someone stole this from his High School yearbook. His hair looks like it was Microsoft Painted in, and I’m pretty sure he has braces. Also, the entire left side of his body is clearly Photoshoped in, and poorly at that. I think his shoulder is just a black triangle, behind which you can see parts of the White House lawn where his neck should be.
John Edwards looks like he was caught by the Paparazzi on the way out of a tanning booth and his doing his best to hide a “fuck off” behind his saccharine smile.
Barack Obama is seemingly surrounded by a halo of some sort. Typical.
Whoever tracked down the Hillary Clinton photo did a number on her. It looks like she stepped out of a body snatcher pod and is about to start drooling “brains….brains….”
Joe Biden is obviously some sort of suit-wearing cancerous growth that has attached itself to Bill Richardson’s shoulder.
Richardson just looks surprised that someone out there cares enough about his campaign to take his photo. Looks better with a mustache and beard.
Poor Chris Dodd is the only one who looks reasonably sane and stately. Too bad.