Palin Recruits More Obamacons

Thanks, Sarah Palin!

Sarah Palin, epic failin‘:

A former Republican Secretary of State and one of John McCain’s most prominent supporters offered a stunningly frank and remarkably bleak assessment of Sarah Palin’s capacity to handle the presidency should such a scenario arise.

Lawrence Eagleburger, who served as Secretary of State under George H.W. Bush and whose endorsement is often trumpeted by McCain, said on Thursday that the Alaska governor is not only unprepared to take over the job on a moment’s notice but, even after some time in office, would only amount to an “adequate” commander in chief.

“And I devoutly hope that [she] would never be tested,” he added for good measure

[Emphasis mine]

Also:

Former Reagan chief of staff Ken Duberstein told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria this week he intends to vote for Democrat Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Duberstein said he was influenced by another prominent Reagan official – Colin Powell – in his decision.

“Well let’s put it this way – I think Colin Powell’s decision is in fact the good housekeeping seal of approval on Barack Obama.”

[Emphasis still mine]

I know some Republicans want Sarah Palin to be the new face of the Republican Party–I just can’t figure out why.

Why do you want to be represented by someone so extremist and incompetent that she drives moderates out of your party in droves?

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Ideas

If you haven’t seen it, this is Barack Obama’s 30-minute campaign commercial that aired last night:

Notice anything missing from this video?

Attacks on John McCain.

There is not one attack on John McCain anywhere in this entire video. It’s 30 minutes of Barack Obama talking about what he will do as President to make this country better; it’s 30 minutes of ideas and proposals and solutions with no mudslinging whatsoever.

Look at how far the Democrats have come since 2004, when our Presidential candidate’s message boiled down to “vote for me, I’m not the other guy.”

And look at how far the Republicans have fallen since then–what’s the core of John McCain’s message? “Vote for me, I’m not the other guy.”

Let’s face it, the Democratic Party has become the party of ideas while the Republican Party has become the party of mudslinging and personal attacks. I don’t doubt that there are a lot of Republicans out there who have some good ideas worth trying, but– unfortunately for them–they aren’t the leaders of their Party. I suspect it will take a long time for the GOP to find it’s soul once again.

For now, though, the choice is clear–Barack Obama wants to move our country forward, while John McCain wants you to know he’s not Barack Obama. Which one sounds like he’d make a better President to you?

Debt & Taxes

So, lately, John McCain and Sarah Palin have become fond of saying that “now isn’t the time to raise taxes on anyone.”

Okay, then answer this: when is the time?

Because when we had the best economy in American history, Republicans said we needed to cut taxes, particularly for the wealthy.

When our economy was struggling, they said we needed to cut taxes more, particularly for the wealthy.

And now that our economy is failing, they’re saying we need to cut taxes even more—again, for the wealthy.

Let’s be serious about this, guys. Our national debt is skyrocketing. We just passed a $700 billion economic rescue plan. We have 47 million uninsured Americans. Our military is at the breaking point. Our infrastructure is in disrepair. We have a dangerous dependence on foreign oil. Fixing all of these problems isn’t going to be cheap.

So when do we make the big corporations and the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share, for once? Our debt isn’t going to pay itself—either you pay for it out of the pockets of hard-working middle-class Americans or you pay for it out of the pockets of the wealthy, who can afford it.

And you can’t have it both ways—as the late Milton Friedman once said, to spend is to tax. All of that money is going to have to come from somewhere; I would much rather have that money come from America’s millionaires than from my meager paychecks.

(And sorry, guys, but eliminating $18 billion worth of earmarks out of a $3 trillion federal budget in the face of more than $10 trillion in national debt isn’t going to cut it).

I won’t hold my breath waiting for an answer.

The Coming Civil War (UPDATED)

For decades, the Republican Party has been sustained by an alliance between business conservatives and social conservatives. The former have provided funding and ideas while the latter have provided the manpower and votes.

Recently, though, the alliance has become strained. The Republican Party has always been the party of big business—whenever the Republicans took power, the corporate cons got their way first. And even though the social conservatives labored for years to elect Republicans, they ended up with little to show for it—gay marriage is legal in three states, civil unions are expanding, abortion is still legal, etc.

For six years, the GOP controlled all three branches of the federal government. And while corporate tax cuts, tax cuts for the wealthy and deregulation all happened, the social conservative agenda barely got touched (except for a few gay marriage bans in states where gay marriage was already illegal). In 2006, after only a few years in power, the Republicans lost Congress in the wake of corruption and sex scandals.

McCain has always been more of a corporate con than a social conservative–he isn’t trusted by the religious right because he isn’t socially conservative enough. To shore up that particular weak spot, he chose Sarah Palin as his running mate; the McCain-Palin ticket was designed to be a fusion ticket representing both major GOP factions.

But as the McCain-Palin ticket heads to defeat, there are signs that the cracks in the GOP coalition may blow up into a full-blown civil war, and McCain and Palin will be the proxies through which the civil war will be waged.  Right now, Palin’s camp is saying that McCain mismanaged her, fed her talking points and didn’t let her be herself, while McCain’s camp is saying Palin was unprepared, went off-message and came off as a ‘whack job.’

As it stands, both factions have been equally discredited—the financial crisis ruined the corporate cons while the social conservatives are failing to do their duty and out-organize the Democrats. Still, both sides will claim to be the heir to Reaganism, since Reaganism was a combination of both factions’ philosophies.

Who will win? That’s impossible to tell, at least right now. But no matter what, the GOP will have a major bloodletting, which will be entirely deserved—conservatives created this monster; let them live with the consequences.

UPDATED: See this:

Rift Cracks ‘Demoralized’ McCain Campaign–McCain Staffers Blame Palin’s Lack of Readiness; Palin Loyalists Blame Over-Managing By McCain

And this:

Allies of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin are now trying to throw McCain aide Nicolle Wallace under the proverbial bus, and as they do so those in McCain’s circle are wary of the impact on Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., himself.

And this:

Top McCain Aides: ‘Palin Simply Knew Nothing About National And International Issues’

ACORN This!, Part Seven

More Republican attempts at voter suppression:

The Virginia Pilot reports today that a phony Virginia Board of Elections flier is being distributed in Hamption Roads, VA telling Democrats that they are now scheduled to vote on November 5. The flier falsely claims that “an emergency session of the General Assembly” adopted a new voting schedule to “ease the load” at polling places on election day:

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So someone is passing out fliers in the key swing state of Virgina telling Republican voters to vote on November 4th (the actual day of the election) and telling Democratic voters to vote on November 5th (the day after the election).

But Republicans will tell you to worry about Democrats committing voter fraud. What a joke.