Monthly Archives: July 2008

Letting the Genie Out of the Bottle Always Leads to Trouble

It had to happen. On Thursday, July 31, the day after John McCain’s new “celebrity” campaign ad hit the airwaves – that television spot featuring Britney Spears and Paris Hilton in an implicit comparison with Obama, the one that upset … Continue reading

Posted in Attack Politics, Attacks on Obama, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, Exploiting Resentment, Hollywood, McCain, McCain as a Victim of Racism, Obama, Patriotism, Playing Victim, Political Posturing, Qualifications to be President, Race and Politics, Stuck in the Past, The McCain Brand, The Race Card | Leave a comment

Dog Whistles

First of all, Hollywood is not the center of anything important – it’s essentially a silly place. The center of political life is back east in Washington, and the financial center of everything is New York, specially the borough of … Continue reading

Posted in Attack Politics, Attacks on Obama, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, Exploiting Resentment, Life in Hollywood, McCain versus the Facts, Obama, Obama Disses the Troops, Political Pandering, Pop Culture, Presumptuous Obama, Race and Politics, Racial Dogwhistles, Racism Lives On, The Race Card | 1 Comment

Reputation

One of the joys of being obscure is having no reputation, one way or the other. There’s nothing to live up to, and not much to live down – so when you do something good people are usually pleasantly surprised. … Continue reading

Posted in Attack Politics, Attacks on Obama, Bush, Bush's Personality, Character, McCain, Obama, Press Bias, Reputation | Leave a comment

When You Just Cannot Let It Go

Those of us who have been married a few times know the drill. You do something stupid, and admit it, and the wife, after some anger, says that’s okay – all is forgiven. You both move on. Things return to … Continue reading

Posted in Assessing the Surge, Iraq, McCain, McCain versus the Facts, Neoconservate Thought, Stuck in the Past, Withdrawal From Iraq | Leave a comment

Toe Up

I was traveling through South Georgia with a friend when I spotted a cow pasture that had a bog ringed with trees at a point near the road. Knowing that you have never done psychedelic mushrooms, or ever picked them, … Continue reading

Posted in Language, Phillip Raines, Reader Contribution, The South | 2 Comments

Of Course Our Politics Are Personality-Driven

Sunday, July 27 – things in the presidential campaign return to what passes for normal – Obama, back home from his stunningly effective trip abroad, McCain, defensive and angry, on the offensive, and the press saying that, obviously, the issues … Continue reading

Posted in Attack Politics, Attacks on Obama, Economic Issues, Economic Meltdown, Iraq, McCain, McCain versus the Facts, McCain's Economic Plan, Obama, Obama Disses the Troops, Obama's Foreign Trip, Personality-Driven Politics, Political Pandering, Political Posturing, Supporting the Troops, Timelines for Withdrawal | 3 Comments

Choose the Angry Old Man or the Young Narcissistic Sociopath

There is much that is absurd about our political system, not the least of which is the way we elect our president. Just ask our Australian friend who lives in Paris – she is dumbfounded that it has come down … Continue reading

Posted in Exploiting Resentment, Iraq, Maliki Shoots Down McCain, McCain, Nasty Politics, Nouri al-Maliki, Obama, Obama Disses the Troops, Obama's Foreign Trip, Political Posturing, Presumptuous Obama, Qualifications to be President, Supporting the Troops, Timelines for Withdrawal, Withdrawal From Iraq | 2 Comments