Category Archives: McCain versus the Facts

Empirical Evidence Strikes Again

Perhaps it’s just human nature – empirical evidence makes people angry. You rev up the country to believe that Saddam Hussein had something to do with those 2001 attacks – three thousand dead because of the likes of him – … Continue reading

Posted in DADT, Gays in the Military, John McCain, McCain versus the Facts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Perils of Simplification

Karl Popper once said that science may be described as the art of systematic oversimplification. You come up with a relatively simple way to explain why things are as they are – your hypothesis – and you test your hypothesis … Continue reading

Posted in Anti-Intellectualism, Attack Politics, David Brooks, Earmarks, Making Things Too Simple, McCain, McCain versus the Facts, McCain's Mortgage Buyout Plan, Obama as the Grown-Up, Palin Speaks Nonsense, Palin Unqualified | Leave a comment

Respect, Deference and Lying

It was about ten years ago, on the third or fourth solo trip to Paris to kick around for a few weeks and feel more at home than is possible here in Hollywood – where no one ever feels at … Continue reading

Posted in Character, Deference and Lying, European Values, Lies Confirmed, Lying to Win, McCain Lies About Obama, McCain versus the Facts, McCain's Palin Gamble, McCain's Recklessness, Obama, Palin Lies, Palin Under Wraps, Palin Unqualified, Paris, The French | Leave a comment

Exasperation in the Heartland

So commentary resumes here after a week in the dead center of America, or at least Cincinnati – close enough, what with a few hot summer evenings at the Great American Ballpark (really), watching the oldest team in professional baseball, … Continue reading

Posted in Heartland Voters, McCain the Warrior, McCain versus the Facts, McCain's Authenticity, McCain's Palin Gamble, McCain's Service, Ohio Rejects McCain, Palin Scandals, Palin Unqualified, Proctecting the Tribe, Sarah Palin | 1 Comment

All Campaigns Are Movies Now

Every four years it’s the same thing – a presidential election where Americans are told they have a real choice. Of course they do, even if on many matters both candidate agree – the United States is wonderful, motherhood sacred, … Continue reading

Posted in American Empire, Anti-Intellectualism, Attacks on Obama, Cartoon Politics, Celebrity, Elitism, Exploiting Resentment, Hollywood, McCain and the Press, McCain versus the Facts, McCain's Service, Obama, Obama's Celebrity Problem, Personality-Driven Politics, Political Posturing, Project for the New American Century (PNAC), Qualifications to be President, Style versus Substance, The Power of Narrative | Leave a comment

Embracing Willful Stupidity

Monday, August 04, 2008 – Barack Obama turned forty-seven and the presidential campaign rolled on.   Obama celebrated his birthday in Lansing, Michigan, delivering his major speech on energy policy – long on that vision thing – end our reliance … Continue reading

Posted in Energy Policy, McCain, McCain versus the Facts, McCain's Free Pass, McCain: Senior Moment, Obama, Obama: Uppity, Offshore Drilling, Political Pandering, Presumptuous Obama, Tax Policy, The Oil Crisis | 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