Last Days of the Bush Administration

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 16th, 2009

[**** j a z z z i *** / Flickr] Yesterday, President Bush bid farewell to a nation that apparently is largely glad to see him go yet mostly feels he's a good person. A few end-of-administration reflections on his speech, his legacy, and some burdens he passes to Obama: Miranda, a stay-at-home ...

Message for Obama: No Pressure or Anything

Posted by Katherine | Monday, December 22nd, 2008

[This post is part of a Message for Obama series.] It's the season for wishes (from citizens) and gift giving (by Obama). Certain demanding people aren't just asking for stocking stuffers. They'd like the big toys, gift wrapped, thank you very much. Something like freedom from fear. Or no regrets for ...

Democracy in Action

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Thirteen-year-old Page Traeger is a student in San Jose who likes William Steig, going to the beach, and Led Zeppelin. She also confesses an addiction to photography; she takes her camera everywhere and says, "It it like my child." This picture marks her reaction to November 4th. And yes, ...

Obama’s National Security Team

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, December 4th, 2008

[scriptingnews / Flickr] On Monday, Obama introduced his national security nominees. These include a Republican (Robert Gates) and a retired Marine general (James Jones) whose politics are opaque -- as well as Democrats like Susan Rice and Eric Holder. The early reactions from the blogosphere were largely positive, even from some ...

Message for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Friday, November 21st, 2008

The post-election Flickr phenomenon is A Message for Obama. (Thanks, James Mills, for the heads-up.) It's sort of like old-skool Twitter. You take a pen and a piece of paper and write Obama a short note. (A lot of people use post-its.) Then you take a photo of the ...

The Maverick Brand

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

DSquid1901, or Bryan Boyce, is a San Francisco film and video artist. (Featured before here.) He has a talent for satire. In this citizen ad, he takes on McCain's "maverick" brand and ties it mischievously to "spreading the wealth." (Thanks, Sarolta Cump.) Great soundtrack.

Alternate Universe: Al Smith Dinner Roasts

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 17th, 2008

Disconnected? Or not? [Life As Art / Flickr] So one night McCain and Obama are arguing tensely over Joe the plumber's tax future, and the very next they're needling each other in high humor at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner -- each laughing genuinely at the zingers launched in ...

Third Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 17th, 2008

Mccain, Joe the plumber, Obama [Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com / Flickr] Watch or read the third presidential debate here, if you missed it on Wednesday night. A lot of bloggers seemed relieved -- to put it mildly -- that debate season is now over. Here, with equal relief, is a last post-debate roundup. On the ...

Second Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Setting up before the debate [Paul Chenoweth / Flickr] If you were doing something else on Tuesday evening, it's not too late to catch up on the debate. From those who were glued to it, here's some commentary. Fast Kenny at Bark Back News was, big-picture, more impressed with Obama's delivery and ...

Vice Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, October 5th, 2008

[Bright_Star / Flickr] If you weren't among the 70 million or so who watched the blockbuster VP debate live (not counting those who streamed it), you can see or read it here. By all accounts the night was primarily a referendum on Sarah Palin, so these comments focus largely on her: The ...

The Tone of McCain/Palin

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

In the last few days, both Obama and Biden have accused the McCain/Palin campaign of dishonesty and nastiness in its attacks and ads. Many of their fellow Democrats feel similarly about the tone McCain and Palin have adopted. Jay Smooth is a hip-hop vlogger and ballotvoxregular who "leans left." You'll find ...

Against Palin… Before He Was (Sort Of) For Her

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

On the fence [slavetothemusic / Flickr] Ann Raber just discovered an interesting new blogger. He writes anonymously at Black Men for McCain. He says he's a black Republican and a Christian who dislikes Obama and intended his month-old blog to support McCain. Until, at least, McCain picked Palin: I’m a Republican because this ...

John McCain’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 5th, 2008

A wordle word cloud of McCain's and Palin's speeches [mattlehrer / Flickr] It's been a long two weeks of conventioneering. And so without further ado, here are three reactions to the very last speech: John McCain's. Lori is a Republican "Army brat" who has settled into Arizona and its dating scene. The whole ...

Sarah Palin’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 5th, 2008

[Tom LeGro, NewsHour / Flickr] There were lots of favorable headlines in the mainstream media about Sarah Palin's convention speech. Here, from the blogosphere, is some of that same feeling as well as some edge. Jeff from Elk Grove, California, is going to vote for Obama, but he thought Palin nailed her ...

Joe Lieberman’s GOP Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Speaking at the convention [Tom LeGro, NewsHour / Flickr] Some reactions to Joe Lieberman's speech last night at the GOP convention in St. Paul: Crystal Clear Conservative is a "Libertarian-leaning Republican" Yankees fan who writes mainly about Virginia and national politics. S/he thinks Liberman gave a "great speech" overall: Lieberman was a breath ...

Does Selecting Palin Put America First?

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

[horizontal.integration / Flickr] Jack Wood -- retired lawyer from Nye County, Nevada, and Obama supporter -- thinks McCain was right to suspend the first day of the GOP's convention; he was placing America first. He also thinks Obama did the decent thing in condemning commentary about Bristol Palin's pregnancy. What impressed him ...

A Mile High in Denver Stadium

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 29th, 2008

In the stadium [zenobia_joy / Flickr] We'll circle back to the Biden and Bill Clinton speeches shortly, but first, the largely giddy aftermath of last night's Mile-High Moment. (Please help us find good sharp critiques.) Skinny Black Girl, a self-described "walking paradox" who appears to be from Cleveland, Ohio, disdained the pre-speech ...

Hillary Clinton’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 28th, 2008

[talkradionews / Flickr] The general consensus seems to be that Hillary Clinton delivered party unity in her convention speech. Here's some blogjuice about other aspects of the speech. Kyle E. Moore is "vehemently partisan, proudly democratic, and unapologetically liberal," and he felt Clinton met every "astronomical" expectation -- she stared down the ...

McCain On the Attack

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 31st, 2008

In the last month or so, to inject his campaign with new energy, John McCain promoted several staffers who were part of Karl Rove's hard-hitting re-election bid for Bush in 2004. Since then, McCain has accused Obama of wanting to lose the Iraq war, insinuated that he's a socialist, and juxtaposed ...

Acting Presidential: Catch 22

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 28th, 2008

Watching Obama in Berlin [stevegarfield / Flickr] Sam Han is a sociology PhD student at CUNY. He didn't want to wade into campaign hoopla but couldn't help himself last week when people started saying, during Obama's trip abroad, that Barack "'needs to be careful' about not appearing like he’s already won ...