Redistribution of Wealth

Posted by Katherine | Monday, October 27th, 2008

[ninjawil / Flickr] The Drudge-induced bloggy craze today was some audio of a 2001 interview in which Obama talks about redistribution of wealth. It was circulated as a rather charged video (see here) posted by Naked Emperor News, which is part of the NObama network. McCain began calling his rival "Barack the ...

Open to Interpretation

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 24th, 2008

Donny Warbritton took this photo at the same Palin rally in Grand Junction featured here. So option one: is this a McCain/Palin supporter saying, "Stay strong and fight despite the poll numbers"? Or option two: is he a protester saying, "Stop the negative attacks"? (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) [the real donnyw / ...

Obama Is Not an Arab — But So What If He Were?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 16th, 2008

[John Weise / Flickr] At the same Minnesota rally last week at which McCain said Obama wasn't a scary guy, he also clarified that Obama is not an Arab. "No, ma'am," he said, in response to a woman who felt Obama was of Arab extraction, "No, ma'am. He's a decent family ...

On the GOP’s Use of Fear

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Last Friday at a rally near Minnesota, John McCain reversed course somewhat on linking Obama to terrorists. McCain told a supporter that Obama is a "decent person" he shouldn't be "scared" of. In response, the audience booed McCain. Reigned-in engineer PoliticalOverload -- another ballotvoxregular -- takes on the GOP's use of ...

Obama Predicted Negative Attacks

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Jed Lewison is a ballotvoxregular (featured here and here). More importantly, he lives in Las Vegas, where he writes political thrillers, no doubt informed by his time as a Democratic Senate staffer. He bases this mashup on a July speech, in which Obama predicts that the McCain campaign will portray ...

Debate Drinking Game

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Kenn Christ from San Francisco watched the first presidential debate with a bunch of friends, and they played a drinking game. As with all good drinking games, the rules were simple. Each candidate had a list of phrases. Whenever either one said any of his phrases, it was time ...

McBritney: Oops, He Did It Again

Posted by Katherine | Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Sarolta Cump found this rather clever Britney Spears parody. It pokes fun at McCain's "flip-flop" on mudslinging -- and lampoons the celebrity and McBush themes that have characterized the negative campaigning from both sides. Bay-Area video artist Bryan Boyce, aka DSquid1901, put it together. He likes satirizing US culture ...

Lipstick on a Map

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

OK one more lipstick thing. Aroma Cucina slyly combined the lipstick smears with her skepticism about Sarah Palin's mastery of foreign policy. Aroma says, "Had to look at a map so that I could understand the depth of Palin's knowledge about Russia." (Thanks, James Mills.) [Aroma Cucina / Flickr] It looks ...

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 ...

Lying About Lipstick

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

[BrittneyBush / Flickr] Lipstick on a pig. It's absurd, but since our mission is to serve up smart citizen commentary from webworld, and since today everyone's talking about the new McCain/Palin ad, here we go. Yesterday, Obama said that McCain's offer of "change" is like putting lipstick on a pig. No reference ...

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 ...

Biden Takes a Bite

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Biden speaking in Springfield [aka Kath / Flickr] McCain is now ahead of Obama in the national polls, and one of Joe Biden's new roles -- at least judging by his Springfield speech -- is to play bad cop to counter McCain's recent offensive. Mary, who lives "in a Blue State, in ...

Don’t “Vote Stupid”

Posted by Katherine | Monday, August 11th, 2008

McCain's dubious new attack mode seems a good intro to several pieces lamenting false rumors and negative campaigning. Two Chicago comedian bloggers -- John T. Kramer and Aaron Sjoholm -- have created a small video series called "Don't Vote Stupid!" Their aim: disuading people from "voting on stupid stuff (like how ...

Obama Distorts McCain

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 31st, 2008

While on the topic of negative campaigning, here's another sharp video calling Obama on the way he distorted McCain's willingness to keep Americans in Iraq for 100 years or so. Obama (and, to be fair, Clinton) claimed McCain wanted to continue waging war for 100 years; McCain's comment pretty clearly ...

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 ...

On McCain’s “100 Years in Iraq”

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 30th, 2008

Vlogger verticalpolitics believes John McCain has said some stupid things during the campaign that deserve to be taken on. McCain's "100 years in Iraq" comment, however, isn't one of them. That remark, says verticalpolitics, has been twisted and taken deliberately out of context by his Democratic opponents (hat tip to ...

Obama’s Radical Ties

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

A hilarious send-up of the relevance of Obama's connection to former Weather Underground member William Ayers -- which both Clinton and McCain have tried to highlight. Found, for you, by Sarolta Cump: Could a candidate get away with wearing any of those?

Obama and Negative Campaigning

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Gary R. Welsh, an Indianapolis lawyer, doesn't buy the standard line that Barack Obama floats largely free of the fray of negative campaigning. He recognizes that dirt is part of politics, but he's annoyed that "Obama has been presented with this aura of being above the politics of personal destruction ...

An Obama Distortion

Posted by Katherine | Friday, April 25th, 2008

Distortion [curson / Flickr] The blogger Tom Maguire at JustOneMinute highlights an instance of Obama mischaracterizing -- by omission -- something McCain said about the economy. (Found by Ann Raber.) Maguire compares what Obama said McCain said with what McCain actually did say. Obama: "John McCain went on television and said that ...