Rewind: Election Day in 53 Seconds

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

[We will occasionally be posting cool stuff (under the heading "Rewind") that dates back to the campaign itself -- things we didn't have enough time to write up before the election.] One week until the inauguration. Maybe the right time to reminisce about election day with this brief video by mattymatt ...

Palin: Feminist Role Model or Not?

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

[gaelx / Flickr] Since Sarah Palin joined the McCain campaign, there's been vociferous disagreement over her feminist cred. Is she blessing or blight to the cause? To catch up on the debate, here are a few recent strands. Wendy describes herself as a "conservative, home schooling mom" with a "smokin' hot, hard ...

Confusing McCain/Palin Sign En Route to Dover Speedway

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Brendan Greeley lives in his hometown of Annapolis, Maryland, and works as multimedia editor for The Economist. He and his wife Beth like karaoke. Loud karaoke. I know this because, full disclosure, the Greeleys are friends. Last month, Brendan went to a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway in ...

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 / ...

Rallying for McCain

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

An assortment of pictures from recent McCain/Palin rallies. Linnette Vasquez would like to live in Disney World. At the moment, though, she resides in Miami, where she attended a McCain rally last Friday and spotted this shy supporter: [linnette alissa. / Flickr] The same day, togross saw McCain holding up a "Joe the ...

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 ...

Recently, On the Campaign Trail

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 10th, 2008

Three shots from three rallies in three states this month. University of Dayton political science major Emily says she likes photographing Disney World, but she seems to be documenting the campaign enthusiastically as well. (See another of her election pics here.) This photo was from a Palin rally in Wilmington, Ohio, ...

Pro-Palin Boys, Anti-Palin Bear

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 10th, 2008

M. David Lehner caught these young Palin fans at a post-VP-debate rally in Saint Louis University's Chaifetz Arena. (Thanks, Ann Raber.) [lehnermd / Flickr] Damon D'Amato captured a less enthusiastic polar bear who, he explained via Flickrmail, was protesting at a Palin rally at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California -- ...

Advice for Palin from a Fan

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

[andrewjking87 / Flickr] Barb is a grandmother, homemaker, and former teacher in Toledo, Ohio. She describes herself as a "disciple of Jesus's" and a socially conservative Republican. She supports Palin, and after Palin's interview with Charlie Gibson, Barb had some advice and encouragement for her. (Thanks, Sarolta Cump): Sarah, you just relax ...

Palin Debate Prep

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Tina Fey isn't the only Palin wannabe. Just check YouTube and you might find Lisa Nova. Or maybe Marni. Here Marni satirizes Palin's debate prep by suggesting that, among other things, she took pointers from Cheney's 2004 performance. (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) Do you think there was bubble wrap under that voodoo ...

Watching the VP Debate

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Since the vice-presidential debate was so widely watched, it seems worth noting how a few of the roughly 70 million viewers did it. Gary Ku lives in New Haven, likes avocados, and made a poster for a VP-debate party at his friend Jerome's. His graphic suggests he was handicapping the debate ...

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 ...

Palin: The Katie Couric Interview

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 26th, 2008

[Notraces Flip Side / Flickr] Mainstream media winced a lot (even on the conservative side) over Palin's two-part interview this week with Katie Couric. The blogosphere today served up very similar reactions. (Help us dig up the smart contrarians here!) Timothy Burke teaches African history, among other things, at Swarthmore. He felt ...

Why Doesn’t Palin Think Global Warming is Man-Made?

Posted by Katherine | Monday, September 22nd, 2008

PoliticalOverload is the snyde guy we featured on McCain's proposed gas-tax holiday. He likes to keep you guessing on his politics, and he likes digging through the logic of things. Here he takes on Palin's reluctance to acknowledge that global warming is influenced by humans. (Thanks, Sarolta Cump.) It's not ...

The Culture Wars, Again

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 19th, 2008

[Aelle / Flickr] There's been lots of talk about Palin's candidacy dragging this campaign back into the culture wars. Pentimento, a musician, grad student, and "Catholic revert," plays a melancholy variation on that theme: Obama and Palin (let's face it, the election is really between them) personify the intense longing of those ...

Feminist Progressives Defend Palin Against Sexism

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 19th, 2008

[quinn.anya / Flickr] The feminist, progressive group blog Shakesville is rolling out a growing series called "Sarah Palin Sexism Watch." Each Palin/sexism post comes with the caveat that "we defend Sarah Palin against misogynist smears not because we endorse her or her politics, but because that's how feminism works." In other ...

Was Charlie Gibson Unfair to Palin?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Before his glasses went on [matthewnstoller / Flickr] Sarah Palin did her first big network interview last week with ABC's Charlie Gibson. Here's one blogger's take on the way Gibson conducted the interview. John Orlando is an evangelical Christian and a student at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia. Before returning to school, he ...

Some Alaskans Protest Palin

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Sarah Palin's job approval rating in Alaska is a robust 80 percent, and it seems she has also attracted many of her fellow Alaskans to the McCain ticket. She hasn't persuaded them all, though: Palin skeptics protested last Saturday in Anchorage. Frsbdg was on hand to interview a bunch of ...

Lady Liberty Wakes Up

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Anapaprika has made a quirky animated short starring Lady Liberty, who is waking up to her clock radio playing excerpts from the Republican convention. (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) How do you read this one? Is it simply a "day in the life" of Lady Liberty aka average American? A commentary on wall-to-wall ...