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Friday, September 19, 2008

One-Stop Shopping Friday

Today's campaign news roundup:

--Obama says in a speech today that McCain's attempts to blame him for the current Wall Street meltdown are are signs that McCain is "panicking". Funny, I thought his panicking started on the morning of August 29th, when he threw out his entire campaign's message by putting Pain on the ticket. Note that he's trying to revive his "country first" message, but at this point how could such a concept, when ascribed to his actions in the last two weeks, not do anything other than collapse under the weight of its own inanity?

--Obama gets buzzed.

--Sarah Palin frequently makes the claim on the stump that, while mayor of Wasilla, she took a pay cut. The numbers, though? They tell a different story.

--California's Proposition 8, the Constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages, is now trailing in the polls by a 55-38 margin. The Mormons are going all-in on this one, it appears. I know some of you out there are living in swing states but originally hail from California. It's a tough call on this one, but either choice of where you want to be registered seems like a wise one.

And two quotes to mull over.

John McCain, Wednesday, on Sarah Palin's experience with energy:
MCCAIN: Hahahaha, you know, that’s what happens when you throw two mavericks together. So, I’d, listen, I, she, you know, we talk about experience. What’s one of the major, if not the major challenge to America? Energy independence. Who knows more about energy than the governor of the state that provides 20% of America’s energy requirements?
Sarah Palin, Thursday, on energy:
"Of course, it's a fungible commodity and they don't flag, you know, the molecules, where it's going and where it's not. But in the sense of the Congress today, they know that there are very, very hungry domestic markets that need that oil first. So, I believe that what Congress is going to do also, is not to allow the export bans to such a degree that it's Americans who get stuck holding the bag without the energy source that is produced here, pumped here. It's got to flow into our domestic markets first."
Wizzle wazzle?

Click the link above to see the full CNN video, including Wolf Blitzer's attempts to interpret what he just heard. And hey, Palin got herself a YTMND page out of it!

(And by the way, that "Alaska provides 20% of our energy" claim? Not by a longshot.)


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