Biden’s last chance – Palin’s first step

Finally, the debate is over. Thankfully, neither VP candidate made a major gaffe, the sort that would be replayed ad infinitum.

Carrying forward in a time honored tradition, Senator Biden will function as Obama’s attack dog and Governor Palin will do the same for Senator McCain though in a more charming way. Both are capable politicians and will do what is expected.

There is a key difference though that became more and more obvious as the debate progressed. This is Biden’s last chance but Palin’s first step.

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Palin/Biden Sideshow

The VP debate is only a few hours away but in truth it is only a sideshow, a few no-cost hours of entertainment with  analysis from the pundit class thrown in as appetizer and dessert. Casting no slights at the candidates, when did anyone ever decide to vote for a president based on his running mate? Let’s get this over quickly, get back to the real issues at hand and place the spotlight back on the presidential candidates where it truly belongs.

Source of Palin’s Smear Campaign Uncovered

From The Jawa Report

Our research suggests that a subdivision of one of the largest public relations firms in the world most likely started and promulgated rumors about Sarah Palin that were known to be false. These rumors were spread in a surreptitious manner to avoid exposure.

It is also likely that the PR firm was paid by outside sources to run the smear campaign. While not conclusive, evidence suggests a link to the Barack Obama campaign.

The Obama camp hired a PR firm to concoct those tall tales? Say it ain’t so! It is so disappointing to learn the “left wing fringe” isn’t to blame, er, responsible. Have those folks just been twiddling their thumbs waiting for nice juicy bits to fall in their laps? Are they too lazy and unimaginative to come with with smears themselves? Well, be that as it may, at least give them credit for spreading those rumors. They’ve done a bang up job of that.

Anyway, kudos to Rusty at The Jawa Report for intrepid and thorough investigative reporting, just the way it ought to be done.

More > The Anchoress: Astroturfing Palin & Race-baiting, etc.

and more > Power Line/Scott Johnson: Deep Secrets of Campaign 2008, part 2

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Biden, Taxes and Patriotism

Joe Biden always was more of a gamble than Sarah Palin. His legendary track record with foot-in-mouth disease promised to make his candidacy entertaining and sure enough his remark this week about patriotism and taxes was perfect fodder for the McCain campaign.

Certainly there is room for individual acts of voluntary patriotism encouraged by government like the “buy bonds” and plant a victory garden pleas during WWII. At that time Americans could really contribute to the war effort and with the bonus of something in exchange, either return on investment or food on the table. Go team!

Biden on the other hand just wants people who have (done their jobs) to be forced to give to the government that hasn’t (done its job). Is this patriotic or idiotic?

More: The Anchoress: Dems run away/McCain shows leadership

And More: Commentary Magazine/John Podhoretz: Where Joe Biden’s ‘Patriotism’ Shtick Comes From

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Palin Email Hacked by Loony Left

The Anchoress has done an excellent job of putting together the basics on the hacker who spread Sarah Palin’s email contents around the web. She does raise an interesting question.

I wonder what Olbermann and Matthews and Mitchell and the rest will say about it?”

Indeed.

As expected the Left tried to put the spotlight on the possibility that Governor Palin used a private email account to conduct state business rather than on the actual criminal offense. Gloria Allred was the worst offender last night on FOX News’ On The Record. Greta Van Susteren just shook her head at Allred who loudly and insistently pushed her “concern” over the Governor’s possible misuse of the account (for which there is no evidence) rather than discuss the invasion of privacy crime.

Some people are so transparent it’s embarrassing to watch.

The perp ought to get the maximum sentence for his dirty deed but that brings up a related question. Are people who knowingly allowed the ill-gotten information to be posted on their websites in some fashion liable? In a way it seems tantamount to receiving stolen goods…

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Lipstick, pigs, and 100 years in Iraq

Pundits are going wild over the most recent gaff by Senator Obama. Did he really mean to compare Governor Palin to a pig wearing lipstick? No one will ever know whether it was intended as an insult or not. Running tape of Senator McCain using a similar joke several years ago though is just plain stupid. It has absolutely nothing to do with Obama’s stepping in deep doodoo over using it yesterday. Nada, Fox News, nada!

Still the McCain campaign and the right wing of the blogosphere have taken this fertile opportunity for payback and made the most of it. Not surprising though it may have more to do with past offenses than the current slam at Governor Palin. To date the most egregious misuse of a candidate’s statement taken out of context remains Obama’s offense. He repeatedly and knowingly paraphrased Senator McCain’s “100 years in Iraq” down to the most damning statement he could. Fox News details the whole story but here is the short version.

McCain first uttered the comments in question during a January town hall meeting in New Hampshire, saying he’d be fine with a long-term U.S. commitment in Iraq.

“President Bush has talked about our staying for 50 years, maybe 100. We’ve been in Japan for 60 years, in South Korea for 50 years or so. That would be fine with me as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or killed,” McCain said at the time.

Really, Senator Obama. What you did was worse, far worse.

“John McCain wants to continue a war in Iraq perhaps as long as 100 years,” Obama said during a town hall meeting in Lancaster, Pa.

The Obama campaign attributed “100 years in Iraq” to Senator McCain for months as though McCain wanted a 100 year war! “A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth” and so Senator Obama has sought to brand Senator McCain as a warmonger. While it might work with a few independent voters, it most assuredly would alienate others and has only added to the perception that Obama is just another opportunistic politican. Same old, same old.

Think twice, Senator Obama, if you think you can take the moral high road. You are guilty of the same or worse and that is hardly presidential.

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The media thought Palin was toast. Oops!

I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons.” Will Rogers (1879-1935)

People confuse what they read in newspapers with news.” A. J. Liebling (1904-1963)

Dropping any illusion of impartiality, this past week the mainstream media, from pundit to anchor to reporter to editor, was on a mission to discredit Sarah Palin. Luckily for us the media overplayed its hand.

One of the more egregious examples of media meddling was the Us Weekly scandal that came to light as the Republican Convention swung into motion. The publication’s latest edition carries the cover headline “Babies, Lies and Scandal” over a photo of Governor Palin holding baby Trig. It has drawn not only widespread criticism but thousands of subscription cancellations as well.

Courtney Hazlett of The Scoop at MSNBC got the goods on the real story as covered by Warner Todd Huston at NewsBusters.

Hazlett is hearing that the editorial board of “Us Weekly” had thought they pegged it right that media pressure and attacks would see Palin pulled from the McCain ticket even before her debut speech. Because the media had so quickly swarmed to destroy her, they thought she was toast before she even had the chance to accept the nomination.

Queried by FoxNews, Us Weekly came up with this lame excuse.

We didn’t have time to get into everything that you have mentioned.” Us Weekly Senior Editor Bradley Jacobs to Megyn Kelly, co-host of “America’s Election HQ,” September 2, 2008.

No longer content to just report the facts of a presidential race, media outlets have staked claim to  the role of makers and shapers of it. Falling revenues should have been sufficient warning but en masse subscription cancellations ought to strike fear in the hearts of editors, publishers, owners and stock holders. Readership is not a given and loyalty to a media outlet has its limits.

Hey, but when those pink slips start to arrive, former news folk might want to consider retraining at the local community college. Or better yet, head to Hollywood where the truth is entirely irrelevant.

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