Here's how the Boston Herald reports John Kerry's dumb-ass John McCain joke today:
"Barack got asked the famous boxers or briefs question," Kerry said, according to PolitickerMA. He said Obama successfully parried the question.
"Then they asked McCain and McCain said, Depends,'" Kerry said, referring to the brand of adult diapers.
In today's Boston Herald, the inimitable Joe Fitzgerald wonders: why all the fuss over Sarah Palin? Then he offers some theories. Palin's detractors--"self-styled suffragettes," as Fitzgerald puts it--resent her 1) comeliness, 2) happy marriage, 3) belief that marriage is for heterosexuals, 4) opposition to abortion, 5) deeply lived faith, 6) embrace of Heideggerian "thrownness" (not Fitzgerald's term) and unconditional love, 7) practical rather than theoretical interest in military matters, and, finally, 8) appeal to normal Americans who regard her as "a welcome breath of fresh air."
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll suggests that Sarah Palin has become a major liability to John McCain, with 52 percent of likely voters stating that the Palin pick "weakens their confidence in his judgment."
Which raises the question: What if McCain had overcome his distaste for Mitt Romney and made him his running mate rather than Palin?
At Politico's The Arena, Northeastern professor Alan Schroeder asks a good question that I haven't seen posed anywhere else:
Colin Powell's endorsement knocks the legs out from under the "pals
around with terrorists" argument. But if Powell is willing to endorse
Obama, shouldn't he also be willing to campaign with him?
On Friday's installment of Greater Boston's Beat the Press, Herald deputy managing editor Joe Sciacca suggested that Christopher Buckley's recent endorsement of Barack Obama might be a PR stunt aimed at promoting his next book.
You got it, Joe. From today's NY Times profile of Buckley:
As to his own father, it was “a complicated relationship,” he said.
Over at Media Nation, Dan Kennedy asks of Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama: "Is this as big as everyone thinks it is?"
We shall see. But here's my prediction: thanks to the memory of Powell's fatally flawed, pre-Iraq War speech to the U.N, his endorsement won't be quite as valuable as it otherwise would. After all (conservatives can argue), Powell was wrong on Iraq--so what if he's wrong on Obama, too?
Big Friday-night plans?
If not--or perhaps as a pre-party!--consider watching Greater Boston's Beat the Press, at 7 pm on Channel 2. Emily Rooney, Dan Kennedy, Joe Sciacca, Callie Crossley, and yours truly will be discussing sundry media topics, including Barack Obama's upcoming prime-time infomercial and fact-checkers gone wild.
Earlier today, I accused Jon Keller of working for CBS4 and glibly dismissing charges of anti-Obama nastiness. Now, in a sizzlin'-hot response, Keller has 1) accused ME of glibness and 2) noted that CBS4 is known as WBZ-TV, and has been for some time.
I'll give him point two, and that's it. For starters, consider Keller's objection to my accusation:
CBS4's Jon Keller seems to think that--since the Secret Service can't confirm that anyone suggested killing Barack Obama during a Sarah Palin rally in Scranton--all claims of disturbing anti-Obama invective are baseless.
Over at Media Nation, however, Dan Kennedy notes that it's not that simple:
The first report that Palin's crowds were getting out of
control appeared in the Washington Post in early October, when Dana
a Florida event at which "Kill him!" was clearly heard.
I speak of Reese Hopkins, who's out of his 10 am-noon slot effective tomorrow, and Laura Ingraham, the nationally syndicated yakker who'll take said time over.
Boston Daily notes that Ingraham--whose exit comes amid broader cutbacks at Entercom, WRKO's parent company--probably won't be as...feisty as Hopkins.
That's the conclusion of Politico's Roger Simon:
The real problem for McCain is that Palin is running a separate--and
scary--campaign that does not seem to be under anybody’s control.
She storms around the country saying: “Our opponent ... is someone who
sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough that
he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.
You can stop checking Gallup, Zogby, et al.--what may be the most reliable poll available has Barack Obama crushing John McCain next month.
Here's LA Times political blogger (and former Laura Bush press secretary!) Andrew Malcolm arguing that the press isn't paying enough attention to nastiness among opponents of John McCain and Sarah Palin:
As a growing number of political bloggers,
including Wake Up America, have asked in recent hours, how long do you
think before the mainstream media starts reporting on scenes like a
Philadelphia event on Saturday where people wore T-shirts that bore an
explicitly crude reference to Sarah Palin? With 22 campaign days left,
might perhaps the Democratic ticket also feel the need to warn its
supporters to tone it down?
In today's New York Times, NBC News president Steve Capus says, basically, that Columbia Journalism Review's Megan Garber got it wrong on perils of having Andrea Mitchell--wife of former Fed chair Alan Greenspan--cover the financial crisis:
Steve Capus...called [CJR's] article “overly
simplistic.” The news division has allowed Ms.
Currently on the front page of Drudge, with the headline "Obama goes door-to-door to drum up votes..."
No further comment--except that it'll be interesting to see whether and how this image gets used in the coming weeks: