Got an e-mail this morning from none other than Newt Gingrich, who urged me to stick it to the media by going to the polls. Because, he explained, the media don't want conservatives to vote:
The latest tactic in this elite media campaign has been to declare the
presidential race over in an effort to discourage some voters from
For months now, my colleague David Bernstein has been assuring me that Barack Obama's going to win the presidency by a wide margin tomorrow. But no matter what he says--and despite how promising the polls currently look--I can't help expecting the worst.
Sound familiar? If so, please join me in a little exercise.
For the past day or so, Fox News and the McCain campaign have been pushing the whole LA Times-Rashid Khalidi videotape story. In case you've missed it, the Times apparently has a videotape of Obama saying nice things about Khalidi, a former U. of Chicago professor who now teaches at Columbia, at a 2003 shindig. The Times has already written about Obama's relationship to Khalidi, a Palestinian-American who's been harshly critical of Israel.
In which I argue that an attempt to overturn an Barack Obama victory in the courts--even if it's unlikely to succeed--would be entirely in keeping with John McCain's campaign to date.
If Barack Obama becomes president, historians will marvel at the restraint he demonstrated throughout his campaign. John McCain and his surrogates, they'll recall, tried attack after attack: they cast Obama as arrogant, disrespectful, a friend to terrorists, a latter-day Eugene Debs. But rather than firing back--and risking coming across as an Angry Black Man--Obama stayed calm and kept hammering home his "Change" message.
So asks Politico's Jeanne Cummings. But she can't really get anyone to take the bait. That includes GOP strategist Mike Murphy, who says: "I don't see any risk at all."
I don't see it either, largely because the whole Obama-as-celebrity thing has already run its course. But you know what does worry me a bit? This new Obama spot targeting A) McCain's lack of economic expertise and B) his decision to pick Sarah Palin as his running mate:
Did a big black guy really rob and mutiliate a young white female in Pittsburgh after spotting a McCain-Palin sticker on her car?
Fox News suggests it's legit. TMZ is withholding judgment.
Here's a photo of the alleged victim. My prediction is that this is a stunt. If I'm wrong, feel free to point that out:
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?
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:
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?
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:
It seems that John McCain's brand-new stump speech actually leans heavily on an old McCain argument--namely, that the opposition includes both Barack Obama AND that pesky Fourth Estate:
Let me give you the state of the race today. We have 22 days to go.
We're 6 points down. The national media has written us off. Senator Obama is measuring the drapes, and planning with Speaker
Pelosi and Senator Reid to raise taxes, increase spending, take away
your right to vote by secret ballot in labor elections, and concede
defeat in Iraq.
At first I thought today's Frank Rich column would stand as the definitive take on the McCain-Palin campaign's descent into incendiary xenophobia. But it's already outdated!. From CNN's The Ticker:
A minister delivering the invocation at John McCain’s rally in Davenport, Iowa Saturday told the crowd non-Christian religions around the world were praying for Barack Obama to win the U.