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  • September 17, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    As the old George Carlin routine has it, baseball is lovey-dovey and football is war-like, so does this make for GOP synergy with the gridiron? The RI GOP seems to think so:

  • September 17, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    From the Obama campaign:

    Come check out the new office, meet local staff, and celebrate with fellow Obama supporters in the area.

    Here are the details:

    Rhode Island Headquarters Grand Opening

    321 South Main Street
    Suite 101
    Providence, RI

    Friday, September 19th
    6:00 p.m.

  • September 16, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Speaking of rays . . .

    Via Dan Kennedy, I learn that Sarah Palin had a tanning bed placed in the Alaska gubernatorial mansion. Take it away, Dan:

    Friend of Media Nation Al Giordano has broken the news that Sarah Palin had a tanning bed installed in the Alaska governor's mansion shortly after she was sworn in.

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  • September 12, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The junior senator, formerly a Hillary supporter, send this word:

    PROVIDENCE, RI– Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will lead a caravan of Rhode Island volunteers this Sunday, September 14th to the battleground state of New Hampshire in a “Drive for Change” event to campaign for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

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  • September 12, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    Democrats remain in a tizzy about Sarah Palin, and yeah, it'd be nice to have more talk about issues and less about the "lipstick on a pig" sideshow.

    Meanwhile, writing in the Phoenix, Adam Reilly makes the case that McCain's media strategy is going to come back to haunt him.

    Right now, McCain’s gambit looks brilliant — witness the aforementioned post-convention bump.

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  • September 10, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    We'll have another story this week (I'll blog it tomorrow) contending that McCain has hurt himself with the media. For now, Steven Stark says that MSNBC has become a political liability for the Democrat.

    Equally important, while Fox may favor Republicans over Democrats, it generally treats all Republicans equally.

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  • September 09, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    From Kim:

    [Obama supporters] will be hosting Rhode Island Obama for America Campaign"Women to Women Wednesday" phone banks to call undecided women voters in key battleground states.

    The women to women calls begin at 5:15 pm and end at 8:00 pm. This is a great way to share your enthusiasm and support with women who have yet to make up their mind about who they are supporting on Election Day! Join us at the RI Obama HQ (321 South Main Street).

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  • September 09, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    As Rhode Islanders do to the polls today, albeit not without problems, there are various ways to get involved in the presidential election.

    Political Scene yesterday had some details on the McCain campaign:

    The Rhode Island GOP has named an almost-House candidate as the volunteer coordinator for the McCain-for-President effort in Rhode Island.

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  • September 08, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Some Democrats might be excused, post-RNC, if they felt that familiar sickening sense in their bellies that, yep, just like Lucy snagging the football away from Charlie Brown, the Republicans are going to snatch away the presidency again.

    One local Democrat compares combating the appeal of Sarah Palin to the difficulty of hitting a nasty inside slider.

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  • September 06, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The Journal editorial board, once a GOP redoubt, offers its view on Sarah Palin's coming-out party, dubbing it "Fine entertainment":

    Governor Palin didn’t mention that she’s a global-warming denier, that she opposes stem-cell research and would set back science education by teaching creationism in public schools.

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  • September 05, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    http://burningbosom.wordpress.com/2008/03/04/gospel-questions-from-an-8-year-old-girl/

    A day after Sarah Palin ridicules Obama and glides past her own hard-right positions, how can John McCain credibly say that the time has come to move past partisan politics?

    Speaking of Palin: the prevailing meme among critics when a strong woman happens to be a Democrat is that, at minimum, she's some kind of uppity bitch

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  • September 04, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The gifted political speechwriter Peggy Noonan has always been quick on her feet.

    During the 1992 presidential campaign, N4N heard her speak to a college audience in another state. During the Q&A, I asked how it felt to be going back to work for George H.W. Bush after he had violated one of her most memorable lines -- "Read my lips: no new taxes

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  • September 03, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The McCain camp doesn't like the press looking into Sarah Palin and her time in public life.

    From the Washington Post:

    In an extraordinary and emotional interview, Steve Schmidt said his campaign feels "under siege" by wave after wave of news inquiries that have questioned whether Palin is really the mother of a 4-month-old baby, whether her amniotic fluid had been tested and whether she would submit to a DNA test to establish the child's parentage.

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  • September 02, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    UPDATE:

    As commenters have noted, the story is more complex. Here's a followup from Dan:

    Jake Tapper appears to have conceded that Sarah Palin was not a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, though her husband, Todd, was from 1995 to 2002. And Tapper writes that "at least two AIP officials recall her attending the 1994 convention," though I count three: Lynette Clark, Dexter Clark and Mark Chryson.

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  • August 30, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was indeed impressive during her coming-out party yesterday, with her pleasant and slightly chirpy voice suggesting hints of middle America, a background further solidified by her now-famous record of PTA involvement, being a hockey mom, having a propensity for mooseburgers, and fighting for reform.

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