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campaign rhetoric 2008


I Am Completely Dumbfounded

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 30, 2008 - 9:03am

Palin was a Buchanan Brigader in '96. Did McCain vet anything about her? I can see the Obama ads in South Florida now. . . .Andrew Sullivan says everything I want to say. I am officially more frightened than I was in 2000 and 2004. At least Bush's fundamentalism was tempered with a healthy dose of cynicism. --On the other hand, she may not be "Sarah Quayle" but rather "Sarah Eagleton." From Divasblueoasis: "A very reliable source overheard Republican spokesperson McHugh Pierre state TODAY that he had spoken to the McCain Campaign. They are coming to Alaska tomorrow to check out the "Troopergate" investigation.In other words, THEY DID NOT DO SO PROPERLY AHEAD OF TIME." And she appears to be a Pentecostal. Plus the facts (and interesting Real Alaskan comments) on TrooperGate.


What do the rhetoricians think of Obama's performance at the agora?

Submitted by Jim Brown on August 29, 2008 - 7:41am

What do the rhetoricians think of Obama's speech? The MSM seems to be GUSHING. Check out some of New Republic's blogger responses for some evidence of this. CNN and MSNBC couldn't seem to find anything to critique.


My Guess

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 29, 2008 - 6:04am

McCain's smartest choice would be Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska: anti-abortion, but not a rabid social conservative, hugely popular in Alaska, and alternative for the PUMA's in the Democratic Party. --Pawlenty's out. Mittens is going to be in Dayton today. Query, for those of you immersed in Southern Baptist and other evangelical religion: how much of dealbreaker is Romney's Mormonism for them? (Aside from other things, like his flipflopping and wooden delivery.) 7:29 a.m. Drudge says Mittens is out, and has a McCain/Palin button at the top of his page. Hmmmm. . .


Rumors, Rumors

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 28, 2008 - 7:00pm

Romney's out? And "Bridges" Pawlenty has cancelled events tomorrow. Fox News is rumored to have the name in hand. Great way to upstage Obama tonight. Later: does it mean anything that Pawlenty is listed uptop on Drudge's site, with a link introducing him?


How to Read the Gallup Dailies

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 28, 2008 - 4:38pm

Brad DeLong, my all-around favorite blogger, explains the statistical problems with the Gallup Daily Poll.


Rhetorical Punditry

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 28, 2008 - 4:18pm

Our own Jen Mercieca, Chuck Morris, and John Murphy comment on the Democratic National Convention in the Rocky Mountain News (hat tip to Cara Finnegan).


McCain's Pick?

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 28, 2008 - 4:13pm

Any Blogorists want to bet on McCain's pick? It's a bit of heresthetic tackiness to wheel him (?) out tomorrow,in order to cut down on Obama press coverage, I think, but that's what all this has become: constant short-term tactical maneuvering, in hopes that something works. If he picks Lieberman or Ridge, it really is all over for the social conservatives. I'm betting on Romney or Huckabee, probably Romney. Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't Kay Bailey Hutchison been unwelcome at the Texas GOP convention because she's pro-choice?


Talking Out of Both Sides of His [Body Part]

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 26, 2008 - 12:09pm

"Bitter" Hillary supporter claims McCain supports Roe v. Wade. Does he or not? The trial balloon of a pro-choice VP by McCain (Ridge or Lieberman) seems to be sinking. Is the strategy here to assume that angry Hillary supporters don't attend to the same news outlets as the anti-abortion rights base?


The Most Important Issue in This Election

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 24, 2008 - 9:12am

With all the whining about Biden coming from the left-wing blogs, I'm sure we're about to have another round of support for Ralph (support for gay rights is "gonadal politics") Nader. But here's what's really at stake.


McCain on Abortion

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 22, 2008 - 10:12am

Despite pandering to anti-abortion forces, neither Reagan nor Bush 1.0 ever did much to try to overturn Roe v. Wade. W. did, leaving the Court one vote away from declaring the existence of full fetal rights (perhaps on 14th Amendment grounds). As Dahlia Lithwick points out, no one seems to be paying attention to just how radical the Republican Party's platform plank on abortion is: no exceptions for rape or incest, and NO abortions to save the life of the mother (a clear Establishment of the Roman Catholic position on this question).