“The Washington Post reported, “The health-care debate demonstrated how successful Republicans and their allies can be in selling a message to the American people, even when some of their facts are in doubt.” That’s one of my favorite sentences in a long while — Republicans can’t govern, and don’t understand public policy, but they have a unique ability to convince the public that their lies might be true.”via The Washington Monthly: Everything Is Always Good News For Republicans
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Unless The Onion has bought The Washington Post, this is actually a real quote:
Palin said if she and husband Todd had had a sixth child, they had already picked a name for a boy joining siblings Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper and Trig.
“I always wanted a son named Zamboni,” she said.
She also calls herself an intellectual in the article. No word yet if she knows the definition of the word.
What a day for DoubleSpeak! This morning we scored an interview with Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia and were able to be among the first people to ask him about the Washington Post’s reports that he sits atop Senator Barack Obama’s shortlist for Vice-President.
Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia woke up this morning to a new reality. He is, as reported by the Washington Post, on the short list to be Sen. Barack Obama’s running mate.
Kaine’s monthly radio appearance to discuss local issues pre-scheduled for today on WTOP radio in Washington, DC, was cast in different, higher intensity light. Kaine was joined by his colleagues DC Mayor Adrian Fenty and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley.
It was quite a scene with a catered buffet (which included an omelet station) and a throng of reporters waiting to get an answer to the question of the day: will Kaine be Obama’s Vice-Presidential pick?
Immediately following the radio broadcast, we were able to get a few minutes with the Governor and ask a number of questions about his personal reaction to the attention he’s receiving and to get his response to Sen. McCain’s recent attacks on Sen. Obama’s overseas trip.
Kaine on McCain’s campaign:
“It’s just desperation. They’re just looking for a handle to grab on and slow the momentum of this bus down. And, it’s a different strategy every couple of days. It really has the air of desperation about it.”
Kaine on Vice-Presidential Speculation:
“…I’m not going to make the case for myself because that’s not why I’ve endorsed Senator Obama…”
“And, it still seems unlikely to me, it’s nice being mentioned. My Mom likes it, you know, but look, I got on board in February of ‘07 because I knew the country needed a change in direction and from a good Democratic field– I thought the field was a good field– he just struck as the guy who could change the direction of the nation. I’m just so gratified by the way the campaign has been run and the chance we have nationally but also in Virginia.”
“It’s a little surreal. It’s surreal to be mentioned and again it’s nice to be considered but I know there’s a lot of folks they’re looking at– there’s a lot of different skills and attributes that they have to weigh– personal, geographic, political — a whole series of things. But, you know, I have grown to have tremendous confidence in Barack’s judgment, in the judgment of his team, in very hard moments along the campaign, you know, I’ve kind of been with him when things were going well and not so well but they’ve always, in a cool and deliberate way, made a good judgment, and I have no doubt that the pick they make is going to be a strong one.”
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A very special thank you to our talented photographer Kate Sokolov who negotiated her way through the gaggle of reporters to get some great pics. We also want to thank Governor Kaine’s staff for allowing us great access during the WTOP interview and for granting us one of the only one-on-one interviews of the morning.
At the end of last week, I wrote about the Obama-Clinton face off in Selma, Alabama this weekend. In this morning’s Washington Post, Anne Kornblut and Peter Whoriskey go to great lengths to clarify a point that didn’t really need clarification at all.
“This is the site of my conception. I am the fruits of your labor,” Obama told an audience of civil rights movement veterans. “When people ask me if I’ve been to Selma before, I tell them I’m coming home.” An aide later said the senator did not mean to imply that his birth was a literal result of the Selma marches but rather of the movement overall.
You can watch clips and read the transcript of Obama and Clinton on their websites. Both candidates made great speeches. However, as expected, Sen. Clinton was kind of upstaged by the other Clinton…no, not Chelsea.
National Public Radio also does a great piece on the Selma events. Have a listen.
Though we are often times critical of the mission, we have always supported and thanked the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Let’s hope that with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld out today, America will better off and the soldiers will be coming home soon.
A sad tribute to the fallen…
Crooks and Liars: Remembering Rumsfeld
There is an interesting dynamic playing out in Maryland’s 4th district. Al Wynn (D), who has represented the district since 1993 is being challenged by a Donna Edwards (D), a political newcomer who is a very solid candidate and who has been steadily gaining momentum ever since she whooped Wynn in a one-on-one debate some weeks back.
This morning, Donna Edwards was endorsed by the Washington Post. Please take a moment to read the endorsement and send it around to as many Marylanders as you can.
Excerpt from Washington Post Endorsement:
On the war in Iraq, Ms. Edwards has scored points by attacking Mr. Wynn as Maryland’s Joseph I. Lieberman — a supporter of the war portrayed as too close to the Bush administration. Mr. Wynn backed the war at the outset, but he has since recanted, saying he was misled by bad intelligence. More to the point of today’s debate, both candidates are calling for a U.S. withdrawal, a scenario that we believe would leave chaos in its wake.
Mr. Wynn insists he has been a successful pork-barrel politician; we suspect Ms. Edwards, razor-sharp and relentless, would be at least as effective. We disagree with her on some important issues, but we are convinced she would be the more forceful, principled and effective representative. And while her insurgent candidacy is an uphill battle, it should put Mr. Wynn on notice that voters expect quality representation in Congress, not just a local political boss.
This is unbelievable.
Pretty standard story, really.
However, the headline the Post chose to run for the story is beyond comprehension:
“Maybe It Was the Free Chicken”
Yes, you read that right. Robert C. Bobb, the official who attended the event, happens to be African-American as does Scott Bolden, the candidate whose office opening Bobb was attending.
From the WaPo:
“I’m not supporting him,” Bobb said. “I’m supporting everybody. . . . I thought I’d come check it out. I’ve never been by anybody’s campaign headquarters. Maybe I’ll visit all of them.”
This blunder by the Washington Post is completely out of line and unnecessarily racially charged. In a city that struggles with race in politics and in everyday life, this is particularly harmful.
City Administrator Robert C. Bobb