Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Presidential campaign tidbits

This morning Steve Benen points to recent polls that show voters strongly prefer Obama to McCain to change Washington by strong margins (58% to 33%) and that by good margins they consider Obama more honest and trustworthy than McCain (47% to 36%). Since in mid-July the same questions showed the two candidates essentially tied, this is good news for Obama.

Steve also points out that Sarah Palin has learned the Bush technique for refusing to answer questions about scandals. She won't talk about "Troopergate" because a state investigator asked her not to answer questions.
"He has asked to keep things confidential, so we will respect those wishes," campaign spokeswoman Meg Stapleton told reporters.
Yep. Crooks of a feather flock together and learn each others bird calls. The fact that Palin's campaign staff is made up of individuals who previously worked in the Bush White House clearly shows.

Forty-five minutes before Steve Benen posted the article just above, he posted another in which is pointed that Obama has taken the lead in Presidential polls as the convention bounce fades. The big reason is the economic turmoil, but other influences are the recent sharp increase in Sarah Palin's unfavorable ratings, the reemergence of the "enthusiasm gap" "62% of Obama supporters are "very enthusiastic," while 34% of McCain's backers said the same," and a shift in preferences of independents towards Obama (53% for Obama to 39% for McCain.)

I have to wonder if Steve Benen even takes a deep breathe between ending one post and starting another. Forty-five minutes before he posted the article just above this one, he posted another on the Rick Davis scandal in the McCain Presidential campaign.
Hilzoy summarized the latest revelations about McCain campaign manager Rick Davis last night. The news is hard to spin away -- Davis not only lobbied to shield Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from federal regulations, but we now learn that Davis' lobbying firm was picking up $15,000 a month from Freddie Mac, right up until it was taken over by the feds.

Let's pause to fully appreciate the big picture here.

John McCain argued last week that the crisis on Wall Street "started in the Washington culture of lobbying and influence pedaling." Oops.

John McCain insisted, on national television, just a couple of days ago, that Davis had had no involvement with Freddie Mac for the last several years. He added, "I'll be glad to have his record examined by anybody who wants to look at it." (Davis adopted the same line on a conference call with reporters on Monday, arguing that he's been completely detached from the housing lending giants.)

John McCain told voters last week that Barack Obama having tenuous relationships with former officials at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is scandalous, worthy of attack ads, and enough to cast doubts on Obama's judgment.

Given all of this, it's hard to see how McCain keeps Rick Davis on as campaign manager.

So did Rick Davis mislead McCain before they told the nation he was not taking money from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac recently, or did they not do their homework? In either case, Rick Davis cannot be trusted or he is not competent - or both. He needs to be fired.

Here's another good one, this time from Digby. The conservatives have figured out who is at fault in the current credit crisis. Is it the bankers selling junk bonds and "innovative financial products" that even they don't understand? No, the real problem was caused when Liberals convinced bankers to try to sell homes to "Black People!" Don't believe me? This is from Mark Krikorian at the bible of the right wing, The Corner.
we're in this mess, ultimately, because our political elites thought it was good social policy to encourage banks to give mortgages to uncreditworthy people, resulting in what Sailer months ago called the "Diversity Recession" (if this doesn't work, make that the Diversity Depression).
Racism and White Supremacy is alive and well in the American right wing Republican Party.

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