McCain Advisor Defending “Joe the Plumber” Gimmick

McCain advisor Brian Jones tells MSNBC that the “Joe the Plumber” gimmick was “spontaneous,” and that it “just happened.”  He is trying to defend a gimmick that has completely backfired.

“Joe the Plumber” is another McCain gimmick gone wrong and is emblematic of McCain’s erratic campaign.   One of McCain’s desperate attempts to ride the coattails of “Joe’s” fame.

Michelle Bachmann (R-MN): Congress should be investigated for being Un-American UPDATED

Michele Bachmann (R-MN), one of the crazier members of Congress, says members of Congress, whose philosophies she does not share, should be investigated by the media as being un-American.

This is just over one minute of a longer segment of Ms. Bachmann on Hardball just moments ago.  If the entire segment becomes available, it will be posted.

The full clip is below the fold, as well as a response from an Obama surrogate Katrina Vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation.

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Joe Biden: We Are All Patriotic!

VP Candidate Joe Biden today gave a fiery speech in response to Sarah Palin’s boast that she enjoys campaigning in the “pro-American” parts of this country.

From CBS News:

Joe Biden says he’s tired of the type of politics of division he heard in Sarah Palin’s comments last night, when she told a North Carolina fundraiser that she liked to visit “pro-American parts of the country.” 

“It’s disappointing, and I hope it’s a slip of the tongue and she doesn’t mean it, but she said it. It was reported she said that she likes to visit, quote, pro-American parts of the country,” said Biden, leading into a lengthy dissection of the remarks. 

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The L.A. Times endorses Barack Obama

LA Times (H/T: Bob Geiger)

He is the competent, confident leader who represents the aspirations of the United States.

It is inherent in the American character to aspire to greatness, so it can be disorienting when the nation stumbles or loses confidence in bedrock principles or institutions. That’s where the United States is as it prepares to select a new president: We have seen the government take a stake in venerable private financial houses; we have witnessed eight years of executive branch power grabs and erosion of civil liberties; we are still recovering from a murderous attack by terrorists on our own soil and still struggling with how best to prevent a recurrence.

We need a leader who demonstrates thoughtful calm and grace under pressure, one not prone to volatile gesture or capricious pronouncement. We need a leader well-grounded in the intellectual and legal foundations of American freedom. Yet we ask that the same person also possess the spark and passion to inspire the best within us: creativity, generosity and a fierce defense of justice and liberty.

The Times without hesitation endorses Barack Obama for president.

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We may one day look back on this presidential campaign in wonder. We may marvel that Obama’s critics called him an elitist, as if an Ivy League education were a source of embarrassment, and belittled his eloquence, as if a gift with words were suddenly a defect. In fact, Obama is educated and eloquent, sober and exciting, steady and mature. He represents the nation as it is, and as it aspires to be.

Read the entire endorsement..

For the first time in the 161 year history of the Chicago Tribune, the paper has endorsed a Democratic presidential nominee – Barack Obama.

John McCain roasting Barack Obama at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Service Dinner.

Raw Story:

Both Barack Obama and John McCain spoke last night at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Service Dinner last night. We’ve already posted Barack Obama’s speech, but here is John McCain’s speech as well.

I didn’t realize he could be funny..

Some quotes from The Caucus:

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Friday News, Views, and Blues

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It’s the end of another week and only 17 more days until election day! Please plan to VOTE!

Oliver Stone’s film “W” comes out today.

This election is getting ugly and it’s past time to be concerned. Barack Obama received more threatening letters in Tallahassee, FL.  

The letter contained a white powder that hazmat teams have determined is not anthrax or any other toxic substance.”

This was on the heels of the threatening letter he received two days ago in S. Philadelphia in a campaign office there.

David Iglesias is speaking out today:

“I’m astounded that this issue is being trotted out again. Based on what I saw in 2004 and 2006, it’s a scare tactic.”

Who’s that speaking? And what’s he talking about?

That’s fired US Attorney David Iglesias talking about thenews leaked today that the DOJ and FBI are opening a nationwide investigation into allegations that the community organization ACORN is somehow working to undermine the November election through fraud. For more from Iglesias and his fellow fired US Attorney Bud Cummins, don’t missTPMMuckraker’s Zack Roth’s interview post from earlier this evening.

Iglesias got fired not long after the 2006 midterm election because he wouldn’t get off the dime and bring bogus vote fraud indictments against Democrats or time other indictmentsof Democrats to sway the 2006 election. In other words, he got canned for not doing what a number of his former colleagues at the DOJ are happily doing this very day…

For more on the subject of ACORN: Why the Media Can’t See the Trees for the ACORNs

John McCain and other Republicans making criminal allegations against the community-organizing group ACORN know exactly what they’re doing. They’re using alarmist allegations of “voter fraud” to fire up their conservative base and suppress the votes of some citizens who may, out of fear, stay away from the polls.

They exploit lingering unease among the poor and minorities who, with some justification, believe themselves to suffer disproportionately from unbalanced wheels of justice in America. These innocents know they don’t have to commit crimes to be accused of crimes. Better to stay away from the places where the accusations might be leveled. Like the polls.

The allegations can also help cover up actual election fraud undertaken on behalf of McCain. This is the tactic Karl Rove learned so well from his right-wing predecessors: accuse your opponent of your own unethical or illegal acts.

From Truthdig, Bill Boyarsky writes Another Round of Dirty Tricks in Ohio”

After Wednesday’s big debate, McCain-Palin volunteers celebrated what they considered a big victory for their presidential candidate. But the real action was taking place in courts miles away.

It was a legal battle over perhaps the most ominous threat to Barack Obama’s chances in Ohio, a Republican dirty-tricks effort to disenfranchise 200,000 newly registered voters, most of them probably Democrats, on Election Day. That’s enough to swing the state in a close election…

It was the dirty tricks and election fraud in Ohio that swung the election to Bush in 2004. People need to keep an eye on this.

Greg Palast has more on this: ROLLING STONE: It’s Already Stolen

And please read this by John Nichols of The NationNo More Stolen Elections!

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Reporter Kicked To The Ground At McCain-Palin Rally

A reporter covering the Palin event went to talk to Obama supporters who were asked to leave.  Joe was near a second group of protestors who got tossed. And he got some push back for investigating as well.   Here is the story from the reporters at the Palin Rally from the News-Record:

After the rally wound down, he went to find some Obama folks and see if he could talk to who got put out. That’s when at least one guy from the crowd decided he needed to interject his opinion into the conversation. As Joe tells it:

I sidled up to one of the Obama supporters and asked why they were there, what they were trying to accomplish. As he was telling me a large, bearded man in full McCain-Palin campaign regalia got in his face to yell at him.

“Hey, hey, ” I said. “I’m trying to interview him. Just a minute, okay? “

The man began to say something about how of course I was interviewing the Obama people when suddenly, from behind us, the sound of a pro-Obama rap song came blaring out of the windows of a dorm building. We all turned our heads to see Obama signs in the windows.

This was met with curses, screams and chants of “U.S.A” by McCain-Palin folks who crowded under the windows trying to drown it out and yell at the person playing the stereo.

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17 States Reported McCain Robocalls

I received mine the other day and was horrified when this message was left :  “Hello. I’m calling for John McCain and the RNC,” – “need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers, whose organization bombed the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, a judge’s home, and killed Americans.”  These propaganda tactics should not be allowed.  What this causes is a myth to be perpetuated and some people believe these lies to be true.  Which leads to what we see in the video below by The Young Turks.

The McCain-Palin Campaign and the Republican National Committee has launched a massive campaign on Thursday, more on this from Huffington Post.

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Obama Roasts John McCain At Alfred Smith Charity Dinner

Obama was too funny.  He asked where are the greek columns he requested.  Obama said that he received his middle name from someone who never thought he would be running for office.  He needed to disclose that his middle name is actually Steve.  Obama said he was surprised that McCain kept bring up “Who Is Obama” on the campaign trail.  He said all he had to do was look at his Facebook page.  A must watch, he had me laughing through the whole video.

Letterman Slams McCain On Gordon Liddy

David Letterman rips into McCain over Sarah Palin’s references at rallies were she has stated that Obama “pal’s around with terrorists.”  He also said that McCain’s association with Gordon Liddy could be looked at the same way.  Liddy is a convicted felon who has called for shooting Federal agents in the head.  McCain was in the hot seat and you could tell he was not happy that Letterman brought up the fundraiser that he attended at Gordon Liddy’s home.