McCain Loses Again – Focused On “Joe The Plumber”

Here is a small segment of Katie Couric talking with Joe the Plumber after the debates to get his reactions. He said he wasn’t swayed by the debate.

Joan Walsh took issue with McCain’s harping on Joe the Plumber. She has a good point bringing this up in her op-ed. I know I’m sick of hearing about him already. If you can’t be successful in Ohio making 250k+ something is seriously wrong. We have a low cost of living here, housing is very affordable, and grocery prices are always within reason. So either Joe the Plumber, is bad with his money or he has always been a diehard Republican that is trying to get attention from the media. Here are Joan Walsh’s noteworthy points about the debate.

John McCain promised to kick Barack Obama’s “you know what” on Wednesday night. He hinted that he’d bring up former Weather Underground leader Bill Ayers and worse. Instead McCain bludgeoned Obama with Joe the Plumber, and the effect was more farce than fierce.

McCain mentioned the now-famous plumber, Joe Wurzelbacher, an apparently wealthy Toledo businessman who complained he’d pay more taxes under Obama’s plan, more than he talked about Sarah Palin or Osama bin Laden, by far. Midway through the 90-minute conversation, Obama was addressing Joe the Plumber, too. And it was clear by then that McCain had lost three straight debates.

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Palin Interview: “Sarah’s Dumber Than Bush” – Endorses Hamas

Cenk Uygur, from The Young Turks, shows a portion of the Katie Couric interview where she asks Palin about Hamas.  She doesn’t know who Hamas is and Sarah Palin said she supports the democratic election there.  Which means she is endorsing Hamas.  Palin has proven once again, she doesn’t know the most elementary things about Foreign Policy or even where the Gaza Strip is.

Newsweek Reporter: “Sarah Palin Is Not Very Bright”

Cenk Uygur, from The Young Turks, Interviews Newsweek Reporter Michael Hirsh on Sarah Palin.  They talk about “her knowledge runs about a millimeter deep” because she seems to have never thought about any important issue ever.

The Reintroduction of Sarah Palin

In an effort to reinvent herself, Sarah Palin who has been heavily protected from the media, is to do additional interviews in the weeks ahead. As Politico reports, she is headed to McCain’s cabin to prepare for the VP debate.

While she is there, John McCain is keeping Palin in safe waters by doing right-wing talk radio. As her aide puts it, “Talk radio is a convenient, powerful and effective outlet,” said the aide. Rush Limbaugh, who is the most successful at promoting right-wing propaganda notes “The McCain camp doesn’t trust me.” But, he said he would welcome a call from Sarah Palin. It’s also in Rush’s best interest to have McCain in the White House. He would keep a larger portion of his mammoth eight year contract worth $38 million dollars under the McCain tax policy.

This reintroduction comes from the car-wreck interviews with Katie Couric and at the heels of some conservatives that are begging her to drop off the ticket.

Quite the contrary, Palin, her family and aides are determined to remind voters what they so liked about the governor in the first place. After the debate and talk radio hits, the plan is to find a way to let Palin be Palin, moving her away from the pre-fab talking points and letting the down-home daughter of Wasilla be herself.

“She wants to tell her story more, and people around her do, too,” added the source. “This is a governor very much on her toes, very much fed up with inaccuracies and fictions about her own life and career.”

I watched the Katie Couric interview last night with Sarah Palin and John McCain-where both try to blame “gotcha journalism” for reporting on Palin’s support for cross-border raids into Pakistan-which Katie pointed out is a position shared by Barack Obama.

Sitting with McCain for their first joint interview a week after the widely panned sit-down with Couric, Palin interjected when the CBS anchor brought up a report about the Wasilla Assembly of God, the governor’s childhood church and one she still attends at times, seeking to pray gays away from homosexuality.

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Sarah Palin Looking Forward To VP Debate With Joe Biden

Gov. Sarah Palin while in Columbus, Ohio today took a stab at Joe Biden. She said “I’ve been hearing about his Senate speeches since I was in, like, the second grade” and at the same time acknowledged she was looking forward to the VP debate.  “I guess its my turn now. And I do look forward to Thursday night,” she said, noting that she will talk about the “new ideas” that she and McCain want to bring to Washington.

Howard Kurtz from the Washington Post describes her struggles. Palin was halting, repetitive and occasionally stumped on basic questions. In his review of her Katie Couric interview. Mr. Kurtz revealed today that the worst may be yet to come for Palin; sources say CBS has two more responses on tape that will likely prove embarrassing.

I would definitely say that is going to hurt the McCain-Palin Campaign along with journalists that have become outspoken in their criticism of her this last week.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough says Palin “just seems out of her league.” National Review Editor Rich Lowry called her performance “dreadful.” Dallas Morning News columnist Rod Dreher described the interview as a “train wreck.”

The Couric and Gibson interviews were the first real test of whether she could do more than read a punchy speech off a prompter. And even many of her supporters are no longer trying to spin her performance.

Nancy Pfotenhauer was on Fox News this morning crying the blues over the debate questions; since Foreign Policy will be 60 % of the questions asked. Nancy feels that the VP debate is heavily stacked against Sarah Palin.  In my opinion, nothing is going to help her no matter what questions are asked. Watch the nauseating sympathy she gets from Doocey.

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Is Palin Running Alaska? No, The McCain Campaign Is

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Why would anyone think otherwise?  The McCain Campaign has run so much interference on Palin’s behalf; that I find it amazing they allow her to do anything.  Mark Silva, at The Swamp says the campaign is trying to avoid a repeat of an incident last week.  “After the Cleveland event, a Palin staffer told CBS News that questions “weren’t allowed.”

So that Palin can avoid making any mistakes at all; the McCain campaign is speaking for the Alaska state government these days as well. Not a real confidence builder there. They are ensuring that nothing embarrassing might emerge before Election Day and now they are usurping all her responsibilities for running Alaska as well. Remind me again why McCain picked Palin?? Oh, that’s right; she has foreign policy experience because she can see Russia from her backyard.

Questions for the Palin administration are most often answered by McCain staffers, including Meghan Stapleton, a former Palin spokeswoman; Taylor Griffin, who worked for President Bush’s campaigns in 2000 and 2004; and Ed O’Callaghan, a McCain campaign lawyer and former federal prosecutor from New York.

They have clamped down on information flowing out of state government, especially when it comes to the so-called Troopergate investigation. The inquiry centers on whether Palin abused her power by firing the public safety commissioner after he refused to fire her ex-brother-in-law, a state trooper. The McCain group even attached a “truth squad” moniker to Troopergate news conferences this week.

The presidential race has kept Palin out of Alaska for all but three days since Sen. John McCain announced on Aug. 29 that he had chosen her as his running mate. Even Palin’s lieutenant governor, Sean Parnell, said keeping in touch has been difficult.

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