September 2008 Archives

Bill Clinton on where he stands.

 

 

The Obama/McCain debate, SNL style...

 

Sooo.... Not a good day for Wall Street. Not a good day for the economy.  Not a good day for shoe shopping.  Just all around not a good day.

We need a little pick me up, so we're going to take the advice of reader Fatfighter and revisit the Saturday Night Live skits from this weekend.

First up, Tina Fey as Sarah Palin and Amy Poehler as Katie Couric.

 

The House said "Oh, hells no" to coughing up $700 billion to bail out Wall Street.  The bill would have given the U.S. Trasury a $700 billion line of credit to buy the bad mortages, securities and financial assets that are undermining the security of the U.S. economy and threatening to send the country into a recession. 

The final vote was 228 to 205 against passing the bill.  Members of both parties voted across parties lines.

When it started looking like the bill wouldn't pass, the Dow fell by as much as 700 points.  If you don't follow the stock market, all you need to know is that's not a good thing.

Katie Couric interviewed Republican vice presidential candidate Sara Palin recently.  Here's the interview, in case you missed it.

 

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Har dee har har

The economy sucks, so we thought we'd tickle your funny bone to make you feel better.  In this David Letterman clip, Chris Rock gives Bill Clinton the heads up that Hillary lost.

 

 

So, did Chris have you rolling on the floor, laughing your ass off?  Or did you take offense to his comments? 

Do you think the Clintons support Barack Obama for real or just in public because they "have" to?  Holla in the comments, yo.

Polichicks on Twitter

We still haven't had a chance to post today!  Aargh! But whenever there's a drought here at Polichicks, don't forget that you can always follow us on Twitter!  www.twitter.com/polichicks

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U.S. Senators better prepare for an avalanche! Oprah Winfrey asked her millions of viewers today to call, write and email their U.S. Senators and tell them to "vote yes on Senate Bill 1738--The PROTECT Our Children Act."  If passed, The PROTECT Our Children Act will fund additional law enforcement support to catch child sexual predators.

"We need to put pressure on our U.S. Senators to bring [the Act] to the floor," Oprah said on her show. "And we don't want them to just bring it to the floor; We want them to pass it."

Oprah has posted the contact information for every U.S. Senator on her website, along with a pre-written letter in support of the bill that viewers can just sign and send to their senators.  You can visit Oprah's web page dedicated to passing the bill right here.

Oprah, known for her philanthropic efforts as well as her media success, is a long-time supporter of child advocacy causes.

 


 

Tina Fey returned to Saturday Night Live this past Saturday to play Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.  The message of the skit was that Palin is no Hillary Clinton when it comes to experience and capability to run a nation.

In the skit, Clinton (played by Amy Poehler) says that she doesn't agree with the Bush Doctrine. Fey's Palin pipes in, "I don't even know what that is!" The pun was a reference to Palin's recent interview with ABC News, during which she appeared to have never heard of the Bush Doctrine when asked about it by anchorman Charlie Gibson.

Sarah Palin's response? "She thought it was quite funny, particularly because she once dressed up as Tina Fey for Halloween," her spokesperson Tracey Schmitt told CBS News.

If you didn't catch the show, watch below.  It was hoo-larious!

 

What a difference a day makes! Those on Wall Street woke up this Monday morning to find more change than even Barack Obama could have anticipated.  And on a sad note, many people in the Gulf Coast woke up Sunday morning to to find that they had lost loved ones, homes, and communities overnight.  We're thinking of those folks today.  Be grateful for what you have and take nothing for granted, Polichicks.

Here's your Daily Polichicks:

 

Campaign 08

Former Bush advisor and Republican strategist Karl Rove said Sunday that John McCain has "gone one step too far" in his ads attcking Barack Obama.  Rove said that McCain is "attributing to Obama things that are, you know, beyond the '100 percent truth' test." [CNN]

Barack Obama raised $66 million in August ($20 million more than rival John McCain raised).  That's a whole lotta change. [The Los Angeles Times]

 

U.S. News

There were major shake ups on Wall Street over the weekend.  Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, Merrill Lynch was sold and AIG faces restructiring.  [AP]

USC killed Ohio State, beating them 35-3 in a football match up on Saturday night.  Go Trojans! [Yahoo]

What could be better than the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2?  The Sisterhood of the traveling diamond necklace.  Women pooled their cash to buy a $15,000 diamond necklace to share. [Yahoo]

 

 

Actor Matt Damon is totally freaked out that John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate.  

At 72, McCain is no spring chicken. Damon fears that if McCain wins the presidency, he'll kick the bucket while in office and Palin will become president. "You do the actuary tables and there's a one-out-of-three chance, if not more, that McCain doesn't survive his first term and it will be President Palin . . . It's like a bad Disney movie," he said. 

Why would the Disney movie be so bad?  According to Damon, Palin is wholly unqualified to lead the country.  " 'I'm just a hockey mom from Alaska.' And she's the president," he said. "And it's like she's facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. It's absurd. It's totally absurd."

He continued, "I don't know why more people aren't talking about how absurd it is. It's a really terrifying possibility,"


A Democat and Barack Obama supporter, Damon contributed $4,600 to Obama's campaign and $28,500 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

(This post - especially the video - is dedicated to my sister Jen, who thinks Matt Damon is dee-lish!)

There Will Be Mud

Lipstick on a pig.jpgWhen Sarah Palin spoke at the Republican National Convention, the highlights of her speech were not policy ideas, but jokes made at the expense of Barack Obama. 

 

Then came round two. Barack Obama used a phrase commonly used in politics ("You can put lipstick on a pig; it's still a pig") to describe John McCain's proposed plan for change.  The McCain camp squeeled sexism in response, claiming that Obama called Sarah Palin a pig.  (Never mind that John McCain himself used the "lipstick on a pig" comparison to attack Hillary Clinton's healthcare plan and on numerous other occasions.)

 

Barack Obama hasn't tossed mud back at McCain/Palin, but presumably he will.  Word is that he has lifted restraints on left wing groups who are chomping at the bit to attack McCain.  So it's on now.

 

Since Palin's attack on Obama at the Republican convention, mudslinging rather than policy discussions have dominated the news.  What do you think about this?  Are you over it?  Want the candidates to get back to the issues? Or do you wanna just oil 'em up, toss 'em in a mud pit and watch 'em go at it?

 

Mudwrestling for The White House. Nice.

 

So how 'bout them sled dogs? 

Before Sarah Palin was governor of Alaska and a candidate for Vice President, she was a sportscaster at KTUU in Alaska.  Watch her in action below.

 


So what do you think? She got game? Tell us in the comments.

Boy George released a video for the pro-Obama Yes We Can song.  It features Amy Winehouse and David Bowie.

 


Uhh... We just don't know what to say.... Thoughts? Tell us in the comments.

Throughout the election season, John McCain has emphasized his "experience" while Barack Obama has focused on "change."  At the Republican convention, however, speeches made by McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin showed a move toward Obama's message of change:

Palin on McCain and change

In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.

McCain on change

We [Republicans] were elected to change Washington, and we let Washington change us.

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I know some of you have been left behind in the changing economy and it often seems your government hasn't even noticed. Government assistance for unemployed workers was designed for the economy of the 1950s. That's going to change on my watch.

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We need to change the way government does almost everything....

Why the change to change? 

Well, why not? The change message has certainly worked for Obama.  "Change" changed Obama from a relatively unknown senator to a cultural icon and political force to be reckoned with. Change is no longer just Obama's message; it's an American movement, the new cause of choice for millions of citizens. McCain wants a piece of that action (and some of those votes), and he's willing to copycat Obama to get it. 

And then there is the lesson that McCain learned from Hillary Clinton, who ran a campaign based on experience straight into the ground.   She beat voters over the heads with her experience, telling them over and over again that she was the candidate who would be "ready on day one" of her presidency. But her experience message didn't push her ahead of Obama. So she added change to her repertoire at the end of the democratic primary, but by then it was too late.  Now she wishes she could change that, and McCain doesn't want to make her mistake.

Do you think McCain's new change message (or old change message, when you consider that Obama has been preaching it for over a year now) will get him to The White House?  Tell us in the comments above.

Meghan McCain and little Piper Palin made a girlpower video together, behind the scenes of the McCain Palin campaign. Meghan posted the video on her blog at mccainblogette.com.

 

Sarah Palin's family matters are People's cover story of the week.  (Check out Halle Berry's cute little girl on the right.)

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Sarah Palin is just like us, except she's on the cover of US.

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Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin wear tattoo and ring at Republican National Convention.  Photo from US Weekly and credited to Justin Sullivan of Getty Images.

Bristol Palin's "baby daddy," Levi Johnston, wore a "Bristol" tattoo on his ring finger during his debut appearance at the Republican National Convention.  Bristol wore what appeared to be an engagement ring.  Bristol, 5 months pregnant, is 17 years old and Levi is 18 years old.  The soon to be teen parents attended the convention to watch Bristol's mom, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, accept the Republican nomination for vice president.

The press has had a field day with this little tidbit:

Vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol, is an unwed, pregnant teenager. 

Meghan McCain, daughter of John of course, offered this support for Bristol on her blog:

It's a rough go being the son or daughter of a politician. I have not known Bristol Palin very long, but there is a certain kinship I feel to her as I do other political daughters such as Chelsea Clinton, Jenna and Barbara Bush and Mary Cheney. You can't fully understand it unless you have lived it. So I just wanted to let it be known that I support Bristol and the entire Palin family.

Que Sarah, Sera

 

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Gov. Sarah Palin and family in Juneau, Alaska.  Infant son Trig missing from photo, because he wasn't born yet.

 

When John McCain announced that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his veep pick, the cry heard round the nation was "Who's that?!"  Gov. Palin's response? "If you don't know, you better ask somebody!"  (Uhh.. that's not an exact quote.)

 

But you won't have to ask anybody anyway.  All you have to do is keep reading, 'cause you know we will tell it all, girl! 

 

  • Sarah Louise Heath Palin was born February 11, 1964 in Sandpoint, Idaho.  She is 44 years old.  She moved to Alaska wither her schoolteacher parents in 1964.

 

  • She is the second woman vice presidential nominee in the U.S. and the first woman vice presidential nominee to represent the Republican party.

 

  • She is the first woman governor of Alaska.  Elected in 2006, she has been in office almost two years. Prior to her election as governor, she served two terms on the Wasilla City Council and two terms as Wasilla's mayor/manager.

 

  • A bump in the road to the vice president's mansion:  Palin and her teenaged daughter Bristol attracted media attention when the McCain campaign announced that Bristol is 5 months pregnant and unwed.  Bristol's pregnancy is particularly controversial, because her mother is pro-life and against all sex education programs in the schools other than abstinence-only programs. 

 

  • Palin can ball.   As a point guard, she helped her high school basketball team win the Alaska small school championship in 1982, playing with an ankle stress fracture and hitting a free throw in the last seconds of the game.

 

  • She was once a sportscaster. 

 

  • She's not internationally known, but she's known to rock the microphone.  Her speech at the Republican National Convention was praised by pundits, despite previous criticism that she is not well-known or experienced enough to be a vice presidential nominee.

 

  • She is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and enjoys hunting and fishing.  As a child, she often went moose hunting with her dad.

 

  • She is a former beauty queen.  She was Miss Wasilla in 1984.

 

  • She is under investigation for allegedly firing a public safety commissioner in retaliation for his refusal to fire her former brother-in-law who is a state trooper.  Palin's former brother-in-law was involved in a child custody case with her sister at the time that Palin allegedly wanted him fired.

 

  • She received a Bachelor of Science degree in communications-journalism from the University of Idaho in 1983.  She minored in political science.

 

  • She and her husband, Todd, have 5 children.  Track, 19, Bristol, 17, Willow, 13, Piper, 7, and Trig who is an infant with down syndrome.  Husband Todd is a four-time champion of the Iron Dog, the world's longest snow machine race. Son Track is enlisted in the U.S. Army and scheduled for deployment to Iraq in September.

Oh, and to give credit where credit is due, we copycatted Maegan Carberry's title a little bit.  It fit and we liked it.

Known as Sarah Barracuda for her fierce competitiveness on the basketball court, Republican candidate for Vice President and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin introduced herself, introduced her family and attacked Barack Obama in her debut speech tonight before the Republican convention.  Is the lady a champ?  That we won't know until the polls close on November 4th.  But for now, it appears that she's got a pretty mean right hook:

I've noticed a pattern with [Barack Obama].

Maybe you have, too.

We've all heard his dramatic speeches before devoted followers.

And there is much to like and admire about our opponent.

But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform - not even in the state senate.

This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word "victory" except when he's talking about his own campaign. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed ... when the roar of the crowd fades away ... when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot - what exactly is our opponent's plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he's done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger ... take more of your money ... give you more orders from Washington ... and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy ... our opponent is against producing it.

Victory in Iraq is finally in sight ... he wants to forfeit.

Terrorist states are seeking new-clear weapons without delay ... he wants to meet them without preconditions.

Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America ... he's worried that someone won't read them their rights? Government is too big ... he wants to grow it.

Congress spends too much ... he promises more.

Taxes are too high ... he wants to raise them. His tax increases are the fine print in his economic plan, and let me be specific.

The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes ... raise payroll taxes ... raise investment income taxes ... raise the death tax ... raise business taxes ... and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars....

[skipped text here]

And though both Senator Obama and Senator Biden have been going on lately about how they are always, quote, "fighting for you," let us face the matter squarely.

There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you ... in places where winning means survival and defeat means death ... and that man is John McCain.

 

 

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Jude Law at a press conference in Kabul.  Photo from here and creditited to Shah Marai, AFP/Getty images

Actor Jude Law is in Afghanistan to promote peace.  From the Associated Press:

Jude Law is visiting Afghanistan to promote peace in the war-ravaged country.

Together with director Jeremy Gilley, the Oscar-nominated Law has returned to Afghanistan to help maintain momentum for Peace Day -- an annual day on Sept. 21 urging a global cease-fire and nonviolence.
 
The United Nations General Assembly adopted Peace Day in 2001, following a lobbying campaign by Gilley which he documented in the film "Peace One Day."
 
"When I left Kabul last year, I was hugely moved not by the conflict that I have read so much about, but by the people's courage and the people's sense of hope," Law told reporters in Kabul on Monday.
 
"It seemed that they really want to make this day, the Peace Day, work. And they did," Law said. "People recognize the day, because they recognize that lives could be saved."
Noted for his roles in movies such as "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "Cold Mountain," Law helped Gilley produce his second documentary film, called "The Day After Peace."
 
The documentary, which also features former U.N. chief Kofi Annan, the Dalai Lama, Angelina Jolie, Annie Lennox and Jonny Lee Miller, charts the way Peace Day can be used as a focus for lifesaving activity, Gilley said.
 
Law said the movie "was the most important film I have been part of."
 
Law and Gilley, who arrived in Kabul on Sunday, are to meet President Hamid Karzai, top NATO and U.N. officials, and members of the aid community.
 
Last year, they traveled and filmed in treacherous areas of eastern Afghanistan to help promote the day, on which they hope weapons will fall silent, allowing help to reach those most in need.
 
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Tom Cruise and Renee Zelwegger in Jerry Maguire

You. Complete. Me.

Ever since Barack Obama announced just before the DNC Convention that Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del) was his vice presidential pick, tongues have been wagging about what Biden adds to the ticket:

Experience: Obama faces attacks for his limited time serving in the Senate.  He will have been in office just 4 years when (and if) he becomes president in January 2009. Biden has served in the U.S. Senate for 36 years.

Foreign relations expertise: Biden is an expert on national security and chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  He voted to authorize the use military force in Iraq in 2002 but has since become a vocal critic of the war.

Age:  Biden is no spring chicken.  At 66, his silver haired appearance could make older voters feel more comfortable with voting for the ticket.  Obama, the young cat on the ticket, is only 47.

Average Joe: Biden, a white guy, hails from a working class backround in Pennsylvania.  He's expected to help Obama appeal to white, working class voters nationwide. Also, unlike most of the other Senators, Biden is not a multimillionaire.  He and his wife Jill have just $365,000 in assets or less. Joe's an average Joe.

He's green: No, not the inexperienced kind of green or the rich kind of green but the hugging and kissing all over trees kind of green.  He has a strong environmental record and earned an 83% lifetime voting score from the League of Conservation Voters.

Catholicsm: Biden is Catholic.  He is expected to help Obama win the white, Catholic voters that he lost to Hillary Clinton in the primary. 

Tough guy on crime: Biden was a chief sponsor of an anti-crime bill that passed in 1994.  He can help defend the ticket against GOP attacks saying that Obama is soft on crime.

Attack dog: Biden will not stand for a bunch of what our girl Niecy from Clean House would call a bunch of foolishness and mayhem. Act out, and he will call you out.  Thinking of stepping to Biden? You betta check yo'self before you wreck yo'self.

Family story: Biden lost his wife and young daughter in a car crash in 1972, one month after his election to the Senate.  Remarried, Biden takes the Amtrak train home from Washington D.C. to Delaware every night, so that he can be with his family.

 

You had me at hello.

You've seen this before. Two people in your circle of friends - a boy an a girl - are always totally flirting with each other when your group goes out.  Then when they finally hook up, everybody's like, "Well duh, we all saw that one coming."  That's how Obama's advisers describe Obama's selection of Biden for veep. Even though Obama was mum about who was most attractive to him as a veep candidate, people say they always knew he was interested in Biden. David Axelrod, Obama's senior strategist, told The Washington Post that Obama's veep search "always pointed in Biden's direction."

Biden totally played hard to get during the VP selction process.  He denied courting the veep slot, said he didn't want the job, and claimed he would accept it only reluctantly to help his party's ticket if asked. 

Whatev!  

We know Obama and the idea of being veep had Biden at hello. He was just playing hard to get, giving Obama a little chase.  Biden obviously was reading The Rules and applying them to his political career.  And it worked.  Obama and Biden made their first appearance together as a "couple" on the Saturday prior to the DNC convention.  Wonder if Obama called Biden by Wednesday for that Saturday date?

Watch a "pre-enactment" of the Obama/Biden courtship above, with Tom Cruise as Obama and Renee Zelwegger as Biden.

 

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