UPDATE: Oh, dear god. I had not heard of this horrific story when writing the headline for this post. (h/t dwp)
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Martha Coakley kicked jackass last night at the first debate. This morning on WBUR the host asked his gasbag guest whether the Senate race was now a two-horse race (meaning bewteen Coakley and Obama water-boy Michael Capuano). The pundit said, “Well if it’s a two-way race, Coakley is riding a stallion and Capuano’s on a Shetland pony.” Ha.
Shades of last year haunted my drive home from an early a.m. piano lesson however as I listened to the post-debate roundup on the radio. The host concluded that Coakley is popular among voters of all stripes and in all areas of the state and that her reputation for competence and integrity is solid. She is practically “the inevitable Democratic candidate for Senate and her competitors are going to have to come up with something to knock her off course.” Oh shit. I wonder what THAT might be I said to myself. And I didn’t have to look long! Margery Eagan, one of the biggest Hillary Bashers of all time and a pathetically incoherent obamapologist, was already on the Bitch Bashing case:
“We’re getting Martha Coakley, though she remained her careful political self last night, setting nobody’s world on fire. She didn’t have to. She’s way ahead of opponents few have heard of. And none of them, fearing the ganging-up-on-a-girl thing, even pushed her. She made no significant mistakes, save one of omission: She alone rightly noted that among soldiers just killed in Afghanistan was a Massachusetts man. Then she failed to name him. He is Marine Capt. Kyle VanDeGiesen, of North Attleboro, husband, father, brother, son. He was 29.”
Words fail me in my attempt to describe how creepy and low-down Margery Egan is. The irony of using the death of a young father and family man to shame a politician for not being slick enough in her supposed attempt to use the death of a young father for political points in order to score political-punditry points with your readers by looking up the name of the dead father online after the fact is really, really low Egan.
Speaking of which, these wars obama is NOT WINNING are killing Americans every day (spend some time at this site if you have the fortitude):
“Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) – The U.S. military suffered another day of heavy losses in Afghanistan on Tuesday as roadside bombs killed eight U.S. service members, the U.S. military said.”
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In other news, A movie you should catch because it’s better than you might think.
Good political tidbits HERE, including news of George W. Bush’s inspirational speaking tour debut last night. My favorite tidbit is this (it kinda sorta makes me think back on how “convinced” I was that W. was by far the worst president EVER.):
“Josh Gerstein: “A four-hour stop in New Orleans, on his way to a $3 million fundraiser. Snubbing the Dalai Lama. Signing off on a secret deal with drug makers. Freezing out a TV network. Doing more fundraisers than the last president. More golf, too. President Barack Obama has done all of those things … What’s remarkable is what hasn’t happened. These episodes haven’t become metaphors for Obama’s personal and political character — or consuming controversies that sidetracked the rest of his agenda. It’s a sign that the media’s echo chamber can be a funny thing, prone to the vagaries of news judgment, and an illustration that, in politics, context is everything. Conservatives look on with a mix of indignation and amazement and ask: Imagine the fuss if George W. Bush had done these things? And quickly add, with a hint of jealousy: How does Obama get away with it? ‘We have a joke about it. We’re going to start a website: IfBushHadDoneThat.com,’ former Bush counselor Ed Gillespie said. ‘The watchdogs are curled up around [Obama’s] feet, sleeping soundly.’ … Bush got grief for secret meetings with the oil industry, politicizing the White House and spending too much time on his beloved bike. … “
Hmmm . . . I guess my conclusion is that W’s portrait still hangs in the Hall of Horrible Presidents in my mind, but that hanging right beside him is this:
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