Thursday, October 23, 2008

T-minus 12 days...

1. Palin in 2012? Not bloody likely, says AL.

2. The satirical Jon Swift has an epic post up praising right-wing bloggers for their phenomenal efforts in chronicling the many sins, shady associations, and criminal acts of Barack Obama. If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't know that Bill Ayers wrote Obama's autobiography! Or that his birth certificate is fake! Or that his wife hates white people! Or that he had a gay affair with a pedophile! Or...well, you get the idea. Read the whole thing.

3. All this talk about "real America" and "real Virginia" (as opposed to the not real versions) was perhaps elaborated on a little bit today as Sarah Palin sat down for another interview, this time with Brian Williams, "accompanied" (read: supervised) by that other guy on the ticket, John McCain, who said this:

(responding to a question about where these ubiquitous "elitists" can be found)

MCCAIN: I-- I know where a lot of 'em live. (LAUGH)

WILLIAMS: Where's that?

MCCAIN: Well, in our nation's capital and New York City. I've seen it. I've lived there. I know the town. I know-- I know what a lot of these elitists are. The ones that she never went to a cocktail party with in Georgetown. I'll be very frank with you. Who think that they can dictate what they believe to America rather than let Americans decide for themselves.

This, from the campaign that just spent more than $150,000 outfitting Sarah Palin.

But anyway, Adam Sewer breathes a sigh of relief:

This is fantastic news for Americans, who erroneously believed they had been attacked on 9/11. In reality, the only areas that were attacked were the elitist provinces of Fake America and the 2,998 Americans who lost their lives that day are faux American elitists who don't actually count. Sure, the Pentagon is technically in Northern Virginia, but that area has previously been identified by McCain campaign officials as "not real." Osama bin Laden meanwhile, must be terribly frustrated to learn that he in fact, missed. No one can be more confused than the Taliban, who are probably wondering why we invaded Afghanistan since Real America wasn't attacked.

Meanwhile, I suggest a new campaign slogan: Real Country First.

4. Former Bush Press Secretary Scott McLellan endorses Obama. So that's at least two former members of the Bush administration that have jumped ship.

5. TPM is doing these "day in 100 seconds" clips from now until the election, and they're actually pretty entertaining. Here's yesterday's:

And here's today's:

Seriously, what's up with Shepherd Smith at the end of both clips? It's almost like he's anxious for this thing to be over...

6. And finally, I'd just like to say a few things about Joe the Plumber, that wonderful everyman from Ohio who was mentioned about 30,000 times in the last debate, and has gotten a lot of attention since.

See, everything that McCain claimed about him turned out to be wrong. Not just wrong, but massively, fundamentally wrong.

He's not actually a licensed plumber, his first name is Sam, he wouldn't have a tax increase under Obama's plan, because his income is only around $40,000/year (he would actually get a tax cut ), and even if he purchases this plumbing business that makes $250,000+/year, that wouldn't be even close to his income, since the business only nets around $6000/year in taxable income.

To clarify, the only way that Mr. Plumber gets a tax increase under Obama is if he increases this business's revenues by roughly 2000%.

And if he does? What is the nature of this dreadful calamity that would befall the suddenly rich and successful Joe the Plumber? A three percent marginal tax increase. Real end of days stuff, people.

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