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Links 1 through 10 of 37 by Adam Kuban tagged politics

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"I cannot imagine that the White House has done focus groups or polling among the surge voters of 2008—young people, poor people, single women—to ask if they want to pay Aetna or Blue Cross or Wellpoint 10% of their income for lousy coverage. Ask your friends. Your recently graduated from college kids. I have—<strong>the mandate is the wet dream of private insurers and will be stunningly unpopular with just about everybody else."</strong>

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"'That was a terrible thing to say,' Robertson responded. 'I mean, he's the president of all the country. If he succeeds, the country succeeds. And if he doesn't, it hurts us all. Anybody who would pull against our president is not exactly thinking rationally.'" [<em>I don't know why anyone even listens to Rush anymore. When is he going to OD on oxycontin?</em>]

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You know, I'm all for the press having access, and of course it's necessary to a functioning democracy, but please, you fucktard journalists, where was this concern and adversarial stance while W. was in office? Quit trying to make up for your complete and total failure as watchdogs for the last eight years. Can we say "overcompensation"?

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Wow. This is what they're like in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The editor's note at the top of this column is too little, too late. This column didn't just appear in the paper. It had to go through at least one or two layers. And nobody objected?

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"The Obama campaign was provided with reports from the Secret Service showing a sharp and disturbing increase in threats to Obama in September and early October, at the same time that many crowds at Palin rallies became more frenzied. Michelle Obama was shaken by the vituperative crowds and the hot rhetoric from the GOP candidates. 'Why would they try to make people hate us?' Michelle asked a top campaign aide."

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James Fallows: "For a candidate who thinks he's ahead, and might actually become president, inevitably there's a tone of new seriousness right at the end: What we've been working for years is within our grasp, let's not screw this up, and let's be sobered by how different the world is going to look in a few days. ¶ So if McCain really thought he had a chance of catching up, he wouldn't have wasted time on an audience that might repair his reputation among liberals and journalists but does him no good with the crucial swing votes. And if he thought he were secretly ahead, he wouldn't comport himself this way. He would be more like the stiff character we saw in the debates."

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A lone McCain supporter holding a sign connecting Obama to Muslims hangs out outside an Obama rally. Obama supporters, including Muslims, confront him. I thought the Obama supporters were going to turn ugly in this video, but they handled it pretty well. A stark contrast to the bumpkins at McCain-Palin rallies.

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This is easily the ugliest of the videos I've linked to or embedded here. I'm not even going to embed it because it's essentially more of the same, just way uglier. Shocking, actually. With one wackadoodle talking assassination. ¶ I think these "real Americans" must be watching the YouTube clips of others like them, because they all seem to be following a script, from "Barack Hussein Obama" to "baby killer(s)." ¶ The only thing redeeming about this video is that it mercifully segues into footage of opposing Obama supporters with an inspiring song as soundtrack. ¶ If Obama wins, these people are going to riot. [via Sullivan]

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Anil Dash comes out strong with the best and most thoughtful analysis of Sarah Palin's use of language yet: "Put simply, if Palin says "Barack Obama consorts with terrorists", she is making the assertion that he supports acts of violence against American citizens and the media will refute this obviously false assertion. If, instead, Palin says he "pals around with terrorists", she's used code-switching to mask the seriousness of the charge, obfuscating her meaning enough to get away with making an assertion that inevitably calls for the imprisonment or even assassination of a political opponent."

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