Bookmarks for October 17th

Some additional reading October 17th from 00:44 to 01:07:

  • Will Gun-Totting, Churchgoing White Guys Pull the Lever for Barack Obama? – – "No. 2 is how we talk about issues,” Obama went on. “To act like hunting, like somebody who wants firearms just doesn’t get it — that kind of condescension has to be purged from our vocabulary. And that’s why that whole ‘bittergate’ episode was so bitter for me. It was like: Oh, this is exactly what I wanted to avoid. This is what for the last five or six years I’ve been trying to push away from.”
  • Declarations – Peggy Noonan: Palin's Failin' – When even Peggy Noonan thinks Sarah Palin is unqualified, McCain has problems:
    "But we have seen Mrs. Palin on the national stage for seven weeks now, and there is little sign that she has the tools, the equipment, the knowledge or the philosophical grounding one hopes for, and expects, in a holder of high office. She is a person of great ambition, but the question remains: What is the purpose of the ambition? She wants to rise, but what for?…In the end the Palin candidacy is a symptom and expression of a new vulgarization in American politics. It's no good, not for conservatism and not for the country. And yes, it is a mark against John McCain, against his judgment and idealism."
  • The Balance Sheet: Online Only: The New Yorker – McCains Debate Problem – One of the reasons John McCain isn’t especially successful as a debater, or as a speechmaker, is that he often discusses issues by using inside-the-Beltway shorthand, a shorthand that’s completely baffling to anyone who doesn’t already know what he’s talking about—which is say, completely baffling to almost all American voters.
  • Joe the Plumber, dumb and dumber – "One more point that Joe and I will be mentioning again. We just found out today that Obama's $250,000 cap on the tax cut, that's $250,000 in taxable income NOT total income. In other words, that means if you make under $250,000 AFTER deductions, you get a tax cut. And if you have your own business, that means your real salary could easily be $400,000 before deductions. That's a hell of a salary for Joe the Plumber to be making and whining about."

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