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You know, I’d support the thing if it required banks to turn over their good loans as well as bad, so the good could pay for the bad. That’s the way it’s done in most of Europe, in some countries to the point of nationalization of the banks themselves.
This should have been thought out carefully over a year. I don’t know if any additional regulations were passed with the bill.
Meanwhile, the economic downturn is starting to generate tragedy. They filled the bill with earmarks to get it passed (McCain for earmarks? Say it ain’t so!), but as far as I’ve read nothing for foreclosure victims. I’ll check later to see if the increase in FDIC limits was included, I haven’t been following closely.
Addendum: Jon Stewart on the bailout bill.
The question is whether many of her voters will forget about the bubble. With the money backing her, I’m sure she’ll get the message across.
There’s not much to her website, but the banner is clever.
Addendum: I removed the banner because the little animated pen wasn’t working, and then it wasn’t working on the screen when I went to the Rodoni sit. I don’t know if it’s because I was eating up all her bandwidth or something, so until I get an okay from the Rodoni campaign, you’ll just have to go to her site to enjoy the animated pen.
This one from Obama. So far nothing from McCain.
Addendum: Sarah Palin debate flow-chart. As always, you can click on it to enlarge.
Here’s one for your “conservatives are nuts” file, if you have one. From Rich Lowry of NRO:
A very wise TV executive once told me that the key to TV is projecting through the screen. It’s one of the keys to the success of, say, a Bill O’Reilly, who comes through the screen and grabs you by the throat. Palin too projects through the screen like crazy. I’m sure I’m not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, “Hey, I think she just winked at me.” And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America. This is a quality that can’t be learned; it’s either something you have or you don’t, and man, she’s got it.
Third addendum: The story in advertising, from Talking Points Memo.
The McCain campaign has now shifted virtually 100 percent of his national ad spending into negative ads attacking Obama, a detailed breakdown of his ad buys reveals.
By contrast, the Obama campaign is devoting less than half of his spending on ads attacking McCain. More than half of its spending is going to a spot that doesn’t once mention his foe.
It’s weird watching a presidential campaign where the Democrat can actually outspend the Republican in advertising. I don’t think that’s happened since Johnson clobbered AuH2O in 1964. If you check out this chart you’ll note that Obama is outspending in just about every state. He let up in Minnesota, and that’s the only state where McCain has actually made any recent movement. The only one.
And McCain really ought to fire his online ad person. Last week they released ads claiming a debate win before the debate. This morning they forgot to find a “famous person” to own a lame review of Palin’s debate performance.
From the south:
From Highway 101, take the South Fork/Founders Tree exit. At the intersection with the Avenue of the Giants, turn left. Drive over the bridge above the Eel River. On the other side of the bridge is a sign indicating Honeydew and Rockefeller Forest. Turn left there and go under the freeway underpass. You are now on the Mattole Road. Drive about eight miles on this road and you will see the Cuneo Creek Horse Campground sign. Turn right and drive in the entrance road until you arrive at the campground.
From the north:
From Highway 101, take the Honeydew/South Fork exit. Turn right at the intersection at the bottom of the offramp. You are now on the Mattole Road. Drive about eight miles on this road and you will see the Cuneo Creek Horse Campground sign. Turn right and drive in the entrance road until you arrive at the campground.
Somebody found this on Youtube.
I think she did fine. But Biden shone. In fact, I think he’s the best debater in presidential politics since Bill Clinton. Plenty of sound bites which will get played until Tuesday. Probably the best moment was his expression when he brought up McCain’s refusal to meet with the president of Spain. McCain can’t respond to it because it was a senior moment where he thought the interviewer was talking about Venezuela’s Chavez.
She didn’t gaffe. She was adorable in moments. And she managed to learn enough talking points to get through the foreign policy section to keep from looking stupid, though she started to run out of them and had to repeat them towards the end. But she didn’t need to overwhelm on substance. She just needed a few zingers and to look confident.
I guess we should revise all our dictionaries and ad a u between the c and l in nuclear. That’ll be two national leaders saying it that way, so what do the rest of us know?
Palin ignored questions and talked about what she wanted to talk about – even bragged about doing it at one point. Whether voters cared or even noticed remains to be seen.
Biden did great tying McCain to Bush and pointing to the lack of any plan to differentiate the two, and that’s what he was there for.
Addendum: Biden is winning the snap polls. CNN. CBS. But snap polls are limited in their usefulness. The media yacking afterward and the clips which remind people of certain details tend to determine the long standing impression.
Second addendum: Okay, the kids are in bed so I can give this some attention. I’m perusing the blogs right and left for a feeling as to who “won,” and I’m not getting a definitive feeling myself. Both sides think they won.
The most remarkable moment was the discussion about the power of the VP. It was Biden’s most emphatic moment in which he expounded on the danger of Cheney’s view that the executive should be able to run the Senate. She didn’t have the tools to respond.
And she loses on one factual dispute. General McKiernan (not McClellan) did in fact say that the surge principles would not work in Afghanistan. Biden was right. Palin was wrong.
Pat Buchanan thinks she won hands down on the strength of her personality, for what it’s worth. But he really didn’t discuss the substance of her presentation, only the form. The polls contradict him, and I suspect that perhaps if the country wasn’t in such a seriously f—ed up situation, “Joe Six Pack” might cut her more slack. But I think many voters are looking for substance now, and not Lakoffian visceral triggers.
Third addendum: Some highlights.