Newsweek.com has some interesting tidbits about the recently completed presidential election between Obama/Biden and McCain/Palin:
- Palin’s “rogue” shopping spree was greater than the earlier reported $150,000.
- Obama didn’t choose Hillary Clinton for the VP slot mostly because of her husband.
- Palin appeared with nothing on save for a towel, when McCain aides and strategists came to her hotel room to brief her at the Republican Convention.
- Obama thinks some debate questions are stupid.
More will be released on Newsweek.com in the coming days.
Katya gets involved in the party planning. (Photo by Lisa)
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Corey Ehmke wrote up a funny comparison of the technologies used by the Obama and McCain campaigns on their websites. His conclusion? Obama is RESTful.
Can a typeface truly represent a presidential candidate? Yesterday on the Times’ Campaign Stops blog, Steven Heller invited several designers and critics to comment on John McCain’s use of Optima for campaign collateral.
Is it dated? Classic? Does it convey strength? Or, quirkiness? The replies run the gamut; many of them funny or tongue-in-cheek. Michael Beirut notes the font’s resemblance to the one used to carve the names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Matthew Carter muses about how the typeface will hold up with the addition of a running mate this summer. But, my favorite judgement comes at the end, from Rudy VanderLans:
What does Optima say about Senator McCain? Nothing. It probably says more about the designer than anything else. Who, except designers, would judge a candidate by the typeface?
Oh, and earlier this month, Heller did a similar discussion with branding expert Brian Collins, on Obama’s Gotham-heavy design scheme.
It’s New Hampshire Primary Day, (already?!), but I’m not going to make any predictions. Hillary? Obama? McCain? Huckabee? The polls have swung dramatically in the past week or so, in both parties. And, it seems that the country is coming to one of those cultural tipping points that only occur once or twice per generation.
Some have compared this cycle to the election years of 1992, 1980, 1960… But, perhaps it’s more like the first months of 1968, before the assassinations of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. derailed all hope, as well as the campaign of Eugene McCarthy. We find ourselves in an unpopular war that nobody knows how to get out of, saddled with an lame duck President with low approval ratings, and no sitting Vice President in the race, and we’re facing some economic uncertainty ahead. Still, there is hope on both sides of the aisle.
Is it a generational tipping point? Are we as a nation heading toward a year much like that annus horribilis of 1968? Nobody knows at this point, but maybe it’s best not to look back for comparisons – everyone across the political spectrum is eager to move forward.
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It already seems like a dream—the Red Sox reversed the 86-year curse, by sweeping the World Series on Wednesday night, and I haven’t posted yet. I gotta say, it’s been a great thing for this town, and for its decades of great teams that just couldn’t win it all.
Schilling, Pedro, DLowe, Ortiz, Manny, Foulke… all heroes. Can’t wait to great them at the parade tomorrow.
But what is up with Schilling, shilling for Bush ? Someone needs to tell him that there are two Evil Empires—the Yankees, and the Bushies.
This is Kerry country, Curt. We love the way you pitch, and we put up with all your “I love Jesus” talk, but nobody cares if you’re for lowering your own taxes, and not everybody else’s. Keep that to yourself.
Apparently, his “doctors” instructed him to cancel the appearances with Bush in New Hampshire, today.
UPDATE: Another funny note, if you go to the URL provided by Cheney in the debate last night, factcheck.com, it forwards to George Soros’ anti-Bush site. The Soros site claims not to be behind the re-direct, so some domain-squatter has a sense of humor.
As usual, kos, atrios and the other Liberal webloggers are fact-checking where the major media outlets will not. Here are some of Cheney’s assertions in the debate, and why they’re lies:
- CHENEY: “Your hometown newspaper has taken to calling you Senator Gone.”—LIE
- CHENEY: “You’ve got one of the worst attendance records in the United States Senate… I’m up in the Senate most Tuesdays when they’re in session… The first time I ever met you was when you walked on the stage tonight.”—LIE and LIE
- CHENEY: “Well, the reason they keep mentioning Halliburton is because they’re trying to throw up a smokescreen. They know the charges are false. They know that if you go, for example, to factcheck[.org], an independent Web site sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania, you can get the specific details with respect to Halliburton.”—LIE
Also, the DNC posted a 1-minute video, Cheney vs. Reality. Good to see the good guys punching back.
Kos also has a good round-up of reactions from the Liberal newspapers, and Salon calls out the Hardball crew on MSNBC.
Lazy, lazy media… they complain that webloggers aren’t always prudently journalistic, but it’s clear that they are better than reporters at digging up the facts.
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I wrote a very crude featurette
on yesterday’s election disaster on suckahs.org
“…I’d like to say that I don’t believe that Democrats should be looking for any kind of silver lining out of this. I suppose you can talk about 9/11 and the reevaluation of American values, but in every race that I was paying close attention to… the Democratic candidate just plain screwed up.”
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