Monday, 29 September 2008

Strange bedfellows

Continuing the political theme, I spotted the latest cover for Free Radical magazine. Good, eh?

Back to the US presidential race and the bank buyout; first is a lovely comment piece from the NYT's Frank Rich (unfortunate name).

Part of Rich's story, which is really about McCain's "suspension" of campaigning being a fake, is the Republicans' rush to deflect attention from Palin's disastrous CBS interview. It also outlines the lobbyists who used to spin for Fannie Mae and now run the McCain campaign, while Honest John refers to lobbyists as "birds of prey" and says he's on the side of the little guy. The only difference being that the little guy knows how many houses he owns, I suppose.

In that interview with Katie Couric, Palin banged on about how she's always had to deal with Russia, then she asserted that McCain has always been greatly in favour of regulation of finance; yeah, right! Here's the Russia-diplomacy bit;

Ms. Couric asked Ms. Palin to explain how Alaska’s proximity to Russia “enhances your foreign policy credentials.”

“Well, it certainly does,” Ms. Palin replied, “because our, our next-door neighbors are foreign countries, there in the state that I am the executive of. And there—”

Gently interrupting, Ms. Couric asked, “Have you ever been involved in any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?”

“We have trade missions back and forth,” said Ms. Palin. “We do. It’s very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia. As Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States of America, where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to our state.”

Then there's McCain's gambling, which he hides from the evangelicals. I don't suppose you get many saved end-timers in Vegas, anyway.

What a poisonous old power-toad this man is - and his cheesy offsider is not helping.

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