Category Archives: Politics

Skype defense not persuasive

Now that the whole world knows that Skype’s Chinese partner, TOM, has been censoring IM’s and building a database of forbidden speakers for the government of China, Skype President Josh Silverman had to respond: In April 2006, Skype publicly disclosed … Continue reading

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Debate Strategy Notes: Don’t debate, pontificate

Tom Shales saw what I saw in the VP debate, a lot of evasion: Palin basically stated early in the debate that this would be her strategy. She said she wasn’t necessarily going to respond to the questions of the … Continue reading

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Debate Verdict: McCain snatches defeat from the jaws of victory

I score the debate for McCain. The first part, on the financial crisis & bailout, was even, since neither candidate is truly in the loop. They’ve both tried to look they were involved, with McCain pulling the stunt about suspending … Continue reading

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A Conservative for Obama

John McCain is many things, but “conservative” is not one of them. See Wick Allison’s succinct essay on why he’s voting for Obama after donating the maximum to McCain during the primaries, A Conservative for Obama: Liberalism always seemed to … Continue reading

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Read David Brooks

Conservative friends especially need to read David Brooks today on the role of experience and prudence in the conservative movement: Conservatism was once a frankly elitist movement. Conservatives stood against radical egalitarianism and the destruction of rigorous standards. They stood … Continue reading

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I can see Russia from my house!

I miss Tim Russert. Incidentally, Paul Begala stole one of my lines for the Bill Maher show Friday, “moose in the headlights,” but I don’t mind, please pass it on.

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The interviewer’s name was Charlie

Sarah Palin scored points for knowing her interviewer’s nickname, but didn’t do so well on the actual questions. Most notably, she went all “moose in the headlights” when asked about the Bush Doctrine. Jim Fallows explains why Palin’s ignorance is … Continue reading

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Sarah Palin, Abuser of Children

Newsweek has some interesting back story on Sarah Palin’s Troopergate scandal. Three years ago, the Alaska courts found she had engaged in a form of child abuse and told her to stop: Court records obtained by NEWSWEEK show that during … Continue reading

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Palin faces the firing squad

Obama still has a healthy lead in the electoral college, which will only increase as Palin has to speak in public without a script. Nothing to worry about, the McCain campaign can’t keep her in seclusion forever. She’s supposed to … Continue reading

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Electoral Math

Apparently many Americans vote with their sex organs. In the latest polls, McCain leads Obama: Many of the shifts toward McCain stem from gains among white women, voters his team hoped to sway with the pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah … Continue reading

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