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Hope. Not Faith.

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

First of all tonight, for the many of you who emailed me during the day, yes the rumors are correct. After next week I will depart my position as a columnist for L.A. Weekly. This has been a long time in the brewing as there are some fundamental gaps in journalistic philosophy between those who […]

Phoenix Blues

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

I’ve got a lot of nervous friends. They refuse to believe what now seems obvious: an imploded Republican Party facing a veritable electoral Waterloo one week from now. They fret. They worry. They wonder aloud about dirty tricks, hinky voting machines, and the Bradley Effect. I have a different view. I worry only that Barack […]

Spreading Around The Manure

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Recently Discovered Photo of Obama Circa 1865 In these final, gasping moments of the Reagan Era we have really reached a dismal, dismal low point in our political discourse.  The McCain-Failin’ campaign has pulled out all the stops in an attempt to stigmatize the notion of any sort of redistribution of wealth. Merely because Barack […]

Why We Will Vote Change

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

Hat tip: Jonathan Taplin

Hitchens on McCain: “Borderline Senile”

Friday, October 24th, 2008

My old comrade Christopher Hitchens rips it up on MSNBC’s Hardball calling out McCain as “weird” and “borderline senile.” Hitch also issues some pungent words about Failin’ Palin and notes how Obama has outflanked McCain on the right when it comes to Pakistan. You may not always agree, but what a razor sharp tongue — […]

Breaking: McCain Met Privately With Dictator Pinochet

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

My long-time friend and veteran reporter/editor –John Dinges– has a world-wide exclusive story up on The Huffington Post. Based on U.S. diplomatic cables, he confirms that in 1985 then-congressman John McCain held a private meeting with Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. No preconditions. No nothing. No public announcement of the meeting. No denunciation of human rights […]

GOP Dam Burst

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Colin Powell opened the flood gates. Now comes the flood. As the McCain-Palin farce quickly sinks into obscurity — now behind 13 points in the latest CBS News poll– more high-profile Republicans are jumping ship. Former George W. Bush White Press Secretary Scott McClellan has endorsed Obama. I’m happy. I always kinda liked and felt […]

A Simple Neiman Marcus Mom

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Hey, I cop to it. I also like Neiman Marcus. Barney’s too! Though I really like their outlet stores even more. That’s where I can buy their normally really, really, really expensive clothes at just simple expensive prices (You know, like, when the Italian cashmere Canali sweaters are reduced from $425 to a paltry $110). […]

Thank Heavens. The Ugliness is Almost Over.

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Thank heavens there are less than two weeks left to this campaign. I remember, barely, going to the first of the candidates forums back in February of 2007 — almost two years ago. Thank heavens it’s almost over because there is almost nothing original left to be said (last night I contemplated starting a poker […]

Arise, Ye Socialists!

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Now that McCain-Palin have reverted to an overt form of McCarthyism as a last-minute ploy, repeatedly labeling Barack Obama as a “socialist,” it’s only logical to expect that the last few days of their campaign will become overtly racist. Those who know me, know very well I’m hardly scandalized by the notion of socialism. And […]

The Powell Doctrine: Ovewhelming Force [Updated]

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Colin Powell staged an historic gesture Sunday morning by crossing party lines and unreservedly endorsing Barack Obama, denouncing the smear tactics of the McCain campaign as “over the top,” and calling boldly for a “generational change” in American politics. Powell also went were virtually no American politician has dared this season, not even Obama himself, […]

Anti-Americans Stage Largest Campaign Rally in American History

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Some 100,000 determined anti-Americans, pro-terrorist factions, militant pro-choice women, anti-Wall Street fanatics, Negroes, drug-hazed youth, and other anti-social elements coalesced today in St. Louis around Arab Muslim leader Barack Hussein Osama in what police estimated was the largest political rally in American history. Meanwhile, Real Americans from isolated pro-American pockets like Johnstown, Pennsylvania staged their […]


Friday, October 17th, 2008

So this is what it comes down to. And this is why the Republicans are facing an historic repudiation. Let it sting. Hard.

McJekyll and McHyde

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

On the way home this evening from USC, via XM Radio, I had the wonderful pleasure of listening to both John McCain and Barack Obama address the annual Alfred E. Smith dinner in New York. No sarcasm intended. Presidential candidates inevitably appear at the banquet and deliver a comedic 15 minute address. Barack Obama was […]

Flash Poll: McCain Down by 733 Points

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

The most important poll of all. Issued today at 4pm Eastern: Investors agonizing over a faltering economy sent the stock market plunging all over again Wednesday after a stream of disheartening data convinced Wall Street that a recession, if not already here, is inevitable. The market’s despair propelled the Dow Jones industrials down 733 points […]

Schieffer’s Jurassic Park

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

What I’m most dreading about tonight’s debate is countenacing Bob Schieffer for 90 minutes. In the Jurassic corner of the media park, this guy is the graybeard brontosaurus (making me recall my 3rd grade lesson on just how small the brain was of this particular species). I kid you not: Every Sunday afternoon I download […]

Obama Up By 14 Points

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

I think this latest CBS/New York Times poll showing Obama leading nationally 53-39% is the political news headline of the week (along with nearly 90% of Americans believing the country is on the wrong track and Sarah Palin’s favorability rating falling to a rather arctic 32%). Got stuck in a big traffic jam Tuesday night […]

Hitchens for Obama

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Christopher Hitchens has formally endorsed Barack Obama and makes a call to “repudiate” John McCain and Sarah Palin. Here’s the heart of his piece: Anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear had to feel sorry for the old lion on his last outing and wish that he could be taken somewhere soothing and […]

Swept Away

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

A deadly undertow of angry public opinion — fueled by a cratering economy and disgust with negative campaigning– is drowning the McCain campaign. The latest ABC News/WaPo poll spells virtual doom for the Republican ticket. Here are the lead graphs: A tornado of economic discontent is buffeting the nation, sending satisfaction with the country’s direction […]


Saturday, October 11th, 2008

A very talented long-time friend has contributed this nitid portrait of a certain pol. And we ask you to email it around and help it go viral. If you want a larger, higher-resolution jpeg just email me at and I will make it available.