Poetic Epithets: To Honor Or To Slight?

Pundits keep pontificating about Obama’s failure to mention Martin Luther King by name in his speech. Instead, he said “a young preacher from Georgia” and apparently this has all kinds of subtle and vaguely unsavory implications. OF COURSE  it does.  Nothing is more delectable than the unsavory.  Oooo!! This is so juicy! Is Barack Obama…

How About Some Credit, Young Man?

Did anyone notice how Obama’s line “it has always been about you” is being commented on without anyone pointing out that it was lifted verbatim from Clinton’s stump speech from the primaries? He even called skeptics “naysayers” (like her husband used to do all the time in the ’90s)!

Buyers Beware!

John McCain has chosen an unlikely woman, Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, in an obvious attempt to seal the deal with disaffected Clinton supporters who feel slighted — perhaps understandably — that women were told yet again, to put their issues, their candidates, their hopes on the back burner. Both McCain and…

World View In Six Words

Chuck Schumer thinks we can learn something from Republicans (besides posing for a photo op at a shooting range).  He says Republicans can sum up what they stand for in 6 words: traditional values, strong defense, smaller government. He challenges Democrats to think about distilling their own essence in the same away. Keeping in mind…

Veepsqueak

After all this hype, Joe Biden is sort of unsatisfying, no? I kind of expected it would be someone like Biden or Chris Dodd, but an utterly conventional choice like this just feels disorienting at the end of a dizzying media hype. Biden is both boring and dangerous for Obama. He has said lots of…