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Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008

McCain’s handlers have failed the character test

Writing a post-mortem for John McCain’s presidential candidacy would be premature. But if and when that moment comes on Nov. 4, toxic staff infection will be listed as a primary cause of death. Rarely has any national campaign suffered from the combination of oafish incompetence and transparent malice displayed...
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Monday, Oct. 27, 2008

If Obama’s a socialist, then Adam Smith and Ronald Reagan

Wherever John McCain appears on the stump in these waning days of the presidential campaign, he is always accompanied by his imaginary friend "Joe the Plumber," but it is the specter of Karl Marx that lurks just offstage. Reverting back to the Republicanism of eons ago, when he was just a child, McCain inveighs against the "socialist" design of Barack Obama's tax platform. This delusional ranting, like so much of his behavior this year, tells us nothing about Obama (or socialism!) but much about him...
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Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008

Palin can’t admit the truth about Troopergate report

For anyone who followed the story of how and why Sarah Palin fired her state’s public safety commissioner, last week’s release of a legislative investigation which found that she had violated state ethics statutes was anticlimactic. After all, everyone knows that she and her husband, Todd, tried to push Walt Monegan, then...
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Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008

Who is the “real” John McCain?

Nothing in the presidential campaign so far has been as instructive as its swift descent into the politics of personal destruction. Although voters have probably heard little lately that they did not already know about Sen. Barack Obama, they have learned something very important about Sen. John McCain.
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Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008

Act in the public interest

President George W. Bush and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson had no credibility to match the arrogance of their initial demand for absolute power in distributing $700 billion of public assistance (the old synonym for welfare). Many Republicans in Congress lacked the intellectual fortitude to cope with the spectacular collapse of their ideology.
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Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008

Crack down on the fraud peddlers

Debate over how to resolve the nation's financial emergency is taking a salutary direction for the moment, as politicians of both parties refuse to be herded by the Bush White House into a ridiculous $700-billion swindle. Before Congress approves such a stunning expenditure to save the undeserving hides of the super-rich, they may at least create provisions for independent oversight, new regulation, public equity and homeowner relief.
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Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008

Arizona senator consistently contradicts himself

With the markets in frightening turmoil and the public outraged by financial irresponsibility and excessive greed, John McCain has suddenly rediscovered the importance of strong, watchful government. Only six months ago, he assured The Wall Street Journal that he is generally opposed to regulation, but today...
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Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008

Palin’s scam is business as usual

Is Sarah Palin the implacable pit bull of government reform, lipstick and all? The latest Republican campaign commercial pictures her in heroic terms at the side of John McCain as one of the “original mavericks,” declaring that she “stopped the Bridge to Nowhere.” The fate of that canceled span—
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Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008

The failure of Republican-backed abstinence-only sex ed

Families deserve privacy about family matters, but families that want absolute privacy should stay out of politics. Sooner or later someone would have noticed the pregnancy of Bristol Palin, 17 year-old daughter of John McCain’s vice presidential pick, especially since every one in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska, already seemed to know.
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Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008

Don’t tarnish Clinton’s legacy

As the Democrats convene in Denver to celebrate Hillary Clinton and nominate Barack Obama, a tiny minority of her supporters continues to behave petulantly. They whine, they bluster, they agitate. But what is it about Sen. Clinton’s repeated endorsements of her former opponent that they cannot understand?

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