October 08, 2008
Iím Loviní It

Hereís part of this weekís dispatch from the Evans-Novak Political Report. Increasingly the GOPís old-line pundits seem to be filing from Heartbreak Hotel, poor things. Yeah, right.

The picture is as grim for Sen. John McCain and Republicans as it is for the U.S. financial sector. If the election were today, Sen. Barack Obama would win in a blowout, with huge coattails at the Senate and House levelÖ

It's not simply anti-incumbent sentiment dragging down Republicans, either. Vulnerable freshmen House Democrats have seen their poll numbers improve along with Obama's. Democratic House gains, which we predicted last week to be a mere 6 seats, could reach 20 seats if things keep going the way they are nowÖ

Republicans may have made a devastating mistake in nominating McCain, whose lack of clarity, conviction, and understanding on the economy has handed the Democrats a win on this issue, where a more economically savvy Republican could have won the day.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at October 08, 2008 09:10 PM
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Let's face it. The Republican stable of presidential propects was dismal. That said, they thought, "Whatever. Whoever we put forth will run against either a c**n or a c**t."

Posted by: Bendra on October 8, 2008 9:36 PM

That's a great vintage photo. I'd love to know the history behind that sign. I can't keep from wondering why you'd need a sign saying "damaged" that big, unless it was a warning sign for a big giant building, that had a huge supporting structure underneath it and surrounding it, but the designers, instead of putting the structure on a rock solid foundation, built the whole colossus on shifting sands, and the structure was about to collapse under it's own weight. Maybe that's the same place Atlas was standing on when he shrugged.

Posted by: Buck on October 8, 2008 9:53 PM

Ah yes; conservativism can never fail, it can only be failed by inadequate candidates.

Posted by: joel hanes on October 9, 2008 1:42 AM

In the days when most consumer goods moved by rail instead of by truck, consignees sometimes refused damaged shipments, or simply failed to show up to claim their paid-for merchandise. This freight was auctioned, and there were businesses that specialized in selling it off.

Until the early 1970's, Tom's Damaged and Unclaimed Freight flourished at the intersection of highways 65 and 9 in Manly, Iowa, near the rail terminus. I'd imagine that sign came from a similar but bigger business.

Posted by: joel hanes on October 9, 2008 2:11 AM

Sounds about right, Joel, but you can't prove it by me. All I know is that it was taken by Walker Evans in 1930 in New York. There might be more information in the several books of Evans' photographs.

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on October 9, 2008 8:57 AM

Over at Kevin Drum's place ( http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2008/10/the_rumble_in_the_corner.html ), Kevin is speculating on why the denizens of the NRO's Corner are going bat-shit, frothing insane. When John or Sarah or Nicole or Steve gets vicious it winds up hurting the McCain campaign and doesn't even ruffle Obama, just makes him sigh "Tut, tut, that isn't worthy of you." And this enrages the right-wing cosmetologists who put lipstick on pitbulls and pigs. Kevin likens it to Ali's rope-a-dope strategy.

Rope-a-dope is not quite accurate. Obama has not taunted or initiated any goading that I have noticed. Aikido is more like it. The player gives no offense, but if attacked, uses the aggressor's force to place him in a disadvantageous position.

A very good example comes from the second debate on Tuesday. The San Jose Mercury (bless McLatchy) had 11 champion high school debaters watch and comment on the debate and wrote it up on Wednesday. The most intense moment for them was when McCain (1) pointed his finger and (2) called Obama "that one." The debaters thought it was shocking and called it "crude." Well, here it is Thursday and "That one" T-shirts are on sale. Obama did not make McCain reveal himself, but he is taking full, effective, and immediate advantage of what the debaters thought was McCain's worst moment.

Posted by: zeno2vonnegut on October 9, 2008 11:11 AM
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