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“[Bill Clinton’s] wife was running for president. If you give me a choice of pissing off a whole race of people or my wife, I’m sorry, I gotta piss off a whole race of people. Sorry blackies! Go eat some chicken! … Right Larry? You’ve been married twelve times, right?” — Chris Rock on Larry Read More

The basic premise of the “West Wing” was that the Bartlett administration, which was an idealized Democratic presidency. Josiah “Jed” Bartlett, the series’ commander-in-chief, has degrees from Harvard and Yale, a  Ph.D. in economics, and is a raconteur with a wicked sense of humor. He’s more Bill Clinton than Barack Obama.* Anyway. Maureen Dowd has Read More

Douthat, who was as big a Palin supporter as anyone, calls Palin’s showing last night “painful“. But hey, maybe it’s all just effing brilliant rope-a-dope for the Biden debate …. Yeah, except…no.

[Photo NYT] As it’s become apparent that McCain has neither suspended his campaign nor done any work on the bailout deal, we wonder: will he or won’t he show up in Mississippi tonight? Preparations have continued at Ole Miss without a pause, Obama has never wavered on whether or not he will attend, and McCain’s Read More

From the NYT: Washington Mutual, the giant lender that came to symbolize the excesses of the mortgage boom, was seized by federal regulators on Thursday night in the largest bank failure in American history. Regulators simultaneously brokered an emergency sale of virtually all of Washington Mutual to JPMorgan Chase. The remainder of WaMu, the nation’s Read More

Sarah “Talkingpointalicious” Palin and Katie “I’m Really Trying To Get You To Say Something Relevant” Couric talk foreign policy: I thought the “fungible” thing was just a weird moment of total confusion, but apparently, that’s how she talks all the time. As Yglesias notes, Moscow is actually closer to New York than it is to Read More

… without the help of John McCain or Barack Obama, both of whom addressed the Clinton Global Initiative this morning (McCain in New York, Obama via satellite from Florida). Politico: Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah), the top GOP negotiator in the Senate, said, “We have a plan that will pass the House, pass the Senate and Read More

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GTFOHWTBS. (CNN) — McCain supporter Sen. Lindsey Graham tells CNN the McCain campaign is proposing to the Presidential Debate Commission and the Obama camp that if there’s no bailout deal by Friday, the first presidential debate should take the place of the VP debate, currently scheduled for next Thursday, October 2 in St. Louis. In Read More

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