‘Drill, Baby, Drill’

By on 9.9.08 | 11:21AM

LEBANON, Ohio -- During his speech here, John McCain spotted a sign in the crowd. "Hold up that sign," he said, reading it for the benefit of the crowd: "Drill, Baby, Drill!"

The candidate's mention of offshore drilling prompted some in the crowd to shout, "ANWR! ANWR!" McCain has opposed drilling ANWR, which his Alaskan running mate staunchly supports.

If the enthusiasm of this crowd (officially estimated at 5,500) is any indication, the Obama campaign is wasting its resources trying to flip Ohio from red to blue.

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Who Is Sally Quinn?

By 9.9.08

As Dracula fears a cross, so a liberal media doyenne is terrified by Sarah Palin.
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Signed, Nobody


Free speech, no responsibility. McCain's chess pieces. Sister Sarah's health care: an exchange. Freddie hearts Obama. Plus more.
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Re: McCain’s Bump

By on 9.8.08 | 1:42PM

Jim, are we really sure that Obama has such an enormous spending advantage? Team Maverick just collected $84 million, lump-sum, in federal funds, and the RNC has led the DNC in cash on hand all year long. There is a cost to fundraising, and one must deduct from Obama's totals (admittedly astonishing) a certain percentage for the expenses of doing the fundraising, whereas the federal money for McCain is a no-strings-attached windfall.

Having that $84 million now is lots more valuable to the McCain camapign than the Obama campaign's expected revenues for late October. Yes, Team Obama can borrow against anticipated revenue, but there are expenses involved in borrowing, also.

Finally, I am by no means certain that the Obama campaign's allocation of its funds has been efficient. What was the price tag of that foreign trip, which seems to have had zero value-added for the Democrat? And what were the costs of establishing operations in, inter alia, Alaska?

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David Shuster Dust-up on MSNBC

By on 9.8.08 | 12:38PM

After Friday, I wonder if Shuster will have me on again. Prior to a show, producers try to be as specific as possible about the upcoming topic. In this case (watch the clip here), however, I was just told the segment would be about "Sarah Palin." Well, sure, I can talk about a few things. But while his lead question was broad, his follow-up was a total non-sequitur. "She hasn't taken any questions, never mind from reporters... is she ready?"

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Another Perspective

Cold, Calculating McCain

By 9.8.08

His handling of the vice presidential rollout demonstrated a finely tuned strategic sense.
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Post-Conventional Wisdom


John McCain's greatest hit -- or miss? Speaking of Sarah Palin. Ethiopian American. Roushed up. Plus much more.
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Remember When …?

By on 9.7.08 | 3:07PM

Anchorage Daily News, June 26:

Democrat Barack Obama could be coming to Alaska to campaign as part of his effort to win a state that hasn't chosen a Democrat for president since 1964.
"That is the plan -- we are pretty sure he's going to come at the end of the summer," said Kat Pustay, who was named Wednesday as Obama's Alaska director. . . .
"The campaign in Chicago is saying this is a battleground state so we're going to get resources," she said.
Anchorage Press poll, Sept. 3: McCain-Palin 54%, Obama-Biden 35%.

Recall that Alaska was one of 18 states that David Plouffe touted as a "battleground" in his famous June Power Point presentation to the Washington press corps that caused Eleanor Clift to gush about the "surgical precision" of Team Obama's strategy.

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