The GOP Race to the Bottom

For some reason this reminds me of “The Prisoner,” except the Prisoner wanted the identity of Number One, not Number Two. Does that make all the rest of us Number Six, or whatever number Patrick Mcgoohan was?

But Number One isn’t anti-semitic either, according to Joe Klein:

I’ve never met Rashid Khalidi, but he is (a) Palestinian and therefore (b) a semite, so the charge of anti-semitism is fatuous. Khalidi is also a respected academic, the sort of person who is involved in foundation work that John McCain, for one, was willing to support financially.

See also “Profiles In Douchebaggery” by John Cole.

13 thoughts on “The GOP Race to the Bottom

  1. (He was number 6)

    Wow, Goldfarb got caught in a major, black as sin lie on national television. Nice way to keep it clean and focused on the issues, Mikey.

  2. Though Sanchez shouldn’t have internalized the premise of Khalidi being anti-Semitic. Just because the McCain campaign says something doesn’t make it so. –Atrios

  3. I turn the channel if Sanchez is on. Day after day he allows wingnuts to sling mud hoping it sticks and then thanks them for it. I also object to his eye rolls and innuendos. I would not call him an unbiased reporter.

  4. Wtf was that at the end, with Sanchez thanking Goldfarb so profusely at the end? Nearly ten seconds of “thanks so much”.

    The proper way to end that interview would be, “If you’re not going to answer a simple question, then I’m wasting my time with you. Come back when you have some facts to back up your wild accusations, and at that point I’ll consider whether I need your lying, insinuating ass on my show again. Till then — cut his mic.”

  5. 4 Days to go… and McCain continues with his lies…

    I just finished watching the old man make a live speech in Ohio (preceeded by Palin making a live speech in Pennsylvania). As usual, it was full of Obama slashes which were far removed from the truth:

    • the claim that Obama would raise everyone’s taxes (and this was in front of a certainly lower-income crowd). This we know is not true, have backed it up with lots of fact and analysis by economists (see NY Times article in previous post) and have listened to Obama and Biden on the same subject. Palin said that Obama flip-flops on taxes, but, as we have seen, Obama has maintained a steady position since the start of the campaign… the flip-floppers have undoubtedly been Republican. The strategy of accusing your opponent of the flaws in your own philosophy is an old Rovian one and most of the electorate seems on to it.

    • the claim that Obama is inexperienced… even less experienced than Palin (if you can believe it) … has been disproven over and over again. And the Obama Infomercial the other night, viewed by 33 million voters, probably dropped the bomb on that one.

    • painting Obama as a Socialist through the (I’m sure tired of this one) Joe the Plumber context has certainly been ignored by enough Americans who realize that the bank bailout by the Republican administration is the most Socialist event to happen in the US.

    Pleeeez… let’s get this over soon. If you can vote early and haven’t, get out and do it now. And vote for Obama.

    Under The LobsterScope

  6. I’ve heard this putz before so I wasn’t at all surprised when he opened his mouth and “Number 2” came out.

  7. All this reminds me why I don’t have TV. The CNN guy was just as shameless as his guest. We really need to stop these guys in their tracks by giving their advertisers a heads-up — an increasingly meaningful response in these economic times.

    “The proper way to end that interview would be, ‘If you’re not going to answer a simple question, then I’m wasting my time with you. Come back when you have some facts to back up your wild accusations, and at that point I’ll consider whether I need your lying, insinuating ass on my show again’. Till then — cut his mic.” [email protected]

    Exactly.

  8. My question is why give an ass-wipe like Goldfarb air time in the first place?
    Obama “pals around with terrorists”, PLEEZE!!!
    Isn’t there a thing called “slander” that one can be prosecuted for?
    God, he’s such a little dweebozoid prick..
    Someone said “send in the clowns” and Goldfarb showed up.

  9. When I played the clip through my electronic, cybernetic dog-whistle decoder, it showed that “number two” was Jeremiah Wright. It makes the clip seem even stupider to think that he’s sitting there wanting to say the name, but doesn’t want to break some internal campaign rule about not mentioning Wright by name anymore, or not until the host says it, so they could claim they didn’t bring it up, or something.

    It’s a little surreal to imagine someone trying to follow rules in the midst of a desperate, cynical character assasination.

  10. Isn’t there a thing called “slander” that one can be prosecuted for?

    This is the first time I can remember candidates actually suing one another for some of the things said in negative ads. I think Coleman suing Al Franken was the first instance, and now the N.C. Dem running for U.S. Senate is suing Elizabeth Dole for a TV ad that said the Dem is “godless.”

    (A nitpicky legal point: it would be a civil rather than criminal matter, so the defendant wouldn’t be “prosecuted,” just sued. Sorry… I have paralegal training.)

    Anywho, it’s getting way crazy out there, people.

  11. Now that we’ve had a man with a direct link-up with the divine in the WH for 8 years,it’d be a crime to trust a Godless liberal, why she might screw something up……..(surrender the war in Eye-rak, kill babies and take our guns away)
    Crazy ain’t the word for it, it’s getting down right “Mavericky”.

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