Political Advertising 9

26 September 2008 9:49

No-one ever accused LBJ of being a soft touch. This ad, “Confessions of a Republican” from 1964 is brutal. And brilliant. Four hideous minutes for Barry Goldwater. Yet it still… Continue reading

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Palin on Afghanistan

25 September 2008 17:55

So, yeah, keeping Sarah Palin away from the press isn’t too stupid a strategy. The second half of her interview with Katie Couric airs tonight. Alas, it’s on foreign policy… Continue reading


“We just wanted to choose a really large number”

25 September 2008 15:05

So, how's the financial rescue plan coming along? Are you inspired with confidence? Not so much… In fact, some of the most basic details, including the $700 billion figure Treasury… Continue reading


McCain Behind the Eight Ball

24 September 2008 23:58

John McCain wants to suspend campaigning until Congress has sorted out how to bailout Wall Street. What does this mean? Simple: he's losing and he knows he is.


Political Advertising 8

24 September 2008 18:15

This Michael Dukakis ad from 1988 isn’t exactly subtle or elegant. But it has a certain resonance this week. Of course, that wasn’t enough for Dukakis…


The Fall of the Yankees

24 September 2008 16:21

Ross Douthat has a fine post  – from a Red Sox perspective, no less – on the decline and fall of the New York Yankees. For the first time in… Continue reading

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David Cameron: Cad/Bounder/Rapist?

24 September 2008 15:21

Classy stuff from Harriet Harman, deputy leader of the Labour Party, today. On David Cameron: There is something not quite right about him. He's the kind of man your mother… Continue reading

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Political Advertising 7

24 September 2008 12:44

Verily, Arkansas is a land visited by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. At least it was according to this Goerge HW Bush ad from 1992:

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Just Say No

24 September 2008 12:18

There are very good reasons for wanting to be rid of this shower sooner rather than later: Identity cards could be handed out to children as young as 14, a… Continue reading


Gordon’s Asset Management

24 September 2008 12:05

Jackie Ashley argues that Gordon Brown deserves the extra time she thinks he bought with his speech yesterday, even though she concedes it won't be nearly enough to save him… Continue reading

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Caption Contest!

24 September 2008 0:01

Whatever one might say about Sarah Palin, this photograph is disturbing on many, many levels… And, for the people who pay attention to these things, it's a blunder too. Because,… Continue reading


Singapore Years

23 September 2008 23:55

From the Telegraph's obituary of John Burrows, an intelligence officer who spent part of the war working at Bletchley Park: In August 1939 he married Enid Carter, an employee of… Continue reading


Hamlet: the Facebook Folio

23 September 2008 19:44

Courtesy of Sarah Schmelling at McSweeney's: Horatio thinks he saw a ghost. Hamlet thinks it's annoying when your uncle marries your mother right after your dad dies. The king thinks… Continue reading


Brown’s Salvage Operation

23 September 2008 19:15

So, Gordon Brown's speech to the Labour party conferene wasn't terrible. By which I mean that it clearly pleased his audience. And his "This is no time for a novice"… Continue reading


Dick Cheney’s Mission to Destroy Europe

23 September 2008 17:33

I don't nornally write about Euroloonies, partly because I have trouble taking the European Parliament any more seriously than I do the Liberal Democrats. That is to say, it –… Continue reading


The Kenyan Connection

23 September 2008 14:45

I guess this isn't too much of a surprise. But here's Rush Limbaugh talking about Barack Obama's ancestors, yesterday: LIMBAUGH: These polls on how one-third of blue-collar white Democrats won't… Continue reading

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Caption Contest!

23 September 2008 14:10

I remain perplexed. People are still talking about David Milliband as Gordon Brown's successor. I just don't see it. Miliband's the sort of kid who was always picked last in… Continue reading


Way Down in the Hole

23 September 2008 13:47

The last ever episode of The Wire was (finally) broadcast in Britain last night. Not, to their shame, on the BBC or Channel 4 but on the obscure, little-watched (hell,… Continue reading


Political Advertising 6

23 September 2008 8:37

With ads like these, how did Adlai Stevenson lose to Eisenhower in 1952? Marvellous stuff.


Outrage of the Week

22 September 2008 20:22

Kudos to Outskirts Bar and Grill in Canton, Illinois for making possible the best headline of this troubled week: Liquor license suspended after topless 'midget wrestling'. [Via Best of the… Continue reading

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Politics Explained

22 September 2008 17:36

Nurse Bloomberg reveals all: "Nobody knows exactly what they should do, but anything is better than nothing," New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said on NBC's "Meet the Press." Bloomberg… Continue reading


Cats lie down with dogs…

22 September 2008 16:06

And other oddities. for perhaps the first time ever, I find myself agreeing, in broad terms, with John Prescott. How did this happen and how, for the love of god,… Continue reading


Political Advertising 5

22 September 2008 11:12

How much experience does a candidate need to have? What qualifies as experience anyway? According to this JFK ad, Nixon’s years as Vice-President didn’t count as qualifying experience…

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Rural life

21 September 2008 18:10

No blogging for the rest of the day, I suspect. Why? Because I* just unloaded and stacked 200 bales of hay. Best cold beer of the summer being enjoyed right… Continue reading


Political Advertising 4

21 September 2008 8:22

From 1980. Jimmy Carter: Christianist! (OK, there is a reference to the seperation of church and state, but still…)