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Joe the Plumber, Quartermillionaire? Median Plumber Salary: $38K

Barack Obama won’t raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000 a year. John McCain claims in tonight’s debate that a plumber, “Joe the Plumber” would get a tax hike under Barack Obama’s presidency. John McCain is claiming that “Joe the Plumber” is a quartermillionaire.

If “Joe the Plumber” is making more than $250,000 a [...]

McCain-Obama Debate Cards for October 15, 2008: Play Games With History

This is your last chance! In case you somehow slept through all three general election debates, dozens of candidate forums and scores of primary-round debates, tonight’s debate at 9 pm Eastern is your last chance to see the candidates for the 2008 presidential election spar on the issues that matter most for our nation’s future… [...]

Replay, Repeat, Redux: When a Debate is not a Debate

Every single point made by Barack Obama and John McCain I have heard before. Every single policy position. Every little cutesy critique. Every practiced rejoinder. It’s all canned and I’ve heard it all before. This is what happens when you have a “debate” in which by the rules candidates cannot follow up on responses. It’s [...]

McCain Looking Defensive and Encircled

John McCain is acting as if his life is at stake, as if he pleading the audience members not to physically attack him. [...]

Obama-McCain Debate Bingo Cards for October 7 2008

Tonight the second Presidential Debate between Barack Obama and John McCain will be aired on TV at 9 PM on just about all the network news stations, all the cable news stations and C-Span, which entertainingly broadcasts the pre-debate chastisement by the moderator. It was really fun last time to watch Jim Lehrer tell the [...]

Palinism of the Day: I May Not Answer the Questions

“I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear.”

– Sarah Palin, October 2 2008

Palin Lied Her Way Into Confidence on Wall Street

Sarah Palin seems to have decided that as long as she says something in a confident tone and cute chirp in her voice, she can say just about anything, and we’ll all think she’s wonderful. [...]

Biden-Palin 10/2: Your Debate Reactions?

The debate between Joseph Biden and Sarah Palin is over. Assuming you watched the debate, what are your reactions to it?

Pulling A Palin Again: Why Won't She Answer the Questions?

Sarah Palin was asked a question about foreign policy, specifically regarding Pakistan. She wouldn’t answer the question. Again and again, Sarah Palin simply won’t answer the questions she’s being asked. Palin just isn’t answering the questions. That’s not competent. Sarah Palin just doesn’t look competent. And should the elderly John McCain dies or becomes incompetent, [...]

Will Sarah Palin Answer The Questions?

Gwen Ifill: Could you talk to me about the relationship between bankruptcy and the mortgage crisis?

Sarah Palin: Let me talk to you about Alaska! In Alaska, we have snow! Also, no penguins! But, although, unless, and! Alaska, darn it!

Palinism of the Minute: How Long Have I Been At This?

“How long have I been at this? Like, five weeks?”

– Sarah Palin, October 2 2008