Karen Tumulty / Swampland:
McCain Plays the Race Card — When politicians interject race into a campaign, they seldom do it directly. Consider McCain's new ad, which the campaign says it will be airing nationally: This is hardly subtle: Sinister images of two black men, followed by one of a vulnerable-looking elderly white woman.
Discussion: The Corner, Hot Air, Ben Smith's Blogs, The Swamp, The Moderate Voice, NO QUARTER, Weekly Standard, Pajamas Media, Media Blog, The Raw Story, Washington Post, Wake up America, THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS, Liberal Values, The Gun Toting Liberal, Macsmind, Booman Tribune, TPM Election Central, Patterico's Pontifications, JammieWearingFool, The Mahablog, Firedoglake, The Daily Dish, Riehl World View, Don Surber, Outside The Beltway, Marc Ambinder, USS Neverdock and Betsy's Page
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air: McCain ad: “Jim Johnson”
Mark Silva / The Swamp: McCain: Obama ‘gaming the system’
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice: Is The McCain Campaign Playing The Race Card?
John McCormack / Weekly Standard: Time: The McCain Campaign Is Racist!
Glenn Reynolds / Pajamas Media: THE MCCAIN CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES A NEW AD ON THE FINANCIAL CRISIS:
Mark Hemingway / Media Blog: Crying Racism in a Crowded Political Theater
DiscerningTexan / THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS: Obama and Dems Abysmal Record on Economics: Is McCain finally Noticing??
Ron Chusid / Liberal Values: Dishonest McCain Ad Also Plays Race Card
Macranger / Macsmind: Criticizing Obama isn't Racist, it's Patriotic
WLS / Patterico's Pontifications: Unbelievable — Time's Karen Tumulty Calls A Perfectly Legitimate …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish: To Advise Or Not? — In yet aother attempt to personalize …
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway: Are All Anti-Obama Ads Racist?
Betsy Newmark / Betsy's Page: Oh, please — Karen Tumulty thinks that the McCain campaign …
Rush Limbaugh / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Is Stoking Racial Antagonism — I understand the rough and tumble of politics. But Barack Obama — the supposedly postpartisan, postracial candidate of hope and change — has gone where few modern candidates have gone before. — Mr. Obama's campaign is now trafficking in prejudice of its own making.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air: Rush: Obama using segregationist tactics
Jonathan Stein / MoJoBlog: Hey Rush Limbaugh: Keep Digging
Donald Douglas / American Power: Obama Dishonesty Takes Political Attacks to New Depths
Alex Koppelman / Salon: Limbaugh: Obama “stoking racial antagonism”
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org: The ‘Elderly White Woman’ Time Accuses McCain of Using in ‘Race Card’ Ad
Michael Dobbs / Washington Post:
OBAMA'S FANNIE MAE ‘CONNECTION’ … AN ALREADY NASTY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN IS GETTING NASTIER. THE MELTDOWN ON WALL STREET HAS TOUCHED OFF FRANTIC ATTEMPTS BY BOTH THE MCCAIN AND OBAMA CAMPS TO SECURE POLITICAL ADVANTAGE AND INDULGE IN GUILT BY ASSOCIATION.
Michael Shaw / The Huffington Post: Reading The Pictures: More Racist “Advice” From The McCain Campaign
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central: Paper That Was Basis For McCain Claim Of Obama-Raines Link Says He's …
Michael Shaw / BAGnewsNotes: More Racist “Advice” From The McCain Campaign
Kate Phillips / The Caucus: Last Words: Friday Afternoon
Macranger / Macsmind: Obama Lies Again About Frank Raines Association
Barnacle Brain Jack / www.redstate.com: Annnnnd the WaPo does its best to spin away its own words on Raines.
Glenn Reynolds / Pajamas Media: DAN RIEHL: Don't overplay the Raines/Obama connection.
Ari Melber / The Washington Independent: Obama's Glass House Attack
‘Always for Less Regulation’? — TO LISTEN to Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. John McCain is a Johnny-come-lately to the cause of regulating financial markets. “He has consistently opposed the sorts of common-sense regulations that might have lessened the current crisis,” Mr. Obama said in New Mexico yesterday.
Dennis Sanders / The Moderate Voice: McCain and Regulation
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs: Speaking of signs of the times...
Wall Street Journal:
McCain's Scapegoat — John McCain has made it clear this week he doesn't understand what's happening on Wall Street any better than Barack Obama does. But on Thursday, he took his populist riffing up a notch and found his scapegoat for financial panic — Christopher Cox, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Moira Whelan / democracyarsenal.org: It's John McCain, Stupid
Steve M. / No More Mister Nice Blog: WOULD McCAIN HAVE HAD TO DEMAND THE FIRING OF HIS OWN RUNNING MATE?
Arnold Kling / EconLog: Thoughts on Short-Selling
Pat Huddleston / Buck Naked Politics: McCain would fire Cox - But, would it make a difference?
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs: WSJ to McCain: Acting like Al Gore circa '00 isn't recipe for victory
Alex Koppelman / Salon: WSJ editorial board takes on McCain
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Kurtz: Don't trust Washington Post reporting — Howard Kurtz issues a rather amazing analysis of John McCain's ad connecting Franklin Raines to Barack Obama. The Washington Post media analyst calls the basis of the McCain ad a “disputed premise” — despite his own newspaper's reporting on the Raines-Obama relationship:
Discussion: Washington Post, www.redstate.com, The New Republic, JammieWearingFool, USS Neverdock and Media Blog
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post: McCain Charges Obama with Taking Advice from Raines
Barnacle Brain Jack / www.redstate.com: Second shot: Obama, Fannie Mae, and Jim Johnson.
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic: A McCain Ad That Isn't a Lie
Greg Pollowitz / Media Blog: A Question for Franklin Raines
Byron York / The Corner:
Washington Post Faults McCain For Relying On...Washington Post — A number of journalists are trying hard to fit McCain's “Advice” ad into the now-established theme of the McCain campaign employing lies and underhanded tactics. The Obama campaign says the ad is a lie.
Cuffy Meigs / Perfunction:
Most Racist Ad EVER ... No, THIS Is ... Wait, THIS One ...
Most Racist Ad EVER ... No, THIS Is ... Wait, THIS One ...
Discussion: protein wisdom, Hot Air, Ace of Spades HQ, Swampland and JammieWearingFool
Ana Marie Cox / Swampland: Re: Re: Race Card
Michael Goldfarb / JohnMcCain.com: No Time for the Facts — Time magazine's Karen Tumulty accuses …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHAT FLAILING LOOKS LIKE.... Is it me, or has John McCain's …
WHAT FLAILING LOOKS LIKE.... Is it me, or has John McCain's …
Discussion: MSNBC, Jack & Jill Politics and CNN
Mark Murray / MSNBC: FIRST THOUGHTS: IT'S STILL THE ECONOMY
Jill Tubman / Jack & Jill Politics: McCain Campaign Remixes Racism and Economy
Gallup Daily: Obama Now Leads McCain by 5 Points — At 49%, support for Obama is near his record high for the year — PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Tuesday through Thursday finds Barack Obama with a five percentage point lead over John McCain in the presidential preferences of registered voters, 49% to 44%.
Discussion: The Swamp, Hot Air, The Daily Dish and The Other McCain
Mark Silva / The Swamp: Obama-McCain: Dow down, Obama up
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish: Gallup: Obama Near Record High
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain: The Great GOP Panic of '08
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Breaking: Paulson plan could cost $1 trillion — Congressional leaders said after meeting Thursday evening with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke that as much as $1 trillion could be needed to avoid an imminent meltdown of the U.S. financial system.
Jonathan Garthwaite / Townhall.com: Who Pays For The Bailout?
John Cole / Balloon Juice: Random Friday Thoughts
Mark Silva / The Swamp: Bush: Economy's ‘pivotal moment’
Jonah B. Gelbach / Economists for Obama: How Much is a Trillion? — I've now seen the following argument …
David Weigel / Reason: One Trillion Dollars! — The bailout of the banking industry …
Rose Garden / White House:
President Bush Discusses Economy
President Bush Discusses Economy
Discussion: New York Times, The LA Times President …, Think Progress, Crooks and Liars, The Swamp and CrossingWallStreet.com
Johanna Neuman / The LA Times President Bush Blog: Bush on Wall Street meltdown: taxpayers on the line
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars: Bush Announces Massive Government Bailout
Frank James / The Swamp: Bush: Wall St. evildoers to be ‘persecuted’
Julia Hoppock / Political Punch:
Undermining McCain Campaign Attack, Republicans Back Obama's Version of Meeting with Iraqi Leaders — Earlier this week, the campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., seized upon a column in the New York Post that described Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., as having urged Iraqi leaders in a private meeting …
Discussion: National Review, Hot Air, pw, Ace of Spades HQ and Oliver Willis
Sean Oxendine / The Next Right:
What is the Argument for Why McCain Will Win? — InTrade currently has the candidates roughly tied. As of this writing, McCain is at around 49 and falling, while Obama is at around 51 and rising. Still, that's basically a tie. The question is, where do we go from here?
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com: Bad Math and the Bradley Effect
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin's Collapse Continues — Moulitsas notes a staggering 21 point decline in a week. More here. On 9/11, Palin had a 52 - 35 favorable - unfavorable rating. She now has a 42 - 46 favorable - unfavorable rating. She went from + 17 to - 4 in a week [update now - 5] .
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
History Will Judge — WASHINGTON — For the last 150 years, most American war presidents — most notably Lincoln, Wilson, Roosevelt — have entered (or re-entered) office knowing war was looming. Not so George Bush. Not so the war on terror. The 9/11 attacks literally came out of the blue.
Discussion: Wonk Room, The Daily Dish, LewRockwell.com Blog, Soccer Dad, Commentary, Eunomia and Matthew Yglesias
M. Duss / Wonk Room: The Bright Side Is Not Very Bright
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish: Krauthammer On Torture
Christopher Manion / LewRockwell.com Blog: If It's Friday, Krauthammer Must Be Lying!
Peter Wehner / Commentary: Krauthammer on Bush
Daniel Larison / Eunomia: The Bush Doctrine (III)
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias: Affirming the Consequent
James Gerstenzang / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
Stephen Hadley on his boss, President Bush: ‘Remarkably unaffected by eight years’ — For eight years, Stephen J. Hadley has observed President Bush up close. — As the president's national security advisor throughout the second term, and on many occasions before that as the deputy national …
Matt / Think Progress:
McCain repeats Palin's lie: Alaska 'provides 20 percent of America's energy requirements.' — In her interview with ABC News last week, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin asserted that Alaska “produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy.” After FactCheck.org pointed out that Alaska …
Where Next for the Dollar? 18 Sep 2008 — Is the U.S. government's proposal to take on bad bank assets a good move? Sharada Selvanathan, currency strategist at BNP Paribas gives her take on how this will affect the dollar, with CNBC's Maura Fogarty & Stephen Sedgwick.
Frank James / The Swamp: Economy could die, lawmakers told
Felix Salmon / Portfolio: A World Without Shorts
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Chris Cox's Terrible Idea — The decision by SEC Chairman Chris Cox to ban short selling is a terrible idea. It is an encroachment on free-market principles. In extreme, the absence of short sellers would inflate stock market upturns, probably into bubbles. Short sellers keep the market honest.
Discussion: TigerHawk and Sadly, No!
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: ‘Panicked’ McCain's solution is ‘to blame me for it’ — At a rally in Coral Gables, Obama responds to McCain's shots: … (video from Jed Report)
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
McCain defends retirement accounts amid stock dive — GREEN BAY, Wisc. (AP) — Wall Street turmoil left John McCain scrambling to explain why the fundamentals of the U.S. economy remained strong. It also left him defending his support for privately investing Social Security money …
Christy Hoppe / Dallas Morning News:
Libertarian Bob Barr moves to keep Obama, McCain off Texas ballot — firstname.lastname@example.org — AUSTIN - Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr is forcing a legal showdown in the Texas Supreme Court to keep the names of Barack Obama and John McCain off the November ballot.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Patrick Edaburn / The Moderate Voice: Barr Seeks To Toss McCain and Obama Off Texas Ballot
Stuart Taylor / National Journal Online:
Campaign Lies, Media Double Standards — I NO LONGER TRUST THE MAJOR NEWSPAPERS OR TELEVISION NETWORKS TO PROVIDE CONSISTENTLY ACCURATE AND FAIR REPORTING AND ANALYSIS OF ALL THE CHARGES AND COUNTERCHARGES. — Some who have been admirers of John McCain think that the war hero has debased himself …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns and Money and NewsBusters.org
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns and Money: False Equivalences — As one would expect, Stuart Taylor's article …
Ryan / Think Progress:
Fleischer: Bush Is Not Taking Questions From Press Because Doing So ‘Would Hurt John McCain’ — On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said that Bush has not taken questions from the press in over seven weeks because he wants to “make sure this election remains fully focused on the two candidates”:
Baroness Warnock: Dementia sufferers may have a ‘duty to die’ — Elderly people suffering from dementia should consider ending their lives because they are a burden on the NHS and their families, according to the influential medical ethics expert Baroness Warnock.
Discussion: Hot Air, Wake up America, Moonbattery, Whiskey Fire, The Strata-Sphere and Connecting.the.Dots
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air: British ethicist: Senile should be “put down”
Susan Duclos / Wake up America: Baroness Warnock: Demented People Have A ‘Duty To Die’ For The Sake Of Society
Van Helsing / Moonbattery: Baroness Warnock Calls for Executing the Elderly
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere: Now This Is What I Call A Late Term Abortion - Thanks To Government Run Healthcare
Mark Henderson / Times of London:
How scary is this spider? That may depend on your politics — We all like to think that our political views are shaped by our personal experiences and by deep reflection on the great issues of the day. Yet research suggests that they may also be influenced by our biology.
Discussion: Time, The Moderate Voice and Guardian
Alexandra Silver / Time: The Startle Reflex: Key to Your Politics
Joe Windish / The Moderate Voice: Report: Biology May Shape Political Views
Open thread / Guardian: Is political orientation really influenced by biology?
Randi Kaye / CNN:
Todd Palin: ‘first dude’ or ‘shadow governor?’ — ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) — He's the man Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin affectionately calls her “first dude.” — Todd Palin was introduced to the nation at the Republican National Convention as a blue-collar oil worker, a laid-back father of five and a world-record-holding snowmobile racer.
From McCain, an erratic response to crisis — As Wall Street's roller-coaster week unfolded, John McCain's views on the economy went through about as many gyrations as the Dow Jones industrial average. Brace your neck for a quick recap. — Monday: Speaking at a rally in Jacksonville …
Discussion: Associated Press, The Huffington Post, MSNBC and TalkLeft
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press: Campaigns target each other's advisers
Carrie Dann / MSNBC: IN ‘POLICY SPEECH,’ MCCAIN SLAMS OBAMA
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft: Has McCain's Week Decided The Election?
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
12th Amendment Update: Tie Probability Continues to Increase — The latest in our occasional series informing you about the country's worst nightmare: a 269-269 Electoral College tie... As you may have noticed from our scenario chart, the probability of a tie has increased dramatically in recent days and now stands at 3.2 percent.
Discussion: MoJoBlog, The Huffington Post, Outside The Beltway and The Moderate Voice
Jonathan Stein / MoJoBlog: Polling Tidbits: Sarah Palin Now Least Popular of the Big Four
Charles Kozierok / The Huffington Post: “Popular Vote” Claims Just A Myth
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway: Electoral College Tie: McCain 269, Obama 269
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Confirmed: Despite Claim, Palin's Pay As Mayor Of Wasilla Went Up — I've just obtained some records from the city of Wasilla that confirm that Sarah Palin's pay as mayor went up, despite her claim that she took a pay cut. — One thing Palin has frequently claimed as proof of her reform credentials …
Discussion: Washington Monthly, The Washington Independent and Real Clear Politics
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly: ABOUT THAT PAY CUT.... As part of the drive to create a charming …
Matthew DeLong / The Washington Independent: As Mayor, Palin Took A Pay Cut...And Then a Hike
Blake Dvorak / Real Clear Politics: Um, Inflation Anyone?
Nitya / Political Radar:
Palin Warns Against ‘Second Holocaust’ by Ahmadinejad — ABC News' Imtiyaz Delawala Reports: Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin warned against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's pursuit of nuclear weapons for a “second holocaust,” while blaming “Democrat partisans” for forcing rally organizers …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs: OBAMA'S MONEY CZAR OWNS HOTEL HOSTING AHMADINEJAD