Sausage Links, abandon ship edition

Liberal bloggers gotta love this. Some of the elite conservative pundits are growing skeptical about the McCain campaign's performance in the past weeks. Others are jumping ship altogether. The latest to leave the GOP stable is Washington Post columnist George Will, who says the Republican presidential candidate "is behaving like a flustered rookie playing in a league too high." Last week, the editorial board at the traditionally conservative The Wall Street Journal wrote that "McCain has made it clear this week he doesn't understand what's happening on Wall Street any better than Barack Obama does," adding that the Arizona senator was acting "un-presidential."


Liberal bloggers gotta love this. Some elite conservative pundits seem to be growing skeptical about the McCain campaign's performance in the past weeks. Others are jumping ship altogether. The latest to speak out against McCain isWashington Post columnist George Will, who says the Republican presidential candidate "is behaving like a flustered rookie playing in a league too high." Last week, the editorial board at the traditionally conservative The Wall Street Journal wrote that "McCain has made it clear this week he doesn't understand what's happening on Wall Street any better than Barack Obama does," adding that the Arizona senator was acting "un-presidential."

Meanwhile, Michelle Cottle at The New Republic rails against reporters who use the "snooty-elitists-are-out-to-get-Palin rant."

I'm getting exceedingly tired of hearing about how much I scorn Sarah Palin because she is a hick chick from a hick state who didn't go to Harvard. Please. I grew up in freaking Southeast Tennessee, in a smallish suburb of Chattanooga known as Hixson. (That's right, pronounced hick-son.) I have spent more time at mudbogs, tractor pulls, county fairs, pig-roasts, dirt-bike races, and Wal-Marts than most of the anti-elite conservative whiners flapping their gums and wringing their hands over poor disrespected Sarah. Some of us, in fact, don't give a rat's ass where she comes from. We're too busy worrying about where she and McCain want to take us all next.

It's a fair point, but with commentary like that, it's no wonder that the McCain campaign is mad at the media. Between Palin-doubting, McCain-hating, and bailout-bashing, the media isn't helping the Republicans much these days. Still, McCain is not doing himself any favors by not granting interviews. ...

Straight from the horse's mouth: U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, fumes over the Wall Street bailout, saying, "And now King Henry takes over to distribute 700 billion dollars. He's going to be there for four months. And in four months he will make deals and then he'll go out and "he'll be able to catch a pass he threw to himself." ...

Straight from the Horsey's mouth: P-I editorial cartoonist and Pulitzer Prize winner David Horsey says his "grandpa would be mad as hell" about Wall Street banks getting a free pass from the public. (Oh, it might also be worth it to check out his latest cartoon. It's funny.) ...

Straight past the issue: Eric Earling at Sound Politics says the presidential year might improve the chances for the passage of Sound Transit's light rail proposition, cautioning, however, that a significant number of Obama converts (and other voters) will "not actually vote their whole ballot, thus leaving the Sound Transit measure blank." ...

Frank Capra, eat your heart out: Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels' newest project to aid the homeless has been named "Nickelsville" by homeless advocates – a not-so-amicable reference to Hoovervilles, the Depression-era shantytowns. By some hilarious coincidence, the camp is being erected at the same time federal officials are trying to stave off another Depression. ...

It's a Wonderful Life: The editorial board at The Seattle Times says the "job of governor has nothing to do with stem cells," so Gov. Chris Gregoire should use her re-election money to "talk about things the governor actually does," instead of airing TV ads that stretch the truth about Republican gubernatorial challenger Dino Rossi's stance on medical research. ...

It's been a wonderful life: According to the latest numbers from the Secretary of State's Office, older voters participated more in the Aug. 19 primary election. ...

It's wonderful: Hold onto your hats, folks – the Tim Eyman initiative factory (also known as The "Washington's own Schwarzenegger" School of Ballot Measures) says it will create another property tax initiative for 2009. Oh boy, oh boy. ...

Clark Fredricksen is a Crosscut staff writer. You can reach him at clark.fredricksen@crosscut.com.


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