Does your glass house come with large shutters?

Conservatives are begging McCain to hit Obama with Rezko and Ayers at the next (and final) debate. I don’t know why. Ad money does a lot of talking – talking that can’t be immediately rebutted. The question is, in a room with both candidates present, would they be as giddy talking about Liddy?

From where I’m sitting, I think he’s better off running his attack ads and playing relatively nice face to face. After the first two debates, it looks like it would be a serious miscalculation to assume they can ruffle Obama on stage.

Since I think it might a mistake (and I’d love to see him make one), I might be interested to see him try.

Canadian elections around the corner

I don’t know much about voting my mail in Canadian elections (what we would refer to in the states as voting by absentee ballot). If it applies to you, I’m sure you’d know better than I would.

if I’m not mistaken the big election is next week.

If you’re one of my local Canadian friends*, you’re eligible to vote, and it’s not too late to send in your ballot, take a look at this post by my blogging buddy Richard.

*I know some of you are politically motivated, having waited hours in line to see Obama speak in Dunedin… an election you can’t vote in.

The report is in

Commenting on the report that Palin violated the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act in the “trooper-gate” scandal…

Digby’s blog:

I think the best way for the McCain campaign to spin this is to assert that, by being found guilty of abusing power and obstructing justice, Palin has now shown herself to be perfectly qualified for the office of Vice President as it has been conceived by Dick Cheney.

Sharpening the knives

Yeah, I know what you’re gonna say. The Times is in the tank, Obama has done his share of attacking too, blah, blah blah. You know I’m in the tank so you can imagine who’s side I’m on.

But ask yourself this: has the Obama campaign incited the kind of hatred or descended quite so far into demagoguery as the McCain/Palin camp?

Editorial – Politics of Attack – (referring to last night’s debate):

Ninety minutes of forced cordiality did not erase the dismal ugliness of his (McCain’s) campaign in recent weeks, nor did it leave us with much hope that he would not just return to the same dismal ugliness on Wednesday.

Ms. Palin, in particular, revels in the attack. Her campaign rallies have become spectacles of anger and insult. “This is not a man who sees America as you see it and how I see America,” Ms. Palin has taken to saying.

That line follows passages in Ms. Palin’s new stump speech in which she twists Mr. Obama’s ill-advised but fleeting and long-past association with William Ayers, founder of the Weather Underground and confessed bomber. By the time she’s done, she implies that Mr. Obama is right now a close friend of Mr. Ayers — and sympathetic to the violent overthrow of the government. The Democrat, she says, “sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.”

Her demagoguery has elicited some frightening, intolerable responses. A recent Washington Post report said at a rally in Florida this week a man yelled “kill him!” as Ms. Palin delivered that line and others shouted epithets at an African-American member of a TV crew.

McCain and Palin increasingly want you to forget about issues (because they’re losing every debate on the issues), and focus on character. Do you suppose McCain or Palin ever heard the one about the glass house?

First impressions… just asking

How many times did Brokaw say thank you to McCain versus Obama, after they finished talking? You know, because the media is supposed to be in the tank for Obama. It just seemed like Tom was a lot more grateful for McCain’s wise words.

While I’m watching the debate

Did I just see McCain skulking behind Obama (while he was speaking) hooking his thumb at Obama for the crowd and smirking… as if to say, “what the hell is this guy talking about?”