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Senator Government rivals Joe the Plumber for top billing.

Joe takes on Diane Sawyer. (Taken to its logical extreme, he’s arguing against a progressive tax scheme, but everything is a matter of degree.)

It is not very surprising that Obama’s team has no coherent explanation for its claim to cut taxes on 95% of Americans – what is surprising is that no one asked Barack Obama a detailed question about it in any of the debates.

John McCain was right–the D.C. schools chief favors vouchers and charter schools.

Should “bubbe and zeyde” tell their pro-Obama grandkids to buzz off? One columnist suggests that it comes down to whether they think “talk” in international relations and the Middle East specifically will be a “universal solvent” and that “most conflicts can be solved by sitting people down around a conference table to air their grievances.”

One observer worries not about Barack Obama’s associations, but about his truthfulness. (“I did not have a substantive relationship with that Weatherman, Mr. Ayers.”) Funny, if it weren’t so troubling. (Try substituting “abortion clinic bomber” for “Weatherman” and think how the issue might resonate.)

The GOP’s fate now rests in the paws of oversized rodents–well, almost.

Why won’t Nancy Pelosi and Rahm Emanuel testify under oath? The Republican House Minority Leader wants to know.

ACORN – with the efficiency of Michael (“heck of a job, Brownie”) Brown’s FEMA and the honesty of Bill Clinton. Hopefully, not a peek at the type of associates who might populate an Obama presidency.

Michael Gerson thinks McCain was doomed by the financial meltdown. Others think “It wasn’t the economic crisis that automatically hurt McCain, but his bumbling, pathetic, mercurial, scapegoat-seeking response to it.” The truth in these things rest somewhere in between–in this case the race might have been closer and conservatives certainly less cranky had the response been sharper.

Obama wants to play “nicey-nice with Islamic militants”? So says this independent ad, which reminds you of the good old days when Hillary Clinton was making a lot of sense. That look of abject frustration on her face seems sort of familiar, doesn’t it?

This election has gone on too long when Whoopi Goldberg sounds saner than most pundits.

Of all the petty things to whine about, the RNC complains about the eighteen minute World Series delay so Obama’s 30-minute infomercial can air. Better question is: why McCain didn’t think of this?

You think by now every Obama surrogate would know the answer to the “What has he done on a bipartisan basis?” There is something to say in response–isn’t there?

It is not just that Chris Matthews is in the tank for the Democrats, or that he is running for office himself, it is that he’s a lousy newsman: how can you interview Rahm Emanuel and not ask about Tim Mahoney?



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