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McCain Denounces Pitchfork-Wavers

Here in Lakeville, the traveling press was pretty sure we’d see more of the kind of vicious anti-Obama attitude that’s becoming a hallmark of McCain rallies of late.

As the town hall started, McCain was off with more pep than usual. Making the same old jokes, but with energy that reminded us of “the old McCain.” But would he use his …

Sarah Palin Is Her Own New Bicycle

Republicans seem to be bringing up abortion a lot lately — I suppose it’s one issue that will turn out the Evangelicals for whom the ticket would ideally be reversed. Palin, of course, is the ideal spokesperson for this message so I was expecting something fiery from her appearance on the Laura Ingraham show today. Sure enough, Ingraham …

Father Sam Explains It All

“Father” as in “my dad.” Attentive readers may recall that Samuel H. Cox is a famous actuary. After listening to a McCain staffer tell a colleague how much better off he’d be under McCain’s health care plan than he is now with a joint union “flex plan,” I realized that I had been basically assuming that McCain’s plan was stupid, but I …

The Sound of Silence

A devastatingly clever little bird chirps that it’s a good thing that we’re almost done with this rodeo; McCain is running out of songs to play. A list of the songs whose authors have asked the candidate to stop using them.

Foo Fighters’s “My Hero“: “The saddest thing about this is that ‘My Hero’ was written as a celebration of the …

The “H” Word, the Wright Way

At a McCain-Palin rally earlier today in Bethlehem, PA, a local GOP leader, William Platt, used Barack Obama’s middle name in his opening remarks. Twice. McCain didn’t acknowledge the winking slur, but the campaign did send a statement: “We do not condone this inappropriate rhetoric which distracts from the real questions of judgment, …

Joe Biden Needs to Work on His Bark

While I recognize the serious criticism buried in this statement (from a Tampa rally today), I have to wonder if someone told Biden to dial back his attacks on Palin: “You know the idea here that somehow these guys are once again injecting fear and loathing into this campaign is … I think it’s mildly dangerous.”

Oooooh, “mildly …

Snippet from the Spin Room

That McCain has been outpolling the “generic Republican” and beating expectations in general for practically the entire cycle, so it’s not exactly news that McCain has, well, that going for him. It doesn’t change the fact that he’s also never really outpolled the “actual Democrat,” which may be why his spinners don’t usually emphasize …

Debate Drinking Game: Nauseated in Nashville Edition

With KT and company ably taking liveblogging duties off my hands, I’m free to concentrate on my first love: drinking. Which is always more fun when combined with politics. Or maybe it’s the other way around. In any case, please, commenters: Drinking game buzz words, please!

Let me start you off. Take a drink when McCain says

Obama Responds to McCain’s “Angry Tirade”

Tommy Vietor, attack puppy:

“On a day when the markets are plunging and the credit crisis is putting millions of jobs at risk, the one truly angry candidate in this race kept up his strategy of ‘turning the page’ on the economy by unleashing another frustrated tirade against Barack Obama. And if John McCain is wondering why he’s lost

McCain Takes Off Gloves, Slaps Obama with Them

McCain’s at an Albequerque event happening as I type; his prepared remarks have him taking his most direct jabs at Obama yet:

This is the agenda I have set before my fellow citizens. And the same standards of clarity and candor must now be applied to my opponent. Even at this late hour in the campaign, there are essential things we don’t

Random: Which of These Things Is Not Like the Other?

“Mistress Johanna, owner of Le Salon DeSade, and her business partner are drafting paperwork to create DomPAC to help lobby lawmakers to rewrite prostitution laws to protect BDSM practices.” [Jezebel]

“‘You let me down. Yes ‘me’–me and everyone else who has ever defended you,’ wrote Cohen–again! Pity poor Richard, who gives so

“She thought she was right”

Child is father to the man, etc. From TNR’s rather exhaustive look at Palin’s formative years:

But Palin compensated for what she lacked in talent (and height) with a freakish intensity. When I asked Elwyn Fischer, another classmate, how Palin got the nickname “barracuda,” he thought it had to do with “that little grin thing she does.”

Study Suggests Children are Not Our Future

In case your Monday morning started out too cheerfully:

The researchers found most children are aware that women and minorities have been excluded from the U.S. presidency. Although most of the children believed people of all races and genders should be president, they offered surprising answers as to why only white males have held the

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