Weird reasons, but, whatever:
Smerconish did so by reading a couple paragraphs from his pending op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“I’ve decided,” he said. “My conclusion comes after reading the candidates’ memoirs and campaign platforms, attending both party conventions, interviewing both men multiple times, and watching all primary and general election debates.
“John McCain is an honorable man who has served his country well. But he will not get my vote. For the first time since registering as a Republican 28 years ago, I’m voting for a Democrat for president.
“I may have been an appointee in the George H.W. Bush administration, and master of ceremonies for George W. Bush in 2004, but last Saturday I stood amidst the crowd at an Obama event in North Philadelphia,” says the Republican.
In PA, every vote counts.
Just Some Fuckhead
I still find Smerconish execrable.
Oh come on Cole. You don’t expect him to write: "I admit it! I can’t stand to watch McPOW and The Moose-Stepping Mistress gang-bang the dead burnt corpse of the GOP another minute! I just. Can’t. Do it!"
Of course, an unpleasant part of me wonders if some of the people fleeing the McPalin plan to spend four years bewailing the fact that they once supported Obama and telling everyone who’ll listen that Obama personally betrayed them [place back of hand to forehead, swoon gracefully onto the couch]. And this is why you can’t trust liberals.
I ran down a short list of conservatives who favor or lean toward Obama in a recent blog post (including JC, as it happens).
Well, at least he didn’t say "I’m voting for the ni**er". I’m not sure quite what to make of that post over at Sully’s blog.
Smerconish seems to be one of the few right-leaning talking heads on the teevee who seems pretty reasonable from time to time. He doesn’t seem to have any of the foam-at-the-mouth DNA that Bachmann exhibits, for example. I think we have to take that as a good thing.
And in WV, possibly. Betcha didn’t see that coming, also.
Far Left American Hater Incertus
Every vote counts, indeed. I suspect, however, that Smerconish will be one of those people in 2012 who will pen long diatribes about how he thought Obama was one person and immediately felt betrayed by him on Jan. 21, 2009 and so it is regrettably necessary to pound him into dust at this point.
I do have something in common with Smerconish, though. I’m voting for a Republican in a local race this time around. Trust me, I’m as surprised as you are.
Every vote does count, especially in PA.
But the twisted thing with wingnuts is that even if Obama doesn’t go as left as they fear on policy, etc. because of the need to compromise or even cave for some unforseen reason, they’ll still howl and grunt like wild stuck pigs: See he can’t be trusted!!! We told you so!!! Impeach!!!
He’s damned if he does, and damned if he doesn’t… So fuck ‘ em, damn the torpedoes.
O.T. He’s gonna have one very busy DOJ, by the looks of the shit we’re starting to see in the news. Can’t wait to hear the bawling about illegal wiretapping when it starts flushing out the rabid right homegrown terrorists.
Take that couple in Western Pennsylvania for what they are: two more working-class whites who are belatedly realizing that they have been chumped by the Republican Party for the last 40 years. ‘Bout time.
America is Rock Ridge, and Obama is Sherrif Bart. Biden is the Waco Kid. McCain is the corrupt idiot governor, and Palin is the Gov’s floozy.
Too bad Count Basie isn’t around to play at the Inaugural Ball.
In all candor, I hope we don’t hear any bawling about illegal surveillance under Obama’s DOJ. Illegal is illegal. Let the FBI do its job old-school, and let the NSA go back to tracking real threats instead of boogeymen under the bed.
Last night, I got a call from a dear friend in Lousisiana. This guy is old school Louisiana. The word ni**er rolls off his tongue way too easily.
Let’s call him "Joe". And we’ll call me, "Eddie".
Joe: I have a problem.
Eddie: What’s up?
Joe: Did you watch the debate?
Joe: What did you think?
Eddie: I thought Obama wiped the floor with him, but I’ve thought that all three debates. You?
Joe: (long pause) Me, too.
Eddie: So what’s the problem?
Joe: I think I have to vote for Obama. McCain is a douchebag.
Eddie: So what’s the problem?
Joe: I’m a Republican.
Eddie: So what?
Joe: So I’ve never voted for a Democrat. And I’ve never voted for an African American.
Eddie: Did you just say "African American?"
Joe: Yeah. I know, I know…. But here’s the thing… If I’m gonna vote him, that means I want him to be president… which means I can’t just be calling the president a ni**er.
Eddie: I’m getting some ice skates, cuz hell must be freezing over.
We then spoke for another 20 minutes about how Obama actually excites him about politics. How Obama gives him hope. This is a 52 year old, Louisiana born and bred, lifelong Republican, racist redneck who is voting for Obama.
He’s got money, too, so I’m working him to donate. He’s not there yet, but I think he’s really going to vote for Obama.
I think there is a huge hidden vote for Obama. Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but I’m hoping.
We’re all Howard Johnson now.
This tire swing page at TPM is not to be missed.
I would hope that all patriotic Americans, fearful of what is happening to this country, would turn away from the party most responsible and elect someone with a new and fresh perspective.
Oh, I forgot one.
Rush Limbaugh is Mongo.
"OxyGram for Mongo."
More gloating by the spittle-flecked Ayers wing of the Democrat Party. Color me surprised.
So an obscure radio DJ decides to abruptly endorse the ACORN-loving Nobama — and this becomes a cause for celebration? Can you say payola? I knew you could. That’s where all of your adorable $5 contributions are going to (as well as for the caviar and champagne at the Waldor-Astoria for Barry and I’ve-never-been-proud-of-my-country Michelle).
All of you America Last dead-enders must really be drowning in vast oceans of Kool-Aid to think this pointless endorsement has any significant impact.
A small reminder, once again: the ONLY endorsement that matters, the ONLY poll that counts is the one on November 4th. John McCain and Sarah Palin are closing in for the kill and your flop sweat-drenched desperation has become embarrassingly obvious.
Well, nitpicking a little, but really, there isn’t a place in the country where every vote is not important. Unfortunately, there are probably places were every vote isn’t going to be counted. For all the GOP kabuki re voting fraud, they’ve done a pretty good job of hurting people’s ability to cast their vote.
So, when I keep hearing how worried people are about Democrats being complacent because of the polling numbers, I find it a little hard to believe that people will forget how the GOP disenfranchised and stole their way to victory in 2000, and again apparently in 2004. Now, maybe independents and recent Democratic converts might not feel the threat of stolen elections, but I sure do. I see what is going on at the DoJ and the goons coming out for conservatives and I am deeply concerned about having the vote be stolen, AGAIN. You think this talk of "complacency" is a front for the deeper concern, that our election process no longer even approximates a real democracy? That there is no way Democrats can win the presidency and larger majorities, because the GOP really has rigged the system?
Just Some Fuckhead
Mrs. Fuckhead and I were sitting in our easy chairs this morning in our typical Saturday morning routine when the dog came up and nuzzled into my side. "If you’ve got something to say, say it." I commanded. He whined at me. So I went back to ignoring him. He nuzzled me again and I repeated my command. Then he let loose with a torrent of barking, asking to be let out back. I walked with him to the back porch to let him out and he shot out as fast as I could open the sliding glass door. Turns out the damned cat had caught and trapped another small rabbit on the back porch.
The dog saves another rabbit.
The robocalls from the McCain campaign are truly despicable. At a time when right wingers are calling Obama a terrorist, a communist, McCain throws gasoline on the fire. It’s difficult to imagine anything much more irresponsible, playing on the countries fears at a time like this for purely partisan gain. I thought I couldn’t get much angrier at the Republican party, but I may have been wrong. I am scared there may be violence, and if there is, I doubt I’ll ever forgive the GOP. From the McCain campaign:
Smerconish makes me cringe, but hey, if he is seeing the light and wants to support our team, then … welcome aboard.
The next couple weeks are going to see a tsunami of endorsements for Obama, that’s my hunch. Newspapers, pundits, maybe a former secretary of state from a Republican administration ….. and that news stream is going to compete nicely with the "Obama leftist scary terrorist socialist anti-American can’t be trusted" themes coming from the thoughtful, respectful McCain campaign and its turd polishers.
And …. handles. We have handles. Lots of handles. Handles, handles, handles.
Oh the hatred/stupid, how it burns.
Don’t feel bad, I’m going for Lamberti, too. Is your Rep. Klein or Wexler?
We just got our sample ballot yesterday and my wife and I spent an hour going over all the amendments. Some of them are pretty good, while others are pretty fucked up and/or misleading.
What was your take on Amendment 1? Seemed like a bad idea in this house. Amendment 2 is simply disgusting (the wording even rules out any kind of rights under a civil union). The rest are pretty environmentally friendly, and I even like the jist of Amendment 8.
One of the most exciting things on here is the initiative to create a Broward MTA. I hope that actually helps encourage some decent public transportation around here.
I hate it when some idiot drops a big, stinking Inuit turd in here!
That’s why I got pissed during the Alfred Smith dinner when McCain was waxing rhapsodic about how much progress we’ve made as a country and how we’ve taken on racism and blah blah blah. It was total fakery. I don’t think Obama clapped at all while the crowd was applauding McCain like crazy. I was pretty proud of Obama for that.
It could be worse. You could have Bart dePalma from Balkinization as your resident troll. That guy is something else entirely.
Worth updating – Elwyn Tinklenberg raised about $150K – and climbing – since Bachman went on Tweety’s show. It’s still going up about $10K an hour or so.
Atanarjuat? Is that Muslim/Arab/terrorist for "douchebag"?
Far Left American Hater Incertus
@John S.: Wasserman-Schultz–she’s got a crazy-ass district.
I’m with you on both 2 and 8, and I can’t say I really understand the others, which means I’m against them by default. That’s my standard position on any voter initiative–they have a large hurdle to clear before I’ll support them.
jrg the america hating plumber
If Smerconish is not endorsing Christian soldiers like Palin, he’s probably a Stalinist or Islamic terrorist. Somebody put that motherfucker on a no-fly list.
JSF needs a kid named Timmy and a well.
Just Some Fuckhead
@Martin: I have a boy and a well. Neither were germane to this particular incident.
The Moar You Know
@Atanarjuat: My last girlfriend (not the current) was a GOPer. It was an interesting relationship, to say the least.
I used to pound her doggy-style while making her read passages from whatever excreble piece of propaganda she was currently reading; usually Coulter or something equally foul. I’d then yell "who owns this ass?", to which she would reply "the Democrats!". She used to scream so loudly when she came that the cops came out once.
I look forward to you screaming out your humiliation on November 4th as the Democrats pound and then own your ass, just like my ex used to.
Yeah, I’m really going to have my feelings hurt by some knee jerk Nobama cultist with the word "comrade" in his alias.
I’m sorry if my observations have hurt your own fragile and tender feelings, Comrade Jake. Instead of lashing out with impotent fury, you might instead want to contemplate your place in American society once your cargo cult leader, Nobama, is inexorably crushed in the upcoming historic landslide. If I were you, I might drop the whole comrade shtick before John McCain and Sarah Palin are inaugurated.
Just some friendly advice.
You are absolutely right about that–heading off to donate to Obama/Biden again. Thanks for the reminder.
I forgot how convoluted Wasserman-Schultz’s district is (although Wexler’s is a little strange, too). Regarding the amendments…
#1 is sort of convoluted but from reading the full text it seeks to allow illegal immigrants to own land and pass it on in inheritance. The state constitution currently prohibits that, and this amendment would strike that language.
#3 is VERY important, because it seeks to encourage people making energy and safety improvements on their homes. Currently, adding a renewable energy source or upgrading your hurricane protection adds to the "value" of your home and raises your taxes. This would eliminate that and not penalize people for performing such upgrades.
#4 is also important because it will allow land set aside for conservation (real conservation, not sticking 2 cows on there for the tax break) to be tax exempt. It also redefines what constitutes eligible land.
#6 is similar to #4, but for waterfront property and also would make such property being used for commercial purposes taxable.
So, on #1 and #2 I would recommend voting "NO", but on all the others I would definitely recommend voting "YES".
So I’ll take it as a "yes" that Atanarjuat is Muslim/Arab/terrorist for "douchebag". Thanks for playing.
pseudonymous in nc
McCain moves in rarified circles. He doesn’t see the consequences. Palin, on the other hand, embraces them. She’s pure, distilled wingnut.
Blazing Saddles really was prescient. Or rather, it just foregrounded things that haven’t really changed.
Stolen brazenly from WashingtonMonthly.
I highlighted that one sentence for two reasons: One, it contains the essential truth of the scam, which is,
But, two, even this excellent report (from ABC News, of all places) gets a key element wrong, and it’s an element that is important to understanding the scam: The forms turned in by ACORN are not voter registrations, they are applications for registration. No registration happens until a county recorder validates and enters the registration onto the rolls. And the invalid applications were mostly identified by ACORN when they were turned it, which is what the regulations require: Note any irregularities, and most importantly, turn them in, because the officials don’t want ACORN or any organization filtering the applications.
Make sure you know the facts of this story and refute the scam with facts at every opportunity. Write letters to the newspaper, make phone calls, tell the true story.
Are your feelings hurt by some free-market cultist who has done more to make this country Socialist as a result of his ineptitude than any other politician in history, who has the word "president" in his alias?
Far Left American Hater Incertus
@John S.: Thanks. You’ve sold me.
Hey, The Moar You Know, don’t get your hopes up.
Regrettably for you, my anus is a one-way exit out onto the highway of life, so your ass-pounding fantasy will remain as such. Unlike most of you Nobama cultists, I don’t participate in your San Francisco values, and I’m not likely to anytime soon (hence, why I’m a principled conservative and you’re a flaming liberal).
November 4th can’t come here soon enough, in my opinion. The sooner John McCain and Sarah Palin are elected to office, the sooner America can start to weed out the scatalogical degeneracy of the left, which is made manifestly worse with their enthusiastic support of domestic terrorists like the unrepentant Ayers.
@Far Left American Hater Incertus:
I don’t care what might happen in 2012. Right now, every conservative talk radio host who either endorses Obama or at least blasts the weakness and phoniness of the McCain/Palin ticket is a Win.
Consider: Despite the supposed reluctance of Hillary supporters to back Obama, Democrats are far more unified than are Republicans, who are having to engage in soul searching over the obvious failure of Republican policies and the obvious fact that no matter how "honorable" and "experienced" McCain is, he has shown that he is essentially clueless when it comes to undertanding what is happening to the economy, the issue that concerns most voters.
And no matter how hard he tries to dance around it, the plain fact is that McCain’s economic advisers either helped engineer the financial metldown or tried to get away with insulting voters for not drinking the GOP Kool-Aid and accepting the lie that happy days were just around a Republican corner
Worse, it is becoming more and more clear that while Sarah Palin is a great GOP attack dog, she (like McCain) doesn’t have the least understanding of anything even related to national economic issues.
Hooray for hero dog! Savior of small furry things!
"Bart" DePalma is probably the finest grade of troll in the entire internets. He is the Apollo Project of trolls. Motherfucker’s whole purpose in life is to foul the threads at Balkinization.
I’m not sure what you’re smoking there
AtanarjuatAsshat, but it’s some strong stuff. You sure you don’t have some San Francisco in you?
@Atanarjuat: Has anyone ever seen MiIQizpoo in the same room with Attie?
Atanarjuat: Haven’t we met somewhere before?
Before now, I mean.
The Chicago Tribune endorsement could be really big. This is the first Democrat it has ever endorsed for president in its 161-year history. It goes back to the days of the Whigs and the Know-Nothings.
This could have a big impact in Indiana, where it is widely read. Even down in Bloomington, you see machines with the Tribune alongside the local paper and the Indianapolis Star. I suppose it’s too much to hope that the Star will go for Obama.
If you got nailed for DUI in Colorado Springs, would you hire Bart to defend you? That’s his day job. Although how that little fucker passed the bar is quite mysterious to me. Don’t they test Con Law on the Colorado bar exam?
Word on the street is the Obama campaign raised $100M+ in September. It must be from all the terrorists that have started giving to them.
McCain said what???
The Moar You Know
@Atanarjuat: Sorry to crush your double-wetsuit fantasy, my little friend. I don’t do guys. Although in your case I’m sure it would be hysterically funny, what with the awkwardness, ineptitude, crying, closeted inner longings, anger at daddy, and all that. But it’s a bit more than I’m willing to do for the lulz, so your little ass cherry is safe from me.
This explains more than you might be comfortable with regarding the content and quality of your postings.
hooray for your heroic dog!
i wanna see more pictures of him, is he part akita?
Is it just me or does the frozen Inuit turd sound exactly like the douchebag owner of Hillaryis44.0rg?.
Probably no one goes there anymore to watch him fuck his rats, so we are the lucky recipients.
Just Some Fuckhead
I had a few hundred dollars put aside for bombing projects that I sent Obama. We’ll worry about destroying America after we save her.
Is "Bart dePalma" the same "Bart" who used to troll Glenn Greenwald’s old blog (before GG moved to Salon) – offering long, detailed, legalistic, multi-cited refutations of Greenwald’s points? All of which "refutations" were bogus and/or plain wrong? You’re right: that’s A-list trollery!
And anyway, we shouldn’t feel too bad for poor Atanarjuat: he’s gonna have at least four years of hating-harsh on President Obama and his Administration to look forward to: and the hating, ISTM, is the main point. Win-win.
Keep stomping your feet, Atanarjuat. It is ADORABLE!
Good government that he can hate!
Best of both worlds
as opposed to the current fucked up mess that he is (dis)honor bound to support
Just Some Fuckhead
@carrie: We saved him as a puppy so we’re not entirely sure of his pedigree, however we are reliably informed he is a shepherd/chow mix. (And he looks like all the shepherd chow pics we’ve seen.)
Floyd Alvis Cooper bows to no other troll on the internets.
McCain just called middle class tax cuts "welfare"
That oughta go well.
That is all.
Man, November is going to hurt like a bitch for you.
@Atanarjuat: Hey doooooshbag, I got your San Francisco values "right here".
Your troll-fu is flaccid, shriveled and weak. The BJ pit is not for the padawan learner. Back on the porch, child-toucher.
It’s quite amusing to watch all of you degenerate socialists fleeing for cover whenever Atanarjuat enters a thread, brandishing his flaming sword of Truth to cleave your foul liberal lies.
You’d better get used to it. Once the McCain/Palin regime comes to power in January 2009, fetid liberal enclaves like San Francisco will become refugee camps for your kind, fleeing in cowed silence from the approbation of the vast Pro-American hordes.
Once the fences are erected, you’ll be free to continue hating America, befriending terrorists, and commiting crimes against the sacred act of physical love there. Just don’t expect the rest of us to come to your aid if Putin rears his head over your borders.
Country First, Last and Always!
@Just Some Fuckhead:
he is gorgeous, whatever his pedegree.
i have a huskita (part husky/part akita) and i thought they had similar features.
pseudonymous in nc
Yup. Greenwald retained ‘daleyrocks’, though, who doesn’t quite have the panache of "Bart".
And count me in among those who wants to see an immediate civil-libertarian push against Obama and the Congressional Dems if the polls bear out.
There’ll be disagreements about certain elements, e.g. the way to make the anti-ACORN whines meaningless is to have state government out there actively registering eligible voters, but there are ways to do it that don’t raise the spectre of Government People knocking on your doors and demanding to know who lives there. But those discussions can be conducted in a smart way.
Just Some Fuckhead
I’ll check that mix out and see if I think he looks similar. I was trying to find a pic of him when he was a puppy – he was precious. (And good thing too or Mrs. Fuckhead woulda killed him for mauling a pair of her shoes per week.)
Doesn’t current Florida law regarding prop 1 apply to all non-residents, not just illegal immigrants? Which means it would prevent a nice influx of Pounds and Euros into the Florida economy from Europeans looking to buy a holiday home. Something I believe the Florida economy could have done with for the last year or two.
Allus I know is that there will be an almighty rush to renew survivalist magazine subscriptions after the election.
How to, and all that…
Instead of lashing out with impotent fury, you might instead want to contemplate your place in American society once your cargo cult leader, Nobama, is inexorably crushed in the upcoming historic landslide.
I remember being *shocked* that Reagan beat Mondale. Couldn’t believe it. Of course, I was ten…
Smerconish is all about Smerconish. He knows which way the wind is blowing, and is doing his best to straddle the lines a la David Brooks, in order to be MSNBC’s house "conservative." Either that, or angling to get Beck’s old slot at CNN/HNN.
Atanarjuat is a fake troll whose talent is the random generation of wingnut talking points. Unfortunately his posts are sorely lacking in wit and have become increasingly boring and repetitive. That doesn’t stop you guys from taking the bait.
Better fake trolls please.
Soylent Green said:
I agree, stating the truth can be rather boring and repetitive to those who suffer from cognitive dissonance (i.e., the Democrat Party, elitist liberals, terrorist sympathizers). On the other hand, I’m not stating the conservative view on this blog for the sake of giggling amusement and wit, so, yes, I am sorely lacking in that department.
Perhaps you should watch Nickelodeon during one of their Spongebob Squarepants marathons if you’re looking for easy laughs and mindless fun. I’m sure you’d relate to that stealth genius Patrick Star, in fact.
By the way, if Nobama were to implement his socialist wealth redistribution plan — as he glibly admitted to Joe the Plumber — the movie, "Soylent Green," will look like a Utopian paradise compared to the future that your cargo cult leader has in store for America.
Amendment 1 would make the following change:
You may be right that it applies to illegal aliens as well as foreign nationals in general since the specific language is aliens ineligible for citizenship. Currently, the legislature can create rules or regulations that govern such activity – this seeks to eliminate that, which I think is a terrible idea.
Frankly, I think part of the problem we have with real estate in South Florida is too much foreign ownership. With the dollar being so weak, a lot of the property here is being bought up by foreigners because they are the only ones that can afford it. Floridians need to be able to afford to live in Florida first and foremost before worry about whether a bunch of wealthy South Americans and Europeans can afford their vacation homes.
I would be happy to see someone state and defend conservative views here, some of which I agree with. You are just spouting the usual right-wing blather and bigotry, which shares nothing with principled conservatism.
Interesting non sequitur, but sorry, I relate more to Spongebob’s pet snail Gary.
See you at the utopian paradise!
One thing that I find interesting is how some conservatives and talk show hosts bend over backwards to ignore the support that Obama is winning. These pundits and media people are trying hard to push the fantasy that real Americans support McCain and dirty liberals and terrorist enablers support Obama.
For example, one of the talk show hosts on AM 640 KFI here in Southern California (the biggest English language talk radio station in the market) made a big deal about how the LA Times and Washington Post had endorsed Obama, and mockingly noted how this was to be expected, because after all these are liberal papers. However, he did not mention the Tribune, but immediately lurched into his "opinion" that newspapers should not endorse presidential candidates in order to keep their news gathering side "objective."
By the way, another host on this station, Bill Handel, is notably disgusted with the incompetence of the Republicans and is particularly galled by the ignorance and unreadiness of Sarah Palin. But he regularly gets hammered by callers who insist that Republicans should be supported because of their pro-American values, without regard to their ability to govern with any semblance of competence.
Why is this even news? Republicans have made an art form of claiming that Dems are out of touch with America or not winning or whatever, when the opposite is true.
On issue after issue, and in increasing amounts recently, the public agrees with Dems. And Dems are winning when they make it clear, "you don’t have to become a Democrat, you already are. It’s the Republicans who are out of step with you".
I can’t imagine it’s a good long-term electoral strategy when you must lie about your opponents and hide your true beliefs to win.
Now there’s a vision of America Osama Bin Laden would approve of. You sure the Republican party isn’t secretly working with Bin Laden to make his warped dreams for the land of "infidels" come true? Now, I’m puzzled as to why people would flee from approbation, but there are more important things to worry about now, like how much champagne to order for an Obama victory party on November 5th.
And I think the fast runner (fascinating film by the way, the atarnajuat troll here ruins the memory of a good thing) should focus on whether Palin will be facing impeachment for ethical violations once her ticket has lost the presidential race. So many things to think about…
@Atanarjuat: Me thinks you doeth protest too much!