“One Heartbeat Away” – Yikes!

We don’t quite know what to say about this latest ad from the California Nurse’s Association, which we’re told is running in a number of swing states as of today. After the last ad about John McCain’s health got pulled a few days ago, witness the proverbial envelope pushed, well, that much harder, with a Sarah Palin twist:

From nurses? Seriously? We’re having trouble ginning up a positive reception for this one.

UPDATE: Washington Post’s Fix blog:

In an attempt to intensify voter doubts about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s readiness for office in advance of Thursday’s vice presidential debate, the California Nurses Association has launched an ad raising questions about John McCain’s health.

The ad went up in six battleground states — Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, and Missouri — this morning, and will run for two days with a low six-figure buy behind it, according to sources familiar with the spot.

That relatively meager amount of spending means that the ad is meant to be more provocative than persuasive, aimed at driving a discussion — publicly and privately — about McCain’s health. And, the content is decidedly provocative…

Most voters know that McCain is significantly older than Obama and has had bouts with skin cancer over the last decade. But to push it in the faces of voters in such a blatant way could well be seen as over the top and inappropriate.

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  1. Libertad says:

    Here’s to the new youth movement … we gonna change it and re-arrange it, Obama’s gonna do it.

    • redstateblues says:

      couldn’t even watch the whole thing.

      • Another skeptic says:

        Sicking totalitarianism and fascism.

        In the Middle East, this is the way they teach kids to prepare for suicide missions against the Jews and Americans.

        • ClubTwitty says:

          Are you suggesting that Summer Camp is terrorist indoctrination?

          ‘Little Bunny Foo Foo hopping through the forest, blowing up the field mice and chopping off their heads…and down came the Big Yankee, and he said…

          Little Bunny Foo Foo I don’t want to see you blowing up the field mice and chopping off their heads, I’ll give you three chances, and if you’re not good, I’m going to send in L.Paul Bremmer…  

          But the very next day, etc. etc.’

    • Fidel's dirt nap says:

      What these kids need is a day or two at Cap’n Bootyplunders Dayton re-education camp.  

        • Danny the Red (hair) says:

          As I have tried to explain many times, it was the development of private label(non fannie/freddie) MBS that put pressure on FNM FRE to move away from confrorming loans.  It wasn’t the CRA.  FNM/FRE market share was down to about 1/3 of the MBS market in 2004 from complete domination 10 years before.  It encouraged them to reach to satisify shareholders.  

          The rating agencies continued to rate the garbage without proper due dilligence because the people packaging loans paid the rating agency. conflict of interest.

          The CRA had little to do with the problem, it goes back to Jimmy Carter.   The failure to regulate is a problem, but the “regulation” attempts were actually deregulation attempts.  and Oh by the way democrats blocked the regulation in 2003? Didn’t the GOP control the presidency, house, senate, and committe chairmanships.

          • Middle of the Road says:

            But look who you are trying to explain it to. Need I say more?

          • Libertad says:

            I still think these monkeybutts who ran the firms need house arrest. I mean come on, staying up with the Jones’ by fostering nodoc, alt-a, etc… loans, lowering the barriers to entry just to satisfy Wall Street growth targets or some government directive to expand home ownership at all costs is just wrong.

            Can you map the source of these failures to Newt and crew?

            • Danny the Red (hair) says:

              I am not trying to affix the blame.  but I will point to a couple of specifics instnaces of where we could have gotten ahold of things

              1. I think taking down glass-stegal without proper limitations on the bank trading book.

              What GLB was supposed to do is create a one stop shop that did everything and open up cross selling opportunities and allow them to diversify.

              However, what it actually did was allow them to move loan risk from the bank side to market risk (and low capital charge) on the broker side.

              This allowed the banks to over lever syntheticlly and starved them of capital to bargain hunt.

              2.  Chairmen Cox refused the authority to regulate the NRSROs-big mistake.  He also refused money for more regulators-smaller mistake.

              One of my suggestions relates to Basel II is that banks should have to take a op risk capital charge for any loan they issue that wasn’t orgininated in house.  Store front mortgage brokers do not have the control culture that banks do.  Banks have not engaged in fraud (for the most part), but they have acted as a knowing conduit for fraud.

              This is why I think so much of the hooha about the CRA is crap.  Banks would not have made the loans (the CRA specifically says they are not allowed to make loans that place the bank at risk) if they couldn’t have found a way to lay off the risk.  The MBS market (of which FRE and FNM are a large, but during 2000s a minority player) and the rating agencies are what allowed for housing growth to exceed household formation (the real source of the bubble)

        • Another skeptic says:

          Having studied this for some time, I can say this video tells the story like it is.

    • ColoCitizen says:

      I don’t like using those analogies, but “Singing to the leader” qualifies that comment

    • Middle of the Road says:

      at Jesus Camp. That ought to do the trick.

    • Ralphie says:

      That video was already posted to a previous thread.

      You’re spamming now.

    • Go Blue says:

      You seem to be spamming us with more crap than usual. Could those poll numbers and that fact that Palin is dragging McCain down have anything to do with it?

      Don’t worry, the Senator “Mighty Mouse” McCain will save the day!

    • Half Glass Full says:

      A multicultural group of kids and parents daring to sing about their hopes that a candidate might bring about change.

      Why do they hate America so much? (heavy sarcasm)

      Gee, you’ll NEVER, EVER see conservatives trying to get their kids involved in their own political or cultural beliefs, are you? (Oh, I guess that little kid who went to school wearing the “Obama is a Terrorist’s Best Friend” t-shirt that his dad made was an exception.

      This is a non-story.  

      • Go Blue says:

        They’re playing the victim card while the right-wing religious fanatics in their party are airing their own over-the-top ads in swing states.

        Doesn’t anyone else find it appalling that a “religious” group attacks a candidate for President like this? WWJD? HA! These people have no concept of what Jesus would do.  

        • bob ewegen says:

          Otherwise, you’d be vilifying the opposition as “Rethugs”.

          • Go Blue says:

            I’m just telling it like it is. These “rethugs” are shedding crocodile tears and sick of it. After McCain’s stunt last week and the latest round of vile personal attacks by the rethugs I ain’t going to keep it cool either.  

            • bob ewegen says:

              like Barack Obama, who actually seems to respect opposing viewpoints. I’m not expecting you to be fair and balanced, but using school-yard taunts as you do is the political equivalent of tattooing “I am a dork” on your forehead.

              • Go Blue says:

                what would you suggest? Do you believe that what they’re doing with these vial personal attacks are somehow respectful?  

                • bob ewegen says:

                  without branding every Republican from Lincoln to Dave Thielen’s mom a thug.  Is that so hard for a Dumbocrat to do…oops, pardon me for illustrating the counter-productivity of that particular style of rhetoric.

                  • Go Blue says:

                    Ok, ok. David’s mom is not a thug, she’s actually pretty forward looking on the environmental and energy issues for Hawaii.

                    Don’t you find it a bit thugish to have a cross bearing woman touting Samuelo Alito as the right choice for the Supreme Court while to lecture the American people on “legislating from the bench” while that’s exactly what the religious right’s intent is?

                    Keeping in line with your analogy above, it would be as if the school bully scolded someone for being unfair and then stole that person’s milk money.  

                    • bob ewegen says:

                      without automatically turning off half your audience. Congratulations, you seem to have a very quick learning curve.

                      Well, I’m off to lecture John McCain about how answering every question under the sun with the fact that he was a POW may be wearing a bit thin with the public.


              • ClubTwitty says:

                are you in cahoots with Agent Barron X?

            • Laughing Boy says:

              Did something worse than suggest that the opponents’ candidate might die in office so you shouldn’t vote for him?

              You can’t treat half the country like they’re less than human, homie…

              • Go Blue says:

                Come on LB, do you really want to argue with me about treating “half the country like they’re less than human” while religious fanatics supporting John McCain want to do exactly that by treating women and homosexuals like second class citizens?

                • Laughing Boy says:

                  That’s such a dodge.

                  Is this really so frightening?

                  “One of my absolute best friends for the last 30 years happens to be gay, and I love her dearly,” Palin said. “She is one of my best friends, who happens to have made a choice that isn’t a choice I would have made. But I am not going to judge people.”

                  The wacko far-right religious folks are not even as close to McCain as Ayers and Wright are to Obama.  It goes both ways – shitheads of every persuasion are going to support someone for President.

                  Look how the left is treating Palin – someone who has made her own choices that don’t jive with the feminist paradigm, but are in fact her own choices.  Why is she being ridiculed for things as ludicrous and hurtful as her not aborting her youngest child?

                  You consider me to be pretty far right, I think.  Yet I could give two shits about gay marriage = I support it, in fact.  None of my business. None of government’s business.  There are also a number of R’s that would tell you that even if they don’t like the gay lifestyle they still believe it to be none of the government’s business.

                • Libertad says:

                  Come on LB, do you really want to argue with me about treating “half the country like they’re less than human” while religious fanatics supporting John McCain want to do exactly that by treating women and homosexuals like second class citizens?

                  • ClubTwitty says:

                    who posted a video of Sarah Palin breast-feeding.

                    No offense, but you’re a creep and got no ground to stand on.

                    • Libertad says:

                      So its not ok to show Russian women providing natural nutrition, but is highly desired to show Russian women as sexual objects?

                      Point made … stop the prom queen vids or it is ok to show a Palin look alike feeding her kid.

                • cologeek says:

                  that he chose one as his running mate!  Want to try again?

    • parsingreality says:

      Reminiscent of any nutjob political movement.  Indoctrinate those kids first off.  

    • BullmooseDem says:

      I mean I like Obama and all, but….I mean c’mon

  2. Middle of the Road says:

    Am I a bad person for loving that?  

  3. sxp151 says:


    Because two was too much! From now on, the only people who get to ask her questions are people who are 150% in the tank for McCain.

    Sarah Palin’s interview Tuesday with conservative talker Hugh Hewitt gave the vice presidential candidate a chance to showcase elements of her life story and demonstrate some of the folksiness that’s been central to her political success.

    It’s exactly the kind of interview that voters can expect to see from the governor in the coming weeks, according to a Palin adviser, who recognized that there is hunger in Republican circles and among the public at large to see a less-scripted, more authentic candidate. That means more comfortable settings like conservative talk radio, and fewer opportunities for Palin to stumble, as was the case with a pair of high-profile network interviews with ABC and CBS.

  4. Laughing Boy says:

    A partial list of Gwen Ifill’s questions for the VP debate

    gwen_ifill.jpgMayor Palin, Barack Obama is a handsome, charismatic demigod. How many boxes of Kleenex will you need after your crushing loss?

    Senator Biden, what is your favorite color? And if you have time for a follow-up question: Why?

    Mayor, you talk funny and you own a tanning bed. Why haven’t you released Trig’s birth certificate?

    Senator, have you seen those pictures of Obama in his swim trunks? If not, I have them right here.

    Mayor, what are the names, ages, and blood types of all 71 members of the Belgian Senate? And why are you unwilling to admit that your inability to instantly produce any and every fact I demand makes you unfit to stand in the way of history?

    Senator, you’ve spoken at length. Could you please continue?

    Mayor, which is your preferred method of stifling dissent, banning books or burning them? Since it’s both, please explain how you can deny the accusation that you’re a fascist, which I am making now.

    h/t Jim Treacher

    • Fidel's dirt nap says:

      and this one’s a stumper:

      “Governor Palin, what type of things do you read ?”

      • sxp151 says:

        “I personally believe that it’s important that U.S. Americans read because, um, some people out there in our nation don’t have books and uh, I believe that our, I, education like such as uh, newspapers, and uh, the magazine, everything like, such as, and I believe that it should, uh, our reading material here in the US should help the US, uh, should help us read other things so we will be able to build up our future, for us.”

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