Daily Archives: October 22, 2008

>Morning Joe Gets Schooled by Zbigniew Brzezinski on Powell/Obama Endorsement

>Just call him “Zbig the Scar Slayer.” Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski just destroyed Joe Scarborough on his own show and left him speechless and lying bloody on the ground. Scarborough had been ranting and raving for most of the previous segment with Pat Buchanan, belittling the Powell endorsement because of the Iraq War of all things and beating up Obama’s Press guy, Robert Gibbs (again) ad nauseum about how Obama had lied and broken his word on public financing and how they were buying the election and how Sarah Palin with all her years as Mayor of Wasilla (please!) and Governor was more qualified to be President than Barack Obama and he was nothing more than a Community Organizer, and a State legislator with one year in the Senate and blah, blah, blah.

A few minutes before they went to the break, Mika announced that Lawrence O’Donnell had arrived in the studio, so that was a good sign. But when I saw the 80 year-old Dr. Brzezinski pull himself up onto that stage, I knew Joe was in for all he could handle and more. Of course I wasn’t disappointed. When Joe was stupid enough to ask about the lack of experience of Barack Obama, Brzezinski countered beautifully, making the intellectual argument for Barack Obama sound like lyric poetry. He made the case for Barack’s intellect, temperament and good judgment over the unpredictable volatility of John McCain. (I’ll have the video as soon as it’s available.)

Brzezinski points out that Powell’s endorsement shows that Obama’s administration will be a bi-partisan administration, as it must be. He says one has only to look at what Obama has accomplished in this historic campaign and the millions of people he has inspired at this time in history when our nation is mired in this deep and dangerous crisis. He is a transformative figure. Besides, look at the guys who made the worst foreign policy decisions in our lifetimes, Donald Rumsfeld, and Dick Cheney. They had thirty years of “foreign policy experience.” Look what they got us into. Give me Barack Obama’s wisdom any day.

We didn’t hear any more from Joe. He was pretty much knocked out for the rest of the interview. Gotta love it. You just have to hit these guys where they live. You have to wait them out while they rant and rave and go through their little talking points. And when they are finished, you start making the intellectual argument for truth. They’ll end up on the ground with a bloody nose every time.


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Morning Joe Gets Schooled by Zbigniew Brzezinski on Powell/Obama Endorsement

Just call him “Zbig the Scar Slayer.” Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski just destroyed Joe Scarborough on his own show and left him speechless and lying bloody on the ground. Scarborough had been ranting and raving for most of the previous segment with Pat Buchanan, belittling the Powell endorsement because of the Iraq War of all things and beating up Obama’s Press guy, Robert Gibbs (again) ad nauseum about how Obama had lied and broken his word on public financing and how they were buying the election and how Sarah Palin with all her years as Mayor of Wasilla (please!) and Governor was more qualified to be President than Barack Obama and he was nothing more than a Community Organizer, and a State legislator with one year in the Senate and blah, blah, blah.

A few minutes before they went to the break, Mika announced that Lawrence O’Donnell had arrived in the studio, so that was a good sign. But when I saw the 80 year-old Dr. Brzezinski pull himself up onto that stage, I knew Joe was in for all he could handle and more. Of course I wasn’t disappointed. When Joe was stupid enough to ask about the lack of experience of Barack Obama, Brzezinski countered beautifully, making the intellectual argument for Barack Obama sound like lyric poetry. He made the case for Barack’s intellect, temperament and good judgment over the unpredictable volatility of John McCain. (I’ll have the video as soon as it’s available.)

Brzezinski points out that Powell’s endorsement shows that Obama’s administration will be a bi-partisan administration, as it must be. He says one has only to look at what Obama has accomplished in this historic campaign and the millions of people he has inspired at this time in history when our nation is mired in this deep and dangerous crisis. He is a transformative figure. Besides, look at the guys who made the worst foreign policy decisions in our lifetimes, Donald Rumsfeld, and Dick Cheney. They had thirty years of “foreign policy experience.” Look what they got us into. Give me Barack Obama’s wisdom any day.

We didn’t hear any more from Joe. He was pretty much knocked out for the rest of the interview. Gotta love it. You just have to hit these guys where they live. You have to wait them out while they rant and rave and go through their little talking points. And when they are finished, you start making the intellectual argument for truth. They’ll end up on the ground with a bloody nose every time.


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>26 newspapers that backed Bush in 2004 switch to Obama

>Editor and Publisher notes that Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) has a significant lead over Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in newspaper endorsements — 121-42. At least 26 papers that supported President Bush in 2004 have moved to Obama, versus just four that supported Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) switching to McCain. “In California alone, the Obama-Biden ticket picked-up six newspapers that endorsed President Bush in 2004. He also gained a few papers, such as the Los Angeles Times and Cleveland’s Plain Dealer that did no[t] endorse either candidate in 2004.”

-Think Progess

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26 newspapers that backed Bush in 2004 switch to Obama

Editor and Publisher notes that Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) has a significant lead over Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in newspaper endorsements — 121-42. At least 26 papers that supported President Bush in 2004 have moved to Obama, versus just four that supported Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) switching to McCain. “In California alone, the Obama-Biden ticket picked-up six newspapers that endorsed President Bush in 2004. He also gained a few papers, such as the Los Angeles Times and Cleveland’s Plain Dealer that did no[t] endorse either candidate in 2004.”

-Think Progess

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Asbury Park Press: Return Holt to Congress


I don’t know what has gotten into the Asbury Park Press but I like what I am seeing from them this week. First Barack Obama, then Frank Pallone and now they have endorsed Rush Holt for a 6th term in Congress, all Democrats!

“Rep. Rush Holt has been a strong, consistent voice for the 12th Congressional District on issues that matter, especially national security, education and energy independence. With the nation facing the worst economic crisis in seven decades, voters should give Holt, a Democrat, a sixth term to help right the ship.

Holt’s incumbency is a major plus in a Democratic-controlled Congress. He sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which deals with a variety of homeland security matters of local and national concern, including port security and the threat of nuclear terrorism.

His background as a physicist, educator and arms control expert serves his constituents well in tackling complex issues methodically, beyond the cloud of partisanship. Holt works to bridge interrelated issues, such as developing a renewable-energy industry as a means to both economic recovery and national security. He was one of the few members of Congress who saw the flawed arguments for invading Iraq and voted against allowing President Bush to divert our military’s attention from Afghanistan to the quagmire in Iraq….

…Holt, who has represented the district ably and with integrity for 10 years, deserves another two years.”

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Asbury Park Press: Return Holt to Congress


I don’t know what has gotten into the Asbury Park Press but I like what I am seeing from them this week. First Barack Obama, then Frank Pallone and now they have endorsed Rush Holt for a 6th term in Congress, all Democrats!

“Rep. Rush Holt has been a strong, consistent voice for the 12th Congressional District on issues that matter, especially national security, education and energy independence. With the nation facing the worst economic crisis in seven decades, voters should give Holt, a Democrat, a sixth term to help right the ship.

Holt’s incumbency is a major plus in a Democratic-controlled Congress. He sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which deals with a variety of homeland security matters of local and national concern, including port security and the threat of nuclear terrorism.

His background as a physicist, educator and arms control expert serves his constituents well in tackling complex issues methodically, beyond the cloud of partisanship. Holt works to bridge interrelated issues, such as developing a renewable-energy industry as a means to both economic recovery and national security. He was one of the few members of Congress who saw the flawed arguments for invading Iraq and voted against allowing President Bush to divert our military’s attention from Afghanistan to the quagmire in Iraq….

…Holt, who has represented the district ably and with integrity for 10 years, deserves another two years.”

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