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A Country in Shambles, Under GOP Rule

by Glenn Greenwald-Salon.com

There are few things that make political coverage more unbearable — and more distorting — than The David Brooks Syndrome: the extremely patronizing and ill-informed pretense, shared by media and right-wing elites alike, that they can study the Little Common Person like a zoo animal, and then translate and give voice to their simple-minded, good-hearted, salt-of-the-earth perspectives. Rarely has this mentality been so transparent as in the wake of the Biden-Palin debate, as pundits and right-wing polemicists like Brooks, Peggy Noonan and Rich “Starbursts” Lowry rushed forward to proclaim giddily that Regular Americans would love Sarah Palin and this love could even help McCain win, despite — or, really, because of — her vapid, content-free telegenic presence….

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>A Country in Shambles, Under GOP Rule

>by Glenn Greenwald-Salon.com

There are few things that make political coverage more unbearable — and more distorting — than The David Brooks Syndrome: the extremely patronizing and ill-informed pretense, shared by media and right-wing elites alike, that they can study the Little Common Person like a zoo animal, and then translate and give voice to their simple-minded, good-hearted, salt-of-the-earth perspectives. Rarely has this mentality been so transparent as in the wake of the Biden-Palin debate, as pundits and right-wing polemicists like Brooks, Peggy Noonan and Rich “Starbursts” Lowry rushed forward to proclaim giddily that Regular Americans would love Sarah Palin and this love could even help McCain win, despite — or, really, because of — her vapid, content-free telegenic presence….

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The Bush/McCain/Palin contempt for subpoenas and the rule of law

Glenn Greenwald at Salon.com has a good article about the contempt for the law that is being shown by the McCain/Palin campaign for their refusal to comply with subpoenas issued by the Alaska State Senate in the “Trooper-Gate” investigation.

Todd Palin’s refusal to comply with the Alaska State Senate’s subpoena:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s husband has refused to testify in the investigation of his wife’s alleged abuse of power, and key lawmakers said Thursday that uncooperative witnesses are effectively sidetracking the probe until after Election Day.

Todd Palin, who participates in state business in person or by e-mail, was among 13 people subpoenaed by the Alaska Legislature. Palin’s lawyer sent a letter to the lead investigator saying Palin objected to the probe and would not appear to testify on Friday. . . .

Ignoring a legislative subpoena is punishable by a fine up to $500 and up to six months in jail under Alaska law. But courts are reluctant to intervene in legislative matters and the full Legislature must be in session to bring contempt charges, Wielechowski said. The Legislature is not scheduled to convene until January.”

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>The Bush/McCain/Palin contempt for subpoenas and the rule of law

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Glenn Greenwald at Salon.com has a good article about the contempt for the law that is being shown by the McCain/Palin campaign for their refusal to comply with subpoenas issued by the Alaska State Senate in the “Trooper-Gate” investigation.

Todd Palin’s refusal to comply with the Alaska State Senate’s subpoena:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s husband has refused to testify in the investigation of his wife’s alleged abuse of power, and key lawmakers said Thursday that uncooperative witnesses are effectively sidetracking the probe until after Election Day.

Todd Palin, who participates in state business in person or by e-mail, was among 13 people subpoenaed by the Alaska Legislature. Palin’s lawyer sent a letter to the lead investigator saying Palin objected to the probe and would not appear to testify on Friday. . . .

Ignoring a legislative subpoena is punishable by a fine up to $500 and up to six months in jail under Alaska law. But courts are reluctant to intervene in legislative matters and the full Legislature must be in session to bring contempt charges, Wielechowski said. The Legislature is not scheduled to convene until January.”

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Cory Booker, The next Barack Obama?

Salon.com’s Rebecca Traister stumbled upon Cory Booker at an event held by Vote Hope, a PAC founded to help elect Barack Obama president that’s now broadening to create an infrastructure that will help propel more minority candidates to elected office.

She was very impressed by Booker’s address to the Vote Hope group and by his life story. Traister compare Cory Booker very favorable to Barack Obama and wonders if Booker’s star will shine as brightly as Obama’s has in the future.  
To read her take on Cory Booker at Salon.com’s War Room click onto the headline

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>Cory Booker, The next Barack Obama?

>Salon.com’s Rebecca Traister stumbled upon Cory Booker at an event held by Vote Hope, a PAC founded to help elect Barack Obama president that’s now broadening to create an infrastructure that will help propel more minority candidates to elected office.

She was very impressed by Booker’s address to the Vote Hope group and by his life story. Traister compare Cory Booker very favorable to Barack Obama and wonders if Booker’s star will shine as brightly as Obama’s has in the future.  
To read her take on Cory Booker at Salon.com’s War Room click onto the headline

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