The Sarah Palin Baby Name Generator

Sarah Palin and her “guy” sure have picked interesting names for their children. There’s Trak, Trig, Williow, Ronnie and Nancy, George and Barbara, Spiro and I don’t remember who all else.

Ever wonder what your name would be if Sarah Palin had her way?

Well, according to The Sarah Palin Baby Name Generator, one Rowdy would be Grill Igloo Palin.

Another would be Lean Pipe Palin.

And a third (so masculine *sigh*) would be Flex Gunship Palin. I’ll let the other guys play for themselves.

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Got Plans for Thursday Night?

Personally, I’m planning to be near a TV and a computer to watch what is the most anticipated vice-presidential debate in history.

In the near corner, Joe “the Mouth” Biden, weighing in at 165 lbs and standing 6’1″ in the blue trunks. In the far right corner, at 105 lbs and 5’3″ in the red tankini, Sarah “the Barracuda” Palin.

According to the Commission on Presidential Debates, the debate will be held at Washington University in St. Louis and be moderated by Gwen Ifill, senior correspondent at The NewsHour. Ms. Ifill also is the moderator and of Washington Week on PBS. Mr. Biden and Ms. Palin will be seated with Ms. Ifill at a table. The debate will cover both foreign and domestic topics and the time (90 minutes) will be divided into eight, ten-minute segments. Ms. Ifill will introduce each segment with an issue on which each candidate will comment, after which she will facilitate further discussion of the issue, including direct exchange between the candidates for the balance of that segment. That last part didn’t work at all in the first debate.  As the New York Times notes, the McCain campaign pushed for changes that minimize the opportunities for the vice-presidential candidates to interact or engage in free-flowing discussion.

Ms. Palin comes to the debate with the lowest possible expectations, especially after last week’s Katie Couric interview disaster.  If she can stay upright in her chair the entire 90 minutes, she will clear the current threshhold.

– Austin irs lawyers fine on the Blink?

I was trying to find out what the McCain-Palin campaign had scheduled today and tomorrow and encountered the following message in about half of the links:

We’re sorry. There appears to have been an error with your request. Please try again or if the problem continues, please contact us.
If you were trying to connect to a McCainSpace site, you may have entered the web address incorrectly. Please remember there is no “www” in a McCainSpace site. Simply replace the “www” with the name of the McCainSpace site (i.e.:

Go to the campaign web site and check it out for yourself. Let me know what you experience.

– Austin

PS – I still haven’t found out what Team McCain is up to today. e-marketing fine

McCain the Decider

The press reported last week that one of the first things John McCain did upon “rushing back” to DC (as an aside, it took about 20 hours to get from New York to DC with stops along the way at Katie Couric’s desk and at the Clinton Global Initiative) to “meet until this crisis is resolved” was to meet with a number of his Senate colleagues where he “chided them for assenting to a deal without his input.”  He then proceeded to play a lead role in blowing up the tentative Wall Street bailout deal worked out by Democrats and Republicans.  Collectively, his behavior was a “What about me?” episode that every parent will recognize: I want to choose!  Or, as President Bush once said, “I’m the decider and I’ll decide what’s best.”

Friday, the decider-in-waiting had a couple of meetings – less than an hour overall – with Republicans in both houses of Congress before backtracking on his demand to postpone the debate and flying off to Memphis.  Yesterday, according to the McCain campaign, Senator McCain didn’t meet at all but instead worked the phones from his northern Virginia campaign office, calling various parties regarding the negotiations which had creaked back into motion.  We’re not sure what he did or who he called, but the campaign told us he called President Bush; Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson; Fed chairman Ben S. Bernanke; Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Judd Gregg, Senator Jon Kyl, Representative John A. Boehner and Representative Roy Blunt.  He got to his office at about 12:30 PM, the deal was announced about twelve hours later; that’s about one phone call every 90 minutes, less if you assume he took a break for dinner.

This morning a number of behind-the-scenes accounts of how the deal was reached have been posted.  Where’s the tick-tock on Senator McCain’s work in this effort?

Well, in the Wall Street Journal, he appears in the second-to-last paragraph (of 27 paragraphs): “Republican nominee Sen. John McCain, interviewed by ABC’s “This Week,” said, “This is something that all of us will swallow hard and go forward with.”

Senator McCain does better in the New York Times‘ write-up, appearing in the 10th paragraph (of 51 paragraphs overall):

At the same time, a series of phone calls was taking place, including conversations between Ms. Pelosi and President Bush; between Mr. Paulson and the two presidential candidates, Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama; and between the candidates and top lawmakers.

And again in the 16th and 17th paragraphs:

Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain both expressed support for the rescue package early on Sunday, while adding that it was hardly a moment for taxpayers to cheer.

“This is something that all of us will swallow hard and go forward with,” Mr. McCain said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week.” “The option of doing nothing is simply not an option.”

And once more in the 44th paragraph:

Early in the day, the two presidential nominees were active from the sidelines. Mr. McCain telephoned Congressional Republicans to sound them out, and Mr. Obama got regular updates by phone from Mr. Paulson and top lawmakers.

In the Washington Post‘s coverage, Senator McCain appears not at all.

That’s some leadership. Some deciding.

– Austin

McCain the Whale

“Whales” are the highest of the high rollers in the world of gambling and the New York Times exhaustively (and exhaustingly, damn, that was a lot of words to get through) reports today that John Sydney McCain III may be quite the whale in his own right.  Not only does the Senator enjoy a night at the tables now and again (and again and again), but, by virtue of his lengthy tenure in Congress, his two turns as chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee have given him lots of opportunities to help more than a few friends and whack quite a few enemies.

After spending a couple of decades helping Indian casino gambling become a multi-billion dollar industry, the senior senator from Arizona has spent the last couple of years doing a credible imitation of Captain Renault’s, “I’m shocked, shocked, to find that gambling is going on in here!”

As you might expect, this latest salvo from the New York Times, dubbed by Team McCain a “pro-Obama advocacy organization”, did not go down well with those in the target area.  Senator McCain declined to be interviewed and, while the campaign did reply to at least some questions via e-mail, spokesman Tucker Bounds didn’t respond substantively: “Your paper has repeatedly attempted to insinuate impropriety on the part of Senator McCain where none exists — and it reveals that your publication is desperately willing to gamble away what little credibility it still has.”

Now, there’s a shooter for you.

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“Katie, I’d Like to Use One of My Lifelines…”

Last night’s Saturday Night Live skit skewering both Sarah Palin and Katie Couric is another one for the highlight reels:

The scary thing about the bit was that some of Fey’s funniest answers were closely derived from Governor Palin’s actual interview with Couric.

I wonder if she watched this one with the sound off as well.  My bet is that the spin this morning will be, “Didn’t watch it, too busy prepping for the debates.”

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