Weekend Roundup


I am sorry to report that I have not yet received my McCain robocall informing me of Obama’s terrorist-lovin’ ways. In the leadup to the Virginia primary several months ago, Mr. McCain contacted me twice, robotically, to tell me that he is a proud Republican in the mold of Ronald Reagan (heavy emphasis on the mold).

I did, however, receive my very own copy of that mailer accusing Obama of partying with Barbra Streisand and Leonardo DiCaprio while the economy crumbled. The RNC actually misspelled Barbra as "Barbara" — come on, surely there are enough closeted gay Republicans around who could proofread these things! The fact that I am getting this crap suggests to me that many, many Virginians are receiving it as well.

In other news, I assume y’all caught Palin’s appearance on SNL and noticed that her role was pretty limited. The biggest thrill of the night was Amy Poehler’s skillful rhyme busting during the Weekend Update. I was sort of hoping Palin’s bun would pop loose as she bobbed her head to the beat, but no such luck. That bun is tight, boyee.

You also may have heard about Obama’s endorsement by that large-haired Sixties radical Colin Powell. In political cartoonist circles and elsewhere, many people are talking about this cartoon which mocks Powell’s endorsement with a depiction of Benedict Arnold in blackface:

Gordon Campbell
Oct 19, 2008

The caption reads "Benedict Powell… Race Patriot."

Of course Powell’s support couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the reasons he actually cited, such as McCain’s "unsure" response to the economic crisis, his judgment in picking Palin, or his dirty campaign tactics. And it certainly has nothing to do with the fact that Powell understands the value of diplomacy, unlike the coterie of zany neocons that advise McCain.

The artist behind the cartoon above may be somewhat obscure, but his viewpoint unfortunately isn’t. As ThinkProgress notes, Rush Limbaugh, Pat Buchanan, and George Will have all expressed opinions along similar lines.

[UPDATE: I almost forgot! A kind reader sent me an email about the right-wing freakout over the Ohio flag appearing behind Obama. They thought the "O" for Ohio was an example of Obama perverting Old Glory. Really.]