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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sleeping With the Enemy

posted by on October 8 at 9:23 AM

Note to the DNC: hire this guy already—and put his latest Palin attack ad on heavy rotation.

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Oh thank God someone finally brought this up and gathered up the facts to prove it. This is 5,000 times more damning than any connection between Obama and Ayers.

Posted by David Schmader | October 8, 2008 9:29 AM

now how can this info be spread? seems like ALL the media is quoting Palin (and only sometimes actually fact checking her smears a few paragraphs later), how about Biden stumping this?

Posted by mama4obama | October 8, 2008 9:34 AM

fucking great. where can i donate to get this some primetime airtime? please lets play this till it is known by heart by everybody in the U.S.

Posted by Mickey in AR | October 8, 2008 9:37 AM

AND let's start running ads in Florida about the anti-semitism of the McCain/Palin ticket.

Posted by Sarah Palin | October 8, 2008 9:38 AM

While I agree with David, unfortunately the first thing I thought when it got to the end was "oh geez, the guy has a Jewish name. Right wingers will just dismiss this as part of the Great Jewish Conspiracy to rule the world." (Then I shuddered at myself and figured I was channeling my father who looks, acts, talks, and thinks like Archie Bunker.)

Posted by mjanet | October 8, 2008 9:38 AM

@5: who has a Jewish name?

Posted by Abby | October 8, 2008 9:44 AM

mjanet @5, right wingers can dismiss whatever they want, they're a lost cause. but the mass of 'undecidedes' might very well be swayed by this, especially because it's true.

Posted by douglas | October 8, 2008 9:45 AM

Abby: The video was edited by Jed Lewison.

And I agree with you Douglas. I was embarrassed by even thinking it (and by the fact it's the first thing I thought of), but still blame it on my father since I heard that kind of crap my entire life growing up. And still do every time I visit them. We all just wait until dad rants himself out and goes back to watching Fox news.

Posted by mjanet | October 8, 2008 9:52 AM

Huh. "Jed Lewison" doesn't scream Jewish to me. Maybe it's the Jed.

Posted by Abby | October 8, 2008 9:56 AM

What the fuck is a "Jewish name"? Who cares? How does an American Jew compare with a crazy old white man who HATES AMERICA? Good God, you people are freaking me out with this "oh noes, Jewish name" bullshit.

As for how it's going to affect the voters, think about who panders to the pro-Israel vote: everybody, that's who.

This video scares the crap out of me. These are the same people who, in other states, are part of the white-power, militia, Christian Identity hate movements. Remember Timmy McVeigh? I CANNOT BELIEVE that the Republicans have let these people into the heart of their ticket, and that ONE OF THEM could very easily be President if McCain wins and dies.

Get this ad on the air in Nevada and Missouri and Florida right away.

Posted by Fnarf | October 8, 2008 9:58 AM

Well done. I'd like to see a 30-second version as well - something the brain-dead undecided folks can sit through.

Posted by Free Lunch | October 8, 2008 10:00 AM

Palin has also been bringing a lawsuit to the Alaska courts to deny Native ancestral subsistence fishing rights, she has undermined the native population consistently (Todd's Inuit drop of blood matters naught, apparently.) So she may want to get to the White House, help Alaska gain "independence" and thereby destroy any vestiges of Native claims to sovereignty by voiding the relationship with the Federal governmentt. Google Palin's record on Native Fishing Rights for more info.

Posted by fc | October 8, 2008 10:11 AM

Can anyone post a transcript or summary? I'm at work, and can't watch the video now.

Posted by wench | October 8, 2008 10:16 AM

I guess I should be glad I was raised in WA state. I am terrible at spotting teh jews. If they have the yarmulke and curly sideburns, I start to get a clue. I always thought it was because there aren't a lot of jewish folks in the NW. I guess I was just naive (in retrospect, some of my childhood friends were probably jewish). "Lewison" sounds American to me, but so do Kaufman, Lyman & Steinberg.

However, unlike my east coast comrades, I can tell the difference among Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Filipino & Vietnamese folks. That is, at least in the first generation. Beyond that, they're all Americans.

I console myself that love will eventually conquer racism. Not "flower power" love, but "pussy power" love. New York is already a pretty good petri dish of racial mingling. Another 3 or 4 generations, and there won't be many people of "pure" race left.

Maybe that process could be accelerated if we let Alaska secede. Of course, they owe the other 49 a couple of trillion bucks in refunds.

Posted by Sir Vic | October 8, 2008 10:20 AM

Fnarf - you're right that these are the same people that are into militias and vigilante border patrols (and Ron Paul, by the way). But why are you surprised that Republicans have let them in? They serve each other's needs - the GOP needs votes, and the AIP wants more political power.

I think the main goal of the AIP is to take over the zillions of acres of federal land in Alaska and let the drilling / mining / selling of water to California (through a giant pipeline) begin. And I can see how they would be willing to sacrifice "independence" for Alaska to get that.

Posted by asteria | October 8, 2008 10:42 AM

I still don't know why any Democrats or progressives would object if Alaska seceded. We'd just be losing a red state, and one full of hunters and oilmen at that. I should think the DNC would be happy contribute to the effort.

Posted by Seajay | October 8, 2008 10:46 AM

@5: That's "Jed Lewison" not "Norm Jewison" (who's not Jewish, by the way - but so what if he were).

Not that I could think any less of her, but doesn't this merely reiterate the point that she's a foolish opportunist? I don't have a hard time imagining that she just didn't think this one through.

Also: Love the soundtack. Is that Radiohead?

Posted by saxfanatic | October 8, 2008 11:36 AM

Maybe we can sell it back to the Russians.

Posted by crazycatguy | October 8, 2008 11:37 AM

@15, I'm not surprised they're in the party -- they've been there since Reagan -- but I'm a little surprised they went and put one at the top of the ticket.

Posted by Fnarf | October 8, 2008 11:39 AM

That "Christian Exodus Movement" he refers to: is a racist group which wants to establish a white Christian homeland. Palin was chosen not just because of her Christian Conservatism but also because she could really galvanize the racist vote against Obama. Her home state of Idaho has long been a bastion of so-called White Power groups. She is a nasty piece of work.

Posted by inkweary | October 8, 2008 12:13 PM

You know what really pisses me off about Palin? This is the image of my homestate she is giving to the rest of the country. Guess what folks? The vast majority of Alaskans - Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Green Party are proud to be Americans. Next year is our 50th Anniversary of statehood. There are huge celebrations planned. And now, just because Palin has associated with the AIP group of kooks and is running for national office, the rest of the country is getting this image.

I'm also getting tired of this "red state" "blue state" label crap. That has to do with electoral college voting. A state can vote "red" and still have 49% of the population be "blue". Are we ever going to outgrow blanket labels about entire groups of people? It's fucking tiresome.

I'm under no illusions that Republicans hold huge sway over my state, but I also know that until McCain picked Palin as his running mate, Obama's camp was making a serious bid on winning Alaska's electoral votes, and he had a real chance of winning here despite the fact the electoral votes have gone to Republican presidents for decades.

I am an Alaskan, but I am also a liberal Democrat. And I am first and foremost an American. I am very insulted that others would consider Joe Vogler (a man who has been dead since 1993) as a spokesman for Alaskans.

Shouldn't we leave the hysteria, whipping up fear and hatred, ignorance, and conspiracy theories to the Republicans?

Posted by Jennifer | October 8, 2008 2:04 PM

@21 Good to know. Get more folks like you to make more noise.

Posted by inkweary | October 8, 2008 2:38 PM

@22 - Thanks for the suggestion! I'll be contacting the AK Democratic Party to make some more noise. Here's a link to local news about rallies held in Anchorage last Saturday for Obama/Biden as well as McCain/Palin. NOTE: 1200 supporters showed up for Obama- Biden. Only 300 showed up for McCain- Palin. I can't tell you how encouraging that is!!

Posted by Jennifer | October 8, 2008 3:14 PM

@17: it's "Godspeed You! Black Emperor". They truly have the biggest apocalyptic -suspense- soundscape market share.

Posted by bazz | October 8, 2008 8:38 PM

@21. How do you explain Palin's 80% approval rating? How do you explain Ted Stevens? He was giving Alaska a bad name long before Sarah.

I'm not challenging what you're saying, and have no reason to doubt you. I'm just wondering how Palin could have such a high approval rating, if what you say about Obama is true. How does that happen?

Or have I just been misinformed?

Posted by Tracy | October 10, 2008 8:38 PM

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