Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tomorrow on Reason: The Palin effect

Tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., I'll be interviewing author and commentator Katherine Debrecht about "the Palin effect," and putting lipstick on a pig.

Katherine has been my guest twice before, following the release of her first and second childrens' books, each of which was also reviewed by my daughter Emily.

Should be fun. Be sure to tune in.

McCain's pig spin ...

I'm already sick of hearing about John McCain complaining that Barack Obama called Sarah Palin a pig ... but as details trickle in about previous uses of the expression ... it gets more interesting.

First of all, Obama addressed the statement, saying that if Palin was part of the analogy, she was the lipstick. (So McCain is the pig?) Although he maintains that it's really McCain's policies that are the pig.

Second, McCain uses the phrase all the time, according to his daughter.

Third, he used it last year in discussing Hillary Clinton's health care initiative (or was he talking about Clinton herself?)

Fourth, McCain's former press secretary, Torie Clark, wrote a book called: "Lipstick on a pig; Winning in the No-Spin Era."

So maybe McCain will realize quickly that his feigned outrage is going to hurt him?

Or he could just make stuff up. He seems good at that lately.

National Dems embrace Kryzan ...

According to a story on Rochester Turning, the Democratic Party - which had pledged its full support to Jon Powers - has now offered that support to Democratic Primary winner Alice Kryzan.

Following her victory in the Democratic Primary in New York’s 26th Congressional District, Alice Kryzan has immediately been added to the DCCC’s Red to Blue program for open seats. Alice Kryzan earned a spot in the competitive program by establishing significant local support and skillfully showing New York’s voters that she stands for change and will represent new priorities.

“Congratulations to Alice Kryzan on her primary victory,” said DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen. “Alice Kryzan is a strong leader who will fight to make college and health care more affordable, and lower gas prices. Alice Kryzan will be a formidable candidate in the general election. With 55 days left to make her case to the voters of the 26th district, the Red to Blue program will give Alice the financial and structural edge to be even more competitive.”

The Red to Blue program highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications, and strategic support. The program introduces Democratic supporters to new, competitive candidates in order to help expand the fundraising base for their campaigns.

Rochester Turning asks if that means the DCCC will now spend money on Kryzan because apparently the DCCC had said it was spending $2.7 million between three races - including the 26th - but hadn't ponied up. Maybe they were waiting to make sure Powers got past the primary?

Powers leaves WFP run opions open

One of the biggest stories last night was Jon Powers - the endorsed and union supported Democrat - crashing and burning. The Democratic nomination that was theirs to lose ... was lost.

But they're not out of the game yet. The Powers camp sent an email today to supporters (strange ... I didn't get one) saying:
As we are still on the ballot as the nominee for the Working Families Party, my family and team are currently deciding how best to proceed.
If he proceeds in any manner other than dropping out, it will simply be out of spite, because everyone knows you don't win a congressional election from the Working Families Party line ... and he would simply be siphoning off votes from Alice Kryzan - assuring a Chris Lee victory.

Wegmans recalls bagels

I subscribe to a list of food recalls from the FDA. Seldom do they contain things of local note, but the below may affect you:

Voluntary Recall: Wegmans In-Store Made Bagels (September 10)
Wed, 10 Sep 2008 12:41:00 -0500

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is voluntarily recalling all varieties of its in-store made bagels and bialys (flattened bagels with various toppings, i.e. pizza) sold in the bakery and purchased between August 24 and September 9, 2008. This recall is being initiated because the bagels may contain pieces of a metal spring from a mixer that entered the dough, which is produced at Wegmans' Central Bakeshop in Rochester, posing a possible choking hazard.

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