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Thursday, March 20, 2008

   By PoliticalGeek at 10:22 PM

JOHN MCCAIN U.S. Senator (R-Arizona) It's a game of pinball, and you're the ball.

The hardest thing to do is to establish priorities. This morning we had a committee meeting on telecommunications. Now, I'm for à la carte cable. I don't see why some widow from Sun City should have to pay for ESPN if she doesn't want to. At the same time, I had to bounce over to the Armed Services Committee--we're involved with what I think is a scandal with a C-130 cargo airplane. Then I just met with Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donahue, who worked with me on immigration. Later I'm going to meet with a group of people on lobbying reform. And then I'll be meeting with a Congressman who wants me to help him out on something. The key is deciding what are the most important issues to focus on. Priorities come from the constituents, and a lot of it is instinct by now. I've been in this business a long time.

I read my e-mails, but I don't write any. I'm a Neanderthal--I don't even type. I do have rudimentary capabilities to call up some websites, like the New York Times online, that sort of stuff. No laptop. No PalmPilot. I prefer my schedule on notecards, which I keep in my jacket pocket. But my wife has enormous capability. Whenever I want something I ask her to do it. She's just a wizard. She even does my boarding passes--people can do that now. When we go to the movies, she gets the tickets ahead of time. It's incredible.

My most valuable resource is my chief of staff and writing partner, Mark Salter. We've been together for 17 years. I cannot imagine my professional life without him. When we're writing a book or speech, he'll come in to the office in the afternoon or evening with a tape recorder. We talk about the outline, then the details of it, then get into the minutiae. He writes most of it, and then we go over it together.

It's the perfect partnership, with him doing most of the work. He's a remarkable man. I gave a speech on the floor of the Senate to wrap up the debate on the torture amendment. It was the only time when there was total silence on the floor of the Senate. We wrote that together.

I rely on staff to take care of things that I know they can, usually back in Arizona. We've got very talented, experienced people who take care of constituent issues. People don't care if I personally get involved, or if I put somebody who is a hell of a lot smarter than I am on it. But if something is important for me to pay attention to, like immigration issues, which have grown for us since 9/11--I focus on it.

We decide on a case-by-case basis about whether to do the Sunday shows, if it would have some value to get my viewpoint or knowledge out there. I'm going to do Jon Stewart again, and The Colbert Report. That's good stuff, an interesting audience for me.

You lose battles in politics. I do get good and angry. Really angry! By God, I'm not going to let them beat me again. I don't like to lose. After the 2000 race for the presidential nomination, I spent at least ten days--and in many ways it was the most wonderful experience of my life--wallowing in self-pity. It was really fun. Freeing. Then I just woke up and said it was time to get over this. The people you represent don't want you this way. You're still their Senator. And besides, America doesn't like sore losers. I also don't hold grudges. It's a waste of time. What's the point? Frankly, the sweetest revenge is success. -- Interviewed by Ellen McGirt

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

And We'll All Come Praise the Infanta

   By buttersquash at 9:59 PM

This video by Zane uses the Decemberists' song "The Infanta" in combination with a deeply ironic montage to express the ambivalence many of us on the progressive left feel for the media coronation of Hillary Clinton as the next leader of the Free World.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Mike Malloy makes an announcement on AAR website

   By buttersquash at 12:38 AM

This post appeared on the front page of the Air America website
in a Zorro-like move by Malloy.

The Peter Werbe Show

  • Weekdays 10pm-Midnight EST

    w/ host Peter Werbe

    Hi. Malloy here. It’s Monday, September
    18, 2006. Well, it’s been almost three
    weeks since we were fired by the
    really, really strange pod-people who
    have temporarily taken over Air
    America. Tonight’s program will be
    hosted by my good friend Peter Werbe.
    Not sure what he’s talking about
    tonight, but do tune in. If you’re
    wondering how we’re writing and posting
    this mini-blog it’s simply because the
    airheads in Air America’s executive
    suites – the pod-people mentioned above
    – are too, um, stupid to figure out how
    to handle their own website access.

    The door’s wide open. Well, eventually
    their bodies will start to react to
    Earth atmosphere and they’ll have to
    leave. Meantime, Mike and Kathy here
    saying, stay tuned!

  • Hope to be hearing from you soon, Mike. Sorry AAR corporate
    are a bunch of jackasses and imbeciles.

    Wednesday, August 30, 2006

    An AAR Manager is still an Assclown, on That You Can Rely

       By Marion Delgado at 3:41 PM

    The Fundamental Things Apply, as time goes by ....

    WEDNESDAY Aug. 30 2006


    There will be no Mike Malloy program today - or any day - on Air America Radio as we have been terminated. We are as shocked as you are. We are told its a financial decision.

    More details to follow as we hear them ourselves.

    Friday, July 21, 2006

    Democracy in Crisis: An Interview With Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

       By Fancy Pants Elitist at 8:31 PM

    First of all, my dear Marion, I had reasons for waiting, because of things I don't need to go into here, so I wasn't *LAZY* - far from it, I've been working my tail feathers off :P

    Anyway, that being said, I'm posting it now. So unwad your panties :)

    This was originally posted on The Brad Blog

    "The Republican Party, the Republican National Committee, has been using old-fashioned, Jim Crow, apartheid-type maneuvers to steal the last two national elections."
    – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

    Recently, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., (bio) , wrote the article: "Was the 2004 Election Stolen" where he examined the election fraud in Ohio that took place during the last Presidential Election. He also has written a book "Crimes Against Nature: How George W. Bush & His Corporate Pals Are Plundering the Country and Hijacking our Democracy". Mr. Kennedy, along with Mike Papantonio have filed a "qui tam" lawsuit against some of the voting machines companies, in an effort to save our Democracy.

    I've long had a deep respect for Robert F. Kennedy for his dedicated work as an environmental advocate. Tom and I enjoyed interviewing him and were moved by his passion and dedication to our country and our Democracy. We spoke to him via phone at his office at Pace University's Environmental Litigation Clinic in White Plains, New York, which he founded, about the election of 2004. This was an experience to remember…


    Monday, July 17, 2006

    No good news for AAR/WLIB

       By Marion Delgado at 3:49 AM

    Maron turned down hosting his third show after 2 cancellations and a coast to coast move and a huge pay cut.

    Janeane is leaving Majority Report. Sam says one reason was schudule and monotony.

    The new owner of WLIB may kick them out - it's always been tension with the old Caribbean WLIB after midnite anyway

    Ratings are still good, but al franken is expected to drift away within a year.

    of all the great innovative shows none are left - no morning sedition, no majority report in its original form, no unfiltered.

    AAR is still a good source of morning news and people like randi and mike are decent sources of op-eds and news. Sam Seder still has a strong show and thom hartmann is a great syndication find.

    The weekend shows are coming on strong, especially radio nation with laura flanders, ring of fire with rfk jr and mike papantonio, and politically direct.

    still, things have looked better.

    My own personal opinion: much of the fun and purpose of Majority Report was lost in november of 2004. Clearly janeane had a strong feeling of why are we bothering to do this ever since.

    Saturday, July 15, 2006

    Ixchel interviewed Robert Kennedy this week

       By Marion Delgado at 5:17 AM

    But she's probably too LAZY to post here about it.

    Besides, who knows if she even READS this blog?

    Magic 8-ball?

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