Dan Chmielewski

Bailout Triggers Bad Keating 5 Memories of McCain

Marty Wisckoll has a great post on victims of the Keating/Lincoln Savings & Loan scandal still somewhat bitter at Senator John McCain’s role in the collapse of this S&L years ago. So before Matt Cunningham bites off my head, its fair to note that McCain had less of a role than other Democratic senators during…

“Everybody Run. The Ex-Beauty Queen’s Got as Gun”

Julie Brown, whom I loved since her EP “Goddess in Progress” came out about 20 years ago, has rewritten the lyrics to her classic song, “The Homecoming Queen’s Got a Gun,” and turned it into a tribute to Sarah Palin. From Julie’s website, you’ll find details on downloading the song.   Here’s what she had to say.…

The Divisive Politics of Irvine

I’ve been following Irvine politics for about 10 years now.  When my daughter’s soccer coach emailed me Chuck DeVore’s blogpost about my earlier Choi post here (and thanks for the hits Chuck, we appreciate it), I wanted to make a stronger statement that needs saying. The non-partisan City Council race in Irvine is frankly less about…

What are McCain/Palin afraid of?

One of Senator McCain’s aides was quoted saying this campaign was not about the issues.  Now McCain won’t show up to a scheduled debate this Friday in Mississippi and the campaign is also seeking to postpone the VP debate with Gov. Palin and Senator Joe Biden. The truth is, they don’t want to debate.  Both…

McCain’s Talking Points Inadvertently Leaked

HT to PolitickerCO.com McCain announced Wednesday that he directed his campaign to suspend Friday night’s presidential debate between him and Democratic nominee Barack Obama and will suspend all campaigning and advertising. The Colorado Independent had more details: Told by a reporter that the e-mail had been sent to him and others in the media, Kise…

2008 Republican Party Platform Opposes Private Bailouts

Can anyone really trust anything Republicans say? Three weeks ago, in St. Paul, the GOP adopted a party platform for 2008 that specifically opposes government bailouts of private companies. From the section on “Rebuilding Homeownership”, the platform says: We do not support government bailouts of private institutions. Government interference in the markets exacerbates problems in the…