The critics are raving


Except that Mike Murphy, who ran John McCain’s 2000 campaign, can’t quite be called a critic. Still, he’s unimpressed with the way his friend and former boss is running in ’08. Murphy’s very funny little rant is here. A highlight:

Within the rarified category of newspaper editorial boards, the Des Moines Register is one of the most liberal in the country. I’m rather surprised that halfway through the McCain interview they failed to switch over to Esperanto, the peace-loving language of all nations.


The critics are raving

  1. Why isn’t Esperanto on Google Translate?

  2. I forget which show it was but I remember some talking head on Sunday discussing the unease many Repubs strategists are feeling about McCain campaign.

    They don’t seem to have a strategy and their tactics are all about getting top billing on evening news every night. There is no overall coherence to campaign. The best example was the past two weeks and how McCain seemed to be all over the place on bailout package.

    That might suit McCain and his temperament but it’s is alienating his base big time because many are not sure why he’s a repub in first place.

  3. Forget Mike’s rant, Mr. Wells. The real comedy is in the first several comments.

    “Pretend you just went to break on MSNBC and give us your honest answer”


  4. The campaign is running into the same problem Kim Campbell’s campaign did in 1993 and John Turner’s in 1984… For a while, the replacement leader can paper over the incumbent party’s dismal record and opinion in the eyes of the public in the excitement around new leadership at the top, but eventually stuff starts to happen and everyone’s reminded of why they hate the bastards in the first place.

    Major could win because the opposition couldn’t overcome people’s negativity towards Kinnock and Old Labor (you could argue the same thing about Bush vs. Dukakis in 1988)… so the challenge for Obama now is to show that he represents at best a genuinely new alternative, and reassure them that at worst he’ll govern like Clinton in the ’90s. And so far, that’s what he’s been doing.

    Anyway, if McCain doesn’t go to Iowa, where does he go? Is there any indication that in the current economic climate he’ll be any more welcome in Michigan or Pennsylvania? And if he needs to spend time in Ohio, then he’s in serious trouble anyway.

  5. Veterans sidelined, run by 6 month wonders, wrong place, wrong time, wrong message

    Sounds like another campaign I know of.

  6. Why isn’t Esperanto on Google Translate?

    Because no one speaks it.

    As for McCain, he’s too old. His time was 8 years ago. The world would be a MUCH better place had McCain beaten Bush for the Rebuplican ticket 8 years ago. Mind you, that would apply to almost anyone else as well.

  7. I love how the GOP line now is : McCain’s campaign was mismanaged. As if. It couldn’t possibly be that Obama is simply preferred by Americans because he’s the better choice – smarter, more competent, a better leader, more respected in the world, and more capable of making good decisions under pressure.

    The real question now isn’t who will win. The question is how much of the Republican party can be salvaged from the wreckage of the coming landslide.

  8. “Raging Ranter” claims “no one” speaks Esperanto… ah, ignorance is bliss. As someone who uses Esperanto every day (including with my fiancee, whose native language is different from mine), I’m always surprised when ignorant people claim no one speaks Esperanto. The actual number is probably about a million around the world.

    The original article from time-blog.com is also ignorant in its supposition that only progressive liberal Democrat type people speak Esperanto. I’ve met plenty of Esperantists who don’t fit that mold, including Libertarians, fiscal conservatives, conservative Christians, blathering homophobes, etc. The main thing Esperantists have in common is, well, that they speak Esperanto, and seem to be more interested in and better informed about about languages than average.

  9. Recte dicis, Russ Williams. Etsi pauci linguam quandam intellegere vel possent vel posse velint, nil vetat linguam illam inter vivas adnumerari. Sunt idem qui nos amatores linguae latinae nimium doctos, etiam superbos esse damnant, nescii plurimorum latiniloquentium qui et humiles et ineruditi videmur. O saeculum insapiens et infacetum!

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