(Note: Jane is on CNN tonight, for debate coverage with Matt Lewis of Townhall.  You can see her in the right hand CNN widget, starting at 8pm EST.) 

Sarah Palin says the gloves are off (and as some dude at Eschaton points out, so are the hoods)

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a McCain confidant, told The Post’s David Broder that the campaign would "go down in history as stupid if they don’t unleash" Palin. Well, the self-identified pit bull has been unleashed — if not unhinged.

Worse, Palin’s routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric’s questions for her "less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media." At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, "Sit down, boy."

See, this is an _awesome_ strategy.

It’s a month before the election. The number one issue for voters is the economy, which you acknowledge knowing next to nothing about. Your running mate is blatantly unqualified to sit a heartbeat away from the Oval Office, and we still haven’t seen your medical records. You both really dig the hole in the desert we’re pouring our national future and our soldiers’ (and iraqi civilians’) lives into, and you’d both like to dig some more holes.

You’re asking for a job which will give you not just enormous (and largely unaccountable) power, but effective control over the investigative and prosecutorial arms of the federal government. You’re joined at the hip with the incumbent president whose misuse of all those powers got us into this mess. Both of the candidates have a documented history of using your offices to settle personal scores.

She’s got a largely-unreported mean streak and a few scandals no-one’s really talking about. You’ve got a largely-unreported mean streak and a few scandals no-one’s really talking about.

Yeah, given all that, making the working press fear for their physical safety is definitely the way to go.

Kudos. Let me know how that turns out for you.



Middle-aged (thank god); married (oddly enough); native New Yorker; one (thoroughly magnificent, thanks) child, She Who Must Be Obeyed, aka HM (Her Majesty). But a mere lowly end-user by profession, and a former [pretty much everything, at least in somewhat limited first-world terms].

Extravagant (mostly organic) cook, slapdash (completely organic) gardener, brain space originally assigned to names and faces piled up with the overflow from the desperately overcrowded Old Movie and Broadway Trivia section, garage space which was originally assigned to a car piled up with boxes of books.

Dreadful housekeeper, indifferent dresser, takeout menu ninja and the proud owner of a major percentage of the partially finished crafts projects on the east coast of the continental United States.

The handsome gentleman in the picture is Hoa Hakananai'a. He joined the collection of the British Museum in 1868. His name, which is thought to mean "stolen or hidden friend," was given to him by his previous owners when he was collected.