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The Tattlesnake The Worms Turn On the Wormy Edition

Plus: Palin Prop Blames the Hired Help, the Rove-Rezko Connection, and the GOP Fear of Michael Moore

Well you know it’s really hit the fan when all McCain can do is babble on vacuously about Joe the Plumber while Sarah the Terror veers off the reservation with an eye to her own future political career and the Backstage Crew, Steve Schmidt and Rick Davis’ crack squad of Rove-inspired GOP intelligentsia who have managed to mount one of the worst and most negative political campaigns in modern history, are eviscerating each other anonymously in the pages of The New York Times magazine. The End is Near, but not in Palin’s ecumenical concept of that notion, as the Solons of Scat have realized they simply can’t chisel and cheat enough and in a sufficient number of states to overwhelm the Obama juggernaut. With a dozen days to go and the Dem ahead by as much as 10 points in rock-ribbed Republican Indiana, the game is up. Expect resumes to be sailing out of McCain’s HQ any day now, if they haven’t been already. Meantime, The Tattler will stick to his earlier prediction: If Indiana goes to Obama, the rest of the Rust Belt Midwest, from Iowa to PA, will follow and it will be an early night and a landslide of over 300 electoral votes for BHO.

The barely mentioned saving grace this time around is that Rove’s nasty tactics arent working for McPalin, just as they didn’t work in 2006, nor in the subsequent special Congressional elections in GOP districts in Illinois, Louisiana and Mississippi, all won by Dems.

Thankfully, we are seeing the final death of this horrific negative-campaign monster — created by Nixon’s dirty tricksters, perfected by Lee Atwater, and adopted with a few new kinks by Rove — played out in the Palin-McCain fiasco, a proof of that Euripides quote: “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.” Is there any doubt that what is destroying McPalin at this point is their own insanity?

When asked by David Shuster on MSNBC, Oct. 23, 2008, to explain ‘non-elitist’ regular-gal Sarah Palin’s expensive taste in clothes and accessories, ‘Republican Strategist’ Jennifer Millerwise-Dyck fell back on the time-tested and threadbare GOP excuse blame the underlings. She basically said that Caribou-Slayer Mom was too busy herding her kids and mucking-up campaign appearances to do her own shopping, so it was all the fault of her clueless staff forcing her to wear those pricey duds from Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman-Marcus. Yes, Sarah really wanted to go to ‘Tar-Zhey’ but her damn staff fouled up! Do you laugh at the ludicrous flop-sweat desperation or moan at the pathetic lack of imagination? The Palin-McCain crack-up is like watching a limbo contest how low will they go?

There’s a good reason why McPalin has not tried to tie Obama to ‘Chicago corruption’ via Tony Rezko the way they have flayed away at the nothingburger Bill Ayers connection. Aside from the fact that Obama has been cleared by investigators in the Rezko indictments that are chiefly concerned with influence peddling for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, there’s a certain name, well-known in GOP circles, who would pop up in any such reference: Karl Rove. Yup, as Michael Isikoff at Newsweek noticed last April, Rove’s name has appeared in testimony at the Rezko trial in a by-now common arena; he allegedly and illegally tried to get prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald removed from the Plamegate case with the help of an influential Illinois Republican. Any wonder why McCain doesn’t want to ‘go there’?

Larry King had on Michael Moore last night (10/23), but not quite for the ‘full hower.’ The last fifteen minutes of the show were taken up with three third-string McPalin cheerleaders a halfwit talk show host nicknamed ‘Bags’ or something; a Reliable GOP Fembot from the Virginia Republican Party, and Michael “I Used to be a Liberal But the Neocons Pay Better” Medved. None of them left much of an impression, try as they might to twist, diddle and tap dance around to make the broken-down clown car that is the McCain Circus of Doom appear as a serious campaign, but it did lead me to wonder this: What is it with these neocons that they have to have a three-to-one advantage over Moore, and they wouldn’t even appear with him, but after him to ‘rebut’ his arguments? This is just plain lame. Perhaps after Mike’s drubbing of CNN’s Sanjay “Just Call Me Doctor HMO!” Gupta over the facts on our putrid health care system presented in Moore’s film “Sicko,” the Higher Powers at the cable news network decided their viewers didn’t need that much raw truth again.

The Tattlesnake – McCain Finally Does the Right Thing Edition

Perhaps it was his abandonment by old friend and former Michigan Gov. Bill Milliken, or the outrage of the old-line conservative media, or finally understanding that the path Steve Schmidt and the other Rovians in his campaign had set him on was becoming exceedingly dangerous — with angry cries of “Kill him!” emanating from the crowd, how long until an unstable McCainiac tries to make that a reality? – but John McCain, to his credit, finally informed his supporters, much to their dismay, that Barack Obama was a “decent, family man, a citizen,” not an “Arab,” and “a person that you do not have to be scared of as president of the United States,” and that he was simply a political opponent in an American election and not the embodiment of boogeyman-under-the-bed terrorist evil.

Contrary to the flood of negative ads run by the McCain camp over the past two weeks, and the incessant pit bull howling of his Shiller from Wasilla running mate condemning Obama as an ally of ‘domestic terrorists,’ a glimmer of the old John McCain from 2000 showed itself and courageously pulled back from the building Nuremberg Rally mob-hatred of the rapt-by-Rapture Christians and revanchist regressives that now comprise what remains of the Republican base. It seems even McCain was appalled by the flow of vile vituperation and brown-shirt frenzy increasing evident at his campaign stops.

Possibly McCain merely realized he was going to lose this election and wanted to be remembered not as a peevish, fuming crank who had auctioned off his soul and self-respect to get elected, but as a class act who recovered his dignity and integrity before it was too late.

For once in this campaign, John McCain actually put ‘country first’ and he should be applauded for it – ironically, if that McCain had been in the race all along, he might have had a better chance of winning.