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Baltimoron
06-05-2008, 10:37 PM
One of our very own is moving up in the world! If only McCain had better judgment, but Michael Goldfarb is Deputy Comms Director for the McCain campaign. I expect McCain to start chomping on unlit cigars, farting in public, and telling people to F*#@ off, or at best just say everything is better now.

http://www.radicalcontrapositions.com/left_flank/2008/06/05/mccains-new-message-fuehrer/

http://blogometer.nationaljournal.com/archives/2008/06/64_a_tale_of_th.html

http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/06/02/goldfarb/index.html

look
06-06-2008, 12:01 AM
One of our very own is moving up in the world! If only McCain had better judgment, but Michael Goldfarb is Deputy Comms Director for the McCain campaign. I have a bad feeling about this.

bjkeefe
06-06-2008, 12:05 AM
I have a bad feeling about this.

From the point of view of an Obama supporter, it may be a good thing -- makes it easier to portray McCain as an extreme hawk, in thrall to the neocons.

On the other hand, it's kind of like doubling down on a bet to be happy about this, because if McCain does win, Goodnight Irene. We'll be wishing we could go back to the kinder, gentler days of only 100 years of war.

graz
06-06-2008, 12:25 AM
From the point of view of an Obama supporter, it may be a good thing -- makes it easier to portray McCain as an extreme hawk, in thrall to the neocons.

On the other hand, it's kind of like doubling down on a bet to be happy about this, because if McCain does win, Goodnight Irene. We'll be wishing we could go back to the kinder, gentler days of only 100 years of war.

It's all Joel Cairo's fault. To think that I signed his draft Goldfarb petition.
Damn.

bjkeefe
06-06-2008, 01:40 AM
I share the blame.

On a related note, here's what it looks like (http://www.veracifier.com/episode/TPM_20080605) when the frat boys are in charge.

bjkeefe
06-06-2008, 06:16 AM
Julian Sanchez weighs in (http://www.juliansanchez.com/2008/06/05/the-goldfarb-variations/), and includes links to reactions from Reihan Salam and Radley Balko.

Baltimoron
06-06-2008, 09:43 AM
Thanks, bjkeefe!

1. I agree with Radley Balko about locating dictatorial powers within the Constitution. I tend to conceive of presidential powers as concurrent with Congress, yet the emergency powers are limited, but expansive. The president can respond to emergencies within a time frame pretty with wide latitude, but must also share with Congress after a period of time or if the situation becomes more serious. But, I've never seen the word dictator ever mentioned in the context of the Constitution.

I also would argue, that historically Congress did not even respond favorably when Washington assumed a figurehead role as commander-in-Chief during the Whiskey Rebellion. And, Washington was probably the last president and general Americans would ever trust with dictatorial power.

2. Reihan Salam offers some interesting info, especially about McCain's open-mindedness. But, "...Goldfarb was hired by the communications staff because he is adept at communications strategy, and he is someone who knows the web very well." raises more questions than answers. How does one become an Internet or comms guru? Does he have a degree? A prize from Crackerjacks? Silk pajamas? The articulate voices in his own head?

So, will Goldfarb last longer than Amanda Marcotte?

Julian Sanchez should be careful. Conn Carroll might run to support Goldfarb, that "brazen hack". Or, ask for a job!

bjkeefe
06-06-2008, 02:19 PM
Joseph:

So, will Goldfarb last longer than Amanda Marcotte?

Don't get the reference. Was she one of those bloggers hired to work for a campaign or something? I remember the Lindsay Beyerstein kerfuffle, along with some other blogger formerly associated with TPM(?) or Kos(?), but I don't remember AM in connection with a campaign.

Baltimoron
06-06-2008, 07:04 PM
Amanda Marcotte worked for the John Edwards campaign.

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/02/16/marcotte/print.html

bjkeefe
06-06-2008, 07:17 PM
Amanda Marcotte worked for the John Edwards campaign.

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/02/16/marcotte/print.html

Ah, yes. It's all coming back to me now.

Thanks.

graz
06-06-2008, 07:27 PM
Thanks for the link. That was an interesting story. It fits in with the idea of whether citizen journalism will or should have different standards than MSM. Brendan and Wonderment were going back and forth over it about Mayflower Hill.

bjkeefe
06-06-2008, 07:40 PM
Thanks for the link. That was an interesting story. It fits in with the idea of whether citizen journalism will or should have different standards than MSM. Brendan and Wonderment were going back and forth over it about Mayflower Hill.

Which raises a related point, now that you mention it, graz: To my mind, those bloggers who decided to go work for campaigns hurt themselves just as much as an MSMer does when he or she takes a job, say, as a campaign spokesperson. Note that I do not think there is anything wrong with either choice -- in fact, I can admire it if I perceive commitment to a cause. But I do think it hurts the credibility of the blogger as an independent voice should he or she return to straight-up, self-employed blogging.

This can be rectified with time, of course. But it does take no small amount of it.