by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & Back in Play? & r & & r & Yes! We might actually get a presidential or vice presidential candidate to come for a visit. Up until this week, the polls for Washington state had it locked up for Barack Obama. But now, with a resurgent Dino Rossi and a Sept. 12 Rasmussen Reports' poll showing Obama with just a two-point lead over John McCain, NBC's polling guru Chuck Todd moved both Washington and Oregon from "likely" for Obama to "lean" toward Obama.
That used to describe things done by Monty Python's Michael Palin -- as in ridiculous and hilarious. Now "Palin-esque" is starting to describe the ridiculous, hilarious things our potential veep is saying. (There's a joke about that old "Lumberjack Song" in here somewhere, but I digress...) It's not just that partial-truths, half-truths and zero-truths keep coming out of Palin's mouth -- that's pretty typical for politicians. It's more that they're so weirdly embroidered and easily disproven. First there was that zinger about how she sold Alaska's jet on eBay -- and, McCain later added, she made a profit! Umm... one problem, she didn't actually sell it on eBay, says the Washington Post, and she sold it for $600,000 less than the state paid for it -- to a campaign contributor.
Another great line from her St. Paul speech was how she "told Congress, 'thanks but no thanks' on that bridge to nowhere." Take that, all you ear-marking bastards! Except... she actually just said "thanks" and kept the money, as noted by that liberal rag, the Wall Street Journal, which wrote that Palin "endorsed the multimillion dollar project during her gubernatorial race in 2006."
But this one was a head-scratcher, too: She told ABC's Charlie Gibson that Alaska "produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy." Wow, proof of her expertise on energy issues... except it's not true. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says Alaska produces 3.5 percent of the nation's domestic energy production. If only McCain would have gotten one of his interns to show him how to use the Google, he could have found out about all this stuff, too.