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Archive: August, 2008

POSTED: Friday, August 22, 2008, 10:47 AM

So, McCain has many houses. His campaign says he has four homes. The Obama campaign says he has seven.  

McCain's campaign countered with charges that, while Obama has but one home, it's a mansion with four fireplaces and a wine cellar.

So we've move on from the elite wars -- elite, readers say, is someone who thinks he's better than you -- to rich, when they were long twinned. Now, it's a dissing war into who is more privileged.

POSTED: Thursday, August 21, 2008, 12:51 PM

Hmmm, do you need to check with staff to know how many houses you own? Because that's precisely the answer John McCain gave a reporter.

This would be an uh-oh, send-the-staff-into-overtime moment in so many ways.

First, if you don't know how many houses you own -- one might be the answer for many Americans, none for others -- then perhaps you're not quite as in touch with the electorate as you thought you were. Bill Clinton didn't even own a house when he ran for president.

POSTED: Thursday, August 7, 2008, 4:34 PM

Sure, you could look at this as Pennsylvania's Indictment Summer where almost every other week a city or state legislator, or a staff member or several, face state or federal charges for less-than-legal business.

But, hey, at least our mayor isn't spending this August night in the hoosegow.

This fate belongs solely to Detroit's embattled mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 6, 2008, 12:19 PM

The Olympics begin Friday, 8/8/08 at precisely 8:08 p.m., promising as much politics and athletic competition.

Which means these are the dog days of American politics.

In other words, the stupid season has official begun.

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