Politics, Palin and Phillies

Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies (L), Carlos Pena #23 of the Tampa Bay Rays

Ryan Howard #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies leads off first base in the top of the fourth inning against Carlos Pena #23 of the Tampa Bay Rays during game two of the 2008 MLB World Series on October 23, 2008 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Doug Benc/Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Doug Benc/Getty Images
U.S. Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin

U.S. Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her husband Todd react to the crowd at a campaign rally at Green Memorial Stadium in Green, Ohio, on October 22, 2008. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

The guys in the shop bat around everything from robocalls to the big ticket the Republican Party's paying for Vice Presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin to professional baseball's World Series.

The guys talk about robocalls to battleground states that say Democratic presidential nominee U.S. Sen. Barack Obama worked closely with a domestic terrorist, as well as robocalls by the Obama campaign saying Republican rival U.S. Sen. John McCain is running a dishonorable campaign.

"It's a last gasp effort," guest Nick Charles says of the GOP effort, "but glad to see Obama fighting fire with fire."

News that the GOP shelled out $150,000 for Sarah Palin's wardrobe set off laughs in the shop. The clothes are part of an ultimate makeover of a candidate, which is alright, the guys said, as long as the money didn't come from taxpayers. But on the other hand, the news became a distraction because it countered the Republican's efforts to paint Palin as a modest hockey mom.

The World Series heads in to Game 3 with the Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies each having won one game apiece. The Phillies, are the losingest team in pro sports history, with only one championship to their name. The Rays had the worst record in baseball last year.

Charles, managing editor of Essence.com, discussed the topics with Marc Lamont Hill, assistant professor of Urban Education and American Studies at Temple University; Jimi Izrael, a freelance journalist who writes for the Root.com and TV-One Online; and Sean Conner, outreach press secretary for the Republican National Committee.

Appreciation

Before the segment's end, contributor and moderator Jimi Izrael paid homage to Rudy Ray Moore, better known as Dolomite, who passed away Monday, Oct. 20, 2008:

"Where ever you are we're sure you're the baddest 'mofo' there," Izrael said, casually referencing a phrase that's not really suited for full print in this space.

Dolomite was the principal character in a 1975 blaxploitation film by the same name. Moore co-wrote the film and its soundtrack.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.