Saturday, September 27, 2008
We control what we will SEE on Election Day
First Presidential Debate, University of Mississippi, Oxford MS, 9/26/08
My take on the Debate
When the debate started it was Obama with the first shot across the bow, then it was on.
Obama looked relaxed, poised, confident and ready to go.
McCain looked stiff, rigid, wound up and just old.
I watched the debate mostly on CNN and kept looking at that focus group line, for McCain with independents it did not appear good. The group became disenchanted when McCain appeared angered. Even when the moderator, Jim Lehrer said, "I want you to engage, talk to each other." McCain lost by not engaging or even looking at his opponent.
This goes back to what the McCain Campaign is about. Gimmicks, tricks, tactics to just make it through each day. While the Obama Campaign is more thoughful, open and move in a strategic force. This shows you how each candidate will perform in the White House, McCain will be a patch, work quilt, while Obama will look forward, with vision.
As, I did not like the McCain rigidness and obvious disdain actions towards Obama, I did not care for Obama constantly agreeing with McCain. The "John is right" is now a McCain web ad. Again, McCain won't give Obama any free points, Obama should not give any to McCain.
Overall, I found Obama did what he needed to do. He stood his own against McCain's best subject, foreign policy. McCain needed to knock Obama out and he did not. From all the polling and focus groups, what stunted McCain was his rigidness, unwillingness to acknowledge Obama's presence and just came off as the "grumpy grandpa". McCain needed more than that, he needed to appear personable, younger, comfortable and he did not.
For all of that, Obama did cross the much needed thresh hold, people now can vision him as a Commander-in-Chief and that is dangerous for John McCain.
Blueprint for Change: Foreign Policy
Barack and Michelle after the Presidential Debate
Why Voters Thought Obama Won
Presidential Debate, Oxford, Mississippi, September 26, 2008 (Full Video)
What McCain Didn't Do At The Debate: Force A Sarah Palin Moment
Jack Cafferty, CNN, on Palin, "Don't Make Excuses for Her" (Video)
The First Debate
Barack and Joe in Greensboro, NC & Fredericksburg, VA
Michelle and Jill in Tallahassee, FL
Hillary in Michigan
The Obamas and The Bidens in Detroit, MI
Tuesday, September 30th
Barack in Reno, NV
Friday, September 26, 2008
Republican John McCain agreed to attend the first presidential debate Friday night even though Congress doesn't have a bailout deal, reversing an earlier decision to delay the forum until Washington had addressed the financial crisis.
Barack in Washington, DC at the "Bailout Meeting"
Hell in a Hat Basket
This happens when all hell breaks loose and it is DAILY.
First, the Bailout. I wrote yesterday that many joes and joesettas across this country are quietly calling their congress-critters and saying "NO BAILOUT". Thus, we see the fracture in the Republican House Members saying, NO.
We saw that President Bush is indeed a lame duck. That the House Republicans told Dick Cheney, "don't let the door knob, hit ya'", and that John McCain has no pull in his party. That leaves us with no bailout.
Secondly, I have been writing about WaMu (Washington Mutual) for a while. Well, it went belly up, the largest banking failure in American History. But what I find more fascinating is that the feds took over, quickly, quietly and after the market closed. Then once they took over, they already had a deal set up with J.P. Morgan/Chase to take over WaMu's assets. WaMu was mired in the mortgage mess, much bad paper on the books, and rumor of it going down has been on the street for weeks. Oh, since September 15th WaMu's depositors took their money out and went ELSEWHERE, leaving a more than 15B deficit. Wow, that is what I call consumer confidence.
Barack Obama's Statement on Washington Mutual
Thirdly, Sarah Palin. The McCain Campaign is stressed out now, but must be glad that Sarah Palin is under the radar. It is clear that she is not ready, equipped for the job of Vice-President. Palin’s interview with Katie Couric had many watching with their jaws dropped. But that is not enough, CBS has been releasing more clips that did not make the initial interview and all I can say is that in the end Palin will be looked upon as more of a hindrance than help.
Palin is totally clueless on national security and foreign policy. She continues to justify her dumb answer on why Russia, Alaska being a neighbor touts her "foreign policy experience." Listening to her answer questions reminds me of the fatal flaw of that Miss South Carolina for the Miss Teen USA Pageant. Remember that jaw dropping moment? As in, "she is dumber than a box of rocks", moment? This is the caricature that is becoming Sarah Palin. Whether fair or not, no one can clearly state that she is ready to become the next Vice President of the United States. Even Conservative Columnist, Katleen Parker states the following:
Palin's recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.
No one hates saying that more than I do. Like so many women, I've been pulling for Palin, wishing her the best, hoping she will perform brilliantly. I've also noticed that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe reflex is exhausted.
Palin filibusters. She repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there's not much content there.
We already have someone dumber than a box of rocks in the White House; we don't need another one who is a heartbeat away from the presidency.
See more of the Katie Couric interview, here. And look for CBS to release more clips of the Palin interview, today.
Debate Tonight, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, 9 PM EST
Will McCain be there, since he is all of a sudden worried about the economy?
My take, YES.
McCain can not afford to by-step this debate. The polling already shows that Americans want to see the debate. Will he let Obama have the stage alone? That would be stupid, plus we are looking at upwards of 100 million viewers.
Expect this debate to be about the economy, along with foreign policy.
Drama King to the Rescue
Debate in Limbo
FDIC, The Banks and Wamu
At White House, McCain Plays Bailout Spoiler
A Reminder About What McCain Is Doing
Ann Selzer on Youth & Minority Turnout
A bad day for the GOP on politics, bailout plan
On To Mississippi
Joe Scarborough on Sarah Palin
What does John McCain think? Why was he even there? Photo-op? Trying to seize the moment that he finally GET IT about the economy?
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I have been writing about Washington Mutual for a while now, well they are no more.
JP Morgan will take control of the deposits and WaMu will now be JP Morgan Chase.
If you are a stockholder, which I hope you got your money out, you are wiped out.
This is the largest savings and loan failure in American History.
Washington Mutual, the giant lender that came to symbolize the excesses of the mortgage boom, was seized by federal regulators on Thursday night, in what is by far the largest bank failure in American history.
Regulators simultaneously brokered an emergency sale of virtually all of Washington Mutual — the nation’s largest savings and loan, with $307 billion in assets — to JPMorgan Chase.
Like IndyMac and the rest, it bit the dust.
The word on the street is that the feds were worried about WaMu for a while now. The stock plunged and was less than 2 bucks when the feds stepped in.
Again, this bank was MIRED with the mortgage mess and it was THAT and the inability to get credit that took them DOWN.
Until recently, Washington Mutual was one of Wall Street’s strongest performers. It reaped big profits quarter after quarter as its then chief executive, Kerry Killinger, enlarged its footprint by buying banks on both coasts and ramping up mortgage lending.
His goal was to transform what was once a sleepy Seattle thrift into the “Wal-Mart of Banking,” which would cater to lower- and middle-class consumers that other banks deemed too risky. It offered complex mortgages and credit cards whose terms made it easy for the least creditworthy borrowers to get financing, a strategy the bank extended in big cities, including Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. With this grand plan, Mr. Killinger built Washington Mutual into the sixth-largest bank in the United States, with roughly 2,300 consumer and small business branches, total assets of $310 billion, and total deposits of $182 billion.
But underneath the hood, the bank’s machinery was failing.
Then the housing market began to crumble.
The housing crisis is like Hurricane Katrina, it has just taken the whole market and banks, DOWN.
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
And John McCain with Brian Williams of NBCs Nightly News Video
I am not surprised.
At work today, the regular joes and joesettas are angry and saying NO.
The congress-critters are up for re-election in November and their phones, emails, and faxes are working steadily with messages from all the joes and joesettas to vote NO BAILOUT.
This is what is at stake.
The average joe and joesetta understand a couple of things. Bailout means giving money to a system that is broke, and Wall Street which means "Rich People", this does not include THEM.
So, in that logic joes and joesettas are stating, "Why should we bail them out? They are greedy anyway!! They know the stock market is like a crap game, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. When I go to the casino and lose my money, ain't nobody bailing me out!!"
And they are absolutely right.
McCain played high stake poker and will come up with a draw. He went to D.C. to whip the republicans in shape and we now know he can not whip a turtle in shape. He went to the meeting with the president, Obama and the majority and minority leaders, only to walk out the back door away from cameras because no agreement is on the table. We also found out that McCain's own party does not like him much now. They are suspicious that he says one thing "publicly" but will hang them out to dry to run against the party and seize the mantle of running for the people by voicing his opinion to the bill by saying, "NO BAILOUT". Remember, McCain has not said if he is for the bill or against the bill.
Much political theater today and totally unnecessary. McCain must make a decision. Is he staying in D.C. to fight for the bill or is he cutting and running, saying, "there is no consensus on this bill and until it is clear cut what the bill will be, I have no comment." We will then see McCain at Old Miss tomorrow debating Obama.
He must show up to the debate. Is he really going to let Obama hold a town hall meeting with 100 million viewers?
No. He is a politician, one who made a bad move for his own campaign and in the end it is a WASH.
And Barack Obama? He still stands unscathed.
No Deal, At Least For Now
just shake your head. do we want this as the vp? a heartbeat away from the presidency?
and listen to what she has to say about her foreign policy experience with russia
COURIC: You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?
PALIN: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land-- boundary that we have with-- Canada. It-- it's funny that a comment like that was-- kind of made to-- cari-- I don't know, you know? Reporters--
PALIN: Yeah, mocked, I guess that's the word, yeah.
COURIC: Explain to me why that enhances your foreign policy credentials.
PALIN: Well, it certainly does because our-- our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They're in the state that I am the executive of. And there in Russia--
COURIC: Have you ever been involved with any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?
PALIN: We have trade missions back and forth. We-- we do-- it's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where-- where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is-- from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to-- to our state.
katie couric's take on palin's interview
COURIC: She’s not always responsive when she’s asked question and sometimes does slip back to her talking points. So it was a really interesting experience for mer to interview her yesterday.
RODRIGUEZ: Let’s see if that’s the case here, we have an excerpt where you ask her about her opinion on the bailout.
COURIC: Why isn’t it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries? Allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy? Instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?
PALIN: That’s why I say, I like ever American I’m speaking with were ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the tax payers looking to bailout.
But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up the economy– Helping the — Oh, it’s got to be about job creation too. Shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americas. A
And trade we’ve got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive scary thing. But 1 in 5 jobs being created in the trade sector today. We’ve got to look at that as more opportunity. ALl those things under the umbrella of job creation.
This bailout is a part of that.
Sarah Palin on CBS News with Katie Couric, September 24, 2008
Whew, McCain came just in the "nick of time" (snark)
Top lawmakers said Thursday that Republicans and Democrats have reached a fundamental agreement on the principles of a financial rescue for Wall Street and are on track to pass a bill within the next few days.
Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, said a “fundamental agreement” on the principles of a bailout have been reached and said he hopes Congress can act within the next few days. Separately, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., said a bailout bill is “on track” for passage.
Earlier, Paul Kanjorski, D-Pa., chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises, told CNBC that negotiations over a proposed $700 billion rescue for Wall Street have gone well and a plan could be in place before financial markets open on Monday morning.
A bailout plan package “is basically done” and the “hard issues are resolved,” he said in an interview Thursday. “This is almost a done deal, but I can’t announce it because that’s not my role,” he added. “Just tell the American people the cavalry has arrived; we’re home.” continue MSNBC
Playing in key battleground states
Barack in Dunedin, Florida
Well, Holy Hell Broke Loose Yesterday
I state this for various reasons.
McCain, all of a sudden is concerned about the economy, Washington D.C. can't handle the crisis without him, so he with good conscious suspends his campaign and asks for the debate to not go forward.
The fact is that Cheney went to the hill, that is Capitol Hill, to speak to House Republicans who are not on board for the "Bailout" and was met with resistance, anger and was not successful. In other words, the House Republicans told him "don't let the door knob hit ya'".
McCain must go to Washington, D.C. to whip those Republicans in order. Obama does not, the Democrats are crystal clear about the "Bailout". No deal unless concessions are met, especially HEAVY OVERSIGHT.
But the stunner was McCain suspending his campaign, including running ads, traveling to focus entirely on the "Bailout". This from a man who stated, "the fundamentals of our economy are strong", last Monday. What a change poll numbers make!!
And course if the "Country First", McCain is suspending his campaign and demands that the debate should be delayed, which it will not, why not throw the Vice-Presidential Debate in the lump and postpone that too!!
(Rolleyes Moment, Here)
It took Barack Obama to state this about the debate:
"I believe we should continue to have the debate," he just said. "I believe it makes sense for us to present ourselves to the American people."
"Obviously if it turns out that we need to be in Washington, we've both got big planes, we've painted our slogan on the side of them," Obama also said. "They can get us from Washington to Mississippi pretty quickly." The debate is set to take place in Mississippi.
John McCain is politicizing this. Not the point of going to Washington, D.C., he can do that and campaign, too, I think, but to throw the debate issue into the mix is just ridiculous.
The Presidential Debate Committee scheduled these debates over a year ago, more than 4 million dollars has been pumped into the debate on Friday at Old Miss. It is utterly irresponsible to postpone ANY DEBATE. Period.
Or could it be that McCain is not prepared to debate? That could be. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) ran that down cold and hard on Harball, yesterday. She did not waver, tilt or was confused, she said McCain is unprepared.
As, for Palin being prepared? All you have to do is watch the CBS, Katie Couric interview and all your questions will be answered.
David Letterman obliterates John McCain and his "Bailing Out" of his show, last night
McCain's Embattled Campaign Manager Skips Lunch With Reporters
The New York Times, under fire from the McCain camp over an earlier piece probing McCain campaign manager Rick Davis, responded today with a second piece that hits Davis very hard, reporting that Davis' lobbying firm received a monthly sum of $15,000 from Freddie Mac up until last month.
Now comes word that Davis has quietly canceled a gathering he was supposed to hold with reporters today.
Coincidence? Hard to know. But more broadly, the question is, At what point do the repeated revelations about Davis render him more of a liability to McCain than an asset?
Davis is a bit of a throwback in McCain's universe. He's been a longtime confidante to McCain; he managed McCain's 2000 insurgent campaign against George W. Bush, and isn't really a part of the new camp of hard-boiled Rove acolytes -- Steve Schmidt, etc. -- who have come in to take charge of the McCain campaign. continue
The Good Reverend, back on the scene
Joe Biden's Foreign Policy Speech
OK, West Virginia is in PLAY
John McCain, drama queen
Reaction to McCain Suspending Campaign
MSNBC: Deal said to be near on big financial bailout
George W. Bush White House Speech Last Night on the Bailout
Michelle in Madison, Wisconsin
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
"I believe we should continue to have the debate," he just said. "I believe it makes sense for us to present ourselves to the American people."
"Obviously if it turns out that we need to be in Washington, we've both got big planes, we've painted our slogan on the side of them," Obama also said. "They can get us from Washington to Mississippi pretty quickly." The debate is set to take place in Mississippi.
"A few moments ago, President Bush called Senator Obama and asked him to attend a meeting in Washington tomorrow, which he agreed to do. Senator Obama has been working all week with leaders in Congress, Secretary Paulsen, and Chairman Bernanke to improve this proposal, and he has said that he will continue to work in a bipartisan spirit and do whatever is necessary to come up with a final solution. He strongly believes the debate should go forward on Friday so that the American people can hear from their next President about how he will lead America forward at this defining moment for our country," said Obama-Biden spokesman Bill Burton.
Couric asks Palin to give examples of McCain's regulation in the past 26 years
CLUE-LESS. Is this what we what? A heartbeat away from the presidency?
Sarah Palin Interview, Part II
Full Palin interview with Couric, here
What is next?
Really? Is McCain and Palin afraid? And if so, of what? Is it they are not ready or prepared to discuss the issues?
McCain supporter Sen. Lindsey Graham tells CNN the McCain campaign is proposing to the Presidential Debate Commission and the Obama camp that if there's no bailout deal by Friday, the first presidential debate should take the place of the VP debate, currently scheduled for next Thursday, October 2 in St. Louis.
In this scenario, the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin would be rescheduled for a date yet to be determined, and take place in Oxford, Mississippi, currently slated to be the site of the first presidential faceoff this Friday.
Rolleyes time, indeed.
Over at Daily Kos, makes you wonder by postponing all these debates it would mean canceling the Vice-Presidential debate altogether. Ummm. It does make sense, if you are the McCain Campaign.
Senator Orrin Hatch is up first, then Maxine weighs in
My Take on John McCain Suspending his Campaign to Concentrate on the Bailout; Obama Press Conference on Suspending the Debate (Video)
He is also asking that the Friday's debate at University of Mississippi is postponed.
I am glad that John McCain is going to work, really he has not been to the senate in almost a year, if that.
Next, it is magnanimous of McCain to attempt to show gamesmanship, leadership must be the DIVE in his polling numbers, since he is viewed at not understanding the economy.
But in terms of the timing of this move: The only thing that's changed in the last 48 hours is the public polling.
Also, I believe the debate should go on. It is already set. McCain can do BOTH, equally. After the debate, get in Cindy's private jet and go back to Washington, D.C., to work very hard on the BAILOUT.
Finally, this is the GREATEST STUNT OF ANY PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE TO WITNESS.
Oh, the McCain Campaign are also suspending running ads on tv, holding off ad buys, is he in money trouble? Don't have enough to stretch? just sayin'......and here are the McCain Campaign talking points for the media. You decide if this is a stunt.
That is my take.
P.S. The Obama Campaign reached out to the McCain Campaign FIRST, now look at what McCain does. just sayin'
Per, MSNBC, University of Mississippi states the debate GOES ON.
Obama Campaign, looks to move on with debate and campaigning. It is now confirmed, "The Debate is On".
Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) on MSNBC with Norah O'Donnell stating this is "DRAMA". That the debate can and should go on. You can work on both.
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on MSNBC with David Shuster stated this is a "STUNT".
Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) "The longest Hail Mary pass in either football or Marys."
Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) "We need leadership; not a campaign photo op."
Per kos, a poll out ALREADY on if the debate should be suspended, and McCain is on the wrong end of the issue.
McCain cancelled on David Letterman and he is mocking him hard and heavy. Make sure to tune in and watch, TONIGHT.
"You don't suspend your campaign. This doesn't smell right. This isn't the way a tested hero behaves." And he joked: "I think someone's putting something in his metamucil."
"He can't run the campaign because the economy is cratering? Fine, put in your second string quarterback, Sara Palin. Where is she?"
"What are you going to do if you're elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We've got a guy like that now!"
MSNBC First Read
McCain Suspends Campaigning?
The Senator Checks Out
There's no timeout in the White House
Obama Press Conference on Suspending the Debate
John McCain Video on Suspending Campaign
A good ad
I am not a poll junkie. People, who know me, STILL got to explain the numbers. Not my thing. Don't like to read the FEC reports, got to get my cyber friends to break it down for me. Not my thing. for real.
But I am a ground game junkie and a MONEY junkie.
I have been writing about Barack for well over a year. In fact, it was the EENR (Edwards Evening News Roundup) that started me with the weekly, "This Week With Barack Obama" on this blog. Post it every Sunday or Monday evening.
I have raised over 10K since last August for my personal Obama Campaign fundraising page, a lot of the money came from folks who tipped my Obama Jar when I post "The Weekly". Now I am just going to be blunt.
Barack Obama wants to spend 39M for Florida alone. He has pulled out of Alaska and North Dakota. Scaled back in Georgia and Montana is a wait and see, as in poll numbers. It is now crunch time.
Crunch time meaning, most states voter registration ends on October 6, 2008. The earliest is October 4, 2006, but at least 1/2 the states end on October 6, 2008. Some states have started voting already, but it is for absentee ballot voting in person or by mail. We have 2 weeks to go for getting as many people registered. After this, it is GOTV time. Getting organized for early voting and Election Day.
All of this requires money.
During the summer, many were hand wringing and me privately, about the attack ads on Obama and the tepid response of the Obama Campaign. Again, the campaign has proven, as in the past that they know what they are doing. Now the campaign is ratcheting things up for the final push. And all this requires MONEY.
David Plouffe, Campaign Manager of Obama for America, explained this to the supporters via youtube. Let us know that Florida will cost at least 39M. Folks that is a lot of benjamins, cheddar, bucks or money for one state.
Florida is winnable. In Florida alone, 900,000 new voters became 18 in 2004, many new African-American voters. The Obama Campaign is registering voters at an alarming clip in Florida. The Florida model is ripe for picking. The Sunshine State has been hit hard with the mortgage meltdown, the insurance rates are through the roof, and the job rate is high in this state. This state with the right economic message, especially Social Security for its seniors can go to the Democrats in November. But it takes money.
Indiana has 500,000 new voters this year. Yes, this year alone. The Obama Campaign has been robust in Indiana all year. This is a state under the radar, but can go to the Democrats. Why? Indiana is a working class state. The Republicans have held onto this state, but the economics in Indiana are poor. There are many independents in this state looking at Obama and like everyone else across the board; Bush is not their favorite person. McCain is now being forced to defend Indiana, forced to spend money. We can win it, but it takes money.
We must understand something here. Obama needs to raise MINIMUM 60M a month going into the stretch. He spent over 50M alone, last month. We also must understand that McCain is running a top down campaign, not bottom up as us, thus he is relegating all the GOTV to the RNC and individual states.
McCain is following a more traditional route. He will use his allotment of public money largely for advertising and delegate to the Republican National Committee the costs of the voter turnout operations.
A look at the August FEC reports released on Saturday illustrates the challenge Obama faces as he tries to meets his own aggressive spending targets.
Overall, Obama spent $57 million in August, compared to McCain’s $48 million. That $9 million spending gap, however, is misleading. In reality it’s likely even larger because in August McCain’s campaign was simply burning through primary money that it could not spend after his official nomination at the September convention.
This is where the Palin pick was crucial for McCain. She has got the fence sitters of the GOP, who were not writing checks to McCain, to now support McCain through the RNC. This is why Palin is criss-crossing the country picking up millions for the GOP.
At the start of the general election in September, Republicans had a roughly two-to-one advantage in cash on hand. The RNC and McCain had a combined $160 million in the bank. Another $17 million was tucked away in state party coffers and McCain’s legal and accounting compliance account. Obama and the DNC combined had about $95 million in the bank.
Obama has an opportunity to widen that gap considerably since McCain is not allowed to raise any more money for his campaign coffers.
But the Arizona senator and running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin can raise cash for the RNC, which they will do aggressively. Likewise, the DNC is stepping up its fundraising efforts to try to blunt the RNC’s gains.
Still, there’s another hurdle for the Democrat: It costs money to raise it.
One Democrat estimates that Obama needs to raise between $100 and $110 million just to match McCain’s $85 million federal windfall.
WE NEED MONEY.
McCain/Palin is free to campaign and fundraise for the RNC to GOTV for individual states.
The good thing is that we are registering folks to vote at an alarming clip.
In Pennsylvania, there are 320,000 newly registered Democrats. Meanwhile, Republicans have lost 60,000 registered voters there.
In Nevada, there were 5,000 more registered Republicans than Democrats four years ago. Today, Democratic voting rolls have jumped by more than 50,000.
In Florida, the Obama campaign has 50 field offices, compared to 14 opened by John Kerry in 2004. And the campaign is vigorously working the estimated 500,000 African American voters and 900,000 young voters who were already registered but didn’t bother to vote in 2004.
“We have enough base voters in Florida to win the election if we can just turn them out,” said Plouffe.
To do that, though, the campaign will need to spend millions on direct mail, radio, staff, offices, and television.
The target of $39 million “is a big number. We have robust budgets like that in all of the battlegrounds,” he said. “This just lets you know why every dollar you send us is important.”
Do what you can, donate what you can.
This will be won, vote by vote in each state. It is imperative, since we are not taking federal funding dollars, to continue to support this campaign to the END.
And while at it. Register folks to vote. Print out the voter registration forms in your state and take them with you, to work, in your car, purse, and bag. There is too much at stake, we need to get busy and every single one of us must do our part.
Voter Registration information.
Donate to the Obama Campaign.
Phone Bank from Home
Runway to Change
Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
This poll includes likely voters.
There a few things to look over. First, John McCain has soiled his brand. Meaning, he took to the "dark side" of letting the former Rove strategists run his campaign into the ground. McCain is/was known as the "maverick", "straight talker", these two components are his brand. When you muddy it up with dirt, you can not claim these titles. It shows in this poll:
On personal attributes, Obama's turned a scant 6-point deficit on honesty and trustworthiness into an 11-point advantage, while the two remain essentially even when it comes to who's the stronger leader.
When you run continuous ads that have been proven lies, but you keep repeating the lie, though you have been debunked in print and tv, your stature and trust takes a hit.
Sarah Palin is bleeding McCain also.
kos wrote earlier about Palin:
Those who argued giving Palin a pass when she was wildly popular were wrong. While she's rallied the base and solidified states like North Dakota and Alaska for Palin, she is now toxic to independents and Democrats.
It was the blogosphere that pushed the Palin stories and her policy, record. I know that the personal stuff was intertwined, but it was her policies and how she governs that opened many eyes. The ABC Charlie Gibson interview did not help her either. She came off as a "talking point" and one who was not engaged in the issues. Many after seeing her, combined with the continuous questions about Palin's history and Troopergate walked away with a different opinion of her, one of too extreme and many comparing her to Dick Cheney. Not good.
The economy has most Americans worried along with the direction of this country headed in the wrong direction. You can thank Bush/Cheney for that.
Concerns about the economy have spiked since the global financial crisis roiled the stock market and sparked a proposed government bailout.
Fifty-three percent of registered voters in this new ABC News/Washington Post poll call the economy the single most important issue in the election, up 12 points in two weeks to an extraordinary level of agreement.
You can read the internals and the rest of the story, here.
There was a lot of handwringing about Obama not being tough enough and the repeated false ads rolled out daily by McCain. This fear should be quashed. McCain Campaign gambled and went negative early, rather than later. Anything forthcoming from this campaign will be viewed with skepticism and looked upon as "saying anything to get elected." As long as the economy is the number one concern of the American public, it will be hard to make this campaign a "Politics of Personalities."
Finally, the McCain Campaign decided to run against the press, called them out, restrict access to ask questions of McCain/Palin. In the long run, the press has gotten angry and finally decided to do their job. You can not continue to have the media run ads, proven untrue and then the finger pointed at you not performing your job. Running against an industry that can make or break you is/was incredibly stupid. Expect some shake ups and more media access if more polls are reflecting this one.
Barack at O'Keefe's Pub in Clearwater, Florida
The Anger at Wall Street is REAL on Main Street
Just ask your co-workers, grocery clerks, neighbors, family, friends, no one likes this bailout, it stinks. Why should the American Public be stuck with purchasing something that is worthless now, could be worth something later, but not guaranteed?
“I would just like to see some way that these people are held personally accountable,” he said. “We’ve got to do more of that in this country: personal responsibility and accountability.”
For Ebels, who lives in Falmouth, Mich., it’s also especially galling that people like him, who are already suffering from the weak economy, will now end up footing the bill for these chief executives’ mistakes.
“All (the bailout has) done is transfer all the indiscretions of all these people onto the shoulders of the taxpayers,” he said.
There are millions like this that feel this way. Why should we bail out Wall Street? In fact, Wall Street already knew this was coming months ago, and all of a sudden we are suppose to fork over a 700 Billion Package and don't ask the tough questions? All of a sudden it is a dire need? This single package is up there with how much the Iraq War costs!!
Barack Obama has reiterated what he wants in this package, but of course John McCain ducked the question if he is even going to vote for this package. Let me add this, McCain can buck the system, vote no, run against Bush and the congress attempting a populist theme. I hope the Democrats get this before falling for what the Wall Street Titans have to say about Wall Street.
The situation that Wall Street will die without a bailout just looks skeptical to me. Many in this country KNEW about the mortgage situation months, years ago. Many of us saw large mortgage firms go under months, years ago. Many of us knew that many banks had dirty, worthless paper on their books months, years ago. So, now we are suppose to believe the Bush Administration, the same cast of characters that gave us the Iraq War? We are just supposed to hand over money without blinking an eye, this time, like last time for the Iraq War?
Finally, the anger in Main Street is real. Democrats, you are up for re-election. You better think hard; listen to your constituents before siding with the Titans of Wall Street.
The American Public is sending a clear message, "NOT THIS TIME."
Watch Barack's press conference today on the bailout hearings, here.
Obama Ad, "Destination"
Latest LA Times/Bloomberg poll finds 55% of Americans don’t believe the government should be responsible for funding an economic bailout plan.
Obama 48, McCain 35
79% of adults also say they think the country is “on the wrong track,” the highest ever recorded by the Times Poll.
–62% believe insufficient government regulation was partly responsible for the financial crisis.
–32% blamed Wall Street financial institutions and 26% blamed the Bush administration for the crisis.
–64% oppose government loans to automotive firms, 25% were in favor.
–81% say the economy is doing badly, an increase from the 76% in August — and close to the record high of 82% recorded in June, when energy prices were soaring.
–50% said they felt less secure financially now than they did six months ago and 49% said they felt no different or more secure.
–Of those who said they felt less secure, 59% favored Obama, 30% favored McCain. But of those who did not feel less secure, 58% favored McCain, 33% favored Obama.
Joe in Washington, D.C. at the National Jewish Democratic Council
Howard Dean on McCain, Keating 5 and the McCain Temperament
DON'T TAKE THE BAIT: How to Lose an Election in 10 Easy Steps
Poll: By Double-Digits, More Say Obama Is Best Able To Address Financial Meltdown
McCain forced to defend Indiana
Millions spend half of income on housing
Obama vows deep cuts in spending
Palin changed nothing
Obama Dramatically Ramping Up Overall Ad Spending; Now Outgunning McCain
Obama in Dunedin, FL
Biden in Jeffersonville, IN
Biden in Wilkes-Barre, PA
And Chris Dodd, "Bailout plan 'not acceptable'"
This is a take on the 'Fundamental" ad in Spanish
Airing in Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico and Florida
ANNOUNCER: For the thousands of mothers and fathers who have lost their jobs...
For all the families at risk of losing their homes...
For every child out of the 45 million people who have no health care...
How is it possible that John McCain can say?...
JOHN MCCAIN: "The fundamentals of our economy are strong."
ANNOUNCER: The fundamentals of our economy are strong?
Maybe John McCain and the Republicans don't want to bother themselves with the prosperity of our families...
But for us, there's no greater obligation.
BO: I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message.
Playing in Michigan
To refresh your memory
Hard hitting ad on corporations hiding their profits off shore
Monday, September 22, 2008
Barack in Green Bay, Wisconsin
Meet the Real Elitists, The McCains
McCain Campaign Conference Call Meltdown
The McCain Campaign has been going through a meltdown.
Angry at the media for finally reporting the facts of the McCain/Palin lies. This was bound to happen for a number of reasons. The Obama Campaign has finally been working the refs, for fair coverage. Making the media front and center and pressuring them to perform accurate journalism about the McCain Campaign obvious lies has put the McCain Campaign on the defense. Again, it took the ladies of The View and the critical questioning of McCain to really shed light on the campaign of lies. Finally, credibility means something in the world of “spin”.
The McCain Campaign's strategy is to make this a campaign of "personalities" and not "issues". Well, banks failing, established investment houses failing, insurance companies failing, issues are now DEMANDED to be discussed by the American public.
Now the McCain Campaign is bringing up stuff the Clinton Campaign brought front and center during the campaign. William Ayers, the Daleys of Chicago, Tony Rezko, etc. All of this cast of characters that we saw rinsed and repeated during the primary war.
Sen. John McCain’s top campaign aides convened a conference call today to complain of being called “liars.” They pressed the media to scrutinize specific elements of Sen. Barack Obama’s record.
But the call was so rife with simple, often inexplicable misstatements of fact that it may have had the opposite effect: to deepen the perception, dangerous to McCain, that he and his aides have little regard for factual accuracy.
The errors in McCain strategist Steve Schmidt’s charges against Obama and Sen. Joe Biden were particularly notable because they seemed unnecessary. Schmidt repeatedly gilded the lily: He exaggerated the Biden family's already problematic ties to the credit card industry; Obama’s embarrassing relationship with a 1960s radical; and an Obama supporter’s over-the-top attack on Sarah Palin when — in each case — the truth would have been damaging enough.
“Any time the Obama campaign is criticized at any level, the critics are immediately derided as liars,” Schmidt told reporters.
This is whining, at its worst, meaning the internal polling numbers must not be there.
The reason for this happening is the press coverage of the McCain Campaign and the lies out of that camp has been so over the top; the press was literally FORCED to report the facts. This is not sitting well with them. So, up comes the guilt by association play of the McCain Campaign.
Schmidt criticized the press for the relatively sparse coverage of the fact that one of Biden’s sons, Hunter, is a registered federal lobbyist.
“His son is a lobbyist for the credit card and banking industry,” Schmidt said.
But Hunter Biden’s lobbying clients don’t include any banks or credit card companies. He did work, as a vice president and then as a consultant, for MBNA, a Delaware-based bank and credit card giant to which Biden had close ties. But he does not appear to have lobbied for the firm.
“Steve Schmidt lied — or just got it flat wrong," said Biden spokesman David Wade. "Hunter Biden has never — never — been a lobbyist for the credit card or banking industry."
Schmidt attacked Obama for his ties to William Ayers, who has spoken of his role in 1960s anti-war bombings committed by the Weather Underground.
"What we know for sure, and is beyond debate and argumentation is this: Senator Obama said that William Ayers is a guy that lives in his neighborhood. We know that that is a disingenuous and untruthful answer,” Schmidt said.
“Senator Obama began his political career in its early stages raising money at Ayers’ house,” he said.
Obama did hold a 1995 campaign event at Ayers’ house. It was not, however, a fundraiser, and Ayers did not contribute money to Obama’s first campaign, according to Illinois records.
Schmidt also complained of Obama backers’ attacks on McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
“As soon as Gov. Palin was nominated, one of … Obama’s chief campaign surrogates, [Florida Rep.] Robert Wexler, went out and accused her of being a Nazi sympathizer,” Schmidt said. “Where is the outrage to that aspersion on the part of some of the biggest newspapers in the country?”
But Wexler didn’t call Palin a Nazi sympathizer. He called former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan a Nazi sympathizer, and attacked Palin for allegedly having endorsed him.
The lack of backing up these claims against the Obama Campaign proved a vacuum for the McCain Campaign, in other words, no comment. Meaning they hoped the press would just jump at their complaints and start writing about these characters who have been WRITTEN about for 2 years.
All I can write is, Good Luck, as I view the the photo above. Who is really zoomin' whom here? Oh, and they HATE the New York Times. Maybe, because they are actually performing their job called "reporting the facts."
All pet and animal lovers, should LOVE THIS
The Humane Society Endorses Obama/Biden!!!
I wanted to let you know that today, on behalf of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, I announced our endorsement of Barack Obama for President. Please see my blog below for more information, and help spread the word to animal lovers across the country.
More on the endorsement, here.
Barack in Green Bay, Wisconsin, "Reforming Washington"
Joe in Baltimore, Maryland before the National Guard Association of the United States
The Motherlode of All Voter Registration Information That You Need
Obama on the Bailout
A Sense of Resentment Amid the 'For Sale' Signs
Obama Campaign is officially OUT of North Dakota
Obama, McCain on 60 Minutes, Video
Bill Clinton on 'The View', Video
The Great Financial Do-Over
and "This Week With Barack Obama", here
This ad talks about the rising cost of health care
This part of the McCain interview will sink him.
Q: In 1999, you were one of the senators who helped pass deregulation of Wall Street. Do you regret that now?
McCAIN: No. I think the deregulation was probably helpful to the growth of our economy.
View John McCain's interview, here.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Women for Obama rally at Bank United Center in Coral Gables, Florida
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Fox's Megyn Kelly Works Over McCain Flack
Palin on Economics: Worse Than C+ Augustus
Palin Offers An Idea That Obama Has Already Done
Jewish Voters Report Anti-Obama Poll
Crowds jam Obama rally at Fairgrounds
U.S. Considers Bringing Fannie, Freddie on to Budget
McCain, Obama trade heated jabs over the economy
Voter Suppression Wiki
Obama rips into 'panicked' McCain as Wall St crisis mounts
Billboard of Barack at one of London's Train Stations
John McCain has 13 cars. Barack Obama has 1.
Lehman Files for Bankruptcy; Merrill Is Sold
Obama mocks McCain promise to bring change
Obama Campaign Organizers Trying To Win Election Instead of Get You Yard Signs
Blue-collar vote, one gaffe at a time
Connect with your neighbors for Barack
No One in the Paint, Obama has the Ball
Obama gets big welcome in Republican Country
Seattle Times Endorses Barack Obama for President
Panel ABCs 'This Week' Tears Into John McCain, h/t jedreport
The Urgency of Registering to Vote and Getting People to the Polls
I wrote a diary earlier this week that went viral, and THANK GOD IT DID. The Motherlode of All Voter Registration Information That You Need.
This diary has ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED to register to vote in all 50 states. It also contains information on absentee ballot per state, a website to request an absentee ballot for your state, early voting information per state, felon information per state, national voter registration form applicable for all 50 states, the Obama Campaign website for registering to vote, and all the download and online voting per state you need.
This is vital and important. The first date when voter registration ends is October 4, 2008. The way we win is getting people registered to vote and getting them to the polls.
There is NO EXCUSE for anyone not registering to vote, period.
My request is to pass my diary link along to 5 people and ask those 5 people to pass it along. Make the request urgent for folks to register to vote. People can print the voter registration request off at work, at home, at Kinko’s, or wherever. If you know someone that cannot get the application printed, PRINT IT FOR THEM and have them to fill it out and mail in to their county registrar/clerks office. Or drop the application off at the county office.
I am reeling about this because I found out today that Florida has 900,000 AAs between the ages of 18-24 that turned 18 in 2004. That’s votes folks. Indiana has registered over 500,000 new voters this year, that‘s votes folks. Virginia registration is off the chain and surpassing republican registration, that’s votes folks.
We win this by the VOTES, not the poll numbers. Again, your mission, if you accept, is to send my diary link around, talk to folks and find out if they are registered to vote, if not HELP THEM ALONG. See those teenagers on skate boards, ask them if they are 18 by November 4th, if so, guide them to a voter registration form.
We must smash the voter registration through the ceiling in all 50 states for Obama to win in November. Then our next mission is getting folks to early vote and to the polls on election day, but that is another write up.
All I am stating is this, elections are won, per state, by the MOST VOTES. Nothing more nothing less. Let's get busy, the clock is ticking away.
Blueprint for Change: The Economy
Meet Jill Biden; Wisconsin Officials Fight Over Voter Registrations; Many Voters In Northern Va. Remain Undecided; In Norfolk, Va., College Students Struggle To Vote; Obama Speech in Charlotte, NC; Obama Ad, "Promises"; Thank You John McCain; Obama Speech for 'Women for Obama' in Coral Gables, FL; Obama Ad, "Need Education featuring Lilly Ledbetter"; Obama Speech in Espanola, NM; Obama Ad, "Who Advises"; Obama Speech, Las Vegas, NV; Obama Speech, Elko, NV; Obama Ad, "Sold Us Out"; Obama Spanish Language TV Ad, "Dos Caras"; Obama on McCain Taking on the "Old Boys Network"; Obama Speech in Golden, Colorado; Obama Ad, "Fundamentals"; Joe Biden Speech in St. Claire, Michigan; Obama Ad, "Equal Pay for Women"; Obama Ad, "Honor"; Health Care And The Campaigns: A Discussion; Republican Mailing Leaves Florida Voters Confused; How Wall Street Is Shaping The Election; Economy Factors Into New Poll Numbers; Obama Radio Ad in Colorado
Well that didn't take long
Authentic Journalism at Work: Michigan Vote-Cagers on the Run
Barack Obama raises millions in Beverly Hills
Obama mocks McCain's call to fire SEC
The Dead, Allmans To Rock For Obama
Michigan's the prize that Obama, McCain covet
Obama Sets Up Debate Camp in the Sunshine State
New CD featuring Kanye and more to benefit Obama, CD AVAILABLE NOW
Barack in Las Vegas, Nevada
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McCain, Obama call for closer US-China cooperation
Barack Obama's Democrats accuse John McCain campaign of telling lies
Despite record month, Obama needs more cash
The Republicans play dirty
Colorado 'ground zero' for Obama campaign
Obama supports U.S. economic recovery efforts
Bush's Overseas Policies Begin Resembling Obama's
Fundamentally, McCain Has Something to Worry About
McCain Praised Banking Deregulation Earlier This Month
The Death of Republican Philosophy by bonddad
Chuck Hagel, "Palin Experience is Insulting the American Citizen" by icebergslim
icebergslim’s last word: what goes around, comes around
The John McCain Campaign decided before Obama went to Europe that they would run a “personality” campaign. They attacked Obama while in the Middle East and Europe. The created the celebrity ads to make the public believe that he was a walking “empty suit”. And along the way decided they would lie, distort the truth, make shit up, rinse and repeat until the public would believe what they said as TRUE.
It was working. The polls were showing it. Obama took a hit on the “celebrity ads” and the negativity from the McCain Campaign was daily, as in ads daily. He picked Sarah “empty skirt/dress” Palin to challenge the women vote and shore up his base for GOTV. Hell, things were POPPIN’ at the McCain Camp.
Then reality set in, smack dab in the middle, after Labor Day, when the kids are back in school, PEOPLE ARE PAYING ATTENTION, the stock market and banks are about to go under!!
Politics of Personality, off the front page, and the economy is everyone’s concern. Can’t lie your way around or out of this one, it is real. Not trumped up or made up, but folks are LIVING IT. It makes issues and the responsibility of the press important now. Handing Wall Street and these banks a safety net of up to 1 Trillion Dollars without strict regulations and guidelines, do not sit well with the public. We have handed Bush/Cheney our dollars and look what happened? We don’t have anything to show for it. In fact, this country is far worse off than 8 years ago.
So, the trick bags of the McCain Campaign must be set aside. He must now face up to his record of siding with deregulation, which got us in the mess we are in today. He must face up to wanting to put social security in the free market. He must face up to wanting to manage our health care crisis like Wall Street. And so far, folks don’t like it.
The reality is that the Republican Party has been in charge these past 8 years and they ruined this country. Simple as that. Now that the Politics of Issues are front and center in Americans minds, McCain don’t have a pot to piss in.
See what happens when you do wrong? Comes right back TO YOU.
Obama Ad, "Plan for Change"
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as always remember to focus on obama and not the drama......