Saturday, October 11, 2008
The biggest problem: when Palin came out onto the Wachovia Center ice Saturday night — greeted by resounding (almost deafening) boos from the Flyers crowd — the two hockey players who had no choice but to appear with her in that photo op were turned into props in a political campaign. If Rangers center Scott Gomez or Flyers center Mike Richards wanted to make some sort of political statement, that would be fine, but in this case, they were thrust into a situation not of their choosing. Snider put them there with his ill-advised mixing of politics and sports.
The level of discomfort has been palpable for the Rangers’ two Alaska natives, Gomez and Brandon Dubinsky, as they have been asked questions about Palin and the election in recent weeks. Dubinsky, a 22-year-old who has shied away from nothing since he broke in with the Rangers last year, looks petrified when the topic is brought up. I think both would rather play goalie in a shootout than weigh in on the presidential election.
'Hockey Mom' Palin Booed -- At Hockey Game
Today Barack Obama perfomed the "Philly Sprint" by hitting 4 events. Started this morning at Progress Plaza, then hit Mayfair Diner, Vernon Park and ended this afternoon at the intersection of S. 52nd St and Locust Street. FYI. These are large photos and were scaled down to 300 width. Enjoy.
Cross-posted @ Daily Kos
Friday, October 10, 2008
This is frightening
The hatred from the McCain/Palin events
Sarah Palin unlawfully abused her power as governor by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper, the chief investigator of an Alaska legislative panel concluded Friday. The politically charged inquiry imperiled her reputation as a reformer on John McCain's Republican ticket.
Well, this is not good for the McCain/Palin ticket.
Yes, expect the typical it's a witch hunt, but it may fall on deaf ears with the commission's report having more republicans on the commission than democrats.
I never understood Palin. To me, she is not well polished. Sure, she knows all the buzz words and knows how to do a cute "wink and nod" but poltically she is just not there.
Also, she has given much liberty to her husband to help her in her job. This is coming back to haunt her. Todd Palin was not elected to run the State of Alaska, Sarah Palin was and it is evident that maybe she just don't know what she is doing.
I state the above because look at her performance, thus far, on the national stage, two words, "a joke." Is this the representation of Alaska? Is this the best that they can offer? I don't think so. She is too much of a lightweight, who does not understand fundamental policy. I do give her credit for understanding oil and oil revenue, but there is much more to governing than cutting checks.
This is another albatross around the McCain/Palin ticket. How can they continue to run Chicago ads about politicians against Obama, if she was cited for abuse of power as Governor of Alaska?
Take that talking point off the table.
The panel found that Palin let the family grudge influence her decision-making even if it was not the sole reason Monegan was dismissed. "I feel vindicated," Monegan said. "It sounds like they've validated my belief and opinions. And that tells me I'm not totally out in left field."
Branchflower said Palin violated a statute of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.
When this election is over, Sarah got a lot of 'splanin' to do in Alaska.
Barack in Chillicothe, Ohio
Hatred, may not be the answer in the polls for McCain
Everyone has been holding their breath on these nasty McCain/Palin attacks. Chuck Todd on Race for the White House stated that Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) has suspended ALL NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING. Which brings one back to maybe this negativity coming from the Republicans are backfiring across the country.
A woman at a McCain rally today said that Obama was Arab. McCain immediately told her she was wrong.
Folks, when we have to view on television hatred toward the other candidate, hear words "terrorist", "kill him", makes many Americans shudder. Many are still walking around here when John, Bobby and Martin were killed. It was not a good time in America. Do we want to walk down a backwards road here? I don't think so.
John McCain and Sarah Palin are scummy politicians who cannot win on the issues, but will sell their souls to try to win on hatred politics. Now we see many conservative op-ed columnists, advocates, and politicians saying this is not the way campaigns should be run.
This country has major problems and need serious persons to help all of us solve them. This hate mongering, hate speech, stroking anger is not going to get McCain to the White House. Who is Barack Obama? He is an open book who has been thoroughly vetted. Who the hell are John McCain and Sarah Palin? That is the question Americans should ask, because those two are scarier than Bush/Cheney.
McCain Faces Backlash Over Rabid Crowds
John McCain was booed by his own supporters during a rally on Friday after he described Barack Obama as a "decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared of as president of the United States."
McCain was responding to a town hall attendee who claimed he was concerned about raising a child under a president who "cohorts with domestic terrorists such as [Bill] Ayers." Despite the fact that McCain and his campaign have repeatedly used Ayers to hammer Obama in recent days, the Arizona Senator tried to calm his supporter.
"[Senator Obama] is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared about as President of the United States," he said, before adding: "If I didn't think I would be one heck of a better president I wouldn't be running."
The crowd groaned with disapproval. Later in the town hall, McCain was pressed again about Obama's "other-ness" and again he refused to play ball.
"I don't trust Obama," a woman said. "I have read about him. He's an Arab."
"No, ma'am," McCain said several times, nodding his head in disagreement. "He's a decent, family man, [a] citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that's what this campaign is all about." continue
Rollins, Gergen, Begala on the McCain Rabid, Angry Campaign and Rollins states, "It's Over" for McCain
Obama dares McCain to keep attacking his character
The registration edge
On the Road: New Albany, Indiana
Betty White on Palin and the "B-Word"
David Gergen: McCain Rallies Could Lead To Violence
It won't stop. This is how they do things.
more information on rsvp and times at barackobama.com
Barack: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Bidens and The Clintons: Scranton, Pennsylvania
President Clinton: Roanoke, Virginia; Richmond, Virginia
Barack: Toledo, Ohio (information here)
Joe: Rochester, NH; Manchester, NH
Senator Barbara Boxer in Florida Monday and Tuesday. (rsvp @ here)
Obama on Conservative Micheal Smerconish Radio Show
NARRATOR: John McCain admits if the election is about the economy, he’s going to lose.
(Photo of Obama….Graphic quoting the McCain campaign as quoted in the Daily News on October 5: "If we keep talking about the economy we’re going to lose.”)
NARRATOR: Now as Americans lose their jobs and savings…
(Still photo of stockbrokers)
NARRATOR: ...McCain’s resorting to smears and false attacks.
(Graphics: “Smear” -- Associated Press 10-5-08; “Verdict: False” -- CNN 10-5-08)
NARRATOR: Barack Obama launched his first campaign here, not in anyone’s living room.
(Graphic: "Obama launched his first campaign here in this hotel." Still photo of "Ramada Inn – Chicago, IL")
NARRATOR: And Bill Daley? He was confirmed as Commerce Secretary and praised for his great work…
(Screen-grab of "McCain attack ad" featuring "Political Boss William Daley")
NARRATOR...by none other than John McCain.
(Signed photo by McCain of McCain and Daley; Graphics: "Commerce Secretary praised for his 'great work' 9-25-08 CNN)
NARRATOR: It’s clear…with no plan to fix our economy…smears are all John McCain has left.
(Graphics: "With no plan to fix our economy...Smears are all McCain has left)
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Barack in Dayton, Ohio
Obama buys half-hour of network primetime
Barack Obama has purchased a half-hour of primetime television on CBS and NBC, sources confirm.
The Obama campaign is producing a nationwide pitch to voters that will air on at least two broadcast networks. The ad will run Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. -- less than a week before the general election.
The direct purchase of such a large block of national airtime right before an election used to be more commonplace before campaigns began to focus their end game strategies exclusively on battleground states. Such a move is not without precedent in modern presidential politics, however -- Ross Perot did a similar purchase in 1992.
The special is a smart move for the Obama campaign, said Larry Sabato, a political analyst and director of the Center of Politics at the University of Virginia.
"Obama's theme is not just change but unity, so he's appealing to the whole nation rather than a handful of toss-up states," Sabato said. "He wants to win the popular vote by a good margin, which will enable him to govern."
And he's got the cash for it, said Sabato.
"This is another indication, if there needs to be any more, that Barack Obama's got more money than [available] television time to buy," said Evan Tracey, COO of the Campaign Media Analysis Group in Arlington, Va.
Michelle in Jacksonville, NC
Dow Jones drops 678 points
I don't like what the McCain Campaign is doing and their tactics are totally unacceptable, but I have total belief that Barack Obama will be the next POTUS.
Next, I have spoken to friends that are signing up to speak to representatives of their various 401Ks who are flying to companies all over this country to assure customers to hang in there, but there are many who cannot. One woman was ready to RETIRE, but now facing the hard reality that she CAN NOT because of the hard hit on her 401K. One man is in the "money market" 401K and cannot get a straight answer from his 401K provider, because as we know some are "secured" and some "are not".
I just heard Mike Barnacle on Race to the White House, give Tony Blankley his "you know what" served on a platter. The conversation was the "October Surprise" and Barnacle hinted at the collapse of General Motors down to $5.00 a share, and he believes the company will go into bankruptcy. Blankley pooh-pooh this off as nothing and Barnacle actually blew up and told him to wake up to reality. The names of Buick, Chevrolet, and Pontiac may be a memory and for a major car corporation to go into possible bankruptcy will kill McCain's chances.
This is on the minds of Americans not William Ayers. Not the ridiculous attempts and attack of Sarah Palin or the pathetic move to send your wife out to attack the other party's candidate. Weak.
When is McCain going to talk about the real issues? When is he going to be step up and give the American Public his vision? Why continue on this slippery slope of character attacks when folks can't get through to their 401K representatives to stop the bleeding on their accounts?
People are worried and I don't blame them. Many have their livelihood for the present and future tied up on Wall Street and they see it sinking like the Titanic sunk. These folks are not into William Ayes, Tony Rezko or the good Reverend; they are looking at their portfolio and crying in the envelope.
Finally, be warned that character attacks are for low information voters. The question is this, will they bite this time and vote against their economic interest and future. The jury is still out.
Senator Obama's Statement on the Stock Market Decline
McCain got something to say? Say it to our face.
G.O.P. Facing Tougher Battle for Congress
Esquire Magazine Endorses Barack Obama, The First Endorsement for the Magazine
United Auto Workers Sinks $3 Million Into Swing State Ad Campaign
McCain, Obama offer very different health care plans
Obama spending time in Ohio, prepping for the final debate in The Buckeye State
Obama Top Generals in Florida
New Obama Ad, "Tested"
Michelle on Larry King
Michelle on The Daily Show
Barack on ABCs World News with Charles Gibson
Joe in St. Joesph, Missouri
(go to barackobama.com front page for times and rsvp info)
Joe: Springfield, Missouri
Barack: Columbus, Ohio; Chillicothe, Ohio
Barack: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Bidens and The Clintons: Scranton, Pennsylvania
President Clinton: Roanoke, Virginia
I am a broken record, yes, I know.
But I don't trust the electorate.
These are the same folks that voted George W. Bush, twice.
After watching, yes I watched, Hannity and Colmes last night, I know where this is going.
The focus on William (Bill) Ayers is about winning Pennsylvania and holding onto Florida.
I said this last night to my husband and Tweety was chirping away on morning joe about the McCain Strategy.
Whatever you say about Sarah Palin, one thing is for certain, she is camera friendly and knows how to play it. If anyone has been paying attention to her rallies, her hard hitting rhetoric of Obama and Ayers, the letting "pass" of words from the audience as "terrorist" or "kill him", should worry everyone.
This thing can go two ways. Deeply refuted and rebuked by the public, or get voters to pay attention and vote McCain/Palin to squeak a win.
I am more concerned about Pennsylvania than many on this board and don't trust the polling right now. Look at the demographics. This is an older white state, conservative with the exception of the two big cities on the east and west ends of the state, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
This type of rhetoric from the McCain/Palin camp is dangerous. It plays on fears and questions many unknowns.
Even though Obama has been on the scene and every stone unturned, playing the "race card", yes that is what it is, by making inference that he is a "questionable terrorist" is enough for any low information voter to catch on and listen.
The one thing on our side is the economy.
No one like what is happening and folks are losing their retirement/401Ks at an alarming rate. Many are concerned about their jobs, if they will still have a job, gas prices, food prices, tuition, etc.
What I am stating is this, "we don't have it in the bag", at all. Not one vote has been counted and GOTV has not ramped up. Until then, stop with this "the poll numbers", because all I have to do is remember New Hampshire this past January and everyone was touting, "the poll numbers", well we saw what happened in that primary.
Everyone one on here need to get to a battleground state, if you can, and volunteer, phone bank, donate, do something.
All I know is that what the McCain Campaign is doing could work, or it could not work. That is a 50/50 toss up and at this point, those odds are not good enough for me.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Barack post debate, Belmont University, Nashville, TN
A very low road campaign
First off, McCain addressing Obama as "That One", extremely poor taste.
Now, let's talk about the McCain/Palin Campaign.
There have been several instances documented by persons of the media that has happened at the McCain/Palin rallies across this country. These instances are very disturbing and should and be put at the feet of the candidates on the ballot.
Documents of McCain/Palin supporters calling Obama "treason", "terrorist", "kill him" and a network soundman who happens to be African-American was called "a uppity Negro."
And of course, that sheriff in Lee County, Florida, garnered in his sheriff attire, calling "Barack Hussein Obama", apparently in trouble.
Palin has been the typical hatchet job, ax murderer candidate when it comes to smears. She has been pumping and touting the William Ayers angle, which has been debunked by every news organization out there. But the worst part of this is that when these supporters at her campaign events and McCain's campaign events say words like these, the candidates say nothing.
These words are intended to incite people and is unnecessary, but more importantly dangerous. McCain stood there while a supporter called Barack Obama a "terrorist", now if I heard it through the television clearly, McCain heard it.
John McCain is losing, the ship is sinking fast. Sarah Palin is a sock puppet; she will say or do anything the campaign tells her to do. She delivers the lines and most of the time don't know what the hell she is talking about.
People in this country, after watching the debate last night, are worried to death about the future of this country. They are watching their 401Ks shrink, pensions destroyed, and no money for anything, wondering if there are jobs in the future and if you will lose the one you got.
These are serious times, which requires serious people.
John McCain and Sarah Palin can take their nastiness, distraction tactics, and juvenile antics somewhere else. If they cannot discuss the issues at hand, on the table with the American People, they don't deserve the highest two offices in this land, period.
I will leave you with the Editorial Board of The New York Times and what their take is on this:
....In a way, we should not be surprised that Mr. McCain has stooped so low, since the debate showed once again that he has little else to talk about. He long ago abandoned his signature issues of immigration reform and global warming; his talk of “victory” in Iraq has little to offer a war-weary nation; and his Reagan-inspired ideology of starving government and shredding regulation lies in tatters on Wall Street.
But surely, Mr. McCain and his team can come up with a better answer to that problem than inciting more division, anger and hatred.
Full Video of the Presidential Debate at Belmont University in Nashville, TN
Biden says McCain taking 'low road'
Joe Biden was all about sports metaphors today, bragging to voters that Barack Obama has won the first two presidential debates and that he bested Republican rival Sarah Palin in their only face-off last week.
"If this were a best of five series, it'd be over," Biden said in Tampa, Fla.
While McCain during the town hall in Nashville went for a second 90-minute debate without mentioning the middle class, Obama again showed his calm command of what the country needs, Biden said.
That's what voters want, he said, "not an angry man lurching from one position to another" or "unbecoming personal attacks" on Obama.
"You didn't hear one single average person ask about that," Biden said.
He said that McCain's campaign is raising ugly fears with the veiled question of who the real Obama is. Palin, in particular, is raising "outrageous inferences" about Obama.
"This is beyond disappointing," Biden said. "This is wrong."
Biden urged voters not to be distracted by the attacks, saying that McCain is taking the "low road" because he's part and parcel of President Bush's failed policies.
When you vote with Bush 95 percent of the time, it's not surprising that nearly all of McCain's ads are negative, Biden said.
Reeling off a one liner, he declared, "You can't be a maverick if all you've ever been is a sidekick."
Part of Joe Biden's Speech in Fort Myers, FL and the politics of fear
Wednesday Morning Reaction: "That One"
Obama wins the debate via polls
After the debate, The Gore's hosted a fundraiser for Barack and Michelle Obama
John McCain dont' know what he is talking about
42% of American households watched the debate
Swing State Registration "Boom"
Voting Up in Georgia
Wisconsin a tilt towards Obama
Joe: Fort Myers, FL
Michelle: Keene, NH
Barack: Dayton, OH; Cincinnati, OH; Portsmouth, OH
Chuck Todd's First Read
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
McCain has such disdain for Obama
I will put the debate video up later, but this is another reason why McCain lost.
During the debate McCain became unhinged. Just as he was condescending, nasty towards Obama in the first debate, he actually pointed and referred to Senator Barack Obama during this debate as "that one."
Again, his temperament of unsteadiness and anger is not what is required to guide this country through some very difficult times the next four years.
To actually call a member of the senate, your colleague, equal, "that one", just lost him the election.
Yes, some may look at it as racist. Fair enough. But I look at it like Hillary did during the primaries. The "how dare he" syndrome. How dare Barack be ahead in the polls than me? How dare he just be in the senate two years and is about to win the presidency over me? How dare he connect to the country and not me? Just how dare he, period. It is the elitist attitude of Senator John McCain, in the end that will take him down.
Barack in Asheville, North Carolina
First, listen to what Chris Matthews had to say about the lowness and pathetically lame McCain Campaign to attempt to change the subject of the economy to "Obama".
We know all we need to know about Barack Obama. We know about Reverend Wright, Bill Ayers, and Tony Rezko, all of them. This crap came out during the primaries and we better be damn glad it did.
Because this shit now is irrelevant. Anyone shocked at the good Reverend, or Bill Ayers who was bombing stuff when Obama was 8, or Tony Rezko when it was found out after 3 years of FBI investigation Obama had nothing to do with his schemes, they probably won't vote for Obama. That vote is called, "excuse not to vote for Obama, because we don't want to be called a 'racist'" excuse.
Look, it is painful to see John McCain, a distinguished, war hero have to go this low because he can't beat Obama fair and square on the issues.
McCain is out of touch, uncomfortable with the economic situation. He has no "ball setting, heart wrenching" plans to give to the American Public, but tax cuts. That is not enough with less than 30 days to go, when you are diving in the state and national polls at an alarming rate. So, smear tactics here we go.
Tonight is the second presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee. The format is town hall meeting; many say a gold mine for McCain, one he excels at. McCain can attempt to bring up Wright, Ayers and Crew all he wants, but remember what happened to Hillary Clinton after the Philadelphia Debate. Yes, she won, but in the end it did not work because she is not debating McCain tonight.
Folks are hurting, losing their retirement/401K, can't afford any outside luxuries, unable to afford gasoline prices, the last thing they want or need is bullshit distractions played by these candidates.
McCain can go down this road, his lipstick pit bull is carrying his dirty water already, but she is a mockery on herself. Who is listening to Sarah Palin? She already discredited herself to the public by not being qualified for jack, at this point.
In the end, this dirty tactic will not work for McCain. He better come up with some policy, program for the public to embrace regarding the economy or get ready to go back to the senate in November.
Gloves come off on 'The View'
CNN POLL: Majority think country headed for depression
A new national poll suggests that six in ten Americans think another depression is likely.
In a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll out Monday afternoon, 59 percent of those questioned say that its very or somewhat likely that another depression could occur in the United States. Four in ten Americans say it not likely another depression will occur.
The country went through a decade long depression following the stock market crash of 1929, in which roughly one out of four workers were unemployed, banks failed across the country, and millions of ordinary Americans were temporarily homeless or unable to feed their families.
Eight in ten of those polled say things are going badly in the country today and 84 percent rate the economic conditions as poor.
"The question on how things are going in the country is the longest trend on the public's mood in polling history, and in 34 years, Americans have never had such a negative view," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "That 20% mark is an all-time low the makes the mood of the country worse today than it was during Watergate, the Iran hostage crisis, or the aftermath of 9/11." continue
Senator Chuck Hagel's Wife to Endorse Obama
Can McCain Pull Off October Surprise?
McCain: Obama Lying About My Economic Record
CHANGE THE ECONOMY OR CHANGE THE SUBJECT
New Obama Ad, "The Subject"
Chuck Todd "First Read"
Debate tonight 9PM, EST, on all major channels and cable channels
check barackobama.com for times and rsvp information
Michelle: Jacksonville, FL
Joe: Tampa, FL; Fort Myers, FL
Barack: Indianapolis, IN
Barack: Dayton, OH; Cincinnati, OH; Portsmouth, OH
Monday, October 6, 2008
Can McCain turn it around?
First Read on Politics
Since the McCain Campaign has been on "negative overdrive" since the summer, they did reap some rewards.
They came close to Obama in the polls. They put an inexperience, unqualified "winker" on the ticket to bring home the fundies, hopefully women. They kept the character attacks going.
The economy crashed. Ninth straight monthly job loss. Unsure if the 700B bailout is enough. Angry and worried electorate. And still unable to put the word "change" in their mandate.
Well, the McCain Campaign has the simpleton Palin making crazy accusations about Obama and Ayers. So, the Obama Campaign will not sit back and get swiftboated.
Out comes the "Keating 5" Scandal. The Keating what? My sentiments, exactly.
The Keating 5 scandal happened over 20 years ago. Five senators improperly aided Charles Keating in one of the biggest savings and loans scandals in the country, at that time.
It is a black mark on John McCain and shows why REGULATION in the financial industry is paramount for accountability.
The Obama Campaign is reintroducing this scandal to the country, making the public aware that McCain has not learned his lesson when it comes to regulation of the financial industry, especially with the downfall of IndyMac, Washington Mutual and the some of the oldest investment firms on Wall Street.
A full documentary will be available for public view at 12:00 EST, today.
This race is going down to the wire and will get ugly. The McCain Campaign desperately needs to turn this on character issue of Barack Obama, but as I wrote before, the public decides what is important and right now it is the downward spiral of the economy.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Barack in Asheville, North Carolina
GW National; PPP North Carolina; Rasmussen Colorado; Rasmussen Ohio; Rasmussen Virginia; Rasmussen Pennsylvania; Rasmussen Florida; SUSA Ohio; PPP Florida; SUSA Indiana; SUSA GA, IN, OH, NJ; Insiders Advantage Virginia; Insiders Advantage Ohio; ABC/Washington Post National; Quinnipiac FL, OH, PA; SUSA Oklahoma; Franklin & Marshall Pennsylvania; Pew Research National; Time National; CNN/Opinion Research FL, MN, MO, NV, VA; AP/Gfk National; Suffolk University Florida; Rasmussen MS, TN, TX; CBS National; R2000 IA, IN; Insiders Advantage FL, GA, NV; Strategic Vision Wisconsin; SUSA New Mexico; PPP Michigan; Marist College National; Mason-Dixon Virginia; Ciruli Associates Colorado; Rasmussen KY, MT, NE, NM, NC; SUSA Minnesota; Saint Anselm College New Hampshire; Elon University North Carolina; Rasmussen NV, NH, WA; Star Tribune Minnesota; Columbus Dispatch Ohio
Obama Edging Into More Active Role On Crisis
Why It (Probably) Won't Work
Desperate McCain gets tough with attack on Obama’s character
Economic Unrest Shifts Electoral Battlegrounds
Push to register felons to vote could aid Obama
Public funding limits pushed McCain out of Michigan
Michelle in Boulder, Colorado
A Broken Record
When I was growing up, at times my mother sounded like a broken record. Well, I am writing like a broken record on speed. REGISTER FOLKS TO VOTE!!!
There I capped it. Just register folks to vote.
Tomorrow, Monday, October 6th, for many states across this nation the voter registration deadline is close of business. If you know someone who is not registered point them to the Obama Website, click on states at the top and go to the nearest Obama Office and register to vote. If you don't see an office, go here, print out your state's registration form and take it your county registrar's office.
Florida, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, the swing states registration ends close of business tomorrow, October 6, 2006. It is critical and mandatory that we get as many folks to register in order to flip these states and WIN IN NOVEMBER.
Every vote count. We win the states with the VOTES, then we win the electoral college. If you don't vote, you have no right to gripe, bitch, moan or have a hissy fit. We have less than 24 hours. Get busy.
Let's Roll: Polls are open in Ohio by jmknapp; Bruce Springsteen PROVES he is truly,"The Boss" in Philadelphia for Obama by icebergslim; Obama the populist captivates 15,000+ in Reno by LaughingPlanet; Obama Campaign Blog, LaCrosse, Wisconsin; WIPEOUT!! - Biden TROUNCES Palin By 2 to 1 Margin by Al Rodgers; Obama Campaign Blog, Joe Biden Debate Day; Me, my Dad, Obama, and 18,000 others in Newport News by CK7; Anti-Palin Rally in OC by Kif Kroker; No Bruce Springsteen for me! by casperr; Gen. Clark PWNS in Florida for Obama! by jordans11; "McCain Lost My Vote" by bRan; VOLUNTEERS - Change for Colorado w/Pictures by aurabass; The Obamas and The Bidens in Detroit, Michigan, September 28, 2008
GOP Strategists Whisper Fears Of Greater Losses in November
Dems could hit 60 Senate seats
Palin: Obama Is ‘Palling Around With Terrorists’
Biden’s Unified Theory of Biden
Obama: Economic Crisis "Not A Time For Politics"
Blacks Forming a Rock-Solid Bloc Behind Obama
Springsteen, Joel team up for Obama
Bruce Springsteen, Vote for Change Rally, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Shoutouts, stuff you should read....
McCain Campaign Claimed Credit for Passage of Bailout Bill . . . Right Before It Collapsed! by Reggid; WSJ: "Palin Flubbed Mock Debates In NYC & PHILA", Infighting, Leaks & Poll" by Excelscior1; Tom Brokaw Will Try To Sink Obama in Debate by dthom71; The Worst Sarah Palin Clip Yet by Cenk Uygur; McCain's Non-Support for Troops and Veterans: The Master List by Brandon Friedman; McCain just broke his BIGGEST campaign pledge by butchcjg; David Plouffe Rolls on Tom Brokaw After McCain's Gwen Ifill Complaint by Steven R; OMG!!! Just found out I CAN VOTE!!! by UneasyOne; ABC News: Palin flub on bankruptcy has McCain camp flailing by awkward007; Obama Campaign Phonebanks The Deaf Community!!! by slinkerwink; Obama Going For Jugular!! McCain's "Radical" Health Care Plan by Steven R; We’ve Now Registered 12,814 Voters! by kath25; ABC News Exposes Palin Lie by OHDem; Sunday Morning Reaction: Obama +7 in Ohio by Kula2316; Could Obama win Appalachia? by Underground in Ohio; John McCain's Angry Interview with the Des Moines Editorial Board by Bryan Lefwitz; C.H.A.N.G.E. — Come Help A (N-word) Get Elected. WTF? by The Christian Progressive Liberal ; TV spending, week ending 9/30 by kos
More see Obama as helpful on economy
McCain, Obama call for greater bank security
PAC funds anti-Obama TV ad in California
Obama tells La Crosse crowd action needed on crisis
Jay-Z rallies Detroit audience at Cobo concert supporting Obama
Obama to call McCain 'erratic in crisis'
On the Road: St. Louis County, Missouri
McCain Adviser Admits That Campaign Doesn't Want To Talk About Economic Crisis
The American Promise
Va. GOP fears McCain could lose the state
Virginia Republicans are warning that John McCain's prospects for winning a state that has been in the GOP column in every presidential election since 1964 could be in jeopardy. With Barack Obama treating the Old Dominion like a battleground state and reliable polls showing a margin-of-error race there, some are cautioning that McCain is making a critical mistake by allowing the Democratic nominee to outpace him in terms of visits and resources committed.
The two best indicators of which states the campaigns are serious about – time and money – tell the story.
Since wrapping up the Democratic nomination in June, Obama, his wife, Michelle, and his running mate Joe Biden have visited the commonwealth a combined 12 times. The candidate himself was in the Tidewater city of Newport News Saturday.
Obama is also plowing millions into Virginia, blanketing the airwaves with TV and radio ads, filling up mailboxes with leaflets and, along with the state party, operating 49 campaign offices.
Together, McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin, have held just one campaign event in Virginia. And the campaign has taken its ads off the pricey Washington, D.C. network affiliates that reach into the entire swath of the Northern Virginia, the commonwealth’s most populous region. continue
How will Missouri blue collar voters break?
Obama adds another campaign office in Omaha
McCain Plans Fiercer Strategy Against Obama
Every trend looking good for Obama
Obama says McCain out of touch on jobs
Obama talks jobs in Michigan
Examining the candidates
Sarah Palin Endorses Hamas
Nervous GOP urges McCain to attack
The Obama channel
Meet the Press, October 5, 2008; Electoral Map Favors Obama; Obama Ad, "Coin"; Obama Ad "This Year"; Obama Speech in Newport News, Virginia; Obama Ad, "One Word"; Obama Ad, "Prescription"; Vice Presidential Debate; Foreclosure Alley; Obama Ad, "Can't Explain"; Michelle in Boulder, CO; Obama Reno, Nevada Speech; Obama Speech in Detroit, Michigan; Joe Biden Speech in Detroit, Michigan; AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka Must See Video; Obama Ad, "Spending Spree"; Obama Ad, "Same Path"; Fareed Zakaria, CNN, "...She Clearly Does Not Understand...."; Obama Ad, "Figured"
In the mail, and on the phones, in Missouri
McCain Says Bailout Bill Must Pass
Palin Knows Roe...And Nothing Else
A New Low
Poll Finds Obama Gaining Support and McCain Weakened in Bailout Crisis
Report fears potential 'partisan manipulation' in voter purges
The Wright card
Union Drops New Mailer In Battlegrounds Hammering McCain On Health Care
McCain's fate hangs on three states
At Fort McNair, an army base located along the Potomac River in the nation's capital, a chance reunion takes place one day between two former POWs. It's the spring of 1974, and Navy commander John Sidney McCain III has returned home from the experience in Hanoi that, according to legend, transformed him from a callow and reckless youth into a serious man of patriotism and purpose. Walking along the grounds at Fort McNair, McCain runs into John Dramesi, an Air Force lieutenant colonel who was also imprisoned and tortured in Vietnam.
McCain is studying at the National War College, a prestigious graduate program he had to pull strings with the Secretary of the Navy to get into. Dramesi is enrolled, on his own merit, at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in the building next door.
There's a distance between the two men that belies their shared experience in North Vietnam — call it an honor gap. Like many American POWs, McCain broke down under torture and offered a "confession" to his North Vietnamese captors. Dramesi, in contrast, attempted two daring escapes. For the second he was brutalized for a month with daily torture sessions that nearly killed him. His partner in the escape, Lt. Col. Ed Atterberry, didn't survive the mistreatment. But Dramesi never said a disloyal word, and for his heroism was awarded two Air Force Crosses, one of the service's highest distinctions. McCain would later hail him as "one of the toughest guys I've ever met." continue
Joe at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, Vice Presidential Debate
icebergslim’s last word: hail mary = negative train to november 4th
I watched Sarah Palin through all these interviews and the debate. It is obvious that the woman is not qualified for the Vice Presidency and I give her props for her good debate performance. She can read off her cue cards, well.
When Palin was plucked from obscurity the question for me was not WTF? The question was, “Why her?” Well, we have seen that she has somewhat solidified the conservative base. I state somewhat because the fundamentalists love her, would follow her over a cliff, but the fiscal, non-conservatives still are not totally sold on her.
Palin’s job was to shore up that base. This is the base that GOTV’d for Bush in 2004 with fervor. To bring women to McCain’s fold, especially any disenfranchised Hillary voters and independents. Well, I am proud to state, it ain’t happenin’. After her disastrous interviews, being caricatured to death by SNL’s Tina Fey, and her teenaged student council performance at the Vice Presidential debate in St. Louis, Palin has shown she is just not ready at all.
But let’s back up a minute. John McCain was the ‘presump’ since February, late February. He has campaigned during this time, on leisure. He has raised money, dismally. His campaign was on the down low. They watched and followed the Hillary Clinton strategy. He hired the ex-Rove attack dogs, turned negative all summer, paid off temporarily, still could not totally get Obama. McCain then stopped using his brain and allowed the Rove strategists to pluck Palin from nowhere. Totally stepped on Obama’s post convention bounce, she became a star, temporarily. Then something really important happened during the Palin demise, the economy. Real issues to Americans.
McCain must come out Tuesday night, cohesive, understanding, sympathetic, and knowledgeable on the ills of the economy. And I mean, not just the Wall Street/Main Street mortgage mess, but jobs, college tuition, the cost of gas, the cost of food, and the health care crisis in this country. He has to go beyond a tax cut, because people need more than that. He must have solid plans and policies to argue Obama on Tuesday night in Nashville. If he comes off abrasive, condescending, angry and erratic, he will sink even further in the polls.
We know and understand the last leg of this campaign, for the McCain Campaign is the hail mary to the extreme negative. Infantile Palin started already with the ridiculous Ayers comment. The campaign desperately want this off the economy, but the campaign don’t get to make that call, the public does. As, long as we hear about jobs being lost and for September it was 159,000, people will worry. For the record, these numbers are the ninth straight month of job loss in this country. Folks are worried about their security, their pension/retirement funds, about holding onto their job, paying for college, etc. The list of worry is endless. Right now the mood is not on, “Who Obama may or may not have associated with?” The mood is which candidate will help me FINANCIALLY and ECONOMICALLY.
And the McCain Campaign, just don’t seem to have an answer.
times and reservations can be found at barackobama.com
Tuesday: Jacksonville, NC
Wednesday: Tampa, FL
Tip my Obama Jar, here!!!
Get Involved Here
For Inspiration: Yes.We.Can!!!
icebergslim1047 (at) gmail (dot) com
cross-posted @ Daily Kos
as always remember to focus on obama and not the drama......