Sunday, October 5, 2008

This Week With 'The Democratic Nominee' Barack Obama, September 28-October 4, 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.
Photo Blogs

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


Make-Believe Maverick
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.


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