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By Jose Antonio Vargas
Less than five months before The Big Day -- Nov. 4, 2008 -- national polls show John McCain and Barack Obama locked in a dead heat. The latest CNN poll has Obama at 49 and McCain at 46; the most recent Gallup poll shows Obama at 46 and McCain just a point away.

But on the Web, there's simply no contest: Obama easily trumps McCain.

Obama leads McCain on popular social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and YouTube, as measured by sites such as TechPresident.com, a favorite of online political operatives, and the less-known but also valuable Compete.com. On MySpace, Obama leads McCain more than seven-fold; Obama lists 390,279 friends to McCain's 53,259. The gap is almost similar on Facebook. Obama supporters number at 928,905 while McCain's clock in at 139,749. And on YouTube, it's almost as if Obama and McCain operate in two separate layers of the atmosphere. McCain's channel, which has posted 219 videos, has been viewed a little over 4 million times. Obama's channel, which has posted 1,102 videos, has been viewed 51.1 million times.

The Web is like a busy, massive, maze-like grocery store, and Obama has been more effective than McCain in ensuring that he's on various aisle, trying to attract specific demographic groups. Obama was the first candidate, Democratic or Republican, to have a profile on BlackPlanet.com, MiGente.com and AsianAve.com, popular social networking sites in the black, Latino and Asian communities, and was also the first to have a profile on On Eons.com, the Facebook for Baby Boomers. Obama's profile on Eons lists 290 friends. McCain, meanwhile, lists 3. This kind of online outreach has been instrumental in Obama's ability to raise millions online in the past few months -- something McCain hasn't matched.

In a campaign season with numerous online innovations, YouTube's influence is hard to overstate. Call it the YouTube cycle: what's posted on YouTube gets picked up by the 24-hour mainstream news media and then ends up on YouTube again, endlessly discussed and commented on. What's more, videos posted independent of campaigns -- by anonymous and not-so-anonymous people -- can and have had a damning effect. For Obama, that especially means videos featuring his former pastor Jeremiah Wright. Type "Obama" and "Wright" and more than 4,500 videos pop up. McCain, on the other hand, has been directly targeted by a YouTube channel named BraveNewFilms. The channel's "The Real McCain" series has been a YouTube hit, its latest three minute mash-up titled "McCain's YouTube Problem Just Became a Nightmare" viewed nearly 2 million times.

In the mash-up, news clips of McCain discussing a visit to Iraq and his position on tax cuts are edited for maximum effect. Towards the beginning of the mash-up, McCain says in a news clip: "The neighborhoods are safe. We walked down the streets with no body armor on." Seconds later, a reporter says, "McCain's delegation was guaded by more than a hundred American soldiers." The mash-up's final seconds focus on McCain's position on President Bush's tax cuts. In one video, McCain says, "I voted for the tax cuts." In another, he says, "I've always been for tax cuts."

Look for future Clickocracy columns to track McCain and Obama's online popularity.

This is the sixth in a series of online columns on our growing "clickocracy," in which we are one nation under Google, with e-mail and video for all. Please send suggestions, comments and tips to vargasj-at-washpost-dot-com.

Posted at 6:47 PM ET on Jun 10, 2008  | Category:  The Clickocracy
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Joe Turner, you are quite ignorant. You really think the GOP is concerned with amassing wealth no matter how?? Yeah, ok. Meanwhile...the Kennedy's (America's royalty??) amassed their fortune from illegal bootlegging during Prohibition, Pelosi is rich from her husband's commercial real estate, the Clinton are well over $100 million in net worth. Dont kid yourself....every political party is concerned with money. GOP makes their money as honest as anyone. Its not the political party that makes someone corrupt, its their own personal issues. Republicans just feel that it is our right to keep what we earn, and donate to charity as WE see fit, not when and how the government sees fit. Democrats paint us out to be corrupt and money hungry. Couldnt be further from the truth, and obviously, ZERO evidence to support that theory.

Posted by: Nick | June 29, 2008 11:27 AM

Its really stupid to quote online social networking sites as reliable sources of who is goign to vote for who. Most of the people who vote are not on Facebook or Myspace. Thats comical to think that they will have a say in this election. But I also noticed AOL's online polls...McCain leads 60-40%. So this isnt "no contest". The author of this blog is really naive and ignorant of how politics and voting works. I guess he feels that Facebook and Myspace are the determining factors in elections. LOL.

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Posted by: Nancy Barness | June 24, 2008 4:33 AM

i am a republican at heart, but i will vote Obama this fall.
if all McCain has to tell us is his war story then we don't need another hero for now. i mean if i were in Iraq fighting, i will love to have a grand son who will say no to this kind of war for now. Obama's grand father served the nation well during the world war, his great uncle too. so he deserves to right of everybody whose family has served this nation militarily like McCain. so lets vote to end the war in iraq sensibly, revamp our economy and change how washington works. lets vote Barack.

Posted by: Mark | June 13, 2008 9:14 AM

i am a republican at heart, but i will vote Obama this fall.
if all McCain has to tell us is his war story then we don't need another hero for now. i mean if i were in Iraq fighting, i will lovwe to have a grand son who will say no to this kind of war for now. Obama's grand father served the nation well during the world war, his great uncle too. so he deserves to right of everybody whose family has served this nation militarily like McCain. so lets vote to end the war in iraq sensibly, revamp our economy and change how washington works. lets vote Barack.

Posted by: Mark | June 13, 2008 9:13 AM


Big deal, so barry is popular amungst teens who spend all day and night in their parents` basements glued to their PC screens.

Posted by: Doug McKenzie | June 11, 2008 6:12 PM

Posted by: NY | June 11, 2008 2:55 PM
At lease McCain doesn't require a committee to pick a VP. Maybe it's all his experience that enables him to actually make a leadership decision all by himself.
READ ON:
Arthur Culvahouse -- who is heading up McCain's vice presidential search team
Just read how Obama is hiring staff to combat what he perceives as smear campaigns online. Good indication of control freak, ever heard of freedom of speech? Big brother anyone?
PLEASE GET YOUR FACTS PRIOR TO POSTING.
He has a commitee to check out comments on his policies or other UNTRUE comments. It is a way too respond and inform what is the TRUTH.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 6:05 PM

Karol-Try: "To" influence how we vote!

Mo Bettah! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | June 11, 2008 2:56 PM

More inconsequential media bias for Obama. Ever think his numbers are higher because McCain supporters have jobs to go to and don't have time to surf the net (obviously I'm off today). Likewise with the polls, from the entries I've read from Obama supporters, they probably sit there entering their spin on the same questions 20 times.

I'm and independent femal voter who now supports McCain for president. At least he's qualified. As long as there's a Democratic congress, there will be a good balance of power.

Just read how Obama is hiring staff to combat what he perceives as smear campaigns online. Good indication of control freak, ever heard of freedom of speech? Big brother anyone?

At lease McCain doesn't require a committee to pick a VP. Maybe it's all his experience that enables him to actually make a leadership decision all by himself.

Posted by: NY | June 11, 2008 2:55 PM

It is a sad day for America when we allow the mindless bloggers - most of whom cannot spell or write a complete sentence,
influence how we vote.

Posted by: Karol | June 11, 2008 2:31 PM

The thing that too many people forget is that each candidate represents a political party. If you vote for McCain, you are voting for a pol party that has demonstrated that accumulating a personal fortune, no matter how, is the greatest virtue. If you compiled the number of Republican slease/greed incidents,the list would run on forever. From Abromoff to Jack Cunningham to the hypocritical TV evangelists who vote Republican to support family values, it is greed that dominates their lives.I could throw up just thinking about them!

Posted by: joe turner | June 11, 2008 2:28 PM

Just goes to show, the YouTube generation is just as shallow as Obama.

Posted by: John | June 11, 2008 1:44 PM


Obama is popular when it comes to pork barrel spending, having clocked in with $740 million in earmarks in just three years. He made sure that his wife's employer ($1M) and the organization run by hate monger Father Michael Pfleger ($225,000) were on the list. And the monstrous $300 billion farm bill (filled with subsidies for millionaire and corporate farms) and the 2005 highway bill with the infamous Bridge to Nowhere? He voted for them both.

Posted by: James Gang | June 11, 2008 1:33 PM


So let`s see, Hussein is the most radical leftist in the Senate according to the non partisan National journal. Has no record to boast of, has no record of bipartisan co-operation,

AND since the radical left`s coup in Cogress gas prices have gone up at least $1.67 per gallon, a 71% increase since Pelosi, Hussein and the gang took over.

The only popularity contest Hussein is winning are with snot nosed teens on the net who don`t work or own automobiles.

Posted by: Steve Murphy | June 11, 2008 1:22 PM

All of you who criticize Obama for his perceived lack of experience should re-think your criteria. Bush and Cheney have loads of experience and look at the mess they have made! Not only have they made a mess but they have committed criminal acts in the process!!!

John McCain is a hero--I grant that but as a politician he has flip flopped on a host of issues. He is a charter member of the " say whatever it takes" school of politicians. Barack Obama is a principled human being with a vision of what our country should and can be!!!

Posted by: Geoff | June 11, 2008 1:10 PM

What's given by Joe Blow? Job!

Posted by: Geoff | June 11, 2008 12:59 PM

Has anybody noticed that the democrats have been running the country for the last 3 years? 3 years ago, before Obama became a Senator, what condition was the country in? And what has happened in the last 3 years with the democrats running everything? We've had change alright. Someone please tell me what the senator and his fellow democrat have accomplished since they became a majority. Let's see- a housing bust, skyrocketing gas prices, and everything else you blame Bush for. Oh, has the media told you the democrat are in power now? I didn't think so. For your information, our country in run by Congress and haven't they done "one heck of a job."

Posted by: former democrat | June 11, 2008 12:55 PM

Young Voter,

"Obama deserves the presidency". Why? cause he is black, that's totally absurd... people deserve something cause they work hard at it. In obama's case he was "MIA" during important votes in the senate, left his district in Illinois in total caos and the school district that he was suppose to fix continues to be a failure even today. "He encountered more obstacles than others not of African descent can comprehend" Oh! really, we all have encountered obstacles in our lives but common sense people move on and thank God that we live in such a great country, yeap!! you got it... the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. "Given the history of this nation, he has a right to have the opportunity to fix the racial divide and America's legacy of racism". Obama can't fix anyone feeling towards any particular race, you gotta be kidding me... Obama have not been able to fix his own feelings towards whites, what make you think he can fix anyone else? Pleeeease!!!

"More black men today are incarcerated than in college", true but why? because they commit crimes instead of trying to make a decent living by working or getting a degree. Don't tell me they have no opportunity to do so in essence minorities have far greater opportunities than non minorities. "The black community has the largest incidence of HIV/AIDS, and other STDS". that is also true but your forgot to mention one little tiny fact, blacks have a higher incidence of teenager pregnancy and whose fault is that, not the government but their parents that rather be partying, drinking or in the casinos instead of parenting. "This is not a coincidence, and too many white presidents have chosen to ignore this problem" presidents haven't ignored the problem is a matter of fact there are many programs available today but if parents are to busy with their own social lives how can they supervise their children's? You need a reality check, blaming others for our mistakes solves nothing, actions instead reactions solves problems. Bill Cosby has it right yet he was criticized just because he verbalized what many don't want to hear which is the "TRUTH"

"And Gobama, I totally agree with you. My "friends" were total mess ups and the biggest pranksters joined the military. They thought it was cool to "shoot up terrorists" and were the type to go to MMA gyms and basically act uncouth. I have no sympathy for people who choose to voluntarily sign up to kill innocent people and be rewarded a handsome sum (have you seen the bonuses today?) for continuing U.S. imperialist policy that causes the rest of the world to hate us". Where do l start with this one, its call defending our country and its citizens. Do you think for one moment those terrorists wouldn't shoot you? they want to dominate the world, read the Koran is all there but l guess you only spew the daily doses you hear from network TV rather than to do research and bathe your brain with unbias information, oh! well your lost. "The world hate us" could it be cause we are a great nation, always ready to assist those in need, innovative, generous, tolerant and yeap!! free. Case in point, ask yourself, why people from all over the world want to come to the USA? some even risk their lives to do so.

Posted by: juana | June 11, 2008 12:55 PM

"The attempt to smear Senator McCain who put his life on the line for this country is absolutely ridiculous."

Posted by: American Voter

Hitler fought for the other side in WWI. No problem smearing him. While arguably laudable, a man suffering for his country in an unjust war does not automatically disqualify him from criticism, ridicule or animosity if he deserves it; nor does it automatically qualify him for a leadership position. There isn't, or there should not be, any aristocracy in the U.S.--and that includes a military aristocracy. John McCain is a dolt, a panderer, and a hypocrite.

Posted by: edwcorey | June 11, 2008 12:30 PM


So Barry Hussein is winning in terms of popularity on web sites? Has any really looked hard enough?

Barry Hussein ( from parts unknown ) is also winning in the anti popular catergory.There`s a plethora of sites exposing just how radical a socialist this guy really is.

Posted by: Joe Blow | June 11, 2008 12:05 PM

I can try really hard to make what I'm going to say about more than just race, however the truth is not a lie. There are racist Blacks and Whites who can not get past the color of either Presidential candidate's skin color. Why can't we focus on the facts at hand. Lets talk about green for a second! People can't afford health care, gas, and food, but we are fighting a senseless war that is using American Dollars that could benefit the American People. No matter what race you are an American is an American is an American. African, Euro, Asian, Spanish, American! Unless you're Native, your ancestors came here on a boat, maybe not the same way but we are all descendants of immigrants. Try and look at what matters, there will always be controversy, the heart of politics but look at what counts. Politics is all talk! Correct me if I am mistaken but neither candidate has been President before. We would be taking a gamble on them both. One with new ideas and one with old! Why look forward to a President who would opt to fight a pointless war for 100 years? Why look forward to "experience" that is the same as the "experience" that we've had for eight years? Wake up people! The time is now, a half White, half Black, American man is running for President to benefit all American people, not just the one's who believe in the war we are currently in and the wealthy. I am proud of Senator Barack Obama. The more people love you the more haters you have. The Young and Educated are voting for Barack because the Old and less educated are stuck in their ways. Think about it, the youth are the future and the educated keep this country at its best. You do the Math, Science, and History... if you can!!!!!!

Posted by: Eboni | June 11, 2008 11:26 AM

Dear Vote Against US Imperialism,
"We are currently killing millions of innocent Iraqis." Actually, the number is more like a couple of hundred thousand, almost all of whom were killed by the other guys, but if you assign responsibiltiy to us (obviously you do) it remains somewhat better than the average of 30 years of the Baath party.
"We are holding thousands of innocent people in Guantanamo Bay" Actually, it is only hundreds, and they are by no means innocent.
"If we were any other country, we would be brought before the International Court of Justice for War Crimes." Actually, the International Court of Justice has a very uneven record with every other country, with the exception of Isreal.
I want to congradulate you on avoiding saying "Bush lied, millions died." I'm sure it was hard to avoid. Perhaps you read the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report that put a wooden stake through that mime.
"we must stop the inhumane treatment of people of Muslim descent." Actually, while the US has killed a few innocent muslims, the face that almost all innocent muslims killed in the past few years have been killed by muslims who are not friendly with the US.

Gobama, "This man takes his $300,000 tax-payer education and receives a commission. He then crashes a million dollar plane..." Actually, the best pilots of the time crashed. It was a dangerous business. Generally, the ones who tried harder to do the job had a better chance of getting shot down, and the planes themselves were not famous for their safty.
All-in-all a remarkable view of untrue information posted on this article.

Posted by: Dave F | June 11, 2008 10:49 AM

It would not surprise me that over 90% of the Obama-related web hits, as reported in the article, are from people 18 and under and non-U.S. citizens living outside the U.S.

It may make good internet traffic, but not votes.

Posted by: Richard J. | June 11, 2008 10:33 AM

Saint: I loved your comments. How true. I like the one about the Parrott. What makes anyone think that Obama would clean up the mess in the white house when he can't even win a debate. I know he studied the speeches of RFK because someone gave him RFK's book of speeches to study that's where he got the words hope and change. Now, what would he know about change in Washington when he doesn't even know enough about politics himself. He doesn't want Hillary as VP because she would outshine him. I believe Nancy Pelosi would take the job because she hates Hillary and didn't want her to become president that's why they all pressured the superdelegates to vote right away so Hillary couldn't take it to the convention. The democrats of now are nothing but back stabbers and cut throats. Kennedy, Kerry, Biden, Richardson, Dean, Reid and others betrayed Hillary for Obama. Now we have to make sure Obama is not elected. All of Hillary's voters should not stand behind Obama but write her name in on the ballot.

Posted by: Mariann Pepitone | June 11, 2008 9:56 AM

JayRay: If you state that Obama sees America's racist past why were Obama and Michele Mybelle racist belonging to a racist church for 20 years. True American's are not racist and would never belong to a church like that. Even Oprah left that church. Why didn't Obama. Why did he attend for 20 years if he wasn't a racist? This country will always have a problem with race and no president can stop it no matter who is elected. People have to learn to get along with each other on their own. You cannot force other race's on people. Obama disliked his mother and grandmother when he was young because they were white. You should get a copy of his BIO from the NYT. I read it and its very interesting. His mother was married and divorced three times, died at the age of 53, his father was married and divorced four times, there are eight children involved, six of them may be in Kenya. He lived here and there with stepfather's and his own father left him. His mother registered him in Hawaii when she came back from Kenya. He should thank god that he is an American.

Posted by: Mariann Pepitone | June 11, 2008 9:42 AM

i wonder why nobody seems to be bothered that John Mcainn said he would veto all beer intead of saying all bill. out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. This man's brain is saturated with beer. could it be mere coincidence that his wife made her fortune from beer?

Posted by: NaijaLawa | June 11, 2008 9:32 AM

Obama for President: In your dreams. Yes, the young people are for Obama, this generation of young college student's like you and most of them don't know what time of day it is because of their drug habit like Obama had and his heavy drinking. Its people like you that are the ruination of this country. That' why its going downhill. And he is not the candidate to clean up the mess Bush made. Obama is looking for a VP that is smarter in politics than he is and believe me he is not smart so he can be advised what to say to the public in order to run this country. And the comments that he is so brilliant and was a law professor for 12
years that's why he was a flunky attorney for a crook named Rezko. And Obama learned how to wheel and deal for Rezko. Rezko purchased the house he lives in and still has $100,000 of Rezko's money he never returned yet.

Posted by: Mariann Pepitone | June 11, 2008 9:19 AM

American Voter: I am with you. If Obama is elected president god help this country. We are in for a disaster like never before. He doesn't have enough experience to run this country or the knowledge of foreign policy. He will need a VP to advise him on what to say on the platform because he cannot think to speak for himself. His good friend Richard had to give him a speech he made so Obama would not what to say to the public. Is that what graduating from Harvard does for you? It didn't help him any. He only has a diploma and a law degree but no brains to go with it. Hillary is ten times smarter than Obama ever will be and would put this country back on its feet. Let's hope the majority of Hillary's voters write her name in on the ballot or vote McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 9:08 AM

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Posted by: Obama For President!! | June 11, 2008 9:05 AM

Matt: If your calling McCain old, how old is your mother? Count yourself lucky to live as long as McCain. There are many people his age in Nursing Homes that don't even know their name. Obama is only 46 but who knows what the future holds for him. Obama is too radical like many of this generation of college student's. They all voted for him because they find him to be like themselves. Wasn't he a drug addict and boozer at one time? The internet stated that 52% are on drugs and there are many dropping out because they can't master the courses. Obama may be a Harvard graduate but he didn't have the knowledge to choose associates wisely. He chose the wrong church with the wrong pastor. I don't believe him to be a true American but using this country for his own advantage. Furthermore Obama is not black or white he is Mulatto and I don't know why you weren't aware of that fact. He is the offspring of a black/white marriage and that is the name given to the children. It doesn't take a college graduate to know that.

Posted by: Mariann Pepitone | June 11, 2008 9:00 AM

Gobama: While you are taling about McCain let me go on record to state that Obama is not what I call a true American. He never was from the beginning when he became a racist at a young age even disliking his mother and grandmother because they were white. True American's do not attend racial churches with anti-american pastors and white haters saying God Damm America. Are you in that same category along with all the other Obama supporters who don't have the brains to sit on or a window to throw them out of. Obama's run of the wife Michele Mybelle was very racist and just now likes America? Get a grip. Obama is not a christian and never was one. The DNC and Obama need a good lesson and its coming.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 8:49 AM

Brad: While your talking about McCain,the debates between Obama and Hillary were a disaster. Obama couldn't answer quick enough and sometimes stuttered a little when answering. And he is a graduate of Harvard? Did they pass him thru? He lost all his debates and I don't think he could even win a debate with John McCain. The only reason Obama got the nomination was because the DNC went behind the scenes to talk the superdelegates into all voting for Obama. Nancy, Dean and Reid were against Hillary from the beginning and had it all planned. Dean should be fired, Reid should retire and Nancy should go back to Italy. All three of them are a disgrace to the democratic party and I hope Hillary will run as an independent to do to the DNC what they did to her. I am either writing Hillary's name in on the ballot or voting for McCain. And I hope my son who teaches in a Latino neighborhood puts out a flyer stating "VOTE MCCAIN OR WRITE HILLARY IN". And the Latino's in every state should do the same.

Posted by: Mariann Pepitone | June 11, 2008 8:30 AM

maggieb. I believe your story is correct. I understand also that Obama's mother was in Kenya when she had to give birth and was denied passage on the plane enroute to Hawaii and he was born in Kenya. Later she brought him to Hawaii and registered her as a US citizen. He should have been registered in Kenya first. I don't know how you would find out if that is fact. I thought also that he should not have been running for the presidency. They can make all the comments about John McCain they want but he never was a racist, anti-american or white hater like Obama who was attending that kind of church for 20 years denying that he never heard his pastor say the words that were on TV. He may have the public fooled but I can judge him like a book without the cover. He may want to make history but he won't as a black man because he is half black, half white and he is MULATTO. He will never be black. Jessie Jackson who ran for president at one time is black. Obama doesn't care about anyone but himself. God help this country if he is elected president. He will become a dictator and the DNC will be kicking themselves for doublecrossing Hillary with the superdelegates. I know she got cheated by Nancy, Dean and Reid. Nancy Pelosi is very jealous of Hillary and didn't want her to be president because Nancy wants to run herself or be VP for Obama. She is the worst house speaker the democrats ever had and wants power. She didn't want Hillary to have that power over her. You reap what you sow and the democrats are going to get their day.

Posted by: Mariann Pepitone | June 11, 2008 8:19 AM

No surprise McCain is getting crushed on the internet. He and his party are iron-age warriors in a plutonium alloy world. The gap seen on the net will be mirrored in the polls as McCain is seen at what he is: a museum relic, useless in the modern world.

Posted by: moondancer | June 11, 2008 7:54 AM

I'M NOT SURPRISED THAT MCCAIN ISN'T FURTHER BEHIND IN THE POLLS. MCCAIN'S SPEECH TODAY IN WASHINGTON WAS A DISASTER. IF IT WASN'T FOR REPORTERS, THE PUBLIC WOULDN'T UNDERSTAND A WORD WHAT MCCAIN WAS TRYING TO SAY. I FIND IT AMAZING THAT A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE CAN MAKE SO MANY MISTAKES AS MCCAIN AND GET AWAY WITH IT. MCCAIN COULDN'T READ THE TELEPROMPTER, THE CROUD BOOED MCCAIN TWICE AND HE MISPRONOUNCED WORDS THROUGHOUT THE SPEECH. I THINK MCCAIN HAS SERIOUS ISSUES, AND ITS GETTING WORST. MCCAIN LIKE TO CALL HIMSELF STRAIGHT TALK BUT LATELY HE'S BEEN THE OPPOSITE WITH HIS MISPRONOUNCIATIONS, FLIP FLOPS, MISTAKES AND GAFFES. MCCAIN IS TURNING OUT TO BE A WALKING GAFFE.

Posted by: BRAD | June 11, 2008 3:51 AM

No doubt, YouTube (which is owned by the massive corporation Google, that is almost entirely Liberal Democrat) has a few "viral videos" that the MSM (although YouTube is now MSM) picks up and rebroadcasts; however, the old aphorism about all politics being local is still true. And local tends to mean 3-D, neighborhoods and families. Look at how Hillary lost -- the top down, elistist insider network was no match for the door-to-door, sole-work of the grassroots.

When it comes to politics, put your PC away and get out your Bar-B-Que grill.

Posted by: John Bailo | June 11, 2008 3:12 AM

Well actually I was taught the preamble and still can recite it by heart. In addition to this Jefferson did not write the declaration alone; he was assisted by John Adams and Ben Franklin (without Ben the "Pursuit of Happiness" would be "Property"). Rather typical that you would oversimplify things to make it easier. I can't imagine how you are capable of believing that a less comprehensive understanding of something is better. Yes, America is a country that has excellent intentions and underlying ideals, but it also has had periods in its past in which there was a strong theme of imperialism-what do you think all that talk of manifest destiny was? Once we ran out of land on the continent we unsuprisingly continued to expand our control to other territories (the Philippines). This is known as imperialism. But we got over it just like we are getting over racism and we are getting over sexism.

Oh, and if your son is unwilling to serve his country in the interest of improving the world, I believe that is known as failed parenting.

Posted by: Resonse to "The Last American Jew" | June 11, 2008 2:00 AM

THESE ENTRIES DON'T SERVE AS A DEBATE OF THE ISSUES SUPPORTED BY ANY ACCEPTED FACTS--MERELY AN OPPORTUNITY FOR GASBAGS TO SPEW THEIR FETID ANGER FROM BOTH ENDS OF THE SPECTRUM. MAYBE AT SOME TIME IN THE FUTURE AMERICANS WILL ACTUALLY BE ABLE DISCUSS POLITICS RATIONALLY. BUT NOT YET

Posted by: martin_conder | June 11, 2008 1:57 AM

The lack of a 10-15 point bounce after the conclusion of the Democrat primary contest is a warning that the Media was wrong about the appeal of a novice senator with no record of distinction in any elected position. The last test Obama aced was in Cambridge...BUT he sounds great in the stadia. I find it amazing that Obama sounds like Moses with a teleprompter in front of him and like Curly Joe, hemming and hawing, when Hilary would debate him...even as Curly, he sounds superior to McCain...but like so much sound and fury, he mostly signifies nothing... bubbling away with the true effervescence of a JFK wannabe. I only hope John McCain can figure out a way to get that Lloyd Bensen line into an upcoming debate..."... I knew JFK and Senator,
YOU"RE NO JFK"

Posted by: Scott | June 11, 2008 12:59 AM

The lack of a 10-15 point bounce after the conclusion of the Democrat primary contest is a warning that the Media was wrong about the appeal of a novice senator with no record of distinction in any elected position. The last test Obama aced was in Cambridge...BUT he sounds great in the stadia. I find it amazing that Obama sounds like Moses with a teleprompter in front of him and like Curly Joe, hemming and hawing, when Hilary would debate him...even as Curly, he sounds superior to McCain...but like so much sound and fury, he mostly signifies nothing... bubbling away with the true effervescence of a JFK wannabe. I only hope John McCain can figure out a way to get that Lloyd Bensen line into an upcoming debate..."... I knew JFK and Senator,
YOU"RE NO JFK"

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 12:59 AM

=====quote=====
When I went to school, I learned George Washington was the father of our country and never told a lie...I also was told we won every war because God was on our side.

No wonder my kid's not an American. They're teaching him some other country's history.
=====end quote=====

So let me get this straight...you're actually upset that you kid wasn't taught to worship at the alter of faux patriotism that you obviously do? I guess you still believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny?

Why do you have a problem with your kid learning the truth? You'd rather he live in ignorance so he can be spoon-fed the same propaganda you were fed?

Grow up. Open your eyes. Maybe your mind will follow. Ignorance only serves to empower those who stand to gain from it.

Unbelievable...

Posted by: tvi | June 11, 2008 12:42 AM

Lucille Nugget (8:03 PM}

You are right. For some time the country has been going downhill. It's the nature of indulged people to not appreciate, and become complacent, and even destructive. You might say they haven't had to hoe corn.

Posted by: Billw | June 10, 2008 11:56 PM

Teenage riot, you are a complete uninformed idiot that republicans count on in every election. First off, " A little bit of information is more dangerous than no information at all. Obama supporters are manipulated by liberal elites who have minimal interaction with common Americans. " A total uninformed idiot such as your self can never cite facts because that would totally detract from your consistent lack of logic and facts that the rest of the U.S. and the world around us is paying attention to. I take exception to your nonsense. You could not explain yourself to a snail much less anyone with intelligence and the ability to examine the facts without being told what it means. Guess what! education is a requirement for most leadership positions, but also in any leadership position. Idiot! Common sense dictates that a lack of education is a disadvantage in the work place and for individuals. So, dum asses that embrace that sort of logic have no understanding or have ever been challenged to the result of their logic. If they had any integrity, they would be clamoring for honesty instead of partisanship. But then again I am not interested in B.S. GOP say goodbye to your party. The youth in this country have had it up to here with you and your game. We are done. Change 08!

Posted by: Steven G | June 10, 2008 11:04 PM

Teenage riot, you are a complete uninformed idiot that republicans count on in every election. First off, " A little bit of information is more dangerous than no information at all. Obama supporters are manipulated by liberal elites who have minimal interaction with common Americans. " A total uninformed idiot such as your self can never cite facts because that would totally detract from your consistent lack of logic and facts that the rest of the U.S. and the world around us is paying attention to. I take exception to your nonsense. You could not explain yourself to a snail much less anyone with intelligence and the ability to examine the facts without being told what it means. Guess what! education is a requirement for most leadership positions, but also in any leadership position. Idiot! Common sense dictates that a lack of education is a disadvantage in the work place and for individuals. So, dum asses that embrace that sort of logic have no understanding or have ever been challenged to the result of their logic. If they had any integrity, they would be clamoring for honesty instead of partisanship. But then again I am not interested in B.S. GOP say goodbye to your party. The youth in this country have had it up to here with you and your game. We are done. Change 08!

Posted by: Steven G | June 10, 2008 11:01 PM

When Darkness turns to LIGHT,

America will wake up from the fog and emerge from the web of deception. Barack "Liar" Obama has fooled America with help of liberal elites and a Leviathan media.

For those who saw it all along (and aren't racist), I applaud you. Its difficult to stand up to demagoguery. Emerge from the fog, and think logically.

Posted by: Rise Against | June 10, 2008 10:11 PM

Obama supporters have no respect at all. Try having a discussion with one. They have no point and once they realize they're losing, they call you a racist.

The attempt to smear Senator McCain who put his life on the line for this country is absolutely ridiculous.

And there is a world of difference between being tortured by Communists and growing up in an inner city (which Obama did not do, he grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia). Gobama and other Obama supporters' comments are irrational and its scary to think this is what's running through the minds of Obama's supporters.

Posted by: American Voter | June 10, 2008 10:08 PM

John McCain is a racist who has no business running the country, let alone a old folks home.

Read the comment below, its from a retired Air Force guy. This guy doesn't even have credibility with the military. Haha, its Swift Boat in reverse. As I stated before, McCain should not be President simply for crashing a plane in Vietnam and being locked up. If that's the Republicans only qualification for office, they might as well run the detainees in Gitmo and young black males for office because they suffer far worse than McCain ever did in his privileged white life.

Posted by: Gobama | June 10, 2008 9:56 PM

John McCain's ideas are grounded in the nightmare of his six year Viet-Nam pow experience, which he continues to relive even today, as evident by his confusion of what is happening in Iraq.

Just ask him and he will tell you that even though we lost over 58,000 brave American military, suffered an estimated 300,000 additional casualtiies, and despite killing over 2,000,000 Vietnamese in the process, that we could have "won" in that tiny southeast Asian country ( which by the way, was no threat to the United States,) if we had just stayed another few years. It was called " The light at the end of the tunnel." A light that never happened.

John McCain is living in the past and cannot possibly lead our country out of the problems that the disastrous Bush administration has created. I perceive him as a very angry, stubborn person who would be better off retiring to his wife's luxurious ranch and tending to their barbecue.

We can't risk the Supreme Court Justices that he is sure to appoint, and we also can't afford his plans of continuing the failed policies of George Bush

Senator Obama does not want to change the fundamental values of America. He wants to change the way Washington is run and take back the ability of grassroots citizens to influence their legislators from the 30,000 corporate lobbyists who have made Congress and the White House their home.

Not this time. Don't be fooled by the haters who are jumping on their swiftboats. The Republicans just promise more of the same. America surely deserves better.
A Viet-Nam veteran U.S. Air Force 1963-1968.

Posted by: Luke | June 10, 2008 9:51 PM

The downfall of America was the 60s and Johnson's Great Society.

Our future leadership is weak and focuses on making other countries strong at the expense of Americans.

But as other commentators have mentioned, it is our own faults. We forgot to instill the future of America with pride in their country . The future of America is more concerned with entitlement than merit, and more concerned with materialism than strong values.

Posted by: Joyce | June 10, 2008 9:37 PM

How many black friends does John McCain have? He's obviously a racist prick in the same kind of mindset as Bush.

John McCain does not know black people. He only knows racist old white people.

To racists out there, I laugh at you. When you die off, the numbers will be overwhelmingly in support of Obama.

Posted by: Bao Jackson | June 10, 2008 9:32 PM

Obama deserves the presidency. He encountered more obstacles than others not of African descent can comprehend. Given the history of this nation, he has a right to have the opportunity to fix the racial divide and America's legacy of racism.
More black men today are incaercerated than in college, and the black community has the largest incidence of HIV/AIDS, and other STDS. This is not a coincidence, and too many white presidents have chosen to ignore this problem.

And Gobama, I totally agree with you. My "friends" were total mess ups and the biggest pranksters joined the military. They thought it was cool to "shoot up terrorists" and were the type to go to MMA gyms and basically act uncouth. I have no sympathy for people who choose to voluntarily sign up to kill innocent people and be rewarded a handsome sum (have you seen the bonuses today?) for continuing U.S. imperialist policy that causes the rest of the world to hate us.

Posted by: YoungVoter | June 10, 2008 9:28 PM

Obama despite coming from a humble background graduated in the top in his class in high school as well as in college. He was the first black person to be president of the schools prestigious Law review board. He also turned down a lucrative position in Colombia University to become a street organizer.

John McCain was a pampered man - growing up as the son of admirals. He graduated at the bottom of his class and he crashed a plane doing a bombing raid on civilian targets. He divorced his wife to marry a very pretty beer heiress who happens to be very wealthy. Its because of her wealth that John McCain become a name in politics. He really didn't have any brains to do his job or to run this country.

I respect a man who gives up a lucrative position to become a street organizer. Helping those that are oppressed and poor for very little money. Its a humbling feeling and it allows one self to see what America is made of. The experience of Obama being an organizer will help him turn this country around. Thats why its imperative that he wins the presidency. We can't afford another president that lacks the brains and knowledge to run this country as in John McCain.

Posted by: TruePatriot | June 10, 2008 9:25 PM

Teenage Riot, I agree.

When I went to school, I learned George Washington was the father of our country and never told a lie. I memorized the Preamble to the Constitution and knew that Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. I also was told we won every war because God was on our side.

But today when I ask my kid of George Washington, he tells me that George Washington owned slaves. He doesn't know what the Preamble is or who wrote the Declaration of Independence. But he knows that Thomas Jefferson had a black mistress. He's also taught that U.S. wars were wars of imperialism.

My kid also insists that if there's a draft, he'll move to another country.

No wonder my kid's not an American. They're teaching him some other country's history.

Posted by: The Last American Jew | June 10, 2008 9:22 PM

A vote for McCain is a vote for US imperialism.

Watch out Americans. The Republicans have made a mountain out of Obama not wearing a flag pin and not putting his hand to his heart during the National Anthem (note, he is now wearing a flagpin). They have tried to paint him as unpatriotic. At the same time, they will try to paint McCain as a war hero. Do not buy into this message.

A vote for McCain is a vote for imperialism. We are currently killing millions of innocent Iraqis. We are holding thousands of innocent people in Guantanamo Bay and are having secret deals with countries like Pakistan to torture innocent people just because they are Muslim. McCain will continue these unjust policies.

Obama will not and will work to make the world a safer place. The Muslim world hates us because we are constantly killing their people. Obama is a uniter and will stop the killing that is the source of Middle Eastern animosity to the West. We have much to atone for. If we were any other country, we would be brought before the International Court of Justice for War Crimes. Right does not make right and we must stop the inhumane treatment of people of Muslim descent.

Don't allow McCain to continue to kill innocent Iraqis.

Posted by: Vote Against US Imperialism | June 10, 2008 9:15 PM

"Its no wonder that the youth and the naive of America are enamored with the novelty of electing an African American. Most Obama supporters cannot tell you where Obama stands on a particular policy. All they can give you are indecipherable parrots of an unexplained change, hope message.

A little bit of information is more dangerous than no information at all. Obama supporters are manipulated by liberal elites who have minimal interaction with common Americans. They are caught up in theory and not practical answers.

Not all of the younger demographic voters have bought into the great deception, but I have to admit, the liberal elite and the Leviathan media are doing an awfully good job of manipulating a good portion of the American youth.

Posted by: Teenage Riot | June 10, 2008 9:03 PM "


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Come off it. All someone has to do is go to Obama's website, and they can find detailed pages that bluntly and clearly state his positions. It takes all of five minutes.

Those kids aren't saying that history about the founding of our country isn't important. They are saying that they are more interested in things that are directly relevant to their own lives, rather than the lives of their ancestors.

Given what has been going on recently with government, I see this as a good thing. There is of course the whole "those who don't follow history are doomed to repeat it" thing, but that is exactly what is happening now. This country was built on war, and we are continuing to try to do so. We can't build with war anymore though...it is outdated and useless. We can only build through strategy and intelligence, rather than brute force.

We looked at the past and repeated ourselves. That's because we only looked at what happend, rather than the true underlying message:

Times were different. We were struggling. We no longer have to FIGHT to get our way. Doing so only makes the world hate us more.

Posted by: AdamInMaryland | June 10, 2008 9:14 PM

MaggieB, your entire post is nonesense since Obama's mother was not born in "the territory of Hawaii." She was born in Kansas which is on the mainland and has been a state since 1822. She was an American born citizen, not a naturalized one.

Posted by: carolinagirl | June 10, 2008 9:12 PM

McCain represents the America of the past. Sad white men who went around exploiting blacks. Today capitalist America's biggest export is terrorism. We subsidize uneducated racist rednecks and ship them off to the Middle East to murder innocents for oil and empire.

Instead of spending money finding cheaper sources of oil, we should send money to Africa where blacks are dying everyday and AIDS/HIV is a pandemic.

Obama sees the fallacy of America's racist past. We need a foreign policy approach that incorporates today's world. An American life is not worth more than an Iraqi, African, Arab, or Muslim life. Its all life. Only by embracing this concept will we regain the world's trust. No more racist white men, its time for America to take a new approach. Electing Obama will show the world that America has changed.

Posted by: RayJay | June 10, 2008 9:08 PM

The Kids Aren't Alrite.

And the reason why is liberal elites and a liberal academia that feeds kids biased revisionist history.

I'm 22 years old and a senior at Dartmouth. For extra spending money, I tutor high school students and prepare them for AP tests and SAT II subject tests. Recently, I was tutoring two high school students in U.S. History. I was amazed at their lack of knowledge of the American Revolution. They were not familiar with the Sons of Liberty, the Intolerable Acts, or Paul Revere. Meanwhile, they could run off facts about Harriet Tubman and Booker T. Washington. When I asked them how they knew so much about the black figures in history, they replied that they saw multiple plays on black history, and spent a month and a half on black history. While black history is a part of American history, it is definitely not more important than the American Revolution and the founding of our nation.

Its no wonder that the youth and the naive of America are enamored with the novelty of electing an African American. Most Obama supporters cannot tell you where Obama stands on a particular policy. All they can give you are indecipherable parrots of an unexplained change, hope message.

A little bit of information is more dangerous than no information at all. Obama supporters are manipulated by liberal elites who have minimal interaction with common Americans. They are caught up in theory and not practical answers.

Not all of the younger demographic voters have bought into the great deception, but I have to admit, the liberal elite and the Leviathan media are doing an awfully good job of manipulating a good portion of the American youth.

Posted by: Teenage Riot | June 10, 2008 9:03 PM

Must watch video; Obama's forgotten people

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hP-YoB5mnZs&feature=related

Posted by: maggieb | June 10, 2008 9:02 PM

Very interesting!!!
CAN OBAMA BE PRESIDENT?
It seems that Barack Obama is not qualified to be president after all for the following reason:
Barack Obama is not legally a U.S. natural-born citizen according to the law on the books at the time of his birth, which falls between "December 24, 1952 to November 13, 1986? Presidential office requires a natural-born citizen if the child was not born to two U.S. citizen parents, which of course is what exempts John McCain though he was born in the Panama Canal US Law very clearly stipulates: ".If only one parent was a U.S. citizen at the time of your birth, that parent must have resided in the United States for at least ten years, at least five of which had to be after the age of 16." Barack Obama's father was not a U.S. citizen and Obama's mother was only 18 when Obama was born, which means though she had been a U.S. citizen for 10 years, (or citizen perhaps because of Hawaii being a territory) the mother fails the test for being so for at least 5 years **prior to** Barack Obama's birth, but *after* age 16. It doesn't matter *after* . In essence, she was not old enough to qualify her son for automatic U.S. citizenship. At most, there were only 2 years elapsed since his mother turned 16 at the time of Barack Obama's birth when she was 18 in Hawaii. His mother would have needed to have been 16+5= 21 years old, at the time of Barack Obama's birth for him to have been a natural-born citizen. As aforementioned, she was a young college student at the time and was not. Barack Obama was already 3 years old at that time his mother would have needed to have waited to have him as the only U.S. Citizen parent. Obama instead should have been naturalized, but even then, that would still disqualify him from holding the office.
*** Naturalized citizens are ineligible to hold the office of President. *** Though Barack Obama was sent back to Hawaii at age 10, all the other info does not matter because his mother is the one who needed to have been a U.S. citizen for 10 years prior to his birth on August 4, 1961, with 5 of those years being after age 16. Further, Obama may have had to have remained in the country for some time to protect any citizenship he would have had, rather than living in Indonesia. Now you can see why Obama's aides stopped his speech about how we technically have more than 50 states, because it would have led to this discovery. This is very clear cut and a blaring violation of U.S. election law. I think the Gov. of California would be very interested in knowing this if Obama were elected President without being a natural-born U.S. citizen, and it would set precedence. Stay tuned to your TV sets because I suspect some of this information will be leaking through over the next several days.
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Thomas Sowell
Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow
The Hoover Institution
Stanford University
Stanford, California 94305

Posted by: maggieb | June 10, 2008 8:56 PM

CALLING TEXAS DEMS...Please get out there and vote. It is imperative that we put a democrat in office. This is a republican state and the only way to have your democratic voices heard is to get out there and vote!! It's going to take an overwhelming number or democrats who usually sit out to show up at the polls and overwhelm the republicans.

Posted by: Wendy R. | June 10, 2008 8:55 PM

This is very true and I appreciate it. Everyone should look for therealmccain and there's a lot there as well.

Posted by: J | June 10, 2008 8:34 PM

What good fortune for Democrats that liberals do not think.

Posted by: Paraphrase | June 10, 2008 8:33 PM

"He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future" Adolph Hitler

Posted by: hypewagon.com | June 10, 2008 8:29 PM

I am 54 and have a My Space Page so the web is definitely not just for teens! I admit some of my friends and family do not want to learn anything; therefore, they get their news from the no news mainstream. According to all the networks including Fox and CNN we care more about whether Angelina had twins than Bush Impeachment going on in House. You would have thought getting caught being force fed "Military Advice" would have taught them but alas no better news is available still.

Posted by: Old Lady For Obama | June 10, 2008 8:24 PM

There was a research study that showed pre-teens and teens, under 18 years old, have been influencing thier parents, showing them Obama video's and educating them on his policies......young people, teens, college students LOVE obama and they are being heard loud and clear, so it makes sense that he is getting all the attention online.....

His campaign set all this up 2 years ago....it shows that he is ready, he plans, he has the right people....his campaign, regardless of his race, has been historic in how it was run.....For gods sake, did anyone know the name Barack Obama in Nov 07?????? Probably not, it was from his energy and his campaign that got his message out by the mass media and the internet......

McCain had the opportunity as well as all the other candidates.....but maybe McCain thinks about the internet the same way he does about the economy....he just doesnt understand it as well as he should ;-)

Posted by: Oregon4Obama | June 10, 2008 8:24 PM

That's it, mccain-fans! Keep distracting from the real issues! Talk about Obama's middle name, name call, talk about liberals, immigration, guns, guts, gays, abortions, flags, religion, the weather... anything but the issues that matter! Because you know you lose on the issues: war, terrorism, gas prices, jobs, recession, veteran's benefits, healthcare, education... the last 8 years have been a sort of waking nightmare that's finally coming to an end. McCain could've stopped a lot (maybe even most) of the damage... he was one of the most respected senators around and cool too... he once told bush back in 2000 "get your hand off me!" during one of the commercials... but now, he grasps at bush like a baby grasps his mother. He would continue the bush legacy, and much of the non-permanent damage that has occurred over the last 8 years will become permanent. Heckuva' job, mccain! Obama is brand new though... he can motivate, organize, and inspire. He's intelligent, articulate, and clear. All of which is the responsibility of a leader. So to john's supporters: keep trying to distract. It's your only hope.

Posted by: Smith | June 10, 2008 8:24 PM

Michelle -

I learned many years ago to not question why someone goes to church. Why? Because not all people get the same thing out of religion - or sermons! Also, what is thought to be "racist" to one is a venting of frustration to another.

I am white and 61 and have spent all of my adult life so far, south of the Mason-Dixon line. How about the white "racist"? Scared of the black man are we?

Posted by: Charles in Oak Hill | June 10, 2008 8:22 PM

The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.

Posted by: Bmyself | June 10, 2008 8:14 PM

Facing adversity and being exciting do not make a good president. If that were the case, I could do the job.

Experience both life and political make a president and Obama has neither. He is young so that takes away the life experience, I don't think that being raised by a single parent and being a druggie counts for adversity. Traveling does not make one knowledgable on foreign policy either.

Our current political and world climate requires someone with political experience including foreign policy and Obama has neither. He has only been a senator for 1 year, he has spent his second year campaigning.

I question his intelligence. A smart person would not sit in a racist church and listen to a minister spewing hatred for the white man. Do you want someone who obviously has the same feelings towards people that are not black to lead this country?

Posted by: Michelle | June 10, 2008 8:12 PM

I'm a 73 year old white male, and I say it's time for Obama!

Posted by: JJames | June 10, 2008 8:11 PM

I am indeed supporting Obama for Prez. I have already donated a very modest amount of money to his campaign, and if I have a good year, I may donate a like amount later on in the campaign.

Our Nation is lucky that for this election there are two major candidates with intellect and strong moral fiber who are competing for the Presidency! It could be a win-win situation regardless of who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in late January 2009. However, it won't be win-win, and for that reason my choice is the man that is not beholden to big oil and bigger business, and who will not carry forward with Dubya's and Daddy's legacy (no matter what he is saying, McCain will be forced to kowtow to the Bushies). Obama is the man that can best represent me - the little guy. It is time for the pendulum to swing back towards the average person and away from the Cheyney/Bush Republican arrogance - Its time to get our personnel out of Iraq and other places where we have no legitimate reason for getting killed - not that there are too many legitimate reasons for death of our Armed Forces personnel. It is time for the blue collar and office workers and the cops and nurses and the tellers and the bakers, and the teachers, etc.in this great Republic to be heard from, to be respected, and to be appreciated for all their contributions.

McCain is already pandering to those with blood in their eyes over foreign policy. Who cares! Obama could not commit this country to any significantly more deleterious disruptive damaging courses of action than Dubya or Clinton or Daddy. (Reagan, our last great President is a memory at best for most of the electorate.) Obama is better prepared to minister to the needs of the middle class than McCain with his millionaire heiress wife, private jets, and Naval Officer mentality (good for the Military - bad for a President).

We have had enough of the noblesse oblige mentality to "governing" our Republic. Time for a change my dear Reader. Up with the Proletariat and to Hades with the Wall Street hedge fund managers who are manipulating oil prices and the other non-productive leeches. There ain't no Santa Claus, so vote for Obama.

Posted by: Charles in Oak Hill | June 10, 2008 8:10 PM

Just read Gobama's June 10, 2008 7:39 PM post. Time to call mental health and get this person some professional help. The dude is seriously out of touch with reality. Advocates having the the Gitmo detainees run America?!

See what drugs do to your mind. A terrible thing to waste.

Posted by: Gobama insanine | June 10, 2008 8:07 PM

I love BHO since as an African American, He worked hard at School, at Work and as a Politician.
I am undecided to vote for him since He danced around the Wright Story. Why did he simply say " I made mistake and will correct".
By denying his bad judgement he exposed his dishonesty.
I am very suspicious with Politician who doesn't have the courage to admit mistake. Look at G Bush, he made serious mistakes while governing for almost 8 years but never he has the courage to admit

Posted by: Zien106 | June 10, 2008 8:06 PM

How many people know that when McCain got out of prison the first thing he did was to divorse his first wife. He had his eye on the daughter of a multimillionnaire ... moved to Arizona and caught her. Without this financial backing from his second wife he never could have become a successful politician!

Posted by: BabsW | June 10, 2008 8:05 PM

Why would anyone vote for a man with no experience, no platform other than "change" and a history of aligning himself with people of questionable ethics and ideas?

Obama may be a nice guy but he is a nice guy who feels he is just a bit better than the rest of us not earning over $100,000 a year. He is a nice guy with no real experience in politics much less foreign policy.

We all want "change" but I do not think that Obama is the "change" we are looking for. In 4 yrs. after he gets some experience under his belt he might just be the guy, but now he is just plain scary. If you read anything about the few things he has said he will "change" it is pretty frightening and asinine.

Our only hope, if he gets elected, is to make sure that our Congress is sane and on the ball.

I like to see young people involved in the political process but they have to make educated decisions and I don't see that happening. I have my passport in order just in case.

Posted by: olderandwiser | June 10, 2008 8:04 PM

Being over 25 yrs old, very few of my friends spend their time on My Space, Facebook, or such. They have a life.

Those polls reflect the thinking of teenagers and college students. It's only natural that they would prefer a candidate that resembles themselves than one who resembles their parents. We went through this with the flower children. It's nothing new.

Posted by: Larry M | June 10, 2008 8:04 PM

Obama will beat McCain in a heartbeat. McCain sometime has no idea what is he talking about. Obama is harp on election. I see him as president. Not easy time, but I definetely see him as president, not McCain.

Posted by: BOBSTER | June 10, 2008 8:03 PM

The youth, who mostly are being supported by hard working parents, have no idea what it takes to support a family, are spoiled, rude, lack manners, lack ethics and principals, do run the internet. They hopefully will gain some wisdom with age. When I was young, I earned money working in cotton field, then babysitting, and working behind the fountain in a drug store. I never expected my hard working parents to buy my clothes, movie tickets, prom dress, yearbook, class ring, etc. I worked to pay for those. Today's youth have a big shock coming when their get in the real world. Let's hope they mature for the sake of our great nation. Most need to go into the military to learn discipline, honor and sacrifice. So many believe this country owes them not the other way around. This is one chief reason for hte decline of this nation.

Posted by: Lucille Nugget | June 10, 2008 8:03 PM

I meant no sympathy.

Posted by: Gobama | June 10, 2008 8:02 PM

Carl,
what world do you live in? Only in the American military do people get medals for being captured.?
And why don't you go to Africa or one of inner cities and you'll see what real suffering is.
McCain is out of touch with reality its racist white people like you who don't see the real suffering in the world. McCain volunteered to go Vietnam and he sucked so bad at his job he got captured. I have sympathy for him. Black people didn't get asked to be born into a racist world. That's the real suffering.

Posted by: Gobama | June 10, 2008 8:01 PM

It's no wonder Obama leads McCain online. You bloggers can't stop fawning over an Obamanation.

Posted by: No Wonder | June 10, 2008 7:59 PM

Might be time for an update:
For the last two days Gallup has Obama up by 7 points.
Rasmussen has him up by 6.


Posted by: greg | June 10, 2008 7:58 PM

Heeyyyyy, Little Girl;

Ever been to mittromney.com?

Wanna check out the "Issues"?

Dare you! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | June 10, 2008 7:57 PM

This is just a reflection of Obama supporters monopolizing the internet space, period.

Posted by: John Chen | June 10, 2008 7:55 PM

The first comment bashing Mccain for not having to deal with adversity is bizarre. The dude was a prisoner of war for 5 years! He has also served this country for a very long time in the house and senate....comments like that really show ignorance and closemindedness.

With that said, I hope Obama's lead in the internet polls translates to a big victory! Until we see the turnout on election day, it's all speculation as to whether the young, internet generation will turn out.

Posted by: Carl | June 10, 2008 7:54 PM

This means absolutely nothing.

The vast majority of myspace and facebook users are in their teens and twenties.

And we all know how teens and twenty somethings vote in droves. Oh wait, they don't. Never have and never will.

Posted by: Somebody smart | June 10, 2008 7:54 PM

The question is, and should be, why the Hanoi Hilton POWS voted not to prosecute any of their fellow prisoners for collaboration with the enemy while a POW.

Posted by: John McCarthy | June 10, 2008 7:53 PM

gobama- Actually, NO, Senator Senile is NOT the BEST the GOP could come up with.

FAR from it. However, in what I consider to be a Flawed Primary Process, once again the Flawed System has dumped some real crud on us-BOTH Parties! :-(

The RINO has had Senior Moments, Reversed his Amnesty Stance, and demonstrated an Economic Brilliance that only Gomer Pyle would approve of!

WarMonger McAmnesty is STILL better than Barack and all the Baggage he carried, but conveniently got to throw under the Bus-Next to Grandma!

NOBODY would want to Elect Teddy Kennedy, John Kerry, Tom Daschle, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and especially George Soros President! But, let them prop up a Stooge in an Empty Suit Parroting "Change-Change-Change", "Watch me Change!" all day, and he becomes the second coming of Christ(Anti?)!

Mitt Romney & Mike Huckabee!

BEFORE it is too late!

Beltway OUTSIDERS! REAL "Change"! ;~)

Bad/Good News, Barry and McSenile are STILL "Employed"(Although whether they ever actually WORK, is still being debated!). ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | June 10, 2008 7:53 PM

The web? Isn't that a series of tubes? (Thank you Ted Stevens. Please continue giving us crotchity old man soundbytes we can use until you die or leave office.)

Posted by: David | June 10, 2008 7:52 PM

After reading Vargas's breathless piece on internet polls, I rushed out to conduct my own poll. So I e-mailed myself and ask me who I favored in the General Election. I answered McCain! I guess that's a 100% majority.

Posted by: Joe | June 10, 2008 7:52 PM

McCain stands no chance with the youth on the internet.

"We run this mutha f*****" - the internet 2008

Posted by: hypewagon.com | June 10, 2008 7:51 PM

John McCain will make us all prisoners of war.

Posted by: Lorrie | June 10, 2008 7:49 PM

Too bad you have to be over 18 to vote... otherwise Spend-o-Rama Obama would have this IN THE BAG! You know what Churchill said...

"Show me a young Conservative and I'll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old Liberal and I'll show you someone with no brains."

Obama is a great orator to those who have neither ... had a clue, earned any wages, run a small business, been to college, or passed their 18th birthday.

Posted by: Over 18 | June 10, 2008 7:49 PM

This means nothing. Most of the people on those sites can't/won't vote anyway. Teenagers and college students. Polls are misleading, contrived to get answers the people paying for the poll want to hear and get published.

Posted by: mike | June 10, 2008 7:49 PM

To compare the hotel that is Guantanamo is a Communist gulag just confirms how Obamabots live in a fantasy world where Bush is the enemy and everything bad that happens some kind of conspiracy. I wonder who they blame for the earthquake in China?

Posted by: thor | June 10, 2008 7:47 PM

John McCain a man with no qualifications at all except for crashing a plane in the Vietnam War.
The man has not experienced any real adversity. He grew up in privileged white background. His dad was a famous admiral and had him admitted to the United States Naval Academy. He never had to work for anything in his left. He probably got special treatment at the naval academy too because he was the admiral's son.
This man takes his $300,000 tax-payer education and receives a commission. He then crashes a million dollar plane payed for again by the U.S. taxpayer. In the real world, if someone damages property, they pay for it. John McCain has yet to fork over a cent, and instead uses this experience to call himself a hero and run for political office. What a crock of bs.
This man is no hero. If being a hero means being locked up in a Communist prison, the detainees in Guantanamo and young black males should be the real leaders of America because they suffered 10x more than McCain ever did and are locked up everyday.

This is the best the Republicans have to offer and this is why they will lose.

Posted by: Gobama | June 10, 2008 7:39 PM

It gives a clear picture who is doing his homework

Posted by: John Freddy | June 10, 2008 7:37 PM

A VERY large part of it, is based on "Barry's" Site REQUIRING people who are trying to find out just what sort of Socialist Tendencies he Plans, to REGISTER their E-Mail accounts FIRST!

In da loop! Off to the Libbie Bloggers! :-(

THEN, let's face it, McCain brings all the Excitement Level,

of Bingo Night at the Convalescent Home!

...WhooooHeee! B-4, not Behind, but B-4! We're really Rocking Tonight! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | June 10, 2008 7:32 PM

I took a poll recently, the first time I was ever called. It took 20 minutes and almost every question was posed in a way to get the answer they wanted. I would have hung up but it was interesting. I guess they give the pollster what they are looking for and they go out and get that result they want. So much for polls.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 10, 2008 7:09 PM

Those who will chuckle at the web as no more important than in the days of Hoard Dean need to realize that web community is much broader than in '04. It's a vital cog in any presidential campaign. And it reinforces the image of McCain as old and embarrassingly out of touch.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | June 10, 2008 7:07 PM

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