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Obama's Early Vote Push


People wait to to cast ballots during early voting on Oct. 23, 2008, in Savannah, Ga. (Stephen Morton/Getty Images)

By Dan Balz
No matter the outcome on Tuesday, one of the great success stories of the 2008 campaign is the rise of early voting. Throughout the country, Americans appear to be casting early votes at a pace that far eclipses past performance.

In Colorado, the number of early votes already cast equals slightly more than half of the total number of votes cast -- early and on Election Day -- in 2004. In Florida, where Gov. Charlie Crist extended the hours for early voting, one-third of the 2004 total has already been cast.

The numbers are, necessarily, incomplete because early voting continues across the country. What seems clear is that, not only will there be more early votes cast this year than in past elections, but overall turnout could eclipse the 2004 levels, when more than 120 million Americans participated in the election.

It's not possible to say definitively which party will win the early-vote war, and how that may affect the results in states with early voting laws. But it seems clear, on the basis of preliminary data, that Barack Obama has invested far more heavily in turning out early votes than past Democratic nominees and that his effort is paying dividends.

The best place for tracking these patterns is a Web site under the direction of Michael P. McDonald, an associate professor at George Mason University and non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. It is from that site that the figures cited are taken.

In Georgia, which Barack Obama's campaign has tried to put into play by registering and turning out new voters, more than 40 percent of the 2004 total is already in the bank. African Americans comprise about 35 percent of early voters -- a significantly higher percentage of the electorate than in 2004, when they accounted for 25 percent of the total vote.

Until all the votes are tallied next Tuesday, no one can say what the final percentage of black votes in Georgia will be. But at this point, the surge in black participation clearly threatens the reelection hopes of Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss and has led both RealClearPolitics and Pollster.com to list Georgia as a toss up state in the presidential race.

In Colorado, the Obama team has put together an unprecedented effort to encourage potential supporters to vote early, whether by mail or in person. When Hillary Clinton campaigned in suburban Denver on Friday, she asked the crowd how many had already voted. Probably three-quarters of those in the audience raised their hands.

The Obama campaign in Colorado is tracking supporters who applied for mail-in ballots to make sure those ballots have been returned and they're offering transportation to those who want to go vote early in person.

Preliminary analysis shows that, on the basis of registration statistics, Democrats and Republicans are voting in roughly equal numbers. That, however, represents a departure from 2004, when many more Republicans than Democrats cast ballots before election day.

McDonald is a busy man these days. When I called his office Thursday morning, he was about to do a radio interview. When I called back half an hour later, there was a television crew in his office. Eventually he was able to talk for a few minutes about what he is seeing.

His first conclusion is that by Election Day, the early vote will total about 28 percent to 30 percent of the total vote, up from 22.5 percent in 2004 and just 7 percent in 1992. "We've been on this upward trend since 1992, as more states make it easy to vote early," he said.

One reason is that in some Western states, election officials are moving either at the state or county level toward all mail-in voting, which Oregon has had for some years. The other, bigger, shift is in the number of people who are voting early and in person at sites around the states.

Republicans are still winning the battle for absentee votes, but Democrats are winning among those voting in person. "We're seeing African Americans show up and Democrats show up by much larger margins than they have in the past," McDonald said.

Florida is a striking example of this. Republicans are voting at a heavier pace in the absentee ballots, but as early voting has gone along, the number of in-person votes cast is exceeding the number of absentees. As of Wednesday, 55 percent of early votes had been cast in person, 45 percent through absentee ballots.

McDonald said that Gov. Crist's decision to extend the hours for early voting could give Obama a real advantage in the battle for Florida's 27 electoral votes.

One question is whether these early voters are just people who ordinarily would have voted on election day. Republicans have suggested that's the case. But there are some pieces of evidence to the contrary. The high percentage of African Americans voting early in Georgia undercuts the GOP argument.

McDonald has compared the list of early voters in North Carolina with the voter registration files. North Carolina allows, in essence, same day registration for early voters. What McDonald has discovered is that there are about 100,000 people who have voted early who were not previously on the voter lists.

Because of its vast resources, the Obama campaign can afford to closely track early voting and carrying out a sizable get-out-the-vote (GOTV) operation on election day. The Republicans will trigger their vaunted 72-hour GOTV operation this weekend. In 2004 it proved more effective than a massive Democratic effort.

Whether that's likely this year is in doubt, McDonald said, given what is happening with the early vote. "It just seems Obama has dug a really deep hole for John McCain to get out of," he said. "I don't know if the 72-hour-plan ladder's going to be long enough to let them climb out of it."

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Obama says VOTE EARLY at every campaign rally.
WHY?

He is afraid that more of his radical ties and 20 years of ANTI American actions will come out! He has BOUGHT the media and has kept this under wraps.

But Americans are slowly learning the truth and it is NOT good. Not good for America!
Obama , Who is he? Is he qualified? What HAS he done? And for America? What did Obama do to help America after 911? or did he just sit on a pew in Wright's hate church and listen to how it was G D America's fault?
We know enough to not trust Obama.
This Democrat is voting for McCain.
I am a DEMOCRAT, not a Socialist and NOT ANTI America.
And I am not alone.

ZOgby new poll for Saturday Nov 1st has now put McCain in the lead by 1 point in the national poll. You can be assured the state polls will follow and McCain will be elected.
McCain is not perfect, but we know who he is, we know he is qualified and we know he truly loves this country.

Posted by: Texan2007 | October 31, 2008 10:26 PM

This article -- certainly the title -- is highly misleading. First, it cherry picks polling. Either discuss all or none.

Also, it evades the reality that early voting does not correlate with election day victory. It seems to assume that a demographic's rate of early voting will mean the same thing on election day - which is completely false. Within black communities, for example, many of us are voting early because they fear election day harassment and long lines. This could mean that black votes have shifted to the front of the line, not that there will be a surge in their percentage of the electorate.

Also, the article makes the mistake of equating party affiliation with voter loyality. This is terribly flawed. Floridians, for example, have long been more Democratic than Republican. But they voted for Bush twice, Bush Sr. once, and Reagan as well. Some reports from Nevada and Florida suggest that McCain is getting a higher number of the early votes, even though a higher percentage of Democrats have voted early.

Posted by: darrren12000 | October 31, 2008 1:20 AM

This article -- certainly the title -- is highly misleading. First, it cherry picks polling. Either discuss all or none.

Also, it evades the reality that early voting does not correlate with election day victory. It seems to assume that a demographic's rate of early voting will mean the same thing on election day - which is completely false. Within black communities, for example, many of us are voting early because they fear election day harassment and long lines. This could mean that black votes have shifted to the front of the line, not that there will be a surge in their percentage of the electorate.

Also, the article makes the mistake of equating party affiliation with voter loyality. This is terribly flawed. Floridians, for example, have long been more Democratic than Republican. But they voted for Bush twice, Bush Sr. once, and Reagan as well. Some reports from Nevada and Florida suggest that McCain is getting a higher number of the early votes, even though a higher percentage of Democrats have voted early.

Posted by: darrren12000 | October 31, 2008 1:20 AM

This article -- certainly the title -- is highly misleading. First, it cherry picks polling. Either discuss all or none.

Also, it evades the reality that early voting does not correlate with election day victory. It seems to assume that a demographic's rate of early voting will mean the same thing on election day - which is completely false. Within black communities, for example, many of us are voting early because they fear election day harassment and long lines. This could mean that black votes have shifted to the front of the line, not that there will be a surge in their percentage of the electorate.

Also, the article makes the mistake of equating party affiliation with voter loyality. This is terribly flawed. Floridians, for example, have long been more Democratic than Republican. But they voted for Bush twice, Bush Sr. once, and Reagan as well. Some reports from Nevada and Florida suggest that McCain is getting a higher number of the early votes, even though a higher percentage of Democrats have voted early.

Posted by: darrren12000 | October 31, 2008 1:20 AM

This article -- certainly the title -- is highly misleading. First, it cherry picks polling. Either discuss all or none.

Also, it evades the reality that early voting does not correlate with election day victory. It seems to assume that a demographic's rate of early voting will mean the same thing on election day - which is completely false. Within black communities, for example, many of us are voting early because they fear election day harassment and long lines. This could mean that black votes have shifted to the front of the line, not that there will be a surge in their percentage of the electorate.

Also, the article makes the mistake of equating party affiliation with voter loyality. This is terribly flawed. Floridians, for example, have long been more Democratic than Republican. But they voted for Bush twice, Bush Sr. once, and Reagan as well. Some reports from Nevada and Florida suggest that McCain is getting a higher number of the early votes, even though a higher percentage of Democrats have voted early.

Posted by: darrren12000 | October 31, 2008 1:18 AM

This article -- certainly the title -- is highly misleading. First, it cherry picks polling. Either discuss all or none.

Also, it evades the reality that early voting does not correlate with election day victory. It seems to assume that a demographic's rate of early voting will mean the same thing on election day - which is completely false. Within black communities, for example, many of us are voting early because they fear election day harassment and long lines. This could mean that black votes have shifted to the front of the line, not that there will be a surge in their percentage of the electorate.

Also, the article makes the mistake of equating party affiliation with voter loyality. This is terribly flawed. Floridians, for example, have long been more Democratic than Republican. But they voted for Bush twice, Bush Sr. once, and Reagan as well. Some reports from Nevada and Florida suggest that McCain is getting a higher number of the early votes, even though a higher percentage of Democrats have voted early.

Posted by: darrren12000 | October 31, 2008 1:16 AM

This article -- certainly the title -- is highly misleading. First, it cherry picks polling. Either discuss all or none.

Also, it evades the reality that early voting does not correlate with election day victory. It seems to assume that a demographic's rate of early voting will mean the same thing on election day - which is completely false. Within black communities, for example, many of us are voting early because they fear election day harassment and long lines. This could mean that black votes have shifted to the front of the line, not that there will be a surge in their percentage of the electorate.

Also, the article makes the mistake of equating party affiliation with voter loyality. This is terribly flawed. Floridians, for example, have long been more Democratic than Republican. But they voted for Bush twice, Bush Sr. once, and Reagan as well. Some reports from Nevada and Florida suggest that McCain is getting a higher number of the early votes, even though a higher percentage of Democrats have voted early.

Posted by: darrren12000 | October 31, 2008 1:16 AM

This article -- certainly the title -- is highly misleading. First, it cherry picks polling. Either discuss all or none.

Also, it evades the reality that early voting does not correlate with election day victory. It seems to assume that a demographic's rate of early voting will mean the same thing on election day - which is completely false. Within black communities, for example, many of us are voting early because they fear election day harassment and long lines. This could mean that black votes have shifted to the front of the line, not that there will be a surge in their percentage of the electorate.

Also, the article makes the mistake of equating party affiliation with voter loyality. This is terribly flawed. Floridians, for example, have long been more Democratic than Republican. But they voted for Bush twice, Bush Sr. once, and Reagan as well. Some reports from Nevada and Florida suggest that McCain is getting a higher number of the early votes, even though a higher percentage of Democrats have voted early.

Posted by: darrren12000 | October 31, 2008 1:16 AM

Robert F. Kennedy's murderer Sirhan Sirhah
___________________________________________

William Ayers dedicated his book ...

" Praire Fire " to Sirhan Sirhah .
___________________________________________

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdoMkSNytcM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka-b6PvUp5M
___________________________________________

Obama's JUDGEMENT will be the death of us .

Posted by: RaZoR777 | October 31, 2008 12:23 AM

Robert F. Kennedy's murderer Sirhan Sirhah
___________________________________________

William Ayers dedicated his book ...

" Praire Fire " to Sirhan Sirhah .
___________________________________________

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdoMkSNytcM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka-b6PvUp5M
___________________________________________

Obama's JUDGEMENT will be the death of us .

Posted by: RaZoR777 | October 31, 2008 12:23 AM

Robert F. Kennedy's murderer Sirhan Sirhah
___________________________________________

William Ayers dedicated his book ...

" Praire Fire " to Sirhan Sirhah .
___________________________________________

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdoMkSNytcM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka-b6PvUp5M
___________________________________________

Obama's JUDGEMENT will be the death of us .

Posted by: RaZoR777 | October 31, 2008 12:23 AM

Double standard for hate: 2 arrested for hanging Obama effigy on Ky. campus.

Double standard? Read more in my blog!

http://www.mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/

Posted by: dcpsychic | October 30, 2008 10:56 PM

Obama’s friend William Ayers dedicated his Underground Weathermen terrorist group Manifesto- ‘Prairie Fire’ to Sirhan Sirhan- who assassinated Robert Kennedy.

Obama has a lot to explain. He knew or should have known!

I wonder what the Kennedy clan thinks of this now!

The LA Times has a duty to release the tape of Obama and his terrorist pals!

http://www.mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/

Posted by: dcpsychic | October 30, 2008 10:28 PM

Oh, Sage Reader ... still posting the same tired vile lies? Wow ... only 4 more days. Thank God ... not sure how much more I can take of you haters. Here's a good recap, and rejoinder, for ya'll.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wmAZUAMG8I

Posted by: Omyobama | October 30, 2008 10:00 PM

RFK's murder Sirhan Sirhan
___________________________________________
Ayers dedicated his book " Praire Fire " to

Sirhan Sirhan . TERRORIST love TERRORIST
___________________________________________
Hey Obama ,you cann't make this stuff up .
___________________________________________

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GrCHctYyWA

Posted by: RaZoR777 | October 30, 2008 9:44 PM

OBAMA BIDEN 08...

Posted by: fu_buki | October 30, 2008 9:27 PM

OBAMA IN CHICAGO -- FIXED WHAT???

These facts will give you some perspective!

State pension fund $44 Billion in debt, worst in country
Cook County (Chicago) sales tax 10.25% highest in country
Chicago school system rated one of the worst in the country

Who represents Illinois???

Senators Barack Obama & Dick Durbin
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
Gov. Rod Blogojevich
House leader Mike Madigan
Atty Gen Lisa Madigan (Mike's kid)
Mayor Richard M. Daley (Mayor Richard J.Daley's son)

....leadership in Illinois.....all Democrats.


Of course, they're all blaming each other.
Can't blame Republicans; they're aren't any!

Again:
State pension fund $44 Billion in debt, worst in country
Cook County (Chicago) sales tax 10.25% highest in country
Chicago school system rated one of the worst in the country

This is the political culture in Illinois from which Obama comes.

And he's going to "fix" Washington politics for us!

Posted by: sagereader | October 30, 2008 9:02 PM

SoCal_Distortion:

Diane was correct, my learned friend.

She might just take your seat at the G.E.D. course, and you just might need it more.

Posted by: sagereader | October 30, 2008 8:52 PM

It was a good plan. Despite feeling strongly I might have let registration day slip by me. There are a lot of busy hard working people disallusioned with the process who don't consider the major impact our elections can have on our lives.

Posted by: chavez66 | October 30, 2008 8:37 PM

NO . DO NOT VOTE EARLY .

Make sure of your vote first .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iL_RbCGxqsc

Things are changeing rapidly. VOTE RIGHT

H A P P Y * H A L L O W E E N

Posted by: RaZoR777 | October 30, 2008 8:24 PM

McCAIN a LIER! a big LIER!!!! HE JUST WANT to make peoples hates BARACK OBAMA...


OBAMA BIDEN 08...!!!


NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | October 30, 2008 8:12 PM

Is he the anti-christ ? How many times have

have I heard this this year ? I will bet

that you have even thought it too .

I have 10 bucks that the ones that want the

religous group to rapture already are the

worse ones .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTKNahASSDI

Happy Halloween !

Posted by: RaZoR777 | October 30, 2008 8:10 PM

Diane, dear, you're either delusional, easily led or shilling for the so-called "API." There are no tapes, there never were any tapes, the whole thing has already been exposed as a hoax - as Fox News has already stated. It might behoove you to attempt something more productive, such as studying for a G.E.D.

Posted by: SoCal_Distortion | October 30, 2008 8:04 PM

sagereader:
the murder rate in chicago is startling, especially when comparing it to the rate in Iraq. However, you must also put them in historical perspective, specifically with regards to Chicago's past.
1990: 851 murders
1995: 827 murders
2000: 628
2005 (year before Obama): 449

In perspective, 292 does seem to be an improvement...

Posted by: bacaje | October 30, 2008 7:53 PM

Real solutions for the country are not found by using party platforms...when you consider the current state of affairs, we need to apply conservative fiscal policy, with a foreign policy aimed at defending ourselves from attack (not policing the world). Which candidate has this platform? Not Obama. Not McCain. Bob Barr. The Libertarian Party, the party of Liberty in America, is the answer to the problems facing the country today.

Barr/Root '08

Posted by: bacaje | October 30, 2008 7:42 PM

OBAMA IN CHICAGO -- FIXED WHAT???

These facts will give you some perspective!

Perhaps the U.S.should pull out of Chicago?

Body count: In the last six months
292 killed (murdered) in Chicago;
221 killed in Iraq.

Who represents Illinois???

Senators Barack Obama & Dick Durbin
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
Gov. Rod Blogojevich
House leader Mike Madigan
Atty Gen Lisa Madigan (Mike's kid)
Mayor Richard M. Daley (Mayor Richard J.Daley's son)

....leadership in Illinois.....all Democrats.

Thank you for the combat zone in Chicago.
Of course, they're all blaming each other.
Can't blame Republicans; they're aren't any!


State pension fund $44 Billion in debt, worst in country
Cook County (Chicago) sales tax 10.25% highest in country
Chicago school system rated one of the worst in the country

This is the political culture in Illinois from which Obama comes.

And he's going to "fix" Washington politics for us!

Posted by: sagereader | October 30, 2008 7:31 PM

One of many reasons why Obama want voters to vote early.

Six hours after the release of information by API on the planned broadcast by Fox News Network of the Michelle Obama tape, in accordance with an agreement that has been reached between API and Fox News Network, API was contacted by Obama’s Campaign Manager.

Those who are close to the democratic presidential candidate must be desperate to win the elections no matter what, otherwise they would not have taken such bold step to contact API with an offer of a bribe in order to stop the airing of the tape.

Obama’s campaign manager contacted API by telephone and email offering 3 million US dollars followed with a request to API to cancel the deal with Fox News Network.

Ten days ago API received the first request to accept 2 million US dollars by Mr Ed Hale, President of Plains Radio, Texas - USA, in an effort to suppress the information from reaching the public before the coming US Presidential elections.

API has now taken a decision to contact the American Embassy in Oslo, Norway as soon as possible in order to report the matter and hand over the evidence for investigative purposes.

API’s Canadian lawyer is expected to fly to Oslo shortly in order to assist in the legal matters that arise from the bribery attempt.

API’s Chief editor is expected to travel to New York, together with the Canadian lawyer, where he will appear live in one of the shows that will air the Michelle Obama tape.

http://africanpress.wordpress.com/2008/10/29/news-flash-obamas-campaign-manager-offers-3-million-dollars-to-api-in-connection-with-michelle-obama-tape-planned-to-be-aired-by-fox-news-network/

Posted by: Diane17 | October 30, 2008 7:22 PM

One of many reasons why Obama want voters to vote early.

Six hours after the release of information by API on the planned broadcast by Fox News Network of the Michelle Obama tape, in accordance with an agreement that has been reached between API and Fox News Network, API was contacted by Obama’s Campaign Manager.

Those who are close to the democratic presidential candidate must be desperate to win the elections no matter what, otherwise they would not have taken such bold step to contact API with an offer of a bribe in order to stop the airing of the tape.

Obama’s campaign manager contacted API by telephone and email offering 3 million US dollars followed with a request to API to cancel the deal with Fox News Network.

Ten days ago API received the first request to accept 2 million US dollars by Mr Ed Hale, President of Plains Radio, Texas - USA, in an effort to suppress the information from reaching the public before the coming US Presidential elections.

API has now taken a decision to contact the American Embassy in Oslo, Norway as soon as possible in order to report the matter and hand over the evidence for investigative purposes.

API’s Canadian lawyer is expected to fly to Oslo shortly in order to assist in the legal matters that arise from the bribery attempt.

API’s Chief editor is expected to travel to New York, together with the Canadian lawyer, where he will appear live in one of the shows that will air the Michelle Obama tape.

http://africanpress.wordpress.com/2008/10/29/news-flash-obamas-campaign-manager-offers-3-million-dollars-to-api-in-connection-with-michelle-obama-tape-planned-to-be-aired-by-fox-news-network/

Posted by: Diane17 | October 30, 2008 7:22 PM

Irish American BARACK OBAMA'S HAVARD SCHOLARSHIP ranks among the best,OBAMA'S very intellectual capacity allows him to ANALYZE SITUATION and make sound decisions.


OBAMA BIDEN 08...!!!


NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | October 30, 2008 6:47 PM

OBAMA BIDEN 08...

Posted by: fu_buki | October 30, 2008 6:37 PM

To SAGEREADER


And SO WHAT!!!


NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | October 30, 2008 6:19 PM

All REPUBLICANS for OBAMA!

OBAMA BIDEN 08...!!!

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | October 30, 2008 6:15 PM

OBAMA THE CHARITABLE ANOINTED ONE

Obama said at Saddleback:

"We still don't abide by that basic precept of Matthew that whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me." It actually was Jesus' precept, but is Obama living what he preaches? What is happening to his relatives? What does he do for them?


Obama’s aunt Zeituni Onyango and Uncle Omar:

A few miles from where the Democrat presidential candidate studied at Harvard, his Kenyan aunt and uncle are immigrants living in dire circumstances in Boston. Zeituni Onyango, the aunt so affectionately described in Mr Obama’s best-selling memoir Dreams from My Father, lives in a disabled-access flat on a rundown public housing estate in South Boston. A second relative, believed to be the long-lost “Uncle Omar,” was beaten by armed robbers with a “sawed-off rifle” while working in a corner shop in the Dorchester area of the city. He was later evicted from his one-bedroom flat for failing to pay $2,324.20 arrears.


Barack's Half Brother:

George Obama's hut is in the slums of Kenya and he survives on a destitute $12 a year.


A detailed story is found at the U.K. TIMESONLINE:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/us_elections/article5042571.ece


Posted by: sagereader | October 30, 2008 6:15 PM

they vote early where they can and then they vote where they can't vote early...in the virginia, maryland and d.c area, I bet lots of people have relatives living in all three...amd I bet they are registered in all three...

Posted by: DwightHCollins | October 30, 2008 6:15 PM

YOU WOULD THINK THE MILITARY AND VETS SUPPORT McCAIN, BUT WE DON’T – CHECK OUT THE TRUTH ABOUT McCAINS VOTING RECORD……..

McCain's FACTUAL Military voting record
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m30GlZCICg

Posted by: WVUWEIRTON | October 30, 2008 6:12 PM

YOU WOULD THINK THE MILITARY AND VETS SUPPORT McCAIN, BUT WE DON’T – CHECK OUT THE TRUTH ABOUT McCAINS VOTING RECORD……..

McCain's FACTUAL Military voting record
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m30GlZCICg

Posted by: WVUWEIRTON | October 30, 2008 6:09 PM

jerzygirl, The Economist has been saying nice things about Obama for a while now. But I have to admit a full endorsement surprised me. You can find more about the coverage of US elections in the more or less regualr roundups from Europe at TheZoo:

www.tpzoo.wordpress.com

The articles are mostly labeled "From a Distance".

Posted by: European_Elitist | October 30, 2008 5:59 PM

John Mc Cain, Bush, and Cheny are members of a wicked gang of neocons who have damaged the economy of this country and started unnecessary wars that cost us billions of US$ and thousands of the lives of our young and brave soldiers. They have lied to all Americans about WMD in Iraq and unfortunately got us stuck in a quaqmire with no way out in the near future.Nobody can trust or tolerate such wicked clowns for another presidential term under any circustances. The proper place for John Mc Cain is a suitable oldman house, not the White House nor even the Senate.

Posted by: mass2 | October 30, 2008 5:59 PM

OBAMA THE CHARITABLE ANOINTED ONE

Obama said at Saddleback:

"We still don't abide by that basic precept of Matthew that whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me." It actually was Jesus' precept, but is Obama living what he preaches? What is happening to his relatives? What does he do for them?


Obama’s aunt Zeituni Onyango and Uncle Omar:

A few miles from where the Democrat presidential candidate studied at Harvard, his Kenyan aunt and uncle are immigrants living in dire circumstances in Boston. Zeituni Onyango, the aunt so affectionately described in Mr Obama’s best-selling memoir Dreams from My Father, lives in a disabled-access flat on a rundown public housing estate in South Boston. A second relative, believed to be the long-lost “Uncle Omar,” was beaten by armed robbers with a “sawed-off rifle” while working in a corner shop in the Dorchester area of the city. He was later evicted from his one-bedroom flat for failing to pay $2,324.20 arrears.


Barack's Half Brother:

George Obama's hut is in the slums of Kenya and he survives on a destitute $12 a year.


A detailed story is found at the U.K. TIMESONLINE:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/us_elections/article5042571.ece


Posted by: sagereader | October 30, 2008 5:59 PM

jerzygirl, The Economist has been saying nice things about Obama for a while now. But I have to admit a full endorsement surprised me. You can find more about the coverage of US elections in the more or less regualr roundups from Europe at TheZoo:

www.tpzoo.wordpress.com

The articles are mostly labeled "From a Distance".

Posted by: European_Elitist | October 30, 2008 5:58 PM

jerzygirl, The Economist has been saying nice things about Obama for a while now. But I have to admit a full endorsement surprised me. You can find more about the coverage of US elections in the more or less regualr roundups from Europe at TheZoo:

www.tpzoo.wordpress.com

The articles are mostly labeled "From a Distance".

Posted by: European_Elitist | October 30, 2008 5:58 PM

Wow - just saw that "The Economist" just endorsed Barack Obama. Never saw that coming! What a great endorsement from a very conservative, well respected magazine.

Posted by: jerzygrl | October 30, 2008 5:31 PM

Forget the "Bradley Effect"....

If was McCain I'd be waaaay more worried about all the Repubs who will secretly vote for Obama.

Cuz as much as I hate to admit it....not all Repubs are ignorant trolls.

Posted by: RightDownTheMiddle | October 30, 2008 5:31 PM

Forget the "Bradley Effect"....

If was McCain I'd be waaaay more worried about all the Repubs who will secretly vote for Obama.

Cuz as much as I hate to admit it....not all Repubs are ignorant trolls.

Posted by: RightDownTheMiddle | October 30, 2008 5:30 PM

gracedelvilla,

Shhhh. Didn't you hear that the McCain campaign withdrew their request, when the press found out about McCains contributions to Khalidi's foundations, back in the 90's. Don't make us Republicans look like hypocrites!

Posted by: insideman | October 30, 2008 5:18 PM

The most important thing is to make any assumptions and get out and vote!

BTW have you looked at Senator McCain's record when it comes to veterans?

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America released its annual congressional scorecard. Senators Obama and Biden received a "B" rating. For the second year in a row, John McCain got a "D" rating, placing him solidly in the lowest 10% of Senators nationwide.

SOURCE: http://www.veteranreportcard.org/reportcard.pdf

How about the DAV - Disabled American Veterans

McCain doesn’t have a perfect score with DAV (Disabled American Veterans), a group of 1.3 million disabled veterans that supports more funding for veterans health care. McCain has a 20 percent record of voting the way DAV would like him to in 2006. The group is nonpartisan, but its 100 percent rankings disproportionately go to Democrats: 207 Democrats in Congress and only 13 Republicans received scores of 100 percent in 2006.

. . . . . . and what republicans are saying when they endorse Obama!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081023/ts_alt_afp/usvoterepublicanpalin;_ylt=AjIb3taJk5YFWF2U8_8ZriOb.HQA

Ken Adelman, a Republican hawk who served in top diplomatic and defense posts for presidents Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, told the New Yorker magazine that Palin's choice for vice president made him switch sides and he is now supporting Obama for president.

Former secretary of state Colin Powell, a Republican and military general who has also served as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, on Sunday endorsed Obama and said of Palin: "I don't believe she is ready to be president of the United States, which is the job of the vice president."

And one of former president George H.W. Bush's speechwriters, Christopher Buckley, a prominent conservative, announced this month he was abandoning support for McCain for many reasons, including "the Palin nomination. What on earth can he have been thinking?"


Lies, smear campaigns, hate, fear, misdirection are tools that are bringing the McCain Campaign to a close.


Looks like the person you were calling an imbecile is thinking right along the lines of some pretty influential republicans.


Veterans for Obama!

Obama/Biden '08 '12

Posted by: seakayaker | October 30, 2008 5:10 PM

WHERE IS THE OBAMA TAPE WITH TERRORIST KHALIDI? THE LA TIMES REFUSES TO RELEASE THE TAPES OF THEIR RECENT MEETING.

CALL LA TIMES AND THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE AND DEMAND THE TAPES.

WHY IS OBAMA ALLOWED TO HAVE SUCH A COVER UP WHEN HE BROUGHT UP MONICA LEWINSKY DURING THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY?

Posted by: gracedelvillar | October 30, 2008 5:09 PM

The most important thing is to make any assumptions and get out and vote!

BTW have you looked at Senator McCain's record when it comes to veterans?

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America released its annual congressional scorecard. Senators Obama and Biden received a "B" rating. For the second year in a row, John McCain got a "D" rating, placing him solidly in the lowest 10% of Senators nationwide.

SOURCE: http://www.veteranreportcard.org/reportcard.pdf

How about the DAV - Disabled American Veterans

McCain doesn’t have a perfect score with DAV (Disabled American Veterans), a group of 1.3 million disabled veterans that supports more funding for veterans health care. McCain has a 20 percent record of voting the way DAV would like him to in 2006. The group is nonpartisan, but its 100 percent rankings disproportionately go to Democrats: 207 Democrats in Congress and only 13 Republicans received scores of 100 percent in 2006.

. . . . . . and what republicans are saying when they endorse Obama!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081023/ts_alt_afp/usvoterepublicanpalin;_ylt=AjIb3taJk5YFWF2U8_8ZriOb.HQA

Ken Adelman, a Republican hawk who served in top diplomatic and defense posts for presidents Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, told the New Yorker magazine that Palin's choice for vice president made him switch sides and he is now supporting Obama for president.

Former secretary of state Colin Powell, a Republican and military general who has also served as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, on Sunday endorsed Obama and said of Palin: "I don't believe she is ready to be president of the United States, which is the job of the vice president."

And one of former president George H.W. Bush's speechwriters, Christopher Buckley, a prominent conservative, announced this month he was abandoning support for McCain for many reasons, including "the Palin nomination. What on earth can he have been thinking?"


Lies, smear campaigns, hate, fear, misdirection are tools that are bringing the McCain Campaign to a close.


Looks like the person you were calling an imbecile is thinking right along the lines of some pretty influential republicans.


Veterans for Obama!

Obama/Biden '08 '12

Posted by: seakayaker | October 30, 2008 5:09 PM

When we vote on November 4th, Americans should revert to a previously long standing practice and prevent ANY party from controlling both the Congress AND the Presidency!

As Lord North said: "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely"!

Split your vote folks!

Posted by: BruceMcDougall | October 30, 2008 5:07 PM

WHERE IS THE OBAMA TAPE WITH TERRORIST KHALIDI? THE LA TIMES REFUSES TO RELEASE THE TAPES OF THEIR RECENT MEETING.

CALL LA TIMES AND THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE AND DEMAND THE TAPES.

WHY IS OBAMA ALLOWED TO HAVE SUCH A COVER UP WHEN HE BROUGHT UP MONICA LEWINSKY DURING THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY?

Posted by: gracedelvillar | October 30, 2008 5:06 PM

BruceMcDougall,
You're absolutely correct. Being behind is an advantage, and will inspire us Joes and Janes to get off the couch and vote next Tuesday. Its us 'couchers' that never answer the pollsters when the phone rings, and thus never get accurately counted. The couchers will mobolize the GOTC-HA program next Tuesday - "Get Off The Couch - Help America"

Posted by: insideman | October 30, 2008 5:06 PM

It is a beautiful day in America. The vast covering darkness of the Bush-Cheney cloud created by all those sheep who cried BUSH!BUSHBUSH!4MORE YEARS!!!! in 2004 (and then of course, went BUSH WHO???? This year) is being swept away by the rising sun of clarity and reason and compassion. compassion that is more than what some hypocrite from Wasilla is selling (Alaska ceding from the Union? 200 million in earmarks for the smallest population in the U.S., Jesus blesses the War-Makers??? I think not.). The Early-Voting drive is a DIRECT result of the ROVAIN tactics of intimidation and number-tampering. The Dem's and some damn fine professors have been watching the Rovian tactics for quite a few years and figured out what had to be implemented to erase the small margin of error that this tactic relies on to carry off razor-thin margins of victory. So now we have the SOLUTION in full force. YEt, I'm sure Karl Rove is out there somewhere on FOX NEWS spinning (if only it was in his grave, my how the Devil will be tickled to see him one day!) some spider like web of lies about voter discrepancies in Ohio (my home state) while CONVENIENTLY forgetting the whole "Hi, I'm Ken Blackwell, Secretary of State and Overseer of Voting in Ohio while also being the CHAIRMEN OF THE BUSH-CHENEY campaign" without a Hint o Irony!

SOOOOO all you Obama haters and Palin lovers out there you only have KARL ROVE to blame for Obama's landslide election

Posted by: mynamesyow | October 30, 2008 5:05 PM

I like it when everyone wins, like pretty much during Clinton's administration as noted. Following Clinton, when this country was prosperous, came George Bush Jr and his Bush tax cuts pro-wealthy and burdensome moreso for the middle class. That sure makes a LOT of sense doesn't it? McCain wants to make that permanent and add onto it even. The thing is, we ALL see where those "famous" pro-wealthy tax cuts have gotten us. Anyone want to research the tally on how many Americans have lost their jobs since? Common sense tells me, McCain, bringing more Bush-like policies and negligent behaviors, is not what we need this time around. We all work hard, and we all should be sharing the benefits of progression. Middle class IS the backbone of this country and they downright don't deserve the neglect they've experienced. That makes no sense.

Obama and Biden understand that. McCain doesn't. Palin, bless her heart, is a question mark.

Posted by: Obama2008 | October 30, 2008 5:02 PM

BruceMcDougall,
You're absolutely correct. Being behind is an advantage, and will inspire us Joes and Janes to get off the couch and vote next Tuesday. Its us 'couchers' that never answer the pollsters when the phone rings, and thus never get accurately counted. The couchers will mobolize the GOTC-HA program next Tuesday - "Get Off The Couch - Help America"

Posted by: insideman | October 30, 2008 5:01 PM

It is a beautiful day in America. The vast covering darkness of the Bush-Cheney cloud created by all those sheep who cried BUSH!BUSHBUSH!4MORE YEARS!!!! in 2004 (and then of course, went BUSH WHO???? This year) is being swept away by the rising sun of clarity and reason and compassion. compassion that is more than what some hypocrite from Wasilla is selling (Alaska ceding from the Union? 200 million in earmarks for the smallest population in the U.S., Jesus blesses the War-Makers??? I think not.). The Early-Voting drive is a DIRECT result of the ROVAIN tactics of intimidation and number-tampering. The Dem's and some damn fine professors have been watching the Rovian tactics for quite a few years and figured out what had to be implemented to erase the small margin of error that this tactic relies on to carry off razor-thin margins of victory. So now we have the SOLUTION in full force. YEt, I'm sure Karl Rove is out there somewhere on FOX NEWS spinning (if only it was in his grave, my how the Devil will be tickled to see him one day!) some spider like web of lies about voter discrepancies in Ohio (my home state) while CONVENIENTLY forgetting the whole "Hi, I'm Ken Blackwell, Secretary of State and Overseer of Voting in Ohio while also being the CHAIRMEN OF THE BUSH-CHENEY campaign" without a Hint o Irony!

SOOOOO all you Obama haters and Palin lovers out there you only have KARL ROVE to blame for Obama's landslide election thanks in part to early voter turnout.

Cheers! -YOW

Posted by: mynamesyow | October 30, 2008 5:01 PM

Two things will always stand out when history reflects upon this election:

1. The appalling media bias against first Clinton and now against McCain. A McCain win will a victory for justice-just because of the unAmerican bias. When does McCain get to interrupt regularly scheduled national tv programs and broadcast similtaneously on all networks?!

2. The ridiculous length of the campaign. This thing has been going on for two years! That's half the length of a presidential term. It's clearly time for rotating regional primaries with NO state getting an early preference just because it brings dollars into their state.

And we still don't know how it will end!

Rasmussen's national poll yesterday only put Obama up by 3%-that's well within the margain of error.

The Real Clear Politics combined poll has Obama's lead reduced to 6.1%.
That average includes polls from sources like the NY Times-who would be naive enough to believe anything from THAT source. In the last presidential election the NT Times had Kerry up by 12-14 points at the end and their poll was wrong by TWELVE points!

And then, of course, there is that vast multitude of people out there who NEVER tell pollsters the truth in ANY election because they are sick to death of polls-rather like most Americans are sick to death of this election.

Posted by: BruceMcDougall | October 30, 2008 4:55 PM

The Republican party is currently going down in a massive rejection by the public at the polls.

Realists (those statesment like Colon Powell) will likely split fron the NEO-CONS, wing-nut fundamentalists, ethics violators, and racists.

Palin has ALREADY been found GUILTY of ethics violations, and abuse of power as governor. McCain will soon retire.

...And the honorable citizens of the United States of America are moving forward. We're rejecting the NEO-CONS and hypocrite fundamentalist-wing-nut-haters for a new era of prosperity. An era where science-based legislation, environmental regulation, and improved education that rejects the failed methods, practices, and pay-for-non-performance of the 70's/80's/90's. We're moving back to successful foreign policy based upon ALLIES, and shared values instead of COWBOYS and oil interests.

Vote OBAMA/BIDEN!

Posted by: onestring | October 30, 2008 4:48 PM

For all you Joe's and Jane's out there get off your couch and vote for McCain. Why redistribute the wealth, when we can enable the rich and corporate America, to have more tax breaks, and thus generate those jobs for the rest of us. The middle class does not need tax breaks, we need jobs! We're willing to sacrifice for the good of America. Let the wealthy spend their tax breaks on the economy, and generate those vital jobs, in those small towns across America.

Vote McCain and we will be back on the track!

Posted by: insideman | October 30, 2008 4:48 PM

Two things will always stand out when history reflects upon this election:

1. The appalling media bias against first Clinton and now against McCain. A McCain win will a victory for justice-just because of the unAmerican bias. When does McCain get to interrupt regularly scheduled national tv programs and broadcast similtaneously on all networks?!

2. The ridiculous length of the campaign. This thing has been going on for two years! That's half the length of a presidential term. It's clearly time for rotating regional primaries with NO state getting an early preference just because it brings dollars into their state.

And we still don't know how it will end!

Rasmussen's national poll yesterday only put Obama up by 3%-that's well within the margain of error.

The Real Clear Politics combined poll has Obama's lead reduced to 6.1%.
That average includes polls from sources like the NY Times-who would be naive enough to believe anything from THAT source. In the last presidential election the NT Times had Kerry up by 12-14 points at the end and their poll was wrong by TWELVE points!

And then, of course, there are that vast multitude of people out there who NEVER tell pollsters the truth in ANY election because they are sick to death of polls-rather like most Americans are sick to death of this election.

Posted by: BruceMcDougall | October 30, 2008 4:47 PM

Here’s a scoop for ya…The election is over! Check out the Geo. Mason early voting site. http://elections.gmu.edu/early_vote_2008.html

Go to Florida. Over 33% of the vote is in, giving a statistical sample that should hold to within a percentage point. The key is how they break down who’s voted.

The scoop being that we can already tell that Obama is going to win Florida by at least 52-48. The numbers simply don’t lie. It’s a new phenom this early vote ting, and big media has not picked up that…..it’s over! Hip hip for Obama!@

Now….get out there and vote hard., and often, always for Obama. Don’t stop going nutso for him til Tuesday, at 8:30, when the real party begins. As Tito the Builder said….’I can smell it!‘

Posted by: robertell | October 30, 2008 4:38 PM

The more I listen to McCain, the more he makes sense. Giving tax breaks to only the top 5% will generate jobs, and lead to global recovery. This will make all of us Joe's satisfied that we're at least contributing to our economy. Forcing people, to take the $5000 credit and shop for a health plan will drive down healthcare costs. Everyone, will get the 5 grand, and have access to some healthcare. His idea of reducing Medicare by a large percentage, will be a huge savings, and help balance our bloated deficit.

Vote McCain and we will be back on the track!

Posted by: insideman | October 30, 2008 4:38 PM

The more I listen to McCain, the more he makes sense. Giving tax breaks to only the top 5% will generate jobs, and lead to global recovery. This will make all of us Joe's satisfied that we're at least contributing to our economy. Forcing people, to take the $5000 credit and shop for a health plan will drive down healthcare costs. Everyone, will get the 5 grand, and have access to some healthcare. His idea of reducing Medicare by a large percentage, will be a huge savings, and help balance our bloated deficit.

Vote McCain and we will be back on the track!

Posted by: insideman | October 30, 2008 4:34 PM

ryancains, I find your hysterical post to be quite entertaining.

Especially the the part where you ask, "Do you make over 97k per year? If you do you will get a tax increase."

You know how many people make over $97k per year?
5%.

So even if your claim was true, it really wouldn't matter to 95% of Americans. So you and the other 5% of Americans making over $97k... cry me a river.

Posted by: julieds | October 30, 2008 4:33 PM

TALK IS CHEAP AND ALL WE HEARD WAS MORE TALK FROM OBAMA.

Since Obama has voted 130 times present we cannot have a full view of who he is without looking not only at his record but who he associates with.

Obama praised Rashid Khalidi – Palestinian PLO promoter, who has radical views on Israel.

Obama endorsed a book in 2001 for William Ayers who is a self proclaimed Marxist and still as of 2001 proud of being a terrorist.

Obama said William Wright was a good friend, mentor and pastor for 20 years yet Wright preaches Liberation Theology which Wright admits is based on Marxism.

In his book he refers to Frank Marshall Davis as his mentor - Yup you guessed it Davis is a Marxist and was a leader in the Chicago Socialist Movement until he moved to Hawaii. Obama is connected to that same Chicago Socialist Movement.

"To each according to their ability to each according to their need" - Karl Marx

"We need to redistribute the wealth..." Obama has an undeniable lifetime pattern of Socialism.

SOCIALISM = LESS JOBS (check out Europe’s unemployment rate) GOVERNMENTS DO NOT CREATE WEALTH... INNOVATORS DO

Posted by: Garyt_the_Entrepreneur_creates_jobs | October 30, 2008 4:32 PM

The Populist is self motivated, no duh.

Today's headline ought to read:

Republicans redistribute the wealth to Oil Companies

The truth is the State of Alaska is a real embarrassment to this country when it comes to our common energy needs.

Filling up the gas tank ought to be motivation alone to vote. Of ourse if they were as stupid to elect Palin as Governor, they will re-elect a convicted felon.

Posted by: truthhurts | October 30, 2008 4:22 PM

The Democrats favor early voting to avoid the possibilty that Osama might be captured before the election. If Osama had a sense of humor he would release a vido-taped interview on election eve.

Posted by: 2sense | October 30, 2008 4:22 PM

It's good that the election is coming to an end. Doesn't anyone write about the topic of a story anymore?

In this case, the story is about early voting. Clearly, this helps the Democrats because it makes voting easier. In the past, they have been more easily dissuaded from voting due to long lines, etc.

At the same time, democracy is only helped when everyone who can vote does vote. It also helps the county clerks, who can disperse the work throughout a week or two.

Posted by: amaikovich | October 30, 2008 4:22 PM

The Democrats favor early voting to avoid the possibilty that Osama might be captured before the election. If Osama had a sense of humor he would release a vido-taped interview on election eve.

Posted by: 2sense | October 30, 2008 4:22 PM

The Populist is self motivated, no duh.

Today's headline ought to read:

Republicans redistribute the wealth to Oil Companies

The truth is the State of Alaska is a real embarrassment to this country when it comes to our common energy needs.

Filling up the gas tank ought to be motivation alone to vote.

Posted by: truthhurts | October 30, 2008 4:19 PM

Are we nearing percentages relative to 2004 vote that can give us a sense of what is happening in states? Is this why Colorado moved to a more Obama possibility. It is hard to tell - because you have no idea who will turn up come election day and democrats are highly motivated. Still - is it possible that some things will be evident by the end of the weekend? ...

Posted by: amrit46 | October 30, 2008 4:14 PM

Oh please God, have McCain win, so that the rich can get those deserved tax breaks, spend their excess money, and the middle class can chase the loose change. Why give the middle class Joe's any tax cuts? Its the ruling rich class that will drive this economy back to health! If anything, its the middle class that should support all of the government programs.

Paid by the consortium to elect McCain/Palin.

Posted by: insideman | October 30, 2008 4:13 PM

"IT IS ENOUPH THAT THE PEOPLE KNOW THERE WAS AN ELECTION. THE PEOPLE WHO CAST THE VOTES DECIDE NOTHING. THE PEOPLE WHO COUNT THE VOTES (or in this case register people fraudulently) DECIDE EVERYTHING"
- Joseph Stalin


WHEN THE TRUTH BECOMES IRRELEVANT AND THE LOUDEST VOICES WIN, THAT IS WHEN DEMOCRACY FAILS.

OBAMA = ACORN = VOTER FRAUD

Posted by: DemocracyRules | October 30, 2008 4:11 PM

I think the US needs to take a hard look at Obama. His economic & health programs will nullify the monetary gain aspect of further education. What is one of the easiest ways to save money under a government run health care system? Pay the providers less. So, doctors, nurses and administrative personnel will be paid much, much less. Therefore, there will begin to be a shortage of providers. On top of that if you start providing free medical care to everyone, hospitals and doctor's offices will not be able to handle the volume of patients. Can you say selective treatment? Will your 60 year old mother be denied an operation because the 23 year old illegal alien gets the operation needed just because there is not enough resources to do both? Ask someone from Canada about getting an operation. Compare their wait time of months to the current time in the US of days - weeks. His tax plans are merely class warfare. Take from rich (very small percentage of people) and give to the poor (very large percentage). When you rob Peter to pay Paul, you will never get a complaint from Paul. Of course he is going to get a majority of the vote from poor uneducated people. What they don't understand is that his plan will put their boss or company out of business, and then they won't have a job. His 95% of the people will get a tax cut is a lie. Do you make over 97k per year? If you do you will get a tax increase. He is talking about removing the cap on the social security tax which is currently set at 97k. So his promise that you won't see a tax increase unless you make more than 250k is a lie. Once he starts this you will see a gradual shift towards equalizing income. Anyone making over the median income in the US will soon be taxed 100% over the median. Why spend years in school to become an engineer or doctor when you can make the same amount of money at your local fast food restaurant? He will raise the capital gains. Investors will stop buying and selling or at least not do as much business. His tax plans will create an environment with no incentive for anyone to start a business or even stay in business. The median will start sliding lower and lower. All businesses will then start being regulated by the government so everyone has a job. Capitalism will be dead at this point and then America will fail. This is exactly what Obama wants. He will get it if he wins the white house due to having Pelosi & Reed in the house and senate.

Posted by: ryancaines | October 30, 2008 4:11 PM

Its true, Obama is a witch, he turned me into a frog. And if princess Palin hadn't kissed me, I would be sitting on lily pads right now.

NOT

I just wanted to put other Obama rumors into perspective.

Posted by: DrWho2 | October 30, 2008 4:08 PM

I long for the days when our biggest worry was how many fat girls were running amok in the White House!!

Posted by: vet4barack | October 30, 2008 3:47 PM

The GOP stuff is really getting desperate.
1. The suggestion that the income tax is spread-the-wealth socialism comes up against the fact that the graduated income tax was initially proposed by Adam Smith in his book Wealth of Nations, and introduced into the United States by a Republican, Teddy Roosevelt (McCain's hero -- supposedly).
2. Claiming that Barack Obama visited Pakistan in 1981 at a time when it was impossible for an American to visit Pakistan clashes with the fact that Pakistan's military dictatorship had the closest of ties to the US government in 1981, having taken power in a coup d'etat that didn't exactly take the US authorities by surprise. Americans had no trouble at all visiting Pakistan in 1981 (not that Obama did visit, but it would have been nothing special if he had).

Posted by: landsend | October 30, 2008 3:44 PM

The GOP stuff is really getting desperate.
1. The suggestion that the income tax is spread-the-wealth socialism comes up against the fact that the graduated income tax was initially proposed by Adam Smith in his book Wealth of Nations, and introduced into the United States by a Republican, Teddy Roosevelt (McCain's hero -- supposedly).
2. Claiming that Barack Obama visited Pakistan in 1981 at a time when it was impossible for an American to visit Pakistan clashes with the fact that Pakistan's military dictatorship had the closest of ties to the US government in 1981, having taken power in a coup d'etat that didn't exactly take the US authorities by surprise. Americans had no trouble at all visiting Pakistan in 1981 (not that Obama did visit, but it would have been nothing special if he had).

Posted by: landsend | October 30, 2008 3:44 PM

The GOP stuff is really getting desperate.
1. The suggestion that the income tax is spread-the-wealth socialism comes up against the fact that the graduated income tax was initially proposed by Adam Smith in his book Wealth of Nations, and introduced into the United States by a Republican, Teddy Roosevelt (McCain's hero -- supposedly).
2. Claiming that Barack Obama visited Pakistan in 1981 at a time when it was impossible for an American to visit Pakistan clashes with the fact that Pakistan's military dictatorship had the closest of ties to the US government in 1981, having taken power in a coup d'etat that didn't exactly take the US authorities by surprise. Americans had no trouble at all visiting Pakistan in 1981 (not that Obama did visit, but it would have been nothing special if he had).

Posted by: landsend | October 30, 2008 3:44 PM

Whoa.. NoWorry time to grab the umbrella- the sky is falling!

You really need to try and get one foot back in the door of reality and live up to your nickname. What you are likely really afraid of is that a black democrat is going to be leading the free world. As a middle aged white man I can assure you there is nothing to fear but fear itself!

Posted by: elmgator2 | October 30, 2008 3:42 PM

NoWorry:

You make tired, weak and debunked arguments. I doubt that even you believe them. Tomorrow is Halloween. Try scaring children.

Posted by: Lefty_ | October 30, 2008 3:41 PM

Obama reached across the aisle and grabbed a Lugie! All right, but I hope his hands have been cleaned since that happened.

End the wars!

Obama/Biden Now

Posted by: johng1 | October 30, 2008 3:41 PM

Its Halloween...be so scared of Obama!!!
He's no terrorist, he's no socialist, he's no pacifist! His time has come!!

Be more scared of Dana Carvey's Grumpy old man character grabbing the White House along Caribou Barbie!! We don't have enough young people for cannon fodder for their wars! What are McOlds's plans to turn this country around??? HE DOESN'T HAVE ANY...HASN'T EXPLAINED the half-wit stuff he has come up with? He's been too committed to slamming Obama to come up with his own plans???

Posted by: vet4barack | October 30, 2008 3:31 PM

Americans, wake up, balck, white, Hispanic, and Asian Americans, wake up. It is not late yet. We just simply can not let Obama to be our president without knowing him well.

I don’t understand why LA Times does not release the tape that Obama was with American terrorists, including willians Aryers in a dinner meeting. We Americans just simply do not know Obama well enough yet. We do not know who he is and what he is. It seems that he is trying very hard to hide who he is and what he is.

Obama's spread wealth ideas will destroy America in the end; his relationship with American terrorists will be a great threaten to Americans. Period.

His spread wealth will create so many lazy bones in America and fundamentally damage American productivity and creativity and the super wealth of America. His close relationships with American terrorists will breed more American terrorists in the future who will attack Americans again and again in the future.

It is really and truly dangerous to Americans, democrats, republicans and independent Americans if Obama is elected as American president. Obama can do what Bin Laden can not do , but Bin Laden absolutely wants to do, to destroy America. Obama can do it easily because he is the so called American president if he is elected. Obama may destroy America without Americans even being able to realize it.

Obama's ideas and attitudes are too dangerous to Americans.

Posted by: NoWorry | October 30, 2008 3:20 PM

In a twisted sort of way I almost want McCain to win this election because four more years worth of failed Bush/McCain policies would for all intents and purposes be the end of the Republican party as we know it today. They would become the 4th party gadflies that they deserve to be.


The only question is, would this country survive it?


You people out there who live in economic downtrodden states like Ohio, Pa and Virgina etc, if you are stupid enough to vote for McCain you will deserve every single bit of economic hardship that a McCain presidency will give you.
.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxT0s_I5WtA
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 30, 2008 3:19 PM

"I remember, this week 4 years ago i had friends in the Kerry campaign picking their offices in the OEB, LOL."

***

Sure. That's why the composite poll at RCP showed Bush with a lead for most of the last two months of the campaign.

Posted by: castanea | October 30, 2008 3:14 PM

I agree both sides don't have a monopoly on good ideas or good people! Unfortunately about a quarter of the country wouldn't give a Democrat any credit no matter how well things look! Remember how much taxpayer money was wasted harrassing Bill Clinton w/Kenneth Starr & Company! Obama is a little too left for my tastes but I think he's smart enough to move more towards the center if he wants to be an effective President! Disagreeing w/Bush 97% of the time doesn't mean he can't work across the aisle w/capable Repubs! He did it already w/my fellow Hoosier Richard Lugar! Lugar might be in Obama's cabinet except he is 76 yrs old?

Posted by: vet4barack | October 30, 2008 3:13 PM

"I remember, this week 4 years ago i had friends in the Kerry campaign picking their offices in the OEB, LOL."

***

Sure. That's why the composite poll at RCP showed Bush with a lead for most of the last two months of the campaign.

Posted by: castanea | October 30, 2008 3:13 PM

I agree both sides don't have a monopoly on good ideas or good people! Unfortunately about a quarter of the country wouldn't give a Democrat any credit no matter how well things look! Remember how much taxpayer money was wasted harrassing Bill Clinton w/Kenneth Starr & Company! Obama is a little too left for my tastes but I think he's smart enough to move more towards the center if he wants to be an effective President! Disagreeing w/Bush 97% of the time doesn't mean he can't work across the aisle w/capable Repubs! He did it already w/my fellow Hoosier Richard Lugar! Lugar might be in Obama's cabinet except he is 76 yrs old?

Posted by: vet4barack | October 30, 2008 3:13 PM

Here in the West, in Seattle, about half of all people have already voted. Heck, I voted two weeks ago, myself.

A number of friends in Oregon say about half the people down there have voted.

Now, that may just be Obama people, in which case, given how many of these voters are new or infrequent voters, you're looking at a massive Blue Tidal Wave.

Posted by: WillSeattle | October 30, 2008 3:11 PM

Vote Libertarian!

Bob Barr for president...give your vote to someone who truly has thought about the solutions the country needs, without merely parroting party lines!

Posted by: bacaje | October 30, 2008 3:04 PM

Shocker! Obama's lead evaporating. Most polls of likely voters have Obama up 2 or 3 points!

http://mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/

I remember, this week 4 years ago i had friends in the Kerry campaign picking their offices in the OEB, LOL.

Posted by: dcpsychic
**********************
oh... tee-hee, I remember your prediction of Hillary pulling out the primary win. Giggle-giggle... you will excuse me if I don't take seriously your cherry picking of a poll from website to bolster your lame argument. If you want a serious examination of electoral polling - fivethirtyeight.com is the best source. And..giggle, snort..the electoral map is ground zero for McCain and it ain't good. And Kerry was not in as good a position as Obama is in votes and in the electoral vote. But tell you what, dcpsychic, why don't you predict what finger I am holding up right now and what two fingers I will be holding up every time I see one of your dumb posts? lol...lmao...tee-hee...hahaha...heehee...

Posted by: LABC | October 30, 2008 2:54 PM

Vote early and vote often!


ACORN

Posted by: msmithnv | October 30, 2008 2:53 PM

Trident 420,

I agree with you. I am a Democrat and I am happy with the way the trends are looking right now. Although I believe in my party and support it passionately, I also know that great ideas and leaders come from the other side. The Democratic Party does not have a franchise on good ideas and leadership. And, our party spent some time in the woods after having its head handed to it by the GOP. It is now the GOP's turn to find itself again. I honestly hope that the GOP does what you suggest and dumps some of these fringe groups and stances. It does the country no good to play to these extremes. I give the GOP respect for its limited government and low taxes stance. But it turned off a great many people with the tactics used to win elections. The GOP became known more for how to win elections and less for how to govern. There is a price to pay for selling out to special interests and fringe groups to run up the election day turnout in your favor. The truth of the matter is, we are a centrist country. Effective governing occurs in the middle. Our country is best when we share power and ideas. At the end of the day, we are a family, really. We may argue, we may fight, but we all should want what is best for this country of ours and this world we live in.

Posted by: president1 | October 30, 2008 2:52 PM

McCain has ZERO chance of pulling out a miracle on Tuesday. Folks on the east coast will be able to go to bed at their normal bed times safe in the knowledge that Barack Obama has been elected President of these United States of America.

Posted by: pgiaquinto | October 30, 2008 2:49 PM

Our AA voters are being very shrewd to utilize the early voting option. If there are any issues with their voter registration, this is the way to smoke 'em out early enough to do something about it.

Anyone who feels like the current regime treats them like "marginalized" citizens should get to the polls early if their state allows it. The power brokers don't want to loosen their grip -- we have to outwit, outplay and outlast them!

Posted by: laboo | October 30, 2008 2:47 PM

These McCain 08 to Hillary 2012 women make me sick! If you're deserting Obama out of spite then you were never a Democrat to begin with! Obviously his policies are a helluva lot closer to Hillarys then McCains! I think Obama and the Clintons have made up but he doesn't owe them any apologies! Hillary knows the Repubs have just suckered the common man/woman for 8 yrs into doing their bidding and even someone as ambitious as her can't want another 4 yrs in the dumps w/McOld!

Posted by: vet4barack | October 30, 2008 2:35 PM

i as a senior citizen believe that obama will be our nexy chief,he has brains looks personality and maqny other traits that is required by voters to be our new leader.good luck mr obama if i could vote twice i would vote for you.

Posted by: normankrueger | October 30, 2008 2:21 PM

toritto is right. THIS Republican will not be voting for John McCain. My party is now controlled by fringe extremists, and this new angry mob mentality is the my biggest turn-off yet. I disagree with some of Obama's social plans, but I cannot promote the radicals that have hijacked my party. I know that John McCain isn't necessarily one of these, but without a slap on face the party will not reassess its goals and decide to move to the center. Unfortunately that didn’t happen this year. Palin may be a natural leader, but she represents and ignites the fringe I despise. I am positive that the Republican party will once again seek true national priorities, and put aside this ignorant bullsh!t. I certainly hope that in 2012 my party decides to take its head out of its rear and start working -outside- the bubble.

Posted by: trident420 | October 30, 2008 2:20 PM

I think whatever the turnout, this will be historical election in several ways. I think that's something to be proud of in the very least.

On a lighter note, a nice way to keep abreast of the campaigns is through satire. I think this is my favorite site.

http://www.rooftopcomedy.com/watch/ElectionCoverageCitizenMcCain

Happy voting everyone...

Posted by: valerie8 | October 30, 2008 2:16 PM

toritto is right. THIS Republican will not be voting for John McCain. My party is now controlled by fringe extremists, and the angry mob mentality is the my biggest turn-off. I disagree with some of Obama's social plans, but I cannot promote the radical neo-cons that have hijacked my country. I know that John McCain isn't necessarily one of these, but without a slap on face the party will not reassess its goals. Unfortunately it didn’t happen this year. Palin may be a natural leader, but she represents and ignites the fringe I despise. I am positive that the Republican party will once again seek true national priorities, and put aside this ignorant bullsh!t. I certainly hope that in 2012 my party decides to take its head out of its rear and start working -outside- the bubble.

Posted by: trident420 | October 30, 2008 2:16 PM


Shocker! Obama's lead evaporating. Most polls of likely voters have Obama up 2 or 3 points!

http://mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/

I remember, this week 4 years ago i had friends in the Kerry campaign picking their offices in the OEB, LOL.

Posted by: dcpsychic | October 30, 2008 2:16 PM

Palin - Plumber 2012!

Posted by: crawfam | October 30, 2008 2:01 PM

Rush Limbaugh is telling the goobs about the vast, dark, tin foil penetrating conspiracy aligned against them.

Limbaugh is telling the rubes that a vast dark, army of Democratic operatives is deliberately skewing the polls, overwhelming the blogs, forcing the world's major news organizations to ignore silly and disproven wingnut propaganda, etc.

Apparently, it's all a vast, dark, evil, invisible conspiracy and conservatives are the pathetic victims.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | October 30, 2008 1:52 PM

mnteng- What I had declared, I meant.

Since it seems only my Congressional Reps. believe in my DEMAND that this Nation crack down on Criminal Employment Practices that have led to the stagnated Wages, Community Burdens, and Wholesale loss of sovereignty(Cripes, in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, ENGLISH is becoming the secondary language!), I will vote for John Cornyn, who is an OUTSTANDING Representative, and I wish my former House Rep. John Carter the best!

However, I DEMAND an xecutive who WEILL Enforce our Nation's Labor Laws, like the Oath they take has them SWEAR they will do!

But Both McCain and O'Bomba-Nation will JUST BE LYING!

I share Colon Powell's reservations about electing an INCOMPETENT VP, with a vulnerable President.

Hence, as it stands, I'll just be "Present", and be able to Blame EVERYONE Else!

Now, get Sarah OFF, and Business/Economics Wise AND Competent Mitt Romney ON,;

Now;

That's;

"Change";

I DEMAND! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 30, 2008 1:52 PM

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 30, 2008 1:52 PM

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 30, 2008 1:51 PM

Rush Limbaugh is telling the goobs about the vast, dark, tin foil penetrating conspiracy aligned against them.

Limbaugh is telling the rubes that a vast dark, army of Democratic operatives is deliberately skewing the polls, overwhelming the blogs, forcing the world's major news organizations to ignore silly and disproven wingnut propaganda, etc.

Apparently, it's all a vast, dark, evil, invisible conspiracy and conservatives are the pathetic victims.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | October 30, 2008 1:50 PM

SAINT--The:

Don't hold your breath. McC has been lurching around, going from point to point so incoherently that he has about 7 different messages per day.

Have you voted yet?

Posted by: mnteng | October 30, 2008 1:34 PM

the GOP suffers a crushing defeat next Tuesday it will be time for real Republicans to pick up the pieces.

The program should read:

1. We will defend the United States against all enemies.

2. We will be careful stewards of your money and control spending.

3. We will not tell you how to live your life.

4. All are welcome in our tent.

Marginalize the crackpots, neo-fascists, purposely ignorant, bigots and those waiting for the rapture - they will vote for you anyway. Cut your ties with A. M. radio.

The American people will respond.

It is time for real Republicans to take their party back. The nation needs you

Posted by: toritto | October 30, 2008 1:24 PM

the GOP suffers a crushing defeat next Tuesday it will be time for real Republicans to pick up the pieces.

The program should read:

1. We will defend the United States against all enemies.

2. We will be careful stewards of your money and control spending.

3. We will not tell you how to live your life.

4. All are welcome in our tent.

Marginalize the crackpots, neo-fascists, purposely ignorant, bigots and those waiting for the rapture - they will vote for you anyway. Cut your ties with A. M. radio.

The American people will respond.

It is time for real Republicans to take their party back. The nation needs you

Posted by: toritto | October 30, 2008 1:22 PM

O'Bomba-Nation should relax a little.

Aside from a few Million conservatives like me waiting to see if McMoron has a lucid moment, and replaces the wholly incompetent emergency Replacement Sarah Palin, with a competent and Business/Economics wise person like Mitt Romney;

Not even a scandal where Barack Hussein was caught having Homosexual Sexual relations with an under-aged minor suffering Down syndrome AND Autism, would defer the Messiah's mesmerized Masses! :-(

Because for them, it was NEVER about the Empty Suit;

It was ALL about the World Labor Party Takeover!

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 30, 2008 1:06 PM

Huckabee Hearts Obama?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YADwYU-phpI


See the latest Lies the GOP is trying to spread about Obama http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 30, 2008 12:57 PM

Huckabee Hearts Obama?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YADwYU-phpI


See the latest Lies the GOP is trying to spread about Obama http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 30, 2008 12:55 PM

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