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Signs of Democratic Confidence as Biden Travels Ohio

By Perry Bacon Jr.
ATHENS, Ohio -- Sen. Sherrod Brown wants Ohio Democrats to watch Fox News on Election Night, so they can celebrate while watching conservatives in agony.

"It's going to be about 11:50 and Hannity looks at O'Reilly and says, 'You do it,' and O'Reilly says, 'No you do it,'" Brown said, referring to two of the network's famous commentators while warming up the crowd for an appearance by Sen. Joe Biden here. The crowd booed when Brown said the pundit's names.

"So O'Reilly looks at the camera at 11:53," Brown continued, "O'Reilly looks into the camera and says, 'Well folks, Ohio went for Barack Obama. He's the next president of the United States.'"

As Brown travels through Ohio on a bus tour with Gov. Ted Strickland and the Democratic vice presidential nominee, that wasn't the only sign of confidence from the team pushing for Barack Obama's election. For the second day in a row, Biden referred to "January 20" or "when we're inaugurated" -- although he quickly added, "God willing."

"When we're inaugurated, God willing, on January 20 of 2009, there are two things we're going to focus our entire administration on," Biden told the crowd of more than a thousand at the Athens fairgrounds. "Number one, rebuilding the middle class ... everything we do domestically will focus on that. And the second objective will be to restore our leadership and respect around the world."

Touting some of the proposals both Obama and the Democratic congressional leadership have suggested should be passed during the post-election session of Congress, such as freezing foreclosures on mortgages for 90 days, Biden said, "We can't wait until January 20th to get things done."

At the same time, the vice presidential candidate is taking nothing for granted, with a packed schedule of six events in two days in small towns in eastern and central Ohio. He will spend the rest of the week making stops in New Mexico and Nevada, attending fundraisers in California and taping appearances on both "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and the "Ellen DeGeneres Show."

And his staff, eager to keep him on script, has a teleprompter ready for all of his speeches. (Obama, who during the primary season spoke off the cuff, now does the same.) Aides repeatedly tried to cut off reporters' questions after a stop at a diner on Tuesday turned into an impromptu news conference, with the candidate again blasting Sen. John McCain's campaign tactics in recent weeks.

And Biden is not nearly as confident as Vogue Magazine, which features, in its November issue, the story "All the Vice-President's Women" accompanied by a picture of the women in the Biden clan, including his wife, Jill, his sister and lead political adviser, Valerie, and his 91-year-old mother, Jean.

"We're not just a couple in politics, or one person. We're a family in politics," Jill Biden told the magazine. "And I think vice president is the best place for us: The family can be at the residence, the family can come to the dinners, the family can go to the events. It would be more inclusive. We've worked so hard to get Joe to where he is. Besides, I'm ready for a new journey. Why not?"

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 15, 2008; 12:28 PM ET
Categories:  Joe Biden  
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I personally have no need to vote for Obama, I work very hard, I take care of my family and I do not need a big brother as I am capable of taking care of myself and my family.

If you still need a diaper changer you have the right to vote for Obama but I will fight having to pay for your daycare.

You guys are real loons that obviously need a caregiver and you deserve what you get should obama get elected.

Posted by: dwhunter1 | October 20, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

When McCain was asked if Palin was qualified for Vice President, and even Presiden, he answered: "She re-activated the base".

People, please do your very best to see, read, and understand that what McCain is trying to sell us IS NOT in the best interest of our Nation.

"Drill baby drill" is just one more gimmick.

The oil companies are making BILLIONS at the expense of US people.

And McCain, like Bush, wants to GIVE THEM MORE.

Posted by: ElMugroso | October 18, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

McCain claims to "know how to win wars", but he was wrong in saying that "the Iraquis will receive us as heroes".

That's his paranoia. Right now the Iraquis are having demonstrations against the US occupation.

McCain supported Bush in this senseless, expensive, and immoral war.

McCain was WRONG about the war.

Obama HAS the correct understanding and will follow with the right action when we elect him President of the USA.


Posted by: ElMugroso | October 18, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

McCain DOES have radical ideas that are not in the best interest of US people.

For instance, in the last debate, he expressed his idea of putting the soldiers coming from Iraq and Afghanistan in teaching positions WITHOUT their having to meet educational criteria that other teachers meet.

That is a risky idea because many of the soldiers coming back are in need of medical attention that includes also mental attention.

Sadly, they are even systematically denied such services. They've been used and are being abused.

Check this out for yourselves.

Posted by: ElMugroso | October 18, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

cacatua - since the McCain/Palin ticket is accused of inciting hate & violence when their crowds boo care to explain why that reasoning doesn't apply to Joe Biden?

Posted by: briehl | October 15, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Ummm the booing isnt inciting violence. Its the smears whipping up the base that results in shouting things like "kill him" "traitor" "terrorist" and several other horrific statments. I fail to understand how you arrived at "booing" being used as the example of these incites to hatred. Boo Boo away, but yelling "kill him" is another matter. In a rally on monday Obama even tried to silence a ripple of boos directed at McCain. By contrast pre-stump crowd warmups at Mccain rallys are encouraged to boo at specific intervals and at specific comments. Once again the stark contrast is blidingly obvious

Posted by: feastorafamine | October 15, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

cacatua - since the McCain/Palin ticket is accused of inciting hate & violence when their crowds boo care to explain why that reasoning doesn't apply to Joe Biden?

Posted by: briehl | October 15, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

2 million jobs as long as you dont mind working for welfare

Posted by: getsix1 | October 15, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Won't be the first time you've had egg on your face, Biden. I wouldn't crow to loud yet! It ain't over till it's over!

Posted by: swinko05 | October 15, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Obama voters are you listening ? Or are you blind folded and walking the plank ! Democrat not voting for Obama.
Best wishes,

Democrat from Michigan

from the independents and republicans voting for Obama: yawn...

Posted by: LABC | October 15, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I eagerly await a full in depth article bemoaning the hate and violence the Biden campaign is encouraging among his supporters.

Posted by: briehl
Just don't hold your breath...or do...

Posted by: LABC | October 15, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Joe Biden is part of the Obama campaign now, and I don't think he has ever encouraged hate and violence. I have no idea where you are coming from with that one!

Posted by: cacatua | October 15, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I eagerly await a full in depth article bemoaning the hate and violence the Biden campaign is encouraging among his supporters.

Posted by: briehl | October 15, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

It is painful to watch John McCain speak knowing it is all over for him and Palin.
What went wrong? What went right for Barack Obama? Was it the Palin factor?

What may I ask went so wrong for John McCain?

Posted by: Kimmo1 | October 15, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

"McCain World View: America is a powerful force for GOOD in the world"

Simply saying and believing that America is a force for good does not make it so. Our actions have to continually justify it; otherwise any action can be rationalized, no matter how horrific or atrocious it is.

It isn't "we're the good guys, hence we can do no wrong"; it's "first, we do no wrong, and therefore we are the good guys". As James says in the Bible, 'Faith without works is dead'.

Posted by: jeema | October 15, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Definitions of Socialism on the Web:

An economic system in which the basic means of production are primarily owned and controlled collectively by the government under some system or An "economic, social and political doctrine which expresses the struggle for the equal distribution of wealth by eventually eliminating private property and the exploitative ruling class . Hey, Obama voters are you listening ? Or are you blind folded and walking the plank ! Democrat not voting for Obama.
Best wishes,

Democrat from Michigan

Posted by: dhagan1 | October 15, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Of course this story is datelined from Athens, the sole liberal outpost in socially conservative Southeast Ohio. You out-of-state Democrats err if you extrapolate all of Ohio just because Athens is the home of Ohio University. This thing is not nearly over, despite all the media posturing that it is. The election will be decided by independents, and they eschew single-party control (which is, duh, why they are independent). Nobody in their right (pardon the pun) mind wants to hand control of the government over to Obama and Pelosi.

Posted by: OhioCon | October 15, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

This is just what our country needs now: Sen. Brown sound just like the school yard bully. He may be having fun now, but wait, wait, is not over yet. If Obama wins and puts in all his commie socialist programs which he stated on TV a year ago (yes, he's changed his programs to suit the voters now, but he's really a radical socialist and will govern that way). With a Democratic Congress, he'll get thru all his communist like programs and the people who think government should take care of them instead of doing for themselves, as American was built on this ideal), will soon have no one to support them as the people who pay the taxes will go broke attempting to run their businesses and pay the high taxes and some will just move offshore. We have far too many people now who don't want to work to support themselves and their children.....Socialist States of's commmmmmiiiiiigggggg!!

Posted by: love234america | October 15, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Biden's in the right place but he should hop on a jet to Tampa immediately after. Ohio is key. Florida is critical.

Posted by: huckfin | October 15, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Republican operatives have been reported taking pictures of voters and license plates to co-ordinate retaliations in Ohio. Green county sheriff in ohio has used the social security and dmv data bases to target democrats for co-ordinated arrests. The White House is still blocking the Connoly subpoena stemming from the thieving of the election in Ohio in 2004. 19 states have been caught illegally purging voters from the rolls. Several States have had there counting software mysteriously reprogrammed to not count straight ticket votes for the President and Senate. Right wingers are still trying to sell the ACORN lie (if mickey mouse is registered to vote, is he going to show up on election day to cast his ballot?) People have woken up to the lie and Republican's are scared.

Welcome to Bush's Banana Republic.

The first thing we need from the White House in January is trials and jail time for the criminals who have spent the last 8 years destroying this country. Probes of the RNC and its connection to politically motivated election, financial, judiciary fraud. Arrests for war profiteering illegal spying authorization of torture kangaroo courts at gitmo propaganda campaigns being run by the DOD in connection with the run up to war in Iraq and a systematic anti-trust team to start dismantling the fascist system established during the Bush administration.

Posted by: mightytightywhity | October 15, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse


Obama needs to be aggressive tonight and NOT just sit on his "lead" -- because there may be no lead at all by Election Day.

Today's Politico lead story indicates that the Rev. Wright issue will be resurrected in McCain TV advertising... alongside of Rezko, Ayers and ACORN.

If McCain plays "guilt by association," Obama should bring up the Alaska Independence Party; Todd Palin's membership in a group that advocates seccession from the U.S.; its founder's anti-American statements; and ask the question:

"Is your running mate Sarah Palin palling around with someone who pals around with enemies of the state?

If Obama lays back, he could see his lead diminish as the "fear factor" takes hold -- as it always seems to do in the waning days of recent presidential campaigns.


What if McCain's real strategy is aimed NOT at voters, but at the apparachik?


Posted by: scrivener50 | October 15, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

See a McCain rally go bad, Booing and People leaving. A song Hank Williams sang was vulgar and offended some. Heres the clip

Who won the Best Palin Impersonator Contest? Not Tina Fey. See Clip.

Posted by: pastor123 | October 15, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey John McCain, Who is Sarah Palin?
What were you thinking? Smoking?
Biden should show some confidence. Let's face it; Sarah Palin makes Spiro Agnew sound like a Rhodes Scholar. If only the Republicans would present her on Face the Nation or other credible news programs, it would finally expose her intellect on politics....or anything else.

Posted by: sd-mouth | October 15, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Dispelling the idea of McCain being Bush 3 is EASY! But given that we could be u
nder an economic cloud that could bring back the 70s, do we REALLY want Carter 2.0?

Here's some advice for McCain tonite:

If McCain is going to BUDGE the polls, he's going to have to learn that dropping ONE glove (Palin) isn't going to cut it - the good cop/bad cop routine doesn't work in a political campaign! You can't be a "nice guy" in a knife fight!

So here's my free advice to John:

1) Learn to use "THAT MEANS…" Don't just say "I tried to prevent the Fannie/Freddie debacle", tell HOW the whistle was blown and the red flag raised... and name names of those who resisted! Respond to Obama's charges with facts, like "Tax cuts don't reduce revenues... they INCREASE them every time they're tried". Point out that corporations don't pay taxes... they pass the costs on to their customers or they cut costs by laying off workers. Either way, taxing corporations hurts FAMILIES. Talk about removing tax barriers to REPATRIATING offshore operations.

2) Mudslinging may be distasteful, but it WORKS. TALK about why Obama's economic policy is a disaster. Talk about ALL his associations* and the PATTERN they depict. (Don't get bogged down in the specifics of Ayers or Wright... give the totality of associations and let the CLOUD swirl around him!) Talk about ACORN. Talk about his WORLD VIEW. When asked about your own policies - give a CONCISE answer and end on a CONTRAST with "that one". Never let an answer end without a hit on Obama... keep him on the defensive!

3) DISTILL the World View difference down to brass tacks:

Obama World View: America is a greedy evil which must be restrained. Government is the answer to the problems of the downtrodden. Taxation's purpose is to redistribute wealth and to manipulate behavior.

McCain World View: America is a powerful force for GOOD in the world and the people can accomplish great things if they are UNCHAINED. Americans are the most charitable people on the face of the earth and don't need Government to decide where to distribute their charity for them. Taxation is a necessary evil to generate revenues for the appropriate business of Government, which is constitutionally limited.


Posted by: edeldoug | October 15, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE, never turn your back on either a rattlesnake or a Republican! Always expect the worst until it's over!

Posted by: cacatua | October 15, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Cluck cluck cluck...


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | October 15, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | October 15, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Don't count your chickens before they hatch.

Posted by: JakeD | October 15, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

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