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The Best Election I Ever Covered

Washington Post's David Broder explains why this is the best election season he's covered since the Kennedy-Nixon campaign. His accompanying piece, "The Amazing Race," can be read here.

Posted at 1:29 PM ET on Nov 1, 2008  | Category:  Broder Remembers
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McCain Endorsed by Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 11/2/08


(Do you think Obama will get angry again and throw their reporter off the plane too?)


"Welcome to the 2008 presidential race. This nation's liberal elite and its predominantly liberal media have anointed as the next president Democrat Barack Obama, 47, the junior senator of Illinois.

The liberal tutorial is that Sen. Obama is a visionary, a man of hope, if not the political equivalent of the Second Coming. And a plurality of the student body appears to accept this at face value. But Obama has sparse political experience, no executive experience, no leadership experience, really, and woefully little experience at much of anything.

That is, other than rationalizing quite leftist and collectivist views that include everything from the worst of command economics -- sure to turn recession into depression -- to perverting the U.S. Constitution by making it and the Supreme Court some kind of rule-of-law relative social re-engineering tool.

Talk about manifest danger.

The only truly experienced leader in this race -- the gentleman whose resume actually is worthy of the phrase -- is John McCain, 72, war hero, former congressman and longtime U.S. senator of Arizona.

John McCain is fiercely independent. And he makes no apologies for the principles he holds dear, even if they be at odds with the traditional party base. But he has never wavered in his core belief of what Republicanism (with a capital "R") and republicanism (with a lower-case "r") are all about:

Small government. Fiscal discipline. Low taxes. A strong defense. And a judiciary that does not legislate from the bench.

Compared with Barack Obama's long and dangerous statist laundry list of the ever more expansive role government should play in our lives, John McCain sums it up quite succinctly, quite effectively and quite nicely, thank you.

Indeed, we have differences that are more than quibbles with some of Sen. McCain's positions. We stridently disagree with his campaign finance and immigration "reform" efforts. And we've told him so face to face.

But it being, as once was written, a golden rule that one should never judge men by their opinions but rather by what their opinions make of them, it would be imprudent of us to allow our respectful differences to preclude our support.

Thus, we again today wholeheartedly endorse John McCain for president of the United States. For it really is time to stand up and fight."

Posted by: thecannula | November 2, 2008 11:58 AM

McCain Endorsed by Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 11/2/08


(Do you think Obama will get angry again and throw their reporter off the plane too?)


"Welcome to the 2008 presidential race. This nation's liberal elite and its predominantly liberal media have anointed as the next president Democrat Barack Obama, 47, the junior senator of Illinois.

The liberal tutorial is that Sen. Obama is a visionary, a man of hope, if not the political equivalent of the Second Coming. And a plurality of the student body appears to accept this at face value. But Obama has sparse political experience, no executive experience, no leadership experience, really, and woefully little experience at much of anything.

That is, other than rationalizing quite leftist and collectivist views that include everything from the worst of command economics -- sure to turn recession into depression -- to perverting the U.S. Constitution by making it and the Supreme Court some kind of rule-of-law relative social re-engineering tool.

Talk about manifest danger.

The only truly experienced leader in this race -- the gentleman whose resume actually is worthy of the phrase -- is John McCain, 72, war hero, former congressman and longtime U.S. senator of Arizona.

John McCain is fiercely independent. And he makes no apologies for the principles he holds dear, even if they be at odds with the traditional party base. But he has never wavered in his core belief of what Republicanism (with a capital "R") and republicanism (with a lower-case "r") are all about:

Small government. Fiscal discipline. Low taxes. A strong defense. And a judiciary that does not legislate from the bench.

Compared with Barack Obama's long and dangerous statist laundry list of the ever more expansive role government should play in our lives, John McCain sums it up quite succinctly, quite effectively and quite nicely, thank you.

Indeed, we have differences that are more than quibbles with some of Sen. McCain's positions. We stridently disagree with his campaign finance and immigration "reform" efforts. And we've told him so face to face.

But it being, as once was written, a golden rule that one should never judge men by their opinions but rather by what their opinions make of them, it would be imprudent of us to allow our respectful differences to preclude our support.

Thus, we again today wholeheartedly endorse John McCain for president of the United States. For it really is time to stand up and fight."

Posted by: thecannula | November 2, 2008 7:40 AM

OBAMA'S 'NATIONAL CIVILIAN SECURITY FORCE' CALL:
IT MAY COST HIM THIS SUPPORTER'S VOTE

http://my.nowpublic.com/world/obamas-national-civilian-security-force-call-scary-11th-hour-revelation

OR http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 2, 2008 3:56 AM

Funnier than John McCain on SNL-

The 5 Greatest Jokes of 2007-8:

1. I could no more disavow Rev Wright than I could an Uncle: I never in 20 years heard him say anything controversial

2. Allowing Mrs Rezko to buy me a sideyard was a Bonehead Move

3. Bill Ayres was a guy in my neighborhood:our kids knew each
other: I didn't know about the Weatherman

4. Khalidi was a guy in my neighborhood: I didn't about know his PLO background

5. I didn't know my Aunt was in America

Posted by: thecannula | November 2, 2008 1:40 AM

Palin is like Darth Cheney Jr.


Is Palin a Whack Job?


YOU BETCHA!


Whack Job: noun - A crazy, possibly dangerous, person.
.
http://www.allwords.com/word-whackjob.html
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Politico brings word that McCain advisors are upping the verbal leak campaign against Sarah Palin, who must long for the days when members of her campaign were calling her a hockey mom and Joe Six-Pack.

A top McCain adviser one-ups the priceless "diva" description, calling Palin "a whack job."
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/28/palin-a-whack-job-top-mcc_n_138523.html
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Whack job. It's a good charge, cause it's true! This is one of my favorite leaks from the anti-Palin forces working for McCain, right up with the claim that she's "going rogue." Like Iran?


I've never seen a breakdown in discipline like this on a presidential campaign. It testifies to McCain's lack of leadership and to the state of his campaign. Knowing they're going to lose, Mittens' kittens are angling for advantage against Palin going into the 2012 primary.


Ah, yes, the coming GOP primary. Fantasize, my friends, with me. It's 2011, Obama and the Democrats in Congress have passed good progressive legislation to help bring us out of recession, institute universal health care, and end our dependence on foreign oil. Our troops are home from Iraq. Then we will all get to sit back and watch Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and whoever else fight for the right to lose to Obama.
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Posted by: DrainYou | November 1, 2008 10:48 PM

Davina: Palin deserves to be ridiculed.

She is not qualified and America knows it.

Posted by: toritto | November 1, 2008 8:53 PM

Listening to McCain and Palin is listening to the ghost of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew.

"real Americans", "real America" "socialists" "traitors" "they hate America" "terrorists"

"the silent majority" "fellow travelers" "soft on communism" "nattering nabobs of negativism" "elites" "liberal media" "ivory towerrs of liberalism"

Nixon is long gone from the Presidency and now long dead.....but his influence goes on.


Posted by: toritto | November 1, 2008 8:51 PM

Amazing? I have been sickened by the coverage of this race. I read the NYT, WaPo, Slate, Politico, Drudge, the Washington Times, and my local papers. All were justifiably hard on GW after no WMDs were found - probably because they were complicit in spreading his propaganda/justification for the lead up to the Iraq War. Lesson learned? No. Now the press is spreading propaganda for the Obama campaign. Even SNL, Colbert Report and the Daily Show spend the first five minutes of their respective shows ridiculing Sarah Palin - can you imagine them doing the same to Barack? I can't. Vote for Nader, or Barr, or write in Ron Paul. The Parties have hijacked our government and the news media. Let's take it back.

Posted by: daavina | November 1, 2008 8:11 PM

Our economy is structurally sound for the long term"
*George W Bush - Feb 11, 2008


"The American people can remain confident in the soundness and the resilience of our financial system"
*Henry Paulson - Sept 15, 2008


"The economy is fundamentally sound"
*Herbert Hoover - October, 1931


"The fundamentals of our economy are strong"
*John McCain - Sept 15, 2008
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcdLO3jKkPo
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McCain does not have the ability to fix this economic crisis. After declaring the fundamentals of the economy strong, he created a political circus in Washington by mucking up bailout negotiations; a deplorable campaign stunt, considering he and his political cronies helped cause the current meltdown.


It was McCain and his economic adviser Phil Gramm who pushed for the deregulation that helped lead to the banking crisis, and it was McCain's crony Rick Davis who had deep lobbyist ties to Freddie Mac. Don't let others be fooled by McCain's economic grandstanding because the reality is his policies and principles will only exacerbate our financial hardships.


McCain is being deceitful with his sudden populist message and support for regulation; his economic policies still favor our nation's wealthy elite.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4egXbhSOhk
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Posted by: DrainYou | November 1, 2008 7:24 PM

I am so done with...people who floated through school, college, life and expect someone else to take care of them.

You are on your own. Get your children to study 20+ hours week (minimum) and excel in school. They need to become life-long learners. If not, they will LOSE to the BRIC, Pacific Rim and EU contingents that are 'cleaning our clock' in math, science, etc. The GM job bank will be gone post-bankruptcy - no more getting paid $80K a year for sitting on your rear. Unless you get a check from the US Govt to 'spread the wealth'. You are a LOSER if you continue to live your life this way!!!

Posted by: jhpbriton | November 1, 2008 6:50 PM

Broder has been drinking the grape Kool-Aid since 1960. He loved JFK and Obama is the second coming. I would be shocked if he wasn't already on his knees genuflecting.

Posted by: jhpbriton | November 1, 2008 6:45 PM

Wednesday morning, Nov 5

President-elect Obama surveys the wreckage.

Senate - 59 Dems in place at inauguration

House - 50 seat majority

Economy - Ready to recover

Voters - 50% of citizens lined up with hand out. Permanent underclass created (another victory for Democrats). This will keep them in power until next war.

I am asking for the handout as well. My neighbor who bought too much house 4 years ago, bought 2 new cars with an additional home equity loan, and has missed his payment has his handout. On the other hand, I bought a home well within means. Did not take on home equity loan, did not purchase a new car in last 6 years, do not have any credit card debt...am thinking I am an idiot.

I should have gone max in debt. That way I can line up with other LOSERS who are going to CASH IN.


Posted by: jhpbriton | November 1, 2008 6:40 PM

I just sent an e-mail to David Broder re his article Best campaign ever. I would like to know what he has been drinking because I coud sure use it. I would ask the Washington Post to replay Gov. Arnie's intro to McCain's rally last night. It was disgusting -he mocked and made fun of almost all of Obama's anatomical parts(this is a Governor!)Great class especially with kids in the audience and their supporters loved every minute of it. Its up to the press to call attention to the crass and cruel treatment of those running for President. I have been involved in many campaigns as an elected official and I believe that the lows that Rove with McCain's agreement has stooped to is extraordinary. Look at the video of last night rally.Is this what we have become?

Posted by: epp404 | November 1, 2008 6:22 PM

HAHAHA!!!


YOU CAN'T ASK FOR WORSE PRE-ELECTION KARMA THAN THIS!


Dick The VP Throws McCain Under The Bush:


The least popular vice president in history endorses McCain, his personal choice to succeed the least popular President (Bush) in history.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3Y8n9FWz4E
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In Barack Obama's prepared remarks for Pueblo, CO, he congratulated McCain on getting on Dick the VP's endorsement:


President Bush is sitting out the last few days before the election. But earlier today, Dick Cheney came out of his undisclosed location and hit the campaign trail. He said that he is, and I quote, "delighted to support John McCain."


I’d like to congratulate Senator McCain on this endorsement because he really earned it. That endorsement didn’t come easy. Senator McCain had to vote 90 percent of the time with George Bush and Dick Cheney to get it. He served as Washington’s biggest cheerleader for going to war in Iraq, and supports economic policies that are no different from the last eight years. So Senator McCain worked hard to get Dick Cheney’s support.


But here’s my question for you, Colorado: do you think Dick Cheney is delighted to support John McCain because he thinks John McCain’s going to bring change? Do you think John McCain and Dick Cheney have been talking about how to shake things up, and get rid of the lobbyists and the old boys club in Washington?
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http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1108/Obama_knocks_Cheney_vote.html?showall
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DON'T GET DICKED BY CHENEY, PEOPLE!!!


OBAMA/BIDEN 08!
GOTV TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4th, 2008!
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Posted by: DrainYou | November 1, 2008 5:25 PM

We are fans of David Broder - we submit that the choices in this election are between an ObamaNation and an Abomination. ...............


http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/11/01/obamanation-or-abomination/

Posted by: glclark4750 | November 1, 2008 5:19 PM

The intellectual gap between the two political camps is staggering.
The emotional state of the GOP supporters reminds me of the early days of the Iraki war. Hopefully these times will be over soon.
To be in touch with reality does not seem to be an attribute of these people. Thank you dems, we are waiting for your positive america instead of this cold war mentality and retrograde world view.

Posted by: supporter | November 1, 2008 4:55 PM

I am almost as old as DB and I do not think
this campaign has been "special". I think that in '92, when Perot's insistence on issues forced Bush 41 and WJC to engage, we saw a "real" campaign, with a real learning experience for the voters. This one was a disappointment - BHO would not do town halls and McC would not address issues.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | November 1, 2008 3:16 PM

Can you imagine four more years of hearing:

My Friends

My Friends

My Friends

over and over and over again?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdBsv0uCT0c
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OBAMA/BIDEN 08 - GOTV TUESDAY NOV 4th, 2008!
.

Posted by: DrainYou | November 1, 2008 2:55 PM

The media seems to have been covering for Biden for some time. While news stories still talk about Dan Quayle’s spelling mistake 18 years later, there has been almost no news coverage of Biden’s numerous wacky statements. What if Quayle had said something similar to Biden’s recent statement that, "When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'" A neat trick given that Herbert Hoover was president in 1929 and no one was watching television.

It might not fit the simple template for a 36-year veteran of the Senate to not understand what vice presidents do (after all, eight vice presidents have served with him), but Biden knew less about this than the political outsider, Sarah Palin. Given that they are running to be vice president, why didn’t that story dominate the news coverage after the debate?
-- Finally, an amusing point as evidence that Biden is just one of the people he pointed to, inviting anyone to have a beer with him at "Katie's Restaurant" in Wilmington, Del. Unfortunately, people will have a hard time taking him up on his offer, since the restaurant hasn't had that name for probably 15 years.

Posted by: lucygirl1 | November 1, 2008 2:51 PM

Public Housing is limited and is intended for the use of American Citizens and Legal Aliens.
SO, who is going to return the tax dollars Obama's aunt stole from us?
McCain and Palin both ignored this story at this morning's rallies, but I Want to know how Obama's aunt got away with living here Illegally (that means she broke immigration law, not one's sensibilities about teen pregnancy or party affiliation)for Five Years on a Tax Payer Funded Stipend IN Taxpayer Funded Housing!

Don't Most Illegal aliens HIDE from the Government?

This Illegal Alien has a nephew who's a Senator- Did you supply a little help for your aunt Obama?


Reuters/CSPAN/Zogby Poll 10/31/08

McCain-48 Obama-47-
This IS an amazing race!

Posted by: thecannula | November 1, 2008 2:18 PM

McCain is in big trouble, Obama Supporters are Using Huckabee in an online ad see video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YADwYU-phpI

Posted by: pastor123 | November 1, 2008 2:05 PM

Once upon a time there were giants in the GOP:

"In poor health, drained from working fourteen, fifteen, and sixteen-hour days, Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois spoke quietly. Twice he gulped pills handed him by a Senate page. In his massive left hand, he held a 12-page speech he had typed the night before on Senate stationery .

"I have had but one purpose," Dirksen intoned, "and that was the enactment of a good, workable, equitable, practical bill having due regard for the progress made in the civil rights field at the state and local level."

He warned his colleagues that "we dare not temporize with the issue which is before us. It is essentially moral in character. It must be resolved. It will not go away. It's time has come." He quoted Victor Hugo, the historian and French philosopher who, on the night he died, entered these words in his diary: "stronger than all the armies is an idea whose time has come."
Dirksen declared, "The time has come for equality of opportunity in sharing of government, in education, and in employment. It must not be stayed or denied. It is here!" His last words were these: "I appeal to all Senators. We are confronted with a moral issue. Today let us not be found wanting in whatever it takes by way of moral and spiritual substance to face up to the issue and to vote cloture."

Never in history had the Senate been able to muster enough votes to cut off a filibuster on a civil rights bill. And only once in the thirty-seven years since 1927 had it agreed to cloture for any measure. This filibuster had gone on for 534 hours. The clerk proceeded to call the roll at 11:00 a.m. At 11:15 a.m., Republican Senator John Williams of Delaware replied "aye" to the question. It was the 67th vote; cloture had passed by a vote of 71 to 29. The final count showed 44 Democrats and 27 Republicans voting for cloture with 23 Democrats - 20 from the South -- and only 6 Republicans opposed.”
Everett Dirksen had single handedly delivered the Republican votes necessary to pass Lyndon Johnson's civil rights bill.
...and so the Civil Rights Act came to the floor for a vote and passed.

....truly Country before Party - The GOP supported Lyndon Johnson’s civil rights bill and Lyndon Johnson went against Southern Democrats knowing he was writing off the South for generations.

Where are those GOP giants today?? The dearth of such men is what is wrong with modern Republicanism.

“A billion here, a billion there, and soon you're talking about real money."

Posted by: toritto | November 1, 2008 1:54 PM

If the GOP goes down to crushing defeat next week (it aint over till its over) real Republicans will need to pick up the pieces.

Your platform for the future should read:

1. We will defend the United States and the Constitution 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.

Return to the days when the GOP was a fiscally conservative, socially moderate coalition.

Marginalize the extremist crackpots, neo-fascists, outright bigots, the purposely ignorant and those waiting for the rapture. They will vote for you anyway.

Cut ties with the likes Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Savage, Coulter, FOX NEWS, National Review, Neo-Con culture etc.

Build a true center-right Republican party.

America will respond and America will need you.

Posted by: toritto | November 1, 2008 1:48 PM

I'd call it the "Saddest", I have ever seen.

NO action on 20 MILLION Foreign Nationals ILLEGALLY Residing and breeding here, while stealing MILLIONS of jobs off the Market and Tax Base, while depressing wages across the board with the Legal, but displaced workers crowding into other fields.

No Real Health Treatment Options, just $$$$ for the Insurance companies and lobbyists!

NO Economics or Business Savvy Candidates, at a time we DESPERATELY Need one!

Then, even worse than the Choice of an Aging RINO, or a Green Socialist;

Is the FACT they are Both Congressional Clowns from a Congress with a 13% APPROVAL RATING!

Jesus WEPT!

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 1, 2008 1:39 PM

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