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McCain's Supporters Looking to Beat the Odds

By Juliet Eilperin
WALLINGFORD, Pa. -- The men and women who stood for hours in the Strath Haven High School gym here today said they view McCain's election as critical, though they remain unsure if he will emerge victorious Tuesday.

"We're cautiously optimistic, but we're also realistic. We know we have a big hill to climb," said Marie Furey, a 67-year-old retired Philadelphia schoolteacher and registered Republican.

Furey, who said she's backing the GOP presidential nominee because "I'm a Republican, have been for many years," said her two children, who are in their mid-30s, are backing Barack Obama in part because they're worried about McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin.

"I think there are some issues, beyond her energy," she said, choosing her words carefully. "Others perceive her to be -- not experienced. It's a small concern for me. It's a large concern for my children."

But Jeff Bater, a 55-year-old Republican who works on real estate development for a Middle Eastern private equity group, said he sees Palin as "a breath of fresh air" and is encouraged by the recent tightening in the polls in states such as Pennsylvania.

"I hope he pulls it out because the election is going to affect us for the next ten to fifteen years, easily," Bater said, adding that he believes McCain has the experience to handle the international and domestic crises the U.S. now faces. "It even affects my guys in Kuwait. Even though they're sitting on piles of oil, what happens here affect everybody."

McCain's wife Cindy spoke to those concerns today as she introduced her husband, unveiling a new pitch for the GOP standard bearer. "He's not a man for all times, but he's definitely a man for these times," she said, sparking a massive round of cheers.

When he took the stage, McCain showed none of the tentativeness of his supporters.

"I know when the momentum is there," he declared. "We're going to win this election!"

One member of the audience even had a new moniker for McCain's rival, which was a sharp break from the "Marxist" and "Socialist" labels that have cropped up in previous rallies. When the senator from Arizona started criticizing the Democratic presidential nominee for not having faced international challenges in the past, the man shouted out, "Obama's a marshmallow!"

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If you read between the lines of this Juliet Eilperin article, you will see it is a very subtle anti-Palin/McCain commentary, under the guise of a neutral heading. Very very typical of the present media. As was written in the LATimes recently, never but once, has the media orchestrated an election as they are now. And that once?...in the 1930's, and the fellow's name?....Adolf Hitler. Recently, one popular newspaper ran an election poll of its writers, 55-1 Obama, the WashPo, probably 200-1.

Posted by: fly66 | November 3, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

You can't create jobs if you're against business. Create jobs and the economy grows. All Americans should be pro-business, because its in "everyone's" best interest.

Posted by: ohioan | November 2, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse


McCain supporters talk about "Obama doesn't 'Add Up'"...

What doesn't "ADD UP" is that someone would vote for the same political party that has DEMONSTRATED that they are IRRESPONSIBLE LEADERS.

Our economy is in the hole, respect for the US dollar has fallen, our military is transparent to our enemies, our beloved Constitution has been assaulted, and now the same party is picking on little old ladies and whining about their tax bill.

Save OUR Country and Constitution from the PROVEN FAILURE of the Republican Party

VOTE Obama Nov 4

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | November 2, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Sunday, November 02, 2008
Gateway Pundit
EXPLOSIVE NEW AUDIO-- Obama Promises San Francisco Audience He Will Bankrupt Coal Industry!!

OBAMA TOLD A SAN FRANCISCO AUDIENCE THAT HE WILL BANKRUPT THE COAL INDUSTRY!!!

ATTN: Coal states Virginia , Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Indiana, guess what Obama told San Francisco about you?

OBAMA TELLS SAN FRANCISCO HE WILL BANKRUPT THE COAL INDUSTRY:

from his talk to the San Francisco Chronicle in January 2008:


"Let me sort of describe my overall policy.

What I've said is that we would put a cap and trade system in place that is as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than anybody else's out there.

I was the first to call for a 100% auction on the cap and trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gases emitted would be charged to the polluter. That will create a market in which whatever technologies are out there that are being presented, whatever power plants that are being built, that they would have to meet the rigors of that market and the ratcheted down caps that are being placed, imposed every year.

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted.

That will also generate billions of dollars that we can invest in solar, wind, biodiesel and other alternative energy approaches.

The only thing I've said with respect to coal, I haven't been some coal booster. What I have said is that for us to take coal off the table as a ideological matter as opposed to saying if technology allows us to use coal in a clean way, we should pursue it.

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can.

It's just that it will bankrupt them."


This goes hand-in-hand with what he's said about nuclear energy.
His preconditions make it impossible to expand nuclear energy at this time.
From The Wall Street Journal:


On nuclear power, Sen. Obama says he's open to expanding nuclear energy, which now provides 20% of the nation's electricity, as part of an effort to increase power sources that emit little or no carbon dioxide. But he also has said there is no future for expanded nuclear energy until the U.S. comes up with a safe, long-term solution for disposing of nuclear waste. He opposes the Bush administration's plan for storing waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

Posted by: thecannula | November 2, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

November 2, 2008


Day 21: IBD/TIPP Tracking Poll


The race tightened again Sunday as independents who'd been leaning to Obama shifted to McCain to leave that key group a toss-up. McCain also pulled even in the Midwest, moved back into the lead with men, padded his gains among Protestants and Catholics, and is favored for the first time by high school graduates.

Date McCain Obama Not Sure Spread Details
11/2 44.6% 46.7% 8.7% Obama +2.1 View
11/1 43.4% 47.9% 8.7% Obama +4.5 View
10/31 43.8% 48.2% 8.0% Obama +4.4 View

"Most Accurate Pollster Of The Campaign Season"

An analysis of Final Certified Results for the 2004 election showed TIPP was the most accurate pollster of the campaign season, coming within three-tenths of a percentage point of Bush’s actual margin of victory. Learn more at www.TIPPonline.com.

Posted by: thecannula | November 2, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

toritto:

I'm always right -- look, if someone like Anne Rice can come to Jesus, then it should be no problem for McCain to win -- all things are possible for those who love God and are called to His purpose.

Posted by: JakeD | November 2, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

The last days before Tuesday can be compared to today's New York Marathon decisions: If the results confirm the polls, Obama will win as clearly as Paula Radcliffe; but the scenario of the men's race is relevant as well in that the trailing Marilson Gomes dos Santos overtook the leading Abderrahim Goumri and won. For more on this, read:
http://www.reflectivepundit.com/reflectivepundit/2008/11/mccain-or-oba-1.html

Posted by: bn1123 | November 2, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

McCain supporters talk about "Obama doesn't 'Add Up'"...

What doesn't "ADD UP"?
-NOTORIOUS SPEWACCUSER

In 1988, Bill Clinton stated "No one" wants to raise payroll taxes in order to fix social security because it's "regressive"....

YOUR CANDIDATE'S REGRESSIVE PROPOSALS (FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY REMOVING THE PAYROLL TAX CAP) FOR "SPREADING INCOME AROUND" DON'T ADD UP!

Posted by: thecannula | November 2, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse


McCain supporters talk about "Obama doesn't 'Add Up'"...

What doesn't "ADD UP" is that someone would vote for the same political party that has DEMONSTRATED that they are IRRESPONSIBLE LEADERS.

Our economy is in the hole, respect for the US dollar has fallen, our military is transparent to our enemies, our beloved Constitution has been assaulted, and now the same party is picking on little old ladies and whining about their tax bill.

Save OUR Country and Constitution from the PROVEN FAILURE of the Republican Party

VOTE Obama Nov 4

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | November 2, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

"Clinging to Guns and Religion"-
BHO in SFrancisco

Closing the deal-
(IBD/TIPP @2- Most Accurate in 2004
NBC/Mason Dixon- McCain leading NC/Ohio/Mo)

By Salena Zito
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, November 2, 2008

The narrative of this historic presidential election has come down to which candidate will close the deal and win the trust of Pennsylvania voters.

From the outside looking in, Pennsylvania has become a metaphor for all that is wrong with our country when it comes to race -- especially those of its Democrats who are soft on or wary of Barack Obama.

Yet on the inside, Pennsylvania is far from its broad-brush portrayal as racist. It is not the color of the candidate; it is the culture he represents.

Say what you will, Obama's "spread the wealth" tongue-slip hit home here.

Most Pennsylvania Democrats who live outside of Philadelphia are very Midwestern in their values and their votes.

If they lose their jobs, they go out and get two more to make up for the loss. They do not take handouts and they don't whine; they provide for themselves and their families.

Their voting patterns and other traditions passed along to their sons and daughter will help to decide this election.


"In an odd way, many liberals are tone-deaf about normal people, who worship God, country, sports and their communities and don't care all that much about politics," says former Villanova political scientist Bob Maranto.

Maranto says what's causing Pennsylvania voters to give Obama a second look goes beyond Obama's "share the wealth" notion: "They are suspicious of him and his Ivy League buddies who have never run anything in their lives (but) that now want to run the country."

He adds that "it is all in the arrogance."

Liberal Democrats often have a hard time in this state because they don't understand why voters in poor, rural areas don't "vote their pocketbooks." Frankly, these are not very materialistic people; if you live in Johnstown or in Elk County and you care that much about money, then you will leave for better opportunities in the big city.

People who stay behind don't care as much about money as they care about their families or communities.

To ambitious politicians such as Obama or running mate Joe Biden, that's just crazy; they can't imagine folks who care more about family or community than about getting ahead.

Much the same can be said for the Pittsburgh region, where many people live within a few miles of where they grew up.

Who will close the deal in Pennsylvania? The polls say Obama; the pundits, too.

Let's see what the voters say.

Posted by: thecannula | November 2, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

You're right for once JakeD!

Lots of good folks are praying today!

Blessings upon our country.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | November 2, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

You're right for once JakeD!

Lots of good folks are praying today!

Blessings upon our country.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | November 2, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

The odds favor Obama for a reason. Obama has demonstrated that he is a practical man who will govern from the center .................


http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/11/01/obama-will-govern-from-the-center/

Posted by: glclark4750 | November 2, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Lots of good folk are praying today. God bless America.

Posted by: JakeD | November 2, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

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