Battleground States Will Pick the Winner
On a day when the financial markets are in turmoil, on a day after the Redskins won (that's what's really important here in Washington), our political staff has talked to both Democrats and Republicans and discovered that voters in the same old so-called Battleground States will decide who becomes our next president.
As Dan Balz and Peter Slevin write, "Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio and Florida are expected to dominate the attention of the candidates." They also note that Republican nominee John McCain's selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate "has helped to harden some of the red-and-blue political divisions of past years, dampening [Democratic nominee Barack] Obama's hopes of picking off some solid GOP states."
Our Readers Who Comment take this article as opportunity to continue their daily discussion of the presidential race; some debate the subject of the story -- what it might take to get the 270 electoral college votes needed to win; many express concerns about the markets; others applaud or attack Palin, and the claque of Hillary Clinton supporters who post regularly continue their complaints that she is not a part of the Democratic ticket.
We'll start with jhough1, who wrote that "The financial news today killed off the Palin nonsense. Even the media are going to have to start thinking and talking about the economy as they begin to understand that bankruptcy does not threaten banks alone. It will be a surprise if Obama goes under 350 and probably 400 Electoral College votes..."
And Jaxxon said, "It is in the darkest days, when our nation's banking system is going down the tubes and people are really retrenching, that I want to hear Sunny Sarah and her inspiring cheerleading of "Hoockie Mohms" to make me feel better..."
guytaur1 added, "Republicans Cry Less Government is better. Proof of this is today's less government regulated Financial Market."
And Honest_Abe predicted that "The era of Republican inspired fast money economics is coming to an end."
Jaymand said, "Wisconsin and Washington State could also be possible wins for McCain. Nevada, Colorado and Virginia seem to be leaning torwards McCain at this point. It would seriously hurt McCain's chances if Obama can carry Virginia."
morning135 wrote, "...Of course it comes down to the same old states, did people really think this whole new political paradigm was going to lessen their importance?"
gracedelvillar said, "Obama will stay awake at night asking himself why he did not pick Hillary. Obama will lose because Hillary voteers will vote Palin. Women rock the vote. It is not red states blue states but women stating their point of view by voting for Palin."
But ngh13 wrote, "...gracedelvillar, while I am a firm believer that all are entitled to their opinions, I think it is foolish to assume that many of the SENSIBLE supporters of Hillary Clinton... will vote for McCain/Palin out of spite because a woman is on the ticket..."
gwshening said, "...As many have predicted, Obama will lose and lose big. On the other hand, if the Democratic ticket was Clinton/Obama, the Democrats could win easily. Unfortunately, the The Democrats always find a way to lose."
sminersc said, "Thanks NH for bringing McCain back into the picture in the first place, majority of voters up there must have had a brain freeze during the primaries.
9/14/2008 11:56:21 PM
palintothepress complained that "More than two weeks have passed since we were "introduced" to Sarah Palin. So far, she has agreed to TWO interviews: with ABC and Fox News. What are she - and McCain - hiding?..." Howard Kurtz has an excellent column on that subject this morning.
wmboyd said, "...Everything is riding on how well Palin does in her only debate with Biden...and how Independents view her. If she shows brilliance, McCain's bet pays off. If not....debates are won or lost by answers not by speeches..."
Grant55 wrote, "Don't forget these "hockey moms" were the same ones who were "security moms" four and eight years ago (2000 and 2008) and who gave us George W. Bush...You would think they might learn to not run to the Republican Party every time they start trying to detract people and cow them into fear. But nope..."
BillS1 said, "Palin's introduction raises the prospect of again fighting the social wars... Obama needs to step out of this game--say we are a pluralistic society, that the democratic party has people of all faiths, and they are welcome. Same goes for guns. But, democrats have to mean it, and find ways to implement this."
We'll close with Garak, commented on my least favorite part of today's politics in writing, "...the residents of these states can all be expected to be bombarded with robocalls and all the other intrusive and annoying parts of the campaigns. While those living in other states have peace and quiet. As someone who lives in a battleground state, I want direct election of the President so I can avoid all this garbage..."
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