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Polls: McCain Forced to Play Defense in Some Red States CNN.com | Obama up narrowly in Colo. and Fla., down 1 point in Mo. and 6 in Ga.
Experts Warn of Nov. 4 Voting Meltdowns Politico | This is what you get when you combine massive registration increases, new voting machines and dueling allegations of "fraud" vs. "suppression."
Obama Flack Accidentally Sends Out Pre-Debate Talking Points ABC News: Political Punch | No need now for reporters to call anyone. Just cut and paste the quotes you need.
The O Jesse Knows New York Post | Obama camp distancing from Jesse Jackson comments reported here, Jackson distancing from self.
Poll Says McCain Hurts His Bid by Using Attacks New York Times | Is Obama really at 53 percent, with a 14-point lead? Some of the tracking polls put his lead at half that size or less.
Fla. Congressman Said to Be Embroiled in 2nd Affair Associated Press | Note that this story on Rep. Mahoney is sourced to "a person close to his campaign." With friends like these ...
Next President Confronts Staggering To-Do List USA Today | A good reminder of why so few people actually want this job.
Obama Surges Among Mainline Protestants Wall Street Journal: Political Perceptions | Interesting look at a demographic that backed Bush in '04 but has now tilted to Obama.
Is This the End of Conservatism? National Review | Mona Charen fears the results of "an Obama/Pelosi/Reid regime."

By Ben Pershing  |  October 15, 2008; 7:56 AM ET
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Mona Charen's column in the Nat Rev is a hoot. If we needed further proof that conservatives are wetting themselves in fear, we need look no further.

Her opening paragraph:

"All of a sudden, this election is shaping up as a verdict on capitalism. The Obama campaign wanted it to be about George W. Bush. The McCain campaign wanted it to be about character. But instead, because the markets are shooting off in all directions like bullets from a dropped pistol, the stakes have suddenly been raised dramatically."

Love it. To these people, the threat of losing their ability to gorge and stuff themselves on capitalism is more serious than Bush's ineptitude (war, torture, terrorists, imperialism, etc.) and any issues of character that McCain's imagination has feverishly conjured up.

To these people, the stakes are high only when their over-filled pocketbooks start trickling back through the all those loopholes they've created.

May they eat their livers in peace.

Posted by: lol person | October 15, 2008 12:41 PM

A hoot to be sure. My favorite part is Mona Charen's objection to giving people from the Distict of Columbia the right to vote because they aren't of her political persuasion. Two sentences later, apparently oblivious the irony of it all, she invokes the First Amendment. Classic!

Posted by: ammarie | October 15, 2008 1:34 PM

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