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OK, I was being a bit of a smart aleck when I sent my last blog post ("Barack's G.O.P. Problem") to a few well-placed people over in Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign. "Handwringing should be an Olympic sport in Washington!," one of the Obama insiders wrote back. I was a little put off by what I thought was a rather cavalier, devil-may-care response. So, I responded, "HA! If only it were limited to Washington...."

But after yesterday's spectacular fundraising announcement, I now understand why Team Obama feels it's doing just fine. The $66 million and the 500,000 new donors the campaign announced yesterday for the month of August should tamp down the wildfire of fear that has gripped Obamanistas across the country for the last two weeks. A new hard-hitting commercial out today from the Obama campaign should make them feel better, too. After a couple of weeks of limp responses to being smacked around for sexism and other scurrilous accusations by Sen. John McCain's campaign, the Obama camp released an ad that fights back. It juxtaposes McCain's own promise to run an honorable campaign with the blizzard of criticism he has received for ads that perpetuate outright lies.

Obama now needs to stay on offense. His donors have given him a vote of confidence by helping him shatter the all-time campaign fundraising record last month. If he wants the privilege of sitting in the Oval Office, Obama has to convince enough people that he is willing to fight for it.

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 15, 2008; 8:07 AM ET
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It's ok Jonathan. We were all handwringing! Then we sent money. My mother (a 64 year old white women from Mississippi) decided to send $100 to the Obama campaign every time she received a "tacky" email about Obama's race, religion, birth certificate... from her friends. She maxed out her $2300 last week. The polls underestimate the swell.
They did in the primary, they will in the general.

How many times do we need to be hit over the head before we realize who is hitting us?

Posted by: Southerner for Obama | September 15, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

He has to fight hard but also focus on the issues. The campaign has to be about the economy. Some Americans have a problem voting for a black man. He has to hit them on the pocketbook issues and maybe will have a chance to win their vote. Racisim will be a factor in this election.

Posted by: wwood in VA | September 15, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

DID PALIN CHEAT ON HER HUSBAND? www.TheVeep.com
http://www.theveep.com

Obama new attack ads TheObamaPlan.com
http://www.theObamaPlain.com

Bristol Palins Boy Friend, May be a Problem
For the GOP. HotPres.com
http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

wwood: Yes, it is about the economy but it is about a lot of other issues, too. As with the ad shown, it is about all the lying, too.
After being lied into a war that is costing so much money there is nothing left for anything else, this American is ready to see
lies shown up for what they are. Lies were the foundation for the awful house of cards built by the bush administration. The economy is only part of that. "It's the last 8 years, stupid." as one commentator said.

Posted by: Jackie | September 15, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

If Obama can link the Wall Street debacle to McCain and Bush for their idiotic attacks on regulation of the credit industry, he will win hands down. If the media grow a pair as the Hillary impersona on SNL said to expose McCain's and Palin's penchant for lying, then it's a cakewalk. The MSM (mainstream media) has got to stop playing the baloney balance talking head game and report the truth. Oh, and stop letting the right-wing play the refs so easily. Nuff said

Posted by: JIM | September 15, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

EXPOSED http://www.dailysource.org/palin

Posted by: joane222@gmail.com | September 15, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Obama has two major flaws. First, you can't say your for the economy and against energy. (namely oil) That's a problem the McCain camp will hit him on. The second problem, he made a statement that he'll wait to raise taxes until after the economy gets better. Well thank you king Obama. You can't be for fixing the economy, and rasing taxes. SO he'll wait until we get better to make things bad again? I can't believe McCain hasn't smacked him hard on this? Obama has a serious probem. He's said all he knows to say. He's done. The right wing is correct when they say he's without substance.

Posted by: chance | September 15, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Yes, for heaven's sake, It's about the last eight years. But is also about reaching those voters who choose to remain ignorant out of party loyalty or laziness. Those who cannot see that their own interests are at stake. So they are cleverly diverted by spin and propaganda. Is this what democracy has descended to?

Posted by: moran | September 15, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

When is Palin going to have a news conference with the national press corp? Mccain is afraid of that because she won't be able to stand up to the scrutiny! Why the "ho hum" attitude from the media!! She might be president and she hasn't had a news conference?? That is insane, and I don't under it. She will be INSTALLED and we deserve it if we let Mccain get away with this.

Posted by: ned jeter | September 15, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

For me, it really isn't about the past eight years so much as the next four. Obama could be a good President some day down the road - but every time an Obama supporter attacks Sarah Palin, it reminds me that: 1) Obama has no more experience than Palin, and he's the Presidential candidate, and; 2) Obama's attack ads are no different than the GOP's.

Posted by: Danl | September 15, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Hey Chance ... it might pay to look at this a little more ojectively. Oil is a commodity that is only going to increase in price since demand exceeds supply and is only likely to get worse in the long run as China and India start having a car per middle class household. In the coming 10 - 15 years that could as as much as 1 billion middle families (and cars) to the planet. Most sane people understand that drilling for oil is only a stop gap - we will have to face this problem eventually - lets do it now before its crunch time. How much will it cost the economy if we dont take this path now? And how much is going to cost us in terms of environmental impact ... are we going to wait for widespread drought or some other disaster before you get off you bandwagon?

The second point is that in case you haven't noticed our foreign debt has grown from Clinton's surplus to a massive GW debt - now we are on the hook for Frannie and Lehman just filed for bankruptcy (BTW, case for more regulation not less)... how do you think we are going get out of this mess - basic household finance tells us when times are bad you try to bring more home (tax cuts) and try to hold you head above water, when times are good, start paying off your debt so that next time it wont be as bad (may need to raise taxes). You can't have continously lower taxes forever - you to face up to your excesses one day, otherwsie the BoC might just say no one day - our dollar will go into a tailspin like no other.

Posted by: hss | September 15, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Southerner for Obama -- send this to your mom:

I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight.....

If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're "exotic, different."

Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers: a quintessential American story.
If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.
Name your kids Willow, Trig, and Track: you're a maverick.
Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.

Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating: you're well grounded.

If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.

If your total resume is: local weather girl (sports caster), 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with fewer than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive.

If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.

If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.

If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state's school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you're very responsible.

If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America's.

If your husband is nicknamed "First Dude", with at least one DUI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.

OK, much clearer now.

Posted by: ma317 | September 15, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

please keep writing about it. the ironic thing is that this is what bush did to mccain in 2000, and mccain hired the guys that did it~

please keep writing about the racism on the uber conservative side. look at the Obama Waffles sold at a conference about VALUES!! it's insane...

please keep writing about it... present the facts, show each claim and the proof that it's a lie. show how this is simply another bush tactic.

please keep writing about it...

Posted by: foomonkey | September 15, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Time for a change, but what kind? Obama promises change, which means he is spending more than any individual in history to win the presidency. [Fact] Obama promises change, by collecting higher amounts of donations than anyone in history. Only thing, the majority are coming from very wealthy donors. [Please do the math, if the majority of his campaign contributions were for the medium-range (not the low-range) level of 50 dollars, he is collecting twice as much money as he mathematically should be.] Of course, this pricey change comes AFTER bailing on his promise to take government funds, in order to promote transparent government and that he is one not to be bought. [Well, I guess flip-flopping is not much a change.] Sen. Obama, it's change he apparently can afford.

Posted by: James | September 15, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

McCain doesn't always lie. Sometimes he has his advisors do it for him.

Posted by: Jackie Lee | September 15, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I donated for the first time! It was only $50, but I figured I should at least do something about this Palin bounce. I cannot believe the polls that she is doing well with white women. I'm a white woman and I just look at her and think "please don't let her be our first." She just... sucks.

My inlaws live in Wasilla, Alaska and are smitten with her. The good news, though? They don't vote. I don't press it.

Posted by: melissa | September 15, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

DanI,

Okay, compare Obama's policies to McCain's. Research non-partisan websites and do the math on proposed fiscal policy and taxation. And as for the ads, you're stretching the truth if you compare Obama's political spin to McCain's repeated falsehoods.

Posted by: to DanI | September 15, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Today's market dive is a good example of the effect of wayward Republican policies. They came to government eight years ago, and spent taxpayers money on ill-advised, self-justified adventures half way around the world to protect their own private interests. So oil company stocks are soaring and they declare record profits, while the rest of the market is mired in losses. It's a sad situation now that no job is guaranteed for a lifetime, leading to broken commitments, and failures at all levels. I really wonder how our youth can feel secure enough to marry, raise a family, and live constantly productive lives when "management" practices selective confusion whereby they protect their own interests while misanthropically discarding the national interests.

Posted by: S. Simon | September 15, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Not fighting for our beliefs has been a DEM problem for decades. The more and harder Obama fights, the larger the sum I will give.
Now is not the time to be nice.....PUSH and PUSH HARDER.

Posted by: normanm | September 15, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I canvassed yesterday on behalf of the Obama campaign in northern Colorado. It was my first outting as a campaign volunteer, and I was very impressed by the--how to say this--organizational prowess, streams of volunteers coming and going from a neighborhood staging point, delivering and retreiving data on voter preferences, house-to-house marching plans, neighborhood maps. None of it was being overtly orchestrated by the campaign itself, rather it was a loose confederation of college kids, moms, and senior citizens, acting on their own with occasional reinforcements from the local Obama office, in the form of more glossy flyers or voter registration forms.

Here's my thesis: what I witnessed yesterday is the deeper story, the clutch factor in determining who'll win, playing out often below the radar but animating the more attention-grabbing news of huge fund raising hauls.

Posted by: tighler | September 15, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Forget Brangelina, now we have McPlain. Do you want fries with that?

Fast food politics is not going to bring back Fanny and Freddy. The economy is the issue and Obama is the answer.

Fresh is good.

Posted by: david,orose@gmail.com | September 15, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I am Obama all the way. Earlier this year I made two separate contributions. But when they announced that they would be paying back some of Hillary's debt I decided that I wouldn't give any more (would still volunteer though). My thinking was that if they could pay back part of HRC's then surely they don't need my chump change. However, when the GOP released the Pitbull Palin I changed my mind and immediately coughed up some more dough. And you are absolutely right: Obama should not take this money for granted. I am giving more money so he can FIGHT! I'm not saying fight dirty. I am simply saying fight back. THey are lots of people in this country who will be voting based on 30-second snippets and if that's the way it's gotta be then so be it. So take my money Obama and fight. Don't be tacky, trashy, or untruthful (I know you never would!) But fight back the way Tim Russert grilled politicians: throw their own record back in their face!

Posted by: BrandyHemlock | September 15, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

This year marks the first time I've donated to a political campaign, and I've contributed between $25-$50 three times: the first after Obama named Biden his VP pick (a choice about governing, not caving into PUMAs); the second after Obama's acceptance speech; the third after Palin's acceptance speech. And for the record, I'm an evangelical Southern military spouse. (The Republicans can't take those traditional voting blocs for granted this year... some of us are fed up!)

Posted by: First-time donor, too | September 15, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

MA317 - great post! Obama's campaign manager should offer you a position. Keep it coming - hard hitting and so true.

Especially I love:

If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're "exotic, different."

Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers: a quintessential American story.
If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.
Name your kids Willow, Trig, and Track: you're a maverick.
Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.

Posted by: alanms | September 15, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I see Capehart is back in the fold of supreme WaPo chauvins for Obama.

The seond coming is all wonderful! He is the ONE! If he does what he said would not do that is wonderful! Anyone who calls it flip flopping has to be a racist!

Obama peaked last month and he is declining. All the money he can raise will not buy him the presidency.

Plus who gave all this money and what will they expect in return? Surely the bundlers expect big rewards for their work and their clients. How much of it is moenys Obama said he would not accept, and now in his desperation he'll accept all he can get.

Obama, November tanker!

Posted by: William | September 15, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

I LOVE BARACK.
YOU AMAZE ME AS A BLACK MAN.
I LOVE YOU.

Posted by: claudia | September 15, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

America is forever changing the rules for African Americans. Teenage pregnacy is rampant amongst African American youth however its never been a election issue. It's ironic that America can make u-turn on Obama when it suits them. If he had gone for Hilary Clinton, America would have reacted in a negative way. Now they've confidence in somebody who has little experience, But the white controlled media has now found its Fantasy Lady. It's time America plays fair. America is badly in need fo change. You economy is a mess, America's super 100 olympians is running backwards and America's research is outdated. America must change now or face the shame of becoming a country of losers. America needs fresh energy, new ideas and new intensity, the competitors are mean.

Posted by: Enver Buys | September 15, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I think it's funny that people pride themselves in how much money they donate to Obama. What a waste of money.

Posted by: Fernando | September 15, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

We hope Obama and his team keeps talking about American people. Ignore John McCain and Mrs, Palin in all speeches. In 2008, it is "barking elephant" that we need to ignore. They spent 8 years in abusing all aspects of US, and not for the last 8 weeks they seek to abuse airwaves and try to throw sand in the eyes of American people. They will not gain, nor will they win. Have no fear of the bullies, they will become extinct. Bullies are no patriots and no need to remind them as such. Truth always gets toasted and remains elusive in light of aggressive negativity by those who have always been wrong. Patience, faith and Determination to make America better prevails.

Posted by: O.P. Neon | September 15, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

"McCain doesn't always lie. Sometimes he has his advisors do it for him.

Posted by: Jackie Lee | September 15, 2008 10:03 AM "

And now he has Palin to help out, too!

Posted by: tom | September 15, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

That's a powerful ad from Obama. OsiSpeaks.com

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | September 15, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

The thing that I like about the Obama campaign is the almost total lack of drama. Very refreshing. Gives you some idea about what an Obama administration might be like.

Posted by: jwryan | September 15, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Imagine America without Thurgood Marshall, Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson and a host of other people who functioned very well prior to their achieving that "first Black" status. Their lives certainly were not made easier but we can imagine that the lives of others were enhanced through events which were facilitated by their barrier breaking activity. Mr Owens had to come back from the '36 Olympics and run against horses for a living. Mr Robinson tolerated insults from spectators and players and those were the "good" experiences. Justice Marshall had to see Justice Thomas appointed to his vacated place on the Supreme Court. Many people who oppose Senator Obama's quest for the presidency will not say that their opposition is racially motivated. There is a different vocabulary for that nowadays. Much of the Senator's support is obviously not racially based. This election, although it should be predominantly about issues that have been adversely affecting a large part of the population, seems to be using images and words that appeal to the aknowledgedly baser human instincts. How much these instincts trump the obvious facts associated with health, war, poverty and other everyday issues will be demonstrated in the outcome of these elections. Our dominant philosophy will then be demonstrated in three dimensions and technicolor. No amount of spin will then be able to cleanse us.

Posted by: Draesop | September 15, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

The LA Times had another story about McCain camp untruths a week and a half ago that slipped under the radar at the time, but will probably resurface:

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-na-earmarks3-2008sep03,0,284198.story

It turns out McCain had three times singled out Palin's small town as a worst pork offender while she was mayor, and that the McCain campaign has been misrepresenting her actions at the time, saying that she tried to reduce her town's dependance on federal earmarks, when the record shows she hired a lobbyist and dramatically *increased* it.

It seems pretty obvious to me that the McCain campaign has lost any respect they might have once had for voters, and just wants to see how far they can go with blatant cynicism and simply making stuff up.

Posted by: DJ333 | September 15, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Great post MA317 ..! You should send these points to Barack's Campaign..!

Posted by: Janya | September 15, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: Helen | September 15, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Southerner for Obama. I usually don't read the comments because they're dominated by lunatics. But since yours was at the first and had such a good opening, I couldn't resist. You have made my day by reminding me that there are thinking, intelligent people in the world who really do want to see something different than the politics of personal destruction.

Posted by: DC Fem | September 15, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I think the real truth is worse. The war in Iraq was/is mostly a way of channeling tax money to GOP friends and backers, and the drumbeat of war started on Bush's first inauguration day. "For every dollar you give us you'll get a thousand back" was what I was told. The deregulation of the securities industry was also bought with campaign dollars.

By any measure, the Bush/Cheney presidency has been a fabulous success for the rich and a total disaster for the other 99%. McCain and Palin are just two more thieves.

Posted by: TeeCee | September 15, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Today Karl Rove criticized McCain for the tone of his campaign.

Posted by: max | September 15, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

I am proud -- PROUD -- to be a part of that $66 million.

My wife and I contributed $500 at the end of August. That's above the $200 we gave earlier in the year. AND we gave $500 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to elect more Democratic senators.

We are NOT rich. Opening my wallet and contributing this much is NOT easy, when there's no guarantee it will work and when there's nothing I will directly get from it in the short run. I think the most I ever contributed before in an election year was $250, total.

But I CAN'T AFFORD another four years of government of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich. My ability to get health insurance for my family is on the line. My hopes for my children that they will be able to grow up to have a decent standard of living and quality of life are on the line.

Four more years of Republican lies? Four more years of throwing billions, even trillions, into wars while America rots from the inside? Four more years of helping the mega-rich buy their seventh or eighth or fifteenth 70,000-square-foot-"home" while all around me people are losing their homes or their savings or working 60 hours a week?

No, no, no, no, NO!

Posted by: larry | September 15, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

No Excutive experience + No Leadership experience = No Obama in the White House

Posted by: Alan | September 15, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

This past weekend I spoke to several persons about the Presidential campaigns. A few of them said they would vote for McCain. Their common reason: Obama is Black.
These are educated intelligent people who are so shallow in their thinking. There was no talk about economic or healthcare or foreign policy issues. Just the color of skin. What a pity!

Posted by: vjnair2 | September 15, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

As I read these posts their content discourages me beyond belief.

As a 76 year old white male from a family of Democrats back to the FDR era, I find that these posts present nothing more than vindictiveness from both sides. All they amount to is unsubstantiated blather,with only a few that have some relevance.

As a Democrat please allow this old man to state that, in reality, Obama DOES NOT have any actual experience in government. His Illinois senate voting record reveals he seldom took a stand on any issue of substance. He missed the vote roughly 130 times, more than any other member of the Illinois senate.In the US Senate he was only there for roughly 4 months when he began this campaign for the nomination. So what has he done for the state of Illinois?

As a party the person more qualified was HC altho Bill would be baggage since he cannot, and will not, ever take a back seat for anyone.

We have Obama but lets face it - he is running on one basic issue, that of the first black nominee of a party. That is his sole claim to fame and we must accept that a reality. There is nothing wrong with that except for the majority of us we cannot, or will not, accept that as a truism.

We now have Palin on the Rep side so now it has come down to race versus gender. What a sorry state of affairs we have gotten ourselves into in this nation when those two factors supercede the real issues of the day.

It is no wonder that corruption pervails in government and business.

Posted by: dharper | September 15, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

All Americans should pause, think and declare:

"Frankly my Dear, I don't give a damn" to those who try to scare off or induce hatred. Who are those campaign handlers or spin masters trying to "make" us think certain way. We can think for ourselves, and we are no dumb followers of any party or ideology. Let's face the realities that we are facing after years of abuses through scare tactics, hatred, closed minded and absurd ways of doing the business as usual. Reclaim the United States of America by rejecting old style deceptions by republican party. American people are superior to any party. Parties should work on our command. Voting Bush in for 8 years has produced many ills, and the business as usual will lead to further decay by wasting a vote to McCain. Have courage to vote for Obama and Biden. Take charge of your life and reclaim America. Think for yourself.

Posted by: MP | September 15, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised that there haven't been ads that attempt to "bundle" McCain with the entire Republican landscape and its ethical and moral decline over the past six years.

Jack Abramoff. Bob Ney. Tom Delay. Randy "Duke" Cunningham. Mark Foley. Larry Craig. The Department of Interior. The Justice Department. The scale and scope of Republican perfidy over the last eight years is breath taking.

The conventional wisdom says that Obama can't run against McCain as if it's Bush's third term. Fine. But Obama can run against the Republican Party and its intellectual and ethical bankruptcy. Indeed, that theme dovetails nicely with the utter abandonment of anything resembling honest debate.

Posted by: CF | September 15, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Fernando,

Some of us who posted about our meager monetary support for Obama did so to help refute the charge that the campaign was inflating the number of small donations. And if McCain manages to con half of the country to elect him, I will at least have the knowledge that I did my (small) part to prevent it. Grass roots involvement in democracy is never a "waste".

Posted by: to Fernando | September 15, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

RE: "McCain, when challenged on the issue (of falsehoods in his ads) last week, said the contest would not have reached this point had Obama agreed to the four-term Arizona senator's call for weekly joint appearances at town hall meetings." (Reuters)

Try to imagine a president that says, "He made me do it!" His name could be John McCain, but not with my vote.

Posted by: José | September 15, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Hey William it's nice to see that no matter the post, you blather the exact same innane and off target message. I've got news for you -- McCain will lose because Americans are sick of Bush & Cheney's lies and mismanagement of our military and economy and domestic programs and tax policy and government regulation and energy policies and health care and education, which McCain and Palin will exacerbate -- no change for the better, but for the worse. Obama will change the economic basis to balanced regulation, prime the economic pump with green energy expenditures and infrastructure spending, get the over-extended troops out of Iraq within 16 months, revoke the tax cuts for the super rich and give the cuts to the middle class and poor (who tend to spend more domestically than the super rich who invest in overseas companies that undermine US companies with unfair labor policies), fight the Taliban and Al Quada in Afganistan (where they actually operate), reign in high health care costs and insure adequate health care for all. That is the REAL change, not the rhetorical change that Obama brings to the table. Oh, and appoint qualified and sane people to the supreme court, not right-wing fringe loonies.

Posted by: JIM | September 15, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

The strange thing is that the wonderful news about the fundraising record--and more important, the half-a-million new donors--now has me wanting to donate more, because I would like us to break the record for September (and October) as well. Since January, I have given $25 several times and $50 once or twice. I'm balancing my checkbook today to see if I can go "all in" with a donation of $200 this time! And all because I see what we achieved together in August. Success builds success... on to November 4!

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | September 15, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Comments Uttered by Sarah Palin Has Angered Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton Described Sarah Palin As An Opportunistic Bar Fly Who She Will Squash.

Comments Uttered by Sarah Palin Has Angered Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton Described Sarah Palin As An Opportunistic Bar Fly Who She Will Squash.

Comments Uttered by Sarah Palin Has Angered Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton Described Sarah Palin As An Opportunistic Bar Fly Who She Will Squash.

Posted by: Hillary Clinton Attacks Sarah Palin | September 15, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone else hear John McCain say "the economy's broken" during a recent television interview? I think it was PBS's Judy Woodruff, and the interviewer didn't stop to challenge McCain on his flip-flop.

After this morning's wall street headlines, it's gonna be hard to say anything but "it's broken" - Dem activists should be on this like a duck on a bug.

Posted by: Mom | September 15, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Do we want more wars. Neocons have messed up the country. Look what they have done (deregulated) to the financial markets. Pushed up oilprices (Iraq war).
Obama will change all this.

Posted by: Peter Southampton | September 15, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I get so tired of Obama calling McCain a liar when Obama has lied the most of any candidate I've ever heard. Putting a presidential seal on his podium in Germany and telling them he'd chaired committees he wasn't even on is the biggest lies I've ever heard of a candidate.

Posted by: Lisa | September 15, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

To Lisa at 11:07 AM:

Strong reaction, but totally mixed up. Who knows what you heard and what you may understand. Give yourself a break.

Posted by: O. P. Neon | September 15, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I think every major newspaper editorial department, every major reporter, every democrat, and every campaign worker ought to be thundering from on high not just about McCain's lies, but his supporters that are totally unphased by them.

That's the real danger. A george Bush could never have happened to our country without the power hungry supporters that could not and would not understand he was not POTUS material.

Its dejevu all over again.

Posted by: dutchess2 | September 15, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

After reading some of the other-worldly comments on this site whose bloggers recommend a shabby, innuendo-filled website called theveep.com, I'm astonished to learn this blog has posting standards.

It's also disheartening to see cynical and calculated propaganda in the form of false claims. I'm amused by the blogger claiming that his mother sends $100 to Obama every time she receives racist campaign literature ostensibly from the McCane campaign.

What a finely crafted bit of propaganda: Unsubstantiated allegations of hate mail against Obama equals support from outraged Southerners driven to support a black candidate when they wouldn't otherwise.

Pure bunk. As a white Southerner who was eager to see Colin Powell enter the race, I can reliably tell you that playing the race card in this election is a false game.

In Houston, Texas during the 1990s I attended a book signing in which Colin Powell autographed his firt book. Hundreds lined up. Fully ninety percent were white. Do the math on the genuine attitudes of whites and Southerners.

Only an self-deceived ignoramus would buy into the shallow thinking and phony claims on this blogsite.

And for those making the idiotic claims that the Republicans should have the economy blamed on them, the subprime mortgage crisis comes to us courtesy of the Democrats who have pushed for easier lending standards for decades. They got their wish and looked the other way when the banks made it happen with packaged financial instruments. And, let's not forget the corruptive role played by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and their protector and cheerleader, Democratic U.S. Rep. Barney Frank.

This may be why Obama & Co are hard-pressed to pin current financial issues on the Republicans. The boomerang effect could be devastating.

Obama's supporters are finding it hard to accept that their candidate committed the obvious mistake of picking plagarist and ballot box poison Joe Biden as his running mate instead of Hilary Clinton.

The Obama-Biden ticket -- which should be 10 points ahead of McCain-Palin is now getting spanked by a housewife from Nowhere, Alaska and their only defenses are slander and baseless allegations that far exceed any barbs tossed toward Sen. Obama.

Dry your eyes and grow up. Reality is a hard environment but it shouldn't be abandoned for wishful thinking.

Obama needs a winning platform and to many he doesnt' have one. Those 40 and older see the scary apparition of a weak-kneed Georgia peanut farmer now wearing the clothes of a community organizer from Chicago.

Posted by: SJ | September 15, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I am no psychologist, but the post by dutchess2 | September 15, 2008 11:11 AM suggests some sort of guilt. Perhaps not, but fear for sure of going against the establishment.

One factor in Obama supporters and promoters is that they are no part of a clone or "required" behavior. Most of these folks think for themselves. This is very different from being a well-defined supporter of "red state". take a challenge and vote for Obama, then keep up your vigil and put pressure on him to turn around this country for the better. this is an open invitation to to you and all others. It is okay to join the supporters.

Posted by: O.P. Neon | September 15, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Kudos to ma317 post. I sent it to democrates.com- way to go

Posted by: Arnie449 | September 15, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

What is this "Obama is the One" drivel? That's just spin from the McCain campaign. As a white, Christian, independent, suburban mom, I can assure you that I don't think Obama is the "One" (and am not even sure what that's supposed to mean). I do think he is a talented, well-educated man of superior intellect, who has shown excellent leadership ability and wise judgment throughout his life. All these references to Rev. Wright, Rezko, Ayers etc. also leave me scratching my head. What do they have to do with the future of our country? More obfuscation. If you're jumping up and down about Obama's pastor damning America, then you should probably be even more concerned about Palin's husband belonging to a separatist movement. Myself, I don't care about this nonsense. I'm much more concerned about the economy falling into shambles around us and the billions of dollars (that we really don't have) being sucked into mistakes and bravado in Iraq (and now Georgia)? And what really concerns me is not McCain, not Palin, but all those Bush voters who, it seems to me, forfeited their right to lecture me about what's right for America when it is thanks to them that things have gone so WRONG--and they're determined to skunk us AGAIN.

Posted by: ME | September 15, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

chance, if Obama is done, then why has the McCain campaign resulted to lies, lies and more lies to win points against him? Seems to me it's McCain that's done. His campaign has no substance, just noise and lies!

By the way, your posting might have carried more weight if you had correctly punctuated it.

Posted by: chitchco | September 15, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Can you be against drill baby drill and be for the economy. Yes!

It called invent baby invent!

Et - engery technology is the future - not oil which is expensive, running out, and toxic to the environement and geopolitics.

Posted by: Jack | September 15, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is an empty suit who has spent most of his political life running for office. Joh McCain, despite his wife's wealth, has worked tirelessly for all these years trying to make the government work better and with more honor. McCain voted with his party 85% of the time but Obama voted with his 97% of the time! McCain has an average of 55% Dem co-sponsors on his bills, Obama 13%. This is the reason people are responding to John McCain for President, not for anything the Republicans or Democrats are saying or doing, they are responding to John McCain, an honorable man.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | September 15, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Lisa, try researching your topic BEFORE powering up your computer. Your comment holds absolutely no merit!

Posted by: chitchco | September 15, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Obama need more big rallies to be celebrity again, to be visible and heard by more people, to energize supporters, help them feel better, to involve more, to register new voters there and not around Giants which I tried to do the last weekends without much success

Posted by: Alex, Va | September 15, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

So far the republican strategy can be summed up as:

1. Release lies as talking points to right wing media outlets
2. Wait for mainstream media to discover lies and discredit them.
3. Feign outrage at the bias of the "left-wing, liberal media"
4. Repeat

The brilliance of the strategy is that it is self-fulfilling. Media criticism actually validates the lie in the eyes of Republicans. In other words, if the mainstream media says it's false, it must be true.

That is the problem with this ad. To an Obama supporter it's a great attack. But, if you look closely, all the evidence in this ad is a series of quotes from mainstream media outlets. This will likely play into the Republican persecution complex. Perhaps some independents will be swayed.

Ironically, the Daily Show has been a really effective outlet for exposing republican hypocrisy by using their very own words. Here's a great example:

http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=184086&title=sarah-palin-gender-card

Posted by: Former Independent | September 15, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

You hit on the head Jonathan. Obama is doing fine, but MUST CONTINUE HITTING BACK WITH ASSIDUOUS INTENSITY.

Posted by: TAA | September 15, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Is 0bama's war chest at 66mil at the end of Aug ... or did he raise 66mil in Aug?

That's a huge difference, and the former decidedly less impressive than the later.

I definitely don't trust the star-struck media to report this accurately - Does anybody know for sure?

Posted by: flyboy | September 15, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

enver, you answered your own question - it is precisely because we need fresh energy, new ideas and new intensity that Obama is the clear choice for president.

Posted by: chitchco | September 15, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Obama falls into the McCain trap if too much attention is paid to Rocky and Bullwinkle. Focus on the issues and good things will follow. A request: if the McCain-computer problem ad is the best the campaign can come up with, please re-organize the marketing staff.

Posted by: pete in Georgia | September 15, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

maybe b.o. should focus on some of his own lies. you know, like his own lobbyists:


http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2008-04-15-obama_n.htm (38 lawyers work for him who are from firms that were paid $138 million to lobby)

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/07/29/lobbyists/ (lobbyists gave more to Democrats and BO takes from state lobbyists)

or maybe he should even sit down and have a chat with biden about the importance of charitable giving. I guess since Biden doesn't mind picking on the handicapped, we shouldn't expect much charitable giving.

The funny thing is my parents are truly good, REAL working class middle Americans and while they make less than a tenth of what this vice-presidential wannabe makes, they contribute twice as much to charities. Seriously, his wife didn't even have some old mink coats she could've donated to the Salvation Army? I mean, in 2005, the year of hurricane Katrina, Biden gave a whopping $380 out of his $320,000+ gross income to charity? Luckily most Americans do not behave so poorly.

I can't believe somebody who has done so little for charity could even face any American. Its especially bold now that he's going to really 'attack' John McCain who released his 2006 and 2007 tax returns, and in those years he gave 28.6% and 27.3% of his income to charitable causes.

I guess Biden and Obama don't want to spend their own money, just the American people's money.


http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=OTZiY2EyNjllZmI3MjBiODdiM2ViNjc5ZmYxNjI1Zjg=

Posted by: scott | September 15, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I'm not convinced the TV ad is actually effective. It lacks any actual examples of McCain / Palin's lies and sleaze, meaning that it will have to count on independent voters being proactive and affirmatively seeking information themselves. Will they do so? I hope so, but my cynical realism says otherwise.

The GOP comments on here, btw, would be hilarious if only they weren't posted by real people. This isn't American Idol people. Egh, why bother...

Posted by: Eliot | September 15, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

SJ, maybe if you weren't lost in the MCCain campaign's all noise and lies tactics, we'd care more about your comment.
In the meantime, try practicing what you preach - "Dry your eyes and grow up."

Posted by: chitchco | September 15, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

scott:

Look who received money from MBNA:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MBNA

yep, good ol' Joe Biden ... so much for legislating consumer protection.

At least the Repugs are "honest" crooks, but here he is, your friend, "average Joe" ... I could puke.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Its funny that a couple of years ago, all the Dems loved those all-time low interest rates and the fact that anyone could walk in and get a mortgate without showing any proof of income. What happens? All of these folks who shouldn't have been allowed to buy a house get one and like dominoes, the economy starts tumbling. There's also the added degree of "no drilling" that led to greater foreign oil dependence that led to higher gas prices that led to higher food. Again, thanks Democrats. And finally, who sided with Bush's 2005 Energy bill that gave big subsidies to the oil companies? Not McCain. Yep, Obama himself.

And one more thing on charitable giving and the real generous spirit of
Americans. Here's an interesting article on the charitable giving of "average" Americans. They give $1,800. Biden has averaged contributing a lousy $370 per year for the last 10 years while making $200k to $300+k. How pathetic. It’s also a fact that conservatives give more than liberals. Out of the 25 states that give the most to charities, all but one were "red" conservative states. And don't bother suggesting that conservatives are religious and give only to religious charities. The statistics refute that "myth", too. The article below also conducted an interesting experiment with bucket donations by the Salvation Army in Sioux Falls (rural, conservative, half go to church) and San Fran (big sanctuary city, liberal, relatively few attend church). Who gave the most? The Sioux Falls folks gave 2 times more despite nearly 3 times more people going by the Salvation Army bucket in San Fran. So much for the giving, helping hand of Democrats.

http://townhall.com/columnists/JohnStossel/2006/12/06/who_gives_to_charity

Posted by: scott | September 15, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

i forgot to ask, who's been in control of congress the last two years while the economy really tanked? Oh, yeah, Democrats. Thanks guys, we couldn't have done it without you!

VOTE McCAIN/PALIN!!!!!

Posted by: scott | September 15, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Wow! What an ad... and they actually used the truth (the word l i e ) to tell the truth!

Keep fighting with truth... Obama/Biden... you know how to do it. I'm excited to see the McSame response. Bet he's going to show his temper!

Yahoo!

Posted by: victoria2dc | September 15, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

It may not be collegial, but instead of sending your advice to the Obama campaign (which I would imagine they can read for themselves, assuming they read The Washington Post) why not take on some of the misinformation spread by the people down the hall?

Posted by: chagedorn | September 15, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Yeah ... of course the banks had to lower their standards The "under-privileged" - supported by the socialist lefties - cried foul and whined that they couldn't qualify for mortgages, credit cards - voila, the sub-prime market was born ;-)
As a concession, the lefties supported the "Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005".

So there - now we know who is to blame!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

"First, you can't say your for the economy and against energy. (namely oil)"
Your confusing "against oil" with "pro-alternatives". Using oil for energy doesn't mean we've taken an eternal vow to ignore all other options.

"the second problem, he made a statement that he'll wait to raise taxes until after the economy gets better. "
He's not going to raise taxes for most Americans. Take a look at a side by side comparison of tax plans and see who benefits from each candidate.
http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/taxtopics/election_issues_matrix.cfm

In a consumer economy, there is a simple paradigm. If you tax the rich, you slow investment and growth. Placing too much of a burden on the middle class slows the economy itself, makes it shrink, thus making the need for more expansion dollar moot. After all, we are the consumers in this consumer economy. If we don't have the money to buy things, then who's going to?
Republican economic theory is a testament to their poor grasp of history and their slavish devotion to "the Market". We had an economy that allowed "the Market" to take it's natural course, the result was the great Depression.
Greed is a poor basis for governance, throw the bums out.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

hey former independent, speaking of using someone's own words to expose their hypocrisy, here's a great interview with BO, the professional campaigner, where he admitted in 2004 that he did not have the experience to be President and that he would have to actually spend all of his time campaigning. He also said you needed to know what you were doing before applying for a job. Wow, he actually spoke the truth for once! But what changed? Oh yeah, spending the last 4 years running for President counts as "executive" experience. (I don't know if it is funny or sad that dems actually fall for his nonsense.)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gexyfVpFMU

Posted by: scott | September 15, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh well,that lying cocaine snorter empty suit fake Messiah Barack Hussein Obama and
that patethic old fraud loud mouth loser
Joe Biden just donot get it that no one is
even listening to anymore OBAMA Lies & BS
& Smears against Sen John McCain and Gov
Sarah Palin or anything else that comes our
of Obama and Biden's Lying Big Mouths!
This Independent Voter Is Voting For Real
Change McCain/Palin not lying quick change
artist and picket pockets Obama and Biden.

Posted by: Patty 2008 | September 15, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Dear Anonymous:

Looking at the plans side-by-side and all you see is that the middle class gets a tax break under BOTH plans. The FACT is that Obama's plan gives 40% of his tax cuts to people who already don't pay taxes to begin with. Thats one critical differnce. Another difference? McCain also cuts corporate taxes. Why? Perhaps to make us actually competitive in the world market since US companies pay the second highest corporate tax rate in the world. Giving companies a competitive tax break spurs business investments, expansions, hiring, etc. You see, Ronald Reagan did this (along with cutting spending) and the fact is it did work. Thats real Republican economic theory and thats just one reason why McCain is the best candidate.

Posted by: scott | September 15, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Do any of you know how relatively easy it is to move wealth out of the US? Sure, tax the rich. Clooney - a zero supporter - already maintains a nice house at Lake Como, IT, just south of the Swiss border - he won't care.
Leftie foot-soldiers: you'll be the ones left holding the bag - the "elite" will long have moved their assets.
Hey, have you guys ever wondered where all those Russian billionaires come from? Yeah, that's right, right out of the government bureaucrat ranks.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

i know that democrats are all about taxing and spending. you know, big, bloated goverment with no sense of personal responsibility. i mean, why let the american people do things for themselves when the government can do it for you? apparently that's also joe biden's theory on charitable giving.

Posted by: scott | September 15, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Imagining "anonymous" and "Scott" in a basket for the baloon, there may not be any need for flame. Enough hot air will be produced to lift the thing and who knows how high it may get! Keep it up, but your vote should go to Obama for making a real difference for all Americans. Be objective and help bring good things to America. The folks with your capabilities and beliefs are exactly the types of voters needed For Obama. Just do it.

Posted by: O.P. Neon | September 15, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Thank Jonathan,
I love you on MSNBC and NBC.
I was a little dishearted by your Barack's G.O.P Problem column. I'm glad your tone has lightened up.
I realize Barack's numbers are really slipping, but that's based on a woman no one knows. If her interview with Charles Gibson is an indication of her knowledge and ability to understand America's problems John McCain should keep sending her on shows like Hannity instead of "Meet the Press" or "Face the Nation". This woman is not ready to be VP. Maybe Secretary of Energy, if woman don't wake up and realize that shooting a Moose is not a qualification for higher office. We're in big trouble, she's trigger happy with a lot of arrogance, confidence and lack of knowledge. Lethal combination, and did I mention that so-called "Hot" factor that goes over my head because I'm a woman.

Posted by: Anna | September 15, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

It's income redistribution alright - from the entrepreneurs and hard working citizens to the government bureaucrats sitting on their asses, lining their own pockets. That's change we can believe in ... NOT!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

This presidential candidate - 0bama - is less qualified or ready to be president than the vice-presidential candidate Palin.

Why don't the dems look into the mirror before judging others?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

O.P. Neon:

Yeah, that's what you guys call "hope" - good work in pointing that out.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Interesting to read:
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/09/15/empty_seats_greet_mccain_at_fl.html

The pundits claim FL is in McCain's bag. It is difficult to estimate, at best. The report (see the link above) indicates too many pancakes were wasted. May be folks are thinking more on their own. OR they could have made up their minds and saw no reason to participate in the rally.

Posted by: O.P. Neon | September 15, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

0bama canceled NH appearance ... nobody would show up

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

sorry o.p. neon...but some of us actually care about who we elect. we don't fall for toothless rhetoric about 'change' and 'bring good things to American people'. some of us can think for ourselves and find out for ourselves what candidates are actually doing and saying. and the bottom line is that obama has been in senate for 4+ years. what 'hope' and 'change' has he been responsible for? tell me something he's done to help working class or middle class americans? nothing.

so people like you can go ahead and vote for hope, and rainbows, and pixies, and whatever other cute, fuzzy little notions that you think b.o. actually brings to the table. but some of us aren't ready to turn our country over to a socialist pop star.

Posted by: scott | September 15, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

0bama has been in the senate for about 2 years, half of wich he spent campaigning ... the other half he voted "present"

zero-zilch-null-nana.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse


This is all so sickening. Would you all fly on a plane that the pilot had only one lesson? He may be presidential material one day, but NOT NOW! Knowledge and experience is what we have to have and Obama has neither.
I guarantee that if he gets in the White House, all you people will be singing a different song. Get your wallets ready!

Posted by: Judy | September 15, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I love to say this: The dems definitely had their chance - it was called Clinton/Obama. They could have wrapped up the WH for 12, maybe more years.
But their arrogance did them in. Thanks Howard, Donna, Kerry and all the other "brains".

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain voted with his party 85% of the time but Obama voted with his 97% of the time! McCain has an average of 55% Dem co-sponsors on his bills, Obama 13%. This is the reason people are responding to John McCain for President, not for anything the Republicans or Democrats are saying or doing, they are responding to John McCain, an honorable man.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | September 15, 2008 11:37 AM
***************

Let’s leave aside the “honorable man” claim, just for the sake of comity: McCain left his honor at the curbside earlier this year when he abandoned every former principled position he ever held, just to win the nomination of his party.

If polls can be trusted—big if with big caveats—people are not responding to McCain. He was far behind until he named Palin as his running mate. The blush, however, is fading quickly from that rose.

The main point I would challenge, however, is this. Given the unenviable track record of the Republican Party over the past eight long years, why would you not vote for a candidate who opposed them at a 97% clip?

Posted by: abqcleve | September 15, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama/Biden is not a ticket for change. A man that has been in the Senate for 35 years is the living definition of politics as usual. Point of Interest, his lengthy career is one of uninspired mediocrity. Biden has done very little in his time in the Senate. The DNC wanted Hilary but she just could not quite bring it together. The DNC got Obama. They were not too supportive of him, if you remember. So they saddle Obama with Biden (one of the boys) to try and reign him in a little. This also gives the DNC someone they can stand talking to in the White House. If anyone thinks that "Change" is going to come out of this arrangement, they are sorely mistaken.

Posted by: Dan78 | September 15, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Wrong ... before the Dem convention the race was in a statistically "dead-heat". 0Bama got a lower than expected convention bounce (that convention was a mess) and McCain erased and then pulled ahead after the repub convention.

People vote for McCain because they can't vote for zero.

Rasmussen McCain 49, Obama 46 McCain +3
National Gallup Tracking McCain 47, Obama 45 McCain +2
National Rasmussen Tracking McCain 48, Obama 45 McCain +3
National Hotline/FD Tracking McCain 45, Obama 44 McCain +1
National Newsweek McCain 46, Obama 46 Tie

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

"The FACT is that Obama's plan gives 40% of his tax cuts to people who already don't pay taxes to begin with. "

Are you referring to this?

"Eliminate income tax for senior making less than $50,000 per year"
or this...
"Make CDCTC refundable and allow low-income families to receive up to a 50 percent credit for child care expenses"
Need I go on? Obama points his tax breaks at the bottom half of the economy, where the problem is, not at the top of the economy.
>>You see, Ronald Reagan did this (along with cutting spending) and the fact is it did work.<<
Scott, Reagan ran up the largest increase in national debt up to that time with his "Voodoo economics". It's also telling you had to go back to the nineteen eighties to find a Republican who had some success with the economy. The bottom line is unregulated markets lead to disorderly corrections, making the recessions all that more common and deeper. Left to it's devices "the Market" is a manic depressive, taking us on a never ending cycle of euphoria and despair. It needs regulation and the Republicans refuse to provide it, so we have little choice but to get rid of them, don't we?

Posted by: dijetlo | September 15, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

LOL. I love how Obama is "fighting back" as if he hasn't been attacking all the time.

Get out of your bubble pundits. The world is passing you by.

Posted by: rmorrow | September 15, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I differ - the DNC wanted 0bama. Dig into the pre-primary maneuvering of that party, then the FL/MI debacles the party was impotent to resolve, the caucus fraud allegations, etc. .... it goes on ....

The DNC got what they wanted. Ask Howard, Donna and all the other entrenched politicians who endorsed 0bama (Kerry, Kennedy, etc.).
Kennedy especially wanted to turn zero into the next jfk ... it's all so fitting, the Berin speech, the fact that the 4th convention day fell onto mlk's anniversary, the open-air acceptance speech ... come on - they had a plan.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama makes a lot of promises in his speeches but can he deliver? 8 years as a part time state senator (the IL state senate is not a full time job) and not even one term as a US Senator and people think the guy can lead the country? Give me a break! Obama has less executive governing and leadership experience than Gov. Palin.

Wake up people! You want to give the wheel of the country to a guy who is still on a learner's permit!

Posted by: Alan | September 15, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Another difference? McCain also cuts corporate taxes. Why? Perhaps to make us actually competitive in the world market since US companies pay the second highest corporate tax rate in the world. Giving companies a competitive tax break spurs business investments, expansions, hiring, etc. You see, Ronald Reagan did this (along with cutting spending) and the fact is it did work. Thats real Republican economic theory and thats just one reason why McCain is the best candidate.
Posted by: scott | September 15, 2008 12:16 PM
Right-wing canard of the month, courtesy of the AHI and Glenn Beck and parroted by all his minions. US corporations may nominally have the “2nd highest corporate tax rate” among the 30 wealthiest countries of the OECD, but all the many loopholes available to them actually result in corporate tax revenues (what they actually pay) being the 4th lowest in that group. The biggest loophole? That which allows them to pile up profits off-shore and thereby grossly under-report income. From the Brookings Institute, hardly a “liberal thinktank”: http://www.brookings.edu/opinions/2007/1027_corporate_taxes_furman.aspx

Your unsourced assertion that Reagan/Gramm tax cuts to the rich were a boon to the American economy is wishful thinking. Trickle-down economics, which is what you’re describing and advocating, are wide discredited as being one of the greatest contributors to the disastrous shrinking of the American middle class.

We’ve seen the effects over the last eight years of “real Republican economic theory” (what a phrase!) and that’s a hypothesis that needs to go straight to the garbage bin.

Posted by: abqcleve | September 15, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

How many industries do the dems think they should control to guarantee that they dont go out of business? Perhaps more control of movie budgets would be good? Maybe controlling dealerships on exactly how much each job should cost? How exactly do idiot dems think that they can control good or bad business practices. Then when the dem business theory fails, does everyone end up suing the government for screwing up their business?

Posted by: KMicaels | September 15, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

KMicaels:

Thanks! My sentiment exactly. The government is notoriously bad at running things.

What they should be doing is regulate industries that are out of control. I agre that in the majority of the cases the govt. should stay out of the way, but when you have a train wreck like the mortgage/credit crisis on the horizon, it's time to act - THAT would be doing their job - that is what we elect them for.

One can blame a lot on bush - but let's not forget that the past two years - leading up to this fiasco - the dems were in charge of congress.

Nancy Pelosi needs to go!

For all those idiots who try to link McCain with Bush - do I have to remind you that John McCain was one of the staunchest critics of Donald Rumsfeld? Bush wanted to keep Rumsfeld, John McCain succeeded in getting rid of him.
John has worked hard to mitigate the effects of the Iraq war - Rumsfeld's resignation was probably his greatest achievement.


Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I like the new ad. It is hard hitting but fair. I wish they had emphasized the "same old economic policies" more.

Obama can still win, even by a landslide, but he must act. It is up to him. The campaign was gobsmacked by Palin, who is a lot smarter and more appealing than some Democrats give her credit for. It is time to shake that off. Here is what I wrote to the Obama campaign with my latest donation:

"People who have followed Sen. Obama's career know that he sometimes goes through listless, indecisive periods. Everyone does, but it is a noticeable contrast to his usual buoyant personality. He dithered for a while during the Wright controversy -- and then came through with a powerful speech that saved the campaign.

Sen. Obama should get off his butt, shake off this catatonia and FIGHT. And also to enjoy himself and laugh. Gumption and joie de vivre are called for. He must snap out of it -- you must all snap out of it -- or lose the election. All the money in the world will not help . . . Get back to being what you are, and the money will come."

I think this is starting to happen.

Posted by: Jed Rothwell | September 15, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

For an individual who aspires to be their Commander-In-Chief, how will Obama explain his Senate votes to force our military members into an ignominious defeat in Iraq; and, to deny funding for equipments essential to their survival for the young men and women whom they had "previously" voted to commit to lethal combat. A despicable breach of trust with those Military members laying their lives on the line in defense of our Nation. It’s incredible how quick the left is to hoist the “white flag” when confronted with adversity. Sound familiar? How far are they willing to retreat from those who have a visceral hatred for our Western culture before we’re finally cornered? How many more 9/11s is the Left prepared to endure before they would be willing to stand and fight? The neurosis of the liberal mindset defies rational explanation. Surely members of “The Greatest Generation” who demanded total victory over the Fascists of WW II, must hang their heads in shame when they witness the American Left of today cowering before the modern day threat of Islamofacism! Obama is our "home-grown" version of Hugo Chavez. His comments that he would use U.S. Military Forces against Pakistan, a Nation with a sizable nuclear arsenal, and an ally in the war on terror, even without President Musharraf's permission; a Nation that he mistakenly believed to be Arab; his indecision/confusion as to whether Iran poses a serious regional threat; while in other commentary, stating that he would halt the U.S. military's development of advanced weapons systems demonstrates a profound ignorance of the geopolitical threat environment confronting America. His long-term subversive associations, and his immersion in seditious anti-American diatribe have indeed revealed Obama as the real-life Manchurian Candidate. Obama would most certainly follow the disastrous Foreign Policy examples of Jimmy Carter in pursuing relations with our avowed enemies, only much worse. Political charlatan, Obama, has convinced his robotic cult followers that he can meet with Ahmejinedad without precondition; and, that the Iranian Islamofacist will experience a now infamous Obama epiphany and conversion to righteousness; and, "There Will Be Peace In Our Time". This is the very same Neville Obama who, because he frequently babbles incoherently when attempting to speak without a prepared text, is terrified of being exposed by meeting John McCain in a simple Town-Hall Forum. And now we learn from Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari that, while on his public relations excursion to Iraq, Obama attempted to convince the Iraqi leadership to delay ANY withdrawal agreement until an installation of an Obama Administration so he could take credit for the implementation of such an agreement. A clear act of treason that should be prosecuted. God help us if the majority of Americans are beguiled by this novice circus comic, who has never before performed under the "Big Tent"; and, the peddling of his "Magic Elixir " that Obama has claimed will "Heal The Planet". Greg Neubeck

Posted by: gneubeck | September 15, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Voter registration in the West, particularly in areas that tend to vote Dem, is skyrocketing.

Results matter - and America has had ENOUGH!

EIGHT IS ENOUGH!

Posted by: Will in Seattle | September 15, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

For me, it really isn't about the past eight years so much as the next four. Obama could be a good President some day down the road - but every time an Obama supporter attacks Sarah Palin, it reminds me that: 1) Obama has no more experience than Palin, and he's the Presidential candidate, and; 2) Obama's attack ads are no different than the GOP's.

Posted by: Danl | September 15, 2008 9:57 AM
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Lets talk honestly about what you consider experience. I hear and see a lot of people that equate Obama's experience with that of Palin's. I think that doing so is an injustice to yoursef and the voters at large.

--Obama has more education than both McCain and Palin.

---Obama has taken the time to get up to speed on the most mundane of issues surrounding the country.

---Obama has met heads of states and they have over whelmingly respected him.

----Obama has been more right than wrong on every foriegn issue that has ocurred in the last 6 years.

----Obama has had the right approach to foriegn relations as it relates to the two wars that we are currently fighting.

----Obama has ran one of the best ran campaign that I have seen in my lifetime.

----Obama was voted on by the entire country and its territories and came out victorious after a solidly ran campaign.

Compared to Palin's total lack of knowledge, her eperience as a small town executive and John McCains 26 years of inactivity to solve some of the same issues that he now pontificate's on,
when you reference experience, I think that you should take the whole context of their experiences in to your view.

Palin has not earned the title Mavrick and John McCain has diminished the meaning of the word by the way he has ran his campaign.

Lastly, Palin is running to be the VP and Obama is running for the President of United States. John McCain's choice as Palin for a running mate only demonstates that he does not place "country first", he places John McCain and his ambition first.

Posted by: just another reader | September 15, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Fact: Sarah Palin is a governor of a state with a small population, has little foreign-policy experience, and has met few foreign leaders.

Forgotten facts: Did any Dems raise these same "issues" when Howard Dean and John Edwards ran for President? And how was it that Edwards "qualified" to be the VP pick in 2004?

Posted by: FairPlay | September 15, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

After reading so many posts, I've come to realize that the difference between liberals and conservatives, is that liberals hate ignorance, and conservatives hate liberals. Conservatives don't care about the truth or the issues, all they care about is scoring points against liberals, and the means don't matter.

Posted by: Hank | September 15, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

We are witnessing the end product to 30 years of conservative economic theory.

Posted by: Zach | September 15, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

A lot of people have been hand wringing--the voters! Many of us are disgusted at having the choice of McBama. The hand wringing stops and people are taking action when they learn that there are third party candidates.

Bob Barr is gaining in popularity, is polling in the double digits in many states and is offering straight talk on the issues. He alone has said that he will work to shrink government.

As more people are hearing about the Libertarian party, they are really seeing that there is another way. It's not "taking votes" from McCain or "helping" Obama. It's about standing up for what is right for the country. Barr has worked closely with the NRA AND the ACLU!! The Libertarian party platform is one for individual rights and smaller government, lower taxes, ending the US position as world policeman. These are all things that are very centrist and at the core of most American's beliefs...they just don't know that there are options beyond McBama.

Now you know.

Posted by: dave g, Minneapolis | September 15, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Obama is winning on the integrity issue of McCain. That's why the sudden innocence of karl rove. Now he's trying to say that both candidates are not telling the truth. This ad hits hard and they should keep running it.

On another subject I spoke to reporter
Ted Land (907) 762-9269 of KTUU TV an NBC affiliate in Alaska who did the news story of a hugh rally in Alaska against Sarah Palin. I told him that I was amazed that none of the networks carried or asked for any of the footage. He said that he was just as amazed as I was especially when NBC did not request any footage. He also said that CNN was there. I told him the only story that I heard concerning a protest on CNN was about Oprah. What's going on here folks? I found out about the story at KTTU.COM There are a lot of people especially women, democrats and republicans unlike who disagreeD with Palin and thinks she's dangerous for the country. The protest started with 8 to 10 women sitting around realizing that Palin doesn't represent them. A nasty radio host broadcast their names over the airways and others tried to stop the rally. It was big news in Alaska and you can see the story on KTTU.COM website. This goes to show you that Rick Davis has far reaching arms. Palin will be hidden from the legit media as well as any negative press. Alaska is a small community so there will be some backlash but still these people weren't afraid to speak out. What happen to our press coverage here about the protest IN ALASKA. CALL TED AND ASK HIM ABOUT THE STORY

Posted by: NBC, CNN NEVER AIRED THE PROTEST | September 15, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness people are waking up to all the lies coming out of the McCain campaign. McCain used to be a good guy but he must really want to be President, even at the cost of his honor.

Posted by: almostTall | September 15, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

just another reader:

--Obama has more education than both McCain and Palin.

Obama overstates his academic experience. He says he was a professor of constitutional law - he was a lecturer - big difference. For being so academically advanced, I'm surprised at his lack of understanding on plagiarism (the willy-nilly borrowing of his buddy Duval's speech). Of course his choice in running mate Biden is guilty of the same: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B0DE3DB143FF93BA2575AC0A961948260


---Obama has taken the time to get up to speed on the most mundane of issues surrounding the country.

Unfortunately he still doesn't understand them - as evidenced in his constant flip-flopping. I guess he misses the convenience of saying "what she (Hillary) said".

---Obama has met heads of states and they have over whelmingly respected him.

Europeans don't understand American policy. They see 0bama as little else than change from bush. Wait for their response when 0bama asks them to carry some of the burden.
I haven't seen 0bama hang out with Silvio Berlusconi - the staunchest US ally .

----Obama has been more right than wrong on every foriegn issue that has ocurred in the last 6 years.

How can you tell. He canges his mind so often - of course eventuall he'll get it "right" whatever that means. The one issue where he's consistently and stubbornly wrong is in the admission the the Iraq surge worked.

----Obama has had the right approach to foriegn relations as it relates to the two wars that we are currently fighting.

Obama doesn't know a thing about war. He has never served, he has no military education whatsoever - and frankly, I see very little support for him by the people who run things on the ground.

----Obama has ran one of the best ran campaign that I have seen in my lifetime.

Chicago style - nice and sexist. The damage 0bama has inflicted on race relations are setting us back years.

----Obama was voted on by the entire country and its territories and came out victorious after a solidly ran campaign.

He won mostly by flooding caucus contests with his thugs.


Keep drinking the cool aid. You remind me of one of those dazed Church goers after the good Rev. Wright got done with you.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I want to hear a candidate propose a federal budget with NO DEFICIT. Daily, in our lives we have to live within our means but the government can't?

This would take real leadership, not anything like Obama or McCain have offered. I want to hear them say what they would cut and then stick to it. We all know Social security is woefully broken. I want to hear a candidate just finally say "sorry folks, SS is gone. No more. Keep your SS tax money and invest it your self, or don't."

Or any of the other tough things that need to be said and then dealt with so that we can move on. Each bailout, tax increase or government program drains all of us. The deficit next year will be $500Billion !!! That's crazy!!

Posted by: howard | September 15, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

As I read these posts their content discourages me beyond belief.

As a 76 year old white male from a family of Democrats back to the FDR era, I find that these posts present nothing more than vindictiveness from both sides. All they amount to is unsubstantiated blather,with only a few that have some relevance.

As a Democrat please allow this old man to state that, in reality, Obama DOES NOT have any actual experience in government. His Illinois senate voting record reveals he seldom took a stand on any issue of substance. He missed the vote roughly 130 times, more than any other member of the Illinois senate.In the US Senate he was only there for roughly 4 months when he began this campaign for the nomination. So what has he done for the state of Illinois?

As a party the person more qualified was HC altho Bill would be baggage since he cannot, and will not, ever take a back seat for anyone.

We have Obama but lets face it - he is running on one basic issue, that of the first black nominee of a party. That is his sole claim to fame and we must accept that a reality. There is nothing wrong with that except for the majority of us we cannot, or will not, accept that as a truism.

We now have Palin on the Rep side so now it has come down to race versus gender. What a sorry state of affairs we have gotten ourselves into in this nation when those two factors supercede the real issues of the day.

It is no wonder that corruption pervails in government and business.

Posted by: dharper | September 15, 2008 10:43 AM
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A. You need to do more research before you disqualify Obama.

B. I notice that you had no pointers or references for your post.

C. Just the mere fact that he is the presidential candidate from the "great state of Illinois" does more for the state than you could possibly imagine. He moved the DNC headquarters to Illinois. Everytime his name is mentioned it is mentioned with either Chicago or Illinois.

D. Check John McCain's attendance record in the Senate all 26 years. While you are at it, check his record. He has been on a paid vacation for years. McCain is running on his foriegn policy credential yet no one can point to his foriegn policy achievements except ofcourse if you want to repeat the surge, the surge!

E. Again for the hundred millionth time, voting present in the Illinois state senate is a strategy nothing more; they all use it. Look at the bills he either sponsored or co-sponsered. A senator does not have to take a stand on every issue.

So before you over worry about Obama's lack of, you should concern yourself with the evidence that in this time he offers the best package of solutions for the times that we are facing.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

just another reader:

--Obama has more education than both McCain and Palin.

Obama overstates his academic experience. He says he was a professor of constitutional law - he was a lecturer - big difference. For being so academically advanced, I'm surprised at his lack of understanding on plagiarism (the willy-nilly borrowing of his buddy Duval's speech). Of course his choice in running mate Biden is guilty of the same: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B0DE3DB143FF93BA2575AC0A961948260
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You are a child. These things have been debunked over and over again. If this is the first time that you are picking up a newspaper then you should get some of the back issues.

Posted by: just another reader | September 15, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

just another reader:

Really? Proof it. I love the response "has been debunked" ... as I said - keep drinking the cool-aid.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

This is all so sickening. Would you all fly on a plane that the pilot had only one lesson? He may be presidential material one day, but NOT NOW! Knowledge and experience is what we have to have and Obama has neither.
I guarantee that if he gets in the White House, all you people will be singing a different song. Get your wallets ready!

Posted by: Judy | September 15, 2008 12:37 PM
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This is an inappropriate anology. Every pilot had their first passenger flight. They have not all ended in disaster have they?

The issue for this presidency is ideas. Who has the better ideas for the country, the economy and for the international image?

McCain has been in the senate for 26 years without any remarkable accomplishments. He has not headed a commitee, he has not introduced overreaching legislation other than McCain/Feingold; which is pretty recent and which he is not practicing well. McCain maybe a nice man but personally following the old strategy of being there long enough is enough. He should have bested George Bush the no nothing govenor from Texas, he didn't. what does that tell you?

Posted by: just another reader | September 15, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

just another reader:
This is an inappropriate anology. Every pilot had their first passenger flight.

Wrong - pilots often carry passengers on their first flight in type - they receive the required training on a sophisticated simulator.

You are a child - you know nothing.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

... or has that been debunked as well ... wooohahaha

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

So,the real things that WAPO is not going to report on,for its readers is that the
Great Democrat Messiah Barack Hussein Obama
has a very long history of him using every
lowlife dirty Chicago Politics Tactics,
like Smeaing his opponents and lying about
them endlessly,however what WAPO the real
official Obama Propaganda Organ won't tell
any of us,is also that this Time the Smears
and Lies and Outright Bullying His Oppenents Will Not Work Against Gov Sarah
Palin and Sen John McCain.

And that the way empty suits lying big
mouth phony Obama and Biden are already
experiencing major blowback for their endless attempts to use those dirty political tactics as every time they do,
then suddenly Senator John McCain and Gov
Sarah Palin gain their new leads over
both Obama and Biden in the polls,no matter
how much their paid Obamabots go run amok
on the internet and Obama Shills like WAPO
scream bloody murder about it! NOBAMA!

Posted by: Claudine1000 | September 15, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

http://www.law.uchicago.edu/media/index.htmStatement Regarding Barack Obama

The Law School has received many media requests about Barack Obama, especially about his status as "Senior Lecturer."

From 1992 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Barack Obama served as a professor in the Law School. He was a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996. He was a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004, during which time he taught three courses per year. Senior Lecturers are considered to be members of the Law School faculty and are regarded as professors, although not full-time or tenure-track. The title of Senior Lecturer is distinct from the title of Lecturer, which signifies adjunct status. Like Obama, each of the Law School's Senior Lecturers has high-demand careers in politics or public service, which prevent full-time teaching. Several times during his 12 years as a professor in the Law School, Obama was invited to join the faculty in a full-time tenure-track position, but he declined.
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anonynous: Above is the link and text for Obama professorship question. The line that he repeated from Patrick Duvall was largely looked upon as Clinton grasping for straws. Duvall and Obama are friends and the candidate was endorsed by Duvall.

Anyway if these type of things are the deciding factor in your choice then there is no use in my wasting my time on you.

You obviously are one of those small minded people that would rather vote against their best interest on the perception that there is something largely wrong with a trivial matter.

Do your own research. Does this proof it for you?

l

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Why does the Obama campaign not point out to the Family Value Republicans that McCain is a self-confessed adulterer, that Cindy was "the other woman", that Cindy used illegal drugs that she stole from a non-profit which she started and because she was so rich she only received probation, and that Track arrived seven months after Sarah and Todd were married and now they have a seventeen-year old daughter who is pregnant? You can be sure if any of these things had been done by their counterparts, the Republicans would be screaming about their immorality.

Posted by: Kathryne | September 15, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

This is an inappropriate anology. Every pilot had their first passenger flight.

Wrong - pilots often carry passengers on their first flight in type - they receive the required training on a sophisticated simulator.

You are a child - you know nothing.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:07 PM
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Again child there must be time when a pilot has their FIRST passenger flight regardless of simulators.

Please stick what is being discussed. You sound like an angry child who must have their way.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan, I frequently ask myself, why would anyone vote Republican again? Are they happy with the war? the massive deficit? the high unemployment rate? the torture? the eavesdropping on Americans? the high gas prices? the global warming? It must be that they always vote Republican and that is that. Or, they are simply wealthy and they want to keep their money (tax cuts) no matter the result on the country at large! You can ruin my country but don't take my money!

Posted by: liveindc | September 15, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"For me, it really isn't about the past eight years so much as the next four. Obama could be a good President some day down the road - but every time an Obama supporter attacks Sarah Palin, it reminds me that: 1) Obama has no more experience than Palin, and he's the Presidential candidate, and; 2) Obama's attack ads are no different than the GOP's.

Posted by: Danl | September 15, 2008 9:57 AM "
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It is not just about experience, it is about what you know - can you with a straight face say the Palin knows as much as either Obama or Biden? If you can then you need to do more research. You also need to do some research and attempt to try tying McCain to his rhetoric (just a hint...they DON'T match!).

Posted by: dm92 | September 15, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Capehart,

I take severe offense, sir, at your characterization of supporters of Senator Barack Obama's candidacy for the Presidency of the United States of America as "Obamanistas". I do not believe that Obama supporters, people ranging from the lowest rungs of society, who are hoping for an opportunity to climb up the societal ladder, to Warren Buffett and others at the peak of success in our union, can be compared with radical communists in Nicaragua in the late 1970s. Please choose your flippant characterizations more carefully in the future, OR, if you indeed intended such, please provide sufficient support for your statement.

Good day to you sir.

Respectfully,

Michael McLaughlin

Posted by: Michael McLaughlin | September 15, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

James wrote...:
...Please do the math, if the majority of his campaign contributions were for the medium-range (not the low-range) level of 50 dollars, he is collecting twice as much money as he mathematically should be.

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I gave him $100, so there's your 2 times.

In fact, after reading your post, I'm going to give him $100 more. Like the Southerner's mamma, I'm fed up with Rovian politics.

Now, if you can follow "the math", the average donation times the number of donations is the total amount collected. The median donation is the 50% percentile: there were as many donations below as there were above that amount.

Your statement "twice as much as he mathematically should be" is not only wrong, it reveals you don't know much about math.

Posted by: DDS | September 15, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

After Alaska's anti-Palin rally yesterday in Wasilla (which was larger than her own rally across town) I think the dems may want to believe again that Alaska might in fact become a true swing state once again. Palin won only 115,000 votes statewide when she ran for governor - less than a true 50% majority - and they hadn't seen the full detail of what's now being revealed with today's national scrutiny.
Add to that the very appealing U.S.Senate candidate Mark Begich (running against indicted incumbent Ted Stevens) and the subpoena and investigation of Todd Palin, and there may be a real opportunity for Obama - which as it materializes could create great leverage for news coverage and in contested races across the country.
If Alaskans can be convinced to vote against their governor, and if McCain's numbers drop, then even Arizona could be played strategically as well - and if Arizona starts moving to swing state status - well, I'll let you guess what happens then...

Posted by: Arizona is still a swing state | September 15, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I feel better about the campaign. McCain/Palin have lost credibility, almost to the point of no return.

Obama is getting tough again and rousing people around him...500,000 new donors?! Awesome.

I wear my free Obama button and people stop me to say, "Alright, Obama!" or "Where did you get that? I want one." You can see that people are tuning into Obama/Biden more than to McCain/Palin. The gloss has worn off and the true nature of their shameless desire to win is turning people off, big time.

My sister and her husband, lifelong Republicans in PA, are voting for Obama/Biden.

Check out the transcript of Biden's remarks today in MI. They're excellent. People will connect with what he has to say.

One last thought, so McCain is all alone today campaigning without his day nurse? Wonder how that's going. 20-25 people in the crowd maybe?

And Sarah Palin is repeating the bridge and ebay lines/lies today after she dropped them in her stump speeches in Alaska, I see. No wonder. If she said that stuff in Alaska, they'd probably storm the stage with torches shouting, "Burn the LIAR!" Doesn't take a brain surgeon to know that you don't lie in front of people who know the REAL story.

Posted by: Martin | September 15, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse


*** BREAKING STORY***

WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.

"He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington," Iraqi Foreign Minister Zebari said in an interview.

http://www.nypost.com/seven/09152008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/obama_tried_to_stall_gis_iraq_withdrawal_129150.htm

Posted by: JP Vanderbilt | September 15, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I don't think it is funny that Obama is making fun of McCain not being able to use a computer keyboard because of his war injuries (he does not have full use of his hands and arms). This will backfire. I will be telling everyone I know not to vote for Obama because he likes to mock our war hero McCain.

Posted by: daman1 | September 15, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

dharper:
As a 76 year old man, you must be one of those low information voters. This election is about sex and gender becausse voters such as you are to ignorant to know someones real record. You won't acknowledge O'Bama's actual record Why? He has one hell of a resume' compared to Palin or are you finding it hard to wrap your mind around a 1/2 black President. You are 76 and of y generation who had to fight people like you for equal rights.

Posted by: fbeen | September 15, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Darman1,

People with severe disabilities use computers everyday. If McCain can sign his name, he could use a computer. He just hasn't seen the need to learn. My eigthty-six year old mother is e-mailing every day.

Posted by: Kathryne | September 15, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

My Monday began in very interesting fashion. My conservative friend (I consider myself a left leaning centrist) from Anchorage AK called to chat and it soon became clear that he wanted to talk politics which I usually avoid since I know where his opinions originate. He drives truck and listens to lots of AM talk, specifically Savage and Limbaugh. He was very enthused about Palin and was convinced that Obama is an ignorant know nothing that is wrong for the country. He said Obama's a flip flopper, and when I mentioned Sarah Palin being for the bridge to nowhere before being against it, or being for earmarks for Wasilla before becoming an anti-earmark crusader, he replied "well she's only done it once", never mind that a could come up with two pretty good examples.

He said"Obama's just wrong for the country". The interesting thing is that when pressed to articulate what are the problems that Obama is wrong for, he answered Fannie-Mae and Freddie Mac. I asked how the situation came about and his answer was "the Democrats caused that". I stated my opinion that it was deregulation of the industry that caused it, and he again asserted that yeah, that's the Democrats that did that. So basically, after years of right-wing harangues that regulation kills business, my conservative friend has somehow gotten it into his head that the Democrats are the party of deregulation.

He exhorted me to not get taken in by Obama, he is for the terrorists. This is the level of ignorance and misinformation that we must overcome if we are going to wrestle the country back from the looters that have taken it.

Posted by: joebewildered | September 15, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

"Obama has two major flaws. First, you can't say your for the economy and against energy. (namely oil) That's a problem the McCain camp will hit him on. The second problem, he made a statement that he'll wait to raise taxes until after the economy gets better. Well thank you king Obama. You can't be for fixing the economy, and rasing taxes. SO he'll wait until we get better to make things bad again? I can't believe McCain hasn't smacked him hard on this? Obama has a serious probem. He's said all he knows to say. He's done. The right wing is correct when they say he's without substance."

Chance, sorry, you're a moron. Look, don't get mad at me, it's the truth. Get mad at the truth. You're a moron. It was Bush's tax cuts and deregulation of the energy and financial sectors that have nuked the economy in the first place. Or did you sleep through the last seven years? On the other hand, it was the progressive taxing and hiked up regulation of the FDR years that led to the strongest economy the United States has ever had.

To paraphrase a terrible movie: you must have been sick the day they taught economics in economics class.

Posted by: abart | September 15, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Some questions to ponder:

1) Why is the Whig party gone?
2) Why is the Federalist party gone?
3) Why is the Anti-federalist party gone?
3) Why are the Republicans growing government?
4) Why are the Democrats not fulfilling their promise to pull out of Iraq?
5) Why are people still voting for the two parties that have put us in the dire situation that we are in?

This year, we have a viable Libertarian Party candidate who has experience as a lawyer and a congressman. He has been describing solutions to issues and has very good plans. He is not engaging in the personal attacks of Democrats and Republicans. He will work to shrink government; That alone will constitute real change. We don't need more of the status-quo "change" that the two parties have been dishing up. The U.S. has serious problems that will not be solved by throwing more government programs at them. Both parties are advocating this. The Republicans are responsible for the current bailouts (and the S&L bailouts). The Democrats favor government healthcare (because medicare and medicaid work so well?) These programs/bailouts CANNOT be funded. $500Billion per year in deficit says so! You and I must take control of our lives again. The government simply WILL NOT be our savior. Churches, neighbors, friends, family, or other individual groups are much more effective at disbursing funds to those who need it. Americans already give huge amounts and would give more if they weren't taxed so much.

Vote for Liberty!!

Posted by: dave g, Minneapolis | September 15, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

What I love about the anti-Obama posters is that they can never manage to say what is so right about McCain....hmmmm.

Posted by: MC | September 15, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Fortunately for Obama (and unfortunately for McCain), the fact that the McCain campaign is willing to lie, cheat, and steal (well, so far they've only lied, but it's just a gateway sin... they'll be cheating and stealing soon enough) plays right into Obama's message of changing Washington politics as usual.

As a supporter of Obama, I think this is a great ad that hits hard, sticks to facts, and still stays on message.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

McCain-Palin 08'

Two Pigs to nowhere

Posted by: hockeyman1 | September 15, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Re: "Obama has two major flaws. First, you can't say your for the economy and against energy. (namely oil) That's a problem the McCain camp will hit him on. The second problem, he made a statement that he'll wait to raise taxes until after the economy gets better. Well thank you king Obama. You can't be for fixing the economy, and rasing taxes. SO he'll wait until we get better to make things bad again? I can't believe McCain hasn't smacked him hard on this? Obama has a serious probem. He's said all he knows to say. He's done. The right wing is correct when they say he's without substance."

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Respectfully, oil was the future of our economy - right about 1880. It would still be the future of our economy if Russia and the Middle East had anything to say about it. I really prefer not to be their economic lapdog in 20 yrs. The only college-educated person I know who says that about oil is my uncle, whom I love, but he's 82.

Regarding taxes not fixing the economy, I'm a doctor at a major academic center. Research is at a standstill for all my peers because we spent all that money trying to democratize a country where disputes were being settled with a powerdrill to the skull. Just one voice, but I'll take higher taxes to invest back in making this country great again.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

"I don't think it is funny that Obama is making fun of McCain not being able to use a computer keyboard because of his war injuries (he does not have full use of his hands and arms). This will backfire. I will be telling everyone I know not to vote for Obama because he likes to mock our war hero McCain."

Kathryne was absolutely right in her response. Not only are persons with disabilities using computers every day with minor but readily available and affordable modifications (especially when you've married Midas), but computers have greatly advanced accommodations for persons with disabilities.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad BO doesn't have Hillary as VP. Bill C. began the deregulation of Wall Street, Obama would have that linkage around his neck.

Posted by: NoClinton | September 15, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

The problem with some Americans today (mostly liberals) are that they look at the candidates skin color. With the current presidentail race it is all about "race". How sad for our country. I care not what a persons skin color is, i care about their character, integrity, morals and values. Obama is not my candidate, McCain is. Obama is still not answering a lot of questions. I do not know who Obama really is.

Posted by: Ken | September 15, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ANGERED BY SARAH PALIN’S REMARKS

Comments Uttered by Sarah Palin Has Angered Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton Described Sarah Palin As An Opportunistic Bar Fly Who She Will Squash.

Comments Uttered by Sarah Palin Has Angered Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton Described Sarah Palin As An Opportunistic Bar Fly Who She Will Squash.

Comments Uttered by Sarah Palin Has Angered Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton Described Sarah Palin As An Opportunistic Bar Fly Who She Will Squash.


PALIN RETURNED HOME TO 2,000 ALASKAN PROTESTERS WHO CHEERFULLY CHANTED "O-BAM-AH.

Gov. Sarah Palin returned home to 2,000 protesters outside the Anchorage library who wanted to correct the widespread impression that the Last Frontier endorses her candidacy.

"Last week this was just ten women sitting around talking about this perception that all of Alaska supports Sarah Palin. We apparently hit a nerve and started a movement,"

A sense of festival obtained. There was a woman in a polar bear suit representing "Polar Bear Moms Say: No Palin." Drivers on 36th Avenue saw a little girl waving a sign "Don't Ban My Books."

"My mom is from Alaska. She's a working mother. She's good looking," said Nolan. "So she seems to be qualified to be vice president."


Sarah Palin Protesters Held Signs Reading:

Bush In A Skirt
Palin: She Be Failin'
Jesus Was a Community Organizer
Palin: Thanks But No Thanks
Smearing Alaska's Good Name One Scandal @ a Time
Candidate To Nowhere
Rape Kits Should Be Free
Voted For Her Once: Never Again!
Community Organizers are the Real Patriots
Barbies for War
I Shall Not Be Pandered To
Give Palin Your Vote AND Your Draft Age Child
Sarah Palin: So Far Right She's Wrong
Alaska Is Not Frisco
Coat Hangers for McCain
Sarah Palin, Undoing 150 Years of American Feminism
Hockey Mama for Obama (on a hockey stick)


Cheerful chants of "O-bam-ah.

Posted by: Hillary Clinton Angered by Sarah Palin | September 15, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

This is a note i must put out there. Everybody talks about the Media's response to the Right Wing/Conservative actions.
Wake up People! The Liberal Media is owned by the Right Wing Conservatives! Business with Politics are strange bedfellows. All the same family; branches of same tree with the same deep controlling roots. Research and find out who owns these major media corporations. It is not the "left wingers" as is always said.

Posted by: Rachelle | September 15, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Money Talks

Posted by: Shawn | September 15, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

To the poster "chance:" A few words of advice 1. Please go and take some BASIC economics courses. 2. Learn how to separate facts from faith 3. Read more than the headlines. 4. Take a modern history course while your are at it.

Posted by: seattleslew | September 15, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Ken

I understand your point about alot of people not wanting to vote because of the race issue. I was sitting back, listening to both of these 2 candidates going at it and not really talking about their issues but not how to implement them. I dont trust Obama for many reasons, but the biggest for me is that the USA is Trilliuons od dollars in debt, no thats not his fault, but he submitted a bill in 2007 that would help get The continent of Africa out of poverty. The US bill on that would rougly be just ober 3 Billion dollars a year, til 2010, when it doubles.

That bill can be seen here, check out paragraph (9):
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s110-2433&version=rs&nid=

McCain on the other hand, was in Iraq, doing an interview with Wolf Blitzer about the success over there and lied about it, on a later interview he told the reporter, I was just trying to make a point. Check out this video, those statements by McCain are at 2:30 and 3:30, but watch the entire thing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y395Tftgz0E

If he will lie about that, what else will he lie about to get in office?

I support Bob Barr, he wants the US out of Iraq, to trim the size of the Federal Government and give control back to each individual state, like it should be. For more of the issues (because that it too much to type on here and who would read the whole thing anyway) check out www.bobbarr2008.com

I am on that site under the same ID if anyone would like to chat about these issues.

Posted by: Brian S | September 15, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm donating the full amount to Obama this year — all $2300. Enough is enough!

We simply CANNOT afford four more years of Republican damage to our country's reputation, our economy and our very way of life. They assault our constitution with lies and deceit. They assault our laws with right-wing idealogues. Talk about activist judges. Even Sandra Day O'Connor is horrified.

The outrageous government spending from the party of 'fiscal responsibility,' the creation of at least two new large government organizations from the party of 'smaller government,' the erosion of civil liberties and the direct advocacy of torture in defiance of accepted international law — when will the Republican lies ever stop?

Only when they are kicked out and replaced with real leadership. Leadership that is inclusive, not exclusive. Leadership that allows for everyone to come to the table, not just big business. Leadership that comes from listening and thinking, not fear-mongering and fanning the flames of HATE. Why do the Republicans hate so many groups of people?

This country needs Obama and Biden. We're on the verge of never being able to recover from the awe-inspiring mess that the Republicans have wrought.

And let us not forget that 7 years after September 11th we have not caught the man TRULY responsible for the attacks. And we've spent TRILLIONS of dollars borrowed from China and India to pay for the wrong war — a war that we couldn't afford in the first place. War that has now lasted twice as long as World War II.

Republicans ask yourselves, "What has the Republican party done for me?" If you aren't rich or big business I guarantee you the answer is NOTHING.

Don't let the wool be pulled over your eyes again.

Posted by: Charlie | September 15, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Dear Southerner for Obama. Thank your mother for me. For restoring my memory, and ongoing faith, that there are MANY honorable traditions of (southern) white womanhood.

Posted by: judith | September 15, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Money Talks- I wonder how much money Oprah Winfrey gave Obama. Just wondering...

Posted by: mmarii | September 15, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Great points and great ads. Calling a Blade a Blade. Enough is enough. We, the Canadians, were wondering what was happening to you, America. Your presidential campaign was sinking to such dispickable level of deception and silliness, it became a Dark Comedy Routine. Except, it wasn't even funny. I was wondering if you were losing your collective mind and common sense! To me, it's a no-brainer: elect someone intelligent, visionary, knowledgable, worldly - an ELITE. For all great leaders are ELITES. America deserved nothing less. Besides, if someone is so ready to MISLEAD its people to win a campaign, how can you trust him with the future of your country? Remember the WMD to justify the War on Iraq?

Posted by: marianne3 | September 15, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm disappointed in the low number of idiotic, racist rants here today.

What's the matter, people, is it finally start to sink in this election is about issues and not skin color?

Well, good for you!

And remember, the next time you're having a problem with, I dunno, THE ECONOMY, just say to yourself, "Alaska First!" Doesn't that feel better?

Posted by: tony the pitiful copywriter | September 15, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

"The right wing is correct when they say he's without substance."

Posted by: chance

Oh, and the right wing has enough substance to charge anyone with not having any? The right wing has done nothing for the United States in the entire history of the country except to try to retard, often violently, every initiative to advance civil, voting, and equal rights. It fought better mileage for cars. It fought seat belts. It fought Social Security. It fought abolition. It fought clean air, clean water, safe food and drugs. It fought consumers' rights. Its birth control policy consists of abstinence and war. They are worse than worthless, because the are a negative drag on the nation. They are hypocrites, heretics, and blasphemers. They should be ridiculed, mocked, and jeered--not feared or listened to.

Posted by: edwcorey | September 15, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I was going nuts and sent more money that I really can't spare. But I also think that while the Palin nom certain threw every one, Barack and his campaign managers were intentionally letting out the fishing line a bit, letting McCain's folks (whom they all know very well) get really cocky and letting the Palin bump settle down a bit before they came back with a roar. Maybe they were just laying back on the ropes waiting for the right time to throw a sucka punch. Tante Pis. Black Monday certainly will not help McCain as many begin to realize that while it may be "just" Wall Street, it actually affects their retirement accounts, 401Ks, pension funds, etc.

Tarry Davis, Norfolk

Posted by: Tarry Davis | September 15, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I am happy to have seen my little 30 dollars become a part of Obama's August fundraising total.
I was so happy to see someone on here as "Southerner for Obama"....I really hope there are more of you out there.
As an Iowan for Obama, this time around McCain has blown us off here too many times and its showing in the rural areas where that gang use to reliably count on all votes. I definitely would not say that this time. And here in Iowa, those sleazy commercials are not playing well to those that were raised to work hard, tell the truth, and be neighborly to one another.
To paraphrase Dr King: WE SHALL OVERCOME. Think and act positive, Senator Obama!

Posted by: Suzanne | September 15, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse


***BOMBSHELL***

WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.

According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.

"He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington," Zebari said in an interview.


http://www.nypost.com/seven/09152008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/obama_tried_to_stall_gis_iraq_withdrawal_129150.htm

Posted by: Roger Anderson | September 15, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

From NY Post today:
WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.

According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.

"He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington," Zebari said in an interview.

Posted by: Cassandra Washington | September 15, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Roger ... you beat me to it! ... wow, this Obama is slime ...using the troop's lives for political gain!!!

Posted by: Cassandra Washington | September 15, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse


***BOMBSHELL***

WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.

According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.

"He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington," Zebari said in an interview.


http://www.nypost.com/seven/09152008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/obama_tried_to_stall_gis_iraq_withdrawal_129150.htm

Posted by: Roger Anderson | September 15, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

It was inevitable that that my posting decrying the crying of the "self-deceived ignoramuses" trying to characterize Obama as a "victim" of mean Republican campaign tactics would be answered by an Obama automaton shrieking the false allegation that I'm part of the McCain campaign.

If Obama can't handle a rough campaign, I'm already concerned about his reaction to real meanies like Iraq's mullahs and Russia's Putins.

This lack of untruthful originality seems to be part and parcel of the Democratic Party platform which hasn't had a new idea since 1968 when it self-destructed.

Self-actuated and self-proving far left folks never realize out how predictable and transparent they are.

Chitchoo would be wise to reflect on his/her false claim that I'm with the McCain campaign. This is a shabby and cheap insult designed to denigrate but not answer the specifics of an opinion they don't like.

If you like this kind of pre-emptive behavior, just wait until the left seizes both the Congress and the White House.

Obama & CO are already talking about prosecuting the Bush Administration for carrying out its policies and Democrats are also ready to bring back the Fairness Doctrine to destroy the right of the American people to listen to what they want to hear on the public airwaves.

Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales would be proud.

As for prosecuting the Bush Administration, no less than sensible liberal attorney Alan Dershowitz has spoken out against this Third World-style behavior in a recent Wall Stree Journal opinion piece.

I reiterate, Chitchoo's phony claims against me are energized by nothing more than his/her dislike of my opinion. Again, Chitchoo's vaguely worded support of Obama in the form of a false attack on me fails to address a single issue raised in my post.

This is nothing new. The left doesn't believe anyone should be listened to save those that are in lockstep with their imperfect understanding of reality. I think there's a word for this -- that's right the word is..."totalitarianism."

The left has a neuropsychiatric condition in which it looks at a mountain range and sees only half the peaks representing Republican sins, but it can never find fault with its own actions or any historical failures in its own party. These ragged and terribly obvious peaks are invisible to the left but remembered by many, much to their chagrin.

But, let's face it, the left in America is simply using the Democratic Party as a tool, a Trojan Horse, for its own ends. Hillary Clinton was rejected for being too mature and hard-nosed and realistic. She was not considered a reliable vessel for the hard left and had to be jettisoned, even as a vice-presidential pick.

The Democrats and the left are blind also to the lessons of economics and history and have a scathing disdain for basic American cultural values. (Not the culture of opera, art or music, but the credo of everyday life. "The Closing of the American Mind" by Allan Bloom explains this for those who are baffled.)

As usual, the clueless left lacks the factual firepower to make any case for Obama other than the leftwing mantra of seeing something because they believe it, whether it is real or not.

Classic conservatives believe something when they see it. Wise up and abandon leftwing principles that endorse fibs, falsehoods and historical manipulation as a justifiable means for political advancement. Defend your candidate with something more than a perjorative lie and you will begin life as a substantive person no longer rushing toward irrelevance.

By the way, I enjoy all the Bush Derangement Syndrome allusions hereabouts in which Bush is talked about as if he were a disease. Again, this childishness does not address substantive issues, nor does it take into account the realities of the issues that have faced America since 2000.

It's little wonder the left is always hopelessly confused about why the majority of America is loath to embrace their ethereal, dangerous and counterintuitive concepts.

If no one has noticed, the Democratic Party of John F. Kennedy and Franklin Roosevelt is dead and gone. Those tough, realistic and Machiavellian guys would have been eviscerated sooner than Dennis Kucinich in a present-day campaign in which MoveOn.Org would have studied them and found them wanting.

I am unfamiliar with this eerie and untrustworthy apparition that has replaced the Democratic Party.

It would actually be great if the Democrats could finally field candidates who weren't so completely clueless about the heart and soul of the nation they claim they want to lead.

Let's knock of the nasty character assassination of Palin's family situation and get down to some real issues.

Otherwise we'll be back to talking about weak-kneed President Jimmy Carter's brother Billy Carter who was registered as a foreign agent for the Libyan government.

Posted by: SJ | September 15, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Cassandra, did you ever wonder why Zebari would publicly talk about a candidate for the US Presidency. Foreign leaders normally do not talk about candidates in other nation's elections. Perhaps he has a personal interest in throwing some you know what on the wall in the US election. (By the way he did not say "demand") Frankly, Mr Zebari has a history of being a chatty Kathy. In interviews I have watched on US television he has made some rather critical comments about the surge, US troops and the Bush administration over the last year. Besides I am sure both candidates would prefer final negotiations on most diplomatic agreements wait until after the elections.

Posted by: tarryh | September 15, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I had a higher GPA out of George Mason than Obama at Occidental and Columbia. Yet I was turned down by UVA Law. I had to settle for George Mason Law. Obama got into Harvard! Did I try out for the wrong college? I thought Harvard was at the top. Is it because I am white? Maybe I should have smoked a lot of dope, and committed several counts of felony drug use with Cocaine. Does it matter that my father was a ranking Police officer? No. Does it matter that I tried my damn hardest and yet it wasn't good enough? No. Would things be different if I were black? Only in America alright....only in America...

Posted by: Are you listening? | September 15, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama who?

Posted by: 1rap | September 15, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

What was that guy's name who lost to McCain in 2008?

Posted by: 1rap | September 15, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Who cares whether Palin had an affair -- JOHN McCAIN had an affair. He was having an adulterous affair with his trophy wife, Cindy, BEFORE he dumped his first wife who waited for him while he was a POW. His first wife made the "mistake" of having an auto accident that cost her a lot of her looks. So McCain opted to trade her in for Cindy, whose father's wealth would let her support John in the manner to which he wanted to become accustomed. And, in return, John saw to it that she wasn't prosecuted for stealing drugs from her charity to support her drug addiction. And someone cares about Palin? Get real.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Please ignore my postings.
I'm not very smart.

Posted by: chance | September 15, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Are You Listening?
wrote:

I had a higher GPA out of George Mason than Obama at Occidental and Columbia. Yet I was turned down by UVA Law.

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Are you comparing George Mason with Columbia?
Boy you really are learning impaired.

Oh, and just forget that little Law Review
president thing on his resume and his
turning down a clerking job with the
SCOTUS. Further, he was at
professor level at the Univ. of
Chicago - a VERY conservative
school.

If Obama is one thing, he's
very, very smart.

That's his problem.
The republicans convince
people that being smart
is bad. Being dumb and
average is good.

I guess that makes you
qualified for at least the
vice presidency under a
guy who will die within
two years.

Go get 'em cowboy!

Posted by: Not Smart Neither | September 15, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

The force is with you, young Obama, but you are not a Jedi yet. It is time to go back to the Senate and get some more experience... so you can learn to control the force.

I find your lack of faith in the US economy disturbing. It needs a true reformer like John McCain to cleanup Wall Street and D.C.

Posted by: alance | September 15, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, that's what we need
4 more years of lying and
cheating from another
Republican administration
run by McCain's K Street
cabal.
Get real.

Posted by: alanceisnotverysmart | September 15, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Sarah let's
Johnny McBush wear
her dresses in private
like she does in public?

Posted by: 1rapiscrap | September 15, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Obama knows nothing. He is a little schoolboy playing games. He claims new politics and then whines and goes straight for the old stuff. He is nothing but a victim player and the soft headed people are following the Newpapers lead and doing what they want.

Too bad there were not journalists during this generation.

Posted by: Irene | September 15, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

In November, it's time Americans hand these arrogant, delusional, self-righteous, intolerant evangelical necon liars and cheaters their pompous white as*ses on a platter.

No more years

Posted by: Roy | September 15, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

To: Are you listening?

It's obvious that Harvard squandered a spot in their law dept. on Obama. You can see how horribly he's done for himself. The only thing he's managed to do with it is become the first Black candidate for president in the nation's history. Just listen to him speak and it's plain he didn't deserve his degree. All he has to offer is that he's articulate, charismatic, intelligent, and a born leader. Why would Harvard want to encourage and contribute to useless rubbish like that? How on earth could a man with those qualities ever make any real contribution to society? He didn't even go into corporate law! He threw his degree away on trivial things like helping the underprivileged. Can you believe that? What a waste of a good law degree. Those ethnic children raised by single mothers who've had to live on food stamps during portions of their lives and still manage to pay for their own education get all the breaks. It's so unfair! We White Males never get a fair shake! The history of this country has proven that.

Such a sad story you tell. I bet you've had to settle for a hoopty BMW instead of a Jag because you didn't get into Harvard Law School. Oh the pain, the pain! Maybe if you had gone to 5 different schools to get what should be a 4 year BS in communications and had beauty queen and small town sports caster on your resumé you could end up on the Republican ticket 2nd in line after a 4 time cancer survivor in his 70s to be in charge of the most powerful nation in the history of humanity. Only in America alright....only in America...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

I disagree with everyone here. Yes we are all scared that the Racists,White Supremacists and Black man hating lesbians will rise up to defeat Obama with trickery and lies but you don't fight a battle on the other teams homecourt if you can do it on your own turf.

The ONLY(and I mean ONLY)reason McCain and Rove want to make this about dirt and mud and nonsense(lipstick) is because its the only battle McCain can win. Obama doesn't want to lie, refuses to sling mud, is Black and has to play to his strengths and his stengths are his ideas for CHANGE and the ISSUES that will bring about that change.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 15, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

James, who are these "very wealthy doners?"

Posted by: Littlepaws | September 15, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

Well said Anonymous. The Racists, White Supremacists and Black man hating lesbians continue to try to negate Barack Obama's experience attributing his intelligence, good judgement, thoughtfulness and grasp of the issues all to luck, its silly.

One of the effective strategies that Obama used(another stroke of his genius)to win the Democratic nomination was to ignore Hillary in the last two months of the campaign and focus on McCain. By "assuming" he would be the nominee and acting accordingly Hillary bowed to the pressure and fell off.

By NOT focusing on Palin and focusing on McCain Obama is again assuming that his opponent is NOT the Femminists(Black man hating lesbians) choice but McCain.

We should allow Barack to use this strategy since it was successful before.

He needs to attack McCain on the issues and leave the Bulldagger...I mean Bulldog -with lipstick- out of it.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 15, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama shouldn't have reacted so harshly when McCain used his slogan of change, you see there are two types of change one is for better and the other is for worse, what republicans mean, is for worse. It is as simple as eating a moose burger,,,,,,,

Posted by: fm1962 | September 15, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

I realize I haven't commented on the Brother Capeharts editorial. Again, all this Sarah Palin stuff and the attack ads and the lies and such are a ploy to get Barack Obama to play THEIR game and take the focus off of issues. Obama knows this and for that reason he refuses to play.

Its silly for the Racists, White Supremacists and Black man hating lesbians to claim they won't vote for Barack now(as if they ever were)only because he refuses to attack and sling mud back.

Also, many have suggested that Barack needs to... so that he can get the votes of the Racists,White Supremacists and lesbians and we have to be honest that this election will NOT and can NOT come down to how those Idiots will vote because they are NOT going to vote for a Black man under any circumstances.

Its like the Brother at the Barbarshop said; "If they saw Obama walking on water, they'd say, See, I told you he couldn't swim..."

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 15, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

The campaign is getting dirty. Thank you Jesus.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Goodness Obama raised $66 million and he spends it as fast as it comes in. Wall Street is making a correction today you may have noticed. Obama tells us it is as bad as the great depression someone better tell him it is not even close to 1987 and that was not even as bad as the depression of 1929. Obama should have spent more time learning history and economics then being a lawyer.
Guess what the economy is fundamentally sound our GPD has grown, oil prices are coming down, and unemployment is only 6.1%.

I know some of you have no bases for comparison so here is the Carter administration.


During the Carter adminstration the economy suffered double-digit inflation, Very high interest rates, Oil shortages, high unemployment (it leveled off at 7.7%) and slow economic growth. Productivity growth had declined to an average annual rate of 1 % compared to the 3.2% we have today.
We had stagflation and higher interest rates. The prime rate hit 21.5% in Dec. 1980 the highest rate in U.S. history.
Obama's economic policy is the same as Carter's. If that is how you would like your future to be go ahead and send in your money to Obama and vote for him. The price will be a lot bigger in the end then the few bucks you send in to get him elected.

If you want real change vote for McCain Palin who is not out of touch with the reality of the situation as Obama would like you to think.

Posted by: Jace | September 15, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Hey Roger...okay if Obama did ask that (Re Iraq troop withdrawals) - what was the answer...?????????

Then again was it taken out of context as usual....I mean also would you trust the Iraqi Foreign Minister - the Iraqi Govt is firstly a puppet of the Republicans who picked "friends" to govern as proxies..but I think also second they are playing Bush and co as bunnies (wouldnt be hard) as really the Shia's main puppet masters are Iran... when you guys finally "think" you have won and start leaving then the fun will really start their again....

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iraq-violence-is-down-ndash-but-not-because-of-americas-surge-929896.html

Posted by: col in paradise | September 15, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

My mom, a white, 80ish female from NC, also sent a nice contribution to Obama today. I had to convince her to listen to Barack during the time when she was solidly for Hillary. When Hillary started going really personal against Obama, she switched to Obama and has never looked back.

Liars like McCain and Palin should not be given a vote of confidence. They'll lie in office, even to the ones who brought them to the dance.

I wonder what the youth of this country think to see their biased parents going all out to vote for liars. I know that youth do pay attention to these things. If they notice and are not concerned, then we are rearing a new group of potential liars.

Posted by: Earl C | September 15, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

I read this article in NY Post...would like to learn more, this is very scary..

Barack Obama’s campaign denied a New York Post report Monday that said the Democratic presidential candidate privately tried to persuade Iraqi political leaders to stall an agreement on scaling back American troops in Iraq while publicly campaigning for a speedy withdrawal.

Obama’s request for a delay was a major theme of his talks with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said in an interview with the Post.

Obama also tried to persuade the U.S. commanders, including Gen. David Petraeus, to offer a “realistic withdrawal date,” the Post reported. The commanders declined, the newspaper said.

A top foreign policy adviser to Obama sat in on the meetings between the candidate and Iraqi officials this summer and said no such conversations occurred, the campaign said Monday.

Obama has said he wants U.S. troops out of Iraq as rapidly as possible, and while the U.S. negotiates a Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq, Obama wants that brought to Congress.

According to the report in the Post, Obama said he wants the Bush administration excluded from the negotiations, given its “state of weakness and political confusion.”

The New York Post article raises doubts about Obama’s call to withdraw combat troops by 2010, especially if his request for a delayed agreement had been accepted. By the time a new Iraqi government is elected, fully operational, can form a new coalition government and comes up with a draft accord, it will already by May 2010, the Post noted. It could take another six months for the draft to be passed into law.

Click here to read the article in The New York Post.

Posted by: Lauren R1 | September 15, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Yes, this ad tells it like it is. Perfect, show the McCain campaign for what it is - don't let them get away with any more. I may even consider making another donation to Obama if he keeps hitting the people with the truth.

Go Obama, hit the people with the truth about McCain - I've had enough of the Republican crap they've been getting away with.

Posted by: jukeboy joe | September 15, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Obama "smacked around for sexism and other scurrilous accusations" is ridiculous.

This candidate has run the most sexist campaign in modern history, but this black male author is as insensitive and prejudiced as Obama.

WOMEN - when will you learn that civil right worked because diverse individuals banned together and put equal opportunity for their skin color at the front of their agenda.

WOMEN - need to follow this successful and rational path. Diverse WOMEN need to put equla opportunity for their gender at the front of their agenda.

Feminism was never about abortion - it was about equality. As long as women let themselves be divided by all other issues we will never be more than second class citizens - the women followers. We will also always be afraid of any right we may or may not have, always at the mercy of male leaders.

WOMEN stand up for equal opportunity and let biased reporters like this one know that sexism is not tolerated anywhere or anytime. If WE do not hold our media, our community, our politcal party accountable - no one will do it for us.

This article is the perfect example.

Posted by: WOMEN RISE | September 15, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

You Better hope that China does go democratic. The Republicans have been busy running up the household budget(American economy) credit with them.

You need to rethink the way you do things. First bring in legislation to make sure that any product being sold (yes including financial) has to do what it say it will do. That all information on long term loans is disclosed with clarity and that the consumer understands what they are signing up to. This to include a "cooling off period".

Truth in advertising legislation. This will ensure that any advertisement produced by an ad agency will be accurate and not contain any falsehoods.

Jail terms for Financial executives who mislead the market and the public. If this applied then the executives would have been less willing to sign up to something they could not oversee.

Republicans=Less Government=Less Regulation=Financial Crisis

McCain Philosophy is that.

McCain/Palin More of the Same


Posted by: Scott | September 15, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

Womenrise I totally disagree(with your nonsense). This Nation is sinking and you Idiots smarting because a Black man who you thought was inferior exposed how DUMB and unqualified and unequal women are?

You mean to tell me that White women(the ones who aren't lesbians) go home to White men and boys each and everyday who live side by side with White men who work alongside White men are looking to a Black man to step aside to HELP you White women(who cried rape in Colorado) to help you oppress Black men?

I don't know if you're stupid or just plain dumb.

Barack Obama worked HARD(really hard)to defy you Racists,White Supremacists and Black man hating lesbians and now you want to if not ride his coatails to power bring him down so that you can stand on him?

And then you actually think that by voting for McCain(another White man who you've had access to for 350 years and made no progress had to wait for MLK)this will bring about "equality?"

The lack of logic and an ability to reason is why you Idiots should NOT have power.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 15, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

I used to like McCain. I am sorely disappointed in his sellout. Palin proves that he will put politics above country. The straight talk express has been shut down by his new bush advisors. I spent a lot of time reading about him. I guess that for McCain, honor is really important when it comes to lip service. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twt29WKr0tA

Posted by: bilco5 | September 15, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

The Obama campaign is preparing rolling out a new line of “faith merchandise” – the latest move in an ambitious effort to win over non-religious voters.

Check out the Infidels for Barack, and Infidels for Obama buttons, bumper stickers and signs….” says Obama Deputy Director Ali Baba.

Posted by: Anon | September 15, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Jonathon,

Has anyone ever checked if McCain has Monophobia. He prefers townhalls. Is that why they moved his stage into the crowd and why Cindy never leaves his side. She is not running for anything. Why does she have to be there even when it seems inappropriate? He was locked up for 5 years. There has to be residual. Not funny. They are hiding the medical records.

Posted by: Dee | September 15, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

JACE,

Carter? 70s? Pardon me while I let the cramps in my side from laughing subside. You had to go quite a way back to reach for that. You skipped the most recent Democratic president. You know, the one right before Bush. What is the word for that thing he left for the country? Oh yeah, "budget surplus." Carter and Obama are about as much alike as Obama and McCain. Remember the SURPLUS and prosperity under Clinton? That ended when the Republicans took office. Eight years later TRILLIONS of debt in place of a surplus. Did you read any other news today? Did you notice anything? How 'bout a partial collapse of the banking industry? McCain bragging about voting with Bush 90% of the time to gain support of Republican base and claiming to be a maverick to win over independents, sure—that's straight talk. Our economy is too complicated and too large to pretend that oversight and accountability are not required on the part of the government and that banks can be trusted to let the needs of the people outweigh their own bad short-term decisions based on greed.

Posted by: WTF? | September 15, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

WOMEN RISE:

Sigh. Women like you make women in general look like sore losers and undermine what women like Hilary have achieved when you do so. There is nothing about Obama's campaign that was remotely sexist. THE MEDIA brought up gender AND race because stirring up cr@p gets ratings. Obama is a gentleman and had nothing but praise for Hilary's achievements. His wife is his best friend and his 2 daughters (no sons) are the light of his life. If you want to support women's rights, support Obama as Hilary urges us to do. Palin sets the cause of women back to the stone ages.

Posted by: Equal Rights for all! | September 15, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

"I can see Russia from my house"...she will never be seperated from that SNL line...lol!!!

Posted by: Dan | September 15, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Obam has to stay on message even while he is addressing McCains lies. It is important that his message does not get lost in the rumble. I am glad the campaign is focusing less on Sarah Palin. It should be as though she does not exist.

Posted by: Cheryl | September 15, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Obama had better point out every day until the election that McCain favors privatizing social security, gambling it in the stock market that lost 500 points today. McCain married money and can afford that gamble, we can't.

Posted by: Aleks | September 15, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone really believe that the republicans are not sitting with some thing about Obama's past that will be dropped about 2 weeks before election day?His religious affiliation with Reverend Wright has not run its course only resting for the right moment.

Posted by: musing | September 15, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Money talks and it seems to be drowning out facts. In case anyone doesn't know where Obama is really coming from concerning the MidEast, here is a direct quote from Rev. Wright with Michelle and Barack sitting in the pews listening during a 9/11 observance, 2 years before he was forced to leave the church and separate from his mentor Rev. Wright. And Obamaites, do not lie, he said himself that Rev. Wright was his mentor.
"And if I could just add one more thing…
A full day of silence
for the tens of thousands of Palestinians
who have died at the hands of
U.S.-backed Israeli forces
over decades of occupation."
-Anybody in their right mind who selects this pastor to be on their PRESIDENTIAL SPIRITUAL COMMITTEE AFTER this statement, is someone who should not be president of the United States of America.

Posted by: woodstock | September 15, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Some of these comments seem like they are written by prison inmates with nothing better to do.
Palin/McCain 2008-2016

Posted by: fly | September 15, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama in his own words.

"If we're going to ask questions about, you know, who has been promulgating negative ads that are completely unrelated to the issues at hand, I think I win that contest pretty handily," Obama said.

The Obama has spoken!

Posted by: econfox | September 15, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

ma317, you forgot to mention McCain and family are "Christian" "BEER"/Alcohol Distributor.
To all the Christian People who are supporting John McCain.
"McCain and family are involved in providing a product "BEER" an Alcoholic Beverage to the American Public that causes more Pain to People and Families, than any other product in the USA.Auto Deaths-Abuse-Child Abuse-Hunger, some use food money to buy BEER:
Christians need to search their BIBLES: Hab. 2:15, "Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!"
Is. 5:11-14 teaches that Hell had to be enlarged because of the drinking of alcoholic beverage.
There are many more teachings in the Bible about alcohol consumption and those who provide this evil drink.
Christians must to be made aware of this: They will be held accountable for their actions:

Posted by: military1 | September 15, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

to: fly: McCain does not look as if he will make it till 2016: Additionally, He currently seem to be "SENILE", or Stupid!!!

Posted by: military1 | September 15, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

I’ll probably repost this thought in many other forums, but

Please frame this question/analogy in your mind: Your only choices are Vanilla or Chocolate milkshakes. You “HAVE” to choose from these two because they are the only choices you’ve ever been offered…they’re the ONLY ones on the menu.

In Polling, people are asked: Do you want Vanilla, or Chocolate or haven’t you decided? And People, as we all will do, will probably decide given those choices…I mean, who can’t decide between the “obvious” two “best” choices? And really, I wouldn’t want to be “undecided” because my peers would look upon me as a moron who can’t see the light…the choices are OBVIOUS!!!! Chocolate or Vanilla, I mean how hard can it be? You MUST be a moron if you can’t decide.

Or…you are a person. A voter. A thinker. You see that things could be different. There could be choices of “Strawberry”, or “banana crème”, or “mocha blend”, or the great multitude of choice that has allowed business and Americans to thrive.

So, why is it that the media continues to only “report” on vanilla or chocolate (this is NOT a racial reference, please…)

They only report two choices! And Americans fall in line and accept that those are their only choices.

If people thought of presidential candidates in these simple terms, many questions could be answered:

Does choosing Chocolate “take away from” the sales of Strawberry? Yes, but this doesn’t influence the sales of Vanilla. Those who choose strawberry would probably always choose strawberry. In fact, having other choices probably DOES take away from BOTH the “vanilla” and “chocolate” choices. This is not bad, because the consumer gets what they want, and it’s conceivable that the “third” choice could be bigger than either of the two choices. Really, if anyone has taste-buds, why would they continue to choose “vanilla” as a majority??

Posted by: Dave G, Minneapolis | September 16, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Mr. King, if you really do have inside connections with Obamas crew, open this one up for me , would ya. Im trying to figure out why, as a life long Democrat, I havent heard mention of Unions, the bread and butter makers of that hard to crack Mid-western white vote Obama needs.I know Unions arent the power houses they used to be, but at the campaign level, I'e seen fewer associations better at getting the word out, getting people familiar with a candidate, getting votes in the right column.
As i mentioned. i live in the mid-west, Toledo Ohio to be exact.I drive past several union halls, work in a Union shop, and i have yet to see one Obama/Biden sign, large or small, near any one of them.Have the GOP taken hostage of the unions, or are they being evasive for lack of mention???
If this makes any sense, please pass it along to Barack or his crew.Unions might be dysfunctional, lost some effectiveness along the years, but they still know how to organize, and many are packed full of the Blue Collar Voters Barack needs to win states like OHIO, Michigan,etc.

Posted by: Bill | September 16, 2008 2:04 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, your guy is going to lose. This country is not going to vote for the far left policies he espouses. Has nothing to do with race. He is just too far left.

Posted by: Jane | September 16, 2008 3:19 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan, thanks for not letting that ignorant Mica, and racist Morning Joe bait you into selling out on your journalistic views. I agree that the media has no "balls" when it comes to Sarah Pallin. Please media do your job and equally cover all. Why has Sarah not turned over her income taxes? Why not speak to the investigators in Alaska?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 7:30 AM | Report abuse

I waited until now to decide who would get my donation. Hearing that Palin would not talk to the investigators in Trooper-Gate made my decision. I don't want another Cheney in the White House. My money will go to Obama/Biden. And I am a 71 year old white female Independent (for over 40 years).

Posted by: AZrebel | September 16, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Money Talks:

How many of the Congressional elected were swayed by
Wall Street. Barack Obama is credited as having received
the 2nd highest funding in 2007 from the Wall Street liberal
elite, which included Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The present Wall Street fiasco was brought about by the
Democratic Congress blocking reform, such as Dodd,
Schumer, Emanuel and Frank. And you and I are going to
pay for it.

Posted by: 3rd-Party Advocate | September 16, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the one that is out of touch with real americians.
On one of the worst days for our economy he attends a hollywood high priced fund raiser at 30k per ticket with Barbara and the hollywood elite.
Doesn't he realize that most middle class americians barely earn 30k per year let alone spend it on one windbag hollywood dinner??
In his own words- 'Enough is Enough'
McCain/Palin for real change not just windbag talk.

Posted by: G. Durosko | September 16, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

The cynical (look up the word, supporters of the war-glory hound Mccain, and the cute but shallow, clueless bush-mom) empty promises/lies are made to stir up more Bush-like support by the empty headed joe and jane six-packs, and the self-righteous, but wrong hearted-ness Christian herd. Obama has only been a politician and a grassroots status quo disturber, and while smart as a whip, may not have the grit to fight down the blatant lies and oil money soaked minions of the GOP.
In general, I'd say come out swinging, Obama camp. You will lose more ground if you let the balloon head from Alaska, and the war-hungry old man call the shots in these last weeks of the campaign for the resurrection of the true American middle class.

Posted by: James | September 16, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

James

The idea of Obama leading us down an increasingly Socialist path frightens me to no end. But dont get me wrong, the thought of McCain runing the show and sending out military all over the globe in his passion for winning wars, also frightens me.

I'm going to invite you to check out www.bobbarr2008.com with an inquisitive mind. Check out the issues tab, you may actually like what you find.

Posted by: Brian S | September 17, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Oh never mind that McGoo supports criminal activities with a rich con artist playboy, overseas on his 70th birthday...checkout..

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080929/berman_ames

Posted by: Kalster | September 20, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the link Kalster....

That's going to go on my MySpace as yet another reason not to vote for him. Ive got a few videos that have McCain AND Obama talking about their hollow messages.

I'm not sure who you're supporting, but I invite you to check out www.bobbarr2008.com and check out the issues tab.

Posted by: Brian S | September 20, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

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