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Ad Wars: Obama Works For a Major Majority

Seeking to ensure a significant Democratic majority in the Senate come 2009, Barack Obama took time to cut an ad endorsing Oregon state House Speaker Jeff Merkley (D) in his challenge to Sen. Gordon Smith (R).

Here's the ad, which began airing on stations across the state today:

Obama, speaking directly to the camera, frames the choice in the Oregon Senate race as one between "the failed Washington policies that put CEOs and special interests first" and "real change," adding: "That change is Jeff Merkley."

Putting Obama on television in support of his candidacy is as close to a no-risk move as Merkley can make, as the Illinois senator is expected to carry Oregon by a wide margin. (Heck, Smith even put Obama in some ads earlier this year.)

It's far more interesting, however, to examine Obama's motivations in appearing in an ad for Merkley. Merkley is in a tight race with Smith and -- we're guessing -- Obama believes he can deliver the point or two that the Democrat needs to get over the top.

Oregon is a central part of Democrats' drive for 60 Senate seats, and Obama knows that the more seats his party controls in Congress, the easier it will be for him to pass his agenda through the legislative body if he winds up getting elected president in 11 days time.

Obama's decision to weigh in on behalf of Merkley is not dissimilar to President George W. Bush's pledge in 2004 not to enjoy a lonely victory, and his work at the Senate and House levels to ensure the GOP maximized its gains in Congress. (For what it's worth, that strategy backfired in 2006 and seems likely to work against congressional candidates again this year as the closeness between Bush and some of the people he worked to get elected may be what dooms them at the ballot box this fall.)

Obama and his political team know a political environment like this one doesn't come along all that often and that they need to pick up as many seats in the House and the Senate as they possibly can on Nov. 4. Watch to see if Obama cuts other ads for challenger candidates between now and then to give them a boost -- even the slightest of one can help -- on election day.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 24, 2008; 5:24 PM ET
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Both Jack Welch and I are supporting John McCain and we feel the most important articles in the NY Times today were the lead article on Increasing Corporate Layoffs in the United States and the follow up article on the Job Disaster in Rhode Island. Rhode Island is suffering with 8.8% unemployment and, not coincidentally, is the state ranked 50th for business tax treatment by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation. Neighboring Massachusetts is ranked 34th, with 6.1% unemployment. Two states with no state corporate tax, South Dakota and Wyoming , have 2.8 and 3.0% unemployment. The conclusion of the NYT article is that State officials in RI are rethinking and planning to alter their business tax policy. Do you think this article has implications in the coming election? Jack and I do!
Jack said so on This Week with George Stephanopoulos this morning. He said that he moved GE out of RI because of their state corporate taxes! Do you think we should increase or decrease corporate taxes in the current recession (hint-Herbert Hoover increased them)?

A job is worth more than $900...true?...yet THAT is the difference between Obama's proposed $1200 tax break to the middle class and McCain's $300 tax break to the middle class. Cutting business taxes makes our country more attractive to large business, which can move anywhere, AND more conducive to small business hiring...a win-win...I'm sure those in Rhode Island would gladly take $900 less in direct tax cuts for a job!

Posted by: thecannula | October 26, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Ad Wars: Obama Works For a Major Majority

Actually Obama works for all, read the fine print. Obama has no respecter of persons, he's a candidate that shares agendas to secure a better future for all. He has a plan which incoorperates a widespread goodie bag for me, you and you, too! God Bless America!

Posted by: Nisey01 | October 26, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

WARNING!!

You tube video of Barack Obama in Kenya supporting Raila Odinga, the election and violence afterwards.

Odinga was the agent of 'change'


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b63bBCC2-yM

Posted by: cingi | October 26, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 26, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Jack Welch Former GE CEO on This Week with George Stephanopoulos 10 minutes ago-

"The New York Times ran as its lead story the best ad for John McCain this morning"

He referred directly to the story I noted last night on how America's largest companies are cutting jobs AND the story of Rhode Island which has the HIGHEST corporate tax rates in the US with a state business tax rate of 9%- while most of RI workers are employed by small businesses, employing 20 workers or less, their unemployment rare is soaring- a promise of the future for the entire US if Obama is elected! GE, he said, pulled out of RI years ago because of increased taxes!

Thanks Jack and (I never thought I'd say this) Thanks NY Times!-

It's not too late to save America from a depression- VOTE McCain- Business employs the Middle Class!

Posted by: thecannula | October 26, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

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Let's be serious here gentlemen New Hampshire voters are probably the most familiar with John McCain compared to any state including Arizona - the idea that New Hampshire voters do not know that McCain is independent of Bush is crazy.


What is going on this year - very little press scrutiny in the national media of Rezko, Ayers and the Rev. Wright who all mentored Obama - very little or nothing about Emil Jones.


McCain's portrayal in the press has been just about malpractice on the part of the national media - McCain has been at odds with the national Republican leadership for years - McCain fought for years to get a Campaign Finance Reform legislation - McCain has been the maverick all through - if the public does not know this one has to blame the press for being deceptive.

In contrast Obama SAYS HE WANTS TO DO WHAT MCCAIN HAS DONE. Classic deception.

This year has been unbelievable. In the end I believe John McCain will win because the American people are smarter than the press.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 26, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Today's NY Times Headline-

Spending Stalls and Businesses Slash U.S. Jobs
By LOUIS UCHITELLE
As the financial crisis cuts demand for American goods and services, the workers who produce them are losing their jobs by the tens of thousands.

***GREAT TIME TO ELECT A PRESIDENT WHO WOULD RAISE TAXES ON BUSINESS!!!!!***

Small Businesses will lay off!

Big Businesses will move jobs overseas!

13% Unemployment in an Obama 1st term...

(only Herbert Hoover raised taxes in a recession...what kind of a warped mind squeezes every last drop of milk from a sick cow?)


Posted by: thecannula | October 26, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Here you go DonJasper...I spelled it out for you- no faith required

ECONOMICS 103- Lab

Stanley (tool) Works- a Choice Between Jobs and Tax Bill- Raise Business Taxes=Layoffs!

Voting with their feet: when companies 'reincorporate abroad,' are they being unpatriotic? Or responsible?

Publication: National Review
Publication Date: 23-FEB-04 Format: Online

IMAGINE you are the CEO of a major multinational firm. Your chief financial officer comes to you and says if you move your legal home from the United States to Bermuda the company will have a 20 percent increase in net profits. With the increased profits, the company will be able to expand production, hire more workers, more R&D, and pay stockholders a higher dividend.

However, your VP for government relations tells you that if the company changes its legal home you, as the CEO, will be accused of being unpatriotic by some members of Congress and certain presidential candidates. Even worse, these same politicians will threaten to bar your company from obtaining U.S. government contracts, and demand that the IRS and government regulatory agencies single out your company for special scrutiny.

As the CEO of the company, you know you have a fiduciary responsibility to your stockholders to maximize their economic return by all legal and ethical means. You also know that the proposal to move your company is entirely legal and would be considered good management practice. You are also aware that many of the politicians who are likely to attack you are the same people who attacked managers in other industries, like mutual funds, for not being good custodians of investors' money. Despite what thoughtful people will clearly recognize as hypocrisy, those political attack dogs can cause considerable damage to you and your company as they have to other firms engaged in similar totally legal and appropriate behavior.

The Stanley Works (tools) company, for example, had planned in 2002 to reincorporate in Bermuda, in the hope of lowering its tax bill. The move was ditched, however, after political pressure was brought to bear on the company. Subsequently, Stanley was forced to lay off about 1,000 of its U.S. staff.

Posted by: thecannula | October 25, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

--" For those who understand, no explanation is needed.
For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible

Posted by: thecannula | October 25, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse "--

Now we're doing faith-based economics?

If we've learned anything over the past eight years is that God is an unreliable partner in government.

PS - While avoiding taxes is a time honored persuit - when it comes to employment of the less-than-wealthy - _AFTER_ US employers are relieved of the burden of health-care costs (consider all the government run health care plans: China, Europe, India), then lets talk taxes.

Here's what I mean: In 2007 health care costs rose 6.9%.
Did taxes go up that much?
Wages?
Inflation?

In 2006 they rose 7.7% How much did taxes, wages or inflation costs go up in 2006.

Employers would probably benefit from a 15% increase in taxes - if the health care costs where then shifted to the government.

Posted by: DonJasper | October 25, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Haven't noticed that one (yet), but it's getting to be pretty easy to tune-out the snarky sarcastic ads that break up “The Daily Show”.

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--" What is it about Obama that keeps him so calm. "--

Nothing 'keeps' him calm - that's just the way he is. I think trying to find deeper meaning is about like looking for why his skin is the color it is. He was just born that way.**

It could be seen as passionless, emotionally detached, (I don't think he is, but other people are allowed to have a different point of view from mine) but those aren’t values I look for in a president.

Interesting that McCain seems nearly polar opposite than Obama - impulsive and (because he's always charging off in new directions) can appear erratic. My friends.


** I guess one could argue that everyone who's born in Hawaii of a broken home, moved to Indonesia, returned to Hawaii to be raised by his grandparents would be an unflappable human being. But I doubt it.

Posted by: DonJasper | October 25, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Bar Stool Economics 101
Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes,
it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that's what they decided to do.
The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed
quite happy with the arrangement, until one day,
the owner threw them a curve.
'Since you are all such good customers, he said, 'I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20.
Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.
(So he reduced their bill in proportion to what they currently paid-)
'I only got a dollar out of the $20,'declared the sixth man.
He pointed to the tenth man,' but he got $10!'

'Yeah, that's right,' exclaimed the fifth man.
'I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than I!'
'That's true!!' shouted the seventh man. 'Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!'
'Wait a minute,' yelled the first four men in unison. 'We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!'

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics, University of Georgia
For those who understand, no explanation is needed.
For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible

Posted by: thecannula | October 25, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Stalin was supposed to have said, "It's not the people who vote that count, it's the people who count the votes"

If the republicans think they can steal another election over a seven point lead by blaming the Bradley effect, they will find they face an even more formidable barrier, THE OBAMA EFFECT.

Posted by: seemstome | October 25, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

The GOP power mongers remind me of the wise guys in the movie Casino, at the end,one wise guy says, 'That was the last time they let any of us have access to so much cash." This is the last time Americans let Republicans take our Constitution and molest it; brand torture as American, expand militaristic power through NATO, or transfer America's wealth, jobs and bank system out of our grasp and let us fall for their greed. Once Obama is in office, the face of our government will be so transformed these thugs would never qualify to get back in office. They know its their last chance to hang on before it gets cleaned up. They are pulling out all stops.
There are Republicans still in denial that the GOP message is lost on the decent people of America who would like to have a President for the people and not for "their own." It wasn't always that way, and it shouldn't be. For Weld to acknowledge the small universe of Americans the Republicans are coming to represent should be a wake up call. They are likened to the Titanic's first class passengers who dropped pieces of the iceberg in their drinks while making snide remarks about the steerage. Then there are Republicans who don't care about the party label, but about its content.

Posted by: therookie | October 25, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

The question is not how but how many votes Obama will win by. I think six percent will be the spread and that will be twice that of the Bush victory

Posted by: seemstome | October 25, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

DO YOU SEE MCCAIN LEADING ANYWHERE?
WHAT PART OF THIS DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND?
MCCAIN IS LOSING IN EVERY POLL


RCP Average 10/16 - 10/24 -- -- 50.4 42.6 Obama +7.8
Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby 10/22 - 10/24 1203 LV 2.9 51 42 Obama +9
Newsweek 10/22 - 10/23 882 LV 4.0 53 41 Obama +12
Rasmussen Reports 10/21 - 10/23 3000 LV 2.0 52 45 Obama +7
Gallup (Traditional)* 10/21 - 10/23 2406 LV 2.0 50 45 Obama +5
Gallup (Expanded)* 10/21 - 10/23 2365 LV 2.0 51 44 Obama +7
Hotline/FD 10/21 - 10/23 766 LV 3.5 50 43 Obama +7
ABC News/Wash Post 10/20 - 10/23 1321 LV 2.5 53 44 Obama +9
GWU/Battleground 10/19 - 10/23 1000 LV 3.1 49 46 Obama +3
IBD/TIPP 10/19 - 10/23 1008 LV 3.0 46 42 Obama +4
CBS News/NY Times 10/19 - 10/22 771 LV -- 52 39 Obama +13
FOX News 10/20 - 10/21 936 LV 3.0 49 40 Obama +9
NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl 10/17 - 10/20 1159 RV 2.9 52 42 Obama +10
Associated Press/GfK 10/16 - 10/20 800 LV 3.5 44 43 Obama +1
Ipsos/McClatchy 10/16 - 10/20 773 LV 3.5 50 42 Obama +8
CNN/Opinion Research 10/17 - 10/19 764 LV 3.5 51 46 Obama +5
Pew Research 10/16 - 10/19 2382 LV 2.5 53 39 Obama +14

More Polling Data

Posted by: seemstome | October 25, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

TO ALL THE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO ARE COMPLETELY INSANE:


Virginia is filled with Military and former Military people - plus the southwest corner is all for McCain - you are completely out of your minds if you believe that Obama is going to win Virginia

Sorry

The media is drinking some kool-aid to put out the kind of stuff they have.

I seriously would like to know where these polls are coming from.

The pollsters are playing fast-and-loose with the demographics of these polls - examine the internals of the age groups and the ethnic groups and you can see for yourself. McCain is either tied or within 3 points in the key swing states - McCain is going to win.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 25, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

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The Polls are wrong it is that simple. Every discussion we have had with people on the ground the topic has come up - where are the pollsters supposedly finding all these Obama supporters ???


Obama should be concerned.


I simply can not believe that this nation would vote for an inexperienced person who has no economic or business experience except for buying cocaine.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 25, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

McCain 2000

"I believe that when you really look at the tax code the very wealthy because they can afford tax lawyers and all kinds of loopholes really don't pay as much as you think they do."

HE SHOULD KNOW, HE'S TALKING ABOUT HIS WIFE.

Posted by: seemstome | October 25, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

MCCAIN'S OWN WORDS IN 2000 - HE'S A SOFT SOCIALIST FLIP-FLOPPER

STUDENT: Why is it that someone like my father who goes to school for 13 years gets penalized in a huge tax bracket because he's a doctor. Why is that - why does he have to pay higher taxes than everybody else? Just because he makes more money. How is that fair?
MCCAIN: I think you're questioning, questioning the fundamentals of a progressive tax system where people who make more money pay more in taxes than a flat across the board percentage. I think it's to some degree because we feel obviously that wealthy people can afford more. We have over the years beginning with John F. Kennedy reduced some of those marginal tax rates to make them less onerous. I believe that when you really look at the tax code the very wealthy because they can afford tax lawyers and all kinds of loopholes really don't pay as much as you think they do, when you just look at the percentages. And I think middle income Americans, working Americans, who when you count in payroll taxes, sales taxes, mortgage -- all of the, all of the taxes that working Americans pay -- I think you would also think that they also deserve very significant relief.
At that point host Chris Matthews asked for members of the audience to applaud if they support wealthier people paying a higher percentage of their incomes; there was loud applause.
STUDENT: I still don't see how that's fair...aren't we getting closer and closer to Socialism and stuff...?
MCCAIN: Look, here's what I really believe: That when you are, when you reach a certain level of comfort, there's nothing wrong with paying somewhat more. But at the same time it shouldn't be totally out of proportion.
McCain added that the "first people who deserve a tax cut are working Americans...and they're the ones I would support tax cuts for first."

WHO IS THE REAL JOHN MCCAIN?
FLIP - “we feel obviously that wealthy people can afford more (taxes)”
FLOP- “spreading the wealth is just socialism”

Posted by: seemstome | October 25, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

People don't change, Since they were married he has just lived off his wife like he did his family when he was young. Even his political career was bought for him. He has "NEVER" in his life personally created, built, or accomplished anything on his own. If he had been born into the circumstances of Obama he would have just lived a life on welfare and died of drugs and alcohol. Hell, he has already spent most of his life as an alcoholic as it is. Please, tell me what business he has built or anything he has ever accomplished on his own? Even with no responsibilities, no pressures and everything being paid for, the best he could do in school was to finish 894 out of a class of 899. My God, you can;t want this man for your president. Wake up. he wasn't even smart enough to raise the money to run for president with out his wife giving him an allowance. Jesus H Christ, step back and look at this man you want to vote for, is there something wrong with you people.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 25, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Well, John McCain must have once been a socialist, because it turns out that for years he supported higher taxes on the wealthy to pay for lower taxes on the middle-class.
Drain You

That's very nice to know: his CURRENT tax poicy supports a tax cut for the middle class!- WHEN DID HE SUPPORT HIGHER TAXES ON THE WEALTHY TO ISSUE WELFARE IN THE FORM OF "TAX CREDITS" to those who currently pay NO federal income tax Einstein?

Again, I'll observe Shakespeare was correct- What's In a Name?
YOUR name says it all "DRAIN YOU"- WAIT, is this OBAMA himself writing?, for certainly he wishes to drain the employers of this country by draining profit from those small businesses that employ people to give welfare check/tax credits to those who wish to be employed...encouraging unemployment and discouraging initiative (just the opposite of Bill Clinton's Welfare Reform Initiatives, but In Keeping with Karl Marx's)

"From each according to their ability, to each according to their need"
K Marx 1875
B Obama 2008

Drain me? No Drain You!


Posted by: thecannula | October 25, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Try reading a book once in a while instead of watching so much TV. Your sentence structure might begin to resemble English instead of a cable news ticker.

Posted by: gjcomm | October 25, 2008 5:31 AM | Report abuse

Close to a billion dollars spent to date and Obama still can not win this election. He has to much baggage. Also him visiting his "Gravely ill" Grandma for less than two days takes the cake. What a joke why tell the press at all. He has no shame using his Grandma for pity.

Posted by: TheoriginalMoniker | October 25, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

MCCAIN IS A SOCIALIST!!!


Down in the polls, John McCain's Divide & Flail™ strategy is to call Barack Obama's tax cut for 95% of Americans "socialism."


Well, John McCain must have once been a socialist, because it turns out that for years he supported higher taxes on the wealthy to pay for lower taxes on the middle-class.


The YouTubes don't lie:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8EyGpOU3qM
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 25, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse


2 Lies Constantly Told about
Obama's Tax Poicy-

1. Same as Clinton's- Nope, Bill said in 1988 that Raising the Cap on Payroll Taxes was "REGRESSIVE" (ouch)- which is exactly what Obama wants to do!

2. 98% of small businesses make less than 250K- ONLY if one counts everyone selling used license plates on EBAY- A Much Larger Percentage of Small businesses that EMPLOY (AND WILL LAY OFF) PEOPLE make over 250K a year.


My small business grossed many times Obama's glass ceiling last year and employed one more person this year than it will employ next year if my taxes are raised by 3% PLUS 15.65% (payroll cap elimination) as Obama would do!

So, if Obama's elected, add my small business and others like it to the big businesses already laying off this quarter- Yahoo, Ebay, Sprint, Alcoa,Chrysler, etc.
Keep those tax rates rising on employers Obama....even Bill Clinton called raising the payroll cap "Regressive"...that's what Obama's tax policy is Bill!

Posted by: thecannula | October 25, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Hey Chris,

Why are you still hiding the fact that the McCain campaign and some nutjob college Republican in Pittsburgh just got busted for race baiting against Barack Obama?

I would hope that from now on, all of you corporate media guys take the time to find a second source BEFORE you repeat or print a single word that that half cocked Wingnut ideologue hack Matt Drudge ever writes again..


WTF IS WRONG WITH THE MCCAIN CAMPAIGN?!?!


Every day they lie and then lie about the lie. Is it because they aren't used to being called on their bullsh^t? Even Gabriel Garcia Marquez (master of magic realism) would reject the story line of this campaign as too unbelievable.


The majority of the voting electorate isn't buying their crap anymore.


The campaign by the Republicans is all designed to take peoples minds off the fact that they have f^cked up the country, the economy and our miltary over the last eight years.


The citizens of the US are saying to the Rethuglicans, p^ss off, we are not going to vote for you regardless of what you say or do.


I'm still waiting for McCain to condemn, repudiate, denounce, and FIRE all employees involved in the initial smear including his campaign staff who were involved in the cover-up.


McCain is 100% responsible for this. The "buck" with his campaign stops only with him.


Until he condemns this, McCain is as slimy and sleezy as are his employees.


"Country First", my arse!


"Shameful and Dishonorable" should be McCain's new campaign slogan

Posted by: DrainYou | October 24, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse


MCCAIN IN 2000 - HE'S A SOFT SOCIALIST

STUDENT: Why is it that someone like my father who goes to school for 13 years gets penalized in a huge tax bracket because he's a doctor. Why is that - why does he have to pay higher taxes than everybody else? Just because he makes more money. How is that fair?

MCCAIN: I think you're questioning, questioning the fundamentals of a progressive tax system where people who make more money pay more in taxes than a flat across the board percentage. I think it's to some degree because we feel obviously that wealthy people can afford more. We have over the years beginning with John F. Kennedy reduced some of those marginal tax rates to make them less onerous. I believe that when you really look at the tax code the very wealthy because they can afford tax lawyers and all kinds of loopholes really don't pay as much as you think they do, when you just kook at the percentages. And I think middle income Americans, working Americans, who when you count in payroll taxes, sales taxes, mortgage -- all of the, all of the taxes that working Americans pay -- I think you would also think that they also deserve very significant relief.

At that point host Chris Matthews asked for members of the audience to applaud if they support wealthier people paying a higher percentage of their incomes; there was loud applause.

STUDENT: I still don't see how that's fair...aren't we getting closer and closer to Socialism and stuff...?

MCCAIN: Look, here's what I really believe: That when you are, when you reach a certain level of comfort, there's nothing wrong with paying somewhat more. But at the same time it shouldn't be totally out of proportion.

McCain added that the "first people who deserve a tax cut are working Americans...and they're the ones I would support tax cuts for first."

Posted by: seemstome | October 24, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Evil is attracted to power
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No, Everyone is attracted to power. Power is value-neutral. Evilness is knowingly and purposely choosing to use power for destructive or selfish ends. A poorly formed conscience has difficulty distinguishing between creative and destructive ends. Our world suffers from ignorance more than evil per se, though it certainly does exist.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 24, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

NEWSWEEK (via DailyKos diary, Drdemocrat): O up 13:

"New Newsweek Poll: Obama 53% McCain 40%
by Drdemocrat
Fri Oct 24, 2008 at 05:13:04 PM PDT
Less than 2 weeks left in the presidential race, Obama holds a 13 point lead over McCain with Registered voters. This is consistent with other polls released this week including Pew, ABC/WaPo, CBS/NYT polls all show double digit leads.

This poll shows that Obama's level of support remains over 50% as the last Newsweek poll in which Obama was ahead to McCain 52% to 41%."

VIRGINIANS, VOTE EARLY, DON'T WAIT UNTIL NOV. 4

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 24, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Developing in the Hoax case: Ms. Todd wasn't some goofy disturbed kid as the MSM is spinning it. In fact, she was a "paid" campaign worker brought up from Texas. In other words she is not some college volunteer but a campaign professional. So far, she has responded to fended off questions by saying she can't remember or has mental problems. When she's charged with filing a false police rept., her memory may well come back...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 24, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

This is what its like to play a chess master. Obama is always three moves ahead of the republicans and I am proud of him. Republicans are trembling in their boots and the cracks are starting to show.

Today Peggy Noonan wrote for the Wallstreet Journal that there is a great unseen 43% that is supporting McCain. That is an obituary, 43% isn't nothing.... but its not enough. I must admit that there is still the nagging question deep inside of me that says: What would the percentages be if Obama looked like Edwards?

I disagree that we don't see the 43%, on the contrary, we see them everyday and everywhere...an army of Joe sixpacks and pitbull hockey moms who seem to feel that the world should be recreated in their image. That everyone should look and act and most importantly think just like they do.

They live in constant fear and demonize the poor while hedge fund managers steal the money right out of their pockets and send their kids off to fight and die in unjust wars. Senator Obama is hated in many quarters not because of his policies but because his sheer presence reflects his detractors mediocrity and hypocrisy.

Evil is attracted to power and as the world's remaining super power it should come as no surprise that it would take root here. Xenophobia disguised as Christianity, Greed disguised as conservatism, Fascism disguised as morality. The phenomenon of Obama's campaign forces us to take a long hard look at ourselves and I hope that we come to the conclusion that we can do better than this.

And YES WE CAN.

Posted by: StoptheSpin | October 24, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

pop, from what I'm reading on Huffington and DailyKos, this ain't over by a long shot.

At a minimum we know that many of the inflammatory details about the untrue story were provided directly by Mac's campaign before they were publicly known (e.g., the B standing for Barack). It also appears Ms. Todd has not been forthcoming about who put her up to this. The spin so far is that she's a confused young lady but that storyline may not hold up for long. As Daily Kos points out, this kind of racist hoax is why Emmitt Till isn't with us. This is a major story that needs to be treated as such by the MSM. At least Huffington Post (the country's most popular site acc. to recent data) has this story, properly, as its headline.

Just think: Had the Pgh. police not exposed this hoax almost as soon as it came from her mouth, many people could have died or been brutalized...
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"Turns out the not true story about the woman who had a B cut into her cheek was pushed by the Mccain camp. They were out to every news origination with a hyped up version racially based with no knowledge if it was even true other then their own wishful thinking. Then that F'n moron John Mccain even called the person jumping on the story without any checking what so ever in his usual erratic fashion. If she had been killed that would have made the story even better, they would have loved that. Another Mccain desperate erratic moment trying to use someone for his political purpose. Well, we only have 11 more days and we will be rid of this political piece of garbage known as John Mccain.

Posted by: popasmoke"

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 24, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

There is only one ad that Barack Obama ever needed to run.

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/10/only-ad-barack-obama-needs-to-run.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | October 24, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

hey check out the new obama "whaaasuup" ad...it hilarious!!!!!!


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/24/waaaasup-the-pro-obama-ve_n_137711.html

Posted by: bitterindependent | October 24, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Check out the laughable headline on Drudge.
A hoot!

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 24, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

ooops, there goes another lollipop!

"Reagan Appointee and (Recent) McCain Adviser Charles Fried Votes for Obama

Charles Fried, a professor at Harvard Law School, has long been one of the most important conservative thinkers in the United States. Under President Reagan, he served, with great distinction, as Solicitor General of the United States. Since then, he has been prominently associated with several Republican leaders and candidates, most recently John McCain, for whom he expressed his enthusiastic support in January.

This week, Fried announced that he has voted for Obama-Biden by absentee ballot. In his letter to Trevor Potter, the General Counsel to the McCain-Palin campaign, he asked that his name be removed from the several campaign-related committees on which he serves. In that letter, he said that chief among the reasons for his decision "is the choice of Sarah Palin at a time of deep national crisis."

Fried is exceptionally thoughtful and principled; his vote for Obama is especially noteworthy."

dang!

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 24, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Chris wrote, "Obama and his political team know a political environment like this one doesn't come along all that often...."

1936 and 1964 come to mind. Other than those, I'm drawing a blank.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 24, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Turns out the not true story about the woman who had a B cut into her cheek was pushed by the Mccain camp. They were out to every news origination with a hyped up version racially based with no knowledge if it was even true other then their own wishful thinking. Then that F'n moron John Mccain even called the person jumping on the story without any checking what so ever in his usual erratic fashion. If she had been killed that would have made the story even better, they would have loved that. Another Mccain desperate erratic moment trying to use someone for his political purpose. Well, we only have 11 more days and we will be rid of this political piece of garbage known as John Mccain.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 24, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

We are missing something in this analysis. What is it about Obama that keeps him so calm. When everyone is throwing rocks and going crazy on the airways - Obama remains calm. ......................

http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/10/24/the-root-of-obamas-calm-is-humility/

Posted by: glclark4750 | October 24, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse
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You just have to listen to the tapes of the Challenger disaster. The calm the ground crew exhibit in a time of real stress. That is why those people are sitting there is those chairs. You don't want people who fly all over the place when something happens.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 24, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

We are missing something in this analysis. What is it about Obama that keeps him so calm. When everyone is throwing rocks and going crazy on the airways - Obama remains calm. ......................

http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/10/24/the-root-of-obamas-calm-is-humility/

Posted by: glclark4750 | October 24, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

To fund the rest of his campaign, Obama should make rival campaigns bid for his services.

Posted by: bondjedi | October 24, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

This ad could not be funded by the BHO Campaign, correct?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 24, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

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