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Florida, Florida, Florida! (In Honor of Tim Russert)

Barack Obama can win the White House next Tuesday over John McCain without carrying Florida and its 27 votes but it has become increasingly clear that the Democratic nominee and his campaign see the Sunshine State as a critical symbolic victory given the state's history in presidential politics over the last eight years.

Map of Florida

For months, Obama has been flooding the state with resources -- primarily on a massive television campaign that is costing the campaign more than $5 million a week. (Worth noting: Obama kept the ad spending up even when polling in September suggested it was having almost no impact. Perseverance sometimes pays off in politics.)

In the last few weeks, Obama has sent his top two field generals -- "Sunny" Steve Hildebrand and Paul Tewes -- to direct ground operations in the state.

Surrogates for Obama are also flooding the state. Last night, following his 30-minute national informercial, the Illinois senator appeared alongside former President Bill Clinton at a midnight rally in Kissimmee. Then today came the news that former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, will make stops in West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale tomorrow to lead early vote rallies.

The symbolic importance of the Gores making their first political return to the state since the tempestuous presidential recount of 2000 shouldn't be lost on anyone who follows politics even remotely closely.

And, just in case you missed it, Obama Florida director Steve Schale made the import of the Gore visit crystal clear in a statement on the visit:

"Eight years ago, Florida and the nation embarked down a failed path. This time, Floridians are hungry to right our ship and help set America on a new course by electing Barack Obama and Joe Biden," Schale said. "Nobody knows better that every single vote counts - especially in Florida - than Vice President Al Gore."

For Democrats, the results of the 2000 election in Florida set the stage for all that was to come, which they view as bad from beginning to end, over the next eight years.

It's the symbolic importance of Florida -- as much as any particular electoral calculation that seems to be driving the Obama campaign's nearly-obsessive focus on winning the state.

Any objective look at the electoral college map makes clear that Obama doesn't need to win Florida. Take the Sunshine State from him in the Fix's latest electoral map and he still stands at 322 electoral votes -- a landslide win when compared to the narrow electoral margins in 2000 and 2004. (For McCain, on the other hand, Florida is as close to a must win as he has -- assuming he will come up short in Ohio and Pennsylvania as polls suggest he will.)

It's not then that Obama and his campaign need Florida, it's that they want it. Underlying Obama's entire bid for the presidency has been the idea that politics doesn't have to be conducted in the hyper-partisan way that the Bush Administration has done it over the past eight years.

To win Florida then would be to go back to the place where the seed was planted in 2000 and to literally dig it up and plant anew. (Bad metaphor alert!)

If Obama hadn't raised $150 million in September alone, or wasn't in the position of strength in the electoral college that he currently is, it's possible this quest for Florida could be cast as a fool's errand -- an unnecessary distraction from the push for 270 electoral votes.

But, given where Obama stands in polling in places like Iowa, New Mexico, Colorado, Virginia and North Carolina (among others), he has ample paths to get him to the magic number of 270.

For Obama then, Florida is the icing on the cake -- the chance to both literally and figuratively start anew in the country.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 30, 2008; 1:10 PM ET
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I just read a book that will change the minds of people that don't like Tim Russert. This book was the best I have read in years. It has stories from the people that knew Tim and it really shows what kind of guy he was. The creativity and out of the box thinking that he could do on the spot even as a young adult was amazing. Tim went to a concert where his beers were confiscated and yet he managed to drink them anyway. If you are interested in learning more about Tim's life, check out the book "Tim Russert, We Heartily Knew Ye: Wonderful Stories from Friends Celebrating a Great Life" by Rich Wolfe. I have only seen it at Walgreens. Does anyone else know of another biography of Tim Russert?

Posted by: jimy77 | November 5, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

This year, Virginia is the most important state to watch. Let's all hope Virginia turns blue! Btw, victexflo needs some serious therapy. No matter what biases exist, no one deserves to be disrespected in the manner that is reflected below. Shame on you for your vile hatred, may God have mercy on your judgmental soul.

Posted by: kwgarrett83 | November 2, 2008 1:33 AM | Report abuse

I hope Tim Russert is rotting in hell tonight. He was a biased, bastard. Who was in the tank for Obama. I am sure Saddam Hussein and Russert are having a great time in hell.

Posted by: victexflo | October 31, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey thecannula - your an idiot. At least "Jones-Kelly" didn't attack herself at an ATM and carve a backwards "B" on her face.
Yeah, McCain supporters are so clever. I do not know ONE smart person who is voting for McCain and that is people of both parties.
You guys have a good week next week!

Posted by: sheridan1 | October 31, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Barack Obama is a breath of fresh air in American politics [ Just as President Bill Clinton ] His stance on many issues, incliding our war in Iraq, markes a dramatic break from the Bush Administration record, obama is also willingness to meet the enemies of the United States, it's right thing to do.

Sen. Obama's ability is to unite people of all races and religious beliefs. American people need peace but not war.

Despite the Hollywood - style popularity and good likes, Obama seems to be family guy. Whate for Obama/Palin Ticket on November the 4th [Tuesday]

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 31, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign wasn't drawing donations from the public well,in the brutal Primaries and McCain figured he needed a boost. The Romney Campaign, in particular, was well-heeled, and was beating McCain's brains out. So, McCain chose to use his "future" public financing for the National Elections as collateral. BAD choice.

Later, donations picked up, and McCain wanted to opt out of accepting "public financing". OOPS. The Federal Election Commission ruled that since McCain used his public financing as collateral, he was now OBLIGATED to accept public financing for the National Elections. Thus, the truth is, McCain did not really "choose" public financing. The FEC would not let him "abort" his earlier choice.

Now, we understand that McCain has chosen to finance a final advertising push which will is causing him to curtail spending on Election Day ground forces to help usher his supporters to the polls.

Thus, McCain's "depleted" ground forces are gonna have to face the finest ground troops we've ever seen in over 40 years in politics. These Obama folk are the same ones that fought and demolished the Clinton Machine's ground forces in the Primaries. Look out Florida, here they come. And, they're bring the Clintons with them, this time. And, Al Gore, and Tipper, coming for "payback" for 2000.

The decision by McCain to mortgage his future, with that loan, during the Primaries, is exceeded in dumbheadedness, only by his selection of the Vice Presidential candidate that he made.

Choices can be brutal, in their effect.

Posted by: hwilfongjr | October 31, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't mind living in Obama's neighborhood, if I could afford it.
I'd rather have an angry argument about Israel with someone like Khalidi than trade meaningless "howaryous" and stupid smiles in my neighborhood.

The one I can afford and comprised of mostly the uber-patriotic Republican schlubs, the myopic petit bourgeois types whose greatest fears are to make sure their front lawn grass is cut in a timely manner and unfamiliar dark-skinned people walking around the neighborhood.

Posted by: VMR1 | October 31, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse


For months I have been writing on this blog in support of Barak Obama. I have tried to push back on the lies and offer some arguments of why Mr. Obama is the right man and John Mccain is not. I don't really have any words left but I want to leave you with this.

BEFORE YOU VOTE YOU MUST VISIT THIS WEBSITE

http://www.vietnamveteransagainstjohnmccain.com/

BEFORE YOU VOTE YOU MUST READ THIS INFORMATION.

http://www.vietnamveteransagainstjohnmccain.com/cin_declassified_landing.htm

BEFOTE YOU VOTE YOU MUST WATCH THIS DOCUMENTARY

http://www.mccainbetrayspows.com/

John Mccain is "Not" the man some of you may think he is. John Mccain is damaged goods. Perhaps due to an inherent personality flaw, or from his war experience John Mccain lacks any empathy for another human being. It have been shown many times in how he has treated his wives and others. He cares about no one but himself. He will lie cheat, steal and exploit anyone for his own selfish needs what ever they are at the time. He is not trustworthy nor an honorable man in any way. I don't really know what else to say.

The last straw for me was when he added to his spiel a story about sitting on a flight deck of a carrier with a mission and a target during the Cuba missile crises. More lies by this self aggrandizing phony hero.

This is my closing argument I guess. Please do your own research if need be, it is not too late and protect our country from who would be a very sick and dangerous leader.

I am a veteran, I hold a
Bronze star
Distinguished Service Cross
Soldiers medal
2 Purple Hearts

As a helicopter crewman my job was to retrieve wounded soldiers from the battle field often under fire. I met and knew so many "REAL" heros, I have a very hard time watching and listening to John Mccain as he spews his lies and venom. John Mccain is a piece of filth and I lack the vocabulary to even put into words what a phony he really is. On November 4 you have a choice.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 31, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't mind living in Obama's neighborhood, if I could afford it.
I'd rather have an angry argument about Israel with someone like Khalidi than trade meaningless "howaryous" and stupid smiles in my neighborhood.

The one I can afford and comprised of mostly the uber-patriotic Republican schlubs, the myopic petit bourgeois types whose greatest fears are to make sure their front lawn grass is cut in a timely manner and unfamiliar dark-skinned people walking around the neighborhood.

Posted by: VMR1 | October 31, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Seth Colter Walls
Huffington Post
10-28-08

"...Of course, there's seemingly nothing objectionable with McCain's organization helping a Palestinian group conduct research in the West Bank or Gaza. But it does suggest that McCain could have some of his own explaining to do as he tries to make hay out of Khalidi's ties to Obama."

NO, BUT THERE IS A LOT THAT IS OBJECTIONABLE ABOUT OBAMA SITTING THROUGH TRIBUTE TO KHALIDI, IN WHICH ISRAEL WAS CALLED A TERRORIST STATE AND WAS COMPARED TO BIN LADIN, WITHOUT GETTING UP AND LEAVING!

Posted by: thecannula | October 31, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

The Obama Campaign's Answer on Khalidi-


"Barack has nothing to hide: he has openly described his relationship with Rashid Khalidi: "
“[Khalidi] is not one of my advisors; he’s not one of my foreign policy people. His kids went to the Lab school where my kids go as well. He is a respected scholar, although he vehemently disagrees with a lot of Israel’s policy…To pluck out one person who I know and who I’ve had a conversation with who has very different views than 900 of my friends and then to suggest that somehow that shows that maybe I’m not sufficiently pro-Israel, I think, is a very problematic stand to take…So we gotta be careful about guilt by association.”
DIDN'T WE HEAR THE SAME REPLY TO THE QUESTIONS ABOUT OBAMA AND AYRES?
HIS COLLEGE AGE KIDS ALSO PLAYED WITH OBAMAS(?) AND HE ALSO WAS JUST A GUY OBAMA KNEW FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD- EXCEPT FOR MANY YEARS TOGETHER AT THE WOODS FUND. IN 2001 WHEN AYRES SAID TO THE NY TIMES THAT "I WISHED I DID MORE" OBAMA WAS NOT 8 YEARS OLD, HE WAS 39. WHEN KHALIDI WAS ADVISING THE PALESTINIANS, OBAMA WAS IN HIS 30'S. WHAT IF WE WERE DISCUSSING A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MCCAIN AND DAVID DUKE?
WOULD MCCAIN BE ABLE TO JUSTIFY HIS PRESENCE AT A DINNER WHERE RACIAL SLURS WERE BEING OFFERED IN HONOR OF DUKE AS UNFAIR GUILT BY ASSOCIATION? DID OBAMA GET UP AND LEAVE? CERTAINLY NO SUCH REPORT OF HIM GETTING UP AND LEAVING HAS COME FROM THE LA TIMES, WHICH IS SEQUESTERING THE VIDEO TAPE OF OBAMA-KHALIDI DINNER! NO ONE IS SAYING OBAMA IS A TERRORIST- HE JUST EATS WITH, MEETS WITH, BEFRIENDS, AND LAUGHS AT ISRAEL WITH THEM.

Posted by: thecannula | October 31, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

From ABC News-
Jake Tapper is ABC News' Senior National Correspondent based in the network's Washington bureau.

"Meanwhile authorities revealed some answers as to who had improperly searched Wurzelbacher's personal records, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

* "The Toledo Police Department announced today that a civilian employee improperly pulled Wurzelbacher's information on behalf of a reporter for a Toledo television station shortly after the Oct. 15 presidential debate. The employee has been charged with gross misconduct and faces a disciplinary hearing, said Chief Michael Navarre. He declined to identify the TV station, but said the reporter confirmed asking for a check on Wurzelbacher's address.

* "The Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency also said an employee's computer was used to improperly access Bureau of Motor Vehicles records on 'Joe the Plumber.' The employee denies involvement.

* "Another access of Wurzelbacher's information, by an outside contractor who had access to an attorney general's office test account, is being investigated by the State Highway Patrol.

* "Inspector General Thomas P. Charles is investigating why the director of Ohio Department of Job and Family Services approved a check on Wurzelbacher through the state's child-support computer system. Director Helen Jones-Kelley said that after a 'team meeting,' she OK'd the check because the department often runs inquiries to check for unpaid child support when people are thrust into 'the public spotlight.'"

Jones-Kelly, a Democratic appointee who has given the Obama campaign $2,500, claimed to have had no political motivations when she allowed the check."

Democrats Abuse Their Appointed Power in

Attempt To Smear their Political Rivals?

Wow and The Mainstream Media Noticed...

That's Not The Kind Of "CHANGE WE NEED"!

That's more of the worst...


Posted by: thecannula | October 31, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | October 31, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Chris, will there be a predictions tee shirt contest?????

Posted by: johng1 | October 31, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

We proud Florida PUMAs are sending a message with our NoBama votes - we want Howard Dean spanked. Who knows if NoBama can win without us but there are thousands of HRC voters who watched our votes stolen and want them counted now.
Hold firm, ladies, the polls reflect your brave stance! Stand firm - NoBama!

Posted by: OrlandoNan | October 30, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse
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Florida would be a double digit Democratic lead except for his stupidity. It wasn't just your Clinton votes that got stolen, it was any vote for any of the 8 running at the time, my non-Clinton/non-Obama vote included. Howard Dean needs to go, even moreso since he had the nerve to go on MSNBC 2 days ago and talk about the great things Democrats have accomplished in Florida like "getting rid of electronic voting machines" when he knows damn well that's the reason the primary date was moved forward in the first place. He didn't think it was so important when he gave us the death penalty. I wanted to go through the TV after him for saying that the other evening.

BUT, Republicans - Federal, state and local - need to go far, FAR more.

McBush gets fired on Nov 4th. The "Fire Howard Dean" campaign begins Nov 5th. Most Democrats I come across on the OS website are in agreement - Elect Obama, Fire Dean.

Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: rmiller19 | October 31, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

You can bet that the McCain Camp would do anything and everything unethical to influence the voters. In fact, on Larry King's Show yesterday, a panel guest has revealed that Joe Lieberman has started his rumor, connecting Sen. Obama to Rashid Khalidi. Perhaps, with the intention of scaring American Jewish voters to distrust Sen. Obama?

Why isn't Joe Lieberman raising questions of Sen.McCain's connection to Dr. Yaroslav Stetsko (1912-1986), the executive board member of the World Anti-Communist League (WACL) . Dr. Stetskp was a former Nazi collaborator from the Ukraine who in July 1941 presided over the extermination of 7,000 Jews being held in concentration camps.

John McCain was, as we know, a member of this same organization. If Lieberman is trying to raise doubts about Sen. Obama based on guilt by association, then John McCain would find it harder to explain the reason for his connection with the murderer of 7000 Jews.

By the way. John Mccain was the Chairman of a Republican Institute that gave half a million dollars to support Rashid Khalidi's research in the west Bank.

Posted by: JanJan08 | October 31, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

The Kissimmee appearance is such an irony to Obama because Clinton once said Obama was the biggest fairy tale he ever heard, and Obama charged Clinton as racist. Now in the neighborhood of Disneyland, the largest fairy tale maker, Clinton wanted everyone to know, Obama is the one (big bogus fairy), and Obama noded in agreement.

Posted by: sgr_astar | October 30, 2008 11:34 PM
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Disneyland is in Anaheim, California, fool.

(Nice repitition, BTW)

Posted by: rmiller19 | October 31, 2008 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Florida has changed quite a bit since 2000 and 2004.

Tim Russert would be thrilled to cover this election and I believe he has a special place in Heaven covering the election.

Living in Florida, I know that Bush managed to steal the 2000 election. I believe Bush stole thousands of votes in 2004 as well via Diebold & ESS voting machines.

But, just as the Bush/Cheney "victories" of 2000 and 2004 were the revenge of the 3rd and 4th quartile, the Obama 2008 Victory will be the rightful reversal of fortunes favoring the educated over the ignorant &/or uneducated.

Many McCain supporters cannot deal with complexity. They only want to hear quick simple easy talking points and frankly do not care if they are true or fabricated.

Thankfully reason will prevail in this election and the "intellectual vigor & curiosity" of Obama will be rewarded. Thanks to Colin Powell for the above described intellectual attribures of Obama.

I think many thoughtful reasonable people who were perhaps unpersuaded by any argument previously have been swayed by Colin Powell's passionate & reasoned statement of support for Obama.

Go Obama .....!!!!!

Posted by: PittyPatsBarn | October 31, 2008 3:07 AM | Report abuse

gregmkjr2311

The only surprise here is that you think that clip says anything we haven't already heard.

Posted by: ObamaWins1 | October 31, 2008 1:39 AM | Report abuse

First ever "november suprise!" This is going to go a long way and as a vet of Iraq, this hits the nail on the head.....
here it is........

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG4fe9GlWS8

Posted by: gregmkjr2311 | October 31, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

First ever "november suprise!" This is going to go a long way and as a vet of Iraq, this hits the nail on the head.....
here it is........

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG4fe9GlWS8

Posted by: gregmkjr2311 | October 31, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, the McCain tax plan is great! Lets concentrate all the wealth and power on the top 10% and run up the deficit by keeping the bush tax cuts, deregulate everything, make more wealth by allowing jobs to be shipped overseas and salaries to shrink because that has worked so well the past 8 years!

Yeah that sounds so gooooood.....tax my health benefits, continue a draining occupation of Iraq and let the infrastructure fall apart because that would not "stimulate" the economy fast enough. Oh and by the way...drill baby drill and in ten years you MIGHT be able to drive your SUV again. That sounds really excellent...

thanks but no thanks Mr. McCain
If joe buys this...Joe don't know Jack.
See you on Tuesday.

Posted by: StoptheSpin | October 31, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

I have saved "svreader's" gratuitously snobbish and insulting rants from March of this year. I now must conclude the following.
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This Jewish PhD in EE/CS from Berkeley, who was invited to join Mensa while in grammar school, who has been instrumental in several Silicon Valley startups, who has hired and fired a president of the Harvard Law Review, whose grandfather left Europe before the Holocaust, has apparently suppressed the book ["Obama's Slums"] that would have exposed BHO's perfidy which led to hundreds of poor Chicagoans living in subhuman conditions, having prevailed upon his extended contacts in the windy city and in DC!
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Is that about it?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 31, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

I have saved "svreader's" gratuitously snobbish and insulting rants from March of this year. I now must conclude the following.
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This Jewish PhD in EE/CS from Berkeley, who was invited to join Mensa while in grammar school, who has been instrumental in several Silicon Valley startups, who has hired and fired a president of the Harvard Law Review, whose grandfather left Europe before the Holocaust, has apparently suppressed the book ["Obama's Slums"] that would have exposed BHO's perfidy which led to hundreds of poor Chicagoans living in subhuman conditions, having prevailed upon his extended contacts in the windy city and in DC!
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Is that about it?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 31, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

The great part is that Obama is forcing the McCain campaign to work all over the country - even in his home state of Arizona - to prevent an election night blowout. I pray to God it IS a blowout and the Republicans are completely repudiated for their misrule and sleazy campaigning. It would be great to have a mandate, though a simple victory is mandate enough.

Posted by: johnsonc2 | October 31, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

The great part is that Obama is forcing the McCain campaign to work all over the country - even in his home state of Arizona - to prevent an election night blowout. I pray to God it IS a blowout and the Republicans are completely repudiated for their misrule and sleazy campaigning. It would be great to have a mandate, though a simple victory is mandate enough.

Posted by: johnsonc2 | October 31, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

By the way, Chris, the post I was originally planning to make had to do with your headline. I was watching somebody, I can't remember if it was Anderson Cooper or Chris Matthews and they were talking about Florida in 2000 and I had that mental image of Tim Russert with his white board... and I thought how much he must be enjoying this up above. I got tired of his canonization after his death, but he KNEW this was gonna' be a barn burnin' election and we miss his insights.

Posted by: Omyobama | October 30, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

**** BREAKING NEWS*******

Bill Ayers Dedicated Book to Sirhan Sirhan

Obama to call news conference!!!!


******************* BREAKING NEWS **************

Posted by: dcpsychic | October 30, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse
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Bigger breaking news, "NO ONE CARES"

Posted by: popasmoke | October 30, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

We proud Florida PUMAs are sending a message with our NoBama votes - we want Howard Dean spanked. Who knows if NoBama can win without us but there are thousands of HRC voters who watched our votes stolen and want them counted now.
Hold firm, ladies, the polls reflect your brave stance! Stand firm - NoBama!

Posted by: OrlandoNan | October 30, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow ... the angry delusion continues. Ladies, if you don't want to have to hang your head as you try to find a home in the Republican hate fest come on home. You still have a chance to save your souls, lol, and follow Bill & Hillary to loyal victory.

Posted by: Omyobama | October 30, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

The Kissimmee appearance is such an irony to Obama because Clinton once said Obama was the biggest fairy tale he ever heard, and Obama charged Clinton as racist. Now in the neighborhood of Disneyland, the largest fairy tale maker, Clinton wanted everyone to know, Obama is the one (big bogus fairy), and Obama noded in agreement.

Posted by: sgr_astar | October 30, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

The Kissimmee appearance is such an irony to Obama because Clinton once said Obama was the biggest fairy tale he ever heard, and Obama charged Clinton as racist. Now in the neighborhood of Disneyland, the largest fairy tale maker, Clinton wanted everyone to know, Obama is the one (big bogus fairy), and Obama noded in agreement.

Posted by: sgr_astar | October 30, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

The Kissimmee appearance is such an irony to Obama because Clinton once said Obama was the biggest fairy tale he ever heard, and Obama charged Clinton as racist. Now in the neighborhood of Disneyland, the largest fairy tale maker, Clinton wanted everyone to know, Obama is the one (big bogus fairy), and Obama nods in agreement.

Posted by: sgr_astar | October 30, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

The Kissimmee appearance is such an irony to Obama because Clinton once said Obama was the biggest fairy tale he ever heard. Now in the neighborhood of Disneyland, the largest fairy tale maker, Clinton wanted everyone to know, Obama is the one (big bogus fairy)!

Posted by: sgr_astar | October 30, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

If the GOP suffers a crushing electoral college defeat next Tuesday it will be time for real Republicans to pick up the pieces.

The program should read:

1. We will defend the United States against all enemies.

2. We will be careful stewards of your money and control spending.

3. We will not tell you how to live your life.

4. All are welcome in our tent.

Marginalize the crackpots, neo-fascists, purposely ignorant, bigots and those waiting for the rapture - they will vote for you anyway. Cut your ties with the radio morons.

The American people will respond.

It is time for real Republicans to take their party back. The nation needs you

Posted by: toritto | October 30, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

**** BREAKING NEWS*******

Bill Ayers Dedicated Book to Sirhan Sirhan

Obama to call news conference!!!!


******************* BREAKING NEWS **************

Posted by: dcpsychic | October 30, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

REPLY:

I WILL SAY IT AGAIN SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO KEEP POSTING THIS.

The tape is a fraud. No news origination is even talking about it anymore, not even the LA Times. Time to go looking for the next Elvis sighting.

Posted by: popasmoke

I will post anything I want and just because you say it is a fake doesn't make it so. You need to go to the link and check out the sources because they are all over the internet. There are thousands of people that are contacting the LA Times because this is withholding information from the public. You may not have a problem with it but most Americans do. Now go live in your propaganda world and stop replying to my posts.
Posted by: ontheblvd | October 30, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse
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Mccain brought it up last night on the Larry Kink show and they cut in with a CNN fact check to say Mccain was lying. The tape was a fraud.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 30, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Michael Storck, Chairman of the Hillsborough County (Tampa) Republican Party sent out a racist email to 400 McCain supporters in the Tampa metro area...and got caught. The email fell into the hands of thelocal media and TV is reporting the incident tonight.

Storck's resignation has been requested by local Republicans. Storck "apologized" and said "it should end here".

Posted by: toritto | October 30, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Did someone say Obama paid staff blogers? Maybe a few are, but I am not a staff member, I do it for the pure joy of paying back the Republican party for a very long list of reasons. Stealing elections, corruption, trashing the constitution, no bid contracts, starting bogus wars that cause the death of 100s of thousands, corruption, torture, trampling civil rights, new orleans to top it all, smirking a$$ neocons. Get the picture.

Posted by: DrWho2 | October 30, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

ontheblvd

Maybe you arent aware...blogs...myspace pages....personal email addresses arent credible links.....hahahahaha

You really are so typical of the average McInsaniac....hahahahahah

Posted by: garygelormino1
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Oh and I guess you think the WAPO isn't biased either. Newsflash for you....we the people are better at gathering true information than the main stream media. you need to get off the media sites and onto the blogs for the truth. I'm not a typical republican. I am a democrat voting for McCain because Obama is a fraud. Too bad you can't see it.

Posted by: ontheblvd | October 30, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

If Obama wins florida, then it tips into the realm of landslide. it may or may not happen. I not so sure that this year there is that tight link between margin of victory and power of the political mandate. 85 percent of americans know we are walking in the wrong direction. Any type of win by Obama, he will have enough latitude and congressional backing to pass all his signiture plans (barring economic ability).

Posted by: yarbrougharts | October 30, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

I just hope that by throwing all those resources into Florida, Obama does not make the same mistake as Gore made eight years ago. Gore also threw his all into Florida and we now know that while he was successful, it was close enough so they could steal it from him. In the process he forgot about his "firewall" state which in his case was Tennessee, his home state. He lost Tennessee and the presidency. Obama's "firewall" state is Virginia. If he wins the Kerry states and Virginia plus Iowa he will be POTUS elect. Let's hope he remembers that and that he does not let his desire for Florida overshadow the need for him to be POTUS. He could win the fight and lose the war and that would be terrible.

Posted by: Opa2 | October 30, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama won me over 9 months ago, and now after a long pregnancy and a hard labor, I feel that the country is about to be reborn.

This year for the first time in a very long time I will smile when a fly over this scarred but beautiful country.

Posted by: AverageJane | October 30, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Supporting McCain is like betting on the "New Jersey Generals" at a Harlem Globetrotters show.

Posted by: svreader | October 30, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Supporting McCain is like betting on the "New Jersey Generals" at a Harlem Globetrotters show.

Posted by: svreader | October 30, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Double standard for hate: 2 arrested for hanging Obama effigy on Ky. campus.

Double standard? Read more in my blog!

http://www.mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/

Posted by: dcpsychic | October 30, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Who are engineers voting for?

EE Times Poll
Who's your candidate?
John McCain
37%
Barack Obama
57%
Others
6%

Posted by: svreader | October 30, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Shocker!

Bill Ayers dedicated his book to Robert Kennedy's killer!

the LA Times needs to release the tape. We need to know how Obama reacted to the vile Poem read the terrorist dinner in question.

http://mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/

Posted by: dcpsychi
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Ayers other book was dedicated to a cop killer... Enjoy the truth

Posted by: indep2 | October 30, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Shocker!

Bill Ayers dedicated his book to Robert Kennedy's killer!

the LA Times needs to release the tape. We need to know how Obama reacted to the vile Poem read the terrorist dinner in question.

http://mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/

Posted by: dcpsychic
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I suppose now isnt the time to also inform you that Ayers latest book was dedicated to a cop killer. ;) I wonder why they arent reporting it on the news yet in addition to the kennedy killer dedication.

Enjoy the truth for those that doubt

Posted by: indep2 | October 30, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

macklejw...That is too funny...we have been remarking about that all season. Repubs can't spell. Their for There or They're..Equity for Equality ...sometimes it's so bad you can't even be sure what thay are trying to say.
So far my spellcheck still has Obama underlined...but I will tell it what is what come Tuesday!!

Posted by: LOrion | October 30, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA is also helping in California now....finally. He has a whole new page on the NO on PROP H8 site. There was a CNN Ad in his name up for hours this AM with donations going to No on H8... and we really appreciate it!!

Posted by: LOrion | October 30, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

I've got an idea. Today I read about 10 posts from people who would like to secede from the Union if Obama is elected. I say we let them. We should erect a fence and keep them away from our country, except to come in as day workers and clean our toilets.

Posted by: johng1 | October 30, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Many Republicans are thinking people, who work hard and take care of their families without the help of government.

Many of them will be voting for Obama.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 30, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

That is because the Republican Party has become the home for all that are ignorant and intolerant. Stupidity is rewarded and, in fact, elevated in the GOP.

Posted by: johng1 | October 30, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

yes lots of Dems. early voted - not necessarily for NoBama. The Florida PUMA e-circ list is in tens of thousands. If even a fraction of them go NoBama our point is made.
it's fun to be in a swing state. you can make a statement...

Posted by: OrlandoNan | October 30, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Specific prediction for Chris --

Obama will win Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties by significant margins.

Posted by: svreader | October 30, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

There is a funny one.

I copied all the comments into MS Word.

Guess what? Republican's comments are full of RED UNDERLINES.

You idiotic, peckerwood racists should use a spell checker before posting. But that only proves what kind of scum supports McCain/Nobody

Posted by: mackiejw | October 30, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: officermancuso | October 30, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Specific prediction for Chris --

Obama will win Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties by significant margins.

Posted by: svreader | October 30, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

There is a funny one.

I copied all the comments into MS Word.

Guess what? Republican's comments are full of RED UNDERLINES.

You idiotic, peckerwood racists should use a spell checker before posting. But that only proves what kind of scum supports McCain/Nobody

Posted by: mackiejw | October 30, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

dcpsychic
Blogs arent a credible link...anyone can write anything on a blog...a blog carries as much weight as a myspace page link

HERES CREDIBLE FOR YA

FAUX NEWS REPORTS REPUBLICANS CAUSED ECONOMIC CRISIS

And I can provide a link to FOX NEWS TO PROVE IT

FOXNEWS.COM HOME > BUSINESS

AP IMPACT: Mortgage firm arranged stealth campaign

WASHINGTON — Freddie Mac secretly paid a Republican consulting firm $2 million to kill legislation that would have regulated and trimmed the mortgage finance giant and its sister company, Fannie Mae, three years before the government took control to prevent their collapse.

In the cross hairs of the campaign carried out by DCI of Washington were Republican senators and a regulatory overhaul bill sponsored by Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. DCI's chief executive is Doug Goodyear, whom John McCain's campaign later hired to manage the GOP convention in September.

Freddie Mac's payments to DCI began shortly after the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee sent Hagel's bill to the then GOP-run Senate on July 28, 2005. All GOP members of the committee supported it; all Democrats opposed it.

McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis, or his lobbying firm has taken more than $2 million from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac dating to 2000. In December, Freddie Mac contributed $250,000 to last month's GOP convention

http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2008Oct20/0,4670,TheInfluenceGameHousing,00.html

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 30, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Asking Al Gore and Tipper to campaign for you in Florida is like McCain asking Bush to campaign in Florida for him. Yesterday Floridians woke up to the coldest weather in 150 years - it must be that awful global warming we keep hearing about.

The I-4 corridor will deliver Florida to McCain, despite the changing demographics in the Sunshine State.

Posted by: alance | October 30, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

nri1998

What news reports????

You didnt provide a link
I can say
"REPUBLICANS CAUSED THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE ACCORDING TO FAX NEWS"

And I can provide a link to FOX NEWS TO PROVE IT

FOXNEWS.COM HOME > BUSINESS

AP IMPACT: Mortgage firm arranged stealth campaign

WASHINGTON — Freddie Mac secretly paid a Republican consulting firm $2 million to kill legislation that would have regulated and trimmed the mortgage finance giant and its sister company, Fannie Mae, three years before the government took control to prevent their collapse.

In the cross hairs of the campaign carried out by DCI of Washington were Republican senators and a regulatory overhaul bill sponsored by Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. DCI's chief executive is Doug Goodyear, whom John McCain's campaign later hired to manage the GOP convention in September.

Freddie Mac's payments to DCI began shortly after the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee sent Hagel's bill to the then GOP-run Senate on July 28, 2005. All GOP members of the committee supported it; all Democrats opposed it.

McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis, or his lobbying firm has taken more than $2 million from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac dating to 2000. In December, Freddie Mac contributed $250,000 to last month's GOP convention

http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2008Oct20/0,4670,TheInfluenceGameHousing,00.html

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 30, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Shocker!

Bill Ayers dedicated his book to Robert Kennedy's killer!

the LA Times needs to release the tape. We need to know how Obama reacted to the vile Poem read the terrorist dinner in question.

http://mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/

Posted by: dcpsychic | October 30, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

I just saw on TV a blond, blue eyed woman in Florida say she is voting for McCain because she is a cancer surviver and is worried that with Obama as president, everyone will be able to get medical care which she said will "overwhelm the system" In other words, if working poor, their families and other, have access to medical treatment, for cancer, she and others might be inconvienced. This is absolutely the sickest statement I have heard during this entire campaign.

She was immediately challenged by a nurse practitioner who said we have more than adequate health care resources but we are indeed denying medical to millions of Americans with life threatening diseases but without VERY GOOD health insurance.

Posted by: smi2le | October 30, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

News reports says the young voters aren't coming out to vote in large numbers, contrary to what was expected. Does it anyway effect Obama's chances of getting past 270? Anyone having a clue on the participation of young voters this time?

Posted by: nri1998 | October 30, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

ontheblvd

Maybe you arent aware...blogs...myspace pages....personal email addresses arent credible links.....hahahahaha

You really are so typical of the average McInsaniac....hahahahahah

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 30, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama doesn't need to appoint anyone to anything to get our votes. He's earned them by being the better man for the job.

America trusts Barack Obama.

Trying to paint him in a bad light just makes the people doing it look foolish.

If this was a prize fight the ref would have called it already.

Posted by: svreader | October 30, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

There are different sagereaders.

One, here, is a Fox or Rush Zombie Idiot.

The other one actually has a blog that debunks myths about Obama called, "Think on these Things" or something like that.

So, take it easy on the old sagester. The real one doesn't seem so bad.

Shame this guy stole his name, though.

Hey, Sage!

Go Sage Yourself, Buddy !

Posted by: LeftwithNochoice | October 30, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

ha ha ha Obama leaked a story that he will make Rahm Emanuel his chief of staff in an effort to secure the Florida Jewish Zionist bloc of votes.

Posted by: torro67 | October 30, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

REPLY:

I WILL SAY IT AGAIN SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO KEEP POSTING THIS.
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Maybe he should know that McCain gave the same guy $1/2 million. Maybe he'll think better of going down that road any longer...

Posted by: rmiller19 | October 30, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I think not only using Tim Russert's name to get readers is abominable, but I can only imagine him turning over in his grave.

I doubt this writer even attended his funeral services, let alone know him well enough to state it was in his honor.

I believe he would have probably asked this author to keep his name totally out of it due to his adamant devotion to non-partisan reporting.

Be ashamed Mr. Cillizza.... VERY Ashamed.

Posted by: indep2 | October 30, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

From EE Times --

Nobel Laureates back Obama. Do you agree?

Patrick Mannion
EE Times
(10/29/2008 11:56 AM EDT)


COMMACK, N.Y. — Arguing that Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois best understands the importance of science and technology in boosting U.S. competitiveness, 76 American Nobel Laureates have endorsed the Democratic candidate for U.S. president.
The Nobel winners released an Open Letter to the American People endorsing Obama that focused on his plan for expanding U.S. scientific and technology.

The scientists said they support "the measures he plans to take--through new initiatives in education and training, expanded research funding, an unbiased process for obtaining scientific advice and an appropriate balance of basic and applied research--to meet the nation's and the world's most urgent needs."


The presidential endorsement included the largest ever list of Nobel Laureates, eclipsing the 47 who endorsed Democratic Sen. John Kerry in 2004. The list includes all three American Nobel Laureates in science for 2008: Martin Chalfie of Columbia University and Roger Tsien of the University of California at San Diego, who shared the chemistry prize; and Yoichiro Nambu of the University of Chicago, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Chalfie has also recorded a YouTube video explaining his endorsement. "Barack Obama's administration will continue to keep us the envy of the world," Chalfie said.


Posted by: svreader | October 30, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

REPLY:

I WILL SAY IT AGAIN SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO KEEP POSTING THIS.

The tape is a fraud. No news origination is even talking about it anymore, not even the LA Times. Time to go looking for the next Elvis sighting.

Posted by: popasmoke

I will post anything I want and just because you say it is a fake doesn't make it so. You need to go to the link and check out the sources because they are all over the internet. There are thousands of people that are contacting the LA Times because this is withholding information from the public. You may not have a problem with it but most Americans do. Now go live in your propaganda world and stop replying to my posts.

Posted by: ontheblvd | October 30, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

By Sadie Gurman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Thursday, October 30, 2008

“McCAIN VOLUNTEER RELEASED FROM JAIL”

A McCain campaign volunteer who created a one-day national sensation when she concocted a story of a politically motivated assault is to be released from jail today and is headed for a probation program.

Ashley Todd of College Station, Texas, waived her right to today's preliminary hearing in Municipal Court.

Officials announced that the jail's behavior clinic had cleared her for release and found her competent to stand trial.

But a trial won't be necessary if she successfully completes terms outlined today.

She will be released to an uncle in New York State and must provide proof every two weeks that she is receiving counseling. Eventually she is to return to her mother's home in Texas.

Ms. Todd is to enter the county's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, which allows non-violent, first-time offenders to have their records expunged if they successfully complete the terms of their probation.

Ms. Todd has admitted she made up a story of a black robber who attacked her in Bloomfield after he spotted McCain stickers on her car.

She said he carved the letter B on her cheek with a knife.

Posted by: WVUWEIRTON | October 30, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

obama camp may want to relegate the floridians, but for their greed and pride.The democratic party diaavowed and they come back to steal. Floridians have also some pride- we have been called senile by some section of Obama's party.I think we should not be kind,hiding lest we may be called RACISTS. Racists or not we should join hands to negate Obama and his arrogance. There is still time, fellow citizens, not to give Florida to the democrats. We have been called every name over the years- only thing left out is RACISTS.The Blacks want vote for their brethern, why should we not vote for ALL WHITE ticket of MACCAIN/PALIN. This VP candidate been mauled- even women who are for feminists and women's rights have ignored Sarah. Let's beat this combo Democrats

Posted by: jayrkay | October 30, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

group5: in Central FL, also. I see more McCain stickers, but I HEAR about far more people supporting Obama. I've also been seeing more and more Obama stickers/signs as Election Day draws closer.

tbastion: 35,000 last night, 60,000 last week in Orlando.

Posted by: rmiller19 | October 30, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Americans in Israel vote for McCain over 3 to 1. Of course, the media won't report this. Can you imagine if the results were reversed. God, it would be all over the news. That's what we're dealing with people and that's why McCain will win. This country is not stupid like the media thinks it is.


http://texasdarlin.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/breaking-exit-poll-of-americans-in-israel-landslide-for-mccain

Posted by: ontheblvd | October 30, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe svreader is back and is talking like he is.

I always knew he had it in him...

Nothing heals a sore Hillary Supporter like a couple of Sarahcuda speeches, huh?

Welcome Back, SVREADER!!

I hope you're right about Israel / Palestine / etc, too. It would be amazing to get that straightened out.

Let's hope Obama doesn't wait till his last month in office to look at the issues as most US Presidents do.

We Shall See, that's for sure. We sure wont be waiting to see what McCain is doing...

This is gonna be an Absolute Blow Out. Let's hope the Democrats don't Screw Up. We need to get to work and the whole world is behind us (except maybe Russia and North Korea)

Obama 08 !

HUSSEIN, BABY !!

YEAH !

Posted by: LeftwithNochoice | October 30, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

We will be a blue state this time around.

'nuff said!

Posted by: rmiller19 | October 30, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Does McCain have ANYTHING to talk about except the name calling?

"Socialist, communist, terrorist, friend of terrorists, Rezko! Wright!, anarchist, leninist, trotskyite, elitist, celebrity, redistributionist, the dreaded "librul", racist, unpatriotic, foreign, inexperienced, not ready, not for "victory", muslim, islamo-fascist, manchurian candidate, naive, not commander in chief material, reader of Malcolm X, tax and spender, measuring the drapes .... McLame goes on and on.

Did I leave anything out??

It would have been nice if he had told us why we should vote for him and Moosselini.

The voters have presumed he has no good reasons.

Posted by: toritto | October 30, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

My grandparents are both 90+ and live in Florida. They are both registered Republicans. I found out today that they both voted early, and both voted for Obama. I am so proud!

Posted by: wiz_fan | October 30, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans can have Joe the Plumber. The real-life Average American, the most statistically average man or woman found after a long non-partisan search, has come out for Obama, according to the search’s website: http://www.theaverageamerican.com

Posted by: worldview1 | October 30, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans can have Joe the Plumber. The real-life Average American, the most statistically average man or woman found after a long non-partisan search, has come out for Obama, according to the search’s website: http://www.theaverageamerican.com

Posted by: worldview1 | October 30, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans can have Joe the Plumber. The real-life Average American, the most statistically average man or woman found after a long non-partisan search, has come out for Obama, according to the search’s website: http://www.theaverageamerican.com

Posted by: worldview1 | October 30, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans can have Joe the Plumber. The real-life Average American, the most statistically average man or woman found after a long non-partisan search, has come out for Obama, according to the search’s website: http://www.theaverageamerican.com

Posted by: worldview1 | October 30, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans can have Joe the Plumber. The real-life Average American, the most statistically average man or woman found after a long non-partisan search, has come out for Obama, according to the search’s website: http://www.theaverageamerican.com

Posted by: worldview1 | October 30, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama will win Florida and the election.
The mainstream Jewish Community is 100% behind Obama and we can't wait to vote for him. The scare tactics about him knowing some Arabs isn't working. Israel wants to live in peace with its neighbors. Its good that Obama knows some of them. If both sides trust him maybe we can finally have peace and a new beginning in the middle east. It may be the greatest start-up of all time. Instead of killing each other we should get rich together.

Obama's going to be a great president.

I can't wait fo vote for him.

I can't wait for peace in the middle east.

Posted by: svreader | October 30, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Well...Iam off too chase sagereader and all his many several dozen sock puppet comment nics on Washington Post....ciao....wish me happy hunting !

Beating neocon nazi's eyes shut should be an Olympic sport venue....its fun to do...watch..and the entertainment value is like ....well...its heaven.....ciao

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 30, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Did sagereader run to change his name into one of the many several dozen he uses on Washington Post

Comment nics he manufactured ..using multiple email accounts?

Gosh and golly jee wiz I hope it wasnt anything I said....hahahahaha


McInsaniacs are such a pathetic bunch of miscreant losers...I sometimes wish the neocon nazis would send more worthy adversaries

Sadly...they dont make nazi's like they used too.....hahahahahaha

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 30, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I liked this one from McCain supporter:

We all hate Bush ... and, yes, I currently have 2 sons in the Iraqi Sandbox thanks to him ... and, yes, I almost had my home foreclosed.
Posted by: john_doe_washington_dc | October 30, 2008 7:19 PM
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And john_doe still wants to continue?! Reasoning is beyond some people, even if their sons are killed for nothing. That's McCain electorate.

Posted by: thought1 | October 30, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

John Doe Washington DC,

I appreciated the thoughtfulness in your posting. While I disagree with who I think you're going to vote for, I wish more posters were like you. There's too much coarseness and name-calling here, although that's what the Internet is like.

Anyway, let's take your premise, that we're hiring a CEO. Our imaginary company prides itself on being unique among its peers. It's a company built on ideas, not raw power like our competitors...and those ideas have inspired our best days and greatest profits. But we've taken a hit in recent years, with certain executives helping to damage our bottom line and prestige within the market, and with it, our competitiveness. One of those wanting the CEO job, Candidate A, has been with the company 25 years, so he has experience. But he's aided and encouraged some of the worst disasters of our company's hard times, including the purchase of a giant, multibillion-dollar toxic sandbox. Not only that, he exhibits signs of impulsiveness that worry our shareholders.

Candidate B has only been with the company five years, yet every project he's worked on, while few compared to candidate B, has been incredibly successful. More importantly, he feels it important to get back to the vision of what our company was founded on, and what had been the foundation of our greatest days, the days that inspired our highest employment rates and greatest bottom lines.

It's not a racial thing. It's an inspirational thing. The United States is not just a piece of land, it's about ideas. It's about a better tomorrow--it was founded on that premise. Our Founding Fathers had much less experience in government than even Obama has, yet they had vision. And they didn't do too badly, did they?

So, yes, by all means, think before you vote. And think about what inspired this country at its birth--the idea of change, the idea of a better tomorrow.

Posted by: Lisa15 | October 30, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama has a rock solid 52% of the electorate from my calculations, and should win the electoral college by 367-171.

A landslide.

Just look at poor McCain, reduced to scaring the old folk, channeling Joe McCarthy through his puppet/stooge Joe the Plumber. He would have preferred to be honorable, sure, but the numbers against him have always been crushing. Palin? This whole Muslim/Socialist thing? Bad gimmicks. He's no doubt ashamed of himself, because he's run a shameful campaign.

Final tally- 54.4 to 42.6 Obama in a massive landslide.

That's what's gonna be fun. The blow out part. Just look at the numbers already in. Particularly the mail-in to in-person vote ratio in Florida. It's gonna be a sunny day come November 5th! Forget about the polls and the media, that's all entertainment. Look at the numbers.

http://elections.gmu.edu/early_vote_2008.html

Posted by: robertell | October 30, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Anyone can just cut and paste

sagereader into google and see everything sagereader ever typed on the internet...it takes just .35 seconds to return 1140 links....many on GAY & LESBIAN blog sites

Given a couple minutes time and a few mouse clicks....any 7 year old could give IP address...longitude...latitude...street address...number of sexually transmitted deseases that sagereader has....yeppers...its thats easy

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=+sagereader+&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&oq=

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 30, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

sagereader didnt know that a simple google query returns his comments on a GAY & LESBIAN blog

http://wordpress.com/tag/gays-and-lesbians/3/

sagereaders comments on this GAY & LESBIAN blog are the most numerous

http://wordpress.com/tag/gays-and-lesbians/3/

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 30, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

I just saw a hillarious ad on TV featuring some guy who said he was a small businessman and who said Obama has never met a payroll and doesn't understand the problems small business face. I guess only someone who has never worked in the private sector, collects a governament pension and a government salary and married a woman who inherited $100 million dollars, like McCain, knows all about small business.

Posted by: smi2le | October 30, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama's long time friendship with ex-PLO mouthpiece Rashid Khalidi is finally hitting the media and causing some people to ask questions.

Obama and Khalidi go back to their days at the University of Chicago where Obama was, by his own admission, a frequent dinner guest of Khalidi. As a member of the board at the Woods Foundation, Obama also steered about $70,000 to the Arab American Action Network - an anti Israeli organization run by Khalidi's wife Mona.

Now, of course, it turns out that the Los Angeles Times has a video of Obama at Khalidi's going away party before he left U of C after he accepted the position of Edward Said Chair of Middle East Studies at Columbia University. The video could be very damaging - is probably very damaging - to Obama. The Los Angeles Times story on the friendship between the two men mentioned there were some anti-Israeli speeches and a pro-Palestinian terrorist poem read at the party

There was a protest today in front of the LA Times building in Los Angeles demanding that they release the Khalidi tape. As with entreaties from the McCain campaign, the Times will most likely ignore those pleas. See the protest pictures:

http://www.mererhetoric.com/archives/11275008.html#more

Posted by: sagereader | October 30, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse
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REPLY:

The tape is a fraud you moron. How many time are you going to make the same post? The La Times are not even talking about it any more. Tell those Mccain people to go back to knocking on doors instead of this phony outrage about something that has been discredited.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 30, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

After a cursory google of (sagereader) you find he has a VODPOD account where he stores his collection of Obama videos

http://sagereader.vodpod.com/

You can also google (sagereader) and see every thing he ever posted on the internet under the one of dozens of alias names hes made....many several dozen he made for the Washington Post

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 30, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

The election is over.

Check out the Geo. Mason early voting site. http://elections.gmu.edu/early_vote_2008.html

Go to Florida. Over 37% of the vote is in, giving a statistical sample that should hold to within a percentage point. The key is how they break down who’s voted.

The scoop being that we can already tell that Obama is going to win Florida by at least 51-48. The numbers simply don’t lie. It’s a new phenom this early vote ting, and big media has not picked up that…..it’s over! Hip hip for Obama!

Now….get out there and vote hard., and often, always for Obama. Don’t stop going nutso for him til Tuesday, at 8:30, when the real party begins. As Tito the Builder said….’I can smell it!‘

Posted by: robertell | October 30, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama's long time friendship with ex-PLO mouthpiece Rashid Khalidi is finally hitting the media and causing some people to ask questions.

Obama and Khalidi go back to their days at the University of Chicago where Obama was, by his own admission, a frequent dinner guest of Khalidi. As a member of the board at the Woods Foundation, Obama also steered about $70,000 to the Arab American Action Network - an anti Israeli organization run by Khalidi's wife Mona.

Now, of course, it turns out that the Los Angeles Times has a video of Obama at Khalidi's going away party before he left U of C after he accepted the position of Edward Said Chair of Middle East Studies at Columbia University. The video could be very damaging - is probably very damaging - to Obama. The Los Angeles Times story on the friendship between the two men mentioned there were some anti-Israeli speeches and a pro-Palestinian terrorist poem read at the party

There was a protest today in front of the LA Times building in Los Angeles demanding that they release the Khalidi tape. As with entreaties from the McCain campaign, the Times will most likely ignore those pleas. See the protest pictures:

http://www.mererhetoric.com/archives/11275008.html#more

Posted by: sagereader | October 30, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

For instance....when you google

sagereader

You get 1140 links in a mere .35 seconds

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=+sagereader+&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&oq=

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 30, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

37thandOSt;
Everyone can google your WaPo nic and see the thousands of times youve spamed the board with some blog on myspace that no one will visit...apparently you never heard of google or if you had heard of goole...you werent aware it was a search engine and by merely cut and pasting your racist nic into it....everything you ever typed would be available in a few miliseconds

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 30, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

BOTTOM LINE: NO TAX CUT BY OBAMA

OBAMA's PLAN MAKES ALL AMERICANS PAY HIGHER TAXES

Senator Obama is not being truthful when he says only Americans earning $250,000 will get a tax increase.

Senator Obama plans to let the current 2007 rates lapse. The rates under Obama will return to the higher 2000 level. Senator Obama claims that letting a tax cut lapse is not a "tax increase."

But requiring Americans to pay more taxes than in 2007 amounts to a TAX INCREASE.

For a married family, filing jointly and earning $75,000 a year, this INCREASE will be $3,074.

For a married family, filing jointly and earning $50,000, this INCREASE will be $1,512.

Even struggling American families making just $25,000 a year will see a tax INCREASE-- they'll pay $715 more in 2010 than they did in 2007.

Across the board, ALL WORKING AMERICANS WILL SEE SIGNIFICANT INCREASES in their taxes with Obama's plans.


http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/senator_obamas_four_tax_increa.html


Posted by: sagereader | October 30, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

My fellow LIBERALS,

Florida is just the icing on the cake.

The point is on longer just to defeat the woman-bashing, gay-bashing Repugs.

Our goal now is to bury them and render them irrelevant for at least a generation.

Florida will provide the final and biggest nail in Karl Rove's (and George Bush's) coffin. (Remember your "permanent Republicans, pea brains?) We don't need Florida, but I can't wait to cram it down their hateful bigoted little throats.

We LIBERALS are about to win a LANDSLIDE.

Enjoy the ride as we consign George Bush's Republican party to the ash heap of history!!

:)

Posted by: Brittman1 | October 30, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Zouk is a troll on the WaPo website spewing racist nonsense - has been online for some time now. Probably gets paid by the post regardless of its accuracy - unemployment benefit. Ignore the Zouk!

Posted by: pixiedust1 | October 30, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Apparently "sagereader" (read below) is not bothered by the homeless. so wise. so profound.

Guess what "sagereader"?, ITS ALREADY HAPPENED TO ALL OF US!!! To the tune of $2700 from every man, woman, and child (american taxpayers) whether they have it or not for a 700 BILLION+ WALL STREET BAILOUT!!!!!

What did you order for lunch? Cake.

Posted by: StoptheSpin | October 30, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Good. We need scorched earth. It's important that we not only defeat the Republican criminals, but humiliate and expose them and crush their spirit and make it impossible for them to ever show their faces in public again.

Posted by: davidscott1 | October 30, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama's campaign is a testament to his organizational, management and leadership skills. He has run a successful campaign by winning over people who had absolutely no reason to choose him. Nothing close can be said of McCain. He is a disorganized, hysterically egotistical, erratic old man who has little or no vision for this country other than seeing himself at the top. His compulsive decisions are a symptom of an impatient childish George-Bush like man. McCain is bright but narrow, incurious, and eternally angry. A much younger beautiful wife wasn’t enough. He wasted $25 million in campaign donations by overspending nearly sinking his campaign in August 2007. He had no choice then to return to his straight talk express. Yet he quickly abandoned that when his handlers told him he needed to win the Republican base. So he flopped over to pretending to be a right wing conservative and began slinging mud trying to win this campaign. He is out of ideas as most all Republicans are. They don’t like government. They like power. They disqualify. They do not lift up. McCain and his campaign repeatedly lie. Joe the Plumber is a lie. They live a lie. They project this lie onto Obama and Democrats. McCain has and will lie to America if he is elected. To woo the base he picked a frightfully inexperienced and incoherent running mate, an Alaskan socialist, Sarah Palin, who isn’t conscientiousness enough to even realize when she’s flip-flopping. She is a female clown. A winking, babbling girl/woman who loves her own smile, says she loves Jesus, but carts her children out before a jeering hockey audience. Republican’s cling to the hope that they can win by destroying. They are brutes, war makers, haters, and religious zealots.

Posted by: stephenvvv | October 30, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Can I ask an honest question?

Who's this McCain guy everyones talking about ?

Is he the guy in PoLident commercials?
http://www.polident.com/

Or the old guy from Johnny Carson who lost his house to bankruptcy?
http://www.johnnycarson.com/carson/bio_ed.jsp

The Maytag repair guy?

Who is this Johnny McCain guy?

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 30, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Chris

It is a few of us v. 300 paid Obama staff bloggers funded by questionable credit card "receipts"


Is that fair?


Besides the Obama people here have long ceased to have a dialogue - instead they harass other posters instead of staying with the issues.


AND if you are reading this, they have created a screen name on here very close to mine to minimic and harass.


That is not dialogue either.

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 30, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Check this link out. This is what we need to be doing instead of calling the media out on these silly biased articles. "Obama doesn't need FL, he just wants it". Puuuuleeeeeaaase. This is sickening. I'm hearing that the media is going to call an Obama landslide at 4:00 eastern on election day so voters west of Pensacola won't go vote. Good luck with that.

http://www.mererhetoric.com/archives/11275008.html#more

Posted by: sagereader | October 30, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse


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REPLY:

I WILL SAY IT AGAIN SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO KEEP POSTING THIS.

The tape is a fraud. No news origination is even talking about it anymore, not even the LA Times. Time to go looking for the next Elvis sighting.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 30, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

We proud Florida PUMAs are sending a message with our NoBama votes - we want Howard Dean spanked. Who knows if NoBama can win without us but there are thousands of HRC voters who watched our votes stolen and want them counted now.
Hold firm, ladies, the polls reflect your brave stance! Stand firm - NoBama!

Posted by: OrlandoNan | October 30, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse
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Last time you'll tried to have a rally 4 people showed up. No one cares about you.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 30, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

OrlandoNan wrote, "We proud Florida PUMAs are sending a message with our NoBama votes - we want Howard Dean spanked. Who knows if NoBama can win without us but there are thousands of HRC voters who watched our votes stolen and want them counted now."

So you presumably believe that the national party should have nothing to say about when states hold their primary elections? That's a reasonable enough position, though it could end up with primaries for 2012 being held the day after the 2008 election.

But here's what I don't get. If Hillary supported the national committee's decision regarding the Florida primary at the time it was made, isn't it rank opportunism to turn on the national committee once you see that you've won Florida?

I know, I know, a US politician who wasn't an opportunist couldn't be elected dog catcher in Punksatawney.

But let's be honest here (leaving aside Zouk and 37'th for the time being).

Posted by: officermancuso | October 30, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Check this link out. This is what we need to be doing instead of calling the media out on these silly biased articles. "Obama doesn't need FL, he just wants it". Puuuuleeeeeaaase. This is sickening. I'm hearing that the media is going to call an Obama landslide at 4:00 eastern on election day so voters west of Pensacola won't go vote. Good luck with that.

http://www.mererhetoric.com/archives/11275008.html#more

Posted by: sagereader | October 30, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

McCain's disgraceful campaign and his unconscionable choice of VP make me ashamed of being American. Obama and his campaign make me proud to be American. I put my country first and voted for Obama.

Posted by: chiefnugt | October 30, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama will take Florida and turn it blue... in 5 days!!!!
Come on Floridians turn Florida blue!

Posted by: bobby20 | October 30, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

We proud Florida PUMAs are sending a message with our NoBama votes - we want Howard Dean spanked. Who knows if NoBama can win without us but there are thousands of HRC voters who watched our votes stolen and want them counted now.
Hold firm, ladies, the polls reflect your brave stance! Stand firm - NoBama!

Posted by: OrlandoNan | October 30, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse
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Last time you'll tried to have a rally 4 people showed up. No one cares about you.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 30, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Does McCain have ANYTHING to talk about except the name calling?

"Socialist, communist, terrorist, friend of terrorists, Rezko! Wright!, anarchist, leninist, trotskyite, elitist, celebrity, redistributionist, the dreaded "librul", racist, unpatriotic, foreign, inexperienced, not ready, not for "victory", muslim, islamo-fascist, manchurian candidate, naive, not commander in chief material, reader of Malcolm X, tax and spender, measuring the drapes .... McLame goes on and on.

Did I leave anything out??

It would have been nice if he had told us why we should vote for him and Moosselini.

The voters have presumed he has no good reasons.

Posted by: toritto | October 30, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

dwashington1:

Quick, take your medication.

You're delusional.

My mama told me to never argue with an idiot.

So, Have a nice day and take your meds.

Posted by: sagereader | October 30, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Check this link out. This is what we need to be doing instead of calling the media out on these silly biased articles. "Obama doesn't need FL, he just wants it". Puuuuleeeeeaaase. This is sickening. I'm hearing that the media is going to call an Obama landslide at 4:00 eastern on election day so voters west of Pensacola won't go vote. Good luck with that.

http://www.mererhetoric.com/archives/11275008.html#more

Posted by: ontheblvd | October 30, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse
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The tape is a fraud. No news origination is even talking about it anymore, not even the LA Times. Time to go looking for the next Elvis sighting.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 30, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

O'Reilly squares off with Frank over the mortgage crisis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE1ayDZfmIQ&feature=related

Posted by: sagereader | October 30, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Go, Obama!

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | October 30, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Let's talk about the real "redistributionists" in America.

That would be the Bush-McCain-Tom Delay-Gingrich et al camp who for nearly three decades have been steadily transferring resources and income from working families to big corporations and the wealthiest of our society.

The result. On the one hand, the greatest income gap since the 1920s, wages flat compared to rising health care premiums and inflation, and the roots of the economic crisis of today.

On the other hand, record corporate profits, and the phenomenon described by a Wall Street Journal reporter in a book last year as Richistan, the coterie of wealthy Americans buying 450-yachts and massive homes.

Do we really need four more years of this disgrace -- as we would surely get in a McCain-Palin administration?

Posted by: gschwartz1 | October 30, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

We proud Florida PUMAs are sending a message with our NoBama votes - we want Howard Dean spanked. Who knows if NoBama can win without us but there are thousands of HRC voters who watched our votes stolen and want them counted now.
Hold firm, ladies, the polls reflect your brave stance! Stand firm - NoBama!

Posted by: OrlandoNan | October 30, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Check this link out. This is what we need to be doing instead of calling the media out on these silly biased articles. "Obama doesn't need FL, he just wants it". Puuuuleeeeeaaase. This is sickening. I'm hearing that the media is going to call an Obama landslide at 4:00 eastern on election day so voters west of Pensacola won't go vote. Good luck with that.

http://www.mererhetoric.com/archives/11275008.html#more

Posted by: ontheblvd | October 30, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Why is Senator Obama considered a socialist if he wants to give the middle class more tax breaks than the superwealthy?

Asian Americans love Senator Obama!!

Posted by: trttran | October 30, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Check this out. This is what we need to be doing instead of calling the media out on these silly biased articles. "Obama doesn't need FL, he just wants it". Puuuuleeeeeaaase. This is sickening. I'm hearing that the media is going to call an Obama landslide at 4:00 eastern on election day so voters west of Pensacola won't go vote. Good luck with that.

http://www.mererhetoric.com/archives/11275008.html#more

Posted by: ontheblvd | October 30, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

On intrade it looks like Mccain has it in the bag. He was behind 88 to 12 but has closed it to 83 to 17. Better get your bets down before everyone discovers what a lock Mccain has. He is only 66 points behind. Of course that is about where Mccain was in January.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 30, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Virginia = New Permanent Blue State

Florida = New Permanent Blue State

No. Carolina = New Permanent Blue State

New Mexico = New Permanent Blue State

Colorado = New Permanent Blue State


Electoral Base:
Democrats: 290
Republicans 130


Posted by: bobnsri | October 30, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Florida is now a PERMANENT Blue State.

Colorado is now a PERMANENT Blue State.

N. Mexico is now a PERMANENT Blue State.

N. Carolina is now a PERMANENT Blue State.

Virginia is now a PERMANENT Blue State.

Blue States turning RED: NONE!

Bye Bye American Conservative Movement.

The Democrats now have a PERMANENT LOCK on the Electoral College!!!


Posted by: bobnsri | October 30, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH AUDIO FOUND

OBAMA IS A DANGEROUS SOCIALIST

OBAMA WANTS YOUR MONEY FOR OTHER PEOPLE

Listen to an audio interview Obama gave in 2001 with Chicago Public Radio WBEZ.FM. Obama discusses the best way to bring about a redistribution of wealth, how the Warren Supreme Court interpreted the law and the fact that he thinks it wasn't terribly radical.


LISTEN TO OBAMA IN HIS OWN EVIL WORDS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivL4c_3pck
Posted by: sagereader | October 30, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse
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It's a fake edited tape to alter the meaning. If you read the original transcript it was an academic discussion going back to the 1700's. You do know Obama taught constitutional law.
What an idiot.

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

We need fewer warriors and more patriots.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 30, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

********** Oboma / Biden 2008 ***********

I'm proud of the American people for becoming united and not buying all of the negative and false campaign rheoritic and tactics by the McCain campaign.

Now we need to become even more united and supportive of our new President so we can help him get us out of this mess.

********** Oboma / Biden 2008 *************

Posted by: maphound | October 30, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Come November 4, we will be voting for the next President of the USA (POTUS). I am asking you to completely ignore the VP position ... it is of no importance. After all, Gov. Palin is an alleged news-media SNL airhead and Senator Biden could not convince his own Democrat folks during the Democratic primaries that he was presidential material. I hope you haven't forgotten our illustrious and ignorant former VP Dan Quayle.

Therefore, the most important question we should ask ourselves is: Who has the senatorial experience to cross over party lines to approve legislation in Capitol Hill since the Democratic-controlled Senate and House (with a current 30% approval rate) cant seem to do so: Obama (4 yrs) or McCain (20 yrs)?

Yes ... We all hate Bush ... and, yes, I currently have 2 sons in the Iraqi Sandbox thanks to him ... and, yes, I almost had my home foreclosed.

Let me ask you a simple question: If you were a recruiter in the HR department of a multinational business corporation in search of a Chief Executive Operations (CEO), would you choose an elocuent candidate with 4 yrs of experience or a seasoned 20-yr open-minded individual?

If your main interest is to be a historical participant of having the first African-American POTUS, you should then had chosen Colin Powell - a retired US Army general (like our former 34th President, Ike Eisenhower) and the first African-American US Secretary of State - as your presidential candidate ... not a first-term junior senator - WHITE or BLACK ... and I would have definitely voted for Colin Powell regardless of his political affiliation.

Come November 4, I urge you to vote intelligently ... if not, may God have mercy on our souls.

PS: God bless the USA and may our Warriors return Home safely.

Posted by: john_doe_washington_dc | October 30, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Come November 4, we will be voting for the next President of the USA (POTUS). I am asking you to completely ignore the VP position ... it is of no importance. After all, Gov. Palin is an alleged news-media SNL airhead and Senator Biden could not convince his own Democrat folks during the Democratic primaries that he was presidential material. I hope you haven't forgotten our illustrious and ignorant former VP Dan Quayle.

Therefore, the most important question we should ask ourselves is: Who has the senatorial experience to cross over party lines to approve legislation in Capitol Hill since the Democratic-controlled Senate and House (with a current 30% approval rate) cant seem to do so: Obama (4 yrs) or McCain (20 yrs)?

Yes ... We all hate Bush ... and, yes, I currently have 2 sons in the Iraqi Sandbox thanks to him ... and, yes, I almost had my home foreclosed.

Let me ask you a simple question: If you were a recruiter in the HR department of a multinational business corporation in search of a Chief Executive Operations (CEO), would you choose an elocuent candidate with 4 yrs of experience or a seasoned 20-yr open-minded individual?

If your main interest is to be a historical participant of having the first African-American POTUS, you should then had chosen Colin Powell - a retired US Army general (like our former 34th President, Ike Eisenhower) and the first African-American US Secretary of State - as your presidential candidate ... not a first-term junior senator - WHITE or BLACK ... and I would have definitely voted for Colin Powell regardless of his political affiliation.

Come November 4, I urge you to vote intelligently ... if not, may God have mercy on our souls.

PS: God bless the USA and may our Warriors return Home safely.

Posted by: john_doe_washington_dc | October 30, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH AUDIO FOUND

OBAMA IS A DANGEROUS SOCIALIST

OBAMA WANTS YOUR MONEY FOR OTHER PEOPLE

Listen to an audio interview Obama gave in 2001 with Chicago Public Radio WBEZ.FM. Obama discusses the best way to bring about a redistribution of wealth, how the Warren Supreme Court interpreted the law and the fact that he thinks it wasn't terribly radical.


LISTEN TO OBAMA IN HIS OWN EVIL WORDS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivL4c_3pck

Posted by: sagereader | October 30, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Redistribution of Wealth

Today on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read "Vote Obama, I need the money."

Once in the restaurant my server had on a "Obama 08" tie, again I laughed as he had given away his political preference--just imagine the coincidence.

When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to the homeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight.

I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I've decided he could use the money more.

At the end of the day, I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn.

I guess Obama's redistribution of wealth is easy to swallow until it happens to you.
Posted by: sagereader | October 30, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse
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Then again you could have given $5.00 to both.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 30, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

EUROPEANS IGNORED GOP REPUBLICAN MCCAIN-BUSH CALL FOR HELP

Europeans believe that GOP REPUBLICANS McCain and Palin are war morons.

America, Europe and the World need healing through forward thinking Irish-American Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama.

Irish-American Barack Obama of Harvard Law will unite America, Europe and the World in friendship and cooperation.

America the Beautiful United as One America.
No more divisive GOP REPUBLICAN GOP OWNED MEDIA OF MISINFORMATION induced failures failures failures
No more black black black black black black black black
No more white white white white white white white white white
No more male male male male male male male male male male
No more female female female female female female female
No more Democratic Democratic Democratic Democratic Democratic
No more GOP REPUBLICAN GOP REPUBLICAN GOP REPUBLICAN GOP REPUBLICAN GOP REPUBLICAN

No more divisive WALL STREET Obscene Super-capitalistic greedy GOP OWNED MEDIA OF MISINFORMATION lies

No more Obscene Super-capitalistic sending American jobs overseas to GOP REPUBLICAN sweatshops

WE MUST STOP GOP REPUBLICAN DIVISIVE AND HATE MEDIA OF MISINFORMATION:

SUPER RACIST BILL MELTDOWN O’REILLY
SUPER RACIST NEWSMAX
SUPER RACIST O’REILLY FACTOR
SUPER RACIST FOX NEWS
SUPER RACIST SEAN HANNITY
SUPER RACIST GLEN BECK
SUPER RACIST TUCKER CARLSON
SUPER RACIST THE NEW YORKER


Europe and the World are watching our 2008 Presidential Election to see if we act in dignity and grace or revert back to our penal American colonial, cannibalistic and dumping grounds for old world criminals way.

The daughters of the American Revolution quoted these last words spoken by the judge to their criminal ancestors before boarding the ships,

“For your crimes against humanity you will hang on English gallows or take your chances in the New World American Penal Colonies.”

When the American Colonies were overpopulated with banished criminals (ancestors of the daughters of the American Revolution), the new group of banished criminals were sent to colonized Australia.

We will either unite as ONE United States of America World leader or come in second to the expanding European Union.


McBush and McCain Mission Accomplish.
GOP Republican Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire is saying Mission Accomplish to more failures. Perhaps America should dissolve the defunct GOP REPUBLICAN Party for decades of failures and ruins. The World would welcome such progress. Mission Accomplish.

Posted by: dwashington1 | October 30, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

"For months, Obama has been flooding the state with resources -- primarily on a massive television campaign that is costing the campaign more than $5 million a week. (Worth noting: Obama kept the ad spending up even when polling in September suggested it was having almost no impact. Perseverance sometimes pays off in politics.)"

I suppose I'll alienate 10 PUMA's but a football analogy comes to mind. When you've got a good running back and a good offensive line, the back's first 20 carries may net 20 yards. His second 20 carries may well net 120 yards. When you've got a battering ram, you don't quit using it when it doesn't break down the door after 20 tries.

Of course, you can only use this strategy when you're ahead.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 30, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Redistribution of Wealth

Today on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read "Vote Obama, I need the money."

Once in the restaurant my server had on a "Obama 08" tie, again I laughed as he had given away his political preference--just imagine the coincidence.

When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to the homeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight.

I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I've decided he could use the money more.

At the end of the day, I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn.

I guess Obama's redistribution of wealth is easy to swallow until it happens to you.

Posted by: sagereader | October 30, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA VERSUS MCCAIN

The Future versus The Past

Hope versus Fear

Unity versus Division

Love versus Hate

Humility versus Arrogance

Calm versus Rage

Core issues Versus Superficial ideas

Substantial versus Gimmicks

Organized campaign versus Shamble campaign

Middle Class Versus Top 5%

Educated versus Non Educated

Computer literate versus No Computer skills

21st Century skills versus 20th Century skills

and the list can go on.....

Now as I am sane, objective, wanting
to decide who I will vote for, I wonder who will tick the box for me!

Surprise Surprise since I am Middle class definitely Obama

I am sure those that belong to the top 5% of the nation and feel close to Neoconism philosophy will be voting for McCain!

OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4egXbhSOhk

Posted by: WVUWEIRTON | October 30, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

WHY DID OBAMA GET OVER $100 THOUSAND FROM FANNIE MAE???

OBAMA GAVE A PAYBACK TO FANNIE MAE

Back in 2004, when the Republicans controlled the House, they tried to have a hearing on the threat that the financial mismanagement of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac presented to the U.S. economy. Here’s the video evidence of the Democrats blocking efforts to hold officials accountable. This problem did not get the publicity it deserved in the liberal media, such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. This incredible Congressional video shows Republicans in Congress trying to regulate better Fannie Mae and how the Democrats fought that tooth and nail, even referring to criticism of former chairman Raines as a "lynching".

LOOK AT THE ACTUAL VIDEO:
http://www.classicalvalues.com/archives/2008/09/it_wasnt_broke.html
Posted by: sagereader | October 30, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse
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Who knows, if there was anything to what you say Mccain would tattoo it on Palins chest and have on stage topless. Forget all this side issue stuff no one cares. People will do what they do on the weekend and vote on Tuesday. They aren't thinking about this any more, they have made up their minds. On blogs like this we are political junkies and think about this stuff all day. The general public, like 99.9% don't. They will just go vote and I suspect it will be overwhelmingly for Obama. What a lot of people forget when watching polls is, 6 points is a landslide. 6 points in this election will be around 9 million votes.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 30, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Enjoy the comedy as Roger Ailes, Rush Limbaugh, drug addict, and the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth try to distance the Republican Party from George W. Bush.

The Democratic Party is doing a good job of pasting McCain's head next to Bush's, repeat for Elizabeth Dole and Mitch McConnell.

As a Republican who did not vote for George W Bush either time, I plan to savor these last days.

Posted by: kevten | October 30, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats have to be careful in Florida if the right sends Karl Rove there,because you just know ballots will start disappearing quickly. It would be a good decision to find out the wear abouts of ex Governor Jeb Bush,just for security reasons.

Posted by: shipfreakbo214 | October 30, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA VERSUS MCCAIN

The Future versus The Past

Hope versus Fear

Unity versus Division

Love versus Hate

Humility versus Arrogance

Calm versus Rage

Core issues Versus Superficial ideas

Substantial versus Gimmicks

Organized campaign versus Shamble campaign

Middle Class Versus Top 5%

Educated versus Non Educated

Computer literate versus No Computer skills

21st Century skills versus 20th Century skills

and the list can go on.....

Now as I am sane, objective, wanting
to decide who I will vote for, I wonder who will tick the box for me!

Surprise Surprise since I am Middle class definitely Obama

I am sure those that belong to the top 5% of the nation and feel close to Neoconism philosophy will be voting for McCain!

OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4egXbhSOhk

Posted by: WVUWEIRTON | October 30, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

BOTTOM LINE: NO TAX CUT BY OBAMA

OBAMA's PLAN MAKES ALL AMERICANS PAY HIGHER TAXES

Obama is not being truthful when he says only Americans earning $250,000 will get a tax increase.

Senator Obama plans to let the current 2007 rates lapse. The rates under Obama will return to the higher 2000 level. Senator Obama claims that letting a tax cut lapse is not a "tax increase."

But requiring Americans to pay more taxes than in 2007 amounts to a TAX INCREASE.

For a married family, filing jointly and earning $75,000 a year, this INCREASE will be $3,074.

For a married family, filing jointly and earning $50,000, this INCREASE will be $1,512.

Even struggling American families making just $25,000 a year will see a tax INCREASE-- they'll pay $715 more in 2010 than they did in 2007.

Across the board, ALL WORKING AMERICANS WILL SEE SIGNIFICANT INCREASES in their taxes with Obama's plans.


http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/senator_obamas_four_tax_increa.html

Posted by: sagereader | October 30, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

This nation is on the verge of something historic - the election of a smart capable black man as President of the United States. If is fair to say the entire world is watching. It is also fair to say the vast majority is rooting for a Republican defeat. If you don’t believe me you clearly don’t read anything.

How did we get to this place and time? How did a freshman Senator inspire millions of voters to finance his unlikely campaign? Why is he leading in the polls? How did this happen?

Well, I’ll tell you how it happened for me.

I was one of those who had doubts about the Iraq war. I did not believe that Iraq was an imminent threat to the United States. Not that Saddam was a good guy ( he wasn’t) however there are lots of bad guys in the world who are not an imminent threat to us whom we don’t attack. We were already flying over his country everyday. There was a tight embargo. Unless he had nuclear weapons how big a threat could he be?

The Administration then lied to us about Saddam and his weaponry.. Further, it sent out a duped Colin Powell to convince us. Bush knew we would believe Colin. So the United States of America, beacon of liberty, attacked a third world country, destroyed its hapless military, made rubble of its infrastructure and occupied it.

Later the lies came out. There were no dangerous weapons. Just fudged intelligence.

The Dems swept into control of Congress in 2006. Bush’s veto could override a 51-49 majority in the Senate so the war went on. Notwithstanding every indication that the majority of Americans didn’t want this war to continue, it went on anyway with no end date. I watched the war go on. I watched as we tortured prisoners, suspended Habeas Corpus and shredded the Constitution. I watched as Bush politicized the Justice Department and placed incompetent political hacks in high office.


So here we are. Tens of millions of us have made this journey starting a different places for different reasons; a journey which began with a distaste and disgust with Bush to a point where we may take our country back. Tens of millions have worked hard, made whatever donations we could afford and are already voting in many states.

The whole world is rooting for us to succeed. The whole world needs an America they can look up to again.

MAKE SURE YOU VOTE!

:-)


Posted by: toritto | October 30, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

WHY DID OBAMA GET OVER $100 THOUSAND FROM FANNIE MAE???

OBAMA GAVE A PAYBACK TO FANNIE MAE

Back in 2004, when the Republicans controlled the House, they tried to have a hearing on the threat that the financial mismanagement of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac presented to the U.S. economy. Here’s the video evidence of the Democrats blocking efforts to hold officials accountable. This problem did not get the publicity it deserved in the liberal media, such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. This incredible Congressional video shows Republicans in Congress trying to regulate better Fannie Mae and how the Democrats fought that tooth and nail, even referring to criticism of former chairman Raines as a "lynching".

LOOK AT THE ACTUAL VIDEO:
http://www.classicalvalues.com/archives/2008/09/it_wasnt_broke.html

Posted by: sagereader | October 30, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA CHOSE BIDEN the ILLITERATE

I enjoy the smug attempts of liberals to appear superior. Just a normal defensive reaction to having Joe Biden on the losing ticket.

Joe Biden says JOBS is a 3 letter word . . . . Watch it and laugh

Go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq-eeWow_WU

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 30, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

The election is over!

Check out the Geo. Mason early voting site. http://elections.gmu.edu/early_vote_2008.html

Go to Florida. Over 33% of the vote is in, giving a statistical sample that should hold to within a percentage point. The key is how they break down who’s voted.

The scoop being that we can already tell that Obama is going to win Florida by at least 52-48. The numbers simply don’t lie. It’s a new phenom this early vote ting, and big media has not picked up that…..it’s over! Hip hip for Obama!@

Now….get out there and vote hard., and often, always for Obama. Don’t stop going nutso for him til Tuesday, at 8:30, when the real party begins. As Tito the Builder said….’I can smell it!‘

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 30, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Good article,Chris.Being from Indiana,though,I like the thought of seeing a Democrat win Indiana.I mean,c'mon...INDIANA!

Posted by: klowry57 | October 30, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I live in FL and I'm wondering.... where are the Obama signs and bumper stickers? I'm sure not seeing any. Yet there are plenty for McCain/Palin!

Posted by: floridarez | October 30, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse
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You probably live in a backwater redneck town.

Posted by: vmunikoti | October 30, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

McCAIN’S VOTES ON VETS ISSUES

Vets check out John McCain’s REAL voting record on veteran issues…

Talk is cheap…ACTIONS COUNT!!!

http://www.vetvoice.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=1973

Posted by: WVUWEIRTON | October 30, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Chris, I believe that there are a few hubs of the culture of corruption in this country and Florida is one of them. People must forget pretty quickly that WP did a series of articles exposing the corruption enabled through Abramoff to the State of Florida and the murder of the former owner of Suncruz lines in the Sunshine State.

Ohio and another convicted felon, Ney, comes to mind. I am actually in agreement with McCain and Palin that Stevens ought to surrender his power being himself another immediate symbol of the culture of corruption.

Of course, Washington, D.C. is the Heart of Darkness to me, the horror, the horror. And so, generally I think that the majority of Americans are good people and that they will do the right thing.

At one time, the Bush Administration urged political solutions to Legal problems. FBI is investigating Wall Street. Just because an executive takes a golden parachute and resigns does not mean that that executive is above the law. God knows we have been through this with Enron in the past.

Point is, who will restore trust and confidence in modern government ? Will the people themselves through the power of the vote restore democracy itself ? Will the People uphold the Constitution when signing statements through assumed executive power tried to bypass several other branches of the Federal government ? I am sure more will be revealed.

Or, why are republican conservatives showing so much fear right now ? Do they have something to hide ? Maybe they have many things to hide.

Doing the Will of the people is at times a thankless and difficult task. And yet representatives sent to Washington, D.C. are expected to represent the people. Yes, the people are coming, the people are coming, I only ask, what took you so long ?

Posted by: truthhurts | October 30, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Grace is no Democrat. We dont want her, or need her.

I bet my friend three beers Obama wins. hes from Florida and says no way.

Posted by: ORLaw | October 30, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Chris, I believe that there are a few hubs of the culture of corruption in this country and Florida is one of them. People must forget pretty quickly that WP did a series of articles exposing the corruption enabled through Abramoff to the State of Florida and the murder of the former owner of Suncruz lines in the Sunshine State.

Ohio and another convicted felon, Ney, comes to mind. I am actually in agreement with McCain and Palin that Stevens ought to surrender his power being himself another immediate symbol of the culture of corruption.

Of course, Washington, D.C. is the Heart of Darkness to me, the horror, the horror. And so, generally I think that the majority of Americans are good people and that they will do the right thing.

At one time, the Bush Administration urged political solutions to Legal problems. FBI is investigating Wall Street. Just because an executive takes a golden parachute and resigns does not mean that that executive is above the law. God knows we have been through this with Enron in the past.

Point is, who will restore trust and confidence in modern government ? Will the people themselves through the power of the vote restore democracy itself ? Will the People uphold the Constitution when signing statements through assumed executive power tried to bypass several other branches of the Federal government ? I am sure more will be revealed.

Or, why are republican conservatives showing so much fear right now ? Do they have something to hide ? Maybe they have many things to hide.

Doing the Will of the people is at times a thankless and difficult task. And yet representatives sent to Washington, D.C. are expected to represent the people. Yes, the people are coming, the people are coming, I only ask, what took you so long ?

Posted by: truthhurts | October 30, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

If you don't think power corrupts take a good look at John McCain. He is physically addicted to it. Most men his age would be satisfied with a 26 year career in the senate. But no, not "that one".
He wants power so badly that getting it justifies any and all means to that end.
McCain dodders around telling whatever lies they give him to mouth, no matter how foul. He spouts fear, incites ethnic and racial hatred at every opportunity. No matter that people are worried and fearful enough that they will be unable to pay their bills and feed their family.
McCain offers no real help to these people.
His concern is for the people who have corrupted him, Oil company executives, Banking and Insurance company C.E.O.s and now Military Arms Manufacturers.
"power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely"
Don't let "That One" get absolute power.

Posted by: seems2me | October 30, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

If you are a Veteran, then Barack Obama is the candidate that the DAV and VFW rate higher then John McCain. I know you don't believe that but look at the facts.

BTW have you looked at Senator McCain's record when it comes to veterans?

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America released its annual congressional scorecard. Senators Obama and Biden received a "B" rating. For the second year in a row, John McCain got a "D" rating, placing him solidly in the lowest 10% of Senators nationwide.

SOURCE: http://www.veteranreportcard.org/reportcard.pdf

How about the DAV - Disabled American Veterans

McCain doesn’t have a perfect score with DAV (Disabled American Veterans), a group of 1.3 million disabled veterans that supports more funding for veterans health care. McCain has a 20 percent record of voting the way DAV would like him to in 2006. The group is nonpartisan, but its 100 percent rankings disproportionately go to Democrats: 207 Democrats in Congress and only 13 Republicans received scores of 100 percent in 2006.

. . . . . . and what republicans are saying when they endorse Obama!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081023/ts_alt_afp/usvoterepublicanpalin;_ylt=AjIb3taJk5YFWF2U8_8ZriOb.HQA

Ken Adelman, a Republican hawk who served in top diplomatic and defense posts for presidents Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, told the New Yorker magazine that Palin's choice for vice president made him switch sides and he is now supporting Obama for president.

Former secretary of state Colin Powell, a Republican and military general who has also served as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, on Sunday endorsed Obama and said of Palin: "I don't believe she is ready to be president of the United States, which is the job of the vice president."

And one of former president George H.W. Bush's speechwriters, Christopher Buckley, a prominent conservative, announced this month he was abandoning support for McCain for many reasons, including "the Palin nomination. What on earth can he have been thinking?"


Go Florida! Vote for Obama!

Veterans for Obama!

Obama/Biden '08 '12

Posted by: seakayaker | October 30, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

John McCain contributed money to this Khalida, so I would have to call it a draw.

Posted by: seems2me | October 30, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Chris, I believe that there are a few hubs of the culture of corruption in this country and Florida is one of them. People must forget pretty quickly that WP did a series of articles exposing the corruption enabled through Abramoff to the State of Florida and the murder of the former owner of Suncruz lines in the Sunshine State.

Ohio and another convicted felon, Ney, comes to mind. I am actually in agreement with McCain and Palin that Stevens ought to surrender his power being himself another immediate symbol of the culture of corruption.

Of course, Washington, D.C. is the Heart of Darkness to me, the horror, the horror. And so, generally I think that the majority of Americans are good people and that they will do the right thing.

At one time, the Bush Administration urged political solutions to Legal problems. FBI is investigating Wall Street. Just because an executive takes a golden parachute and resigns does not mean that that executive is above the law. God knows we have been through this with Enron in the past.

Point is, who will restore trust and confidence in modern government ? Will the people themselves through the power of the vote restore democracy itself ? Will the People uphold the Constitution when signing statements through assumed executive power tried to bypass several other branches of the Federal government ? I am sure more will be revealed.

Or, why are republican conservatives showing so much fear right now ? Do they have something to hide ? Maybe they have many things to hide.

Doing the Will of the people is at times a thankless and difficult task. And yet representatives sent to Washington, D.C. are expected to represent the people. Yes, the people are coming, the people are coming, I only ask, what took you so long ?

Posted by: truthhurts | October 30, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I live in Florida and don't see Obama winning this state. Too many rednecks who think like the wacko Republicans who post here.

Posted by: Simon2 | October 30, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Did John McCain contribute money to the Palestinian in question?

Posted by: seems2me | October 30, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

"Vote early and vote often!" - Karl Rove

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | October 30, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

American's rarely have this oportunity.

The chance to make "The Man" take a Hike.

The hard pressed US Tax Payer after $150 oil and gas through the roof, economy down the hole, rising prices, the stupid Iraq war, after having their 401Ks and the pensions halved and then halved again. After no trickle down but plenty of corruption trillion dollar welfare for the wealthy and all that is not even half of it; those US taxyers and voters could perhaps be described as being "AS MAD AS HELL"

So you can perhaps see why they will be relishing the chance to tell McSame and all his commie GOP cronies to "GET A JOB!"

Posted by: walker1 | October 30, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

The voters deserve to have all the information in order to make their decision - somehow the LA Times is violating their trust.

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 30, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse
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It was a phony story.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 30, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Terrorism or Politics?

When Bill Clinton blew up an aspirin factory in Africa ten years ago just days after he testified before a grand jury in the Monica Lewinsky affair, everyone knew and no one disputed the reason.
He was throwing up a political smoke screen to try and divert attention from the circus.
Similarly, after the unprovoked attack on a Syrian village by Bush the cause is patently obvious. Bush would risk starting another war solely for the purpose of influencing the election for McCain.
McCain backed Bush in starting the Iraq war and now he has returned the favor.

Time for a change- dump Bush/McCain

Posted by: seems2me | October 30, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

WHERE IS THE OBAMA TAPE WITH TERRORIST KHALIDI? THE LA TIMES REFUSES TO RELEASE THE TAPES OF THEIR RECENT MEETING.

CALL L.A. TIMES AND THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE AND DEMAND THE TAPES.

WHY IS OBAMA ALLOWED TO HAVE SUCH A COVER UP WHEN HE BROUGHT UP MONICA LEWINSKY DURING THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY?

I AM A DEMOCRAT THAT WORKED HARD TO REGISTER DEMOCRATS TO VOTE.

NOW WE DEMAND THE OBAMA KHALIDI THE TERRORIST MEETING THAT WAS TAPED AND STORED AT THE L.A. TIMES.

ALL OF MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS HAVE VOTED FOR MCCAIN SINCE WE FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS OBAMA COVER UP. WE ARE ALL DEMS BUT WE BELIEVE IN FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

OBAMA IS VERY SCAREY.


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OBAMA SHOWED THAT DUMB INFOMERCIAL BEFORE THE TAMPA RAYS LOST THE WORLD SERIES. NOW WE ARE DOUBLY MAD AT HIM.

Posted by: gracedelvillar | October 30, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse
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You will not find a mention of it today by any news outlet. It has turned out to be a farce. Mccain brought it up last night on Larry King and they did a cut in with CNN fact check saying it is completely a false story basically calling Mccain a liar.
Sorry just another sighting of Elvis.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 30, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

The voters deserve to have all the information in order to make their decision - somehow the LA Times is violating their trust.

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 30, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

The voters deserve to have all the information in order to make their decision - somehow the LA Times is violating their trust.

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 30, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

WHERE IS THE OBAMA TAPE WITH TERRORIST KHALIDI? THE LA TIMES REFUSES TO RELEASE THE TAPES OF THEIR RECENT MEETING.

CALL L.A. TIMES AND THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE AND DEMAND THE TAPES.

WHY IS OBAMA ALLOWED TO HAVE SUCH A COVER UP WHEN HE BROUGHT UP MONICA LEWINSKY DURING THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY?

I AM A DEMOCRAT THAT WORKED HARD TO REGISTER DEMOCRATS TO VOTE.

NOW WE DEMAND THE OBAMA KHALIDI THE TERRORIST MEETING THAT WAS TAPED AND STORED AT THE L.A. TIMES.

ALL OF MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS HAVE VOTED FOR MCCAIN SINCE WE FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS OBAMA COVER UP. WE ARE ALL DEMS BUT WE BELIEVE IN FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

OBAMA IS VERY SCAREY.


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OBAMA SHOWED THAT DUMB INFOMERCIAL BEFORE THE TAMPA RAYS LOST THE WORLD SERIES. NOW WE ARE DOUBLY MAD AT HIM.

Posted by: gracedelvillar | October 30, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

If Obama's people can run a ground game like this, I feel very confident that the White House will be in very competent hands.

For a change.


Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | October 30, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I don't think it is fair to say Obama is looking to Florida for symbolic reasons anymore than it is fair to say a boxer would rather win on points instead of a knockout. McCain MUST have our electoral votes to have any chance. Yet it is a battleground made difficult for him because of the cost of our media markets. So, the Obama strategy makes perfect sense. Win -- win big -- by knockout! And get a clear mandate to govern. That explains the resource investment, the joint campaigning with Hillary and Bill, and the Gores. Nothing symbolic at all.

Posted by: optimyst | October 30, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

But with well over 200 full-time staffers in Florida — four times as many as McCain and the Republicans — and some 150,000 Florida volunteers registered online, Obama is building a Democratic campaign machine that could finally challenge the GOP's mastery of ground-game tactics.

Obama's brilliant strategy:

http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/10/obamas-secret-w.html

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 30, 2008 2:59 PM
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Seems to me the Obama campaign is Howard Dean's politics (unaopologetically Dem ala Paul Wellstone) plus his 50-state strategy, married to the organization of the Cook County machine and enabled with lots and lots of money, from people like me who are convinced we can't take another four years of Bush. That'll work every time.

Posted by: gbooksdc | October 30, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

My mistake; its only 21% of early FL poll respondents that are early voters, meaning we're down into the unreliably small segment-size section of the poll. So take that 49-45 score with a grain of salt.

On the flipside, among respondents who've not yet voted (79% of th sample, or just under 600 - a pretty good segment size), the breakouts are as follows:

Obama McCain
regist 52 40
likely 52 41
dems 93 6
indep 54 31
repubs 5 94
men 55 37
women 48 43

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 30, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

My mistake; its only 21% of early FL poll respondents that are early voters, meaning we're down into the unreliably small segment-size section of the poll. So take that 49-45 score with a grain of salt.

On the flipside, among respondents who've not yet voted (79% of th sample, or just under 600 - a pretty good segment size), the breakouts are as follows:

Obama McCain
regist 52 40
likely 52 41
dems 93 6
indep 54 31
repubs 5 94
men 55 37
women 48 43

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 30, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I was in Colorado last week and have watched Obama rise in the polls after his visit on Sunday by 2.5%. I expect FL to be leaning Obama by Saturday in the 3 day tracking polls.

Posted by: bradcpa | October 30, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

bsimon1:
zouk is parroting a Nat'l Review report of this LAT poll:

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Great minds think alike! We've ferreted out Zouky's source.

Or do you think Geraghty is loser enough to be posting as Zouk?

I have to do some research.

2 losers in one??

LOL.

Poor Zouky, Poor Geraghty.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 30, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

"I wonder how many ballots the average 0bama voter will cast?"

Um, you can't cast more than one...

Posted by: DDAWD | October 30, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICA'S ECONOMIC TROUBLES! McCain in April 08 declared that there had been "great progress economically" during the Bush years. On more than one occasion, he diagnosed Americans' concerns over the dismal U.S. economy as "psychological." (Phil Gramm, McCain's close friend and economic adviser supposedly excommunicated over his "whiners" remarks, is back with the McCain campaign full time again.) McCain, a man who owns eight homes nationwide, in March lectured Americans facing foreclosure that they ought to be "doing what is necessary -- working a second job, skipping a vacation, and managing their budgets -- to make their payments on time." And when all else fails, McCain told the people of the economically devastated regions in Martin County, Kentucky and Youngstown, Ohio, there's always eBay. McCain doesn't understand our tanking economy because it doesn't affect him.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FD_M2BEl64

The $100 Million Man
Courtesy of his wife Cindy's beer distribution fortune (one her late father apparently chose not to share with her half-sister Kathleen), the McCains are worth well over $100 million. (In the two-page tax summary she eventually released to the public, Cindy McCain reported another $6 million in 2006.) As Salon reported back in 2000, the second Mrs. McCain's millions were essential in launching her husband's political career. Unsurprisingly, the Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti, who four years ago called Theresa Heinz-Kerry a "sugar mommy," has been silent on the topic of Cindy McCain.

The Joys of (Eight) Home Ownership
While fellow adulterer John Edwards was pilloried for his mansion, John McCain's eight homes around the country have received little notice or criticism. His properties include a 10 acre lake-side Sedona estate, euphemistically called a "cabin" by the McCain campaign, and a home featured in Architectural Digest. The one featuring "remote control window coverings" was recently put up for sale. Still, their formidable resources did not prevent the McCains from failing to pay taxes on a tony La Jolla, California condo used by Cindy's aged aunt.

The Anheuser-Busch Windfall
While John McCain played a critical role in facilitating DHL's takeover of Airborne (and with it, the looming loss of 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio), Cindy McCain is set to earn a staggering multi-million dollar pay-day from the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by the Belgian beverage giant, In Bev. As the Wall Street Journal reported in July, Mrs. McCain runs the third largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the nation, and owns between $2.5 and $5 million in the company's stock.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ek3jAkx9m10
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 30, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

What is it about Republican politicians that they cannot pronounce words in plain English correctly?

We have had to endure eight years of Bush mispronouncing nuclear as "nu-cul-er" and now Palin is doing the same thing. Palin is also among those Republicans incapabale of getting the name of the Democratic Party correctly---it's the Democratic Party not the Democrat Party. If one wants to say the Party of Democrats that would be correct, but the Palin formulation is another example of Republicans showing their stupidity.

Now we also have McCain who cannot even correctly pronounce the name of our nation's capital correctly, constantly referring to it as "War-shington" rather than Washington. Makes you think he'd just be better off referring to it as D.C. as nearly everyone else does. Nobody who lives near D.C. refers to it as Washington. It's D.C.or "the District."

While this bumbling of pronunciations may not annoy some, it's got to grind on the senses of any educated human.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | October 30, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Still trying to figure out why gore and Kerry lost in pretty much the same fashion - a big surprise for the ignorant - aka Libs and journalists.

Posted by: king_of_zouk

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Or are you just waiting for the synapse-challenged Geraghty to tell you?

You might as well just post links to NRO rather than fobbing off all the nonsense you post as your own.

For the rest of you here, if you want to see where Zouky laps up all his info, just go to:

http://campaignspot.nationalreview.com/

I'm sure Geraghty would appreciate the traffic..gets lonely on those right-wing "Obama-is-a-communist" blogs.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 30, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

zouk is parroting a Nat'l Review report of this LAT poll:

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-na-poll29-2008oct29,0,1517809.story

"In Ohio, a state that has been battered for years by unemployment and plant closings, the Democrat is leading McCain, 49% to 40%, among people likely to vote. In Florida, a state that was considered a likely win for Republicans not long ago, McCain is trailing, 50% to 43%."

"Among poll respondents who already have voted in Ohio, Obama has a big lead: 57% to 35%. But McCain is slightly ahead in Florida among early-voting respondents, 49% to 45%."


FL sample was 871, of which 45% said they were early voters, or about 400 folks in the segment. A segment that size will have a larger margin of error. Its unclear what the demographics are of the already-voted segment.

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 30, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

"one thing obama says about how he is better with money then mccain but if you look at the vast amount he is spending on his campaign there is only 4 to six points so thats says obama is a big spender mccain is spending wise obama is not"

Didn't the guy rent out a nightclub during the primaries?

Posted by: DDAWD | October 30, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

What is it about Republican politicians that they cannot pronounce words in plain English correctly?

We have had to endure eight years of Bush mispronouncing nuclear as "nu-cul-er" and now Palin is doing the same thing. Palin is also among those Republicans incapabale of getting the name of the Democratic Party correctly---it's the Democratic Party not the Democrat Party. If one wants to say the Party of Democrats that would be correct, but the Palin formulation is another example of Republicans showing their stupidity.

Now we also have McCain who cannot even correctly pronounce the name of our nation's capital correctly, constantly referring to it as "War-shington" rather than Washington. Makes you think he'd just be better off referring to it as D.C. as nearly everyone else does. Nobody who lives near D.C. refers to it as Washington. It's D.C.or "the District."

While this bumbling of pronunciations may not annoy some, it's got to grind on the senses of any educated human.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | October 30, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I live in FL and I'm wondering.... where are the Obama signs and bumper stickers? I'm sure not seeing any. Yet there are plenty for McCain/Palin!

Posted by: floridarez | October 30, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse


Tallahassee - Gov. Charlie Crist is taking heat from fellow Republicans for a last-minute decision to extend early voting in Florida, but any Democratic advantage might not be as overwhelming as conventional wisdom suggests. Democrats are beaming that their party is outperforming the Republicans in early voting, (Snip) A Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll gave McCain a 49-45 lead over Democrat Barack Obama among Floridians who have already voted.


Darn facts, always interfering with the Liberal utopia.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 30, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

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You just like to make stuff up?

Conducted Oct. 25-27, the Los Angeles Times poll gave Obama a 50-47 lead overall in Florida. Only a tiny fraction of the Florida respondents reported voting early. A Quinnipiac University poll, released Wednesday, showed early voters favoring Obama 58-34, another small sample with a potentially wide margin of error.
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Posted by: popasmoke | October 30, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Zouky poops:

I guess none of you moonbats saw the new poll that stated Mac is now more trusted on taxes and the economy??


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By a point.

Wowee.

Too bad it doesn't transfer to the electoral college total.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 30, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

A Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll gave McCain a 49-45 lead over Democrat Barack Obama among Floridians who have already voted.


Darn facts, always interfering with the Liberal utopia.

Looks like the PUMAs are coming out to NOT vote D. Maybe these are the same ones who voted for Hussain in the primaries??

Next week conspiracies will abound as Libs try to pick up the pieces of their failed run for glory with the rookie know-nothing. Of course it will be easy to lay it on racism but that still doesn't explain the Dems not voting for him. we know only Rs are racist.

It will remain a mystery because no Dem will admit what they did when they faced god in the booth and realized that the messiah was just too risky. Imagine electing a president who has zero knowledge of the military or foreign affairs while we are at war. you got to be a moron to even consider it. It seems not all Dems are that utterly stupid. they are the strong silent type. those of you on this blog probably don't know any.

Still trying to figure out why gore and Kerry lost in pretty much the same fashion - a big surprise for the ignorant - aka Libs and journalists.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 30, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Zouk poops:

A Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll gave McCain a 49-45 lead over Democrat Barack Obama among Floridians who have already voted.


Darn facts, always interfering with the Liberal utopia.

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Republicans always lead in early voting.

And your point is.....

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 30, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Chris - Thanks for honoring Tim Russert. I truly miss his post debate commentaries and his interviews on Meet the Press.

He was so excited about this years election and loving every moment of the campaigns. He was taken away much too soon.

If only he were still here, it would have made for a fascinating interview if Sarah were on Meet the Press - that is if the McCain camp would let her be interviewed by him.

Tim is irreplacable. There is no other person who has the depth of insight and the ability to interview people like he did. He had such a gregarious personality.

Meet the Press will never be the same.

Posted by: Nevadaandy | October 30, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

McSame should roll out Joe Lieberman to counter Al Gore. He can go get the fake plumber and call it "Joe the Plumber and Joe the Liar."

Posted by: bondjedi | October 30, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

one thing obama says about how he is better with money then mccain but if you look at the vast amount he is spending on his campaign there is only 4 to six points so thats says obama is a big spender mccain is spending wise obama is not


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Wrong again.

McCain has a history of going broke in his campaigns. No sense of economy whatsoever. No wonder, since he has lived either off his father's dime or his wife's.


Obama has not only kept to his budget, he has done it with the money he has raised from millions of citizens like myself. I'm thrilled he is spending it to win.

And the money in his bank account is money he earned writing two outstanding books.

McCain is as reckless with money as he is with his campaign.

Obama is as solid as a brick of gold.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 30, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Tallahassee - Gov. Charlie Crist is taking heat from fellow Republicans for a last-minute decision to extend early voting in Florida, but any Democratic advantage might not be as overwhelming as conventional wisdom suggests. Democrats are beaming that their party is outperforming the Republicans in early voting, (Snip) A Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll gave McCain a 49-45 lead over Democrat Barack Obama among Floridians who have already voted.


Darn facts, always interfering with the Liberal utopia.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 30, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama's intelligence - the man's a genius - shows in his ability to balance his confidence with realism. He takes none of us for granted, and by grace, he knows America is no abstraction. It's land and ALL its people born and naturalized.

Good riddance to our fearful leader who speaks only to groups selected for their obedience, cares only about his fellow rich, who's VeeP dismissed our concerns about their war and our dead and wounded with a cheerful "So?"

So, so long, GOP. Have fun in the wilderness!

Posted by: jhbyer | October 30, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

tbastian,

Let's also be truthful about the party of the "rich" It is the Democrats. The Hollywood Elite are all members. The extreme rich are all members.
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I respect the party of Lincoln. I'm sure there are many in the party with good intentions. Unfortunately it has been high jacked by private interest. My earlier comment was really about how waging war, oil profiteering and exporting our jobs to globally exploited workers do not mesh with true christian values. You can keep your guns and have sex with your sisters for all I care.... of course both parties are influenced...I just can't stomach the republican "high moral ground" self-righteous rhetoric. I liked Forrest Gump..at least he was earnest.

Posted by: StoptheSpin | October 30, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Chicago - Lobbyist-businessman William F. Cellini Sr. has been indicted on charges that accuse him of conspiring with convicted influence peddler Tony Rezko to extort money for an unnamed public official. Public Official A was identified at Rezko’s trial as Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and the circumstances of the two cases seem to overlap. But federal prosecutors on Thursday declined to say if Blagojevich is also the Public Official A in the new case.


Just another guy from the neighborhood. except he cosigned on Obamas house and absorbed about 300K of the price by overpaying for the adjacent vacant lot.

I wish I had neighbors like this. except that neighborhood looks to be halloween all year long, bombers, killers, extortionists and crooked pols.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 30, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Zouk - you show typical GOP tendancies. Make stuff up, put it forward as the truth, then defend it to the hilt.

Wake up and smell reality - Obama will take Florida, and he will be President. If you have REAL data that says otherwise, show us the links - oh and not just links to more of your GOP lies, links to unbiased sources please.

Posted by: Limey51 | October 30, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama's intelligence - the man's a genius - shows in his ability to balance his confidence with realism. He takes none of us for granted, and by grace, he knows America is no abstraction. It's land and ALL its people born and naturalized.

Good riddance to our fearful leader who speaks only to groups selected for their obedience, cares only about his fellow rich, who's VeeP dismissed our concerns about their war and our dead and wounded with a cheerful "So?"

So, so long, GOP. Have fun in the wilderness!

Posted by: jhbyer | October 30, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

tbastian,

Let's also be truthful about the party of the "rich" It is the Democrats. The Hollywood Elite are all members. The extreme rich are all members.
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I respect the party of Lincoln. I'm sure there are many in the party with good intentions. Unfortunately it has been high jacked by private interest. My earlier comment was really about how waging war, oil profiteering and exporting our jobs to globally exploited workers do not mesh with true christian values. You can keep your guns and have sex with your sisters for all I care.... of course both parties are influenced...I just can't stomach the republican "high moral ground" self-righteous rhetoric. I liked Forrest Gump..at least he was earnest.

Posted by: StoptheSpin | October 30, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I guess none of you moonbats saw the new poll that stated Mac is now more trusted on taxes and the economy??


Messiah is sinking. considering he hasn't said anything new since the 60s, surge is a failure, no war in Iraq, rich are mean, poor are noble, spread the wealth,I hardly know the guy-----yeah we get it commie. In fact, more and more voters seem to be getting it.

I remember all those enormous rallies for Mcgovern. he was expected to bring out the "youth" vote too. In the end it was just another loss in the long line of presidential misfortune for Libs.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 30, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Zouk - you show typical GOP tendancies. Make stuff up, put it forward as the truth, then defend it to the hilt.

Wake up and smell reality - Obama will take Florida, and he will be President. If you have REAL data that says otherwise, show us the links - oh and not just links to more of your GOP lies, links to unbiased sources please.

Posted by: Limey51 | October 30, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

If These Numbers Are Right, You Can Almost Call Nevada For McCain Now

Campaign Spot reader Laurence notes an interesting wrinkle in the post below about Nevada. The guy doing the exit poll of those who have already voted, with 7,147 responses, puts Obama ahead, 50 percent to 48 percent.

If Republicans were a lot more of the early voters, McCain would be nervous. If Democrats were a lot more of the early voters, Obama should be nervous. And if they were split even, a 50-48 Obama lead is in the neighborhood of what we would expect.

In Clark County, "through Sunday, 55 percent of early voters were Democrats, 29 percent Republicans."

"In Washoe County, 51 percent of the early voters through Sunday were Democrats, while 33 percent were Republicans."

Clark County, which includes Las Vegas and its surrounding area, has 68.7 percent of the registered voters in the state. Washoe County, which includes Reno, has 18.6 percent of the registered voters in the state.

In Clark County, Democrats hold a 46.3 percent to 32.3 percent edge in voter registration. In Washoe County, the split is 39.2 percent Democrat, 38.7 percent Republican.


With those numbers, you would expect Obama to be ahead by a much wider margin. Unless that poll of the early voters was way off — and this pollster managed to reach roughly one out of every 43 early voters; think about that when you see a poll of 1,000 designed to represent a national voting pool of 120-130 million voters! — a considerable number of Democrats and independents/unaffiliateds in Nevada are voting for McCain.

No pollster has had McCain ahead in Nevada since the end of September. So why is McCain so dramatically overperforming among early voters who are disproportionately Democrats?


Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 30, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse
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If you read the article that blog entry was actually taken from, you would find that was a survey done by a robocall. It is very likely an almost equal number of republicans and democrats were called producing that result, even though democrats out voted the republicans by a large number. With all due respect, the person who made the blog entry was probably someone like yourself.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 30, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many ballots the average 0bama voter will cast?

Those who think it will only be one are living on a different planet.

Posted by: NeverLeft | October 30, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a Freeloader!


$150,000 shopping sprees (at all the best "elitist" shops, no less), on the Republican National Committee tab.
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http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1008/14805.html
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$21,012 worth of free flights for her daughters, charged to the state.
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http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2008/articles/2008/10/22/alaska_paid_for_palin_daughters_to_travel/
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All this, when she already makes $125,000 a year as governor and pockets an extra $22,883 in energy extraction royalties.


Sarah Palin is a chisler supreme.


All of which makes the fact that she charged $16,951 in expenses charged to the state, including 312 per diem allowances for staying in her own home just that much more amazing.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/08/AR2008090803088.html
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A dual income family, with Sarah earning $125K. Free travel (even for the family), and now free clothes, hair and makeup. They can actually go out in her backyard and shoot a moose, keeping her family in free mooseburger for a year. And still she feels the need to cheat. Shoot that moose for free and still charge the state $60 per burger. And she claims she deserves every bit of it.


Now that's what I call a perverse sense of entitlement.


"Sounds like socialism to me," to borrow a phrase.


Just another fake "bootstrapper" Republican. What a shocker!


Meanwhile, we all have to endure the indignity of Palin turning the campaign for the Vice Presidency into some kind of FOX reality TV makeover show, where they take some ridiculously not-ready-for-prime-time pol and dress her up, push her out on the stage, and see if they can turn her into a VP in 10 weeks.


What the hell, right? It's just being second in line to the nuclear launch codes. No big thing. We could even do a whole co-promotional deal with moose sandwiches at Subway.


Thanks, Republicans. You sure do love our country n' stuff. I hope you enjoy your newly minted permanent 4th party gadfly status starting in Jan 09.
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 30, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

one thing obama says about how he is better with money then mccain but if you look at the vast amount he is spending on his campaign there is only 4 to six points so thats says obama is a big spender mccain is spending wise obama is not

Posted by: getsix1 | October 30, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

If the GOP suffers a crushing electoral college defeat next Tuesday it will be time for real Republicans to pick up the pieces.

The program should read:

1. We will defend the United States against all enemies.

2. We will be careful stewards of your money and control spending.

3. We will not tell you how to live your life.

4. All are welcome in our tent.

Marginalize the crackpots, neo-fascists, purposely ignorant, bigots and those waiting for the rapture - they will vote for you anyway. Cut your ties with the radio morons.

The American people will respond.

It is time for real Republicans to take their party back. The nation needs you

Posted by: toritto | October 30, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

If These Numbers Are Right, You Can Almost Call Nevada For McCain Now

Campaign Spot reader Laurence notes an interesting wrinkle in the post below about Nevada. The guy doing the exit poll of those who have already voted, with 7,147 responses, puts Obama ahead, 50 percent to 48 percent.

If Republicans were a lot more of the early voters, McCain would be nervous. If Democrats were a lot more of the early voters, Obama should be nervous. And if they were split even, a 50-48 Obama lead is in the neighborhood of what we would expect.

In Clark County, "through Sunday, 55 percent of early voters were Democrats, 29 percent Republicans."

"In Washoe County, 51 percent of the early voters through Sunday were Democrats, while 33 percent were Republicans."

Clark County, which includes Las Vegas and its surrounding area, has 68.7 percent of the registered voters in the state. Washoe County, which includes Reno, has 18.6 percent of the registered voters in the state.

In Clark County, Democrats hold a 46.3 percent to 32.3 percent edge in voter registration. In Washoe County, the split is 39.2 percent Democrat, 38.7 percent Republican.


With those numbers, you would expect Obama to be ahead by a much wider margin. Unless that poll of the early voters was way off — and this pollster managed to reach roughly one out of every 43 early voters; think about that when you see a poll of 1,000 designed to represent a national voting pool of 120-130 million voters! — a considerable number of Democrats and independents/unaffiliateds in Nevada are voting for McCain.

No pollster has had McCain ahead in Nevada since the end of September. So why is McCain so dramatically overperforming among early voters who are disproportionately Democrats?


Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 30, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

If the GOP suffers a crushing electoral college defeat next Tuesday it will be time for real Republicans to pick up the pieces.

The program should read:

1. We will defend the United States against all enemies.

2. We will be careful stewards of your money and control spending.

3. We will not tell you how to live your life.

4. All are welcome in our tent.

Marginalize the crackpots, neo-fascists, purposely ignorant, bigots and those waiting for the rapture - they will vote for you anyway. Cut your ties with the radio morons.

The American people will respond.

It is time for real Republicans to take their party back. The nation needs you

Posted by: toritto | October 30, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

If you want to play battling polls there is plenty of ammo for Mac:

allstate 10/23-27 Mac 44 Obambi 45

Reuters 10/23-26 Mac 47 Obambi 47

Stategic vision 10/20-22 Mac 48 Bambi 46

Ultimately I think the bias will reveal itself as it has so many times in the past. without an outstanding 5% lead, Obama will lose.

these polls are weighted to the surge in new voters. as you know, Obama refuses to acknowledge that surges work. If you beleive that he has fundamentally changed the game in politics, then surge away. If not, you are likely to be dissappointed in new voters and the vaunted but seldom appearing "youth" vote.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 30, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse
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What we are seeing so far is a lack of republicans at the polls. What are they waiting for? It is believed that as things get worse for Mccain they will just stay home and not bother with a losing cause. The Obama voters ate car pooling to the polls. There is a lopsided enthusiasm factor now. Mccain rallies are not even drawing much anymore even with Palin there. The bottom line is they have to vote. We know the Obama voters will vote, that is not even a question anymore.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 30, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

If These Numbers Are Right, You Can Almost Call Nevada For McCain Now

Campaign Spot reader Laurence notes an interesting wrinkle in the post below about Nevada. The guy doing the exit poll of those who have already voted, with 7,147 responses, puts Obama ahead, 50 percent to 48 percent.

If Republicans were a lot more of the early voters, McCain would be nervous. If Democrats were a lot more of the early voters, Obama should be nervous. And if they were split even, a 50-48 Obama lead is in the neighborhood of what we would expect.

In Clark County, "through Sunday, 55 percent of early voters were Democrats, 29 percent Republicans."

"In Washoe County, 51 percent of the early voters through Sunday were Democrats, while 33 percent were Republicans."

Clark County, which includes Las Vegas and its surrounding area, has 68.7 percent of the registered voters in the state. Washoe County, which includes Reno, has 18.6 percent of the registered voters in the state.

In Clark County, Democrats hold a 46.3 percent to 32.3 percent edge in voter registration. In Washoe County, the split is 39.2 percent Democrat, 38.7 percent Republican.


With those numbers, you would expect Obama to be ahead by a much wider margin. Unless that poll of the early voters was way off — and this pollster managed to reach roughly one out of every 43 early voters; think about that when you see a poll of 1,000 designed to represent a national voting pool of 120-130 million voters! — a considerable number of Democrats and independents/unaffiliateds in Nevada are voting for McCain.

No pollster has had McCain ahead in Nevada since the end of September. So why is McCain so dramatically overperforming among early voters who are disproportionately Democrats?


Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 30, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Some Interesting Numbers in the Early Voting in Nevada

Campaign Spot reader Mark noticed this story, and while I don't think this justifies a "McCain's gonna win Nevada! McCain's gonna win Nevada!" dance, I do find it interesting.

Exit polling of early voters conducted by a local political consultant suggests a close presidential contest in the Silver State: Democratic nominee Barack Obama had the votes of 50 percent who had voted, while Republican nominee John McCain had 48 percent of the early vote.

Sample size on that one is an impressive 7,147 responses. Keep in mind, in the RCP average, Obama is ahead by 7.4 percent.

Then there's this story on who's come out to vote so far in this state:


Analysts have predicted that new voters, young voters and Hispanic voters will turn out in record numbers in this election. But as Nevadans continue to flock to the polls, turnout among those three groups is lagging, at least in the early going.

While turnout statewide was nearly 25 percent through Sunday, it was just 20 percent among Hispanic voters, 14 percent among voters under 30 and 15 percent among those who didn't vote in the last three elections, according to an analysis of state early voting records through Sunday prepared by America Votes, an organization that works to mobilize voters.


Over at the Atlantic, Marc Ambinder assures us that if these demographics haven't turned out to vote, it's just because the Obama campaign wasn't really trying:

One Las Vegas newspaper noted that fewer young people and Hispanics were turning out early in Nevada than would be expected if Obama's demographic profile was mapping exactly to the early vote. A sign that the early vote is not trending in Obama's direction? Not really. Hispanics in Nevada have no history of voting early; neither do young voters; the Obama campaign's early vote efforts are focused on other slices of the electorate there. And the overall numbers point to a massive surge of sporadic Democratic voters.

Okay.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 30, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

The complete ignorance of some people is beyond belief. Obama yard signs have been available in FL for months..... no one has been beaten for having a yard sign.. as you know the media would have enjoyed reporting on that too much.

Let's also be truthful about the party of the "rich" It is the Democrats. The Hollywood Elite are all members. The extreme rich are all members. We GOP people.. we are just clinging to our guns and religion.... I guess as we hang out in our shack, use the outhouse and have sexual relations with our sisters... We are all racist KKK members who hate everyone and have an IQ lower than Forrest Gump.

Let's be real.The only ones spouting all the hate and fear this year are the DEM bloggers.

Posted by: tbastian | October 30, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse
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The only sign available have been on line then naturally signs people make themselves, the local offices have had none till just the last two weeks. Yes an Obama worker was beaten just doing door knocking only a few days ago. And yes in Miami Obama supporters had to have police step in as they were threatened by Mccain supporters only yesterday. It is interesting them more you write the more hate comes out.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 30, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

If you want to play battling polls there is plenty of ammo for Mac:

allstate 10/23-27 Mac 44 Obambi 45

Reuters 10/23-26 Mac 47 Obambi 47

Stategic vision 10/20-22 Mac 48 Bambi 46

Ultimately I think the bias will reveal itself as it has so many times in the past. without an outstanding 5% lead, Obama will lose.

these polls are weighted to the surge in new voters. as you know, Obama refuses to acknowledge that surges work. If you beleive that he has fundamentally changed the game in politics, then surge away. If not, you are likely to be dissappointed in new voters and the vaunted but seldom appearing "youth" vote.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 30, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

In a twisted sort of way I almost want McCain to win this election because four more years worth of failed Bush/McCain policies would for all intents and purposes be the end of the Republican party as we know it today. They would become the 4th party gadflies that they deserve to be.


The only question is, would this country survive it?


You people out there who live in economic downtrodden states like Ohio, Pa and Virgina etc, if you are stupid enough to vote for McCain you will deserve every single bit of economic hardship that a McCain presidency will give you.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxT0s_I5WtA
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 30, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain has a HUGE office about 3 miles from my house. Obama has one too. So they both are going after FL. Obama may get some of South FL and SW But, Central, North, and NW (especially ) are all solid MCCain.

Posted by: tbastian | October 30, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse
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I just looked it up and there are about 15 offices now in Florida most opened in the last month or so. There had been none a short while back. Obama has over 150 and thousands of workers. There have been offices here since the primaries and very dependable volunteers.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 30, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The biggest presidential liar is the bastion of conservatism Ronald Reagan. He claims family values, but he is divorced. Failed. He claims to have family values, but had not seen his grandkids when he signed the law for grandparents day. Fail. He lied about hostages, Iran-Contra. Out of control spending and not balancing budgets. Fail. He is the biggest liar. If Obama has done anything and I think he is great he has only followed the liar's playbook. Nancy should have been nicer to Cindy Mac. They are both second wives who stole other womens husbands because they have the morals of alleycats.

Posted by: dganderson13 | October 30, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

"I have to be honest, I don't know if Mccain even has an office in Florida. Obama has like 3000 workers on the ground in Florida and more coming in this weekend., Mccain has to the best of my knowledge, none."

McCain has run a pretty lousy campaign, but I can't imagine that he is THAT inept. He must have offices there. Now whether he can get volunteers to fill those offices, that's different.

I was wanting to come to Florida over the weekend, but I've got to prepare a lecture for a class I'm teaching on Monday. Oh well, maybe in 2012 I can do something cool like that. I'm a little torn between internet phonebanking to Florida or actual phonebanking in my very red state. I do think it would be cool if I could be a part of turning my state blue.

Also, has anyone noticed that Arizona is now at a +5.2 for McCain on RCP? Dangerously close to tossup status.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 30, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Tbastian, do you seriously think you can gauge support by the number of yard signs each campaign chose to invest in? Or the number in your particular city/neighborhood? Or the opinions of people within your circle?

You're extrapolating that to millions?

And the comment that because McCain has a huge office near your house, so therefore, he has an equal or superior ground game in that vast state . . .

I think that speaks for itself.

Posted by: DaveCullen1 | October 30, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

The question remaining is -- Will Obama win 49 states in 2012 to equal Dutch's 1984 haul?

Posted by: sw7104 | October 30, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

The complete ignorance of some people is beyond belief. Obama yard signs have been available in FL for months..... no one has been beaten for having a yard sign.. as you know the media would have enjoyed reporting on that too much.

Let's also be truthful about the party of the "rich" It is the Democrats. The Hollywood Elite are all members. The extreme rich are all members. We GOP people.. we are just clinging to our guns and religion.... I guess as we hang out in our shack, use the outhouse and have sexual relations with our sisters... We are all racist KKK members who hate everyone and have an IQ lower than Forrest Gump.

Let's be real.The only ones spouting all the hate and fear this year are the DEM bloggers.

Posted by: tbastian | October 30, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

"During that time American culture and politics have become familiar to them, and they say that if they could, they would vote for Republican candidate John McCain in next week's US presidential election."

Good enough for me. zook's unsourced anecdotes are as good as gold.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 30, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of empty McCain offices in Florida...get a load of this charming outpost and their inspiring message...

http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/broward/blog/2008/10/incendiary_sign_in_mccain_offi.html
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aaand...the latest Florida poll info from Miami Herald:

TALLAHASSEE -- Barack Obama has opened up a 49-42 percent lead over John McCain in Florida, according to a new Miami Herald poll showing the Democrat earns high marks on the economy and is drawing significant support from the swing voters who decide elections in the nation's largest swing state.

Boosting Obama: independent voters, who back him over McCain by a 57-22 percent margin -- a 38-point shift toward the Democrat since the last poll in September. Both were conducted for The Miami Herald, St. Petersburg Times and Bay News 9 by SEA Polling and Strategic Design and The Polling Co.

The poll shows multiple hurdles are in McCain's way:

• He is losing in Southwest Florida, a once-reliable Republican base. And he's ahead in only one region: conservative North Florida, by 7 percentage points.

• Obama has tied McCain among voters over 65 years old. They backed McCain by seven more percentage points than Obama in last month's poll, which was taken just as news of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy precipitated the economic crisis.

• Only 35 percent of Floridians polled say McCain demonstrated more leadership during the crisis and has a better plan to fix it. Compare that to the 45 percent who say Obama demonstrated better leadership and almost half of all voters who say Obama has a better economic plan.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 30, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Tbastian, do you seriously think you can gauge support by the number of yard signs each campaign chose to invest in? Or the number in your particular city/neighborhood? Or the opinions of people within your circle?

You're extrapolating that to millions?

And the comment that because McCain has a huge office near your house, so therefore, he has an equal or superior ground game in that vast state . . .

I think that speaks for itself.

Posted by: DaveCullen1 | October 30, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

The complete ignorance of some people is beyond belief. Obama yard signs have been available in FL for months..... no one has been beaten for having a yard sign.. as you know the media would have enjoyed reporting on that too much.

Let's also be truthful about the party of the "rich" It is the Democrats. The Hollywood Elite are all members. The extreme rich are all members. We GOP people.. we are just clinging to our guns and religion.... I guess as we hang out in our shack, use the outhouse and have sexual relations with our sisters... We are all racist KKK members who hate everyone and have an IQ lower than Forrest Gump.

Let's be real.The only ones spouting all the hate and fear this year are the DEM bloggers.

Posted by: tbastian | October 30, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

"During that time American culture and politics have become familiar to them, and they say that if they could, they would vote for Republican candidate John McCain in next week's US presidential election."

Good enough for me. zook's unsourced anecdotes are as good as gold.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 30, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

tbastian says
"You can believe the TV but take it from someone who lives here."

What if I know some people who live there & say that Obama will win - they cite the campaign even turnout and GOTV efforts as well as the polls.

What's a non-floridian to do?

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 30, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

tbastian says
"You can believe the TV but take it from someone who lives here."

What if I know some people who live there & say that Obama will win - they cite the campaign even turnout and GOTV efforts as well as the polls.

What's a non-floridian to do?

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 30, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Very latest Gallup poll:

Obama 51, McCain 44 (Gallup-10/27-29)

Lessee..that's 7-up. Right Zouky?

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 30, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

John McCain Gets Stood Up By Joe The Plumber!


Now this is hilarious!!!


McCain calls on Joe The Pretend Plumber to stand up and be recognized...but Joe's nowhere to be found, and it confuses the hell out of McCain.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2cf0KXLl-E
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Phoney Joe must have been trying to get a record deal or something...


Two-thirds of McCain's "crowd" were bused in school students:


A local school district official confirmed after the event that of the 6,000 people estimated by the fire marshal to be in attendance this morning, more than 4,000 were bused in from schools in the area. The entire 2,500-student Defiance School District was in attendance, the official said, in addition to at least three other schools from neighboring districts, one of which sent 14 buses.
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http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/10/30/1616435.aspx
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HAHAHA!!!
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 30, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

After Tim died I stopped watchng "Meet The Press" as he was the only Sunday political show host and/or the only MSM journalist that I respected period! No one has yet risen to his level of integrity or fairness in interviews with the Washington insiders or elitists. He stood alone. I was very sadden with the lost of his free spirit.

Posted by: Stoney13 | October 30, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

You still don't get it.. you're NOT FROM FL and unless you are here and really know what is happening you are lost. McCain has the support of a majority of FL. You can believe the TV but take it from someone who lives here.

If it were not true I'd tell you. I used to live in VA and from the reports I hear from friends it is accurate that Obama will most likely take VA. Sad but still true

Posted by: tbastian | October 30, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse
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At best it will be a close vote but Mccain has no unusual advantage. Obama is up in Florida and the jewish vote is now favoring Obama by 75% and Hispanic support is over the top. From what I see Obama will win Florida.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 30, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain has a HUGE office about 3 miles from my house. Obama has one too. So they both are going after FL. Obama may get some of South FL and SW But, Central, North, and NW (especially ) are all solid MCCain.

Posted by: tbastian | October 30, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

So, yes Florida is important but get the story straight. McCain has the advantage on the ground here.

Posted by: tbastian |

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ROTFLMAO!

"But with well over 200 full-time staffers in Florida — four times as many as McCain and the Republicans — and some 150,000 Florida volunteers registered online, Obama is building a Democratic campaign machine that could finally challenge the GOP's mastery of ground-game tactics."

And that was in August!

Obama is going to win because he has the best ground game ever in American political history.

McCain has sat in his bus rubbing his lucky charms and pinning his hopes on Palin and the Plumber. He's lazy and superstitious. Ain't going to work this time.


But with well over 200 full-time staffers in Florida — four times as many as McCain and the Republicans — and some 150,000 Florida volunteers registered online, Obama is building a Democratic campaign machine that could finally challenge the GOP's mastery of ground-game tactics.

Obama's brilliant strategy:

http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/10/obamas-secret-w.html

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 30, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

McCain has alot to be worried about because now even Huckabee Hearts Obama?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YADwYU-phpI


See the latest Lies the GOP is trying to spread about Obama http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 30, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Popasmoke,

When the top 10% of the country controls 80% of the wealth, ( http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html ) and your party represents the priviledged, you don't exactly want to empower the population to vote. In fact, you benefit from a divided country, which is why McCain is running the type of campaign we have seen.

Simply nurture hate, religious intolerance, ignorance and such to keep us distracted long enough on minor issues to let them stay in power. For the most part, the ideology of the Republican party is fractured, the inconsistencies in the beliefs between party factions ( the evangelicals, the conservatives, the military industrial machine, wall street, rural communities, and Reagan republicans ) are too stark to ignore. Quite frankly, if it were not for welfare and abortion I believe half the party would consider themselves independents or democrats.

They steal and lie, steal and lie, steal and lie then the aristocracy (those who spend more on lunch in a week that most working families spend on food for a month) have the audacity to complain about "spreading the wealth" and "higher taxes".

I hope that when this is all said and done, Americans examine this campaign season and see it as a wake up call.


Posted by: StoptheSpin | October 30, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

You still don't get it.. you're NOT FROM FL and unless you are here and really know what is happening you are lost. McCain has the support of a majority of FL. You can believe the TV but take it from someone who lives here.

If it were not true I'd tell you. I used to live in VA and from the reports I hear from friends it is accurate that Obama will most likely take VA. Sad but still true

Posted by: tbastian | October 30, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

"So, yes Florida is important but get the story straight. McCain has the advantage on the ground here."

To quote my favorite television pundit, "Bull."

Obama's ground game is far superior to McCain's. It isn't even close.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 30, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse
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I have to be honest, I don't know if Mccain even has an office in Florida. Obama has like 3000 workers on the ground in Florida and more coming in this weekend., Mccain has to the best of my knowledge, none.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 30, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

"Actually yard signs have not been made available in Florida. Just in the last two weeks a few have been made available in the offices. I believe it has been thought they didn't want any kind stories of vandalism or any kind of problems, broken windows and so on. You will not even see many bumper stickers."

It's mainly because signs and stickers are meaningless in a Presidential campaign. Everyone knows who Obama is. People don't need to be made aware of his existence. The staffers are working to their limits organizing volunteers, setting up phone banks, drawing up canvasses, getting out the vote. When you've got your attention on these things, signs and stickers fall to the very back of the line of things to do.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 30, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I want Obama to win especially in red states mostly to set politics and our stagnant thinking on a new course. That is truly transformation; un-sticking the stuckness of our way and our thinking...

We can all learn from history but we also have a hand in changing history, eh? and change it for the better, Obama will do finally.

I think it is time, all of us, media, voters, all of us, get a shake up, for we seem to persist in the past, past paradigms of predictability and seem frozen in archetype mind sets that prevents us, prevents this country, from moving on to bigger and better things; reaching greater heights which we drastically need to do. We need to shake up our mental models that keep us boxed in and loyal to a fault into the past to form today's thinking...

enough is enough.

Time to lay new track and that comes with transforming the same ole, same ole, and challenge the old models we make institutions; and then call it gospel and live it out forever.

Challenge the thinking of society is leadership and Obama is a new world leader, thank the dear Lord; he will demonstrate our similarities in winning red states, as oppose to proving our differences. That is what bi-partisanship truly is and would look like...

Thus he should take all the red states he can and may just to shake up points of view and allow us to view the world anew; through a differenct scope. That's the intrinsic Obama game plan...And So, I say...Go Red Obama! Keep going Obama!
LL, Independent, Florida

Posted by: llafair1 | October 30, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Baghdad - For five years Ali and Mohammed have lived alongside US soldiers in their Baghdad neighbourhood near Rasheed Street, a prominent commercial artery running through the heart of the Iraqi capital. During that time American culture and politics have become familiar to them, and they say that if they could, they would vote for Republican candidate John McCain in next week's US presidential election.

And if Iraninans, palesteinians, Al queda and N Koreans could vote - it would be for Obambi.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 30, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

"So, yes Florida is important but get the story straight. McCain has the advantage on the ground here."

To quote my favorite television pundit, "Bull."

Obama's ground game is far superior to McCain's. It isn't even close.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 30, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

This is like Risk. Obama has a massive number of little blue pieces he can hurl this way and that. McCain has far fewer little red pieces, and he's facing heartbreaking decisions about which territories to defend.

Obama can toss 30 little blue men at Florida and still have 20 little blue men for Ohio and 15 in reserve in Pennsylvania, etc. Hey, he's got 5 pieces in Montana, so why not? All McCain can do now is hope he rolls nothing but 6s.

Posted by: novamatt | October 30, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

sunstroke spouted:

Where does this Obama wins Florida stuff come from? Are you from here? I think not. I have seen a total of around 12 Obama signs and literally thousands of McCain ones. Palin draws 12-15,000 people and Obama can't get 8,000 here.

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Um. He drew 35,000 last night in Florida.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 30, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse
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Actually yard signs have not been made available in Florida. Just in the last two weeks a few have been made available in the offices. I believe it has been thought they didn't want any kind stories of vandalism or any kind of problems, broken windows and so on. You will not even see many bumper stickers. It just takes one hater to get national head lines. Obama offices have been vandalized and had bomb threats for some time not but you will not see any stories. Some have been done but for the most part Obama does not want it reported on. You can't get away from the uniqueness of this election and decisions have been made with thought to things that no one ever worried about before. Last week an Obama worker was assaulted and you never saw a story on it. In Miami just yesterday Obama supporters were threatened and needed police to step in.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 30, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

"If Obama hadn't raised $150 million in September alone, or wasn't in the position of strength in the electoral college that he currently is, it's possible this quest for Florida could be cast as a fool's errand -- an unnecessary distraction from the push for 270 electoral votes."

bsimon beats me to flipping this statement around for the McC campaign. But I'll add that if BHO weren't in the position of strength he's in, I doubt that he'd be spending all the time and resources in FL and focus on getting 270. Winning FL's EVs would be icing on the cake, but clearly not necessary to win the Presidency.

And maybe tomorrow Chris will tell us if all the money BHO is spending on FL will have a downticket effect on House races, particularly the close ones in CDs 21 and 25.

Posted by: mnteng | October 30, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

And 18,000 today in Sarasota.

You should get out more.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 30, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I believe that John McCain will win Florida. The margin will be somewhere between Bush's margin in 2004 and 2000, probably about 3 points.

The important part of Obama's strong contesting of the Sunshine State is so that McCain stays on electoral defense. The McCain camp is contesting exactly one '04 blue state (PA), and by all accounts, he may narrow the gap, but he's very unlikely to win it.

Beyond that, he's trying to hold onto states that are traditionally red. Obama is the first candidate in four decades who can lose OH, MO, and FL, and still win. Plus, a GOP strategist has said that there is no scenario, not a one, where McCain can lose in VA and still get to 270.

We have reached the point, with 5 days to go, where McCain not only has to get an overwhelming majority of undecideds to vote for him, but he may also be tasked with convincing people to switch their vote.

Posted by: cam8 | October 30, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

sunstroke spouted:

Where does this Obama wins Flroida stuff come from? Are you from here? I think not. I have seen a total of around 12 Obama signs and literally thousands of McCain ones. Palin draws 12-15,000 people and Obama can't get 8,000 here.

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Um. He drew 35,000 last night in Florida.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 30, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

PALIN'S PITCHFORK APPEALS SCARE OFF THE ELDERLY

Sarah Palin may have lost Florida for McCain among independents and elderly Jewish retirees. She frightens them with her pitchfork rhetoric. Obama's economic message is resonating among older voters who are troubled by McCain's health care plans and his past support for privatizing social security.


BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not when government-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens
OR http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 30, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Since Howard Dean bucked conventional wisdom to open Democratic efforts in all 50 states, it should be evident that the Obama campaign strategy may well restructure the nation's political landscape.

Florida may be symbolic of the turning point to neoconservative power but it also represents Obama's efforts to win over those seniors, Jewish voters, Hispanics and Cubans (who largely voted for Senator Hillary Clinton) as well as Republicans and Independents disaffected by the many Bush-Cheney failures. It has been Bush country after all!

The Obama-Clinton midnight rally in Kissimmee - over 35,000 supporters strong - was a constructive and impressive campaign event. President Bill Clinton demonstrated no lingerly doubts or animosity towards the Democrat who ousted his wife from an anticipated nomination. His convention speech was reprised and amplified into a reasonable, persuasive argument for voting Democratic.

Now Al and Tipper Gore will visit Florida and push for an Obama victory next Tuesday.

News reports suggest even Arizona may end up in the Democratic column next week. What a kick-in-the-pants for Senator McCain that would be.

And pundits have begun talking about a possible landslide electoral victory akin to what happened to another extremist Republican senator from Arizona in 1964. A military pilot like McCain, Barry Goldwater led his splintered party to the end of a street with no exit.

Posted by: LiveFree | October 30, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

PALIN'S PITCHFORK APPEALS SCARE OFF THE ELDERLY

Sarah Palin may have lost Florida for McCain among independents and elderly Jewish retirees. She frightens them with her pitchfork rhetoric. Obama's economic message is resonating among older voters who are troubled by McCain's health care plans and his past support for privatizing social security.


BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not when government-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens
OR http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 30, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Wow. The Gores are back in Florida.

Maybe he could run in 2016...with Hillary as his running mate.

Gore/Clinton 2016!

Posted by: Bondosan | October 30, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I miss ...the roaring crowd of Germans.

Posted by: king_of_zouk |

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Go to a Palin rally. That's where they are.

http://liesliesmorelies.blogspot.com/2008/10/racist-mccain-rally-goers-pt-8.html

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 30, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN NOW GIVING SPEECHES TO PEOPLE WHO CAN'T EVEN VOTE. HAS TO BUS THEM IN TO EVEN GET A CROWD. EVEN JOE STIFFED HIM.

The most cringe-worthy political moment of the day, so far, came when Sen. John McCain called out for his new buddy Joe the Plumber to stand up at a rally in Ohio, only to be greeted with confused silence. Joe the Plumber wasn't there.

But that rally featured another embarrassing moment, one that illustrates a far more troubling dynamic for the Republican ticket. The McCain campaign actually had to bus in school kids from the surrounding area in order to fill the event. As reported by MSNBC:

A local school district official confirmed after the event that of the 6,000 people estimated by the fire marshal to be in attendance this morning, more than 4,000 were bused in from schools in the area. The entire 2,500-student Defiance School District was in attendance, the official said, in addition to at least three other schools from neighboring districts, one of which sent 14 buses.
This happened -- as if a reminder were needed -- less than a week out from the election, when the heat of the campaign should be drawing record crowds.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 30, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Another symbolic victory in Florida, aside from repayment for the 2000 debacle would be the EV count in the South.
I think my Party will sweep New England, the west coast, and the Midwest (Missouri and Indiana will go Obama's way).
And, we're going to start cutting into the other party's holds in the Mountain West (Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and potentially Montana and Arizona) and the Plains by winning North Dakota. That's a start anyway.
If Sen. Obama wins Florida it will give him at least 42 EVs in the region, while McCain can only count on 57 (Tennessee, Kentucky, SC, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana).
He's already going to win Florida. Winning Georgia would put the EV at a tie in the South 57-57. Pretty impressive given Bush swept the region both times.
We're going to sweep three regions and potentially the Mid-Atlantic if West Virginia goes our way. We're going to cut significantly into their lead in the Mountain West (and will win it if Arizona goes our way). And, we could conceivably force an EV tie in the South. Amazing.

Posted by: jdunph1 | October 30, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Where does this Obama wins Flroida stuff come from? Are you from here? I think not. I have seen a total of around 12 Obama signs and literally thousands of McCain ones. Palin draws 12-15,000 people and Obama can't get 8,000 here.

If you live in FL you know the truth. I think VA is a tougher sell. All of those NOVA tech guys think Obama is the cool one and the rest of NOVA and Hampton Roads is scared to death of the military spending cuts that will drop VA into a HUGE Depression.

Posted by: tbastian | October 30, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Another symbolic victory in Florida, aside from repayment for the 2000 debacle would be the EV count in the South.
I think my Party will sweep New England, the west coast, and the Midwest (Missouri and Indiana will go Obama's way).
And, we're going to start cutting into the other party's holds in the Mountain West (Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and potentially Montana and Arizona) and the Plains by winning North Dakota. That's a start anyway.
If Sen. Obama wins Florida it will give him at least 42 EVs in the region, while McCain can only count on 57 (Tennessee, Kentucky, SC, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana).
He's already going to win Florida. Winning Georgia would put the EV at a tie in the South 57-57. Pretty impressive given Bush swept the region both times.
We're going to sweep three regions and potentially the Mid-Atlantic if West Virginia goes our way. We're going to cut significantly into their lead in the Mountain West (and will win it if Arizona goes our way). And, we could conceivably force an EV tie in the South. Amazing.

Posted by: jdunph1 | October 30, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Popasmoke,

When the top 10% of the country controls 80% of the wealth, ( http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html ) and your party represents the priviledged, you don't exactly want to empower the population to vote. In fact, you benefit from a divided country, which is why McCain is running the type of campaign we have seen.

Simply nurture hate, religious intolerance, ignorance and such to keep us distracted long enough on minor issues to let them stay in power. For the most part, the ideology of the Republican party is fractured, the inconsistencies in the beliefs between party factions ( the evangelicals, the conservatives, the military industrial machine, wall street, rural communities, and Reagan republicans ) are too stark to ignore. Quite frankly, if it were not for welfare and abortion I believe half the party would consider themselves independents or democrats.

They steal and lie, steal and lie, steal and lie then the aristocracy (those who spend more on lunch in a week that most working families spend on food for a month) have the audacity to complain about "spreading the wealth" and "higher taxes".

I hope that when this is all said and done, Americans examine this campaign season and see it as a wake up call.


Posted by: StoptheSpin | October 30, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I agree that people saying Obama is going to win FL defintely DO NOT LIVE HERE. I have seen a total of 6-10 Obama yard signs to literally thousands of McCain. This is not an exagerration.

The media are really trying to slant what they are telling the rest of America. Sure, there are some very poor and minority heavy areas where he is doing very well but for 90% of Florida he is not doing that well.

So, yes Florida is important but get the story straight. McCain has the advantage on the ground here.

Posted by: tbastian | October 30, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Popasmoke,

When the top 10% of the country controls 80% of the wealth, ( http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html ) and your party represents the priviledged, you don't exactly want to empower the population to vote. In fact, you benefit from a divided country, which is why McCain is running the type of campaign we have seen.

Simply nurture hate, religious intolerance, ignorance and such to keep us distracted long enough on minor issues to let them stay in power. For the most part, the ideology of the Republican party is fractured, the inconsistencies in the beliefs between party factions ( the evangelicals, the conservatives, the military industrial machine, wall street, rural communities, and Reagan republicans ) are too stark to ignore. Quite frankly, if it were not for welfare and abortion I believe half the party would consider themselves independents or democrats.

They steal and lie, steal and lie, steal and lie then the aristocracy (those who spend more on lunch in a week that most working families spend on food for a month) have the audacity to complain about "spreading the wealth" and "higher taxes".

I hope that when this is all said and done, Americans examine this campaign season and see it as a wake up call.


Posted by: StoptheSpin | October 30, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I am pretty sure FL will end up in the R column, especially if all the military votes get counted for a change.

At this point I am more concerned with OH and VA. I think Mac can pull out a very close shave in OH but VA looks tough. the polls that have all this new voter turnout are ending up to be over sampling the new guys, as usual. the exit polls in NV say a totally different story. I think there is a rather vast silent aspect of polling that does not get counted properly. It has been evident in the past including the predictions of a Kerry and Gore victory and over-predictions of clinton, carter, etc.

I don't think a two point national advantage is anything to crow about given the background of this election and the massive money advantage. thankfully, it seems money still does not buy elections, something Libs used to care about.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 30, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

all that effort and money with nothing to show for it. sounds like the Ayers education effort. In fact, it is pretty descriptive of all the big government programs that the messiah wishes to enact. Let's spend lots more on health care to get less. Let's pump up teachers pay and get dumber kids. You know the same old liberal approaches that have failed for years,

Half an hour of class warfare, envy and communism without a hint of frugality or humility. I miss the greek columns and the roaring crowd of Germans.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 30, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse
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Nothing to show for it? He is going to be the next president.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 30, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Florida, Florida, Florida! (In Honor of Tim Russert)

God rest Tim's soul. With all due respect, Obama have a 99.9% chance of winning Florida and I am sure that Tim foreseen this before his departure. However, Obama have delivered grand expertise in Florida and around the world and abroad to substantiate his ability to win this election in my honest opinion. Not being biased, Obama is no doubt the best elect for the presidential seat because his agendas have warranted concrete evidence that incorporates an agenda for all to forward this country a better future for all. I support Obama because I foresee our country in a more progressed and unified nation than it has ever been in the history of our nation. The American people knows who they need by now, despite the rhetoric manifesting distorting the truth. God Bless America!

Posted by: Nisey01 | October 30, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse


Florida, Florida, Florida! (In Honor of Tim Russert)

God rest Tim's soul. With all due respect, Obama have a 99.9% chance of winning Florida and I am sure that Tim forseen this before his departure. However, Obama have delivered grand expertise in Florida and around the world and abroad to substantiate his ability to win this election in my honest opinion. Not being biased, Obama is no doubt the best elect for the presidential seat because his agendas have warranted concrete evidence that incooperates an agenda for all to forward this country a better future for all. I support Obama because I foresee our country in a more progressed and unified nation than it has ever been in the history of our nation. The American people knows who they need by now, despite the rhethoric manifesting distorting the truth. God Bless America!

Posted by: Nisey01 | October 30, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

FYI, the digging/planting metaphor would be less objectionable if you didn't say it was literal.

Unless he actually put a seed in the ground, he did not "literally dig it up and plant anew"--he figuratively did it.

(Ellen has a good bit in one of her stand-up routines where she says a friend said it was so cold she literally froze to death. No, no you didn't, Ellen responds. Hahaha.)

It's odd how people tend to throw that in there lately. I'm not sure what drives it.

Posted by: DaveCullen1 | October 30, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the bad metaphor alert, Chris, though given that Florida is (or maybe I should say, was, a big ag state) it may be appropriate. These days oranges at Publix are grown in California. Go figure.

Unfortunately, despite all the big guns making appearances there, I am not so sanguine as you regarding Obama's chances there. This is mostly due to my personal experience living in Central Florida, the fastest-growing region in the state. I saw a poll recently giving McCain the edge 53 to 39. And judging by the number of W stickers on SUVs down there, it gives one pause. However, I hope you are right. And, Chris, don't forget to eat your vegetables.

Posted by: group5 | October 30, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey zouk - NEWSFLASH. It hasn't been the "liberal" approach that has failed for years.

And I'd rather see greek columns than barely-disguised racism and fear-mongering in my country's leader. Maybe you and Sarah can join the AIP next Wednesday and try to start fresh! YOUBETCHA *wink*!

Posted by: ssergio | October 30, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey zouk - NEWSFLASH. It hasn't been the "liberal" approach that has failed for years.

And I'd rather see greek columns than barely-disguised racism and fear-mongering in my country's leader. Maybe you and Sarah can join the AIP next Wednesday and try to start fresh! YOUBETCHA *wink*!

Posted by: ssergio | October 30, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

the only product that matters is "The Individual vote",

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Yes we realize that Libs are not concerned with fairness, lawfulness, ethics or truth. Just examine the ACORN folks, the foreign fuindraising, the lack of press conferences, the reneging on campaign finance,, etc. Whatever it takes to win, if you have to sell your soul, you must be a Lib.

does B hussain have one single decent friend he can pull from his past that is not an anti- amerikan hater, bomber, terrorist or delinquent? Even Kerry had other vets that stood up for him. If the messiah is so great, why is he so covered with slime????

His bombers are emerging every day like a flashback to the daily bimbos of clinton.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 30, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Zouk, good to see you back. What's your take on Florida?

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 30, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey zouk - NEWSFLASH. It hasn't been the "liberal" approach that has failed for years.

And I'd rather see greek columns than barely-disguised racism and fear-mongering in my country's leader. Maybe you and Sarah can join the AIP next Wednesday and try to start fresh! YOUBETCHA *wink*!

Posted by: ssergio | October 30, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Hey zouk - NEWSFLASH. It hasn't been the "liberal" approach that has failed for years.

And I'd rather see greek columns than barely-disguised racism and fear-mongering in my country's leader. Maybe you and Sarah can join the AIP next Wednesday and try to start fresh! YOUBETCHA *wink*!

Posted by: ssergio | October 30, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm sticking with Virginia as the ultimate bellweather. McCain has been reduced to hoping for something, anything to change the national mood towards Obama. This is something out of his control. If it does happen, however, then Florida will likely go to him anyways. Virginia will take extra effort, though and that is where McCain should expend more of his resources.

Is it too late for him to try and change his mind about Colorado? The Pennsylvania plan is just sheer stupidity.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 30, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

The Fix writes
"If Obama hadn't raised $150 million in September alone, or wasn't in the position of strength in the electoral college that he currently is, it's possible this quest for Florida could be cast as a fool's errand -- an unnecessary distraction from the push for 270 electoral votes."

If we flip the above construction around & analyze where the other campaign is expending resources, we see an entirely different strategy - perhaps even a 'fool's errand'. The McCain campaign has made trips to - and back to - states like Iowa and New Hampshire in the last week or two, where polling shows a growing gap between McCain and Obama. Such actions give the impression that the McCain campaign doesn't have a consistent strategy for reaching 270 electoral votes.

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 30, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

2008: Virginia, Virginia, Virginia!

(Just imagine what Russert would have done with Palin! America lost an important journalist when he died....not the greatest, but important for our times.)

(btw, Why does MSNBC always pick the blow-hards?...David Gregory being the latest....but most annoying, besides self-righteous Aunt Olberman, must be Anderson on CNN, with his weird attempts to look like a serious adult when they go to commercial...those pursed lips...a bizarre echo of SNL's Church Lady.)

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 30, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

The Obama commercial focused entirely on people struggling against changes in their lives over which they had no control. For example there was a Ford Motor Company couple laid off from their jobs, but no mention is made of the endless federal mandates imposed on all auto companies that drove up the cost of every automobile for everyone, nor the massive union pension and health programs those companies had to agree to in order to stay in business. These and other factors have killed the auto industry in America.

The Obama commercial talked of more teachers and better schools, but ever since the 1960s, the creation of the Department of Education, and the rise of the control over all schools by teachers unions, education in America has declined so sharply that we rank behind many other nations and produce students programmed to believe government is the answer but it has been federal government that has destroyed local community control over schools and their curriculum.

At one point, Obama said, “I will always be honest with you” and I recalled Jimmy Carter’s promise that “I will never lie to you.” Both candidates arrived out of the political wilderness with very thin resumes to suggest they had the knowledge or ability to run a nation. Carter’s one term in office was a failure in so many ways, but worse, we continue to pay for those failures in foreign and domestic policy.

And wasn’t it Obama who promised to accept public funding for his campaign only to renege on that promise?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 30, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

all that effort and money with nothing to show for it. sounds like the Ayers education effort. In fact, it is pretty descriptive of all the big government programs that the messiah wishes to enact. Let's spend lots more on health care to get less. Let's pump up teachers pay and get dumber kids. You know the same old liberal approaches that have failed for years,

Half an hour of class warfare, envy and communism without a hint of frugality or humility. I miss the greek columns and the roaring crowd of Germans.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 30, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

There are things about the Mccain campaign that are inexplicable. After all the hoop-la, all the speeches, all the attacks, all the ad's, the only product that matters is "The Individual vote", nothing else matters. I have watched a dozen Mccain speeches and he "NEVER" say a word about getting out to vote, or getting your friends out to vote, volunteering, voting early, nothing. Nothing that actually has anything to do with getting a vote. From the beginning our end game has always been the "Get out the vote" drive.

Obama can do all the speeches he wants but if you want to win you have to say directly to the voter "VOTE FOR ME" and have a crew to make it happen. The Mccain campaign seems to have completely forgotten that part of the game, It is all for nothing if the people don't vote.

Now that things are going against Mccain, history tells us many Mccain voters will not show up now for a lost cause. I have never been to a lopsided football game where the losing teams fans didn't leave early to beat the traffic. It is really amazing just how bad the Mccain campaign is now that we see they have absolutely no end game at all.
How exactly did they think they were going to get people out to vote, wishing?

Posted by: popasmoke | October 30, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

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