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Is McCain Coming Back? (Revisited)


John McCain at a rally in Dayton, Ohio. Photo by Melina Mara -- The Washington Post

Nine days ago, we asked in this space whether John McCain was cutting into the lead -- both nationally and in key battleground states -- of Barack Obama.

At the time, the McCain campaign suggested that the final debate between the two candidates had framed the race exactly as they wanted it: a referendum on taxes and ideology.

And now, with just six days left before voters go to the polls, McCain lead pollster Bill McInturff is out with a memo in which he argues that the race continues to move in his candidate's direction.

"The McCain campaign has made impressive strides over the last week of tracking," writes McInturff in the memo, which was distributed to reporters late Tuesday night. "The campaign is functionally tied across the battleground states ... with our numbers IMPROVING sharply over the last four tracks."

Among the demographic gains that McInturff highlights are with men without college degrees, rural voters and "Walmart women" -- defined as women without a college degree who live in a household with an income of under $60,000.

McInturff attributes these gains to two major factors: a laser-like focus by McCain on Obama's record on taxes and a growing realization among voters that the Illinois senator is "the most liberal nominee in modern times" -- noting that roughly six in ten voters in their battleground state tracking polls believe Obama to be a "liberal," a higher number than said that about either Sen. John Kerry (Mass.) in 2004 or Vice President Al Gore in 2000.

Perhaps the most interesting point made by McInturff in the memo is the idea that Obama has almost no room to grow due to the composition of the remaining undecided voters as well as his consolidation of the African-American vote.

McInturff argues that roughly eight percent of voters across all the battleground states remain undecided and they are primarily "older, downscale, more rural, and are certainly economically stressed"; in 2004, these voters went two to one for Bush over Kerry, writes, McInturff, a sign that they will eventually jump off the fence in McCain's favor.

When it comes to the black vote, McInturff notes that while polling usually shows the Republican presidential nominee winning high single digit or even low double digit support, the survey data currently shows Obama winning almost 100 percent of this vote.

"This means when you see Senator Obama's number in a survey, it already reflects his significant and full support among African American voters," writes McInturff. "Functionally, this means the only undecided/refuse to respond voters are white and Latino."

So, what do we make of the memo?

McInturff's argument that the race is closing is on sound ground as it relates to recent history. Presidential elections do tend to close as the end nears and McCain, by all accounts, has been underperforming among soft Republicans who may well be coming home to him in these final days. (For more on the potential of the polls to be wrong, make sure to check out this piece by the Post's own Mike Abramowitz.)

And, there are some national polls that show some level of tightening. Check out pollster.com's map of all national surveys and notice the slight uptick for McCain and slight dip for Obama of late.

Yet, it is important to remember that the presidential election is a state by state race -- not a national one -- and there remains scant evidence of a McCain boomlet in key states.

Although McInturff refers to the gains the campaign has seen in state polling, he makes mention of no specific state data.

Of the public data available -- as numbers guru Nate Silver (of the 538) makes clear -- the vast majority points to continued Obama momentum in the states.

"Stop me if you've heard this one before," writes Silver. "Although the national trackers look slightly stronger for John McCain than they did a couple days ago, Barack Obama once again had an exceptionally good day in the state-level numbers."

And, judging by recent ad traffic -- one of the only true ways to monitor where things stand -- Obama remains on offense as the Republican National Committee is now up with ads in Montana and West Virginia, states that had long been considered GOP strongholds in this election.

Do national polls show McCain closing the gap slightly? By and large, they do. Is that movement meaningful and reflective of a broader momentum change for the Arizona senator? That seems less likely judging by where things still stand in the states.

Stay tuned. it's going to be a wild ride for the next six days.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 29, 2008; 10:53 AM ET
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Zosima, thank you for posting that link.

The matter should be investigated. McCain may not be involved in the accident at all. Or, if he was involved, it may be a totally unavoidable, but tragic accident. If so, the matter should be dropped immediately.

However, if it is found that McCain was careless, that should be brought to the attention of the American people. According to wiki, during the time of the accident in the early to mid-1960s, “McCain began as a sub-par flier who was at times careless and reckless; during the early-to-mid 1960s, the planes he was flying crashed twice and once collided with power lines, but he received no major injuries. His aviation skills improved over time, and he was seen as a good pilot, albeit one who tended to "push the envelope" in his flying.”

If, after an investigation, it is found that McCain was careless, this is significant because it speaks to McCain’s character and temperament as someone running for president. Various sources have already spoken of McCain’s impulsive, impetuous behavior.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/28/opinion/28kristof.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/georgepacker/2008/10/not-quite-colin.html

Posted by: Rachel10 | October 30, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

CNN Poll shows Obama doubling his lead in Colarodo.
Apparengly this is due to Older voters breaking to him.

That was McCains last best hope.

It certainly not looking good for McCain now with six days to go.

I wonder what the poll bounce will be from the infomercial/movie and Bill Clinton appearing with Obama?

I think it is now getting to how bad are the GOP going to lose.

Republicans do not hold out hopes of low voter turnout. It is clear that is not going to happen. Obama's well oiled campaign machine has that covered.

Posted by: guytaur1 | October 30, 2008 7:53 AM | Report abuse

CNN Poll shows Obama doubling his lead in Colarodo.
Apparengly this is due to Older voters breaking to him.

That was McCains last best hope.

It certainly not looking good for McCain now with six days to go.

I wonder what the poll bounce will be from the infomercial/movie and Bill Clinton appearing with Obama?

I think it is now getting to how bad are the GOP going to lose.

Republicans do not hold out hopes of low voter turnout. It is clear that is not going to happen. Obama's well oiled campaign machine has that covered.

Posted by: guytaur1 | October 30, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

If Obamaphiles can imagine their man working miracles in the White House, I see no harm in Republicans fantasizing about a McCain victory. At least that illusion will be over with in about four days.

Posted by: rmpatera | October 30, 2008 6:44 AM | Report abuse

We stopped demanding the best people in the White House.

Posted by: 37thandOSt

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Actually over half of us demanded the best, but the Worst ever, George W. Bush, got in anyway.

I hope that anti-Obama Bush supporters who thought W. would be a good president will recognize that they might be just as wrong about Obama being a bad one.

Senator Obama continues to impress me (and obviously millions of others) with his clear thinking, calm demeanor, and heartfelt message. If we all stand behind him, the country may be able to recover from the disgraceful mess Republicans made of the last 8 years. That would be Republicans' chance to finally put "Country First."

Posted by: ArmyBrat68 | October 30, 2008 4:04 AM | Report abuse

Ya sure, right after the return of the Poodle skirt. The guy is like something out of the Night of the Living Dead with his running mate the Bride of Frankenstein. Sorry but Halloween ends before the election.

Posted by: notthatdum | October 30, 2008 3:36 AM | Report abuse

It’s unfortunate that as the end nears for the McCain campaign, that the Senator has elected in a last ditch effort to gain popularity by distancing himself from the views of our current administration, i.e., George W. Bush. If only America had no memory of the Senator's prior nationwide and highly televised ramblings in the recent weeks. When Senator McCain began the campaign trail he was a strong supporter of President Bush, publicly siding on many issues of the soon to be departed, as those of his own. "I have voted with President Bush 90% of the time" wailed out the Senator, however the Senator’s recent retraction attempts due to Bush's failed popularity, has fallen on the death ear of America.

Is it that the Senator has finally realized that the majority of American's simply have had enough? Perhaps, at last Senator McCain’s has now recognized his disconnect from the population, since it’s quite evident that the Senator has no clue of the trials, tribulations and needs of the American population. The Senator’s inconsistency runs more ramped than a virus and it is clear that the McCain campaign has fallen ill. While one would have to admit no one could ever understand why someone who claims to be so passionate about leading a nation has no idea on how to communicate with it. Had the Senator demonstrated an ability to share his viewpoints in a consistent manner at an early onset, he may have had a fighting chance of gaining additional support. However his pendulum type thinking has left many Americans wondering what he actually believes or stands for. The numerous latent detachments from the Bush administration and prior proclamations made by the Senator have left Americans with no idea of what to accept as truth. How could one have faith in a man who obviously forgets what his agenda was last week as it’s been replaced with a new from week to week? Winning the race for another "notch on the political bedpost" may be an accomplishment for Senator McCain, but it will regrettably lead this country into greater distress. McCain's campaign advisors appear to be nothing more than hired sharks seeking blood and the continuous attacks on the opponent has left a bloody path of deceit, misconceptions, corruption and wonderment. Further, the blatant lack of synchronicity of the Republican running mates is the subsequent demise to the McCain rein ever having a chance at leading this nation. Too many of the Senator’s orchestrated instruments are simply out of tune and America has no idea what song is playing on the jukebox.

Posted by: Patsysdc | October 30, 2008 2:22 AM | Report abuse

It’s unfortunate that as the end nears for the McCain campaign, that the Senator has elected in a last ditch effort to gain popularity by distancing himself from the views of our current administration, i.e., George W. Bush. If only America had no memory of the Senator's prior nationwide and highly televised ramblings in the recent weeks. When Senator McCain began the campaign trail he was a strong supporter of President Bush, publicly siding on many issues of the soon to be departed, as those of his own. "I have voted with President Bush 90% of the time" wailed out the Senator, however the Senator’s recent retraction attempts due to Bush's failed popularity, has fallen on the death ear of America.

Is it that the Senator has finally realized that the majority of American's simply have had enough? Perhaps, at last Senator McCain’s has now recognized his disconnect from the population, since it’s quite evident that the Senator has no clue of the trials, tribulations and needs of the American population. The Senator’s inconsistency runs more ramped than a virus and it is clear that the McCain campaign has fallen ill. While one would have to admit no one could ever understand why someone who claims to be so passionate about leading a nation has no idea on how to communicate with it. Had the Senator demonstrated an ability to share his viewpoints in a consistent manner at an early onset, he may have had a fighting chance of gaining additional support. However his pendulum type thinking has left many Americans wondering what he actually believes or stands for. The numerous latent detachments from the Bush administration and prior proclamations made by the Senator have left Americans with no idea of what to accept as truth. How could one have faith in a man who obviously forgets what his agenda was last week as it’s been replaced with a new from week to week? Winning the race for another "notch on the political bedpost" may be an accomplishment for Senator McCain, but it will regrettably lead this country into greater distress. McCain's campaign advisors appear to be nothing more than hired sharks seeking blood and the continuous attacks on the opponent has left a bloody path of deceit, misconceptions, corruption and wonderment. Further, the blatant lack of synchronicity of the Republican running mates is the subsequent demise to the McCain rein ever having a chance at leading this nation. Too many of the Senator’s orchestrated instruments are simply out of tune and America has no idea what song is playing on the jukebox.


Posted by: Patsysdc | October 30, 2008 2:20 AM | Report abuse

It’s unfortunate that as the end nears for the McCain campaign, that the Senator has elected in a last ditch effort to gain popularity by distancing himself from the views of our current administration, i.e., George W. Bush. If only America had no memory of the Senator's prior nationwide and highly televised ramblings in the recent weeks. When Senator McCain began the campaign trail he was a strong supporter of President Bush, publicly siding on many issues of the soon to be departed, as those of his own. "I have voted with President Bush 90% of the time" wailed out the Senator, however the Senator’s recent retraction attempts due to Bush's failed popularity, has fallen on the death ear of America.

Is it that the Senator has finally realized that the majority of American's simply have had enough? Perhaps, at last Senator McCain’s has now recognized his disconnect from the population, since it’s quite evident that the Senator has no clue of the trials, tribulations and needs of the American population. The Senator’s inconsistency runs more ramped than a virus and it is clear that the McCain campaign has fallen ill. While one would have to admit no one could ever understand why someone who claims to be so passionate about leading a nation has no idea on how to communicate with it. Had the Senator demonstrated an ability to share his viewpoints in a consistent manner at an early onset, he may have had a fighting chance of gaining additional support. However his pendulum type thinking has left many Americans wondering what he actually believes or stands for. The numerous latent detachments from the Bush administration and prior proclamations made by the Senator have left Americans with no idea of what to accept as truth. How could one have faith in a man who obviously forgets what his agenda was last week as it’s been replaced with a new from week to week? Winning the race for another "notch on the political bedpost" may be an accomplishment for Senator McCain, but it will regrettably lead this country into greater distress. McCain's campaign advisors appear to be nothing more than hired sharks seeking blood and the continuous attacks on the opponent has left a bloody path of deceit, misconceptions, corruption and wonderment. Further, the blatant lack of synchronicity of the Republican running mates is the subsequent demise to the McCain rein ever having a chance at leading this nation. Too many of the Senator’s orchestrated instruments are simply out of tune and America has no idea what song is playing on the jukebox.


Posted by: Patsysdc | October 30, 2008 2:12 AM | Report abuse

It’s unfortunate that as the end nears for the McCain campaign, that the Senator has elected in a last ditch effort to gain popularity by distancing himself from the views of our current administration, i.e., George W. Bush. If only America had no memory of the Senator's prior nationwide and highly televised ramblings in the recent weeks. When Senator McCain began the campaign trail he was a strong supporter of President Bush, publicly siding on many issues of the soon to be departed, as those of his own. "I have voted with President Bush 90% of the time" wailed out the Senator, however the Senator’s recent retraction attempts due to Bush's failed popularity, has fallen on the death ear of America.

Is it that the Senator has finally realized that the majority of American's simply have had enough? Perhaps, at last Senator McCain’s has now recognized his disconnect from the population, since it’s quite evident that the Senator has no clue of the trials, tribulations and needs of the American population. The Senator’s inconsistency runs more ramped than a virus and it is clear that the McCain campaign has fallen ill. While one would have to admit no one could ever understand why someone who claims to be so passionate about leading a nation has no idea on how to communicate with it. Had the Senator demonstrated an ability to share his viewpoints in a consistent manner at an early onset, he may have had a fighting chance of gaining additional support. However his pendulum type thinking has left many Americans wondering what he actually believes or stands for. The numerous latent detachments from the Bush administration and prior proclamations made by the Senator have left Americans with no idea of what to accept as truth. How could one have faith in a man who obviously forgets what his agenda was last week as it’s been replaced with a new from week to week? Winning the race for another "notch on the political bedpost" may be an accomplishment for Senator McCain, but it will regrettably lead this country into greater distress. McCain's campaign advisors appear to be nothing more than hired sharks seeking blood and the continuous attacks on the opponent has left a bloody path of deceit, misconceptions, corruption and wonderment. Further, the blatant lack of synchronicity of the Republican running mates is the subsequent demise to the McCain rein ever having a chance at leading this nation. Too many of the Senator’s orchestrated instruments are simply out of tune and America has no idea what song is playing on the jukebox.


Posted by: Patsysdc | October 30, 2008 2:10 AM | Report abuse

yeah, the race isn't over by a long shot. obama's slightly behind now, but i think he has a good chance of coming from behind to win in a number of states. georgia. west virginia. montana. arizona. north dakota....and i've always wondered why they aren't trying for texas too. 6 days is a loooong time. who knows what might happen ... i think obama's going to close strong!

Posted by: benii | October 30, 2008 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Right wingers keep talking about how they think Obama has a bunch of nasty secrets, but how about this nasty secret?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/28/news-orgs-investigate-pos_n_138449.html

Apparently McCain killed a person in a car accident and the Navy refuses to release the records. Vehicular manslaughter sure seems like an issue that might bear on our opinion of McCain.

I trust you crazy wingnuts are just as worried about this skeleton in McCain's closet, yes?

Posted by: zosima | October 30, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Well, McCains guys may think that the race is getting tighter, but Republican Representative and first termer Peter Roskam of the IL-06 thinks otherwise. He won this district by a slim 2 points against veteran Tammy Duckworth in the last go around. Now he has launched a website "Obama Voters for Roskam" with the hopes of riding Obama's coattails. http://www.obamavotersforroskam.com/

Chris, You should do a story on this one! It is unbelievable!

Posted by: bilco5 | October 29, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Bill McInturff must be smoking dope. No doubt he got it from Cindy McCain.

Posted by: dsrobins | October 29, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Herbert Hoover Raised Corporate Taxes Just Before The Great Depression- Obama's admiration for Hoover was left out of his Infomercial!

Obama gives the middle class a $1200 tax cut and more unemployment, as American business will shift more jobs overseas- Even John Kerry Knew That in 2004- proposed a corp tax CUT, and Bill Clinton called removing the payroll tax cap REGRESSIVE- Obama wants to do that too!

McCain wants to give the Middle Class a $300 tax cut and a JOB ina a business friendly environment-


Kevin Hassett
Bloomberg.com
1-9-06

So what explains the advantage gained from locating production overseas?

The most powerful factor appears to be taxes. The U.S. has the highest corporate tax rate among the world's most developed economies. With a combined federal and state tax rate of 39.3 percent, the U.S. taxes corporations at a rate that is 10 percentage points higher than the average of other nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

In a world of tight margins, a 10-percentage-point disadvantage is humongous. And the U.S. rate is well above that of countries such as Ireland, which has enjoyed an economic boom that coincided with a reduction in corporate taxes to 12.5 percent.

Let's Do It

When companies locate offshore, they can transfer much of their profits to foreign subsidiaries. Thus they avoid U.S. taxes until that time in the distant future when they ship the money home. This helps U.S. companies stay competitive vis-a-vis those already located in low-tax countries. It doesn't create many jobs in the U.S.

This is hardly a partisan issue. Indeed, Democratic Senator John Kerry wisely included a reduction in corporate taxes in his 2004 presidential platform.

Posted by: thecannula | October 29, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

"Among the demographic gains that McInturff highlights are with men without college degrees, rural voters and "Walmart women" -- defined as women without a college degree who live in a household with an income of under $60,000."

If McCain wins, then this is the real reason for the demise of America as the fearful continues to cling to past ideologies while wasting their hard earned money on "Made in China" products.

Posted by: JohnWWW | October 29, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

RaZor666 & 37thandO -

Take a look in the mirror.

This is why McCain is going to lose.

Don't worry - you'll have four years to contrive many many more twisted conspiracy theories that you can be sure that 'liberal media' won't ever report.

Posted by: Dino8 | October 29, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

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For the true believers in God of Abraham and Jesus:

Which side will you be on, on the day of judgement?

Will you be counted on those who mongered the war on countries who didnt harm you and when those wars were waged countless innocents died? Will you be counted amongst those who desired wars on Vietnam and Iraq?

Will you be counted amongst those who supported displacing a group of people and driving them out of their homes who lived on a land for thousands of years as an act of guilt of not protecting the settlers.Nov 4th is the day of redemption for Americans. You will be judged.

God bless those who are on his straight path.
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Posted by: judgewisely | October 29, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

McCain Coming Back? You mean like from the dead, like Jesus? Not this time folks.Did you see that Sarah Palin impersonator over his left shoulder in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa rally? That was a gas. My compliments to the young lady in that YOU TUBE video. These young people think of everything these days, and then she got lucky and McCain actually spoke lovingly of Sarah Palin as she sat right there behind him acting all humbled and gracious.So funny!

Posted by: majorteddy | October 29, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

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For the true believers in God of Abraham and Jesus:

Which side will you be on, on the day of judgement?

Will you be counted on those who mongered the war on countries who didnt harm you and yet in those wars countless innocents died?

Will you be counted amongst those who desired wars on Vietnam and Iraq? Will be counted as a culprit who was an associate abetted a criminal act?

Will you be counted amongst those who supported displacing a group of people and driving them out of their homes who lived on a land for thousands of years as an out of guilt of not protecting the settlers.

Nov 4th is the day of redemption for Americans. You will be judged. God bless those who are on his straight path.

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Posted by: judgewisely | October 29, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

"Make-Believe" Maverick -versus- "Whackjob" Maverick

On CNN's Larry King - "John McCain acknowledged his camp's recent criticism of running mate Sarah Palin after days of stressing that reports of tension were overblown and mistaken."

Posted by: targaray | October 29, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

President Obama will deliver on his promises if we let him.

Vote. No matter what. Vote.

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 29, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

It's not easy to convince a thinking person to vote against their own interests but with the help of Joe the Plumber and Sarah the Winking Moose Skinner, how can you resist?

For the finale John the perpetual POW winds up yelling "fight, fight, fight, never give up, fight" Sorry, I'll have to stop now. I'm getting kind of choked up.

Posted by: seemstome | October 29, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I think that, just as was the case in the primary, Obama's campaign is planning a few steps ahead of the opposition. Yes, the national polls are tightening, as frequently happens toward the end, but they aren't tightening that much. More importantly, Obama's advertising and field operations are carefully calibrated to maximize his electoral vote. McCain's campaign really has no idea what hit them. The Clinton folks are looking at this campaign in awe.

If Obama can run the Presidency like his campaign we are in for four years of significant accomplishment. Let's vote him in, then hold him to his promises.

Posted by: johnsonc2 | October 29, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

The best guide to whether McCain's campaign really believes it has a shot is the behaviour of its professional political operatives. These guys make their living running campaigns - being associated with defeat threatens their future financial security.

If at all possible, they want a victory. Only if that seems completely impossible will they reach for the next best option: blaming others on the team.

Public infighting in a campaign, and sniping between ticket partners, is sure to demoralize your own side's voters and keep them home. No politico would ever do that before election day if he (or she) thought the race was close with a chance of victory. They would only do it if they were certain of defeat and looking to position themselves for the coming party purge.

Well, they are doing it, because they are certain of defeat. And the one doing it most of all is Sarah Palin. She may be ignorant, but she's not completely stupid. She can read an electoral map.

When she briefs the press that she's not happy about her "rollout", that's not campaigning for the presidency in 2008. It's campaigning for the nomination in 2012.

Posted by: bourassa1 | October 29, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

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If there was a white Presidential candidate who was found to be a member of a racist church, same as the Rev. Wright's church except substitute "white values" for "black values" and visa vera, THE MEDIA WOULD BE IN TOTAL ATTACK MODE AGAINST THAT WHITE CANDIDATE.


OBAMA IS A RACIST - OBAMA HAS GIVE $20,000.00 TO A RACIST CHURCH IN ONE YEAR.


Washington Post - there are a lot of Churches in Chicago which are black and which are not racist - Obama did not have to give $20,000.00 to this one Church - STOP GIVING OBAMA A PASS ON HIS RACISM AGAINST WHITES.


WAKE UP WASHINGTON POST WAKE UP MEDIA.


WAKE UP AMERICA.


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Exactly right he's racist. Just listen to Irreverend Wrong, his pastor for many, many years.


Exactly right he's socialist. Just listen to him admit it to Joe the Plumber, or his interviews in the past.


Exactly right he's a rotten human being. Just look at his abortion voting record.


Exactly right he has questionable judgment. Just look at his associations with people in his past.


Exactly right he's corrupt. Just look at the Rezko land deal.


Exactly right he's a liar. Just look at what he says about taxes vs. how he's actually voted.


Exactly right he has no executive experience. Just look at his resume -- or lack thereof.


Exactly right he's secretive. Just look at his lack of birth certificate, SAT scores, grades, etc. etc., etc.


Exactly right he'll be challenged in his first 6 months of office if elected. Just look at what he says about meeting unconditionally with world leaders.


We cannot be SERIOUS about electing this guy!! Obama in charge of nukes?! What. The.


Sorry George Washington, we messed everything up.


We stopped demanding the best people in the White House.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 29, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

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If there was a white Presidential candidate who was found to be a member of a racist church, same as the Rev. Wright's church except substitute "white values" for "black values" and visa vera, THE MEDIA WOULD BE IN TOTAL ATTACK MODE AGAINST THAT WHITE CANDIDATE.


OBAMA IS A RACIST - OBAMA HAS GIVE $20,000.00 TO A RACIST CHURCH IN ONE YEAR.


Washington Post - there are a lot of Churches in Chicago which are black and which are not racist - Obama did not have to give $20,000.00 to this one Church - STOP GIVING OBAMA A PASS ON HIS RACISM AGAINST WHITES.


WAKE UP WASHINGTON POST WAKE UP MEDIA.


WAKE UP AMERICA.


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Exactly right he's racist. Just listen to Irreverend Wrong, his pastor for many, many years.


Exactly right he's socialist. Just listen to him admit it to Joe the Plumber, or his interviews in the past.


Exactly right he's a rotten human being. Just look at his abortion voting record.


Exactly right he has questionable judgment. Just look at his associations with people in his past.


Exactly right he's corrupt. Just look at the Rezko land deal.


Exactly right he's a liar. Just look at what he says about taxes vs. how he's actually voted.


Exactly right he has no executive experience. Just look at his resume -- or lack thereof.


Exactly right he's secretive. Just look at his lack of birth certificate, SAT scores, grades, etc. etc., etc.


Exactly right he'll be challenged in his first 6 months of office if elected. Just look at what he says about meeting unconditionally with world leaders.


We cannot be SERIOUS about electing this guy!! Obama in charge of nukes?! What. The.


Sorry George Washington, we messed everything up.


We stopped demanding the best people in the White House.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 29, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

The Bush/GOP have left a giant mess. There is a lot that needs to be fixed.

McCain spend his time using RoboGOP to tell America it should be afraid of the other guy because he could be a terrorist/socialist/Muslim/Non American/ or any thing else that will make you afraid.

And that any who does not vote for McCain or comes from and area that is not voting for McCain is not from Real America.

It is interesting that Ground Zero comes under John McCain and Sarah Palins definition of Not Real America.

McCain's vision of America disunites America.

When it comes down to it you vote in elections for your vision of America.

And the candidates vie for that vision in the message they present to bring about that vision.

There are two messages to choose from here in this election.

The McCain Message of FEAR, HATRED and DIVISION.

Versus

The Obama message of Change Unity and Hope.

One is an American vision.

When you vote on November 4th you have to ask yourself:

Which is your vision for America?

Posted by: walker1 | October 29, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

“Is McCain Coming Back?”

Sure, right along with Nixon and Elvis.

The McCain campaign seems more like an advertisement for Life Alert:
“Help I've fallen and I can't get up!”

Posted by: FellowTraveler | October 29, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

And let's not forget that White Supremacy is at the heart of all this nonsense. The Racists, White Supremacists and Black man hating lesbians simply refuse to believe that a Black man is smarter then they are.

So instead of chalk up Obama mopping up the floor with their White Azzes they would rather blame the LA Times, the Liberal Media or any other White Supremacist organization most of which doubted Barack Obama just like the rest of White Supremacist and Black Self-hating America did.

But at least most of the Idiots when they saw that Obama was 20 Times smarter then these White Idiots, at least jumped on the bandwagon wanting to be with a winner but the hard core Racists, White Supremacists and Black Self-hating wish they were White Idiots are still holding out til' the bitter end.

Some of these Idiots have said that Obama could hurt himself by making his case directly to the people. They still want to hold on to the belief that they are smarter them him and know better then he does, a fatal flaw that will come back to bite these Idiots in their collective behinds.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother0003 | October 29, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

“Is McCain Coming Back?”

Sure, right along with Nixon and Elvis.

The McCain campaign seems more like an advertisement for Life Alert:
“Help I've fallen and I can't get up!”

Posted by: FellowTraveler | October 29, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

McCain's washed up. He's never coming back politically. Especially as a credible leader of the GOP.

Posted by: buzziea | October 29, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

What are we talking about here?

So McCain launches a fear based Racist, White Supremacist attack after saying point blank that discussing the issues would lead to certain defeat. And now the Racists and White Supremacists are suggesting that this smear, fear tactic is "working"?

Its silly. We know that Obama is NOT a Terrorist nor is he sympathetic to them. We are beyond the LIE that Obama lacks experience or would be weak in foreign policy. Barack Obama if he had been White this Race would have been over four years ago.

The bottomline is Racists, White Supremacists and Black man hating lesbians don't want a Black President and will say and do anything to stop it from happening.

These Idiots had the nerve to smear and attack COLLIN POWELL(Colling Powell?, I mean come the hell on, you can't find anyone more credible).

I'm tired of having to defend that FACT that Barack Obama is Black, if these Racists, White Supremacists and Black man hating lesbians can't get past the fact that he's Black then to hell with trying to "unite" with these Idiots, let them join the Taliban and them in the desert, good riddence.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother0003 | October 29, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

What are we talking about here?

So McCain launches a fear based Racist, White Supremacist attack after saying point blank that discussing the issues would lead to certain defeat. And now the Racists and White Supremacists are suggesting that this smear, fear tactic is "working"?

Its silly. We know that Obama is NOT a Terrorist nor is he sympathetic to them. We are beyond the LIE that Obama lacks experience or would be weak in foreign policy. Barack Obama if he had been White this Race would have been over four years ago.

The bottomline is Racists, White Supremacists and Black man hating lesbians don't want a Black President and will say and do anything to stop it from happening.

These Idiots had the nerve to smear and attack COLLIN POWELL(Colling Powell?, I mean come the hell on, you can't find anyone more credible).

I'm tired of having to defend that FACT that Barack Obama is Black, if these Racists, White Supremacists and Black man hating lesbians can't get past the fact that he's Black then to hell with trying to "unite" with these Idiots, let them join the Taliban and them in the desert, good riddence.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother0003 | October 29, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

in the post above there are so many things to comment on, so i'll respond to a few.

1) re: rev wright. in his speeches he is referring to 'cause and effect'

2) having dialogue with friends is easy because they'll agree most of the time, but an enemy is a challenge. AND, obama said that the meetings would be done by diplomats first.

Posted by: bernedroy | October 29, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

LA Times REFUSES to Release a tape that shows Obama in the company of a former PLO mouthpiece (when PLO was designated a terror group). While we know that most of the media has been in bed in Barack Hussein Obama, they have refused to dig deeper into his background. Names like Rev. Right, Ayer, Rezco, Acorn, Farakkan, Khalidi have become synonymous with Obama, But

WHO IS THIS Obama.
1. Occidental College records –Not released .
2. Columbia College records – Not released
3. Columbia Thesis Paper – “not available”
4. Harvard College records – Not released
5. Selective Service Registration – Not released
6. Medical records – Not released
7. Illinois State Senate schedule – “not available”
8. Law practice client list – Not released
9. Certified Copy of original Birth certificate – Not released
10. Embossed, signed paper Certification of Live Birth – Not released
11. Harvard Law Review articles published – None
12. University of Chicago scholarly articles – None
13. Record of baptism – Not released or “not available”
14. Illinois State Senate records– “not available”

WOULD YOU HIRE AN EMPLOYEE WHO W0ULDN'T DISCLOSE ANY OF THIS INFORMATION.

Posted by: DemocracyRules | October 29, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I agree Obama's has ran an effective campaign for 18 months. That is pretty much all he has done in his short career as a senator.
As for unity, Rev. Right, Ayer, Rezco, Khalid, Acorn, etc do not represent unity to me.

Vote for experience, integrity, character and judgement and yes CHANGE. Vote for McCain.

Posted by: DemocracyRules | October 29, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

McCain and the Republicans are in desperate straits and are doing everything they can to lie and cheat their way to a victory.They are morally , ethically and financially bankrupt.

Posted by: majorteddy | October 29, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I agree Obama's has ran an effective campaign for 18 months. That is pretty much all he has done in his short career as a senator.
As for unity, Rev. Right, Ayer, Rezco, Khalid, Acorn, etc do not represent unity to me.

Vote for experience, integrity, character and judgement and yes CHANGE. Vote for McCain.

Posted by: DemocracyRules | October 29, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama’s campaign is based on unity and change. This unity seems to extend worldwide. McCain’s campaign is based on divisiveness, biotry, racism and hate. You can see it in the posts of his supporters here.

VMR1 that was a very interesting post. Very informative. Thank you.

I do not fear for Israel with Obama as I do with McCain/Palin. McCain’s impulsiveness can be a detriment to the world.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/28/opinion/28kristof.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Posted by: Rachel10 | October 29, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama’s campaign is based on unity and change. This unity seems to extend worldwide. McCain’s campaign is based on divisiveness, biotry, racism and hate. You can see it in the posts of his supporters here.

VMR1 that was an interesting post. Very informative. Thank you.

I do not fear for Israel with Obama as I do with McCain/Palin. McCain’s impulsiveness can be a detriment to the world.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/28/opinion/28kristof.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Posted by: Rachel10 | October 29, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

koz, Could it be that the ational attention span has now shifted away from the media-hyped financial crisis now that things are beginning to stablize, the media-hyped price of gas at the pump now that it's down to $2.59 a gallon, and the media-hyped American defeat in Iraq now that the surge has proven to be a success beyond anyone's expectations and our efforts to stabilize the region will mean troops coming home with honor and victory despite the Democrats' best efforts to undermine them...do you think that maybe now, in this last week before the election, that good news for the country means bad news for the Ds? I sure hope so.

I look forward to Obama embarassing himself tonight with his obsene and presumptuous media blitz. I, for one, would rather not have to wait to watch the ball game.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | October 29, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Shalom VMR1,
If you did go to Israel every 3 months, you would actually know that the majority of Israelis do not support Obama (though some do), because of his perceived weakness in the areas of foreign affairs. Very little is know about Obama and his attitude toward Israel, but here are some of the facts Israeli don't like.

1) Obama said to AIPAC (pro-Israeli lobby) "Jerusalem will never be divided". Less than 24 hours later when pressed on this point by Arabs, he changed his mind.

2) Obama thinks he can negotiate or reason with anybody including Ahmedinejad, who said Holocaust has never happened and that he is going to destroy the holly land.

3) Obama has many friends and spiritual adviser that are anti-semitic and have brainwashed Obama for more than 20 years. Rev. Right, Farakkan, Khalid, etc

These are some of the reasons most (not all) Israeli do not support him. But if you did go to Israel every 3 months you would know that.

You are right, Obama is not an i d i o t, he know right from wrong, yet when Rev. Right has delivered his hate mongering, OBAMA DID NOTHING. We can debate what his true intentions are with all his close allies and friends, but this alone disqualifies him from the highest office in the world.

I will not vote for a man who lacks experience, character, judgment, integrity. You have closed your eyes on these, when you open them America might be lost.

Posted by: DemocracyRules | October 29, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Shalom VMR1,
If you did go to Israel every 3 months, you would actually know that the majority of Israelis do not support Obama (though some do), because of his perceived weakness in the areas of foreign affairs. Very little is know about Obama and his attitude toward Israel, but here are some of the facts Israeli don't like.

1) Obama said to AIPAC (pro-Israeli lobby) "Jerusalem will never be divided". Less than 24 hours later when pressed on this point by Arabs, he changed his mind.

2) Obama thinks he can negotiate or reason with anybody including Ahmedinejad, who said Holocaust has never happened and that he is going to destroy the holly land.

3) Obama has many friends and spiritual adviser that are anti-semitic and have brainwashed Obama for more than 20 years. Rev. Right, Farakkan, Khalid, etc

These are some of the reasons most (not all) Israeli do not support him. But if you did go to Israel every 3 months you would know that.

You are right, Obama is not an idiot, he know right from wrong, yet when Rev. Right has delivered his hate mongering, OBAMA DID NOTHING. We can debate what his true intentions are with all his close allies and friends, but this alone disqualifies him from the highest office in the world.

I will not vote for a man who lacks experience, character, judgment, integrity. You have closed your eyes on these, when you open them America might be lost.

Posted by: DemocracyRules | October 29, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

VMR1 Thank you for an informative post. It was interesting.

Posted by: Rachel10 | October 29, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

LATIMES HIDES OBAMA'S HATE JEWS VIDEO
___________________________________________

Abraham H. Foxman,national director, ADL
___________________________________________

" In the context of spending 20 years in a

church where now it is clear that

anti-Israel was there , was repeated , ...

that's what makes Obama's presence at a

Jew hating banquet a great concern . "
___________________________________________

http://www.danielpipes.org/article/5983
http://www.militantislammonitor.com

Posted by: RaZoR777 | October 29, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/p-j-gladnick/2008/10/29/obama-speechwriter-switches-mccain-ignored-msm

OBAMA SPEECH WRITER WENDY BUTTON DECLARES
HER VOTE FOR JOHN MCCAIN!

Lol- here it comes, abandon ship.
McCain/Palin 08

----------------

If you actually read her press release, it's a good thing she's defected. Looking to Joe the faux plumber as your raison d'etre? Speaks for itself.

McCain may get Democrats-Lite to join his merry band, but Barack gets the heavy-hitters of the Republican party.

Nothing here.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 29, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

VMR1 writes "having been brought up in a cultured European family I have natural disdain for the mercantile class and the "petit bourgeois" types."


Careful there, you're starting to sound like one of those people who cling to guns and cling to the bible, and their disdain for people who aren't like themselves out of some sense of bitterness.


Joe Biden's warning that America's enemies will test the mettle of Barack Obama is a reminder that this election should be about, in addition to the economy, which candidate is best equipped to handle an international crisis. We should be concerned about Jesse Jackson's warning that in an Obama administration "decades of putting Israel's interests first" would end. Israel is one of our staunchest allies in a very hostile world.

History shows that being nice to our enemies does not mean they will be nice to us, yet the Obama's foreign policy is built on this false premise.

Obama's economic policy is built on the false premise that increasing taxes will grow the economy. He's O for 2.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | October 29, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

LATIMES HIDES OBAMA'S HATE JEWS VIDEO
___________________________________________

Abraham H. Foxman,national director, ADL
___________________________________________

" In the context of spending 20 years in a

church where now it is clear that

anti-Israel was there , was repeated , ...

that's what makes Obama's presence at a

Jew hating banquet a great concern . "
___________________________________________

http://www.danielpipes.org/article/5983
http://www.militantislammonitor.com

Posted by: RaZoR777 | October 29, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

LATIMES HIDES OBAMA'S HATE JEWS VIDEO
___________________________________________

Abraham H. Foxman,national director, ADL
___________________________________________

" In the context of spending 20 years in a

church where now it is clear that

anti-Israel was there , was repeated , ...

that's what makes Obama's presence at a

Jew hating banquet a great concern . "
___________________________________________

http://www.danielpipes.org/article/5983
http://www.militantislammonitor.com

Posted by: RaZoR777 | October 29, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

VMR1 writes "having been brought up in a cultured European family I have natural disdain for the mercantile class and the "petit bourgeois" types."


Careful there, you're starting to sound like one of those people who cling to guns and cling to the bible, and their disdain for people who aren't like themselves out of some sense of bitterness.


Joe Biden's warning that America's enemies will test the mettle of Barack Obama is a reminder that this election should be about, in addition to the economy, which candidate is best equipped to handle an international crisis. We should be concerned about Jesse Jackson's warning that in an Obama administration "decades of putting Israel's interests first" would end. Israel is one of our staunchest allies in a very hostile world.

History shows that being nice to our enemies does not mean they will be nice to us, yet the Obama's foreign policy is built on this false premise.

Obama's economic policy is built on the false premise that increasing taxes will grow the economy. He's O for 2.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | October 29, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/p-j-gladnick/2008/10/29/obama-speechwriter-switches-mccain-ignored-msm

OBAMA SPEECH WRITER WENDY BUTTON DECLARES
HER VOTE FOR JOHN MCCAIN!

Lol- here it comes, abandon ship.
McCain/Palin 08

----------------

If you actually read her press release, it's a good thing she's defected. Looking to Joe the faux plumber as your raison d'etre? Speaks for itself.

McCain may get Democrats-Lite to join his merry band, but Barack gets the heavy-hitters of the Republican party.

Nothing here.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 29, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Shalom VMR1,
If you did go to Israel every 3 months, you would actually know that the majority of Israelis do not support Obama (though some do), because of his perceived weakness in the areas of foreign affairs. Very little is know about Obama and his attitude toward Israel, but here are some of the facts Israeli don't like.

1) Obama said to AIPAC (pro-Israeli lobby) "Jerusalem will never be divided". Less than 24 hours later when pressed on this point by Arabs, he changed his mind.

2) Obama thinks he can negotiate or reason with anybody including Ahmedinejad, who said Holocaust has never happened and that he is going to destroy the holly land.

3) Obama has many friends and spiritual adviser that are anti-semitic and have brainwashed Obama for more than 20 years. Rev. Right, Farakkan, Khalid, etc

These are some of the reasons most (not all) Israeli do not support him. But if you did go to Israel every 3 months you would know that.

You are right, Obama is not an idiot, he know right from wrong, yet when Rev. Right has delivered his hate mongering, OBAMA DID NOTHING. We can debate what his true intentions are with all his close allies and friends, but this alone disqualifies him from the highest office in the world.

I will not vote for a man who lacks experience, character, judgment, integrity. You have closed your eyes on these, when you open them America might be lost.

Posted by: DemocracyRules | October 29, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

VMR1 writes "having been brought up in a cultured European family I have natural disdain for the mercantile class and the "petit bourgeois" types."


Careful there, you're starting to sound like one of those people who cling to guns and cling to the bible, and their disdain for people who aren't like themselves out of some sense of bitterness.


Joe Biden's warning that America's enemies will test the mettle of Barack Obama is a reminder that this election should be about, in addition to the economy, which candidate is best equipped to handle an international crisis. We should be concerned about Jesse Jackson's warning that in an Obama administration "decades of putting Israel's interests first" would end. Israel is one of our staunchest allies in a very hostile world.

History shows that being nice to our enemies does not mean they will be nice to us, yet the Obama's foreign policy is built on this false premise.

Obama's economic policy is built on the false premise that increasing taxes will grow the economy. He's O for 2.


Posted by: proudtobeGOP | October 29, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/p-j-gladnick/2008/10/29/obama-speechwriter-switches-mccain-ignored-msm

OBAMA SPEECH WRITER WENDY BUTTON DECLARES
HER VOTE FOR JOHN MCCAIN!

Lol- here it comes, abandon ship.
McCain/Palin 08

----------------

If you actually read her press release, it's a good thing she's defected. Looking to Joe the faux plumber as your raison d'etre? Speaks for itself.

McCain may get Democrats-Lite to join his merry band, but Barack gets the heavy-hitters of the Republican party.

Nothing here.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 29, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I have decided to become extra patriotic with my new found liberalism. Instead of putting my hand over my heart, or wearing a flag pin, which are fake displays of patriotism, I will, instead, opt for paying loads more taxes.

this is so much better than supporting the military, those baby killing maggots who bomb villages and murder civilians.

go Murtha!!!

I plan to enlist in the newly formed department of Peace so I can go hand out food in darfur. If anyone shoots at me, I will conduct diplomacy and talk them out of it. Just keep those vultures at fox news away from me. they are just plain mean. or as they say typical white people.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 29, 2008 6:20 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, West Virgina and Pa 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.
.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxT0s_I5WtA
.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Trust me on this (I go to Israel every 3 months). Israelis are only too happy to lose Bush as a "friend" and his coterie of crazed white evangelicals who hope to convert Jews in the End Days.

Bush's friendly embrace has created many more enemies for Israel than the friendship was worth. Because EVERYBODY in the world despises Bush, including Israel's best friends, and what he's done to America. Because America consists of so much of the world, nearly everybody in the world has a stake in America's well-being. As they say abroad, when America sneezes, the world catches cold.

Well, under Bush America farted and the world has nearly suffocated. The best way to "protect" Israel is to let it protect itself. As for its neighbors, the world by now has finally seen what they really are and has mostly understood Israel's existential situation.

Every political group has its crazies: American GOP has these millions of right-wing proto-fascist fanatics, while the Democrats also have their own degenerates; the Russians have their vodka-soaked insane nationalists; the Brits, their rabid left-wing antisemites; the Arabs - we all know about the Arabs; and the Israelis too have plenty of religious fanatics. Nobody has a monopoly on idiocy.

Obama is NOT an idiot, as far as I can tell. And as far as his "suspicious associations", that's desperation nonsense from McCain. I've associated plenty with people whom I wouldn't let into my house.

For example, I wouldn't let someone like Donald Trump, or Martha Stewart into my home because having been brought up in a cultured European family I have natural disdain for the mercantile class and the "petit bourgeois" types.

But, if fate makes such encounters inevitable or, worse, you have to work for people like that - so be it. I still wouldn't let them into MY home. So, I think Obama is a Mensh and you (or Israel) have nothing to worry about.

Posted by: VMR1 | October 29, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe Obama w/the lib Congress will spend out of control but I'm going to take his word that they will pay as they go! Its called faith and it worked in the Clintons case!"

There's no maybe about it, a Splurge is on the very near horizon if Obama gets in and goeas along with his buddies Pelosi, Reid, and Frank. If you believed Pay-Go in 2006, then I guess you'll believe it now, despite what an absolute failure the Democrat Congress has proven themselves to be. They have utterly failed in every way on all of their promises. And now, you want to give them the benefit of the doubt with a liberal D at the tiller?

Bill Clinton got a huge economic gift in the form of the Microsoft and dot.com revolution of the 90's, and yet he managed to weaken the military to an almost unrecognizable level and his policies enacted much of the sub-prime mortgage mess that we're now paying for.

Obama's plans for increasing taxes and increasing the size of and reliance on government are absolutely the wrong approach to take in a global recession. The voters are not overlooking the potential effect of a liberal Congress combined with a liberal Executive.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | October 29, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/p-j-gladnick/2008/10/29/obama-speechwriter-switches-mccain-ignored-msm

OBAMA SPEECH WRITER WENDY BUTTON DECLARES
HER VOTE FOR JOHN MCCAIN!

Lol- here it comes, abandon ship.
McCain/Palin 08

Posted by: blevins20061 | October 29, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/p-j-gladnick/2008/10/29/obama-speechwriter-switches-mccain-ignored-msm\

OBAMA SPEECH WRITER WENDY BUTTON DECLARES HER VOTE FOR>>>>>JOHN MCCAIN

Lol- here it comes, abandon ship!
McCain/Palin 08

Posted by: blevins20061 | October 29, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/p-j-gladnick/2008/10/29/obama-speechwriter-switches-mccain-ignored-msm

OBAMA SPEECH WRITER WENDY BUTTON DECLARES HER VOTE FOR....JOHN MCCAIN.

LOL-Here it comes, abandon ship!
MCCAIN/PALIN 08

Posted by: blevins20061 | October 29, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/p-j-gladnick/2008/10/29/obama-speechwriter-switches-mccain-ignored-msm

OBAMA SPEECHWRITER WENDY BUTTON DELCARES HER VOTE FOR JOHN MCCAIN.

LOL...here it comes! Everybody abandon ship!
McCain/Palin 08

Posted by: blevins20061 | October 29, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

GOP,

You're crazy?? So you honestly think a family making $60k is going to get their taxes increased by $2900/yr under Obama or that Clintons rate was that much higher than Bush's to begin with? I'm in that same class and I never noticed any tax cut w/Bush compared to Clinton....maybe there was a small one but it got ate up w/mushrooming healthcare costs anyway!

BUSH 1 = Recession/Deficit

CLINTONS = Balanced budgets/22 million new jobs

BUSH 2 = Largest Deficit EVER and probably 2nd biggest recession next to the Depression

Even you should be able to figure out who will truly be best for our economy! These facts are indisputable and prove without a doubt that "Trickle Up" doesn't work! Maybe Obama w/the lib Congress will spend out of control but I'm going to take his word that they will pay as they go! Its called faith and it worked in the Clintons case! When fat girls in the White House is the biggest problem in the country then things are pretty good! How much taxpayer money was wasted w/Ken Starr anyway...more GOP hypocrite BS!!


Posted by: vet4barack | October 29, 2008 5:42 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=PZxIYTEDARU

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=N38Ug_ugzXs

Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

"Obama will step up to Iran (or anyone else) if need be...he's no pacifist "

No, no. They'll surely cave under the pressure of his extreme negotiating tactics, forged by years of work hewing to the party line as the most liberal Senator in the United States Senate. Obama will not be bullied around by those dictators, not like he was by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid insisting the war was lost and the surge would be a complete and utter failure.

You can't expect him to stand up to the liberal powers that be in his own party, though. That'd be asking too much.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | October 29, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

SEN. OBAMA TAX POLICIES WILL DISTROY JOBS, POOR, MIDDLE CLASS, WEALTHY, PEOPLE’S MIND, ECONOMY!!! I frankly think his policy could send us into prolong recession.

EFFECT OF HIS ECONOMIC POLICY:
1) People would engage in tax dodging activities rather than focusing on their businesses. 2) Businesses would move abroad where there is less tax penalty. 3) Loss of jobs due to business distractions and businesses going overseas. 4) More tax burden falling on Middle class due to educated and rich , who pay 70% of fed tax, abandoning America. 5)Less hard working due to people realization that they are being tax penalized for working harder. 6) Loss of the wealthy and educated who will move abroad to avoid being tax penalized. 7) Poor will suffer more because of no available job and less money to take care of them.

* PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECT: 1) People will be less personally responsible --people will become more dependent on Gov.. 2) People will be less able to solve their problems.

BTW, liberal media -like CNN, MSN, etc.- will engage in voter suppression schemes -especially on election day- to prevent Republican voters from showing up at polls. They did it to Sen. Clinton in primary. They are currently doing it by telling voters that Sen. Obama will definitely win election, so Republican voters are wasting their time showing up at polls.
Therefore, Sen. McCain and Rep. should start alerting voters now!

Posted by: lazerboy | October 29, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama's going to be beat like a drum.

America is sobering up.

Posted by: JaxMax | October 29, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

"Obama's just repealing the rich tax cut that Bush I put in place!"

The effect of which will be the largest tax increase in American history. And, lest you believe that b.s. about it only affecting the richest Americans, by repealing those tax cuts, the middle class will absolutely pay more.

It's not a perfect calculator, but here:

http://www.moneychimp.com/features/tax_brackets.htm

you can put in your taxable income for 2008 and calculate your tax bill, and then do the same for the tax rates of 2000, before the Bush tax cuts went into effect.

For example, let's say you're part of a married couple, filing jointly, with $60,000 in taxable income. Firmly middle-class, right? In 2008, you would pay $8,198. If you have the same amount of taxable income after the Bush tax cuts are repealed, and tax rates return to 2000 levels, you'll pay $11,100.

Under Obama, you get to be more patriotic to the tune of $2,902 out of your pocket and into the government's coffers! Gotta spread that wealth around, you know.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | October 29, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Proud - "tax fairness", "Redistributive change" are actually code words for th graduated income tax. I suppose you are opposed to the graduiated income tax. If so, please have the intellectual honesty to come out and say that, rather than playing another of Kark Rove's games.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | October 29, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Proud, I am sick of working hard. I have decided to elect Obama and then sit home. can you please work overtime and send me some dough, via Obama. He will take his cut to fund ACORN but I will still get a piece for doing nothing. Isn't liberalism grand?

I will also be needing tuition, heat, a car, clothing, dentist, doctor, food (organic, of course), and my all important union dues.

Please work extra specially hard and think of me. I'll be watching Oprah with you in mind.

And I forgot to say - you rich people suck. now get back to work. Obama is calling.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 29, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

IMO Obama will be more neutral towards Israel! If he is then it might be considered anti-Semitic but I don't see it that way! He was asked who America's 3 biggest allies (not sure how long ago or what his exact answer was?) and he didn't name Israel! No..I don't think he's Muslim but I think he likes to look at both sides of a situation rather than play up 1 side for political purposes like Bush! Iran/Hamas terrorism can't be tolerated but Israelis shouldn't be shooting kids throwing rocks w/American provided M-16s either! Obama will step up to Iran (or anyone else) if need be...he's no pacifist as the Repubs claim. He supported bombing the Al-Queda staging areas in Pakistan a long time ago...which we're now doing!!

Posted by: vet4barack | October 29, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

"Is McCain Coming Back?"

Not judging by any polling data publicly available. Even the WaPo poll shows rock steadiness through the month of October.

Mr. McInturff, just like Sen. McCain, is obligated to put as bright and happy a spin on their debacle of a campaign as possible. If not, many republicans probably wouldn't show up to vote.

But just because a republican pollster working for the McCain Campaign says he believes the polls are tightening doesn't make it true. Particularly when no independent analysts are able to come to the same conclusion.

It's more republican spin. It's all they have left.

Posted by: dastubbs | October 29, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Is McCain coming back? NO! Maybe his melanoma will come back (it has a few times already), but his candidacy has been on a ventilator for weeks & we all know this case is DNR (Do Not Resuscitate).
The only remaining suspense is the exact margin of Obama's victory. Soon McCain will be remembered in the history books primarily as the candidate Obama defeated. Palin will exist primarily as fodder for comedians to parody. What a great pair of candidates!
President Obama will be one of the greatest presidents in history. He has an active & curious mind. He wants to hear all sides of every issue. He will work together with people to find common ground & build a consensus. He is an excellent listener & a serious, profound thinker. What a welcome change this will be from W 43 who: refuses to listen to anyone who disagrees with his hasty "from the gut" decisions, has a governing philosophy of " 50% plus 1", is the WORST president in history, & has united the sane 80% of the country in opposition to him. W 43 to Obama = Worst to First

Posted by: DoctorB | October 29, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Coming from the McCain camp, it seems awfully like the way to create thoughts of a comeback are to make them yourselves. Making a big issue of this makes the WaPo McCain's lapdog.

Posted by: justzig | October 29, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

jgh2 writes "I'm sure as such an upstanding citizen you will return any excess tax refund that you will receive after the election."

Actually, I happen to be one of the tax-paying individuals who don't recieve refunds or checks in the amil from Uncle Sam. I am happy to pay my taxes at the end of the year. I don't mind having my air share go toward preserving the common defense and promoting the general welfare. What I DO mind, is when liberal politicians want to take more of my hard earned money and give it to others according to arbitrary rules of "fairness" and "economic justice". Poppycock.

"Redistributive change" is not only a bad idea, it has been shown time and time again in other countries to have a negative effect on the economy, and that is the last thing we need right now.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | October 29, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Just more of the same from More of the Same McCain. Since he really doesn't have anything in the way of solutions for America's problems McSame just tries to create doubt about Obama. He's a pathetic old man with a dizzy bimbo for a running mate.

Posted by: ElectricBill | October 29, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Just more of the same from More of the Same McCain. Since he really doesn't have anything in the way of solutions for America's problems McSame just tries to create doubt about Obama. He's a pathetic old man with a dizzy bimbo for a running mate.

Posted by: ElectricBill | October 29, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Just more of the same from More of the Same McCain. Since he really doesn't have anything in the way of solutions for America's problems McSame just tries to create doubt about Obama. He's a pathetic old man with a dizzy bimbo for a running mate.

Posted by: ElectricBill | October 29, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Just more of the same from More of the Same McCain. Since he really doesn't have anything in the way of solutions for America's problems McSame just tries to create doubt about Obama. He's a pathetic old man with a dizzy bimbo for a running mate.

Posted by: ElectricBill | October 29, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Just more of the same from More of the Same McCain. Since he really doesn't have anything in the way of solutions for America's problems McSame just tries to create doubt about Obama. He's a pathetic old man with a dizzy bimbo for a running mate.

Posted by: ElectricBill | October 29, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

..Chris.....ya might want to see the new CNN Poll numbers.....if this is a McCain come back? LOL Good luck with that but I'm sure you got an "Atta Boy" and a pat on the head from Matt Drudge LOL
At this rate of "improvement"? There are not enough days left!

Posted by: Grissom1001 | October 29, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Proud to be GOP,

All taxes are redistribution...this whole Socialism thing is just McCain grasping at straws! The man runs a campaign the same way he flew a plane...CRASH AND BURN!!

BOTTOM LINE...trickle down doesn't work...any true economy expert will tell you that! Obama's just repealing the rich tax cut that Bush I put in place! Clinton's tax plan jump started the middle class AND cut the budget! That CANNOT be argued...IT IS FACT!! Now how does a "tax and spend liberal" balance the budget while spending got OUT OF CONTROL on both Bush's watch? HOW IS THAT??

Posted by: vet4barack | October 29, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

The race tightened again to 3 points Wednesday, a margin IBD/TIPP has shown for six days and to which other polls appear to be migrating. For example, the Rasmussen and Gallup polls, each of which had Obama up 5 points two days ago, now have him at 3. Obama still leads by 5 to 6 points among Independents, but 18% of them remain undecided.

Messiah sinking. don't bother to throw him a line. he walks on water, remember?

buh bye faker.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 29, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

"Our economy is structurally sound for the long term"
-George W Bush - Feb 11, 2008


"The American people can remain confident in the soundness and the resilience of our financial system"
-Henry Paulson - Sept 15, 2008


"The economy is fundamentally sound"
-Herbert Hoover - October, 1931


"The fundamentals of our economy are strong"
-John McCain - Sept 15, 2008
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcdLO3jKkPo
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McCain does not have the ability to fix this economic crisis. After declaring the fundamentals of the economy strong, he created a political circus in Washington by mucking up bailout negotiations; a deplorable campaign stunt, considering he and his political cronies helped cause the current meltdown.


It was McCain and his economic adviser Phil Gramm who pushed for the deregulation that helped lead to the banking crisis, and it was McCain's crony Rick Davis who had deep lobbyist ties to Freddie Mac. Don't let others be fooled by McCain's economic grandstanding because the reality is his policies and principles will only exacerbate our financial hardships.


McCain is being deceitful with his sudden populist message and support for regulation; his economic policies still favor our nation's wealthy elite.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4egXbhSOhk
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

McC is not GWB and he truly does know every major world leader. He has been a fine Senator, who learned from his mistakes, early on. Recently, he has sorely disappointed me on several occasions, including his newfound devotion to tax cuts as opposed to fiscal responsibility, and his choice of SHP.

I gave money to McC but now I have voted for BHO. I had been waiting for eight years to vote for McC so you must understand my disappointment with this campaign was deep.

If the McC pollsters are correct and he wins, I expect him to again rise above the detritus of this campaign and be a good president - but I will pray for his health every day and hope that SHP is given no more function than presiding over the Senate.

But, honestly, I do not see how McC can win, at this point.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 29, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

"You don't think Gore wouldn't have stepped up security after 9/11?? "

I stand corrected! Of course, Captain Planet would have sicked the entire United Nations on those evil doers and he would've made darn sure their carbons were offset, too. And if only John Kerry had been elected...oh, the what-ifs are truly mind boggling. If only you liberals could nominate a decent candidate, one who doesn't promote class warfare and economic redistribution.

According to the amount of money spent so far in this campaign, Barack Hussein Obama should be ahead by 95%, not 3%.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | October 29, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

McCain's campaign has become comparable to the campaigns of Joseph McCarthy and Richard Nixon in his Senate elections. He is throwing out the wildest charges, dishonorable namecalling, lies and distortions to try to win the election. Palin is obviously the most unqualified person to be president since Agnew. At least Nixon knew Agnew was unqualified, McCain seems to think Palin is qualified to be president even though one of his top advisers said she knows nothing about international issues. So much for his claims to be for country first and promises to wage a civil campaign, not to take the low road to try to win the highest office in the land.

The McCain camp and many Republicans are desperate to win because they do not believe Democrats are entitled to have a chance govern this country again, they are determined to protect the interests of the wealthy and corporations over everyone else.

Many commentators have observed how McCain has sold out whatever integrity and convictions he had to the right wingers in his party to try to win this election.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | October 29, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I see- as I've said elsewhere- that the intelligent Republicans have abandoned this campaign and either will vote for Obama or sit it out. Posting here are the nutters and racists for Palin/McCain. Clueless and writing unsubstantiated lies but given their own demographics, what can we expect?
LMcintyre- I am a committed, service attending Jew who strongly supports Israel- I just bought an Israel bond-and visited last year- and I know Barack Obama is no anti-semite. It is much more likely that you are- as undereducated racists usually also hate Jews. Sometime they like Israel(if the Jews and Arabs were all gone) but they hate Jews- and we know it.

Posted by: silverspring25 | October 29, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

McCain's campaign has become comparable to the campaigns of Joseph McCarthy and Richard Nixon in his Senate elections. He is throwing out the wildest charges, dishonorable namecalling, lies and distortions to try to win the election. Palin is obviously the most unqualified person to be president since Agnew. At least Nixon knew Agnew was unqualified, McCain seems to think Palin is qualified to be president even though one of his top advisers said she knows nothing about international issues. So much for his claims to be for country first and promises to wage a civil campaign, not to take the low road to try to win the highest office in the land.

The McCain camp and many Republicans are desperate to win because they do not believe Democrats are entitled to have a chance govern this country again, they are determined to protect the interests of the wealthy and corporations over everyone else.

Many commentators have observed how McCain has sold out whatever integrity and convictions he had to the right wingers in his party to try to win this election.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | October 29, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

This race was essentially over after the second Presidential debate. By that time, Obama had established himself both as acceptable on the military Commander-in-Chief argument, and had clearly established himself as the candidate attuned to the needs and concerns of the "middle class." In three debates, while Obama constantly focused on these middle-class economic concerns, McCain never once mentioned the term "middle-class" demonstrating to middle-class voters that McCain is clearly out of touch on the realities they confront in their daily lives.

McCain's wanderings about the stage during the second debate and his quirkiness that entire night, combined with the public souring on Palin and discouting McCain's judgment for that choice also served to underscore Obama's more Presidential temperament and steadiness in the face of the economic crisis.

McCain made a huge strategic blunder with the Palin choice. It undermined the idea that McCain somehow might be a change from the Bush politics of divisiveness because it was a sop to the far-right elements of his party. Had McCain moved to the middle with a Ridge VP nomination, he would have been able to effectively run to the middle. The far-right had nowhere else to go---they would never vote for Obama. McCain had the chance to recast the Republican Party as a centrist vehicle, and he blew it----colossally so. He elevated someone totally uninformed and unprepared who has become a national joke and a fatal drag on his Presidential ambitions.

While McCain may creep a bit closer in the waning days, Obama will wind up winning by 4-7 points in the National popular vote, and with at least 311 Electoral Votes. The only question now is whether it winds up relatively close, or a landslide----not who wins.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | October 29, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

McC is not GWB and he truly does know every major world leader. He has been a fine Senator, who learned from his mistakes, early on. Recently, he has sorely disappointed me on several occasions, including his newfound devotion to tax cuts as opposed to fiscal responsibility, and his choice of SHP.

I gave money to McC but now I have voted for BHO. I had been waiting for eight years to vote for McC so you must understand my disappointment with this campaign was deep.

If the McC pollsters are correct and he wins, I expect him to again rise above the detritus of this campaign and be a good president - but I will pray for his health every day and hope that SHP is given no more function than presiding over the Senate.

But, honestly, I do not see how McC can win, at this point.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 29, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Having kept this country safe for the past 7 years is something you liberals always fail to give any credit for. Did you think that was just a matter of coincidence?

No domestic attacks since 2001...whoop-de-do?
You don't think Gore wouldn't have stepped up security after 9/11??

Invading the wrong country and helping Al-Queda recruiting per Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld hasn't helped America at all! Having 4,000 of our brave people killed and 20-30K mangled for NO LASTING REASON based on LIES isn't keeping us safer either!! Who are we to force Democracy at the end of a gun on other people? We can't afford to be the world police...if they have a Saddam then THEY need to take care of him!

Posted by: vet4barack | October 29, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

" you liberals always fail "

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | October 29, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

The above should read:
you haters of America always fail

We now prefer to be called haters of America - it's more modern and edgy. Liberal is so bell bottomed jeans and tie-dye.

Posted by: DonJasper | October 29, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Having kept this country safe for the past 7 years is something you liberals always fail to give any credit for. Did you think that was just a matter of coincidence?

No domestic attacks since 2001...whoop-de-do?
You don't think Gore wouldn't have stepped up security after 9/11??

Invading the wrong country and helping Al-Queda recruiting per Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld hasn't helped America at all! Having 4,000 of our brave people killed and 20-30K mangled for NO LASTING REASON based on LIES isn't keeping us safer either!! Who are we to force Democracy at the end of a gun on other people? We can't afford to be the world police...if they have a Saddam then THEY need to take care of him!

Posted by: vet4barack | October 29, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who is "proudtobegoop" is beyond trying to reason with. You've already bought into all of their B.S. Full speed ahead, damn the torpedo's and don't let the facts confuse you and get in the way. I'm sure as such an upstanding citizen you will return any excess tax refund that you will receive after the election. You attack a person wearing an Obama T-shirt? Yep, let's get the spotlight off our lame candidates and their lame programs and focus on something with real meaning. It's the same old broken record with the GOPites. Keep trying to scare everyone about how dangerous it will be when Obama's president. It might scare the fellow GOOP's, but not the guy who will have to suffer for four more years if McCain/Palin are elected. Frankly she scares more people than anything on the Democratic side. President Palin? We'd have to send an interpreter with her to English speaking countries. Why don't you grow up, get a life, learn about new things, better things. Stop wallowing in your own mud for once.

Posted by: jgh2 | October 29, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

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If there was a white Presidential candidate who was found to be a member of a racist church, same as the Rev. Wright's church except substitute "white values" for "black values" and visa vera, THE MEDIA WOULD BE IN TOTAL ATTACK MODE AGAINST THAT WHITE CANDIDATE.


OBAMA IS A RACIST - OBAMA HAS GIVE $20,000.00 TO A RACIST CHURCH IN ONE YEAR.


Washington Post - there are a lot of Churches in Chicago which are black and which are not racist - Obama did not have to give $20,000.00 to this one Church - STOP GIVING OBAMA A PASS ON HIS RACISM AGAINST WHITES.


WAKE UP WASHINGTON POST WAKE UP MEDIA.


WAKE UP AMERICA.


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Exactly right he's racist. Just listen to Irreverend Wrong, his pastor for many, many years.


Exactly right he's socialist. Just listen to him admit it to Joe the Plumber, or his interviews in the past.


Exactly right he's a rotten human being. Just look at his abortion voting record.


Exactly right he has questionable judgment. Just look at his associations with people in his past.


Exactly right he's corrupt. Just look at the Rezko land deal.


Exactly right he's a liar. Just look at what he says about taxes vs. how he's actually voted.


Exactly right he has no executive experience. Just look at his resume -- or lack thereof.


Exactly right he's secretive. Just look at his lack of birth certificate, SAT scores, grades, etc. etc., etc.


Exactly right he'll be challenged in his first 6 months of office if elected. Just look at what he says about meeting unconditionally with world leaders.


We cannot be SERIOUS about electing this guy!! Obama in charge of nukes?! What. The.


Sorry George Washington, we messed everything up.


We stopped demanding the best people in the White House.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 29, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Crushing blow to MccAIn:

Senator Barack Obama has a strong lead in the contest for Pennsylvania’s 21 electoral votes.

Among registered voters in the state, Obama is ahead with 52% to McCain’s 39%.

Among likely voters, including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate, Obama has a comparable 14 percentage point advantage. Here, Obama sprints past McCain -- 55% to 41% -- with just 4% of voters reporting they have yet to make up their minds.

Independents likely to vote on Election Day favor Obama by more than 2-to-1.

85% of Pennsylvania voters say they are firmly behind their pick for president while just 2% say they might change their minds between now and Tuesday. That’s regardless of whom they are planning to support.


http://www.maristpoll.marist.edu/PApolls/PA081029.htm

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 29, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Crushing blow to MccAIn:

Senator Barack Obama has a strong lead in the contest for Pennsylvania’s 21 electoral votes.

Among registered voters in the state, Obama is ahead with 52% to McCain’s 39%.

Among likely voters, including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate, Obama has a comparable 14 percentage point advantage. Here, Obama sprints past McCain -- 55% to 41% -- with just 4% of voters reporting they have yet to make up their minds.

Independents likely to vote on Election Day favor Obama by more than 2-to-1.

85% of Pennsylvania voters say they are firmly behind their pick for president while just 2% say they might change their minds between now and Tuesday. That’s regardless of whom they are planning to support.


http://www.maristpoll.marist.edu/PApolls/PA081029.htm

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 29, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

proudtobeGOP - "Kept the copuntry safe for 7 years"? What are drinking? I didn't think right wingers were dopers, but you certainly sound like one! Geporge W. Bush *LIED* us into a war, ran the economy into a ditch, ran up the highest national debt in history and, just for god measure, he and his friends outright conned (DEFRAUDED) banks and investors all over the world and wrecked the world's economy. Bush defended his Wall Street frieds, he ruined our lives and the lives of milllions upon milllions of other people. His wholewar on terror" was NEVEVER anything other than a cynical campaign tool, designed by Rove, to frighten the soap opera moms and assorted bedwetters pretending to be men. The ran out the idiot lights and ran up the threat level to orange or red whenever an election was in doubt or they needed a vote for something. Bush NEVER did ONE THING for this country that was good for it. He is the single worst failure this country has ever produced and, if there is one, he and Dick Cheney will rot in hell.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | October 29, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who is "proudtobegoop" is beyond trying to reason with. You've already bought into all of their B.S. Full speed ahead, damn the torpedo's and don't let the facts confuse you and get in the way. I'm sure as such an upstanding citizen you will return any excess tax refund that you will receive after the election. You attack a person wearing an Obama T-shirt? Yep, let's get the spotlight off our lame candidates and their lame programs and focus on something with real meaning. It's the same old broken record with the GOPites. Keep trying to scare everyone about how dangerous it will be when Obama's president. It might scare the fellow GOOP's, but not the guy who will have to suffer for four more years if McCain/Palin are elected. Frankly she scares more people than anything on the Democratic side. President Palin? We'd have to send an interpreter with her to English speaking countries. Why don't you grow up, get a life, learn about new things, better things. Stop wallowing in your own mud for once.

Posted by: jgh2 | October 29, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama has the best of both world. He's half white despite the fact that he
looks black. He's young, smart, and is in the middle, despite what McBush says. My daughter took a class from Bill Ayers, should I kick her out of the house? How about those people who sat in church ran by a pedophile catholic priest, should we force them out of their neighboroods? Le's face it McCain is an old politician. He believes that because he was captured in battle, we owe him something, how about those who died? I like George Washington, but I wouldn't entrust him with a 2008 US Economy. Sarah Palin looks ok, I would entrust her to understand world finance, be a diplomat, and to tip-toe around world affair. At least J.T. Plumber went where S. Palin hasn't gone, he gave several interviews without Ol' McBush supervising.
We had 8 years of Republican rule, they messed up; let's try something else.

Posted by: chdemornay | October 29, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

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If there was a white Presidential candidate who was found to be a member of a racist church, same as the Rev. Wright's church except substitute "white values" for "black values" and visa vera, THE MEDIA WOULD BE IN TOTAL ATTACK MODE AGAINST THAT WHITE CANDIDATE.


OBAMA IS A RACIST - OBAMA HAS GIVE $20,000.00 TO A RACIST CHURCH IN ONE YEAR.


Washington Post - there are a lot of Churches in Chicago which are black and which are not racist - Obama did not have to give $20,000.00 to this one Church - STOP GIVING OBAMA A PASS ON HIS RACISM AGAINST WHITES.


WAKE UP WASHINGTON POST WAKE UP MEDIA.


WAKE UP AMERICA.


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Exactly right he's racist. Just listen to Irreverend Wrong, his pastor for many, many years.


Exactly right he's socialist. Just listen to him admit it to Joe the Plumber, or his interviews in the past.


Exactly right he's a rotten human being. Just look at his abortion voting record.


Exactly right he has questionable judgment. Just look at his associations with people in his past.


Exactly right he's corrupt. Just look at the Rezko land deal.


Exactly right he's a liar. Just look at what he says about taxes vs. how he's actually voted.


Exactly right he has no executive experience. Just look at his resume -- or lack thereof.


Exactly right he's secretive. Just look at his lack of birth certificate, SAT scores, grades, etc. etc., etc.


Exactly right he'll be challenged in his first 6 months of office if elected. Just look at what he says about meeting unconditionally with world leaders.


We cannot be SERIOUS about electing this guy!! Obama in charge of nukes?! What. The.


Sorry George Washington, we messed everything up.


We stopped demanding the best people in the White House.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 29, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

"Breaking news: In a phone interview with FOX News, Barack Obama’s deputy campaign manager, Steve Hildebrand said: “John McCain is right. Things are tightening in the battleground states.”

"Hildebrand sent a memo to long-standing Democratic operatives on Tuesday, saying the campaign disregards current state polls showing Obama ahead..."

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | October 29, 2008 4:00

The state polls always lag the national poll trends. If the race is tightening in the national polls, the state polls will follow a few days later. The national polling started to tighten up a few days ago. But that was only a pause in the general softening trend that had been going on in the past four weeks, regarding Obama's lead.

The reason why the softening in Obama's lead in the past few weeks hasn't been clear from the RCP trendlines is that the newspaper polls also started during that time and they have been posting blowout numbers in the double digits. So the softening of Obama's lead in the daily tracking polls isn't apparent if you are looking at "poll of polls" averages.

My opinion is what I stated earlier. Either person can still win, and I have the feeling that the best candidate will win, whichever candidate that is. And that the country should support the winner, and stop the partisan attacks in this time of trouble.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 29, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Having kept this country safe for the past 7 years is something you liberals always fail to give any credit for. Did you think that was just a matter of coincidence?

As Barney Frank has promised, cutting the military by 25% is the first order of business to pay for all of the bloated government handouts and social programs that mibrooks supports and Obama has insisted on ramming down our throats in the middle of the worst economic downturn in decades.

More taxes and more spending is the liberals answer for everything. Everything except national security, that is.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | October 29, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

All I know is this....a McCain/Palin administration would find it impossible to scrounge up enough cannon fodder for their wars! Iraq, Afghanistan, Georgia, Venezuela, you name it! The rest of our former allies would ignore McOld and vice versa...same as Bush! Anyone that would leave our brave people in Iraq for up to 100 yrs while trying to turn it into another U.S. military outpost like S. Korea or Japan is so far out of touch that its hard to believe! Cold War/Vietnam thinking just like his daddy...if we just bombed a little more we could've won Vietnam..damn the hippies at home!! I served w/brass that thought like this...most brass thinks like this actually!

Posted by: vet4barack | October 29, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

This race was essentially over after the second Presidential debate. By that time, Obama had established himself both as acceptable on the military Commander-in-Chief argument, and had clearly established himself as the candidate attuned to the needs and concerns of the "middle class." In three debates, while Obama constantly focused on these middle-class economic concerns, McCain never once mentioned the term "middle-class" demonstrating to middle-class voters that McCain is clearly out of touch on the realities they confront in their daily lives.

McCain's wanderings about the stage during the second debate and his quirkiness that entire night, combined with the public souring on Palin and discouting McCain's judgment for that choice also served to underscore Obama's more Presidential temperament and steadiness in the face of the economic crisis.

McCain made a huge strategic blunder with the Palin choice. It undermined the idea that McCain somehow might be a change from the Bush politics of divisiveness because it was a sop to the far-right elements of his party. Had McCain moved to the middle with a Ridge VP nomination, he would have been able to effectively run to the middle. The far-right had nowhere else to go---they would never voted for Obama. McCain had the chance to recast the Republican Party as a centrist vehicle, and he blew it----colossally so. He elevated someone totally uninformed and unprepared who has become a national joke and a fatal drag on his Presidential ambitions.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | October 29, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Having kept this country safe for the past 7 years is something you liberals always fail to give any credit for. Did you think that was just a matter of coincidence?

As Barney Frank has promised, cutting the military by 25% is the first order of business to pay for all of the bloated government handouts and social programs that mibrooks supports and Obama has insisted on ramming down our throats in the middle of the worst economic downturn in decades.

More taxes and more spending is the liberals answer for everything. Everything except national security, that is.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | October 29, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Crushing blow to MccAIn:

Senator Barack Obama has a strong lead in the contest for Pennsylvania’s 21 electoral votes.

Among registered voters in the state, Obama is ahead with 52% to McCain’s 39%.

Among likely voters, including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate, Obama has a comparable 14 percentage point advantage. Here, Obama sprints past McCain -- 55% to 41% -- with just 4% of voters reporting they have yet to make up their minds.

Independents likely to vote on Election Day favor Obama by more than 2-to-1.

85% of Pennsylvania voters say they are firmly behind their pick for president while just 2% say they might change their minds between now and Tuesday. That’s regardless of whom they are planning to support.


http://www.maristpoll.marist.edu/PApolls/PA081029.htm

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 29, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who is "proudtobegoop" is beyond trying to reason with. You've already bought into all of their B.S. Full speed ahead, damn the torpedo's and don't let the facts confuse you and get in the way. I'm sure as such an upstanding citizen you will return any excess tax refund that you will receive after the election. You attack a person wearing an Obama T-shirt? Yep, let's get the spotlight off our lame candidates and their lame programs and focus on something with real meaning. It's the same old broken record with the GOPites. Keep trying to scare everyone about how dangerous it will be when Obama's president. It might scare the fellow GOOP's, but not the guy who will have to suffer for four more years if McCain/Palin are elected. Frankly she scares more people than anything on the Democratic side. President Palin? We'd have to send an interpreter with her to English speaking countries. Why don't you grow up, get a life, learn about new things, better things. Stop wallowing in your own mud for once.

Posted by: jgh2 | October 29, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

"As hard as it may be to imagine to you loony liberals, not all voters are interested in whatever short term lining of their pockets might come out of the election, and are actually in favor of voting for what's better for the country and our future generations."

Pretty funny stuff. Let's listen to that great thinker, Joe the Plumber, about what's better for the country and our future generations.

Face it, McCain used Joe as a prop for his tax plan. When that proved embarrassing, he shifted Joe to a prop for his character attacks on Obama.

In other words, Joe is a joke. And anyone who listens to Joe....you do the math.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 29, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama has the best of both world. He's half white despite the fact that he
looks black. He's young, smart, and is in the middle, despite what McBush says. My daughter took a class from Bill Ayers, should I kick her out of the house? How about those people who sat in church ran by a pedophile catholic priest, should we force them out of their neighboroods? Le's face it McCain is an old politician. He believes that because he was captured in battle, we owe him something, how about those who died? I like George Washington, but I wouldn't entrust him with a 2008 US Economy. Sarah Palin looks ok, I would entrust her to understand world finance, be a diplomat, and to tip-toe around world affair. At least J.T. Plumber went where S. Palin hasn't gone, he gave several interviews without Ol' McBush supervising.
We had 8 years of Republican rule, they messed up; let's try something else.

Posted by: chdemornay | October 29, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

This race was essentially over after the second Presidential debate. By that time, Obama had established himself both as acceptable on the military Commander-in-Chief argument, and had clearly established himself as the candidate attuned to the needs and concerns of the "middle class." In three debates, while Obama constantly focused on these middle-class economic concerns, McCain never once mentioned the term "middle-class" demonstrating to middle-class voters that McCain is clearly out of touch on the realities they confront in their daily lives.

McCain's wanderings about the stage during the second debate and his quirkiness that entire night, combined with the public souring on Palin and discouting McCain's judgment for that choice also served to underscore Obama's more Presidential temperament and steadiness in the face of the economic crisis.

McCain made a huge strategic blunder with the Palin choice. It undermined the idea that McCain somehow might be a change from the Bush politics of divisiveness because it was a sop to the far-right elements of his party. Had McCain moved to the middle with a Ridge VP nomination, he would have been able to effectively run to the middle. The far-right had nowhere else to go---they would never voted for Obama. McCain had the chance to recast the Republican Party as a centrist vehicle, and he blew it----colossally so. He elevated someone totally uninformed and unprepared who has become a national joke and a fatal drag on his Presidential ambitions.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | October 29, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Having kept this country safe for the past 7 years is something you liberals always fail to give any credit for. Did you think that was just a matter of coincidence?

As Barney Frank has promised, cutting the military by 25% is the first order of business to pay for all of the bloated government handouts and social programs that mibrooks supports and Obama has insisted on ramming down our throats in the middle of the worst economic downturn in decades.

More taxes and more spending is the liberals answer for everything. Everything except national security, that is.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | October 29, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Crushing blow to MccAIn:

Senator Barack Obama has a strong lead in the contest for Pennsylvania’s 21 electoral votes.

Among registered voters in the state, Obama is ahead with 52% to McCain’s 39%.

Among likely voters, including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate, Obama has a comparable 14 percentage point advantage. Here, Obama sprints past McCain -- 55% to 41% -- with just 4% of voters reporting they have yet to make up their minds.

Independents likely to vote on Election Day favor Obama by more than 2-to-1.

85% of Pennsylvania voters say they are firmly behind their pick for president while just 2% say they might change their minds between now and Tuesday. That’s regardless of whom they are planning to support.


http://www.maristpoll.marist.edu/PApolls/PA081029.htm

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 29, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who is "proudtobegoop" is beyond trying to reason with. You've already bought into all of their B.S. Full speed ahead, damn the torpedo's and don't let the facts confuse you and get in the way. I'm sure as such an upstanding citizen you will return any excess tax refund that you will receive after the election. You attack a person wearing an Obama T-shirt? Yep, let's get the spotlight off our lame candidates and their lame programs and focus on something with real meaning. It's the same old broken record with the GOPites. Keep trying to scare everyone about how dangerous it will be when Obama's president. It might scare the fellow GOOP's, but not the guy who will have to suffer for four more years if McCain/Palin are elected. Frankly she scares more people than anything on the Democratic side. President Palin? We'd have to send an interpreter with her to English speaking countries. Why don't you grow up, get a life, learn about new things, better things. Stop wallowing in your own mud for once.

Posted by: jgh2 | October 29, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

This race was essentially over after the second Presidential debate. By that time, Obama had established himself both as acceptable on the military Commander-in-Chief argument, and had clearly established himself as the candidate attuned to the needs and concerns of the "middle class." In three debates, while Obama constantly focused on these middle-class economic concerns, McCain never once mentioned the term "middle-class" demonstrating to middle-class voters that McCain is clearly out of touch on the realities they confront in their daily lives.

McCain's wanderings about the stage during the second debate and his quirkiness that entire night, combined with the public souring on Palin and discouting McCain's judgment for that choice also served to underscore Obama's more Presidential temperament and steadiness in the face of the economic crisis.

McCain made a huge strategic blunder with the Palin choice. It undermined the idea that McCain somehow might be a change from the Bush politics of divisiveness because it was a sop to the far-right elements of his party. Had McCain moved to the middle with a Ridge VP nomination, he would have been able to effectively run to the middle. The far-right had nowhere else to go---they would never voted for Obama. McCain had the chance to recast the Republican Party as a centrist vehicle, and he blew it----colossally so. He elevated someone totally uninformed and unprepared who has become a national joke and a fatal drag on his Presidential ambitions.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | October 29, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

This race was essentially over after the second Presidential debate. By that time, Obama had established himself both as acceptable on the military Commander-in-Chief argument, and had clearly established himself as the candidate attuned to the needs and concerns of the "middle class." In three debates, while Obama constantly focused on these middle-class economic concerns, McCain never once mentioned the term "middle-class" demonstrating to middle-class voters that McCain is clearly out of touch on the realities they confront in their daily lives.

McCain's wanderings about the stage during the second debate and his quirkiness that entire night, combined with the public souring on Palin and discouting McCain's judgment for that choice also served to underscore Obama's more Presidential temperament and steadiness in the face of the economic crisis.

McCain made a huge strategic blunder with the Palin choice. It undermined the idea that McCain somehow might be a change from the Bush politics of divisiveness because it was a sop to the far-right elements of his party. Had McCain moved to the middle with a Ridge VP nomination, he would have been able to effectively run to the middle. The far-right had nowhere else to go---they would never voted for Obama. McCain had the chance to recast the Republican Party as a centrist vehicle, and he blew it----colossally so. He elevated someone totally uninformed and unprepared who has become a national joke and a fatal drag on his Presidential ambitions.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | October 29, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Breaking news: In a phone interview with FOX News, Barack Obama’s deputy campaign manager, Steve Hildebrand said: “John McCain is right. Things are tightening in the battleground states.”

Hildebrand sent a memo to long-standing Democratic operatives on Tuesday, saying the campaign disregards current state polls showing Obama ahead.

“They were not always a good indicator in the primaries so we’re working hard now. We feel good but we always need more help in the field. On the ground in these states, things feel like they are tightening.”


It's not so much a McCain comeback, but a coming back to reality for many voters- the reality of an Obama/Biden administration coupled with a Pelosi, Reid, Barney Frank Congress is just way too far to the left ideologically of the majority in this country.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | October 29, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

This, from the intellectual left.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP

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And Palin unable to name a single magazine or newspaper that she reads? And she is your VP pick?

LOL.

All the smart Republicans are supporting Barack.

That's all we need to know.

You may rejoin the Palindrones now.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 29, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I like how the Repubs twist logic around to suit them! Obama is a socialist..communist..etc. while Reagan had the same tax code for the wealthy until Bush #1 cut their taxes for the almighty TRICKLE DOWN! Poor lil Sarah Palin is picked on the big bad SEXIST media while they've called Hillary EVERY name in the book for years...Feminazi..etc..etc!!

Posted by: vet4barack | October 29, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

ronically, the late tightening in the race may work to Obama's benefit to some degree. The Democrats traditional problem is not getting their people to the polls. This is illustrated, among other things, by the big gap between registered and likely voters in the Gallup (9 point vs 3 point Obama lead). The danger this year for the Democrats is overconfidence - voters saying "Gee, Obama is way ahead, I don't need to vote". When they see the race tighten, this might motivate them to get to the polls.

Posted by: wmw4 | October 29, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

This, from the intellectual left.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP

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And Palin unable to name a single magazine or newspaper that she reads? And she is your VP pick?

LOL.

All the smart Republicans are supporting Barack.

That's all we need to know.

You may rejoin the Palindrones now.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 29, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

The same people who put Bush in office are now trying to influence how the rest of us vote?

You all screwed over America more than any other group in the History of this country. Now you want other people to follow you again, for four more years? HA!!

Proud2beGOP, I don't understand how you can be proud after you and your party basically took an enema and squatted over the constitution. Since you voted them in, you are included. You want to be taken seriously? After being proven that the Republicans faked data to take us to war? After the Republicans wire tapped regular citizens? Get out of here with that country first propaganda. When it is over and we dont have to deal with the Big Business First Party for another 4 years, I can sleep better.

The shape this country is in, all GOP should be ashamed for voting in the worst president this country has ever seen. Nixon is probably happy Bush filled his seat as the biggest moron ever elected.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | October 29, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Medicare = Spreading the wealth

Social Security = Spread the wealth

Taxes = spread the wealth

Repub = Stopping the spread of common sense since 2000!!

Posted by: vet4barack | October 29, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

ronically, the late tightening in the race may work to Obama's benefit to some degree. The Democrats traditional problem is not getting their people to the polls. This is illustrated, among other things, by the big gap between registered and likely voters in the Gallup (9 point vs 3 point Obama lead). The danger this year for the Democrats is overconfidence - voters saying "Gee, Obama is way ahead, I don't need to vote". When they see the race tighten, this might motivate them to get to the polls.

Posted by: wmw4 | October 29, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

proudtobeGOP - Looney Liberals? Look, we currently pay 19% of GNP on healthcare in this country. If we did what liberals have long advocated, we would put in place a Scandinavian style national HMO and universal health care. The cost? Less than 5% of GNP; at an annual savings of more than 2 trilllion dollars. Remove providing private healthcare and retirement from business and you remove Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and a huge burden for supplying private health and dental insurance. That would amount to a *tax cut* AND a cut for employee overhead greater than 20%. The rights reaction to something that senible? "Socialism", "Marxism", the boogyman is going to get you! Looney best describes the right. All they have are a unch of stupid knee jerk reactions, every one of them scripted for them by some right wing think tank. Idiots!

Posted by: mibrooks27 | October 29, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

"The two biggest socialists in Washington are George W. Bush and Hank Paulson. They are bailing out Wall Street with taxpayer money, and Wall Street is already setting aside some of those funds to pay billions in bonuses ..."

Posted by: spotfoul | October 29, 2008 2:29 PM

This is another thing. The Republican cries about socialism sound pretty hollow after this budget-blowout bailout for Wall Street and banks. The banks aren't even using the money to lend to people and businesses and save the economy from a recession, as the package was sold to do. The NY Times has a good editorial about how the banks are using the bailouts to buy other banks and make profits for their shareholders: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/29/opinion/29wed1.html?hp

So what if Barack Obama has a plan for a "redistributive" program to pay for reparations for slavery? I mean really, if that's the biggest nightmare that the Republicans can come up with as the specter of his "socialism", then how much worse is it to give grants to descendants of slaves than it is to pay for absorbing banks' speculative losses and giving them money to use to bring their stockholders a profit this year despite evaporating vast chunks of our retirement funds and savings?

The Robin-Hood approach is not a winning strategy for a country facing a recession or a depression, but what's done now with the Republicans in charge is even worse for the country. And McCain, by imploding on economic problems, showed that in this important way, he is not better than Bush.

I don't agree with Obama's economic ideas. But I have to say that I think that they are better than what the Republicans have in fact been doing.

And even if we did make grants to low income or black people as a form of "redistributive change" -- or even engage in outright socialism -- sending poor people checks is a better economic stimulus than giving a bank money so that it can buy another bank and horde cash to paying out as dividends to stockholders who gambled their money on Wall Street but don't want to lose it when they gamble wrong. At least the poor people will spend the checks they get. But the banks don't seem to want to lend the billions we are giving them as gifts.

On an ethical note, if we are going to be sending out billions of dollars to banks who don't earn it or deserve it, what is wrong with giving grants to people whose ancestors helped start this country but didn't share in the rewards?

I think the Republicans are out of good arguments after the past few weeks. Whatever bogeyman or fear-invoking scenario they might try to conjure up has already been topped by the guy currently in office and his appointees.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 29, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

The same people who put Bush in office are now trying to influence how the rest of us vote?

You all screwed over America more than any other group in the History of this country. Now you want other people to follow you again, for four more years? HA!!

Proud2beGOP, I don't understand how you can be proud after you and your party basically took an enema and squatted over the constitution. Since you voted them in, you are included. You want to be taken seriously? After being proven that the Republicans faked data to take us to war? After the Republicans wire tapped regular citizens? Get out of here with that country first propaganda. When it is over and we dont have to deal with the Big Business First Party for another 4 years, I can sleep better.

The shape this country is in, all GOP should be ashamed for voting in the worst president this country has ever seen. Nixon is probably happy Bush filled his seat as the biggest moron ever elected.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | October 29, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Medicare = Spreading the wealth

Social Security = Spread the wealth

Taxes = spread the wealth

Repub = Stopping the spread of common sense since 2000!!

Posted by: vet4barack | October 29, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Ironically, the late tightening in the race may work to Obama's benefit to some degree. The Democrats traditional problem is not getting their people to the polls. This is illustrated, among other things, by the big gap between registered and likely voters in the Gallup (9 point vs 3 point Obama lead). The danger this year for the Democrats is overconfidence - voters saying "Gee, Obama is way ahead, I don't need to vote". When they see the race tighten, this might motivate them to get to the polls.

Posted by: wmw4 | October 29, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Proud - I was offered some cigarettes and a sandwich if I would sign up to vote for the messiah.

since all I care about is where my next meal and smoke come from, I gladly took them up on it. I was also pleased to find out that I will be getting a big check next year for doing nothing. I am now an official convert to Liberalism.

I registered once for every park bench in my neighborhood and intend to vote early and often.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 29, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

You have no case. Obama is half white despite the fact that the man looks black. My daughter took a class from Bill Ayers, should I kick her out of the house? How about those people who sat in church ran by a pedophile, should we force them out of their neighboroods? Le's face it McCain is an old politician. He believes that because he was captured in battle, we owe him something. I like George Washington, but I wouldn't entrust him with a 2008 US Economy. Sarah Palin is an empty head Bimbo who can read into a script. At least J.T. Plumber went where S. Palin hasn't gone, he gave several interviews without Ol' McBush supervising.

Posted by: chdemornay | October 29, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

The nationwide tracking polls have been telling the same story for weeks -- Obama gets between 50 and 53 and McCain gets between 40 and 46.

The more interesting story is the state by state poll results which show more and more red states becoming competitive and more and more blue states becoming solid for Obama. Obama already has enough states in his column to win; he just needs to hold them which shouldn't be hard since McCain is not making inroads.

But the trends are hinting at a possible Obama landslide. The fact that states such as Indiana, West Virginia, Georgia, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and even Arizona are now close enough to talk about Obama winning should make every Republican worry.

Traditional red states such as Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado, and Nevada already seem to have decided for Obama.

McCain MUST win Ohio, Florida, AND Pennsylvania if he has any hope of catching Obama. But most likely all three of those will go for Barack next Tuesday.

No, McCain is not coming back.

Posted by: matt_ahrens | October 29, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The nationwide tracking polls have been telling the same story for weeks -- Obama gets between 50 and 53 and McCain gets between 40 and 46.

The more interesting story is the state by state poll results which show more and more red states becoming competitive and more and more blue states becoming solid for Obama. Obama already has enough states in his column to win; he just needs to hold them which shouldn't be hard since McCain is not making inroads.

But the trends are hinting at a possible Obama landslide. The fact that states such as Indiana, West Virginia, Georgia, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and even Arizona are now close enough to talk about Obama winning should make every Republican worry.

Traditional red states such as Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado, and Nevada already seem to have decided for Obama.

McCain MUST win Ohio, Florida, AND Pennsylvania if he has any hope of catching Obama. But most likely all three of those will go for Barack next Tuesday.

No, McCain is not coming back.

Posted by: matt_ahrens | October 29, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

The WalMart/Nascar woman goes Repub in a big way and I think they're a big part of Palin's base! Somehow the Repubs convinced them that they're for the little guy when all the results say different! Hopefully that will change next week!!

Posted by: vet4barack | October 29, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I find the claims about Obama being socialist so laughable! First, he will actually cut taxes for 95% of Americans... that's likely all of us on this discussion board. Second, taxes, high or low, do exactly the same thing... they are used to provide public goods to all, including those who did not contribute to the kitty. Third, the least payers of taxes (in proportionate and at times, absolute terms) are actually the wealthy, who McCain wants to reduce taxes even further for. Lastly, in the many years since the advent of Reaganomics, it has been observed, in fact, proven, that "trickle-down" economics don't work. Instead, the wealthy, who proportionately pay the least taxes, spend their earnings & bonuses on luxury spa holidays at exotic destinations, import expensive electronics from Asia, buy luxury cars from Germany, travel on expensive safaris to Africa, go diving and snorkelling in the Maldives, buy luxury homes in Dubai and the Mediterranean, invest overseas and in emerging markets to get alpha returns... in short, they mostly spend on things not American. And McSame wants to leave them even more money in the pockets, much more of the same! He is even worse than his best friend George Bush.

It's a no brainer. Vote Obama!

-Kyde (aka "Joe the accountant")

Posted by: klande2002 | October 29, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

You get articles like this when one candidate is on the verge of winning and there is no other news worth looking into. This was the same garbage that was brought up at the end of the Democratic primaries.

If you have no viable story, make one up to get arise out of people.

Ridiculous.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | October 29, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

jgh2 writes "He would get a larger tax break with Obama than with McCain. But Joe is sticking with McCain."

As hard as it may be to imagine to you loony liberals, not all voters are interested in whatever short term lining of their pockets might come out of the election, and are actually in favor of voting for what's better for the country and our future generations. Joe has said it himself, he just doesn't agree with the ideology of Obama's "spreading the wealth around" plan of income redistibution. It is un-American. As un-American as declining to place his hand over his heart during the national anthem, or sitting silently in the pews of an anti-American race baiting bigot preacher for 20 years, or being friendly with the Timothy McVeigh of the 1960's, or suggesting that higher taxes are patriotic.

The public is seeing past the Obama "movement campaign" b.s. and despite the media hype and the obscene amounts of money being spent, Obama cannot close the deal.

One of Obama's supporters was interviewed on Jay Leno last night. He was wearing an Obama t-shirt, and when asked who in the campaign was a POW, he said "What's a POW"? Leno told him, it stands for Prisoner of War, and that John McCain was a prisoner of war, to which the Obama supporter expressed utter surprise "Really?", he said. Leno then asked him which war it was, and the man said "The Cold War?"

This, from the intellectual left.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | October 29, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I guess Ronald Reagan was a socialist too since his tax rate for the highest earners is the same as Obama's....it was Bush #1 that started this trickle-down failure and Clinton that had to balance that disaster! Oh...by the way...McCain's Messiah Ronnie Reagan also CUT-N-RAN in Lebanon! You don't chase bad decisions with more blood/money!!

Posted by: vet4barack | October 29, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse
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Talk about Socialism - I pay auto insurance and never had an accident, pay homeowner insurance and never had a claim and have to pay for folks living in California fires or Coastal Hurricanes.

Posted by: sherardg | October 29, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

How is this wishful thinking by a GOP pollster newsworthy? The race has not been influx, Obama is leading with solid margins in Democratic states that were formerly in play, and he has put McCain on the run or on defense in N. Carolina, Missouri, and Indiana. This race is nearly won by Obama.

Posted by: jmr862003 | October 29, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

The ultimate fantasy:

Sara Palin, Tod Palin, and Joe Sixpack in a
sizzling,sweaty All-American patriotic "menage a trois" on a fluffy, stars and stripes patterned rug; all groaning with pleasure and uttering "I love this country" in a hoarse whisper, during particularly intense episodes of pleasure

Posted by: VMR1 | October 29, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

It's time we take this McInturff memo for what it is: An attempt to get the media to focus on the possibility that the race may be slightly closer than state-by-state polls indicate, and to try to boost the spirits within the McCain campaign.

Much is being made in various places today about the possibility of Florida tightening. That's rather meaningless in the big picture. McCain may be able to keep Obama's Electoral Vote total below 320 by winning Florida. It's not until we see polls showing McCain tied or ahead in states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Colorado that we should regard this talk seriously.

McCain represents a continuation of the Republican policies of the past 8 years and most Americans strongly disapprove of the policies of the past 8 years. Therefore, McCain is sunk. This is a "throw the bums out" election, it is fundamentally a referendum on the Bush Presidency and Republicans. People want change. Obama represents change. McCain represents a slight variation on the Bush policies, but not significant or substantial policy change.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | October 29, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I guess Ronald Reagan was a socialist too since his tax rate for the highest earners is the same as Obama's....it was Bush #1 that started this trickle-down failure and Clinton that had to balance that disaster! Oh...by the way...McCain's Messiah Ronnie Reagan also CUT-N-RAN in Lebanon! You don't chase bad decisions with more blood/money!!

Posted by: vet4barack | October 29, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse
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Talk about Socialism - I pay auto insurance and never had an accident, pay homeowner insurance and never had a claim and have to pay for folks living in California fires or Coastal Hurricanes.

Posted by: sherardg | October 29, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Come on Chris of the Fix...like you said. The President is chosen state by state which is not indicative of a national poll.

A national polling is judged differently than state polls. A 10pt lead in a state poll means a very good chance of winning a state in the general election whereas a 10pt lead in a national poll is indicative of an electoral college landslide win. If you are into national polls, then the average of national polls has Obama over McCain by 8 pts.

Posted by: AJ2008 | October 29, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

jgh2 writes "He would get a larger tax break with Obama than with McCain. But Joe is sticking with McCain."

As hard as it may be to imagine to you loony liberals, not all voters are interested in whatever short term lining of their pockets might come out of the election, and are actually in favor of voting for what's better for the country and our future generations. Joe has said it himself, he just doesn't agree with the ideology of Obama's "spreading the wealth around" plan of income redistibution. It is un-American. As un-American as declining to place his hand over his heart during the national anthem, or sitting silently in the pews of an anti-American race baiting bigot preacher for 20 years, or being friendly with the Timothy McVeigh of the 1960's, or suggesting that higher taxes are patriotic.

The public is seeing past the Obama "movement campaign" b.s. and despite the media hype and the obscene amounts of money being spent, Obama cannot close the deal.

One of Obama's supporters was interviewed on Jay Leno last night. He was wearing an Obama t-shirt, and when asked who in the campaign was a POW, he said "What's a POW"? Leno told him, it stands for Prisoner of War, and that John McCain was a prisoner of war, to which the Obama supporter expressed utter surprise "Really?", he said. Leno then asked him which war it was, and the man said "The Cold War?"

This, from the intellectual left.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | October 29, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

What is it with the suicidal urges of the Libs. First they want to cut and run from Iraq, then when the surge is a stunning success, they can't even get their mouths around the word "WRONG".

Next they prefer to raise taxes in a downturn, the exact opposite of what is needed. and they wish to soak the people who provide the hand up.

They still would rather chat with dictators and rogues than actual journalists. Even France thinks they are naive and uninformed. Imagine being more surrender and cheese eating that France.

then the basic instinct to engineer everything in sight with big government programs takes hold and they start giving out money to anyone who asks. Regardless of ability to repay, the underlying motivation is instead ability to make campaign donations.

then they find the most wet behind the enormous ears rookie in the Senate and move him to the head of the line.

Suicide.

No wonder AL queda, Iran, Palestein and many others have endorsed him. they know who is on their side.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 29, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Chris for having some sane, intelligent commentary that is unboased and not interested in looking at the race being closer than it is. You affirm you place as an honest broker not being cowed by charges of bias from the right or left. Excellent and fair article.

Posted by: bradleyhirsh | October 29, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Maverick Personality Disorder:

http://tinyurl.com/5ggtte

Posted by: caraprado1 | October 29, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Why would “Walmart women” vote for McCain? These women are smart and savvy when it comes to what is best for their families. These women are certainly smarter than McCain and they will see right through him. McCain says what people want to hear, but his actions speak louder than words.

McCain voted against equal pay for women (Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act). The Act was based on a case involving Lilly Ledbetter who was a supervisor at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber plant in Gadsden, Alabama who sued for pay discrimination just before retiring after a 19-year career there. By the time she retired, Ledbetter made $6,500 less than the lowest-paid male supervisor and claimed earlier decisions by supervisors kept her from making more.

McCain voted against the Ledbetter Act and the Senate Republicans killed the Act.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/04/23/mccain-opposes-equal-pay-_n_98342.html

McCain voted NO on the Violence Against Women Act and NO on funding for the Office of Violence Against Women.

McCain voted NO on starting the Army's Breast Cancer Research Program which has funded hundreds of millions in breast cancer research. McCain voted NO on reauthorizing the State Children's Health Insurance Program and supported Bush's veto.

For those women who have husbands in the service, McCain voted against Vets. He supported Bush and voted against a bill to expand education and vocational benefits to Vets.

McCain doesn’t even understand economics. This is what he said, “The issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should," McCain said. "I've got Greenspan's book." (Boston Globe, 12/18/07)

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2007/12/mccain_its_abou.html

Posted by: Rachel10 | October 29, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I guess Ronald Reagan was a socialist too since his tax rate for the highest earners is the same as Obama's....it was Bush #1 that started this trickle-down failure and Clinton that had to balance that disaster! Oh...by the way...McCain's Messiah Ronnie Reagan also CUT-N-RAN in Lebanon! You don't chase bad decisions with more blood/money!!

Posted by: vet4barack | October 29, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Maverick Personality Disorder:

http://tinyurl.com/5ggtte

Posted by: janawalter87 | October 29, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Joe the Plumber is a joke. But after this is all over, maybe the Palins could take him back to Alaska. He can live in a trailer and ream out their sewage line when needed.

Posted by: Plutonium57 | October 29, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

All of Zouk's claims of a McCain surge in the polls remind me of his last electoral predictions, when the GOP was going to firm up their control of the House & Senate, in 2006. I suspect he's about as accurate now as he was then. Just a year ago he was confident of Giuliani's defeat of Clinton in this race. Oh, how he called us names when we predicted the issue would be the economy, not Iraq. Oh, how naive and ignorant he said we were, thinking the nominees could be McCain and Obama. Despite what are sure to be vociferous claims otherwise, I can imagine him thinking to himself "how could these guys be so right, and I'm continually so wrong? What do they understand that I don't?"

So give the guy a break. He's having a rough time of it. There's no need to pile on.

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 29, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm not anti-Semitic by any means but it doesn't bother me if Obama isn't such a suckup to Israel! They need to be protected from Iran and other terrorists but we don't need to be supplying them with American M-16s and F-16s so they can kill Palestinian kids throwing rocks either! A big part of the neo-con agenda is to be in tight w/Israel and entrenched in Saudi Arabia, Iraq (100 yrs is ok per McCain just like South Korea/Japan)

JUST SAY NO!!

Posted by: vet4barack | October 29, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Sheppard Smith goes after Joe the Plumber for the insane statements he made at an RNC event today about Obama. Will John McCain still be using Joe the Plumber in all his new ads since he's saying Obama will destroy Israel?

First Palin and now Joe the Plumber. Talk about judgment.

Posted by: sherardg | October 29, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

"You're a total nut. Alaska, Alabama, and Texas are swing states? Do you even know what a swing state is? "

Do you know what sarcasm is?

Posted by: DDAWD | October 29, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

If anyone is swayed by one of McCains own selling points "Joe the Plumber" he must think voters leaning toward McCain are just plain stupid. No plumbing license, $40k a year and no plans or intentions of buying his bosses 2 man company. He would get a larger tax break with Obama than with McCain. But Joe is sticking with McCain. Sounds like Joe has found a golden cow and is milking it for all he'$ worth. The old "is your glass half-empty or half-full doesn't apply here. Our glasses are almost completely empty thanks to the Republicans. We only have to fear two things on election day--McCain and Palin.

Posted by: jgh2 | October 29, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Sheppard Smith goes after Joe the Plumber for the insane statements he made at an RNC event today about Obama. Will John McCain still be using Joe the Plumber in all his new ads since he's saying Obama will destroy Israel?

First Palin and now Joe the Plumber. Talk about judgment.

http://crooksandliars.com/john-amato/sheppard-smith-blasts-joe-plumber-sayin

Posted by: sherardg | October 29, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Write the LA Times and request that they release the Obama tape at the Palestinian function!

We the voters need to know if our would-be leaders are tying to us.

readers.rep@latimes.com

Posted by: dcpsychic | October 29, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

worked hard and did all my tax returns by 10/15 so I could work for Obama

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Get used to it. If the messiah wins the election, anyone with a job will will be working hard for Obama. you will be obligated to send more than half of your pay to him, so he can send it over to ACORN and other out of work deadbeats.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 29, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Sheppard Smith goes after Joe the Plumber for the insane statements he made at an RNC event today about Obama. Will John McCain still be using Joe the Plumber in all his new ads since he's saying Obama will destroy Israel?

First Palin and now Joe the Plumber. Talk about judgment.

http://crooksandliars.com/john-amato/sheppard-smith-blasts-joe-plumber-sayin

Posted by: sherardg | October 29, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

But the Fox account executive who negotiated the ad buy said Obama's ad isn't delaying the first pitch -- it's just replacing the pre-game show.

OMG, Fox has actually realized that even the politically numb would rather listen to Obama than a scintillating pregame ego trip by a couple of hasbeens turned commentators.

There is hope for us yet.

Posted by: ceflynline | October 29, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

dcpsycho panted:

LA Times: Release the Obama-Khalidi-Ayers Tape.

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The Times on Tuesday issued a statement about its decision not to post the tape.

"The Los Angeles Times did not publish the videotape because it was provided to us by a confidential source who did so on the condition that we not release it," said the newspaper's editor, Russ Stanton. "The Times keeps its promises to sources."

Jamie Gold, the newspaper's readers' representative, said in a statement: "More than six months ago the Los Angeles Times published a detailed account of the events shown on the videotape. The Times is not suppressing anything. Just the opposite -- the L.A. Times brought the matter to light."

The original article said that Obama's friendships with Palestinian Americans in Chicago and his presence at Palestinian community events had led some to think he was sympathetic to the Palestinian viewpoint on Middle East politics. Obama publicly expresses a pro-Israel viewpoint that pleases many Jewish leaders.

In reporting on Obama's presence at the dinner for Khalidi, the article noted that some speakers expressed anger at Israel and at U.S. foreign policy, but that Obama in his comments called for finding common ground.

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Ah. Adult diplomcy.

Much better than "Bomb, bomb, bomb. Bomb, bomb Iran."

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 29, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

McCain is only coming back in his own mind, in NeverNeverLand, in FantasyTown, whatever you want to call it. Might make a good storyline but in the reality-based reality, he's pulling a Dukakis. That's bad. Doesn't get much worse than that. The old geezer's toast. State by state, battleground by battleground, he's got less chance of winning than Bush has of being elected to Mensa.

Posted by: Plutonium57 | October 29, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Iworked hard and did all my tax returns by 10/15 so I could work for Obama

you can expect that to multiply if he gets elected. you will be permitted to work hard for Obama.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 29, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

LA Times: Release the Obama-Khalidi-Ayers Tape.

we need to see Obama's reaction the the hate-filled anti-Semitic poem that was read at that dinner.

The LA Times says it won't release due to an confidentiality agreement.

We, the voters, need to know if we are about to elect a political/moral fraud.

Release the tape now!

McCain supporters: spread this info thru the Internet. The liberal media is trying to cover-up an explosive story!

Posted by: dcpsychic | October 29, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I suppose journalists need something to write about but it would be nice if they just reported the news rather than tried to create it.

Posted by: SarahBB | October 29, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Wait, isn't agreed that the race will tighten in the last week?

I think the MSM is sad that the drama is getting wrung out of this race, so they're creating some of their own.

Posted by: Roofelstoon | October 29, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm for Obama but agree with vet4barack that the paid TV slot is a bad idea.

The campaign isn't broke so don't try to fix it.

Posted by: bourassa1 | October 29, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Obamwins1 gushes:

Wow bondjedi,

You're a total nut. Alaska, Alabama, and Texas are swing states? Do you even know what a swing state is? Your buddy McCain is going to lose and apparently its because his team also doesn't know what a swing state is and how to win one.
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Um. Bondjedi is an Obama supporter.
It's called sarcasm.
But you must be new, so no biggie.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 29, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I would suggest that there aree less messy ways of committing suicide other than voting for McCain. You could, for example, drink antifreeze or take a long hot bath and slit your wrists. Voting for McCain, in light of his announced economic policies, amounts to child and spousal abuse. One thing a McCain victory is absolutely certain to bring is widespread unemployment, half of the counry doing without any health care at all, an increase in failed families, and an uptick in crime the likes of which have nbever been seen before. Everyone knows this, even the fanatics that support him. Most think we can "survive" four years of McCain and the GOP will come up with some sort of reincarnation of Reagan who will save them and the country. It ain't going to happen! The country will be bankrupt and utterly wrecked in the event of a McCain "victory" and, as nasty as it sounds, *everyone* who votes for him will deserve AND GET all of the evil, the violence, the heartbreak, the hunger and homelessness and disease, that will come their way.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | October 29, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah,,? well we still own diebold and those that program them,,Palin 12

Posted by: gonville1 | October 29, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse


Oh, no! Here comes McCain!

Colorado: Obama +8.3
Nevada: Obama +7.5
Michigan: Obama +17.0
Ohio: Obama +5.8
Pennsylvania: Obama +11.0
Florida: Obama +3.4
Virginia: Obama +7.4

Considering McCain has to win ALL the 2004 Bush states, it's pretty clear that McCain doesn't have a chance.

Also, see Pollster.com

http://pollster.com/

...for actual numbers.

The composite polling shows Obama with 311 strong or lean electoral votes, McCain with 142 and 85 toss-ups.

McCain can't win, and we all know it. Though, it's HILARIOUS to read comments by panicked right-wing racist crazies here. HA HA losers!


Posted by: inbox_blues | October 29, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse


Oh, no! Here comes McCain!

Colorado: Obama +8.3
Nevada: Obama +7.5
Michigan: Obama +17.0
Ohio: Obama +5.8
Pennsylvania: Obama +11.0
Florida: Obama +3.4
Virginia: Obama +7.4

Considering McCain has to win ALL of those, it's pretty clear that McCain doesn't have a chance.

Also, see Pollster.com

http://pollster.com/

...for actual numbers.

The composite polling shows Obama with 311 strong or lean electoral votes, McCain with 142 and 85 toss-ups.

McCain can't win, and we all know it.


Posted by: inbox_blues | October 29, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Wow bondjedi,

You're a total nut. Alaska, Alabama, and Texas are swing states? Do you even know what a swing state is? Your buddy McCain is going to lose and apparently its because his team also doesn't know what a swing state is and how to win one.

Posted by: ObamaWins1 | October 29, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Wow bondjedi,

You're a total nut. Alaska, Alabama, and Texas are swing states? Do you even know what a swing state is? Your buddy McCain is going to lose and apparently its because his team also doesn't know what a swing state is and how to win one.

Posted by: ObamaWins1 | October 29, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Wow bondjedi,

You're a total nut. Alaska, Alabama, and Texas are swing states? Do you even know what a swing state is? Your buddy McCain is going to lose and apparently its because his team also doesn't know what a swing state is and how to win one.

Posted by: ObamaWins1 | October 29, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

McInturff is whistling past the graveyard. Can it still change between now and next Tuesday? Yes. Is it likely to change? Not really. Unless the GOP can find a way to steal it like they did in 2000, I think it will be Obama's day. Might even turn into an electoral vote landslide.

Posted by: topperale | October 29, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

The two biggest socialists in Washington are George W. Bush and Hank Paulson. They are bailing out Wall Street with taxpayer money, and Wall Street is already setting aside some of those funds to pay billions in bonuses (http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1853846,00.html?imw=Y). Bush-Paulson have allowed profit to remain privatized while socializing risk.

It might be poetic justice for the anti-intellectual Palin-McCain ticket to win and inherit this mess.

Posted by: spotfoul | October 29, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse


OF COURSE the national polls are tightening. Obama isn't going to win by 10 points. Duh.

But McCain's electoral college maap is hopeless. This thing is over, and the only thing John McCain is "coming back" to is the US Senate which he never attends.

Posted by: inbox_blues | October 29, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama should win bc
he is smart and helps people even other smart people understand foreign policy issues.
He is for universal health care and most people in the future will need it.
He smiles frequently and is a happier person than McCain
Obama likes people and wants to help them
The responsibilities of the next president will be crushing and I think he can take being crushed and survive better than McCain
he has a better qualified person for vice-president Biden than McCain what's her name?
He is not as negative as McCain

Posted by: pheasantfriend | October 29, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Obama should win bc
he is smart and helps people even other smart people understand foreign policy issues.
He is for universal health care and most people in the future will need it.
He smiles frequently and is a happier person than McCain
Obama likes people and wants to help them
The responsibilities of the next president will be crushing and I think he can take being crushed and survive better than McCain
he has a better qualified person for vice-president Biden than McCain what's her name?
He is not as negative as McCain

Posted by: pheasantfriend | October 29, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

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Chris, you are obscuring the many polls in the country where McCain not only leads, but leads by DOUBLE DIGITS. Swing states like Alaska, Alabama, Texas, etc.

Left-wing blogger like The Fix are IN THE TANK for Obama, and this proves it.

Unfortunately for them, as the above polls demonstrate, socialists and commies are not getting through to REAL Americans in Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, etc.

People in this country know that OBAMA hangs out with Ayers, a convicted Watergate burglar, and was seen FIST-BUMPING with a Columbia professor who advocates for Palestinians. It is not being reported, but THE TRUTH is out there.

When will Obama produce his Malaysian driver's license?

Where are Michelle Obama's receipts from Target and The Gap?

Why is no one talking about THE FLEET OF CADILLACS financed to the Obama campaign by REZKO?

Why silence THE TRUTH about Father Wright's so-called EPISCOPAL LIBERATION THEOLOGY and HAWAIIAN reparations?

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Posted by: bondjedi | October 29, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

How can McCain win when he draws less attendees to events than we draw volunteers to ours?

Posted by: bradcpa

Perhaps because most Rs have jobs that preclude them from attending the Kool-aid sessions. McGovern used to draw huge crowds of infantalized fools too.

We are the ones who will be sending you our paychecks next year, after Obama takes his cut. Stay home and watch Oprah

Hey - I worked hard and did all my tax returns by 10/15 so I could work for Obama. As far as sending more of our paychecks over 90% of my 400 clints will pay less taxes. None of them make less than 50k per year.

Posted by: bradcpa | October 29, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

"Doesn't pass the smell test. Halloween has nothing to do with it. Halloween is about the dead or where the dead go. Lynching an effigy of a live political figure is either hate speech, an incitement to violence or revolutionary in a totalitarian state.

It's wrong and should be taken down.
I do not say "must" because I don't believe any law has been broken.

It's a moral issue and a good citizen issue. It coarsens and pollutes our society and injures the common good.

IMHO."

We might be talking about different incidents, but I believe the people involved said it was for Halloween. I guess they might have been rationalizing, but since I know nothing about these people, I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt.

I figure if people wear Halloween costumes of Steve Irwin being stabbed through the heart by a stingray, a hanging Palin is far less offensive.

But only for Halloween.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 29, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Mark my words; This is The End of the GOP as we know it. In years to come, they will eventually become slightly more than an insignificant party. This has been coming for years now. They will be marginalized as an ultra right neo-con, bigoted, religious-fanatic party.


Case in point: When the talk becomes of how Sarah "Bubbles" Palin is the future of the party, well then it's time to cue the chirping crickets.

However, from their ashes will rise another party that is more middle of the road with a mantra of fiscal conservatism.

The good news is the neo-cons and religious fanatics will be pushed farther to the fringe and will wield no real power.

Posted by: Godhimself1 | October 29, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

If the information that is being held back by several news organizations and others, this election would be over in McCain's favor. Why in the world the mass media would pollute this election in favor of a racist, anti-semite egomaniac is totally mindboggling to me and others. There job is to protect and inform the American public. Instead, they seem to be of one mind to turn this man into the second coming. I believe he will be the destruction of this country... It's a total disgrace and unforgivable...

Posted by: lmcintyre | October 29, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

McCain's biggest asset is also his biggest liability, Sarah Palin. She motivates the right-wing of his party but she scares the middle independent voters who worry about an elderly man that would put Palin in the Oval Office. Palin is moving independents to Obama.

Posted by: info4 | October 29, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

OK, so Obama has 100% of a key constituency, the Black vote, and this is a GOOD thing? And the Latinos certainly haven't forgot the hate-fest the immigration debate turned into, when the party blocked a reasonable proposal by the guy they just nominated for President. How many seats in Congress can you win with the white, older vote?

Posted by: alloydf | October 29, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Mark my words; This is The End of the GOP as we know it. In years to come, they will eventually become slightly more than an insignificant party. This has been coming for years now. They will be marginalized as an ultra right neo-con, bigoted, religious-fanatic party.


Case in point: When the talk becomes of how Sarah "Bubbles" Palin is the future of the party, well then it's time to cue the chirping crickets.

However, from their ashes will rise another party that is more middle of the road with a mantra of fiscal conservatism.

The good news is the neo-cons and religious fanatics will be pushed farther to the fringe and will wield no real power.

Posted by: Godhimself1 | October 29, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

"Doesn't pass the smell test. Halloween has nothing to do with it. Halloween is about the dead or where the dead go. Lynching an effigy of a live political figure is either hate speech, an incitement to violence or revolutionary in a totalitarian state.

It's wrong and should be taken down.
I do not say "must" because I don't believe any law has been broken.

It's a moral issue and a good citizen issue. It coarsens and pollutes our society and injures the common good.

IMHO."

We might be talking about different incidents, but I believe the people involved said it was for Halloween. I guess they might have been rationalizing, but since I know nothing about these people, I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt.

I figure if people wear Halloween costumes of Steve Irwin being stabbed through the heart by a stingray, a hanging Palin is far less offensive.

But only for Halloween.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 29, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl says "the race is coming down to "may the best man win".

John McCain proved what kind of man he is when he declined an offer of early release from his NVA captors because it would've been used against this country and against his fellow soldiers.

Barack Obama declines to put his hand over his heart during the national anthem, and decided to remove the American flag pin from his lapel in some sort of leftist display of "principle", until he got enough public scorn for doing so, and then he put it back on.

Obama: anti-military, anti-gun, pro-abortion, pro-tax increase, pro big government.

McCain: supports the military 100%, pro-life, pro spending restraint, pro limited government, anti-tax.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 29, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Mark my words; This is The End of the GOP as we know it. In years to come, they will eventually become slightly more than an insignificant party. This has been coming for years now. They will be marginalized as an ultra right neo-con, bigoted, religious-fanatic party.


Case in point: When the talk becomes of how Sarah "Bubbles" Palin is the future of the party, well then it's time to cue the chirping crickets.

However, from their ashes will rise another party that is more middle of the road with a mantra of fiscal conservatism.

The good news is the neo-cons and religious fanatics will be pushed farther to the fringe and will wield no real power.

Posted by: Godhimself1 | October 29, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Polls always seem to close at the end...Obama seems to dominate the electoral college even if he can't put the hammer down on the popular vote! I'm against 30 min. primetime address...going to burn people out! If he can take Virginia that should kill all Repub momentum on Nov. 4th!

Obama/Biden 2008

Posted by: vet4barack | October 29, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

McCain is picking up steam - at this rate it will be a landslide for McCain by Tuesday - what day is that???


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 29, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Both campaigns do their own polling. If a McCain tide was truly rising why would the RNC be playing defense, why is Obama in NC and FL and why isn't McCain in WI, MN and MI?

Posted by: caribis | October 29, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Yea, well if you really want to analyse the squiggles on a chart I'd suggest: http://www.chartpatterns.com/

I think it should be considered a creative art - and is about as usful as predicting the future as a Monet or Pissaco.

Posted by: DonJasper | October 29, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Is that Mississippi I see changing from Red to Pink???

And Arizona changing from Pink to Yellow??

Lawd all-MIghtee!

McC is just gonna get spanked hard!

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 29, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Well of course I knew this whole time Obama was ahead if McCain managed to pick up a point or two in the tracking polls (the RCP average has gone from 8 to 6), the Liberal Media(TM) would be excitedly talking up the Great McCain Comeback(TM), and it is playing out this way. The media wants a close election, and so they are going to play it that way.

What I really love though is this claim that if undecided voters have not been won over by Obama yet, then they are very likely to break heavily for McCain. Um, aren't they undecided? Logically you could just as soon argue if they haven't been won over by McCain yet that they'll heavily break to Obama. Of course no one in the Liberal Media(TM) is arguing that.

Posted by: richard3209 | October 29, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

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If there was a white Presidential candidate who was found to be a member of a racist church, same as the Rev. Wright's church except substitute "white values" for "black values" and visa vera, THE MEDIA WOULD BE IN TOTAL ATTACK MODE AGAINST THAT WHITE CANDIDATE.


OBAMA IS A RACIST - OBAMA HAS GIVE $20,000.00 TO A RACIST CHURCH IN ONE YEAR.


Washington Post - there are a lot of Churches in Chicago which are black and which are not racist - Obama did not have to give $20,000.00 to this one Church - STOP GIVING OBAMA A PASS ON HIS RACISM AGAINST WHITES.


WAKE UP WASHINGTON POST WAKE UP MEDIA.


WAKE UP AMERICA.


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Exactly right he's racist. Just listen to Irreverend Wrong, his pastor for many, many years.


Exactly right he's socialist. Just listen to him admit it to Joe the Plumber, or his interviews in the past.


Exactly right he's a rotten human being. Just look at his abortion voting record.


Exactly right he has questionable judgment. Just look at his associations with people in his past.


Exactly right he's corrupt. Just look at the Rezko land deal.


Exactly right he's a liar. Just look at what he says about taxes vs. how he's actually voted.


Exactly right he has no executive experience. Just look at his resume -- or lack thereof.


Exactly right he's secretive. Just look at his lack of birth certificate, SAT scores, grades, etc. etc., etc.


Exactly right he'll be challenged in his first 6 months of office if elected. Just look at what he says about meeting unconditionally with world leaders.


We cannot be SERIOUS about electing this guy!! Obama in charge of nukes?! What. The.


Sorry George Washington, we messed everything up.


We stopped demanding the best people in the White House.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 29, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

It's very true: no one under 45 understands what "socialism" means. In fact, no one under 45 understands what ANY word with more than 3 syllables means. In the United States of America, that is.

Posted by: VMR1 | October 29, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

The idea of a McCain come back is scary - we might have to listen to Sarah Palin sing "I'm So Pretty." ..............

http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/10/12/sarah-palin-im-so-pretty/

Posted by: glclark4750 | October 29, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

"I've often wondered about "undecided" voters until I met a real one yesterday. He was a hard-core, rural white male from Iowa and what he told me gave me a big clue: his opinion about voting this year was, in essence, a despair that was giving birth to apathy (acceptance?). He said that he wanted very badly to be able to vote for McCain/Palin but just couldn't bring himself to do it and so he isn't going to vote this year at all (and he always voted - Republican - before). What if the "undecideds" among "likely voters" are much like him? So tepid as to simply pass on voting this time around?.."

Posted by: miraclestudies | October 29, 2008 1:14 PM

Seems like this week the race is coming down to "may the best man win".

This is what I see. The Republican base has never liked McCain much and still are standoffish. Instead of doing what nominees have to do after winning their party's nomination, and pivoting to the center to win the general election, McCain has been forced to continue to woo his base. So he sounds more like Bush in 2000 than McCain in 2000.

McCain is struggling with independents and swing voters, and his base is still not really there for him. It's hard to see how he would lead the country with the media bashing him all the time and not a lot of support from his own party's base.

It's a tough election year. If McCain can pull it out, he deserves to win. If Obama turns these longtime Red states Blue, he deserves to win.

Whomever wins, it will be hard to say that he didn't pull off a tough one. I feel that whomever gets sworn in on Jan. 20, he will have earned that job.

It's time to let the people vote and pick the winner.

If there were one thing that I would change now in the five days remaining, I'd say let's swear in the next president on Nov. 5th and retire Bush as soon as possible.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 29, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Cheney shoots a guy in the face and the GOP says nothing...heaven forbid a stick figure dressed in old rags for a Halloween display gets this much attention from the neocon nazi crowd....YAWN !

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 29, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

If so many people are undecided, then why haven't they chosen John McCain? He's supposed to be the one with all this experience and name ID, so what is about him that makes people so unsure? Yes, he's running as a Republican in a bad year for the GOP, but could it have something to do with his ever-changing message, negative campaign, and absolutely unoriginal ideas?

I don't know how anyone could be undecided at this point, but if I were John Mccain, i wouldn't be banking on all those votes to be breaking my way. At best, he'll probably split them with Obama 50-50. That's still not good enough to put himover the top. And even if he does get a little more than that, this is a state-by-state race and he's got a real uphill battle to get to 270. Nice try, folks, but no cigar...

Posted by: TellItLikeItIs1 | October 29, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse
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Pollsters have told me over the years those undecided don't exist at this point. Anyone telling a pollster they are undecided at this point are just saying it rather then they don't really care.. They actually will probably not vote at all and they are undecided because they could really care less.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 29, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

If the President's primary job as a leader was defined as a trusted and experienced community organizer - and the only model shift is from a national organizer to a global one, Obama has proven with exceptional consistently he can build teams, mobilize them and he can move people to act in unprecedented ways.

Those are the leadership qualities that are sorely lacking from any other incumbent, or candidate in recent history.

Obama inspires people. That is the point where change occurs. You can trivialize his experience as "eloquence" (a code word for talking above people's heads, or elitism), but intellect (again sorely missing in the present administration), combined with Obama's abilities to listen and mediate is what demonstrates his temperment and capacity to lead.

We have a true chance to turn the page and hit the ground running with fresh thinking and renewed motivation. Let's hope enough American's can see through the campaign fog to make a smart choice for the future.

McCain would be great in Obama's cabinet - maybe even as Secretary of Defense.

Here's to hope.

Posted by: DonJulio | October 29, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD opines:

"re: the Palin effigy in California.

This is hate speech. Pure and simple.
Beyond defending.

Now, the McCain effigy surrounded by the flames of hell...that's editorial."

I think you have to give some leeway due to the fact that its a Halloween decoration. You see people in nooses all the time. Just because its a real person doesn't make it wrong.

Any other time of the year, I'd agree that it is hate speech.

And if it were Obama or any other black person, I'd feel a tiny bit more uncomfortable, but I wouldn't be outraged.

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Doesn't pass the smell test. Halloween has nothing to do with it. Halloween is about the dead or where the dead go. Lynching an effigy of a live political figure is either hate speech, an incitement to violence or revolutionary in a totalitarian state.

It's wrong and should be taken down.
I do not say "must" because I don't believe any law has been broken.

It's a moral issue and a good citizen issue. It coarsens and pollutes our society and injures the common good.

IMHO.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 29, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

McInsane is using socialism (TAX PAYER DOLLARS) too run his campaign of smear and fear.

Obama uses PRIVATE MONEY FROM AMERICAN CITIZENS and the McInsaniacs say Obama is a socialist....hahahahahahaha...ya can't make this stuff up folks !

Gary Gelormino Seven Hills Ohio 44131 (216)447-0081

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 29, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Socialism? Is that all McCain's got left? Can someone PLEASE shout out to him at his next rally:

"Hey old man, it's 2008 - nobody under 45 even knows what that means"!


What's going on with his campaign? I mean it just reeks of obvious desperation.


Why is McCain STILL, 7 days before the election, trying to rally his base? Isn't that what Blunder Woman Palin is for?


Imagine how close this race could have been if the old, moderate, John McCain had popped up after the convention? Imagine the breaking of the tire swing rope as every journalist in sight would have jumped on in sheer exultory delight that the Mac-2000 was back. I want McCain to lose as bad as anyone, but it's almost getting painful, it's like watching a punch drunk fighter get mauled and the ref won't call it.


I wonder what the next McCain campaign stunt will be?


So far we've had:
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- Ashley the Fraud

- Joe the pretend Plumber

- OMG! Bill Ayers!

- Drill, baby, drill

- Sarah the Crazy VP pick

- Socialism!!!

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Here's some mavericky straight-talk, my friends:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3AvZqYC4mw
.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't the new poll in Arizona have Senator Obama trailing by just 2 points? In Arizona?

Yes, McCain is making a comeback. You must be kidding...or spinning.

Anybody who wants to take GOP spin on what is happening really needs to consider the source...a GOP pollster.

Please, there are any number of major polls out there and sites that list the national averages. If you want to argue that McCain has the mean-spirited vote locked up, that's another story.

Speaking of McCain, I want answers as to why it seems that the reason the Drudge Report and others were so quick to spread the lie about the alleged attack on the Pennsylvania campaign worker was that McCain's campaign was putting the story out to the public, NOT the police.

Read for yourself, and decide if you want McCain in the White House. His campaign is an embarrassment.

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/10/why-are-we-not-learning-more-about-who.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | October 29, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I meant "links" to all those delightful polls.

Sorry for the typo.

Posted by: jimcummings | October 29, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.
$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$540 billion: Annual U.S. Defense Budget."

Posted by: diana9 | October 29, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Benito Mussolini was REALLY hung and no one says that was hate speech.

Sarah the Moose lady is hung in effigy and you call it hate speech?

Get a friggin grip already, you McInsaniacs are losin man.

Now go and smack your smeckle too pics of Sarah Plain Stupid ...into you sock drawer...where you think mommy wont find out.....hahahahahaah

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 29, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

OK King, put your money where your mouth is and provide likes to all those delightful polls your quoting.

My money says you can't do it.

Posted by: jimcummings | October 29, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

If so many people are undecided, then why haven't they chosen John McCain? He's supposed to be the one with all this experience and name ID, so what is about him that makes people so unsure? Yes, he's running as a Republican in a bad year for the GOP, but could it have something to do with his ever-changing message, negative campaign, and absolutely unoriginal ideas?

I don't know how anyone could be undecided at this point, but if I were John Mccain, i wouldn't be banking on all those votes to be breaking my way. At best, he'll probably split them with Obama 50-50. That's still not good enough to put himover the top. And even if he does get a little more than that, this is a state-by-state race and he's got a real uphill battle to get to 270. Nice try, folks, but no cigar...

Posted by: TellItLikeItIs1 | October 29, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

The least I want out of my president is the knowledge that he/she had higher SAT scores than me

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

that's not asking much. I think my cat can fulfill your wishes.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

May be, but neither you, McCain, Palin or Bush can.

Posted by: jimcummings | October 29, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama Commercial: Irony Overload [Kevin D. Williamson]

It's a terribly irony (is it not?) that Senator McCain, who expended so much effort in working to limit the influence of outsized money-pots in politics, finds himself suffocating under the avalanche of Senator Obama's media spending, which was itself enabled by a broken pledge to accept public financing and to abide by the attached limitations. And it's no less ironic that the Left, which detested the specter of billionaires "buying offices," stands prepared to cheer Obama for exploiting his dishonorably gotten financial advantage — just before a World Series game, no less.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 29, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

TruthMakerer 12:37 PM 's elite cheap shot at average Americans and McCain voters re. they being "men without college degrees, rural voters and Walmart women" is so typical of the Obama supporters who look down their noses at men and women who are like Joe and Jane the Plumber. Obama and TruthMakerer all believe we average Americans who work for a living and maybe haven't been as lucky to have rich parents, as most of the college degreed upper crust my-do-do-doesn't-stink elite like they have had, all think that they're better than us peons until they need us. When they need our votes or our young men and women to fight and die so their kids can go to college and live peaceful, prosperous, and happy lives, only then do they lower themselves to our level. Typical Obama Socialist and Marxist thinking though.

Posted by: armpeg | October 29, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Rasmussen's tracking poll puts Obama ahead by 3 percent.
The Battleground poll puts Obama ahead by 3 percent.
Zogby puts Obama ahead by 5 precent.
Early voting in Colorado is nearly tied between registed Republicans and registered Democrats.
The amount of undecideds, in an environment where the Democrats have enormous advantages. If months and months of the media and Obama advertising (I know, redundant) telling you "This is the greatest guy ever" can't nudge you from undecided, you just don't want to vote for the guy and don't want to say so.

Comments from a McCain campaign source that their man is running 6 percent ahead of where Bush was in key parts of Ohio, that Obama is running behind Kerry in key parts of Pennsylvania, that McCain surging in Minnesota and Michigan, Sununu back up in NH, Coleman tied in Minnesota, the race is tied in Iowa, McCain safe in Florida and Colorado, and Obama's team is worried that his lead Virginia isn't as solid as the polls would make it appear.
More Republicans have shown up for early voting than Democrats in California.
A sudden surge in McCain advertising in swing states. I'm not sure the waverers are going to decide based on a commercial in the final week.


A HillBuzz post suggesting we may soon hear "audiotapes we’ve been told repeatedly exist of Obama campaigning with Cousin Odinga in Kenya back in 2006, where Obama agrees with Odinga’s anti-American sentiments and says the American national anthem is a racist, violent war song and must be replaced with something passive, peaceful and wholly secular" and that the L.A. Times videotape (presumably) will confirm "Obama’s presence at a 2003 dinner where Palestinian Rhashid Khalidi was honored, amongst frequent calls for the immediate destruction of the state of Israel. Obama and Michelle attended this hatefest, smiling throughout, with reports of Bernadine Dohrn and William Ayers in attendance (and possibly sharing a table with the Obamas)."

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 29, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Nice try King, but that post had nothing to do with Sarah Palin.

You're just telling more dishonorable lies.

Posted by: jimcummings | October 29, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

"re: the Palin effigy in California. This is hate speech. Pure and simple. Beyond defending. Now, the McCain effigy surrounded by the flames of hell...that's editorial."

I think you have to give some leeway due to the fact that its a Halloween decoration. You see people in nooses all the time. Just because its a real person doesn't make it wrong.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 29, 2008 1:19 PM

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No, it's wrong. And it doesn't matter if it were Obama being lynched in effigy or a white woman. The fact is that when you put these visual memes into the political landscape, it doesn't just trigger with frustrated people of the same party, but on both sides. I.e. a frustrated, polarized, unstable person from the Republican party can be triggered by that inflammatory image of lynching a hated candidate, just as someone who hates Palin.

There's just no need to use that particular kind of political speech and make it an acceptable behavior this year.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 29, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

If McCain does win, what would concern me most is why? The reasons would not be as stated by McCain's team: taxes and that Obama is a liberal. It would be the massive smear campaign and disinformation efforts of McCain and the far right wing media. McCain with the complicit help of FOX and company has been spreading rumors and smears about Obama's ties with marxisim, and connections with radical Islamists. What kind of president would McCain be if he would use fear and dirt to this degree to fulfill his ends? People are really mixed up now about the difference between a progressive tax and socialism because of his loving embrace and propagandizing of the uneducated and shallow notions of Joe the Plumber.
Sounds more like four more of GW Bush.

And, McCain's health is a major issue. We could very easily end up with a President Palin especially after the election when McCain's adrenalin levels subside and the aftermath of the huge stress he has been under sets in. This is really scary.

Posted by: maddymappo | October 29, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

The polls in the crucial swing states of Virginia, Colorado, Ohio and Nevada show Obama with an expanding, comfortable lead.

And the race is close in the battlegrounds, with Obama leading in virtually all of them; and even Arizona is close.

The fact that Obama is blowing out McCain in the big blue states (Calif, NY, etc) and McCain doesn't really even have a decent lead in TX (when the latinos are factored in) shows how out of whack the national polls are.

Obama in a landslide. 8+ points nationally, 350+ electoral votes.

But, yeah, keep fanning the flames of racism- it just goes to show how ugly the Republican party has always been, and why it needs to go the way of the dodo bird.

Posted by: jrob822 | October 29, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

FOX NEWS reports that REPUBLICANS caused the financial crisis and McCain hired them to run his campaign.

AP IMPACT: Mortgage firm arranged stealth campaign
Monday, October 20, 2008

By PETE YOST, Associated Press Writer

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

Gary Gelormino Seven Hills Ohio 44131 (216)447-0081

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 29, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

The least I want out of my president is the knowledge that he/she had higher SAT scores than me

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

that's not asking much. I think my cat can fulfill your wishes.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 29, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

This polling guy was just on TV. He is making this all up he has no poll to back any of it up. This is a con to try to get the republicans excited again. In fact he said if everything goes like he believes it will close, not it is closed now. If he is completely right Mccain would have to get "EVERY" loose vote out there and he would just lose by less. That is completely ridiculous. If Mccain got even 65% of the vote still out there he looses in a landslide. He has as much as admitted it is BS. and he is just guessing what might happen in the perfect scenario for Mccain. And then it will only be close. Can you believe this was even a story. Here I have a new headline for you

"John Mccain says he will win"
In the words of Cheney "SO"?

Posted by: popasmoke | October 29, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Why do McCain supporters always have to lie?

Posted by: jimcummings


time to deploy the Truth Squad and dig into all her past associations and credit history, school transcripts, etc. you know, all the stuff that Obama will not release. how dare she wander off the reservation. Destroy her!

Ignore the underlying question or point. you must. the truth will destroy you.

It took the blue dress to get the morons to admit clinton was a liar. how much evidence needs to mount before Obama is exposed? the writing is on the wall if you care to see it. Or you can remain an ignorant Lib and refuse the truth.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 29, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Did you ask the Obama camp to comment o the memo, to obtain some balanced reporting?

Posted by: martinduodu | October 29, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

"It's going to be a wild ride the next six days."


You know what? Maybe it's not. Maybe if you're a pundit whose sole assignment is to cover the horse race hour by hour, you could somehow be looking forward to "wild" things in the next week. But maybe for the vast majority of us who care about politics (and more importantly, policy), we're just tired and begging for this thing to be over.

Just a thought.

Posted by: mattcliff | October 29, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Yo Armpit, uh I mean armpeg, your reference to Joe the Plumber makes my point for me. My point being that undereducated people -- and I am not making a judgment about why they are undereducated -- make poor political decisions because they don't know the facts. For example, FACT: Joe the plumber is a completely fabricated fraud, yet you and other McCain supporters continue to reference him as if he were real. Do you not know that he is a fake, like Jeff Gannon, or are you the elitist who thinks that other Americans are too stupid to know reality from lies? There is no nobility in being ignorant. Finally, you are completely talking out of your a$$. I grew up poor in a rural area. I went to public school, worked through college, and stocked vending machines after graduating, so spare me your salt-of-the-earth elitism. Educate yourself with real facts and you will understand that Republican policy has been killing the working classes for the last 30 years. Or you can believe Joe the Plumber and continue to make my case for me.

Posted by: TruthMakerer | October 29, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

armpeg:

McInsane said "Congratulations Joe The Plumber....your RICH"

armpeg do you really think everyone is as stupid as you?

Go tell the wife to write another book....hahahahaha

Gary Gelormino Seven Hills Ohio 44131 (216)447-0081

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 29, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

thetruthteller said:

"At some point, there have to be enough Americans who wake up to the fact that Obama is a self-admitted Marxist and that is not the philosophy that will ensure America's future as a great capitalist country."
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The irony is that America's future as a "great capitalist country" has always been insured by socialist measures and policies, starting with anti-trust laws of TR, followed by some of Woodrow Wilson's
policies, women's suffrage, FDR, Harry Truman's attempts to fit a human face on American capitalism, LBJ, and the current massive socialist bailout of the financial industry.

Whenever GOP came to power and made a mess of things, it was always the Democrats who came in to clean up the mess.

If your fantasy of "great capitalist country" came true, most of us would be living a life not one unlike in
Charles Dickens' books.

That's exactly why "Das Kapital" should be required reading for all intelligent people. But, it looks like, you can probably be excused.

Posted by: VMR1 | October 29, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

armpeg wants everyone to vote for stupid people.

Sorry. The least I want out of my president is the knowledge that he/she had higher SAT scores than me, and I know that McCain, Palin and Bush don't meet this criteria.

When did being smart become a negative?

Posted by: jimcummings | October 29, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Who would want a president like McBush who only shows concerns for 5% of a nation of people?

McBush woos the 95% for political gain. Early on in the election, McBush offered the 95% nothing. But now, because the polls are showing low numbers for McBush, all of a sudden he is offering the 95% a bone or doggy treats.

It's clear the 95% is an after thought.

McBush it's too late.

I will not be serving your purpose bailing-out your greedy 5% with my tax dollars and getting nothing in return while your friends retire as millionaires...

The GREEDY DEREGULATORS. Never again!

Posted by: Iwantmyvoicetobeheard | October 29, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Who would want a president like McBush who only shows concerns for 5% of a nation of people?

McBush woos the 95% for political gain. Early on in the election, McBush offered the 95% nothing. But now, because the polls are showing low numbers for McBush, all of a sudden he is offering the 95% a bone or doggy treats.

It's clear the 95% is an after thought.

McBush it's too late.

I will not be serving your purpose bailing-out your greedy 5% with my tax dollars and getting nothing in return while your friends retire as millionaires...

The GREEDY DEREGULATORS. Never again!

Posted by: Iwantmyvoicetobeheard | October 29, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I think McCain has a reasonable chance to win because of the following reasons:

1) racism among some white voters is likely greater than as revealed in polls.

2) there are millions of poorly educated, ignorant people in this country. This is a fact, as shown in scant knowledge by tens of millions about basic geography, United States history and the structure of our government. Therefore some people are likely to be duped by the GOP lies, distortion, name-calling about Barack being a "socialist" or "redistributionist of wealth."

The strategy of the McCain camp is counting on there being enough voters who believe such complete nonsense to allow him to win a majority of electoral votes. This could be successful as obviously millions of people have no clue as to what socialism or Marxism is. They ignore the fact McCain will also be a "redistributionist of wealth," if he wins, unless McCain intends to eliminate nearly all federal programs and tax subsidies. Millions of people also seem to believe the GOP lies about Barack's intentions about taxes.

3) the usual GOP dirty tricks in attempting voter suppression. As was reported by Rachel Maddow yesterday, some in the GOP have been sending false, official looking, papers intending to suppress voting on college campuses. An example was a notice sent around on a campus in Virginia warning students not to try to vote locally, as they would lose their scholsrships. This is completely wrong, as the United States Supreme Court about three decades ago decided college students could vote locally.

McCain, in summary, could win, because he has taken the very low road to win the highest national office, relentlessly pandered to right wing conservatives, engaged in lies, distortions. McCarthyism and name-calling to try to win. This strategy has been successful by certain Republican candidates in the past in duping enough voters to win. Therefore I will not be surprised if McCain "wins."

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | October 29, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

One factor that hasn't been discussed, which I find curious, is the "youth vote." Not the college students, but the under 30s in general who are so overwhelmingly for Obama.

I wonder how many recognize what that means in terms of the future? I wonder if that will have any impact on this race--looking into the future. It's like that McCain ad that ends with "He's not ready YET," conceding (unintentionally perhaps, but true) that Obama CAN be ready, if not today, then tomorrow.

Of course, he IS ready today--we know that. But by tomorrow, which could come as early as Nov. 5, he'll be ready, too. I wonder how many have been swayed, as I have, by his sheer intellectual firepower.

You just can't make that argument with McCain. Whatever it is that McCain uses to draw support, it isn't his intellect--his inability to explain, instead of just content, points so clearly to that that I wonder why so few have pressed him on it. He says "I understand..." and "I know," in such direct contrast to the specificity of Obama on most issues. To me, that means something is interferring with some audiences ability to hear what is being said to him. And I'm sorry, but I can't help but think it has to be race. The differences are just so stark between the two.

Posted by: pasc1 | October 29, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

"re: the Palin effigy in California.

This is hate speech. Pure and simple.
Beyond defending.

Now, the McCain effigy surrounded by the flames of hell...that's editorial."

I think you have to give some leeway due to the fact that its a Halloween decoration. You see people in nooses all the time. Just because its a real person doesn't make it wrong.

Any other time of the year, I'd agree that it is hate speech.

And if it were Obama or any other black person, I'd feel a tiny bit more uncomfortable, but I wouldn't be outraged.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 29, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Who would want a president like McBush who only shows concerns for 5% of a nation of people?

McBush woos the 95% for political gain. Early on in the election, McBush offered the 95% nothing. But now, because the polls are showing low numbers for McBush, all of a sudden he is offering the 95% a bone or doggy treats.

It's clear the 95% is an after thought.

McBush it's too late.

I will not be serving your purpose bailing-out your greedy 5% with my tax dollars and getting nothing in return while your friends retire as millionaires...

The GREEDY DEREGULATORS. Never again!

Posted by: Iwantmyvoicetobeheard | October 29, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

INDIANA CLOSES EARLY

VOTE EARLY INDIANA and maybe the we can get some sleep that night....

OBAMA BIDEN 08

go BIG RED

Posted by: capinfusion | October 29, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Who would want a president like McBush who only shows concerns for 5% of a nation of people?

McBush woos the 95% for political gain. Early on in the election, McBush offered the 95% nothing. But now, because the polls are showing low numbers for McBush, all of a sudden he is offering the 95% a bone or doggy treats.

It's clear the 95% is an after thought.

McBush it's too late.

I will not be serving your purpose bailing-out your greedy 5% with my tax dollars and getting nothing in return while your friends retire as millionaires...

The GREEDY DEREGULATORS. Never again!

Posted by: Iwantmyvoicetobeheard | October 29, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Who would want a president like McBush who only shows concerns for 5% of a nation of people?

McBush woos the 95% for political gain. Early on in the election, McBush offered the 95% nothing. But now, because the polls are showing low numbers for McBush, all of a sudden he is offering the 95% a bone or doggy treats.

It's clear the 95% is an after thought.

McBush it's too late.

I will not be serving your purpose bailing-out your greedy 5% with my tax dollars and getting nothing in return while your friends retire as millionaires...

The GREEDY DEREGULATORS. Never again!

Posted by: Iwantmyvoicetobeheard | October 29, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

armpeg:

McInsane said "Congratulations Joe The Plumber....your RICH"

armpeg do you really think everyone is as stupid as you?

Go tell the wife to write another book....hahahahaha

Gary Gelormino Seven Hills Ohio 44131 (216)447-0081

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 29, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey King, she wasn't an Obama speech writer. She was a democratic senate staffer.

Why do McCain supporters always have to lie?

Posted by: jimcummings | October 29, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Zouk slips in:

You may have heard that Wednesday night Barack Obama will be on five different TV networks speaking directly to the American people. (snip) One year ago, he made a promise. He pledged to accept public financing and to work with the Republican nominee to ensure that they both operated within those limits. But in fairness, you have to admit, he is getting there in part on a broken promise.

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You can read what Barack actually said here:

http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2008/02/opposing-view-3.html#more


In my eyes, Barack did go back on his word when he saw that his internet campaign had blasted through the roof. Bad on him.

However, his campaign has been fueled by millions of small donations of American citizens and has remained for the most part positive, unlike McCain whose ads have been 100% negative.

Obama is not perfect. But he is 1000 percent better than McCain, who went back on his word regarding torture, privacy rights and other more critical issues than campaign finance.

Zouky has a point, but a very weak one.

I have no illusiuons about Mr Obama,..he can slide into arrogance and aloofness. His virtues however outweigh his vices. His campaign is brilliant, he has stayed on budget, and his team has remained loyal and positive.

McCain is overwhelmed by his vices and has chucked whatever virtues he had out the door when he embraced Bush, Rove and their tactics and policies.

The choice remains clear.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 29, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I've often wondered about "undecided" voters until I met a real one yesterday.

He was a hard-core, rural white male from Iowa and what he told me gave me a big clue: his opinion about voting this year was, in essence, a despair that was giving birth to apathy (acceptance?).

He said that he wanted very badly to be able to vote for McCain/Palin but just couldn't bring himself to do it and so he isn't going to vote this year at all (and he always voted - Republican - before).

What if the "undecideds" among "likely voters" are much like him? So tepid as to simply pass on voting this time around?

Not good news for McCain if that's true, Chris. (How to play such a person in a finger-puppet show? Perhaps as the puppet on your thumb.)

Posted by: miraclestudies | October 29, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Reverend Wright is not racist, he does not run a racist church and the idiots here who keep banging on and on about him should read the full transcript of a long interview he did with Bill Moyers a few months ago.

For pete's sake - he was the pastor of a church in a black neighbourhood of Chicago. Guess what? Black people went.

If Ayers was secretary of education you would do well - the guy is a national treasure and always was.

What is wrong with you little repugnicon robots? Don't you bother to learn your own history?

The national guard were shooting students dead, Bobby Kennedy was assassinated, Martin Luther King was assassinated, Nixon refused to leave Vietnam even though it was lost, hundreds or even as many as 1,000 body bags were being sent home every week and the US public were asleep.

Bill Ayers and the protestors helped to wake up America and stopped the slaughter.

Are you insane not to see that? I was a 17 year old anti-war protestor in Australia in 1970 and I was so thrilled that finally the US public were waking up to what was happening in their names.

Why do some of the little cretins here think that the anti-war rallies about Iraq were so huge before it started?

Because we knew what would happen with another lunatic repugnicon in the White house.

They always fight unwinnable wars and it takes the likes of Ayers to help stop the wars.

Enough already with the whinging and whinging about Ayers. Would you prefer that Obama only hang around with war mongers like Bush's new best friend Gaddafi, or Rummy's old buddy Saddam Hussein, or McCain's great mate G Gordon Liddy.

Honest to god the cretinism in the US is at an astonishingly high level. Is it something in the water?

Posted by: shepherdmarilyn | October 29, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

PUMAs in Florida are messing with Axelrod's head. Good! Hold the line, ladies. Early vote and say - NoBama!
These smug men, on this board and others, live in Md. and other foregone states. Florida women - you have some clout with your swing vote. Use it! Get in that early voting line and ignore the college kid stare down. They don't know tax cuts from sushi roll.
NoBama, no thanks.

Posted by: OrlandoNan | October 29, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse
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They don't even exist except on the net. They tried to hold a rally a short while back in Miami and 4 women showed up.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 29, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

FOX NEWS reports that REPUBLICANS caused the financial crisis and McCain hired them to run his campaign.

AP IMPACT: Mortgage firm arranged stealth campaign
Monday, October 20, 2008

By PETE YOST, Associated Press Writer

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

Gary Gelormino Seven Hills Ohio 44131 (216)447-0081

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 29, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Just look at McCain's schedule for the closing days in this campaign. He's exclusively in Bush states that he all NEEDS to win to stand a chance. The only exception is PA, but this just seems to be to prevent everyone from completely writing him of. All polling coming out of that state has shown Obama with double digit or near double digit leads.

Nationwide, McCain might be closing in, but it's not doing him any good in the electoral college. Obama is enjoying his biggest lead of the campaign, with most of projections putting him well over 300 with several states still up in the air. With Obama set to dominate news cycles for the next couple of days (infomercial, appearance with Bill Clinton and two or three major network interviews), a huge cash advantage and an extensive ground game , it seems that this election is beyond McCain's control. The only way he's getting back into this is a major screw up by Obama, a big international crisis or a domestic attack. Otherwise, McCain will find himself under the wheels of the Palin bus a week from now .

Posted by: CohtR | October 29, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

king_of_zouk:
"I have grown to appreciate the Governor."

Palin's character and history eschews sexism for all but those with indecent morals, for example those to whom Obama's shady background means nothing.

.

Posted by: Billw3 | October 29, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Zouk slips in:

You may have heard that Wednesday night Barack Obama will be on five different TV networks speaking directly to the American people. (snip) One year ago, he made a promise. He pledged to accept public financing and to work with the Republican nominee to ensure that they both operated within those limits. But in fairness, you have to admit, he is getting there in part on a broken promise.

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You can read what Barack actually said here:

http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2008/02/opposing-view-3.html#more


In my eyes, Barack did go back on his word when he saw that his internet campaign had blasted through the roof. Bad on him.

However, his campaign has been fueled by millions of small donations of American citizens and has remained for the most part positive, unlike McCain whose ads have been 100% negative.

Obama is not perfect. But he is 1000 percent better than McCain, who went back on his word regarding torture, privacy rights and other more critical issues than campaign finance.

Zouky has a point, but a very weak one.

I have no illusiuons about Mr Obama,..he can slide into arrogance and aloofness. His virtues however outweigh his vices. His campaign is brilliant, he has stayed on budget, and his team has remained loyal and positive.

McCain is overwhelmed by his vices and has chucked whatever virtues he had out the door when he embraced Bush, Rove and their tactics and policies.

The choice remains clear.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 29, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I've often wondered about "undecided" voters until I met a real one yesterday.

He was a hard-core, rural white male from Iowa and what he told me gave me a big clue: his opinion about voting this year was, in essence, a despair that was giving birth to apathy (acceptance?).

He said that he wanted very badly to be able to vote for McCain/Palin but just couldn't bring himself to do it and so he isn't going to vote this year at all (and he always voted - Republican - before).

What if the "undecideds" among "likely voters" are much like him? So tepid as to simply pass on voting this time around?

Not good news for McCain if that's true, Chris. (How to play such a person in a finger-puppet show? Perhaps as the puppet on your thumb.)

Posted by: miraclestudies | October 29, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

TruthMakerer 12:37 PM 's elite cheap shot at average Americans and McCain voters re. they being "men without college degrees, rural voters and Walmart women" is so typical of the Obama supporters who look down their noses at men and women who are like Joe and Jane the Plumber. Obama and TruthMakerer all believe we average Americans who work for a living and maybe haven't been as lucky to have rich parents, as most of the college degreed upper crust my-do-do-doesn't-stink elite like they have had, all think that they're better than us peons until they need us. When they need our votes or our young men and women to fight and die so their kids can go to college and live peaceful, prosperous, and happy lives, only then do they lower themselves to our level. Typical Obama Socialist and Marxist thinking though.

Posted by: armpeg | October 29, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse


Yet, it is important to remember that the presidential election is a state by state race -- not a national one -- and there remains scant evidence of a McCain boomlet in key states.

Posted by: J_thinks | October 29, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Barack campaigners aren't paying much attention to what the polls do in the next week. We've already been operating under the assumption that we need to make this an all-out push no matter what the polls say. Whether it ends up a landslide or a squeaker, we'll be able to say we never let up for a minute. Not a minute!

Can McSame's plumbers match our ground game? We think not.

We'll all know in a week though!


Posted by: laboo | October 29, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

TruthMakerer 12:37 PM 's elite cheap shot at average Americans and McCain voters re. they being "men without college degrees, rural voters and Walmart women" is so typical of the Obama supporters who look down their noses at men and women who are like Joe and Jane the Plumber. Obama and TruthMakerer all believe we average Americans who work for a living and maybe haven't been as lucky to have rich parents, as most of the college degreed upper crust my-do-do-doesn't-stink elite like they have had, all think that they're better than us peons until they need us. When they need our votes or our young men and women to fight and die so their kids can go to college and live peaceful, prosperous, and happy lives, only then do they lower themselves to our level. Typical Obama Socialist and Marxist thinking though.

Posted by: armpeg | October 29, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Why did Sarah REDRIBUTE Wealth from Rich Oil Companies to ALASKANS, Was she reading Marx when she called Alaska a Socialist State on CNBC with Maria?

Posted by: capinfusion | October 29, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Just look at McCain's schedule for the closing days in this campaign. He's exclusively in Bush states that he all NEEDS to win to stand a chance. The only exception is PA, but this just seems to be to prevent everyone from completely writing him of. All polling coming out of that state has shown Obama with double digit or near double digit leads.

Nationwide, McCain might be closing in, but it's not doing him any good in the electoral college. Obama is enjoying his biggest lead of the campaign, with most of projections putting him well over 300 with several states still up in the air. With Obama set to dominate news cycles for the next couple of days (infomercial, appearance with Bill Clinton and two or three major network interviews), a huge cash advantage and an extensive ground game , it seems that this election is beyond McCain's control. The only way he's getting back into this is a major screw up by Obama, a big international crisis or a domestic attack. Otherwise, McCain will find himself under the wheels of the Palin bus a week from now .

Posted by: CohtR | October 29, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

"Perhaps because most Rs have jobs that preclude them from attending the Kool-aid sessions."

Clearly you're not one of them. You're always here.

Here's some more polling that should make you happy: Obama and McCain are tied in ARIZONA!

http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/election08/articles/2008/10/29/20081029asupoll1029.html#comments

Could it be that the people who know John McCain the best are sending us a message?

Posted by: jimcummings | October 29, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

YES McSame the loser is coming back........coming back to LOSE

hahahahahaha

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 29, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

It's more than whether or not Obama is just a liberal. At some point, there have to be enough Americans who wake up to the fact that Obama is a self-admitted Marxist and that is not the philosophy that will ensure America's future as a great capitalist country.

Also, there is a growing number of Americans who question all of the documents that Obama refuses to make public, like extensive medical records, college records and even a legitimate vault copy of his birth certificate. This is all very disconcerting when you are talking about the most powerful position in the free world. Here we have a candidate who has never been vetted. McCain provides 1200 pages of medical records, for instance, and Obama, a lifelong smoker, provides 1.

I think there are enough Americans who are smart enough to realize that this election is for the President and not for the town dogcatcher. Transparency matters.

Posted by: thetruthteller1 | October 29, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

"Wal-Mart women".

If you think about it, it's a real gem of American folklore. A totally artificial creature of standard deviation and multiple regression, and yet so real....

[here my thoughts trail off and dissolve into a dreamy nothing]

It would be interesting to see an existential exploration of this phenomenon. Does Wal-Mart make this woman what she is or is it her "ouevre" [she's a dispatcher at a local cab company] that helps her socio-economic consciousness evolve toward WalMart-ism?

Posted by: VMR1 | October 29, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I spent 2.5 hours in the cold yesterday to vote early for Barack Obama. What I learned in 2004 is that it's not enough to vote against someone. I think Republicans are going to learn that lesson next week.

Posted by: CorpRock | October 29, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I spent 2.5 hours in the cold yesterday to vote early for Barack Obama. What I learned in 2004 is that it's not enough to vote against someone. I think Republicans are going to learn that lesson next week.

Posted by: CorpRock | October 29, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

"Perhaps because most Rs have jobs that preclude them from attending the Kool-aid sessions."

Clearly you're not one of them. You're always here.

Here's some more polling that should make you happy: Obama and McCain are tied in ARIZONA!

http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/election08/articles/2008/10/29/20081029asupoll1029.html#comments

Could it be that the people who know John McCain the best are sending us a message?

Posted by: jimcummings | October 29, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Women voters will give the victory to Obama with their overwhelming support.

Ha! Not this woman.

Posted by: blevins20061 | October 29, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse


. . READ THIS SHORT PIECE BEFORE YOU VOTE

Wall Street Journal's very brief and to the point article on Obama's destructive tax program (spreading the wealth):

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122524355079278651.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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Posted by: Billw3 | October 29, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Yikkees - the truth. Libs, don't read, your "brain" will explode:

Obama Speechwriter Switches to McCain; Ignored by MSM

The final straw came the other week when Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher (a.k.a Joe the Plumber) asked a question about higher taxes for small businesses. Instead of celebrating his aspirations, they were mocked. He wasn’t “a real plumber,” and “They’re fighting for Joe the Hedge-Fund manager,” and the patronizing, “I’ve got nothing but love for Joe the Plumber.”

Having worked in politics, I know that absolutely none of this is on the level. This back and forth is posturing, a charade, and a political game. These lines are what I refer to as “hooker lines”—a sure thing to get applause and the press to scribble as if they’re reporting meaningful news.

As the nation slouches toward disaster, the level of political discourse is unworthy of this moment in history. We have Republicans raising Ayers and Democrats fostering ageism with “erratic” and jokes about Depends. Sexism. Racism. Ageism and maybe some Socialism have all made their ugly cameos in election 2008. It’s not inspiring. Perhaps this is why I found the initial mocking of Joe so offensive and I realized an old line applied: “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party; the Democratic Party left me.”

The party I believed in wouldn’t look down on working people under any circumstance. And Joe the Plumber is right. This is the absolutely worst time to raise taxes on anyone: the rich, the middle class, the poor, small businesses and corporations.

...Not only has this party belittled working people in this campaign from Joe the Plumber to the bitter comments, it has also been part of tearing down two female candidates.

...Governor Palin and I don’t agree on a lot of things, mostly social issues. But I have grown to appreciate the Governor. I was one of those initial skeptics and would laugh at the pictures. Not anymore. When someone takes on a corrupt political machine and a sitting governor, that is not done by someone with a low I.Q. or a moral core made of tissue paper. When someone fights her way to get scholarships and work her way through college even in a jagged line, that shows determination and humility you can’t learn from reading Reinhold Niebuhr. When a mother brings her son with special needs onto the national stage with love, honesty, and pride, that gives hope to families like mine as my older brother lives with a mental disability. And when someone can sit on a stage during the Sarah Palin rap on Saturday Night Live, put her hands in the air and watch someone in a moose costume get shot—that’s a sign of both humor and humanity.


http://newsbusters.org/blogs/p-j-gladnick/2008/10/29/obama-speechwriter-switches-mccain-ignored-msm

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 29, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Good god, enough with the "McCain comback?" storyline. It's the state polls that matter and they have moved AWAY from McCain all week. This thing is OVER for the republicans.

Posted by: arcadiola | October 29, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Two points:
First, if you look back over 50 years of Gallup polling, you see that elections almost always tighten in the last week or two. This election appears to be no different.
Second, Nate Silver at fivethirtyeight.com effectively rebuts the McCain argument that only whites are left undecided. He looks at various scenarios for the undecided split, and even the most optimistic for McCain only gives him one additional percent.

Of course the McCain campaign is saying they are catching up and are going to win. What do you expect them to say? We give up? However, just because they say it doesn't mean its real.

Posted by: wmw4 | October 29, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, McCain wants to eliminate the progressive income tax, despite the fact that some people are failing to make ends meet working two jobs, while others can afford private jets and 200 foot yachts. After all, some poor guy working for $7.50 an hour can just as easily afford a 20% tax as somebody who buys and sells baseball teams, right? Thanks, John - We're drowning and you want to throw us an anchor. I'd say that this, and not remembering just how many houses you own, makes it pretty clear where you stand economically-for and with the selfish, greedy fat cats who are fleecing us for a TRILLION DOLLARS! Throw the bum out! Now!

Posted by: steelsil2 | October 29, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Chris - the answer is NO the race is not tightening where it matters - in the state polls. The race is to 270 and the national polls always tighten near the end but they do not decide the election.

All the major states but MO,NC and FL are now out of range for McCain and those still show Obama ahead within the MOE. Even RCP has moved NV to Obama and has him at 311 EV.

PA is NOT in play no matter how much McCain wet dreams it.

ND,WV,GA,MT and AZ are all on the margin as well and can be won on the ground...

McInturff can spin all he wants but the national polls are not telling the story the state polls are and McCain is in deep doo doo....

Posted by: jnail1 | October 29, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Two points:
First, if you look back over 50 years of Gallup polling, you see that elections almost always tighten in the last week or two. This election appears to be no different.
Second, Nate Silver at fivethirtyeight.com effectively rebuts the McCain argument that only whites are left undecided. He looks at various scenarios for the undecided split, and even the most optimistic for McCain only gives him one additional percent.

Of course the McCain campaign is saying they are catching up and are going to win. What do you expect them to say? We give up? However, just because they say it doesn't mean its real.

Posted by: wmw4 | October 29, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

"Perhaps because most Rs have jobs that preclude them from attending the Kool-aid sessions."

Well, you can't be one of them, because you're always here.

And, just for something to chew on, a poll just released in ARIZONA shows Obama and McCain tied.

Could the good people of Arizona who know John McCain best be sending us a message?

Posted by: jimcummings | October 29, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Lord, I hope not. This country just cannot take another 4 yrs of the GOP being in the White House.
We will only know how accurate the polls were on election day and on the day after election day.

Posted by: bjlopez1130 | October 29, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

You may have heard that Wednesday night Barack Obama will be on five different TV networks speaking directly to the American people. (snip) One year ago, he made a promise. He pledged to accept public financing and to work with the Republican nominee to ensure that they both operated within those limits. But in fairness, you have to admit, he is getting there in part on a broken promise.

Just one of many broken promises to come. Ask PeLousy how many of her promises were met? anyone with half a brain (equal to two Liberals) can see that the lowering of the "RICH" line in the sand is heading for 250, 200, 150, watch. It will sink like the Obama stock crash. down to $42K as intended all along.

asl bill clinton about promises of middle class tax cuts. (Hint, he raised taxes after one month, it is the Liberal way).

Prepare to pay for the $$trillions in new big government failures.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 29, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Zouk - more polling good news for you:

RCP averages:

AL - McCain +23.7
MS - McCain +10.4
KY - McCain +12.4
LA - McCain +15.6
AK - McCain +15.0
TN - McCain +14.0

There are 46 electoral votes right there! Good work!

Now about those remaining 224 --- ha ha ha ha! How are NH and PA looking?

Posted by: bondjedi | October 29, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Is McCAin coming back?

No question about it. I predicted months ago that Americans would revert to their usual stupid and racist selves once they're in the privacy of the voting booth.

These polling results are nonsense!
In my extended travels throughout the world I've never seen a more insincere group of people than Americans. They lie through their teeth when answering poll questions, I'm, sure of it.

Posted by: VMR1 | October 29, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I predict that nationally about 62.5% of the "undecideds" will go for McCain, if that constitutes his "coming back." Of course, McCain needs over 100% of them in some of the states he must win. Unless all of the polls are wrong, McCain won't make it.

Posted by: Byron5 | October 29, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

If it's tightening at all, it's due to undecided Republican voters holding their nose and voting for McCain. McIntruff is whistling in the dark. Most state polling shows Obama holding al the 2004 Kerry states as well as enough Bush 2004 states to win an electoral majority.... It's over..

Posted by: RickJ | October 29, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

"men without college degrees, rural voters and "Walmart women" -- uh, that pretty much says it all right there.

Posted by: TruthMakerer | October 29, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

"men without college degrees, rural voters and "Walmart women" -- uh, that pretty much says it all right there.

Posted by: TruthMakerer | October 29, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

How can McCain win when he draws less attendees to events than we draw volunteers to ours?

Posted by: bradcpa

Perhaps because most Rs have jobs that preclude them from attending the Kool-aid sessions. McGovern used to draw huge crowds of infantalized fools too.

We are the ones who will be sending you our paychecks next year, after Obama takes his cut. Stay home and watch Oprah.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 29, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

If McCain is coming back, why is he being forced to divert resources to places like Montana and West Virginia? Why is he fighting for his life in Florida and North Carolina? The McCain campaign has resembled a Keystone Cops routine and it looks like they couldn't organize their way out of a wet paper bag. Given the large, well organized, well funded Obama operations in so many states, I think the polls may be underestimating Obama's numbers, if anything. And what about the percentage of the undecided electorate (I will call them the bandwagoners) who will make their decision by wanting to be on the winning side?

The real question is how many down ticket Republicans are going to lose races they might otherwise have won by being caught in the thrashing, gnashing death throes of the McCain-Palin campaign?

Posted by: JoeBewildered | October 29, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

McCain's problem is that he doesn't have anything to offer but nasty. He's flooding our state with robocalls. An advocacy group has released a nasty DVD, 95 minutes worth, in three battleground states. What does all that do to help hurting people? Millions have lost jobs and millions more are on the edge. Retirees have lost Two Trillion in value in retirement funds. People have lost homes, health care, pensions, the ability to afford to send children to college/vocational school, and all McCain has to offer is nasty. Just the other day, his adviser Fiorina said the government should let the American auto makers go down the tube. They've already let people like Carly Fiorina who got a 40 million dollar golden parachute for laying of tens of thousands of people weaken or destroy all kinds of companies for the benefit of the rich. Bush-Cheney, McCain-Gramm's philosophy of make the rich and corporations richer while you make the Middle Class jobless has hurt us all. Maybe the polls are getting closer. Maybe McCain will come back, but if he does it will just be four more years of the Middle Class being stabbed in the back. His nasty campaign shows that. I call on McCain-Palin to start telling us what they will really do to help hurting people.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | October 29, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

The McCain forces are sort of starting to whistle as they approach the graveyard this Halloween. There appears to be no movement at all toward McCain in the gathering of state-by-state electoral votes. Quite the contrary, in fact, in recent weeks. Check the charts on pollster.com for the key states. McCain somehow reminds me of a local Little League football player of some years ago when I was photographing the game from the sidelines. With his team down by several touchdowns and about a minute and a half to go, he lined up in the defensive backfield, shouting to his teammates: "C'mon you guys, we can get 'em!" And I do wish conservatives would give up on their underlying traditional drum beat of trying to make "liberal" a dirty word. It's going to take some liberalism, respect for individual dignity, to drag this society back from the edge of the abyss.

Posted by: TomCamfield | October 29, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

PAST AS PROLOGUE?

The long lines at the polls open for early voting, combined with sporadic reports of electronic voting machine snafus and a predictable tightening of national polls, presage the Election Day story -- another long day's journey into night?

The Obama-Biden campaign better have kept tens of millions in reserve for legal challenges to alleged voter suppression and vote count irregularities.

Dems may rue the day they failed to press for a legislatively-mandated voter-verified paper trail.

Little has been written about the vitriol of GOP direct mail pieces sent out in recent days. To quote from a mailing from the GOP of PA:

"Barack Obama: Not Who You Think He Is." "Soft on crime."
"He acted more as a friend to criminals than to cops..."

Fear, smear and backroom machinations: Here we go again?


WHAT IF McCAIN-PALIN'S STRATEGY IS AIMED NOT JUST AT VOTERS, BUT AT THE APPARACHIK?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/mccain-palins-fellow-traveler-insinuations-what-if-u-s-security-forces-agree

ARE THE McCAIN-PALIN CROWD AGITATORS THE SAME STORMTROOPERS WHO DO THIS:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

OR http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 29, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

The McCain pollster is spinning like a top on speed. He has no facts so he is arguing from his fevered wishes. The reality is that Obama forces on the ground are mobilizing for an all-out final push to get out the vote in battleground states like Florida and Pennsylvania (I am driving there on Saturday and Tuesday).

The result will be a comfortable but not landslide victory for Obama across a wide section of the country. Obama definitely will take Virginia, Colorado,New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and probably Florida. North Carolina will go to McCain in a squeaker (but Liddy Dole is doomed). Ohio and Indiana might go either way at this point. But the bottom line is that there is not way that McCain can turn his slide in the polls into a victory on November 4.

The deciding factor nationally will be the huge numbers of middle class women who are turned off by McCain's erratic, negative campaign and insulted by Palin's incompetance and winking smugness.

Women voters will give the victory to Obama with their overwhelming support.

Posted by: dee5 | October 29, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

The McCain forces are sort of starting to whistle as they approach the graveyard this Halloween. There appears to be no movement at all toward McCain in the gathering of state-by-state electoral votes. Quite the contrary, in fact, in recent weeks. Check the charts on pollster.com for the key states. McCain somehow reminds me of a local Little League football player of some years ago when I was photographing the game from the sidelines. With his team down by several touchdowns and about a minute and a half to go, he lined up in the defensive backfield, shouting to his teammates: "C'mon you guys, we can get 'em!" And I do wish conservatives would give up on their underlying traditional drum beat of trying to make "liberal" a dirty word. It's going to take some liberalism, respect for individual dignity, to drag this society back from the edge of the abyss.

Posted by: TomCamfield | October 29, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

This release is simply the reply of the McCain campaign to the release of the memo earlier in the week stating, essentially, that McCain is the second coming of Bob Dole, and that Haley Barbour saved the Republican Party by doing as John Ehrlichman recommended -- leaving Dole "Twisting slowly, slowly in the breeze".

In 1996, that saved some house and senate seats. These memos going public is simply inside baseball with one group of hacks trying to force the hand of the other.

Personally, it's nice to see them eating their own for a change...

Posted by: Rogermurdock | October 29, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

This release is simply the reply of the McCain campaign to the release of the memo earlier in the week stating, essentially, that McCain is the second coming of Bob Dole, and that Haley Barbour saved the Republican Party by doing as John Ehrlichman recommended -- leaving Dole "Twisting slowly, slowly in the breeze".

In 1996, that saved some house and senate seats. These memos going public is simply inside baseball with one group of hacks trying to force the hand of the other.

Personally, it's nice to see them eating their own for a change...

Posted by: Rogermurdock | October 29, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama has announced his cabinet posts and will go over them tonight in his infomercial. here are some of the hilights:

Rezco - treasury
Rains - HUD
Ayers - Education
Gore - energy
Clinton - Justice
Wright - new post - black victimology
IRS - Wrangle
Immigration - Jefferson
Ethics - Mahoney
FED - Frank

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 29, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Hee hee hee blevins. hee hee hee

OBABA will go all the way and win the white house. Get used to it suckahs!! Hail to the new chief!

Posted by: johng1 | October 29, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

"I assume you are talking about giving away money to unqualified borrowers."

First, loaning money is not the same thing as 'giving away' money. Second, 'unqualified buyers' means anyone that borrows more than they can realistically pay back. People tend to assume this means poor people, but can just as easily describe somebody making $250K a year who overextends themself to buy a $5 million house. Third, the subprime loans are only part of the problem - the bond rating agencies ignored borrowers' ability to pay the loans back when they were bundled and split into tranches. They basically made the risk evaporate, which turned out to be a bad thing. Fourth, unregulated credit default swaps amounting to somewhere between $65 and $75 trillion-with-a-T have had a far greater negative impact on global credit markets than subprime mortgages. The subprime mortgages are but one small aspect of the credit markets, which also include credit card debt, auto loans, personal lines of credit, corporate debt, municipal debt, etc. In short, some nitwits like to over simplify the problem in order to take partisan shots, but end up only exposing themselves for the fools they are.

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 29, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

The USA has had a policy of "spreading around the wealth" since adopting the income tax 100 years ago. We've encouraged everyone to get an education, and that was Jefferson's passion. We used to regard war as a last resort and mind our own business. We used to encourage volunteerism. Now the Republic Party regards taxation as communistic, education as elitist, war as a tool to promote empire, volunteerism as a waste of time, and our Constitution as "just a g----mn piece of paper." .

Posted by: mongolovesheriff | October 29, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama has opened the door by failing to more clarify his stances and past associations. For instance you cant pooh-pooh Wright and have a best selling book and title based on that relationship. Some people dig deeper than is politically correct.

Posted by: leapin | October 29, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse
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No one cares, they have made that clear for months.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 29, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

My sense is that, at this point, the "undecided" voters are in actuality "soft Republicans" who may be encouraged to vote if they believe it will make a difference. However, they would also need some proffer of inclusion from McCain-Palin; Hispanic Republicans, for example, will sit out before they return "home" to Joe the Plumber and Ashley Todd.

Posted by: thewolf1 | October 29, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Dems love unqualified people? After 8 years of Bush, you can type this with a straight face? I suspect your fondness for alternative reality will serve you well in the coming years.

Posted by: JoeBewildered | October 29, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Chris - I was up in Greeley, Colorado working for Obama for the past week. While I was there Palin drew 10k in Loveland and McCain drew 5k in Denver. Biden had 4k turn out in conservative Weld county (Greeley) and Obama drew 100k in Denver and 50k in Fort Collins at the CSU campus. At CSU we ran out of informational forms for attendees. Look at the new polls from Colorado. Look at the bounce. McCain may be looking up nationally but your point about the battleground states is critical. I flew back from 9 days in Colorado and Obama is up 2 points from when I went up there. My point is that the coming rallies in Florida will likely take that state our of the tossup status. I really do not see a realistic path for McCain to pull this out. PS: How can McCain win when he draws less attendees to events than we draw volunteers to ours?

Posted by: bradcpa | October 29, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

This is just the natural tightening that happens right before a campaign which we have been hearing would happen for months. Like clockwork, here it is. However, the facts remain that 45% of voters have already voted (through absentee and early voting), and of those, 60% support Obama. More importantly, most voters under 30 support Obama (somewhere in the range of 75%, which is just incredible), and most polling data does not account for this data because these younger voters do not have land line telephone's, relying instead on cellphones, which do not receive any comprehensive coverage by polling organizations. The Obama campaign is heading into a blowout of the McCain campaign (with the early voting in, some might argue the blowout has already happened), but we in the media have to report the campaign objectively by covering the horse race with some sobriety.

Posted by: hiberniantears | October 29, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

We stopped demanding the best people in the White House.

Posted by: 37thandOSt

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That was evident with GW.

Posted by: netwitone | October 29, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Go Obama Go
John the village idiot wrote


Yes Obama GO AWAY!

Posted by: blevins20061 | October 29, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama has opened the door by failing to more clarify his stances and past associations. For instance you cant pooh-pooh Wright and have a best selling book and title based on that relationship. Some people dig deeper than is politically correct.

Posted by: leapin | October 29, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse


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If there was a white Presidential candidate who was found to be a member of a racist church, same as the Rev. Wright's church except substitute "white values" for "black values" and visa vera, THE MEDIA WOULD BE IN TOTAL ATTACK MODE AGAINST THAT WHITE CANDIDATE.


OBAMA IS A RACIST - OBAMA HAS GIVE $20,000.00 TO A RACIST CHURCH IN ONE YEAR.


Washington Post - there are a lot of Churches in Chicago which are black and which are not racist - Obama did not have to give $20,000.00 to this one Church - STOP GIVING OBAMA A PASS ON HIS RACISM AGAINST WHITES.


WAKE UP WASHINGTON POST WAKE UP MEDIA.


WAKE UP AMERICA.


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Exactly right he's racist. Just listen to Irreverend Wrong, his pastor for many, many years.


Exactly right he's socialist. Just listen to him admit it to Joe the Plumber, or his interviews in the past.


Exactly right he's a rotten human being. Just look at his abortion voting record.


Exactly right he has questionable judgment. Just look at his associations with people in his past.


Exactly right he's corrupt. Just look at the Rezko land deal.


Exactly right he's a liar. Just look at what he says about taxes vs. how he's actually voted.


Exactly right he has no executive experience. Just look at his resume -- or lack thereof.


Exactly right he's secretive. Just look at his lack of birth certificate, SAT scores, grades, etc. etc., etc.


Exactly right he'll be challenged in his first 6 months of office if elected. Just look at what he says about meeting unconditionally with world leaders.


We cannot be SERIOUS about electing this guy!! Obama in charge of nukes?! What. The.


Sorry George Washington, we messed everything up.


We stopped demanding the best people in the White House.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 29, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

re: the Palin effigy in California.

This is hate speech. Pure and simple.
Beyond defending.

Now, the McCain effigy surrounded by the flames of hell...that's editorial.

Although I suspect those guys will be meeting up with John.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 29, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Of course Obama is going to win. It will be a states-wide electoral landslide. Go Obama Go!

BTW, who is this "37thandOSt" character? He doesn't appear to actually be from that address.

Posted by: johng1 | October 29, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Of course Obama is going to win. It will be a states-wide electoral landslide. Go Obama Go!

Posted by: johng1 | October 29, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

economic policies that led us into this economic morass.

Posted by: wpost4112


I assume you are talking about giving away money to unqualified borrowers. that was the Dems, remember??? they love unqualified people. they elect them, lend to them, send them to college, pay for their doctor bills, drive them to the polls and instruct them how to vote for THE ONE and cover their cigs.

vote for the unqualified - Vote D

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 29, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

This is just the natural tightening that happens right before a campaign which we have been hearing would happen for months. Like clockwork, here it. However, the facts remain that 45% of voters have already voted (through absentee and early voting), and of those, 60% support Obama. More importantly, most voters under 30 support Obama (somewhere in the range of 75%, which is just incredible), and most polling data does not account for this data because these younger voters do not have land line telephone's, relying instead on cellphones, which do not receive any comprehensive coverage by polling organizations. The Obama campaign is heading into a blowout of the McCain campaign (with the early voting in, some might argue the blowout has already happened), but we in the media have to report the campaign objectively by covering the horse race with some sobriety.

Posted by: hiberniantears | October 29, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

PUMAs in Florida are messing with Axelrod's head. Good! Hold the line, ladies. Early vote and say - NoBama!
These smug men, on this board and others, live in Md. and other foregone states. Florida women - you have some clout with your swing vote. Use it! Get in that early voting line and ignore the college kid stare down. They don't know tax cuts from sushi roll.
NoBama, no thanks.

Posted by: OrlandoNan | October 29, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

This is just the natural tightening that happens right before a campaign which we have been hearing would happen for months. Like clockwork, here it. However, the facts remain that 45% of voters have already voted (through absentee and early voting), and of those, 60% support Obama. More importantly, most voters under 30 support Obama (somewhere in the range of 75%, which is just incredible), and most polling data does not account for this data because these younger voters do not have land line telephone's, relying instead on cellphones, which do not receive any comprehensive coverage by polling organizations. The Obama campaign is heading into a blowout of the McCain campaign (with the early voting in, some might argue the blowout has already happened), but we in the media have to report the campaign objectively by covering the horse race with some sobriety.

Posted by: hiberniantears | October 29, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

McCain Gains In All Three Tracking Polls Zogby, Rasmussen and Gallup all report McCain closing to 5 points back. Zogby had him 12 back, Rasmussen 8 and Gallup 6 in their previous polling

I am sensing a trend here. a reality the Libs would rather ignore.

simply put, the messiah has never accomplished anything of substance in his life, why start now??

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 29, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse
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It Is supposed to close a little at this point. The problem for Mccain is that support for Obama has not come down at all. Mccain has just stopped flat lining but closing a little can't win anything. The polls just prove that the Obama's numbers are solid and there are not even enough loose voters out there to will for Mccain no matter what happens. Where are these votes you think are going to carry Mccain over the line? They don't exist. By the way, you don't win by 15 points, you win by maybe 3 or 4. When you even get into the 6 point+ range it is a land slide. Those points represent millions of votes. In a foot race a few tenths of a second look like nothing on the clock. It looks like it was a really close race. Then you look at the runners and one guy is way behind the other and you see it was not even close. A few points in a national election equal millions of votes.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 29, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

The reason it isn't getting the traction that you want is because there isn't a history in this country of lynching white women.

If someone hung an effigy of Barack Obama, it WOULD get considerably more coverage because the United States does, in fact, have a rather gross history of lynchings.

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So, you are trying to say there is no history on violence against "white" women?
I think not, but clearly the ACLU has this protected under freedom of speech, and the fact that it's considered "halloween" decorations. Just to point this out, when NAACP cries foul when PG county display goes up tomorrow. Hilarious.

Posted by: blevins20061 | October 29, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

To all read the article, then comment.

Posted by: J_thinks | October 29, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

IF McCain does win it will be owing to his adoption of Goebbels-like tactics to frighten the electorate.

Posted by: ravitchn | October 29, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

With regard to Obama maintaining his leads in battleground State polling, even as most of the daily national tracking polls are narrowing — recall, throughout the campaign, shifts in the National race have usually not been reflected in State polling until about a week later. Case in point, when Obama gained momentum in the third week of September — leading in the ABC/Post poll by 9, Rasmussen by 6, and Fox by 6, McCain was still holding a lead in most of the battleground states, (i.e. Fox still had McCain up by 4 in Ohio and McCain up by 5 in Florida). If the National tracking polls that show this a 3-5 point race are at all accurate then the battleground States must also be tightening, especially given the huge margins Obama likely retains in the populous States of California, New York and Illinois.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 29, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

"And more from the annals of Gov. Charlie Crist, R-Fla.: "Some Republicans were also fuming over Crist's decision to extend early voting hours, since most of the people in line have been Democrats," Reinhard and Caputo write.)"

Republicans fuming over efforts to encouage voter turnout, how typical.

Good Luck mark with your Congressional race. My efforts have turned to helping Michael Skelly win the 7th District Congressional seat. Anything I can do to help your campaign here locally?

Posted by: leichtman | October 29, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Most recent Digeo/Hotline tracking (10/29) - Obama 49 McCain 42 Undec 6 (I don't know what happened to the other 3 percent. Barr? Nader?)

But check this tidbit - "In the battleground states (CO, OH, MI, NH, NM, FL, VA, WI, NV), Obama has a 17 pt. lead - 54-37%." In other words, McCain is piling it on in states that don't matter in this election, like MS, AL, AK, etc. while being clobbered in every state that has more than 3 electoral votes.

This one's over except for the crying.

Posted by: bondjedi | October 29, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Chris, have you mentioned the record-breaking early voting? And how Independents are breaking for Obama 60 to 40?


Sorry, GOP -- you're done. You're done in a big, big way.


It's going to be President Obama with a close to 60-seat Democratic Senate. And all you Republicans out there are going to be in a world of hurt and sad little internecine warfare for a while. Have fun with that.


Posted by: Christian_in_NYC | October 29, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

An interesting article in the Post today, about polling, includes this nugget about the WaPo poll, which has Obama 7 points ahead:

"Some polls show Obama with a healthy lead even without an assumed surge in African American and young voters. Obama's seven-point lead in the Washington Post-ABC News poll is not premised on disproportionately higher turnout among those demographic groups. The poll's turnout model currently shows that 10 percent of likely voters are black, compared with the 11 percent who voted in 2004, according to the network exit poll. Voters younger than 30 make up 16 percent of the Post-ABC sample, little different from the 17 percent four years ago."

John Cohen, who runs the WaPo poll, goes on to explain that their model includes cell-only respondents. Apparently some of the polls that show a tighter race do not.

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 29, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Zouk:
Ouch NYC Facing Job Losses Worse than 9/11 Job losses on Wall Street, which drives the state's economy, are expected to hit 45,000. That is about a third more than the 30,000 positions lost after the September 11

what's worse for amerika than a large scale terror attack - electing a socialist.
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No. What's worse is electing a reckless man who will continue the same economic policies that led us into this economic morass.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 29, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Obama Up by 6 in Daily Kos Tracking Poll [Greg Pollowitz]

Obama, according to the same poll, led by 12 percentage points on October 25. The poll is also highly weighted to the Dems.

Even the whack-job moonbats are realizing it!!

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 29, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

There are 2 groups with a vested interest in having this race seem close.

1) Pollsters
2) News Outlets

The only possible Obama problem is that he could feel a backlash on delaying the World Series game. If that doesn't slam him down 6 or more points in the polls in key states, it doesn't matter.

Does it really matter how much farther behind Obama is in TX, or how much less ahead he is in CA & NY? Gosh, he might be slipping 2 points in MA! Big F'ng Deal.
I predict that he will get 350+ of the votes that really count, electoral votes. If he only gets 325, 1-20-09 will still be a very good day.

Posted by: cyberfool | October 29, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

37thAndO -
Why do you post the same thing over and over, every day, in every political blog on this site ? Do you think your long winded diatribes and shameless self-promotion ("lamest blog on the web!") are interesting to anyone but yourself? The MIXED CASE and double-spacing and requiring people to scroll through your pointless rants only serve to illustrate your lack of original thought. Why don't you just cut-and-paste the daily talking points directly from Drudge or FoxNews or the RNC and save yourself the effort of actually thinking.

Posted by: sobugged | October 29, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I hate that being "liberal" is now such a bad thing that people are loath to claim the label.

I'm liberal and I embrace liberal candidates. This doesn't mean that I'm a latent communist or socialist. It means that I have a different view of the role of government in a responsible society. Many Americans on both sides take the lazy way to their vote--they listen to talking heads and react to divisive labels.

What people need to decide is what they want their government to do for them in return for the taxes they pay. Strong national defense? Health care? Education? Support for unwed mothers, including banning abortion? Fiscal responsibility through smaller government? Think about and select a position these items and it becomes more clear which candidate's views are in line with yours. Then vote accordingly!

Too many Americans take the lazy way to their vote--they listen to talking heads and react to divisive labels.

Posted by: greatscott47 | October 29, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse


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If there was a white Presidential candidate who was found to be a member of a racist church, same as the Rev. Wright's church except substitute "white values" for "black values" and visa vera, THE MEDIA WOULD BE IN TOTAL ATTACK MODE AGAINST THAT WHITE CANDIDATE.


OBAMA IS A RACIST - OBAMA HAS GIVE $20,000.00 TO A RACIST CHURCH IN ONE YEAR.


Washington Post - there are a lot of Churches in Chicago which are black and which are not racist - Obama did not have to give $20,000.00 to this one Church - STOP GIVING OBAMA A PASS ON HIS RACISM AGAINST WHITES.


WAKE UP WASHINGTON POST WAKE UP MEDIA.


WAKE UP AMERICA.


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Exactly right he's racist. Just listen to Irreverend Wrong, his pastor for many, many years.


Exactly right he's socialist. Just listen to him admit it to Joe the Plumber, or his interviews in the past.


Exactly right he's a rotten human being. Just look at his abortion voting record.


Exactly right he has questionable judgment. Just look at his associations with people in his past.


Exactly right he's corrupt. Just look at the Rezko land deal.


Exactly right he's a liar. Just look at what he says about taxes vs. how he's actually voted.


Exactly right he has no executive experience. Just look at his resume -- or lack thereof.


Exactly right he's secretive. Just look at his lack of birth certificate, SAT scores, grades, etc. etc., etc.


Exactly right he'll be challenged in his first 6 months of office if elected. Just look at what he says about meeting unconditionally with world leaders.


We cannot be SERIOUS about electing this guy!! Obama in charge of nukes?! What. The.


Sorry George Washington, we messed everything up.


We stopped demanding the best people in the White House.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 29, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Ouch NYC Facing Job Losses Worse than 9/11 Job losses on Wall Street, which drives the state's economy, are expected to hit 45,000. That is about a third more than the 30,000 positions lost after the September 11

what's worse for amerika than a large scale terror attack - electing a socialist.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 29, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Just trying to gin up the drama, are we?

Posted by: soonerthought | October 29, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 29, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

The only possible Obama problem is that he could feel a backlash on delaying the World Series game. If that doesn't slam him down 6 or more points in the polls in key states, it doesn't matter.

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There is no delay. From Ben Smith at Politico.com:


A Fox Broadcasting executive denied that Barack Obama's half-hour ad, scheduled for tomorrow night, forced Fox and Major League Baseball to delay the start of a World Series game.

That notion -- which had been reported repeatedly, including here, has become a Republican talking point.

"No one will delay the World Series game with an infomercial when I'm president," John McCain said today.

But the Fox account executive who negotiated the ad buy said Obama's ad isn't delaying the first pitch -- it's just replacing the pre-game show.

"Our first pitch for the world series is usually around 8:30 anyway – so we didn’t push back the game, it was really just about suspending the pre-game -- you know, Joe Buck," said the account executive, Joe Coppola. "That’s all we did."

He said World Series games this season have begun between 8:22 p.m. and 8:35 p.m.

"We didn’t push back the game at all," he said. He also said Obama had initially arranged to buy the time only if the Series were over before Game Six (in fact, a rain-delayed Game Five will continue tomorrow night), but Fox then decided to sell the campaign the time whether or not the game was played.

"By no means did they push to get us to accommodate them with Game Six," said Coppola, whom the Obama campaign suggested I call. "We’re just missing the pregame, which isn’t a big deal for us. It was a business decision."

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 29, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

There are 2 groups with a vested interest in having this race seem close.

1) Pollsters
2) News Outlets

The only possible Obama problem is that he could feel a backlash on delaying the World Series game. If that doesn't slam him down 6 or more points in the polls in key states, it doesn't matter.

Does it really matter how much farther behind Obama is in TX, or how much less ahead he is in CA & NY? Gosh, he might be slipping 2 points in MA! Big F'ng Deal.
I predict that he will get 350+ of the votes that really count, electoral votes. If he only gets 325, 1-20-09 will still be a very good day.

Posted by: cyberfool | October 29, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

McCain Gains In All Three Tracking Polls Zogby, Rasmussen and Gallup all report McCain closing to 5 points back. Zogby had him 12 back, Rasmussen 8 and Gallup 6 in their previous polling

I am sensing a trend here. a reality the Libs would rather ignore.

simply put, the messiah has never accomplished anything of substance in his life, why start now??

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 29, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

37th and O - do you ever get tired of posting the same emotional, biased stuff? Do you ever have a serious conversation over which candidate might be better for this country at this point in time?

Zouk - you are the king of "memes". The same question applies - do you ever have a serious conversation regarding candidates, or do you just repeat talking points...

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 29, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Mccain can't get past 44 and hasn't been able to in weeks if he ever has. Mccain's own pollster made a fake polling release today because they are getting the feeling they are losing enthusiasm and support. I Pizza place where I go the owner is a Mccain supporter and when I was in there yesterday I asked him if he voted. He said "no", I'm here all day I have no time. A month ago he was psyched and loved arguing with me about Mccain vs. Obama. Today, he doesn't even care anymore. Although only a poll of one, I would bet he is not that rare. Mccains people know that they could be dealing with a self fulfilling prophesy. The more people believe Mccain has no chance the more they will just forget about him.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 29, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

There are 2 groups with a vested interest in having this race seem close.

1) Pollsters
2) News Outlets

The only possible Obama problem is that he could feel a backlash on delaying the World Series game. If that doesn't slam him down 6 or more points in the polls in key states, it doesn't matter.

Does it really matter how much farther behind Obama is in TX, or how much less ahead he is in CA & NY? Gosh, he might be slipping 2 points in MA! Big F'ng Deal.
I predict that he will get 350+ of the votes that really count, electoral votes. If he only gets 325, 1-20-09 will still be a very good day.

Posted by: cyberfool | October 29, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows Barack Obama attracting 50% of the vote nationwide while John McCain earns 47%. This is the first time McCain has been within three points of Obama in more than a month and the first time his support has topped 46% since September 24 (see trends). One percent (1%) of voters prefer a third-party option and 2% are undecided


Messiah sinking. don't throw him a line.
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Now the Zouky sees that Obama is surging ahead of McCain in the battleground states, including his precious Ohio, he clings to the meaningless national poll.

Unlike Zouky, we'll be happy to throw him a line when he and the Repubs sink into the loser pit of history.

It's what liberals do.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 29, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

"This is the first time McCain has been within three points of Obama in more than a month and the first time his support has topped 46% since September 24 (see trends)."

Along those lines, McCain hasn't been ahead in a single nationwide tracking poll since Sept 25th. Not one poll. He couldn't even find an outlier that showed him ahead.

And, of course, more importantly, he's not ahead in enough states to reach 270 electoral votes. President Bush demonstrated, in 2000, that you don't need the national popular vote to win the election.

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 29, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Will McCain ever come back? Yes, but thankfully only to one of his 7 homes, at this point.

Posted by: buzziea | October 29, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Rasmussen Reports is an American public opinion polling firm. Founded by pollster Scott Rasmussen, co-founder of ESPN and Evangelical Christian.

And you're quoting this organization. Golly gosh, you think they might be... dare I say it? Biased?

Chris. Get a grip. There's this new-fangled thing called "The internet" where people can look up the Rassmussen report or any other organization in a heartbeat, and see what their political/religious/economic leanings might be. Thanks for insulting all of us by assuming we're all to stupid to do that. Where did you learn journalistic technique. Fox "news?"

Posted by: ian807 | October 29, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

No Way, No How.....While McGeezer and his lipsticked pig may be gaining nominally in the national tracking polls, they are terminally behind in enough states to doom any chances of a miracle comeback. Suggestion to the GOP, immediately following this evening's address from Senator Obama, Senator McCain should concede.

Posted by: pgiaquinto | October 29, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

So does the McCain camp think the polls are accurate or not? They claim they don't think they are accurate, yet if there is a trend of tightening in the polls they see it as a sign of McCain making an inroads this final week. Whatever!

OBAMA/BIDEN '08!

Posted by: DinahS | October 29, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Given that the state polling shows an Obama surge, and given that the national polling has no practical effect on who wins the Presidency, what exactly is the point of this article?

That McCain's pollster is spinning like a top on speed?

Ok. I'll buy that.

Obama's lead is widening in battleground states, weakening the undecided factor.

I still think Obama's infomercial tonight could seal or scuttle the deal.

Big gamble.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 29, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Given the disparity between the nat'l polls and the state polls, one has to wonder where Sen McCain's uptick of support in the nat'l polls is coming from. Its apparently not coming from the swing states.

Over at electoral-vote.com, the votemaster compares Obama's numbers from yesterday to Kerry's numbers a week prior to the 2004 election. New Hampshire is the only Kerry state where Obama is behind where Kerry was - Obama is one point behind where Kerry was. The rest of the news is positive for him, where Obama is outperforming Kerry by huge margins in red, blue and purple states. Beyond NH, the the only states where Obama underperforms relative to Kerry are in the south.

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 29, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

blevins20061:

Please, enough with this nonsense.

This has been well-covered by the MSM, including a rant by Olbermann.

Two gay guys hung up an effigy of Sarah Palin. Dumb move.

The reason it isn't getting the traction that you want is because there isn't a history in this country of lynching white women.

If someone hung an effigy of Barack Obama, it WOULD get considerably more coverage because the United States does, in fact, have a rather gross history of lynchings.

Is this difficult for you to understand?

Posted by: Bondosan | October 29, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the people are finally seeing that the Emperor has no clothes.

Posted by: kolbkl | October 29, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

McCain strategy - if we can't move ahead in the polls, let's tell people we're moving forward in the polls, and see which journalists fall for it.

They found at least one, but no one else is buying it. When IBD has Obama +2, it was the "most accurate poll in 2004." When that poll goes to +5 but a Zogby one comes in that shows Obama +1, then Zogby is the most accurate. This goes on ad infinitum, until The Fix headline on 11/5 is "Obama Wins, but McCain camp produces Rasmussen poll showing Obama +1."

Posted by: bondjedi | October 29, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Picking up a point or two when you are down 8 to 10 points is not exactly what the McCain campaign wants to see.

But I never expected them to give up. They're main problem is the Obama ground forces make it almost impossible to pick up big numbers on election day.

Go out and vote!

Posted by: amaikovich | October 29, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows Barack Obama attracting 50% of the vote nationwide while John McCain earns 47%. This is the first time McCain has been within three points of Obama in more than a month and the first time his support has topped 46% since September 24 (see trends). One percent (1%) of voters prefer a third-party option and 2% are undecided


Messiah sinking. don't throw him a line.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 29, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Ouch. Three double digit leads in Penn. +7 and +9 for Obama in Ohio. +7 in VA and +9 in Colorado (it was a big mistake to cede the state)

+2 in North Carolina
+18 in New Hampshire
+12 in Nevada

This doesn't look like a comeback to me.

And to come back in the popular cote, McCain is going to need to make up one point every day until election day. Anyone want to bet on that happening?

Posted by: DDAWD | October 29, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Chris, you really shouldn't base your article on the musings of a McCain pollster. What do you think he's going to say? All is lost - don't even bother to vote, it's going to be a landslide? I mean c'mon, you get spun so easily and then regurgitate it into an article - pretty weak.

Posted by: NMModerate1 | October 29, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

No Comments????
figures.
Still waiting for the wash post to cover the effigy hanging in West LA of Palin as part of Halloween decorations.

Look out PG County! Obama hanging by a noose is considered "ok" as long as you call it "art" and halloween decorations.

Posted by: blevins20061 | October 29, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse


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If there was a white Presidential candidate who was found to be a member of a racist church, same as the Rev. Wright's church except substitute "white values" for "black values" and visa vera, THE MEDIA WOULD BE IN TOTAL ATTACK MODE AGAINST THAT WHITE CANDIDATE.


OBAMA IS A RACIST - OBAMA HAS GIVE $20,000.00 TO A RACIST CHURCH IN ONE YEAR.


Washington Post - there are a lot of Churches in Chicago which are black and which are not racist - Obama did not have to give $20,000.00 to this one Church - STOP GIVING OBAMA A PASS ON HIS RACISM AGAINST WHITES.


WAKE UP WASHINGTON POST WAKE UP MEDIA.


WAKE UP AMERICA.


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Exactly right he's racist. Just listen to Irreverend Wrong, his pastor for many, many years.


Exactly right he's socialist. Just listen to him admit it to Joe the Plumber, or his interviews in the past.


Exactly right he's a rotten human being. Just look at his abortion voting record.


Exactly right he has questionable judgment. Just look at his associations with people in his past.


Exactly right he's corrupt. Just look at the Rezko land deal.


Exactly right he's a liar. Just look at what he says about taxes vs. how he's actually voted.


Exactly right he has no executive experience. Just look at his resume -- or lack thereof.


Exactly right he's secretive. Just look at his lack of birth certificate, SAT scores, grades, etc. etc., etc.


Exactly right he'll be challenged in his first 6 months of office if elected. Just look at what he says about meeting unconditionally with world leaders.


We cannot be SERIOUS about electing this guy!! Obama in charge of nukes?! What. The.


Sorry George Washington, we messed everything up.


We stopped demanding the best people in the White House.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 29, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse


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If there was a white Presidential candidate who was found to be a member of a racist church, same as the Rev. Wright's church except substitute "white values" for "black values" and visa vera, THE MEDIA WOULD BE IN TOTAL ATTACK MODE AGAINST THAT WHITE CANDIDATE.


OBAMA IS A RACIST - OBAMA HAS GIVE $20,000.00 TO A RACIST CHURCH IN ONE YEAR.


Washington Post - there are a lot of Churches in Chicago which are black and which are not racist - Obama did not have to give $20,000.00 to this one Church - STOP GIVING OBAMA A PASS ON HIS RACISM AGAINST WHITES.


WAKE UP WASHINGTON POST WAKE UP MEDIA.


WAKE UP AMERICA.


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Exactly right he's racist. Just listen to Irreverend Wrong, his pastor for many, many years.


Exactly right he's socialist. Just listen to him admit it to Joe the Plumber, or his interviews in the past.


Exactly right he's a rotten human being. Just look at his abortion voting record.


Exactly right he has questionable judgment. Just look at his associations with people in his past.


Exactly right he's corrupt. Just look at the Rezko land deal.


Exactly right he's a liar. Just look at what he says about taxes vs. how he's actually voted.


Exactly right he has no executive experience. Just look at his resume -- or lack thereof.


Exactly right he's secretive. Just look at his lack of birth certificate, SAT scores, grades, etc. etc., etc.


Exactly right he'll be challenged in his first 6 months of office if elected. Just look at what he says about meeting unconditionally with world leaders.


We cannot be SERIOUS about electing this guy!! Obama in charge of nukes?! What. The.


Sorry George Washington, we messed everything up.


We stopped demanding the best people in the White House.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 29, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

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