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Obama: The $100 Million Man?


How much cash did Obama raise in September? Photo by Romeo Ranoco of Reuters

Barack Obama's massive spending on television -- $21 million for the first week of October alone -- coupled with his decision to buy 30 minutes of prime time television at the end of the month has stoked rumors that the Illinois senator may have shattered all fundraising records for the month of September.

Reports documenting Obama's fundraising aren't due at the Federal Election Commission until Oct. 20 and -- if past is prologue -- his campaign won't release the details of their donations or expenditures until that day.

But, the fact that the information likely won't be available for another week hasn't stopped the political world -- Democrats and Republicans -- from speculating about just how much Obama collected last month.

"With the unprecedented growth in their Internet list and their aggressive fundraising calendar, it is well within the realm of possibility that Obama may raise close to $100 million in one month," said one senior Democratic fundraiser. The source added that Obama could well grow his e-mail list to upwards of nine million people before election day and raise better than $30 million from major donors by that time.

"With the way the dynamics of this race is going -- Obama looking stronger and stronger, while McCain looks more out of touch -- I wouldn't be surprised if Obama easily surpasses $100 million and reaches $115 million plus in September," said another veteran Democratic fundraiser.

Never forget that donors -- big and small -- like to be with the winner. So, the more Obama looks like a winner, the more likely that undecided dollars will head in his direction over the final weeks of the contest.

Obama's best previous one-month fundraising total came in August -- typically a somewhat slow time for political cash collection -- when he raised an eye-popping $67 million and ended the month with $77 million in the bank. (Looking for Obama's monthly fundraising totals so far this year? It's after the jump.)

When contacted by The Fix, the Obama campaign offered no comment about their fundraising totals for the past month. And, it's worth noting, that past speculation about how much money the campaign raised in any given month has usually been wildly inaccurate as so few people even within Obama's inner circle are kept in the loop about his cash collection operation.

Still, it's hard based on the campaign's spending to not assume that Obama is almost certain to have broken his previous fundraising records last month.

According to a Fix calculation of spending in the week beginning Sept. 30 and ending Oct. 6, Obama outspent John McCain roughly three to one -- $21 million to $7 million. (Spending by the Republican National Committee's independent expenditure arm helped even the playing field slightly, although Obama still outspent the combined GOP forces by $8 million in that week alone.)

And, late last week, it was revealed that Obama is seeking to buy a roadblock (a coordinated block of time on every national broadcast network) for 8 pm on Oct. 29. He already has purchased a half-hour of TV time on CBS and NBC -- at a cost of roughly $1 million each -- and is seeking time on Fox and ABC as well.

The last candidate to make such a play on broadcast television was Ross Perot way back in 1992. He ran a series of political infomercials, the largest of which -- on Nov. 2, 1992 -- drew 26 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

Watch television (or listen to the radio) in any swing state -- The Fix spent a night in Scranton over the weekend -- and the dominance of Obama over McCain on television becomes readily apparent.

Obama's massive fundraising -- whether it winds up at $70, $80, $90 or $100 million in September (and October) -- justifies the political savvy of the Illinois senator's decision to go back on his previous pledge to accept public financing for the general election.

While McCain, who did accept public funds, is limited to roughly $84 million in the general election, Obama has been free to raise and spend what he likes -- leading to huge spending edges in emerging battlegrounds like Florida, North Carolina and Indiana.

Obama's unprecendented fundraising ability combined with the incredibly toxic political environment (more on that later today) makes the Illinois senator a decided favorite with 22 days remaining before the fall election.

Obama Month by Month Fundraising
January: $36.8 million
February: $56.7 million
March: $42.8 million
April: $31.9 million
May: $23.4 million
June: $54.2 million
July: $51.4 million
August: $67.5 million

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 13, 2008; 12:00 PM ET
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HOAX ALERT!

On Oct 13 at 5:50pm ChangeWhat submitted a post purporting to show that Obama does not salute the flag. You can easily verify that this is a hoax by going to Snopes.com:
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Posted by: pwagreich | October 14, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse


From a previous post: "No kidding, I watched Palin's speech at the RNC and when it was over I walked to the computer and sent money to Obama."

Actually, I did the same exact thing. Obama has the Palin pick to thank for many donations.

In fact, when a diehard Republican at work made a feeble attempt to justify the pick, I listened respectfully and headed over to my computer to make another donation.

No need to make personal, nasty comments about Palin or any candidate; in this case, it's money for the campaign that talks softly and gives Obama the big stick.


Posted by: jhr123 | October 14, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Ladies and Gentlemen, let's give more credit for Senator Obama: He is hot and media-loved man. All Hollywood movie stars love him, especially those hotties are crazy about him. I think he is way worth of more than that.

Posted by: crystalcrystal2008 | October 14, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

I stand corrected about Obama- I did not know that he was a constitutional scholar. However, that scares me even worse. That means he knows the constitution, yet has tried to consciously undermine it through his votes in congress. Now, he wants to be president in a conscious effort to change America into France.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

God, it sucks so bad to be 44 years old and to love this country so much and to see it going down the tubes in front of my eyes, in my lifetime. I can't believe that in the last 3 elections for president that the very best we have been able to offer has been Gore, Kerry, Obama, McCain...and oh so sadly, Chimpler (er, Bush).

If this is truly the best we have, then we deserve to go the way of the once-great countries in history.

We have the power to really and truly effect change, but we have to stop being complacent.

Read the Declaration of Independence.

Don't fool yourselves into thinking that either Obama of McCain loves this country as much as any of us that are taking the time to type out our opinions and frustrations on this blog. They are in it for the money and power. They don't care about us.

Posted by: KevinRhodes | October 14, 2008 5:07 AM | Report abuse

No kidding, I watched Palin's speech at the RNC and when it was over I walked to the computer and sent money to Obama.

Posted by: BudG024 | October 14, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse

I cannot believe all the hateful comments in this colum. What makes it OK to call Sarah Palin "trash" and "ho"?

I was a liberal in the 60's, the 70's, the 80's (I even voted for Jimmy Carter for a second term), a liberdal still in the 90's and I voted for Al Gore in 2000. I spent my life working in the welfare system because I thought my mission in life was to help others. However, during the Clinton years, I became a little suspect when I saw the welfare money going to organizations that were suppose to help people become more self-sufficient but instead stuffed their own pockets and blamed my clients for their failure to help people become more self-sufficient.
In my experiences, I learned that most organizations, when government money gets involved, change their mission statement to "chase the money".

I am extremely skeptical of ACORN and Obama's relationship with the organization. He has to have known about their shady reputation for political activity in previous elections. Why would he taint his campaign by paying them $800,000? Has anyone considered how much it costs local election boards to screen out all the bogus voter registrations?

I am seriously concerned that Senator Obama has developed an easy come, easy go attitude with money. I can't believe he now says he wants to give tax payers another stimulus package this year. It feels to me like he is trying to buy undecided votes.

Whether he pulls all the troops out of Iraq or not, we are still going to need money for defense.

I think Senator McCain has much more respect for the problems our country has and the money it takes to solve these problems.

We don't need a stimulus package, we need to be able to afford fuel for transportation and home heating. Obama has been on the wrong side of that issue.

Perhaps money has come too easy to Obama in this election. He is the one who seems to be out of touch.

Posted by: cnana | October 14, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Guys, Manolete's been posting that on every WaPo comment board for the past week. She should really be banned. But she won't read your responses, so writing to her is just a waste of your time. Just ignore her and feel comfortable knowing that karma's a b*tch, and it's about to have puppies.

Posted by: Terrorfied | October 13, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

And if I may set the record straight, Obama NEVER PROMISED to take public financing. He said he would consider it.

His supporters would not have allowed it. We know what we're up against. BIG BIG money.

Posted by: BudG024 | October 13, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

All the conservative Obama haters on this blog are getting nastier and nastier. That's a good indication that they know who's winning.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | October 13, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

In a ideal way I too fault Obama's going back on his word on public financing. But as the campaign unveiled and given the RNC's advantage ove the DNC and the viciousness of the tone of the McCain/Palin campaign, the pragmatic side of me feels that he did the right thing.

In the long run, perhaps campaign reform has to limit the amount of money allowed to be spent. Is it possible that small donations, not to exceed say the current $2300 should remain in force while the bundling type of fund raising could be banned? I don't know. I am just tossing out something for thought.

Posted by: steviana | October 13, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Will the last person who heard an intelligent comment from someone supporting McCain/Pailin please turn out the lights?

Posted by: officermancuso | October 13, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Um, the person who is accusing Obama of never writing a law review article is just plain ignorant on so many fronts. For one thing, law students generally do NOT write law review articles. Typically, law students are involved in selecting the articles for publication, and they do some minor editing and check citations, but it would be exceedingly unusual for a law student to write an article. Maybe that's how it works at conservative law schools (i.e. Federalist Society mills), I don't know . . . At Haaaaa-vard, it's possible the Law Review publishes student notes (a less rigorous creature than an article--I am too lazy to go to their website to check) but I would not expect anyone, even the editor of the Law Review, to have published an article. The ignorant commenter should know that there are a limited number of hours in a day, and someone who's managing the article selection process, the editing process, and all the other day-to-day business of a law review *in addition* to classes probably wouldn't have enough time in the day to write even a student note, much less a full article.

Also, law review elections are a lot like student body president elections--they're pretty much a popularity contest. There's no editing skills contest or anything like that . . .

Posted by: bucky_katt | October 13, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

How is it only Obama and his wife that both followed Wright and Black Liberation Theology for 20 YEARS and listened to
"G D America" and spews of hatred and racist comments about America and White America is all just fine when it is from Obama?
And why are white Americans asked to vote for him?
Would black Americans vote for David Duke?

Posted by: Texan2007 | October 13, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama has what this country needs, and the people that REALLY COUNT, the future generation, are behind him. He has been vetted and found the complete package (compare with "the make believe mavericks" ).
I like millions of others have contributed all I can to a campaign that looks out for us, not just more of the same.
This is no conventional election.
MORE OF THE McSAME equals the DEFINITION OF INSANITY.

Posted by: ukeman | October 13, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

NOW DO A STORY ON THE 73 YEAR OLD CANCER PRONE MCCAIN----WHY IS NO ONE FOLLOWING HIS NEW AND LATEST HEALTH PROBLEMS---YOU CAN SEE IT IN HIS APPEARANCES AT RALLIES AND EVEN THE DEBATE----WHAT MEDICATIONS IS HE ON???---WHY DOES HE DRAG HIS LEFT LEG BACK TO THE PODIUM???---WHY DOES HIS LEFT EYE DROOP MORE ON RECENT OCCASIONS???---WHY WAS HE OFF THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL IN CALIFORNIA EXTRA HOURS NEAR A NATIONAL CANCER EXPERT AND THEN HIS LEFT CHEEK LOST MORE RECENT PUFFINESS???---WHY NO INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC???---JUST GIVE US THE TRUTH!!!

Posted by: benighse | October 13, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

"Typical White People" please keep giving. He and Wright and BLT all thank you.

Posted by: Texan2007 | October 13, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

I am one of those Sept Obama donors - the first time I have donated to a presidential campaign since 1972. And it was not, repeat, not, the prospect of Obama winning that got me to donate - rather quite the opposite (remember that in early/mid Sept McCain was ahead in the polls). That, and a new round of character assassination by the McCain/Palin team that finally motivated me to get my checkbook out.

Posted by: wmw4 | October 13, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the White Trash Queen of Alaska is still mocking Barack's years as a Community Organizer? He obviously proved that he could energize and motivate people around a cause. His supporters grow by the day and the money flows like a raging river. In 21 days Gramps and his rapid, racist little Ho are going to be swept away in an O BAMSLIDE. We are counting the days...

Posted by: shiva7 | October 13, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Temperamental and doggedly ambitious as he is, I would have considered McCain if that empty thing weren't his running mate. Why did McCain take away our choice so drastically?

Posted by: mcleangirl | October 13, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

"Do you think he will include you two in his meetings to get your input? '...during the transition we are going to be calling all of you in to help us shape the agenda'"

Obama does not envision the usual kind of Republican transition do, where they hand out White House Owners Manuals to the high rollers. If that's what you mean.

Posted by: fzdybel | October 13, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Wah, wah, again. Since you wanted substance fools, you will get it. McCain's bailout is buying bankrupt mortgages at full price from financials, refinancing the foolish buyer at a lower home price. Sound economic planning, when will guys invest in it. Maybe you like his $5000 tax credit which will tax your and your employers medical coverage. Higher taxes paid are only offset if your medical expenses are greater than the taxes. No deductible for business will take millions off the rolls. Tell me brainiacs where in our country can you get family coverage for $5000. Maybe you like Wal-Mart having employees get food stamps and medicaid, me I prefer unions that give a living wage and the ability to have a decent life. Will you sign this card to join is too much pressure for McCain. Funny when a CEO calls a board meeting to bundle contributions, the silence is deafening. Free Markets which are not regulated got us into this mess. The hedge funds have been cashing out on derivatives and short selling since the 90's. Blame for this crisis lies at both parties feet. The evil Obama had Casey push his pro life position at the Democratic convention (PA is Obama's), so I don't know where exclude comes from. P.S. I learned my stuff in the school of hard knocks and don't possess a degree although my children will when they finish college.

Posted by: jameschirico | October 13, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

I have met Obama numerous times. Maxing out is not very much money to me, I do it because I believe in him. What have you actually done for your candidate? If you don't have any money have you volunteered, made calls, knocked on doors? I would say probably no. You say you care but not enough to do a darn thing to help your guy get elected. just write on internet boards. Next month you will be on to the next fad. You don't really care about any of this, really.


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I think like myself and my wife, a lot of people maxed out this month
Posted by: popasmoke | October 13, 2008 12:18 PM
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After maxing out for Obama, do you think he will include you two in his meetings to get your input? "...but let me even say that before I even get inaugurated, during the transition we are going to be calling all of you in to help us shape the agenda. We are going to be having meetings all over the country with community organizations so you have input into the agenda for the next presidency of the United States of America."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vJcVgJhNaU
Posted by: mafox1 | October 13, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | October 13, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

What a Russian paper has to say about Palin. Kind of funny


The candidate for the Vice Presidency of the United States of America, whose experience in small town politics, mothers´day dos and the local hockey club is her claim to fame, threatened to open the gates of Hell by attacking Russia in the event of another invasion of Georgia in a televised interview on ABC (shown today). One question for this self-opinionated upstart: Do you know what a nuclear holocaust is?

Sarah Palin, Mrs. Nobody know-it-all shreiking cow from Alaska, the joke of American politics, plied with a couple of vodkas before letting rip in front of incredulous audiences while McCain coos in the background, cuts a ridiculous figure as she strives to be taken seriously.

How can anyone whose husband is a member of the Alaska Independence Party and who is running for the Vice Presidency of the Union be taken seriously? How indeed can the Republican Party be taken seriously for not vetting this female, or have they not yet discovered the skeletons in her closet? We have.

So Sarah Palin, Mrs. Hockey Mom housewife-cum-small-town gossip merchant and cheap little guttersnipe, suppose you shut up and allowed real politicians and diplomats to do their work? Threatening Russia with a war is perhaps the most irresponsible thing anyone could do at this moment in time. Have you any idea what a nuclear holocaust is? Have you any notion of the power of Russia’s armed forces? Did you know that Russia has enough missiles to destroy any target anywhere on Earth in seconds?

And have you not forgotten, you pith-headed little bimbo from the back of beyond, that small detail about the slaughter of Russian citizens by Georgians, which started the whole debacle? So next time suppose you keep your mouth shut and while you’re at it, make sure the members of your family keep their legs shut too. Your country has enough failed mothers as it is.

Timothy BANCROFT-HINCHEY

Posted by: popasmoke | October 13, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

"For every buck you donate you become another zero in Hussein's priority list, pushing you further down on his list."

Are you trying to say that the Republicans do better at attending to the special needs of their larger contributors? Individualized tax breaks, and so forth? Color me unconcerned. The quest for personal favors is not what brings me to this race.

Posted by: fzdybel | October 13, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

In between references to Nostradamus I see repeated references to Obama as a socialist.

Was it Obama who argued that no wealthy person should be able to make more campaign contributions than a wage laborer can afford to make?

Was it Obama who reacted to a financial crisis by taking tax dollars and using them to buy government-owned shares in for-profit, shareholder-owned businesses?

Just exactly *what* is it that you think Obama will do, that Bush or McCain has not already done, that you characterize as "socialism"?

Posted by: officermancuso | October 13, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

We allow Muslims to give to our candidates, oh the horror. The next thing you know we'll allow Hindu's, Jews and atheists the same. It is sad to see the hatred in these postings. Sadder is the Florida policeman at the McCain rally snarling his hatred of Islam. Your one of us or not is the emotion the McCain's hate inspiring attacking campaign plays on. Palin has gotten a lesson from Obama on the high road and civility, when his campaign did not use the abuse of power attack.

Posted by: jameschirico | October 13, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

37thandOStreet, presumably not speaking for the Vatican (although you never know) wrote, "A great deal has been said of Obama as head of the Harvard Law Review - however *the evidence is* that he was voted into that position because the people thought it would be "cool" to have a black in there..."

[emphasis added]

What's the *evidence* to which you refer?

Posted by: officermancuso | October 13, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

All this "I heard" and name calling is juvenile. Go to their respective web sites and take a couple of hours to really read what Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama have to say. At that point you might be able to write something rational. Mary

Posted by: maryphyl | October 13, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

"THIS IS THE BIGGEST COVERUP CON-JOB IN OUR HISTORY."

So modest. What of your own contribution? The Bush administration systematically did not enforce financial regulations that were on the books. The Democrats in Congress had nothing to do with that part, though they do have their hands dirty with this mess also. I'm sorry, but we've had eight years of Republican oversight of the financial markets, and their methods are clearly revealed as worthless.

Did you really expect you could get away with running the country into the ground and not getting called to account for it?

Posted by: fzdybel | October 13, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Someone wrote about a tie in the election. No such animal exists. At 269 each every state will have it's house members elect 1 state rep to vote for president. The current climate has McCain winning with more states that are small but Republican. A 25-25 tie does not seem possible.

Posted by: jameschirico | October 13, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse


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A great deal has been said of Obama as head of the Harvard Law Review - however the evidence is that he was voted into that position because the people thought it would be "cool" to have a black in there, not because he was more qualified than the other students.


Having said that, Obama NEVER wrote for the Harvard Law Review.


There is NOT ONE ARTICLE WRITTEN BY OBAMA IN THE HARVARD LAW REVIEW.


There is a pattern of Obama getting positions or jobs through affirmative action and then NOT doing those jobs.


1) First, he took a position in the class at Harvard Law School (from a white student) however Obama NEVER became a lawyer,


2) Obama became head of the Harvard Law Review, however Obama NEVER wrote a law review article.


3) Obama became a State Senator however Obama RARELY voted yes or not, voting present many many times - Emil Jones placed Obama's name on numerous bills which were Emil's work, and Obama took credit for Emil's work because someone decided that Obama was going to be pushed forward.


4) Obama was selected to be the Chairman of the SubCommittee to review NATO's role in Afghanistan however Obama NEVER held any hearings of this SubCommittee.


5) Obama was elected to the US Senator, however instead of doing his job as a Senator Obama went on a book tour and started a campaign for President - HOW MUCH TIME HAS HE REALLY SPENT ACTUALLY BEING A SENATOR ???

Sorry However NONE OF THIS IS IMPRESSIVE. In fact, it is rather sad.


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Posted by: 37thandOStreet | October 13, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Wah, wah, Obama went back on public funds to have an almost 3-1 advantage in money. Wah, wah, Obama gave Acorn $800,000 to register 1.5 million Americans in poor areas. Wah, wah, he's a muslim, racist, terrorist and communist. Wah, wah, on Nov 5, I'll have a new name for him, winner.

Posted by: jameschirico | October 13, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

"Unless America wakes up and votes McCain, this country will be screwed."

News Flash for Wing-nuts! The country has been screwed! It's been confirmed on Fox News. And America woke up! Our eyes are wide open now, looking at our mutual fund monthly statements.

But guess what? We're voting for Obama, because more of the same from John McCain just don't hack it.

Posted by: fzdybel | October 13, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Fannie Mae was pressured by the Clinton Administration to expand mortgage loans among low and moderate income people (that is, people that couldnt repay the note).

In 2002-03, the Bush administration began to press for meaningful reforms of Fannie/ Freddie, and recommended the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago.


many of the senators who protected Fannie and Freddie, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Christopher Dodd, have received mind-boggling levels of financial support from them over the years.

When the Bush administration tried to fix the mess in 2003, this is what Democrats like Barney Frank had to say: ''These two entities -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- are not facing any kind of financial crisis,'' said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. ''The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.''

Throughout his political career, Obama has gotten more campaign contributions from employees and political action committees of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, second only to Democrat Chris Dodd.

Now, the Democrats blame Bush and the Republicans, because the mainstream media lets them get away with it. THIS IS THE BIGGEST COVERUP CON-JOB IN OUR HISTORY. But hey, the media wants their inexperienced liberal with ties to racists and terrorists in the white house.

Posted by: gatorz | October 13, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

"A vote for Obama is a vote for socialist. Obama said it himself."

A vote for McCain is a vote for a socialist. McCain said it himself. Do anything to save Wall St., he said.

Sorry, dear wing-nut. Times is hard, so its socialism all around. Better go get a fresh set of talking points. They changed them on you over the weekend again.

Posted by: fzdybel | October 13, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

"The 40% of Americans not paying Federal taxes will get free money."

All Wall St. is getting a giant hand-out of taxpayer money. The will walk away with at least a trillion dollars. They don't pay any taxes to speak of, either. Most of them pay less than capital gains rate. I don't hear you whining about that cash transfer. I should think that would have at least as much shock value as a welfare queen in a Cadillac.

Republicans are responsible for that big give-away, incidentally. Not Democrats.

Posted by: fzdybel | October 13, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Unless America wakes up and votes McCain, this country will be screwed.

Posted by: gatorz | October 13, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

"Obama + Dem Congress = higher taxes!"

I got another neat equation for you:

Bush Deficits + Lack of Chinese Re-investment = higher taxes.

In fact, about everything equals higher taxes. The "Borrow and Bail" party years of the Grand Oil Party are over. Back away from that trough slowly, Republican. Particularly if you're making over $200K per year.

Posted by: fzdybel | October 13, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Who would be more likely to be in the Cabinet in an Obama administration, William Ayers or Rev. Wright?

Posted by: gatorz | October 13, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

A vote for Obama is a vote for socialist. Obama said it himself

http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/10/13/obama-plumber-plan-spread-wealth/comments/

Posted by: lynnL123 | October 13, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

What other promises will Obama be going back on, other than his pledge to accept public financing?

Posted by: gatorz | October 13, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama keeps demonizing the corporations. Gee, if we could only get rid of all the corporations, then everything would be great. No corporations means no jobs.

Obama wants to raise corporate taxes, thus forcing companies to layoff workers and raise prices for goods and services. Further, the companies will have less to spend on research and development and innovation will be stifled. The companies will be hard pressed then to compete with foreign companies and will go out of business. Then, Obama will hand out more of our money to everyone who used to work for corporations and was laid off because of higher corporate taxes.

Posted by: gatorz | October 13, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

The money is but an indication of how American politics now are at the mercy of the media.

There is much to be concerned about although in fairness to Mr. Obama he is running against a party affixed to the agenda of the wealthy with the donations from millions of the middle and poorer classes ... so it goes.

Posted by: charlieallnutt1 | October 13, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

The 40% of Americans not paying Federal taxes will get free money from the Federal Government (that is, from the rest that do pay taxes). This is Obama's backdoor welfare program, to give our money to people for nothing.

Posted by: gatorz | October 13, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

When Obama broke a campaign promise by opting out of public financing, it revealed that he is just like all the other politicians.

Further, when his campaign/supporters keep injecting race into this election, it demonstrates that he is not about hope, change or bringing people together. It's just a bunch of phoney baloney talk to get him elected.

What do you expect from a candidate who hangs with a terrorist and a racist.

Posted by: gatorz | October 13, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

>>>Franklin Raines has never given Obama any advice on anything

As Fannie and Freddie were imploding, Obama chose a Fannie CEO to select his VP.

Obviously, Obama chose Caroline Kennedy to be on the VP committee because he OWES the Kennedys.

But why did Obama owe a Fannie CEO?
Because he was the 2nd highest recipient of Fannie donations - 2nd only to Chris Dodd, Chairman of the Senate Banking and Housing committee who IGNORED WARNINGS from McCain and federal regulators that Fannie and Freddie were enroute to create a financial crisis.

Obama + Dem Congress = higher taxes!
However most voters who pay NO TAXES are supporting Obama.

Dems for McCain/Palin

Posted by: angie12106 | October 13, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

"I read a 2008 prediction from Nostradamus, and it has the election ending in a tie. It also, predicts that the tensions on both sides of the aisle will be so bad that civil war (or something to that extent) will be threatening to break out over the U.S, but another election will be held (Or some other solution) to finally pick a winner, and that will quench the tensions a bit.

But this is the least of it, after this, natural disaster after natural disaster (Mainly Floods, and Earthquakes) will hit the U.S. ..."

Are you sure you were reading those Roman numerals correctly? I think you were off by eight years. We've already been through that scenario.

Sorry, but the Repubs get no squeaker this time.

Posted by: fzdybel | October 13, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I think like myself and my wife, a lot of people maxed out this month
Posted by: popasmoke | October 13, 2008 12:18 PM
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After maxing out for Obama, do you think he will include you two in his meetings to get your input? "...but let me even say that before I even get inaugurated, during the transition we are going to be calling all of you in to help us shape the agenda. We are going to be having meetings all over the country with community organizations so you have input into the agenda for the next presidency of the United States of America."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vJcVgJhNaU

Posted by: mafox1 | October 13, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

"KevinRhodes's post below is probably the best post on this thread...

'Hussein is way too much to the fascist side.'"

Oh yeah, dude, that is just, like, the best post on the whole internet.

Don't you dipwads get it? Your biases are seen as ridiculous. The harder you try to grind the slime machine, the more ridiculous you look. But you keep patting each others' backs and encouraging each other in the next outrageous attempt. The time for that BS is over. It's time for wing-nuts to learn to run and hide. You're in the minority and you don't have any ammunition left.

Posted by: fzdybel | October 13, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps there are SOME out there who are beginning to get
'the picture'. The following is a narrative taken from Sunday
Morning's televised 'Meet The Press'. and the author is employed by none other than
the Washington Post!! Yeah......the Washington Post of New York and Los Angeles
Times fame!! Must say that I'm duly impressed..................

From Sunday's Televised 'Meet the Press' Senator Obama was asked
about his stance on the American Flag. Obama Explains National Anthem Stance
Sun, 07 Sept. 2008 11:48:04 EST, General Bill Ginn'
USAF (ret.) asked Obama to explain why he doesn't follow protocol when the
National Anthem is played.
The General also stated to the Senator that according to
the United States Code,
Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171... During rendition of the
national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in
uniform are expected to stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand
over the heart. At the very least, 'Stand and Face It'
Senator Obama Live on Sunday stated, 'As I've said
about the flag pin, I don't want to be perceived as taking sides, Obama
said. 'There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol
of oppression. And the anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all. It should be swapped for something less
parochial and less bellicose. I like the song 'I'd Like To Teach the World To Sing.' If that were our anthem, then I might salute it.'We should consider to
reinvent our National Anthem as well as to redesign our Flag to better offer our
enemies hope and love. It's my intention, if elected, to disarm America
to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we as a Nation
of warring people, should conduct ourselves as the nations of Islam, whereas
peace prevails. Perhaps a state or period of mutual concord between our
governments. When I become President, I will seek a pact or agreement to end
hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity, and a
freedom from disquieting oppressive thoughts. We as a Nation have placed upon the
nations of Islam an unfair injustice. My wife disrespects the Flag for many personal reasons Together she and I have attended several flag burning
ceremonies in the past, many years ago. She has her views and I have mine'. Of
course now, I have found myself about to become the President of the United
States and I have put aside my hatred. I will use my power to bring CHANGE to
this Nation, and offer the people a new path of hope. My wife and I look forward
to becoming our Country's First Family. Indeed, CHANGE is about to
overwhelm the United States of America.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you heard it right. This could
possibly be our next President.
I, for one, am speechless.
Dale Lindsborg,
WashingtonPost

Posted by: ChangeWhat | October 13, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Onward now to the important stuff.

rgking86 wrote, "you split an infinitive, Chris:) 9th graf."

I thought that was allowed now, along with sentences which mix singular and plural like "If anyone calls, tell them I'm busy researching grammar."

Large swaths of my life have been pestered by pesky worries about these things and I would gladly see them go away!

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

The right to spend your money on political speech as you see fit is, to my mind, an essential part of "freedom of speech".

John McCain endeavored to restrict this right, via McCain-Feingold, in an effort to recover from the obvious sleaziness of his too-cozy relationship with Charles Keating.

It's fitting that US citizens are voting with their wallets to speak up in favor of McCain's opponent.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 13, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin the Racist Bigot has singlehandedly ensured the success of Obama/Biden.

Every slime filled utterance that spews from her fowl mouth is an insult to America.

Jesus I thought George Wallace had passed on!


God bless America.

Posted by: kentaylor1 | October 13, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

KevinRhodes's post below is probably the best post on this thread.

Both the republican and democratic party nominees are pretty bad and its a matter of choosing who we think the lesser of two evils is. Someone like Ron Paul would be a much better candidate for president in my opinion also, but instead we are stuck with the choice of capitalism versus socialism with 2 very poor candidates.

+++++

That's the sad truth: NONE of the two main presidential candidates will make a difference to us, the people. In my view, the political differences among them are minor. The huge difference is in character and ambitions.


Hussein is a power freak maniac, he wants to rule the world. He's not yet the president and he's already repressing dissent.

McCain...well, what can we say about him? The least i can say is that he is actually naive and good-hearted. Don't get me wrong, he would be a terrible president. I don't want him. But as a man, i think he's not that bad.

Those obamabots accuse dissenters of his Highness of being racist and republicans. I'm not a republican, nor a racist. But this much I can tell you:


I'm willing to vote for McCain if it prevents Hussein from reaching power.

It will be easier to handle McCain as a president.


Hussein is way too much to the fascist side. He is an expert in using everything in his path: he used the Chicago left and now he's using the big global bankers.

At the end, one of two things will happen:

1. the ultra left and the capitalists will strike a coalition, and we all will go to hell (old cranky communists and capitalists in the same bed? yikes)

2. the capitalists will leave the communists (Chicago, i.e) behind and the commies will fight back with a vengeance. "I will not be ignore" they will say.


In either case , we are really, but like REALLY "s'crued".

Posted by: coqui44 | October 13, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm not one to believe in prophetic revelations, but I read a 2008 prediction from Nostradamus, and it has the election ending in a tie. It also, predicts that the tensions on both sides of the aisle will be so bad that civil war (or something to that extent) will be threatening to break out over the U.S, but another election will be held (Or some other solution) to finally pick a winner, and that will quench the tensions a bit.

But this is the least of it, after this, natural disaster after natural disaster (Mainly Floods, and Earthquakes) will hit the U.S. It'll be so bad that 3 other countries will have to send aid to us. Our country will go bankrupt, mass starvation, and chaos will breakout all over our country, and I'm not sure if it'll recover.

Someone will take advantage of the U.S. crisis, (Nostradamus predicts that the World will be in crisis at this time also, and everyone will be crying out for someone to solve its problems), and will send aid, but this will be just a front for something more sinister. He will initially look like a Savior (Or Messiah like figure), and will fool everyone, but his intentions are to control people, and slavery will be implemented. He will have Middle Eastern ties.

I can't explain it all here, but you can find it by doing a search. (Nostradamusonline)

I won't even consider any of this unless there is a tie in the Electorial College Votes.

Posted by: alohais | October 13, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Vote Obama and for God's sake take pity on yourselves. Two much powerade in the Dixie Cup of Republicans cause they're brains are rotten way down yonder in the Land of Cotton. As a liberal southerner all my life, these are actually people who think they own a state and because they're white from Dixie they have an ordained right to chemically bomb "barbarians" into a red, white and blue mush for their betterment, Jesus and billion dollar oil contracts. I'm sure you're nuts. If you murder the children of the Walnut Growers in a defenseless grove, the price of Rednecks' nuts goes UP and if Bubba chemically bombs the chillen of an oil producing, OPEC member state who never fired a bullet at us, there's a darned good chance the price of Bubba's gas is going to skyrocket. Every dang time my former air force talks about winning the hearts and minds of the native "barbarians," you can dang well believe those organs are detached from their rightful owners. Blood For Oil for ten BILLION a month in bad checks and the invading Republican Oil Boy isn't paying for any of it. Paying less of their responsibility is patriotic to a Big Oil parasite like Rice from Chevron who got a lawyer. Psychopaths. We've been killing the same guys for forty years because they want us out of the Mideast. Now McMoron and Junior Oil Boy are baking more terrorists than Betty Bubba Crocker by invading to privatize Iraq's oil after nineteen Saudis attacked us and the House of Saud flew out two days later!! Vote Obama and Good Luck!!

Posted by: rhyer | October 13, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

When Hussein asked his goons to be "in your face"...

This is what he meant:

" A Lufkin woman received a surprise visit from the Secret Service last week because of a “death threat” comment she reportedly made about Sen. Barack Obama to a campaign volunteer asking for her support of the presidential candidate.

Two federal agents arrived at Jessica Hughes’ home Thursday to ask her if she said, “I will never support Obama and he will wind up dead on a hospital floor.”

Hughes said her words were deliberately twisted by a volunteer who was apparently unhappy Hughes was rude during a phone conversation the two had. The Lufkin mother, a Republican, said she received a call on her cell phone Wednesday from a woman with the Obama Volunteers of Texarkana.

“She asked if I was an Obama supporter, to which I replied, ‘No, I don’t support him. Your guy is a socialist who voted four times in the state Senate to let little babies die in hospital closets; I think you should find something better to do with your time.’ (And then) I hung up.”

(Hughes is referring to a “born alive” Illinois bill that did not pass in the Illinois state Senate in 2005 and had previously been opposed by Obama because he said it undermined Roe v. Wade, according to FactCheck.org, a non-partisan organization. A federal version of the bill, which Obama said he would have supported, passed by unanimous consent and was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2002.)

Obama Campaign Communications for Texas director Josh Taylor declined to comment Monday, refusing to answer any questions and referring the matter to the Secret Service, which he said is conducting an investigation. A message left with a Secret Service agent in Houston was not immediately returned."
http://www.lufkindailynews.com/news/content/news/stories/2008/10/07/secret_service.html#comments


Hussein has been using the police and SECRET SERVICE to harass dissenters, those against his political stances.

He has spent millions of dollars in court cases to harass people who speak against him.

HUSSEIN IS A FASCIST. NOBAMA. SAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

OBAMA/WALL STREET'08

Posted by: coqui44 | October 13, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

KevinRhodes's post below is probably the best post on this thread.

Both the republican and democratic party nominees are pretty bad and its a matter of choosing who we think the lesser of two evils is. Someone like Ron Paul would be a much better candidate for president in my opinion also, but instead we are stuck with the choice of capitalism versus socialism with 2 very poor candidates.

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

"If anyone was a racist assh*le who is supporting McCain over Obama, it is probably you."

Nice independent. You're being schooled and got proven wrong in the intellectual arena so you resort to the racism angle. Nice; an unjustified race card is the last resort of a feeble mind.

Yep coqui44. That's why I'm not bothering to go into specifics and am just laying out the overall socialism versus capitalism which it really does come down to. Independent just proved in his last post with the race card why I won't bother wasting time since anything I post won't matter anyways.

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Independent4tw:

Where'd you get those pearls, "Karl Marx's Greates Hits"? "Capitalism for Dummies"?

So, Karl Marx "invented" socialism? And who "invented" capitalism?
a) Jesus Christ
b)Adam Smith
c)Jean-Jacques Roussseau
d)George Washington
e) None of the above


Like I said, you know nothing.

Posted by: VMR1 | October 13, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Independent, socialist type governments and IDEALS have been around long before Marx although they TECHINICALLY weren't socialist.

An elite ruling class with basically everyone else being "peasants" and the results of their work are given to the elite ruling class who redistributes as they see fit.

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

"I used a glaring example that actually says a lot of good things about McCain. Capitalist versus socialist underlies a LOT of good policies McCain has over Obama.

If someone fails to recognize socialism's violations of the constitutions basic premises that does not speak well for their intelligence.

Oh so whats up with Biden again? Come on now I'm a liar right? Your knee jerk reaction to a FACT (yes fact even though there is no mention of it in the MSM your masters) just shows your lack of poise and thought into your posts."

No, You said "Obama is a socialist and McCain is a capitalist" without backing up either statement.

Now you want to change the subject again because YOU DON"T KNOW ANY SPECIFIC PLANS THAT MCCAIN HAS.

If anyone was a racist assh*le who is supporting McCain over Obama, it is probably you.

You say you don't like Obama, we get it, but what do you like about MCCain? You don't know enough to answer.

JUST LIKE MOST OTHER IDIOTS ON THIS COMMENT BOARD.

YOU ARE SURE YOU HATE OBAMA, BUT YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT MCCAIN.

H Y P O C R I T S .

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 13, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I DARE CRYOS TO TELL US ANYTHING POSITIVE ABOUT MCCAIN'S PLAN FOR WHEN HE BECOMES PRESIDENT.

I DARE YOU.

Please make me laugh by responding, or make me laugh harder by not knowing any.

++++++++++++++++++++++++

DON'T DO IT,CRYOS,
DON'T FALL FOR THE BAIT, CRYOS. IT WILL MAKE NO DIFFERENCE TO THEM. THEY DON'T LISTEN TO FACTS OR PROOFS.

ALL THEY DO IS COME BACK AND SAY 'WAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH YOUR'RE SO STUPID, WAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!"


LMFAO!!


+++++++++++


I have contributed to Obama. 3 times.

1st - $100.00
2nd - $150.00
3rd - $175.00

And will di it again once or twice.

++++++++++++++++

For every buck you donate you become another zero in Hussein's priority list, pushing you further down on his list.

YOU ARE SUCH A LOSER!!! LMAO!!

Posted by: coqui44 | October 13, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

"You know nothing about the history of ideas, socialism, capitalism, or history of Europe or your own country. Basically, you're a stupid jerk, for lack of a better definition. May life smile upon you some day."

Nice, because you apparently know everything.

Socialism was the idea of Karl Marx, a man who thought that each country would start with aristocrat society, move into capitalism, but always end up with the working class people ruling.

Capitalism is the idea that the ecnomy can run itself. People are FREE to TRADE whoever they wish. It is a good idea if you do not have people pulling strings(lobbyists).

I know everything there is to know about America. I have a good bit of knowledge about Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa.

Call me what you will, it only proves that you have nothing intellegent to say.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 13, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

""According to your own words McCain won't offer anything you want. Your post below talks about how Obama "pays you" basically by redistributing income. Well McCain believes in capitalism (not like with Obama with socialism/marxism) which doesn't help bottom feeders so nothing I can say would convince you.

Oh by the way I did just say something positive since the constitution is based on capitalist ideals not socialist ideals. Socialist ideals is exactly why Americans wanted to break from Europe. "

SO YOU DONT KNOW ANY.

Thanks for the laugh.


Posted by: Independent4tw"

I used a glaring example that actually says a lot of good things about McCain. Capitalist versus socialist underlies a LOT of good policies McCain has over Obama.

If someone fails to recognize socialism's violations of the constitutions basic premises that does not speak well for their intelligence.

Oh so whats up with Biden again? Come on now I'm a liar right? Your knee jerk reaction to a FACT (yes fact even though there is no mention of it in the MSM your masters) just shows your lack of poise and thought into your posts.

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Independent4tw:


You know nothing about the history of ideas, socialism, capitalism, or history of Europe or your own country. Basically, you're a stupid jerk, for lack of a better definition. May life smile upon you some day.

Posted by: VMR1 | October 13, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

""The latest Rasmussen poll shows Obama declining for the first time in a week. He has slipped from 8 to 5 points ahead."


Indeed, and the market responds by going up.

Any questions????

Posted by: king_of_zouk"

You shouldn't take the king_of_zouk's word about anything. Take a look at the Rasmussen day-by-day tracking polls numbers yourself:

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/election_20082/2008_presidential_election/general_election_match_up_history

What it shows is that Obama has been consistently at or above a 5 point lead for 18 days straight now (the range is 5 to 8 points).

The Rasmussen tracking poll bounces around a bit from day - this what statistical error means - and for this poll the error is +/- 2 points on any given day. So we should see about a 3-4 point spread in Obama's lead over a period of several days due to the day-to-day error.

And this is exactly what we see. Obama's true lead is probably about 6.5 points, with the 8 and 5 values being statistical outliers.

Oh, and for king_of_zouk's specific claim that "The latest Rasmussen poll shows Obama declining for the FIRST TIME IN A WEEK" - that's an easy to check lie.

Obama's lead in the poll was +5 on Thursday and Friday (same as today) but was up to +7 on Saturday. It may well be +7 or +8 tomorrow.

Posted by: careysub | October 13, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

you split an infinitive, Chris:) 9th graf.

Posted by: rgking86 | October 13, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

"Obamabots can't argue with a sliver line of logic.

I predicted that presenting proves and facts will make no difference to them.

Once again they prove me right.

To the fact that Hussein is throwing the Secret Service on citizens who have a not-so-flattering opinion of the Messiah, these Obamabots minions retort is "waaaaaaaaaahhhhh, you are soooo stupid, waaaaaaaaaaahh".

Posted by: coqui44 | October 13, 2008 4:30 PM"


You have never presented proves(proofs) or facts in any of your statements. All you do is throw around big words like:

Socialist
Hussien
Terrorist
Muslim

Just like every other idiot who doesn't know that they hate the wrong man. Lemming.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 13, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"When people attack you with emotional words instead of with facts, you know you hit the spot!"

Or they are angry at how stupid you sound.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 13, 2008 4:06 PM
+++++++++++++++++++

LMFAOOL!!!


Obamabots can't argue with a sliver line of logic.

I predicted that presenting proves and facts will make no difference to them.

Once again they prove me right.

To the fact that Hussein is throwing the Secret Service on citizens who have a not-so-flattering opinion of the Messiah, these Obamabots minions retort is "waaaaaaaaaahhhhh, you are soooo stupid, waaaaaaaaaaahh".

Posted by: coqui44 | October 13, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

"According to your own words McCain won't offer anything you want. Your post below talks about how Obama "pays you" basically by redistributing income. Well McCain believes in capitalism (not like with Obama with socialism/marxism) which doesn't help bottom feeders so nothing I can say would convince you.

Oh by the way I did just say something positive since the constitution is based on capitalist ideals not socialist ideals. Socialist ideals is exactly why Americans wanted to break from Europe. "

SO YOU DONT KNOW ANY.

Thanks for the laugh.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 13, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

"However, they welcome simple slogans that give 'em a hard on, e.g. "Support Our Troops", "These colors don't run", "Tax & Spend Liberal", etc. All it took for Republians is to claim ownership of these slogans."

Well Obama's slogans are even simpler so I guess he is pandering to an even lower common denominator.

"Hope"
"Change"
"Unity"
"Change you can believe in"

At least he dared venture his supporters would understand or remember slogans longer than 1 word.

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I DARE CRYOS TO TELL US ANYTHING POSITIVE ABOUT MCCAIN'S PLAN FOR WHEN HE BECOMES PRESIDENT.

I DARE YOU.

Please make me laugh by responding, or make me laugh harder by not knowing any.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 13, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

"I DARE CRYOS TO TELL US ANYTHING POSITIVE ABOUT MCCAIN'S PLAN FOR WHEN HE BECOMES PRESIDENT.

I DARE YOU.

Please make me laugh by responding, or make me laugh harder by not knowing any.


Posted by: Independent4tw"

According to your own words McCain won't offer anything you want. Your post below talks about how Obama "pays you" basically by redistributing income. Well McCain believes in capitalism (not like with Obama with socialism/marxism) which doesn't help bottom feeders so nothing I can say would convince you.

Oh by the way I did just say something positive since the constitution is based on capitalist ideals not socialist ideals. Socialist ideals is exactly why Americans wanted to break from Europe.

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD:

"Why do you think Republicans work so hard to suppress education in this country?"


Tsk, tsk, tsk!
You can't go around stealing people's lines like that :) I've been saying this since the late 1980s - no one believed me. Now, people make a point of calling me and saying that I was correct.

It's been the greatest lesson the Republicans learned from their Southern Strategy: the dumb and the ignorant do not react well to ideas - they get a headache from them. However, they welcome simple slogans that give 'em a hard on, e.g. "Support Our Troops", "These colors don't run", "Tax & Spend Liberal", etc. All it took for Republians is to claim ownership of these slogans.

The only way to emulate the very successful results of the Southern Strategy up north and to ensure Republican majorities in the future was to embark on gradual but determined undermining of the relatively strong public education natioanlly. THey've mostly succeeded.

Today, your typical American high school senior knows how to drive a car, f...k, and grunt monosylables on a cell phone. But he/she doesn't know calculus, chemistry, anthropology, or geography, or philosophy, or even proper English.

The Dems didn't know what hit them for years. Since then, we've seen 20 years of Republican rule and only 8 of the Democratic one. And the Dems were lucky to get such a "simpatico" as Bill Clinton. A lesser personality wouldn't have stood a chance.

To summarize, today your typical Republican voter is either very wealty or is aiming to be, or has a (paid) interest in pushing a Republican agenda, or
is a very un-sophisticated white person due to ignorance or poor education or innate stupidity.


Posted by: VMR1 | October 13, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I DARE CRYOS TO TELL US ANYTHING POSITIVE ABOUT MCCAIN'S PLAN FOR WHEN HE BECOMES PRESIDENT.

I DARE YOU.

Please make me laugh by responding, or make me laugh harder by not knowing any.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 13, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

FIX POST CENSORED AGAIN?

To All Fix readers:

I just wrote a post stating that given all the heated rhetoric, someone in a position of authority should remind all public officials, military and sworn officers of the law that the results of free and fair elections must be respected even in the face of demagogic rhetoric.

I received a white screen with blue and black letters stating that the post was "being held for the blog owner."

Chris, I want you to know that some entity appears to be censoring posts to "The Fix" before they even get to your computers. This has happened to me before. I wrote a column about it, and your column, on http://nowpublic.com/scrivener

I will attempt to publish the post written for this space there. Now let's see if "they" will let THIS post go through...

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 13, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I DARE CRYOS TO TELL US ANYTHING POSITIVE ABOUT MCCAIN'S PLAN FOR WHEN HE BECOMES PRESIDENT.

I DARE YOU.

Please make me laugh by responding, or make me laugh harder by not knowing any.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 13, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I have contributed to Obama. 3 times.

1st - $100.00
2nd - $150.00
3rd - $175.00

And will di it again once or twice.

See, Obama's campaign takes small amounts of money.. I am just one of millions... It is not a surprise - It is a wonderful thing! A revolution from the ground up!

Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: soccersusi | October 13, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I DARE CRYOS TO TELL US ANYTHING POSITIVE ABOUT MCCAIN'S PLAN FOR WHEN HE BECOMES PRESIDENT.

I DARE YOU.

Please make me laugh by responding, or make me laugh harder by not knowing any.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 13, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans should have chosen Mitt Romney.

Posted by: maq1 | October 13, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

"Cryos,

Biden is still better educated, even being that far down in rank, then McCain and Palin put together.

Posted by: Independent4tw"

Are you flip flopping independent? Come on you accused me of changing the subject and lying. Did you find out something new about your joke of a VP I assume so now can't slander me any more?

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I DARE CRYOS TO TELL US ANYTHING POSITIVE ABOUT MCCAIN'S PLAN FOR WHEN HE BECOMES PRESIDENT.

I DARE YOU.

Please make me laugh by responding, or make me laugh harder by not knowing any.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 13, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

McCain's "OL' GEEZER EXPRESS" has run out of straight-talk and the wheels are falling off:

MCCAIN HAS AN ABUSIVE TEMPER AND PALIN ABUSES POWER.

PALIN IS BUSTED. SHE IS CONFIRMED AS HAVING ABUSED PERSONAL POWER IN HER GOVERNOR'S OFFICE. VIOLATED ETHICS. PERIOD. WHAT PART OF THIS DON'T PEOPLE UNDERSTAND?

The finding of Palin's guilt in abuse of executive power speaks worlds about John McCain's lack of judgment. But of course he admitted he had only met her personally ONE TIME before he selected her--was it with the other Joe Six-Pack's at a bar, and he decided to take her with him? Who knows, there are not even any pictures of him meeting with her before he selected the LUV GUV!

She's no longer a pitbull, but has to go back to being a sleddog ---....As the ol' song says: You go North to Alaska, you go North perhaps you know, ....way up North....North to Alaska.... -- RIGHT NOW PLEASE!

No longer a pitbull, but looking like a weasel--a little ol' mavericky weasel-you betcha!

It'll be painless when we become Mccainless and palinless...

Let's put Obama and Biden to work for all America, and let's do it now!!

Posted by: benighse | October 13, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

So did you hear Biden graduated 76th out of 85 in his class at Syracuse?

I guess that helps explain some of his many many gaffes. Do we really want someone one step away from the presidency who think there was television on 1929 and FDR was president? Scary.

Sorry just having a little fun. Taking Bidens statistics and applying it to one of the democrats many, many standard lines and scare tactics.

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I DARE CRYOS TO TELL US ANYTHING POSITIVE ABOUT MCCAIN'S PLAN FOR WHEN HE BECOMES PRESIDENT.

I DARE YOU.

Please make me laugh by responding, or make me laugh harder by not knowing any.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 13, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Cryos,

Biden is still better educated, even being that far down in rank, then McCain and Palin put together.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 13, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

"

""The latest Rasmussen poll shows Obama declining for the first time in a week. He has slipped from 8 to 5 points ahead."


Indeed, and the market responds by going up.

Any questions????

Posted by: king_of_zouk"

Lol. Yeah if I had a lot of money invested I'd yank it out of wall street and invest it where they are not going to penalize making investments in an economy."

Dude, if you derive causality from a relationship so spurious, I'd probably stick with the mattress investment plan.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 13, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Washington Post, O up 10 (with commentary that Mac trajectory is downward) Most polls have gone up since the smear campaign...Example, in Montana, yes Montana, O is up by a couple. Sorry to let the facts get in the way...
____

"The latest Rasmussen poll shows Obama declining for the first time in a week. He has slipped from 8 to 5 points ahead.
Maybe folks are waking realizing that his choice of associates; Rezco, Wright, and Ayers reflects troubling judgement.

Posted by: BruceMcDougall | October 13, 2008 4:03 PM"

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 13, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

"Future historians will write about how media, money, cultural and class warfare vaulted a corrupt, inexperienced and marxist into the president of the US leading to an irreversable decline, and how sensible people couldn't convince the mindless that hard work and education should mean something and were responsible for the largest standard of living increase in the world. They'll talk about how the type of people most responsible for success in the United States were drowned out by the cries of ignorance for those supporting a candidate based on personal greed, a false sense of hope and because of the color of their skin. They'll talk about how even the most impartial media couldn't convince some people to avoid their common sense and vote for someone based on blind ignorance and hatred of the current president."

Unless, of course, all this stuff doesn't happen.

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

""The latest Rasmussen poll shows Obama declining for the first time in a week. He has slipped from 8 to 5 points ahead."


Indeed, and the market responds by going up.

Any questions????

Posted by: king_of_zouk"

Lol. Yeah if I had a lot of money invested I'd yank it out of wall street and invest it where they are not going to penalize making investments in an economy.

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

What a sad, sad day for America, when those who are supposedly "in the know" tell the rest of the country that "Obama's massive fundraising ... justifies the political savvy of the Illinois senator's decision to go back on his previous pledge to accept public financing for the general election."

Promises, shmomises! I guess this must be the new way of doing business for Democrats; the ends justify the means even if it takes lying and reneging on your pledge to the American people.

Obama's huge haul is akin to the corruption and greed we've seen lately on Wall St and Capital Hill- the Democrats like Frank and Dodd and Obama want to keep the status quo just the way it is as long as their pockets are being lined and their donors keep them in the money.

Never mind that he lied about pledging to accept public financing. Nowadays that's what's called "political savvy" in Democrat circles, Putting yourself first and your country second.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | October 13, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse
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Reply

Mccain and his people are idiots. They sat back and watched what Obama did during the primary, with the use of the internet, raising money and everything else. Mccain saw how wildly over the top successful it was and sat there and did nothing, and still is doing nothing. He should have gone to his people and said, "Get us the best internet people in the business money is no object, I want them to analyze what Obama is doing from top to bottom and see how we can do it, maybe even better". Does he, NO. He sits back running a campaign bases in the last century, literally. I have been in business all my life and have made tons of money. I didn't do it complaining about my competition. I did it by learning from them and doing it better, beating them at their own game. Mccain and his staff are totally incompetent. I don't want to here a thing about the text messaging and mining phone numbers. Want something to complain about? Ask why Mccain isn't doing it also. Ask what the hell you gave them all that money for, just to stand around at town hall meetings talking to 200 disinterested people. Complaining about Obama does not make your candidate more competent, it points out how incompetent he really is by comparison.


Posted by: popasmoke | October 13, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Hmm it didn't post; strange.

Balancing out this post with the updated Biden information. Apparently independent couldn't handle the facts so went off on a diatribe about how I was changing the subject.

1) Obama, Degree in Law from Harvard, taught the constitution on a college level. Obviously the smartes candidate.

2) Biden, Law graduate from Syracuse (inserted: 76th out of 85th in his class)

3) Palin, associates degree(after switching colleges five times)

4) McCain, Graduated with a D- average from a naval academy

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

"The latest Rasmussen poll shows Obama declining for the first time in a week. He has slipped from 8 to 5 points ahead."


Indeed, and the market responds by going up.

Any questions????

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 13, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Balancing out this post with the updated Biden information. Apparently independent couldn't handle the facts so went off on a diatribe about how I was changing the subject.

1) Obama, Degree in Law from Harvard, taught the constitution on a college level. Obviously the smartes candidate.

2) Biden, Law graduate from Syracuse

3) Palin, associates degree(after switching colleges five times)

4) McCain, Graduated with a D- average from a naval academy

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

""Democracy is the worst form of government"


"... except for all the others"

If you can think of a better way of doing it - write a book, we'd all like to know."

Give me full dictatorship powers.

Pros - reasoned, intelligent judgement.

Cons - very short term solution. I wouldn't be the optimal choice.

Not quite a book, but it would do.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 13, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

--" Yeah I forgot Obama needs people to "get in people's faces who aren't voting for Obama." Yeah real classy.

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse "--

Mark "5" - Solid McCain supporter -> deleted from the system.

Check "hostile", because I want the people in the office to know the level of guff I'm enduring.

Next on the list ...

Posted by: DonJasper | October 13, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I donated too! I will again...Obama will be the next president of the untied states of America. Get use to it you racist, right winged losers!

Posted by: summer_star_65 | October 13, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

BudG024 - The problem with nitwits like Kathyrn is they have entirely too much time on their hands. This racist little Mormon baffoon feels free to tailor her caustic comments to fit the audiance - blind white bigotry with some audiances, the loving "christian" with others, and the senitive photographic "ar-tee-st" other times. Ignore this twerp! (Oh, and her FaceBook page is hoot...) The problem with people like KMichaels is, they think they can hide behind web annonymity and spew the most toxic hate imaginable. Hey, sweetie, p*ss off enough people and, at the very least, they will spend the time necessary to figure out the breed of the dog that bit them.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | October 13, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe folks are waking realizing that his choice of associates; Rezco, Wright, and Ayers reflects troubling judgement."

Keating?

Palin?

judgement

Posted by: BudG024 | October 13, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

"When people attack you with emotional words instead of with facts, you know you hit the spot!"

Or they are angry at how stupid you sound.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 13, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

""There are 3-4 people on this comment blog that are for McCain.

There are probably about 30 people for Obama.

I think that represents how the nation feels.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++=

Maybe it all represents is that we are the sorry bunch that instead of being out enjoying the day, here we are wasting our time insulting each other over crooked politicians that do not care a carrot about us.

Posted by: coqui44"

Lol.

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

The latest Rasmussen poll shows Obama declining for the first time in a week. He has slipped from 8 to 5 points ahead.
Maybe folks are waking realizing that his choice of associates; Rezco, Wright, and Ayers reflects troubling judgement.

Posted by: BruceMcDougall | October 13, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

"That's what happened to Kerry in 2004. Remember how he was "Swiftboated." Lies so bad that even McCain was appaled by them. And, Kerry had no mechanism or means to fight back, nothing at all. So, they slaughtered him with lies, lie after lie after lie. And, they got away with it and Bush became President again. Because Kerry could not raise money, the entire country was done a massive disservice we are still paying for."

Democrats + democrat related groups spent around $100 million more than republican + republican related groups in 2004 so your argument is a sham. So is what you're saying that democrats need way MORE money than republicans? Hmmm seems they're not too good at competing on an even level huh. And democrats tried the whole Bush and national guard thing in 2000 and 2004 so don't play this one sided honorable thing.

The swift boat attacks were underhanded, but Kerry could have done something VERY simple. He touted his military experience and refused to release his military records until after the election. If he had been forthcoming and released his military records it would have put a lot to rest. You can't blame other people for Kerry's incompetence.

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

My .02 about the money.

"Democracy is the worst form of government"


"... except for all the others"

If you can think of a better way of doing it - write a book, we'd all like to know. Personnally - I think spending the money to get the right president is worth every penny. What's spent on the winner is probably less than what a hundered individual CEO's will make in the four year term of the President.

Actually - what I think Karl Rove hit upon, and Obama has expanded on - is that the grass-roots knocking on doors trumps impersonal television spots. For those that are swayable. (I find the personal lock on a political party baffling, but a made up mind is a done deal - whatever the process used to come a decision.)

I don't think that you can motivate people to spend a portion of their lives working for you - for free, WITHOUT the result of cashing in big time.

Money is a form of public participation in government - what? You think you should get the money conscripted by taxation involved? So government gets to choose who runs for the government?

Posted by: DonJasper | October 13, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

It's all about Barack's middle name, hm?

Pretty weak, SIDNEY!

His name is indeed Barack Hussein Obama and he is going to be the president of the United States of America.

Live with it, SIDNEY.

Posted by: BudG024 | October 13, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

"There are 3-4 people on this comment blog that are for McCain.

There are probably about 30 people for Obama.

I think that represents how the nation feels.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++=

Maybe it all represents is that we are the sorry bunch that instead of being out enjoying the day, here we are wasting our time insulting each other over crooked politicians that do not care a carrot about us.

Posted by: coqui44 | October 13, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I love the Hussein people on here. I had to deal with my future mother-in-law this weekend on this issue. Politics came up and I said I would vote for Obama, so she goes Oh, Barack HUSSEIN Obama!! She made sure to stress the Hussein to try to prove a point, whatever point I am not sure because it didnt make sense.

So I responded he didnt have a choice in his name, and asked her what if my middle name was Adolf? Would that make me a Nazi?

Then came the kicker, my future-in-laws are hard core Italians, yet in the early 1900's they had to tweak their last name because their business was failing due to discrimination of Italians at the time. tehy changed tehir name to a less Italian sounding name, and guess what, it worked.

Once the dots connected and she realized she was pegging him, like her family was pegged back then, the light went on. She still wont vote for him, but that is for reasons I dont think she will publicly state, but at least she is straightened out on the HUSSEIN issue.

If your last ditch effort is to put over emphasis on name, you my friend, are screwed.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | October 13, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

"Actually at this point in time - volunteering is ->MUCH<- more in demand than money. The money is pretty much a done deal at this point in time. 'They' are asking current volunteers for double shifts - and many are responding."

Yeah I forgot Obama needs people to "get in people's faces who aren't voting for Obama." Yeah real classy.

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

"Give me facts about McCain calling the Secret Service during the primaries or this current campaign. NONE."

Give me some about Obama.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++=

another post:

coqui44,

I feel so bad for you. What is it like to hate so much and know so little?

You must feel like a fly trapped in a jar.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

When people attack you with emotional words instead of with facts, you know you hit the spot!

It has being said by Obamabots themselves that if Hussein is caught in a public toilet with Satan....they will still vote for him.(someone here wrote that!)

Why do you ask for proves of anything? It will not make a difference to you. You are brain dead, zombies. You will not accept the facts because you are closed minded.

But for those who are not obamabots, who may have the same question about the secret service, you may go here:


"Obama Campaign Has Secret Service Intimidate A Private Citizen"
http://www.theurbangrind.net/?p=3146

or here
http://wwwwakeupamericans-spree.blogspot.com/2008/09/obamas-squad-threatens-freedom-of.html

or here

http://www.kmov.com/video/index.html?nvid=285793&shu=1

Posted by: coqui44 | October 13, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

The country is headed for recession; the only question is: Just how low can the markets and economy go?

It could be a lot lower - it all depends on the policies of the next president.

And, as it looks increasingly likely that Obama will be that man, the markets are casting a vote of "no confidence."

To be fair, McCain hardly instills confidence among the Wall Streeters I speak to. Why has his campaign spent the last week focusing on Obama's friendship with former terrorist William Ayers - when it should be hitting Obama's blind loyalty to policies that bring together the worst elements of Herbert Hoover and Jimmy Carter?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 13, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

""is Barack Obama, who is a constitutional scholar. Unlike McCain who almost dead last in his graduating class."

Add Joe Biden who was 76th out of 85. "

I have realized that you can not argue with someone who has opposing views. It seems that people COMPLETELY ignore the facts that you state, and they change the subject when they are wrong.

So lets go over all 4 candidates rank of education:

1) Obama, Degree in Law from Harvard, taught the constitution on a college level. Obviously the smartes candidate.

2) Biden, Law graduate from Syracuse

3) Palin, associates degree(after switching colleges five times)

4) McCain, Graduated with a D- average from a naval academy

These are facts. Now it is your turn to change the subject because you can not argue against facts.


Posted by: Independent4tw"

You just made yourself look the fool. We were talking about class ranking and I merely stated Biden was 76th out of 85th in his class which is a FACT GO AHEAD AND LOOK IT UP. Oh but what isn't a fact is when asked Biden thought he was "in the top half of his class."

I merely added to your post but since you didn't like the addition you think I changed the subject? Put down the pipe.

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

BREAKING FROM HUFFPO: MAC AIDE SAYS MAC WILL BRING UP AYERS AT DEBATE

Excerpt from HuffPo:

Mac Aide: "I expect it could come up and I expect John McCain will ask Barack Obama to speak truthfully about his relationship with friend and unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers."

If Mac follows through on this threat, from O's side this is a grooved fastball down the middle. One O can't afford to whiff or foul off.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 13, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

It's all about money, isn't it?

Obama promised to accept public funding, with McCain. All politics of "hope and change."

Then when the calculation came it, it became very easy for Obama to completely ignore his previous campaign pledge.

Just like his rambling so-called "economic policies" of the last few days. A vague tax-credit here, a supposed tax-cut there. It's all unclear and nonsense and will mean NOTHING to Obama if elected.

Posted by: pgr88 | October 13, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Drain you said:
"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?"

My sentiments exactly. Only I'm pretty sure the country would not survive it. As a practical matter, I still have a ship container reserved for November 5th. Maersk wants me to re-confirm the reservation at least 2 weeks prior.
I hope it'll be clear by Oct 23d that McCAin's gonna win, so I cam proceed with my plans. If Obama wins, I'm gonna have to cancel my departure and will probably lose my $2,500 deposit for the container :((

Posted by: VMR1 | October 13, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Jayrkay,

Let me play newspaper editor with your gibberish:


"By refusing public funding, Obama Hussien has received contributions from Islamic faith ***LIE*** and has unlimited money ***LIE*** which he can use to outspend Mccain, who opted for public money of $84 million(s), which limits his cmapaign. ***AND WAS HIS CHOICE*** American system of electing a president is based on advertisements and commercials, though the candidate is not qualified with any attibutes to lead this country.***LIE***HUSSEIN can spend all that money in south CHICAGO instead of throwing that money to the rich TV,NEWSPAPERS, further enriching them.**DOESN"T MAKE SEBSE***Obama talks about helping the most needed- but what is doing- enriching powerful media.***LIE***

We,()Americans will have to jump with joy, when this HUSSEIN ta(l)kes over in January. We will be ready for the terrorists to take over lives- who Wins- OSAMA BIN LADEN,***LIE*** not directly, but thro(') O(S)A(N)A HUSSEIN. Lets all enjoy the Islamic rule- women will be confined to their Homes wearing the VEIL and have FOUR HUSBANDS***LIE***. Then we do not have to worry about exramarital sex- WE CAN HAVE ORGY AT HOME.***LIE*** That is the CHANGE, we will be getting."


Looks like you are a complete liar, or an idiot. I am guessing idiot.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 13, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

They went about shredding Obama's character. They used code names to call him a terrorist. I just hope those two kids, Maria and Sasha, and their mum have not been watching TV for the last two weeks. Can't imagine my own daughter watching me being smeared, being dragged in the mud.

Would like to know from Obama if Maria or Sasha have ever asked him if he palls with terrorists?

I could not believe McCain would condone people,especially his running mate Sarah Palin, to smear Obama in such hateful and vile words. This lady has not grace. She is like a robot. She only says what she's told. Can't wait to see her return to Alaska where jail awaits her for abusing power. That's where she belongs.

Obama is a man of candor. Throughout the campaign, Obama has not called McCain or Sarah Palin names. He has been a very cool politician. It pays to be cool.

Republicans have called him a hypocrite who's hiding his inner self. Come to think of it. If Obama was loquacious, they'd be calling him an angry black man

Posted by: nwachai | October 13, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

what an incredibly bad lesson for Obama to learn - that it is so easy to raise and spend other people's money.

Only one nuance - it was voluntary in the election. soon to be mandatory.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 13, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"There are 3-4 people on this comment blog that are for McCain.

There are probably about 30 people for Obama.

I think that represents how the nation feels.

McCain has nothing to offer.

At least Obama has some plans.

Posted by: Independent4tw"

And the sad thing is that the 30 have to try to bash the 3-4 at a personal level because they can't conjure up facts between the 30 of them to contradict the posts of the 3-4. Oh that's right facts to refute the facts would have to exist lol.

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Yes Sarah Palin has inspired me to give to Obama about six to eight times already. She is very very scary. The Palin choice says it all about McCain and his judgement and how he puts politics before Country.

OBAMA/BIDEN 08

Posted by: dougm2 | October 13, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"I just urge everyone to consider, it's possible that the comments you post here could be accessible for a very long time. It's a little frightening to think, like pottery shards at an archeological dig, future historians might be sifting through these comments to glean some impression of previous cultures. What will they think of the bile and thoughtlessness some of us post to these comments sections?"

Future historians will write about how media, money, cultural and class warfare vaulted a corrupt, inexperienced and marxist into the president of the US leading to an irreversable decline, and how sensible people couldn't convince the mindless that hard work and education should mean something and were responsible for the largest standard of living increase in the world. They'll talk about how the type of people most responsible for success in the United States were drowned out by the cries of ignorance for those supporting a candidate based on personal greed, a false sense of hope and because of the color of their skin. They'll talk about how even the most impartial media couldn't convince some people to avoid their common sense and vote for someone based on blind ignorance and hatred of the current president.

This all though is ignoring the simple fact that hard drives and electronic media won't survive far into the future so all real records of our civilization will be lost.

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Add to Obama's monthly fund raising totals another $100 million plus a month he receives in free puff pieces from the media.

Abraham Lincoln said, " You can't fool all the people all the time," but that was when journalists still thought their job was to report the news not spin the news.

Let's see if Americans were suckered into to buying Obama's "No really I am not a Marxist Leninist and I really am proud of America" pantomime.

November 5 around 2AM should be interesting.

Posted by: msmithnv | October 13, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

By refusing public funding, Obama Hussien has received contributions from Islamic faith and has unlimited money which he can use to outspend Mccain, who opted for public money of $84 millions, which limits his cmapaign. American system of electing a president is based on advertisements and commercials, though the candidate is not qualified with any attibutes to lead this country. HUSSEIN can spend all that money in south CHICAGO instead of throwing that money to the rich TV,NEWSPAPERS, further enriching them. Obama talks about helping the most needed- but what is doing- enriching powerful media.

We,Americans will have to jump with joy, when this HUSSEIN talkes over in January. We will be ready for the terrorists to take over lives- who Wins- OSAMA BIN LADEN, not directly, but thro' OSANA HUSSEIN. Lets all enjoy the Islamic rule- women will be confined to their Homes wearing the VEIL and have FOUR HUSBANDS. Then we do not have to worry about exramarital sex- WE CAN HAVE ORGY AT HOME. That is the CHANGE, we will be getting.

Posted by: jayrkay | October 13, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

coqui44,

You are embarassing yourself and the whole right wing.

Please go on. I will donate $20 to Obama in YOUR honor also.

Posted by: BudG024 | October 13, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

By refusing public funding, Obama Hussien has received contributions from Islamic faith and has unlimited money which he can use to outspend Mccain, who opted for public money of $84 millions, which limits his cmapaign. American system of electing a president is based on advertisements and commercials, though the candidate is not qualified with any attibutes to lead this country. HUSSEIN can spend all that money in south CHICAGO instead of throwing that money to the rich TV,NEWSPAPERS, further enriching them. Obama talks about helping the most needed- but what is doing- enriching powerful media.

We,Americans will have to jump with joy, when this HUSSEIN talkes over in January. We will be ready for the terrorists to take over lives- who Wins- OSAMA BIN LADEN, not directly, but thro' OSANA HUSSEIN. Lets all enjoy the Islamic rule- women will be confined to their Homes wearing the VEIL and have FOUR HUSBANDS. Then we do not have to worry about exramarital sex- WE CAN HAVE ORGY AT HOME. That is the CHANGE, we will be getting.

Posted by: jayrkay | October 13, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

There are 3-4 people on this comment blog that are for McCain.

There are probably about 30 people for Obama.

I think that represents how the nation feels.

McCain has nothing to offer.

At least Obama has some plans.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 13, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

And, it's going to take many more millions to match the hate filled air time provided FREE by Fox news to the GOP.
Fox 'news' is making the National Enquirer look a legitimate news source :(

Posted by: stodayxx | October 13, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

"is Barack Obama, who is a constitutional scholar. Unlike McCain who almost dead last in his graduating class."

Add Joe Biden who was 76th out of 85. "

I have realized that you can not argue with someone who has opposing views. It seems that people COMPLETELY ignore the facts that you state, and they change the subject when they are wrong.

So lets go over all 4 candidates rank of education:

1) Obama, Degree in Law from Harvard, taught the constitution on a college level. Obviously the smartes candidate.

2) Biden, Law graduate from Syracuse

3) Palin, associates degree(after switching colleges five times)

4) McCain, Graduated with a D- average from a naval academy

These are facts. Now it is your turn to change the subject because you can not argue against facts.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 13, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

- -
- -"I regret that I have not done or said
- - more in support of Mr. Obama's
- - campaign - yet.
- -
- -Posted by: eyeswideopen2 | October 13,
- - 2008 2:15 PM"

- go to www.mybarackobama.com
-
- There are plenty of ways for you to help
- besides simply donating money.
-
- Posted by: DDAWD | October 13, 2008 2:19
- PM | Report abuse
-

Actually at this point in time - volunteering is ->MUCH<- more in demand than money. The money is pretty much a done deal at this point in time. 'They' are asking current volunteers for double shifts - and many are responding.

Posted by: DonJasper | October 13, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

What this article failed to mention is that Obama has consistently been for campaign finance reform. However, he is no sucker, and without that reform, he is not going to be "taken out behind the woodshed." That's what happened to Kerry in 2004. Remember how he was "Swiftboated." Lies so bad that even McCain was appaled by them. And, Kerry had no mechanism or means to fight back, nothing at all. So, they slaughtered him with lies, lie after lie after lie. And, they got away with it and Bush became President again. Because Kerry could not raise money, the entire country was done a massive disservice we are still paying for. Bottom line, campaign financing does need to change, and it is usually the Republicans who fight against it. But, until that happens, any Democrat worth the time is going to use whatever means he can to fight back. Dems are tired of being Patsies.

Posted by: magnifco1000 | October 13, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

And the amazing thing is that all this money is from little folks like you and me. 10 cents at a time. Just plain mom and pops.

In a pig's eye.

Posted by: lennyjazz | October 13, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

coqu44 -- sad, delusional paranoid madman. what a tragic, tortured existence you must live.

Posted by: drindl | October 13, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

"Give me facts about McCain calling the Secret Service during the primaries or this current campaign. NONE."

Give me some about Obama.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 13, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

No doubt whining wing nuts are hopping mad about the money flowing to Obama's campaign from millions of small donors. It subverts their system of money gathering at swank, extremely private and exclusive fundraisers, where large checks are exchanged for political influence.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | October 13, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

"is Barack Obama, who is a constitutional scholar. Unlike McCain who almost dead last in his graduating class."

Add Joe Biden who was 76th out of 85.'

and Sarah Palin was nearly bounced out of 6 colleges...

Posted by: drindl | October 13, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Manolete, don’t be so paranoid. We do not discriminate against Sara Palin because she is a Woman. We discriminate against her because she is an inexperienced dumb-a$$. This would be true regardless of her sex. You remember how much crap Dan Quayle got in the media? Same reason here.

Posted by: MooP | October 13, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

coqui44,

I feel so bad for you. What is it like to hate so much and know so little?

You must feel like a fly trapped in a jar.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 13, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm not one to believe in prophetic revelations, but I read a 2008 prediction from Nostradamus, and it has the election ending in a tie. It also, predicts that the tensions on both sides of the aisle will be so bad that civil war (or something to that extent) will be threatening to break out over the U.S, but another election will be held (Or some other solution) to finally pick a winner, and that will quench the tensions a bit.

But this is the least of it, after this, natural disaster after natural disaster will hit the U.S. It'll be so bad that 3 other countries will have to send aid to us. Our country will go bankrupt, and I'm not sure if it'll recover.

Someone will take advantage of the U.S. crisis, as well as the World crisis, and will send aid, but this will be just a front for something more sinister.

I can't explain it all here, but you can find it by doing a search.

I won't even consider any of this unless there is a tie in the Electorial College Votes.

Posted by: alohais | October 13, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

"is Barack Obama, who is a constitutional scholar. Unlike McCain who almost dead last in his graduating class."

Add Joe Biden who was 76th out of 85.

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I am so scared that Obama will be president. Why? Don't tell me after 20 years in church, he didn't believe anything his pastor said! Don't tell me that he moved onto the same block as Farakan and that other terrorist and didn't know it! Don't tell me he isn't involved with Acorn! Don't tell me he doesn't sympathize with Moslem's! Don't tell me he and his wife aren't radical (after her college paper in Princeton about the whities!) And finally, PLEASE don't tell me he's going to be our president!!!!!! He was bought and paid for and you'd better believe it before it's too late!

Posted by: springsgranny | October 13, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Dragonfly777 ask's: "What will the people think when they find out he was born in Kenya, not the US?" Heck, what will the State Department think? They issued him a U.S. Passport!

For all you wingnuts lying till your eyes bleed about Sen. Obama, remember that folks can google "Obama's birth certificate" and find www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/born_in_the_usa.html which clearly shows a legal, embossed, signed certificate . You guys are delusional, pathetic really.

Posted by: fnlorrain | October 13, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

"MCCAIN NEVER CALLS THE SECRET SERVICE ON US."

Depends on your skin color. White guys are safe. The brownies are a little concerned about being deported to Mexico or tossed into Guantanamo.

+++++++++++=====

Husssein calls the Secret Service on individuals just because they express different opinions and because they are against his candidacy. THAT IS A FACT.

Hussein is "fair" in his curtailment of freedom of speech: anyone of any color or ethnic group will be persecuted in his fascist police state, if he is elected pres.

Give me facts about McCain calling the Secret Service during the primaries or this current campaign. NONE.

HUSSEIN IS A BIGGER THREAT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH THAN MCCAIN. ALL THAT MONEY HE GETs FROM PEOPLE LIKE...

Owoiouo Pyiyyuo from Nevada
Mncosf Pjosf from California

oeruoj.com from Tennessee....

is being used to subsidize lawyers and court cases to prevent freedom of speech.

YOUR LOUSY 20 BUCKS ARE NOTHING TO HIM. YOU ARE A ZERO IN HIS MIND.

LOSER!!


Posted by: coqui44 | October 13, 2008 3:20 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, Pa and West Virginia etc: If you are stupid enough to vote for McCain then you will deserve every bit of economic hardship that a "President McCain" would give you.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N38Ug_ugzXs&feature=related
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 13, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm not one to believe in prophetic revelations, but I read a 2008 prediction from Nostradamus, and it has the election ending in a tie. It also, predicts that the tensions on both sides of the aisle will be so bad that civil war (or something to that extent) will be threatening to break out over the U.S, but another election will be held (Or some other solution) to finally pick a winner, and that will quench the tensions a bit.

But this is the least of it, after this, natural disaster after natural disaster will hit the U.S. It'll be so bad that 3 other countries will have to send aid to us. Our country will go bankrupt, and I'm not sure if it'll recover.

Someone will take advantage of the U.S. crisis, as well as the World crisis, and will send aid, but this will be just a front for something more sinister.

I can't explain it all here, but you can find it by doing a search.

I won't even consider any of this unless there is a tie in the Electorial College Votes.

Posted by: alohais | October 13, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

"Until we are willing to change ourselves, we will have no change from government."

Yup yup. Why do you think Republicans work so hard to suppress education in this country?

Posted by: DDAWD | October 13, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

How is it that the McCain supporters continually pronounce themselves as the ONLY "True Americans"? Last time I checked there were no provisions in the Constitution (which they profess to support) for racial, religious and political party affiliation as requirements to be an American citizen.

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

KevinRhodes wrote:

Here's how I know that neither side of this argument has any brains- you are either supporting Obama or McCain, while spouting-off about change. Neither candidate reresents change! WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE THINKING? Or, more to the point- WHY aren't you thinking?
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I wouldn't go so far as to say people are brainless, but I agree with your general point.

Simply voting for the guy (or girl) from the other party will change nothing.

Further, the President is ONE person with limited powers (though you might not know it given recent history, but that's a topic for another day).

We The People must stop looking to government for a savior. Our forefathers did not (more importantly they knew that government did not grant rights; we have rights because we are human). They looked to themselves. We should take a lesson from history and do the same. Until we are willing to change ourselves, we will have no change from government.

Posted by: NoneoftheAbove08 | October 13, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

So does anyone believe the +2 that Obama drew in North Dakota? I don't, but its fun to think about.

As for Obama drawing another two Pennsylvania polls in double digits, I'll believe that. He's been breaking 10 quite regularly now.

(it seems like a long time ago when we were wondering whether Obama could even win Penn)

Posted by: DDAWD | October 13, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

In a twisted sort of way I almost want McCain to win this election because four more years worth of failed Bush/McCain policies would for all intents and purposes be the end of the Republican party as we know it today. They would become the 4th party gadflies that they deserve to be.
The only question is, would this country survive it?


You people out there who live in economic downtrodden states like Ohio, Pa and West Virginia etc: If you are stupid enough to vote for McCain then you will deserve every bit of economic hardship that a "President McCain" would give you.
.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N38Ug_ugzXs&feature=related
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 13, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm not one to believe in prophetic revelations, but I read a 2008 prediction from Nostradamus, and it has the election ending in a tie. It also, predicts that the tensions on both sides of the aisle will be so bad that civil war (or something to that extent) will be threatening to break out over the U.S, but another election will be held (Or some other solution) to finally pick a winner, and that will quench the tensions a bit.

But this is the least of it, after this, natural disaster after natural disaster will hit the U.S. It'll be so bad that 3 other countries will have to send aid to us. Our country will go bankrupt, and I'm not sure if it'll recover.

Someone will take advantage of the U.S. crisis, as well as the World crisis, and will send aid, but this will be just a front for something more sinister.

I can't explain it all here, but you can find it by doing a search.

I won't even consider any of this unless there is a tie in the Electorial College Votes.

Posted by: alohais | October 13, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Certainly gives new meaning to put up or shut up.

Posted by: jandcgall1 | October 13, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I realize that these are political donations, but isn't it rather obscene how much money BOTH candidates have spent on their campaigns, in light of the current economic crisis?

And no matter WHO wins in November, spending (government) will just get better and better (i.e. will increase).

Posted by: NoneoftheAbove08 | October 13, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

It is thanks to the many Obama supporters like me that Obama has been able to raise that amount of money. I have never in my 60 years of life donated to a political candidate until now. We need change and we know that Obama will bring about that change. Unlike McCain, Obama has remained unruffled, dignified, honest, and knowledgeable. To all of you who have lost your job or your house, remember the Republicans who put us in this position. When Clinton left office, the country was in good shape. Now look what Bush (and McCain who voted with Bush 90% of the time) has done. Vote Obama and get the change we need.

Posted by: INDem | October 13, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I wish I had the contribution.We,Americans have been living on either CREDIT or CHARITY. Obama has absolutely NO PLANS to lead this country, but I feel with commercials,there is SUBLIMINAL stimulus which will carry him to the highest office.Just by spending on donated money one can win the elctions.This is the most corrupt and outrageous way to win the elctions. I think Obama should directly use this money to provide help to the poor.He is not limited as he opted not to take the money

Posted by: jayrkay | October 13, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"MCCAIN NEVER CALLS THE SECRET SERVICE ON US."

Depends on your skin color. White guys are safe. The brownies are a little concerned about being deported to Mexico or tossed into Guantanamo.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 13, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

To Audate: The fact that Mrs. Obama was a white woman does not count: she was a "negro" lover. That did it! Women like her do no longer belong to the white race ... This is not my opinion, but this is what I've learned about conservative minds -- they do not evolve. Or, if they do, it's at a very slow pace. It's still all about that "one drop" issue for many Americans.
There is nothing wrong with being black, half-black, half-white or whatever.
But there is everything wrong with a person who can't come up with a better justification for wars and killings and maiming than citing God's will -- or Allah's.

Posted by: raggedy | October 13, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

"To show how literally braindead Obamites are, Howard Stern (whom I really dislike) sent a reporter to Harlem and asked Obamite supporters --" Stop right there! Stop!

When your first sentence mentions Howard Stern, Don Imus, Robin Quivers, Bob Grant, or Herr Hannity as an authority, your comment is automatically disqualified. I thought America dealt with the serial bigotry of Imus and the rest a year ago. In the future please don't cite Stern, Imus, or, for that matter, Westbrook Pegler (Palin's favorite) or that German guy who died in 1945 and don't remind me of their offensive antics. Give humanity a break...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 13, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

And the money gap is going to increase. People are more and more reluctant to donate to a lost cause.

(yeah, I know that McCain is on public money, but people donate plenty to the RNC)

Posted by: DDAWD | October 13, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

There sure are a lot of racist and seriously mentally deranged radical rightwingers on this blog. Too bad, CC, it used to be frequently interesting before the undead arrived.

Posted by: drindl | October 13, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

"The only person running for president who knows what this country is about- and completely understands the CONSTITUTION"

is Barack Obama, who is a constitutional scholar. Unlike McCain who almost dead last in his graduating class.

Posted by: drindl | October 13, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse


What a disgusting waste of money.

Posted by: Chicago1 | October 13, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Let me show you something with math.

$20 per donator
5,000,000 donators
= $100,000,000

Isn't math fun?

[WELL, COLLECTIVELY, SURE. INDIVIDUALLY, YOU ARE JUST ONE OF THOSE ZEROES, AS FAR AS HUSSEIN IS CONCERN. HUSSEIN DEFENDS THE INTERESTS OF 1% - 1 FRKING % OF THE POPULATION. YOUR CALLS AND EMAILS BEGGING HIM NOT TO APPROVE THE BAIL OUT DIDN'T CARRY ENOUGH ZEROS TO HAVE AN EFFECT!!! ]

BTW, Obama never said he would opt in to public financing, he said he would talk about it with the GOP candidate, and since McCain didn't answer the call, he opted out.
[WELL, I GUESS YOUR WAY OF THINKING IS TYPICAL (A FAVORITE HUSSEIN WORD) OF CULTIST OBAMABOT MINIONS: "***I wouldn't care if he was caught in a 3-way with Satan and Larry Craig in a Detroit Airport public restroom, I am supporting Barrack Obama..."
NOTHING WILL CONVINCE YOU OF HOW HUSSEIN IS NOT GOOD FOR AMERICA. EVEN IF HE IS CAUGHT KISSING OSAMA.]

I don't understand why it is a problem that Obama saved American tax payers 90 million dollars. [MAN, YOU ARE SO FKING DUMB. WHY WERE YOU OBAMABOTS ANGRY AT HIM FOR RENEGADING TO HIS PROMISE TO NOT TAKE PRIVATE DONATIONS, AND NOW YOU PLAY THE "I DON'T SEE ANY PROBLEM" MORONIC LINE? IT'S NOT THAT YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY IT IS A PROBLEM FOR HIM TO BREAK HIS PROMISE: IT IS THAT YOU JUST DON'T CARE WHAT HE DOES. YOU WILL SUPPORT HIM IF HE COMES CLEAN AND SAY 'I'M A MUSLIM, I'M INTERESTED IN GIVING ALL OUR MONEY TO WALL STREET, I WILL NOT CHASE AFTER MY FRIEND OSAMA...'

YOU OBAMABOTS CONDONE HUSSEIN'S USE OF THE SECRET SERVICE TO GO AFTER PEOPLE WHO EXPRESS DISSENTING VIEWS ABOUT YOUR MESSIAH.


YOU WILL BE GERMANS: YOU WILL BRING FASCISM WITH A SMILE AND "HOPE" FOR "CHANGE" INTO A POLICE STATE.

NOT ON MY WATCH. JUST TO TRY TO PREVENT HUSSEIN FROM REACHING POWER, I WILL VOTE FOR MCCAIN.

MCCAIN NEVER CALLS THE SECRET SERVICE ON US.


Posted by: coqui44 | October 13, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I am glad someone is able to make money in this economy! I would not want anyone but Obama making it. That way, come January, he can begin the overwhelming task of turning this country around for the better. I am also hoping that all of the republicans up for election in Congress lose their seats. As an independent, I have HAD ENOUGH!

Posted by: epitomized | October 13, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

If Obama raises a record amount in September it will be a clear statement from the average American who donates on his web site.

That statement is about the greed of the GOP years that has caused so many problems that we have to endure today. It's been a time of government of the rich, by the rich and for the rich.

People in the middle class (and lower) understand this. They can't make the large donations the rich can, but their numbers are greater and the $5 to $25 donations add up.

If Obama does win then we will see the amazing situation of small donations overriding the GOP's big money.

I guess you can call that an America you can believe in.

Posted by: KHMJr | October 13, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey thanks for the insults, there, KMichaels.

I will donate $20 to Obama in your honor.

Posted by: BudG024 | October 13, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Sir, would that be the hate rally where that idiot held up a toy monkey he named "Obama," or the one where they threatened to beat up an innocent minimum wage AA who was setting up the stage, or the one where they called Obama XXXXXX? It's so hard to keep track of all the hate and macaca moments. Sorry...
_____
"On the contrary Obamacrats, every scandal that comes out about his associations making people take notice of who he really is.
Take for example, HUGE rally today in Virginia for McCain/Palin...would you know about it? NO, it's buried in the Metro section.
Character does matter, and that will prevail on Nov 4th.


Go McCain/Palin 08
True Americans

Posted by: blevins20061"

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 13, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

TO TEXAN 2007
BARACK OBAMA DID TELL YOU HE DOESN'T LIKE HIS MOTHER RACE?
GO TO LEARN TO PAINT, MAYBE THAT COULD HELP YOU HAVE BETTER IDEA;BY THE WAY YOU ARE LIVING YOUR ENTIRE LIFE YOU NEVER LIE NOT ONE MOMENT...HUM HUM!!!

Posted by: fu_buki | October 13, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Here's how I know that neither side of this argument has any brains- you are either supporting Obama or McCain, while spouting-off about change. Neither candidate reresents change! WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE THINKING? Or, more to the point- WHY aren't you thinking?

McCain scares the hell out of me. Palin, probably even more so. There will be absolutely no change here.

Obabma? Give me a freakin' break! Talk about a guy who is bought-and-paid-for!!! How can you possibly think he will change anything? His owners don't want change, therefore, you will not get the change you so seem to want (and that this country needs). He talks a good game, but he has no power due to his slave status.

Since we only really have a choice between the two, and the reality is that one of these two clowns will be our next president, I would have to throw my lot in with McCain. Only because Obabma is a dyed-in-thw-wool socialist. America is not a socialist country and I don't appreciate a bunch of uneducated morons trying to turn my once-great country into freakin' France. You wanna live in France? You wanna be a socialist? Then move to freakin' France!

The only person running for president who knows what this country is about- and completely understands the CONSTITUTION (remember that quaint little document? Most people have forgotten that it exists- and is supposed to guide our government), is Ron Paul. I'll bet you money right here, right now, neither McCain nor Obabma has ever taken the time to sit down and read the whole constitution and BoR- and that, my friends, should scare the hell out of you. Ron Paul, on the other hand, knows the constitution better than any of our so-called Supreme Court justices. He actually carries a copy and literally every vote he has ever cast in Congress has been based on that vote's constitutionality. There is not one other member of Congress who can make that claim, yet you uneducated masses (who unfortunately think you know what's going on) chose these clowns that we now have to deal with. Thanks, you bunch of idiots; you helped to destroy this once-great country.

Posted by: KevinRhodes | October 13, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Is there any way to determine if Obama is getting campaign contributions from leaders in foreign companies and citizens of foreign companies. With how bad the US economy has been, I would be curious to see his list of donors and find out how many are from foreign countries.

Posted by: InSearchofTruth | October 13, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Idiot Obamite claim: "THE REAL PEOPLE ARE FINANCING "O" CAMPAIGN, NOT FAT CATS"

Remember the old white couple made fun of on SNL? The couple that made billions of dollars off of subprime loans then sold the company to Wachovia?

Yep, they are not only Obama donators but they donated millions to Obama orgs that in turn support Obama.

I guess we will ignore all the fat cats on the Obama team since we want to play make-believe.

Remember how Obama promised just public funding up until the moment he thought he might make more reneging on his promise?

Yes, a guy of change. Changes his views with the wind.

Posted by: KMichaels | October 13, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama has made this a true grassroots election. Lok at the donors, people like me who can only give tiny amounts but are made to feel as appreciated for our $25 donation as for the biggest donations. No wonder he's raising money. He has a message that people can believe in. I am a 60+ white former Hillary supporter.

Posted by: susanr1 | October 13, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

There's a new (and even crazier) version of Sarah Palin's exorcism just out.
Go here: http://tinyurl.com/spookee

Posted by: LisaJM | October 13, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow I cant believe what I am seeing: http://www.OBAMAMCCAINBIDENPALIN.INFO

Posted by: parsonsscott | October 13, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

To show how literraly braindead Obamites are, Howard Stern (whom I really dislike) sent a reporter to Harlem and asked Obamite supporters why they supported Obama. So Howards reporter played a little trick and claimed that McCain policies were actually Obama policies. Such as being pro-life and wanting to stay in Iraq till the war was finished. These wonderfully brilliant and informed Obamites were ok with this policies because Obama was for them.

They even said that since Obama had picked Sarah Palin to be his VP that was fine too. She would do a great job, they said.

These are the type of thoughtless people that are all in favor of Obama.

http://www.breitbart.tv/?p=194983

This is why I laugh when idiot Obamites on this board point out that it is the Republican voters that are not educated.

Posted by: KMichaels | October 13, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

THE REAL PEOPLE ARE FINANCING "O" CAMPAIGN, NOT FAT CATS

The most significant thing about the $100+ million is that, for the most part, it came from small contributors giving 5 or 10 dollars -- Folks who are responding to the message of hope for the US and the World. And this small-donation dynamic has insulated the campaign somewhat from the undue influence of fat-cat contributors like HRC supporter, the House of Rothschild, who despite HRC's alleged "support" of O, decided to bankroll Mac/Palin.

We are all happy some of the funds are being used to bypass the corporate media filter of foolishness and bigoted junk (no questions like "Do you think Rev. Wright loves America as much as you do?" or "Where's your flagpin?") to speak directly to the American people on at least two TV networks for one half hour on October 29.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 13, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

On the contrary Obamacrats, every scandal that comes out about his associations making people take notice of who he really is.
Take for example, HUGE rally today in Virginia for McCain/Palin...would you know about it? NO, it's buried in the Metro section.
Character does matter, and that will prevail on Nov 4th.


Go McCain/Palin 08
True Americans

Posted by: blevins20061 | October 13, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

There's this great irony to media coverage...local TV is far more important than network TV. More people watch it llocl news. And, local buys are obviously more targeted to where the message needs to go.
The same applies to local papers and radio.
As vaunted and self-important the national press is, a very small percentage of people in swing states even read major newspapers, or watch network news.
The AP is the strongest national influence locally.
The Obama people know this the same way they knew organizing caucuses was the way to run up the delegate count that chooses the nominee.
Most newsmedia knows it, too, it's just a story they don't like to report very much, excepting this morning's excellent Post article comparing the number and style of campaign appearances the candidates and their lead surrogates have made.

Posted by: jmf3210 | October 13, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

There's this great irony to media coverage...local TV is far more important than network TV. More people watch it llocl news. And, local buys are obviously more targeted to where the message needs to go.
The same applies to local papers and radio.
As vaunted and self-important the national press is, a very small percentage of people in swing states even read major newspapers, or watch network news.
The AP is the strongest national influence locally.
The Obama people know this the same way they knew organizing caucuses was the way to run up the delegate count that chooses the nominee.
Most newsmedia knows it, too, it's just a story they don't like to report very much, excepting this morning's excellent Post article comparing the number and style of campaign appearances the candidates and their lead surrogates have made.

Posted by: jmf3210 | October 13, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I have yet to read a comment by McCain supporter that makes me want to read up on McCain's policies.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 13, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is an enemy combatant and McCain played right into her and Stoll's scheme to take over our government. Read here: http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2008/10/10/palin_chryson/

Palin is the true terrorist here and we must do everything in our power as a country to stop her since McCain is too senile to know better.

Palin is dangerous to our country. McCain is too gone to know it.

Save the United States from the terrorist Palin.

OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

Posted by: Russell4America | October 13, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Obama is PAYING me to vote for him.

See if he is paying you too:

http://money.cnn.com/2008/06/11/news/economy/candidates_taxproposals_tpc/index.htm

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 13, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

... about Senator Obama's being born inKeny: I'll only believe it when I hear it from Sen. McCain and/or Sarah Palin. Lol
About the fundraising issue: I don't know why this is up for discussion anyway. People give for the cause they believe in.
In my opinion, though, the money would have been spent more wisely in increased efforts to check voting machines and -officials in the swing states.

Posted by: raggedy | October 13, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA BIDEN 08!!!


NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | October 13, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Shiver me timbers!

If any man gives money to Obama, I'll punch him back to spinachio!

John "Popeye" McCain

Posted by: McCainIsPopeye | October 13, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

McClatchy does its due diligence yet again, and slams down the last-gasp attempt of conservative mouth-breathers to save this election by blaming the financial meltdown on poor people.

.
"As the economy worsens and Election Day approaches, a conservative campaign that blames the global financial crisis on a government push to make housing more affordable to lower-class Americans has taken off on talk radio and e-mail...."

"Federal housing data reveal that the charges aren't true, and that the private sector, not the government or government-backed companies, was behind the soaring subprime lending at the core of the crisis."

"Subprime lending offered high-cost loans to the weakest borrowers during the housing boom that lasted from 2001 to 2007. Subprime lending was at its height from 2004 to 2006."

Federal Reserve Board data show that:

* More than 84 percent of the subprime mortgages in 2006 were issued by private lending institutions.

* Private firms made nearly 83 percent of the subprime loans to low- and moderate-income borrowers that year.

* Only one of the top 25 subprime lenders in 2006 was directly subject to the housing law that's being lambasted by conservative critics.

"The "turmoil in financial markets clearly was triggered by a dramatic weakening of underwriting standards for U.S. subprime mortgages, beginning in late 2004 and extending into 2007," the President's Working Group on Financial Markets reported Friday."


Here's some more mavericky straight-talk, my friends:
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http://www.mcclatchydc.com/251/story/53802.html
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It wasn't ACORN helping minorities get affordable homeloans. It wasn't Jimmy Carter's fault for signing the Community Redevelopment Act in 1977.
.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 13, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

"The idea that all that money,or most of it, comes from the people's 20 bucks sacrifice is laughable.

When Hussein renegaded to yet another of his many promises, not to take private money, this is what he had in mind.

McCain is naive. He doesn't know how low Hussein can go. MCCain is abiding to his promise. Hussein is getting money from those who drafted the bailout ransom note.

Money buys power, duh, we all know that.

How much power do you expect your lousy 20 bucks is going to buy?"

I sent $30, so 50% more power then the $20 from most people.

Let me show you something with math.

$20 per donator
5,000,000 donators
= $100,000,000

Isn't math fun?

BTW, Obama never said he would opt in to public financing, he said he would talk about it with the GOP candidate, and since McCain didn't answer the call, he opted out.

I don't understand why it is a problem that Obama saved American tax payers 90 million dollars. Shouldn't you be happy? I guess if you like McCain, then you must like paying taxes so that the elite can waste in on bridges to nowhere, wars to nowhere, and drilling to nowhere.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 13, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the patent ignorance and illiteracy of Sarah Palin drove me, and hundreds of others that I know, to go out to barackobama.com and start donating money.

The risk that our great nation could be ruled by such an imbecile was just too scary, dontcha know (wink wink goes the barfly).

Posted by: McCainIsPopeye | October 13, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

'Texan' is another lying troll.

If we want to talk about associations, let's talk about the folks who launched Sarah palin's career:

here's one of sarah's two main mentors. she is the dangerous radical--the more you know the worse it gets:

'Though Chryson belongs to a fringe political party, one that advocates the secession of Alaska from the Union, and that organizes with other like-minded secessionist movements from Canada to the Deep South, he is not without peculiar influence in state politics, especially the rise of Sarah Palin. An obscure figure outside of Alaska, Chryson has been a political fixture in the hometown of the Republican vice-presidential nominee for over a decade. During the 1990s, when Chryson directed the AIP, he and another radical right-winger, Steve Stoll, played a quiet but pivotal role in electing Palin as mayor of Wasilla and shaping her political agenda afterward. Both Stoll and Chryson not only contributed to Palin's campaign financially, they played major behind-the-scenes roles in the Palin camp before, during and after her victory.

Palin backed Chryson as he successfully advanced a host of anti-tax, pro-gun initiatives, including one that altered the state Constitution's language to better facilitate the formation of anti-government militias. She joined in their vendetta against several local officials they disliked, and listened to their advice about hiring. She attempted to name Stoll, a John Birch Society activist known in the Mat-Su Valley as "Black Helicopter Steve," to an empty Wasilla City Council seat. "Every time I showed up her door was open," said Chryson. "And that policy continued when she became governor."

and here's the oher one: Joe Vogler. Notice who he was funded by:

"Hickel's subsequent failure as governor to press for a vote on Alaskan independence rankled Old Joe Vogler. With sponsorship from the Islamic Republic of Iran, Vogler was scheduled to present his case for Alaskan secession before the United Nations General Assembly in the late spring of 1993. But before he could, Old Joe's long, strange political career ended tragically that May when he was murdered by a fellow secessionist."

Posted by: drindl | October 13, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

me like macaine him funny picked a playboy bunny to be his vp and his wife eats medicine cabinets whole. what a maverick, my ffff friends.

Posted by: DaveMiner | October 13, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama is getting all this money because, if we ONLY learned ONE thing from Karl Rove, it is that; money, and only money, wins elections.

Ideas are irrelevant as are programs, domestic policies and everything else.

All you have to do is raise money, win the election, then you can do whatever you want: trash the constitution, suspend habeas corpus, start wars - just WHATEVER YOU WANT.

All you need is more money than the other guy.

Thanks Karl!

Posted by: McCainIsPopeye | October 13, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Texan2007.. It came from ppl like myself who have never even had a remote interest in giving to any political cause until Bush was elected for 2 terms and a possibility of allowing Republicans to have another chance frightened me.

Posted by: worriedinohio | October 13, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I made a nice video for Barack obama titled "Don't be fooled again".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X2kjgdF1Xk

Please share it and contribute for Obama-Biden 2008.

Thanks

Posted by: wembakoy | October 13, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Audate,
Give me a break.
Obama has stated he "does NOT like his Mother's race."
That IS the problem.

Posted by: Texan2007 | October 13, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

'Put down that Koolaid' -- yeah I agree some of the mccain posters must be paid for it. They spend the whole day here! And they have the day's party talking points down very well.

Of course, they could also be mental patients who listen to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity compulsively, who have access to a computer in the day room....

Posted by: drindl | October 13, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

WHERE did it come from?
With the endorsements of our enemies, it would not be surprising to find they are sending money to Obama. And he would take it.
A nonpartisan election committee needs to immediately investigate where these funds are coming from..it is not small donors. Obama has lied so much you can not trust one word he says.
Today he actually had the gall to say one day his daughter might be President.. This coming from the man that STOLE the election from a woman!
NO Obama. He is a crook.

Posted by: Texan2007 | October 13, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

All the folks who are saying they could not vote for Obama a black candidate are dismissing themselves, there is no denying who his mother is, she is white. These voters need to examine themselves. He is one of you and one of us. Our son, Americas favorite son.

Give me a break!

Posted by: Audate | October 13, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA/BIDEN 08-12!!
I am concerned of the bradly affect that I have been hearing of recently and I do pray that ppl are being honest & will not change there minds once at the polls. I am a 30 yr old married working mother and I am very fortunate that my husband and I are able to make are bills and still have a little extra each month, however I am also happy that as a very young child I was taught that money is the root of all evil and it makes no difference to anything that really matters in this world.. I think that McCain & Palin and most of the RNC were never taught that lesson. Actually to be fair most in Washington have not been taught that lesson. It is def time for change!!

Posted by: worriedinohio | October 13, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Conspiracy theories about the election being stolen, or about Obama being a Marxist/terrorist, do McCain and the GOP cause a disservice.

ACORN may be a creepy-sounding acronym if you tend to believe stories about aliens, but even if they over-registered a MILLION dead people (not 2100), it would not result in Obama's 7% lead in all national tracking polls of real Americans... especially since dead people can't be polled.

Let's hope McCain "reboots" to run a respectful and rational campaign, otherwise he is destined to lose by 10% plus as the tinfoil-and-rayguns crowd takes over the remains of the GOP.

Posted by: frededias | October 13, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

just a thought...

Anyone who voted fro George W. Bush more than once should be disqualified from expressing any kind of political opinion fro at least ten years. Really, what were you thinking?

Posted by: levbronstein | October 13, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

One poster,KMichaels or something, keeps posting over and over that Obama "admitted being a member of a socialist party" and some of you are taking it seriously, asking for proof - there is no proof because KMichaels is paid by the McCain campaign to spread disinformation. He simply made it up and put it out there.

Posted by: Speaktruth | October 13, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

"Astonishing, some of the comments here. I just urge everyone to consider, it's possible that the comments you post here could be accessible for a very long time."

The Bush/McCain/Palin lickspittles have painted themselves into a corner. They already look stupid, perhaps borderline delusional, and definitely mean, to their relatives and coworkers. But the 23%ers have decided to double down again and again on behalf of their authoritarian leaders. To this day I meet people who think that Nixon did nothing wrong, and believe that we actually won (or could have won) the Vietnam war. They simply don't have the intellectual courage to extract themselves from that embarrassing corner they've painted themselves into. They are truly pathetic.

Posted by: PutDownTheKoolaid | October 13, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

"I regret that I have not done or said more in support of Mr. Obama's campaign - yet.

Posted by: eyeswideopen2 | October 13, 2008 2:15 PM"

go to www.mybarackobama.com

There are plenty of ways for you to help besides simply donating money.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 13, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand how people still talk about Ayers. He was active 40 years ago. The AIP, of whom Sarah Palin was a member, is more than active TODAY. She is their puppet in the governor's office now as she will be in the White House, if McCain gets elected.
Sarah Palin is an embarrassment for America: she doesn't read newspapers, she has only heard about one Supreme Court ruling in her long life, and she has already abused whatever power she's got.
I would love to see more women in high political offices -- but please not women like her! Aren't there enough qualified women available?

Posted by: raggedy | October 13, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

If you're John McCain, you know you've lost your Man of the People image when Newsweek begins a story:


"When you have seven homes, that's a lot of garages to fill. After the fuss over the number of residences owned by the two presidential nominees, NEWSWEEK looked into the candidates' cars. And based on public vehicle-registration records, here's the score. John and Cindy McCain: 13. Barack and Michelle Obama: one."
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http://www.newsweek.com/id/160091
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Not to mention when it closes by noting that the car your wife Cindy actually drives isn't even registered in her name, but in that of her massive beer distributorship.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxT0s_I5WtA
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 13, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

"October will be an interesting month.

Posted by: dragonfly777 | October 13, 2008 2:12 PM"

Dude, the month is half over.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 13, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

"Someone on here wondered a while back whether there were paid McCain posters, because of the repeated posts spewing totally false and bogus claims about Obama. I had to laugh at their uncertainty. OF COURSE there are! No one but a paid McCain dis-information agent would even think of posting such drivel. What's next, a claim that Obama is from Mars, sent here to ease the way for a Martian invasion???
Posted by: Speaktruth"

How right you are. I've been saying this for awhile now, although I think we can divide these trolls into two classes: paid professional trolls, and unpaid volunteer foot soldiers, who get their talking points of the day handed to them by someone.

Posted by: PutDownTheKoolaid | October 13, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Astonishing, some of the comments here. I just urge everyone to consider, it's possible that the comments you post here could be accessible for a very long time. It's a little frightening to think, like pottery shards at an archeological dig, future historians might be sifting through these comments to glean some impression of previous cultures. What will they think of the bile and thoughtlessness some of us post to these comments sections?

Just for the record, I sent a little money to the Obama campaign (my wife and I are saving for our first house, which the bubble has made difficult to attain for people who are just now shopping for a home). I regret that I have not done or said more in support of Mr. Obama's campaign - yet.

Posted by: eyeswideopen2 | October 13, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Dear God. Those stupid Dems spending more money and running up the national debt! They must be looking at Obama tax cuts which really turn out to take 40 cents on the dollar away from every American and puts it into welfare programs. The Wall Street Journal did a nice unbiased assessment on Obama's tax cuts which really take a LOT more from the people...LOL! Boy are the people stupid. 1=1 does not equal 3. In the end if they choose the Black Liberation Theologist ,Marxist, Socialist Obama they can just shut up their whining. I will be here everyday to remind them they chose the Stalin, Fidel Castro and Putin economy practices. It was ACORN and lawyers like Obama that sued banks and for not loaning money to high risk, low income people since 1995 that caused Freddie/Fannie to guarantee those loans while lying on their balance sheets and that is what put us in the housing crisis. Yes, America the grassroots housing crisis started right here in Chicago with Obama at the center of it all. By the way, why hasn't he turned over his Birth Certificate, Medical Records and school record over to the Federal Judge? McCain has turned over all his records. Where is Obama's? Why is he trying to get that law suit to produce those records dismissed? Only someone with something to hide would not have turned them over by now.
What will the people think when they find out he was born in Kenya, not the US? What do you think those people will think of all the people that supported him in his fake bid for the White House? The truth will come out and he will be a pox on the Democratic Party will be branded liars forever. His own grandmother said was present when his mother gave birth in Kenya.
October will be an interesting month.

Posted by: dragonfly777 | October 13, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

wow, I can't believe someone called people like me a "loser" and "uneducated" just because I support Obama. Last time I checked the term "loser" was sooo over in the 90s. And "uneducated"? I go to college, heck I'm even in a conservative state (South Dakota), some people are just sore about Obama winning so much, even in North Carolina. Heck, Obama and McCain are close in Georgia of all places. This is looking like a landslide.
www.fivethirtyeight.com

Posted by: reppster | October 13, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a manager.

Obama is a leader.

A manager can make you do something.

A leader can make you WANT to do something.


+++++++++++++

...ergo, vote for McCain. He will get you to achieve something concrete, instead of keeping you busy daydreaming about "wanting" but not being able to get it...

You are so lame.

Posted by: coqui44 | October 13, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

The trolls on the Washington Post blogs are always good for a laugh. Cryos, USA3 and KMichaels: I enjoy the fact that you post the same vapid thoughts over and over again. Keep arming yourself with those Fox News/National Review soundbites - the polls of the last few weeks show that for once voters aren't getting bogged down in silly, baseless character attacks and phony culture war battles. McCain is running an erratic, incoherent campaign and will lose because of it. He has no clear message and the Republican party is on the wrong side of public opinion on every key economic issue. By the way, Obama is receiving these massive donatations in small amounts, from ordinary voters who want to reassert their voice in politics. It's campaign finance by the people, rather than by large donors and special interests.

Posted by: papercage | October 13, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Someone on here wondered a while back whether there were paid McCain posters, because of the repeated posts spewing totally false and bogus claims about Obama. I had to laugh at their uncertainty. OF COURSE there are! No one but a paid McCain dis-information agent would even think of posting such drivel. What's next, a claim that Obama is from Mars, sent here to ease the way for a Martian invasion???

Posted by: Speaktruth | October 13, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: nnia | October 13, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

For all the confused conservatives out there who are upset with their leaders, we liberals understand. We would be upset also. But you would do better to call your leaders to account rather than try to smear us. Your G. W. Bush ran as a "compassionate conservative" ..whatever that means. But his actions show that he flip flops from neoconservatism in conducting wars to some type of socialism in nationalizing the country's banking system. When he tried to foist off Harriet Miers as a Supreme Court Justice, he pushed you too far. Well, I have news for you. If you will look at McCain's record, you will find him very much the same. Actually, McCain is running on his military record, and that does not compare very well with the military record of John Kerry. I do not understand how McCain snookered you folks for the nomination of President and....Vice President. You do have a lot of reasons to be unhappy.

Posted by: Thependulumswings | October 13, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

sanjay08544 asks
"Isn't the RNC donations unlimited, and McCain is working with the RNC, so there is really no limit for McCain ???"

Yup. That's why McCain-Palin are still fundraising. They are asking big-money donors to max out to state political parties and the RNC, oftentimes via checks for tens of thousands of dollars at a pop.

The nearly half a billion dollars that Obama has likely raised, in conjunction with the only loosely limited fundraising via committee (as the Repubs are doing) points to the complete and utter failure of McCain-Feingold as an effective way to get money out of politics.

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 13, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

"So is factcheck.org merely incompetent. EVERYTHING Palin or McCain says that is questionable is on there including from their debate yet Biden gets a pass on most everything. What other conclusion is there? Please enlighten me."

Are you dumb enough to believe that the stars blink out of existence once the sun rises? Of course not - you just can't see them.

Think of Biden's misstatements as the stars, and Palin's dopey whoppers as the sun.

Sit down, go to YouTube, and watch the Gibson/Couric interviews. If you think that anything Biden has done this cycle is even close to what that ninny Palin has been shooting her mouth off over, there is very little hope in enlightening you.

Posted by: bondjedi | October 13, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

The idea that all that money,or most of it, comes from the people's 20 bucks sacrifice is laughable.

When Hussein renegaded to yet another of his many promises, not to take private money, this is what he had in mind.

McCain is naive. He doesn't know how low Hussein can go. MCCain is abiding to his promise. Hussein is getting money from those who drafted the bailout ransom note.

Money buys power, duh, we all know that.

How much power do you expect your lousy 20 bucks is going to buy?

Posted by: coqui44 | October 13, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a manager.

Obama is a leader.

A manager can make you do something.

A leader can make you WANT to do something.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 13, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Its Early voting time...

Obama Biden 08

Posted by: grandstreetfund | October 13, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Thank you.

Posted by: nnia | October 13, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

"If we let the "Million Dollar Man" in the White House we have told the rest of America the one with the most money wins."

Are you saying that Steve Forbes or Donald Trump would be formidable candidates?

It's not about how much money you have. It's about how much money you can get people to donate. If you can get millions of people to donate money, you can get millions of people to vote for you.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 13, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

KMichaels,

Hello buddy! I see you are still voting for the losing team! Maybe you should jump on the bandwagon and realize how wrong you have been.

McCain has no plan to fix the economy, in fact his plan is to deregulate the healthcare system so that if fails as horrible as the economy.

McCain also knows that people do not like his policies, why else would he just simply smear Obama with stuff that no one cares about?

I am glad that you are happy with all the failed plans McCain had.

I mean read to these great plans!

Gas tax holiday! (Will save you $20, but the road/bridge funds would lose out billions)

Drilling Offshore! (Will give the oil companies some more profit, but Americans will see no change for 10 years, AND the change will only be 5-10 cents off the gallon)

Tax plan! (Keep giving tax breaks to corporations that outsource american labor, purchase parts from other countries, make rediculous profit of gas while Americans struggle at the pumps, allows for loopholes that let big corporations pay no taxes while small corporations pay the most)

Wars! (Wants to bomb Iran and russia, but has no idea how he will pay for the war we are already in, I guess he wants to charge it to the China Visa, maybe his plan is to charge a whole lot to China, and then bomb them too!)

Healthcare!(His healthcare plan will force 20 million employees to lose employer paid health insurance and not be able to afford private insurance, his $2500 tax credit will go a long way to paying for the $14000 a year of health insurance, more people will have no insurance then today, resulting in more emergency room visits and skimping on the bill so that the rest of us can pay for it.

Morgage crisis!(He wants to pay the banks the full price, even though they are at fault for given out risky loans, AND he wants to pay the people with bad loans, even though alot of them should have known better, WHAT A MAVERICK! Nobody likes this plan but him, it will reward the banks and the people who took the loans, and WE THE TAX PAYERS will get the 300 billion dollar check.)

No Thanks KMicheals,
You candidate is not for me, and apparently not for 95% of America.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 13, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

How mad are the American Voters at the Republicans? How furious are they that their country is in serious peril as a result of failed Republican policies and failed Republican ideology?

Hundreds of Millions of dollars mad. Just wait until you see what happens on November 4th. American voters are going to change the world!

01/20/09. End of an Error!!

Posted by: thebobbob | October 13, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Money talks. Obama showed cajones and forsight when he decided to forgo public financing. He will win because he is demonstrating superb leadership and communication skills. As a Colorado independent voter and small business owner, I am deeply concerned about the economy. As of now my vote is for Obama, primarily because I believe his policies and leadership to enact them are what is right for the times.

Posted by: truthseeker13 | October 13, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

This is more than enough to swamp the airwaves in every competitive red state out there.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | October 13, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I have no idea if Obama was part of an official socialist party (the internet is full of lies, I haven't bothered to check this one), but to be honest that doesn't bother me at all. Hybrid capitalist/socialist nations seem to be doing pretty well nowadays, and from the looks of things America needs a little larger government just to fix the mess Republicans caused.

What does concern me is that for years Sarah Palin was a card-carrying member of a group that wanted to secede from the United States. I'm not sure you can get less American than that. The few opinions she has are more frightening than the gaping void between her ears; frightening enough to make even my father, a self proclaimed moderate conservative and past Republican donor, state without a doubt he will vote Obama. Future generations will look back on the deep base-pick of Sarah Palin and discuss how it doomed the McCain campaign.

Posted by: Laughing | October 13, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Please America....Use your common sense....If we let the "Million Dollar Man" in the White House we have told the rest of America the one with the most money wins...Please do not let ANY media pick your candidate....GET SMART....I could care less if Obama was purple...I would be honored to help make history and vote for the first black president if I agreed with his economic plan....IT IS WELFARE NO MATTER HOW YOU LOOK AT IT!!!!!....Those of us who work will continue to work and those that don't will NEVER have to work because OBAMA THE GREAT is going to take care of them!!!!....Heaven can only help us no matter who your God is if Obama makes it to the White House....Do not let the money which OBAMA THE GREAT refuses to release where it came from put him in the White House....IS HE HIDING SOMETHING!!!....If you are willing to take a chance vote for Obama and do not complain after you are in the welfare line with the rest of his "followers!!!"

Posted by: wilmaswan | October 13, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

""$100 million buys a lot more than ads, people. They buy the resources to allow people like me who want to help, but don't know anything about the nitty gritty political process to get involved, whether its through paid staffers or through an intricate internet system."

I admit I do agree with the meat of this post though. Obama has mobilized the ignorant and useless who otherwise can barely figure out how to work on a production line, pay bills, cook meals, and all the other basic things of life. He'll make sure they all live middle class and that hard work and education mean nothing.

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

KMichaels===I don't know where you got that piece of crap, but I do know that Palin appeared at an AIP rally and spoke there and her husband is a member. Talk about un-American. And what could be more un-American than McCain and Palin talking like they are recruiting members for a new American Nazi Party.

Posted by: majorteddy | October 13, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

"$100 million buys a lot more than ads, people. They buy the resources to allow people like me who want to help, but don't know anything about the nitty gritty political process to get involved, whether its through paid staffers or through an intricate internet system."

Lol DDawd. You just showed your true colors. People are supposed to believe your politics yet you state you are incompetent enough you can't even figure out on your own how to contribute to a campaign. Posterchild Obama supporter.

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Add me to the ranks of the commenters here who never donated to a political campaign until this one. Every smear McPalin slings, barackobama.com gets its wings.

Posted by: why1201 | October 13, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

'It is painfully obvious how braindead and thoughtless the Obamite crowd is.'

No, what is painfully obvious is how braindead K. Michaels and cyros are. And how dead as a doornail is the far far right wing 'conservative movement' which as failed utterly and completely, having been shown to be nothing but lies and delusions.

Posted by: drindl | October 13, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

***I wouldn't care if he was caught in a 3-way with Satan and Larry Craig in a Detroit Airport public restroom, I am supporting Barrack Obama...
+++++++++++

This is the kind of comment that leaves anyone with even a drop of intelligence flabbergasted.

If you see Hussein with Satan...

And then you get angry when people call you Obamabots, mind-controlled, cultist...

What would then be the difference between him and, lets say, Kerry,Howard Dean, Dukakis...

You will vote for him EVEN IF PROVEN THAT HE HAS TIES TO OSAMA!!

He is using the SECRET SERVICE to attack freedom of speech.

We can't let feeble minds like yours take care and protect this country.

HUSSEIN MUST BE STOPPED.


OBAMA/REZKO/AYERS/WALL STREET '08

Posted by: coqui44 | October 13, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama didn't want to participate in the campaign finance reforms that were put forward in recent years. I think that's the gist of the article without really stating it directly.

Posted by: tmm4264 | October 13, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

"So what's the running list of things that are supposedly left wing now?"

DDAWD in your infinite wisdom then please explain how factcheck.org only mentions 1 of the major gaffes made by Biden? Oh that's right you can't BECAUSE ITS TRUE.

So is factcheck.org merely incompetent. EVERYTHING Palin or McCain says that is questionable is on there including from their debate yet Biden gets a pass on most everything. What other conclusion is there? Please enlighten me.

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

K. Michaels -- try to stop frothing and snapping and foaming, huh? Also lying and spreading lies and propaganda.

Here's a nice shot of your boy McCain at an ACORN meeting, where he was the headliner:

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1008/Acorn_pushes_back_hugs_McCain.html#comments


Posted by: drindl | October 13, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I have been giving Obama a small donation each month since he got the nomination.

Obama is the steady leadership this country needs to lead us out of the current morass.

Posted by: fletc3her | October 13, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

"Yeah. Its too bad the sites like factcheck.org are completely worthless now as they only point out 1 of Biden's many gaffes from the last debate. They might as well change the site to "leftwingtoolcheck.org" now."

So what's the running list of things that are supposedly left wing now?

Journalists
Columnists
Cable News
Hollywood
Talk radio
Wikipedia
Youtube
Book reviewers
The Supreme Court
factcheck.org
The Internet
Gerbils
Apple pie
Men
Women
Hermaphrodites
Young people
Old people
Jews
Muslims
Catholics
Negros
Mexicans
Chinese
Indians
Russians
Electricity
Rapists
Terrorists

Am I missing anything?

Posted by: DDAWD | October 13, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

It is painfully obvious how braindead and thoughtless the Obamite crowd is.

When they learned that Obama was officially a member of the SOCIALIST NEW PARTY in 1996 they just blow it off and say they dont care.

Hey, this is America people. We do care. We dont want nor need a card carrying member of a SOCIALIST party as president.

And if Obama was proud of his Socialist membership, hell, just admit it.

But no, Obama is counting on his idiot minions to back him up regardless of what he does.

Posted by: KMichaels | October 13, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Vote Obama if you're a groveling bottom feeder "looking for hope" cause you're an uneducated loser working a dead end job. I mean come on you don't contribute anything useful to an economy but you're a living breathing human being so you deserve the best of everything.

The "me" generation is showing. The value of education and hard work is going out the window. Too bad the people don't realize the more they suck out of the economy the more the economy will go down and down and the less motivated people will be leading to the decline of the US. Oh well the majority of people I don't credit with having the mental capacity to see what is required for a successful modern society.

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

What a bad choice of picture for this article

subconscious prejudice anyone ?

Posted by: giab | October 13, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

The worse McCain and Palin have become (and they have really hit the skids in the last 10 days), the more money I give to Obama. The Republicans' behavior has been despicable. Every time they raise bogus subjects or jump the shark on their "terrorist" accusions, I write another small check to Obama and send it off. Republicans like that party leader in Virginia who invoked Bin Laden should wake up and realize the damage they're doing to their party.

Posted by: McGee2 | October 13, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Stop lying, KMichaels. Post a llink and prove it or just STFU.

Why should we bleieve it? Because you say so?

Posted by: drindl | October 13, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

People want to believe in something again rather than live in fear.

Even with money being tight, so many have given 10s and 20s that it's truly astounding. Yes we can!

Posted by: amaikovich | October 13, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Isn't the RNC donations unlimited, and McCain is working with the RNC, so there is really no limit for McCain ???

Posted by: sanjay08544 | October 13, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Some idiot leftist Obamite says on this board that he does not care that Obama is on record as being a member of the Socialist party NEW PARTY in 1996.

Well, dimwits, I dont care if you care. However, lots of US voters do care.

They care about the direction of the United States of America.

Evidence of Obama's SOCIALIST marxist slant is becoming very very clear.

His current lying about being a centrist is belied by Obamas actual history. And now we have him being listed as a member of the SOCIALIST NEW PARTY party in Chicago.

Enough is enough. Changing the USA to Socialist USA is not a good thing.

Posted by: KMichaels | October 13, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

This is the people voting with their money. Two of my friends and I gave $100 each recently to Mr. Obama's campaign, and we have never donated to anyone's campaign before.

I expect many people must have done the same thing. Mr. Obama will represent us, not the lobbyists or corporations...well not as much:)

I trust him, and I think we need someone who has gone from food stamps to Harvard. That is a good lesson for us all to see.

Posted by: rocketman528 | October 13, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Obama has been incredibly shrewd and tactical with his advertising dollars. For the life of me, I can’t understand why McCain has been keeping his ‘powder dry’ for so long. Early and absentee voting is taking place now and Team Obama has put themselves front and center during this critical voting time.

Posted by: impeachtheonedotcom | October 13, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

List of democrats and leftist MSM playing the race card is growing minute by minute.

If Obama did not want to be playing the race card, why does he not tell his surrogates to stop playing the race card?

When we see white mormon DEM Harry Reid playing the race card on behalf of Obama then we know how wide spread it is.

More and more of the Black Caucus is playing the race card.

More and more MSM playing the race card.

Clearly, the Obama crowd is desperate to steal as many votes as they can.

They will lie, cheat, steal, become violent, steal political posters, and of course ACORN voter fraud in 12 different states.

And now it comes out that Obama is listed as a member of the Socialist New Party party in 1996 in Chicago.

Does it matter that Obama is literally a card carrying socialist?

Does it matter that Obama gave millions to ACORN and ACORN is a known voter fraud org and has been for years?

Does it matter that Obama said just yesterday that his goal was to "REDISTRIBUTE THE WEALTH" when a plumber complained that Obama was going to be raising his taxes?

Surely, the real Obama is not a natural choice to lead a free America.

Posted by: KMichaels | October 13, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

RE:Obama connected to Ayers.
Obama connected to ACORN.
Obama-Ayers gave one million plus money to ACORN.
ACORN connected to "New Party"
Obama connected to socialist party New Party
Obama listed as a member of NEW PARTY.
ACORN caught in VOTER FRAUD in 12 different states.
Obama campaign gave a new 800,000 to ACORN.

Hey, they are just people in his neighborhood.


***I wouldn't care if he was caught in a 3-way with Satan and Larry Craig in a Detroit Airport public restroom, I am supporting Barrack Obama because I think he can run the country far, far, better that anything the republicians could possibly hope to offer.

Posted by: bproulx45 | October 13, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

"this is the first time in my 60+ years that I've ever contributed either time or money to a presidential campaign, and this year I've done both. I would give more of each if I could just to put Barack Obama in the White House. the United States needs him."

Same with me (although I've only been around for 20+ years)

The money is nice, but giving the time is really rewarding. Knocking on doors and seeing eyes light up when you bring up Obama. People really open up and share their stories. It can be almost heartbreaking. I've heard so much about people losing jobs, worrying about homes or healthcare. You hear that kind of rhetoric all the time and you hear the stats, but there's nothing like hearing a story from someone to push you to go and make another phone call.

I'm really grateful to Obama and his campaign for making it so easy to just call people in Ohio and Florida from home and get people to go and vote early.

$100 million buys a lot more than ads, people. They buy the resources to allow people like me who want to help, but don't know anything about the nitty gritty political process to get involved, whether its through paid staffers or through an intricate internet system.

McCain used all his money on attack ads. Obama spent his money on an unprecedented volunteer effort. To me, its not even close as to which is a better investment on the dollar.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 13, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"The amounts of cash Obama has been able to raise is simply astounding (Clinton, too, was raking in high figures by the end of her run, once her fundraising machine really got going). We really won't know the full effect of this sea of money until we get the election results, but the machine it has purchased should be damn impressive."

It numbers in the billions. Obama gets billions of dollars worth of pro-Obama MSM coverage. This election will prove that the media and money can get an unqualified marxist into office. China and Russia's investments into law, media and politics in the US have paid off well.

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

After listening to Ms. Palin at the Republican Convention, I ran to my computer and made a contribution. My husband did too. Given her nastiness this past week, I will most likely contribute to Obama again.

She's a cross between Jerry Springer and Idi Amin - riling up the crowds with ignorant and hateful rhetoric. Not too mention that as Gov of Alaska, she has ethically abused her power (haven't we had enough of that with Cheney?). I never thought this country could sink so low - she sets us back, way, way back.

Posted by: sgarney | October 13, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Reneging on his earlier promise, Barack Obama announced that he wouldn't accept public funds for his campaign, removing the cap on how much money he can raise and spend.

Posted by: tmm4264 | October 13, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

> Face it, she's Dan Quayle in a skirt.
I think this is unfair to Dan Quayle, a 6-term congressman when we was nominated as VP.
Posted by: careysub | October 13, 2008 1:14 PM

Ken doll also gave a press conference the day after his selection. Barbie hasn't given one after a month and a half. When she withered and whined under the cold, predatory gaze of Katie Couric you really have to wonder how she stared down Vlad Putin over the Bering Straits all these years.

Posted by: light_bearer | October 13, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

So, the connection to Obama and socialist movements gets deeper and deeper.

So, Obama is friends with ACORN. ACORN is friends with Socialist Party "New Party" and as it turns out, Obama is listed as a member of "New Party" in 1996.

Get that people? Not only does Obama display extreme socialist marxist beliefs.

Not only does Obama pal around with Ayers, terrorist and known marxist.

But Obama is now listed on the rolls of the known, self-declared SOCIALIST party "New Party"

The plan of New Party was to fuse the New Party Socialst goals with known leftists in the Democrat party.

Hmmm, Obama is not a socialist yet the socialist party "New Party" has him listed on their roles.

In fact, it is also shown that Obama publically sought "New Party" support to win his Illinois Senate seat.

Obama connected to Ayers.
Obama connected to ACORN.
Obama-Ayers gave one million plus money to ACORN.
ACORN connected to "New Party"
Obama connected to socialist party New Party
Obama listed as a member of NEW PARTY.
ACORN caught in VOTER FRAUD in 12 different states.
Obama campaign gave a new 800,000 to ACORN.

Hey, they are just people in his neighborhood.


Posted by: KMichaels | October 13, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

"Perhaps done in economically by the failed policies of Bush for the last 8 years?"

You claim other people are misleading and you simplify the problems CONGRESS AND BUSH (through action and inaction; you do know both sides have fillibustered throughout the last 9 years) have caused to that statement? Nice. Oh well some people would rather not think and be told what to think.

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

You know Obama doesn't know what to do with his money when he starts running ads in California. CALIFORNIA. I was watching TV the other night and asked my wife "Was that an Obama ad we just saw??!" We were both speechless.

Posted by: IndependentforObama | October 13, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

HERE IS WHAT WAS THROWN AT OBAMA SINCE DAY ONE OF THIS RACE.
-INEXPERIENCE - DID NOT WORK
-MUSLIM - DID NOT WORK
-UNPATRIOTIC -DID NOT WORK
-TAX RAISER -DID NOT WORK
-BABY KILLER - DID NOT WORK
-SEXIST - DID NOT WORK
-RACIST - DID NOT WORK
-DRUG USER - DID NOT WORK
AND THE LATEST ONE, BUT PROBABLY NOT THE LAST ONE IS "TERRORIST".
HE IS STILL STANDING STRONG AMID ALL THE LIES AND TRICKS FROM McCAIN AND MOSTLY FROM PALIN LATELY, I GUESS SHE IS THEIR ASSASIN.

LET'S JUST KEEP UP 3 MORE WEEKS AND GET HIM ELECTED.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | October 13, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

What a sad, sad day for America, when those who are supposedly "in the know" tell the rest of the country that "Obama's massive fundraising ... justifies the political savvy of the Illinois senator's decision to go back on his previous pledge to accept public financing for the general election."

Promises, shmomises! I guess this must be the new way of doing business for Democrats; the ends justify the means even if it takes lying and reneging on your pledge to the American people.

Obama's huge haul is akin to the corruption and greed we've seen lately on Wall St and Capital Hill- the Democrats like Frank and Dodd and Obama want to keep the status quo just the way it is as long as their pockets are being lined and their donors keep them in the money.

Never mind that he lied about pledging to accept public financing. Nowadays that's what's called "political savvy" in Democrat circles, Putting yourself first and your country second.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | October 13, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

LOOK EVEN IF WE LIKE McCAIN, WE CAN'T VOTE FOR HIM -- we can't afford Sarah Palin.

Remember, not only did the Alaska Joint Committee ( 10 Republicans, 4 Democrats ) hold Sarah Palin guilty of abuse of power, but also her story about the trooper is a bit flaky. She stated that she heard him threaten her family while toting a pistol on his hip. Yet she takes no defensive position herself, nor does she call the police, nor does she get a restraining order. Instead, she goes to a meeting. . . !!!!???

Likewise, Ms. Palin's decision ( much like George Bush ) to repudiate her earlier pledge to cooperate fully with the inquiry does not offer assurance about how she would conduct herself as vice president -- or PRESIDENT. Who amongst us believes that there is even a 40% chance that McCain will survive his term in office.

WHAT WOULD A PALIN PRESIDENCY LOOK LIKE? . . . . . My God, think of the draconian judges she'd appoint to the Supreme Court. Think of how renewable energy would be ignored. Think of the shambles of our foreign policy. Think of this mental lightweight handling our economy!!?? . . . . . . . . . . . . . Now tell me John McCain exercised good judgment choosing Sarah Palin as VP.

We can't risk a Presidency of Sarah Palin.

Posted by: coldcomfort | October 13, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

"Palin is so dumb and Biden is so smart."

Yeah. Its too bad the sites like factcheck.org are completely worthless now as they only point out 1 of Biden's many gaffes from the last debate. They might as well change the site to "leftwingtoolcheck.org" now. At this point I don't really care if Obama becomes president. I make enough money I'll be able to live comfortably meanwhile all the lower income people will become slaves to the government.

Have fun as the wealthy people and businesses leave the country and people continue to pull money out of our markets to avoid high capital gains and estate taxes and you're left having fewer and fewer successful people to suck off of.

Some of Bidens gaffes: Quayle makes one mistake and its remembered but this moron can say anything and not get called on it. Maybe we should review Roosevelt's 1929 tv address.

Will McCain's health care proposals raise taxes? Biden says that McCain’s proposal will cost people money. The Tax Foundation finds that could easily be "roughly deficit-neutral over ten years."

-- Under an Obama Administration the middle class will "pay no more than they did under Ronald Reagan"? No, the tax rates will be similar to the higher rates under Clinton.

-- Did "we spend more money in three weeks on combat in Iraq than we spent on the entirety of the last seven years that we have been in Afghanistan building that country"? No, one year’s worth of spending in Iraq equaled five in Afghanistan.

-- France and the U.S. "kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon"? No, and it wouldn't have made much more sense if he had said "Syria" instead.

-- Is it really “simply not true” that Obama said that he would meet with the leader of countries such as Iran without preconditions? No, Obama said “I would.”

-- Did Obama warn against letting Hamas participate in Palestinian legislative elections in 2005? No.

-- Do “Iraqis have an $80 billion surplus”? No. If oil prices had remained high, it might have reached $50 billion by the end of this year.

-- Finally, an amusing point as evidence that Biden is just one of the people he pointed to, inviting anyone to have a beer with him at "Katie's Restaurant" in Wilmington, Del. Unfortunately, people will have a hard time taking him up on his offer, since the restaurant hasn't had that name for probably 15 years.

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

LOOK EVEN IF WE LIKE McCAIN, WE CAN'T VOTE FOR HIM -- we can't afford Sarah Palin.

Remember, not only did the Alaska Joint Committee ( 10 Republicans, 4 Democrats ) hold Sarah Palin guilty of abuse of power, but also her story about the trooper is a bit flaky. She stated that she heard him threaten her family while toting a pistol on his hip. Yet she takes no defensive position herself, nor does she call the police, nor does she get a restraining order. Instead, she goes to a meeting. . . !!!!???

Likewise, Ms. Palin's decision ( much like George Bush ) to repudiate her earlier pledge to cooperate fully with the inquiry does not offer assurance about how she would conduct herself as vice president -- or PRESIDENT. Who amongst us believes that there is even a 40% chance that McCain will survive his term in office.

WHAT WOULD A PALIN PRESIDENCY LOOK LIKE? . . . . . My God, think of the draconian judges she'd appoint to the Supreme Court. Think of how renewable energy would be ignored. Think of the shambles of our foreign policy. Think of this mental lightweight handling our economy!!?? . . . . . . . . . . . . . Now tell me John McCain exercised good judgment choosing Sarah Palin as VP.

We can't risk a Presidency of Sarah Palin.

Posted by: coldcomfort | October 13, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the meandering posts of USA3 and manolete, looks like this page has a couple of rethug trolls. Probably paid some fee for every misleading post - even if it is the same garbage repeated over and over again. Sympathize somewhat. Perhaps done in economically by the failed policies of Bush for the last 8 years? And still carrying the water for the GOP? Pathetic.

Posted by: pixiedust1 | October 13, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

With what little money the Bush mafia has left to the middle class the surviving real Americans have been determined to make sure that Mr. Obama and the Democrats have the resources to win. They know that they will not be able to withstand four more years of the policies put in place by the monkey and the madman. Ethics abuse is part of both republican candidates and that alone should be reason enough to reject their election but given the "moral majority's" history of selection fraud and dishonest desimation of information the people should demand criminal action to clean up the corruption.

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | October 13, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

What you are neglecting to ad, Mr. Cilizza, is that the GOP does not need nearly as much money as the Democrats.

In 2004, thanks to the swift-boat lie, which was a relatively small cost in ad money, the media repeated the charges ad nauseum. Even after it was debunked, the media narrative made it sound like a he said/she said issue.

The media is doing it again. I am glad Obama has the resources to fight it.

This year's swift boat is William Ayers. Though the story has been debunked, news outlets continue to give it prominent space, as if it is an unanswered question.

To aid in preventing the swift boating of Obama, I have prepared the summaries, and links, of the fully-sourced, DEBUNKED Ayers lie by 2 prominent fact-checking sites (one of them on WaPo).

I encourage others to read it and use it for reference when confronting the ongoing lies about Senator Obama and William Ayers, being perpetuated in the media.

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/10/fact-check-debunks-lie-about-ayers.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | October 13, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

So far I have given a whopping $25.00 to the Obama campaign. There are plenty of people not maxed out. And after some of the comments above I think that number will probably go by $100.00 this month.

It amazes me the people that don't get it. When we hear smears, we donate.

Posted by: grob | October 13, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

"If he does, and takes advantage of the opportunity to show the country that a Democrat can run a responsible, centrist government, he can change the electoral map for the next 40 years."

LOL we'll see. Obama is a run of the mill left wing socialist/marxist; dream on about "centrist." If you're not poor, uneducated and don't work a mindless job you'll suffer under an Obama administration.

America is ready for an Obama presidency though; we've become dumb and ignorant enough to prove the left's views that the government needs to mandate to the people because the people aren't smart enough to decide for themselves.

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Ah, more of USA3's peculiar style of free-verse poetry.

The amounts of cash Obama has been able to raise is simply astounding (Clinton, too, was raking in high figures by the end of her run, once her fundraising machine really got going). We really won't know the full effect of this sea of money until we get the election results, but the machine it has purchased should be damn impressive.

Posted by: scurley1 | October 13, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is setting fundraising records because the American people are desperate for change after 8 years of Bush ineptitude. Obama will be the 44th president of the United States.

The best President Barack Obama website is now up,
http://www.barack-obama-president.com

Posted by: sheldon1000 | October 13, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like in these dark times the primary engine of the American economy is the Obama campaign.

Posted by: light_bearer | October 13, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

As someone pointed out, Obama should be complaining to ACORN and I'm sure he is. They paid people to register democratic voters and these guys turned in registration forms with all kinds of phony names on them.Basically they sat at home watching TV and drinking beer while filling out one form after another. There seems to have been little control over this operation. Of course this only involved a few people. Most of the people ACORN trusted to register voters worked hard and did a good job. However it's always the crooks that get the publicity and give an organization a bad name. As for the election, none of those phony names will show up so there is no way this can influence the election. The only one hurt by all this is the Obama campaign. They counted on those people to register democrats and got nothing for their money.

Posted by: Opa2 | October 13, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

> Face it, she's Dan Quayle in a skirt.

I think this is unfair to Dan Quayle, a 6-term congressman when we was nominated as VP.

Posted by: careysub | October 13, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow! This is a lot of support and so many people. Senator Obama is the first presidential candidate that I contributed funds and a little each month. It will be interesting to see how the 30min infomercial will do.

In the meantime, I joined the ranks of those who have already voted by mail. It's beginning to happen.

Posted by: lucy2008 | October 13, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Manolete
> Women of America Unite!
> Unite against the sexist media and Barack > Hussein’s Mugging of Vice President, Sarah > Palin!

One of the most amusing aspects of the the right's behavior during this campaign is the speed with which it played the "victim" card off the top of the deck as soon as the Palin nomination was announced.

Decrying the "victim" card - in its 'sexism' variation - was the right wing stock-in-trade throughout the spring, used to mock Hilary Clinton and her campaign, portraying any complaint her campaign made about treatment as the hands of the press, or commentators, as pathetic special pleading. Palin herself made critical comments asserting this about Clinton, and prominent Republicans were maintaining this story line within mere days of the Palin selection.

Then suddenly every critical comment about Palin was declared to be blatant sexism.

The right had it right in the spring - this kind of special pleading is pathetic.

Posted by: careysub | October 13, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I have never donated money to a political campaign. The last time I worked for a political leader it was for McCarthy and then Bobby Kennedy in 1968, so that gives you an indiction of how old I am.

This year I have given both money and time to Obama's historic campaign. Every time Palin launches one of her nasty diatribes, I give another 25 dollars. The negativity and hatred spewing from the McCain campaign has propelled the Obama campaign at the grassroots to new fervor and commitment.

We are ready for a new day with Obama.

Posted by: dee5 | October 13, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Manolete,

There are medicines that you can take that will reduce your paranoia. If anything, Palin has benefitted from being a woman--most of the press has been afraid to really go after her for fear of being labeled sexist. Would the press let Biden forego almost all media contact and still allow his speeches to be played on TV or repeated in their newspapers? This woman doesn't think so. Palin is patently unqualified to be VP, much less POTUS. Face it, she's Dan Quayle in a skirt.

Posted by: quickowit | October 13, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

See the best Sarah Palin impersonators, short clip. Very Funny.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMebGbcC2Sg

See What they didnt show during the debate
What the media didnt cover, the debate outtakes. A tense moment between tom brokaw and John McCain.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mng0njC1D6c

Posted by: pastor123 | October 13, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

this is the first time in my 60+ years that I've ever contributed either time or money to a presidential campaign, and this year I've done both. I would give more of each if I could just to put Barack Obama in the White House. the United States needs him.

Posted by: bajacalla | October 13, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

We contribute $25 to Obama's campaign each and every time Palin/McCain says or does something scary.

So, if you want people like me to stop sending money to Obama, then stop campaigning in a way I find dishonorable, creepy and ineffective.

Anyone know if the Palin nomination gave Obama his biggest surge in dollars? It did in our house!

go to youtube to see Philly hockey fans boo her--

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7TgDanmWkg

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | October 13, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

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Why would America REWARD complete Republican failure ?

We wont.

Posted by: PulSamsara | October 13, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

American people will pay for optimism and hope - we are not so inclined to give money to promote negative ads and fear. ...........
http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/10/12/obamas-journey-dont-stop-believing/

Posted by: glclark4750 | October 13, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Women of America Unite!
Unite against the sexist media and Barack Hussein’s Mugging of Vice President, Sarah Palin!

Women must unite against the liberal media vicious, sexist, cruel, demeaning, contemptuous UN-AMERICAN, unfair, unprofessional, unrelenting and blatantly biased treatment against Vice President Sarah Palin and acting blatantly in favor of Barack Hussein Obama during this unprecedented historic quest for the presidency!

Barack Hussein Obama claims a mightier throne, one forged in liberal ideals of justice and equality and hope, BUT he has benefited mightily from sexism in this campaign, and has remained silent. Obama supporters seem very happy with the sexist way pundits and some news organizations treat any action or statement by Sarah Palin, and many believe that most of the "venom" in the campaign is coming from supporters of Obama.

Women of America Unite in this defining moment in American history. To ensure we can grow up from the male dominated government that has caused many of the problems our country is facing; to a country where men and women are equal partners in governance.

Women of America Unite!
Unite against the sexist media and Barack Hussein’s Mugging of Vice President, Sarah Palin!
VOTE for McCain/Palin

Posted by: Manolete | October 13, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

CC: DON'T YOU HAVE A POLICY ABOUT PEOPLE POSTING THE SAME LIES OVER AND OVER AGAIN?

It really destroys your blog.

Posted by: drindl | October 13, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

My 79 year old mom never donated to any political campaign in her life, but she contributed to Obama's campaign!!!

I have made several contributions to Obama and it was a first for me too!!!

It's going to take someone with a clear vision, good judgment, the energy and ability to inspire Americans to get us through the mess we are in. Obama has all of that!!! The next President has to be able to deal with all the issues facing America on a daily basis and to forsee potential problems and to deal with them before they become a reality. Obama can do that!!!

McCain is an old warrior who hasn't come to grips with the reality of the real world. He can't focus on all the issues at the same time. His running mate would be worse than Dick Cheney. She thinks the VP should be given more power!!!

Posted by: Nevadaandy | October 13, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

For all you demogogues trying to flog ACorn, here's a very nice shot of McCain at one of their meetings.

HE WAS THE HEADLINER.

'The beleaguered Democratic-leaning community group Acorn sends over this photograph: John McCain, in March of 2006, sitting beside Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek at an event Acorn co-sponsored in Florida.

The immigration event, which other photos show was packed with red-shirted Acorn member, was co-sponsored by the local Catholic Archdiocese, the SEIU, and other groups.

McCain, still spiting much of his party on immigration at the time, was the headliner.

Bertha Lewis, Acorn's chief organizer, said in a statement that came with the photo, “It has deeply saddened us to see Senator McCain abandon his historic support for ACORN and our efforts to support the goals of low-income Americans."

”We are sure that the extremists he is trying to get into a froth will be even more excited to learn that John McCain stood shoulder to shoulder with ACORN, at an ACORN co-sponsored event, to promote immigration reform," she said.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1008/Acorn_pushes_back_hugs_McCain.html?showall

Posted by: drindl | October 13, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

a person with a mind of his own,
obamabot???

Posted by: USA3 | October 13, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

you only need document donations above
$200 dollars, so you can donate all the
money you want, just do it $100 at a time
with a new name each time. even silly names
like Do Good, Yes Bama will work.
It makes sure that money is the most
important thing in politics.
It really is just an investment,
just like when I donated to Bill Clinton
in 92, when he promised me a tax break just
like the one bama is promising now.
I never did get that tax break,
but the economy is much bettter now,
so I'm sure bama will come through
for me this time.

Posted by: USA3 | October 13, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Acorn, Ayers, Wright, Rezko;
Crack Cocaine, Lets sit down
and watch the glowing embers
of the White Oppessors.

Posted by: USA3 | October 13, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

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reply
your words always betray you for what you are.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 13, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Acorn, Ayers, Wright, Rezko;
Crack Cocaine, Lets sit down
and watch the glowing embers
of the White Oppessors.

Posted by: USA3 | October 13, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I heard if you qualify as low income
the democrats will reinburse up to
$500.00 per person.
So if you make more then $42,000 annually
you need to give enough to provide
for the rebalancing.
It is only fair,
if you have more you should
give more, and let it be
distributed to those who
have a need, their votes
are just as important as yours,
in fact maybe more so, since
ACORN registers most of them
three or four times.
NOBAMA

Posted by: USA3 | October 13, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse
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Those are not votes just registrations. They have no effect on any outcomes. If anything Obama got ripped off because they didn't really do the registrations they got paid to do.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 13, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

That pay 'volunteers' by the number
of 'voter registrations' they turn in,
such as the Nevada registration of
the Dallas Cowboys Football Team.

They have inundated local election
boards with false registrations,
the ACORN office was seized in Nevada,
keep sending in the money, just use
a 'new' name. How about Toby Keith.
then you can donate more.

Posted by: USA3 | October 13, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

$365 million in 8 months. Maybe $500 million by November 4.

Amazing what 10,000,000 people can do $50 at a time. I just pray that this keeps up for another 3 weeks and that Obama will run the White House as well as he has run this campaign. If he does, and takes advantage of the opportunity to show the country that a Democrat can run a responsible, centrist government, he can change the electoral map for the next 40 years.

Posted by: starthom | October 13, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

McCain’s pained expression the other day when he took that microphone from the woman who called Obama an “Arab” -- and felt compelled to call Obama “a decent family man” -- was the expression of a once honorable man who realizes the tragic consequences of his deal with the devil, only when it is too late. Let’s make sure the tragedy remains only his, not ours.

Posted by: harlemboy | October 13, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I heard if you qualify as low income
the democrats will reinburse up to
$500.00 per person.
So if you make more then $42,000 annually
you need to give enough to provide
for the rebalancing.
It is only fair,
if you have more you should
give more, and let it be
distributed to those who
have a need, their votes
are just as important as yours,
in fact maybe more so, since
ACORN registers most of them
three or four times.
NOBAMA

Posted by: USA3 | October 13, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

$800,000.00 to ACORN....
that's where your money is going.
This guy is so crooked
he looks straight.
NOBAMA

Posted by: USA3 | October 13, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse
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Reoly
And what is that about and what was crooked about hiring them?

Posted by: popasmoke | October 13, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

$800,000.00 to ACORN....
that's where your money is going.
This guy is so crooked
he looks straight.
NOBAMA

Posted by: USA3 | October 13, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I think like myself and my wife, a lot of people maxed out this month

Posted by: popasmoke | October 13, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

The Obama/Biden campaign would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to Sarah Palin for her help in raising this money.

It would not have been possible without her.

Posted by: bondjedi | October 13, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

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