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VIDEO: Broder's Man on the Street Interviews

Nobody does it better than David Broder.

The Dean of the political press corps, Broder could easily rest on his considerable laurels in the final weeks of this presidential campaign.

Or, he could take the train up to Upper Dublin, Pennsylvania, and spend a day chatting with voters in a key battleground state about the coming choice between Barack Obama and John McCain.

Thankfully for all of us, Broder chose the latter option -- and he brought along Ed O'Keefe (a.k.a. "Cillizza 2.0") to tape his conversations outside a public library. (Does it get better than that? Answer: No.)

As importantly, Broder penned a column to accompany the video in which he equates McCain's chances in the Keystone State with "Mission Impossible".

Wrote the Dean:

"What has changed since last spring in this suburb is both the world view and the impression of the candidates. Back then, the economy was not a major worry, and opinion was divided between McCain's stay-the-course policy in Iraq and the Democrats' withdrawal plans.

Now, economic anxieties are pervasive and Obama, whose ads are seen far more frequently than McCain's, is viewed as the candidate more seriously addressing those domestic problems."

Ouch.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 14, 2008; 3:35 PM ET
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If this election were done in a blind test, who would be the front runner? If you couldn't see the candidates race and gender those differences wouldn't be the focus. You would be listening to the person who had the strongest knowledge of the full spectrum of our complex issues to date. You would be listening intently for where the solutions lie and how to achieve them. You would be aligning with the candidate that surrounds themselves with solid, intellectual counsel...those who are experts in their respective fields who will bring to the negotiating table the most practical and efficient, diplomatic and democratic solutions to the domestic and foreign problems we face as a nation today.

You would put little emphasis on personal smear tactics, brushing them to the side seeing them for what they are, juvenile attempts to sidetrack or downgrade your opponents' strengths. You would be willing to follow a leader who was more interested in bringing people and solutions together as a whole instead of furthering special interests groups.

As this election draws to a close, we need to forge thru the emotionalism and zero in on a plan that will carry us forward with commitment and decisiveness, a plan that will benefit the majority, regain a secure foothold in the nations' economic base as well as restore our place of honor in the worldview .

Factions of special interests, be that moral stance or personal bias, financial status at both ends of the spectrum, rich or poor....we all need to meet in the middle to come to a place where everyone gains for the good of all. Some will sacrifice, some will temporarily need to place their missions on hold or take a back seat, some will effectively work to create changes at the ground level as well as in government.Collectively, we need to be less selfish and more focused.

As we face the immediate and serious problems that face us as people and a country there is nothing to gain by continued and intentional dissent. There is no room to throw stones, to throw the spotlight on personal differences wasting precious time in the quest for answers and no benefit in dividing our country any further than it has become divided. The unnecessary finger pointing distracts us from our purpose and the dire need to reconstruct faith, hope and democracy in our homes and in our land.

Why don't we decide to band together and work for the basic needs that each of us ultimately requires instead of fighting against a means to the same end?

Posted by: rjs_donal | October 15, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

TheMiddleRoad wrote, "It's time to put away polemics and do what is best for the country. Obama is not an elitist, nor a diehard liberal, nor a Muslim. He is nothing but a smart man that has outmanaged M at every turn. It's time to turn the page and get behind Obama so we can fix this broken country."

As an Obama partisan, I appreciate the sentiment. But I think it's a bit early to begin redecorating the Oval Office.

How about we have a debate which doesn't leave whoever wins that office crippled? I could go for that.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 14, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that polemics has seized the day.

GOPers have sour grapes about O's financial advantage but forget that M could also have this same advantage.

Dems forget that O needs to rule from the middle to be a successful President.

To my GOP friends, M has run a lousy campaign filled with way too much negativity. Had he spent time building a coalition he may have carried the day. But he decided to preach to his choir.

He let O's organization outplay, out finance, and out manage at every turn.

It's time to put away polemics and do what is best for the country. Obama is not an elitist, nor a diehard liberal, nor a Muslim. He is nothing but a smart man that has outmanaged M at every turn. It's time to turn the page and get behind Obama so we can fix this broken country.

Posted by: TheMiddleRoad | October 14, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

it's against the rules to advertise


37 thand OStreet and pretty much lays out your motive.....


on your best day, you're the stench in the elevator after those who ate coney dawgs the night before


pass by....


NOTE: perniciousness is not the same thing as authentic....just because it lingers doesn't make the stench "a good thing"


your motive is spin, not truth.


you're not a peer, you're a schmeer

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Posted by: tesser_actsoflove1 | October 14, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

chrisbak52 wrote, "With Obama essentially buying the Presidency through TV advertising that McCain can't possibly match, this "man in the street" nonsense can be overdone."

Didn't McCain *write* the campaign finance law under which this election is being conducted? Is that his 6'th plane crash?

Posted by: officermancuso | October 14, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

SMOKE FILLED ROOMS

a digression

We all now believe that primary elections are a better way of selecting presidential nominees, than smoke filled rooms full of professional politicans, don't we?

But who was in that smoke-filled room?

Wasn't it the locally elected person who lives and dies by politics, and knows every ward chair in her bailiwick?

Why would it be better to turn the nominating process over to people who pay zero attention to politics at election time, and have now sense of how others in their ward feel?

In the smoke-filled room, people who pay close attention to politics 365 days a year, and who have a job because they won votes in their area, get together nationally and select a nominee. A few primaries are held to make sure these folks are not all delusional.

In the primary system we have today, it takes 12 months and endless money to create a ton of hard feelings while winning the votes of people who pay attention to politics during the one week before the primary election.

"Democracy" doesn't necessarily mean that every person votes on every issue all the time.

Sometimes it works best when those who are most interested in politics, and most aware of how voters have recently behaved, get together and pool their wisdom as to who might be the best national nominee.

A side benefit is that you end up with a lot less needless excitation of people who have nothing to contribute to political debate but their personal bile.

If I'm not mistaken, David Broder saw this a long time ago. I think he's just gotten tired of talking about it.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 14, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

With Obama essentially buying the Presidency through TV advertising that McCain can't possibly match, this "man in the street" nonsense can be overdone.

Posted by: chrisbak52 | October 14, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

speaking of lipservice,


I'm pretty sure that

37 t hand O Street has been sucking crawford salaami for about 30 years or so....


he's a back door boy.


.

Posted by: tesser_actsoflove1 | October 14, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe wrote, "KO [Keith Olberman] demanded Mac suspend his campaign in the national interest."

Someday the memory of that demand will prevent people from taking him seriously as a journalist.

You won't find hormone-fueled junk like that in Broder's body of work.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 14, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe, how on earth is it McCain propaganda when David Broder interviews people outside a library and concludes that Obama has Pennsylvania locked up?

Posted by: officermancuso | October 14, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

bush rebound right?

sort of like the code pink thing....longs you don't look at what you're eating....you can swallow

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Posted by: tesser_actsoflove1 | October 14, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Good point. But the facts don't support it. The Post's official ombudsman, who we hope is not "disappointed with [her life]," recently had anm extremely critical take on "the Dean." You may be able to find her investigative report/column somewhere on the Internet. At least with a Bill Kristol or a Krauthammer, you know up front he is a promoter of Mac's campaign; they do not pretend to offer an objective analysis.
____

broadwayjoe, consider the possibility that you might rise to the top of your profession through decades of consistent hard work and insight. Consider the possibility that once you've done that, dissing you becomes a way for people who are disappointed with their lives to salve their wounded egos.

Just a possibility.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 14, 2008 8:34 PM

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 14, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I shouldn't have given out directions for constructing a wayback machine.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 14, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

hey dave,

you wann a talk to AMERICA, come see me...


I'll show you around, wuss.


.

Posted by: tesser_actsoflove1 | October 14, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

hello davie....


if you're the dean, I'm rumpled foreskein, you catch on fire you hoor if you talked to me....evil in the presence of the lord.


HEY!!!!!!!!! A M E R I C A N S

what's wrong with the country and the current corrupt government ????


they enacted a _P_L_A_N_N_E_D_ rigging of a game,


the FINANCIAL MARKET place,

the wealthy have fixed it so

that the rules, PRIVATIZE PROFIT


while SOCAILIZEing RISK....


what does that mean???? it means if you know the right people, you can BET THE ECONOMY AND THE FUTURE OF AMERICA....without taking any personal risk...

IF _they_ ,

the filthy rich screw up, THEN,

YOU pay for it....Congress guarantees it...they pass the laws so that you have to handle bush and COMPANIES risks....

HOWsomeEVUH, IF you screw up you pay for that too....

if they send your jobs overseas and you can't pay your bills and your homes go into foreclosure and and you're sleeping in bus stops.....wellllllllllll


obviously that's your fault.


there's no risk to THE CORRUPT, and NO INVESTMENT in making sure that YOUR lives turn out okay....

but YOU THE PEOPLE ARE PAYING FOR THEM from the get go...


their risks are SOCIALIZED....part of our GOVERNMENT PAYOUT...


listen closely, the wealthy are on welfare, it's called tax breaks for the elite.....and development costs paid for corporations by citizens...

what do you think the _I_L_L_E_G_A_L_ invasion of IRAQ is about....you, the citizens, are paying the business expenses of BIG OIL...you pay the military to steal it

and _THEY_ get the oil deals and the rights to sell you at a huge profit the oil that your military captures for them...


and the soldiers???? they get less bennies than under Viet Nam, and they have to hire a lawyer to collect medical benefits even

if they got no legs.........or half a skull missing ??? see the film "Body of War."


how do you feel about those non-compete bids for HALLIBURTON, CARLYLE GROUP, and BLACKWATER


huh!!!!?


AMERICA????


palin 'n mcCain.....they're the puppets that evil wants to elect to stand in front of this corruption.....help them out,


keep them from going to hell....

don't vote for them.


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Posted by: tesser_actsoflove1 | October 14, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Just heard a great Special Comment from, in the view of many, the greatest TV journalist of our time, Keith Olbermann.

KO denounced the recent hatemongering and bigotry as forcefully and directly as any journalist in the country has. When has "the Dean" spoken out about "that one," "S-mbo," Westbrook Pegler quotations, and inciting hate groups? [No, Dean, speaking out about the steak tartar at the Palm is not the same as speaking out against hate.] KO demanded Mac suspend his campaign in the national interest.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 14, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe, consider the possibility that you might rise to the top of your profession through decades of consistent hard work and insight. Consider the possibility that once you've done that, dissing you becomes a way for people who are disappointed with their lives to salve their wounded egos.

Just a possibility.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 14, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

From Daily Kos/the most current polls, all double figures:

dKos/R2K: 52-41
Gallup: 53-43
Battleground: 53-40 (this poll was always an outlier, polling O, until now, at about 4 up)
ABC/Post: 53-43


Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 14, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse


VOTE DEMOCRATIC ACROSS THE BOARD, CUT THEM OFF AT THE KNEES. LEAVE NO REPUBLICANS STANDING WHEN THIS IS OVER. TOTAL DESTRUCTION ON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.
EMAILS ARE CIRCULATING ALL OVER THE PLACE AND I CAN TELL YOU I KNOW NO ONE WHO WILL BE VOTING FOR ANY REPUBLICANS AND I DON'T CARE WHO THE PERSON IS.
MCCAIN WHO IS A PATHETIC LITTLE TROLL AND A TRAITOR TO HIS COUNTRY (DOCUMENTED) AND HIS STOOGE PALIE WILL LOSE AND LEAVE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN THE GARBAGE WHERE IT BELONGS FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 14, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

"[H]e took a position in the class at Harvard Law School (from a white student) ... "

Wow. This is just straight-up race-baiting. There's no other way to describe that little "from a white student" dig. Translation: a black man took a position that a MORE QUALIFIED student should have had. Because how does one communicate MORE QUALIFIED? Well, he was WHITE, of course!

Shameful.
Posted by: drgrepper | October 14, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse
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Obama was never identified by race. Until you met him you didn't know what race he was because it was never on any of his paper work.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 14, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

"Nobody does it better than David Broder.

The Dean of the political press corps, Broder could easily rest on his considerable laurels in the final weeks of this presidential campaign."

Thanks Chris. I had a rough day but this turned things around. I haven't stopped laughing since I read your quote about "the Dean." He "could easily rest on his considerable laurels." This is a riot.

This Dean material is hilarious, funnier than the best Jerry Lewis, Frick and Frack, Abbott and Costello, or Andy Kaufman, ever did. What was the Dean doing in Upper Dublin, Pa.? There are no free cruises or requests for $4000 a pop 15-min speeches about nothing in Upper Dublin, are there? What gives, Dean?

Also, as one other poster noted: O UP 14 POINTS IN THE NYT/CBS POLL (from DailyKos/Andrew Sullivan). 14!

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 14, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

"[H]e took a position in the class at Harvard Law School (from a white student) ... "

Wow. This is just straight-up race-baiting. There's no other way to describe that little "from a white student" dig. Translation: a black man took a position that a MORE QUALIFIED student should have had. Because how does one communicate MORE QUALIFIED? Well, he was WHITE, of course!

Shameful.

Posted by: drgrepper | October 14, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

It really does require a willing suspension of disbelief to buy the argument that George W. Bush was accepted at Yale on the merits, but Barack Obama was accepted at Columbia and Harvard law due to affirmative action.

I'll happily *take* some affirmative action on election day, and cast one vote for Mr. Obama.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 14, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Mccain now drops to a probably of winning at 4%
Yep, he has Obama right where he wants him.


http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/

Posted by: popasmoke | October 14, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

I've just returned from a trip in my wayback machine and have a little to say about David Broder.

(Here's the design of the wayback machine: live to be 50, pull the tabs on at least 3 beers within 2 hours, and sit at a keyboard).

Although he is now known as the oracle of conventional wisdom, in the early '80's, he staked out some bold positions.

If I remember correctly, for one thing, he suggested that the primary election system for selecting party nominees might be worse than the old "smoke filled room" technique. In my book, Broder's won that argument.

Again *if* I remember correctly, he also went against the conventional wisdom of the day and suggested that the typical voter might to better to study party platforms, and cast a straight party vote, that to try to evaluate the personal traits of individual candidates and split her vote willy-nilly. In my book, he's won that argument as well.

Of course, at the time, I thought he was dead wrong.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 14, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

IF THIS DOESN'T SCARE THE SH&T OUT OF YOU IT SHOULD. PALIN & MCCAIN ARE REALLY DANGEROUS

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=KjxzmaXAg9E

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=VJghQMq49dw&feature=related

Posted by: popasmoke | October 14, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | October 14, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse


IF THIS DOESN'T SCARE THE SH&T OUT OF YOU IT SHOULD. PALIN & MCCAINIS ARE REALLY DANGEROUS


http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=KjxzmaXAg9E

Posted by: popasmoke | October 14, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow!! We are truly a country divided. It's a sad state when we must choose between red or blue, and choosing either color holds so many blind absolutes. I believe there is more gray than people care to admit and our reporter's."should keep their biases to themselves....ouch!!

Posted by: SKIKIDD2002 | October 14, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

PALINS BLIND AMBITION. MCCAIN HAD NO IDEA WHAT HE WAS GETTING TO.

Palin made a call in appearance on the Rush's show today. When asked about the tone of her attacks during her rallies she said and I quote "I have nothing to lose". Even Rush was a little taken back. This woman doesn't seem to give a sh&t anymore. She has gone from a stooge who they could tell to say anything, to a loose cannon driven by her own ambition. If you watch her now when she and Mccain appear together she will interrupt Mccain and just go off on some tangent of her own often having to be corrected by Mccain. They have no control of her anymore, she thinks she is a star. I know for a fact she is fielding several book offers in the millions of dollars as well as a made for TV movie deal. It is looking to any rational person Mccain and Palin are not going to win and she has plans of her own now. I suspect she will be telling stories and naming names. She is going to destroy what even legacy Mccain would have had left when this is over. I have to tell you I will probably read it. I seriously doubt she has any real interest in being VP with all the headaches it will entail. She can't wait to move on to her new life as a celebrity. Certainly a commentator on Fox with a million dollar contract. Who wants to be VP when you can be Paris Hilton so to speak. Mccain had no idea what a real self centered monster he hooked up with. She will destroy Mccain and become a star in the mean time. We will not have heard the end Of Sarah Palin after Nov. 4, but I bet Mccain will wish he never heard of her at all.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 14, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

JOHN MCCAIN HAS HIS OWN TERRORIST CONNECTION PROBLEMS

William Timmons, the Washington lobbyist who John McCain has named to head his presidential transition team, aided an influence effort on behalf of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to ease international sanctions against his regime.

The two lobbyists who Timmons worked closely with over a five year period on the lobbying campaign later either pleaded guilty to or were convicted of federal criminal charges that they had acted as unregistered agents of Saddam Hussein's government.

During the same period beginning in 1992, Timmons worked closely with the two lobbyists, Samir Vincent and Tongsun Park, on a previously unreported prospective deal with the Iraqis in which they hoped to be awarded a contract to purchase and resell Iraqi oil. Timmons, Vincent, and Park stood to share at least $45 million if the business deal went through.

Timmons' activities occurred in the years following the first Gulf War, when Washington considered Iraq to be a rogue enemy state and a sponsor of terrorism. His dealings on behalf of the deceased Iraqi leader stand in stark contrast to the views his current employer held at the time.

John McCain strongly supported the 1991 military action against Iraq, and as recently as Sunday described Saddam Hussein as a one-time menace to the region who had "stated categorically that he would acquire weapons of mass destruction, and he would use them wherever he could."

Timmons declined to comment for this story. An office manager who works for him said that he has made it his practice during his public career to never speak to the press. Timmons previously told investigators that he did not know that either Vincent or Park were acting as unregistered agents of Iraq. He also insisted that he did not fully understand just how closely the two men were tied to Saddam's regime while they collaborated.

But testimony and records made public during Park's criminal trial, as well as other information uncovered during a United Nations investigation, suggest just the opposite. Virtually everything Timmons did while working on the lobbying campaign was within days conveyed by Vincent to either one or both of Saddam Hussein's top aides, Tariq Aziz and Nizar Hamdoon. Vincent also testified that he almost always relayed input from the Iraqi aides back to Timmons.

Talking points that Timmons produced for the lobbyists to help ease the sanctions, for example, were reviewed ahead of time by Aziz, Vincent testified in court. Proposals that Timmons himself circulated to U.S. officials as part of the effort were written with the assistance of the Iraqi officials, and were also sent ahead of time with Timmons' approval to Aziz, other records show.

Moreover, there was a major financial incentive at play for Timmons. The multi-million dollar oil deal that he was pursuing with the two other lobbyists would only be possible if their efforts to ease sanctions against Iraq were successful.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 14, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Just in. CBS poll:

Obama 53
McCain 39

The Palin effect continues to bless.
Posted by: wpost4112 | October 14, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse
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Mccain on intrade is dropping close to the teens while Obama has opened up an almost 60 point lead now at 79

Can we all say. "It's pretty much over".

Posted by: popasmoke | October 14, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Why are thoughtful, non-insane conservatives so upset about Obama's past links to Ayers and ACORN? It is not because they honestly believe that Obama is a terrorist-sympathizer or in favor of voter fraud. Rather, these past links are evidence to them that Obama is a left-wing radical. This is despite his own statements and speeches that profess reasonable and conventional views on capitalism, civil rights, freedom, etc. Why won't they take him at his word? Because what the the past links really show is that Obama cares about the poor and has tried to help them. And today's conservatives can't conceive of someone wanting to help other people and at the same time believing in America's values. If you're not completely self-absorbed and greedy, you must hate America. Well, that doesn't follow. I'm tired of that attitude. That's why the Ayers and ACORN attacks aren's working. Yes, Ayers and ACORN are bad actors, but not everyone who wants to help the downtrodden is.

Posted by: Dan4 | October 14, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abus

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Reply:

Barack Obama Never Organized with ACORN

Discredited Republican voter-suppression guru Ken Blackwell is attacking Barack Obama with naked lies about his supposed connection to ACORN.

• Fact: Barack was never an ACORN community organizer.
• Fact: ACORN never hired Obama as a trainer, organizer, or any type of employee.
• Fact: ACORN was not part of Project Vote, the successful voter registration drive Barack ran in 1992.

In his capacity as an attorney, Barack represented ACORN in a successful lawsuit alongside the U.S. Department of Justice against the state of Illinois to force state compliance with a federal voting access law. For his work helping enforce the law, called “Motor Voter,” Barack received the IVI-IPO Legal Eagle Award in 1995.

Ken Blackwell is best known today for disenfranchising Democratic voters in his dual role as Ohio Secretary of State and chair of George Bush’s Ohio campaign in 2004. To see him shed crocodile tears for the integrity of the vote while making accusations about Barack and ACORN with absolutely no basis in fact is disturbing.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 14, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse


When it comes to 'Change' this election year, are you hoping for a Presidential candidate who would make...

Big Changes
Some Changes
Little Changes
No Changes

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=3774

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Posted by: usadblake | October 14, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Just in. CBS poll:

Obama 53
McCain 39

The Palin effect continues to bless.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 14, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Why are thoughtful, non-insane conservatives so upset about Obama's past links to Ayers and ACORN? It is not because they honestly believe that Obama is a terrorist-sympathizer or in favor of voter fraud. Rather, these past links are evidence to them that Obama is a left-wing radical. This is despite his own statements and speeches that profess reasonable and conventional views on capitalism, civil rights, freedom, etc. Why won't they take him at his word? Because what the the past links really show is that Obama cares about the poor and has tried to help them. And today's conservatives can't conceive of someone wanting to help other people and at the same time believing in America's values. If you're not completely self-absorbed and greedy, you must hate America. Well, that doesn't follow. I'm tired of that attitude. That's why the Ayers and ACORN attacks aren's working. Yes, Ayers and ACORN are bad actors, but not everyone who wants to help the downtrodden is.

Posted by: Dan4 | October 14, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow.
Latest WVa Poll:

Obama 50
McCain 42

Palin is the greatest gift McCain has given this country. Truly, a gift that keeps on giving.

No more giggle-time for Zouk and Christie.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 14, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Broder has for decades been coasting on those “laurels” you glorify. His predictable and obvious “man on the street” interviews grew tiresome way back in the ‘70s.

“No one does it better”? No one does it at *all*! It’s a hoary gimmick masquerading as insightful journalism--a throwback to the days when there was little opportunity for the public to express itself. Someone should tell “the Dean” that the man on the street has his own blog on something called the internet. It’s a “series of tubes”, David.

It is outrageous that the Post lays off reporters to cut costs while continuing to pay a very high salary to someone who considers newsworthy the blatantly obvious fact that Pennsylvania is going Democratic.

Posted by: satortist | October 14, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if GOP officials even read these blogs anymore, but if they do I'd like to offer them some free advice. Guys, you really need to hire some coherent, rational people to post some intelligent comments favorable to your positions, whatever those positions are. Because right now the only people still pushing the party line are whack-jobs like 37th & O or USA3. You're not helping yourselves by letting these types do your talking for you.

Posted by: simpleton1 | October 14, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Popasmoke, you passed the test - but the standards will be higher next year ;)

Posted by: officermancuso | October 14, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

It's a sad comment on the state of the Republican party that it can reasonably be suggested that randomly sampling opinions near a library might bias the sample against Republicans.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 14, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

USA3--the depths of your stupidity are openly displayed.

Congratulations -- you are a genuine moron!

Posted by: drindl | October 14, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

test

Posted by: popasmoke | October 14, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

"What I don't understand is why the WaPo allows loons like '37 & O' to degrade this site by posting the same lies and propaganda all day, every day?"

Probably has to do with page views and advertising. The more the page is refreshed, the more money WaPo gets.

WaPo is content to let nimrods like 37th&OMG post if it helps the bottom line.

Posted by: bondjedi | October 14, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

barrack obama be very good to me,
i cum to ameika and gathering votes
for domecrtats.
thank yous baracko bama'

Posted by: USA3 | October 14, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Link, wpost4112?

Did a major newssite finally cover the ugly back story of the AIG and Palin's involvement in it?

Posted by: drindl | October 14, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

What I don't understand is why the WaPo allows loons like '37 & O' to degrade this site by posting the same lies and propaganda all day, every day?

Posted by: drindl | October 14, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

"Nobody does it better than David Broder."

Yecch. Nobody likes a suck-up, Chris -- not even the people they're sucking up to.

Posted by: PeterPrinciple | October 14, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Nice kiss up job, Chris. I hope you get the big promotion!

Seriously though, all due respect to Mr. Broder, the truth is he's lost his fast ball, and its been evident all election season. It will be tough for McCain to win Pennsylvania? Great reporting David. Thanks for the scoop!

Posted by: jpmcad | October 14, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

"Obama, whose ads are seen far more frequently than McCain's, is viewed as the candidate more seriously addressing those domestic problems."

Broder can't get past his R-leaning bias and just give Obama the credit he deserves. He has to infer that the only reason that Obama is 'seen' as more seriously addresses problems is because his ads are on more frequently -- not because his solutions are the only ones with actual substance.

Posted by: drindl | October 14, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

The strong link between McCain's transition leader and Saddam Hussein is important at this late stage in the race. This is not some amorphous incident from 40 years ago, but a tie between one of McCain's closest advisers and the "Butcher of Baghdad."

McCain and Palin continue to hold Nuremburg-style rallies at which crazed followers shout "kill him" about Obama. McCain was quick to fiercely denounce a true American hero, John Lewis, for telling the facts. But we have yet to hear McCain denounce the real threats and violent language coming from his own supporters.

McCain would rather win an election by any means necessary than call off the attack dogs in his campaign. To call McCain erratic at this point is to soft-pedal the problem. He is a rabid extremist who feeds off the frenzy he is able to arouse in these fanatical crowds.

McCain's campaign is the murderous philosphy of helter-skelter brought to the political realm.

Posted by: dee5 | October 14, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

This year instead of knocking on doors, he went to the Library, now wouldn't that change the results. You are still not getting to the working people.

Posted by: pattends | October 14, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Chris "C-Smoker" Cilizza might be interested in noting McSame's transition chief is Saddam Hussein's ex-lobbyist:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/


Posted by: dime_dropper | October 14, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

As long as Republican tools like Ron Christie defend McCain, Obama has no worries.

But Chris, let's get some info n Palin and the Alaska Independence Group...McCain's team is furious with CNN...this will be the nail in the Republican coffin.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 14, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

"Obama, whose ads are seen far more frequently than McCain's, is viewed as the candidate more seriously addressing those domestic problems."

The McCain campaign has today released their Economic Strategy (version 3.0). Will that be enough to change the story, or will voters ignore the latest change in course?

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 14, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

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