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Friday Senate Line: Republicans' Happy Talk

Earlier this week at a briefing for the press, Nevada Sen. John Ensign, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, suggested that the GOP could break even in the fight for control of the upper chamber this fall.

Friday Line

"I feel better than I did at any time in the past," Ensign said, according to The Hill newspaper. "I used to say that it would be a pretty darn good night if we only lost four seats. I think it's possible for us to hold where we are or even just lose one or two seats."

While we respect Ensign immensely -- he is a very savvy politician and tactician -- it's hard to see the above comments as anything more than happy talk designed to convince his notoriously stingy colleagues (Richard Shelby, we are looking at you) to pony up from their campaign warchests between now and November.

John McCain's pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate has, without doubt, enlivened the Republican base and, as importantly, given the GOP someone to rally around.

But, as Dan Balz noted in his must-read "Take," the political environment remains extremely challenging for Republicans. The further ascendancy of the economy as the central issue of the election -- and President George W. Bush's somewhat listless performance in addressing the matter in recent days -- make for a very difficult challenge for anyone with an "R" after their name on the ballot on Nov. 4.

Couple the environmental concerns with the massive financial edge that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee enjoys over the NRSC and the fact that two GOP-held seats are as good as gone, and you see why Ensign's comments are more partisan cheer-leading, which is part of his job, than analysis informed by events on the ground.

As always, the number one ranked race on the Line is the most likely to switch party control in the fall. Agree or disagree with our picks or the order in which we ranked them? The comments section awaits.

To the Line!

Line Highlights

  • Moving Up: North Carolina, Oregon, Colorado
  • Moving Down: Mississippi, Louisiana, Alaska

10. Mississippi (R): Republicans are growing increasingly optimistic that appointed Sen. Roger Wicker will pull out a victory over former governor Ronnie Musgrove (D). Musgrove is the better known of the two candidates but also carries the higher negatives, the result of a successful Republican barrage focused on his gubernatorial tenure. A recent Democratic poll put Wicker at 48 percent and Musgrove at 43 percent. That seems right. (Previous ranking: 9)

9. Louisiana (D): The Republican argument in this state is simple: following Hurricane Katrina, there are simply not enough black voters left in the state to neutralize the growing conservative tinge of the Louisiana electorate. Maybe. But Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) has run a smart campaign focused on her ability to bring money back to the state (that argument still sells well in the Bayou State) and cast state Treasurer John Kennedy, who has run for a number of offices as a Democrat and a Republican in recent years, as a "confused politician." Kennedy should benefit from the top of the ticket in Louisiana but has yet to make the sale that Landrieu's insider credentials are more a negative than a positive. He's got 46 more days in which to do it. (Previous ranking: 6)

Elizabeth Dole
Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) could be in serious trouble in the race to defend her Senate seat. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

8. North Carolina (R): Something is going on in once reliably Republican North Carolina. Barack Obama is running even (or close to it) with McCain in a series of recent polls and Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R) is suddenly in serious trouble against state Sen. Kay Hagan (D). This is a state where the DSCC's massive financial advantage could make the difference; they are hammering Dole relentlessly and have been for some time. Can Dole find another gear? If she doesn't, this could be the surprise upset of the cycle. (Previous ranking: 10)

7. Minnesota (R): As predicted, the battle between Sen. Norm Coleman (R) and comedian Al Franken (D) grows more contentious by the day with the candidates trading televised body blows. Franken appears to have weathered a disastrous summer and is within striking distance of the incumbent. The problem for Democrats? In a year when the smart strategy is to make the race a referendum on Coleman and President Bush, Franken's controversial persona has allowed Republicans to flip that script. This race is going to be close but Coleman has the edge today. (Previous ranking: 7)

6. Oregon (R): The last three polls in the race between Sen. Gordon Smith (R) and state House Speaker Jeff Merkley (D) have shown the race within the margin of error. And, that's bad news for a Republican incumbent sitting in a state Obama is likely to win strongly in November. Regular Fix readers know we have never been terribly impressed with Merkley's candidacy but he may wind up being just good enough to win in a GREAT year for Democrats. If Merkley does win, he owes a major thank you to the DSCC Chair Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) who has been funding ads slamming Smith for months. (Previous ranking: 8)

5. Alaska (R): Palin's presence at the top of the ticket is almost certain to boost Sen. Ted Stevens's chances at re-election. But, given the dire political straits in which Stevens finds himself, Palin's popularity may not even be enough to drag him across the finish line. Polling shows Stevens roughly deadlocked with Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) but much hinges on the Republican incumbent's federal trial on corruption charges that begins next week. If Stevens is found guilty, his political career is over. (Previous ranking: 3)

4. New Hampshire (R): Sen. John Sununu (R) has two things going for him: he is a better candidate than former Governor Jeanne Shaheen (D) and he has significantly more money to spend than his Democratic challenger. He has one major thing working against him: there has been exactly one public poll in the last 18 months that showed the Sununu ahead of Shaheen. Both national party committees are engaged on television in the Granite State and it looks like the race at the top of the ticket will be competitive as well. It's still an uphill climb for Sununu. (Previous ranking: 4)

3. Colorado (R): The last two polls conducted in the race -- one by a Democratic firm, the other by a Republican outfit -- have Rep. Mark Udall (D) ahead of former Rep. Bob Schaffer (R) by 11 points and one point. Average them out and you get a six-point edge for Udall, which seems about right. The data from the presidential race shows Obama running surprisingly strong in the state -- strong evidence that the much-debated demographic trends towards Democrats are real. (Previous ranking: 5)

2. New Mexico (R): Bowing to political reality, the NRSC pulled their ad buy out of the Land of Enchantment recently, leaving Rep. Steve Pearce (R) to fend for himself against Rep. Tom Udall (D). Now Pearce is up with an ad that alleges Udall supports tax increases on "just about anything that moves" and labels the Democratic Congressman "breathtakingly liberal." Does anyone else smell the scent of desperation? (Previous ranking: 2)

1. Virginia (R): Little known fact -- there was a televised debate between former Governors Mark Warner (D) and Jim Gilmore (R) on Thursday. Who knew? (Sorry. There's only so many ways to say this race is over.) (Previous ranking: 1)

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And now we've got 36.9857&O trolling for myspace hits. Pathetic.

BB

Posted by: Fairlington blade | September 21, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Lie from beginning to end. Not even worth responding to in detail.

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At this point the democratic party is a complete joke by nominating a candidate who has not released the minimum documents which a candidate should:


Let’s look at all of the items Barrack Obama has released:


1. Occidental College records — Not released

2. Columbia College records — Not released

3. Columbia Thesis paper — “Not available”

4. Harvard College records — Not released

5. Selective Service Registration — Not released

6. Medical records — Not released (To see if his heart is alright after all the cocaine use)

7. Illinois State Senate schedule — “not available” (he wasn't there that day when they passed out the schedule)

8. Law practice client list — Not released

9. Harvard Law Review articles published — NONE WRITTEN

10. University of Chicago scholarly articles — NONE WRITTEN

11. Your Record of baptism– Not released or “not available”

12. Your Illinois State Senate records–”not available”


Not even a certified copy of his birth certificate has been released.


The media should get on this. There are rumors that Obama was born in Indonesia or Kenya to a Muslim family. FACT.


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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | September 21, 2008 7:52 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 21, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

At this point the democratic party is a complete joke by nominating a candidate who has not released the minimum documents which a candidate should:


Let’s look at all of the items Barrack Obama has released:


1. Occidental College records — Not released

2. Columbia College records — Not released

3. Columbia Thesis paper — “Not available”

4. Harvard College records — Not released

5. Selective Service Registration — Not released

6. Medical records — Not released (To see if his heart is alright after all the cocaine use)

7. Illinois State Senate schedule — “not available” (he wasn't there that day when they passed out the schedule)

8. Law practice client list — Not released

9. Harvard Law Review articles published — NONE WRITTEN

10. University of Chicago scholarly articles — NONE WRITTEN

11. Your Record of baptism– Not released or “not available”

12. Your Illinois State Senate records–”not available”


Not even a certified copy of his birth certificate has been released.


The media should get on this. There are rumors that Obama was born in Indonesia or Kenya to a Muslim family. FACT.


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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | September 21, 2008 7:52 AM | Report abuse

The stupid Republican Party in New Mexico would have had a fighting chance with Heather Wilson.

Just like they would have won the House seat in Alaska with Sean Parnell with ease.

Stupid GOP...and I am a Republican!

Posted by: Neigh | September 21, 2008 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Chris, seriously: is there any way you can get a handle on these readers who post rants that have absolutely nothing to do with the subject? I hate to suggest it, but is some kind of editorship needed here?

I look forward to The Line every week, and there was a time when I looked forward to the posts that followed it. This is an opportunity to gain real insight about the political landscape in all 50 states. Instead, we get repeat (and often very long and rambling) partisan posts about increasingly weird conspiracy theories. If I wanted to read about UFO babies, I'd pick up a tabloid while waiting at the supermarket checkout line.

Great job on your blog, but unfortunately the posting seems to have been overtaken by people with axes to grind, and rather odd axes at that. Of course, your blog seems to be suffering the same fate as many others. Some people just seem to like seeing their craziness online. Again and again.

Thanks for listening, Chris.

Posted by: sweetwtrbay | September 21, 2008 1:51 AM | Report abuse

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Voted One of the Nation's Best Blogs for the Election of 2008:


http://www.myspace.com/37thandostreet


Bookmark it now !


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Voted One of the Nation's Best Blogs for the Election of 2008:


http://www.myspace.com/37thandostreet


Bookmark it now !


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Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

New Jersey deserves a look.


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Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 7:28 AM | Report abuse

I am a NC native and speak from experience when I say that Senator Dole is a joke! She has done nothing; nothing!! for this state. Hopefully, this year, democrat turnout will be enough to send her packing!

Posted by: easyenough | September 19, 2008 9:02 PM
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You got that right! Unfortunately I still live here. I too pray we send her packing. Hagan definitely has my vote!

Posted by: Tina | September 20, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

I am a NC native and speak from experience when I say that Senator Dole is a joke! She has done nothing; nothing!! for this state. Hopefully, this year, democrat turnout will be enough to send her packing!

Posted by: easyenough | September 19, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse


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Posted by: Katerina Deligiannis | September 19, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Satellite images show ethnic cleanout in Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Satellite images taken at night show heavily Sunni Arab neighborhoods of Baghdad began emptying before a U.S. troop surge in 2007, graphic evidence of ethnic cleansing that preceded a drop in violence, according to a report published on Friday.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080919/sc_nm/iraq_lights_dc

Posted by: Surge This | September 19, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm running out of reasons why anyone who vote for McCain, Iwpn't mention the "elephant". Unless it's:

1. Obsession with his POW story, want to hear it again and again.

2. Thinks he's hot, can't wait to hear him do the state of the union.

3. Likes the uncertainty of his memory, he's so unpredictable.

4.Keep hearing about that explosive temper and would like to see it in action—given 4 years at the white house something is bound to set him off.

5.Palin's voice is like nails on a chalkboard, love that sound!

6. Can make a killing in vegas betting which way he'll flip or flop.

7. Money is no object, throw it all away.

Somebody help me please, I'm sure I forgot something.

Posted by: Ginny7 | September 19, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey Fix, any chance you can have a Special Friday Senate Line Segment via Fix Cam the Friday before the Election. I think it'd go over really well with Election-charged Fixstas. Let me know what you think

Posted by: CW | September 19, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Dear John McCain...


Given the events of the last week, are you still in favor of privatizing Social Security?

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-mccainsocial14-2008jul14,0,1786903.story


It is, after all, part of the 2008 Republican Platform. And back in 2005, you travelled the country with President Bush in order to try to sell Bush's privatization plan.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A56913-2005Mar22.html


But at the moment, your answers seem to be a bit... muddled?


"Wall Street turmoil left John McCain scrambling to explain why the fundamentals of the U.S. economy remained strong. It also left him defending his support for privately investing Social Security money in the same markets that had tanked earlier in the week. [...]"

"[McCain] aides tried to soothe voters concerned about the bankruptcies, takeovers and bailouts on Wall Street by declaring McCain favored only the option of such accounts, just for younger workers, and most likely in a conservative investment vehicle such as bonds".

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gwHGMYappR5eiPj4JoZ8L-7YUacAD939UIJ00


Mmm-hmm. Just for the "young folks" -- and "trust us", we'd only do it in safe investments. You know, with big, reputable companies that wouldn't take insanely foolish risks in order to squeeze out an extra half-point of returns.


So let's talk about this, McCain: do you still think we should be putting people's retirement-savings-of-last-resort into Wall Street, or don't you? It sounds like some folks just think it's just a question of marketing...


Private accounts for Social Security are "always an easier sell when the markets are going up instead of going down," said David Wyss, chief economist at Standard & Poor's. "I don't think this is a good week to sell that one politically, but you're looking at the long term here. You're investing your retirement funds for 20 or 30 years down the road."


I'm dying to hear the answer (mavericky staight-talk?) to this one. Or answers, as the case may be.

Posted by: DrainYou | September 19, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

After years of Republican led deregulation (McCain, Phil Gramm), of promotion of greed and assertion of the superiority of the market, and in particular of financial makrets to decide how to run the economy, it appears - nay, make that: it is now blatantly, in your face, obvious - that none of this worked. Worse, the people that have mocked government throughout (Bush, Cheney, McCain) as wasteful, inefficient and incompetent are now counting on the very same government to bail them out from the hole they have dug.


They made out like bandits during the "boom" years of the boom-AND-bust cycle they brought about with their policy suggestions, looting the middle classes in the process and are now trying - may, make that "succeeding" - to not bear the consequences of the same policies.


They have no consistency, no shame and no scruples.


What do we need to do to ensure that we NEVER EVER LISTEN TO THESE PEOPLE AGAIN?

"They" being the highly-paid ideologues funded by a few anti-tax billionaires (Grover Norquist etc) the politicians in their hock (Bush, McCain), the multi-millionaire pundit class that enjoys their company (all of the clowns at Fox "News", Rush Limpbaugh, Michelle Malkin etc etc etc) all the idiots that think they are also part of the "rich" that benefit from these policies, or will one day be, and all the heartless fools who think that the poor deserve their fate and that it's a good thing for them to let them remain that way in their community - or who don't think there is such thing as a community).


But there is a simple solution: punitive marginal tax rates on income. It worked after WW2, it will work now too.


Final thought:
If you vote for McCain, you're a moron...
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mHsuL6FfY4
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Posted by: former Republican | September 19, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Why are Obama freaks stalking forums that are for women & republicans?

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 19, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

On Chris's observation that Bush has rather kept to the background of the Wall St. crisis, I have to say that I'd much rather see him there than out in front.
Bush has no idea how these things work. Very few non-experts do, and the less Bush says about the subject, the smaller the likelihood that he'll put his foot in it or inadvertently send the markets off a cliff. Frankly, it's a refreshing change to see two of Bush's very few good appointments - Bernanke and Paulson - out in front running the show. It's another example of the trend that, as the clock runs out, W is finally starting to get a few things right. Wierd.

Posted by: havener938 | September 19, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I thought Chris asked us to stay on subject: Senate races.

Posted by: Karol | September 19, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Gawd, Liddy's an old hag.

Posted by: ick! | September 19, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: Caroline | September 19, 2008 3:38 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?


All of you people out there who live in economic downtrodden states like Ohio, Pa and Michigan etc, if you're stupid enough to vote for four more years of disasterous Bush/McCain policies 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=YxT0s_I5WtA
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Posted by: Stacey Hill | September 19, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

For the hope-and-change candidate, those natural readjustments now appear insincere and opportunistic - especially given that he had to move so far from the left to get to the middle. On campaign-finance reform, FISA, NAFTA, abortion, capital punishment, guns, Iran, Iraq, the surge and drilling offshore, Obama has fudged on his earlier positions in the normal way of savvy pragmatists - but not in a manner befitting angelic idealists.

The new Obama probably will recover his temporary setback in the polls. But right now his problem is that disappointed independent voters are catching on that this saintly savior is all too human.

Posted by: vdh | September 19, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Folks,
This is a post on Senate races. I'd love if we could refrain from posting other political randomness MULTIPLE times. If you want to make a separate point, feel free. But doing so repeatedly really makes it difficult for people hoping to have a germane discussion about the state of play in the Senate.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
Chris
Posted by: Chris Cillizza | September 19, 2008 9:29 AM
Dude, it’s nice that you try to ride herd (finally) on some of the stray doggies here on your own posting, and ask that folks stick to the point. But regular readers and posters have been begging you for months to do something about all the a-hole thread-jackers that reside here. If you want an on-topic discussion, then monitor your site more often and throw some of these bums out (and it won’t take long to figure out who the worst offenders are).

The topics are interesting, and worthy of discussion, but not when you have to wade hip-deep through all the slop that’s thrown out here. I’m at the point where I barely bother to read many of these “insights.” They’re worthless.

And they may be idiots, but who’s providing them the soapbox?

Posted by: ***** | September 19, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

What I meant to say was the surge was a success after all but not for the reasons you think. It was because of me and my noble efforts that it had some measure of success. not because the Army knows how to fight or because the Iraqis can govern themselves.
can we stall the drawdown so I can claim credit for it. I have been calling for this for years now. that part about winning first is not important.

Posted by: snObama | September 19, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely. the surge was a great failure. Our troops need to run and hide now and the military needs to be dismantled. I plan on spending that money over at the UN. did you see my proposal to spend 85 billion each year. It will make the military look like a real bargain. too late. they will all be home standing in the unemployment line after my tax and splurge policies kick in.

Posted by: snObama | September 19, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

While the financial market is in peril, Democrats are voting to prop up an ethically challenged congressman who has not only circumvented the very tax hikes he has written, but who has admitted he is incapable of keeping his own financial house in order,” “Nancy Pelosi’s once-proclaimed ‘most ethical Congress in history’ has officially become a laughingstock.”

Posted by: not our laws, your laws | September 19, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Snobama,

Nobody can claim victory in Iraq. Even if they did Bush still tried nor wants to capture Osama Bin Laden unless its an election year. Me i would rather vote for a candidate that goes after the people that attack our country...........

Posted by: American First | September 19, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

If recent history has taught us anything it's that when Republicans reside in the White House a select few people prosper and thrive:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3ecNXWEJ6A
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While everyone else is fortunate if at the end of the day they still have a roof over their head and food on the table:
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080918/ap_on_re_us/tent_cities
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Posted by: Caribou Barbie | September 19, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

KOZ/snObama - Oh, yes, let's just put aside talking about the troops and putting them in harms way, because that is USING them. Of course, it's perfectly okay for that old drunken fool McCain to blather on and on at every opportuinity about being a POW. ANd, it's perfectly okay for that psychotic old sexual pervert and failure, part of the Swift Boaters, to run around the GOP floor with his medal around his neck, remining everyone that he managed to be in the right place at the right time and get a shiny free new medal. Come on. Youc an do better than that. What a silly dimwitted twit you are.,

Posted by: mibrooks27 | September 19, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

This is pretty simple:

1) Why trust one of those hippie-liberal MSM professional journalists who might report something you didn't want to hear when you can just slap lipstick on a GOP operative and stick him in front of a camera and have him say what you need him to say?

2) Why trust one of those hippie-liberal main stream professional scientists who tell you the fundamental nature of the universe is as yet beyond our technological level of sophistication to understand when you can just roll out some Neo-Creationists who manage to give a nice tidy seven day explanation of the cosmos?

3) Why trust any of those hippie-liberal main stream professional CIA operatives or spy sats when you can just wheel in some loon from the American Enterprise Institute and have them say definitively that a targeted nation had weapons worth starting a war over?

4) Why trust any of those hippie-liberal main stream professional economists who tell us through the use of extensively vetted data that the Bush-McCain theories governing their economic policies have been a disaster in both the long and short term for our nation, when we can just keep saying the (undefined) funadamentals are strong?

GOP Political Theory: The best science fiction in town.

A rising tide lifts all ships... but the invisible hand of the market swamps an ungodly number of them in the process. Unfettered laissez-faire economic theory is one of the foundations of our modern global market, but we have never been willing to go with it 100% because it destroys lives. Laissez-faire creates money, and there is no question about that. But simple people in small towns go to the voting booth to stabilize their way of life. An economy based on most of the principals of laissez-faire with regulation thrown in to mitigate instability is what allows business and citizen to cohabitate in an open society like ours. This combination allows both innovation and protection. Going hardcore protectionist just stifles innovation (look at healthcare in social welfare countries), while lurching the other way in favor of hyperinnovation simply leads to social instability in favor of corporate profit (look at China). So there is my ten cents. Oh, and another thing...

Here's the central issue of the campaign: Media inattention to the real issues. You can put lipstick on a pig, but he's still a 72 year old pervert who only picked Palin because she appears young and pretty (to someone his age). You can put lipstick on a pig, but he's still a 72 year old pervert who dumped his wife after she was disabled in a car wreck. You can put lipstick on a pig, but he's still a 72 year old pervert who dumped his wife for a super wealthy fembot. You can put lipstick on a pig, but he's still a 72 year old pervert who cheated on his wife after she waited for him while imprisoned in Vietnam.

While reading that, and getting fired up, McCain and Bush were shaking in their boots about this election. They've been called on the carpet as the pigs they are. They'll be out in the cold come November.

Pigs in a blanket.

Game over Repugnantcans. You're time here is done. Thanks for the memories, but it is time to step aside and let us adults take over and fix what you broke.

Posted by: Nick Collins III | September 19, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

If all the Republican posters seem a bit cranky and disorientated, you'll have to excuse them. They're going through a pretty tough time, right now.

Posted by: drossless | September 19, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

McCain knows all about bailing out rich bankers and screwing over middle class and poor people, he's been doing it for years.


*McCain - Founding Member of the Keating Five:

McCain was one of the "Keating Five," congressmen investigated on ethics charges for strenuously helping convicted racketeer Charles Keating after he gave them large campaign contributions and vacation trips.
Charles Keating was convicted of racketeering and fraud in both state and federal court after his Lincoln Savings & Loan collapsed, costing the taxpayers $3.4 billion. His convictions were overturned on technicalities; for example, the federal conviction was overturned because jurors had heard about his state conviction, and his state charges because Judge Lance Ito (yes, that judge) screwed up jury instructions. Neither court cleared him, and he faces new trials in both courts.)

Though he was not convicted of anything, McCain intervened on behalf of Charles Keating after Keating gave McCain at least $112,00 in contributions. In the mid-1980s, McCain made at least 9 trips on Keating's airplanes, and 3 of those were to Keating's luxurious retreat in the Bahamas. McCain's wife and father-in-law also were the largest investors (at $350,000) in a Keating shopping center; the Phoenix New Times called it a "sweetheart deal."


*Mafia Ties:

In 1995, McCain sent birthday regards, and regrets for not attending, to Joseph "Joe Bananas" Bonano, the head of the New York Bonano crime family, who had retired to Arizona. Another politician to send regrets was Governor Fife Symington, who has since been kicked out of office and convicted of 7 felonies relating to fraud and extortion.


Here's some straight-talk, my friends:
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http://www.realchange.org/mccain.htm
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Posted by: JennyinOhio | September 19, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Let’s put aside that Obama’s tactic makes cynical use of our troops in harm’s way, placing them in legal limbo while the resolution of their status is delayed. Obama’s sleight of hand further promises to cost American taxpayers untold billions of additional dollars — and for no better reason than allowing him, rather than Bush, to claim credit for success in a war Obama tried his damndest to have us lose.

And all this at a time when Obama’s latest audacity consists of looking Americans in the eye and decrying the billions spent each month rebuilding a foreign country. Those billions, he now says, should be kept at home for “rebuilding” our own country.

Nice try. The Candidate of Hope is hoping that while he caterwauls about our lost billions, you won’t notice that he has already proposed the most jaw-dropping transfer of wealth in American history: taking nearly a trillion dollars out of the pockets of American taxpayers and doling it out to the world’s worst regimes through its most corrupt intermediary, the U.N.

The scam is better known as Obama’s Global Poverty Act. Sen. Joe Biden, his trusty running-mate, recently tried to slam it through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — the better to address the rarely discussed fact that Obama, having achieved nothing noteworthy as an Illinois state senator, is similarly without accomplishment after three years in the Senate.


I am not a crook. Fraud is more like it.

Posted by: snObama | September 19, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I see things. I just choose to never do anything about it.

that is what we Libs call good judgment.

Posted by: snObama | September 19, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse


WHAT WAS THE KEATING FIVE AND WHAT DID MCCAIN HAVE TO DO WITH IT?
Learn a little about who Mccain really is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnH07n-Q1hY

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to reporting from Amir Taheri, the gist of which the Obama campaign has confirmed, we now know that while Obama is telling the American people he wants an end to the war, he has secretly negotiated with the government in Iraq to extend the U.S. military mission there. That is a black-and-white violation of federal criminal law.

Very simply, in our system the president is responsible for conducting foreign policy. President Bush is thus negotiating with the Iraqi government for a “status of forces” agreement that would clarify the rights and responsibilities of U.S. forces in Iraq after the current U.N. mandate expires at the end of this year.

Yet, during Obama’s heralded trip to Baghdad in July, he asked Iraqi leaders to ignore Bush and delay resolving the legal status of our forces until next year — by which time the Senator hopes no longer to need a phony presidential seal.

Under the “Logan Act” (now codified at Section 953 of the federal penal code) it has been against the law since the late 18th century for U.S. citizens to carry on “intercourse with any foreign government” that is aimed either “to defeat the measures of the United States” or to influence the foreign government’s dealings with the United States. Being a senator is no immunity from this statute — as any Republican senator would find out in a hurry if he dared to pull a stunt like this during an Obama administration.

Naturally, the Waxmans, Conyers, Leahys, law-professor legions, and Democrats everywhere who’ve harangued us for eight years about “the rule of law” have fallen silent. No one is issuing subpoenas, talking about special prosecutors, or holding top Obama advisers in contempt until they tell us “what did you know and when did you know it.”

That’s fine. The episode is a welcome reminder of what we learned in the Clinton years: When these folks say “no one is above the law” they really mean “no Republican is above the law.” If a Democrat president, or mock president, decides to violate statutes, order national-security searches without warrant, kidnap uncharged suspects for extraordinary rendition to countries that practice torture, detain captives indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay, and launch attacks without congressional or U.N. approval — all and more of which were staples of Democrat governance in the nineties — it’s anything goes.

Posted by: my law is not your law | September 19, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse


Are you delusional? When was the last time you looked?

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Intrade: McCain Surges Ahead [Larry Kudlow]


The Intrade pay-to-play prediction market — which as recently as July 19 had Obama ahead of McCain by 37 points — now has McCain leading Obama by 4 points.

Posted by: put your money where it counts | September 19, 2008 1:57 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

KOZ- Ah, "exerpience". If some boned headed old fool make the same mistakes over and over and over, he has "experience". When someone like Obama comes along, and right out of the gate, flat out nails foreign policy - predicts that Iraq would TELL US to set a time line, tell us that the surge was a temporary band aide that would up in our faces, tell us that our idiocy in Geogia was going to get that country invaded, tell us - PREDICT - the Wall Street meltdown. Well, that person lacks "experience". Tell you what, Bozo, you go with experience, I'm going to go with someone who sees the world clearly, someone clear eyed and sane... but you wouldn't know about that, would you.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | September 19, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh, hi AsperGirl. I am an innocent girl over 18. I have long blond hair, baby blue eyes, and I am oh so innocent, but have naughty thoughts....

Is that all you can do, you silly twit? Write political porn. Who pays you? How much? Are you even really a woman? Or, are the the politcial equivalent of a telephone sex operator? What a cheap, sleezy piece of work you are.

Posted by: Bambi | September 19, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Intrade: McCain Surges Ahead [Larry Kudlow]


The Intrade pay-to-play prediction market — which as recently as July 19 had Obama ahead of McCain by 37 points — now has McCain leading Obama by 4 points.

Posted by: put your money where it counts | September 19, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"in accordance with Mike b's loony wishes, we hereby nominate the most inexperienced leader the US has ever seen for the office of President."

I thought yall were fans of George W. My how times have change...

Posted by: Huh? | September 19, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

McCain in April declared that there had been "great progress economically" during the Bush years. On more than one occasion, he diagnosed Americans' concerns over the dismal U.S. economy as "psychological." (Phil Gramm, McCain's close friend and adviser supposedly excommunicated over his "whiners" remarks, was back with the campaign last week.) McCain, a man who owns eight homes nationwide, in March lectured Americans facing foreclosure that they ought to be "doing what is necessary -- working a second job, skipping a vacation, and managing their budgets -- to make their payments on time." And when all else fails, McCain told the people of the economically devastated regions in Martin County, Kentucky and Youngstown, Ohio, there's always eBay.


In his defense, McCain's shocking tone-deafness may just be a matter of perspective. When you're as well off as he is, anything below a $5 million income (a figure exceeding that earned on average by the top 0.1% of Americans) seems middle class.


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


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


*The Anheuser-Busch Windfall*
As it turns out, the beauty of globalization is in the eye of the beholder. While John McCain apparently played a critical role in facilitating DHL's takeover of Airborne (and with it, the looming loss of 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio), Cindy McCain is set to earn a staggering multi-million dollar pay-day from the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by the Belgian beverage giant, In Bev. As the Wall Street Journal reported in July, Mrs. McCain runs the third largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the nation, and owns between $2.5 and $5 million in the company's stock. Amazingly, while Missouri's politicians of both parties lined up to try to block the sale, John McCain held a fundraiser in the Show Me State even as the In Bev deal was being finalized.


*McCain's $370,000 Personal Tax Break*
Earlier this year, the Center for American Progress analyzed John McCain's tax proposals. The conclusion? McCain's plan is radically more regressive than even that of President Bush, delivering 58% of its benefits to the wealthiest 1% of American taxpayers. McCain's born-again support for the Bush tax cuts has one additional bonus for Mr. Straight Talk: the McCains would save an estimated $373,000 a year.


*Paying Off $225,000 Credit Card Debt - Priceless*
That massive windfall from his own tax plan will come in handy for John McCain. As was reported in June, the McCains were carrying over $225,000 in credit card debt. The American Express card - don't leave your homes without it.


*Charity Begins at Home*
As Harpers documented earlier this year, the McCains are true believers in the old saying that charity begins at home:
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Between 2001 and 2006, McCain contributed roughly $950,000 to [their] foundation. That accounted for all of its listed income other than for $100 that came from an anonymous donor. During that same period, the McCain foundation made contributions of roughly $1.6 million. More than $500,000 went to his kids' private schools, most of which was donated when his children were attending those institutions. So McCain apparently received major tax deductions for supporting elite schools attended by his children.
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Ironically, the McCain campaign last week blasted Barack Obama for having attended a private school in Hawaii on scholarship. That attack came just weeks after John McCain held an event at his old prep school, Episcopal High, an institution where fees now top $38,000 a year.


*Private Jet Setters*
As the New York Times detailed back in April, John McCain enjoyed the use of his wife's private jet for his campaign, courtesy of election law loopholes he helped craft. Despite the controversy, McCain continued to use Cindy's corporate jet. For her part, Cindy McCain says that even with skyrocketing fuel costs, "in Arizona the only way to get around the state is by small private plane."


*Help on the Homefront*
In these tough economic times, the McCains are able to stretch their household budget. As the AP reported in April, "McCain reported paying $136,572 in wages to household employees in 2007. Aides say the McCains pay for a caretaker for a cabin in Sedona, Ariz., child care for their teenage daughter, and a personal assistant for Cindy McCain."


*Well-Heeled in $520 Shoes*
If clothes make the man, then John McCain has it made. As Huffington Post noted in July, "He has worn a pair of $520 black leather Ferragamo shoes on every recent campaign stop - from a news conference with the Dalai Lama to a supermarket visit in Bethlehem, PA." It is altogether fitting that McCain wore the golden loafers during a golf outing with President George H.W. Bush in which he rode around in cart displaying the sign, "Property of Bush #41. Hands Off."


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N38Ug_ugzXs
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Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | September 19, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Regardless what the outcome of the election The Obamas will make I am sure a 100 million just as the Clintons have and Obama will be one of the most important people of our time.

You will still be living in your trailer eating Ramin noodles posting to web blogs. Now head out to the drug store and buy a few new batteries, I think your vibrator is running down.

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Someone should remind Michelle Shaniqua Obama of her place in society. Her so called success is due to the affirmative action policies in this country. She should be thanking "whitey" for everything she has and not go on tirades of how "they keep raising the bar". If it were not for "whitey", she would have likely been a community college graduate with a baby propped on each of her prominent hips.

Posted by: Dianne72 | September 19, 2008 1:01 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

in accordance with Mike b's loony wishes, we hereby nominate the most inexperienced leader the US has ever seen for the office of President.

Also we are going to let privates just out of boot camp, run the military. Officers, college degrees, leadership, training -all overrated.

Posted by: X-files victim | September 19, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

This is pretty simple:

1) Why trust one of those hippie-liberal MSM professional journalists who might report something you didn't want to hear when you can just slap lipstick on a GOP operative and stick him in front of a camera and have him say what you need him to say?

2) Why trust one of those hippie-liberal main stream professional scientists who tell you the fundamental nature of the universe is as yet beyond our technological level of sophistication to understand when you can just roll out some Neo-Creationists who manage to give a nice tidy seven day explanation of the cosmos?

3) Why trust any of those hippie-liberal main stream professional CIA operatives or spy sats when you can just wheel in some loon from the American Enterprise Institute and have them say definitively that a targeted nation had weapons worth starting a war over?

4) Why trust any of those hippie-liberal main stream professional economists who tell us through the use of extensively vetted data that the Bush-McCain theories governing their economic policies have been a disaster in both the long and short term for our nation, when we can just keep saying the (undefined) funadamentals are strong?

GOP Political Theory: The best science fiction in town.

A rising tide lifts all ships... but the invisible hand of the market swamps an ungodly number of them in the process. Unfettered laissez-faire economic theory is one of the foundations of our modern global market, but we have never been willing to go with it 100% because it destroys lives. Laissez-faire creates money, and there is no question about that. But simple people in small towns go to the voting booth to stabilize their way of life. An economy based on most of the principals of laissez-faire with regulation thrown in to mitigate instability is what allows business and citizen to cohabitate in an open society like ours. This combination allows both innovation and protection. Going hardcore protectionist just stifles innovation (look at healthcare in social welfare countries), while lurching the other way in favor of hyperinnovation simply leads to social instability in favor of corporate profit (look at China). So there is my ten cents. Oh, and another thing...

Here's the central issue of the campaign: Media inattention to the real issues. You can put lipstick on a pig, but he's still a 72 year old pervert who only picked Palin because she appears young and pretty (to someone his age). You can put lipstick on a pig, but he's still a 72 year old pervert who dumped his wife after she was disabled in a car wreck. You can put lipstick on a pig, but he's still a 72 year old pervert who dumped his wife for a super wealthy fembot. You can put lipstick on a pig, but he's still a 72 year old pervert who cheated on his wife after she waited for him while imprisoned in Vietnam.

While reading that, and getting fired up, McCain and Bush were shaking in their boots about this election. They've been called on the carpet as the pigs they are. They'll be out in the cold come November.

Pigs in a blanket.

Game over Repugnantcans. You're time here is done. Thanks for the memories, but it is time to step aside and let us adults take over and fix what you broke.

Posted by: Nick Collins III | September 19, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I know there is liberal bias in the media and I support it fully. I hope we will win in November and burn flag pins on the White House lawn.

Posted by: milbrooks27 | September 19, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/19/AR2008091900620.html?hpid=topnews

This is simple. All the Obama campaign needs to do is create and extensively run a commercial that concisely details Depression era financial safety valves the the Democrats created so many decades ago. The commercial can then contrast everything McCain has personally done to undo these safeties. Next, we flash to the current financial crisis and demonstrate how regulators have saved the economy by abandoning their McCain-Bush hand's off approach in favor of the tools put in place by the Democrats.

They don't build 'em like they used to... Give me some more of that New Deal magic baby!

Posted by: Nick Collins III | September 19, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

madhatter - Excuse me! Your rather pathetic attempt to play fast and loose with statistics ought to make you ashamed. First, less than 1/4 of all active duty military personnel even get to vote. MOST noncoms are denied that chance becasue of a Byzantine labyinth of paperwork, both state and federal, make it nearly impossible. In fact, most active duty troops, regular soliers, actual fighters, as opposed to the armchair scum that composes the offier corps, DO COME from households that are overwhelmingly Democratic. This is born out, both by personal observation and by sampling data from various media outlets. I suspect, actually I am pretty darn sure, that the Pentagon purposeful makes it nearly impossible for fighting troops to vote, becasue of the public embarrassment they would face when the media reported over and over again that the majority of troops voted against some stupid, ill led, ill conceived, advenure like Iraq.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | September 19, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

McCain has been paid a year's salary since he last showed up to work!
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http://blog.washingtonpost.com/capitol-briefing/2008/05/mccain_leads_in_missed_votes.html


$51,345.08 - Senate salary John McCain has 'earned' since he last showed up in the Senate to perform his job on April 9, 2008.


$48,201.00 - The median household income in the US in 2006.
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http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/income/histinc/h06ar.html


That's right Joe and Jane Sixpack, McCain has now recieved more money for not showing up for his job than you and your family get in a year for showing up for yours.

Posted by: McCain/Palin = LIARS! | September 19, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

"AND WE ALREADY KNOW OBAMA'S TRACK RECORD ON EXECUTIVE WOMEN IN TOP OFFICE AFTER HOW HE TREATED HILLARY CLINTON "

Hillary Clinton wasn't president during the primaries. What are you talking about?

Maybe if you post it seventeen more times it will be true.

Posted by: bondjedi | September 19, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Mike B. this is the NSA. We have been moitoring your communications. We are sending over a black helo to fetch you back to HQ. Please pack your things and get ready to go. we can't have anyone out there who knows all our secrets. Make sure you bring that magic tin-foil hat that sends you all the signals we have tried to block.

Posted by: men in black | September 19, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

76% of absentee military ballots in the 2004 election went for Kerry. In 2000, Gore won 55% of the absentee military vote. According to numerous studies the military is generally moderate when political views are aggregated. Top commanders are predominantly Center to Center Left in views, with only 12% identifying as "Right" or "Center Right".

In the 2006 Midterm elections, military voters turned out overwhelmingly in favor of Democratic candidates (88%). This was generally attributed to dissatisfaction with the civilian leadership of the war effort, and poling data revealed a combination of anger toward failed civilian leadership, and general war fatigue over lack of a clear mission and end game.

Posted by: Nick Collins III | September 19, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me while I introduce some invented "facts" here and blather on and on and. Oh, and, to save space and time, I'll now change to my Dianne72 personna and toss in some racist remarks, maybe some pornographic filth, and sign off by claiming I am a stock broker-filthy rich jet setter- feminist-Clinton supporter-Republican die hard-etc. Having multiple identities is fun and therapuetic for a nutcase like me. I change identituies the way some people change socks...and mine all stink just abut as much.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 19, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I know there is liberal bias in the media and I support it fully. I hope we will win in November and burn flag pins on the White House lawn.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | September 19, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

anon. 12:50 PM writes:"...(that) more Democrats serve (in our military) than Republicans"
Not true. The overwhelming number of absentee active-duty military ballots sent in in every election is for Republicans. That is why that in the 2000 election Al Gore's election team went to court in Florida to try to disenfranchise 176,000 Active-duty Floridian military members votes serving overseas from being counted (they didn't succeed). Anon. 12:50 PM lie he/she made up out of thin air is typical of liberal Democrat Socialist spin-control. Just make up facts as you go along to prove whatever point you're trying to make and hope no-one checks.

Posted by: madhatter | September 19, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

LOOK, IT IS WHAT THESE PEOPLE DO......

There has never been, before the internet, this _unregulated_exposure_

LIKE THIS ARTICLE: There has been no serious follow-up on a host of other Reagan-Bush crimes either: the support for Central American death squads the cover-up of the 1981 El Mozote massacre in El Salvador collaboration with Noriega protection for the heroin trade of another CIA-backed group, the Afghan mujahadeen Ferdinand Marcoss alleged multi-million-dollar pay-offs to Ronald Reagan the BCCI affair the savings-and-loan plundering and a hundred other economic rip-offs that enriched the few and left the nation trillions of dollars in debt. So it was not entirely surprising that Gary Webbs remarkable story about contras and crack caused not a ripple of official reaction.

The disclosures were not even mentioned in the nations two leading papers, The New York Times and The Washington Post. After all, since both prestige papers had blown the story in the 1980s, they werent eager to admit their screw-up now. That disturbing reality was underscored again this past month by an exhaustively researched series by Gary Webb in The San Jose Mercury-News.

Webbs three-part series, with supporting documentation, traced the crack epidemic that devastated Los Angeles and other U.S. cities to massive shipments of cocaine smuggled by elements of the CIA-organized Nicaraguan contra army in the early-to-mid 1980s. Danilo Blandon Reyes, a former contra leader and drug dealer, testified during a recent cocaine trafficking trial in San Diego that the smuggling was given a green light by the late Enrique Bermudez, who commanded the FDN, the largest contra force and the one most closely associated with the CIA.


Posted by: speaking of CIA DRUG RUNNING to support the REpublick conners....or bush family whatever... | September 19, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Pretty pathetic that the success of our party is based on Palin. What a shame. Who is she? I mean come on? This is embarrassing. Even though I am a staunch republican I think this party is a losing bet. Our economic policies have failed and we have a complete moron running for us. Get real. It is just happy talk. Made for cartoons.

Posted by: GOP-dude | September 19, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

LIPSTICK VS LIP SERVICE -- HOW MCCAIN, OBAMA PAY WOMEN

:::: Obama's women earn 0.83/dollar compared to his men ::::
:::: McCain's women earn $1.04/dollar compared to his men ::::

How Team Obama Pays Women
By Deroy Murdock

‘Now is the time to keep the promise of equal pay for an equal day’s work,” Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama said August 28 in his convention acceptance speech. He told the crowd in Denver: “I want my daughters to have exactly the same opportunities as your sons.” ...

Obama’s commitment to federally mandated pay equity ... seems to have eluded his United States Senate office. Compensation figures for his legislative staff reveal that Obama pays women just 83 cents for every dollar his men make.

...Obama’s 28 male staffers divided among themselves total payroll expenditures of $1,523,120. Thus, Obama’s average male employee earned $54,397. Obama’s 30 female employees split $1,354,580 among themselves, or $45,152, on average.

Why this disparity? One reason may be the underrepresentation of women among Obama’s highest-compensated employees. Of Obama’s five best-paid advisors, only one was a woman. Among his top 20, seven were women.

On average, Obama’s female staffers earn just 83 cents for every dollar his male staffers make. This figure certainly exceeds the 77-cent threshold that Obama’s campaign website condemns. However, 83 cents do not equal $1. In spite of this 17-cent gap between Obama’s rhetoric and reality, he chose to chide GOP presidential contender John McCain on this issue.

...McCain’s payment patterns are the stuff of feminist dreams.

McCain’s 17 male staffers split $916,914, thus averaging $53,936. His 25 female employees divided $1,396,958 and averaged $55,878.

On average, according to these data, women in John McCain’s office make $1.04 for every dollar a man makes. In fact, ceteris paribus, a typical female staffer could earn 21 cents more per dollar paid to her male counterpart — while adding $10,726 to her annual income — by leaving Barack Obama’s office and going to work for John McCain.

more at: http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NmEzMTZmNTk5MDI0NTZmNjUwMjllN2ZlZTc0MWFmYzY=

LIPSTICK VS. LIP SERVICE

MCCAIN PUT PALIN ON HIS TICKET, TO MAKE HISTORY
OBAMA PULLED OFF A LOT TO KEEP HILLARY OFF HIS

MCCAIN = LIPSTICK
OBAMA = LIP SERVICE

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 19, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Important Alaska Question:

What if Stevens is found guilty and resigns? Does Governor Palin appoint her lieutenant governor Sean Parnell to the seat, and even if Steven's name stayed on ballot, what are laws of succession up there, special election or ?

Posted by: gerard | September 19, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

KOZ - I've let your litle aside about "sticking with the troops" fester for a while until I am so angry I could tear yournhead off. What do you know about the troops? Nothing I suspect. I live with two of those troops, both my sons, both wounded, one horribly wounded. I am paying for college for the older one right now. That much vaunted HI Bill? Due to "cost cutting measures" he and tens of thousands of other veteran aren't getting it! Why? Becasue your oh so patriotic White House added a bunch of paperwork that was purposefully late (my son received his the DAY AFTER it was due....so did the sons and daughters of EVERY veteran college student I know of). Why? Becasue the federal treasury is broke. They are playing games with benefits, with anything and everything, so come up with money to pay for that drunken binge their Wall Street friends have been on. The next time you write about the troops, try to get to know one before making an utter ass of yourself!

Posted by: mibrooks27 | September 19, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

the king of BS Soak...

is still here?

I thought he was arrested for loitering in restrooms on Mount Vernon Highway...


.

Posted by: so | September 19, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

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HOW MUCH COMMON STOCK IS FREDDIE HOLDING????


HOW MUCH STOCK IS FANNIE HOLDING????


who has control of it????

to buy sell or hold?


why are "the people" bailing out FANNIE OR FREDDIE WHEN THEY HAVE PAPER ASSETS TO LIQUIDATE ?????


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why hasn't anyone mentioned that when the governement "took over" Fannie Mae

they also took over $800 BILLION DOLLARS worth of stock that FANNIE MAE HAS INVESTED in addition to it's MORTGAGE GUARANTEEING BUSINESS....


FANNIE MAE IS HOLDING $800 BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF STOCK

that now Georgie Worgie "LIPS" bush has control of

doesn't that make you all feel safe?

.How's the Jeff Gannon Story coming....


double entendre'


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the crisis is over???

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

LIPSTICK VS LIP SERVICE -- HOW MCCAIN, OBAMA PAY WOMEN

Obama's women earn 0.83/dollar compared to his men
McCain's women earn $1.04/dollar compared to his men

How Team Obama Pays Women
Pay equity for thee, but not for me.
By Deroy Murdock

‘Now is the time to keep the promise of equal pay for an equal day’s work,” Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama said August 28 in his convention acceptance speech. He told the crowd in Denver: “I want my daughters to have exactly the same opportunities as your sons.”

...

Obama’s commitment to federally mandated pay equity stretches from the Rockies to Wall Street and beyond. And yet it seems to have eluded his United States Senate office. Compensation figures for his legislative staff reveal that Obama pays women just 83 cents for every dollar his men make.

A watchdog group called LegiStorm posts online the salaries for Capitol Hill staffers. “We have no political affiliations and no political purpose except to make the workings of Congress as transparent as possible,” its website explains. Parsing LegiStorm’s official data, gleaned from the Secretary of the Senate, offers a fascinating glimpse at pay equity in the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body.

The most recent statistics are for the half-year from October 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008. Excluding interns focuses one’s attention on the full-time personnel. For someone who worked only until, say, last February 29, prorating their salary up to six months’ service simplifies the analysis, since we can then double the half-year amounts to figure the annual salary of Senate employees.

Based on these calculations, Obama’s 28 male staffers divided among themselves total payroll expenditures of $1,523,120. Thus, Obama’s average male employee earned $54,397.

Obama’s 30 female employees split $1,354,580 among themselves, or $45,152, on average.

Why this disparity? One reason may be the underrepresentation of women among Obama’s highest-compensated employees. Of Obama’s five best-paid advisors, only one was a woman. Among his top 20, seven were women.

On average, Obama’s female staffers earn just 83 cents for every dollar his male staffers make. This figure certainly exceeds the 77-cent threshold that Obama’s campaign website condemns. However, 83 cents do not equal $1. In spite of this 17-cent gap between Obama’s rhetoric and reality, he chose to chide GOP presidential contender John McCain on this issue.

...McCain’s payment patterns are the stuff of feminist dreams.

McCain’s 17 male staffers split $916,914, thus averaging $53,936. His 25 female employees divided $1,396,958 and averaged $55,878.

On average, according to these data, women in John McCain’s office make $1.04 for every dollar a man makes. In fact, ceteris paribus, a typical female staffer could earn 21 cents more per dollar paid to her male counterpart — while adding $10,726 to her annual income — by leaving Barack Obama’s office and going to work for John McCain.

more at: http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NmEzMTZmNTk5MDI0NTZmNjUwMjllN2ZlZTc0MWFmYzY=

LIPSTICK VS. LIP SERVICE

MCCAIN PUT PALIN ON HIS TICKET, TO MAKE HISTORY
OBAMA PULLED OFF A LOT TO KEEP HILLARY OFF HIS

MCCAIN = LIPSTICK
OBAMA = LIP SERVICE

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 19, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

A commodity appears at first sight an extremely obvious, trivial thing. But its analysis brings out that it is a very strange thing, abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties. Capital is money, capital is commodities. By virtue of it being value, it has acquired the occult ability to add value to itself. It brings forth living offspring, or, at the least, lays golden eggs.

However, Capital is reckless of the health or length of life of the laborer, unless under compulsion from society. Capitalist production, therefore, develops technology, and the combining together of various processes into a social whole, only by sapping the original sources of all wealth - the soil and the laborer.

And when you throw Palin into the mix, you are stuck with her religion poisoning the well. After all, religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. To that end, because the ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e., the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force, Palin in, or anywhere near the executive branch would be an unmitigated disaster.

Posted by: WikiWilly | September 19, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Here are 2 campaign ads from Bush '04. Interesting how much they sound just like McCain '08 (when he isn't focused on Paris Hilton).

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/09/bush-2004-political-ads-sound-familiar.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | September 19, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

"You got into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

Posted by: snObama | September 19, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

"You know, the truth is that right after 9/11, I had a (flag) pin. Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we're talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for, I think, true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security, I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest..."

Posted by: snObama | September 19, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

"I can no more disown (Jeremiah Wright) than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother - a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe."

"The point I was making was not that Grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn't. But she is a typical white person..."

Posted by: snObama | September 19, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Ah, yes, "winning wars". What on earth d you mean by "winning wars" or "victory". In Iraq, we bat the Iraqi Army on the battlefield, but those blow hards in the White House decided to redefine "victory" to mean a democratic government... Then, "stability", then "a decline in violence". No one, NO ONE, least of all, has defined "victory" or "winning" that war and we're pretty darn sure you cannot. Actually, we're all pretty darn sure you haven't given it much thought. All "victory" and "winning" are for you guys is a bunch of hot air and empty words.

Look, there is more violence in tis country on any one day than there is in Iraq. Should that provide a reason for Russia or CHina to station troops here to ensure "stablity"? Under you definition it sure does!

As for taxes. Let's just accept, for the sake of argument, that Obama cannot pay for any of his proposed programs. What will they cost? $80, $100, maybe $200 billion dollars. YOUR idiot president just put the federal government on the line for more than $1 TRILLION dollars in taxpayer provided bailout for the Wall Street crowd. That is $1,000,000,000,000. In the first six year sof his occupancy of the Whitehouse, with a Republican controlled House and Senate, they DOUBLED the national debt. It is, now, 9.7 TRILLION DOLLARS --- $9,700,000,000,000! BUsh and the Republican party is solely responsible for more than half that - $5,300,000,000,000!!!! The Iraq war debt, the unfuinded liability for the Wall Street finace firms that have been bailed out, the uninsured losses expected for money market instruments, amiunts to more than the whole of the U.S. GNP! And who is responsible for that massive debt. Why the tax payers. If that isn't a tax increase, I've never heard of a tax increase!

ALl you NeoMarxists have to offer is empty headed sloagans, blather, hot air, utter rot with no more meaning than the thin air that is supporting your ridiculous economic and foreign policy programs.

We once upon a time had Republican's that stood for this country, that offered sound fiscal polcieis. Theodore Roosevelt and the Republican Party under him had just gone through the horrific deression of the 1890's. They passed the Sherman AntiTrust Act to ensure than no corporation would ever grow so large that it's faulure would doom our economy, possibly even our government. Did these latter day Marxists, these fuzzy minded one worlders, these greedy fools, learn from that. NO! They presided over an era of unbridled corporate growth. The creation of institutions and corporations so large that their very existance is a threat to the stability and existance of western civilization. Now, confronted with the very real evidence of that danger, again, what do they do? They help certain of these bloated dinosaurs to grow even larger, become even a greater danger. Worse, they have enabled, encouraged that growth using foreign capital from their favorite communist state (China) to control, even own, those monsterous entities. In the full knowledge that their NeoMaxist ideology of globalization has resulted in the loss of millions of jobs, their answer has been not to prptect jobs, not to use the the carrot of tax payer subsidized bailout to have these companies and firms curtail some of their outsourcing excess, they have given even more tax breaks to them to outsource even more! Insanity! And you have the gaul to lecture us about economics. You don't know snot about economics!

Posted by: mibrooks27 | September 19, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

"Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula? I mean, they're charging a lot of money for this stuff."

Posted by: snObama | September 19, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: VitaminC | September 19, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

apparently zouk sees Paulson as part of the soviet style thumb sucking leaders and he would have preferred an economic Hooer type meltdownof AIG who does business in 130 countries and holds paper for millions of pensions and money markets. I agree with Palin on this one: thanks but no thanks.

Incidentally you inored my point that the bridge in Minn could have been build $146 million cheaper and the AIG bailout $250 billion cheaper had we not listened to you, McCain,the Minn Governor or the radical free market anti regulators. Spending $12 billion/mo on an endless war, wasting tax payor money for Roads to No Where, and anti regulation politics is not consevative, its radical.

Posted by: Leichtman | September 19, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

E. Dole has always been in serious trouble for obvious reasons. But the 2 party system is archaic. The Old Man from AZ. is just that -but a nice guy; and Sarah's a maverick alright but certainly not ready. Obama is unseasoned and Biden an old hack who speaks out of turn-"Hillary would have been better"-he was right! They are all out for themselves tax wise & send boys to die in war, needlessly. Vote Nader and begin the break up of these jokers. Just for a Real Change- you have nothing to lose but your house son or daughter and stocks. It is not a wasted vote if you really mean it.

Posted by: Tom | September 19, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

PALIN JUST WITHDREW HER NOMINATION FOR "FAMILY REASONS"!!!!

No details on this one yet. This is beyond words. Stay in the race! I can't believe it!!

Posted by: VitaminC | September 19, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe the CEOs of these failed institutions"

By that I assume you mean Obama's economic advisors?

Posted by: present | September 19, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

If elected I plan to change the April 15th tax filing deadline to July 4th. this way we can all be patriotic and tax payers at the same time. And by all, I really mean the successful 5% who pay everything for the rest of us, wihout even so much as a thanks.

that goes for you soldiers too, the ones who are too stupid to get into Harvard. the thanks is implied. Now hurry up and lose so the Democrats can get elected.

Posted by: Babbling biden | September 19, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Asper girl,

YYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWNNNNNNNNNN

Posted by: Huh? | September 19, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Someone should remind Michelle Shaniqua Obama of her place in society. Her so called success is due to the affirmative action policies in this country. She should be thanking "whitey" for everything she has and not go on tirades of how "they keep raising the bar". If it were not for "whitey", she would have likely been a community college graduate with a baby propped on each of her prominent hips.

Posted by: Dianne72 | September 19, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

kingofzouk wrote: "By this I must assume you mean "the powers relegated by the constitution" and not the flimsy soviet grab- everything in sight approach of the libs. I think you thumb sucking victims (AKA Democrats) should move back in with your mother if you need so much care as an adult."

Whoa wait a minute. This republican administration is now the proud owner of an insurance company and many financial houses. If that isn't a soviet style grab I'd like to know why. But I guess when republicans are doing this its called saving the nation.

Maybe the CEOs of these failed institutions and the thosands now laid off who made the bad loans that the CEOs encouraged should move back in with their mothers if they need so much care as an adult.

Typical conservative hypocrit.

Posted by: Fate | September 19, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Is that really Liddy Dole?

She's starting to look like the catwoman Jocelyn Wildenstein.

Creepy.

Posted by: truth | September 19, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

As usual most of the responses have nothing to do with the topic. When will The Fix get someone to moderate this?

In relation to the blog, it is Republican happy talk, bordering on delusional. McCain is starting to sink in the polls and Palin's negatives are rising. And today's reprieve of the economic meltdown is temporary...The economy will still be poor when the November election rolls around...

As for McCain's vow to "fire" the SEC commissioner, Chris Cox: "While the president nominates and the Senate confirms the SEC chair, a commissioner of an independent regulatory commission cannot be removed by the president," ABC's David Wright reports. "

Why did McCain and his crack economic team(Phil Gramm) not bother to find that that out? He thinks Spain is a dictatorship in South America and wants to fire people he would have no authority to fire.

Obama does the economic thing as well on Friday, meeting with advisers in Florida: "Some of the most respected names in the business world were pitching in Friday, including billionaire investor Warren Buffett, former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, former Treasury secretaries Robert Rubin, Lawrence Summers and Paul O'Neill and Laura Tyson, former head of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Clinton," the AP's Terence Hunt reports.

The near collapse of our economy should be the number one issue driving home the point that no GOP member should be re-elected. John McCain was personally and profoundly responsible for eliminating the regulations that would have prevented this crisis. Hammer the hell out of the GOP! And let the electoral chips fall where they may.

Posted by: kingofzouk | September 19, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Zouk it's ironic that you threaten to ignore people with anomynous names when you'd still pay little to no attention if they gave their name, physical address, and cell phone number in an attempt to get the facts to you.

Keep spoutin about them damn libs and Hollywood....don't look now but your precious red states look like an extension of the Soviet empire. This is all happening forcefully with the drive of your free market back peddlers-why do you think Bush is hiding right now?

Posted by: Mike | September 19, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

How about you loons let the adults use the blog today. you have effectively ruined it all week. take your hate and your tired old liberal talking points back to Kos where you found them.

Posted by: kingofzouk | September 19, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Zouk promise to go away after the 2006 elections? Who walked over this troll's bridge and woke him?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

anonymous - get a name or be ignored.

Posted by: kingofzouk | September 19, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are just a little giddy because they had a nice party and saw the usual post convention bump. Its moving back to normal now so their giddiness should wane soon.

It will really drop when someone asks Palin why she wants to abolish all abortions, even in the case of rape and incest. She dodged that one during her Gibson interview saying we all need to work to limit abortion, but one day she will be forced to answer it, and when its widely learned she wants to ban abortion completely, and even made Alaskan rape victims pay for their own rape kits, she will lose whatever people are seeing in her. She is not a wonderful hockey mom, she is a poor mom, one that does not take care of her kids (who get pregnant underage) and one who would deny you the choice of even a lifesaving abortion. A blooming autocrat she is in the form of Bush/Cheney.

Ask anyone in Alaska how many people she fired, or threatened to fire, because they disagreed with her. She fired the librarian because she refused to ban books for crying out loud, only recinding the firing after a public outcry. Is this a leader or an autocrat? Alaskans compare her with Hugo Chavez, an autocrat working in a democracy. The comparison is certainly valid. The republicans should be feeling sick that she is what they are putting their future hopes on. In McCain they have a rational person, but Palin is from the bottom of the republican barrel, where the neocons thrive.

Posted by: Fate | September 19, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

So called conservatives sure now how to waste tax payor money with endless wars and stubborn deregulation.

Posted by: Leichtman | September 19, 2008 12:47 PM

By this I must assume you mean "the powers relegated by the constitution" and not the flimsy soviet grab- everything in sight approach of the libs.

I think you thumb sucking victims (AKA Democrats) should move back in with your mother if you need so much care as an adult.

Posted by: kingofzouk | September 19, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

To Zouk:

What if the troops disagree with having their health care cut, receiving sub standard equipment compared to private mercenaries, or being given poor direction by incompetent civilian leadership?

You do know that more Democrats serve than Republicans right? Something to do with country above self or some other evil commie plot

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl:

Any info regarding John McCain's record and or history on the issue of equal pay for women?

Thanks.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/19/AR2008091900620.html?hpid=topnews

This is simple. All the Obama campaign needs to do is create and extensively run a commercial that concisely details Depression era financial safety valves the the Democrats created so many decades ago. The commercial can then contrast everything McCain has personally done to undo these safeties. Next, we flash to the current financial crisis and demonstrate how regulators have saved the economy by abandoning their McCain-Bush hand's off approach in favor of the tools put in place by the Democrats.

They don't build 'em like they used to... Give me some more of that New Deal magic baby!

Posted by: Nick Collins III | September 19, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

excuse me zook how do you think we are paying for that war you are so excited about if not with your taxes?

Radical conservatives absolute free market traders think it is conservatve to pay $450 bllion to salvage AIG on Wed rather than $250 billion last Friday when they objected and $246 to rebuid a Minnesota bridge rather then the $100 million their R Governor vetoed many lives and millions later.

You shold be proud of that 26 million dollar Palin Road to No Where. Would have been interesting if Rs had gotten their way to privatize Social Security on Tuesday. So called conservatives sure now how to waste tax payor money with endless wars and stubborn deregulation.

Posted by: Leichtman | September 19, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Kingofuk:

"MikeB - my idea of patriotism is winning wars, not paying taxes so the Libs can hand out money and favors to all their supporters, like corrupt labor unions that ruin companies, like pitiful teachers unions that have wrecked public education, like greedy trial lawyers that have savaged our justice system, like big shot hollywood liberals who think they know everything but for the most part are dimwit high school drop-outs. don;t even get me started on the loons of the angry left over at Kos and Huff. Or the Left wing angry press."

You mean like the billions Halliburtion and KBR have overcharged our government because they are Bush and Cheneys buddies? Or how about Heckuva job Brownie who got to lead FEMA because he could raise money for Bush. Or how about Palins buddy whos love of cows somehow got her a management position in that state?????

Posted by: American First | September 19, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA'S GIVING A SPEECH RIGHT NOW ON WOMEN'S PAY!!

Barack Obamas also a hypocrite when it comes to bashing McCain on "gender pay equity". The lip service he pays to women's equity issues apparently gives him enough authority and credibility in the liberal feminist world to bash others!

How Team Obama Pays Women,
Pay equity for thee, but not for me.
By Deroy Murdock

"Now is the time to keep the promise of equal pay for an equal day’s work,” Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama said August 28 in his convention acceptance speech. He told the crowd in Denver: “I want my daughters to have exactly the same opportunities as your sons.”

"Obama’s campaign website is even more specific. Under the heading “Fighting for Pay Equity,” the women’s issues page laments that, “Despite decades of progress, women still make only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. A recent study estimates it will take another 47 years for women to close the wage gap with men at Fortune 500 corporate offices. Barack Obama believes the government needs to take steps to better enforce the Equal Pay Act…”

"Obama’s commitment to federally mandated pay equity stretches from the Rockies to Wall Street and beyond. And yet it seems to have eluded his United States Senate office. Compensation figures for his legislative staff reveal that Obama pays women just 83 cents for every dollar his men make...."

more at: http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NmEzMTZmNTk5MDI0NTZmNjUwMjllN2ZlZTc0MWFmYzY=


McCain, Clinton Pay Women Better than Obama
By Fred Lucas, Staff Writer

"The average pay for women who worked on the Senate staff of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama of Illinois was at least $6,000 below the average pay for men working on Obama's staff. This held true whether the average pay was calculated for all of Obama's staff, only for his non-intern staff, or only for his staff making more than $23,000 on an annual basis. Obama employed slightly more males than females."

more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/Public/Content/article.aspx?RsrcID=31833


AND WE ALREADY KNOW OBAMA'S TRACK RECORD ON EXECUTIVE WOMEN IN TOP OFFICE AFTER HOW HE TREATED HILLARY CLINTON

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Posted by: AsperGirl | September 19, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama and dodd just released thier new housing plan:

Step 1 - try to get low interest preferred loans from donors who have business in front of your committee.

Step 2 - find a crooked slumlord to co-sign. Promise him favors at some poiint down the road.

Step 3 - ignora all evidence of any difficulties

Step 4 - blame any calamities on John McCain. Send out your calims in spanish and hope no one notices that blatant lies.

step 5 - Hire ACLU lawyers to cover for you, scream racism.

Step 6 - get Pelosi and Reid to look even more bumbling and incompetant so you fall off the radar.

Posted by: the rules | September 19, 2008 12:18 PM


I second your rules. Moreover I vote "PRESENT" on them, so as to avoid taking some controversial stand that might threaten my career in the future!!!

Thanks for the good work! If your rules pass, I'll claim credit later on, saying that I sponsored them!

Posted by: Barack Obama's Conscience | September 19, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Republicans and military men on John McCain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdJUCU1UH2w


Posted by: Not So Happy Republican Talk | September 19, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Not to let the facts get in the way of a good story, but that's one year out of four in the U.S. Senate.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 12:29 PM

so your claim is that he was Rambo the other three years. Can you name one single incident where he stood up to liberal orthodoxy? there isn't one. In fact he dragged them to the left. Imagine letting already born babies just die.

Posted by: silly libs | September 19, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

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why hasn't anyone mentioned that when the governement "took over" Fannie Mae


they also took over $800 BILLION DOLLARS worth of stock that FANNIE MAE HAS INVESTED in addition to it's MORTGAGE GUARANTEEING BUSINESS....

FANNIE MAE IS HOLDING $800 BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF STOCK


that now Georgie Worgie "LIPS" bush has control of


doesn't that make you all feel safe?


.How's the Jeff Gannon Story coming....


double entendre'


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Posted by: the crisis is over??? | September 19, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

MikeB - my idea of patriotism is winning wars, not paying taxes so the Libs can hand out money and favors to all their supporters, like corrupt labor unions that ruin companies, like pitiful teachers unions that have wrecked public education, like greedy trial lawyers that have savaged our justice system, like big shot hollywood liberals who think they know everything but for the most part are dimwit high school drop-outs. don;t even get me started on the loons of the angry left over at Kos and Huff. Or the Left wing angry press.

no thanks. I'll stick with the troops.

Posted by: kingofzouk | September 19, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse


you want a quick fix to this ECONOMIC WASTELAND.....and I'm not talking about the stock market...

that will be painless for you all ???

but will help you determine how patriotic your presidente' by fraud and his people are ????


CONSCRIPT THE CONTRACTORS...


pass a law that will make everyone involved in IRAQ y AFGHANISTAN either military or GS Scale civilians under control of

GAO or the MILITARY at military and GS Scale pay grades...

that would cut the budget by 1/3 and give the citizens oversight on what is spent...


how much is Halliburton, KBR, Bechtel, Dyncorp, Blackwater, et al making, and what are their projects ???

you don't know, because it's "classfied," not your business, and it's not talked about and yet WE are paying for every penney of it....

this in the current ecomonic state of being, should sound ALARMING to you if_you_have_a_brain_...


the only reason it wouldn't alarm you is if you're complicit as Dianne Feinstein is....


AMERICA IS BEING DRAINED FOR THE BENEFIT OF A FEW....and they ain't all AMERICANS,
factories overseas producing goods with 100 PERCENT foreign labor and the goods are not paying import duty? They are FOREIGN goods....no AMERICAN LABOR made them...so no middle class money being spent in country....because they've lost their jobs....and you winos can't figure out what's wrong with the economy....Pearlstein couldn't figure his way out of a wet paper bag or describe the situation accurately if his life depended upon it....

money flow requires money spent.....not money invested...the middle class spends 75 PERCENT of what it makes and creates FLOW w/o the middle class, there will never be a "recovered" economy....


WTF ?????

pull your head out of your buts and arrest somepeople...

take action.


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Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous - re: most liberal Senator. Well, almost no one else believes it any more either. The NeoMarxists have over used that one, along with their bleating about an eminent terrorist attack. The old tricks are dogs and only a fool believes anything these treasonous swine have to say. We will win, but afterwards we need to root out these cockroaches and make certain they can never again use lies and deceit and treachery as a campaign mechanism. We need to bring back the equal time laws and force these bugs to identify themselves, if they are a genuine human being with an opinion, or if they are a paid hack for some campaign or other organization. We are pretty certain that KOZ and Dianne72 are on someone’s payroll. I, for one, would like to know precisely who. Cockroaches don’t like the light and this would a start for exterminating them.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | September 19, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Get a clue Chris..take it from a 30 year finance professional.

Mc Cain "gets it" ...big time.. he won the election today...Obama was tied to the credit crisis....he's through .

Tell the Jamie Gorelick , the Crown heiress , the Klutznick heiress and the Pritzker heiress that they didn't get into harvard because they were smart they got in because daddy was rich.
The J.A.P. Lake Shore Drive Chicago Mafia just took it in the a - -

Game , set , match.

Put a fork in it , Obama's done

Posted by: rtfanning | September 19, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

"The tag of "most liberal senator" is based on one year,"

By that do you mean his entire professional career?

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Not to let the facts get in the way of a good story, but that's one year out of four in the U.S. Senate.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Here in Oregon, Gordon Smith has been on TV with saturation ads for weeks, and I'm amazed that he's only polled more poorly the longer the ads are on.

Taking the low road doesn't fit with Smith's image, but he's been negative for months in an attempt define Merkley before he can define himself.

In particular, I agree with mibrooks that it appears the soft-on-rapists ad seems to be backfiring. IMO, Merkley's counter ad, where a female cop contradicts the Smith ad & then tells Smith to 'knock off the sleazy tactics' is very effective.

Posted by: Scott in PacNW | September 19, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for running a photography of Liddy Dole.

We hardly ever see her down here in North Carolina.

It's good to know what Dole looks like, since I plan on voting early––and voting for her opponent, Kay Hagan.


Posted by: tony the pitiful copywriter | September 19, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

"The tag of "most liberal senator" is based on one year,"

By that do you mean his entire professional career?

Posted by: thin is as thin does | September 19, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

KOZ (aka: boruch yona loriner, SnoBama,why do libs), quit pretending. Your various aliases and immarture posts have gotten tiresome and so extreme that they remind us of a kindergartener throwing a tamtrum. They neither help your cause nor make you look like a thinking adult. The issues are quite plain. Either you are a Marxist traitor of your country or you are an Obama supporter. Either you are a racist twit like AsperGirl aka Dianne72...another paid RNC hack who pretends to be a Clinton support, a Wall Street investor, a wealthy socialite, and, lately, an enrolled member of the tinfoil hate brigade...or you are a decent human being. You cannot be both a Republican, even a pretend conservative, and be taken seriously as a patriot, or a member of the human race, in this election cycle.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | September 19, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

We can't win on ideas, so we attack strawmen.

Posted by: The conservative movement | September 19, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Today I'm gong to demonstrate how to paint a uplifting picture of the economy.

To lend some perspective and some interest, I'm going to put a couple of Republicans in the right foreground.

Happy Little Republicans......

Posted by: Bob Ross | September 19, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Read this article titled, "Conservative for Obama." It is very explanatory, thoughtful, and intelligently written. I find a balanced understanding of this person looking at the entire picture, and making decisions accordingly. This is an interesting view from yet another perspective! Bravo!!

http://www.dmagazine.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?nm=Core+Pages&type=gen&mod=Core+Pages&tier=3&gid=B33A5C6E2CF04C9596A3EF81822D9F8E

Posted by: Obama2008 | September 19, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama and dodd just released thier new housing plan:

Step 1 - try to get low interest preferred loans from donors who have business in front of your committee.

Step 2 - find a crooked slumlord to co-sign. Promise him favors at some poiint down the road.

Step 3 - ignora all evidence of any difficulties

Step 4 - blame any calamities on John McCain. Send out your calims in spanish and hope no one notices that blatant lies.

step 5 - Hire ACLU lawyers to cover for you, scream racism.

Step 6 - get Pelosi and Reid to look even more bumbling and incompetant so you fall off the radar.

Posted by: the rules | September 19, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I always get a bit of a chuckle out of the "most liberal senator" thing. Like it's some huge smear that should torpedo any senator's dream of becoming president.

First of all, Obama is a liberal, but a center-left liberal. The tag of "most liberal senator" is based on one year, 2007, and comes from one source, a conservative rag.

Is he liberal? The "most liberal senator"? Not so much.

And factcheck.org will back me up on that.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

(attacking McCain's proposals & ideas)

Going to give a press conference on the crisis today:

"PRESENT!"

(back to attacking McCain's proposals & ideas)

Posted by: Barack Obama's Conscience | September 19, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Felipe Mendez - I've noticed that, too. Senator Smith's stock has been sinking like a rock. Today he started these really ugly campaign ads acussing Merkley of defending rapsists that repeatedly offend....really desparate and goofy stuff. That may fly in some parts of the state. I really thought Smith had a chance before, but now I think this last desparate act is going to cost him the election.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | September 19, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

THE OBAMA FAMILY ESTATES -- NO FANNIE MAE FOR YOU!

Barack Obama lives in a Georgian mansion with 7 fireplaces that his slumlord, convicted corruption figure buddy, Tony Rezko helped him buy while helping a bagman who was laundering Iraqi oil-for-food program money

Barack Obama and his slumlord patron
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/353829,CST-NWS-rez23.article

Obama's half-brother George in Africa is living in a hut on less than a dollar a month. His brother doesn't even have an inside toilet. Obama could practically triple his brother George's annual income by sending him a $20 bill once a year. Or he could buy him an outhouse for twice that much.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/barackobama/2590614/Barack-Obamas-lost-brother-found-in-Kenya.html
http://www.washtimes.com/news/2008/aug/26/the-inconvenient-obama/

George, who has met his brother only twice, has pictures of his brother that he has torn from newspapers, taped to his wall. He doesn't even have a real, signed picture from Barack.

Obama spent $6 million last month to move his one-time acceptance speech from the convention hall to a specially-built temple in a coliseum with fireworks, and his brother lives in a hut with no plumbing.

Posted by: boruch yona loriner | September 19, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

How can anyone take Obama seriously on housing when he let the poorest of the poor who elected him in Chicago freeze in slums in his district his friend and campaign contributor Rezok got $100M to repair or replace?

Obama knew, but did nothing.

That says everything.

Before you send any more of your, or your parent's, hard earned money to Barry Obama --

Please Watch this report on Obama, Obama's slums, Rezko, and $100M of wasted taxpayer money, from NBC news, Chicago's most respected TV news program.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDHsHM0laT8&feature=related

How do you explain away the fact that Barry Obama never followed up on the 11 slums that his friend Rezko was supposed to repair in Obama's district in Chicago, and continued to do nothing about the 40 slums that Rezko was supposed to repair or replace in Chicago, even after Obama joined the US Senate?

From the Chicago Sun Times:

For more than five weeks during the brutal winter of 1997, tenants shivered without heat in a government-subsidized apartment building on Chicago's South Side.

It was just four years after the landlords -- Antoin "Tony'' Rezko and his partner Daniel Mahru -- had rehabbed the 31-unit building in Englewood with a loan from Chicago taxpayers.

Rezko and Mahru couldn't find money to get the heat back on.

But their company, Rezmar Corp., did come up with $1,000 to give to the political campaign fund of Barack Obama, the newly elected state senator whose district included the unheated building....

The building in Englewood was one of 30 Rezmar rehabbed in a series of troubled deals largely financed by taxpayers. Every project ran into financial difficulty. More than half went into foreclosure, a Chicago Sun-Times investigation has found.

"Their buildings were falling apart,'' said a former city official. "They just didn't pay attention to the condition of these buildings.''

Eleven of Rezko's buildings were in Obama's state Senate district....

Rezko and Mahru had no construction experience when they created Rezmar in 1989 to rehabilitate apartments for the poor under the Daley administration. Between 1989 and 1998, Rezmar made deals to rehab 30 buildings, a total of 1,025 apartments. The last 15 buildings involved Davis Miner Barnhill & Galland during Obama's time with the firm.

Rezko and Mahru also managed the buildings, which were supposed to provide homes for poor people for 30 years. Every one of the projects ran into trouble:

* Seventeen buildings -- many beset with code violations, including a lack of heat -- ended up in foreclosure.

* Six buildings are currently boarded up.

* Hundreds of the apartments are vacant, in need of major repairs.

* Taxpayers have been stuck with millions in unpaid loans.

* At least a dozen times, the city of Chicago sued Rezmar for failure to heat buildings.

Posted by: Donny | September 19, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

What do you mean the teleprompter is out? Cancel all of my appearances until its fixed. Let the voters know I am still here by voting "Present". Get my 3000 advisors on that blackberry thing Mccain sent over. Send out a fundraising letter.

Posted by: snObama | September 19, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Once "hope" and "change" had to be defined as more than a podium sign, and Obama had to speak on occasion without a teleprompter, avoiding the joint town hall meetings he promised John McCain, it became apparent that it was not change for the better Obama was offering.

He offered trillions in new taxes and surrender to our enemies abroad. He was a classic liberal, the No. 1 liberal in the U.S. Senate, and that's a losing argument.

Posted by: why do libs always lose | September 19, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

FINANCIAL TERRORISM A ROOT CAUSE
OF WALL STREET MONEY MELTDOWN?

Once again, Congress is being asked to rush through emergency legislation which will grant effective control of the economy to the government.

Officials continue to blame lax lending policies on the part of the mortgage industry for spawning this crisis. But is that entirely true?

And is there a hidden agenda at work?

Consider this:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/targeting-u-s-citizens-govt-agencies-root-cause-wall-street-financial-crisis
BOOKMARK:
http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener | September 19, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Here in Oregon McCain is coming across as an utter fool. His reaction to the financial crisis has been very panicky. Fire the SEC chair? Give me a break. Chairman Cox has just shown himself to be a brilliant, cautious caretaker (kudos also to Sec. Paulson and Chairman Bernanke) in a time of crisis. Cox has halted short sales of 799 financial stocks-- a brilliant move that is partly responsible for rescuing the country from a debilitating loss of confidence in the future. McCain's shoot-from-the hip style has killed Oregon's Senator Gordon Smith's chances of re-election. Why would we send a Republican to the Senate? We have done so in the past and been happy with the results. But imagine Gordon Smith carrying the load for a McCain White House??? Oregon will never let it happen!!!

Posted by: Felipe Mendez | September 19, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I will continue to cover for my total ineptitude. We have no plans to do anything and will be taking the rest of the year off. I will not be punishing Mr Jefferson for bribery or even Mr Rangel for tax evasion. those rules are for everyone else, not us. I am not concerned that we have the lowest approval rating of all time - below 10%. Go ahead, call me the worst speaker in history. that stunned look has nothing to do with what I hear. It is surgical.

Posted by: Pelosi galore | September 19, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

In New Hampshire the war that Sununu was an enabler of is, wildy unpopular. If the NH R party doesn't tamper with the NH D Party phone lines this time Shaheen who has been ahead in 18 consecutive months of polling, should hang on and win the election she should have won 6 years ago. Her ad about Sununu continung to dig a hole, seems creative and slams Sununu without being nasty.

Posted by: Leichtman | September 19, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

what the ?!?!?,

Glad i could help, it is always good to have a polite conversation about the issues. I am sick of the 30 second society, those who can look up information but only believe the 30 second sound bite they hear on the news...

Posted by: American First | September 19, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

The party of Marxist revivalism, these modern day illegitimate children of Lenin and Stalin and Marx, these proponents of big government, big brother, huge debt, central planning, and state control of bloated dinosaur corporation and banks, are about as UnAmerican as you can possibly get. I just love to see the pretend conservsatives, that collection of right wing-NeoCon fools do their daily contortions in defending the treason, the train wreck, taht is the Repuiblican Party. If ever there was an institution that deserved to be consigned to the garbage heap of history, it is the Republican Party. I am one of those who believes we actually need genuine conservatives to balance out the excesses of liberalism. I suppose we're going to have to help re-establish the party of Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. I would suggest, however, that it not be built upon the wreckage of this band of crooks. Perhaps a new Bull Moose Party?

Posted by: mibrooks27 | September 19, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

It is patriotic to pay your taxes. so we are going to mandate that 5% of the public now become patriotic. Note, this does not include supporting the troops or saluting the flag or wearing a pin, that is False patriotism.

so the rest of you 95% can go back to being unpatriotic, like our campaign has been all along.

Posted by: Babbling biden | September 19, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

OK, I have now had a chance to poll test my answers to the finance quandry. I was going to advocate a big government bail out, but that goes along too well with my Soviet tendencies, so then I considered saying I preferred they suffer it out on their own, but then I realized that I did nothing my whole time in the Senate while McCain was warning us and that I got the most money from these guys and that I harbor the perps on my staff.

So in accordance with my usual practices I vote:


PRESENT

Posted by: snObama | September 19, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Tom,
Bill Clinton signed into law Phill Graham’s legislation.

Posted by: what the ?!?!? | September 19, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Nick, prescisely! The near collapse of our economy should be the number one issue driving home the point that no GOP member should be re-elected. Phill Graham was responsible for lossening the regulations taht would have prevented this crisis. Hammer the hell out of the GOP! And let the electoral chips fall where they may.

Posted by: Tom | September 19, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

mnteng writes
"I'd be interested in another post about the ad buys by the DSCC and NRSC to see which states the national committees are investing in."

I don't have dollar figures available, but they're spending a lot of dough here, in MN.

Posted by: bsimon | September 19, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/19/AR2008091900620.html?hpid=topnews

This is simple. All the Obama campaign needs to do is create and extensively run a commercial that concisely details Depression era financial safety valves the the Democrats created so many decades ago. The commercial can then contrast everything McCain has personally done to undo these safeties. Next, we flash to the current financial crisis and demonstrate how regulators have saved the economy by abandoning their McCain-Bush hand's off approach in favor of the tools put in place by the Democrats.

They don't build 'em like they used to... Give me some more of that New Deal magic baby!

Posted by: Nick Collins III | September 19, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

CC,

Thanks for trying to cut down on the noise here. I know it is pretty much impossible, but your effort is appreciated.

To the topic at hand, Research 2000 has Begich up 6 points on Stevens, which is an improvement from the same poll in July. I'd be interested in another post about the ad buys by the DSCC and NRSC to see which states the national committees are investing in.

Posted by: mnteng | September 19, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

This is almost an everyday thing now you can't even keep up with them. This is beginning to remind me of FDR in the 40's when people pretended no one notice he could not walk. Mccain is losing his mind right before our eyes and we look the other way like we don't see it? Look at him just a year ago, you can't see and hear the difference? WTF is going on here?

))))))))))))))
I THINK MCCAIN NEEDS TO UP HIS ALZHEIMER'S MEDS.

Fumbling, again, some of his economic messaging, McCain confused the Federal Election Commission for the Securities and Exchange Commission during his speech on the housing and financial crises Friday morning.

Calling for SEC Chairman Chris Cox to step down, McCain declared: "I believe the chairman of the FEC should resign and leave office immediately."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 11:12 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

bsimon,
I don’t think so. McCain is getting old and nominates a VP that isn’t up to the task job if she becomes President. On the other side, I believe that Obama has nothing in his past experience that shows he can do the job

Posted by: what the ?!?!? | September 19, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

"My 4 year old also has a great vision of the future. Maybe I’ll just vote for her"

Hopefully she will know soon that Spain is not in South America but at ths point I would prefer voting for your 4 year old then the Palin/McCain ticket.

Posted by: Leichtman | September 19, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I THINK MCCAIN NEEDS TO UP HIS ALZHEIMER'S MEDS.

Fumbling, again, some of his economic messaging, McCain confused the Federal Election Commission for the Securities and Exchange Commission during his speech on the housing and financial crises Friday morning.

Calling for SEC Chairman Chris Cox to step down, McCain declared: "I believe the chairman of the FEC should resign and leave office immediately."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: what the ?!?!?

meeting wih Warren Buffett and Bob Rubin means a whole lot more to me then McCain's meeting with Phil whiner Gramm and HP destroyer Fiorino.

Who would you rather the next POTUS take economic advise from, Gramm or Buffett?

Posted by: Leichtman | September 19, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Leichtman,
My 4 year old also has a great vision of the future. Maybe I’ll just vote for her.

Posted by: what the ?!?!? | September 19, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Republicans Socialists! The largest government take over in the history of the world is about ready to happen on Capitol Hill. Everyone hold the red flag proudly high in hand. Ha Ha Ha Suckers. We Win!

Posted by: Ace | September 19, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

bsimon and America First,
Great posts. You’ve actually given me something to think about.

Posted by: what the ?!?!? | September 19, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Obama has this week displayed the cool temperament, sound judgment, intelligence and gravitas to be president. His insights about the complex recipe needed to start fixing our ailing financial and economic structures have been remarkabley accurate ever since he first ennunciated his proposals in four major speeches over the past nine months.

In contrast, this week the flip-flopping McCain has shown himself to be both a deregulator and a regulator, a cheerleader for the "fundamentals" and an hysteric tearing his hair out over the "crisis." He foolishly wanted to fire the SEC chair, when the president can't do that. He impotently wanted to set up a "911 commission" to study the financial collapse. He lied yet again about Obama's tax-cut program. He hid behind the flimsy glamour of Sarah "President" Palin. He offered a major snub to a major NATO ally, Spain. And oh, yeah, he invented the Blackberry.

McCain is in serious mental decline. Quite simply, he is not fit to be president.

Posted by: dee | September 19, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

"I’ve come to a brilliant conclusion. We’ve have two crummy choices for President"

That's funny. I think we have better candidates than we've had in years.

Posted by: bsimon | September 19, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

What has he done in the past that proves he’s up to the job?"


Simple: the election is totally about the candiate's Vision for he FUTURE, not the past. I love HC but that is exactly the losing strategy her team used against Obama in the primary.

Elections are ALWAYS ABOUT THE FUTURE, Remember that.

Posted by: Leichtman | September 19, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

As of now, there are 6 really competitive races as I see it and they all have Republican incumbents. A few House seats can be won by R's, but there are a whole lot of R retiree's giving Democrats more chances. Republican's will have a good year to keep the White House.

As for the Senate line there are a few really competitive races. Most of the top competitive ones are open seats: Virginia, New Mexico & Colorodo. Had Warner, Domenici & Allard ran for re-election the only one that would be remotely competitive is Colorodo and Allard would be favored right now. But, unlike most politicians, Allard made a campaign promise in 1996 to only serve 2 terms and he is serving 2 terms and retiring the US Senate. New Hampshire, Alaska & Minn. are also very competitive seats.

1. Virginia is a goner. Mark Warner has beaten Jim Gilmore already. John Warner will hit the campaign trail hard in October to support McCain, but it won't help Gilmore as Warner hasn't even endorsed Gilmore in this election.

2. New Mexico is not a goner yet. Sure, the RNSC isn't running ads for Pearce. Pearce won without the RNSC in a tough primary vs. US Rep. Heather Wilson, so why can't he win without them now? Ensign just traveled to NM to support a fundraiser for Pearce. Pearce is pretty well funded and is running a good race. Pearce should also get a huge boost as Pete Domenici will be going home in all of October to hit the campaign trail hard with Heather Wilson for Pearce. Plus, Pearce is a favorite of the Club for Growth which will likely be lighting up the airwaves campaigning hard against Udall for Pearce. October will be the deciding month in this NM senatorial election, but Udall does hold an edge now.

Colorodo: So Wayne Allard honored his 96 campaign pledge to only serve 2 terms. Now we have Udall vs. Schaffer. Udall has the clear edge in this one. After the D convention bounce, it may be too much for Schaffer to come back. We will see, but right now this is Udall's race to lose.

New Hampshire: Sununu is the better campaigner with more money to spend than Shaheen. This one will likely be tight til the end. I think in the end, McCain & Sununu wins NH.

Minn.: Coleman is a saavy politician against a darkhorse in Franken. Although Minn. has been known to elect darkhorses (Ventura for Gov. in 1998), I don't see it this year. Coleman has the edge.

Alaska: If Stevens wins his trial, Stevens wins re-election. If Stevens loses his trial, Stevens is likely history. But my guess is that Stevens wins the trial and the election.

The Line:
1. Virginia
2. Colorodo
3. New Mexico
4. New Hampshire
5. Alaska: Until the trial is over.
6. Minnosota
7. Oregon
8. Louisiana
9. North Carolina
10. New Jersey

Posted by: reason | September 19, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse


want to help AMERICA come out of it's economic slump...


stop the "war" FRAUD machine...


make the US ECONOMY a matter of NATIONAL SECURITY....


put all contractors in IRAQ, AFGHANISTANT, and the US directly affiliated with the "war" FRAUD effect under GAO GSA aegis...


and examine their books.


an OCCUPATION is _ILLEGAL_


however, seperating the EMBEZZLERS aka


bushCO and CRONYs from the MONEY...


makes the United States a lot more legitimate in the eyes of the world...


especially if treasonists, like Robert M. Gates...who used the CIA as a tool to defeat Jimmy Carter in his reelection bid,

or George W. Bush who committed SEC FRAUD with Harken OIL

are arrested and prosecuted for those charges...

you could arrest Cheney for involvement in commiting perjury to Congress regarding WMD et al..it's in John W. Deans' BOOK, "Worse Than Watergate," the exact charges and the way to make them stick...

and put Pelosi as President...


then the IRAQIs might see us as a responsible and capable nation, rather than as a lawless regime "on the take."


.and we could deal for oil as an option.


.

Posted by: distinct advantage.... | September 19, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I’ve come to a brilliant conclusion. We’ve have two crummy choices for President.

Posted by: what the ?!?!? | September 19, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Wow candidates use speech writers? Wow i am so blown away by that. Stunning, thanks for letting me know that Asper Girl. NOT.....

Posted by: American First | September 19, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

PALIN JUST WITHDREW HER NOMINATION FOR "FAMILY REASONS"!!!!

No details on this one yet. This is beyond words. Stay in the race!

Posted by: VitaminC | September 19, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Leichtman,
Your big leadership example for Obama is that he met with advisers. Wow!!!

Posted by: what the ?!?!? | September 19, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

What the ?!?!?,

And he may not be but its a change. We have to change what is wrong now. Thats why i say vote incumbent, i am. Im tired of both parties taking our money and doing nothing. I really am sick of it. It kills me that people will lineup behind a party rather than their country. So no matter what your party is vote incumbent, give someone else a chance. They cant do any worse than the idiots we have in Washington now...

Posted by: American First | September 19, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

what the ?!?!? asks
"I agree with some your points, but someone PLEASE tell me how Obama will turn this around? What has he done in the past that proves he’s up to the job?"

What you need to do is determine what you want in a President, then go find the candidate that best fits those criteria. Back when this campaign started, I came to the conclusion that the best two candidates we could get from the parties were Obama and McCain. Both looked like longshots at the time - the pundits were predicting Giuliani v Clinton. My primary criteria were that we need a leader in a president, ideally somebody who sticks to their convictions & can first develop & describe a vision of where he or she wants to take this country & secondly actually inspire people to work towards that goal. In my opinion, the President's job is largely one of leadership, secondly one of judgement, prioritization & decision-making. As Ms Fiorina bluntly put it the other day, 'managerial' skills aren't a top priority in presidenting.

Point being, since this campaign started, I think Senator Obama has demonstrated far more consistent & desirable leadership skills than Senator McCain has. I'm one of those persons that wanted to see Senator McCain win in 2000 - I'm still amazed that the Republicans picked W over McCain. However, the McCain who's campaigning today is not the McCain of 2000. And the world of today is not the world of 2000. What we need right now is a president who has a vision for where this country needs to go. I don't agree with Obama on everything, but I think he has a far more consisent worldview & vision for the country than McCain. For instance, on energy policy, Senator Obama sees how investing in alternative energy here will have a positive impact on 1) the environment, 2) the balance of trade (and thus the economy), 3) creating of jobs here in the US (good for the economy), 4) reduces money sent to totalitarian regimes in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela & Russia. In short, Obama gets the big picture. From what I've seen from McCain, he does not. For me, the choice is clear. For you, you'll have to figure out what you want, and go from there.

Posted by: bsimon | September 19, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

As for McCain's vow to "fire" the SEC commissioner, Chris Cox: "While the president nominates and the Senate confirms the SEC chair, a commissioner of an independent regulatory commission cannot be removed by the president," ABC's David Wright reports. "

and why did McCain and his crack economic team(Phil Gramm) not bother to know or find that that out? He thinks Spain is in South Amerca and wants to fire people he would have no authority to fire.

Obama does the economic thing as well on Friday, meeting with advisers in Florida: "Some of the most respected names in the business world were pitching in Friday, including billionaire investor Warren Buffett, former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, former Treasury secretaries Robert Rubin, Lawrence Summers and Paul O'Neill and Laura Tyson, former head of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Clinton," the AP's Terence Hunt reports.

Posted by: Leichtman | September 19, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse


This guy Gerald Warner is a jack off. Last week he said the Obama campaign was over. I guess he looked at a poll and thats what shapes all his opinions. He also thought Palin was the greatest thing ever in US politics.

==========
An article on how Joe Biden is losing Obama the Catholic vote. Very interesting...

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/gerald_warner/blog/2008/09/19/joe_biden_loses_barack_obama_the_catholic_vote

Posted by: Greg | September 19, 2008 10:45 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

American First,
Ya, Bush has really messed things up. Agreed. I’m just not sure Obama is the answer.

Posted by: what the ?!?!? | September 19, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/19/AR2008091900620.html?hpid=topnews

This is simple. All the Obama campaign needs to do is create and extensively run a commercial that concisely details Depression era financial safety valves the the Democrats created so many decades ago. The commercial can then contrast everything McCain has personally done to undo these safeties. Next, we flash to the current financial crisis and demonstrate how regulators have saved the economy by abandoning their McCain-Bush hand's off approach in favor of the tools put in place by the Democrats.

They don't build 'em like they used to... Give me some more of that New Deal magic baby!

Posted by: Nick Collins III | September 19, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

what the ?!?!?,

You could say that about any candidate really. I never voted for Clinton, and i remember how he took grief because he was gov of Arkansas who was 49th in Adult literacy and 48th in education and Ross Perots funny infomercials about chickens not being a way to stimulate the economy (that was Arkansas main money supply). And after his 8 years our country was in great shape, handed over 295 billion in surplus. Then we were told about the boy king Dubya, unlike Dubya i am a Texan and he ruined all that was good in our state, our education system, Penal system you name it, we are still trying to crawl out from under the rock from his policies. And remember he was going to be the first MBA president? Look how well that worked out for our economy. Bottom line is if Obama is elected and in 4 years has done a crap job you can vote someone else in...

Posted by: American First | September 19, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

An article on how Joe Biden is losing Obama the Catholic vote. Very interesting...

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/gerald_warner/blog/2008/09/19/joe_biden_loses_barack_obama_the_catholic_vote

Posted by: Greg | September 19, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/19/AR2008091900620.html?hpid=topnews

This is simple. All the Obama campaign needs to do is create and extensively run a commercial that concisely details Depression era financial safety valves the the Democrats created so many decades ago. The commercial can then contrast everything McCain has personally done to undo these safeties. Next, we flash to the current financial crisis and demonstrate how regulators have saved the economy by abandoning their McCain-Bush hand's off approach in favor of the tools put in place by the Democrats.

They don't build 'em like they used to... Give me some more of that New Deal magic baby!

Posted by: Nick Collins III | September 19, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

American First,
I agree with some your points, but someone PLEASE tell me how Obama will turn this around? What has he done in the past that proves he’s up to the job?

Posted by: what the ?!?!? | September 19, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Asspergirl - Why so quiet on the polls? You were beating your chest last week over the post-convention bounce, which is okay I guess, even if you were cherry-picking wing-nut polls. But if you want to be taken seriously you need to admit that the worm has turned, and it's not looking good for the forces of ignorance and racism.

Can one of your sock puppers cut and paste another article about Obama not being a professor? See you on the bus!

Posted by: bondjedi | September 19, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

"McCain pushed legislation in 2005".

pushed, hm. How did that so called legislation he "Pushed" actualy work out? Don't recall it ever seeing the light of day during a "R" Congress.

And he has fliped so hard on regulating the Mtg Industry JUST THIS WEEK that it should make your head spin. Do we need to post McCain's contradictory statements to prove that to you.

Meanwhile lets stay on subject and please tell me Aspergil directly if you want Sarah Palin to endorse Sen Stvens(and don't misdirect your answer please.
He was against the bailout of AIG three times this week before he was for it.
And if you trust any R to regulate anything and to be positive for the stock market, I have a bridge in Alaska I can sell you.
Apparenty Aspergirl you quickly and conveniently forget the speeches at the R Convention just 2 weeks ag, railing against All regulation. The rest of us are not so easily fooled by Palin/McCain's flip flops on current vital economic issues.

Posted by: Leichtman | September 19, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

The longer and more severe this financial meltdown, the more Republican seats you can kiss goodbye. Why would you want to elect people who were part of the problem? Could the honestly ideologically be part of the solution. I think its time for many to go.

It amazes me what claptrap perfectly intelligent posters manage to say on any economic and financial. They seem to have absolutely no insight into how devilishly inconnected many of these markets and issues are. If the Fed/Treasury is setting up an RTC type vehicles its not for lack of trying - there are more dead bodies out there, probably still walking and talking, but nonetheless dead. The gov is struggling to put bounds on this crisis before it corrupts the underlying fabric of our country and our economy

Posted by: nclwtk | September 19, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse


want to help AMERICA come out of it's economic slump...


stop the "war" FRAUD machine...

make the US ECONOMY a matter of NATIONAL SECURITY....


put all contractors in IRAQ, AFGHANISTANT, and the US directly affiliated with the "war" FRAUD effect under GAO GSA aegis...


and examine their books.


an OCCUPATION is _ILLEGAL_


however, seperating the EMBEZZLERS aka


bushCO and CRONYs from the MONEY...


makes the United States a lot more legitimate in the eyes of the world...


especially if treasonists, like Robert M. Gates...who used the CIA as a tool to defeat Jimmy Carter in his reelection bid,

or George W. Bush who committed SEC FRAUD with Harken OIL

are arrested and prosecuted for those charges...

you could arrest Cheney for involvement in commiting perjury to Congress regarding WMD et al..it's in John W. Deans' BOOK, "Worse Than Watergate," the exact charges and the way to make them stick...

and put Pelosi as President...


then the IRAQIs might see us as a responsible and capable nation, rather than as a lawless regime "on the take."


.and we could deal for oil as an option.


.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

what the ?!?!?,

If the current state of the economy plus high gas prices, high unemployment, the trampling of our constitution, the way we are hated throughout the world, an unnecessary war and the fact that we have yet to bring OBL to justice if those arent enough facts dont know what to tell ya. Im glad you have made it fine so have i, but i know alot of hard working people who havent. And it is a direct result of the GOP's us only agenda...

Posted by: American First | September 19, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

The Fix writes
"Palin's presence at the top of the ticket is almost certain to boost Sen. Ted Stevens's chances at re-election."

Do we have any alaskans reading/posting here? Down in the lower 48, I think most of us are a bit dumbfounded that even a popular governor running as a VP candidate can boost the chances of a Senator caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

Posted by: bsimon | September 19, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/19/AR2008091900620.html?hpid=topnews

This is simple. All the Obama campaign needs to do is create and extensively run a commercial that concisely details Depression era financial safety valves the the Democrats created so many decades ago. The commercial can then contrast everything McCain has personally done to undo these safeties. Next, we flash to the current financial crisis and demonstrate how regulators have saved the economy by abandoning their McCain-Bush hand's off approach in favor of the tools put in place by the Democrats.

They don't build 'em like they used to... Give me some more of that New Deal magic baby!

Posted by: Nick Collins III | September 19, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

That is how many decisions are arrived at. You are welcome to vote for Barr if you like.

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Anonymous,
That’s your reason to vote against McCain, not FOR Obama.
Posted by: what the ?!?!? | September 19, 2008 10:29 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

let's be honest here...


we live in a set of ecosystems...


there is no mystery, no surprise, unless you count the stupidity of leaders who think with their metaphorical crotches and not with their eyes and minds...

for example: we could have made a deal for the OIL in IRAQ...


but then there wouldn't have been any big money for


Carlyle Group, Bechtel, Halliburton, KBR, Blackwater, DynCorp, and others...


and certainly no NON COMPETE CONTRACTS AWARDED eh ???


so bushCO and CRONYs and COMPLICIT CONGRESS, creates a situation which will drain the nations economy at the very moment when the worlds populations are reaching points that will tip entire regions into famine....


these rich kids, who trash talk anything standing in their way...


could get away with it 100 years ago...the land could withstand their lies.

it's not possible any more.


We need leaders that do not pander to families or the corportocracy.


The US Economy is a NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE.

The Global Economy could use a good example of how to treat leaders who are ruthless in pursuit of personal gain at the expense of their citizens.


It would be good to see some whitehouse, executive branch members


brought down low, tried for treason and executed publically....it would renew the nations courage...and hope... like a fourth of July PIGROAST...


end the fear, the cowardice and the destruction of our REAL values...


remove these scum from having an effect on our lives ever again......


take out the trash.


today. indict try convict and if found guilty, execute

the sentence.

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Posted by: Hello Wo'rls... | September 19, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

American First,
You’re saying that because Obama and Bush have the same policy in Iraq I should vote for Obama. And ya, I’m sure Bush took Obama’s Idea about troop withdrawals in Iraq. Give me a break. And, I’ve done just fine in the last 8 years – and I did it all myself, without help from anyone.

Posted by: what the ?!?!? | September 19, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

EXPERIENCE? OBAMA LESS TO OFFER THAN SARAH PALIN

Obama is a freshman senator in the U.S. senate and has been mainly engaged in running for president since his first year. What is his professional history?

Obama got a "community organizer" job after 2 years of unemployment after graduating from Columbia with a bachelor's degree. And as his book admits, he didn't get anywhere as a "community organizer" and that's why he went back to law school.

And as we all know, after graduating from law school, Obama failed to make partner at his law firm, set no precedents in cases he might have handled, didn't get published in any law review and didn't produce any scholarly or professional works of any nature contributing to the field of law.

Obama's probably the only politician in the U.S. to not accomplish a single thing with an ivy league law degree before going into politics.

Obama's years as a state senator in Illinois were so devoid of any leadership that he voted "present" 130 times instead of "yes" or "no", now claiming he had to do so to avoid taking stands on "controversial legislation" (as if there were 130 career-killing controversial laws he had to take a pass on at the state level, come on!).

As an Illinois state senator, Obama climbed the greased pole of corrupt, dirty Chicago politics leveraging racist politics of Trinity Church, insider ex-radical terrorists like William Ayers' networks and trading favors with corruption figures like his convicted slumlord friend Tony Rezko.

Obama has never published journal article in any law review, collaborated on any professional project, engaged in no landmark signature legislation, or made any tangible, substantial contribution of any nature to his professions as a lawyer or politician.

The only tangible works Barack Obama produced in his life are 2 fictionalized books about himself, glorifying his search for identity and his alcoholic, polygamous, already-married Kenyan father who was a failed Muslim communist (huh?) who knocked up his then-17-year-old mother and then abandoned them.

Lately, Obama has been trying to claim his "experience" "running" a campaign stacks up against Sarah Palin's experience as elected Governor of Alaska! Running for president is the experience needed to be president! That's almost as self-referential as "we are the ones we've been waiting for"!

And I was so shocked to discover that Obama uses a whole team of speechwriters! Giving great speeches is the only professional leadership talent he has true claim to! I thought he was writing his own speeches this whole time.

NY Times Feature Article on Obama's Head Speechwriter
By Ashley Parker, The New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/20/fashion/20speechwriter.html

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 19, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Obama knows Spain is not in Latin America. Yes, John Mccain yesterday said that. He also seems to think Spain is part of some axis of evil and is out enemy. This has stopped being funny anymore, there is something mentaly wrong with John Mccain and it needs to be addressed.
I guess I should also add that, it is better to vote for Obama just because he is at least not out of his mind like Mccain. That is enough in it's self.

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Nobody here can give me a good reason to vote FOR Obama.

Posted by: what the ?!?!? | September 19, 2008 10:27 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Just remember in Jan 01 Dubya was handed a surplus of 294 billion dollars. Shows you how well the GOP can handle finances. Would you want these jokers to be your accountants?

Posted by: Think about this | September 19, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

be honest here....


6 years of unvetoed legislation during the first 6 years of the Bush Administration....

anything that was put in front of George W. "Lips" Bush was signed as long as his xxxx was greased....

_ILLEGAL_ use of the CIA as a part of the REPUBLICAN METHODE....

DESTRUCTION OF THE EPA from the inside out...

starting a "war" for personal gain as people on both sides died FOR NO REASON...


I really don't know what the REPUBLICK SCAMMERS are thinking....


shouldn't they be in jail???? Facing charges of subverting our country for personal gain ILLEGALLY????


BLOCKING DEMOCRATS for the last TWO YEARS, whilst trying to sell the idea that it was the DEMOCRATS FAULT...


can you say, what a bunch of lying lsuts?????


if it's a republick conner and it's mouth is moving


it's _______________L_Y_I_N_G______________


defeat is not enough, JAILTIME IS A REQUISITE condition of response at this point...


looking forward to the shower of subpoenas


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Posted by: let's | September 19, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

"That’s your reason to vote against McCain, not FOR Obama."

I'm voting FOR the guy who's shown up for his job.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

>>Huh? wrote: "Aspergirl is the poster child for all Republicans. I have not read one thing she has copy and pasted (yep copy and pasted since she has no opinions herself). She is a closet racist who enjoys paying 4.00 a gallon for gas. Watching our financial markets crash, rooting for a President who for some reason cant and wont hunt down the person responsible for the attacks on our country. He research consists of posts from a doctor shopping pill head who has no clear clue on reality. But her posts are good for using in my bird cage to catch the poop...."

My feelings of racial disparity have undergone a massive change this year. As stupid, abusive and non-thinking as Obama supporters are -- educated ones -- I have a much lower opinion of degreed blacks now. The trashy, verbally abusive drivel you post attests to the low-self esteem and poor habits of interpersonal respect of a low-class culture of people who look down on themselves and each other. Your cyberbullying is a shadow of the trashy stream of consciousness of your world. Your inability to think rationally but just identify all opinion as being either fit to your talking points and all else mapping to the opposition talking points, shows how the money that was squandered on your lousy degrees was wasted.

The Obama supporters on this forum are great arguments for not wasting money on affirmative action in education and demographically-targeted financial aid.

I also now agree with those social scientists who claim that racial oppression is no longer the main problem in black communities and black underachievement: it's the culture of low self-esteem, anti-intellectualism, drugs, and self-sabotaging alienated culture that leads to the high failure rate of black individuals today. And that which you cannot understand with your underachieving, poorly prepared education, you drag down to your level with profanity, verbal abuse and racist attacks on non-blacks.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 19, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Anonymous,

Great answer....

Posted by: American First | September 19, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Anonymous,
That’s your reason to vote against McCain, not FOR Obama.

Posted by: what the ?!?!? | September 19, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

What the ?!?!:,

Well lets start with Iraq, it was his idea for the pullout, same plan Dubya is using now. You remember for years the GOP was against withdrawing because it will embolden the enemy. Obama started talking withdrawal last year and look what happens this year. There are many other reasons but ask yourself, has the GOP made things better the last 8 years? My moniker says it all, im an American first, not GOP or Dem. I vote for who is the best candidate. I was going to vote for McCain in 2000, but he couldn't defend his own family. And the same people that put him and his family down he is now sucking up to, same way he sucked up to Falwell and the other Neocon Christians. Vote for who you want, if you want the same vote McCain, if you want change vote Obama, because in 4 years if Obama hasnt lived up to his billing vote for someone else. If you vote McCain and in 4 years he gives you more of Bush then we may not have a country to live in...

Posted by: American First | September 19, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

He became the alternative to John Mccain, a 72 year old demented war mongering mad man.
It is an easy choice.


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American First,
What has Obama done in the last 18 months that give me good reason to vote for him?
Posted by: what the ?!?!? | September 19, 2008 10:24 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Nobody here can give me a good reason to vote FOR Obama.

Posted by: what the ?!?!? | September 19, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

One of the great myths of national political observers is, as Ohio Citizen puts it that North Carolina has tilted R in recent years. Actually, the US Senate races are about the ONLY races in NC that have consistently elected Republicans, and even in that department we sent John Edwards to Washington. Fact is, this is a state where a Democrat has been governor for all but 3 terms since 1900, where the Democrats have controlled both houses of the state Legislature since Reconstruction with the exception of the NC House from 1994 to 1998. For a fascinating look at how the same state could send both Jesse Helms and Frank Porter Graham (one of the great liberals in Southern history) to the Senate, I recommend you check out "The Paradox of Tarheel Politics" the new book by longtime Raleigh political reporter Rob Christiansen. (and no, I'm not him!)

Posted by: NC Atticus | September 19, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

"What has Obama done in the last 18 months that give me good reason to vote for him?"

He's shown up for more votes in the Senate than John McCain, for starters.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

On 11/19/93, McCain took to the Senate floor to support an early financial deregulation bill and decry what he called 'the tremendous regulatory burden imposed on financial institutions.' The guy who now claims to be the trustbusting Teddy Roosevelt back then lamented 'the rapidly increasing regulatory burden imposed on banks is to cause them to devote substantial time, energy and money to compliance rather than meeting the credit needs of the community.'

"Ten years later, McCain was bragging to the Associated Press that 'I have a long voting record in support of deregulation,' and to CNN that 'I am a deregulator. I believe in deregulation.' . . .

Posted by: McCain the deregulator | September 19, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

American First,
What has Obama done in the last 18 months that give me good reason to vote for him?

Posted by: what the ?!?!? | September 19, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

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MAY 2008, Administration Bush 3.0:

ADMITTED GAYS Ken Mehlman and Karl Rove join McCain’s CAMPAIGN TEAM....

Ah, yes. I guess John McCain really doesn’t mind giving off the air of “more of the same” and “four more years.” Why not continue the record of success, prosperity and harmony embodied by the work of former RNC head Ken Mehlman and Bush mastermind Karl Rove.

The same crowd wants to install themselves into a McCain administration. If anyone out there is looking for anything remotely resembling change or a drop kick for business as usual, you need to move along - nothing new here at all. (Politico):


John McCain is getting much more than President Bush’s endorsement and fundraising help for his campaign. He’s getting Bush’s staff.

It’s no secret that Steve Schmidt, Bush’s attack dog in the 2004 election, and Mark McKinnon, the president’s media strategist, are performing similar functions for McCain now.

But other big-name Bushies are lining up to boost McCain, too.

Ken Mehlman, who ran Bush’s 2004 campaign, is now serving as an unpaid, outside adviser to the Arizona Republican. Karl Rove, the president’s top political hand since his Texas days, recently gave money to McCain and soon after had a private conversation with the senator. A top McCain adviser said both Mehlman and Rove are now informally advising the campaign. Rove refused to detail his conversation with McCain.

The list could grow longer. Dan Bartlett, formerly a top aide in the Bush White House, and Sara Taylor, the erstwhile Bush political adviser, said they are eager to provide any assistance and advice possible to McCain.


Posted by: chelsea behindyou | September 19, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

FINANCIAL TERRORISM A ROOT CAUSE
OF WALL STREET MONEY MELTDOWN?

Once again, Congress is being asked to rush through emergency legislation which will grant effective control of the economy to the government.

Officials continue to blame lax lending policies on the part of the mortgage industry for spawning this crisis. But is that entirely true?

And is there a hidden agenda at work?

Consider this:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/targeting-u-s-citizens-govt-agencies-root-cause-wall-street-financial-crisis

Posted by: scrivener | September 19, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for your efforts Chris. Unfortunately many of the bloggers don't seem to be paying any attention. It's a shame as there was a decent dialogue on this blog at one point, particularly during the primary season.

Re Senate: I do agree with one of the other bloggers that the Dems will pick up at least 4 seats. How much more will depend on how angry and energized the voters are against the Republicans. (While the evangelicals may think Palin walks on water, I don't think she's enough of a draw to turn any of this around.)

Posted by: RickJ | September 19, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

"But they would be able to do so in an abusively partisan way "

and this chutzpah of abuse from a R Congress'ssupoter that:

1. Had Tom Delay leading its charge to illegally Redistrict my state's Congressional delegation;
2. Threatened to use the Nuclear Option to end a 100 year old filibuter rule (you do remember that right?)
3. Physically locked Ds out of committee meetings and assignnments;
4. Keep votes for unpopular 100 billion dollar programs open until 3 am;
5. Threaten D Congressmen to cut off funds to ther district if they didn't line up to support W's whacko policies.

And exactly who are you daring to accuse as being abusive?

Oh you radical Rs have such short memories.

Posted by: Leichtman | September 19, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

The republicans like to say that because they know the American people have no a clue and it sounds bad.

Do you even "KNOW", what it means to vote present? Unlike John Mccain who just never even bothers to show up and vote. To vote present means you are here and ready to vote but what you are voting on is not ready to be voted on in your opinion. There are things in it you support and things you don't. You want to see it worked on some more so instead of just voting "YES" like a lot of senators do who are too lazy to fight for what they believe in. Or voting "NO" and killing what may be a good bill if it was just worked on, you vote "PRESENT" meaning "Im am here and ready to vote but not on what has been presented to me".

IT IS A "GOOD" THING TO VOTE PRESENT, IT MEANS YOU ARE THERE READY TO WORK AND TAKE YOUR JOB SERIOUSLY BUT NOT SOME STOOGE WHO WILL JUST SIGN ANYTHING MANY TIMES THINGS THEY DIDN'T EVEN READ.

If you see someone who has no present votes, they were probably not even there half the time. "LIKE JOHN MCCAIN"

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Announcer: Barack Obama voted Not Present 143 times while serving in the Illinois Senate. Now, during a critical time involving both national defense and the economy Barrack Obama has not been present once again. Is this what America needs in its next president?

Barack Obama... indecisive, not ready to lead.

Posted by: paul | September 19, 2008 10:01 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Aspergirl is the poster child for all Republicans. I have not read one thing she has copy and pasted (yep copy and pasted since she has no opinions herself). She is a closet racist who enjoys paying 4.00 a gallon for gas. Watching our financial markets crash, rooting for a President who for some reason cant and wont hunt down the person responsible for the attacks on our country. He research consists of posts from a doctor shopping pill head who has no clear clue on reality. But her posts are good for using in my bird cage to catch the poop....

Posted by: Huh? | September 19, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

>> Leichtman wrote: "I am not there yet but McCain's supporting of deregulation may push me there especially seeing what it has done to the economy and mtg industry and 8 years of a disastrous stock market."

You are clueless because you're depending on the Obama-pushing mainstream media for your information. McCain pushed legislation in 2005 for regulating the mortgage & finance activities that were getting out of control.

John McCain Warned Of Mortgage Collapse In 2005
By Ken Taylor - Posted on September 17th, 2008

"Barack Obama has been playing off the fears that are running rampant in the market because of the collapse of several of Wall Streets major investment companies like Lehman Brothers. Attacking John McCain and trying to create the idea that McCain does not know what he is talking about and that he is ignorant when it comes to the economy.

"For Mr. Obama's information John McCain saw this collapse coming as far back as 2005 and not only warned of the coming collapse but co-sponsored legislation to try and prevent it and go after the corruption that was causing much of the problem. Following is McCain's speech on the Senate floor during debate of Federal Housing Regulatory Act Of 2005 urging the Senate to pass the Act which fell to defeat after being blocked by Senate Democrats.

'Mr. President, (referring to the Presiding Officer of the Senate) this week Fannie Mae’s regulator reported that the company’s quarterly reports of profit growth over the past few years were “illusions deliberately and systematically created” by the company’s senior management, which resulted in a $10.6 billion accounting scandal.

'The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight’s report goes on to say that Fannie Mae employees deliberately and intentionally manipulated financial reports to hit earnings targets in order to trigger bonuses for senior executives. In the case of Franklin Raines, Fannie Mae’s former chief executive officer, OFHEO’s report shows that over half of Mr. Raines’ compensation for the 6 years through 2003 was directly tied to meeting earnings targets.

'The report of financial misconduct at Fannie Mae echoes the deeply troubling $5 billion profit restatement at Freddie Mac. The OFHEO report also states that Fannie Mae used its political power to lobby Congress in an effort to interfere with the regulator’s examination of the company’s accounting problems. This report comes some weeks after Freddie Mac paid a record $3.8 million fine in a settlement with the Federal Election Commission and restated lobbying disclosure reports from 2004 to 2005.

'These are entities that have demonstrated over and over again that they are deeply in need of reform. For years I have been concerned about the regulatory structure that governs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—known as Government-sponsored entities or GSEs—and the sheer magnitude of these companies and the role they play in the housing market. OFHEO’s report this week does nothing to ease these concerns.

'In fact, the report does quite the contrary. OFHEO’s report solidifies my view that the GSEs need to be reformed without delay. I join as a cosponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190, to underscore my support for quick passage of GSE regulatory reform legislation. If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.

'I urge my colleagues to support swift action on this GSE reform legislation.'

"Senate Democrats blocked the passage of the Bill and while it passed in the House it failed in the Senate because of the Democrats."

more at: http://theminorityreportblog.com/blog_entry/ken_taylor/2008/09/17/john_mccain_warned_of_mortgage_collapse_in_2005

Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac are democrat creations, by the way, riddled by democrats. Obama's organization itself is riddled with Fannie Mae executives.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 19, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

What the ?!?!,

I guess you havent been paying attention the last 18 months, it has been spelled out over and over. So what are McCains qualifications?

Posted by: American First | September 19, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Elizabeth Dole, She needs to go someplace and sit down. She has only recently come back to the state to fight for her seat. Otherwise I don't recall her doing one single thing for or in NC. But these people who vote that way are the same people that put Jesse Helms in office for years. But NC has had an influx of people who vote Democratic and I hope to god Kay Hagan defeats her. She is 100% part of the Washington Problem. Not part of the solution. If anyone if a fibber it is her.

Posted by: bjlopez1130 | September 19, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

What the ??? writes
"I’m just looking for a good reason to vote for the guy. So far, all I’ve head is that he sponsored bills and sat on committees. No management experience to speak of. Still not convinced."


Remind me who you're talking about again.

Posted by: bsimon | September 19, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Go cry me a river AsperGirl, you cant come out swinging and then cry foul when people swing back.

You are a baby. You can dish it out and that is great with you, but just remember others will dish it out as well and based on that last post I read, you are weak and cannot take the heat when it is returned.

Also, you throw out some pretty inciting posts, which you mean to, but you obviously cant handle the response to most of your asinine, sexist, and bigoted posts. Because you throw in one or two genuine posts along the way, it makes you no better than the "trolls".

Dont dish it out if you cant take it. When you hit the bee hive do you go crying when you get stung. What did you think was going to happen?

Posted by: Wine and cheese
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Dear Chris Cillizza,

Please take note. I'm being attacked over the response to your post.

Wine and cheese,

Verbal abuse and bullying is the way the stupid and ignorant resolve disagreements between themselves. The online behavior of Obama supporters bespeaks the legions of idiots with useless degrees that line up behind him.

You are educated trash.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 19, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Dems pick up a minimum of four seats, possibly as many as seven.

Ensign (R NV) has already conceded that. His recent happy talk as detailed by the Wa Po (hey John, news flash, the Palin "effect" has already worn off)notwithstanding.

Coburn (R OK) is going to end up being a one man wrecking crew once his party is reduced to 42 or 43 Senate seats. And it will be much tougher for Coburn or Demint (R SC) to get the 41 they'll need to filibuster if they have to count each and every time on Collins (R ME), Snowe(R ME), Voinovich (R OH) or Smith (R OR), assuming Smith doesn't lose his seat.

Man, where is Linc Chafee when you need him !

Posted by: MA | September 19, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Leichtman,
Those aren’t reasons to vote for Obama.

Are you so sure??
I am not there yet but McCain's supporting of deregulation may push me there especially seeing what it has done to the economy and mtg industry and 8 years of a disastrous stock market.

Posted by: Leichtman | September 19, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Hmm, Did Alaska's Ted Stevens borrow a page from Sarah Palins playbook on corruption? Troopergate!

Posted by: bjlopez1130 | September 19, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Question: What are Obama’s major accomplishments that qualify him to be president?

Can you answer the question?
Posted by: what the ?!?!? | September 19, 2008 9:48 AM
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What is relevant to both your question and this blog topic is that he is not. If Barack Obama is elected, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid will be running the country from Congress. This highlights the importance of downticket races this year and denying the democrats a filibuster-proof majority.

If Barack Obama gets elected, not only will Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid be running the country from Congress. But they would be able to do so in an abusively partisan way if the Republicans don't even have enough seats to force compromises or even debate.

Apart from his obvious issues with lacking experience and taking a pass on controversial votes as a state senator, during primary season when running against Hillary Clinton, Obama claimed that he could do a lot of competent delegating, that his appointees would do a lot of the actual management. He also began a show of assembling massive teams of "advisors" back then, too. For example, it was published this summer that Obama had "300 foreign policy advisors".

The problem with the delegate-to-appointees model of executive governance is that is how Bush has been trying to run the country for 8 years. What happens when historic disasters strike is that the appointees then are faced with making historic, unprecedented decisions and actions without competent oversight. Arguably, the biggest problem Bush has faced in his administration are not those having to do with Republican ideology or approaches, but the fact that he's been hit with one unprecedented, historic event after another and his govern-by-delegation model failed each time (9/11, Hurricane Katrina drowning New Orleans, failure of Wall Street, etc.).

An under-qualified executive who expects to govern by delegation and resorting to massive teams of "advisors" when necessary, is a feasible undertaking under some conditions. In an era of unprecedented global changes, including climate changes and dislocations of merging global markets and emerging global economies, it is not feasible to expect that Obama's govern-by-competent-delegation would turn out any better than Bush's. Moreover, Obama not only would be starting anew, but he also inherits the problems started and not really solved on Bush's watch.

It's important to avoid a single-party government at a time when much problem-solving is upon us. ESPECIALLY a single party government where the Congress is so lopsided that the minority party cannot even filibuster or force a debate.

We might as well hand all the keys over to Pelosi and Reid and hide our assets for the next 4 years if they sweep the downticket races.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 19, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Didn’t Bill Clinton say his whole campaign was a fairytale? He was right.

Posted by: what the ?!?!? | September 19, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

The polls actually appear to be better for the Democratic challenger in North Carolina than in either Oregon or Minnesota. Is the fact that N.C. is ranked behind those two in likelihood of switching attributable to normal partisan character of each state, since Minnesota and Oregon both tilt D, while N.C. has
tilted R in recent years? Or is it due to money on hand among the candidates, or what?

I'm beginning to think that despite all the talk about Virginia going D, and I realize Warner's election will give Dems control of both Senate seats and the governorship, the southern state that may represent the best overall opportunity for Democrats at the Presidential level both now and in coming years is North Carolina. North Carolina has a much larger African-American population share than does Virginia, and the Research Triangle area provides a liberal-oriented base.

Posted by: OHIO CITIZEN | September 19, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Leichtman,
Those aren’t reasons to vote for Obama.

Posted by: what the ?!?!? | September 19, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Obama's experience is in running his presidential campaign... HAHAHAAHHAHAHAH
Is this a joke... you can't be serious

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I am clearly not an Obama supporter but here is my answer in 5 words:

HE IS NOT GEORGE BUSH

"Question: What are Obama’s major accomplishments that qualify him to be president"

And here are McCain's accomplishments:

1. Immigration Bill that he now rejects;
2. Campaign Finance Reform that he never speaks of with his Evangelical supporters;
3. Opposition to the Bush Tax Cuts (that he has flip flopped on);
4. Supported Deregulation of Banks and Mtg Lenders;
5. Supports an Endless, 12 Billion Dollar Per Month, 50 year war.

Posted by: Leichtman | September 19, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Announcer: Barack Obama voted Not Present 143 times while serving in the Illinois Senate. Now, during a critical time involving both national defense and the economy Barrack Obama has not been present once again. Is this what America needs in its next president?

Barack Obama... indecisive, not ready to lead.

Posted by: paul | September 19, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I’m just looking for a good reason to vote for the guy. So far, all I’ve head is that he sponsored bills and sat on committees. No management experience to speak of. Still not convinced.

Posted by: what the ?!?!? | September 19, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Go cry me a river AsperGirl, you cant come out swinging and then cry foul when people swing back.

You are a baby. You can dish it out and that is great with you, but just remember others will dish it out as well and based on that last post I read, you are weak and cannot take the heat when it is returned.

Also, you throw out some pretty inciting posts, which you mean to, but you obviously cant handle the response to most of your asinine, sexist, and bigoted posts. Because you throw in one or two genuine posts along the way, it makes you no better than the "trolls".

Dont dish it out if you cant take it. When you hit the bee hive do you go crying when you get stung. What did you think was going to happen?

Posted by: Wine and cheese | September 19, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

AS IT IS THE PRIMARIES ARE OVER AND WE ONLY HAVE TWO CANDIDATES TO CHOOSE FROM. ONE WHO ONLY YESTERDAY THOUGHT SPAIN WAS IN LATIN AMERICA AND HAD ON IDEA WHO THE LEADER OF SPAIN WAS. THE OTHER WHO MAY BE ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT MEN TO EVER RUN FOR THE OFFICE.
read below.

THE EXPERIENCE MYTH OF OBAMA

I have worked with the Obama campaign on a local level since December and have met and spoken with Obama numerous times. Anyone who thinks Obama is not prepared for the office of president does not know Barack Obama. I don't think the campaign has spoken about it, although there have been articles written, maybe because it may have seemed kind of presumptive doing all this so many months before he even had the nomination, but that is not how Obama works.
Little is left to chance. So here is what the deal is:

Does Obama have the experience to be president, is he ready? It would be hard to say anyone is ready to be president, but what prepares one for the job?

Obama has been getting ready when his nomination was still no more then a dream. Obama has an advisory staff of over a 300. Most all are the top people in their fields. 4 of his staff are the top people on middle east politics in the world. He has numerous people on pretty much everything you could think of from global warming to world economics to energy and foreign policy to the military. Generals to scholars you name it, he has been working with these people for more then a year. Obama is a brilliant man, who easily knows more right now then any candidate who ever ran for the office of president. He is so up to speed it is astounding. John Mccain does not know or grasp a fraction of what Obama does. Mccain is in effect, a dinosaur, compared to Obama now. Mccain has no real practical experience or understanding in many of these areas at all. Just being in Washington for many years does not necessarily make you an expert nor knowledgeable in "Anything".
Bill Clinton said it best when he said,
"No one is really prepared to be president".
He was right and Obama understood that better then anyone long before he even began his journey for the presidency. So for over a year he has been quietly preparing. Like anything such as being a doctor or lawyer or any profession, your first introduction is academic, you go to school. Obama will by no means be learning on the job, he has been in school for more then a year. When enters office, Obama will be the most well prepared and ready president to ever walk into the white house.
He will also be surrounded by the finest staff ever assembled by any president in history.

If you do not want to vote for Barack Obama I can respect that, but by no means think he is not ready to be president. He will be the most ready man to ever win the office.

Thanks for listening
A Florida Obama worker


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I have a simple question I’ve been asking Obama supporters, and no one has been able to give me a good answer.

Question: What are Obama’s major accomplishments that qualify him to be president?

Can you answer the question?
Posted by: what the ?!?!? | September 19, 2008 9:48 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

AS IT IS THE PRIMARIES ARE OVER AND WE ANLY HAE TWO CANDDATES TO CHOOSE FROM. ONE WHO YESTERDAY THOUGHT SPAIN WAS IN LATIN AMERICA AND HAD ON IDEA WHO THE LEADER OF SPAIN WAS. ANOTHE WHO MAY BE ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT MEN TO EVER RUN FOR THE OFFICE.
read below.

THE EXPERIENCE MYTH OF OBAMA

I have worked with the Obama campaign on a local level since December and have met and spoken with Obama numerous times. Anyone who thinks Obama is not prepared for the office of president does not know Barack Obama. I don't think the campaign has spoken about it, although there have been articles written, maybe because it may have seemed kind of presumptive doing all this so many months before he even had the nomination, but that is not how Obama works.
Little is left to chance. So here is what the deal is:

Does Obama have the experience to be president, is he ready? It would be hard to say anyone is ready to be president, but what prepares one for the job?

Obama has been getting ready when his nomination was still no more then a dream. Obama has an advisory staff of over a 300. Most all are the top people in their fields. 4 of his staff are the top people on middle east politics in the world. He has numerous people on pretty much everything you could think of from global warming to world economics to energy and foreign policy to the military. Generals to scholars you name it, he has been working with these people for more then a year. Obama is a brilliant man, who easily knows more right now then any candidate who ever ran for the office of president. He is so up to speed it is astounding. John Mccain does not know or grasp a fraction of what Obama does. Mccain is in effect, a dinosaur, compared to Obama now. Mccain has no real practical experience or understanding in many of these areas at all. Just being in Washington for many years does not necessarily make you an expert nor knowledgeable in "Anything".
Bill Clinton said it best when he said,
"No one is really prepared to be president".
He was right and Obama understood that better then anyone long before he even began his journey for the presidency. So for over a year he has been quietly preparing. Like anything such as being a doctor or lawyer or any profession, your first introduction is academic, you go to school. Obama will by no means be learning on the job, he has been in school for more then a year. When enters office, Obama will be the most well prepared and ready president to ever walk into the white house.
He will also be surrounded by the finest staff ever assembled by any president in history.

If you do not want to vote for Barack Obama I can respect that, but by no means think he is not ready to be president. He will be the most ready man to ever win the office.

Thanks for listening
A Florida Obama worker


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I have a simple question I’ve been asking Obama supporters, and no one has been able to give me a good answer.

Question: What are Obama’s major accomplishments that qualify him to be president?

Can you answer the question?
Posted by: what the ?!?!? | September 19, 2008 9:48 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

'what the???' asks
"Question: What are Obama’s major accomplishments that qualify him to be president?"


I just received on email on that very subject. Here's an excerpt with needless editorializing removed:

"three years as a community organizer, first black President of the Harvard Law Review, created a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a constitutional law
professor, spend eight years as a state senator representing a district with more than 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees"

What are Senator McCain's major accomplishments that qualify him for President?

Posted by: bsimon | September 19, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Its amazing that Ted Stevens is still on the ballot. He should be made the poster child against the faux reform propaganda of the Palin/McCain ticket.

I would like a McCain supporter to answer whether they think that Gov Palin should be publicly asked if she is supporting Sen. Ted Stevens. She would likely say she will leave it up to the voters of Alaska but since she is claiming to be a faux reformer and opposing public corruption we should expect a firm No from her unless party comes befor country. And how about Senator McCain? How does he now feel about the disgraced Senator from Alaska?

Posted by: Leichtman | September 19, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like it's time for a Not Present ad from McCain...

Posted by: Paul | September 19, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I have a simple question I’ve been asking Obama supporters, and no one has been able to give me a good answer.

Question: What are Obama’s major accomplishments that qualify him to be president?

Can you answer the question?

Posted by: what the ?!?!? | September 19, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Regarding Minnesota, long-shot candidate for the Independence Party, the accidental Senator Dean Barkley, is already polling in the high teens - without yet having bought ad time on TV. The Coleman-Franken slugfest is hurting both major party candidates. Its too soon to predict an upset, but remember: in a three way race, you can win with as little as 34% of the vote...

Posted by: bsimon | September 19, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

This is a post on Senate races. I'd love if we could refrain from posting other political randomness MULTIPLE times. If you want to make a separate point, feel free. But doing so repeatedly really makes it difficult for people hoping to have a germane discussion about the state of play in the Senate.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Chris

Posted by: Chris Cillizza
::::::::::

I will respect your request. But I'd like to point out that I was trying to discuss the very important economic crisis policy issues yesterday, on this blog, and I was mobbed by Obama trolls who were accusing me of putting dead squirrels in my vagina, and a lot of other sexual harassment, sexist bashing and cyberbullying. There were probably more anti-Palin posts and cyberbullying attacks on pro-McCain posters, on that blog than economic policy ones.

In light of the lack of policing for cyberbullying and Obama trolls mobbing contrarian posters, it seems like the best self-defensive policy is to come out swinging.

It would be easier to respect the topical rules if the ones about cyberbullying and harassment were also observed. Obama posters also excel at the art of using creative spelling to post profane verbally abusive attack son other posters.

I will respect your request, but please take note of the sexually and verbally inappropriate behavior as well.

AsperGirl

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 19, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

CC, you mention that the Democrats have a financial edge over the Republicans. Could you elaborate? I know there are several financial committees for each party: National, Senate, etc. I'd appreciate it if you would make a post that identifies these committees, says where they usually spend money, and gave an update on their fundraising.

Posted by: Blarg | September 19, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Until Americans start voting on what is best for the ENTIRE country and not what is best for them individually, we will be screwed.

Posted by: Communist | September 19, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

"Congress came to me with money for that Bridge to No Where and I said No."
Sarah Palin

"The Palin files get still more interesting: "The 3.2-mile-long partially paved 'road to nowhere' meanders from a small international airport on Gravina Island, home to 50 people, ending in a cul-de-sac close to a beach. Crews are working to finish it. But no one knows when anyone will need to drive it," reports Erika Hayasaki of the Los Angeles Times.

"That's because the $26-million road was designed to connect to the $398-million Gravina Island Bridge, more infamously known as the 'bridge to nowhere.' Plans for the road moved forward anyway."

Sarah and her 'Road' to No Where'.

When will Sarah The Reformer, be asked if she is endorsing Senator Ted Stevens and where she got the money for her Road to No Where, since she claims to be such a great stewart of money, why did she continue with that road anyway? That is a fair question to be asked of her BEFORE her debate with Biden.

Unplanned Hocky Rinks and Roads to No Where. Is this the type of economic judgment we need to fix our nation's ailing enonomy?

Posted by: Leictmann | September 19, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I guess Obama is either in a bunker somewhere trying to figure out what to say about the crises or this is another Not Present vote.. either way he is not present, which is no surprise from the King of Empty Suits

Posted by: Repubinsanfran | September 19, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

What is that smell of fish and desperation?Why it is Aspertwit, on the board again in three day old clothes cutting and pasting every anti Obama article she can find. Let's hope that she get's a big paycheck from McCain for her efforts - soap and wather costs money, you know.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

"Or she truly hates Black people, or people of mixed races. But based on her previous posts, this part is easily answered. Once she takes of her white hood and people see her true colors, it ain't pretty."

Racism is ugly, especially when played as a race card by a minority candidate who is hacking at the "honor" of his opponent using lies and misquotes, while calling his opponent a "liar".

Your candidate is race-baiting trash.

You know you're on the side of evil when Rush Limbaugh accuses your campaign of racism and is widely quoted & published by mainstream media because he's right!!

Obama Is Stoking Racial Antagonism
By RUSH LIMBAUGH
The Wall Street Journal

"I understand the rough and tumble of politics. But Barack Obama -- the supposedly postpartisan, postracial candidate of hope and change -- has gone where few modern candidates have gone before.

"Mr. Obama's campaign is now trafficking in prejudice of its own making. And in doing so, it is playing with political dynamite. What kind of potential president would let his campaign knowingly extract two incomplete, out-of-context lines from two radio parodies and build a framework of hate around them in order to exploit racial tensions? The segregationists of the 1950s and 1960s were famous for such vile fear-mongering.

"Here's the relevant part of the Spanish-language television commercial Mr. Obama is running in Hispanic communities:..."

more at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122178554189155003.html

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 19, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

AsperGirl --- Given that the Senate is tied 49-49 with two independents caucusing with the Democrats, it is incredibly easy for the Republicans to take a page out of the Gingrich playbook and prevent any legislation from passing. They have set a record for most bills filibustered. Let's set the record straight --- it is not in the Republican's interest to let anyone claim any accomplishments in this Congress. What I find completely mystifying that there is a race at all --- Bush's administration has managed to add 6 trillion dollars to the national debt. To paraphrase Dick Cheney --- "Deficits do matter."

Posted by: David | September 19, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

"Sounds like Hurricane Katrina worked out pretty well for the Republicans. Has anyone in Louisiana actually said this? If so, that's terrible. And I'd expect to see these statements in ads for every Democrat in the state."

Well, I don't know if its actually true. The Dem Louisiana governor Blanco was given the boot for Rep. Bobby Jindal, but the mayor of New Orleans was re-elected as well as the congressman representing the district. You know, the guy who was found with money in his freezer. And Landrieu is almost certainly going to get re-elected (I know that as a Senator, there's not much she can really do about Katrina, but yeah)

Freezer guy is up for re-election again, but I'm guessing the DNC isn't going to do much to try and get rid of him unlike 2006.

Posted by: DDAWD | September 19, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Obama is very indecisive

Posted by: Repubinsanfran | September 19, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Folks,

This is a post on Senate races. I'd love if we could refrain from posting other political randomness MULTIPLE times. If you want to make a separate point, feel free. But doing so repeatedly really makes it difficult for people hoping to have a germane discussion about the state of play in the Senate.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Chris

Posted by: Chris Cillizza | September 19, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

from factcheck.org. more lies from mccain/palin

In what has become an ongoing theme, the McCain-Palin campaign has released yet another ad that makes false claims about Barack Obama's tax plan. The ad, which was released on Sept. 18 and which the campaign says will air nationally, claims that Obama will raise income taxes and will tax "life savings, electricity and home heating oil." As we keep saying, Obama says he'll raise income taxes and capital gains taxes only for couples earning more than $250,000 per year or singles making over $200,000. He has proposed no plans to raise taxes on either home heating oil or electricity.

The ad opens with standard-issue Republican warnings of the economic dangers of big government before proclaiming that Obama and his liberal allies want to bring back "a massive government" complete with billions in spending increases and waste. We are then told that Obama would raise income taxes and would increase taxes on "life savings, electricity and home heating oil."

This isn't the first time the McCain-Palin campaign has claimed that Obama would raise taxes on electricity. The claim is just as false now as it was when it first came up. The campaign bases its charge on a single comment Obama made in an interview with a San Antonio columnist. Obama did in fact say, "What we ought to tax is dirty energy, like coal and, to a lesser extent, natural gas." But, as we said then, the comment is grossly out of context. Obama's remark comes after he was asked whether we ought to tax renewable energy sources. This was not a general call for increasing taxes on coal or natural gas, and Obama certainly does not have any such proposal as part of his public platform.

One could argue that Obama's proposed cap-and-trade program constitutes an indirect tax on electricity. But McCain proposes cap-and-trade, too, and we haven't heard McCain say that he wants to tax your electric bill. These programs are designed to reduce carbon emissions by requiring companies to pay for pollution credits. Since most electricity in the U.S. is generated via coal and natural-gas plants, both carbon-emitting fossil fuels, a cap-and-trade program will result in higher electricity costs.

Posted by: more lies from mccain | September 19, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

The Big Mo is moving back to McCain - Obuma is waiting for his 'advisors" to come up with a plan...Raines and Johnson????

Washington Post: John McCain's record on Wall Street oversight gets some misleading spin from Barack Obama


By Washington Post Editorial, The Washington Post
September 19, 2008

TO LISTEN to Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. John McCain is a Johnny-come-lately to the cause of regulating financial markets. "He has consistently opposed the sorts of common-sense regulations that might have lessened the current crisis," Mr. Obama said in New Mexico yesterday. "When I was warning about the danger ahead on Wall Street months ago because of the lack of oversight, Senator McCain was telling the Wall Street Journal -- and I quote -- 'I'm always for less regulation.' "

But the full quotation from Mr. McCain's March interview with the Journal's editorial board belies Mr. Obama's one-sided rendition. The Republican candidate went on to say, "But I am aware of the view that there is a need for government oversight. I think we found this in the subprime lending crisis -- that there are people that game the system and if not outright broke the law, they certainly engaged in unethical conduct which made this problem worse. So I do believe that there is role for oversight."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

The "Rebound" that the Republicans are counting on the McCain campaign delivering is ephemeral.

They are too lazy to get out there and speak in his defense, fight for his campaign and go toe to toe against the Obama surrogates for McCain, and just want to sit on the sidelines picking up favorability points McCain might win and shed in their direction.

The 2000 Bush-Gore fight over recounts, etc. came down to the very impassioned and mobilized republicans facing the democrats dow in Florida. I recall very clearly how the democrats, diffident toward Gore and not really engaged, allowed the Gore people fighting against the Republican attack machine to be out there alone and overwhelmed.

You see much the same thing this Fall. The republicans, diffident toward McCain and too lazy or calculating to upset the democrats they perceive as stronger, are allowing McCain to take on the democratic media, attack machine and passionate army of surrogates on alone.

The republicans are going to let the fight slip. Any gains McCain lucks into he will win single-handedly and with Palin's help, without his party at his back (except for Bill Kristol & a couple of journalists here and there).

The lazy, self-centered and diffident republicans will help McCain lose his temporary gains and lose ground, because they will sit around hoping to collect improved favorability ratings without helping make them happen.

I have a hard time seeing how the Republican Congressmen expect to win with the attitude, diffidence and hang-back laziness they are displaying up against the highly motivated democratic colleagues.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 19, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

AsperGirl has no loyalties, she was for Hillary, and now she is quoting Rush Limbaugh? First of all Rush Limbaugh is a pill popping Cindy McCain wanna be addict.

How do you support Hillary and then jump to Limbaugh?

I think the best part about The old hag is she thinks she is swaying people.

Do she really think the American public is as insecure as she is?

What she has done within a short few months is the equivalent of being a life long Redskins fan and then all of a sudden turning into a Cowboys fan.

Or she truly hates Black people, or people of mixed races. But based on her previous posts, this part is easily answered. Once she takes of her white hood and people see her true colors, it ain't pretty.

Posted by: Ugh | September 19, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

geez aspergirl, your early morning spewing is such a pleasant way to start the day. Do you stick your finger down your throat to get this bile?

Posted by: Ann | September 19, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

CAMPAIGNING BY BUSH-BASHING ONLY GOES SO FAR WHEN
WE'VE GOT A DO-NOTHING DEMOCRAT-LED CONGRESS

IF OBAMA GETS ELECTED, PELOSI & REID WILL RUN THE COUNTRY FROM CONGRESS WHILE OBAMA ENTERTAINS ELITES IN THE WHITE HOUSE & GIVES SPEECHES FROM TIME TO TIME

Pelosi and Reid Blew It
By Andrew Cline

The most fascinating political development of the summer has occurred with little notice. Republicans are respected again. Wait, what?

Believe it or not, entering the final quarter of the eighth year of the George W. Bush presidency, Republicans are ascending in popularity, Politico.com reported yesterday. Half of registered voters and half of independent voters have a favorable opinion of the GOP, according to a new poll from the Pew Center for the People and the Press. Democrats hold a slight edge in favorability among registered voters (55 percent to 50 percent), but they are statistically tied with Republicans among independent voters (Republicans 50 percent, Democrats 49 percent.)

How could this happen? Anyone half-paying attention for the past eight years can rattle off the list of reasons voters are supposed to be fleeing the GOP: Iraq, Katrina, Wall Street, Abramoff, DeLay, Bridge to Nowhere, bin Laden at large, gas prices, and home mortgages. When Democratic presidential candidates dream, they dream of election years like this one.

And yet since August the Republicans have closed an 18 point gap with Democrats among independent voters. A new Gallup poll finds that Democrats have only a three-point edge (within the margin of error) when people are asked which party they want to control Congress.

I think the answer is pretty clear: The Democratic leadership in Congress took the golden opportunity it was given in 2006 and pissed it away on petty partisanship -- just like the Republicans who preceded them did.

A Gallup poll out this week is revealing. It found that only 47 percent of Americans say they have trust in the legislative branch of the federal government. That's the first time that number has dipped below 50 percent since Gallup began asking that question in 1972. The same poll found that only 18 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing vs. 31 percent who approve of the job President Bush is doing.

There is good reason for those low ratings. When voters swept Democrats into power two years ago, they expected that the party would deliver on its promises. It hasn't. Instead of leadership and statesmanship, we got gamesmanship. Instead of governing, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid embarked on a two-year political campaign.

The Democrats opposed the troop surge in Iraq. When the surge turned a raging insurgency into a slinking retreat and the Democrats ridiculously proclaimed that it wasn't working, an average American listening to both sides could only shrug his shoulders and wonder what in the world the Democrats were smoking.

When Democrats opposed every measure to increase domestic oil production, they angered millions of Americans. And when they finally tried to claim they were for new drilling by producing two bills that allowed new drilling only where there was little or no oil, Americans quickly picked up on the scam.

On all of the major issues of the past two years, the Democrats chose to play political gotcha instead of actually govern. The public, it turns out, seems to have seen through the charade. It's kind of hard to convince Americans that you feel their pain when, for example, you are doing everything in your power to keep gas prices high through the election. By being Democrats first and public representatives second, Democrats have lost the enormous advantage in goodwill the Republicans handed them on a silver platter two years ago.

This election year should have produced a Democratic sweep of historic proportions, delivering the White House and massive majorities in the House and Senate. But thanks to the incompetence of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, Republicans might pull a respectable showing.

http://www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=13913

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 19, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin voted for Ron Paul during the Primaries? http://www.veeppeek.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

So the ReThugs put an evangelical on their ticket to appeal to their base's instincts and all of a sudden it's like the last eight years never happened? I don't get the appeal, real or alleged, to independent voters.
Rocky and Bullwinkle, the Moose and Squirrel ticket, and notice that Moose is atop the ticket because the base doesn't much like Squirrel.

Posted by: Bill | September 19, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

As for the subject of today's Line-
Interesting that for all of Ensign's happy talk (which is all it is), the analysis boils down to a wider Democratic margin come November.
Obama's ground operation will certainly improve the outlook for Democratic candidates in some of the key battleground states, and should give even the most diehard Republicans cause to worry.
Prediction: much stronger Democratic majorities in Congress when President Obama is sworn in on January 20.

Posted by: DB | September 19, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

The wacky right-wingers are at the Rovian Math again. The Right will lose in large part because the voters will understand that the GOP has been in charge of Congress from 1994 to 2006. Dems have had too narrow of a majority since '07 to do much of anything against the traitors on the Right who seek to destroy our country's economy. Voters will kick out the closeted-gays of the GOP this Fall.

Posted by: tanaS | September 19, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

THE POST PUSHES OBAMA'S RACIST ATTACK AD AS IF TRUE

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/09/17/obama_invokes_rush_limbaugh_in.html

OBAMA'S LIMBAUGH AD CAUSES STIR
From CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

"It is offensive and dishonest for Barack Obama to lie about John McCain's record on immigration and years of support for the Hispanic community, when it was Barack Obama himself who voted for 'poison pill' amendments that killed the effort at immigration reform. Instead of making false ads with baseless attacks, Barack Obama should be apologizing to the Latino community," Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart said in statement released by the McCain campaign.

The Spanish-language ad, launched earlier this week, aims to connect McCain to Republicans who have staked out staunch anti-illegal immigration stances — including talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.

"They want us to forget the insults we've put up with, the intolerance," the television ad's narrator says in Spanish as an image of Limbaugh is quoted saying, "Mexicans are stupid and unqualified" and "Shut your mouth or get out."

"They made us feel marginalized in a country we love so much," the narrator continues. "John McCain and his Republican friends have two faces. One that says lies just to get our vote and another, even worse, that continues the failed policies of George Bush that put special interests ahead of working families."

But McCain has repeatedly disagreed with his party's base on the issue of immigration and was a chief sponsor of an immigration reform bill last year that deeply angered conservatives and nearly sunk his campaign for the presidency.

The Arizona senator is also no favorite of Limbaugh, particularly for seeming to take a moderate stance on illegal immigration. But critics note McCain shifted his own policy on immigration as the Republican presidential primary race heated up, advocating a "security first" approach.

Limbaugh also took issue with the ad, telling the Politico it had taken his past statements — one of which is 15 years old — out of context and was an attempt at "race baiting."

"Obama is now stoking racism in the country," Limbaugh said. "Obama is a disgrace — he wants the public to think he is Mr. Nice Guy while his thugs are in Alaska looking for dirt on Palin and he runs race-baiting ads and lies about what he has done and what McCain has done."

more at: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/09/18/obamas-limbaugh-ad-causes-stir/

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 19, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

AsperGirl must be unbelievably desperate if she's resorting to blaming Obama for racial attacks.
Really, AsperGirl, how do you live with your dishonesty?

Posted by: DB | September 19, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Did Mccain yesterday actually say Spain is in Latin America?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

WASHINGTON POST PROMOTES OBAMA "RACIST" ATTACK AD
WITHOUT ANY INFORMATION ABOUT HOW FALSE IT IS

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/09/17/obama_invokes_rush_limbaugh_in.html

THE POST PUSHES OBAMA'S RACIST ATTACK AD AS IF TRUE

The Washington Post has put up and described Barack Obama's racist ad making blatant lies and false accusations about John McCain and immigration policies. The ad takes soundbites out of context from the Rush Limbaugh radio show, then puts them out there as if they were John McCain's words and as if John McCain supported Rush Limbaugh's anti-immigrant views.

OBAMA'S LIMBAUGH AD CAUSES STIR
From CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

"It is offensive and dishonest for Barack Obama to lie about John McCain's record on immigration and years of support for the Hispanic community, when it was Barack Obama himself who voted for 'poison pill' amendments that killed the effort at immigration reform. Instead of making false ads with baseless attacks, Barack Obama should be apologizing to the Latino community," Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart said in statement released by the McCain campaign.

The Spanish-language ad, launched earlier this week, aims to connect McCain to Republicans who have staked out staunch anti-illegal immigration stances — including talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.

"They want us to forget the insults we've put up with, the intolerance," the television ad's narrator says in Spanish as an image of Limbaugh is quoted saying, "Mexicans are stupid and unqualified" and "Shut your mouth or get out."

"They made us feel marginalized in a country we love so much," the narrator continues. "John McCain and his Republican friends have two faces. One that says lies just to get our vote and another, even worse, that continues the failed policies of George Bush that put special interests ahead of working families."

But McCain has repeatedly disagreed with his party's base on the issue of immigration and was a chief sponsor of an immigration reform bill last year that deeply angered conservatives and nearly sunk his campaign for the presidency.

The Arizona senator is also no favorite of Limbaugh, particularly for seeming to take a moderate stance on illegal immigration. But critics note McCain shifted his own policy on immigration as the Republican presidential primary race heated up, advocating a "security first" approach.

Limbaugh also took issue with the ad, telling the Politico it had taken his past statements — one of which is 15 years old — out of context and was an attempt at "race baiting."

"Obama is now stoking racism in the country," Limbaugh said. "Obama is a disgrace — he wants the public to think he is Mr. Nice Guy while his thugs are in Alaska looking for dirt on Palin and he runs race-baiting ads and lies about what he has done and what McCain has done."

more at: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/09/18/obamas-limbaugh-ad-causes-stir/

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 19, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

I don't see how Mary Landrieu, who's up by more than 10 points is higher than Roger Wicker who might be up by five in a smaller state than Louisiana. I've said it, and said it: Mary Landrieu is not going to lose. The order finally seems right to me except that Mississippi should be ninth, followed by Maine. Susan Collins has a lead similar to Landrieu's except in a state less than half the size.
60 is coming.

Posted by: Jimmy Dunphy | September 19, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

As usual most of the responses have nothing to do with the topic. When will The Fix get someone to moderate this?

In relation to the blog, it is Republican happy talk, bordering on delusional. McCain is starting to sink in the polls and Palin's negatives are rising. And today's reprieve of the economic meltdown is temporary...The economy will still be poor when the November election rolls around...

Posted by: RickJ | September 19, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

WASHINGTON POST PROMOTES OBAMA "RACIST" ATTACK AD
WITHOUT ANY INFORMATION ABOUT HOW FALSE IT IS

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/09/17/obama_invokes_rush_limbaugh_in.html

THE POST PUSHES OBAMA'S RACIST FALSE ATTACK ADS AS IF TRUE

The Washington Post has put up and described Barack Obama's racist ad making blatant lies and false accusations about John McCain and immigration policies. The ad takes soundbites out of context from the Rush Limbaugh radio show, then puts them out there as if they were John McCain's words and as if John McCain supported Rush Limbaugh's anti-immigrant views.

FROM THE FACT CHECK DESK
Obama's New Spanish Language TV Ad Es Erróneo
by ABC News Political Punch

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has launched a new Spanish-language TV ad that seeks to paint Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as anti-immigrant, even tying the Republican to his longtime conservative talk-radio nemesis Rush Limbaugh.

As first reported by the Washington Post, Obama's ad features a narrator saying: "They want us to forget the insults we’ve put up with…the intolerance…they made us feel marginalized in this country we love so much."

The screen then shows these two quotes from Limbaugh:

“…stupid and unskilled Mexicans”
—Rush Limbaugh

"You shut your mouth or you get out!”
—Rush Limbaugh

The narrator then says, “John McCain and his Republican friends have two faces. One that says lies just to get our vote…and another, even worse, that continues the policies of George Bush that put special interests ahead of working families. John McCain…more of the same old Republican tricks.”

There are some real factual problems with this ad, which is titled “Dos Caras,” or two faces.

First of all, tying Sen. McCain – especially on the issue of immigration reform – to Limbaugh is unfair.

Limbaugh opposed McCain on that issue. Vociferously. And in a larger sense, it’s unfair to link McCain to Limbaugh on a host of issues since Limbaugh, as any even occasional listener of his knows, doesn’t particularly care for McCain.

Second, the quotes of Limbaugh’s are out of context.

Railing against NAFTA in 1993, Limbaugh said, "If you are unskilled and uneducated, your job is going south. Skilled workers, educated people are going to do fine 'cause those are the kinds of jobs NAFTA is going to create. If we are going to start rewarding no skills and stupid people, I'm serious, let the unskilled jobs that take absolutely no knowledge whatsoever to do -- let stupid and unskilled Mexicans do that work."

Not one of his most eloquent moments, to be sure, but his larger point was that NAFTA would mean that unskilled stupid Mexicans would be doing the jobs of unskilled stupid Americans.

The second quote is totally unfair. In 2006, Limbaugh was mocking MEXICAN LAW [not saying "shut your mouth or get out" himself], ...

[Mocking Mexican Laws:]

“And another thing: You don't have the right to protest. You're allowed no demonstrations, no foreign flag waving, no political organizing, no bad-mouthing our President or his policies. You're a foreigner: shut your mouth or get out! And if you come here illegally, you're going to jail."

THE OBAMA AD THAT THE POST PUSHES MISREPRESENTS
THE COMMENT: "SHUT YOUR MOUTH OR GET OUT!"
AS IF IT WERE RUSH LIMBAUGH SPEAKING OUT THAT WAY TO
LATINO IMMIGRANTS ON THE AIR, & THAT LIMBAUGH WAS
SPEAKING FOR JOHN MCCAIN

more at: http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/09/from-the-fact-1.html

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 19, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

"Louisiana (D): The Republican argument in this state is simple: following Hurricane Katrina, there are simply not enough black voters left in the state to neutralize the growing conservative tinge of the Louisiana electorate."

Sounds like Hurricane Katrina worked out pretty well for the Republicans. Has anyone in Louisiana actually said this? If so, that's terrible. And I'd expect to see these statements in ads for every Democrat in the state.

Posted by: Blarg | September 19, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Chris asks (re:New Mexico):

"Does anyone else smell the scent of desperation?"

Yes. The entire Country has been aware of the acrid stench of Democrat panic since Sarah Palin arrived.

Your quote "(There's only so many ways to say this race is over)", (I assume you meant to say "There are..."), is applicable as well.

When speaking of a National Democrat defeat.

There shall be much liberal wringing of hands until the inevitable Republican victory; immense gaggles of clinically depressed Democrats will need grief counselling afterward.

It will be much, much worse than gore or kerry, because you thought you had found The One.

Sadly, he turned out to be just a typical street agitator.

Oh, well. Enough Happy Talk for this morning!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

THEY'RE ATTACKING WITH FALSE ACCUSATIONS OF RACISM AGAIN

Race To The Finish
By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY

Election '08: The supporters of the first post-racial candidate keep bringing it up. Racism is the new refuge of scoundrels. The real issue is not the color of Obama's skin, but the thickness of it.

For a time, Barack Obama was riding "the chance to make history" train, garnering huge support on that issue alone. Then came the GOP nomination of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, an outlet for disgruntled Hillary Clinton supporters and hockey moms, plus a different way to make history...

Why do Democrats think McCain has caught up? Speaking in Iowa City, Iowa, on Tuesday, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, another woman Obama did not choose, provided an answer this week.

"Have any of you noticed that Barack Obama is part African-American?" she asked in response to a question about why the election is so close. "That may be a factor. All the code language, all that doesn't show up in the polls."

Liberals, not being able to understand why The One we've been waiting for could possibly lose, needed a comforting excuse, and racism provided it.

For example, David Paterson, the Democratic governor of New York, recently accused Republicans of using "community organizer" not as a criticism of Obama's tissue-thin resume, but as a racial put-down.

But if anyone has repeatedly injected race into this campaign, it is Obama.

Meeting with donors in San Francisco on April 6, he famously told them of "small towns in Pennsylvania" and the Midwest beset by job losses in a changing economy. He told of how "they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment" to vent their frustrations.
It is Obama who said racism was the reason he could lose.

"Nobody thinks that Bush and McCain have a real answer to the challenges we face," he said in Springfield, Mo., on July 30.

"So what they're going to try to do is make you scared of me. You know, 'he's not patriotic enough, he's got a funny name, he doesn't look like all those other presidents on those dollar bills.'" Who are "they"?

more at: http://ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=306630254921767

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 19, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the early morning CRAP Aspergirl!!

Posted by: Aspergirl Uncovered | September 19, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

THEY'RE BLAMING RACISM AGAIN FOR HIS FLACCID CAMPAIGN

(IT'S ALWAYS FUN FOR RUSH LIMBAUGH TO RANT ON RACE)

RUSH:

"Ladies and gentlemen, as you know, I tell you, the race business now is starting to really worry the Democrats and Obama. We have two examples, Jack Cafferty on CNN's all upset. Why is he not ahead anymore? It's about race, this is still a racist country. Kathleen Sebelius calls Republicans racist. The AP then changed the headline and the context of the story, take Republicans out of it, said some voters, Ed Morrissey tipped me to this last night from Hot Air blog.com. And then Obama is being praised. This is why we're in the catbird seat on this. Catbird seat is the wrong way to put this. That inspires overconfidence. I don't want people thinking that. But here, yes, look at the bumbling, fumbling, stumbling Obama campaign. Yesterday they have what handed to them on a silver platter? An economy that appears in all intents and purposes, the perception is that it's heading south and we're not going to bail out Lehman Brothers, we are going to bail out AIG, which means you people will be underwriting my insurance policy. How do you feel about that? ...

"At any rate, Obama has this golden opportunity to really hammer home the theme here that McCain, Bush, whatever, the current establishment, has just bollixed this all up. What does he do? He heads to Hollywood. I know it was long ago scheduled. He heads to Hollywood, he raises $9 million. It's all over the news. I thought Obama was about the future, not the nineties, and not the Clintons. I mean you go out and you grab Barbra Streisand as your headliner, people's memories of Barbra Streisand are at the White House when Hillary was away. He's got all these Hollywood elitists and the pictures of the Hollywood crowd being driven in their Bentleys and their Rolls-Royces and so forth, raising $9 million. This is not good. There is a bit of an implosion going on. Polling data, there's a polling outfit called 538, and it's run by a guy who is pretty much oriented toward the left, and in the Electoral College vote he takes a sample of all the polls that are out there, all the major polls that are out there and then runs an algorithm formula on his computer with certain weighting given to certain things, I don't understand it. But the point is, he's worried there because right now Obama is down like 52-47 in the electoral vote in terms of what the winning percentages of the presidential election would be, something along those lines or those numbers, and the race business coming up now and Richard Cohen, the Washington Post yesterday literally imploding against McCain.

"Normally I wouldn't mention Richard Cohen, but you put this in the cumulative stack of the crackup that's happening, the meltdown with the feminazis and the traditional liberal establishment media, and it ain't good out there. These people expected to be smoking McCain by 20 points now, and McCain's either up or tied in several key battleground states as well as nationally. And they know this. Even Obama last night at his little deal in Hollywood. Let me tell you what he said. This is from the New York Times. "A lot of people have gotten nervous and concerned. Why is this as close as it is?" This is what he's telling the people that gave him nine mill last night. "A lot of people have gotten nervous and concerned. Why is this as close as it is and what's going on? Well, we always knew this was going to be hard. This is a leap for the American people." What the hell's that mean? It means he's a leap for the American people. Damn right I know what it means. It means I'm not the guy that they see on the dollar bills, and it's a big leap for them to elect somebody looks like me, with ears like mine. I know it's a comment about his big ears.

"He also said we always knew that this was going to be hard, this is a leap for the American people. What is this "we" and the American people? We, who is "we"? His campaign staff? His elitist supporters? We always knew this was going to be hard? This is a leap for them, the American people. So Obama's got himself up here on a pedestal, "you," the bitter clingers down there, you dunce racists, you bigots, you slobs. You just don't understand brilliance in dictators when you see it. "

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_091708/content/01125106.guest.html

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 19, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

"the crisis today was created by Phil Gramm, McCain Economic Advisor/Mentor and his deregulation of the financial markets. BIG DIFFERENCE!"

Posted by: RCD | September 19, 2008 8:11 AM

Just an FYI....but the legislation sponsored by Gramm, which you are blaming the current financial "meltdown" on, was signed by Bill Clinton.

Posted by: JNoel002 | September 19, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

The light is starting
to shine on the democrats
in congress, and their
pathetic excuse for
leadership.
The Repub's just might
gain seats.
Oh The Horror' The Horror'

Posted by: usa3 | September 19, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

I have a simple question I’ve been asking Obama supporters, and no one has been able to give me a good answer.

Question: What are Obama’s major accomplishments that qualify him to be president?

Can you answer the question?

Posted by: what the ?!?!? | September 19, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

What happened with the tech bubble was normal business cycle exuberance. There was a new technology, investors ponied up huge sums gambling that the new technology would become profitable. Investors knew they were putting money in not-yet-profitable start-ups and the risk were real and upfront; this financial mess is hitting venerable, centuries-old institutions with gigantic market share. These are the companies who should not be risky investments because of thier billions of dollars in assets, gigantic corporate structures with more MBAs than janitors who should see a ponzi pyramid scheme like the subprime mortgage crisis coming a mile away! The internet bubble was the normal busy cycle and could not be regulated against, the crisis today was created by Phil Gramm, McCain Economic Advisor/Mentor and his deregulation of the financial markets. BIG DIFFERENCE!

Posted by: RCD | September 19, 2008 8:11 AM | Report abuse

McCain pushed for Deregulation of the Financial Markets in the 1980s
----Result --> Savings and Loan Scandal (Keating 5) and American tax payer bailout.


McCain pushed for the deregulation of the energy markets in the mid-1990's
----Result--> Enron implosion


McCain pushed for deregulation of the Financial Markets in the 2000's
----Result--> Current market implosion and tax payers bailout.


Me thinks I see a pattern!!!!


McCain has been a leader in Congress for 26 years and he has been consistent; he has consistently driven our economy into a ditch.


McCain, does he have the Judgment to lead???

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Middle America should not trust McCain and the Country Club First Boys to fix our failed econimic system, when at heart their allegiance is to the Country Club Boys first and not to the American people. Their fixing will be a partial measure of change and a band aid -- looked to assuage a worried public but will do nothing to bring the radical change and upheaval needed to get America trully back to being fiscally sound and thriving again! To do so will be at your own risk and detriment!

Posted by: Angellight | September 19, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Here in TX, the Senate race is invisible.
There is higher visibility for my CD race.

I do not understand how a Senate race could be not even a footnote. TX stays with Cornyn.

Is there another Texan reading here who has actually noticed anything at all in this race? Am I just not watching enough TV?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 19, 2008 7:39 AM | Report abuse

> PRES. CLINTON/DEMOCRATS HAD NO REGULATIONS DURING THE 90'S WHICH CAUSED MANY INTERNET COMPANIES TO GO BANKRUPT.

Didn't a lot of businesses ( and Internet Co.) go bankrupt because of lax (or NO) corporate regulation during Pres. Clinton/Democrat rule. So, how could Sen. Obama/Dem. call the Rep. stink when the same exact thing happened to them during the Clinton/Dem. rule.

> SEN. OBAMA HAS NO SOLUTION TO ECONOMIC PROBLEMS!

I watch Sen. Obama speech about fixing economy. Frankly, he has no solution. He babbles on and on about Rep. cause recession; therefore, Sen. McCain is responsible for making companies bankrupt, and Americans should remove all Rep. and place him in charge. However, he does not have an intelligent solution which will solve our problem. His energy proposal stinks, his wealth shifting tax policy stinks, and he has no economic exp.; but most importantly, he does not have a specific fix for bad corporate practices and regulation.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 7:18 AM | Report abuse

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