John SIDNEY McTheuselah and Caribou Barbie have finally unveiled their latest last-ditch smear tactic*: Obama is a (gasp!) SOCIALIST! Here’s from Senator McCain’s radio address today, after reintroducing us to the dance sensation that’s sweeping the nation: “Joe the Plumber“: My opponent’s answer showed that economic recovery isn’t even his top priority. His goal, as Senator Obama put it, is to “spread the wealth around.” You see, he believes in redistributing wealth, not in policies that help us all make more of it. Joe, in his plainspoken way, said this sounded a lot like socialism. And a lot of Americans are thinking along those same lines. In the best case, “spreading the wealth around” is a familiar idea from the … Continue reading
Dear Readers: This morning I embark on my incredible journey across country from California to Maine. As readers know, I am moving to the coast of Maine — Eastport, Maine to be exact, the last town on the coast before the Canadian border. The photo above is from my favorite Down East photographer, Don Dunbar at EasternMaineImages.com. It’s just a glimpse of one of the many lovely views I’ll be experiencing on a daily basis once I am settled into my new home in Maine. I leave California in the midst of election season, with just a few short weeks to go, but I leave with the knowledge that all the wonderful writers here will be filling in, in my … Continue reading
As I noted earlier today, The Washington Post has endorsed Obama. And as my Reaction co-blogger Mustang Bobby noted today as well, three other major newspapers — the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution — have also endorsed Obama. Another one is The Denver Post. I can’t say I’m surprised, except when it comes to Obama’s hometown paper, the Chicago Tribune. Why? Because it’s one of the most Republican newspapers in the country. In fact: This is the first time the newspaper has endorsed the Democratic Party’s nominee for president. Over at The Moderate Voice, Elrod has the full list of the paper’s presidential endorsements: “Not a single Democrat, until now. No FDR. No JFK. No … Continue reading
These two clips do not address my concerns of having election attorneys on the ground in every state. The Barack Obama campaign has now shown that they are willing, and prepared, to fight back. First the Obama campaign attorney discussing the events since the last debate then Olbermann and Rachel Maddow discussing the reality of a Democratic campaign willing to fight back.
This an item from Political Wire so let me give them their Hat Tip up front. All Eyes on Powell Sources close to former Secretary of State Colin Powell cautioned that his support for Sen. Barack Obama over Sen. John McCain “might stop short of a formal endorsement when he’s interviewed on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday,” according to the New York Daily News. “Given Powell’s cautious nature, he might decide to make his endorsement of Obama implied, rather than explicit. Even so, a well-informed source told the Daily News: ‘After Sunday people aren’t going to have any doubt who he’s voting for.’”
Most of Peggy Noonan’s column in yesterday’s WSJ was predictably awful: — McCain won the debate on Wednesday? Really? — McCain succeeded in ridiculing Obama’s “eloquence”? Seriously, what debate was she watching, and from the confines of what alternate un-reality? — The election is “infantilizing”? Why, because the guy she doesn’t like is winning? — Palin could have been another Truman? Come now, that’s just plain stupid. But it also contained this, which is our one-day-late QotD: But we have seen Mrs. Palin on the national stage for seven weeks now, and there is little sign that she has the tools, the equipment, the knowledge or the philosophical grounding one hopes for, and expects, in a holder of high office. … Continue reading
The Republican legal machine has already filed protests in many states. I have one question: where is the Democratic legal team in every state? Where are the previously prepared responses that can activate within 2 hours? Anticipating the problems and challenges is the job of election observers and election attorneys. Just like Obama had some pre-shot commercials ready to run immediately after some of the debates, we need predetermined positions for attorneys. That’s a good communications strategy and tactic. If you saw the movie “Recount’ you know the Republicans play for blood. In that election the Democrats played for fairness. Guess who got the election? How many lives might have been saved if we had simply had a junkyard dog … Continue reading