The Debate Attack Is On

McCain has decided to attack whenever possible and place Obama, if possible, on the defensive. This is going to be a long debate. Obama is doing well and keeping his usual cool. McCain, 30 minutes into the debate, is attacking on every response since first question. Bob Schieffer threw the ball in the air and McCain started the most daring of misdirected comments and attacks. Now he is implying that somehow Obama has been attacking the total crowds at his rallies. Now it’s ACORN and Ayres. Now it’s ACORN and Ayres all the time. Now it’s running mates: Why yours and not his? Obama talking about Biden. Lots of detail in this response. Nothing about Palin. SMART. Back to economics … Continue reading

Cheney Released From Hospital After Procedure

Dick Cheney had another episode of his arrhythmia condition and has now been released. Per MSNBC and wire reports: Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday left a D.C. hospital after an outpatient procedure to restore his normal heart rhythm following a recurrence of atrial fibrillation, the White House said. A spokeswoman said the procedure — an electric shock administered at the hospital — went smoothly and without complication. Cheney spent the morning at the White House before the procedure. He was now home and ready to resume his normal schedule. <>Cheney last November received the same procedure, which involves an electrical shock to his heart. [longer, more detailed article, at the link] One of the Veep’s cardiac issue is his … Continue reading

Dick Morris Thinking Obama Landslide

While if Dick Morris told me the sun was up I’d look outside before answering, here’s his prediction. Landslide? Based on analysis of the latest polls, Dick Morris forecasts a landslide for Sen. Barack Obama. “If the election took place this week, it would be a wipe out of major proportions. Even McCain’s home state of Arizona has to be classified as leaning toward Obama. McCain, as of now, can be certain of carrying just eight states with a combined total of only 36 electoral votes.” I don’t know why he says Arizona should be reclassified as leaning towards Barack Obama. The Rasmussen poll as of 9/29 shows McCain 58% and Obama 38%. ARG polling done 9/11-9/14 shows McCain 56% … Continue reading

Tonight’s Debate: Will McCain Use Rev. Wright? Maybe Not.

Apparently John McCain and his advisers are once again split on his tactics at tonight’s final debate of the 2008 election. One of the options is to use Rev. Wright as an attack device. With Bob Schieffer of CBS News as the moderator it’s almost inevitable that he will bring up the last two week’s of personal attacks on Barack Obama. The only question is whether McCain takes the opportunity to launch a personal attack using Wright, Bill Ayers, both or leaves the subject on the table with a mild answer. Apparently McCain himself is reluctant to use Rev. Wright as an attack point. From Mike Allen at Politico,” “There’s a slippery slope in politics on the racial divide, and … Continue reading

Powell Is Reportedly Ready To Endorse

Via Lawrence O’Donnell on the HuffPo: When Colin Powell turns off his TV after the final presidential debate, he will have learned everything he is going to learn about the candidates vying to succeed his former boss, George W. Bush. Powell has made it clear that he has been thinking about an endorsement for a long time but wanted to hear more from the candidates before making his choice. It now seems beyond doubt that Colin Powell will endorse Barack Obama and thereby hammer the final nail in the coffin of the Republican campaign to hold onto the White House. If Powell does indeed endorse Obama, which all signs are pointing to, the endorsement “will be perfectly timed to dominate … Continue reading

The Republican Strategy for Voter Suppression in Ohio!

There has been a lot of discussion on the MSM about ACORN and alleged voter registration fraud. But that is small potatoes.  Some may wish you to pay attention to fake names getting registered but that is not about voting fraud.  It was registration fraud and nobody contends these fake people ever were intended to vote.  This is about homeless and lower income people writing down fake names to make a nickel in a fraud against ACORN. The bigger story is about voter suppression.  You know, where thousands of people are denied the right to legitimately vote at all.  Names are stripped from lists of voters.  And provisional ballots are issued likely to never be counted. Sort of like what … Continue reading

Iraq’s Kurds, Turkish Officials Meet in Baghdad

The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that a delegation of Iraq’s Kurdish leadership and Turkish government officials met with each other in Baghdad, Iraq’s capital, earlier that day. The Turks pressed Mahmoud Barzani, the president of the three-province semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, to crack down on the PKK in the region he is supposed to be in control of. Incidentally, the meeting was held shortly after Turkish media reported that another five Turkish soldiers were killed by PKK terrorists. Remarkably, whenever the Turks tell Iraq’s Kurds to crack down on the PKK, Kurdish authorities say there is not much they can do. At the same time, however, Iraqi ‘Kurdistan’ is the most stable region of Iraq because, thus … Continue reading