Crunch Time

There’s a lot of good news. And, we shouldn’t forget that voting is already underway. I’ve got my Oregon mail-in ballot, and will vote tonight. What most impressed me was something I heard Cokie Roberts say on NPR yesterday: that the Obama campaign is the best-organized, most disciplined campaign she’s seen in her lifetime. And, she gasped, it was from (chaotic) DEMOCRATS! Now, that carries some weight, since Cokie is to the political manor born: Her father was the late Hale Boggs, the legendary House power broker from Louisiana’s 2nd District, and Democratic House Majority Leader in 1972, when his plane vanished over Alaska. (The plane was never found.) He had been the lone dissenter from the Warren Commission’s report … Continue reading

Do as I Do, and Sometimes as I Say, Just Make Sure You Smear Obama

Sarah Palin is against robocalls… while doing them herself. She is also against the “atrocious and unacceptable things” some of her supporters have been yelling out at her rallies, vicious and violent slurs directed at Obama, calling them “unacceptable” (though claiming that she hasn’t actually heard any of them, which hardly seems possible)… while stating, in a friendly interview with CBN, that she would make the “palling around with terrorists” smear again. Charming, as usual. (Hat tip: My friend Shaun Mullen at TMV.)

Simply Unbelievable ‘Witches Against McCain’

The wacko fringe of the ‘Christian’ right is at it again with something so unbelievable that it defies all logic and humanity. Yes, witches in Africa are actively using satanic curses to jinx John McCain and support Barrack Obama. This is so bizarre you have to read it for yourself. Even on the extreme Right this is a fringe sub-culture. We hope. h/t to Andrew Sullivan’s The Daily Dish

McCain Continues Retreating In Three States

George Stephanopoulos, ABC’s Chief Washington corespondent, reports from his brand new blog, George’s Bottom Line, that McCain has pulled out of Wisconsin and New Hampshere. The real news in this report is New Hampshire.  Last week he was campaigning in New Hampshire. While McCain has not pulled out of Colorado, ad buyers report no new ad buys and a stretching out of the old buys. Newsweek reports, via Andrew Romano’s blog Stumper, that McCain, according to aides, has all but conceded Iowa and New Mexico. The shocker is Colorado. With news broke by CNN’s John King, CNN’s chief national news corespondent, reports on the CNN Political Ticker that, Colorado is “gone,” said King’s source. “Most of us have a hard … Continue reading

Extraordinary Early Vote In Many States Especially Florida

According to mixed wire reports, there were record crowds at all early voting locations.  Florida was the most active with people were waiting hours to vote. No major problems were reported. A final report of how many ballots were cast won’t be announced untii Monday by the county registrars. All counties, Republican and Democratic, were reporting record numbers of people. In Nevada, the Las Vegas early vote was approximately31,000 Democrats and 13,000 Republicans as of mid-day Monday. In the Reno area the same outcome was seen. Twice as many Democrats as Republicans had voted by mid-day Monday. Las Vegas, located in Clark County, and Reno, located in Washoe comprise 85% of Nevada’s population. Democrats, for the first time, have a … Continue reading

Judy Miller and Fox News, Made for Each Other

Want another reason not to watch Fox News? And another reason not to take it seriously? It has hired Judy Miller as an analyst. That would be Judith Miller, former New York Times reporter, Scooter Libby buddy, Ahmed Chalabi confidante, and Iraq War cheerleader. As the WaPo’s Howard Kurtz puts it, nicely, “she is nothing if not controversial”: In the run-up to the Iraq war, Miller reported stories on the search for Saddam Hussein’s supposed weapons of mass destruction that turned out to be untrue, some of which were cited in a Times editor’s note acknowledging the flawed coverage. Miller, now with the conservative Manhattan Institute, wrote when she left the paper that she had “become a lightning rod for … Continue reading

Holy You Betcha, Batman! It’s the Barracuda!

Flush from the rash of complimentary — if not to say gushing — reviews of Sarah Barracuda on Saturday Night Live, Wasilla’s Wonder Woman seemingly has made the decision to throw John McCain under the bus. Not that she’s alone in this assessment, if true. Looking at it from her point of view, frankly, WHY does she need McCain now? The GOP that despises him (but of whom he has, of late, tried to emulate) loves her. Joe Scarborough was literally gushing on MSNBC about how everyone he’s talked to says that the camera doesn’t do her justice, etc. etc. Celebrity trumps competence (and hey! who’s the political celebrity in the infamous Paris Hilton/Brittney Spears anti-Obama ad now?), and the … Continue reading

Words of Warning: It Ain’t Over Yet

From Josh Marshall: If you’re thinking to yourself that there’s little more than two weeks before election day and Obama has a solid lead in the polls, don’t be so sure. Yes, it looks good for the Democrats. But you need to play close attention to the McCain campaign’s final weeks’ strategy under and just above the radar. McCain’s final strategy relies on two pillars. The first is aggressively playing to voters’ fears of electing a black president. Make no mistake: not just his campaign in a general sense, but McCain himself and his top handful of advisers, are banking on the residual racism in a changing America to get them over the finish line. The second is an aggressive … Continue reading