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

Pamela’s Wagon Train To Maine: The Saga Begins

So ok. It’s not a wagon train. It is though a completely stuffed SUV pulling a pretty big Uhaul trailer with a teenager, a cat, a friend driving and Pamela navigating. They are going somewhere the teenager has never been and Pamela left a long time ago. As far as I’m concerned that sounds like an adventure. She called a few moments ago and asked me to bring everyone up to speed. They left  Los Angeles yesterday and just pulled out of Flagstaff, AZ a few minutes ago. Pamela suggested she nearly froze something off when they got into Flagstaff last night at 4:30 am. Flagstaff is at a pretty high altitude for those that haven’t been there. She’s happy … Continue reading

Going Negative is Not a Positive Way to Get Votes

by Walter Brasch During the final debate last week, Barack Obama called John McCain on the negative ads, saying that 100 percent of his radio and TV ads were negative. Not true, replied McCain. True, according to the Advertising Project at the University of Wisconsin. Almost every ad in a one-week period before the debate was negative. The nonpartisan analysts determined that between June 4 and October 4, “47 percent of the McCain spots were negative (completely focused on Obama), 26 percent were positive (completely focusing on his own personal story or on his issues or proposals) and 27 percent were contrast ads (a mix of positive and negative messages).” The Project also noted that only about 35 percent of … Continue reading

The Blood of Patriots

At the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, beneath the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, history was being made Saturday: John McCormick / The Swamp: Obama draws record crowd in St. Louis — ST. LOUIS – Standing under the Gateway Arch, Sen. Barack Obama spoke this afternoon before a crowd his campaign said totaled 100,000, a new U.S. record for his presidential bid. — “All I can say is wow,” Obama said as he took the stage … But far upstream, up the Missouri to Omaha, and then West along the Platte, and away from the river towards what used to be salt marshes, a different kind of history — very much related to the history taking place … Continue reading

Another Conservative Defends Christopher Buckley’s Endorsement Of Obama

Kathleen Parker, a conservative columnist, shocked most in her party when she took Palin to task in her column September 26. I’ve also noticed that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe reflex is exhausted. <> If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself. Now she publicly defends Christopher Buckley, the son of William F. Buckley, for his endorsement of Barack Obama. Radical conservatives are still having an interesting time of it, though these days they are being mutilated by fellow “conservatives.” The well-fed Right now cultivates ignorance as a political strategy and … Continue reading