Election Night in Eastport, Maine

It’s election night and after a long break from blogging I decided it was good night to sit down and do some live-blogging. The polls just closed here and CNN is projecting that Obama has taken Maine. I’m happy to say I was able to be a part of the victory for Obama here in Maine. Thankfully I was able to register to vote here today and cast my first vote as a resident of Maine.   The results are pouring in. I’m going to head out and meet some of my new neighbors and then I’ll be backwith more news on the results.

Palin Goes Home…Maybe For Good

It is amazing she wouldn’t say she voted for her own Presidential candidate. I wonder if this isn’t an example of the problems within the McCain-Palin campaign. [UPDATE: It may be possible that Palin was answering a question about her vote on convicted Senator Ted Stevens when she said she ‘would invoke her right to privacy’. Frankly it’s a good answer under the circumstances. Did she vote for McCain? It possible no one asked. She is headed back to Phoenix to rejoin her running mate this evening.] About the update: The Democratic Daily is never going to be deliberately publish an incorrect statement about a candidate. Even Sarah Palin deserves accuracy as best we know it.

A Point for Palin

Sarah Palin has received much deserved criticism on everything from her position of issues, to her lavish wardrobe, to her lack of regular reading, but on election day I thought I would give her a single point of praise.  Palin’s so called release of her medical records showed that her primary care provider is a family physician and this is praiseworthy. The “release of records” came last night in the form of a two page letter by Dr. Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, a family physician employed by Providence Alaska Medical Center who was the 2002 Family Physician of the Year as named by the American Academy of Family Physicians.  The letter itself is fairly unrevealing–Palin has sought care almost entirely for women’s health/pregnancy … Continue reading

How CNN Destroyed Its Last Remaining Shred of Credibility

Well, okay, it has some credibility left, but much less now that it’s hired Weekly Standard conspiracy theorist Stephen F. Hayes as a contributor. If you don’t know Hayes — and call yourself lucky if you don’t — he’s made something a name for himself over the past several years pushing the now-discredited Iraq-al Qaeda link, attempting to prove that Saddam and al Qaeda were in cahoots before the Iraq War. Not even Bush believes that anymore, and the theory, though still promoted by the likes of Doug Feith, has largely been abandoned outside of wacky neocon circles. And yet, now he’ll be at CNN peddling his lies and deceptions. (Thank you, “most trusted name in news.”

Karl Rove Predicts Blow Out for Obama

I’ve been lax in blogging since my cross country move to Maine. Settling in here and unpacking has taken up most of my time, but I did not want to let election day pass without chiming in. Karl Rove has predicted an Electoral blow out for Barack Obama today: According to the final 2008 polling map posted on the Rove & Co. website, Obama will take a wide swath of tossup and red states, including Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Colorado and Nevada. The former Bush political adviser predicts McCain will hold on to North Carolina, Florida, Missouri and his home state of Arizona. Obama, according to the Rove map, will win easily by 10 points in Pennsylvania, where McCain has poured significant … Continue reading

Ten Post Round-Up: Election Day Edition!

Yippy! Hurray! It’s election day and we’re down to the very last nail-biting, brain-numbing hours of playing “Election Day Shuffleboard”. How can you NOT be excited? Whether your candidate of choice wins or not, today’s election is historic on so many levels. We’ve got race, we’ve got sex, we’ve even got the crazy! And, very, very, long lines. And, of course, election machines that act more like those electronic gaming machines at your local casino (oh, you may think the odds are in your favor, but just watch as the machine eats your vote and gives it to the other guy!). Oh, yeah! Can’t you smell the excitement in the air (or is that something else…)? I’m not going to … Continue reading

Eye Sea

There is a great American Zen koan displayed on our roads. The question is clearly displayed: Y? Why? For those that wonder, the answer can usually be found on the mountain tops (at the passes, appropriately enough): Y?

Barack Suffers A Loss That Can’t Be Won Back

I just watched, on MSNBC, a North Carolina speech by Barack Obama. It was the first time that Barack Obama had spoken of the passing of his beloved grandmother, who was a groundbreaker in her own right in Hawaii, early this morning. It was, as said by Pat Buchanan, ’emotional, moving and authentic.’ Obama said, “She’s gone home. My sister was by her side.” He spoke movingly of the fathers, mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers who have had a daily fight and sacrifice that has helped, decades later, their children, grandchildren and, yes, their great-grandchildren live a better life. I’ve tried unsuccessfully to find his comments in video. UPDATE: The Video has been found thanks to Daily Kos. It was a … Continue reading