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

Colin Powell Endorses Barack Obama and Speaks To The Challenges Of The Future

It doesn’t get a helluva lot better when it comes to endorsements. Many readers may know that Colin Powell is a popular man. What they may not know is that, until Barack Obama came to the scene, Colin Powell was the most admired man in the USA. This endorsement crosses party lines at a time when that simple reality it most important. In this announcement he uses his time to build a case for Obama while rejecting the personal attacks and campaign tactics of the last seven weeks. Powell also spoke convincingly of the challenges facing the new president.

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Socialists?

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

Maine or Bust!!!

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

An Historic Endorsement from Obama’s Hometown Newspaper

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