Arizona By Only 5pts For McCain. Obama Closing.

In a movement that hasn’t gotten much attention, Arizona could be considered a state that is ‘in play’. Long time considered a Republican stronghold, the demographics are changing and so it the voting pattern. As pointed out in The Rasmussen poll, the state is possibly turning Blue or is at least Purple. Rasmussen Polls has this to say today: John McCain’s lead over Barack Obama is down to just five points in his home state of Arizona. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state finds the Senator leading 51% to 46%. There is a tremendous amount of data in this poll. Arizona isn’t solid Red anymore than Orange County, California is solid Red regardless of the conventional wisdom.

US Military Standdown Jan 1,2009?

The US military command has given the Iraq government an ultimatum. Either accept the status of forces agreement on the table, which much of the Iraq government finds unacceptable, or the US will cease all operations on January 1, 2009. In addition to halting all military actions, U.S. forces would cease activities that support Iraq’s economy, educational sector and other areas — “everything” — said Tariq al-Hashimi, the country’s Sunni Muslim vice president. “I didn’t know the Americans are rendering such wide-scale services.” Al-Hashimi said that Army Gen. Ray Odierno, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, listed “tens” of areas of potential cutoffs in a three-page letter, and he said the implied threat caught Iraqi leaders by surprise. Odierno … Continue reading

Bad Puns Palin Comparison

I can’t possibly keep up with all the weaselly smears that the GOPpers are throwing out this week. I’m certain they run the gamut from “Obama is a Space Alien!” to “The Democrats will confiscate your children AND your money.” (And its corollary: “The Liberals want to have sex with your dog!” Don’t laugh, that’s essentially what the former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum said a few years back.) So, let me give you a lens through which to view the lies, remembering that a party addicted to lies AND desperate to salvage anything from an election in which their disastrous RESULTS are on trial; a party that is never wrong and always Right (in their own minds); a party that … Continue reading

Quote Of The Day

“The reason the Republicans found Joe the Plumber was to find someone hanging around a toilet other than Larry Craig.” — James Carville, quoted by Politico.

Joe Biden Tells 5th Grade Reporter What The VP Does (Video)

This is a great video. An elementary school in Palm Beach, Florida has their own TV news channel, The KEC News Report. They recruit their own grade school reporters, camera people, etc. They really do report the news. The news this day was the speech by Joe Biden at a campaign event. Notice the competence of a 5th grader in getting some good footage while asking questions, and getting some advice from a reporter from the local channel 5. They also get good footage of the opening remarks from the VP nominee. During an exclusive interview with Senator Joe Biden Damon poses a question to Joe Biden: “What does a vice-president do?”  Joe Biden gives a clear explanation of what … Continue reading

Emb-Racism, or Attack of the B-Girls

McCain in Virginia — Getty Images It is not, one supposes, egotistical to note that the story I told you here last Monday (“Holy You Betcha, Batman! It’s the Barracuda!” 20 Oct 2008.) is now confirmed on Saturday, after having become the subject of speculation throughout the bloviating class. To wit: Palin allies report rising campaign tension By: Ben Smith October 25, 2008 02:32 PM EST Even as John McCain and Sarah Palin scramble to close the gap in the final days of the 2008 election, stirrings of a Palin insurgency are complicating the campaign’s already-tense internal dynamics. Four Republicans close to Palin said she has decided increasingly to disregard the advice of the former Bush aides tasked to handle … Continue reading

America’s Buddy-Buddy Campaign Press Corps

by Walter Brasch It’s a little more than a week before the presidential election, and I’m worried about what happens afterwards. I’m not worried about the candidates, the people, or the country. I’m worried about the media. First, I’m worried about the TV ad salespeople. For more than a year they haven’t had to do much other than sit back and open digital files from the politicians. Now, the salespeople will actually have to go to work to fill airtime. I’m worried about the owners of TV stations. Since January, politicians have placed more than a billion dollars of advertising. Most of that has gone to TV ads, at least in Pennsylvania and the other swing states. Revenue is bound … Continue reading

A Numeric Picture Of The Barack Obama Ground Game in Ohio

If anyone needed any more evidence of the extraordinary ground game organization of the Barack Obama campaign check out this numeric. Some numbers from an Obama campaign release on what its doing in Ohio: 340,846 — Number of doors knocked this weekend 483,473 — Number of doors knocked last week 1,098,777 — Total number of doors knocked in October 394,335 — Phone calls placed to fellow Ohioans by volunteers across the state 1,224,684 — Total calls made this month 38 — Farthest distance, in miles, that any Ohioan lives from a Campaign for Change office Now imagine this level of volunteer enthusiasm and professional organization in battleground states and some Red states. This beats anyone’s ground game in any election.