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10 Days Out

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 25, 2008 - 5:44am

When I saw the photo of Obama's shoes last week I thought of an ominous parallel (but this blogger at Huffington Post beat me to it). This whole election I have worried that Obama is too Stevenson-esque, but it's starting to look like the slow-and-steady strategy (or is it a tactic?) is working.



Submitted by Jim Aune on October 23, 2008 - 1:12pm

The last election I voted in before leaving Minnesota for Texas was the contest between Republican, pro-choice Arne Carlson and Democratic, pro-life Rudy Perpich (if you don't think that "liberals" are single-issue voters, that was a good counter-example), but today Arne endorses Obama. Amazing.


Motivating Voters By Guilt

Submitted by Adria on October 22, 2008 - 9:11pm

Along the lines of "Swing Vote" with Kevin Costner, organizations are trying innovative ways to "guilt" people into voting with the whole "what if Obama lost by ONE vote--YOUR NON-VOTE" scenario.

I received this email from "MoveOn.Org" now, and I laughed out loud. The video takes a few minutes to load, but it's worth it:

Dear MoveOn member,

Oversleeping. Getting the car fixed. Having to pick up the second-cousin's stepkids on the other side of town. These are just a few of the reasons millions of Americans won't vote on November 4th.


Why Does Colin Powell Hate America?

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 19, 2008 - 3:56pm

The best part of his comments today:

And it is permitted to be said such things as, "Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim." Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he's a Christian. He's always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president?



More Signs of the Apocalypse

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 19, 2008 - 12:44pm

The Houston Chronicle endorses Obama-Biden. It has not endorsed a Democrat for President since 1964. And, in case you were asleep this morning: Colin Powell endorsed Obama on Meet the Press:


Random Election Issues

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 16, 2008 - 7:28pm

Hendrik Hertzberg clarifies the ACORN nonsense. I think there is one possible reason why FOX and the Gollum's campaign keep bringing this up: suppose that on Election Day or after multiple lawsuits are filed by the Republicans in swing states to block the election results? It would not surprise me, especially if the polling gap increases. This could go into December again.


Visualizing the Race

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 16, 2008 - 2:08pm


Round III: The Night of Joe the Plumber

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 15, 2008 - 9:30pm

8:03. Why do I feel like throwing up?
8:04. McCain's short-term fix: reverse decline in home-ownership by buying up mortages. Socialism! Criticizes Paulson for not making this a priority.
8:05. Obama: No rescue package for the Middle Class. Four things: 1. jobs, 2. help middle-class with tax cuts, 3. McCain's plan is a giveaway to the banks, 4. Long-term problem: fix energy policy, health care, education.


McCain as The Penguin

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 15, 2008 - 4:49pm

via Ezra Klein


The Kids Are All Right

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 14, 2008 - 12:56pm

That One wins the Scholastic News poll. Does anyone remember voting in one of these as a kid? Thank God Diebold doesn't run it.