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A suspicion about the electoral map in 2008

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This is what I imagine could be possible in the very real world if all voters who have shown interest throughout the entire campaign — on both sides — shows up on Election Day (or voted early). If the race were to end up being close, with McCain winning the traditionally red states of North Dakota, Louisiana, Montana, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia & Arizona, holds Nebraska’s 2nd district and then locks down Florida, Pennsylvania & Ohio – the Republican will win the White House for a 3rd straight term 270-268. But if you have any doubts about any of those states, Obama should be the next President of the United States of America. President Barack Obama. I, for one, have doubts in all of those states. My doubts come from polls and first-hand accounts of the mood in many “red state” lines I’ve read in various blogs on the new 4th Estate. 

I’m not claiming to be an expert on anything nor am I really making a prediction per se, it’s more like what my gut would bet the farm on if I had like $3 left after losing my life savings, home and car in Vegas. I tend to look to fivethirtyeight.com, pollster.com and early voting statistics from the George Mason University Department of Public and International Affairs. Call me crazy, but I think the election can only be won for McCain with a LOT of voter suppression on Tuesday. Go to 270towin.com, make your own map and if you care link to it here. I’m curious to see where others think this race could go.

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November 2, 2008 at 5:26 pm

$150k for clothes? John McCain thinks it erodes public confidence

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This ‘maverick’ tag must just be slang for a Republican flip-flop. How else would McCain’s supporters, particularly those excited by the pick of Sarah Palin for VP nominee, justify their admiration for a man who gained his reputation as a maverick by trying to move his own party out of a state of ignorance? McCain supported the so-called amnesty bill, for which he was called a maverick. For this he was also hated by the same people holding signs boasting the label.

Senator McCain was first opposed to the Bush tax cuts, saying it unfairly benefited the wealthy. Apparently somewhere along the way Cindy tapped him on the shoulder and showed him her $4.2 million tax return because he’s now in favor of making those same tax cuts permanent. From his own tax cuts, his family would receive over $730,000 which still makes me wonder how that will somehow trickle down. Maybe there is a legitimate explanation, I’d just like to hear it.

His most recent maverick escapade was picked up by ThinkProgress. The news broke this week that more than $150,000 was spent on Sarah Palin’s wardrobe in her 2 months as GOP VP nominee. Granted, this is not a huge deal. It’s not near as startling as Senator McCain’s recent “agreement” with Jack Murtha, who basically said people in Western Pennsylvania are racist. But something like this does reveal another opportunity to call McCain a maverick. After all, he used to believe that campaign funds being spent on personal clothing eroded the public confidence.

MCCAIN: Madam President, the amendment before the Senate is a very simple one. It restricts the use of campaign funds for inherently personal purposes. The amendment would restrict individuals from using campaign funds for such things as home mortgage payments, clothing purchases … and vacations or other trips that are noncampaign in nature. […]

The use of campaign funds for items which most Americans would consider to be strictly personal reasons, in my view, erodes public confidence and erodes it significantly.

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October 23, 2008 at 11:04 am

McCain supporters for the Constitution

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It’s truly great to see some of the subtle stances of the McCain campaign and individual supporters as of late. It has really been too little, too late considering McCain and Palin have been the ones stoking the fires of racism and intolerance. Here some McCain supporters surround another group who are distributing ignorant, un-American bumper stickers. The Muslim supporters of McCain are right to be offended, but that’s what happens when you turn the election into a “Who’s more American” contest.

Of course, the McCain campaign has silenced this true patriot because he’s Muslim. It’s funny how we teach our kids how we grew painfully out of slavery and went through the civil rights movement and are all better for it, then the next wave of “other” comes around and we resist the opportunity to make the same progress.

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October 20, 2008 at 12:56 pm

McCain campaign offices as empty as the rhetoric

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You could take every McCain volunteer we’ve seen doing actual work in the entire trip, over six states, and it would add up to the same as Obama’s single Thornton, CO office. Or his single Durango, CO office. These ground campaigns bear no relationship to each other.

Sean Quinn from FiveThirtyEight.com has an interesting story about his experiences with both campaigns. It seems the McCain campaign is more about hating on Obama than actually running phone banks and canvassing neighborhoods. Perhaps this is why the trail has turned disgusting and downright reprehensible this week.

When someone at a McCain rally responded to “Who is the real Barack Obama?” with “a terrorist!”, Senator McCain clearly heard the remark, as evidenced by his cringing after hearing the remark. What Senator McCain did not do was stand up for decency, and honor his campaign pledge to run a clean campaign. That promise was broken long ago, if it was ever even true.

If the McCain campaign and his Klan rally supporters want to know who “the real Barack Obama” is, they need only a Google search. Even for those who don’t own a computer, any public library would be glad to let you cure your own ignorance by actually gathering some information, rather than perpetuating lies. Sarah Palin continues to say “we don’t know much about Obama”, after only hitting the national stage in the last days of August. Take a press conference, tell the media we don’t know much about Obama. Don’t simply keep inciting hate speech.

Burton Malkiel wrote of the “castles in the air” theory of investment in A Random Walk Down Wall Street. The McCain campaign has co-opted the concept, constantly upping the rhetoric to a level so inflated that the foundation disappears. At this point, McCain and Palin seem to just be holding Klan rallies in the air.

Cindy McCain, your husband was right about you

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Today, Cindy McCain attacked Barack Obama for voting against funding for the troops. She did this in the most classless way by omitting the fact that her own husband made the same vote two months later. Then she dares Obama to spend a day in her shoes. Are you kidding me?

“The day that Sen. Obama cast a vote to not to fund my son when he was serving sent a cold chill through my body let me tell you,” Cindy McCain said in introducing the GOP ticket. “I would suggest Sen. Obama change shoes with me for just one day. I suggest he take a day and go watch our men and women deploying.” HuffPo

Cindy, anyone in this country (with very few exceptions) would gladly switch places with you, if only for a day. Why? Because we all used to call ourselves middle-class, and now we wonder if we’re just poor. Furthermore, simply watching soldiers deploy means nothing. Maybe try not sending those men and women into an unjust and unneccessary war? Or maybe just try not to lie about your own husband’s record? 

Your reckless, lying husband helped Charles Keating destroy the lives and life savings of thousands of American families. How did you feel about that? Or how about his first wife, or does adultery not matter to a beer heiress? Your husband and the cronies in his campaign are partly responsible for the national economic crisis we face today. And by we, I mean everyone but you. Of course, what could we expect from someone who steals drugs from a charity?

How will McCain’s tax cuts trickle down?

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If I could ask Senator McCain one question this morning, it would be about his tax cuts. Specifically, I would want to know how he justifies who is getting the tax cuts under his own plan. As ThinkProgress noted during the debate last night, McCain’s own family would receive over $300,000 in tax cuts under his own plan. I constantly hear Republicans with little understanding of the market talking about job creation as a weak link to tax cuts. This is my inquiry:

What would you do with that $300,000 tax cut in your own personal finances that would create jobs and/or trickle down and what path might that money take on its way to ultimately helping the middle class, which seems to be in constant decline in this millennia?

I’d be curious to know if Senator McCain would say he is the prime candidate for tax cuts in America. There’s something disgustingly 18th Century about the world’s strongest model democracy favoring an aristocracy in its tax codes. Until people start to explain where the money will go, up to and including a cameo appearance in middle class family budgets, there’s absolutely no reason to continue with failed “trickle down” economic policies.

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October 8, 2008 at 6:10 am

McCain and Palin open the door to their own terrorist sympathies

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John McCain was partly responsible for the last national financial crisis.  I’ve already linked a photo of McCain with Keating, and now the Obama campaign has created a video to expose the economic “principles” of John Sidney McCain III.

The 400 wealthiest Americans have increased their net worth by $670 billion over the last 8 years, according to Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. This is staggering. When you hear Sarah Palin’s new buzz phrase, redistribution of wealth, this is what they are trying to hide. The redistribution has already begun. It’s the few taking from the many. As they try to smear Obama as a socialist, they are selling fascism.

Publicly subsidized, privately profitable! -Propagandhi

  • Our economy has lost jobs for 9 straight months.
  • Last week, the Dow dropped 777 points in a single day. That is $1.2 trillion being pulled from the market at once.
  • This week, nothing has changed in the markets.

Bill Ayers is an interesting name to be thrown around. I think it makes a great comparison to names like Thomas Muthee, or the Alaskan Independence Party. If there were an episode of VH1’s ‘Where Are They Now?’, then the entire argument of Bill Ayers is quickly engulfed in the wave of shock that comes from understanding where Muthee, the AIP and the Palin family stand now.

  • Ayers, who committed his crimes in the 1960s is now a professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Senator Obama was 8 years old when Ayers was a member of the Weather Underground, and Obama has denounced Ayers’ actions.
  • Palin, on the other hand, has given a speech to the Alaskan Independence Party as recently as 2008 and her husband was a card-carrying member of the secessionist group. Their website boasts the motto: Alaska First – Alaska Always. AIP founder Joe Vogler says “I’m an Alaskan, not an American. I have no use for America or her damned institutions.” He’s also stated “the fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred of the US government. And I won’t be buried under their damn flag….when Alaska is an independent nation they can bring my bones home.” That is the founder of the group Palin addressed this year.
  • Pastor Muthee, who has blessed Sarah Palin’s campaign began as a witch hunter in Kenya. She’s also gushed about how he prayed for God to “make a way” for her campaign. He prayed for God to bring finances to the campaign, in front of a congregation. How does that qualify for a tax exemption?

While we’re discussing radicals, how about those who bomb abortion clinics? Clearly this is one terrorist group that has Senator McCain’s sympathies.

John McCain is as mentally fit as Grandpa Simpson and Sarah Palin is as intellectually curious as George W. Bush — at best. All of these ridiculous spurious links brought up by the Palin-McCain campaign are to distract us from some of the worst economy ever seen by “Joe Six-Pack” as Palin likes to describe us.

Are you better off today than you were 8 years ago?