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Posted on Oct 8, 2008

During a sit-down interview with ABC’s Charlie Gibson that aired on Wednesday, Barack Obama talked about the economy and how he’d lead differently from President Bush before addressing the McCain-Palin campaign’s ramped-up attacks of late. “All these statements are made simply to try to score cheap political points,” Obama told Gibson.


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By cyrena, October 11, 2008 at 8:10 pm Link to this comment

Opening Eyes,

I must accept that you’re at least partly correct in stating the obvious…that if Obama loses, it will be because Americans prefer mediocrity. At least many of them do, as evidenced by the past 2 elections.

HOWEVER, this is a far larger reason for that possibility. The most we can do is to be aware, and make each other aware.
GOP Attacks on American Voters Turn Desperate, Ugly and Dangerous
Friday 10 October 2008

by: Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman, The Free Press
GOP attacks on voter rights, voter registration drives and open elections are on the rise across the nation. The GOP assault on American voters has hit full stride as the economy and John McCain tank in synch.

  With just over three weeks until election day, the Republicans have mounted an all-out attack against newly registered voters and the organizations working to sign them up. As many as 75% of these new voters are expected to vote Democratic, but the attacks have also spread to long-established voters as well. Recent calculations show more than a million more newly registered Democrats in Ohio than Republicans.

  The usual drumbeat claiming massive voter fraud has become ceaseless at Fox “News” and other right wing media mouthpieces.

  As expected, the assault centers in Ohio, which once again could decide the presidency, but has manifested throughout the nation:

  1) A Republican sheriff in Greene County, Ohio, has demanded social security and other records from 302 local voters whose ballots he apparently wants to negate. Sheriff Gene Fischer has requested registration cards and address forms for all Greene County residents who voted in a special session established in Ohio allowing new voters to register and vote on the same day. The process was challenged in court by the GOP. The Ohio Supreme Court turned down that challenge, and allowed the same-day voting to proceed. But now Fischer claims telephone calls complaining about the potential for voter fraud have prompted him to go after the information.

  In Franklin County, home of Ohio State University, Columbus State Community College, Capital University, Ohio Dominican University, and Otterbein College, election protection observers are reporting continuing surveillance by Republicans at Veterans Memorial, the site for early voting. The observers have documented Republican operatives taking photographs and writing down license plate numbers of voters. Election activists expect similar criminal charges as in Greene County to be filed in the state’s capital.

  Greene County is home to Wright State, Central State, Wilberforce and Cedarville Universities, along with Antioch College, which was recently put out of business by a right-wing putsch on its board of directors.

  Llyn McCoy, Greene County’s deputy elections director, says names, telephone and Social Security numbers will be blacked out of any records handed over to the Sheriff. According to McCoy, the Sheriff says he has no evidence of voter fraud other than phone calls stating fraud was a possibility. It is widely assumed that the same-day registration/voting option was exercised primarily by students who lean heavily Democratic. In 2004, African-American students from Wright State, Central State and Wilberforce were regularly challenged on their registration credentials and forced to endure waiting in lines to vote for hours. Students at Cedarville, a Christian school, made no such reports. Sheriff Fischer’s targeting of historically black college students, the core of Obama-mania, is intended to send a chilling effect through the ranks of these Democratic voters.

More at the link. I’m cross-posting this as well, just because it could in fact make the difference between survival (for most of us) or not. It’s that important.

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By Opening Eyes, October 11, 2008 at 6:22 pm Link to this comment

If Obama were to lose, it wouldn’t be because he wasn’t good enough for the presidency, it would be because the American people prefer mediocrity.

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By cyrena, October 9, 2008 at 10:51 pm Link to this comment

Projecting an Obama Victory

Monday 06 October 2008
by: Norman Solomon, t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Projection is a psychological hazard of politics. What’s “obvious” to some doesn’t occur to others. So, these days, it’s hardly reassuring when some progressives roll their eyes at the latest McCain-Palin maneuver and express confidence that few voters will be swayed by the latest slimy attacks on Barack Obama.

  The poll numbers so far this month, combined with ample media hype, have fostered the belief that the current economic crisis is close to dooming the McCain campaign. But any crystal ball that offers assurance of an Obama victory is a piece of junk.

  Twenty years ago, presidential nominee Michael Dukakis emerged from the Democratic National Convention with a 17-point lead in a Gallup Poll. One of the main reasons that the lead disappeared was a scurrilous TV ad, linking Governor Dukakis to a prisoner who committed a rape during a weekend furlough. The commercial included an ominous photo of the African-American convict, Willie Horton.

  Now, a “Willie Ayers” ad is getting plenty of media attention, and Sarah Palin is accusing Obama of “palling around with terrorists.” The McCain campaign is eager to implement desperate measures for its desperate times - making preposterous claims to link Obama with terrorism - scraping toward the bottom of the barrel and heaving larger quantities of mud.

  Any confidence that such tactics will have scant effect on the electorate is misplaced.

  There’s also the matter of race - and, more to the point, racism. “Many older Democrats quietly admit they will not vote for Mr. Obama because they fear he would put too many blacks in power, or be hamstrung in office by racial opposition,” The New York Times reported from Florida on October 4.

  This fall, no one knows exactly how much we’ll see of the “Bradley effect” - named after the defeat of the black mayor of Los Angeles, Tom Bradley, who received conspicuously fewer votes from whites than election-eve polling had predicted when he ran for governor in 1982.

  Polls involving a black nominee “have tended to undersell the level to which race negatively impacts voting - particularly among whites,” political reporter Chris Cillizza wrote on four months ago. “That is, a black candidate tends to underperform his or her polls on Election Day, as some voters who may have told a pollster they would support an African-American candidate ultimately decide against doing so.”

  The Bradley effect has a long history, Cillizza noted. “In other races involving a black candidate - most notably Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt’s candidacies against Sen. Jesse Helms in 1990 and 1996 as well as L. Douglas Wilder’s victorious run for the Virginia governor’s mansion in 1989 - the Bradley effect came into play.”

  Some political analysts say that the Bradley effect has diminished and will have little or no impact on Obama. Maybe they’re right. But I doubt it.
  Along with throwing mud and benefiting from racism, McCain stands to gain from the fact that the national Republican Party now has a lot more money in the bank than the Democratic Party does. And in many states, a wide range of anti-democratic measures - including purges of voter rolls and very unreasonable requirements for voter ID on Election Day - will work to the benefit of the McCain-Palin ticket.

  Overall, the polls showing Obama with a sizeable lead should be taken with a box of salt. The count on election night could be close. In the meantime, McCain can only benefit when progressives assume he’ll lose.

  Such rosy assumptions are dangerous. They’re apt to result in overconfidence, reducing volunteer energy and voter turnout for Obama.

  Assume that the economic crisis has doomed the McCain campaign? He hopes you will.

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By Hammo, October 9, 2008 at 4:01 pm Link to this comment

While questions are being raised about if Obama is “American enough” and issues about his mixed-race background are still a topic, the article noted below has some new angles to consider:

“Obama’s Scottish, Cherokee ancestry has meaning”

Oct. 8, 2008

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By TweetPetite, October 9, 2008 at 3:25 pm Link to this comment

Barack Obama has purchased a half-hour of airtime on CBS and NBC. The Obama campaign will air a primetime special on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m.

I have been saying that for all intents and purposes the race is over, and that - in view of the present crisis and the complete absence of George Bush - he needs to behave as president and announce right now, as a confidence builder, exactly what he will do immediately on being sworn in to fix the situation. In fact, I think he ought to put together a plan right now and give it to Congress to bring to the floor before he’s even sworn in.

He could use this half hour to do just that - but nothing’s announced as to what he intends to do with it. For the purposes I outline, October 29 is too late. This is something he needs to do now, which will as a corollary make him look way more presidential.

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By wildflower, October 9, 2008 at 2:39 pm Link to this comment

Re: Truth You’re Afraid Of

Can’t say I understand your point or why you are afraid, TYAO.  Obama is not promoting any of this.  On the other hand, Palin, her “witch doctor,” and her Assembly of God dispensationalists are politically promoting this stuff:

BILL MOYERS: . . . give me a shorthand definition of dispensationalism.

DR. TIMOTHY WEBER: . . . the basic premise of dispensationalism is that all Bible prophecies concerning earthly events applies to the Jews. And all of those events will be fulfilled literally in the End Times. So, Israel must be returned to the land. They must stay in the land. Without Israel in the land, there can be none of the other events prophesied in the Bible. There can be no rise of Anti-Christ. . . There can be no Battle of Armageddon. And there can be no second coming of Jesus Christ. So everything is riding on the Jews, getting them there and keeping them there in the Holy Land.

RABBI MICHAEL LERNER: But I think—but what you have to add in there is that when this is a step in the process that they see towards the end of end times in which the Jews will be cast down into eternal damnation and to the fires of hell. And only those Jews who convert to Christianity will be okay. And everyone—all the rest of us so they’re welcoming us now—with open arms and saying, “Oh, we love the Jewish people” But they love the Jewish people literally to death because they they want see those of us who stay Jews burn in hell but not—not right away. They don’t imagine it will happen right away. So there’s a staged process. And this is the first stage in the process that will eventually lead either to us converting totally to Christianity or burning in hell. So it’s not a really great future for the Jews that those theological people have in mind. . . .
BILL MOYERS: They are being used, right?

RABBI MICHAEL LERNER: Yes. This is the other terrible part about the role that Christian Zionists play. Because they’ve been aligned with the most right-wing elements in Israel and the most right-wing elements in the American Jewish community—that have gathered together in the Israel lobby. And the Israel lobby includes AIPAC, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, and many other of the Israel-is-always-right organizations in the Jewish world have played the role of supporting the most reactionary policies in Israel. And that—
BILL MOYERS: Isn’t this an act of survival?

RABBI MICHAEL LERNER: Well, they think it’s survival. But, in fact, for a very large number of Jews today, both in Israel and in the United States, recognize that the policies that Israel has been following has actually been destructive for the long-range survival of Israel. And so they are an element, the Christian Zionists are really an important element in the Israel lobby today, pushing the United States towards support of the most conservative and unloving policies.

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By cyrena, October 9, 2008 at 2:32 pm Link to this comment

By wagonjak, October 9 at 11:36 am #
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This photo of Obama looks like it’s from Faux Noise…couldn’t you find a better pic that doesn’ make him look sickly?



He doesn’t look sickly, he just looks pale. But, it’s not his fault. Remember, his Mother was white, so this happens sometimes. Even happens to me if I’m overworked, tired, or the light isn’t right.

So, it’ll be OK. We’ll have hundreds of thousands of good photo’s of him once he’s inaugurated.

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By troublesum, October 9, 2008 at 2:23 pm Link to this comment

I think he is more like Reagan though, and perhaps Hoover.

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By troublesum, October 9, 2008 at 2:21 pm Link to this comment

Gibson asked Obama, “Where’s the passion?” and he couldn’t answer.  The country is going to hell and he just sits there and mumbles on about hope.  Gibson tried to give him a clue about what many people are feeling but he didn’t get it.  He’s like Bush that way.  Unconcerned.

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By BaxterJ, October 9, 2008 at 2:19 pm Link to this comment

Hopefully, now that he’s been called out, McCain will bring this up in the final debate.

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By Catherine, October 9, 2008 at 1:42 pm Link to this comment

I wonder how Charlie Gibson would compare that interview with his interview of Sarah Palin!  What a contrast! 

The ONLY choice that makes sense for those of us who care about this country is Barack Obama. 

By the way, you can now get tshirts that say I’M VOTING FOR “THAT ONE!”  at

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By Allan Krueger, October 9, 2008 at 1:23 pm Link to this comment

Every time I see Barack sit down for an interview, it only confirms, for me, that I am making the right (only reasonable) choice in November. McCain and Palin are resorting to new lows, daily… OBAMA in 2008!

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By wagonjak, October 9, 2008 at 12:36 pm Link to this comment
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This photo of Obama looks like it’s from Faux Noise…couldn’t you find a better pic that doesn’ make him look sickly?

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By cyrena, October 9, 2008 at 11:44 am Link to this comment

By Linda S, October 9 at 2:46 am #

What the hell was Obama thinking?


What was he thinking…WHEN????

I mean, Barack is a really prolific thinker, so exactly when are you talking about? When he was 8 years old? Who knows. What do extra smart 8 year olds think about?

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By wildflower, October 9, 2008 at 9:05 am Link to this comment

Gail Collins shares some interesting bits of news in regard to Ayers and Keating in today’s NYT’s “Clearing the Ayers:”

Re Ayers:  “. . . was named Chicago’s Citizen of the Year in 1997.”

Re Collins & Keating: “. . . I can’t help but feel that I am not only a potential victim of the new guilt-by-association standard, I am also somewhat complicit in establishing it. . .”

“. . . When I was a teenager, Keating came to my Catholic girls high school in Cincinnati in his capacity as the founder of Citizens for Decent Literature, an anti-pornography group. His theme was the evil of wearing shorts in the summertime.

Keating said he knew a young mother who took her child for a walk while wearing Bermuda shorts. A motorist, overwhelmed with lust at the sight of the back of her uncovered calves, lost control of his car and slammed into them. Everybody was killed, and it was all her fault. We were then asked to sign pledge cards promising to conform to standards of modesty that would have satisfied the Taliban.

True, none of this really proves that I was responsible for the banking scandals of the 1980s. But if Barack Obama is responsible for the Weather Underground, and if the mother in Bermuda shorts was responsible for the car crash, I am pretty sure that I am on the hook as well.”

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By mickiki, October 9, 2008 at 8:45 am Link to this comment
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The media and bloggers need to show photos of AYERS.  McCain is trying to scare people into thinking that Obama is friends with a Black Panther type.  As f@cked up as it is, this doesn’t work AT ALL once they see that Ayers is white.

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By hippy pam, October 9, 2008 at 7:58 am Link to this comment

It has been 2 DAYS….and I still want to know what that FAT BALDING COWARD MEANT by his statement…“who voted for it?THAT ONE”.......mcshame is as small minded and petty as his “dog”......

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By Dave24, October 9, 2008 at 3:43 am Link to this comment

Separate of the fact that Obama is more substantive, Obama is calm and charming whereas McCain is emotional and angry.  We need “elitists” to lead the country, not morons who go after “elitists.”  People specialize to become doctors, engineers, architects, etc.  Why not with politics?  People want elite doctors, elite financial advisors, etc.  Why not an elite president for a change?

McCain is a war hero, but he’s also a horrible politician.  And criticizing him on the latter is the most patriotic thing one can do.

McCain doesn’t know what he’s doing, and Sarah Palin doesn’t know anything, except how to memorize talking points. 

The world is on a downward spiral, and with a McCain presidency, we could find rock bottom.

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By AlaskanVoter, October 9, 2008 at 3:17 am Link to this comment


I am a Alaskan life voting Republican. This 2008 Election, I will [with pleasure]  vote Democrat! This Alaska Governor Palin has Destroyed and continues to attempt to Destroy “MANY GOOD ALASKAN PEOPLE(s)” Professionally and Politically during her “VERY SHORT” term position as Mayor in a small community Wasilla, Ak (Approx 5,000 + residents during her reign) and current Alaska State Governor.(of approx. twenty months).  Whenever Palin is confronted with a question that she does not know, does not have a clue or simply does not want to answer, her indignation or ...ANGER…is unquestionably familiar!....McCains’ V.P. selection Sarah Palin unequivocally has NO business being the Alaska Governor, let alone, a USA candidate for Vice President…. Maverick??.....   
I voted for Sarah Palin in Alaskas 2006 Governor Election. MISTAKE!.... Never Again… I repeat-NEVER AGAIN!!...Alaska Governor Palin is an absolute Embarrassment to the Alaska People(s)  and.. “IS PROVEN” be an insatiable Liar!!..... How can she possibly ASSUME to possess the ability to clean up America, when she cannot clean the ‘MESS” she has created, then left in Alaska.!  Yes,—-Left her Mess FOR Alaskans to Clean-Up!!!!..... MCCAIN, you should be ASHAMED of yourself!!!! This victim (palin)has no business in this Presidential Arena.

Thank You Truth News and

Posted by AlaskaVoter

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