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Posted on Oct 30, 2008 ENLARGE


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Obama Is the Superior Decider

The real issues of the American presidential election are the future of the economy and the future of American foreign policy. The one seems already settled. The second seems to unite John McCain and Barack Obama in support of a program doomed to fail.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


The Scariest Day of the Year

Have you noticed that the spookiest colors of the season are not orange and black but red and blue? As Halloween slips into Election Day, the race for the White House has scared more grown-ups than any trip to the haunted house.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama’s Network TV Blitz

What’s that? An Obama infomercial? Network TV? Wednesday night? Oh, right—here it is, in case you missed it.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN



Collage: AP photo / Chip Somodevilla, pool / Wikimedia Commons

Virtual JFK: The 44th President’s Foreign Policy Challenge

The leading issue in the current face-off between Barack Obama and John McCain is the economy. Once elected and inaugurated, however, a U.S. president’s politics become global literally overnight.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE



Composite: realclearpolitics.com / Flickr (marcn)

McCain’s Pollster Is Optimistic

Don’t count John McCain out just yet. His personal pollster recently told the campaign that “impressive strides over the last week of tracking” mean the race could “easily be too close to call by next Tuesday.” That sounds like obligatory fluff to some politicos, but NBC’s Chuck Todd sees it differently.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE


Election Protection

Election Day approaches, and with it a test of our election system’s integrity. Who will be allowed to vote; who will be barred?

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert and Joe McCarthy (graphic)

Colbert on Obama the Socialist

Stephen Colbert has figured out John McCain’s new campaign strategy of trying to paint his rival as a socialist: “Clearly the McCain campaign is targeting its most important voter: Joe the McCarthy.”

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Obama Ad Takes a Swipe at Palin

Team Obama has avoided campaigning against Sarah Palin ever since a few botched attempts when she first burst onto the national stage. Since then, the governor’s numbers have nosedived and she now serves as the punch line in a new Obama campaign commercial called “His choice.”

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN



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McCain, Palin Fume at Obama’s ‘Pet Newspaper’

While John McCain is still searching for a reason he should be president, he has a new reason Barack Obama shouldn’t be: The Illinois senator once had dinner with a Palestinian. Or, as McCain sees it, he attended a terrorist convention with a PLO spokesman and William Ayers.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE


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panhandleparade.com

Bracing for the Ballot Battle

Next Tuesday, don’t be shocked if the Republicans roll out their familiar tactics of intimidating Democratic voters, challenging their eligibility and subjecting them to long lines at polling places. If the election is close, these shady maneuvers might pay off.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Gene J. Puskar

Just How Dumb Are White Males?

Let me now defend white males. We can’t possibly be as dumb as the polls showing we are John McCain’s most reliable voting base would indicate.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama on Palin, Parents

“When you’re named Barack Obama, you are the underdog,” Michelle Obama tells Jay Leno in this two-part clip from her appearance on Monday’s “Tonight Show,” during which she was careful to point out that she was wearing a “J. Crew ensemble.”

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN



An ‘Emergency Effort to Stop Barack Obama’

Every election season, some independent groups sizzle with controversy and impact, and others fizzle. We couldn’t tell at first, but the National Republican Trust PAC appears to be of the sizzling variety.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


GOP California
jgshow.com

Could California Go Red?

If there’s one state that most everyone would consider in the bank for Barack Obama, it might well be California—any more to the left and the state would be afloat in the Pacific (thus fulfilling the fantasies of many). So why are the early voting returns telling a different story?

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


Daily Show

‘Daily Show’: Crazy Scared Across America

John McCain’s supporters are plenty scared that a secret terrorist-loving Muslim could take over the White House. Meanwhile, Barack Obama’s supporters think there’s nothing scarier than Sarah Palin. At last, fear has brought both sides together.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


The McCain Ship Drifts in a Tide

Probably, John McCain and Sarah Palin will lose this election. Certainly, they deserve to. With a campaign designed more to play on insecurities than promote ideas, McCain and Palin have practically framed Barack Obama’s “closing argument” for him.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 READ MORE


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ABC Pushing ‘Daisies,’ Not Democrats

The Obama campaign is running a big media blitz on Wednesday night, with CBS, Fox, NBC and Univision all airing the Democratic presidential candidate’s muy mysterioso half-hour advertisement at 8 p.m., but ABC and the CW won’t be joining in the Obamathon.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 READ MORE


Skinheads Arrested in Obama Assassination Plot

Authorities suspect two young white supremacists of planning to travel the country in white tuxedos and top hats murdering and beheading black people. The two Southerners allegedly included Barack Obama among their targets.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 READ MORE



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McCain Callers Walk in Protest

Robocalls are illegal in Indiana, so John McCain and friends paid to have a local call center phone voters. The campaign’s script was upsetting to some of the center’s workers, who decided to miss out on a paycheck rather than read it, so they got up and left.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Carolyn Kaster

John McCain in the Echo Chamber

October proved to be the cruelest month, for that was the time that Sen. McCain, he of the round, blank, Little Orphan Annie eyes, chose to try out a number of weird lies about Barack Obama ostensibly in the interest of a Republican Party long overdue for burial.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 READ MORE


I Suggest a New Game, John ...









Posted on Oct 26, 2008 ENLARGE


McCain-Obama Dance Battle

OK, people, this has gone on long enough. It’s time to settle this campaign once and for all, MTV straight-to-video style. Update: video fixed (for now).

Posted on Oct 26, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN



Wikimedia Commons / edited for effect

Populism Arising—but Will It Be the Killer Kind?

The old assumptions and paradigms about capitalism and free markets are dead. A new, virulent populism, still inchoate, is slowly and painfully rising to take their place. This populism will determine the future of the country. It is as likely to be right-wing as left-wing.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008 READ MORE


Once Again, It’s a Fight for Florida

Florida provides the appropriate closing metaphor for the 2008 campaign. If John McCain were on a clear path to victory, there would be no campaign here at all.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008 READ MORE


Wusssuuuuup 2008 Edition

The actors from arguably the most annoying commercial ever have reprised their roles for a more constructive purpose than selling beer. Now if only the Verizon guy would come out against warrantless wiretapping.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Alaska’s Biggest Paper Backs Obama

In a move that might suggest that Sarah Palin’s performance on the campaign trail has not been universally well received in her home state, the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska’s largest newspaper, came out in favor of Barack Obama on Sunday.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008 READ MORE



Flickr / buddhakiwi

McCain Doubles Down on Pennsylvania

The McCain campaign is definitely counting on an upset in Pennsylvania. With the clock running out, the GOP nominee and his running mate will spend much of their remaining campaign days in the Keystone State. McCain said Sunday that the polls are inflating his rival’s lead.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008 READ MORE


McCain the Press

McCain’s Senior Moment?

In response to former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama last week, John McCain boasted on “Meet the Press” of the five former secretaries of state who have thrown their support behind his own candidacy. Yet braggadocio ran into bungle when McCain tried to name all five, twice getting only to four,and looking a bit shaky in the process.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


West and Biden

Biden to Florida Reporter: ‘Are You Joking?’

During an interview with Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden, Orlando’s WFTV news anchor Barbara West came right out with some familiar-sounding questions: Is Barack Obama ashamed of his close ties to ACORN? Isn’t Barack Obama kind of just like Karl Marx? Where could West have gotten these ideas?

Posted on Oct 26, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Nader and Baldwin

Hedges Moderates Third-Party Presidential Debate Between Nader and Baldwin

Award-winning journalist and Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges does his part to give third-party candidates Ralph Nader and Chuck Baldwin a (televised) forum to debate each other and to describe what they stand for and what they believe would constitute “change” for the country.

Posted on Oct 25, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN



AP photo / Madalyn Ruggiero

‘Joe the Plumber’ in 2010?

Life took an unexpected turn for Joe Wurzelbacher, or “Joe the Plumber,” when he became a kind of human talking point for John McCain and Barack Obama during their last debate, and now Wurzelbacher has apparently taken a shine to politics.

Posted on Oct 25, 2008 READ MORE


Bachmann

Rep. Michelle Bachmann’s Apology Fail

Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann apparently understood that she needed to do a little spin control following her jaw-dropping flirtation with McCarthyism on “Hardball” last week, but she apparently didn’t feel the need to apologize to anyone, judging by her latest campaign spot.

Posted on Oct 25, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


married couple
AP photo / Tony Avelar

A Less Perfect Union: Gay Marriage and the Subversion of the Republic

As political leaders from the right rally their base seeking to outlaw gay marriage, and their counterparts on the left triangulate and equivocate, any real examination of the driving conflicts and stakes behind this crucial human rights concern is conspicuously missing from their debates about California’s Proposition 8.

Posted on Oct 24, 2008 READ MORE


Ashley Todd
kdka.com

Police: Tale of Politically Motivated Attack Was a Lie

A story that Matt Drudge seized upon Thursday, about a 20-year-old McCain campaign volunteer who claimed she was assaulted near a Pittsburgh ATM by a large African-American man who took $60 from her and carved a “B” into her face after noticing a McCain sticker on her car, was fabricated by the alleged victim, according to police. Updated

Posted on Oct 24, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Banking on a Confederacy of Dunces

Is John McCain stupid, or does he believe we are? That’s the question as he criticizes Barack Obama for allegedly trying to “redistribute the wealth” with a plan to lower taxes on the middle class and raise them on the super-rich.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE


Life After November 4th

Opinion surveys, voter registration totals and cable television ratings indicate that Americans have been engrossed by the marathon presidential campaign. In a week and a half, it’ll be over. What will we do to fill the void in our lives?

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE



Flickr / BohPhoto

New York Times Endorses Barack Obama

This news isn’t going to make certain members of the Republican Party like the Gray Lady any more than they already do, which is not at all: The New York Times’ editorial board has officially endorsed Barack Obama for president.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Carolyn Kaster

Bill Boyarsky on Election ‘08 and the Real America

Fresh off a trip to small-town Ohio, Truthdig’s political reporter weighs in on the week’s news, from the Colin Powell endorsement to the battle for Pennsylvania.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Study: Media Goes Negative on McCain

A study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism has found that media coverage of Republican presidential candidate John McCain has been over three times as negative as coverage of his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, since the two parties held their conventions.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE



npr.org / youtube

Citizen Tim Takes On Obama by Himself

The one form of political advertising that’s completely unregulated and free is the speech of an individual citizen, even when money amplifies that speech by putting it on the airwaves. Tim D’Annunzio, who describes himself as a “concerned North Carolina businessman,” is doing just that.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE



Flickr / Llima

Obama Is Ready to Be Tested

The Democratic nominee embraced his running mate’s gaffe on Wednesday, saying that the next president, regardless of who wins, will be tested after the election.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE


McCain’s Socialist Delusion

Wherever John McCain appears on the stump in these waning days of the presidential campaign, he is always accompanied by his imaginary friend “Joe the Plumber,” but it is the specter of Karl Marx that lurks just offstage.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE


Obama Doesn’t Need Your Money

After the eye-popping fundraising revelations of the past couple of days, the need that’s far more pronounced is the imperative of acting quickly after November’s election to restore some common sense to the presidential campaign finance system—before we don’t have any system at all.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE


Change Big Donors Can Believe In

The candidates’ coffers are swelling with larger and larger bundles of cash, but don’t hold your breath waiting for the extended television discussions of this, because it’s the broadcasters who profit the most.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE



realclearpolitics.com

Going Poll Crazy

Some polls show Barack Obama with a double-digit lead while others have John McCain even or ahead. Take Pennsylvania, where Obama and McCain are waging much tougher campaigns than one would expect in light of an 11-point average margin. That’s because their internal polls show a much closer race. So how do you make sense of it all? The short answer is: You can’t.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE


Ohio seal
groundspeak.com

A Week in the ‘Real America’

What struck me during my week in Appalachian Ohio was how different this was from the America of the McCain-Palin campaign, a divided place where the Republicans pit one part of the country against another with vicious robocalls at the dinner hour.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and the economists
AP photo / Chris Carlson

The Battle for Obama’s Economic Soul

Instead of running with the “European socialist” crowd, as John McCain has claimed, Barack Obama has turned to the same American “free market” elite that views government as merely a corporate subsidiary. Even within that group, however, there are serious splits, and the more enlightened side seems to be winning.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE



Flickr / toprankonlinemarketing

Should Obama Be Worried About Pennsylvania?

Real Clear Politics has Barack Obama leading in Pennsylvania by an average of 11 points, so why is John McCain betting on an upset there, of all swing states? It seems that Gov. Ed Rendell is among the Democrats who are nervous: He has asked the Obama campaign to send its big guns back to the Keystone State.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE



msnbc.com

Rep.‘s ‘Anti-American’ Comments Could Cost Her Re-Election

Rep. Michelle Bachmann was cakewalking to re-election in her Republican-leaning Minnesota district until she told Chris Matthews the media should investigate anti-Americanism in Congress. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee calls that a “$1 million mistake.”

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE


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