If I was an undecided voter going into this final weekend before election day, and I heard Obama call me 'selfish' for wanting to keep more of my own money, I'd instantaneously become a McCain-Palin voter.
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"A couple weeks back, Politico managing editor Bill Nichols sent out a note to the campaign team urging people to cough up more story ideas that took a skeptical look at the campaign tactics and policy proposals of the Democrat, who is likely to be president three months from now. As it happened, the response was a trickle."And that alone isn't clear evidence of a bias? Are you kidding me?
"Reporters obsess about personalities and process, about whose staff are jerks or whether they seem like decent folks, about who has a great stump speech or is funnier in person than they come off in public, about whether Michigan is in play or off the table. This is the flip side of the fact of how much we care about the horse race — we don’t care that much about our own opinions of which candidate would do more for world peace or tax cuts."Exactly. That proves my point. 'Not caring' about tax cuts means they don't report the facts about what Obama would do on taxes. Thus, Obama and Biden can lie all damn day about cutting taxes on 95% of America and journalists never call them on it.
"Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) said recently that Democrats had better ideas for the $80 billion that Americans contribute to their 401(k) plans each year. "We have to start thinking about whether or not we want to continue to invest that $80 billion for a policy that's not doing what we say it should."This is the same crazy anti-American Jim McDermott who went to Baghdad and got to be buddies with Saddam Hussein.
"Palin is more than a “quick study”; I'd heard rumors around the campaign of her photographic memory and, frankly, I watched it in action. She sees. She processes. She questions, and only then, she acts. What is often called her “confidence” is actually a rarity in national politics: I saw a woman who knows exactly who she is."Of course. Why would this surprise anyone? She's a governor of a state. Agree with her, disagree with her, love her or hate her. Don't call her stupid. She isn't, certainly. Anyone who says she is, is stupid.
I'm not encouraging anyone to take the above at face value. But I do urge people to take in account the regular practice oversampling of Democrats in these polls and consider this may be a big reason the Magic Negro has such a big lead in some national polling."I was having dinner a night ago with a friend of mine who is a statistician for a well-regarded private polling company. They do some work for Republicans in California, but most of the work they do is for Democrats or Democrat-leaning operations (Unions, etc.). Anyway, her shop was retained to do a few Presidential polls for targetted states on behalf of a union so the union could decide where to spend their ad dollars for the last week. They did Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Missouri. After mocking the hell out of the voter id spreads used by Rassmussen, Zogby, etc. (and this is coming from a committed Dem who will be voting for Barry O) she said the results of their polling lead her to believe that McCain will definitely win FL, OH, NC, MO and NV. She says Obama definitely wins New Mexico. She said that Colorado and New Hampshire were absolute dead heats. She said she thinks there is a 55% chance Obama holds on in Pennsylvania and a 75% chance McCain wins Virginia. She absolutely laughed at the public polls showing Obama leading Virginia–and pointed out that all of those polls rely on Dem turnout being +4 and as much as +7, when in 2006, Republicans actually had the advantage by +3. She also pointed out that the numbers for Obama in SWVA look absolutely awful and that McCain is running 10 points better then Allen did in NoVa."Anyway, her companies conclusion is that the election will come down to Colorado, New Hampshire and the Republican leaning district in Maine, which in her opinion might very well decide the Presidency (apparently the district in Nebraska that Obama thought he might be able to get is now off the table). She said she has very little doubt that the public polling is part of a “concerted voter suppression effort” by the MSM. She said IBD/TIPP was the only outfit doing public polling that was “worth a bucket of warm piss."
"A Syrian government statement said the helicopters attacked the Sukkariyeh Farm near the town of Abu Kamal, five miles inside the Syrian border. Four helicopters attacked a civilian building under construction shortly before sundown and fired on workers inside, the statement said."It's high time we did this. Kudos to Bush. This is why Republicans own the national security issue.
"A resident of the nearby village of Hwijeh said some of the helicopters landed and troops exited the aircraft and fired on a building. He said the aircraft flew along the Euphrates River into the area of farms and several brick factories. The witness spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information."
"An informal survey of more than two dozen U.N. staff members and foreign delegates showed that the overwhelming majority would prefer that Obama win the presidency, saying they think that the Democrat would usher in a new agenda of multilateralism after an era marked by Republican disdain for the world body."Republican disdain? Is it any wonder? The UN doesn't do anything productive. Rather, it protects criminals, rewards bad, illegal behavior which has resulted in the needless deaths of millions.
"It would be hard to find anybody, I think, at the U.N. who would not believe that Obama would be a considerable improvement over any other alternative," said William H. Luers, executive director of the United Nations Association. "It's been a bad eight years, and there is a lot of bad feeling over it."A 'bad eight years'? Yeah, anal exams aren't too much fun. Clearly the UN is an organization screaming for wide ranging reforms. The Bush administration went on the offensive, calling for aggressive reforms five years ago, changes that would have made the UN relevant again. Too bad it didn't work.
The truth is that the Republicans are the party of the middle class. The Democrats are the party of the rich and the elite in America, yet the perception is quite the opposite. The Left and the MSM continue to advance the myth that Democrats are the champions of the little guy, Joe and Jill America.
"Public records requested by The Dispatch disclose that information on Wurzelbacher's driver's license or his sport-utility vehicle was pulled from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles database three times shortly after the debate.
"Information on Wurzelbacher was accessed by accounts assigned to the office of Ohio Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers, the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency and the Toledo Police Department.
"It has not been determined who checked on Wurzelbacher, or why. Direct access to driver's license and vehicle registration information from BMV computers is restricted to legitimate law enforcement and government business."
"Hollywood bigwigs are convening strategy sessions of their own. Their goal: finding the ideal on-air vehicle for the vp candidate if and when she exits politics.
"Love her or hate her -- there doesn't seem to be much middle ground with Palin -- the 44-year-old hockey mom has captured the public imagination in a way no politician has since, well, Barack Obama.
"But as more and more polls cast doubt on the McCain-Palin ticket, producers and agents across the entertainment world are discussing possibilities for capitalizing on her fame, ranging from an Oprah-style syndicated talk show to a Sean Hannity-like perch in cable news or on radio.
"Any television person who sees the numbers when she appears on anything would say Sarah Palin would be great," said veteran morning-show producer Steve Friedman, citing the double-digit ratings gains her appearances on "Saturday Night Live" and "CBS Evening News" generated. "The passion she has on each side, love and hate, makes television people say, 'Wow, imagine the viewership.' "
"If you do not tell the truth about the Democrats — including Barack Obama — and do so with the same energy you would use if the miscreants were Republicans — then you are not journalists by any standard."Whoa. I kept reading.
This guy sounds like me. He must be a Republican, right?
"This housing crisis didn't come out of nowhere. It was not a vague emanation of the evil Bush administration.
"It was a direct result of the political decision, back in the late 1990s, to loosen the rules of lending so that home loans would be more accessible to poor people. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were authorized to approve risky loans.
"What is a risky loan? It's a loan that the recipient is likely not to be able to repay.
"This was completely foreseeable and in fact many people did foresee it. One political party, in Congress and in the executive branch, tried repeatedly to tighten up the rules. The other party blocked every such attempt and tried to loosen them.
"Furthermore, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were making political contributions to the very members of Congress who were allowing them to make irresponsible loans. (Though why quasi-federal agencies were allowed to do so baffles me. It's as if the Pentagon were allowed to contribute to the political campaigns of Congressmen who support increasing their budget.)
"Isn't there a story here? Doesn't journalism require that you who produce our daily paper tell the truth about who brought us to a position where the only way to keep confidence in our economy was a $700 billion bailout? Aren't you supposed to follow the money and see which politicians were benefiting personally from the deregulation of mortgage lending?
"I have no doubt that if these facts had pointed to the Republican Party or to John McCain as the guilty parties, you would be treating it as a vast scandal. "Housing-gate," no doubt. Or "Fannie-gate."
"Instead, it was Senator Christopher Dodd and Congressman Barney Frank, both Democrats, who denied that there were any problems, who refused Bush administration requests to set up a regulatory agency to watch over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and who were still pushing for these agencies to go even further in promoting sub-prime mortgage loans almost up to the minute they failed."
Nope, he's a Democrat.
"These are facts. This financial crisis was completely preventable. The party that blocked any attempt to prevent it was ... the Democratic Party. The party that tried to prevent it was ... the Republican Party.
"Yet when Nancy Pelosi accused the Bush administration and Republican deregulation of causing the crisis, you in the press did not hold her to account for her lie. Instead, you criticized Republicans who took offense at this lie and refused to vote for the bailout!
"What? It's not the liar, but the victims of the lie who are to blame?
"Now let's follow the money ... right to the presidential candidate who is the number-two recipient of campaign contributions from Fannie Mae.
"And after Freddie Raines, the CEO of Fannie Mae who made $90 million while running it into the ground, was fired for his incompetence, one presidential candidate's campaign actually consulted him for advice on housing.
"If that presidential candidate had been John McCain, you would have called it a major scandal and we would be getting stories in your paper every day about how incompetent and corrupt he was.
"But instead, that candidate was Barack Obama, and so you have buried this story, and when the McCain campaign dared to call Raines an "adviser" to the Obama campaign — because that campaign had sought his advice — you actually let Obama's people get away with accusing McCain of lying, merely because Raines wasn't listed as an official adviser to the Obama campaign."
This is unbelievable.
"You would never tolerate such weasely nit-picking from a Republican.
"If you who produce our local daily paper actually had any principles, you would be pounding this story, because the prosperity of all Americans was put at risk by the foolish, short-sighted, politically selfish, and possibly corrupt actions of leading Democrats, including Obama.
"If you who produce our local daily paper had any personal honor, you would find it unbearable to let the American people believe that somehow Republicans were to blame for this crisis.
"There are precedents. Even though President Bush and his administration never said that Iraq sponsored or was linked to 9/11, you could not stand the fact that Americans had that misapprehension — so you pounded us with the fact that there was no such link. (Along the way, you created the false impression that Bush had lied to them and said that there was a connection.)
"If you had any principles, then surely right now, when the American people are set to blame President Bush and John McCain for a crisis they tried to prevent, and are actually shifting to approve of Barack Obama because of a crisis he helped cause, you would be laboring at least as hard to correct that false impression.
"Your job, as journalists, is to tell the truth. That's what you claim you do, when you accept people's money to buy or subscribe to your paper.
"But right now, you are consenting to or actively promoting a big fat lie — that the housing crisis should somehow be blamed on Bush, McCain, and the Republicans. You have trained the American people to blame everything bad — even bad weather — on Bush, and they are responding as you have taught them to.
"If you had any personal honor, each reporter and editor would be insisting on telling the truth — even if it hurts the election chances of your favorite candidate.
"Because that's what honorable people do. Honest people tell the truth even when they don't like the probable consequences. That's what honesty means . That's how trust is earned."
This piece gets my vote for op-ed of the year. It's good to know there is at least one honest (and I use this as a compliment) Democratic journalist in America today. Kudos to Mr. Scott Card.
"Barack Obama is just another politician, and not a very wise one. He has revealed his ignorance and naivete time after time — and you have swept it under the rug, treated it as nothing.
"Meanwhile, you have participated in the borking of Sarah Palin, reporting savage attacks on her for the pregnancy of her unmarried daughter — while you ignored the story of John Edwards's own adultery for many months.
"So I ask you now: Do you have any standards at all? Do you even know what honesty means?
"Is getting people to vote for Barack Obama so important that you will throw away everything that journalism is supposed to stand for?"
"McCain has cut into Obama's lead for a second day and is now just 1.1 points behind. The spread was 3.7 Wednesday and 6.0 Tuesday. The Republican is making headway with middle- and working- class voters, and has surged 10 points in two days among those earning between $30,000 and $75,000. He has also gone from an 11-point deﬁcit to a 9-point lead among Catholics."I suspect we'll continue to see a tightening as we get closer. Remember, the pollsters want to be right in their predictions, otherwise they'll become irrelevant next election cycle.
"Where is it written that only senators are qualified to become President?... Where is it written that governors and mayors [are] too local, too provincial?... Presidential candidates have always chosen their running mates for reasons of practical demography, not idealized democracy.... What a splendid system, we say to ourselves, that takes little-known men, tests them in high office and permits them to grow into statesmen.... Why shouldn't a little-known woman have the same opportunity to grow?... [T]he indispensable credential for a Woman Who [sic] is the same as for a Man Who [sic] - one who helps the ticket."This was written about Geraldine Ferraro in 1984, yet, somehow the NYT finds Sarah Palin offensive in 2008. I don't recall Ferraro's 'youth' and 'vibrancy' being described as a negative against Mondale.
Had Palin said that, or that 'Hezbollah had been driven out of Lebanon,' or that 'Obama's election would provoke an international incident because of his inexperience and even Obama's biggest supporters won't be reassured by his response,' the calls from the press for her removal from the Republican ticket would have been immediate and intense. But, since it's just 'Biden being Biden,' the MSM fails to report Biden's obvious blunders.
"On the stump recently, Sen. Biden declared he had "three words" for what the nation needs: "J-O-B-S."
"Lucky for him, his name isn't Dan Quayle, or that would have followed him for the rest of his career."
"Part of the problem is their "Obama love," but we're also seeing the media elite's belief - prejudice - that anyone with an R behind their name is dumb. So, if they say something dumb, they must be dumb. A Democrat, like Biden, can make wildly inaccurate or outrageous comments and they are ignored because the TV and press insiders feel they "know who he really is."Yeah, we know exactly who Biden is, a plagiarizer. And this is the guy who brings 'gravitas' to Obama?
"In our analysis, Republican candidate John McCain has a documented record of enlightened leadership in Washington – leadership that often has run counter to the status quo and challenged the folly of senior members of his own party. McCain never has been a conventional politician. He thinks for himself and acts on what he believes to be in the best interests of the nation, and not necessarily in the interests of his party or his own political fortunes. In an era of dismaying partisan paralysis in Washington, McCain has stood out as a bipartisan force, best illustrated by his collaboration with liberal Democratic lion Edward Kennedy on a comprehensive solution to America's immigration dilemma.
"When the Great Depression struck in the early 1930s, Washington responded with misguided tax hikes and trade barriers that only exacerbated the crisis. Today, in the face of renewed economic turmoil of historic proportions, Obama proposes to boost the capital gains levy – a particularly onerous tax on business expansion and job growth – and increase the tax rate on dividends, which account for a big chunk of Americans' retirement earnings.
"Obama touts his economic policies as providing tax cuts for 95 percent of Americans. In truth, he would achieve this only by refunding the Social Security taxes of the millions of Americans who don't make enough to pay income taxes, while imposing even higher rates on wage earners who already pay a disproportionate share of income taxes. Thus, Obama's “share the wealth” thrust would penalize the most productive, job-creating elements of society in order to reward the least productive. This is a political gambit, not sound economic policy. Which is why a joint statement from 100 leading economists, including five Nobel laureates, declares that Obama's plans “defy both economic reason and economic experience.”
"And what would McCain do? The GOP nominee proposes to make all of President Bush's tax cuts permanent. This includes maintaining the capital gains levy at the current rate of 15 percent. Meantime, he would chop the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent, and broaden business tax deductions for equipment and new technology investments. Rather than be a drag on the economy, McCain's policies would stimulate job creation and growth, the key to healthy government revenues in the long run.
"Lastly, Obama and McCain differ sharply on international trade, an issue that is critically important to San Diego. As the 100 influential economists note, rising exports have done far more this year to stimulate growth than the phony stimulus package passed by Congress. San Diego, perched on the U.S.-Mexico border and the Pacific Rim, relies increasingly on global trade. Yet Obama would constrain international commerce by “renegotiating” the most successful of all trade pacts, the North American Free Trade Agreement. He also opposes pending trade accords with Central America and Colombia. McCain, on the other hand, has supported every conceivable agreement to reduce the barriers to open international trade."On Election Day, Americans historically have voted their pocketbooks. This innate common sense is more important than ever in stormy economic times. At this critical moment, America needs John McCain in the Oval Office."
"Barack Obama’s legal team wants a special prosecutor to determine whether partisan politics is at play in a reported though unconfirmed Justice Department investigation of a voter registration effort which has been the target of numerous complaints of late, including one in Michigan."But wait. There's more. The Obama campaign is even going so far as to suggest that one of the eight US Attorneys fired by the Bush Administration with great fanfare, David Iglesias, the former US Attorney from New Mexico, was dismissed because of his poor 'handling of voter fraud' cases.
"What troubles me is when I see some of my colleagues have 27% of the respondents that are Republicans. (The LA Times-Bloomberg poll, for example) That's just not America, period," says Mr. Zogby, whose polls have shown Sen. Obama with a lead ranging from two to six points this month. He argues that while party affiliation fluctuates over time, it doesn't change "day-to-day, and it never fluctuates by eight points in a short time period.You'll see more tightening as we get closer because the polling organizations, regardless of ideology, want to be the one firm that gets it right.
"Pollster Scott Rasmussen, for example, weights current polls so that Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 39.3% to 33% margin, while pollster Zogby adjusts polls so that Democrats account for around 38% of the electorate and Republicans, 36%. So even if a particular sample of calls shows different ratios, the pollsters adjust to fit that formula."
"I'd just feel more comfortable, confident and safe with McCain," the plumber said. "McCain's been there. Obama's just not that experienced."From KnoxNews.com:
"Shanks likened the decision to a homeowner in need of a plumber - would you hire the guy who just got his trade license, he asked, or a seasoned professional?"Exactly. The entire Joe the Plumber thing is real. It's finally cut through the 'change' and 'hope' garbage and has re-calibrated this race.
"Sources familiar with the election program, who asked we not identify them, tell us the new computer system was intentionally programmed to ignore a certain subset of felony data. The reasoning behind it was this: Because most of the felons on our list committed their crimes prior to the computer going online in 2006, it was going to be too difficult to research which ones can legally vote."I, like McCain, am a federalist. I'm all for states rights. But it seems to me that we should get serious about voter fraud. And executive order from the White House mandating that every voter must show a picture ID would go a long way toward legitimizing our elections.