Saturday, November 01, 2008

Poll Porn

Obama up 7 in NM.

More Thread

It's nice that John McCain is getting that historical punchline thing out of the way early.

How Maveriffic!

Open Thread

I had to leave my costume party early.

My "Admiral Stockdale" outfit just doesn't go over that well anymore.


Nice phone bank workers the McCain campaign is hiring, wow!

Evening Thread

Costumed revelry for me.

Predictable As Sunrise


Battleground States

Quite the list.

Nobody Wants To End The War More Than Joe Lieberman

It is true that Joe Lieberman has made some terrible choices. If not for his deeply dishonest 2006 Senate campaign I might even give him a bit of credit and say he stuck to his principles. He gambled on the straight talk express, and is probably going to lose.

Oh My

Afternoon Thread

I am out enjoying the weather. On your own.


The MoJo interview with Studs Terkel

Not Atrios

3 Days

Make it stop.

Breaking The Law

One giant organized crime syndicate.


I'm sure there were probably things the local transit authority could have done better, such as advertise substitute bus routes and similar more widely, but the system just does not have the capacity to bring that many people into the city.

Media Matters

From Jamison Foser.

Over Overnight



Friday, October 31, 2008


Bad Utley.

That's Enough

Save some of that candy for tomorrow.  We'll run out of thread if you people don't calm down.


For the freaks in the comments section.

Friday Night Thread



Freedom Bank, of Bradenton, FL, gets eated.

Ground Game

Sean Quinn:

We read the published comments from McCain spokespeople that argue the dialing/canvassing numbers are ahead of where they were at the same time four years ago. Well, either the Bush ground game of 2004 was the Big Myth, or those spokespeople are flat lying to reporters, who have no context to challenge those claims because they haven't seen the empty offices the way we have.

I've actually long thought, with no evidence, that the Bush ground game was in fact a Big Myth.


Deep Thought

I admit it's a bit disconcerting to see a group of adult men get very very excited over the arrival of the Phillie Phanatic.

Afternoon Thread


What's Ahead


I think we're about to get schooled. Again. The torture loving right is dusting off its completely hypocritical "government is full of jack-booted thugs" playbook --- and it's going to drive us all completely crazy.

Indeed. They'll try to bring Obama down on some abuse of power scandal. Should be fun!

Wasting Money On The Teevee

Doing that instead of focusing on GOTV efforts seems a bit odd to me. Maybe it's just a maverick thing!

Poll Porn

CNN sez Hagan up 53-44 over Dole.

...McCain losing ground in Gallup.

Deep Thought

I think Mayor Nutter had that trophy surgically attached to his hands.

...all inbound Septa regional rail service suspended.

That's Pretty Mavericky

Ford's going to try to make money by building cars.

Crazy talk.

Stay Home

Big local sports franchise related parade today. Word is that the regional rail system is completely overcrowded. I, however, will walk the 3 blocks to the parade.

Nervous Before

One somewhat weird thing about this race was that even as Obama's national poll lead held fairly constant, there were some worrying states like New Hampshire and Minnesota where he was either not consistently ahead or not consistently ahead by much. That isn't the case anymore.

Mortal Kombat

One of McCain's standard stump lines is something along the lines that he's "not afraid of the fight." 4 days from the election do you think there's a single person in this country, even among the mostly stupid undecided voters, who thinks, "gee, I wonder if John McCain is afraid of the fight?"

Our discourse is so stupid generally, and the McCain campaign is aiming even below that.

Why Yes You Have


"I've not been convicted yet," Stevens said Thursday in a meeting with the editorial board of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. "There's not a black mark by my name yet, until the appeal is over and I am finally convicted, if that happens. If that happens, of course I'll do what's right for Alaska and for the Senate. ... I don't anticipate it happening, and until it happens I do not have a black mark."

Stevens reiterated that position during a televised debate late Thursday night, declaring early in the give-and-take with Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, "I have not been convicted of anything."


I never thought it would be some sort of mistake to attack Palin, though I did hold off until I had a better idea of what she was actually like. Fortunately, she revealed that rather quickly making attacks from liberals rather redundant.

Deep Thought

Do any of the Palin kids go to school?

The Today Show

I realize that the Halloween episode might not be the best time to judge this product, but should I be more horrified at the number of people who watch this every day or the number of people who travel to New York so they can stand outside the studio where it's filmed?

Hey, Kids, Get Off My Lawn

Funny. Arizona Republic:

There is little doubt that Democrats generally will do well Tuesday. And, if District 3 voters are dissatisfied with Shadegg's conservative politics, Lord may join a large freshman class of Democrats.

But local voter dissatisfaction is one thing. What Moulitsas seeks has the unseemly scent of wild-eyed vengeance. The fellow is looking for GOP bodies over which to stand.

The Arizona Republic has urged District 3 voters to re-elect Shadegg. As "Kos" himself notes, Shadegg is the "topmost conservative in the House."

But now we add another reason to support the incumbent: Politics isn't - or shouldn't be - blood sport. Re-elect John Shadegg and give an out-of-state political barbarian something to weep about on Election Day.

Wingnut Affirmative Action

Always such a big help.

Appearing once again on The Daily Show, Bill Kristol, Jon Stewart's favorite whipping boy ("Bill Kristol, aren't you ever right?"), tonight defended the McCain-Palin ticket, at one point informing the show's host that he was getting his news from suspect sources. "You're reading The New York Times too much," he declared.

"But you work for The New York Times," Stewart pointed out



Thursday, October 30, 2008


Obama at Al Smith dinner:

Contrary to the rumors that you've heard, I was not born in a manger. I was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father, Jor-El, to save the planet Earth.

Clark Kent on Smallville tonight:

Maybe my destiny is more than just secretly saving people. Maybe it's also to give people hope.

Deep Thought

The McCain campaign only hires the very best.

Thursday Night Thread



I'm sure the Republicans will try to invalidate this vote.

Fearful that November was too long to wait, her daughter sent for an absentee ballot. It arrived last week.

“She made her mark, and we put it in the envelope, my brother and I walked to the mailbox, it was 11 o’clock Wednesday morning and I said ‘Mom its in the mail, you’ve done your thing, Barack’s going to win,’ and she kind of smiled and it was kind of a deep sigh, a sigh of relief, and in less than an hour later, she died,” said M. Fitzgerald.

Full Circle

Credit card issuers have discovered that maybe it's sometimes in their interest to forgive a portion of credit card debt. They've realized this after they lobbied hard to make bankruptcy a worse deal for consumers. Instead of declaring bankruptcy, people now just walk away from their debts. Now they want the government to make it easier for them to forgive credit card debt by making the tax treatment of forgiven debt more generous.

Bankruptcy protection, like limited liability, is there because the system doesn't really work without it. Unbalance the system too much by messing with them and it stops working. Heckuva job, credit card lobbyists.

Poll Porn

Obama up 11 nationally in NYT/CBS poll.
(CBS) With less than one week until Election Day, Barack Obama maintains a clear lead over John McCain in the presidential race, a new CBS News/New York Times poll suggests. The Democratic nominee now leads his Republican rival by 11 percentage points, 52 percent to 41 percent, among likely voters nationwide.

Nobody Could Have Predicted

And this time I mean it. Really nobody could have predicted that a Republican candidate for president would try to win by tying himself to Hillary Clinton.

Strange days have arrived.

Evening Thread


Nobody Could Have Predicted

That if you put liberals on the teevee that people might watch.


Chris Matthews wearing his Phillies gear in prep for his Senate run.

Must. Be. Stopped.

The Fishtown Effect

What it's like in one Philly neighborhood.

After a year of speculation as to whether voters were prejudiced, in the last few weeks — since the campaigns zeroed in on white, blue-collar communities in Pennsylvania, really — people making casual, overtly racist statements suddenly started getting quoted in the papers.

Fishtown, as the anonymous canvasser observed, was sometimes a graphic example.

What he found even more surprising, though, was that these same people were considering voting for Obama.

For the past couple of weeks, I've been talking to people in Fishtown, and I've found much the same thing. Obama's skin color is a problem for many white voters in Philly — but with the economy in ruins, they're turning to Obama anyway. Call it the Fishtown Effect.

In Which Michael Goldfarb Has A Bad Day

Though Sanchez shouldn't have internalized the premise of Khalidi being anti-Semitic. Just because the McCain campaign says something doesn't make it so.

Actually A Good Point

Senator Clinton's transformation from liberal boogeyman to conservative Dem icon is pretty fascinating.

Bearing False Witness

I was hoping this Hagan ad would go there. And then it did!

Hey, Kids, Get Off My Lawn

Lovely attitude that campaign has.

Audience members escorted out of Sen. John McCain’s, R-Ariz., campaign event in Cedar Falls questioned why they were asked to leave Sunday’s rally even though they were not protesting.

David Zarifis, director of public safety for the University of Northern Iowa, said McCain staffers requested UNI police assist in escorting out “about four or five” people from the rally prior to McCain’s speech.


“When I started talking to them, it kind of became clear that they were kind of just telling people to leave that they thought maybe would be disruptive, but based on what? Based on how they looked,” Elborno said. “It was pretty much all young people, the college demographic.”

Elborno said even McCain supporters were among those being asked to leave.

“I saw a couple that had been escorted out and they were confused as well, and the girl was crying, so I said ‘Why are you crying? and she said ‘I already voted for McCain, I’m a Republican, and they said we had to leave because we didn’t look right,’” Elborno said. “They were handpicking these people and they had nothing to go off of, besides the way the people looked.”

Wanker of the Day

Bob Kerrey.

....oops, link fixed. sorry about that

Do They Really?

I suppose this is falls under the perpetual "are they stupid or lying" mystery. Do that many Texans really believe Obama is a Muslim, or are they just trained enough to know they're supposed to say he is.

This mystery will never be solved.

And Elsewhere In The World

Bad things still happen.

NEW DELHI — A series of apparently synchronized explosions tore through four towns in the troubled state of Assam in northeastern India on Thursday, killing at least 67 people and leaving more than 210 wounded, according to witnesses and police.

Hopefully there's someone around to tell President McCain who the villain is. Probably it's Russia.

Rashid Khalidi

If I were this guy I'd be calling my lawyer and filing a defamation suit against McCain.

Et Tu, Joe?

Joe abandons McCain.

The SUPERTRAIN Advantage

The market has spoken.

Margarete Humphrey knows her bungalow near the Louisiana Station light-rail stop is in a hot neighborhood. But she was surprised to learn the value of her home has increased over the past two years as much of the metro Denver housing market has declined.

Homes near light-rail stations along the southeast line, which opened in November 2006, have increased by an average of nearly 4 percent over the past two years, according to an analysis by Your Castle Real Estate. But the rest of the Denver market declined an average of 7.5 percent.


The closer a home is to the station, the more its value increases, according to the Your Castle analysis. Homes less than a half-mile from a station increased an average of 17.6 percent, while those 1 1/2 to 2 miles away increased just 0.1 percent on average. The data varied widely among stations, however.

Thursday Is New Jobless Day

479K new lucky duckies!

And we're shrinking.

Gross domestic product contracted at a 0.3 percent annual pace, less than forecast, a Commerce Department report showed today in Washington. The last major economic data before the election also showed that a record two-decade consumer spending boom ended last quarter as the credit crunch deepened.


Consumer spending dropped at a 3.1 percent annual pace, the first decline since 1991 and the biggest since 1980, after President Jimmy Carter imposed credit controls. The median forecast was for a 2.4 percent drop.

Get Them In A Room And Tell Them To Cut The Crap

That's pretty much his plan for everything.

As Digby said, John McCain is the man George Bush has long tried to pretend to be.

Morning Thread

I guess when your local sporting team is successful in their athletic competition, you sleep in.

--Molly Ivors

Morning Thread

I hope, when the next president reviews the federal budget line by line, he will consider ending the feet inspection program.  No footbombs found yet.


Rock on.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Late Night


We Win

Apparently my local sports franchise has won a championship. As is the custom, I shall raise a glass of port in their honor and then go light some cars on fire.

South Broad Street is already full of people down to Pine St. or so. Don't plan to drive there.

...uh-oh, hearing car alarms.

...moving truck down.

...CBS news truck almost tipped. Cops intervene just in time.

Evening Thread II

Evening Thread

Out for awhile. No blog for you until I return.



Wolf Blitzer: And this just coming into the "Situation Room," the Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin now speaking out openly about her intentions in 2012 if, if she and John McCain were to lose this contest next Tuesday. In an interview with ABC News, Sarah Palin is now saying, she would be interested in remaining a serious national political figure, going ahead to 2012. She was asked what happens in 2012 if you lose on Tuesday, would you simply go back to Alaska? Elizabeth Vargas of ABC News asked her and Palin said this, and I will read it to you verbatim according to an ABC News transcript: "Absolutely not," Sarah Palin says. "I think that, if I were to give up and wave a white flag of surrender against some of the political shots that we've taken, that ... that would ... bring this whole ... I'm not doin' this for naught," and that is a direct quote from Sarah Palin. Clearly, leaving open the possibility that she would be interested in leading the Republican Party in 2012 if she and John McCain were to lose this presidential contest right now. Let's go to Dana Bash. She has been covering the McCain campaign reaction from the rather blunt statement from Sarah Palin that she would in fact be interested in leading the Republican Party going forward after Tuesday if they lose?

Dana Bash: I just got off of the phone, Wolf, with a senior McCain adviser and I read this person the quote and I think it is fair to say that this person was speechless. There was a long pause and I just heard a "huh" on the other end of the phone. This is certainly not a surprise to anybody who has watched Sarah Palin that she is interested in potentially future national runs, and she is being urged to by a lot of people inside of the Republican Party if they do lose, but it is an "if" and people inside of the McCain campaign do not want any discussion that has an "if" in front of it six days before the election, they don't want any discussion at all, any kind of hypothetical talk about running for the next time around. So certainly, this is not at least initially being received well inside of the McCain campaign.

Wolf Blitzer: I am not surprised, not surprised at all. It is one of those "wow, she is talking about 2012 if we lose," that is not supposed to be something that you say. You are supposed to say, "well, I'm not looking ahead, I'm not looking ahead only to Tuesday," and those are the talking points she's supposed to be saying, but she is obviously blunt and she is looking ahead if something were to happen on Tuesday that she wouldn't be happy with.

Nobody Could Have Predicted

That if you put some actual liberals in the liberal media people might watch.

Planning You Election Night

Assuming nothing completely wacky happens, we'll know a lot early.

Virginia closes at 7.

Ohio closes at 7:30.

Florida, Missouri, and Pennsylvania close at 8.

Colorado and New Mexico at 9.

All times Eastern.


Poor Ted.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is calling on Ted Stevens to resign from the Senate – and warning that the longest-serving Republican senator in history will face certain expulsion if he doesn’t leave on his own first.

Deep Thought

I wonder if they'll show the "whitey tape" on tonight's Very Special Obama Christmas.

Even More Polls

Because there's only 6 days left.

Colorado: Obama 53, McCain 45
Florida: Obama 51, McCain 47
Georgia: McCain 52, Obama 47
Missouri: McCain 50, Obama 48
Virginia: Obama 53, McCain 44

Time for my election prediction, because I can't be a real pundit otherwise.

Obama gets Kerry states+Virgina+Colorado+New Mexico+Iowa for the win.

...oops, commenters remind me, Don't Forget Iowa! I did forget. Obama gets that too.

Afternoon Thread



Michael Barone spends a lot of time trying to explain why Barack Obama might win a state that has gone for the Democrat in the last 5 elections. Not quite sure why this needs an elaborate explanation. It's a Dem-leaning state and Obama is doing much better nationally so this really shouldn't be much of a surprise. His theory is that relatively well off people in suburban Philadelphia counties have lost a bunch of money in their houses (even though the housing bubble really didn't hit here) and 401Ks. His concluding sentence is hilarious, given his theory:

The irony here is that voters motivated by anger at the decline in their wealth seem about to elect a president who has promised to embark on wealth-destroying policies.

In other words, they're going to vote for Obama because George Bush destroyed all their wealth but this is ironic because Obama's going to destroy their wealth. Or something.

I understand Barone was once sane.

"There Is No God"

Stay classy, Liddy.

Poll Porn

Obama up 13 in PA.

Socially Liberal

Adding to what Amanda says, while I agree that the journalist class tends to be "socially liberal" in that they understand that women work and have sex and gay people exist, their social liberalism doesn't really extend to policy much. I think they understand that racism exists, but are skeptical of affirmative action or any other policies to try to deal with the problem. Likewise they understand that poverty is a problem, but aren't really supportive of government efforts to do anything about it.

So, yes, I believe that the Beltway journalist class tells the truth about themselves when they say they're "socially liberal." But it isn't a liberalism which extends to actual policy in any concrete fashion, so it's sorta meaningless.

Poll Porn


* Florida: Obama 47 to McCain's 45 percent, compared to 49 - 44 percent October 23;
* Ohio: Obama up 51 - 42 percent, compared to 52 - 38 percent;
* Pennsylvania: Obama ahead 53 - 41 percent, compared to 53 - 40 percent last time.


I know conservatives have long managed to run against government while still suggesting that the parts of government people like would remain. But those people were kinda good at it. I've seen McCain attack Obama for being a "wealth spreader" for refundable tax credits, and then turn around and attack him for leaving out unemployed people. Now, after this whole socialist tear, he's extolling the joys of social safety nets.


A little more thread.

Morning Thread

by Molly Ivors

I for one will be glad when the American Enterprise Institute has to sell candy bars to pay their internet bill.


Don't shoot the sheriff.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Late Night

Rock on.

From The Left

Obama's going on Maddow on Thursday. I think this is a good thing, and not just for the obvious reasons. A consequence of the fact that our media ranges from the New Republic to the Free Republic is that Democratic politicians, except those who venture onto Democracy Now, almost never get challenged from the left.

Nobody Could Have Predicted

That people might watch liberals on the teevee.

Evening Thread


And A Million Tiny Violins Began To Play

Poor poor Republican staffers. Soon there will be no work for them at all.

Poll Porn


n Ohio, a state that has been battered for years by unemployment and plant closings, Obama is leading McCain 49% to 40% among people likely to vote.

In Florida, a state that was considered a likely win for Republicans not long ago, McCain is trailing, 50% to 43%.

Poll Porn

Kissell beating Robin Hayes.

North Carolina Congressman Robin Hayes, reeling from recent remarks about "Liberals hating real Americans," has lost his lead in North Carolina's 8th Congressional District race.

Hayes trails Democrat Larry Kissell 51-46 in a poll released Tuesday by Raleigh's Public Policy Polling. In its last NC-8 poll in August, PPP had the incumbent Hayes leading by five points.


Another crazy day at the dog track. Up 10%!


I don't know if there's a late break yet or if the polls are holding steady, but I bet if Obama holds his lead through the weekend that a late break will happen. People like voting for the winner.

Republican Does The Right Thing?

Or at least seems to be doing it, anyway. It's so rare it's worth highlighting.

Gov. Charlie Crist on Tuesday extended early voting hours across Florida to 12 hours a day.

The executive order comes after record early voting turnout has contributed to long lines at polling sites.

Current Florida law allows for early voting to be conducted eight hours a day each weekday and for a total of eight hours during the weekends.

7 Days

Really ready for it to be over.


Having said that, 400 miles or so is probably about the upper limit on the distance at which high speed rail makes obvious sense. Not that longer journeys would never happen, but the relative benefits of air travel start to become greater.

Fortunately, lots of places are within 400 miles of each other! Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Las Vegas to Phoenix. Phoenix to Albuquerque. Albuquerque to Denver.

Anyway, not saying all of these routes would be high priority ones, just that there are a lot of population centers that are in the sweet spot distance wise. When I am your benevolent dictator, priority will be given to linking places with decent mass transit systems. Of course, in my benevolent goodness, I'll also be building decent mass transit systems everywhere whether you like it or not. Because I know best.


Building on the prior travel time discussion, the distance between Barcelona and Madrid is basically identical to the distance between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Travel time on the new AVE line nonstop trains is 2:38. Travel time on trains which make local stops is 3:23. Various places on the internets suggest that the train has taken about 25% of airline passengers since it opened.

Add in obvious points that this is center city to center city to travel, don't have the big security hassle, etc..

Poll Porn

Obama up by 1 in Indiana.

No Baseball For You

Exuberant Philadelpha-style celebration delayed another day.

Loony Left

Bloggers is crazeeeeeeeeeeee!

McCain Campaign Admits Health Care Plan Sucks


Changing the tax treatment wouldn't hurt the employer-sponsored system and would allow more of the uninsured to buy their own coverage, [the McCain campaign says]. Also, his advisers say a McCain administration would keep an eye on the credit to make sure it didn't lag behind the cost of coverage, while also working to lower the rate of medical inflation.

Younger, healthier workers likely wouldn't abandon their company-sponsored plans, said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, McCain's senior economic policy adviser.

"Why would they leave?" said Holtz-Eakin. "What they are getting from their employer is way better than what they could get with the credit."

So, the plan is to increase taxes on people with decent health care plans and provide a tax credit for people to buy shitty ones.

That's some wealth spreading we can believe in, my friends!

Enjoy The Fight

I think Beltway people on both sides are surprisingly bad at, well, politics. They tend to view things through the concept of the political spectrum as dictated by the Villagers, unaware that people in the rest of the country, aside perhaps from political junkies, don't really see things that way. It isn't actually Cokie Roberts' world.

Back in the days when Democrats were DOOOOOMED to be out of power for 3000 years, or whatever, the basic liberal blog critique of Democratic politics wasn't that Democrats needed to move sharply to the left, though on some issues they should somewhat, both on the politics and the merits. The basic critique was that they needed to distinguish themselves from Republicans. "Not as evil as them" just wasn't quite compelling enough. Highlight the differences, rather than blurring them. Don't run from issues like abortion because voters already "know" you're the babykiller who's going to make everybody gay marry. Lead by showing leadership. Stop running against the party. Improve the brand.

Bush and this bunch of Republicans have completely fucked the Republican brand. Social conservatism (ban abortion and contraception, stone gay people) just isn't popular enough nationally, and they've (for a second time) destroyed the idea of Republicans as "fiscal conservatives."

Conservatism will be alive and well in the next Congress, as the blue dogs will find common cause with Republicans trying to resuscitate their brand and thwart an Obama administration. Wars and bailouts of rich people will still be free, of course, but money for sick kids will be "fiscally irresponsible." Our best hope is that Republicans fight to out-crazy each other enough to tarnish themselves enough that even the blue dogs might not want to get near them.

Doesn't Know Anything About Anything

I've long been aware that you can be a sitting US Senator and be a bit of an idiot. But even the idiots seem to have some basic grasp of the contours of the debate over various policies. I really don't know how you can be in the Senate for as long as McCain has, subjected to repeated exposure to this stuff, and be so completely clueless about everything.

Poll Porn

Obama up by 16 nationally.

It's Not About You

I get that reporters are human and that they're capable of being charmed be a skilled politician. And skilled politicians are supposed to be good at charming people. But what I don't get is this idea that this political campaign has anything to do with them. It's not about you and your widdle feelings.


Perhaps you should've figured that out earlier?

***In convo with Playbook, a top McCain adviser one-ups the priceless “diva” description, calling her “a whack job.”

Poll Porn

Obama up by 4 in Ohio.


McCain says it's time for Stevens to launch himself down the tubes.

Morning Thread

Pallin' around with felons, circa October 2006:

Palin: I have great respect for the senator…. His voice, his experience, his passion needs to be heard across America...There’s a big difference between reality and perception regarding our relationship.

Heh, indeed.

Late Late Night

Monday, October 27, 2008

More Thread


More Thread

rain suspended, riot delayed.

Nobody Could've Predicted

That if you put someone on the teevee who reflected the views of the sizable chunk of the country they would have a big audience.

Brian Williams couldn't do it. Neither could Joe Scarborough, Rita Cosby, Dan Abrams, Ashleigh Banfield, Deborah Norville or Alan Keyes.

But MSNBC's new 9pmET show did. The Rachel Maddow show topped CNN's Larry King Live in the ad-friendly A25-54 demo during the month of October. King still wins the Total Viewer crown and FNC's Hannity & Colmes is #1 in both measurements.

All that ad money lost because you didn't listen to my advice to provide companion programming for K.O.

Evening Thread

8 more innings until the riot.

Oh Well. Nice Try.


National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman John Ensign (Nev.) offered a strong condemnation of Stevens and seemed to hint that this conviction would lead to his defeat.

"This is a sad day for the United States Senate," said Ensign. "Ted Stevens served his constituents for over 40 years and I am disappointed to see his career end in disgrace."

Stand With Ted

Please, Senate colleagues, stand with him!

I am obviously disappointed in the verdict but not surprised given the repeated instances of prosecutorial misconduct in this case. The prosecutors had to report themselves to the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility during the trial for ethical violations. Exculpatory evidence was hidden from my lawyers. A witness was kept from us and then sent back to Alaska. The Government lawyers allowed evidence to be introduced that they knew was false. I will fight this unjust verdict with every ounce of energy I have.

I am innocent. This verdict is the result of the unconscionable manner in which the Justice Department lawyers conducted this trial. I ask that Alaskans and my Senate colleagues stand with me as I pursue my rights. I remain a candidate for the United States Senate.

California HSR

I'll go a bit further and say that anything under a 5 hour trip from SF to LA would be competitive with air travel. It wouldn't be super awesome at that speed, and it wouldn't destroy air travel between the two cities, but it would certainly be competitive at a reasonable price.


Looks like Chrysler's gonna be eated.


Kudos to my local transit authority for having the sense to run late night trains for people attending the baseball games.

SEPTA will also provide extra late-night Regional Rail train service following the conclusion of tonight's World Series game. The extra late-night service back home will operate on SEPTA routes, with the exception of R1 Airport, R2 Wilmington and R6 Cynwyd, and depart Suburban Station approximately one hour following the last pitch. R8 Chestnut Hill West passengers should board R7 Chestnut Hill East train service. Extra Market-Frankford Line service will also be in operation for fans who wish to make connections with the Broad Street Line.

More regular later night service would be nice, too, though of course the unpredictability of baseball game ending times makes added flexibility necessary.


Worst. Preznit. Ever.

Still, dissatisfaction with the Bush administration and despondency over the direction the country is headed seems to be the biggest factor driving McCain's poor showing in the poll. Only 23 percent of voters now say they approve of the job that George W. Bush is doing as president, a new low for any president in the NEWSWEEK Poll.

Poll Porn

Obama up 19 in Oregon, Dem. Senate candidate Merkley up by 7.


CNN sez Senator Tubes is guilty on all counts.

Wealth Spreader

It takes a long time to build up words and phrases which have commonly understood meanings and appropriate negative connotations. You can't just make them up 2 weeks before an election. Most voters are going to hear "wealth spreader" and think... sounds good to me! Spread some all over me, please.

Poll Porn

I tend to think Indiana will go Obama before Florida, but happy to be wrong.

Doesn't Feel The Same This Year

If, 4 years ago, polling looked like it does today (it didn't), I would've spent the week before the election fretting about some last minute external event or revelation which would suddenly cause voters to change their minds in large numbers. Certainly something like that is possible, but it just seems less likely. I'm not quite sure why. Maybe it's because the McCain campaign seems to not know how to exploit such things. Maybe it's because of more early voting (or my being more aware of the extent of early voting). Maybe it's just a bit harder, relative to then, to seize on one thing and have it drive the conversation for a week. Or maybe I'm wrong!

Perhaps The Stupidest Paragraph Ever Written


The most important function of a vice president is to serve as a spare president. Using the spare president in the ordinary course of business is as unwise as driving on one's spare tire. Spares should be kept pristine, for when they are really needed.


It has been weird watching the degree to watch some will go to pretend this race is getting closer. Most things in campaign reporting aren't quantifiable, but polls are.

Poll Porn

Survey USA has O up 9 in VA.

Young Eagles

That is funny. Also, 45 is a bit old to be "young." And before you cranky oldsters start shouting at me, so is 36.

Jack In 08

Just saw a commercial for a Republican running for state Senate against the guy who I thought won that race last year and so I got a bit confused. Stupid me. The guy who "won" just won the Democratic primary in the Spring and therefore is going to win the general election without really needing to campaign.

But the more important point is that I probably haven't read 3 words about this race or really any of the local races in the local papers. They barely even cover congressional races. I don't know if the "local papers that actually cover local news" business model is a viable one, but it isn't clear that "local papers that don't cover much local news" is either.

8 Days

Be prepared for the final onslaught of the really stupid, when the media feels the need to balance reality with whatever horseshit the McCain/Drudge are spewing that day.

I recommend a locked windowless room with a vat of vodka. I'd take that advice except I must write this sucky blog for you, dear readers.

Blah Blah Blah

Conservatives really don't want nuclear plants polluting their local environment or melting down, they just know that mocking such concerns pisses off liberals. It's all they've got left.

Morning Thread

Financial Times, rejects incompetence,  endorses Obama
Nonetheless, a campaign is a test of leadership. Mr Obama ran his superbly; Mr McCain’s has often looked a shambles. After eight years of George W. Bush, the steady competence of the Obama operation commands respect.
In the news pages, they've been pretty much okay with Teh Socialism.

Poll Porn

O up by 8 in VA.

Barack Obama has opened up an eight-point lead over Republican John McCain in Virginia, and the Democrat is entering the final week of the campaign with several core advantages when it comes to turning out his supporters, according to a new Washington Post poll.

He Who Ends The Campaign With The Biggest Yard Signs Wins

Money well spent, my friends.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

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7th inning or so?

Sunday Night Thread

Probably about time for a hot dog.

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Out for the evening so no more blog for you.

Evening Thread


Poll Porn

M43.5-O41.5 in AZ.

Another poll M44-O40.


One of the standard assumptions built into a lot of campaign reporting is that most people just aren't that interested in politics. I think this is in part due to the fetishization of the undecided voter which basically allows them to ignore all of those nasty partisans who actually care about politics enough to understand the differences between the candidates.

Not everyone who is reasonably interested politics is a political junkie, and nor is there any reason for them to be. But I think Obama's proven that plenty of people do actually have some interest in it.

A Really Bad Campaign

I actually don't agree that McCain is somehow largely just a victim of circumstances. Leaving aside very recent history, he chose to be a Bush loving conservative instead of Mr. Bipartisan McMaverick or otherwise running against Bush. By Fall of 2005, it didn't take a genius to see that people were really getting a bit fed up with this bunch of clowns. If it wasn't clear then, it became clear in the November '06 election. If it wasn't clear then, it became clear after Bush was sub-40 in the polls for like 3000 months straight. Yes I know that McCain had to win the Republican primary, but even after that he didn't make much effort to pivot. And by that time even Republicans were beginning to hate Bush!


Even though it seems like just about anyone can be the new Hitler these days, I really don't think this will be especially effective.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pennsylvania Republicans are disavowing an e-mail sent to Jewish voters that likens a vote for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to events that led up to the Holocaust.

"Jewish Americans cannot afford to make the wrong decision on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008," the e-mail reads. "Many of our ancestors ignored the warning signs in the 1930s and 1940s and made a tragic mistake. Let's not make a similar one this year!"

A copy of the e-mail, provided by Democratic officials, says it was "Paid for by the Republican Federal Committee of PA - Victory 2008."

Joe's Gamble

Suck it up. You made the wrong one.

Democrats had better consider the consequences of leaving him in charge of his committee, a job he might suddenly find fun again in 2009.


Oh noes! Small donors are threatening the fabric of democracy!

Sen. Barack Obama's record-breaking $150 million fundraising performance in September has for the first time prompted questions about whether presidential candidates should be permitted to collect huge sums of money through faceless credit card transactions over the Internet.

Is there any right wing blogger horseshit the Washington Post won't beg to eat? Nope!
Concerns about anonymous donations seeping into the campaign began to surface last month, mainly on conservative blogs. Some bloggers described their own attempts to display the flaws in Obama's fundraising program, donating under such obviously phony names as Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, and reported that the credit card transactions were permitted.

Of course, that those people were, you know, knowing breaking the law doesn't actually make it into the article. And it doesn't even occur to the reporter that there actually are probably some poor souls in the US named "Saddam Hussein."

Sunday Bobbleheads

Document the atrocities.
Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows: ___ ABC's "This Week" — Jack Welch, former chief executive of General Electric Co.; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill. ___ CBS' "Face the Nation" — Robert Rubin, former Treasury secretary and adviser to Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.; Doug Holtz-Eakin, adviser to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Govs. Ed Rendell, D-Pa., and Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn. ___ NBC's "Meet the Press" — McCain. ___ CNN's "Late Edition" — Sens. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.; Reps. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-Fla., and Heather Wilson, R-N.M. "Fox News Sunday" _ Gov. Tim Kaine, D-Va.; former Gov. Tom Ridge, R-Pa.

Good morning

Just in case you were having any nostalgia for sensible conservatism:
But we are all smart people here, so I think we can take my point already, which is that into this decidedly conservative (by any rational measure you can name) American political environment came one William F. Buckley, to whine that it’s so hard being a conservative, it’s so lonely being a conservative, everyone is so impatient with conservatives, why can’t standing athwart history yelling Stop be an actual political philosophy instead of a mere child’s tantrum - and oh, p.s., which one of you nonwhite nonmales MOVED MY CHEESE?


I am telling you, leftybeans, you have all had amnesia. Every single piece of drivel you find in The Corner, every lulzy post at Bacon o’Playdough, every Goldsteinian meltdown and Instapunditious I-just-link, I-don’t-endorse oily oozy blob of propaganda, every Confederate Yankee conspiracy theory, every Patterician investigation of IP addresses and other ridiculous internet minutiae, springs from this half-a-century-ago source.

Not Atrios


It seems my local franchise has won their professional sporting competition.

It seems I will attend tomorrow's competition.

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And more macarena! We can never have too much macarena. Whatever it is.