2008 US presidential race

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To put [the "undecided" voters] in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. "Can I interest you in the chicken?" she asks. "Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?"

To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked.

—David Sedaris, October 2008


This page is for information about the race (i.e. the candidates and their stands on various issues) for the upcoming 2008 US presidential election, which is bound to be a watershed event whichever way it goes.

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  • 2008-11-08 [Talk|Index] Sarah Palin blamed by the US Secret Service over death threats against Barack Obama § “Sarah Palin's attacks on Barack Obama's patriotism provoked a spike in death threats against the future president, Secret Service agents revealed during the final weeks of the campaign.”
  • 2008-10-30 [Talk|Index] tax breaks for big oil § “The McCain campaign saw ExxonMobil's record-breaking profits as grounds to go after Obama for supporting tax breaks for Big Oil.”
  • 2008-10-27 [Talk|Index] Dozens Of Call Center Workers Walk Off Job In Protest Rather Than Read McCain Script Attacking Obama § “Some three dozen workers at a telemarketing call center in Indiana walked off the job rather than read an incendiary McCain campaign script attacking Barack Obama, according to two workers at the center and one of their parents.”
  • 2008-10-25 [Talk|Index] the huge ethics scandal on the backburner § “It's vaguely surreal that in the midst of a competitive presidential campaign, one of the candidates for national office is embroiled in a major ethics scandal, and the political world is largely ignoring it.”
  • 2008-10-25 [Talk|Index] Happy Hour Discurso § Fractiousness in the McCain campaign, corruption in Palin's Alaska governorship, those darned Icelandic terrorists, and Bush's last-ditch efforts to shave the voter rolls
  • 2008-10-24 [Talk|Index] Reagan Appointee and (Recent) McCain Adviser Charles Fried Supports Obama § “Charles Fried, a professor at Harvard Law School ... one of the most important conservative thinkers in the United States ... announced that he has voted for Obama-Biden by absentee ballot.”
  • 2008-10-22 [Talk|Index] Anger, Fear, and Racism Follow Palin Rally § John McCain supporters echo the theory that the US could be "taken over from within", i.e. the "Manchurian Candidate" scenario, but with Barack Obama in the title role.
  • 2008-10-21 [Talk|Index] In the endgame, metrics adding up for Obama § “...as long as the economy is the focal point, it's difficult to see how this gets any better for Republicans up or down the ballot.”
  • 2008-10-19 [Talk|Index] Powell's endorsement §
  • 2008-10-15 [Talk|Index] Palin's delusions worsen § “An independent investigation concluded that Palin violated state ethics, abused the powers of her office, and lied about it. .. It was odd, then, to hear Palin tell reporters on Saturday that she's "very very pleased to be cleared..."”
  • 2008-10-15 [Talk|Index] All 2008 US Nobel Laureates in Science Endorse Obama! § “With one voice, 65 of the nation's greatest minds, the largest number of Nobel Laureates to ever endorse a political candidate for office, have encouraged the American public to vote Obama on November 4th.”
  • 2008-10-13 [Talk|Index] Misconceptions of Obama fuel Republican campaign - 13 Oct 08 § Republican supporters at a Palin rally in Ohio believe that black people will "take over" if Obama is elected, and that he thinks white people are trash.
  • 2008-10-08 [Talk|Index] The McCain-Palin Mob § McCain-Palin rally attendees in Strongsville, Ohio are asked if they believe Barack Obama is a terrorist.
  • 2008-09-02 [Talk|Index] And Then There Was One § “With his choice of Sarah Palin ..., John McCain has completed his makeover from the greenest Republican to run for president to just another representative of big oil.”
  • 2008-08-04 [Talk|Index] Obama is a Muslim and Other Idiocies § [2]“And never mind, by the way, that Obama's father, while raised Muslim, was actually an atheist by the time he met Obama's mother. So why aren't they claiming that he's really an atheist? Because Muslims are scarier than atheists at the moment.” They're still trying to make it stick, with no new arguments to offer.
  • 2008-08-01 [Talk|Index] Wal-Mart Warns of Democratic Win § [2]“Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is mobilizing its store managers and department supervisors around the country to warn that if Democrats win power in November, they'll likely change federal law to make it easier for workers to unionize companies -- including Wal-Mart.”
  • 2008-07-10 [Talk|Index] The Week That Should Have Ended McCain's Presidential Hopes § “During this past week: McCain called the most important entitlement program in the U.S. a disgrace, ...,released an economic plan that no one thought was serious, ...flip flopped on Iraq, joked about the deaths of Iranian citizens, and denied making comments that he clearly made -- TWICE. Yet watching and reading the mainstream press you would think McCain was having a pretty decent political week...”
  • 2008-07-07 [Talk|Index] Self-Swiftboating § [2]“Is the impression [given by] this bobbing and weaving [..] a misimpression? Or are we seeing, as the pundits are now beginning to chant, the true face of Obama? ... It is false. I know it is false because I believe I know the man, and because I know some inside the campaign struggling with these issues. I see them struggling to get it right.” ... “So writes a friend who has raised a b'gillion for Obama: "I feel the campaign is going dangerously off course. I think it’s unclear at this point whether Barack’s word on an issue really matters. It’s unclear what he actually stands for." .. Hey HQ: You've got a guy who really stands for something (the tall thin guy, the one from Illinois). A man whose word really does matter. But you've so bungled the last month that even your core begins to wonder about the core of your candidate. McCain didn't do this to you. You did this to Obama. .. Something is going very wrong here, and someone needs to take note.”
  • 2008-07-05 [Talk|Index] Obama's America blesses God § [2]Totally rips into Obama's 2008-07-01 speech on religion. Sadly, this is one of the few real reasons not to vote for Obama -- but due to our two-party system, it's the only way to defeat the guy who will win otherwise and who is a lot worse on these same issues (not to mention many others).
  • 2008-07-01 [Talk|Index] Prepared Remarks of Senator Barack Obama § [2]“Now, I know there are some who bristle at the notion that faith has a place in the public square. But the fact is, leaders in both parties have recognized the value of a partnership between the White House and faith-based groups. President Clinton signed legislation that opened the door for faith-based groups to play a role in a number of areas, including helping people move from welfare to work. Al Gore proposed a partnership between Washington and faith-based groups to provide more support for the least of these. And President Bush came into office with a promise to "rally the armies of compassion," establishing a new Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.” Commentary: 2008-07-05 Obama's America blesses God
  • 2008-07-01 [Talk|Index] Obama on pride -- and dissent -- in America § [2]“Adams' Alien and Sedition Act, Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus, Roosevelt's internment of Japanese Americans – all were defended as expressions of patriotism, and those who disagreed with their policies were sometimes labeled as unpatriotic. .. In other words, the use of patriotism as a political sword or a political shield is as old as the Republic. Still, what is striking about today's patriotism debate is the degree to which it remains rooted in the culture wars of the 1960s – in arguments that go back forty years or more. In the early years of the civil rights movement and opposition to the Vietnam War, defenders of the status quo often accused anybody who questioned the wisdom of government policies of being unpatriotic. ... Most Americans never bought into these simplistic world-views – these caricatures of left and right. Most Americans understood that dissent does not make one unpatriotic, and that there is nothing smart or sophisticated about a cynical disregard for America's traditions and institutions. And yet the anger and turmoil of that period never entirely drained away. All too often our politics still seems trapped in these old, threadbare arguments – a fact most evident during our recent debates about the war in Iraq, when those who opposed administration policy were tagged by some as unpatriotic, and a general providing his best counsel on how to move forward in Iraq was accused of betrayal.”
  • 2008-06-28 [Talk|Index] Bob Barr is making Republicans nervous § [2]“The Republican establishment is putting on a brave face, but Barr is clearly making them nervous. In particular, Barr is expected to do relatively well in Alaska, Colorado, and Georgia, and in each instance, Barr’s role might help Barack Obama win these traditionally “red” states.”
  • 2008-06-22 [Talk|Index] focus § [2]“I can't begin to understand why in a war where soldiers go to jail for breaking the law, the US Congress is so keen to make sure telecom companies don't have to fight a law suit about violating civil rights. Obama doesn't support that immunity. He promises to get it removed. But he has signaled agreement with the compromise, which I assume means he will not filibuster immunity as he had indicated before he would. I wish he had decided differently. ... This is a hugely complex chess game. (Or I'm assuming it's complex, since how else can you explain losing twice (ok once) to this President.) The objective of this chess game is to keep focus on the issues that show America why your candidate should win. Keeping focus (in this media environment, at least) is an insanely difficult task. But one tool in that game is picking the fights that resonate in ways that keep focus on the issues that show America why your candidate should win. ... we need to remember now: you don't sacrifice a pawn because you want to kill pawns.”
  • 2008-06-20 [Talk|Index] The Two Obamas § [2]“ But as recent weeks have made clear, Barack Obama is the most split-personality politician in the country today. On the one hand, there is Dr. Barack, the high-minded, Niebuhr-quoting speechifier who spent this past winter thrilling the Scarlett Johansson set and feeling the fierce urgency of now. But then on the other side, there’s Fast Eddie Obama, the promise-breaking, tough-minded Chicago pol who’d throw you under the truck for votes. .. This guy is the whole Chicago package: an idealistic, lakefront liberal fronting a sharp-elbowed machine operator. He’s the only politician of our lifetime who is underestimated because he’s too intelligent. He speaks so calmly and polysyllabically that people fail to appreciate the Machiavellian ambition inside.” Brooks seems to have evolved into an intellectual hit-man for the neocons, whatever he might once have been. -{{woozle.init
  • 2008-06-17 [Talk|Index] That List Of "Democrats And Indys" Backing McCain? It's A Bit Of A Sham. § [2]“This is a fun one. A few days ago, the McCain campaign proudly released a list of "prominent Democrats and Independents" supporting his candidacy. The idea was to appeal to disgruntled Hillary supporters and others by sending a message that it's okay to be a Dem and not support Barack Obama. .. But there's only one problem: The list is a bit of a sham. A look at some of these "Democrats and independents" shows that it's a stretch to tout their support for the Republican as anything at all unusual.”
  • 2008-06-15 [Talk|Index] Williams Calls Hume and Kristol "Out Of Touch" For Saying McCain's Tax Plan Will Help Working Americans § “Earlier this week, the non-partisan Tax Policy Center released a paper showing that Sen. Barack Obama's (D-IL) tax plan "offers three times the break for middle class families" than the proposals of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), which "would steer the bulk of the benefits to the wealthiest families." On Fox News Sunday this morning, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol called the report "good for McCain"...”
  • 2008-06-15 [Talk|Index] Obama Seen Beating McCain in Web War § [2]“A record-breaking 46 percent of Americans have used the Internet to get political news and share their thoughts about the campaign this year, according to a survey released today by the Pew Research Center. .. And while Sen. John McCain may have been the first major presidential candidate to harness the power of the Internet for fundraising in 2000, the survey finds Sen. Barack Obama is winning the online political war in 2008.”;
  • 2008-06-15 [Talk|Index] McCain tries to play Dems for fools (again) § [2]“In other words, in attempting to divide Democrats, McCain has decided to try blatant deception, and hope Clinton supporters don’t know the difference. There’s no reason on earth to think this will work. Plenty of Clinton supporters are disappointed and resentful, but they’re not crazy. .. On judges, McCain thinks voting to confirm Ginsburg and Breyer is evidence of moderation. That’s absurd. Breyer was confirmed with an 87-vote majority. For that matter, 96 senators voted to confirm Ginsburg. Voting with the majority was hardly a bold act of courage for McCain. .. Indeed, even pointing to these two votes is a classic red herring. The question isn’t whether McCain voted to confirm qualified judges nominated by a Democratic president, the question is what McCain will do to the judiciary if he’s the president. We already know the answer to that question — because McCain has told us over and over again of his deeply-held desire to make the courts even more conservative than they are now.”
  • 2008-06-13 [Talk|Index] Hold on! Ron Paul did NOT quit the GOP presidential race § [2]“ In his news story for this website and today's print editions, Martelle notes astutely that Paul's rambling speech stopped short of actually saying he was quitting his campaign. .. He talked instead about "shifting gears" and "a technical change" to launch a vigorous new effort, the Ron Paul Campaign for Liberty, using the nearly $5 million left from his successful $34.5-million presidential fund-raising effort over these last 17 months. .. In the fourth quarter of 2007, Paul actually raised more money than millionaire Mitt Romney, who seems to print the stuff in the basement of one of his many homes.”
  • 2008-06-11 [Talk|Index] Christian Leaders Meet Obama Privately § [2]“Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama discussed Darfur, the Iraq war, gay rights, abortion and other issues with Christian leaders, including conservatives, in a private meeting Tuesday. .. Bishop T.D. Jakes, a prominent black clergyman who heads a Dallas megachurch, said Obama took questions, listened to participants and discussed his "personal journey of faith." .. The discussion "went absolutely everywhere," Jakes told The Associated Press, and "just about every Christian stripe was represented in that room."”
  • 2008-06-09 [Talk|Index] Obama: Give economy $50 billion boost § [2]“On the first day of what is to be a two-week economic tour around the country, Barack Obama said Monday that lawmakers should inject another $50 billion immediately into the sluggish U.S. economy. .. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee cited the largest monthly increase in the unemployment rate in over 20 years, and record highs in oil prices, food prices and foreclosures. ... Obama has pledged to keep the tax cuts in place for everyone except those making roughly $250,000 and up. He has also made proposals to cut taxes further for the middle class, some of which he reiterated in his speech: exempt seniors making less than $50,000 from having to pay income tax; give a tax credit worth up to $500 per working person ($1,000 per family) to offset the Social Security tax on the first $8,100 of earnings; and expand the earned income tax credit.”
  • 2008-06-08 [Talk|Index] Senator Graham: McCain's Policies Would "Absolutely" Be An Extension Of Bush's § [2]“Senator John McCain has aggressively tried to distance himself from Bush in an effort to avoid being tagged by Democrats as running for Bush's third term. However, as Think Progress notes, McCain's chief surrogate, Senator Lindsey Graham, did not adhere to that message during his appearance on ABC's This Week, with George Stephanopoulos. .. Stephanopoulos asked Sen. Graham if McCain's tax and healthcare policies are essentially "an extension or maybe an enhancement of the Bush policies." Sen. Graham answered, "Yeah, absolutely."”
  • 2008-06-06 [Talk|Index] The value of experience § [2]“For those who think Obama, out of inexperience, might do something dangerous, I have only this to ask: more dangerous than refusing to engage diplomatically with countries we don't like, instead threatening and bombing them? More dangerous than digging in our heels and continuing to pour money and lives into the pit that is Iraq? More dangerous than continuing George Bush's bankrupting tax cuts and appointing more far-right judges who will roll back the civil rights gains of the last sixty years?”
  • 2008-05-26 [Talk|Index] Poor whites are being conned § [2]“Jon Stewart of The Daily Show ran a clip of a white woman who explained her refusal to vote for Obama thusly: I guess because he is another race. I'm sort of scared of the other race 'cause we have so much conflict with 'em. She spoke in the vaguely shamefaced, what're-you-gonna-do? voice of someone who knows she should stick to her diet or stop smoking, but just can't help herself.”
  • 2008-05-23 [Talk|Index] It's Two-for-One-Day in the Rejecting Rabid Reverends Department § [2]“For months, John McCain has faced questions about his associations with radical religious televangelists like John Hagee and Rod Parsley. And for months, McCain refused to disassociate himself from the extremists, even going so far as to defend the hate-filled rhetoric. McCain said Hagee had been “taken out of context”) and repeatedly say he was “honored” and “glad” to have their support. .. Yesterday, after the latest revelations that Hagee believed Hitler was fulfilling God’s will, McCain gave up.” As with Obama's pastor Jeremiah Wright, these guys are in some ways just echoing what many people believe. Their conclusions are perhaps more outrageous, but not clearly on a different order of magnitude. If this leads to a trend against religious endorsement of presidential candidates, though, that would certainly be a good thing.
  • 2008-05-19 [Talk|Index] Obama's Iraq challenge: debate me § [2]“Until now, Barack Obama's attacks on John McCain have invariably been preceded with an honouring of the Arizona senator's military service and his status as a "true American hero" for the five years he spent as a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam. .. But the courtesy went missing last week as Obama and McCain had their first serious down-and-dirty scrap over foreign policy and national security. .. The impetus was George W. Bush's controversial speech to the Israeli parliament, in which he said people advocating negotiations with "terrorists and radicals" were deluded and were promoting "the false comfort of appeasement".”
  • 2008-05-19 [Talk|Index] Not a Happy Party § [2]“On Saturday, the main day of the conference, spokespeople carefully read detailed scripts that told them every rehearsed word to say -- even jokes were written down. There was no spontaneity or the usual laughter that comes with it. Those backing John McCain or Ron Paul for president were divided, but it was immediately clear that the party leaders planned to dismiss the estimated one-fifth of the participants rooting for Paul. Signs on every doorway entrance promoted McCain. Party leaders and the governor focused on McCain. No Paul supporter was given time to speak -- even 2 minutes -- to educate members about Paul’s platform. There was a paranoia by party leaders about controlling Paul supporters and anyone else who might be a “dissident.””
  • 2008-05-18 [Talk|Index] I knew JFK, says Gore Vidal, and believe me Obama's the better leader § Gore Vidal says he believes JFK “was "one of our worst presidents"; Bobby, his brother, was "a phoney, a little Torquemada"; and their father, Joseph, was "a crook – should have been in jail".
  • 2008-05-18 [Talk|Index] Doug Kmiec on 'The Politics of Apostasy' § “Having been drawn to Senator Obama's remarkable "love thy neighbor" style of campaigning, his express aim to transcend partisan divide, and specifically, his appreciation for faith ("secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering into the public square"), I did not expect to be clobbered by co-religionists.”
  • 2008-05-14 [Talk|Index] McCain on climate change: Bush league § [2]2=“71% of the electorate thinks the globe is warming and of these, human activity is blamed over natural environmental cycles by more than two to one (Pew study). The difference is even greater among young people. So as campaign pandering this scores high. Why pandering? Because it's all campaign talk, not reality. McCain is George Bush redux. In the 2000 campaign George Bush also said climate change was an issue and redcing CO2 emissions the remedy. Then he blithely reversed his campaign pledge after he was "elected." Given the number of McCain's other flip flops, we can plausibly expect the same from John McSame.”
  • 2008-05-12 [Talk|Index] President Apostate? § Luttwak makes the case that Obama might be considered an apostate Muslim by Islamic law, and concludes that “...of all the well-meaning desires projected on Senator Obama, the hope that he would decisively improve relations with the world's Muslims is the least realistic.”
  • 2008-05-11 [Talk|Index] Three Names Shock Me... § A substantial list of economists sign a statement supporting McCain's economic policy, but it is revealed that they are nowhere near the majority in their profession.
  • 2008-05-09 [Talk|Index] Barack Obama wants to be president of these 57 United States § [2]“"It is wonderful to be back in Oregon," Obama said. "Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go. Alaska and Hawaii, I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit, but my staff would not justify it." .. The Times' conscientious Robin Abcarian thought she heard something different there. She checked her tape recorder. It had captured what he had actually said -- 57 states now. A new Louisiana Purchase that's gone unannounced so far? Was he channeling his inner John Kerry-Heinz 57 personality?” The right-wing commentatorship is making much of this [1] but it seems obvious from the video that Obama was a little tired and simply said "fifty" when he meant "forty".
  • 2008-05-05 [Talk|Index] The Candidate, the Preacher and the Unconscious Mind § “On the eve of crucial presidential primaries in Indiana and North Carolina, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has found himself dogged by questions about his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.”: guilt by association
  • 2008-04-15 [Talk|Index] Obama Outraises Clinton Among Small Town Pennsylvanians § [2]“Sen. Barack Obama's political opponents charge that his recent remarks on the economic woes and bitterness of low-income voters put him gravely out of touch with small town Pennsylvanians. .. But a review of campaign finance records -- conducted for The Huffington Post by the Spotfire Division of software firm TIBCO -- reveals that it is Obama, not Sen. Hillary Clinton, who has received the majority of donations from these very same Keystone State communities.”
  • 2008-04-14 [Talk|Index] I Was There: What Obama Really Said About Pennsylvania § [2]“Clinton, McCain, and media pundits have parsed a blogger's audio tape of Obama's remarks and criticized a sentence or two characterizing some parts of Pennsylvania and the attitudes of some Pennsylvanians. In context and in person, Senator Obama's remarks about Pennsylvania voters left an impression diametrically opposed to that being trumpeted by his competitor's campaigns.”
  • 2008-04-11 [Talk|Index] Obama Exclusive (Audio): On V.P And Foreign Policy, Courting the Working Class, and Hard-Pressed Pennsylvanians § [2]“Here is the full audio from Senator Barack Obama's fundraiser hosted at a home in Pacific Heights in San Francisco on Sunday, April 6, 2008.”
  • 2008-04-11 [Talk|Index] Barack Obama tells it like it is § [2]“Below is text and video of Barack Obama responding to the most recent production of Fainting Couch Scandal-Opera Theater now playing on the Clinton and McCain channels - as well as among some of the usual flabbergasted flutterskulls (talking to yooo Kitty Pilgrim!) in the network and cable news media - in response to statements he made in San Francisco, CA on April 6, 2008.”
  • 2008-04-10 [Talk|Index] A Silver Lining In the Blue Battle § [2]by Markos Moulitsas: “No matter how you define victory, Barack Obama holds an insurmountable lead in the race to earn the Democratic nomination. He leads in the one metric that matters most: the pledged delegates chosen directly by Democratic voters. But he also leads in the popular vote, the number of states won and money raised. Still, Obama's advantages aren't large enough to allow him an outright victory. He needs the 20 percent of party delegates who aren't bound to a candidate. It's with these superdelegates that Clinton has staked her ephemeral chances. ... Yet while the Beltway establishment frets about the alleged damage this drawn-out contest is doing to the Democratic Party, in reality, it's been an almost unalloyed good.”
  • 2008-03-31 [Talk|Index] Mac in Meridian: The Speech Lefties Will Love to Hate § [2](with introductory comments by Mary Katharine Ham): “Now, there are still policy preferences and a hundred Basras, Gitmos, and McCain-Feingolds about which to argue, from the Right and Left, but the Left pokes fun at McCain's family legacy at its own peril. It is a story with which most Americans connect, and with which they associate their own fathers and grandfathers, mothers and grandmothers. And, come election time, looking insufficiently appreciative of the Greatest Generation and those it inspired is not a good move, which is why we can likely count on parts of the far Left blogosphere to keep doing it.”
  • 2008-03-31 [Talk|Index] Some Republicans Emerge To Endorse Obama § [2]“With an eye to the general election and the Pennsylvania primary, some Republicans who oppose President Bush’s war policy are endorsing Senator Obama.”
  • 2008-03-31 [Talk|Index] Shades of Gray § [2]By Dahlia Lithwick: “Barack Obama has gotten past affirmative action. Have we?”
  • 2008-03-31 [Talk|Index] Obama had greater role on liberal survey § [2]2=“During his first run for elected office, Barack Obama played a greater role than his aides now acknowledge in crafting liberal stands on gun control, the death penalty and abortion — positions that appear at odds with the more moderate image he has projected during his presidential campaign.” The article apparently claims he has changed his positions for his presidential run, which is apparently a bad thing. Refers to this article as a source. Some discussion here.
  • 2008-03-29 [Talk|Index] The Chickens of Identity Politics Come Home to Roost § “This is what the triangulation of Obama has helped to unleash: most Americans will now doubt the moral authority of the African-American intellectual and religious community not just to question the questionable racial remarks of a Bill Clinton, Ed Rendell, or Geraldine Ferraro, but also the Wright-like crudity of a Don Imus or a Michael Richards. Context is now king.”
  • 2008-03-28 [Talk|Index] Deeper and Deeper § [2]by James Taranto: “Does this mean he would have left? Or does it mean he would have stayed but felt uncomfortable? And when did Wright apologize? Blogger Tom Maguire undertakes an extensive investigation, and the answer appears to be: Never. In fact, Obama came close to apologizing to Wright.”
  • 2008-03-24 [Talk|Index] The conservative case for Barack Obama § [2]by Andrew J. Bacevich: “Barack Obama is no conservative. Yet if he wins the Democratic nomination, come November principled conservatives may well find themselves voting for the senator from Illinois. Given the alternatives — and the state of the conservative movement — they could do worse.”
  • 2008-03-21 [Talk|Index] Mayhem At Fox News: Anchor Walks Off Set, Wallace Rails Network For "Obama-Bashing" § “This morning on "Fox and Friends," Brian Kilmeade walked off the set after a dispute with his co-hosts ... over Obama's comment that his grandmother is a "typical white person." Kilmeade argued that the remark needed to be taken in context and eventually got so fed up with his co-hosts that he walked off set. .. Later, "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace came on the show and railed against "Fox and Friends" for what he called "Obama-bashing."”
  • 2008-03-18 [Talk|Index] A More Perfect Union § [2]speech by Barack Obama, with video
  • 2008-03-14 [Talk|Index] John McCain Supports Barack Obama on Reverend Wright Issue § [2](video) “During an interview, John McCain expressed his understanding of and appreciation for Barack Obama as some seek to attack him over controversial comments his pastor has made.”
  • 2008-02-21 [Talk|Index] For McCain, Self-Confidence on Ethics Poses Its Own Risk § [2]“Early in Senator John McCain’s first run for the White House eight years ago, waves of anxiety swept through his small circle of advisers. .. A female lobbyist had been turning up with him at fund-raisers, visiting his offices and accompanying him on a client’s corporate jet. Convinced the relationship had become romantic, some of his top advisers intervened to protect the candidate from himself — instructing staff members to block the woman’s access, privately warning her away and repeatedly confronting him, several people involved in the campaign said on the condition of anonymity.” And apparently this rumored affair, for which there is only circumstantial evidence, somehow undermines McCain's platform as being strong on ethical reform, which is greatly substantiated by his past actions.”
  • 2008-02-10 [Talk|Index] Nobel winner Lessing: Obama would be killed if elected § [2]“Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing believes Barack Obama would be assassinated if he were elected U.S. president, the British writer said in a newspaper interview. .. Asked whether she supported Hillary Clinton or Obama in the presidential race, Lessing told Stockholm daily Dagens Nyheter "it doesn't matter," but suggested the two Democrats should join forces in the election. .. "It would be best if they ran together. Hillary is a very sharp lady. It might be calmer if she wins and not Obama," Lessing was quoted as saying in comments translated into Swedish. .. "He would probably not last long, a black man in the position of president. They would kill him," Lessing said in the interview published Saturday.” This prediction would seem to have more to do with perceived racism in the US than with any more power-oriented conspiracy.
  • 2008-02-08 [Talk|Index] The Madness of John McCain § [2]by Justin Raimondo: “A militarist suffering from acute narcissism and armed with the Bush Doctrine is not fit to be commander in chief.”
  • 2008-02-07 [Talk|Index] Fox Begins to Warm to John McCain § [2]Two guests on Neil Cavuto's Fox News show gave positive assessments of John McCain.
  • 2008-02-07 [Talk|Index] Can John McCain Be Stopped? § [2]“The idea that John McCain will get the Republican nomination is beginning to sink in and it is more than many of us can bear. .. Many conservatives hate John McCain even more than we hate Hillary Clinton. Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter have said that they might vote for Hillary if it came down to a choice between her and McCain. James Dobson the head of Focus on Family, released a statement outlining the reasons he could not support McCain, including McCain's opposition to a Constitutional amendment protecting marriage, his vote for embryonic stem-cell research, his opposition to tax cuts, his sponsorship of the campaign finance reform bill...”
  • 2008-02-06 [Talk|Index] John McCain to Rush Limbaugh: Calm Down, Reach Across Aisle § [2]by Rush Limbaugh, with brief transcript of David Brooks on Jim Lehrer's NewsHour: “McCain gets credit for being a maverick, as if that's evidence of his great character, because he'll always follow his conscience rather than the party line, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, but he's always a maverick in furtherance of principles that we find abhorrent and principles that liberals love.” Who, exactly, is "we"? And which of McCain's principles do they abhor?... “We are reaching out and asking liberals to come join us as liberals. And somehow this is a great masterstroke? If this were a war, what we're saying is, "Enemy, come on in, and come be who you are when you get here." If the Republican Party and the Democrat Party were two nations, Senator McCain is saying, "I'm going to have no border on my nation, the Republican Party. And if those people in that enemy party want to come in, infiltrate our party, that's great. I'm going to show that I'm the guy that can get it done. I'm going to be the guy to not protect the borders." Why is it so hard? I'm serious. This one escapes me. Why is it so hard to understand that what we want is to defeat those people?” What happened to Karl Rove's "big tent" coalition?
  • 2008-02-01 [Talk|Index] Coulter: I Will Vote for Hillary Over McCain § [2]“In case you missed it, on Hannity & Colmes last night, controversial pundit Ann Coulter -- who supports Mitt Romney for president -- said she would back Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, over Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. .. "She's more conservative [than] he is," she said. "She will be stronger on the war on terrorism...I will campaign for her if it's McCain."”
  • 2008-01-31 [Talk|Index] Republicans make Fox News sick § [2]“Bottom line is that Fox News is in for a very rough 2008. And the umbrella reason for that is quite simple: Eight years ago the all-news cable channel went all-in on the presidency of George W. Bush and became a broadcast partner with the White House. Proof of that was on display Sunday night, Jan. 27, during Fox News' prime-time "Fighting to the Finish," a "historic documentary" on the final year of Bush's presidency. Filmed in HD and featuring "unprecedented access," according to the Fox News press release, the show was pure propaganda. ...Fox News years ago made an obvious decision to appeal almost exclusively to Republican viewers. The good news then for Fox News was that it succeeded. The bad news now for Fox News is that it succeeded.”
  • 2008-01-29 [Talk|Index] Our Tech President Endorsements: Barack Obama and John McCain § [2]“We’ve been interviewing 2008 presidential candidates for the last few months to get them to state, on record, their positions on ten key technology related issues (Barack Obama, John McCain, John Edwards, Mitt Romney, Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich). .. Senator Obama has put more time and effort into defining his technology policies than any other candidate.” Includes links to interviews with all candidates mentioned.
  • 2008-01-28 [Talk|Index] U.S. Cash Diplomacy in Iraq Will Fail in the End § [2]“Of the many factors contributing to the reduction of U.S. casualties in Iraq, none has been more critical than the decision by the generals in Baghdad to pay more than 80,000 of Iraq's Sunni Arab insurgents a quarter of a billion dollars a year not to shoot at U.S. forces.“ This could certainly explain why "the surge is working" – but is it a legitimate trade? Obviously we can't maintain the peace this way indefinitely, but if it is a calculated strategic move which puts us in a better position for the long term, then it makes sense. Unfortunately, the main strategy it seems to support is one of defeating the Democrats.
  • 2008-01-28 [Talk|Index] Politics § [2]The author of the webcomic XKCD gives a strong and detailed endorsement for Barack Obama.
  • 2008-01-04 [Talk|Index] If Clinton wins, would Justice Clinton be far behind? § [2]“a respected conservative law professor has openly predicted a future President Clinton would name her husband to the high court if a vacancy occurred.”
  • 2007-12-28 [Talk|Index] Put Up or Shut Up, Time for the Anti-Paul Crowd to Offer Alternatives § [2]“I think that Dr. Paul is sincere and not owned by any corporations. He believes in his philosophy and does not read from a script. ... Given the state of the country, the three points I outlined about Dr. Paul seem to me to be the most important things we can focus on as Progressives and Americans. So I ask the naysayers to intelligently tell me who they think would make a better candidate. I assume the entire GOP field is out, and rightly so. Dennis Kucinich has zero chance of surviving the primaries and we all know it; so please do not offer up DK. That basically leaves Hillary, Obama and Edwards. Please tell me why any of them would be better...”
  • 2007-12-28 [Talk|Index] Hillary Clinton and Ron Paul winning big on AOL straw poll § [2]“An AOL straw poll that is supposed to be spam proof shows both Hillary Clinton and Ron Paul winning their respective primaries. ... On the Democratic side the results somewhat mirrored media generated polls. Nationally Clinton has 46%, Barack Obama 27%, John Edwards 17%, Biden 4%, Kucinich 3%, Richardson 2%, Gravel 1%, and Dodd 1%.”
  • 2007-12-24 [Talk|Index] Hucka"Bomb" Mis-fires § [2]“Unlike Huckabee's, soon to be called, Huckabust, Dr. Paul's first MoneyBomb was never discussed by the Main Stream Media (MSM). Yet, he raised nearly $4.4 million that day by the internet savvy of his grassroots supporters.” Yet Huckabee's big money-raising day netted only $95,000.”
  • 2007-12-18 [Talk|Index] Day Of The Undead: Religious Right Plots Strategy For 2008 § [2]“The big prize is the Supreme Court. .. "Think of it!" Minnery writes. "For years, we've been working to outlaw the heinous practice of abortion, and though the liberal courts have stood in the way, that could be about to change! By all indications, we are one Supreme Court vote away from being able to overturn Roe v. Wade – and to begin protecting innocent life in state after state." .. He goes on to say "And that would just be the beginning with a Supreme Court that strictly interprets the Constitution! Imagine a day when the Court would finally uphold limitations on Internet pornography – so we can protect the innocent eyes of our kids and grandkids. And the day is soon coming when that same Court will be asked to decide for our nation what the definition of marriage will be."”
  • 2007-12-11 [Talk|Index] Liberal views could haunt Obama § [2]2=“When Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) was seeking state office a dozen years ago, he took unabashedly liberal positions: flatly opposed to capital punishment, in support of a federal single-payer health plan, against any restrictions on abortion, and in support of state laws to ban the manufacture, sale and even possession of handguns.” Story progresses here.
  • 2007-01-22 [Talk|Index] Hillary Clinton Drops Madrassa Bomb on Barack Obama § [2]“The gloves are off: Hillary Clinton is reported to be already digging up the dirt on Barack Obama. .. The New York senator has reportedly outed Obama's madrassa past. That's right, the Clinton team is reported to have pulled out all the stops to reveal something Obama would rather you didn't know: that he was educated in a Muslim madrassa.” The claim is false on both counts.
  • 2007-01-19 [Talk|Index] Obama Smeared As Former "Madrassa" Student, Possible Covert Muslim Extremist § [2](includes Fox News video) “The Fox hosts failed to correct the false claim that Obama is Muslim. One caller, referring to Obama, said, "I think a Muslim would be fine in the presidency, better than Hillary. At least you know what the Muslims are up to." Anchor Gretchen Carlson responded, "We want to be clear, too, that this isn't all Muslims, of course, we would only be concerned about the kind that want to blow us up."rdquo;





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A rather telling quote, assuming it is genuine, from a comment on this article (with proofreading corrections):

As a Persian-Armenian woman, I am voting for Sen. Clinton. Me & my family voted for her 2 times & we will vote again & again. She has the brain, intelligence & experience to run this country. She will be ready to from the 1st day. She will work on stem cell [research], she will fix the budget. Remember President Clinton's era? He fixed the budget & left with a surplus; what was wrong with that? His personal lifestyle is not my business and it didn't affect me a bit. He will be an asset in the White House; he was one of the smartest presidents in past 30 years that I know of (living in this country). Obama is not up to par for this position yet, maybe in 12 years when he gets some experience. As for as republicans, I respect John McCain as a war hero, but I can not see all the hard tax payers' money get wasted in Iraq, I can not see us there for another 100 years. We will probably fix Iraq & then they will turn around and charge us $300 for oil. Romney? You must be kidding me. He wants to run this country as a corporation. I have worked with big corporations, and with them everything is money; they don't care about the employees & it is my way or the highway – similar to Bush's way. They can cheat us big time. Huckabee is a joke, he wants to abolish the constitution & create a religious base of laws, if I wanted that , I would have stayed in IRAN. Religion cannot be mixed with the current laws. We are living in year 2008, we have laws; we are not living in the 10th century were there were no laws.

Religion can not play a role in this country. If it does, then what will be different between us & the religious idiots running Iran? Go Hillary!