Dick Cheney’s Home State Newspaper Endorses Obama!!

That has got to hurt.  Hopefully, that means they will not be welcoming Dick Cheney back anytime soon.  Wow! I’m glad they stood by their beliefs of what is in the best interest of their state and this great nation.

Star-Tribune Editorial Board, Monday, November 3, 2008

It is a foregone conclusion that Wyoming’s three electoral votes will go to Sen. John McCain. It would be easy for the Star-Tribune to simply agree with the majority of voters in this red state and endorse the Republican candidate for president.

But this isn’t an ordinary election, and Sen. Barack Obama has the potential to be an extraordinary leader at a time we desperately need one. The next occupant of the White House will inherit a national economy that’s collapsing and two wars our nation has been fighting for years, depleting valuable resources we need to fix a multitude of domestic problems. Far too many of our nation’s citizens live paycheck to paycheck, worried about whether they’ll have a job next week or if a medical crisis will bankrupt them.

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Latest Polls For Ohio & Pennsylvania

Two polls released today – one from the University of Cincinnati’s Institute for Policy Research and the Public Policy Polling for Pennsylvania. 

Barack Obama is likely to prevail over John McCain in the fierce battle for Ohio’s 20 electoral votes, according to an Ohio Poll released Monday morning,

The poll by the University of Cincinnati’s Institute for Policy Research – billed as a final projection of Tuesday’s results by institute pollster Eric Rademacher — shows Obama with 51.5 percent to 45.7 percent for McCain.

Obama’s lead is well outside the poll’s margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.7 percentage points.

The Ohio Poll released this morning comes after a week in which McCain and his running mate, Alaska governor Sarah Palin, practically took up residence in the Buckeye State. Their campaigning included a rally by Palin Sunday night in Clermont County. The McCain-Palin campaigned increased its television ad buys in Ohio and other key states.

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Election Predictions By: Will, Halperin, Dowd, Brazile & Stephanopoulos

Mark Halperin
Winner: Obama
Electoral College: Obama 349 McCain 189
Senate Seats: 58 Democrats 40 Republicans
House Seats: 261 Democrats 174 Republicans

Matthew Dowd
Winner: Obama
Electoral College: Obama 338 McCain 200
Senate Seats: 57 Democrats 41 Republicans
House Seats: 250 Democrats 185 Republicans

George Will
Winner: Obama
Electoral College: Obama 378 McCain 160
Senate Seats: 57 Democrats 41 Republicans
House Seats: 254 Democrats 181 Republicans

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McCain on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Raw Story:

Republican John McCain showed his funny side with an appearance on a US television comedy show on Saturday, less than three days from historic presidential election.

McCain appeared as the presenter of QVC television shopping channel, saying it was the only station he could afford airtime, in contrast to rival Barack Obama’s multi-million dollar “informercial” which aired this week.“The final days are the most essential,” McCain said of the election campaign.

“This past Wednesday Barack Obama purchased airtime on three major networks. We however can only afford QVC,” he said. “Tonight we come before you to give you some final remarks on our campaign.”

Fey, impersonating Palin, played off media reports that she was going “rogue” and offered up a “Palin 2012″ t-shirt.

During the weekend report with Seth Meyers, McCain plays “the sad grandpa”.. where he says that Obama is young and can run again later, but he’s old and it’s HIS turn to be president!

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Obama supporter attacked in front of his kids by McCain volunteers

The madness needs to end.  Too many people have been hurt for no other reason, than their support of Obama.  This latest incident happened in front of young children. 

This HuffingtonPost contributor (an independent filmmaker) received an email from one of his friends from California.

Just to paint the picture, Harry is in his late 40s and built like a graphic artist; tall and thin. He has two daughters aged five and eight who were with him when this attack occurred near Woodland Hills, a residential suburb of Los Angeles.

“You should have been there! I was standing on a busy corner in my neighborhood with my daughters waving my Obama/Biden sign. I was kitty-corner to the San Fernando Valley Campaign Headquarters of John McCain. For two hour I was getting about 8 honks for every one honk for McCain.

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CNN: Obama YouTube Videos are the most watched!

Obama Campaign is putting out a video every two hours.  It is incredible!!  Abbi Tatton reports that Barack Obama videos are the most watched.

“There’s Nothing We Can’t Do”

Barack Obama, in the midst of a rainstorm, tells Virginia that only we have have the power to change this country. Go to http://www.barackobama.com to get involved before it’s too late.  (This is the most watched video that the campaign put out today.)

McCain-Palin supporter says no treats for Obama kids on Halloween

A suburban Detroit woman has decided to scare up the vote among neighborhood children by just offering treats to John McCain supporters.

Shirley Nagel of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., handed out candy Friday only to those who shared her support for the Republican presidential candidate and his running mate Sarah Palin. Others were turned away empty-handed.

TV station WJBK, Fox 2 News says a sign outside Nagel’s house warned: “No handouts for Obama supporters, liars, tricksters or kids of supporters.”

Nagel calls Democrat Barack Obama “scary.” When asked about children who were turned away empty-handed and crying, she said: “Oh well. Everybody has a choice.”

There were kids as young as 4 years old that went away crying because she wouldn’t give them any candy.  This is so sad that anyone would do this to a child.

Countdowns Keith Olbermann names Shirley Nagel Worst Person in the World for putting a sign in front of her house on Halloween which read, No handouts for (name one of the presidential candidates) supporters, liars, tricksters or kids of supporters.

Cheney Endorses John McCain – Obama Sends Congratulations

HuffingtonPost

The Obama campaign gleefully sends over an announcement of a major endorsement…. for John McCain… by Dick Cheney.

“In three days we’ll choose a new steward for the presidency and begin a new chapter in our history,” the Vice President said Saturday morning. “It’s the biggest decision that we make together as Americans. A lot turns on the outcome. I believe the right leader for this moment in history is Senator John McCain.”

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Are you afraid yet? Want more?

Every day I ask myself once again: “How low will they go?” And then something like this happens..

TPM: GOP Mailer In Pennsylvania Suggests Electing Obama Could Lead To Second Holocaust

A reader sends in a nasty mailer that just hit Philadelphia-area in-boxes, blasted out by a GOP group called the Republican Jewish Coalition, suggesting that a vote for Barack Obama could lead to another “tragic outcome” for the Jewish people.

“Concerned about Barack Obama? You should be,” the mailer warns. “History has shown that a naive and weak foreign policy has resulted in tragic outcomes for the Jewish people.”

The mailer helpfully notes that the image is a pic of Obama speaking in Germany.

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Why is it that the only way the GOP can win this election is by scaring the holy shit out of people? They have NOTHING to offer in the way of moving this country forward, or fixing all that is broken in the wake of the Bush/Cheney Administration. This is so over the top, there aren’t words…
So, here’s their message — their ONLY message:

FEARSMEARFEARSMEAR FEARSMEAR FEARSMEAR

Well, are you afraid yet? Is THIS what you want for this country? Are these the people you want to lead us there? Are THESE the people you want deciding our policies and the direction our country needs to go?

VOTE and make your voice heard on November 4th!

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The Redistributor Of Wealth

Remember the tale of Robin Hood, who robbed the rich and gave to the poor? He was a “redistributor of wealth”.

John McCain accuses Barack Obama of being “Robin Hood” because Obama wants to lower taxes for the middle class and raise taxes for the rich back to the pre-Bush tax rate. The poor don’t pay taxes so they won’t be getting any tax relief. Compare the tax return that you will receive under Obama’s plan against the tax return that you will receive from McCain’s plan.

From AmericanProgressiveAction.org

In 2001 and 2003, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) opposed the Bush tax cuts, arguing that they came “at the expense of lower- and middle-income Americans” and were too costly in a time of war. As a presidential candidate, however, McCain not only embraces the Bush tax cuts but also proposes massive additional tax cuts that are even more tilted against the middle class.

To assess the McCain tax proposals, we begin by defining five key characteristics of the Bush tax cuts: they cost an enormous sum, skew benefits to the wealthy, favor capital over work, protect tax shelters, and increase federal budget deficits. We then assess the McCain proposals against these five benchmarks. Finally, we compare both the Bush and McCain plans with the conservative tax agenda known as “Five Easy Pieces” advanced by Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform and other conservative tax groups.

Our analysis suggests that the McCain plan shares five key characteristics of Bush policies. First, it is enormously expensive, costing more than $2 trillion over the next decade and essentially doubling the Bush tax cuts. Second, the McCain plan would predominantly benefit the most fortunate taxpayers, offering two new massive tax cuts for corporations and delivering 58 percent of its benefits to the top 1 percent of taxpayers. The Bush tax cuts provide 31 percent of their benefits to the top 1 percent of taxpayers.

Third, the McCain tax plan continues the shift of the tax burden from investment income onto earned income. Fourth, the plan not only fails to address current tax shelter problems in the tax code but in fact will lead to increased sheltering. Fifth, McCain cannot pay for his tax cuts without massive reductions in Social Security, Medicare, or other key programs that benefit the vast majority of Americans.

Cindy McCain will receive an increased tax return (over $60,000.00 more) from her husband’s tax plan while the middle class will continue to receive little or nothing. The McCain tax savings would go from $313,413.00 to $373,429.00.

From ThinkProgress.org

In a new Center for American Progress Action Fund analysis, Michael Ettlinger documents how much the presidential candidates stand to personally benefit from the McCain and Obama tax proposals. The McCains — who report an annual income of over $6 million — would receive well over $300,000 from John McCain’s tax plan.

For further details about reported income and tax relief of both the McCains and the Obamas, visit the WonkRoom as it provides a more detailed analysis of the candidates tax plans.

WOW – can you say conflict of interest? Read some more about the redistribution of wealth upwards which is exactly what John McCain’s tax plan will do in the “Reverse Robin Hoodat Homeless in LA.

What amazes me is that middle class McCain supporters shout “No” to Barack Obama’s tax plan even though they would benefit the most from Obama’s tax plan. Why would someone from the middle class support paying higher taxes so that the wealthy could receive more tax relief? Isn’t this like cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face? Isn’t voting for McCain voting against one’s own best interest? The middle class McCain supporters call Obama a “socialist”. If any of the McCain supporters travel over public bridges and public roads, benefit from police and fireman, use the public library and use public water and sewer, then they too, are “socialist”. Let’s not forget to include the recipients of Social Security and Medicare which is another “socialist” idea.

The McCain tax plan would eventually eliminate the middle class. This would foster a return to the feudalistic state where the wealthy own everything and the poor support the wealthy. John McCain’s plan rewards investments and corporations and punishes the worker who will see an increase in taxes because John McCain will tax health benefits for workers.

The choice is clear… I am voting for “Robin Hood”, the “redistributor of wealth”. His name will appear as Barack Obama on the ballot.

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Maher: Michael Moore, Connie Schultz, CNN-Holmes & Legend

People submitted questions for Bill Maher to ask his panel.  Michael Moore talked about 85% of Western Democracies have their elections on the weekend – to give everyone a chance to vote.  Moore also stated, that all of them use paper ballots and #2 pencils and they have the results an hour after the polls close.  One of Maher’s best one liners is:  “Those people (Biden) don’t make us sh!t in our pants at the thought that they would be President.”

Update:  The question submitted:  Is Sarah Palin the future of the Republican Party?

Connie Schultz talks about the Washington Post, but the current poll is the New York Times.  Here is an excerpt from that poll.

A growing number of voters have concluded that Senator John McCain’s running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, is not qualified to be vice president, weighing down the Republican ticket in the last days of the campaign, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

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King No Brain

I decided to re-write McCain’s next stump speech, with some help from The Police. (The rock band, not the law enforcement officials.)

King No Brain
Original words and music “King of Pain” by Gordon M. Sumner 1983
Additional lyrics by Wayne A. Schneider 2008

There’s a younger black man on the trail today
Says the same old things as yesterday
There’s a black man caught by a high-strung cop
There’s a flag pin flap and the smears won’t stop

I have stood here before and said this same refrain
That the world’s turning circles going fast insane
I guess I’m always hoping that you’ll let me reign
But it’s my destiny to be the King No Brain

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Olbermann: McCain linked to Khalidi and Ayers

In a Special Campaign Comment, Keith Olbermann points out that not only does John McCain have a closer relationship with Rashid Khalidi than Barack Obama does, that relationship means McCain is has a connection to William Ayers as well.

If you’d like to learn more about who Rashidi Khalidi is (an American scholar of Palestinian heritage), rather than — through dark insinuations — who the McCain campaign is attempting to portray him as, read McCain Racism, Hypocrisy on Khalidi Issue.

This tactic of smearing people, through the use of insinuations, distortions, and implied associations, playing off of (and feeding into) the fear and hate that still exists in this country, has GOT TO STOP!!

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CNN: Rick Sanchez Hammered Michael Goldfarb

McCain spokesperson Michael Goldfarb told CNN that Barack Obama hangs around with notable anti-Semites, but when pressed for names couldn’t give any.  Sanchez didn’t back down he kept after him and Goldfarb went silent.

UPDATE: Goldfarb is referring to Rashid Khalidi, who is NOT a terrorist, nor is he an anti-Semite.  See this earlier post on Khalidi. When pressed, Goldfarb named Rashid Khalidi as the first “notable anti-Semite,” but refused to name the second.

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McCain Racism, Hypocrisy on Khalidi Issue

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by Juan Cole of Informed Comment (re-posted with permission)

The increasingly sleazy John McCain, who once promised to run a clean campaign, has now attacked my friend Rashid Khalidi and attempted to use him against Barack Obama. Khalidi is an American scholar of Palestinian heritage, born in New York and educated at Yale and Oxford, who now teaches at Columbia University. He directed the Middle East Center at the University of Chicago for some time, and he and his family came to know the Obamas at that time. Knowing someone and agreeing with him on everything are not the same thing. 

Scott Horton has a fine, informed and intelligent discussion of the issue.

I know it may seem a novel idea to people like McCain and Palin, but it would be worthwhile actually reading Khalidi’s book on the Palestinian struggle for statehood. (I urge bloggers interested in this issue to link to his book, which the American reading public should know).

At the least, read a whole essay Khalidi has written.

Far from being a knee-jerk nationalist, Khalidi has been critical of the decisions of the Palestinian leadership at key junctures in modern history.

McCain’s and Palin’s attacks on Khalidi are frankly racist. He is a distinguished scholar, and the only objectionable thing about him from a rightwing point of view is that he is a Palestinian. There are about 9 million Palestinians in the world (a million or so are Israeli citizens; 3.7 million are stateless and without rights under Israeli control in the West Bank and Gaza; and 4 million are refugees or exiled in the diaspora; there are about 200,000 Palestinian-Americans, and several million Arab-Americans, many living in swing vote states). Khalidi was not, as the schlock rightwing press charges, a spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organization. He was an adviser at the Madrid peace talks, but would that not have been, like, a good thing?

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Palin’s 2012 talk leaves McCain aide speechless

CNN’s Dana Bash tells Wolf Blitzer that Sarah Palin’s statement on running in 2012 left a McCain campaign aide “speechless.”

From Raw Story:

Vice presidential contender Sarah Palin told ABC in an interview to air Thursday that she’s not going to leave national politics if she doesn’t enter the White House in January, fueling speculation that she’s considering running for President in 2012.

“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…I’m not doin’ this for naught,” Palin told ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas on being asked.

CNN’s Dana Bash told cohort Wolf Blitzer that a senior McCain advisor was rendered “speechless” by Palin’s comment. “There was a long pause, and then I just heard a ‘Huh.’ on the other end of the phone. I mean, this is certainly not a surprise to anybody who has watched Sarah Palin that she is interested in potentially…a future national run. Certainly she is being urged to by a lot of people inside the Republican Party if they do lose.”

Gov. Palin has already been called a “diva” and “rogue” by people within the McCain campaign who see her straying from prescribed narrative in her speeches, having “lost confidence in most of the people on the plane.”

“When two mavericks join up they don’t agree on everything but that’s a lot of fun,” Senator McCain said of the differing viewpoints between himself and his running mate.

Wow… I wonder what is going through John McCain’s head today.. Still happy with his VP ‘choice’?

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Cafferty: Why Isn’t Bush Campaigning For McCain?

Cafferty poses the question, if Bill Clinton is campaigning for Barack Obama during this final leg to the election, why doesn’t President Bush campaign for John McCain?  The responses he reads from his blog are hysterical.  The most memorable one referred to Sarah Palin as “Anchorage Annie.”

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Contrast: Obama Presented His Policies – McCain Slammed LA Times

American Stories, American Solutions

This is how the candidates spent their day yesterday.  Obama worked with four families that are facing very difficult times and presented his policies on the economy, health care, job creation, and education.  He spent 30 minutes talking about the change we need to make to ensure a brighter future.

Obama listened to these families’ fears and worries; about how one had to put off an operation because they really couldn’t afford it.  He talked about his tax cuts for 95% of American Families.  How companies have an obligation to their workers when they make promises about pension programs.  That law should be enacted to prevent companies from reneging on these promises, so that people can retire with dignity.  To receive what they have worked their entire life for.

His well thought out policies, whether you agree or disagree with them, puts the average American first, not big corporations.  His campaign is about the big issues facing each of us everyday – not once did we hear McCain, Palin or Republicans.

“There is not a Liberal America, there is not a Conservative America, there is only the United States of America.” This is one of his most powerful quotes during his program while he made his case to all of us. He means it when he says he is his brother’s keeper. Obama has pledged to always listen even if he disagrees and admits he will not be a perfect President. No matter what you believe in, I think most people value honesty, which seems to be in short supply lately.

Now to show you a contrast, how did John McCain and Sarah Palin spend their day yesterday.

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Good Night, and Good Luck…

Edward R. Murrow

Over the last few months, in the heat of this presidential campaign, we have begun to hear labels being attributed to the person and policies of Barack Obama by the Right, the McCain/Palin campaign, and their surrogates, which are meant to inject fear and doubt into the minds of the American people.  They are attempting to diminish or destroy the character and motives of Senator Obama, resulting in an open door to hatred and racism. The labels are simply false character attacks meant to diminish and demean him.

What these people whisper, hint, and now just come right out and say in recent days, misrepresent and distort Barack Obama’s words and vision for the future of this country on the heels of eight disastrous years of Bush and Cheney.

These labels:  “appeaser,” “Muslim,” “terrorist,” “Socialist,” “Marxist,” and “Communist” are shouted at political rallies and allowed to hang in the air to create a terrifying emotional response in Americans.  Our country needs real leadership to guide us through these frightening times of deep financial crisis and war.

There are people in the news and in the blogosphere who now have have begun to see parallels to another time in our history — a time when Senator Joseph McCarthy used his power to create a climate of fear and distrust in the hearts of all Americans, and to divide us as a nation. McCarthy made claims that there were large numbers of Communists, Soviet spies, and their sympathizers in the federal government and elsewhere.  In fear, people turned against their friends, neighbors, co-workers and employees. People looked at each other differently, terrified of being accused of being, knowing or associating with a “Communist.” McCarthy was responsible for destroying the lives and careers of many, and turning this country upside down.

One man stood up and was the voice of reason in unreasoned times. That man was Edward R. Murrow. His words were strong reminders of who we are as a nation, and who we must continue to be, and that we must not let fear overcome and control us. He put everything on the line — his reputation and his career — in order to do what was right for the country and stand up to McCarthy.

Below are clips from “Good Night and Good Luck,” a film which portrays the tumultuous events of the 1950s, and some very wise words by Edward R. Murrow (played brilliantly by David Strathairn).

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Palin Faces Another Ethics Complaint, You Betcha!

Looks like Sarah Palin will be seeing the Personnel Board members sooner than she expected again.  Except, this time on a new ethics complaint.  The latest complaint was not filed by CREW, who also lodged a complaint recently against Palin for spending $150,000 on designer clothes.  This complaint was filed by Frank Gwartney.

The vetting of Sarah Palin continues with the help of CBS investigative team of Producer Yvonne Miller-Halee and Kim Lengle.  It looks like everyone has been checking out every single facet of her life and times as Governor, to be sure that there is no stone left unturned.  This is what their thorough search uncovered.

CBS News has obtained a copy of the complaint that Frank Gwartney, a retired lineman in Anchorage filed last Friday, with Alaska’s Attorney General, Talis Colber in Juneau. “Palin ran on the platform of ethics, transparency and anti-corruption. I’m tired of the hypocrisy that exists in Government and people need to know the truth,” said Gwartney.

The complaint against Governor Palin, alleges Misuse of Official Position: “Gov. Palin attempted to and in fact did use her official position for personal gain by securing unwarranted benefits for her daughters…” All the allegations contained in the complaint are related to state reimbursed travel.

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Largest Mock Teen Election In The Country Chose Obama

In the biggest mock teen election in the country, the students chose Obama for President.  They have correctly predicted the President in the 2000 and 2004 Presidential Races.  Channel One News which has 6 million middle and high school viewers chose Lordstown High School, in the swing state, of Pennsylvania to announce the results.   Students at Lordstown and 300,000 other students from across the United States voted in this mock election.  Obama swept 43 of the states to win in this mock electorial election.  Obama received 58.5% of the vote compared to McCain who received 41.5%.  This is a great piece and these students concerns are the same as the nations.