2012 Democratic National Convention starts on Tuesday, 9/4

To get ready for the upcoming Democratic National Convention, which will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, from September 4th through September 6th, you can preview the event here at the convention’s official website.

You can check out the list of scheduled speakers here; see the map of state delegates here; and find the names of your state’s delegates.

I just hope that all spare chairs will be locked up and inaccessible, in case anyone has the dumb idea to pull an “Eastwood.”

CNN: Global Celebrations Over Obama Victory

The world reacts to the news that Barack Obama is elected the 44th President of the United States.

Man Puts Load of Manure Near Democrats’ Campaign Office

This is Terry Reed’s way of protesting presidential candidate Barack Obama.  Mr. Reed who owns a construction and excavation company decided to park a trailer load of manure across the street from Whitehall’s Democratic campaign office on Saturday.

He also posted a sign in the manure mocking Obama’s “change we can believe in” slogan as “a load of crap.” “I think Obama’s plan is just one big old poop sandwich and we’re all going to have to take a bite,” he said.

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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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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.

“Joe The Plumber” Part II – The Vetting Of Joe

I had to start a new post, this way I could keep all the new developments straight in the ongoing saga of Joe “the Plumber”.  Who we all know is not a licensed plumber.  It seems John McCain is vetting Joe the Plumber the same way he vetted Sarah Palin.  Which as it seems, is not at all. 

John McCain is so impressed he has put Joe “the Plumber” in his new campaign ad.  Senator declared Joe the Plumber, not himself, the winner of Thursday night’s debate.


The latest update from the Huffington Post:

A day after a man nicknamed “Joe the Plumber” became the focus of the political world, the McCain campaign cut a commercial hoping to ride his supporter’s fifteen minutes of fame.

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McCain Finance Co-Chairman Sent Joke About Killing Obama

I wish I could say this wasn’t true,  but unfortunately Tampa Bay Online is reporting that Al Austin – Florida Finance Regional Co-Chairman – is circulating an email joke that refers to the assassination of Obama and his wife.  This posted by William March.

Al Austin, a longtime, high-level Republican fundraiser from Tampa, today sent to his list of political contacts an e-mail containing a joke that refers to the assassination of Barack Obama.

When asked about the e-mail, Austin said it was a mistake and apologized and that he wouldn’t knowingly have circulated it. He said he planned to send an apology and retraction to the same e-mail list.

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McCain Didn’t Condemn Virginia GOP Chairman Frederick

John McCain in the above video is saying he needs to see the “context,” in which, Frederick is making a connection between Obama and Osama.  He did not come out in an interview on national TV and say that the Virginia GOP Party Chairman is completely wrong.  He is playing a very dangerous game by not condemning this outright lie to deceive.  Have you no shame McCain.

John McCain’s new message about running a respectful campaign is not filtering out to the troops. Yesterday, I visited the field operations of both campaigns in Virginia, as part of a longer story that I am doing for dead-tree TIME. I arrived at McCain’s new field office in Gainesville just in time to witness this scene.

With so much at stake, and time running short, [Virginia Republican Party Chairman Jeff] Frederick did not feel he had the luxury of subtlety. He climbed atop a folding chair to give 30 campaign volunteers who were about to go canvassing door to door their talking points – for instance, the connection between Barack Obama and Osama bin Laden: “Both have friends that bombed the Pentagon,” he said. “That is scary.” It is also not exactly true – though that distorted reference to Obama’s controversial association with William Ayers, a former 60s radical, was enough to get the volunteers stoked. “And he won’t salute the flag,” one woman added, repeating another myth about Obama. She was quickly topped by a man who called out, “We don’t even know where Senator Obama was really born.” Actually, we do; it’s Hawaii.

Update: From the Washington Post, Jeff Frederick is standing by his despicable lie.
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Palin Makes Assertations of Innocence – A Delusional Self-Image

Jake Tapper from FirstRead has documented Palin’s assertation to several reporters Saturday, on how pleased that she is cleared of unethical activity.

On Saturday, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin twice spoke to reporters about the so-called “Troopergate” scandal and the investigative report on whether she had abused her power in trying to get her sister’s ex-husband Mike Wooten fired as a state trooper, and for firing Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan one year after she, her staffers, and her husband Todd began unsuccessfully pressuring Monegan to let Wooten go.

Palin spoke on the phone with Alaska reporters about the report. The McCain-Palin campaign only allowed one question per reporter. The journalists came from the Anchorage Daily News, KTVA-Channel 11 and KTUU-Channel 2. No follow-ups were allowed. The call can be heard Here.

“Well, I’m very, very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing,” Palin said, “any hint of any kind of unethical activity there. Very pleased, to be cleared of any of that.”

That’s just not the case. One cannot honestly make the argument that the report concluded that Palin was “cleared of any legal wrongdoing” or “any hint of unethical activity.” The report states: “I find that Governor Sarah Palin Abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act … Compliance with the code of ethics is not optional…

This is a very deluded attempt to give herself the image of a pristine state of innocence. I found that Andrew Sullivan had much to say on the issue of her denials.

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