Posts Tagged “Election 2008”

It’s become a truism in recent election cycles that “endorsements don’t matter” any more. That may even be true in ordinary times, when undecided voters are just as likely to flip a coin or stay home as to read up on what other people think, and when endorsements are fairly evenly scattered among the available Continue reading →

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Just had to pass along this imponderable gem from Nate Silver: …what kind of odds could you have gotten in 1908 that a black dude would get elected president before the Cubs won the Series again? (Although for a moment there, it looked like they might just barely pull it off. Can you imagine what Continue reading →

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I really find it hard to believe… even if the McCain campaign has no ethical compunctions about this sort of thing, you’d think they’d be tactically smarter by now. But no:  according to the L.A. Times, McCain’s people are now dredging up a months-old story and accusing the paper of “suppressing” a video showing Barack Continue reading →

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As my last couple of posts should demonstrate, I can’t write about all politics all the time. I wouldn’t want to. But this is a political season, and there’s no doubt that the topic is on the front burner. We can all understand the reasons why. We are seven days away from a momentous change Continue reading →

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As The Politico has reported and The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein has elaborated (complete with a slideshow), the Republican National Committee has spent over $150,000 on clothing and makeup for Sarah Palin and her family since the beginning of September, including a single Needless Markup Nieman Marcus spree that ran to over $75,000. Now, this Continue reading →

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There’s been more heat than light in recent days about alleged election fraud of various kinds. Today at electoral-vote.com there’s a good piece about some of the real problems involved here (emph. mine): Challenges Could Disenfranchise Millions of Voters The Help America Vote Act, passed after the 2000 debacle in Florida, mandates that states have Continue reading →

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Well, I’ll be damned. Apropos my last post, today the Chicago Tribune endorsed Barack Obama.

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It’s amazing the kinds of things that can share a single news cycle sometimes. On the one hand, Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher is discovering that he was no better prepared than Sarah (“Bible Spice“/”starbursty winks“/”ethical violations“) Palin to be plastered all over the media as a symbol of “ordinary Americans,” and it’s really not much Continue reading →

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As John McCain continues to trail Barack Obama badly in the polls, Republicans are reacting in different ways. Quite a few prominent conservatives are openly abandoning McCain, or at least singing the death knell for his campaign. From one perspective, this is just a matter of reasonably intelligent people seeing the writing on the wall, Continue reading →

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Tonight was the fourth and final debate of this electoral season (third between the presidential contenders), and McCain went into it a very long way from victory. In a campaign where those fond of sports metaphors have accused him of throwing too many “hail Mary” passes already, tonight was his last chance. He still didn’t Continue reading →

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