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I've been volunteering at one of the local Obama-Biden campaign offices so my blogging time has been even more limited. The foolishness and other news that has occurred lately have been fast-paced. Just as I was going to post the Colin Powell interview with "Meet the Press" when he nicely sliced and diced John McCain, then this chick Ashley Todd acts the fool and tries to pull a major punking of American voters by blaming a black man for attacking her. There have been reports of vandalism in neighborhoods regarding yard signs supporting either Obama or McCain. Foolishness.

Let's not forget the cost of outfitting Six Pack Sarah and her crew. Let's see, $150,000 and not a damn thing from Wal-mart? Wonder what Joe the Plumber has to say about that.

The Barack Obama campaign has raised over $700 million and McCain and his operatives criticize him for not participating in the public campaign finance program. Uh huh.

Speaking of Sarah Palin, she seems to be distancing herself from McCain just as he tries to do President Bush. She is openly disagreeing with McCain's position on issues. I do believe that she's campaigning for her next position --- Palin for President in 2012. She is the one drawing the Republican crowds. Hey, that's what happens when you choose a maverick as your running mate. Ha!

 


Early Voting Could Signal Democratic Win in Florida

We are on Day 3 of early voting in Florida. One would think it is November 4 based on the number of people lined up to vote throughout   South Florida. New machines have been added to some polling places and voters have waited for hours --- 2, 3, 4 up to 6 hours to cast their ballot. At one site, voters started lining up at 4 in the morning for a voting that opens at 7. This is serious business; it is expected that this will be the highest voter turnout ever.

With Democrats outnumbering Republicans by more than 650,000 registered voters this year, it is very likely that Obama-Biden will carry Florida this year.

 

 

   

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Obama Fundraising Astounding

I find it difficult to even write Barack Obama's obscene fundraising numbers for September. $150 M? Are you kidding? How in the world can his team raise that much money, let alone in one month?

And to hear McCain and his operatives twist Obama's spending on campaign ads is laughable at best. Yeah, diss B.O. if ya want, he would have been insane for accepting traditional public campaign financing. As a matter of fact, his contributions represent public financing at its best. Donations in varying amounts from millions of supporters is astounding.

Early voting has started in my state and the negative campaign ads have increased. This race will get intense over the next two weeks and prayerfully all of the votes cast will be counted.

Please get out and vote. Know the platform of the candidates you support and vote intelligently.

     

   

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McCain – 0, “That One” – 3

Last night's debate was far more interesting than the previous three in the series. Senator McCain had an effective start and seemed to be very different than his last debate with Senator Obama.

Unfortunately, McCain got off focus and off message. He allowed his emotions, particularly frustration, to get the best of him. McCain lost control. Game over.

I'm not insinuating that he was out of control, but he definitely lost focus and allowed Obama's calm demeanor to frustrate him more.

McCain interrupted Obama several times and rebutted with the finesse of a rookie. His facial expressions and sighs of exasperation confirmed his reputation as a hot head. McCain committed many of the same mistakes Hillary Clinton did during the Primary. Folks with so much experience in politics know that losing your cool is losing your game.

For most of the debate, I wondered what the moderator thought his purpose was. McCain was on the attack and had the last word on each question for much of the debate. Each time he did that he came across as desperate rather than aggressive. Not a good look.

McCain continued to lie about his economic platform and that of Barack Obama. He spent far too much time bashing Obama rather than convincing voters in a substantive manner, why he should be elected POTUS. McCain also lied when feigning indignation about the John Lewis about Obama's refusal to repudiate Lewis.

Actually, Obama did comment on the issue but probably not to McCain's liking. McCain also forgot that he did not repudiate his running mate for her rabble-rousing, fear-mongering tactics. Neither did he repudiate Lee County (FL) Sheriff Mike Scott either. When he did try to admonish some supporters at a town hall meeting, he was weak in his conviction and delivery.

When all was said and done after the debate, Obama's poll numbers were even more favorable than ever. The race seems to be a slam dunk for Obama but don't count McCain out. Ever.

 

     

   

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Political Strategy of the Last Resort: Play Dirty

Here's what happened when Jeffrey Frederick, state legislator and head of the Virginia GOP gave a pep talk to a group of McCain-Palin volunteers:

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.   

This is the type of propaganda that Congressman John Lewis and others are complaining about. If Senator McCain still needs specifics and doesn't understand what his campaign is doing to divide the country then that's even more confirmation of McCain's poor judgment and why he shouldn't be POTUS.

   

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Parking Lot Politics

Tim Henderson is a parking lot owner in Gibsonville, NC. He's also a John McCain supporter. So what? Well, it just so happens that Henderson put up signs letting Barack Obama supporters know that they are not welcome to park in his lot.

Henderson says it's a joke and he'd never tow any cars with Obama stickers or of known Obama supporters. Obama supporters who park in that lot don't find it at all funny.

What say you about this? Is this politics gone too far?

 

   

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Presidential Debate II: McCain – 0, “That One” - 2

John McCain could not have been a happy camper going into last night's debate with Barack Obama's growing lead in national polls and increasing projected lead in claiming states on the Electoral Map. McCain should have been looking forward to the town hall format because that's his specialty when reaching out to voters.

What actually occurred was more of an Obama smackdown than anything else. You can watch it for yourself but Obama was the clear winner and anyone who says otherwise is just kidding themselves and trying to kid you too.

McCain came across as an angry old man and Obama was, well, "too cool for school." It was actually a lot like watching Obama debate Hillary Clinton and her getting her panties in a bunch. You'd think the McCain folks would have learned that lesson already but obviously they haven't.

Senator McCain was not in control and performed as one would expect a rookie debater to do. He was condescending to Obama and a young black man in the audience who asked McCain a question. McCain insinuated the young man didn't know who Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were until recently. It was a dismissive comment and something I would expect to hear from someone who addresses almost everyone as "my friend".

McCain needed to win this debate to turn the tide rolling in Obama's favor. Perhaps he can change that over the next 27 days but I don't think so. His one trick strategy for the rest of the campaign is negativity.

 

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Biden Says McCain is Not the One

Vice Presidential candidate Senator Joe Biden can say some wild stuff sometimes but check out his attack on Senator John McCain's judgement on foreign policy issues.


McCain Suspends Campaign: Leadership or Cowardice?

I could hardly believe it when I heard that Senator John McCain was suspending his presidential campaign to work on the nation's economy and that he asked Senator Barack Obama to do the same. Excuse me? This from the man who basically dared Obama to debate him a few months ago and chide Obama for not agreeing to the debate schedule he recommended? Give me a break.

McCain even wants to cancel the first debate scheduled for Friday. I like what Senator Obama said in response. I do hope Obama refrains from offering that olive branch to McCain again. Try as they like, the McCain campaign cannot effectively spin this to his favor.

The political pundits can analyze the positives and negatives to both the Obama and the McCain campaigns but the average American voter, and that's who really counts, will view McCain as running away from a fight. Some maverick McCain is.

I do hope that CNN doesn't cancel the debate. I also hope that CNN doesn't switch dates with the vice-presidential candidates. Just setup the stage as if he were there; that would be very effective.

McCain is in a precarious situation. If he makes the wrong decision it could cost him votes of supporters and push undecided voters over to Obama.

Rather than looking like a leader; he just looks afraid to take on Obama. Let's see what happens over the next couple of days but I think McCain will show up for the debate. He wouldn't dare allow Obama to be in the position to use the plethora of one-liners regarding his absence. McCain also shouldn't want to tick all those folks at Ole Miss who have been preparing for the debate.

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One Alaskan Woman’s Opinion on Palin

Here is one Alaskan woman's perspective on the candidacy of Sarah Palin for VPOTUS. It is lengthy but please read it in its entirety.

An Alaskan Woman's Perspective on Sarah Palin

by Mary Clare Andrews

I am a fifty-five year old woman living in Fairbanks, Alaska. I wish to voice my strong disapproval of the choice of Sarah Palin as the Republican Vice-Presidential Candidate. I expressed total disbelief when McCain selected her, as did most people in my life. Never in my wildest dreams had I considered her to be even remotely qualified to be our nation's vice-president, much less our president should that ever be the unfortunate case. I have chosen to write down my thoughts and concerns and to share them with other voters in our state and nation. I want people to know what an Alaskan resident thinks about this choice and why. I have lived here for 30 years, and yes, my family enjoys many activities in the outdoors and in the wilderness. We own guns, we hunt, we fish, we enjoy moose burgers and caribou and salmon and halibut. We pick blueberries and cranberries and harvest gardens. We have sailed in Prince William Sound, the Gulf of Alaska and in Southeast Alaska. We have hiked and kayaked in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other wilderness areas. We are active citizens, always vote, have raised two children here, and are proud to live in Alaska. But Governor Palin would never be our choice vice-president.

Yes, she was a mayor of a small town in Alaska with a small population of under 7000 during her tenure. She was elected with less than 700 total votes. Now she is the governor of our state which has less than 700,000 total residents, and has been so for only 18 months. She was elected with a total of 114,697 votes. Slightly over 239,000 people voted, the lowest voter turnout since 1990. You know, 17 cities in the U.S. have populations greater than the entire state of Alaska! Being Governor of Alaska is like being mayor of a U.S. city where only 239,000 people voted! She's been learning about government in a small isolated town, and in a state with a small, and isolated population. A small population base makes for a small and often less selective candidate pool. Her experience from a national and world perspective truly is miniscule. It does not make her ready to be a major player on the world stage.

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