Archive for October 29th, 2008

By- Bob Cesca

One week from today, we’ll have a newly minted president-elect and, as I wrote in the preface of my new book, the last days of this dark ride will, at long last, be at hand.

It goes without saying that this historic threshold will be especially awesome if we happen to be celebrating a President-elect Obama. Of course I hasten to add the “Remember New Hampshire” caveat here. Knowing what we know about the Rove/Schmidt/Drudge/FOX News Republicans, the odds of a President-elect McCain remain too strong for comfort. They’re definitely up to something with their hyping of a tight-race narrative. I just haven’t figured it out yet. Whenever I read a Drudge headline, I give the headline one of those incredulous Larry David looks — studying it carefully for an underlying scam.

Nevertheless, after eight dark years, next week officially commences the Final Days of Bush.

But what’s almost as thrilling is the prospect of Sarah Palin finally going away. Next Wednesday at this time, it’s entirely possible that we’ll see the last of Sarah Palin on the national stage. At least for now.

Sure, she’s provided us with a bottomless cup of blogging material and, more importantly, she’s a huge drag on the McCain campaign. And this week, with the Conga line of McCain campaign insiders dishing out leak after delicious leak about Palin, the slow-motion McTrain-wreck has been especially entertaining. But ultimately, the schadenfreude and the hilariously inexplicable interviews are merely distractions from the truly awful things that Sarah Palin represents.

I’ve seriously had enough of the winking, the giant-chinned-smirking, the too-sibilant forks-on-a-chalkboard “s” sounds, the “nookyooler,” the “you betchas,” and especially her Romper Room-like penchant for naming and labeling everyone in her audiences: “Romper bomper stomper boo, tell me, tell me, tell me, do! I see Joe the Plumber, Roscoe the Racist, Zed the Gimp…” Yeah, she’s not unserious enough as it is. Give her something really stupid to do on the stump. Good call, McCain people.

I mean, can anyone seriously argue that she wasn’t chosen purely for the optics? She’s otherwise a wholly unserious choice for the Republican ticket, and she’s behaved in a wholly unserious way. So she’s being treated as such.

McCain reaps what McCain sows. For example, the establishment media’s treatment of Palin has very little if anything to do with bias. Instead, the recent negative press has everything to do with Sarah Palin and the Republican ticket being inarguably FUBAR. If there existed any actual real-life good news about McCain campaign, doubtless you’d hear the familiar refrain “this is good for McCain” echoing throughout every newsroom in America.

It turns out, the only thing that’s actually working for the McCain campaign is the daily inciting of rage, fear and hatred among the easily-led gomers lined up outside of Sarah Palin’s rallies. I repeat. The one thing that appears to be working nicely for Sarah Palin and John McCain right now is the really evil and divisive stuff.


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The Spin, I’m In!

GEF @ 11:35 PM ET

Familiar Military Soldier Calls Home on November 5th 2008!

WUZZUP 2008 😉

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Keith Olbermann: Palin Is A Fraud (Countdown 10/28/08)

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Bill Clinton On Campaign Trail For Obama

Bill Clinton hits campaign trail for Obama

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 | 4:39 PM

Former President Bill Clinton is urging Pennsylvania voters to support Barack Obama.

His appeal comes six days before what he calls “the greatest job interview in the whole world.”

Speaking at Penn State University, Clinton praised Obama’s decision-making ability, and said the Democratic candidate was the best person to restore the slumping U.S. economy.

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Obama’s Infomercial Aired Tonight 10/29/08 (VIDEO)

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Analysis: Obama on his way toward election win

| October 29, 2008 07:49 PM EST | AP

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama has pulled ahead in enough states to win the 270 electoral votes he needs to gain the White House _ and with states to spare _ according to an Associated Press analysis that shows he is now moving beyond typical Democratic territory to challenge John McCain on historically GOP turf.

Even if McCain sweeps the six states that are too close to call, he still seemingly won’t have enough votes to prevail, according to the analysis, which is based on polls, the candidates’ TV spending patterns and interviews with Democratic and Republican strategists. McCain does have a path to victory but it’s a steep climb: He needs a sudden shift in voter sentiment that gives him all six toss-up states plus one or two others that now lean toward Obama.

Obama has 23 states and the District of Columbia, offering 286 votes, in his column or leaning his way, while Republican McCain has 21 states with 163 votes. A half dozen offering 89 votes _ Florida, Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Nevada and Ohio _ remain up for grabs. President Bush won all six in 2004, and they are where the race is primarily being contested in the homestretch.

Though sounding confident, Obama is still campaigning hard. “Don’t believe for a second this election is over,” he tells backers. “We have to work like our future depends on it in this last week, because it does.”

The underdog McCain is pressing supporters to fight on: “Nothing is inevitable here. We never give up. And we never quit.”

Less than a week before Election Day, the AP analysis isn’t meant to be predictive but rather provides a late snapshot of a race that’s been volatile all year.

It’s still possible McCain can pull off an upset. Some public and private polling shows the race tightening nationally. And, roughly one fourth of voters in a recent AP-GfK poll were undecided or said they still could change their minds. It’s also still unclear how racial feelings will affect the results in voting that could give the country its first black president.


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Daily Show: McCain’s Air Quotes

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