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Growing Number Of Voters Say Palin Not Qualified To Be Vice President

New York Times |  MICHAEL COOPER and DALIA SUSSMAN   |   October 30, 2008 09:03 PM

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.

All told, 59 percent of voters surveyed said Ms. Palin was not prepared for the job, up nine percentage points since the beginning of the month. Nearly a third of voters polled said the vice-presidential selection would be a major factor influencing their vote for president, and those voters broadly favor Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee.

Read the whole story here.

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Two Peas In A Pod… Clueless

Clueless Like W

Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 06:45:05 PM PDT

John McCain and Sarah Palin have based their entire campaign on a series of nasty, false personal attacks on Barack Obama. Their bet has been that Americans are a fearful, frightened bunch who won’t be willing to vote for a new direction. But the McCain-Palin calculus couldn’t have been more wrong; their bet is going to fail, and fail badly.

When it does fail, it will leave the Republican Party with nothing. John McCain will almost certainly outperform Barry Goldwater in this election in terms of his share of the vote, yet he will leave his party in far worse shape than did Goldwater. At least Goldwater left his party with a devoted base of conservative activists, energized by his commitment to conservative ideology.

McCain, meanwhile, has stood for nothing other than attacks on Barack Obama. He has taken a Republican brand that had been shattered by George W. Bush and done nothing to repair it, leaving his party with no more of a clue about how to address the needs of ordinary Americans than they had when this election cycle began.

The fact that almost nobody in McCain’s party seems to understand the devastating consequences of this failure is a strong indication that Republicans will be stuck in the political wilderness for many years to come.

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Open Thread… VOTE (VIDEO)

From two writers, one from the Daily Show, the other from Aqua Teen Hunger Force:

(h/t Kos)

This is hilarious!!

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Obama Seriously Considering “Late Surge” Into Arizona!!

Morning Reaction: Obama Seriously Considering “Late Surge” into Arizona

Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 01:47:18 AM PDT

Lots of reaction to Obama’s ad this morning, with most agreeing it was very effective, especially as it was followed by the first joint appearance between Obama and Bill Clinton.

Also, lots of polling out with I’m sure much more to follow later this morning. Plus news that Obama may be considering a late push into Arizona!

And, Larry Sabato offers his Election day predictions.

Richard Wolffe at Newsweek reports that the Obama campaign may be eyeing a late move into Arizona:

The campaign is now seriously examining a late surge into the state. That may include ramping up TV advertising, on-the-ground staff or even deploying the candidate to stop there. Obama is scheduled to make a Western swing late this week, making an Arizona visit possible.

According to Pollster.com’s averages, Arizona is a 6 point race in McCain’s favor, compared to Pennsylvania–McCain’s best hope of picking up a blue state–which is an 11-point race in Obama’s favor. That means Obama has more reason to travel to Arizona than McCain does to Pennsylvania, no matter how far-fetched it once seemed to try to win McCain’s home state.

Do it! Do it! This would make me a very happy Kossack indeed. The Pollster average for Arizona is far more favorable for Obama than it is for McCain in Pennsylvania. McCain is obviously worried about his home state, or else he wouldn’t have launched robocalls.

>>>MORE HERE<<<

Update: And the campaign has engaged:

It’s a desperate move, but we need to respond and keep our momentum going. If enough of you take the time to get involved and do your part, we could pull a real upset.

The way to do that is to talk to Arizonans face to face, and let them know the importance of their vote in this election. But we’ve only got 5 days left to do it.

Supporters like you have put us within striking distance. Now it’s time to pull off what no one expected.

Sign up and join in the final push to make history in this election:

http://az.barackobama.com/…

We’ve got a real chance now, but we can’t do this without you.

Thanks,

Jon

Jon Carson
National Field Director
Obama for America

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26.3 Million Watch Obama’s Infomercial

American Stories, American Solutions: 30 Minute Special

Huffington Post | October 30, 2008

Obama ad boosts network ratings

83485060 UPDATED: If Barack Obama fails to win the election, perhaps the networks should hire him to entertain viewers on Wednesday nights.

On average, Obama’s 30-minute primetime infomercial managed to outperform the usual broadcast programming in the 8 p.m. time period.

The Obama special was seen by about 26.4 million viewers across broadcasters CBS, NBC and Fox, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings. If you add Spanish-language broadcaster Univision, that total climbs to 30.1 million.

Now the tricky question is: What do you compare Obama’s ad to? After all, such a national pre-election special hasn’t been attempted in 16 years.

The entertainment programming that usually runs in the slot on those three networks has averaged a cumulative 23.1 million viewers each week since the start of the season — 12% lower than the Obama ad total. Put another way, the time period averages about 7.7 million viewers and a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating per network. In the preliminary ratings, the ad pulled an average of 9.2 million viewers and a 2.7 average rating per network — boosting the advertiser-friendly adult demo by 13%. 

But the usual shows are comedies and dramas. Can one realistically compare “Knight Rider” to a political ad? That would normally seem unfair — to the politician. Obama improved NBC’s time period average this season by 36% and CBS’ by 5%. And keep in mind Obama was competing against himself.

The lowest-rated of the three presidential debates received a 52.4 million viewers — but that was carried by more networks and was, after all, a debate.

The Ross Perot specials in 1992 averaged merely 11.6 million viewers, but those were 15 separate specials that ran on different nights. 

NBC was the most-viewed and highest-rated network for its presentation of Obama’s ad, pulling 9.8 million viewers and a 3.0 rating. CBS had 8.6 million (2.3) and Fox had 7.9 million (2.8). 

And keep in mind, the Obama ad aired on more networks than just those three broadcasters. MSNBC, Univision, BET and TV One also carried the ad.

Nielsen will release a total viewership number that includes other telecasts later today. The measurement company has released a cume metered market household rating for the ad — 21.7. Among the top 56 local metered markets, the Baltimore market had the largest TV audience for the ad while the Portland market had the lowest.

As for ABC’s underdog “Pushing Daisies,” airing on the only major broadcaster not to carry the ad, the counterprogramming still came in fourth place in the adults 18-49 demo. Still, “Daisies” (6.8 million, 2.2) was up by 16% from last week to a season high. The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” (3.9 million, 2.0), also running in the time period, didn’t receive a bump and was on par with last week.

Further reading: Here’s how the nation’s top TV critics reacted to the ad.

Wednesday’s non-Obama ratings: Fox tops night with conclusion of World Series

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Obama On The Daily Show (VIDEO)

Obama’s Daily Show Interview (VIDEO)

Huffington Post |   October 29, 2008 11:03 PM

Barack Obama continued his media blitz tonight with an appearance on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Obama’s appearance comes on the heels of his half hour long infomercial which ran in prime time tonight on several major networks, as well as some cable networks. Watch clips of Obama from his interview, including the candidate conceding the “Sean Hannity vote,” and how Obama has been undergoing therapy to ensure that his white half doesn’t prevent him from voting for himself.

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Naomi Wolf On Today Show Oct 17,2008

After Waking Up to the Threat to Liberty, What Do You Do?

Rob Kall | OpEdNews | October 30, 2008

My interview with Naomi Wolf went VERY well.

We discussed liberty, democracy, the coup that took place on Oct. 1, the bailout and ways progressives can be a part of the revolution the declaration of independence demands we participate in. Access the link to download the MP3 recording here:

Naomi Wolf Recording Download Link (Right-click the link and select “Save Link to Disk…”)

In my conversation with Naomi Wolf, we agreed that millions of people were awakened from their slumber of the past horrific Bush years. Perhap’s you’re one of them. Now that you are awake, it’s time to face the fact that the Declaration of Independence and the constitution literally make you RESPONSIBLE to do what it takes to make sure liberty and justice are not only protected and maintained but taken even further and better. That means that YOU have an obligation to DO something. Not just once, not just a note to the editor– but systematically, commitedly, on a regular basis.

Don’t depend on the 80 – 20 pattern, letting others do most of the work. Listen to the free MP3 interview for a ton of ideas on what you can do. Get some training as an activist or community organizer. You can do this– you have a responsibility to your SELF to raise your functioning to its highest potential. Fighting for and defending liberty is part of that.

Last night, Obama talked about defending liberty, but all he ended up mentioning was military action. Thats pseudo fighting for liberty, really, a lie. The true fight for and defense of liberty must be done here in the US, where the congress and politicians, corporations and theocons have done all they can to whittle down the beautiful edifice which the founders of America built.

Do something. TODAY! (more…)

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McCain Rally: Joe The Plumber A No Show? Where Are You Joe?

McCain Camp Buses In School Kids To Fill Crowd

Huffington Post- Sam Stein

October 30, 2008 01:12 PM

The most cringe-worthy political moment of the day, so far, came when Sen. John McCain called out for his new buddy Joe the Plumber to stand up at a rally in Ohio, only to be greeted with confused silence. Joe the Plumber wasn’t there.

But that rally featured another embarrassing moment, one that illustrates a far more troubling dynamic for the Republican ticket. The McCain campaign actually had to bus in school kids from the surrounding area in order to fill the event. As reported by MSNBC:

A local school district official confirmed after the event that of the 6,000 people estimated by the fire marshal to be in attendance this morning, more than 4,000 were bused in from schools in the area. The entire 2,500-student Defiance School District was in attendance, the official said, in addition to at least three other schools from neighboring districts, one of which sent 14 buses.

This happened — as if a reminder were needed — less than a week out from the election, when the heat of the campaign should be drawing record crowds.

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Afternoon Jukebox… Under Pressure


David Bowie and Queen – Under Pressure

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By James G. Blight and Janet M. Lang | Truthdig | October 29, 2008

This generation of Americans has already had enough of war. … We do not want war. … The world knows the United States will never start a war.
—John F. Kennedy, June 10, 1963

If strength becomes weakness because of the vanity to which strength may prompt the mighty man or nation … the situation is ironic.
—Reinhold Niebuhr, “The Irony of American History”

After the Nov. 4 election the new U.S. president, either Barack Obama or John McCain, will face a bewildering array of dangerous foreign policy crises. To have any chance at successfully managing these crises, the new president must bring two qualities to the job, both of which are reversals from the norm established during the administration of George W. Bush: (a) skepticism about the utility of military solutions to political problems; and (b) the willingness and the ability to inform and instruct the American people as to why, as Churchill once put it, “to jaw-jaw is better than war-war.”

The historical precedent for such a president, we argue, was President John F. Kennedy, especially in his approach to the crisis he faced over what to do about the disintegrating situation in Vietnam. Understanding how JFK dealt with Vietnam helps us understand what we call virtual JFK: what JFK probably would have done in Vietnam if he had not been assassinated. The degree to which the next president emulates JFK’s success on both points—resistance to military solutions and the capacity to explain this resistance to the American people—is, we believe, the degree to which the president we elect on Nov. 4 has a chance of success. (more…)

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