New Obama '08 Halloween Ad: "Robots Attack!"

Brilliant new online ad from Barack Obama.

Fight John McCain's robo calls. Get out the vote! Elect Barack Obama! http://www.barackobama.com/

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GOP ads in Minnesota darken Democratic candidate’s skin

This is just vile, and yet all too typical of GOP tactics.

From Think Progress:

Ashwin Madia, a former Marine and Iraq war veteran, is running as a Democrat against Republican Erik Paulson to represent Minnesota’s third congressional district. The National Republican Congressional Committee has funded attack ads against Madia, who is Indian-American, that appear to have darkened his skin from images used in Madia’s own ads:

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Republican Voter Suppression efforts fail in many cases

The whole point of the G.O.P. voter-suppression game is to throw up as many gambits as possible, and hope that a few succeed. And there's no way to measure the effect that even the unsuccessful ploys have in generating cynicism about the process itself, and thereby reducing turnout, to Republicans' advantage. CONGRESS MUST FIX THIS, permanently.

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McCain camp's scapegoat: Palin

But if she is so awful, why did McCain put her on the ticket?

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Obama's Last Daily Show Interview Before the Election (VIDEO)

This was hysterical. From HuffPo:

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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Alec Baldwin Calls Sarah Palin 'Bible Spice'

Via Huffington Post:

"30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin talked to David Letterman about guesting on "Saturday Night Live" alongside Sarah Palin.

"She was lovely" and "very nice" he told Letterman. He also said he didn't want her hand on the nuclear button.

...he told Dave, "She's a beautiful, beautiful woman." and referred to her as "Bible Spice."

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MSNBC's Harwood Blurts out that McCain is Lying about Obama.

From voxlisa999 :

Tired of Morning Joe's lies about Obama "redistributing the wealth" John Harwood blurted out: "McCain knew about this [2001 tape] ahead of time & when they weren't as needy...they thought it was ridiculous and it is ridiculous. John McCain favors redistribution - the exact charge he’s making against Barack Obama- he favors!" Watch Joe get stumped.

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McCain campaign donor's giving raises questions

Before September 2007, Hao's name had never appeared in the 15-year-old federal database of campaign contributors. Since then, however, his donations have topped $120,000 — including $70,100 on a single June day to Republican presidential candidate John McCain. Over the same time frame, a network of Hao relatives has kicked in more.

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Lt. Gen. Robert G. Gard: Why I Won't Vote for John McCain

Some people have been surprised by General Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama. How could Powell, who served in several Republican administrations, endorse a Democrat over John McCain, a storied war hero? As a lifelong military man, I too will be casting my vote for Barack Obama on Election Day.

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McCain adviser: Palin is ‘a whack job’

Interesting tidbit on the infighting in the McCain campaign via Think Progress:

The infighting within the McCain campaign has become increasingly public, with growing frustrating directed at Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK). Last week, CNN reported that one McCain source called Palin “a diva” who “takes no advice from anyone.” Politico’s Mike Allen reports another McCain adviser’s criticism of Palin:

***In convo with Playbook, a top McCain adviser one-ups the priceless “diva” description, calling her “a whack job.”

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They really don't like Palin.

News Orgs Investigate Possibly Deadly McCain '64 Car Crash

This could be huge if the corp. media decides to play it up for a while. Doubtful seeing as they really want this to be more of a horse race and this wouldn't do anything for the goal.

From the Huffington Post's Sam Stein:

For the past two months, a major American magazine and an allied news service have been engaged in a legal battle with the United States Navy over records that they believe show that John McCain once was involved in an automobile accident that injured or, perhaps, killed another individual.

Vanity Fair magazine and the National Security News Service claim to have knowledge "developed from first-hand sources" of a car crash that involved then-Lt. McCain at the main gate of a Virginia naval base in 1964, according to legal filings. The incident has been largely, if not entirely, kept from the public. And in documents suing the Navy to release pertinent information, lawyers for the NS News Service allege that a cover-up may be at play.

"Plaintiffs have also obtained documents showing that law enforcement officers were ordered back to the accident scene to retrieve personal physical effects. The Navy has never publicly acknowledged this information," one document reads. "This request involves federal government activity, as it addresses what may be an attempt by the Navy to protect by concealment the involvement of a former Navy officer, sitting Senator and Presidential candidate in a serious incident involving the injury or death of another human being."

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Pentagon Panel: Biden Was Right, Prep for 'Crisis'

From Wired.com:

The McCain campaign pounced the other day, when Joe Biden said that his running mate would be tested by an international crisis at the start of his White House tenure. But the chairman of a key Pentagon advisory panel is sounding a similar warning, telling the next administration to "prepare for a likely first-270-days crisis."

Veteran Pentagon consultant Michael Bayer, chairman of the Defense Business Board, told his fellow panelists that the new president's inner circle should "set aside time in transition to identify the planning, gravitas and interagency process necessary to respond to a likely first-270-day crisis."

From Kennedy (Bay of Pigs) to Johnson (Gulf of Tonkin) to Bush (9/11)," too many presidents were ill prepared for this," Bayer warns.

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Palin is the ‘thinnest-résumé candidate for VP in History'

Earlier this month, Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) criticized Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, telling the Omaha World-Herald that “it’s a stretch to, in any way, to say that she’s got the experience to be president of the United States.” In a recent interview with The New Yorker, Hagel went even further, sa

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Amazon lists Obama Halloween mask as a "terrorist costume"

This is why I buy all my books & DVD's at Barnes & Noble instead of right-wing owned & operated Amazon.

From Think Progress:

Over the weekend, the LA Times caught Amazon.com listing a Halloween mask of Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) as a “terrorist costume.” Though the listing has since been deleted from the “terrorist” page, Top of The Ticket caught the image:

The Obama terrorist page listed related searches as “arab costume, terrorist.”

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McCain Admits Sharing 'Common Philosophy' With Bush

McCain definitely has as elf-destructive streak. Get thee to a therapist, Sir.


This might just be the perfect companion to John McCain's "the economy is fundamentally strong" gaffe. Sunday morning on Meet The Press, McCain told Tom Brokaw that he and George W. Bush shared a "common philosophy."

Do we share a common philosophy of the Republican Party? Of course.

Now let me just ask you a simple question: at this point in the campaign, is there anything stupider that John McCain could have said about his political philosophy than to admit that he shares it with George W. Bush?

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Sarah Palin Unhinged: Obama Could Mean Nightmare Communist State

Palin's hysteria crossed into psychotic hysteria today when she suggested that Obama would turn America into a Marxist-Leninist State. Look out! In Palin-World, Obama's coming after your income, property, inventory, and investments, to make them collectively belong to everybody.

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Largest Alaska Paper, Anchorage Daily News Endorses Obama!

Her hometown paper won't even endorse her.

From the Anchorage Daily News:

Gov. Palin's nomination clearly alters the landscape for Alaskans as we survey this race for the presidency -- but it does not overwhelm all other judgment. The election, after all is said and done, is not about Sarah Palin, and our sober view is that her running mate, Sen. John McCain, is the wrong choice for president at this critical time for our nation.

Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, brings far more promise to the office. In a time of grave economic crisis, he displays thoughtful analysis, enlists wise counsel and operates with a cool, steady hand. The same cannot be said of Sen. McCain.


Sen. Obama warned regulators and the nation 19 months ago that the subprime lending crisis was a disaster in the making. Sen. McCain backed tighter rules for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but didn't do much to advance that legislation. Of the two candidates, Sen. Obama better understands the mortgage meltdown's root causes and has the judgment and intelligence to shape a solution, as well as the leadership to rally the country behind it. It is easy to look at Sen. Obama and see a return to the smart, bipartisan economic policies of the last Democratic administration in Washington, which left the country with the momentum of growth and a budget surplus that President George Bush has squandered.

On the most important issue of the day, Sen. Obama is a clear choice.

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WATCH: Biden Tells 5th Grade Reporter What VP Actually Does


From HuffPo:

When Joe Biden campaigned in Palm Beach County, Florida in September he was interviewed by one Damon Weaver, a remarkably poised and charming 5th grader. Weaver's news segment on Biden's visit is highly entertaining and worth checking out, And make sure to watch to the end, when Weaver pronounces Biden his "homeboy."

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100,000 in Denver

From the Denver Post:

Standing in front of more than 100,000 supporters in Civic Center park, Barack Obama said today he is ready for the final nine days of the presidential campaign and vowed to stay focused on improving the country's faltering economy.

"What we need right now is a real debate about how to fix our economy and help middle class families," the Illinois senator said. "But that's not what we're getting from the other side. A couple of weeks ago, my opponent's campaign said that 'if we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose', so they said they'd be focusing on attacking me instead.

"And that's one campaign promise they've actually kept. Sen. McCain has been throwing everything he's got at us, hoping something will stick. He's even called me a socialist for suggesting that we focus on tax cuts, not for corporations and the wealthy, but for the middle class."

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Barbara West, Biden Interviewer: Her Husband is a GOP Flack!

From bluetidalwave:

Joe Biden got asked some questions from Orlando WFTV reporter Barbara West on Thursday that where completely false.

Biden: "Are you joking? Is this is a joke? Or is that a real question?" Turns out that her husband, Wade West, is a media consultant for Republican politicians!

Well it turns out that her husband, Wade West, is a political and media consultant for Republican politicians. The GOP talking points Barbara West used in her interview may have come directly from the McCain Palin communications team via her husband Wade.
From Barbara West's website "I am married to Wade West, an international media consultant to politicians, professionals and organizations."
West's media communication and fundraising skills have made him a popular consultant for Republican political candidates ranging from local elections, to more than 85 members of Congress and members of the President’s cabinet.

Wade West is also a Republican donor. West donated $250 to the NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE. He gave $500 to Will McBride a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Florida. As well as $500 to John Mica and $1,000 to Richard Keller both GOP congressional candidates in Florida.

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Not looking good for McCain in his home state!

From Politico:

Democrats are circulating a poll showing Sen. John McCain losing ground in his home state of Arizona, an ominous sign for his beleaguered campaign as state after state turns blue.

Project New West, which aims to build the Democratic Party in the Intermountain West, says the Republican leads Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in the Grand Canyon State, 48 percent to 44 percent.

The pollsters call that a “dramatic shift” from a survey they took in mid-September, which had McCain ahead by 14 points, 54 percent to 40 percent.

“Bad News for McCain: Presidential Contest in Arizona has Closed in Arizona And McCain Now Leads By Just 4 Points,” says a memo from pollsters Andrew Myers of Myers Research and Strategic Services and Lisa Grove of Grove Research.

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Undecided NM Republicans After Hearing McCain: McCain = More of the Same


ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Audra and Sam Kochansky decided to come to John McCain's rally at the New Mexico state fairgrounds today "to hear what they're going to do for us." But they weren't happy with what they heard.

"More of the same," said Audra Kochansky of McCain's remarks.

"This is saber-rattling," said her husband, Sam.

Although these may sound like Democratic talking points, the married pair of nurse anesthetists are lifelong Republicans, but they consider themselves undecided in this election.

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Obama Widens Lead Over McCain in Nation, Key States

Bloomberg does a nice write up on the state of the race, which is really good news for Barack Obama & Joe Biden (and the country) and not so good news for the decrepit old man and his lunatic nurse:

Democrat Barack Obama widened his lead over Republican John McCain in most national polls and surveys of key states as the U.S. election contest heads into its final full week.

The Illinois senator was up 8 points over presidential rival McCain in an average of 16 polls taken during the last week, according to RealClearPolitics.com. Last week, Obama was up about 6 points.

Obama also has built leads in so-called battleground states including Pennsylvania and Ohio and he has an edge over McCain in some states that were Republican strongholds, such as Virginia and North Carolina.

``He had a great week,'' said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute in Hamden, Connecticut. Speaking of McCain, he said, ``No one has come from this far back in this little time.''

The Gallup Daily election tracking poll shows Obama up 7 points in its national survey. The CBS/New York Times and ABC/Washington Post polls put Obama up 13 points and 9 points respectively, while the latest Newsweek poll shows Obama leading McCain by 12 points

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TPM Track Composite: Obama's Big Lead Inches Up Yet Agaim

I'd been meaning to incorporate this sooner into my own daily blogging. TPM has been keeping a daily composite of daily tracking polls. It's really no different that Nate's averaging of all polls over at fivethirtyeight.com. TPM is focusing solely on the daily trackers:

Here's our daily composite of the six major national tracking polls. Barack Obama already-solid national lead may be inching up even further:

Gallup: Obama 51%, McCain 44%, with a ±2% margin of error, compared to a 51%-45% Obama lead yesterday.

Rasmussen: Obama 52%, McCain 44%, with a ±2% margin of error, compared to a 52%-45% Obama lead from yesterday.

ABC/Washington Post: Obama 53%, McCain 44%, with a ±3% margin of error, unchanged from yesterday.

Hotline/Diageo: Obama 50%, McCain 43%, with a ±3.3% margin of error, unchanged from yesterday.

Research 2000: Obama 52%, McCain 40%, with a ±3% margin of error, unchanged from yesterday.

Zogby: Obama 51%, McCain 42%, with a ±2.9% margin of error, compared to a 51%-41% Obama lead yesterday.

Adding these polls together and weighting them by the square roots of their sample sizes, Obama is ahead 51.6%-42.8%, a lead of 8.8 points, compared to the 51.6%-43.1% Obama lead from yesterday.

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Sen. McCain is Destroying the GOP

Even small minded cretins get it right once in a while. Meet David Frum. Axis of Evil godmother and liar extraordinaire. He understands quite clearly the race is over for McCain and he is destroying the Rethuglican party:

There are many ways to lose a presidential election. John McCain is losing in a way that threatens to take the entire Republican Party down with him.


After months and months of wan enthusiasm among Republicans, these last weeks have at last energized the core of the party. But there's a downside: The very same campaign strategy that has belatedly mobilized the Republican core has alienated and offended the great national middle, which was the only place where the 2008 election could have been won.

I could pile up the poll numbers here, but frankly . . . it's too depressing. You have to go back to the Watergate era to see numbers quite so horrible for the GOP.

McCain's awful campaign is having awful consequences down the ballot. I spoke a little while ago to a senior Republican House member. "There is not a safe Republican seat in the country," he warned. "I don't mean that we're going to lose all of them. But we could lose any of them."

In the Senate, things look, if possible, even worse.

The themes and messages that are galvanizing the crowds for Palin are bleeding Sens. John Sununu in New Hampshire, Gordon Smith in Oregon, Norm Coleman in Minnesota and Susan Collins in Maine. The Palin approach might have been expected to work better in more traditionally conservative states such as Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia, but they have not worked well enough to compensate for the weak Republican economic message at a moment of global financial crisis. Result: the certain loss of John Warner's Senate seat in Virginia, the probable loss of Elizabeth Dole's in North Carolina, an unexpectedly tough fight for Saxby Chambliss's in Georgia -- and an apparent GOP surrender in Colorado, where it looks as if the National Republican Senatorial Committee has already pulled its ads from the air.

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NY Times: YouTube Videos Draw Attention to Palin’s Faith

Palin's Church Preaches "Spiritual Warfare." The woman is a raving lunatic.

From the NY Times:

Ms. Palin’s faith has come under scrutiny after two videos taken in her former church surfaced on YouTube and became immediate sensations. The first showed a visiting preacher from Kenya praying fervently over Ms. Palin in a gravelly voice and asking God to favor her campaign for governor and protect her from “every form of witchcraft.”

The second showed Ms. Palin at an event in June praising the African preacher’s prayer as “awesome” and “very, very powerful.” She is also seen nodding as her former pastor from Wasilla prays over her and declares that Alaska is “one of the refuge states in the Last Days,” a piece of prophecy popular in some prayer networks that predicts that as the “end times” approach, people will flock to Alaska for its abundant open space and natural resources.

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Here are the videos:



Here's Keith Olbermann ripping Palin over this:

59% of Voters think McCain's economics would favor the rich

Fifty-nine percent of registered voters think McCain's economics would favor the wealthy; just 11 percent the middle class.The message that a robust middle class is the foundation of economic growth is exactly the right one in troubled times like these, and Obama has delivered it with discipline and grace.

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The McCain Campaign's Susan Smith Moment

Powerful Article by Avenging Angel:

Back in 1994, South Carolina mother Susan Smith earned the revulsion of the nation when she blamed a mysterious black assailant for the abduction of her two sons, children she ultimately admitted having murdered herself. With Friday's revelations that it helped foster a hoax about the supposed assault of one of its volunteers by an African-American backer of Barack Obama, John McCain's presidential campaign has joined Smith as a race-baiting fraud.

The fabricated assault on Ashley Todd, the young white woman helping McCain in Pennsylvania, quickly drew the sympathies of both campaigns. But almost immediately, her suspicious story raised eyebrows even in the conservative blogosphere. By early Friday, Todd was exposed as a fraud. And as Talking Points Memo reported, the McCain campaign in the Keystone State apparently played a vital role in perpetuating it:

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Perceptions of Palin Grow Increasingly Negative, Poll Says

Of course the WaPo put the lead in the 5th paragraph, but nevertheless, I've fixed that problem for blogging purposes. ;-)

From WaPo:

In polling conducted Wednesday and Thursday evenings, after the disclosure that the Republican National Committee used political funds to help Palin assemble a wardrobe for the campaign, 51 percent said they have a negative impression of her. Fewer, 46 percent, said they have a favorable view. That marks a stark turnaround from early September, when 59 percent of likely voters held positive opinions.

The declines in Palin's ratings have been even more substantial among the very voters Republicans aimed to woo. The percentage of white women viewing her favorably dropped 21 points since early September; among independent women, it fell 24 points.

More broadly, the intensity of negative feelings about Palin is also notable: Forty percent of voters have "strongly unfavorable" views, more than double the post-convention number. Nearly half of independent women now see her in a very negative light, a nearly threefold increase.

The shift in Palin's ratings come with a pronounced spike in the percentage of voters who see her as lacking the experience it takes to be a good president. Voters were about evenly divided on that question a month and a half ago, but toward the end of September a clear majority said she was not qualified. In the new poll, 58 percent said she is insufficiently experienced.

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After Joe The Plumber, Joe The Hothead?

From HuffPo:

First there was Joe the Plumber. Is Joe the Hothead next?

Joe McCain said Friday he'll withdraw from campaign activities for his brother, GOP presidential nominee John McCain, after calling 911 to angrily complain about traffic. Joe McCain has apologized for making the call.

The candidate's younger brother, who lives in Alexandria, Va., told Washington radio station WTOP he was returning from a campaign event in Philadelphia around 2 a.m. on Oct. 18 when he got stuck in traffic on Interstate 495 at the Wilson Bridge. Police say the call was made about 1:30 a.m. Oct. 21.

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Cindy the Beer Vendor?

From Boston.com:

Ever since John McCain discovered "Joe the Plumber," he has exalted "small business" owners -- inviting them to announce their professions on signs at rallies -- as the country's only virtuous economic movers.

But now McCain has begun to define the term upward, leaving no mogul or tycoon behind.

On Thursday in Sarasota, Governor Charlie Crist introduced J. Robert Long, the CEO of Marine Concepts as a "small businessman." The man McCain dubbed "Bob the Boat Builder" spent, as Crist noted, most of his career at Wellcraft Marine, which reported revenues of $67 million last year, according to Yahoo! Finance.

Tonight in Colorado, Senator Lindsey Graham, a close friend of the McCains, described Cindy as "a great small businesswoman." Her "small" business -- Hensley & Co., a family-owned Anheuser-Busch distributor that is the third largest among the 800 in the country -- had revenues of nearly $200 million last year, according to Yahoo.

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Barack Obama's Newest Two-Minute Ad: "Defining Moment"

I love it when he takes it right to the people and talks to them like adults:

"At this defining moment in our history, the question is not, 'are you better off than you were four years ago?'" Obama says as the ad opens. "We all know the answer to that. The real question is will our country be better off four years from now? How will we lift our economy and restore America's place in the world?"

"Here’s what I'll do as President," Obama continues. "To deal with our current emergency, I’ll launch a rescue plan for the middle class that begins with a tax cut for ninety-five percent of working Americans. If you have a job, pay taxes and make less than two hundred thousand dollars-a-year, you’ll get a tax cut.
I’ll end the tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas, and give them to companies that create jobs here in America. And I’ll make low-cost loans available to small businesses."

"To build our economy for the future, I'll focus on our urgent national priorities: reducing the cost of health care, breaking our dependence on foreign oil, and making sure that every child gets the education they need to compete," he says. "How will I pay for these priorities? First, we've got to stop spending ten billion dollars a month in Iraq – while they run up a surplus. I’ll end this war responsibly, so we can invest here at home. We'll monitor the Wall Street rescue plan carefully, making sure taxpayers are protected and CEOs don't game the system. I'll let the temporary Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% expire and close the corporate tax loopholes the lobbyists put in. I'll order a top-to-bottom audit of government spending and eliminate programs that don't work."

Concludes the Democratic nominee: "We face real challenges, and they won’t be easy to solve. But we can do it if we end the mindless partisanship, the divisiveness, curb special interest power and restore our sense of common purpose."
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Brian Williams: McCain Campaign Spread 'B' Hoax To Reporters

From Jed:

So we already know the McCain campaign played some sort of a role in helping get the 'B' hoax off the ground in the first place.

Now, thanks to Brian Williams, we know that once it was off the ground, McCain-land continued spreading the hoax to reporters, fueling the attention it got by publicizing phone calls from both McCain and Palin to the so-called victim.

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See also: FOX Spreads The 'B' Mutilation Hoax

Poll: Palin Hasn't Done Herself Any Favors For 2012

Her career is over.

As TPM's Eric Kleefeld points out with this nugget from the newest Newsweek poll:

Despite all the talk about Sarah Palin energizing the Republican base, the new Newsweek poll seems to suggest that by this point the base would rather have somebody else, if given the chance.

Check out this question asked of Republicans, looking ahead to the 2012 election:

If John McCain is not elected president, which one of the following three possible candidates would you be most likely to support for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012?

Mitt Romney 35%
Mike Huckabee 26%
Sarah Palin 20%

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Rove: People Cling To Guns, Religion In PA Coal Country

Karl. Karl. Karl.

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Wassup 2008

First watch the original:

Then watch the 2008 version (then digg it):
Its been eight long years since the boys said wassup to each other. Even with the effects of a down economy and imminent change in the White House, the boys are still able to come together and stay...

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Newsweek Poll: Obama Still Holds Big Lead (53% McCain 40%)

With less than two weeks left in the presidential contest, Barack Obama continues to hold a commanding double-digit lead over John McCain according to the latest NEWSWEEK Poll. Among registered voters nationwide, Obama now leads McCain by 13 points, 53 percent to 40 percent. Among likely voters, Obama's lead is similarly strong, 53 percent to 41 percent.

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Jonathan Martin at Politico should apologize or step down

Shit like pushing the original story (with no proof) is expected form the likes of Drudge, but Politico's Jonathan Martin portends to be a real journalist. Bob John is having non of his non-sense.

From Bob Johnson:

Following up on Meteor Blades' recommended diary, Lynch Mob, we should look beyond Fox News to other so-called "reputable" journalists who jumped on the "McCain volunteer attacked" story and promoted it as "fact" -- before the facts were in.

We can start with Jonathan Martin at Politico.

Martin reported this story as fact yesterday, offering this headline and first line:

It's getting ugly out there

A McCain staffer was assaulted last night in Pittsburgh.

Note that he did not use "allegedly attacked.


Today, when Martin reported on the hoax, he mentioned not a single word about his own false reporting from the day before.

In fact, he compounds his error by offering the following headline and first line for the piece:

When it rains it pours

Seems like McCain just can't catch a break.

"McCain can't catch a break?" That a young woman wasn't really beaten and mutilated by a big, strong black man? If she had, that would have constituted a "break" for McCain?

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McCain Staffer Gave Reporters Incendiary Version Of Hoax

John McCain's Pennsylvania communications director told reporters in the state an incendiary version of the hoax story about the attack on a McCain volunteer well before the facts of the case were known or established -- and even told reporters...

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Fox VP: Hate crime hoax means McCain’s campaign is ‘over'

Since the "attacker" sat on her chest (as she said) to carve the "B", then either he was dyslexic or she's a liar and carved the "B" in a mirror.

The moral of this story for all you corp. media idiots who thinks "Drudge rules", never trust him as a source for anything ever again.

From Think Progress:

Following the Drudge Report’s lead yesterday, news organizations picked up the story of a McCain campaign volunteer in Pittsburgh named Ashley Todd, who said that a black man mugged her, sexually assaulted her, and scratched a “B” into her cheek because she had a McCain bumper sticker on her car. The police quickly pointed out “inconsistencies” in her story. Todd has now confessed that she made up the story. On his blog yesterday, Fox News Executive VP John Moody, who is a Pittsburgh native, wrote that the incident’s credibility was inextricably tied to McCain’s campaign:
[snip] If the incident turns out to be a hoax, Senator McCain’s quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting.

Yesterday, before Todd had confessed, the McCain campaign put out a statement about the incident, saying, “We’re shaken up by this. It’s sick and disgusting.”

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Moment of truth, indeed.

This McCain thing needs to be arrested and charge with trying to incite a riot (at the very least). This race-baiting, which is what it was, will go down and a turning point in how people perceive the rethugican lunatic fringe

Palin Makeup Artist Is McCain's Highest Paid Staffer for Oct

It's hysterical watching FOX fall all over themselves trying to minimize the $150,000 shopping spree. Ya know, the same Fox who for WEEKS railed on John Edwards for his $400 haircut. And now this? What comes around....

From Huffinton Post:

If Palin's $150,000 shopping spree had Republicans disgusted, then the report that her makeup stylist cost $22,800 for the first two weeks of October should have them livid. The stylist, Amy Strozzi, was apparently paid more than any other McCain staffer during that period.

The New York Times has more:

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Breaking: Former Mass. Gov. William Weld to endorse Obama

And the endorsement pipes keep on drip, drip, dripping. From Boston.com:

CONCORD, N.H.—Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, a Republican, endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president on Friday, citing the senator's good judgment, "deep sense of calm" and "first-class political temperament."

Weld said he's never endorsed a Democrat for president before, but in the last six weeks or so, it became "close to a no-brainer." Obama has a history of bringing Democrats, Republicans and independents together and is the best choice at a time when America's standing in the world is at a low point, he said.

"It's not often you get a guy with his combination of qualities, chief among which I would say is the deep sense of calm he displays, and I think that's a product of his equally deep intelligence," he said in a phone interview.


Weld joined other prominent Republicans endorsing Obama over McCain in the campaign's final weeks, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson and Scott McClellan, former press secretary to President Bush.

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Exclusive: McCain Privately Met With Dictator Pinochet

Veteran reporter John Dinges reports on HuffPost's OffThe Bus that U.S. embassy cables confirm that in '85 McCain had warm and friendly private meet with Chilean dictator Pinochet. No preconditions. No speaking up for democracy. Instead, they agreed that communism was bad.

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More Polling Showing Trends In Favor Of Obama

Great news from Nate over at FiveThirtyEight.com. Swing on over to his site if you want to really get into the numbers and see his great analysis:
This is not the time when John McCain can afford a bad polling day. And yet he's had perhaps his worst one of the year.

The national trackers were essentially a push -- three moved toward Obama, two toward McCain, two were flat -- but the action today is at the state level. And boy, there is a lot of action: 29 new state polls enterring our database. And many of them contain great news for Obama.

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And this is what the national polls are looking (also from Nate's site):

Palin Doesn't Know If Abortion Clinic Bombers Are Terrorists

When I heard he asnwer I almost fell off my chair. From Jed:

I've got a longer post on this video down below, but I think that it is so important that I wanted to bump it up to make sure everybody who visits TJR has a chance to see it. I'm going to go to bed early (if you can call 3:30 early), but I'll have more to say about this tomorrow

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Sarah Palin Displays the Latest in Donkey Fashion

Could this thing be any dumber? From Newsweek:

Spotted at a Palin event in Reno, Nev., Oct. 21. Yes, the scarf says, "Vote." And yes, those appear to be donkeys. A sign? Your thoughts, below.

Related link: Photo Gallery: Caribou Barbie" Goes Couture

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Did New Mexixo GOP Hire P.I. To Intimidate Minority Voters?

If they can't win honestly, intimidate it away. Via TPM's Zachary Roth:

Minority voters in New Mexico report to TPMmuckraker that a private investigator working with Republican party lawyer Pat Rogers has appeared in person at the homes of their family members, intimidating and confusing them about their right to vote in the general election.

Earlier this week, we reported that Rogers -- a lawyer who in previous elections worked closely with the New Mexico Republican party in pressuring New Mexico U.S. Attorney David Iglesias to pursue bogus voter fraud cases -- is involved with a new effort to gin up concerns about the issue. Last week the state party falsely claimed that 28 people had voted fraudulently in a local Democratic primary race in June. Rogers, described in an Associated Press report on the allegations as "an attorney who advises the state GOP," told the news wire that the party planned to turn the suspect forms over to law enforcement authorities.

The visits to minority voters by the P.I. appear to be connected to last week's effort.

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Another Myth Fallen: Obama's "Jewish Problem"

Glenn Greenwald reminds us that the 'Jewish' problem -- touted by nearly everyone in the media -- which Obama was facing was/is bullshit:

The seven "blunders" they describe are certainly large and embarrassing, but there is a new one worth adding to the list: namely, Obama has a "Jewish problem," and Republicans are thus likely to attract a much higher percentage of the Jewish vote than even before. That theory was propounded all over the place, including by then-Weekly-Standard blogger and now McCain campaign spokesman Michael Goldfarb, who claimed earlier this year:

Obama has a Jewish problem, whether or not it's merely guilt by association is irrelevant. Politics is about perception, and the perception is that Obama's one step removed from the Nation of Islam.

Around the same time, Politico's Ben Smith was announcing "Obama's Jewish Problem." U.S. News & World Report detailed what it called "the uneasy evolution of Obama's relationship with a wide swath of the nation's Jewish voters."

The myth widely persisted -- from The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The Miami Herald to the lowest and dreariest precincts of the right-wing blogosphere -- despite its being definitively debunked by a handful of journalists, such as The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder, who, citing clear evidence, flatly declared back in March that "there is no evidence that Barack Obama has a 'Jewish' problem," and ABC News' generally excellent Jan Crawford Greenberg, who documented that these claims were based on unreliable, isolated anecdotes which "don’t reflect reality" and thus predicted "that Jews -- more than any identifiable demographic group other than African-Americans -- would turn out to support Barack Obama in November." In May, Salon's Madden also expressed serious doubts about the reliability of those growing claims after reviewing the relevant polling data.

From Gallup's release today entitled Obama Winning over the Jewish Vote:

Jewish voters nationwide have grown increasingly comfortable with voting for Barack Obama for president since the Illinois senator secured the Democratic nomination in June. They now favor Obama over John McCain by more than 3 to 1, 74% to 22%. . .

The current proportion of U.S. Jews backing Obama is identical to the level of support the Democratic ticket of John Kerry and John Edwards received in the 2004 presidential election (74%) . . . . Bottom Line: The Obama/Biden ticket is poised to perform about on par with other recent Democratic presidential tickets when it comes to support from American Jewish voters.

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Every man for themselves: GOP forms circular firing squad

[big evil grin]

From Politico:

With despair rising even among many of John McCain’s own advisors, influential Republicans inside and outside his campaign are engaged in an intense round of blame-casting and rear-covering—-much of it virtually conceding that an Election Day rout is likely.

A McCain interview published Thursday in the Washington Times sparked the latest and most nasty round of Washington finger-pointing, with senior GOP hands close to President Bush and top congressional aides denouncing the candidate for what they said was an unfocused message and poorly executed campaign.

McCain told the Times that the administration “let things get completely out of hand” through eight years of bad decisions about Iraq, global warming, and big spending.

The candidate’s strategists in recent days have become increasingly vocal in interviews and conference calls about what they call unfair news media coverage and Barack Obama’s wide financial advantage — both complaints laying down a post-election storyline for why their own efforts proved ineffectual.

These public comments offer a whiff of an increasingly acrid behind-the-scenes GOP meltdown—a blame game played out through not-for-attribution comments to reporters that operatives know will find their way into circulation.

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New York Times: Barack Obama for President

From the NY Times comes this shocker. LOL:

Hyperbole is the currency of presidential campaigns, but this year the nation’s future truly hangs in the balance.

The United States is battered and drifting after eight years of President Bush’s failed leadership. He is saddling his successor with two wars, a scarred global image and a government systematically stripped of its ability to protect and help its citizens — whether they are fleeing a hurricane’s floodwaters, searching for affordable health care or struggling to hold on to their homes, jobs, savings and pensions in the midst of a financial crisis that was foretold and preventable.

As tough as the times are, the selection of a new president is easy. After nearly two years of a grueling and ugly campaign, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois has proved that he is the right choice to be the 44th president of the United States.

Mr. Obama has met challenge after challenge, growing as a leader and putting real flesh on his early promises of hope and change. He has shown a cool head and sound judgment. We believe he has the will and the ability to forge the broad political consensus that is essential to finding solutions to this nation’s problems.

In the same time, Senator John McCain of Arizona has retreated farther and farther to the fringe of American politics, running a campaign on partisan division, class warfare and even hints of racism. His policies and worldview are mired in the past. His choice of a running mate so evidently unfit for the office was a final act of opportunism and bad judgment that eclipsed the accomplishments of 26 years in Congress.

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Joe McCain Calls 911 To Complain About Traffic!!

Now this is what I'd call elitist. Talk about a sense of entitlement! Gotta read the article. I guess Johnny boy ain't the only one with anger issues.

We have the tape of a 911 call made by John McCain's brother earlier this week. He called the police emergency line because he was angry he was stuck in traffic:

He called the police emergency line because he was angry he was stuck in traffic.

The 911 call came into the City of Alexandria on Oct. 21st That's creating some buzz because it appears to come from Joe McCain, John McCain's brother.

Operator: 911 state your emergency

Caller: It's not an emergency but do you know why on one side at the damn drawbridge of 95traffic is stopped for 15 minutes and yet traffic's coming the other way?

Operator: Sir, are you calling 911 to complain about traffic? (pause)

Caller: "(Expletive) you." (caller hangs up)

The complaint call about traffic on the Wilson Bridge, outrageous enough that the 911 operator called back. The voicemail on the other end, appears to belong to Joe McCain, brother of presidential candidate, John McCain.

"Hi this is Joe McCain I can't take this message now because I'm involved in a very (inaudible) important political project... I hope on Nov. 4th we have elected John."

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Here's the news story on it:

WOW: Manhattan Mini Storage Abortion/Wire Hanger Ad

I love my city. Brilliant ad.

From CBS:

Manhattan Mini Storage often uses liberal messages in its billboards, reflecting the politics of a city in which three-quarters of voters picked John Kerry over George Bush in 2004. Some of the billboards that can be seen around the city include:

* The catch-phrase, "The Democrats Cleaned The House ... Now It's Your Turn," superimposed over an elephant carrying a suitcase.

* The catch-phrase "Your Closet's Scarier Than Bush's Agenda," appearing on a confidential document.

But does the image of a coat hanger cross the line? Manhattan Mini Storage declined to comment.

New Yorkers, much like the rest of the country, seem split on the issue.

"I think it's kind of edgy," one woman said. "It's witty. It's OK."

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Conservatives for Change

From obamavideo08:

"Conservatives for Change" is a documentary project featuring Republicans and Conservatives voting for Obama. These are real people, speaking in their own words. Pass it on. www.conservativesforchange.com

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Ron Howard's Call To Action

If you want something to make your smile today, watch this video from Ron Howard, then digg it:

See more Ron Howard videos at Funny or Die

Stuff I would have blogged...

...had digg's blogging feature not been offline for the past week:

There are many mnay more I would have blogged this weeks, but I find it's much easier to digg a story I find or submit a story to digg and then use their blog feature to insert it into my blog.

Without the feature, I feel helpless!

I'll be up and blogging again as usual as soon as digg fixed this feature....


SHOCK: McCain fundraiser accused of war profiteering

A company that ships oil into Iraq for use by American forces there "appears to have engaged in a reprehensible form of war profiteering," according to a letter by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Cal., Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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McCain took illegal contributions from AT&T and Verizon

AT&T and Verizon offered John McCain free cell towers at one of his 12 homes. Why? Because McCain was running for president. They admit this. Corporations aren't allowed under the law to give free donations to presidential candidates. It's illegal. Highly illegal. Oh, and McCain just happens to oversee Telcom companies in the Senate. Sleazy.

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McCain Aides Privately Call Palin a ‘Total Disaster'

We’ve got a lot of finger-pointing going on within the camp, and I’d say there’s a pretty broad agreement amongst a number of the senior-most advisors to McCain that the Palin pick is worse than disappointing. It’s a total disaster, as one describes to me. And there is a sort of blame game going on there.

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McCain's Lame October Surprise: Joe, The Right-Wing Loon

What we know about "Joe the Plumber": * He's not undecided, and he never was. * His full legal name appears to be Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher. * He is a registered Republican and voted in the GOP primary in March. * His first registration was with the right-wing Natural Law Party. * He's fond of calling Obama a socialist. *He lived in AZ and AK.

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Undecideds Laughing At, Not With, McCain - Swampland - TIME

In politics it is generally not considered a good sign when voters are laughing at you, not with you. And by the end of the third and last presidential debate, the undecided voters who had gathered in Denver for Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg’s focus group were “audibly snickering” at John McCain’s grimaces, eye-bulging,

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United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters endorses Obama

On January 9, 2008, the United Association became the first International Union to endorse Senator Barack Obama as its candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. This endorsement was discussed with the General Executive Board and they concurred.So much for Joe Plumber

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Obama: "If I Were Watching Fox News, I Wouldn't Vote For Me"

"I am convinced that if there were no Fox News, I might be two or three points higher in the polls," Obama told me. "If I were watching Fox News, I wouldn't vote for me, right? Because the way I'm portrayed 24/7 is as a freak! I am the latte-sipping, New York Times-reading, Volvo-driving, no-gun-owning, effete, politically correct, arrogant liberal

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SUNNING New ad: A Young Teen Speak to Sarah Palin on Rape and the Right to Choose


A girl was raped and got pregnant. Sarah Palin believes that the Government should force her to carry the pregnancy to term and make that choice.

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Two McCain Aides Are Recent Saudi Lobbyists

Who is the true friend of Israel?

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Debate #3: Obama's calm vs. McCain's storm

McCain Frowns, Rolls Eyes, And Blinks More Than 3000 times. With several videos. David Gergen concludes "it was almost like an exercise in anger management up there for him to contain himself."

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McCain Fundraiser Circulates Joke About Killing Obama

From Tampa Bay Online:

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.

The joke concerns a group of schoolchildren discussing the definition of “tragedy” as opposed to “great loss” or “accident.” The punch line comes when one child says that if an airplane carrying Obama and his wife, Michelle, “was struck by a ‘friendly fire’ missile and blown to smithereens,” the event might be a tragedy “because it certainly wouldn’t be a great loss, and it probably wouldn’t be an accident either.”


Austin, a prominent real estate developer long known as one of the state’s leading Republican campaign fundraisers, has served in recent years as finance chairman for both the national and state Republican parties.

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Palin unaware of Russian oil meeting in Alaska

How this woman is an elected official of any office, let alone a Governor, is beyond me.

The campaign of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said the Alaska governor was unaware of a visit by Russian energy officials to Anchorage on Monday.

Eight high-level officials from Gazprom, Russia’s state-controlled energy conglomerate, traveled to Anchorage earlier this week to meet with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and the chief executive of ConocoPhillips to discuss energy projects and the possibility of expanding into new markets.

The meeting on Alaskan soil comes at a time of chilly relations between Russia and the United States following Russia’s invasion of Georgia in August. Both Palin and John McCain have been critical of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on the campaign trail, and Palin raised eyebrows last month in an interview by saying that Putin “rears his head” by dispatching Russian jets into Alaska’s airspace.

Palin has argued that her state’s proximity to Russia, as well as trade missions between Alaska and Russia, have helped give her the foreign policy experience necessary to be Vice President. But the campaign said the governor did not know that the Gazprom delegation was meeting with the commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, who is a Palin appointee.

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