Category Archives: 2008 presidential election

New Yorkers On The Presidential Election

I’m traveling again, obviously. One of my favorite shops asked people to post a note about who they plan to vote for. The answers were … interesting. Wish I’d taken more pictures:

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AND:

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Yeah, I like the John Lennon suggestion, too. Too bad he’s dead. There were a couple hundred slips of paper on this bulletin board and a huge number of them were anti-Trump. Which is funny, since Trump is a New Yorker. Remember how everyone laughed when Al Gore lost his home state? Trump didn’t lose him home state in the primary, at least during the Republican primary, but he certainly doesn’t garner much respect among New Yorkers.

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Mitt Romney Memory Hole

Much is being made of Matt Romney’s birther joke, which stirred a memory from Mittens’ last failed attempt to win the favor of Republican voters. Back then he was asked why none of his strapping young sons had served in the military. The answer, from the memory hole:

Romney: Sons Serve Country By Campaigning

(AP) Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Wednesday defended his five sons’ decision not to enlist in the military, saying they’re showing their support for the country by “helping me get elected.”

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Romney noted that his middle son, 36-year-old Josh, was completing a recreational vehicle tour of all 99 Iowa counties on Wednesday and said, “I respect that and respect all those and the way they serve this great country.”

Oh, the unbearable, insufferable hubris of our ownership class. An RV tour of Iowa to elect his dad is somehow comparable to those serving in Iraq or Afghanistan? I don’t think so, Mittens. Of course, he’s refashioned himself into a “populist” now.

Sorry, it was hard to type that without laughing myself silly.

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>Denial: Not Just A River In Egypt

>[UPDATE]:

Heh. I guess it could be worse. In Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shuttered a newspaper for putting Obama on the cover.

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Nope, that river runs through the heartland of America, too.

While America celebrates Barack Obama’s election victory, if not for political reasons than at least for the transformation in racial equality that it represents, certain stubborn pockets of the nation remain resistant.

First we have Sapulpa, OK, where the local newspaper refused to cover Obama’s victory:

The Sapulpa Daily Herald did not report that Barack Obama won the Presidential election in its Wednesday edition.

One paragraph on the front page did report the majority of Creek County voted for McCain.

“This is not only national, but it’s also local. And this is our President; he’s President of Sapulpa also,” said Scott Gordon.

More than a dozen protesters stood in front of the Herald’s downtown office Friday morning to get answers from publisher Darren Sumner.

Lest you think this is an isolated incident, my mother-in-law who lives in rural Western Kentucky reports that their local paper did not report on who won the presidential election, either. I’d say a lot of small town newspapers, steeped in denial, just couldn’t bring themselves to report the news.

It’s even worse a little further south in Mississippi, where teachers in Puckett and Pearl won’t even let students mention the president-elect’s name.

You guys do know that whether you talk about it or not, Barack Obama is still the president-elect, right?

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>Can You Hear Us Now?

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John McCain said it best in his gracious concession speech: The American people have spoken.

No, we shouted. Can you hear us now?

We are tired of the politics of division. We’ve had enough of negative campaigning. Sleazy scare tactics and lies from partisan 527s will no longer swing an election.

Are you listening, Karl Rove, Jerome Corsi, Matt Drudge and Fox News?

We are no longer moved by hot-button “culture of life” issues. Abortion state amendments are not effective whips to rally the faithful on election day. “Moral values” issues include war, poverty, torture, and genocide, not just gays and abortion.

Are you listening James Dobson, Gary Bauer, and Donald Wildmon?

Elizabeth Dole ran a sleazy ad accusing her Presbyterian church elder/Sunday school teacher opponent of being an atheist. That not only backfired, it flipped the entire state of North Carolina blue .

Abortion bans in Colorado and South Dakota were crushed. Americans want women to have access to abortion, with only the most limited restrictions.

Are you listening John Roberts, Sarah Palin and George W. Bush?

We still have work to do, especially on issues like marriage equality. Americans wanted change, but not too much change. It appears California has voted to ban cramped cages for chickens but still won’t allow gays and lesbians to enter a legal contract known as marriage. We still have work to do.

But Americans voted for change. Americans voted for the better angels of our nature. We voted for unity and an end to bitter partisanship. The world has taken notice. Have you, Steve Gill, Bill Hobbs and Phil Valentine?

Have you heard us, Sinclair Broadcasting and Richard Mellon Scaife?

Americans voted to change course on our energy policy, for an economy grounded in new technology over the dying “drill baby drill.” We chose real science over faith-based initiatives.

Have you heard us ExxonMobil, Dick Cheney, and James Inhof?

After eight years of George W. Bush, America has turned a corner. I hope all of the pundits and opinion makers are listening.

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>President Barack Hussein Obama

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Kerry States + Ohio + New Mexico = Obama win.

It’s over.

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>Poll Report From Nashville

>No big lines or waits here in Nashville. So many folks early voted that the polling places are reporting light activity.

The location I was assigned to poll watch voted about 20 people in 2 hours. I was told 65% of the precinct early voted.

This is good news, but I hope it doesn’t inspire the Election Commission to cut back on early voting. People shouldn’t have to wait in long lines to vote.

[UPDATE]:

My second polling location was slightly busier but still smooth sailing. No long lines. Forgot to mention that all day long I’ve been seeing a lot of first-time voters, young people, and inactive voters reactivating their registrations.

Wolf Blitzer of CNN just told me to stay tuned for a discussion of Sarah Palin’s “historic role” in this election. Yeah, if by historic you mean retreading ground set by the Democrats and Geraldine Ferraro 20 years ago.

Please.

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>Happy Birthday, Laura Bush

>Today is First Lady Laura Bush’s birthday. For her birthday I’d like to send her something new, fresh, youthful and energetic: A president named Barack Obama. Laura Bush has a lot of class, and I’m sure she will appreciate it.

Meanwhile, Obama racks up his first election upset of the day: tiny Dixville Notch, N.H. has voted for a Democrat for president for the first time since 1968. Obama won, 15-6.

Remember: if you vote today, you get free Starbucks, Krispy Kreme and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

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>Vote For Me

>I’ve apparently taken the country by storm.

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>Despicable

>Anti-choice group’s mailer says Obama wouldn’t save a baby from an oncoming train.

See the mailer here.

This is absolutely outrageous. I wonder how many House representatives supported by the Susan B. Anthony fund voted against the expansions of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)?

How about Jean Schmidt:

This plan makes no sense and does very little for those truly in need in Ohio and around the country.

How about Marsha Blackburn:

That legislation took the wrong approach to reauthorizing SCHIP, and the House of Representatives correctly upheld the President’s veto on October 18th. Yet the House Democrat Leadership failed to learn from its mistakes.

How about Michelle Bachmann:

Michele Bachmann: Here’s why we must resist SCHIP expansion

Shall I go on?

Face it. Babies are just stage props for these folks. You can say Obama wouldn’t save a baby from an oncoming train all you want, but when it comes to the very real train wreck of America’s healthcare system, these people not only did nothing, they threw the baby under the wheels.

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>Give It Up, Wingnuts

>The far right’s cockamamie claim that Barack Obama is not eligible to be president because he was born in Kenya and his Hawaii birth certificate proves it (or something) has gone down in flames:

Judge tosses lawsuit challenging Obama citizenship

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Barack Obama’s qualifications to be president.

U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick on Friday night rejected the suit by attorney Philip J. Berg, who alleged that Obama was not a U.S. citizen and therefore ineligible for the presidency. Berg claimed that Obama is either a citizen of his father’s native Kenya or became a citizen of Indonesia after he moved there as a boy.

Obama was born in Hawaii to an American mother and a Kenyan father. His parents divorced and his mother married an Indonesian man.

Internet-fueled conspiracy theories question whether Obama is a “natural-born citizen” as required by the Constitution for a presidential candidate and whether he lost his citizenship while living abroad.

Surrick ruled that Berg lacked standing to bring the case, saying any harm from an allegedly ineligible candidate was “too vague and its effects too attenuated to confer standing on any and all voters.”

This whole storyline is so hilarious. Someone remind me, which state is Panama? The 51st? 52nd?

Comedy gold, I tell ya, comedy gold.

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