10/02/2008 - 7:23pm
The McCain campaign is giving up on Michigan.
The news that John McCain's campaign is abandoning its efforts in Michigan -- first reported by Jonathan Martin at Politico -- is the latest in a series of negative developments for the Republican ticket over the last two weeks.

The GOP had seen Michigan as a possible state to steal.
Although Democrats have dominated in both presidential and other statewide contests in the Wolverine State over the last few cycles (the Democratic nominee
for president has carried Michigan in each of the last four elections), Republicans believed that McCain was the candidate to change that.

The differences in how their campaigns are financed allow Barack to spend more recklessly than McCain.
What that means in practical terms is that Obama can pump money into a wider palette of iffy states and hope for results. While Obama has pulled back in places like Georgia and Alaska, his decision to continue to plunge huge amounts of money into Florida has, of late, begun to pay dividends as polls have shown him climbing into a lead in the Sunshine State.
McCain can't allow this to create a perception that his campaign is unravelling.

Third, and this is the most potentially dangerous for McCain, the decision to pull out of Michigan may be painted by the media as a sign the entire campaign is going south. "In the 24 hour nonstop news world we live in, the act of pulling out will actually be harmful to his candidacy not only in Michigan but elsewhere," predicted one well-connected Republican operative familiar with the politics of the Wolverine State.

The McCain campaign held a conference call with political director Mike DuHaime and senior adviser Greg Strimple to argue that the Arizona Senator retains a viable path to 270 electoral votes.

Their map: Win six toss up states -- Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia, Indiana and Ohio -- that have traditionally favored Republicans and hold the solidly GOP states to get to 260 electoral votes. Then find 10 more electoral votes in some combination of Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.

The pullout from Michigan reflects just how quickly the focus shifted to McCain's biggest area of vulnerability - a struggling economy - and with that shift, a reminder to voters just how much they want to be done with the GOP.
10/02/2008 - 6:53pm
The worst part isn't the blue shirts.

Virginia Republicans are in an uproar after the state teacher's union sent an
e-mail to its members encouraging them to wear blue-colored shirts to school to show their support for Barack Obama.
The real problem is that this is just the tip of the iceberg. What lies underneath the visible part is huge, institutional, liberal bias. Which, of course, we've known about for a long time.

State Republicans are calling it an undisguised attempt to influence students' political views. The Virginia Education Association sponsored "Obama Blue Day" on Tuesday. In an e-mail sent last week, it urged teachers to participate by dressing in blue.

Well, sure it's undisguised. They're accustomed to doing what they want.

"There are people out there not yet registered. You teach some of them,"the Sept. 25 e-mail reads. "Others, including our members, remain on the fence!Its time for us to come together, voice our unity, because we make a difference!"

It's very similar to the media, another stronghold of liberalism in which the professionalism of their industry is undermined by pursuit of an agenda. Education is worse because education pursues an agenda other than teaching.

"Let's make Obama Blue Day a day of Action!" the e-mail continues. "Barack the vote!" In a statement released to FOXNews.com Thursday, VEA President Kitty Boitnott defended the e-mail, saying that it called for teachers to wear blue shirts, but not ones that mentioned a candidate.

We feel so much better.
10/02/2008 - 3:52pm
The original version of the children singing was removed from Youtube. Fortunately, we've found a new copy. If you really want to creep yourself out, it's best to view this at 3am or so.

Here's the inspiration.

And an alternative version.
10/02/2008 - 2:42pm
More on the Gwen Ifill controversy.
Ifill questions why people assume that her book will be favorable toward Obama. "Do you think they made the same assumptions about Lou Cannon (who is white) when he wrote his book about Reagan?" said Ifill, who is black. Asked if there were racial motives at play, she said, "I don't know what it is. I find it curious."

I can tell her why I assume it's going to be favorable.
Ifill's resume includes jobs at The New York Times, the Washington Post and NBC News. She moderated the 2004 vice presidential debate between Dick Cheney and John Edwards.

Because she works for PBS. Call me prejudiced.
She said it was the publisher, not herself, who set the Inauguration Day release date. It will be released then whether Obama wins or loses. Although Malkin
raised the topic of Ifill's impartiality the day before the debate, the PBS
journalist said that Time magazine noted she was writing a book in August, and
that it has been available for pre-sale on Amazon.com. The book also is
mentioned in a Sept. 4 interview she gave the Washington Post.

Plus, aren't her journalistic standards called into question by not telling the Debate Commission about the book?
The host of PBS'"Washington Week" and senior correspondent on "The NewsHour" said she did not tell the Commission on Presidential Debates about the book. The commission had no immediate comment when contacted by The Associated Press. A spokeswoman for John McCain's campaign did not immediately return phone and
e-mail messages.

I don't think the book is a big deal - we knew she was in love with Barack from her resume. The book doesn't add any great detail to that - although she now needs Barack to win or the book loses tons of value.
10/02/2008 - 2:25pm
Here's another attempt at making people aware of Barack's shaky associations. Not a particularly powerful one - but all attempts at getting the truth out are important. This is from the Judicial Network.

10/02/2008 - 11:28am
Just because Joe Biden pretends to be the everyman and is one of the least rich members of the senate doesn't mean he doesn't live as a member of the elite.

Although he is among the least wealthy members of the millionaires club that is the United States Senate — he and his wife, Jill, a college professor, earn about $250,000 a year — Mr. Biden maintains a lifestyle that is more comfortable than the impression he may have given on the campaign trail.

A review of his finances found that when it comes to some of his largest expenses, like the purchase and upkeep of his home and his use of Amtrak trains to get around, he has benefited from resources and relationships not available to average Americans.

Are you shocked?

As a secure incumbent who has rarely faced serious competition during 35 years in the Senate, Mr. Biden has been able to dip into his campaign treasury to spend thousands of dollars on home landscaping and some of his Amtrak travel between Wilmington, Del., where he lives, and Washington.
Campaign funds for landscaping? If that's legal, why didn't Ted Stevens just do it that way?

And the acquisition of his waterfront property a decade ago involved wealthy businessmen and campaign supporters, some of them bankers with an interest in legislation before the Senate, who bought his old house for top dollar, sold him four acres at cost and lent him $500,000 to build his new home.
Same game Barack played with the corrupt Rezko's helping him buy, and getting him a discount on his house. These guys are going to change the way Washington does business? It seems unlikely.

Mr. Biden’s campaign said the payments to tree trimmers and lawn services, typically totaling a few thousand dollars a year, were permissible because they were tied to political events at his home. Jim Whittaker, co-owner of Grass Roots Inc., which was paid $4,345 in 2000, said the payment probably represented several visits to the senator’s property, adding that Mr. Biden was “late paying the bill one time.”

“We cut the grass and put sod down for him, did spring cleanups, mulching and knocked down vegetation,” Mr. Whittaker said. “One time we did a mulching job and he was having an event, but I don’t know if it was political or just for friends.”

For the Obama team to represent change would mean they'll have to change the way they do business.
Mr. Biden previously lived for 21 years in a 10,000-square-foot former DuPont mansion in Greenville, which he bought in 1975 for $185,000 after learning it was slated for demolition.
After extensive renovations, he sold it in February 1996, through word of mouth, to John R. Cochran III, the vice chairman of MBNA, one of the nation’s largest credit card companies. He agreed to pay Mr. Biden’s full asking price, $1.2 million. MBNA reimbursed Mr. Cochran for a loss he took on the sale of his old home, according to a 1997 securities filing, which said the company requested that he move to Delaware from Maryland.
Mr. Cochran, who still lives at the house, could not be reached for comment. The real estate deal was just one facet of a close relationship between Mr. Biden and MBNA, which donated more than $200,000 to his campaigns.
The Delaware-based company gave a job to Mr. Biden’s son Hunter; flew Senator
Biden and his wife to the Maine coast, where Mr. Biden spoke at a company retreat; and its former chief executive, Charles M. Cawley, donated at least $22,500 to a nonprofit breast cancer fund started by Jill Biden.

Change? Nope. More of the same.
10/02/2008 - 11:15am
Yesterday's Gallup poll showed McCain picking up some ground, cutting Barack's lead from 8% to 4%. But today's Rasmussen ticks up a point for Barack.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows Barack
Obama attracting 51% of the vote while John McCain earns 44%. This seven-point
advantage is the largest yet enjoyed by Obama during Election 2008 and is
consistent with the stable lead he has enjoyed over the past week. For each of
the past seven days, Obama has been at 50% or 51% and McCain has been at 44% or 45%.

The challenge for McCain remains the strong focus on the bad economy. Will the conversation shift, or can McCain figure out how to get some traction on the Wall Street fiasco? He missed an opportunity to reinforce his brand when he voted for the bailout last night without demanding that the pork be removed. But I suspect the campaign is gunshy after last week's campaign suspension failed to impress.
Obama leads 63% to 32% among voters who name the economy as the top voting
issue. McCain lead 74% to 24% among those who say that national security is the
highest priority. Fifty percent (50%) of voters say the economy is most
important while just 19% see national security that way.
10/01/2008 - 8:58pm
These people are sick. Wall Street needs a bailout, and anyone in congress who isn't brain dead is appalled at the $700B request. So how do Democrats respond to the horror of socializing the financial sector in the new version of the bill?
The Senate substitute now runs over 450 pages. And tucked away in the tax provisions is a landmark health care provision demanding that insurance companies provide coverage for mental health treatment—such as hospitalization—on parity with physical illnesses.
Brilliant. That should certainly lower the cost of health insurance. And it should help the proposal sail through the house.
Really a bill onto itself, the mental health parity measure has been a bipartisan priority for top lawmakers in both chambers but has stalled because of disagreements again over how to pay for its estimated $3.8 billion five-year cost. In the current climate, that seems to be no longer a stumbling block, and if the Treasury plan becomes law, it will also.
What's another $4B to these morons when they're adding $100B to the $700B package? It's lunch money.
Senate leaders are confident that they can prevail, but the strategy is not without risks in the House given the added costs of the tax package. Congressional Budget Office estimates indicate that the net impact will be to add almost $105 billion to an already large deficit next year, and fiscal conservatives will feel they are being straight-armed by the Senate which has refused to do more to offset the costs.
Why should the care when they're also padding the bill with an expensive fix to the Alternative Minimum Tax without worrying about where the money will come from.
The biggest single piece in the package is an extension of protections for millions of middle class families who would otherwise find themselves exposed to the higher levy under the alternative minimum tax. This alone accounts for about three quarters of the cost or $78.8 billion in 2009. Almost $14 billion more can be attributed to a variety of tax break extensions important to business, including the R&E credit worth about $8.4 billion in 2009.
These people are sick on two levels. First, the way they try to force us into socialized medicine by piling on costs when they should be looking for ways to make it cheaper. And second, for using the crisis on Wall Street to expand their crisis in health insurance.
10/01/2008 - 4:49pm
I don't see why it matters much even if VP debate moderator Gwen Ifill's book is a celebration of the wonder of Barack. She's from PBS, so we weren't expecting her to be other than highly supportive of the Democratic ticket.
The McCain camp is claiming it didn't know about Gwen Ifill's book prior to agreeing to her as moderator for the VP debate.
Democrats, who don't see skin color, are orgasmic over Barack because he is black.

If that's true, it just shows the McCain campaign's incompetence. The debate moderators were agreed to on August 6. Ifill's book was reported in the Associated Press two weeks earlier.

The same thing happened in Massachusetts two years ago, where we elected a disaster of a governor, in part, because he is black. Deval Patrick, who I believe has given up on any ideas of running for a second term, seems to be counting on being brought to Washington in an Obama administration. The idea that that he is also to be featured in Ifill's book lends a comical air to the tomb long before its release.

We've been around the block on this hope and change nonsense in Massachusetts. And we know that the purveyors of hope being inexperienced, or black, doesn't help them do job they're unqualified for.
10/01/2008 - 2:55pm
If you ran anti-abortion ads that were this visual and manipulative, would there be an outcry?

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