Category: election2008

Obama has a lot of people to thank for his decisive victory over John McCain this week. One demographic that was critical for Obama was newly registered Democrats and independents.

People like me switched registration to Democrat in order to support Obama during the primary race. States like Pennsylvania require party affiliation in order to vote in the primary.

Now that the election is over, I have no real reason to remain registered as a Democrat. While I’ve been an early and loyal supporter of Obama, I don’t really have a lot of respect for most of my local and state Democratic politicians. I refuse to support or vote for Democrats like Ed Rendell and Paul Kanjorski.

For a long time, the Republican party was boosted by Democrats who changed registration to vote for Ronald Reagan. Reagan Democracts are long gone, thanks to the idiotic policies of the last eight years.

Can the Democratic party hang on to Obamacrats like me? Time will tell, but the Republican party will need to do a complete 180 in order to appeal to Obamacrats. If politicians like Palin are the future of the Republican party, than the Democrats don’t have much to worry about.

If John McCain is to have any shot at winning the election, he needs to win Pennsylvania. Any feasible winning state combination for McCain includes Pennsylvania. The state of Pennsylvania has not voted for a Republican president since Ronald Regan.

Can John McCain win Pennsylvania? “You betcha.” More than any other state, race will play a factor in Pennsylvania voting. Pennsylvania has the second oldest population in the country, only surpassed by the state of Florida. The older a voter is, the greater likelihood of race being a factor in their voting decision.

The polling shows Obama leading in Pennsylvania by 7%, but that number will definitely tighten before Tuesday. Oddly enough, if McCain loses the election he can point to Sarah Palin as the #1 reason why. Palin has completed destroyed any support McCain had among the educated suburban white middle class women voters of Pennsylvania. McCain’s desperate attempt to appeal to women voters has completely backfired.

No matter who you intend on voting for this Tuesday, it is imperative that you go out and vote. This will be the most important election of your lifetime.

The election is a week away, and Barack Obama is leading nationally. While the polls indicate a strong lead, I think the election will be a lot closer than the polls indicate. John McCain still has a slim chance of pulling this out.

The McCain campaign has been mismanaged from the start, but one item that comes up over and over again in this election is money. Barack Obama has a huge money advantage over John McCain. Pundits think that the Obama campaign will have a dramatic change on how political campaigns are run in the future.

Obama’s focus of small internet based donations is not a new tactic, the Dean campaign revolutionized Internet campaigning in 2004, and Obama’s people built upon that success in 2008. The Republicans foolishly continued to focus on max donations from wealthy people.

John McCain likes to bring up Obama’s refusal to accept federal funds, and I disagreed with Obama’s reversal, but the Obama financing revolution has nothing to do with his refusal of federal money. The real story is Obama’s ability to pull in first time donors.

Before this election, almost nobody I knew donated to political campaigns. The amount of people I know who have donated to Obama’s campaign is staggering. Obama’s message has really resonated with people, and the American people realize the importance of this election. The tough primary fight with Senator Clinton aided Obama’s general election effort by getting exposure in every state.

Obama’s ability to raise funds is a testament to his message. The American people have spoken in mass with their wallets. Its not the “elites” who are empowering the Obama campaign, its middle class folks giving small donations.

With 40 days left till election day, the last thing we need to do is cancel debates and suspend campaigning. John McCain is simply grandstanding to try and avoid a further slide in the polls. Some sort of stimulus or bailout is definitely needed, but we need to uphold the constitution.

Today, John McCain mentioned that the country needed to get together like we did after 9-11. Remember what legislation was rushed together after 9-11? It was called the Patriot act, and it was the single worse piece of legislation passed in my lifetime.

The last thing we need to do is pass a rubber stamp bill, that give the treasury secretary unprecedented powers with little oversight. The idea that we need to pass a huge stimulus bill by the weekend is not only flawed, its reckless. The government should pass a short term bill, and work on a comprehensive package that is well thought out.

Finally, why does McCain need to suspend his campaign? Isn’t that what his vice president pick is for? If McCain can’t let Palin run the campaign for 2 days, why would anyone consider her to be fit for the oval office?

From a political perspective, the Palin VP pick has worked beautifully for the Republican party. Nobody is talking about the issues for the last few weeks, instead the media and bloggers have been chattering nonstop about Palin.

This will be the last time I ever blog about Sarah Palin, unless the voters of the United States are actually dumb enough to make her the vice president. We need to focus on the issues facing the country, instead of spending time blogging about a VP candidate that is really a red herring.

So what’s today’s Palin shocker? Remember how the Bush administration spent years trying to connect 9-11 to the Iraq war? Remember how the majority of Americans thought we were invading Iraq because of 9-11?

Well, a few years ago, even the Bush administration stopped trying connect 9-11 to Iraq, because even the most ill-informed Americans were starting to realize that Iraq had nothing to with the global war on terror.

Well it turns out that there are still a few people who actually think Iraq has something to do with 9-11, including Sarah Palin.

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska, Sept. 11 — Gov. Sarah Palin linked the war in Iraq with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, telling an Iraq-bound brigade of soldiers that included her son that they would “defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans.”

For once, I’m speechless.. Normally, I think celebrity opinions are absolutely useless, but this Matt Damon clip is on target.

It didn’t take long for McCain to get completely desperate. I guess when you have no viable platform to campaign on, and you completely outmatched, the only can do is go negative.

In this campaign spot, John McCain compares Barack Obama to Britney spears.

Its amazing how far McCain has fallen. John McCain inspired me so much in 2000, he was the first politician I donated to.. Now, he is a joke. Expand offshore drilling? That will do absolutely nothing for global oil prices. John McCain wants to continue the unsustainable economic, energy, and foreign policies of George Bush.

Just like Bill Clinton in the primary, I’ve lost all respect for John McCain, and its not even fall yet.