Reasons to love Barack (vol. 9003)

Despite the Obama's inability to nudge this country, far less the world, towards climate sanity, there remain plenty of reasons to love the guy. Here are a couple of examples I've been meaning to post: In the popular inside account of the 2008 campaign, Game Change, we learn what happened at the crucial meeting onContinue reading “Reasons to love Barack (vol. 9003)”

McCain Seethes: Obama Keeps His Cool

As a fellow debate watcher said last night, Obama is an "organized thinker" — his small points inevitably lead to large conclusions. (For instance, in the debate last night he noted that the United States consumes 25% of the world’s annual oil production, but only has 3% of the world’s oil reserves. This means thatContinue reading “McCain Seethes: Obama Keeps His Cool”

McCain Wins Debate, McCain Campaign Says

Believe it or don’t: proof (from an ad placed in the Wall Street Journal) below, which was posted this morning, before the debate. Obvious question: If McCain can win the debate by saying he won the debate, why can’t he win the war in Iraq by saying he won the war in Iraq — andContinue reading “McCain Wins Debate, McCain Campaign Says”

Obama Hits McCain with Another Clean Shot

Barack Obama is making a big push in Florida, greatly aided by a $40 million campaign, and a monumentally stupid — politically speaking — quote from John McCain in this month’s issue of Contingencies (see here). According to John McCain: Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have doneContinue reading “Obama Hits McCain with Another Clean Shot”

Obama Mocks McCain on Fiscal Policy

Two or three days in a row now, Barack Obama has flat-out mocked John McCain’s attempts to stumble through a fiscal crisis that has taken American values — stock, home, and interest numbers — backwards to the 2004 era. You know the story. Home values are down, stock prices are down. In Southern California, homesContinue reading “Obama Mocks McCain on Fiscal Policy”

Are You Calling McCain a Liar? Ummm, yes…

"The McCain campaign said Governor Palin opposed the Bridge to Nowhere, but now we know she supported it. They said she didn’t seek earmarks, but now we know she hired a lobbyist to get millions in pork for her town and her state. They said she visited Iraq, but today we learned that she onlyContinue reading “Are You Calling McCain a Liar? Ummm, yes…”

Is McCain Losing It?

Yesterday, he claimed to a hard-nosed TV reporter from Maine who wanted to know what experience Sarah Palin has in the field of national security that "she knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America." Today on "The View" he claimed that as governor she never asked nor acceptedContinue reading “Is McCain Losing It?”

Conservative: McCain-Palin is Bushism, not Reform

Daniel Larison, a columnist/blogger for the fascinatingly unpredictable American Conservative, in a column sharply points out (here) that the McCain-Palin ticket represents not reform, but a all-out continuation of "Bushism." In the warped universe of Bush Republicanism, McCain/Palin was the relatively moderate alternative to the extreme [Joe] Lieberman option.  In truth, by choosing Palin McCainContinue reading “Conservative: McCain-Palin is Bushism, not Reform”

McCain Speaks, Nation Yawns

Well, maybe I’m a little biased. But that’s how it seemed to me. Charles Lane, on the Wa-Po’s Post-Partisan blog, called it (here) "a snoozer…easily the worst of this year’s four presidential and vice presidential nomination acceptance speeches." Another viewer counted at least nine on-air yawns from Republican delegates in the hall. Notable facts: MentionsContinue reading “McCain Speaks, Nation Yawns”

Ventura Pollster: Obama to Win, Landslide Possible

That’s my headline — the editor had a different version, unfortunately
unsupported by what pollster George Barna actually said. Sigh.
Headlines are so often where newspapers go wrong.

Nonetheless, the story itself (here) is well worth reading. Here’s the crux (highly technical journalism term). I’ll post the rest of the story, without the paper’s headline, below the fold.

“Americans sense that something has gone astray in our political
sphere,” he said. “One of the conclusions widely drawn — especially by
younger voters, — is that attacking one’s opponent more and more
viciously as the campaign progresses, or the farther behind a candidate
falls in the polls is a show of self-interest, not national interest.
Add to that the existing perception that McCain represents the old,
tired politics of Beltway insiders, and you get a public that is not
particularly interested in hearing the old man criticize the younger
man, the white man question the integrity of the black man, or the
career politician challenge the newcomer.”

Barna is a mild-mannered man with
graying hair, and he doesn’t speak in colorful quotes, but the pollster
all but pounds the table on this point.

“People are already
concerned that McCain represents the old way of doing business,” he
said. “They don’t want the next president to be a mud-slinger. They
want him to stay above the fray. They’re worried about the future.”

And here’s the invaluable Supertracker composite of polls via FiveThirtyEight (here). You’ll note that the trend (the red line) is above statistician Nate Silver’s projection, which means the race should tighten, but it’s still looking very good for Obama right now.