Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I personally like Bloomberg and think he has done a great job leading New York City as Mayor. Given the current financial crisis, I think Bloomberg is a good fit for New York City at this critical time. He is widely respected in business and political circles in New York City and beyond. Bloomberg is widely popular and a billionaire, anyone that thinks they can defeat Bloomberg better think again, its going to be difficult to unseat the popular Mayor in 2009.
Florida is a huge battleground state and it is any ones guess which way the state will go. November 4th all eyes will be on Florida. An Obama win in Florida I think means an Obama Presidency.
A new Survey USA poll in Indiana shows Senator John McCain edges Senator Barack Obama, 48% to 45%. McCain is down 2; Obama is up 1.
The economy is a big issue in the Midwest with factories shutting down, the credit crunch can be felt in states like Indiana and Ohio. I think Obama narrowly wins both states.
At least we are getting comic relief. This keeps getting more pathetic every time she opens her mouth.
An early look at today's Diageo/Hotline tracking poll shows Sen. Barack Obama now holds a double-digit lead in key battleground states.
Among registered voters surveyed in Colorado, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin and Nevada, Obama tops McCain 50 to 40%. Just a week ago, Obama led 45% to 42%.
The Research 2000 tracking poll has Obama leading 51% to 41%, while Rasmussen has Obama up 51% to 45%.
Jurors today finally got to see and hear for themselves the man at the center of Sen. Ted Stevens corruption trial: Bill Allen, the former chief executive officer of Veco Inc...
Allen, 71, is a key figure in the case against Stevens. The Republican senator is accused of failing to report on his Senate disclosure forms more than $250,000 worth of gifts and home renovations, chiefly from Veco and Allen. Stevens, who is up for re-election Nov. 4, asked for a speedy trial so he'd have the opportunity to clear his name before Election Day.
Allen and former Veco vice president Rick Smith pleaded guilty in May 2007 to bribing state lawmakers as part of an effort to push through an oil production tax favorable to North Slope producers. Both are cooperating with the government. Neither has been sentenced yet.
Looks like the king of pork is going down. One can only hope.
Rich is a New York real estate magnate who, for more than 30 years, "has steered millions of dollars toward the libertarian causes he has long championed, though he has managed to largely remain under the political radar while doing so. The 66-year-old Republican, who goes by 'Howie, serves as chairman of Americans for Limited Government, a national coalition that works with local groups to 'protect property rights, stop out-of-control government spending, and hold judges accountable to the rule of law'," Read More.
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The NY Sun began about seven years ago as a conservative alternative to the New York Times. I personally prefer the New York Times. Anthony Weiner did praise the NY Sun on the floor of the House today.
Monday, September 29, 2008
State Sen. Kay Hagan is in a dead heat with Elizabeth Dole in the US Senate race and Obama's lead will most certainly help Hagan. I can see North Carolina going blue in November.
----McCain campaign strategist Steve Schmidt who appeared on "Meet the Press" Sunday
We all know now that the bill did not pass and about two thirds of House Republicans voted against the bill. The Republican nominee for President didn't have the power or influence to win over House Republicans and pass this important bill. McCain flew to DC Thursday sat in the meeting and didn't say a word. Then he emerges as though he has saved the day and this bill is a done deal. Now the bill fails and the Dow drops 777 points. McCain doesn't have a clue as to what is going on and doesn't have the leadership to be President.
"In a vote that shook the government, Wall Street markets and markets around the world, the House on Monday defeated a $700 billion emergency rescue for the nation's financial system, leaving both parties and the Bush administration struggling to pick up the pieces. The Dow Jones Industrial plunged nearly 800 points, the most ever for a single day."
133 Republicans voted against the bill claiming the voted "nay" on the bill because of a partisan speech given by the House Speaker. Essentially the Speaker hurt Republican House member's feeling's so they voted against a bill that could have rescued our markets and put ease in the minds of investor's and retiree's who live off of stock market dividends. The Speaker did give a partisan speech but the Speaker is right the failed economic policies of the last eight years and deregulation imposed by Republicans who controlled Congress for 12 years have put our nation in this economic situation.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
The latest Gallup tracking poll shows Sen. Barack Obama opening up an eight point lead over Sen. John McCain, 50% to 42%. It's "just one point shy of his strongest showing of the year."
Meanwhile, Nate Silver reviews the national tracking polls and concludes Obama "has as large a lead in the election as he's held all year. But there is much less time left on the clock than there was during other Obama periods of strength, such as in February, mid-June or immediately following the Democratic convention. This is a very difficult combination of circumstances for" McCain
While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old rancher, who's hand was caught in the gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to Palin .
The old rancher said, "Well, ya know, Palin is a 'Post Turtle'".
Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a 'post turtle' was.
The old rancher said, "When you're driving down a country road you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a 'post turtle".
The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the doctor's face so he continued to explain. "You know she didn't get up there by herself, she doesn't belong up there, and she doesn't know what to do while she's up there, and you just wonder what kind of dummy put her up there to begin with".
Senator John McCain was on a roll. In a room reserved for high-stakes gamblers at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, he tossed $100 chips around a hot craps table. When the marathon session ended around 2:30 a.m., the Arizona senator and his entourage emerged with thousands of dollars in winnings.
A lifelong gambler, Mr. McCain takes risks, both on and off the craps table. He was throwing dice that night not long after his failed 2000 presidential bid, in which he was skewered by the Republican Party’s evangelical base, opponents of gambling. Mr. McCain was betting at a casino he oversaw as a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, and he was doing so with the lobbyist who represents that casino, according to three associates of Mr. McCain. Read More..
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Diageo/Hotline: Obama 48%, McCain 43%
Gallup: Obama 49%, McCain 44%
Rasmussen: Obama 50%, McCain 44%
Research 2000: Obama 49%, McCain 43%
I think the bottom line is that Obama is up by 5 nationally. In Florida, Obama maintains a slight lead or is in a dead heat with McCain. I think the economy is going to be the defining issue and on the economy, Obama clearly wins. Let's not forget that in 1992 we had a big foreign policy President running against a populist Governor who ran on the economy. The economy wasn't in good shape back in '92, not as bad as now, but things were pretty bad. Who won? The populist Governor and he won on the economy.
Earlier in the year I wrote about McConnell's troubles in KY. Honestly I didn't think McConnell would be in trouble since Ben Chandler and Dan Mongiardo decided not to run. Lunsford is a health care executive and I think would be a good Senator.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger says the United States should begin direct negotiations with Iran over its nuclear enrichment program.
Kissinger, speaking Monday at George Washington University along with four other former U.S. State Department secretaries, said the next president should initiate high-level discussions with Iran "without conditions," ABC News reported.
Newman had a soft spot for underdogs in real life, giving tens of millions to charities through his food company and setting up camps for severely ill children. Passionately opposed to the Vietnam War, and in favor of civil rights, he was so famously liberal that he ended up on President Nixon's "enemies list," one of the actor's proudest achievements, he liked to say.Read More.
John Nichols: But the focus on the war in Iraq, a war that most Americans think was a mistake and want to see finished, means that -- while the night saw no knockout blows -- it was Obama who got the debate he wanted and needed.
The New Republic: TPM has the internals of the CNN poll of debate-watchers, which had Obama winning overall by a margin of 51-38. The poll suggests that Obama is opening up a gap on connectedness, while closing a gap on readiness.
Politico: “John McCain could have lost this race tonight,” said CNN Republican strategist Alex Castellanos. “I’d say a tie is a good thing for the guy who was behind.”
TPM: Okay, we thought that McCain had a slight upper hand tonight (though we also said it wasn't a game changer, which is basically another way of saying that McCain didn't do what he had to). But the initial polls suggest that viewers give the nod to Obama in a big way.
Progressive Daily Beacon: POST-DEBATE POLL: UNCOMMITTED VOTERS SAY OBAMA WON DEBATE, THEIR OPINION OF OBAMA IMPROVED
Joe Klein: Obama did everything he had to do, with few if any mistakes. I thought McCain did less so. The early snap polling seems to agree with me, but I'd caution against taking those too seriously.
Steve Benen,Washington Monthly: Depending on your perspective and scorecard, most observers seem to think either Obama won a narrow victory in the debate, or McCain won a narrow victory. It's worth remembering, though, that the larger political context suggests neither result gave McCain what he needed.
Eugene Robinson,W.P.: Here’s the politically incorrect way of phrasing one of the central questions about tonight’s presidential debate: Did John McCain come across as too much of a grumpy old man?
Friday, September 26, 2008
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has made a crackdown on gift-giving to state officials a centerpiece of her ethics reform agenda, has accepted gifts valued at $25,367 from industry executives, municipalities and a cultural center whose board includes officials from some of the largest mining interests in the state, a review of state records shows.
The 41 gifts Palin accepted during her 20 months as governor include honorific tributes, expensive artwork and free travel for a family member. They also include more than $2,500 in personal items from Calista, a large Alaska native corporation with a variety of pending state regulatory and budgetary issues, and a gold-nugget pin valued at $1,200 from the city of Nome, which lobbies on municipal, local and capital budget matters, documents show.Read More.
"We must meet as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans, and we must meet until this crisis is resolved," John McCain said on Wednesday, explaining his decision to suspend his campaign and not participate in the first presidential debate. A McCain aide told Reuters, "If the package is reached and the country is saved, there will be a debate. But if there's no deal, how can you get on a plane...for a debate?"
On Friday morning, McCain's campaign released this statement:
Virginia, Florida, Ohio, New Mexico, Iowa, Colorado, all turning blue, I feel change coming!!!!
Next Generation Veterans for Obama is a group of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who support Barack Obama for the presidency. Veterans from all generations have expressed support for Barack Obama
As the debate over a $700 billion bank bailout rages on in Washington, one of the nation's largest banks — Washington Mutual Inc. — has collapsed under the weight of its enormous bad bets on the mortgage market.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. seized WaMu on Thursday, and then sold the thrift's banking assets to JPMorgan Chase & Co. for $1.9 billion.
Seattle-based WaMu, which was founded in 1889, is the largest bank to fail by far in the country's history. Its $307 billion in assets eclipse the $40 billion of Continental Illinois National Bank, which failed in 1984, and the $32 billion of IndyMac, which the government seized in July.
This mess is a direct result of the policies of Bush/McCain, Phil Gramm et. al. No wonder Mcstupid doesn't want to show up at a debate. Why not send Sarah?
Thursday, September 25, 2008
"Though Senator John McCain says the nation's current financial crisis requires "all hands on deck" because "the whole future of the American economy is in danger", he admitted in an interview in Cleveland on Tuesday that he hasn't even read the Bush administration's proposed rescue plan that was unveiled over the weekend."
It gets better, Political Wire reports that McCain has not introduced any housing or banking bills in the 110th Congress while Obama has introduced five.
This should come as no surprise since McCain has already admitted that he does not understand the economy and McCain thinks the economy is in good shape. The man is so out of touch.
An Alaska Democratic state lawmaker has written a letter to a state trooper official calling for an investigation into possible witness tampering related to the state's ethics probe of Gov. Sarah Palin by people working for or close to Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign.
In a letter Wednesday to Alaska state trooper director Audie Holloway, Democratic Rep. Les Gara accused the campaign of Republican presidential candidate John McCain of intimidating witnesses and/or pressuring people close to Palin, McCain’s vice presidential running mate, not to comply with subpoenas seeking testimony about whether Palin improperly fired her public safety commissioner. Read More.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
McCain announced Wednesday that he directed his campaign to suspend Friday night's presidential debate between him and Democratic nominee Barack Obama and will suspend all campaigning and advertising.
The talking points were accidentally sent out to members of the Colorado press early Wednesday afternoon by McCain spokesperson Tom Kise.
Hold as scheduled: 50% Hold with focus on economy: 36% Postpone: 10%http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollR...
In what can only be described as the most desperate political move in modern presidential history, John McCain is proving that he is wholly unfit to lead our country. I hope David Letterman is not the only one with a national stage to speak the truth about this. McCain is scared out of his mind and this hoax only solidifies the point. The McCain/Palin ticket is plummeting in the polls, the Davis/Freddie Mac scandal is reaching a fever pitch, theyre trying to keep Palin locked in a bubble and more and more Republicans are becoming furious with the way this sham of a campaign is being run.
Iowa: Obama 51%, McCain 41%
Michigan: Obama 52%, McCain 43%
New Hampshire: Obama 51%, McCain 45%
Ohio: Obama 47%, McCain 45%
Pennsylvania: Obama 49%, McCain 44%
This is crunch time. Another week we are in Oct and four weeks from the general. State's that McCain led in are now a dead heat or Obama leads. I predicted Obama would be ahead at this point and I think the lead grows in the next week or two. As an Obama supporter I could not be more excited about this election. YES WE CAN and YES WE WILL WIN!
Mcstupid is desperate. His poll numbers are diving so he pulls this political stunt. To Top it off he is attempting to avoid a debate which would give him the opportunity to discuss his ideas. Of course he doesn't have any.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Under the pressure of the financial crisis, one presidential candidate is behaving like a flustered rookie playing in a league too high. It is not Barack Obama.....
Conservatives who insist that electing McCain is crucial usually start, and increasingly end, by saying he would make excellent judicial selections. But the more one sees of his impulsive, intensely personal reactions to people and events, the less confidence one has that he would select judges by calm reflection and clear principles, having neither patience nor aptitude for either.
It is arguable that, because of his inexperience, Obama is not ready for the presidency. It is arguable that McCain, because of his boiling moralism and bottomless reservoir of certitudes, is not suited to the presidency. Unreadiness can be corrected, although perhaps at great cost, by experience. Can a dismaying temperament be fixed?
"We do not support government bailouts of private institutions. Government interference in the markets exacerbates problems in the marketplace and causes the free market to take longer to correct itself."
The 2008 Republican Party Platform, adopted earlier this month.
It's often said as Florida goes, the nation goes. Well as the Tampa Bay/I-4 area goes, the state of Florida goes. Right now Obama is leading in the Tampa Bay area, much in part I believe because the Tampa Bay area has suffered tremendously from the housing crunch. Thousands of homes in the area are under foreclosure. I would also point out this is an up and coming area with young people who are going to tend to favor Obama. For the Obama camp, I would say Florida is very much within reach.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Berkowitz is headed to the House, Begich is headed to the Senate and Palin is headed back to the Governor's Mansion. At least Alaska will have strong leadership in the House and Senate.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is resisting a Democratic push to add additional help for households to the $700 billion bailout bill.
Paulson resisted suggestions being made by Democrats that the program be changed to include further relief for homeowners facing mortgage foreclosures and to include an additional $50 billion stimulus effort. Some Democrats have also suggested capping compensation of executives at firms who get the bailout help.
Typical of the Republicans. A taxpayer bailout for the predators who got us into this mess, your people Johnny boy, and no help for the victims who are being financially decimated.
Sen. Barack Obama has pulled virtually even with Sen. John McCain in Florida, according to a new Research 2000 poll.
McCain now just barely edges Obama 46% to 45%.
Said pollster Del Ali: "It's competitive, no question, and obviously the economy is the top issue. What took place on Wall Street this week helped Obama in Florida. His numbers went up with each day we polled. For him to win Florida, it's obviously important for the economy to stay the top issue."
John McCain was born six years after the stock market crash of 1929 ... but his economic philosophy was alive and kicking during the Hoover years. Plus: remember the Keating Five?
Saturday, September 20, 2008
They were the sisterhood of traveling pantsuits -- the women who blitzed the country pushing Sen. Hillary Clinton's bid for president.....
"I want to invite you to take part in something that continues the historic journey that you have made with me," Clinton told about 1,000 supporters in a conference call Friday.
"I am asking all of you to hit the phones, hit the road and spread the word that we must elect Barack Obama," she said.
The Hillary Sent Me push will have the Clinton supporters traveling to seven battleground states, including Michigan, each weekend until the election to convince voters to support Democrats on Nov. 4.