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Tramp the Dirt Down ’08

[ 0 ] November 4, 2008 |


Ah, I remember the days when the 2000 election was allegedly “Gush v. Bore” ho ho ho. And some people making thus argument not only still have jobs on prominent op-ed pages but are actually respected by many liberals.

Preliminary Colorado exit polling data

[ 0 ] November 4, 2008 |

This is weighted by affiliation but doesn’t attempt to incorporate early voting:

Obama 52

McCain 47

Election Day, Toddler Edition

[ 0 ] November 4, 2008 |

The wife and I voted in Juneau this morning, about 15 minutes after the polls opened. We brought the kid with us; she’s only two-and-a-half, but she was pretty excited to be there. She joined both of us in our booths for a few seconds each as we filled in the ovals before the optical scanner gobbled them up and — really, I’m just guessing here — erroneously converted them into votes for McCain, Ted Stevens and Don Young. She pitched a smallish fit when she learned that we weren’t going to be able to vote again. I told her if she didn’t pipe down, I was going to have to e-mail John Fund and let him know what was going on. That seemed to do the trick.

In any case, on the drive to day care, she and I had a great chat about the election. She knows about as much about the whole event as I suspect a toddler can absorb, which is to say that she recognizes the candidates’ faces and voices, and she’s made some preliminary assessments of their general temperaments.

“Dad, did you vote?”
“Yes, I voted.”
“Dad, did mommy vote?”
“Yes, she voted.”
“Did you vote for Barack Obama?”
“Yes, I voted for Barack Obama.”
[Long pause]
“John McCain is crabby.”

Let’s hope she’s right.

Exit Polls

[ 0 ] November 4, 2008 |

After 2004 I was never going to make the mistake of paying attention to them again, but just in case you were tempted

Deep Thought

[ 0 ] November 4, 2008 |

People who think that Obama will win aren’t taking the inevitable last-minute release of the Whitey Tape into account.

What Produces The Lines

[ 6 ] November 4, 2008 |

In response to the inequities and inefficiencies of American voting on this election day, I would like to reiterate that the decentralized, frequently underfunded American voting is crazy.

Election Day Sounds

[ 6 ] November 4, 2008 |

In pondering what music would fit the election results, Carrie Brownstein goes for the relatively optimistic and celebratory. A good instinct, and one I think I’ll share when it’s called. But for victims of an indefensible war and arbitrary torture policies, perhaps some anger combined with the enthusiasm and relief is called for as well?

Palin and Special Needs

[ 2 ] November 4, 2008 |

I don’t think that Palin deserves much credit for her purported support for assistance to special needs children, for the reasons Mark Schmitt has memorably discussed. Harold Pollack, however, argues that Palin isn’t even rising to the level of Miss America conservatism; her policies actually won’t provide useful help at all.

Kerry for SecState

[ 13 ] November 4, 2008 |

The journalismists quotes me. And I do think that John Kerry would make a fine Secretary of State.

Bad News for John McCain

[ 39 ] November 3, 2008 |

So the African Press International canceled its deal with Fox News to broadcast the tapes of the Michelle Obama phone call.

Willikers! Only a few hours left for the “Whitey Tape” to emerge, along with definitive proof of Barack Obama’s marital infidelity and evidence of Bill Ayers’ authorship of The Audacity of Hope.

I’ll admit to having become something of a follower of the API, whose regular followers are, as I write this, tearing their hair out. Behold:

You may wish to contact the Drudge Report. Matt Drudge prides himself on breaking stories; he was the one who first broke the original story that President Clinton was having an affair with Monica Lewinski.




This is getting ridiculous. Just release the audio on YouTube. Releasing the tape on 11/5 is not going to help anybody, except Obama.


I am a small business owner in the Atlanta area with clients in the media. We handle marketing concerns. I have contacts at CNN, The local Fox affiliate, Clear Channel (distributors of the Rush Limbaugh show) and a number of marketing fims w/ Political based clients. I am offering my services for free. Forward me an mp3 of the tape. if i cannot get the tape verified, noticed and aired nationally withing 5 hours of this posting (8 pm US Eastern Time), I will close my business & move to Norway & work for you without pay for 5 years.


All kinds of hell is breaking on the Obamas camp.

his grandma dies

his campaing manager in Nevada died yesterday

His speechwriter Wendy Button quites after she saw what they are doing to Hillary, Palin and Joe “the plumber” and now she endorses MacCain

He is loosing in the poles

What possible odds could I get on the likelihood that Korir will be able to keep these people in orbit for the next four years?

They also predicted 2-3 additional Yankees’ titles above the CBO baseline

[ 5 ] November 3, 2008 |

Given Sarah Palin’s vast familiarity with American news sources, one would assume she’d understand that data emanating from the Heritage Foundation does not count as “independent.” Nevertheless, for the past few days she and the McCain campaign have been repeating the transparently hilarious claims that “independent” analysis has concluded that Barack Obama’s economic plan would “destroy” six million jobs. As CNN’s fact checkers pointed out, however, Heritage’s Center for Data Analysis actually claimed that Obama’s economic policies would produce fewer jobs than his rival’s.

As with most crystal ball economic forecasts, the Heritage Foundation’s predictions about job growth under an Obama presidency should probably be taken as seriously as the CDA’s prediction in 2000 that job growth would expand more vigorously under George W. Bush than it would under a Gore presidency. Specifically, they expected that Bush’s proposed tax cuts would produce 1.5 million jobs above the Congressional Budget Office baseline. Instead, George W. Bush will finish two terms in office with the slowest rate of growth in non-farm employment of any president since Herbert Hoover. The Heritage Foundation also predicted in 2000 that the US national debt under George Bush would wrap up around $380 billion by 2010. It currently stands at $10.5 trillion.

Ah, Damn

[ 5 ] November 3, 2008 |

Obama’s grandmother passes. I never tend to think it’s a tragedy when someone dies at the age of 86; we should all be so lucky. But the day before her grandson is likely to be elected President… no words for that.