Wednesday, November 5, 2008
In What Respect Charlie blogspot started when Obama was three points down in the polls. Let's just hope that we won't have to thaw this blog out in 2011.
...In their special election edition, Newsweek reports that Gov. Sarah Palin's "shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported. While publicly supporting Palin, McCain's top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy."
"One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family -- clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill."
"Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent 'tens of thousands' more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide ... said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books."
``This is a momentous day not only in the history of the United States of America, but also for us in Kenya,'' President Mwai Kibaki said in a statement, according to AFP. ``The victory of Senator Obama is our own victory because of his roots here in Kenya. As a country, we are full of pride for his success.''
Obama's father, Barack Obama Sr., was born in Kenya and left the president-elect's mother two years after his son was born. Obama met him once after that and his father died in a car accident in 1982. Obama's first book was titled ``Dreams From My Father.''
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
...One night, Ayers recalled, he and Dohrn were watching Bill O’Reilly, who was going on about “discovering” Ayers’s 1974 manifesto, “Prairie Fire.” “I had to laugh,” Ayers said. “No one read it when it was first issued!” He said that he laughed, too, when he listened to Sarah Palin’s descriptions of Obama “palling around with terrorists.” In fact, Ayers said that he knew Obama only slightly: “I think my relationship with Obama was probably like that of thousands of others in Chicago and, like millions and millions of others, I wished I knew him better.”
Ayers said that while he hasn’t been bothered by the many threats—“and I’m not complaining”—the calls and e-mails he has received have been “pretty intense.” “I got two threats in one day on the Internet,” he said, referring to an incident that took place last summer when he was sitting in his office at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where he has taught education for two decades. “The first one said there was a posse coming to shoot me, and the second said they were going to kidnap me and water-board me. This friend of mine, a university cop, said, ‘Gosh, I hope the guy who’s coming to shoot you gets here first...’”
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7 p.m. -- Polls close in Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina, Virginia and Kentucky. If Virginia is called quickly for Obama, it means he likely wins the presidential race and Democrats across the country will have a huge night. If it's not called early, it's could be an indication that white undecided voters are breaking to McCain. Prepare for an hour long discussion of the "Bradley effect." If Georgia or Indiana are called early for Obama, it's a leading indicator for a landslide. In Kentucky, all eyes are on the fate of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
7:30 p.m. -- Polls close in North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia.Obama victories in North Carolina or Ohio likely seal the deal for him. An Obama win in West Virginia means start looking for Obama coattails in close House and Senate races.
8:00 p.m. -- Polls close in Florida, Missouri, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. If Pennsylvania is called early for Obama, McCain cannot win. His only real path to the presidency at this point requires he win the Keystone State. An Obama win in Missouri once again means a likely landslide in the electoral college.
9:00 p.m. -- Polls close in Colorado and New Mexico. Polls indicate both of these swing states should go to Obama. Early calls in each state will have Obama racking up electoral votes quickly.
10:00 p.m. -- Polls close in Iowa, Montana, and Nevada. If Obama wins in Montana and Nevada, we're looking at a possible political realignment of the Mountain West of the United States.
11:00 p.m. -- Polls close in California and North Dakota. California is the biggest state of them all with 55 electoral votes and may put Obama over the top. If the election hasn't been decided by now, it's probably become an interesting night for the McCain campaign and Republicans. However, an Obama win in North Dakota means we're witnessing a landslide.
...In Reno, Nevada, Sarah Palin just told the crowd about John McCain, "Send him on his last mission!" That sounded so creepy to me, and I didn't think I'd heard her say it before. Googled it; no results, though McCain himself has made reference to a "last mission." If they're elected, trust me, McCain will need a food taster. What is she thinking? Or is it just me? Meanwhile, Joe Biden was on fire in Philadelphia, very moving.
Monday, November 3, 2008
We know today has been video-heavy, but this one, THIS ONE is the ticket, right here. A black fellow tells Sarah Palin that he is the only minority at her rally and asks how this can be improved upon. Palin replies that she knows what racism is like, because Todd is native Alaskan and, get this, “We live it.” Oh gosh golly, do we really only have a matter of hours left with this nut? [CNN iReport via Ben Smith]
"The mood here is like a cup final where your team is ahead with a few minutes to go. Those last few minutes seem to take forever. So near and yet so far. You overreact to every little event on the pitch as the time drags on. You scream manically at the referee to blow the whistle. Right now, Democrats are in that position. They just want it to be over now. But deep down, they don't really think that they will throw this one away."
"Perhaps the most ill-timed press release of the 2008 campaign arrived shortly after 1:30 p.m. today, sent by the Republican National Committee.
The release forwarded word that the California Republican Party filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, in part because of a visit Sen. Barack Obama made to his dying grandmother.
" 'Obama for America violated federal law by converting its campaign funds to Senator Obama's personal use," the release stated. "Senator Obama recently traveled to Hawaii to visit his sick grandmother. This was the right thing for any grandson to do -- at his own expense -- but it was not travel that his campaign may fund." [...]