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17 September 2008

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Curious

Meet a GOP delegate (video clip, you'd be surprised)

http://www.yestodemocracy.com/yes_to_democracy_no_to_pu/2008/09/karma-in-action.html

Meet Gabriel Nathan Schwartz, 29, a lawyer in Denver Colorado. Also a delegate from that state to the GOP 2008 convention.

Mike Martin, Yorktown, VA

Pat, "NoVa" (Northern Virginia, y'all) has become quite blue over the last few years. Probably that's why we have Jim Webb in the Senate instead of Reliable Red Puppet Allen.

I'd like to think we're heading that direction down here in Tidewater, but suspect that there's a long road ahead. We still have Rob Wittman and Thelma Drake around to do the RNC's bidding. We have a large retired military population that was trained for at least twenty years to the mantra of "Republican good, Democrat evil."

Hoping that will change; hoping the jump in registrations foretells a sea change in this Commonwealth.

Mike Martin, Yorktown, VA

Curious, I saw the video of that critter on Wonkette yesterday! After the amazement faded, I had to go take a good slug of Pepto.

"Less taxes, more wars!" Now there's a tagline to remember.

lina

Col., you just talked yourself out of a McCain victory. If Obie holds all the 2004 Kerry states and wins VA and Iowa, he wins.

A slight uptick in African American turnout and a slight uptick in 18-34-year old turnout puts VA in the win column.

As goes Virginia, so goes the electoral college map.

Tom S

Many NOVA residents are angry with the state Republican organization for their opposition to tax increases to pay for badly-needed infrastructure improvements. They resent the fact that they contribute far more than they get back.

Patrick Lang

lina

Once again: Forecasting IS NOT wishing!!!!!

TomS

I think you mean “citizens.” The constitution is pretty clear about the term. The business community wants citizens to be called “residents” because businesses are not citizens, and the use of the word puts citizens on the same level.

We have had a struggle here in Alexandria over that and have largely trained the politicians not to call us "residents." Pl

lina

On election night, watch the returns in Loudoun County. Therein lies the key to the Old Dominion - and the fortunes of Sen. Obama.

William R. Cumming

No question but that the "Old Dominion" could be a litmus test in November for the fortunes of either party. SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS rules!

Mad Dogs

I believe that the massive new voter registration shown in Virginia is likely to have been duplicated in many other states as well.

This registration effort and a similar massive GOTV (Get Out The Vote) effort is one of the reasons that I still have my nickel on Obama/Biden snatching the brass ring in November.

And as the polls are starting to swing back to Obama/Biden, I may have to increase my wager to a dime. *g*

Pan

I live in the district that Tom Davis is vacating. Gerry Connolly, the Democrat contender, is going to clean his Republican opponent's clock and take this critical long held GOP district.

LeaNder

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/falwell-goes-all-out-deliver-va-mccain>Falwell Goes All Out To Deliver VA for McCain

jon

Well noted, Col. VA is not alone in seeing substantially increased voter registration. Also, primary turnouts have been exceptionally high nationwide. This bodes well for Obama and the entire Democratic slate, but it does not guarantee victory.

To a large extent, these newly registered voters are young or from historically disenfranchised, disaffected populations, and those groups have traditionally voted at very low rates compared to their registrations. Lots of initial enthusiasm, less follow through.

Obama is making excellent use of his Chicago organizing training to have have been putting together a thorough ground operation during the primaries that he kept operation and bulked up. In this, Hillary's staying in the race and making sure that all the states were actually contested could be a godsend.

As the electoral map now stands, the shift of any single state will decide the contest. I would prefer a decisive judgement by the country, rather than a squeaker susceptible vote counting shenanigans. But a win is still a win.

McCain's recent actions and statements make me wonder if he wouldn't actually govern more poorly than W., a possibility I had thought nonexistant. But he's a take charge guy, so as soon as Phil Gramm tells him how to solve the banking mess, I'm sure it will all turn out peachy. Wonder if Neil Bush is available to pitch in?

I can't agree more with your reply comment above. Money always thinks it deserves the last word and decision. And in my experience, the greater the wealth the less satisfaction with its' already abundant privileges. I've longed believed that one of the signal mistakes of American jurisprudence was the granting of personhood to corporations.

Curious

Palin Yahoo.com is hacked (it could be a campaign gag to fill the net with disinformation. Just another Rovian trick.)

But all I can say if this is true, Fuck off with "privacy talk", McCain. You vote for spying bill. It's time for people to spy on you.


http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/09/17/palins_yahoo_account_hacked.html

Palin's Yahoo! Account Hacked

Updated 8:37 p.m.
By Michael D. Shear and Karl Vick
A group of computer hackers said yesterday they accessed a Yahoo! e-mail account of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, publishing some of her private communications to expose what appeared to be her use of a personal account for government business.

The hackers posted what they said were personal photos, the contents of several messages, the subject lines of dozens of e-mails and Palin's e-mail contact list on a site called WikiLeaks.org. That site claimed that it received the electronic files from a group identifying itself only as "Anonymous."

"At around midnight last night some members affiliated with the group gained access to governor Palin's email account, 'gov.palin@yahoo.com' and handed over the contents to the government sunshine site Wikileaks.org," said a message on the site.

Rick Davis, the campaign manager for Sen. John McCain, issued a statement Wednesday afternoon condemning the incident.

"This is a shocking invasion of the Governor's privacy and a violation of law," Davis said. "The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession of these e-mails will destroy them. We will have no further comment."

Rosemary

I'm very glad to see those numbers, since I'm working with the DNC to help raise money to open campaign offices in that very state. Looks like it's working!

lina

Graywolf: You left out the part about "he's the anti-Christ."

Speaking of socialism, have you ready any newspaper headlines in the last couple of days?

We're all socialists now.

David W.

Curious: you gotta love the irony in that last Davis statement, given that, a.) when the govt. does this to the People, its called 'protecting' them, and b.) if Palin herself was breaking the law by doing govt. business using private email, which itself is against the law.

As lina points out, big turnouts favor the Dems, which is why the R machine has a wing dedicated to euphemistically 'preventing voter fraud'--by getting Dems tossed off the voter rolls by any means available. Unfortunately, this strategery only works on the margins, which is why a huge turnout is bad news for the Reds.

Unfortunately Graywolf, i'm sure that, despite your resume, you don't look good in lipstick. And you apparently haven't gotten the news that socialism is suddenly 'in' this week.

euclidcreek

Mr. Stress of Cleveland writes:

I saw a McCain - Palin sticker

INCONTINENT AND INCOMPETENT

Leila Abu-Saba

O boy, there are always holdouts on either end of the political spectrum, see Graywolf. It's just funny that anybody would be calling Obama a socialist in the same week that the Republican government nationalized Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and AIG insurance company.

Or maybe Graywolf is kidding? That's it. He's satirizing Nathan Schwartz of Colorado.

greg0

The polls generally discount new voters because... they haven't voted before! A lot depends upon the Obama campaign's ability to get those people to vote.
I'd feel better about the polls if they weren't so dependent upon land line telephones and ignoring cell phones users. And the perpetual problem with methodology of 'weighing' the raw data.

Gozer

As a resident of the Glorious County of Fairfax I might have to stop by to check this out:

Northern Virginia Republicans, realizing they need to improve their appeal among the region's large ethnic population, will stage a "unity" rally Saturday that they say will draw 1,000 people.
...
Hyland said he expects as many as 1,000 supporters to turn out for the event at Edison High School, where former senator George Allen and Reps. Tom Davis and Frank R. Wolf are expected to speak. Former Virginia governor James S. Gilmore III is planning to attend, as is a widely known surrogate from McCain's campaign, organizers said.

George Allen? Pardon the language, but are they f*cking kidding?! That odious faux Southerner?!

As the kids today say, "EPIC FAIL!"

different clue

People who have registered, or think they already are registered, might want to check to be sure they have stayed registered.

Just as the Obama ground game involves extensive registering of new voters and extensive efforts to get
voters to the polls, the Republican ground game will involve extensive efforts to
purge the already-registered
off of the polls; and interfere with and sabotage the successful registering of people who think they have newly registered. People might want to watch out for that.

Gray Wolf's statements seem very closely based on material findable at Larry Johnson's No Quarter website; which has become a nest of PUMAs, to say the least.

jon

Graywolf, has McCain ever received a paycheck that was not signed by the government treasury? I believe he also grew up on federal property, went to government schools, etc. His whole life has been on Uncle Sam's tab. Except for the marrying the multimillionaire.

That's great for John, and I wish my plan to be kept in style or to win the lottery had kicked in, too. But it's not so great for the rest of us who have to live by the precepts of rugged self reliance McCain advocates but doesn't follow.

Other commenters have noted McCain's approval of the AIG, Fannie and Freddie bailouts. That's true. He flip flopped so fast on that it's more of a rotisserie. But that's not the half of it. His actions during the S&L crisis made the crisis far worse and cost the taxpayers billions more - and seems predicated on his trying to help out some buddies and contributors over at Silverado.

But maybe your definition of socialism is when government spends the taxpayer's money providing services that benefit the citizenry. If that's the case, then would you mind limiting your use of all government services to no more that the sum of your tax payments? Those of us trying to make a better country thank you.

Patrick Lang

jon

You are comparing a naval officer's pay and benefits to the dole? pl

rjj [(rees jones-jones) not the same poster as rj)]

Perhaps Graywolf's use of socialist is mere epithetic license. Nobody takes the term mofo literally.

Nancy K

Gray Wolf, a bad marriage does justify divorce however and that is what the American people need to do. divorce themselves from the Republican party that has really controlled this country for the last 8 years and from the looks of things run it into the ground.
To call Obama an empty suit is quite laughable when you have Gov Palin only a heartbeat away from the presidency if McSame wins. Would you really feel safe with her running this country when her clain to fame seems to be labeling herself a hocky mom and hunting moose and wolves. If Obama is an empty suit, McCain/Palin are empty heads.

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