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Polls suggest Obama increases lead

In Politics, US Elections on October 15, 2008 at 11:43 am

A Washington Post/ABC poll released today shows a significant lead for Barack Obama over John McCain, giving Obama a 10 points lead with 20 days left to the presidential election. Take a look at the poll results:

Alabama – McCain Leads
A SurveyUSA poll of likely Alabama taken October
8-9 for WKRG-TV shows McCain leading Obama 62%-35%.

California – Obama Leads
A Rasmussen Reports poll of likely California voters taken October 9
shows Obama leading McCain 56%-40%.

Colorado – Obama Leads
A Public Policy Polling poll of likely Colorado voters taken October 8-10 shows Obama leading McCain 52%-42%.

Delaware – Obama Leads
A West Chester University poll of likely Delaware voters taken October 6-8 shows Obama leading McCain 56%-38%.

Florida – Obama Leads
A Research 2000 poll of likely Florida voters taken October 6-8 for the Sun-Sentinel shows Obama leading McCain 49%-44%.

Iowa – Obama Leads
A SurveyUSA poll of likely Iowa voters taken October 8-9 shows Obama leading McCain 54%-41%.

Nevada – Obama Leads
A Las Vegas Review Journal poll of likely Nevada voters taken October 8-9 by Mason-Dixon shows Obama leading McCain 47%-45%.

North Carolina – McCain Leads
A WSOC-TV poll of likely North Carolina voters taken October 6-7 shows McCain leading Obama 48%-46%.

North Dakota – Obama Leads
A Fargo Forum/Public Affairs Institute at Minnesota State University Moorhead poll of likely North Dakota voters taken October 6-8 shows Obama leading McCain 45%-43%.

Ohio – McCain Leads
The Associated Press reports the Ohio Newspaper Poll of likely Ohio voters taken October 4-8 shows McCain leading Obama 48%-46%.

Candidates on TV – 21 days left!

In Politics, US Elections on October 13, 2008 at 3:47 pm

If you wish to gather candidates, VP candidates, and/or their traps and mistakes this week on TV, you´ll have every chance to do so. Starting off with the third and last presidential debate on Wednesday, Oct 15, 9pm ET or 5pm PT. As Barack Obama leads with comfortable 10 points in recent national polls, this Wednesday´s debate will provide the last chance for John McCain to convince an audience nation-wide and gain back lost territory. Although liberal and even republican comments in today´s New York Times suggest that this won´t happen, drawing historic comparisons. Bob Schieffer of CBS is moderating the debate, taking place at Hostra University in Long Island, NY.

The second must-watch is going to happen a day later. Thursday´s edition of The Letterman Show will – finally – be stage for John McCain, who opposed the host a month ago with canceling a scheduled appearance. Due to immediate handling of the financial crisis or the bad condition of the own campaign, this all might be true – but giving CBS´s colleague Katie Couric at the same time aroused good old Letterman, making him feel like an “ugly date“. Revenge to come on Thursday?

While Sarah Palin seems to take a break from recent talk show experiences, Joe Biden will make it to the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno“, also on this week´s Thursday.

Saturday Night Live

In Politics, US Elections on October 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm

Another classic came from this weekend´s Saturday Night Live on NBC, mocking the Vice Presential Debate held on Thursday 10/2 between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden.  Tina Fey performed – once again – Sarah Palin, struggling with questions from Queen Latifah (Moderator Gwen Ifill) and with her opponent Biden, played by sketch partner Jason Sudeikis. The performance, nearly 10 minutes long, created significant attention in the online world after being broadcasted. The Associated Press felt that “Tina Fey is running for vice president“, reminding the increasing popularity Fey gets by playing the Palin role more often. Cathrin Friar from RightPundit.com stresses, though jokes where on all debate´s characters, Sarah Palin was the real target and cites Queen Latifah´s remark at the show opening: “Due to the historically low expectations for Gov. Palin, were she simply to do an adequate job tonight, at no point cry, faint, run out of the building or vomit, you should consider the debate a tie.”

You can read the whole transcript here (courtesy of NBC) or click on the YouTube link:

QUEEN LATIFAH AS GWEN IFILL: “Good evening, I’m Gwen Ifill and welcome to Washington University in St. Louis Missouri to the first and only 2008 Vice Presidential Debate between the Republican nominee, Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, and the Democratic nominee, Joe Biden of Delaware. Let’s welcome the candidates.”

TINA FEY AS GOV. SARAH PALIN: “Can I call you, ‘Joe?'”

JASON SUDEIKIS AS SEN. JOE BIDEN: “Of course.”

FEY AS PALIN: “OK, ’cause I practiced a couple of zingers where I call you Joe.”

LATIFAH AS IFILL: “Now tonight’s discussion will cover a wide range of topics including domestic and foreign policy matters. Each candidate will have 90 seconds to respond to a direct question and then an additional two minutes for rebuttal and follow-up. As moderator, I will not ask any follow-up questions beyond ‘do you agree?’ or ‘your response?’ so as not to appear biased for Barack Obama in light of my new book (holding up book) ‘The Breakthrough: Politics of Race in the Age of Obama,’ coming out on inauguration day and available for pre-order on Amazon.com. And finally, we would like to remind our audience that due to the historically low expectations for Governor Palin, were she simply to do an adequate job tonight, and at no point cry, faint, run out of the building or vomit you should consider the debate a tie. Alright, let’s begin. Senator Biden, how, as Vice President would you work to shrink the gap of polarization that has sprung up in Washington?

SUDEIKIS AS BIDEN: “Well, I would do what I have done my whole career, whether it’s been dealing with violence against women or putting 100,000 police officers in the streets. I would reach across the aisle. Like I’ve done with so many members of the other party. Members like John McCain. Because look, I love John McCain. He is one of my dearest friends. But at the same time, he’s also dangerously unbalanced. I mean, let’s be frank, John McCain — and again, this is a man I would take a bullet for — is bad at his job and mentally unstable. As my mother would say, ‘God love him, but he’s a raging maniac…’ and a dear, dear friend.”

LATIFAH AS IFILL: “Governor Palin. How will your administration deal with the current financial crisis?”

FEY AS PALIN: “Well first of all, let me say how nice it is to meet Joe Biden. And may I say, up close your hair plugs don’t look nearly as bad as everyone says. You know, John McCain and I, we’re a couple of mavericks. And gosh darnit, we’re gonna take that maverick energy right to Washington and we’re gonna use it to fix this financial crisis and everything else that’s plaguin’ this great country of ours.”

LATIFAH AS IFILL: “How will you solve the financial crisis by being a maverick?”

FEY AS PALIN: “You know we’re gonna take every aspect of the crisis and look at it and then we’re gonna ask ourselves, ‘what would a maverick do in this situation?’ And then, you know, we’ll do that.” (SHE winks.)

LATIFAH AS IFILL: “Senator Biden, how would your administration address the current financial crisis?”

SUDEIKIS AS BIDEN: “Barack Obama and I understand that we need to regulate Wall Street. John McCain voted against Wall Street regulation 41 times. Let me repeat that. 41 times! And again, this is a man I love. If I had to spend the rest of my life on a desert island with only one other person it would be John McCain — no doubt about it. I mean, you should see the way my face lights up when he walks into a room. But the fact is, John McCain has voted with George Bush ninety percent of the time, let me say that again: time.”

LATIFAH AS IFILL: “Governor Palin, would you like to respond to Senator Biden’s comments about Senator McCain?”

FEY AS PALIN: “No thank you, but I would like to talk about bein’ an outsider. You see while Senator Biden has been in Washington all these years I’ve been with regular people. Hockey moms and Joe Six-packs I’d also like to give a shout out to the third graders of Gladys Woods Elementary who were so helpful to me in my debate prep. Also too, you see, I think a bit differently from an insider. I don’t think it’s patriotic to pay more taxes. I don’t think it’s patriotic to criticize these wars we got goin’ on. I do think it’s patriotic to tell the government, ‘Hey get outta my way! Stop tryin’ to impose on my right to shoot wolves from a helicopter.’ But a Washington insider like Joe Biden probably disagrees.”

SUDEIKIS AS BIDEN: “You know I get a little tired of being told I’m an insider. I come from Scranton, Pennsylvania and that’s as hardscrabble a place as you’re gonna find. I’ll show you around some time and you’ll see. It’s a hellhole. An absolute jerkwater of a town. You couldn’t stand to spend a weekend there. It is just an awful, awful sad place filled with sad desperate people with no ambition. Nobody, and I mean nobody, but me has ever come out of that place. It’s a genetic cesspool. So don’t be telling me that I’m part of the Washington elite because I come from the absolute worst place on Earth: Scranton, Pennsylvania. And Wilmington, Delaware is not much better.”

LATIFAH AS IFILL: “Senator Palin. Address your position on global warming and whether you think it’s man-made or not.”

FEY AS PALIN: “Gwen, we don’t know if this climate change hoozie-what’s-it is man-made or if it’s just a natural part of the ‘End of Days.’ But I’m not gonna talk about that I would like to talk about taxes, because with Barack Obama, you’re gonna be paying higher taxes. But not with me and my fellow maverick. We are not afraid to get maverick-y in there and ruffle feathers and not got to allow that. And also, too, the great Ronald Reagan.”

LATIFAH AS IFILL: “The next question is for you, Senator Biden. Do you support, as they do in Alaska, granting same-sex benefits to couples?”

SUDEIKIS AS BIDEN: “I do. In an Obama-Biden administration same-sex couples would be guaranteed the same property rights, rights to insurance, and rights of ownership as heterosexual couples. There will be no distinction. I repeat, no distinction.”

LATIFAH AS IFILL: “So to clarify, do you support gay marriage, Senator Biden?”

SUDEIKIS AS BIDEN: “Absolutely not. But I do think they should be allowed to visit one another in the hospital and in a lot of ways, that’s just as good, if not better.”

LATIFAH AS IFILL: “Governor Palin. Would you extend same-sex rights to the entire country?”

FEY AS PALIN: “You know I would be afraid of where that would lead. I believe marriage is meant to be a sacred institution between two unwilling teenagers. But don’t think I don’t tolerate gay people. Because I do. I tolerate them with all my heart. And I know quite a few too. Not personally. But I know of them. I’ve seen ‘Ellen.’ Oh, and there was this one girl on my college basketball team. She wasn’t officially ‘a gay,’ but, you know, we were pretty sure.”

LATIFAH AS IFILL: “Governor Palin, what is your position on Healthcare regulation?”

FEY AS PALIN: “I’m gonna ignore that question and instead talk about Israel. I love Israel so much. Bless its heart. There’s a special place for Israel in heaven. And I know some people are going to say I’m only saying that to pander to Florida voters, but from a very young age, my two greatest loves were always Jews and Cuban food.”

LATIFAH AS IFILL: “I would now like to give each of you a chance to make a closing statement.”

FEY AS PALIN: : (holding flute): Oh, are we not doing the talent portion?

(FEY AS PALIN plays flute, winks)
(LATIFAH AS IFILL stares)

LATIFAH AS IFILL: “Senator Biden, your closing statement?”

SUDEIKIS AS BIDEN: “My goal tonight was a simple one. To come up here and at no point seem like a condescending, egomaniacal bully, and I’m gonna be honest, I think I nailed it. Sure there were moments when I wanted to say, ‘Hey, this lady is a dummy!’ But I didn’t. Because Joe Biden is better than that. I repeat Joe Biden is better than that (pointing at FEY/PALIN). So to all of the pundits who said I would seem cocky or arrogant. You dopes got schooled Biden-style.”

LATIFAH AS IFILL: “Governor Palin?”

FEY AS PALIN: “I liked being here tonight answering these tough questions without the filter of the mainstream gotcha media with their ‘follow-up questions,’ ‘fact-checking’ or ‘incessant need to figure out what your words mean and why ya put them in that order.’ I’m happy to be speaking directly to the American people to let them know if you want an outsider who doesn’t like politics as usual or pronouncin’ the “g” and the end of words she’s sayin’ I think you know who to vote for. Oh, and for those Joe Six-packs out there playing a drinking game at home — Maverick.”

LATIFAH AS IFILL: “Well, this concludes tonight’s debate. The book drops November 4, and Live From New York…It’s Saturday Night!

The Debate Skit to follow on YouTube

Republican heartbeat

In Politics, US Elections on October 3, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Several political ads from diverse groups published over the last weeks provoce spiteful comments in several newspapers and blogs. The California Nurses Association´s “One Heartbeat Away” refers to McCain´s age and health, presenting him in front of a black background and a pulsing signal from a heart-monitor, which becomes silent and turns into a flat line. Several pictures of Palin with remarks towards her readiness to take over the presidency if neccessary are cut in between.

Another 60-seconds advertisement from the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund attacks Palin on her stance on the aerial hunting of wolves. The viewer is taken on to an helicopter from where wolves in Alaska are being shot. The wolf barrels into the ground, writhing in pain on the snow. “Sarah Palin supports aerial hunting of wolves and bears. Do You?” asks the spot at the end.

Sarah and the Russian experience

In Politics, US Elections on September 26, 2008 at 11:41 am

If you do believe you have more Foreign Policy experience than Sarah Palin, plus own a Facebook account, it is now time to announce this as a matter of fact. Despite a week full of political turmoil in Washington and the financial showplaces all around the world, POP (Picking On Palin) has never been more popular.  “I have more Foreign Policy experience than Sarah Palin” is just one example of a rapidly growing community of people in many social networks sites responding to remarkable statements from Palin on foreign policy this week in national TV.
Her appearance at CBS Evening News on 9/26/2008, asked by host Kathie Couric to explain what Palin meant by citing Alaska´s proximity to Russia as foreign policy experience, has potential to make it into the Hall Of Fame of this year´s political broadcasts. Earlier, her interview with ABC´s Charles Gibson not only left her scratch marks but will be remembered as a hard tackle and also as one of the interview highlights this season.  A sort of relief perhaps has been her appearance on Fox on 9/17/2008, interviewed softly by Sean Hannity. I wonder why. However — attention everybody in the blogosphere when Gov. Sarah Palin takes the mic and talks again about how Russia and Canada influenced her foreign policy experience.

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Facebook Group "I have more Foreign Policy experience than Sarah Palin"