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Tuesday, September 16, 2008


A Bubble Becomes A Trend

I think we should probably start panicking. Democrats don't want to admit it, but the picture appearing now is that Obama has a threshold of support, probably due to race. It was close when there was no alternative, but Palin changed that...fence-sitters can now bury their racist heads in the sand, hide behind the spectre of the defeated Hillary (who is, unconscionably, refusing to take on the Palin choice in any public way), and obstinately vote against principle in favor of personality. This isn't a convention bounce for McCain, it's a trend...a clear and steady move away from the black man. And with the national media unable to rediscover objectivity or intelligence, an electorate willing (even preferring) to ignore brazen lies and a nation in economic decline, the result seems clear -- America will be voting for the white man, no matter the cost. It was ever thus.

Maybe the debates will change the picture. Maybe Americans will get smarter overnight. But in states we're now losing -- Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Mexico, Nevada, etc. -- I wonder if there's anything we can do to get them back.

Palin is a shiny bauble. And America is entranced.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I scratch my head that Hillary is CAMPAIGNING FOR OBAMA in Ohio, and you describe her actions as unconscionable.

The Obama campaign is intentionally not attacking Palin and for good reason. It serves no purpose to go after her. Otherwise, she becomes a martyr and a victim. Then McCain operatives get to go on every network and talk about how Obama is sexist. Obama has FINALLY come out with good, hard-hitting contrast ads about McCain, so stop singing this sad song. The polls have stabilized. Her bounce has faded. Things are tied . . . just like before the conventions. Obama needs to make use of that $77 million he's sitting on and win this thing, though. It was never going to be as easy as many thought it would be.

9/17/08, 12:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I REALLY want to give America a little more credit than voting on race alone. but I have a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that you may be right- to an extent.

As for the polls... I've looked at http://www.pollster.com/ who's results dont seem as gloomy...but still. We can't take anything forgranted anymore.

9/17/08, 8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, scratch that last post. After looking at new numbers, Im TERRIFIED!

CCopeland, I want to feel your confidence as well, but right now-this is just too close for comfort.

Lets hope those big bucks he got from Babs Fundraiser last night will give him the ammunition needed to get his message of truth out.

9/17/08, 9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My God you are so cynical. First and foremost, Hillary is doing what she should be doing to help support the party. It really perturbs me to no end that you somehow think it's Hillary's responsibility to drag herself through the mud for Obama. There’s no way that's going to happen, so you might want to climb down from your soapbox; not everything is about race nor are Obama’s deficiencies Hillary’s fault. In reality, the more attention and credibility you give to Sarah, the more the 'inexperience’ issue is reflected back on Obama. Personally, I think she's doing his campaign a favor by not biting at the poison apple.

In short, stop following the polling data as that is already leveling out and will certainly change even more after the debates. The Obama campaign is doing a good job at hitting McCain on the economy issue and the worse things get; the better for Obama. Sadly, with another federal bailout looming, any type of tax relief is certainly out the door and universal healthcare; well you can forget about it. At least Ed Schultz is telling the truth. We'll ALL have to pay for the sins of the greedy Wall Street fucks and their Republican compatriots. Though I’m not a big fan, it’s time for Moveon.org to take up the mantle and draw a distinct comparison to the recent bailouts and the savings and loan scandal of the late eighties. Do you remember who was implicated in the Keating Five and was coincidently the only one that got away scot free? John McCain. I say remind America and hit the old bag of shit where it hurts. Integrity my ASS!

9/17/08, 10:31 AM  
Blogger ModFab said...

You can make this about me if you want, Keith, but I still maintain that Hillary -- who is the reason gender was a part of this election in the first place, who is probably the reasoning behind the Republican's choice of Palin, and who is the only national figure who could question Palin's experience without being charged with sexism -- is abdicating her responsibility on this matter. Is she responsible for Obama's mess? No. Does she have a responsibility to answer the insidious gender hypocrisy surrounding Palin? Yes, without question.

I know that it's important to you, and others, that Hillary be perceived as blameless in the event of an Obama loss in November, because if she's held responsible then she'll have no shot in 2012. But I'd reconfigure that argument in two ways.

The first is: country first, before personal ambition. Hillary must realize that there are more important things than positioning for 2012.

The second is: if Palin becomes VP (or President), it removes the impetus of history for a Hillary candidacy in the future. If Palin opens the door, there'll be no need for Hillary historically.

But this is a side issue, really. (I think most of you Clinton supporters will realize that Hillary was not the point of this particular post.) The important thing at this point is to recognize that there has been a serious and pervasive shift in the race, and it will require a corresponding shift in strategy.

As for the idea that "not everything is about race," I'd point out that I never said any such thing. But I do think there's substantial evidence mounting that race will be the major factor in the independent and women's wote in 2008. If trends continue as they are in the voting patterns, it will be undeniable.

9/17/08, 3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I attended a Hillary Clinton debt retirement event yesterday with Senator Clinton, and all she did was talk about electing Obama.

I do not understand why some people will never cease to see dirty motives or evil intent.

There was a recent article in the New York Observer recently about the fact that Senator Clinton was doing exactly what was asked of her by the Obama campaign - where to appear, how to respond, and - yes - what was to be the message on Palin. This is entirely appropriate - it's Obama's campaign to run as he see fits, and he, smartly, is making the campaign about McCain, not Palin.

9/18/08, 9:21 AM  

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