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Archive for November 5th, 2008

One Day at the ATM

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2008 5:42 am by HL

One Day at the ATM


Obama Elected President

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2008 5:41 am by HL

Obama Elected President
Based on network projections, Sen. Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States tonight.

obama.jpgThis is political accomplishment so extraordinary that we will spend days looking at how he did it. For now, however, let’s just celebrate how America made history today.


Obama Wins and Redefines What It Means to Be American

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2008 5:38 am by HL

Obama Wins and Redefines What It Means to Be American
So who’s a real American now?


A Pox on “The Poll of Polls”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2008 5:37 am by HL

A Pox on “The Poll of Polls”
Enough already with these “poll of polls”. CNN does it, RealClearPolitics does it, and so does Pollster. And so too will a lot of other imitators do the same thing in the next election cycle, if we just let…


Citizens of the World

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2008 5:36 am by HL

Citizens of the World
Offending phrase highlighted … And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for…


Obama wins

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2008 5:35 am by HL

Obama wins

Obama wins

I was just thinking – It was an amazing night. The fears of 2000/2004 returned. How were states really going to go? Was Georgia really in play? Where’s Florida? Were those machines fixed? It has been hours and Virginia seems to be using a crayon and stone tablet to add up their vote totals.

Pennsylvania was the first big swing state that clearly went for Obama. For weeks, the talking heads were trying to make this close (this state and really this whole race) but it wasn’t. It never was. This race hadn’t been close for over a month yet the talking heads were just talking and talking about John McCain’s surge. NOT! There wasn’t any significant surge. For reasons that were unclear to me, McCain threw time and money into Pennsylvania in the last 3 – 4 weeks. Why? None of the poll numbers hinted that Pennsylvania was close. Some polls had McCain down by 10 point yet he and Sarah Palin was out there (and don’t forget Joe the Plumber). The final vote total revealed that there were no surprises in Pa. Obama won by 11.

About an hour later, Ohio went for Obama. I found it interesting that there was so little talk about Ohio. The talking heads didn’t go on and on over Ohio, why? Ohio was really interesting with 2004 as a back drop. The conservative Cincinnati vs. the liberal Cleveland. There was so much to talk about that would have been interesting and informative but we got almost nothing. Then the real waiting had begun.

My question for all of you is – When did John McCain know that this race was over? When did he know that he lost to Bush for the 3rd time? We all know that John McCain lost to Bush in 2000. I think that you can say that McCain wanted to run in 2004 but it wasn’t politically possible. So, he lost again in 2004. Now with Bush being so unpopular, President Bush drug McCain and other Republicans down in this election. Elizabeth Dole is a great example. She really didn’t do anything wrong. Incumbents usually lose for screwing up not for being worthless. If Bush could have gotten his approval numbers into the low 40’s he would have helped McCain. In the end, John McCain lost not only to Barack Obama but also to George W. Bush, again.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, just before 10 pm EST that Barack Obama had passed the magic number. He was sitting at just over 200 electoral votes and California, Oregon, Washington State and Hawaii were clearly his but not counted yet because those polls hadn’t closed. The writing was on the wall. The game was over. The fat lady was singing. Elvis had left the building. It didn’t matter how Virginia, North Carolina, Indiana, Missouri and Montana went. Barack Obama didn’t need them for victory but he did need them for a mandate.

Tonight, Barack Obama received a mandate from the American people. There are still a few races which are too close to call (Al Franken) and a couple of states that remain too close to call (Indiana, Missouri and North Carolina). America with your young and old, rich and poor, black, white, and brown party tonight because we need to wake up and figure out how to change this country that we love.


GOP races to save House seats

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2008 5:34 am by HL

GOP races to save House seats
Republicans try to hold down expected Democratic gains in House, Senate.


Kristol: Palin ?reminds me a lot of FDR.?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2008 5:33 am by HL

Kristol: Palin ?reminds me a lot of FDR.?
Yesterday on Fox News Channel, Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol predicted that Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) has a bright future in American politics even if her ticket does not win today’s election. Kristol noted that Franklin Delano Roosevelt lost his bid for vice president in 1920 only to be elected president twelve years later: KRISTOL: She […]

Yesterday on Fox News Channel, Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol predicted that Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) has a bright future in American politics even if her ticket does not win today’s election. Kristol noted that Franklin Delano Roosevelt lost his bid for vice president in 1920 only to be elected president twelve years later:

KRISTOL: She has a future, she may not run in four years if McCain loses. Franklin Roosevelt, as a 38 year old, lost the vice presidential race. He became governor of New York and then was elected twelve years from [then]. … She reminds me a lot of FDR. I just said that so that can go — so the left wing blogs can go crazy.


Obama Delivers Remarks in Chicago

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2008 5:32 am by HL

Obama Delivers Remarks in Chicago
Barack Obama has captured the battleground state of Pennsylvania, giving him a crucial early advantage over John McCain in the race to serve as the 44th president of the United States.


Is Obama Swiping the Tax Cut Issue?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2008 5:28 am by HL

Is Obama Swiping the Tax Cut Issue?
Wouldn’t it be the height of irony if Barack Obama wins this election as the Ronald Reagan tax-cutter? His tax plans are severely flawed, and his campaign narrative to support them is all wrong. And yet a recent Rasmussen poll shows that 31 percent of voters believe Obama is the real tax-cutter, while only 11 percent choose McCain. Believe it or not, Obama seems to have swiped the tax-cut issue from the Republican Party. How can this be?

Alarmist Obama and Coal
On October 28, the British parliament began debating a bill to create a massive bureaucracy to deal with global warming. It snowed that day. It was the first snowfall in London in October since 1922. The day after the snow fall in London, Tibet experienced its worst snowstorm ever recorded. In the U.S. on October 29, 115 communities set or tied records for low temperature on that date, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said.