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Can McCain Carry Pennsylvania?

October 30th, 2008

I’ve been spending some time recently looking at the polls and the electoral college. I am interested in seeing what each candidate has to do to reach the needed 270 electoral votes. Looking at the map I see an awful lot of blue and gray. Its really easy for Obama. His path to victory mostly includes not doing anything really stupid in the next week.  He doesn’t even have to win any of the toss-up states. All he has to do is win the states that are leaning towards him. Of course this is assuming that the polls are accurate.  On the other hand we have McCain. His path to victory is much more difficult, again, assuming you trust the current polls.  First, he has to win all the toss-up states. As it currently stands, that would give him 227 to Obama’s 311.  Still not even close. So what does McCain have to do to make the election telecast matter past 7pm on election night?

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Let’s Party Like It’s 1976…

October 27th, 2008

A newcomer to national politics, he claimed to transcend partisan labels. He moved to the center during the campaign, at a time when the Democrats held large congressional majorities. In a troubled economy, he told voters he would keep taxes down for most Americans, limit spending, and balance the budget, all while implementing ambitious social programs. He planned to cut military spending to free money for other purposes, but assured moderates and conservatives that when it came to America’s enemies, he would be tougher than the Republicans. The media, droves of moderates, and some conservatives believed him, having pegged him as a man of character.

His name was Jimmy Carter, the year was 1976, and he won. His presidency helps us predict the likely results of an Obama victory in 2008.

This quote is from Mark Moyar who has an interesting article on what we can learn from Carter’s presidency, and what it tells us about a possible President Obama. Let’s explore some history from the  70’s and see if we can learn from it.

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Leader or a Lawmaker?

October 26th, 2008

I find it interesting the large percentage of presidential campaigning, all executive branch campaigning for that matter, that is centered around the long drawn out policy ideals of the candidates. Guess what? Their policies don’t matter. Read more…

Objectivity, Subjectivity, and the Art of Making Money

October 26th, 2008

I loathe politicians and the media. This applies evenly to everyone, no news source of political party is immune. I’m a libertarian and Bobb Barr is as guilty as everyone else, just look at how all of his positions changed just in time for the election to line up precisely with the Libertarian talking points even though his record doesn’t quite agree. My friend and I are angry - angry with all the people who constantly lie, cheat, mislead, and purposefully work towards the good of themselves instead of the interest of the collective. I’d like to think that we can each win without anyone losing, some may win more, but no one has to lose; I’m naive. Read more…

Top 10 Reasons Obama is Going to Win

October 23rd, 2008

10. He is the better speaker.

9. The majority of Americans prefer style over substance.

8. The majority of Americans have no idea what substance would be better for the country.

7. He is the better speaker.

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Does Biden Want to Win?

October 21st, 2008

The following is a quote from VP candidate Joe Biden:

It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking…. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy….

I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate… And he’s gonna need help. And the kind of help he’s gonna need is, he’s gonna need you - not financially to help him - we’re gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right.

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Where have our leaders gone?

October 15th, 2008

Lincoln
Where are George Washington and Abraham Lincoln when we are in need of a good leader? Does anyone really believe that Barack Obama or John McCain can compare? Our leaders are supposed to inspire confidence in us. Leaders are put in place to calm our fears. They are supposed to stop people from panicking. Do we have any leaders today that will take a place next to Lincoln in history? From Nancy Pelosi to Harry Reid, George W. Bush or John McCain, Henry Paulson and Barack Obama, will any those names go down in history as “Leaders?” I think it is more likely that will be remembered as people who had power. They are people that were elected to lead, but for the most part they are not leaders.

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Politicians Aren’t Telling Us Everything

October 14th, 2008

If you were paying attention to the  Presidential Debate that recently took place at Belmont University you may have heard Tom Brokaw mention that the candidates had been briefed ahead of time on the questions that will be asked. This is a fairly standard procedure in the world of politics. We would hope that this would result in all of the questions being answered with complete well thought out answers that provide the American public with the information necessary to make an informed decision come election day. Sadly, we would only be half right. Read more…