Saturday, November 8, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
November 5, 2008
ROBERT NOVAK* email@example.com
WASHINGTON -- The national election Tuesday was not only historic for the election of the first African-American president in the nation's history but also for how little the avalanche of Democratic votes changed the political alignment in Congress.
The first Democratic Electoral College landslide in decades did not result in a tight race for control of Congress.
When Franklin D. Roosevelt won his second term for president in 1936, the defeated Republican candidate, Gov. Alf Landon of Kansas, won only two states, Maine and Vermont, and Democrats controlled both houses of Congress by wide margins.
But Obama's win was nothing like that. He may have opened the door to enactment of the long-deferred liberal agenda, but he neither received a broad mandate from the public nor the needed large congressional majorities.
The Democrats fell several votes short of the 60-vote filibuster-proof Senate that they were seeking and also failed to get rid of a key Senate target: Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
Republicans, though discouraged by the election's outcome, believe Obama will be hard-pressed not so much to enact his agenda but to keep his popular majority, which he considers centrist, as he moves to enact ultra-liberal legislation, particularly the demands of organized labor.
Q: Bob Novak, is 51 percent of the vote really a mandate?
NOVAK: Of course it is. It’s a 3.5 million vote margin. But the people who are saying that it isn’t a mandate are the same people who were predicting that John Kerry would win. … So the people who say there’s not a mandate want the president, now that he’s won, to say, Oh, we’re going to accept the liberalism that the — that the voters rejected. But Mark, this is a conservative country, and it showed it on last Tuesday.
So in Bob's World, a Republican mandate comes from a win of any kind, but a Democratic mandate would have only come from Obama winning every state but Utah, Wyoming and Oklahoma...
I figgered Fung the IT Director would know, but he can't even get his football picks in on Yahoo.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Barack Obama's fellow Chicagoan Rahm Emanuel, the hard-charging No. 3 Democrat in the House, has accepted the job White House chief of staff, Democratic officials said Thursday.
One of Obama's first decisions as president-elect was to ask the Illinois congressman to run his White House staff. The selection of the fiery Democrat marked a shift in tone for Obama, who chose more low-key leadership for his presidential campaign.
A national disgrace
With the election of a Marxist as president of the United States, I am sad to say that for the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really ashamed of my country.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Republican "Permanent Majority" Lasts Less Than One Presidency
Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 06:00:05 PM PST
A few years ago, Republican strategists were crowing about a new "permanent Republican majority". As of last night, Republicans are a regional party with a narrowly defined ideology and abysmal support among the next generations of voters.
And all it took was, you know, Republicans sucking on every conceivable level, dragging the nation into botched war efforts, corruption in the Department of Justice, and the possible collapse of our entire financial system.
So... yay us, I guess.
How optimistic are you about America's new president-elect?
Very 51% 16330
Somewhat 18% 5844
Not at all 31% 9815
Total Votes: 31989
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This is not a scientific poll, but 31% of people are profoundly moronically idiotically stooooooopid.
Al Jazeera: Jubilation follows Obama victory
On an unrelated note: if the Google is so smart, how come its spell-checker still flags "Obama?"
Refusing to do any of the work to build up third party infrastructure nationally, Ralph Nader has a bit of sour grapes whine, and calls Obama an "Uncle Tom".
It's really bad when Fox News is classier than a national figure like Ralph Nader. Good on Shepard Smith.
To: President, Preparation H
Dear Mr. President, I have seen commercials for your product on television and I have but one question -- What does the "H" stand for?
To: Lazlo Toth ...... January 30, 1992
From: Cecilia McDonnell, Manager, Consumer Affairs, Whitehall Laboratories (Preparation H)
Dear Mr. Toth: Thank you for your recent letter concerning Preparation H. Please be advised that H stands for hemorrhoids.
I get a strong sense that we are in for something very different from past Democratic administrations: a White House more cautious and circumspect in its decision-making, more careful and disciplined in its execution.
Then again, the "hoards of bafoons" comment is also delightful.
But there are a ton of ballot iniatives which did not go well. The one man one woman - marriage thing seems to have support everywhere it was up on the ballot. I still say, lets make it one man one woman and Jesus Christ, and that way the rest of us can have domestic unions. I mean seriously - to give someone your shit (free) after you die one of you has to have a penis and one a vagina? Really? In Arkansas unmarried couples [read: faggot lovers] cannot adopt kids. So those kids get to rot in state homes. Hooray! At least the pro-choice ballot iniatives seem to have had some success. Especially one especially exciting initiative which would have made a fertilized egg a person, wiping out even some forms of birth control. Remember every sperm is sacred.
We always had a good feeling about Indiana when we saw it in our travels. This was a state where Obama had the ground game all to himself. With us predicting a slight win for McCain in the state, but no ground game taken into effect, and with a late minute canvassing push from FiveThirtyEight in Gary, Indiana looks like it'll go Obama.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
November 4, 2008 Issue 44•45
WASHINGTON—As the 2008 presidential campaign came to a close Tuesday, the Republican Party and the average American hard working Joe bid each other a fond farewell at a small rally in Pennsylvania, vowing to meet once again, as scheduled, at the dawn of the next election season. "The Republican Party wishes to thank the Joe for his cooperation and faithful support, and we look forward to acknowledging his needs again in 2012," said GOP representative Luke Hayes, moments before getting in a car and heading back to Washington. "Until then, old friend, we'd just like to say happy trails to you and best of luck." Representatives for the average working Joe reported that the time spent together had likewise been a pleasure, even though he did not actually get around to voting this year.
"Everybody kind of wanted to spend the last 100-plus days doing some legacy things, and the financial crisis has thrown a wrench into that," said one prominent Republican who regularly talks with senior White House officials.
"You have a combination of no legacy stuff, a horrible economic mess and the likelihood that Obama is going to win," this person added. "There is a real sadness there."
. . .
"I said, 'You know, I'm not going to change as a person because of politics or Washington' -- that's what I said when I left," Bush said.
Yep. Still an idiot.
Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 09:26:30 PM PST
Dixville Notch, NH, gives us (per tradition) our first real results of the 2008 election:
Good start, huh? Especially considering this little hamlet in the middle of nowhere (pop. 75) is quite Republican:
Monday, November 3, 2008
University of Delaware - B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science.
Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)
As a comparison, check out The Dingbat:
Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester
North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study
University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester
University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in Journalism*
*Can't name ONE newspaper.
POSTED BY: Gary Brunson, 5-Week-Old Fetus
Nov 03, 2008, 4:00 pm
If there's one thing I am sick and tired of listening to as I sit here growing clusters of nerve cells that will eventually form ears, it's the elites . And the worst elite of them all is this Washington insider, career politician, and writer of too many books Joseph R. Biden. Just listen to him talk! Every single time he appears on TV, it's "analysis of the issues" this and "informed opinion" that. Blah blah blah! Even I make more sense than this asshole, and I don't have a fucking speech center!
Seriously, doesn't Mr. Biden and his kind know how sick of all their fancy "thinking" we are? I'd rather spend all day listening to the monotonous beating of my mother's heart than hear one more word from this jackass. At least, my mother's heart doesn't as often.
As a pre-born entity who has yet to develop any higher brain functions, I am uniquely in touch with what voters are looking for this election. They are looking for 3 things: heartfelt emotion, righteous rage, and good old-fashioned Joe Six-Pack-style values. … three things that an elitist like Joe Biden will simply never understand.
I'm sorry but that's the facts, elitists! And if you don't like it, as soon as I grow a digestive tract you can kiss my ass.
Crain’s 40 Under 40 for 2008 features a diverse lineup of up-and-comers, from chefs to statisticians to CEOs, in industries ranging from coffee to casinos, corrections to commercial real estate.
No. 30: Nate Silver: Managing partner, Baseball Prospectus; creator, FiveThirtyEight.com
Last winter, a young baseball prognosticator trumped the preseason magazines with a dead-on forecast: The perennial doormat Tampa Bay Rays would contend for a division title.
On May 6, a little-known political blogger bested national polls in predicting the victory margins in the Democratic primaries in North Carolina and Indiana, which all but sealed Barack Obama's victory over Hillary Clinton.
Both improbable calls belonged to Nate Silver, a 2000 University of Chicago economics grad who looks right at home in his hipster-thick Wicker Park neighborhood. His blending of algorithm-based predictive models and keen subjective insights has made him a trusted soothsayer for baseball geeks and political junkies alike...
>Electoral College Prediction Map - Predict the winner of the general election. Use the map to experiment with winning combinations of states. Save your prediction and send it to friends.
Bush/sewer clown nexus on the ballot, or, San Francisco: not one of the pro-America parts of the country
At a rally in Ohio, Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, used the taped remarks to attack Obama's energy policy...
"You gotta listen to the tape," she continued. "Why is this audio tape just now surfacing?"
Voices in the crowd could be heard shouting, "Liberal media!"
"This interview was given many months ago," Palin told the audience. "You should have known about this."
The Republican National Committee also sent out blog reports pushing the notion of a "hidden" Obama videotape withheld by The Chronicle.
Obama sat with The Chronicle editorial board Jan. 17 for the interview, and it has been available in its entirety on the newspaper's Web site since it took place in San Francisco during the Democratic primary season.
there is slow to catch on, there is Cub fans buying playoff tickets slow to catch on, and then there is Sarah Palin slow to catch on
"But with Mrs. Palin we got lucky, because we used all the material we had written. At the end, we had to improvise."
McCain adviser Charlie Black said his candidate would have preferred that the Pennsylvania GOP not air the ad using Wright's controversial anti-American statements. But "as McCain said back in the spring, he can't be the referee of every ad," Black said.
I was also watching Sarah Barracuda this morning in Ohio. The MSNBC folks were fawning over her, saying how those stump speeches were "her element", how that was what she was made to do. Not those one on one gotcha interviews with Katie, but standing in front of a bunch of people and speaking. In other words, she's good at reading. Doesn't matter what she's reading, but she's good at it. You know, about Obama the socialist. Obama the raise taxes on all of you guy. Reading falsehoods that make people say boo and yay on cue. That's her skill.
The results of our Global Electoral College are in. Barack Obama has won the election by a landslide...
Some 52,000 readers from across the globe voted, with 44,000 voting in favour of Mr Obama...
Mr Obama ended with 9,115 delegates, compared with just 203 for Mr McCain.
Mr McCain picked up support in some unusual places, including at various points in the poll, Andorra, Macedonia, El Salvador and Georgia. But in the end, just four countries fell to him (and by narrow margins): Iraq, Cuba, Algeria and Congo.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Survey: Religion Affects Willingness to Vote for Non-White Candidate
A white voter’s interpretation of the Bible also affected the person’s likelihood to vote for a racial minority candidate. Those who held more literal views of the Bible were more unwilling to vote across racial lines, the survey showed. . .
The survey found that white voters who belonged to a predominantly white congregation were among the least likely of all respondents to say they would vote for a non-white presidential candidate.
1. Second Jumpability 98
2. Q-Balls 91.5
3. Fung's Globetrotters 90.5
4. Coach #31 77.5
5. Sarah's Barracudas 67
6. Rochester Zeniths 66
7. Cook County Crooks 65
8. Columbus Bureaucrats 64.5
9. La Jolla Chemists 59
10. shot_at_bill 57.5
11. Meowing Squirrels 55.5