Tag Archive: Election 2008


It's Over

Finally. This was the longest election season I’ve ever seen.

Questions:

1. Who will Blagojevich pick to replace Obama as Illinois’ freshman senator?

2. If Rahm Emanuel becomes Obama’s Chief of Staff, who will Blagojevich pick to replace him.

3. Will Blagojevich pick himself for either office (Rahm Emanuel is currently holding the congressional seat that Rod Blagojevich held before he became Governor)?

4. What will the next four years be like?

My Electoral Map

I may be over-optimistic (I probably am) but this is my electoral map:
I was extremely optimistic and waayy wrong.

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What was it that Hillary Clinton said?

…ah, yes

We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.

How Much?

Where do Obama’s higher taxes hit?

$150,000? $200,000? $250,000?

And why $200,000 for an individual, but $250,000 for a couple? Where’s the fairness in that?

Early Voting

Joe Biden was encouraging the crowd at his rally in Colorado today to vote early since early voting in Colorado goes on until October 31st. Shep cut away from Joe’s giving his website address for information on early voting and said:

Shep: We won’t interrupt him for the meat of his discussion, but Mary Ann Marsh, why is this early voting so important?

Mary Ann: Well it’s everything Shep. You have to assume that all these polls are much closer than they appear and as Major Garrett said in the earlier segment, any vote you can get before election day is a vote in the bank. You can count those. You can go into election day, know exactly how many votes you have and then based on models know exactly how many votes you have to get on election day. The big thing here Shep that you’ve got to keep in mind is, a good field organization is worth three to five points on election day. You can find three to five points on the ground on election day. So if these polls are close then that’s exactly what’s going to determine this race and you have to say, in that respect, Barack Obama should have the advantage.

This particular line piqued my interest:

You can go into election day, know exactly how many votes you have and then based on models know exactly how many votes you have to get on election day.

I was under the impression that early votes were counted at the same time that absentee ballots were counted, on election day.

So I called up the County Clerk’s office and asked just to make sure.

Early votes are held until election day. So are absentee votes. Then the moving company brings all the voting machines to a warehouse for processing. All the votes are processed at that time.

So, I don’t know how Mary Ann Marsh can know how many votes there are for any candidate. The most she can know is how many early voters there were.

Exit polling, notoriously unreliable, is even harder with early voting, too many places, too many days…

Tested

So far this morning I’ve heard Maria Cardona and Stephanie Cutter trying to explain [cref does-joe-biden-want-to-be-vp Joe Biden’s remarks] from Sunday.

Both are saying that with the world as it is today, whoever is elected president will be tested, especially with the “failed policies of the last eight years”.

Joe Biden said:

Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy. (emphasis mine)

Maria and Stephanie are just trying to spin us away from what Biden actually said. The fact that Biden speaks only of Obama, not McCain is one reason; The “whoever wins the Presidency will be tested” line just doesn’t cut the mustard.

The other is the emphasized phrase above: “a generated crisis”. Joe Biden is telling his audience that one of our enemies out there will generate a crisis in order to test Obama. Creating something new, not just the world as it is today. Not just Iraq and Afghanistan. Something else.

Obama is running for Jimmy Carter’s second term. The world will expect Obama to react just as Jimmy Carter did.

UPDATE: Your Radio Equalizer has talk radio reaction to Biden’s comments and the Obama camp spin.

Does Joe Biden want to be VP?

That’s a question I must ask when I hear him say this:

Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.

Acorn

Fraudulent registrations don’t really matter because they don’t lead to voter fraud on election day.

That’s what Chris Sautter, Democratic Attorney is saying on this video from Studio B.

“But who is going to turn up? Is Terrell Owens going to turn up in Las Vegas with an ID that says that he’s Terrell Owens? That’s not gonna happen.”

Mr. Sautter, that only works where a photo ID is required when going to the voting booth on Election Day.

In Indiana, where a photo ID is required, voting under someone else’s name is indeed difficult if not impossible.

It doesn’t work when, as in Illinois, one need only give the poll workers a name that the poll worker can find a sheet in their book for.

This goes along with my post on [cref last-day-to-register-in-illinois registration deadlines]. A four week deadline is perfectly acceptable and there is no need for same day registration and voting anytime, anywhere. It only leads to fraud.

And look how hard photo ID laws have been fought against by the likes of Acorn and their friends. They’ve been fought against because it makes it more difficult to actually cast a fraudulent vote on election day.

Last Day to Register in Illinois

Today is the last day to register to vote in the State of Illinois.

If you are a citizen and will be 18 years old on or before November 4, 2008 you can register to vote now for the election on November 4th.

There is no reason that anyone anywhere should have to register any later than four weeks prior to an election.

If you’re under 18 now, but will be 18 by the election  – register now.

If you’re going to move in the last four weeks before the election, either early vote in your old precinct or vote absentee there. Then register with your new address in your new precinct after Election Day and you’ll be set for the next election in your new precinct.

If you’re getting married or divorced and will be changing your name, between now and then, go ahead and vote under the old name for this cycle and make the changes just after Election Day.

Same day registration and voting is just unnecessary. It isn’t as if Elections are sprung up on people. They are planned far in advance. Even special elections are planned with enough advance notice that people can be registered in advance of the election.

Same day registration is voter fraud waiting to happen.

Credit Where Credit Is Due

Democrats deserve all the credit… Even Bill Clinton says so.