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Mayor Palin, Barack Obama is a handsome, charismatic demigod. How many boxes of Kleenex will you need after your crushing loss?

Senator Biden, what is your favorite color? And if you have time for a follow-up question: Why?

Mayor, you talk funny and you own a tanning bed. Why haven’t you released Trig’s birth certificate?

Senator, have you seen those pictures of Obama in his swim trunks? If not, I have them right here.

I think I just discovered a few myself:

Sarah, who is minding your children while you play politics with the big guys?

Senator, do you think Barack wants a pillow?

Can you find some too?

While a new WSJ/NBC poll shows thet back Obama 2 to one, their reliability is questionable

When asked to rank their interest in the Nov. 4 election, just 49% said they were “very interested.” By comparison, 70% of voters of all age groups said they were “very interested,” according to a separate Journal/NBC News national poll taken a week ago.

Moreover, 54% of the new voters said they would definitely vote Nov. 4.

they may be

These new voters are being closely watched by both political parties this fall. Regular Wall Street Journal/NBC News national polls indicate that these first-time and returning voters could account for between 10% and 13% of the November electorate.

Well, it depend I guess on what the new fad will be in November

Original date – September 24

here’s their sample
METHODOLOGY: This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone Sept. 19-22, 2008, among a random sample of 1,082 adults, including an oversample of African Americans (weighted to their correct share of the national population), for a total of 163 black respondents. Results among the 916 registered voters surveyed have a 3-point error margin; among the 780 likely voters, 3.5-points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, PA.

So, they assume that 100% of African Americans over 18 will vote. But strangely enough, not other segments of the population. I wonder why?


The McCain Campaign actually objected to the poll on other imbalances:

At the crux of McInturff’s argument was the fact that the Democratic party identification in the Post poll was 16 points higher than the Republican identification — a far larger margin than the Democratic ID edge in other recent public polling.

The response was quite lame

Jon Cohen, the Post’s polling director, explained that the actual party ID numbers among likely voters had Democrats plus six points. It was only when people who offer no original party ID were asked whether they leaned one direction or the other that the number jumped to Democrats +16.

Awww…they didn’t know…the check was in the mail…the goat ate their homework.

Update of October 1

New poll shows Obama losing ground

Last week Obama was up by nine in the ABC/Washington Post poll and it was front page news. This week Obama is up by 4, within 1 point of the margin of error and the poll cannot be found. Instead the story is Bush’s approval rating which finds a new low in this poll.

Interestingly the internals of the poll are difficult to find. I have been unable to find the party ID of those polled.

the poll:

New ABC News/Washington Post national poll conducted after the debate (Sept 27-29) shows that John McCain has picked up 5 points on Barack Obama during the last week, moving from a nine-point deficit to trailing by four:

Obama 50 (-2 vs. last poll Sept 19-22)
McCain 46 (+3)

A similar pick up occurred in the Gallup

The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update of registered voters finds Barack Obama at 48%, and John McCain at 44%, marking a slight narrowing of the race from the eight percentage point margin Obama held earlier this week.

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If a PUMA runs wild and no one pays attention to it, can it still make a sound?

You’d think by the media’s silence that we disappeared. Apparently, still not domesticated

Oregon editorial profiles a few PUMAs

Obama’s victory over Clinton convinced Atkins that a conspiracy in her own party brought down Clinton. Atkins wrestled with anxiety and depression before turning to the Web for solace. There she found common cause with the PUMAs (“Party Unity My Ass”) —a movement of Democrats refusing to back Obama as their party’s nominee.

and notes once again

But the fact that they’re now on McCain’s Straight Talk Express points to a persistent problem for the Obama campaign that runs deeper than a handful of bitter donors in one blue West Coast state. In an Associated Press-Yahoo News poll last week, just 58 percent of Clinton’s supporters said they plan to vote for Obama. That’s the same percentage that said so in June,

and while I didn’t expect the stolen primary to be mentioned, at least the conclusion is this

“Character is more important than positions and policy, because all that stuff gets negotiated and flopped around anyway,” she says. “It’s a trust thing. Obama, I just don’t trust him.”

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According to earlier Obama campaign directive, we now have a flattering headline on Palin’s debate skills

On small stage, Palin scored big debate wins

It’s a nice break from the uninterrupted flow of attacks – and it has one clear purpose – to frame post-debate coverage. The first 2 paragraphs are quite clear

After delivering halting, unsteady performances in recent interviews with ABC’s Charlie Gibson and CBS’s Katie Couric, expectations are low for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in Thursday’s vice presidential debate in St. Louis.

Yet a review of Palin’s experience during her 2006 campaign for governor, when she engaged in a long series of debates with her opponents, suggests she is a more formidable adversary than is widely thought.

The article praises her past debate performance on 2 pages, giving the last word to Obama operatives:

Either way, the Obama-Biden campaign is at least outwardly approaching the debate with a healthy dose of caution.

“She’s spending a whole lot of time – hours and hours a day, apparently – preparing for this debate,” Plouffe said last weekend. “And we suspect that she’ll come in fighting form.”

New York Times of course does its job as Obama surrogate as well

Starts right with the insult while complaining of low expectations for her

Not since Dan Quayle took the stage in 1988 have debate expectations for a major party candidate been as low as they will be on Thursday for Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska.

And then in their hallmark style every paragraph contradicts the preceding. But, nice try.

Of course, in past debates, Palin didn’t have moderators in so the tank for the other side as to have authored a book titled

The title of Ifill’s book? “Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.”

It seems Iffil forgot to disclose that minor fact to the McCain campaign when they were negotiating debates.

Ifill’s profile there describes her as a longtime correspondent and moderator for national news programs and includes her service as moderator of the 2004 debate between Edwards and Cheney.

However, there’s no mention of her upcoming book. Nor does the website for the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is organizing the meetings of the candidates, mention her book.

This from the website

August 5, 2008, the CPD announced the four journalists who will moderate those debates: Jim Lehrer, Gwen Ifill, Tom Brokaw and Bob Schieffer.

Surely, by then she knew she was writing a book?

But, hey, the campaign which gets the media to change the name of the “bailout” into “rescue” can now get everyone to pull for “regular Joe” about to be savaged by a moose killer.


I had to include this charming editorial from CNN’s Obama groupie Rolland Martin

Time for Palin to put up or shut up

He is a bit off message, if unintentionally parodying Obama with statements like:

The truth is, the nation doesn’t know much about Palin.


Thursday’s debate will not be read from a teleprompter.

Teleprompter? ya mean like this one?

Karma would require that they get what they wish for


Digg has a campaign to replace Iffil – get the info and maybe digg up the story

Numbers to call
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Phone: (202) 785-8866
Fax: (202) 835-0003

And, the number of the Commission itself: (202) 872-1020

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