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Finally! It seems they found something to do for these poor guys!

A national holliday for a guy who has been elected yet to another job – with no accomplishment in sight!

And in a Marie Antoinette style, Mac Donald wil let us eat cake! Obama cake:

At 7:30 a.m. on Inauguration Day, Obama Cake will be served at the downtown McDonald’s,

I got this future phrase of the times from Riverdaughter’s post documenting the first utterance – of many to come.

The actual quote, coming from Terry gross from NPR is

That’s going to be a really hard one for Obama, don’t you think??

and it’s in response to Robert Kuttner outlining the challenges ahead. RD’s comment to it is priceless:

Yes, Terry, we *do* think.  And we have thought this for some time now.  That is why we did not support Obama.  We thought it would be too overwhelming for a guy with no knowledge of the executive branch or how the mechanisms of government actually worked.

Terry seems genuinely shocked that the economy is seriously smothering her pleasure in the nation’s self-actualization over the Obama victory.  My advice is to enjoy is while you can.  The $^*( hits the fan when the inauguration is over and the drum lines go home to Georgia.

W did it for himself in the 2004 debate with Kerry: “It’s hard work”. Still, the powers that decided now to install Obama still wanted him to pretend to work hard in 2004. But I just wanted to consign this for history as the first of many more.


This fits here – you can see I am getting my media exposure very indirectly these days. Per madamab’s entry ay the Confluence

In fact, right before the press conference, Katie Couric’s first question was (tellingly), “How will he lower expectations today?”

OK, I am ready

Echoing my previous findings about voter abstention by collusion, Politico is surprised to find that the much vaunted turnout was a myth

Despite widespread predictions of record turnout in this year’s presidential election, roughly the same portion of eligible voters cast ballots in 2008 as in 2004.

Between 60.7 percent and 61.7 percent of the 208.3 million eligible voters cast ballots this year, compared with 60.6 percent of those eligible in 2004, according to a voting analysis by American University political scientist Curtis Gans, an authority on voter turnout.

It seems registrations – real or not – were unprecedented, but not all showed up

gross number of ballots cast in 2008 was the highest ever, even though the percentage was not substantially different from 2004, because there were about 6.5 million more people registered to vote this time around.

And here comes my confirmation:

In 2004, turnout was 6 percentage points higher than in 2000. But Gans said he believed it did not spike more this year because fewer Republicans went to the polls

And here comes the shocker:

Still, some key states saw a decline in overall voter participation.

And you wouldn’t believe which states!

In Ohio, which has had aggressive GOTV campaigns in the past two presidential cycles, the number of voters appeared to decline from 5,722,443 in 2004 to 5,595,966 in 2008, according to the final but unofficial tally by the Ohio secretary of state. Turnout in those years dropped from 72 percent to 67 percent.

SCOTUS must be so disappointed! They wanted voters so badly in Ohio

And early voting didn’t help turnout

Interestingly, Gans found that state efforts to make voting more convenient — for instance, through programs for early or mail-in voting — did not significantly boost turnout. Of the 14 states with the largest turnout increases, only six had so-called convenience voting initiatives, while in the 13 states with the greatest decline in voting, 12 had some form of convenience voting.

But, but, I don’t understand – the new base of the party…

And this is quite an admission from a site, article which prints “historical candidacy” every other word.


via PUmapac

c) The black vote made a huge difference; but young people did not.

Much as they tried to hide us , we were there

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ An exit poll by The Associated Press shows that some Democrats who supported Hillary Clinton crossed party lines in support of Republican John McCain.

To be sure – this is the headline:

Pennsylvania exit poll shows 1 in 5 Hillary Clinton supporters going for John McCain

.Yeah, I know, I thought we were more than that.

h/t to Garrychapelhill

Even since Murdoch bought AP, their style and credibility became tabloidish.

In this election cycle, AP was Murdoch’s main outlet of holdining his promised agreement with the Obama campaign (Fox, NY Post ans Wall Street journal would have to appear more ambiguous in their shilling – or as he likes to say “fair and balanced”.

But AP, which feeds news to most major newspapers in the country, went all out.

There re several memorable lies:

The last primary in Puerto Rico was expected to go to Hillary and also to put her over the top in the popular vote. So, in order to create voter supppression, AP falsely announced not once, but 3 times that day that Hillary dropped out.

After the VP debate, AP scrubbed its own realistic account about Palin’s victory wish a propagandistic storry shilling for Obama.

They also blackmailed McCain that they would paint him as a racist if he dares bring out Ayres.

And now, after the election, when Obama’s collusion with the fundies was made obvious by the passing of Proposition 8, AP is trying to  fudge the facts.

They mix in some true facts

Leaders of the successful Proposition 8 campaign say an unusual coalition of evangelical Christians, Mormons and Roman Catholics built a majority at the polls Tuesday by harnessing the organizational muscle of churches to a mainstream message about what school children might be taught about gay relationships if the ban failed.

gloss over others

Mormons make up less than 2 percent of the California population with a religious preference,

bury the lede

Exit polls showed 70 percent of blacks supported the ban, a far higher percentage than any other race.

and go out of their way to insulate Obama from any responsibility

During his campaign for the White House, Obama pledged to work for repeal of the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act, which prevents the federal government from affording Social Security and other benefits to same-sex couples. He also vowed to reverse the Defense Department policy that prevents openly gay people from serving in the military.

I personally don’t remember those promises, but I’ll be sure to keep them in mind now.

And here’s what the AP article did miss:

Exit numbers suggest the fundies stayed home election Day

The Obama campaign allowed Obama’s voice to be used in robocalls saying Obama opposed gay marriage.

B0bots were not told to vote against it. They did vote for a proposition taking care of chickens. left the gays out – as price for the Christian right staying home.

So, nice try misdirections AP. The Mormons may have raised 36 million, but Obama’s 600 million could have easily wiped that out, had not the agreement been in place.

As Garry says – now morons are protesting Mormons…

Politico allows a bit of truth to peek in

One of the few notable losses for the left on Tuesday came in California, where Proposition 8, which “Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry,” passed by a bit more than three percentage points, even as — or perhaps because — Barack Obama won the state by a whopping 24 points.
Fallout over the apparent black-gay split within the Democratic coalition has been fierce, with Dan Savage claiming black homophobia, reports of racial slurs and abuse directed at blacks at a marriage equality rally on Thursday,  and Andrew Sullivan, among others, calling for calm.

Wait, Andrew Sullivan calling for calm?

And who’s gonna monitor baby Trig sonogram now????

And a heavily ironical closing

It’s one early sign of the diverse and sometimes divergent interests of members of the party base Obama will have to choose amongst and navigate between as president.

Will have to? You mean, what happened in November didn’t give anyone an inkling of a choice already made????

Not Your Sweetie

November 2008