Friday, November 7, 2008

Gone fishin'

This blog is now officially closed to new posts...but not to comments! Please leave comments here, or anywhere else on the blog.

It's been an honor, and an education, to have been a citizen blogger throughout this campaign. I will continue to stay involved with my government, and I hope you will as well.

I hope to be at the inaugural, singing my heart out in a glee club of 500 long-time Obama supporters. Hopefully it will come to pass!

THANK YOU, everyone!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

So proud and grateful... have been even a small part of the NH Obama volunteer force. I haven't worked huge amounts lately (I just started a new small business) but I've been working on and off for over a year, particularly leading up to the NH primary. During that time, I've been so honored to work with and learn from so many extraordinary Americans:

The 17 year olds who won't be quite old enough to vote (or who voted in the general, but weren't yet 18 in time for the primary) --- but who worked harder than just about anyone (thank you, Theo and Co.)...

The previously disheartened JFK voters who came back to active politics for the first time in 40 years (thank you, Mickey)...

The 2000 Bush voter, a down-the-middle independent, who came around slowly but surely, eventually won over by Barack's reason and calm integrity --- enough to rally a bunch of his Massachusetts co-workers to come to Nashua and work on visibility, send in a few donations, and even plant a yard sign out by our mailbox. I'm so proud of my husband (thank you, Rob [pictured, left, doing election day visibility in Nashua, NH])...

The inner-city Massachusetts public school teacher who came north to NH to canvass and who made more calls, more patiently and effectively, than I'd previously thought possible (thank you, Michelle).

The Web 2.0 Warriors who showed me how to help them fight smears, unbalanced media coverage, and downright misinformation at every turn (thank you, Obama Rapid Response Group and related folks!)

The local HQ staffers who handled so much, so well, and whose big-picture focus, energy, flexibility, and sense of humor never flagged (thank you, Matthew, Gerad, and Richard).

To the folks in Lowell, Groton, and Greenfield, MA, as well as Peterborough, Nashua, Hollis, and Merrimack, NH, who chanted "OBAMA '08...BE A PART OF SOMETHING GREAT" with me at town transfer stations, on city street corners, and at snow-covered rural intersections last winter (sometimes in 10-degree temperatures at 7 am while holding signs with hands wrapped in three layers of gloves)...or who so generously opened their lovely homes for debate-watch parties (too many to name...): thank you.

To my old friends and new Obama cronies all over New England and much farther afield, from Peterborough to Paris, who've cheered me on when I was feeling low and sent me great information to share with others (far too many to name): thank you.

It's been the experience of a lifetime. Win or lose, my faith in American politics is back --- a pretty tall order for someone who first came to political awareness during the Iran hostage crisis in 1979 and who worked for Dukakis, Bradley, and Dean, who never made it this far.

Thank you, Barack.


The website of the President-Elect!

The final week of the two minutes

from Slate V...

One final silly online poll!

What breed should the Obamas' new puppy be?

VOTE FOR THE MUTT!!! Rescuing dogs from the pound is the greatest!

Following Obama...

Photographer Callie Shell travelled with Obama for years, taking some of the most iconic pictures of him of anyone. Here is a collection of these photos...from the splash page, navigate from the menu on the right-hand side.

Photographer Steve Simon was on hand in Harlem during election night. Here is his work.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


11 pm EST:

NPR calls it for Obama.

This. Is. History.

The Global Electoral College

As the results are coming in, it seems that American values may be coming into better alignment with global values...

Make it count!

Got five minutes? PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO and be armed with good information to protect your vote and others', too!

Any questions about (or problems with) voting? Call 1-877-US-4-OBAMA (877-874-6226).

Spread the word...

Monday, November 3, 2008

In The Air Tonight...

Contemporary a capella group Naturally 7 sums up much of the national mood tonight:

A closing 30-second ad from the campaign:

And a video of Barack, paying tribute to his grandmother Madelyn earlier today in Charlotte, NC (she passed on early in the day on Monday, November 3):

Tweet the Vote

Use Twitter? Let us know how your vote went tomorrow.

Here's an article form about this new Twitter feature.


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Bring it home!

12:01 EST, 11/3/08

Saturday, November 1, 2008


Look at NV, OH, PA and FL here on's most recent map!


Friday, October 31, 2008


The Final Four Days...

One final task...

You know all about phone-banking and canvassing and visibility and hosting out-of-state volunteers. Hopefully you're doing, and have done, as many of these wonderful things as you can.

But here's something that needs to be done, yet is probably a little too warm-and-fuzzy for Obama's website to come right out and ask for:

If you're not one of the troops during these final four days...then FEED 'EM.

They're working very hard, it's getting cold out there throughout much of the country, and there's only so much pizza you can eat in a weekend. Besides, many canvassers and other volunteers are cash-strapped college students, some of whom come from out of state and spent their limited funds to get here.

Please make up a crock of chili or stew and put it in a Tupperware container (that you're not terribly attached to. You can put your name on it and try to get it back, but don't bank on it). Add a batch of brownies or a bag of apples. Pack up some paper plates or bowls, some napkins, and picnic flatware too, if you can.

Take the homemade nosh over to your nearest Obama HQ, the faces light up!!!

John McCain: The Musical

The Closer

A little confused...

CNN Quick vote

Do you agree with Obama's policies as laid out in the 30-minute ad this week?

Scroll down, on the right.

Maybe I was the only one...

...who missed this when it originally aired. But here it is again: the 30-minute infomercial!

Olbermann on Palin

Helmets must be worn...

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Colbert: it's Obama!

Inspiration... keep your energy up for these final days of work! Here's a shot from the DNC convention in Denver a few months ago:

Many, many more similarly wonderful photos can be found here on Daily Kos.

McCain/Palin, Dr. Seuss style

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Republican Shipwreck

Just another day in the Kabuki theatre that the GOP's unravelling has become...(at left, Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens).

Gary Kamiya writes in on "The Republican Shipwreck". An excerpt:

...But the problem isn't Bush, it's American conservatism itself -- or at least the debased, intellectually bankrupt and utterly failed thing that American conservatism has become. For McCain to truly renounce Bush, he'd have to renounce the tax-cut ideologues who have bankrupted the country. He'd have to renounce the neoconservatives who led us into a catastrophic war. He'd have to renounce the culture-war attack dogs like Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin who have coarsened conservatism's soul.

In short, he'd have to renounce the Republican Party -- and himself.

Yes, there's some part of McCain that stands apart from the disaster that his party has become. In the past, he has courageously taken principled stands on issues ranging from taxes to immigration to torture. He has some laudable independent instincts. His barely concealed rage and frustration, as he watches himself being pulled under by the enormous suction of the sinking GOP ship, bears witness to this. But his occasional maverick stands cannot change the fact that on the key issues, McCain is a faithful supporter of George W. Bush's policies. As Obama ads incessantly remind voters, McCain himself boasted that he voted with Bush 90 percent of the time. It's too late for him now to suddenly pretend that he represents anything other than more of the same.

On a personal note, I can vouch for the fact that it used to be different for McCain.

In 2000, I worked for New Jersey senator Bill Bradley's presidential campaign here in New Hampshire. At the time, Sen. McCain was riding the crest of his "maverick" wave and really WAS bucking the GOP quite a bit (rather than more or less just giving lip service to the "maverick" ideal, as he's done lately). He wasn't cozied up to the religious right (which is one of the reasons why he did well here in the NH primary, but lost to W in South Carolina).

I'd be out and about with Bradley volunteers, canvassing, and we'd occasionally see a group of McCain volunteers. We'd give them the thumbs up! The gesture was happily returned. There was even talk, only partially in jest, of a joint ticket between Bradley and McCain --- perhaps the two most centrist figures running in their respective parties that year.

Boy, that seems like a very long, long time ago...

Monday, October 27, 2008

Al the Shoe Salesman...gets a tax cut

Let McCain continue to obsess about Joe the Hedge Fund Manager --- I mean, Plumber. We've got Al the Shoe Salesman (oh, and me, the music teacher; my husband, the letter carrier; my neighbor, THE PLUMBER; and my brother, the attorney).


Ben and Jerry's: vote 'n' scoop

Ben and Jerry's is offering a free scoop of their world-class ice cream for voters on November 4th. As if you needed another reason to vote!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Obama pulls a crowd of 100,000+ in Colorado

Early voting was a particular focus. Find out more about whether early voting is allowed in your district here. Then, if you have any free time on election day, volunteer with your local Obama office to help drive voters who need a ride to the polls.

Keep up the good energy...the polls look very stable (for whatever that's worth!). This graph of an average of polls comes from

But ignore the polls. The only poll that matters is the one that takes place on November 4th.

West Texas for Obama...

The San Angelo Standard-Times, a paper in normally arch-conservative West Texas, endorses Obama:

IN OUR OPINION: Nation yearning for significant change

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Presidential campaigns are, in a sense, auditions for the highest public office. Candidates not only tell voters what they intend to do if elected, but they also give a sense of the kind of leader they would be.

Over the past year - especially in recent months - Barack Obama has presented a compelling message and presence, and the Standard-Times editorial board believes he is the right choice for president.

This was not an easy decision.

John McCain has a long and distinguished record, and we do not doubt that he could serve ably in the White House. However, he has run a disappointing campaign - his audition for the presidency - most notably at the start of the financial meltdown. His Democratic opponents did not exaggerate in labeling his actions as "erratic" and "lurching."

Equally confounding was McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate. While the Alaska governor may develop into one of the Republican Party's leaders, so many Americans doubt her readiness to step into the presidency if necessary that McCain's judgment has come into question.

Even though Palin has done what McCain couldn't - energize the Republican base - that does not mean she is ready to lead the nation as president.

Critics point to Obama's relative lack of experience as a disqualifier for the highest office, and that is a legitimate argument. However, during three debates, voters saw a candidate who not only had an exceptional command of the issues but also one who demonstrated the steadiness and temperament that Americans want to see in the Oval Office.

Those are the attributes that led Colin Powell, one of the most respected people in the country, to endorse Obama's candidacy. Obama also has endured months of rumors and scurrilous attacks on everything from his race and religion to his patriotism and family history.

From the beginning, Obama's campaign has been about change. That's an easy position to take when things aren't going well, yet Obama gives reason to believe he truly understands what's needed - a new tone in Washington and leadership that will seek common ground and dramatic change.

The next president faces enormous challenges - including frightening economic conditions, overseeing two wars and ensuring the nation's security.

Even if Obama were inclined to spend as liberally as his opponents warn, the reality of a staggering $10 trillion federal debt will require extraordinary budget discipline no matter who wins on Nov. 4.

Each of those issues and many others can't be adequately addressed without a bipartisan approach that rejects Washington's tendencies to divide politicians and the people they represent for cynical purposes.

Of the two candidates, Obama has shown himself to be the most committed to more inclusive governance. His message has been especially inspirational to young people, whom he has drawn to the political process in phenomenal numbers.

The historical significance of Obama's candidacy - a black person seeking the presidency of the nation that only a few years ago allowed much of the country to effectively exclude blacks from public life - can't be denied. Yet the stakes are so high this year that the racial implications are nearly incidental.

Obama's vision for the future of the United States is the right one. We believe he has the commitment and political skills to make it a reality.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Plates for Obama

Plates for Obama...commemorate our outgoing GOP president!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Scare Card

Another great evening for Rachel Maddow: has an interesting article on the secret behind Maddow's ratings success. She is indeed a breath of fresh air.

Seems that Maddow's theory is quite true, judging by the RNC's newest mailing. If they're trotting out this kind of bile, the McCain campaign must know that things look pretty dire for them...

President Reagan endorses Obama...or seems to

Palin: VP is "in charge of the Senate"

The VP's not merely a tie-breaker in the Senate, it seems. She's IN CHARGE --- and helps the Senators make new policies! WHIZ-BANG!

If her engaging tone (completely appropriate when answering the question of an elementary school student, as was the case here) seems familiar, that's because it's only slightly different from the tone she uses when speaking to Americans adults (see the VP debate).

Obama goes to Hawaii to visit his ill grandmother

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (Reuters) - Democrat Barack Obama will leave the presidential campaign trail to visit his ailing 85-year-old grandmother in Hawaii, whose health has deteriorated in recent weeks, an aide said on Monday.

With two weeks left in an intense battle for the White House, Obama will hold a campaign event in Indianapolis on Thursday and then fly to Hawaii to see his grandmother before returning to campaigning on Saturday, aide Robert Gibbs said.

"Senator Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has always been one of the most important people in his life," Gibbs said in a statement. "Along with his mother and his grandfather, she raised him in Hawaii from the time he was born until the moment he left for college."

Read the rest here, from Reuters.

Please take a moment today to keep Mrs. Dunham and Sen. Obama in your thoughts.

Why Obama?

Please get this video out there...short and straightforward!

Sunday, October 19, 2008


Vote early, if you can...

Find out if it's possible in your district.

Powell's endorsement

Gen. Colin Powell gives Obama the first big endorsement in quite awhile...Hendrick Hertzberg has a good article in the New Yorker about it.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

A picture... worth 1000 words.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Shout it from the rooftops...

Please get this video out there!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Michelle speaks to Women for Obama gathering

She *is* another Jackie O. --- except a bit more easy-going and eloquent!

Palin as President simulator

Click on the objects around the oval office and find the "easter eggs". Updated daily, apparently!

Palin as President

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Obama in 30 Seconds

Award-winning short ads at Obama in 30 Seconds... These are extraordinarily compelling short films!

Starting with the overall winner (please forward this to people who seem to think that McCain has somehow cornered the market on patriotism and an appeal to members of the military...

Have "the talk" with your parents!

The Name Game

Play The Name the first on your block!

Please forward this to your friends...the smear e-mails will be multiplying like crazy in the coming weeks, and this is a funny way to counter them!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The trendline

Keep phonebanking, everyone! The numbers look beautiful (

Bill Maher's Real Time panel on keeping terrorism in perspective

Do any GOP pols watch this show, much less the McCain gang?

Roseanne Cash: why she'd be a better VP than Palin

Ranging from the serious:

I also believe that a teenager's pregnancy is a "private family matter." In fact, I believe that every woman's pregnancy is a "private, family matter."

to the comical:

Like the Governor, I now also believe that my will is perfectly aligned with God's will. When Governor Palin said that it was God's will for the Alaska pipeline to be built and asked for people to pray for that to happen, I was really inspired by her confidence in the absolute, seamless integration of her will and God's will. I have begun practicing this kind of supreme confidence on a smaller scale, but I am sure that I can quickly move to national issues. Starting with the sartorial, I know that it is God's will that I have the entire Chanel collection for the fall season, including those adorable high-heeled booties that were all over the runway shows.

(A couple things I'm still having trouble with regarding the will of God: I knew it was God's will that I win the Grammy in 2007 for my last record, but Bob Dylan won. This is clearly the work of Satan, but shouldn't my will/God's will have been strong enough to override that? And this Alaska pipeline--if it is God's will to have the pipeline built, then why isn't it built already? On a related topic, I don't own a single piece of Chanel.)

Read the rest in The Nation.

Friday, October 10, 2008

It would be funny...

...if it weren't so predictable.

Debate #2

Aside from the normal funnies from SNL, I think the guy playing Brokaw deserves a medal...the former NBC anchor has such an odd speech pattern, and this guy nailed it!

Talk with our enemies

...says McCain's hero, General Petraeus, speaking at the conservative Heritage Foundation thinktank:

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Just another video...

...of Obama looking and sounding utterly presidential.

Please forward to your pals!

That One!

Barack's newest moniker (not that he was looking for one) is gaining traction...

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Sunday, October 5, 2008

There are no words...

...that can add to Tina Fey's performance last night on Saturday Night Live.

AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka on Racism and Obama

Friday, October 3, 2008

compulsive gamblers...

...need help. Not a promotion to the Presidency. George Will, certainly no lefty, sums it up.

The Daily Show's take on Palin and Couric

Quick Wall Street Journal Poll: VP debate winner?

This is the WSJ, so it's running towards the GOP.


More debate result highlights, courtesy of OneGoodMove:

CBS Debate Poll

Forty-six percent of the uncommitted voters surveyed say Democrat Joe Biden won the debate, compared to 21 percent for Republican Sarah Palin. Thirty-three percent said it was a tie.

Eighteen percent of previously uncommitted percent say they are now committed to the Obama-Biden ticket. Ten percent say they are now committed to McCain-Palin. Seventy-one percent are still uncommitted.

CNN Debate Poll

Story Highlights * 51 percent say Democratic Sen. Joe Biden wins vice presidential debate * Republican Gov. Sarah Palin exceeds expectations, 84 percent say * Palin beats Biden on likability, 54-36 * 87 percent say Biden is qualified for job, 42 percent say Palin is

Thursday, October 2, 2008

don't vote


(Seriously, though: send this to anyone you think might not be registered. Anyone under 30, anyway --- they're less likely to be offended by the intermittently R-rated language!).

Need more reason to keep your energy levels up? Maybe a little renewed outrage at the NeoCons, perhaps?

OK...back to today. Now more than ever...STAY FIRED UP.

Good with letters to the editor?

Like writing LTTEs?

Join this group of ghost writers on MYBO and get to work!

Obama yard sign shortage!

Yep. There's a shortage. But it's for a good cause. CHILL, folks!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Schlep and the Talk

"The talk" is happening all over the country, in living rooms and kitchens everywhere.

Sometimes "the talk" also involves a schlep (caution: a blase' use of offensive language, a Sarah Silverman trademark, contained herein).

No wonder...'s hard for McCain to keep track of his houses. Just keeping track of the bedrooms in one of his places is difficult enough. In any event, this little bungalow is up for sale:

Sunday, September 28, 2008

One thing all of this year's candidates can probably agree on...

...the mainstream media seems to have completely lost track of what comprises a real presidential debate.

Tina Fey does it again

Friday, September 26, 2008

please hold your nose...

...and go vote for Obama in the new Drudge Report poll on who won the debate!

And then head over to and grade each candidate on their debate performance.

Initial debate results...

According to CBS's initial coverage, undecided voters saw Obama as the winner of tonight's debate.

More results:

CBS Poll - 500 uncommitted voters (+/- 4 percentage points)

39% Barack Obama won
25% John McCain won
36% draw

On whether their opinion got better toward the candidate

46% Barack Obama
31% John McCain

Who would make the right decisions regarding the economy?

66% Barack Obama
44% John McCain


MediaCurves (HCD Research)

Who won the debate?

Obama McCain
Republicans 10.26% 89.74%
Democrats 92.77% 7.23%
Independents 61.11% 38.89%



Who Did the best job in the debate?

51% Barack Obama
38% John McCain

Who would better handle economy?

58% Barack Obama
37% John McCain

Who Would Better Handle Iraq?

52% Barack Obama
47% John McCain

Thursday, September 25, 2008

McCain stands up Letterman....

Nominally to go back to Washington and work on the economy...

But first, a quick appearance with Katie Couric, to make sure EVERYONE knows what a maverick he is!

Crunch time!

Countdown to the 1st presidential debate: 1 day*
Countdown to the vice presidential debate: 9 days
Countdown to the 2nd presidential debate: 12 days
Countdown to the third presidential debate: 20 days
Countdown to Election Day 2008: 40 days
Countdown to Inauguration Day 2009: 117 days

*well, maybe...

Sarah's interview with Katie Couric


Couric: But he's been in Congress for 26 years. He's been chairman of the powerful Commerce Committee. And he has almost always sided with less regulation, not more.

Palin: He's also known as the maverick though, taking shots from his own party, and certainly taking shots from the other party. Trying to get people to understand what he's been talking about - the need to reform government.

Couric: But can you give me any other concrete examples? Because I know you've said Barack Obama is a lot of talk and no action. Can you give me any other examples in his 26 years of John McCain truly taking a stand on this?

Palin: I can give you examples of things that John McCain has done, that has shown his foresight, his pragmatism, and his leadership abilities. And that is what America needs today.

Couric: I'm just going to ask you one more time - not to belabor the point. Specific examples in his 26 years of pushing for more regulation.

Palin: I'll try to find you some and I'll bring them to you.

More here.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Planned Parenthood and Sarah Palin

Here's a concrete action you can take in support of Planned Parenthood...which will also have the extra benefit of telling Gov. Palin that her brand of politics do not speak for American women as a whole.

Helping to unravel the financial crisis: McCain at the helm?

Let's hope not.

McCain was a central player in the last big government bailout: the Savings and Loan crisis of the late 80s. Here's some coverage of that issue from a paper in McCain's own Arizona.

Above, a picture of McCain celebrating his birthday with Charles Keating.

Repeat this phrase like a mantra: KEATING FIVE. Not only will it help congress guard against pitfalls in the process of unravelling our current financial crisis --- it will remind voters that it would be exceedingly difficult for McCain to help us through our current troubles when he is at the very center of the mindset which got us here (reckless deregulation).

Before-the-job training: Palin at the UN

Does Palin even believe in the idea of the UN? One would have guessed that she'd be from the John Bolton school. Any port in a storm, it seems!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


A jam-packed 120 seconds:

compute your Obama tax cut

Here's a fun site that allows you to compute how much your tax cut would be under the Obama administration, and how much more a McCain administration would tax you.

Unless, of course, you're in that top 1% of earners --- folks in that group should be prepared to see higher taxation levels by Obama than by McCain (or perhaps they leave their internet browsing to their butlers. Damned if I know).

more fun!

Isn't it cool watching Barack smile?

Have a good laugh...and re-focus!!!

just for fun...

The Sarah Palin Baby Name Generator! name is Recoil Zoo Palin!

Some other notable generated names:

Krinkle Bearcat ~ Stick Freedom ~ Crunk Petrol ~ Clamp Noodle

And my favorite:

Thump Hummer

Annie Lamott's Salon article has some great suggestions for getting through the next two months, sanity intact, while working for Obama. One of her suggestions is the Name Generator.

Jezebel more or less agrees with Lamott...but suggests that in order to fight Palin/McCain, we'll probably have to call them by their real names at least occasionally.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Obama: the economists' choice

66% of economists, in a recent poll,
will be casting their vote for Obama.

Perhaps those economists are more mindful than the average bear about the facts of our economic history, as broken down by political party. (Graphic: The Liscio Report).

let the back-pedaling begin

When Karl Rove says "you've gone too far", you can most likely take that to the bank.

This one needs no explanation

Please spread the word. Click on the image to enlarge it, or for an even bigger version, go to

Monday, September 15, 2008

Bad news first...then the good

Plenty of Obama supporters have been feeling a little down of late. It's not hard to figure out why. While we were under the impression that we were in the middle of an election campaign, The GOP has instead gone back to its old standbys: culture warring and "image".

But Alaska residents are way ahead of us in terms of forming impressions of Sarah Palin. Some bad news and some good news here --- but it seems that the good outweighs the bad!

First, the bad. Alaskan residents who don't understand the most basic of all American values: free speech and dissent. Worse yet, radio shows (and entire stations, apparently) which feature such folk, seemingly unopposed.

Now, the good:

Read more about this amazing rally against Palin and all she stands for (the largest political rally in Alaskan history) here at Mudflats, a blog on Alaskan politics.

Thursday, September 11, 2008, who knew he was still around?

Of course he is. You don't mess with "success".

Every time I see one of these distortions...

...I send another $5 to the Obama campaign.

My credit card's not had much of a chance to cool off lately.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Palin makes $10 million for Obama


Barack Obama's campaign for president has raised $10 million since Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin spoke Wednesday night, the campaign announced, calling it a "one-day record."

Wasilla: Meth capital of Alaska

...according to Andrew Sullivan of the Atlantic.

Of course, this wasn't the kind of problem that Sarah Palin tended to focus on, as mayor. Getting Alaska porkbarrel spending aimed towards her town (while decrying pork on a state level) and questioning the local library about the feasibility of banning books was more her speed.

Roger Simon "apologizes"

Alex Koppelman of Salon's War Room column excerpted a column from Roger Simon of Politico.
His favorite excerpts of the piece:

On behalf of the media, I would like to say we are sorry...
We have asked questions this week that we should never have asked.

We have asked pathetic questions like: Who is Sarah Palin? What is her record? Where does she stand on the issues? And is she is qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency?

We have asked mean questions like: How well did John McCain know her before he selected her? How well did his campaign vet her? And was she his first choice?

Bad questions. Bad media. Bad...

[W]e should stop reporting on the families of the candidates. Unless the candidates want us to.

Sarah Palin wanted the media to report on her teenage son, Track, who enlisted in the Army on Sept. 11, 2007, and soon will deploy to Iraq.

Sarah Palin did not want the media to report on her teenage daughter, Bristol, who is pregnant and unmarried.

Sarah Palin thinks that one is good for her campaign and one is not, and that the media should report only on what is good for her campaign. That is our job, and that is our duty. If that is not actually in the Constitution, it should be. (And someday may be.)

Former McCain advisor trashes Palin

As an NPR commentator said today (paraphrase): "The fact that McCain was considering both Lieberman and Palin on his final list shows that he is wiling to pick up ANY weapon in battle".

More info on the cast of characters here.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Putting Country Last

Andrew Sullivan, not exactly known as a lefty, has a short piece in the Atlantic which sums it up...McCain's choice of Palin, while it will drive up his ratings, was nothing short of irresponsible.

As Paul Begala says over on

In choosing this featherweight, McCain passed over Tom Ridge, a decorated combat hero, a Cabinet secretary and the former two-term governor of the large, complex state of Pennsylvania. 'McCain pick might be a gimmick'

He passed over Mitt Romney, who ran a big state, Massachusetts; a big company, Bain Capital; and a big event, the Olympics.

He passed over Kay Bailey Hutchison, the Texas senator who is knowledgeable about the military, good on television and -- obviously -- a woman.

He passed over Joe Lieberman, his best friend in the Senate and fellow Iraq Kool-Aid drinker.

He passed over former congressman, trade negotiator and budget director Rob Portman.

And he also passed over Mike Huckabee, the governor of Arkansas.

Huckabee also has all of the cred with the Religious Right that Palin has --- and then some. But apparently he doesn't look quite as good when shooting a semi-automatic.

9/1/08 update:

I have been pretty disturbed to hear people criticising Bristol, Palin's daughter, regarding recent events. Here's the quick take I've been posting on various forums about it today:

Leave Bristol out of it. She was like a lamb to the slaughter. I'm with Barack --- family members, particularly the children of the candidates, must be off-limits.

A child of a mother who's consistently backed abstinence-only sex ed, yet who is obviously fine with trading on her looks and sexuality (as a beauty queen), never had a chance.

One thing is clear: the McCain/Palin ticket, on the topic of reproductive rights, would obviously be "you play, you pay".

Bristol will be fine --- at least materially --- because she comes from privilege. Be really concerned for the economically disadvantaged American teens who are receiving the same NeoCon-approved (bogus) sex ed as Bristol did. They're the ones who will really pay the price, as will we all, for the children they bring into this world as teen parents.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

THANK YOU, Sen. Clinton!

There is nothing that anyone could have done or said for party unity that would have had as much impact as Sen. Clinton's motion for nomination via acclamation last night. WOW.

Friday, July 4, 2008

making himself clear

Isn't it great that Obama is willing to call the press back to clarify his position as much as possible when there's a question?

Seems that McCain is going to have a little more trouble getting too much momentum with the Spin Machine, at this rate.

Friday, June 20, 2008


Mr. McCain: please look up "pluralism" in the dictionary. Please also check with an eminent Constitutional scholar about the origins of our nation. You could start with Mr. Obama, but there are certainly others around if you'd prefer.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Opening general election ad


From NBC's Domenico Montanaro

Obama is going up with the first general election ad of this campaign -- airing in 18 states. It's an introductory ad, as he tries to get out front of defining himself. With soft guitar music strumming in the background, Obama speaks directly into the camera and emphasizes his "Kansas heartland" values (his mother grew up in Kansas.) And yes, he's wearing a flag pin.

The 60-second ad, "Country I love," will air go up tomorrow in Alaska (!!!), Colorado, Florida, Georgia (!!!), Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana (!!!), Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota (!!!), Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Virginia.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

a mom's memo to McCain

a personal note

Hi everyone...

I've got a challenge of my own to work on...I put on 10 pounds for Barack over the winter! All of the extra time outside of work which I'd normally have spent in the gym, I was furiously blogging away, phonebanking, and attending visibility events in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont. I kept up with a lot of cardio, but the weight training went out the window. Big problem!

So please keep checking in...the blog will be active, but a little less so, over the summer.


Unite for Change

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Friday, June 13, 2008

Thank you, Tim Russert

You probably forgot more about professionalism and journalistic standards, during your long an vital career, than most of your nominal colleaugues in TV news have ever learned.

NBC's Chuck Todd, another great journalist, checks in about Russert as well:

Thursday, June 12, 2008

the numbers

From NBC's First Read:

Obama's Bump:

Days after becoming his party's presumptive nominee and receiving Clinton's endorsement, Obama has opened up a six-point advantage over McCain (47%-41%) in the latest NBC/WSJ poll, which is up three points from Obama's lead in April. Perhaps the most fascinating numbers are in the crosstabs, and some of the numbers will surprise folks who memorized every exit poll from the Democratic primaries. Obama leads McCain among African Americans (83-7), Hispanics (62-28), women (52-33), Catholics (47-40), independents (41-36) and even blue-collar workers (47-42). Obama is also ahead among those who said they voted for Clinton in the Democratic primaries (61-19). Meanwhile, McCain is up among evangelicals (69-21), white men (55-35), men (49-41), whites (47-41), and white suburban women (44-38). However, Obama has a seven-point edge (46-39) among all white women. How important is that lead? NBC/WSJ co-pollster Neil Newhouse (R) explains that Republican candidates always expect to win white men by a substantial margin, but it's white women that usually decide the race. "If a Republican wins among white women, we usually win that election," he says, noting that George Bush carried that group in 2000 and 2004. The poll was conducted of 1,000 registered voters from June 6-9 (Clinton endorsed Obama on June 7), and it has a +/- 3.1% margin of error.

Monday, June 9, 2008

the family values voters won't go for McCain...

The Daily Mail writes about McCain's first wife...not Cindy, in case you haven't heard!

An excerpt:

McCain likes to illustrate his moral fibre by referring to his five years as a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam. And to demonstrate his commitment to family values, the 71-year-old former US Navy pilot pays warm tribute to his beautiful blonde wife, Cindy (pictured), with whom he has four children.

But there is another Mrs. McCain who casts a ghostly shadow over the Senator’s presidential campaign. She is seldom seen and rarely written about, despite being mother to McCain’s three eldest children.

Please DIGG!

McCain's Ohio Disconnect

From the LA Times:

Republican Party machinery in the state helped get President Bush into office, but it's not firing yet on McCain's behalf.
By Peter Wallsten, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

As the architect of Ohio's ballot measure against gay marriage, Phil Burress helped draw thousands of conservative voters to the polls in 2004, most of whom also cast ballots to reelect President Bush. So Burress was not surprised when two high-level staffers from John McCain's campaign dropped by his office, asking for his help this fall.

What surprised Burress was how badly the meeting went. He says he tried but failed to make the McCain team understand how much work remained to overcome the skepticism of social conservatives. Burress ended up cutting off the campaign officials as they spoke. "He doesn't want to associate with us," Burress now says of McCain, "and we don't want to associate with him."

Read more here.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

AOL poll

Please vote in two polls by AOL. It takes only seconds!

the unhappy warrior

the "unity bounce"

An excerpt from The Swamp:

After Hillary Clinton's full-throated endorsement of Barack Obama Saturday afternoon, watch for a "unity bounce" in the Democratic nominee's campaign that some pollsters think could rival the post-convention bounce that campaigns traditionally experienced.

Democrats are now emerging from a hard-fought, protracted primary that exposed fault lines along such visceral elements of identity politics as race, gender and class. The ability of the party to overcome the ill feelings of the primary season and rally around its nominee will go a long way to determining its success during an election in which most signs point to a Democratic year.

So the strength and durability of a bounce for the Obama campaign in the coming weeks is likely to be an early indicator of the party's chances of success in the general election.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Barack talks to Chicago HQ staffers

This was filmed yesterday at Chicago HQ.

closing the circle...with grace

Thank you so very much, Sen. Clinton, for your kind and insightful words today!

She's gone all out: check out the new splash page on

Please send a note of thanks to Sen. Clinton via the Obama campaign site.

Sen. Clinton's speech:

And MSNBC's analysis:

Friday, June 6, 2008

What McCain meant to say on Tuesday Night

CNN quick vote

Will Clinton's speech tomorrow help to unify the Democratic party?

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From The LA Times Top of the Ticket:

Barack Obama to yield spotlight to Hillary Clinton ... one last time

After tending to one last bit of pressing business -- an unpublicized visit Thursday night with Hillary Clinton in Washington for a chat the entire political universe would have killed to overhear -- Barack Obama headed to his Chicago home for what his schedule listed as three days of downtime.

Cant' say the fellow didn't earn a long weekend. It was roughly 17 months ago that he began the quest that ended successfully this week for the Democratic presidential nomination; his schedule has been mostly non-stop over that period. And he routinely notes that the biggest negative about aspiring to become the leader of the free world has been the long stretches he's away from his two young daughters.

Still, his timing also happens to be politically perfect.

Clinton, after doing her best to pretend not to have noticed that Obama beat her to the delegate majority finish-line Tuesday night, carved out Saturday for a farewell bow as a presidential candidate (at least in '08). It's unorthodox -- most vanquished candidates don't linger in their also-ran status quite so long, nor finally pull the plug with quite so much grandeur.

But Clinton was no ordinary candidate and she ran no ordinary campaign (as she will no doubt point out -- frequently -- on Saturday).

So if you're Barack Obama -- and you need a break anyway -- why not stand down.

We don't imagine, though, that he'll stray too far from a television as Clinton prepares to take the stage.