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Monday Evening News Roundup

  • Congratulations to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for defeating the Boston Red Sox in game seven and advancing to the World Series. The Philadelphia Phillies have already defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers to make it to the ultimate show. Although major networks may not be happy since big time television markets (Los Angeles and New York) will not be directly involved, this should be a good series featuring excellent baseball. This continues a trend that we’ve been seeing over the last several years where the team with the most expensive roster is sitting at home watching the World Series. I like this trend.
  • Did John McCain solicit campaign contributions from the Russian ambassador? A generic “send a contribution to” letter was sent to the Russian ambassador. I guess the question is what mailing list was the Russian ambassador on?
  • It is now clear that the John McCain campaign will stoop to any level and renege on any promise in order to try to gain an advantage. Campaign manager Rick Davis (former lobbyist for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) stated in an interview that they were rethinking their position on Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
  • Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told members of the House Budget Committee that he favored another stimulus package for the economy. The White House is reportedly “open” to new proposals. Isn’t that a day late and several billion dollars short? Democrats have been calling for an additional stimulation package for months.
  • Governor Sarah Palin was on Saturday Night Live this weekend. It isn’t clear to me exactly how well the McCain campaign thought this out. Saturday night live was a show that not many people were watching before Tina Fey began lampooning Sarah Palin. Fey’s impression of the governor is hilariously accurate. She portrays the governor’s cluelessness perfectly. So how does this help the McCain-Palin ticket?
  • Congressman John Conyers (chairman of the House Judiciary committee) is seeing a lot of similarities between the US attorney scandal in this latest dustup over ACORN. Democrats tend to want to focus on the issues. We tend to downplay these “meaningless” distractions. I think ignoring this major Republican push would be detrimental to our chances of winning the White House and in gaining seats in Congress this November. The GOP is showing us a very coordinated effort to whip up public sentiment against ACORN. In a move typical of the Harlem Globetrotters, the Republicans will have America focused on ACORN (a group which has never committed voter fraud but has admittedly submitted erroneous voter registrations) while THEY THEMSELVES are committing widespread “voter caging” and vote suppression in multiple ways in multiple different states. This is serious.
By | 2008-10-20T19:02:37+00:00 October 20th, 2008|Economy, Election 2008, Sports|Comments Off on What's going on – Evening News Roundup

What's going on – Evening News Roundup

Saturday Evening News Roundup

  • 100,000 people showed up to see Barack Obama in St. Louis today. That’s a staggering number of people, yet daily tracking polls show the race narrowing over the last few days. This ain’t over until the fat lady has counted all of the ballots.
  • The McCain campaign continues its relentless assault on Barack Obama and the community activist group ACORN. Despite the fact it has been proven that ACORN did not commit voter fraud and that there are virtually no links to the Obama campaign. Let’s face it. Reality has never stopped John McCain and Sarah Palin before. There is a nice, thoughtful editorial in the New York Times covering ACORN.
  • The New York Times has a series of five or six articles titled “The Reckoning”. These articles try to describe how we got in his financial meltdown. As I’ve said before, there is no one culprit. Both Republicans and Democrats can be blamed for being asleep at the wheel. In this latest installment, Peter Goodman takes another look at the Alan Greenspan legacy. Specifically, Goodman examines Alan Greenspan and derivatives. I don’t understand much about derivatives, but when George Soros and Warren Buffett both avoid this investment tool I believe that says something.
  • John McCain mentioned in the last debate that he was proud of his connection with G. Gordon Liddy. Really? Wasn’t Liddy the one who tried to circumvent the Constitution and destroy our government? Wasn’t he, in truth, planning an assassination?
  • Michele Bachmann (a Republican from MN) said some pretty remarkably racist things (crazy) on “Hardball” yesterday…
  • Scrutiny Hooligans, a fabulous local blog, has done the legwork and put together a voter’s guide for Progressives.
  • If you are looking to get involved in the final days of the campaign here in Asheville, North Carolina, there’s no better organization to assist than the Buncombe County Democrats.
  • Barack Obama picked up another major newspaper endorsement today — the Miami Herald.
  • Real Plumbers seem to be backing Barack Obama.
By | 2008-10-18T21:16:49+00:00 October 18th, 2008|Domestic Issues, Election 2008|Comments Off on What's going on – Evening News Roundup