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GOP Deploys Squirrels

15 Oct

Aw, aren’t they adorable!

via Poltico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Tony Romo and Mickey Mouse.

They are this year’s version of those dolphins that stalked John Kerry in 2004, swapping out “flip-flopping” for ACORN.

The nut-hunters swooped into Harry Smith’s Manhattan nest this morning, surprising the CBS “Early Show” anchor.

They’ll shake their tails out to Strong Island later today for the debate.

“It’s a lighthearted way to raise a serious issue,” explained McCain spokesman Brian Jones of the furry creatures.

Naturally, they have a blog, too.

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Hillary Still Impacts Both Candidates- Hooray!

15 Oct

Our fearless leader Hillary continues to be an influencial factor for both candidates especially when it comes to the economy. As this article from Politico notes, Hillary was ‘arguably’ the first one to grasp the impact the economic crisis would have on this election. She devised several strategies to address months ago.

via Politico:

On Sept. 24, Hillary Rodham Clinton received a surprise phone call from the man she’s often denounced as an economic know-nothing: John McCain.

This was no social call, even though Clinton likes McCain enough to keeps his photo on the wall of her Senate office. The GOP nominee had already chatted with Bill Clinton about the mortgage crisis and wanted to pick the senator’s brain about her new proposal to have the federal government buy up bad mortgages and renegotiate terms more favorable to homeowners on verge of default.

“McCain said he had been motivated by it, he was very complimentary about what she had proposed and wanted to know more,” said a person with knowledge of the call.

Clinton responded coolly. “She didn’t engage him, she just said, ‘Thank you’ and heard him out.”

Clinton dropped out of the race four months ago, but her presence looms large at tonight’s final McCain-Obama debate being held, appropriately enough, in her adopted state of New York.

Clinton was arguably the first candidate in either party to grasp the transformative political effect of the economic crisis, and her onetime rivals have been borrowing — liberally — from her policy and rhetorical playbooks.

“Everything in this election is being washed away by this stock market and economic stuff … and she was the one who came out first with specific policies to deal with this, so she’s clearly having an influence on both of them,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“The reason why she’s so influential is because we never had a primary candidate who won 18 million votes,” said former Bill Clinton adviser Paul Begala, who likened the former first lady’s impact to that of third-party candidate Ross Perot in 1992.

“Bill Clinton had to adjust his message to appeal to Perot’s voters, and [McCain and Obama] have to do the same thing with her,” he added. “The way you get her voters is not to suck up to her but to carry her message and her programs. … That’s why Obama’s a more natural fit.”

Clinton aides, speaking on condition of anonymity, said she is still smarting over her loss, but is gratified Obama and McCain have carried parts of her agenda. And they say she’s downright tickled that McCain, a lifelong crusader against government spending, is getting in touch with his inner Hillary to woo her white, working-class base and female voters not sold on Obama.

“It’s hilarious. It’s like McCain is trying to copy her, but he’s using a busted Xerox machine,” said one of Clinton’s top campaign advisers. “We were out in front on the economy. She was the first one to really pay attention to people’s anxieties, and both Obama and McCain have been playing catch-up ever since.”

The McCain campaign says the call to Clinton is just further proof that the GOP nominee is a president who can work across party lines.

“The fact the fact that they were talking in the midst of a heated campaign like this, shows it’s not just rhetoric John McCain gives when he talks about working across the aisle,” said spokesman Brian Rogers. “Obviously, Sen. Clinton is going to be a major force in the Senate in the future, and they have had a long friendship.”

An Obama spokesman had no comment.

Presidential nominees have a long history of appropriating ideas from rivals. Bill Clinton’s decision to focus on the middle class and fiscal responsibility sharpened after facing former Massachusetts Sen. Paul Tsongas in the primaries. Perot’s candidacy, with its focus on balancing the budget, pushed the former president further in that direction.

For her part, even Hillary Clinton “adopted some of John Edwards’ populist themes” when the former North Carolina senator dropped out of the primaries in early 2008, Begala said.

It’s not surprising that Obama, who shares Clinton’s basic liberal-moderate worldview, would, in turn, adopt her ideas. But the extent to which he’s incorporated specific Clinton policy proposals is striking.

On Monday, Obama told a crowd in hard-hit Toledo, Ohio, that he wanted to impose a 90-day freeze on foreclosures by banks that partake in the $700 billion rescue plan.

When Clinton proposed a package that contained a similar measure in January, Obama nixed it. At the time, his staff posted news stories denouncing the freeze on his campaign Web site, including a Fortune magazine story that tagged it “perhaps the dumbest solution to the current mortgage mess.”

Health care was also a major flashpoint between Clinton and Obama during the primary, but Obama has moved closer to Clinton on this issue, as well.

During the primary debates, Clinton repeatedly hammered the Illinois senator, accusing him of refusing to sign on to her commitment to “universal” coverage, claiming Obama’s plan would deny benefits to 15 million Americans.

In July, Obama reversed course and signed onto Clinton’s proposal to grant health insurance tax credits for small business owners, telling a national Hispanic group that the “idea [was] championed by my friend Hillary Clinton, who has been leading the way in our battle to insure every American.”

The copycat claims are nothing new. During the primaries, Clinton’s staff circulated a memo enumerating what they believed to be Obama rip-offs, including his apparent adoption of her plan to create millions of “green-collar” jobs and Clinton’s proposal for a national infrastructure bank.

“Sen. Obama has clearly followed us on an entire range of issues,” Neera Tanden, then Clinton’s policy director, told Newsday in April. “It raises a fundamental question: If Sen. Obama can’t propose his own major policies during the campaign, how is he going to do it as president?”

Houseful of out-of-state Obama activists registered as Ohio voters

15 Oct

Wow! This story is crazy. Who did these people think they were fooling? Perhaps they thought they’d never get caught- only they DID!

Via Michelle Malkin

Something smells at 2885 Brownlee Avenue in Columbus, Ohio.

Here’s the stench: An entire houseful of young, non-Ohioan Democrat activists have used the Brownlee Avenue address to register themselves to vote in the Buckeye State and secure absentee ballots under extremely shady circumstances — all while mobilizing a large effort to register thousands of others for absentee and early voting. The activists are leaders of a group called “Vote From Home ‘08.” The group is self-identified as having “extensive experience with political organizing, election administration, and Democratic politics.” They were hailed as the “Justice League” by a Daily Kos blogger. Their Facebook page brags: “Want to turn the Presidential election blue in a key swing state? Vote from Home is a political organization that was founded by a team of young people for the purpose of assisting, aiding, and tracking voters to elect progressive candidates to the White House. Encouraged by the excitement of the 2008 elections and the movement around the Democratic candidates, Vote From Home will be in Ohio seeking to deliver 10,000 votes to Democratic candidates statewide.”

My friends at Palestra.net, a network of young reporters who have been doing the voter and registration fraud reporting that the MSM has been slow to do, have a breaking investigative report on how several members of the Democrat Vote From Home team — all Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, and Truman Scholars studying abroad — are turning up on Franklin County voter rolls despite having no bona fide residence in Ohio and admittedly having little to no knowledge about the state before descending on it in August to sign up other new voters in a rush to put 10,000 Obama supporters on the rolls.

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There is more to this story and worth checking out in full here.

Obama Flack Accidentally Sends Out Pre-Debate Talking Points

15 Oct

Ooops! Someone at Obama HQ goofed big time. They mistakenly released the talking points early.

The points reveal how eager the Obama camp is to raise the expectations for McCain in this last debate. Their message is McCain is “erratic”, this is last and only opportunity McCain has to turn the race around, and McCain will go on the attack because he’s a dishonorable guy.

Via Political Punch:

“Reminder: These are for staff only and not for distribution,” warns the email.

And then, the spin, accidentally sent to reporters this morning.

“* This is John McCain’s last chance to turn this race around and somehow convince the American people that his erratic response to this economic crisis doesn’t disqualify him from being President.

“* Just this weekend the weekend, John McCain vowed to ‘whip Obama’s you-know-what’ at the debate, and he’s indicated that he’ll be bringing up Bill Ayers to try to distract voters.

“* So we know that Senator McCain will come ready to attack Barack Obama and bring his dishonorable campaign tactics to the debate stage.

“Obama continues to lead on the economic crisis with a rescue plan for Main Street.

“Over the course of the campaign, Barack Obama has laid out a set of policies that will grow our middle class and strengthen our economy.

“But he knows we face an immediate economic emergency that requires urgent action – on top of the plans he’s already laid out – to help workers and families and communities struggling right now. 

“That’s why Barack Obama is introducing a comprehensive four-part Rescue Plan for the Middle Class – to immediately to stabilize our financial system, provide relief to families and communities, and help struggling homeowners. 

“This is a plan that can and should be implemented immediately.

“Obama has shown steady leadership during this crisis and offered concrete solutions to move the country forward – and his Rescue Plan for the Middle Class builds on the plans to strengthen the economy and rebuild the middle class that he’s laid out over the course of this campaign.

“Already in this campaign, he’s unveiled plans to give 95 percent of workers and their families a tax cut, eliminate income taxes for seniors making under $50,000, bring down the cost of health care for families and businesses; and create millions of new jobs by investing in the renewable energy sources.

“John McCain has been erratic and unsteady since this crisis began – staggering from position to position and trying to change the subject away from the economy by launching false character attacks.”

Call me crazy, but I don’t buy the polls that say one candidate is ahead of another. It doesn’t matter to me which candidate the polls favor, I don’t bank on them because people are tricky. They’ll tell you one thing and then act in a completely different way in the voting booth. We’ve seen this in election after election. While I find polls fun for speculation, they’re not worth getting worked up about since they are highly unreliable in actually predicting the winner. The only way to know who will win is to wait until the votes are all counted. Tonight will not be the ‘last chance’ for either candidate to turn this around. Many things can still happen over the next 20 days to turn this election on its head yet again.

As to the erratic talking point- please, McCain is no more erratic than flip-flopper Obama has proven to be.

Now for the final point- McCain attacking Obama. I know many hope he’ll go full steam ahead aiming for Obama’s throat. I hope McCain does NOT go that route. I’m sick of these two snipping at each other. I know Obama is an empty suit who promises ‘hope’ and ‘change’ but has never delivered on that for his constituents. I know Obama has scary friends and associates. His judgement is flawed and he’s just as old style politics as every other candidate. I don’t need McCain to tell me what I already know.

What I want to see tonight is the gracious character of someone who deserves to have the title of President. I want to see leadership that inspires me to believe we’re going to be OK as a nation and we’re going to be led by a person with integrity. Someone who wants a better country than we’ve experienced under Bush and will make the tough choices to get us out of the hole we’re currently in now. I know that leader is not Obama. I don’t know if it’s McCain, but I’m willing to listen to him if he can show me he is above the petty political garbage tonight.

Federal Court Says Ohio Must Check Voter Registrations

15 Oct

But it takes too long…waah! It’s too hard…waah! Obama might lose if we can’t cheat…waah!

Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, an Obama supporter, has up until this point refused to verify voter registrations in Ohio. Now she must quit her stalling and actually check that voters are eligable to vote in the state! Shocking, I know. 

Here’s the AP story:

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered Ohio‘s top elections official to set up a system by Friday to verify the eligibility of newly registered voters and make the information available to the state’s 88 county election boards.

The full 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld a lower court ruling that Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner must use other government records to check thousands of new voters for registration fraud.

A three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit had disagreed last week. The full court’s ruling, in which nine of 16 judges concurred, overturns that decision.

Ohio Republicans had sued Brunner, a Democrat. Her spokesman had no immediate comment Tuesday.

About 666,000 Ohioans have registered to vote since January, with many doing so before the contested Democratic presidential primary election last March between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. The presidential election is Nov. 4.

Since the primary, Ohio Republicans have filed a series of challenges to the registrations and Brunner’s administration of election rules. They have helped voters file lawsuits against local boards of election over registration rules, absentee ballot requestsand a weeklong period that allowed registration and voting on the same day.

Brunner previously said sufficient systems exist to verify new voter registrations and there was no way to set up the court-ordered system with such speed.

Last week, the three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit had sided with Brunner, but the full panel sided with the GOPand U.S. District Judge George C. Smith in Columbus after hearing an appeal. Smith had ordered Brunner to develop a way to verify voter registration information and make it available to local election boards.

The federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the current system “is essentially useless — not unlike asking for a drink of water and being given access to a fire hose at full volume — and will do nothing to address the anti-fraud objective.”

Brunner argued that it would take two to three days to create the necessary computer programs, and said nothing in the federal Help America Vote Act required her to do what the district court ordered.

Tuesday’s order directs Brunner to verify new registrations by comparing that information with data from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles or the Social Security Administration.

“As far as we can tell, the problem with the current system is not that it is insufficiently user-friendly but that it is effectively useless,” the majority said in its ruling.

Ohio Republican Chairman Bob Bennettaccused Brunner of pursuing a partisan agenda and said “her delay in providing this matching system leaves little time for election officials to act on questionable registrations.”

Bennett said Brunner was destroying the public’s trust in Ohio’s elections system.

“Her shameful actions to disenfranchise Republican absentee voters, block the transparency of early voting and refuse the proper verification of newly registered voters have rightfully damaged her credibility as a nonpartisan election administrator,” he said.

Polling in the state shows Obama, now the Democratic presidential nominee, slightly ahead of Republican challenger John McCain. Both campaigns have worked hard in the state, which has 20 electoral votes and gave President Bush a second term in 2004.

Elsewhere in the state, the state GOP has requested information on voters in Licking County, in central Ohio, who registered and cast an early ballot on the same day during a weeklong period. The request is similar to one made last week by the Republican sheriff of Greene County that infuriated Democrats and voting rights groups, and was withdrawn a day later.

The GOP has said it is concerned that the same-day voting period could have made it easier to commit voter fraud.

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Clinton Supporters Aid Palin

15 Oct

Via The Caucus:

Gov. Sarah Palin met with a group of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s former supporters Tuesday evening at a special fund-raising reception organized for them on behalf of the Republican ticket.

The reception, which organizers said brought in more than $500,000, was part of an extended evening of fund-raising for Ms. Palin and Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign at the Grand Hyatt in New York that officials estimated raised more than $8 million.

Ms. Palin, along with her husband, Todd, mingled and posed for pictures with the group of about 20, before appearing at the larger finance event, which McCain campaign officials said was the last time Mr. McCain would personally appear at a fund-raiser before the election. It was also the first time the pair had appeared together for donors.

More than 1,000 people paid $1,000 each for tickets to the main fund-raiser. Nearly 250 people who contributed $25,000 got dinner beforehand with Mr. McCain.

The reception for former Clinton supporters, which also was attended by Rick Davis, the McCain campaign manager, was spearheaded by Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a former telecommunications entrepreneur and “Hillraiser” who brought in more than $100,000 for Mrs. Clinton’s campaign; Calvin Fayard, also a former Hillraiser and longtime Democratic donor from Louisiana, and Miguel Lausell, a former senior political adviser to the Clinton campaign from Puerto Rico.

Other prominent former Clinton supporters in attendance included John Coale, a former Hillraiser, Washington lawyer and husband of Fox News television host Greta Van Susteren.

Everyone at the reception contributed $28,500 to McCain-Palin Victory 2008, a joint fund-raising committee for the Republican National Committee and several state Republican parties.

While Mrs. Clinton has implored her former supporters to back Senator Barack Obama, some still harbor ill will towards him, organizers said.

“These people want to give their vote of disapproval,” said Mr. Lausell. “This is a way they’re doing it.”