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  • NPR Electoral map (looks pretty good here!)

    09/07/2008 6:52:05 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 45 replies · 523+ views
    Obamarx 210 / McCain/ (b/) Palin(/b) 200
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (Rasmussen: tied up at 48% each)

    09/07/2008 6:33:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies · 209+ views
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday, September 7, shows the race for the White House is tied. In the first national polling results based entirely on interviews conducted after Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech, Barack Obama gets 46% of the vote and so does John McCain. When "leaners" are included, it’s all even at 48%. Tracking Poll results are released at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time each day and a FREE daily e-mail update is available. This past Tuesday, Obama’s bounce peaked with the Democrat enjoying a six-percentage point advantage. Before the two conventions were held, Obama had consistently...
  • Rasmussen Poll- McCain and Hussein Tied at 48 w/ Leaners (HtMMN was up 3 Yesterday)

    09/07/2008 6:35:58 AM PDT · by NYC Republican · 82 replies · 295+ views
    Rasmussen ^ | 9/7/08 | Rasmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday, September 7, shows the race for the White House is tied. In the first national polling results based entirely on interviews conducted after Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech, Barack Obama gets 46% of the vote and so does John McCain. When "leaners" are included, it’s all even at 48%. Tracking Poll results are released at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time each day and a FREE daily e-mail update is available. This past Tuesday, Obama’s bounce peaked with the Democrat enjoying a six-percentage point advantage. Before the two conventions were held, Obama had consistently...
  • ZOGBY: MCCAIN-PALIN UP 4%...

    09/07/2008 5:53:56 AM PDT · by Bulldawg Fan · 21 replies · 174+ views
    Drudgereport.com ^ | 9/7/08 | Zogby
    UTICA, New York - Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin left St. Paul, Minnesota, with a smallish bounce overall and some energy in key demographic groups, as the race for the presidency enters a key stage and voters begin to tune in to the contest, the latest Zogby Interactive poll finds. The McCain/Palin ticket wins 49.7% support, compared to 45.9% backing for the Obama/Biden ticket, this latest online survey shows. Another 4.4% either favored someone else or were unsure. The Ticket Horserace 9-5/6 8-29/30 McCain-Palin 49.7% 47.1% Obama-Biden 45.9% 44.6% Others/Not sure 4.4% 8.3%
  • David Frum: Sarah and Todd Palin and the quiet success of the pro-life movement

    09/07/2008 5:50:13 AM PDT · by kellynla · 13 replies · 224+ views
    National Post ^ | September 06, 2008 | David Frum
    Whoever imagined that we would see a Republican convention rapturously applaud an unwed teen mother? Yet that is just what happened on Wednesday night in St. Paul. At the conclusion of Sarah Palin’s triumphant speech, the Alaskan Governor welcomed her family onto the stage: her husband, her five children and the fiancé of Bristol, her visibly pregnant 17-year-old daughter. That moment confirmed a dramatic evolution in American politics: the transformation of the pro-life movement from an unambiguously conservative force into something more complex. A quarter century ago, a sympathetic journalist named Burton Yale Pines set out to understand the origins...
  • Rassmussen finally puts it at a tie, big convention bump erases Obama's lead to nada.

    09/07/2008 5:06:30 AM PDT · by sunmars · 70 replies · 217+ views
    In the first national polling results based entirely on interviews conducted after Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech, Barack Obama gets 46% of the vote and so does John McCain. When "leaners" are included, it’s all even at 48%.
  • The Politics of Personal Destruction

    09/07/2008 4:54:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies · 109+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2008 | Ken Connor
    "Here ruining people is considered sport," so concluded Vince Foster in what many believe was his suicide note. "Here" is Washington D.C., and the instrument of ruination is the politics of personal destruction. Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin is the latest person to find herself in the crosshairs of those aiming for her ruination. Her offense? She accepted Senator John McCain's invitation to be his running mate for the 2008 Presidential election. This historic milestone of a woman running on the Republican ticket was soon transformed into histrionics. Any real analysis of Governor Palin's public record was jettisoned in favor of...
  • Sexism in the Twin Cities

    09/07/2008 4:38:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 334+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2008 | Salena Zito
    ST. PAUL-The one thing that Democrats, Republicans and analysts agreed on regarding Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin was that the double standards on parenting directed toward her crossed all kinds of lines. “I think it is highly sexist to suggest that Sarah Palin cannot be a good mom and run for office,” said Kate Michelman, an adviser to Democrat Barack Obama. Michelman, a premier advocate of abortion rights, faced a different form of sexism during the run-up to the Democrats’ primaries: MSNBC hardballer Chris Matthews asserted that she had “abandoned her commitment to the women’s movement” by backing Obama instead...
  • Palin was changing baby just before speech

    09/07/2008 5:41:40 AM PDT · by Callahan · 51 replies · 141+ views
    Gossip twit Cindy Adams was just giving her report on the Dem and Repub conventions on local New York TV. Of course her main concern was which celebrities were there, but she did say that, far from being nervous prior to her big speech, Sarah Palin was backstage diapering Trig just before she walked on stage. Quote Cindy: "She's cool as ice."
  • Gallup Daily: McCain Moves Ahead, 48% to 45%

    09/07/2008 10:06:04 AM PDT · by jokyfo · 223 replies · 840+ views
    Gallup Poll ^ | 9/7/08 | Self
    John McCain has moved ahead of Barack Obama in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking, 48% to 45%, following last week’s Republican convention. This is McCain’s best showing since May.More ...
  • Poll finds GOP got bump up (34% bump in Alaska after Palin's selection)

    09/07/2008 4:26:10 AM PDT · by Chet 99 · 10 replies · 249+ views
    Poll finds GOP got bump up LOCAL SURVEY: Palin on ticket put McCain ahead for Alaskans. By GEORGE BRYSON gbryson@adn.com Published: September 7th, 2008 01:58 AM Last Modified: September 7th, 2008 02:29 AM A new poll has determined that Alaskans are much more likely to support Republican John McCain for president now that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is his running mate. While that's not surprising, the magnitude of the shift is, said Jean Craciun, president of Craciun Research Group, the Anchorage-based polling firm that conducted the voter survey between Aug. 30 and Sept. 4. The six-day sample -- which began...
  • Remarks As Prepared For Delivery: Mayor Rudy Giuliani

    09/06/2008 7:33:34 PM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 10 replies · 315+ views
    Portal.gopconvention2008.com ^ | September 3, 2008 | Rudy Giuliani
    Almost exactly one year ago during a Republican presidential debate in Durham, New Hampshire, I said that if I weren't running for President myself, I'd be supporting John McCain. Well, I'm not, and I do. Every four years, we are told that this Presidential election is the most important election of our lifetime. This year - 2008 - IS the most important.This has already been historic. It is the longest Presidential campaign in history. And it sometimes felt even longer.The American people realize this election represents a turning point. In two months they will decide the future direction of our...
  • Full Text: Remarks By Mrs. Cindy McCain

    09/06/2008 7:28:49 PM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 17 replies · 334+ views
    Portal.gopconvention2008.com ^ | September 4, 2008 | Cindy McCain
    Thank you everyone.  John and I are so proud of them and so happy to have them here with us tonight.  Nothing has made me happier or more fulfilled in my life than being a mother.  But while John and I take great joy in having been able to spend time together this week as a family, our hearts go out to the thousands of families who have had to leave their homes once again due to devastating weather. It is not only our natural instinct to rally to them, to lift them up with our prayers and come to...
  • 9/6/08 McCain Blogette - Convention Day 3

    09/06/2008 7:17:52 PM PDT · by word_warrior_bob · 17 replies · 256+ views
    We started the day at a People Magazine photo shoot that took place in a ballroom at the hotel. It was like a movie set where the "prop masters" even had framed family photos on the tables in the mock living room setting. It was also one of the first times in a while where we had the entire family in one room at the same time, due to so many different competing schedules and commitments. It was like a mini-family reunion but with the bright lights and shutters of the cameras clicking nonstop. Before we knew it, the shoot...
  • GOP resurging as party of mavericks

    09/06/2008 8:11:39 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 118+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/6/8 | Carla Marinucci
    For John McCain and Sarah Palin, it was "mission accomplished" at last week's Republican National Convention. The GOP senator from Arizona and his surprise running mate, the governor of Alaska, got the party's grassroots activists revved into fighting mode - and sent them out fully charged for battle against the Democrats. But appealing to the true believers in the GOP arena was the easy part. Now comes the reality check for the brutal 60-day campaign sprint against the Democratic ticket of Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Can McCain-Palin sell themselves as the agents of change - and distance themselves...
  • John McCain's speech: tectonic plates begin to shudder...

    09/07/2008 12:03:54 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 15 replies · 681+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | September 5, 2008 | Mick Fealty
    Lloyd Shepherd (late of Westmonster) has a very useful note on the fact that the media has obsessed on the poor nature of John McCain's often highly personal speech. Lloyd: "I’ve just finished reading Dan Kennedy on the media’s negative reaction to John McCain’s awful speech last night, and nowhere in it does he mention a very salient fact - that after the speech, Intrade’s price for McCain becoming president increased significantly, while Obama declined." He has the figures, so go over and check them out. They indicate something's moving below the short term weather system of the polls. As...
  • Willie Brown: Palin floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee

    09/06/2008 11:13:54 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 60 replies · 1,694+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | Willie Brown
    The Democrats are in trouble. Sarah Palin has totally changed the dynamics of this campaign. Period. Palin's speech to the GOP National Convention on Wednesday has set it up so that the Republicans are now on offense and Democrats are on defense. And we don't do well on defense. Suddenly, Palin and John McCain are the mavericks and Barack Obama and Joe Biden are the status quo, in a year when you don't want to be seen as defending the status quo. From taxes to oil drilling, Democrats are now going to have to start explaining their positions. Whenever you...
  • THE HEART OF IT

    09/06/2008 11:32:05 PM PDT · by andrew roman · 34 replies · 1,189+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 7 September 2008 | Andrew Roman
    Nancy and Ann Wilson, co-founders of the 1970s hard rock band Heart, are apparently a little perturbed that the song they made into a classic-rock staple, "Barracuda," was used at the Republican National Convention last week. The song had become something a trademark for Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, an association that dates back to her days as a high school basketball star in small-town Alaska. Now that Governor Palin is a household name - and has affronted the sensibilities of the antediluvian feminist class - she will apparently have to find another theme song - that is, if...
  • The week middle America bit back

    09/06/2008 11:45:47 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 22 replies · 697+ views
    The Guardian ^ | September 7, 2008 | Paul Harris
    Last week's dramatic entry of Sarah Palin on to America's political stage did more than revive a flagging Republican campaign and give heart to John McCain. It provided graphic evidence of the deep cultural divide that shapes the country - and put God, guns and sex right at the centre of the election The small, pretty college town of Northfield, Minnesota, is only an hour's drive south of urban St Paul, site of the Republican National Convention, but it is a world away. A welcoming sign promises 'Cows, colleges and contentment'. Its main street bustles with shoppers and its town...
  • ZOGBY: MCCAIN UP 4%

    09/07/2008 12:30:54 AM PDT · by libh8er · 79 replies · 636+ views
    Zogby ^ | 6/7/2008 | Zogby
    UTICA, New York - Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin left St. Paul, Minnesota, with a smallish bounce overall and some energy in key demographic groups, as the race for the presidency enters a key stage and voters begin to tune in to the contest, the latest Zogby Interactive poll finds. Data from this poll is available here The McCain/Palin ticket wins 49.7% support, compared to 45.9% backing for the Obama/Biden ticket, this latest online survey shows. Another 4.4% either favored someone else or were unsure. The Ticket Horserace 9-5/6 8-29/30 McCain-Palin 49.7% 47.1% Obama-Biden 45.9% 44.6% Others/Not sure 4.4%...
  • Remarks As Prepared For Delivery: U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman

    09/06/2008 7:36:51 PM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 3 replies · 180+ views
    Portal.gopconvention2008.com ^ | September 2, 2008 | Joe Lieberman
    Thank you for that warm welcome. I am honored to be here. We meet tonight in the wake of a terrible storm that has hit the Gulf Coast but that hurts all of us, because we are all members of our larger American family. At times like this, we set aside all that divides us, and we come together to help our fellow citizens in need. What matters is certainly not whether we are Democrats or Republicans, but that we are all Americans. The truth is, it shouldn’t take a hurricane to bring us together like this. Every day, across...
  • Parents of Special-Needs Children Divided Over Palin’s Promise to Help

    09/06/2008 7:30:53 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 49 replies · 289+ views
    New York Times ^ | 9/6/08 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER and AMY HARMON
    Amid the barbs and hockey banter Wednesday night, Gov. Sarah Palin directed an emotional appeal to the hearts of millions of parents with children who have special needs, promising they would “have a friend and advocate in the White House” in a McCain-Palin administration. Palin’s offer of friendship sparked hope in many parents, advocates and lawyers as the often-marginalized subject of disabilities rights took center stage. ****** Ms. Palin’s effort to rally parents of children with disabilities has also prompted reaction among those who fear that her idea of advocacy might really mean preventing abortions of fetuses with Down syndrome,...
  • Obama’s Existential Crisis

    09/06/2008 6:01:21 PM PDT · by skully · 94 replies · 994+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 6, 2008 | Patrick Poole
    Last week in one fell swoop, John McCain completely changed the dynamic of this presidential election — this campaign is no longer a referendum on Barack Obama. If events of the past few days are any indication, this paradigm shift has caused a staggering existential crisis for Obama and his supporters. The Democratic Party gamble in this election was hedged on a bet that the Obama campaign could maintain the media’s focus and the electorate’s attention on “The One” to divert attention from all of his attached inside-the-Beltway strings. That illusion has been shattered. For the first time in this...
  • Zogby Poll: Republicans Hold Small Post-Convention Edge (4 Point Lead)

    09/06/2008 5:42:15 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 162 replies · 638+ views
    zogby.com ^ | September 6, 2008 | ZOGBY INTERNATIONAL
    UTICA, New York - Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin left St. Paul, Minnesota, with a smallish bounce overall and some energy in key demographic groups, as the race for the presidency enters a key stage and voters begin to tune in to the contest, the latest Zogby Interactive poll finds. The McCain/Palin ticket wins 49.7% support, compared to 45.9% backing for the Obama/Biden ticket, this latest online survey shows. Another 4.4% either favored someone else or were unsure.
  • (VIDEO) Young Republicans Forced To Take Down "BUILD THE FENCE!" Banner At G.O.P. Convention (WTH?)

    09/06/2008 5:22:01 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 321 replies · 1,143+ views
    Eyeblast TV ^ | 6 September 2008 | Eyeblast TV, interview of 4 Pro-Border Young Republicans at RNC, St. Paul
    "Organizers of the Republican convention demanded that a group of young Republicans take down their "Build The Fence" signs, a reference to a border fence to fight illegal immigration, while at the Xcel Center last night."
  • MS-NBC convention driver: Crowd questions rigged

    09/06/2008 4:37:09 PM PDT · by flyfree · 19 replies · 120+ views
    Today on our NARN show, Mitch Berg and I interviewed Doug, a volunteer driver who worked for the Republican National Convention Committee in St. Paul. His customers included the Washington Post, MS-NBC, and some of the McCain campaign. According to Doug, this allowed him to peer behind the scenes in both media and politics, and he saw some very interesting things: According to Doug, MS-NBC apparently took no chances on questions from the crowd. Rather than get caught with a question that might make Republicans look good, their producer pre-screened questioners, and Chris Matthews pretended it was random. Republicans were...
  • Gustav, God, and Michael Moore: Validations of a Criminal Profile

    09/06/2008 4:05:29 PM PDT · by The Conscience of Kansas · 11 replies · 256+ views
    The Conscience of Kansas ^ | 09-06-08 | Paul A. Ibbetsn
    In the summer of 2007, I constructed a profile and analysis on Michael Moore that illuminated the sociopathic tendencies that encompass the actions of one of the most infamous documentary creators of modern times. Within the article, Michael Moore: A Criminal Profile, which was first released in the New Media Journal and then later around the world, I took careful pains to make sure that readers understood that Moore carries the tendencies of the sociopath while not accusing him of the crimes that some sociopaths actually commit. The thrust of the article was to introduce people to the moral wasteland...
  • When Barack's berserkers lost the plot

    09/06/2008 4:26:50 PM PDT · by Vision Thing · 85 replies · 267+ views
    Gaurdian (UK) ^ | Sunday September 7 2008 (in UK) | Nick Cohen
    (snip) Hatred is the most powerful emotion in politics. At present, American liberals are not fighting for an Obama presidency. I suspect that most have only the haziest idea of what it would mean for their country. The slogans that move their hearts and stir their souls are directed against their enemies: Bush, the neo-cons, the religious right. (snip) When a hate campaign goes wrong, however, disaster follows. And everything that could go wrong with the campaign against Palin did. American liberals forgot that the public did not know her. By the time she spoke at the Republican convention, journalists...
  • McCain's nonparty

    09/06/2008 3:44:56 PM PDT · by NCDragon · 9 replies · 202+ views
    SeattleTimes.com ^ | September 6, 2008 | Editorial
    Republican presidential nominee John McCain will not be elected on his oratorical skills — compared to his opponent, they are weak and flat. He may, however, win over voters with the power of his personal story. So it went in his acceptance speech. His words lit up the Xcel Center in Minneapolis, and he himself grew noticeably more enthused as he talked about his experience as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, how he fell in love with America and became a more humble man while held in Hanoi. The Republican National Convention started out as a bust, with a...
  • Polls: McCain gets solid marks for speech in Survey USA

    09/06/2008 3:30:52 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies · 160+ views
    hotair.com ^ | September 6, 2008 | Allahpundit
    Shaves six points off Obama’s lead in Gallup - An uncharacteristic care package o’ optimism to tide you over for a few hours. The meme du jour isn’t Palinmania but the after-the-fact rave reviews for McCain’s speech trickling in from unlikely sources. Sample error? Maybe not: Check out the grading in Survey USA’s new national poll. For some reason the data from Tampa specifically is getting attention today, but in fact the speech played almost as well across the country as it did down there. Gallup’s got him within two now nationally after trailing by eight just four days ago;...
  • Hockey mom scores over Obama

    Democrat Barack Obama’s much-vaunted political star power took a drubbing this week as the woman in the GOP’s No. 2 spot bypassed him in favorability polls, according to Rasmussen Reports. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, virtually unknown in the lower 48 states a week ago, is now viewed favorably by 58 percent of American voters, despite days of relentless negative news reports and political attacks preceding her acceptance speech Wednesday, Rasmussen reported. Its national telephone survey found that 37 percent of voters hold an unfavorable view of the self-described hockey mom. Before her acceptance speech, Palin was viewed favorably by 52...
  • Media on the defensive over Palin coverage

    09/06/2008 2:21:32 PM PDT · by Clairity · 56 replies · 832+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Sept. 5, 2008 | Matea Gold
    After the GOP attacks the media over stories about the vice presidential nominee's family, TV networks and newspapers deny bias and say Republicans opened the door to coverage. News executives Thursday tried to shake off the excoriations of the media emanating from the Republican National Convention, defending their coverage of GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin as responsible and evenhanded. While top television network officials and newspaper editors largely dismissed the critiques as partisan rhetoric, some fretted that charges of media bias had reached a new and disturbing level. "I really do take exception to it," NBC News President Steve...
  • E. J. Dionne Jr. Straight talker's convention was full of derision

    It's sort of hard to come away from that thinking "nonpartisanship." McCain tried to get voters to remember that man in his acceptance speech Thursday night, the one who "worked with members of both parties to fix the problems that need to be fixed." But that man has disappeared. The stage in the middle of the cavernous Xcel Energy Center was rearranged so McCain could conjure the feel of the town hall meetings he loves as he laced into "partisan rancor" and "the Washington crowd." Yet a set change could not disguise the fact that this convention -- including the...
  • Republican Successes are Not Accidents

    09/06/2008 2:52:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 165+ views
    Townhall ^ | September 06, 2008 | Megan Basham
    The Obama campaign and their friends in the media are finally starting to admit that Republicans have gotten some things right. Not just in the last few days but also in the last few years. After John McCain gave what was a less-than-rousing but authentically American speech, talk at MSNBC turned to how he will use the “mistake” that has turned out to be his greatest asset. How, Newsweek’s Washington Bureau Chief Howard Fineman asked MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, will McCain’s “accidental brilliance” of picking Sarah Palin as his running mate continue to bolster his bid for the presidency? This...
  • McCain speech viewership eclipses Obama's: Nielsen

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — Republican White House nominee John McCain earned a record 38.9 million television viewers during his convention speech, edging his rival Barack Obama's record from the previous week, the Nielsen group reported Friday. "Senator McCain amassed an audience of 38.9 million viewers for his speech on two fewer channels than were carrying Senator Obama's speech August 28 to 38.38 million viewers," Nielsen Media Research said in a statement.
  • Record numbers of viewers tune in to the GOP convention

    09/06/2008 12:35:26 PM PDT · by Clairity · 13 replies · 249+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Sept. 6, 2008 | Kate Linthicum
    Nielsen reports that the Republicans averaged 34.5 million viewers over three nights, making the event the most-watched convention since the company began keeping records. ...the Democrats averaged 30.2 million viewers over four nights. White viewers flocked to their TVs for McCain's speech (32.2 million versus 27 million for Obama). But among African Americans, the reverse was true. About 7.5 million African Americans watched Obama's speech last week, whereas 3.1 million tuned in for McCain's.
  • 'A Servant's Heart'

    09/06/2008 12:34:10 PM PDT · by Forgiven_Sinner · 54 replies · 185+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 6, 2008 12:49 a.m | By PEGGY NOONAN
    Sarah Palin killed. And more than killed. Much has been said about her speech, but a few points. "The difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull? Lipstick" is pure American and goes straight into Bartlett's. This is the authentic sound of the American mama, of every mother you know at school who joins the board, reads the books, heads the committee, and gets the show on the road. These women make large portions of America work. . . .
  • SurveyUSA - Good Numbers for McCain-Palin

    09/06/2008 11:37:12 AM PDT · by PhatHead · 61 replies · 264+ views
    SurveyUSA ^ | 5 September 2008 | SurveyUSA
    Some highlights: Letter grade for McCain's speech: 41%-A, 22% - B Asked of 1051 registered voters (Margin of error 3.1) who saw both Obama and McCain's speeches, who has the better position on: Iraq: Advantage McCain 55-41 Energy Independence: Advantage McCain 55-42 Health Care: Advantage McCain 46-45 Education: Advantage McCain 50-45 Environment: Advantage Obama 49-41 Are Democrats more interested in reaching out to Republicans, or are Republicans more interested in reaching out to Democrats? Advantage: Republicans 35-24 (39 said same or neither) If you had to bet today, who will win in November? McCain 49-44
  • McCain "Fight With Me!" Crescendo (Convention Acceptance Speech)

    09/06/2008 9:45:51 AM PDT · by quesney · 33 replies · 425+ views
    YouTube ^ | Future President John McCain
    I have never been so moved by a political speech. The speech up until the final crescendo was workmanlike. It was only at the end that I realized it was all to lay the foundation for that incredible ending. It lays the details and facts that form the basis of the powerful emotion at the end -- made all the more powerful in that it is grounded in the real details of this man's history and the basis of his love of country. To hear the cheers rising, and McCain struggling to raise his broken arms higher with each round...
  • Let's Talk About Palin's Family Challenges

    09/06/2008 11:19:37 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 27 replies · 224+ views
    WSJ ^ | 9/6/2008 | KATTY KAY and CLAIRE SHIPMAN
    Gov. Sarah Palin's commando muscle-flex in St. Paul Wednesday night eviscerated the argument that she might not be capable of handling the vice presidency and five children at the same time. Indeed, we were left with the distinct impression that on a slow day, she could clean up America, balance our budget with a little help from eBay, and win the Iditarod -- all with 10 kids tied to her back. What Sarah Palin did not do, however, is put an end to the latest national conversation about "trying to have it all." Because the question we're all asking isn't...
  • Gallup Daily: Obama’s Edge Shrinks to 2 Points

    09/06/2008 10:17:15 AM PDT · by Petronski · 70 replies · 107+ views
    Gallup ^ | 9-6-8 | Gallup
    PRINCETON, NJ -- Barack Obama's advantage over John McCain has been shrinking since the start of the Republican National Convention, and is now down to just two percentage points -- 47% to 45% -- too close to call. This is according to Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 3-5.
  • RNC Riots: Days 1, 2, 3, 4 – Final Accounting

    09/06/2008 9:00:20 AM PDT · by thinkingIsPresuppositional · 12 replies · 373+ views
    Modern Conservative ^ | September 05, 2008
    Day 4 Day: ThursdayLocation: CapitolArrests: 400 Arrests Mark Last Anti-War March Of Convention Percussion grenades, tear gas and nearly 400 arrests marked the final anti-war march during the Republican National Convention. More than 800 arrests were reported during a week of sometimes peaceful, sometimes violent dissent. Anti-war protesters rallied Thursday at the state Capitol and then planned to march to Xcel Energy Center, where Sen. John McCain was due to accept the GOP presidential nomination. But their permit had expired, and police -- in riot gear and using horses, snow plows and dump trucks -- blocked their way. For...
  • Kudlow: McCain off message: Color me worried

    09/06/2008 8:28:45 AM PDT · by StatenIsland · 49 replies · 186+ views
    770WABC | 09/06/08 | Larry Kudlow
    Larry Kudlow has expressed his concern that has John McCain wandered off-message in the wake of the release of high unemployment numbers. On his radio show this morning, Kudlow said that McCain could sail to victory on a message of DRILL! DRILL! DRILL! and a promise to keep tax rates low. He said the current economic downturn stems from oil shock, and reminded us that the vast majority of Americans favor drilling - but McCain is skirting the message and failing to pound it home, missing a big opportunity. After the jobs report yesterday, McCain focused on, of all things,...
  • GOP's McCain comes through

    09/06/2008 7:38:27 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 13 replies · 154+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | September 6, 2008 | Editorial
    "She was put on this earth to do two things: kill caribou and kick butt. She's all out of caribou." — Syndicated columnist Jonah Goldberg. She, of course, is Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. After her triumphant speech at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night, the johnnys-come-lately to the International Sarah Barracuda Love Fest were calling her the next Margaret Thatcher, the next Ronald Reagan, the face of "populist conservatism." It's a tad early for the Thatcher and Reagan comparisons, though the potential is there and her speech was Reaganesque in its plain talk, folksy delivery and potentially game-changing impact....
  • An ordinary, extraordinary woman......(Sarah, I so wish her well)

    09/06/2008 8:09:22 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 21 replies · 88+ views
    Globe & Mail ^ | September 6, 2008 | Christie Blatchford
    I hope Sarah Palin got a few minutes to savour her splendid performance at the Republican convention the other night. God knows, she wouldn't have had much longer. In the all-blogs-all-the-time-world in which we live, the spontaneous reaction ("She hit it out of the park," CNN's Wolf Blitzer burbled immediately afterward, before he could collect himself) is about as common as spontaneous combustion. No sooner had Ms. Palin done a little turn on the stage, embracing her gorgeous husband and their five kids, than the pundits, even those who pronounced that she'd done well, were once again having at her:...
  • AP Says Shame on GOP for Showing Palin's Kids at Convention?

    09/06/2008 8:02:43 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 69 replies · 182+ views
    publiusforum.com ^ | 09/06/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    Apparently Ted Anthony of the Associated Press thinks it is somehow "contradictory" of the GOP to show VP candidate Governor Sarah Palin's kids at the GOP convention on TV. He seems to imagine that, since the GOP objected to the media attempting to use the kids against Governor Palin, that the GOP shouldn't be allowed to have the kids attend the convention to see their Mother accept her nomination. Anthony's "analysis" hit the nets on September 3, the day after Palin's wonderful acceptance speech on night 3 of the proceedings. Naturally, the AP trolls our left leaning universities to find...
  • McCain Finds the Right Wingman ....And she's a woman

    09/06/2008 7:33:38 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 14 replies · 234+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 09/15/2008 Edition | Stephen F. Hayes
    Last Tuesday, as the hordes of media that had begun to dissect every moment of her political career and personal life were distracted by speeches from Fred Thompson and Joe Lieberman in nearby St. Paul, Sarah Palin sat quietly with her family for an hourlong dinner in the Skywater restaurant of the Minneapolis Hilton. It was a rare respite from the intense scrutiny she was subjected to over the first week of her new life in the national spotlight. Over the previous several days she had been portrayed as a naïf, a rube, and a bad mother. Journalists had peppered...
  • Newt Gingrich: Special GOP Convention Issue: The Happiest Convention

    09/06/2008 5:16:12 AM PDT · by kellynla · 21 replies · 445+ views
    humanevents.com ^ | 09/05/2008 | Newt Gingrich
    This was the happiest convention I have attended. In seven conventions going back to 1984, I have never seen delegates as happy. I have seen them eager, energized, committed, determined but the underlying mood last night was sheer joy. There was joy that Senator McCain had had the courage to pick Governor Palin. There was joy that she and her family had come through the week of attacks smiling and eager to campaign. There was joy that Governor Palin's Wednesday night speech completely vindicated Senator McCain's choice. There was joy that 37 million Americans had seen her speech. That is...
  • What’s A Nice Democratic Girl Like Me Doing At A Convention Like This?

    09/06/2008 6:38:33 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 45 replies · 174+ views
    The Stiletto Blog ^ | September 5, 2008 | Cynthia Ruccia
    Special to The Stiletto BlogWow … flying to St. Paul, MN, for the Republican National Convention. I still feel like I've fallen down that rabbit hole in “Alice in Wonderland” and the world is upside down. ... Unlike my trip to Denver for the Democratic National Convention last week, there were no tears streaming down my face. I was really excited to join other Hillary Clinton supporters at the convention, and to get to know them. Also, two other members of The New Agenda were there, and I couldn't wait to meet them. Almost like a sorority! ... The media...
  • Palin claim on eBay plane sale doesn't fly (MSM grasping for straws)

    09/06/2008 6:39:33 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 130 replies · 703+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 5, 2008 | Jason George and Andrew Zajac
    JUNEAU, Alaska — When Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin sought to illustrate her frugality and flair to delegates at the GOP convention Wednesday, she described how she disposed of a corporate jet acquired by her unpopular predecessor. "That luxury jet was over the top," Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, said to loud cheers. "I put it on eBay." Palin's statement implied the plane was sold through the online auction site revered for empowering millions of small entrepreneurs, and Palin's spokeswoman insisted Thursday that the transaction occurred. But the plane failed to sell on eBay. Instead, the 23-year-old 10-seat Westwind II...