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  • McCain's Newest Ad Debuting Hillary!

    08/07/2008 9:53:44 AM PDT · by GOPinCa · 27 replies · 106+ views
    Here is the latest ad from the McCain camp. Pretty effective I think using the words of leading Dems to praise McCain. The best part comes at the end from Hillary, "I know Senator McCain has a life time of experience that he will bring to the White House and Senator Obama has a speech he gave in 2002." Ouch. Here's the link:
  • Centrist voters are tilting from Obama

    08/11/2008 3:29:04 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 59 replies · 144+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 11, 2008 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    Sen. Barack Obama is doing what Republicans once thought only a presidential candidacy by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton could do - uniting the right and center. State Republican Party leaders interviewed by The Washington Times said fear of a far-left Obama presidency is warming once-skeptical voters to Sen. John McCain, fueling growing enthusiasm among Republicans that Mr. McCain's more aggressive campaigning can lead to victory...
  • Obama's Catholic Problem ( Linda Chavez )

    08/08/2008 5:58:53 AM PDT · by kellynla · 11 replies · 383+ views ^ | August 08, 2008 | Linda Chavez
    Barack Obama has a Catholic problem. If he doesn't do better than John Kerry did in 2004 with this quintessential swing voting bloc, he won't be elected president. Obama's campaign understands this -- which is why they're considering allowing a pro-life Democrat, Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, to speak at the Denver convention. Sen. Casey's father, the late Governor of Pennsylvania Robert Casey Sr., was denied a speaking slot at the Democrats' 1992 convention for fear of offending pro-choice Democrats. But simply allowing his son to speak at the convention won't be enough to woo Catholics back. Catholics are by...
  • New McCain Ad: Praised by Democrats

    08/07/2008 12:49:08 PM PDT · by no dems · 21 replies · 132+ views ^ | August 7, 2008 | no dems
    In an effort to highlight his "maverick" history of bipartisianship, John McCain has released this campaign ad. The ad features prominent democratic leaders praising McCain for his courage, honesty, and ability to reach across the aisle.
  • What McCain Should Do Next

    08/06/2008 10:00:42 PM PDT · by flyfree · 16 replies · 116+ views
    wsj ^ | August 7, 2008 | KARL ROVE
    Notwithstanding the hype about Barack Obama, here is where the presidential race stands: John McCain was within an average of 1.9% of his Democratic opponent in last week's daily Gallup tracking poll. It shouldn't be this close. Sen. Obama should be way ahead. It's not that Sen. McCain has made up a lot of ground. shows that the Republican steadily declined from March through June as the Democratic contest dominated the news. Mr. McCain stabilized in July, and then ticked up slightly. But the most important political fact of July is that Mr. Obama has lost altitude. Gallup now...
  • Weekend Box Office: Don't Choose "Swing Vote" - Anti-Semitic GOP, "Typical" White Male Redneck Loser

    08/01/2008 4:19:47 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 29 replies · 157+ views ^ | August 1, 2008 | Debbie Schlussel
    Is Kelsey Grammar really a Republican? Hard to tell, since he chose to be in "Swing Vote" and portray Republicans as anti-Semites and White men as rednecks, idiots, and incompetent fathers. You know when a movie about a Presidential election begins with an anti-Semitic Republican President scheming on how to keep Jews away from the polls, it's not going to be even-handed or good. Or funny. You also know that when the star of a movie--Kevin Costner--is forced to invest $20 million of his own money in an August movie release in order to get it on-screen, it's not a...
  • Fewer Voters Identify as Republicans. Democrats Now Have the Advantage in "Swing" States

    06/07/2008 6:29:30 PM PDT · by FocusNexus · 73 replies · 122+ views
    Pew Research Center ^ | March 20, 2008 | Pew Research Cneter
    The balance of party identification in the American electorate now favors the Democratic Party by a decidedly larger margin than in either of the two previous presidential election cycles. In 5,566 interviews with registered voters conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press during the first two months of 2008, 36% identify themselves as Democrats, and just 27% as Republicans. The share of voters who call themselves Republicans has declined by six points since 2004, and represents, on an annualized basis, the lowest percentage of self-identified Republican voters in 16 years of polling by the Center.
  • 'Swing Vote' plays on GOP, Dem stereotypes

    06/07/2008 5:04:25 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 5 replies · 163+ views
    Politico ^ | 6/7/08 | JEFFREY RESSNER
    “Swing Vote” revolves around a low-life trailer park drunk (Costner) who, by virtue of his young daughter's idealism, becomes responsible for deciding the fate of a closely tied presidential election. Both the incumbent Republican commander-in-chief (Kelsey Grammer) and the milquetoast liberal Democrat challenger (Dennis Hopper) descend on his small town and vie for his vote by shamelessly courting him, even going so far as to change their strongly-held beliefs to align themselves with what they mistakenly believe are his views. A small crowd at an advance screening on the Disney studio lot in Burbank, California this week laughed loudest when...
  • Clinton pushes swing-state strategy

    05/10/2008 12:55:20 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 8 replies · 35+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 10th, 2008 | Christina Bellantoni
    Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's top aides yesterday accused Sen. Barack Obama of ignoring West Virginia, saying Democrats must win the state in the fall and using her 43-point poll lead there as evidence that her longshot bid deserves to run its course. "What is the basis for the so-called 'presumptive nominee' not competing in a state that would be a key swing state?" Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson asked reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, adding that a Tuesday victory could be a turning point for his boss. A 15-point win for Mrs. Clinton, "in an atmosphere in which...
  • White Guys Are Back

    04/05/2008 8:40:46 AM PDT · by neverdem · 86 replies · 70+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 5, 2008 | GAIL COLLINS
    It was probably inevitable. The historic contest between a woman and an African-American for the presidential nomination is now all about white men. Not that the white male voters asked for this. They’ve been uncommitted, supporting Hillary in one contest and Barack in the next. But all that hemming and hawing has turned them into the deciding factor in the big upcoming primary in Pennsylvania. Reporters are spread all over the state, searching for white men to interview. American Legion halls under siege! Both campaigns engage in extensive research, which reveals that white men are very concerned about the economy....
  • GOP Targeting Wal-Mart Moms, Facebook Independents (According to McCain's right hand man)

    04/04/2008 10:44:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 45 replies · 74+ views ^ | April 4, 2008 | NA
    Associated Press SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M. -- Republicans want to attract different voters. The top campaign official for the presumed GOP presidential nominee, John McCain, is identifying five groups of target voters. Rick Davis told a meeting of Republican state chairmen at Santa Ana Pueblo Friday that those groups include young voters and Hispanics. They also include what he calls "Wal-Mart moms," "Rehab Republicans" and "Facebook independents." Davis said it's not just McCain who would benefit from their support. He said they could help GOP candidates further down the ticket. He defines Rehab Republicans as longtime GOP members who haven't...
  • McCain Chief Optimistic, Sees Challenges Ahead (The New Architect)

    04/04/2008 4:20:37 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 16 replies · 96+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April 4th, 2008 | Reid Wilson
    Noting a recent New York Times/CBS News poll ...... "We cannot win the election if our party is viewed 15 points less as a solution to the problems of America than the Democrat Party," Davis said. Davis pointed to five subgroups he said would be key to a victory in November. Those include "WalMart Moms," frugal suburban voters lower on the economic scale who Davis estimates will make up 17% of the electorate, and "Rehab Republicans," historically GOP voters who have grown disaffected, and a group from which Davis estimates McCain needs four out of five voters to win. Younger...
  • McCain's VP dilemma: Appeal to moderates, or conservatives?

    04/03/2008 2:41:18 PM PDT · by kingattax · 28 replies · 72+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Apr 3, 2008
    While the Democratic candidates continue to pummel each other on the campaign trail, Arizona Senator John McCain's clear path to the Republican nomination means he can turn his attention to lofty matters such as choosing his running mate - and pondering the dilemma that confronts him. McCain has succeeded in becoming the last Republican candidate standing based largely on his reputation as a "maverick" who has been willing to take risks by bucking his own party on issues such as global warming and torture and reach across the aisle to get things done. Though that persona has won him support...
  • Giuliani Says He Has Sway in Swing States [he sways everywhere]

    08/20/2007 2:18:38 PM PDT · by hardback · 28 replies · 545+ views
    Nasha Telegraph ^ | 8/18/7 | By KEVIN LANDRIGAN
    MERRIMACK – Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said he’s the only GOP candidate who can win in swing states that have gone Democratic in recent elections, including New Hampshire. During an interview with The Telegraph, Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, listed a dozen states and claimed to be the only Republican who in the general election could defeat Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic candidate.The list included New Hampshire, Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, Minnesota and Washington. He predicted victory over any Democratic candidate in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and said he could keep the contest close in...
  • Swingin' With the Libertarians (and Federalists)

    06/22/2007 8:24:58 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 30 replies · 545+ views
    Elephant Biz ^ | June 19, 2007 | Bill Hobbs
    A new study from David Boaz, executive vice president of the libertarian Cato Institute, and David Kirby, executive director of the America's Future Foundation, have released a new study that asserts that - surprise! - libertarians are the swing vote in national elections... Any group that is 13 percent of the electorate is big enough to swing elections, if they're positioned right on the political see-saw. It's not really the size of the libertarian vote that matters so much as it is where they stand on issues - and whether or not they currently feel more at home or less...
  • Alito Calls Free-Speech Limits 'Dangerous' as Court Considers Cases (McCain/Feingold overturned?)

    06/15/2007 3:22:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 1,411+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 14, 2007 | Robert Barnes
    Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. made it clear as he began taking questions at yesterday's National Italian American Foundation luncheon that he couldn't reveal any of the Supreme Court's forthcoming opinions. But did he at least give a hint? Two of the court's biggest remaining cases focus on the First Amendment, and while Alito didn't mention either, he did make it clear that any restrictions on speech face a high hurdle with him. "I'm a very strong believer in the First Amendment and the right of people to speak and to write," Alito said in response to a question of...
  • No abrupt changes for court -- Justice Kennedy is new swing vote

    07/01/2006 9:58:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 709+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/2/6 | Bob Egelko
    President Bush finally got to reshape the Supreme Court during its just-completed 2005-06 term, appointing its first two new members in more than a decade. But he didn't have much immediate success in changing its direction. Bush's appointees, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, lived up to expectations that they would ally with the court's conservative faction. The administration's hopes for a rightward shift on an already-conservative court were largely checked, however, by the pivotal figure of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy's role was illustrated most dramatically Thursday, the final day of the court's term, when he joined a...
  • Swing Justice (Anthony Kennedy attacks the media and wonders if liberals hate him)

    04/06/2006 11:41:42 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 15 replies · 1,328+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 6, 2006 | The Editors
    Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy lashed out at our humble profession last week, castigating editorial writers whom he said frequently "misinterpret" the Court's reasoning, according to an article in Monday's Washington Post. The Justice didn't single out any newspaper, though we'll admit to having referred to his jurisprudence on more than one occasion as "protean." We'd humbly reply to Justice Kennedy that it is precisely this trait that has invited such media mau-mauing. While nominated as a conservative by Ronald Reagan, Justice Kennedy has proven on the High Court that he is open for intellectual rent: from his flip-flop on...
  • Anthony Kennedy Is Ready for His Close-Up

    04/03/2006 7:38:25 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 10 replies · 1,245+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 3, 2006 | Adam Cohen
    At last week's oral argument in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, probably the term's most important case, the outcome was all but decided when Justice Anthony Kennedy spoke. He strongly suggested by his questions that he would join the four moderate justices in rejecting the Bush administration's position on a key aspect of its war-on-terror powers. That would be enough, because these days, the law is pretty much what Justice Kennedy says it is. With Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement, there is a new swing justice in town. If the court's two newest members, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel Alito...
  • Where The Missing Middle Went

    02/18/2006 9:25:23 AM PST · by Torie · 37 replies · 743+ views
    National Journal ^ | February 17, 2006 | Jonathan Rauch
    SOCIAL STUDIES Where The Missing Middle Went By Jonathan Rauch, National Journal © National Journal Group Inc. Friday, Feb. 17, 2006 In 1992, the political scientist Raymond E. Wolfinger of the University of California (Berkeley), along with five of his students, published The Myth of the Independent Voter, a book that posed a challenge to -- well, to people like me. For some time, I've been saying that the key to American politics is in the center. Independents make up about a third of the electorate, yet are neglected by the two increasingly extreme major parties. Whichever party manages to...