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Election Reading Without the Mean Stuff

CNN: Obama Makes Gains in Key States, Polls Show

Sen. Barack Obama has widened his lead over McCain in Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, according to CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corp. polls in those states released Thursday.

Obama also is holding onto his lead of 4 percentage points in Ohio, while McCain is up by 7 percentage points in his home state of Arizona, according to the polls.

According to CNN’s Electoral College map, if the election were held today, Obama would win 291 electoral votes, compared with 163 for McCain; another 84 electoral votes are up for grabs.

Interesting citizen blog post about neither the Republican nor Democratic parties being socialist, with examples from each which could be labeled socialist, but, in the writer’s opinion, aren’t.

There isn’t a single nation in the world today that is not a mixed economy of both capitalism and socialism. It works. Some work better, some worse depending on the mix, but, the mixed economy model has become the preferred choice of every nation on earth. That is no accident or coincidence of history either. It is high time Americans got over the use of terms like capitalist pig, and socialist commie as labels employed for political purposes, and got on with the debate of how much of each is most appropriate for our nation and in what sectors of our economy they can best be employed.

The New Republic: In Defense of Two-Party Rule is Jacob Levy’s response to John Judis’ “Down With Divided Government.” A great two-fer with thoughtful analysis of a possible 60-seat Democratic majority in the Senate.

Time Magazine’s Joe Klein has a timely post expressing disgust with the latest of McCain’s tactics. This one is partly about trash-slinging, sorry; but it refutes some important claims made by McCain.

The Wall Street Journal has an outstanding roundup today of “the smartest new political analysis on the Web” with great links and summaries.

McCain had better win, writes Edward Whelan on National Review Online, because, “simply put, the survival of the historic American experiment in representative government will be in serious jeopardy if Barack Obama is our next president” because of his Supreme Court picks. The Court already is more liberal than commonly realized, Whelan argues, and “the Left sees even President Clinton’s appointees, Ginsburg and Breyer, as too mild and moderate. Obama’s supporters are clamoring for ‘liberal lions’ who will redefine the Constitution as a left-wing goodies bag, and a look at some of their leading contenders, like Yale law school dean Harold Koh (champion of judicial transnationalism and transgenderism), Massaschusetts governor Deval Patrick (a racialist extremist and judicial supremacist), and law professor Cass Sunstein (advocate of judicial invention of a ’second Bill of Rights’ on welfare, employment, and other Nanny State mandates), shows that there is lots of room for Obama’s nominees to be even worse than Ginsburg and Breyer. And no matter how bad they are, you can count on their being confirmed by a heavily Democratic Senate.”

Politico has a new piece about media bias where they report reader response to their story about anti-McCain bias in the press.

Conservative columnist George Will, in his third column expressing his dismay over McCain, wrote today:

Perhaps Palin’s confusion about the office for which she is auditioning comes from listening to its current occupant. Dick Cheney, the foremost practitioner of this administration’s constitutional carelessness in aggrandizing executive power, regularly attends the Senate Republicans’ Tuesday luncheons. He has said jocularly that he is “a product” of the Senate, which pays his salary, and that he has no “official duties” in the executive branch. His situational constitutionalism has, however, led him to assert, when claiming exemption from a particular executive order, that he is a member of the legislative branch and, when seeking to shield certain of his deliberations from legislative inquiry, to say that he is a member of the executive branch.

The Economist: Barack Obama will win a substantial victory in the Global Electoral College
Sounds right, but grain of salt required: A self-selecting, unscientific and therefore anecdotal-only “poll” of readers of the British publication shows Obama to be “the world’s choice” for president, by about four out of five people. The Economist has some analysis, including:

The general result may look lopsided, but judging by opinion polls carried out in various countries, for example by the BBC, Mr Obama is widely considered to be the world’s choice. Considering the rapturous reaction that he received in Berlin, and elsewhere, when he toured the Middle East and Europe in the summer, Mr Obama (and America) would be right to expect more goodwill if he becomes president than that enjoyed by George Bush.
Mr McCain did garner support in some unusual places. Andorra, Macedonia, Cuba, El Salvador and Georgia were coloured red during the earlier weeks of voting. Nearer to the close of polls the Republican also saw Iraq, Namibia, Congo, Sudan, Algeria and a few other countries offer him support. It may be that Cuban exiles in Florida chose to register themselves as residents of Cuba, and wanted to express their support for the Republican. Perhaps American servicemen in Iraq were backing Mr McCain. Georgians may feel that Mr McCain would be a tougher commander-in-chief than his rival, and thus would be more assertive towards Russia. Macedonia perhaps backed Mr McCain in reaction to the hearty enthusiasm for Mr Obama in neighbouring Greece.

About Jill Kuraitis

Jill Kuraitis is an award-winning journalist who specializes in news of Idaho and the Rocky Mountain West. Her B.A. in theatre management is from UC Santa Barbara, and she went on to work in theatre, film, and politics before writing became a career. Kuraitis has two excellent grown children and lives in Boise with her husband of 30 years, abundant backyard wildlife, and two huge hairy dogs.

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