Monday, October 06, 2008

McCain Wants To Talk About Dangerous? OK



This morning CBS News reported that Lagging In The Polls, Palin Shifts To Fear Tactics. Can anyone in their right mind take A Know Nothing Winky-Dinky seriously enough to fear the nonsense that comes randomly shooting out of her lipsticked trap? Apparently not in Virginia, where Obama now holds a double-digit lead over McCain. She keeps using words like "dangerous," "fearful" and "afraid" in the increasingly hysterical and desperate speeches the McCain team writes for her and it only reminds voters of John McCain's career-long erratic behavior, hair-trigger temperament, and of the serial hysteria his campaign has degenerated into.

USAToday noted that today was the end of a record-breaking registration campaign in half the states in the nation-- record-breaking for Democrats, heart-breaking for Republicans.
Democrats have added more than 800,000 voters and Republicans have lost 300,000 in eight of the most tightly fought states in the presidential race: Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico and New Hampshire. Changes occur when voters switch parties or are removed from registration lists because they moved, died or haven't voted in recent elections.

No wonder McCain is so desperate and has decided to turn the rest of the campaign into a brutal slash and burn gutter exercise that even Karl Rove says is over the top and even Tom DeLay has qualms about!

And like Virginia, Ohio is also slipping further and further from McCain's clammy grasp. Yesterday's Columbus Dispatch reported that Obama is now up by 7 points statewide. If that holds, McCain needn't bother staying up late for the 2 remaining debates. The sweetest part of McCain's nosedive is that he's dragging the entire Republican Party down with him, just the way he did in the special congressional elections in Illinois, Louisiana, and Mississippi, where 3 red districts rejected McCain and his candidates-- running the same kind of viciously negative campaign McCain is doing now-- for moderate Democrats supported by Obama. McCain's coattails look like they will be the most toxic in the history of the Republican Party.

In 2006 rubber stamp Republican Randy Kuhl beat security-oriented progressive Democrat Eric Massa 52%-48%. This year the two campaigns have around the same amount of money on hand (Massa- $534,000 and Kuhl $572,000). According to a Republican polling firm, McLaughlin & Associates, January showed Kuhl way ahead, 46-26%. That's a steep hill to climb. Eric has climbed it. Today's release of a Beneson Strategy Group poll has Eric at 47% and Kuhl trailing with 42%.

We're seeing results like this on the local levels everywhere in the country. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Al Franken (D-MN) have pulled ahead of incumbent Republican rubber stamps Gordon Smith and Norm Coleman. And national Republicans have virtually written off any chance Elizabeth Dole has for keeping her seat in North Carolina. Politico: "Top Republicans say they have no hope for Dole in North Carolina. 'There’s no point in even counting the votes,' said a top McCain official." They say the only Republican chance for a pick-up in the Senate is if Lieberman makes his jump to their side official.

Similarly, there are no Democrats with endangered seats except for Chris Carney (PA) who has been voting like a Republican and deserves to lose his seat; unfortunately, even a reactionary scumbag like Carney will be helped by an Obama landslide. Heavily red House seats that are looking like they will elect Democrats in November include the at-large Alaska seat, currently held by bribe-taking Don Young, but even non-criminal types in the GOP are getting ready to start hunting for jobs on K Street after November. Some of the most likely Democratic prospects (all races where the Democrat is currently polling ahead or even):

Charlie Brown (CA-04)- up 5%
Alan Grayson (FL-08)- up 4%
Parker Griffith (AL-05)- up 5%
Jim Himes (CT-04)- dead heat
Walter Minnick (ID-01)- up 6%-- and yes, that's Idaho in a district with a PVI of R+19!
Betsy Markey (CO-04)- up 9%
Frank Kratovil (MD-01)- dead heat
Mark Schauer (MI-07)- up 6%
Gary Peters (MI-09)- up 4%
Ashwin Madia (MN-03)- up 5% (brand new poll)
Larry Kissell (NC-08)- up 11%
Martin Heinrich (NM-01)- up 6%
Harry Teague (NM-02)- up 4%
Dina Titus (NV-03)- up 11%
Michael McMahon (NY-13)- GOP has given up
Dan Maffei (NY-25)- up 1%
Steve Dreihaus (OH-01)- dead heat
Vic Wulsin (OH-02)- dead heat
Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15)- up 5%
John Boccieri (OH-16)- up 8%
Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-03)- up 4%
Gerry Connolly (VA-11)- up 31%
Gary Trauner (WY-A-L)- dead heat

Most district have no polling available. If you're interested in helping your favorite Democrats in House races, there's a People For the American Way contest going on right now, where you can leverage even a small donation for your favorite candidate into a big check. Right now Judy Feder (VA-10), Gary Peters (MI-09) and Russ Warner (CA-26) are battling it out for the top slot, but it's very early going and already Marin Heinrich (NM-01), Dennis Shulman (NJ-05), and Debbie Cook (CA-46) are starting to move up. Click here to take a look.

And if you're wondering why Eric Massa took that gigantic jump in the polls, I think this video will help you understand:


I spoke to a friend of mine in Minnesota tonight who told me the GOP has pretty much just thrown in the towel on holding on to Ramstad's seat with right-winger Erik Paulsen. Ashwin Madia has been beating him in the polls and Paulsen is hiding from the press. And it's not an isolated phenomena. Tomorrow's Roll Call paints a grim picture (grim if you're a Republican).
Democrats have opened up significant leads in seven marquee House races that are rematches of 2006 contests, according to new polls conducted exclusively for Roll Call.

Whether the race involves a Republican who was ousted last cycle and is seeking a political comeback, a shaky GOP incumbent who might be in even greater jeopardy this time, or a Democrat who won an open-seat race in a conservative district, Democrats everywhere seem to be benefiting politically from the recent wave of bad economic news. Democratic Congressional contenders are even leading in districts where Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) trails Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the Roll Call survey.

...In Illinois’ 10th district, marketing consultant Dan Seals (D) led Rep. Mark Kirk (R) 52 percent to 44 percent. In Indiana’s 9th, Rep. Baron Hill (D) led ex-Rep. Mike Sodrel (R) 53 percent to 38 percent. In New Hampshire’s 1st, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D) led ex-Rep. Jeb Bradley (R) 50 percent to 41 percent. In New York’s 29th, retired Navy officer Eric Massa (D) led Rep. Randy Kuhl (R) 51 percent to 44 percent. In North Carolina’s 8th district, teacher Larry Kissell (D) led Rep. Robin Hayes (R) 49 percent to 41 percent. In Pennsylvania’s 4th district, Rep. Jason Altmire (D) led ex-Rep. Melissa Hart (R) 54 percent to 42 percent. And in Wisconsin’s 8th district, Rep. Steve Kagen (D) topped former state Speaker John Gard (R) 54 percent to 43 percent.

Did you read Glenn's piece at Salon today? He reprised a warning from last summer, warning he's ready to take action on:
What is the best course for those who want to battle against these civil-liberties-destroying, rule-of-law-trampling, war-making policies that the GOP leadership pushes and the Democratic Party leadership supports, enables, and/or passively accepts? In a two-party system where blind support for either party will do nothing but perpetuate these policies, how can they be undermined?

And some of the Democrats above are that type of Democrats-- nominal Democrats from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party. There is no reason-- none whatsoever-- to rejoice because of the election of reactionaries like Baron Hill or Jason Altmire. They are useless in important battles and their cowardice and instinctual conservatism moves the Democratic caucus inexorably to the right.

Many of my friends are overjoyed that Miss McConnell may lose his seat. No one deserves that fate more. And no one wishes him worse than I do. But his opponent is Bruce Lunsford who will either replace Ben Nelson as the worst Democrat in the Senate or just jump the fence and become a Republican the first time that seems like a promising proposition, the same way Richard Shelby did in 1994. As much as I abhor McConnell, there's nothing in the world that would ever get me to vote for Bruce Lunsford.

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At 3:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you MUST take one of the candidates who forced you to pay for the Wall Street bailout.

"The two parties should be
almost identical, so that
the American people can
'throw the rascals out'
at any election without
leading to any profound or
extensive shifts in policy."
-Carol Quigley

At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

*Former Georgia Republican Bob Barr represents what little remains of the Republican Party.

AGAINST the WS BailOut from the beginning as the Libertarian Presidential Party candidate, for smaller government and taxation, against nation building in Soviet Georgia and Iraq from day one.

Let's hope that Obama hires the few decent trainable Republicans left like Hagel, Lugar, Powell and this will be the end of the GOP.

Go drop $20 on Bob Barr for $2 radio ads in the Swing States and everytime you see the poll numbers in Virginia, North Carolina and Florida you can smile:)

*upaid announcement brought to you by another OLD DWT reader who was in the tank for John Edwards like many here >:-)>

At 5:25 PM, Blogger 333 said...

McCain is desperate enough to claim Obama is a secret Malcolm X operative and intends to take over America by Black Power.


I wonder if that Viagra is damaging his ability to get enough blood to his brain to think clearly, I mean, it has to be difficult to keep his eyes off that Barracuda's boobs!

Oh the humanity!


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