Posted tagged ‘Election 2008’

Squash the Funny Business at the Polls!

November 3, 2008

The following is a video put out by the Obama campaign on how to avoid voter intimidation shenanigans. The video shows examples of the kind of wacky stuff that has been happening already, including an attempt to disenfranchise Joe the Plumber because of a clerical error on his registration. Democrats ended up protecting his vote for McCain.

If you don’t have time to watch the video, and you live in Indiana here’s my main message to you. Do NOT get out of the voting line no matter what anyone tells you, asks you or accuses you of. As long as you get in line BEFORE 6:00 p.m., just stay in there until you either vote or have had a chance to call this phone number:

1-877-MY-IN-OBAMA

Tomorrow I will spend my day hanging out at designated polls watching for signs of voter intimidation as I cross every finger and toe I have.

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Absentee Ballot Commitment: In Memory of Jerry

October 30, 2008

I sent this to Ben Smith over at Politico. He’s been asking for interesting voter stories. Then I thought I should share it with GrowingSense readers, too.

Hi Ben,

Wanted to share a powerful absentee voter story from Franklin, Indiana. A friend of mine from church, a beloved retired Methodist minister named Jerry Hyde died two weeks ago after a long bout with cancer. Two days before Jerry died he called the woman who would speak at his funeral to leave some final instructions and then added (on her voice mail): “don’t try to call me back because I’ll be on the phone all afternoon for Barack Obama.” Since he was homebound and recognized that he didn’t have long to live, he made sure he voted early.

Obama Back in Indiana Where His Stock Appears to Be Rising

October 24, 2008

Here is a link to some awesome photos of Obama’s rally in Indianapolis today. 35,000 people showed up. A friend of mine got to shake his hand.

I volunteered at the last rally, and I can tell you, anything that involves tens of thousands of people is kind of crazy. But he picked a good day to drop in. Fall in Indiana is a joy, and this day sparkled. John and I decided to take advantage of the probability that most Obama supporters were rallying. We voted.

It was the easiest time I’ve ever had getting into the city county building. No security lines – none. But you can only enter through the Delaware Street entrance if you are going to vote early. It took no time, but like I said, Obama was speaking up the street. Just bring your state issued photo ID, and that’s all you need.

There are more reasons for Indiana Democrats to rally. New polls came out today showing that Obama is up here. Polls are polls, so they only provide a snapshot of the landscape. Still, just the fact that we might not be the first to report returns favoring the Republican candidate for a change has Obama supporters in Indiana looking forward to election night.

I’m praying for the Obama family as they go to visit his grandmother who is in a bad way right now.

Palin Wardrobe: $150,000, Obama in Ten Year Old Pants: Priceless

October 23, 2008

The fact that Palin can’t accurately say what a vice-president does is slightly (but actually only slightly) more important than the fact that her campaign has spent $150,000.00 of Republican donors’ money on her clothes (McCain/Palin, they’re just like us).

Still, fashion is fun. And Palin’s Niemans and Saks splurges make for a very nice study in contrast with Barack and Michelle Obama. The senator manages to look super fine in 10 year old pants and Michelle is setting a fine example in our tough economy by rocking $30.00 sun dresses from the Gap. I’m sure not all of their clothes are OTR, nor should they be, but at least they are modeling how to get through tough times with style.

Months before any of this price tag whoohaa or even our current economic mess, Access Hollywood interviewed all of the Obamas about their family’s fashion budget. The video is funny. You almost expect Malia to refer to her dad as “that one” when she talks about his scuffed up belt. This family is precious, and these kids are being raised right!

I Guess This and Joe the Plumber is All He’s Got

October 17, 2008

Sorry, for the two post Friday, but I just read about McCain campaign robocalls on Huffington Post . Since McLyin is once again trying to imply a link between Obama and William Ayers, I thought I should prepare people for the robocalls and put the truth out there, especially for my friend Flo who was asking about Ayers just today.

The McCain-Palin campaign and the Republican National Committee launched a massive robocall campaign on Thursday designed to alarm voters about Barack Obama’s past association with former radical Bill Ayers. The committee may be violating state law in the process.

The call begins: “Hello. I’m calling for John McCain and the RNC,” before telling recipients that they “need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers, whose organization bombed the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, a judge’s home, and killed Americans.”

More remarkable than the message (coming after a presidential debate in which John McCain said he didn’t care about a “washed up terrorist”) is the reach of the campaign itself. The Huffington Post received dozens of emails from voters who had either received the call or gotten a voice mail with a recording. Reports came from Ohio, Colorado, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Missouri, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, West Virginia, Maine and even Georgia.

If you are curious, you can click the link above and hear the audio of the robocall.

I HATE robocalls from anyone. If you want to talk to me, be a person. But here’s what I have to say about Ayers.

Obama is not his pal! If you don’t believe me, take it from–

The Chicago-Sun Times:

Obama’s campaign really was launched when he got the backing of then state Sen. Alice Palmer (D-Chicago), who wanted him to replace her as she was planning a run for Congress. Palmer’s backing gave him entrée into local influential political circles…Obama’s formal kick-off to announce his run for state senate was at the Hyde Park Ramada Inn on Sept. 19, 1995. Obama was introduced by Palmer in a room filled with supporters at the Ramada, fronting Lake Michigan on South Lake Shore Drive, a stroll from the Museum of Science and Industry.

Or Factcheck.org:

McCain says in an Internet ad that the two “ran a radical ‘education’ foundation” in Chicago. But the supposedly “radical” group was supported by a Republican governor and included on its board prominent local civic leaders, including one former Nixon administration official who has given $1,500 to McCain’s campaign this year. Education Week says the group’s work “reflected mainstream thinking” among school reformers. The group was the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, started by a $49 million grant from the Annenberg Foundation, which was established by the publisher Walter Annenberg, a prominent Republican whose widow, Leonore, is a contributor to the McCain campaign.

Or the Associated Press:

Her [Palin] reference to Obama’s relationship with William Ayers, a member of the Vietnam-era Weather Underground, was exaggerated at best if not outright false. No evidence shows they were “pals” or even close when they worked on community boards years ago and Ayers hosted a political event for Obama early in his career.

The political event referred to in the AP article is also referred to in the Sun-Times article above. Standard procedure for newbie Illlinois politicians is to run a gauntlet of coffees around the University of Illinois campus. One of which was at Ayers.

One of the event hosts doesn’t even remember the coffee being for Obama, but for Obama’s predecessor in the Illinois senate who wanted Obama to be her replacement:

Sam Ackerman told me Tuesday when we exchanged e-mails that “as I recall, the event at Bill Ayers’ house (prior to ours) was a fund-raiser for Alice’s congressional campaign at which she also introduced Barack as the successor she would like to see elected.”

If Ackerman’s recollection is correct–that the event at Ayers home was really for Palmer and Obama just piggy backed on it–then any argument that the Obama’s political career was launched in the Ayers home is moot.

Sick of hearing about Ayers? I am. If you’re not, feel free to read through a whole slough of other mainstream media disputes of McCain’s weak accusations. If you care, they are at Fight the Smears, which is the Obama campaign’s attempt to keep up with the sewage being slung out of the McCain camp. It’s a full time job for someone, I’m sure.

Oops! Before I even finished editing this post, another report of McCain robocalls, these accusing Obama of supporting infanticide, popped up. Whatever.

Arkansas and Indiana, In The Pink

October 17, 2008

Don’t go looking at THIS link unless you want to get addicted to poll numbers and statistics in less than five seconds, but I noticed for the first time Arkansas is moving from being a solid red state for McCain to a pink state.

Indiana is back from being light blue to pink.

What on earth are these two campaigns going to do for the next three weeks? Can’t we just vote already? Oh, yeah. In Indiana we can right now. Early voting in Arkansas begins October 20. Why wait?

Wow! Republican Dick Lugar Endorses Obama’s Foreign Policy!

October 15, 2008

Those of you who live in Indiana will appreciate what a big deal this is.

The ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee parted ways with his party’s presidential nominee Wednesday by endorsing Democrat Barack Obama ’s approach to diplomacy.

In a lengthy speech at the National Defense University, Indiana Sen. Richard G. Lugar weighed the benefits of talking to foreign leaders, including U.S. enemies, against other actions, such as military force. The issue marks one of the sharpest divides between Obama and John McCain , who has called the Democratic nominee naive for suggesting that he would sit down with leaders such as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

I’m still in Arkansas so haven’t had much chance to blog, but had to drop this in.