Weekend Open Thread

“All that one gains by falsehood is not to be believed when he speaks the truth.”

–Aristotle

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  1. DavidThi808 says:

    I am up in Vail for a weekend break and asked our waitress at lunch and waiter at work Obama or McCain.

    1) Our waitress said she was still undecided but that Palin scared her and so would probably vote for Obama.

    2) Our waiter said he was undecided but wanted the candidate that would pay attention to the little guy and so probably Obama.

    These were both pre-debate but I think both will be Obama votes so that’s 2:0 among undecideds.

    What was also interesting was that both had very valid reasons for their votes and talked for a couple of minutes about them. These are not which giy do I like better voters – these are people that have legit criteria and are intelligently comparing the candidates.

    I’d say that is a good sign.

  2. sxp151 says:

    Dino Rossi (yes, that’s his real name) is describing himself on the general election ballot for WA governor as “prefers GOP party.” As Rachel Maddow pointed out, if you spell out the acronym it’s “prefers grand old party party,” which is just stupid. But apparently even 18% of Republicans don’t know what the “GOP party” is, and that level of ignorance is what Rossi is counting on.  

  3. sxp151 says:

    http://tpmelectioncentral.talk

    Mostly includes “The Suspension” but not the debate.

  4. Go Blue says:

    Not sure where yet but Barack will be in Colorado on Monday and Michelle will be here on Wednesday.

    Denver, CO– The Obama campaign announced today that U.S. Senator Barack Obama will return to Colorado on Monday, September 29, 2008.  This will be his second trip to Colorado since the Democratic National Convention in August. On September 15th and 16th, Senator Obama held events in Grand Junction, Pueblo, and Golden.

    Battleground Baby!  

  5. WesternSlopeThought says:

    under the doors of Republican congressmen?  How in the world will the House R’s demand for voluntary insurance buys from Wall St. help the current Republican economics meltdown?  Didn’t we taxpayers just have to lay out 85 billion dollars to bail out the largest U. S. insurance company in AIG?  I believe the R’s are just posturing for their lobbyist buddies. And their temper-tantrums solve nothing.  

  6. DavidThi808 says:

    from BloggingStocks

    Alan Fishman. He is WaMu’s CEO, who took the top job 18 days ago.

    As should be no surprise, he signed a juicy contract: a $7.5 million signing bonus and a lump-sum payment for severance that comes to $6.15 million. In other words, if he leaves the company, he’ll walk away with $13.65 million.

    Not bad for a month’s work…

  7. sxp151 says:

    He keeps repeating the same phrases (“I’m a Teddy Roosevelt Republican” three times). It’s sad when the short-attention-span media looks at that and says, “Well, he did make a really strong case about being a Teddy Roosevelt Republican.”

    He denies that he refused to look at Obama during the debate. (Glad Stephanopoulos asked the question, but he did let him off the hook a little too quickly.)

    Desperately trying to defend Palin, who told someone in a Philadelphia bar that she agreed with Obama’s and not McCain’s position on Pakistan. (“Shouldn’t put a microphone in during a private conversation…”)

  8. parsingreality says:

    Registrations are running 2:1 in favor of Democrats, that’s for all age groups.  The Indies are slightly below the Pubs, so we can probably count more Indies leaning Dem, based on recent polling.

    Back in the primaries, the “youth vote” increased 50% over the previous election.  And that’s w/o Hillary or Obama campaigning here.

    The campus’ are abuzz with the excitement.  Michelle O. and Jill B. were greeted with excitement yesterday at (I forget which) FL campus.  

    Maybe this will be the election where “the youth” finally get out and vote.  And it might flip Obama into the White House.  

  9. sxp151 says:

    http://www.denverpost.com/head

    No further details have been released on Monday’s visit to Colorado by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, but his campaign did announce Saturday that his wife, Michelle, will be in Boulder on Wednesday to host a Students for Obama voter-registration rally in the Boulder area.

    Wonder if I can get into that without being a student?

  10. WesternSlopeThought says:

    His name was not even mentioned by D’s or R’s at the bailout compromise press conference.  Come on Republicans, can’t you at least acknowledge he is in town?  Knight in shining armor swooping in to save the world just turned into Alonso Quixano, alone in a room,  mumbling to himself in the dark.

  11. DavidThi808 says:

    It’s interesting, if you measure by yard signs this is Republican country. The only Dem with an occasional sign is Udall. No Obama, no Scanlan, maybe some of the county commissioner ones are Dem.

    At the main intersection in Edwards there is a Schaffer & Udall sign side by side – I thought that was neat. Same size, same positioning.

    But when I talk to people here, it’s Dem or independent leaning Dem. But I mostly talk to people who are working, not others vacationing. So that is skewed. But for those with regular jobs here, they appear to be Dem.

    ps – If anyone knows how to get ahold of Christine Scanlan, let her know that email to any address on her website bounces. I called the number but just got voicemail.

  12. Go Blue says:

    It was bad enough that the McCain campaign paraded the unwedded and pregnant couple around the RNC, but now they’re planning on exploiting the marriage ceremony of Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston.

    In an election campaign notable for its surprises, Sarah Palin, the Republican vice- presidential candidate, may be about to spring a new one — the wedding of her pregnant teenage daughter to her ice-hockey-playing fiancГ© before the November 4 election.

    Inside John McCain’s campaign the expectation is growing that there will be a popularity boosting pre-election wedding in Alaska between Bristol Palin, 17, and Levi Johnston, 18, her schoolmate and father of her baby. “It would be fantastic,” said a McCain insider. “You would have every TV camera there. The entire country would be watching. It would shut down the race for a week.”

  13. Go Blue says:

    Anyone else watching the game? Cutler has thrown a couple of picks and our defense is painful to watch. This game shouldn’t be close and the Chiefs certainly should not be winning going in the 4th!

  14. FoCo-a-GoGo says:

    1) Schaffer and Udall debate on Meet the Press – not the best representation of the state of Colorado.  I was made to feel somewhat embarrassed and uncomfortable by this performance.  I think Udall looked slightly weak, although attempted to be thoughtful and intellectual.  Schaffer looked like a pompous wind bag.  He started out with substantive comments and made a few initial good points, but then he turned me off due to his rudeness and shrill bickering.  Overall, i don’t think progress was made one way or another, which is probably slightly better for the trailing Schaffer. (Score 0 Schaffer,0 Udall)

    2) Betsey Markey on Your Show on 9News – this lady knows her stuff and is well spoken and practical.  She offered a great defense to Musgrave’s latest attacks on her.  Markey was much more lively than Musgrave who appeared on the show last weekend.  She also seemed to have a much better grasp of the issues and was much more positive in her responses (Score +1 point Markey).

    3) Obama and McCain and their somewhat boring, anticlimactic debate – mostly a tie, although I think that in this case the tie has to go to Obama.  Having said that, I think McCain did much better than I thought he would, although he was a bit grouchy and unfriendly.  Obama was thoughtful and intellectual, but missed some opportunities to hammer home his points.  Neither one engaged in much actual debate, but Obama did hit McCain hard on his being wrong in terms of the Iraq War.  (Score + 1/2 point Obama)    

  15. DavidThi808 says:

    from DailyKOS

    Today I opened up the Stockton Record and discovered much to my surprise they were endorsing Barack Obama. Keep in mind that this is the paper that endorsed Richard Pombo in 2006 but said he needed to change. I knew the paper had been endorsing Republican for quite a while, but I didn’t know they had been endorsing Republican for the last 72 years. In a story beneath the endorsement, the editor for the paper explains that the last Democrat the Stockton Record endorsed was FDR. And not FDR’s last election mind you, his second one. In both subsequent elections, they chose a Republican. Wendell Willkie and Thomas E. Dewey.

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