Daily Archives: October 24, 2008

>Another Republican Governor Backs Obama

>Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld (R) endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president, the Boston Globe reports.

Said Weld: “Senator Obama is a once-in-a-lifetime candidate who will transform our politics and restore America’s standing in the world. We need a president who will lead based on our common values and Senator Obama demonstrates an ability to unite and inspire.”

Yesterday, former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson (R) announced his support for Obama.

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Another Republican Governor Backs Obama

Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld (R) endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president, the Boston Globe reports.

Said Weld: “Senator Obama is a once-in-a-lifetime candidate who will transform our politics and restore America’s standing in the world. We need a president who will lead based on our common values and Senator Obama demonstrates an ability to unite and inspire.”

Yesterday, former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson (R) announced his support for Obama.

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>Obama Swinging For The Fences

>BY EVERY METRIC, THE DEMOCRAT’S PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN LOOKS AS IF IT IS HEADED FOR THE UPPER DECK.

For a political analyst, the normal posture this time of year is much like a baseball umpire’s: hunched over, peering carefully as the ball approaches the plate, watching for whether it breaks left or right, whether it’s coming in high or low. But, these days, we analysts are more like outfielders, watching in awe as a ball seems on a trajectory to not only clear the fence but very likely land in the upper deck.

By every metric, Barack Obama’s presidential campaign appears headed for the upper deck. Polls (both national and state-by-state), organization, money, and momentum are all running strongly in Obama’s favor. At this point, one wonders whether Obama’s winning margin could be greater than Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton’s 5.6-point win over President George H.W. Bush in 1992, more than Bush’s 7.7-point win over Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis in 1988, or more than Clinton’s 8.5-point win over Sen. Bob Dole in 1996. Even higher on the landslide roster is California Gov. Ronald Reagan’s 9.7-point victory over President Carter in 1980 and Gen. Dwight Eisenhower’s 10.9-point win over Adlai Stevenson in 1952….

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Obama Swinging For The Fences

BY EVERY METRIC, THE DEMOCRAT’S PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN LOOKS AS IF IT IS HEADED FOR THE UPPER DECK.

For a political analyst, the normal posture this time of year is much like a baseball umpire’s: hunched over, peering carefully as the ball approaches the plate, watching for whether it breaks left or right, whether it’s coming in high or low. But, these days, we analysts are more like outfielders, watching in awe as a ball seems on a trajectory to not only clear the fence but very likely land in the upper deck.

By every metric, Barack Obama’s presidential campaign appears headed for the upper deck. Polls (both national and state-by-state), organization, money, and momentum are all running strongly in Obama’s favor. At this point, one wonders whether Obama’s winning margin could be greater than Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton’s 5.6-point win over President George H.W. Bush in 1992, more than Bush’s 7.7-point win over Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis in 1988, or more than Clinton’s 8.5-point win over Sen. Bob Dole in 1996. Even higher on the landslide roster is California Gov. Ronald Reagan’s 9.7-point victory over President Carter in 1980 and Gen. Dwight Eisenhower’s 10.9-point win over Adlai Stevenson in 1952….

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>Poll: Independents boost Obama in Florida

>The most recent Miami Herald poll shows that Barack Obama has opened up a 49-42 percent lead over John McCain in Florida, according to the poll, Obama earns high marks on the economy and is drawing huge support from the swing voters who decide elections in the nation’s largest swing state.

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Poll: Independents boost Obama in Florida

The most recent Miami Herald poll shows that Barack Obama has opened up a 49-42 percent lead over John McCain in Florida, according to the poll, Obama earns high marks on the economy and is drawing huge support from the swing voters who decide elections in the nation’s largest swing state.

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>President Bush on SNL Last Night

>President Bush (A.K.A. Will Ferrell) made a suprise appearence on last night’s special election coverage edition of Saturday Night Live. It was extremely funny and if you missed it, watch it here.

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