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Dear Lordy: Please let us not have to sing that awful swan song come November. InsiderAdvantage’s Matt Towery has some hard new numbers and anaylsis about Obama’s slip (via the Palin bounce) in the youth-y stats. And he wags a finger right at Caroline Kennedy for (possibly) screwing everything up.
September 12, 2008 — The hidden story of the last week has been the shift in many states and nationwide among the youngest of voters, those ages 18-to-29, from a solid entrenchment in the Obama camp to a significant drift toward a newly revived John McCain effort, all courtesy of Gov. Sarah Palin.
Our survey approach keeps young respondents from being interviewed by young interviewers, thus avoiding the inevitable pressure a youthful poll respondent might feel to “fit in” and claim to be a supporter of Obama. As a result, younger voters, while still favoring Obama, have moved to the McCain column in not insubstantial numbers. Exit polls showed that among this group of voters, John Kerry carried their vote by roughly a 55 percent to 45 percent margin. But that was close enough to allow Bush to win the 2004 election by a fairly comfortable margin.
This takes me back to what I wrote in the past and continue to believe today: Hillary Clinton, for all of her alleged negatives, could have delivered Barack Obama the kind of “superstar” ticket he needed in order to win the presidency. But Caroline Kennedy and the East Coast Democratic Establishment, once again, could not see past their insular worldview that New England is representative of America as a whole. From Dukakis to Kerry to Biden, the Democratic Party continues to go back to the same throwback region of America to find its top standard bearers.
Full story here. Caroline the Wicked Witch of America? Who’d have though?
I didn’t think you could really trump George W. Bush in neglecting one’s free press duties. After all, why in the world would someone seeking to govern us (we’re a democracy, remember) need to answer questions from our (us again) free press?
From The Huffington Post, so I swear I’m not making this up:
‘According to Nicole Wallace of the McCain campaign, the American people don’t care whether Sarah Palin can answer specific questions about foreign and domestic policy. According to Wallace — in an appearance I did with her this morning on Joe Scarborough’s show — the American people will learn all they need to know (and all they deserve to know) from Palin’s scripted speeches and choreographed appearances on the campaign trail and in campaign ads.’
Full post here. More fantasy government weirdness and a video here. Guess the Repugs are terrified some of those “Doing A Heck of A Job, Brownie-s” will come tumbling out of the glossy mouth of Sarah Palin. (Ya think?)
Actually, I saw a hustled-together doc on Fox News last night about Palin, with plenty of clips from her Governor of Alaska campaign debates, and Palin’s quite rhetorically, and dogmatically, gifted. If you go for her kinda politics, you’d only bark for more, more, more. I think the Repugs are scared shitless she might just put their Alpha Males to verbal-powers shame, but I diverge…
Maybe Palin could just bat her eyelashes in response to questions from our free press: one bat for “No.” Two bats for “Heck No.” Three bats for “Everything wrong with our country is the fault of the liberal media.” Four bats for “I really need a blowout from my way-gay redneck hairdresser and a moose burger about right now.”
You get the point. Feel free to add your own.
Where is the outrage amongst Republicans over Sarah Palin’s unforgivable cruelty to children? That any parent of either gender would even contemplate becoming a VP candidate and thus placing their knocked-up kid (one of our southern “bless her heart” scenarios) directly in the ugly glare of the global media spotlight whilst doing so is appalling. A 17-year old is just a child, for chrissake. And her idiot-parents just made her life that much more, publicly, miserable.
This ain’t no Disney movie, folks. The pregnant child is not busy morphing into some superstar pop sensation, a la Hannah Montana; the poor kid’s merely morphing into a girl with her whole future entirely re-directed into the, possibly bleakest, unknown.
And then for Republicans to defend the action/pick in the name of “family values?” Well, that just illicits pure spitting disgust. I hope that (totally complicit) McCain throws-out the tainted goods soon. Can’t be soon enough if you ask me.