Barack Obama

Debate Highlights: Part I

Debate Highlights: Part I

Barack Obama, in a display of wisdom and sanity that should alone qualify him for the presidency, declined John McCain’s offer earlier this summer to have 493 Town Hall debates, each one of which would have been the televised equivalent of poetry-themed refrigerator magnets; just mix the same set of words up in different orders…

Anger, Hate, and Frustration: This is America, 2008…

Anger, Hate, and Frustration: This is America, 2008…

We are now in the most intense part of the most intense campaign season I have ever seen in my short 23-year long lifespan. In January, people were saying that Hillary Clinton would be the democratic nominee, and that John McCain’s campaign was dead in the water. In March, while Obama’s star was rising fast,…

Presidential Debates Season Finale

Presidential Debates Season Finale

I was really excited to come home from work tonight. I knew what was awaiting me. Just like that Thursday night in the spring of 1998 when I knew there was only one last hour in history of my favorite foursome: Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer. This time it would be the last 90 minutes…

The Vanishing Middle Class

The Vanishing Middle Class

The middle class is rapidly disappearing. Not literally, of course. It’s still here, although struggling to avoid being forcibly re-categorized into “lower class” status, but from listening to the McCain campaign, the middle class is being phased out like tailfins and chrome on a Caddy. Time was when John McCain wasn’t afraid to mention the…

The New Brand of Radicalism: Mainstream Extremism

The New Brand of Radicalism: Mainstream Extremism

In the late 1960s, as the U.S. government waged War in Vietnam, the voices of the far left grew louder. They were not only furious at Republicans, but they were upset with their own party. They felt betrayed by government and by the Democrats in power for taking the country into, what many considered (and…

Miami: Reports from the Campaign Trail

Miami: Reports from the Campaign Trail

More than 1.5 million people of all ages are volunteering for the Obama campaign in this last month before Election Day. Many are doing this close to home–making calls from their local campaign office, organizing fundraisers in their neighborhoods and going door-to-door on their blocks. Others have left their day-to-day lives behind and traveled as…

Obama and McCain Clash Over Energy, Nuclear, Climate

Obama and McCain Clash Over Energy, Nuclear, Climate

NASHVILLE, Tennessee, October 8, 2008 (ENS) – Energy and environment issues formed a substantial part of last night’s presidential debate between Democratic hopeful Senator Barack Obama and Republican Senator John McCain. The second of three debates was an informal style Town Hall event held at Belmont University in Nashville, with veteran newscaster Tom Brokaw as…

McCain vs Clinton: Blogging from an Alternate Universe

McCain vs Clinton: Blogging from an Alternate Universe

Supported by a new round of polls showing her pulling away from her Republican rival, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton today expressed disappointment in the type of campaign John McCain was running. “After the extremely competitive primary fight I had with Barack Obama, I know the McCain campaign would be hoping I’d come out too…

Hatitics

Hatitics

At a rally in Ohio today, Barack Obama responded to the attacks recently launched by John McCain and running mate Sarah Palin, whose aggressive messages has been picked up by the crowds at their rallies. Today Obama commented on his opponent’s tactic: “It’s easy to rile up a crowd,” he said. “Nothing’s easier than riling…

Air Space

Air Space

As Obama rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where does he go? It’s primetime network television! Barack Obama has purchased a half hour of prime time programming on Oct 29th at 8pm, on CBS and NBC. He is the first candidate since–Ross Perot in 1992–to purchase…

The Chosen Ones

The Chosen Ones

Jewish voters traditionally form one of the most democratic groups of voters in the country. But for many Jews, something this season is making the idea of voting democrat a little hard to swallow (hint: it’s not the kugel they ate too much of at last night’s break fast). Thousands of Jewish votes in swing…

A Disgrace

A Disgrace

Finally someone has come out and exposed something that has recently been on the minds of countless women throughout the world: Sarah Palin is a “disgrace to women” [afp.google.com] It took a foreigner—French actress and activist, Brigitte Bardot—however, to proclaim it publicly. Her decry of the Republican vice-presidential candidate has been syndicated throughout the globe,…

Cole Gerst

Cole Gerst

Cole Gerst is an animator whose quirky environmental cartoon, YUNG YETI, won Sundance Channel’s Greenimation contest. To learn more about Cole Gerst and see his artwork, check out SUNDANCE CHANNEL’S Spotlight [www.sundance.tv]. 1. What’s your favorite political movie? A CLOCKWORK ORANGE 2. What role do you feel art plays in politics? It allows artists a…

Debates: Round Two

Debates: Round Two

Barack Obama and John McCain will convene tonight at Belmont University in Nashville for their second round of debates starting at 9pm Eastern. The debate will be in a town hall format in which candidates respond to questions by an audience of undecided voters. McCain has a reputation for thriving in these town hall-style events…

Scary Monsters, Super Creeps

Scary Monsters, Super Creeps

The leaves are beginning to turn and fall, leaving claw-like silhouettes of bare trees against the autumn sky. The night air bites with the bitter chill of approaching death, and pumpkin patch scarecrows take on a new malevolence in the light of the full October moon. Halloween approaches. But more horrible than the ghosts, ghouls…

Death-By-Guilt-By-Association

Death-By-Guilt-By-Association

It’s less than a month away from the election, and things are looking serious for the McCain campaign. Barack Obama has opened a lead nationally and among several key battleground states, and shows no sign of slowing down. McCain has all but conceded Michigan, pulling out his campaign staff to focus on merely holding the…

Vice Presidential Candidates Wrangle Over Energy, Climate Change

Vice Presidential Candidates Wrangle Over Energy, Climate Change

ST. LOUIS, Missouri, October 3, 2008 (ENS) – The vice presidential candidates, Democratic Senator Joe Biden and Republican Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, held their only debate of the election campaign at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri on Thursday night. Gwen Ifill of PBS was the debate moderator. Among many other topics, the candidates differed…

Culture of Kindness

Culture of Kindness

Tonight’s vice presidential debate differed in many aspects from last Friday’s presidential debate, but both Joe Biden and Barack Obama’s performances shared one thing in common: kindness. Kindness is emerging as one of the democratic candidates most powerful weapon in the wake of nearly eight years of a Bush-Cheney culture of combat. Tonight Gov. Palin…

Man of Action, Man of FAIL

Man of Action, Man of FAIL

Americans like their leaders to have gumption. If gumption is in short supply, moxie will suffice. Grit, guts and spunk are also acceptable. In short, Americans like their leaders to be men of action. And when the chips are down, John McCain is a man of action. When Barack Obama gave his historic acceptance speech…

The Unbearable Lightness of Being Sarah Palin

The Unbearable Lightness of Being Sarah Palin

She’s whip-smart, with a breadth of foreign policy experience one wouldn’t suspect from her relatively brief tenure as an elected official. Considered a sex symbol by some, her steely resolve both surprises and charms her male counterparts, turning partisan foes into respecting admirers. Backed passionately by a large number of her party’s base, she also…

Attack Ads: Obama

Attack Ads: Obama

Boom Chicago’s Barack Obama Attack Ad is a hilariously edgy political parody pointed at Presidential Candidate Barack Obama and “paid for by a shady 527 organization loosely affiliated with the Republican party…” “It’s time to learn the facts about Barack Obama…”

The Story So Far

The Story So Far

In the beginning, there were the multitudes, and they were all running for president. Always great lovers of tradition, the Grand Old Party went their “classic” lineup: Old White Guy, Old White Guy, Old White Guy, Old White Guy (famous), Old White Guy, Old White Guy (9/11), Old White Guy (Mormon), Old White Guy and…

Football and Beer

Football and Beer

The American public is dangerously uninformed. This is the only conclusion that can be reached after a recent AP / Yahoo News poll [news.yahoo.com] showed that, albeit by a narrow margin, more people would rather watch a football game with Barack Obama than with John McCain. If one safely assumes this would include drinking beer,…

Obama and McCain Take 14 Question Science Test

Obama and McCain Take 14 Question Science Test

WASHINGTON, DC, September 16, 2008 (ENS) – Both presidential candidates say that if they are elected in November, they will fight global warming by reducing carbon dioxide emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020, using methods that include a cap-and-trade system, but then their positions begin to diverge. Democratic nominee Senator Barack Obama of…

Democratic Nominee Obama Vows to Defeat Climate Change

Democratic Nominee Obama Vows to Defeat Climate Change

DENVER, Colorado, August 29, 2008 (ENS) – Climate change has made Senator Barack Obama’s list of “threats of the 21st century” alongside terrorism and nuclear proliferation, poverty, genocide, and disease. Accepting the Democratic nomination for president Thursday night before 75,000 supporters at Denver’s Invesco Field, Obama said he would “build new partnerships” to defeat these…