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Debate Highlights: Part I

Article: 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…

Article: 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

Article: 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

Article: 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…

McCain and the Media: A Tragic Love Story

Article: McCain and the Media: A Tragic Love Story

In the beginning, it was beautiful, as all young love is. He was the dashing fighter pilot and war hero turned Senator; they were the belles of the DC ball, the coquettish and pretty national media. John McCain swept them off their feet with his mavericky ways and unfettered access. Nothing else made the press…

The New Brand of Radicalism: Mainstream Extremism

Article: 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…

Obama and McCain Clash Over Energy, Nuclear, Climate

Article: 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

Article: 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

Article: 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…

A Question of Character

Article: A Question of Character

A-List conservative wingnut columnist Charles Krauthammer in today’s Washington Post [www.washingtonpost.com]: “Convicted felon Tony Rezko. Unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers. And the race-baiting Rev. Jeremiah Wright. It is hard to think of any presidential candidate before Barack Obama sporting associations with three more execrable characters. Yet let the McCain campaign raise the issue, and the mainstream…

The Chosen Ones

Article: 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 Taxing Debate

Article: A Taxing Debate

The Town Hall debate. It is, legend has it, John McCain’s natural element, where he feels most comfortable. At ease among the crowd, he’s said to work the room like everyone’s favorite BINGO caller; his breathy, Reaganesque tenor reassuring to folks as they listen to him berate that guy with the funny middle name. John…

"That One"

Article: "That One"

John McCain seems like a friendly guy. Whenever he’s making speeches, it’s always “my friends” this and “my friends” that. Granted, he’s usually making speeches in front of partisan supporters, but even at the town hall debate in Nashville, with a room full of undecided (and presumably unfamiliar) voters, everybody was, seemingly, John McCain’s friend.…

John McCain's Secrets

Article: John McCain's Secrets

Listen, do you want to know a secret Do you promise not to tell, woh, woh, woh Closer, let me whisper in your ear Say the words you long to hear How do we get Osama bin Laden? John McCain knows. But, apparently, he ain’t tellin’. In the second presidential debate in Nashville, John McCain…

Going There

Article: Going There

As in, McCain didn’t. After a week of his surrogates, supporters and running mate desperately trying to link Obama to terrorists, domestic and otherwise, accusing him of criticizing the troops and questioning his patriotism and his character, one almost expected the first words out of McCain’s mouth to be “Bill Ayers.” But it wasn’t. In…

Coming of Age

Article: Coming of Age

The presidential candidates put their attack politics aside yesterday and successfully argued their positions for 90 minutes at what was supposed to be a town hall style debate. Audience participation was limited to reading questions off of cue cards and then staying silent, but both candidates seemed to appreciate the walk and talk format that…

Cole Gerst

Article: 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

Article: 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…

Virginia is for Swingers

Article: Virginia is for Swingers

When Joe McCain referred to northern Virginia as “communist country” at a campaign rally for his brother, John McCain, this weekend, the crowd in Loudoun County, Va laughed. It’s funny because it’s (kinda) true. For the first time since 1964, the state of Virginia could swing Democrat. Currently some polls show Obama with a nine-point…

"Team of Mavericks"

Article: "Team of Mavericks"

mav-er-ick: n. 1. An unbranded range animal, especially a calf that has become separated from its mother, traditionally considered the property of the first person who brands it. 2. One that refuses to abide by the dictates of or resists adherence to a group; a dissenter. Assuming John McCain hasn’t spent the last several years…

Thanks, But No Thanks

Article: Thanks, But No Thanks

I’m torn. Looking at the two campaigns, the goals they would pursue, their style of governance and the people they would pick to fill out their cabinet….their behavior in front of a camera….the choice should be obvious, and yet…I don’t know if I can, in good conscience, make the decision that’s best for me. I…

Culture of Kindness

Article: 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

Article: 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

Article: 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…

The Story So Far

Article: 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…