Chicago Tribune Endorses Its First Democrat for President

The Chicago Tribune first published an edition in the 1840s.  From that time, it had never before endorsed a Democrat for president.  Today, it broke that tradition with its endorsement of Barack Obama.  

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Ground game in Virginia and McCain's national operation

(Cross-posted at Clintonistas for Obama)

The Washington Post this morning has an interesting story on the ground game in Virginia.  

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The Washinton Post Endorses Barack Obama

The Washington Post tonight endorses Barack Obama in an editorial entitled, "Barack Obama for president." It endorsement is enthusiastic and minces no words, "It is without ambivalence that we endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president." It says that two basic reasons found its endorsement:

  • Mr. McCain's "disappointing campaign," including, "above all his irresponsible selection of a running mate who is not ready to be president"; but even more importantly

  • Because of our admiration for Mr. Obama and the impressive qualities he has shown during this long race.

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  • Cindy McCain's New Scandal

    ((Cross-posted at Clintonistas for Obama)

    The Washington Post is revealing a potential scandal that affects the McCains.  Seems that Cindy thought her ranch in the desert needed cell phone coverage, and fortunately, her husband happens to be "a senior member of the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees the Federal Communications Commission and the telecommunications industry." So what a cellular service provider to do?  

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    Average Projections of Electoral College on October 14

    (Cross-posted at Clintonistas for Obama)

    I thought it might be interesting to get a sense of the basic current view of Internet prognosticators of the Electoral College outcomes.  Three Blue Dudes provides an overview to 82 sites on the web that use various methods to project trends in the Electoral College.  Twenty-four of those web sites updated their projections yesterday, October 14.  Of those 24 sites, all gave Obama a large advantage; only one, Marc Ambinder, gave Obama less than the 270 electoral votes he needs in the Electoral College; and 21, including Karl Rove, gave Obama more than 300 electoral votes.  (Rove's analysis of the Electoral College gives Obama 313 electoral votes, McCain 174, and includes 51 toss-up votes.)  The average Electoral College projections for the 24 sites that updated their projections yesterday were these:

    Obama 363.5
    McCain 179.4

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    Is Obama Winning the Early Voting in Georgia?

    (Cross-posted at Clintonistas for Obama.)

    Ben Smith has posted on his blog at Politico.com a short update about the incoming numbers of early voters in Georgia.  There is a disproportionate number of Africans Americans who have cast early ballots in the Peach State.  Though only 29 percent of registered voters in Georgia are Black, 37 percent of early voters in Georgia are Black.  We still have three weeks before the election, and 75,000 more Georgians already have cast ballots than all early votes cast in Georgia in 2004.  Data is available from the web site of the Georgia Election Division.

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    McCain campaign says it's saving the best for last (UPDATED)

    Marc Ambinder has been talking with contacts he maintains in the Republican campaign.  Apparently, as we might have anticipated if we gave it thought, there is a game plan for the last 10 days:

    McCain advisers say they're saving their best material for the last ten days of  the race, when, the campaign hopes, three quarters of the remaining undecided voters will make up their minds, and their minds will be concentrating on Barack Obama. When the urgency of the presidential election impresses itself, the hope is that these voters will swing back to the familiar, rather than the unknown.  The last ten days, according to a McCain aide, are when the "imponderables" come into play.

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    Nagourney, the Republicans, and race in presidential politics

    (Cross-posted at Clintonistas for Obama)

    Adam Nagourney writes up a breezy little list of six what-if scenarios that might cause McCain to win the presidency.  None of the points, except perhaps one of them, actually reflects a dynamic currently in play; even if the one might be in play, they are all contingencies that rely on speculation about what might happen.  They sort of fall into the, "if wishes were horses," category.

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    The durability of Obama's lead

    Stability is the consistent name of the game this season.  Barack Obama has proven himself stable in the face of John McCain's erratic behavior, but Obama also has proven himself consistent in his lead of McCain.

    The morning trackers are out.  Rasmussen shows a steady race:

    Obama 50
    McCain 45

    Rasmussen observes:

    The data continues to suggest a very stable race with Obama as the clear frontrunner. This is the eighteenth straight day that Obama's support has stayed in the narrow range from 50% to 52% while McCain has been at 44% of 45%

    Research 2000/Daily Kos similarly shows a steady race:

    Obama 52
    McCain 40

    DemFromCT notes:

    Obama's percentage has been at or above 50 since 9/29.

    Battleground/GWU similarly calls it a steady race with their numbers the same as they were at the last report:

    Obama 51
    McCain 43

    Diageo Hotline has its numbers out:

    Obama 48
    McCain 42

    Significantly, I think, the poll observes, "The IL Sen. leads 51-38% among LVs in CO, MI, NH, NM, NV, FL, OH, PA, VA and WI."

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    Anchorage Daily News, Troopergate Report, and Sarah Palin

    (Cross-posted at Clintonistas for Obama)

    According to a report in The Anchorage Daily News, Sarah Palin is spinning the Troopergate Report that found she was guilty of a violation of Alaska's ethics law this way:

    Well, I'm very, very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing ... any hint of any kind of unethical activity there.

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