obama in columbus (pictures)

my cousins, sister in law and girlfriend - i got a LOT of jealous stares today, lol
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our vantage point (gov. strickland is speaking)
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facing north - the crowd was even larger directly behind
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northwest
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security was TIGHT - note the figures on top of capitol building
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high street (this was the crowd behind us)
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facing north on high street after rally ended
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What should Obama say during the 30 minute ad?

I'm pretty excited about Obama's 30 minute slot a week before the election. They say that up to 20% of voters go into the final days of an election undecided. I think this will give Obama a great chance to not only solidify his support, but to finally make the case to anyone (I have no idea how we still have undecideds) who STILL doesn't realize that McCain will lead this country into a depression that Bush could only wish for.

My hope is that Obama splits this 30 minutes into 20 minutes domestic issues (economic/financial, health care) than 10 minutes of foreign policy. I think it would be helpful to have some recognizable faces/supporters there, almost like a shadow cabinet, and Obama and his supporters (think Warren Buffet, Summers, Krugman, Volcker) discussing generally why Obama's financial/economic policies would be superior to McCain's. Moving to health care, Obama can discuss his plan and then bring out, who else but Hillary to make the final case for not putting health care reform on the back burner.

This format could be repeated broadly for foreign policy issues as well. My point is that IMO this 30 minutes needs to be nuts and bolts, policy specific, and not a rarefied speechathon (even though I never tire of Obama's speeches). The polls seem to suggest that voters have accepted Obama as having the mettle and knowledge to be president. I think the people who are undecided are those that may still need a bit of reassurance that Obama will go into office with clear objectives, as opposed to thinking that "hope and change" will solve all of our problems. Of course to those of us that actually take the time to read the policies, research and understand the issues we already have that confidence in Obama, but we shouldn't forget that there are literally millions of people that probably couldn't discuss Obama's with any degree of confidence.

What are your thoughts?

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McCain is going to BOMB later tonite

Judging by some of the questions that the Pastor is asking of Obama (the same questions will be posed to McStain), I can't imagine how McInsane is going to respond. He's not going to be allowed to repeat his stump speech.

On a more general point, I can't believe it has taken this long for the two candidates to be at the same forum.

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This video MUST go viral. Please watch

Sorry for the length of this diary (I know we hear that a lot), but I think we need to do everything we can. Spam as many forums as you can with this video because it is awesome in every way. It's the kind of anti McCain ad that I have a feeling would work. I'm not sure who this Dale Cartwright guy is but he makes a mean video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBfngOsvm A0

UPDATE: The video is getting attention at a bunch of sites and has more than 75,000 views in about a 24 hour span.

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Obama finally hitting back

Please turn onto CNN or MSNBC - he is hitting all the right points in his energy policy. Is this the final turnaround? He smacked McStain around on his raising millions of dollars from oil company employees right after he announced his offshore oil drilling plan.

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McCain's "300 economists" letter a sham

Just as I suspected. I wrote a response to a diary a few days ago questioning the credentials of some of the signatories to his "economic plan", because I was shocked that a presidential campaign would stake their policies - especially the media's perception of these policies - on the words of a Community College instructor with only a bachelor's. Now, let me say that I am NOT trying to denigrate those who attend or teach at Community colleges. They are extremely important to this country, and with the rising costs of a 4 year degree they will be even more so in the future. But, there is a big difference in how a policy will be perceived when its supporters teach at MIT as opposed to the local community college. I figured if the campaign was so desperate for signatories that they would put these names on the list, then there must be something really fishy about the entire exercise.

Now, there is word that many of the signatories didnt even know what they were signing! Even worse is that many of these "supporters" are actually opposed to the policies that were in the "economic plan." This was detailed in a DKos post, available at http://dailykos.com/story/2008/7/9/11248 /28060/466/548708

and by Politico, at http://www.politico.com/news/stories/070 8/11618.html

Upon closer inspection, it seems a good many of those economists don't actually support the whole of McCain's economic agenda. And at least one doesn't even support McCain for president.

In interviews with more than a dozen of the signatories, Politico found that, far from embracing McCain's economic plan, many were unfamiliar with -- or downright opposed to -- key details. While most of those contacted by Politico had warm feelings about McCain, many did not want to associate themselves too closely with his campaign and its policy prescriptions.

Howard Beales, an economist at George Washington University, explained that he signed the letter as "an expression of support for [McCain], not necessarily each and every detail of his plan, which I may not have had time to study closely."
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Beales said he thought McCain had "a good plan," in general, and that his policy priorities were better than Obama's. In signing the letter, however, he did not intend to give a blanket endorsement to McCain's full agenda.

Professor James Adams of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute declined to elaborate on his decision to sign the letter. "I'm not involved in the campaign," he said. "I simply read a statement and signed on."

Constantine Alexandrakis, a professor at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, expressed second thoughts about signing.

"I would describe myself as an Obama supporter," he explained. "Maybe I shouldn't have rushed into signing the letter."

Alexandrakis said he added his name in order to show his support for certain principles in McCain's plan -- such as free trade and a reduction in corporate tax rates. But there are other aspects of McCain's proposal, such as his pledge to make permanent the 2001 tax cuts, that Alexandrakis opposes.

"While I do not agree with Obama's plan 100 [percent] either," he wrote in an e-mail, "I would prefer to see him being elected president."

I wonder how long (if ever) the MSM covers this story??

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Silence from the Obama campaign

Where are they? I'm already hearing and seeing GOP ads on energy prices; McStain is out there talking about his "new" economic plan;  if you watch the news shows for a longer than 10 minute stretch it's a good bet you'll see Carly Fiorina SOMEWHERE. Even though his ideas are trash, it really seems like McCain is "driving" the agenda. All I'm hearing from the Obama campaign is talk about moving the acceptance speech to Invesco field.

Right now the media is continually beating on this idea that Obama is flip flopping on issues. If he isn't out there attacking this through ads etc, then this brand will stick for the duration of the campaign. They have the money to flood the airwaves for the next 4 months - they better start spending it.  

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Hillary's big donors need to "Get over it"

Look, I completely understand the idea that there is an entire generation of older women voters that are devastated by Hillary's loss in the primary. For many of these women, they have had to go through their entire lives wondering they would ever see a woman climb so high in national government - and the one woman who they believed most qualified to fulfill this dream has failed. For these women, Hillary's candidacy was not only a fulfillment of their own hopes/dreams, but a sign of what is possible to their daughters/nieces/granddaughters. Although the vast majority of these women will eventually come around to support Obama because of the violence that a McCain presidency would do to these hopes/aspirations, it will take some time for the wound to heal.

Wealthy donors, at least in my mind, many of whom are titular and symbolic heads/leaders of the Democratic Party, need to quickly circle wagons. Instead, we see these people acting like petulant children - even as Hillary herself has been the model of grace after a tough loss. I keep reading these "behind the scenes" accounts of these donors - who allegedly have Hillary's interests at heart - continually grousing that Obama isn't doing this or that, and that they are still cold to the idea of Obama as the nominee. These men and women have grown rich and famous by insinuating themselves into the Democratic establishment. They should have been the FIRST people calling for Unity. Instead of moving forward, they are trying to hold Obama hostage until he magically makes Hillary's debt disappear. Why aren't they appealing to her 18,000,000 voters to help Hillary?

Sorry for the rant.  

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Why I am voting Republican

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiQJ9Xp0x xU

'Nuff said!

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Bob Johnson says Hillary will accept VP

Sorry for the length but this sounds like a pretty strong admission of Hillary's desire for the VP position.

http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsm emo.com/2008/06/hillary_ally_says_she_au thoriz.php

Johnson said he began discussing the vice presidency with Clinton last month and that they talked about it at a dinner in Puerto Rico last Saturday and again by phone and e-mail on Tuesday. "Let me be clear," Johnson said in a telephone interview Wednesday morning. "She said if asked to do this, she must accept because she believes that it is in the best interest of the party that the party come together and win in November."

This will be the first big test of Obama as the nominee. If the reports are true that his campaign is dead set against having Clinton as VP, how does he manage this considering the numerous hints that are being dropped (covertly and now explicitly) that Hillary wants the offer??

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