Speaking before a crowd at the University of Scranton, PA, Sunday afternoon, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) gave himself a new title, “coal booster“:
My friends, you know what Senator Obama said about a year ago, he said he had not been a, quote, coal booster. My friends, I’ve been a coal booster and it’s going to create jobs, and we’re going to export coal to other countries and we are going to create hundreds of thousands of jobs. That’s going to help restore the economy of the great state of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
McCain is challenging the idea that fighting global warming will require real change in this nation’s coal industry. In fact, our coal-fired power plants, which produce about 49 percent of U.S. electricity, account for 83 percent of power-sector global warming emissions. As Al Gore has said, “When the use of oil and coal goes up, pollution goes up.”
When McCain was busy crafting his maverick stance on the climate crisis, he understood this too. On June 21, 2005, McCain said his global warming legislation would require “sacrifice“:
Does it involve some sacrifice on the part of the American people? Yes.
In an eloquent speech on the Senate floor, McCain went on to mock his critics:
When we talk about jobs, these Draconian estimates of lost jobs that they have hired some think tank to come up with, what about the jobs and the economic effect on the United States of America that is already taking place when we have four hurricanes in one season in Florida; when we have greater and more extreme climatic effects generated by greenhouse gas emissions? How much is it going to cost when the great barrier reef dies? The Australian Government has said that the great barrier reef will die by–I think the year is 2040. What happens then to the food chain? What is the cost then? […]
This amendment, I am sure, will be attacked — thousands of jobs will be lost, we will find some obscure scientist, some will talk about the dangers of encouraging the use of nuclear power. The fact is, we are going to win on this issue. The reason we are going to win is because every single month there is another manifestation of the terrible effects of what climate change is doing to our Earth. The problem is how late will it be when we win?
During the 2005 debate, Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) was one such critic: “It is my understanding that the amendment, according to Charles River Associates, which analyzed its provisions, would cause the loss of 24,000 to 47,000 Ohio jobs in 2010. … The McCain amendment will put coal out of business.” Three years later — after unprecedented wildfires, hurricanes, and droughts — McCain has abandoned his brave stand. Instead, with the help of those of the far right he once challenged, he is now putting polluters first.
I just wanted to take a few moments to tell you about the excitement in Baton Rouge about getting out the vote now in the last 72 hours before the election. This past Wednesday, Obama HQ in Baton Rouge had an organizational meeting that was kicked off by gathering several dozen people to watch Obama’s [...]
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By all indications the polls will be overflowing with voters tomorrow. The Daily Journal reported yesterday that officials in northeast Mississippi are expecting a record turnout. Absentee ballot totals have already surpassed four years ago in most if not all counties.
"I feel like we'll have a huge turnout," said Lee County Circuit Clerk Joyce Loftin. "I know we ordered more ballots than ever - right at 100 percent."Roughly 1.1 million Mississippians voted in the 2004 election. Over 190,000 new voters have been added to the rolls this year alone. Be prepared to wait it out in long lines.
Voters should expect longer-than-usual lines at polling precincts throughout the area but otherwise will have a normal experience, according to most circuit clerks across the district.What races are you excited about?
"Once again, I was in the thrall of sleeplessness. Now, a touch of fear that I might indeed die in my sleep distinctly possessed me. It brought forth a habit that still obsesses me. Whenever I'm about to doze off, I deliberately unclasp my hands and remove them from my breast. Every night. Even now."May Studs Terkel have happiness and the causes of happiness, and be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.
"These days I think constantly of my father and brothers. They died in what should have been their prime. I, the favored, sickly little child they loved (as did my mother in her own wild way), have had so much the better of it. Though I grieved when each of my brothers died, my father's death, the first in our family, brought upon me a heartache that was too much to bear."
(From Studs Terkel, Will the Circle Be Unbroken? Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith. New York: Ballantine, 2001)
The last rounds of polling in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are in from Public Policy Polling and Quinnipiac: Obama ahead in all three states. The numbers and the rest of the day's political news in the TPM Election Central Morning Roundup.[...]
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Jeralyn continues to beat the drum to blame the expected Republican landslide loss in this election on Sarah Palin. This is both wrong and wrongheaded.
First why it is wrong. The polls tell the tale. Too often people like to look at favorable and unfavorables as stand alone from the top line numbers. The reverse is true imo. Favorables follow the toplines. It is not the other way around. And the topline numbers simply disprove Jeralyn's thesis. On September 3, the night of Sarah Palin's acceptance speech, Obama led McCain by 5.8%. On September 11, McCain led by 2.5%. We all know what happened on September 15. On that day, McCain led by 2%. One week later, Obama had regained the lead. By the end of the month, Obama led by 5. By October 15, Obama led by 8. And very little has changed since then. More . . .
Sarah Palin changed the dynamic of the campaign in a positive way for McCain for 2 weeks. Then the economic meltdown happened. And McCain blew it. Sarah Palin did not blow it. John McCain did. In every appearance and in every debate. To be sure, Sarah Palin has had an uneven performance (and clearly hurts McCain in Florida.) But so did Joe Biden. But John McCain had the important terrible performance. In the campaign, two people specifically lost this election. George Bush and John McCain. But generally, Republican ideology lost this election. As Bill Clinton said at the Democratic convention, Republicans had all the keys for the most of the past 8 years and the results speak for themselves.
Which brings me to why Jeralyn's approach is wrongheaded from a Democratic progressive perspective. If this election is treated as a referendum on McCain's choice of Palin, then it is not going to be perceived as what it really was - a referendum on Republicanism. Sarah Palin is not why Democrats will win 8 Senate seats and 30 House seats. Sarah Palin is not why Obama may win Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, Iowa, New Mexico and Nevada (it may be why he wins Florida.) Republicanism is the main reason why.
With the pundits already beginning to attempt to minimize a Democratic mandate, to give them an easy out by blaming a Republican landslide loss on Palin is not prudent for Democrats and/or progressives. Let's make this a mandate election. Let's not let the pundits scapegoat this landslide loss for Republicanism on Sarah Palin.
By Big Tent Democrat, speaking for me only
A lot of polls coming out today. We looked at Pennsylvania below. Here are three from Ohio that look good for Obama -- and I'm not cherry-picking. These are all solid, independent polls:
University of Cincinnati's "Ohio Poll":
Barack Obama is likely to prevail over John McCain in the fierce battle for Ohio's 20 electoral votes, according to an Ohio Poll released Monday morning,Quinnpiac:
The poll by the University of Cincinnati's Institute for Policy Research - billed as a final projection of Tuesday's results by institute pollster Eric Rademacher -- shows Obama with 51.5 percent to 45.7 percent for McCain.
Obama's lead is well outside the poll's margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.7 percentage points.
Ohio [Obama leads 50% - 43%]Public Policy Polling:
Among early voters in Ohio, Obama leads 64 - 26 percent.
Among all likely voters, women back the Democrat 57 - 34 percent, as men back McCain 51 - 43 percent. McCain leads among white voters 48 - 45 percent and among evangelical Christians 59 - 34 percent. Obama leads among black voters 96 - 1 percent.
Independent voters go 48 - 44 percent for the Democrat.
Obama gets a 55 - 38 percent favorability in Ohio, with 51 - 42 percent for McCain.
Palin's favorability is a negative 41 - 45 percent, while Biden gets 48 - 33 percent.
Barack Obama 50
John McCain 48
There is good news and bad news for Barack Obama in Ohio.
The bad news:
-His lead in the state is down from seven points in a PPP survey a week and a half ago to now just two.
-He is losing ground among white voters. Last week he trailed just 49-46. Now it's 55-43.
-Undecided independents seem to be moving in McCain's direction. Last week Obama was up 48-36 with that group, now it's 49-46.
The good news:
-Even though Obama's margin has gone down a good bit, his actual standing is pretty much the same as last week. There is little fundamental difference between 50% and 51%.
-He's banked a huge lead with early voters, who made up about 30% of the sample. He's up 65-34 with those folks. McCain's tightening the race to two points is predicated on his winning election day voters 54-44.And a just released SurveyUSA(conducted through yesterday):Barack Obama 48%, John McCain 46%, in SurveyUSA's final tracking poll released Election Eve. Obama leads 5:3 among those who have already voted. McCain leads 5:4 among those who have not yet voted. Obama led in the past 3 SurveyUSA tracking polls, but by tapering margins. Obama led by 5 on 10/14/08, by 4 on 10/28/08 and by 2 today. It is possible that McCain could overtake Obama in the final 24 hours, but that would require young voters to stay home on Election Day and white voters from Dayton, Cincinnati and along the West Virginia border to show up in larger numbers than they have so far indicated.
Welcome to election eve, Caférs. We've discussed, chatted, debated, and berated. Now we want your predictions on the following:
-Margin in the popular vote
-Electoral college number
-Final seat total in the senate, final seat total in the house
So, for example, Obama/McCain wins by x% in the popular, and gets xyz electoral college votes. Democrats/Republicans win x number of seats in the senate, and the house.
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Only one school bond measure was passed in Pasadena for the past 40 years?
I think its time!! I think our public school children need this.
Also, take the time, if you can, while driving by some of our school buildings (I especially love Eliot, Altadena, San Rafael, John Muir, Wilson and Willard) to see what an architectural treasure-trove Pasadena has in 1920' - 1930's school architecture. This bond measure will help to preserve these irreplaceable treasures (which our city can be proud of).
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