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Obama Leads with 71.4% of the Vote

Obama 15, McCain 6. First Dem win there since Hubert Horatio Humphrey (and we all know how that turned out). Meanwhile, polling places in NY and NJ have lines out the door. Guess they must be “battleground” states. Update: Ooops. Lead already down to 66.7% of the vote (see link above). And Floyd Norris confirms […]

Apparently, Public Financing has been Very Good to John McCain

UPDATE II: An e-mail from Rick Davis clarifies the plans for the last moments of the campaign: On Monday, we will have a 14 state rally with our candidates crisscrossing the country trying to turn out our voters and sway the final undecided voters. Governor Palin will hit Ohio, Missouri, Iowa, Colorado, Nevada and Alaska […]

It’s All My Fault

From a rabid Obama supporter in North Carolina: Don’t let this happen to you. My Fellow Americans, my ballot is cast. Make certain that, by the end of voting November 4th, yours is too.

Tom Toles is a Priceless National Treasure, Volume X

Though the claim made may not be true, the sentiment seems real: Update: Brad DeLong apparently beat me to publishing this one by about 40 minutes. I blame my trying to use a Mac, but it’s nice to know neither of us got it from the WaPo website, where it was up yesterday.

Is Douglas Holtz-Eakin still an economist?

Via Dr. Black, we get CNN reporting: Younger, healthier workers likely wouldn’t abandon their company-sponsored plans, said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, McCain’s senior economic policy adviser. “Why would they leave?” said Holtz-Eakin. “What they are getting from their employer is way better than what they could get with the credit.” And why is it better? Because of […]

Win the Nobel Prize,* they publish you on Sunday instead of Monday

Krugman believes people want someone who is “serious”: In a way, you can’t blame Mr. McCain for campaigning on trivia—after all, it’s worked in the past. Most notably, President Bush got within hanging-chads-and-butterfly-ballot range of the White House only because much of the news media, rather than focusing on the candidates’ policy proposals, focused on […]

The Palin Curse Manifests itself

In the “correlation may not be causation, but the trend is your friend” category. Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin—at the request of McCain-supporting Flyer owner Ed Snider—dropped the puck in celebration of “hockey moms” at the Flyers home (and season) opener. That was October 11th. They lost. Followed by five more losses (three in […]

Follow-up to the previous spam

The Nigerians appear to be back, sending me the same e-mail as before, clearly in desperation: My Friends, I hope you’ll take the time today to read the email below from Governor Palin. I guess everyone else had my reaction. (As an aside, am I the only one who sees “My Friends” at the opening […]

Best Spam-Folder E-Mail Evah!

Dear Supporter, If you caught my guest appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend, you may have seen an ad or two (or twenty) from Senator Obama’s campaign. This barrage of advertising is adding up to the most expensive negative ad buy in political history. And these ads are funded with the nearly $200 million […]