Excerpt: Regardless of what the polls say, it's not clear
who is going to win the presidential race.
But it is clear who is going to lose: George
W. Bush. If this contest proves anything,
it's that the electorate is sick of him and eager
for someone very different.
Whatever Americans hoped Bush would provide, it's
safe to say that an open-ended war,
an assault on the Constitution and an economic
panic were not among them.
Americans may decide to replace him with another
Republican, but if McCain wins
it will be a tribute to his efforts to convince
voters that he and Bush have barely met.
Excerpt: Obama's favorable rating is 62 percent -- the
highest of any presidential candidate tracked
in Gallup's final pre-election polls dating back
to 1992. Obama holds an 11 point lead in the
final poll of likely voters taken by the polling
organization, up one point from the previous day.
Just a day before the polls open, Obama leads
McCain 53 to 42 percent in the Gallup poll.
No candidate behind in the Gallup poll at the
end of October has ever won the presidency.
Obama is also ahead in the WaHoPo poll (11 points),
the CBS/NYWTimes poll (13 points),
and the CNN poll (7 points).
"George Monkey Bush, saviour of democracy.
The current economic meltdown, a fumbled response to Hurricane Katrina and a banner
reading "Mission Accomplished" are but a few of the things that will make up Bush's legacy.
But it can be argued that through his ineptitude, Bush has shaken the electorate out of their
apathetic daze, and in doing so, strengthened democracy in the United States. How's that
for irony?" -- Marc Kielburger,
Excerpt: Whoever wins this election, I understand what
Barack Obama meant when he said his faith in the
American people had been "vindicated" by his
campaign's success. I understand what Michelle Obama
meant, months ago, when she said she was "proud
of my country" for the first time in her adult life.
Why should they be immune to the astonishment
and vertigo that so many other African Americans
are experiencing? Why shouldn't they have to
pinch themselves to make sure they aren't dreaming,
the way that I do?
I know there's a possibility that the polls are
wrong. I know there's a possibility that white Americans,
when push comes to shove, won't be able to bring
themselves to elect a black man as president.
But the spread in the polls is so great that
the Bradley effect wouldn't be enough to make Obama lose;
it would take a kind of "Dr. Strangelove effect"
in which voters' hands developed a will of their own.
I'm being facetious but not unserious. In my gut,
I know there's a chance that the first African American
to make a serious run for the presidency will
lose. But that is precisely what's new and, in a sense, unsettling:
I'm talking about possibility, not inevitability.
For African Americans, at least those of us old enough to
have lived through the civil rights movement,
this is nothing short of mind-blowing.
"If you think you've got big spending now,
wait till you see what happens then. Wait till you see what's going to happen
when they spend $1 trillion more." -- Orrin Hatch, answering my question, "Where
the hell is Orrin Hatch?"
How many times have I said it - if the Democrats would just list
we would never lose another election?
Hatch is whining because Obama MIGHT spend $1
trillion on health care
and energy after Bush borrowed $5
trillion to give to the super-rich and BIG OIL.
One trillion dollars would give every American free health care
- but we don't want that because the evil bastards call that
Why do the ignorant hicks in OK, TX, KS and Carolina vote against
free health care?
Why do those ignorant hicks demand
to pay $1500 or more a month for
health insurance - that is - if
they can get it and if
they can afford it?
People are hungry but they refuse to eat because the GOP said
dinner was "socialism."
Excerpt: About the only thing most Americans can afford
these days is a good, honest emotion; to feel as giddy
as a schoolgirl; to nod, in hearty and happy
agreement, with Barack Obama, when on Sunday he gushed,
"I've got to tell you the last couple of days
I've just been feeling good."
The reason he added is simple enough: "You
start to think we might be able to win an election on Nov. 4" -- a date which will live famously,
I hope, as the unofficial end of a criminal regime and
all its quasi-sympathetic, would-be successors.
"Do you think Cheney supports McCain because
he thinks McCain is really going to shake things up, get
rid of the lobbyists, and Haliburton, and the old boys club in Washington?
Ohio, we know better." --
Obama, smelling victory and keeping his head,Link
How middle- and lower-class voters can
believe McCain's claim
that "Obama will raise taxes" is beyond me.
Yes, Obama WILL raise taxes for those top 1%
who got the biggest windfall in history under
but everybody else gets a much-needed break!
Subject: Polls and Long
Lines favor Obama
As we all know Obama is favored in all the polls.
So if the lines to vote are long it's makes me
wonder how long Republicans
are going to stand in line to vote thinking their
candidate will probably lose.
I think that Obama will win in part because the
is willing to stand in line longer than the McCain
Excerpt: In this hour of GOP discontent, a split has occurred
in the American right. It roughly looks like this:
One group of conservative intellectuals--David
Frum and David Brooks come to mind--has argued
that the Republican Party is out of step with
the country and unwilling to advocate an agenda for
middle-class Americans. For its troubles, this
faction has been attacked by the likes of Rush Limbaugh,
who lately seems to exist, along with his 20
million listeners, in his own universe.
Limbaugh and his ilk (Andrew McCarthy, radio host
Mark Levin, and others) think the Republicans
have run a weak campaign, and need to exhibit
more anger and aggression in their confrontations with
Democrats and the media. (Signs of clique membership:
adoring Sarah Palin; cursing McCain for not
bringing up Jeremiah Wright.)
As the right's main television outlet, Fox News's
role in this debate--which is certain to become
more heated after Tuesday--will heavily influence
conservatism's next four years.
I hope they go with Palin again in 2012.
By then, her negatives will match Der Monkey's.
Bart - It's election day.
I know how your state rolls, so I doubt that
they will turn blue overnight, BUT
You have always been my favorite knuckle-dragger
and I just wanted to say to you my friend.
THIS IS OUR DAY.
Thanks for all of your hard work and for the radio
shows and just for
being someone we can count on for politics, humor
I got me a brand new bottle of Chinaco
that will pop in about 20 hours.
I got me some of God's wonderful flowers and
I am FIRED UP AND READY TO GO!
All I have to say to you now that we are poised
on the brink of a Giants vs Cowboys ass whupping is...
I really hope it's time you have to switch to
a smaller hammer.
Thanks for keeping me sane and keeping me laughing.
John (formerly Kansas City and now Orlando)
"Obama said the other day that his primary
victory 'vindicated' his faith in America. My country has never had to prove anything
to me, my friends. I've always had faith in it and I've been humbled and
honored to serve it." -- McCain, asshole to the end,
Excerpt: Last Friday, a federal court judge in Cleveland,
Ohio, ordered Michael Connell, an information-technology
consultant to the McCain '08 campaign, to give
a deposition in a court proceeding. Mr. Connell, whose firm,
GovTech Solutions, built Ohio's 2004 election
results computer network, was in a position to have knowledge
about the alleged manipulation of electronic
voting results in that presidential contest (a technique known as "flipping")
in order to switch the winner in Ohio from Sen.
John Kerry to President Bush. The deposition was scheduled
to take place November 3, one day before the
2008 general election.
I wonder what happened - couldn't find nothing on the tubes...
Bart, I wanted to let you know that The H.O.R.N.
will be on-air live throughout the night
until we have either a winner or a thief (I'm
hoping we have a winner).
Where all the other For Profit Only networks will
have scads of yammering bloviators,
we'll be welcoming work-a-day America to share
its election stories, live, uncensored
and unregulated by the FCC.
If you or anyone else in the treehouse party at
Bartcop Chat wants to chime in,
please know you're more than welcome.
Cross your fingers, throw some salt over your
shoulder, say a prayer or whatever else
gets you through the night. One way or
another, the eight long, tortured years of
BushMerikkka begins its closing act tomorrow.
"Perhaps the most depressing moment in the
last eight years was Bush's re-election. I was prepared to believe that Dubya's
first election had been a mistake or a cheat, but the idea that the voters could
re-elect him was too grim to contemplate." -- Edmund White, Link
I agree - that was some dark shit...
There are friends I haven't heard from since Kerry took his dive.
Let's hope tomorrow we're looking at four consecutive years of
science and logic.
"When you destroy the middle class and you
convince them that they're better off on welfare (Obama told the middle class they'd be
better off on welfare? I missed that...)
-- that some magical guru is going to handle all their needs
-- then you control them and own their votes forever, and that's why Obama wants to bankrupt
the coal industry." -- the vulgar Pigboy, losing his battle with the
syphilitic fever that's eating his brain,
Excerpt: You might think that Republicans will engage
in some soul-searching, that they'll ask themselves how
they lost touch with the national mainstream.
But my prediction is that this won't happen any time soon.
Instead, the Republican rump, the party that's
left after the election, will be the party that attends Palin's
rallies chanting "Vote McCain, not Hussein!"
It will be the party of Saxby Chambliss, the bastard from
Georgia, who warns his supporters that "the other
folks (Blacks) are voting." It will be the party that
harbors menacing fantasies about Barack Obama's
Marxist - or was that Islamic? - roots.
Why will the G.O.P. become more, not less, extreme?
For one thing, projections suggest that this
election will drive many of the remaining
Republican moderates out of Congress, while leaving
the hard right in place.
How can so many people be ignorant enough to think
that EVERY order a soldier is given
comes with a list of consequences?
They are attacking you because you support the
Soldier. They are under the assumption that these
soldiers aren't being TOLD that their lives and
their family's lives will be in danger if they don't bomb
that building. Then they find out it was a house
or school and innocents are now dead.
They believe that everything is Black and White.
They also don't realize that they are the Other
side of the Bush\McCain coin.
They are JUST the other extreme. They are so
Anti-Iraq, that they think ALL involved
were responsible for starting it. Like the soldiers
wanted to Sweat their Nuts off in the desert for 6+ years.
There is a major difference in following an order
to bomb a building, than to Shoot a baby.
That is a stupid analogy. These people are so
Anti-War they forgot that sometimes (sadly) it is needed
as a last resort. They also forget that when
a soldier is trained to follow orders in the heat of battle,
they are also trained to shoot first and ask
questions later. Not in the bad sense, but in the sense that
you don't have time to think when you are being
shot at. They also forget that in war there are casualties.
NOW. If a soldier has, or is, ordered to kill
a group of women and children that pose no threat to them,
and they do so. Then that soldier is knowingly
taking part in illegal activity, not solely following orders.
Bart, I've read you for a long time and sent you
some cartoons in the past,
but I never donated until now. I will pledge
to Bart cop $50 (fifty dollars)
for every red state Obama wins. Keep hammering
Aodhan in Germantown, TN
Wow, that's a big pledge :)
Aodhan is talking about Ken's
pledge I hope Obama (and each of us) has a great night tonight!
Subject: Election night pledge
Bart, count me in for 5 bucks a state.
I'm gonna predict SC goes BLUE, by a very slim
And if I'm right about that, I'll pay you double
Thanks again, Bart, for your dedication.
You kept the hammer swinging these last few weeks
at a pace
that the legendary John Henry (Bonham)
would have trouble matching.
Excerpt: It has been a long and terrible time since an
election mattered as much as it does today.
It began with that first terrible election, the
media manipulations, the stolen and uncounted votes,
the menacing mobs, and a decision by the highest
court which sealed our doom. A man who was
not chosen came to possess an office he was unworthy
of, and everything that since has come to
pass now seems almost preordained, fated, inevitable.
We have known death, and disgrace, and failure,
and greed, and theft, and shame, and utter lawlessness.
We have lost hope, and been afraid, and fallen
to exhaustion and despair. We have seen torture and
murder stamped with the seal of highest approval,
and we have become what we despise.
...but all that can change today if enough people vote their own self-interests.
I went to a Zeppelin concert in the early 70s
in Pittsburgh -- we got there late cause someone
gave us tickets at the last minute, and the cops
had already closed down the arena. We tried to
show them our tickets, and the one cop turned
a police dog on us.
The dog ripped my shirt, but that was when I found
out I have no fear of large dogs.
I've had rottweilers since 1988, but have never
gotten to see Zeppelin.
Hope to change that this tour!
Suzanne the Pillar
Suzanne, maybe we'll see you there? :)
We could do a Pokerfest in selected Zeppelin cities
and turn a whole lotta fun into legitimate business trips :)
Hey, anything to de-fund Bush's multiple quagmires, right?
Best cities to see Zeppelin in: New York, Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, New Orleans, San Fran and Seattle
but mostly in Los Angeles, their home outside of the UK.
Ever hear of L:isten to This, Eddie or For Badge
Holders Only? Those were magic nights.
"Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger
was asked if Palin was ready to be VP. He said, 'Of course not.' Not just
no, 'of course not.' And they asked Palin what she thought of Eagleburger. She said, 'It goes
well with fries and a light beer.' " -- Bill Maher
barrels daily before
Bush invaded and then
they got their big Halliburton upgrades
Bush is stealing up to 6 million barrels of
oil per day. Since oil has sold for $125 or more per barrel, Bush is stealing $750,000,000
No wonder they were so eager to start
a war, It's the biggest theft in Earth's history
but our whore media is too busy to investigate.
brave men and women, will never come home...
...all because of Bush's oil greed
we there? Because
Iraq's oil wells have NO
Where's all that oil money going?
"At a campaign rally on Thursday, McCain called
Joe the Plumber up to the stage, only to discover that he was not at
the rally. In fairness to Joe the Pplumber, he did say he'd be there sometime
between noon and 6:00 p.m." -- Seth Meyers, SNL
Well Bartcop, it's been a long, gruesome eight
years. Can you believe it's almost over?
I was just thinking about how America will change
once under a Democratic House, Senate
and President, and how hard YOU have worked to
get the Republicans the hell out of there.
Eight years. Eight. Long. Years.
I felt you deserved a little something on the
eve of the historic day.
I sent you $35 for swinging the biggest hammer
the nation has ever known.
Hey, it's literally the least I could do! $35
doesn't even begin to cover the debt
the continent owes to you, but it should buy
you something nice for election night.
Keep it up, Bart. The long national nightmare
is almost over.
Enjoy it, and keep on swingin'!
Al in Regina, SK, Canada
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