Rigged Elections

    I read all the articles about Obama’s win and who voted and how they voted and so on. Nowhere have I heard anyone say it, so here goes. The election was rigged. So was the last one. I could have stayed home and never voted at all. And so could all but a handful of “token” voters. This was set up, decided, and carried through | Read More »

    No branch Office of the President-Elect in Georgia

    Promoted from the diaries by Erick.Michael Barone reports:Democrats hope for a disproportionately large turnout of young and black voters, but Barack Obama, busy building an administration with an eye to bipartisan acceptability, seems so far unwilling to deploy the one political asset—personal campaigning by the president-elect—that seems most likely to spark such turnout.Democrats hope, but Obama’s non-change Clinton cabinet doesn’t extend to the Peach State:I | Read More »

    Election Tips From the Show-Me State

    Promoted from the diaries by Erick.DISCLAIMER: I work as the legislative assistant for state representative Mark A. Parkinson of Missouri’s 16th House district (part of St. Charles County), and volunteered without pay for his campaign on quite a few occasions. The views and suggestions below do not necessarily reflect the views or suggestions of Rep. Parkinson.Over the past year or so, I’ve had the pleasure | Read More »

    ACORN hauled before the bar of justice

    In one of the battleground counties ringing Philadelphia, ACORN gets its due.>A Chester man entered a negotiated guilty plea Monday on forgery, identity theft and tampering with public records offenses. The charges were filed against 34-year-old Jemar Barksdale as a result of invalid voter registration applications he submitted, according to the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office. Barksdale, who entered the plea before Common Pleas Judge | Read More »

    Stealing Minnesota: If at first you don’t succeed, change the rules

    What is it about guys named Al trying to change election rules after the election is over?Geez.Franekn has filed suit with a favorable judge in a favorable county demanding the right to dig through rejected absentee ballots. It’s against the rules, mind you, so Franken is demanding the rules be changed. Opening up the rejected-ballot question is also a recipe for potential fraud. When the | Read More »

    The Main Stream News Media and Consequences of Behavior

    In the current day and age we live in, politically we live in a damaged landscape. In the wake of the 2008 election, the devastation is fairly extensive in contrast to what we had before the end of the 1960’s. You might be asking yourself what I am talking about in respects to devastation. We all have known for some time that since the days | Read More »

    We need a better primary system

    I don’t get it. Why should Iowa & New Hampshire be allowed to exert such a huge influence on the selection of Presidential Candidates? What makes these two states so special? Why do all the other states acquiesece to this travesty ? Who selected the people of Iowa and New Hampshire as the official arbiters of the selection of our potential presidents? We all know | Read More »

    Alaska is Doomed…or maybe not

    I did some number crunching last night on the Alaska Senate race looking at where the remaining absentee ballots are vs the votes in the respective Alaska State House Districts and discovered much to my surprise that based on where the remaining 25,000 absentee ballots are located, there are more R leaning Districts than D.There are 5 ‘regions’ in the state and of those 5, | Read More »

    Why do we bother with recounts?

    When looking at elections we often have “mandatory recounts” that are triggered in a close race. Now, I’m all for ensuring that all ballots are counted and that priovisional or otherwise questionable votes are given the consideration they are due. What I don’t understand is this fetish for recounts “to be fair”.There is nothing special about recounts – they’re simply another count of the existing | Read More »

    And The Winner Is–Maureen Dowd!

    OK, it’s official. Maureen Dowd is the worst New York Times op-ed columnist of the 2008 election year. Folks, that’s a big accomplishment because, as you all know, she had some pretty stiff competition from the likes of Frank Rich, Bob Herbert, and Nicholas Kristof. So, without further delay, please allow me to explain exactly what Maureen Dowd did to merit her award. First of | Read More »

    We have not yet begun to fight

    Join the forces of 57 million Americans and counting.*Capitalists won’t surrender their capital, *Militias won’t surrender their guns, *Christians won’t surrender their faith, *Speakers won’t surrender their speech. A “rebel yell” or “a call to action” will not come from the command of a leader. It will come from the sound of the 1st attack made against any of these freedoms. Freedom wants you! 57 | Read More »

    Why aren’t YOU serving your community?

    With all the fuss over the presidential election, and the House and Senate, I think we are losing sight of the reality that Sarah Palin should have called to our attention.All over the country, in EVERY SINGLE jurisdiction in America, there are places to serve. Not just volunteer, not just talk, stuff envelopes, SERVE.Some examples: for two years, I was on the Economic Development Committee | Read More »

    Obama’s 2008 Victory in Perspective

    It’s going to happen, and we all know it: after two close elections, some Democrats are going to claim that Obama’s margin of victory over John McCain was a large, overwhelming repudiation of the Republican party, and that it was possibly even a historical turning point of partisan political realignment.There’s just one problem with that theory: It’s not true.

    Taking Stock

    Well, before we start all the recriminations and the strategerizing, or even the post-mortems, lets just look at what we’re left with; what do we hold from which to plan a return?The picture here this morning looks surprisingly like the picture in the aftermath of the 1992 election.Senator Obama appears to have won the popular vote by about five points – it will probably be | Read More »


    I want to start off this morning by acknowledging Barack Obama’s moment in history. His victory is not to be demeaned or degraded. America spoke clearly and it said it wanted change and was not happy with its current economic situation.It is okay to be discouraged, frustrated and even scared a little given President Elect Obama’s past legislative history and Constitutional beliefs.