And I have voted.
There were a TON of people at the early voter place here in Mesquite.
Cops were directing traffic.
I had to use an electronic voting station for the first time.
Made me very nervous. I didn't like the feeling when I was done.
Felt like I should have a receipt or something.
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] maxomai for pointing this out!
I'm not Olbermann's biggest fan but he does get it spot on from time to time.
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1008/14652.html

A day after making Joseph Wurzelbacher famous, referencing him in the debate almost two dozen times as someone who would pay higher taxes under Barack Obama, McCain learned the fine print Thursday on the plumber’s not-so-tidy personal story: He owes back taxes. He is not a licensed plumber. And it turns out that Wurzelbacher makes less than $250,000 a year, which means he would receive a tax cut if Obama were elected president.

McCain likes to say that he isn’t George W. Bush – and in this case of bungled public relations, it is clear he is not. The famously-disciplined Bush campaign operation would likely have found the perfect anonymous citizen to illustrate a policy proposal, rather than spontaneously wrap itself around an unknown entity with so many asterisks.

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Like we didn't already know this was BS.
Dear Virginia,

I wanted you to be one of the first to know: on Saturday, I will hold an event in Washington D.C. to thank everyone who has supported my campaign. Over the course of the last 16 months, I have been privileged and touched to witness the incredible dedication and sacrifice of so many people working for our campaign. Every minute you put into helping us win, every dollar you gave to keep up the fight meant more to me than I can ever possibly tell you.

On Saturday, I will extend my congratulations to Senator Obama and my support for his candidacy. This has been a long and hard-fought campaign, but as I have always said, my differences with Senator Obama are small compared to the differences we have with Senator McCain and the Republicans.

I have said throughout the campaign that I would strongly support Senator Obama if he were the Democratic Party's nominee, and I intend to deliver on that promise.

When I decided to run for president, I knew exactly why I was getting into this race: to work hard every day for the millions of Americans who need a voice in the White House.

I made you -- and everyone who supported me -- a promise: to stand up for our shared values and to never back down. I'm going to keep that promise today, tomorrow, and for the rest of my life.

I will be speaking on Saturday about how together we can rally the party behind Senator Obama. The stakes are too high and the task before us too important to do otherwise.

I know as I continue my lifelong work for a stronger America and a better world, I will turn to you for the support, the strength, and the commitment that you have shown me in the past 16 months. And I will always keep faith with the issues and causes that are important to you.

In the past few days, you have shown that support once again with hundreds of thousands of messages to the campaign, and again, I am touched by your thoughtfulness and kindness.

I can never possibly express my gratitude, so let me say simply, thank you.

Sincerely,

Hillary Rodham Clinton
WASHINGTON (AP) - John McCain effectively sealed the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday as chief rival Mitt Romney suspended his faltering presidential campaign.

"If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror," Romney will say at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

"This is not an easy decision for me. I hate to lose. My family, my friends and our supporters... many of you right here in this room... have given a great deal to get me where I have a shot at becoming President. If this were only about me, I would go on. But I entered this race because I love America, and because I love America, I feel I must now stand aside, for our party and for our country," Romney said.



http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8ULK3JG1&show_article=1

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Part 1 of my presidential prediction.

If Hillary gets the nomination we're going to have President McCain

Obama is the dems only hope.

Current prediction is:

McCain/Huckabee

vs.

Clinton/Obama


if Obama gets the nod then I'm not sure who he'd pick for a running mate.

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Hillary: Putin “doesn’t have a soul” - Ben Smith’s Blog - Politico.com

Hillary: Putin “doesn’t have a soul”

This isn’t going to play well in Moscow.

Speaking in Hampton this evening, Hillary Rodham Clinton said the president of Russia “doesn’t have a soul.”

She was riffing on the danger of inexperience, and reliance on personal relationships, in foreign affairs, indirectly comparing Obama to George W. Bush, who notoriously looked into Vladimir Putin’s soul and liked what he saw.

“I could have told him — he was a KGB agent. By definition he doesn’t have a soul,” Clinton joked.

She may have been echoing John McCain’s somewhat less personal shot at Putin: “I looked into his eyes and saw three letters: a K, a G and a B.”

Yeah - this will play real well. Heh.

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Obama’s education rollout - First Read - msnbc.com

I liked this guy. I thought he had some good ideas on the front of turning around the country and restoring the national character.
I applauded that he was taking on education.
So how is he going to pay for it?
By cutting NASA and leaving us with no manned launch capability of course.
Short-sighted idiot.

Frak. I’m left with nothing.
Ron Paul is all I’ve got and there’s no way in hell he’s going to win.
Sad day.

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Tommy Thompson Bows Out of Race - The Caucus - Politics - New York Times Blog
After a sixth place finish in Saturday’s Iowa straw poll, Tommy Thompson, the four-term governor of Wisconsin and former secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, said he was ending his presidential bid.

So it begins.

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Well I got to watch this debate. As I expected - too many candidates at this stage to get much substance.
It was enough to get some impressions of all of them - which I had been lacking up till now.
Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani and John McCain got a lot of time. Chris Matthews didn’t do the best job of balancing.
Romney - Definitely the most polished. He makes my skin crawl though. I can’t tell what he really believes.
Giuliani - Waffled. I still don’t think this guy has anything close to what we need.
McCain - Wanted to seem decisive but came across as kind of angry to me.
Ron Paul got cut off hard by Matthews when he even got a chance to speak. It was noticeable.
The evolution question was interesting. As was the fact that any of them raised their hands to say they didn’t believe in it.
I couldn’t catch who all did (edit: It was Brownback, Tancredo and Huckabee) - but I figure it was the more overtly religious ones.
The guy that actually surprised me the most was Mike Huckabee.

But - no real revelations. I still can’t vote for any of them (with the possible exception of Ron Paul - who cannot get nominated).

Ultimately - if I were betting I’d say Romney will be the nominee.

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Well - I missed getting to watch the debate. I did hear about 10 minutes on the radio… enough to get a bit of a feel for the demeanor of the candidates… however I did read the transcripts of the debate.

My thoughts - Clinton is the winner. She said a lot in the time she was allotted per answer. Close second was Obama. His problem was that some of his answers weren’t as succinct as they needed to be - especially in competition with Clinton.
He sounded good but Hillary sounded better. Barack needs to take things up a notch. He needs to watch her performance in this debate and take a few lessons.
The other guys? Ho hum.

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Transcript to South Carolina Democrat Presidential Debate 4/26/2007

http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/stories/wcnc-042607-krg-debate_part1.1023b3ba.html

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wcbstv.com - Obama Rebukes Giuliani Over Terrorism Comments

“Rudy Giuliani today has taken the politics of fear to a new low and I believe Americans are ready to reject those kind of politics,” Obama said in a statement. “America’s mayor should know that when it comes to 9-11 and fighting terrorists, America is united. We know we can win this war based on shared purpose, not the same divisive politics that question your patriotism if you dare to question failed policies that have made us less secure.”

For those that don’t know - Giuliani basically said that if Democrats are elected there will be another 9/11.

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Obama Outlines His Foreign Policy Views - New York Times
“America cannot meet the threats of this century alone, but the world cannot meet them without America,” Mr. Obama said. “We must neither retreat from the world nor try to bully it into submission — we must lead the world, by deed and example.”

:-)

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Obama returns more than $50,000 in lobbyists’ contributions | Chicago Tribune
WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has returned more than $50,000 in political contributions after discovering the donors were lobbyists.

Obama, who has pledged to change the ways of Washington, has repeatedly said he will not accept money from lobbyists or from special interest political action committees.


Beautiful. Keep it up.

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The Swamp - Chicago Tribune - Blogs.
In political fundraising, success often yields more success.

Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign said Thursday that it took in an additional $435,000 via the Internet during the 24-hour period that followed its Wednesday morning announcement that he had raised $25 million during the first quarter.

The campaign says the contributions came from more than 4,600 people, including nearly 4,300 who had not previously given.

Keep it up, Barack.

Let’s see if he can sustain this.

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My Way News - Mystery Creator of Anti-Clinton Ad ID’d
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internet video sensation that targeted Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton now has rival Sen. Barack Obama on the spot.

Heralded by many as the embodiment of Web-driven citizen activism, the mysterious YouTube ad now stands revealed as the work of a Democratic operative employed by a consulting firm with Obama links.

“It’s true … yeah, it’s me,” said Philip de Vellis, a 33-year-old strategist with Blue State Digital, a Washington company that advises Democratic candidates and liberal groups.

Blue State designed Obama’s Web site, and one of the firm’s founding members, Joe Rospars, took a leave from the company to work as Obama’s director of new media.

Obama, Blue State and de Vellis all say de Vellis acted on his own. De Vellis left the company on Wednesday. He said he resigned; Thomas Gensemer, the firm’s managing director, said he was fired.


I don’t imagine this guy will have too much problem finding a new gig. Plenty of press that’s for sure.

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The Raw Story | Kucinich: ‘Impeachment may well be the only remedy which remains to stop a war of aggression against Iran’
During a speech on the House floor on Thursday, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) declared that “impeachment may well be the only remedy which remains to stop a war of aggression against Iran.” The 2004 presidential candidate, who is running again in 2008, told RAW STORY that his House floor statement “speaks for itself.”

“This House cannot avoid its constitutionally authorized responsibility to restrain the abuse of Executive power,” Kucinich said on the floor today. “The Administration has been preparing for an aggressive war against Iran. There is no solid, direct evidence that Iran has the intention of attacking the United States or its allies.”

Kucinich noted that since the US “is a signatory to the U.N. Charter, a constituent treaty among the nations of the world,” and Article II states that “all members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state,” then “even the threat of a war of aggression is illegal.”

“Article VI of the U.S. Constitution makes such treaties the Supreme Law of the Land,” Kucinich continued. “This Administration, has openly threatened aggression against Iran in violation of the U.S. Constitution and the U.N. Charter.”

Dear Virginia,

Iraq War De-escalation Act of 2007: Today, we sadly find ourselves at the very point in Iraq I feared most when I opposed giving the President the open-ended authority to wage this war in 2002 – an occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences in the midst of a country torn by civil war.

We have waited and we have been patient. We have given chance after chance for a resolution that has not come, and, more importantly, watched with horror and grief the tragic loss of thousands of brave young Americans.

The time for waiting in Iraq is over. The days of our open-ended commitment must come to a close. And the need to bring this war to an end is here.

That is why today, I’m introducing the Iraq War De-escalation Act of 2007. This plan would not only place a cap on the number of troops in Iraq and stop the escalation, it would begin a phased redeployment of U.S. forces with the goal of removing of all U.S. combat forces from Iraq by March 31st, 2008 – consistent with the recommendations of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group that the President ignored.

The redeployment of troops to the United States , Afghanistan , and elsewhere in the region would begin no later than May 1st of this year, toward the end of the timeframe I first proposed in a speech more than two months ago. In a civil war where no military solution exists, this redeployment remains our best leverage to pressure the Iraqi government to achieve the political settlement between its warring factions that can slow the bloodshed and promote stability.

The U.S. military has performed valiantly and brilliantly in Iraq . Our troops have done all we have asked them to do and more. But no amount of American soldiers can solve the political differences at the heart of somebody else’s civil war, nor settle the grievances in the hearts of the combatants.

When it comes to the war in Iraq, the time for promises and assurances, for waiting and patience, is over. Too many lives have been lost and too many billions have been spent for us to trust the President on another tried and failed policy opposed by generals and experts, Democrats and Republicans, Americans and even the Iraqis themselves.

It is time to change our policy.

It is time to give Iraqis their country back.

And it is time to refocus America ’s efforts on the challenges we face at home and the wider struggle against terror yet to be won.

Sincerely,
U.S. Senator Barack Obama

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Sounds like a plan worth investigating. We especially need to deploy more troops to Afghanistan - which we can actually attach to involvement in US terrorism and that actually wants us there.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/25/AR2007012500764.html

WASHINGTON — Every American should have health care coverage within six years, Democratic Sen. Barack Obama said Thursday as he set an ambitious goal soon after jumping into the 2008 presidential race.

“I am absolutely determined that by the end of the first term of the next president, we should have universal health care in this country,” Obama told a conference of Families USA, a health care advocacy group.

Be very interesting to see where this goes and what his ideas to accomplish it are.

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